April 6, 2012

Volume 31, Number 32

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news

Keeping the Faith

Women lawmakers endure – and defy – the anti-choice wrath of the Catholic Church

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: 'Free' Is Much Too Expensive

Donald Shoup on the high cost of free parking

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Excuse My Biomass

Revisiting the city's decision to hook up with a chip-burning plant

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Shea's Contracts at Issue

Questions raised about candidate Brigid Shea's work as consultant and lobbyist

BY MIKE KANIN

Zoning, Fluoride, and Old Hollywood

City Council takes on rates, permits, and all that jazz

BY MICHAEL KING

Consider the Source: Boring Into BOR

A little less orange, a little more transparent

BY NICK BARBARO

City Campaign: Voters Wanted

Endorsements start to filter in for what should be an interesting city election season

BY MICHAEL KING

AISD Inches Toward Consultation Deal

Board expected to vote April 23

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

West Lake Waterworks

City to offer $16 million for control of its wastewater system

BY MIKE KANIN

Panel Emphasizes Need for Prosecutorial Oversight

Michael Morton's case is one of dozens in which misconduct has been alleged

BY JORDAN SMITH

Commission Debarks Puppy Mill Regs

Committee proposals for more humane measures fail

BY JORDAN SMITH

Mystery and Intrigue Grow in Yassine Case

Federal case against Downtown club owners takes another turn

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Political insiders are stealing from America itself

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Hops to It

The gospel of good beer is spreading

BY LEE NICHOLS

East Austin Urban Farm Tour To Benefit Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

Oh, the farmer and the foodie should be friends

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Austin Bakers Are Challenged To Help Fight Hunger

Baking to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Post-Easter-Egg-Hunt Brunch

Food-o-File

Farewell to a few of Austin's foodie legends

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

National Grilled Cheese Month? We knew we loved April for some reason.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

A Turkish Feast at the Little Country Diner

Family-owned Spicewood restaurant serves up Turkish delights
music

I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

Then again, maybe Kat Edmonson fits perfectly

BY ADAM SCHRAGIN

1, 2, Tres, Cuatro: Waltz Across Texas

San Antonio rock & roll posters and Central Texas dance halls – preserve them.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Phases & Stages

Lyle Lovett

Release Me

Bobby Jealousy

A Little Death

Ben Kweller

Go Fly a Kite

MaryAnn & the Revival Band

Proper

Walter Tragert

A Single Drop of Rain

JooDee Purkeypile

October House

Seth Sherman

When the Moment Is True

Bill Carter

Behind the Barn

Louis Johnson

Old Friend

Lincoln Durham

The Shovel vs the Howling Bones
screens

Arcade Fire

Pastime becomes passion project becomes Pinballz

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Sad Clown Makes for Happy Filmmaker

Mario Troncoso on his debut at Cannes

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Spoils of War

Blood and sorrow in the films of Southeast Europe

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

American Reunion

Thirteen years after American Pie jump-started sexual innuendo for a new generation, this sequel is the best one in the series.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

His, hers, and ours: Outsider artists use plastic surgery to merge as one on the physical plane.

Boy

Set on the eastern New Zealand coast in 1984, Boy is a wisp of a story, but originally told by the director of Eagle vs Shark.

Housefull 2

This Bollywood film is a follow-up to the 2010 comedy.

The Hunter

Willem Dafoe plays a Canadian tracker hunting presumed-extinct prey in Tasmania, but soon he's stalking humans as well.

Mirror Mirror

Holding on to the Snow White fairy tale's most tiresome aspects, this iteration has some visual sass but is devoid of wit.

Rachcha

The Salt of Life

This Italian import by the director of Mid-August Lunch addresses the concerns of aging men who realize they are no longer attractive to young women.

3

In this Tamil love story, a couple's relationship over the decades is explored.

Undefeated

This Oscar-winner for Best Documentary tells a rousing and heartwarming tale of a West Memphis high school football team overcoming the odds.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: Laugh Lines

A week of unexpected comic relief brought lessons in laugh-making

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Latino New Play Festival

Teatro Vivo follows its hit inaugural fest with readings of three more works by Latino writers

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

April Fools

Acia Gray mines vaudeville for lost treasures of tap and makes them dazzle again

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Bion Tsang, Cello

The cellist swashed and buckled his way through Dvorák like a great actor playing Cyrano

The Aliens

This fierce work of theatre feels like unrehearsed life at its most casual and intense
columns

Letters at 3AM: A Pattern of Subversion

President Obama regularly oversteps his bounds of office

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Swag: How Your Style Avatar rolls …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Oops, Mami!

The Laramie Project's Wilde Party, VAC's new Traditional Family Values, and ArtErotica top this week's list of must-do gAy-TX arty party fun

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Devils River is the most pristine waterway in Texas and is surrounded by uncompromising rugged terrain

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

And I thought my bubbie's seders were crazy

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Parachute Pants and a Kentucky Waterfall

A miniature pony is an even awesomer chick magnet than an IROC-Z

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

UT Softball/Baseball Food Drive

The No. 3-ranked Longhorns softball team enter its three-game home series vs. Missouri on a nine-game winning streak

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex announce first four player signings, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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