Jan. 1, 2021

David Brendan Hall

Volume 40, Number 18

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

ProLodges Saves and Changes Some of Austin's Most Vulnerable Lives

Can the city keep them open?

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin at Large: A Strong-Mayor Sweet Spot?

Advocates throw some salt on the pleasant-tasting "pro-democracy" reform plan

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Happy New Year?

Surely, 2021 will be an improvement

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Entering 2021 in a “State of Emergency”

Bars operating as restaurants are officials' top concern

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Great Springs Project Proposes a Network of Trails From Austin to San Antonio

Squaring conservation with development

BY LINA FISHER

AISD Weighs Keeping Campuses Open After Winter Break

Between a rock and a hard place

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Who Wants to Be Mayor Pro Tem? More People Than You Might Think.

Council members jockey for the mostly ceremonial title

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Incoming D.A. José Garza Locks in Leadership Team

New hires emphasize accountability, empathy

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

Eberly Reopens, Ready for a Whole New Year

The elegant dining venue (and chef Jo Chan) returns with the heartiest food

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Tarka Indian Kitchen Expands Their Empire

CEO talks mother sauces and customizable curries

BY JESSI CAPE

Stage Five, Ahoy – but also Buddy’s Has a Burger, Natalie’s on Cakealikes, and Beard Papa’s Will Be Hella Creamy and Puffy

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 30, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Through New Eyes: Black Angels Frontman Alex Maas Raises Luca

The glow of parenthood and a golden voice shine through on solo debut

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: Recapping the Year SXSW Got Canceled

Venue closures, fundraising, and industry layoffs headlined Austin music's difficult 2020

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, KEVIN CURTIN, DEREK UDENSI, MICHAEL TOLAND, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ, DOUG FREEMAN, GREG STITT AND TIM STEGALL

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

The Party Never Stops with the Uncaged New Year’s Eve Bash

Meet the Cheddar Goblin in an 8-Bit Alamo as South Lamar goes virtual

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Finding Yingying

True-crime documentary centers on the life, not death, of Yingying Zhang

Herself

Irish Lifetime Movie of the Week-style melodrama is cheering enough

Shadow in the Cloud

WWII creature feature is a Frankenstein’s mess

Wonder Woman 1984

Diana Prince stars in an all-new episode of I Love the ’80s
arts & culture

Diedrick Brackens Weaves Multitudes in the Blanton's "darling divined"

From his loom, the acclaimed artist fuses folk tales and forgotten memories with his own experiences to tell new, expanding stories of identity

BY SARA HUTCHINSON

Hotrod Golgotha by W. Joe Hoppe

In this collection, the Austin poet delivers a high octane paean to cars and all that makes them cool

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

We Have an Issue: Babies on the Brain

In this week's cover story, new dads Kevin Curtin and Black Angels frontman Alex Maas talk about creativity and fatherhood

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Dr. Jill Biden Earned the Title – and the Right to Determine Her Identity

For professional women whose expertise is so often questioned by men, "Dr." is an essential distinction

BY CHRISTINE JULIEN, AYELET HAIMSON LUSHKOV, JOHANNA HARTELIUS AND ALIZA NORWOOD

Qmmunity: Keeping Austin Queer in 2021

Wishing you a brighter new year, QTs

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge, San Antonio

New Land Bridge connects San Antonio park

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: That’s What We Do

Earth has pretty much always been a shitshow

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 1-7

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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