Feb. 1, 2019

Volume 38, Number 23

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news

Will Texas Patch Up TABC Before It Bursts?

If ever an agency needed to be scorched by the state’s Sunset Act, it’s the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com­mis­sion

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Point Austin: How to Suppress the Vote

With its latest lies, Texas GOP reminds us: This is all they’ve got

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Higher-Ed Commissioner Raymund Paredes Retires

Steps down after 15 years helping Texans access postsecondary education

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

SAFE Tackles Work Misconduct

Austin nonprofit launches initiative to train workplaces on fostering “zero-violence environments”

BY SARAH MARLOFF

The Scooters Are Not for Crimes

Scooter and cellphone data lead to Austin teen’s arrest for bank robbery

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Council Set to OK New Contract for Downtown Homeless Shelter

Council ready to take next (Front) Steps

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

AISD and City: Let’s Work Together!

Looking for mutually beneficial uses for publicly owned land

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Lege Lines: Texas GOP Tees up More Voter ID Nonsense

Secretary of State issues election advisory, ignites right-wing voter fraud frenzy

BY MARY TUMA

Racist Confederate Plaque Needs a Forever Home

State Preservation Board mulls over what to do with defrocked "Children of the Confederacy Creed" plaque

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Special Election Fills One of Three Vacant Seats in Texas House

Dem Art Fierro wins HD 79 while Houston's HD 145 goes to runoff

BY MARY TUMA

Pressley’s Zombie Council Fight Gets Snuffed

Texas Supreme Court declares an end to 2014(!) city election

BY MICHAEL KING

food

The Battle of Small Beer vs. Big Distributors Rages on With Texas Beer-To-Go Bill

Another chippy round of political beer pong

BY ERIC PUGA

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of January 31, 2019
music

Austin's House Music Scene Clings to the African-American Community That Birthed It

House music rose to prominence from Chicago’s black music community and hangs on here in its original form

BY DAN GENTILE

Faster Than Sound: I’m Just Not Into Labels

CD Baby brings DIY Musician Conference to Austin, Sidewinder won't be ready for SXSW, and PledgeMusic withholds Fastball campaign funds

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

Experimental Response Cinema’s Scott Stark Bids Farewell to Austin

Our interview with the filmmaker and programmer

BY JOSH KUPECKI

Catherine Hardwicke Unloads With Miss Bala

Twilight director and UT grad heads across the border for new film

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Nicole Kidman, Still To Die For

How the Australian A-lister stays true to her indie roots

BY BRITT HAYES

Now Streaming in Austin: Love Radio

Web series Love Radio, shot in KOOP studios, takes the romance out of DJ life

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Capernaum

Lebanese drama of the destitute is tough to watch, but tougher to live

Miss Bala

Drug cartel action gets an unexpectedly glamorous makeover

Piercing

A wannabe serial killer gets more than he anticipates in this dark comedy

They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson's extraordinary World War I documentary finds humanity in a hellish war

Unbridled

Religion and horses are insufficient therapy for this abuse drama
arts & culture

Residential Art Gallery Collection Rert Is Creative Austin as It Used to Be

Amanda Jones and Chad Hopper let the Rert ones in

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Snapshot: Cirque Italia

Water circus splashes down at Barton Creek Square mall

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Arts Reviews

Austin Opera's Silent Night

This production of the Pulitzer Prize winner powerfully creates the tension of the battlefield and just as powerfully lets it go

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

Bowling is something sacred in Elizabeth McCracken’s multigenerational novel

"Interwoven" at MASS Gallery

In this group show of fiber artists, a stitch in time saves, nein?
columns

Qmmunity

Lewkin' at the Lege

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Industry, San Marcos

New restaurant a place to relax and enjoy

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: A Very Honest Person

The Luv Doc is uncomfortable with the idea of a "hall pass"

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

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

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