March 9, 2012

Volume 31, Number 28

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news

Welcome to the Circus!

The redistricting fight and the grassroots politics of chaos

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Stratfor's Web

The Stratfor emails raise questions about information, privatization, and official secrecy

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: People Get Ready

You don't need no baggage, you just get on board

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

It's Official: Bring Your Own Bags

The long campaign to ban the bags comes to fruition

BY MICHAEL KING

Animal Advisory Commission Endorses APA! Takeover of Town Lake Animal Center

APA! is losing its lease on a Manchaca space in May

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Hostel Takeover Averted – For Now

Lease extension for Hostelling International's Austin franchise exposes a few cracks

BY MIKE KANIN

Council Plows Into Rate Review

In the meantime, Austin Energy says it can do without $35 million stopgap

BY AMY SMITH

APD Defends Flawed Yogurt Shop Case

Assistant chief rejects idea that “tunnel vision” played a role in the investigation

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Ballot Set

All four incumbents have opposition, but Bill Spelman faces more than others

BY MICHAEL KING

Quote of the Week

The Hightower Report: The Keystone XL Flim Flam

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Where To Find Custom Cocktails and Affordable Wines During SXSW

A penny saved is a cocktail earned

BY WES MARSHALL

Don't go Home Hungry: Festival Eats Not to be Missed

Food-o-File

Can't decide where to eat? Now there's an app for that.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Ready, Set, Fire!

The young guns of Austin barbecue

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Beer! Free pies! And more in this week's foodie events.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: This Monkee Went to Heaven

The death of the Monkees' Davy Jones butts up against the local In Passing list at next week's Austin Music Awards

BY MARGARET MOSER

State of Love and Trust

Have a little faith for the new millennial music paradigm and trust in the 2011-12 Austin Music Awards.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

SXSW 2012 MUSIC

Ruby Tuesday

Sampling first-night SXSW showcases

The Young and Restless

Another magnificent seven local acts heading into South by Southwest and gaining momentum

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Picks and Sleepers

International Bands

screens

A Place in the World

Mondo debuts a gallery space

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

SXSW 2012 FILM

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Where to find the Chronicle's continuing SXSW Film coverage, plus a venue list

Best Bets for the Badgeless

You, too, can sample SXSW's wares

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Scare Game

Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon on what went wrong with horror and where to go from here

BY MARC SAVLOV

Attack of the Cybermen

Activism empowered by the Internet

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Ballad of Big Star

A work-in-progress premiere and supergroup performance pay tribute to the cult band

BY LEAH CHURNER

Mama Drama

The comedy in 21st century babymaking

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Poker Face

The life cycle of man as deadpan farce in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Joystick Joy

Two mediums, same ethos at play in 'Indie Game: The Movie'

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Bruises Easily

The Raid opens a can of whupass

BY MARC SAVLOV

Aftershocks

Finding inspiration in the devastation of the 921 earthquake

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Art as Acts of Subversion and Immersion

'The Sheik and I,' 'Trash Dance,' and 'Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters'

The Place Is the Thing

The influence of geography in a quartet of docs

Film Reviews

Deadline

Two newspaper reporters solve the cold case of a civil-rights murder in this movie inspired by a true story.

Friends With Kids

Fresh yet predictable, this rom-com asks if friends must also be lovers who share a domicile in order to successfully raise a child.

John Carter

Old-school "Gosh, wow!" sense-of-wonder filmmaking is in short supply these days, but now John Carter has arrived to fill the void.

Oka!

This drama is based on the experiences of Louis Sarno, an American-born ethnomusicologist who went to Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies and remained there ever since.

Silent House

Silent House gives the game away too easily but it does have some effective shocks along the way.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Glengarry Glen Ross

Most of Mamet's gritty look inside salesmen's souls gets lost in surface performances

Romeo and Juliet

City Theatre's choices give this very familiar tale a welcome, fresh twist

Dark to Light

Issues of sensitivity and clarity hamper this dance program

Moscow Now, Here

The New Russian Drama Festival opens a hotline to the culture of Russia today

BY DAN SOLOMON

SXSW Comedy

Really taking funny seriously

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two: Being Here Now

Your guide to the immediate

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: The Return of Our Angel

Marilyn Monroe has returned to us recently in various guises

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

Southside Market & Barbeque is the oldest continuously operated barbecue joint in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Next time you buy a sixer from Valero, thank Handy Dan

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Gay Place: Hey, Sailor!

BY KATE X MESSER

The Luv Doc: TechNERDphilia

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Stars Hockey

Seven-game home stand under way

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex host invitation-only tryouts, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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