Oct. 8, 2021

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Volume 41, Number 6

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Austin's 10-Year No-Kill Deal With Austin Pets Alive! May Be Dead

Like cats and dogs

BY MORGAN O’HANLON

Austin at Large: Does Austin Need SF Zoning?

Or is this status quo protection already obsolete in the City That Never Shrinks?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: For Further Consideration...

So yeah, let’s really get serious about housing in Austin

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Amid Tough Questioning, Council Confirms Chacon as New Police Chief

Alter, Kelly vote against longtime APD insider

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin Firefighters Association Says Nay to Proposition A

Over 50% of AFA members vote to oppose police staffing initiative

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

1,400-Acre Development Near Hamilton Pool Ignites Push to Protect Salamander

Environmentalists petition to list Pedernales River springs salamander as endangered species

BY LINA FISHER

State Redistricting Chairs Pretend They Don’t See Color

New maps respond to the growth among Texans of color by including fewer opportun­ity districts for Black and Hispanic Texans

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Death Watch: A Reprieve From Death Row

Clinton Young's death sentence overturned over legal misconduct

BY BRANT BINGAMON

November 2021 General and Special Elections: Voting by Mail

Answers to your VBM questions
food

Tiki Tatsu-ya Reveals a New Old World of Culinary Adventure

Three years in the making, worthy of eternal returns

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Bristol-Joseph's Canje Opens, Bésame's My Jam Makes Us Scream, Fowl Mouth Shuts Up, News of More Booze, 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 October 7, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

ACL Fest 2021

Three Generations of Writers Reflect on ACL Fest 2021

Personal journals from a plague-era festival

BY KEVIN CURTIN, RAOUL HERNANDEZ AND MORGAN-TAYLOR THOMAS

Ten Things That Defined ACL Fest's First Weekend

Abortion ban opposition, a weather delay, and the unforgettable performances

BY KEVIN CURTIN AND RACHEL RASCOE

ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close to Home

Fresh sounds that emanate from the Lone Star State

BY KEVIN CURTIN, DOUG FREEMAN, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, RACHEL RASCOE AND DEREK UDENSI

ACL Interview: The Broad, Brilliant, Beautiful Musical Universe of Jon Batiste

"We take you on a journey through Black American music history, ragtime to trap."

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

ACL Interview: Soul Drummer with a Tender Falsetto, Aaron Frazer Pulls Double Duty at the Fest

Dan Auerbach collaborator will drum for Durand Jones & the Indications before taking the mic for a solo set

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Austin Music: What We're Listening to This Week

Hovvdy, Cherubs, Hoody Rap, a Tribute to Walter Hyatt, and more recommended sounds

BY CARYS ANDERSON, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DEREK UDENSI, RACHEL RASCOE AND DOUG FREEMAN

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

Blue Öyster Cult, Mannequin Pussy, Guthrie Girls, and more shows to see

BY CARYS ANDERSON, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, CHRISTINA GARCIA AND KEVIN CURTIN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

Screens

Film Reviews

The Addams Family 2

A spirit-crushing vacation for everyone's favorite ghouls

After We Fell

Part three of the only franchise to make 50 Shades of Gray look classy

Arrebato

Addicted to filmmaking in this newly restored Spanish horror

Lamb

Icelandic oddity finds unexpected heart in a strange fable of parenthood

No Time to Die

Daniel Craig's last Bond adventure is a misfire

Pinkfong and Baby Shark's Space Adventure

Into kid-friendly adventure with the YouTube smash

South of Heaven

Jason Sudeikis and Evangeline Lilly hold on to love on the run

Survive the Game

Bruce Willis, back in (in)action in another cop thriller

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Come for the dodgy CGI fighting, stay for the ... rom-com?
arts & culture

Austin’s Haunted Attractions Are Back With Safe Screams

After a year of shuttered scares, Halloween is home

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Five Things ...

Your weekly guide to the best happenings in Austin

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Listings

Art galleries, live performances, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Listings

Volunteer opportunities, fitness classes, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

We Have an Issue: Happy Haunts

In this week’s issue, we peek behind the curtain of Austin’s scare houses

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Texas Trans Athletes Fight to Play

That and a bevy of LGBTQ things to do around town

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Ruins of St. Dominic Church, D’Hanis

Resilience of pioneers is captured on historic site

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: He Doesn’t Dance

Otherwise known as reactive immobility

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, October 8-14

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Common Law

Mark of the beast or just another Texas legislative session? New 2021 Texas laws

BY LUKE ELLIS AND JACQUELINE CASTILLO

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: With MLS on Break, World Cup Qualifying Madness Arrives in Austin

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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