Dec. 1, 2006

Volume 26, Number 13

ON THE COVER:
news

My Semester on the Beat

Wherein our reporter pursues the bad guys, abhors Problem People, studies community policing, and earns a perfect attendance koozie in the APD's Citizen Police Academy

BY NORA ANKRUM

It's the Carbon, Stupid!

Texas leaders continue to drag their boot heels on global warming

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Frank 'The Fetus' Strikes Again

Seemingly undaunted by his failure to push through legislation in 2005 that sought to protect pharmacists of conscience from having to fill scrips for emergency contraceptives, Rep. Frank Corte, R-San Antonio, gears up his 2007 this-is-where-life-begins agenda

BY JORDAN SMITH

Polygamous Prophet Update

Court hears testimony of alleged victim of "spiritual marriage" arranged and presided over by Warren Jeffs

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Point Austin: Invisible No More

Houston janitors strike a mighty blow for the value and dignity of labor

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Slow week at City Council ... try to stay awake

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Neil Bush Milks Cows; and Responding to Labor

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

Getting whiskful about Carmelo's 21st birthday

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Oh, holy crap, the holidays are here!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Asia Cafe

The best and most authentic Chinese in town?

The Belmont

Going beyond the interior design and clientele

Asia Market

Get ready to spend some time and money

Revisiting the 'Land of Plenty'

Fuchsia Dunlop
music

Keep on Growing

Derek's main Domino Bobby Whitlock settles in his legend in Austin

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Ready to Fight

A chat with Negative Approach's John Brannon

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Second Coming

Tia Carrera's Jason Morales takes out the Lysol and sprays down the Melvins

BY AUSTIN POWELL

GIFT GUIDE

Rock & Roll Books

Gift Guide

TCB

Fun Fun Fun Fest brings punk and indie to Waterloo Park, Dixie Chicks return defiant as ever, and Mayor Will Wynn smacks down the playa-hating New York Times. Even The Onion couldn't make this up.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

GIFT GUIDE

Re: Gift

When a PS3 just isn't in the cards

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Crew Stories

Tommy Sturgis

BY C. AMBER PEARCE

Film News

Last thoughts on Altman, courtesy of collaborator Stephen Harrigan; plus, incentives and local interest

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Xmas-Rated?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

O. Henry's Full House

His popular (and populist) short stories pretty much invited adaptations, a calculated risk that 20th Century Fox decided to gamble on in 1952

Film Reviews

Deck the Halls

It's like Neighbors, except with more Christmas lights and Danny DeVito.

Dreamland

This ensemble piece set in a rural mobile-home park has a solid emotional center despite some dramatic mood swings.

F*ck

Like the very word this documentary examines, F*ck can be found all over the place.

Heading South

North American women of a certain age, who are sex tourists at a Haitian resort in the late Seventies, provide grist for this French film's study of social and economic contrasts.

The Nativity Story

Sadly, this familiar tale is presented with a yawn-inducing neutrality more reminiscent of a community-center Christmas pageant than an epic story of divine humanity.

Turistas

Turistas is a surprisingly effective horror film with good acting and some breathless action.
arts & culture

Finding Hope ... in Bed!

Tim Miller's latest trip to Austin finds the noted performance artist optimistic about being gay

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dan Dietz: Breath in Denver

A smoking ban extended to theatres threatens to suck the air out of a Denver production of Austinite Dan Dietz's play tempOdyssey, but where there's a will ...

BY DAN DIETZ

Austin Symphony: Meeting the orchestra the first time

The Austin Symphony gets in touch with our inner child through a concert featuring some of the classical music that most people first heard when they were young

BY BARRY PINEO

365 Days/365 Plays: Weeks 3/4

The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven short plays presented at the Blanton Museum in Week Three and seven more by Different Stages in Week Four

Ballet East: An expression of Hope

Ballet East hasn't changed its name to Alvin Ailey West, but with a fourth choreographer from the prominent dance troupe having set work on the Austin company, it could

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Way of the World

Despite the script's dizzying mishmash of complications, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance's production of The Way of the World is effective, transporting you to another time and place

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

Different Stages drives Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, a holiday spoof by Christopher Durang, like a kamikaze hayride into a merry miscellany of Christmas entertainments

'Testsite 06.5: I Want to See My Skirt'

Inspired by 1960s images of a Nigerian girl, filmmaker Cauleen Smith and poet A. Van Jordan create a beautiful Testsite collaboration that imagines her journey to womanhood but also reveals how we see ourselves
columns

Page Two: Selling Short in the Marketplace of Ideas

"Consequences" wrought in the pursuit of silencing speech should be of deep concern to all

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

While the rest of us were battling holiday crowds, your Style Avatar was whooping it up in Buda ... at Wal-Mart

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Mandola Estate Winery pairs handmade Italian-style wines with a Texas accent to an Old World-style Italian market and restaurant

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

With sadness we report that columnist and nutritionist James Heffley passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the age of 65.

The Common Law

What happens if I don't show up for jury duty?

BY KATHERINE HOWARD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The state of oil and doggie doppelgängers

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

D-League Dreams

All roads lead to Toros training camp

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Soccer Watch

NCAA College Cups and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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