Feb. 25, 2011

Volume 30, Number 26

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news

The Single-Member Situation

Movement afoot – once again – to ask voters to endorse City Council districts

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Stop Me If You've Heard This One

Can the mayor persuade Austin voters this is a real city?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: What the Scan Revealed

Spelman's anti-airport scanner resolution can't quite achieve liftoff

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Feb. 24-March 3

City, AISD Look for School Fixes

A vow to work together

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Tuning In to Deaf Community

New TV program to widen civic life for deaf Austinites

BY JORDAN SMITH

Money Flows to Waller Creek

Council approves construction on tunnel project

BY WELLS DUNBAR

LEGELAND

LegeLand: Brew the Looking Glass

If Texas' liquor laws look good, you must be wearing beer goggles

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLand: Defunding Planned Parenthood

Abbott clears path to undermining Planned Parenthood

BY JORDAN SMITH

LegeLand: Bill of the Week

Not enough stuff 'under God'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLand: Reinventing the Budget Wheel

Watson takes aim at roots of budget mess

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLand: Redistricting Takes Shape

Block-by-block census maps released

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Arsonists, AISD cuts, and Brack tract

The Hightower Report

Scoring a Point for Community; and The Kochs Are Coming!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Quote of the Week

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio
food

Food-o-File

No need to sugarcoat any of this news; it's already pretty sweet!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Let former Longhorns coach you in the art of eating ribs

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Beer Flights: Talking Points About Drinking

What's brewing in the brewing world

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food Reviews

the backspace

Cirkiel shifts his command to the backspace

Zoot Restaurant

Takeout gets the highbrow treatment

La Pâtisserie

Get your Francophile fix on Annie Street
music

Your Name Here

Big Boys guitarist Tim Kerr put Austin punk on the map, then spent the next quarter century painting on it

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Austin Music Poll winners are just going to have to wait until the Austin Music Awards, plus a closer look at SXSW's international acts

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

screens

'Karma' Chameleon

Is crowdsourced content the wave of the future?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Post-Production

Anish Savjani on where he's been and where he thinks the industry is going next

BY MARC SAVLOV

Game Changer

ESPN eyes prime real estate at UT's College of Communication

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Flam

Texas Film Hall of Fame high-fives John Hawkes and Spoon, Bob Byington narrowly avoids probing Down Under, and more

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

The Oscars get hip

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

Martin Lawrence revisits his FBI undercover alter-ego, Big Momma.

Carbon Nation

Carbon dioxide emissions will be the death of us all unless we take steps to counteract the harm already done, says this new eco-doc.

Endhiran (Robot)

This extravagant Indian/Tamil production is an apocalyptic science fiction rom-com with elaborate dance set-pieces and music by A.R. Rahman.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – Director's Fan Cut

This newly crafted version of the Bieb's life story lops out some earlier segments and inserts more hometown material, new songs and performances, and footage of the film premiere.

Unknown

In this psychological thriller, a man awakens after a car accident to find his wife doesn't recognize him and another man has assumed his identity.
arts & culture

Powers of Tenn

Talking Tennessee Williams' genius with critic John Lahr

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Trash Project II'

Forklift Danceworks reprises its extraordinary ballet for sanitation workers and trucks

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Texas Medal of Arts

The Texas Cultural Trust honors its sixth group of notable Texans in the arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Working Homeless'

A new art exhibition speaks about and to people living on the streets

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Threepenny Opera

Inventive direction and fun acting make a wonderful spectacle of Brecht's dark world

Man and Superman

Shaw does go on, but Austin Shakespeare delivers a strong show with tight acting

'Out of Place'

This group show gives a sense of what real displacement – the forced kind – can be like
columns

Page Two: Bright Light, Hot Smoke

Here we go again: South by Southwest 2011

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Some Kind of a Man

After a certain age, there's no avoiding how death is a permanent part of life

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar confides in Secret Circus and tattles on Texas Film Hall of Fame

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Of Oscar and schlucking

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

La India Packing Company sells hundreds of different kinds of cooking seasonings and herbal remedies

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Beetles, Scientology, questions, stars, and soft drinks

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Legends: The Next Generation

George 'Monk' Foreman and Jennifer Wolfe co-headline historic card

Soccer Watch

U.S. men's U-17 team qualifies for U-17 World Cup, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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