Jan. 27, 2017

Volume 36, Number 22

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news

Who Killed Vicki Nisbett? And Is She Even Dead?

No verifiable crime scene, no murder weapon, no motive, and no body

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Point Austin: Slamming the Golden Door

The sheriff, the governor, the president – and the new politics of fear

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Imagine That

Land development code draft ready at last

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Yes, they really said that.

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

ICE's Freezeout in Travis County

Gov. Abbott has threatened to cut off grant funding to the county

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Zimmerman Is Radio's Voice of Reason

Wouldn’t you know Zim would end up on right-wing radio?

BY MARY TUMA

State Supreme Court Reconsiders Same-Sex Benefits

The state's high court will take up a case questioning the legality of "taxpayer-funded benefits" for same-sex spouses

BY SARAH MARLOFF

“Quaker Lobbyist” Visits Austin

Diane Randall plans Austin stop to talk public policy

BY MICHAEL KING

A Weekend of Big Rallies

The Women’s March on Austin caps off a banner weekend of civic engagement

BY SARAH MARLOFF AND JACK CRAVER

Council Roundup: Late Nights, Longer Meetings

Now let’s find a way to get out of meetings earlier

BY MICHAEL KING

Death Watch: A Death Sentence for $1.25

John Ramirez goes to the gurney for a murder committed during a robbery

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Lege Lines: State Level Bullying Reaches New Plateau

Local reps’ mission this session? Keep the state GOP away from Austin.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report: How Many Working-Class Populists Are in Trump’s New Government?

More than half of The Donald's Department of Defense transition team have worked as executives or lobbyists

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Review: Curcuma and the Great Y’all

Two trucks take very different approaches to plant-based eating

BY BRANDON WATSON

“Taste of Black Austin” Explores Cultural Foodways

New photography exhibit showcases Austin’s African-American chefs

BY JESSI CAPE

Food Events

music

Can a Working Musician Find a Decent Job in This Town?

Musicians looking to subsidize their poverty-level passion already have one strike against them

BY LESLIE SISSON

Playback: Make the Austin Music Poll Great Again

Getting the vote out for the 2016/17 Austin Music Poll

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

The Future Is in Flux for the Texas Film Incentive Program

Texas loses productions to states with bigger and better incentive programs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

A Dog’s Purpose

Reincarnated dog film is full of cliches

The Founder

Michael Keaton supersizes McDonald's

Gold

Not much glitters in this uneven film

Julieta

Almodóvar tracks the stages of a woman's life

Paterson

Adam Driver embodies the poetry of the quotidian

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Vin Diesel returns to kickstart this action series
arts & culture

UT's Public Arts Program Debuts an Ambitious New Project

Landmarks presents Ann Hamilton’s O N E E V E R Y O N E at the Dell Medical School

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Vortex Repertory’s A Perfect Robot

Sarah Saltwick’s timely script elegantly explores the tension between idealized automatons and messy humans

Austin Chamber Music Center’s My Life

This concert of works by Brahms, Smetana, and Fujiwara contrasted autobiographical stories told within music by young composers and mature ones

"Orna Feinstein: Treetopia"

The bubbles and circles of Feinstein's monoprints are sophisticated, beautiful, even fun, but they may leave you wanting more
columns

Gay Place

The formation of groups like the CTTHC are more important now than ever

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Hatco Outlet Store, Garland

Longtime Texas tradition makes more than ranch and rodeo family headwear

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: FMB

Mouths are undoubtedly festering cesspools of bacterial flora

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

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