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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..."

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)..."

Public Notice: Fun Is Where You Find It
Some things to look forward to(?) this summer
News Column  May 18, 2017, by Nick Barbaro


Like Bats Out of Heaven
EarthShare of Texas invites you to enjoy bats, birds, and barbecue
DAILY Chronolog  May 15, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And maybe that’s too far a drive, just an hour, to see the world’s largest bat colony? To watch the sky turn black as twenty million flying mammals exit their subterranean bedroom community and go all aerodynamically intense as they obscure the vault, the vault, the vault of heaven?..."

Protesters Stage Sit-in at Governor's Office to Oppose Sanctuary Cities Bill
Activists won't move until Abbott vetoes "racist" bill
DAILY News  May 1, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...UPDATE: Texas Department of Public Safety officers handcuffed then released at least 18 activists, including CM Greg Casar and Austin Pastor Jim Rigby, after they refused to leave the governor’s offices today. Following an all-day sit-in and protest against anti-immigrant bill SB 4, DPS officers forced journalists to exit the building when it closed at 5pm or face arrest, and blocked the entrance...."

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat
Visit these five watering holes while you can
DAILY Travel  April 20, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Parking in the park is difficult at best. Outfitters on either bank of the river are your best bet if you plan to take the 3- to 4-hour float trip from Wursthalle to the last exit from the river..."

Visit These At-Risk Hill Country Water Sources
While you still can
Features Story  April 20, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Parking in the park is extremely limited. River outfitters are your best bet to take the three-to-four hour float trip from Wursthalle to the last exit..."

Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work
Music Story  April 13, 2017, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Besides the complexities of her last decade, Elkin also serves as a featured guest when noted Austin songwriter, iconoclast, and survivor Sam Baker performs. Meanwhile Schmidt's association with wildly successful podcast Welcome to Night Vale means the couple became part of the soundtrack to its touring edition...."

Saldaña Quits AISD Board
Trustee cites workload for abrupt exit
News Story  April 13, 2017, by Richard Whittaker


Saldaña Quits AISD Board
Trustee cites workload for abrupt exit
DAILY News  April 7, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...In his exit speech, Saldaña emphasized that there is now only one minority member on the board (District 1 Trustee Ted Gordon), and no Hispanic member, even though the majority of all AISD students are Hispanic or Latino. He encouraged the board to avoid an expensive special election, and instead do as they did when the late Robert Schneider died, and pick a suitable replacement to complete his unexpired term...."

AISD’s FABulous Facility Plan
The Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee has a few recommendations to consider
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Advocates say that move is overdue, as LASA is turning away many qualified students. Opponents believe its exit will damage LBJ and advance inequity...."

SXSW Music Live: Robert Glasper
One limb in jazz, others in hip-hop and modern R&B
DAILY Music  March 14, 2017, by Michael Toland
"...It didn’t help that the show lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours. Fortunately, Glasper righted the ship at the end with a snippet of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” giving the title chant to the audience to use as exit music...."

Dwight Yoakam Opens Rodeo Austin
First concert of two-week man/beast/cowgirl stand
DAILY Music  March 12, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Nearly two hours of death-defying feats and cowgirls rocketing their horses through a barrel race beginning at 7pm left no more than a 15-minute intermission before this year’s lead-off headliner hit the revolving stage at precisely 9:01. Same gate one-ton bulls, horses, calves, sheep, and Rodeo clowns enter and exit from opens wide for a series of tractors pulling a stage onto ground zero for the (wo)man/beast battle of wills and voilà!, instant pop-up concert..."

DiGiuseppe Dips Out on Austin, CodeNEXT
So goes the latest leader of the land code rewrite
News Story  March 2, 2017, by Caleb Pritchard
"...Of his time working on the project, DiGiuseppe beamed, "I've enjoyed it and I'm going to miss it." That apparent amicability distinguishes his departure from other high-profile CodeNEXT shake-ups, most notably last year's resignation of project leader Matt Lewis, who split after the city's HR department determined he had harassed and retaliated against his co-workers. Nevertheless, DiGiuseppe's exit is not without its own wrinkles; it coincides with the early stages of the large-scale public outreach campaign launched after the CodeNEXT draft's recent debut..."

Mayor’s Omnibus Resolution: Actualization Is Hard
Moving into Phase II
Music Story  February 23, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...Pitts' exit, due in April after the city made him an interim internal consultant to ease the transition to a new manager, highlights that while Mayor Adler and City Council may aggressively champion efforts to bolster Austin's music scene, their impact can only extend so far against a limited budget, competing city priorities, and the necessary restrictions of bureaucracy...."

Get Out and Stay Out
Postmarks  February 15, 2017
"...The writing’s on the wall, Rob: Austin City Council banned cruel devices in circuses, which shut them out, and you’re not wanted either. Many rodeos electrocute the animals in the chutes so they exit looking wild..."

Rackspace Backs Out of ACC Deal
Remember to lock down a lease
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Highland Mall proved a lot more property than the college needed, however, so the aim became to set up business incubators and secure a major tenant, one that could potentially provide workplace training and opportunities for students. Enter (and exit) Rackspace – though the company may now be less likely to serve as a destination for ACC graduates..."

ATX's Inaugural Addresses
Local artists, comics speak out about Trump taking office
DAILY Arts  January 18, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Staged Reading of The Taming Fri., Jan. 20, 4pm, The New Movement, 616 Lavaca Playwright Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky, Exit Pursued by Bear) has made her play The Taming available for free to any theatre artists wishing to read it as a protest to the inauguration, and thespians in more than 40 cities have taken her up on the offer..."

Steve Earle
Music Review  December 22, 2016, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Guitar Town rises out of the working man's life epitomized by the songs of Bruce Springsteen. Earle adds a tangy Southern accent and Texas rockabilly sensibility that rides the back roads out of town on "Hillbilly Highway" with a stopover at the gas station attendant searching for something more in "Someday." Remastered, this Anniversary edition doubles up a second disc, a 19-song 1986 concert that reflects the album's attitude but also includes songs from the then-unrecorded but equally outstanding follow-up Exit 0 and Earle's now famous rendition of Springsteen's "State Trooper."..."

“Ana Esteve Llorens: Studies for Future Objects” at Women & Their Work
The show’s mix of colored textile works and a large installation of open ovals spark an urge to interact with them
Arts Review  December 15, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...The ovals are large enough that a person could walk through. From just outside the installation, the structure is disorienting, like a hall of mirrors, offering multiple layers of entry and exit with no apparent beginning or end..."

Alejandro Escovedo Grinds Axes at ACL
Austin escapee kicks out the jams in his fifth taping for PBS
DAILY Music  December 1, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Son of Texas – San Antonio – spawn of Austin (1981-2015), the longtime local hero packed up for Dallas last year when a sentry at the city limits nodded off. Willie Nelson spends more time on Maui than in his home state probably, but Escovedo’s exit still stung – like one of our unicorns got out..."

Different Stages’ Fahrenheit 451
This theatrical adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story ends up being timely and may make you step outside your bubble
Arts Review  December 1, 2016, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...The play doesn't dwell on that bit of backstory, but it's notable because it makes this play hard for either side in our currently two-sided political catastrophe to embrace. Yes, a lot of people reading this review are likely to agree that we as a society need to wake up, turn off the entertainment, and exit the social media-induced stupor into which many of us have fallen..."

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016: The Best Stories of the Year
Edited by Laura Furman
Arts Story  November 3, 2016, by Joe O'Connell
"...Some names may be familiar, many not. Consider Marie-Helene Bertino's "Exit Zero," about a woman having to quickly clean out the home of her estranged father..."

ACL Review: Kendrick Lamar
Superstar MC grapples with superstardom in real time
DAILY Music  October 2, 2016, by Bryan Rolli
"...Those die-hards got their moment during his closer, a 10-minute version of “A.D.H.D.” off debut album Section.80. As Lamar made his final exit from the stage, he left the audience with a promise he made three years ago at the same site, and he wasn’t talking about his return to the same stage and time slot next Saturday during the second weekend of the festival:..."

Silent Sky at Austin Playhouse
This luminous staging of Lauren Gunderson's play brings wonder to the universe and makes it at once vast and intimate
Arts Review  September 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...In this historical drama by Lauren Gunderson (Exit, Pursued by a Bear), stars are Henrietta Leavitt's passion – a word she employs with specificity and purpose. The study of those gaseous spheres filling the cosmos inspire in her "a thrill – a bracing excitement," and she wants desperately to know how far from us they truly are – in measurable terms – so she can learn how large the universe is..."

The Gospel According to Kanye
Rapper levitates the Frank Erwin Center
DAILY Music  September 22, 2016, by Bryan Rolli
"...West didn’t vanish in an explosion of lights or fanfare, nor did the song end with a thunderclap. Instead, a crew member released him from his harness and he walked through the nearest exit as the music faded – closer than ever, yet still out of reach...."

Grove at Shoal Creek Inches Forward
Council to finally consider contentious zoning case
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...One major sticking point is the developer's plan to remove a house it purchased on 45th Street in order to extend Jackson Avenue and create another exit to the property. The BCRC and surrounding neighbors are concerned about potential commercial truck traffic and if the plans for a right-in-right-out on 45th Street are feasible..."

The French Connection
Golden moments at Austin Week in Angers, France
DAILY Music  September 16, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...The festival’s third night, in which club shows commandeered a half-dozen venues, reunited the ATX6 for an evening engagement at a combination record store/coffee house called Exit Music For a Drink. Even in what sounds like it could be a dud of a show, the revue of Austin songwriters again found themselves in a small space packed with attentive spectators..."

ACC Board Place 9 Race: Not a Snoozefest
Four candidates emerge from extended filing deadline
News Story  September 1, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...When filing for the race closed on Aug. 23, Sosa was off the ballot, seemingly confirming her exit from elected office...."

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
"...XXI. Marjorie Baumgarten: "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..."

Morrow vs. Trump vs. the GOP
Travis County GOP rudderless, broke after ousting chair
DAILY News  August 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Duncan said, "Many of our traditional donors have been hesitant to give money to the party after watching Mr. Morrow's antics." With his exit, he said he will be calling those same donors to tell them, "Guess what? Mr..."

AISD and ACC Board of Trustees
Trustee elections can mean uncontested drifts or bare-knuckle throwdowns
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Place 9: So far, there's only one candidate filed to fill Kaplan's empty seat: former ACC student and Bernie 2016 organizer Julie Ann Nitsch, who also serves as a member of the city's Committee for Quality of Life for College Students. However, due to Kaplan's late exit, filing has been extended until end of business on Aug..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  August 11, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...On the men's side, the group stage is finishing up as we go to press, with one tasty matchup already set, Argentina and Mexico out early, and Brazil needing something better than their two scoreless draws so far to avoid another humiliating first round exit...."

Playback: The Future of Austin Recording Studios
Studio owners look at different solutions to surviving in an increasingly expensive city
Music Column  August 4, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Despite McCarthy's exit and Sikes' entrance, recent trends in the homegrown recording industry aren't openings and closings, but rather studio owners finding variant solutions to continue in an increasingly expensive city. For Chico Jones, that meant teaming up..."

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