Dec. 14, 2018

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Volume 38, Number 16

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features

Your Guide to Giving

How to donate to local nonprofits
news

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Upcoming Legislative Session

Lawmakers set to tackle immigration, education, legalization, transportation, and more

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Point Austin: Southwest Key and Us

The local refugee empire is a symptom of bigger troubles

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Could AISD Shutter 12 Schools?

District discloses ideas for $55 million in budget cuts

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Sid Miller Is Ready For Some Hemp

Wingnut agriculture chief smells money in those weeds

BY MARY TUMA

Austin Schools Ask Parents When and How to Talk About Sex

Birds do it, bees do it, ISDs do it

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

City Council Heads Into Holiday Break Wrestling With Process

Trying to reinvent the wheel since 2014

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

C.D.A. Merger Plan Stumbles at Finish Line

Commissioners Court won’t pursue merger of prosecutors

BY MICHAEL KING

Winding Up the Election Cycle

Harper-Madison, Ellis to join Council; Singh, Gharakhanian prevail

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON, NINA HERNANDEZ, SARAH MARLOFF, AUSTIN SANDERS AND MARY TUMA

Movement Mujeres Looks to Empower Young Women of Color

Project empowers young women of color

BY MARY TUMA

AISD Catches a Ride With Cap Metro

Will free fares for students ease the district's budget woes?

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

Holiday Dining Doesn't Have to Be All Stomach Cramps and Anaphylaxis

Picnik’s edible philosophies

BY VERONICA MEEWES

How to Handle Your (Very Nice) Family This Holiday Season

Where, oh where, have all the hideouts gone?

BY EMILY BEYDA

A First Look at Sway in West Lake Hills

The neon lotus sigil expands its empire

BY JESSI CAPE

Food Events

music

Honky-Tonk Soul Man Charley Crockett Makes His Move

The singer’s long road to Austin

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Playback: Bombs, Beto, and the Biggest Music Stories of 2018

“Playback” recaps the news, trends, and controversies of the year. Outrage level: high.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Kevin Welch

Dust Devil

Sheverb

Chapter One

Kendall Beard

Here Comes Trouble

Stephanie Urbina Jones

Tularosa

Reddening West

Deltas

Nagavalli

Immersion

Aaron Stephens

Focus

This Will Destroy You

New Others Part One

Name Sayers

Mantles
screens

The Personal Stories Behind Ben Is Back

Writer/director Peter Hedges on family, alcoholism, and going home

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

PBS Doc Man on Fire Recounts a Modern Martyrdom

UT filmmakers find the story behind a Texas minister who set himself on fire

BY BRITT HAYES

What’cha Watchin’?

Proofreader Jasmine Lane gets animated about her favorite shows

Film Reviews

The House That Jack Built

Lars von Trier, back pushing buttons, to little response

Mary Queen of Scots

Period drama has no sense of history

Mortal Engines

Dystopian YA adaptation relies on spectacle over character

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

Behind the scenes as the Studio Ghibli mastermind returns to film

Once Upon a Deadpool

Deadpool is back ... and he brought Fred Savage with him

People’s Republic of Desire

China's terrifying social media dystopia makes new media slaves

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Your friendly neighborhood web-head goes beyond Peter Parker

Tea With the Dames

Share a cuppa with the great British ladies of the screen

Vox Lux

Pop star drama is all off-key
arts & culture

Staging Mr. Burns, a post-electric play With Zero Waste

A UT student production of Anne Washburn’s play shows how to make theatre the sustainable way

BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS

Snapshot: The Art of Ice Cream Experience

Selfies and sweet treats abound at this Instagram-ready pop-up installation

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Arts Reviews

Ground Floor Theatre's Fun Home

Lisa Scheps’ production is invested with a level of care that makes this musical memoir movingly familiar

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

The company’s 56th run at this holiday classic retains its magic – enough beauty and wonder to transport you to enchanting realms

“Alba Corral: Thoughts in Action” at Generative Art Project

The new gallery screens our present into the future with beauty and depth
columns

Qmmunity

Be the gift that keeps on giving

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Daytripping as Holiday Shopping

Buy a gift on your next Texas day trip

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Party Monster

Nothing good for you can come of this

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

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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