Jan. 4, 2013

Jason Stout/With Apologies to Alex Toth

Volume 32, Number 19

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2012 NEWS TOP 10S

Top 10 Local Stories

WTP4, IDEA, Leslie, and more

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Top 10 City Council Stories

Bill Spelman's cancer scare, Austin Pets Alive!'s takeover at Town Lake, and more

BY MICHAEL KING

Top 10 State Stories

Rick Perry's embarrassments, education's funding battles, and more

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Top 10 Education Stories

School finance lawsuits, AISD board shakeup, and more

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Top 10 Environmental Stories

Save Our Springs' anniversary, Al Armendariz's move, and the bag ban

BY AMY SMITH

Top 10 Election Stories

This year wasn't just about the November ballot, but that was a very big (literally) part too

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Top 10 Criminal Justice Stories

Death and drugs dominated the year for Austin police

BY JORDAN SMITH

Top 10 Quotes of the Week

Notable quotables of 2012

Headlines

Texas Women's Health Program Starts – Without Planned Parenthood

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cliff Notes: Happy New Deadline!

Congressional huffing and puffing finally yields a deal

BY MICHAEL KING

Meet Your New Tax Assessor

With oath of office, Elfant goes from constable to tax assessor

Civics 101

The Hightower Report

America, it's time for a raise

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Austin Culinary Top 10s for 2012

A tasty sampling of Austin's finest in food
music

Deeper Water

Best albums locally, nationally, and critical poll dancing

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

2012 SCREENS TOP 10S

Impressed, Yes, but Socks Still Firmly On

It was a good year for movies – but was it great?

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Power On

Top 10 games of 2012

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film Reviews

Allegiance

Bow Wow plays a National Guard soldier who goes AWOL in the early Nineties in this unfoused drama

The Impossible

The sound and fury of the Christmas tsunami is deeply harrowing as shown here through the microcosm of one family's experience.

Not Fade Away

Five years after the end of The Sopranos, creator David Chase directs his first movie, which takes him back to New Jersey in the Sixties.

Promised Land

Matt Damon and John Krasinski star in this modern morality tale about fracking in America; Gus Van Sant directs.

Table No. 21

A free trip to Fiji turns into a nightmare in this Bollywood film.
arts & culture

Setting the Stage

Austin's art scene spent 2012 prepping for the big things to come

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Theatrical Wonders of 2012

History plays with contemporary urgency and giddy surprises made the year memorable in theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 (+1) Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2012

In 2012, dance memorably explored profound topics, and classical embraced Charlie Brown and George Washington

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top 10 Designer Contributions of 2012

Celebrating the year's most exquisite – and often surprising – stage designs

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Top 10 (+1) Theatrical Joys of 2012

Recalling a year of Shakespeare on bikes, masterful Miller, and a one-woman eco-soap

BY JILLIAN OWENS

Top 10 Arts Events of 2012

Remembering the year onstage in dynamic acting, atmospheric design, and unexpected beauty

BY DAN SOLOMON

Top 10 Ensembles of 2012

The year's most memorable groupings in classical music, dance, and theatre

BY ADAM ROBERTS

Top 10 Dances With Complexity of 2012

Dances that were ferocious, vibrant, and poignant made the year remarkable

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Top 10 Visual Arts of 2012

The emergence and re-emergence of arts spaces, events, venues, and museums dominated the year in Austin art

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Top 10 From Visual Art in 2012

In an exceptional year for seeing art, deconstructed graphics, technosculpture, and detailed drawings stood out

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Recommended Reading

Our favorite books of 2012
columns

Gay Place: Tops & Bottoms

Tops? Hell, the Gay Place like Tops and Bottoms. Who's on Top? Who's on Bottom? How can we pick just 10?

BY KATE X MESSER

Oops!

After a Fashion: Top These

Your Style Avatar gets on top of the Tops of 2012

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Top 10 happenings for day-trippers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Prognostications

A few reasons why 2013 will totally kick 2012’s ass.

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

CenTex Sports Top 10

Lance, Ricky, and F1 among the biggest stories of 2012

BY MARK FAGAN

Hornucopia: Top 10 Edition

Ten Things the 31-27 Alamo Bowl Victory over Oregon State Tells Us About Next Year's UT Football Team

BY MICHAEL CORCORAN

Soccer Watch: Top 10 Soccer Stories of the Year

The usual suspects: Aztex, Beckham, Messi, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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