Feb. 14, 2020

Volume 39, Number 24

e-edition   |   pdf
ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

features

Pet Issue 2020

Hanging Out With Sophia the Sloth and Her Reptilian Pal

ZooKeeper’s sloth is torpidly glad to see you

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Austin's Rembrandt of Dog Portraits

Greg Geisler is an Old Master when it comes to custom pooch portraits

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Everything I Know About Rejection I Learned From My Cats

He's just not that into mew

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Two Warring Rabbits Defy the Odds to Love Each Other, and So Should We All

Rabbits (finally) at rest

BY JOSH KUPECKI

My Black Widow

She does, you know, whatever a spider can

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Understanding Austin’s Urban Livestock Rules

Hog heaven? Mini-pony paradise? It's your backyard.

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Two Pups, One Austin Chef

Nutrient-dense ready-to-eat dog food could help alleviate dog's symptoms and finicky habits

BY ZELLY MARTIN

news

Chronicle Endorsements for the March 3 Primary Election

From local judges and representatives to the presidential candidate, here are our recommendations

Point Austin: About That D.A. Race ...

Point Austin dissents from the Chronicle Editorial Board’s view of the incumbent

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Operating at Full Capacity?

We all need some slack ... and what ET (the tool) says about housing

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Three Faiths, One Message: Welcome the Stranger

Faith communities come together in support of refugee resettlement locally and statewide

BY FRANCESCA D'ANNUNZIO

City Council Shapes Land Use Overhaul on Second Reading

Debate continues as Austin learns to code

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Activists, Council Push APD On Body Cam Video Policy

How and when footage is released at question

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Will New Policy Reduce the Burden of Cash Bail?

In principle, the order authorizes those accused of most nonviolent offenses to be released on personal bonds

BY MICHAEL KING

County Names Its First Chief Public Defender

Commissioners Court appoints University of Virginia Law School lecturer Adeola Ogunkeyede to lead office

BY MICHAEL KING

Federal Judge Dismisses Local Sexual Assault Survivors’ Lawsuit

Yeakel cites progress by Lege in rejecting claims against APD, D.A.

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Anti-Garza Website Heats Up County Attorney Race

Attack site ties back to opponent’s former campaign consultant

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Tibetan Dumplings Shine at Yak & Yeti in Cedar Park

Dishes for sharing (or not) at this tiny Nepalese restaurant

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Ecuadorian Family Makes Cedar Park a Chocolate Mecca

100% cacao bars and cognac bonbons are just the beginning

BY JESSI CAPE

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of February 13, 2020
music

Faster Than Sound: Twain’s Texan Metamorphosis

The Big Thief favorite finds a home locally, Brew & Brew Solo Sets gratify, and a send-off to outlaw country drummer Paul English

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Local Aussie Rallies for Fire Relief

As wildfires continue destroying swaths of Australia, Go Fever frontwoman Acey Monaro rallied local bands for her homeland

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Now Speaking at SXSW: Ozzy Osbourne, Trent Reznor, Janelle Monae

Plus: St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein, Judd Apatow, Desus & Mero

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

How Two Texans Helped Make it Snow for Frozen II

Disney worldbuilders Jay Jackson and Brandon Jarratt explain the technology and art of the animated smash

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Geeks of Color Expo Shows the Future We Were Promised

Three-day event creates a space for Black creatives to celebrate themselves

BY CLARISSA RODRÍGUEZ-ABREGO

What'cha Watchin'?

Chronicle Editor Kimberley Jones gives this new cover of High Fidelity a spin

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

The Assistant

The film industry’s quiet complicity in #MeToo crimes placed in stark context

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Harleen makes her own way without Mr. J.

Downhill

Tepid Hollywood remake of marriage dramedy Force Majeure never leaves the training slope

The Lodge

Icy melding of horror and religion is cool, not chilling

The Rest of Us

Friendship among women after death and divorce

Ride Your Wave

Delightful and touching surfing anime melds grief and fantasy

A Simple Wedding

A slightly contemporary update to a very traditional rom-com

Spy Intervention

Intelligence antics as a superspy tries domestic bliss

VFW

Ultraviolent Fantastic Fest throwback makes its vengeance-filled return
arts & culture

The Institution Theater Is the Next to Close

Shuttering the beloved venue is "bittersweet," says co-founder Tom Booker

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Every Brilliant Thing

Zach Theatre's production gives audiences a reason to live – make that a million reasons

"Mihee Nahm: Soaked"

In this solo exhibition, the artist invites us to take a walk with her down memory lane

The Teacher

This prize-winning novel's tale of a student piecing together the hidden life of her teacher, a Holocaust survivor who killed herself, is haunting
columns

We Have an Issue: In Pets We Trust

Introducing our third Pet Issue, plus Chronicle endorsements for the March primary

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: The War on Drugs Got It Wrong

“No one is disposable,” writes David Johnson of Grassroots Leadership

BY DAVID JOHNSON

Qmmunity: A Qweeah Howdy From New Q Editor Beth Sullivan

Plus some hot luvin' V-Day events

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Collective Hill Country, Wimberley

Hill Country camping in luxury

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Valentine Deadline

It can wait until Monday

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

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)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle