South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...Unfortunately, MTV was no help. Except for getting to see a lot of Daria and Beavis and Butt-head, a surprise rerun of The Real World2 (See "Screens") where I got to see Dominic Griffin before I knew him, and that Smash Mouth video enough times to sate my infatuation with the poppy little tune, it's hard to find good videos on MTV..."
"...Welcome to the shadow world of Glorium, a band shrouded in enough mystery to give Raymond Chandler writer's cramp. The Austin quintet's discography is subtitled "Evidence of existence," and their public profile is generally so low that their assorted singles, EPs, full-lengths, and compilation tracks are about all the evidence there is; none of their liner notes even mention what instrument the members play..."
"...At 25 years old (he was born the very day that Tor Johnson died... make of that what you will), Austinite Harry Knowles has taken his passion for film and film-related information to the next most obvious level: He's created a website (http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com) to distribute news and rumors of upcoming projects that he's interested in, everything from Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park to Tarantino's upcoming blaxploitation homage, Jackie Brown. Using a network of approximately 700 "spies" culled from the crews of those same movies and from the public at large, Knowles is well on his way to becoming a celebrated pop culture figure...."
"...Early '97 (probably): Shine, Citizen Ruth, The War at Home, The Whole Wide World, Everyone Says I Love You, Mother, The Portrait of a Lady, I'm Not Rappaport, Mother Night, Some Mother's Son, Twelfth Night, Les Voleurs, La Ceremonie, Night Falls on Manhattan, Unhook the Stars Another creative and handy solution that we're currently witnessing is the artificial extension of the season. This year, the folks at Disney decided to kick off the holiday season with the release of Ransom on Friday, November 8 instead of the traditional Thanksgiving weekend, which they had already cordoned off for its class pet, 101 Dalmatians..."
"...We laughed, we cried, and we laughed again during our two fantastic life-affirming and fun-filled days with you. The highlight of our wonderful weekend was undoubtedly a Saturday evening spent in costume plucked from the rails of Marsha Laine’s Flashback Vintage store. The people our costumes attracted and the sense of shared joy the evening provided (we were playing a game whereby we had complete artistic freedom to dress the other person) lightened the load of living in a crazy world. People of Austin, we love your blessed town and your luminous souls..."
"...Your goofy, misplaced moral superiority and atrocious fashion sense (THANK YOU, Facebook) keep us constantly in stitches. Without your blundering hijinks, the Chronicle world would be a much darker place for sure..."
"...When I was just a little Hustler, there was a strange sight at one of my early City Council meetings: a man in a green top hat, leading a band of supporters, some homeless, in a bizarro retelling of The Wizard of Oz. (This was before the current spate of anti-fluoride lecturers and one-world government paranoiacs staged a hostile takeover of council's citizens communications period – and proves they didn't always have a monopoly on teh crazy.)..."
"...People are getting killed right and left. The fucking noise, it's like World War II out there.'..."
"...Obama, he now owns his preacher’s intellectual and moral distortions, as well as his reeking anti-Americanism. To briefly review. At great expense in blood and treasure, America has saved the world from tyranny multiple times..."
"...In Phoenix, Cris receded even further from the world, a hollow vapor shifting through jails and the street. Finally, in 2004, he was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison after an argument over a post office parking space escalated into a fight with a security guard..."
"...Sadun gets into an extended discussion with three African-American ladies who ask him what he will do in Congress. The question gives him a chance to reel off his list of the core beliefs that he learned from his parents, who immigrated from Italy just before World War II: "Live up to your responsibilities; leave this world a better place than you found it; stick up for your rights; and stick up for the other guy's rights."..."
"..."At the time that Universal released Consent, it was wrong timing for the world," offers Furstenfeld. "It was the right timing for myself, for people who loved it..."
"...This news scam is pervasive. Medialink's Web site gloats, "Every major television station in the world now uses VNRs regularly..."
"...Man's love of the burn can be traced back to 7000 BC in Mexico. By the time the Spanish arrived in the New World, our pals the Aztecs had created a highly sophisticated chile-based cuisine, laying the foundation for the world's love of spicy foods..."
"...Whatever you think of Chavez, he was the duly-elected president, and it's considered bad manners and totally anti-democratic to impose an unelected oligarchy on the country. But the Bushites hate Chavez, who won't go along with their model of a world run by corporate power, so they had been meeting with the coup plotters and now cheered his demise..."
"..."We were trying to establish to the world that we were not just a local Austin act," explains Pittman, "and getting on a major label seemed like a good way to go about that. Then they basically passed out of existence for our purposes, and Watermelon was on the way up at that time."..."
"...Written by the publication's chief cultural interpreter, Josh Glenn, the essay rails against The House of Blues, Abercrombie and Fitch, and the Spice Girls: "There is nothing [we] can do about ... people who wear imitation leather jackets and 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' t-shirts like they mean it." Summing up, the piece states that whenever and wherever "authenticity" is invoked, you know you're already in the world of fake authenticity..."
"...Gaiman, who is British and therefore entitled to favor an all-black wardrobe and an equally dark mane badly in need of a trim, probably needs a new mantelpiece these days, seeing as his current one is doubtless sagging from the weight of eight or so Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards his work on The Sandman has netted him over the years. Not to mention the Harvey Award and the World Fantasy Award he won in 1991 in the category of Best Short Story (that award, for The Sandman #19, was the first, and to my knowledge, only comic book ever to be awarded a prestigious literary award)..."
"...It's Frank's world ... and he just lets us live in it, as the old saw goes..."
"...The taste is "like nut-flavored scrambled eggs and mild mozzarella, wrapped in a smoky phyllodough pastry." It sounds absolutely dee-lish right? What if you knew that Peter Menzel was describing a freshly dug and fire-roasted witchetty grub in the outback of Australia? It doesn't sound quite as appetizing anymore does it (although the guts look just like melted Velveeta in the photos)? If you were an Aborigine or an adventurous Aussie, it certainly would. And the witchetty grubs that Peter Menzel ate in Australia while on assignment as a freelance photographer were his first taste of the insect world...."
"...Pressure was one of the primary leaders of world beat music in Austin, which took off during the Eighties. Along with local acts like the Lotions, Killer Bees, and Dan Del Santo, Pressure proved remarkably popular, enjoying nearly eight years of success..."
"...The visions that plague Molly Veeka are kept tightly under control, and her demons seem to pop out of the ether to spout off their thoughts and disappear once again, much like a Whack-a-Mole challenge. Also, the craze that follows Molly and Flan is often more of a torment-chic, as they spend days on happening drugs and having sex while narrating to each other the events of a 1986 World Series inning in spooky detail, clenching their jaws all the while...."
"...But in the first decades of this century, suddenly, and for mere pennies, these visions were available to all. The world was transfixed, enthralled, enchanted..."
"...That's why men don't have to worry about it in their business attire. Most male characters in the TV business world seem to know the value of a well-cut suit; you don't see them trying to cadge sex appeal by wearing see-through shirts in a professional situation..."
"...photograph by Doug Potter DARE, the world's most popular drug prevention program, just lost another customer. The city of Austin is the latest in a series of large cities -- including Seattle, Washington, and Oakland, California -- to ditch the high-dollar program, which costs about $750 million annually to administer across the United States..."
"...His songs have a way of resolving that lets the listener imagine the whole tale has been told. But often Sinatra chose films in which the ending smashes the meaning, the entire world, of the characters..."
"...So now there's his new CD, You Coulda Walked Around the World, on his own Rainlight label. Which, because it's on his own label -- and because Butch's business sense is, well, laughable -- is going to be an awfully hard CD for mere (shorter) mortals to locate..."
"...To anyone who has been following the hype, the lottery would seem to be Austin Stories, the new MTV half-hour sitcom being produced by The Real World's George Verschoor and starring local comics-making-good Laura House, Brad "Chip the Wonder Boy" Pope, and Howard Kremer. Filmed in and around Austin, the show hopes to capture for a national audience a little local slacker slice of life, as well as to expose some of the city's hidden talent..."
"...By their nature, all posts come pre-packaged in text form, and are public information, reducing the overhead costs of transferring messages to computer text and paying the authors a licensing fee. But Deja News' advantage is the speed in which its search technology can cover its database and find particular words, names, and discussions within Usenet, what experts routinely call "the world's largest database." By comparison, AltaVista -- the search engine that covers the largest percentage of the Web side of the Internet -- indexes just over 30 gigabytes of information..."
"...by Virginia B. Wood After World War II, the supermarket concept really exploded in this country..."
"..."I designed that?" I thought to myself delightedly. The self-doubt was gone and, within two days of the show, the preview collection had taken shape and told a story of luxury and glam in the modern world..."
"...Otherwise known as the GI Bill, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act "provided college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans ... as well as one year of unemployment compensation..."
"..."It was just such a trip," smiles Spencer Perskin of Shiva's Headband, reflecting on the legacy of the Armadillo World Headquarters (see "Shiva's Headband Experience," Aug. 12, 2005)..."
"...According to the latest report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the Statesman lost 10.3% of its Monday-through-Friday paid circulation in the last year, from 170,308 to 152,691, the steepest decline in the paper's recent history. Statesman Publisher Michael Vivio attributes the drop to several factors, including the decision to raise the newsstand price of the paper from 50 to 75 cents a day; the elimination of the TV guide section, Show World, which pissed off thousands of subscribers; and the move to stop distributing the paper in San Antonio and the Bryan/College Station area...."
"...The show introduced the world to modern Austin music on the order of the Reivers, Daniel Johnston, Glass Eye, Dino Lee & the White Trash Revue, and the True Believers, among others. It also presented Timbuk 3, who got signed to IRS Records as a result of the show, and the label included "Future's So Bright" on a compilation cassette..."
"...You've heard it before: "There's something that was really cool, and you should have seen it, it was the best thing in the world, but it's gone and it's not here anymore and you missed it."..."
"...To pass this gargantuan boondoggle for some of the richest corporations in the world, Bush and his congressional cohorts had to cloak it as an economic development program, promising that it would prompt a surge of new investments all across our land and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for U.S. workers...."
"...No doubt this story will make you cry about the way Homeland Security agents treat airline passengers these days. I'm not talking about the way us commoners are subjected to long and slow-moving lines, forced to strip down and take our shoes off, and treated gruffly by overworked screeners I'm talking about the alarming fact that a member of the royalty has been subjected to passenger screening! Gasp! what is this world coming to?..."
"...They've got the best hot dogs in town, including the excellent "Chicago-style," as well as a surprising mix of sandwiches. World Beat Cafe (600 W..."
"...RMMW is a Denver-based media activist group founded in 1994 to, in its own words, "challenge the corporate media to provide citizens with better information." Since its inception, the group has done a yearly "snapshot" of local TV newscasts: RMMW picks an "average" day of news, one in which nothing too crazy has happened that might radically skew coverage in a particular direction (such as O.J. or Lewinsky), and analyzes how about 100 newscasts (102 this year) around the nation interpreted our world on that particular day..."
"...Fifty years ago, not one important world or national leader was black. Now there are more people of color in positions of influence than ever; and the only world leader with genuine moral authority, Nelson Mandela, is a black African..."
"..."We try to bring it back into the real world," Barton says, "with things like politics, why are our cities falling apart, how do we interact with the world, and interesting things going on with culture." Barton has tried to do this with some quality writers - Chronicle readers will no doubt be familiar with Michael Ventura, and probably Juan Palomo as well, a former columnist with the Houston Post and The Texas Triangle, former religion reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, and now a monthly columnist with USA Today. Other writers of note, whose name recognition Barton has used to build a subscriber base, include Thomas Moore, Christine Downing, and James Kunstler...."
"...Just ask Sue Beckwith and Gene Crick. Austin has two of the largest nonprofit community networking projects in the world, Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network (MAIN) and Austin Free-Net..."
"...It is this Evita that no doubt attracted Madonna to her current film role, that and some swell songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. But for the real story of how an uneducated, plain woman attracted the attentions of a world leader and then remade herself into one of the most charismatic figures of this century, reading Santa Evita is the place to begin..."
"...CAROLYN BANKS has five books in a comic mystery series set in the horse world. Privately, she calls it the "she rides/he doesn't" series, the humor coming from a situation that Banks sees often in the horse world: a horse-crazy wife paired with a horse-hating husband..."
"...The previous two, Rig Rock Jukebox (1992) and Rig Rock Truckstop (1993) are excellent collections, spotlighting the underground country scenes both in New York City and around the United States. Featuring the likes of Five Chinese Brothers, Mojo Nixon, the Blue Chieftains, Gwil Owen, Killbilly, Jean Caffeine, Go to Blazes, Courtney & Western, and Tepper's own World Famous Blue Jays, Rig Rock Jukebox and Rig Rock Truckstop collected songs that Diesel Only had originally released in the jukebox-friendly 45rpm single format only...."
"...Did I mention Kathy McCarty or Rob Jacks? Didn't think so. -- Ken Lieck MARK O'CONNOR, ERIK HOKKANEN La Zona Rosa, Tuesday 23 They don't come with a much better pedigree than fiddler Mark O'Connor. Having started under the aegis of Stephane Grappelli and Texas legend Benny Thomasson (whose guitarist son Gerry will be on hand here), O'Connor has gone on to become one of Nashville's most sought-after musicians, and one of world renown. Well, now he's in Erik Hokkanen's home turf, and a cutting match is on..."
"...The Austin American-Statesman reported that Pryor, who has battled drug- and alcohol-related problems for years, said in a hand-written note to KLBJ management that he is "fighting depression, relapsed, and gone into treatment." Pryor was fired after missing work for four consecutive days. See this week's "Media Clips" on page 34 for more on Pryor... Congratulations to Brigid Shea and her husband John Umphress, who welcomed 8.5-pound Eamon Brennan to the world on Monday -- all three are doing fine..."
"...Performance Park after the sun goes down becomes another world...."
"...Was George an honest man? That depends on how you define "honest." He saw a movie during World War II, Mr. Lucky, in which Cary Grant says: "Never give a sucker an even break, but don't cheat a friend..."