"...I sifted through the turds and found an undigested kernel in Big Bill. The local New Wave absurdists write songs that demonstrate an impressive abandonment of reality and invoke the punk rock spirits with raucous live performances...."
"...In the new video for Big Bill’s “Mainly Manly,” an unpunctual robot journeys across Austin to meet a little girl for a tea party. Along the way, our metal-plated protagonist gets repeatedly jammed up with interruptions, obstacles, and quandaries..."
"...The news wafted through Austin, a town already unnerved by the recent death of Robin Shivers. This name was just as sad, the shock just as big: Bill Narum was dead...."
"...In March of 1994, everything was going gangbusters for the career of comedian/social commentator Bill Hicks. He had two albums of funny, penetrating material in the can and ready for release, two previous albums and a pair of HBO specials under his belt, a relentless touring schedule, and a growing UK fanbase that was making the American export with fearless material and killer timing an instant legend..."
"...Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt, Diane Lane, David Arquette and Bruce Dern. Walter Hill presents his personalized take on the legend of Wild Bill Hickok in this new Western..."
"...You remember: That one time when Bill Murray was in Austin for SXSW and he just kind of stepped behind the bar at Club DeVille, and later at Shangri-la, and started serving up the drinks?..."
"...It is a dilemma that environmental attorney Bill Bunch faces daily, surely when he's sitting on the Barton Springs hillside, as he often does, overlooking the once-immaculate showpiece of the watershed he has struggled for nearly a decade to preserve. He knows the aquifer is increasingly on the brink, as the evergreen coat of juniper in the hills west of Austin is slowly being replaced by strip malls and asphalt...."
"...This is no doubt due to a couple of obvious factors. First, Bill Snyder retired after that 2003 season and K-State immediately fell back to mediocrity..."
"...Bill Parcells has recently said he would be a hypocrite to not consider holding the wheel for Saints head coach (and revered sapling of his coaching tree) Sean Payton in New Orleans as he serves his unprecedented one-year suspension. The ramifications of BountyGate are far reaching, and these considerations are sure to be numerous...."
"...Texas microbrewers may have felt a bit hammered a week ago when a bill to help them promote their products, which seemed headed for passage, suddenly ran into opposition from the Anheuser-Busch brewing giant. But today, House Bill 602 was moved out of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee with no amendments...."
"...Travis County is edging closer to having the power to raise money for roads and rail after the Senate passed Senate Bill 855 on Tuesday...."
"...(In other words, it's something more than a cinematic rendering of Gourmet magazine.) Set in an unnamed town on the Jersey shore sometime in the Fifties, Big Night centers on the plight of two Italian immigrant brothers, Primo and Secondo, who are struggling to keep the doors of their little restaurant open. The problem is one of vulgar American tastes: While the flashy Italian eatery around the corner does booming business serving transatlantic bastardizations like spaghetti and meatballs, the brothers' trattoria offers a bill of fare faithful to their native land's culinary traditions..."
"...Houston Rep. Jessica Farrar's bill to allow Texas microbreweries to sell their product on the premises finally made it out of the Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee yesterday..."
"...Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, chair of the House State Affairs Committee, said this afternoon that he will limit the amount of testimony allowed during the posted Tuesday, July 2, afternoon hearing of House Bill 2, the omnibus abortion regulations bill that's on the top of the agenda of today's second-called special legislative session...."
"...Whatever side of the aisle lawmakers were on for the school finance reforms in Senate Bill 1811, there was one shared opinion: That no-one really knew what was in it. Tomorrow sees the first real public debate about the bill, and a whole bunch more, as the House and Senate convenes their first committee meetings of the special session...."
"...If there was one takeaway from Bill Nye's closing keynote speech at SXSW Eco, it's that it's up to us to save the world. The good news? The Science Guy thinks that's eminently doable...."
"...Bill Cotter's new novel, The Parallel Apartments, should come with one of those Government Warning Labels...."
"...Do people realize that rap icon Bushwick Bill has become something of local scenester these past three months? He’s employed some of the best session musicians this town has to offer in recording an album that Arlyn Studios partner and chief BB wrangler T. Murphey says goes to mixing this Friday...."
"...Fort Worth native Bill Paxton may be best remembered as starring in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, but he had indelible turns in independent film, too. The Alamo Drafthouse is paying tribute to the late actor with special screenings of two of his lesser-seen roles...."
"...With these sobering facts in mind, the WDP has compiled a list of legislative reforms that it says would ensure safer working conditions, and level the playing field for honest employers. Senate Bill 167, by Sen..."
"...Cross one big name off the SXSW bucket list: Bill Gates will serve as the keynote speaker for SXSWedu 2013...."
"...When Bill Lawrence tells you that network television as we know it will be dead within five years, you better believe it...."
"...Heady days in Texas elections: No sooner than Tom Schieffer holds a press conference in the House Speaker's Committee Room that he's stepping out of the governor's race in favor of Houston Mayor and Senate hopeful Bill White, White holds a press conference saying he's thinking about accepting...."
"...Bill Bragg, the voice of Big Tex, told NBC DFW that the statue would be rebuilt for next year and that he would return as Tex's voice under that 75-gallon hat...."
"...The American Legislative Exchange Council, the corporate-funded bill mill generating and underwriting much reactionary state legislation, holds its annual convention in Dallas this week (July 30-Aug. 1)..."
"...It gets better: Not only is Hoffman not in Perry's party, he's not even in a Texas race. Hoffman is running in next Tuesday's special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District against Democrat Bill Owens and Republican State Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (The election was triggered when incumbent GOPer John M..."
"...Before the highly partisan issue died in flames, it took down with it most of the 81st session. Senate Republicans opened the session rancorously by suspending their venerable two-thirds rule – the tradition that two-thirds of the Senate must agree to bring a bill to the floor – in order to ram through the voter ID bill, Senate Bill 362, over unanimous Democratic opposition and despite three days of testimony that failed to document any need for additional voter photographic documentation...."
"..."Well lookee here, hello," said Carl Perkins taking the stage at the convention center ballroom. "You're looking at an old rockabilly who backed out of this for a month." Resembling a member of the mob (the Sun Mafia?) in his black/charcoal grey pin-striped suit, the 68-year-old Perkins cut an imposing figure on that stage, lean and square-shouldered, guitar slung across his mid-section like a tommy gun..."
"...12 to appoint committees – about twice as long as under Craddick. Then there was the infamous late-session "chub," when Democrats dragged things to a grinding halt, killing numerous bills, in order to block an anti-immigrant voter ID bill (a step they took after hard-line conservatives scuttled any attempts for a consensus version)...."
"...He looked like he knew what he was doing, and being young and foolish, I went over and asked him what was happening. Bill Ham gave me his big, wide-open smile and full-on twinkling eyes...."
"...Meatballs' summer camp counselor Bill Murray, introduced and dressed as Buddy Holly, struts out onstage ready for a Weezer video to introduce "three guys that never bought into the goatee crap" – a Texan trio that "look like Hasidic Jews." Boy howdy: "Waitin' for the Bus," "Jesus Just Left Chicago," Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." ZZ Top sludges hot magma...."
"...There's going to be some sort of shaking out of who has what authority -- and the counties have this too -- and who's going to exercise it. Now whether we do that piecemeal, one bill here and another there, or comprehensively, remains to be seen."..."
"...By early afternoon Feb. 6, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill White was on his fifth meet-and-greet of the day..."
"...The House Public Education Committee, dominated by Republicans, pushed the school finance reform bill out of committee on Tuesday, forcing a straight party-line vote on a bill that no group in the education community was willing to support...."
"...On Saturday at the Capitol, Hillary Clinton's other half, former President Bill Clinton, homed in on a single little word -- "big" -- to describe his longtime friend during a brief but emotion-choked memorial service for the former governor. His eyes moist with tears, Clinton spoke to a small gathering of family and friends in the Capitol rotunda, shortly before the doors swung open to the thousands of people who would spend the next two days pausing before Richards' casket, adorned with the Texas flag, paying their respects to the woman who did big things...."
"...On Saturday at the Capitol, Hillary Clinton's other half, former President Bill Clinton, homed in on a single little word "big" to describe his longtime friend during a brief but emotion-choked memorial service for the former governor. His eyes moist with tears, Clinton spoke to a small gathering of family and friends in the Capitol rotunda, shortly before the doors swung open to the thousands of people who would spend the next two days pausing before Richards' casket, adorned with the Texas flag, paying their respects to the woman who did big things...."
"...So they, along with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 1624, commissioned an "independent review" of the study by Civic Economics' Dan Houston, UT planning professor Michael Oden, and LBJ School professor and former Council Member Bill Spelman (one of the founding board members of Liveable City). That review, released last week, challenges Hockenyos' report, which argued that "there appears to be relatively little direct competition between big boxes and local retailers"; said little about the public costs of big-box development; claimed (mistakenly) that Austin was rapidly losing sales tax to the suburbs; and recommended (in the current review's words) that "the city's principal concern should be establishing design standards for a subset of big box retailers."..."
"...Though she was barely tall enough to reach the microphone, 11-year-old Jaylin Castro stepped up to the podium before the House State Affairs Committee last Wednesday, March 15, and bravely pleaded for state lawmakers to vote against the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill, Senate Bill 4. The fifth grader, the youngest of four children, said her father, an undocumented resident who came to the United States from Mexico as a teenager, is hard-working, supportive, and deserves to live without the fear of deportation...."
"...Leach's bill, House Bill 1057 – the so-called Texas Parental Control Accountability Act – adopts a definition of "affiliate" devised last year to oust Planned Parenthood from participation in the Women's Health Program, and uses it to ban from participation in public school sex ed classes any group deemed an affiliate of an abortion provider. Moreover, the bill requires school districts to obtain written consent from a student's parent or guardian each and every time that an outside speaker or material is used in sex ed classes..."
"...Transatlanticana, the new album from guitarist Bill Kirchen and keyboardist Austin de Lone, closes with a red-blooded version of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'." It's an unexpected, seemingly political turn after a disc of good-natured country and rockabilly seasoned with semi-sweet R&B. Kirchen, 68, admits that his music – going back to the early Seventies with the riotous Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen – never had a civic side...."
"...Oklahoma State somehow perhaps found a defense. Texas' schedule reminds me of Kansas State's in Bill Snyder's glory days..."
"...Strike that. Billion dollar smiling..."
"...Another legislative session means another public school omnibus bill. Legislators were presented with the mammoth 128-page bill (filed as House Bill 3 by House Public Education Chair Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, and Senate Bill 3 by Senate Education Chair Florence Shapiro, R-Plano) when it was filed on March 5..."
"...Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, stepped up to the plate in his role as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and introduced two measures. Firstly, House Bill 4, which would create a State Water Implementation Fund: Secondly, HB11, which would put $2 billion from the economic stabilization fund (aka the Rainy Day Fund) into its coffers..."
"...Dear Editor, The cellular-phone ban is yet another Big Brother control grab (read: seat belt, DWI, insurance check) that criminalizes social behavior and creates yet another revenue stream for law enforcement growth in a slowed economy and funnels mass amounts of money into the state government and its lobbying opportunists' coffers. Like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council wants to flex its self-righteous conservative muscle and exert more social control on a public tired of stolen freedoms. I tried to do a simple search for who is sponsoring this bill on www.legis.state.tx.us and to find who is the money behind such a surreptitious bill, but there is no info – it may be one of those "buried" riders inside another bill..."
"...I'll admit I blanched at dropping $12 on that first twin-pack of CFL spirals. But the package said each bulb would save me $54 on my energy bill over its 10,000-hour life..."
"...The Life and Times of Bill Hicks Tuesday, March 16..."
"...As I sit with Bill Adler in the happy-hour hubbub of Güero's, I distance myself from the conversation for a moment. I want to observe this one tough hombre..."
"...Perry also chatted up his Trans Texas Corridor project then taking shape, "with the private sector willing to expend $7.2 billion up front without asking for one dime in state money for construction." By the end of the regular session, and three special sessions that followed, Perry was still talking tough on school reform while the school-funding matter went unresolved. To finally get the job done and keep his political career intact, Perry summoned former comptroller and Democratic rival John Sharp and put him in charge of crafting a new franchise-tax bill and recruiting support from enough Democratic legislators to add some bipartisan flair to its passage...."
"...The world of shredders she inhabits possesses a deep male bias and she's experienced it firsthand. There was the British Summer Time Festival in London's Hyde Park this past July, for instance, where she shared a bill with Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and Soundgarden...."