Aug. 4, 2017

Shelley Hiam

Volume 36, Number 49

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news

MoPac and the Expensive Mess That Never Ends

Engineering company renovating the beleaguered stretch of highway gets bought out

BY BRADEN MACCKE

Point Austin: Through the Looking Glass

City Council considers its threatened budget in a topsy-turvy Texas

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Other People’s Money?

Actually, it's yours. Do you know where it's going?

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week: Steve Adler

The mayor dishes on property taxes

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Faith-Based Opposition to SB 4

Court briefs filed in support of cities' suit against state

BY MARY TUMA

City Compost Program Expands

38,000 new households will be composting this fall

BY JOSEPH CATERINE

Mayor Not Losing Sleep Over a Few Nazis

Adler rains on Daily Stormer's anti-Trans parade

BY MARY TUMA

Join the Civil Service (Commission)

Who wants to decide who gets hired, fired, and suspended from the city's public safety groups?

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Training APD Officers on LGBTQ Communities

Department seeks feedback before finalizing new coursework

BY SARAH MARLOFF

All This & Budget Too

Council treads water over aquatics plan

BY MICHAEL KING

Council: The FY 2018 City Budget

Maintain and sustain

BY MICHAEL KING

AFD: Woolverton on Leave, Merger Fallout Stays Hot

Aaron Woolverton on admin. leave after AFA files complaint

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Lege Lines: Robbin' the Hoods

How can state lawmakers fix school finance?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Bills Target Local Planned Parenthood Office

Latest attack rooted in faulty logic

BY MARY TUMA

City to Crack Down on Graffiti?

Proposal for crackdown on unauthorized street art coming?

BY JOSEPH CATERINE

Cross Creek Up To Code?

Tenants await inspection results on beleaguered complex

BY JOSEPH CATERINE

The Hightower Report: The Living Wage Preemption Act

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Fight: Pickles

Pogue Mahone and Hat Creek Provisions fight a battle of the brine

BY BRANDON WATSON

First Look: Nickel City

Eastside bar returns Austin to its roots

BY THEA NEWELL

Dear Glutton: Movie Snacks

What food is acceptable to eat in a movie theatre?

BY EMILY BEYDA

Food Events

music

Local Musicians on Avoiding the Sophomore Slump

Five trending Austin-hatched acts that sidestepped recording’s biggest pitfall

BY TIM STEGALL, LIBBY WEBSTER, MICHAEL TOLAND, DOUG FREEMAN AND THOMAS FAWCETT

Playback: Straight Outta Calcutta

Sitar maestro Indrajit Banerjee, stoned synching Doom Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz, and a bigger Breakaway Records

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Jenny Slate Returns to the Big Screen With Landline

Nineties comedy reunites the team behind Obvious Child

BY JESSI CAPE

My Obsession: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Streaming the wildly popular video game and discovering a randomly generated reality show

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Divine Decadence, Darling

AFS presents the dark musicals of Bob Fosse

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

What’cha Watchin’?

Art Director Jason Stout programs a night of stellar series finales

Film Reviews

Detroit

The 1967 riots are brought to life in this docudrama

The Emoji Movie

What a time to be alive (in a smartphone)

Fun Mom Dinner

A girl's night out on the town gets hazy

Landline

The team behind Obvious Child is back

Some Freaks

High school misfits bond and fall in love in this unsentimental romance
arts & culture

The Cthulhu Humor of William Browning Spencer

Austin author William Browning Spencer finds the lighter side of Lovecraft and other horrors

BY MIKE BERRY

Arts Reviews

Monty Python's Spamalot

With Eric Idle's screen-to-stage musical spoof, Summer Stock Austin makes the Knights of the Round Table so very enjoy-able

Summer Stock Austin's A Shoe Story

Allen Robertson and Damon Brown's new musical reinvents "The Elves and the Shoemaker" as a timely tale of refugees but in a clever, playful way

"Radiant: A Group Show" at Davis Gallery

In this group show, artists' odes to the sun, and brilliance in general, provide a sense of life and a lot to think about
columns

Gay Place

Celebrating queer resilience

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Crocodile Encounter, Angleton

A toothy smile at this animal park means it's feeding time

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Marriage Material

A guy who has never witnessed the "miracle of birth"

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Security deposits

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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