Jan. 15, 2021

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Volume 40, Number 20

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WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

2021 Lege Preview

Amid Chaos and Crisis, the 87th Texas Legislature Gets to Work

Can we rebuild a democracy?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

COVID-19 Turns the Texas Lege's Routines Upside Down

The challenge ahead – how to get back to the business of legislating without staging a superspreader event

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Freshman State Senator Sarah Eckhardt Lays Out Her Agenda

Sarah Eckhardt prepares for an uncertain session

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Can Texas Clean Up Its Climate Footprint?

State Rep. Erin Zwiener outlines a House environmental agenda

BY LINA FISHER

Will School Funding Take a Beating From a Pandemic-Pressed Budget?

Pandemic-pressed budget puts 2019's funding gains at risk

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Will Texas Expand Medicaid?

Long-running health care debate looks different through a pandemic prism

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Women's Health Advocates Brace for "Perfect Storm" at Texas Legislature

Republican lawmakers racing to further restrict abortion access

BY MARY TUMA

Will the Texas Legislature Take On Police Reform?

George Floyd Act, APD takeover, TCOLE all on Lege's agenda

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Has the Lege Truly Moved Past LGBTQIA Bigotry?

Slow progress toward equality and respect may continue

BY LILLI HIME

Are We Ready for Legal Weed?

Ambitions inch higher as the Lege finds common ground on cannabis

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Will the Texas Lege Roll the Dice on Gambling This Session?

The gambling caravan is back, but it’s losing momentum

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin at Large: Forget the Alamo

It’s strike three for Texas in the white-power rebellion game. Time to call folks out.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Criminal Behavior

Ken Paxton has to go – plus a bucket of warm spit

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

APD Kills Again

Driver fatally wounded after alleged road rage incident

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Strong-Mayor Proposal Likely Headed to May Ballot

Austinites for Progressive Reform submits 24,000 signatures

BY LINA FISHER

Rape Survivor Wins in Civil Court

After plea deal, defendant hit with $2 million in damages

BY SARAH MARLOFF

Anti-Lockdown Evangelist Sean Feucht Had No Permit for Saturday’s Concert on Austin Parkland

City “exploring options” to hold organizers accountable

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Austin Opens Field Hospital as COVID Surge Swells

How soon is now?

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Death Watch: Despite SCOTUS Ruling, Inmate Again Faces Execution

Blaine Milam, who may be disabled, is set for death Jan. 21

BY BRANT BINGAMON

food

A Brief Guide to Some of Austin's Many Tiny Taco Shops

ATX's formidable population of taco purveyors offers meaty, regional delights

BY EVAN RODRIGUEZ

Sonya Cote's Bastrop Storehouse, Extending the To-Go Booze Waiver, Suga's Cakery at Dear Diary, Pizza from Intero, 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, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of January 14, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Faster Than Sound: Don’t DM Me, Vote in the Austin Music Poll!

The Austin Music Poll is open all month. Go vote – online!

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DEREK UDENSI, ALYSSA QUILES, GREG STITT, KEVIN CURTIN, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ AND DOUG FREEMAN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Origins of a Green Identity Dives into the Growth of a Community

KLRU and Living Springs celebrate Austin's eco-pioneers

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program Could Be a Lifeline for the State Economy

From script to screen to jobs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Bloody Hell

Australian horror-comedy is deliciously twisted riff on the eurotrip

Don't Tell a Soul

Rainn Wilson proves his darker skills in this drama of inherited sin and trauma

The Marksman

Liam Neeson is the action man again in this border thriller

Master

Classroom Tamil action with Vijay handing out lessons and justice

MLK/FBI

The Feds' surveillance campaign of the civil rights icon placed in new context

My Little Sister

German family drama about the trauma of losing a twin

Rock Camp: The Movie

Music fans seek glam without the grit and grind as they play with stadium-fillers

Some Kind of Heaven

America's retirement heaven shows some splinter in the clouds

The White Tiger

Indian crime drama with a class twist
arts & culture

PrintAustin 2021 Reproduces Community Online and Off

At this celebration of printmaking it's gather, prints, repeat

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

If You’ve Ever Wanted to Live Inside a Wes Anderson Movie...

This photography book is a close approximation

BY SARA HUTCHINSON

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: Under Construction

Time to roll up the sleeves and start rebuilding our democracy

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: The Best Big Qmmunity in Texas

On discrimination, Dolly, and more queer happenings

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Guadalupe River State Park, Spring Branch

The crown jewel of the Guadalupe River

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: An Insultingly Simplistic Moral Reminder

There is no greater sign of a dumbass than a dumbass who doesn't think he's a dumbass.

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 15-21

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Watch Out for The Striker

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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