March 19, 2021

Jana Birchum

Volume 40, Number 29

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

As Abbott Blows Off COVID, Austin Just Wants to Stay Alive

The unmasking commences and the governor goes after his own constituents yet again

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin at Large: Blue Blood, From a Turnip

In voting-averse Texas, how can the “election integrity” juice be worth the squeeze?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Lege Ticker: Someone Has to Pay the Post-Storm Electric Bill

The price is right?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON, AUSTIN SANDERS, BETH SULLIVAN AND MARY TUMA

Campaigners, Firefighters Help Residents With Burst Pipes

Austin needs water, still

BY LINA FISHER

As Crises Abound, AISD Plans for Fewer Teachers

Board considers dire financial projections, falling enrollment, charter competition, and a struggling special ed program

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

APD Officer Indicted in 2020 Shooting of Michael Ramos

Christopher Taylor charged with first-degree murder

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Unpopular No. 2 Likely to Lead APD

Chief of Staff not popular within APD or with local justice advocates

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

Farmhouse Delivery Brings the Best of Local Restaurants to Your Home

Take part in Project Takeout

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Support Asian-Owned Eateries in Austin

Eight small restaurants we love to visit

BY LILLI HIME

Siete's New Mercado, Desert Door's Twisted Cocktails, Indie Brewing's Song Contest, ZaZa's Springtime Pizzazz, 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 March 18, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

NBA Star and Music-Maker Chris Bosh Sets Up Shop in the ATX

The future NBA Hall of Fame forward wants it all

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN

Faster Than Sound: Austin Music Stays the Course on Mask Precautions

Steady on safety guidelines, Austin promoters and club owners juggle an unclear concert calendar

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY DOUG FREEMAN, KEVIN CURTIN, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ, CARYS ANDERSON, GREG STITT, DEREK UDENSI AND TIM STEGALL

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

The Only Constant on Congress Is Change

Liz Lambert chronicles being both sides of the gentrification debate in Through the Plexi-Glass

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Blue Starlite Gives Some SXSW-Selected Shorts Some Big Screentime

From the festival to the drive-in

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

The Courier

A forgotten Cold War spy story gets a very British, very tragic retelling

Dark State

Nutty conspiracy theory flick is Pizzagate-style nonsense

Keep an Eye Out

Quentin Dupieux serves a delicious slice of nothing in this police anti-procedural

Last Call

Jeremy Piven proves maybe you should go home

Long Live Rock... Celebrate The Chaos

Long Weekend

Downcast drunk meets manic pixie girl. Can true love prosper?

Mohan Kumar Fans

Indian comedy spoofs audition show culture

My Brother's Keeper

Pray the PTSD away!
arts & culture

Artist Madeline Irvine Marks COVID Time With the Pandemic Clock

The Austin artist has turned a daily practice into a way to count down the lockdown

BY ROBERT FAIRES

"Dogs Heal in Borderlandia: Andrea Muñoz Martinez" at Link & Pin Gallery

In her solo exhibition at Link & Pin Gallery, the artist provides canine companions for a most colorful landscape

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: Speeding Toward Normal

In this week's issue: How Greg Abbott's Great Unmasking puts state and local leadership at odds yet again, plus the SXSW virtual experience

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: White Privilege in Austin’s Unhoused Community

Alberta Phillips, chair of the ECHO Board of Governors, explains the kind of racism that can lock Black people into a lifetime of living unsheltered

BY ALBERTA PHILLIPS

Qmmunity: Queer Rights and Queer Lives at the Texas Lege

News from Austin’s Pink Dome, plus this weekend’s top queer events

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Fort Parker State Park

Park between Mexia and Groesbeck is renowned for its sunsets

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Welsh

A strong case for an easier language like Mandarin

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, March 19-25

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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