Sept. 4, 2020

Illustration by Craig Staggs/Minnow Mountain

Volume 40, Number 1

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

So You Want to Vote

A flowchart to help guide you through mail-in ballots, voter registration

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Austin at Large: Voting From the Bottom Up

Take advantage of your downballot opportunities to create real change

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Where’s Our LDC Rewrite?

Back into the looking glass with your City Council

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Council: Too Little Affordable Housing, or Too Much?

Two southeast projects divide dais; APD's state grants OK'd

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Two UT-Austin Students Living on Campus Test Positive for COVID-19

31 students, faculty, and staff have tested positive or self-reported positive results since students started moving into dorms

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Planning Commission Leaders Step Down to Chart Housing Waters

Conor Kenny and Fayez Kazi look to bring more affordable housing to Austin

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Fight for Vote by Mail Continues at 5th Circuit

Texas Democrats argue age limits violate constitution

BY LINA FISHER

AISD Readies for School, Sports, Elections, and Red Ink

Students go back to class and sports Sept. 8 and more district news

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Turning Up to Talk About Low Voter Turnout

Get Out the Vote campaigns kick into high gear

BY MARGARET NICKLAS

food

A Trio of Mediterranean Dining

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly get any shawarma, right?

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

The Absinthe-minded Professors of Violet Crown Spirits

Three Austinites are producing the first Texas-made absinthe

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Pueblo Viejo's New Location, Bishop Cidercade's Austin Debut, Pinballz Japanese Whiskey, 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 September 3, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

In a Previously Unpublished Interview Late Power Trip Frontman Riley Gale Talks SXSW, COVID, & American Healthcare

“I’m having nightmares about what [COVID] is going to do to the status quo”

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Faster Than Sound: Remembering Chet Himes, Johnny Limón, and Riley Osbourn

Three Austin music scene stalwarts passed in late August

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, RACHEL RASCOE, GREG STITT, DOUG FREEMAN, KEVIN CURTIN, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ AND TIM STEGALL

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

How to Climb a Minnow Mountain

The Austin animation studio resurrecting Rotoscoping with Richard Linklater

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Lens on Queer Taiwan

AAAFF explores the Asian nation’s LGBTQIA cinematic legacy

BY LILLI HIME

Film Reviews

Centigrade

Snowbound horror is a situation tragedy

Class Action Park

The stunning tale of New Jersey's unfathomable Action Park

Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time

Musical bio-doc hits all the right notes, but with no feeling

Made in Bangladesh

Workers' rights under siege in this feminist Asian drama

Mulan

Forget the cartoon, Disney goes back to the source for the Chinese warrior legend

Murder in the Woods

The summer slasher is back!
arts & culture

Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Make Space to Create

The two organizations partner on a residency program to support Austin artists making adventurous new work

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva

Anything can happen in the wonderfully weird Ukraine of this short story collection

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Making New Friends an Old-Fashioned Way – Through Letter Writing

A collaboration between Austin Bat Cave, Foundation Communities, and Letterpress PLAY encourages pen pals to bridge generational divides

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

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: Celebrating (Very Quietly) 39 Years in Print

This anniversary issue passes with not much fanfare, but a lot of gratitude

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion – Protecting Texas Alone: The UT System Has Failed Our Community

Underpaid at UT, a graduate student worker advocacy group, urgently calls for COVID protections

BY UNDERPAID@UT

Qmmunity: Lessons From the Past for the Present

Plus, Gender Unbound and Austin Asian American Film Festival kick off virtual programming

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Stag Leap Country Cabins, Nacogdoches

Escape to a cabin in the Piney Woods

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: A Potentially Awkward Conversation

Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor!

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, September 4-10

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Common Law

COVID and paid time off to watch kids not in school

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Are You a Guaraní Fan? You Are Now.

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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