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The Secret Lives of Girls
AFS Documentary Tour presents the six-part Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman
Screens Story  April 4, 2008, by Anne S. Lewis
"...For a girl, that meant steering clear of the conventional traps of marriage or kids. So there she was, seemingly the poster girl of the feminist ideal: an attractive, independent, successful doc-maker (1999's An American Love Story, 1987's Beirut: The Last Home Movie), living in her spacious Tribeca apartment with her large dog, breezily traversing the world and some of its most dangerous locales –solo – for work and pleasure..."

Page Two: Ten Ways of Looking at an 'Austin Chronicle'
In celebration of our 25th anniversary
Columns  September 1, 2006, by Louis Black
"...Believe in that section and in that belief; preach and pass the word along. Let not disgruntled staffers hear the astonishment of the reading public at the thought that we could so cavalierly rearrange our world...."

Common Ground on the Colorado
The new Eastside Colorado River Park begins to take shape.
News Story  April 26, 2002, by Dan Oko
"...Siff is being neither coy nor metaphorical, He's simply offering a truism on the importance of metropolitan parks in this day and age, when suburban-type sprawl threatens to devour the last open spaces in many Texas cities. People turn to parklands for romantic walks, for ballgames and birthday parties; to take a break from the busy-ness of urban living, jobs, traffic, and taxes; to learn about the natural world, the plants and animals that share our habitats; and, of course, to exercise...."

The Hightower Lowdown
The Bushes suddenly discover women's rights in Afghanistan, tear up the Bill of Rights, and let pesticide companies test their poisons on human beings.
News Column  December 7, 2001, by Jim Hightower
"...2: The only group of warlords worse than the Taliban is our darling new ally in Afghanistan -- the Northern Alliance. What about their brutish and rapacious treatment of women? Oh, said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer: "We're talking about different regions of the world where people have their own cultures and histories."..."

Angel in the Dark
The last release from pop noir princess Laura Nyro.
Music Story  April 6, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...Laura Nyro's stars rest not in the sky, but in the glinting grit of New York sidewalks. The city was her world, and she was an acute observer of its urban mystique..."

The Stink Is All Over
The BS Improv & Sketch Comedy Fest Takes Over Austin
Arts Story  April 17, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...My character's was re-enacting great moments in sports history. We had this bit where I was doing the 1960 World Series when Bill Mazeroski hit a home run in the final pitch of the last game to win the series..."

The Space Program
ST-37, Past & Future Pioneers of...
Music Story  January 16, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...When all is said and done, though, this is 1998, not 1972. Where space rock bands, like the space expeditions of that time, were big, sprawling arena affairs, reaching the world via major record labels, ST-37 must remain content for now to preach from the pulpit of clubs like the Hole in the Wall, often without even the benefit of a sound man to guide their endeavors...."

Beat the Clock
Rediscovering the Danger in Theatre Under the Gun
Arts Story  December 5, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...But there aren't many opportunities to fly with no safety net when you are a writer. No one sits in breathless anticipation while you work, watching while you create little worlds in your own head or struggle to explain the meaning of some esoteric bit of life in a disordered universe..."

The 'Shroom Boom
Fall Is the Time for Wild Fungus Fun
Food Story  October 24, 1997, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...Although more closely associated with wild mushrooms, most shiitakes sold in stores are almost exclusively farmed versions. The shiitake is one of the five most commonly cultivated mushrooms in the world (the Japanese wrote about raising shiitakes 1,000 years ago), though the pungent fungus grows wild only in Eastern Asia..."

School of Thought
Montessori Eschews by-the-Book Teaching Methods
News Story  September 26, 1997, by Roseana Auten
"..."This is a free environment," admits Amber Miller, AMS' director of admissions and parent liaison, "but it's freedom with a lot of responsibility." Every child has a household chore around the campus, whether it's setting up for lunch, washing dishes, or turning the compost heap. It's this "real world" aspect of Montessori education that has the potential to really astonish parents of small children when they see their youngsters finally picking up after themselves at home..."

Ripping the Shrew
The Rude Mechanicals Tear Into Shakespeare
Arts Story  August 15, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...I don't know if he was trying to teach me about irony or if it was something about the Elizabethan world view. I don't know why, but ever since then I've had this desire to do this play..."

Digital Audio From the Cyber-Underground
Boot Up the Volume
Screens Story  August 1, 1997, by John Avignone
"... Over the next few weeks I will be trying to create an independent Austin music MP3 archive on the Internet. As this will be one of the first fully legal MP3 archives anywhere, it is sure to garner attention from around the world..."

The Great $100 Lottery Scam
Texas Lottery pursues bearers of 'previously paid' but forgotten scratch-off tickets
News Story  June 8, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...That's a tiny fraction of the 3,314,681 tickets "validated" that same week by retailers and claims centers. In an email, spokeswoman Cripe wrote that it is important to have that total number, in order to put the number of already paid tickets making it back into the world into some context...."

The Destruction of Texas Health Care
The GOP crusade against Planned Parenthood is devastating basic care for Texas women
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"..."So, if family planning goes, we'll see additional births. If family planning goes, and we don't pay for [preventative health services] we're going to turn around and have to pay it in Medicaid, and it's going to be more expensive." A World Turned Upside Down..."

A Battle on the Shuttle
For aggrieved UT drivers, the buck stops at Capital Metro
News Story  May 21, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...It's the largest university transit system in the country; in a 1999 study done by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the right-wing (and anti-transit) think tank ranked the UT Shuttle as No. 10 in the world in volume of riders per vehicle mile, outpacing New York City, let alone Capital Metro's citywide "fixed route" service..."

The Art of Being Dagoberto Gilb
What's a successful writer like Dagoberto Gilb got against the establishment?
Books Story  March 23, 2001, by Clay Smith
"..."And I really thought they were going to fight me," he says. "And I had it in my mind that I was going to make a total scene and quit right there: 'I quit and I'm going to write an essay about it.' I'm sorry, but these people are as important to our community as your people are to your community but in the outside world I don't particularly rank your people very high, either, but I try to be polite, so be polite to me."..."

Songs of Innocence and Experience
From poetry scrawled on walls to poetry inscribed on CD: the saga of the Gourds.
Music Story  September 22, 2000, by Christopher Hess
"...He joined for the recording of the Blitzer follow-up, The Ghosts of Hallelujah, and with little practice and an almost complete unfamiliarity with the new batch of songs, Johnston turned in some instrumental performances that not only add another whole dimension to the Gourds' sound but elevate it to an entirely new level. The fiddle featured on "Up on High" is just as stunning as the fiddle he laid on Tupelo's "Slate," which is to say, world-class..."

The Rules Have Changed
Two veteran music writers conduct an e-mail correspondence in order to look at new ways of reinventing the music industry.
Music Story  June 23, 2000, by Dave Marsh and Daniel J. Wolff
"...Which brings us back to capitalization, no? In this imagined world, the band/artist plays a bunch of gigs to reach the public, who go to buy the product online. Still, I need someone to front me the cash to put my band on the road and/or go into the studio (even if it is my basement, I've still got to buy the Fritos while I'm in there cutting)..."

Breaking the Biker Code
Austin musician and Glass Eye expatriate Kathy McCarty sends greetings from the Sturgis, South Dakota, Black Hills Motor Classic & Rally, learns how to be a biker chick, and wishes we were there.
Features Story  December 10, 1999, by Kathy McCarty
"...As August approached, the bikers started coming through Cody, on their way to South Dakota and ultimately to Sturgis. Apparently part of the natural cycle of life in these parts, like migrating flocks of ravens, or blackbirds -- No, I've got it: Like bats, they came, looking for all the world like Harley-Davidson TV commercials, riding their throbbing, powerful machines against the background of the breathtaking high desert, winding in formation up and down the switchbacks of the piney mountain passes; passes with names like Bighorn Canyon, Wind River Canyon, Chief Joseph Pass, Sunlight Basin, Ten Sleep Canyon -- and coming in to eat (and stay) at the Cody Holiday Inn, where I happen to be waitressing. The locals all along the Westward Sturgis route seem to view the onslaught of bikers just like they do any other tourists, in fact, hardly worth mentioning..."

The Cabbie Knows
In Portland, Taxi Drivers Are Tuned Into the Food Scene
Food Story  May 8, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The next day, on the way to the Portland Convention Center for the first official day of conference seminars, the driver asked what convention I was attending. When I explained, he asked, "So, do you know Caprial? I've driven people from all over the world to eat at Caprial's place..."

Crisis at the Rape Crisis Center
Has Idealism Become the Victim of Financial Reality?
News Story  December 20, 1996, by Kayte VanScoy
"...One current volunteer and two former volunteers are offended by the general impression that programs for children and the disabled have simply been easier for the board to market than programs for ethnic minorities. Even ARCC board member Pankey concedes that "rape crisis is not a popular subject" in the world of corporate giving..."

The Final Frontier
Space Is the Place
Music Story  December 6, 1996, by Greg Beets
"...Even among the neophytes, the focus is more on production aesthetics than just going into the studio to perform the set list note-for-note. "I think we definitely pursue trying to make it a different world on record," says Comet's Stone..."

The AggreGAYtor: December 20
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  December 20, 2013
"...Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy..."

Rock Around the Biological Clock
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Music Story  May 6, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...I continued to perform up to the eighth month. One of the last things I did was sing the National Anthem at the Cotton Bowl for World Cup Soccer..."

A World in Which All Worlds Fit
Music Story  December 4, 1998, by Jay Hardwig
"...They came back to Austin whenever they could, and in 1971, with Godfrey's influence waning, they returned to Austin to stay. Their timing was good; Allred and partner Dewayne "Son" Smith got back just in time to see their sleepy, blue-collar neighborhood turn into an internationally known musical mecca, anchored by such Southside venues as the Split Rail and the famed Armadillo World Headquarters...."

The AggreGAYtor: August 22
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  August 22, 2013
"...Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy..."

The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
Music Story  March 27, 1998
"...Those wise enough to stay, however, were treated to fireworks nonetheless - fireworks of a different dynamic altogether: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca's Afro-Latin powerhouse. On a world map, you can draw a straight line from the Congo area of Central Africa, through Cuba, right to California..."

Bottom's Dream: chokecherry
Arts Story  January 7, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...Plus, we like the idea of premiering [Ehn's play] in Austin before its Los Angeles run two weeks later. Austin audiences will see what Los Angeles considers one of its best new-work theatres doing a world premiere."..."

Blame It on the Bossa Nova
Music Story  July 1, 1999, by Harvey Pekar
"...Brazil has one of the richest and most varied pop music scenes in the world, which isn't surprising given that the South American beach paradise has an enormous, culturally diverse population. But what else do you know about Brazil? Not much, huh? Well, Caetano Veloso's coming to town, so you'd better bone up on your Brazilian pop music history unless you don't mind being embarrassed, possibly in front of your loved ones..."

The Primary Source
Music Story  February 25, 1999, by Christopher Hess
"...It's the perception of events that can't be experienced firsthand -- a reconstruction composed partly of memory and partly of imagination. Webster's New World Dictionary defines history as "an account of what has or might have happened, esp..."

The Five Who Tried
News Story  April 25, 1997
"...This is not po-dunk village. Austin has one of the most advanced technological industries in the world..."

Gang of Guerillas
Books Review  January 28, 1999
"...Certainly Ortese lived through some awful times. Born just before World War I, she experienced it, the Mussolini era, World War II, and the lengthy Italian depression that followed..."

Identifying the Impulse
Music Story  December 18, 1998, by Jeff Mccord
"...Lion and his mother moved to Chile in 1933, where she was hired as an importer/exporter, and by 1937, her connections landed Alfred a job in New York City. He was back and financially solvent – in the greatest jazz city in the world...."

Murder in the Suburbs
Good Luck Penny
News Story  December 11, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...I remember waking [my boyfriend] up and I said, 'My mom's dead.' And they hadn't told me or anything. I just knew that there was no other reason in the world they would be coming to my house without my mother..."

Austin Musical Theatre Hits the Heights
That's Show Biz!
Arts Story  November 20, 1998
"...The group of young men dash onto the tape-lined section of linoleum that denotes the "stage" in this cafetorium serving as a theatre rehearsal space and immediately start singing and dancing their hearts out. To the insistent tunes pounded out on the nearby upright piano, they move into and out of straight lines and diagonals, arms waving, legs kicking, performing what, in the world of the musical Gypsy, passes for an old vaudeville number..."

The Spirit of Improvisation
Music Story  November 20, 1998, by Christopher Hess
"...The venue, under the guidance of booking agent and club manager Mark Collins, has evolved into something entirely different -- different not only from the previous tenants, but from anything else being offered on the Austin club circuit. Acid jazz, jam bands, world music, DJs, drum and bass, funk, rock, soul, blues, and any combination thereof can now call this bar home..."

In With the Old, In With the New
Books Story  October 23, 1998, by Phil West
"...Even the most uninhibited and pagan Pessoa persona seems tame by comparison to City Lights' new translation of Dino Campana's Orphic Songs ($12.95, paper). Campana wrote the title work, a set of linked poems and prose poems, in his twenties on the eve of World War I in Italy..."

Texas Radio and the Really Big Beat
Capstar's Austin-based Empire
Music Story  May 22, 1998, by Bill Crawford
"...When bureaucrats in Washington changed the laws that govern radio some 70-odd years ago, a goateed doctor from Kansas named John R. Brinkley headed down to the Texas/Mexico border and built the world's most powerful radio station..."

My Life in The Real World Kult
Please Take My MTV
Screens Story  October 24, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...Real World 3: The Puck Year Just for the record, I am not a freak. I prefer to be called a complete-ist..."

The Fight Against Unsolicited E-mail
Screens Story  July 4, 1997, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...For Tracy LaQuey Parker, April Fool's Day 1997 was like any other day; first task after waking and joining the world was to check e-mail, to see if any new messages had dropped into her mailbox since she last checked the night before. As she checked her mailbox, though, something weird was happening..."

Modest, Well-Documented Bottom Line
Postmarks  July 23, 2008
"...This is a good time for good journalists to do their thing and state the simple problem at the source of the friction. The only other time I was blown away by such local chiming-in of common decency was on KLBJ's Dudley and Bob Show when they asked Alex Jones how many kids he had, and even got him to say on radio for once that, "the world is still a beautiful place." So basically what I'm saying is, it is good to hear a blurb from the modest, well-documented, undeniable bottom line from time to time...."

Risen From the Ashes
Arts Story  March 18, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Mills' reputation as a choreographer was secure even before last year, but his participation in the International Choreographers' Gathering confirmed beyond question that his work is on par with the world's finest. As the name implies, the Recontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis is a gathering of choreographers drawn from across the globe..."

A League of Their Own
Screens Story  March 11, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...Bud Shrake's Songwriter (1984) was in many ways the genesis of Austin homegrown films. Not only did the Willie Nelson vehicle give the world a taste of local color, lifestyle, and points of view, it gave local crews the chance to prove themselves, to prove that major films could -- and should -- be made in Austin...."

A Year in the Life
News Story  January 7, 1999
"...So he's got a woman he loves and a woman who doesn't think sex is a duty. He's got the best of both worlds." -- Sarah Scaggs, quoted in the American-Statesman after the trial of her father, Roger Scaggs, who was convicted of killing his wife, Penny. MAYOR KIRK WATSON'S TOP NINE MIRACLES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM..."

It's All in the Game
Screens Story  December 18, 1998, by Marcel Meyer
"...The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal left a stink on the White House lawn large enough for John Glenn to view from space. Around the world, markets crashed..."

Movies From the Mount
Sundance Film Festival
Screens Story  February 6, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The kinder, gentler, more spread-out and relaxed Sundance at least diminished the perpetual feeling of being packed in like sardines on ice. While everyone comes hoping to find the indie world's next big talent, the commercial impasse experienced by so many of last year's pickups is hard to forget..."

The AggreGAYtor: June 19
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  June 19, 2014, by David Estlund
"...Footballers (no, not that kind) are agitating for equality at the World Cup...."

Long Fringe @ the Hideout
Arts Story  January 7, 2000
"...Both comedic actors belong to the improvisational comedy troupe named after Prewitt, Ray Prewitt's 4th Grade Class, which showcased at the most recent Big Stinkin' Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival. In his half of the bill, The World Owes Me a Party Favor, Prewitt lets us know where the party is, was, and will be..."

The Wizards of Austin's Webzines Behind the Curtains
Screens Story  March 4, 1999, by Sam Martin
"...Case in point, Harry Knowles, who has taken the film industry by the horns with his chatty, brimming-with-info "Ain't It Cool News" ( site, while showing the full potential of Web publishing in the process. The outspoken film critic has built "Ain't It Cool" into one of the most visited film news addresses in the world in just over three years..."

The Full Monte
Music Story  February 11, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...In hindsight, we broke up at the height of our popularity -- better two years too soon than five minutes too late. Van had been born in 1989 and my whole world had been turned upside down..."

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