Jan. 13, 2023

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Volume 42, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

2023 Lege Preview

The Lege Opens, Here's What Happens Next

Not all of the bills are bad! Our analysis of the just-begun 88th Texas Legislature.

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Texas Lege Preview: Parties Agree That Fentanyl Sucks

Bipartisan consensus emerges to tackle opioid overdose crisis

BY LINA FISHER

Texes Lege Preview: Will the Sun Set on Texas Commission on Environmental Quality?

Lege, advocates push embattled environmental agency to try harder

BY LINA FISHER

Texas Lege Preview: The Only Exception in Post-Roe Texas

Legislators wrangle over birth control, rape, and travel

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Texas Lege Preview: Guns! Mental Health! Can the Lege Decide?

In the wake of Uvalde massacre, lawmakers float weapon restrictions, new programs

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Texas Lege Preview: At the Border Is It Lock ’Em Up, or Help Them Out?

The state could help ease the migrant crisis, but not by doing what it's done so far

BY BENTON GRAHAM

Texas Lege Preview: The Lege Has More Cash Than It Wants

Unprecedented $30 billion (and counting) surplus puts conservatives in a bind

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Texas Lege Preview: Are School Vouchers a Shoo-In?

House Dems (and rural Republicans) ready to rally for public education

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Texas Lege Preview: Homophobic Holdout

Democrats try to remove anti-gay laws; Republicans don't want kids to be trans

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Texas Lege Preview: These Bills Deserve to Die

Four of the worst measures filed (so far) for the 88th

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Austin at Large: Steve Adler, Scandal Machine

The ex-mayor not only can afford, but has earned, the right to swat away pesky flies

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: What Goes Up … May Go Down?

Lower home prices don’t mean lower housing costs

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Why 60,000+ Central Texans Could Lose Access to Ascension Hospitals Next Month

Ascension Texas faces accusations of putting profits over people

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

New Mayor and Council Take Office; No Coup Attempted

Peaceful transition of local power

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Jolt Action Accused of Unfair Labor Practices

Filings describe termination without notice and dispute over remote work

BY LINA FISHER

Does an Expired Execution Drug Make Death Painful?

Either way, the state killed Robert Fratta Tuesday

BY BRANT BINGAMON

food

Guest Chefs from Norway; Off-the-Menu from Perry’s; The Dead Rabbit from NYC; Something Something Space Lord Chophouse; the Tantalizing Possibility of Free Hamburgers for a Year; 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 January 12, 2023

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Lifelong Student Fennec Finds a Home in House Music

The multi-credentialed producer who wrote an admissions essay on Girl Talk

BY JULIAN TOWERS

We Asked Writers To Review Bands They’d Never Seen Before at Free Week in Austin

First looks at Dregs, Chief Cleopatra, Exotic Fruits, Nuclear Daisies

BY NAYELI PORTILLO, KRISS CONKLIN, DAVID BRENDAN HALL AND CARYS ANDERSON

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

The Linda Lindas, Momma, Caramelo Haze, JaRon Marshall, and more highlight our recommended shows

BY ALEJANDRA RAMIREZ, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, KEVIN CURTIN, TIM STEGALL, LAIKEN NEUMANN, MICHAEL TOLAND, KRISS CONKLIN AND DOUG FREEMAN

Sophia Lawson's Debut Photography Show Celebrates Her Second Home, the Mohawk

Sabrina Ellis performs at Lawson's "Still Sounds" on Wednesday

BY TRENT JOHNSON

Live Music in Austin

BY DEREK UDENSI

screens

William Shatner, Still Boldly Going

The legend brings The Wrath of Khan to the Long Center

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Broker

Kore-eda exports his themes of family to Korea

The Devil Conspiracy

Nineties Catholic creature feature crap flies again!

House Party

Reboot of the beloved Nineties comedy series

Kuttey

Brutal thriller as three gangs clash over lost loot in Mumbai

M3GAN

A yassified Chucky for the iPad Kid generation

Plane

Gerard Butler ages surprisingly well into elder action hero status

Saint Omer

French true-crime drama gives sharp insight into the immigrant experience

Skinamarink

Avant-garde horror strains eyes and patience

Thunivu

A charming rogue leads cops on a merry chase across Chennai

Veera Simha Reddy (NBK107)

Telugu revenge drama with Balakrishna out for blood

Waltair Veerayya

Telugu maritime thrill ride as a smuggler and a cop go to war
arts & culture

FronteraFest Is Back to Push New Boundaries

The theatrical fringe festival proves there's still space to experiment in a crowded Austin

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Five Treats for Your Art-Loving Eyes at PrintAustin

Ink and pressure come together for this annual exploration of the local print scene

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

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: Another Lege Gavels In

Previewing the 88th Texas Legislature

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Your Reading Rainbow

Get homotextual in the new year with these local queer-centric book clubs

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Pegasus Sign, Dallas

Pegasus flies high in the Dallas sky

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Work to Do

A thought we need to shake out of our heads

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 13-19

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: Claudio Reyna’s Future With Austin FC Uncertain After Ugly USMNT Scandal

Let’s hold our noses and review the madness

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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