Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
"...Early favorite Bob, which stands for “Big Ole Bottom,” wowed the press, critics, and an already adoring crowd. Somewhat "new" to the world of drag, Bob was inspired to start his queen career by the first season of Drag Race..."
"...Thank you President Obama for opening the door to travel to Cuba by ordinary Americans like me, even if it isn’t completely unfettered of government stipulations. The easiest way for Americans to go to Cuba is by educational tour, even though most of the rest of the world has been vacationing there for years...."
"..."As I expressed recently to the Audit and Finance [Subcommittee], this is a very ambitious goal. Indeed, according to a study done by the Carbon Disclosure Project, Austin's government operations emissions reduction target is among the most ambitious in the world, with the City of Melbourne being the other city with the same aggressive goal," she wrote..."
"...My sophomore year at the University of Texas introduced me to Gurley Brown’s legacy. As an aspiring music journalist, I was drawn to her story – a Horatio Alger rise from the bottom to a 32-year reign as editor of one of the largest magazines in the world..."
"...The process was not designed with those kinds of volumes in mind. So it's not that people don't want to do it, it's that everybody's world has been turned upside down...."
"...Ann Richards Principal Jeanne Goka is very sensitive to any criticism of her admissions process. The school's website boasts, "You don't have to be a straight-A honor student to apply, but you do have to be a student who enjoys learning, has the desire to succeed, wants to go to college, and cares about the future of our world." Admission is via lottery, with 75% of desks reserved for kids from Title I (at-risk, low-income) campuses..."
"...Each team is paired with a musician and a visual artist who provide an original piece from which the team draws ideas for its new theatre and/or video-game work. In Team Chimera's case, the visual artist is Keith Ellis, a professor of graphic design who traveled all the way from Michigan to take part in the festival, and the musician is Lauren Morris, a Celtic and world-music artist who has recently relocated to Austin from California..."
"...I'm in a PBS K-hole! Help. Man oh man, I love public broadcasting, especially when the blockbuster documentaries come along and rile everyone up! Enter: Ken Burns' seven-part miniseries about the Second World War simply titled The War...."
"...•Local green groups Public Citizen and the Lone Star Sierra Club used the release of The Simpsons Movie last Friday to remind people that Texas is faced with the threat of seven newly proposed, noncartoon nuclear power plants. Citing the still-unsolved issue of safe nuclear-waste disposal and the staggering cost overruns common during the last nuke boom, the Sierra Club’s Cyrus Reed said in a press release, “Nuclear power is still too dangerous, too expensive, and too risky[,] and it is not the answer to our energy needs – not in the mythical world of Homer Simpson’s Springfield nor here in Texas.” Donna Hoffman of the Sierra Club noted, “Nuclear power plants cannot withstand the force of strengthened hurricanes like those we’ve experienced in recent years and like those that might develop in coming years from the warming waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf.” – Daniel Mottola..."
"...Since most games allowed only two-player modes, they could socialize with only one other person; anyone else would have to wait for the others to finish and grab the controller. Massively multiplayer online games like Guild Wars and World of Warcraft manifest something more sociable, offering unique virtual realms for hoards of subscribers..."
"...Listening to the current debate on illegal immigration makes it startlingly clear what a huge disservice Bush has done to his core voters, the religious right wing of the Republican Party. He has missed, I'm afraid, their deep spiritual religiosity and genuine disinterest in the material world...."
"...The panel: Tony Pierce (busblog.com), Min Jung Kim (minjungkim.com), Helen Jane Hearn (helenjane.com); Cameron Barrett, a first-generation blogger (camworld.com). Liza Sabater (culturekitchen.com) was the moderator..."
"...17-19, Austin will be host to hundreds of historians and activists who will gather in UT's Thompson Conference Center to raise some serious questions, most prominently: 1) What has brought us to the war in Iraq; 2) What are we supposed to do now? Among the scholars convening in the name of informed resistance will be Rashid Khalidi, director of Columbia University's Middle East Institute and author of Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East; Andrea Smith, Native American activist and scholar and co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence; and Howard Zinn, the historian, activist, and author best known for his ground-breaking retelling of American history from the bottom up, A People's History of the United States. The veteran of both World War II and the fight for civil rights talked with the Chronicle from his home in Massachusetts about the power of context, America's potential to be truly great, and the truth of human nature...."
"... Once on stage, the bands did their best to support their corporate backers and seemed unfazed by their ties to big tobacco's new gimmick. It was a disappointing concert event that charged for music fans to enter a new world of corporate marketing...."
"...The clear plastic also gives the shorter visitors a chance to swim with the otters. Kids line up for a chance to slide through a large tube that passes through the otters' tank, giving them a fish's view of the underwater world...."
"...Narrative Feature 'Round Midnight, World Premiere..."
"...After 9/11, any action against a foreign country is a justifiable defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Conversely, those against the war are knee-jerk humanists, spineless Chamberlain-esque appeasers who see the world through rose-colored glasses, not really understanding the nature of our enemies (which seems to include much of the population of the rest of the world) or what needs to be done!..."
"...This is ridiculous. Welcome to the real world..."
"...In 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, playwright Lisa D'Amour has penned an urban fable of loneliness and love set in a world in which furry brutes pine for sophisticated housewives, meteorological phenomena occur in metropolitan high-rises, and architectural views offer epiphanies of desire. Here, wonders are woven slyly into the fabric of daily life -- the uncommon is commonplace -- and D'Amour is free to take our mundane struggles to live and transform them into something rich and strange, something that reveals the love of another for the miracle it is..."
"...It can be a lonely world as a Libertarian. Very few people believe that government should be limited by anything more than their own desires..."
"...If Bradley's sister is as close to him as he says, and is wealthy enough to establish this trust for him, why doesn't she just pay all the money he owes, including the $70-plus million he owes me, you, and all the other U.S. taxpayers? Then he can continue on his merry path of paving the world one acre at a time, debt-free..."
"...Parent channel Bravo will have a special airing of the series this Friday, April 26, at 9pm.Westward Ho! Three families relive life as homesteaders in 1880s Montana in Frontier House, a new reality series. The three-episode special airs April 29, April 30, and May 1, at 8pm on PBS.The Fiction of Fact Production has begun for The Real World: The Lost Season, an original TV movie inspired by MTV's popular reality series..."
"...It was a personal account of writing a lesbian erotic movie, and I discovered that everyone, including the lesbian crew and filmmakers, were homophobic. Most of them wanted to use pseudonyms for fear of blowing their cover in the straight-film world..."
"...It's a Wintel-only piece of software. The world really Munsoned itself when it made Bill Gates the monopolist and not Steve Jobs, but that's a complaint for another time..."
"...Hence the new gate, though some surveyor had erred in judging where Alcoa's holdings began. Hobbs, a World War II Navy veteran and lifelong resident of Milam and Lee counties, hitched his truck to the gate and jerked it out of the ground...."
"...Twangfest has also displayed convincing growth, having spawned a nonprofit organization to organize the event (put together by eight folks in six cities), an accompanying CD titled Edges From the Postcard that features rare and previously unreleased tracks from a broad range of performers, and an online auction to raise money for production costs. This year's Twangfest featured 15 acts from such diverse locations as Toronto, Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Nashville, and Philadelphia, though Austin, of course, remains the alt.country capital to most of the world, sending three local performers: the righteous swing of Jim Stringer & his Austin Music Band, the punk, funk, and pure country harmonies of the Damnations TX, and the reigning king of honky-tonks, Dale Watson..."
"...Dominique de Menil of Houston, an oil heiress, human rights champion, and art patron, died at the age of 89. De Menil amassed one of the world's largest private art collections and opened it to the public in a cutting edge museum in the Montrose district of Houston..."
"...Lucy Lawless: “Oh say, can you see?” The weekend came, quite unexpectedly, in black & white. Various shows invoked images and memories from childhood, and reminded me that this was the first event in history that galvanized the television-watching world: the assassination of John F..."
"...Early in his first term, Doggett and Virginia Republican Tom Davis -- former CEO of a D.C.-area federal high-tech contractor -- formed the Congressional Information Technology Working Group, which sought to introduce the fairly computer-illiterate Congress to the world in which most Austinites live. "Most members don't realize the importance of I.T..."
"...Barbara Bolin, associate vice president for workforce education at ACC, who oversees the training curricula the collge supplies to Jobs Ahead. "I keep saying to [Jobs Ahead participants], you don't just expect that this will fix you for life; that isn't the way the world is anymore..."
"...The show features 27 numbers in styles ranging from the polished pop of Mercer and Arlen to the sophisticated swing of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, the roguish raunch of Wesley Wilson to the earthy laments of Bessie Smith. They're stitched together inside a frame that suggests a narrative– there's a setting, a Chicago hotel, and characters: The Lady From the Road, The Woman of the World, The Girl With a Date,and The Man From the Saloon – but no larger story develops..."
"...Would I recommend the Driskill to Austinites in search of a dinner location downtown? Sure, why not? Despite a few kinks, my evening there was enjoyable, and the restaurant's refined, Old World atmosphere certainly offers a diversion from competing spots in the heart of town. It must be said, though, that out-of-towners who dine at the Driskill in hopes of discovering the pulse of Austin's food scene are sure to get a rather unusual, perhaps out-of-date, picture of the city's personality..."
"...The cop (who has a face like an Easter Island statue) takes iron-fisted control of the group, feeding the hipster a shotgun butt when he tries to leave. They take shelter in the back of the 18-wheeler (conveniently loaded with canned food, water, and supplies) and wait for the world to end..."
"..."When I could write and record anything I wanted, for me, it was actually harder," reveals Levin. "It was like, let me search my soul and see what's in there and spit it out for the world...."
"...Western shirts and hats sliding past taffeta and lipstick, high heels and high hair. Looks like a post-war party circa World War II until you notice the long hair, designer denim, and Doc Martens..."
"...The voice... world-weary and cynical, but soft and sensual at the same time..."
"...That's unfortunate, because the "Live Music Capital of the World" could use more places like Crystal Clear, a sort of one-stop shopping mart for bands wanting to put out their own release. At the Dallas facilities one can literally walk in with nothing but songs and instruments and leave with full CDs and cassettes ready to be shipped to retail..."
"..."The response has been pretty staggering," said Kreitz, an Austin-based screenwriter and director. "We got submissions literally from around the world..."
"...It's about 1965 or so. One of my earliest movie memories is going to see It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World at the drive-in in our small Southern Illinois farm town..."
"...His Mysterious Press novels (Savage Season, Mucho Mojo, The Two-Bear Mambo) featuring the unlikely exploits of Hap and Leonard, a pair of East Texas ne'er-do-wells (Leonard is big, black, gay, and prone to the occasional violent outburst, while Hap is white, straight, and usually lovesick) are a cause celebré in the somewhat insular world of genre fiction, although everyone from The New York Times to Texas Monthly agrees Lansdale's violently humorous take on race and reason is unlike anything else out there. And after winning the Bram Stoker award four times, the British Fantasy Award, and the American Horror Critics Award, and probably, by now, a Pulitzer or two, Lansdale's name is quickly and deservedly becoming more and more recognizable..."
"...He aptly proves his point by visiting artist Jeff Koons' studio, confronting him because he does not make any of the art works he sells, hiring instead a workshop of about 12 craftsmen Koons calls "phenomenal"; you'll have to see it for yourself, but Hughes basically does away with any pretensions Koons might have had about being an artist. You've got to admire a critic who, instead of hiding behind his books, will witheringly confront a fake to his face not just for the sparks the spectacle will produce but for the pleasure of shining a glaring, illuminating light on an artist he thinks is pulling one over on the art world and public's head..."
"...As "Four Leaf Clover" blankets the national airwaves and the rest of the world is introduced to the singular talent of Abra Moore, you who knew her from Sing will be blown away by how she's rockin' these days -- and even more surprised at how much you'll love it. While nothing on Moore's Arista Austin debut is completely unfamiliar or groundbreaking, it's definitely a shift in season..."
"...Every popular cuisine has received an in-depth "lite" or "low-fat" treatment. Fusion cooking, the every-ingredient-in-the-world in one dish mish-mash of flavors had a great run, and to date, most of the regions of Italy have already been explored..."
"...Yet is it possible, in today's world of sports franchises cutting from one city to the next faster than free-agent sluggers, for a city to actually get a stadium for free? The city of Norfolk, Virginia, may have come the closest in the deal it struck with its Triple-A team, the Tide (affiliated with and owned by the New York Mets)...."
"...Focused on a small, depraved segment of the population, Ellroy's novels probe the underworld with microscopic intensity, and show how the crimes of a few create a web of complicity. No one spins a captivating, sprawling yarn as well as Ellroy, and the sprawl reaches global proportions in Tabloid, as two ex-FBI men and a former L.A..."
"...Two local kickass queer writers released graphic novels earlier this year: Lilah Sturges’ Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass and Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam, and both invite the reader into an imaginary world of queer beauty. Perfect for the bookworm in your world – and you can grab one or both, along with a ton of other great presents, at our local feminist bookstore BookWoman. Queer Performers’ Merch [image-5-right]..."
"...Now, the veteran businessman that helped catalyze Austin’s vaunted music culture as owner of the Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980) confirms that Threadgill’s Riverside location will close after Thanksgiving. His staff, some of whom have worked there for decades, have been notified of the closure..."
"..."When I go back and listen to our first project," he continues, "we did some good work, but I feel like I was still in my world and MexStep was in his world. Now, when I'm writing, I can hear his voice..."
"...Bobcat Goldthwait is on a terrific tear as a director at the moment. World's Greatest Dad was a benchmark performance for Robin Williams, while God Bless America stands as one of the great, acerbic commentaries on modern America's inherent nihilism..."
"...Now, they are reversing digital media's stranglehold and forming an unstoppable tag team. Against the expectations of many, it's World Wrestling Entertainment – home to pro wrestlers like The Rock and John Cena – that holds the gold...."