Aug. 16, 2019

Volume 38, Number 51

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news

City Hall Gets Better at the Basic Business of Budgeting

Early indicators are good, but difficult fiscal conversations linger

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Point Austin: Watching the Races

Yes, it’s early – but Austin voters can start boning up now

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Opening Up Pandora’s Box

A look inside the Land Development Code revision progress

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Council Moves Gently on Riverside Redevelopment

Preliminary approval given to the 97-acre mixed-use plan for 4700 Riverside

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

PHAM PAC Pushes Back on Hotel Occupancy Tax Plan

Community groups unite to oppose Prop B

BY MICHAEL KING

City, County Clash Over Future Hotel Tax

The city’s “Palm District” vs. the county’s Expo Center

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

With Changes Coming, AISD Revisits Facilities Plan

Trustees to consider school closures, redrawing of attendance zones, and more

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Texas Rangers Get Wrangled Into "Bonnenghazi" Drama

Scandal surrounding House Speaker Dennis Bonnen burns on

BY MARY TUMA

Death Watch: 11 Face Execution in Coming Months

A quiet summer gives way to a deadly fall

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Community Organizer Heidi Sloan Announces Candidacy for TX-25

Joins Dem primary race in Austin-to-Fort Worth district

BY MICHAEL KING

Workers Defense and Jolt Founder Announces Candidacy for Senate

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez joins Dem primary field

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Envisioning a More Flavorful Future With Emmer & Rye’s Fermentation Program

Chef Alfred Francese becomes a self-made flavor scientist

BY ALEXANDRA DETMAR

Bake a Wish Celebrates 10 Years of Gifting Birthday Cakes

The volunteer-run organization delivers messages of care and community

BY JESSIKA ROTH

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of August 15, 2019
music

Faster Than Sound: Eimaral Sol’s Journey to RAS Day

Local neo-soul singer Eimaral Sol puts her spiritual spin on the all-women-led RAS Day lineup, City Council approves Red River improvements, Blakchyl leads her East Austin tour, and cult song funny man Dick Price passes

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Texas Platters

Delbert McClinton

Tall, Dark, & Handsome

Eric Tessmer

EP 2

Lukas Nelson

Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Reckless Kelly

Bulletproof Live

the Joe Jacksons

Forever

Sour Bridges

Neon Headed Fool

Sabbath Crow

Carrion Highway Weird Sun

USA / Mexico

Matamoros

Scott H. Biram & Jesse Dayton

"Monkey David Wine" b / w "Single Again"

Hong Kong Wigs

Hong Kong Wigs

Scan

Scan

Cactus Lee

Cactus Lee, Texas Yard Sale

Billy Harvey

Pie

Doyle Bramhall II

Welcome (Deluxe Edition)
screens

Richard Linklater Constructs a Frustrated Architect in Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Cate Blanchett's character is the opposite of Frank Lloyd Wright, but no less complicated

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

One in a Crowd: Kind of Blue

Upcoming Linklater-produced politics documentary Kind of Blue shows Texas' true diversity

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

To Know Joe Lansdale Is to Love Joe Lansdale

All Hail the Popcorn King trails the writer of the purple rage

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

The Angry Birds Movie 2

The birds are back, with an added subversive twist

Blinded by the Light

Semi-true story of how the Boss shook the world of a boy from Luton

Charlie Says

Manson Family drama place society's treatment of guilt and contrition in the dock

David Crosby: Remember My Name

The most hated man in folk rock on his career in bridge-burning

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Nickelodeon’s animated star gets a charming live-action revamp

Good Boys

Tweens up to no good? Yeah, it's a Rogen/Hill joint

Gwen

Folk-horror finds terror in the remoteness of pre-industrial Wales

The Kitchen

1970s mob drama gets a #MeToo overhaul

Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy

Action flick takes a timely look at police corruption in Hong Kong

Luce

High school drama becomes an indictment of “either/or” culture

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Alvin Schwartz's beloved nightmares come to the screen

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Cate Blanchett steals away with what’s left of her dreams in Linklater’s coming-of-middle-age comedy
arts & culture

Causing Trouble as We Smiled: A Dusty Story

Playwright Timothy Braun remembers the canine companion who changed his life

BY TIMOTHY BRAUN

Arts Reviews

Last Act Theatre's Seven

In this documentary play, seven women from around the world tell stories that are tragically familiar

That! Big! 80s! Musical! at the Hideout

This improvised take on Footloose-style musicals wasn't exactly polished, but the cast's catchy enthusiasm brought genuine laughs

"Meeghan Morongova: Boundless Abandon" at Butridge Gallery

The photographer's first solo show is a clever and colorful fabrication of portraits
columns

Qmmunity: Queers Who Inspire Us

Plus trans-centric theatre, queer comedy, and the return of aGLIFF

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: The Science Mill

Brain-powered fun

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc: The Up / Down

A good excuse is never something that comes out of a funky armpit

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

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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