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SXSW Panels: The Future of Food and Drink
Highlights from the 2017 food track
DAILY Food  March 12, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...It was hard to even find a chicken in Austin 10 years ago.” But now, farm-to-table eating is so popular that local eating is easier than ever. Still, Marla Camp, the editor of Edible Austin, cautions that, “As things grow and become popular, certain forces in the food industry come in and try to market things using a term rather than being the real thing,” and nose-to-tail pioneer Zakary Pelaccio disdainfully talked about restaurants that only locally source their greens, get everything else from Canada, then claim to be locally sourced..."

Gay Place
This year's Top 10 local queer heroes & LGBTQ stories
Columns  December 29, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...14, 7pm. Fair Market, 1100 E..."

Gay Place
If you're craving a big party, our sister city San Antonio is celebrating 13 years of Pride
Columns  June 30, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...So for the next few days, make the most of it. If you're craving a big party, our sister to the south(west) is celebrating 13 years of Pride (see Saturday), while a more intimate evening can be found at Je Ne Sais Queer (also Saturday) – an art market of the queerest kind with poets, bands, and astrology readings..."

Public Notice: In Defense of Socialism
Government does a lot of good things that aren’t possible to achieve privately
News Column  March 24, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...The affordable housing component most developments promise (if any) is that some units will be available for 80% MFI – that is, "affordable" for families making over $60,000 a year. "Market rate," meanwhile, means at least half their market is folks making incomes in the six-figure range...."

Allan Rising
The Allan Early Childhood Center is home to a flourishing collection of nonprofits
News Story  February 4, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It all boils down to Allan being a prime piece of real estate in the middle of a hot housing market. The short game would be to sell it off to developers, and hope that there's an affordable housing component in there somewhere..."

News Roundup: TCAD Denies Rent Too Damn High
And where are all the voters?
DAILY News  November 2, 2015, by the News Staff
"...• Unaffordable: The Mueller Foundation and Catellus Developers take their case to the Travis Central Appraisal District Board of Directors Monday morning, hoping to persuade the board that TCAD's reversal of its appraisal treatment of the Mueller neighborhood’s affordable homes would effectively eliminate the Foundation's ability to maintain the program. Current practice keeps 25% of the homes available at below-market prices for qualifying buyers (80% of median family incomes), and restricts those home to 2% appreciation per year, if resold..."

Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  September 5, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Louie Mueller's in Taylor garnered the top spot while our own beloved Franklin Barbecue is ranked third. Lockhart's legendary Kreuz Market is in sixth place with City Market of Luling, just down the road, at number eight..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  August 21, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• The Texas Farmers' Market at the Domain will not be continuing into the fall. According to market manager Carla Jenkins, opening with nine weekends of rain followed by scorching summer heat made it impossible for vendors to establish a profitable market..."

Season of Risk
What can be done to stop the rising rate of HIV in Austin?
News Story  May 21, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"...Truvada as PrEP (pronounced "prep") has been on the market since 2012, when the CDC approved it as a prophylaxis. In short, Gilead had accomplished what once seemed impossible..."

Culinary Ladies of the Eighties: Jackie Davies
Austin entrepreneur was national restaurant delivery pioneer
DAILY Food  April 10, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Being on the road for work often meant coming home too tired to even think about getting a meal on the table. “At that point, pizza was about all you could get delivered, and I began to wonder if people like myself might be in the market for a service that delivered restaurant meals directly to your home or office,” Jackie explains..."

Then There's This: Montopolis Is Cool With Uncool
East Austin neighborhood aims to fend off gentrification
News Column  March 28, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...It happens that stand-alone condos are the best option to build on the site, Thrower told the Planning Commission last month. "The market is leaning heavy to this type of product right now," he said...."

Bitcoins 'R' Us: Cyber-Money Arrives
Virtual currency captures Austin's attention
News Story  March 14, 2014, by Lizzie Jespersen
"...Its appeal comes not only from the possibility of eliminating bothersome transaction fees between banks and international currencies, but also from the anonymity it promises. Currencies like Bitcoin have been called "cryptocurrencies" because of the anonymous nature of the transactions: Even though Bitcoin is stored online, information is intricately encoded to allow for what have been called some of the most secure transactions on the market...."

Talking Shop With Curran Nault
The Polari artistic director on programming to bridge divides
DAILY Screens  October 10, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...Interim ED Aaron Yeats and I are connected in different communities in our daily lives. He comes from a marketing background..."

SNAP Decision: Starve the Poor
Cuts would impact Texans in need
News Story  June 14, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...The proposed cuts to SNAP also threaten the stability of the local food economy. In an effort to increase access to local, healthy food for low-income Austinites, many of the city's farmers markets have started accepting SNAP, including the Sustainable Food Center's farmers' markets, HOPE Farmers Mar­ket, and Rosewood Com­mun­ity Mar­ket..."

City's Urban Ag Effort Struggles to Take Root
Bureaucracy may be reason for program's stunted growth
News Story  April 12, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...The thing is, the city does have an office charged with growing the local food market, though the office is not easy to find. As one of its first acts, the Sustainable Food Policy Board – a regional entity charged with looking after such things – forwarded a resolution to Council..."

Food Events
Putting booze in a sno-cone? Fine by us.
Food Column  May 4, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...› The Beat Divas present a cooking class well-seasoned with jazz tunes at Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar)..."

City Hall Hustle: Recycling Recycled ... Again
Contentious negotiations confirm one thing: Trash is golden
News Column  April 15, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...That's why it shouldn't be surprising to see TDS' tenacity in questioning the city's figures that led to staff's call to award all recycling business to Balcones. One of TDS CEO Bob Gregory's gripes with SWS Director Robert Gedert's analysis is that it estimated costs for both bidders based only on the last five months of recycling market data..."

Dining del Lago 2010
What a difference some rain makes! The water is blue, the hills are green, and several new restaurants are cooking near area lakes.
Food Story  July 2, 2010
"...Still, I wouldn't hesitate to drop in again, maybe check out the karaoke. – V.B.W. The Market at Steiner Ranch 4300 N..."

Games People Play
Casual gaming's rise opens the doors for players and developers
Screens Story  February 19, 2010, by James Renovitch
"...While the hardcore players were perfecting their strafing and shooting skills on the latest home system, PCs were becoming a necessity in the home and workplace. The success of online games such as Bejeweled and Scrabble caused companies to realize that there was a huge market for people at work looking for a quick escape..."

Another successful Eat Local Week, and foodie news about town
Food Column  December 18, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Eat Local Week 2009 culminated Saturday morning with the Media Celebrity Local Food Cook-Off at the Austin Farmers' Market Down­town (Fourth & Guadalupe). A small but enthusiastic crowd of locavores braved the cold, drizzly weather to observe KGSR deejay Bryan Beck and KXAN reporter Kate Weidaw transform local ingredients purchased at the market into fresh, delicious, seasonal meals in one hour..."

Eat Local Week 2009
Eat Local Week keeps Austin busy and full while supporting youth outreach
Food Story  December 4, 2009, by Kate Thornberry
"...Saturday, Dec. 5: Saturday at 10am is the kickoff event at the Austin Farmers' Market Downtown with a proclamation by the mayor and other special activities..."

Twisting in the Wind
Austin Energy is trying to find the right price for renewable energy – but that's much easier said than done
News Story  August 21, 2009, by Nora Ankrum
"...The debate leads down a formidable rabbit hole (into which you're welcome to jump; see "What You're Paying For"), so it's no wonder Duncan has expressed doubts about the future of a distinct GreenChoice program. "It was our intent to use it to stimulate the market for renewables, which it did, and then eventually phase it out," he told the Statesman last month..."

Crash-Scene Budget
The budget balances, and stitching is transparent
News Story  July 31, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...City of Austin employees have escaped direct layoffs, but the city is tightening its belt further – moves that, following recently lowered raises and a canceled market-adjustment study, have city union leaders grousing about the sacrifices they've made already. The city manager's proposed furlough plan – unpaid time off for employees – was met coolly by council, casting its implementation into doubt...."

Media Watch: 'Statesman' to Go Platinum?
Equity firm specializing in 'distressed' properties looking at Austin daily
News Story  April 3, 2009, by Kevin Brass
"...No details were available on Platinum Equity's deal to buy the floundering San Diego paper, but Mark Barnhill, one of the principals, confirms the company is ready to buy more newspapers. "It is typical for us when we enter a market sector to look at similar or complementary acquisitions," said Barnhill, "so it is safe to say we will be looking at additional media properties and newspapers, in particular."..."

Event Menu
Nov. 7-8
Food Column  November 7, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Drop by Chado Tea Market (4616 Triangle Ave. #408, 206-0524, for an art opening where a portion of the proceeds of every art piece sold will benefit Project Transitions ("

Rainin in Paradize 2
Manu Chao speaks
DAILY Music  September 24, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...I don’t know how to analyze my music, but apparently it’s unique. I remember back then, coming to the United States, how the market was supercompartmentalized..."

Fun, Healthy, and Green
A profile of the practice and business of pedicabbing
News Story  December 28, 2007, by Sofia Resnick
"...Metrocycle owns 10, Heart of Texas generally fluctuates between 20 and 22, and the recently expanded Capital Pedicab, with 45, is by far the largest. "The policy allows open entry into the market for applicants that meet the minimum standards, allowing service demand to regulate the number of pedicabs," Cardona said..."

Drug War Blowback
Drug-raid tactics come under increasing scrutiny
News Story  December 21, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...District Judge Melissa Good­win, the officers were authorized to be there to search for a "quantity of cocaine" and for other items associated with the drug trade: U.S. currency; drug paraphernalia, including scales, plastic bags, and vials; tally sheets or ledgers documenting drug transactions; and photographs or video recordings a dealer might make of himself and his stash (perhaps for black-market bragging rights)...."

Event Menu
Can fun fill your tummy? Maybe not.
Food Column  November 10, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Food and film really come together when the Austin Farmers' Market ( sets up a special weekday market in front of the Paramount Theatre to celebrate the regional premiere of Fast Food Nation, Richard Linklater's film based on Eric Schlosser's book of the same name. For film tickets, contact the Austin Film Society (322-0145,; market, 4-7pm, Tuesday, Nov..."

Winners and losers on Food TV and more
Food Column  May 5, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Did anyone else notice that NBC's highly promoted Celebrity Cooking Challenge was mercifully canceled in the middle of its scheduled weeklong run? The show, a cross between Dancing With the Stars and Iron Chef, was wrong on so many levels: lots of flowing hair on both men and women (very unappetizing), beauty queens revealing too much cleavage (exposing tender areas over sauté pans is a very bad idea), high heels in the kitchen (stupid and dangerous), and respected New York restaurant reviewer Gael Greene in garish uniforms that appeared to have been abandoned by Michael Jackson when he fled the country. Truly awful.ÊEvent Menu May 5-11 The Central Texas Farmers' Market resumes weekly sales in front of the Marbridge Garden Center (2310 Bliss Spillar Rd.) in Manchaca..."

Point Austin: Prevailing Winds
AISD says it can't afford bond-project benefits, but local workers beg to differ
News Column  May 6, 2005, by Michael King
"...The Austin ISD administration says it wants to make certain that construction workers on district projects are paid prevailing market wages, in the worst way – and as AISD is going about the process, it just might get its wish. On Monday, after weeks of public and private wrangling over a fair wages and benefits package, the administration made its recommendations to the board of trustees for a vote next week, and it looks likes the district will succeed in making nobody happy..."

Austin @ Large: Triangle, Full Circle
Seven glorious years later, and did we learn anything?
News Column  October 8, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But politically – and, for most of the central-city rebels of 1997, completely – it was being fought against a Randalls, and initially an Act III theatre and a Barnes & Noble as well. I remember Terkel suggesting at his big, wild, town-hall meeting at MHMR that his project wasn't that different from the shopping center containing Central Market..."

Naked City
News Story  November 14, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Austin-based Whole Foods Market has announced plans to use wind power for 10% of its electricity needs in its Mid-Atlantic region stores. Twenty-four stores will be part of the deal, which will buy wind energy from Community Energy Inc..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 11, 2003
"...I just returned home from the Wal-Mart meeting in Southwest Austin. For those of you who live in other areas of Austin, you should know that the Wal-Mart representative (Daphne Moore) said that Wal-Mart plans to saturate the Austin market by building a store every three miles in the city! So for those of you who live elsewhere and think your sleepy residential neighborhood is safe ....."

Short Cuts
It's a moviehouse melee as a rumored three more suitors enter into the Great Hills 8 bidding war.
Screens Column  April 12, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"..."But It Doesn't Even Have Stadium Seating!-- Dept.: The closure of Regal Entertainment Group's flagship Arbor 7 Cinema in the Arboretum last month has resulted in more than Austin losing one of its favorite arthouse cinemas -- it's also created a mad scramble between opposing exhibitors and theatre chains angling for a slice of the arthouse market, which, not coincidentally, is the only slice worth biting these days. While the rest of the theatre industry continues to suffer from a moribund financial outlook and the occasional spate of Chapter 11s, the smart money's betting on upstart chains like Landmark (owners of the local Dobie Theatre), Dallas-based Magnolia Theatres, and "community entertainment venue" Madstone Theaters/Films/ Digital Distribution Network..."

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
News Story  January 12, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...Chapter 41 mandates that wealthier school districts (defined by taxable property value), must share their funds with poorer districts, with any district's "wealth per student" currently capped at $295,000. When Austin's hot-market value of $30 million is divided by AISD's 79,000 students, the wealth-per-student ratio comes to just over $385,000, well over the legislative cap..."

Politics & music & the politics of music.
Columns  December 8, 2000
"...continues to be the world's biggest air polluter. The car companies happily dream of exporting American car addiction to China, the world's biggest untapped car market...."

You can tell it's October in Austin by the number of food and wine-related events packed into the coming week. Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood informs readers of all of them.
Food Column  October 13, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Austin Food Network in collaboration with Alamo Recreation Center and Wheatsville Co-op presents a cornucopia of free events in observation of World Food Day, designated to increase awareness and action surrounding the issue of food security. Festivities will include workshops presented by community gardeners, market farmers, and beekeepers, a special farmer's market, cooking demonstrations with food samples by restaurant chefs and cooking instructors, live music, children's activities such as vegetable face painting, a pizza garden workshop, scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, and story time..."

Doubting Thomas
Newly elected Council Member Danny Thomas is in a position to end the fighting over the Place 6 council seat.
News Story  September 29, 2000, by Louis Dubose
"...Compared to those established Austin institutions, Eph'phatha might be called a start-up. And the three dozen congregants who followed Pastors Nathanial Thomas and Danny Thomas out of First Baptist and into the sanctuary that used to house Grant's Chapel launched their start-up venture in a competitive market..."

Virginia B. Wood explains how Austin became the second city in America to pass a resolution on genetically engineered food and updates readers on other local culinary news.
Food Column  June 2, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...So far Tim Albright is the first chef we've heard of crossing the digital divide. Albright left Grapevine Market (7938 Great Northern Blvd, 323-5900) in April for a high-tech management job and was replaced by chef Steve Konarik, most recently of Tony's to Go in Houston..."

Top 10 Technology Stories of 1999
Screens Story  January 7, 2000, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...5. The bull market and the bullshit market. Computers made online trading easy and accessible for regular folks, and "day traders" began to have a serious effect on the market..."

Shaky Railing
Three former Capital Metro board members and two former employees claim that the transportation agency attempted to put Longhorn Railway, its costly freight rail operator, out of business.
News Story  December 10, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...Longhorn, which signed a 20-year contract with Cap Metro in 1996 to provide freight rail service on the Llano to Giddings line, is still reeling from problems caused by the Union Pacific service disruptions in 1997 and 1998. Union Pacific, America's largest railroad, has a near monopoly on the Texas rail market and its service problems cost Longhorn hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue..."

Media Clips
Corporate media giants cause journalism to become less competitive; Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers speak at The Daily Texan's 100th birthday event; Grassroots Media Conference held in Austin
News Column  October 15, 1999, by Lee Nichols
"...When the recent mega-merger of CBS and Viacom was announced, the news media dutifully gave us most of the details -- how the move would affect the companies' stockholders, what it would mean for their marketing abilities, and how they would stack up against the other media giants. But the most important issue went undiscussed -- what the merger would mean for democracy. As merger after merger takes place in the media industry, the power to control our flow of information gets concentrated in fewer and fewer hands -- hands which have uniformly similar interests..."

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
Arts Story  September 3, 1999, by Mary Jane Garza, Robi Polgar and John Walch
"...Now in its sixth year, the project still depends to a large degree on funding from Cultural Contracts, so when its funding was cut this year, Coronado appealed to the Arts Commission and eventually won back most of what he requested. Coronado's contract amount matches what he received last year, but he finds that those dollars don't go as far as they used to in the increasingly competitive market for fine art..."

Whisks Up
The Way To Cook
Food Story  November 27, 1998
"...But for the true beginner, raised on microwave entrees and other convenience foods, The Joy's text-heavy format skimps on an important teaching tool: pictures. A picture may be worth a thousand words on the open market, but from the novice cook's perspective, a picture can mean the difference between success and yet another greasy value meal...."

Turner Is Worthy
Columns  September 25, 1998
"...Has Clark-Madison done something to preserve Austin's black history? Dorothy Turner has. Recently, she helped revitalize Doris Miller Auditorium with an African Marketplace, preserve priceless memorabilia of Anderson High School about to be thrown away, and make Rosewood Park more meaningful to the community through the creation of "Jump On It!" (a summer concert series)..."

Finding the Angle
Music Story  September 4, 1998, by Christopher Hess
"...In the absence of this kind of supernatural longevity in the rapidly changing music market, Sanger sees the way to success, or survival, in having a very specific focus. In fact, Lazy SOB's maiden release was so specific that it limited its focus to one single area – Route 66...."

10 in Focus
Screens Story  March 13, 1998
"...He considers himself fortunate to have studied under Pulitzer-winning black playwright Charles Gordone, but eventually found the world of writing for the stage too confining and decided to make the switch over to screen. He sees a major problem in the current Hollywood mindset of over-reliance on focus groups, market research, demographics, etc., often to the detriment of honest storytelling..."

Columns  December 19, 1997
"...No "Christian" mercy, none of that silly "Forgiveness," just blood and guts and nooses. The play's bad guy is Old Scratch himself, fronted by a company called The Universal Consciousness Organization, run by a demon and several sympathizers, one of which (a woman) teaches high school kids demonic concepts such as "try to be at peace" or "meditation can be positive." According to the playwright everyone that has not sold their souls to Jesus in exchange for whatever the market will bear is demonic! This play is spiritual pornography, hardcore `My-way-or-no-way' stuff..."

The Documentary Craft
Hector Galán: The Texas Documentary Tour
Screens Story  October 3, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Something that is a reality and something that is changing is the fact that Hispanics are growing in incredible numbers. Once you start looking at a $350 billion consumer market, and the loyalty of that market, and trying to reach that market in economic terms, then you'll have an impact..."

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