May 7, 2010

Todd V. Wolfson

Volume 29, Number 36

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news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our recommendations for the May 8 elections

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Pressure Rising at the Water Utility

One manager forced out, another accused of harassment ... who's watching the valves?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Feet on the Ground

If May Day has a meaning, it's one we build together

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Razing Arizona

City Hall sends regrets to the Grand Canyon

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, May 6-13

Clouds Part Over AISD Budget Forecast

AISD looks to be less squeezed for money than previously predicted

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ACC Hikes Tuition

Board raises tuition as other revenue sources decline

BY LEE NICHOLS

More Cactus Thorns

More questions than answers on the fate of the Cactus

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

TRMPAC Forever

Justice DeLayed is justice forgotten

BY MICHAEL KING

The Tire Keeps on Turning

City suspends Fleet Services employee as scrap tire investigation continues

BY JORDAN SMITH

Building a Place to Build Community

Northeast center built on progressive foundation

BY MICHAEL KING

Southwest Key Breaking Social Ground

Center aims to tackle unemployment issues in East Austin

BY MICHAEL KING

Three Steps Forward, One Step Back

Various projects slated for I-35, Airport Boulevard, and Congress Avenue

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Headlines

Naked City

New briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

The Hightower Report

Banking Reform Gone Bad; and Abacus Among Us

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

What's a Hungry Brit to Eat in Austin?

It may not be Mum's bubble and squeak, but it's close

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Passport to Argentina

Celebrate the food and wine of Argentina on its bicentennial

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Dow's Vale do Bomfim is a great match for dinner

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Scholarships, WineCasts, noteworthy locals, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Dan Aykroyd! By golly! Also, supper clubs and delicious benefits galore coming up in the week ahead.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Sara Smile Still

Behind Sara Hickman's sunny countenance lies real life. And still a smile.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

In search of the light at the end of the Waller Creek Tunnel Project

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Grupo Fantasma

El Existential

Cruiserweight

The Smith Tower

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Peaced

Southern Front

Join or Die

Rice Moorehead

You Make Me Feel ...

Ben Livingston

Trust Your Equipment

Kevin Higgins, Danny Santos, Michael Shane Borden, Chris Hawkes, Dickie Lee Erwin, Steve Brooks

Find Your Shine, Say You Love Me Too, Burden of Proof, Because I Feel That Way Too, Swan, Chasing Grace

Screen Door Porch

Screen Door Porch

Trevor Boehm & the Cultivators

When the Ground Gives Way

Trumpeter Swan

Listen for the Clues

Susanne Abbott

No History of Prevention

Adam Carroll, Adam Carroll & Michael O'Connor

Live at Flipnotics, Hard Times

Suzi Stern & George Oldziey

Leap of Heart
screens

Take 10

The annual 10 Under 10 showcase spotlights collegians with cameras

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Do Not Try This at Home

Tom Six on the surgical horrors of The Human Centipede

BY MARC SAVLOV

Classing Up the Joint

The Domain's new Gold Class Cinema ups the ante on upscale movie-watching

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

PBS' Independent Lens airs a locally made and deeply moving story of one family's extraordinary journey to help their son with special needs

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Babies

Although these documentary images of human babies from around the world are beguiling, the film's lack of conclusions is frustrating.

Badmaash Company

In this Bollywood film, four friends start a business and succeed by doing all the wrong things.

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Coprophiliacs looking for a movie that really rings their chimes will be positively tintinnabulating from this arthouse horror number.

Iron Man 2

Despite a high tech sheen and an excellent but overstuffed cast, this sequel feels more like a setup for the upcoming Avengers movie than its own picture.

Killing Kasztner

This documentary is about the little-remembered figure Rudolf Israel Kasztner, who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann for the release of 1,700 Jews from Hungary, only to later be castigated for Nazi collaboration.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy Krueger is back to disturb everyone's sleep.

The Secret of Kells

This animated Irish stunner is visually complex and colorful and was a contender this year for the best animated film Oscar.
arts & culture

Teaching Intimacy

The Miró Quartet reveals the key to developing a great chamber music ensemble

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Coppélia'

Stephen Mills programs this comic work to help develop Austin's ballet palate

BY JONELLE SEITZ

UIL State One-Act Play Contest

Austin High's championship thespians get a repeat shot at the state title

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

Honors for Conspirare, two artists who teach at UT, and a student playwright

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Body Awareness

This story of people trying to do what's right is both real and really funny

Our Town

This staging of the classic play reveals it is still the microcosm of American life

'Lance Letscher: The Perfect Machine'

The art for Lance Letscher's first children's book streams shards of color and type
columns

Letters at 3AM: Of Tiers and Tears

The isolation of the Professional Tier is the single most destructive element in American society today

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

Page Two: Getting Our Bearings

The world is far bigger than it might seem

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen's true confessions

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Public servitude is not your private networking playground

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Koffee Kup Family Restaurant built its reputation the old-fashioned way – by serving good, basic comfort food

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cat acne, Jessica Simpson's addiction, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Electric Transmission Lines & Eminent Domain

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Studio 54klift: A Fundraiser for Forklift Danceworks

Spider House Ballroom, Saturday, May 8, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Round Rock Express

Lance Berkman, Will Ferrell, and more

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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