April 5, 2013

Volume 32, Number 32

ON THE COVER:
news

It's Not Easy Being Green

The city's Office of Sustainability is still trying to find a sustainable mission

BY MIKE KANIN

AISD's Speed Search for Eastside Suitor

District is under the gun to draw a road map for troubled high school

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: A Movement for Common Sense

Saturday rally highlights public support for gun regulation

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Out on a Limb

Bill would take an axe to local tree ordinances

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council: Walking With the Dead

City Council repeals project duration, holds its breath

BY MICHAEL KING

Three Executions Pending

Three more executions scheduled and under appeal

BY JORDAN SMITH

Corralling the Evidence

Proposed SB 1439 would tighten statewide evidence procedures

BY JORDAN SMITH

Lege Lines

Medicaid, guns, and more

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Texas natives tussle with foreign invaders

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Tapping Into the Kombucha Craze

Local brewers get creative with the ancient tradition of fermenting tea

BY JESSI CAPE

Salud de Paloma Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Hill Country EVOO purveyor targets Texas Hispanics in quest for healthier fats

BY KATE THORNBERRY

TX Blended Whiskey Shatters Expectations

Firestone and Robertson Distilling Company is making some of the best American whiskey we've ever tasted

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-O-File

Virginia contemplates Austin's April foodie marathon

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

East 12th Kafe

Soul and a smile at 12th and Springdale
music

Get Down Brother

San Antonio soul vein yields a goldmine

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Playback

You thought SXSW was the spring festival end-all/be-all? You thought wrong.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Black Angels

Indigo Meadow

Nosaprise, Clemits, Dubb Sicks, LSD

The Book of the Dead, Vol. 1, Skeleton Crew, Beauty From Without, Chimera

Gurf Morlix

Finds the Present Tense

Bill Carter

Unknown

Drown in the Crimson Tide

Drown in the Crimson Tide

Monahans

Leveler
screens

Somebody Up There Likes Bob Byington

The writer-director talks about his fifth feature

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

'Evil Dead' Rises Again

Three originals brought in Fede Alvarez for this horror remake

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bitten by Truth

'High Tech, Low Life' explores citizen reporting in China

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Evil Dead

Fans of the original horror trilogy have nothing to fear from this gory new reworking.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

This overflowing action stew is loaded to the brim with half-formed ideas, action stereotypes, and hints of characters.

The Girl

David Riker's indie drama stars Abbie Cornish as a Texas woman, who finds maturity while smuggling Mexicans across the border.

The Host

Andrew Niccol writes and directs this romantic, science-fiction thriller that's based on a novel by Stephenie Meyer.

Room 237

Pet theories about what really went down at the Overlook Hotel abound in this documentary about Stanley Kubrick's intentions in The Shining.

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Bob Byington's filmed-in-Austin, indie comedy takes place over decades as a guy wanders through life with (scene-stealing) coaching from his best friend, played by Nick Offerman.

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Perry's melodrama centers an ambitious, married woman's dalliance with a handsome billionaire.
arts & culture

Terminal Stage

With 'Adam Sultan,' playwright Steve Moore again reflects on friendship and mortality in Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dawn Upshaw

The celebrated singer of opera and musical theatre knows how to use the tools for doing her job

BY ADAM ROBERTS

Everyone Says That at the End of the World

It's wacky and wise, this apocalyptic riot

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

A Minister's Wife

This musical version of G.B. Shaw’s ‘Candida’ is exactly the right size for Austin, cozy with room for plenty of nuance

'Abstraction: Take 3'

A rhythmic joining of three disparate bodies of work, this Davis Gallery show creates a compelling harmony of color and pattern
columns

Letters at 3AM: Me, Myself, I, and Muriel

A poem can awaken many selves

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

What would Stephen have worn in the Stone Age? Not distressed Levi's ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: You're Just A Babe

Political party, birthday party, art party, dance party ... Sort out your invitations, uniponies, this week's a non-stop party

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Ecosystems collide in East Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Leonardo DiCaprio: What a Dumbass

There's really no good way to dump someone

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

All-Stars, Heroes, Juicers, Old Yards: New Baseball Paintings by Will Johnson

The season begins anew

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

One Austin team remains in high school play-offs, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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