Archives - Dec. 11, 2009 Issue - The Austin Chronicle

Dec. 11, 2009

Volume 29, Number 15

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Austin@COP15

Local participants, activists in Denmark for U.N. climate summit

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: When a House Is Not a Home

Workers and homeowners seek justice from home builders

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: It Ain't Xmas Yet

Council closing in on a raft of unfinished business

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 10-15

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Politics Gift Guide

Let these plum picks from the News staff dance in your head

Guv's Race Shuffle

White shifts to the governor's race, and the candidate lineup follows

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Resizing the CAMPO Tent

Proposal would expand transportation board's representation

BY LEE NICHOLS

Untiring Efforts

The investigation has just begun, but already one city employee has been put on administrative leave

BY JORDAN SMITH

Texas Death Penalty Sentencing Declines

A new report shows sentencing on the decline – but Texas is still No. 1 when it comes to killing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Fun With Fluoride, Continued

Enviro Board wants answers

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Republican Attack Ad Bites Back

The Republican Party of Texas gets crosswise with a crooner from the 1950s

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Legislative Primaries: Let the Filing Begin

Candidates begin the fight for the Texas Lege

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

EPA Issues Verdict on Greenhouse Gases

Climate-change fighters can now tuck the Clean Air Act into their tool belts

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

SBOE Primary: Down With Dunbar

Dunbar unseats Dems' chance to unseat her

BY LEE NICHOLS

Judge Patterson Responds to Ethics Complaint

BY JORDAN SMITH

Where Have All the Prisoners Gone?

New report shows 2008 was slow-growth year for U.S. prisoners

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Hiding Worker Injuries; and The Good Food Movement

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

GIFT GUIDE 2009

The Gift of Gadgetry

We'll wager these Food writers' wish lists would satisfy the foodie in your life

Freshly Ground, Locally Grown Whole Wheat Flour From Richardson Farms

A local farmers' market has become more complete with Richardson Farms' new offering

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

Give the gift of personalized wine this holiday season

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Area hotels help fill your holiday season with gingerbread

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

A guide to holiday foodie events around Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

You Make My Dreams

Progressive blue-eyed R&B

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Blasts from the past courtesy of Armadillo Records, David Garza's Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom, and Jody Denberg's final broadcast

BY AUSTIN POWELL

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Box Sets

AC / DC

Backtracks

Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax in Haiti

Fire in My Bones: RawRareand Other-Worldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007

Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare, and Other-Worldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007

John Coltrane

Side Steps

Woody Guthrie

My Dusty Road

Dolly Parton

Dolly

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

The Live Anthology

Where the Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

Where the Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

the Doors

Live in New York

Frank Sinatra

New York

Rod Stewart

The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998

Woodstock

Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm

Gary Moore

Essential Montreux

Jane's Addiction

A Cabinet of Curiosities

Boxing 2009

More box sets
screens

On His Mark

Richard Linklater explores the rich contradictions of artifice and reality, theatre and film, love and desire in Me and Orson Welles

BY LOUIS BLACK

The Big Seedy

Werner Herzog talks about his eccentric tour de farce, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Holiday Spirit, Lightly Warped

John Waters tackles holly and jolly live at the Paramount

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

TV Eye

It seems there's no avoiding the pleasure the public takes in watching personal destruction

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Armored

An armored truck robbery of $42 million is an inside job in this action film starring Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, and Jean Reno.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Nic Cage delivers one of his best and most outrageous performances in Werner Herzog's cops-and-iguanas drama.

Brothers

This drama is inferior in practically every way to Danish director Susanne Bier’s original – but now with more U2!

Invictus

Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela in this true story of the leader helping to heal a nation through rugby.

Larger Than Life in 3D: Dave Matthews Band

Joining Matthews are Ben Harper and Gogol Bordello.

Me and Orson Welles

Richard Linklater has crafted a joyful period charmer about that moment before a boy becomes a man and another man becomes a mythological figure.

The Princess and the Frog

Disney's 49th animated feature film is set in Jazz Age New Orleans and stars a black cast of characters.

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

New Bollywood comedy is the story of a young graduate entering the working world.

Serious Moonlight

Cheryl Hines directs this romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton, based on a script penned by Adrienne Shelly.

The Slammin' Salmon

The Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns with a new feature.

Spike & Mike's New Generation Animation

For a change, instead of gross-out shorts, Spike & Mike have simply gathered the best and funniest animated shorts they could find.
arts & culture

Tap That Nut

In Tapestry's Of Mice & Magic, dance is more than the medium; it's the message

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Don Rickles

The legendary comic reveals how he 'slayed' Reagan and killed on the moon

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Okay Mountain

The Austin collective's faux convenience store sells well at the Pulse art fair

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conspirare

Another Grammy nod for Austin's powerhouse choral ensemble

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

A strong acting ensemble plays this Neil Simon comedy like there's no tomorrow

I'll Be Seeing You

This revue of World War II tunes gives new meaning to 'home for the holidays'

IN under & Through

Deeply felt tributes to the late dancer Lucia Rodriguez shaded Ballet East's program
columns

Page Two: Masters and Commanders

Meditations on moving forces

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place

Fa-la-la your holidays the Cap City Men's Chorus way

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar was here. And you can own a piece of him.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Navasota is the home of the Blues Alley, and the Navasota Blues Fest and is the old stomping grounds of legendary songster Mance Lipscomb

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Tempur-Pedic pillows, text messages in China, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

England vs. United States World Cup 2010 match hottest ticket in South Africa, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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