Dec. 5, 2008

Volume 28, Number 14

ON THE COVER:
news

Revving Up for Slow Times

How local entrepreneurs plan to weather the recession

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Bernanke Speaks

The Fed chairman visits, and the news is very mixed

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

There are all kinds of ways to be a good citizen this week, Dec. 4-10

TCEQ Paves the Way for Shit Creek(s)

State environmental agency rejects science in favor of allowing sewage in creeks

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Busted in Aspen, Sued in Denver

Kirk Mitchell of SOS sued for battery in federal court

BY MICHAEL KING

TWG Considers Green Line

A rail line along the Austin-Manor-Elgin corridor could decrease traffic congestion and minimize air pollution

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Firefighters Give Contract the Axe

The contract would've helped the chief diversify the department – a bad thing, apparently

BY JORDAN SMITH

Klingler on Republicans in 2010

Where Texas Republicans went wrong, and what it'll take to go right

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Craddick Foes Prefer Secret Ballot in Speaker's Race

House members try to outsmart Craddick in laying ground rules for choosing a speaker

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Texas House: Balance of Power Hangs in the Balance

There's a 50-50 chance of seeing a 75-75 split in the House

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping ideas from the Chronicle News staff

The Hightower Report

From Ugly Political Ads to the Beauty of Return Day; and Link Up With the Obama White House

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mail-Order Gifts

Send those out-of-towners a little taste of Austin for the holidays

Teens in the Kitchen at Central Market

Forget the gadgets, and gift your teen with Central Market cooking classes

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Food-o-File

Celebrating Eat Local Week, clearing up some sub shop confusion, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for Dec. 4-31

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

True Blues

Alan Govenar's blues tome doesn't need to correct blues mythos. Blues is myth and vice versa.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Reunion fever hits close to home: Faces, the Kinks, the Jesus Lizard, and more

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Rock & Roll Books

screens

Slipped Discs

DVD box sets

History Circles Its Tail

Gus Van Sant on the life of Seventies crusader Harvey Milk and the parallels between then and now

BY CLAY SMITH

Indelible

The lasting power of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

BY CINDY WIDNER

TV Eye

TNT's Leverage serves up justice week-to-week and in one tidy hour

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Lake City

A heavy-handed melodrama that features a young, brooding antihero and Sissy Spacek as his emotionally paralyzed mom.

Milk

Gus Van Sant's deeply heartfelt Milk, which features a magnificent performance by Sean Penn as the crusading gay activist, is a finely wrought yet fairly standard biopic.

Punisher: War Zone

Marvel Comics' Frank Castle again comes to the screen as a one-man vengeance machine in this stylishly violent and gory opus.
arts & culture

Movin' on Up

Melissa Villareal's life was changed by Ballet East

BY JONELLE SEITZ

David Ohlerking

The whirlwind force behind Austin Figurative Gallery is spinning away to Jersey

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Vestige Group

This December, Vestige goes ape for an offbeat rock musical with a hairy hero

BY HANNAH KENAH

Jim Gaffigan

Pack up the kids: Comedian Jim Gaffigan is back, taping his Austin shows for cable

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Arts Reviews

Still Fountains

Michael Mitchell's paired one-acts depict characters with a lot bottled up inside

Sydney Yeager: Moving Parts

These busy abstracts create visual fields that are active, festive, and seductive
columns

Page Two: Fuel and Frost

Nixon film and doc review response offer different kinds of surprises

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3am

A bounty to getting older is that you grow tired of the uselessly dramatic aspects of yourself, and most of your fears evaporate

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place

Gay Place is calling in gay

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Galveston is open for business despite being pummeled by Hurricane Ike just a few months ago

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Stephen's gratitude is sincere, and we may thank some great news for it

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

Four reasons to jump on the Austin Toros bandwagon

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Health vs. length, Texas vs. New York, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Child Support – Trouble Getting Paid?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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