Aug. 17, 2018

Volume 37, Number 51

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features

Blaze: The Man, The Music, The Movie

A Letter From Guest Editor Ethan Hawke

Blaze director on why it’s time for us all to act like grownups and demand integrity from our elected officials

BY ETHAN HAWKE

The Ballad of Townes & Blaze

The twisted but not-so-tall tale of Van Zandt and Foley, Lonesome Dove meets Barfly

BY SYBIL ROSEN

Back to the Tree House

Writer Sybil Rosen and actress Alia Shawkat on falling in love with Blaze Foley again, and for the first time

BY ERIC KOHN

Playing Townes

Charlie Sexton and Richard Linklater talk about the role of a lifetime

BY ETHAN HAWKE

4am With a Head Full of Whiskey

Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey's late-night daydream

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Outlaw Sounds

Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey on their favorite Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt songs

BY BEN DICKEY AND ETHAN HAWKE

news

Beto O'Rourke and Ethan Hawke in Conversation

Two Texans discuss politics, fear, and the power of Willie Nelson to bring us back together

BY ETHAN HAWKE

Point Austin: What You Say, and How You Say It

Ballot language argument is a snapshot of polarized Austin politics

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Major League

Pushed by mayor, City Council takes the leap

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week: Steve Adler

The mayor is glad to be getting a soccer team

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Equity Office Complaint Spurs Racial Tension

One probe may spark another

BY MARY TUMA

Probation Failing Young Offenders

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition report says there has to be a better way

BY MICHAEL KING

Latino Civil Rights Group Cuts Ties With Southwest Key

UnidosUS cuts East Austin nonprofit out of funding and affiliate benefits

BY MARY TUMA

Council: Throwin’ Shade

City Council, hotter than an August sun

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Council Approves Deal for Soccer at McKalla Place

Members vote 7-4 in favor of Precourt plan

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Central Health Lays Out Its FY 2019 Budget

For your health

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Election Notes: Down to Deadline

Filing time is upon us now

BY MARY TUMA, CHASE HOFFBERGER, AUSTIN SANDERS AND NINA HERNANDEZ

The Champion of Camelback?

Jonathan Coon pursues a complex project near the Pennybacker Bridge

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin ISD Receives "B" Grade from Texas Education Agency

District's overall score was 89%

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

ICYMI: Ski Shores Cafe

“Big cheeseburgers and good french fries”

BY JESSI CAPE

Food Events

music

Playback: This Is Not Traditional

Tim Kerr and Jerry Hagins remain unconventional in Up Around the Sun, plus an update on World Class Capital Group

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Blowing the Dust Off Punk Record Collections

Jason Blackmore explores punk musicians' record collections in Records Collecting Dust II

BY TIM STEGALL

Film Reviews

Alpha

The first-ever boy and his dog story

Blaze

The life and legacy of Austin's ill-fated Duct Tape Messiah

Breaking & Exiting

An unlikely meet-cute in this suicide rom-com

Crazy Rich Asians

Joyful rom-com puts the American fish out of water among Asia's 1%

An Interview With God

God gets interviewed. Surprisingly, not by Oprah.

McQueen

The triumphs and tragedies of the late bad boy of British fashion

Minding the Gap

Sundance-lauded Hulu skateboarder doc surpasses Thrasher equation

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

A madcap animated ramble through Kyoto's drinking district

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

The great composer, somewhat explained

Skate Kitchen

Hybrid narrative/doc gets to the heart of NYC skater life

The Third Murder

Japanese legal procedural puts the justice system on trial
arts & culture

Snapshot: Pride Austin Parade

There's no raining on this parade

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Arts Reviews

Ground Floor Theatre's There and Back

This new play by Raul Garza lets us spend a lifetime with an immigrant and all the decisions she makes

ZM3 Live Productions' Echo of a Refugee ... Me?

Zell Miller III's latest was a state of the city address that called out Austin for gentrification and policies harmful to its black citizens
columns

Gay Place

Queer comedy returns to ColdTowne

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Kingsland

Tiny homes make a big splash in vacation rentals

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: Bro Nights

An inspirational paragon of manly virtue and self-confidence

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

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Why So Much?

BY LANCE MYERS

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