Sept. 18, 2020

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Volume 40, Number 3

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WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

So You Want to Redistrict Austin?

The process – and what’s at stake – with redrawing our City Council districts

BY LILLI HIME

Austin at Large: Counting Heads, Drawing Lines

Next year, when (if?) the current crises recede, we may be surprised at what we find

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Through the Looking Glass

The strange logic of "new urban" housing policy

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

City Council Mulls Future Events, as Venues Cry for Help Now

Convention Center expansion, money for local businesses, and more Council items

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

“1619 Project” Creator Discusses Race, Slavery, Trump Pushback

BY LILLI HIME

AISD First-Day Jitters

School opens with technical glitches; teachers' union demands waiver to extend virtual learning

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

24-Texas Teachers Talk of “Trauma” at TribFest

Educators discuss the challenges of reopening schools, TEA head defends decision to administer STAAR tests

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Four Women File New Sexual Assault Suit in State Court

Survivors come forward to accuse APD and the D.A.'s Office

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Travis County Will Open Drive-Through Ballot Drop-Offs Beginning Oct. 1

Travis County voters will be able to hand-deliver their mail ballots at three Central Austin locations

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Austin Parks Foundation Discusses Racial Equity in Green Spaces

Panelists consider how Austin leadership should help dismantle racism in public spaces

BY LINA FISHER

food

The Future of Mother’s Cafe Is Pending

The vegetarian institution could permanently close in October

BY JESSI CAPE

Who Will Help the Hospitality Industry? And Who Else Has Closed?

Here's what's happening in the Austin culinary scene right now

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 17, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Bill Callahan Finds an Elder Perspective on New Album

Paternal dynamics paint the Austin virtuoso's new Gold Record

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Faster Than Sound: Taylor Wallace Takes Over KUTX Morning Show

KUTX replaces morning show mainstay John Aielli with Taylor Wallace after the iconic ATX deejay suffers a stroke.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

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

Live Music / Livestream Listings

screens

I Luv Video Closes ... So What Next?

Owner/founder Conrad Bejarano on saving Austin’s culture

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Now Streaming in Austin: I’ve Got Issues

Steve Collins’ melancholic comedy comes home to VOD

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Alive

Grisly horror where the doctor is in (and out to lunch)

Alone

Neo-slasher is quietly effective and bloodily harsh

Antebellum

Time-mangling racism allegory can’t be saved by its good intentions

Break the Silence: The Movie

BTS back on the stage, behind the scenes

The Dark Divide

David Cross searches for sasquatch and heals his soul in this wilderness wonder

The Devil All the Time

Evil in Ohio in this Southern Gothic drama

Infidel

Dinesh D’Souza production. So you’ve been warned.

I’ve Got Issues

Mournful, doleful, hopeful Austin comedy finds empathy in the edges

The Nest

Pretense and aspiration collapse in this dour relationship drama

Ravers

Dance, zombies, dance!

The Secrets We Keep

War crimes revisited in suburban America

Sibyl

French comedy-drama twists ethics, power, and sex in therapy

Space Dogs

Disturbing history of animals in space is rightly upsetting

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

The trailblazers fighting sexism and gravity in the film industry

The Way I See It

Portrait of presidential photographer Pete Souza has depth but lacks focus
arts & culture

The Crossroads Meet at Mexic-Arte Museum's "Intersección: Choque & Alivio"

The 25th edition of this showcase for early-career Latinx artists is a space for sharing our shock over this time and our humanity

BY ROBERT FAIRES

"Amada Miller: Everything in Tune" at grayDUCK Gallery

The San Antonio-based artist's new show rings lunar and true

In Black America Celebrates 50 Years of Broadcasting About the Black Experience

Longtime host John L. Hanson reflects on his journey in radio

BY GERRARD HANLY

Eklektikos Host John Aielli Is Doing Very Well, Thank You

Austin radio mainstay recovering from June stroke

BY ROBERT FAIRES

How to Celebrate Austin Museum Day 2020

In person and virtual events abound on the city' annual free museum day

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: “The Light That’s Leaving”

On Bill Callahan’s likably melancholy new record, and another month of painful closures of Austin fixtures

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: The Texas State Board of Education is Failing LGBTQ+ Students

School districts and families will need to pick up the slack left by SBOE’s recent decision to exclude sexual orientation and gender identity from the curriculum

BY KATHERINE GOLDEY

Qmmunity: SBOE Debates the Good, the Bad, and the Bass-ackwards

Plus, join AIDS Walk Austin Saturday to step to zero new HIV infections by 2030

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Black Is Beautiful Beer, Weathered Souls Brewery, San Antonio

Brewers worldwide are making a San Antonio beer for social change

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: A Good Deadbolt

Parent sex is kind of like death

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, September 18-24

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

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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