Feb. 3, 2017

Volume 36, Number 23

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news

Red River Clubs Grapple With Downtown Homelessness

Beggars, hustlers, and dealers make you wonder how Downtown music keeps from going under

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Point Austin: Driving the “Austin Bargain”

Mayor Adler's dream of a compromise on housing supply

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: What Is the Sound of One Shoe Falling?

City releases CodeNEXT draft to mild reaction ... so far

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

They really said that?

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Abbott Cuts County Funding

Governor ices county for $1.8 million payout over immigration reforms

BY SARAH MARLOFF

DNA Case Review Is On

County pledges $1 million toward reviewing potentially affected cases

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Benz2Go

Car2Go to offer short-term Mercedes rentals

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

New Dem Caucus Leader

Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, is best known for almost saving Wendy Davis' campaign

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Abbott Touts Less Spending and More Tax Cuts

The governor releases his draft budget

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Farewell, Sue Edwards

The assistant city manager retires after four decades serving Austin

BY MICHAEL KING

Council Wrap: State of the City

Austin maintains its relative sanity

BY MICHAEL KING

Rush to Judgment: CodeNEXT 1.0 out Now

Draft now out, it's time for some hot opinions

BY CALEB PRITCHARD

Lege Lines: Islamophobia Is out of Hand

In Texas and the nation, anti-refugee and anti-Muslim fervor grows

BY MARY TUMA

Sparks: Fetal Burial Rule “Pretext” for Restricting Abortion

Federal judge says rule would allow "arbitrary and potentially discriminatory enforcement"

BY MARY TUMA

Constitutional Carry This Session? Not Likely.

Permitless carry could strip away already limited regulations

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Death Watch: “An Intentional Smothering”

Tilon Carter says he never meant to kill James Tomlin

BY SARAH MARLOFF

The Hightower Report: Really and Truly, Who Needs Facts?

Donald Trump swears to God he's right

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Review: Red Ash Italia

Downtown hot spot brings back the basics

BY BRANDON WATSON

Cheap Eats: Whip In

Austin classic remains one of the best dining bargains in town

BY MARY BRYCE

Dear Glutton: The Best Patio Dining

Where to take out-of-towners to enjoy the warm weather

BY EMILY BEYDA

Food Events

music

Drum Legend Jack DeJohnette Returns to Austin

We talk to the jazz titan about Coltrane, his latest album, and more

BY MICHAEL TOLAND

Playback: Shorter Hours Could Be Coming for Venues During SXSW

Another clubs ordinance change drops right before the Festival

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Leopold & His Fiction

Darling Destroyer

Whitney Rose

South Texas Suite

Delbert McClinton

Prick of the Litter

Hard Proof

Stinger

Malik

The Awakening (II)

Très Oui

Singles Going Nowhere

Barbara Nesbitt

Right as Rain

Dale Watson & Ray Benson

Dale & Ray
screens

Macon Blair Wins Sundance 2017

Grand Jury prize-winner tops the list of locals done good – and bad – at Park City

BY MICHAEL AGRESTA

Film Reviews

The Comedian

De Niro plays an aging insult comic

I Am Michael

James Franco plays a gay activist who finds God

I Am Not Your Negro

A stunning doc on the civil rights era

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

The final(?) nail in this action horror franchise

The Salesman

Gripping drama from the director of A Separation

The Space Between Us

There is life on Mars
arts & culture

Fast, Cheap, and in Control

Cost-of-living increases are making local artists do more with less

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Zach Theatre's The Great Society

Robert Schenkkan's smart script and remarkable ensemble work make this a powerful look at LBJ's White House years

Austin Opera's The Daughter of the Regiment

Just as the young woman of the title is deemed "charming," so too is Donizetti's work in this company's staging

"Jim Roche: Some Americans Feel Like This" at Bale Creek Allen Gallery

The show's hand-stenciled, colorful re-creations of political signs are a timely vessel for America's honesty
columns

Gay Place

The largest transgender survey ever conducted is out, and the results reflect many hardships

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Bolner’s Meat Company, San Antonio

Century-old market carries wide choice of meats and Fiesta Brand spices

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Hot for Teacher

It's not easy to steal your daughter's boyfriend

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Need to talk to a good lawyer about your specific situation? Contact Austin Lawyer Referral Service.

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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