March 12, 2010

Volume 29, Number 28

ON THE COVER:
news

New Bike City

In time for SXSW, Austin rolls out miles of new bike lanes and features

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Have You Heard the Dish?

The ambivalent state of political journalism

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Animal Kingdom

One more round of changes proposed for the shelter plans

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Primary Post-Mortem

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct dismisses complaint against judge

BY JORDAN SMITH

Precinct 4 Race Saw an 'Erosion of Power'

Gómez won the election but lost her progressive base

BY AMY SMITH

Get Ready for More Elections

The primary run-offs are only a month away, followed quickly by elections for ACC and AISD trustees

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Permit Unsustained: A Bad Day at Red Bluff

Sustainable Waves pulls the plug on Austin

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Eco-Currents ...

Students vote for green funds, report surveys Texas water conservation efforts, and more

BY NORA ANKRUM

Developing Stories: 'Every Day It's Getting Worse'

Strategic Mobility Plan marks a way out of permanent gridlock

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Can It Be? MetroRail Prepares to Launch.

Cap Metro once again announces a start date for the MetroRail

BY LEE NICHOLS

Metrorail Watch

How Long Will We Wait for the Train?

Death Row Case Evidence May Never Be Tested

When technicalities take precedence over finding out who done it

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Karzai-ization of Afghanistan; and Tauzin's Big Pharma Overdose

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

New to Town

Check out these new Downtown restaurants for your mid-SXSW snacking

The Partying Saint

Check out some of the day's best parties

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Snack Bar

A diner by day and global plate purveyor by night

Food-o-File

A bounty of new restaurants has popped up like spring blooms

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Bacon, beer, and SXSW noms this week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

SXSW MUSIC

Casual Victim Pile

Local SXSW 2010 class sampler

Off the Record

Paying tribute to Tony Campise and rolling out the red carpet for the Kashmere Stage Band and SXSW Film

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Austin Collins & the Rainbirds

Wrong Control

The White White Lights

Medium Head Boy

Seaholm Electric, The Able Sea

Before I Disappoint You, The Able Sea II

The Clouds Are Ghosts

The Clouds Are Ghosts

The Stan Laurels

Death of the Sun

Lure of the Swamp: The Screen Printed Rock Posters of Lindsey Kuhn

Austin's punk poster past, one chapter anyway, in 104 pages of Lindsey Kuhn
screens

SXSW FILM

The Freak Goes On

SXSW Film: an introduction

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Letting the Freak Brothers Flag Fly

Gilbert Shelton on his iconic comic's long, strange trip to the screen

BY MARGARET MOSER

Kismet in Kashmere

Thunder Soul brings the generations back together

BY KATE X MESSER

To 'Mars,' With Love

Reinventing the romantic comedy, to infinity and beyond

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Quiet on the Set

Less talk, more action: Aaron Katz and Cris Lankenau sound off on Cold Weather

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Rant, Revisited

A new doc explores the life and times of underground comic Bill Hicks

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Jerry's Kids

A new generation dances Jerome Robbins' 'ballet in sneakers' to the big screen

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bizarre Love Triangle

Bryan Poyser's comedy of catharsis, Lovers of Hate

BY MARC SAVLOV

Muhammad Was a Punk Rocker

How a fictional music genre blossomed into a real movement

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Riding the New Range

The Ride goes to the rodeo

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

We Are Having a Hootenanny

And Stephin Merritt is not the life of the party

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Country Bear Jamboree

Malcolm Ingram finds his people, and films 'em, too

BY KATE X MESSER

Artist in Exile

Can Bahman Ghobadi ever go home again?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Small Town, Big Find

The energy debate gets personal in Haynesville

BY JOE O'CONNELL

The Music in Moving Images

Texas Music Extravaganza and the works of Alan Govenar

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Lone Stars in Good Company

Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards 2010

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

TV Eye

Even if you're not a fan of war entertainments, The Pacific is a must-watch miniseries

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Our Family Wedding

This is a formulaic wedding comedy about mismatched families, but thanks to several appealing performances, this rote exercise turns out better than most.

Remember Me

Robert Pattinson gets to sink his teeth into something more than posturing in this refreshingly rendered love story.

SXSW 2010 Film Festival

Have fun … and don't forget to turn your clocks ahead for daylight saving time on Saturday night.

Terribly Happy

This Danish import is a wonderfully unhinged and a painstakingly constructed meditation on a place where good and evil meet, mate, and make sour times sublime.
arts & culture

Wharton Dancer

The flourishing legacy of the late Lone Star dramatist Horton Foote

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ellen Fullman

The former Austinite returns to turn Seaholm into a giant stringed instrument

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Night Owl & Early Bird

Big Medium's fundraiser has artists make art at night, sell it the next morning

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins'

Twin sisters revive the feisty Austin journalist in a new solo play in Philly

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Atheist

Joey Hood's embodiment of the title character gets you loving the lying bastard

Canción del Cuerpo

The UT-Colombian dance collaboration proved more about process than product

'America Letterpress: The Art of the Hatch Show Print'

This exhibit offers rooms of graphics to grab the eye and jolt the music-loving heart
columns

Page Two: And So It Begins

International spectacles of darkness and light

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: The Dragon on Sennett's Hill

Hollywood is an electric dragon

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The Sherwood Forest Faire takes visitors back in time to a place where men jousted to resolve disputes and women let their cleavage bask in the sunlight

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

We are proud as peacocks to announce our new totally all-gay all-day Gay Place Web page

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Stephen's hair brushes up against a woman's breast, and he survives

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Shifting poles, spirit intake, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Will Johnson's Baseball Paintings

Centro-matic frontman is talented painter as well

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex gear up for Dynamo exhibition, broken legs in England, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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