Sept. 22, 2017

Volume 37, Number 4

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news

Putting Together the Downtown Puzzle

A closer look at Mayor Adler’s proposals to solve (and pay for) Downtown conundrums

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: As the Budget Goes, So Goes Council

Turf battles over uncommitted funds may prefigure 2018

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Now’s the Hard Part

CodeNEXT 2.0: still more harm than good?

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week: Fred Lewis

Community Not Commodity is having a hard time with the new code

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

What Future for Dawnna Dukes?

D.A. to hold fire on felony charges, but Dukes not out of the woods

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

(Bill) Manno Are Pigs

Austin Center for Events program manager dinged for improper conduct around female co-workers

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Slow Going at Vision Zero?

Traffic fatalities have not gone down like one would have hoped

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Greg Abbott’s New Wrecking Crew

The governor's got a whole new office staff

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Sixth Street Murder Remains Unsolved

Police on lookout for video showing Sunday morning attacker leaving the scene

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Council: Yes, We Have a Budget

Members approve $3.9 billion budget for next fiscal year

BY MICHAEL KING

The Trouble at Fantastic Fest

Devin Faraci's rehiring and subsequent resignation casts shadow over film fest

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Imagine Austin With CodeNEXT

Draft two brings big changes, more questions

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Austin: City of Petitions

New Linda Curtis-fronted PAC has agendas for days

BY MICHAEL KING

County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Greg Abbott's Texas Hammer

“Local control had been a darling of the state for years, and now it has become the enemy”

BY MARY TUMA

food

Tapping the Texas Craft Brewers Festival

Eric Puga answers your burning questions about the local beer fest

BY ERIC PUGA

Staying Healthy to Stay in School

National nonprofit Communities in Schools looks at the role of food in education

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Food Events

music

Meet the Women of Austin R&B

Spotlighting five formidable soul vocalists

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN

screens

Fantastic Fest 2017 Preview

The show must go on

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Report From the Toronto International Film Festival

Pass the popcorn (and the awards)

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Different Strokes for Different Folks

DIY Hump! Film Festival is back to flick your switch

BY JESSI CAPE

What’cha Watchin’?

Staff writer Richard Whittaker revisits favorite Fantastic Fest films now streaming

Film Reviews

American Assassin

The bestselling series hits the screen

Brad's Status

Ben Stiller shines in this character study

California Typewriter

An ode to the analog

Elizabeth Blue

A disturbed woman grapples with love

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The bloody spy series returns

Last Rampage

True story about a bloody prison break

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

The LEGO law of diminishing returns

Mother!

Jennifer Lawrence on the brink of madness

Trophy

Doc on big game hunters and conservation
arts & culture

Ground Floor Theatre's Long Comeback

With Gibberish Mostly, Lisa Scheps' company makes its long-awaited return to the stage scene

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Seen / Soon Sept. 22

Being dazzled by Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles on Austin Museum Day and adventuring with the Theorists at Zilker

Arts Reviews

The Hidden Room Theatre's Henry IV

Beth Burns' latest foray into Shakespeare will school you on how to present plays penned by the Bard

Paper Chairs’ Catalina de Erauso

Elizabeth Doss’ latest plays with history in a way that serves its feminist hero, and it’s also a comedy that knows its stuff

Recspec Gallery’s “The Eyes Have It”

The gallery’s inaugural show fills the room with eyes, both good and evil, as well as visual riddles and calisthenics
columns

Gay Place

What makes Austin so queer-friendly?

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, N.M.

New Mexican artist collective turns an old bowling alley into a modern fun house

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Swinging for the Fences

There is no glory in Wichita

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

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

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