Feb. 7, 2014

Volume 33, Number 24

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news

The Next Round of School Reform

AISD focuses again on Eastside schools

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Then There's This: Hard, Coal Reality

Breaking up with Fayette Power is hard to do, AE officials say

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

AISD Going Out on a Limb

Single-sex schools aren't all they're cracked up to be

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Club 'Stacking' = Democratic Drama

Fairness of endorsement process in dispute

BY CHRISTOPHER HOOKS

The Endorsement Race: Andy Brown, Gómez, Ko Clean Up

Andy Brown, Gómez, Ko clean up

BY BRANDON WATSON

The 'People's Court'

Pro-pot candidate enters JP race

BY JORDAN SMITH

Is the City Trying to Bust the Firefighters Union?

Minority candidate hiring is still a hot-button issue

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Set to Tackle 'Stealth Dorms' Next Week

No meeting this week, but plenty of contention next week

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

From Russia, With Love

More than 20 years after the Soviet Union fell, Austin finally experiences some culinary glasnost

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Harmonic Convergence

Old and new Austin make sweet music at Austin Land & Cattle Company

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Plight in Flight

Can Austin save the migratory monarch by planting pit-stop snacks?

BY JESSI CAPE

Food-o-File

More openings on the horizon

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Feb. 6-13
music

Sonobeat Records

Late-Sixties local label Sonobeat – the missing link between the Vulcan Gas Company and Stubb's?

BY MARGARET MOSER

Playback: Unlocking Infest

Infest lockout, Austin Psych Fest lineup part two, Aaron Behrens' sweet new deal, and more

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Jazz Mills

EP 1

Simple Circuit

Simple Circuit

Kellye Gray

And, They Call Us Cowboys: The Texas Music Project

Phranchyze

3

Elizabeth McQueen, Johnny Dango, Joel Laviolette & Rattletree

The Laziest Remix, Johnny Dango's(Sort of) Nice Dreams, Joy

Gleeson

Gleeson II

Scott H. Biram

Nothin' but Blood
screens

Field Trip

Ben Wheatley's historical horror tackles the English Civil War

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Layers of Change

Story-centric documentary reveals the power of a child's vision

BY JESSI CAPE

A Not-So-Sunny Philadelphia

AFS Doc Nights presents 'Let the Fire Burn'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Film Reviews

A Field in England

The most enticingly original film to come out of the UK this year is told in crisp, trippy, black and white.

Gloria

A middle-aged Chilean woman meets life as it comes.

Hasee Toh Phasee

Bollywood romantic comedy.

The LEGO Movie

Let's face it: We're putty in these things' hands.

The Monuments Men

George Clooney's star-studded account of the Allied rescue of the stolen art treasures of WW2 has many great scenes but no center.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation

Five works of superior, ambitious animation.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program A

Three remarkable stories of people's reaction to oppression.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Documentaries, Program B

A man carves majestic caves in sandstone rocks, and a prison hospice sees a lifer to the end.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action

Short films come in nice packages.

That Awkward Moment

Former High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron stars in this dude-centric romantic comedy.
arts & culture

Common Purpose

Insights from Common House arts space

BY SETH ORION SCHWAIGER

'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart'

The National Theatre of Scotland is back with this devilish mix of music and the supernatural

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visits: Lee Webster

In an old rec room, Lee Webster still animates by hand

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

The Bowie Project: A Rock & Roll Soundpainting

This music/dance/theatre collaboration wove together David Bowie's work with his life and the lives of others

Girls Gone West

A spring break art pilgrimage is ably deconstructed by five young artists

Tosca

Austin Lyric Opera brought all the power in Puccini's opera to bear in a staging that pitted heaven against hell
columns

Letters at 3AM: Today, 100 Years Ago

On Feb. 7, 1914, the world first beheld Charlie Chaplin on the screen in his iconic getup

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law: The People's Law School – Learn the Law at No Cost

People's Law School

BY LUKE ELLIS

The Good Eye: Of Pomp and Pompadours

Beautiful people at the launch of slow-fashion brand Essential Oliver

BY AMY GENTRY

Gay Place

Old friends bring new art to new gallery, and it's Q as all get-out

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

New Orleans spring festival season is all about music and food

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Sweaty, Half-Naked Humping

To tell or not to tell?

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

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