Dec. 7, 2012

Sandy Carson

Volume 32, Number 15

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news

Will Texas Do Better?

As the 83rd Legislature slouches toward Austin, hope dances a two-step with apprehension

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Cliff Diving

The practice of government by self-extortion

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point: All the Arguments That Fit

City Council agenda packed with volatile materials

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

State & City Redevelopment? Hold That Thought ...

The TFC wants to redevelop state land in Austin – Austin's not so sure

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A 10-1 Sense of Humor? You'll Need It.

Already, the schedule for unveiling geographic districts in Austin has been denounced as impractical

BY ELIZABETH PAGANO

Rooster Need a Booster? Call Breco!

A business that advertises in 'The Gamecock' magazine alleges its products are for fatigue and infections, not cockfighting

BY JORDAN SMITH

An IDEA Whose Time Has Passed?

The AISD board contemplates terminating its contract with IDEA Public Schools

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

GIFT GUIDE 2012

Politics Gift Guide, Part II

For the pot smokers, pacifists, and stamp collectors in your life

BY JORDAN SMITH AND MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report: Who Really Killed the Twinkie?

Don't blame the unions

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

GIFT GUIDE 2012

Food-O-File

Our food writers go On the Range with a slew of new food events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Dec. 7-13

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Sparkling wine and whisky options for the holiday season

BY WES MARSHALL

Wet Whistle Has a Niche Market Cornered

Corner store offers local, sustainable grocery choices on Eastside

BY JESSI CAPE

Food Reviews

Elaine's Pork & Pie

Two Southern cuisine staples done right
music

Old Friends/Bookends

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. And books.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Playback

Austin's version of 'Bad Santa' at a bar near you

BY KEVIN CURTIN

GIFT GUIDE 2012

The Ties That Bind

One last batch of music books for 2012

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

Two Gorehounds Go West

Horror directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks tackle a period Western

BY JOE O'CONNELL

When the Sixties Was Happening on FM Radio

AFS Doc Night: 'Radio Unnameable'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Sundance Taps Texas Filmmakers for 2013 Fest

Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, Andrew Bujalski, and more head to Park City to show off new films

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

Bad Kids Go to Hell

This Texas-made high school comedy that's based on a comic book mixes elements of The Breakfast Club with Scoobie Doo with uneven results.

The Collection

This follow-up to the horror/torture film The Collector seeks to mold a new franchise.

Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren keep things interesting but there's more here about the marriage and partnership of Hitchcock and Alma Reville rather than a good backstage look at the making of Psycho.

Holy Motors

Holy Motors; hot damn. This French firecracker is set to detonate.

Lay the Favorite

Stepehn Frears' latest – a Las Vegas comedy starring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and others – opens exclusively at the local dollar house.

Playing for Keeps

In this all-too-predictable romantic comedy/drama, Gerard Butler plays an ex-soccer star who ultimately reunites with his ex-wife and son, whose team he coaches.

A Royal Affair

Palace intrigue, bodice-ripping, and revolutionary thought: If only this costume drama about Danish monarchs behaving badly delivered on its promise.

Talaash

Bollywood thriller.
arts & culture

Expressing Himself

How David Bologna made the leap to Broadway and a Tony nomination in Billy Elliot the Musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Vodka, Fucking, and Television'

For Breaking String's latest show, the whole world is watching

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Drinking & Driving'

Photographers Ashley Watson and Chris Evans snap private moments in public settings

BY CAITLIN GREENWOOD

The Nutcracker

Ballet Austin marks 50 years of presenting The Nutcracker

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Playhouse

Once more with feeling: It's yet another temporary space for the theatre's new season

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Vodka, Fucking, and Television

Breaking String's production is fun, but the script gets self-indulgent a little too often

'Post Linear'

The paintings of Beili Liu, Shawn Camp, and Sandra Pratt might be what cartographers dream

Between Heaven and Hades

Far from the purgatorial stasis of the title, Ballet East's program revealed significant journeys
columns

The Common Law: A Visit From the Credit-Card Grinch

Holiday shopping and credit card billing errors

BY LUKE ELLIS

After a Fashion

H&M and Zink have a lot in 'store,' and Seabrook's benefit was a smash

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: SEASONAL GAYFECTIVE DISORDER

On our gaydar for our pre-holiday ho-ho's

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The shine is still on Lawrence Ludtke's most recent (and final) commission – the JFK Tribute in Fort Worth

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Real Swinging Versus Imagined Swinging

Don't stress over something that doesn't actually exist

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

NCAA Volleyball Tourney

Third-ranked Horns host USC, Florida, and Wichita State

BY NICK BARBARO

Soccer Watch

Aztex, amongst others, host Austin Soccer Kicks Cancer Camp

BY NICK BARBARO

Hornucopia

Horns pay millions and millions for mediocrity

BY MICHAEL CORCORAN

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