"...June 14 marks the first full day of the first annual Austin Chronicle Food Trailer Challenge, a competition that charges contestants with collecting stamps from 27 different food trucks around the city...."
"...• The Memphis City Council adds sexual and gender minorities to non-discrimination ordinance...."
"...As if the swirl of fall festivals weren't enough to keep us busy – this weekend the Texas Book Fest goes head-to-head with the Texas Tribune Festival, among other things – the city is asking – nay, demanding – your attention to a number of legitimately major planning initiatives that are coming to a head. And with another dozen or so worthwhile civic events and fundraisers scheduled for the next few days, you'd best be making some plans of your own if you want to keep up...."
"...Before Austin became famous for homegrown spicy condiments inspired by the now-25-year-old Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, the best-known packaged foods to emerge from our city were probably Adams Extract and frozen Top Chop't steaks bearing the Night Hawk brand. Fast forward to 2015 and in addition to hot sauces, Austin is now recognized as the birthplace of everything from NadaMoo vegan ice cream and Pogue Mahone pickles to Sticky Toffee Pudding and Austin Slow Burn queso..."
"...The metaphor has worked well for Sikelianos the filmmaker, who this year has finally completed his opus of more than eight years in the making, A Yeti in the City. It's a magical, multiformatted affair that combines puppetry, crude animation, handmade costumes, poetry, and music by Austin's own Octopus Project (see "Silver Lining") to tell an allegorical tale focusing on the theme of what else? Identity...."
"..."The South Rising," David Barker (30 min., documentary); "Graffiti," Juliet Dervin (30 min., narrative); Location, Location, Christine Felton (90 min., documentary); "Light From the East," Amy Grappell (53 min., documentary); Once Upon a Time in Kentucky, Scott Harris (148 min., documentary); Room, Kyle Henry (90 min., experimental/narrative); White Dwarfs and Red Giants, Eric Hueber (90 min., experimental/documentary/ narrative); "Eating in Cubes," Jane Jo (15 min., animation/experimental/narrative); Texas Weeds, Mitko Panov (90 min., narrative); A Yeti in the City, T'Chaka Sikelianos (80 min., narrative); Bastard, Karen Skloss (60-80 min., experimental/documentary/narrative); "pupae," Divya Srinivasan (24 min., animation/experimental/ documentary/narrative); "Boyhood Dreams," Dorothy VanDeCarr (56 min., documentary); Dear Pillow, Jacob Vaughan (90 min., narrative); "After Twilight," Gary Watson (30 min., narrative); "Forbidden to Wander," Susan Youssef (53 min., documentary); and "Quasar Hernandez," David Zellner (9 min., narrative)...."
"...And now, the 2002 recipients of the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund ... "Seven Days," David Barker; "Gretchen," Steve Collins; No Kill, Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin; Las Mujeres, Heather Courtney; "Forgotten in Rio," Ryan Deussing; "Sideshow," Meghna Haldar; :Thirty Seconds, Sativa January; Dallas Tap Dazzlers: Developing Dreams, Genell Kelso; Wiccans in the Military Project, Susan Kirr; "Relocation," Bennie Klain; Lifers, Mark Mederson; "Neo Geo," Jacqueline Passmore; Os Confederados, Garry Potts; "The Bat Mitzvah of Lizzie Stein," Julie Sagalowsky; A Yeti in the City, T'Chaka Sikelianos; "The Lost Pines," Divya Srinivasan; "Adopted," Linda Stogner; "Dissolve," Aaron Valdez; Dear Pillow, Jacob Vaughan; Variations, Matthew Warren..."
"...Get ready to say goodbye to another of Austin's cultural landmarks. It may not have defined an era like the Armadillo World Headquarters or made cultural history like Raul's, but it survived for longer than either of those noteworthy venues and it certainly left its mark on the cultural life of this city..."
"...Maybe the Pretenders and the B-52s didn't exactly pack Southpark Meadows, but Devo still hold sway over some mighty rabid fans around these parts, and the notion that the five spuds from Ohio might be playing Austin in October is one hot potato. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh confirms that a computer software company has indeed arranged for the band to play four semi-private shows that month with Beck; in Los Angeles, the Bay Area's Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Austin, each show benefitting a charity in that city..."
"...The store also carries most Mondo vinyl and Death Waltz Recording Co. soundtrack releases, and a souvenir hand-cranked penny press for cheapskates. [image-6] South Austin Popular Culture Center southpop.org Preservationists of Austin's ruggedly eclectic heritage, "SouthPop" serves as the pre-eminent museum of our city's wonderfully weird music culture..."
"...51st) and Jim-Jim's Water Ice (615-A E. Sixth and concession stands around the central city) only work about seven months a year..."
"...Heading out from the center of the city, a 20-minute drive will land you at the entry gate to a much under-used stretch of public land, still inside the city limits, that can offer respite for an hour or for a week from the pace that plagues the day to day. The drive to the park is not a particularly scenic one -- these parts of Riverside, Burleson, and 183 are sparsely populated stretches of smattered development and blank fields..."
"...Heading out from the center of the city, a 20-minute drive will land you at the entry gate to a much under-used stretch of public land, still inside the city limits, that can offer respite for an hour or for a week from the pace that plagues the day to day. The drive to the park is not a particularly scenic one these parts of Riverside, Burleson, and 183 are sparsely populated stretches of smattered development and blank fields..."
"...11pm, Saxon Pub It'd be too easy for Paula Nelson to let her famous last name open doors for her, but the Nelson way decrees that even Willie pay his dues. This Nelson is no pushover; her tough songwriting on last year's Little City suggests she's got the soul of a Southern rock queen, a sound even Daddy hasn't tried..."
"...THE GO: Latter-day purveyors of vintage Motor City mayhem, the Go have been labeled as derivative in some quarters, but is aping the Stooges and the MC5 ever a bad idea? Sub Pop doesn't think so. (Emo's, 10pm) -- Christopher Gray..."
"...He then zipped to Ingram to stage A Midsummer Night's Dream at the open-air Point Theatre. (It runs through July 13; call 800/459-4223.) This week, he's back in Austin for auditions for Betty the Yeti, a comedy at Capitol City Playhouse (auditions July 8 & 9, call 472-2966)..."