May 4, 2012

Volume 31, Number 36

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news

Courting Change

Travis County needs a new civil and family courthouse – and a new way of doing business

BY MIKE KANIN

May 12 Municipal Election: The 'Chronicle' Endorsements

Point Austin: First, Do No Harm

The health of Texas women is sacrificed to the war on Planned Parenthood

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Woman's Work

Trying to crack the copper ceiling at City Hall

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Planned Parenthood in the WHP: On Again, Off Again

Judge thinks it's unlikely Texas will be able to justify the rule banning PP from the Women's Health Program

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Rings the Changes

A full agenda yields a few grains of legislative sand

BY MICHAEL KING

'Fail': Unaccountable Texans

TAG campaign signs flout election law

BY MICHAEL KING

New Trial Denied in Choking Case

Appeals court overturned ruling granting new trial for babysitter

BY JORDAN SMITH

About That History? It's Gone.

Developers destroy a little bit more of Eastside history

BY CINDY WIDNER

ALEC: Daylight on a Fungus

ALEC's corporate backers step away under public scrutiny

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Oops! AG Nearly Releases 13 Million SSNs

Voter ID lawyers caught the files just in the nick of time

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Eeyoring About Eeyore's

Eeyore's and PARD get crossways over damage deposit

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

SeaWorld profits from exploiting whales and dodges taxes

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Let's Talk Taco

There's so much more than barbacoa in that tortilla

BY ROBERTO ONTIVEROS

Second Helpings: Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday, May 13

It's your dime – make it count for your momma

Food Events

Putting booze in a sno-cone? Fine by us.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

April's rush of foodie events may be over, but May has even more in store

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Chago's Caribbean Cafe

Hungry for Puerto Rican classics? Head north – well, to North Lamar.

Austin Cake Ball Kitchen & Bar

Not yet baller status
music

Air Head

KLBJ-FM shock jock Dale Dudley matures?

BY MARGARET MOSER

Playback

Q: What do you get when you combine the Continental Club, Trophy's, and the Rome Inn? A: C-Boy's.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Live Shots

screens

8-Bit Artisan

Party Time! Hexcellent! brings people together by getting closer to the machine

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

FILM BOOKS

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Sissy Spacek's memoir is as easy to read as it is a pleasure to digest

BY MARGARET MOSER

Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of 'Heart of Glass'

How to explain the genius of Werner Herzog?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Richard Linklater (Contemporary Film Directors Series)

Richard Linklater is a man with time on his mind

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

Marvel's The Avengers

Excelsior! This Marvel adventure knocks it out of the universe.

Monsieur Lazhar

In a Montreal classroom, adolescent students and their Algerian substitute teacher help one another cope with grief. The film was an Oscar nominee.

My Way

This South Korean epic is a gory and realistic portrait of the horrors of war.

The Raven

John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe in this historically imaginative but dull and off-putting detective story set in old Baltimore.

Sound of My Voice

This festival favorite marks an impressive film debut for its director and star, but its sum total is less satisfying than its parts.
arts & culture

Orchestrating Partnerships

Maestro Peter Bay likes to play with others – especially when they're outside the orchestra

BY ADAM ROBERTS

Studio Visits: Court Lurie

Intersections of self and abstraction

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Joan Jonas

The layers, the layers, the layers of things

BY ANDREW LONG

Arts Reviews

The Taming of the Shrew

On the farm, Present Company offers as pleasant an evening as you'll spend with a shrew

Murder on the Nile

The cast keeps this otherwise tepid fare afloat

Nick Offerman

The audience came seeking cult icon Ron Swanson, and that's who Nick Offerman gave them
columns

Letters at 3AM: Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers

Katniss Everdeen's Grandmothers

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

After a Fashion

From latex to foil, there's style in them tharr condom wrappers

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

The Common Law: High Property Taxes? File a Written Protest

Protest High Property Taxes

BY LUKE ELLIS

Gay Place: Queerzy Springs

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

La King's Confectionery is the only place in the world you can get Purity Ice Cream

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Some like it pregnant

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: The Stockholm Syndrome

Volleyball: Seriously, it’s like a crowded game of badminton with a huge, unfeathered cock

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Aztex season opener is this Saturday in The Woodlands, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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