Dec. 3, 2004

Volume 24, Number 14

ON THE COVER:
features

Holiday Wish Lists 2004, Part 2

Presents for public service

BY KATE X MESSER

news

The LCRA Moves to Turn on the Tap

Future of Hill Country waits on Authority's decisions on water plan

BY AMY SMITH

The Depot Comes to the District Hat in Hand

Austin ISD considers a tax giveaway to mendicant Home Depot, and the question is, who pays?

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

The 'Observer' Celebrates 50

'The Texas Observer' marks its 50th Anniversary with a symposium on politics and media

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bicycle Nomads and the Winds of Change

Backers say winter migration to Mexico creates 'a whole new way of life'

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

State Energy Plan: Dependent and Dirty

The Texas Energy Policy Council goes backward into the energy future

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Sore Winners

The GOP seems determined to make representative government a game of 'winner-take-all'

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: The Job Description

Why sane people don't run for City Council

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On the Lege

Banning birth control; reforming Texas justice

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

All-American Spam adopts an English accent; and big airlines stiff their workers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

At Your Service

The holidays outside the box: unique gift ideas for your favorite culinarians

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Basket Weaving

Give the gift of Austin flavors for the holidays!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Tom Pederson's Cocoa Puro is prevalent; plus, coming, goings, and more in this week's roundup of Austin food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Rock & Roll Books

Gift guide

TCB

Armadillos to Addictions: a shopping guide for discerning Austinites

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

DVDs: Part One

From Ferrell in an elf suit to Bergman at the end, the best discs to gift this season

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Kirby Warnock's 'Border Bandits' raids the Alamo with the ugly truth of 1915 Texas.

BY MARC SAVLOV

All About the Others

The Austin Film Society's Besides Almodovar: Other Spanish Directors

BY WILL ROBINSON SHEFF

In Print

'Made You Laugh: The Funniest Moments in Radio, Television, Stand-Up, and Movie Comedy'

BY JEFF TONN

TV Eye

In an unusual union between an indie-rooted movie network and another cable network specializing in sensational courtroom dramas comes a sustained, multifaceted discussion on one of the most pressing issues of our time: free speech

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Closer

Love’s fractured fairy tale, writ small and petty and almost too real to bear without flinching.

WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception

"News dissector" Danny Schechter examines the media's complicity in promoting the war on terrorism.
arts & culture

Communing in the Air

With 'Lounge!,' Arthouse transforms itself into a space that swings

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Gimme Them Biscuits

Austin theatre's barnyard brothers are ready to take over TV – and the world

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Three Scrooges

Three different stage versions of 'A Christmas Carol' are playing this season, and one of them is sure to please the discriminating Dickens-lover in your household

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam: Robert Ellis Patterson

Robert Ellis Patterson, artist and owner of the Robert Ellis Patterson Gallery in South Austin, died Friday, Nov. 19

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'Portable Worlds'

In 'Sabina's Letters,' Cuban artist Eduardo Mu& #241;oz Ordoqui offers images in which video correspondence is projected onto everyday objects from his U.S. environment
columns

Page Two

The touchy, touch Republicans have become the party of make-believe

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen lays down the law – in his own style

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Resisting enemy interrogation, government- subsidized health care, and hula dancing

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Post-exposure prevention

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Are vitamin E supplements harmful?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Do-not-resuscitate order

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo might be the most famous steak house in the world, or at least in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Fanless football in Italy, and potential American European champions

BY NICK BARBARO

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