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Winter Break Reading

The presents are opened, the bellies are overstuffed, and we've exhausted all avenues of chit chat with great uncle Mort. Time to lose ourselves in a book. Read More | Comment »

Books 9:00AM Fri. Dec. 26, Chronicle staff

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One in a Crowd: For Forgetful Gift Givers

So the season of giving is almost over, and you suddenly realize that you left a vital aunt, cousin, or dentist off your list. What's to be done? Rather than raiding the auto spare-parts aisle at your local gas station and gift-wrapping some radiator hoses, why not invest in a crowdfunded, Austin-based project on their behalf? Read More | Comment »

Screens 9:00AM Thu. Dec. 25, Richard Whittaker

Holiday Dinner for the Slacker

It's the holidays, and you want to relax. Rest assured, your family and friends don't care. They just want to party, and they're looking at you like you are a member of the Donner Party. Never fear – just because you're lazy doesn't mean you can't pull off a holiday meal. We're sorry, but you're going to have to go to the grocery store. Read More | Comment »

Food 10:00AM Wed. Dec. 24, Andrew Thomas

It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

Forget carols and devotional music. In my house, it's not really Christmas until we break out the A Charlie Brown Christmas CD. Read More | Comment »

Screens 9:00AM Wed. Dec. 24, Richard Whittaker

Black Messiah: D’Angelo & the Vanguard

D’Angelo had the release of his third album pushed forward from the first quarter of next year, because recent injustices here and abroad cried out for his impassioned message. A disc 15 years in the making was thus rushed out so quickly that its lyric sheet and liner notes weren’t completed in time. Not that you need the former to understand Black Messiah. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:30PM Tue. Dec. 23, Kahron Spearman

Food-o-File: Holiday Lagniappe

Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra. Read More | Comment »

Food 2:30PM Tue. Dec. 23, Virginia B. Wood

Alamo Drafthouse Gets OK to Screen The Interview

Ten days ago, there was a secret advance screening of a studio comedy in Austin. Then the world came to a screeching halt, and The Interview was shelved. Now, at least in Austin, audiences will get a chance to catch the controversial comedy, as the Alamo Drafthouse confirms it will host screenings, starting Christmas Day. Read More | Comment »

Screens 1:02PM Tue. Dec. 23, Richard Whittaker

More Mocktails: Shrubs, Syrups, and Cordials

Jessica Sanders is known for her spirit skills at Drink.Well, but she can make a mean mocktail, too. Her below recipes can be used to make the drinks featured here, or to jazz up your own concoctions. A batch makes a great last-minute gift. Read More | Comment »

Food 8:00AM Tue. Dec. 23, Brandon Watson

EEOC Rules in Favor of Hopkins

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, one day before our cover story on ex-officer Jermaine Hopkins’ lengthy fallout with the Austin Police Department hit newsstands, the story’s 33-year-old subject received word that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had ruled in his favor on one of the four complaints he filed against APD. Read More | Comment »

News 7:00AM Tue. Dec. 23, Chase Hoffberger

StoryCorps Returning to Austin

The little Airstream trailer with the recording studio inside is on its way back to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where it'll be parked for a month to collect more personal tales of Central Texans of all stripes. Yes, the StoryCorps MobileBooth returns to Austin Jan. 5, and you can reserve a spot to record your story starting today. Read More | Comment »

Books 4:03PM Mon. Dec. 22, Robert Faires

Some for Keeping

I've long since learned it's necessary to find homes for the myriad cookbooks that come my way every year. Once they've been considered for review, it's either that or find a bigger house. Read More | Comment »

Food 2:30PM Mon. Dec. 22, Virginia B. Wood

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Set to Air on KLRU

You could forgive the show’s Kickstarter funders for starting to think it had all been for naught. However, word has arrived today that the money they contributed to finance the taping of a second season of Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles has resulted in a deal for the show to be broadcast on KLRU-TV, beginning February 7, 2015. Read More | Comment »

Screens 8:00AM Mon. Dec. 22, Marjorie Baumgarten

News Roundup: Water Flows Downhill

The still-debated Water Treatment Plant No. 4 opened, the ACLU sued the Obama Administration, and journalist/activist Barrett Brown learned he'll wait another month for sentencing. Read More | Comment »

News 7:00AM Mon. Dec. 22, the News Staff

Texas, Gateway to Havana?

Gov. Rick Perry has lambasted Pres. Barack Obama's plan to soften and potentially normalize US relations with Cuba. But it wasn't that long ago that his administration was pleading with Obama not just to thaw relations with the island nation, but to have Texas become the first port of call for visiting Cubans. Read More | Comment »

News 1:09PM Sun. Dec. 21, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Drawn to the Screen

There comes a point in every film fan's life when, screaming, they pull that copy of Frozen out of the player and launch it at the wall because no one needs "Let it Go"-induced PTSD. But don't worry, there's a world of animation out there that doesn't involve Disney at all. Read More | Comment »

Screens 9:00AM Sat. Dec. 20, Richard Whittaker

Live Nation Acquires Controlling Stake in C3 Presents

Austin’s biggest rumor is now the music industry’s breaking news. Word broke this afternoon that C3 Presents, the local concert promotions giant responsible for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and other festivals – as well as a swath of local shows – has sold its majority share to concert monolith Live Nation Entertainment. Read More | Comment »

Music 5:05PM Fri. Dec. 19, Chase Hoffberger

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe

Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra. Read More | Comment »

Food 5:00PM Fri. Dec. 19, Virginia B. Wood

I Hate Christmas

I’m on the phone with my father, Jon Dee Graham, while he’s hesitantly driving through snow on his way from Illinois to Kansas. Waiting for his return at this time of year is typical of my family. Although the lives of traveling musicians take a toll on their families at the holidays, my dad always makes it home for Christmas. Read More | Comment »

Music 3:47PM Fri. Dec. 19, William Harries Graham

The AggreGAYtor: December 19

Netflix finds a queer rival, Florida splits the baby, and America snubs its territory, as your AggreGAYtor puts down the doughnut. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 8:00AM Fri. Dec. 19, David Estlund

Santa Is Real: Seasonal Platters

Instead of recording whole Christmas albums, many artists now release a song digitally and offer it as a free download – like Austin’s Erin Ivey. On the other hand, the Largehearted Boy blog offers legal downloads daily, and there’s ample holiday mp3s. Even so, plenty of Xmas discs abound this year, so let’s jingle some bells. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:30PM Thu. Dec. 18, Jim Caligiuri

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