Feb. 9, 2018

Volume 37, Number 24

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2018 PRIMARIES

The Tides of March

Ready for a blue wave in November's midterms? That'll depend on the race.

BY MARY TUMA

Other Statewide Races

Maybe more of a ripple

BY MARY TUMA

U.S. Congress

The unconstitutionality of it all

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Sick and Tired

Council moves toward commonsense ordinance, despite business resistance

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Coming Soon to a Corridor Near You

Hopefully in fewer than four score years ...

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week: Jimmy Flannigan

Nutjobs, all of 'em

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Abbott's First Good Crackdown

BY MARY TUMA

Travis County Sues Opioid Industry

Manufacturers, distributors, marketers named in this week's suit

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Candidate Hooky

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Mike Clark-Madison Named Publisher of Austin Monitor

Former Chronicle writer and editor becomes third to run local site

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

At Amazon, Somebody’s Always Watching You

Online mega-retailer received two patents intended to monitor warehouse workers

BY MICHAEL KING

Your Plan for Pools

First, let's all chip in $124 million

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Council: In the Shadow of the Dome

When "Austin values" clash with state Republican control?

BY MICHAEL KING

Paid Sick Leave: A Reproductive Justice Issue

It's not just about workers' rights

BY MARY TUMA

CodeMESS

CodeNEXT's final draft set for release on Monday

BY SARAH MARLOFF

OSHA Cites Coreslab for Worker Death

Company cited for two violations, totaling $25,868

BY JACK CRAVER

Community-Built, Community-Driven Oversight?

Austin's activists have got a plan

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

No, You’re Out of Order!

Wild times at the Public Safety Commission

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

food

Mega Chains H Mart and 99 Ranch Market Come to Austin

What’s at stake for local Asian markets?

BY BETH SULLIVAN

ICYMI: Chez Nous

French bistro offers comfort, romance, and wonderful food

BY JESSI CAPE

Food Events

music

Pillowcore Duo Hovvdy Captures a Lifetime's Worth of Nostagia

Lo-fi locals release sophomore LP Cranberry

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Playback: Will Johnson’s Eternal Newness

"Playback" challenges Will Johnson to a home run derby and uncovers seven things you didn't know about A Giant Dog

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Quit Your Day Job

Stark singer-songwriter David Ramirez used to box up 15,000 pies a day

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Texas Platters

Uranium Savages

Clown Juice

Wild Child

Expectations

Très Oui

Poised to Flourish

PartyWizard

In the Mask Not of the Mask

Jeff Bryant

Sleeping With the Lights On
screens

Bomb City Retells the Tensions Behind the Killing of a Texas Punk

Brian Deneke’s life and death story comes to local screens

BY MARC SAVLOV

Transforming the Screen

New film fest emphasizes diversity in women filmmakers

BY SARAH MARLOFF

What’cha Watchin’?

Screengrabs from the Chronicle staff

Film Reviews

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

Cartoon creations from Kobe to Goldilocks

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A

Breaion King arrest doc heads up the Oscar short list

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program B

Horror and hope in America's underdog communities

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

Compassion, grace, and humor distinguish the Oscar hopefuls

Before We Vanish

Creepy director enters SF territory

Bomb City

Infamous 1997 Amarillo punk murder exposes social division.

A Ciambra

Cinema verité depiction of life in Italy's Roma communities

Fashionista

UK-to-ATX transplant Simon Rumley's thriftstore mystery

La Boda de Valentina

Transcontinental farce in this Mexican/American rom-com

Permission

Polyamory and commitment weigh heavy in this New York rom-com

Winchester

Helen Mirren fights off ghosts with construction tools.
arts & culture

Getting a Read on the State of Anti-State Bookstores

Brave New Books and Monkeywrench Books keep thinking outside the mainstream

BY TAYLOR PREWITT

Snapshot: The Electric Church’s Anniversary Party

The DIY venue celebrates one year at the crossroads of Austin’s underground music scene

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Arts Reviews

ColdTowne Theater's Deja Noir

Double Indemnity provides the structure for an improvised and hilarious riff on those dark crime films out of the past

Ready/Set/Go!'s Backbone

Despite the title of this three-dance program, the arms may have had the most to say

Mexic-Arte Museum's "Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections From the Permanent Collection"

The exhibition puts on view a treasure trove of images that have been in hiding for too long in the museum's collections
columns

Oops!

Gay Place

Out of Time: Austin's queer transmedia fest returns for year four

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Chocolates El Rey, Stonewall

Importer of Venezuelan chocolate brings food of the gods to the Hill Country wine district

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Lipstick on the Mirror

Why would you want to be with someone who doesn't care how you feel?

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

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

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