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Cube
In 1961 Rod Serling penned a Twilight Zone episode entitled Five Characters in Search of an Exit. Although it's never been one of that series' most popular outings, the tale...
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Film Review  October 30, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Maurice Dean Wint, Nicole De Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlitt, Wayne Robson, Andrew Miller and Julian Richings. In 1961 Rod Serling penned a Twilight Zone episode entitled Five Characters in Search of an Exit..."

Taste of Cherry
The prevailing critical sensibility is that the latest film, Taste of Cherry, by the esteemed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, is a “masterpiece.” The film was the co-winner of the Palme...
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Film Review  October 16, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Exactly what we are to make of the men's successive increase in age or their different warring nationalities is obscure. Perhaps the same could be said for the unstated motives of Badii, who never explains or justifies what had led to his momentous decision (although 90 minutes in that bleak landscape might be enough to drive anyone to the final exit -- it's not insignificant that Badii's gravesite is next to the only tree on the horizon)..."

Selective Enforcement
The Sixth Street Load-In Policy
Music Story  May 1, 1998, by Christopher Hess
"..."We made the alleys on the north and south sides of Sixth Street commercial loading zones specifically for the use of band people on nights when the street is closed - to use them as a way to load and unload their equipment in the clubs. Clubs are required by fire standards to have more than one exit, and that's usually a rear exit, and that's where they need to go."..."

City of Angels
For many cinephiles, the notion of an Americanized remake of Wim Wenders' haunting film about an angel that aspires to become human, Wings of Desire, is nothing short of blasphemous....
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Film Review  April 17, 1998, by Steve Davis
"...While the storyline is more or less the same -- witnessing the mysteries of the human race, a celestial spirit yearns for mortal experience -- the emphasis in City of Angels is more on simple romance than lofty questions of eternity. Set in Los Angeles rather than Berlin, the film's first half appropriates a few of the visual and aural concepts of Wenders' work, although the sight of angels resting on a freeway exit sign, as opposed to perched atop the Reichstag eagle, is a less arresting one..."

Growing Up in Public
Richard Linklater's Road to The Newton Boys
Screens Story  March 27, 1998, by Louis Black
"...Richard Linklater on the set of The Newton Boys photograph by Clark Walker Racing up I-35, we're at our exit in about 20 minutes. Right near the exit, we pull off the access road and onto a large field filled with cars, where we park..."

Day Trips
Columns  February 6, 1998, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The bakery is half a block off the traffic circle around the Main Plaza and a block from the Comal County Courthouse. To get there, exit from I-35 at the Seguin Avenue exit and the bakery is on the right..."

Postmarks
Columns  December 26, 1997
"...It seemed like he never left. Once when I asked him where the exit was he said "What exit?" I told Joe that I was out of beer money..."

Event Horizon
A spaceship returns to Earth after seven years in limbo.
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Film Review  August 22, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Event Horizon is an amusing foray into the cloudy realm of sci-fi/horror hybrids, if only because you can catch a glimpse of the occasional shamefaced parent leading a squalling and terrified tot out of the theatre and over to the slightly less gory Free Willy 3 that's unspooling next door. There were indeed several walkouts at the Event Horizon screening I attended, most of which were attributable to families who obviously had not a clue what they were letting themselves in for, though I suspect more than a few folks chose to exit thanks in part to Phillip Eisner's glaring over-reliance on horror show clichés and Fishburne's frightening and perpetually knitted brow..."

>Look Up!
A Lone Star's Path to Heaven's Gate
  May 16, 1997
"..."No way was this their choice," says John Knapp of Trancenet, a "cult awareness" website, "This was murder." But there is little possibility that the members were literally murdered. The Heaven's Gate website refers to the "laying down" of bodies, and the willful shedding of "containers," and the members made "exit statements" on video..."

Xenophobia?
International Acts at SXSW
Music Story  March 7, 1997, by Michael Bertin
"...EXIT (Dublin, Ireland): Three brothers from Dublin (David, Judah, and Jon Merriman) and a couple of their friends make up Exit. Less than two years old, the pop/rock band is another in the long line of Next Big Things. (Maggie Mae's, 9pm)..."

Can't We All Just Call It Thursday?
More Than 200 Years of Turkeys
  November 29, 1996, by Spike Gillespie
"...Ah ha! I was shorting out the entire electrical system of the parking garage. Okay, logical solution? Well, surely if I just keep going, thought I, I will come to an exit..."

Mercedes Wanguemert-Peña's Grand Obsession Stuck Inside Cuba
Arts Story  February 16, 1996, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...The gallery's "Exit" sign provides another strange illumination. It glows red -- the only color in the black and white room -- and looks as if it has been intentionally mounted above a small house-shaped structure in the back of the gallery..."

Out of Many, One
Deborah Hay in a Large Group and Alone
Arts Story  November 10, 1995
"...Hay challenges herself similarly in the short piece that accompanies Voilá in her current performance. Exit is the first piece in her professional career that Hay has set to music..."

Day Trips
Columns  August 18, 1995
"...Getting to Central Texas' newest horse track is easy. From I-35 southbound, take exit 172 (which is actually in Selma; exit 173 is also an easy U-turn)..."

Live Shots
  June 2, 1995
"...Indeed, had they not been at the first few COL shows, it's doubtful a certain group of small-town straight-edgers called Kid's Meal would've become the raving, post-MC5 bomb blast that is the Satans. So, what more fitting end for the Cryin' Out Louds than for them to exit the same way they entered?..."

The Brady Bunch Movie
The Brady Bunch Movie is retro-Seventies overload: color it harvest gold and avocado green. It takes great delight in tormenting baby boomers in its celebration of shag haircuts, Sansabelt slacks,...
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Film Review  February 24, 1995, by Steve Davis
"...The cast has a good time, with some of the performances uncannily capturing the originals: Christine Taylor is a dead ringer for Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia on television, while Cole's cadence and delivery sound eerily like the late Robert Reed, who played Mike Brady, the architect who designed a house with only one bathroom for six kids. Special mention should also go to Smart as the lush living next door, who lusts after every Brady with a penis (her exit line to Greg and Peter about making a sandwich is inspired beyond belief), and to RuPaul, who works it as a junior high school guidance counselor who relishes teen angst..."

Sleepless in Seattle
One of the signature love stories of the Nineties, Sleepless in Seattle basks in the idea of romantic love while also tweaking the notion.
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Film Review  June 25, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner and Carey Lowell. What is there to say about a picture hailed as “the date movie of the summer” that leaves you cold and running for the exit when all those around you are laughing their heads off? That you're having an off night? That your date is less than ideal? That you are right and the world is wrong? That the world is right and you're a mess? Vacillating between these conclusions, I haven't yet been able to pick the right one..."

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Produced by Steven Spielberg, this animated film follows the further adventures of the Mousekewitz family, who came to America to escape the cat pogroms.
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Film Review  November 29, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...“Noisy” is the word Siskel and Ebert used repeatedly while reviewing this movie and I can't come up with anything more descriptive. Kids are likely to exit not knowing what to make of this movie: there's nothing really likable about it, though there's nothing patently dislikable about it either...."

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...."

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..."

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...."

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..."

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...."

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..."

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