Dec. 25, 2020

John Anderson

Volume 40, Number 17

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news

A Church and Its People on Austin's Eastside

The living history of David Chapel

BY LINA FISHER AND AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin at Large: Carnival of the MAGAnimals

Baroque, sugar-soaked fantasies, fueled by copaganda, litter our streets

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Two More Years!

What’s the one thing missing from Steve Adler’s resumé?

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

A Path Toward Permanent Housing in North Austin

Council approves funding for Espero at Rutland

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Housing Advocates Demand Relief, Protections as Eviction Crisis Looms

A network of local housing organizations are calling on state leaders to craft a plan for preventing evictions amid the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic

BY JOSE BENJAMIN MONTAÑO

As Wastewater Plants Fail, TCEQ Fails to Regulate

Local conservationists seek to boost "beneficial reuse"

BY LINA FISHER

COVID at AISD: Union Lodges Grievances as District Plays Hardball

Education Austin files over 100 grievances on behalf of teachers denied accommodations for spring semester

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Death Watch: Quiet on Death Row

Pandemic halts the sputtering execution machine

BY BRANT BINGAMON

A COVID-Cautious Christmas

Officials urge vigilance as more health workers receive vaccine

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Arepa Dealers Sling Venezuelan Snacks and Coffee at Cuatro Gato

At Coconut Club's all-day cafe the heart is an arepa

BY ALEXANDRA DETMAR

Shakeup at Comedor After High-Profile Chef Out

Philip Speer speaks about national search for new chef

BY JESSI CAPE

New Year’s Eve Dining

Say good riddance to the old year with a belly full of yum

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Sweetgreen’s on the Drag, Carne Lenta is Slow Good, Huckleberry Visits Vista, Fowl Mouth Is Making Us Cry

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

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

For One Austinite When the Pandemic Closed the Border, Uzbekistan Rolled Out the Welcome Mat

Jennifer Whiddon reflects on what it was like getting trapped abroad for six months

BY SARA HUTCHINSON

Balancing High School and a Budding Onigiri Business

Samurice entrepreneur Kenta Asazu will even deliver your order by bicycle

BY JAMES SCOTT

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of December 23, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Leon Russell & the Bob Dylan Rumor

Outlaw era deejay Woody Roberts helped produce Willie Nelson's first Fourth of July picnic in this excerpt from his new memoir Horse Racing & Rock 'N' Roll

BY WOODY ROBERTS

Faster Than Sound: Growing Up Margin Walker

I've only ever experienced Texas music under the independent reigns of Graham Williams. I didn't know how lucky I was.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, RACHEL RASCOE, DEREK UDENSI, MICHAEL TOLAND, KEVIN CURTIN, DOUG FREEMAN AND DEREK UDENSI

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Robert Rodriguez Brings Big Dad Energy to We Can Be Heroes

Sharkboy and Lavagirl return to pass the torch to a younger generation of heroes

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pushing Virtual Boundaries at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival

Celebration of experimentation does some experimenting of its own

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

The Dissident

Unfurling the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and the rot at the heart of Saudi Arabia

Fatale

Not everything that happens in Vegas ...

The Midnight Sky

George Clooney saves humanity from an Earth that no longer wants it

News of the World

Tom Hanks evokes one of his most celebrated roles in this tragic Western

Pinocchio

Latest retelling of the children's classic gets tangled in its own strings

Promising Young Woman

Unevenness sabotages this takedown of "nice guy" culture

Soul

Pixar's jazzy trip to the afterlife mixes kid-friendly hijinks with metaphysical angst
arts & culture

The Zealot and the Emancipator by H.W. Brands

This history by the UT professor offers a new look at John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: side by side

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Review: The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays

Ballet Austin's virtual version of the seasonal staple dances you closer to the magic than ever before

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: Drug Use Is the Reality for Millions. There Are Ways to Make It Safer.

A paramedic and harm reductionist highlights resources in Austin to reduce risks associated with using drugs

BY CLAIRE ZAGORSKI

Qmmunity: Make the Yuletide Gay

The best way to spread queer cheer is giving thanks, supporting QTs who keep Austin queer

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: The Lost Bird Project, Galveston

Remembering extinct birds in Galveston

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: An Established Tradition

It's really hard to stab someone to death with an icicle

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 25-31

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch: Game On!

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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