May 17, 2019

Volume 38, Number 38

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features

SUMMER FUN 2019

Summer Events Calendar

All the fun things to see and do in Austin this summer

Explore the Natural Beauty of Texas at These Four State Parks

The best outdoor destinations near Austin are just a road trip away

BY BETH SULLIVAN

A Sampling of Summer Attractions Around Texas

"Day Trips" columnist Gerald E. McLeod picks some of his favorite things to do and see around Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Restaurant Options to Pair With Smithville’s Small-Town Charm

Things to do when you’re out east of the big city

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Take a Drive-Through Safari at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

San Antonio attraction gets you up close to emus, gazelles, wildebeests, and more

BY KEVIN CURTIN

See all our Summer Fun stories

news

Texas Anti-Choice Legislation Continues to Damage Health Care and Undermine Local Control

As GOP postures with SB 22, women’s health care pays the price

BY MARY TUMA

Austin at Large: This Road’s Gone On Forever

Is it wrong, or dumb, or evil to spend billions to fix I-35?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Mobility Weekend

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Local Fallout From Unusually Heavy Rains

One dead; Zilker Zephyr closed indefinitely in flooding aftermath

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

DOJ Declares FDA Unable to Regulate Execution Drugs

Ruling could put an end to the legal fight between Texas and the FDA

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Impact Hub to Fund Work on Austin's Affordability Problem

City money would go to social innovators

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin City Council v. Climate Change

City Hall backs resilience, electric vehicles

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

LEGE LINES

Texas Secretary of State Gets Schooled on Voting Rights

Meanwhile, a hefty TV ad targets voter suppression bill

BY MARY TUMA

Legislation Sent to Senate Could Help More Moms Survive Postpartum Life

The lower chamber acts on maternal mortality

BY MARY TUMA

LGBTQ Forces Prevail at Capitol – For Now

One religious liberty bill dies; another moves forward

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Legislative Bill Would Hide How the Sausage Is Made

HB 4181 would add new exemptions for legislative records from open records requests

BY MICHAEL KING

AISD Employees’ Union Urges 10% Raise

With likely increase of state funding, local teachers say: “We’re worth it”

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

7 Central Texas Destination Restaurants Worth the Trip

Travel guide-worthy dining and tucked-away spots near Austin

BY JESSI CAPE

Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery Offers Bold Flavors Just Outside Austin City Limits

Drinks for the discerning palate and Hill Country views to soothe the soul

BY LAURA JONES

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of May 16, 2019
music

Doom Rockers Duel Conjure a Masterwork of Otherworldly Omnipresence

Locals work their black magic on new album Valley of Shadows

BY ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ

Raging and Reflecting With Glassing’s Ambient Metal

Letting just a little light in on new album Spotted Horse

BY MICHAEL TOLAND

Faster Than Sound: The College Kids Are Alright

First-ever KVRX Fest offers a buzzing platform for indie artists, Symphony Square, and industry-aspiring students. Also, Broken Spoke daughter Ginny White-Peacock needs "robot legs."

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

Edward Zwick Reopens Death Row Case in Trial by Fire

True-crime film takes another look at a triple homicide that never happened

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Noir City Film Festival Redefines the All-American Genre

Black, white, and red all over

BY MATTHEW MONAGLE

Now Streaming in Austin: "Texas Strong"

Webby-winning documentary lets a trans kid speak for herself

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

The Biggest Little Farm

Country life documentary may be an extended infomercial, but that can't dent its charm

A Dog's Journey

Bailey the dog is back, and this time he has a new purpose

The Hustle

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake can't con its way to success

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Welcome back, Mister Wick: Everyone's favorite merciless killer gets more human and more intriguing

Running With Beto

Revisiting Beto O'Rourke's radical 2018 Senate campaign, side-by-side with the candidate

Shadow

Zhang Yimou's period martial arts drama probes the moral grays of life in a royal court

The Sun Is Also a Star

Is it destiny that brings these two lovers together, or the bland demands of a YA adaptation?

Trial by Fire

Cameron Todd Willingham story deserves a better retelling that trusts the evidence

The White Crow

Biopic of the great dancer Rudolf Nureyev rarely finds its feet
arts & culture

Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing With These Texas Road Trips

Houston and other Texas sites celebrate the golden anniversary of the first lunar landing

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Zach Theatre's The Ballad of Klook and Vinette

In tracking one couple's affair, this production shows us how love is an imperfect art

Terminator: The Musical at Fallout Theater

This is exactly the sort of loving parody of nuclear apocalypse and time-traveling AI everyone should experience at least once

TEMP's Mystic, Scientist, Scholar, Nun: Music of Hildegard von Bingen

The 12th century polymath's deep appreciation for creation came forth in a constant stream of praise that TEMP made uplifting
columns

Qmmunity: Road Trippin’ to Texas Queer Bars

Not to mention, Sir Rat's store opening and I'm From Driftwood's Austin show

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Fort Velasco

A beach town of historic proportions

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Two Spaces

Secretly hoping it's a 1988 Ford Escort with a whale fin spoiler

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

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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