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Midland Tangles With a Rare Bird Republicans Fowl Property Rights
News Story  June 23, 1995, by Robert Bryce
"...ABC World News Tonight showed her sitting in a private jet, cradling an injured whooping crane in her arms. The jet was whisking Erskine and the bird, which had been shot by a hunter, from Erskine's home in Midland to San Antonio, where an avian veterinarian would try to save the animal..."

Measure of a Man
Even Donald Sutherland reciting fortune cookie wisdom doesn't save this YA snore.
Film Review  May 11, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...There is a distinct possibility that I don’t have a soul, and some of the more incisive evidence is my time with coming-of-age films. Lady Bird may have melted my heart and breathed some new life and perspective on the genre, but woe be to the middle-of-the-road, Seventies-set, sun-dappled summer of various rites-of-passage films flickering across my vision..."

Finding North
It begins on a bridge and ends there, too, but in between Tanya Wexler's debut feature is anything but your ordinary bridge story. Vibrantly funny and shot through with a...
Film Review  October 15, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...So he hosts parties, gives away his possessions, and though testing negative, he still waits to die. When the two finally meet up, Rhonda affixes herself to this strange bird and follows him to Denton, Bobby's hometown, in a quixotic quest to put the past to rest, if possible, and begin again or die trying..."

Blue Chips
Written over 12 years ago by Ron Shelton (the writer and director of Bull Durham and White Men Can't Jump), the story of Blue Chips explores the moral boundaries of...
Film Review  February 25, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Much of the movie's problem, I suspect, comes from the vast use of non-professionals in dramatic roles, whose charismatic abilities should be restricted to the basketball court and not the dramatic arena. There are gratuitous cameos by Larry Bird and Bobby Knight and larger-than-cameo roles by Shaquille O'Neal and Bob Cousy..."

The Bus Stops Here
The How's Your News? crew rolls out its unique brand of reportage on MTV
Screens Story  February 27, 2009, by Clay Smith
"...There is nothing like it anywhere on TV, for that matter. In the first episode, reporter Bobby Bird, who has Down syndrome and is difficult to understand, asks comedian Jimmy Kimmel a question that sounds entirely unintelligible..."

How to Be a Popular Girl
What will shy novelist Sarah Bird do now that she's back in the limelight, Dick Holland asks in this profile of the author of The Yokota Officers Club.
Books Story  June 22, 2001, by Dick Holland
"...Sarah Bird is coming over for lunch and she's promised to bring her latest production -- the soundtrack to her new novel, The Yokota Officers Club. Her e-mail had said: "You'll get my Napster when you pry the mouse from my cold, dead hand."..."

Wild Hogs
John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy star as middle-aged friends who seek life's purpose while on a cross-country motorcycle trip.
Film Review  March 2, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...But despite this lineage, Wild Hogs remains firmly rooted in the lowbrow. The writer (Brad Copeland, seasoned from TV’s Arrested Development and My Name Is Earl) combines some good comedy, usually involving Lawrence, with weak comedy, usually involving poop (both bird and human)..."

See You On the Moon
Shel Silverstein gets a tribute, plus more new albums
DAILY Music  June 10, 2010, by Jim Caligiuri
"...The Bares were lucky enough to call Silverstein a friend and the love shows, although it doesn’t hurt that he wrote some of the most memorable story songs of the past century. Venerable old voices like John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Nancy Griffith, and Ray Price mix with hip new ones such as Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, and Sarah Jarosz, each tackling tunes like “A Boy Named Sue,” “Queen of the Silver Dollar,” “The Cover of the Rolling Stone,” “The Unicorn,” “Sylvia’s Mother,” and “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan." Silverstein, who passed away in 1999, was also an acclaimed screenwriter, cartoonist, and author of children’s books, so if this gets people to find out who he was outside the music, it will be successful beyond its means...."

The World Is Flat
How King of the Hill helped make Texas three-dimensional again
Screens Story  September 11, 2009, by Cindy Widner
"...Lyndon and Lady Bird. In theory, Hank is a family-values Republican, but he's a Texan first..."

More McCanlies, Texas
The full interview with the director of 'Secondhand Lions'
Screens Story  September 19, 2003, by Louis Black
"...DreamWorks was starting an animation department, Warner was doing animation, Fox had just bought Don Bluth studios -- the golden age of animation. "Look, this guy named Brad Bird just told us how to do Iron Giant, and we want you to be the writer..."

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Bands break up, sure, but were they even trying?
Music Story  January 24, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...On KUTX the other night, Hard Proof Afrobeat saxophonist Jason Frey came on to promote February's MapJam. In the spot, he discussed memorable gigs and let on that the greatest show his funky big band ever played was on Lady Bird Lake summer 2010...."

The Scene Is Gone But Not Forgotten
The Evolution of Austin's White Blues
Music Story  August 9, 1996
"...The newly formed Fabulous Thunderbirds began playing there regularly. A holdover band from the days of the One Knite, Paul Ray & the Cobras -- now sporting Stevie on lead guitar -- could pack Soap Creek every Tuesday and still command a weekend crowd at Antone's..."

Get Out Wins Austin Critics Top Prize
The Shape of Water, Timothée Chalamet get nods
DAILY Screens  January 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...1) The Shape of Water 2) Call Me by Your Name 3) Lady Bird 4) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 5) The Florida Project 6) Dunkirk 7) Get Out 8) I, Tonya 9) The Big Sick 10) Logan..."

Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon
Music Review  June 21, 2002, by Harvey Pekar
"...Thelonious MonkStraight No Chaser (Columbia/Legacy)Charlie ParkerBird (Columbia/Legacy)Dexter GordonRound Midnight (Columbia/Legacy) Soundtracks, we got jazz soundtracks here. Straight No Chaser comes from Charlotte Zwerin's 1986 documentary of pianist Thelonious Monk and features Monk in various 1956-68 live and studio sessions..."

Elmore Leonard's World
Writing the Rap
Arts Story  August 18, 1995, by Ed Ward
"...Which, of course, they eventually do and he eventually does. It all goes like clockwork, and that's the problem: It's rather like watching a cuckoo clock waiting for the bird to come out..."

TV Eye
I want Craig McCracken to be my friend
Screens Column  August 13, 2004, by Belinda Acosta
"...Coco is a crazy bird. Literally..."

McCanlies, Texas
Tim McCanlies is known in the movie business as a great script writer with few scripts that have actually hit the big screen. With the Sept. 19 release of Secondhand Lions, long thought to be one of the best unproduced scripts around, that will change.
Screens Story  September 19, 2003, by Louis Black
", by definition." During a very successful wide release in Texas, Calley said, "You know, when we open it in Oklahoma we should call it Dancer, Oklahoma." Since it only cost two million, they told me they were going to make more off of it than they were from Godzilla, because they spent so little on it. Since it opened in certain cities like New York and L.A., Dancer got the typical TriStar output deal [ancillary sales of rights in such areas as video/DVD, foreign distribution and TV/cable].Musical Giant? Talking About MMMMYYY Giant! I got a call one day from Warner's Feature Animation: "Brad Bird just told us how to do Iron Giant, but they're giving us two months to make this deal, and we want to hire you as writer now!" I said, "Well, can I meet with Brad?" They said, "No, he won't meet while we're making the deal."..."

Best of the Rest
More of what made Austin good in 2011
DAILY Music  January 9, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Stephen Barber, Astral Vinyl (Navona) Black Red Black Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway) The Cobras, Live & Deadly (Armadillo Records) Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era (Blue Corn Music) Explosions in the Sky, Take Care Take Care Take Care (Temporary Residence) The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Early Bird Special (Benchmark Recordings) Ruthie Foster, Live at Antone's (Blue Corn) Ghosts Along the Brazos Los Lonely Boys, Rockpango (Playing in Traffic) The Monarchs, The Rise and Fall Johnny Nicholas, Future Blues Ocote Soul Sounds, Taurus (18th Street) The Octanes, Roots, Rock & Romance Revolution! Teen Time in Corpus Christi(Cicadelic) Matt Smith’s World (New Millenium) The Sour Notes, Last Looks T-Bird & the Breaks, Never Get Out of This Funk Alive This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark’s Music(Icehouse) The Wheeler Brothers, Portraits (Bismeaux)..."

Critics Poll
Music Story  January 4, 2008
"...Fawcett T-Bird & the Breaks..."

Juke Joint Blues
Blues Boy Hubbard strolls down Eastside Austin's Chitlin' Circuit memory lane
Music Story  July 13, 2007, by Jonny Meyers
"...Hubbard's storied career in local music is told once again with bright eyes, big smiles, and a lot of laughter, the kind aging men let loose in moments of deep pride in their accomplishments. From center stage to the audience, from beyond the spotlight and into the backdoor business dealings between club owners and players, and from onetime bandleader of the Eastside's hottest house band to backer of tour legends ("Bright Lights, Inner City," July 4, 2003), the guitarist's bird's-eye view remains one of the most potent landmarks of Austin's long-faded "Chitlin' Circuit."..."

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