June 25, 2010

Volume 29, Number 43

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news

Hitting the Budget Barbells

The annual city budget workouts begin, and you're all invited

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Step Up to Citizenship

The curtain rises on the annual budget pageant – places, please

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Play It Again, MRF

There's many a slip between the dais and the big blue bin

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, June 24-July 1

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Watson to Take Cap Metro Wheel

Public sector experience clinched the deal for transit board

BY LEE NICHOLS

AE Finalists: California Dreamin'

Greens question the need for Golden Staters

BY NORA ANKRUM

Creationists Get Schooled in Court

No science ed degree with a biblical viewpoint for you!

BY LEE NICHOLS

Judge Orders Posthumous DNA Testing

Did the state execute an innocent man?

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Announces 'Multimodal' Bond Package

Package notable less for its contents than for how it came to be

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

BPness: Louisiana's Beleaguered Coast

A snapshot of life since the spill

BY KATE X MESSER

New 'Action' Park Rolls Closer to Reality

Skaters, BMXers collaborate on new digs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

1915 David St.

Project prompts rethinking on what it means to remodel

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

State Commission Considers Keller's Fate

Keller's execution-day decisions under microscope again

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Uniting to Fight Citizens United; and Unshackling Pregnant Inmates

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Frozen Dreams

Check out any of these frozen yogurt shops for a cool, tangy treat

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD AND KATE THORNBERRY

Food Reviews

Las Delicias

In our atomic summer heat, Las Delicias makes an excellent chilly pit stop

Marfa Shadows: A Chef Brett Mystery

The culinary-themed mystery genre isn't new, but DeMers sidesteps the common 'cozy' into a world heavily influenced by noirs

BY MM PACK

Event Menu

More foodie showcases to fill stomachs and calendars

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Two culinary programs change, Wheatsville wins, M Two debuts, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Cult of Personality

Insect Records head and Attack Formation commander Ben Webster has never been photographed with Red River mascot-to-be Butcher Bear

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Discovered, covered: Robert Plant reimagines Milton Mapes, Eric Johnson eulogizes Hendrix, and more nuggets from the Texas Punk Treasure Chest

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Kevin Welch

A Patch of Blue Sky

Shinyribs

Well After Awhile

the Mercers

Giant

Leatherbag

Hey Day

Sarah Jaffe

Suburban Nature

Stone River Boys

Love on the Dial

Kalu James

Live

League of Extraordinary Gz

Concealed Weapons 2
screens

Men With Mommy Issues

Jay and Mark Duplass rock the cradle of love in Cyrus

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Vengeance Is Fine

Jean-Pierre Jeunet wages war on war in the spirited Micmacs

BY MARC SAVLOV

Players' Guide

Zynga touches down in Austin, pixel-jamming at the Fantastic Arcade, and more

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye

TV Eye has girl crushes aplenty

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Cyrus

John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei co-star in this Duplass brothers' comedy about a young man's obsessive attachment to his mother.

Grown Ups

Grown Ups is the latest in an ongoing series of achingly nostalgic Adam Sandler schmaltzfests.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

This documentary is a softball, entirely sympathetic, and wickedly funny portrait of the artist at an advancing age.

Jonah Hex

The disfigured Weird Western Tales antihero gets his own movie, which mixes elements of the Western and the supernatural.

Knight and Day

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz co-star in this overly cute action film about a rogue CIA agent and the woman along for the ride.

Micmacs

This French-language film from Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet resembles a live-action cartoon.

Winter's Bone

Set in the Ozark Mountain backwoods of Missouri, this tense drama is an exceptionally good film.
arts & culture

The Things We Do for Love

One theatre ensemble just can't quit that miss of myth, Psyche

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Big Range Austin

The festival that packs a year of contemporary dance into two weekends

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ransom Center

All 210,000 prints from the Magnum Photos archive are available for public study

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arthouse

Rachel Adams hired to develop public programs for the visual art organization

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Becky's New Car

Steven Dietz's fun comedy may have deeper meaning for viewers of a certain age

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

Even with an uneven staging, Paul Rudnick's biblical comedy is a fabulous play

'New Works: Sunyong Chung'

Chung's two new sculptures offer a sublime glimpse of heaven and earth in balance
columns

Page Two: Yes We Said Yes We Will Yes

The Chronicle in bloom

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen rubs and rubs and can't make it smudge! No, we're not talking about the Louisiana coastline.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Act loco? You don't have to ask us twice!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Angel of Goliad distinguished herself during the bloody months of the Texas Revolution with her compassion for Texan prisoners

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Sharks, toilet paper, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

World Cup Watch

A rundown of local viewing parties

Urban Assault Ride

Bikes, booze, bands, and more

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex start a new win streak; World Cup midway report

BY NICK BARBARO

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