Feb. 23, 2018

Volume 37, Number 26

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news

Chronicle Endorsements

Recommendations for the county, state, and country

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

What Are the Birds Telling Us About Climate Change?

Reading the signs from our friends up in the sky

BY MELANY JEAN

Point Austin: “Austin Will Still Be Austin”

Adler’s “state of the city” imagines a bulwark against “a giant honking mess”

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week: Kent Whitaker

Father pleads to state for mercy on his son

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Christopher Giles’ Death Ruled Suicide

APD gunshots did not kill Avenue G home intruder

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Auto Worker Unionization Effort Thwarted?

Workers at U.S. Farathane hoped to unionize against harsh conditions

BY JACK CRAVER

ICE Retaliates Against Hutto Detainee?

Laura Monterrosa says she was sent to solitary confinement

BY MARY TUMA

Death Watch: Life in Prison for Thomas Whitaker?

Death row inmate becomes first to receive commutation recommendation from Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2007

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Sick Leave Passes

Austin’s is first such ordinance in the South

BY MICHAEL KING

New City Man­ag­er Spencer Cronk: “Engagement and Transparency”

New city manager emphasizes community outreach

BY MICHAEL KING

Handcuffed

Is this what the African-American Achievement Plan looks like at AISD?

BY JOSEPH CATERINE

Big Money for Big Roads

Deciding how the Mobility Bond is spent on Austin's most traveled streets

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Police: Special Pay Benefits Back, Contract Negotiations Coming Soon

Council charts police union's path

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Champion Tract to Change Hands Already?

Jonathan Coon plans to purchase tract, build senior living facility

BY MARGARET NICKLAS

2018 Primary Election Notes

The news you need

BY NEWS STAFF

Central Health: “Well-functioning”

Positive reviews for the health care provider

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Review: Yuyo

Manor Road is now home to upscale Peruvian fare

BY MELANIE HAUPT

AC Date Night: Aviary Wine & Kitchen

Furniture boutique turned restaurant glams up South Lamar

BY ADRIENNE WHITEHORSE

Food Events

music

Feels Like the First Time

The 36th annual Austin Music Awards mark a number of debuts

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Telecaster Sovereign Sue Foley Lands Back in Austin

The Ice Queen is on fire

BY ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ

Playback: A Nomad in Austin

Abhi the Nomad drops anchor, Whip In’s new soul, and Wilson Marks makes his mark

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

AFS and UT Press Celebrate the Legacy of CinemaTexas

Notes on cinema history

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AFS Presents SXSW Film @ 25

Festival favorites and winners return

BY ACACIA CORONADO

What’cha Watchin’?

Screengrabs from the Chronicle staff

Film Reviews

Every Day

Body-changing teen drama is more metaphysical than hormonal.

Game Night

Monopoly was never this brutal before this crime-com.

Half Magic

Heather Graham turns director in empowerment comedy

Have a Nice Day

Mid-Nineties-style crime stories refreshed by Chinese cartoons.

The Road Movie

The ultimate POV rush with Russian dash-cam compilation

24 Frames

Iranian master filmmaker plays with the almost-moving image.
arts & culture

Peach Fuzz: A Nudie Mag Stripped

In their magazine, Kelly Dugan and Laura McNairy deliver all of the skin and none of the grossness

BY MELANY JEAN

Snapshot: Lunar New Year Celebrations

Year of the Dog means cute puppies ahead

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Seen / Soon: Feb. 23

Watching your shadow take on a life of its own through public art, and hearing a portrait of composer Sam Lipman through his music

Arts Reviews

Ballet Austin's Masters of Dance

This triple bill of abstract works was a tribute to the piano and its range, excellently performed

Austin Shakespeare's The Seagull

This new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's beloved classic takes wing well enough but doesn't quite soar

“Gail Chovan: No Trace of Now Will Remain” at Women & Their Work

The fashion designer-artist appropriates mourning rituals and their materials to make statements in this beautifully morbid show
columns

Oops!

Gay Place

One year later, Queer Dance Party Freakout returns to remove Sen. Cruz from office

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Tejas Chocolate Craftory, Tomball

Bean-to-bar chocolate factory excels at barbecue brisket

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Dog Poop, Flop Sweat, and Rotting Salmon

The thin ice of environmental irresponsibility

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

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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