Jan. 1, 2010

Volume 29, Number 18

features

2009 TOP 9S

Top 9 Letters of 2009

BY MARK FAGAN

news

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar,
Dec. 31-Jan. 6

Dems' District 10 Disappointment

Jack McDonald dashes Dems' hopes for unseating Michael McCaul

BY LEE NICHOLS

2009 NEWS TOP 9S

Top 9 Quotes of the Week 2009

Top 9 Local Stories

BY MICHAEL KING, LEE NICHOLS AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Hall Hustle: Top 9 City Council Stories

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Top 9 Cap Metro Derailments

BY LEE NICHOLS

Top 9 State Stories

BY LEE NICHOLS, RICHARD WHITTAKER AND AMY SMITH

Top 9 Lege Stories

BY LEE NICHOLS AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

Top 9 Media Stories

BY KEVIN BRASS

Top 9 Developing Stories

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Top 9 Enviro Stories

BY AMY SMITH AND NORA ANKRUM

Top 9 Austin Weirdnesses

Top 9 Final Exits

Top 9 Criminal Justice Stories

BY JORDAN SMITH

Top 9 Joints

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Pouting Political Funders; and Nutty for Health Care

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2009 FOOD TOP 9S

Top 9 Savory Bites of 2009*

From the Driskill Grill to Flying Falafel & Po-Boys, Austin is far from lacking in savory delights

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Top 9 Sweet Bites of 2009*

Cacao and cake balls and pie, oh my!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Top Austin Food Blogs

Kate Thornberry on Austin's most delicious food blogs

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Top Sandwiches of 2009

In this economy, sandwiches are a guy's best friend. Even when it's a torta.

BY MICK VANN

Top Cocktails of 2009

Claudia Alarcón's quest for unique signature drinks

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Top Tequila Blancos

Wes Marshall's faves for 2009

BY WES MARSHALL

music

2009 MUSIC TOP 9S

Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine

Were the Beatles reissues the last albums of our time?

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

National Top 9s

Texas Top 9s

Critics Poll

Off the Record

Handicapping the decade in Austin music and playing favorites for the Chronicle Music Poll

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

2009 SCREENS TOP 9S

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin

The Chronicle's film critics count off their favorites of the year

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

2009 GAMING TOP 9S

Gaming's Nine to Five

What brought our joystick the most joy this year

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

In Praise of Binge-Watching

TV we consumed in dangerously large quantities

TV Eye

TV Eye picks her favorite shows of the year. No surprise: No. 1 looks good in dark suits and Brylcreem.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

arts & culture

2009 ARTS TOP 9S

More Than Survived

In dismal 2009, Austin's arts scene fared better than you might think

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 9 Theatre Productions of 2009 That Did Ascend the Brightest Heaven of Invention

A year of failed romances, Greek myths, and more that were staged so ingeniously

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 9 Dance and Classical Music Treasures of 2009

Uncommon beauty and power danced a potent duet in the music and movement of 2009

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 9 Creative Arts, Ah, Things I Was Lucky Enough to Experience This Year

Theatrical and cartographic deconstruction plus improv pwnership equals a fine '09

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Top 9 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2009

A theatre year of crazy families, love lost and found, and lots of dancing

BY BARRY PINEO

Top 9 Ways to Decorate a Set

Looking back at 2009 through its most memorable scenic designs

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Top 9 Funny Ha-Ha 2009 Notables (In No Order)

The things that kept us laughing through the Great Recession of Aught Nine

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Top 9 Lasting Impressions in Dance From 2009

Recalling a year in which cranes became dancers and dancers became stars

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Top 9 (Plus One) Moments of Bustin' Out in '09 (In No Order)

In the art scene, 2009 saw many breaking out of old roles and building new ones

BY MADELINE IRVINE

Top 9 (Plus Three) Memories & Best Happenings in 2009

2009 was a good year for artists, young and old, getting their props

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Reviews

Charles Dickens Unleashed

Schmaltzy Victorian costume-drama improv, gamely and rather adroitly rendered

'Teresita Fernández: Blind Landscape'

When you look at the art in this solo exhibition, it's all about the light
columns

Page Two: You Go Where You Have to Go

Welcome to the new year ... same as the old year?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: My Top 10 of All Top 10s

A list of the Top 10 cultural artifacts that have shaped my life

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar counts to nine and back again

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The good, the bad, and the fugly of Gay 2009

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Looking back at 2009, it was a year of drought, change, and some exciting new opportunities for day trippers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cardinals, tapeworms, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

2009 SPORTS TOP 9S

Top 9 Local Sports Stories of 2009

It's all about Colt and the boys

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Top 9 Soccer Stories of 2009

BY NICK BARBARO

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