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City of God
City of God, like the Rio de Janeiro housing project for which it’s named, is often grim and dire, but the film is also imbued with hope and transcendence.
Film Review  March 14, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Phellipe Haagensen, Jonathan Haagensen and Douglas Silva. Why does the chicken run down the road? Because in the City of God – a housing project in one of Rio’s poorest slums – the rules of the game demand that its residents either run or be run over..."

Children of the Grave
Black Sabbath sunders the Frank Erwin Center
DAILY Music  July 28, 2013, by Michael Toland
"...Performing in front of a Hammer Films horror backdrop, the UK legends’ winged devil mascot framing three video screens, Black Sabbath thus unearthed hidden gems as well as the best of its new LP, 13. Riding rhino-sized riffs in the grand tradition, “Age of Reason” and “God is Dead?” filled the Erwin Center as monstrously as “Behind the Wall of Sleep” and the Butler showcase “N.I.B.” “Methademic” soared like a Pteranodon instead of stomping like a Brontosaurus, while “End of the Beginning” rumbled as powerfully as any primal slice of what the Sabs do best...."

Bobby Lee Carter and the Hand of God
When Miss Lena came home from visiting her sister in Jackson and found out Bobby Lee Carter had hanged a man from her sycamore tree, she left the breakfast dishes unwashed in the sink for the first time in her life.
Features Story  September 29, 2000, by Susan Schorn
"...Miss Lena said Bobby Lee couldn't hang a man for anything, and neither could she, because she and Bobby Carter weren't the law, and didn't the Sheriff care about that? The Sheriff said he'd arrest Bobby Lee as quick as anything if he thought for one minute he could find a jury in that county that would convict him. Miss Lena said if the men in the county were too cowardly to bring Bobby Lee Carter to justice, well then God would do it, but He sure wouldn't appreciate having to do the Sheriff's work for him...."

Children of Reverberation
Are Levitation vets Holy Wave Austin's next Black Angels?
Music Story  May 12, 2016, by Libby Webster
"..."You can tell we're children of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive," Fuson says, laughing. "Watching them, I was like, 'Oh, my god..."

In the Realms of the Unreal
The strange artwork and life of primitivist Harry Darger is given dimension by master documentarist Jessica Yu.
Film Review  February 11, 2005, by Marrit Ingman
"...This is Henry Darger’s world, as painstakingly reproduced by documentarian Yu, whom you may recall for her breathless acceptance speech for the short subject Breathing Lessons at the 1996 Academy Awards. Darger’s opus depicts a war between child slaves and their oppressors – all adult men who wear academic regalia and Confederate uniforms – and a universe populated with cloud people, jellyfish flowers, and the “Vivian girls,” seven little sisters who are the living embodiment of God’s grace..."

The More You Learn About God, the Further Away from Him You Move
mewithoutYou frontman Aaron Weiss likes a good question, but finds some answers easier than others
DAILY Music  June 15, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Aaron Weiss is a man of God. Not because the mewithoutYou frontman sings about Judeo-Christian matters throughout the Philadelphia quartet’s four-LP oeuvre, and especially its latest for Tooth & Nail Records, It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright..."

The God's Heaven Truth
Rev. Gean West & the Relatives add another chapter to Texas funk history
DAILY Music  October 16, 2009, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Saturday night, down at the Continental Club, a little-known 1970s Dallas gospel group takes the stage for the first time in nearly three decades. Unless you happen to be among the handful of parishioners at God’s Anointed Community COGIC in West Dallas, this is not your pastor’s church music..."

The Edge of 17
At 21 years old, actress Charmian Carr couldn't have known that the character she was portraying -- Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music -- would follow her for the rest of her life. Prior to her appearance at The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long, a benefit for Project Transitions and aGLIFF, Carr opens up about being forever Liesl.
Screens Story  July 28, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...Maria: God bless the Reverend Mother, and Sister Margaretta, and everybody at Nonnberg Abbey. And now, dear God, about Liesl -- (Liesl stops and gives Maria a startled look)..."

The Myth of Che
The Short Life of Revolutionary Che Guevara
Books Story  July 11, 1997, by Tom Aiken
"...If someone were to come along and hand me a wad of currency with the codicil I write a biography, any biography, I'd happily blow a good portion of said advance hiring Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life (Grove/Atlantic, $35 hard), as my chief researcher. The man really is a phenomenal talent when it comes to compiling data -- a goddamn prairie dog of research, this character..."

Notes of a Football Addict (Vol. V)
Paying tribute to Blanda, and more
DAILY Sports  October 7, 2010, by John Razook
"...Someone please tell me why so many people have been hung up on this Brett Favre thing. For the love of God, please...."

God Gave Rock & Roll to Her
Rebecca Thomas talks about faith and perspective in 'Electrick Children'
Screens Story  March 16, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Electrick Children is a modern-day retelling of the Virgin Mary story set in a small fundamentalist Mormon colony in rural Utah. Thomas' story follows Rachel (the brilliant Julia Garner), a 15-year-old innocent who believes God has caused her to immaculately conceive a child by way of a rock song she hears on a forbidden cassette tape..."

SXSW Film Review: God Bless the Child
A heartfelt, candid ode to the lazy summer days of childhood
DAILY Screens  March 17, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...When their mother abruptly drives off one morning, five children – ranging from age 1 to 13 – must fend for themselves, uncertain whether she will return. The film follows them through the day, and while that premise might sound a bit bleak, God Bless the Child is really a heartfelt and candid ode to the lazy summer days of childhood...."

Stop Having Children?
Postmarks  June 6, 2008
"...Dear Editor, I am commenting on the “Postmark” [May 23] that Glen IIkka wrote in response to the ad in the May 9 issue on p.31. I just wanted to point out that this statement is very offensive to most women, whether they believe the Bible is the word of God or not (Genesis 8:17; Genesis 9:7). Inherent in this command is that man should be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth..."

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Doc chronicles a shameful chapter in San Antonio history
Film Review  September 16, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...And that is what this film documents: racism, homophobia, misogyny, and exploitation of the working class. God bless Texas...."

The Prince of Egypt
DreamWorks executives are hoping that their new animated feature The Prince of Egypt will be the chosen one that will lead the young studio into the promised land. Like their...
Film Review  December 18, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Watching the movie is a genuinely thrilling experience, as such things as the harrowing hairpin turns of chariot races and the teeming spectacle of purely invented cast of thousands are balanced with such delicacies as the fine details of human images and physical motion. Plus, there are no overly cute animals or singing/dancing inanimates (although I suspect that if anyone truly thought they could get away with a Burning Bush song-and-dance routine without appearing disrespectful -- or somethng like a God of Hellfire Arthur Brown knockoff, then we'd all be tap, tap, tapping at heaven's door right now)..."

March of the Flower Children
The last interview with Seeds frontman and oh-so-brief psychedelic Austinite Sky Sunlight Saxon
Music Story  July 24, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...vegetarian restaurant the Source, who christened himself Father Yod and then Ya Ho Wha, the Source Family blessed Saxon with the names Sunlight and Arlick and informed his spiritual philosophies. In 1998, he curated God and Hair, a confounding, 13-disc collection of tribal meditations and improvised electric freak-outs from Ya Ho Wa 13, the Source Family's musical offspring, which featured one of his many spoken-word dialogues...."

Believing the Children
In 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution
News Story  March 27, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...gave us these drugs that won't make us remember ... very long." He knew he'd been drugged, he said, because "God told me."..."

The Wrath of Don
Zimmerman's constituents accuse him of online, in-person abuse
News Story  October 6, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Disgusting. Thank GOD my wife and son are INTELLIGENT Hispanics unlike you."..."

Song of Life on Death Row
How Dead Man Walking came to be an opera -- and to be produced in Austin before almost every other city in the world -- reveals the great risks and rewards in developing new works for the modern operatic stage.
Arts Story  January 10, 2003, by Robert Faires
"..."It was pretty daunting," he says. "I started to feel like, 'Oh God, what am I going to do?' Just terrified..."

Game of Thrones: Taking Back the Kingdom
Epic playlist for the HBO siege’s fourth season
DAILY Music  April 4, 2014, by Abby Johnston
"...Thank the old gods that HBO’s Game of Thrones returns on Sunday. The end of the third season left us – and a good chunk of the cast – for dead, but also with an undeniably catchy theme song during our break from the mythical world of Westeros...."

SXSW Film: Stuart Murdoch and 'God Help the Girl'
Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch talks about his directorial debut
DAILY Qmmunity  March 15, 2014, by Rob Cohen
"...Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch has been working on the God Help the Girl project for nearly 10 years. The project finally saw the light at Sundance, and now premieres in Texas at SXSW..."

Songs of Pain Was Not in Vain
The day a skinny young kid named Daniel Johnston came shuffling to the back door of the 'Chronicle'
Music Story  March 11, 2005, by Louis Black
"...You can't reason with a crazy person. He talked of God and the devil..."

Are You There, God?
'Eve and the Fire Horse'
Screens Story  March 10, 2006, by Marrit Ingman

Part of Our Day
When discussing the Golden Age of Television, we usually speak in terms of the national networks, but there's another chapter to the tale. Belinda Acosta looks at some of the pioneers of Austin television.
Screens Story  January 26, 2001, by Belinda Acosta
"..."It was God's idea!" he jokes. "It was an interesting concept, my experience and polish, paired with Joyce, who never lost her accent."..."

The Most Read Film Reviews of 2014
Bombs away!
DAILY Screens  January 1, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...[image-1] 1) God’s Not Dead..."

Public School Bible Classes Run Afoul of Law
Classes violate state and federal provisions
DAILY News  January 17, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Imposed over it is this text: "Sad to say mainstream anti-God media do not portray these true facts in the light of faith But prefer to sceptically [sic] doubt such archaeological proofs of the veracity & historicity of the Biblical account one of the most accurate history books in the world."..."

The Secret Spot of Mayhem Fest
Scorpion Child’s wasteland sting
DAILY Music  August 5, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“Dude, that sprinkler is from God – if he exists,” announced a gal ambling into Scorpion Child’s 30-minute set at the micro third stage, the Sumerian Records tent. Playing just before Children of Bodom, the local fivepiece appeared unfazed by the heat, its home turf advantage discernible in the bandmembers’ strut onstage..."

This Week's Waste of Time
Taking the video-gamed Little Prince for a test drive
DAILY Screens  October 8, 2009, by James Renovitch
"...Even bloggers have to take a vacation once and a while. This week we have another game from Edmund McMillen, the maker of our last weekly waste of time and all-around free-gaming god..."

State Board of Education Rejects Racist Mexican-American Textbook
Board votes unanimously to dump controversial, error-riddled book
DAILY News  November 16, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The former board member accused liberal media and “radical liberal groups" of criticizing the book, despite the fact the rebuke has mostly come from scholars and academics of Mexican heritage. In 2008, Dunbar literally wrote the book on a supposed liberal agenda, One Nation Under God: How the Left is Trying to Erase What Made Us Great...."

Color Arc Productions' People of Color Christmas
With her new holiday comedy, theatre artist Christine Hoang makes a safe place for everyone
Arts Story  December 17, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Still, Hoang had her heart set on a teddy bear, and she'd been especially good so Santa would bring her one: doing all her homework, helping her mom around the house, being extra kind to her little brother. "And every night, I said a little prayer, hoping God would let Santa know what I wanted for Christmas." When no bear came, Hoang went to her room, closed the door, buried her face in her pillow, and cried..."

Confessions of a 'Little House' Lover
Bonnets and braids and pioneer lovin': Christina Smith treks to the land of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Screens Story  August 16, 2002, by Christina Smith
"...Now, I'm one of those people who gasps when someone compares the Waltons to the Ingalls family. The Ingalls were real people, for God's sake..."

Tomar Williams Hones Four Decades of Soul
Breakout of his family band, the performer seizes on his pop, soul, R&B, and hip-hop successes and failures in Tomar & the FCs
Music Story  November 15, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...Man, oh man, I still remember. I sat down at the drums and my brother's looking at me like, 'You lost your goddamn mind.'"..."

Out of Her Cage
Micah Magee explores a Texan's teen pregnancy in Petting Zoo
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2015, by Amy Gentry
"...That's fantastic, too. But then, instead of isolating that person and being like, “'Oh my god, she’s not married, is she going to be on food stamps, is she a drain on society?' All those things make a young person feel awful..."

Back in the Realm of the Senses and Provoking All Five
AFS Essential Cinema presents Smashing the Rules: Films of Oshima Nagisa
Screens Story  February 19, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Loosely based on actual events from heavily militarized Thirties Japan, it's a nightmare vision of two lovers so engrossed in their hunger for each other that they eventually devolve into little more than human sex drives, fueled only by an all-consuming lust that eventually ends in a gory explosion of outrageous violence. It's a warning, maybe – be careful what you wish for, and for God's sake don't let your libido get the upper, uh, hand – or maybe it's just Oshima pushing the limits once again...."

Page Two: Songs of Ourselves
As friends and legends pass, art and memory burst from the present and warn the future
Columns  August 11, 2006, by Louis Black
"...Rather than blessed youth and cunning boomers – "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola," as Jean-Luc Godard suggested – it turns out we are of the family of Dorian Gray by way of Achilles: So many of us were dipped in a pool of invincibility, excepting only our ankles. Having gone through significant multiples of any cats' lives, we are now down to our ankles and our ankles only...."

Paul Pope's Battling Boy Is a Young God Among Men
And the daughter of a dead hero's no slouch, either.
DAILY Books  October 30, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...That's the other thing: "The artist." And, yes, Pope has a sockdollager visual style that retains the power of King Kirby even while transcending the early influence of that giant's oeuvre – Pulp Hope, indeed – but I'd make a case here, by way of appraisal, that Pope could never draw another goddam line and still be a powerful force in the arena of comics. Because the man's writing skills, especially as honed in his long-ranging THB series and recently brought to bear in crafting this putative "children's" series, are equal to his imagination..."

The Cthulhu Humor of William Browning Spencer
Austin author William Browning Spencer finds the lighter side of Lovecraft and other horrors
Arts Story  August 3, 2017, by Mike Berry
"...Once recognizable only to a few fervid fans of dark fantasy literature, the eldritch ways of the Weird Tales author are now familiar to many more consumers of popular culture. Much Lovecraftian fiction is deadly serious, though, as playful and amusing as an Elder God wakened early from a millennia-long catnap..."

Point Austin: The Quality of Mercy
If you're looking for compassion, you've come to the wrong place
News Column  July 22, 2011, by Michael King
"...Those would be good questions to ask presidential candidate Rick Perry, should he finally heed the "call" – as he put it to reporters – of God or Anita or his money men, that he is indeed ready to take on Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. But Bhuiyan is unlikely to get a satisfactory answer from the governor himself, for the Texas "clemency" process is indeed a sham designed to enable the governor to hide behind the Board of Pardons and Paroles while still taking credit on the campaign trail for being "tough on crime."..."

Speaking of the Dead
To mark the Grateful Dead's final performances this weekend, a look back on the band's local history
Music Story  July 2, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...That Deadhead DNA amounts to my primeval memories: mom waking me up and pulling the cotton out of my ears when the band played "The Wheel," the time I became separated from my family and got lost and disoriented in a sea of hippie women in twirling skirts, and seeing the Dead for the last time in Detroit, 1994. I recall Jerry lit up by spotlight while singing "Stella Blue," his white hair and beard making him look like God – except wearing sweatpants..."

Of Barbecue and Vampires
An interview with Todd Lowe, True Blood's Terry Bellefleur
DAILY Screens  June 13, 2013, by R.U. Steinberg
"...You were part of Esther’s Follies, you did shows like Three Cuckoids (for which you won a B. Iden Payne Award in 1995), Waiting for Godot, and A Saga of Billy the Kid, and next thing you know, you were working on the TV series Gilmore Girls..."

The Story of Johnny Lydon
PiL/Pistols frontman and FFF Saturday headliner finds peace
DAILY Music  November 1, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...My peers from the punk era, they’ve turned into old housewives and worn-out housewives. They’ve got this, ‘Oh, why bother, oh, why don’t you act your age.’ What on earth are they saying to me? Jesus, thank God for California where no such thing exists..."

Notes of a Football Addict (Vol. III)
The ancient Chinese knew precious little about football
DAILY Sports  September 16, 2010, by John Razook
"...The halftime of NBC's Sunday night telecast now features a segment called "Tiny Football League" or something similar, which purports to follow the trials and tribulations of a group of children learning the dark arts of the form of tackle, stiff arm, and yes, the forward pass. Did anyone other than me notice that NBC ran the exact same clip last week, offering absolutely nothing new this time around? Did they not get the footage they needed? Were the kids bad interview subjects? The coaches too profane? I expect this kind of terrible broadcasting from ESPN and by god, ESPN delivers..."

Letters at 3AM: A Paradox of Oligarchy
'Am I my brother's keeper?' is the fundamental question of government
Columns  May 21, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...The question Cain posed to his God – "Am I my brother's keeper?" – is the fundamental question of government. It implies another and perhaps more existential question: If I am not my brother's keeper, what am I?..."

Land of the Freberg
Interview with radio-comedy pioneer Stan Freberg
Music Story  December 10, 1999, by Ken Lieck
"...So how has being immortalized with a box set changed the life of Stan Freberg, master of the novelty hit single -- the Radio Star that Video Killed, the man who got science-fiction god Ray Bradbury to star in an advertisement for Sunsweet Prunes?..."

God Did Not Create Bigotry
Postmarks  May 24, 2005
"...Mr. Talton, Your proposed amendment to prohibit gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents is ridiculous ["Bashing Gays and Children," News, April 29]. You stated that "God created man, and he created woman, and he created marriage." I do not know what your god created, but it certainly wasn’t the United States of America..."

The Schoolfield Of Hard Knocks
News Story  March 24, 2000, by Suzy Spencer
"...Schoolfield refuses to call homosexuality a sin because "sin, right now, is a lightning rod word," but he easily states that homosexuality "isn't God's design. It is not God's best." After stating what he believes is God's best, Schoolfield readily adds that he believes there is a genetic predisposition toward homosexual desires..."

I Prostrate Myself Before God and the State
Postmarks  August 20, 2007
"...17] I felt compelled to write and share in text the ticklish swelling sensation I experienced at learning that those blessed agents at the good bureau [FBI] and the attorney general's office had succeeded in laying the collar on another lowlife un-American kid-diddlin' scum. I would like to express my own personal American gratitude toward the good agent Robert Britt and convey my sincerest prayer that the angels of mercy lift him on high toward the promised land when his time should come, for he has done his God and country a service in shackling that Javier Perez behind heavy bars for the good of the nation's children..."

The Difficulties of Dining With Kids
Is the restaurant industry making a bad situation worse?
Food Story  March 2, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"...Ultimately, the debate about kids in restaurants comes down to mutual respect, something we're sorely lacking in our current cultural discourse. Perhaps, as we plan our next meal out – or even just our next interactions with human beings – we should take the advice of Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote in God Bless You, Mr..."

Imagine a Man Standing Before God Admitting He Was So Busy Passing Judgment on Everyone Else
Postmarks  January 26, 2006

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King
The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.
News Story  August 2, 2002, by Lucius Lomax
"...God, Lawyers, and Guns "How do you justify taking a person's soul?" asks one of Sophia's aunts, Alice Pickens, who is serving as a family spokesperson. (She was not the aunt involved in the 1995 incident with Sophia.) "Justice will prevail." She declines to discuss Housing Authority complaints that the family did not intervene with Sophia when asked..."

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