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Austin Improv Celebrates the Day of the Dead With La Vida de los Muertos
Hideout Theatre breathes life into una vida improvisada
Arts Story  October 11, 2018, by Trey Gutierrez
"...Zambrano rush to claim a vacant table at the Hideout Theatre's busy storefront coffeehouse. Riding the high of a sold-out performance of La Vida de los Muertos, a fully improvised two-act play set in the Día de los Muertos-inspired "World of the Dead," the two directors/performers begin fielding congratulatory texts and calls from family and friends..."

Day of the Dead at the ESB-MACC
Sam Coronado remembered as part of this year's festivities
DAILY Arts  October 31, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center – for which the Day of the Dead is the biggest celebration of the year – is honoring Coronado with a showing of his – what else? – prints with a Dia de los Muertos theme in the Community Gallery..."

Day of the Dead Procession
November 1, 2013. 20 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  November 4, 2013
"...To honor the dead and celebrate the living, Day of the Dead ATX marched from Pan Am Park to Tillery Park, Saturday, Nov. 2..."

Iraqi Day of the Dead:
How to make your own mask
News Story  October 29, 2004
"...4) Proceed home, scattering a trail of marigold petals and yellow cluster-bomb fragments for los angelitos. Prepare to greet these dead children with candy, sweets, and other treats like clean water, electricity, food, and shelter..."

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead
Every generation gets the George A. Romero socio-political zombie opus they deserve. We must be living right, because this new film cuts right to the heart.
Film Review  February 29, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Romero socio-political zombie opus they deserve. 2005's Land of the Dead, touted as Romero's comeback-little-Shiva head shot, now seems like some half-baked blotch of 1990s back-splatter, equal parts class-war stridency and bored-looking dead folks..."

Shaun of the Dead
This "romantic comedy … with zombies" has a note-perfect mix of humor, horror, love, and death.
Film Review  September 24, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton. You don’t have to be a fan of the zombie epics of George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) to enjoy this supremely engaging and jaw-droppingly (literally) hilarious "romantic comedy … with zombies," but it couldn’t hurt..."

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
Romero has again crafted a character-driven horror film that doubles as a metaphor for the economic disparity in America and, to a lesser degree, the war on terror.
Film Review  June 24, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...The first thing you see after the opening credits is a dingy, rusted restaurant sign advertising – what else? – "Eats." The shot, artfully accomplished via a slowly swooping crane, is a note-perfect moment: part wry graveyard chuckle to be sure, but with more than a touch of grim melancholy to it. The iconography of Romero’s worldview-cum-horror show has come a long way in the 37 years since he first shattered just about every cinematic taboo with the original Night of the Living Dead, and then topped himself twice again with 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, a sly, humorous ode to the birth of American mall culture and the death of individuality, and 1985’s Day of the Dead, a bleak, surreal portrait of desperate civilians versus unhinged soldiers, all but imprisoned in a dank, subterranean army depot that might as well have been yet another circle of Dante’s Inferno..."

FF2011: 'Juan of the Dead' Premiere
A love letter from Cuba to Austin, signed in zombie blood
DAILY Screens  September 24, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Last night's US debut of Juan of the Dead was a strange sort of homecoming for Havana's first film at Fantastic Fest. Director Alejandro Brugues explained, "There's a reason why this is the first Cuban film here..."

Fantastic Fest: 'George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead'
More tales of the undead
DAILY Screens  September 27, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...We love George A. Romero for all that he's given us, from original Night of the Living Dead to Creepshow and from Martin to, well, at least the trailer for Monkey Shines..."

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
"...Austin receives no such shout-out in "Truckin'," the Grateful Dead's highest-charting single of the Seventies. The psychedelic shamans also toasted Tejas via frequent covers of Marty Robbins' western ballad "El Paso," captured gloriously on 1976's double live LP Steal Your Face, and gave mention to the Lone Star State in live favorite "New Minglewood Blues." Yet in all of Jerry Garcia and company's southwestern lyrical trails, the hippie headquarters of Texas never gets name-checked...."

Years of the Dead
The Mexico of now, David Garza writes, is not held only within the borders of Mexico itself. It has spread northward, re-entered its old space, in a sense. For so many of the Mexicans, displaced but still infatuated with the idea of spirit and ghost, the nation itself is a ghost in the back of the head.
Books Story  October 27, 2000, by David Garza
"...Like the expansive and seemingly boundless paintings that serve as the skin of the country's structures, Mexico and its history are vivid, chaotic, violent, and unchanging. A wall full of faces, at once living and dead...."

City of the Dead
Journeying through the graves of Austin's oldest cemetery
News Story  April 21, 2006, by Cheryl Smith
"..."The west side of the auditorium was filled with a large delegation from Tillotson college. The center of the church was given to the Mexicans, the younger pupils of the school taught by the deceased sitting near the coffin as chief mourners, while the east side of the church was filled with white friends."Defending the Dead..."

The Dead
The sun-drenched locales of Ghana and Burkina Faso provide the backdrops for this original zombie apocalypse.
Film Review  October 7, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...I thought I'd nearly had my fill of zombie films when, out of the blue, this undead epic from the U.K.'s Ford brothers turned up at Fantastic Fest 2010 and actually trumped genre godfather George A. Romero's latest, the meandering Survival of the Dead..."

Reviving 'The Dead'
Fantastic Fest 2010 zombie horror returns this weekend
DAILY Screens  October 6, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...The revenant have risen again! Fantastic Fest 2010 fave The Dead returns for a highly limited run this week, and hell – and director Howard Ford – is coming with it...."

DVDanger: 'Frankenstein's Army'/'Hammer of the Gods'
Two different historic takes on the 'squad on a mission' tale
DAILY Screens  September 15, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Take the living dead in a combat zone. Post-Dawn of the Dead, the standard reading of zombies has been that they are a metaphor for mob rule and thoughtless action..."

Top 10 Blogs of the Year
Ricky Williams, CenTex barbecue, ACL vs. FFF, and more
DAILY News  January 9, 2013, by Mark Fagan
"...8) "Barrera Killer Dead?," Jan. 26: The news on New Year's Day of the murder of beloved music fan and friend Esme Barrera has shocked the city to this day..."

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Despite being the third entry in the Underworld series, this is a prequel story about the age-old war between the vampires and the werewolves.
Film Review  January 30, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...lycanthropes franchise (that's vampires and werewolves to anyone not weaned on Famous Monsters) is as tolerable as it is, which is barely. Nighy's best known on this side of the pond as the tentacular Davy Jones of the past two Pirates of the Caribbean films and also to genre fans as Shaun of the Dead's crotchety, doomed stepfather..."

State of the City Address
As delivered by Mayor Lee Leffingwell today
DAILY News  February 2, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"... While our budget did include an increase in our tax rate and some utility charges, we still have the lowest municipal tax rate of any large Texas city. So – to beat a dead horse – we’re proud of what we were able to achieve with this year’s City budget..."

Holiday Viewing: The Dead
The shadow of Christmas past hangs long over Huston's classic
DAILY Screens  December 4, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...O, the rain falls on my heavy locks And the dew wets my skin, My babe lies cold … That tragic refrain hangs over a most unexpected literary adaptation: The Dead, John Huston's version of James Joyce's snow-smothered novella...."

The Quick and the Dead
There is, regrettably, precious little that is quick about Sam Raimi's newest film. It drags on interminably, laying out ritualized gunfight after ritualized gunfight, while fragments of the wholly predictable...
Film Review  February 10, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...It drags on interminably, laying out ritualized gunfight after ritualized gunfight, while fragments of the wholly predictable backstory waft about like so much acrid gun smoke. Raimi, the rightfully celebrated director of the Evil Dead trilogy, has hit a snag here; he seems lost without former leading man Bruce Campbell to show him the way..."

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Veering from moments of breathtakingly visualized valor to outright stupidity, Sith is a vast improvement over the previous two outings, but still and all, it’s no Star Wars.
Film Review  May 20, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Jackson, Christopher Lee, Jimmy Smits, Anthony Daniels, Temuera Morrison, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. There’s a wonderful running gag in the BritCom Spaced, which, should you be so unlucky to have not yet caught an episode, features tow-headed Simon Pegg (of Shaun of the Dead) as Tim Bisley, a down-on-his-luck twentysomething film and comic-book geek whose life is continually overshadowed by the supposed betrayal wrought upon it by George Lucas’ disastrous handling of The Phantom Menace..."

Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend
Finally, some Japanese animation that lives up to its hype. Overfiend has been making the rounds of the Japanimation underground for a year or two now and has only recently...
Film Review  June 11, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Hardly surprising, given the fact that the film has more hardcore sex and violence than any animated film in history. Imagine the early work of Traci Lords mixed with Sam Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy, and you'll have a handle on this bloodbath..."

Wizard World: The Brothers of Destruction of 'The Walking Dead'
Reedus and Rooker talk hunting, fishing, and zombie killing
DAILY Screens  October 29, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...So Merle Dixon is back on AMC's The Walking Dead, and he's cozied up with The Governor, the source comic's defining psycho. So, sooner or later, he'll be back with brother Daryl..."

Eye of the Beholder
It took me some time after viewing a midmorning press screening of Elliott's (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) new film to decide whether I had just witnessed...
Film Review  January 28, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...More often than not, critics can walk out of the theatre with at least some semblance of what they're going to say already forming in their mind's eye, if not on their lips. Much of this ever-ready verbiage has to do with deadlines and other journalistic mindbombs, but more often than not I exit screenings with my bon mot pistol judiciously cocked, if not quite sighted..."

Thank You, Central Time Zone: A Preview of the 2007 NFL Draft
DAILY Sports  April 26, 2007, by Timothy Braun
"...That’s right Central Time Zone, you had me at “11am.” For me, the NFL draft is better than Christmas. For one thing, I don’t believe in God and can’t understand why people make a big stink out of a dead dude’s birthday via a jolly fat guy breaking and entering into a person's apartment..."

Bringing Out the Dead
Swiss documentary maker Richard Dindo considers himself a "portraitist or biographer of those who are no longer with us." This week, he brings two films : about revolutionary Che Guevara and writer Jean Genet : to town as part of the Austin Film Society's Texas Documentary Tour.
Screens Story  January 21, 2000, by Anne S. Lewis
"...I don't try to immortalize the present, I try to draw memories into the present. Again and again, my films focus on people who are already dead, who are no longer with us..."

'Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning' Hits VOD in the Brain
Action reboot revives the sci-fi action franchise as psycho-mystery
DAILY Screens  October 30, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hyams explained that his plan was to build on the franchise by taking a whole new perspective on the original conceit. In the first film, Van Damme and Lundgren play the eponymous Universal Soldiers or UniSols: Dead soldiers resurrected through military technology as amoral, programmable killers..."

'The Story of the America That Got Left Behind'
The Wire's creator, David Simon, speaks at UT
DAILY Screens  March 19, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"... For Simon, a man who's traded in bitter institutional ironies over The Wire's five seasons, this was too good. "These two men, who are dead many a year – they hate each other!" Moderator and UT film instructor John Pierson inquired about Simon's newest project – a potential TV series set in New Orleans, one he doesn't quite "have a green light on" yet..."

Gifts of the Magi
A conversation about community and creativity with three wise men of the Austin arts
Arts Story  December 4, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...I was visiting about that with the composer who was here this weekend, Robert Kyr. We talked about how many artists [get trapped] because of, "That was a magical moment, well, let's re-create that the next night and the next night and the next." After that one night, it becomes a concept, and you sort of chase down the concept, and sometimes you reach a dead end..."

Torch of the Mystic
Sir Richard Bishop, keeper of the flame
DAILY Music  May 26, 2009, by Audra Schroeder
"...You never know what’s coming around the next corner. It could be an over-the-top musical procession; a dead body, scented with sandalwood and covered in flowers, being taken to the river to be burned; a hash-induced haze of sadhus walking naked to a temple; a communist demonstration; a leper colony; a bevy of women dressed up as terrifying Goddesses; a Tibetan mask dance, etc..."

The Rise of the House of Torment
Austin's biggest home haunt is now a national phenomenon
DAILY Arts  October 28, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's not just the national business that's grown. The Austin location has gone from a single scare inside the building to two distinct indoor scares (the Pacific perils of Hex of the Harvest, and the funereal Dead End District) and an outdoor maze (the evil clown-filled Laughterhouse)..."

Dance of the Century
Rhoda Winter Russell reflects on a historic life in dance and the Mary Wigman connection
Arts Story  August 10, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
"...She convinced the hospital's business manager to order smaller Kotex for the female patients. She got rid of the dead plants...."

A Man of the Theatre
Memories of Capitol City Playhouse's Michel Jaroschy
Arts Story  October 18, 1996
"..."And in our time, when a man dies -- if he has had wealth and influence and power and all the vestments that arouse envy, and after the living take stock of the dead man's property and his eminence and works and monuments -- the question is still there: Was his life good or was it evil? Envies are gone, and the measuring stick is: Was he loved or was he hated? Is his death felt as a loss or does a kind of joy come to it?..."

Review: The Big Book of the Continental Op
All of the Dashiel Hammett PI's cases in one energetic volume
DAILY Arts  July 27, 2018, by Jesse Sublett
"...Remember how fun it was? How everything we were doing was new and wild, in your face, over the top, jacked up with adrenaline? Didn’t that feel like you were on top of the world? Well, here it is, but it’s the 1920s version. The titles may tip you to the action: “Arson Plus,” “Crooked Souls,” “Bodies Piled Up,” “The Whosis Kid,” “Dead Yellow Women,” and the awesome tale “The Gutting of Couffignal.” If you’re like me, you’ve got some or most of these two dozen plus a half-dozen stories spread across various collections on your bookshelves, including, if you’re lucky, some of the old Dell map back editions...."

Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
News Story  December 16, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Perversely, the prosecution's insistence that there is only one possible theory for the crime – and only one set of suspects – may be preventing them from finding the actual murderers. A review of the case material suggests that there are likelier suspects to be considered – and a more likely scenario than an impulse crime by four teenage boys. A Dead End..."

The Fellowship of the Tortilla
Peña Unites Central-American Folk
Music Story  October 20, 1995
"...That's a concept which could stand some reinvention even in Austin. n The next "The Last Sunday of the Month Peña" will be held at Chicago House, October 29, 4-7pm, in celebration of the Day of the Dead..."

Point Austin: The Death Cult of the Gun
Slate study shows an estimated 90 U.S. deaths per day result from gun violence
News Column  September 3, 2015, by Michael King
"...• New Orleans, Sept. 2: Man shot dead in his driveway...."

One in a Crowd: Among the Dead
Local zombie horror needs brains ... make that crowdfunding
DAILY Screens  May 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Zombies: Fast or slow, intelligent or dumb, the one aspect they all share is that they won't stay dead. And some times, a zombie film just won't stay dead either...."

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns  September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"...Michael King: "This week, the Chronicle is hosting the annual Association of Alternative News­media Conference, and dozens of visiting journalists (and production and business staffers) are in town, conferring, exchanging reporting methods and story tips, and of course partying. Don't swing any dead cats in the vicinity of Downtown bars, and if you get a chance, give a Texas welcome to that dazed, overheated wanderer shooting group selfies outside Stubb's – she's not just a tourist, she's a writer...."

The Dead Are Speaking with the Tongues of the Living?
Yes, and it's all because of those creepy Blackbower Mediums
DAILY Arts  November 1, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Like, what, there's some kind of Chat Room Of The Dead app for the latest iteration of the iPhone? (Or, no, maybe it's only available on Android, because fuck the Cult of Mac?)..."

Anthony Graves Case Raises the Dead ... Again
Judge once again okays testimony of dead witness
News Story  June 13, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...District Judge Reva Tows­lee-Corbett denied a writ filed by Anthony Graves' defenders, who argue that the charges against their client should be tossed because the state's attempt to retry Graves violates his right to due process and amounts to double jeopardy. Towslee-Corbett's latest ruling reaffirms the position she took last summer, concluding that the testimony of a dead man, Robert Carter, could be used as evidence against Graves at trial – even though the fact that Carter is dead, executed by the state in 2000, would certainly preclude Graves from exercising his Sixth Amendment right to cross-examine the witnesses against him...."

Bill of the Week
Legislator wants lawyers for "the unborn"
News Column  March 12, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, has proposed appointing an attorney for the fetus of brain-dead, hospitalized pregnant women to "represent the unborn child's interests."..."

Waking the Dead
Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Centro-matic's Will Johnson find common ground.
Music Story  September 12, 2003, by Melanie Haupt
"...It's not so hot that you notice, really, but the ants in Oakwood Cemetery are unbearable. It's almost as if they're protecting the dead, enacting an unrelenting and painful punishment on any who'd dare linger on consecrated ground...."

Kenjutsu: The Art of the Sword
The Hideout improvises tales of samurai battle and broken honor
DAILY Arts  March 28, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...McCormick: And somebody’s dead...."

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...."

Salon of the West
They may not notice us every time we go to Barton Springs -- after all, they are thinking, passionate men, deep in conversation. But we sure notice them: the men at Philosophers' Rock. Who are they? And why does Austin owe them such a debt of gratitude?
Books Story  July 4, 2003, by Steve Moore
"...In his 1968 essay "Southwestern Literature?," Larry McMurtry convincingly demotes Dobie from literary giant to respectable scribe. Dobie's audience, he predicts, "will probably not outlive him much more than a generation." When McMurtry published the essay -- only four years after Dobie's death -- disciples leapt to Dobie's defense, but now, 40 years later, the disciples are mostly dead as well, and Dobie's books are fading from the shelves...."

Playback: HAAM's Time of the Season
HAAM Day fills its coffers for uninsured live music capitalists
Music Column  September 18, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...A two-day release party offers crash course in Monofonus-affiliated bands: Friday finds the Rebel, Spray Paint, John Wesley Coleman, Ghetto Ghouls, and Marriage – whose recent Pharaohsmith cassette just arrived on Monofonus – at Hotel Vegas. Saturday at Scoot Inn, the Astral Spirits imprint, helmed by When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth expat Nate Cross, launches the Dead Space, improv aggressors Art Acevedo, Shit and Shine, Ralph White, and outsider jazz trio Icepick, which debut on tape with Hexane. Half Notes..."

Fantastic Fest Tells Tales of the Long and the Short and the Tall
Short film selection from Austin to Estonia, animation to sushi
DAILY Screens  September 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Exquisite Corpse (France, 2013) D: Léa Mysius, 25 min, North American Premiere Director Léa Mysius turns a grim premise into an utterly adorable film debut with this story of an insolent tomboy living in the French countryside who finds an unlikely playmate in the dead body she drags out of the local swamp...."

Some Parts of the World Pt. 2
Every day is moving day
DAILY Music  June 2, 2011, by BettySoo
"...But touring a foreign country as a musician is largely different from being a tourist. As a musician, you often can’t stop at those beautiful places; you drive through them in the morning on your way to the next gig or in the dead of night on your way to your hotel...."

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
Tiger Style Games on bringing a dead story to life
Screens Story  August 20, 2015, by James Renovitch

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