"...There's a piece of cinematic wisdom, that 1982 was the greatest year for the blockbuster ever. There's a good chance that 2017 will be looked back upon in the same way for aspirational indies and boundary-pushing studio films...."
"...5) DE-RAILED In November, after years of "Project Connect" planning, a major transportation bond that included an initial urban rail line was soundly defeated. It's back to the drawing board in 2015, 2016, 2017 ....."
"...Overall Performance: H&G's Haze County double IPA was the Baby Driver sleeper hit of 2017. Much like the film, it shifts right into a high-octane adventure, once you get past its cheeky exterior..."
"...With hints of Alex van Warmerdam's dour and quirky Borgman and a 2017 list near-miss favorite, Rabbit, plus a villain that looks like Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann's skinny cousin, the directorial debut of Roope Olenius is part arthouse hillbilly horror, part stylized political meditation, and an excellent international addition to the year of #MeToo. You'll never look at a pom-pom the same way again...."
"...Y’all, Gay Place knows 2017 – and 2016 for that matter – was hella hard for queers. But amidst all the garbage, there were victories to celebrate..."
"...Jan. 6, 2017: Sure, we like to piss and moan about sex workers (who will do both for a price) and dubious, dangerous drug dealers (I'm looking at you, Pfizer), but the most deplorable aspects of human behavior stare us in the face every day like a prolapsed rectum on a Google image search gone horribly wrong...."
"...An estimated 40,000 protesters march through Downtown for the Austin Women’s March on Jan. 21, 2017...."
"...9) Edgar Clarence Black Jr. (1925-2017) of Lockhart, patriarch of the longest-operating barbecue restaurant operated by one family..."
"...Chances you'll see it: Great. Tom Quinn from Radius and Alamo Drafthouse boss Tim League acquired it as their follow-up release to Where to Invade Next, and have it penciled in for early 2017..."
"...9) You Look (Almost) Familiar The first re-election campaign under 10-1 produced a mixed result – the return of CMs Delia Garza, Greg Casar, and Leslie Pool, but defeat for Don Zimmerman by Jimmy Flannigan, and Sheri Gallo by Alison Alter. We'll learn the effects on the dais in 2017...."
"...8) Long-Distance Code The seemingly endless task of revising and simplifying Austin's land-use ordinances – aka "CodeNEXT" – continues to simmer, with a draft promised for January but at least another year of inch-by-inch public debate. Anticipate a 2017 Top 10...."
"...Terror is arguably more universal. And as we stare into the unblinking, Sauron-esque eye of 2017, it's a good time to look back on the most terrifying cinematic and home releases of 2016...."
"...1) The Houston Astros: As a Houston native and lifelong Astros fan I can think of nothing that warmed my heart more in 2017 than the Astros winning the World Series. The devastation that Houston endured at the hands of Hurricane Harvey was heartbreaking..."
"...An aching portrait of a boy's nascent sexuality. Timothée Chalamet had a great year; at least 2017 was good to somebody! 8) Lady Bird..."
"...3) THE COLOR OF BEING/EL COLOR DEL SER: DOROTHY HOOD, 1918-2000 BY SUSIE KALIL (Texas A&M University Press) This was published in autumn of 2016, but what is 2017 if not a constant look back at autumn 2016? (The book is, however, attendant to a Dorothy Hood retrospective that ran through January of this year in Corpus Christi.) All that to say: Read this for a look at one of the most brilliant and painfully eclipsed abstract painters to straddle the U.S./Mexico border...."
"...Current Hit(s): This rated rookie debuted a glossy new taproom in the spring of 2017, moving brewing operations from the groomed beard/yoga pants/warehouseland of North Austin (co-opted with 4th Tap Brewing) to the scruffy beard/tight jeans/warehouseland of East Austin. Great fit, lads! Naturally, the space features both inside/outside funday drinking access, with optimal proximity to the Austin Bouldering Project to regale others post-workout with your legends of scaling manufactured steel and aluminum...."
"...Elmo Brewing Co. bangs the drum for enterprising upstarts in 2017 as a model of all that is current and creative in craft beer..."