Jan. 5, 2007

Volume 26, Number 18

news

News Top Tens

The best of 2006's news and politics

Chamber Recommends CAMPO Reorganization

Fewer and better-educated members could improve efficiency of transportation planning group, report says

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

All Eyes on Speaker Fight

Craddick fighting for his political life

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

The Hightower Report

Our "Made in China" Christmas; and Left-Wing Penguins and Devilish Tofu

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

What a Year Tastes Like

The palate pundits offer up their favorites
music

For Your Life

The album, dead? Define dead.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Ringing in 2007 with a brawl, a new club, Top 10s, and the Chronicle's annual Music Poll

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Cinema's Labyrinth

The year in film, 2006

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Top Five Games of the Year

The top five games in a Top 10 world

BY JAMES RENOVITCH AND CARSON BARKER

SXSW 07: Update No. 1 of Approximately 450

Announcements

Film News Top 10 of 2006

The top Texas stories of 2006

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Tube tops

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Children of Men

Children of Men brims with cinematic gusto, but the plot raises more questions than it answers.

Freedom Writers

Although based on a true story, this is another movie in which the cute white lady goes into an irascible high school and makes everybody love learnin'.

Little Children

A modern Emma Bovary and her should-have-been Mr. Right discover that while their suburban American lives may yet have a second act, it could well end up as a tragedy.

Man Push Cart

A small gem of a film about a small man doing small things in a very, very, very large world.

Thr3e

A Christian psychological horror thriller based on a novel by bestselling Christian author Ted Dekker, Thr3e nevertheless adopts the extreme-horror tactics currently in vogue in movies such as the Saw continuum.
arts & culture

Come Together

In 2006, Austin turned out for the arts by the tens of thousands

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two: Slippery Slopes

Insights on the way to a point, a peek at future topics, and an argument against reductionism

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

When your novel crawls along at about a paragraph per night and your apartment is tired of your company, then hooray for Hollywood and trans-fat popcorn: A summary of the movies seen by Ventura in 2006.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar counts to 10

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The year of 2006 was a dry one for day-trippers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place's Top 10 Queer Doin's 2006

Queers look back at 'Brokeback' fever and forward to Mary Cheney's baby

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Thornton's fear of furniture, and lounging "lot lizards"

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Checking your credit history

BY CARL BARRY AND LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Viva Las Vegas Feast and Elvis Birthday Combo

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Monday, January 8, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Top 10 Soccer Stories of the Year

The Head Butt tops all soccer news for the year

BY NICK BARBARO

Sports Top 10

Vince Young dominated here and everywhere

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Top 10 soccer stories of the year

BY NICK BARBARO

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