Dec. 19, 2008

Carolyn Hester

Volume 28, Number 16

ON THE COVER:
news

Stop the Loss

Austin veterans turn away from Iraq and war

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Next Chapter

Three Austin-based national-security experts offer their views on how America can rebuild its reputation in Iraq and beyond

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Developing Stories: Walking on Water

A roundup of Lady Bird Lake planning efforts that are all wet

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Wish List

Here's your chance to give back to the areas of our community that need it the most

BY KATE X MESSER AND MEGHAN RUTH SPEAKERMAN

Council Blindsided on Landfill Deal

Council questions whether legal department acted appropriately in giving BFI the thumbs up on landfill expansion

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Climate Outlook

We're in the critical stage of a drought, y'all

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Executions Maintain Steady Clip

When it comes to the death penalty, Texas throws caution to the wind

BY JORDAN SMITH

APD Blood-Draw Plan Needles Opponents

APD moving full speed ahead on plan to draw blood from people suspected of driving while drunk

BY JORDAN SMITH

Politics Gift Guide

News staff suggestions for the wonks and smartasses on your list

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizen's calendar, Dec. 18-25

City Hall Hustle: Do You Feel a Draft?

Big-leaguers back Leffingwell, but really, who'd want the gig?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Beside the Point

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Downturn Hits High-Dollar Sports; and Lobbyists Change Their Stripes

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Kitchen Gadgets

Spice up your favorite foodie's kitchen with one of our recommendations

Food-o-File

Eat Local Week cook-off finale, hot-dog happy hour, and Central Texas food businesses closing

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local food events for Dec. 20

Food Reviews

Athenian Bar & Grill

Recenty reopened on Sixth Street, Athenian Bar & Grill serves great Greek food at a reasonable price

Texas French Bread

Texas French Bread is now open for dinner
music

Double-Barrel Beautiful

Texan sweetheart of the 1960s folk rodeo, Carolyn Hester

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Ice Cube racks up the body count at Mohawk, Loxsly shines a light on Tomorrow's Fossils, and gift-wrapping local holiday offerings

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Reissues

New Order

Movement: The Factory Years, Power, Corruption & Lies: The Factory Years, Low-Life: The Factory Years, Brotherhood: The Factory Years, Technique: The Factory Years

Otis Redding

Live! in London and Paris

Neil Young

Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968

Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon

R.E.M.

Murmur Deluxe Edition

Enrico Rava, Tomasz Stanko, Dave Holland Quartet, Terje Rypdal / Miroslav Vitous / Jack DeJohnette, Gary Burton Quintet, Bill Frisell, Gismonti / Vasconcelos, Anour Brahem, Dino Saluzzi, Norma Winstone, Lester Bowie

The Pilgrim and the Stars, Balladyna, Extensions, Rypdal / Miroslav Vitous / Jack DeJohnette, Dreams So Real, Lookout for Hope, Rambler, Duas Vozes, Conte de L'Incroyable Amour, Kultrum, Somewhere Called Home, The Great Pretender

Lou Reed

Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse

Tom Verlaine

Dreamtime, Words From the Front

The Clash

Live at Shea Stadium

U2

Live: Under a Blood Red Sky

Blue Ash

No More, No Less

Death Cab for Cutie

Something About Airplanes

Pavement

Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed.

Ry Cooder

The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

Charlie Feathers

Wild Side of Life: Rare and Unissued Recordings, Volume One, Honky Tonk Kind: Rare and Unissued Recordings, Volume Two, Long Time Ago: Rare and Unissued Recordings, Volume Three

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willie and the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory, Pendulum

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette

Tommy James & the Shondells

40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)
screens

When the Science Guy Is Still in Short Pants

Welcome to Enzoology.com

BY SARAH JEAN BILLEITER

Dig Deeper: The Austin Underground Film Festival

The third annual Austin Underground Film Festival

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Awards

The AFCA goes batty for the Batman

TV Eye: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Uh oh. Turns out Jay Leno's not going away after all.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

A Christmas Tale

Catherine Deneuve stars as the matriarch of this family, whose holiday gathering is like some marvelous do-si-do in which the characters partake in endless swirls of accusations, confessions, and glimpses of grace.

Nothing Like the Holidays

This Christmas-themed movie centers on a family gathering in Chicago's Humboldt Park, a predominantly Puerto Rican section of the city.

Seven Pounds

Will Smith stars in this dramatic film about a man who whose melancholia compels him to devise a unique plan to redeem what remains of his life.

The Tale of Despereaux

Despite this animated film's overabundance of vocal talent and source material that won the Newberry Medal in 2004, The Tale of Despereaux is a multispecies offender.

Yes Man

Jim Carrey plays a guy who just can't say no, a predicament which creates more a collection of humorous set-pieces than a satisfying movie.
arts & culture

Truth Seeker

Photographer Sebastião Salgado bears witness to the world in black and white

BY ANDREW LONG

Gallery Lombardi

The 12-year ride of Downtown Austin's most rockin' gallery is coming to a close

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Aziz Ansari

On his return to Austin, the co-creator of Human Giant goes solo in the spotlight

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Camp Camp

The queer performance series' last show may not have been the finale advertised

BY KATE GETTY

Arts Reviews

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Six actors play everyone in the holiday favorite, and they become Bedford Falls

The Nutcracker

Cynic admits: Ballet Austin's take sparks the imagination with beauty and grace

A Cabinet of Drawings

The Ransom Center reminds us of the power of seeing originals over reproductions
columns

Page Two: A Time of Peace and Light

Snapshots for swiftly passing days

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

It's a dangerous world, and some nights the most cruelly dangerous people may be you

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar gets all Ginger-y for the season

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

UT volleyball star Destinee Hooker is a role model for fans and teammates alike

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

Scott Simon of the Texas Cheese House makes specialty cheeses using all natural ingredients

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Remembering Paris Chanel

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Taken Advantage of on Holiday Shopping?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 33rd Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Austin Convention Center, Thursday, December 18, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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