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Barge to Hell, Part 1
HeadCrusher’s seven seas of ‘metal brotherhood’
DAILY Music  January 9, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Seldom does my inner Swamp Thing rear its head over shows I can’t attend, but that green-eyed monster jealousy coated me like the Grinch upon seeing the Barge to Hell line-up Austin metallers HeadCrusher thickened in December. Given Behemoth, Rotting Christ, and bucket-lister Grave, I uncharacteristically asked for a full report upon their return...."

Barge to Hell, Part 3
A final metal injection from HeadCrusher
DAILY Music  January 11, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...In the final of three diaries by local thrashers HeadCrusher, singer Gustavo “Kike” Valderrama gives an epic accounting of the Austin quintet’s cruise to the Bahamas on metal’s Barge to Hell. If I could, I’d book passage to the 2013 edition right now...."

Barge to Hell, Part 2
HeadCrusher’s baptism in metal
DAILY Music  January 10, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Yesterday, HeadCrusher bassist Gustavo Calderon detailed his top bands on Barge to Hell’s maiden voyage, a Dec. 3-7 cruise to the Bahamas with metal deities..."

Young Adam
A finely observed moral drama from Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie, one of the rare directors who is equally adept at composition and working with his actors.
Film Review  May 14, 2004, by Marrit Ingman
"...Starring: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone and Therese Bradley. Like a barge groaning along the Clyde River, this finely observed moral drama based on the controversial first novel by Alexander Trocchi moves slowly and deliberately along its course..."

Tug Life
Ben Powell's Barge takes a trip along the Mississippi
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...A frothy wake churns behind the stern of the M/V Mary Parker towboat, pushing a float of barges downriver. It’s “6,000 hp on your ass, man, it’s great!” exclaims the captain, waxing about what drives life along the Lower Mississippi...."

The International Waters of Austin’s Concert Scene
Party barges bring summer shows to cooler locales
Music Story  May 18, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Debauchery on both ends of that spectrum is likely comparable, but only one jaunt rages 80-140 friends mere feet away from groups performing on deck. Floating Lady Bird Lake on a bi-level pontoon or circling Lake Travis on a party barge, these buoyed performances provide four hours of paradise during blistering Lone Star summers...."

Sharks in the Water
American Sharks kick off tour on Pau Wau’s party barge
DAILY Music  August 10, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...They slotted into the annual summer boat party for Pau Wau Records, the stepping stone label operated by Shark’s drummer Nick Cornetti, a clever businessman once described by a musician on his roster as “the stoner Steve Jobs.” As he has several times before, Cornetti secured a party barge on Lake Travis, stocked it with bands, booze, and food, and sold it out...."

Gay Place
Can you handle a week of PRIDE? We know you can!
Columns  August 30, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...BEAR PARTY BARGE Lone Star Bears host a loveable boat. Try not to congregate all on one side of the craft, fellas..."

Shattered Icon
Living Legend Ann Richards Steps Off the Pedestal
News Story  October 24, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...Sheehan has spent his entire life on the river, and he remembers the way it used to be. Tagging along with his father, who worked as a barge captain at the Port of New York in the Fifties and Sixties, Sheehan would clamber aboard the barge in Hoboken and stand beside his father as he piloted it to ports in Queens and Brooklyn..."

Arts Story  October 13, 1995
"...Kon-Tiki Party Barge on Lake Travis..."

How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Neil Gaiman's short story gets an inessential musical makeover.
Film Review  June 1, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...“I have been a star,” Zan tells Vivienne Westwood SEX knockoff and local adult venue owner Boadicea (Kidman, particularly fearless here). “I once harmonized with a brown dwarf!” As Jack Lemmon might say apropos of Mitchell’s madcap chaos, “Well … imagine that.” Enn and his best mates (Lawrence, Lewis) are punk as fuck-ish and get as much in return from these libidinous interstellar visitors, but watching Mitchell’s film I was too often reminded that somewhere down the Thames, Derek Jarman was shooting his subversive masterpiece Jubilee as Johnny Rotten sneer-howled atop a rented-for-the-occasion party barge, and Malcolm McLaren got his keister tossed in a London dungeon for pissing off the coppers..."

Austin’s New Batch of Supper Clubs
Three of the city’s latest additions to the underground dining scene
Food Story  September 14, 2017, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...Where the chef-driven Tumahye prioritizes creativity, Foster ATX values community above all. Founders Shelby Goodwin, Stephanie Gutierrez, and Sara Barge spent five weeks backpacking in Europe, and Goodwin claims that the seeds for Foster were sown during that trip..."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Popping up in the Documentary Feature Competition category is St. Edward’s prof Scott Christopherson’s Peace Officer, while in the Visions category, Ben Powell sets sail with Barge, about tugboat workers, and Sara Hirsh Bordo profiles local activist Lizzie Velasquez in A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story..."

Partly allegorical, partly spectacular, and wholly sincere, Darren Aronofsky gives us another memorable movie about a driven individual.
Film Review  April 4, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...DeMille extravaganzas. Instead, this film opts for the sort of human-scaled realism that almost allows us to smell the dank stench of a menagerie cooped up for 40 days and nights on a water-swept barge...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2013 Grants
$116,000 awarded to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The list also shows how AFS continues to support filmmakers throughout the lifetime of a project: Hellion, Black Metal and Above All Else were recipients of grants in 2012, as was Ash (Nathan Duncan
's short doc exploring the abandoned parts of Austin State Hospital) and Russell O. Bush's examination of cultural tensions over the Asian practice of sky burials, Vultures of Tibet.
 Same goes with Computer Chess and Ben Powell's Barge, both of which were on the 2011 list...."

Housecore Horror Gets Loud
Music lineup confirms Ansemlo and Goblin double headers
DAILY Music  June 7, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Mixed in among the international and out-of-state imports are a heavy, heavy roar and rumble of Austin bands. South American transplants and Barge to Hell survivors HeadCrusher, Death Will Tremble (formerly Prey for Sleep), and Dirty Dog regulars/Austin Music Award winners Dead Earth Politics will be hammering through day parties at Antone’s...."

Day Trips
Columns  April 5, 2002, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The mixture of granite hills, scenic pastures, and the Highland Lakes make this the quintessential Hill Country drive. Stop to eat at the Catfish Barge on Inks Lake or head into Llano for barbecue...."

Who Owns the Ancestors?
Excavations near Victoria promise a scientific gold mine, but possible objections from Native American leaders leave the project's fate uncertain.
News Story  February 8, 2002, by Lee Nichols
"...The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered the site during construction of a project enlarging the Victoria Barge Canal, an inland waterway that connects industries near Victoria with the Gulf Coast 40 miles away..."

Readers' Picks
Food & Drink
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...Stephen Shallcross' 2 Dine 4 has made a big splash since starting in 1994. Take Richard Garriott's Titanic Party, for example, for which Shallcross supplied both an authentic First Class and Steerage menu served on White Star china by waiters in period costume on a specially constructed barge in the middle of the lake..."

There's Something About Mary
A classic from the kingpins of comedy.
Film Review  July 17, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film's much described early sequence in which nerdy Ted (Stiller) never makes it to the prom with dream girl Mary (Diaz) because of an excruciatingly catastrophic accident with his pants zipper, is destined to become a classic bit of film comedy. In its antic craziness as more and more characters barge into the scene, Mary is reminiscent of the crazed, hellzapoppin' style of the Marx Brothers..."

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