Oct. 1, 2021

Zeke Barbaro (Dayglow photo by Pooneh Ghana, Yendry photo by Davide De Martis, Crowd photo by John Anderson)

Volume 41, Number 5

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ON THE COVER:
WE HAVE AN ISSUE:

BY Kimberley Jones

news

Austin Police Live by Their Own COVID Rules, It Seems

A closer look at vaccine and mask policies among Austin's first responders

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Austin at Large: And Our House Is Your House

What did you do today to provide decent housing where it's needed for everyone?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Notice: The City's Day in Court

Plus: $100 million buses; $0.00 fares

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines / Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Austin Moves Up Target Date for Net-Zero Emissions Goal

City emphasizes equity as it ramps up climate action

BY AUSTIN SANDERS

Even With “Record-Breaking” Murder Numbers, Austin Is One of America’s Safest Cities. Huh!

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Solving Georgian Acres' Mobility Problem With Buses, Bikes, and Scooters

Solar-powered mobility hub planned for "transit desert"

BY LINA FISHER

UT Architecture Fellowship Explores Race in Spaces

UT Architecture Fellow to teach workshops on designing for inclusion

BY LINA FISHER

New Austin Congressional District Would Help Protect GOP Incumbents

New TX 37 has a 73.8% Democratic vote share. We should be happy, right?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Bob Libal Launches Bid for Commissioners Court

Former Grassroots Leadership executive director challenges Brigid Shea in 2022 Dem primary

BY LINA FISHER

Travis County Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 4

Early voting: Oct. 18-29

BY BETH SULLIVAN

food

Austin’s Best Breweries, According to Children

Meet your beer garden friends, the Beergardigans

BY ERIC PUGA

Desert Door Goes Wild, Les Dames Get Board, Dry Creek’s End Is Nigh, and What’s All This About a Pickled Severed Human Toe?

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 September 30, 2021

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

ACL Fest 2021

ACL Food by the Numbers

ACL Eats dishes out 200 gallons of wing sauce, 1.25 tons of queso, and one Tater Tots-serving notary public

BY SKYE SEIPP

music

ACL Fest 2021

"Why I'm Not Going to ACL" vs. "Why I Am Going to ACL"

Two music writers justify their stance on this weekend's fest

BY TIM STEGALL AND CHRISTINA GARCIA

Friday Headliner Face-Off: Miley Cyrus vs. George Strait

"Amarillo by Morning" or "Midnight Sky"? Here's a guide to decide

BY ABBY JOHNSTON

Yendry Talks Magic, Her Reading List, and Shining Light on Domestic Abuse in Latin Culture

Dominican Italian singer brings diverse sound to ACL Fest on Saturday

BY CHRISTINA GARCIA

"Space Girl" Singer Frances Forever Wants to Bring "Basement Vibes" to ACL Fest

Indie-pop songwriter adjusting to life as a TikTok sensation

BY ALYSSA QUILES

Austin's Reluctant Bedroom Pop Idol Dayglow on Making Music That Matters

"It's crazy suddenly having so much weight put onto what I say and do now."

BY ALYSSA QUILES

Nané's Ready to Bring "That Flamboyant Shit" to a Big Stage at ACL Fest

Life's cherished refrains of love and the unknown – in falsetto

BY MORGAN-TAYLOR THOMAS

Disko Cowboy Discusses the Cross-Cultural Vision of Vinyl Ranch

"It's kind of like a pop culture blender of analog culture and postmodern memes."

BY DOUG FREEMAN

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Claud

Phoebe Bridgers-approved alternative indie-pop artist handles heavy topics

BY ALYSSA QUILES

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: The Backseat Lovers

Utah rock foursome spill suburban frustration seasoned with surf tones

BY DOUG FREEMAN

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Joy Oladokun

Folk / R&B / pop vocalist brings pain, social critiques, and – appropriately – joy

BY DOUG FREEMAN

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Dermot Kennedy

Poetic dramatic pop songwriter with a grizzly voice

BY KEVIN CURTIN

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Katie Pruitt

Virtuosic vocalist steps to the fore of the next generation Americana

BY DOUG FREEMAN

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: AG Club

Avant-garde rap collective weave witty songs with eye-catching visuals

BY DEREK UDENSI

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Channel Tres

House music producer / vocalist has the power to make you move

BY CHRISTINA GARCIA

ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close-to-Home

Fresh sounds that emanate from the Lone Star State

BY KEVIN CURTIN, CHRISTINA GARCIA, RAOUL HERNANDEZ, DOUG FREEMAN AND RACHEL RASCOE

Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads at ACL Fest

Six unique acts that'll blow your mind before the sun sets at the festival

BY KEVIN CURTIN, DOUG FREEMAN, CHRISTINA GARCIA, ALYSSA QUILES, RACHEL RASCOE AND CHAD SWIATECKI

What to Know Heading Into ACL Fest

Forecast calls for vaccine cards, clear bags, mask areas, and rain

BY RACHEL RASCOE

The Other “ACL” – Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta – Hits Sagebrush on Saturday

Austin all ears for Hickoids, the Beaumonts, Hamell on Trial, the Krayolas, Kathy McCarty and more

BY TIM STEGALL

Paradise is an Outlandish Tropical Western Band: Spliff Kazoo & His Fronds

Tiki quintet bring their “slow conga line” and excessive fog to Kinda Tropical on Thursdays

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Live Music / Livestream Listings

BY GREG STITT

screens

Six Mindblowers From Fantastic Fest’s FF@Home

Our picks from the streaming side of the genre celebration

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Film Reviews

Coming Home in the Dark

Brutal New Zealand revenge drama asks if monsters are made or just accidents

The Guilty

One cop, one room, one phone call in this thriller remake

The Jesus Music

Christian music doc is just singing to the choir

The Many Saints of Newark

Nothing holy about this Sopranos prequel

Old Henry

Cowboy tale takes a little too long on a familiar trail

Stop and Go

Laughs are short and old in this COVID-era road trip comedy

Titane

Cannes-winning chaotic drama is a new reflection on body horror
arts & culture

Timshel Is the Gospel According to Women

Translation of Bible passages finds the stories lost between the lines

BY RAMÓN RODRIGUEZ

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: Better Weather Ahead

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Opinion: PACE Program May Provide Pandemic Lifeline to Businesses, Nonprofits, Private Schools

Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea and Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant make the case for a clean energy program

BY BRIGID SHEA AND BRUCE ELFANT

Qmmunity: Austin’s Top LBGTQIA Events This Week

Queer hip-hop, kinky bingo, and more

BY BETH SULLIVAN

Day Trips: Coyote Country Store, Gail

Beautiful scenery and good food at a unique outdoor music venue

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Luv Doc: An On-the-Ball Housedaddy

Would a moat increase your property value?

BY THE LUV DOC

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Free Will Astrology

Your weekly horoscope, October 1-7

BY ROB BREZSNY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Verde Report: McKinze Gaines Caps Off ATX Homecoming With “Unforgettable” Goal

Summer addition wows his hometown crowd against the LA Galaxy

BY ERIC GOODMAN

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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