March 22, 2019

Volume 38, Number 30

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news

Envisioning the Future of Austin State Hospital

What will it take to turn the former Texas State Lunatic Asylum into a world-class center of brain health?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin at Large: City Hall’s Game of Threes

Spencer Cronk quizzes the Council to win a new land use code!

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Slouching Toward CodeCRONK

City manager gives Council a multiple-choice quiz for the land development code redo

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Casar Defends His Opposition to East Riverside Rezoning Request

Council member argues the density gains aren’t worth displacing current residents

BY MICHAEL KING

Mobility Plan’s Bad Date With ZAP

Began in 2016, Austin's proposed transportation plan still manages to be contentious

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Austin Community College Expands Care to Younger Kids

ACC / YMCA partnership now accepting 12-month-olds and up to its drop-in center

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Lege Lines: Taking Aim at Planned Parenthood ... Again

Senate committee advances bill targeting Downtown clinic

BY MARY TUMA

Bills Filed to Limit Authority of Texas Medical Board

Van Boven case inspires lawmakers to push for more oversight

BY MICHAEL KING

Texas House Advances Ambitious School Finance Bill

Teachers’ union celebrates shedding of merit pay provision

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Gun-Filled Weekend Prompts APD Action

Spring fest unrest

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON AND AUSTIN SANDERS

Death Watch: “Texas Seven” Member Contests “Law of Parties”

A robbery ended in a police officer death while Patrick Murphy waited outside. Current Texas law holds him responsible.

BY SARAH MARLOFF

food

Sassy's Brings Its Vegetarian Soul Food to East Austin

Andrea Dawson's home cooking lands at 12th & Chicon

BY SYDNEY GREENE

Uncle Ray's Offers Peanut Brittle and Southern Charm

Local woman working for peanuts

BY EMILY BEYDA

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of March 21, 2019
music

Faster Than Sound: What Sparked Joy at SXSW Music

Marie Kondo-ing my Festival experience, with scooters and shooters in the giveaway pile

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Texas Platters

Gary Clark Jr.

This Land

Gurf Morlix

Impossible Blue

Rosie Flores

Simple Case of the Blues

Lesly Reynaga

Dual Passport

Frederico7

Exótico Americano

Magna Carda

Ladee

Warm Sugar

Warm Sugar

Harlem

Oh Boy

Löwin

Heavy as the Sun

HiGene!

In the Valley

Taft

Goodnight, Plum

Lovely Sparrows

Shake the Shadow

Mamahawk

Brain Invaderz

Hunt Sales Memorial

Get Your Shit Together

Hayes Carll

What It Is

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord

Harder On the Outside

Lonestar

Lonestar

Instant Leftovers Vol. 3

Instant Leftovers Vol. 3

Canto de Sirena Vol. 1

Canto de Sirena Vol. 1
screens

THREE NEW FILM BOOKS ASK WHAT IF ...

What If the Marx Brothers Got Around to Making That Movie With Salvador Dalí?

Josh Frank brings the legendary unproduced movie to printed life

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

What If The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Was Really About the Horrors of Modern American Society?

Putting the Austin-made seminal slasher back into context

BY MARC SAVLOV

What If Mickey Mouse Had a Life Outside the Movies?

Why we're drawn to illustrated icons

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

VR Arena Adds Cardio to Your Virtual Experience

Virtuix's new attraction at Pinballz has players running and gunning without moving

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film Reviews

Ash Is Purest White

The emotional cost of a life of crime across two decades in Northern China

Captive State

Aliens vs. Chicago. Chicago loses.

Dragged Across Concrete

Police brutality and corruption in a world of malice and greed

Five Feet Apart

Meet cute on the teen ICU takes a turn for the corny

Giant Little Ones

Teen sexuality as a spectrum in this tender drama of growing up and coming out

Gloria Bell

Julianne Moore excels (as always) in this funny, poignant character study

The Highwaymen

Costner and Harrelson face death and mortality on the hunt for Bonnie & Clyde

Level 16

Horror mystery used dread in a tale of the lies we tell young women

The Mustang

Two wild spirits, man and horse, find peace in the microepic

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Pop-art animated heist flick puts collection obsession on display

Us

Jordan Peele has met the enemy, and they is Us

The Wedding Guest

A simmering thriller of international abduction and pursuit

Wonder Park

PG-theme park adventure we're all tall enough to ride
arts & culture

Draylen Mason Is Still Being Remembered, and How Matters

A year after his death, we should do as Draylen did

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dance Repertory Theatre's Fortitude

In this spring concert, a profound and moving tribute to a missing member of the Theatre & Dance Department community

"Stella Alesi: Journeying" at Prizer Arts & Letters

The artist extends her protean skills toward the bold and minimal
columns

Qmmunity: An Ode to Erica Nix & Transform

Plus queerish comedy and drag deities to tide you over

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Louisiana Swamp Tours

Louisiana swamp tours dive deep into Cajun country

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: He Doesn’t Listen

The Luv Doc keeps a list to help him remember the things he will soon forget

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

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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