Dec. 23, 2022

John Anderson / Design by Zeke Barbaro

Volume 42, Number 17

ON THE COVER:
news

After a Decade of Decline in Teen Parents, Support Services Brace for Rising Demand

It takes a village

BY SARA HUTCHINSON

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Officer Who Killed Mike Ramos Denied Qualified Immunity

No immunity for killer cop

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Death Penalty Report: We’re Mostly Killing People Sentenced Decades Ago

The popularity of killing criminals in the 80s and 90s still ripples through today

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Hays County Deputy Shoots, Kills Patient in Kyle Emergency Room

County Judge questions police account

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Bus Cops Find Temporary Home

Cap Metro Board vote locks in temporary police station

BY BENTON GRAHAM

TikTok Banned for State-issued Devices Over Espionage Threat

TikTok on the clock

BY LEENA ALALI

Your Guide to Charitable Giving

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Get Ready: Winter Weather on its Way

City to open cold weather shelters

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

food

Chef Charles Zhuo Innovates the Menu at Apt 115

Cooking small, cooking fierce

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Fogo de Chão Reopens This Weekend, Ember Kitchen Is Opening Soon, Ezov Is Opening Later, Batch Is Open Now, and Would You Believe We Have a Sweet Array of NYE Recommendations for You, O Holiday-Harried Citizen?

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 22, 2022

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Raul's in Overdrive: "Have a Good Time, Get in Free, and Drink Some Beer"

Enter 1978, when Austin punk meets San Antonio’s the Next and Dallas’ the Nervebreakers

BY TIM STEGALL

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

The Point, Ben Buck, and some holiday options highlight this week's recommended shows

BY KEVIN CURTIN, MICHAEL TOLAND, DOUG FREEMAN, RAOUL HERNANDEZ AND JULIAN TOWERS

Ten Austin Concert Options for New Year's Eve 2022

From Cumbia to Coconut Club's Last Dance, ring in 2023 musically

BY LAIKEN NEUMANN, MARS SALAZAR, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, JULIAN TOWERS, GENEVIEVE WOOD, DOUG FREEMAN AND KEVIN CURTIN

Live Music in Austin

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

Faith and Fatness in The Whale

Darren Aronofsky and writer Samuel D. Hunter redefine the religious movie

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Assembling a Community of Women Talking

Director Sarah Polley and producer Dede Gardner on faith and building an ensemble

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Babylon

Star-studded, bittersweet love letter to the golden age of Hollywood is cinema maximus

Cirkus

Boisterous Hindi-language riff on The Comedy of Errors

The Pale Blue Eye

Star-studded horror finds Edgar Allan Poe in a Gothic mystery of his own

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Banderas is back in the boots in this superior Shrek spin-off

The Whale

Brendan Fraser anchors Aronofsky's meditation on faith and fatness

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Disappointing biopic of the woman that made "I Will Always Love You" her own

Women Talking

Sarah Polley finds stunning drama in one simple night of conversations in a barn
arts & culture

Five Ways to Spend the Holidays With Family Without Talking to Them

Have a Silent Night

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

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

Opinion: The Zilker Vision Plan Is Deeply Flawed and Should Be Scrapped

The newly released draft plan is a recipe for how to ruin a park

BY DAVID WEINBERG

Qmmunity: Gay Tidings We Bring

Qmmunity brings you events, news, and more to make the holigays bright

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Four Books for Daytrippers

Hit the books before you hit the road

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Specific Disease

An insignificant linguistic nuance

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, December 23-29

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

World Cup Watch: On Top of the World

Well, how about that Argentina?

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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