Archives - April 30, 2010 Issue - The Austin Chronicle

April 30, 2010

Volume 29, Number 35

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news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our recommendations for the May 8 elections

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Cutting on the Bias

Is Christopher Dunn APD's designated fall guy ... or a potential domino?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Tell Us Something We Don't Know

Capital Metro report discovers that the agency's been badly managed. Who knew?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Strayhorn the Populist

Ex-mayor visits City Hall, blazing another nuclear trail

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, April 29-May 6

Rush to Judgment on Cactus?

KUT looks like the next stop for the Cactus

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Norwood Moves Forward

Norwood House restoration begins, has long way still to go

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

'Chronicle' Disappearing Act at Airport

Chronicle trashed in dispute between workers and food franchise operator

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Showdown at David Street: City Regs Broken at Will

Gasp! City staff helps developer skirt the law.

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Yellow Bike Project Rolls Into New Home

Nonprofit collective adds community programs to its mission

BY LEE NICHOLS

State Report Slams Cap Metro

Transit agency in a crisis, Sunset Advisory Commission says

BY MICHAEL KING

Sanders Report

City resists release of full report on Sanders shooting

BY JORDAN SMITH

State of the Art

Austin gets to keep police chief

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cherrywood: Neighbors Fear City Project's Impact

Willowbrook Reach could be victim of city's good intentions

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Through the New Wringer

A comprehensive new process will determine prioritization of transportation projects

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Counciling: City Budget Preview

Not great, could be worse

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Foreign Corporation Vote; and Forming a Beer Party

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mariscos in Austin

Austin's Mexican seafood restaurants are a gustatory vacation if you can't leave the country

BY MICK VANN

Mexican Guayabas Are Here!

Sweet and spicy

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Thai Fresh Expansion

More dining room seating, a tea bar, a bakery case, and a case of homemade ice creams are just some of the things to look forward to

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

This week's local foodie news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Check out these tasty events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

New Day Rising

My Education puts music to an 83-year-old silent German expressionist touchstone

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

And then there were two (proposals for the future of the Cactus Cafe)

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson

Country Music

Gary P. Nunn

Taking Texas to the Country

Erykah Badu

New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh

UT Jazz Orchestra with Carmen Bradford

Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie

Peter Stopschinski

Sixth Symphony: Rough Night w / Happy Ending

Bus Stop Stallions

Don't Block It!

Black Bone Child

Alligator, Take You Blind

Alpha Rev

New Morning

Brandon Rhyder

Head Above Water

Jennifer Ellen Cook, Ruby James, Aly Tadros, Elizabeth Wills, Chrysta Bell, Tribella

A Storytelling of Crows, Happy Now, Things Worth Keeping, Love Comes Home, Bitter Pills & Delicacies, Thirteen

S. Dot, Tuk da Gat, MelodicScience Recordings, Stormshadow

White Boy Mixtape, Formula 512 Vol. 2, The Sleeper Must Awaken

Johnny Moeller

BlooGaLoo!

the Iron City Soul Shakers

Shake Me Up, Judy!

Jeff & the Jumptones

Live on Red River

Margo Valiante

I Can't Pray

Shawn Pittman

Undeniable
screens

Home Field Advantage

Sure, Austin can become a sustainable center for TV production. Just ask the Friday Night Lights gridiron gang.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Coming to America

Native Nigerian filmmaker Joy Dickson on getting the job done

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Politics of Food Production

Austin's first Fair Trade Film Festival sparks controversy

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Location, Location, Location

Previewing the Marfa Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

The surprising crossroads of Glee and local doc Sunshine

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Furry Vengeance

In this kids' film, creatures of the forest rebel when a housing development threatens their forest home.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

This rollicking South Korean film mines the traditional Western genre and infuses it with fresh, frequently hilarious life.

House Full

A man winds up married to three different women in this Bollywood romantic comedy.

The Little Traitor

Set in the British Mandate of Palestine in the summer of 1947, The Little Traitor stars Alfred Molina and tells its story through the eyes of a young innocent.

The Losers

In this action movie, a U.S. Special Forces unit on a mission in the jungles of Bolivia becomes the target for assassination and must figure out who is double-crossing them.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Although it's conventionally made, this documentary offers a streamlined and resonant account of recent history.

North Face

Based on real-life events of July 1936 in the Swiss Alps, this German film is a gripping and epic account of men vs. mountain vs. other men.

Oceans

The makers of Winged Migration are behind this documentary about the creatures that live in the waters covering nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface.

Phish 3D

The movie highlights Phish’s Festival 8, a three-day, eight-set, 16-hour concert in the Southern California desert.
arts & culture

Possibility of Failure

Pulitzer or not, composer David Lang won't play it safe

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Free Comic Book Day

Nine years in, the annual event is winning big crowds and new comics readers

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ladies Are Funny Festival

More East Coast comics and a full night of stand-up add more laughs to LAFF

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Sleeping Beauty

The strength of Vortex's original musical adaptation is in its imagination

Songs of Love and Loss

This ambitious Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble program was like a tale of two choirs

Hansel and Gretel

Set in the Gilded Age, this operatic fairy tale really resonates with the present
columns

Page Two: Principle and Patriotism

'We have met the enemy and he is us,' Part II

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Cougar Avatar schools the young

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The famous trees of Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Let us honor the memory of a fallen comrade

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cats' whiskers, 10-gallon hats, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

AHL West Division Finals

The first-year Texas Stars have advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex lose their perfect season

BY NICK BARBARO

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