Dec. 25, 2015

Volume 35, Number 17

news

Choosing Detention Over Death

Refugees come to the U.S. seeking protection, find detention instead

BY DINA SAMIR SHEHATA

Point Austin: Getting From Here to There

Will the driver-eat-driver "free market" imposed by billionaire corporations rule the day?

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: A Week of Peace

One final tidbit for the year

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council’s Christmas List: Call It Incomplete

Some TNC issues still not settled

BY MICHAEL KING

Council Approves Three Homestead Preservation Districts

Impoverished parts of East, North, and Southeast Austin receive affordable-housing protection

BY MARY TUMA

Acevedo Issues Two Suspensions

One cop indefinitely suspended for lying

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Workers Defense Welcomes New Executive Director

Jose Garza takes the helm

BY AMY KAMP

Uber and Lyft Go to City Hall ?

Will Austin finally have permanent rules governing TNCs

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Austin Airport Keeps Growing

ABIA plans on adding new gates to meet demand

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Foster Kids' Rights Violated

Judge rules Texas' foster care system unconstitutional

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Abbott Appoints New Education Commissioner

Education advocates criticized Morath for attempting to quietly privatize Dallas ISD

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Merry Christmas, right-wingers, the Red Pope, and Jesus

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Kitchen Scales

The cost of Austin fine dining

BY RACHEL FEIT

Juniper

Attention to detail yields small pleasures

BY BRANDON WATSON

Open Secret

The not-so-hidden pleasures of dine

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

The Take-Out

Remembering Congress Restaurant

BY BRANDON WATSON

Food Events

music

Folk Music Fireball!

Sixty years ago this month and next, Elvis Presley destroyed Austin

BY TIM STEGALL

Playback: The FAQs of Austin Music 2015

Q: Is Austin still the "live music capital of the world"?

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Ted Hawkins

Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins

Brennen Leigh

Sings Lefty Frizzell

Dawn & Hawkes

Yours and Mine

Doug Moreland

Bring Back the Swing

Van Wilks

21st Century Blues

the Chumps

... Gimme Headache

Coma in Algiers

Happy Forever

Faces

1970-1975: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything ...
screens

Collaborations of Love and Pain

Creative couple Ericka Marsalis-LaManna and Ray LaManna slay their demons

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN

Holiday TV Cheat Sheet

A multigenerational guide for the family

BY JACOB CLIFTON

Seasonal Cinema

Forget Die Hard, here's some holiday deep cuts

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

The Big Short

The financial meltdown of 2008 is treated with terrific comic spin

Carol

Everything about this Fifties lesbian romance is sublime

Concussion

Will Smith is the doctor who pioneered research into NFL head injuries

Daddy's Home

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg vie for the love of their shared family

The Hateful Eight

Tarantino's latest opus screens in 70mm this week at two Austin venues

Joy

Jennifer Lawrence rises above family dysfunction in this comic biopic
arts & culture

Holmes for the Holiday

Spend the yuletide at 221-B Baker Street, where the library is stocked with new books about Sherlock

BY ROBERT FAIRES

J. Scott Brownlee's Requiem for Used Ignition Cap

J. Scott Brownlee's first full-length poetry collection brings him back to Llano, powerfully

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Doctuh Mistuh's Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical

This send-up of the 1978 blue movie serves up the cheese and camp for a load of giddy fun

"Alex Diamond: Wette" at Not Gallery

An unlikely combination of violence, action, and watercolor stand out in this solo show
columns

Oops!

Page Two: The Stories We Tell

"If you'll gather 'round me, children, a story I will tell"

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place: Merry Soxmas

Ebony Stewart holds a sock drive as the holidays are upon us

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips: Chicken Farm Art Center, San Angelo

San Angelo artist colony offers surprising shopping, B&B, and food in West Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: Speculation

The facts are merely ornaments that adorn the Luv Doc's mighty Douglas fir of speculation

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

Hornography

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN

comics

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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