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Encounters at the End of the World
Film Review July 18, 2008, by Marc Savlov
Werner Herzog, contemporary cinema's most consistently lyrical examiner of the
(in)human condition, returns to the
documentary form in yet another wonderfully improbable locale: Antarctica.
"...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..."
A Tale of Terror From the Top of the World
reviewing High Crimes
DAILY Books August 26, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...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..."
State of the City Address
As delivered by Mayor Lee Leffingwell today
DAILY News February 2, 2010, by Lee Nichols
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..."
Letters at 3AM: Wake of the Red Witch
Everything that begins also ends
Columns November 29, 2013, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."
Music of the Spheres
Sinatra in the Sahara
Music Story July 8, 1999, by David Lynch
"...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..."
The Plight of the Pils
A Brief History of an Old Standard
Food Story July 19, 1996, by Gerald E. McLeod
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...."
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Film Review June 17, 2016, by Marc Savlov
epic story of
three kids inspired by Spielberg's adventure tale
"...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...."
Top 10 Soccer Stories of the Year
DAILY Sports January 3, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...‘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..."
Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"..."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..."
Denny Laine Saves the World
British Invasion pioneer played it, sang it, saw it all
DAILY Music April 26, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"...There was no music scene in Birmingham, really. It was just factories that had workers from all over the world..."
Part of the Texas State History Museum Is Closing for Renovation
Time for the Bob Bullock's ship to come in
DAILY Arts February 16, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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."..."
The World Is Your Cubicle
Making it work, geography of no consideration
Screens Story March 4, 2011, by Nora Ankrum
"...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."..."
Austin Aztex Last Home Games of the Season?!?
DAILY Sports July 2, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...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..."
The Agony of the Ecstasy
Will the federal and local crackdown on ecstasy put raves out of business?
Music Story November 16, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."
That Time of the Month
Christian Remde spans the calendar year with his Twelve Films Project
Screens Story July 15, 2011, by Melanie Haupt
"...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..."
Law of the Land
The Present: Has Hopwood Changed the World?
News Story February 6, 1998, by Nicole Kleman
Art of the State '98
Art & Theatre to See Around Texas This Summer
Arts Story May 29, 1998, by Robert Faires and Rebecca S. Cohen
"...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..."
Women of the Cloth
Heeding the Call
January 16, 1998, by Cristina Smith
"...Enoch's Scriptural philosophy falls in line with that of other denominations such as Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian, which teach a critical/historical interpretation. This approach looks at what was happening in the world when the Bible was written and takes that into consideration when interpreting passages...."
Son of the Circus
Twistin' in the Wind
Music Story October 2, 1998, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."
The Year of the Rabbit
Food Story February 11, 1999, by Mick Vann
"...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...."
In the Shadow of the Dinosaurs
The Death of Indie Labels: Reports Have Been Exaggerated
Music Story May 2, 1997, by Michael Bertin
"...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?..."
Origin Story of the Liberty Lunch Brand
Former venue owner Mark Pratz on Stubb’s potential re-branding
DAILY Music July 10, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."
You Coulda Walked Around the World
The LBJ of Lone Star songwriters lays siege to the Cactus Cafe
Music Story August 20, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."
Feed an Artist, Nourish the World
Austin School of Film underground and avant-garde shorts
Screens Story December 18, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"..."A writer or painter cannot change the world, but they can keep an essential margin of nonconformity alive." – Luis Buñuel..."
Watching, Breathing, and Eating the World Cup 2006
The round of 16 means excitement on the pitch and at the table
Food Story June 23, 2006, by Claudia Alarcón
"...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..."
State of the City
Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his state of the city address at a Real Estate Council of Austin luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 2
News Story February 5, 2010
"...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 Name of the Game
DAILY Music September 15, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."
A Man of the Theatre
Memories of Capitol City Playhouse's Michel Jaroschy
Arts Story October 18, 1996
"...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."..."
Short of the Bend
The Travis Room at the Lakeway Inn
Food Story September 18, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."
Riding to the End of the Line
Can Cap Metro weather the recession, balance its books ... and run the buses and trains on time?
News Story September 18, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."
Heart of The Beast
Can Donald Byrd Make Art of True-Life Violence?
Arts Story May 9, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...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...."
Invasion of the Lit Flix
Literary Classics Rush the Screen
Screens Story November 8, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
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
The Tools of the Trade
Southwest Texas State's Jazz Program
Music Story June 13, 1997, by Christopher Hess
"...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..."
Heart of the Orient
Food Story November 13, 1998, by Mick Vann
"...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..."
The World on a Shelf
Food Story January 28, 1999, by Rachel Feit
"...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..."
Planned Parenthood Takes Care of the Community
Postmarks February 16, 2004
"...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..."
The Buzz Heard 'Round the World
Screens Story October 30, 1998, by Marc Savlov
King of the Hillbillies
Screens Story May 6, 1999, by Anne S. Lewis
"...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..."
Tricks of the Trade
Keynote Address: Mark Cuban
Screens Story March 18, 1999
"...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..."
Man of the People
News Story September 25, 1998, by Mary Jane Garza
"...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..."
Wine of the Week
Surprise your host with something bubbly, breakable, or brilliant
Food Column December 31, 2010, by Wes Marshall
"...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?..."
Wine of the Week
Holiday wines: bubbles without breaking the bank
Food Column December 10, 2010, by Wes Marshall
"...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..."
What's Left of the Dial?
Virtual Deejays, Pay-to-Play, Celine Dion
Music Story May 22, 1998, by Michael Bertin
"...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..."
Status of the Original
Books Story February 11, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...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..."
New Wave Schtick of the `90s
Just Can't Enough
Music Story July 18, 1997, by Ken Lieck
"...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...."
2010: Year of the Tiger
If 'Year of the Golden Tiger' doesn't sound like 'prosperity' to you, you're not trying
Food Story February 12, 2010, by Kate Thornberry
"...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..."
Empire of the Mind
Music Story September 4, 1998, by Greg Beets
"...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...."
Cream of the Crop
Ten Percent Plan Takes True Grit
News Story February 6, 1998, by Audrey Duff
"...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..."
Austin's Comic Strippers: Part of the Big Picture
Books Story May 12, 1995
"...Her forays into the "legiti-mate" realm of comic-dom
all been as fabulous, though: "Comic book conventions soured me. Many
seemed unhappy with their lives, so they built this fantasy world..."
The Lay of the Land
Timing Is Everything
News Story February 4, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."