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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

The AggreGAYtor: December 18

Texas affects mixed results, Boston gets inclusive, and Scotsmen marry Scotsmen (and nary a sheep is harmed), as your AggreGAYtor comes into the tent. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 8:35AM Thu. Dec. 18, David Estlund

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

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

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

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

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