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Dr. Robert Van Boven, the Whistleblower
Lakeway neurologist battles hospitals, officials, and the "culture of silence"
News Story  April 19, 2018, by Michael King
"...Five or six hours later, after only cursory examinations and as his condition continued to deteriorate, Rawney was prescribed a sedative, told to go home and rest, and then consult his primary care physician. He left the hospital in a wheelchair – he could no longer walk to the exit door, and when he spoke to Van Boven on the phone that evening, he couldn't lift his arms or move from his couch...."

Mohsin Hamid Speaks to Mayor's Book Club
Author fills Central Library for talk about his Exit West
DAILY Arts  April 16, 2018, by Sumaiya Malik
"...It was as if a rectangle door of Exit West had opened into the Austin Central Library and migrants through time had poured into its Special Event Center for a transient moment en route to their next destination. So it felt on Wed., April 11, when Mohsin Hamid, author of the much-praised novel, arrived as a guest of the Mayor's Book Club...."

Five Recommended Arts Events in Austin This Weekend
In which your local cultural FOMO is subdued via this handy listicle
DAILY Arts  April 6, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...4) But if you’re looking to specifically audience a singular masterpiece of dance, we’re proud to point you toward Ballet Austin’s Exit Wounds, a stunning new collaboration from Stephen Mills and Graham Reynolds – opening at the Long Center on Friday, and continuing through Sunday...."

Courage Moves in Ballet Austin's Exit Wounds
For his new dance, choreographer Stephen Mills turned to moments of inspiration in his own life
Arts Story  April 5, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The people speaking out against abuse are the #MeToo movement. They are part of his life and points of inspiration for his full-length work Exit Wounds, premiering this week at the Long Center..."

Cop Shot, SWAT Standoff Turns Deadly
One suspect dead, two cops injured after Sunday SWAT situation
News Story  March 29, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Using a robot, officers blasted the duplex's door open, which eventually led to the suspect and a woman running from the home. During the course of their exit a SWAT officer shot and killed the suspect..."

Playback: Does Size Matter at SXSW?
A smaller SXSW Music week still satisfies
Music Column  March 22, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Even in a year that felt distinctly tame or, for some, a return to its roots, SXSW Music week typically offered more unique experiences than any one individual could possibly absorb. Thus, "Playback" can only attempt to contextualize it by conducting an exit interview with itself. Who Was the Headliner?..."

RideAustin Hangs On
Local nonprofit to trek on in world belonging to Uber and Lyft
News Story  March 14, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...One driver at the event spoke to why RideAustin has developed such a close relationship with drivers: The nonprofit treats them with dignity, he said, and pays more to them per ride. While Fasten's exit barely fazed him, of RideAustin the driver said: "These guys need to survive." Speaking to those drivers, Tryba celebrated 2.5 million rides completed and $330,000 donated to local charities through those rides..."

Tracy Morgan on Almost Dying, The Last O.G., and Being Barbershop Famous
SNL star goes back to the gentrified hood at SXSW
Screens Story  March 8, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...He knows too well what many presume to understand. Coming home from Delaware during the early hours of June 7, 2014, a Wal-Mart long-haul truck driver who hadn't slept in over a day struck a Sprinter limo-van Morgan was riding in, off Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike..."

The Austin Music Awards’ Ecstatic Experience
Thirty-four awards and six musical sets in 211 minutes
Music Story  March 8, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."You're beautiful," she grinned upon exit. "I love you..."

Austin Film News
Locals at SXSW, plus RSVP for a Maybe Shower
Screens Column  March 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"... Plus, if you like your Texas films in bite-sized chunks, there are also two full programs on Texas shorts: one for adult filmmakers, and a special track dedicated to the next generation, Texas High School Shorts. And if you're watching the Midnight Shorts, raise a Dr Pepper for Austin's own Byron Brown and "The Mangina Exit." Maybe Premiere..."

Something Rotten at EMS
Hawley retirement shines light on systemic issues
News Story  March 8, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...This can be confirmed thanks to a package of documents delivered by the department's Public Information Office. The 28 files detail IA's investigation into a Sep­tem­ber 2017 incident in which Hawley used "threatening" and "confrontational" language toward a female medic over scheduling concerns, and used his physical size as an imposition on her (he stood in a doorway she was trying to exit and crumpled a piece of paper in front of her face); and two interviews by Jeff Steele of ATCEMS's Office of Professional Conduct investigating allegations that Hawley joined medics and cadets on a fitness drill in early January, rammed his head into a female medic's butt, and kept it there for what the medic said was two or three flights of stairs – reportedly as a way to encourage her to move faster...."

2018 Primary Elections: Giddy With Energy
Tracking back on a wild election night
News Story  March 8, 2018, by the News Staff
"...Wynne, a former Ann Richards appointee, had the support of the Travis County delegation, and endorsements from an impressive slate of local clubs and unions. But much of that support coalesced around Wynne in the wake of attorney Rick Cofer’s early exit from the race under murky circumstances..."

Annihilation
Alex Garland's SF mystery is weird for weirdness' sake.
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Film Review  March 2, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...In adapting Annihilation, the first book in the trilogy, writer/director Alex Garland has seemingly pledged fealty, attempting a speculative film with “weird” baked into its genetic code. Weird is the film’s watchword, its true north, its “why we fight.” It steers the visuals – the mutated flora and fauna living within the mysterious Area X – and the story, a schematic of flashbacks within flashbacks and a headtrip climax that inevitably begs comparison to 2001: A Space Odyssey’s exit into the mystic..."

2018 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and how to navigate the lines
DAILY SXSW  March 1, 2018
"...(Also, hey – don’t be an asshole about this. If you’re in a movie when the 24-hour window opens, kindly exit the theatre before you whip out your phone.) Read more about the SXXpress system here...."

The Austin Music Awards’ Ecstatic Experience
Thirty-four awards and six musical sets in 211 minutes
DAILY Music  March 1, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“You’re beautiful,” she grinned upon exit. “I love you..."

A Broken Trust at the Alamo Drafthouse
After executive mismanagement of sexual harassment accusations, the movie chain reconsiders what it means to do the right thing
Screens Story  March 1, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...But the company crash came last September – or rather it began a year earlier, when Devin Faraci, editor of in-house movie news publication Birth.Movies.Death., resigned after being accused of sexually assaulting and harassing several women. The Alamo was applauded at the time for its swift response; yet in September 2017, film podcaster George Hick­man found Faraci's byline on film descriptions for the Drafthouse-run Fantas­tic Fest, and the company confirmed he had in fact been rehired as a copywriter only four months after his ignominious exit..."

You Be the Judge
Sex, lies, and politics in the 331st District Court
News Story  March 1, 2018, by Nina Hernandez and Chase Hoffberger
"...Eldridge said she called the Cookeville (Tenn.) Police Department the next day to ask how to file a complaint of excessive force against the arresting officer, and was told to come in at a certain time. She did, and upon her exit was met by the same officer who had arrested her mother; he told her that she too would be arrested..."

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"..."We Forgot to Break Up" (Canada) D: Chandler Levack After a few years' absence, Evan unexpectedly returns one night to face his now-famous former bandmates. The surprise reunion is bittersweet, in this intimate depiction of the knotty complexities of relating to old friends after everything has changed..."

Bassboss Speaker Systems Take Charge of Austin's Low End
These go to 11
Music Story  January 25, 2018, by Dan Gentile
"...Locating Bassboss headquarters visually can prove tricky, but the building's impossible to miss by ear. Exit Highway 71 for the airport, then make a hard right on Cargo Avenue into a no man's land of shipping warehouses..."

Knife in the Water, Star Parks, RF Shannon, Julia Lucille
Cheer Up Charlies, Jan. 3
Music Review  January 11, 2018, by Rachel Rascoe
"...A bright burst of Star Parks reinvigorated the late weeknight, trumpet and slide trombone teasing the flower power romanticism of 2016 debut Don't Dwell. Singer Andy Bianculli charmed with quick-witted blues guitar and a big take on George Harrison's "Let It Down." At their exit, four acts had reconstructed Texas' rock and folk tradition in novel but familiar form...."

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2017
Four novels depict conflict and compassion in WWII Ukraine, present-day Pakistan and Israel, and a future America
Arts Story  December 28, 2017, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Tapping directly into the headlines concerning issues of immigration and refugees is Exit West (Riverhead) from Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid. It's a beautifully written story of a young couple who flee civil war in an unnamed Muslim country, making their way to London and then Northern California..."

The Return of Jack Wilson
New video precedes long deferred third LP
DAILY Music  December 12, 2017, by Kevin Curtin


Holiday Viewing: Doctor Who at Christmas
Which are the best (and worst) of the BBC classic's Xmas specials?
DAILY Screens  December 11, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...If Tennant's exit was a Christmas pud, then the final Smith story was like mulled wine. Both are cram-packed with flavorsome ingredients, but while the 10th seemed a little stodgy, 11's swan song was a heady concoction...."

Playback: Austin’s Rarest Vinyl
Want exclusive vinyl for Record Store Black Friday? Check out some of Austin's rarest wax.
Music Column  November 21, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Toni Price's Tuesday night "hippie hour" at the Continental Club came to an abrupt end last week after a continuous run – except for a couple of years spent in California – that began in 1992. Club owner Steve Wertheimer didn't respond to an email asking the reason for the quick exit of the longest-running weekly residency in Austin..."

Justice League
Another ho-hum entry to the DC Extended Universe
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Film Review  November 17, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...Of course, we’ve already had the pleasure of two hours spent solo with Gadot in Wonder Woman – not a perfect movie, but a potent one. Lip service is paid in Justice League to the idea of Diana being the natural leader here (aka the Ben Affleck Exit Plan)..."

Travis County Dem Chair Shuffle
Who wants to run the Democratic Party here in Austin?
News Story  November 16, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Lewis' exit brings a more familiar name into the fold: attorney Anne Wynne, a veteran of both Ann Richards' county commissioner and gubernatorial campaigns, and the founder of equal marriage rights nonprofit Atticus Circle. Wynne has already picked up several major endorsers, including Sen..."

Is Austin's Growing Dance Music Scene in Need of Its Own HQ?
We talk to a dozen members of ATX’s electronic music community
Music Story  November 9, 2017, by Dan Gentile
"...A nightmare scenario like Ghost Ship could easily befall a tiny restaurant where an industrial-strength fog machine pumps such thick clouds that dancers can barely see their hands, let alone an exit. Or a bar that locks the doors at 2am and puts up a "private party" sign to keep the dance floor moving..."

Headlines
News Story  November 2, 2017
"...Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are calling on the federal government to release an undocumented 10-year-old with cerebral palsy from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Border Patrol followed Rosa Maria Hernandez to a Corpus Christi hospital for surgery, waited for her, and made the arrest upon her exit..."

Rick Cofer Withdraws From Race for Travis County Democratic Chair
Frontrunner's exit clouds what looked like one-horse race
DAILY News  October 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...In the wake of Speaker Joe Straus declaring he will not run for re-election for the Texas House, another unexpected exit from the 2018 election cycle: Rick Cofer, the sole declared candidate to become the next chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, is withdrawing from the race...."

Blade Runner 2049
This visually lush sequel was worth the wait
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Film Review  October 6, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Alfred Hitchcock warned audiences to please not give away the secrets of Psycho, but Denis Villeneuve’s orders were more succinct: Tell no one anything about the recursive, thoughtfully rich plot of his sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece. This was prescient on his part, because the moment you exit Blade Runner 2049, the urge to discuss its labyrinthine, Russian nesting doll storyline – credited to screenwriters Hampton Fancher and Michael Green – is immediate and profound..."

How DPS's Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy
Rio Grande City sees a marked decline in sales and tourism
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...A grassroots organization opposed to the bill, Texas Works Together, did a study of how much money Texas stands to lose if SB 4 were to go into effect. An estimated 1.4 million Texans are undocumented, and Texas Works Together estimates that 10 to 15% would exit the state, leaving Texas short at least $220 million annually in local and state tax revenues...."

County Dems: Vincent Harding Out, Rick Cofer In?
Election set for March 6 to fill Harding’s seat
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Even though Cofer only formally announced his candidacy a day after Harding announced his exit, he's already accrued endorsements from a marquee set of current and former county officials, as well as the Austin AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. He's said he wants to move the party left, and make it more impactful at the ballot box..."

South Austin Institution Whip In Under New Management
Beloved brewpub faces new challenges and former employees’ grievances
Food Story  September 28, 2017, by Jack Craver
"...During her time at Quickie Pickie, Pèlegrin constantly fought with Prasla and even quit on multiple occasions. After the final exit, Pèlegrin was able to collect unemployment because she proved her pay had been inconsistent..."

Harry Knowles Accused of Sexual Harassment
Film blogger announces he's stepping away from Ain't It Cool News
DAILY News  September 27, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...[image-1] The allegations came in the wake of the current scandal surrounding some aspects of the business culture within the Alamo Drafthouse. Those came in turn after it was revealed that disgraced former employee Devin Faraci (who resigned in 2016 after he was accused of, and did not deny, claims he had groped another critic) had been quietly re-employed soon after his exit...."

Depeche Mode Saves
UK electro survivors assuage COTA’s masses
DAILY Music  September 21, 2017, by Lauren Modery
"...quartet and its mastery of psychedelic drone. As the amphitheatre filled to bursting, attendees hanging in the aisles and wings hoping to stake out a view of their gods, Warpaint earned their exit applause and instant converts...."

Day Trips: Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, N.M.
New Mexican artist collective turns an old bowling alley into a modern fun house
Columns  September 21, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The spooky quickly gives way to the enticing as you exit the house's living room through the fireplace, closet, refrigerator, stairs, or hallway. The path you choose is a portal to alternative worlds of light, sound, and touch..."

Five Austin Museum Day Recommendations
Back, tyranny of choice! Back, we say!
DAILY Arts  September 15, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...5) Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It’s like you’re taking a day trip, but without the trip taking an entire day to get there – just a little ways down MoPac on a Sunday afternoon, and there you are, wandering Lady Bird’s vast fields of petal-forward xeriscaping and outdoor sculpture of all kinds, stretching your legs along the manicured paths of environmental stewardship and Spanish-inflected architecture, and remembering to exit (as a cactus-disguised Banksy might remind you) through the gift shop...."

Paging Through the "Page Two" Archive
A look back at Louis Black's long-running column now at the end of its run
DAILY Screens  September 7, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...“Some of us against the [Iraq] invasion are not bleeding-heart one-worlders who want to embrace our most murderous brethren, hugging them as they repeatedly stab us. Some of us are worried that Iraq is a quagmire that we got into too quickly, still barely understand, and from which we will find no graceful exit (if, in the most optimistic scenario, a cohesive, democratic nation emerges, don't expect it to do so immediately after the first election)..."

The Luv Doc: People in Glass Houses
A truly balls-out commitment to mental health
Columns  August 31, 2017, by The Luv Doc
"...And yes, after a month or so of hearing your wavering, waffling, wishy-washy voice vacillating over the most ridiculously insignificant decisions, any woman in her right mind would take the first available exit, even if you look like Cary Grant. And by the way, Cary Grant seemed to have some major therapeutic breakthroughs while undergoing LSD therapy back in the late Fifties..."

Local Musicians on Avoiding the Sophomore Slump
Five trending Austin-hatched acts that sidestepped recording’s biggest pitfall
Music Story  August 3, 2017, by Tim Stegall, Libby Webster, Michael Toland, Doug Freeman and Thomas Fawcett
"...She's referring to the exit of original drummer Anna Lamphear, off to study law, and the addition of veteran Austin drummer Lisa Cameron, who brought a new edge to the threepiece...."

Playback: Hot Shivers
New Whiskey Shivers, Butthole Surfers, Casualties, murals, and takes on American literary classics
Music Column  July 20, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Rodriguez, aka Dave Tejas, has been a close friend and frequent tourmate of the Casualties since the late Nineties. In the wake of Hererra's sudden exit, they asked Rodriguez to fill in at Fuck You We Rule OK! fest in Tulsa this month and liked the results enough to keep him on for two months of touring in Europe and the U.S..."

Day Trips & Beyond: Welcome to Joanna and Chip Gaines' Waco
Perky Fixer Upper hosts are the town's new star attraction
DAILY Travel  July 4, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...It is a sign of our times that a program on the down-list HGTV cable channel can generate huge audiences and traffic. The Gaines couple's show, Fixer Upper, entices somewhere around 35,000 visitors a week to exit the interstate to make the pilgrimage to Waco..."

Lege Lines: Ignoring the Dawnna Dukes Problem
County Democratic Party Chair Vincent Harding doesn't want to talk about the beleaguered rep
News Story  June 8, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Harding seemed to further exacerbate the situation on May 31 when he told the Statesman: "I do not think it would be wise for the Democratic Party to ask an elected African-American official to resign." That comment came in a broader context – that calling for Dukes' exit could be seen by her supporters as holding her to a different standard. Harding noted that no similar resolution had been broached when former Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a white woman, was convicted of DWI in 2013 – to which Segura-Kelly reminded: "Rosemary had her legal issues, but she kept showing up for the job..."

CodeNEXT: Learn to Love It
Trying to make sense of a deeply flawed first draft
News Story  June 8, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...But the question isn't whether to slow down, but how to move ahead. Most fundamentally: Do we want to continue with the three-part code (see map and key at left) that virtually everyone has slammed as overly complicated and hard to use, and that has no exit strategy? If so, Council needs to declare that and shut down the conversation; if not, they need to declare that, and start a new conversation...."

Spoon's Hot Thoughts Remodels the Locals' Art-Funk
Britt Daniel and Jim Eno talk about the rise of R&B in the band's sound
Music Story  June 1, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...SXSW 2017 was a slight return for Byrd after a nerve-shredding 2009 tour led to his exit. No Soundcheck for him, either..."

Uber and Lyft Are Back, in Case You Missed Them
Drivers and riders react to return of TNC giants
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...Our local team is focused on making sure that Uber works for Austinites and helping our driver-partners earn. We know that we have a lot of work to do in the city, and we couldn't be more excited for the road ahead." Consi­dine's company also issued a statement apologizing for its abrupt exit, as well as a number of email blasts to Austin users..."

Exit U2
In revisiting The Joshua Tree, the Dubliners return home
DAILY Music  May 25, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Where “Bullet the Blue Sky” once rained down American imperialism on the southern half of the continent in an apocalyptic Hendrix guitar mangle, three decades later Joshua Tree closers “Exit” and “Mothers of the Disappeared” now represent global massacre and refugee-ism with a destructive verve, volume, and ultimately meditative unease. Bono’s past proselytizing keeps in check currently with a football field-sized screen doing most of the work in words and images..."

Exit Interview: Animal Services Chief Tawny Hammond
Hammond championed no-kill shelter policy in Austin
News Story  May 25, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...Accepting the new position and leaving Austin wasn't an easy decision, Hammond told the Chronicle in an exit interview at the Austin Animal Center. With the Levander Loop campus currently undergoing $5.9 million in renovations to expand kennel space, add pet adoption rooms, and improve drainage, "I feel like I'm leaving a perfect life." But her parents in Chicago and her in-laws in Michigan need support..."

James Magnuson Leaves the Michener Center
James Magnuson reflects on his 23 years as director of the Michener Center for Writers
Arts Story  May 25, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Anyone who's observed the byzantine processes and procedures of academia will grasp how much time the navigation of those territories requires, and logged over more than two decades ...? So in February, Magnuson announced that he was stepping down as Michener Center director. In the months since, his praises have been sung (at a pair of UT events in early spring), his exit interviews published (Texas Monthly, Austin Monthly, Alcalde), and all that's left is to clean out his desk in the Dobie House, which he'll do in the next week, and find a place for all the books accumulated there ("probably a storage unit," he says, and it doesn't sound like he's kidding)..."

The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, Song to Song
As heard in the movies
Screens Story  May 18, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...B" – Feathers, I hate feathers/ And I hate them so that I can hardly speak. Cole Porter's "Night and Day," written for the original stage production of Gay Divorce and brought to screen in 1934's The Gay Divorcee, was another pitch-woo song, but decidedly more sexy and thrumming, "like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom, when the jungle shadows fall." Berlin was a fan: In a 1933 letter to his friend Porter, he wrote, "I am mad about 'Night and Day,' and I think it is your high spot." Exit Music (for a Film)..."

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