5 Lunchtime Links: Aretha Franklin brings Obama to tears

(via CBS)

1. Obama brought to tears during Aretha Franklin performance.

Aretha Franklin’s jaw-dropping performance during the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony had everyone reacting all kinds of ways. Carole King, one of the honorees at the ceremony, co-wrote the song “Natural Woman,” but even that couldn’t prepare her for Franklin’s performance. King was seen looking around at the crowd in disbelief throughout the song. President Barack Obama wasn’t immune to the powerful rendition either. A camera cut to him pretty early into the song, and he can be seen wiping away a tear. You can watch a video of the performance here.

2. Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting woman.

The numerous accusations against comedian Bill Cosby will finally see the 78-year-old to court. Cosby was charged today with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his house 12 years ago — punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine. Cosby previously admitted to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. The charge was made just a few days before the 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.

3. New Antone’s location to open New Year’s Eve.

East Riverside Austin blues club Antone’s, which closed its doors two years ago, will reopen at 305 E. Fifth St. The soft opening show on New Year’s Eve will feature a performance by CJ Chenier. The new location promises to stay true to the original club’s musical roots with a focus on blues, R&B and soul. Thursday’s event is open to the public and tickets are only available at the venue box office at 305 East Fifth Street day-of show beginning at 5PM and cost $20.

4. Start your new year off outdoors.

What’s a better start to your new year than getting back in touch with (or at least briefly saying hello to) nature? Treat yourself to a scenic view while you compile that list of things you won’t do in 2016 — we mean resolutions. Texas Parks and Wildlife offers several Jan. 1 events in its parks including several “First Day Hikes.” Get started on the right foot!

5. Some of the major food stories from 2015.

One of the biggest (and easily Texas’ favorite) ice cream company shut down when listeria-contaminated ice cream killed several people. Stubb’s barbecue sauce was sold to McCormick & Co. for a price that could buy you quite a few bottles of the stuff ($100 million). You can order and receive food from just about any restaurant and get it just about anywhere. These are just a few of the major food developments in the year 2015. Read through the rest during your lunch here.

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