April 25, 2014

Volume 33, Number 35

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news

When Confessions Prove False

Jonathan Holt told police he'd murdered his wife. But he hadn't killed her, and the cops should have known it.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: ALEC by Another Name

Corporate advocacy group looks to deepen local influence

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Grandfathered Death Star

The Vested Rights Ordinance is new, but is it improved?

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council: The Budget Warms Up ... and Ott's Under Fire

With substantive postponements, this week's Council meeting may bring fireworks

BY MICHAEL KING

Election Info for the Rest of Travis County

ACC Faculty Pitches Staff Stability Plan

Two-part plan proposes creating 100 new full-time positions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Piper Kerman to Speak at CARY Benefit

Memoirist will relay 'the real story' of her year in a women's federal penitentiary

BY AMY SMITH

Irreconcilable Differences: The Austin Institute Tackles Divorce

The Austin Institute tackles divorce

BY BRANDON WATSON

Council Weighs Film Incentives Deal

City looks to keep film and digital production inside city limits

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Florida official can't seem to get the hang of running elections

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Seduced by Austin

Jesse Herman – hospitality pro, mover and shaker with the Austin Food & Wine Festival – is making his mark on his adopted town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

A Hip Girl Hops Into the Kitchen

DIY maven Kate Payne applies her prowess to cooking

BY JESSI CAPE

Jezebel's Friendly Little Sister Made Us Feel Right at Home

Tapasitas offers a tasty, reimagined bar menu and great cocktails

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-O-File

National and local talent converge at the Austin Food & Wine Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Playback: Festival Buzz

Festival, Texas – spring edition

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Chairman of the Board

Antone's Blue Monday boss Derek O'Brien keeps the music alive and blue

BY MARGARET MOSER

Texas Platters

B.E. Godfrey, Grizzly Adams Family, Lost & Nameless, The Big Gun Show

Wild Desperation, Drunkalong Singalogue, Empty Spaces, The Big Gun Show

Black Pistol Fire

Hush or Howl

The Clouds Are Ghosts

Fractures

Ssleeperhold

Ruleth

Symbol

Online Architecture

Scan Hopper

Mariana Bridges

Demitasse

Blue Medicine

Tee-Double

The Home Town Kid
screens

First Quarter

Bradley Jackson and Andrew Disney kick off a festival run of their new comedy about the importance of intramurals

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Have Car, Will Travel for Film

Four Texas film festivals on the not-so-distant horizon

Film Reviews

Alan Partridge

Steve Coogan’s comical egomaniac Alan Partridge jumps from British television to the movie screen – with all of his smarm intact.

Blue Ruin

Writer, director, and cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier colludes with actor Macon Blair to create an unusual spin on this revenge tale.

Heaven Is for Real

Greg Kinnear plays a dad who believes his son's claim to have seen heaven.

Only Lovers Left Alive

In this hypnotic love story, Jim Jarmusch gives us vampires who are bohemian outsiders and not blood-sucking freaks.

The Other Woman

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton play gals who team together to ruin the mutual philanderer in their lives.

The Railway Man

Colin Firth stars with Nicole Kidman in this memoir about a WWII POW in Burma who, in the present day, still suffers repercussions.

Walking With the Enemy

Ben Kingsley stars in this World War II drama that's slipped quietly into Austin.

Watermark

This documentary explores the ways in which water and human beings shape one another.
arts & culture

Never Adult Moment

Artist Michael Sieben ollies his skater years into the Visual Arts Center's vaulted elegance

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

MOONTOWER COMEDY & ODDITY FESTIVAL PREVIEW

Same Ballpark, Different Positions

Kevin McDonald explains how the Kids in the Hall have worked together 30 years

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'This Is Where I Belong'

How smarts and gumption took Noël Wells from Esther's to 'SNL'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

My Party Country, 'Tis of Thee

Colin Quinn exposes the rowdy Founding Fathers we never knew in 'Unconstitutional'

BY AMY MARTIN

Tweeter Right

Brian Gaar's monster following on Twitter paved the way for his first comedy album

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Bell Whether

Ready or not, W. Kamau Bell is leading us into a conversation about race

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Hit the Heights

Brad Williams will beat you to the punch (line) with jokes about being a dwarf, and his will be funny

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960

Blanton Museum's music series turns the clock back to minimalism's early years in Manhattan

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visits: Briar Bonifacio

East Austin artist gives good face

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

The Gospel at Colonus

After 18 years, Zach has remounted this mix of Greek tragedy and gospel, and miracles abound

Roaring

Cyndi Williams' study of a subterranean retirement community during a catastrophe has promise but isn't always clear
columns

The Good Eye: From Bauhaus to Bang-Bang

UT design students kick off Austin Fashion Week with a 'Spectrum' of influences

BY AMY GENTRY

Gay Place

May Day! May Day! May Day! It's May, gays!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Historic spring still an oasis in the West Texas town of Big Spring

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Not Cool

It’s risky business for a man to comment on a woman’s physicality in any way

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

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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