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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, 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
" 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..."

Off the Record
Heralding the return of the Wagoneers and Recover
Music Column  January 21, 2011, by Austin Powell
"..."Better two years too soon than five minutes too late." That's how Monte Warden justifies the Wagoneers' early exit in 1990. "We were 10 years after the outlaw movement and 10 years before Americana had a name." The Wagoneers still left their mark with an Austin City Limits appearance and two locally beloved albums for A&M Records that ushered in classic country for a new generation..."

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..."

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