April 27, 2012

Volume 31, Number 35

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news

The Mayor's Race: Shea vs. Leffingwell

Conversations with the candidates

May 12 Municipal Election: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements

Point Austin: The Governor's Principles

The latest Perry eruption is a characteristically lamentable mash-up of political calculation and fiscal faux conservatism

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Time Flies

Sullivan is ready to pass the torch ... preferably not to a 'gray-headed anglo'

BY AMY SMITH

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Headlines

Planned Parenthood Has Its Day in Court

Is banning PP from the Women's Health Program unconstitutional?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Planned Parenthood Affiliates To Merge

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas will include 26 clinics from DFW to Austin

BY JORDAN SMITH

Goodbye, Bettie

Activist and arts lover "encouraged us to be as good as we ought to be"

BY AMY SMITH

Happiness Has Got To Be Paid For

Tax troubles claim bookstore's LLC license

BY MIKE KANIN

Study: Dropout Rates for Blacks Higher in Charters

A new UT study shows black high school students in Texas are three times more likely to drop out from a charter system

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

New Courthouse? Let's Form a Committee!

"There's momentum for this project. ... Don't waste that."

BY MIKE KANIN

The Cisco Story: More Than Meets the Social Media Eye

Campaign for Cisco grows as questions arise about his owner

BY MICHAEL KING

APD Proposes Cost-Saving Measures

Magistration streamlining and in-car ticket payment would keep officers on the streets, too

BY JORDAN SMITH

One Slated, One Stayed

Rick Perry's death tally notches another this week

BY JORDAN SMITH

Education Austin Keeps Lead Status

AISD board also adds advisory council to weigh in on employee matters

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Council Meeting From Purgatory

Bring a pillow and wear your hard hat

BY MICHAEL KING

Hightower Report: Workers' Wages Lost to the Boss

A new study by Good Jobs First finds some major loopholes in withholding

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

SFC Farmers' Market East

Farm-fresh foods for East Austinites

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Midnight Cowboy

No more 'happy endings' here, unless you count the Kalamazoo Julep (and we do)

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Updates on local businesses and a good cause

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Wine, tequila, and whiskey, oh my

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Kerbey Lane Cafe

Kerbey your enthusiasm
music

At It Again

Say Anything savant Max Bemis let goes of his alienation

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Playback

Austin Psych Fest and Old Settler's Music Fest headliners Psychograss have more in common than you might think

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Phases & Stages

Bruce Springsteen

Wrecking Ball

Pink Floyd

The Wall
screens

Texas Two-Step

Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey on their true-crime comedy, 'Bernie'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Whit and Witticism

Nineties auteur Whit Stillman returns with 'Damsels in Distress'

BY LEAH CHURNER

Experimental/Experiential

Film at Fusebox Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

Bernie

Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey star in Richard Linklater's latest film – an East Texas true-crime story with a comic touch.

Chimpanzee

The Planet Earth filmmakers turn their cameras on an orphaned chimp.

Damsels in Distress

Greta Gerwig stars in Whit Stillman's new film that's full of awkward artifice and – dance.

Delicacy

This French-language dramedy stars Audrey Tatou as a grieving widow who is trying to re-enter the flow of life.

Dhammu

Telugu action film.

The Five-Year Engagement

This romcom starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel possesses something rare: rational, relatable adults.

Goon

Off-color, bloody, and hilarious, Goon is the best hockey comedy since Slap Shot.

Juan of the Dead

This zombie film from Cuba is a horror comedy that's also filled with political satire.

The Pirates!: Band of Misfits

Whether it's Pirates or Wallace and Gromit or Chicken Run, Aardman's stop-motion animation delivers the goods.

Safe

The (Jason) Stathamization of action filmmaking continues with the star's latest.

Think Like a Man

This romantic comedy is based on comedian Steve Harvey's book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man."

Vicky Donor

Bollywood actor John Abraham steps into the role of producer for this Indian comedy about a prolific sperm donor.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

The most expensive film ever produced in Taiwan to date, Warriors of the Rainbow is a sweeping historical epic.
arts & culture

Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival Preview

April 25-28, 2012

Fusebox Festival

Beaming down to Fusebox and charging it up are Captain Kirk and the King

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ART From the Ashes Reseeding With Creativity

A California nonprofit helps Bastrop recover by making art from fire-damaged materials

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Time Machine

This aerial adaptation of H.G. Wells is neat, and there's nothing wrong with that

Out of Ink 2012: Sound Off

Eight playwrights wrote 10-minute plays, and the audience lived happily ever after

'Out of La Romita'

Seven artists journeyed to an Italian monastery to make prints, with sumptuous results
columns

After a Fashion

Stephen loves Bettie Naylor so …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Oops!

Day Trips

The Trinity River Audubon Center preserves a portion of what is the longest river entirely within Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place: Loss

Let someone save your life tonight, sugarbear …

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mae West, 'lewd and risqué? Oh, please.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: The Mind-Numbing Hell of Child-Oriented Places

For aeons, child rearing was just a begrudging afterthought, and somehow humanity managed to march forward

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

ESPN Friday Night Fights

Four fighters put their undefeated records on the line

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex sign new players, unveil unis, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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