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Close Your Eyes
James Taylor and company at the Bass Concert Hall April 23
DAILY Music  April 25, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Shawn Colvin in a surprise guest spot for the second encore, “Close Your Eyes,” finely modulated her harmonies as she watched Taylor sing on the stool next to her. You could hear the lump in her throat...."

Ten Thousand Beautiful Bugs in Your Eyes
New UT entomology project provides stunning public domain images
DAILY Arts  February 8, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner


Smoke Gets in Your Mouth
Taylor
Food Story  May 20, 1999
"...Only in Texas, the "Barbeque at Any Cost" state, is the public allowed so close to a post oak fire raging in the floor. Marvel at your luck in being alive as the smoke stings your eyes and the heat makes you cringe..."

DVDanger: Alexandra Essoe Gazes Through Starry Eyes
Horror star talks body image, body horror, and audition angst
DAILY Screens  February 7, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Take away the blood, murder, and Satanists from Hollywood horror story Starry Eyes, and what you're left with is still a Hollywood horror story, a terrifying indictment of what actresses are forced to do and will voluntarily do for fame. Star Alexandra Essoe said, "The experience of an actor can be a pretty dark one."..."

Kickstart Your Weekend: 'Bloody Work'
A 125-year-old cold case sees new light onscreen
DAILY Screens  June 14, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...His Kickstarter goal of $10,500 was reached in a quick 70 hours, but now he's set a new stretch goal, and he's taking a unique approach to it. Instead of shooting for the moon dollars-wise, Wagner is trying to get as many eyes on this feature as possible: "Whether you pledge $5, $50 or $500 at this point, I don't care..."

DVDanger: 'Halloween'/'Prince of Darkness'/'Eyes Without a Face'
Three throwback horrors for your Halloween pleasure
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...For a more glacial French art house sliver of terror, Criterion presents documentarian Georges Franju's eerie 1960 drama Eyes Without a Face, aka Les Yeux San Visage. Like Halloween, it establishes the unexpected source of menace from the first scene..."

Ready for My Close Up
Dancing Where the Audience Can See Everything
Arts Story  November 7, 1997, by Stephanie Beauchamp
"..."I do use gesture very much," adds Dunn-Hamrick, "and I want people to see that -- what's going on in the eyes and the face." In a space where the audience is at the performer's elbow, people don't need much help from the dancers to be able to do that. Some of the challenge in putting this concert together has been to help those performers used to working in larger spaces to tighten their focus, to understand that they don't need to exaggerate their expressions for them to be read here...."

How Safe Is Your E-Vote?
Proponents of electronic voting promise no repeat of Florida in 2000, but critics say it could be even worse
News Story  February 20, 2004, by Lee Nichols
"...In some eyes, computers seemed the obvious answer. No chads..."

Every Day of Your Life
Remembering Sims Ellison, and profiling the SIMS Foundation
Music Story  July 7, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"..."I call it sick, when he was depressed, because I truly believe it's an illness. Look at his eyes, his skin ..."..."

Fantastic Fest Is Here To Bash Your Brains In
Shock, schlock, and awe at America's premier genre fest
Screens Story  September 21, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...This isn't The Hunger Games, Battle Royale, or even Lord of the Flies – although it does owe a sizable debt to the latter. Instead, it's a vivid realization of exactly what was going through our tweenage mind's eyes while we crouched in a forest glade waiting for "the enemy" to make a move on our flag..."

McCoy Eyes the Prizes: National Title, Heisman Trophy
A lot at stake this Saturday
DAILY Sports  December 3, 2009, by Joe O'Connell


At Close Range
The Men Behind the Texas Militia Myth
News Story  October 27, 1995
"...At the shooting range, after I have emptied my magazine, Ball takes the gun, reloads it, and graciously tries to convince me I did all right for my first time. He then proceeds to calmly squeeze off a tight bouquet of bullseyes onto the distant black dot of the target...."

Playback: Smiling Your Way to Heaven
Supernatural advice by West Texas sage Tommy Hancock, tears from Billy Gibbons, and Casual Strangers coupling
Music Column  July 17, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...hospital, fielded another interview, and now we're going to meditate. Eyes closed..."

Your Satori Mind
Japanese guitarist and Boris collaborator Michio Kurihara, 'a mixture of science and feeling'
Music Story  July 23, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Krukowski eventually wanders through the staring game, casually taking up my printed questions. Leaning over Kurihara's right shoulder, he translates a query about Sunset Notes, just enough for a spark of recognition to flash across the guitarist's eyes..."

Use Your Words
The 18th annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
Books Story  October 30, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...And we give away real prize money, too. But we know you're pure of heart and art and all that, so what you really want to know is that we publish the first-place winner in our print edition, which means somewheres about 100,000 eyes – er, make that 200,000, give or take the occasional eye patch – will pass over your words..."

A Few Visual Art Galleries: In Your City and Beyond Right Now
So much to see, how far to go, an embarrassment of riches…
DAILY Chronolog  September 7, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Slugfest is featuring new woodcuts, equally enormous, by St. Louis' irrepressible Tom Huck – who brings us a sweet suite of prints called "Hillbilly Kama Sutra," which you might imagine occurring at some mad intersection of Lynd Ward and an Ozarks trailer park, may something divine have mercy on our eyes' titillated souls..."

In All Your Future Endeavors
A young writer comes to grips with his lot in life after graduation.
Features Story  May 12, 2000, by Kevin Wood
"...One day, if that happens, maybe we can all breathe a collective sigh. We can look the world straight in the eyes, with our big toothy smiles, and in a moment of sheer confidence we can say:..."

Little Voice
The decibel level in Little Voice ranges from a delicate whisper to seismic bellowing; aurally speaking, it traverses the spectrum of human sounds. Sitting on the floor in her lonely...
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Film Review  February 5, 1999, by Steve Davis
"...The essence of Little Voice is a cabaret act, one in which Horrocks transports you to another place. Just close your eyes, and she'll take you over the rainbow...."

War Dogs
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in this true tale about gun smuggling
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Film Review  August 19, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...But does everybody know how good Jonah Hill’s gotten? He’s first-billed here, but he’s playing more of a Harry Lime-like cipher – an oil slick of malevolence that Teller’s hero-simp keeps slipping in. Whenever War Dogs plods, close your eyes and count the seconds..."

Burma VJ
This documentary about the 2007 Myanmar uprising is an airtight argument for the absolute necessity of a free press.
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Film Review  June 26, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...The images are often blurry, the editing jagged (or nonexistent), the sound design either muffled or shrill or, again, not there at all. But from a journalistic perspective – and what my heart and mind offer, pulse racing, eyes tearing – Burma VJ is a masterpiece..."

Roar
Drafthouse Films reissues this truly trippy oddity from 1981
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Film Review  April 17, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...On its merits, the film is abysmal, any way you look at it. Still, you can’t take your eyes off it (between wincing), at least not until its Kumbaya coda of familial and feline serenity..."

Monster in a Box
By now, we know the drill. One lone man, on a stage, behind a table, with open notebook, spare set and sparse music by Laurie Anderson. The man is Spalding...
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Film Review  June 12, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In Swimming, director Jonathan Demme understood that Gray was the show and kept the camera at a decent range and used minimal, but choice, expressive movements, cuts and lighting. In Monster, Broomfield's camera is all over the place, conspicuously moving in and out and often not being where your eyes need it to be..."

'Fruit'
Short Story Contest: Second place
Books Story  February 4, 2011, by Lydia Melby
"...By the time you get to the operating room, the nurses already have the patient IV'd and are connecting the monitors. The first looks up at you, her eyes wide..."

SXSW Record Reviews
Music Review  March 20, 1998
"...Speak it to unlock the secrets of the dark soul. Walk this way with the man whose eyes bore deathlessly into your skull and let him guide you as you travel down, down, down the blood-red highway..."

Darkness, Then Light
Amanda Eyre Ward on the story she always knew she would tell
Books Story  July 15, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...It's a story Ward has never been able to shake – the awfulness of it, the nearness of it. It became the jumping-off point of her fourth novel, Close Your Eyes..."

Picks & Sleepers
Sxsw
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...PerfumeTree PERFUME TREE: While major-label trip-hop divas get their navels photographed in Spin, Perfume Tree's Jane Tiley stands center stage, eyes closed, letting cry a siren's song that would run any mortal man aground. On the Portland trio's new World Domination release, Feeler (due April), Tiley and company once again fill their dance club with exotic spells of ambient dub..."

Letters at 3AM
A week of truth.
Columns  October 1, 1999, by Michael Ventura
"...The light all around us is the vow. We took it when we opened our eyes...."

Live at Liberty Lunch
The Neville Brothers
Music Story  July 22, 1999
"...As magical a set(s) by a local band as I've ever heard was delivered by New Sincerity-era stalwarts Zeitgeist on two separate nights somewhere around '85-'86. Any number of Joe Ely's David Grissom/Bobby Keyes-band gigs from the mid-Eighties stand out, while Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming with Johnny Copeland around '81-'82, and the Replacements and Hüsker Dü late in the decade also stick out vividly in my memory..."

SXSW Records
Jeff Beck
Music Story  March 11, 1999
"...With four albums in four years, Chicago's Waco Brothers appear to be as indefatigable, and if their latest effort Wacoworld isn't as murderously good as either of the group's first two Clash-meets-Cash albums, it's not lying face down in the street, either. Having lost some of that crisp English edge to their songs -- and maybe even a little firepower -- the Wacos, led by the notorious Oliver Reed doppelganger Jonboy Langford, have nevertheless gotten the action on their .45s so fine and smooth that every hail of bullets naturally has its share of bullseyes..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  May 22, 1998
"...Close Your Eyes (Golden Hour)..."

50 to 1
The Kentucky Derby-winning horse Mine That Bird sprints to glory in this equine biopic.
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Film Review  April 11, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...In the role of the determined New Mexican trainer, Chip Woolley, Ulrich looks and talks like a cowboy, though he’s given little to do dramatically except hobble on a crutch for most of the film. (Close your eyes and Ulrich sounds a bit like an iconic actor who played more than one Westerner in a long career.) The scenes in which Ulrich negotiates with Bird to step up his game in a heart-to-horse conversation may seem silly to some, but it will endear him to every animal lover in the audience..."

Mr. Holland's Opus
Mr. Holland's Opus is the kind of movie that only a person who really doesn't like movies could love. It's a movie whose grandiose swagger is meant as compensation for...
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Film Review  January 19, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...He learns to inspire each and every “ungifted” student who comes his way. When he tells a thoroughly talentless but diligent pupil (Witt), “Close your eyes and think of the sunset,” her squawking clarinet suddenly exudes the graceful tones of a Benny Goodman..."

Drums Across Texas
What does Reagan High's drum line have in common with civil rights? Larry Jackson.
Music Story  June 17, 2011, by Kate X Messer
"...Close your eyes and you can hear it – the unmistakable din of a high school band room. That swell of horns and honking sax, the seesaw of ascending clarinets against descending flutes – none of it's changed..."

Okkervil River
Bloodletting the evil out of acoustic-trio Okkervil River.
Music Story  March 3, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...Talk about your dreamers. Close your eyes and you might see "plasticine Phaedras with looking-glass ties."..."

Critic's Picks
Outdoors & Recreation
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...It was inevitable, really: the thump of the roller disco beat, the twinkle of the disco ball, the twinkle in the eyes of the cute shaved head babe on the in-lines ... oh, who wouldn't fall in love all over again? Sigh..."

Audition
A horror film masquerading as a deeply disturbing meditation on the war between the sexes, Audition tells the story of a lonely Japanese film producer and widower who stages a film audition, ostensibly to cast a new film, but really to find a new wife.
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Film Review  November 9, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Maybe just for an hour or two, or maybe forever; once seen, however, it can not be unseen. It gnaws on your mind like a famished larva, and you can fully expect to have a rough time of it later, when you close your eyes and try to sleep..."

Siempre Selena
Game changer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez prompts Corpus Christi's inaugural "Selena Fest"
Music Story  April 9, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Close your eyes and there she is: whipping that massive black mane, pageant waving, then turning those dizzying spins for which her purple jumpsuit became legend. So much blurry slo-mo..."

The Lunchbox
This off-Bollywood charmer is a light-hearted drama about two lonely souls who forge a friendship when they start passing written notes.
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Film Review  March 28, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The last place one might expect to find smatterings of the Lubitsch touch would be in this debut film from Indian writer/director Ritesh Batra. Yet if you close your eyes and ears to the sights and sounds of modern Mumbai while The Lunchbox unfolds, you might imagine yourself in Manhattan during another era, watching as James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan exchange notes in that Shop Around the Corner...."

Film Flam
'Mud,' 'El Mariachi' at 20, and an 'American Gypsies' protest
DAILY Screens  August 17, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...30 at the Paramount. On the docket: A 35mm print of the film; the debut of Rodriguez's early short "Ismael Jones and the Eyes of the Devil," which he made at the wee age of 16 with El Mariachi star Carlos Gallardo; a Q&A with Rodriguez, and a performance by the filmmaker with his band Chingón as they play song selections from the Rodriguez oeuvre set to corresponding clips..."

Read Local!
Also out this summer
Books Story  May 27, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward (Random House, July 26): In her latest novel (following her 2009 collection Love Stories in This Town), Ward explores the aftershocks of a brutal murder and the sometimes suspect quality of the memories we hold fast to. BookPeople hosts the launch party July 29...."

Things We Lost in the Fire
This film starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro is an impeccably constructed and perfectly paced drama of domestic and internal volatility.
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Film Review  October 19, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Starring: Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alexis Llewellyn, Micah Berry, John Carroll Lynch, Alison Lohman and Robin Weigert. If you’re bored some Saturday night, try this game: Close your eyes, spin around three times, and point a finger at Del Toro’s résumé..."

Heavy Metal
Even in blazing summer, Austin's welders and forgers fire it up and make like rock & rollers
Arts Story  July 27, 2007, by Rachel Koper
"...Welder Sun McColgin recounted some UV moments: "You see nothing but a bright, purple circle. You close your eyes and wait two minutes..."

Live Shots
Music Story  May 29, 1998
"...Out in support of Pilgrim, his first album of new material in nine years, ol' Slowhand's foray into "smooth blues" may be having the same effect on his fans as "smooth jazz" has on jazz classicists, but one thing is certain: Pilgrim feasts on Clapton's most delicious guitar work since before the death of his son at the turn of this decade. While the new album's mix polishes the programmed backing tracks until they're devoid of any and all soul, songs such as "My Father's Eyes" and "Circus" are as good as anything Clapton's written in the last 20 years; and when combined with the guitarist's searing leads, Pilgrim signals yet another creative peak in a career that peaked only this decade with the success of 1992's multi Grammy-pulldown, Unplugged..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  March 14, 1997
"...The rest of the album is composed of tight little buzz-bombs that balance early Sub Pop Northwest noise and potent Austin psychedelic pop. A couple of times, you can almost see Ed Hall's glow-in-the-dark paint when you close your eyes..."

Enchanted April
Austin Playhouse's Enchanted April' taps the story's timeless charms and envelops you in a captivating glow, as warming as spring sunshine
Arts Review  January 28, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...That first breath of spring – you've felt it, yes? The air is still chilled, the sky still gray, but suddenly the sun slices through the gloom and bathes your face in light and warmth, of a kind you haven't known in months. And as you close your eyes to drink it in, your nose catches a whiff of fresh flowers coming into bloom..."

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
A mouthy macaw, Mazda's motto, and money matters
Columns  February 6, 2004, by Mr. Smarty Pants
"...According to one former medic, one way to tell if you have a fever without a thermometer is to close your eyes and with your eyelids down, try to roll your eyes around and up. If you feel pain in your eyes, there's a good chance you have a fever...."

Music Reviews
Music Story  September 20, 1996
"...Forget the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, and Keith Richards tunes bolstering this film about Haitian artist and Andy Warhol protege Jean-Michel Basquiat -- they're not here. Instead, feast on Dylan's delicious "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," as done by Them with Van Morrison; the Toadies' rendering of Talking Heads' "I'm Not In Love;" and Tom Waits' utterly inimitable "Tom Traubert's Blues." Close your eyes and let Joy Division take you back to "These Days" as P.J..."

Letters at 3AM
Al Gore is the only presidential candidate who's hot and bothered about global warming.
Columns  September 1, 2000, by Michael Ventura


Texas Platters
Jimmy Lafave
Music Story  April 22, 1999
"...Just when you thought that stuff like this had fallen by the wayside, bands like the Oi!strs pick up the ball and kick it downfield again. Pour yourself a Guinness, close your eyes, and you can almost imagine it's Britain...."

Musical Manifesto
Davíd Garza's
Music Story  April 3, 1998, by Andy Langer
"...Davíd Garza calls them the "untalkables" and the local musician says he's driven by three such abiding philosophies. The first, recently appropriated from his guitarist Jacob Shultz, reads like an excerpt from Hallmark's "Inspirations for the Musician" line of greeting cards: "Close your eyes, hit a string - bend it - and hope that it's close..."

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