Feb. 24, 2012

Volume 31, Number 26

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news

Sixth Sense

Neighbors, business owners, and the city are all searching for the future of East Sixth Street

BY MIKE KANIN

Point Austin: Dick Brown's Hermit Crabs

The outcries of HURF should make Austinites hurl

BY MICHAEL KING

Quote of the Week

Then There's This: Utilities or Food?

The poor get poorer as electric and water rates rise

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

A 3-D Race for the Bench

Three Dems vying for high-profile felony court

BY JORDAN SMITH

Not the Brightest STAAR

Under pressure from lawmakers, education commissioner defers 15% grading system

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dissecting the Science of Death

1998 murder case will get a scientific examination

BY JORDAN SMITH

Rick Perry Death Watch

Governor goes two for two this week

BY JORDAN SMITH

Paper Towel Choking Case Back in Appeals Court

Briefs filed for and against a new trial

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Charter, the Devil, and the Details

Charter Revision Committee sends its recommendations to City Council

BY MICHAEL KING

AISD Board Postpones Union Vote

Trustees report almost $100 million in district savings by working with Education Austin

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Police Chief Goes on the Offensive

Acevedo called Henson a "liar" to the Statesman

BY JORDAN SMITH

Hightower Report: The Pampered Patient

Perverting health care into a luxury commodity

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

That Takes the Cake

Austin cake artists strut their stuff at national show

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Hoover Alexander and the Soular Food Garden

A whole new take on soul food

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Keep the state from taking a bite from cottage pies and cakes

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

You could keep Mardis Gras going for a week with this smorgasbord

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Bistrot Mirabelle

Cozy French classics
music

Kickstart My Heart

Austin is one of 10 cities featured prominently on online fundraising platform Kickstarter

BY ADAM SCHRAGIN

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: I Got a Line on You

Of poles and polls

BY MARGARET MOSER

Phases & Stages

Leonard Cohen

Old Ideas

various artists

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Van Halen

A Different Kind of Truth

Charlie Haden & Hank Jones

Come Sunday

Tim Berne

Snakeoil
screens

Confessions of a Mind on Overdrive

Troy Dillinger has so much to give

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Domestic Terrorists? Or Activist-Acolytes Led Astray by a Mentor?

Documentary 'Better This World' ponders the endless shades of gray

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Vanya on 42nd Street

This 1994 film captures an alchemical moment of New York theatre lore, a prolonged experiment in Chekhov

Film Reviews

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Nicolas Cage rides again.

In the Land of Blood and Honey

Angelina Jolie steps behind the camera to helm this picture she also wrote, which focuses on the emotional fallout of the Bosnian War.

Rampart

Woody Harrelson reunites with the director of The Messenger to create this portrait of a very dirty cop.

The Secret World of Arrietty

This new animated film from Japan's Studio Ghibli is based on The Borrowers, a story about 4-inch-tall people who live undetected among their human hosts.
arts & culture

Knot a Secret

After 17 years, playwright Hank Schwemmer is finally getting seen

BY ROBERT FAIRES

All Over Creation: Dispatch From the New Theatre Front

Four new UTNT dramas prove you can't go home again

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Scottish Rite Theatre

New manager Emily Marks is thinking outside the temple

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Crucible

St. Ed's stages a chilling version of Arthur Miller's indictment of McCarthyism

Civilization (All You Can Eat)

Jason Grote's play comes off as fuzzy, especially in the half-light of SVT's staging

'Jamie Panzer: Bullshit Detector'

Panzer's tetrahedons are no bull
columns

Page Two: To Start, To Stop, and To Start Again

Dear reader, the day is yours

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: These American Dreams

Steve Erickson's novel 'These Dreams of You' is a profound and hilarious salute to family values and America

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Tyler is back from Afganistan and Stephen cannot get his CO to obey orders

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Show Us Your ...

Oh, the wheels are turning toward a very gay South By …

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Liberty Bar in San Antonio makes for a special dining experience whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Nudes no more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Toftation Island

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

UT Baseball

UT baseball makes a brief stop at DFF during an early season road trip

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Austin Aztex release 2012 schedule, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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