Feb. 18, 2011

Volume 30, Number 25

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news

Safety Net or Dead End?

The politics of Austin animal welfare

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Point Austin: A Tale of Two States

How you see Texas depends on where you're standing

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The City Council Blues ... Again

The price of all these things, twice

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

LEGELAND

LegeLand: Some Key Committee Seats for Local Dems

Funding battles will start in meeting rooms

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLand: Howard Wins in a Squeaker

Four-vote margin = four more years

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLand: Bill of the Week

Green energy vs. HOAs

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLand: A Bill To 'Protect Our Women'

Yet another fight over abortion

BY JORDAN SMITH

Amazon's Waltz Across Taxes

Perry frowns on Combs' pursuit of sales taxes

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Takes Stock of Impending Layoffs

There's nothing pretty about budget cuts

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Clemency Sought for Veteran

Execution set for Feb. 22

BY JORDAN SMITH

Health Care Jeopardy

Congressional Republicans propose elimination of Title X funding

BY JORDAN SMITH

Graves: No Restitution

State denies compensation to Graves

BY JORDAN SMITH

Quote of the Week

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Feb. 17-24

The Hightower Report

Congressional DeLay Tactics; and System of Checks and Imbalances

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Local Is as Local Does

Why area farmers want you to beware of faux local

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

DIY 2011

Food-swapping, Kate Payne, and The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Two chefs find new homes, and two events bring foodies together

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Pairing and learning and cooking and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Circle Sky

For your resident Head, the Monkees' Michael Nesmith still lassos 'Circle Sky' country-rock

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Prime real estate: Patricia Vonne and the historic opening week for Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Hayes Carll

KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)

Erin Ivey & the Finest Kind

Broken Gold

Todd Snider

Live: The Storyteller

Wil Cope

Sunset Craves

Bob Livingston

Gypsy Alibi

Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm, Sir Douglas Quintet

Trippin Out on Triplets, The San Antonio Hipster, Texas Gold

Gold Beach

Habibti

the Gary

El Camino

Jackie Bristow

Freedom

Arielle Nicole

This One's for You

Bree Bruns

Bree Bruns

Calida

Winter Songs

Datri Bean

Ruby

Butch Country

Sugarloaf Mountain
screens

Any Given Wednesday

One man, 10 years, some seriously sublime weirdness

BY MARC SAVLOV

He's Not in Wisconsin Anymore

Director Miguel Arteta on his bumpkin-in-the-big-city comedy Cedar Rapids

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

First Steps

New program highlights Texas filmmakers 'before they were legends'

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Getting Real

This weekend's Texas-set episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gets TV Eye teary-eyed

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Cedar Rapids

A wonderful cast turns Cedar Rapids into a semisweet charmer that fluxes between edgy comedy and palpable pathos.

I Am Number Four

This filmed adaptation of the first book in the proposed Lorien Legacies series follows the tribulations of an alien refugee on Earth.

Just Go With It

Instead of seeming effortless, this Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy has the lazy appearance of being effort-free.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Bieber Fever strikes the cineplex.

7 Khoon Maaf

In this Hindi mystery, a seven-times married woman leaves behind six deceased husbands.
arts & culture

Presto con Fuoco

For violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, life is best played fast and fiery

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Morris Beachy

Remembering Austin's pioneering choral conductor

BY ROBERT FAIRES

On the Funding Front

The governor puts a hit out on the Texas Commission on the Arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Hedda Gabler'/'Heddatron'

Two new productions put Ibsen's pistol-packin' heroine in a new light

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

La Sylphide

Ballet Austin's first brush with Bournonville showed his style suiting the dancers

UT New Music Ensemble

This program of fresh work proved again why NME is one of Austin's hidden gems

'Chloé Yingst: Missing'

The artist's first solo show offers a series of ethereal portraits rooted in memory
columns

After a Fashion

Cherchez la Femme restores Your Style Avatar's faith in local fashion shows

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Elevators on gravity, John Wayne on radioactive dirt, and more on more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Gay Place

Free your mind, and your ass will follow right over that bridge

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

David Adickes sculpts larger-than-life statues of larger-than-life men

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Rollergirls

Flat-track skates into the Convention Center

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Italians crash and burn in Champs League, Austin Co-ed Soccer Association gets under way, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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