"...5) FAB FESTS Last February, OUTsider stepped into the world of Austin's robust festival culture and (inter)national LGBTQ gatherings, knocking folks out with their gay wax museum and confoundingly enthralling performance art. Deeper into the 2015 calendar, the queens and kings at the first-ever Austin International Drag Festival were doing some death drops of their own..."
"...8) American Traffic Solutions released the video "2016's Worst Red-Light Runners": www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z52L6jGdSkY. If that doesn't scare you, watch "Worst Red-Light Running Crashes of 2015." Be careful out there, folks...."
"...The Top 10 list for 2015 of Texas travel events includes, for me, these jewels of social observation:..."
"...3) Orlando City SC was confirmed in December as MLS' 21st team, to start playing in 2015 – just four years after they moved away from Austin...."
"...Last Christmas I downloaded an iPhone app that mimics the original, lo-fi version, and, after hundreds and hundreds of games, played in boredom on elevators, in lines, and whenever I needed to zone out or de-stress for a few minutes, I finally got to see what the win screen looks like. I figure if I can play a game for 28 years without winning, I can survive one year of disastrous elections and Supreme Court setbacks and live to fight the monsters of 2015...."
"...A century-old loophole officially known as "Supremacy Clause immunity" allowed former APD Detective Charles Kleinert to escape charges of manslaughter for the July 2013 death of Larry Jackson Jr. Kleinert had been indicted on the charges by a Travis County grand jury, but lawyered his way into federal court in early 2015, where Judge Lee Yeakel dropped his charges under the clause, which grants an unimaginable amount of immunity to anybody working on a federal task force. 3) Video Visitation's End..."
"...What the hell happened in the Austin food scene in 2015? Even those of us deep in the trenches, a gossipy bunch for sure, might have trouble answering. It was another year of national interest, of nice guys finishing first (at least when it comes to the James Beard Awards), of restaurant expansion far beyond I-35..."
"...Our annual Top 10s issue is devoted to the year that was, not the one that will be here soon enough. But there's no way to process 2015 – a year in which mass shootings became as regular as sunrise and sunset, and presidential candidates made a recruiting tool out of xenophobia and religious intolerance – without worrying how much worse it's going to get once Texas' open carry law goes into effect on Jan..."
"...The disturbance of the peace that was last Thursday's meeting is covered amply elsewhere (see "Point Austin," "Leave No Fingerprints," and "Uber and Lyft Go to City Hall"), there is mercifully little public process going on over the next 10 days (see "Civics 101"), and next week is the Chronicle's annual Top 10s of the Year issue. So I'm outta here for 2015, leaving you with one last tidbit...."
"...Dear Editor, Putting T Bird & the Breaks amongst the genuine obits of 2015 was just flip and tasteless ["Top 10s: Critics Poll," Music, Jan. 1]..."