Jan. 29, 2021

Jana Birchum

Volume 40, Number 22

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Austin at Large: “It’s Time to Get <blank> Done”

As we dive deep into 2021, let’s complete that sentence with real talk, not “stuff”

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

City Hall Looks at Retracing Its Steps on Homelessness

Back up, try again

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Amid Improving Numbers, Austin's COVID Crystal Ball Still Cloudy

Disease remains unpredictable given range of variations in vaccine distribution, public's behaviors

BY BETH SULLIVAN

APD Officers Face Trial for Allegedly Beating a Suspect

Overlooked 2019 case brought to grand jury by new D.A. Garza

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin Energy Still Hasn't Fixed Problems With Utility Bill Discounts on Expensive Homes

Consumer advocate requests audit of AE's Customer Assistance Program

BY LINA FISHER

With Rosie's Law, Austin Legislators Aim to Restore Abortion Coverage

Sheryl Cole, Sarah Eckhardt introduce bicameral legislation that would expand health insurance coverage for abortion care

BY MARY TUMA

New Transit Agency Takes Command of Project Connect

Let's get rolling!

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

City Falls Behind on Housing Goals

Housing for Austin’s poorest residents in short supply

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

The Austin Staycationer: The LINE Hotel

Your close-to-home guide to getting away

BY VERONICA MEEWES

The Roosevelt Room Pivots Without Sacrificing Craft Cocktail Experience

Crafting COVID-era accommodations

BY DAVID BRENDAN HALL

Teal House Triumphant, Boozy Boba, Devil May Care About Warhol, LeRoy & Lewis Go Sweet, 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 28, 2020

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

Life Is Terrible ... and Triumphant for Portrayal of Guilt

Metallic punk trio drop a sophomore rager of pandemic frustration and societal grievances

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: Contextualizing Broken Spoke Owner James White

Honky-tonky lifer died of congestive heart failure at age 81

BY RACHEL RASCOE

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week

What we’re listening to

BY DOUG FREEMAN, TIM STEGALL, KEVIN CURTIN, RACHEL RASCOE, MICHAEL TOLAND, DEREK UDENSI AND GREG STITT

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Other Worlds Film Festival Summons a Jewish Dark Spirit for The Vigil

Not your regular Hollywood demon

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Safe Set for Pandemic-Era Feature The Blazing World

Sundance film comes to AFS's drive-in

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Brothers by Blood

Cold and slow gang war on the streets of Philadelphia

Hunted

Oddball riff on Red Riding Hood gets weirder and wilder

The Little Things

Washington, Malek, and Leto never mesh in this uneven police procedural

Malcolm & Marie

Relationship two-hander about Black Hollywood is more flash than answers

The Night

American-made Iranian supernatural horror finds terror in married secrets

Notturno

Epic documentary chronicles the intimate and epic scale of life in four nations

The Queen of Black Magic

Grisly Indonesian horror remake knows when to go gonzo

Saint Maud

Agony and ecstasy intertwined in this horror as Catholic angst turns self-destruction

Supernova

Firth and Tucci are beyond stellar as a married couple being swallowed by dementia

True Mothers

Japanese adoption drama gets tangled up in melodrama
arts & culture

KMFA's New Home Brings the Community Into Contact With Music

Austin's classical music radio station has a new building where people can see the sounds

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin FC Fans, Assemble

MLS’s 27th franchise hits the pitch with multiple supporters’ groups backing them

BY ERIC GOODMAN

"Kevin Greer: As the World Stood Still" at Davis Gallery

One man's mark-making movements set this show on fire

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Listings

Virtual galleries, streaming improv, and more

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Community Listings

Donation and volunteer opportunities, job openings, online fitness classes, and more

BY KATHERINE MCNEVINS

columns

We Have an Issue: A Home of Its Own

In this week's cover story, Robert Faires previews classical music station KMFA's stunning new $11 million facility in East Austin

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Hope For the Queer'd Future

Plus, OUTsider Festival’s launch party, Queerbomb’s Queer History Series, and more local LGBTQIA events

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Best Maid Pickle Emporium, Ft. Worth

The Pickle Emporium is a big dill

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Pandemic Blues

Being broken up with is hard.

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, January 29 - February 4

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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