Nov. 28, 2008

Todd V. Wolfson

Volume 28, Number 13

ON THE COVER:
news

Sustainable Biodiesel: Made in Austin

How two guys are putting Austin on the biodiesel map … again

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Point Austin: Giving Thanks

In a dark time, among us walk ordinary heroes

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Singing From the Hymnal

Library and music advocates still looking for official harmony

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Give thanks, and do good: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

APD Scores Low on Police Lineup Procedures

The Justice Project cites police department shortcomings when it comes to eyewitness identification of suspects

BY JORDAN SMITH

Darwinists Attack!

The State Board of Education doesn't understand the meaning of 'separation of church and state'

BY LEE NICHOLS

AISD Finance Chief Heads to Dallas

Larry Throm jumps out of the frying pan and into the fire

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

School Boundaries: Please All, Please None

Another map emerges in building enrollment for new middle school

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ECT Envisions the Legislative Session

Will the Lege grant more regional planning authority to local communities this time around?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness: The DEA's Dopiness

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is blocking North Dakota farmers' right to grow industrial hemp

BY JORDAN SMITH

Not in My Graveyard: RAMP vs. Covenant Presbyterian

One woman's battle with a church to preserve a Central Austin cemetery

BY LAUREL CHESKY

The Cable Channel Shell-Game Shuffle

The FCC is investigating Time Warner; African-American weekday news anchors are few and far between

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Monsanto's Latest Biotech Miracle; and Spread the Wealth, Rebuild America

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Clash of the Titans:

These two long-lasting treats make a comeback

BY MICK VANN

Coconut Bliss

Skip the sugar crash and dairy congestion, and head for the frozen treats aisle for Coconut Bliss

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Liquid Assets

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year for wine-and-food pairing

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

The Chronicle archives are historical snapshots, Faraday's announces Holiday Baking Contest winners, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 27-29
music

The Next Fun Fearless Female Rock Star

Austin's now generation comes of age in Suzanna Choffel

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Facing charges by the estate of Don Walser, three local music entities declare bankruptcy even as Julian Koster spreads holiday cheer

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

KGSR Broadcasts

KGSR Broadcasts

Ben Mallott

Look Good, Feel Good

San Saba County

... Though Cheating Was Never an Option

Jason Boland & the Stragglers

Comal County Blue

Ariel Abshire, Ginger Leigh, Autumn, Penny Jo Pullus

Exclamation Love, Don't Be Shy, Velvet Sky, My Barn Having Burned, I Can Now See the Moon

By Any Means Necessary, Baron Grod, Lions of Tsavo

By Any Means Necessary, Baron Grod, [Firelung]

Lucas Hudgins

The World Left Is Mine

various artists

Volume One: Texas Rock, Blues & Folk, Volume Two: Texas Country & Americana

Paul Minor

The Marfa Project

Jonathan Terrell

Trials and Stimulations

Will T. Massey

Wayward Lady

Cruiserweight

Big Bold Letters

Todd Snider

Peace Queer

Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers

This Broken Crown

Roy Heinrich

All Night All Day

The Deadringers

Sweetheart of the Neighborhood

Freddie Steady's Wild Country

Ten Dollar Gun

George Ensle

Build a Bridge

Matthew Ballard

Midnight Drive
screens

Getting Small

Austin's Red Fly Studio puts things into perspective

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Making Mushrooms Dance

Gl33k's audio geeks sound off on Mushroom Men

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Go Go Gadget

The season's best tech toys

BY JOSH DUTY

Out of the Dustbin, Onto the Web

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image launches a new preservation initiative

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

The Texas Motion Picture Alliance pushes an ambitious new incentives bill, to be sponsored by Rep. Dawnna Dukes

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Jack Bauer's back, and, boy, is TV Eye glad

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer

This celebratory documentary skips briskly over the 60-plus-year career of one of jazz's pre-eminent and most original singers.

Australia

Baz Luhrmann teams with fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman for this romantic action-adventure epic.

The Dukes

Character actor Robert Davi directs and co-stars with Chazz Palmintieri in this movie about a former doo-wop group that tries to recapture its glory days.

Fear(s) of the Dark

This French anthology of six short animated films, which are thematically linked by their dark tonalities and stirrings of dread, has greater appeal for animation buffs than horror hounds.

Four Christmases

From the director of the hit documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters comes this holiday-themed romantic comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Opens Wednesday.

Transporter 3

Jason Statham returns for the third venture in this action series, which is surprisingly better than you might expect.

Twilight

One is human and the other's vampire: What's a pair of young soulmates to do?
arts & culture

Beyond the Frame

Curator Elizabeth Dunbar likes art that punches through the gallery walls

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Improv for Evil

'You're a loose cannon, Cochise!'

BY BARRY PINEO

Austin on Broadway: More Shooting Stars Than Ever

There have never been as many Austinites in Broadway shows as there are now

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arthouse Emergency Relief Fund: Giving More Than Thanks

Help Arthouse help artists unable to make art owing to a health crisis or disaster

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Getting Married

Different Stages has fun with Shaw's dissection of the institution of marriage

Sylvia

A.R. Gurney's play about a man and his dog is fun but makes a mess of its message

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Robert McDuffie, Violin

A hearty mix of Central Europe-inspired music with transcendent violin work
columns

After A Fashion

Your Style Avatar finds a pirate photographer in the boudoir

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Page Two: Lost in Space

Marking time with seasonal ghosts

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place

Send Barack Obama a postcard!

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

J P Seven Christmas Trees is known for being a good distance out in the country and for having wonderfully fragrant and thick trees

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

UT's Destinee Hooker is a dominating force on the volleyball court

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Bagels from Egypt, beer bottles for Buddhists, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Child support – How Much Will I Pay?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 'JCVD' Thanksgiving Dinner

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, Friday, November 28, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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