April 1, 2011

Volume 30, Number 31

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news

April Fooles

Our nominees for Capitol expendables

Point Austin: Capitol Craziness

April Fools' can't compete with this year's legislative follies

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Recycling an Old Issue

Council weighs giving one company the entire heap

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, March 31-April 7

Quote of the Week

Final Blow: AISD Approves Job Cuts

Days numbered for hundreds of teachers, staff

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LEGELAND

State Cuts Hitting the Bone

The tolls of a take-no-prisoners budget year

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Making progress toward a Flying Spaghetti Monster Studies department

BY LEE NICHOLS

Concealed Carry on Campus?

Carry on campus bill spurs friendly fire concerns

BY JORDAN SMITH

Might Makes Voter ID

Voter ID passes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Urban Rail Public Meetings

City seeks input on proposed rail project

BY LEE NICHOLS

MetroRail vs. Pickup Truck

MetroRail made it 367 days without a crash

BY LEE NICHOLS

Council Candidates Get Neighborly Grilling

Candidates field questions from Austin Neighborhoods Council

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Don't Mess With Librarians; and Rising Economy, Downward Mobility

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Meat of the Matter

The best of the 26th annual Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Four words: Texas straight bourbon whiskey

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events for April 2-5

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Dome Sweet Dome

How do you contain an international music festival? Build a dome, and they will calm.

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Sifting through the Austin sound ordinance, paying final respects to Pinetop Perkins, and catching up with Explosions in the Sky

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

screens

Senegal's Père du Cinéma

AFS Essential Cinema explores the films of Ousmane Sembène

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

If You Build It ...

Turk Pipkin's continuing adventures in making the world a better place

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Lovers, the Dreamers, et al.

An April shower of Muppets programming at the Alamo Ritz

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

Topsy-Turvy

Notes on an Englishman

TV Eye

In praise of TV that takes its time

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Concert

A ragtag symphony orchestra travels from Moscow to Paris under false pretenses in this film that won a César award for its music.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Wimpy kid, wimpy movie.

Game

Four strangers are summoned to a rich man's island in this Bollywood thriller.

Hop

Some films are saccharine, but Hop is pure sugar – processed sugar.

Insidious

Insidious, from the original Saw team, lacks thrills and originality.

The King's Speech

This PG-13 remix (of a film we liked considerably upon its initial release) does nothing more or less than mute and/or modify the king's utterance of the four-letter vulgarity that earned the film its initial R rating.

The Music Never Stopped

After 20 years and a loss of memory, a father and son learn to reconnect over the music of the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.

Of Gods and Men

This Cannes Grand Prix winner is a spellbinding tale of Trappist monks amid Algerian civil chaos and finding purpose in faith.

Rubber

Rubber is a movie about a sentient, telekinetic, and homicidal tire on a rampage.

Source Code

These strangers on a train are players in a gripping science fiction roundelay.

Sucker Punch

In this visually compelling but narratively bankrupt action fantasy, an institutionalized young girl finds escape through her vivid imagination.
arts & culture

A Maestro Prepares

Before the baton goes up, conductors have to know the score – every note of it

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art Galleries

A pair of new visual-arts showplaces gives the art of the camera its due

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Play Me, I'm Yours'

Giving 'keys to the city' a whole new meaning

BY ROBERT FAIRES

April = Art

Festivals, galleries, and museums join forces to celebrate visual art all month long

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Forklift Kickstarts Trash 2, and Austin artists get to hit the boards

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Story Seekers

For their debut, the Exchange Artists have created an engaging fairy tale of a show

Much Ado About Nothing

The Present Company's debut with an open-air staging of the Bard's comedy is magical

Studio Theater Project

The mixed program offers a rich variety of dance that defies easy summation
columns

Page Two: High Dive

As they abandon their platform, Republicans threaten to take government down with them

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Elizabeth Taylor: heavenly star

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Sometimes Gay Place even overwhelms itself

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Caddo Lake State Park is one of the most unique environments in the state, and it has a beauty all its own

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Orchidometer, polystyrene cups, Liz Taylor, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Dane Sterling, Miss Leslie & the Juke Jointers

Little Longhorn Saloon, Friday, April 1, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Football Spring Jamboree

Fans afforded chance to purchase player-used lockers

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

It's the frantic season for soccer fans (and players)

BY NICK BARBARO

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