June 17, 2022

John Anderson / Design by Zeke Barbaro

Volume 41, Number 42

ON THE COVER:
news

Can Dirty Sixth Be Cleaned Up?

City Hall, the bars and clubs, and now a big developer say, “Maybe?”

BY CHAD SWIATECKI

Austin at Large: The Lessons of Cady Lofts

An unusual zoning case may lay out the future contours of land-use politics

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: How Much Does Height Matter?

Plus, cars off Guadalupe!

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Affordable Housing and How to Get More Keeps Council Busy

What happened last week and what's on this week's Council agenda

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Local Officials Make Promises on Gun Safety

Mayor Pro Tem Alison Alter, County Judge Andy Brown, and others look to stem gun violence

BY LINA FISHER

Project Connect Unveils Vision of a Car-Free Drag

Cars, buses, and trains jockey for position on revamped Guadalupe Street

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Traffic Fatalities Rise While Serious Injuries Fall in Austin

The long road to zero

BY BENTON GRAHAM

Sunset Advisory Commission Takes Aim at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

State commission looks into concerns of transparency

BY LINA FISHER

food

James Beard Awards for Local Chefs, the Return of Bufalina, Father's Day Dining, and You Won’t Believe the Food Trucks We’ve Recommended

All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering By

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 June 16, 2022

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Escapism and Connection: The Illustrated Life of Billy Perkins

Hustling Austin posters for 30 years, Perkins perseveres

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Faster Than Sound: BabiBoi's Spitfire Soundtrack for the Club and Beyond

Ballroom rapper joins the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce's Pride in Local Music next Saturday, and more music news

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Review: Shearwater’s The Great Awakening (Polyborus)

Austin indie institution’s latest feels like a far-off summer lightning storm: all low rumbles punctuated by occasional flashes of grandeur

BY CHAD SWIATECKI

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

A Juneteenth celebration, Taméca Jones, the Howdy Gals' Pride Celebration, Mad Professor, and more recommendations for the week

BY DEREK UDENSI, KEVIN CURTIN, RACHEL RASCOE, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, ROBERT PENSON AND JULIAN TOWERS

Live Music in Austin

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

From the Dobie to Infinity ... and Beyond!

Stephanie Martinez-Arndt joins the adventure as part of the team behind Pixar's Lightyear

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Five Films Not to Miss at the Austin Asian American Film Festival

A long weekend of movies defined by global possibilities

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Brian and Charles

Endearing British mockumentary about a man and his robot

Cha Cha Real Smooth

The pains of growing up in this touching portrayal of post-college love

The French

Astounding record of life on and off court in tennis's glory years

Lightyear

Pixar's Toy Story spin-off never achieves lift-off

Mid-Century

Ghostly goings-on in this short-term rental shocker

Neptune Frost

Activist artist Saul Williams crafts an Afrofuturist classic

Wild Men

Absurdist comedy goes into the woods to hunt for masculinity
arts & culture

Funko Buys Mondo

Collectible leviathan acquires Austin’s boutique art shop

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Review: Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's The McAdo

Spry rewrite of the classic operetta swaps kimonos for kilts

BY BOB ABELMAN

Arts Events

Art galleries, theatre, comedy, dance, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Events

Local events, volunteer opportunities, kids' activities, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

Opinion: Mental Illness Does Not Cause Mass Shootings. Mass Shootings Cause Mental Illness.

Austin therapists lay out Governor Greg Abbott's abysmal record on supporting mental health access and education

BY THERAPISTS IN THEAUSTIN AREA

Qmmunity: Beautiful, Vibrant, and Queer

Bad news can’t overshadow the brilliance of Austin’s queer scene during Pride

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Center Point

Swimming holes and burgers a short scenic drive away

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, June 17-23

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Luv Doc: A Disgusting Pig

Is there ever a point when swamp crotch is not swampy enough?

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: Referee’s Path to World Cup Began in Austin

“Every referee’s dream is to reach the World Cup”

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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