The North Door
"...High school students in 12 cities across North America match their knowledge of opera in written tests, identification of operatic pieces by ear, and extemporaneous speeches on operatic questions, and the highest-scoring student from each city goes to Houston in February for the Finals Round, from which three contestants will be selected to play the quiz on the Met's broadcast of Falstaff in April, 2002. As this was Austin's first time as a Quiz Kid city, the local turnout for Round One was relatively small..."
"...In the late Seventies, when Austin was still clinging to its small-town roots, a youthful group of visionaries decided it would be cool to box up their households and start a new community in the hills southwest of the city. Starting a new community is not like starting your own band..."
"...In your May 4 issue, city of Austin Public Information Officer Michele Middlebrook-Gonzalez wrote in her letter to you that I made a statement which she says "is simply not true." She quoted me as saying that when the City Council signed the three-year police contract in March: " ... the City Council signed away all of their authority over this [police oversight] forevermore." She points out that the City Council can "certainly" ask for changes when the contract comes up for renewal in three years..."
"...Those familiar with Hyde Park Baptist Church's hell-or-high-water commitment to build, build, build won't be surprised to learn that the church is at an impasse with Northwest Austin residents who oppose HPBC's proposed enclave in their neighborhood, known as the Quarries. Mediation proceedings were recently rendered a failure after three months of table talk..."
"...Former work: president, Austin Area Mental Health Association; vice president, Mental Health Association of Texas Board of Directors; president, Austin Planned Parenthood; executive director, Leadership Texas; director, Foundation for Women's Resources...."
"...And it's home to the largest military complex on either shore of the Pacific Ocean. All quite unlike Austin..."
"...The Art School at the Austin Museum of Art is again offering a film appreciation class this summer called Cinema Eye. It will use excerpts from classic and contemporary films from Gone With the Wind to GoodFellas to introduce students to the basic elements of film and visual narrative techniques..."
"...Such a tactic, employed by The Austin Chronicle with respect to my Capital Metro report, is not unusual where reality is inconveniently inconsistent with the accuser's ideology. In this particular case, the reality is that transit service is far too costly in Austin, and that there is no hope whatever that building light rail will make a perceptible difference in traffic congestion..."
"...Thanks go to Mary Sledd, who compiled this baby along with Elizabeth Skadden. Additional thanks go to Stewart Gallas, from AIDS Services of Austin, for having the idea four years ago...."
"...To the Chronicle, I want to congratulate you on your return back to issues in East Austin. When I first moved here in 1990, each week I'd run to the newstand to get my copy of your paper because you covered things more diversely back then..."
"...One of the things which makes Austin the unique place we call home is that The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been playing in town now for 22 consecutive years. (Talk about time warps!) To celebrate the anniversary, Austin Rocky Horror fans will be embellishing the usual weekly activities with a costume contest (dress as your favorite RHPS character) with prizes and other fun..."
"...There is no reason the Mueller redevelopment must be "another front of the state-city land war." As a neighborhood representative my experiences with ROMA, the state, and the city so far give me confidence that everyone at the table is sincere about wanting what's best for everyone. Yes, the state has caused several red flags to go up along the way, and yes, it would be utterly naïve of any Austin resident not to have serious reservations about the state and land development given their recent track record...."
"...Again, tremendous thanks go to intern Lisa Tozzi who compiled this baby with the assistance of intern Allison Lince-Bentley. Additional thanks go to Stewart Gallas from AIDS Services of Austin, first for having the idea and then for assisting in compiling these lists for the third year now..."
"...So it is with the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dancers, technicians, choreographers, patrons, musicians, managers, teachers, critics, and others in our performing arts community, and each season sees the departure of same..."
"...The Texas Institute of Public Problem Solving is a big name with a big mission: To train police officers across the state in the fine art of problem-solving and mediation. The University of Texas is charged with creating TIPPS, and Austin will be its home base..."
"...Garcia said Monday that he had outgrown his Place 5 seat on council (the post traditionally reserved for Hispanic candidates) and was shooting for the plain old vanilla seat down the row. "I don't think I need to rely on a minority seat in order to get elected," says Garcia, who spent six years on the Austin Independent School District board before serving the last six years as a councilmember..."
"...The company will be missed for its populist sensibility, bold physicality, and unwavering commitment to theatrical vision. Getting Seen The work of visual artist Kelly Steinke is getting around this year. It's been accepted in three national juried exhibitions: Newform '95 at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin; Visual Arts Alliance at NationsBank Center in Houston; and Personal Visions III at An Art Place, Inc., Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. In August, Steinke was also artist-in-residence at Holden Village in Chelan, Washington....."
"...For the city elections, public forums are multiplying and candidates are proclaiming organizational endorsements. Thus far, incumbent Mayor Steve Adler's list includes labor groups AFSCME Local 1624 (city and Travis County employees), the Central Labor Council, the Firefighters and EMS PACs, Education Austin, and the Workers Defense Action Fund..."
"...HAAM Day 2018 various venues Tue., Sept. 11 The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) hooks local performers up with affordable health resources..."
"...Several potential flash points are on the consent agenda, so it will depend somewhat on which Items members choose to pull for discussion or whether public witnesses want to comment. Items 2 and 3 reflect ongoing Austin Energy priorities: Item 2 would authorize negotiation to buy another 200 megawatts of wind energy, and Item 3 requests approval of the latest recommendations of the Electric Utility Commission's Resource Planning Working Group for AE's Resource Generation and Climate Protection Plan..."
"...Brown State of Mind’s Summer Showcase Austin's artist management and lifestyle company by and for "creatives of color" hosts a night of art, performances, and DJ sets. Thu., June 1, 8:30pm..."
"...After attending Ohio University, she lived a nomadic lifestyle as a singer-songwriter and released three albums. She settled locally in 2007 after meeting her future husband, a similarly adored folk singer and Austin native Danny Schmidt, at the Folk Alliance conference that year..."
"...Austin by AustinSaturday, March 11 austinchronicle.com/axa The Austin Chronicle and Austin Independent Business Alliance have teamed up to get folks away from the crowded Downtown area and out to the various shopping districts around town. Complimentary shuttles bring you to three different, walkable areas to help you get something a little more unique than a "Keep Austin Weird" T-shirt..."
"...Driving down 15th Street near Red River, passersby have grown accustomed to the parking cones, forklifts, and sounds of rapid construction. But in February, that clatter should end, and by May give way to a sleek, state-of-the-art teaching hospital: The Dell Seton Medical Center will stand alongside the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, which opened its doors last June, welcoming in its inaugural class..."
"...At barely one year old, the gleaming restaurant inside Hotel Van Zandt houses one of the buzziest bars in town, drawing crowds with its proven formula of live music, refined New American cuisine, and Austin-themed crafted cocktails. It doesn't hurt that their Far From the Tree was named Austin Food & Wine Alliance's Official Drink of Austin. 2) Juniper..."
"...City Summit 2016, presented by Glasshouse Policy and the Austin Monitor, and sponsored by Downtown Austin Alliance, is a two-day summit, Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3 at Google Fiber Space, (201 Colorado) that intends to preview the legislative session from a city's perspective, exploring the often contentious relationship between the state of Texas and the cities within it..."
"...“No app currently has a year-long cumulative trauma-focused program on it,” said Werstein, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and alum of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing. “So it’s a completely new way of using the actual app technology.”..."
"...Austin has been stunned by the amount of cash that Uber and Lyft have dropped into the Prop 1 campaign over the past weeks: surely over $10,000,000 by now and rising, and by the time the dust settles, it'll likely be way more than what's been spent on all the City Council campaigns of the past decade, combined. It's such a big number, it hasn't really sunk in on anyone just what's going on – just what a watershed moment we're going through...."
"...Governor's Mansion, Home of Gov. Greg Abbott (Progressive Austinites Sick and Tired of the GOP Theocracy)..."
"...OBN IIIs10:30pm, Hotel Vegas Patio Austin's preeminent garage-punk crew has spent the last two years moving out of the garage and into the arena – at least sonically. Both vinyl-only scorchers Third Time to Harm and Worth a Lot of Money have seen band namesake and local polymath Orville Bateman Neeley III dusting off his Blue Öyster Cult and Thin Lizzy records and feeling those more than the Stooges..."
"...This is a dream, but the reality of it can be seen in the work Scheps does every day as founder and director of Austin's Ground Floor Theatre. Scheps opened this 120-seat black box performance space on the Eastside in December 2014, and in its first year her nonprofit venue has already been home to more than 40 different productions highlighting voices by and for underrepresented communities, including women, LGBT, the differently abled, and people of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds...."
"...The next phase of Austin's Universal Recycling Ordinance kicks in Oct. 1, requiring recycling programs for commercial properties 25,000 square feet and up, and multifamily properties with 10 or more units..."
"...“Better enforcement” by Code is the demand – Zimmerman not only reiterated that sentiment, but mocked Code staff for having distributed branding souvenirs of their work. It was never made clear why Code is carrying so much weight (and the Austin Police Department so little) on so-called “bad actors,” who are presumably disturbing the peace..."
"...Since 2013, Indie Meme (a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance for 2015) has been actively screening South Asian independent films and connecting them with distributors. After positive feedback at last year's screening of Kaphal (Wild Berries), Indie Meme sought programming for another children's film, and Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa (The World of Goopi & Bagha) was a shoo-in..."
"...Even though Austin is a couple hundred miles from sandy beaches, a visit to Alcomar is sure to evoke the memories of a seaside sojourn with ocean breezes. The Latin-inspired eatery from Carlos Rivero's El Chile Group offers fresh seafood from Gulf Coast and West Coast waters in a variety of enticing preparations..."
"...This upcoming week is City Council's busiest period of the month for committee meetings: Austin Energy is this Thursday, a prelude to the full Council meeting (scheduled at 11am); then in rapid succession come Public Safety, Monday, April 27, at 4pm; Housing and Community Development, Wed. at 9:30am; Open Space, Environment, and Sustainability, Wed..."
"...Greg Abbott has work to do in winning over locals. The Abbott administration already offended Austin's music cognoscenti by selecting Nashville pop trash Lady Antebellum to headline the inaugural..."
"...Did you know that Austin has one of the 25 largest urban parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land? No, it's not Zilker or Auditorium Shores; it's Walter E. Long Park, east of town, most of the way to Manor..."
"...A ribbon-cutting for the new multiuse South Walnut Creek Trail will start the day, followed by rides, prizes, food, and exhibits. Austin B-cycle's mobile station will be on-site for check-in/out..."
"...Crime has been increasing this year in South Central Austin parks, especially at Zilker: Since January, there have been 91 reported crimes for the area’s parks, compared to 51 in Central West Austin parks, the area with the second-highest number of crimes...."
"...The writers we thought of first were Austin legend James BigBoy Medlin, Karen Holden, and Jo Carol Pierce. Then Guy Juke and Mark Fairfield showed up..."
"...8pm, Valhalla Some 20 years after its birth in Ruston, La., Austin's Chicken Ranch Records still thrives and survives. The label's Valhalla invasion begins with Nashville's Blue Eyed Blacks, an alt.country collaboration led by Music City mover Jason Moon Wilkins..."
"...› In his final "State of the City" address Tuesday, Mayor Lee Leffingwell joked about his post-2014 future, declared that Austin is in a "golden era," and warned that if we don't get serious about mass transit – specifically a November vote for urban rail – that we will endanger the city's economy and quality of life...."
"...› Eat, Drink, Read Austin Explore Austin's culinary past with the authors of Historic Austin Restaurants, Austin Breakfast Tacos, Austin Beer, and The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook. Light refreshments served; signed books on sale..."
"...• We might be mistaken, but it appears that the Austin Police Department is filming a shot-by-shot recreation of classic 80's film Mannequin. We hope Chief Art Acevedo is playing the role of Hollywood...."
"...• Austin's Art in Public Spaces has released a call for artwork for the Austin-Bergstrom Terminal East Infill Project. Our own submission, a pointillist mural submerged in three tons of glistening scrapple, was promptly rejected...."
"...It's got great food, live music, stargazing. Folks love it, and if you're worried about the heat in August, Marfa is the coolest spot in the state that time of year." After the success of last year's Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook: Recipes From Lambert's Texas Kitchens (Ten Speed Press), Lambert has a new cookbook in the works for his publisher, and he and partner James Smith anticipate relocating back to Austin later this year..."
"...› Aquasana Green Garage Initiative Aquasana encourages Austinites to gather up items that don't belong in household recycling – think batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, and paint – and let the Green Garage Initiative safely dispose of them for you. Sat., April 20, 8-11am..."
"...In late September, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo launched what the APD called a "public order initiative." The operation was aimed at reducing Downtown crime in the wake of data that reflected that, while violent crime had been decreasing citywide, it had been rising in neighborhoods Downtown. Numbers were floated that suggested – perhaps misleadingly – that Downtown's homeless population was linked to a disproportionate amount of crime..."