Dec. 31, 2021

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Volume 41, Number 18

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news

We Got Gators in Austin. Now What?

Fearsome invaders or frightened longtime residents facing displacement?

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

Austin at Large: The Showdown at the Batcave

Part I: What's all this we hear about a $277 million developer handout?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: What Doesn't Kill You ...

Maybe Omicron is a good thing?

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

When and Why Is It OK for APD to Beat Up Trespassers?

Two Austin police officers caught on video beating an unhoused woman have been cleared of wrongdoing

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin Returns to Stage 4 of COVID Risk Guidelines

Amid spike in community transmission, officials urge all to mask up

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Remembering Bruce Todd and Sarah Weddington

Remembering Bruce Todd and Sarah Weddington

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Young Protesters Score Small Wins in Fight for Democracy

Hungry for the vote

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

food

CLEAN Cause Supports Sober Living Through Sparkling Tea Sales

This local brand keeps Austin hydrated and caffeinated while supporting those in recovery

BY VERONICA MEEWES

Free Brews and Boosters from Jester King; Fat City x Meanwhile = Beer Cheese; William Chris and the Black-Eyed Pea Cook-Off; THC Donuts Postponed; and More

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, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Austin Punk Chronicles: "I Don't Think the Sex Pistols Inspired Anything Other Than a Buncha More Punk Bands!"

The San Antonio shoot-out ricochets locally in Chapter 4 of the “Austin Punk Chronicles”

BY TIM STEGALL

Faster Than Sound: Headlines From a Year in Limbo

A year-in-review of Austin music news

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Review: Jason Boland & the Stragglers

The Light Saw Me (Proud Souls)

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Crucial Free Week Concerts

Grab your mask and hit some gratis live shows

BY RACHEL RASCOE, MICHAEL TOLAND, JULIAN TOWERS, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, MARS SALAZAR AND KEVIN CURTIN

Live Music Events

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

Binge the New Year: The Best TV of 2021

Whether you want gloom or gaiety, small-screen highlights to get you into 2022

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The New Moneyball in National Champions

Ric Roman Waugh calculates the human cost of NCAA profits

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

’83

Indian cricket drama focuses on their Lord’s heyday

G Storm

The five-part Hong Kong crime series wraps up

Labyrinth of Cinema

House director’s love letter to movies, peace, and history

The Tender Bar

Affleck gives life to this listless coming-of-age drama
arts & culture

Five Things to Do Indoors This New Year's Weekend

From unmissable books to housebound horticulture, fill up your indoor Hogmanay

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

John Anderson's Top 10 Photos of 2021

BY JOHN ANDERSON

Jana Birchum's Top 10 Photos of 2021

Review: Street Corner Arts' Strange, But Perfect

World premiere is a delightful treatise on the stuff of which friends are made

BY BOB ABELMAN

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

Qmmunity

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Public Art in Galveston

A variety of pieces complement the city’s architecture and Southern charm

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Don't Bother Knockin'

OK, maybe if there is an EF5 tornado coming or perhaps a ravenous herd of Bengal tigers

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 31 - January 6

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: Austin FC Splurges on Veteran Goalscorer Maxi Urruti

The Verde has now made two signings on the attacking end of the field

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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