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Fashion (Turn to the Left)
TV Eye
Screens Column  October 24, 1997, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

The Dragon & the Tiger
Shadow Warriors, Glorium
Music Story  July 11, 1997
"...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..."

The Madness of King Geek
Harry Jay Knowles' Cool Movie News
Screens Story  June 6, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...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 ( 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...."

Ring in the HollyDaze
Holiday Movie Previews
Screens Story  November 29, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

The People Make the Place
Postmarks  January 25, 2017
"...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..."

The Luv Doc: Snarky Comments
The only person you should feel completely safe about ridiculing is yourself
Columns  February 21, 2014, by The Luv Doc
"...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..."

City Hall Hustle: Across The Universe
Housing advocate Troxell provides chapter and verse on living wage
News Column  October 15, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...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.)..."

Bud Shrake's Adventures in the Film Trade
'Midnight rambling, creative gambling': Louis Black's 1985 interview with Songwriter screenwriter Bud Shrake
Screens Story  May 8, 2009, by Louis Black
"...People are getting killed right and left. The fucking noise, it's like World War II out there.'..."

How Sweet! Ventura Demonstrates a 'Key Philosophical, Ideological, and Obvious Lethal Flaw of Postmodern Leftism.'
Postmarks  March 31, 2008
"...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..."

Lake of Fire
Meat Puppets, Chapter 3: Curt and Cris Kirkwood, reunited, and it feels so good
Music Story  July 20, 2007, by Doug Freeman
"...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..."

The Dark Horses
The redistricted Centex Democrats bravely into battle go
News Story  July 30, 2004, by Lee Nichols
"...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."..."

Draw the Line
Blue October rebuilds.
Music Story  August 29, 2003, by Matt Dentler
"..."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..."

The Hightower Report
Fleet discredits the Constitution and news outlets perform PR.
News Column  January 31, 2003, by Jim Hightower
"...This news scam is pervasive. Medialink's Web site gloats, "Every major television station in the world now uses VNRs regularly..."

Chiles 101: The Science Behind the Burn
Food Story  August 23, 2002, by Mick Vann
"...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..."

The Hightower Lowdown
Bush likes democracy, except when he doesn't; business is a poor model for government; The Book Thing gives reading material to the needy.
News Column  April 26, 2002, by Jim Hightower
"...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..."

The Lizards of Aus
'Never an Adult Moment' With Austin's Veteran Bluegrass Pranksters
Music Story  September 22, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"..."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."..."

Stuart Wade Reviews The Pop Journal Hermenaut.
Books Review  October 8, 1999, by Stuart Wade
"...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..."

A Sort of Legend
Author Neil Gaiman is a fantastist and storyteller. Marc Savlov talks to the author and reveals why he's also a legend. Sort of.
Books Story  September 10, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...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)..."

Off the Bookshelf
Jonathan Swift: A Portrait
Books Story  May 20, 1999
"...It's Frank's world ... and he just lets us live in it, as the old saw goes..."

Eat the Beetles
Food Story  April 1, 1999, by Mick Vann
"...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...."

The Medium Is the Music
Music Story  March 4, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...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 Gift of Words
Books Story  December 11, 1998
"...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...."

Polytheism in the Raw
Columns  November 13, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

"For the Fat Girls"
Screens Column  September 18, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

The DARE Debate
Austin Police Kick Drug Prevention Program
News Story  August 14, 1998, by Erica C. Barnett
"...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..."

The Guilt of Frank Sinatra
Letters at 3 a.m.
Columns  May 29, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

A Life of Destinations
Columns  December 19, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

Summer of Laugh
This Year, Austin Comics Got Really Hot
Arts Story  October 3, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...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..."

The Post Man Always Saves Twice
Screens Story  July 11, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...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..."

You'll Never Cook Again The Deli Explosion
Arts Story  July 28, 1995
" Virginia B. Wood After World War II, the supermarket concept really exploded in this country..."

After a Fashion: Diary Of A Collection
What goes in before the clothes go on
Columns  August 31, 2012, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"..."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..."

Letters at 3AM: A Paradox of Oligarchy
'Am I my brother's keeper?' is the fundamental question of government
Columns  May 21, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

Off the Record
Blasts from the past courtesy of Armadillo Records, David Garza's Twang Twang Shock-a-Boom, and Jody Denberg's final broadcast
Music Column  December 11, 2009, by Austin Powell
"..."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)..."

Statesmanship: Watching the Editors' Ink Dry
The Statesman's retooling isn't fooling anyone
News Story  June 12, 2009, by Kevin Brass
"...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 Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
Timbuk 3's Barbara Kooyman looks to a brighter future with
Music Story  February 23, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

Remembrance of Things Weird
Nancy Higgins' 'Viva Les Amis'
Screens Story  April 29, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...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."..."

The Hightower Report
White House propaganda: pundit payola, video news releases, and misleadingly misnamed bills
News Column  February 18, 2005, by Jim Hightower
"...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...."

The Hightower Report
Oh, the indignity! Royalty gets the commoner treatment, sort of; and 'offshoring' gets a new name
News Column  June 18, 2004, by Jim Hightower
"...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?..."

Forty Acres of Fresh, Ethnic Eats
Mick Vann teaches you a lesson on UT's campus-area restaurant resurgence.
Food Review  September 20, 2002, by Mick Vann
"...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..."

Channeling the News
Watchdog Group Grades Local TV Stations
News Column  August 21, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

The Keepers of Your Silence II
Letters at 3 AM
Columns  August 7, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

The Salt of San Marcos
Journalists Who Write Like Scholars - and Vice Versa
News Column  May 29, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"..."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...."

Untangling the Web
An Interview with Sue Beckwith and Gene Crick
Screens Story  September 19, 1997, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...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..."

The Art of Dying
May Bookshelf
Books Story  May 16, 1997
"...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..."

Femmes Fatales: Rounding up Austin's Women of Mystery
Books Story  May 2, 1997, by Anna Hanks
"...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..."

Six Days on the Road
Rig Rock Deluxe Trucks Down Country Byways
Music Story  September 20, 1996, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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...."

The Mermen, Nero's Rome, Death Valley
Music Story  January 19, 1996
"...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..."

Off the Desk
News Story  December 22, 1995
"...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 Preview at the Vortex
PHOTO GALLERY  March 22, 2018
"...Performance Park after the sun goes down becomes another world...."

Letters at 3AM: Some Kind of a Man
After a certain age, there's no avoiding how death is a permanent part of life
Columns  February 25, 2011, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

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