Dec. 9, 2011

Volume 31, Number 15

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features

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Hang the Holidays

Help is on the way

BY CINDY WIDNER

news

Uncontrolled Experiments

AISD says charters and single-sex academies will lift all students' boats – and attacks any research that says otherwise

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Rick Rolled

Doesn't anybody remember the Rick Perry campaign?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: What Price Density?

Council tries to find an economic balance for dense development and its public costs

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Activate your civics calendar, Dec. 8-15

The Far View From the Water's Edge

Neighbors fear an overconstruction of mansions along Lake Austin

BY MIKE KANIN

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Politics Gift Guide: Warm the Cockles of a Special Someone's Heart

Warm the cockles of a special someone's heart

Memory Lapse?

Former district attorney doesn't remember much about prosecuting an innocent man for murder

BY JORDAN SMITH

Murder Case Marks 20th Year

Yogurt shop murder case still unsolved

BY JORDAN SMITH

From the Speaker Blotter

Here's the lineup

BY NICK BARBARO

Formula One Back in Play

Austin race regains traction but questions remain

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Exonerees Testify About Mistaken Eyewitness IDs

Police departments statewide must adopt new lineup procedures

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Missoula Speaks!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Blue Bell Seasonals

Blue Bell gifts us with merrymaking noms

BY MICK VANN

Edis' Chocolates

Black sea salt truffles find a home

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Food films for you to chew on

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Meal Times: Dec. 9-14

The W Hotel celebrates its first year ... of throwing glass at pedestrians

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Bacon

It's the pigs
music

2011 GIFT GUIDE

The Dark Side of the Box Set

When the album becomes immersion

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Killing Floor

Another blues singer's called back home: honorary Austinite Hubert Sumlin

BY MARGARET MOSER

screens

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Handicapping the Holidays

We narrow the field for the gamer on your gift list

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Darkness With a Twist of Dime-Store Novel

White Whale Games brings the pulp-fiction aesthetic into the Aughties

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Lost Marbles Found

Beef & Pie doc reborn for the app age

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Curating Craigslist

Local blog culls the deals from the dreck

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

This mad, muzzle-flash burst of ultraviolence from Brazil earned the director a shot at helming Hollywood's RoboCop reboot.

Knuckle

Fight Club meets the Hatfields and McCoys in this documentary about the bare-knuckle bruisers of Ireland.

New Year's Eve

Did you see Garry Marshall's last all-star movie Valentine's Day? This is the same silly claptrap, just a different holiday.

Project Nim

The story of a science experiment in which a chimpanzee was raised as a human child is recounted in this heartbreaking documentary.

Tomboy

In this French film a 10-year-old girl moves into a new neighborhood and pretends to be a boy because, well, it seems like boys just have more fun.
arts & culture

Mapping Time

El Anatsui charts the geography of Africa from then to now

BY ROBERT FAIRES

All Over Creation: First Flight

The thrill of seeing a young artist take that great leap forward creatively

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Kirk Lynn

For he's a jolly good fellow

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Awards

A fall harvest of theatre, dance, and architecture prizes

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Burn This

An innovative use of space marks 7 Towers Theatre Company's debut

FlashDance, but Flashier: 30 More Dances in 60 Minutes

These microdances had beginnings, middles, and ends, and also heart

'Holiday Group Show'

Among the many reasons to see this show: Randall Reid's evocative sign collages
columns

After a Fashion

Black Fridays are holiday hell in a handbasket! What's next – Chihuahuas in the manger?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Vagina

At last, a place for your… you know…

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

A large collection of nutcrackers and pecan treats can be found at the Pape Pecan House

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Climate change, tuition, drunken driving, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Stars Face Checkers and Barons

Last-place Texas hopes to gain some ground in the standings

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

World Player of the Year nominees announced, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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