March 1, 2019

Volume 38, Number 27

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news

Signs of Trouble and of Hope at Mendez Middle School

In-district charter seeks to turn around a campus’ longtime struggles

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Point Austin: Signing On to a Green New Deal

Doggett in defense of concrete steps, not “absolute purity”

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

AISD Moves Forward on Three Lingering Issues

School board’s busy, busy night

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Community Survey Proves Austinites Love Austin

We like us, we still really like us

BY MICHAEL KING

Spider House Saga Goes to Court

Judge hears motion to dismiss defamation lawsuit

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Abortion Clinic Displaced by Crisis Pregnancy Center

Whole Woman's Health will now be the new home to Austin LifeCare

BY MARY TUMA

Activists Say Austin Public Library Policy Change Is Overdue

Disturbing the library

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

City, UT Agree to Change Red River’s Flow

One of central Austin's main thoroughfares to be realigned and reconstructed

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

T. Don Hutto Detention Center Still Open

Controversial private prison contracts directly with ICE to house women seeking asylum

BY MARY TUMA

Lege Lines: Do It for the Kids

House Dems lay out school finance plan

BY MICHAEL KING AND MARY TUMA

Judges Not Ready to Endorse Public Defender Plan

Proposed office's future even more uncertain

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

food

Dive Deeper Into the World of Mezcal in Austin

It's agave all day at these local bars

BY VERONICA MEEWES

Austin Startup Home Run Dugout Steps Up to the Plate

Pre-booking is open for the Dell Diamond facility in advance of baseball’s opening day

BY JESSI CAPE

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of February 28, 2019
music

Here Are Your 2018/19 Austin Music Award Winners

Best band, musician, song, radio station, and more Top 10s chosen by you

Faster Than Sound: KVRX Launches the Largest College Radio Festival

KVRX station manager Gab Soong starts the largest ever student-run radio fest, national phone theft ring uncovered from ACL Fest, and Big Thief’s Buck Meek settles down outside the city

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

OFFICE SPACE AT 20

Looking Back at the Corporate Comedy Classic Office Space

Mike Judge's defining depiction of corporate America enters the Texas Film Hall of Fame

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Office Space Star David Herman Is the Real Michael Bolton

"Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks!"

BY BRITT HAYES

Gary Cole Was the Original Horrible Boss in Office Space

"Didn't you get the memo?"

BY DAN GENTILE

“I Believe You’d Get Your Ass Kicked Saying Somethin’ Like That, Man.”

Re-read our original Office Space review

Texas Film Awards 2019

The who, what, where of the biggest night in Texas cinema

John Lee Hancock Heads to the Texas Film Hall of Fame

A writer, a director, and a writer/director

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

One in a Crowd

Austin filmmakers need your help funding new films

BY SAVANNAH J SALAZAR

Film Reviews

Climax

Gaspar Noé's acid freakout dance-a-thon teaches us that drugs are bad, m'kay

Fighting With My Family

Wrestling biopic of breakthrough WWE superstar Paige

Greta

Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert play cat-and-mouse in this glorious potboiler

The Hole in the Ground

Something evil in the Irish countryside

Hotel by the River

Semi-improvised South Korean family drama is as much about pauses as what it spoken

The Iron Orchard

Texas wildcatter literary classic is a sometimes too-faithful adaptation

To Dust

Two men and a pig become more than porcine comedy in this tender and cunning discussion of death
arts & culture

The Challenge of Playing Living People in Zach Theatre's Notes From the Field

The cast discusses how hard it can be getting into the skin of living people in Anna Deavere Smith’s play

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Snapshot – Inside Hopscotch: Light and Sound

This is the immersive art experience that’s all over your Instagram feed

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Arts Reviews

Ground Floor Theatre's black do crack

In this new solo show, writer-performer Florinda Bryant shatters the myth that black women must go it alone

TexARTS' Xanadu

This musical comedy embrace of Eighties pop culture is served up with all the energy, excess, and extravagance the decade deserves

Denise Elliott Jones: "Does It Match the Sofa?" at the Butridge Gallery

This divine Texas artist is straight-up messing with the fabric of reality
columns

Oops!

Qmmunity: Let’s Get Political

Guiding the city’s Queer Commission, plus cherry-picked events to queer your week

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: New Monuments, Houston

Twenty-five artists reimagine modern monuments

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: Critical, Urgent Texts

Confession: The Luv Doc hates texting

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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