March 13, 2020

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Volume 39, Number 28

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WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

COVID-19 & SXSW

The Latest on the Local Actions and Reactions to COVID-19

Health officials feel wary but ready

BY MARGARET NICKLAS

How and Why the City and County Chose to Cancel SXSW

Striking precarious, if unachievable, balance between protecting public health and avoiding economic calamity

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Big, Bold, and Costly: Austin’s Makes a Third Try at Rail Transit

The train is here

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Point Austin: Future Outcomes Not Assured

Super Tuesday’s first-round results leave plenty of unanswered questions

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Despite the Virus, City Council Has Business to Attend To

Health and home on the agenda

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Eddie Rodriguez and Sarah Eckhardt Jump Into State Senate Fray

State rep. and county judge enter race to succeed Watson

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Fragmented Senate Contest Becomes a Fight Between Royce West and MJ Hegar

Winner will challenge long-term GOP incumbent Sen. John Cornyn

BY MICHAEL KING

New Health Clinic Opens to Serve Travis County’s “Eastern Crescent”

CommUnityCare brings care closer to thousands at Hornsby Bend site

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Death Watch: Defense to D.A. – A Conflict of Interest?

John Hummel’s attorney calls original trial lawyer’s presence in D.A.'s Office “an irresolvable conflict of interest,” seeks to stop execution on that ground

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Mike Siegel and Pritesh Gandhi Vie for Dem Nod in Texas' Congressional District 10

Both candidates are looking for the chance to bounce Michael McCaul from congress

BY MICHAEL KING

Rick Kennedy and Pete Sessions Lead In Run-Off for Texas' 17th Congressional District

Both sides of ballot in contest for radically gerrymandered seat

BY MICHAEL KING

Race for Congressional District 31 Is Down to Two Dem Candidates

Either Christine Eady Mann or Donna Imam will challenge GOP incumbent Rep. John Carter

BY MICHAEL KING

First Hearing for Land Development Code Revision Lawsuit

Plaintiffs claim city hasn't met state law requirements for zoning changes

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

4,000 Volunteers Make It Personal With Public Lands on It’s My Park Day

Austin Parks Foundation’s largest citywide volunteer effort tackles 110 park projects

BY SOFIA TAFICH

Good Apple Works to Get Healthy Food on the Table for East Austin Families

With a $75,000 grant from the Austin City: One Challenge, this grocery delivery service hopes its efforts address food insecurity

BY NEELAM BOHRA

food

COVID-19 & SXSW

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Tso Chinese Delivery

Catering orders dropped, and anxiety over anti-Asian fears impacting restaurants nationwide

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

50+ Restaurants to Try in Downtown Austin

Want a bite close to the action? We've got you covered for any mood, group, or time of day.

BY ZELLY MARTIN

Patrizi’s Unveils Much-Anticipated Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

Nic Patrizi's food truck is intent on making his new Cajun restaurant a lively neighborhood watering hole

BY ALEX DETMAR

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of March 12, 2020
music

COVID-19 & SXSW

SXSW Cancellation “Devastating” for Grassroots Austin Music Businesses

Coronavirus shutdown impacts all levels of Austin music

BY KEVIN CURTIN AND RACHEL RASCOE

2019/2020 Austin Music Awards Winners

And the Leslie – the NEW Austin Music Awards statuette! – goes to ...

Faster Than Sound: Austin Industry Bands Together for March Music Week

Why Austin venues and musicians need you to turn out the next 10 days, and where to do it

BY RACHEL RASCOE

screens

COVID-19 & SXSW

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Filmmakers

Two filmmakers mourn the big break that didn't happen

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Austin Movie Theatres

Film theatres scramble to add new programming and give SXSW filmmakers a shot at still getting their movies seen

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

New Series Motherland: Fort Salem Conjures a Magical Post-Patriarchy Present

Freeform gets bewitched, bothered, and goes to war

BY SHALAVÉ CAWLEY

Revamped National Lampoon Radio Hour Goes Full 2020

Still twisted and sharpening the lampoon

BY ERICA LIES

Museum of the Weird to Auction Pieces of Horror History

Friday the 13th silent auction of props, collectibles, models, and more

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

Bloodshot

Vin Diesel at his most Vin Diesel in this smash mouth comic adaptation

Burden

Redemption true-life story of leaving the Klan

Hope Gap

A very British divorce, as Bening and Nighy head to lives apart

The Hunt

Scathing action-satire is more than Elites versus Deplorables

I Still Believe

Christian singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp's cancer biopic is light on the evangelism

Impractical Jokers: The Movie

Community couldn't get six seasons and a movie, but these guys did?

Lost Transmissions

A new twist on the old trope of the bond between musical genius and madness

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

Get ready for anime superhero action!

Saint Frances

SXSW 2019 light-touch comedy faces growing up at 34

Sorry We Missed You

Ken Loach eviscerates the gig economy in this vérité masterpiece

Swallow

Pregnancy horror reclaimed as a woman’s issue

The Traitor

True-life Mafia story inverts the conventions

Tuscaloosa

Why you really didn't want to live in 1970s Alabama

The Way Back

Affleck gets courtside in a tale of basketball redemption
arts & culture

COVID-19 & SXSW

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted the Hideout Theatre

Comedy theatre mulls the corporate cash influx and concession sales that went away

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

How the SXSW Cancellation Has Impacted Poster Artists

With gallery shows and Flatstock shuttered, artists look to online to get their posters seen

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

So Lucky Makes Space for Asian Americans Onstage

Sad Girls Productions' new play hopes to create connections within the community

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Writers Conference in San Antonio Carries On Despite Coronavirus

The Association of Writing Programs conference proceeded even under a public health emergency and with reduced attendance

BY MARK GOZONSKY

Arts Reviews

Vortex and New Manifest Theatre's good friday

Kristiana Rae Colón's shocking drama puts audiences at the intersection of gun violence and sexual assault, and makes us think about both

Fallout Theater's The 2020 First Annual Hollywood Awards Show: Live in Hollywood!

A zany yet surprisingly relevant awards show satire dives into the glitzy soullessness of Hollywood
columns

We Have an Issue: Brace for Impact

Either way, COVID-19 is coming. Let’s look out for each other.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Suffragettes of White Supremacy

Ashley Cheng, co-host of the Rabble podcast, looks at the history of racism in Austin’s suffrage movement

BY ASHLEY CHENG

Qmmunity: Austin’s Queer Community Feels Effects of SXSW Cancellation

Now's the time show local support however you can

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Langtry, Texas

Judge Roy Bean and the Jersey Lilly live on in West Texas ghost town

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Hot, Horny Europeans

Good or bad, cultural exchange always has consequences.

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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