Dec. 4, 2020

Zeke Barbaro / Getty Images

Volume 40, Number 14

e-edition   |   pdf
ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Gift Guide 2020

Challengers Hit Speed Bumps in Run-Off Council Races

Almost at the finish line

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Chronicle Endorsements

December Run-Off Election

Austin at Large: The Center of Attention, Again

Austin continues its golden-child ways as the rest of America goes pear-shaped

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: The Season That Keeps On Giving

A potpourri of further giving opportunities, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Austin Chronicle Nonprofit Wish List

Your guide to charitable giving

Neighbors and Green Advocates Slow TxDOT’s Roll

“Parkway” no more?

BY LINA FISHER

Eleven APD Officers Disciplined for Misconduct In Police-Brutality Protests

Seven more on leave as D.A. reviews May 30-31 incidents

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Council to Finalize Aid Programs for COVID-Hit Businesses

Ready for relief

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

After Close Races, Candidates for AISD Board Face Off Again in the Run-Offs

Winners in District 5, At-Large Place 8 to face decisions on remote learning, school closures alongside other trustees

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Transforming Tent Cities With Windows and Doors

The Other Ones Foundation hopes to install personalized shelters at the Esperanza Community

BY BRANT BINGAMON

food

Gift Guide 2020

Gift Guide: Homegrown Food and Beverage Favorites!

Skip the old-school impersonal and go boldly local this season

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER AND JESSI CAPE

Home Slice Loves Selena, Jo’s Loves La Colombe, Nobody Doesn’t Love Churros, and Everybody’s Cooking Burgers

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, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of December 3, 2020
music

Gift Guide 2020

Gift Guide: John Prine

Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980) (Rhino)

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Gift Guide: Prince

Sign o’ the Times (Super Deluxe Edition) (Warner Bros.)

BY ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ

Gift Guide: Bob Mould

Distortion: 1989-2019 (Edsel/Granary Music)

BY MICHAEL TOLAND

Gift Guide: Motörhead

Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary (Sanctuary)

BY TIM STEGALL

Gift Guide: Mojo Nixon

The Mojo Manifesto (Manifesto Records)

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Gift Guide: Bobby Bare

Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein Plus (Bear Family)

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Gift Guide: Grateful Dead

American Beauty 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Warner Bros./Rhino)

BY SCOTT JORDAN

Gift Guide: Tom Petty

Wildflowers & All the Rest (Warner Records)

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Faster Than Sound: Sanctifying Saliyah

The electronic producer focuses inward on a striking sophomore EP

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DOUG FREEMAN, GREG STITT, WAYNE ALAN BRENNER, KEVIN CURTIN AND TIM STEGALL

Live Music / Livestream Listings

screens

Gift Guide 2020

Gift Ideas for the Austin-Loving Cinephile in Your Life

From the big and small screens to your giftee

BY NAOMI BRADY AND SARA HUTCHINSON

Focusing on Mental Health at the Capital City Black Film Festival

The online version of the fest becomes a celebration of healing

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

All My Life

True-life cancer romance is tepid chicken soup for the soul

Black Bear

Tricksy relationship drama explores the cruelty in creativity

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan

The Pogues' frontman in all his dissolute glory

Dear Santa

Behind the scenes of Operation Santa

Half Brothers

Screwball road trip comedy should have stayed in the garage

Insert Coin

How Midway Games dominated the arcade business

The Last Vermeer

Art, crime, and heroism in this historical true story

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

The life and tribulations of the Mother of the Blues

Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

The Godfather Part III re-re-remix (airhorn!)

Mayor

Santas, sewers, and park benches: A very different look at everyday life in Ramallah

Minor Premise

What maketh a man? The components of a personality unravel in this SF thriller

The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo

The film about flamingos that is definitely not about flamingos

76 Days

Over-the-shoulder view of how Wuhan responded to the pandemic

Survival Skills

Bizarre and pointed drama re-envisions police training videos
arts & culture

Gift Guide 2020

Austin's Holiday Art Bazaars Are Still Bringing Good Cheer

Who wouldn't love a creative gift by an area artist or artisan? Here's where you can find them.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Staging Human Resources: The Musical Despite the Pandemic

Mallory Schlossberg knew she'd face challenges staging her new musical now, but she decided to just do it and figure it out

Austin Trail of Lights ... Through the Windshield

Zilker holiday tradition adapts to COVID-19 by embracing a drive-through experience

BY KEVIN CURTIN

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

We Have an Issue: The Gift Guide Issue

On supporting local businesses and surviving a challenging holiday season

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Gifting Here to Keep Austin Queer

Plus, Bulimianne Rhapsody's Holiday Horror and more queer cheer

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Walkway of Lights, Marble Falls

Marble Falls’ Walkway of Lights illuminates the holiday spirit

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Doesn't Believe in Therapy

The Luv Doc has some great news for those of modest mental acuity

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 4-10

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Common Law

Correcting holiday credit billing errors

BY LUKE ELLIS

Oops!

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

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle