April 29, 2011

Volume 30, Number 35

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news

The Action's in Place 3

Shade, Tovo, Nofziger race most watched and closely contested

BY WELLS DUNBAR

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 14 City Council elections

Point Austin: Hiding in Plain Sight

Here's your lecture on voting: Vote.

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Tall and Short Stacks of Money

The biggest chunk of change is fueling Place 3 race

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Naked City

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, April 29-May 5

Doing the Electric Slide

Electric cab item pulled from council agenda

BY LEE NICHOLS

Forum or Against 'Em

You don't even have to leave your couch for the enviro forum

City Budget Meetings

This week's opportunities to weigh in

Spring Council Elections

Highs and lows by decade

BY NORA ANKRUM

AISD: Tax Relief vs. Teacher Relief

AISD board hears testimony on historic property tax exemptions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LEGELAND

Follow That Bill

Tracking the Travis delegation through the 82nd Lege

Bill of the Week

Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Music to Your Beers

Microbrewer bill passes House

BY LEE NICHOLS

Puppy Love at the Lege

BY JORDAN SMITH

Will Holly Pass Muster at Council?

Council to consider controversial bid proposal

BY AMY SMITH

Reefer Madness: Drug Court: No Silver Bullet

If drug court isn't the answer, what is?

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Bugs Benedict? Bee Stroganoff?; and Tea Party Toys With Consumer Protection

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Beer Flights

Austin says good-bye to a master brewer

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

Rooting for the home team in the U.S. Barista Championship Brewers Cup, and more tasty news bites

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

For April 30-May 5, enjoy the power of Parmesan and a few twists for Cinco de Mayo

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Chameleon Cold-Brew

Java fiends produce a newer, cooler cup of coffee

Pho Dan

If it's good enough for Vietnamese grannies, it's probably really good

Violet Crown Cinema

This might make us forget the Alamo ... Drafthouse, that is
music

Arch Support

Foot Patrol's TJ Wade might just know the meaning of 'toe jam football'

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Scouting reports on Austin Psych Fest and Reckless Kelly's Celebrity Softball Jam

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Explosions in the Sky

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Steve Earle

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Meat Puppets

Lollipop

Loves It!

Yay!

Tia Carrera

Cosmic Priestess

Gregg Rolie

Five Days

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis (featuring Norah Jones)

Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles

The Wagoneers

The Essential Wagoneers

The Drakes

Nighttime Problems

Brian Hudson

Into the Black

Medicine Park

Pope of Fools

Trey Brown & Mission Dorado

Trey Brown & Mission Dorado

Not in the Face

Bikini
screens

A New Night-out Option

The Violet Crown Cinema brings the arthouse ethos to Downtown

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Fear Knows No Limits

Steve Niles' cross-platform experiments in terror

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Screens Reviews

Film Flam

The Cannes Do Edition

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Mustering enthusiasm for the wedding that has gripped the world

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

African Cats

Lions and cheetahs in the African savanna look lovely onscreen but are imbued with human emotions.

Certified Copy

Juliette Binoche stars in this romantic drama about the value of originality by Abbas Kiarostami.

Circo

A family-run circus that travels the back roads of Mexico is the subject of this documentary which explores the universal theme of filial loyalty.

In a Better World

This Danish import by Susanne Bier deservedly won this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Bone-pulverizing kickassery trumps plot in this Donnie Yen martial-arts film directed by Andrew Lau.

Prom

Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden stars in this tween wish-fulfillment movie.

'Rammbock: Berlin Undead'

This wackily despairing horror film from Germany is chock-full o' blood and guts.

Super

Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page star in this tonally odd superhero spoof that veers between cartoonish stylings and gruesome violence.

13 Assassins

The prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike takes a turn toward the truly epic with this classically styled samurai picture.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family

Madea is tasked once again with fixing a broken family.

Water for Elephants

Based on a bestselling novel, this 1930s-set film stars Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz.
arts & culture

Ann, Taylor-made

A stage tribute to Ann Richards becomes Ms. Holland's opus

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Chamber Music Center Performathon

Hundreds of chamber musicians fill Dell Hall with nine full hours of classical sounds

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Creative Alliance

After a decade of leading the arts service organization, Latifah Taormina retires

BY ROBERT FAIRES

First Night Austin

The organization behind the New Year's Eve arts celebration says the party's over

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'The Sultans Played Creole'

Champion's new group show hasn't the grandeur or vision of its previous exhibits

I've Never Been So Happy

The Rude Mechs' musical tall tale leads to a song that leaves your jaw on the floor

This Spring of Love

Treating Shakespeare as a high school musical comedy leads to much fun at City Theatre
columns

Oops!

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar treads lightly on the UT apparel design program and carries a big measuring tape ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

What doesn’t our GP krewe do?

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Capt. Day Trips takes the controls of a four-seater plane

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Strangers as friends, the first nachos, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam

Balls, beers, and bands

Soccer Watch

Barcelona and Man U continue their winning ways, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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