April 19, 2013

Volume 32, Number 34

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news

Smart Enough to Die

In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Texas Brinkmanship

State report card shows plenty of room for improvement

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Power Play

The continuing debate over who should control Austin Energy

BY AMY SMITH

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Headlines

Two, Three ... Many Festivals = How Many Cops?

As special events grow, so does the need for police

BY MIKE KANIN

Lehmberg: The D.A.'s DWI

D.A. enters a guilty plea

BY JORDAN SMITH

Lege Lines

The Michael Morton Act, airport screening, business tax cuts, and more

BY JORDAN SMITH AND AMY SMITH

Drug Testing State Officials? Senator Says It's Only Fair

Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. asks for accountability

BY JORDAN SMITH

Spreading Ignorance

Lege abortion misinformation and "fetal pain."

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Preview: What Can We Afford?

The Council budget preview kicks off months of presentations and hearings

BY MICHAEL KING

Despite Prosecutor's Deal With Snitch, Cobb Loses Appeals

Despite prosecutor's deal with snitch, Cobb loses appeals

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Let's join the army

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Art of Dining

Digestible Feats makes meaning out of meals

BY AMY GENTRY

Slow Money Austin Celebrates Earth Day

Connecting the green dreams of Slow Food champions to financiers

BY JESSI CAPE

Food-O-File

Austin Food & Wine Festival finds a new home, a new restaurant moves to Manor Road, and fundraisers for ailing members of the food community

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

April 19-22

Food Reviews

Épicerie

Consistency issues dog this new Rosedale cafe, but that doesn't mean we're not going back for more
music

OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL

Big Wheel Keep On Turning

Bluegrass, new grass, song grass, tropical grass – roll some Old Settler's Music Fest

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DOUG FREEMAN AND JIM CALIGIURI

Record Reviews

Playback: Record Store Day

Record Store Day – inclusive, not exclusive

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

You Gotta Have the Mettle

Legendary Texas doc 'Hands on a Hard Body' keeps on truckin'

BY LEAH CHURNER

Swimming 'Upstream'

Shane Carruth on pigs, money, and being a control freak

BY PATRICK COURTNEY

All Hail 'The Lords of Salem'

Rob Zombie on his fifth feature, a decade in the making

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Camp

A counselor and a troubled kid learn from each other while at camp.

From Up on Poppy Hill

This latest film from the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is dubbed into English.

Girl Rising

This documentary showcases the power of education to change lives as it follows nine girls from around the world.

It's a Disaster

This dark comedy by UT grad Todd Berger is built around a likable ensemble.

The Lords of Salem

With his fifth horror feature, writer/director Rob Zombie proves he's a unique visionary in a repetitive cinematic genre.

The New Juarez

This partisan film essay attacks both the United States and Mexican governments for the massive violence in Juarez.

Oblivion

Tom Cruise stars in this science-fiction outing that favors style over substance.

Scary Movie 5

This parodic auto-mash-up of Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, The Evil Dead, and more is even worse than you think.

Starbuck

A sperm donor learns 20 years after the fact that he is the father of 533 children in this mild, French-Canadian comedy.

Upstream Color

Shane Carruth's film is arthouse science fiction at its most compelling yet cryptic.
arts & culture

The Learning Curve

Bill Hader on his schooling in comedy at SNL

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Austin Is a Place (You Are Here)'

Theatre en Bloc sparks a conversation about the city's growth on the gateway to the Eastside

BY DAN SOLOMON

Studio Visits: Elizabeth Chiles

This Austin photographer's studio space is her gateway to the natural world

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

Mad Beat Hip & Gone

Steven Dietz's play about the Beats might best be considered as the kind of literary experiment they engaged in

The Importance of Being Earnest

At Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Oscar Wilde's comedy is not only wonderfully expressed but played with remarkable accuracy

String Theory

Generous performances from violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and pianist Gregory Allen made this an impressive recital
columns

Letters at 3AM: An Arbitrary Nation, Part 1

We are governed today by an arbitrary legal hodgepodge

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen weighs in on this season's latest trends as put forth by the fashion forward

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Perf/Art Faggotry

A strangely wonderful confluence of performance art and artists (including drag queens), G-Spot exploration, and hanky codes invade Austin this week

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Name of Texas ghost town a misnomer

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Love Him Tender

Nobody wants to end up an accidental necrophiliac

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

MotoGP

The world’s leading road circuit motorcycle sport hosts inaugural Austin race

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Aztex face Hilltoppers and Pirates, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

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