Dec. 16, 2011

Volume 31, Number 16

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features

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Wish List

We've made your list, now check it twice and give to do good!

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Scene of the Crime

Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Season of Discontent

Bungling a high-profile project is not the best way to ask for a raise

BY AMY SMITH

Quote of the Week

City Hall Hustle: Last-Minute Shopping

No Silent Night here

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Civics 101

This week, save a dog, talk Occupy, and learn about the proposed rate increase

Headlines

Kicking Around an IDEA

Board punts charter vote to Dec. 19

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Fluoride-Free Pressley for Council

Laura Pressley hasn't decided which seat she's seeking

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

AISD Sidesteps Union Decision

Union decision postponed – is IDEA involved?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bike Zoo's Zest for Life

There's no short of imaginative puppetry with this bicycle troupe

BY RAMON MARTINEZ

Planet K Sacrifices 'Pursuit of Happiness'

Part of the controversial mural comes down

BY JORDAN SMITH

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Politics Gift Guide

Slip into something more comfortable with Perry, Freud, and more

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER AND MICHAEL KING

Tire-Slashing Tale in for Retreads

The Hyde Park Tire Slasher story heads for sequels

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Supremes Block Texas Maps: What Now?

The Supremes throw a monkey wrench into election maps and planning

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Name the GOP circus and win 'The Hightower Lowdown'

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Dinner Without Tears

One busy mother's search for perfect meal service

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Food-o-File

Get your buns to these burger joints and bakeshops, plus a fundraiser for a foodie photographer in this week's food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Stuff yourself like a Christmas stocking with beer and cheese, teas and chocolate, bubbly and red wine

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

A trio of wines from one of France's great vintners

BY WES MARSHALL

Book Review

Bargain wine queen Natalie MacLean chronicles her continuing quest

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

music

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Memoir Suite

Rock & roll books from Austin to Beijing

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Carjacked for Christmas

Ruby Jane and her mother are carjacked, plus other holiday tales of need

BY MARGARET MOSER

screens

Sex Addiction and the City

Steve McQueen on Shame's New York state of mind

BY MARC SAVLOV

Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul

When movies go looking for Christmas redemption

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

This Porn Has Wheels

Rolling with the Bike Smut Film Fest

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

We're wondering if anyone will call the ASPCA if we leave these animated rodents chipwrecked far from civilization.

The Greatest Miracle

This animated Mexican film is an inspirational story about three Catholic women in crisis.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

This fourth entry in the Tom Cruise film franchise is the best of the bunch; it's wacky and keen to please.

Mozart's Sister

Wolfgang had a sister who was also a musical prodigy. Guess which sibling the history books remember.

Panjaa

Crime, love, and vengeance abound in this Telugu action drama.

Shame

Exquisite control and spasmed anguish mark the performances of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan in this dark, NC-17-rated story about a sex addict.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr. inhabits the role of Sherlock Holmes to a near-molecular level in this rushing whoosh of a follow-up to 2009's blockbuster.

The Sitter

Jonah Hill plays the world's most irresponsible babysitter in this new movie from David Gordon Green.

Young Adult

Actors Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt prove as riveting a combo as writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: Regifting

There may be new life in old Scrooge yet, thanks to creative Austin artists

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Awards

Area visual artists win support for 2012 projects

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'View From Within'

Photographers rally around one of their own

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Penfold's staging is a charming complement to the holiday hustle and bustle

Cuento Navideño: Bah Humbug in the Barrio

A Latina Scrooge has a change of heart in this sweet adaptation of A Christmas Carol

Of Mice & Music – A Jazz Nutcracker

Tapestry's syncopated take appeals even to those who have sworn off sugarplums

Men of Tortuga

Rare is the theatre company whose debut is as deft and precise as Street Corner Arts' is

Housebreaking

This drama of identity-switching may leave you feeling equally fascinated and repulsed
columns

Page Two: Letter From the Editor

Checking in, expressing thanks

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Occupy the Future

Corporations are not people

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar neglected to mention your name, didn't he?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Feting

You will always find us in the kitchen at parties

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Get your Mexican-food fix in El Paso

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Canned corn tortillas, Joan of Arc, and more facts to chew on

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

More year-end wrap-up

BY NICK BARBARO

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