Now what kind of mother would take her kids to see a movie about juvenile delinquents serving time in a hard-labor prison camp? A smart one, if she's read Holes, Louis Sachar's wacky, wickedly funny children's book that makes the leap to the big screen this Friday.
In the upcoming series Driven into Paradise: European Émigré Directors 1933-1950, the Austin Film Society will be screening (at the Alamo Drafthouse) six classic films reflecting the ethical sensibilities and aesthetic innovations of these exiled masters.
With the aid of a live Internet connection, Austin artist Cinqué Hicks will project the portraits and messages of people from around the world in a public space, where people in one community can recognize that they are also "global nomads" and part of the larger community of the world.
Several hundred Austinites were led on a 100-minute tour of 600 years of European prints when eminent art historian Leo Steinberg came to town, and Crockett High School and Bastrop Opera House continue to chase top honors in state play competitions.
I recently heard about a product called NADH that can help people with chronic fatigue syndrome. I don't have that problem, but I certainly get tired sometimes and wish for something safe that would give me an energy boost. Would NADH help and at what amount?
"Between its title and proximate April Fools' Day release, the casual observer might assume Gerald Nachman's Seriously Funny is some sort of joke book," writes Ken Lieck. "However, its subtitle and subject offer the advanced student of dry humor the opportunity to quip that no, it is the anti-joke book!"