Dec. 20, 2013

Volume 33, Number 17

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features

Give 'Til It Helps 2013, Part 1

We each hold the key: Let's show these nonprofits how much they are appreciated

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Running to Daylight

Blind runner and teacher determined to see what he can do

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Point Austin: Making Sense of Newtown

A year later, small steps toward changing the gun violence paradigm

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: The Big C Stands for Corruption

Even after reforms at CPRIT, Rick Perry still remains in charge

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

Colony Park: Finding a Middle Way

City planners struggle to find the 'just right' in a new mixed-use development

BY ROBYN ROSS

Council: Work Done and Happy Holidays!

After 2013 arose such a clatter, Council is settling their brains for a long winter's nap

BY MICHAEL KING

Carstarphen Report Card: B for Bland

AISD head receives lukewarm review

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Rivalry Revs Up for Pct. 2

Three Dems vie to replace Sarah Eckhardt

BY CHRISTOPHER HOOKS

Third-Party Candidates Lining Up Again

It's still busy at the bottom of the ticket

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

2013 Politics Gift Guide Part III

Last-minute ideas from yesterday's news

BY BRANDON WATSON

The Hightower Report

NSA and DHS defend us from LibertyManiacs.com

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Aging With Grace

Hyde Park Bar & Grill, feeding a city across three decades

BY RACHEL FEIT

Fancy Salt, We Exalt

Finishing salts by Confituras

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-O-File

Foodie innovators land grants and La Corsha rep replies to Wonderland backlash

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

music

Playback

Christmas wishes for the local set

BY KEVIN CURTIN

The Boxing Lesson

Paradox: box sets bloat up as physical CD sales plummet

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

screens

The Talented Mr. Isaac

Scenes from an interview with the star of the Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

BY JEFF WINKLER

A House DVD'd

Criterion and Rooster Teeth give you something worth wishing for

BY MONICA RIESE

Film Reviews

American Hustle

It's all about the hair, the performances, and the grift and graft in this unpredictable new offering from David O. Russell.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy is back – and the legend continues, at least in his own mind.

Grudge Match

This boxing riff stars Stallone and De Niro, but it's hardly the stuff of Rocky vs. the Raging Bull.

Inside Llewyn Davis

The latest from the Coen Brothers nails the Sixties folk-music scene, and delivers another of their memorably flawed heroes.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba is spellbinding in this biopic that reveres the man but slights the movement.

Saving Mr. Banks

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this story about how Walt Disney convinced the prickly author of Mary Poppins to sell her creation to Hollywood.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

This story of a milquetoast with a wild imagination stars Ben Stiller and is as pretty as it is busy. Opens 12/25.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

The auteur from Atlanta dons his Madea drag once more to spread holiday cheer.

Walking With Dinosaurs

This visually ambitious animated film looks promising until its corny plot gets going.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese's latest take on the American hoodlum is a relentlessly wild ride.
arts & culture

Father Time

Claude van Lingen's conceptual artwork counts down from 1,000

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Get Booked

Big names and newcomers delight in this collection of recent releases

BY MONICA RIESE

Arts Reviews

This Wonderful Life

Martin Burke's solo performance of 'It's a Wonderful Life' is a tour de force, but also an act of faith

We Were Nothing

Poison Apple's latest, about a friendship affected by social media, provides little to engage with

The Nutcracker

The new set and costume designs for Ballet Austin's annual production add warmth and candy-colored magic
columns

The Good Eye

Rekh & Datta's 'slow clothing' line takes its time going from Texas to Rajasthan and back again

BY AMY GENTRY

Day Trips

Goodnight Historical Center opens cowboy palace to visitors

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Holiday apparel ain't the only thing gay in the gAyTX: Check out some annual traditions.

BY KATE X MESSER

Oops!

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Thoughtfulness

What do you get for someone who has everything?

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornography

BY RUSS ESPINOZA

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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