Dec. 10, 2010

Volume 30, Number 15

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features

30 Things

The highs, the lows, the lists
news

Headlines

News of the week, short and sweet

Naked City

This week, a criminal justice round-up

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 9-16

GIFT GUIDE 2010

Wish List

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

BY KATE X MESSER

Politics Gift Guide

Lest you thought you'd forget about the real world over the holidays

Medicaid and the Lege: Throw 'Em in the Street?

'Dropping out of Medicaid' may not be so easy for Texas

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Republicans Denied a Supermajority (Again)

Austin Rep. Donna Howard's seat may mean as much to the state as it does to her district

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Aponte Found, Money Gone

Aponte charged with embezzling more than
$1 million

BY LEE NICHOLS

Michael Arena: Previous Coverage

Sex Abuse Appeal Goes to Texas Supremes

Even the victim says Arena didn't do it, but the courts say he did

BY JORDAN SMITH

Stalled Hearing Put Death Penalty on Trial

John Edward Green's murder trial began with testimony on wrongful convictions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Watching the Watchers

City nears a crucial choice for the next police monitor

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

City politics and the people way over there

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Hello, Vietnam!; and Fee-Brained Airlines

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

The breeding season for new restaurants in Austin is November-December

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

How to fill you Dec. 9-15 cravings: beer, gingerbread, SPAM, juice boxes, tamales, etc.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Holiday wines: bubbles without breaking the bank

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Urban at the Westin

Despite a few kinks left to iron out, Urban is a worthwhile dining destination

Southern Hospitality Catering & Dining

You'll go back to work with a full stomach and money left in your wallet

Noble Pig Sandwiches

As the name suggests, the menu is centered on all things swiney
music

Alphabet City

'Tis the season to give 'til your ears ring

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Adventures with Charlie (Faye) and Up Close with Eric Johnson

BY AUSTIN POWELL

GIFT GUIDE 2010

Rock & Roll Books

Best Music Writing 2010 and Corn Flakes With John Lennon and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life

Edited by Ann Powers and Robert Hilburn

Touchable Sound: A Collection of 7-Inch Records From the USA

Edited by Brian RoettingerMike TreffDiego Hadis

Buck Owens: The Biography

Eileen Sisk

Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney

Howard Sounes

Tattoos & Tequila and My Appetite for Destruction

Vince Neilwith Mike Sager and Steven Adlerwith Lawrence J. Spagnola
screens

Thinking App

Locally developed brain game Qrank gets competitive

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Bumpy Ride

Is Carnival Magic the weirdest movie ever made for kids?

BY MARC SAVLOV

GIFT GUIDE 2010

Book Reviews

New reads from two titans in film scholarship

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Zeroing in on a ZIP Code

Filmmaking brothers turn a camera on their hometown in 45365

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Band Baaja Baaraat

New Bollywood romantic comedy puts the focus on a pair of wedding planners.

Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman whip things into a baroque frenzy in this crazed hybrid of drama and horror set amid a ballet corps.

No Problem

Cops and robbers play hide-and-seek in this new Bollywood comedy.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Quite the opposite of treacly holiday fare, this European import features one very bad Santa.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

This biopic tells the life story of Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine nun, who was a woman of many talents and mystical visions.

The Warrior's Way

An Asian assassin seeks refuge in a small town in the American Badlands where ninjas and cowboys duke it out.
arts & culture

Moving Real Strange for Free

Butoh performances by Spank Dance Company

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Ramin Nazer

Ramin brings the ha-has with his absurdist non sequitur style

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

'Company'

Laura Powell has waited 20 years for Sondheim's landmark musical to return

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Trip to Bountiful

Horton Foote's moving drama is staged with the simple modesty of an old hymn

A Kodachrome Christmas

Sweet, funny family fare that proves you can't ever have enough Christmas shows

'Library Foliage'

Artists butcher books, transmogrifying them into sculptures lovely and deep
columns

Page Two: The Sky Is Always Falling

The hyping of catastrophe, and a notable loss

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Any friend of Edith Head, Algernon Moncrieff, and Vajazzling is a friend of Your Style Avatar

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place shares its deepest, darkest confessions

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Hawkins Furniture Co. builds furniture that your loved ones will be fighting for after you've passed on to a better place

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Porta-potties and President Obama, 'prunes' and 'cheese,' and other interesting tidbits

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: SIMS Benefit Bash

Austin Music Hall, Saturday, December 11, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Bringing minor-league soccer back to Austin, highlighting NCAA play, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

TXRG Referee Recruitment

Roller Derby refs needed

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Football Watch

More disappointing football news

BY MARK FAGAN

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