May 27, 2011

Volume 30, Number 39

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news

What the Task Force Wrought

Austin ISD's facilities review became a panic drill of cuts, closings, and contradictions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: The Monitor Comes Knocking

The police monitor and the chief share an exchange of views

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Do You Feel Lucky, PHHS?

Council committee takes next step in reorganizing social service funding

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, May 26-June 1

Naked City

Quote of the Week

Leaked AFD Exam Adds Fuel to Fire

Allegations of cheating exacerbate Fire Department's diversity woes

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Fightin' Words in Council Run-off

Shade swings; Tovo ducks

BY WELLS DUNBAR

LEGELAND

Out of the Schools and Into the Polls

Lege (and voters) still fighting over how much to cut public schools

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

From Womb to Bill to Law to Court?

Perry signs ultrasound-before-abortion bill

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bill of the Week

Last-minute school finance fix near collapse – special session beckons

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

End of the Road for Five-Way Stop?

A proposal to close Bruning Avenue stirs neighborhood debate

BY LEE NICHOLS

Cops Don't Let Cops Drive Drunk

SWAT officers busted after partying too hard

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Kochs Take One on the Chin; and Muzzling Michigan Professors

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A Knead To Read

From Spain's elBulli and France's wines to Baghdad's Green Zone and your own backyard: Bring cooking home with these new tomes

Talking Sugar With Gesine Bullock-Prado

How to not sweat candymaking, sugar

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week: Pink Syrah? Why Not?

A Rosé is a Rosé is a Rosé

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

A food and wine festival reboot, the best barbecue in Texas, and more in this week's food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Delicious ways to savor May 28-June 2

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

A Night at the Opera

Opera for dummies: Name one male tenor

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Kerrville Folk Festival one year at a time

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

Inching to the Finish

Bob Sabiston's winding road to Inchworm Animation

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Of Family Heirlooms and Industrial Films

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image preserves the state's cinematic roads less traveled

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Say What?

Mapping the Rolling Roadshow tour in movie quotes

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Franklin & Bash's dude charm

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The First Grader

In Kenya, an octogenarian takes the government's promise of an education for all to heart and joins the 6-year-old reciting their ABC's.

The Hangover: Part II

The action moves from Vegas to Thailand – but someone forgot to send along a new script.

Kung Fu Panda 2

In this visually enticing sequel, the panda voiced by Jack Black is tasked with finding inner peace.

Nora's Will

This Mexican award winner is a melodrama with a darkly comic streak about a Jewish woman who masterminds her family's lives even after her death.

Winter in Wartime

This coming-of-age story is set in the Dutch countryside during the Nazi-occupied winter of 1944-1945.
arts & culture

Top of the Line

The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dana Friis-Hansen

AMOA's former director presents his first independent show with an old friend

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Theatre Alliance

From TV and the LPGA comes the man who will run the Paramount and State

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

A dozen NEA grants, an Austinite for State Artist, and Austin High takes state

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Lie of the Mind

A long yet insightful look into families where love and kindness are rare

Of Mice and Men

A relaxed tempo can't obscure the lyricism and dark beauty of Steinbeck's tale

'Poster Cabaret Bicycle Print Show'

A host of colorful, expertly crafted prints celebrates the two-wheeled world
columns

Page Two: Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean they are out to get you, either

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Gay Place

Countdown to QueerBomb

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar keeps his rapturous feet on the ground ... with the Chihuahuas

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Liz Taylor, the Beatles, inventor of the Pringles can, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The Pratt Stone Cabin is worth the five-mile, round-trip hike up McKittrick Canyon

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Toast Jam

Austin's rep as a town that knows an ice-pick grind from a handrail jam is catching big air

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

2011 'Austin Chronicle' Adult Spelling Bee

Geoff Thevenot wins again!

BY SARAH SMITH

Soccer Watch

It's looking to be an exciting Eurpean Champions League final, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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