Dec. 21, 2007

Volume 27, Number 16

ON THE COVER:
features

Wish List

Give 'Til It Helps, Part 2
news

Drug War Blowback

Drug-raid tactics come under increasing scrutiny

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Insiders

Meet City Hall's local candidates for city manager

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Appeals Court Rules Against WilCo Constable: The fight continues

Constable Gary Griffin's attorney: 'This case is not over.'

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Politics Gift Guide Part II

More creative shopping suggestions from the Chronicle News staff

IBIZ Districts: Voting local with holiday dollars

Keep Austin weird by shopping locally

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Return to ACC's Room 221: Mercury or mystery?

Some ACC employees worry mercury still pollutes classroom that has been subject of legal wrangling over past decade

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Point Austin: Undue Process

The Griffin decision fails to hold officers accountable

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Happy holidays to all, from 'Beside the Point'!

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Free Market Hypocrites; and Lobbyists Go Shopping

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

New Year's Eve Dining & Lodging

It's time to start making reservations, party people

BY SARA ROBBERSON AND MEGHAN RUTH SPEAKERMAN

Food-o-File

Look local for the holidays, Christmas Day dining at Manny Hattan's, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

TRIO at the Four Seasons

Along with a name change, TRIO at the Four Seasons on Lady Bird Lake has reinvented itself in ambience, decor, menu, and wine list
music

Harmonic Distortion

Malekko Heavy Industry's guitar pedals of mass distortion

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Off the Record

Gary Clark Jr. becomes a Honeydripper, Tee Double sounds off on Kinetic Global, Future Clouds & Radar charts, and yet another Austin Music Hall progress report

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Music DVDs

AC / DC

Plug Me In

Tom Petty

Runnin' Down a Dream

DylanBob

The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965

Cowboy Jack Clement

Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies

The Holy Modal Rounders

Bound to Lose

Stax

Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Stax/Volt Revue Live in Norway 1967, Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding

The Beatles

Help!

Ramones

It's Alive: 1974-1996

Nirvana

Unplugged in New York

Pearl Jam

Immagine in Cornice

Paul McCartney

The McCartney Years

Ravi Shankar

The Concert for World Peace

Eric Clapton

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007

Flatt & Scruggs

Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show Vol. 3, Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show Vol. 4

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price

Last of the Breed: Live in Concert

Norman Granz Presents Improvisation

Norman Granz Presents Improvisation

GG Allin

Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies Special Edition

Ghostland Observatory

Live From Austin TX

The Flaming Lips

U.F.O.s at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City

U2

Popmart: Live From Mexico City

Opry Video Classics

Opry Video Classics

Oasis

Lord Don't Slow Me Down
screens

Two Towers, Six Years, and 16 Millimeters

The remarkable journey – and uncertain toll – of Steve Bilich's 'Native New Yorker'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Rally 'Round the Writers

Local WGA members take part in Day of Action

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

What's It Good For?

Kevin Booth examines our country's disastrous War on Drugs in a new documentary

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Austin Film Critics Association Announces Top Pic(k)s

The AFCA anoints There Will Be Blood best film of the year

TV Eye

NBC late-night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien will return to the air in early 2008; also, 'TV Eye' eyes the Golden Globe noms

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Charlie Wilson's War

Despite a script by Aaron Sorkin, direction by Mike Nichols, and star turns by Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this good-natured geopolitical romp falls flat.

The Great Debaters

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this inspirational but predictable drama set in the Jim Crow South of the Thirties.

Juno

This indie comedy is funny, smart, cool, and heartfelt, and features breakout showcases for star Ellen Page and screenwriter Diablo Cody.

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel is brought faithfully to the screen, although the melodramatics of the story's latter section undercuts the poetic drama of the first half.

P.S. I Love You

Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank needs to call her agent before getting involved in any more romantic codswallop like this.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Tim Burton's adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim classic shows just how dull violent retribution can be when it's all someone ever talks (or, in this case, sings) about.

Taare Zameen Par

This new Bollywood picture tells the story of a teacher and his dyslexic student.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Taking cues from Ray and Walk the Line, this comedy biopic spans 70 years in the life of its hero, the fictional music legend Dewey Cox.

The Walker

Woody Harrelson stars as a professional escort for political wives in this Paul Schrader movie about sex, murder, scandal, and adultery in Washington, D.C.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

This adventure fantasy about a boy's involvement with a mysterious animal is also a period story about childhood anxieties.
arts & culture

Reflections in a Blank Wall

Florian Slotawa's exhibition tells us more about Arthouse than the artist

BY RACHEL COOK

UT College of Fine Arts: Dempster named dean

After running UT's College of Fine Arts for a year, interim Dean Doug Dempster has gotten the job for keeps

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Gibbs Milliken In Memoriam

Gibbs Milliken, one of the UT Art Department's most adventurous instructors, has passed away at age 71

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Paramount Theatre: A million in its stocking

It's a green Christmas for the Paramount Theatre, with a $1 million grant in its stocking

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Austin prints bought by a Missouri museum, Cookie Ruiz honored, and the city calls for artists' work

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Assumption

Part Southern rock opera and part 'Hamlet,' Refraction Arts' comedy is totally captivating and hilarious

A Cathedral Christmas

The Texas Choral Consort's holiday concert was a tale of two choirs: one inspired, the other flat
columns

Page Two: Constitutionally Sound

At its best, the government is an exploding, bloated, graceless machine. That just means it's working.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

Steve Erickson's new novel Zeroville shows what you have to go through to see how monotheism screws up your consciousness

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar kisses and makes up with a certain Downtown club

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail dresses 11 Central Texas communities in glowing finery

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

On baseball juicers and the president: Get away with whatever you can

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The virtual improbability of online coupling, Picasso's superstitious aversion to charity, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Ripped Off During Holiday Shopping

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Wake Forest wins NCAA men's title, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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