The Blanton Museum of Art
"...Just as they know their run of success could end tomorrow, they also know that standing out from the platinum pack is almost as difficult as going platinum in the first place. In Fastball's new world order, the opportunity for casual radio listeners to connect a name to a face or an artist with a song is an opportunity to make a legitimate fan..."
"...These were weirdos, misfits, and outsiders who suddenly got validation, a license to wear their freak colors with pride, without fear of rejection. Sure, the world they encountered riding the bus or buying grapes at the market might still reject them, but the punk rock world was all-embracing; everyone in this community was just as much a freak as you were..."
"...If you don’t know what that is, Duct Tape, let me tell you. It is the most expensive car in the world..."
"...The 2008 European Championship kicks off this Saturday – 19 days of top-level international football, every game broadcast live on ABC/ESPN networks. (All games at 11am and 1:45pm; the full schedule is below.) The quadrennial tournament (co-hosted this year by Austria and Switzerland) is second only to the World Cup in the international game; the strength of the field, top to bottom, is probably better..."
"...It gave him the power of soul and allowed him to become a man of substance, someone who could walk into a room and fill it with feeling. Sometimes, at night, I'd run into him at Inner Sanctum on 24th Street, his arms full of records like they were groceries, and maybe singer Angela Strehli would be with him, pointing out the LPs meant to change his world...."
"...Over the years they've tried over 600 different varieties of peppers and chiles. "As the word got out that we were doing this in a big way, we got more and more contacts with pepper experts from all around the world," says Robert Penn..."
"...In 15 years, beginning in 1955 with The Oklahoma Woman, through 1970's Von Richthofen and Brown, Corman directed such films as It Conquered the World, Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Masque of the Red Death, X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes,and Bloody Mama. While making these films as well as producing others, Corman gave early breaks to a generation of talent, including actors Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, Charles Bronson, Bruce Dern, Robert De Niro, screenwriter Robert Towne, cinematographer John Alonzo, directors Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, and Nicolas Roeg..."
"...Music critics don't get to cast a ballot unless they've penned a few sets of liner notes, which means senior editors at Rolling Stone and the like, but not many more. Even if you're the president of the most powerful record company in the world, you don't get to vote unless you have those six credits to your name..."
"...Since being human isn't necessarily funny until someone points it out for you, The Book of Eleven performs a wonderful service for all of humankind. Rosenthal's is a world in which nothing goes unnoticed..."
"..."This festival business is becoming a psychedelic concentration camp," says one of the party crashers. In the end, only an estimated 50,000 paid to see a world-class line-up, spelling financial ruin for the promoters and causing the white-hot tension -- and sometimes open warfare -- that Lerner has captured in his film..."
"...Unlike many of the festival offerings, Blind Faith is less about being homosexual than it is about the devastating effects of a living in a society unwilling to accept what is different. Set in 1957, the film explores a time in America after the McCarthy hearings when, as director Ernest Dickerson puts it, "anything that was out of the mainstream was evil, the American ideal was Life magazine." And Dickerson, along with screenwriter Frank Military, uses this climate to examine what lengths people will go to fit in -- racially, sexually, economically -- to a straight, white world..."
"...The TeleCampus curriculum is also designed to be more "real world," she says. For instance, professor Paul Resta at UT Austin is designing MEd online courses that create a virtual school district, complete with records, a student database, and employees; it's called "Mustang ISD." Resta's students take this school district and design ways to integrate technology into the system -- computer systems, teleconferencing, whatever they can dream up to bring the district into the information age quickly and within budget..."
"...But it isn't only the physical changes that Rodenbeck talks about. This is a city that has changed dramatically from conqueror to conqueror, its ancient religion supplanted by Christianity, and that supplanted by Islam; its grand temples and palaces, mortuary monuments and places of amusement, in their decay, camped in by the poor, and quarried by a thousand years of vainglorious rulers; prey to every world power, from the Assyrians who burnt the place down in 700 BC to the French and the British in the 19th century to the Soviets and the Americans in the 20th; its very language shed, and its older tongues forgotten..."
"...Born in London in 1948, Patricia "Ash" Corea has loved cooking since childhood, a passion not gained from her mother, "who could burn water." Moving to Paris at the age of 17, she studied at Le Cordon Bleu, the world-famous gourmet school founded in 1895. Traveling and living in many countries over the next 25 years, she gained an extensive knowledge of world cuisines..."
"...--Margaret Moser Charybdis Enterprises is all tanked up again this year following the spring release of the popular iM1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank with this year's release of Panzer '44, a real-time 3-D war simulation played from behind the wheel of a butt-kicking Panzer tank. Using actual World War II footage, players can choose to command a single tank, a tank platoon, or an entire company..."
"...According to William Blake, "... this world is all One continued vision or fancy or imagination." Notice there are no similes..."
"...The result is the absolute funniest book I've read in many years. With a scathing wit and an often brilliant sense of satire, the Canadian-born and bred Richler, in his 10th novel, has a field day lambasting a wide array of sacred cows and absurdities that help to make up our postmodern world..."
"...From the vantage point of the three incumbents' victory party at Threadgill's World Headquarters, things looked good for the future of Austin's progressive power coalition. Triumphant Councilmember Daryl Slusher partied with supporters, enjoying a fairly easy victory and photo-ops with the likes of U.S..."
"...25]. We had been discussing the making of Block's latest documentary Home Page, a film which showed how some people -- and specifically online diarists -- use the World Wide Web to tell their stories and to find and enhance relationships..."
"...People in agricultural societies are concerned about seed monocultures and similar things that are being promoted by American corporations, and that can have devastating effects on the livelihoods of people who work in those economies. That's the sort of thing that might promote dialogue between Third World people and people in the United States...."
"...A bigger hard drive, faster CD ROM drives, CD recorders, DVD players, TV tuners, 3-D video accelerators, and even a whole new motherboard are also options. My Dell is the same old box on the outside that I've had for almost three years, an eternity in the PC world, but almost every single internal component has been replaced at least once...."
"...Away from Austin, Mark Rubin of Bad Livers craves El Norteño's homemade tortillas. photograph by John Anderson In the heyday of the late, great Armadillo World Headquarters, local players and traveling musicians alike spread the reputation of the kitchen there..."
"...3) Uh, Wink, that would be false. If I ran the world, I would force every theatre critic to publish his or her resumé before writing word one about a show..."
"...If you aren't looking then, well.... As McMurtry describes it, it's very laissez-faire: "`Here's the problem, if you don't see it, too bad.' You get into that, `Why can't you see it?' and you're another hippie on a soapbox trying to save the world..."
"...Another reason academics are so crazy for Pynchon is that his work contains so much obscure information, like about World War II weapons technology. (Pynchon had a background in science, worked for Boeing prior to making it as a novelist and contributed a piece to the December 1960 issue of Aerospace Safety.) He makes a lot of references to pop culture, which endears him to readers who believe that even though he's got an immense store of knowledge, he's no stuffed shirt..."
"...Hitting the Airwaves So now you've made your demo tape, you no longer live in the fleeting world of live performance, and you're not stuck between gigs just telling everybody how great you are. You've got a product! What can you do with it? One of the best things that can happen for a band is to get airplay on a local radio station..."
"..."I was sitting here at this very bar about a week ago, next to some old hippie wearing a faded, full-of-holes Armadillo World Headquarters T-shirt. I'd just come in for happy hour, y'know, just to grab a couple of drinks, and I kinda snorted at the guy's shirt -- told him I'd been here for six months and couldn't figure out why people make such a big deal about Austin music..."
"...Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993). Broomfield delves into the commercialization of Aileen Wuornos, who is cited as the world's first female serial killer..."
"...We just have the film rights now. If the film is semi-successful to successful then there's a good chance of me doing another Wing Commander film, which would be great by me because I think there's a lot of stories in that world and universe..."
"...Barbara Jordan: The Biography by Austin Teutsch Golden Touch Press, $9.95 paper Mary Beth Rogers' biography of Barbara Jordan, Barbara Jordan: American Hero, is what a biography of Jordan should be: tinged with awareness that any life story of so stoic a woman, whose ability to cohesively school the nation, and yet who could be so gravely forbidding, particularly in shielding her private life from her public one, must counter that public persona with a peek behind the seemingly impenetrable curtain Jordan constructed around herself. What did the woman who rained down her masterful verbal thunder upon President Nixon during the Watergate hearings do when she went home? Was she lonely, this big black woman about whom one Texas lobbyist remarked, "she looks like she might be God, if God turns out to be a black woman"? What was it like for Jordan when all the world wanted a piece of her? Did she take her coffee with sugar and cream?..."
"...On the other end of the spectrum is Michael Stuart, giving an exacted and puzzling performance, an excruciating vision of a man re-entering the combat zone and practically cowering in fear. As our guide into this world, he remains a riddle of sorts..."
"..."I eventually started talking with my business partner, Danny Gillespie, about whether an independent label can actually make money," says Wall. "The distribution game and the airplay games make it the most difficult thing in the world..."
"...photograph by John Anderson The two worlds of Barbara Bonds Thomas, by her own acknowledgment, would dizzy the most stable mind. One day she's in Austin, surrounded by wide-eyed kids sprawled out across rubber alphabet mats listening to Noisy Nora, the next surrounded by members of the ACLU, part of a press conference defending a Washington, D.C..."
"...Those who have read any of his Eternal Champion saga, the Hawkmoon series, Stormbringer, or set foot in his multiverse usually become instant fans and often want to meet the man whose skill with words and character truly transformed them. Born in Mitcham, Surrey, England in 1939, Moorcock was editing the comic Tarzan Adventures at 17, became editor of New Worlds magazine at 24, and was not yet 30 when he won the 1967 Nebula Award for Behold the Man..."
"...For some of the participants, this music is an essential part of the experience. According to Torture Technique's Mistress Ruby, the music is what lured her into the whole world of B&D..."
"...I daydream all the time, you know, and somehow it seemed appropriate to have the character daydream too. Also the mother, she's such a tragic figure, we wanted to give her a daydream world that was, you know, "nice."..."
"...The surge in readership is good news for the reclusive Cox sisters, the billionaire owners of Cox Enterprises, one of America's largest media companies. Barbara Cox Anthony and Anne Cox Chambers may be the world's richest women..."
"...THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK: This one hits this weekend just in case you've missed the ads, and by all advance accounts it is going to be the one to beat this summer. That's so sad, when the "one" to beat is a sequel..."
"...Although the extent of his religious activities was known in some segments of the legal world, Gonzalez really sparked interest with his November 1995 speech to a Christian Coalition meeting in San Antonio. In accepting an invitation from the potent political faction of the religious right, Gonzalez took his place as the most publicly religious Texas jurist since Paul Pressler, the former Houston appellate judge who engineered the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 1970s..."
"...In a world overflowing with music books, there are still a few in desperate need of being written, and some of them have yet to see print because the prospect of writing them is so daunting. Barney Hoskyns, one of Britain's most Americanophilic music writers (and one of the few), has, with Waiting for the Sun: The Story of the Los Angeles Music Scene by Barney Hoskyns (St..."
"...The round of 16 provided a couple of great games, a new teenage star, lots of goals, and the biggest upset in World Cup history; let's hope the quarterfinals live up to that standard. One side of the bracket (the teams playing Friday) has four teams who are legitimate threats to win it all; the other side (playing Saturday) has ....."
"...While loyalty is not a virtue in Corporate World, it still counts for something in such family-owned businesses as New Orleans' Brennan's Restaurant. It took a hit from Katrina, too, but Brad Brennan says his businesses will soon reopen in the Big Easy: "When they give you your start," he says, "you kind of owe it to the city..."
"...While Carrol notes there was a sharp drop in KLBJ-FM's ratings last year, the dumped deejays counter that ratings always fluctuate in the wacky world of Arbitron, which still bases its ratings on a notoriously flawed diary system. "The LBJs would never have gotten rid of us" for a ratings dip, Lotz said...."
"...Indie godhead and sleazoid cinematic linchpin John Waters has titled his current touring comedic monologue World of Trash, which only a decade or so back might have struck most of Waters' fans as a reference to his own oeuvre, which in films from Pink Flamingos to Cecil B. Demented has always celebrated the cannily transgressive delights of true societal fringe dwellers..."
"...It's really interesting, though, because people don't realize this but it was much healthier back then. Working on independent films, you had a lot more going for you 20 years ago than you do now because then, when I made Schlock! or The Kentucky Fried Movie, there was AIP, Crown International, Joe Solomon, Joe Levine, Avco, New World, there were all these exploitation houses..."
"...The word "autism" means, literally, "in a world of your own." Identified in the 1940s, simultaneously and separately by two researchers -- one in the U.S. and one in Germany -- the disorder continues to be misunderstood by many..."
"...In developing a revised version of Knowledge and Melancholy, Cameron has ventured into new realms of creativity, expanding the role of movement in her work and entering into a full collaboration with another artist. And she has done all this while making another journey, this last on the simplest of planes, the external: to a city half a world away from Cameron's home turf...."
"...Dancers are really products of their age. Hay performed during the Sixties, a tumultuous decade of revolt and redefinition in the dance world..."
"...In the often-brutal world of the nonprofit community, every wrong decision tests an organization's strength to survive. Is it better to stick to one's principles, or tell funders what they want to hear? Should a group adhere to a single blueprint, or make radical changes if things don't go as planned? And how much obligation, if any, does a nonprofit have to the community it serves? In the microcosm of Austin's community gardening movement, two big organizations have taken radically different routes..."