April 8, 2011

Volume 30, Number 32

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news

Why Rail?

The city is pushing for a 2012 vote to build urban rail. The critics are asking, 'Who needs it?'

BY LEE NICHOLS

City Hall Hustle: No Ports in This Storm

Ruthless economic climate has city bracing for budget season

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Council e-mails, Eastside Memorial, and champion bus drivers

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, April 7-14

Quote of the Week

You Can Win If You Don't Play?

At the Lege, the most meaningful votes may not be votes at all

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Price of Being a Pierce

Yogurt-shop investigation haunts grieving family

BY JORDAN SMITH

LEGELAND

Family Planning Torn Asunder

House strips funding for women's health care

BY JORDAN SMITH

Census Undercount in Colonias?

Lawsuit filed against state over census

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bill of the Week

Making room in the budget for downtrodden traditionalists

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Party Bus Is Over

Did staffing company stiff SXSW shuttle drivers?

BY MICHAEL KANIN

Campaign Contretemps

Competitive race takes on fiercer edge

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Return of Leslie Sbrocco

Who knew drinking wine could be so much fun?

BY WES MARSHALL

Deluxe Downtown

Two established franchises bring their 'A' game to new ventures

Food-o-File

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Fest gets its Sunday Fair deliciously right

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events for April 8-13

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Come and Take It

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears' lightning strike sophomore disc, Scandalous, stops in for a G&T at the Mustang Ranch

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Music News

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Bill Callahan

Apocalypse

Sarah Jaffe, No Mas Bodas, Basic, Holy Wave

Even Born Again, No Mas Bodas, Lo-Fi EP, Best Friends Single

Michael Fracasso

Saint Monday

Shapes Have Fangs

Dinner in the Dark

Eisley

The Valley

Austin Leonard Jones

Superstitions

Twilight Hotel

When the Wolves Go Blind

Spit & Tears

Spit & Tears
screens

Amateurs and Old Friends

Tom McCarthy works both angles in his winning third film. Make that Win Winning.

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Get Your '!W.A.R.' On

AFS Documentary Tour: !Women Art Revolution

BY KATE X MESSER

How High

Your Highness comes out swinging with an evening of sword and sandal action

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

From 'Howl' to Hamas

The ninth annual Austin Jewish Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Mourning Elizabeth Taylor and Geraldine Ferraro

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Arthur

The bubbles have gone out of Russell Brand's remake of the 30-year-old original.

Hanna

Hanna is a through-the-looking-glass, arthouse action minimasterpiece.

No Eres Tú, Soy Yo

In this Mexican romantic comedy, a man only discovers his true love while pining for the one he lost.

Soul Surfer

It's the true story of surfing sensation Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm to a shark at the age of 13.

Thank You

In this Bollywood romantic comedy, cheating husbands try to keep their secrets from a private detective and their wives.

Win Win

Paul Giamatti stars in this dark comedy from the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor.

Your Highness

This vulgar medieval travesty is awfully good fun when it works.
arts & culture

Miles and Miles of Canvas

For 2011, the Texas Biennial lives up to its name by spreading across the state

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Flight'

Composer Jonathan Dove explains how his opera set in an airport took off

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Hell Yes Fest

Austin's newest comedy festival wants to get it 100% correct

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ain't Misbehavin'

Two hours of sublime singing and dynamic dancing at the service of Fats Waller's music

Paradise Key

This government agent's grilling of a Nazi doctor is tough to watch but never boring

'Michelle Mayer: Departure/Return'

A beautiful display of footwear cobbled as if from bark, moss, foliage, and fungus
columns

Page Two: An Injury to All

The universal perils of union busting

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Obama, Nukes, and Us

President Barack Obama fudges the truth of his nuclear policies

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The Common Law

Taxes – April 18 Deadline? Can I Get an Extension?

BY LUKE ELLIS

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar keeps confusing the Volstead with the Mann Act

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

ALLGO: lots to be proud of. Austin Pride: not so much ...

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Dr. Eugene Clark Library is a monument to an unrequited love

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Holy water vending machine, red-headed Lucille Ball, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Round Rock Express Begin New Era

Big changes afoot up Round Rock way

Soccer Watch

Orlando City (ex-Austin Aztex) open play in the new USL Pro league, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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