June 22, 2012

Volume 31, Number 43

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news

There Goes the Neighborhood

City split over the latest in urban living options: short-term rentals

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Quote of the Week

Point Austin: Our Neighbors' Keepers

More than one way to save a neighborhood

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: This Isn't Portland

Comp plan takes a public beating before council approves it

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

STAAR Falls on Texas Schools

Academic assessment tests raises questions of fairness

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Standardized Testing in Lege Limbo

STAAR results prompt discussion of retesting requirements

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Council: Not a Short-Term Meeting [Updated Friday*]

Mueller, Yellow Cab, Fuddruckers, and more

BY MICHAEL KING

Council Briefed on F1 Prep Work

Crowd and traffic control present biggest challenges

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

More Abortion Reporting Requirements Proposed

After the Lege shot them down (four times), new rules have made their way to committees

BY JORDAN SMITH

Case Against Local News Station Goes to Texas Supreme Court

Who's accountable when a source gives false information?

BY JORDAN SMITH

State Changes Rules for Planned Parenthood

Another twist in the assault on family-planning clinics

BY JORDAN SMITH

Hightower Report: Incredible Shrinking Democracy

The No. 1 news source in America is full of copycats

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Events

Cultivate your culinary tastes, from the gluten-free to the bug friendly

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austin's culinary community rocks the Pies & Pigs fundraiser

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Zhi Tea

Zhi Tea expands menu

Olive & June

The highest highs and lowest lows

Tortilleria Rio Grande No. 2

Tacos your abuela would be proud of
music

Summertime Blues

Auditioning for the blues – at band camp!

BY MARGARET MOSER

Playback

The Eastern Sea catch the 'Plague,' Eagle Claw goes samurai, John Wesley Coleman III wants to direct, and you can't pee on the Midgetmen

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Phases & Stages

Alejandro Escovedo

Big Station

Lukas Nelson

Wasted

Amy Annelle

The Cimarron Banks

Nanci Griffith

Intersection

Daniel Johnston

Space Ducks: Soundtrack

Beatbox

Local Reviews
screens

The Way We Watch Now

Is theatrical-on-demand the next big thing?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Players' Guide

The Retro Studios rumor mill; and betting on games at Gambitious

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Screens Reviews

DVD Watch

Three selections from Lina Wertmüller's Seventies output

Film Reviews

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Who knew our beloved president also worked the graveyard shift? This capable rewrite of American history delivers its splatter with a straight face.

Brave

Although the animation looks terrific and the story features an immensely sympathetic heroine, Brave lacks the sheer imaginative oomph of prior Pixar pics.

Lola Versus

Greta Gerwig stars in this movie about thirtysomethings' troubles in life and love, but the conflict teased in the title never clearly emerges.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley find love and companionship in the face of the apocalypse.

That's My Boy

Casting Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg as father and son is a stroke of inspiration, but there's nothing else cute about this comedy.
arts & culture

Alchemies of Anatomy

Choreographer-performer Rosalyn Nasky has a penchant for details

BY JONELLE SEITZ

All Over Creation: My Kind of Town

A trip to see theatre in Chicago brings one writer closer to home

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Gathering Voices

Bernice L. McFadden at the African American Book Festival

BY SARAH SMITH

Arts Reviews

Three Tall Women

ACC reaches deep to mine understanding from Albee's profound conversation about aging and dying

Dividing the Estate

Horton Foote's comedy may be a crowd-pleaser, but it's hardly a classic

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

This irreverent electrified musical bio of our seventh president will rock your socks off
columns

Page Two: Presidential Perceptions

Right-wing rhetoric just beginning to boil

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

From MJ to generators fueled by human waste, Your Style Avatar flits around the world

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: MO FLOAT

Get'cher gay on with AGLCC and AGLPF this week

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Wolfmueller's Books in Kerrville carries a large selection of first editions and hard-to-find regional titles

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Cat Poo Pom

Who is the animal in this scenario?

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Victory Hall Athletic & Event Center Fundraiser

Basketball tourney raises funds for much-needed facility

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex look to regain early season form, and a Euro 2012 update

BY NICK BARBARO

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