Dec. 24, 2010

Volume 30, Number 17

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features

30 Things

A personals inventory
news

The Sky's the Limit

County buys AMOA block for a new "hundred-year" courthouse

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: The Cloudy Crystal Ball

If you're wondering what the new Lege will do, look to its predecessors

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Gather Round Yon Virgins

Council lopes toward Christmas in thermal underwear

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 23-30

A Bumper-to-Bumper Crop of MoPac Proposals

Not everyone's happy with this cornucopia

BY LEE NICHOLS

APD Detective Disputes 'Chronicle' Story

Officer remembers different version of arrest of deaf-blind man

BY JORDAN SMITH AND MICHAEL KING

'Tis the Season To Demolish Holly

Unanswered questions cast a shadow over bidding process for Holly plant demolition

BY AMY SMITH

Animal Shelter's Next Top Dog?

A brief look at the five candidates

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

No, Really. I Can't Quit You.

State tries to block gay divorce

BY JORDAN SMITH

Spencer To Head Neighborhood Housing and Community Development

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Neil Still Gunning for Howard's Seat

Dan Neil files petition with Texas House

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

On the Lege: Census Could Cause Senseless Redistricting

The GOP will be in charge of drawing new congressional districts. Terrific.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Third Party's the Charm?

Patrick forms Tea Party Caucus of Texas

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Victory for Truth in Labeling; and Tea Partying Like Old Pros

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Fresh and the Cured

Two local charcuterie wizards surf the old wave

BY MICK VANN

Last-Minute Culinary Stocking Stuffer Ideas – for Both Pre- and Post-Holiday Shopping!

In case you're still trying to shop for that foodie on your list

Event Menu

Keep your holidays festive with farm-fresh ingredients and feasts

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Three restaurants open as 2010 draws to a close

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Urban Tejano

Tortilla Factory pulls down a Grammy nomination as Best Tejano Band as the almost four-decade-old local institution gets ready to reinvent the genre

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Decking the halls with Kickstarter, a new holiday sampler, and Michael Nesmith's Videoranch

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Toni Price

Cherry Sunday Orchestra

Eric Johnson

Up Close

Megafauna

Larger Than Human

The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour

Marmalakes

Wonder Winds

Oh No Oh My

People Problems

Michelle Anthony

Tornadoes

Zein Al-Jundi, Sri Kirtan

Sharrafouni, Live Your Love

John Mills Times Ten, The Jon Blondell Quintet

Caffeine Dreams, Alive! At the Elephant Room

Reverend K.M. Williams

When I Rise

the Roller

Wasted Heritage

the Authors

Get Haunted

Sarah Jarosz, Literature, Woven Bones, Followed by Static, Bonnibonita, Magnet School, Dead Twins, Attic Ted, the Sour Notes

The New 45, Cinncinnati b / w It's Cruel, Gotta Get b / w Hey Kid, OK b / w Full Throttle Cookie Monster, Mysterious 7" Disc, Patty Cake b / w I Don't Mind and UFC, Hot Pink Flares b / w Psych Thrill

Bill Hicks

The Essential Collection

Insects of the Underground, Ron Flynt, Dexter Freebish

Mind Matter, 12 Strings and Tambourines, Shine On

Derailers

Live! From Texas

Cory Morrow

Brand New Me

Kevin Fowler

Best Of ... So Far
screens

What Are You Looking At?

The year in pop-culture fixations

Horror for the Holidays

Dusk to dawn with Silent Night, Deadly Night

BY MARC SAVLOV

Backing 'Black'

The Austin Film Critics Association announces 2010 awards

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Square Peg in a Globe-Sized Hole

Decoding the Golden Globe noms

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The King's Speech

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter act up a royal storm in this movie about King George VI of Great Britain overcoming his speech impediment.

Little Fockers

Surely we're not the only ones Fockered out as this franchise aims for low-brow smut in its third outing.

Manmadhan Ambu

This Tamil-language romantic comedy was filmed entirely in Europe and on a cruise ship.

Tees Maar Khan

A master thief executes a most creative heist in this Bollywood action comedy.

True Grit

Rooster Cogburn rides again in this Coen brothers' remake of the Western classic.
arts & culture

Austin Museum of Art

The museum is losing a block but may be gaining a leg up on a new facility

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Charles Pasco

Remembering the Texas State University educator and playwright for children

BY ROBERT FAIRES

D Berman Gallery

After 10 years in Austin, David Berman's art gallery is moving to Wimberley

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Well-executed entertainment that still left the writer pining for more art

'Lupita Murillo Tinnen: American DREAM'

These photos put a face on undocumented students without putting faces on them

'Ewan Gibbs: Here and There'

Local landmarks rendered in meticulous, miniature, gray bursts of information
columns

After A Fashion

From Bô to Fo' in one fashion show

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place tells you what they want, what they really really want.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Take a ride in the slow lane at the Country Place Hotel in Fayetteville

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Zilker Holiday Tree 5K

Justify all those holiday calories by signing up for the Zilker Holiday Tree 5K

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Inter Milan wins FIFA Club World Cup, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Muschamp gone, Texans and Cowboys continue slides, and more

BY MARK FAGAN

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