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Playback: Worst of Both Worlds
R. Kelly dies in performance only, while Tony Offender and Traci Lamar Hancock leave Austin's astral plain for real
Music Column  May 18, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...Promoter Exit Black was met with boos when he tried to explain to the angry crowd the difference between a concert and a celebrity-hosted event and promised, "I'm trying to get him to come back out, but y'all gotta quit fuckin' trippin'."..."

Austin Psych Fest 5
Music Review  May 4, 2012, by Luke Winkie
"...Psych Fest begins Friday on a traffic-clogged freeway exit pointing toward East Riverside Drive. Cars are populated with commuters in rush-hour hell and a vast cross-section of Austin eccentrics hoping for a weird weekend..."

ALEC: Daylight on a Fungus
ALEC's corporate backers step away under public scrutiny
News Story  May 4, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Coca-Cola publicly declared that the company was only interested in cutting back on food and business regulation, not unrelated issues like voter ID; McDonald's claimed that its departure was solely a business decision. The most prominent recent exit was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – although not an actual member, in November 2011 it had pledged $376,635 to ALEC for educational campaigning (shorthand for pushing pro-charter school legislation)..."

Scott Quitting Texas Education Agency
Controversial schools commissioner to leave July 2
DAILY News  May 1, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Normally the exit of a state agency appointee causes nary a flutter, but not so today. Commissioner of Education Robert Scott – possibly Texas' most widely-known and controversial agency boss – is resigning his post, effective July 2...."

At It Again
Say Anything savant Max Bemis let goes of his alienation
Music Story  April 27, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Exit the boy, enter the man. Staggering out of addictive dysfunction on "Eloise" and into the romance of marriage on "Mara and Me," Bemis goes from pudgy-armed child to adoring husband..."

Santorum Out: Paul Says 'Newt Who?'
Texas rep shifts to third in GOP race
DAILY News  April 10, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...But his exit shoves Gingrich into second place and sometime Libertarian Paul into third place. So Paul's campaign chairman Jesse Benton had this to say today:..."

Bruises Easily
'The Raid' opens a can of whupass
Screens Story  March 9, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...You think you've seen this one before: a band of humans trapped in a dilapidated building, their every exit blocked by an army of killers, their numbers dwindling rapidly, their chances for survival presumably nil. And yet for all its seeming familiarity, Welsh-born director Gareth Evans' astonishingly kickass sophomore effort isn't another in the ongoing gush of gutsy riffs on George Romero's "trapped in an enclosed area with the hungry dead" genre but instead a brutal face-off of cops vs..."

The Girls on the Bus
Girls groups, from the back of the bus to Rhino Records.
DAILY Music  February 6, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...We lived so far out of town, the road into my subdivision was a one-lane shell road and horny toads ran free in the vacant lots. Today, Sabo Road has its own exit off the Sam Houston Tollway and horny toads are on license plates...."

Face Off Recap: All This Horror Business
FX god Tom Savini makes his SyFy judging debut
DAILY Screens  February 5, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Brea was far too smug, telling the camera "I do chemical warfare and chemical burns as part of my job description." The end result seems half-baked, then she makes the same mistake she made in episode one's foundation challenge – having teeth jutting out from the flesh. The result is what acid queen Neil calls "chipmunk cheeks" and a quick exit...."

Face Off Recap: Nekkid Time
Week three's body painting challenge spawns the assketball
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...And, at the same time, exit Miranda. That said, Tara was very lucky herself: Kind of surprising, since her first two costumes (the solo Scarecrow from episode one and her fishy collaboration with Matt last week) were so good) but if an interior decorator left that many streaks you'd want your wall repainting (wow..."

AE Rate Gate
Shockingly, nobody wants to pay more for electricity
DAILY News  January 13, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...The anti-increase crowd was an odd mix of environmentalists, advocates for the poor, church pastors, solar salesmen and supporters, and Republicans, such as Austin Rep. Paul Workman, who was the first to speak and the first to make a bee line for the exit after his testimony..."

The Perry Plunge
Iowa nightmare for Gov. Goodhair, but he carries on
DAILY News  January 4, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ron Paul: Because you can't say "Ron Paul Revolution" without "evol." Yup, the big winner may be the Texas congressman, who went from 11,841 (9.93%) in 2008 to 26,219 (21.4%) this year. Early exit polls show he performed strongly among younger voters (let's see how far the "legalize weed and end wars" mantra gets him once they start looking at his 'racist newsletter' scandal, his role is spreading the war on Christmas nonsense and other conservative classics.) However, it's an undoubted blow that he had to share the extremist vote with Santorum...."

The Hightower Report
Gingrich, the gift that keeps on giving
News Column  December 2, 2011, by Jim Hightower
"...Speaking of which, after an inglorious exit from Congress, Gingrich parlayed his legislative connections into the lucrative life of a Washington influence peddler, carrying water for such corporate favor-seekers as IBM and Microsoft. Now we learn that he also quietly did chores for mortgage giant Freddie Mac – a firm he had blasted publicly..."

Fork in the Road on Sixth Street
Business owners clash over direction of entertainment district
News Story  November 25, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...As a result, Daywood resigned from the board. (When asked about his exit, Day­wood declined to comment, simply saying, "I did not want to dedicate my time and energy on the direction [the association] was going.") Even with these latest events, League extended an olive branch..."

Headlines
News Story  November 25, 2011
"...ABIA officials advise travelers to get to the airport at least two hours early and note that the security queue for early-morning flights may take as long as 60 minutes. At least ABIA's new cell-phone waiting area – free parking for drivers waiting to pick up travelers, located off the airport service/cargo exit – is now open...."

Think
Aretha Franklin heats up the Moody
DAILY Music  November 16, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Opening with Jackie Wilson’s eternal flame “Higher and Higher,” the Detroit powerhouse was into “Think” by the third song, and 30 minutes in – when she made her trademark early exit (into an black-curtained enclosure onstage ) – the Moody was losing its ever loving mind. Her 20-piece backing band, half of it horns, held the line as Franklin caught her breath and no doubt slipped out of her three-inch heels for 10 minutes, but when both halves were reunited the song selection devolved into a mixture of new and lesser known material...."

Present Company: The Winter's Tale
With Shakespeare's 'problem play,' you get a two-for-one, comedy and drama
Arts Review  October 14, 2011, by Adam Roberts
"..."Exit, pursued by a bear." Shakespeare's instruction to Antigonus is perhaps his most famous stage direction of all, and it's faithfully executed in Present Company's current production of The Winter's Tale. Audience members, however, are more likely to be pursued by a chicken...."

City Hall Hustle: Agreeing To Disagree
Outside City Hall, crowds gather; inside City Hall, clouds form
News Column  October 7, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...The Hustle is sympathetic to the messages of breaking the global financial choke hold our unelected financial elites have on the globe, and also to the protesters and their as-yet-uncrystallized message. As Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald wrote: "There's substantial value even in those protests that lack 'exit goals' and 'messaging strategies' and the rest of the platitudes from Power Point presentations by mid-level functionaries at corporate conferences..."

One Way or Another
Live review of Blondie at the Moody
DAILY Music  September 30, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The following heart of the set explored Panic of Girls, as winningly contemporary as anything half its age. “Love Doesn’t Frighten Me,” “What I Heard,” “China Shoes,” “Wipe My Sweat Off,” and new highlight “Mother” (Bjork does Yoko Ono?) hosted “Maria” from 1999 revival No Exit...."

The Antlers
Music Story  September 16, 2011, by Melanie Haupt
"...The Antlers' emotionally devastating full-length Hospice (2009), the band's debut as a trio as opposed to frontman Peter Silberman's solo act under that same moniker, left the Brooklyn threesome with a lot to live up to. To that end, Silberman and company revisit certain aural territory, like deploying the same interstitial techniques, dreamy murmurs bridging the mildly aggressive "French Exit" and the contemplative "Parentheses" in an attempt to strike a balance between electronica and a song-sound emotional wallop..."

Off the Record
Recounting the first decade of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, one year at a time
Music Column  September 16, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...Park rangers have pledged to enforce the statewide burn ban this weekend. According to the Statesman, patrons will be asked to stop smoking or to exit the park to light up, refusal of which could lead to trespassing citations by the Austin Police Department..."

Some Enchanted Evenings
Improvising wonderlands at the Hideout
DAILY Arts  September 14, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Chihiro in the bathhouse of the gods.A young girl lost in some realm of dreams,beset by strange horrors, aided by kind strangers,making her way through a tangle of unexpected wonders.Hell, that last paragraph could be a description of someone attempting improv comedy for the first time.Luckily for the audiences at Spirited, the lively troupe conjuring these fables from nothing have been plying their performative trade for years and are directed by Asaf Ronen and Marc Majcher at the Hideout on Congress – in Downtown Austin, of course, although who knows what changes may have occurred in reality’s tenuous fabric by the time you exit the theatre? “I generally prefer stories that are realistic,” says Menelaos Prokos, one of the show’s talented cast, “but I guess the thing I enjoy the most about Spirited is the element I normally choose to stay clear of: I like how we create imaginary worlds, how we can be anything we choose to. Not just anybody, but anything..."

Changing Course
AISD shifts to community-based model for prepping younger kids for college
News Story  September 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...STAAR is in many ways a throwback to the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills, the testing system in place before TAKS was introduced in 2003. Like STAAR, TAAS depended on end-of-course testing, which Larson said he prefers to TAKS' end-of-school exit exams "because it actually measured what I did that year, as opposed to relying on years' worth of previous instruction before the student ever set foot in my class." However, that means getting students and teachers up to speed on the new structure: "Now a ninth-grade test is high stakes for these students, whereas it was just 11th grade in the past." Even more worryingly, Larson said, the Texas Education Agency "hasn't given us what the scoring system is yet." So far, little is known beyond jargon: There will be a minimum acceptable score, a minimum passing score, and a minimum advanced score..."

All Over Creation: Follow What Leader?
It's a new era for Arthouse and AMOA, but who will guide them through it?
Arts Column  September 9, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...So with Graze and Friis-Hansen gone, will Arthouse and AMOA (or whatever their fusion turns out to be) retain the character they developed during the Downtown Era? It's the same query being posed about Apple since Steve Jobs announced his exit. That's because we like to associate the character of an organization with the person leading it, and I'd argue that's even more true in the arts than in commerce..."

Imagine, Nation
Using play to map the emotional terrain of 9 / 11
Arts Story  September 9, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...We accomplish these goals using objects as metaphors, and a variety of mediums – video, dance, puppetry, etc. – to allow audience to both enter and exit the play..."

Cute Local Game Alert!
Local developers create two achingly cute games
DAILY Screens  September 3, 2011, by James Renovitch
"...Moving to the more-accessible App Store is D7 Games' Teddy Tumble. Throwing a teddy bear into a dryer may be cuteness overload, but the game mechanics are solid with the interface involving little more than spinning the circular levels using gravity to get the otherwise useless plush companion to the exit..."

God Dethroned
Music Review  August 26, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."For a Nihilist, nothing is at least something," declares God Dethroned commandant Henri Sattler on the Dutch vets' website. "2011 is [our] final year in existence." Nine full-lengths in 20 years, peaking with previous disc Passiondale (Passchendaele), disqualify GD's exit as premature, and despite so many recorded career highs demanding a sequel never delivered, Under the Sign of the Iron Cross cannonades virtually on par with its predecessor..."

Headlines
News Story  July 29, 2011
"...• The city of Austin last week opened a new enviro-friendly compressed natural gas fueling station at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Located at 3100½ Spirit of Texas Dr., off the Airport Cargo/Service Entrance exit, the station will be open 24 hours a day for public access...."

After a Fashion
A chicken, a dog, and a homecoming: Just another week in the life of Your Style Avatar
Columns  July 1, 2011, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...Because my mom runs a neighborhood list on the Internet, the man had been directed to us by neighbors. While visiting from Houston, he had been involved in a car wreck near our exit on I-35..."

UT Hosts NCAA Baseball Super Regional
Longhorns' squad faces Arizona State
DAILY Sports  June 9, 2011, by Mark Fagan
"...The University of Texas baseball team defeated Kent State 5-0 Monday to escape an early season exit (for them) and move on to host the NCAA Austin Super Regional beginning this Friday, June 10, 6pm, at Disch-Falk Field vs. the Arizona State Sun Devils..."

Some Parts of the World Pt. 3
BettySoo, live from the Netherlands
DAILY Music  June 5, 2011, by BettySoo
"...As it turns out, we were crashing a party for a large senior choir who had just finished performing a string of concerts, singing a mix of classical pieces and select works of Queen (have you seen Young at Heart?). A friendly choir member chatted us up and urged us to stay and eat, joking we could sing for our supper, but his friend ratted us out to the choir president, and we made a hasty exit...."

End of the Road for Five-Way Stop?
A proposal to close Bruning Avenue stirs neighborhood debate
News Story  May 27, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...But Breeze says he looks at it mainly for its use as an easy exit from the neighborhood. As his sister Gail Breeze put it in an email, it's "an important cut-through street to Mrs..."

Need Long-Term Traffic Solutions
Postmarks  May 25, 2011
"...While I enjoy frequenting a couple of shops in the complex, I dread the poor traffic flow and the lack of parking. However, over the past week or so, there haven’t been long lines struggling to exit onto the MoPac frontage road because an Austin Police cruiser has been sitting with lights on in the nearest lane, enabling those leaving to merge right onto the road, regardless of the day or time..."

This Week's Waste of Time
A free (and kind of broken) game to play
DAILY Screens  May 6, 2011, by James Renovitch
"...The mechanics consist of uninspired running and jumping, but the real struggle is within the player. Of course, it's a game, and you know that you have to find the finish line, but as the now self-aware game tells you, finding the exit might be the death of it..."

Michelle Mayer: Departure/Return
A beautiful display of footwear cobbled as if from bark, moss, foliage, and fungus
Arts Review  April 8, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Those are just some of the works on display in this beautiful one-woman show by Brooklyn's Michelle Mayer. Shoes for Departure, they're called, and we reckon the departure is one of back-to-nature, an exit fully ratified by situational ethics, because nature, abetted by the artist, has made the first move: Mayer's invaded the tony interiors of the Workman Gallery with wild, wild woods...."

Headlines
News Story  April 8, 2011
"...Cue possible panic among Republican lawmakers like Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, who viewed a seat on the commission as an exit plan from the Legislature or stepping stone to bigger things...."

Topsy-Turvy
Notes on an Englishman
Screens Review  April 1, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Leigh takes a cue from the G&S playbook – those "low burlesques," as Broadbent's Gilbert describes his life's work – with comic patter and spry pacing (no Victorian stuffed-shirtedness here), while entirely skipping on conventional story arcing. The routine tack, when dramatizing the conception and rehearsal of a stage show, would be to build to opening night and then exit stage left to thundering applause (or cut to black on a triumphant note)..."

Bedside Manner: Before the Fall
Browsing the stacks
DAILY Books  March 28, 2011, by Nick Barbaro
"...But no, instead the recent incident came from farther south, and the chronicler of a seamier side of Edinburgh: Ian Rankin, whose pile has been rising in the Southwest. Since Rankin retired his Edinburgh-based Detective Inspector John Rebus in Exit Music, the last of the 17 Rebus novels, I've been trolling through his other, non-Rebus books, vainly trying to recapture the magic..."

Down the Line
The 2010-11 Austin Music Awards crown South by Southwest's Saturday night
Music Story  March 25, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."You know who that was, right?" asked Sahm when clearing the stage, naming Erickson and his late father Doug Sahm to the Top 2 spots of Austin's all-time musical hierarchy. Band of the Year the Bright Light Social Hour celebrated just such a moment in the last award of the night, Mother Falcon's 18-strong orchestra providing everyone an exit suite in the live unveiling of its cusp of SXSW full-length debut, Alhambra..."

SXSW Friday Picks & Sleepers
Friday night blurbage of SXSW
Music Story  March 18, 2011
"...9pm, Karma Lounge Though its members reside in Austin, wiry avant-blues collective Churchwood found its groove near the Dadaland exit off Highway 61. Key member of the Meat Purveyors Bill Anderson weaves a web of sinister skronk alongside the Crack Pipes guitarist Billy Steve Korpi, while vocalist Joe Doerr summons a bellowing Beefheart brogue for the travelogue..."

SXSW 2011 Film Reviews
Screens Story  March 18, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...Conan O'Brien's Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour took place in the months following his not-so-funny exit from The Tonight Show and is the subject of this wildly entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the tour's genesis and creation. Director Flender's long relationship with O'Brien (they were college buddies) allows him to intimately capture several facets of his subject: angry Conan, charming Conan, mean Conan (who may be the funniest of them all), exhausted Conan, the loving father, and the frenetic workhorse..."

Daniel Johnston: The First 50 Years
SXSW panels
Music Story  March 18, 2011, by Greg Beets
"...These days, Johnston's "Hi, How Are You" mural at 21st and Guadalupe is closing in on official landmark status, so the warm greeting for the man himself was no surprise. After two songs on an out-of-tune guitar, Johnston made a hasty exit and began signing autographs...."

Car-Bike Peace Summit
Postmarks  March 14, 2011
"...Dear Editor, On a recent evening, close to midnight, I was riding my bike south down Metric, crossing an apartment exit/entry driveway. I thought the girl in the car had seen me as I approached, however, she almost hit me as she pulled into the street. Afraid, I yelled some profanities. As I turned my head I saw her in the car, and she looked shaken herself, and she looked like she was very apologetic for what she had inadvertently done. Shortly, she came up beside me in the far lane going the same direction, which I thought was very compassionate. She was going slow and had her window down..."

Food and a Movie
Strategic local restaurant suggestions to enhance your SXSW Film Festival schedule
Food Story  March 11, 2011, by Kate Thornberry and Virginia B. Wood
"...Once you exit the Long Center parking area, there's good food in every direction south of the river. Heading west will lead you to the Barton Springs Road restaurant row, with reliable choices for barbecue, hand-crafted brews, American cafe food, burgers, Tex-Mex, and plenty of frosty margaritas..."

Downtown Dining & Bites of Austin
Food Story  March 11, 2011
"...Whip In (1950 S. I-35, 442-5337, www.whipin.com) is an extremely hip, awesome little market located on the southbound I-35 access road (exit Woodland)..."

Day Trips
David Adickes sculpts larger-than-life statues of larger-than-life men
Columns  February 18, 2011, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...in Houston. To get there going east on I-10, exit at Taylor Street, make a right onto Sawyer, and a right onto Summer just past the Target..."

Soccer Watch
Italians crash and burn in Champs League, Austin Co-ed Soccer Association gets under way, and more
Sports Column  February 18, 2011, by Nick Barbaro
"...The next day Arsenal came from a goal down in the last 12 minutes to shock Barcelona, 2-1. The Catalans have been cruising through Spain and Europe, looking like the best team in the world by a good margin; now they'll have to do something special back home in three weeks to avoid another early Champs League exit..."

Do a Little 'Dance
Austinites past and present converge on Park City
Screens Story  February 4, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Distributors seemed to learn the lessons of past extravagant spending, which turned out to deliver many disastrous surprises at the box office. Many observers cited the financial success of such 2010 Sundance pickups as The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone, and Exit Through the Gift Shop as reasons for the renewed confidence on the part of distributors..."

Beyond the Super Bowl
Media scholar Robert McChesney tackles the state of journalism on Super Bowl Sunday
News Story  February 4, 2011, by Michael King
"...Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr. (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway), $10 donation (suggested) at the door; Monday, Feb..."

A+A Sichuan China
A+, A+A!
Food Review  January 21, 2011, by Mick Vann
"...A+A opened last fall and is owned by a friendly and outgoing New York transplant who goes by her English name, Cyndi. The front end of the house is managed by both Cyndi and Ling, whom many will recognize from her many years working the counter at Asia Cafe one exit to the east..."

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