"...2) Double Dippin' Just as he was launching a slash-and-burn budget that laid off thousands of state employees, Perry claimed his state pension while still pulling in his salary as governor and living in a $10,000-a-month rented mansion...."
"...N.E.R.D.'s fourth studio album, entitled, Nothing, has a November 2 release date. Both acts play the Frank Erwin Center, October 22, 2010...."
"...10) In the Dumper Refuse generated festering council heat, as Solid Waste Services kept putting its worst foot forward. The expandable BFI landfill, the uncertain switch to single-stream recycling, the proposal (and abandonment) of new residential rate tiers during the budget, and city abandonment of plans to build its own recycling center – after sinking more than a million dollars into the project..."
"...3) Your Other Gerrymander Is Just Fine "The monster that was created to produce the result that has occurred tonight has in fact produced the result that occurred tonight," said Democrat Larry Joe Doherty, after pouring $1.2 million – including $100,000 of his own – into the Tom DeLay-gerrymandered CD 10 and still losing to incumbent Michael McCaul. The Texas GOP actually regained a delegate and nearly took out Waco's Chet Edwards...."
"...It might have not been a great year for other things, but it was a stellar year for movies. We've made these lists, and now we move on, inexorably but optimistically, to the future. The Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Films of 2016..."
"...Top 10 creative things I lucked into in 2014..."
"...Top 10 Theatre Duos and Trios of 2014..."
"...Top 10 Kicky Linkups in 2014..."
"...Top 10 Things to Happen to Classical Music in 2014..."
"...6) Candy Box (aniwey) This year's Frog Fractions (see last year's gaming Top 10) looks like a free game that's a commentary on the banality of free games, but in reality it was the gift that kept on giving ... candies...."
"...10) Yogurt Shop Case Still Needs Review The city's Public Safety Commission in June passed a resolution recommending that Council fund the independent review of selected cold cases, beginning with the 1991 yogurt shop murders. The resolution was prompted by PSC member Kim Rossmo's concern that tunnel vision has infected the APD's investigation – a concern brought into stark relief when retired APD investigator Paul Johnson took the mic at the PSC's May meeting to excoriate Rossmo for suggesting the APD's investigation might have been flawed...."
"...As a regular arts reviewer for the Chronicle, I saw a lot of exhibitions, peered into quite a few studios, and ranged across the city to do this. We could just reprint all the reviews I wrote, but that would be even farther from the "Top 10" format than this is – and even that wouldn't hide how I've yet to visit the much-buzzed-about Wardenclyffe Gallery and haven't been back to Co-Lab's powerhouse of art since Jamie Panzer's sizzling Bullshit Detector in February..."
"...3) CONFIDENCE MEN: IMPROVISED DAVID MAMET 10;(Out of Bounds Comedy Festival) Holy Bard of fuckin' Avon, Batman! The C Men's testosterone-fueled spin on Super Friends had more laughs, surprises, and dramatic cohesion than many scripted plays, proving these all-stars possess powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal improvisers...."
"...Twelve weeks – and rankings of No. 20, 19, 25, 22, 18, 13, 12, and 10 – later, Texas (17-3, 5-0 Big 12) lays in wait behind only Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Duke, San Diego State, UConn, and a shell-shocked Kansas Jayhawk team that UT manhandled in the second half of Saturday’s watershed 74-63 triumph at Allen Fieldhouse – where they had never won before...."
"...10) ????? And then there was ... ah, shit ....."
"...They spent the rest of the decade clawing back, finally getting within two seats of the majority in 2008. The 2010 Obama backlash dropped the donkeys to a mind-numbing 49 and gave rise to a slogan: Sisyphus for state rep!..."
"...1) DON'T BOGART THAT JOINT The National Institute on Drug Abuse announced in December that teen use of marijuana increased in 2010. Federal drug warriors blame it on the spread of medical marijuana and campaigns to legalize and tax pot; the natural ebb and flow of drug popularity seems far more likely...."
"...10) Flash Dance (Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company)/Dolly Would (Getalong Gang Performance Group)/Night of Spank Dance Company (Hot September Flurries) In an exceptionally fine year for Austin's independent choreographers and smaller dance companies, these three shows – a program of 30 dances in 60 minutes, a giddy tribute to the music and philosophy (!) of Dolly Parton, and a sly look at group dynamics among a few identically dressed women – proved especially well how inventive and playful local dance makers are and how exhilarating they make it to watch...."
"...6) Not all closets explode as loud and proud as Ellen's on-air declaration (10 years ago, can you believe it?!), but this year, some pleasant fuses were lit, as well as some no-duhs. Jodie Foster, thank you..."
"...Top 10 U.S. Cities for Bicycle Theft Lock manufacturer Kryptonite bases its Top 10 report on police reports and claims from customers wanting to cash in on lock guarantees..."
"...10) The Carrots, New Romance (Elefant) Jim Caligiuri..."
"...Odds you'll get to see it: Still in the middle of its festival run, this delightful stage romp is still looking for a kind studio to give it a home. 10) Also Starring Austin..."
"...The new 10-1 City Council got a year of governance under its belt – with a slow start but more effectiveness over time – and began to reflect a greater range of public priorities. 2) Selling Short..."
"...1) Districts! After seven tries over many years – and a bitter campaign between competing versions – Austin voters finally decided it's time to end the at-large Council system and elect 10 members from actual districts. Now the real fun begins – drawing-and-quartering followed by a whole new wave of 2014 campaigns...."
"...5) "This is not the military. This is10;public education."..."
"...2) Rolling on Coal Enviros and 10;public health advocates celebrated 10;the Environmental Protection Agency's new safeguards to limit mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. Gov..."
"...9) JOEY HOOD AS 'THE ATHEIST' 10;(HYDE PARK THEATRE) A great actor 10;crafting an engrossing story – can't ask for more than that...."
"...It's been a big year for Luv Doc art. Below are my choices for the Top 10 most disturbing Luv Doc illustrations of 2018 ranked from least disturbing (10) to most disturbing (1)..."
"...5) EASY TIGER This Top 10 feature is quickly becoming the Easy Tiger show, but honestly, it's important that everyone knows that there's really no other bread you should be making a grilled cheese sandwich with than their sourdough...."
"...8) Long-Distance Code The seemingly endless task of revising and simplifying Austin's land-use ordinances – aka "CodeNEXT" – continues to simmer, with a draft promised for January but at least another year of inch-by-inch public debate. Anticipate a 2017 Top 10...."
"...Top 10 (+ 1) major shifts in Austin visual arts in 2014..."
"...TOP 10 QUEER GRRRLS OF 2013..."
"...It isn't easy to choose just 10 local beers. From old-timer Live Oak to newbies such as Hops & Grain, Austin churns out an exemplary selection of craft brews..."
"...10) Solution Springs Forth Years of debate over city improvement plans for the no-frills south side of Barton Springs Pool finally ended in a compromise agreement between warring factions of regular, longtime Springs swimmers...."
"...3) Anderson Pleads Guilty More than a quarter century after he helped send Michael Morton to prison for the murder of his wife Christine – a murder Morton did not commit – former WilCo prosecutor-turned-district-judge Ken Anderson pleaded guilty to withholding evidence from Morton's defense, was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and was stripped of his law license...."
"...Here are 10 blogs that resonated with our readers in 2012. We hope you enjoy the look back and please add us to your daily online routine..."
"...6) Bag the Bags Council passed a ban on single-use plastic and paper bags, with the new ordinance set to take effect in March. Recycled paper bags can be used, as well as other bags durable enough for 100 uses...."
"...1) "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." – Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, commenting on the sonogram bill10; by parodying Grover Norquist's promise to shrink government down to a size he can drown in a bathtub (Feb..."
"...6) He Had a Point After decades of replacing punctured tires, Hyde Park residents saw the arrest and prosecution of longtime neighborhood tire-slasher Tommy Kelley. The 56-year-old homeless man represented himself at trial and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with more cases to come...."
"...1) Unhappy Birthday 2011 marked the big 4-0 for the drug war, officially begun under President Richard Nixon on 10;June 17, 1971. How big it's grown! Unfortunately, like too many 40-year-olds, time has not granted this overgrown baby much wisdom...."
"...3) KIM ADAMS AS JAINA IN 'THE VIRGIN W/ 10,000 ARROWS' (DEBUTANTES & VAGABONDS)..."
"...In 2010, both ballet and contemporary dance were proclaimed flatliners by prominent dance critics. Those critics make solid points, but I did witness several dance moments and events indicating a pulse...."
"...Top 10 Songs for the Week of Tuezgay October 19, 2010...."
"...Top 10 Films of 1999..."
"...Of course, it’s the music above all else that makes Pickathon a worthy annual retreat. Here are my Top 10 highlights from the weekend...."
"...10) Hotter and Drier The continuing drought and soaring temperatures leave Texas in a record drought. Daily water inflow into the Highland Lakes may be up from 2012, but are still a fraction of annual averages, and the Lower Colorado River Authority is already fighting with Valley rice farmers over water rights for next year...."
"...10) Best-Laid Plans The Downtown Austin Plan was adopted at long last, amid simmering questions over density in the urban core, redevelopment in the Warehouse District, and the future of the Red River music scene. The Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan keeps working – along with a last-minute scrub dumped upon the beleaguered Planning Commission...."
"...10) Valero Devalued As school districts bled, petrochemical giant Valero tried to add insult to injury by asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reinterpret its rules and create a massive tax break pillaged straight from school coffers. Even the TCEQ could not swallow that bitter a pill and ultimately rejected Valero's request...."
"...10) 'BIOGRAPHY OF PHYSICAL SENSATION' (RUBBER REPERTORY) A theatrical experiment that reduced one woman's life to components of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, and in transferring them to an audience, expanded it into a something surprisingly communal, rich in connections and shared humanity. Honorable Mentions..."