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Who is George Morris and why should his opinions matter to you? Long story short: George was a film writer who wrote for the Chronicle, as well as many other publications, in addition to teaching at Austin Community College. He was a friend and teacher of Richard Linklater, who dedicated Slacker to his memory. George Morris died of AIDS in June 1989. Read More | Comment »

Screens 5:10PM Fri. Aug. 1, Marjorie Baumgarten

Cheers for Queers: A Grand Reopening

When I first walked into Chain Drive, the dimly lit, sign-less building on a dead-end street, I knew I had found my Cruising-esque wet dream. What I did not expect to find was my second Austin home. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 4:40PM Fri. Aug. 1, Rob Cohen

'Unlocking the Closet Door' Launch

Drawing on her own experience coming out as a college student, author Chelsea Griffo, UT grad and founder of the student organization LBGTQ Catholics and Allies, navigates the coming out riptides in The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door: A Coming-Out Guide on a Journey toward Unconditional Self-Love. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 4:10PM Fri. Aug. 1, Nina Hernandez

The Take-Out: August 1

This weekend, we find out which side our bread is buttered on. Read More | Comment »

Food 3:30PM Fri. Aug. 1, Brandon Watson

Down the Rabbit Hole With Avant Glam

The stage is lovely, dark, and deep, but Sassy Delure and the performers of Avant Glam Cabaret have promises to keep, and miles to go before they sleep. This weekend, they prowl Spiderhouse Ballroom with their new show, Dark Dreams and Magical Creatures. Read More | Comment »

Arts 3:00PM Fri. Aug. 1, Richard Whittaker

Get Your Rocks Off

Did you know?

Nature's Treasures, that local storehouse and showroom of incredible hunks and shards and crystalline formations of mind-freakingly gorgeous rocks and minerals, is conducting a sort of rockalicious scavenger hunt? Read More | Comment »

Arts 2:15PM Fri. Aug. 1

Shakey Graves' Coming Out Party

Something changed for Shakey Graves last year at Pickathon, the annual music festival held on a working farm just outside of Portland, Ore. You could sense it watching him on a small side stage near the camping grounds, working the crowd – and himself – to a sweaty fervor, with high-lonesome murder ballads and wayfaring charm. Read More | Comment »

Music 2:00PM Fri. Aug. 1, Austin Powell

Pro-Choice Protest Planned for HB 2 Lawsuit

While the second lawsuit filed by reproductive rights advocates and abortion providers against Texas’ anti-abortion law proceeds inside federal court on Monday, pro-choice activists plan to don their trademark orange and stage a peaceful protest outside the courthouse. Read More | Comment »

News 1:22PM Fri. Aug. 1, Mary Tuma

Who Doesn't Love a High-End Lesbian Hooker?

The Foxy Merkins, a quirky, lesbian comedy that premiered at the 2013 Sundance NEXT Weekend Festival and was an official selection at Sundance's 2014 fest, makes its way to Austin this Sunday. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 1:20PM Fri. Aug. 1, Neha Aziz

Jimmy Stewart Is Crazy in Love

Jimmy Stewart’s characters are not in their right minds this month at the Paramount, and it’s all because of love. Three romances playing this month in the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series portray the ramifications of infatuation as Stewart's characters are influenced into falling “madly” in love. And the consequences are not entirely positive. Read More | Comment »

Screens 12:30PM Fri. Aug. 1, Erica Todd

Where the Girls Go/ATX: Rabbit Rabbit Edition

There’s something fleeting about August. Reminiscent of school years past, when the first day of that month meant the countdown to summer’s end. True, many of us aren't going back to school (buses and #2 pencils), but the magic still seems a bit more romantic this month. So, for the next three days, don't let a single summer second slip by. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 12:00PM Fri. Aug. 1, Sarah Marloff

Zakk Wylde Summons Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde isn’t the skinny kid that played guitar for Ozzy Osbourne any more. The bruising, blues-tinged metaler and his Black Label Society hammer through tracks from their ninth album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican, at Emo’s tonight. Read More | Comment »

Music 11:00AM Fri. Aug. 1, Richard Whittaker

One in a Crowd: 'U R a Dial Tone'

Big news, loyal Kickstart Your Weekend backers: We're changing the name of our weekly crowdfunding spotlight to One in a Crowd. To celebrate this change, we've got a local film project that is all about the spirit of communication. Read More | Comment »

Screens 9:00AM Fri. Aug. 1, Richard Whittaker

Be Here Now: Ray Lamontagne

Ray LaMontagne’s fourth album, Supernova, zeroes in on the singer’s rock tendencies only hinted at in the past. For his performance Friday at the Long Center, we talked to about focus and Elvis Costello – among other things. Read More | Comment »

Music 4:20PM Thu. Jul. 31, Abby Johnston

How Roger Ebert Showed Me the Light

In the days before technology afforded us the luxury to shoot, edit, and distribute video from our pocket-sized iMachines, cutting a piece video together was limited to rigging up a couple of VCRs at home or gaining access to costly editing bays. Read More | Comment »

Screens 12:05PM Thu. Jul. 31, Fernie Martinez

For Procreation’s Sake, Abbott Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is asking the 5th Circuit Court Appeals to uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, according to an appeal filed this week. Read More | Comment »

News 9:00AM Thu. Jul. 31, Mary Tuma

Estate Sale Roundup: July 31-August 3

We're beating the bushes this week for steals and deals. Read More | Comment »

Design 4:22AM Thu. Jul. 31, Anne Harris

William Dear Says Freedom, R.I.P.

Remember the end of Easy Rider, with Captain America and Billy bleeding out in a ditch from shotgun blasts? Seven years later, William Dear let the bikers shoot back in The Northville Cemetery Massacre. Read More | Comment »

Screens 5:20PM Wed. Jul. 30, Richard Whittaker

Loud, Fun, and Colorful

The Octopus Project's aesthetic has always been difficult to quantify. Experimental-electro-indie-pop-with-visual-flair is probably accurate, though the band’s founder Josh Lambert states it best, “When people don’t know our band, I usually say we’re loud, fun, and colorful.” Read More | Comment »

Screens 3:20PM Wed. Jul. 30, Fernie Martinez

10 Minutes with Nick Waterhouse

Twenty-eight-year-old L.A. soul blaster Nick Waterhouse arrives at the Parish on Friday with his second disc, Holly. His band features dueling guitars and keys, backup singers, horns, and a three-man rhythm section, all taking cues from Van Morrison and the mid-20th Century. We spoke while he was stuck in traffic between Milwaukee and Chicago. Read More | Comment »

Music 1:00PM Wed. Jul. 30, Jim Caligiuri

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