Jan. 2, 2009

Volume 28, Number 18

features

Auld Lang 'Chron'

news

2008 NEWS TOP 10S

Top 10 Local Stories

Austin's top stories in 2008

Top 10 Environmental Stories

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA, AMY SMITH, RICHARD WHITTAKER AND KATHERINE GREGOR

Top 10 Quotes of the Week

Top 10 Developing Stories

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Top 10 Public-Safety Stories

BY JORDAN SMITH AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

Media Watch: Top 10 Media Stories of 2008

BY KEVIN BRASS

City Hall Hustle: Top 10 City Council Stories

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness: Top 10 Joints

BY JORDAN SMITH

Top 10 State Stories

BY LEE NICHOLS AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

Top 10 Election Gaffes

BY LEE NICHOLS AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

City to Firefighters: No More Talks

The AFA asks to resume negotiations – Ott says no

BY MICHAEL KING

New School Could Serve an Added Purpose

Forgione proposes using new school as a short-term solution to overcrowding

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

A minicalendar for all those who resolved to be a good citizen this year: Jan. 1-8

The Hightower Report

Ban Cluster Bombs; and Christmas: Daddy's Philosophy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2008 FOOD TOP 10S

Virginia B. Wood's Best Bites of 2008

Sweet and savory seasonal favorites

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Top 10 Farmers' Market Finds

From soup to nuts, the local markets proved all-too delicious

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Top 10 Meat Eats

Mick Vann's pork, lamb, and beef picks for 2008

BY MICK VANN

Top 10 Biscuit Breakfasts of 2008

From Austin, Texas, Benedict to migas and biscuits, Austin's Bs & G scene rules

BY MM PACK

The Wild and Wacky World of Wine Widgets

Wes Marshall's favorite wine gadgets

BY WES MARSHALL

Top 10 Local Products in My Kitchen

Claudia Alarcón's new kitchen brings new discoveries for 2008

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

music

2008 MUSIC TOP 10S

Prove It All Night

Preaching 2008 and beyond

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Critics Poll

National Top 10s

Texas Top 10s

Off the Record

Counting down 2008 in lists and casting the first ballot for the annual Chronicle Music Poll

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

2008 SCREENS TOP 10S

Screens Top 10s

The Chronicle's film critics talk about their favorite movies of the year

The Year in Rewind

The Chronicle looks back at 2008 at the movies

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Top 5 Gaming Trends

A quick science lesson before the best of 2008

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film News

'Film News' counts down its Top 10 Austin film stories of 2008

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

2008 was the year of the woman on AMC's Mad Men

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Spirit

Graphic novelist Frank Miller delivers this film version of Will Eisner's classic comic-book series.
arts & culture

2008 ARTS TOP 10S

If You Build It ...

Ah, you know the rest

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2008

Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recalls 2008, in the theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Wonders of 2008

Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recaps 2008 in dance and classical music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Favorite Arts Events Across the Disciplines (In No Particular Order)

Chronicle Arts writer Wayne Alan Brenner on his favorite arts events in 2008

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Top 10 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2008

Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo on the most memorable moments onstage in 2008

BY BARRY PINEO

Top 10 Parts and Wholes (In No Particular Order), Plus One Standout

Chronicle Arts writer Hannah Kenah on her favorite moments onstage in 2008

BY HANNAH KENAH

Top 10 Wonderful Things About Austin Theatre in 2008 (In No Particular Order)

Chronicle Arts writer Avimaan Syam recalls 2008, in the theatre

BY AVIMAAN SYAM

Top 10 Belly Laughs of 2008

Chronicle Arts writer Elizabeth Cobbe remembers the sweetest comedic moments in 2008

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Top 10 Musical Triumphs, Plus Evidence That Austin Is Innovating the Classical World

Chronicle Arts writer Michael Kellerman recalls 2008, in classical music

BY MICHAEL KELLERMAN

Top 10 Dance Phenomena

Chronicle Arts writer Jonelle Seitz recalls 2008, in dance

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Top 10 Happy Moments of Art Appreciation and Artists Who Found a New Gear This Year

Chronicle Arts writer Rachel Koper remembers 2008 in the visual arts

BY RACHEL KOPER

Top 10 Spaces With Art Maybe You Haven't Been To (In No Particular Order)

Chronicle Arts writer Rachel Koper on 2008's best new and undiscovered visual arts spaces

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Reviews

12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Christmas

Rob Nash's solo show is funny, honest, and a welcome relief from saccharine holiday shows

Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York

This trippy exhibit revisits New Frontier artists engaged in their own space race
columns

Page Two: A Cheating Top 10

An introduction, then a list of lots of cool things, shoved into 10 slots, that are not necessarily related to 2008

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

People who might not want anything to do with me look at my car and know there's something about America we agree on – something embodied in a '69 Chevy Malibu

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen counts down last year: Sometimes he loses count

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place's Top 10 Queer Doin's 2008

Gay Place recounts 2008: the year of hope and impact

BY ASH BELL, ANDY CAMPBELL, KATE GETTY, KATE X MESSER AND DACIA SAENZ

Day Trips

The Top 10 day-tripping events of '08

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The sex life of daddy longlegs, the real age of Beethoven, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Can I Change My Name Without a Lawyer?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Year in Sports

A look back at 10 notable events in CenTex sports, '08 style

BY MARK FAGAN

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