June 12, 2009

Volume 28, Number 41

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news

LEGE AFTERMATH

How Long Is 140 Days?

As the 81st Legislature departs, does it leave a footprint?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Scorecard: Grading the CenTex Delegation

How did our legislators do?

The Big Legebowski

The session will be remembered largely as an opportunity lost to partisan displays

BY LEE NICHOLS AND JORDAN SMITH

Local Impact

Austin doesn't win some, doesn't lose some

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Ledger

Feds to the rescue

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Travis Gains Little Ground on Land Use

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Straus Lines Up Votes

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Out of Balance

As we sit down to balance the books, we might consider our largest deficits

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Reaper Cometh

Deep in the hole, the city offers its budget-cut proposals

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizen's calendar, June 11-18

AISD 'Efficiency' Study: Not Exactly What the Doctor Ordered?

An efficiency study commissioned by AISD comes back with some surprising recommendations

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Council

The upcoming council meeting has a full agenda

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Dallas Re:Visions Itself

Dallas aims to move ahead of the class in sustainable development

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Drug Ring Comes Full Circle

Cinco-Tres gang members go to prison

BY JORDAN SMITH

Suicide by Cop

Man shot while trying to commit suicide loses lawsuit

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

AGLCC Ousts President in Pride's Wake

… And tries to hide it

BY KATE X MESSER

The Battle Over This Old House

When property rights collide with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association

BY AMY SMITH

Statesmanship: Watching the Editors' Ink Dry

The Statesman's retooling isn't fooling anyone

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Make 'Em Shudder: Go Organic; and Rick Scott's Latest Fraud

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A Taste of Honey

How we get honey now, and what might happen to the industry in the future

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Food-o-File

Missing out on buttermilk and chatting up the Voice of America

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events for June 14-16

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Mighty Cone

Head to South Congress for the best Hudson's meal available for less than $10

Turtle Mountain Dairy-Free Products

Turtle Mountain offers low-fat, low-calorie treats that won't cause a spike in your blood sugar
music

Sometimes the Bride

Greezy Wheels vocal point Lissa Hattersley steps out

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Spiros closes and now Room 710, too? Meanwhile, the Bizarros' long, strange trip returns them to the Hole in the Wall.

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Sarah Jarosz

Song Up in Her Head

The Flatlanders

Live Shot

Michelle Shocked, Beth Black, Susanne Abbott, Amanda Mora, Michael Scott Parker

Soul of My Soul, Everything Unsaid, No History of Prevention, The Ribbon, Naked

Girl in a Coma

Trio B.C.

Tish Hinojosa

Our Little Plane

Paul Wall, Slim Thug

Fast Life, Boss of All Bosses
screens

Pops on Top

Father may not know best, but DadLabs has made it its mission to make sure knows a little bit better

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

10 Pins and a Dream

The Alamo Drafthouse empire expands to include bowling, karaoke, and cocktails

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

'The Friends of Eddie Coyle'; 'The Hit'

It's all about the snitches in two new Criterion releases

TV Eye

Ajua, Austin! The Latin Comedy Project, Paul Saucido, and Los Bad Apples make a summer splash.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Adoration

Atom Egoyan returns ambitiously to form with this probing, if not always successful, drama that reveals his ongoing fascination with the subjective nature of truth.

Beer Wars

This documentary goes inside the brewing business to show the truth behind our favorite labels.

Imagine That

Eddie Murphy has made an agreeable, family-friendly, kid-centric film without – lo and behold – a single fart joke.

Kal Kissne Dekha

This new Bollywood film tells the story of a country boy who makes it to the university in Mumbai, where he finds love and discovers his power to see the future.

Summer Hours

The French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Demonlover) has upped his game with this new work of uncommonly lyrical humanism.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Loud, abrasive, and featuring performances seemingly calibrated to be heard over the cacophonous roar of Travolta's mad, bad overacting, this is an unnecessary and ill-advised remake.

Treeless Mountain

So Yong Kim is an astute observer of young people as demonstrated with this film whose story is mostly told on the expressive faces of its two very young protagonists. Never overly sentimental or forcibly cute, Kim’s austere shooting style and scarcity of narrative accouterments provide a nice counterbalance to the sweetness of her young stars.
arts & culture

The 'It' Perspective

Photographer Fritz Henle seen through the lens of Austin image-maker Matthew Fuller

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Esther Pearl Watson

The artist's new UFO-centric paintings are rooted in the saucers her dad used to build

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Robert Dale Anderson

Remembering the much-loved artist and teacher of art at UT

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Big Range Austin

With improvisational movement, the performers work to play – to free up the ways they move

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Arts Reviews

Killer Joe

It won't warm your heart, but this tour de force of dark humor ought to thrill you

Guilds of Steel / Faster Than the Speed of Light

Improv offers a nerdgasm for fantasy fans, but the sci-fi musical's gears rarely mesh

Ghostsongs

Two makers of narrative figurative art grapple with death in a striking show
columns

Page Two: Winning the West

Cowboys, Indians, and the irresolvable contradictions between freedom and order

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

In the afterglow of Austin Pride, Stephen implores us to 'keep our dicks in our pants'

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

Nine-year-old Ryan Brown and 10-year-old Madison Boreman brought the pint-sized gender war to the Congress Avenue Mile

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

Stephen F. Austin is honored with a statue south of Angleton

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

AGLCC's new leadership

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cod, Beatles, Bush and Babe, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

How Do I Win My Property-Tax Protest?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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