Dec. 14, 2012

Volume 32, Number 16

e-edition   |   pdf
ON THE COVER:
features

WISH LIST

Give 'Til It Helps, Part 1

They ain't too proud to beg: But why should they have to?

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Will Texas Do Better?

Lege preview Part II – the wonders and the horrors

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Tools for Lege Watching

Considering Texas' future – a few things to keep in mind

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: AE: The Plot Thickens

City manager and consumer advocates finally agree on something

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

Headlines

10-1: If It Ain't Baroque, Let's Fix It

Strict requirements may yield a small, homogenous pile of applicants

BY ELIZABETH PAGANO

Council Stoked for Last Meeting of Year

Agenda lineup: affordable housing, Barton Springs Zone, PUD, and more

BY AMY SMITH

Community-Backed Charter in Travis Heights Goes to the Board

As AISD considers dumping one charter, a new one is floated

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

WTP4: What's $15 Million Among Friends?

One expects Council will be more vigilant the next time around

BY MIKE KANIN

Hightower Report

Obama won't play ball with Boehner

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Thirty Years of Texas Wine

Fall Creek Vineyards celebrates a milestone

BY MM PACK

Tips and Techniques From a Kosher Cooking Expert

Cookbook aims to free readers from cookbooks

BY AMY KRITZER

Home's a Brewin'

A beer enthusiast's guide to Christmas gifts

BY IVY LE

Food-O-File

This week's food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Meal Times

Dec. 13-20

Food Reviews

China Dynasty

No frills, just consistently excellent Chinese food
music

GIFT GUIDE 2012

Boxing Day

Box sets dwindle but not in scope

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Playback: Pachuco Hop

Hanging with Joe King Carrasco in Puerto Vallarta

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

GIFT GUIDE 2012

Home Entertainment for the Holidays

Best bets for DVD and Blu-ray

Law and Order in the Land of Pixels

Web series 'Bit Parts' finds inspiration in gamer errata

BY JAMES MICHAEL WALLING

Apocalypse Now, Then MoMA

Game developer Adam Saltsman pairs Mayan panic with Dikembe Mutombo

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

There's little about this return trip to Middle-earth that feels "unexpected" or fresh.

In Our Nature

Writer/director Brian Savelson’s feature debut is a study in fine gradations of resentment in the great outdoors.

Khiladi 786

This Bollywood action comedy is the eighth entry in the popular Khiladi film franchise.

The Other Son

Palestinian and Israeli baby boys are accidentally switched at birth, and that discovery in adulthood creates many repercussions.
arts & culture

The Writing's Not on the Wall Yet

Austin's print culture gets a boost from a new batch of indie presses and literary magazines

BY AMY GENTRY

Studio Visits: Autumn Ewalt

In an airy South Austin studio, Autumn Ewalt makes space for individual and collaborative work

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

'Awakening'

Blue Lapis Light takes youth away from risk and on a journey

BY DAWN DAVIS LORING

'The End'

'Cantanker' meets its end

BY CAITLIN GREENWOOD

Arts Reviews

Land Without Evil

Sky Candy's latest production piles on so much spectacle that it's difficult to see the story

Bridge/Tunnel

Ready|Set|Go! transmutes leaden limbs to golden motion
columns

Letters at 3AM: Did Abraham Lincoln Deserve a Second Term?

In 1864, Lincoln would have seemed more in favor of war than peace

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Page Three: Council Follies Are No Joke

City leaders prep for another multimillion dollar giveaway (shhh, don't talk about it; you'll ruin it)

BY NICK BARBARO

After a Fashion

Neo-hippie aerialists have Your Style Avatar beside himself

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Holigays are upon us, people. Have you mapped out your calendar?

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: How Much Spirit Do You Like in Your Christmas?

Some people like to have a reasonable expectation of how the night will unfold

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

St. Ed's players sweep conference awards, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle