Dec. 21, 2012

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Volume 32, Number 17

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features

WISH LIST

Give 'Til It Helps, Part 2

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

Reefer Madness Revisited

The Marijuana Policy Project's Rob Kampia on the recent victories for legal marijuana

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Guns 'R' Us

Change our gun laws, change ourselves

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: The Irony of Conservation

Austin's water-saving habits will delay need for WTP4

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

Quote of the Week

AISD: IDEA Down, Travis Heights Up

AISD board cancels IDEA at Allan, but IDEA promises to stay in town

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Council: Good for Austin Is Bad for Texas

Council ends 2012 with some last-minute business

BY MICHAEL KING

Three Progressives Eye Biscoe's Seat

Former Sen. Barrientos, Commissioner Eckhardt, Dem Party Chair Andy Brown are top contenders

BY MIKE KANIN

GOP Politics Only at State Water Board

Politics is off-limits at the state Water Board – unless you're a Republican

BY JORDAN SMITH

Hightower Report: The Selling of Obama's Inauguration

Corporate cash infiltrates the president's inaugural festivities

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Thirteenth B'ak'tun Bacchanalia

A Mayan feast fit for the end of the world or the beginnings of a new age

BY MICK VANN

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for Food Lovers

Unique gifts to please each discerning palate or distinctive passion

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

A roundup of this weeks food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Meal Times

Dec. 20-24

Food Reviews

Long Live R.O.'s

The Osbans are back in business in a trailer on their own land
music

Playback: Angel Dance

Robert Plant & Patty Griffin put the Continental Club in the mood

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Celebration Day

A dying medium digs up dinosaur rarities

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

DIY, and So Can I

KLRU's 'Arts in Context' mirrors the the collaboration and can-do of the artists it profiles

BY DAN SOLOMON

Turns Out the Title Wasn't Prophetic

The curious staying power of so-called lost film 'Nothing Lasts Forever'

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Autobots! Transform and Roll Camera

'Transformers' sequel, 'Parkland' prep 2013 productions in Austin

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Austin Film Critics Association Announces Year-End Awards

'Zero Dark Thirty' named Best Film of 2012

Film Reviews

The Guilt Trip

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen are a mother and son on a road trip but the humor's mostly on autopilot.

Hyde Park on Hudson

The film gets big points for casting Bill Murray as FDR but its vision gets muddy after that.

This Is 40

Growing old gracefully is not an option in Judd Apatow's world.
arts & culture

Endgame

Nigel O'Hearn terminates Palindrome Theatre after three years, just as planned

BY DAN SOLOMON

Ink Tank Lab

The art collective take the gloom out of doomsday in 'Armageddon Outta Here'

BY CAITLIN GREENWOOD

TexARTS Cabaret Series

Courtney Sanchez and Matt Wilson bring the Christmas cheer in series debut

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Noël: An Early Christmas Eurotour

Texas Early Music Project conducted a fast-paced tour of Europe via carols you don't hear every holiday

The Nutcracker

Ballet Austin's warm and decidely unstuffy production deserves to be a family holiday tradition

Billy Elliot the Musical

The national tour of this uplifting musical featured some insanely talented kids
columns

Oops!

After a Fashion

Art Institute presents a show, and the kids are all right ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Outnumbered buffalo hunters held off Plains Indians at this battle site

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place: Ode To An -Oke

Dandy mourns the passing of a fine Hump Day tradition

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Are Americans Crazy or Just Stupid?

We’re far beyond the era when a well-regulated militia – or for that matter even a poorly regulated militia - can provide our security

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Austin Aztex in the news, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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