Feb. 5, 2010

Volume 29, Number 23

ON THE COVER:
news

Bicycle Dreams

A closer look at the Downtown bike boulevard proposals

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Earthquake All Around

Central Texas hunger remains a slow-motion, invisible disaster

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Who's Zoomin' Who?

Right behind the Hanger comes LegalZoom

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

State of the City

Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his state of the city address at a Real Estate Council of Austin luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 2

Developing Stories: Task Force Tango

Comprehensive planning group struggles to find its role

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness

Prospects look good for Criminal Justice Commission

BY JORDAN SMITH

'A' Is for Axed: UT Chops Cactus, Cuts Classes

What will the loss of the Cactus Cafe and informal classes mean to the UT community?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Council Preview

Much ado on the dais

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Guns, Property, and Public Nuisances: A North Austin Showdown

Gun rights activists up in arms over shutdown of gun show

BY JORDAN SMITH

Moriarty Case Back in Court

The former Austin Clean Water Program director is still trying to clear his name

BY MICHAEL KING

City Takes Business to Task Over Cleared Trees

Cleared trees could lead to flooding and other hazards, says city

BY LEE NICHOLS

Muffing the MRF

Who's left to bid on running the city's recycling facility?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dome Sweet Dome

Nonprofit seeks to deliver durable homes to Haiti

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Obama's Decline; and The Next Health Care Reform Battle

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sons of Austin

Murph and Ben Willcott develop a new paradigm for the next generation of a beloved family business

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

King Cakes

It may be the post-Katrina Mardi Gras diaspora that helped spread this delicious culinary component of the Crescent City's favorite holiday

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Beads Are Power

Bob Uhler's Krewe of Utopia takes over Maggie Mae's this Mardi Gras

BY KATE X MESSER

Event Menu

Things are heating up for local foodies with Valentine's brunches, aphrodisiacs' cookbooks, and mixology workshops

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Romance available in paper bags, restaurant closures/openings, Girl Scout cookies, and more yummy news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Learning the Game

Learning Buddy Holly's game, 203 tracks at a time

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

UT pulls the plug on the Cactus Cafe

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Sheet Music: 'Just Kids'

Patti Smith

Mermen

In God We Trust

Beach House

Teen Dream

Vampire Weekend

Contra
screens

History in the Making

A new exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center proves that no job is too small when it comes to 'Making Movies'

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Dance, Girl, Dance

It was a good year for women filmmakers at a recharged Sundance Film Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

SXSW Film Announces Feature Lineup

MacGruber, Mr. Nice, Micmacs among titles

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

CBS OKs an anti-abortion spot from Christian conservative group Focus on the Family and nixes another from a gay dating site. Foul!

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Dear John

In this obvious romance, a soldier on leave falls for a girl, which leads to an anguished correspondence.

Ishqiya

This new Bollywood film is a realistically told story about two con men.

When in Rome

Kristen Bell stars as a woman who pulls three coins from a fountain … and three new beaus in the process.

The Yes Men Fix the World

These anti-corporate pranksters strike again.
arts & culture

Not Too Tight at All

The disciplined abstracts of Helmut Barnett

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Michael Mogavero

The Austin painter explores taboo with images that blend classicism and sex

BY ANDREW LONG

'Spaceship Austin Downtown Cruisers'

Now docked at the airport are two spaceships that depict Austin's skyline

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

L'Étoile (The Star)

You can thank your lucky stars for this opera of big, colorful, bouncy fun

more.

Headlong Dance Theater's study in domestic life was both cerebral and immediate

Harmonia Ariosa

Texas Early Music Project delivered a magical night of live music and discovery
columns

Page Two: Before the Impending Flood

An erratic list of memories and some dates

BY LOUIS BLACK

After A Fashion

Your Style Avatar careens dangerously close to requiring an intervention. A Wal-Mart intervention.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Don't ask or tell them to stay in that stinky closet

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Blacksmith Shop in Bellville is a working shop, but the smith is always ready to show visitors around

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Celebrate Chinese New Year on Valentine's Day, Russia's stray dogs honored, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Mind Over Music: Austin’s Music Trivia Smackdown

The Chronicle's first-ever music trivia competition featured a who's who of Austin's vibrant music scene

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex build a veteran roster, plus international news

BY NICK BARBARO

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