April 28, 2017

Volume 36, Number 35

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news

Reviving Austin's Cab Industry

ATX Co-op Taxi splits the difference between traditional taxis and ridesharing

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Point Austin: On the Backs of Immigrants

In the war over "sanctuary," the victims are most vulnerable

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Glowing, Like a Nuclear Reactor

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Dallas state rep Rafael Anchia has been an outspoken voice against SB 4

Civics 101

Council: No Sanctuary for the Weary

Adler tries to wrap his head around Austin's sanctuary city status

BY MICHAEL KING

NAKED CITY

Election Time Again

Voter turnaround has … not been good

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Margo Frasier Under Review

The retired Police Monitor stands accused of handling secondary work on city time

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Steven Kling to Challenge Campbell

The former Army Reserve Captain will run for Donna Campbell's SD 25 seat

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

FDA Thwarts TDCJ Death Drug Shipment

How will Texas carry out its state-sanctioned killings?

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Lege Lines: Tough Balance

The Lege's budget standoff stumbles forward

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

State Board of Education Evolves

A rare bit of good news out of the SBOE

BY MARY TUMA

Climate Change: Still Not a Hoax

Reducing carbon emissions with Austin Energy, without the Fayette Power Project

BY JOSEPH CATERINE

AISD Board: Next up for Saldaña’s Vacant Seat

Appointee imminent, the ballot for next year's election is already overflowed

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Travis County Crowdfunding: Still Stronger

The county has raised $135,000 to offset Gov. Abbott's February stunt

BY SARAH MARLOFF

The Hightower Report

Why is George Orwell’s 1984 a bestseller again?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

How Texas Is Texas Wine?

What “Truth in Labeling” means for Texas winemakers and vineyards

BY VERONICA MEEWES

Food Events

music

The Black Angels Confront a Violent World

New LP Death Song soundtracks a society on the brink

BY ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ

Playback – Now Hiring: Austin Music Office

Austin’s top governmental job in music is up for grabs

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson

God's Problem Child

Matthew Logan Vasquez

Does What He Wants

Seela

Track You Down

Gary Clark Jr.

Live North America 2016

Ghost Wolves

Texas Platinum

Kiko Villamizar

Aguas Frías
screens

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival Turns 20

Viva cine!

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Exploring the Charm of the Hill Country Film Festival

Small town Texas, big movie experience

BY JOSEPH CATERINE

My Obsession: Match Game

AFS programmer exposes his [BLANK] for the classic game show

BY LARS NILSEN

Film Reviews

Born in China

The Disneyfication of nature continues

Graduation

A man goes to great lengths to secure a better life for his daughter

I Called Him Morgan

Doc on the late jazz great

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

Visually arresting tale of a high school gone to sea

Phoenix Forgotten

Missing teens and mysterious lights in this found-footage sci-fi film

The Transfiguration

A coming-of-age tale with a blood-sucking twist
arts & culture

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin

How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.

BY KATARINA BROWN

The First Austin Bookstore Crawl

This combo self-guided tour and scavenger hunt gives readers a new reason to seek out local lit sellers

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Renaissance Austin’s My Big Fat Bahookie

Lorella Loftus’ really funny new play preaches that everybody’s got back, and that’s just great

The Phantom of the Opera at Bass Concert Hall

This new touring production makes a grandly restaged, compelling tale of thin source material, with a chandelier drop that still thrills

"Maria Chávez: String Room"

With this interactive sound installation, it’s hard to tell whether it’s more about music or not-music
columns

Oops!

Page Two: The Air He Breathed, the Baby Blue Sunglasses He Wore

Jonathan Demme, 1944-2017

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place

Louisa Spaventa's Night of Queer Performance fosters education, support, and celebration for the queer community

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: International Waterlily Collection, San Angelo

Texas botanical garden of water plants saved the native flowers of Egypt’s Nile River

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Too F%#ing Flirty

People are born grifters, swindlers, and loafers and are therefore deserving of our contempt

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

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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