Dec. 9, 2022

Jana Birchum / Design by Zeke Barbaro

Volume 42, Number 15

ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Chronicle Endorsements for Austin City Council Run-Off Election

Early voting runs Dec. 1-9 ; election day is Dec. 13

Has Austin Resource Recovery Found a Solution to Its Chronic A/C Problem?

Taking the heat off local garbage collection trucks

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin at Large: We’re Deciding How to Decide

Project Connect team, transit stakeholders to see where Austin’s willing to cut back

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Public Land for Public Good, Act 3

Why is it so hard to make actual progress on housing?

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Election Ticker: Say It Ain’t So, Zo

Qadri explains his GOP gigs, Guerrero explains her housing views

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Village of Lights Vendors Get Some Recognition

Community First! Village event employs formerly homeless residents

BY ALI JUELL

Hot Air Balloon Safety Rule Finally Enacted

New rule was a response to the tragedy that claimed 16 lives in Lockhart

BY ABE ASHER

City Hall Stands Firm: No Oversight, No Police Contract

City's negotiations with the Austin Police Association hit a major roadblock

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Council Finally Gives Its OK to Massive Statesman Development Plan

Full speed ahead

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Police Oversight Advocates Cry Foul Over Sketchy Rival Petition Drive

Are the cops behind an apparent election fraud scheme?

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Family Decries Police "Murder" As APD Releases Troubling Incident Video

Moonesinghe shot from behind within moments of APD arrival

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Your Guide to Charitable Giving

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

food

Recipes to Reimagine Your Holiday Feast

It’s time to revamp your end-of-year celebration menus

BY JESSI CAPE

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of December 8, 2022

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Counter Culture Is Closing and Rents Are Rising, Brunch Is Opening at Asti and Maie Day and Side Eye and Pretty Much Everywhere In Town, Gift Guides Are Clamoring For Your Hard-Earned Spondulics, and OMG What Is This Armadillo Rangoon?

All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Pleasure Venom's Introspective Punk Road to Rebirth/Return

Revamped and fully realized Austin quartet breaks down debut

BY KRISS CONKLIN

Fearless Texas Singer-Songwriter and Playwright Jo Carol Pierce Has Died

Known for honky-tonk manifesto Bad Girls Upset by the Truth

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Residential Address: Mel & James Hold Casual Communion in the Jade Room

With talent, technology, and the Holy Ghost

BY GARY LINDSEY

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

Riverboat Gamblers, USA/Mexico, Damian Garcia Quintet, Honky-Tonk Holidaze, and more recommended shows for your week

BY MARS SALAZAR, JULIAN TOWERS, TIM STEGALL, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, KRISS CONKLIN, MICHAEL TOLAND AND KEVIN CURTIN

Crosstalk: Black Fret Rebrands As Sonic Guild, and Superstition Nightclub Announces Grand Opening

Austin music news headlines of the week

BY MARS SALAZAR, GENEVIEVE WOOD AND RACHEL RASCOE

Live Music in Austin

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

The Video Store Lives Again as We Luv Video Hits Crowdfunding Target

New nonprofit gets community support to revive physical media rentals

BY MATTHEW MONAGLE

Film Reviews

Christmas Bloody Christmas

Joe Begos delivers more than coal in this Santasploitation gorefest

Chunky Shrapnel

On the road with rock maniacs King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Emancipation

Will Smith's stunning Civil War drama is a B-movie in award-bait clothes

Empire of Light

The bulb glows dim in Sam Mendes' tribute to picture palaces

EO

The tale of a donkey seeking freedom is touching and tragic

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

Movie version of the Broadway version of the movie version of the book

Spoiler Alert

Jim Parsons gets his Love Story moment in this wonderful tearjerker

To the End

Inside the fight for the Green New Deal

White Noise

Can Don DeLillo's postmodern landmark make it to the actual future?
arts & culture

Review: Broadway in Austin's Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Quite the fan, I am

BY BOB ABELMAN

Review: The Last Five Years

Inclusive production gives the time between love and loss a mighty voice

BY BOB ABELMAN

Arts Events

Art galleries, theatre, comedy, dance, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Events

Local events, volunteer opportunities, kids' activities, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

We Have an Issue: “Bad Girls” Make Waves

On photographing Pleasure Venom's Audrey Campbell, and remembering the late singer-songwriter Jo Carol Pierce

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Holigay Hurrahs

Enjoy a holiday feast of queer Austin markets, drag brunches, and more, oh my!

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Port Lavaca

A fisherman’s paradise worth exploring

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Testing Your Loyalty

Nobody's eating Pujols, not even if he parks a hundo this year.

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 9-15

BY ROB BREZSNY

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Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

World Cup Watch: And Then There Were Eight

As the knockout round started, the traditional powers put the hammer down

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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