June 15, 2012

Volume 31, Number 42

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features

The Archeology of Business

As Austin's gay chamber of commerce turns 15, what have we learned?

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

news

Total Utility

The pain and politics of raising electric rates as a means of controlling our destiny

BY MIKE KANIN

Point Austin: Electric Lessons

Beneath the AE rate debate stands the strong ground of public process

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Shake-up

How green was my Austin Energy

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Hellmund Agrees To Settle F1 Suit

Tavo Hellmund agrees to out-of-court settlement of suit filed against Austin F1 investors

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dreaming Big With Lady Bird

Design team makes preliminary recommendations for lakeside redevelopment

BY MONICA RIESE

What's in a Name?

In the state's latest plan, Planned Parenthood clinics would need to change their name to participate in the Women's Health Program

BY JORDAN SMITH

Local Group Has High Hopes for Plan-it-arium

Stars aligning for an Austin science museum

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Council To Imagine Imagine Austin

Plus SH 45, White Lodging, frat houses, and more

BY AMY SMITH

Department of Criminal Injustice?

A former TDCJ employee sues, claiming gender discrimination

BY JORDAN SMITH

Poetry in Motion

A new partnership will bring poetry to the Cap Metro fleet

BY MONICA RIESE

Commercial Use of Dedicated Parkland Again Under Review

The city program that charges for classes in parks gets its six-month review

BY NICK BARBARO

Hightower Report: Abandoning ALEC

Fortune 500 firms are dumping the bill mill left and right

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Whiskey of the Week: Fitch's Goat

Local distillery serves up organic corn whiskey

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Events

Juneteenth, Father's Day, and wine on the road

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

This summer brings a bumper crop of fresh chefs and local foods

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Chen Z Hot Pot and Noodle Bar

Fresh ingredients and generous portions highlight this noodle bar
music

33 Revolutions Per Page

Now if Judge Reinhold had been reading at the pool instead of in the bathroom, we might never have experienced Phoebe Cates the way we did in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP

Wading Into 'The Unknown'

A live score

BY RACHEL FEIT

Forever Lon

Eye to eye with the Man of Thousand Faces

BY MARC SAVLOV

Bob Dorough Still Has the Magic Number

On 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' bebop, and being forever beatnik

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Film noir's shadowy look and bleak attitude get their clutches into this melodramatic corker from 1946

Film Reviews

Hysteria

Good vibrations flow from this fictional story about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England; Maggie Gyllenhaal stars.

Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise playing a dissolute rock god is the main attraction of this jukebox musical.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Love and time travel commingle in this debut feature which stars Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: Continuing Education

Turns out theatre is a great place for getting schooled

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visit: Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Trappings of a transnational studio

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

boom

With this clever comedy, Capital T treats us to a kinder, gentler doomsday

"Ellen Heck: Variations"

Heck revitalizes the ancient art of printmaking by making fierce use of its potential

Patience

This Gilbert & Sullivan Society production has something for every connoisseur of comedy
columns

Page Two: Summer in the City

Our piping-hot reading issue welcomes the season

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: 'Suppose I Said I Was the Queen of Spain?'

In the early part of the Sixties, television's "Route 66" offered a taste of the new American consciousness

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

A fitting and loving tribute to the father of a Style Avatar

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Another Splash Bash

Stick a toe into this week's pool of events!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Bracken Bat Cave outside of New Braunfels is home to the world's largest bat colony

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Shave Everything

You’re more than just a collection of productive hair follicles.

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Formula Expo

Find out what this Formula One thing is all about

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Austin Aztex suffer first home loss, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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