May 28, 2021

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Volume 40, Number 39

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BY Kimberley Jones

features

Getting Back Out There

Getting Back Out There

A vaccinated staff gets back to the clubs, movie theatres, restaurants, and performance halls we call our second homes

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Forget Decorum: Music Fans Holler Their Appreciation for the Symphony

And the classical music crowd goes wild

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Two Music Critics Dive Back Into the Scene

Raoul and Kevin hit the clubs for the first time in 14 months, and only one of them has a psychedelic freakout

BY KEVIN CURTIN AND RAOUL HERNANDEZ

A Film Critic Re-Emerges to Watch In the Heights the Way It Was Meant to Be Seen

After 424 days away from the movie theatre it's time to be alone in the dark again

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ditching the Remote and Sweatpants for Date Night Again

After so much togetherness, a couple tackles Friday night out in the world again

BY JESSI CAPE

Too Soon: The Case for Staying In

"I like my personal bunker, and I'm not planning on leaving it"

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

news

Austin at Large: Fool Around and Find Out!

Austin’s wannabe warriors are set to see what this city really thinks of its cops

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Handshakes on the Concourse

Edging back toward a sense of normalcy: Austin FC's Q2 Stadium set to open at full capacity

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

New Data Shows Slightly Fewer Unhoused Austinites

Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) releases new report

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

As Clock Ticks, Council Bites the Campsite Bullet

Post-Proposition B work to find places for unhoused Austinites continues

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Council Backs Parkland Preservation in Vote for New Dougherty Arts Center Site

Austin's oldest community arts venue would relocate to new facility in Butler Shores' southeast corner

BY BETH SULLIVAN

AISD Blocks Parent-Funded Posts at Upscale Schools

New equity formula ends PTA pay

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Cannabis Bills Near Texas Lege Finish Line, Diluted and Distorted

[UPDATED] Delta-8 ban hangs in balance; tiny boost for medical use

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Doin’ It to Death: House Dems Chub Up Slim Victories

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

food

It's a Wage Shortage – Not a Labor Shortage – and It Disproportionately Affects Women and Persons of Color

It's a complicated economic situation, but one easy solution is increasing pay for restaurant workers

BY JESSI CAPE

Austin Shift Meal's Job Fair, the Quesoff's Triumphant Return, Jester King's Pet-Adoption Rescheduling, 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 May 27, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Black Pumas Backline Lauren Cervantes and Angela Miller Maintain 20 Feet From Stardom – On Purpose

Respect and admiration remains the key to their success as co-frontwomen and backup singers

BY KAHRON SPEARMAN

Faster Than Sound: KUT/KUTX Will No Longer Manage the Cactus Cafe

University station terminates "disheartening" negotiations and Spider House Ballroom changes ownership.

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY MICHAEL TOLAND, DOUG FREEMAN, GREG STITT, DEREK UDENSI, KEVIN CURTIN, ALYSSA QUILES AND RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

aGLIFF Launches a Mini Film-a-Thon for Pride Month

Taking Pride in Austin’s queer film fest

BY JAMES SCOTT

One in a Crowd: Hi.

Local filmmaker Olivia Nash is crowdfunding Hi., her new Austin-made romantic drama

Film Reviews

Cruella

Disney's dog-hating villain becomes an unexpected anti-hero

Endangered Species

Make a donation to a conservation charity instead

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

How the Cold War divided a family, while music kept them connected

A Quiet Place Part II

Creature feature is like great DLC rather than a sequel

The Retreat

Revisionist lesbians-versus-hillbillies horror isn't that big a step forward

Sound of Violence

Murderous melodies never hit the right note
arts & culture

Beili Liu's Sculpture Cloud Pavilion Shimmers at Seaholm

How this glistening steel sculpture by the Austin-based artist became a permanent fixture of an evolving Downtown

BY VIVIE BEHRENS

Far From Respectable: Dave Hickey and His Art by Daniel Oppenheimer

In this new book, the iconoclastic art critic gets the respect he deserves

BY BARBARA PURCELL

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: Getting Back Out There – But There Where?

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: Prop B Passed. Now What?

We must prioritize long-term solutions for homelessness over easier-to-implement changes such as temporary shelters

BY ELIZABETH HEITKEMPER, TARA HUTSON AND WHITNEY THURMAN

Qmmunity: Anti-Trans SB 29 Dead, For Now

Critical win at the Lege welcomes Pride Month festivities

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: La Petite Belle, Palacios

La Belle sails again

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Don’t Ask Your Ex

70-93% of all communication is nonverbal

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, May 28 - June 3

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: Fantastic Goals and Where to Find Them

Three steps for more scoring opportunities

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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