March 2, 2012

Volume 31, Number 27

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news

Inside Out ... Outside In

The growing influence of fringe movements on City Hall reflects either a healthy populism or the implosion of civic engagement

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Point Austin: Making Connections

Organized labor reaches out to all workers

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Fixing a Hole

PromiseLand gets its amphitheatre … so who's next?

BY AMY SMITH

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Civics 101

Another State Assault on Women's Health Care

New state rule targets Planned Parenthood, cuts almost 200,000 women from basic health care

BY JORDAN SMITH

Abbott Joins Anti-Birth Control Lawsuit

State jumps into contraceptive fray

BY JORDAN SMITH

Entering Into Bondage

The Citizens Task Force takes up the fall bond package planning

BY MICHAEL KING

Rate Case = Full Calendar for Council

Giving Austin Energy's numbers the old scrub-a-dub-dub

BY AMY SMITH

SXSWedu Spreads Its Wings

Time to hit the books on broader education topics

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Further Trials of Eroy Brown

Eroy Brown's parole is in the hands of the TDCJ

BY MICHAEL KING

Groundwater Ruling Favors Landowners

Water district may restrict use, but not without proper compensation

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report: Girls Gone Wild

Tiny angry terrorists assail America with cookies

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Fizzy Logic

Drink local soft drinks – from Dublin to Maine

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Cowboy Breakfast

Kick back and enjoy the food at the kickoff for the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Vaca y Vino previews its salute to the cow (and the grape)

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Get a little spring in your step (and mouth) this week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Austin Eats Food Tour

There's no need to sing for your supper; take a walk or a bike ride

Elizabeth Street Cafe

Un-Pho-Gettable
music

Can't Touch This

South by Southwest Music panels remain as star-studded as actual showcases

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Roadie

The shot about midway through 'Roadie' that travels from her sparkling shoes slowly up to her beaming face – that's Margaret Moser.

BY MARGARET MOSER

screens

No. 1 Troublemaker

The guts and the glory (don't forget the gory)

BY MARC SAVLOV

Take This Awesome Job and Show It

Tim and Eric, tackling big screens and small

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Team Spirit

The 2012 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

SXSW 2012 INTERACTIVE

Interactive Introduction

All the info you need to follow our SXSW coverage, a list of the SXSW 2012 Interactive campuses, and how to Aurasma-fy our cover.

Don't Click Us, We'll Click You

How the Internet started searching us

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Black Like Who?

Baratunde Thurston lightens up the conversation on race, technology, and social change

BY CINDY WIDNER

Man or Machine? Circle Option C.

Digital pioneer Amber Case on cyborg anthropology

BY JON LEBKOWSKY

Ex-Punk Author, DIY or Die Forever

Test-driving the newest iBooks Author app (bumps ahead)

BY JESSE SUBLETT

The Sound of Secrets

Bluebrain live-scores your true confessions

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

The (Re-)Rise of Start-Up Culture

Are we closing in on a sustainable model?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Unpicked: The Underachiever's Rejected Panel Proposals

The Underachiever's Rejected Panel Proposals

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Where No Man Has Gone Before

What Jeffrey Zeldman thinks about Jeffrey Zeldman's induction into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

The End of the Double Rainbow

Does it take a pot of gold now to go viral?

BY DAN SOLOMON

About Time for a New Pair of Genes

Better SXSW through DNA modification

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Tumblr Today, the Tate Tomorrow

Does the rise of social media mean more art or just more noise?

BY ASHLEY MORENO

A Patchwork Planet

How blogging became the (very lucrative) 21st century quilting bee

BY MELANIE HAUPT

South by Southwest ScreenBurn Arcade

Holy crap! It's free! OMG! Parking!

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film Reviews

Act of Valor

Navy SEALs conduct a rescue mission in this film that employed actual soldiers and their experiences in its making.

Chico & Rita

The music, scored by Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, is the real star of this animated movie.

Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes directs this terrific contemporary update of Shakespeare's timeless play about war.

Crazy Horse

Paris' famed erotic showcase at the Crazy Horse saloon is profiled in this Frederick Wiseman documentary.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Even though it's primarily a cautionary ecological tale, this animated film is fun and visually pleasing.

Gone

Is Jill really the victim of a serial abductor or is she just very troubled?

Kill List

This British crime film is very dark, funny, and violent – and thoroughly unpredictable.

Project X

In the vein of John Hughes, this movie celebrates that innocent time of life when a badass backyard party is the ultimate key to social success.

Thin Ice

Greg Kinnear plays a larcenous insurance agent who steps into a caper that spirals out of control.

Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

This cult comedy duo from TV demonstrate with this feature-length film that more, quite frequently, equals less.

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Tyler Perry also stars in his latest film, playing a wealthy businessman whose orderly life comes undone as the result of a good deed.

Wanderlust

A downsized Manhattan couple played by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd stumble into a modern hippie commune and begin to reassess their goals in life.
arts & culture

Do Tell

The Living Room makes a space for everyone's stories

BY JILLIAN OWENS

All Over Creation: Sweet Release

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Lyric Opera

ALO finds its new general director at the Metropolian Opera

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Tenebrae – Shadows of France'

Ensemble VIII gets dark

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The 21 Would-Be Lives of Phineas Hamm

In this play, jumping to a new life when the going gets tough proves a not-so-easy way out

Messenger No. 4 (Or... How to Survive a Greek Tragedy)

This riff on Greek tragic conventions stuffs plays within plays with giddy charm

'Noriko Ambe: White Scape'

Ambe's milky topography may make your aesthetic senses go snow blind in appreciation
columns

Page Two: Strange Days

Surfacing into the riptide of SXSW

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

You never know what you're going to find on the way to the doctor …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Dress like a Banshee as you prepare for your gayest SXSW ever.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Franklin Mountains State Park

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Organic Gardening

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Rollergirls

Who will dominate this year's flat-track Roller Derby?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

U.S. beats Italy for the first time ever, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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