Dec. 2, 2011

Volume 31, Number 14

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news

The Xtreme Solution

APD squad cars will now have 'no-idle' battery packs sufficient to run new video hardware – but did city officials fall for a system too expensive and impractical?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Storm Surge

Finger-pointing follows lost fed funds for Weatherization Assistance Program

BY AMY SMITH

City Hall Hustle: ... Held an Election, and Nobody Came?

Cole's announcement for re-election dwindles the field again

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Civics 101

This week's opportunities for public engagement

Quote of the Week

Council Member Cole takes a feminist swing at the gentleman's agreement

Headlines

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Politics Gift Guide

For the person who has everything but still could use another thing

Pease Out

New year will mean limited park use for commercial fitness groups

BY LAUREL CHESKY

Open House Meeting for Town Lake Park Master Plan

The first in a series of public meetings

BY NICK BARBARO

Carstarphen's Black Box

Carstarphen's approach to planning leaves plans unrevealed

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

'More Inclusive' at the Exclusion of Teachers?

AISD staff wonder if there's union busting afoot

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

F1 Friction = Squealing Brakes

Will there be an F1 race in Austin? Not in the short term.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Possible Tip for Tips in Murder Case

Did you know Mark Alan Norwood in the late Eighties?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Doggett, Travis Returned to Normalcy

New congressional map gives Travis a three-way split, which is a lot better than five

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Gingrich, the gift that keeps on giving

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Be Merry

Eat Drink Local Week comes of age

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week: It's Bubble Time!

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere, and lots of drops to drink

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

A tasteful remembrance of an Austin original

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Fusebox all these Digestible Feats together and find some mucho Gusto Tastings

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Reggie's

The maestro of fried catfish returns to East Austin

La Fruta Feliz

Get your goat fix

Man Bites Dog

Being in the dog house isn't so bad after all
music

Ten Fingers

Denny Freeman's 40-year Austin arc

BY BILL BENTLEY

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: I Love Rock & Roll

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needs to stay home

BY MARGARET MOSER

Texas Platters

Cruddy

Negative World

Ichi Ni San Shi, The Boxing Lesson, La Snacks, Dikes of Holland, Daniel Francis Doyle, Flower Man, Cutting Losses

Ichi Ni San Shi, The Boxing Lesson, La Snacks, Dikes of Holland/Daniel Francis Doyle, Inversion Fortuite, Endless EP

Final Exam

Final Exam

Oh Look Out

Alright Alright Alright Alright Alright

Marmalakes

Even Clothed

Various Artists

This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark

Jean Synodinos

Girls, Good & Otherwise

The Lonesome Heroes

Daydream Western

Whiskey Shivers

Batholith
screens

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Santa, Baby

If wishes were kisses, we'd totally French Kringle for a crack at these goodies

Film Reviews

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

We're tickled silly by this documentary.

Desi Boyz

Two young Indian men in London battle the recession by pole-dancing in this Bollywood film.

Pastorela

In this Mexican comedy, a man who plays the devil in the town's nativity play is miffed when the new pastor recasts the role.

The Women on the 6th Floor

This light comedy from France is pure bourgeois fantasy, but it's a genial fantasy nevertheless.

The Yellow Sea

Screened during Fantastic Fest, this is a fast-paced crime drama from South Korea.
arts & culture

Seizing the Day

Alvin Rangel's future may be uncertain, but for now he's making great dance

BY JONELLE SEITZ

All Over Creation: Occupied World Seat

The doors to the theatre don't keep the world out, and that can be a good thing

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Julie Speed

It is, it is a glorious thing to be a Pirate Queen!

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Digestible Feats

Fusebox Festival's culinary arts series pours a double shot of seasonal sauce

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Lion in Winter

Even fading lights couldn't dim the glow of Austin Playhouse's lovely staging

American Bear

In the subgenre of family reunion plays, this new entry struggles to compete
columns

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 3

Investment, invention, and labor: the three pillars of commerce

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar expounds on little ranches and dandies

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Remember

World AIDS Day is way more than a red ribbon

BY KATE X MESSER

The Common Law

Eight-Foot Privacy Fence – Can I Build It?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Ezekiel Airship flew into Texas mythology even if it didn't reach the record books

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Barnyardy, Yardbirds, Snow White, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Toros 2011-12 Home Openers

Austin opens season with fun promotions

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Houston's Brian Ching selected in the MLS expansion draft, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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