May 6, 2011

Volume 30, Number 36

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news

The Road Against Hate

The Hurtado murders measure the distance Austin and Texas must travel

BY JORDAN SMITH

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 14 City Council elections

Point Austin: Race-off

Tovo's Place 3 council campaign gets off to a dubious start

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: It's Not Easy Being Single

For the seventh time ... the SMD devil is in the details

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Naked City

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, May 5-12

Pride Goeth to the Fall

Pride parade postponed

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LEGELAND

Latest Map 'Looks Like a Whirlpool'

Doggett accuses GOP of fracturing Travis County district boundaries

BY LEE NICHOLS

SBOE Map Dilutes Austin Vote

Proposed State Board of Education boundaries would still deflect local influence

BY LEE NICHOLS

Women Can't Win for Losing

New bill has self-destruct mechanism for Women's Health Program

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bill of the Week

Giving yacht buyers a reason to rock

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Eastside Art Spaces Under Siege?

Code crackdown on eclectic studio space

BY MIKE KANIN

Public Ed's Future Hangs in Balance

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but you'd never know it at the Lege

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AFD's Volunteer Hire Department

AFD recruitment efforts not unlike speed dating

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

The Hightower Report

Won't Take Nuke for an Answer; Drat. Oiled Again.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

A grill big enough for Texas, some morsels for Mother's Day, and other food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Raise a glass to Ma, or drink bourbon and watch the ponies

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

A Splash of Fun for Cinco de Mayo

Make some drink-os for Cinco!

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Barley Swine

Great bites for pork enthusiasts

All-City Subs

All-City is a cut above

Dos Batos

Get in on this hit early
music

Medicine Men

The Band of Heathens' collective mojo

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Across a Wire: Okkervil River and Nakia hit prime time

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

screens

Into the West

Kelly Reichardt re-creates the hazards of the Oregon Trail in Meek's Cutoff

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Go Into the Light

Jodie Foster on striking a balance between lightness and darkness in The Beaver

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

A Song of Skid Row

AFS Documentary Tour: On the Bowery

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

News of the bin Laden killing stirs up a mix of emotions

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Beaver

Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson in this odd family drama.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Brandon Routh stars as this film's titular paranormal investigator.

Echotone

This locally made documentary looks at the city of Austin through the eyes of its working musicians.

Fast Five

Those renegade street racers reassemble for the fifth installment in the franchise, this time in scenic Rio de Janeiro.

Hobo With a Shotgun

Though it's a great title, this Rutger Hauer movie is an unfocused throwback to Seventies exploitation films.

Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs. Evil

Back for another installment is this rude animated riff on Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales.

Jumping the Broom

This urban family rom-com actually has something interesting to say about race and romance.

Meek's Cutoff

The epic and the elementary combine in Kelly Reichardt's Western survivalist tale that stars Michelle Williams.

Something Borrowed

Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin co-star in this kicky portrait of narcissism unbridled.

There Be Dragons

Roland Joffé wrote and directed this drama set during the Spanish Civil War in which one of the protagonists is Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá.

Thor

Marvel Comics' muscle-bound mook with delusions of demi-godhood is well-played by Chris Hemsworth.
arts & culture

More Than Just a Giggle-O

The Ladies Are Funny Festival brings the distaff laffs and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

'The Dudleys!: A Family Game'

Video games fuse with live theatre with a little help from Tito's

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Blanton Museum of Art

After two years heading UT's art museum, the director leaves it for the classroom

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Miró Quartet

The acclaimed string ensemble's second violinist of 15 years takes her leave

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Zoo Story

Both versions of Albee's two-man confrontation deserve to be seen and in tandem

A Behanding in Spokane

This black comedy delivers everything you expect from a Hyde Park Theatre show

British Invasion

What might have been a night of dry British music was instead delightfully fresh
columns

Page Two: The Suburbs

Growing up with Phoebe Snow, whose presence and music transcended the ordinary

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Miss Beaufort

'If you're to be a writer, you must write every day,' said Miss Beaufort

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

Gay Place

Communication with Austin Pride is a two-way street

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Dude, Sweet Chocolate isn't your typical neighborhood candy store

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar packs away his trunk

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Sinatra loved electric trains, right-handed products kill left-handed people, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Protest High Property Taxes

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Ski Ranch Cablestock

Wakeboarding, skateboarding, and bikinis, oh my!

Soccer Watch

Crunch time in Euro football

BY NICK BARBARO

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