Jan. 20, 2023

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Volume 42, Number 21

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

A New Council With New Energy Aims to Get City Hall Unstuck

Change is coming, but how much?

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin at Large: Yo Cops! Defund Our Election

Austin Police Association spends big on scheme to screw up civilian oversight

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: Putting the Pieces in Place

Council members sorting out their staffs, priorities

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Seeking Justice for the Killing of Alex Gonzales

Gonzales’ mother says, “I will not stop”

BY BRANT BINGAMON

Data, Dollars, and Defending Austin ISD at the Capitol

Highlights from the AISD Board of Trustees' first meeting in 2023

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Bill of the Week: Should Businesses Get to Go Green or Avoid Guns?

A new bill would repeal anti-boycott legislation

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Austin Water Audit Zeroes In on Problems at Treatment Plant

Weak morale, understaffing contributed to four system failures in five years

BY LINA FISHER

Doggett Brings $2 Million Home from D.C. to Combat Opioid Crisis

Doggett says it’s no panacea, but it’s progress

BY LINA FISHER

Austin Guinea Pig Rescue on the Hunt for Serial Piggie-Dumper

Piggie PSA: Dumper, no dumping!

BY MAGGIE Q. THOMPSON

Is GM-Backed Driverless Car Really Road-Ready?

Cruise AV loses its training wheels

BY BENTON GRAHAM

food

Expat Taqueros Bring Regional Fare to the Capital City

Austin tacos not from Austin

BY EVAN RODRIGUEZ

Much Wine! Many Food! And Buzz Burger Debuts, Sway Goes West, It’s a Whole New Lunar 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 19, 2023

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Die Spitz Cut Their Hard Rock Teeth

Childhood friends-turned-bandmates talk new EP and "the best year ever"

BY GENEVIEVE WOOD

Former Sidewinder Space Now Open As After-Hours Club The Cut

Victory Grill owner and partners hope to fix long-idle outdoor stage

BY CHAD SWIATECKI

Crosstalk: Launching Megz Kelli's Soundtrack, Lockhart's Plum Creek Records, and Norman BA$E's Trap Burger

Austin music news headlines of the week

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Album Review: Rattlesnake Milk

Chicken Fried Snake (Feels So Good)

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Album Review: je'Texas

je'Texas

BY HANK ERWIN

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week

A tribute to tattoo legend Shanghai Kate, Hi How Are You Day, and Karima Walker highlight our recommended shows

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DOUG FREEMAN, KEVIN CURTIN, RACHEL RASCOE, MICHAEL TOLAND, JULIAN TOWERS AND DEREK UDENSI

Live Music in Austin

BY DEREK UDENSI

Screens

Film Reviews

Alice, Darling

Anna Kendrick is crushingly brilliant as a woman in an abusive relationship

Kids vs. Aliens

Gory romp that does exactly what the title says

Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist

Can the rapture just hurry up so we can be done with these films?

Missing

Screen life thriller Searching sequel is fun if preposterous

The Son

The Father director crashes with this mental health drama

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond

High fantasy anime loses its magic with an airless script

The Wandering Earth II

China's sci-fi apocalypse blockbuster gets an equally massive prequel

When You Finish Saving the World

Underwhelming adaptation of Jesse Eisenberg's neurotic audio drama

You People

A modern riff on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
arts & culture

Review: Jarrott Productions’ The Sound Inside

An understated, intriguing page-turner

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

We Have an Issue: A New Council Gets Down to Work

Austin City Council assembles, congrats to Chroniclers, and a new/old Rollo Banks Lunar New Year cover to relish

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Dance, Dance (Queer Austin Remix)

Two queer DJ-centric parties fire up a weekend full of great events

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: Port Aransas’ South Jetty

Weekly newspaper is a wealth of information for locals and visitors alike

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: It’s Bad, and It’s Nationwide

Comfort is the turd in which the mushroom of ignorance grows

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 20-26

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: New Faces Arrive as Austin FC Looks to Build on 2022 Magic

Core roster remains, bolstered by new recruits Gyasi Zardes, Leo Väisänen, Matt Bersano

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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