March 8, 2013

Volume 32, Number 28

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SXSW 2013 Film Preview

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news

Austin Energy Wins Round One

Austin Energy fends off rate case with only minor loss

BY MIKE KANIN

Point Austin: Instrumental Incentives

The National Instruments deal provides a model for economic development

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Hotel Hypocrite

Developer wants to cancel wage agreement but keep incentives

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

LegeLines

Quote of the Week

The Taco PUD

Zilker neighbors have beef with condo tower

BY ELIZABETH PAGANO

Council: Get Your Motors Running

National Instruments incentives, Rainey Street, and more ...

BY MICHAEL KING

SXSWedu: Diverse But Optimistic Viewpoints

What's the secret to fixing a broken system?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Two Austin Churches Move Toward Inclusion

First United Methodist and St. David's Episcopal move towards LGBT inclusion

BY BRANDON WATSON

Levy and EMS Union in Email Throwdown

EMS union leader calls for Mike Levy's resignation from city panel

BY JORDAN SMITH

Death Watch: Fifth Circuit Spanks CCA, Prosecutors

Appeals court reverses death penalty

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report: Let's adopt the GOP's national platform

Collective bargaining? UN support? Is this the same GOP?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Veggie Tales

A roundup of Austin's best spots for plant-based dining

BY JESSI CAPE

Food-O-File

Local restaurant news never stops

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

March 8-14

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Fresh Off the Tempeh Truck

A roundup of Austin's best food trailers for plant-based dining

BY MELANIE HAUPT

SXSW 2013 INTERACTIVE

Hacking Food

Weight management and Big Food are on the menu for food and health-related panels at SXSW Interactive

BY JESSI CAPE

To Your Health!

Food panels at SXSW Interactive

BY MELANIE HAUPT

music

Bright Lights, Big City

At the crossroads of the Austin Music Awards.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Playback: Blood in the Water

Headliners avalanche SXSW a week out from the music fest

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Tuesday's Gone

On your marks, get set, Tuesday SXSW showcases!

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

SXSW 2013 INTERACTIVE

Get Your Game Face On

SXSW Gaming Expo opens Palmer to the public this year

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Invaluable Information

Technology, privacy, hacking, and legislating in the new Digital Age

BY JON LEBKOWSKY

You Got Your Interwebs in My Idiot Tube

Studying WWE's playbook for social TV domination

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Take Two Aspirin and Ping Me in the Morning

Heath care: an oral future

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Beyond the Final Frontier

Entering the new age of spaceflight with some unconventional leaders

BY JOEY KEETON

What's New on the Social Web

Keeping up in the world of Tumblr and Reddit and Facebook and more

BY DAN SOLOMON

Ouya: The People's Gaming Console

Could Julie Uhrman's Kickstarted project be the innovation the gaming industry was waiting for?

BY SEAN CAREY

Getting in the Game

Oculus Rift prototypes are coming to the SXSW Gaming Expo

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Unicorn Booty's New Dish

Popular LGBTQ blog expands to brick-and-mortar restaurant

BY KATE X MESSER

Swissmissing in Action

Heart Tina Roth Eisenberg? Wear it on your sleeve.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

The 2-D Stand-Up

Matthew Inman is The Oatmeal

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Star Reporter

Rachel Maddow blazes her first trail to SXSW

BY AMY SMITH

The Revolution Will Be Printed in 3-D

Great hope or so much hype?

BY JEFF WINKLER

Smarty Pants

What's next in tech-enhanced fashion

BY AMY GENTRY

Drawing Fire

Political cartoonist Ted Rall on war reporting in Afghanistan and the new media battleground

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Know Thyself ... and Then Log On?

Online dating as existential crisis

BY ASHLEY MORENO

SXSW 2013 FILM

Gettin' Busy

The South by Southwest Film Festival means everybody has a full plate

BY MONICA RIESE

Home Movie

Joss Whedon follows 'Avengers' with a Shakespearean labor of love filmed at his house

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Kathleen Hanna Kills It

'The Punk Singer' turns up the volume on Riot Grrrl pioneer's passion, politics, and devastating illness

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

South By So Much Punk

Pussy Riot, 'The Punk Syndrome,' and – count 'em – two docs about Green Day: Yep, punk is having a moment in the movies

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Queer Culture From the 1970s to 70

Three documentaries highlight a generation of gay icons

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Yen Tan's 'Pit Stop' finds humanity in transaction

BY BRANDON WATSON

Play Along With Busy Actor Bingo

Mark a tile once you've seen the actor in at least two films

BY MONICA RIESE

Air Sex in the Name of Love

Bryan Poyser's 'The Bounceback' strives to strike a balance between comedy and emotion

BY DAN SOLOMON

Around the World in Eight Films

Cultural snapshots give viewers something to write home about

BY JESSI CAPE

Traveling Road Show

Archivist Rick Prelinger debuts an interactive ode to America in moving pictures

BY LEAH CHURNER

Celluloid Icons

The larger-than-life John Milius and the enigmatic, introverted Harry Dean Stanton come into focus

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

You're Next, AJ Bowen

Local actor shares his SXSW with a teen rom-com and a brutal thriller

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Liberty and Justice

Michael Morton tells Al Reinert his story of wrongful conviction and 25 years behind bars

BY JORDAN SMITH

What Goes Around ...

With 'Some Girl(s)', Neil LaBute circles back from stage to screen

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Nerd Wars

'Zero Charisma' and the social costs of geekdom

BY DAN SOLOMON

Lovely Freda Responds Discreetly

The Beatles' longtime secretary takes center stage

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Film Reviews

The Attacks of 26/11

This Bollywood drama is based on the events of Nov. 26, 2008, when Pakistani terrorists attacked numerous Mumbai locations.

Emperor

Tommy Lee Jones is Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Matthew Fox his adviser in this historical drama set in postwar Japan in which the general must decide the fate of the Japanese emperor.

Greedy Lying Bastards

The greedy lying bastards are those responsible for destroying our planet's climate, and this documentary is naming names.

The Last Exorcism: Part II

In this sequel, the devil follows the same girl from the backwoods to New Orleans; sadly this follow-up has none of the smarts of its predecessor.

Lore

A German girl at the end of World War II leads her four siblings to safety while also confronting a world more complex than her Nazi upbringing equipped her for.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Neither a besmirching nor a instant classic, this sometimes clunky prequel in which James Franco plays the Wizard when he was a mere, young huckster also has Sam Raimi's ravishing visuals.

21 & Over

Some clever moments rescue this fall-down-drunk comedy from its baser instincts.
arts & culture

Double the Funny

With new venues and showcases, SXSW Comedy keeps giving Austin more to laugh about

BY RUSS ESPINOZA

Arts Reviews

Intimate Apparel

The loneliness of an African-American seamstress in 1905 is staged with powerful honesty by UT

Othello

With a gripping turn by Andrew Bosworth, this City Theatre production of Shakespeare's tragedy belongs to Iago

Wendy Wagner: Look to the Left

Wendy Wagner's cartoonish world celebrates escapism from the doom of cancer to a world of positivity

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Yolanda Kondonassis joins ASO to show there's much more to harps than angel strumming

BY NATALIE ZELDIN

'The Girl With Time in Her Eyes'

Hidden Room Theatre lets SXSW Interactive play with time travel

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Mary Margaret Farabee: In Memoriam

Remembering the Texas Book Festival co-founder and Austin Arts Hall of Famer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Letters at 3am: Doppelgängers

Across generations and geography, doppelgängers emerge

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion: Granted

Stephen put his heart on the line and has peace to show for it

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Welcome to the GAYTX

It's heeeeere: The throng, the buzz, the madness, the Maddow.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Botanical garden provides unimpaired view of nature

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: To Band or Not to Band?

Yes, you can do SXSW totally commando

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Baseball

The sluggish Horns host Santa Barbara and Oral Roberts

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Dynamo dominate first leg of CONCACAF Champions League, and more.

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

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