Aug. 30, 2019

Volume 38, Number 53

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news

Behind Enemy Lines at ALEC's Right-Wing Policy Conference

Activists say the American Legislative Exchange Council backs corporate interests over people

BY MARY TUMA

Point Austin: Is There a Lawyer in the House?

Legal opinions abound in the lead-up to November's elections

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Mapping Our Transitions

Staff briefing starts to put corridor rezoning in focus

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Abbott Doubles Down on Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Even After El Paso

Texas governor’s anti-immigrant streak continues

BY MARY TUMA

Matthew McConaughey Appointed to UT Professor-dom

Local Academy Award-winning actor now "professor of practice"

BY SARAH MARLOFF

City Council Moves Along From the Ballot to the Budget

4700 Riverside inches forward, propositions tweaked

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Mobile Home Residents Protest Negligent Management

Tenants struggle with disrupted gas and trash services

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Anti-LGBTQ Nonsense Sucks Up AISD Oxygen

Texas Values, Concerned Parents of Texas sow fear and misinformation

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

The Beto-Castro-Meter: A Tier of Their Own

Iowa is 23 weeks away, how are our 2020 presidential Texans doing?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Death Watch: Crutsinger Seeks Last-Ditch SCOTUS Appeal

Following the Aug. 21 execution of Larry Swearingen, Crutsinger could be the fifth Texan killed this year

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Dems Vie for Incumbent Rep. John Carter’s Round Rock Seat

North of Austin, a range of liberals in TX-31 contest

BY MICHAEL KING

food

10 Kid-Friendly Austin Restaurants That Parents Won't Hate

Dine out with small humans without sacrificing quality or losing your mind

BY MELANIE HAUPT AND ROD MACHEN

16 Austin Cooking Classes to Spice Up Your Kitchen

Brush off the culinary cobwebs, or learn a whole new skill

BY ALISHA MCDARRIS

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of August 29, 2019
music

PHOTOS: The Austin Music Yearbook

Can you name these local musicians?

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: 12 Years of Peligrosa Drives ¡Eso Es!

Local DJ collective sets a mood at Margin Walker’s new fiesta-val of all Latinx talent

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

Raising Hell and Blazing Trails in the New Molly Ivins Documentary

A personal look at the journalist's powerful and profound Lone Star legacy

BY MARY TUMA

Behind the Camera With the Capital City Black Film Festival

Celebration of film places more emphasis on making it into the industry

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

One in a Crowd: A Stray Dog’s Ruff Life

Help a new animal welfare documentary crowdfund its way to festivals

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

After the Wedding

American remake of Danish Oscar contender flails into melodrama

Bennett's War

Veteran saves the farm off the back of a bike

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Rom-com takes a run at body positivity

Don't Let Go

Sci-fi crime drama gives a cop a chance at redemption

Honeyland

The sweet and the bitter of life as a Macedonian apiarist

Killerman

Amnesia: Cinema's easy fix to make a bad guy seem good

Midsommar: The Director's Cut

More time in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Ne Zha

Chinese animated legend tells a recognizable story with gusto

Piranhas

Naples' juvenile gangsters are more than mini-goodfellas

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

The legend of Texas journalism gets the coverage she deserves

Todos Caen

Pickup artist meets his match in this Mexican comedy
arts & culture

"Shoot Like a Grrrl" Takes You on a Club Crawl Through Lost Austin

Photographer Martha Grenon's exhibit at SouthPop covers the Austin music scene in the Eighties and Nineties

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Color Arc Productions' The Mamalogues

In the world premiere of Lisa B. Thompson's play, the lives of single black mothers are seen, and felt

Liz Behan: One Woman at Dusk at ColdTowne

Laura de la Fuente’s solo show is a charged combination of clever writing, memorable characters, and spirited performance

Cold Storage

David Koepp’s new thriller involves zombies, but its unexpected take, rooted in scientific realism, will make you rethink how the genre works
columns

Qmmunity: Generation Q?

Plus queer events for a long and wet weekend

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Hot Wells County Park

Ruins of historic resort anchor SA park

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: He Doesn't Fish

There is no legitimate excuse for racism, sexism, or supporting our demonstrably imbecilic president

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

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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