Jan. 6, 2006

Volume 25, Number 19

ON THE COVER:
news

Top 10s

2005's biggest City Council moments; ten ways to convince AMD not to move to Lantana; top 10 drug war stories; and more

Adios 2005

Top 10 Quotes of the Year

Strayhorn Leaves GOP Primary and Goes Indie

Comptroller decides to keep fighting Perry into November

BY AMY SMITH

APD Officers Charged with Beating, Tasering Handcuffed Man

One resigned last month

BY JORDAN SMITH

Special Election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

The Hightower Report

Come clean, Tom; and gutting the ban on methyl bromide

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pomegranates Et Al.

The year in dining, 2005
music

Crack Music

2005's music haiku

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Critics Poll 2005

National Top 10s

Texas Top 10s

TCB

More lists than there were albums released in 2005... almost.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Riding the Range

The year in film, 2005

Film News

The top stories of 2005

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The best and worst of 2005: Jennifer Love Hewitt is a joke, but not nearly as funny as the ones on 'Arrested Development,' 'My Name Is Earl,' and 'The Daily Show'

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

BloodRayne

This video-game-to-movie adaptation of BloodRayne poses no threat to German filmmaker Uwe Boll's reputation as the modern-day Ed Wood.

Breakfast on Pluto

In this latest from Neil Jordan, Cillian Murphy plays the swinging transvestite Patrick "Kitten" Braden, who wanders through and into the pop-and-politics culture of Seventies England.

Casanova

Hallström’s latest is fine but unambitious, content with what it is – an arthouse trifle with tricorner hats, corsets, and powdered wigs.

Nine Lives

Composed of nine occasionally interlocking vignettes that star a dozen or so terrific actresses, Nine Lives presents intimate portraits of women grapplng with life.

Pulse

The ghost is literally in the machine in this prototypical Japanese horror film that works primarily with dread and inexplicable phenomena rather than blood and guts.
arts & culture

On the Map

Austin's art scene kept catching the eye of the nation in 2005

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures & Pleasures of 2005

'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite theatrical productions of 2005

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Events of 2005 That Engaged and Endure

'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite performances of dance and classical music from 2005

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Most Memorable Theatrical Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2005 (A Hierarchical List)

'Chronicle' theatre writer Barry Pineo names his 10 favorite stage productions of 200

BY BARRY PINEO

Top 10 Spontaneous Catharses and Other Performance Effects of 2005

'Chronicle' theatre writer Heather Barfield Cole names her 10 favorite performing arts experiences of 2005

BY HEATHER BARFIELD COLE

Top 10 Arts Web Sites

'Chronicle' visual arts writer Benné Rockett names her favorite Web sites of 2005

BY BENNÉ ROCKETT

Top 10 Art Installations of 2005

'Chronicle' visual arts writer Rachel Koper names her favorite art installations of 2005

BY RACHEL KOPER

Top 10 Theme/Group Art Exhibitions of 2005

'Chronicle' visual arts writer Rachel Koper names her favorite group art exhibitions of 2005

BY RACHEL KOPER

Top 10 Artists by Body of Work in 2005

'Chronicle' visual arts writer Rachel Koper names her favorite artists by the body of work they showed in 2005

BY RACHEL KOPER

columns

Page Two

Have a 'Chronicle' epiphany

BY NICK BARBARO

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

The president and his people have broken the laws governing warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens and furthermore, lied about it, repeatedly and knowingly

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen lays out the good, the bad, and the fugly of 2005

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

How to best treat a child with Noonan's Syndrome

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Checking your credit history

BY CARL BARRY

Day Trips

The good and the bad news from the year 2005

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Saturday Free Show at Emo's

Emo's, Saturday, January 7, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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