Dec. 13, 2013

Volume 33, Number 16

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news

Urban Rail: Which Way to Connect?

Project Connect recommends a rail corridor – and transit advocates board opposing trains

BY MAC MCCANN AND MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Lehmberg's Scarlet Letter

County Attorney Escamilla has disgraced his office

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This – Poor People to AE: We're Not Deadbeats

New ordinance gives needy ratepayers a payment plan they can work with

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Brown and Eckhardt Make Some Distinctions

What's the difference between the Dem Travis County Judge candidates? It all comes down to personality.

BY AMY SMITH

Parks Board Supports Shrinking Off-Leash Area

Suggested plan would require new Downtown housing to provide dog play areas

BY AMY SMITH

Candidate Filings

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ACC Throws Book at Affordable Care Act

Administrators trim adjunct faculty hours to avoid providing health coverage

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD: Carstarphen on the Hot Seat

Trustees discuss superintendent's future

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lehmberg NOT Removed: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Long list of dignitaries testify in defense of D.A.

BY MICHAEL KING

Council: Dem Ol' Railroad Blues

City takes on Project Connect but punts on Auditorium Shores

BY MICHAEL KING

2013 Politics Gift Guide Part II

Ideas for the armchair pundit

The Hightower Report

Congressional victims of alcoholism ... and hypocrisyitis

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Drop In, Have Drinks, Hang Out

New neighborhood hot spots

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

From Unknown to Throne

Sugar and spice from Austin's Jelly Queens

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-O-File

In-N-Out has landed

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Dec. 13-19
music

Sad, Bad Santa

Wild Bill's 'Honky Tonk Holidaze' – 'Bad Santa' gone Cheech & Chong

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Rock & Roll DVDs

Human Rights Concerts

Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986–1998

Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen

Crossfire Hurricane, Springsteen & I

Black Sabbath, Dio

Live... Gathered in Their Masses, Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986

Gourds

All the Labor

Levon Helm

Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

Big Star

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Roy Orbison

The Last Concert, Black & White Night

Graham Parker & the Rumour

This Is Live

Stooges, Ron Asheton

Tribute to Ron Asheton

Jimi Hendrix

Hear My Train A Comin'

Eric Clapton

Crossroads Guitar Festival

US Festival

'83 US Festival: Days 1-3
screens

Gaming by the Numbers

Who needs reviews when we have pure data?

BY JAMES RENOVITCH AND SHELLEY HIAM

Ready and Abel

Drafthouse Films unleashes Abel Ferrara's 'Ms. 45' on Austin and NYC

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Superior in nearly all ways to its predecessor, this second film in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a welcome surprise.

Out of the Furnace

The writer/director of Crazy Heart returns with an all-star cast for his sophomore effort, which takes place amid the rusted-out lives of America's steel belt.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: Nativity

A new musical by the 'Urinetown' team is born on the 40 Acres, and the chorus line craves bra-a-ains

BY ROBERT FAIRES

La Pastorela 2013: A Sheperdela's Storia

Time again for the shepherds' quest for the Christ child, with old songs and new jokes

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The North Plan

Street Corner Arts' dark comedy stumbles on its way to the revolution, but the show is worth seeing

A Christmas Story

Zach Theatre faithfully re-creates the beloved holiday film onstage, though it lacks part of the original's shine

The Undoing of Nonet

This unsettling dance by Kathy Dunn Hamrick seemed a companion piece to her shattering work, The Big Small
columns

The Good Eye

Your new style columnist, alas, is not the world's most stylish woman

BY AMY GENTRY

Letters at 3AM: If We Make It Through December

Everywhere I looked for a merry Christmas, I found contradictions too disturbing to ignore and paradoxes too entrenched to resolve

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place

Sun Ra dancer and vocalist signs her book and does a reading

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Belly up to the longest bar in Texas at the Esquire Tavern in San Antonio

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Really Rude

You friends might just be self-absorbed assholes

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornography

BY RUSS ESPINOZA

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

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