May 28, 2010

Volume 29, Number 39

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news

Environmental Cage Match

After a history of pulling its punches, is EPA finally forcing TCEQ to clean up the Texas air?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our picks for the June 12 run-off elections

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

City Hall Hustle: Fault Lines

KeyPoint blunders point to weakness in council-manager government

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Eco-Currents: Reading the Bones

Gluing frogs onto storm drains and other civic duties

BY NORA ANKRUM

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar: May 27-June 3

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Parks and Rec: If You Build It ...

Is Austin's appetite for fountains bigger than its wallet?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

KeyPoint Questions Linger After City Admits Goof

City attorney's resignation doesn't solve mystery of who did what when

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Preview: City Manager Review, Cab Vote, and More

Controversial items hit the dais this week

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Green Light for CAMPO 2035 Plan

Long-range plan includes SH 45 Southwest project

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

SBOE: Reading, Writing, and Fighting Socialism

SBOE passes new education standards along party lines

BY LEE NICHOLS

Austin Hits the Fast Lane

Fasten your seatbelts: Formula One is coming to town

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Media Watch: 'I Want My KGSR!'

Format and signal changes alienate longtime fans – and boost ratings

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Watch Out for Superweeds; and Let's Try Good Government

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Complete Summer Reading

Cookbooks, memoirs, and cultural studies to get you through the summer

BY KATE THORNBERRY, VIRGINIA B. WOOD, WES MARSHALL, RACHEL FEIT, MICK VANN, CLAUDIA ALARCÓN AND MM PACK

Food Reviews

Pour House Pub

Pints for the peckish will put you in the Pour House

Franklin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue serves up tender smoked meats ... or at least before the meat sells out

Food-o-File

Half-price appetizers at American spots old and new this week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Tastings, potlucks, multicourse dinners, and benefits – it may be hard to choose just one

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Shake Appeal

James Williamson's Raw Power is all in the mix

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Mixed signals: KUT takes over the Cactus Cafe, Pachanga owns Fiesta Gardens

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Low Red Center, Silent Diane, How I Quit Crack

Momentary Switch b/w Alles Klar, Riverside b/w Juliet the Painting, Gone Away b/w In Realm

She Sir

Yens

Luxuriator

Green Tennis Visor b/w Sheila

Coyote Slingshot

First Word of Evil Omens – Vitium

Simple Circuit

Teenage Ghost b/w Rathead Submarine

Walter Daniels & the Gospel Clodhoppers

Harmonica b/w Take Your Foot Out of the Mud & Put It in the Sand

The Dead Space

Journalism b/w Peter Hates Us

Dikes of Holland, the Mean Spirits

Wet Paint: Vol. 1, Into the Ditches b/w Church on Fire

International Waters

Flashes b/w Salt and Sea

Wild America

The Sea

Freshmillions, Focus Group, Royal Forest, the Ripe, Flyjack

Freshmillions, Unicornography, Royal Forest, Man With No Eyes, On the 1

Woven Bones

In and Out and Back Again
screens

They Went West

Back in the saddle with a faded genre's favorite stars

BY LOUIS BLACK

Buy Local, Get 'Happy'

Help Austin film The Happy Poet see the world

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Eye on an Icon

A new exhibit explores Walter Cronkite's life and legacy

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

In Play

Rockstar Games' most ambitious and polished title to date is a visual feast but somewhat of a gaming disappointment

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye

At the networks' preview of their fall shows, it seemed a lot like same-old, same-old

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead

Romero revivifies even more zombies with this new picture, but now the filmmaker depicts humankind as hardly worth saving.

MacGruber

Here's an idea that hasn't been tried in a few years: Turn a Saturday Night Live skit into a feature film.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this nearly bloodless, family-friendly throwback to a cinematic age when Persian palace intrigue, winsome princesses, and ambitious princes ruled the back lots.

The real winner in this weekend’s box-office derby?

Would you believe Morocco?

Sex and the City 2

Two years after the end of the last film, Carrie Bradshaw now frets that the "sparkle" has gone out of her marriage. It's gone from this movie, too.

Singam

This Tamil action film focuses on cops and smugglers.
arts & culture

UT Department of Theatre & Dance

The University of Illinois' Brant Pope is hired to lead UT's theatre/dance school

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Take It to the Next Level

The Cultural Arts Division revives its series of summer workshops for pro creatives

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Calling All Artists!

Two art exhibits and a new contest for young composers are accepting submissions

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Red Balloon

This revival of the 2008 hit is utterly original and transcendently human

Sexual Perversity in Chicago

Paladin Theatre Company's revival reveals the feelings behind the laughs

'Francesca Gabbiani: Dream Baby Dream'

The artist crafts densely layered cut-paper works of inspirational beauty
columns

Page Two: Abandoned Ship

As distrust grows, cooperation becomes impossible

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar experiences sincere shame and fear for a person's life all at one event

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Pride? It's just one of seven.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The San Antonio Zoo gets better with each visit

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Richard Belzer, exotic produce, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

USA announces WC squad; Aztex on the road

BY NICK BARBARO

'The Austin Chronicle' Adult Spelling Bee

May 20, Threadgill's World Headquarters

BY KRISTINE TOFTE

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