The Blanton Museum of Art
"...These works asked us to be active, to step out of the temples of art and see it out in our world or take part in its creation ourselves. And they followed a host of like works from last season, projects that let us walk through buildings and spy dramas staged in different rooms (Vestige Group's Muses III: Memories of a House, Secondhand Theatre's Rooms, Displaced Theatre's Red Light Winter), to troop to a street corner to watch a scene play out (Hyde Park Theatre's Bombs in Your Mouth) or through Downtown to discover dancers wedged into the cityscape (Bodies in Urban Spaces), to imbibe during a show's built-in drinking game (Yellow Tape Construction Company's Warpstar Sexysquad), to type a love note and have it hand-delivered to a special someone anywhere in the city (Jaclyn Pryor's pink), to attach New Year's wishes to a 34-foot wooden clock and then see it burn to the ground (Community Art Makers' Resolution Clock at First Night Austin), and, in the grandest extreme of this kind of work to date, to choose from a list of handcrafted experiences and have one created personally and individually for you (Rubber Rep's The Casket of Passing Fancy)...."
"...It most certainly can. Like masturbation, drinking by yourself can be quite splendid, but if you start making it a habit, it’s kind of pathetic..."
"...But that's just the clinical knowledge. What about the culture of drinking? I like to think I've gotten it all figured out from watching TV and movies, but then again, I'm the kid who decided she'd learn to ski by reading a book and didn't understand why everyone was laughing when I ordered a Dr Pepper with a new phrase I'd learned – on the rocks – at age 6..."
"...I met him one night in the warehouse district at a jazz bar that I called the "hump." I was standing at the bar drinking Carlsberg, waiting for something to happen, and he appeared out of nowhere. He had the body language of a marionette, loose and jangly, and I suspected right away that he knew how to tap-dance...."
"...Buy stuff. Don't be a tap-water-drinking, non-tipping U21 mannequin..."
"...Joe Swanberg built his brand early on the novelty of naked bodies doing unglamorous things like shaving pubic hair and masturbating in the shower. He's still making small-scale, experiential films, but in Drinking Buddies, Swanberg's most polished film to date, his observational prowess has swerved away from shock value and sharpened: Here, a side eye can speak volumes...."
"...Most times a press event is themed, the result is cloying and dull. But when Joe Swanberg and his cast just sat around drinking microbrews and shooting the breeze, it was somehow perfect for Drinking Buddies...."
"...Sure, ritualized drinking can make trash like The A-Team more fun. ("Drink when Colonel Decker says, 'You're mine now, Smith.'") But what if you want to spice up more wholesome and highbrow pursuits?..."
"...A series of disrupters threatens Carol’s ordered living: an invading rat, a pool boy, a truly magnificent mustache. The pool boy is Lloyd (Starr), a thirtysomething failed poet who becomes Carol’s unlikely drinking buddy..."
"...In many ways, it's a ricochet from his last two projects: the bigger budget rom-com Drinking Buddies and the oddball crime drama 24 Exposures. Swanberg said, "It's helpful, as an artist, to always be confusing people..."
"...Perhaps it's not where the bartenders are actually drinking, but what they're drinking that piques your interest? From what I have gathered, after a long shift, the choice seems to be simple, yet sophisticated: a shot of Fernet and a cold beer. The Blackheart86 Rainey www.blackheartbar.com Contigo2027 Anchor www.contigotexas.com Drink.Well207 E. 53rd www.drinkwellaustin.com Firehouse Lounge605 Brazos www.firehousehostel.com Half Step75½ Rainey www.halfstepbar.com Midnight Cowboy313 E..."
"...Here at the Chronicle, we don't condone drinking to excess, but we recognize the powers of booze. Soul mates wouldn't have met, children would remain unborn, and tons of embarrassing fun wouldn't have been had without it..."
"...That indelible first line: "When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon."..."
"...He says how much good would result if people defending marijuana use poured their effort into “our social programs.” I think preventing people from being unjustly jailed and stopping the waste of taxpayer dollars used to fight marijuana use are actions beneficial to society. Rich Newman says he would quit drinking if alcohol were made illegal because that would be the law..."
"...There was a room on the second floor that was little used. There were folks everywhere drinking and talking..."
"...Not a lot of movies get made about what it’s like to be a 13-year-old girl, something We Are the Best! off-handedly acknowledges at its start – an overlapping din of adults prattling on about politics and divorce. The occasion is a 40-year-old’s birthday celebration, set at a Stockholm apartment overstuffed with adults drinking wine, dancing, and gossiping like teenagers..."
"...Barrett is the king of (to use a phrase that will probably make him groan) mumblegore, the thriller end of what cast member A.J. Bowen called "that bullshit mumblecore word." The film's cast is a who's who from the m-word scene, like Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color, Sun Don't Shine), Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Hannah Takes the Stairs), and Ti West (The Innkeepers)..."
"...If you’re visiting Austin from a town far away, there’s a chance that our version of summer is a bit more...intense than what you’re used to. Drinking plenty of water and finding some shade is all well and good, but you’re going to need more than that for true relief..."
"...We pan with the hat to where it lands on the floor, in front of a curtained window. TOM (off) Yeah. Let's do plenty. *** Pure poetry, no? Well, the Drafthouse wants you to do plenty, too – plenty of eating and drinking and moviewatching with its St..."
"... How dare you chastise the Arab League [“The Rhythm of Peace,” News, March 24]. What do you know about peace marches? Do you show up every year and write your little column to make yourself feel better, or do you fight the good fight everyday? Have you put your life on the line for the truth, or is it just easier to attack those that have? And when did you become the goddess of peace protests, anyway? Who gave you the right to say how anyone should peacefully protest the great Halliburton war? Bush, the neocon, or did you just anoint yourself? You should have chastised the rest of the musicians from Austin for not showing up to the Million Musician March, but instead you attacked the Arab League for fighting the good fight with freedom of expression and as they would say, “dope beats.” I love the fact that the artsy-fartsy, latte-drinking Austin Chronicle loves to act as though it is out there on the edge, pushing the envelope, in an effort to better the world..."
"...A man named Tom Penders coached the 1998 Longhorns to a 14-17 record the year UT last missed the cut. We were all much younger people then — indeed: so young as to be living under the wings of Mom and Dad, drinking Capri Sun, and busing it to school every morning..."
"...I am very much looking forward to refocusing on a few other things in my life, like showing up for work and talking to people wearing colors other than red. I might also quit drinking...."
"...that very same Thursday to discuss the very same project. In Austin, the governor assured the ambassador that the dump would not be a threat to the low-income border community chosen for the site, nor would it endanger the watershed of the Rio Grande, a source of drinking and agricultural water for many thousands of Mexicans and Texans..."
"...The same idea holds true for contemporary American culture: Think of how Snooki and her comrades have become the symbol of New Jersey-ness (despite the fact that most of them aren't even from New Jersey and that there are plenty of perfectly nice people with appropriate personal boundaries and tasteful sartorial sense who hail from there) or how farmers' markets have become emblematic of a romanticized urban vision of relationship-based agriculture. In reality, Barthes might say, Snooki is just a trashy girl with bad hair and a drinking problem, and the farmers' market is just another place to buy food..."
"...According to the World Health Organization, about 1.3 million people per year, most of them women and children, die because of the pollution caused by indoor biomass stoves. Only HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, and lack of clean drinking water and sanitation are greater health threats than the problems of polluted indoor air...."
"...A dinner party for a high school friend that I was invited to, sitting in a corner drinking mineral water while uncles and aunts gabbed and child-cousins played. My friend, speaking to his little three or four-year-old niece, who was wearing a green dress: “That’s a really pretty red dress you have on.” “It’s a green dress,” she screamed, getting more and more upset each time he repeated it..."
"..."Nora Guthrie sent me some writing Woody did when he was sick, and one line in a poem about Smokey went, 'I taught Smokey how to drink, and he taught me how to smoke stick.' That was him. He was known as a pot-smoking, whiskey-drinking, womanizing, fun-loving Western swing guy."..."
"...It may be difficult to forecast what the future holds for the Colorado River, but a recent report card on Austin released by Texas Clean Water Action indicates that the city's water system is one of the safest among major metropolitan water supply systems in the state. CWA program director Sparky Anderson explains that the grading system measures not only municipal drinking water safety but also the extent to which utilities provide consumers with information detailing the source and quality of their drinking water, as required by 1996 amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act...."
"...According to Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg, microbreweries are just like microbudget indie films. "There are major corporations that control most of the marketplace," he said..."
"...Beth and Daniel were killed almost instantly, but the circumstances leading up to their deaths originated many years before that balmy night in June. Howard Papke, Andrew's father, says that until his son started drinking heavily, he seemed destined for success..."
"...While the menfolk stood around the fire pit outside, drinking beers and shooting the shit (I learned later that I'd missed a fairly epic rant about the scourge of the small plates trend in dining out), we ladies chilled out in the air conditioning and discussed our feelings about the fizzy new canned cocktail born and bred here in Austin...."
"...Prior to the latest episode in his increasingly unhappy career, former Austin Police Department Officer Leonardo Quintana would have done well to listen to Loretta Lynn: "Don't come home a'drinkin', with lovin' on your mind."* As Jordan Smith recounts in this issue (see "APD vs. Quintana"), Quintana's appeal hearing of his termination has largely concerned his Jan..."
"...When the shoot finally moved indoors after three weeks, Rollins said, "Everyone cheered from inside their Parka sleeping bag they were sleeping in." However, he still had to contend with Jack's cannibalistic dietary habits, including drinking endless gushes of fake plasma and chewing on fake human flesh. To show solidarity, Krawczyk ate a finger..."
"...It's algae bloom season! That's the time of year when many Austinites "notice an unusual taste and odor in your drinking water," as the Austin Water utility puts it. But while the naturally occurring algae bloom in Lake Austin may "impart a musty or fishy taste to the water," the utility assures us it does not affect the safety of the drinking water..."
"...The street's foil-covered, light-packed main attraction home belongs to light display co-founder Jamie Lipman and his wife, Sharon Smith. Last holiday season, Lipman was involved in a fight with three young men during what he called "one of the street's numerous outdoor drinking parties." Lipman said he was "beaten upon" when he intervened to stop a college-aged male from running up and down 37th, "harassing people" and "humping cars."..."
"...The elegant little cafe has hints on its menu of all the great tea-drinking cultures, from Japan to the Middle East, but there's a personal element to the Anglicized authenticity for Morrison. "I lived in England for a while," she explained, "so it's important to me." When there, she said, "I had very bleached scones, but I've also had scones with a little more nuttiness and life to them." So in re-creating the best of the British she uses unbleached all-purpose flours with whole wheat pastry flour mixed in to give it "a fuller flavor..."
"...By the middle of the following week, Taylor's office was "flooded with calls from citizens wishing to complain about this episode," he wrote in a prepared statement, "and [from] other citizens reporting rumors of misconduct on other occasions." Taylor asked Maspero to step down, but Maspero refused -- and added, via attorney Ed Walsh, that he was looking forward to running for re-election in 2004. (Maspero already had two declared opponents in the March GOP primary, and now has a third.) Last month, Maspero admitted to having a drinking problem and announced he was taking a temporary leave from office to enter a five-week outpatient alcohol treatment program..."
"..."The bar scene here is about drinking, not about music," notes Fromholz. "It's a lot easier to make money selling $5 margaritas than making it from music..."
"...Most suppliers seem to be reporting the cost of paper cups at generally somewhere between 5-8cents apiece, and Styrofoam in a range from 1.5-3cents per cup. But then most paper-using coffeehouses say they need two paper cups to function in the capacity of one foam, in order to keep the hot coffee at desirable drinking temperature without burning hands in the process..."
"...Where ClubCastLive is going to be in a year's time is anyone's guess right now, but Weiss and Wright and the entire crew are chomping at the bit to make an impact on Austin's music scene and drag it kicking and screaming into the 22nd century. Or would that be drinking and shrieking? No matter..."
"...A few years back, I ran away to Janis' teenage past by driving relentlessly through the tiny towns in Louisiana parishes across the Texas border, looking for some sort of meaning to it all. Ironically, I found not meaning but a kind of solace sitting in a rundown roadhouse in the swamps drinking a Dixie beer, watching the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico, and listening to Joplin sing on the jukebox..."
"...Court testimony and interviews all tell the same story: It's Saturday night, there's 15,000-20,000 people on the street drinking and shouting; your door's being held open by the crowds coming in and out, and your music is spilling out onto the people passing by; the club next door's got a very loud band; and then the police come by to check your sound level...."
"...Jen added, "I never expected to actually come on, because we were drinking at the time."..."
"...29, at 8pm CT on AMC. Therapy groups and binge-drinking sessions presumably commence roughly 75 minutes later...."
"...One year Harry made a quick trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras where he spent three days in the drunk tank for passing the hat, an experience he must not have minded much since he soon moved to New Orleans. Not having his address, I simply drove down, walked into the first bar that caught my eye -- the Alpenhof just off Jackson Square -- and found Harry drinking a Dixie beer and showing off for the waitress...."
"...Directed by Austinite author/actor/filmmaker Turk Pipkin as part of the ongoing Nobelity Project he runs with his wife, Christy, Building Hope is the third documentary feature from Pipkin, after Nobelity, in which he tracked down and queried nine Nobel Prize winners about how to best help our struggling world, and One Peace at a Time, which found him putting those practical lessons to use around the world. In one instance, clean drinking water and electricity for a primary school in Mahiga, Kenya, were the immediate results, quickly followed by a computer lab and a huge uptick in the ramshackle school's heretofore middling success rate..."