Feb. 11, 2011

Volume 30, Number 24

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news

Neighborhoods, Schools, and Budgets

Austin ISD's looming financial crisis is a statewide story

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Hall Monitors Needed

If a council quorum is now two, maybe chaperones are in order?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Solid Waste Rocks!

Solid Waste Services goes national with its name campaign

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Quote of the Week

Sen. Rodney Ellis

Naked City

The State of the State, Sanders lawsuit, and more

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Feb. 10-17

Headlines

Blackout investigation, Powers' pulmonary embolism, and more

Library Cuts Run Deeper Than They Appear

Public schools, libraries, and even the attorney general could lose access to services

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Council Convenes: Meeting To Meet x 2

Council work session previews council meeting

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Bill of the Week

Watson files a sexting bill

BY JORDAN SMITH

Howard, Neil Await Ruling

Either Howard keeps seat or voters decide ... again

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

McMetro Line Stops Here?

Cap Metro facilities may soon don corporate names, logos

BY LEE NICHOLS

Rail Gets a Ridership Bump

Limited weekend service ahead

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Wall Street's Journal; and Three Stories, One Ugly Truth

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

GLUTEN-FREE

Wheat Nothings

Learn to love the gluten-free way

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Book Signing Event

Join Alain Braux for practical advice on switching to a gluten-free lifestyle

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Gluten-Free Edible Gifts

Mmmmmm, chocolate

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Book Reviews

Highfalutin Without the Gluten Roulette

Wine of the Week

Drink Italian in honor of St. Valentinus

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Wine and dine your valentine, chefs play matchmakers with a Texas food and wine competition, and more cheese, please

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Love is in the air; grub is on the plate

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Shoot Out the Lights

Bare buzz, bare butts: The Bright Light Social Hour shakes it

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Great music in odd places: punk rock at the Grand, Billy Gibbons' Twin Liquors visit, and 'Rehearsal at the Astoria'

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Graham Reynolds, Graham Reynolds & the Golden Arm Trio

The Difference Engine, Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington

Black Books, Federal! State! Local!, Drew Smith, Bridge Farmers

An Introduction To, I'll Put It On When I'm Dead, Ted Songs, Din of Celestial Birds

The Zakary Thaks

Passage to India

Candi & the Strangers

10th of Always

Danny Schmidt

Man of Many Moons

Carter Doster Sexton

Carter Doster Sexton

My Jerusalem

Gone for Good

Afrofreque

Jewels & Gems

Tomás Ramírez

Tomás Ramírez

Chris Brecht & Dead Flowers

Dead Flower Motel

Candace Bellamy

A Thousand Shades of Blue

Edie Brickell

Edie Brickell

Meagan Tubb & Shady People

Cast Your Shadow

Lucy Billings

No Other Road

Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus

Ray of Hope
screens

How High

Divination or hallucinogenic drug? Whichever way you look at it, The Spirit Molecule is gonna move you.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Counterprogramming Cupid

Stick it to Valentine's Day with these free ways to say eff off to love

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Endless Ache

AFS Essential Cinema: Children of Abraham / Ibrahim 5

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

When Sitcom Sincerity Attacks

Another 'Very Special' Episode at the Alamo

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Who's Sunny Now?

Matthew Perry, funny if not quite sunny, returns to TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Eagle

This sword-and-sandals epic is an old-fashioned boys' adventure tale about Roman warriors in the second century.

Gnomeo & Juliet

Animated garden gnomes do Shakespeare while the Bard requests an Alan Smithee credit.

The Illusionist

From the director of The Triplets of Belleville comes this new animated feature, which is based on an unproduced script by the great French filmmaker Jacques Tati.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Animation

Get a leg up on your Oscar pool by checking out all the nominees in this category.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Live Action

Amaze your friends and colleagues when you know everything about all the nominees in this category.

Patiala House

This Hindi drama is a cross-generational story about a second-generation Sikh in London and his father.

The Roommate

A college student grows fearful of her new dorm mate in this thriller which costars Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester.
arts & culture

Dramatic Turn

Actress Meredith McCall is about much more than musicals

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Black Watch'

This play gives audiences an up-close view of Scottish soldiers in Iraq

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Zach Theatre

Construction is starting on Zach's third performance space, its biggest yet

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Entrances and Exits

A distinguished curator and top scenic designer bid farewell to UT

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Eurydice

This show doesn't the plumb the depths of eternal love but is solidly staged

Drone: The Musical Comedy

This show is an entertainment with an eminently enjoyable looseness to it

Parampara Part II

A celebration of Indian classical dance that was unfailingly interesting
columns

Letters at 3AM: A Prayer at the End of My Rope

The crucial element of prayer is "no alibis"

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

After a Fashion

Is Stephen a Packers or Steelers man? You decide.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Gay Place loves you

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is where some of the finest parade floats in the world are created

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cream of tartar, Pasadena, and more than you ever cared to know about Amy Gordon

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

UT Softball

Hosts Texas Classic

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Dynamo break ground on soccer-specific stadium, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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