July 16, 2021

John Anderson

Volume 40, Number 46

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Texas Dems Take the Voting Rights Fight to D.C.

Breaking quorum again, lawmakers leave state to thwart Abbott's restrictive bill

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Has AISD Cleared Its Special Education Backlog, or Not?

After July 1 deadline, 77 evaluations still to be completed

BY CLARA ENCE MORSE

Austin Grows Bigger, Murder Rate Does Not. Huh!

The numbers don’t back up Save Austin Now’s fearmongering campaign

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON AND AUSTIN SANDERS

Autonomous Vehicles Are Making Deliveries in South Austin

We have seen the future, and it brought pizza

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

County Rejects City's $10 Million Offer for Palm School

The fate of the historic building at I-35 and Cesar Chavez remains in flux

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

City Manager Presents $4.5 Billion City Budget

2021-22 FY proposal earmarks funds for police, parks, homelessness response

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

food

Local Cannabiz Hometown Hero Fought Delta-8 Ban and Won

"Hemp and cannabis industries here in Texas have never had a brighter future."

BY JESSI CAPE

Sushi Bar Stays, the Field Guide Festival’s Foretold, Meanwhile Gets Dough Boys, and Who’s Gonna Win Free Breakfast For a Year?

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 July 15, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

music

My Gear: Experimental Soundscaper Michael C. Sharp

A look into how the artist makes his Synth Vehicles for Guitar

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Faster Than Sound: The Drama Behind the Cactus Cafe Negotiations

Accusations of unprofessional behavior and an HR complaint leave the historic venue in limbo

BY RACHEL RASCOE

Recommended Shows Worth Your Musical Bandwidth This Week

Lomelda, Katy Kirby, and Christine Renner lead the live pack

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ, RACHEL RASCOE, KEVIN CURTIN, MORGAN-TAYLOR THOMAS, MICHAEL TOLAND AND DOUG FREEMAN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

The Lights Are On at AFS Cinema

After 16 months of closure, the arthouse indie cinema reopens this weekend

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

One-hour lecture on the father of plastics (with added musical numbers!)

Dear Mr. Brody

Money can’t buy happiness in Keith Maitland’s documentary

Gunpowder Milkshake

Action concoction isn't stodgy, but it's not that filling, either

I Carry You With Me

Biographical romance picks apart loving someone from loving a memory of them

Pig

Nicolas Cage’s porcine drama is a transformative soliloquy about love and loss

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

The life, passions, and shattering death of the traveler

Summertime

L.A. poetry slam never quite makes a full movie

Undine

Love is like drowning in this German fairy tale-inspired romance

The Witches of the Orient

How the 1964 Japanese women’s Olympic volleyball team healed a nation
arts & culture

Esther's Follies Returns to Lighten Austin's Post-Pandemic Load

Guess what long-running comedy troupe is vaccinated, back onstage, and ready to make the city laugh again

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

How Austin's Performing Artists Are Reopening Their Spaces

After months behind screens, the folks who run the city's theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs are welcoming audiences back inside

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Summer Stock Austin Gets Fired Up to Go Back Onstage

Cheer up with Bring It On: The Musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Seven Decades and One Wall Apart: Finding Friendship on Either Side of a Bouldin Creek Duplex

Two women at different stages of life keep company during a pandemic

BY ALI MONTAG

An Austinite Rides Across the Lower 48 to Honor His Father

Ian Michaud raises more than $18,000 dollars for mental health support

BY HANNAH WILLIFORD

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: I’m OK, You’re OK ... ?

On getting back out in the world

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Qmmunity: Nurturing Our Rainbows

Drop the doomscroll and soak in queer magic at the Queer Home CookOUT, a moonlit queer swim, and more events

BY JAMES SCOTT

Day Trips: The Giant Legs of Amarillo

Mock tribute to Ozymandias adds quirky character to the Panhandle

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: Cat Therapy

Insane pets are insanely expensive

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, July 16-22

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: The Honeymoon Is Ending. It’s Time for Austin FC to Earn Its Support.

Three things Austin FC needs to do to get some momentum going

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Peppermint Tears

BY RYAN HENNESSEE

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