July 25, 2014

Volume 33, Number 48

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news

All but Illegal

As the final provisions of HB 2 loom, Texas abortion clinics brace for closure

BY MARY TUMA

Point Austin: All the King's Horses

Moving toward fairness on property taxes

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Suffer the Little Children

Some Texas communities turn their backs as young refugees seek protection

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

AISD Race: A Voice for Southwest Austin

Schneider faces two challengers as he seeks a fourth term

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Council: By the Numbers

Summer break is almost over for City Council

BY MICHAEL KING

Twin Liquors Settles With TABC

The liquor giant will be allowed to keep open all of its retail operations, but faces a $500,000 fine and the end of wholesale operations in some stores.

BY BRANDON WATSON

Austin Responds to the Refugees

As the Central American refugee crisis unfolds, an Austin movement to offer aid is playing out quietly, behind the scenes.

BY TONY CANTÚ

Ethics Commission: 'Mucus' Quacks Like a Lobbyist

TEC hits Michael Quinn Sullivan with maximum fine for acting as an unregistered lobbyist

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

SBOE: No Scholars Need Apply

SBOE members nominated several unqualified panelists to a social studies textbook review committee.

BY MARY TUMA

The Hightower Report: Can a $7 billion penalty be a good deal?

Citigroup made more money from the Fed than it got fined

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Through Rosé Colored Glasses

Rae Wilson helps Austin reconsider the pink drink

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Titaya's, Take Two

Was it worth the wait?

BY JESSI CAPE

Top Dogs

T-Loc's Sonora Hot Dogs bring Mexico to Allandale

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Food-o-File

Big changes at Olivia – and the Chronicle

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

There Goes the Neighborhood

North/South/Central – redistricting the live music capital

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Playback: Cherubs Flit Back

The unlikely return of Nineties noisemakers Cherubs.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Even Flow

The Wounded Warrior Project and MSNBC bring the war home via an Austin connection

BY KATE X MESSER

Golden Girl

In 'Boyhood' and beyond, Austin native Zoe Graham acts naturally

BY CINDY WIDNER

The Racial Divide in Movies

The Austin Film Society unlocks The Sepia Screen with its new series on "race" movies

BY LOUIS BLACK

Film Reviews

And So It Goes

Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas are ill-served by director by Rob Reiner in this odd-couple romance.

I Origins

The director of 2011's Another Earth is back with a another appealing yet fuzzy story about rift between empiricism and spiritualism.

Lucy

Scarlett Johansson goes totally badass in this far-fetched but riveting Luc Besson action film.

A Most Wanted Man

This post-9/11 espionage thriller is adapted from John Le Carré’s 2008 novel and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman at the head of a top-notch cast.

Persecuted

In this Christian-based thriller with a better-than-average cast, an evangelist is framed for murder by the government.

Sex Tape

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel have escapades while trying to retrieve their sexcapade.

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff explores life in one's late 30s: troubles with unruly kids, ailing parents, and creative aspirations complicated by financial realities.
arts & culture

Road to Freedom

The Cost of Art III: How the Fusebox Festival liberated itself from charging admission

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

JULY IS CRIME MONTH

Patricia Highsmith

The crime writer's dark world is stranger than (literary) fiction

BY AMY GENTRY

The Other Side

Memoir by Houston writer Lacy Johnson recounts a personal trauma with honesty and haunting beauty

BY JESSI CAPE

Austin Chronicle Book Club: 'The Long Goodbye'

Share your thoughts about Raymond Chandler with other Chronicle readers in a Twitter chat about The Long Goodbye

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

All's Well That Ends Well

In 7 Towers Theatre's staging of the Bard's tragicomedy, comic relief is never too far behind the tense moments

'Kasey Short: 5 Plus Hearts'

The artist's comparison of war and violence with spectator sport holds promise, though not all the work is equally strong
columns

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: So Big Deal, Hemingway

Will Huck Finn be a valuable and immortal American archetype in the future?

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The Good Eye: In Praise of Last-Resort Wear

It's official: You may wear caftans

BY AMY GENTRY

Gay Place: Neither Dazed Nor Confused

They may not come from the land of the ice and snow, but check out Zepparella anyway

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

From wedding cakes to king cakes, Rao's Bakery has you covered

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: A Lot of Guy Friends

This girl sounds like a keeper

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch: Playoffs This Weekend ... With Beer!

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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