Feb. 22, 2013

Volume 32, Number 26

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news

Budget Games

As the economy improves, Council looks toward next year's budget

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Underfunded and Overtested

Save Texas Schools builds a groundswell for public education

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Another Swipe at Austin Energy

State report calls for slashing low-income assistance program

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

LegeLines

UT Regents, education, gun control, and more

Spring Train-ing

Rob Spillar and transit advocates work toward a 2014 rail vote

BY MIKE KANIN

Speed Bump on the Rocket Docket

False-positive field tests derail drug prosecutions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Most Texas Voters Favor State-Funded Family Planning

And disapprove of 2011 fam-plan budget cuts

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Tentatively Approves Gables Project

Developers of a residential tower and boutique hotel resolve differences with neighbors

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Let's give our weary Earth a break

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

It's a Rocket, It's a Hot Air Balloon, It's a ... Decorated Show Cake?

Cake decorators and sugar artists from around the country converge on Austin to compete and learn

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week: Zinfandel From Australia? Why Not?

Australian winemaker Groom produces world-class Zinfandel.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Events

Feb. 22-28

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-O-File

A roundup of this week's food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Sway

Rene Ortiz's Sway serves up Thai cuisine with a twist
music

One Big Guitar

The return of the True Believers

BY TIM STEGALL

Playback: Pastures of Plenty

Q: Ships and vans share what in common? A: Hazardous waste.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Phases & Stages

My Bloody Valentine

m b v

Enrico Rava

On the Dance Floor

Lowe Country

Lowe Country

Jamey Johnson

Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

Sons of Rogues Gallery: Pirate BalladsSea Songs & Chanteys

Sons of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys
screens

Angst Is Their Co-Pilot

'Only the Young' charts the agony and ecstasy of a certain age

BY LEAH CHURNER

I See a Darkness

Mike Aho and Will Oldham examine 'The Lonely Life'

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Spoiler Alert

With 'John Dies at the End,' Don Coscarelli is still doing exactly as he damn well pleases

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Bless Me, Ultima

This honest, earnest, and naturalistic kids’ story about growing up Mexican-American in 1940s New Mexico is based on the popular book.

Escape From Planet Earth

In this 3-D animated movie, a famous astronaut from another planet becomes trapped on Earth – aka the Dark Planet. Interplanetary shenanigans ensue.

John Dies at the End

Together, Bubba Ho-Tep director Don Coscarelli and Cracked.com editor David Wong created this horror-comedy jumble that's customed-tooled for the midnight hour.

Only the Young

This gorgeously shot documentary impression of three teenagers in Santa Clarita, California, effectively captures the sensation of youth on the verge.

Snitch

A socially conscious action adventure that stars Dwayne Johnson, Snitch is an indictment of our federal minimum-punishment guidelines for drug offenses.
arts & culture

The Flip Side

In Poor Shadows of Elysium's Richard II, a coin makes all the difference in what you see

BY JILLIAN OWENS

'Beauty Is the Best Priest: Short Plays of the Harlem Renaissance'

ACC's Department of Drama polishes a few rare gems by black women playwrights

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Interior Landscape of the Emotional Mind'

Chaddick Dance Theater's latest explores movement through a movable feast

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Les Enfants Terribles'

Philip Glass opera gives new meaning to sibling rivalry

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Rite of Spring

Ballet Austin's triple bill melded classicism, romance, and biology to striking effect

Betrayal

Measure for Measure

Mary Moody Northen Theatre delivers a colorful version of Shakespeare's grayscale comedy that's worth seeing
columns

Letters at 3AM: The Future Loose Amongst Us

Digitalized fabrication changes everything we know about work and government

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion: Just Another Day?

Your Style Avatar has found a new love ... same as the old love

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Oops!

Gay Place: TransTexan Luv

Advocacy summit, Trans Lobby Day at the big pink dome, and so much more, Sunday and Monday.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Ghost town a reminder of Texas' industrial history

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Idiot Texters

Why people swerve into you unexpectedly

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornucopia

UT basketball: embarrassed and humiliated

BY MICHAEL CORCORAN

Soccer Watch

St. Edward’s hosts Global Sports Day and more

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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