Dec. 5, 2003

Volume 23, Number 14

ON THE COVER:
features

GIFT GUIDE

Holiday Wish Lists 2003

Presents for public service
news

Women Dig In

The contractors' boycott against Planned Parenthood won a battle, but it's a long war.

BY AMY SMITH

A Blue-Sky 'Silver' Plan for Austin Energy

Austin Energy and a former city employee team up to publish an idealized, clean-energy vision of the future.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Farmers Insurance: Off the Hook Forever?

Internal memos suggest the insurer frequently mishandled claims -- and the state may not be able to investigate.

BY JORDAN SMITH

How Lowe's Can Brewster Go?

Council Member McCracken gets an earful from supporters and nonsupporters alike reminding him of his big-box campaign promises.

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Welcome Back, Kirk

Kirk Watson's new job at the chamber stands at odds with his "message" as mayor.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Here We Go Again

The redistricting case resumes: one more battle in a protracted war.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Let's run government like a government; and, Tom DeLay uses neglected and abused children as a political tool.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

GIFT GUIDE

Capital Idea!

On the phone, on the Web, on the farm, or in the store: giving a little Austin to the foodies on your gift list

Food-o-File

Local foodie friends throw a party to help David Pitre and Tecolote Farm, some sweet gift ideas, and more.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Santa's Little Helpers

music

GIFT GUIDE

Autumn Rhythm

Musical Gift Guide Part I: Rock & Roll Books

TCB

Stuff we read in notes passed in study hall

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

GIFT GUIDE

Holiday Bonuses

DVDs for under your trees

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Not Your Average Movie Night

MoveOn.Org mobilizes viewing parties across the country for Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War.

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

GIFT GUIDE

In Space

Tramp Lamps, beer cozies for couples, and headbanging babywear.

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Short Cuts

Movin' on up: MoveOn.org, Steve Bilich, Bennie Klain, and Kyle Henry.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

After watching the HBO production of Angels in America -- for all its faults and annoyances, its unrelenting attention to the crass and sensational -- I'm reminded all over again why TV can matter.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Devil & Daniel Webster

Numbers 215 and 218 of the Criterion Collection DVD series were more celebrated recently, Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water and Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge, yet the unheralded No. 214 was the true devil in the woodpile.

Film Reviews

Carnage

Although maybe not a great film, Carnage is the most ambitious and assured feature debut in recent memory, and it is certainly distinctive.

Demonlover

French mind-warper has a puzzle-box narrative and a soundtrack by Sonic Youth.

Honey

Jennifer Alba's hoodrat find her inner Flashdance.

The Last Samurai

Tom Cruise turns Japanese.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition

The Singing Detective

Robert Downey Jr. plays Dennis Potter's afflicted writer, who imagines a film noir musical to escape his misery.
arts & culture

Lingering on the Beloved Characters of 'What Ever'

Talking with Heather Woodbury about the people in her eight-hour performance novel, What Ever.

BY HEATHER BARFIELD COLE

On the Road Again

Ballet East's Paths traces some of the many passages through life.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

An era of Austin theatre ends as Austin Musical Theatre files for bankruptcy.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'"Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part II"'

The Blanton Museum of Art's "Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part II" continues the display of works from the 3,200-work collection begun earlier in 2003, and while this batch may contain fewer masterpieces, it's no less captivating or transporting.

The Toys Take over Christmas

Let the Toys Take over Christmas, as Second Youth Family Theatre does in this children's play by Patricia Clapp-Cone, a story about kindness and doing what feels right.

Suites and Leftovers

La Follia made a feast of leftovers for their post-Thanksgiving offering at First Presbyterian Church.
columns

Page Two

The Planned Parenthood boycott is about moral bullying, not a commitment to preserving life.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

It's the holiday season and Stephen is already ho-ho-Hoin' it up. What did the fashionable eat for turkey day?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

In Corsicana, "excellent fruitcake" is not an oxymoron.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My friends have told me that I should use credit cards instead of cash because they offer more protection for consumers. Are they right?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

I exercise regularly, but my doctor recently said my blood pressure is too high. Why would that happen, and how can I control it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Holiday tips for HIVers

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Ice Bats vs. Laredo Bucks

Travis County Expo Center, Friday, December 5, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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