Dec. 20, 2019

Volume 39, Number 16

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features

Your Guide to Charitable Giving

How to donate to local nonprofits

2019 TOP 10S

Photo Finish

Our staff photographers choose their favorite photos of 2019
news

2019 NEWS TOP 10S

2019's Big Stories Shaping Austin's Path Into a New Decade

Never a slow news day

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Top 10 Quotes From Austin Politics in 2019

The smart, dumb, courageous, and cowardly words from the local and state political arena.

Headlines

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Local Police Train Up on Hate Crime

Matthew Shepard Foundation helps create intra-agency network

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Supreme Court Decision Validates Local Strategies to Decriminalize Homelessness

SCOTUS passes on camping bans

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

City Sued Over Land Use Code Revision

Homeowners, neighbors want to protest rezoning

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

2019 Sees Decline in Texas Executions

Still, concerns of the fairness and accuracy of the state's death penalty system remain

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Election Ticker: Marching Toward 2020

The latest from the local campaign trails

BY MICHAEL KING

food

2019 FOOD TOP 10S

Food Editor Jessi Cape's Top 10 Austin Bites

Conscious craving has always been

BY JESSI CAPE

Top 10 Austin Veggie Burgers

All the taste, none of the meat

BY MELANIE HAUPT

The Top 10 Overlooked Central Texas Breweries of 2019

Grab a beer off the beaten path

BY ERIC PUGA

Top 10 Ways to Eat Corn in Austin

We're thinking outside the cob

BY JESSI DEVENYNS

Austin's Top 10 Lunch Buffets

We'll decide when to say "when"

BY EMILY BEYDA

Top 10 Gas Station Taquerias in Austin

Fuel up with the unofficial food of Central Texas

BY LINA FISHER

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of December 19, 2019
music

2019 MUSIC TOP 10S

Top 100 Austin Records of 2019

Kevin Curtin unveils his third annual list of local releases

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Chronicle Critics Choose Their Top 10 Local Albums

10 lists by 10 of our music writers

BY THE MUSIC STAFF

Austin's Best Live Music Performances of 2019

The bands and venues that kept our critics on their feet

BY THE MUSIC STAFF

Faster Than Sound – Beerland & Beyond: The Year in Music News

Squeezing out the decade's end in local music headlines

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

2019 SCREENS TOP 10S

The Austin Chronicle Top 10 Films of 2019

Parasite takes the top slot in our critics’ year-end review

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Top 10 Local Video Games

From battlegrounds to the bathroom, here are our favorite Austin games

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film Reviews

Black Christmas

Redo of horror classic rejects subtext for political message

Bombshell

Finding sympathy in Fox’s #MeToo moment by ignoring everything else about Fox

Cats

You can’t teach old Cats new tricks

A Hidden Life

Malick's Nazi-era drama sees the heart and soul overriding the State

Little Women

Relish the contemporary touches in this new version of Alcott’s classic

Spies in Disguise

This kid-friendly animated spy romp is for the birds

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The saga ends … in fan service

Uncut Gems

Sandler and the Safdies take a roller-coaster through the NYC Diamond District
arts & culture

2019 ARTS TOP 10S

Robert Faires' Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019

History came alive and exceptional ensembles propelled the year's most memorable shows

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Robert Faires' Top 10 Joys in Dance and Classical in 2019

It was a year in which the bold and the beautiful made strong impressions in dance and music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Wayne Alan Brenner's 10 Favorite Arts-Related Things of 2019

Kinetic performances and galleries mounting great show after great show kept the year exciting

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Barbara Purcell's Top 10 Only-in-Austin Arts Highlights of 2019

The year seen through a lens of the city, upending the expected and lifting up the unusual

BY BARBARA PURCELL

Trey Gutierrez's Top 10 Moments That Left Audiences Speechless in 2019

The year celebrated through moments when performers stunned their audiences into silence

BY TREY GUTIERREZ

Elizabeth Cobbe's Top 10 Arts Entrances of 2019

It was the onstage arrivals – some creepy, some hilarious, all welcome – that made this year distinctive

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

All Lit Up

The books we marked in 2019

Arts Reviews

A Christmas Carol

Zach Theatre's musical version abounds in great voices, but it may drown out Dickens with songs

The Watchmaker's Song

Ventana Ballet's playful take on The Nutcracker lets audiences in on the action and brings a new magic to the familiar ballet

"Sylvia Benitez: Recalling Memory / The Interior Lay"

The paintings in this solo exhibition depict a place where landscapes are, more than anything, a Texas state of mind
columns

2019 TOP 10S

Qmmunity: The Queer Stories That Made 2019

Looking back, enjoying gelato, and the return of Middle School Dance Party

BY SARAH MARLOFF, BETH SULLIVAN, JAMES SCOTT AND AUSTIN SANDERS

Day Trips: Top 10s

A look back at 2019

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Top 10 Things in Austin That Will Ruin Your Relationship

Or, how to find out if your love is double-donkey strong.

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

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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