Dec. 28, 2012

Volume 32, Number 18

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news

Southern Exposure

The changing face of the venerable South Lamar Plaza

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER AND JANA BIRCHUM

Point Austin: Can This Really Be the End?

A look forward, a look back

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Parks and Rec in Review

In a parks-centric town like Austin, it's not easy being PARD

BY AMY SMITH

Civics 101

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Court to Texas: Follow Medicaid Rules or Lose Fed Money

State-funded WHP set to begin Jan. 1

BY JORDAN SMITH

Rick Perry Death Watch: Swearingen Gets Another Date With Death

Fourth time execution has been scheduled

BY JORDAN SMITH

Mr. Woods Goes to Washington

UT grad student John Woods has a few ideas about reasonable gun control

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report: Make Dinnertime Family Time

Laurie David has tips for families trying to squeeze in time together

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Dining Out for New Year's Eve

New Year's Beer-solutions 2013

A beer enthusiast's resolutions to be healthy, wealthy, and weiz

BY IVY LE

Drink Better and Cheaper in 2013

We disclose the secrets of locating food friendly, relatively undiscovered, but easy to find Old World wines

BY WES MARSHALL

Culinary Wish List for Austin in 2013

Epicurean hopes and desires in 2013

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Dec. 29-Jan. 3

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-O-File

Taco originality is alive and well in Austin social media

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Texas Platters Finale

Last local music round-up of 2012

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Playback: The State of the State of the 2012 Austin Music Scene

A look back at 2012

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Extreme Temperature Swings

AFS Essential Cinema kicks off Asia: Hot and Cool series

BY MARGARET MOSER

En Garde and Armed With Latex and Brushes

Three Austin special effects makeup artists compete on SyFy's 'Face Off'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Making Bedfellows of Metal and Bloody Movie Mayhem

Phil Anselmo and Corey Mitchell unleash the Housecore Horror Film Festival in 2013

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

In this 3-D spectacle, the wan drama takes a back seat to the Cirque's acrobatics.

Dabangg 2

This Bollywood action sequel the exploits of Salman Khan's police inspector Chulbul "Robin Hood" Pandey.

Django Unchained

As entertaining and subversive as Django Unchained is, Tarantino's latest also suffers from a certain slackness.

Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise stars as the title character of Lee Child's novels in this thriller directed by the writer of Valkyrie and The Usual Suspects.

Les Misérables

This extravagant adaptation of the monster-hit musical is a little pitchy, but it's still a potent piece of cinema.

Parental Guidance

The actors deserve credit for the professionalism they bring to this family comedy stinker.

Sarochaaru

This new Telugu film is a romantic comedy.
arts & culture

Pole Position

For some kinds of dance, you need Brass Ovaries

BY KACI BEELER

The Alley Cat Project

MASS leaves artistic surprises in a dozen East Austin backyard byways

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visit: Phil Durst

His studio is an empty nest filled with a million little pieces

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical

Zach Theatre delivers a sentimental stroll through a winter wonderland, with exceptionally strong dancing

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical

The Georgetown Palace Theater has its flaws, but the kids in it bring the miracle of theatre

'Armageddon Outta Here'

Ink Tank's show stretched between an achievement of something truly artistic and an extravagantly themed party
columns

Letters at 3AM: Winter Reveries

No matter the season, no matter the climate, when I write I write in winter

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion: Born Again

Stephen revels in rebirth – and the roll of stretch fabrics in it

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place thanks you from the bottom of their dark little rainbow hearts

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The healing power of pie

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: New Year's Eve Letdown

The problem with New Year’s is that everyone expects something special to happen.

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornucopia

With a lightened suspension. Kabongo set to return Feb. 13

BY MICHAEL CORCORAN

Soccer Watch

The football world is into its holiday break

BY NICK BARBARO

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