Dec. 23, 2011

Volume 31, Number 17

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features

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Give 'Til It Helps, Part 2

Here's Part 2 of our list, now check it twice and give to do good!

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Unchartered Waters

City Hall and citizen advocates look toward a new model of representation – is the seventh time the charm?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Cart Arrives ... Horse Expected Soon

School district's IDEA project bereft of actual ideas

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Wages of Faith

Perfect and good face off in US Farathane incentives debate

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

May your blood-giving and tree-recycling be unrelated

Headlines

Morton Seeks Accountability

'Revenge is a natural instinct, but it's not what I'm asking for here'

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD Approves Its Big IDEA, 6-3

Board ignores overwhelming opposition to charter proposal

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

No Room at Austin's Animal Inn

Lack of space already dogging new animal center

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Help Your PALS

One final gift guide reco for the charity-minded

BY JORDAN SMITH

Glen Maxey's Perry Tale

Glen Maxey's book recounts Perry's alleged very private life

BY MICHAEL KING

Occupying Bee Cave

Planet K ain't going away

BY JORDAN SMITH

Feds Deny Women's Health Renewal

Language intended to exclude Planned Parenthood may jeopardize entire program

BY JORDAN SMITH

Texas Mexican Mafia Gets Its 'Just Deserts'

Sixteen members and associates face 300-plus years in jail

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

'Rick the Reformer's revolving door

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

This Old House

Sam Houston and the historic jigsaw puzzle of Boggy Creek Farm

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Holiday Dining Guide

Food-o-File

Jettison your DiGiorno: Bola Pizza comes to your freezer

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Violet Crown Cinema

Move over, Jujubes

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Mrs. Santa's Last-Minute Foodie Stocking Stuffers

What to get for the foodie who noms everything?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro

Carson Brock's grandmother is looking out for him, and other tales from the 'bless their heart' file

BY MARGARET MOSER

2011 GIFT GUIDE

Collector's Disease

Now they're just reproducing vintage record art at a fraction of the size on CD, throwing an entire discography worth of albums into a small box with no bonuses, and calling it a box set. Foul!

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Texas Platters

Blaze Foley

Clay Pigeons

Dixie Witch

Let It Roll

The Moonhangers

The Moonhangers

Shawn Nelson

San Juan Street

Wild Child

Pillow Talk

Sleep ∞ Over, Sleep Over

Forever

The Asteroid Shop

The Asteroid Shop

The Clouds Are Ghosts

Harbinger

The Ghost Wolves

In Ya Neck

Ghost Knife

Kill Shelter, Yes!

We'll Go Machete

Strong Drunk Hands
screens

Full-Gore Press

Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding

BY MARC SAVLOV

A Galaxy Not So Far Away

Austin's BioWare unleashes Star Wars: The Old Republic

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

The Adventures of Tintin

Steven Spielberg brings Hergé's comic books to animated life.

The Artist

It's a silent, black-and-white film for the 21st century, full of coy delights.

A Dangerous Method

David Cronenberg forgoes his customary viscera for the more unknowable id as Drs. Jung and Freud hash out the origins of our unconscious impulses.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara completely nails the role of Lisbeth Salander, and director David Fincher is no slouch either in this perhaps unnecessary remake of the Swedish thriller.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is John le Carré's unflappable spy, George Smiley, in this dandy espionage tale.

War Horse

A stylistic throwback to classic studio movies, Spielberg's film about war as seen through a horse's experience of it rarely rises to the occasion.

We Bought a Zoo

Matt Damon is a widower with two kids who buys a zoo after his wife bought the farm in Cameron Crowe's latest movie.
arts & culture

Down These Mean, Ink-Stained Streets

Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick brings his 'Nickel History' to Slugfest Gallery

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

All Over Creation: Hit Where You Live

A recital at a holiday soiree confirms there's no place like home for art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Forklift Danceworks

Ballet for Bay

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ballet Austin

Big Apple scores big with 'NAT/D' 4

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Though touching, this homespun production was inconsistent

Poste Restante

A cocktail of a performance about what it means to send a letter
columns

After a Fashion

Cuddle up with Stephen for some holiday cheer

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Wholly Holy Holey

Mo' gifts fo 'mos

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Daingerfield State Park is a jewel hidden in the Piney Woods of Northeast Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Buzzards and vultures, bras and panties, and more and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Angela Kelly named new head coach for Texas soccer, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

'The Hungry Todd Rungy Show'

Documentary TV series needs your help

BY MARK FAGAN

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