July 3, 2020

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Volume 39, Number 44

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WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Chronicle Endorsements

July 14 Primary Run-off Election and Senate District 14 Special Election

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Nursing-Home Families Want Answers as COVID Comes Back

Still seeking safety as the data remains unclear

BY MARGARET NICKLAS

Austin at Large: Every Day is Juneteenth

Yes, freedom is worth celebrating. But it also bids us to do some serious reflection.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Pushing Our Limits

Time to take COVID matters into our own hands

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

AISD Hears Loud and Clear: No Cops in Schools

Austinites call for schools to defund its police, too

BY AARICKA WASHINGTON

As the D.A. Delays, Michael Ramos' Killers Remain on Duty

The Ramos probe plods on

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Jimmy Flannigan Kicks Off Reelection Campaign

Northside council member promises "uncommon approach" to policing, mobility

BY BETH SULLIVAN

City Unveils Possible Plans for Old Home Depot Site

City to St. Johns: We can do it. You can help.

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

ACC Is Almost Entirely Online and Students Are Enrolling in Droves

Start here. Stay home?

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

UT Announces Mandated Masks, Flexible Learning for Fall Reopening

News comes amid COVID-19 surge, especially in young adults

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Will Texas Sex Ed Come of Age?

After 23 years, the State Board of Education might be ready to make some changes

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Pie Fighters: Top 10 Finalists

Who will reign supreme in the Austin pizza galaxy? Vote now!

BY THE FOOD STAFF

Austin’s Downtown Bar Scene Rides a Malfunctioning Roller Coaster

Local business owners attempt to navigate an impossible situation

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of July 2, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Colombian Folkloric Post-Punks Nemegata Drop Four-Star Debut

Local trio finds the fire of the jaguar

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Faster Than Sound: New Cocktail Lounge Takes Over Ex-Sidewinder Space

Run by former Scoot Inn and Longbranch owner James Stockbauer, Birdie Num Nums maintains the outdoor stage.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

Our favorite albums, videos, and performances

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DOUG FREEMAN, DEREK UDENSI, RACHEL RASCOE, KAHRON SPEARMAN AND GREG STITT

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

LIGHTS, CAMERA, SAFETY

Lights, Camera, Safety: Film and TV Production Is Coming Back to Texas

Now producers and unions are making sure no one gets sick

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Robert Rodriguez Brings His Next Project Back to Austin to Trailblaze Safe Production Protocols

Troublemaking in the time of pandemic

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Primer on the Texas Guidelines for Film Production in a Pandemic

The ABCs of lockdown filmmaking

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pandemic Production: Yvonne Boudreaux, Art Director

“The plan is to get a plan”

BY SOFIA TAFICH

Pandemic Production: Karen Wacker, Producer

“It’s not fun telling a whole bunch of people that they’re not going to be working for a long time”

BY SOFIA TAFICH

Pandemic Production: Meredith Johns, FX Artist

“Grab what you need from the trailer, we don’t know when we’re coming back”

BY SOFIA TAFICH

Pandemic Production: Matt Poitras, Props Manufacturer

“Nobody had $400 to spend on a Han Solo belt."

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pandemic Production: Aaron Arizpe, Editor/DP/PA

"I have a mask, and 70% ethanol to wipe everything down"

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pandemic Production: Brad Graeber, Powerhouse Animation

"We have more pitches and more interest than we ever have had.”

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pandemic Production: Justin Kirchhoff, Director/Director of Photography

“If you're not comfortable wearing a mask, you won't be on set."

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pandemic Production: June Lien, Founder, Liendani Creative

"It's like the 1920s business world. We do whatever we can."

Pandemic Production: Aaron B. Koontz, Director

“I’m lucky to have two movies coming out. I can’t complain too much.”

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pandemic Production: Martin Jones, Austin Studios

"Everything keeps sliding. End of June, Fourth of July."

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Coming Attractions

Our guide to which Austin-area cinemas will be opening in July

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Followed

Social media is the real horror here. Wait, no, it's serial killers and ghosts.

Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda's era-defining political musical brings hope home on Disney+

John Lewis: Good Trouble

The life of the indefatigable civil rights champion

Skyman

Alien abduction faux documentary puts tragedy ahead of effects

The Truth

Binoche and Deneuve clash exquisitely as mère et fille
arts & culture

Motorblade Postering Returns, With a New Owner

Austin’s premier postering service is no longer on the Fritz and is ready to roll & rock with Ricardo

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

"Lee Albert Hill: Signs" at CAMIBAart

This solo exhibition asks, What happens when shapes run away to join the circuits?

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

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: Ready to Roll?

The film industry prepares to reopen during a pandemic. Plus: How to be a true patriot this Fourth of July.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Another Unfair Burden Put on Texas’ Public Schools

Greg Abbott and Mike Morath have put Texas schools in an impossible decision: shift to online learning, which is not as effective, or put students and families at risk by returning in the fall.

BY ALYSSA POTASZNIK

Qmmunity: An Ode to Janna Zumbrun

In praise of our queer elders

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: The Grotto, San Antonio

Man-made cave part of “Art on the River”

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Undecided

Waiting for an answer that may never come.

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, July 3-9

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Common Law

Child custody & COVID-19

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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