Jan. 14, 2022

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Volume 41, Number 20

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Labor Unrest Ensues as Via 313 Fumbles Worker Appeal

A hot, melty mess

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Chronicle Endorsements for the District 4 Special Election

Our choice to replace Greg Casar's unexpired term

Austin at Large: We’re Not Making More Land

Showdown at the Batcave Part 3: What’s the return on this $277 million investment?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: I-35 Back on the Front Burner

TxDOT prepares the next draft of their rebuild plan

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Election Ticker: Race for Austin's Next Mayor Heats Up

Israel kicks off quest to make history in mayoral race, plus more news

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Storm Relief Org Puts Down Roots to Help Farms

Texas Farm Resilience Collaborative brings financial relief in wake of Winter Storm Uri damage

BY LINA FISHER

AISD Tells Parents, Teachers: Keep Calm and Omicr-On

Amidst classroom outbreaks, in-person learning continues

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

EMS Staffing Shortage Nears Crisis Point

Ongoing staffing shortage worsens with Omicron surge

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Round Rock Superintendent Put on Leave

Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez's paid leave is pending the results of an external investigation over abuse, fidelity allegations

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

Austin Enters Stage 5 of COVID Risk Guidelines

More important than ever to mask up, urge health officials

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Automation Is the Future of Food, and the Future Is Now

AI on your plate

BY JESSICA ZUNIGA

Winebelly Shutters, Via 313 Shudders, Rosen’s and Rosita’s Go Brick-and-Mortar, Huckleberry Has a Moving Experience …

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 13, 2022

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Faster Than Sound: Is the Broken Spoke Too Broken?

Allegations of intolerant behavior at the honky-tonk arise following Queer Eye feature

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Listen to This: Song Confessional Season 2

A novel concept, turning stranger's stories into songs, boils down to good music and good conversation

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Review: Jamestown Revival

On Robert Ellis-produced fourth LP, Young Man, the Austin folk duo lays bare their intimate harmonies

BY ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

Mike & the Moonpies lead a stacked Sagebrush bill, plus Joey DeFrancesco, Destroyer of Light, the War on Drugs, Thor & Friends, and Clem Snide

BY DOUG FREEMAN, MICHAEL TOLAND, RACHEL RASCOE, CHRISTINA GARCIA AND RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Live Music Events

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

The Power of the Dog, Pig Split Austin Film Critics Awards

Plus, which local movie gets an AFCA award screening at AFS?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

The 355

International crime-fighting with Jessica Chastain’s superspies

Belle

Social media and fairy tales meet in this gorgeous, grounded version of Beauty and the Beast

Delicious

French historical cooking drama mixes class and cuisine

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

The monsterific animated franchise lumbers back out of the tomb

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Joy-filled animated family SF comedy is an explosion of fun

Shattered

Unerotic and unthrilling home invasion flick is seriously unsubtle

Torn

New documentary sees a family in a legendary mountaineer’s shadow
arts & culture

Local Comedy Gets a New Buzz at the Buzz Mill

New Seventh Street venue wants to make you laugh your nights away

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Five Things to Do at PrintAustin This Year

Printmakers showcase their work at venues all over town

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: What’s Next?

Adapting to Omicron and everything else life throws our way

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: It’s Time to Hold Social Media Platforms Accountable

We do not need another TikTok video inviting or suggesting school violence

BY ANNIKA OLSON

Qmmunity: Queer News Here, There, Everywhere

Openly gay lawmaker announces mayoral bid, HavenCon returns, and more

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Bluff Dale Bridge, Bluff Dale

Historic bridge is an engineering masterpiece

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Little Agents of Satan

Slow clap for almost getting the ball across the goal line

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 14-20

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: Austin FC Scores Top Defender in MLS SuperDraft

Kipp Keller signing signals good news for a squad desperate for depth at center back

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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