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This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
News Story  January 14, 2011, by Richard Whittaker, Wells Dunbar, Lee Nichols and Jordan Smith
"...What slowed the last session? The exit of House Speaker Tom Craddick, and his replacement by Speaker Joe Straus, was supposed to signify a new era under the Dome, one that reflected the narrow 76-74 partisan split in the lower chamber. However, that changeover in House management meant it took until Feb..."

TV Eye: It Was a Very Good Year
The usual suspects and a few surprises marked a great year on TV
Screens Column  January 7, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...9) 'THE OFFICE' (NBC) I'm sensing a happy ending for Steve Carell's Michael Scott and have all confidence that the writers' room will give him the warm and loving exit he deserves. Sorry to see Carell go, but last I heard, Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) was in the running to replace him..."

Top 10 Criminal Justice Stories
Some died, some walked
News Story  January 7, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...1) SANDERS SHOOTING EVERLASTING We posted the city-redacted portions of the KeyPoint Government Solutions report critical of the Austin Police Department (exit city attorney). City Council rejected the negotiated settlement of the Sanders family's civil rights suit – Judge Sam Sparks was not amused..."

The Social Disease
2010 was the year social media was ready for its closeup
DAILY Screens  January 5, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Then again, maybe it wasn’t? The pitchforks were out for this documentary about a photographer who discovered he was spectacularly duped by an online “friend”; detractors cried foul and suspected the evidence had been falsified, or at the very least re-created, by the filmmakers. (Curiously, the far more celebrated Exit Through the Gift Shop, about an eccentric French entrepreneur’s involvement with the British graffiti artist Banksy, raised its own questions over authenticity, but critics cottoned to the idea of the film as a prank and gave it a pass.)..."

AFCA Backs 'Black Swan'
Local film critics pick year's best
DAILY Screens  December 22, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop, [dir. Banksy]..."

Austin's Indie Spirit
Anish Savjani and Bryan Poyser score noms
DAILY Screens  November 30, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Best Documentary (Award given to the director)
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Thunder Soul..."

The Rocky Road to Victory
Notes, photos from the WFTDA championship
DAILY Sports  November 10, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Of course, there was the Austin disappointment over the Texecutioners' second-round exit to the Gotham Girls' steely defense. However, the sting of that loss was off-set by the fact that the Texas team handed down a first-round rout to the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls..."

The Outlaw
Alex Cox, still shooting film, and the finger, after all these years
Screens Story  October 22, 2010, by Cindy Widner
"...It was Walker, an ambitious, magical-realist take on the real-life tragedy of an attempted takeover of Nicaragua by a Vanderbilt-backed Tennessean, that seemed to point the way to the exit. The film's reputation has been redeemed aesthetically and vindicated politically, receiving at last the elaborate Criterion treatment, but at the time, it was seen as a bit of a disaster – a view that overlooked not only its political and cinematic sophistication but its absurdist humanism as well...."

News Story  October 22, 2010
"...• While local boosters sing Mueller's praises, investors are keening over the troubled redevelopment deal at the former site of Concordia College: The University Park office building, the lone structure on the barren property, is now slated for the sales block; tenant Texas Monthly, meanwhile, considers an exit strategy...."

Music Review  September 24, 2010, by Audra Schroeder
"...Meanderthal three years later found them ramping up tempos and experimenting with more anthemic structures. Now, recorded as a trio in the aftermath of guitarist Juan Montoya's exit, the eight-track Songs for Singles makes a case for the power of three..."

Waterboarded in South Austin
Polly Parsons is still getting hassled by water supplier
News Story  September 24, 2010, by Amy Smith
"...After a series of regulatory assaults on a small sober living residence in South Austin, the Slaughter Creek Acres Water Supply Corp. has agreed to give owner Polly Par­sons three months to work on an exit strategy to sever her rocky relationship with the water supplier...."

Page Two: New Jersey Reverie
Autumn rain, returning memories
Columns  September 24, 2010, by Louis Black
"...The Holland Tunnel has two tubes that run from New York City to New Jersey. Usually, to get there, we'd drive down the New Jersey turnpike to the exit for the tunnel, which was then a short drive through Jersey City..."

News Story  September 24, 2010
"...20, the two attended a forum in Houston sponsored by Arab-American Voters, a Houston-based nonprofit. Perry made his exit after his prepared remarks, while White stayed for a Q&A...."

Day Trips
The Wonder Cave has the unique quality of being the only show cave in Texas created by an earthquake
Columns  September 17, 2010, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Wonder World is about a mile south of downtown San Marcos and a couple of miles west of I-35 at the Wonder World Drive exit. For more information, call 512/392-3760 or go to"

Perry, White Tied
Echoes of Jan Brewer as gov dodges debate and press
DAILY News  September 7, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Unfortunately for Gov. Good Hair, it's now going to be hard to think about his Killeen fast exit without thinking about another debate dodger: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, whose political inheritance may be summed up in the words, "OK, thank you all."..."

The Totally Awesome AusChron Newscast Gets an Education
Malfaro's exit, F1's entry, city utilities & more
DAILY News  September 2, 2010, by Jordan Smith and Wells Dunbar
"...School’s in session for the Totescast, as Richard Whittaker stops by to discuss his exit interview with Louis Malfaro, who’s leaving Education Austin after 11 years as union boss. We also get brought up to speed on Formula 1 racing’s newly unveiled track design...."

Bobby Whitlock & Coco Carmel
Music Review  July 23, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...My Time's second side counts a dearth of equal material, which undercuts Vintage as well despite four different composing pair-offs. "Southern Gentleman" whiffs Allen Toussaint, and exit line "This Time (There Won't Be No Next Time)" was cut by Tom Jones, but "Your Love" makes the all-time nuptials mix straight off..."

Bonus Tracks
Music Review  July 23, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...The lively electronic pulse of EME suggests Tangerine Dream's Exit if Loreena McKennitt had produced it. That's a roundabout way of complimenting the exquisite form of Relac'Soundfactory's music, at once worldly and centered..."

TV Eye
Will Bravo's new show Work of Art class up the reality TV genre?
Screens Column  June 18, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
"...It's time. Do it!" Parker says before she makes her exit..."

Letters at 3AM: A Night in Barcelona
The collision between human truths and political truths results in no truth
Columns  June 18, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...Enter me, 50 years after the fascist victory, trying to make a coherent story of these complexities. Reading many accounts, I came upon consistent discrepancies..."

Possession Not a Passport to Deportation
Supremes rule that deportation isn't automatic
DAILY News  June 15, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...Instead of looking at the two charges as minor drug offenses, however, the feds deemed the Xanax-related charge as "recidivist possession" and thus an offense that could have been charged by Texas officials as an "aggravated felony." Of course, that charge was not pursued, but because the feds said it could have gone that way, Carachuri-Rosendo was eligible for deportation to Mexico, where he had not lived since he was four years old. The feds' view was affirmed by judges and Carachuri-Rosendo was set for an exit...."

The Tipping Point
Austin and Travis County fail to deliver mental health care
News Story  June 4, 2010, by Amy Smith
"...Demps' early exit from this world in late 2009 also chalked up another statistic, adding to Travis County's suicide rate – long the highest in Texas. It's a sad state of affairs when a nominally progressive city like Austin is ill-equipped to care for people barely hanging on by their fingernails – people who are suicidal or experiencing a psychotic break...."

Sí Señor!
The Pachanga Latino Music Festival's trinity year
Music Story  May 21, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Promoters/bookers Rich Garza and Alex Vallejo have kept local talent traditional and the international acts freshly cut. After Saturday, you too will be hard-pressed not to exit Fiesta Gardens on a warm Saturday night repeating Pachanga's unofficial mantra: ¡Otra!"

The KeyPoint Report
What APD didn't want the public to know
News Story  May 14, 2010
"...Notwithstanding these obvious risk factors, no efforts were made to have the occupants of the vehicle exit while officers were in a position of safety, or to call for additional backup and be prepared for the use of less lethal alternatives. ......"

Toros Season Ends
Gee named rookie of the year
DAILY Sports  April 22, 2010, by Mark Fagan
"...Eddie Basden and Alonzo Gee both picked up double-doubles for Austin with Marcus Williams scoring 18 in the loss. While this may be a heartbreaking exit for the Toros, their season has been a huge success considering their playoff run and the large steps taken in the careers of several of their star players...."

After seven years, Jaclyn Pryor draws the curtain on her annual performance
Arts Story  April 9, 2010, by Robert Faires

Point Austin: The Chief Considers His Options
Dallas' recruitment of Art Acevedo deals him a very strong hand
News Column  April 2, 2010, by Michael King
"...Interrupting the river of praise, I asked him if he isn't preparing to exit paradise. "You know, I'm not gone yet," he answered..."

A Walk in Austin's Shoes
Curious tidbits and Austin arcana
News Story  March 19, 2010, by the News Staff
"...Even more confusingly, Airport Boulevard once rolled right past the airport – that is, the old Mueller Airport (now a neighborhood, but we kept the tower) – but it won't get you to one now, at least not before becoming 183 briefly, before you exit to Highway 71 (aka, Bastrop Highway)...."

Crazy Heart
At the crazy heart of the 2009-10 Austin Music Awards sits Stephen Bruton
Music Story  March 19, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Austin's six-string silver fox, who died of cancer last May – a grievous local exit poll that included in 2009 country holler Rusty Wier and jazz avant-gardist Tina Marsh – managed to keep his tighty-whiteys out of Crazy Heart, unlike 1984's Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson celluloid hero Songwriter, in which Bruton famously debuts in his snug skivvies. The Saxon Pub pillar could have written Crazy Heart, the 1987 source novel of which traded on honky-tonk baritone Hank Thompson, given his life of true Texas roots – in his own tight-fitting local trio, in all-star Austin songwriting swap the Resentments, and in decades of mercenary Suburban licks..."

Expect Long Wait at MetroRail Gate
Extreme waiting times leave drivers idling
News Story  March 19, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...But the real problem is for drivers on eastbound Justin seeking to turn north onto Lamar (it's a major exit point for residents of the Crestview and Brentwood neighborhoods trying to access both Lamar and Airport). Because of the need to clear backed-up traffic off Lamar after the train passes, the Justin traffic light skips a green – turning a wait that's normally just under two minutes into an average of more than five, sometimes longer...."

If the purpose of rail is to relieve congestion, the Red Line is failing at Justin and Lamar
DAILY News  March 12, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...But the real problem is for drivers on eastbound Justin seeking to turn north onto Lamar (it’s a major exit point for residents of the Crestview and Brentwood neighborhoods trying to access both Lamar and Airport). Because of the need to clear backed-up traffic off Lamar after the train passes, the Justin traffic light skips a green – turning a wait that’s normally just under two minutes into an average of more than five, sometimes longer...."

Casual Victim Pile
Hometown SXSW showcasing sampler
Music Story  March 12, 2010, by Audra Schroeder
"...When Green and drummer Tiffanie Lanmon met in high school in Belton, Texas, not long ago, they played as an instrumental duo before picking up Rachel Badger on bass, moving to Austin, and making Follow That Bird! legal in late 2005. After Badger's exit in 2008, the ladies went back to a duo before recruiting Sex Advice bassist Mitchell Tellstrom last year..."

AISD Trustee Races Set
Place 9 tussle draws big-name endorsers
DAILY News  March 9, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...There's also the question of how the new-look board will function without Dulaney Smith. Her exit evokes some memories of former council member Betty Dunkerley, to whom council left the budget construction..."

Soccer Watch
Aztex training camp opens with new arrival
Sports Column  March 5, 2010, by Nick Barbaro
"...The first teams will exit the Europe­an Champions League knockout round this coming midweek, and at least a couple of giants will be out. Tuesday is Arsenal vs..."

City Hall Hustle: Is There a Deeper Wave Than This?
Jobs come in one door, out the other
News Column  March 5, 2010, by Wells Dunbar

Off the Record
Unveiling the Austin Music Awards lineup and greeting England's newest hitmakers
Music Column  February 19, 2010, by Austin Powell
"..."Most of it was written on the road," confirms Sambol, referring to the band's first European tour last year during which he played a few impromptu solo shows. "It's a really good way to see if a song is a real song, if you can play it by yourself and it holds." Whereas the bandstand fervor of the Boys' 2009 debut, And Girls Club, was perfected over the course of a few years, Be Brave is a transitional album – rough and soulful – marking the entrance of singer/saxophonist Jenna Thornhill deWitt of Mika Miko and the exit of longtime timekeeper Matt Hammer..."

Soccer Watch
Still waiting for the Aztex schedule to be released. Meanwhile, in Africa ...
Sports Column  January 22, 2010, by Nick Barbaro
"...No surprises in the group stage of the African Nations Cup (well, not since Togo's bullet-riddled exit, anyway). The six teams thus far into the final eight are the four World Cup qualifiers – Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Algeria – plus defending champ Egypt and host Angola..."

Fort Worth (Still) Blue
GOP House hopeful out after filing blunder
DAILY News  January 11, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...However the upside for Republicans is that, while Veasey will now be free to work on other campaigns, Mitchell's exit may decrease local Democratic voter excitement come November. Some Travis County Democrats are rubbing their hands that tough-to-longshot Republican challenges against Democratic incumbents like Reps..."

Texas Top 9s
Music Story  January 1, 2010
"...6) GURF MORLIX Last Exit to Happyland..."

Top 9 Media Stories
News Story  January 1, 2010, by Kevin Brass
"...8) DENBERG DEPARTS Jody Denberg's voluntary exit from KGSR signaled the end of an era. For 19 years he represented the blend of blues, rock, and country that has developed into a distinctly Austin sound..."

IN under & Through
Deeply felt tributes to the late dancer Lucia Rodriguez shaded Ballet East's program
Arts Review  December 11, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz
"...The nine dancers in Melissa Villarreal's "Footprints" were all avatars of a character, quite literally Rodriguez, but the solidarity was broken as they made their final exit: eight stage left, one stage right. The mood of Dixon Mena's "Solido Pero No Inflexible" was a shade different from that of the pieces preceding it: still serious and somewhat tormented yet less pensive and edgier..."

Gilbert's Sauce/Goose/Gander Moment
Parsing Hank Gilbert's switch from gov to ag commissioner race
DAILY News  December 6, 2009, by Richard Whittaker

Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk From Dead Kennedys to Green Day
There's a whole Gilman Street between the DKs and Green Day
Music Review  December 4, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...ultimately returned the blood from fists to fret boards, where it belonged. Among other notable decedents was scene cop and Maximumrocknroll founder Tim Yohannan, who artfully managed to sick up lymphoma in 1998, thereby allowing him to exit prior to the colossal embarrassment that is Hot Topic..."

Schieffer Out, White Swapping?
Governor hopeful expected to back Houston mayor to switch from Senate race
DAILY News  November 23, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's when gubernatorial hopeful Tom Schieffer will be holding a press conference in the Capitol. The open secret is that this is expected to mark his exit from the governor's race, and that he'll be throwing his weight behind Houston Mayor Bill White...."

This Week's Waste of Time
We find the best (and free) entries from the upcoming Independent Games Festival.
DAILY Screens  November 13, 2009, by James Renovitch
"...Don't worry, the 8-bit copulation is censored (and brief). Find the right combination of controls to get a frog to the exit..."

Day Trips
Bob 'Daddy-O' Wade's sculptures made of junkyard parts or shiny urethane can be found in the most unusual places
Columns  November 6, 2009, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Carl's Corner: Dancing Frogs, exit 374, I-35 East, north of Hillsboro. Originally called Six Frogs Over Texas, it was done for the Tango nightclub in Dallas which was owned by a relative of the owner of Six Flags Over Texas amusement park..."

'Organic: Basic Inspirations'
In this show, the eye of the beholder is in the beauty as much as beauty is in that eye
Arts Review  October 9, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Before we exit Studio2Gallery's elegant little venue, we cast our eyes again upon Doug Russell's large pair of graphite-on-paper works: Entanglement 1 and Entanglement 2. These are subtle, compelling illustrations of entwined roots that fairly writhe as metaphors for one human condition or another..."

Kickin’ the Mud Off My Sneakers
A pretty good weekend in Geezerville
DAILY Music  October 7, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Actually, I wanted to see Dave Matthews Saturday, but when the rain started up again after Levon Helm’s sensational set, I headed for the exit...."

Fantastic Fest: 'Fish Story'
J-horror director Nakimura goes punk
DAILY Screens  October 1, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...If your only exposure to Japanese director Yoshihiro Nakimura's oeuvre has thus far been his work in the classic J-horror vein via Dark Water, this hyper-melodic paeon to obscurantist punk rock and the whims of fate, destiny, and three chords and the truth will enter your skull at 170 BPM and exit your heart doing at least twice that...."

Journey to the Center of the Discographies
Music Story  September 25, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Exit walloping drum deity Aynsley Dunbar, enter Jean-Luc Ponty vet Steve Smith. Beyond the high rotation bump 'n' grind of "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" and Rolie-leavened "Just the Same Way," even the return of Infinity knobber Roy Thomas Baker (Queen) can't stem the material erosion sliding headlong into album five's sophomore slump..."

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