May 21, 2010

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Volume 29, Number 38

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news

Clouds Over Campus

With less funding, more competition, and a wavering vision, UT-Austin faces an uncertain future

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Let David Live

The execution of David Powell will not serve justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Confusion Center

The devil's in the details of collecting intelligence

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, May 20-27

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Recycled Dreams: Three MRFs and a Phantom in the Wings

The council considers recycling proposals, with one offer off the table

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Bowled Over by Solar

Austin becomes a Solar America City

BY MICHAEL KING

A Capitol Idea? The Capitol Complex Meets the Downtown Austin Plan.

Texas Facilities Commission takes another look at Capitol redevelopment

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Look, the Feel of East Riverside

City planners to establish design-based code for East Riverside redevelopment

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Planetarium, AISD PAC: Two Dreams to Come True?

Austin moves closer to having a planetarium and an AISD performing arts center

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cap Metro CEO Candidates on Accessibility, Finances

Forum brings out candidates' views on agency's biggest challenges

BY LEE NICHOLS

Cactus: KUT to the Rescue

UT Union announces plan to save Cactus

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Living La Vida Local

Giving back to those who give back

BY AMY SMITH

ARA: Neighborhoods Back on Board?

Austin Revitalization Authority gets new board members

BY LEE NICHOLS

Austin's Greenest 'Yellow Pages': Seventh Edition Hits Stands

Paul Robbins draws on institutional knowledge to produce a 'labor of love'

BY NORA ANKRUM

The Hightower Report

Billion Dollar Tax Loophole; and Oil Spill Blame Game

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2010 RESTAURANT POLL RESULTS & GUIDE

'The Austin Chronicle' 2010 Restaurant Poll

Some local stalwarts hold their ground as newcomers upset the usual results

Curbside Cuisine Goes Big in Austin

Due to an unforgiving economy, the food trailer scene in Austin has exploded (in a good way)

BY MICK VANN

Eastside Renaissance

The Eastside is finally coming into its own as a destination for diners

BY RACHEL FEIT

Central and South America Arrive

Ceviche may very well be the new sushi

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Sushi Takes Over Austin

In a town dominated by Tex-Mex and barbecue, something fishy is happening

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Cocktails: Drink Fresh

The new brand of cocktail is neither cheap nor fast, but for many, it's the only way to go

BY WES MARSHALL

Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars

Con' Olio has an exemplary product line that includes flavor-infused extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The month of May is mighty busy

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week it's corn, beer, and cheese

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

PACHANGA 3

Sí Señor!

The Pachanga Latino Music Festival's trinity year

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Interviews

Record Reviews

Off the Record

Introducing the city's new sound engineer and the final verdict on the Cactus Cafe

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Julieta Venegas

Otra Cosa

the Dead Weather, the Black Keys

Sea of Cowards, Brothers

Band of Horses

Infinite Arms

Thee Oh Sees

Warm Slime

the Hold Steady

Heaven Is Whenever

Gogol Bordello

Trans-Continental Hustle

Black Prairie

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Caribou

Swim

Broken Social Scene, the New Pornographers

Forgiveness Rock Record, Together
screens

The Greatest Stories Ever Told

The 2010 Paramount Summer Film Classics

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

An Okie-Dokey Deadpan

Oklahoma director Mark Potts on his suburban comedy Simmons on Vinyl

BY MARC SAVLOV

Our Town

ABC picks up Austin-based drama My Generation

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

The IFC Media Project returns for another season of inventive and inspiring investigative journalism

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Muckraking documentarian Alex Gibney here directs his camera toward the influence-peddling scandals that erupted around Jack Abramoff.

Hausu (House)

This 1977 Japanese film is a surreal, indefinable piece of horror/comedy, a must-see film for lovers of the inscrutable, the grotesque, the funky, and the eccentric.

Kites

This Bollywood film made in America mixes elements from crime thrillers, love stories, and Westerns in a big flashy bundle designed to win over viewers dwelling far from the Indian subcontinent.

Shrek Forever After

What’s an ogre with a midlife crisis to do? The Shrek series closes by reminding us "it's a wonderful life."
arts & culture

Becoming Herself

What role the 'Universe of Texas' played in the life and art of Marcia Gay Harden

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'69 Love Scenes'

Each of the 69 Love Songs on the 1999 CD gets a scene in this theatrical venture

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Funniest Person in Austin 2010

In the competition's 25th year, the crown goes to comeback kid Lucas Molandes

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Austin Symphony With Christopher O'Riley

In closing its 99th season, ASO was at first reflective, then passionate

'Study Hall Drawings: New Work by Jenny Hart'

Hart's portraits drawn from a high school yearbook are '2 sweet 2 B 4gotten'
columns

Letters at 3AM: A Paradox of Oligarchy

'Am I my brother's keeper?' is the fundamental question of government

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen loves his art like he likes his men: 5x7

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Vietnam War Memorial Garden honors those who served in Vietnam and the Fort Worth-built Huey helicopters

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Celebrate Harvey Milk's birthday with some hot activists

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Captain's Wafers, the Gerber baby, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Pachanga Latino Music Festival

Fiesta Gardens, Saturday, May 22, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Flat-Track Roller Derby

It's all eyes on the prize this weekend for the Texas Rollergirls

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Aztex bask in first-place glow, Euro season wrap

BY NICK BARBARO

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