Aug. 21, 2020

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Volume 39, Number 51

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

features

#VanLife Isn’t Just a Trend Anymore. It’s a Tether to Home.

A cross-country trip to unite a family in the pandemic

BY KEVIN CURTIN

news

Austin Mutual Aid Organizations Share Resources During COVID-19 and Beyond

Looking for solidarity, not charity

BY LINA FISHER

Austin At Large: The Dog That Caught the Cop Car

De-policing becomes partisanized, but who is really putting themselves at risk?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Zoom Zoom Zoom

Flitting from meeting to meeting, pretending it’s real life

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Civics 101

FY21 Budget Passes Unanimously With Big Cuts to Austin Police Funding

Council members celebrate first step, but acknowledge hard work ahead

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

City Council Redirects APD Funds to Abortion Support Access

$250K to flow toward abortion support services

BY MARY TUMA

Council Candidates in District 6 and 10 Diverge on Police, Housing, Land Use

Race(s) to the West

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Andy Brown Wins Democrats' Nod for County Judge

Precinct chairs grapple with equity and representation

BY LINA FISHER

ICE Quietly Renews 10-Year Contract With T. Don Hutto Detention Center

Taylor prison houses largely asylum-seeking women and has been the subject of numerous accusations of abuse

BY MARY TUMA

Family of Man Killed by APD Sues the City

Ajay Griffin did not point a gun at officers, attorneys claim

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

City, County Extend COVID-19 Orders for the Long Haul

Mask mandate, ban on gatherings through December 15

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Applications for Rent Relief Lottery Open Tomorrow

City will distribute $12.9 million in direct aid to renters

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Forty Acres of Anxiety: UT Students Return to Campus

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Jazz Mills Provides Free Lunch for the Houseless

Fresh fruit goes a long way on 100-degree days

BY LINA FISHER

Black ATX Food Week, Oseyo’s Courtyard, Hopdoddy Pays It Forward, and More

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 August 20, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Stay Gold Landlord Threatens Club With Half-Million-Dollar Lawsuit

With evictions over rent expected once moratoriums lift, the music venue's landlord wants the remainder of the lease term paid in full now

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: Moody Amphitheater Rises Out of Waterloo Park

Delayed opening until spring, the Moody Amphitheater will be the biggest music venue in the Red River Cultural District

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

Lucinda Williams, Ray Prim, and Curved Light lead the pack

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DOUG FREEMAN, KAHRON SPEARMAN, DEREK UDENSI, GREG STITT AND KEVIN CURTIN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Cowboys Versus Witches in The Pale Door

Austinite Aaron B. Koontz's weird, weird West

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane Reopening This Weekend

First Austin location offering free Bill & Ted screenings

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Coup 53

Documentary unpacks America's involvement in the coup that wrecked Iran

Cut Throat City

RZA takes on New Orleans' history of racism through a B-movie lens

Desert One

Inside Carter’s catastrophic mission to rescue the Iranian hostages

An Easy Girl

French coming-of-age drama doesn't get what it means to be young

The Pale Door

Witches versus cowboys in the weird, weird West

The Prey

Vietnamese cinema is back with a vicious bang

Son of the White Mare

Gorgeous avant garde animation recounts a Hungarian myth

Stage Mother

Jacki Weaver wants to take you to a gay bar

Tesla

Ethan Hawke illuminates the electrical genius

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula

The Korean zombie franchise becomes a fun heist flick

Tulsa

Father, daughter, faith, you know the drill

Unhinged

Russell Crower bulldozes his way to unwarranted revenge

The Vanished

Thomas Jane and Anne Heche hunt for their daughter, and everyone's a suspect

You Don't Nomi

Should you re-assess Showgirls? No, but that's not what's happening here?
arts & culture

New Solo Performance Shows How Black Mothers Are Left Doubly Unprotected by the Constitution

Taji Senior's amendment puts the country’s foundational document on trial

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Blanton Museum and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden Are Open Again

Two beloved bastions of visual art re-open for public view

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

People Talk Funny at Austin Sketch Fest

The annual jubilee of jokes leads off with a spoof of a Trump-Biden debate and a speech on toxic femininity

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: Happy Trails

In this week’s issue, we look at the logistics, and emotions, behind plotting a cross country road trip mid-pandemic

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Nostalgic for Queer Days Past

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Drive-Ins

Carhop service available at these drive-ins

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Bickering

Video can be a really effective learning device

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, August 21-27

BY ROB BREZSNY

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Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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