Dec. 25, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 29, Number 17

ON THE COVER:
news

TENDER LOVING HANDS

The Hands That Feed

The groups that care for Austin's hungry could sure use a few more helping hands

BY KATE X MESSER

Photo Gallery

Point Austin: What History Teaches

There are different ways of counting social costs

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: It All Costs Real Money

Historic zoning, affordable housing, recycling, firefighting ... and laundry

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 24-27

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

The Rich, the Poor, and the AE Generation Plan

Social service groups weigh in on Austin Energy's generation plan

BY NORA ANKRUM

HD 47: Playing Rough in GOP Primary

Workman goes negative on Turner

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

APD Dismissal: Religion, Incompetence ... or Psychological Misconduct?

Forced resignation of officer raises questions about APD procedures

BY JORDAN SMITH

APD Implements Suggested 'Action Items'

Acevedo agrees with all but four DOJ recommendations

BY JORDAN SMITH

A New Voice for the Waterfront

A new advisory group gets down to brass tacks

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Still Mired in Tires

Documents reflect management problems within Fleet Services

BY JORDAN SMITH

The View From 21 Rio

Workers mourn and OSHA cites contractors in fatal accident

BY MICHAEL KING

Developing Stories: What to Do With Waterloo

Turning Waterloo Park into a beach – and other fanciful ideas

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Media Watch: Radio Waves

Station chiefs turn to meters to gauge listening habits

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Weasels Undermine Ethics Reform; and Congress Coddles Credit-Rating Finaglers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Drink Texas This New Year

A guide to holiday boozing for the locavore

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Hot chocolate, indoor turkey frying, and more for the holidays

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local list of foodie events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Carillon

Carillon has the right staff, a perfect location in the center of town, and a talented young man at the creative helm
music

Do the Right Thing

Call me Commissioner

BY MARGARET MOSER

DVDnds

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

The good, the bad, and the ugly: a look back at the year in Austin music

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

The Flaming Lips

Embryonic

Jay Farrar, Benjamin Gibbard

One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur

Built to Spill

There Is No Enemy

Clipse

Til the Casket Drops

Thao With the Get Down Stay Down

Know Better Learn Faster

Slayer, Saviours, Baroness, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice in Chains

World Painted Blood, Accelerated Living, Blue Record, Them Crooked Vultures, Black Gives Way to Blue
screens

A Decade Under the Influence

The Chronicle movie critics take a look back at what the Aughts wrought

Konnichiwa, Austin!

Celebrating Japanese animation and pop culture at IkkiCon IV

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Forgotten Films Find a Home

Tim League talks about the newly formed American Genre Film Archive

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Who might win what and why

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have good reason to squeak: Girl chipmunks enter the picture.

It's Complicated

Far from complicated, this rom-com starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin is a wish-fulfillment fantasy for women of a certain age.

Nine

Quick. Put down that Victoria's Secret catalog. More women in corsets are on display in this musical than on any lingerie catwalk in your dreams.

Sherlock Holmes

This movie reinvents the chilly, brainiac sleuth as a tortured genius and occasional backroom brawler, and Robert Downey Jr. almost makes the character work.

The Young Victoria

The emotions of the teenage Princess Victoria (played by Emily Blunt) are the subject of this well-made palace tale.
arts & culture

Let Him Entertain You

Why producer Charles Duggan is staging the biggest holiday spectacular Austin's ever seen

BY ROBERT FAIRES

First Night Austin

This New Year's Eve, why not join the throngs at this free arty party on the streets?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Arts Groups

A dozen culture providers have been very nice, according to the NEA

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arthouse

Arthouse Curator Elizabeth Dunbar finds a promotion under the tree

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Rockin' Christmas Party

Changes to the long-running holiday revue give the show a fresh sparkle

'My Wicked Twisted Sense of Love'

A busted valentine of a show with five artists rendering the signals of wracked romance
columns

Page Two: The Future Is Glacial

Revisiting change in rocky times

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Snuggies and Wal-Mart? What column are you reading?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Did you have waaaay tee many martoonies? Please get a ride.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Centex Wing of the Commemorative Air Force fills a giant wooden hangar with vintage flying machines and memories

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Thomas Edison, hummingbirds, leaky toilets, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Dale Watson's Annual Christmas Show & Dance

Continental Club, Friday, December 25, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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