Dec. 17, 2010

Volume 30, Number 16

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features

30 Things

The Highs, the Lows, the Lists
news

The 12th of Never

The dispute over one Eastside housing proposal reflects a larger Austin conflict

BY WELLS DUNBAR

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 AND KATIE TOMASINO

Point Austin: Call Them Irresponsible

The Statesman ponders journalism and secrecy

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: New Lease on Quality of Life

Steering away from the turbulence of the past

BY WELLS DUNBAR

White Egret Farm: Waiting on a Thanksgiving Turkey

Is a local organic farm stiffing its workers?

BY MICHAEL KING

The Fine Print of Library Construction

City bond money comes into play

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Cap Metro Changes: 'Lipstick on a Pig'

Activists for people with disabilities trying to thwart transit plans

BY LEE NICHOLS

Meet the Police Monitor Finalists

A brief look at the four remaining candidates

BY JORDAN SMITH

The GOP's New Crowded House

They carry more weight, but is it muscle or fat?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Fit To No-Kill?

Vetting the last of five candidates for city's chief animal services officer

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Reefer Madness: Opiate Overdoses on the Rise

Heroin and prescription drugs claiming lives

BY JORDAN SMITH

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 16-22

The Hightower Report

The Hammer gets nailed, and the boom is back for moneyed elite

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Visions of Sugarplums

Local bakers create distinctive pastries this holiday season

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Xmas Day Feasts Around Town

Whether you observe the holiday or not, Austin offers plenty of variety for going out on Christmas Day. Don't forget to call ahead for reservations well before the big day.

Food-o-File

Eat Local Week recap, Central Texas honors, and more delicious news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

We're green with envy of everyone attending the Green Holiday Party and Basil's Week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Holiday Tamales

Unwrap a taste of the holidays

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Laird Market

Ron and Dianne Laird bring the flavors of Fredericksburg to Austin
music

Albums3

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Home for the holidays with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Schmillion, and Dax Riggs

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

There's a New Uncle in Town

Harry Knowles wants to reinvent Famous Monsters of Filmland for the digital generation

BY MARC SAVLOV

Sounding Off

Austin audio production firm the Production Block closes up shop after 35 years

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Flam

Accolades for Austin filmmakers, more cray-cray at the Texas Film Commission, and we crack the code on SXSW's opening night film

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

TV Eye: Make Way for Midseason Shows

New Year, New TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The third coming of C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy/allegory series has arrived.

The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams combine forces with director David O. Russell to make one of 2010's most exciting movies.

How Do You Know

Who would have guessed that a rom-com from the director of Broadcast News and starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson would turn out this wan and dull?

I Love You Phillip Morris

Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star in this tale of Texas con man Steven Russell, which walks an unsteady line between outright farce and redemptive gay love story.

The Tourist

Not even Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and the Venice setting can rescue this would-be thriller from its slack storytelling.

Tron: Legacy

After touting this reboot for the past year, Disney has finally unleashed this immersive spectacle about man and machine.

Yogi Bear

This mixture of animated talking animals and live action is unbearable.
arts & culture

By Any Means Necessary

Suzan-Lori Parks works it – and helps you work it, too

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Visual Arts Awards

A new setting but similar sentiments at the second round of the art honors

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Art prize finalists, grants for a dancemaker and a new musical, and Mother Ginger

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

At times the play's quirky elements get in the way of its touching study of grief

Steel Magnolias

The women in City Theatre's staging carry one another as their characters do

'Turner to Monet: Masterpieces From the Walters Art Museum'

These 40 works impressively chart the evolution of art across the 19th century
columns

Letters at 3AM: Shindig on Effie Street

The silent film comedians at Keystone Films lived their art

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen hijacks a pair of Quaids and spots a Dick

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

GIFT GUIDE 2010

Gay Place

Gay Place gets all up in the holiday bootay

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Navarro Pecan Company in Corsicana is one the largest pecan-processing companies in the world

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Patron saints of drug dealers; oatmeal for horses; Toad Suck, Ark.; and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

WWE 'Monday Night Raw'

'Tables, Ladders & Chairs,' oh my!

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Qatar and the 2022 World Cup, Tout Puissant Mazembe Englebert upset Internacional of Brazil, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Muschamp gone, Texans and Cowboys continue slides, and more

BY MARK FAGAN

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