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'Footprints'
In the multiform company's new production, the dancers move between cultures as well as dance styles
Arts Story  November 16, 2007, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Barefoot in a T-shirt and jeans, Gray works in a quick but unruffled manner, directing the dancers and conferring with Lawson. They discuss the logic of each entrance, exit, and transition: With whom? From which wing? Why? Gray is not dancing in this production – a first for Tapestry – and she blames the quick schedule..."

Other Races Worth Watching
News Story  November 9, 2007
"...Fidel "Ace" Acevedo. With Rosie Mendoza's graceful exit from what had been a rare three-way contest for chair, Brown, with his proven fundraising abilities, appears to have the race locked up...."

Concerns Over Electronic Voting Machines
Postmarks  November 5, 2007
"...Dear Chronicle, I wonder how many stories we will see about voting-machine glitches? How many stories about exit-poll discrepancies with official results? How many stories about unexplainable problems with software and computer code? Are readers aware that months ago the California secretary of state, Debra Bowen, conducted a "top to bottom" review of all the electronic-voting systems used in that state? Among the systems she decertified for use include Austin's own Hart InterCivic voting machine. Why is Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir insisting on using these when they have been deemed unsuitable after exhaustive review? It is past time to ban the use of corruptible electronic voting machines..."

Watts Goes, Dems Respond
Watts is no longer a candidate for senate, but does that mean he won't be in the race?
DAILY News  October 23, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...The exit of Mikal Watts this morning from the Democratic primary race to take on U.S. Sen..."

The Moral of 'Body of War': Don't Make Precipitous Decisions
DAILY Screens  September 19, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...I'm sitting here with my pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution, a parting gift I was handed upon my exit from the film Body of War, an eloquent and emotionally moving account of the toll the war in Iraq has had on American soldiers and their families..."

Featuring Loretta
This Canadian comedy set in a seedy motel room can't seem to get past a certain level
Arts Review  September 14, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...It feels like this scene will keep playing itself out forever, and in a motel room this seedy, it feels like the end of the line. You half expect a neon sign above the door to be flashing "No Exit."..."

Snow Goes
Another White House exit: Snow out, Perino moves up.
DAILY News  August 31, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Another high-ranking Bush loyalist will be packing his desk soon: Press Secretary Tony Snow will be standing down, effective September 14. He'll be replaced by his deputy and regular fill-in, Dana Perino Unlike with many recent exits, there's less likely to be something suspicious about his exit..."

One Flea Spare
Gobotrick Theatre Company's One Flea Spare is a worthwhile production of a play that's smart and crafted with a rare dexterity and elegance
Arts Review  August 24, 2007, by Iris Brooks
"...The structure of the play, with its economy of characters and setting and its condensed time frame, is a clever variation on a classic premise – No Exit immediately springs to mind – and from this concision the playwright, Naomi Wallace, is able to address a wide swath of larger issues, which she pursues with an unhesitating relish. The 17th century, rife with disease, inequality, religiosity, and prostitution, provides her with ample material, and she makes great use of its largesse..."

Page Two: Turn to Sinatra
Considering media objectivity and losing yourself in art
Columns  August 24, 2007, by Louis Black
"...Other times it is when the "you" of every day begins to so overwhelm everything in your life that there seems to be no way out. It is as though you are trapped in some truly grotesque Betty Boop cartoon: The many warped ghosts of who you've been or thought you were or once wanted to be are blocking every available exit..."

Interchange
'Interchange,' this year's three-part summer MFA show at Creative Research Lab, marks a positive departure from last year's
Arts Review  August 17, 2007, by Salvador Castillo
"...Tape and stencils aided Bonnie Gammill in creating her candy-colored urbanscapes. Karri Paul's paintings flanked the exit: To the right, odd-shaped aluminum panels contained a muddied look at communication through phone and TV; to the left, a vertical painting almost suggested a mirrored grassy landscape...."

Day Trips
The Crandall Cotton Gin Restaurant offers comfort food cooked all sorts of ways
Columns  August 3, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Crandall Cotton Gin Restaurant is on the south side of U.S. 75 at the Crandall exit..."

Small-Town Surprises
Dining around Central Texas: part II
Food Story  July 27, 2007
"...For part 1 of 'Dining around Central Texas, ' see Exit Here to Eat...."

Beside the Point
The plots thicken at City Hall
News Column  July 27, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...After deciding on the false claims of misconduct they'd level against Moriarty, "In the words of Bruce Todd, the defendants 'all agreed to move forward as a group.'" But once their allegations -- including the nepotism charge, soliciting bribes, arbitrarily awarding and removing contracts, and more -- were rebuffed by the district attor­ney and Austin Police Department as baseless, the brief says, Armbrust, Todd, and Myers, together or separately, went to Futrell, who hired outside counsel (Connie Cornell) to investigate. Cornell, the brief maintains, had "the reputation of being ready to accommodate City officials to help rationalize and/or develop an exit program for employees the administration wanted to remove."..."

Page Two: Grand Illusions
The only problem with wide-ranging, all-encompassing conspiracy theories is that they're wrong
Columns  July 6, 2007, by Louis Black
"...Given that, how could this administration pull off such a complicated conspiracy as 9/11? Since the plan was to invade Iraq, why weren't any of the hijackers Iraqi? If these questions seem obvious, most conspiracy theorists would contend that just shows how brainwashed we all are – that these actions are all part of the master plan for New World Order aimed at creating war, hatred, chaos, and confusion in the world, allowing them to exit the shadows and take control...."

SB 1031: The new exams
News Story  June 29, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...In grades ninth through 12th, students will take "end-of-course" exams, a term replacing the old and unwieldy "secondary exit-level assessment exercises." Students will take a total of three exams in each of four core subject areas: English I, II, and III; algebra I and II and geometry; biology, chemistry, and physics; and world geography, world history, and United States history. Students will be required to achieve an average of 70 per exam in each of the four areas (the grading system for each test is yet to be determined)..."

A Healing Place
Dell Children's hospital opens in Mueller.
DAILY News  June 27, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...The new children's hospital officially opens for care on Saturday. So remember not to take little Jim Bob with his broken arm to the old one – drive to the emergency room at Mueller off I-35 (51st Street exit) instead..."

On the Lege
The last days of the session: a rebellion and a budget
News Column  June 1, 2007, by Amy Smith
"..."There goes Dutton!" someone shouted as a spiffy black truck whizzed out of the parking lot. That would be Harold Dutton, a Craddick D, whose speedy exit momentarily added weight to the quorum-breaking rumor..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  June 1, 2007
"...• The exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills could be on its way out if the governor signs the compromise hammered out between House and Senate in the last hours of the recent legislative session. The compromise on SB 1031, a hybrid version of the two chambers' views, includes an interesting twist for students who fall short of passing the required cumulative score on end-of-course exams..."

Andy St. Martin: Selected Works From 1999 to 2007
The animated personality of painter Andy St. Martin shines through all the careful color fields he creates in the abstracts populating his new solo show at 4 walls fine art
Arts Review  May 25, 2007, by Rachel Koper
"...Martin a more expressionist interpretation is his light, spontaneous line work and his use of symbols. In some of the paintings, a thick, chunky line will skip across, twirl, and then exit the composition..."

Soccer Watch
Debate over the player of the year, and more
Sports Column  May 4, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...As if the ECL exit weren't bad enough for Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho – the self-styled "great one" – the Blues also probably lost any real chance of catching Man U for the Premiership title, as a disappointing draw on the weekend left them five points adrift, with just three to play...."

Naked City
News Story  May 4, 2007
"...Our troops will return; it is only a matter of how much blood and money will be lost before they do." – Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett, on President Bush's veto of a war-appropriations bill that included a timetable for the troops to exit Iraq Headlines• Thousands of immigrants, families, and friends marched from the Capitol to City Hall on May 1, joining nationwide demonstrations in support of naturalization for the millions of undocumented people who are our neighbors, co-workers, compañeros..."

Austin Lightning Get Their Season Started and More Soccer News
DAILY Sports  May 2, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...As if the ECL exit weren’t bad enough for Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho – the self-styled “great one” – the Blues also probably lost any real chance of catching Man U for the Premiership title, as a disappointing draw on the weekend left them five points adrift, with just three to play. Pachuca beat Chivas of Guadalajara on penalty kicks in order to win the CONCACAF Champions League final last Thursday night. They’ll represent the continent in the world club championships later in the year in Tokyo. The Copa Libertadores round of 16 is kicking off as we go to press..."

Lawn Mower Program
Postmarks  April 23, 2007
"...Dear Editor, Thank you for the coverage of both electric lawn-mower programs [“Naked City,” News, April 20]. The Central Texas Electric Lawnmower Program will take place this Saturday, April 28, from 8:30am-2:30pm at the South Austin Home Depot at 3600 South I-35 (Woodward Street exit)..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  April 19, 2007
"...• Committees in both the House and Senate have passed bills to replace the exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test with end-of-course tests (though the bills vary in a number of ways). The House version, passed out of the House Committee on Public Education on Tuesday night, would take an additional two years to implement the end-of-course tests, cut back the number of tests that must be passed to graduate, and limit the amount of field testing to create the tests..."

Naked City
News Story  April 19, 2007
"...On Saturday, April 28, from 8:30am-2:30pm, the Home Depot at 3600 S. I-35 (exit Woodward) will discount electric mowers from $30 to $65, but an old gas mower must be turned in to get the discount (for more info, see www.cmpbs.org/electriclawnmower)..."

Terrible Time at the Backyard
Postmarks  April 17, 2007
"...One asked my husband to move two steps forward after I left to go to the restroom. Is this not a free country, and are we not allowed to stand anywhere in a "standing room only" show? After all, this was what we paid our hard-earned money for – to park and stand in a gravel pit! The climax was the exit..."

SOS Files for Bankruptcy
The stalwart defenders of Barton Springs reorganize in face of court loss.
DAILY News  April 10, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"... SOS Alliance’s appellate attorney, Renea Hicks, comments, “It is not easy to pick out the worst thing about what’s happened in this case, but I’d nominate the court decision forcing a non-profit group, which has been instrumental in protecting the Hill Country and Austin from the ravages of money-driven private development, to fork over three hundred thousand dollars to cover the attorney fees of the MUD’s developers.” Weldon Ponder, the Alliance’s bankruptcy attorney adds, "The reorganization case we have filed today in the Austin Bankruptcy Court will enable the Alliance to carry on with its important work while we seek court approval of a financial plan that will give equitable treatment to all parties having an interest in this matter. We are confident we will be able to accomplish that goal and exit the bankruptcy process in a few months with an approved plan that will be fair to everyone involved, including the judgment creditor." -30-..."

'Possession Arrow': Badgley->Razook
DAILY Sports  March 28, 2007, by John Razook
"...Faster than a University of Texas exit from the Big Dance, the 2006-2007 NCAA men's basketball season is drawing to a rapid close. This upcoming weekend will cap off another wonderful season and conclude the greatest of all sporting events – the NCAA Tournament..."

Austin Wranglers Host Nashville Kats Saturday
DAILY Sports  March 23, 2007, by Jeremy Martin
"... If the Kats were going for a badass misspelling, they quite obviously would've been better off with "Catz" or even better "Xatz" or best of all "XXXatzzz." Now those are incorrectly spelled names that would put a shrivel in the other teams' jockstraps. The cutesy Kats spelling makes you think the team's mascot would look like a differently abled version of Snagglepuss ("I pooped the bed again – exit stage left, even.") You'd be wrong, of course..."

We Were the Urban Pioneers
Our search for the just-right million-dollar condo, in the wilds of Downtown
News Story  March 23, 2007, by Wells Dunbar and Jordan Smith
"...Sales rep Jessica met us in the condo lobby; although inside the Hilton, 5FF has its own front desk, concierge, and street exit. In the elevator, she recounted the Downtown entertainment..."

On the Lege: A $156 Million Disaster
The Accenture scheme blows up in the state's face
News Column  March 23, 2007
"...• Both education committees – Senate and House – heard the bill on Tuesday to replace the exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills with a dozen end-of-course exams. Sen..."

The Trailer Park Boys: Seasons 1 & 2
Alliance Atlantis released the show's collected episodes season by season last year without frills or fanfare, but even without extras, they're worth discovering
Screens Review  March 23, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...Alliance Atlantis, $55.99 Officially unknown to the pages of this publication until the midnight premiere of their eponymous film at South by Southwest, the Trailer Park Boys have entranced Canadians – and whoever caught it on BBC America – with their weirdly low-key, documentary-style ensemble show since 2001. Alliance Atlantis released the show's collected episodes season by season last year without frills or fanfare, but even without extras, they're worth discovering, preferably from the beginning, as best friends Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Ricky (Robb Wells) exit the Van Allen Correctional Centre after 18 months and return to Sunnyvale, the Nova Scotia trailer park of their shared miscreant youth..."

After a Fashion
How many times did Stephen wear that suit? Come along to the premiere of the Domain and this year's Texas Film Hall of Fame.
Columns  March 16, 2007, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...But the allure of having Breakfast at Tiffany's was too much, so I dragged myself out of bed, put on the suit I'd worn the night before, and flew up the freeway to find this place, the Domain, that I'd never been to. (Note to self: Never again take the Braker exit off MoPac.) The event was the Tiffany & Co..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  March 16, 2007
"...Rob Eissler, chair of the House Public Education Committee, has filed a bill to phase out, or "sunset," the state's educational accountability system. If the bill passes, an interim committee will take another look at what educational measures are important for Texas students to know, a logical step to take before replacing the exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills with end-of-course exams..."

Review: The Green Room
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...What's it like in Room 19A (or is it 19B), the extremely well-hidden lair for panelists awaiting deployment? Nobody's huddled on the floor around the available outlets, for one thing. There's a TV that isn't even on. But it's the little touches--the abstract sculpture, the potted plants, the tiny Perrier--that makes a visitor sad to leave through the back exit and travel deep into the bowels of the Convention Center, only to emerge on a different floor in some far-flung arm of the building...."

'Possession Arrow': Badgley<-Razook
They have made their selections, and I'm split between bliss and extreme bitterness.
DAILY Sports  March 11, 2007, by Shawn Badgley
"...But it's probably worth it just to see Jim Boeheim's face right now. More entertaining than a likely early exit would be, at least..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  March 9, 2007
"...• Leaders in the House and Senate have filed a bill to replace the high-stakes exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test in high school with 12 high-stakes end-of-course exams. The proposal has its pluses and minuses..."

Stadium Arcadium
The Red Hot Chili Peppers take down San Antonio's AT&T Center
DAILY Music  March 7, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Will Ferrell will surely play Chad Smith in the movie, but the encore’s opening drum shakedown will require a stand-in for the cinematic re-creation. Call (King) Kong’s agent. A last dose of Blood Sugar Sex Magik gunned the maniacal throng, Kiedis encoring by bounding down the stage ramp, being bundled up in a red robe, and whisked out an exit..."

Patriots for Peace: Doggett on Congress and the War
Rep. Lloyd Doggett responds to anti-war critics on congressional action against the Iraq war
News Story  March 1, 2007, by Justin Ward
"...Lloyd Doggett: With President Bush at the peak of his popularity after 9/11 and the location of my own congressional district uncertain, I was a leader in the House of Representatives against the measure authorizing the president to invade Iraq. From protest gatherings to the floor of the House, I have continued to work to convince more of my colleagues that we must exit Iraq..."

Dining Up and Down West Lynn
Venerable spaces and new faces
Food Story  February 16, 2007, by MM Pack
"...The exit in 2005 of longtime Executive Chef David Garrido and the well-deserved ascension of longtime chef de cuisine Alma Alcocer has resulted in a departure from Garrido's signature haute-Southwestern dishes to a less focused, more eclectic menu that reflects both European and Asian influences...."

Zachary Scott Theatre Center: Ciccolella's curtain call
After a successful eight-year run as managing director, Ann Ciccolella is making her exit from the Zachary Scott Theatre Center
Arts Story  February 2, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...As the Bard notes, we're all players who have our exits and entrances. Over at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, there's a major player who's making her exit after a most successful eight-year run..."

TV Eye
KLRU Krazy
Screens Column  February 2, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...Now, my dear "TV Eye" readers and famously devoted The OC watchers, I don't want to be the skunk at the picnic, but series creator Josh Schwartz has already signed on to two other projects and has pledged to make The OC's swan song as memorable as possible – the sort of exit that will reward fans for their devotion. This is a good thing..."

Soccer Watch
Top 10 soccer stories of the year
Sports Column  January 5, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...1) The head butt. I hate to buy into the hype, but really, what else even compares to Zizou's dramatic exit from the world stage?..."

Top 10 Soccer Stories of the Year
An exciting year in soccer recapped
DAILY Sports  January 4, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...1) The Head Butt. I hate to buy into the hype, but really, what else even compares to Zizou’s dramatic exit from the world stage? 2) The Italian referee scandal..."

Wine Shopping at Chevron
I'd received wine advice at a gas station once before and walked out with a bottle of MD 20/20
Food Story  December 29, 2006, by Barbara Chisholm
"...You'll find reliable labels (Coppola, Blackstone, etc.) and some varietals that we weren't familiar with, such as El Miracle 120, a blend of tempranillo and shiraz from Valencia recommended by the clerk, who clearly knew his wines. It was only the second time I got wine advice at an ice house, but the first time I didn't exit giggling with my purchase tucked under my arm in an anonymous brown bag...."

The Kingdom of Heaven
Psychedelic pioneer Powell St. John, on the Right Track Now
Music Story  December 22, 2006, by Bill Bentley
"...St. John, Nelson, and the group built a solid live following on the East Coast, particularly with college crowds, but even then, the band's singer-songwriter was already looking for the exit sign..."

Yusuf
Music Review  December 22, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...As Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam wrote Seventies radio nirvana ("Wild World," "Peace Train," "If You Want Sing Out, Sing Out"), and An Other Cup gives at least a couple strong jolts of Tea for the Tillerman. Opener "Midday (Avoid City After Dark)," its piano almost "Guantamera," and "Heaven/Where True Love Goes," alluding to the singer-songwriter's near death experience in Malibu that hastened his exit from secular opulence, prove Greatest Hits III..."

Event Menu
Get thee to a winery!
Food Column  November 17, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The new winery, tasting room, and gift shop were built on the site of an old homestead on the banks of the San Marcos River. Take exit 205 off of I-35 South, and find the winery about three miles east, just off of Highway 80 on Old Martindale Road; noon-6pm, Saturday, Nov..."

Point Austin: What's Next?
A day or two for cheering, and then back to work
News Column  November 10, 2006, by Michael King
"...Not so amusing was Kinky Friedman's ignominious exit from "politics" – a word that always appeared in his campaign as if between sneer quotes, like reflexive Republican contempt for "government." Tuesday night, Friedman angrily refused to concede, declaring instead he might form a "shadow government" (see "Kinky Says Farewell," p.26). Although he was always an extreme long shot, Friedman seems to have convinced himself that he was actually going to win – and was thereupon shocked and insulted that nearly 90% of his fellow Texans were so ungrateful as to reject his gift of Himself, the Good Shepherd..."

'The Miracle of Tuesday'?
Postmarks  November 8, 2006
"...On Wednesday Chairman Rove will fire up the red state public relations' machine and will drown out the defeat'o'crats and cut-and-runners, who will be labeled whiners and losers (lose'o'crats). The studies by various university professors showing election fraud, the computer geeks who admit to hacking into the machines, the exit polls showing clear blue victories and the lack of real numbers to back up the election results will be easily drowned out by the powerful right-wing corporate media mouthpieces of Rush, O'Reilly, and Coulter..."

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