Dec. 31, 2010

Volume 30, Number 18

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news

It's Nice To Car Share

The more hands on the wheel, the merrier

BY KATE X MESSER

Point Austin: Back to the Color Line

Texas turns back the clock on racial justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Mystery of the Mayor's Desk

Wherein many questions are asked ... and zilch are answered

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Some of the week's biggest news

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Dec. 30-Jan. 6

Disc Golf Face-Off Moves East

Opponents say disc golf would destroy nature preserve

BY LEE NICHOLS

Raising Hell Over Razing Holly

Two companies cry foul over the city's bid process

BY AMY SMITH

Still a House Divided in Speaker's Race

Why can't Republicans get along?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

NAACP and LULAC: Texas Education System Violates Federal Law

State board members say they're just whining

BY MICHAEL KING

Willingham Family Appeals to Third Court

Family hopes to see last week's ruling overturned

BY JORDAN SMITH

Pierce Shooting: 'Still About Four Murders'

Details of struggle still sketchy

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Offshoring Lawyers; and A Bad Case of ASS

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Drink Upscale

Post-classic cocktails for the holidays

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

2010 was a smorgasbord for foodies from the food trailer frenzy to the bakery bonanza

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Surprise your host with something bubbly, breakable, or brilliant

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

Forget those dieting resolutions, and hit one of these classes and events instead

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Noms at 3am

BY ANNE HARRIS

music

Vinyl Ashes

A gray vinyl 7-inch with your exit songs?

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, AUSTIN POWELL AND AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

From Cactusgate to Casual Victim Pile, the year in local music ends with the tragic death of drummer Bill Maddox

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Cee Lo Green

The Lady Killer

Glasser

Ring

Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, WyattAtzmon & Stephen

Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Olympia, For the Ghosts Within

Elton John & Leon Russell

The Union

Bob Dylan

The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 The Bootleg Series Vol. 9

Robert Plant

Band of Joy

Annie Lennox, Mavis Staples, Loreena McKennitt

A Christmas Cornucopia, You Are Not Alone, The Wind That Shakes the Barley
screens

Ciné-Varda

AFS Essential Cinema: Agnes on Agnès

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Gen X from Glasnost to Putin

AFS Doc Tour: My Perestroika

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Screens Reviews

TV Eye: Wish List

Looking back and looking forward

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Gulliver's Travels

In this update of the satiric Jonathan Swift novel, Jack Black plays s travel writer who becomes lost on the island of Lilliput.
arts & culture

The Ups and Downs of Comedy

Hanging with the stand-ups for a look into the life

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Austin Poetry Slam

Mike Henry bid adieu to the slam he hosted for 15 years

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

ColdTowne Theater

The cream of local comedy leaves improv for one night to present a pair of plays

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'Devon Dikeou: You Can Observe a Lot By Watching'

This show of zingmagazine back issues and artifacts: 100% fascinating

'Ian McLagan: Paint From Pain'

What may seem initially to be dark images of pain are also a wild revel of color
columns

Page Two: Discovering Enough

End-of-year thoughts at the start of another day

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: Improvising the Coming World

A planetary culture is crystallizing

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place

Gay Place says there's safety in these (phone) numbers for New Year's Eve

BY KATE X MESSER

After A Fashion

Your Style Avatar hits the rewind button and is on a glitter-soaked loop

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Charles Noyes Memorial created by Pompeo Coppini is a tribute to a son who passed on too soon

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Busy week in the EPL, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Austin Toros

Toros host Tulsa for two

BY MARK FAGAN

Football Watch

Michael Vick's dramatic comeback year

BY MARK FAGAN

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