April 23, 2010

Volume 29, Number 34

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news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our recommendations for the May 8 elections

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

EARTH DAY

Austin's Political Ecosystem

Swearingen's Environmental City tells the inner history of city politics

BY NORA ANKRUM

The First Earth Day, 1970

Austan Librach remembers

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Preserving a 'Special Kind of Place'

Scott Swearingen on the ‘environmental city’

BY NORA ANKRUM

Eco Currents

Saving the planet, one Earth Day activity at a time

BY NORA ANKRUM

City Announces Composting Program

New rebates to encourage composting

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Generation Plan's Day at the Dais

Council to vote on Austin Energy plan

BY NORA ANKRUM

Point Austin: The Body of Christ

McNally play defies the fake religiosity of those who would suppress it

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Güero's Don't Need No Stinkin' Permits!

On second thought, why can't we all just get along?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, April 22-29

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Back to School

The ledger of candidates for school district trustee

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Despite Victory, Businesses Still Riled Over Bike Plan

Business owners still riled by bike plans for Nueces

BY LEE NICHOLS

City Tire Manager Fired

City's scrap tire investigation unearths surprising details

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cap Metro to Pay Up by 2019

Council to vote on new agreement regarding Quarter Cent program funds

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bus Route Changes Return

Cap Metro to discuss changes at upcoming meeting

BY LEE NICHOLS

Imagining Austin

Public forums begin on comprehensive and mobility planning

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

SNAPPatx.org: Let's Talk Transportation

New online hub greases wheels of transportation talk

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Fired Officer's Hearing Concludes

Dunn defends his record

BY JORDAN SMITH

Sanders Report Still Under Wraps

Pressure mounts for city to release full report

BY JORDAN SMITH

Media Watch

The Austin Bulldog, Statesman dabble in new business models

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Wall Street's Mitch; and That Can't-Do Spirit

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

The HighBall

If this is diner food, then it's from the best diner in the universe

Monument Cafe

Georgetown's Monument Cafe is a living testament to the classic roadside diner cooking of a bygone era

Geaux Cherrywood!

This local coffeehouse is chock-full of Southern Louisiana flavor

BY KATE X MESSER

Wine of the Week

The Castagnedi brothers have made tremendous progress in a country where the top wineries measure their tenure in centuries, not decades

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Reflecting on the 25th annual Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Green living, whiskey drinking, and artsy eating

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

A Stand-Up Guy

Steve Martin didn't just incorporate a banjo into his early comedy routines for a laugh

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

For those about to rock (we salute you)

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

I Learned the Hard Way

MGMT

Congratulations

Gorillaz

Plastic Beach

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim

Here Lies Love

the White Stripes

Under Great White Northern Lights
screens

No Failure to Communicate

Caroline Koebel grew up without TV. She's been pursuing flickering images ever since.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Something to Sink Your Teeth Into

Good advice from a guy who survived Troll 2, George Hardy, D.M.D.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Aligning Body and Mind in an Unlikely Place

Trinidad premieres on LOGO and DVD

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

Battleship Potemkin (Blu-ray)

Battleship Potemkin still packs a lumpen proletariat wallop 85 years after it was first released

TV Eye

A recent slew of political, cultural, and environmental documentaries prove how indispensable PBS is

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Ajami

This Oscar-nominated Israeli film reveals not only the divides between Jews and Arabs, but also those between Muslims and Christians, young and old, men and women, and rich and poor.

The Back-up Plan

Jennifer Lopez is back with a new romantic comedy about a woman whose biological clock is out of sync with her life.

Best Worst Movie

Premiering in Austin, this documentary is about the purportedly "best worst movie" ever made, Troll 2, and its enthusiastic fans.

Death at a Funeral

A remake of a 3-year-old British comedy, Death at a Funeral transfers its farce from a predominantly white cast to predominantly black.

Vincere

The long-scuttled tragic story of Ida Dalser, the first wife of Benito Mussolini, and the child she bore him, is brought to the screen with arresting style by the Italian director Marco Bellocchio.
arts & culture

When Worlds Collude

Two forward-thinking arts festivals make the most of sharing the same weekend

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Hansel and Gretel'

Mezzo Liz Cass lands a big break playing the familiar fairy-tale villainess

BY ROBERT FAIRES

UT Visual Arts Center

David Ellis creates a 'motion painting' – or is it several? – for the university

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Keeping Track

Erica Saenz has written an admirably funny family comedy that's all sweetness

B-Sides From the A-List

These absurdist plays are more fun for those who'd rather think about it than get it

'Sweet Land of Liberty'

The musical melting pot from new U.S. citizen Michelle Schumann was sweet indeed
columns

Page Two: Days of Blame

The only enemy is us!

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: 'O' Is for Oligarchy (Continued)

The American Oligarchy has been growing for decades, and we've been its enablers

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After A Fashion

Your Style Avatar loves Johnsons ... ummm, the Johnsons

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

So randomly nostalgic, you may call us the 'Gay Page Two'

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Texas South Wind Vineyard & Winery has only been open since December 2009, but it is already producing some interesting handcrafted wines

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Law & Order, beards, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam

A day of softball and music at the Dell Diamond

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex host Haitian National Team, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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