Dec. 23, 2005

Volume 25, Number 17

ON THE COVER:
news

Dreaming of Buffalo

Prairie preservationists want to turn Austin's eyes – and energies – eastward

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

CRP Leak

The city wants to know who leaked the Citizens Review Panel recommendations to the press

BY KEVIN BRASS

Downtown Density Dreams

Politicos announce city resolution to hire consultants to develop a Downtown Austin Plan

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

AMD Sets Its Site on Lantana

Company trumpets facility greenbuilding; opponents ask what's downstream

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Saying 'No' to AMD

As the company moves forward, the culprits are wiping away their fingerprints

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

After five years as president, W. remains securely sealed in his political cocoon, void of real-life experiences, pure of any intrusion by the hardships of regular folks; and it's wrong to think that faith talk and photo-ops with evangelicals will be enough to convert people to the Democratic cause

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Candyland, TX

A Lamme family portrait prompts a sweet walk down memory lane

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

'A Christmas Story' gets the Alamo treatment; plus, 'Barbecue: A Love Story' and Santa Rita's Rose Bowl cocktail

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Chili Cold Blood Loves You!

Black & blues cowboy metal

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Music DVDs

Gift guide

Dreck the Halls

CD gift guide

TCB

Ho ho ho. Christmastime brickbats and bouquets.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Holiday You-Wish List

Once around the Xbox 360

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

In Print

Alain Silver's book is back and better than ever after 30 years. Still, it's not nearly as potent as Hanzo the Razor.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Event Horizon

The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

From Camilla Parker Bowles to the perks and perils of catering to the consumer

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Rebel Samurai: Sixties Swordplay Classics

The films found in this box set are beautiful examples of a new direction in Japanese filmmaking, one that used the aesthetic and technical language of the swordplay films to expose and attack the culture that had lionized them

Film Reviews

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

This unasked-for sequel fuses the original concept with the well-worn formula of the family-vacation romp.

Fun With Dick and Jane

The original version of this comedy was a little countercultural, a lot class-conscious, and a touch subversive; this remake is all farce when what is needed is satire.

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam

Houston-based, Iranian-born filmmaker Mashayekh relates the story of the pioneering 11th-century mathematician, astronomer, and poet, and reminds Western audiences that there’s more to Iran and the Middle East than suicide bombers and hummus.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Well, we’re not in Chicago anymore, or even its soundstage approximation, but that hasn’t stopped Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall from fashioning another epic spectacle out of two squabbling women in (a sort-of) show business.

The Ringer

A Farrelly brothers comedy that purports to have a message about treating the intellectually challenged as regular human beings and stars Johnny "Jackass" Knoxville is about as disingenuous as a comedy that urges us to see past a person’s body size to appreciate the beauty within and stars Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit.

Ushpizin

This Israeli comedy is a wholly original movie that's set and filmed entirely within the insular realm of Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox Hasidim.
arts & culture

To Marfa, on a Tuesday in December

When high art and hipness move in, what happens to a tiny Texas town?

BY DAN KEANE

On the Funding Front

The National Endowment for the Arts has dropped some holiday cheer in the form of federal funding into the stockings of five area arts groups

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam

Jason Ansara Brooks, who directed, choreographed, and was performing in Pro Arts Collective's production of 'Black Nativity,' died Tuesday, Dec. 13, days before the show's closing performances

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The Long Center gets more corporate cash, AMOA wants your Christo and Jeanne-Claude stories, and the city of Austin wants your art for City Hall and the airport

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Christmas Carol Roasting on an Open Fire

With his solo show 'A Christmas Carol Roasting on an Open Fire,' Rob Nash has lit a fire under Dickens' perennial fable like Austin's problem child with a grill
columns

Page Two

What it takes to win the War on the War on Christmas

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

The Devil gives you five seconds, and God gives you none at all

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Caroling, Mother Ginger, and teenage wildings? You know it's 'the season.'

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park comes alive with wildlife during the winter months, but is enjoyable all year long

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

What is the latest thinking on coenzyme Q-10 supplements?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

What does the term "ERISA" mean?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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