Jan. 28, 2011

Volume 30, Number 22

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news

Painting by Numbers

Wherein we recall how we got here ... and contemplate the baleful map-drawing future

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: News Not Fit To Print

Trying to find a silver lining ... anywhere

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Lure of Rainey Street

Bars, cars, and teeny tiny homes

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 27-Feb. 3

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Counting the Campaign Money: It's a Bundle

Incumbents rake it in with help from Armbrust

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Council Challengers Take Their Marks

Fresh faces emerge to take on the incumbents

BY WELLS DUNBAR

City Retreats From Bungled Bid Process

Staff likely to bulletproof the next plan

BY AMY SMITH

AISD: Long on Ideas ... Short on Funds

AISD looks for answers to budget dilemma

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LEGELAND

Child Advocates Seek Reforms

Budget cuts could wipe out key programs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Budget: The Kirk's Notes Version

Watson secures 48 hours for reviewing budget changes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bill of the Week

House Joint Resolution 20

BY LEE NICHOLS

It's Raining Mama Money

Senate proposes funding increase for Alternatives to Abortion program

BY JORDAN SMITH

Avert Your Eyes

Perry declares emergency for ultrasounds before abortion

BY JORDAN SMITH

Identity Crisis

Voter ID debate continues

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Ding-Dong Dumping on Texas' Doorstep; Judy Bonds' Legacy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Quote of the Week

food

Confituras Wins at Good Food Awards in San Francisco

Go figure!

BY MM PACK

Wine of the Week

Fortified wines make for mighty-fine times

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

Local foodie events for Jan. 28-Feb. 3

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austin foodies win hearts and competitions

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Co-operation makes noms happen
music

Loaded Dice

Less is no longer more to Iron & Wine's Sam Beam

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

'Hot Smoke & Sasafrass': Bubble Puppy reunites, James McMurtry fires back, and a final verdict for the estate of Don Walser

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

the Decemberists

The King Is Dead

Gang of Four

Content

Chinaberry Sidewalks

Rodney Crowell

the Dirtbombs

Party Store

Deerhoof

Deerhoof vs Evil

Wanda Jackson

The Party Ain't Over
screens

Is That a Wrap for Incentives?

Amid economic woes and a race-baiting controversy, the future of TV, video game, and film funding in Texas looks shaky

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Rambo Redux

In an unlikely passion project, one man seeks to unseat Stallone

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Broadcast News

A meat-on-the-bones romantic comedy set at a tipping point in network news' history

TV Eye: Sample Wisdom

Austin Film Festival now accepting pilot submissions; returning shows; and TCM talks Oscar

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Biutiful

Javier Bardem earned an Oscar nod for his performance in this grim but poetic Spanish drama.

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

This sequel is a model of the martial arts movie form.

The Mechanic

A mediocre remake of a Charles Bronson assassin film that's downright repellent at times.

No Strings Attached

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher play characters who test whether a relationship can remain purely sexual.

The Way Back

In this film set in 1940 and directed by Peter Weir, seven multinational prisoners in a Siberian labor camp escape and walk 4,000 miles to safety in India.
arts & culture

Best Beloveds

Molly Ivins' kickass boots are an ideal fit for prized actor Barbara Chisholm

BY AMY SMITH

Austin Theatre Alliance

After a seven-year run, Stein exits the Paramount and State theatres

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Anton Nel

The star pianist and actor Martin Burke welcome the elephant king

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Robert Wilson Video Portraits'

Give in to their leisurely pacing, and Wilson's images yield richness of detail

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Spirits to Enforce

Twelve superheroes plus The Tempest equals FronteraFest at its finest

A Samuel Beckett Cabaret

This show of three Beckett shorts embraces both their absurdity and tragedy

A Writer's Vision(s)

A playwright hallucinating crazed figures makes for a frenetic, fast-paced riot

Lost Land

This ambitious time-tossed tale of love lost isn't all there but shows promise

The Incredible Shrinking Man

This shadow-theatre staging of the sci-fi classic is, indeed, incredible

Let's Make Love Tonight!

The comedian's tales about sex are often uproarious and always intimate
columns

Page Two: Somebody To Love

It's the last chance to make your case in 2010-11 Austin Chronicle Music Poll

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: A Sweetness of Brick

Old New York is gone; only the replicas remain

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

A look back at a 50-year career and Steven Tyler's big, fat lips

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place is. It just is.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Frydek Grotto commemorates a miraculous event and serves as a cohesive element for a small farming community

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lee Harvey Oswald, Phil Collins, Edwin Booth, and Caligula

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Lonestar Rollergirls Season Opener

TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls celebrate their season opener and 10th anniversary

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

U.S. national teams see first action of the year, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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