Feb. 12, 2010

Volume 29, Number 24

ON THE COVER:
news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our recommendations for the March 2 primaries

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Primary Intelligence

Local races

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Point Austin: And the Winner Is ...

What we think about when we think about endorsing

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: A Little Night Music

City Council takes yet another look at updating the sound ordinance for festival season

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Feb. 11-18

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Developing Stories: The Promise of Planning

Can the city deliver on East Riverside?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Heritage Tree Ordinance Takes Root

Tree lovers stand their ground – and win

BY LEE NICHOLS

Texas Trademark War

A new app makes life easier for UT students – but not for UT's lawyers, apparently

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Media Watch: The Rag in the Modern World

Olde Austin Ragsters revive in a digital age

BY KEVIN BRASS

In Search of the Missing Time Capsule

It ain't easy keeping track of Austin's history

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

UT Budget Cuts

Few are claiming responsibility for the decision to shut down UT's Cactus Cafe and informal classes

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Agribusiness, Mutant Germs, and Us; and A GOP Leader's Economic Plan

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2010: Year of the Tiger

If 'Year of the Golden Tiger' doesn't sound like 'prosperity' to you, you're not trying

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Enjoy this week of celebrations, congrats to Nau's Enfield Drug, condolences to the County Line family for its loss, and more foodie bites

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week, cigars and chocolates meet Foodways of Mexico

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Katherine Clapner's incredible chocolate confections mix sweet and savory ingredients in unexpected flavor combinations

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

music

Aural History

Hannibal Lokumbe and Jeff Lofton's Jazz Traditionalism

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

A closer look at the closing of the Cactus Cafe, Beerland's Casual Victim Pile, and Watchtower's Control and Release

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Broken Teeth

Viva la Rock, Fantastico!

Johnny Gimble

Celebrating With Friends

Reckless Kelly

Somewhere in Time

Collin Herring

Ocho

Speak

Hear Here

Midlake

The Courage of Others

A Monument Carved With Serpents

A Monument Carved With Serpents

the Gary

Logan
screens

Never Coming to a Theatre Near You

Stephen Romano's continuing adventures in fake movies

BY MARC SAVLOV

Mining Laughs From Questions, Comments, and Concerns

Austin filmmakers get into the online act with the Web series Call Center

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

You the Living

You the Living charts an unrelated series of tiny dooms, culminating in one big bang of one; not since Dr. Strangelove has a film so perfectly married gallows humor to horror

TV Eye

Forget Lost: The British Survivors starts with a disaster scenario, too, but skips all the hinky stuff

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

From Paris With Love

Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays an American diplomat in Paris who is paired with a wise-cracking, trigger-happy CIA maverick (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist attack.

The Last Station

This nimble movie about Tolstoy's last days stars Christopher Plummer as the author and Helen Mirren as his high-strung wife, Sofya.

My Name Is Khan

In this Bollywood film, a boy with Asperger's syndrome grows up to become a husband trying to reunite with his wife after the events of 9/11.

Preacher's Kid

A minister's daughter wants to experience more of life, so she runs away with an actor appearing in a touring gospel play.

Saint John of Las Vegas

Although the film sounds like a sure bet on paper, this comedy starring Steve Buscemi sadly comes up solid snake eyes.

Valentine's Day

Aggressively unfunny and unromantic, Valentine’s Day’s chief concern appears to have been the corralling of its cast of a thousand stars.

The Wolfman

This monster reboot disappoints terribly, making up in blood and entrails what it lacks in heart and soul.
arts & culture

Forklift Danceworks

Five choreographers join the company in making work that undefines dance

BY JONELLE SEITZ

The Ransom Center

UT's research center lands the archives of the storied Magnum Photos agency

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits'

How C. Denby Swanson developed a historical hoax into a drama of the fantastic

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

John & Jen

Penfold Theatre once again mounts a chamber musical that's heartfelt and true

Misalliance

A production that makes Shaw's century-old ideas feel current – and very human

'Artistic Textures: Studies From Wood to Wax'

This pairing of works by Ed Lindlof and Sharon Kyle Kuhn gives old materials new life
columns

Page Two: The Long Scream

The endless Republican nightmare casts its shadow on health care reform

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Open Letter to Sharon Doubiago

The reason I can't read Sharon Doubiago's book is that I, like she, was shaped by incest and rape

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Who dat? Why, it's Your Style Avatar!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Turkish business cards, Poe, headscarves, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Saint Arnold Brewing Co.'s new cavernous tasting room harkens back to the days of big German beer halls where families gathered to talk and laugh and enjoy fresh beer

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Valentine's last test and proof

BY KATE X MESSER

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

University of Texas Softball

UT hosts Texas Invitational

BY MARK FAGAN

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