Dec. 10, 2004

Volume 24, Number 15

ON THE COVER:
features

Holiday Wish Lists 2004, Part 3

Presents for Public Service

BY KATE X MESSER

news

The Supremes Take a Hit

The federalist smoke from medical marijuana reaches the Supreme Court. Can they clear the air on states' rights, pot, and the Constitution?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Mueller: Landing, or Just Refueling?

The Mueller deal is done, but that doesn't mean the process is over

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Observer to History at 50

The Texas Observer celebrates its 50th birthday

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Big Three Bike Projects – Still Spinning Their Wheels?

Austin still struggles with bicycle mobility

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Riding the Late-Money Campaign Train

Last-minute campaign contributions come under fire

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Findings of Fact

The Dietz decision recounts at length the financial straits of the public schools

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Painting by Numbers

Design standards turn out to be (maybe) more than just skin-deep

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

No need for a babysitter, Big Brother will do it; and Britain has moral scolds just like America

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Cookbook Reviews

Holiday gift guide

Food-o-File

V.B.W. is serious about fruitcakes; plus, the Event Menu is in holiday heaven

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Box Sets

Gift guide

Jazz Sides

Gift guide

TCB

Crunking up the holidays with a legal spat, an old- world reunion, Dolly, and Derek Smalls himself

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

DVDs

Gift guide

In Print

'Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Film News

Under Tim McCanlies' Spell; plus, accolades aplenty all over Austin

BY JOE O'CONNELL

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

Blade: Trinity

Originality is in as short supply as shirt buttons as Snipes' high tech vampire slayer meets up with what appears to be a steroidal Eurotrash pimp playing Dracula.

Finding Neverland

Johnny Depp delves into the mind of author J.M. Barrie in this adeptly realized celebration of the wonder of the imagination.

Ocean's Twelve

Like Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven and 1960’s Rat-Packing original, Ocean's Twelve is an elaborate and delightful excuse to get the screen’s biggest and most gorgeous stars in the same film.

Overnight

Cautionary tales about the pitfalls of indie filmmaking don’t come more searingly truthful or sober-minded than this.

Rosenstrasse

Von Trotta puts a human face on 1943's Rosenstrasse uprising, one of the few public, and moreover, successful citizen protests against the power of the Nazi regime.

A Silent Love

A Mexican and Canadian production, A Silent Love puts an unusual spin on some of the clichés of the romantic comedy.
arts & culture

Art as Big as the Great Outdoors

Austin Museum of Art has artists transform nature in a huge way – and wants you to help

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Christmas Choraling

With Conspirare’s Christmas at the Carillon and Austin Civic Chorus’ Sing It Yourself ‘Messiah’, you’ll get a thrilling dose of that most potent Christmas commodity: song!

BY BARRY PINEO

Art in Their Stockings

Giving the gift of art this season and don't know where to start? Try the Blue Genie Art Bazaar and the Gallery Lombardi 'Xmas Expo.'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Santaland Diaries

Making his debut in 'The Santaland Diaries,' Rob Williams creates an elf who's not so naughty yet who keeps the show nice

The Baroque Festival Concert II

Despite many glorious moments in St. Cecilia Music Series' Baroque Festival Concert II, there was evidence throughout that the musicians may have taken on too much
columns

Page Two

The old political labels don't quite fit, but new ones have not yet evolved

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

'My love is an imperfect thing but it sings.' Those are the words to be carved on the tombstone of Michael Ventura's brother Aldo, an unstable soul who died last week.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen is all about the holidays. Hide your peacock feathers!!!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is home to a tribute to one of Texas’ favorite sons and also provides a venue for international and local visual art exhibits

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Lawrence Welk sells out

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

AIDS and older people

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Are vitamin E supplements harmful?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Medical Power of Attorney

BY LUKE ELLIS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Of Porto, PSV, and the Big Five

BY NICK BARBARO

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