Dec. 23, 2016

Volume 36, Number 17

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news

Give 'Til It Helps

A guide to giving

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Five Years of No-Kill in Austin

What has the city learned about animal welfare, and how far does it have to go?

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Point Austin: Changing of the Guard

The mayor and the next City Council will have plenty to do

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

The Grove Gets Final Approval

With one PUD approved, attention turns to Austin Oaks

BY MICHAEL KING

NAKED CITY

Police Monitor Margo Frasier Retires

What's next for the office that watches over APD?

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Texas Blocks Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

PP says: We'll see you in court

BY MARY TUMA

AISD’s Transfer Freeze

Trustees approved the 2017-18 school year list at their Dec. 19 meeting

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Americans With Disabilities Act Done Right

How do you defend against frivolous ADA lawsuits? Start a defense project.

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

AISD’s Overtime Ailments

School nurses say they feel the working squeeze already

BY JACK CRAVER

Local Podcaster Cleared in Spirit Halloween Store Incident

Round Rock PD rescinds criminal trespass warning against Moisés Chiullán

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Steve Adler’s Year in Review

A lot of little victories, if the mayor may say so himself

BY MICHAEL KING

APD Shuts Down Effort to Reopen Crime Lab

Interim Chief Manley: "We recognize the failure in our lab. We're taking responsibility, and pushing forward."

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Sparks Blocks Fetal Burial Rule ... For Now

Anti-choice rule won't go into effect until Jan. 6

BY MARY TUMA

What’s It Cost the City When a Cop Hits a Cyclist?

After two years of negotiations, injured cyclist receives settlement

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Healthy Choices, Healthy Foods

Local nonprofits plant seeds in South Austin

BY SHELBY KNOWLES

The Hightower Report: Guess Who Joined Trump’s Barking Carnival Act?

What is it about Rick Perry and the Department of Energy?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Austin Chefs Share Their Holiday Traditions

Try something completely different this year

BY VERONICA MEEWES

Dear Glutton: Alone for the Holidays

The least sad way to spend Christmas solo

BY EMILY BEYDA

Food Events

music

Playback: Biggest Austin Music Stories of 2016

Looking back on the biggest Music news headlines of the year

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Street Sects

End Position

Katie Shore

Fall Away

Tinnarose

My Pleasure Has Returned

TripTrio

Twenty

Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel

Texas Christmas for You and Me, Lone Star Christmas Night

Steve Earle

Guitar Town 30th Anniversary

Money Chicha

Echo en Mexico

Upper Reality

Silver

UVH

Last Fruit

DD Dagger

The Lone Wolf Meets the Underdog

Silas Lowe

Wandering Father, Forgotten Son

Shawn Pander

Black & White

Jonathan Fox

Loverlust

Vallejo

Unified, Unificados

Insects vs. Robots

TheyllKillYaa

Hickoids

The Out of Towners

Robert Earl Keen

Live Dinner Reunion
screens

TV in Trumpland

Quality struggles to take one step forward while culture takes 10 steps back

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN

Film Reviews

Assassin's Creed

Popular video game series hits the screen

Elle

Riveting yet perplexing, this psychological thriller is a stunner

Fences

Denzel Washington scores big in August Wilson's great American play

Jackie

A portrait of the First Lady in the aftermath of JFK's assassination

Lion

An orphan's search for his birth mother gets an assist from Google Earth

Passengers

Bound for a distant planet, two persons awake prematurely

Sing

Animated film about a koala who stages a singing competition

Why Him?

What if your child brought home James Franco as your new son-in-law?
arts & culture

Not Very Statesman-like

The daily of record's release of Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, its only full-time arts critic, isn't getting good reviews

BY SETH ORION SCHWAIGER

Arts Reviews

“Mapped Refraction: Andrea de Leon and Micah Evans”

In this two-person exhibition, a symmetry of haunting forcefulness and colorful zaniness

The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

This adventure tale pulls elements from many corners of pop culture, but Manuel Gonzales’ writing chops make it wholly his own

“I saw the world” at Pump Project

Imperialism and identity compete in Betelhem Makonnen’s solo show about a 19th century Ethiopian prince
columns

Page Two: Bye Bye Social Safety Net

Tearing down the social safety net will be a lot easier than building it back again when it is realized how necessary it is

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place

Finding your "family" over the holidays

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Houston

Historic water reservoir becomes one-of-a-kind public space and theatre

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Feeding Pigeons

Toddlers have a lot of cartilage, don't they?

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

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

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