May 31, 2013

Volume 32, Number 40

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news

There They Go ... Here They Come Again

A no-drama session ends – will a high-drama special follow?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

'Suicide by Cop' or Preventable Tragedy?

Family and friends tried to get Herbert "Denny" Babelay the help he needed before he died

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: First Bread, Then Circus

If the 83rd Lege glazed your eyeballs, act two might wake the balcony

BY MICHAEL KING

Lege Lines: The Score

Grading the Lege on women's health, drug policy, and criminal justice

BY JORDAN SMITH

Then There's This: Too Much Heartburn Over AE 'Governance'

Council appoints itself to a committee to study utility oversight

BY AMY SMITH

Quote of the Week

AISD: How Much Single-Sex Is Enough?

AISD hires a principal for a new boys' middle school as plans for a boys' academy appear to be on hold

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Springsteen Sues for Wrongful Conviction

With all administrative remedies exhausted, Springsteen seeks compensation through federal court

BY JORDAN SMITH

Civics 101

Council Notes: Never Do Today ...

Meet the new agenda, same as the old agenda

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report: A New Home for Poverty in America

A new home for poverty in America

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Read It and Eat

New cookbooks and food culture tomes

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Alla Salute, Salume

Great expectations at Salt & Time

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

May 31-June 4

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-O-File

Problems at Austin's Pizza, Peached Tortilla primed for TV, and – what else? – barbecue news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Damned, Damned, Damned

Chaos in Tejas brings the bedlam

Playback: Chaos in Tejas

Chaos in Tejas courts hip-hop, and other tales from the underground punk / metal fest

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Chaotic Platters

Andy Stott

Luxury Problems

The Men

New Moon

Parquet Courts

Light Up Gold

Iceage

You're Nothing

Power Trip

Manifest Decimation

Grouper

The Man Who Died in His Boat

Framtid

Defeat of Civilization

Destruction Unit

Void

Kromosom

Live Forever

Rotten Sound

Species at War

Coliseum

Sister Faith

Screaming Females

Chalk Tape

Lower

Walk On Heads EP

Wolf Eyes

No Answer: Lower Floors

Manilla Road

Mysterium
screens

Endangered Species Conservation

'The Last Unicorn' takes a victory lap at the Alamo Drafthouse

BY AMY GENTRY

America's Mortal Goddess

AFS Essential Cinema enchants with Marilyn Monroe

BY MARGARET MOSER

Big Money, Big Money

Film incentives see massive boost

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

After Earth

Often gorgeous, sometimes fascinating, this Smith-family outing is ultimately unwieldy and unsurprising.

American Mary

The plastic surgery performed in this horror film gives real meaning to going under the knife.

Frances Ha

There's a tour de force performance by Greta Gerwig and no small amount of magic in this winning movie by Noah Baumbach about a generation in flux.

Kon-Tiki

Real-life adventurer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 trip across the Pacific on a raft is re-created in this beautifully lensed film.

Love Is All You Need

Danish Oscar-winner Susanne Bier lightens her tone with this grown-up romantic comedy that stars Pierce Brosnan.
arts & culture

Culture Connectors

The 2013 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visits: Manik Nakra

On a tarp-covered wall in a studio on Burnet Road, there lurk tigers ...

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Austin Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Peter Bay spices up the symphonic menu with some new compositions

BY NATALIE ZELDIN

Arts Reviews

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Two wounded friends walk a line between nostalgia and regret in Street Corner Arts' staging of Rajiv Joseph's play

Twelve Angry Men

With strong direction and a fine cast, City Theatre's revival of the jury-room drama of the 1950s feels very contemporary

'Not How It Happened'

Artists Joel Ross and Jason Creps craft sardonic messages that may push viewers out of their comfort zones
columns

Letters at 3AM: Obama's May 23 Speech

Obama deftly weaves vagueness, misdirection, and a few outright lies

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place

Bomb together or bomb separately: It's Queerbomb weekend

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Don't tell Stephen who to expose

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Wormhole of Despair

Are you an emotional vomit bucket?

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Let the Good Times Roll

The Brewskee-ball National Championships Crown a King of the Lane

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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