June 3, 2011

Volume 30, Number 40

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features

One Big Gay Happy Family?

QueerBomb and Austin Pride meet for a roundtable

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Return to Place 3

Tovo and Shade lay out their differences for the Chronicle and the voters

BY WELLS DUNBAR AND MICHAEL KING

'Chronicle' Endorsement

Place 3 run-off, June 18

Point Austin: Coming Home to Austin

Latest gerrymander reflects Capitol contempt for capital

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: On the Road to a Waller Redesign ...

Council fumbles the master plan

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Quote of the Week

Naked City

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, June 2-8

The Wrong Way To Right a Wrongful Conviction

Graves sues for compensation for time spent behind bars

BY JORDAN SMITH

DOJ Closes Police Inquiry

APD needs to close 'gaps in use-of-force reports'

BY JORDAN SMITH

LEGELAND

Not So Sine Die: What's Special About More of the Same?

The Legislature doesn't quite end

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

By the Numbers: Awful vs. Horrific

Schools and public health funding left hanging

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Travis To Split Five Ways?

Newest congressional district map would force Doggett to move – again

BY LEE NICHOLS

Lege Speaks, Cap Metro Listens: Screw the Union

Lege mandates busting union contracts at Cap Metro

BY LEE NICHOLS

Women's Health: 'Everybody Loses'

Lege anti-abortion crusade will devastate basic health care

BY JORDAN SMITH

Neighborhood Wins, Then Loses at ZAP

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

A Morally Untenable Corporate System; and Signing Off on Less Political Corruption

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Fertile Ground for Foodies

Austin's artisanal food makers bring home the bacon, perhaps

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

IACP conference brings 1,000 more foodies to town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Enjoy June 4-7 with wine tastings, booksignings, or a trip to the farm

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Chef John Besh Visits Austin

He's always eager to share the South's traditions of food and hospitality

BY MM PACK

music

Organized Chaos (in Tejas)

Q: Just how heavy and hardcore is Austin's first-half-closing festival? A: Chaos in Tejas!

Off the Record

White Denim powers up on the road, Chaos in Tejas keeps home fires burning, and more

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Suzanna Choffel

Steady Eye Shaky Bow

The Blind Pets

Sweet Tooth

Eddy Hobizal

Kinetic

Jeff Lofton

Chasing the Voodoo Down: Live at the Cactus Cafe

Greezy Wheels

The Wronglers, Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Heirloom Music

Susan Gibson

TightRope

Hector Ward & the Big Time

Sum of All

White Denim

D

Blaze Foley

Duct Tape Messiah: Soundtrack From the Documentary Film

Darling New Neighbors, Elevated Lines, Sad Accordions, Waldo Wittenmyer, The Magnificent Snails

Freakers on the Spazmonaut Train, Evil Eye EP, The Colors and the Kill, Waldo Wittenmyer, Baby Acid Trips

Roy Orbison

The Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964)
screens

Getting Busy

Joe Swanberg's prolific, provocative career

BY MARC SAVLOV

Pushing the Borderline

AFS Essential Cinema highlights filmmakers far from home

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

Diabolique

Shock and awe: Reassessing Clouzot's classic thriller

TV Eye: Oprah, Amen

Reflecting on the Gospel of Oprah

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Building Hope

Activist Turk Pipkin's documentary looks at the process of building of a secondary school in Mahiga, Kenya.

Incendies

A powerful and eloquent anti-war drama, this French-Canadian film unites the personal with the political in a stunning manner.

Lion of Judah

In this animated film, a bold lamb and his friends in a Bethlehem stable try to avoid the sacrificial altar during the week preceding Christ's crucifixion.

Ready

This Hindi romantic comedy concerns the downfall of an eternal bachelor.

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick's latest film bursts with unbridled ambition and vision, and while it doesn't always reach the heights for which it aims, it soars boldly and fearlessly.
arts & culture

First Generation

The 2011 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'CockTales with Astronauts'

The Seattle performer on making an astronaut love triangle into a solo musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'One-Man Star Wars Trilogy'

How a Canadian actor's low-tech love song to Star Wars conquered the cosmos

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

True West

The show has the makings of quite a spectacle if the cast can keep the top on

Lear

The flashy modern setting takes priority over Shakespeare's text in this update

Up, Down, Under and Through

This strong program of independent dance deserved to be seen by more people
columns

Page Two: 'Life,' the Universe, Everything

The devastating illumination of Terrence Malick's new film

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: In a Lonely Place

Film noir is a cinema of failure

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen may march to a different drummer's beat, but now he 'gets' Memorial Day

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Everything in Houston's Chinatown is centered around food

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law: Starting My Food Trailer

Getting your food trailer business rolling

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Lewis Carroll, caraway seeds, Geronimo, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

NCAA Baseball Austin Regional

UT hosts Bobcats and more

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Barcelona dominates Man U in Champions League final, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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