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Mayor's Roundtable Benefits Austin History Center
Luncheon named for Angelina Eberly
DAILY Music  January 31, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...1, is the Angelina Eberly Luncheon at the Driskill Hotel, 11am. Reservations are still available at $125, with proceeds benefiting the Austin History Center...."

Correct Name: Austin History Center
Postmarks  August 18, 2003
"...In your article on the interactive history project titled Austin Past & Present, you committed a grievous error against the organization that has contributed so much to the creation of that wonderful project. First, I will reprint what you wrote: "Most of the photos and films in the project come from the Austin Historical Society ..." As a producer on Austin Past & Present, I use the Austin History Center on a regular basis and am well aware that The Austin Chronicle does, too..."

How to Prepare a Possum: 19th Century Cuisine in Austin
Austin History Center exhibits local food history
DAILY Food  May 16, 2013, by MM Pack
"...In the view of Michael Miller, archivist at the Austin History Center, the beginning of our city was rooted in a meal...."

The Natural Center of Gravity
Utter Reading Series at the Austin History Center
Books Story  May 9, 1997, by Phil West
"...Yet Osborn and Lozano, for the past year, have placed themselves in the host role in establishing Utter. The monthly reading series, held at the Austin History Center, is unlike any other regular reading series in town in that it seeks to place writers from the academic community into a room where they can read to the community at large..."

History's Closet
Making the case for an Austin gay barchive
Features Story  June 5, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...A trip to the Austin History Center yielded less than it should have but more than we expected. Less, in that the collections filed under keywords such as "gay," "lesbian," and "homosexual" are thin..."

Amplify Austin 2015: Under the Rainbow
We hat-tip the Amplify nonprofits that serve and support LGBTQIA
DAILY The Gay Place  March 3, 2015, by Blake McCoy
"...• Austin History Center Association We salute our history center's LGBT archives outreach. We've written about them more than a few times: Here, here, and here..."

Austin @ Large: Reading the Riot Act
I want a new central library, and I want it now
News Column  February 27, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...As of last month, for the first time in more than 11 years, I have no "official" role to play in the world of Austin or Texas libraries. (I went from the State Library, to the Texas Library Association, to the city Library Commission, to the boards of the Austin Public Library Foundation and the Austin History Center Association.) So now, as a friend and fan of libraries in general and APL in particular, I guess I'll just have to be a pest the best way I know how...."

City Looking for Faces of Austin
Film competition could mean SXSW screening
DAILY Screens  November 22, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Here's one of the previous successful entrants: 2013's "The First Picture Show: Historic Austin Moviehouses," commissioned by the Austin History Center and Austin Public Library, and directed by Mike Miller and Steve Schwolert...."

Austin Waaaaaay Back in the Day (Photos)
Austin chronicled
DAILY Chronolog  June 14, 2012, by Shelley Hiam
"...When I first moved here, the old-school Austin test was based on how many shows you attended at Liberty Lunch. The Austin History Center has us all beat with photographic evidence to prove it...."

History's Morgue
We choose whether to let our stories live or die
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...Dan is Daniel Alonzo, photo curator for the Austin History Center. Alonzo is taking me on a tour through the vaults of our city's archive...."

Preserving Austin's Natural Mecca
Interactive documentary project Living Springs celebrates Barton Springs
Screens Story  July 30, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...In 1997, the tiny endangered Barton Springs salamanders were federally listed as a threatened species, and with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service protection came a mandate for an education center on-site..."

Point Austin: Beside the Point
Final City Council budget readings and votes this week
News Column  September 9, 2005, by Michael King
"...While the extraordinary scenes proceed at the convention center and elsewhere throughout town, the City Council remains on its annual budget schedule, with the final readings and votes to proceed this coming Monday through Wednesday (Sept. 12-14)..."

35 Years of the Austin Music Awards
Living in a dream
Features Story  March 2, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Thanks to video unearthed late last month by Tim Hamblin at the Austin History Center, there’s now historical documentation of the Big Boys’ 1984 AMA set devolving into a maelstrom of profanity and punches...."

Austin Pride 2009
Event listings
Features Story  June 5, 2009
"...Sat., June 6, 8pm; Sun., June 7, 2pm. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W..."

Austin's Political Ecosystem
Swearingen's Environmental City tells the inner history of city politics
News Story  April 23, 2010, by Nora Ankrum
"...Those local progressives who found their way into politics through the civil rights struggle, argues Swearingen, are the ones who eventually landed in the environmental movement because they believed "you should not be able to pollute the air or the water for private profit to the harm of other people." Unlike the more traditional political battles that have defined progressive movements in other cities, says Swearingen, Austin's have centered on preserving the city's natural features as a public good. That means Environ­mental City is as much a lesson in how Austin's politics work – and why they work that way – as it is a narrative about visionaries who could see beyond urban sprawl...."

Playback: The Mayor's Plan to Save Austin Music
Mayor Steve Adler addresses the elephant in the club, Susan Antone honored, and Henry Gonzalez goes to the head of the Austin poster artist altar
Music Column  March 3, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"..."We have to own our own dirt for our concept to work," says Redman of the business, a community center for bands and industry professionals that features rehearsal rooms, office space, vinyl pressing, a tech incubator, and music trade classes for its members. "Our goal from the very beginning was doing it privately so it's not something the community has to subsidize."..."

"Neighborhood Bound: Austin's Mobile Libraries" & Unbound: Sin Fronteras
Arts Story  July 9, 2015
"...We caught up with part of the library's active transportation outreach team – Betsy Evans, Andrew Murphy, and Conor Walker – to view "Neighborhood Bound: Austin's Mobile Libraries," an exhibit of photographs organized by the Austin History Center, currently on view at the APL Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez..."

Point Austin: Farewell to the Seven
The end of an era, and the beginning of another
News Column  December 11, 2014, by Michael King
"...The official 175th anniversary of the city's founding is not until Dec. 27, but since Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the folks at the Austin History Center were cutting the birthday cake this week, I thought I'd note the occasion...."

A Walk in Austin's Shoes
Curious tidbits and Austin arcana
News Story  March 19, 2010, by the News Staff
"...The easiest in range of Downtown are Thread­gill's World Headquarters just south of the river (near the site of the short-lived but still legendary Armadillo World Head­quarters and run by former AWHQ proprietor Eddie Wilson) or Hoover's, east of the UT campus on Manor Road. Yankees in particular really need to try this thing called "chicken-fried steak." For barbecue, Iron Works has the advantage of being right next to the Convention Center; Sam's on East 12th was a favorite of Stevie Ray Vaughan; Uncle Billy's south of the river will offer you a fine microbrew with your meat; and Ruby's, just north of UT, offers a great vibe and all-natural meats..."

Austin Toros Run to First Playoff Appearance
A preview of the Austin Toros' first-ever playoff home game.
DAILY Sports  April 15, 2008, by Matt Moore
"... Well, you're wrong. Because this Saturday at the Austin Convention Center, the Austin Toros are hosting an NBA D-League playoff game for the first time in franchise history..."

Austin Most Covertly Racist City in Texas
Postmarks  May 3, 2005
"...Plez A. Wooley is the author of "Momma's Crystal Ball.” The main library downtown has the book, and it's in bookstores or at the Austin History Center. The last line of Mr..."

Austin Public Library Is Hot
Postmarks  June 14, 2004
"...The library's technology team implemented the wireless connectivity using the library's existing infrastructure. Currently, 14 branch libraries, the Faulk Central Library, and the Austin History Center, as well as Wooldridge Square Park, located between Eighth and Ninth streets on Guadalupe, have wireless connectivity..."

Q&A: Austin’s Coastal Neighbors
How Galveston looks to its past to prepare for its future – and what that means for Austin
News Story  September 11, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...Our partners include the National Weather Service, our county emergency planning team, we have a representative from the state emergency planning team, we have our medical – UTMB [University of Texas Medical Branch]. We have the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, MHMR [Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation] – which here is known as the Gulf Coast Center..."

Point Austin: The Legacy of Solidarity
Film of the 'Austin Chicano Huelga' recounts a city's transformation
News Column  October 15, 2010, by Michael King
"...Retired Austin state Sen. Barrientos was introducing the documentary film Economy Furniture Strike, the first to be produced by the Austin Community Col­lege Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, where Young is executive director..."

Celebrity, South Austin Style
The Mayor of South Austin
News Story  December 4, 1998
"...But this wasn't just any piece of prime South Austin real estate -- the property was the friendless porno house, Cinema West Adult Theatre, long hated by police, neighbors, shop owners, teachers, and school principals. When Benedict -- a veteran of the South Austin real estate game -- decided to carry out a dream and convert the adult theatre into a family movie house and community events center, "Benedict" quickly became the name spoken at dinner tables and in supermarkets all over town...."

Downtown Austin Is Getting a Fresh Coat of Museums
Arts Story  November 27, 1998, by Sam Martin
"...In January of this year, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) officially scrapped its plans for a new museum in downtown Austin that was to be built by the renowned architect Robert Venturi. What had started in 1984 as an exciting, though somewhat solitary, prospect for the visual arts community in the center of the city had over the years deteriorated into a frustrating bureaucratic mess burdened by a lack of funding and indecision by both the city and the museum itself..."

Photos as Objects of Art and History
Magnum Photos collection gets read in new book
DAILY Arts  November 26, 2013, by Rod Machen
"...The Magnum Photos collection that now resides at the Harry Ransom Center is a beast. The new book Reading Magnum is an attempt to tame it..."

Playback: Austin's Revamped Record Convention
The Austin Record Convention – the biggest in the country – returns Downtown
Music Column  May 21, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Hanners has rented out 275 tables, the most in the ARC's 34-year history, with dealers jetting in from Japan, Ireland, Australia, Sweden, and Korea to contribute to the labyrinth of LPs, CDs, and vintage music ephemera. Like them, Hanners, a former Discount Records employee who occasionally issues the Not Fade Away zine, will pluck and truck vinyl to the Palmer Events Center...."

Austin Past and Present Blows Your Mind
"City to unveil, launch electronic historical kiosk project linking Austin’s past, present and future" – whoa!
DAILY News  September 26, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Attention headtrippers: This morning an interactive history kiosk, part of the Austin Past and Present project, will blur the boundaries of space and time at the Convention Center (a place not beholden to man's petty laws of physics – or accounting, for that matter). And who else to bridge the present to the past than Betty Dunkerley? The revelation: City to unveil, launch electronic historical kiosk project linking Austin's past, present and future Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley will join with creator and producer Karen Kocher Wednesday, Sept..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
Can a super-sized Long Center fit in Austin's Happy Meal box of civic dreams?
News Column  February 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Austin voters may get to make one May 3 -- to reallocate $25 million in bonds approved in 1998 for the Waller Creek Tunnel flood control project to the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The latter, also authorized in 1998 -- allowing the private nonprofit formerly known as Arts Center Stage to convert city-owned Palmer Auditorium into a world-class concert venue -- was supposed to be built entirely with private money, which five (or even three) years ago seemed a realistic enough goal...."

A Bigger, Better Convention Center
News Story  May 24, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Perhaps Daryl Slusher spoke for everyone in his remarks at the Austin Convention Center ribbon-cutting Saturday: "I know this has been a well-managed project, because I just spent seven months on the campaign trail, and nobody mentioned it once." As the city celebrated the Center's new, $110-million-plus expansion -- with bands, balloons, and souvenir travel cups emblazoned "Bigger is better!" -- it also rejoiced that "Convention Center" was no longer a fightin' phrase in City Hall circles. At least not as much...."

Austin's Active Shelf Life
Can Our Public Library Keep Up the Pace?
News Story  September 20, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...While we're shaking the money tree, we should add another half-mil to bring the existing tech at APL into the current decade -- the typical middle-school library has electronic information tools comparable to our downtown flagship. And top that off with, say, another $1 million a year for the next 10 years, to pay for the increased capacity we need, and the inevitable upgrades, and for Internet services that are now free but will soon cost money, and for making some of the library's own collection (especially that of the History Center) available on-line..."

Day Trips: SPI Nature Center
South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center gives a rare look at coastal wetlands
Columns  May 12, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is a noisy place. A chorus of birdsongs fills the wetlands that are accessible by a boardwalk that winds through the reeds and tall grass...."

Austin Jewish Book Fair: Larry Tye
'Superman' historian reveals Man of Steel's Jewish roots
DAILY Books  November 5, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Larry Tye will speak on Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7pm, at the Austin Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart..."

Real Austin Stories
Austin's Exploding Documentary Scene
Screens Story  March 13, 1998, by Jerry Johnson
"...First, they are committed to living, working, and producing here. Second, they have a goal: to develop Austin into a thriving, working documentary center..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2015 Grants
Newcomers and established names get AFS boost
DAILY Screens  September 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Wolves Paul Gordon (Austin) AFS Powered by Dell Technology Grant (Up to $7,500 value) $5,000 AFS Powered by Dell Grant for Production Ashley, a young idealistic woman, takes in a homeless performance artist/chef couple – Brandi and Theo – after meeting Brandi at a therapeutic laughter class at the community center where she works...."

Senate Votes to Close Austin State Supported Living Center
Despite guardian opposition, Senate passes bill to close Austin SSLC
DAILY News  April 14, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Against the wishes of dozens of family members of the intellectually and physically disabled, the Texas Senate passed legislation that would allow for the closure of the Austin State Supported Living Center yesterday, April 13...."

The Downtown Austin Plan
The city unveils its Downtown Plan in progress
News Story  January 11, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Happily, many are located in districts – along Waller Creek, near homeless shelters and social services, and in the state parking garage wasteland – where new affordable housing is desirable and a good fit. (Musicians and artists enjoying subsidized apartments should be much more open-minded than $1 million condo investors, for instance, about having the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless as a neighbor.)..."

Five Years of No-Kill in Austin
What has the city learned about animal welfare, and how far does it have to go?
News Story  December 22, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...Before the policy was instituted, the city's live outcome rate – that is, the rate of animals who leave the shelter to foster or permanent homes, or third-party organizations like APA, hovered around 60%. When Patricia Fraga, a media liaison at the Austin Animal Center, began working at the shelter in 2009, animals were routinely euthanized for space...."

Austin: “Strong, Unique, and Special”
“State of the City” emphasizes change, permanence, independence
DAILY News  January 30, 2017, by Michael King
"...• Other efforts: Support for live music and creative arts, Fair Chance hiring ordinance (under threat at Legislature), tenant relocation support, sobriety center, APD body cameras...."

Now Showing: The Contemporary Austin
Museum bids adios to AMOA-Arthouse, unveils new identity
DAILY Arts  July 18, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...At one point, Stout asked the museum's executive director, Louis Grachos, what he'd like the museum to be known as in five years, and Grachos replied, "The Contemporary." Appending the city's name to that term gives it a definite location, but it also provides the link to the museum's predecessor institutions. The Contemporary Austin consists of two sites: the historic Laguna Gloria estate on the shores of Lake Austin and the recently revamped Jones Center for Contemporary Art in the heart of Downtown..."

Paul McCartney Wings It to the Frank Erwin Center
Beatle set for a May 22 date on Red River
DAILY Music  April 4, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...All I can say is thank God it wasn't the Stones. When the Frank Erwin Center sent out a press release Wednesday morning proclaiming "a major concert announcement" a few hours after the Rolling Stones unveiled a tour with a lot of holes in it, I thought, "It couldn't be the Stones!?" It's not..."

South Austin Park Was Intended to Be a Park
Postmarks  May 11, 2005
"...A little history is in order. The original permit from 1973 shows the South Austin Recreation Center was sited on 12 acres of land next to West Bouldin Creek..."

Austin Film Society Announces 2016 Grants
Program gives much-needed funds to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 29, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...This year's panel (administered by AFS head of film and creative media Holly Herrick), included Dennis Lim (programmer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and noted David Lynch scholar), Grace Lee (a Peabody Award-wining documentarian), and Daniel Patrick Carbone (one of the directors of SXSW title collective:unconscious and the upcoming Phantom Cowboys). You can read all about them here..."

Other Worlds Austin Proclaims No Men Beyond This Point
Sci-fi fest adds battle of the sexes mockumentary as centerpiece
DAILY Screens  November 13, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's less than a month before the second year of sci-fi film festival Other Worlds Austin, and the last four films, including centerpiece satire No Men Beyond This Point, have just been added to the lineup...."

StoryCorps Returning to Austin
Now accepting reservations for January interview slots
DAILY Books  December 22, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...The national nonprofit will give you and someone you know a 40-minute interview session in which to record your story. (A trained facilitator will be on hand to guide you through the interview process.) After you've finished, StoryCorps will give you a free copy of the recording and, as it has with the stories of more than 80,000 Americans in the 11 years that it's has been preserving and sharing peoples' personal histories, send another copy to be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress...."

Point Austin: Introducing the Constitution
Texas Civil Rights Project remains a 20-year work still in progress
News Column  October 1, 2010, by Michael King
"...This history and passion will no doubt be addressed in more detail at Friday evening's occasion, the 2010 Bill of Rights Dinner at the UT-Austin Alumni Center. And speaking of a sense of justice, among the honorees that evening will be the Chronicle's criminal justice reporter, Jordan Smith, accepting the Molly Ivins "Give 'Em Hell" Award, as the program has it, "for fighting the good fight in more than 1,200 articles."..."

Austin Arts at the Armory
Three local art galleries represent at this year's Armory Show in New York City
Arts Story  February 27, 2009, by Rachel Koper
"...Scope is an invitation-only exhibition auspiciously held at Lincoln Center. This is all-important stuff, as the Scope website states: "Introducing artists, curators, and cutting-edge galleries to new audiences internationally has made Scope the most comprehensive destination for the emerging art world available anywhere." Okay Mountain, honored with its first invitation this year, will be showing works by Anna Krachey (Austin), sculptures by Jesse Greenberg (Philadelphia) and Colin Leipelt (Kansas City), and collaborative paintings and drawings by the Okay Mountain collective. Flexing its flexibility, Okay Mountain includes a performance called Poem Store, by Zach Houston (San Francisco), to run the length of the fair...."

Playback: Austin Record Convention's United Nations
Forget Record Store Day, the Austin Record Convention remains the biggest vinyl swap in the USA
Music Column  June 16, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Calling all vinyl nerds, audiophiles, hipsters, hoarders, wheelers, dealers, and phonographic fetishists. The USA's largest sale of recorded music, featuring hundreds of vendors stocked with over a million LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, and cassettes, takes over the Palmer Events Center this weekend..."

Council: Marriott Pays, Austin Annexes
White Lodging agrees to repay $2.4 million in waived fees
News Story  October 1, 2015, by Michael King
"...There are more than two dozen contracts awaiting Council approval, meaning it will be a crapshoot which expenditures council members will want to pull for staff grilling, and dozens of departmental heads will be standing in the back of the hall for hours on the off chance that they will be summoned for a command performance before the dais. District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman, for principal example, has already submitted questions to staff about eight of the contracts, ranging from payments for the city's participation in the Emergency Communi­ca­tion District 911 database, to the Austin Police Department's vendor contract for civil service exams, to management services for the Austin Tennis Center, to an interlocal agreement with Leander..."

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