Dec. 29, 2006

Volume 26, Number 17

ON THE COVER:
news

Developing Stories: Where Are They Now?

The latest on this year's big digs

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

God vs. Taser: Officer Sues APD

Former rookie officer claims he was forced to resign because of his religious beliefs after he refused to comply with a supervisor's order to use excessive force on a suspect

BY JORDAN SMITH

Media Watch: Marfa Ready for NPR?

An attempt to bring public radio to West Texas shows that no good deed goes unpunished

BY KEVIN BRASS

Capitalists, Conservationists Say No to Dirty Coal

Showdown taking shape over plans to build 16 old-style coal-fired power plants, which threaten to push Austin's marginal air quality into the red

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Sustainability Project snap-shoots our present, future

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

A card for council-watchers

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Prissy Politicos; and My Gift for George W.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Bubblicious

The year's best champagnes and sparkling wines

BY WES MARSHALL

Will Travel for Food and Drink

Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic

BY WES MARSHALL

Why Whip In Rules

Sorry, Travis Heights: your secret's out

BY WES MARSHALL

Wine Shopping at Chevron

I'd received wine advice at a gas station once before and walked out with a bottle of MD 20/20

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2007

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

What we'd like to see happen in 2007

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Troublemaker

Ed Ward's first-hand account of Willie Nelson's Complete Atlantic Sessions.

BY ED WARD

TCB

"O Death, where is thy sting?" – 1 Corinthians 15:55

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Best Ofs

Duncan Sheik

Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology

Cee-Lo

Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine

Luther Vandross

The Ultimate Luther Vandross

Mary J Blige

Reflections (A Retrospective)

P.O.D.

Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years

Jane's Addiction

Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane's Addiction

The Dead C.

Vain, Erudite and Stupid: Selected Works, 1987-2005

Jefferson Airplane

The Worst of Jefferson Airplane

Tim Buckley

The Best of

Sterolab

Serene Velocity/A Sterolab Anthology

Depeche Mode

The Best of Depeche Mode Vol. 1

U2

U218: Singles

Replacements

Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? The Best of the Replacements

Old 97's

The Best of Old 97's: Hit By a Train

Buck Owens

21 No. 1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection

Nickel Creek

Reasons Why: The Very Best Of
screens

Champion of the World Cinema

Chief curator Chale Nafus on the Austin Film Society's latest Essential series, South by Southeast: Films of Thailand and Vietnam

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

TV to the rescue, 'Madman' Robert Rodriguez, and more news

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The overs and the unders

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

City of Men

Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Mereilles-produced City of Men goes a long way to expanding the vocabulary of television and moving the medium toward a more cinematic approach

Film Reviews

Black Christmas

Although this horror remake isn't as suspenseful or emotionally draining as its influential 1974 predecessor, the film almost makes up for that with its overriding weirdness.

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Shot on location in Mongolia with a real nomad family, The Cave of the Yellow Dog blurs the line between documentary and fiction and, in doing so, creates its own singular dramatic language.

The Painted Veil

Set in China and starring Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Liev Schreiber, this melodic adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel is the story of many things – but it is most of all the story of a marriage.

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

Like a dream, the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.
arts & culture

All Eyes on First Night

Fireworks rule, parades with kids and bikes rule, giant art rules ...

BY RACHEL KOPER

Austin Theatre: What will be will be

Three Austin theatre artists – actress Lee Eddy, choreographer Robin Lewis, and Adam Sultan – dish about their visions of the year to come

BY HANNAH KENAH

Austin Lyric Opera: Fat lady sings for artistic/managing director split

Austin Lyric Opera Artistic Director Richard Buckley and Managing Director Tamara Hale are both leaving their posts in June 2007, after which ALO will return to a single general director running the show

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Rollin' on the 'River'

Culture Flash!

NEA grants in the stockings of three Austin arts groups, plus the Rude Mechs get their Big Apple on at the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Pageant

There's something inherently entertaining about men in women's clothing, and you'll rarely see so many men in so much women's clothing as you will in Naughty Austin's quite entertaining revival of Pageant

'The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984'

The overall effect of "The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984" is almost patriotic, showing an appreciation of the radical thought and freedom of action that made the U.S. the young revolutionary in that time

'Abstract Expressionism, 1940s-1960s'

"Abstract Expressionism, 1940s-1960s" is at once a stand-alone illustration of a pivotal time in American art and a prelude to the continued explosions of radical artistic energy that marked New York throughout the 20th century
columns

Page Two: Red-State Specials

In the current political climate, reasoned debate turns too easily to ideological hate

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Throw down after throw down, 2006 was one biiiig par-tay for your Style Avatar

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Don't mess with Texas, unless it comes to per capita spending on parks, where we are ranked 49th in the country

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

It's about time for the end of time

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Late delivery on holiday present – do I still have to pay?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Inter Milan wins 11 straight, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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