April 20, 2012

Volume 31, Number 34

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news

Can the Earth Be Saved?

Walter Cronkite and the creation of Earth Day

BY DOUGLAS BRINKLEY

Point Austin: Money and Minds

The easiest answer on campaign finance reform might not be the wisest

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You

More questions than answers in Green Water Treatment Plant deal

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

APD Officer Remembered Warmly at Funeral

Padron was well-liked for his bright smile, optimism, and 'heart of a servant'

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cisco, R.I.P.

APD apologizes for shooting death of dog

BY MICHAEL KING

Investigation Continues in Officer-Involved Shooting

Bradley was carrying just over an ounce of powder cocaine at the time of his death

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cap Metro Contracting: Watson and Wyatt at Odds

Transit agency and labor union still renegotiating

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

FTA 'New Start' Funds MetroRapid Buses

Federal grant covers 80% of $47.6 million bus rapid transit program

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Planned Parenthood Sues

Nine clinics claim violations of First and 14th Amendment rights

BY JORDAN SMITH

McMillan 'Traumatized' by Houston Cops

DiverseArts Culture Works founder / director travels to Houston due to a death in the family, and gets roughed up by police and arrested

BY CINDY WIDNER

Party Conventions Party Down: Saturday, April 21

Onward through the fog for Travis County Dems and GOP

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report: Baseball Bobbles a Big Constitutional Play

MLB strikes out on Ozzie Guillen

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Flavors of April

Three foodie festivals that will have you drooling

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Notes From a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession

Jeff Scott focuses on 10 brilliant, food-obsessed chefs

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

ViUDA New American Bistro

Aside from a stellar vegetarian dish, Ramborger's bistro could use some tweaking

Food-o-File

Celebrate Earth Day the foodie way

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Upcoming food related events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Silver Threads and Golden Needles

Old Settler's Music Festival goes to 25

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Playback: Endtroducing

Record Store Day: Don't forget the actual record store, America's 'musical town square'

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Viper Moon

Jazz guitarist Slim Richey recovers

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Texas Platters

New Multitudes

New Multitudes

Joe Pug

The Great Despiser

A Giant Dog

Fight

Berkshire Hounds

Greatest Hits

the Bipolar Bears

the Bipolar Bears

Dana Falconberry, Befriend the Bears, Moving Castles, Hearts Fail

Though I Didn't Call It Came, Before They Take Over, Moving Castles, ... Other Blessings
screens

Shine a Light

'In the Shadow' and more selections from the 15th annual Cine Las Americas

BY MARC SAVLOV

Stir It Up

'Marley' remembers the reggae king

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

What's the Buzz?

Stoner comedy '4:20 Austin High' debuts

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Last Days Here

The three-decade descent into full-time drug-taking by Bobby Liebling, the theatrical lead singer of the hard-rock group Pentagram, is revealed in this moving documentary.

Lockout

In this Luc Besson-produced thriller, a man must rescue the president's daughter from a prison in outer space that has been taken over by the inmates.

The Lucky One

This latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks bestseller is timelessly shopworn.

Marley

Stir it Up: Finally, there's an authoritative film biography of Bob Marley.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: I, Witness

The victims of the Virginia Tech shootings were memorialized in a potent play at UT

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conspirare

The Grammy-nominated choir leads off its Legacy of Sound campaign with a seven-figure gift

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Jubilee

This Rubber Rep show throws lots of weirdness our way, but some of it is beautiful

Turandot

ALO's production puts the 'grand' in grand opera

Love's Labour's Lost

UT makes this lesser-known comedy a heart-wrenching, gut-busting adventure into Shakespeare
columns

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: Created He Them

From Miss Universe to the military, gender roles don't mean what they used to

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

This week, Stephen judges the judges on 'Fashion Star'

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Come peer through our rainbow-tinted glasses at this week's doin's

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Pleasure Pier amusement park returns to Galveston in a big way

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Yes, but do any of them know the words to 'Beep Me 911"?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Bikinis, Banana Hammocks, and Baby Oil

You can never be overdressed or overeducated

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Austin Aztex host a preseason party, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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