Jan. 8, 2021

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Volume 40, Number 19

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

What Is Going On With Ken Paxton and Nate Paul?

What we know – and don't know – about the strange connection between the embattled Austin real estate magnate and the Texas attorney general

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON AND KEVIN CURTIN

Austin at Large: From Cloud Coup-Coup Land

Was this the worst that could happen? That (still) depends on what we do next.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Georgia on My Mind

It was the best of days, it was the worst of days

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

New Year, New Grim Milestones in Austin’s COVID-19 Crisis

Amidst an unprecedented surge, Austin could reach ICU surge capacity within the next week

BY BETH SULLIVAN

A Surprise Gift Boosts Meals on Wheels

MacKenzie Scott offers an $8 million gift

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

New Audits Highlight Problems at Police Academy

“It comes down to the culture”

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Brenda Ramos Sues City Over Son’s Killing

Lawsuit argues killing was "a direct result of the racism that has permeated policing in Austin"

BY BRANT BINGAMON

After Mishandling a Student's Assault, AISD Stalls on Training Staff

Austin High alum recalls feelings silenced, ignored, and blamed

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Feeling TEA Pressure, AISD Goes Back to Campus

District would risk losing state funding if it switched to all-virtual instruction

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

The Far Out Lounge Focuses on Food, Safety, and Austin Musicians

More than a venue

BY JESSI CAPE

Casper Fermentables Honors Korean and Jewish Roots With Preserved Foods

Ben Hollander’s cultured cultures

BY VERONICA MEEWES

Prohibition Creamery Closes, Sweet Ritual Ramps Up, and You Want Even More, What, Pizza?

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 January 7, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

The Austin Music Poll Got COVID-19

In a once-in-a-lifetime music year, the 40th annual Austin Music Poll pivots.

BY KEVIN CURTIN AND RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Faster Than Sound: Music Venues React to Stage 5

New city recommendations halt shows at many venues ahead of New Year's Eve

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY KEVIN CURTIN, DEREK UDENSI, GREG STITT, MICHAEL TOLAND AND DOUG FREEMAN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Banned Leader: The Contradiction of Frank Zappa in Zappa

Alex Winter sees the combative side of a cultural maverick

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Beautiful Something Left Behind

The hard path to healing when kids suffer a death in the family

Breaking Surface

Underwater survival thriller scales down the disaster movie but not the tension

Hunter Hunter

Is that a wolf’s howl, or something worse?

One Night in Miami ...

Regina King’s directorial debut floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee

The Reason I Jump

Poetic insight into autism, based on Naoki Higashida memoir
arts & culture

"The Femme Abstract"

Moya McIntyre’s second edition of this group show ushers in the new year with a glorious plenitude of color and imagery

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: This Chaos Didn't Sow Itself

The Trump era ends with a bang, egged on by Texas politicians like Ted Cruz and Ken Paxton. Plus: Time to vote in the Austin Music Poll!

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion – Bridgerton: A Black Man in a White Fairytale

A professor of British literature argues that the popular Netflix series trivializes childhood trauma and marital sexual violence to get to a traditional “happily ever after”

BY RIYA DAS

Qmmunity: The Rainbow Agenda

Start of the new year – and a new Lege – with some digital drag

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Roughhouse Brewing, San Marcos

Brewing on the wild side

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Low Libido

When the oxygen mask drops, you use it on yourself first

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 8-14

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Common Law

Can President Trump pardon President Trump?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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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