July 31, 2020

Jana Birchum

Volume 39, Number 48

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

The Killing of Garrett Foster Shocks the City – and Galvanizes the Moment

Whether Foster raised his gun may never be known, but there can be little doubt about the driver's intentions

BY BRANT BINGAMON AND MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin at Large: Good Guys With Guns

Garrett Foster died in an outbreak of gun violence. But there’s more to the story.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Failing Grades for Texas

School districts beset by pandemic, State rules

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council Mulls Radical Changes to Police Structure

Reimagining public safety – and how to pay for it

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Tesla “Gigafactory” Is Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Cybertruck manufacturing plant promises thousands of new jobs, tax revenue for Travis County

BY BETH SULLIVAN

APD Releases Long-Delayed Video of Ramos Shooting

Body-cam footage depicts aggressive police response to unarmed man

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Outgoing District Attorney Postpones Police Cases Until January

Is justice delayed justice denied?

BY LINA FISHER

Council and Cap Metro Prepare to Hand Transit Plan to Voters

City's big plan is nearing the station

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Eddie Rodriguez Concedes Senate Race to Sarah Eckhardt

Longtime House rep foregoes run-off, emphasizes Dem party unity

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Wasota Vegan Paradise Is Simple, Savory, Life-Sustaining

Two local vegans, Lawrence Eguakun and Graham Reynolds, talk meatless meals and The Movement

BY GRAHAM REYNOLDS

Bird Bird Biscuit Is Opening a New Location ... in the Middle of a Pandemic

Co-owner Brian Batch on the values and practices his team thrives on

BY SELOME HAILU

Black Pumas x 4th Tap, AISD Produce Boxes, Swoop House’s Happy Food, and More Bite-Sized Food News

All the news that's fit to get your taste buds quivering

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmers' markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of July 30, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Shut Up and Drum: Thor Harris Talks Politics and Humanity

We spent election day with local percussive rebel

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: Austin Musicians Petition for Black Live Music Fund

Black Live Music Fund garners support, Bill Callahan previews Gold Record, and DJ Jester the Filipino Fist harassed in North Campus.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re playing

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ, DOUG FREEMAN, KAHRON SPEARMAN, RACHEL RASCOE, AUSTIN POWELL AND DEREK UDENSI

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Questioning How We Embrace Mortality in She Dies Tomorrow

Director Amy Seimetz new film is death positive

BY JENNY NULF

Now Streaming in Austin: “If You Ever Hurt My Daughter, I Swear to God I’ll Let Her Navigate Her Own Emotional Growth”

How Meghan Ross got Jon Hamm to voice her feminist comedy short

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Star Parks Soundtracks I Used to Go Here

Austin’s Andy Bianculli on the ups and downs of movie music

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Film Reviews

The Big Ugly

Vinnie (Jones) goes to (West) Virginia

The Fight

The ACLU heads into battle to protect your constitutional rights

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

The Canadian musician's legacy re-enforced, not reconsidered

'Host'

Screenlife horror is more than a ghost in the machine

Rebuilding Paradise

Ron Howard hides an eco-warning in the story of the Camp Fire inferno

The Shadow of Violence

Blood and regret in an Irish town

Summerland

British World War II drama stays on the Home Front

Yes, God, Yes

Catholic sexual awakening gets a charming, honest new spin
arts & culture

Walking Waller Creek Is a Tour Through Wildlife, Wild Flora, and Wild History

Take this self-guided tour from UT's Office of Sustainability, and learn how much wildness this waterway is home to

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Book Review: Network Effect by Martha Wells

In this first full-length novel featuring Murderbot, the violent but endearing rogue AI is back for more adventures to delight "all the stupid humans"

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Kevin Curtin Hung Out With All of Austin’s “Tree of the Year” Winners

A socially distanced journey through the city’s green spaces

BY KEVIN CURTIN

In We Are Here! Living the Legacy of Dr. Givens, Remembering East Austin’s Past and Fighting for Its Future

Eastside advocates and participants in Forklift Danceworks' Givens Swims shared their thoughts about their community

BY ROBERT FAIRES

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: Guns Among Us

In this week’s issue, we report on a deadly confrontation Downtown, and the newly released footage of the Michael Ramos shooting

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: The Argument for Approval Voting

Don’t call them spoilers: These former Senate District 14 candidates think there’s a better alternative to run-offs

BY PAT DIXON AND JEFF RIDGEWAY

Qmmunity: The Best Little Gay Shop in Austin

Sometimes you want to shop where everything’s made by queers

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Fort McKavett State Historic Site, Menard

Frontier fort was home to Buffalo Soldiers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Normally a Dog Lover

The personal grooming equivalent of buying a crotch rocket

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, July 31 - August 6

BY ROB BREZSNY

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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