Oct. 23, 2020

John Anderson

Volume 40, Number 8

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features

The Halloween Issue

In Horrifying Times, the Haunting Season Is More Important Than Ever

This is Halloween

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Griffon Ramsey Carves Up the Food Network’s Outrageous Pumpkins

Visiting the Texas pumpkin chain saw massacre

BY SARA HUTCHINSON

The Kingcast Finds the Personal Stories of Stephen King Fans

Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler make for the podcast's skeleton crew

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ghost Stories Take Flight With The Night Owl

Exploring Austin's dark history with podcaster Stephen Belyeu and his team

BY NAOMI BRADY

Six Sinister Austin-Made Movies for Your Halloween Watching

Horror, ATX style

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Embark on a Halloween Recipe to Suit Your Fear Factor

A dish best served frightening

BY JESSI CAPE

How to Spend Halloween as Safely as Possible This Year

Treats, no tricks
news

Chronicle Endorsements for the November General Election

Our picks for the local, state, and national races you'll see on your ballot

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Survival, and Hope in How Austin Handles Sexual Assault

As their legal battle continues, women look forward to political change

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Austin at Large: For Team Blue, So Much Green

More money, more voters for Texas Democrats aiming to flip the state House

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Time Keeps on Slipping ...

Everything old is new again?

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

On COVID-19 Relief and Housing, Council Does What It Can

Waiting for the approved $15 million

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Council Forum Covers “R.E.A.L. Solutions” to Gentrification and Displacement, Affordable Housing, and Public Safety

Candidates commit to addressing racial justice and equity

BY LILLI HIME

5th Circuit Strikes Down Texas Anti-Choice Law

Judges say law would have forced women into "painful, invasive, and experimental" procedures

BY MARY TUMA

Election Ticker: Wading Into the Final Week of Early Voting

Serenity now! Ahead of Election Day

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Pipeline, Drought Key Issues in the Aquifer Conservation District Election

The Aquifer simmers in bottom-of-ballot race

BY LINA FISHER

ARIC Informants Have Watched Local Leftists for Years

Secret police intelligence “Antifa affinity groups”

BY BRANT BINGAMON

ARIC Changes Its Course – a Little – on Privacy Issues

Suspicious Activity Reports to get a shorter shelf life

BY JOHN ANDERSON

Getting Out Austin’s LGBTQIA Vote With Pride at the Polls

We're here, we're queer, and we vote

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Can a Local Couple’s Empanadas Weather This Pandemic?

Kristen & Cody Fields are connecting with community however they can

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Holy Roller Closes, the Brew Brotha Ferments, Launderette Loves You for Voting, and More

All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of October 22, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Faster Than Sound: Ukeme Maps the Music Genome

Multidisciplinarian Jason Ikpatt ponders community across arts and sciences

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN, KEVIN CURTIN, DOUG FREEMAN, DEREK UDENSI, MICHAEL TOLAND AND RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

Screens

Film Reviews

After We Collided

The Harry Styles stalker fan fic series terrifyingly continues

Bad Hair

Nothing natural about this Black hair riff on J-horror classic Hair Extensions

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical creation remains hit-or-miss, but those hits ...

The Empty Man

Who wants to hunt down an urban legend?

Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something

The "Cat's in the Cradle" musician who was so much more

I Am Greta

New documentary on Greta Thunberg's climate activism

The State of Texas vs. Melissa

New documentary spotlight's the Lone Star State's death penalty fetish

Synchronic

Anthony Mackie takes a long, strange trip to find himself

White Riot

Britain's anti-fascist punks are still role models

Wolfman's Got Nards

How Austin saved The Monster Squad from the grave
arts & culture

MASS Gallery Sends Exquisite Corpses Through the Mail

The Austin artspace gets downright surreal with the USPS for its current exhibition

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Penfold Theatre's Interactive Show The Control Group Lets You Fix the Future

The sci-fi drama by phone calls on you to correct a crisis in the time stream

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Listings

Virtual galleries, streaming improv, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Listings

Donation and volunteer opportunities, job openings, online fitness classes, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

Opinion: Medical Students Support Ballot Measures

Propositions A and B are key to a healthier future

BY DANIEL R.BAMRICK-FERNANDEZ AND SCOTT SPIVEY PROVENCIO

Qmmunity: Monsters Among Us

Have yourself a socially distanced Halloween

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: SHSU Natural Science and Art Research Center, Huntsville

The bug stops here

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Frozen

Plenty of people love a good schvitz!

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, October 23-29

BY ROB BREZSNY

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Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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