July 1, 2011

Volume 30, Number 44

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features

30 Things

The Highs, the Lows, the Lists
news

Room for the Unexpected

With the budget season not yet in full swing, there's still time for hope

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: No Choice

When bosses say their hands are tied, handcuffs follow

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Skid Marks on the Dais

The (slightly) new council takes up high-speed chicanes

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, June 30-July 6

Naked City

Police Group at Odds Over Property Deal

Should APA board have asked members to decide on a building purchase?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Tovo Takes Up (White) Lodging

Place 3 action on convention center hotel, social service funding

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Nature Violates City Code

City's green goals conflict with its ordinances

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bias in Animal Adoption Center Criteria?

Council adopts recommendations for TLAC

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Death Penalty: Older but Not Wiser

New report looks back at 35 years of the death penalty

BY JORDAN SMITH

Labor Changes Irk Transit Workers

New law and money woes prompt Cap Metro changes

BY LEE NICHOLS

LEGELAND

Doggett Draws District 35 Challenger

There are already rumblings from the proposed district designed to oust Doggett

BY LEE NICHOLS

Summer Under the Dome

The first special winds down

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Perry Peddles Texas Snake Oil; and Obama Goes Courting

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Dining Del Lago 2011

Make it a date on the lake

'Chronicle' 2011 Lake Food: Trailers

Cupcakes take over Lakeway; citizens rejoice

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Beat the heat with foodie TV this summer

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Delicious ways to celebrate our country's independence

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Catastrophe and the Cure

Behind the scenes of Explosions in the Sky's most challenging and personal album

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Exit Music: Nakia leaves The Voice, Corcoran retires, and Mike Wiebe walks the plank

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Centro-matic

Candidate Waltz

Foster & Lloyd

It's Already Tomorrow

Ruthie Foster

Live at Antone's

Stephen Barber

Astral Vinyl

Ancient VVisdom

A Godlike Inferno

ZZ Top

Live in Germany 1980

Motel Aviv, Closet Drama, F for Fake, Not in the Face, Sounds Under the Radio

Post Modern Nation, Dream State, New Hieroglyphic, Where My Communist Heart Meets My Capitalist Mind, Bikini
screens

The Pop Palette

Artists and indie entrepreneurs get artsy & crafty with their pop culture icons

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Take This Job and Shove It

Hugging it out with the cast of Party Down

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Anatomy of a Scene

New York and No Wave in Blank City

BY CINDY WIDNER

TV Eye: Go LoCo

Awards, and a word about what's on the horizon for 'TV Eye'

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz productively sidesteps her good-times-gal image to play this human cancer who lays waste to everyone who gets in her way.

Bbuddah: Hoga Terra Baap

A retired hit man has settled in Paris but comes back to India for one last job.

Delhi Belly

Three average guys are the unwitting targets of a deadly crime syndicate in this Indian comedy.

Larry Crowne

Tom Hanks directs and co-stars in this rom-com with Julia Roberts, though I suspect neither actor will list it high on their résumés.

Page One: Inside The New York Times

The slow death of print media and the often shambling efforts of newspapers to reinvent themselves is one of the main topics of this documentary.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Both ridiculous and ridiculously fun, this is over-the-top robotic mayhem.
arts & culture

Mona Remix

Leonardo's lady gets a modern makeover in Rino Pizzi's Mona Lisa Project

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Texas Performing Arts

A major grant lets UT's arts presenter boost the profile of classical music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Symphony Orchestra July Fourth Concert & Fireworks

With fireworks banned and cash tight, ASO cancels its holiday concert

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A tour of China for Tapestry and another arts honor for Ada Anderson

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Uncle Vanya

The design impresses, but the actors struggle against a noisy air conditioner

'Susan Collis: So it goes'

The artist's meta-referentiality in her media is not merely clever but also wise
columns

Page Two: It's Time To Vote

In this issue: 'Best of Austin' 2011 ballot

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: About 18 a Day

About 18 U.S. veterans commit suicide on an average day

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

A chicken, a dog, and a homecoming: Just another week in the life of Your Style Avatar

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

There may be no fireworks, but we know where the fur will fly

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Hill Country and Central Texas guidebooks have been updated, expanded, and reissued

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Hugh Hefner's bunny, Fred Flintstone's mustache, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Red, White 'n Buda

Buda City Park, Monday, July 4, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Round Rock Express

Bob Schneider performs following Saturday's game

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

U.S. Women defeat North Korea in their World Cup opener, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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