June 15, 2018

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Volume 37, Number 42

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news

A New Era for the Travis County Democratic Party

After years of infighting and a tumultuous election in March, the TCDP must now proceed as one

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Point Austin: The Struggle Continues

The Poor People's Campaign renews the long-term fight

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week: Ora Houston

The outgoing council member reflects on four years and lots of work

Civics 101

CodeNEXT: Runnin’ Scared

A smattering of happenings concerning the land use rewrite

BY SARAH MARLOFF

NAKED CITY

Martin Luecke’s “Campaign to Save Humanity”

Independent eyes Congressional District 25

BY MICHAEL KING

Scholars Call on State Board of Education to Repair Sins of Past and Present

Vote expected Friday to rename Mexican-American studies course

BY MARY TUMA

Council: City Cyclone

Council’s wild week, if they can get through it

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Brian Manley: “Austin’s Next Police Chief”

APD vet expects appointment Thursday at Council

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Texas Medical Board Defends Itself

Responding to complaints, agency renews attack on critics and judge

BY MICHAEL KING

Death Watch: Intellectually Disabled or Mentally Ill?

Three cases raise the question

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Soccer in Austin? Three Interests Now Vying for McKalla Place

Welcome to the group stage

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

AISD Board Preps for Lege

This year's motto: give the district more money

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Stratford Plan on Hold?

Environmental Commission throws wrench in PARD's progress

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

food

Austin's Barbecue Culture Is Well-Seasoned Thanks to These Pioneers

A brief history of old-school 'cue

BY VERONICA MEEWES

BBQ Revolution's Slow-Smoked Vegan Barbecue

The best damn meat-free barbecue you've ever had

BY ALISHA MCDARRIS

Sam’s Bar-B-Que Is Open, for Now

E. 12th Street barbecue spot needs support to stay open

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Battle of the Briskets: Division Champions

Vote now for one brisket to rule them all

Food Events

music

Second Annual Terror Fest Takes Hold of Austin

Burgeoning extreme metal maelstrom runs June 15-17

Playback: Jump on It

Eastside hip-hop summer series moves to the Expo Center; plus, musical robots with personality disorders and more music news

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

C. Robert Cargill’s Journey From Writing About Film to Making Blockbusters

Something sinister, something strange from Dr. Strange scribe

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Great Comics Getting Greater

Austin's newest comic and film convention leaps into action

BY MOISÉS CHIULLÁN

Film Reviews

American Animals

Truth, lies, and self-deception in this remarkable true-crime docudrama

Breath

Australian surfer dudes come of age in this literary adaptation.

Incredibles 2

Pixar's superhero family returns with familiar but still welcome action

Pom Poko

"Lost" Studio Ghibli tale of raccoons in peril gets long-delayed release

Summer 1993

Town mouse turns country mouse in this bitter-sweet reminiscence of Spanish childhood.

Tag

Ridiculous true story of childhood retained makes for ridiculous fun

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

America's favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, revealed as even kinder than you hoped

The Yellow Birds

Iraq War veteran's novel gets a sadly uninspiring adaptation
arts & culture

Spectrum Theatre Company's Juneteenth Chronicles

With this play, Crystal Bird Caviel honors ancestors who were slaves and her colleague, the late Dr. Billy F. Harden

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Snapshot: Bubblepalooza

Because bubbles make everything better

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Arts Reviews

Zach Theatre's Sunday in the Park With George

Zach relalizes the Sondheim musical with near flawless execution but has little in the way of emotional reward

Heartland Theatre Collective’s Little Bird

The vulnerability of small things is at the heart of Nicole Oglesby’s drama of girls and ghosts in East Texas bayou country

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company’s Company

In this short works program, the troupe explored the solace and thrills in the company you keep
columns

Day Trips: Jet Set Chocolate, Brenham

Airline pilot turns to turning chocolate into art as a hobby

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Please don't stop the music

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Luv Doc: The Marrying Kind

What is needed here is not some sort of grand gesture

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

FIFA membership voted to accept a joint bid by the USA, Canada, and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup

BY NICK BARBARO

World Cup: Opening Week Preview

Opening week preview
comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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