Nov. 26, 2021

Zeke Barbaro / Photos by John Anderson and Jana Birchum (Pastel Ghost and Mikayla Geier courtesy of the artists)

news

AISD Copes With Post-COVID Life

With falling enrollment, budget woes, and “behavioral events” maybe the kids aren’t alright

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

Austin at Large: Life’s Short, Eat Dessert First

A time for gratitude and discernment, and for enjoying both cake and ice cream

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: The Week of Days

Giving Small Black Cyber Turkey Breweries – plus land use

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council Contemplates Consensus Changes to the Code

As the Land Development Code languishes in court, City Council looks for other ways change what can be built where

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Council Recap: New 4 U In 2022, It’s VMU2

City Hall dives into reworking its housing bonus programs

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Chronicle Wish List Open for 2021 Submissions

Nonprofits invited to submit needs this holiday season

Local Nonprofit Accuses APD of Illegally Raiding Offices

Workers Defense Project decries “unnecessary” show of force

BY BRANT BINGAMON

food

A Buying Guide to Holiday Wines

Festive pairings at every price point

BY WES MARSHALL

Recipe: Percolator Punch

This heavenly smelling treat is a great alternative to apple cider

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Delicious Tamales, Local Foods, Cask Strength Bourbon, Texas Fine Wine, and Something New South of the River

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 November 25, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Fueling the Algorithm and Finding Community: Music Creators Thrive on Twitch, TikTok, and Instagram

On discoverable platforms, Austin musicians experience encouragement, engagement, and unexpected viral moments

BY RACHEL RASCOE AND KEVIN CURTIN

What We're Listening to Right Now

Aaron Stephens, Paul Cauthen, Drakulas, Glasshealer, Pretty Little Thieves, and more local sounds

BY CLARA WANG, DOUG FREEMAN, TIM STEGALL, RACHEL RASCOE, JULIAN TOWERS AND KEVIN CURTIN

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

Trail of Dead, Opeth, Mykfresh, Big Laugh, Rattlesnake Milk, Deezie Brown, and more recommended shows

BY JULIAN TOWERS, MICHAEL TOLAND, KEVIN CURTIN, TIM STEGALL, KEVIN CURTIN, MORGAN-TAYLOR THOMAS AND GREG STITT

Live Music Events

BY GREG STITT

screens

The Animalis Fabula Film Festival Celebrates and Worries About Our Relationship With Animals

Check out some creature features this weekend

BY ADRIENNE HUNTER

Film Reviews

C'mon C'mon

Joaquin Phoenix's avuncular turn avoids cloying family clichés

Encanto

Disney's latest animated family adventure is magical if not overly memorable

For the Love of Money

Gigi may be done with the streets, but the streets aren’t done with her

House of Gucci

Ridley Scott is a bad fit for the tale of the fashion house's fall

The Humans

A family quietly implodes at Thanksgiving in this merciless Broadway adaptation

Julia

The life and love of the woman who changed the American kitchen forever

King Richard

And dad makes three in this Williams family tennis biopic

Little Girl

Documentary about a young trans girl isn’t about her enough

The Unforgiveable

An ex-con flails to get her life back after a murder conviction

Writing With Fire

Documentary recounts the risks run by India’s women journalists
arts & culture

Until the End of the World

Writing is not what I live for, it’s how I live

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Five Things to Relish About the Stage Over Thanksgiving

Plan your theatrical December

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Events

Art galleries, live performances, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Events

Volunteer opportunities, fitness classes, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

We Have an Issue: Artistic Creation Can Happen Anywhere

TikTok viral hitmakers, an old-school columnist who writes to live – this week it's all about making art no matter what

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Texas Gas Programs Not a Solution to Climate Change

The main provider of natural gas to the Austin area has a profoundly flawed climate policy, and is spending substantial funds on greenwashed conservation programs

BY PAUL ROBBINS

Qmmunity: An Austin Queersgiving

Iron Bear’s turkey dinner and more events to give queer thanks

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Polak’s Sawsage Farm, Karnes City

Savory sausages and delectable desserts worth the trip

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Cranberry Volcano

People who don't have embarrassing stories are either exceptionally dull, or disturbingly dishonest

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, November 26 - December 2

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: The Cautionary Tale

Austin FC looks to learn lessons from FC Cincinnati's first few seasons

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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