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The Buzz About Apis

How do you make your country restaurant a dining destination before it even opens? Pop-up a series of preview dinners featuring items from you opening menu and encourage local food and wine lovers to try it out, that's how. The owners of the forthcoming Apis Restaurant & Apiary west of Austin are doing just that this week. Read More | Comment »

Food 3:30PM Wed. Dec. 17, Virginia B. Wood

J. Cole Cares

Poignancy remains the occasional frenemy of rap, setting a thin but rigid boundary between affecting and corny. Gifted North Carolina rapper and chart-topper J. Cole toes that fine line on his new high-wire act, third studio disc 2014 Forest Hills Drive, with Philippe Petit’s precision. Read More | Comment »

Music 3:00PM Wed. Dec. 17, Kahron Spearman

DVDanger: Horror in 150 Words or Less

The post-Halloween season is supposed to be all mist and mellow fruitfulness. Instead, the home-release racks have been bloodier than Jason Voorhees' cutlery drawer. But time is short, so let's get slashing. Read More | Comment »

Screens 12:15PM Wed. Dec. 17, Richard Whittaker

Austin Film Critics Name Boyhood Best of Year

The Austin Film Critics Association has given Richard Linklater’s Boyhood top honors in its annual critics awards. A special honorary award went to the late (and formerly homeless) Gary Poulter, who delivered a stunning performance in David Gordon Green’s Joe. Full list after the jump. Read More | Comment »

Screens 8:00AM Wed. Dec. 17, Kimberley Jones

Meet Your New City Council, Austin!

Although not everyone's ready to concede just yet, it appears as though the new City Council is finally here, and it looks almost nothing like the old one. Also newly arrived: three trustees on the AISD board, as well as one on the ACC board. Read More | Comment »

News 8:00AM Wed. Dec. 17, the News Staff

The AggreGAYtor: December 17

Jimmy fought it, X owns it, New York ups it, and a vet loses it, as your AggreGAYtor practices her verbal vagueing. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 7:00AM Wed. Dec. 17, David Estlund

The Run-Off: Live Election Coverage

A long and contentious election season comes to a close. As run-off results come in for the mayoral and Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 10 races, we’ll update here and @ACNewsdesk. For more stories from the 2014 campaign trail, see our Elections home page. Read More | Comment »

News 11:01PM Tue. Dec. 16, the News Staff

First Look: Torchy's Tacos Mueller

The last time folks in the central east Austin neighborhoods around the Mueller development were this fired up about a restaurant debut was when H-E-B's Cafe Mueller opened in the summer of 2013. Area residents are so hot for the new Torchy's Tacos, they've been lining up out the door since the opening in November. Read More | Comment »

Food 4:15PM Tue. Dec. 16, Virginia B. Wood

Vote 4 X

Now, it’s no secret that The Gay Place’s very own Kate Messer is a wealth of queer knowledge, Austin secrets, and writing advice. So it comes as no big shock that she’s been nominated for the AGLCC award “They’re Giving it Away,” an acknowledgement of all that Kate does out of the kindness of her big, gay heart. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 1:10PM Tue. Dec. 16, Sarah Marloff

SXSW Film 2015 Coming Into Focus

Ava DuVernay, the acclaimed director of this season’s Selma, has been announced today as one of the keynote speakers at next March’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. Joining her for separate kickoff speeches will be RZA, as well as Mark Duplass, who was previously announced. Read More | Comment »

Screens 12:40PM Tue. Dec. 16, Marjorie Baumgarten

The AggreGAYtor: December 16

ENDA gets some love, F2M gets a new meaning in Austin, and Russia keeps pounding away, as your AggreGAYtor fiddles about. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 8:25AM Tue. Dec. 16, David Estlund

Film Flam

With the year almost over, that means just one thing: The 2015 festival season is almost upon us, and the cavalcade of announcements and premieres means some local filmmakers should be busy booking flights. Read More | Comment »

Screens 4:00PM Mon. Dec. 15, Richard Whittaker

Shivery Shakes “Remember When”

Life’s fleeting, so value the moments. That’s the premise of “Remember When,” my favorite song amongst the 10 sunburned tracks on local quartet Shivery Shakes’ new LP, Three Waves & A Shake. Read More | Comment »

Music 3:30PM Mon. Dec. 15, Kevin Curtin

The AggreGAYtor: December 15

Big Macs remain Benjy free, San Antonio's kids are alright, and Texans plan Spring weddings, as your AggreGAYtor plays Pong with God. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 2:10PM Mon. Dec. 15, David Estlund

Freedom to Marry Comes to Town

Today, marriage equality exists in 35 states, while 15 – including Texas – are still assembling roadblocks against legalization. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 9:30AM Mon. Dec. 15, Sarah Marloff

News Roundup: Endings and Beginnings

In this week's news roundup, City Council has its final meeting before becoming 10-1, Judge Garcia tells couples they'll have to wait a little longer to get married, another protest takes place Downtown, and more. Read More | Comment »

News 5:37AM Mon. Dec. 15, the News Staff

Gazing Back at Other Worlds Austin

Last weekend's Other Worlds Austin has returned to its home planet, but the inaugural year of the city's first dedicated science fiction film festival leaves the winners of its awards, the Cthulhies, behind on Earth. Read More | Comment »

Screens 9:00AM Sat. Dec. 13, Richard Whittaker

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Hitting the highway east this holiday season? Check this week's feature on pecan maven Lucille Tobias of Tobias Pecans in Ellinger, Texas, as well as this gallery by Celesta Danger. Hopefully you will be inspired to stop, say howdy, wish her well, and clean her out of the last bit of her stock before she retires December 31. Read More | Comment »

Food 4:30PM Fri. Dec. 12, Kate X Messer

Centro-Matic Packs It In

When Centro-matic formed in Denton in 1996, bandleader Will Johnson didn’t give the band much prognosis for success. Yet nearly two decades and 11 studio LPs later, the original quartet of Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom, and Mark Hedman brings the group to an end on Dec. 18 with a sold-out show at the Parish having become a cornerstone of Texas indie rock. Read More | Comment »

Music 4:20PM Fri. Dec. 12, Doug Freeman

Craft Work

Writing a love letter is never easy. Choosing just the right words, perfecting the precise cadence, and then there’s the angst. Wars have been started for less. Read More | Comment »

Food 3:30PM Fri. Dec. 12, Anna Toon

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