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Real Life Rat Tales
Carol Brorson consults the experts to get to the roof of Austin's rat problem.
Features Story  January 21, 2000, by Carol Brorsen
"...He is undaunted. "You can go out to the cleanest city in the world, but will still have a population [of rats] that have ventured in," Dotson says...."

Itzhak Perlman: Extension of His Soul
Arts Review  February 11, 1999
"...Okay, Luciano Pavarotti put on a great show, too, by all accounts, but in Itzhak Perlman the world of classical music has a violinist so pure of touch that his instrument seems a deft extension of his impish body. His quiet and unassuming presence on stage belies his extraordinary expressiveness on that most plaintive and passionate instrument, the violin..."

Look Back in Wonder
The British Invasion, Part One: Theatre, 1956-1996
Arts Story  November 8, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...The atlas has London sitting several thousand miles from Austin. But this week, the British capital -- or at least its world famous theatre district, the West End -- will sit deep in the heart of Texas..."

Public Citizen Tom “Smitty” Smith Looks Back on a Life Well Lived
The man in the white hat's relentless hard work and willed optimism
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Michael King
"...They had decided to establish strong climate reduction goals and began to look systematically at what they could do. It's cities like Austin that are going to be able to profit from all of the technologies that they have developed, and all the people they have trained, as the rest of the world really begins to take this seriously..."

Terry Allen Revisits His Definitive Albums
Lubbock musician on Juarez and Lubbock (On Everything)
Music Story  October 20, 2016, by Jim Caligiuri
"...I n an interview following the 2013 release Bottom of the World, Terry Allen told the Chronicle, "Visual art, theatre, and music are all pretty much one thing for me. Focusing on one can bring a whole clutch of the others..."

Shakespeare's First Folio
Why the first collection of the Bard's plays is such a big deal and cause to celebrate on his 400th death anniversary
Arts Story  March 17, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...When you're puzzling over all the fuss about the so-called First Folio – i.e., the earliest compilation of plays by Shakespeare – start there: Without it, the world could have lost 18 of the dramas we associate with the Bard. We're talking English-class staples Julius Caesar, The Tempest, and Macbeth; comedy gold standards Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and The Taming of the Shrew; and thorny beauties Measure for Measure, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale, among others..."

Family Food Fun
The mystical Manchaca Rancho Winslow Supper Club
Food Story  February 21, 2014, by Mick Vann
"...She plans in her mind; I plan on paper. Back in December of 2012, we did a Mayan end-of-the-world party; all the dishes were old Mayan treasures, which seemed fitting for the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar..."

Party Rockin’
Judging the Presidential race by its iPod playlists
DAILY Music  October 18, 2012, by Abby Johnston
"...Obama's balanced domestic fare and foreign imports well, but largely from our friends across the pond. We'd like to see him address the rest of the world, but maybe he has Hillary Clinton’s playlist to take care of that...."

Big Money Hits AISD Elections
Huge cash from IT millionaires, teacher PAC in trustee reports
DAILY News  October 16, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Elenz's biggest contributions come from the cycling world: $1,000 from Lance Armstrong, and another $2,500 from Jeff Garvey, vice chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Aside from that, her biggest contribution was $2,500 worth of design and website work...."

Citizen Science
The enlightenment of Jeanne Liotta
Screens Story  February 17, 2012, by Sarah Smith
"...The New York- and Denver-based artist's 2009 film "Sweet Dreams" notes that it was "shot on location in Second Life," the virtual-reality platform in which users create avatars corresponding to their every wish, no matter how impossible or fanciful. It's a world where you can be a breakdancing hermaphroditic wolf if you want, a kind of wish fulfillment not so different, say, from the desire to outdo Tom Jones or Michael Bolton in a dark, smoky room...."

Steroids, baseball, whatever
DAILY Sports  February 25, 2009, by Justin Sanders
"...The simple answer to the steroids problem is stricter drug testing throughout the world of sports, but with stricter testing comes the realization that Alex Rodriguez won’t be the last superstar to get busted. What is going to happen to sports when all of our sports heroes start getting outed as cheaters? Who is going to want to pay $200 to take their kids to a game when they know that their team’s all-pro linebacker has taken performance enhancing drugs? Are these the people that we want our kids looking up to? It’s a monster that is not going to be easily stopped, and what’s worse is that it's a monster that the fans helped create with our high expectations and heavy criticism of professional athletes...."

(don’t Go back To) ROCKVILLE
R.E.M. Accelerates
DAILY Music  March 12, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“Sing for the Submarine” submerges its own structural logic and dies valiantly before going down. “Until the Day is Done” fidgets fitfully against the dying of the light. Though essentially b-grade rockers, the disc’s final one-two puts pedal to the mettle in a farewell shot of Acceleration, “Horse to Water” ornery in riff, lyric, and disdain, and last track “I’m Gonna DJ,” debuting on last fall’s R.E.M Live, just the sort of throwaway ripe for these end times (“I’m gonna DJ at the end of the world!”)..."

D.C. Harm Reduction Programs Get Cash Injection
DAILY News  January 9, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...District Attorney Susan Reed, apparently afraid of needles, threw a wrench in the works, thwarting progress by opining that the law doesn’t provide immunity from prosecution for program administrators and participants. Under Reed’s Wacky World of Criminal Law the plain language of the new law doesn’t mean what it says it means: “I don’t think they have any kind of criminal immunity,” Reed told the San Antonio Express-News in August..."

Letters @ 3AM
These Lubbock friends of mine were always writing books – thick notebooks of drawings and words
Columns  March 16, 2007, by Michael Ventura
"...Dugout is about baseball, music, love, and a boy being raised by wildness and by the thought of the end of the world. (We used to talk all the time about the end of the world..."

Split Parties
Away from the table, several sides to the tipping story
Food Story  November 4, 2005, by Mick Vann
"...Pink (played by Steve Buscemi) doesn't believe in tipping, and a classic rant about the American institution of tipping in restaurants commences, continues for almost seven minutes, and ends with Joe demanding, "Cough up a buck, you cheap bastard." Mr. Pink rubs his thumb and forefinger together as he sneers, "Do you know what this is? It's the world's smallest violin playing just for the waitresses."..."

Liquid Assets
The best wine discoveries of the past few months
Food Column  October 28, 2005, by Wes Marshall
"...Over the last few months, I've tasted enough wine to wish for a nice, cold Lone Star, but there's good news: I really didn't taste anything offensive. There is such a glut of wine in the world that the really bad wines are being sifted out before they ever hit the marketplace, and most of what finally makes its way to the shelves of Grape Vine Market and Twin Liquors and Central Market and all the other reputable wine sellers in town is perfectly drinkable...."

Everything Old Is New Again
A Texan's in the White House, we're in a quagmire war – and 'The Rag' returns to Austin
News Story  September 2, 2005, by Cheryl Smith
"...In a black-and-white world, the equally monochrome Rag was an important vehicle of communication for Austin's nonconformists, whose ranks grew steadily through the end of the decade and on into the Seventies – until the lines and the colors began to blur. "I think [young] people were fed up with the traditional ways of looking at the world..."

Fish Tales
Eaves Bros. Quality Seafood, At the Sign of the Neon Lobster
Food Story  March 22, 2002, by MM Pack
"...Eaves Bros. Wholesale In the compact office, the energetic Eaves, his wife Linda (the office manager), and General Manager Tom Cantu are constantly on the phone to suppliers around the world..."

Media Clips
The Internet offers new opportunities for newspapers to expand their coverage, but so far, Texas dailies have yet to heed the call.
News Column  April 21, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...'Round and 'round it goes, and where it stops, nobody knows -- the Internet is indeed something of a roulette wheel. The Net is radically transforming much of our world, and few industries have been impacted as heavily as journalism..."

Immaculate Taste
Be prepared to disbelieve. Skeptics unite! Do you believe that the wrong wine glass can make a great wine mediocre? Wes Marshall explains why.
Food Story  April 7, 2000, by Wes Marshall
"...The company has made everything from thick-cut crystal goblets to the red, yellow, and green lenses for traffic lights. When the Nazis took over Bohemia during World War II, they also took over the Riedel factory..."

Dancing About Architecture
Ode To the Year Formerly Known as 1998
Music Column  December 31, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...nada. Why bother with anything more? That's his and the label's feeling, since everybody in the civilized world already knows the song and it's currently available on no less than three currently in-print albums (1999 and both of Prince's large and small-sized greatest hits packages)...."

Cars the Issue, Not Parking
Columns  September 11, 1998
"...The same people who have S.O.S. bumper stickers and would supposedly stop the world to save a salamander could not stop the car to save someone's feline friend..."

Prime Time Irony?
The Future of Liberty Lunch
Music Story  January 30, 1998, by Louisa C. Brinsmade
"...illustration by Jason Stout It is, as Liberty Lunch co-owner Mark Pratz tells it, an irony made for Prime Time: "The Live Music Capital of the World" tears down the most popular live music venue in the city. It hasn't happened yet - at least not in its present incarnation on city property at Second Street and Guadalupe - but for the last 10 years the City of Austin has presented plan after failed plan to develop its four and a half acres of prime downtown lakeview property on and around Liberty Lunch..."

India Ink
The Literary Coming of the Second Continent
Books Story  December 5, 1997, by Michael J. DiLeo
"...Sometimes in a striking opening a new voice seems to announce itself to the world. I found this passage, with its animistic physicality, fatally persuasive..."

Managed Care: Down the Rabbit Hole
Arts Review  September 19, 1997
"...His story begins, Tomlinson tells us, in the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market at Sixth and Lamar, where he observes with mounting frustration the progressive, right-thinking customers of this bastion of environmental morality flouting the law when it comes to driving and parking their sports utility vehicles. Sparked by his calling to be "the free-range conscience of the world," Tomlinson tries to address this injustice..."

Tanith Lee's Adventure
From Fantasy to the French Revolution
Books Story  May 16, 1997, by Barbara Strickland
"...But you're not told who he is. I don't know if you remember, but when the heroine, she's in that sort of magical submarine-thing and she slides off the edge of the world into Chaos and is pushed back..."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...But that growth isn't only about numbers. It's also about the troupes that have been together for years and grown into rich ensembles, about Austin improvisers whose reputations have grown in the international improv community and are in demand as teachers and performers around the world, about the individuals who have built the theatres where improvisers have honed their skills, and about an open community of improvisers who support and encourage one another..."

Robert Rodriguez Opens Frank Frazetta's Archive for Austin Show
Exclusive first look at special art event during SXSW
DAILY Screens  February 19, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...There are few fantasy artists more influential and yet often overlooked than Frank Frazetta. As the eyes of the creative world settle on Austin during SXSW, local one-man film industry and Frazetta superfan Robert Rodriguez will be mounting a week-long exhibition of his work in Austin...."

Talking Trash
Trash Dance streams here for the next two weeks – for free
DAILY Screens  January 13, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Now in a presentation mode that removes the need for gate-crashing, Trash Dance will premiere online at 7pm CST on WORLD Channel, and be followed by an online chat. It will stream there for free until January 28...."

Austin Officials Ready for F1 Weekend
Public safety and transpo ready. Weather? We'll see.
DAILY News  November 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Studying other Formula One Grand Prix host cities around the world, City Manager Marc Ott said during a Wednesday morning press briefing, Austin officials have learned that three things can make or break an F1 weekend: Transportation, public safety, and weather. Austin, Ott said, has two out of three covered...."

Bedside Manner: Return to Bed Station Alpha
Comics, all systems go
DAILY Books  December 12, 2011, by Jason Stout
"...The Yard: It’s hard to be impatient for the next volume of Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, especially when you see the hours the average manga artist puts in. But this epic adventure is so completely rewarding, the characters and world so masterfully crafted, that it is very hard to wait 4 months between books: I love this story dearly..."

Local Pork Gets Schooled
Austin restaurants and businesses are prepped to help you eat local and use everything but the oink
Food Story  April 10, 2009, by Mick Vann
"...Vegetables, herbs, and fruits are consumed as soon as possible after harvest, with no middlemen involved. Animals are Old World breeds, all-natural and free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free, and they are housed and dispatched humanely..."

Simplexity Rising
Web usability reveals itself to be a game of hide-and-seek
Screens Story  February 29, 2008, by James Renovitch
"...This is all a long way of saying to the MySpace users of the world, "Please put your pics in a folder. I'll look at them if I'm interested." Want to show me a YouTube video of your favorite Family Guy clip? Just post the link, and I'll click when I find the time..."

DAILY Music  December 21, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Long stick goes boom. All that’s left after that is a 10-song medley of Ellington toss-offs with titles such as “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Do Nothing ’Til You Hear From Me.” Ellington’s working in of “Sophisticated Lady,” Hodges blowing cotton candy on “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” Ray Nance scatting and showboating “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and finally back to the pianist turning “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” into “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Funny, some of those tunes ring familiar…. Toward the 80th minute, tenor saxist Paul Gonsalves does his best to recreate his Newport solo heard round the jazz world, “Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue” catching air in his repeated exhale..."

Two Towers, Six Years, and 16 Millimeters
The remarkable journey – and uncertain toll – of Steve Bilich's 'Native New Yorker'
Screens Story  December 21, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Visually, "Native New Yorker" follows Bilich's friend and shaman trail scout Terry "Coyote" Murphy (half-Cherokee and half-Irish, shirtless and braided, and how's that for a native New Yorkian genome-scramble?) as he traverses from Inwood Hill Park – where Manhattan was "bought" with booze and beads in 1625 after Henry Hudson discovered the island on Sept. 11, 1609 – to not far from the World Trade Center, which plumes smoke in the background as emergency vehicles jitter in and out of frame, trailing ashy tendrils in their magnificently unnerving wake..."

Austin @ Large: Money and Power
Where Austin's city budget is concerned, the two really do go together
News Column  September 10, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Wanting to be the clean-energy capital of the world, however, and on that platform build an industry of the future in Austin, is a different matter – not a "rational" but an aspirational choice, one that requires goals to drive investments that by definition aren't "cost-effective" in the present context, and decisions that must be made for, rather than within, Austin Energy. Which brings us back to the Budget 500..."

TV Eye
The face of change looks like … Janeane Garofalo?
Screens Column  December 13, 2002, by Belinda Acosta
"...It was also exciting. That might not be saying much, considering we're talking about the cushy world of daytime television..."

Who Owns Sixth Street
Is Austin's Sixth Street Entertainment District undergoing an identity crisis? -- and who are the designated shrinks?
News Story  May 4, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...There is no 'master plan' for Sixth Street," he said. "Not that there's one for downtown either, but at least Mayor Watson has put a good vision out there." Many club owners and employees echo one of Sixth's biggest complaints: The city continuously touts Sixth Street as its entertainment district, and proudly proclaims the city as the "Live Music Capital of the World" in all the tourist brochures, yet fails to lend any real support to the district...."

Young, Loud, and Cheap
The Skunks were a band. A loud one.
Music Story  December 8, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...Interestingly enough, in both cases there wouldn't have been a song at all if Sublett didn't have a tin ear -- the songs resulted from his failed attempts to learn the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" and the Rolling Stones' "Stupid Girl," respectively. And then there was "Telewoman," perhaps the best Borscht Belt schtick/punk rock song ever made, courtesy of the old chestnut "What are the four fastest methods of communication in the world? Telephone, telegraph, television, and 'tell a woman'!"..."

My Kind of Memoir
Books Column  July 22, 1999
"...Random House is sending three authors -- Po Bronson, Gary Rivlin, and Kara Swisher -- to Book People on Thursday, June 29 at 7pm as part of the Silicon Valley Bleeding Edge Tour. Bronson is the author of The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley (Harper's editor Lewis Lapham calls Bronson "the bard of Silicon Valley"), Rivlin's The Plot to Get Bill Gates is subtitled An Irreverent Investigation of the World's Richest Man ....."

Do the Right Thing
Columns  March 27, 1998
"...My attitude towards Austin's collective musical taste has vastly improved since Ana Egge was voted a couple of awards. She's probably the most underrated performer in Austin or the world right now...."

Pop Rocks
The World of Miss Universe
Music Story  October 6, 1995

Election Notes
Emptying out the dregs from this election
News Story  November 10, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger, Michael King, Mary Tuma and Nick Barbaro
"...Furthermore, I strongly believe in the inherent rights of all – including women, LGBT, and minorities. The world needs more love and less hate – almost as badly as Austin needs real transportation solutions..."

DVDanger: C is for Clown
Rampant coulrophobia on DVD and VOD
DAILY Screens  October 8, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...This could easily take place in the House-o-verse, with Brake's scarcely controlled Doomhead a clear second cousin to Zombie's greatest creation, Bill Moseley's face-flaying maniac Otis Driftwood. This is a nihilistic world of disposable people, and fear of clowns is the least of the purposefully bizarre images that Zombie throws around (starting with, and not restricted to, a Mexican Nazi dwarf in a rabbit head)...."

Housecore Horror Live Shot No.4 – Grand Finale
Goblins spook life into a long last day of extremes
DAILY Music  October 28, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...No one went home disappointed, least of all the sons of Italy, a mild-looking mix of old and young that cranked up the hysteria inside Emo’s to insane levels. Rather than Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, Goblin loosened tubular effects from Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini as speared by Massimo Morante’s old-world spring-bending..."

Seeking XLB
In search of the mystical soup dumpling
Food Story  February 15, 2013, by Mick Vann
"...Feeling motivated? Click here for a recipe to make your own soup dumplings from the award-winning The Appetizer Atlas: A World of Small Bites (Wiley, 2003) by Art Meyer and myself. The soup dumplings aren't that difficult to make, although there is a learning curve on pleating the tops of the wrappers; they are guaranteed to be ugly the first couple of times you make them. Xiao Long Bao in Austin..."

Mardi Gras Indians and Po'Boys
Chef Darold Gordon brings New Orleans traditions to Austin
DAILY Food  February 9, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...In fact, the custom used to be so secretive, they only started to come out of their neighborhoods and show themselves to the public in the early Nineties. It became important for them to share this part of history with the world, and that is something close to Gordon's heart..."

Point Austin: 'Free' Is Much Too Expensive
Donald Shoup on the high cost of free parking
News Column  April 6, 2012, by Michael King
"...Giving a sense of what that means in land mass, Shoup calculates (using 2000 census numbers) that should the rest of the world acquire the same vehicle-ownership rate as that of the U.S. (771 vehicles per 1,000 persons) – not even allowing for population increase in the intervening decade – that would mean 4.7 billion vehicles, requiring 19 billion parking spaces..."

Where Comedy Lives
Austin stand-ups have a complex – and it's called the Sandstone Apartments
Arts Story  November 25, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So what's it like, this Eastside hotbed – or, at least, lukewarm and slightly beer-stained bed – of offstage comedy camaraderie? Is there any camaraderie? Do these funnymen and funnywomen have nothing to do with one another, truth be told, or do they actually get together and, what, hang out and drink? Concoct possible ways to achieve total world comedy domination? Play board games? That's what I went to find out at Sandstone itself, on a Sunday afternoon during Fun Fun Fun Fest...."

For Mature Audiences Only
How did Kevin Smith prep to make a movie about two kids making a porn? Years of research.
Screens Story  October 31, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...I'm all for average people taking their clothes off on camera. That's my favorite thing to look at in the wide world of online porn..."

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