May 13, 2011

Volume 30, Number 37

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features

30 Things

The highs, the lows, the lists
news

The Color of Fire

The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 14 City Council elections

Point Austin: What Do They Conserve?

The 82nd Legislature sets a new standard for official recklessness

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Trimming Tax Breaks and Tweaking Services

Council follows the money – what little there is

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, May 12-18

Naked City

Leak No More: Paul Robbins on Austin Water

New report criticizes Austin Water's conservation efforts

BY NORA ANKRUM

Davis vs. Rodriguez: Who Do You Trust?

Commissioner questions intent of land trust

BY LEE NICHOLS

APD Quintana Firing Upheld

Arbitrator says APD's charges against police officer were 'true'

BY MICHAEL KING

LEGELAND

Senate Budget Lesser of Two Evils

Reps from both chambers commence to thrash out final numbers

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Legal landscape shifts in passage of 'emergency' item

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

You Can Never Have Too Many Sonograms

Sonogram-before-abortion bill heads to governor's desk

BY JORDAN SMITH

Redistricting Map Draws Lawsuit

Houston rep questions state's method of counting population

BY LEE NICHOLS

Senate Approves Voter ID

Better hang on to that driver's license

BY LEE NICHOLS

Don't Roll Out the Barrel Just Yet

Microbrewers between a rock and a hard place at the Lege

BY LEE NICHOLS

On the Campaign Trail: Shade Racks Up Most Cash

The pulse quickens in heated Place 3 race

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

A Wall Street Apology?; and The Art of Tax-Dodging

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Quote of the Week

food

Food-o-File

This week's foodie news: subs, pies, wine, hot dogs, and more

Event Menu

Delicious events for May 14-19

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Garrison Brothers Distillery

Garrison Brothers pick up some impressive accolades for the new kid on the block

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Haddingtons

Pub grub gone posh

Tierra Linda Taqueria

Gas station gastronomy

Bombay Bistro

The new South location of this North Austin Indian food stalwart will outdo your expectations
music

You're a Woman, I'm a Machine

That frazzled local who looks like he just stepped out of American Pie is actually one of the hottest DJs and producers going

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Seaholm Power Plant reboots, reuses, recycles

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Okkervil River

I Am Very Far

Sarah Jarosz

Follow Me Down

Robyn Ludwick

Out of These Blues

Eliza Gilkyson

Roses at the End of Time

Owen Temple

Mountain Home

Slowtrain

Bound To Find You Out

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Steve Earle

Moonlight Towers

Day Is the New Night

Evil United

Evil United

Rapid Ric

Whut It Dew: The Album

Matt Smith's World

New Millennium 2011

Jeff & the Jumptones

Jeff & the Jumptones

Ratliff Dean

Only Memories

Churchwood

Churchwood
screens

The Cutup

Sandra Adair's rhythm method

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

New Kids on the Doc

How to be teenagers who make a short that screens at Cannes

BY CINDY WIDNER

The Stuff of 'Legend'

Words from wushu master Yuen Woo-ping

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Who is defining sexuality and sexual expression in TV and media?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bridesmaids

The "wedding industrial complex" is under siege in this funny new comedy written by Kristen Wiig.

Everything Must Go

Will Ferrell stars in this offbeat drama that's based on a Raymond Carver short story.

Forks Over Knives

This documentary presents evidence that a whole-foods diet can prevent the occurrence of cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes.

Hesher

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Hesher, the nihilistic antidote to a downbeat family in this drama that raises its middle finger toward nothing in particular.

A Serbian Film

Notorious for its disturbing content, this film has been slightly edited for its American theatrical debut.

True Legend

The great martial-arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping directs this saga about the inventor of Drunken Fist fighting.
arts & culture

Control Shift

Thoughts on adjusting to hard times from former opera director Kevin Patterson

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ensemble VIII

Austin's new professional chorus is the perfect size for singing early music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Nik Wallenda: Blasting the Circus Into the Future

Daredevil scion Nik Wallenda wants to reinvent circus for a new generation

BY RAVEN HINOJOSA

'Postcards From America'

On an epic road trip, the legendary photo cooperative makes a stop at the Harry Ransom Center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Love's Labour's Lost

A Sixties beach proves a fitting and enjoyable setting for the Bard's comedy

'As Above So Below: The Art of the Secret Society'

This collection of arcana from various fraternal orders is seriously impressive

The Magic Flute

This new balletic adaptation boasted fantastic visuals but stodgy choreography
columns

Oops!

Gay Place

Can't we all just get along, li'l gaywads?

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

When Stephen is not getting his hair styled, he is watching TV

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is sacred ground to many Southwestern Native American tribes

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mayo on lobster, Faulkner on the Kentucky Derby, and more on more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

WWE 'SmackDown' World Tour

Check it out at the Erwin Center

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

New accusations of bribery in the selection of Qatar to host WC 2018, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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