May 3, 2019

Volume 38, Number 36

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news

At the Capitol, Texas Tries to Catch Up With Cannabis

From medical use to decriminalization to legalization, marijuana seems to have bipartisan support, so what's taking so long?

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Austin at Large: Mapping the Transition Zones

Ever so slowly, City Hall learns to govern without consensus

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: What Happens Next?

Public process will be key to whether code rewrite succeeds

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

North Austin Mosque Targeted Again

Attempted arson latest in vandalisms attacking North Austin Muslim Community Center

BY MARY TUMA

Federal Judge to Texas: No, You Can't Bar Government Contractors From Boycotting Israel

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Student Settles With Scottish Rite Dormitory

Private dorm had been accused of discriminatory behavior against queer resident

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Is a New Austin Land Development Code Done Yet?

Council: Stick a pin in that!

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Growing State of Downtown

Downtown Austin Alliance releases status report on development

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Who’s Running for What in Texas So Far

Yellow Dog 2020: Local Dem primary dance card filling up

BY MICHAEL KING

LEGE LINES

Tax Caps Roll Through Texas House

House approves Senate Bill 2, a revenue cap plan opposed vociferously by local mayors, county judges, and other elected officials

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Texas Senate Education Committee Advances Its Own School Finance Plan

SB 4 would essentially gut the House version of the bill

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Gun Advocate Wants Apology From Texas Speaker of the House

Chris McNutt showed up at Dennis Bonnen's house but doesn't think he was being intimidating

BY MARY TUMA

House Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Transgender Texans

HB 1513 would expand scope of James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act

BY MARY TUMA

What Time Is It in Texas?

Texas House wants to let voters decide whether to keep daylight saving time

BY MARY TUMA

Open Carry for School Marshals?

Senate wants to let school districts decide if marshals can open-carry guns on campus

BY MARY TUMA

Commissioners Court to Decide Next Step in Proposed Public Defender’s Office

May 7 vote scheduled to approve grant proposal to fund new indigent defense office

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Celebrate Community and Connection in Austin During Ramadan

Soujouk, samosas, and dinner with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Mayor Steve Adler

BY EMILY BEYDA

The Peached Tortilla’s Cookbook Can Make You a Dinner Party Star

Explore Asian comfort food from Tokyo to Texas

BY EMILY BEYDA

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of May 2, 2019
music

Rancho Alegre Fights to Be the Cadillac of Conjunto Festivals

The music fest returns the native Texas genre Downtown where it once flourished

BY CÉSAR E. LÓPEZ LINARES

Faster Than Sound: A Festival Blooms in the Desert

Amid concern over a new C3 festival, homegrown Marfa Myths strives to grow with the Texas city

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Texas Platters

The Well

Death and Consolation

George Strait

Honky Tonk Time Machine

Bayonne

Drastic Measures

Sine

Insomniæ

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Native Son

Dale Watson

Call Me Lucky

Rod Melancon

Pinkville
screens

New Documentary Shows the Beauty of the Border, and the Perils of a Barrier

The River and the Wall captures a wilderness without divisions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Empty Metal Rewrites the Rules of Filmmaking

Cine Las Americas film blends entertainment and the avant-garde

BY MATTHEW MONAGLE

Inside the 2019 Cine Las Americas Schedule

Talking different kinds of borders with Executive Director Jean Anne Lauer

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

One in a Crowd: "The Rink"

Get groovy on wheels by crowdfunding this horror short

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Hail Satan?

The Satanic Temple’s idiosyncratic quest to remind America about freedom of religion

The Intruder

Is going Full-On Quaid a thing? Maybe so, as the veteran goes bugnuts melodrama in the "crazy neighbor" thriller

Long Shot

Timely political rom-com finds new common ground for opposites attracting each other

Rafiki

Kenyan LGBTQ drama is a miracle solely for existing, yet also a vibrant, colorful romance

Red Joan

Based-on-true-life spy drama can keep its secrets to itself

The River and the Wall

More than a nature hike, this border wall documentary replaces rhetoric with reality
arts & culture

Getting Your Head Around (and Hands on) the Art of Abraham Cruzvillegas

Conceptual artist brings "Hi, how are you, Gonzo?" to the Contemporary Austin

BY BARBARA PURCELL

Arts Reviews

ScriptWorks' Out of Ink 2019: Artificially Intelligent

The 10-minute plays in this year's edition of the annual showcase venture outside the comfort zone

Austin Opera's La Bohème

The beauty of the music and stagecraft in this production teaches us something about love and art

Dimension Sculpture Park

Springdale Road is increasingly strung with gems, and this is the newest one
columns

Qmmunity

Plus new music from Krudxs Cubensi and a Cinco de Mayo drag brunch

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: "Greetings From ..." Murals

Outdoor paintings worthy of a selfie stick

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: Stolen Wedding

Imitation is also the most sincere form of ridicule

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Challenge your ever-increasing property taxes

BY LUKE ELLIS AND HALEY HOLT

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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