May 20, 2011

Volume 30, Number 38

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features

30 Things

The Highs, the Lows, the Lists
news

ELECTION RESULTS

All the Votes That Fit

Tovo's Place 3 surprise, Shade's dilemma ... and the great uninterested

Breaking Down the Boxes

A look at the numbers in the Place 3 race

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Hard Choices

City Hall embarks on the bumpy road to social services

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Diminishing Returns

We didn't quite break the record ... for unvoting

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, May 19-26

LEGELAND

Education Funding May Require Special Session

Lawmakers at impasse over school finance

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Not Everyone Hates Women's Health Care

Voters support funding Planned Parenthood

BY JORDAN SMITH

Lege Throws a Bone

Three bills make life a little better for Texas animals

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bill of the Week

House Bill 911

BY LEE NICHOLS

Two Wheels, 236 New Miles

Austin unveils new bicycle map in time for Bike to Work Week

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bike Study Wants You

BY LEE NICHOLS

One County, Four Senators?

Senate slices up Travis County

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Hiding Behind the Hedge; and Ryan Peddling a Raw Deal

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2011 RESTAURANT POLL RESULTS & GUIDE

'The Austin Chronicle' 2011 Restaurant Poll & Guide

The Recipes Behind the Restaurants

Make your restaurant favorites in your favorite footed jammies, for all we care

Food-o-File

Not a chef, but want to eat like one? We've got you covered during the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Juneteenth Dream Pie Social at Limerick-Frazier House

Pie social? You had me at 'pie.' And 'social.'

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Beer Flights: Guys, I'm Sorry I Ever Doubted You

Twisted X makes jalapeño beer a reality

BY LEE NICHOLS

Event Menu

Something's fishy about the Kocurek's latest class, but there's nothing to wine about at the Front Porch

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Mexicans With Guns

Electro-Latinate gets its traditional Pachanga on at Fiesta Gardens

Phases & Stages

Jackson Browne

Live at the Moody Theater, May 13

TV on the Radio

Nine Types of Light

Panda Bear

Tomboy

Loudon Wainwright III

40 Odd Years

Ray Davies

See My Friends

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Paper Airplane

Emmylou Harris

Hard Bargain

Robbie Robertson

How To Become Clairvoyant

Paul Simon

So Beautiful or So What

Off the Record

The lineup for ACL drops just in time for Pachanga and the Midgetmen's nine-year anniversary bash

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

Let Me Paint You a Picture

Previewing the Paramount Summer Classics Film Series

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Spinning Flavor

The MALI conference celebrates a decade of diversity

BY CINDY WIDNER

Historic Varsity Theater Mural Mutilated

Construction endangers the iconic movie mural at 24th and Guadalupe

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Players' Guide

Wiley Wiggins wants to show you his Thunderbeam; indie game developer Adam Saltsman gets an unwelcome Taiwanese clone; and more

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye: Front and Center

Eyeballing what NBC and Fox are serving up in the the fall

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bill Cunningham New York

The film provides an intimate portrait of Cunningham, whose two weekly New York Times photo columns document the city's fashion trends.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Ever-intrepid Werner Herzog guides us through a cave in southern France that holds the oldest drawings known to humanity.

Go for It!

A young woman in Chicago learns to overcome her fears and become a hip-hop dancer in this inspirational dance movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp sails the seas once again.

Priest

A warrior priest is on a mission to recapture his niece from murderous vampires.

Skateland

Skateland is a sweet, knowing, visually spot-on evocation of early-Eighties teen life in a small East Texas town.
arts & culture

I Shutter To Think

Six photographers offer a snapshot of the state of the art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'A Lie of the Mind'/'Love's Labour's Lost'

Seeing two plays she did 23 years ago prompts flashbacks for a local actor

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Zach Theatre

A $500,000 challenge grant supports a spot that Juliet would really love

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Funniest Person in Austin Contest

After an especially lengthy deliberation, Andy Ritchie takes the comedy crown

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

The Dudleys!: A Family Game

This ambitious new play imagines a family crisis as an 8-bit video game

The Grand Theory of Everything Between

What's undeniably grand about this new dance is Peter Stopschinski's music

Renaissance Splendour

This enchanting debut proved Ensemble VIII boasts singers of the highest order
columns

Page Two: Lullaby for the New World Order

The birthers have no endgame

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: The Bad and the Beautiful

Film noir cuts through the cant of America's idealism

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

There should probably be some sort of 'A Lady Bird in the hand is worth two Laura Bushes' joke in here somewhere ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Harvey Milk: The man, the monolith, the conference, and the march!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

National Natural Landmarks are some of the country's most unique biological and geological sites

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

'None but the dead have free speech,' etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Deutschen Pfest

Pfluger Park, Friday, May 20, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

2011 NCAA Softball Austin Regional

UT softball hosts 2011 NCAA tourney

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

A big week for teams from Manchester, England, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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