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Point Austin: Getting Wello
Join the fight for universal health care
News Column  July 6, 2007, by Michael King
"...If we can afford international megalomania, we can afford to take care of one another, for a relative pittance. In England, Moore interviews Old Labour warhorse Tony Benn, who points to the creation of the National Health Service in England's poorest modern days, immediately after World War II..."

Michael & Us
Canadian filmmakers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine set out to celebrate a lion of the left. They ended up with something a little different.
Screens Story  March 9, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...World Premiere Saturday, March 10, 9:30pm, Paramount..."

Five Steps to a Sluttier You
Online smut shopping: a fashion emergency of the sexy kind
Screens Story  August 11, 2000, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...When buying fetish wear is as easy as ordering the latest Harry Potter book, who wouldn't want to reconnect with their inner dominatrix? The only problem is: Where to start? What to buy? Which lip clamps, clit blasters, and dildo mouth gags are right for me? We've all been there. That's why we've asked Chronicle style maven Stephen MacMillan Moser to plunge into the world of online smut shops for us -- to provide a slut goddess makeover, if you will, a fashion emergency of the sexy kind. -- Sarah Hepola#1: Face Facts ....."

Lost City
Steven Saylor's Austin Murder Mystery, A Twist at the End: A Novel of O. Henry
Books Story  April 7, 2000, by Clay Smith
"...But no one thinks that is strange or even a harbinger of things to come because it's the iconography of the time (Ben-Hur, Spartacus, Cleopatra) and little children everywhere are playing with plastic Romans. He's lucky: He grows up in a world that encourages his imagination; it seems only natural to form battle plans for your Roman army..."

Oh, To Be a Constable
10 candidates compete for four open constable seats
News Story  March 10, 2000, by Amy Smith
"...In his younger days, Medrano's scales never tipped past 140 pounds as he boxed his way out of a life as a migrant worker to become the junior welterweight champion of North America and No. 6 in the world..."

Dancing About Architecture
The New Blues Revue
Music Column  October 16, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...From the Claymores: "Our World Tour kicks off this Friday night in San Marcos at the Triple Crown. The band hits the stage early (9pm)..."

Dancing About Architecture
An SOS from AMN (or:) AMN: RFP or RIP? (or:) The MAN comes after the AMN
Music Column  February 6, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...You can check out the opening of the Austin Blues Family Tree Photo Exhibit this Sunday at the Heritage House (810 East 13th Street), 4pm. The exhibit documents the blues in Austin from its post-World War II heydey to the present, and will run through the end of March......"

Exhibitionism
Phantom of the Opera: Window Display
Arts Review  January 30, 1998
"...Funny, classical music these days — at least in my world — isn't considered music; it's considered "the arts." Shit. This is music...."

Island Getaway
Calabash Cafe Whisks You to the Caribbean
Food Story  January 16, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...One of the smartest things they did was to add a full bar resembling the ones that dot all the island beaches and specializing in the festive rum drinks that are synonymous with Caribbean recreation. Relax with a Red Stripe beer, Calypso rum punch, or a Ting-a-ling, and it's easy to imagine yourself on a Caribbean beach, dining on authentic dishes from one of the world's most fascinating culinary crossroads...."

Military Hospitality
Austinites Warmly Received at "School of the Assassins"
News Story  December 5, 1997, by Joshua Fisher
"..."The U.S. Army Intelligence Center wrote those manuals, and they were used everywhere in the world where that training was conducted..."

Top 10 Hits
Proposed Budget Cuts Have Some Singing the Blues
News Column  September 12, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"...When Marcia Ball and the head of Arista Records go to bat for an issue before city council, you can bet that the council is listening. A unique entity in the United States, the AMN was initially born out of the buzz surrounding the "Live Music Capital of the World" campaign..."

More Q&A with Marc Ott
The new city manager on council initiatives, city planning priorities, and the change in the weather at City Hall
News Story  August 15, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...At some point, you gain enough momentum in regard to the change, in regard to turning the ship, that all of a sudden that inertia is turning itself, and it's becoming infectious, and people are catching on. Eventually, it starts to become infectious not just internally, but now people out there in the community, the rest of the world, are hearing about us..."

Unpardonable
The Bush record of 'compassionate conservatism' is amply illustrated by his clemency record in Texas
News Story  June 11, 2004, by Lucius Lomax
"...Because there was an area of state policy where the then governor plainly made his unyielding intentions known to the world, even from backwater Austin: crime and punishment, especially punishment. A statistic W..."

Media Clips
Southwestern Bell and Time Warner push Jump.Net and other small Internet service providers out of the Austin market with anti-competitive pricing schemes.
News Column  May 26, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...Media activists argued otherwise, predicting an Orwellian future where fewer and fewer hands would control the flow of information. Some of the smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) in Texas say that conflicts they have had with telecom megacorporations Time Warner and SBC Communications may be proving the latter prophecies to be more accurate. Time Warner and SBC, of course, are two of the heavyweights in the communications industry, with worldwide interests in many different media..."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  April 15, 1999
"...The World Health Organization reports that 5,000 to 6,000 Iraqi children die each month as a result of malnutrition and normally curable illnesses -- statistics that Kelly and others blame on the sanctions...."

Dream On
Austin Museum of Art Re-Examines Its Downtown Plans
Arts Story  January 30, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...The Venturi design was striking, a visually distinctive structure that boasted a sense of the city and its playful spirit, as well as a number of imaginative and graceful solutions to the challenges imposed by the limitations of the site and size of the facility. It was the work of an architect of the world and would have added distinction to the architecture of Austin...."

Picks & Sleepers
Sxsw
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...PRESCOTT CURLYWOLF: In a perfect world, somebody would re-release Six Ways to Sunday, Prescott Curlywolf's ultra-overlooked 1996 Mercury debut. Not that this Austin rock & roll outfit is sitting around waiting..."

Summer Sneaks
Apocalypse Whenever: Movies in the Season of Armageddon
Screens Story  May 22, 1998
"...This biographical film tells the life story of Artemesia Gentileschi, the daughter of a famous artist and the first female painter to break into the early 17th-century Italian world despite not being allowed to attend classes, paint nudes, or study anatomy. (May/June)..."

SXSW Record Reviews
Built to Spill
Music Story  March 18, 1999
"...The world may not make any more sense to Doug Martsch now than it did when he wrote the songs for 1997's Perfect From Now On, but he's taken profound steps in tidying up the cosmic clutter surrounding his little corner of it. Keep It Like a Secret hits uncharted middle ground between the operatic Perfect and Built to Spill's landmark indie album, 1994's There's Nothing Wrong With Love..."

Reissues
Music Story  December 18, 1998
"...Much like their contemporaries in Joy Division/New Order and the Cure, Gang of Four supplemented their angular pop aspirations with factory-style dance rhythms as the Eighties progressed. Material from 1982's Songs of the Free, such as "History of the World" and "I Love a Man in Uniform" (banned by the BBC during the Falkland Islands War) showcases the band's ability to pen club hits well-suited to an age of casual alienation..."

That Old Revival Spirit
Testifying About Movies
Screens Story  June 13, 1997
"...Shooting in black and white Sovscope (widescreen) that bursts into color for the concluding sequence, Tarkovsky made the movie at the peak of his fluid style, and with an unforgiving eye for humanity at a low, low, low ebb. Although Tarkovsky no doubt intended this bravura epic as a parable about the Crisis of the Artist in a world gone mad - that much is all too clear - events may have overtaken him..."

Soccer Watch
Catch Rise & Shine: The Jay Demerit Story in its limited Austin engagement, and more
Sports Column  November 4, 2011, by Nick Barbaro
"...There's an interesting special screening this week: Rise & Shine: The Jay Demerit Story, a documentary about U.S. national team defender Jay DeMerit and his "journey from the bottom – playing in Sun­day park leagues and lower level division London clubs earning 40 pounds a week – to playing in the English Premier League, to starting in the 2010 World Cup," with appearances by Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan, and others..."

Further Reflections
Screens Story  March 25, 1999
"...The entire list of films featured, can be found here. The symbols (RP), (WP), and (USP) indicate regional premiere, world premiere, and U.S..."

Book Reviews
Books Review  July 22, 1999
"...At this late point in the century, the most fresh and wrenching images left by the Communist world are those of a great dismantling and collapse. Colossal statues toppling toward the ground..."

You Do Not Tear Down Landmarks
Music Story  February 4, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Put up a parking lot instead, to go with 10-15 stories of office building that may finally reach occupancy 20 years after the fact if the City of Austin buys the property. Eat enough meals at Threadgill's World Headquarters, though, and sooner or later you're bound to stumble across a couple of Austin old-schoolers in the restaurant's parking lot pointing at that many-storied office building next door, One Texas Center, trying to figure out precisely how that magical place in which they spent the restless nights of their youth once sat on the lot..."

Cultural Coolness Around Texas This Month
Arts Story  December 18, 1998
"...Harlem Girl With Blanket by Winold Reiss In the 1920s, the cultural landscape of the world exploded. Writers, painters, photographers, musicians, and performers were producing new and provocative works of art around the globe from Mexico City and New York to Paris, Moscow, and Shanghai..."

A Mysteriously Happy Atmosphere
Arts Story  October 23, 1998, by John Spong
"...Guests might have met the hosts, the Black Mountain boys, and may have even considered them artists. But what is the significance of that in a scene this far removed from the workaday world? With 250 gawkers, slackers, hipsters, and freaks packed so tightly into the thick bamboo perimeter that you half-expect Arte Johnson to poke his head through the shoots, it is easy to forget that you are within shouting distance of downtown..."

Saturday Night Live
Mayor Kirk Watson takes his downtown vision to the streets
News Story  October 2, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...KW: Oh, yeah. Yeah, we've started closing on properties which will make all the difference in the world, I think..."

Brain Boom
Austin's Techno Geeks and Slackers Cash In
News Story  March 20, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...All he had to do was sign the contract with a group of investors to get the venture capital and he was on his way. But Spector is hot property in the gaming world..."

Postmarks
Readers are baffled by the Chronicle's "no endorsement" for the mayoral race.
Columns  April 28, 2000
"...So, which is right? Is it the Biblical or the pluralistic view? Can all views be right? In my humble opinion, the answer to the problem is in the origin of life. The Bible makes it clear that there is but one God and He created the world and all the peoples of the world (which includes those Hindus, American Indians, and Yorubans)..."

Live at Liberty Lunch
The Neville Brothers
Music Story  July 22, 1999
"...Not an auspicious introduction, but the first of probably hundreds of visits I would subsequently make to Liberty Lunch over the next 20 years. The club made its mark initially as a mecca for reggae and world music in the years immediately following the death of Bob Marley, 1982-'85..."

Growth Spurt
Nine Shows That Transported Me
Arts Story  January 7, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...5. The aesthetics of The Brothers Karamazov (UT Department of Theatre and Dance) Director Michael Bloom and his design team created a dark, hulking, finely textured, and fittingly grim world for this problematic production..."

Reeling in '98
The Austin Chronicle Top Nine Films of 1998
Screens Story  January 7, 1999
"...Strauss (There's Something About Mary); Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy) Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love); Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter); Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex) Todd Solondz (Happiness); James Toback (Two Girls and a Guy); Sherman Alexie (Smoke Signals) Neil LaBute (Your Friends and Neighbors); Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco); Tom Stoppard & Marc Norman (Shakespeare in Love) WORST FILM Ringmaster: Why go to the theatre and pay seven bucks to buy the Springer cow when you can stay home on the couch and watch the milk curdle for free? Desperate Measures: Has Andy Garcia ever appeared in a good movie since The Untouchables? He's become the kiss of death for any film he's in. The second half of Armageddon: What began as a smarter-than-average summer blockbuster goes dangerously wrong after blast-off, devolving into bomb blasts and bombast, an annoying mix of improbable space opera that would embarrass Flash Gordon and sappy, slo-mo "We Are the World" Coke ad..."

Coffee Table Books That Depict and Provide Escape From
Books Story  December 18, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Since objectivity is pointless, really pointless, when it comes to coffee table books, why not throw it out the window with a hearty heave-ho? When I think about coffee table books, I think about a remark philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein made in a notebook in 1937: "The horrors of hell can be experienced within a single day; that's plenty of time." Wittgenstein probably wasn't thinking of coffee table books when he wrote that, but who knows ñ he may have been. Maybe the day he wrote that line he was forced to sit down with something like The Book of Twins: A Celebration in Words and Pictures, in which the following sentence does actually appear: "There was just no stopping the speedy Gassman twins." He probably tired of those droning, blatantly informational passages so endemic to coffee table books, exemplified in spades in Sara Rath's The Complete Cow: An Udderly Entertaining History of Dairy & Beef Cows of the World ("Today, the cattle found in Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi are particularly notable, and possess different names")..."

I Wanna Take You Higher
Books Story  December 4, 1998, by Simon Reynolds
"...He gets over his fear of the "grotesque oxymoron" of punk nostalgia and attends the Sex Pistols reunion show in Finsbury Park, the town where Johnny Rotten grew up. The show was a success, mostly because England upset Spain in the European football championships and everyone was in high spirits, but also because he, along with everyone else, was there "to see the greatest band in the history of the world."..."

Wrapped and Ready
Screens Story  November 27, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Love is blind ... or is it? A blind-from-birth masseur (Val Kilmer) undergoes experimental surgery that will allow him to see the world as his architect love interest (Mira Sorvino) sees it..."

It Was a Very Good Year
Jason Phelps on 12 Months of Exceptional Stage Projects
Arts Story  August 7, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...Then I met Walter Thompson and started doing Sound Paintings. Then I worked with Meredith Monk's company for two weeks, which took me to a whole other world, opening me up as far as movement work and voice work, broadening my vision of the body and voice as landscape..."

Cooking in Heels
Trailblazing Women in Austin's Food Business
Food Story  August 7, 1998, by Ronna N. Welsh
"...From the beginning, though, Bauer-Slate's entrepreneurship held a more personal goal: "to create an island of sanity in a crazy world." She always assumed that her business would last a long time – she intends for it to last forever. That ambition continually renews her push forward, toward the next quarter-century in business..."

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
Arts Story  April 10, 1998
"...What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, so Bonnie Cullum's theatre would, were it not Planet Theatre called, retain that dear perversion which it owes without that title. Still, Planet Theatre is the perfect name for this funky, outlandish theatre; it's its own little world where no subject is taboo and no place is off limits for performance: Salvage Vanguard's The Battle of San Jacinto was fought in the lobby; VORTEX Repertory's same-sex Romeo and Juliet found love on the outside stage under the stars; and in the main theatre, cyborgs have sung opera and a beast-woman warbled Beatles tunes..."

Suburban Blight
Austinites' Escape to the 'Burbs Backfires
News Story  March 27, 1998, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Though the project's planning area and scope are rather narrowly defined, the neighbors "really want to get beyond their neighborhood and talk about the world around them, and put their thumbprint on that world," says Jenkins. That means that they've begun to at least speculate on broader issues - such as land use, transportation, schools - that have helped shape, and perhaps strangle, the precincts along Bowman Drive..."

Texas by Georgia
How O'Keeffe Adopted the Lone Star State
Arts Story  March 20, 1998, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"..."I knew and loved that country well, and here, for the first time, was someone who felt the same way about it. There was never anyone in the world like her in her appreciation of such things." It was Reid and O'Keeffe's love of the landscape that drew these two friends together initially and World War I that pulled them apart...."

Reflections
SXSW Film Conference and Festival '98
Screens Story  March 20, 1998
"...A special hell is reserved for bartenders and cabdrivers, folks who are forced to listen to the angst of the world, delivered by the souls who wander in and can't afford actual therapy. This kind of verbal vomit gets worse during the holidays, as emotions stretch like an overtuned guitar string..."

Inside Agitator
Fulani Follower Stokes Fires of Resentment and Reform
News Story  December 12, 1997, by Audrey Duff
"...Save Our Springs Alliance director Brigid Shea recalls, "I've had to tell her it's not a black-and-white world."..."

Faerie Tales
Another Scene? The Original Scene
Music Story  August 15, 1997, by Christopher Gray
"...Even the Hole in the Wall has gotten into the act of late, hosting a show by Houston's Clandestine (currently off competing for Best New Band at the premier Celtic gathering in the en-tar world, Brittany's Festival Interceltique) and Crazy Jane, which packed the club to the gills on a night easily as boisterous and harum-scarum as any Prima Donnas, Adults, or Gourds Saturnalia...."

Casa de los Babys
The new film from John Sayles presents a great group of characters and then strands them without a plot.
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Film Review  October 10, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It’s so heartbreaking it ought to be a crime, for in this movie Sayles and the actresses have created indelible characters who refuse to fade away as quickly and easily as the movie does. The setup is fantastic: A group of women have individually come to the same unnamed Third World country to adopt babies and wait out the red tape together in the same hotel..."

Money, It's a Gas
Economics, schmeconomics: Chronicle reviewer Roger Gathman compiles the latest books about the (almost) first commodity, money.
Books Story  January 14, 2000, by Roger Gathman
"...This is pretty much the way Friedman sees the world going. He calls the result the "Golden Straightjacket." In the resulting growth of the GDP (gross domestic product), income inequality is a given, the labor markets become flexible (which is another way of saying: underpaid, overworked, and permanently cowed), and "knowledge workers," which include software engineers, CEOs, and -- surprise surprise -- foreign affairs columnists for The New York Times, amass Kubla Khan-style opulence..."

Toasting Hogmany
The French Buffet
Food Story  December 31, 1998
"...The traditional milk punch is as close to the cocktail world as most denizens of rural South Louisiana get. During most of the year, we're content to swill cold beer as our beverage of choice -- a perfect match for steaming gumbos, hearty jambalaya, and other delicacies of the pot..."

Faces and Places
Books Story  December 18, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...I am eight years old and living in a faceless South Houston suburb. My eight-year-old world is colored by fear..."

Season's Grazings
Food Story  December 18, 1998
"...The first was a remarkable Roast Duck with Bigarade Sauce: puffy, crisp skin and tender, grease-free meat (Raymie is the world's master at extracting every molecule of fat from a duck carcass while roasting it to a golden brown), with a rich, sweet but tangy, carmelized l'orange sauce with demi-glace. The second was a new one for both of us: a Thirty-Layer German Baumtorte..."

Something Worth Living For
Michael Fracasso's World in a Drop of Water
Music Story  May 8, 1998, by Michael Bertin
"...V. Wolfson There's a quote on the back of Michael Fracasso's third and most recent album, World in a Drop of Water, and it provides the two easiest and hence most common reference points given for the Austin-based singer-songwriter: Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison..."

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