Dec. 14, 2007

Volume 27, Number 15

ON THE COVER:
features

Wish List

Give 'til it helps: Part 1
news

How Green Grows My County?

'Greenprints' aim to protect our most precious natural lands

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

2007 Politics Gift Guide

Creative Shopping Suggestions From the Chronicle News Staff

Yes, We Have Candidates!

Filing for March primary elections officially began Dec. 3; incumbents, others stake their places on ballot

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cruz Beating: Arbitrator clears Griffin to return to APD

Officer Gary Griffin's "use of excessive force" during confrontation with mentally ill man was 'nothing more sinister than gross negligence,' arbitrator concludes.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Media Watch: Gunga Jenny Meets the November Sweeps

November sweeps news, rumors, and other stuff

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: God Knows

Two recent Texas lessons about the relation between religion and freedom

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Solicitation Ordinance changes/expansions off the table, at least for now

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Sweatshop Crucifixes; and the E. Coli Loophole

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Holiday Cookbook Roundup

Gift Guide

Foodie Stocking Stuffers for 2007

Stuff your stockings with foodie goodies from board games to masa spreaders

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Stuff Your Stockings With Fun

Stocking stuffers for imbibers

BY WES MARSHALL

Holiday Magic Baking Contest Winners

Faraday's Kitchen Store Holiday Magic Baking Contest winners

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

All hail Taco Queen María Corba­lán, Caritas of Austin helps out with the Do Good Deli, and more yummy tidbits from all over

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Gritty, Groovy, & Gettin' It

What reissues are buried in the bottom of your closet?

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Pinetop Perkins leads local Grammy nominations; The Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom relocates to Austin; the Invincible Czars re-envision Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Reissues

Led Zeppelin

The Song Remains the Same

Raspberries

Live on Sunset Strip

Moby Grape

Moby Grape, Wow, Grape Jam, '69, Truly Fine Citizen

U2

The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary

Pink Floyd

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Joy Division

Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still

Young Marble Giants

Colossal Youth

Elvis Costello

My Aim Is True

Gram Parsons

Archives Volume 1

Karen Dalton

Cotton Eyed Joe

Townes Van Zandt

For the Sake of the Song, Our Mother the Mountain, Townes Van Zandt, Delta Momma Blues, Flyin' Shoes

The Joe Ely Band

Live Shots

Rose Maddox & the Vern Williams Band, Los Alegres de Terán

Beautiful Bouquet, The Roots of the Narcocorrido, Grabaciones Originales (1952-1954)

Culture, The Abyssinians

Two Sevens Clash, Satta Massagana

Arthur Alexander

Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter

East of Underground, The Dynamics, Bob & Gene

East of Underground, First Landing, If This World Were Mine

The Rascals

The Young Rascals, Collections, Groovin', Once Upon a Dream, Freedom Suite, See, Search and Nearness

Wattstax

Wattstax: Music From the Wattstax Festival and Film
screens

Betting the Farm

Gamecock helps indie video-game developers play with the big boys

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Games Gift Guide

Geek Out!

Gifts for Trekkies, Anglophiles, and arthouse obscurists

TV Eye

A new special on Starz, titled Anime: Drawing a Revolution, examines the history and historic influence of the Japanese style of animation

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Festival huzzahs

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Alvin and the Chipmunks

What's it all about, Alvin? This by-the-numbers attempt at a chipmunk revival is not bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Atonement

Joe Wright has fashioned an epic piece of moviemaking from Ian McEwan’s novel: Starring Keira Knightley, the film is consumed with the nature of storytelling and the moral responsibility of the storyteller.

I Am Legend

After a terrific start marked by the film's striking views of a desolate Manhattan island, Will Smith's mostly solo action movie devolves into a monster-movie malaise.

Margot at the Wedding

The director of The Squid and the Whale mostly falters in this follow-up film that stars Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black as casually cruel narcissists.

The Perfect Holiday

In this lightweight yuletide fluffery, a young girl turns to a shopping-mall Santa to find a husband for her divorced mother.

The Rape of Europa

During WWII, works of art were moved, hidden, and plundered on a vast and often institutional scale, and this film documents the shaky process of reclamation.
arts & culture

Revealing Poses

How the Victorians presented themselves to the camera explains a lot about them – and us

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Adriene Mishler: Making her 'Assumption'

For this active Austin actress, there was something special about Refraction Arts' hillbilly/kung fu/rock & roll 'Hamlet'

BY BARRY PINEO

Salvage Vanguard Theater: Neulander ends his run

After 13 years of running Salvage Vanguard Theater, Artistic Director Jason Neulander is moving on

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Alice in Wonderland': Drawn down the rabbit hole again

The universal appeal of Lewis Carroll's story inspires 45 local artists in a new group show

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Thom Pain (based on nothing)

Thom Pain (based on nothing) leads us down a strange road, but Ken Webster's sublime acting makes the trip worth taking

Collaboration From Conception

Half the exhibition calls into question notions of originality and authenticity, but the other half undermines it
columns

Page Two: Ego and Conscience

As citizens with the right to vote, we are responsible for what our government does

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Stephen is hitting the holiday-party circuit with a vengeance and a few hotties on his arm

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

At the Camp Street Cafe & Store, the music gets started in the afternoon on Saturdays and goes until the last guitar slinger is standing

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Despite losing in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, UT's 2007 volleyball squad was one to remember

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

There are more World of Warcraft players in the U.S. than farmers, all about the skiffle craze, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Pure rubbish – Austin style

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The University of Souther California wins the NCAA'a Women's College Cup, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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