May 24, 2019

Volume 38, Number 39

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news

In Search of Greater Justice With a Travis County Public Defender’s Office

Taking steps toward a much improved, more equitable local criminal justice system

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: On the Road to Sine Die

Almost adjourned, the Legislature's toll is still incomplete

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Turtles, Two-Steps, and Active "Shooters"

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

AISD Previews New Sex Ed Lessons

Updated curriculum addresses sexual orientation, gender identity, and consent

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Community First! Village Honored With Homelessness Memorial

Statues hope to humanize an often stigmatized community

BY LILLI HIME

City Council: Activists Push for Austin Public Library Policy Change

While the dais considers Convention Center expansion, scooters

BY AUSTIN SANDERS AND MIKE CLARK-MADISON

St. David's Named Austin FC's First Corporate Sponsor

Also zoning change for McKalla Place moves forward

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Project Connect's Blue Line to Connect Austin Airport to Downtown

Cap Metro moves forward with high-capacity transit plan

BY SARAH MARLOFF

LEGE LINES

Bad Bills Bite the Dust at the Legislature

Anti-voter, anti-worker, anti-woman, pro-slave-owner bills dead – for now

BY MARY TUMA

Chick-fil-A, Saved by the Legislature

Religious exemption bill heads to governor's desk despite testimony from LGBTQ Caucus

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Women's Health Care Left Unsaved at Lege

Bill targeting local Planned Parenthood moves toward adoption

BY MARY TUMA

Legislature Restores Public's Right to Know

Bipartisan public records bill likely to become law

BY MICHAEL KING

AISD Told to Pay More, Make Cuts Hurt Less

School change process seeks to improve academic programming access to all students

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

The Women of Hot Luck Fest Talk Food and Music

15 chefs share kitchen tunes & exclusive bites

BY JESSI CAPE

Joann's Fine Foods Has Us Wondering How Much Is Too Much to Pay for Chicken-Fried Steak

Top-notch service and attention to detail at SoCo's Austin Motel

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of May 23, 2019
music

Hot Luck Music Headliners Dig Into the Festival Menu

Talking turkey with Archers of Loaf, Erika Wennerstrom, Robert Ellis, Sunflower Bean, the Suffers, and PJ Morton

BY DOUG FREEMAN, KAHRON SPEARMAN, RACHEL RASCOE, TIM STEGALL AND THOMAS FAWCETT

Faster Than Sound – Welcome to Red River World: The Future of Austin’s Music District

Forecasting the storm of developments between the state Capitol and I-35. Also, NPR warned and ACL Fest confirms: Austin’s pop soloists are stepping up.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

A Few Faves From the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series

Immortal gems of the cinema help us define a classic

BY THE SCREENS STAFF

Austin Celebrates Godzilla's Global Impact

Here be monsters (here being Books Kinokuniya)

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

One in a Crowd: Ultimate World

Austin-made surreal comedy needs your crowdfunding help, plus music poster doc and cartoon killers

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Aladdin

Another needless Disney remake buoyed on nostalgia and a handful of charming performances

Booksmart

The kids are better than alright in Olivia Wilde's raucous, resonant comedy

Non-Fiction

Olivier Assayas sharpens his teeth for this new attack on the question of art versus commerce

Photograph

Indian romance is best in its quiet moments

Walking on Water

Portrait of renowned environmental artist Christo is more of a thumbnail sketch
arts & culture

Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

The stories behind the art transformers of this year's Hall of Fame inductees

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ground Floor Theatre's Dex & Abby

In this premiere production of Allan Baker's play, the bond of love between canines and humans is tenderly expressed

"Rosa Nussbaum: Horizonland" at Women & Their Work

The artist draws on her experience as a stranger in a strange land without her own wheels, viewing the world through the lens of a car window

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss
columns

Qmmunity: The Harsh Reality of Lawmakers’ Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

Plus Dining Out for Life, Violent Fems, and more events to do good, feel good

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Eagle Eye Observatory

Keep an eye on the night sky

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Getting Over Someone

We're programmed to dream up worst-case scenarios as a survival mechanism

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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