April 18, 2014

Volume 33, Number 34

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news

After Carstarphen, What Then?

Austin ISD enters a new era, searching for a road map

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Perry's Peacock

Wallace Hall's abuse of power serves his governor

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: SMART Is as SMART Does

City housing program becomes a balancing act

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Project Connect: Central Corridor Options

Last public workshop considers the future of high-capacity transit

BY MAC MCCANN

Council: Getting A Round Tuit

A crowded agenda as CMs head into budget season

BY MICHAEL KING

UT's 'Shared Services' Begins Sharing ... Layoffs

Powers endorses controversial plan

BY LIZZIE JESPERSEN

Post-Flood Report: Mixed 'After Action' Reviews

171 action items needing improvement

BY MICHAEL KING

A Walk Through the New Colony Park

New neighborhood master plan unveiled

BY ROBYN ROSS

Abbott's STAAR Idea

Gubernatorial hopefuls battle it out over education plans

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Pulling the curtain on an anti-minimum wage front group

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Measured Edge

Weige Knives crafts custom blades for local chefs

BY MICK VANN

This Crispy Taco Brought to You by 50 Years of Tradition

Tamale House East has the Midas touch

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Hi Fidelity

Trying – and failing – to make it work with Hi Hat Public House

BY ANNA TOON

Food-o-File

Overheard at the East Austin Urban Farm Tour

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

April 19-24
music

The Long Journey Home

The Houston Kid comes full circle

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Playback: Record Store Day

Why Record Store Day matters

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Eliza Gilkyson

The Nocturne Diaries

Horse Opera

Horse Opera

Ray Price

Beauty Is

Weary Boys

The Early Years

Clay McClinton

Bitin' at the Bit

Jeff Whitehead

Bloodhound Heart

Kevin Fowler

How Country Are Ya?

Technicolor Hearts, Carrie Ann Carroll, Rare Birds in Flight, Wendy Colonna

Under the Big Blue Umbrella Sky, You Should Know, Murmuration, Nectar
screens

The Dancing Bear

Nick Frost realizes his secret rhinestone dream in 'Cuban Fury'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Here, the Writer Gets the Close-Up

'On Story' season four opens with Vince Gilligan

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film Reviews

Bears

Disneynature doc about an Alaskan bear family.

Breathe In

A comely British exchange student in upstate New York upsets a cozy family dynamic.

Cuban Fury

Nick Frost is a schlubby guy who's gotta dance.

Dom Hemingway

Jude Law, all piss-and-vinegar as the titular safe-cracker, can't light the fuse of this dud.

The Final Member

An Icelandic museum of mammalian penises is documented while seeking its final member – a human specimen.

A Haunted House 2

More horror/comedy in the Marlon Wayans vein.

Make Your Move

Two star-crossed, young dancers are caught in the middle of underground dance-clubs' rivalries.

Rio 2

The animated blue macaw family takes a trip back to the Amazon.

Transcendence

Wally Phister, the Oscar-winning Inception lenser, takes the directing reins for this sci-fi puzzler that stars Johnny Depp.

2 States

Cultural opposites fall in love in this Indian romantic drama.

Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson is the blank alien who prowls for earthmen in this spare and disorienting genre smash-up.
arts & culture

Absolutely Confabulous

Austin Public Library's New Fiction Confab focuses on buzz over brawn

BY AMY GENTRY

MOONTOWER COMEDY 2014

Hannibal Buress

The effortlessness of Hannibal Buress? That's just 12 years of him working to become a better comic.

BY RUSS ESPINOZA

Demetri Martin

Whether making jokes with punch lines or with pie charts, Demetri Martin's job is directed daydreaming

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Arts Reviews

Romeo and Juliet

Despite some casting questions, the Baron's Men create a moving and involving version of this well-known tragedy

The Drawer Boy

To see this show is to admire fine craftspeople who set out to tell a simple story in a simple way

Scattered

The Motionhouse dancers' daring movements up and down a giant curved wall thrilled kids and adults alike
columns

Letters at 3AM: The Sadness That Stays

When the world inside you is no longer the world around you, that's called aging

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place: For the Love of Bunnies

Hop to some of the gayest fests of post-Lenten debauchery

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Explore the Big Thicket on a two-hour cruise up the Neches River from Beaumont

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Good Eye: Closet Therapy

Peeling back the layers of clutter to an organized you

BY AMY GENTRY

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Introducing

The awkwardness that exists between complete strangers

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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