Feb. 19, 2010

Volume 29, Number 25

ON THE COVER:
news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our recommendations for the March 2 primaries

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Primary Intelligence

State and local races

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Point Austin: We're All Flakes Here

It's not the sideshow candidates who should worry Texas voters

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Cop Out

Council speeds through a vexing traffic stop

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Feb. 18-25

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and

Still Prickly: UT Students vs. Cactus Cuts

Reaction to budget cuts belies claim that decision was student-backed

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cap Metro Turns Toward a 2020 Vision

Plan suggests moving buses off Congress

BY LEE NICHOLS

AISD Headed for Showdown Over 'Exigency'

Board gears up to vote on whether AISD will declare financial exigency

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Tires on the Move: What About Fleet Services?

Questions pile up as the pile of tires comes down

BY JORDAN SMITH

AWPC Conundrum

Women's group ponders its future with parent organization

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Hunger: Hilarious!; and Getting to Know the Right Wing

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

Tarka Indian Kitchen

Tarka offers a quick, affordable alternative to its sister restaurant, Clay Pit

Piedras Negras Taqueria #2

With accommodating hours, reasonable prices, and an interesting location, Piedras Negras Taqueria #2 is No. 1

La Boîte

Don't be fooled by the name: La Boîte's Dan Bereczki and Victoria Davis think outside the box

Book Review

Intertwined with stories of Mandela and his family are recipes that reflect crucial moments in South African history

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Check out all the new additions to Austin's foodie network

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week, Austin foodies enjoy lectures on local food history and classes on international cuisine

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Sheik to Sheik

Crazy Heart wasn't Stephen Bruton's only last project, and we have Geoff Muldaur & the Texas Sheiks to thank for that

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Unveiling the Austin Music Awards lineup and greeting England's newest hitmakers

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases and Stages

Four Tet

There Is Love in You

Anita Baker

Austin Music Hall, Feb. 12

Screaming Females

Emo's, Feb. 14

Kath Bloom

Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom, Thin Thin Line
screens

Games People Play

Casual gaming's rise opens the doors for players and developers

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Back in the Realm of the Senses and Provoking All Five

AFS Essential Cinema presents Smashing the Rules: Films of Oshima Nagisa

BY MARC SAVLOV

Family Programming

The Overbrook Brothers premieres on IFC on Demand

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Independent Lens airs The Eyes of Me, a documentary look at four students enrolled at the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2010: Animation

This year's five nominees for the best animated short Oscar are available for viewing. This year’s five Academy Award-nominated animated shorts include “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” the latest stop-motion Claymation piece from Nick Park and Aardman; “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” by Nicky Phelan; “The Lady and the Reaper" by Recio García; “French Roast” by Fabrice O. Joubert; and the winning “Logorama” by the H5 collective.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2010: Live Action

Judge for yourself among the five films contending for this year's Oscar for live-action short. The five international shorts nominated for Best Live Action Short Film include Patrik Eklund’s “Instead of Abracadabra," Luke Doolan's “Miracle Fish," Juanita Wilson's “The Door,” Gregg Helvey's “Kavi," and Joachim Back’s award-winning “The New Tenants.”

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

A teenager's Greek mythology book comes to life and thrusts him into an adventure to recover Zeus' stolen lightning bolt.

The White Ribbon

A disquieting feeling of apprehension is made palpable in Michael Haneke's import, The White Ribbon.
arts & culture

A Talent for Deception

When Joey Hood is onstage, you want to buy whatever he's selling

BY ROBERT FAIRES

UT Fine Arts Library

Using ancient artifacts of the Americas to lure people back to the library

BY MADELINE IRVINE

'Silent Stage'

Four artists have turned the house they share into a retro-cinema with a twist

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Free tips on auditioning for musicals, and animals are artists, too

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Peer Gynt

An unrelentingly fast tempo flattens out the St. Ed's staging of Ibsen's epic

Buried Child

Despite rough edges, City Theatre's staging stays centered on the play's ideas

Truth & Beauty: The Bach Project

This triple bill wasn't all truth or beauty, but it was a good night at the ballet
columns

Page Two: Mad Dreaming

Loud, barely intelligible SXSW incantations

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar mourns Alexander McQueen

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Waco Mammoth Site boasts the largest known concentration of mammoth skeletons, left after the beasts died from the same natural event

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Please don't gay bait my neighborhood; it eventually gets back to me

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Angelina Jolie, SETI, chess, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: 'Misprint' Magazine's Fourth Annual Beard & Moustache Competition

Mohawk, Friday, February 19, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Aztex build their roster, and ECL restarts

BY NICK BARBARO

University of Texas Baseball

In what sport does the University of Texas not excel?

BY MARK FAGAN

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