Dec. 4, 2009

Volume 29, Number 14

ON THE COVER:
news

The Tire Mound of Mystery

Thousands of city tires lie moldering southeast of town – and the city is claiming ignorance

BY JORDAN SMITH

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Politics Gift Guide

Let the Chronicle News staff stuff your stockings this year

Point Austin: Twilight of the Empire

Obama's expansion of the war leads nowhere

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Fluoride, Firewalls, and Fusion

The fluoride fight goes on, and in other news ...

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 3-10

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Solid Waste Services

Toward a greener future

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pecan Street Project

The Department of Energy awards 32 grants nationwide for energy research – PSP a winner

BY MICHAEL KING

Maxey Files Ethics Complaint Against Patterson

Did judge tell the truth?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Let the Filing Begin

Political hopefuls: Get your paperwork in order

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

No Indictment in Lunt Shooting

TABC explores changes within agency in wake of shooting

BY JORDAN SMITH

MetroRail Watch

The arm drops all the way down

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Commercialism Underground; and Ventriloquist Dummy Lawmakers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Eat Local Week 2009

Eat Local Week keeps Austin busy and full while supporting youth outreach

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Event Menu

Dec. 3-13

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Closing, Cleaving, and grieving in Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Building a Bookshelf

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Picture Book

To see or not to see

Off the Record

Another progress report from Red River, the return of Sixteen Deluxe, and Papa Mali's American beauty

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

The State We're In

Yep, it is broke, and Turk Pipkin wants us all to fix it

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Head of the Class

Spike & Mike sets aside its sick and twisted ways (for now) with New Generation Animation

BY MARC SAVLOV

Nothing but Love

Bryan Poyser's Lovers of Hate to compete at Sundance

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

Merry Sitcom!: Christmas Classics From TV's Golden Age

Celebrate the season from the couch

TV Eye

This column is most definitely not brought to you by the Parents Television Council

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

This long-awaited follow-up to Troy Duffy's violent, pulpy cult original is dead on arrival.

Everybody's Fine

Robert De Niro is the father of grown children (played by Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale) in a family that has trouble communicating.

One Peace at a Time

Austin-based writer, actor, and filmmaker Turk Pipkin urges us to work for solutions to world problems in this personal documentary.

Paa

In this Bollywood film, a 13-year-old boy tries to live a normal life despite suffering from progeria, which causes him to physically age prematurely.

Transylmania

In this comedy, college students on a semester abroad in Romania party hearty – with vampires.
arts & culture

Gifts of the Magi

A conversation about community and creativity with three wise men of the Austin arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ballet East

The company establishes its first dance academy for students at Eastside Memorial

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art Palace

An appreciation of the great Eastside gallery as it packs up and moves to Houston

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Austin Visual Arts Awards

A new set of honors for the city's hardworking painters, sculptors, and other artists

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Bohemian Cowboy

Directorial choices distract from this intriguing tale of a son's search for his father

The 101 Dalmatians Musical

Evidence that Dodie Smith's novel of heroic hounds didn't need to be remade as a musical

'Tony Fitzpatrick: No. 9, An Artist's Journal'

What holy file-drawer labels might look like in the main warehouse of a God of Memory
columns

Page Two: Not Rocket Science

Public discourse has abandoned reasoned debate in favor of irrationality and insult

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: The Numbers This Time

There exist co-enabling models of therapeutic and addictive wars

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Party crashing? Just ask Your Style Avatar.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

What is more delicious than a tender, caring heart?

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Where do alligators in Texas go during the winter?

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mars and the military, McDonald's, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The NCAA Women's College Cup returns to College Station (and the tube) this weekend, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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