The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...taxpayers, who have borne the brunt of Bradley's failed loans. In 1995, the federal courts levied a $53 million judgment against Bradley, and with accrued interest the debt has since grown to $73.5 million...."
"...filed a lawsuit against Shaffer two years ago, and this year obtained a $1 million judgment in their favor. Allegations included Shaffer's failure to repay over $500,000 in loans to pay off property taxes and liens on her property, part of the enormous Heep Ranch south of Austin, which Bradley and partners seek to develop..."
"...While the agreement uses formal language such as "binding agreements," it also notes, "This letter is intended to reflect the general intent of the parties and confirm the understanding regarding the business terms which will form the basis of a final agreement ..." The lawsuit also includes a confirmation of the limited partnership from the secretary of state's office. But that confirmation is dated Aug..."
"...Since its creation two decades ago, Circle C Ranch -- one of Austin's most visionary and most controversial developments -- has operated under what has come to be known by both observers and residents as the "Bradley oligarchy." That is, the people who served as developer Gary Bradley's allies and business associates in Circle C's early days are the same people who run things today (see chart). But that may be about to change...."
"...But first, a bit of background for the two of you out there that don't already revel in Slack: The Church of the SubGenius is a Dallas-based quasi-religion that's either a colossal, long-running (well over a decade) hoax, or The One True Path to enlightenment, depending on whether or not you're asking Governor Bush or Ivan Stang (Stang is one of the founders and original lynchpins of the Church, and, not coincidentally, an ordained reverend to boot)...."
"...More importantly, perhaps, the showcase brought together Austin's long nascent electronica scene in a throng that included as many local ravers and DJs as it did badged and bobbed industry stalwarts. To judge from the looks of the sizable coterie of lightsticks-and-baggies clubkids, the local scene had grown out if not up since the '97 domestic breakthrough of electronica standard bearers like Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers..."
"...The Chronicle stands by the story's accuracy and fairness. However, we should not have printed McNair's letter, and for that we sincerely apologize.] Clueless..."
"...I've decided that I am against Prop. 2, because it restricts the city's ability to incentivize exactly the kind of (re) development that Austin has decided we need: dense, mixed-use projects that integrates retail, workplaces, and housing (including subsidized affordable housing) into compact "town center" "activity center" and "transit oriented" developments...."
"...While Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly's much-discussed seriocomic vampire opus Destroy continues to wait on financing (Michael Stephenson, of Best Worst Movie, is slated to helm), other current or forthcoming Austin horror productions include Lindsey Alloway's Postmodern Undead, now in preproduction; Ain't It Cool News alum and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill's already-wrapped Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio and slated for an August 2012 release from Summit Entertainment; Jesse Dayton's directorial debut, Zombex, featuring Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig; a big-screen adaptation of author/Masters of Horror screenwriter Stephen Romano's new novel, Black Light, to be produced and/or directed by co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan of Saw infamy, as well as producer Michael De Luna; the locally shot comic-book adaptation Bad Kids Go to Hell from Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick; a potential 13-episode series based on Brian McGreevy's buzzed-about forthcoming genre novel Hemlock Grove, to be adapted by McGreevy and longtime writing partner Lee Shipman for Netflix and Gaumont International Television (with Eli Roth set to direct and produce, no less); and a series of horror scripts from Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission producer Brady Dial, progenitor of Were-Bot Productions..."
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"...Paco Nathan, president of FringeWare, Inc.photograph by Kenny Braun..."
"...Huston is candid about the many tears she shed over Nicholson throughout their 17-years-long off-and-on, if not super-dishy; perhaps the biggest revelation is how uncertain Huston – such a formidable onscreen presence – has sometimes been of her own worthiness. The rest of the book is devoted to the death of her titanic father and her loving marriage to the sculptor Robert Graham, who passed in 2008, as well as amusing if insubstantial anecdotes from her many films, including The Grifters, Ever After, and The Royal Tenenbaums..."
"...A unknown militia member in the Midwest shoots up a police funeral, and the other members of the group turn on each other as they try to work out who did it, and how they should respond. This is not apologia for the ultra-right, but a nerve-shredding depiction of betrayals, paranoias, and fake principles (read our interview with director Henry Dunham)...."
"...Thus, what was then dubbed Flatbed World Headquarters was as much an arts community space as a new home for the printmakers. (It currently houses Gallery Shoal Creek, CAMIBAart, Photo Méthode Gallery, Austin Book Arts Center, 26 Keys Inc., and six artist studios.) The venue can be seen as one more bold Flatbed experiment, and one that's succeeded as richly as its extraordinary prints, created with artists that include Robert Rauschenberg, Terry Allen, Julie Speed, Keith Carter, Melissa Miller, Luis Jiménez, and Michael Ray Charles..."
"...I-35 #1100, 467-7244. www.rockcityicehouse.com. Scoot Inn & Bier Garten Welcome to the oldest continuously running (since the 1870s) beer joint in Central Texas! It’s where hipsters hang and poetry slams..."
"...They're playing like monsters inc. Alex Lifeson's solos are camouflaged in the Trail's fireball sound, but his rabid riffing is incessant..."
"...Thursday SleepersBOXSTEP: The lush, orchestral pop of Pittsburgh-based Boxstep approaches grandiosity with a distinctly indie perspective. Their debut for Chicago indie Overcoat, The Faces All Look On, is a startling album, the midground between the passion of the Dirty Three and the complexity of Lambchop..."
"...Starbucks' Censorship "Synergy" is corporate-speak that means one corporation scratching another's back. Sometimes this is done within conglomerates where, say, Disney Inc's ABC subsidiary runs a congratulatory "news story" about Disney World on Good Morning America..."
"...The city was ultimately swayed by the fact that Arnold Oil proposed a much nicer facility than the one they currently had, which is a good thing given the obvious disincentive that the overlay presents to the incumbent owners and tenants. (One can only speculate how many projects would have been proposed, good as well as bad, were the overlay not in place.) But the Eastside leaders who spurred the creation of the overlay -- notably former planning commissioner Cathy Vasquez-Revilla and current Commissioner Susanna Almanza -- went on record to denounce the decision as a betrayal of the spirit of their effort..."