Oct. 25, 2019

Volume 39, Number 8

e-edition   |   pdf
ON THE COVER:
news

Texas Dems Set Their Eyes on the 2020 Prize

Their goal: Flip the State House of Representatives

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Chronicle Endorsements for the November 5 Election

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Point Austin: The Stakes at 4700 Riverside

“Redevelopment” is always about community

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: The Planning Stages

Land Use Commissioners, public swing into action on the LDC

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

NAKED CITY

Austin's Land Development Code Schedule Takes Shape

Council could take a first-reading vote in December

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Travis County D.A. Moore and Her First Assistant Hire Top-Tier Help

Infamous defense attorney will represent the defendants in rape survivor's defamation suit

BY SARAH MARLOFF

City Council Ready to Move on From Camping Ban

"Council made a decision, and it's time for us to move past the divisiveness in the community"

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

After Much Shouting, Riverside Deal Gets Done

City Council gives final zoning approval for "Domain on Riverside" project

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Good News and Bad News for Neighbors of Austin Community Landfill

County and operator at odds over expansion

BY LINDSAY STAFFORD MADER

19 Years On, Anti-Death Penalty March Sees Progress

Yet time is running out for Ruben Gutierrez, Rodney Reed

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Joaquin Castro Bill to Protect Sanctuary Seekers

HR 4539 would rescind deportation orders for three Austinites currently in refuge in local churches

BY MARY TUMA

Louisiana SCOTUS Case Déjà Vu for Texas Abortion Providers

Conservative 5th Circuit ignores Whole Woman's precedent

BY MARY TUMA

food

A Cookbook a Day Keeps the Munchies at Bay

Texas Book Festival showcases seven food books from around the world

BY EMILY BEYDA

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of October 24, 2019
music

The Gravity of Sound

The Bubble's new studio stands as Mark Genfan's swan song

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: Unearthing Daniel Johnston’s If

Producer Brian Beattie has an unreleased Daniel Johnston album ready, but can’t make amends with the late cult singer’s management

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Director Trey Edward Shults Returns to Themes of the Family With Waves

The Krisha creator screens his latest at the Austin Film Festival

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Documentary Cowboys Shows That Some Are Still Out on the Range

If you thought cross-country cattle drives were the stuff of legend, this Austin Film Festival showing will make you think again

BY MATTHEW MONAGLE

A Room Full of Nothing Is a Farewell Note to Austin's Art Scene

Breaking up in the apocalypse at the Austin Film Festival

BY JENNY NULF

Pain, Pathos, and Prescience: The Work of Agnieszka Holland

AFS and Austin Polish Film Festival celebrate the Polish pioneer

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Now Streaming in Austin: Attack of the Pod People!

Austin film podcasting community comes offline for one night

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Black and Blue

Corrupt cop drama feels awkwardly dated

The Current War - Director's Cut

The birth of the modern age in a battle of industrialists

Greener Grass

Something weird in suburbia (again) but this is no Blue Velvet ripoff

Jojo Rabbit

Anti-hate satire in the ruins of the Reich finds heart and humor in the chaos

The Lighthouse

The latest from The Witch director finds madness in isolation

Pain and Glory

Almodóvar's latest classic is a self-portrait by a great, aging artist

Parasite

Bong Joon-ho heats up South Korea's cold class war

Portals

SF anthology brings in genre heavy hitters but still whiffs

Promare

DayGlo anime explosion makes firefighters cool and kinetic
arts & culture

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL 2019

The Texas Book Festival's Read Warriors

Book lovers charge the Texas State Capitol this weekend

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Tim O'Brien's Love Letter to His Sons

In Dad's Maybe Book, the author of Going After Cacciato is going after fatherhood

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Arts Reviews

Penfold Theatre's Ghost Quartet

Among the threads of this darkling tapestry are spirits of malice and mayhem and longing and love

Zach Theatre's Dracula

Strong performances and Broadway-level design fill this entertaining version of the Bram Stoker vampire tale

Tapestry Dance Company's Austintatious (Too)

This revival of a 2002 production paid tribute to the spirit of the city but also showed how the troupe embodies its best qualities
columns

Qmmunity: Lez Get Spooky

Plus commemorating Intersex Awareness Day and Halloween vibes

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Day Trips: Rick Pratt School of Wooden Boat Building, Port Aransas

Just add water at boat-building school

BY GERALD E. MCCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Fast and Furious

Tornadoes are a dime a dozen in Oklahoma

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

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

WE WANT TO KNOW what you like, what you dislike, and how we can do better.   Take Our Reader Survey