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"...On Thursday, April 2, Emmylou Harris turns 68. That same day, Austin’s Jaimee Harris turns 25, so she’s put together a tribute at Strange Brew to Emmylou’s Wrecking Ball, released 20 years ago come September..."
"...David Zirin collects accolades like baseball cards. He was named one of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," he’s been awarded Press Action's Sportswriter of the Year twice, and often graces television screens as a guest analyst on various CNN, ESPN, and MSNBC programs..."
"...A NEW YEAR'S REGGAE BALL will be held at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. Sixth, featuring live music with the Killer Bees, and lots of tasty Jamaican food..."
"...But what happened to the defense? With coach Manny Diaz seemingly drawing up a 5-0-6 defense at times, the Horns were horrif-atrocious when Okla. State had the ball, giving up 576 yards, including 275 on the ground..."
"...Liberty Lunch, Saturday 6 Now that her hubby Gordon Fowler no longer runs the show at La Zona Rosa, Marcia Ball's live appearances here in town seem few and far between. Here then, is your chance to join the back-to-school crowd, for a lesson in pianistics from Austin's version of Professor Longhair (at least it looks long in the picture)..."
"...The last "course" of the theatrical meal Foodstuff – one of the 30-plus projects in the 2009 David Mark Cohen New Works Festival at the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance – consisted of a diner in a restaurant knocking back cup after cup after cup after cup of espresso, then topping them off with a hefty mug of cappuccino. Rodney Richardson, the actor who downed all this java, keenly communicated its effects on his system, growing progressively more hyper until he was one big ball of buzz, crackling with energy like a Van de Graaff generator...."
"...The view across the Colorado River from David Moriaty's porch makes it easy to understand why he has spent the past 20 years lobbying the city of Austin to preserve the land. A band of trees hides the softball fields and parking lots from view, so that the only visual cues about what lies beyond are a handful of lights standing high above the tree line..."
"...Going into South by Southwest every day is a lot like being a human pinball, shot into this vast maze of people texting and cars and lines, each second trying to avoid popping up right back behind that spring-loaded plunger. We all want to end up getting the jackpot, to see the band that's going to somehow change our lives..."
"...Alongside David Ball and the late Champ Hood, Hyatt founded Uncle Walt's Band, one of Austin's most popular acts in the 1970s and early 1980s. The acoustic trio's tight harmonies and swath of talent melded an amalgam of influences, folk and country cut with an easy jazz swing and a soulful lilt..."
"...In the history of baseball there have been games decided by an exciting event or with an obvious outcome. Sometimes, they go as scripted, while others keep you on the edge of your seat..."
"...1989: Butch Hancock & the Sunspots with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Two Nice Girls with Lucinda Williams, Timbuk3, Omar & the Howlers; Lou Ann Barton, Marcia Ball & Angela Strehli with Doug Sahm & the Westside Horns..."
"...Now, the trio of Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball – who hodge-podged folk, bluegrass, and progressive country, then imbued that with beautiful three-part harmonies – are seeing renewed attention with a proper anthology. It will be the first time UWB’s music has been released digitally...."
"...At the height of its success in the early 1980s, Uncle Walt's Band was already a legacy revived, reborn by posthumous popularity. The Spartanburg, S.C.-born trio of Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball was as much Austin in spirit as it was indefinable in sound..."
"...Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor Dimattia, Art La Fleur, Denis Leary, Karen Allen and James Earl Jones. The Sandlot is a movie with a comfortable working knowledge of the term “family entertainment.” Told as the recollection of a long ago summer by a now-adult narrator, The Sandlot combines elements of nostalgia, kids' adventure, roots reflection a la American Graffiti, and that unique American sub-genre known as baseball movies..."
"...White Trash Receptacle's own story -- recorded for A&M, released on Denton's One Ton, and now set for reissue on Island -- proves that Jeff Lile (aka cottonmouth, texas) has made the rare spoken word record with shelf-life. That Lile brings along the other Dallasites like the Toadies, Earl Harvin, and Broose for sound collages is a nice touch, but Lile's true gift is his touching flow in and out of slacker detachment and the angry-young-man pose -- with one steady voice revealing very different men each time he dives into basketball, dating, cocaine, and epilepsy..."
"...It’s a wonder this passed the MPAA with an "R" rating, frankly, but perhaps Jack Valenti was out that day. As a meditation on fate, chance, luck, or what-have-you, viewed through a splatterpunk lens, it has the philosophical underpinnings of Sam Raimi on crack, but you can tell – oh, boy, can you tell – that the writers had a ball sketching out the various chains-of-doom that get everyone in the end..."
"...Jets updated for the new school, and You Got Served mines the wild style for all it’s worth. Director Chris Stokes has made videos for hip-hop outfits B2K and IMX, and two of those groups’ members star as dance-mad Los Angelenos – David (B2K’s Omarion) and Elgin (IMX’s Houston) – who take on a moneyed Orange County crew whose leader looks like he just stepped out of Dragonball Z..."
"...The Game. Say what you will of David Fincher's films – too violent, too loud, too flashy, too convoluted – but like a toothy rottweiler with its eyes fixed firmly below the belt, David Fincher's films get you by the ball sac and don't let go..."
"...For a time, he was part of a group of Outlaw Comics that included Sam Kinison, employing routines that were angry, profane, and full of biting comments about contemporary issues that mattered. Letterman went to Indiana's Ball State University, took a shot at stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, but mainly pursued a career on television -- locally, then nationally, holding down a job as an Indianapolis weatherman in the process..."
"...Trouble is, scheming Admiral Graham (Dern) doesn't think he's got the right stuff. Dodge is a maverick goofball, prone to shooting links atop nuclear submarines and other, less savory, antics..."
"...This new show at grayDUCK Gallery, just off South First Street in the bustling and culinarily bountiful Bouldin Creek neighborhood, features the work of three artists: David Ball, Jennifer Davis, and Megan Kimber. This show, says the gallery statement, "explores the spaces between reality and imagined perceptions, where characters bear witness to an internal narrative of memories and relationships."..."
"...David BallSparkle City (E1)..."
"...He, like his father, was an extremely generous and agreeable guy, happy enough to tolerate the incessant questions of a journalist right in the middle of his quest for a spot on an NBA minor-league team. By the time the 25-year-old Devin made it to Austin he had been around the world playing basketball..."
"...If you’ve seen the trailers (which feel like they’ve been unspooling for months now), you know exactly as much going in as I did coming out. It’s not that Stay, with its lofty Freudian rhetoric and hyper-stylized visuals, is a bad movie, per se, it’s just that Forster (Monster’s Ball), working from a script by David Benioff (25th Hour), allows the story to get away from him..."
"...The cinematic equivalent of Cracked magazine, Mafia! never quite lives up to its MAD potential, instead shooting for the obvious, and releasing a steady stream of fart jokes and toilet humor that flows over the audience in a foul wave of lowest-common-denominator titters. Abrahams, who started out as part of the holy trinity of cinematic parody -- (David) Zucker, Abrahams, and (Jerry) Zucker -- with The Kentucky Fried Movie back in 1977, has since helmed the enormously successful and spot-on Airplane!, as well as the Naked Gun series and Hot Shots! Despite, or perhaps due to, his love of exclamatory titles, Abrahams and his writers have been able to keep their one-note comedy ball rolling for two decades now, but Mafia! signals the end..."
"...It hardly seems as though 25 years have passed since the initial release of this movie that Fran Lebowitz called the “sickest” and “one of the funniest” ever made, but yes, it's been that long. John Waters is now a respected (more or less) member of the film community which he scorned so long ago, Divine has passed on to that great drag ball in the sky (as have David Lochary, Edith Massey, Paul Swift, and Nazzy the Dog), and what we now call “midnight movies” are a staple of the American cinematic landscape, their collective permanence assured, in part, by Waters' most outrageously famous and famously outrageous film..."
"...Scream operates on so many levels at once that you could write a dissertation on it, but the real fun lies in the director's (and cast's) obvious love of the genre. Craven is obviously having a ball here, and it's impossible not to sit back and go grinning into this dark, gory ride...."
"...The Final Insult is by far the weakest in the series, feeling like a rush job cobbled together with leftover gags from the first two films. It opens with a hilarious dream sequence in which Drebin is surrounded by crime and rendered helpless as his gun runs out of rounds (a nifty take on Eisenstein's Odessa Steps sequence runs back-to-back with a similar bit from DePalma's Untouchables -- sometimes the jokes within jokes get a bit out of hand here), but Zucker and company drop the ball for most of the rest of the film, relying instead on the type of sophomoric humor better suited to recent Charlie Sheen vehicles..."
"...Regardless, as far as the chase genre goes, there have been worse films (better ones, too). Director Davis valiantly tries to keep the breakneck, harried pace of an actual flight going throughout, and only occasionally drops the ball (the film's convoluted conspiracy ending is the first example to beat me about the face and neck just now -- others will crop up after deadline, I'm sure)..."
"...Stunned by the increasingly unhinged missives he is constantly receiving, Farrier teams up with co-director Dylan Reeve, and the two spelunk down into a rabbit hole of fetish, coercion, exploitation of the working class, blackmail, and most importantly, online bullying. The tickling videos themselves (ripped young men endlessly tickling other ripped, constrained young men) are unmistakably homoerotic, a mild form of bondage and control, a precursor to the whips and ball-gags, perhaps..."
"...Like all good galleries, Workman has cultivated a particular aesthetic for her space that can be best described as impressionistic. One of her artists is watercolorist Gordon Fowler, husband to singer Marcia Ball..."
"...Empires of Sand by David Ball..."
"...Mohr, for his part, thankfully holds off in his Walkenesque abilities, and instead turns in a moderately moral-inducing vocal performance that touches on everything from self-reliance to the importance of being, ah, “earnest.” Hardly perfect by anyone's standards, Paulie is instead a convenient, unprepossessing time-waster for Saturday afternoon kiddies. Adults may choose to take an extended popcorn break every now and then, but everyone under 13 seemed to be having a ball...."
"...Though Uncle Walt's Band was effectively disbanded by the untimely death of Walter Hyatt last year, former band members Champ Hood and David Ball are still alive and picking. Hood plays with Toni Price and is the current emcee for Threadgill's Sittin', Singin', and Supper on Wednesday nights with the Threadgill's Troubadours while Ball is on the road with a band of his own these days..."
"...Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Kim Flowers, Dan Hedaya and Brad Dourif. Vastly superior to David Fincher's studio-gutted Alien³, this fourth outing still falls short of both Ridley Scott's hair-raising original and James Cameron's balls-out, war-in-space Aliens..."
"...Bean at a sitting. There are only so many pratfalls you can string together sans storyline and keep a ball like this rolling, and unfortunately, too many of Bean's schticks were old news by the time they first aired on PBS...."
"...DWIGHT YOAKAM, DAVID BALL..."
"...Directed by: Dave Markey. Starring: Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball and the Ramones..."
"...When Uncle Walt's Band recorded for Warner Bros. in 1974, the sessions were scrapped by label personnel with no idea what to do with the popular Austin trio of Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball..."
"...It’s a shame more people didn’t see this game. You could have parked a school bus in the bleachers and still had room for the boisterous pair of KOOP Radio fans with a boom box and the tall-boy-toting Alternative Softball League die-hards...."
"...Of all the Hostess snacks – Twinkies, CupCakes, Chocodiles, Ding Dongs, HoHos, SuzieQ's, Donettes, Mini Muffins, Fruit Pies, Pudding Pies, and Leopards – arguably the most unappealing, not to say vile, of these processed cakes are the Sno Balls. Packaged in pairs, the chocolate sponge cakes are covered with pasty, marshmallow frosting and then rolled in coconut flakes..."
"...to the glory of playing for England's Manchester United. Though it's not the first movie to be set within the world of professional soccer, it's the first to almost seem like a promotional tool for FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (not to mention Adidas, whose logos are featured prominently on the players' uniforms)..."
"...Billed as an epic romance that spans both time and territory, Beyond Borders treads the same revolutionary wartime territory as David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago, and sporadically manages to echo Lean’s penchant for sweeping cinematography (here courtesy of Phil Meheux) as it takes in the panoramic vistas of Thailand and Namibia (doubling for Cambodia and Ethiopia), but this love story between a man who can’t love and a woman who can’t help herself is so overwrought, and takes so much time to get going, that it feels as though it’s been knocked on the head by the sash weight of history and is stumbling about concussed and groggy. Jolie plays Sarah Jordan, the American wife of a British society gent (Roache), who becomes enamored of Nick Callahan (Owen), a dashing if prickly physician and aid worker who one evening in 1984 crashes a London charity ball with a starving Ethiopian 10-year-old in tow..."
"...His Larry is a high-octane version of the character he played in Glengarry Glen Ross, but there's precious little of the acidic, desperate zing that film carried. When Larry tussles with a bewildered Bob after a particularly important ball is dropped, the scrap seems preordained..."
"...According to the show's executive producer Terry Lickona, two weeks ago ACL's publicist Laura Bond got a call from someone enquiring as to whether Sheryl Crow was taping an upcoming segment for this season. When Bond answered "yes," the caller went ballistic..."
"...Massey... Here's a list of some people who won't be at the Chicago House this weekend: Pam Mayo, Swim, Tammy Gomez, Dexter Freebish, Gourds, Diana Jones, Hot Wheels Jr., Fastball, Sunflower, Litzbomb, and Karen Tyler will all be heading to New Orleans, but not to stay..."
"...Emily Ball Cicchini..."
"..."The umpire shall be the judge of the men." This line leapt out from James Naismith's original rules for basketball like a center going for a jump ball. Its curiously biblical ring called to mind Jesus seated at the right hand of the Father to judge the living and the dead – which proved quite fitting for this Blanton Museum of Art exhibit focused on hoops...."