Dec. 18, 2020

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Volume 40, Number 16

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

2020 Top 10s

Austin’s Noisy 2020 Top 40

Stories within stories shaped a year of sitting still

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Ten Key Moments in Austin's Year With the Coronavirus

The Plague Year

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Ten Defining Moments of Austin's Intense Year of Police-Community Conflict

We Fought the Law

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Ten Key Moments in a Year of Endless Texas Election Drama

Vote Early and Often

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Ten Local Stories That Got Overshadowed

Most of these could top the charts in a normal year ...

BY LINA FISHER AND CLARA ENCE MORSE

Chronicle Photographers Share the Stories Behind Their Most Arresting Images of 2020

John Anderson, Jana Birchum, and David Brendan Hall documenting Austin history

Top 10 Local Quotes of the Year

We cull our quotes of the week to only the best (and worst) words

Headlines

Civics 101

Alter Holds Onto Her Council Seat, While Flannigan Is Narrowly Defeated

A tale of two incumbents in the run-off election

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Boswell, Lugo Claim Open Seats on AISD Board

Run-off election results

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Council Recap: Clearing the Decks for 2021 in a City That Never Stops Growing

Zoning, housing, and COVID relief dominate year’s final meeting

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Street Fee Coming for Developers in 2022 to Help Offset Growth Costs

New fee will be charged to developers

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

UT Health Austin Among First in Texas to Receive Pfizer Vaccine

But health officials issue dire warning about current transmission rates

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Austin Chronicle Nonprofit Wish List

Your guide to charitable giving
food

2020 Top 10s

Our Favorite Austin Restaurants for To-Go-Style Meals and Treats

New world takeout order-date night (or day)

BY JESSI CAPE AND WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Top 10 Local Fried Chicken Meals of 2020

Wear your masks and support Austin’s restaurants

BY JESSI CAPE AND WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

2020's Standout Family Friendly Restaurants

New world takeout order

BY JESSI CAPE AND WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Some Austin Tips & Treats That Kept Us Fed in 2020

New world takeout order

BY JESSI CAPE AND WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Holiday Dinners, Holiday Treats

And this list will grow as the year grows toward its end …

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Armadillo Den Opens on Manchaca, Jester King Celebrates a Tenner, Smithville Gets Meaty, and but There’s Some Sad News, Too

All the news that’s fit to make your taste buds quiver

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 17, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

2020 Top 10s

Kevin Curtin's Top 100 Austin Albums of 2020

Why stop at 10 when 10 times that still only scratches the surface of year-topping ATX releases?

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound's Musical Top 10s of 2020

Eleven lists of Austin's best releases, theme songs, livestreams, creative pivots and more.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY TIM STEGALL, JAY TRACHTENBERG, MICHAEL TOLAND, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DEREK UDENSI, DOUG FREEMAN AND KEVIN CURTIN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

2020 Top 10s

Richard Whittaker's Top 10 in 2020 Cinema

"Who knew?"

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Marjorie Baumgarten's Top 10 of 2020

"An eye toward 2020 hindsight"

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Josh Kupecki's Top 10 Films of 2020

"The outrage, the tragedy, the surprise"

BY JOSH KUPECKI

Steve Davis Top 10 Films of 2020

"The continued development of my film education"

BY STEVE DAVIS

Jenny Nulf's Top 10 Films in 2020

"2020 didn't take away my love for cinema"

BY JENNY NULF

Marc Savlov's Top 10 of 2020 in Film

"No cinematography necessary"

BY MARC SAVLOV

Matthew Monagle's Top 10 in Cinema in 2020

"A signal amongst the noise"

BY MATTHEW MONAGLE

Friends to the End (of the World)

Ric Roman Waugh and Gerard Butler reunite in Greenland

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

The Bloodhound

Poe adaptation relishes tone over text

Greenland

Gerard Butler brings back the classic disaster movie

Monster Hunter

The beast-slaying game gets the Paul W.S. Anderson treatment

Sister of the Groom

Stilted rom-com is clueless about what to do with its star

Skylines

Bonkers SF franchise finally goes into space

To the Ends of the Earth

Japanese travel story captures the isolation of culture shock, with fear and levity
arts & culture

2020 Top 10s

Robert Faires' Top 10 Works That Spoke to Me About 2020

Throughout 2020, performances and books seemed to contain messages about the year – its trials, its traumas, and its echoes in history

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Top Nine in Visual Art of 2020, Plus One Exceptional Other

Wayne Alan Brenner chooses outstanding visual artistry that made this year a feast, save for one performative and culinary experience that was the cherry on top

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Top 10 Arty Ways 2020 Was the Best Year Ever

Barbara Purcell shares art highlights from a year that tested our sanity and humanity

BY BARBARA PURCELL

Top Fiction of 2020 for the Angry Girls

Rosalind Faires chooses several tales of righteous indignation

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Top Books to Read in 2020 As Everything Falls Apart

In a COVID-strained year, tales of families repairing their lives and the caste system's effect of Black Americans made an impact

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Top Books of 2020 That Struck a Literary or Musical Chord

A writer's fictional joyride, a rock & roll memoir, and jazz fairy tales are books that sang this year

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

The Dimension Sculpture Park Is Newly Illuminated

... and the darkness cannot overcome it

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

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: Looking for Bright Spots in a Historically Bad Year

The Top 10s Issue

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Breaking Up With 2020

BY FALLON FRANKLIN

2020 Top 10s

Qmmunity: 2020's Biggest Queer and Trans Stories

Looking back on a rollercoaster of a year

BY BETH SULLIVAN AND JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Ten Ways the Pandemic Affected Daytrippers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: A Formal Issue

The premise of average sexual frequency is somewhat ridiculous

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 18-24

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Austin FC Brings First Squad Into Focus Through Expansion Draft, Trades

Inaugural club roster swells to 11

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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