May 29, 2020

Illustration by Jason Stout

Volume 39, Number 39

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

features

Summer Fun 2020

The Summer Fun Issue

Turn this endless bummer into an endless summer

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

news

A Rough Start to Summer for Austin’s Beloved Pools

Can we swim yet?

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Austin At Large: Cars That Go “Boom!”

Let's never be desperate enough to hook up with Elon Musk, OK?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Please, Can We Reopen Our Economy for Real?

"Open Texas" doesn't go nearly far enough

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council Recap: Strategies for Keeping Austin Workers Safe

City Council tackles reopenings, relief funds, and more

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

More Help for Survivors During COVID Crisis

Council approves $800,000 in RISE funding to Survive2Thrive

BY BETH SULLIVAN

No Virus, But Few Tests for County Inmates

As COVID-19 outbreaks behind bars happen across the country, closer scrutiny at Travis County jail protocols

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Texas Democratic Convention to Host Panels, U.S. Senate Debate Online

Originally to be held in San Antonio, the TDC kicks off June 1

BY BETH SULLIVAN

As Bars Go Wild, Austin Prepares for Inevitable Second Wave

Miss the coronavirus? It'll be back!

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Healthy Streets Program's Partial Closures Give Nondrivers Room

Share the streets

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

New “Equity Coalition” Pushes Back on AISD Board

Superintendent search on wrong track, say advocates

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Summer Fun 2020

Keep Date Night Alive With Our Al Fresco Dining Checklist

You have the time, why not make it special?

BY ALEX DETMAR

Harness the Sun for Backyard Solar Cooking

Make memories and meals while you watch your kids learn

BY JESSI CAPE

Austin Restaurant Take-Out and Other Food Delivery Options

Our constantly updated resource of local eateries to support while maintaining your social distance

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of May 28, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Faster Than Sound: Could Austin Arts & Music Finally Get a Cultural Trust?

It's not here yet, but talks are intensifying. Also, bars and a few live music venues reopen.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re playing

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, KEVIN CURTIN, DEREK UDENSI, RACHEL RASCOE, DOUG FREEMAN, TIM STEGALL AND RACHEL RASCOE

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Summer Fun 2020

With Theatres Closed, Austinites Create Their Own Backyard Cinemas

Get a big-screen experience for your small group

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Paramount’s (Late) Summer Classic Film Series

Here's looking at you ... eventually

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Crime Pays at ATX Television With Perry Mason

HBO, Showtime, Hulu, and the Peacock all add shows to the fest

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Driveways

Brian Dennehy shows his mastery in final, small performance about home

The Ghost of Peter Sellers

The tale of the comedy genius' lost film, and how he shredded it

Lucky Grandma

Tsai Chin is one bad grandma in this glorious, unconventional noir

The Vast of Night

Jaw-dropping reinvention of the UFO scare genre is audacious and brilliant

The Wolf House

Chilean found footage animation is a technical miracle
arts & culture

Summer Fun 2020

Let's Play the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series at Home Game

The shelter-in-place game when you're ready for your close-up

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Sex Toys for Solo Summer Fun

Because your safest pandemic sex partner is you

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Tips for Setting Up a Backyard Bathtub Oasis

Tubing? Nah. This summer, try tubbing.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Bring the Zilker Summer Musical Home This Year

You can dance, you can jive to the Summer Musical and Mamma Mia! even if you can't get to the Zilker Hillside

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Goes Digital

The Long Center’s annual celebration of excellence in high school musical theatre moves center stage to center screen

BY NATALEAH SMALL

Arts Listings

Virtual galleries, streaming improv, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Listings

Donation and volunteer opportunities, job openings, online fitness classes, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

We Have an Issue: Welcome to the Summer Fun Issue

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Parks Have Been our Refuge During the Pandemic. Using Them Responsibly Is the Only Way to Keep Them Open.

The CEO of Austin Parks Foundation asks you to respect our green space and the PARD staff working to maintain it

BY COLIN WALLIS

Qmmunity: Reflections on the D

Plus, pre-Pride Month virtual events

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

A National Wildlife Refuge in our midst

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Is it Creepy?

If Momoa doesn't move your needle, you're not just geriatric, you're straight up dead.

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, May 29 - June 4

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Summer Fun for Women’s and Men’s Soccer?

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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