"...Directed by: Fernando Meirelles. Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen, Jonathan Haagensen and Douglas Silva..."
"...God may have said nyet, but the critics sounded yes to Michener graduate James Hannaham's widely praised comic novel, God Says No, which came out this summer from McSweeney's...."
"...Momma's calling three times a day now...."
"...He's penned some of the most indelible tunes in all of country music. His canon helped change the course of Nashville, most notably when Waylon Jennings cut his material on 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes, considered a foundational document of outlaw country...."
"...Saturday night, down at the Continental Club, a little-known 1970s Dallas gospel group takes the stage for the first time in nearly three decades. Unless you happen to be among the handful of parishioners at God’s Anointed Community COGIC in West Dallas, this is not your pastor’s church music..."
"...In the field of crime literature, Westlake has few peers, a legion of admirers, and innumerable imitators. Since the 1960 publication of his smash debut The Mercenaries, he's written more than 70 novels (40-something under his own name and dozens more under a gaggle of pseudonyms), including two of the best crime fiction series ever written, and dozens of one-shot genre-twisting classics..."
"...It is by purest accident rather than by precious or sentimental design that the final camera setup for The Cassidy Kids (the very martini of "martini shots") is a close-up on one Brian McGuire. Ten years ago, he responded to an open audition for "Block," a short that director Jake Vaughan and producer/co-writer Bryan Poyser made for a class at UT, and not long after that, they devised the title role in their next film, "Jesus of Judson," with McGuire in mind..."
"...Hodge is one-third of the three-man, four-hour KLBJ-FM Dudley & Bob Morning Show and returns to the station for an hourlong midday chat with listeners on The Charlie Hodge Half-Time Show. Just before Christmas, a few weeks after he started hosting the noontime program, he was waiting at a red light at Rundberg and I-35, brainstorming a catchy intro for that day's show..."
"...photograph by Alan Pogue There are two Barry McBees. One is a born-again Christian, a ram-rod straight barrister who is not afraid to let others know his views on the Gospels and his personal charge to "do justice" and to "love and fulfill mercy." The other is a party man, a Republican party man -- and the chairman of one of the most powerful environmental agencies in the country..."
"...New Meridian targets that post-Cold War influx -- over one million immigrants, 80% of them financed by Russian Jewry supporters -- with a circulation of 30,000 new Russians in 19 states. In fact, ethnic publishing experts say the tabloid has become the must-read complement to the 75-year-old daily New Russian World in Russian immigration hotbeds like Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles -- not to mention in New Meridian's New York editorial home and Philadelphia printing base..."
"...For better or worse, when The Crazy World of Arthur Brown released "Fire" in 1968 it immediately made Brown familiar worldwide as "The God of Hellfire." In the three decades that followed, "Fire"'s hook, refrain, and the stage show that accompanied it have been borrowed, appropriated, and outright stolen by scores of popular musicians - with glowing admissions of larceny coming from Genesis, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Kiss, and even George Clinton. And while "Fire" proved Brown to be the proverbial "one-hit wonder," the 53-year-old musician can claim an unparalleled radio legacy in the song's redefinition of psychedelia. It can also be convincingly argued that without Brown's lavish live productions, the concert theatrics that Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, and U2 now deliver as routine might never have been...."
"...This past summer, he ended up purchasing a place in the city he'd abandoned three years ago for a quieter life in Austin, where he'd moved to decompress from Sugar's busy touring schedule. In that period, Sugar ended, and now, it seems, so might Mould's Austin residency...."
"..."We're meant to do this," says accordionist/vocalist/band leader John Ondrusek. "If we don't, bands like the Majeks from Corpus and the Vrazels from Cameron, some of these bands that are getting up in years now -- the family bands -- they're not going to be around forever..."
"...Aside from being a sprightly departure from the usual courtroom drabness, the painting has inspired creative lawyering. One Houston attorney tried to stop Devine from presiding over a wrongful-death lawsuit on the basis that the final commandment -- "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods" -- is not the message you want a jury to have in mind when they're debating the amount of damages to levy against a defendant..."
"...People in this part of the globe know very little about Iran and the Middle East. The most likely touchstone for knowledge of Iran is the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Iran-Contra Affair..."
"...Everyone knew it, just like they knew the pump in front of the firehouse where kids and dogs and horses could get a drink on a hot day. Before long a couple folks heard the noise of Miss Lena's ax and came out to see what was up, and then it wasn't but a few minutes before the whole town, just about, had heard of it and came drifting over to see for themselves..."
"..."Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" -- Jeremiah 33:3, Bible verse referenced on the cover of U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind..."
"...Out of all the possible Owen Egertons in all the possible worlds, this particular Egerton has written a novel, his second to be published by Soft Skull Press, that presents the earthly apocalypse via a motley cast of characters who spend almost as much time wrestling with questions of identity and life's meaning as they do making soup, being Hollywood stars, riding bikes, starting bands, and enjoying – oh, really enjoying – sex. So it should come as little surprise that much of the story is set in, and is a kind of extended mash note to, Austin, Texas...."
"...Victor warns Victoria not to turn her back on Tricia. Brittany talks with someone at Mac's old school but can't find anything out..."
"...People turn to [Jack] for answers, the big answers to the big questions of life, religion, and love. He's been exposed to a number of different New Age and traditional beliefs, so he knows a lot..."
"...One day, your vibrant, healthy mom, with whom you and your two sisters have been very close, comes down with pneumonia and, three weeks later, she's dead. Dad, the parent you've never been that close to or felt you really knew he's just not that communicative; you know the type takes a trip to Florida three months later and calls to announce that he's reconnected with and will be marrying Kitty, his secretary from 40 years ago (you knew her as Carol)..."
"...As you may have heard by now, a handful of Klansmen breezed into town this past weekend to stake their claim on the Free Speech Plaza at City Hall. The San Angelo-based group, calling themselves the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, came to express support for the "white Christian values" they see embodied in Proposition 2..."
"...Screenwriter Stephen Romano's house once so unnerved a girlfriend of mine that she left me. No kidding..."
"...21. The Supreme Court had withdrawn the stay, and no court had agreed to hear the merits of the claim by Zimmerman's attorneys that the chemicals used in the lethal injection process could cause excruciating pain that would be masked by the fact that one of them would paralyze all the inmate's exterior muscles so that he would be unable to move, cry out, or exhibit any sign of pain...."
"...The peak of this fascination came when I heard that Hancock was quitting city life and heading for the hills - or the mountains and the desert, to be exact. He had decided to leave Austin, Wimberley, Lubbock - any town or city in the overly civilized and central portion of the Lone Star State - for the isolation and natural beauty of Terlingua, Texas, where he now guided the rafts of Far Flung Adventures down a lazy stretch of the Rio Grande..."
"...A newly formed group, Save Texas Marriage a blood relative of the No Nonsense in November campaign has mounted a full-on attack on Prop. 2 that includes a massive rollout of automated calls to nearly two million homes across the state..."
"...Later this fall, when his band Whiskeytown isn't touring as much, Adams will join his record collection and those few odd boxes, and move here as well. "I just know people too well in Raleigh....."
"...Round Mountain (population: 118) in Blanco County is not much more than a wide spot on U.S. Highway 281, an hour west of Austin between Marble Falls and Johnson City..."
"...San Marcos native and one-man-band Scott H. Biram continues to distill country, blues, and metal into a high proof hooch on Nothin’ But Blood, his ninth LP and fifth for Chicago roots imprint Bloodshot Records..."
"...Sounds like a match – Austin and a game-developers conference – and, as co-studio directors for the local branch of the gaming corporation BioWare and advisers to the conference, Walton and Vogel know. The average Austinite knows significantly less about this conference and its three tracks – online games, game writing, and game audio – so here's an overview...."
"...Maxey, a former Austin state representative and director of the No Nonsense in November opposition effort, says the powerbrokers driving Proposition 2 have much more at stake in the election than the sanctity of marriage. "This is not about marriage," he said..."
"...In 1987, after finding James Allridge guilty of Clendennen's murder, his trial jurors were faced with choosing a punishment: life in prison with a possibility of parole (after 20 years), or a death sentence. Allridge had no prior criminal record, but the jurors were not instructed to consider his past, or his troubled relationship with his brother Ronald (see "Mitigating Circumstances," p.32)..."
"..."Deep in the heart of technolopolis Austin, Sandy Stone is the vibrant theoretical force of UT's ACTlab, where technicians, scholars, and artists shape globally recognized projects as expanding interconnectivity forces new configurations of creativity, futurity, and power."..."
"...Regular readers of the Chronicle may have said upon seeing this week's cover, "Hey, wait a minute! Wasn't there a feature on this Daniel Johnston guy just a few months ago?" Indeed there was, in our big South by Southwest 99 issue [Vol. 18 No..."
"...Dear Luv Doc, So, I’ve been hooking up with this dude for a few months now, but he never wants to actually go out – for fear someone may think we are dating. We aren’t dating..."
"...Punks on film are myriad and multiplying and ever-evolving. There ended up being so many – thousands and thousands – that it took Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson and Vulcan Video's Bryan Connolly seven years to do the DIY research necessary to create their mammoth and insanely comprehensive book, Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film...."
"...There's been hand-wringing and eye-rolling among the Texas GOP this week over Ted Nugent calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." The real question is, why now?..."
"...But that's where our joy for the world pretty much terminates, filmed entertainment-wise. A quick look at this week's TV Guide lists creepily opportunistic animated fare such as Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, Shrek the Halls, and an endless loop of Peter Billingsley getting kicked in the face by a jovially sadistic Santa in Bob Clark's A Christmas Story, a very cool film that has been overexposed to the point of becoming virtual white Christmas noise...."
"...By the time my dad found me, my 501s were soaked. Awkward, gay band geeks didn't turn down invitations to keggers, even if that meant neglecting to let your parents know where you were..."
"...In response, Carona has announced he'll filibuster the bill and sink it altogether...."
"...Scott Blackwood's slim debut novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, clocks in at 162 pages, and its original title was See How Small (which references a line in the novel: "See how small a thing it is that keeps us apart"). Blackwood smiles, remembering the reaction that original title sparked..."
"...A week after Planned Parenthood lost its prime contractor to an intense anti-abortion campaign designed to kill construction of a new facility, the nonprofit group announced it would take matters into its own hands to see through the completion of the flagship office. "We are going to become our own general contractor," Executive Director Glenda Parks told a crowd of about 500 Monday at the group's annual public affairs luncheon at the Four Seasons..."
"...Monofonus Press has long been tinkering with traditional notions of book publishing, so it comes as no surprise its book readings are just as outside the box. Or outside the time/space continuum, in the case of the Teleportal Readings series...."
"...It's a cloudy afternoon in late October, and Van Orden -- a now-homeless former criminal defense attorney, with sharp mind and spry wit, surely one of the federal court system's most unusual plaintiffs -- is sitting on Central Market's patio munching bagels and pondering the possibilities. He thinks for a moment and revises the scenario..."
"...God Says Noby James Hannaham McSweeney's, 302 pp., $22..."
"...Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City (Doubleday) foregrounds the havoc wreaked by a wayward tunneling machine (or possibly a giant tiger) in an off-kilter Manhattan and provides endless layers of identity, reality, and high-wire flurries of cultural signifying to dig into. Alice Munro's Too Much Happiness: Stories (Knopf) tucks into a different brand of subterranean horror and, occasionally, cautious wonder; her masterful stories unearth the kinds of buried experience that make all the difference in a life..."
"..."The homosexual orientation of those whom I pastor is caused neither by moral failure nor the idolatry [the apostle] Paul denounces in [the New Testament Book of] Romans." - Rev. Robert Vickery..."
"...But that's too sane, so Chapter 2 adds a second creation. God creates man all over again from "the dust of the ground" (2:7), then creates Eden and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (2:9), which "thou shalt not eat of" (2:17)..."
"...Consider the following address, to none other than God, delivered in a cathedral while facing the Cross:..."
"...Steve Erickson is my dear friend, and the finest novelist of my generation. He's a reticent guy..."