Feb. 21, 2020

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Volume 39, Number 25

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Issue Supplement

League of Women Voters Guide

ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Chronicle Endorsements for the March 3 Primary Election

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

Austin At Large: Let Me Make Things Clear

Yes, we need to move ahead quickly – but not recklessly – with a new land code

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Consensus? Conschmensus.

Majority rules ... absolutely

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Adler Offers Olive Branch After Second Reading of Land Development Code

Code compromise?

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Mi Vida Dentro Documentary Spotlights Rosa Jimenez Case

Activists organize screening as Jimenez awaits D.A.’s Office decision on a retrial

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Austin and Others Convince TCEQ to Change Graywater Reuse Rules

New rulemaking creates system of credits for beneficial reuse, incentivizes sound environmental practices

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Election Ticker: Su Voto Es Su Voz!

Read up, look up, get down to the polls ...

BY MICHAEL KING

Kirk Watson Resigns From Texas Senate

Headed to Houston, the ex-mayor and senator reflects on his legacy

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Right Wing Texas State Board of Education Braces Looks to the Left

Central Texas voters can help transform deep-red education panel

BY MARY TUMA

A Dem Sweep in Travis County Commissioners Court?

Four vie for a shot at Commissioners Court's last red seat

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Balancing the Scales of Justice on Texas’ Most Important Courts

For the first time in years, Dems are running en masse for statewide judicial seats

BY BRANT BINGAMON

food

A Banana Peel, a Diaper, and a Plastic Bag Walk Into Austin's Composting Program

How can a whole city compost, is it working, and can we reach zero waste by 2040?

BY LINA FISHER

Mill Scale Metalworks Handcrafts Barbecue Smokers of the Stars

Appreciating the artistry in steel – and smoked meats – is part of their business model

BY ROD MACHEN

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of February 20, 2020
music

Pop Oddity Caroline Rose Explores Ambition's Seedy Underbelly

Her first Austin album follows a character moving to L.A.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Faster Than Sound: DJ Shani Unites Black Women in House Music

Also the search continues for missing musician Brenden "Chameleon King" Foster, and increased afterhours sound enforcement impacts local venues

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Texas Platters

... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

X: The Godless Void and Other Stories

Me & Mr. Cigar

Gibby Haynes

Ben Buck

Kilroy

Xetas

The Cypher

Daniel Johnston

Chicago 2017

Finding Community in Austin’s Homeless Song Circle

BY KEVIN CURTIN

screens

Ending the Gender Divide Behind the Camera

Austin’s chapter of Women in Film and Television International is creating equity and opportunity

BY JENNY NULF

Location Is Everything for the Lake Travis Film Festival

New fest brings indie cinema to new audiences outside of the city center

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Powerhouse Animation Assembles Cosmic Stars for Masters of the Universe

Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Henry Rollins join cartoon reboot

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

What'cha Watchin'?

Editorial intern Asa Canty watched the animals

BY ASA CANTY

Film Reviews

10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up

Bucket list rom-com about a couple bonded by accident

And Then We Danced

Georgian coming-out-drama is extraordinary only for its location

The Call of the Wild

Buck the dog makes another trip to the Yukon, this time with CGI assistance

Fantasy Island

Our advice? Get back on the plane

Free Burma Rangers

Documentary about missionaries on the front line

My Boyfriend’s Meds

Manic episodes on vacation make for romance and laughs (apparently)

The Photograph

Get ready for romance with this Valentine’s release about family secrets

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Passion inflamed in this study of women repressed and resurgent

Sonic the Hedgehog

The Sega speedster finally arrives with all the nostalgic fun intact

Standing Up, Falling Down

Billy Crystal and a smart script add heart to this burnout dramedy

Swift

Take to the skies with this animated feature
arts & culture

At No Lights No Lycra, You Really Can Dance Like No One's Watching

Since this weekly sober dance party happens in the dark, you're free to move without worry over how you look

BY ERICA LIES

One Ounce Opera Highlights the (Death-Obsessed) Work of Four Women Composers and Librettists

Micro-operas were the order of the day at the company's annual Fresh Squeezed showcase

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This moving, transformative show gives its autistic hero a deep and engaging humanity

Archive Theater's The Man of Destiny

The company builds a uniquely entertaining evening around Shaw's fiery tango of wits between a young Napoleon and a Mysterious Lady
columns

We Have an Issue: The Grubby Side of Composting

Inside this week’s cover story about where our food waste goes to die ... and live again

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: LCRA’s Water Marketing Ambitions Could Lower the Colorado River Below Austin

Environmental activist Rusty Middleton raises concerns over a groundwater pumping plan

BY RUSTY MIDDLETON

Qmmunity: OUTsider Festival Returns for Year Six

Plus Guerrilla Queer Bar, Joterías, Lesbian Wedding, and more queer magic

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Lundi Gras Boucherie at Lakeview Park, Eunice, La.

Old-fashioned Lundi Gras Boucherie feeds a hungry Mardi Gras

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: An Honest Meatspace Connection

We're just gape-jawed babes at the dawn of a brand new era

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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