7 Minutes in Heaven: A Celebration of Esme Barrera w/ Cigarettes After Sex (solo), Ted Leo, Jim Ward, the Crack Pipes, John Wesley Coleman, the John-Pauls, Sara O, Mahealani
"...I have an idea for a terrific new board game – for kids of all ages!. It's called Where in the World Is Werner Herzog? Players will roll spherical dice (I'm thinking of making then the same shade as Klaus Kinski's icy blue eyeballs) to advance on a circuitous, ill-defined route across a global playing field pockmarked by various obstacles that symbolize adversity, absurdity, cosmic cynicism, and the occasional, albeit fleeting, moment of ecstatic truth..."
"...The fear that gripped me some 15 years ago seized me again while reading High Crimes, a true story of terror atop the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest..."
"... My friends and fellow citizens, we’re here together at a unique and challenging moment in history. There are enormous events unfolding in the world around us..."
"...The album is Bottom of the World, issued earlier this year – an album in which the word "world" appears or is evoked in every song. With a lyricist as cannily specific as Allen, such repetition not only connects the songs but creates a maze..."
"...A symbol of this incongruity is Casablanca's breathtaking Grande Mosquée Hassan II, one of the world's largest religious monuments. It took over 6,000 Moroccan craftsmen working day and night over five years to complete the religious structure..."
"...Just about every brand of beer you could possibly have imbibed -- everything from American standards like Budweiser, Coors, and Miller, to imports from Canada (Labatt's, Molson), Mexico (Dos Equis, Bohemia), and Europe (Heineken) -- is based on the Pilsner. Although we drink it every day (well, some of us only on weekends, perhaps), very few people know what a Pilsner really is, let alone its history and how it came to dominate the world beer market...."
"...Quoth the Who: The kids are alright. In fact, this story of their unbridled fandom fantasy-made-reality is key to the whole crazy world of popular fan-made films that burst from the internet seemingly every week...."
"...‘Soccer Watch’ picks for the Top 10 soccer stories of the year: 1) Beckhamania! The $250,000,000 man was a PR bonanza for Major League Soccer not just in the U.S. but around the world..."
"..."Priest, and then Juke, defined the early look of the Chronicle, and a lot of the worldview, as well. Then within two years, that era was over, and that building was torn down..."
"...There was no music scene in Birmingham, really. It was just factories that had workers from all over the world..."
"...Says Bullock Museum Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez, "One of the most important shipwrecks in North America has turned out to be one of the most unique exhibitions in the world."..."
"...As a happy consequence of new technologies, says Cooke, "What I'm finding is that the asshole behavior can be contained." She points both to simple examples, such as teleconferencing equipment that naturally discourages more than one person from talking at a time, as well as more advanced technologies that change how people subconsciously perceive one another. Some companies, says Cooke, are "working in virtual worlds" where they interact with one another as avatars that can be "taller or be stronger or have a fuller head of hair – those things we react to on a biological level, not necessarily consciously."..."
"...On paper, at least, this could have been a huge mismatch: One of the larger teams in a world-class league playing an amateur squad that's only been in existence for a couple of months. It's a measure of how far the Aztex have come, that the game never felt anything like a blowout..."
"...Now is not a good time to be a raver. Not even in the Live Music Capital of the World.Box Full of Letters Three weeks ago, a broad assortment of Austin club owners, promoters, and DJs -- including Direct Events, owners of the Austin Music Hall, La Zona Rosa, and the Backyard; the nightclubs Texture and Element; and local party promoter/DJ Coy West of 626 Soul -- checked their mailboxes and discovered something almost as frightening as what everyone else is currently worried about...."
"...As befits a short-film project based in the so-called live music capital of the world, the March film is a moody music video for a local band called Ghostward. "That was [Remde and Ghostward frontman Andrew Rosas] running around Downtown at 3 in the morning with a camera, the two of us and a camera finding available light and shooting," he laughs..."
"...Our neighbor communities have much to offer, not the least of which is culture. If you're unaware of the dynamic creative work being done in Dallas and San Antonio, of the world-class performing arts halls and museums in Houston and Fort Worth, you need to get up to date..."
"...Even if audiences, Austin or otherwise, never get a chance to see Small Town Girl, a Joe Sears production put on for invitation-only audiences out at Willie Nelson's place this past weekend, the 51-year-old Ely has nevertheless spent the lion's share of his life tearing up audiences worldwide. Whether accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, paired with fellow Flatlanders Gilmore and Butch Hancock, or more likely, as leader of one of his many hard honky-tonkin' bands, Joe Ely has never delivered one of his Micheneresque tales of Texas with anything less than full, unbridled passion; a firebrand, that Ely, a tornado under the spotlight in the center ring -- a force of nature to be reckoned with, whether he was Down on the Drag, Lord of the Highway, or Live at Liberty Lunch..."
"...If you thought you were a little superstitious, rest easy knowing that you've got nothing on the Chinese. And, while I suppose it is possible that all the fireworks, spring cleaning, good luck food, Christmas tree, and first-stepping stuff developed spontaneously and independently all over the world, common sense would dictate that we have the Chinese to thank, and thank them we should...."
"...Yet even if the labels got stiffed both financially and emotionally, they've still got the back catalogue, so the magic financial coattail ride from future successes can happen anyway. Here's an illustration in the form of a rhetorical question: How much money did Sub Pop make (and is probably still making) off Bleach once DGC introduced the mainstream world to Nevermind?..."
"...News broke last week that owners of Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater have taken steps to change the music venue and restaurant’s name to Liberty Lunch, an iconic Austin concert hall in operation 1975-1999. Many considered it successor to the Armadillo World Headquarters, which closed in 1980...."
"...In 1997, the year Butch Hancock released his first of only two solo albums since then, You Coulda Walked Around the World, my onetime $105-a-month Hyde Park abode dilapidated into a pile worth being sold and turned – same as a recent romance. A year or two later, in a newly mortgaged house I'd never envisioned, You Coulda Walked Around the World soothed me time and again..."
"..."A writer or painter cannot change the world, but they can keep an essential margin of nonconformity alive." – Luis Buñuel..."
"...My friend Alena Reznickova-Jimenez, from the Czech Republic, brought her grandmother's recipe for a potato dill soup garnished with whole hard-boiled eggs that was to die for. Thanks to my status as a ridiculously regular customer, I have become quite good friends with Eric and Martine Pelegrin from Bistro Le Marseillais, who are also doing the World Cup culinary roulette, offering items from different countries on their weekly online menu..."
"...My friends and fellow citizens, we're here together at a unique and challenging moment in history. There are enormous events unfolding in the world around us..."
"...The 12X5 skitter of 2004 predecessor Tyrannosaurus Hives, the Fagersta, Sweden, five’s colossal best, ate whole the 1970s German mechanics of B&W's “T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.” and the Weill/Brecht broken music box of “Puppet on a String.” Yet the Aston Martin zip of “Hey Little World,” Bright Lights, Big City slicker “Won’t Be Long,” plus clop rocker “Square One Here I Come,” and hard-banking closer “Bigger Hole to Fill” approach a Between the Buttons density. Breaking out the Hives, Studio 54 wags the Eagles of Death Metal, and Redd Kross substitutes the Willowz at Stubb’s tomorrow night, Tuesday, tick tick booms a bygone era of high-strutting showmanship...."
"...When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influences and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world."..."
"...The friendly staff welcomed us warmly and showed us to a table in the center of the room. Chef Tomboni's dinner menu is one of those world-fusion affairs where Southwestern ingredients meet Asian and Caribbean flavors, with a few Mediterranean touches for good measure..."
"...While the agency draws revenue from a number of sources, almost three-quarters of income derives from sales taxes. As you may have noticed, the whole damn world, Austin included, is in a major economic recession..."
"...The Domestic Violence Project marries a subject from today's headlines and a dance company and as such is right up Dance Umbrella's alley. This organization's mission is to "serve as a bridge from the world of art and culture to our everyday lives" and the people who work for it believe that "the theatre is a place to inspire, educate, challenge, and confront who we are now." Run by Phyllis Slattery and Lisa Byrd (no relation to Donald Byrd), Dance Umbrella previously confronted social issues with The Minstrel Project, an exploration of racial stereotypes that gave Slattery her first opportunity to work with Donald Byrd...."
"...Charles Matthau directs his father and a fine ensemble cast that includes Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and Nell Carter. In Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night, an American spy poses as a Nazi sympathizer in World War II Germany and, in typically absurdist Vonnegut fashion, eventually loses track of his real identity..."
"...Famous alums-to-be: Freddie Mendoza (l) and Elias Haslanger photograph by Shannon McIntyre One thing that scholars, critics, and musicians seem to agree on is that jazz is an art form indigenous to America. It was born here, and the world's best players have been and are Americans..."
"...My Thanh photograph by John Anderson Although technically just out of the one-mile loop of North Lamar and 183, Say Hi on Burnet at North Loop is a business that no discussion of Oriental markets in Austin would be complete without mentioning. The owner, Chai, is a world master at guessing Chinese slipper size by merely gazing upon your feet..."
"...But don't let the name fool you; the Phoenicia is more than a bakery. Named for the ancient traders of the Mediterranean, the latter-day Phoenicia bridges cultures, offering rare delicacies from around the world..."
"...Well, the bottom line is, this is America, we have the education to prevent unwanted pregnancy. We are still a "First World" nation, right? Last year, I knew I didn't want a baby, I knew condoms don't always cut it, so I wanted to get on the pill, ASAP..."
"...In Cuban's vision of a "New Digital Age," TV and computer cultures converge. Within a few years, the Net will finally embrace multimedia, television networks will bite the dust, and the World Wide Web of the future will be ruled by on-demand, high-quality streaming media..."
"...Alas, when Young and Jesco arrived on the set, the Arnolds' marriage had just imploded, as had, coincidentally, the Whites' back in Boone County. Jesco's TV debut fell by the wayside in all the connubial bedlam -- Roseanne went on a rampage and even tried to fire Young -- but out of the detritus came Dancing Outlaw II: Jesco Goes to Hollywood, the story of the parallel universes inhabited by the richest and the poorest couples in the world..."
"...Appointments in Europe, Washington, D.C., and the United Nations soon followed, with the couple managing to get assignments together as much as possible. While maintaining a home in Mexico City, the couple, who have no children, have had long, illustrious careers all over the world..."
"...There are dozens of knockoffs, but not all are cheaper, and why not reward the inventor and buy the real thing? During the holidays, I hand these things out like candy to friends. How many times can you give something that is the best in the world for less than $10?..."
"...Although a few Italians and Burgundians might disagree, most everyone agrees that the French from the tiny appellation of Champagne make the best sparkling wines in the world. Unfortunately, they also make the most expensive..."
"...A group like Capstar can't cut its labor costs by moving operations to a Third World country, so it's doing the next best thing - cutting labor costs by reducing the need for labor. This kind of reduction is particularly ingenious, because you are in theory using better talent and getting it at a lower overall cost..."
"...Book artists are the people who craft safe, sturdy boxes that preserve texts that otherwise might have deteriorated to an inaccessible state; they fashion exquisite limited edition works, like Seven Deadly Sins. They're the people who take care of books that Jensen describes as "terminal patients that were dead." Because they are unseen movers in the book world, it seemed most appropriate to give them their own voice in telling the story of BookLab..."
"...Sha Na Na made the Fifties so popular in fact, that they were even chosen to play at Woodstock. Still, it wasn't until the Seventies that the world, passing from the "Summer of Love" into the "Me" decade, began following Sha Na Na's lead of trying to forget the turbulent Sixties -- the Vietnam era -- by burying themselves in the simpler, less threatening world of the Fifties...."
"...The traditional Chinese New Year festivities, like most holidays the world over, are a mash-up of different traditions. To start with, New Year's Eve is the most important feast of the year, a feast at which the entire family makes an extraordinary effort to be together..."
"...From the cozy confinesof his West Campus efficiency, Peek-A-Boo Records "CEO" Travis Higdon has transcended the dime-a-dozen world of indie labels by marketing a myth along with the music...."
"...But other educators (as well as U.S. Supreme Court Justices) counter that promoting diversity is a benefit not just to minorities who have had to overcome obstacles presented by both historical and current prejudices - diversity on campus is a beneficial learning environment for all students who must learn, live, and work in a world that is filled with real people..."
"...Her forays into the "legiti-mate" realm of comic-dom have not all been as fabulous, though: "Comic book conventions soured me. Many artists seemed unhappy with their lives, so they built this fantasy world..."
"...The barely controlled chaos, shiny and exciting though it might be, of the city's Downtown Initiative has been amplified by the noisy remnants of the anti-boondoggle war cry. And once again we hear tell that the Free Market -- if such a thing exists anywhere in the world of real estate -- should develop downtown with its own money..."
"...Director Bryan Singer, reclaiming the film franchise he launched in 2000, means to establish from the first reel that Days of Future Past is not messing around. Via voiceover, Professor X (Stewart) explains the catastrophic present, in which killing machines called Sentinels have wiped out most of the world’s mutant population and many of their human defenders, too..."