Dec. 28, 2007

Volume 27, Number 17

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news

Fun, Healthy, and Green

A profile of the practice and business of pedicabbing

BY SOFIA RESNICK

Wage Vigilance

Local businessman under fire for owing money to employees of his former West Lake Hills restaurant

BY CHERYL SMITH

Does Harry Potter Cause Sexual Violence? Only in Texas.

Defending a new nudity tax, the AG says topless bars cause sexual violence

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

Point Austin: Shifting Winds

An interim election and an AG opinion stir thoughts of Capitol changes

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

What awaits council under the tree

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Commander Bush Wins One; and Gifts for a Happier New Year

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Texas Gets Spirited Away

Taste-testing Texas liquors against the world

BY WES MARSHALL

Viking Stand Mixer

Viking Range Corp. mixes and kneads with the big boys

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Looking back on Austin food in 2007

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover's Companion to the South

Part travel guide, part history lesson, Southern Belly is a mouthwatering expedition of beloved Southern food institutions
music

A Browner Shade of Black

Blazing trails of Chicano soul

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Welcome to "Spazmodica," the future of Austin music

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah

8 Diagrams, The Big Doe Rehab

Levon Helm

Dirt Farmer

Sea Wolf

Leaves in the River

Eagles

Long Road out of Eden

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 9: 1969

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 9: 1969

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Youssou N'dour

Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take)

Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys

Growing Pains, As I Am

Common

ThisIsMe Then: The Best of Common

Ani Difranco

Canon

Bob Dylan

Dylan

Lisa Gerrard

The Best of Lisa Gerrard

Led Zeppelin

Mothership

R.E.M.

Live

Spice Girls

Greatest Hits

Ringo Starr

Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo

Jim Stricklan

Vintage '47: The Best of Jim Stricklan

Keith Urban

Greatest Hits: 18 Kids
screens

Border Crossing

AFS Essential Cinema presents 3 Mexicanas en Hollywood

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Sneak Peek at SXSW Film 2008

The first announcements from SXSW Film 08 are trickling in

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film News

Casting shuffles for Malick's new picture and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

'Tis the season for TV marathons, plus, mark your calendar for the last season of The Wire, and no news is bad news on the strike front

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Nosferatu: The Ultimate DVD Edition

One of the most influential films of all time, it's almost superfluous to discuss the film itself and its considerable merits

Film Reviews

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Apocalyptic monster mash makes big crash.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Nicolas Cage is again on the prowl in this sequel to the 2004 smash success.

The Orphanage

Although Guillermo Del Toro is the producer, this new Spanish horror film is derivative and not on par with Del Toro's spooky childhood stories.

The Savages

Starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this smart, funny, thoughtful, and exquisitely realized film is one of the best of the year.
arts & culture

Magic Time

Oh, the sights you'll see at First Night Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Monumental Shift

Major personnel changes across the Austin arts scene signal the start of a new era

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Visual Arts: 'Art in America' surveys the scene

For a national magazine to do a story on Austin that's just about the visual arts scene is pretty much unheard of

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art City Austin: A new kind of art fair

Art Alliance Austin is calling on artists and architects to make work that will reinvent its annual art fair

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The Blanton tweaks its schedule, Conspirare's fave composer takes the prize, and Hot September Flurries in June?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Plaid Tidings

Forever Plaid's seasonal sequel delivers just what's wanted this time of year: Tidings of comfort and joy

Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral

This showcase of a variety of Christmas traditions in Celtic history made for a most festive night

Double Vision: Chris Chappell and David Ohlerking

This show demonstrates how two painters working from the same subject can end up with radically different canvases
columns

Clarification

After a Fashion

Stephen's calling the kettle black again. OK, these are some pretty black kettles.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Taking a wine-tasting journey through Texas wineries

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

While only a freshman at Westlake, Brenden Redfern is already putting adults to shame on local golf courses

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

What to expect in 2008: a great earthquake, a pole shift, many months of darkness, Princess Diana's ghost, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

I ordered a holiday present, and it never showed up

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

No break for the Brits, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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