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Land of the Lost
Will Ferrell's remake of the beloved Sid and Marty Krofft TV show lacks virtually everything that made the original series so memorable.
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Film Review  June 5, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Pufnstuf and the truly mind-warping Lidsville (which features a freakishly off-the-rails star turn by no less than Charles Nelson Reilly) – it's difficult to believe that anyone with an interest in American pop culture and access to YouTube isn't aware of the Kroffts’ seismic influence on an entire generation of impressionable young minds. The Kroffts’ Land of the Lost, which ran for three seasons on NBC beginning in 1974, chronicled the adventures of the Marshall family – dad Rick, son Will, and daughter Holly – who became trapped in an alternate universe where stop-motion dinosaurs battled it out with a race of lizard-men dubbed the Sleestak, and a furry little primate named Chaka pulled double duty as comic relief and narrative linchpin..."

Riders Against the Storm Year
ATX hip-hop duo gets its science down
DAILY Music  June 24, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...Shakey Graves’ Blues on the Green concert tonight was postponed until Aug. 22, and with it an opening set by local hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm – husband and wife team Chaka and Qi Dada..."

Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Just about every American of a certain age knows the Motown sound and can rattle off his or her favorite hits with enthusiastic alacrity, whether they be tunes by Marvin...
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Film Review  November 15, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The movie also provides loving recollections of the contributions of the Brothers who had already passed away before the start of filming: Benny Benjamin, Eddie Brown, Earl Van Dyke, Robert White, Richard Allan, and probably the most famous of the group -- bassist James Jamerson. Punctuating these verbal recollections are modern-day interpretive performances of some of these songs by the likes of Joan Osborne, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, and Chaka Khan..."

Bridget Jones's Diary
romantic fantasy as it is social satire.
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Film Review  April 13, 2001, by Sarah Hepola
"...The film, a feature debut from BBC director/producer Sharon Maguire, isn't so risky; this Bridget Jones's Diary is as much romantic fantasy as it is social satire, but more to the point -- it is gloriously and tear-wellingly funny. Adapted by Fielding along with Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) and Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Emma), the film takes its rote romantic-comedy framework -- girl meets boy, girl shags boss, girl binges on Vodka, ciggies, chocolate, and Chaka Khan, etc..."

Remixing Against the Storm
Perennial Austin Band of the Year contenders keeps it RE:AL
DAILY Music  January 4, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...The annual New Year’s Eve edition of Body Rock ATX at Empire Garage by Riders Against the Storm remains in contention for party of the year. Now, the local hip-hop duo turns its attention to Alabama Shakes, whose “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” the husband and wife duo of Chaka and Qi Dada decided to remix..."

A Sense of Wonder
T'chaka Sikelianos on 'A Yeti in the City'
Screens Story  October 5, 2007, by Sofia Resnick
"...On the surface, T'chaka Sikelianos doesn't appear to struggle with any sort of identity crisis. He is who he is: both black and white, neither black nor white, an artist, a human, an animal..."

A New Sound & Vision for RAS
Grassroots hip-hop twosome gets serious
DAILY Music  April 26, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...According to the marrieds, they’ve long wanted to augment their sound with a contemporary edge. As such, Chaka and Qi Dada (aka Jonathan and Ghislaine Mahone) aren’t smiling for you today..."

2nd Annual Austin Chronicle Cookout
PHOTO GALLERY  July 21, 2014
"...Chaka Mpeanaji (left) and Tiger Lily of Riders Against the Storm show some love for the Austin Chronicle Saturday at Historic Scoot Inn during the 2nd annual Austin Chronicle Cookout...."

Playback: Major Frost
Who's Max Frost and how did the Austin native sign to Atlantic Records?
Music Column  June 28, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...When Chaka Mpeanaji and Tiger Lily, the husband and wife hip-hop duo known as Riders Against the Storm, got a hug from Willie Nelson during a chance meeting at Arlyn Studios in March, they felt a transferring of the vibe – like Austin's foremost ambassador had just confirmed their citizenship...."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Interviews: Sunday
Wincing the night away
Music Story  November 7, 2008, by Greg Beets
"...Scared of Chaka4:35pm, Stage 3..."

We Can't Make It Here Anymore
As the city's Economic Development Department readies its recommendations to City Council on Mayor Adler's Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, is it already too late for local artists in terms of local affordability?
Music Story  May 26, 2016, by Doug Freeman
"...As co-anchor for hip-hop powerhouse and the Austin Music Awards' reigning Band of the Year Riders Against the Storm, Jonathan "Chaka" Mahone has been firing truth since arriving in Austin over six years ago. He also voices a skepticism echoed across the city's minority communities...."

Delgo
In this animated fantasy, a band of teens joins together to defend its land from alien winged creatures.
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Film Review  December 12, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...It's like a Tootsie Pop in that regard, all shiny, sticky, and delicious, but once you get to its bland brown center (coming, as it does, after way too many metaphorical licks), you're likely to be disappointed by what is essentially a wad of less-than-sensational CGI treacle. As the brief, well-edited prologue informs, Delgo (voiced by Prinze Jr.) is a young, headstrong member of the Lockni race, a peaceful people in the land of Jhamora who resemble Land of the Lost's Sleestacks but act more like that movie's Chaka on a no-hair day..."

TFPF Grant Recipients
The Austin Film Society's Texas Filmmakers Production Fund has announced its 2003 awards -- totaling $65,000 -- to 17 "emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas … whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity."
Screens Story  August 15, 2003
"..."The South Rising," David Barker (30 min., documentary); "Graffiti," Juliet Dervin (30 min., narrative); Location, Location, Christine Felton (90 min., documentary); "Light From the East," Amy Grappell (53 min., documentary); Once Upon a Time in Kentucky, Scott Harris (148 min., documentary); Room, Kyle Henry (90 min., experimental/narrative); White Dwarfs and Red Giants, Eric Hueber (90 min., experimental/documentary/ narrative); "Eating in Cubes," Jane Jo (15 min., animation/experimental/narrative); Texas Weeds, Mitko Panov (90 min., narrative); A Yeti in the City, T'Chaka Sikelianos (80 min., narrative); Bastard, Karen Skloss (60-80 min., experimental/documentary/narrative); "pupae," Divya Srinivasan (24 min., animation/experimental/ documentary/narrative); "Boyhood Dreams," Dorothy VanDeCarr (56 min., documentary); Dear Pillow, Jacob Vaughan (90 min., narrative); "After Twilight," Gary Watson (30 min., narrative); "Forbidden to Wander," Susan Youssef (53 min., documentary); and "Quasar Hernandez," David Zellner (9 min., narrative)...."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 16, 2001
"...SCARED OF CHAKA: Albuquerque's Scared of Chaka have one foot in the Estrus-style garage punk of the Nineties and another in Eighties teenage heartbreak hardcore. Last year's Seven Stories Tall compiles the trio's 7-inch output from 1994-99..."

RAS Day Expands
Riders Against the Storm fest up two days, Aug. 18-19
DAILY Music  June 29, 2017, by Kahron Spearman
"...“We’re really excited about bringing three internationally known artists to Austin that really haven’t been showcased here in a larger festival setting,” says Chaka Mpeanaji (aka Jonathan Mahone), half of RAS and the event’s creative director. “These artists, like our energy as a creative force, represent authenticity, soul, diversity, positive vibes, and a contagious raw power that inspires organically.”..."

Rick Perry, Lord of the Dance?
Why would a former Texas governor go on reality TV? Why not?
DAILY News  September 2, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Yes, Texas' former chief executive joins the 23rd season of ABC's seemingly never-ending show, following in the elegantly swaying footsteps of Steve-O, Valerie Harper, Buzz Aldrin, Chaka Khan, and Jersey Shore's The Situation...."

Sun Ra Commander Marshall Allen
Intergalactic RAS Day headliners tap universal vibrations
DAILY Music  August 24, 2016, by Thomas Fawcett
"...The Arkestra touches down locally this Saturday for RAS Day, the third annual festival lovingly reared by married hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm. The family-friendly day celebrates the vibrant, diverse, and creative community that the pair of Chaka and Qi Dada have cultivated since arriving locally in 2010..."

Untapped Austin Releases Full Beer List
Forget about 2016 with 334 brews
DAILY Food  April 28, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Oskar Blues Dale’s – American Pale Ale – 6.5% Pinner Throwback IPA – Session IPA – 4.9% Beerito Mexican Lager – Vienna Lager – 4% Old Chub – Scotch Ale – 8% G’Knight – Imperial Red Ale – 8.7% CHAKA – Belgian Strong Ale – 8%..."

SXSW Music: Erykah Badu
Now you see her, now you don’t
DAILY Music  March 17, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...She hustled from a shortened, yet towering take of “20 Feet Tall” into a jazz lounge rendition of “Out My Mind, Just In Time.” Classic call and response opportunity, “On and On” flips into something else entirely on the back end, where shades of Chaka Khan emerge. Badu paid tribute to Aaliyah via use of her last hit, the wavy “Rock the Boat,” which interpolated into “Love of My Life.”..."

Golden Dawn Arkestra
Music Story  March 17, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin's Afrobeat aliens successfully etched a psychedelic jazz-funk party onto their 2014 debut EP, and now repeat the trick with sophomore vinyl that deepens the grooves into electro-funk. The 10- to 20-piece collective follows that lodestar on this eight-song-long effort: galactic disco on gibberish chant "Sama Chaka," space-surf guitar with "Osaka," and a tropical R&B melody on uplifting standout "Clouds." Local analog master Erik Wofford again captures GDA's multitude of keyboards, horns, vibraphone, flute, and percussion with a clarity that rockets past exotic to interplanetary..."

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