Dec. 18, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 29, Number 16

ON THE COVER:
features

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Homies for the Holidays

The art and science of Austintatious giftology

Wish List

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

Running the UT Numbers

Unless you're the football coach, budgetary times are dire

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: The City's Tired Story

Fleet Services may be cleaning up those tires, but there's still a big mess

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: You, Too, Can Be Historic

A herd of West Austin historic house claims worries City Hall

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 17-21

Developing Stories: The Rail Learning Curve

Spillar outlines city plan to avoid Cap Metro's missteps

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Long Haul for Ethanol in Travis County?

Commissioner wonders why Cap Metro kept a lid on freight rail proposal

BY AMY SMITH

Railroaded? Cap Metro vs. Veolia

Cap Metro fires its rail contractor, and Veolia strikes back

BY LEE NICHOLS

A Boulevard for Cyclists ... and Cars

Nueces Street could become the street of choice for Downtown cyclists

BY LEE NICHOLS

No Place Like City Hall for the Holidays

A long to-do list for the last City Council meeting of the year

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Capitol Dome to Get a Face-Lift

State Preservation Board announces a year of renovations

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Family Planning Contracts Approved

Opponents decry board's contracts with abortion providers

BY JORDAN SMITH

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Politics Gift Guide

Deck the halls – or get decked – with these last-minute suggestions from the News staff

BY THE 'CHRONICLE' NEWS STAFF

Election News

The Hightower Report

Obama's War; and Federal Execution Commission

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The New Traditional

Damian Mandola has the restaurant business in his blood

BY RACHEL FEIT

Casa Brasil Coffee

Casa Brasil strives to more directly connect coffee producers with consumers

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Fresh & New, Tried & True: 25 Simple New Recipes and 28 Classic and Favorite Recipes From the Eastside Cafe

Fifty-three recipes for the locavore

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week, Austinites dine for charity and teach the little ones to garden

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Another successful Eat Local Week, and foodie news about town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Voodoo Lounge

That ol' black magic, West African style

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Stephen Bruton's final cut, a parting gift from At All Cost, and other holiday stocking stuffers

BY AUSTIN POWELL

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Phases & Stages

U2

The Unforgettable Fire

the Relatives

Don't Let Me Fall

Betty Davis

Nasty Gal, Is It Love or Desire

Freddie Hubbard

Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969

Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon, Me About You, To Be Free, New Arrangement

Pete Seeger

Live in '65

The Jayhawks, Drive-By Truckers

Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities): 2003-2008, Live From Austin TX

Rod Stewart

Atlantic Crossing, A Night on the Town, Unplugged ... and Seated

the Stone Roses

the Stone Roses

Whitesnake

Slide It In 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition: 1984-2009, Slip of the Tongue 20th Anniversary Edition: 1989-2009

Leonard Cohen, Amchitka

Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, Amchitka

Rolling Stones

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

Nirvana

Bleach (Deluxe Edition), Live at Reading
screens

Three Guys, a Girl, and a Dog Named Friday

Austin film collective Jollyville Pictures on its ingredients for success

BY MARC SAVLOV

AFCA Announces 2009 Awards

The Austin Film Critics Association hands The Hurt Locker top prize

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Feed an Artist, Nourish the World

Austin School of Film underground and avant-garde shorts

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

A Christmas Tale

Don't call it a downer: This acid wash of cancer, estrangement, and secreted longing was the surprise feel-good film of last year's winter crop

TV Eye

Do you dream in color? Network execs sure don't.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Avatar

James Cameron's opus is thrilling, lovely, sad, and explosive in all the right ways.

Avatar: Special Edition

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play a feuding New York City couple who rediscover their love while out West.

The End of Poverty?

This documentary argues against economic globalization and corporate imperialism.

The New Daughter

In this supernatural thriller, Kevin Costner stars as a single dad whose daughter begins behaving strangely.

3 Idiots

Two friends embark on a quest for their lost buddy in this new Bollywood comedy. Opens Wednesday.

Up in the Air

The director of Juno and Thank You for Smoking is back with another film that is perfectly in touch with the times.
arts & culture

Austin Visual Arts Awards

An overflow crowd turned out to see which local artists would be honored

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Austin: East of I-35'

Photographer Rama Tiru's book brings the Eastside alive in a riot of vibrant colors

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Speed talking at AMOA, Correa in as ASO ED, and Ballet East needs your toys

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dionysus in 69

The Rude Mechs' re-creation lets us experience a tragedy in a rare and personal way

A Christmas Carol

Performing Dickens' tale solo asks a lot of a storyteller, but Bernadette Nason delivers

'Holiday Group Show'

Whatever your holiday of choice, this Davis Gallery sampler is worth attention
columns

Page Two: A Constant Marvel

Binder, Beck, and the Big Red Cheese

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Conditions on the Ground

This is no war on terror; we're taking sides in a civil war

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar throws it down, then sleeps it off. It's the holiday season.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Gay Place knows what it wants for the holidays and has e-mailed Santa her dimensions

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Texas-born Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Anne Porter left a literary legacy

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Operation Dominic, Columbus' pickles, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Master Pancake Christmas Show

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, Friday, December 18, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Barcelona looking to make history, Aztex holiday gift package, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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