"...March 22 was a slow day on the News desk. This was Austin in campaign season, not Chicago during Prohibition...."
"...Consider the facts: Between 1998 and 2006, Hollywood studio films had combined production in Texas of more than $530 million, averaging eight or nine films a year, according to Texas Film Commission figures. The entire year of 2007 eked out a mere $300,000 for the few days that A Mighty Heart landed in Austin..."
"...The Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance (www.tbca-austin.org) invites everyone to share in a traditional open-air cultural program showcasing their music, dances, fashions, and food at the Zilker Hillside Theater. There will be authentic Bengali and South Asian cuisine, traditional arts and crafts, and entertainment for the kids..."
"...Ann RichardsHeadlines Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards died Wednesday at her home in Austin of esophageal cancer..."
"...4]: What purpose did this article serve other than a veiled, vague, and pointless slap to the face of some local talent that Mr. Moser obviously takes issue with? My goodness, how frightening that someone could write several paragraphs pouting that these poor souls would think to call themselves designers (the horror!), that he could liken their art to Fear Factor, and that the Chronicle would subject all of Austin to it...."
"...well, more than 30 years ago, when the city first bought from the state a piece of land (the site of the new City Hall) in what then really was a Warehouse District. But we can pick it up 6 1/2 years ago, when in a flush of the excitement common at the time, Mayor Kirk Watson proclaimed a Downtown Initiative the city's first venture into public-private partnership to turn its underutilized properties into parts of the vibrant mixed-use urban neighborhood Austin said it wanted Downtown to be...."
"...The man they hired for the job was Dan Fallon, an arts administrator with experience managing the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Broadway, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the Pennsylvania Stage Company. Fallon steered the newly dubbed Austin Theatre Alliance through its inaugural two seasons, but that's it for now..."
"...But Higgins had to correct himself -- San Antonio members were still counting another $700,000, and the state total continues to grow. "We're still counting big checks and dollar donations that keep coming in," said Higgins, "and I now estimate the total to be somewhere between $4 million and $6 million -- because it's still coming in faster than we can count it." Scott Toupin, president of the Austin Association of Professional Firefighters, said that his members have raised more than $200,000, of more than $600,000 raised by firefighters in the Central Texas area..."
"...On Thursday, September 28, the Paramount and State boards voted to finalize the merger now. Details are being completed, and the Austin Theatre Alliance will soon be a reality..."
"...To those unfamiliar with its history, Hyde Park seems an unlikely outpost for a contingent of religious pioneers. The neighborhood, built in 1889 in what was then the far northern outer skirt of Austin, is still reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century suburban enclave: Many of the original Victorian residential buildings, recently restored to their former glory, remain, and the neighborhood's narrow, tree-lined streets seem better suited for horses and buggies than the SUVs and upscale sedans that race through them throughout the week..."
"...To take a day trip from Austin to see historical courthouses, Firsching says head south on US183 through Lockhart, Gonzales, Halletsville, Cuero, and Victoria. Then head back through Goliad and Karnes City with a side trip to the former courthouse in Helena, Floresville, San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and finally, Austin, which replaced its 1800s courthouse in the1930s during Texas' second courthouse building boom...."
"...The Sierra Club, Save Our Springs Alliance, and Barton View Neighborhood Association have asked the Austin City Council for a resolution ordering further negotiation between Carpenter, area residents, and the city. Given the potential environmental destruction and general ill will invoked by crowding Austin's green space, the groups say, Carpenter's best bet for a productive long-term relationship with the city would be to give up the site..."
"...Sitting in the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians office last summer, waiting for an eye exam, I realized none of the musicians there were at a day job. Since I don't have one, most of my income comes from odd jobs, freelancing, self-employment, and savings now down to zero..."
"...James Renovitch is the web editor at The Austin Chronicle and also writes about the local video game scene. He's been known to put himself on the cover of the paper...."
"...The Austin Food & Wine Alliance agreed. Out of 22 grant applications, AFWA awarded Blacklands Malts a $5,000 grant in support of local and sustainable craft beer production..."
"...FOR THE CHILDREN I often wonder if people wake up the morning after a big fundraiser and think, "Omigod, I was so drunk, I can't believe I paid so much for that auction package!" Well, not that they were drunk, but I suspect several guests at last Friday's Austin Children's Shelter Fashion for Compassion fundraiser hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue woke up feeling that way the next morning. The auctioneer, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, had that crowd whipped into such a frenzy that I feared for my safety (and my wallet) as he charmed the money out of people's pockets..."
"...If we value the neighborhood character contributed by locally owned stores and cafes – the independents that keep Austin weird – then we should remember to throw some holiday spending their way this season. That's the message from the Austin Independent Business Alliance, which notes, "Most people embrace the idea of distinctive businesses with local character, but often forget that the survival of these businesses depends on your patronage." (Mea culpa: Who among us has not shopped the mall or online this December?)..."
"...Quote of the Week "Why should you hold up a several hundred million dollar investment because of a small little restaurant?" J. Willard Marriott, CEO of Marriott International Inc., who wants to build a hotel where Las Manitas now sits; quoted in the Statesman. Headlines Austin, and especially its country music community, said goodbye on Monday to Don Walser God's own yodeler and the nicest man in the world..."
"... A series of fierce storms downed trees and knocked out power for tens of thousands of Austinites last week; many customers in West Austin did not get their electricity restored until Monday...."
"...As a former educator, it causes me great concern that children growing up think that you may lie and slander and libel another person so that you can be victorious in a campaign." State Rep. Carter Casteel, speaking for campaign finance reform (see p.40)Headlines Thousands of demonstrators nationwide and in Austin turned out Monday, May 1 for a "Day Without Immigrants," during which undocumented immigrant workers and their supporters declared their opposition to draconian legislation and support for legalized status for immigrants..."
"...Patrick Goetz [Louis Black responds: If I disagree with SOS, then of course I must be operating from corrupt motives. Great call, Patrick, you are certainly not slinging mud there! But rest assured, at least once and possibly twice the Austin American-Statesman filed open-record requests with the city for all transactions with SXSW..."
"...When Del Castillo won Band of the Year at this year's Austin Music Awards, no one booed, no one gasped, no one joked that hell had frozen over. Not that the local group isn't deserving, particularly when the Band of the Year mantle was accompanied by awards for Best Cover Art, Best Record Producer, Single of the Year, Album of the Year (tied with Kevin Fowler), and Best Mexican/Traditional Band...."
"...On a positive note, the Austin Theatre Alliance has added some much-appreciated comedy to its schedule. Making a welcome return after a successful summer run at the State Theater is Late Night Catechism, which will move next door to the Paramount for six shows, Dec..."
"...My name is Andy Milburn, and I am the vice-president of communications for worker district 6, representing 82,000 CWA members in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. I have known and worked with David Van Os since 1982, when I was elected Chief Steward of the CWA Local 6132 in Austin...."
"...4, 6-9 pm. Co-sponsored by the Cinemaker Co-op, the Austin Film Society, and Studio 120, Varela will discuss the past, present, and future of 8mm filmmaking as we head into a digitized 21st century..."
"...The roll-out of Time Warner's 24-hour cable news station News 8 Austin began in earnest this week. A four-minute infomercial touting News 8's future programming and introducing its anchors began airing Tuesday and will air on a continuous loop until the round-the-clock news programming begins..."
"...Kayte VanScoy thinks Daryl Slusher has an "image problem" with Austin activists and environmentalists ["Council Watch," Vol.17, No.25]. Funny, almost none of the activists actually quoted said anything less flattering than Slusher is doing a great job, even if they don't agree with every one of his votes..."
"...There are a couple of tried-and-true ways for women to get Internet-famous: showing lots of boobs, as in a leaked sex tape, or the longer slog of consistently producing high quality, useful, and/or hilarious content. Though they count 14 breasts among them, the seven bloggers behind BitchBeer.org chose the way of words and have been rewarded with a legion of fans and a book deal with the History Press, the same publisher behind recent releases The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook and Austin Breakfast Tacos...."
"...This Saturday, March 27, get ready for theatre to come out of the theatre and into your world. It's a quintessentially Austin way of celebrating World Theatre Day, a tradition established by the International Theatre Institute in 1961 to draw attention to the work of the stage in all countries and cultures..."
"...Depending on where in Austin you live, the entertainment district's ongoing woes – among them a slaphappy, punch-drunk summer that just barely missed doing the Berkowitz shuffle and enough radiant heat to make last month's filming of local action auteur Robert Rodriguez's hyperviolent Machete both look and feel like a viva la raza!-themed remake of Do the Right Thing – appear considerably less intractable than they did when we first took a look at Downtown crime earlier in the year ("Crime and the City Solution," Music, June 26)...."
"... Meanwhile, the campaigns roll on in Texas – Bill Clinton was at the University of Texas in Austin yesterday (Wednesday), Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting today at the Austin Convention Center at 9:30am and was at Texas State University in San Marcos yesterday, and Hillary Clinton is holding a statewide, interactive town hall meeting March 3 on Fox Sports Network Southwest, 6:30-7:30pm, as well as online at www.hillaryclinton.com. Come next Wednesday ....."
"...Meanwhile, back on our planet, Mayor Will Wynn set foot in Katz's Deli this week, congratulating his erstwhile foe for 25 years of Never Klosing. Stay tuned for next week's proclamation of Sal Costello Day in Austin ......"
"...Yet, how did the city leave neighborhoods directly abutting these tracts out of the deal? What's the harm of temporarily remanding the deal to the Z.A.P. commission while fully inclusive negotiations can take place? Does Austin need apartments and office space so desperately that we have to ignore the political input of thousands affected? Do we so fear asking Stratus for more time? These questions have remained unanswered..."
"...Leaving a Hole in Austin's Soul..."
"...Over 5,000 people, of 40 different nationalities, have perished in the terrorist bombings. This tragedy affects Austin profoundly as it does every community in this country, and all you could muster in the entire issue were a few passing references to the week's events..."
"...Council should reject the meet-and-confer agreement and send it back to negotiations with instructions to the city manager not to accept anything less than the full POFG agreement that Mike Sheffield signed last May. If not, there are lots of other city priorities on which Austin could spend $40 million...."
"...No doubt the new museum will be a legacy shrine to Bob Bullock, but it will also be a major new tourist attraction for Austin. When it opens next spring, the museum will join places like Barton Springs, Mount Bonnell, and the State Capitol as a "must see" site for our out-of-town relatives, friends, and guests..."
"...Halloween may be over, but the Northwest Austin Hotel Alliance is out for blood. They vant it..."
"...The Film Alliance of Austin has announced the beginning of regular happy hours to take place every other Wednesday, beginning April 8 at the Twist (505 Neches), 5:30-8:30pm. The gatherings are open to members and non-members..."
"...Is the independent candidacy of Kirk Mitchell in the Pct. 3 County Commissioner race causing a split among green Dems? Three major environmental groups - Save Austin's Neighborhoods and Environment (SANE), the Save Our Springs Alliance (S.O.S.) PAC, and the Sierra Club - have abstained from endorsing either Ann Graham or Nan Clayton in the Democratic primary, and indications are that some members want to support Mitchell's indie candidacy..."
"...Mitchell appeared before the council to support a proposed charter amendment known as "Our City, Our Choice," (OCOC) which would have brought all city expenditures outside the city's corporate limits to a public vote. OCOC saw it as a way to put decision-making power for managing growth and promoting tax equity into the hands of Austin's citizenry..."
"...an Austin Bahá'í Abolish Affirmative Action..."
"...Barring sounding like one of those green-headed, Slim Whitman-hating creatures from Mars Attacks!, ACAC is back with a vengeance. The Austin Community Access Center (ACAC, nee ACTV) has some exciting on- and off-camera programs coming up: Us general-public types are invited, along with access producers, to the community access forum, Personal Responsibility for Free Speech, Thu, Feb 27, 6:30-7:30pm...."
"...CHILD'S DAY SUMMER CAMP gives your kids a workout with gymnastics and swim lessons. Also planned for the summer are field trips to places like Discovery Zone, Zilker Park, and the Austin Zoo..."
"...The Bouldin Planning Team sent out neighborhood planning surveys to around 3,000 residents and business owners. The surveys that the city of Austin Planning Dept..."
"..."It's a whole community of kids that have put a new spin on electronic music. I went to Nortec nights in Rosarito twice, and there were at least 1,000 kids there who came to just hang out and dance." A New Recipe Gilbert Guerrero, DJ for Austin's Spanish Rock Radio on KOOP 91.7FM, says he had an opportunity to see Terrestre and Bostich perform in New York City during the Latin Alternative Music Conference in August..."
"...Gender Unbound came to fruition last year, after Riley’s Gender Portraits (which spotlights local trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming community members) became a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance, which provided a grant through the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of Economic Development. The money has allowed Riley to create a space where trans and intersex folks can unite to “learn from each other and work together..."
"...Assessing how we move forward helps us to understand the recent past. And it’s been a bit of a rough one for the queer communities in Austin..."
"...Looks like we've hit one of those periodic shifts in Austin's cultural landscape in which a number of personnel changes take place in a short time. First, it was Dana Friis-Hansen leaving the Austin Museum of Art and Ken Stein leaving the Austin Theatre Alliance..."