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The Shot Heard 'Round the Dial
Austin' "Alternative" Radio Market
Music Story  September 8, 1995
"...With its first full-fledged martyr on board, alternative rock broke through once and for all into the mainstream and became a true pop culture phenomenon. Punk, dead to the world five years before but suddenly fueled by the staggering record sales of Green Day and the Offspring, stepped up to claim its slice of the pie. Suddenly, and finally, radio programmers had a bona fide format on their hands: a little AOR from Seattle, a little Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) from California, and a lot of money from corporate America..."

The Fire at AFD
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr leads a department flaming with labor, race, and gender politics
News Story  October 16, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"..."I think firefighters are the same all over the country, maybe even somewhat all over the world, in regard to our personalities, our types," says Kerr. "We all are adrenaline junkies; we resist change – although I'm sorta one of those unique people that really likes change." She cites the number of Blackberrys and hairdos she's gone through since she's been here (four) as proof...."

The Bicycle Thief
Police say James Clayton befriended – then ripped off – many Austin bicyclists
News Story  April 10, 2009, by Rob D'Amico
"...It would be two years, he said, until he could again mount a bike. He also recalled visions of his dead grandfather and great uncle, who told him, "It wasn't my time yet, and I had unfinished business back in the world." He continued: "I think for me, at the guttural level, I learned that I am a fighter and survivor, and I can get through anything ....."

The Race Is to the Swift
In Texas, livestock are better vaccinated than children.
News Story  May 9, 2003, by Lucius Lomax
"...Reed complained, in his letter to Hall. "I find it disturbing that having spent 10 years abroad helping a Texas company like Frito Lay become a world leader in snack foods, I don't find my government helpful in expediting my relocation back to the United States." Well..."

The Music of Our Sins -- Part II Letters at 3am
Columns  September 26, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...Marcus says that in these songs Judgment Day "is a way of life, present in the smallest details of landscape and language.... Its presence makes all these things into symbols and charges them with meaning...." Marcus speaks of "sins committed, perhaps even without intent, that will throw the world out of joint, crimes that will reverberate across space and time in ways that no one can stop." Marcus doesn't connect this atmosphere specifically with slavery; but it lives between the lines of his great book as it lives in every note of these songs...."

Off the Desk:
News Story  October 4, 1996
"...Now the world's leading proponent of human rights in Indonesia, Budiardjo continues her criticism of Suharto and Indonesia from her home in London, where she runs TAPOL, a London-based organization which exposes the ongoing human rights problems in Indonesia. TAPOL has reported extensively on the genocide in East Timor, where some 200,000 people have been murdered by Suharto's regime since 1975, and in West Papua, New Guinea, now called Irian Jaya, which was forcibly annexed by Indonesia in 1963..."

It's 'Naive' to Trust and Believe in the Constitution
Postmarks  January 6, 2008
"...The bottom line is that a liberty-espousing Republican must be elected as president, not a, neo-leftist Democrat. Indeed, because America is the only able defender of liberty on the planet, the free world counts on it...."

Fat Ice Company Puts the Cool in Your Cocktail
Pure ice means pure imbibing
Food Story  January 18, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...Saving on the labor and avoiding the dangers that come with carving down 300-pound blocks – it tends to be a better idea to outsource at that point," he explains. Immersed in the bartending world since 2001, Flores knows not only the logistics involved with serving perfect ice, but the importance. [inset-1-right]..."

Waco: The Rules of Engagement
Screens Story  May 2, 1997
"...`If we go to Sundance, we'll be like Ed Burns [who became an overnight success with The Brothers McMullen].' And it didn't quite work out that way. But when we got into this independent distribution world, we met this great group of people who've been phenomenally generous..."

One Perfect Day
This earnest, soulful, and jarringly melodramatic rave-culture love story is from Melbourne, Australia.
Film Review  June 9, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Communication lines thus jammed, the stage is set for some serious youth-angst melodrama (for once of late, the collusion of melody and drama is bang-on). Director Currie has a certain visual flair that lends itself to the frequent scenes of club-hopping debauch, but with a story that feels ripped from the pages of whatever they call Tiger Beat on the bottom of the world it's all quite annoying, although, that said, no one can say Currie's film hasn't got its beat in the right place...."

ASL Powerhouse Gets Shut Down
The Austin Chronicle defeats BookPeople 9-5 and clinch a spot in the Alternative Softball League playoffs
DAILY Sports  August 21, 2008, by Kristine Tofte
"...Shannon ran over from second to back up King, who tagged first base for the second out, with the runner collided with Shannon at full speed. It was the crash heard 'round the Alternative Softball World..."

Mr. Payback
The world's first interactive movie” is either a giant leap forward for video-game enthusiasts or a large step backward for film purists. More likely, it falls somewhere in between, combining...
Film Review  February 17, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Billy Warlock, Leslie Easterbrook, Bruce Mcgill, Holly Fields, Victor Love, David Correia, Carol-Ann Plante and Christopher Lloyd. “The world's first interactive movie” is either a giant leap forward for video-game enthusiasts or a large step backward for film purists..."

As this Japanese movie opens, Sayoko (Shimizu) and her friend spread out their beach blanket and picnic basket only to discover they have plopped themselves into the middle of an...
Film Review  July 30, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Thus “okoge” also is slang for the women who gravitate toward gay men. Eventually the demands of the “real” world impinge on the threesome's idyll..."

Bad Lieutenant
There is no redemption without, first, debasement; no transcendence without transgression; no forgiveness without sin. In this NC-17-rated film, Keitel is the Bad Lieutenant -- a lapsed Catholic, drug-soaked, compulsively...
Film Review  February 12, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...He's so soulless and background-less we never even learn his name; we know this indifferent man only as the Bad Lieutenant. With an almost biblical structure, the movie is set in New York during the seven games of the World Series: Dodgers vs..."

Ten Minutes With Terry Allen
Q&A with Lubbock son, multimedia don, and Cactus Cafe ace
DAILY Music  January 16, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Terry Allen’s new album, Bottom of the World Comes, arrives 14 years after his last disc. He hasn’t been sitting on his hands all that time, either..."

This boxer's story is familiar, but Jake Gyllenhaal is all new
Film Review  July 24, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The two are childhood sweethearts, and have been shaped by growing up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen as kids shunted around in the foster-care system. But as Southpaw starts, Billy’s on top of the boxing world, winning the light heavyweight belt at Madison Square Garden..."

Kurt and Courtney
Alas, despite the oceans of hype generated by Sundance's last-minute yanking of this film from its January lineup, Brit Broomfield's scathing documentary about the various conspiracy theories surrounding the death...
Film Review  April 10, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Pennebaker's evil twin), has charted similar courses before, notably in Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam and Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, but this time out the objects of his affliction are pop-culture icons on a much grander scale. Hours after Kurt Cobain's shotgun-disfigured corpse was discovered in April 1994, the conspiracy theories began to fly fast and furious, and they're still up there, messing with not only the heads of everyone in Seattle, but also Nirvana and Hole fans the world over..."

Monkey Kingdom
Disneynature doc profiles Sri Lanka's famed Temple Troop of toque macaques
Film Review  April 24, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Disneynature’s latest foray into the real-wild world puts the Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business to shame in terms of endearingly comic toque macaque antics and motherly love. Longtime wildlife filmmakers Linfield and Fothergill take us into a colony of our Darwinian, distant relatives that reside amid a pile of deep-jungle ruins in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka..."

ASL Preseason Heats Up
The Alternative Softball League: Still cheap as free
DAILY Sports  March 14, 2009, by Mike Crissey
"...Some key players from Emo’s 2008 team, including All-Star Brian Campbell and pitcher Mark Twistworthy, also left for New Brohemia. There were rumors New Brohemia was going to be the ASL equivalent of the 1997 Florida Marlins, who are alleged to “have bought the World Series.” I’ll just let you know, Joe says it ain’t so and so, unfortunately, does our next game...."

The Prison Diaries of the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Preston Hubbard
Music Story  October 20, 2000, by Preston Hubbard
"...It helped me to think, to remember, to pass the time. The Dope Game and prison are such different worlds, so completely removed from the one that we all know, that I needed to put it down on paper in order to put it behind me..."

Review: dat Black Mermaid Man Lady
Let Sharon Bridgforth's performance installation wash over you
DAILY Arts  August 24, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...skirt deep blue/dark like skin. hair gots a thousand fishes and pearls hanging all the way down past behind." and pulls her down to the bottom of the ocean where she sees so many people "they take up all space and time." Bryant draws us ever so seductively into this world, singing Bridgforth's words like Billie Holiday with an Ellington tune..."

If It Ain't Bruch, Don't Fix It
Just a drummer from Iowa? Just a culinary badass? Hold his beer.
DAILY Food  December 21, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I’m irreplaceable now. I can do all five of my jobs just inside the world of Graham Reynolds..."

The press materials for Miller's debut feature offer a juicy quote calling it, “the best love story since Pretty Woman” and “a passionate love story set against the backdrop of...
Film Review  May 11, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Their first meeting, all doe-eyed looks and slowly bubbling heat, sets the tone for the rest of the film. (Miller paints not only this scene but almost all that follow with a dewy, soft-focus brush straight out of soft-core porn; it's as though Bob Guccione had suddenly, finally, gone completely overboard and retreated from the fleshy world of Penthouse into bad romantic comedy.) Smitten, Mike nonetheless goes out on a pre-existing date with a woman “who would be a princess in Hungary if they still had that sort of thing over there.” Miller, working from his own script, piles on some of the most ill-advised attempts at humor in their dinner scene, as the Versace-clad woman stews over Mike's lack of decent clothes, transportation, and finally, his misattribution of a line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet..."

Primary Colors
Shades of the Travis County Elections
News Story  March 13, 1998
"...And why not? Mattox was reveling in his outright win over Judge Morris Overstreet, a relatively easy victory he secured despite echoes of a longtime grudge held against him by Democratic party bigwigs for his infamous 1990 campaign against the still-popular Ann Richards. Dancing to a live Tejano band under a "Mattox - Texas Tough" banner with his wife Marta and his kids Jimmer and Sissy, the former AG looked on top of the world..."

Willie Nelson Unites America
A guitar-strumming Beto O’Rourke tries too
DAILY Music  July 5, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...“El Paso is one of the safest cities in the United States of America, a city that is safe, not in spite of the fact that we’re immigrants of the world over, but in large part because people chose to come to this country,” noted that area’s acting congressman. “They crossed Mexico..."

Express Cruise, Astros Struggle, Clydesdales Clip-Clop Into Town
DAILY Sports  April 6, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...Let's hope so. Craig Biggio leads the club in hitting and only needs 66 more to reach 3,000. It could always be worse: Heading into Union Station this weekend are the defending World Champion St..."

Down & Out in Atlanta
The Official Crock of the '96 Summer Olympics
Features Story  September 22, 2000, by Jonathan Hennessey
"...Blame this slight on the fact that petty details, and, I think it was hinted, peculiarly American ones -- rampant commercialism, paranoia, the agenda of what was probably some redneck terrorist, and the logistical snafus of a city whose desire to burst upon the world's stage silenced those who questioned if it was ready to do so -- almost undermined the power of sheer spectacle. They nearly made us take our eyes away from the Great and Powerful Oz and see the little man pulling levers behind the curtain...."

Fantastic Market Transforms
Blumhouse and more at Fantastic Fest industry sidebar
DAILY Screens  August 17, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Fantastic Market, aka Mercado Fantastico, launched in 2013 as meeting place for genre filmmakers in the Spanish-speaking world to connect with potential investors, buyers, and distribution partners. Over the years, it has evolved beyond that simple but vital remit..."

Where Do Terror Babies Come From?
Debbie Riddle digs that conspiracy hole deeper
DAILY News  September 20, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...At last Wednesday's Texas Tribune breakfast, Riddle tried to blame all the mocking press she had received on being tricked by Anderson Cooper, and then put all the ills of the world on the "liberal progressive godless way." She said that she'd never meant to talk about terrorist anchor babies, but then went on to let this little gem fly: "What I should have said is I think there's a possibility for that, and let me tell you, I did visit with an expert, just to make sure I wasn't totally nuts, I guess, Dr. [Jeffrey] Addicott with St..."

Every Woman Everywhere
UT, ALLGO, and Resistencia honor the life and work of the late Gloria Anzaldúa
Books Story  October 15, 2004, by Belinda Acosta
"...For a group of students taking a gender studies course at Qinghai Normal University in Xihing City, China, appreciation came in letters. In this case, the letters were addressed to native Tejana writer Gloria Anzaldúa, in response to reading her "Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers" published in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color..."

Psychographical Communities
Internet Radio: Sounds Heard 'Round the World
Music Story  December 19, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a streaming audio resource/listing of far-flung pirate radio stations broadcasting live over the Internet via RealAudio technology. Listening, I'm sucked into the hardcore world of underground radio on the Net, with gabber, house, and loads of new, unheard jungle jittering through my head..."

Get Back
Francisco Matto created bold modern art with the timeless graphic style of the past
Arts Story  August 7, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...And you'll run across quite a few of them as you wend your way through the six decades of work represented here: a pair of Venuses, one tall and narrow with a petite guitar body and the other short, wide, and rectangular; a couple cut from glittering white marble, she with a tiny rectangular head atop a bass fiddle body and he with the same minuscule head atop a wide, square block with a large notch carved out of the bottom to create two legs; and other figures like these placed within geometric frames and grids that contain the similarly simplified shapes of birds, snakes, fish, livestock, clock faces, arrows, crosses, houses, vases, and more. They are the populace of a world utterly flat and devoid of decoration, just raw shapes occasionally defined by thick black outlines and unrepentantly brash primary hues...."

Coffeetable Books
Remembrance of Things Past
Books Story  December 17, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...The modern would-be explorer is cursed: All the frontiers have been opened, the blank spots on the maps filled in, rivers and mountains named and inventoried, leaving only space travel -- but where's the joy in that? The clothes are goofy looking, and robots do it so much better. Luckily, we still have Antarctica, that alien, foreboding, incredibly beautiful and hostile spot at the bottom of the world..."

Ben Snakepit Releases His Manor Threat
New collection of diary comics debuts at Beerland this Saturday
DAILY Arts  June 8, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Ben Snakepit – who grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Austin in 2000; who toured the world playing bass with punk band J Church when he wasn’t busy working at I Luv Video or Sound Exchange on the Drag; who adopted his beloved pooch Peeber from the Austin Animal Shelter; whose brief goofy rivalry with Tim “Nakatomi” Doyle is a thing of the past; who drew the latest cover for the Austin Beer Guide; and whose diary-comic work has been mentioned in, of all places, Gentlemen’s Quarterly – is having a music-fueled book release party for his Manor Threat collection on Saturday, June 11, at Beerland...."

Down Low Deconstructs State Divide
Texas techno out of Dallas and dormancy - part I
DAILY Music  September 3, 2014, by Conor Walker
"...Slagging Dallas still thrives in Austin. As a sprawling suburban wasteland, slag away, but when infrastructure ruptures into culture, our criticism gurgles forth as uninformed – much like our city slogan, live music capital of the world..."

Omaha, Somewhere in Middle America
The Horns advance to the College World Series … again
DAILY Sports  June 9, 2009, by Doug Freeman
"...The Longhorns road to Omaha and the College World Series was nothing short of epic; NCAA records broken, and college legends made. Taking down the TCU Horned Frogs with a 5-2 win in the decisive third game of the Austin Super Regional playoffs, UT (46-14-1) advances to the CWS for a record setting 33rd appearance, but first since 2005...."

Never Give Up
Don Toner's 13 years as producing artistic director of the State Theater Company have been full of struggles, but in Toner's world, struggles are good. They bring understanding, richness, beauty, and in his case, a new theatre and a loyal company.
Arts Story  August 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...But in Toner's world, struggles are good. It's what speaks to him in the theatre: "a character who is engaged in some effort, that is beset by some problem that has to be solved..."

Alejandro Escovedo on a Wire
Leonard Cohen’s Austin equivalent fetes the master poet
DAILY Music  January 8, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...... I wrote a song about it: “Austin's changed, it’s true/ Please show me what happened.” That’s the first line of the song, called “The Bottom of the World.”..."

Triggering a Time Trap
Ben Foster and Mark Dennis on the Hill Country sci-fi flick
DAILY Screens  November 9, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...His four-year-long adventure would make a movie in its own right: A plan to reach the bottom of the world and back by surface travel (by bike from Texas to Argentina, a boat around the Darién Gap, hitchhiking to Tierra del Fuego, a ship to Antartica, then a bus back), a scheme scuppered only by getting deported from Ecuador on the return leg. Dennis said, "I came back, and all my friends were older..."

DVDanger: If There Be Thorns
Dear Lifetime, we need to talk
DAILY Screens  July 15, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ah, John Amos. The last great hero in a dismal world...."

Can't Get There From Here
While suburban rail spends and stumbles, Cap Metro's transit-dependent riders wait at the end of the line
News Story  January 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Getting to the job or the grocery store becomes more difficult. But transportation is more than that – getting around is crucial to the simple act of being a human being and part of the world..."

Terry Allen
Music Review  February 15, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Terry AllenBottom of the World..."

A handful of talented actors checked their egos at the door in hopes of … something, but this Poseidon is a wash.
Film Review  May 12, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...The anthropomorphized bunnies of Watership Down had more pizzazz than the entire cast of this pointless and histrionic exercise in big-budget Hollywood remakes. Come to think of it, if director Wolfgang Petersen (no stranger to submersibles, he helmed the brilliant, World War II-era U-Boat suspenser Das Boot) had cast his film with no one but a Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea-era Peter Lorre, there'd be plenty more sympathy for the soggy characterizations within, but, tough luck for us, Lorre's long-gone dead, and Petersen seems to have lost his once-fine sense of narrative flow in the briny backwash of 2000's The Perfect Storm..."

And Then Some
The Best American Short Stories of the Century
Books Story  June 24, 1999
"...Great short stories must, to borrow from Tim O'Brien's masterpiece, carry "all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried." For a short story to resonate with a terrible power capable of leaving a reader awed, it must pull off a literary hat trick of astounding complexity. In ascending order these three feats are: to provide in an astonishingly compressed period of literary time sufficient dramatic motivation for the story's main character; to discover and render in response to this motivation the single, perfect dramatic action capable of bringing the story satisfyingly to closure; and finally, to magically capture a sense of the story's world opening out into eternity despite the brevity of what has unfolded..."

Brooklyn Castle
The chess geeks at most schools might occupy the bottom rung of the social ladder, but at Brooklyn's I.S. 318 – which holds more national chess titles than any junior...
Film Review  November 2, 2012, by Nora Ankrum
"...318 has developed a unique formula for achievement that relies heavily on afterschool programming to keep kids engaged. While the school's trophy case is a testament to that formula's success, the charismatic stars of this documentary – including Rochelle, who at just 13 years old is within reach of becoming the world's first female African-American chess master – reveal the less obvious benefits and hardships of such a program, which challenges students not just intellectually but also emotionally as they juggle school and family pressures, as well as their commitment to winning..."

Celebrity, South Austin Style
The Mayor of South Austin
News Story  December 4, 1998
"...More than two decades later, the unofficial "Mayor of South Austin" and owner of the Texicalli Grille on Oltorf is still hopelessly in love with his corner of the world and the folks who dwell there. "It's the diversity," he explains, as he sits in a booth after the lunchtime crunch at the Texicalli..."

Zen Noir
A hard-boiled detective investigates a murder at a Buddhist monastery.

Film Review  October 13, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Those first 40 minutes, however, are a blessing when compared to act two, wherein our hero loses his identity and embarks upon a spiritual search for self-discovery and the true nature of mystery and death. He forgoes his tough-guy mannerisms and dependency on logical thought and goes tumbling into a world of deep-breathing, symbolic hallucinations, and freshman-year film-school camera tricks..."

Mean Creek
A kinder, gentler Bully.
Film Review  September 17, 2004, by Kimberley Jones
"...In moments of quiet, George has a special look in his eyes, the look of a dreamer, which makes it all the more shocking when he morphs into bully stance, screaming "faggot" at Clyde and unleashing an awful fury. (As George, perhaps the toughest role in the uniformly challenging lot, Peck is a knock-out; the rest of the ensemble cast of all teenagers is equally top-notch.) The question, in Estes’ intelligent meditation on the gradations of meanness and just what depths humans will go to when backed into a corner, is how different George really is from the rest of the kids – do they just do a better job of tamping down their hatreds and insecurities? Had they the strength or the means, would they exert their power over another, too? Ultimately, Mean Creek has less to do with George, and everything to do with the desperate measures that kids – and especially younger siblings – take to seize some control in a world that grants them very little..."

Second Coming
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Definitive Director's Cut (1977)
Screens Story  July 29, 1999
"...Before Steven Spielberg became a "serious filmmaker," he made movies like Close Encounters -- artfully enchanting blockbusters which whisked us through worlds of pure imagination. These otherworldly adventures -- which include Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., and Poltergeist -- were, at their childlike heart, simple human dramas played out on an intergalactic scale..."

Twenty Dates
It's a sound premise, you have to admit: Hopelessly unattached romantic and Hollywood bottom feeder decides to film his own quest for companionship and thereby break into not only the...
Film Review  March 26, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Opening salvos in his conversational Olympics include protests over dairy products (“It makes me constipated”) to less romantic topics such as his ex-wife. Quite simply, he lacks the finesse it takes to make it in today's cutthroat world of mutual appreciation and amore..."

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