Dec. 27, 2013

Volume 33, Number 18

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features

Give 'Til It Helps 2013, Part 2

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

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Point Austin: The Meanings of 'Affordability'

The new year signals changes in the life of Austin

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Do Kids Count?

State leaders don't walk the talk on children

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Very Early Returns: Calling All Council Candidates!

The mayoral and council election season has already started

BY MICHAEL KING

HIV/AIDS: Pushing Past the Plateau

Local agency fights stigma with new PSA campaign

BY BRANDON WATSON

Mixed Trends on Death Row

Dallas County surges forward in new death penalty sentences

BY JORDAN SMITH

Happy Holidays from ALEC

Lobbyists continue program of drafting corporate-supported bills

BY MICHAEL KING

Oops! Return to Santa ASAP!

TexPIRG warns parents to remain wary of certain products

BY MICHAEL KING

Commissioners Court Candidates Take On Property Taxes

Hopefuls share philosophical approaches to government

BY CHRISTOPHER HOOKS

Reefer Madness: Teens Still Smoke Pot

Would legalization lead to a decline?

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report: Measuring Congress by the Numbers

Measuring congress by the numbers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Age Before Beauty? With Treaty Oak, You Get Both.

Local distiller is making world-class aged spirits

BY WES MARSHALL

Elegant but Uneven

There's room for improvement at Goodall's Kitchen & Bar at the Hotel Ella

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Better Drinking Through Gadgetry

Must-have devices for oenophiles and liquor lovers

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-O-File

Looking ahead to the most anticipated restaurant openings of early 2014

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Dec. 28
music

ZZ Top

Tracking the beards

BY TIM STEGALL

Playback: 2013 – That's a Wrap

Twelve months of boom recapped

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Pledge Your Allegiance

Austin Film Society lets two iconic filmmakers square off in its new series

BY KIMBERLEY JONES AND MARC SAVLOV

Know When to Hold 'Em

When Jay Rosenkrantz's poker doc got shuffled up, he got creative

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

And I Would Watch 100 Films

And I would watch 100 more

BY MONICA RIESE

Film Reviews

Dhoom: 3

This Bollywood action thriller is burning up the box office.

47 Ronin

Keanu Reeves is a samurai warrior fighting supernatural forces in this twist on the ancient Japanese tale.

Justin Bieber's Believe

More self-promotion than a film, this doc shows the star in performance and confessing his inner thoughts offstage.
arts & culture

A Way Back to Tenderness

Writing workshops serve Austin's aging and their caregivers

BY AMY GENTRY

The Big Bash

The Hideout Theatre embiggens its schedule with a weekly set from an improv Dream Team

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visits: Rebecca Rothfus

This skilled painter and wizard at cutouts feels at home in her newly built studio at Canopy

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

'Send Off'

grayDUCK Gallery memorably closed its Bouldin Creek space with a show of its regular artists making prints

Ann Conner: Symphony Suite

These colorful prints of graphic shapes over wood grains are playful and celebratory of hue and texture
columns

Letters at 3AM: The Capacity to Take It

Perseverance is the spine of the human condition

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The Good Eye

Austin airport couture

BY AMY GENTRY

Oops!

Gay Place

Let's tuck '13 in with a li'l kiss (or a swift kick)

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Taste the difference craft brewing makes at Houston’s Karbach Brewery

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Resolutions

Failing to plan is planning to fail

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornography

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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