Jan. 6, 2023

Jackie Lee Young / Design by Zeke Barbaro

Volume 42, Number 19

ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

2023 Lege Preview

Your Local Lawmakers Enter the 88th Lege Arena

We talk to our reps about their priorities going into the new session

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, SD 14

“I get that property tax is painful, [but] we’re never going to have a surplus like this again”

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Rep. Donna Howard, HD 48

“... More strategic than knee-jerk property tax relief”

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Rep. Gina Hinojosa, HD 49

“The public education session, for better or worse”

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Rep. Sheryl Cole, HD 46

“I try to keep the lines of communication open [and] help them ... so they’ll help me”

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Rep. Vikki Goodwin, HD 47

“... Actually figuring out solutions to our epidemic of gun violence”

BY LINA FISHER

Rep. Erin Zwiener, HD 45

“We’re going to have to fight hard to protect our [LGBTQ] communities”

BY LINA FISHER

Rep. John Bucy III, HD 136

“Any progress to get back to where we treat all humans as equal ... I’ll of course support”

BY BENTON GRAHAM

Rep. James Talarico, HD 50

“For those who believe that democracy can work ... this session will be fruitful”

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Rep. Lulu Flores, HD 51

“I’m gonna stand the line on rights for women and children and gay and trans folks.”

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Austin at Large: New Year, Same Old Stories

I-35 deal nearly done, Nate Paul’s new enemy, Chip Roy ready for his close-up

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Epiphany!

A new City Council for the new year

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Gravely Ill Inmates Awaiting Trial in Hays County Jail See No Improvements

Is anyone here a doctor?

BY BRANT BINGAMON

George Floyd Attorney Joins Family of Hays County ER Patient Killed by Officer

“They say he was running away – he’s 300 pounds, shackled, with his pants falling down. He ain’t running nowhere.”  

BY BRANT BINGAMON

One Afghan Family’s Journey to Safety in Texas

From Kabul to Austin

BY BENTON GRAHAM

Waning Interest Doesn’t Slow UT’s Roll in Petroleum Program

Investing young minds in a moribund industry or training those who will lead transition?

BY ALI JUELL

food

In Austin, Which Peking Duck Reigns Supreme?

We list some of the mightiest ducks in town

BY CLARA WANG

Buh-Bye, Brunch Bird & Plow Burger; Howdy, Masa y Más; Greetings, New Pastry Chef at the Carillon; Oooh, Nice Use of Celery, Bloody Mary Festival; Looking Beyond that Mag Mud Mania; and, Yeah, Even 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 5, 2023

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Cactus Lee’s New Phase of Folk Realism

With Perfect Middle Hall, songwriter Kevin Dehan steps out of honky-tonk confines

BY E. RYAN ELLIS

Six Concert Picks to See This Free Week(end)

Primo shows at no cost, from Yung Bambi to Amplified Heat

BY RACHEL RASCOE, MARS SALAZAR, JULIAN TOWERS, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ, MICHAEL TOLAND AND KRISS CONKLIN

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

Jackie Venson, Curtis Roush, Tim Kasher, and more local shows to see this week

BY KEVIN CURTIN, DOUG FREEMAN, ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ, JULIAN TOWERS AND GENEVIEVE WOOD

Vote Now in the Austin Music Poll!

Winners to be announced at the Austin Music Awards, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023

Live Music in Austin

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

Austin Critics Announce the Five Best Austin Films of 2022

Linklater and mountain lions, the pandemic, the legacy of slavery, and the fight for abortion rights all part of this year’s AFCA Austin Film Award short list

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Vicky Krieps Liberates an Empress in Corsage

The actress finds the truth of Sissi, and the other actors who have played her, in the new biopic

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Corsage

Vicky Krieps shines in this sullen biopic of Austrian Empress Elisabeth

Lazaro and The Shark: Cuba Under the Surface

Protest, poverty, and art intersect in Cuba's conga culture

A Man Called Otto

Tom Hanks' "grumpy old man" phase stumbles with this discordant comedy about death

The Old Way

Nic Cage saddles up for a Western with a surprise in its saddlebags

Shin Ultraman

Japan's metal defender gets an ass-kicking modern reboot
arts & culture

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

We Have an Issue: Vote Now in the 2022-23 Austin Music Poll

Readers make the call in our annual survey of the best in Austin music

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: As a Transgender Person, I Am Afraid That Staying in Texas May Harm Me in the Future

Why does Texas attorney general Ken Paxton want to know about me?

BY KAT STEELE

Qmmunity: Entering a New Era

Austin's queer scene enters a new era of great shows, genuine artistry, and good music

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Texas State Parks

Celebrating 100 years of Texas parks and the contributions of Civilian Conservation Corps

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Moving Out

A leg shaker, not a plan maker

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 6-12

BY ROB BREZSNY

The Common Law

Kids and lottery tickets?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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