Dec. 17, 2021

Zeke Barbaro

Volume 41, Number 16

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

2021 Top 10s

Top Austin Headlines of 2021: A Hard Restart

The biggest news stories of the year

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Top 10 Local Political Quotes of 2021

Some spoke truth to power and others introduced foot to mouth

Public Notice: Top 10 Stories of 2021

Some top topics on the community news front

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Civics 101

Old Tensions Flare Anew at End of Mayor Pro Tem’s Term

Clashing symbols at City Council

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Election 2022: We Got Ourselves Some Contests!

Filing has now concluded for the March 1 primaries

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

AISD Special Education Lawsuit Moves Forward

Federal district judge denies Austin ISD's motion to dismiss suit

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

Austin Campuses Still Closed, But Not (Yet) for Sale

What to do with Austin's closed elementary schools?

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

Austin Chronicle Nonprofit Wish List

Your guide to charitable giving
food

2021 Top 10s

The Top 10 Austin Food & Drink Stories of 2021

Another up-and-down year in Austin food

BY MELANIE HAUPT, JESSI CAPE, WAYNE ALAN BRENNER AND ERIC PUGA

The Best Dark Beers in Austin

It's the best time of year for dark roasty ales

BY ERIC PUGA

10 Perfect Patio Cocktails in Austin

Sun, sip, repeat

BY MELANIE HAUPT

The Best Outside-the-Box Barbecue (and Barbecue-Adjacent) Dishes in Austin We Ate This Year

Brisket tacos, nanner pudding, and mutton cooked low and slow

BY ROD MACHEN

Brenner’s Top 10 Breads of Austin

Because every week is bread week

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Our Favorite Comfort Food Fixes in Austin

When it's someone else's turn to make the meal, these restaurants delivered comfort on a plate (or bowl)

BY JESSI CAPE

Copper Closes, Oasthouse and Asahi Expand, AFWA Grants Locals, Holiday Dining Recos, and – what’s this about a Bloody Mary Festival?

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 16, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

2021 Top 10s

In My World of Disorder, the Top 100 Austin Records of 2021

Kevin Curtin ranks his favorite local releases of the year

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: Musical Top 10s of 2021

One writer's favorite Austin-sourced albums, songs, and such from the last 12 months

BY RACHEL RASCOE

What We're Listening to Right Now

Ayo Tamz, Blushing, Whookilledkenny, Chief Cleopatra, and more have us dialed in

BY E. RYAN ELLIS, CLARA WANG, MORGAN-TAYLOR THOMAS, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ AND GREG STITT

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

Paul Wall, Why Bonnie, Jim Keller, El Combo Oscuro, and a Punk Rock Lottery lead our recommended shows

BY JULIAN TOWERS, KEVIN CURTIN, MICHAEL TOLAND, TIM STEGALL, CHRISTINA GARCIA AND CARYS ANDERSON

Live Music Events

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

2021 Top 10s

The Austin Chronicle Top 10 Films of 2021

Jane Campion's stunning high plains drama The Power of the Dog takes a bite out of our critics

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Local YouTube Project Proves There’s Still a Creative Community

Austin Sunset brings back the wild days of public access for filmmakers and artists

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Film Reviews

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Sex and satire in this Romanian polemic comedy

Drive My Car

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s second masterpiece in a year finds the pain of love

The Lost Daughter

Olivia Colman is coiled and complex in this portrait of motherhood

Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro goes into the dark of greedy souls in this noir remake

Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1

High-stakes and danger in India's wood smuggling underground

Red Rocket

Simon Rex gets under the skin of this year’s most fascinating scumbag
arts & culture

2021 Top 10s

Top 10 Arts Stories You Cared About the Most

From racist comedy to new books, returning theatre, and new textile joy, the most read stories about the Austin arts scene in 2021

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Jay Trachtenberg’s Top Books of 2021

In a lost year, retrospectives and reprints with new context were comfort reads

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

Hamilton's Return Still Lives Up to the Hype

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway smash returns to the Bass refreshed and revitalized

BY BOB ABELMAN

Five Things That Are Worthy of Your Generous Support

Local arts organizations need your help when it comes to end-of-year giving

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Events

Art galleries, live performances, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Events

Local events, volunteer opportunities, fitness classes, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

We Have an Issue: It’s Been a Year, All Right

It's the Top 10s issue; plus, meet the new Food Editor

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

2021 Top 10s

Qmmunity: Looking Back on 2021 Through a Queer Lens

This year's biggest LGBTQIA stories

BY BETH SULLIVAN AND JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Top 10 Out-of-Town Spots of 2021

Looking back at a year of Texas travel

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Top 10 Austin Bachelors of 2021

The real lede, of course, is ... celebrities!

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 17-23

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

2021 Top 10s

The Verde Report: Top 10 Defining Moments of Austin FC’s Season

The highs and lows of the squad's Q2 debut

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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