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Day Trips
Columns  April 17, 1998, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...International Festival in Houston celebrates the cultures of the world in a 20-block area downtown. Includes the Art Car Parade on Saturday at 1pm (rain or shine), Apr..."

Musical Manifesto
Davíd Garza's
Music Story  April 3, 1998, by Andy Langer
"...Not only did the EP's rough edges and anthemic songwriting help reposition Garza musically just in time for his proper national debut, it also made valuable inroads at college radio and retail. Actually, the same could be said about the EP's impact on Atlantic, where label brass were so impressed with The 4-Track Manifesto that they urged Garza to add two of the EP's tunes, "Float Away" and "Discoball World," onto This Euphoria, declaring the latter tune the album's first single..."

Won't Get Schooled Again
Austin's Music Class of '98
Music Story  January 23, 1998, by Andy Langer
"...Using five songs he originally prepared at home to pitch to another Atlantic artist, Garza's 4-Track Manifesto not only prepared the local's existing fanbase for a fairly radical rock crossover, it also made college radio inroads with "Disco Ball World." Even better, Garza spent nearly two months on the record store circuit, playing in-stores for members of the Independent Retail Coalition - stores that could play pivotal roles early in the retail promotion of Garza's full-length debut...."

Start Your Modems!
The Joy of B-Movie Websites
Screens Story  January 16, 1998, by Jerry Renshaw
"...Later, you got your driver's license and joined your pals at the drive-in for Pabst Blue Ribbon and Dawn of the Dead, Phantasm, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Then one day the drive-ins dried up and the Ghoulardi-wannabes went to the ratings netherworld, leaving you with your VCR and a membership card from the local video maven..."

Cinema du Fromage
Directors Dumber Than Ed Wood, Jr.!
Screens Story  December 26, 1997, by Jerry Renshaw
"...Wood, Jr.? Just as I thought, almost everyone. Chances are you're familiar with him because some snide, condescending movie critic once deemed him "the world's worst director" and called Plan 9 from Outer Space the world's worst movie..."

Yakuza Apocalypse
Japan’s nuttiest filmmaker Takashi Miike strikes again
Film Review  October 9, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Never mind that he’s also got a group of locals locked away down in his basement, curiously knitting their days away – no, really, they’re fucking knitting! – even as they’re being used as “feed” for the bloodsuckers upstairs. Yakuza Apocalypse is Miike at the top of his game, breaking cinematic rules at every chance while crafting seriously subversive cinema that defangs both the real-world Yakuza, the Japanese government, and, heaven help us, Sanrio, too..."

For the Sake of the Song
Music Review  March 15, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...At times recalling the equally vocally challenged Gram Parsons, Romano shows off the ability to mimic the traditional, while not really capturing its essence. (Wed., 11pm, Velveeta Room) Max GomezRule the World (New West)..."

Up Too Early
Google Streetview fashion critique from Nueces Street
DAILY Chronolog  July 19, 2012, by The Luv Doc
"...Not even Douglas McArthur or John Wayne or Billyjack could manage that…but oddly, Barack Obama probably could. Maybe this guy is heralding a new world order in which skinny dudes with facial hair and alien shoes rule the planet..."

Day Trips
The Odessa Meteor Crater is the site of a serious intergalactic impact
Columns  April 18, 2008, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Elias Sellards identified the crater while looking for a commercial quantity of potash. "We still get scientists visiting from around the world," Rice says...."

Friday Picks
SXSW picks & sleepers
Music Story  March 18, 2005
"...Debut LP, Tragedy Rocks, in May. – Andy LangerSALLY TIMMS8pm, Red Eyed Fly Sally Timms knows it's a man's man's man's world, and she takes on the role In the World of Him..."

Rhythm is King
Music Review  June 24, 1999, by Jay Hardwig
"...A vast stretch of land, home to a vast store of music, and more of it played on Austin stages than ever before. Why? Is it the triumph of world beat, the celebrated death of rock & roll? Wheat doesn't seem to care..."

Blood and Memories
Music Story  April 8, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...For their sophomore effort, Vaughan & Double Trouble were still dipping into the tried and true bar band repertoire that they'd customized into aggressive blues. By '84, MTV was dictating musical tastes that had once been radio's territory, and while Vaughan was hardly the moussed-up pretty boy wearing spandex the video channel loved, he, Layton, and Shannon gamely made videos for "Couldn't Stand the Weather" and "Cold Shot." If the guitarist had been showing off on "Rude Mood" from Texas Flood, he was showboating on "Scuttle Buttin'." Couldn't Stand the Weather's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" let the world know that Jimi Hendrix was as important as Guitar Slim or Howlin' Wolf in the Pantheon of Blues...."

Bittersweet Ending
Notes From the Republican Revolution
News Story  November 6, 1998
"...Except for Bush's landslide victory broadcast an hour ago (or in January, depending on how you look at things), the numbers could flip-flop at any moment. As the results trickle in, forecasting the inevitable Republican state sweep, there remains this belief -- perhaps irrational -- that the wrong results are being fed to us here in GOP World..."

Rollers Refined
Music Story  May 29, 1998
"..."Rev. Kathy Russell" photograph by Bruce Dye In a perfect world, the Spice Girls would have already been relegated to shoveling suds at a Bristol bistro and Austin's Rollers Redefined would be a global sensation, touring for die-hard jungle fanatics, managed by Goldie, and debuting their new A-Team ripoff show, Fox Force Four, on (where else?) the Fox network this Friday..."

Indie Shorts on Display
The Territory Begins New Season
Screens Story  October 24, 1997
"...Shooting the Breeze Ever wish that your TV would break outside the confines of the humdrum? For a half-hour every week beginning October 28 through February 10, 1998, statewide PBS series The Territory promises to do just that. Now embarking on its 22nd season, the co-production of the Austin Museum of Art, the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), and KUHT-TV (Houston) showcases some of the best independent film and video shorts from around the world..."

News Boss
News Story  July 11, 1997, by Lee Nichols
"...Oppel made statements to Neill that are all too rare in today's world of corporate media:..."

Burgers, Burgers Everywhere
The Chronicle Guide to Hamburgers in Austin
Food Story  June 20, 1997
"...A side order of crisp waffle-cut fries with a little queso to round out the meal. Add one of their giant glasses full of Coke and we're ready to conquer the world..."

Slouching Towards Gomorrah
At the Intersection of Jazz and Lounge
Music Story  June 6, 1997, by Michael Bertin
"...Or do you? The swing scene has been fueling a rekindled interest in America's musical contribution to world culture and exposing younger audiences to an art form that, historically, has been ghettoized as old people's music. Yet, instead of being a PR windfall for local jazz musicians, this whole lounge thing has been polarizing some factions of players around town...."

Woody Guthrie's American Song: Up with the People
Arts Story  April 11, 1997
"...This theatrical presentation devoted to Woody Guthrie and his work takes us back to experience part of that hard world. In songs and other writings collected and culled by Peter Glazer, we hear tales of Guthrie's life and the lives of people he met..."

The whole world is watching... or at least that's what the makers of Sliver would have us believe. Initial business is likely to be brisk for this wannabe sexy thriller...
Film Review  May 28, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau, Polly Walker, Colleen Camp, Nina Foch, CCH Pounder and Keene Curtis. The whole world is watching....."

FBC will make you blush brighter than the Trail of Lights
Columns  November 29, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Stateside at the Paramount, $13-30) with a racy roster featuring Chola Magnolia, Zaftigg von BonBon, Aurora Hart, Jasper St. James, Lady Lola LeStrange, and guests: San Antonio's Maxxy Radd and Dallas' Iris Le'Mour, who says she’s “so excited” to be part of a queer show that “shows the world these curves are not only dangerous, but alluring.” 2 To Do..."

On self-care, Halloween month, and getting the queer vote out
Columns  October 11, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...18). Let's reinvent the world through costumes, through drag, through queer community, through voting. 2 To Do..."

Wonder Woman
The origin story of Diana, princess of the Amazons
Film Review  June 2, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Peter circa 1941. That’s roundabout the same time Marvel’s shield-wielding Cap’n arrived in “the funnies,” and both heroes were born amidst the chaos of World Wars, fighting for truth, justice, and freedom from bellicosity in comic books that were ultimately shipped to the European theatre to buck up weary Allied grunts and airmen...."

A cult deprogrammer needs some mental floss of his own.
Film Review  March 6, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...It’s a delicate balance, one he manages adeptly. In the hands of a lesser performer, the film’s twist at the end (a neatly achieved plot turn) would play less believably, but it makes all the sense in the world with him in the leading role..."

Fiction Favorites
From postapocalyptic islands to mining camps in Nevada, these novels will rock your world
Books Story  October 25, 2013
"...An introductory note acknowledges definitive parallels between her story's plot and the real-life case of Amanda Knox. Lily Hayes is studying abroad in Argentina when her world collapses: She is incarcerated, pending murder charges in the gruesome death of her roommate, Katy Kellers..."

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 1
It is only a matter of time before an interconnected world work force begins to ask, 'Who are we really working for?'
Columns  November 4, 2011, by Michael Ventura
"...Subtitle: "The Worldwide End of Capitalism and Its Replacement by a Mode of Commerce for Which, as Yet, There Is No Ism."..."

Layer Cake
A contemporary gangster film that both looks and feels like a Britnoir classic filtered through the Jam’s bang-on sense of style, Layer Cake takes a realistic approach to Britain’s criminal underclass.
Film Review  June 3, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...A contemporary gangster film that both looks and feels like a Britnoir classic filtered through the Jam’s bang-on sense of style, Layer Cake forgoes Ritchie’s Byzantine plotting and bad-lads-on-holiday stylistics in favor of a more realistic approach to Britain’s criminal underclass. The layer cake of the title, of course, refers to that selfsame underworld’s class system, which mirrors the whole of U.K..."

Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Expecting the Best
Arts Review  July 8, 1999
"...Through two particularly important creative geniuses of this dying century, Picasso and Einstein (and a third, blue-suede-shoed late addition), Martin creates a highly entertaining and quirky little play filled with his unique, off-kilter sense of humor and a warmth of possibility. These two young geniuses-in-the-making chance to meet in a typical Parisian bar at a moment in time just as each is ready to shift the way the world looks at everything..."

Live Shots
Music Story  July 1, 1999
"...Ah well, those indie kids are suffering eternally anyway, so what's it to them if the venue is less than ideal? Turns out, not much. Two of the most distinct vocalists in the indie rock world took to the red-lighted stage and drew the audience in like a great film that makes you forget your front-row neck cramps..."

Fatal Error
Hooked on Drug Money
News Story  December 25, 1998, by Monte Paulsen
"...It was his chore to walk them to the river each afternoon. And he usually took with him a World War I-era .22-caliber rifle his grandfather had given him..."

Southern Comfort
Homestyle Eats in a Post-Virginia's World
Food Story  June 6, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood

Picking Apples
The Art and Commerce of Product Placement
Screens Story  May 16, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...In the last year or so, however, I've noticed a new trend in Hollywood films and product placement: Apple computers seem to have taken over. From last year's Mission: Impossible (which should have been retitled "Three Cheers for Apple," what with the gargantuan marketing push the faltering computer company launched to coincide with the film's release) to the upcoming Batman & Robin (which promises to have more PowerBooks and Apple products on display than you can shake a Schwarzenegger at), Apple appears to have become, seemingly overnight, a force to be reckoned with in the highly competitive world of onscreen product placement...."

Austin Lyric Opera Makes History With Tannhäuser Our First Wagner
Arts Story  January 12, 1996
"...It's a big one. And that isn't big in terms of the set, though John Boesche's scene designs -- envisioning a post-apocalyptic world of great ruined theatres and massive concrete freeway trestles in disrepair -- are monumental..."

GayCL 2018 Is Queerer and More Diverse Than Ever
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows you’re queer
DAILY Qmmunity  October 10, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...The self-proclaimed “gender-bending rapstress if you will,” echoes other performers’ sentiments about how queer, independent showcases are crucial, seeing that there’s nothing else like it in Austin’s mainstream music scene. “GayCL gives us a platform to put our names out into the world and connect with other queers as well as grow a local fan base.” [image-4-right]..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  July 26, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...World Cup Wrap: 19-year-old French star Kylian Mbappe revealed this week that he played the last two games of the World Cup with three displaced vertebrae. "It was essential not to alert our opponents, otherwise they could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area," he told France Football magazine..."

Mrs. Santa's Book Bag
Food Story  December 7, 2012, by Wes Marshall
"...Wine writers usually split the universe into New World/Old World categories. The New World wines are generally fruitier, less long-lived, a good deal cheaper, and easier on the beginning drinker's palate..."

Dragonball: Evolution
Live-action versions of animé/manga hits are notoriously hard to pull off, and Dragonball: Evolution proves no exception.
Film Review  April 17, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Online fan reaction has been mixed, but despite the chaotic storytelling – difficult to circumnavigate with even the most straightforward of manga – Dragonball may be more entertaining to those who know nothing about it going in. An unlikely scenario, sure, but hardly as unlikely as Dragonball's frantically paced, funkily stylized backstory, which has whey-faced teen martial artist Goku (Chatwin, sporting a minor league version of the character's notoriously spiky coif) saving the world from ancient enemy Piccolo (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Marsters) with the mystical aid of the titular spheres and equally bombastic pals Chi Chi (Chung) and Bulma (Rossum)..."

The Documentaries of Louis Malle
Screens Review  May 25, 2007, by Taylor Holland
"...Now, as if the French needed their own available-on-DVD Eddie Murray, Malle switch-hits at the storytelling plate and again plays pepper with the human condition. Vive le Tour leads off with an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the world's most famous bicycle race, as skimpy saddlers eat some 1962 pavement and then wash it down with beers stolen from a roadside cafe..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  November 5, 2004
"...Nationally, transit ridership grew 21% over the last five years, while the number of miles driven grew by 12%. This was the first time since World War II that growth in transit ridership substantially outpaced growth in driving...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 18, 2003
"...I don't want to be weird or live in a weird city. If we have to have a Keep Austin slogan, how about Keep Austin Unique, Keep Austin Different, Keep Austin Local, Keep Austin Austin, or my favorite, Keep Austin Affordable? It's bad enough we are the Live Music Capital of the World and discriminate against musicians (that's weird), now we are proud to be weird? Who comes up with these slogans anyway?..."

Countdown to Ecstasy
A New Drug for a New Millennium
Music Story  June 9, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Ecstasy has been around Austin since it arrived from New York, via Dallas nightclub the Starck, in 1984. And despite everything -- the DEA's war on drugs, rampant scare stories, and obvious misuse, overuse, and outright abuse -- it's still very much here in the midst of the live music capital of the world, fueling all-night parties, love-ins, and clandestine husband-and-wife emotional therapy sessions...."

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature
Understanding the Science
Food Story  August 5, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...One of the most popular new tools used by U.S. officials to promote GE foods is the assertion that they are absolutely necessary to feed booming Third World populations in the new millennium..."

Personal Effects
Books Story  April 15, 1999, by Stacy Bush
"..."I was attracted to both of these stories because these dealt with themes beyond the merely personal," Dyssegaard says. "For example, the world of medicine is very hermetic and the point of view that an insider like Frances Connolly can offer is particularly valuable..."

Mexican Food 101
Salvation in a Glass: An Ode to the Frozen Margarita
Food Story  March 11, 1999
"...During the blast furnace summertime, there's the bubble-bowled refuge of the frozen margarita. But for dedicated beer drinkers and victims of freshman-year tequila binges, there's always the fizzy, quenching world of cerveza Mexicana..."

Far from Hollywood
Screens Story  January 14, 1999, by Charles Nafus
"...Remarking on living in the film capital of the world, Burnett explains, "At that particular time, Hollywood was totally closed. For people of color there was no chance to get in there..."

Beautiful Songs and Good, Heavy Sounds
Music Story  November 27, 1998, by Belinda Acosta
"...You have to remember, we were all working people, blue collar workers ó it was a question of attitude and perception. Manuel and others before him took the best of both worlds: the sophistication of orquesta and the enthusiasm of conjunto..."

Godspell '98: All for the Best
Arts Review  June 5, 1998
"...Godspell is kin to those meaningful Seventies musicals sprouting out of the chaos inherent to the late Sixties. With the Vietnam War raging and the blossoming of a socially conscious counterculture, the world was spinning furiously in search of a spiritual epicenter..."

Lost in Space
Performance Artist Sally Jacques Lives Life on the Edges
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...It is into those infinite reaches of the cosmos that Jacques transports us in her newest site-specific work. Probe One: Impossible Destiny posits a future in which the world as we know it has literally vanished, instantaneously dissolved in a blinding flash..."

Parallel Universe
Ruben Ramos: El Gato Negro's
Music Story  February 6, 1998, by Raoul Hernandez
"...photograph by John Carrico It has been said the world over that Americans have no sense of history. Where are your castles, your cathedrals, your pyramids to remind you of all that has come before? Where are your testaments to civilizations past? Silly child, you have none..."

Shattered Icon
Living Legend Ann Richards Steps Off the Pedestal
News Story  October 24, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...Richards has simply joined the good old boys at one of Washington's poshest law firms. And by doing so, she's shown that she can still succeed in a man's world, whether it's by running for and becoming governor, or by representing Conrail, Mills, and Lockheed...."

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