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Arthouse: America's Got Talent!
Curator Anne Ellegood explains her picks for this year's New American Talent exhibit at Arthouse
Arts Story  July 20, 2007, by Rachel Koper
"...Local juried shows such as Austin Museum of Art's triennial "New Art in Austin," the nonprofit Texas Biennial, and Arthouse's annual "New American Talent" exhibition all aim to promote emerging artists. Juried exhibitions serve the important function of opening new doors to cooperation, community awareness, new audiences, and business networks..."

Council's Got ... Talent?
At intermission, we talk to the headliners
News Story  July 13, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Between the rained-out barbecues and the gray layers of humidity sticking to the city like a waterlogged diaper, you'd be excused for forgetting it's summer. Except for one sunny signifier: Turn on the tube, and a certain midseason replacement reminds us that America's Got Talent! Yup, everyone loves a good talent show..."

Taking a Hard Look at the America's Next Cat Star Contestants
Which kitty superstar will reign supreme?
DAILY Screens  May 1, 2015, by Katherine McNevins
"...During South by Southwest, Animal Planet held a party featuring celebricat Lil Bub (check out the photo gallery to see what you missed). At the party, they announced the furry finalists of their talent search, who were judged using several different metrics, from "Most Photogenic," and the obligatory "Cutest," to the more esoteric category of "Outrageousness."..."

Who's Got the Hootie?
Comparing Austin' and Dallas' 1995 Output
Music Story  January 19, 1996
"...Not good or bad, just ordinary. So while Robert Wilonsky correctly warns in his Observer piece, "Don't judge your local music scene by the bands signed to the majors; don't buy into the bullshit myth that mass-market appeal is a signature of quality or recognition of talent," he's wrong not to acknowledge that the excitement of big music-business action inevitably breeds more local talent...."

Boy George’s New Life
Culture Club frontman relives the Seventies
DAILY Music  July 4, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Everything’s sort of thrown together. Perhaps talent shows wouldn’t have been considered very cool when I was younger..."

Playback: That’s the Breaks
In studio with Confucius and Fresh, hosts of KUTX’s first ever hip-hop specialty show
Music Column  August 30, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...While it's easy to compare any hip-hop radio show to New York trendsetter The Breakfast Club, Fresh feels more kindred to an older Big Apple staple, The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show. Broadcast on Columbia University's WKCR 1990-98, the program proved highly influential by championing then-unsigned talent including Nas, Big L, and Wu-Tang Clan...."

Are Kids These Days Bringing OOB the Laughter for Love’s Sake?
What dire agenda, we wonder, lurks beneath their odd & infectious joy?
DAILY Arts  August 28, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So much talent coming to Austin's Out of Bounds Comedy Festival from all over the country this year. So many troupes – improv and sketch – along with a wealth of solo stand-up artists – just as in all the previous OOB years..."

Local Bakery Touted as One of Nation's Best
Easy Tiger Bakeshop & Beer Garden garners national attention
DAILY Food  December 31, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...After stints at Bouley Bakery in NYC and Whole Foods Market here in Austin, David Norman's prodigious bread-making talent became an integral part of the success of the Easy Tiger Bakeshop & Beer Garden over the past year. I must admit I had reservations about the location in the early going, but now the multi-purpose business attracts regular crowds to what used to be the lonely end of East Sixth..."

Wreckless Eric’s Bubblegum Dementia
Pop-punk sensation tends his talent nearly 40 years on
DAILY Music  July 17, 2015, by William Harries Graham
"...“Ian Dury once told me, ‘If you look after your talent, your talent will look after you.’”...."

Thomas Frank's 21st Century Corruption Theory
A Q&A with the author of What's the Matter With Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
News Story  August 15, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...So I sorta had to pick up where Josephson left off to understand the system that we're in now. And it really would take a talent like Josephson to describe it; it is very systematic and scientific, and it has developed and evolved over the years, all that stuff...."

Coach's Corner
Will the real genius please stand up?
Columns  November 12, 1999, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...Parting Shots: Timing and good fortune are everything. Jeff George -- I defy you to find a more maligned modern athlete -- had the misfortune of having too much obvious talent, making him the No..."

Sandra Bernhard ♥ America
Sandra Bernhard returns to Austin for We're Still Queer Honey!
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Cindy Widner
"...A recent triumvirate. Obviously, they're both incredibly talented and really nice ladies..."

How I Got Hitched
Marjorie Baumgarten on the trouble with Hitchcock
DAILY Screens  October 19, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...We often summon Hitchcock when we need to reconcile bits and pieces of movie culture: The great entertainer vs. the canny filmmaker; the artist whose talent was underestimated by his peers vs..."

Blaze Foley's Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings
Cult songman keeps thwarting his own success – even posthumously
Music Story  May 4, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Foley's recorded output, like his career, is littered with missed opportunities, cruel twists of fate, and reckless disregard. An early recording deal yielded a single of "If I Could Only Fly," but tanked after the talent splurged on carousing in NYC with Van Zandt..."

Coach's Corner
Anna wants to become a top-flight tennis star? Kan o' kourn. Just become a Williams sister.
Columns  July 12, 2002, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...if she could only play. Her story begs two questions: Does her genetics and all they entail -- lucrative endorsements, international fame, and great wealth for doing nothing except looking good -- inhibit and suffocate the talent of a potential champion? Or is what we see all there really is, a sweet-looking but otherwise run-of-the-collective Russian tennis player?..."

Coach's Corner
Columns  May 22, 1998, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...Fans in midlevel cities, like St. Louis and Cincinnati, traditional hotbeds of the game, have to believe they can win, or why go to a game? The rest of the league can't just become a feeder of talent to the 10 big fish, so the smaller teams can keep their cash-strapped operations afloat..."

Other People's Trash
Belinda Acosta argues why your trash TV is no better than her trash TV.
Screens Column  July 13, 2001, by Belinda Acosta
"...The Real World airs Tuesdays at 9pm on MTV.Spy Wars Talent Search A new reality-adventure series, Spy Wars, is looking for contestants. Men and women age 21 and older, in "good physical and mental condition," are invited to audition for the new ABC reality series..."

Playback: The First Hit’s Free (Week)
Free Week, free rides, and freeing your mind!
Music Column  January 4, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...A testament to the power of "free," fans again brave the 28-degree Texas tundra Tuesday night. At Mohawk, psych troupe Millbrook Estates triumph after an especially tedious broken guitar string and vocal talent David Rawlinson being recast as guitarist because his "throat is fucked up." Fellow locals Vampyre, not to be confused with Drakulas, sweat out a guitar-less brand of hardcore consisting of fuzz bass, double drums, and poetic shouts reminiscent of Refused and Death From Above 1979...."

Coach's Corner
Nebraska and OU both had their seasons ruined on the same weekend, but Coach saw it coming -- now, if he'd only foreseen this global warming thing …
Columns  November 30, 2001, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...I said then OU was being overrated, and Josh Heupel's brilliant, gutsy contributions to last year's team were being discounted to almost nothing. This proved correct, as injuries and a lack of skilled offensive talent caused the Sooner offense to bog down into something looking like ice cold split-pea soup; a brutally dull, one-dimensional team..."

Coach's Corner
Columns  December 19, 1997, by Andy "Coach" Cotton
"...The woeful efforts in Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Oakland, where so much more was expected, are worse... It's said the difference in talent level, from Green Bay to Oakland, is only really visible in muted, subtle shades..."

There's a Light Beyond These Woods
An unrestrained celebration of Nanci Griffith
Music Story  February 25, 2005, by Louis Black
"...Without putting too fine a point on it, Texas songwriting has been mostly a men's club, with women always around, but relatively speaking, only a few women have weighed in aesthetically. Griffith was hard to ignore given her impressive talent and growing reputation as other performers covered her songs..."

The Surreality of Reality
Sure, America's got talent, but does Dallas have the next chicken plucker?
Screens Story  April 2, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...His handlebar mustache jumped right out of Hee Haw's central casting – a bristly border for a big gap-toothed Texas grin. The crowd behind him roared: "America's got talent!"..."

Brutality Television
Why you won't be seeing Austin emo puppet band Fragile Rock on America's Got Talent
Arts Story  July 14, 2016, by Brently Heilbron
"...I am backstage at America's Got Talent with my emo puppet band Fragile Rock, being interviewed after our performance...."

Kickstart Your Weekend With Air Sex
Now’s your chance to fund a film about people having sex with themselves
DAILY Screens  June 21, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Founded in Austin in 2008 as an alternative way to get your rocks off, the Air Sex World Championships have ascended to lofty heights of Air Fill-in-the-Blank competition. The simulated lovefest serves 30-plus cities, has appeared at two festivals, and even received mention on NBC’s America’s Got Talent from Howard Stern...."

'American Idol' Auditions Coming to Austin
Will you be ready by Aug. 7?
DAILY Screens  July 29, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Whether you make it or not, though, you could be the next YouTube star. Last year's tryouts for America's Got Talent went viral after Andrew De Leon defied all expectations by belting out an operatic solo dressed in full black metal garb..."

TV Eye
What if?
Screens Column  June 16, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Music & Entertainment Television (ME TV) is expanding their programming by summer's end and need more on-air talent. Open auditions will be held Saturday (June 17) at 501 N..."

Million Dollar Arm
Jon Hamm stars in this story of a sports agent who hits on the idea of turning Indian cricket bowlers into talented baseball stars.
Film Review  May 16, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...But then Hamm exhales shakily, his flop sweat comes into focus, and we realize this was just a practice run, delivered to his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) at a boutique agency that’s about one bounced check away from shutting down. JB doesn’t land the account, but after a late-night beer binge spent toggling back and forth between a televised cricket match and Susan Boyle’s breakthrough on Britain’s Got Talent, he does alight on a creative solution: He’ll go to India, throw a contest to find a couple of promising cricket bowlers, and turn them into major-league pitchers...."

Of Thee I Sing (and Dance)
The musical is America's gift to theatre, and here's the local state of the union
Arts Story  July 20, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Owens: Only a few companies in town have the talent, budget, and balls to put a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic or contemporary Broadway smash on a local stage. Along with Zach Theatre and Texas State University, which received this year's Austin Critics Table Award for Outstanding Musical for its staging of Oklahoma!, Zilker Theatre Productions hits the mark nearly every time..."

SXSW Tuesday Showcase Picks
Music Story  March 9, 2017
"...Annually, local imprint Chicken Ranch Records lines up some of the best, quirkiest talent to help light the fuse on another SXSW. NYC/Austin citizens Peelander-Z, that batch of shrieking, hysterical, expat Japanese cartoon superhero punk rockers and subjects of recent rockumentary Mad Tiger, top the poultry bucket, but keep scrolling..."

TV Eye
Alternate realties, other lives
Screens Column  August 4, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Calling reality TV a thing of beauty is a stretch, even for something as earnestly liberal as 30 Days. No, for mind-numbing escapism, one need only look to the recent glut of talent show competitions (America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, Rock Star: Supernova), which bear a peculiar revision to the ideal of U.S..."

Food Issue: Not Your Average TV Dinner
10 summer TV favorites and what to eat while watching them
DAILY Chronolog  June 13, 2013, by Candice Gallion
"...10) America's Got Talent (premiered June 4): Laugh, cry, and gasp at your fellow countrymen/women/children while eating an All-American burger from  Flat Top Burger Shop...."

Moontower Comedy 2018: More Comics Named
On, Ryan! On, Preacher! On, Colin! On, Ali! On 39 more jokers!
DAILY Arts  December 5, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...• Ryan Hamilton, the self-depracating comic whose stand-up special Happy Face dropped on Netflix back in August; • Preacher Lawson, the engaging finalist on America's Got Talent 2017; • Ali Siddiq, the Houston comic who honed his stand-up chops while he was in prison; • Kevin Barnett, NYC-based and stand-up and one of the stars of the truTV sketch comedy show Friends of the People; and • comedians Sam Jay and Julio Torres, both of whom have appeared on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and are also writing for SNL...."

In Memoriam: Robin Goodfellow
Singular Austin improviser has taken his final bow (wow wow)
DAILY Arts  August 12, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Buddy Daddy performed most often in Austin, appearing regularly at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, but the duo also toured with the comedy group ColdTowne to Arizona and Washington, D.C.; headlined the Twin Cities Improv Festival in 2011; and headlined a fundraiser in Shreveport, La., for rescue animals, for whom Robin had a special fondness, being a rescue pup himself. Robin's onstage success and appeal also led to work beyond Buddy Daddy: Buddy Mommy, with esteemed improviser Jill Bernard; a guest stint with local sketch troupe Hoover's Blanket; screen appearances on America’s Got Talent and at the Alamo Drafthouse playing Babe the Pig; and Dystheatre’s production of Robin Goodfellow’s Hamlet, in which he played the Ghost, "eating plenty of ham along the way," according to Simone...."

History Repeats?
Nueva Onda Movie Night
Screens Story  August 4, 2006, by Joe O'Connell
"...Did I mention it's free? Uh, also, you should know some of these films are a tad violent. Are you gonna be there? Or will you be at home watching America's Got Talent again? Nueva Onda..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...Fri. 16, Karma Lounge, 9:30pm Talented Austin rapper Lauren Riggins reaches back to a bygone era with her recent extended play, 2 Incomparable, which features acclaimed ATX singer Alesia Lani on "Fall Back" and Nubia Emmon's vocals on single "2 Can Play That Game." Nineties R&B/rap-influenced "TGIF" (feat..."

The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals Shines Anew at the Alamo Drafthouse
Steve Young reveals the hidden world of uncanny corporate razzmatazz
DAILY Screens  July 29, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, although many of them weren’t very good, the ones that were good were fantastic. And as I did more research and more talking to people, I learned about the huge amount of talent that was drawn upon for these things..."

ACL Fest 2015 Weekend One Only
When they're gone, they're gone.
Music Story  October 1, 2015, by Michael Toland
"...Kehlani (Sun., 2:30pm, BMI stage) Twenty-year-old survivor of America's Got Talent pulls old soul out of contemporary R&B...."

News Ticker: June 13
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  June 13, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• When walking under the ten upcoming downtown HALO cameras, remember that even though the cameras are recording, the footage is not being sent to the producers of America's Got Talent...."

Saturday ACL Fest Picks
Music Story  October 5, 2017
"...Grace Vanderwaal1pm, HomeAway stage Science and logic can't explain this 13-year-old wunderkind. Ever since her 2016 America's Got Talent win, the New York native has stolen hearts with her bellowing, Björk-like vocals, breezy ukulele picking, and humble approach to newfound fame..."

Moontower 5: First Wave of Comics Announced
Martin Short and Kevin Smith lead the laugh makers for 2016
DAILY Arts  November 17, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...The team behind the festival has made a point of looking beyond the ranks of standard stand-up to comedy acts that will earn it that "… & Oddity" in its title. Contenders in 2016 look to be comedy lounge act The Lampshades, starring The Office's Kate Flannery and a porn-'stached Scott Robinson (Anchorman); MADtv alum Anjelah Johnson presenting her breakout character from that show in Bon Qui Qui’s Gold Plated Dreams Tour, based on the rap album she released this past January; English magician and America’s Got Talent finalist Piff the Magic Dragon, with his magic-performing Chihuahua Mr..."

Nacho Average Thriller
Elijah Wood and Nacho Vigalondo update 'Rear Window' for the Digital Age
Screens Story  March 7, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Wood, like Vigalondo, is a Fantastic Fest regular. In fact, the actor said, "I don't know if it could have happened without Fantastic Fest." His first filmed collaboration with the director was dramatic in a different way: The duo was locked in a Faraday cage at the FF 2010 closing party, headbanging as local arts/physics collective and America's Got Talent finalists ArcAttack played Slayer's "Raining Blood" using lightning from Tesla coils..."

Bjork's new album is not the only thing leaked this week
DAILY Qmmunity  January 23, 2015, by Andy Campbell
"...If you don't know who OUTsider's opening night act, the legendary Narcissister is: a) What's wrong with you? and b) We suggest her performance Ass Vag to familiarize you/jog your memory (or her America's Got Talent audition)...."

Enjoy the Experience
Homemade records make a thrilling soundtrack to your summer reading
DAILY Music  June 21, 2013, by Greg Beets
"...Solomon is still around, too. He recently sang an ode to Viagra in a failed bid to get on America’s Got Talent...."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...TRISH MURPHY BAND: Like watching Gretzky play junior hockey. If success in the biz were based on rationality instead of randomness, you'd say Murphy is a can't-miss talent..."

'Secuestro Express'
Jonathan Jakubowicz and Elizabeth Avellán on 'Secuestro Express'
Screens Story  October 28, 2005, by Michael King
"...The movie has become sort of the beginning of a nationwide dialogue. To give you an example, the pirates that sell the DVD copies, they decided not to sell this film because they support local talent, and they support the message of the movie..."

Otaku* Overload!!!
After Monster Island Studios sank, Austin's acting community and Houston animé giant A.D. Vision unleashed talent bent on vengeance and redemption (*otaku = animé geek)
Screens Story  December 2, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...While it was operating, however, Monster Island attracted the best and the brightest of Austin acting talent and, in doing so, created not just a superior and highly polished brand of animé but also opened up a new creative outlet for the Texas capital's legions of thespians who gamely put their vocally emotive skills to work in the service of, among other things, intergalactic war (and, every so often, peace); demon-fighting (and, in the more adult, tentacle-rape-heavy genre known as hentai, demon-lovin'); and Bushido-bladed martial arts mayhem that puts Jackie Chan's real-world kick flips to shame. They sang, screamed, and sighed with orgasmic pleasure through an astonishingly varied menagerie of characters that ran the gamut from helium-voiced naughty schoolgirls to elfin sprites, from noble-if-conflicted warrior man-children to shrinking, shrieking violets..."

SXSW Film Announces Features Lineup
Competitive narratives and docs unveiled, plus more
DAILY Screens  February 2, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema. [image-5]..."

Playback: Pickathon, Texas
Austin talent looms large at Oregon fest
Music Column  August 9, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The gathering hosted more ATX acts per day and per capita than ACL Fest, and they weren't relegated to early afternoon slots. Instead, they stacked up with marquee talent. Glorietta Keeps It Loose..."

Continued Story
Daniel Johnston's songs find new life in the rock opera Speeding Motorcycle
Arts Story  February 22, 2008, by Kathy McCarty
"...I have to admit I have been a Daniel snob of a sort: "I prefer his early work," like someone who only likes the acoustic Bob Dylan. Hearing so many of his later songs, sung so heartfelt, makes me realize that Daniel's talent has never declined..."

Still a Good Thing
Lady sings the blues
Music Story  October 27, 2000, by Christopher Gray
"..."We were a hot group there. We were winning all the talent shows."..."

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