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One in a Crowd: The Prequels Strike Back
Before Disney's Star Wars, is it time to reappraise Jar Jar?
DAILY Screens  May 15, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Their crowdfunding campaign has already become a runaway success, raising over $5,000 of a $3,5000 goal in less than 10 days, with 51 more to go. This means the original plan for a short documentary has already passed its stretch goal, bypassed the blockade of the doc series goal, and is at lightspeed towards the $7,500 to make a full length documentary...."

The Crowd Grows in District 4
More Council candidates, and Morrison's all in for Tovo
DAILY News  June 2, 2014, by Michael King


Things That Go Bump in the Blumhouse
As "Oculus" opens, producer Jason Blum on suburbs and franchises
DAILY Screens  April 11, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Unlikely as it seems, this tall, hyper-enthusiastic, preppy-looking guy is the modern William G. Castle: Master of the crowd-pleasing horror..."

The Genius of the Crowd ... Source
Austin programmers look to create a public redesign of the city's website
News Story  June 5, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...Contract protesters were doing more than Tweeting into the wind. Online, they were organizing and strategizing using the same free, crowdsourced set of tools they hoped to see the city appropriate...."

Follow the Crowd
Postmarks  April 20, 2017


My Life in The Real World Kult
Please Take My MTV
Screens Story  October 24, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...While the city was certainly entrancing, Neil was more fascinating. An Oxford-bred, dyed-in-the-wool Englishman, Neil was more colorful than a box full of Crayolas and cute as a box full of puppies, even after his tongue was severed in a bizarre, crowd-baiting instance..."

The Clinton Party
The scene there last night.
DAILY News  March 5, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"... They chanted and cheered her narrow Texas lead, from the roadhouse-style patio at Hill’s Café on far South Congress. Fittingly, a “Hillary for President” sign was juxtaposed with another: “Hippies - Use Side Door.” This crowd was sharp and sophisticated, as belied by their knowing responses to each reference in the New York senator’s live televised speech, which celebrated her Ohio victory. In fact, many of the jubilant weren’t from here – they’d flown in from California, Massachusetts, New York, and other states to get out the Texas vote for Hillary..."

The Derby Dozen(ish)
2010's local and global Roller Derby highlights
DAILY Sports  January 6, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...5: Hold the Front Page! Derby continued the slow process of breaking into the mainstream and sporting media. Highlights included Huffington Post hosting several non-cheesecake photo galleries and Denver Police officer Portia Hensley (aka Frida Beater of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls) making Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd weekly column...."

Live at the Apollo 13
Awake in the Dark
Arts Story  July 14, 1995, by Patrick Taggart
"...This is, after all, a story about more or less ordinary folks transcending their limitations, working as a unit, and thwarting disaster. This was a victory not of chiseled heroes but of faces in a crowd, and Howard's competent but self-effacing approach is an affirmation of the ideal of collaborative effort...."

The Reverse Crossover of La Mafia
The Empire Builders
Music Story  October 27, 1995
"...Close to midnight, La Mafia hit one of the four stages set up in the Expo Guadalupe arena. Already, several of the six bands on the line-up had worked the sizable crowd into a frenzy..."

The Longest Yard
Sandler and Rock keep the ball in play for this old prison football gem, although they fail to score any new points.
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Film Review  May 27, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Leachman replaces Bernadette Peters as the warden’s lascivious secretary, while rap import Nelly coasts through on his good looks and hip-hop charm. Over the years, Aldrich’s original has gained a certain cachet of prestige that it didn’t have upon its release; never a film classic in the true sense, it was instead a rowdy crowd-pleaser that merited a lengthy parody in the pages of Mad magazine..."

Holiday in San Antonio
The birth of Austin's punk scene: the Sex Pistols at Randy's Rodeo in San Antonio, 25 years ago this week.
Music Story  January 10, 2003, by Margaret Moser
"...1 hard rock market in the country. A quick look at the crowd in the club made one fact clear: Punk rock and heavy metal were one and the same to 99% of the audience..."

Down & Out in Atlanta
The Official Crock of the '96 Summer Olympics
Features Story  September 22, 2000, by Jonathan Hennessey
"...Soccer teams. With them in the crowd were pockets of adults who had come to work, standing together stiffly with nervous, roaming eyes, the room's lowly median age making them wonder if they were in the right place...."

Facing the South
The Democratic primary for the new CD 25 pits Austin's Lloyd Doggett against McAllen's Leticia Hinojosa
News Story  February 13, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Not the entire 330 miles – but right in the middle, across the Live Oak/Duval county line. No road (at least none I could find, on the ground or on a map) crosses this line through the gas fields and ranches and prickly pear, where the urban needs of most of the district's voters, crowded at its very ends, seem very far away..."

Day Two. Road to the Whitehouse: Sage the Pain Away
Gay Place correspondent Dacia Saenz's inaugural inauguration experiences, day two.
DAILY The Gay Place  January 28, 2009, by Dacia Saenz
"...Some in the crowd (read: me) were in the mood for a little more violent way to shed the past though...."

The King of King of Kombat
What Ron Hernandez has learned about being an MMA promoter
DAILY Sports  April 4, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"..."That helps build up the fighters. The crowd knows who they're going to see and they get to follow their careers, and not see different guys every time." According to Hernandez, this means not only does he gain, but the benefits of having sponsors can be passed on, like having a chiropracter around..."

SXSW Interactive: The Latino Millennial Vote
Maria Teresa Kumar and America Ferrera discuss the Latino vote
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2016, by Mac McCann
"...Explaining how she got involved with activism, Ferrera, who grew up among immigrants and first generation Americans, discussed the Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game at UT-Austin in 2013, hosted (and later cancelled) by the Young Conservatives of Texas, which drew appalled gasps from many in the crowd. She said that many Latinos at UT told her that they’ve felt unsafe and too often ignored by the campus leadership..."

DVDanger: The Sheik
The world broke his back. He made it humble.
DAILY Screens  March 1, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...In professional wrestling, there are facesthe good guys – and the bad guys, or heels. And few heels ever held the crowd in his hand like the Iron Sheik, subject of documentary The Sheik...."

Sacred & Profane: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Two full nights of damnation, retribution, and inner demons
DAILY Music  July 21, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Two short cat walks on either side of Cave‘s centerstage monitors didn’t merely facilitate the slim, suited frontman poking out into the fervent audience clustered at his feet, they proved a lifeline between leader and followers. Cave, long index finger stabbing repeatedly at individual crowd members, delivered craven blues and bellowed folk into the upturned faces of those closest to him, locking hands and eyes to those reaching – clawing – for him..."

The Cult of Neutral Milk Hotel
Suddenly, there they were, first show of a sold-out Moody stand
DAILY Music  February 18, 2014, by Luke Winkie
"...The crowd chittered and buzzed. It’s almost unheard of that someone shunning fame so rigorously then returns to the spotlight, but here Jeff Mangum would be playing his guitar for us in a matter of hours! This was as close as any of us would ever come to cashing in on whatever unsolved zealotry that might be tugging at our sides..."

Band of the Month: Magnet School
Magnet School pops and swells
DAILY Music  March 27, 2008, by Darcie Stevens
"...Are you working on some new tracks? Plans for a second release yet? BT: We have some really cool new material we're working on: a few songs that have been around for a while (but nobody has heard) that we're reworking and a few recent new ones we've played live the last two shows before South by Southwest. We're looking forward to writing more and can hopefully release a sophomore LP in 2009. SU: Your cover of Swervedriver's "Never Lose That Feeling" is spot-on, and clearly, they're a big influence on you guys. BT: We always said if we did a cover, it would be a great cover of something we truly love and not just a radio party anthem for the crowd..."

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers Dominate Alamo City All-Stars
in I-35 Blowout

DAILY Sports  April 4, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...There was a scare in the second half when the Hustlers' ultratalented (and built like a rock) Dinah Mite went down after being pushed forward (in a good way) by teammate Slim Kickins. After a few tense moments, Dinah Mite arose to the cheers of the crowd and soon returned to the action..."

The Ascension of the Toros; and the Joys of Minor-League Basketball
DAILY Sports  February 6, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...“Affiliate Night,” it was dubbed, to acknowledge the Toros’ ever-growing connection to the NBA and to its affiliated teams – the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets, and the Boston Celtics - and the Spurs sent some of their best and brightest up I-35 to honor the occasion. Not Tim Duncan or Tony Parker or even Beno Udrih, but rather the lovely and talented Spurs Silver Dancers, the equally lovely and talented Coyote mascot, and the extremely talented but something less than lovely Spurs legend “Iceman” George Gervin, who did a fantastic job of waving to the crowd before the game..."

The World Is Watching J. Quinton Johnson
The UT alumnus left Austin to be in "the room where it happens": in Hamilton on Broadway
Arts Story  April 6, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...So that first show, you are adding the realness of other people and their choices, living in real time with them but also trying to remember everything that you have to do and when you have to do it. So by the time the show's over, you're just [dazed expression on his face] "What happened?" And then the rush of the crowd..."

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
"...In the elevator, she recounted the Downtown entertainment. Sixth Street, she noted astutely, is riddled with "a bunch of 19-year-olds pretending to be 21, throwing up on themselves." The warehouse district, though, caters to a hipper, slightly older crowd – "people like us," she said..."

To Marfa, on a Tuesday in December
When high art and hipness move in, what happens to a tiny Texas town?
Arts Story  December 23, 2005, by Dan Keane
"...So I figure, okay, this kid's been to Marfa. And it's just a beat later that I realize there's not a soul in the crowded room who needs to ask him what or where Marfa is..."

The Passing Show
This rock documentary about musician Ronnie Lane can be described in one word (or is it three?): Ooh la la.
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Film Review  March 31, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It was about this time in the Seventies that Lane started showing the first signs of the multiple sclerosis that would ultimately take his life in 1997. Eventually, Lane moved for his health to the American Southwest, and lived in Austin for a number of years where he hooked up with a whole new crowd of musicians..."

Where's the Party Yaar?
Chronicling the Chronicle's SXSW Film Party
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...It's totally worth it.) But the nicest moment of all was when, on my way out of the party, I met Nerdcore Rising filmmakers Negin Farsad and Andrew Mendelson. The crowd-pleasing doc is Farsad's first film; she told me that she got a little emotional when she opened up last week's Chronicle and read Josh Rosenblatt's writeup of her film – Nerdcore's first-ever press in print..."

Flies on the Wall With Attitude
Cinéma vérité pioneer Robert Drew, coming to town this Wednesday for the Texas Documentary Tour, speaks about the films he has made and the film style he helped create.
Screens Story  February 16, 2001, by Anne S. Lewis
"...There's terrific footage of the doe-like Jackie, innocent, beautiful, adoring from afar of her husband (whom we never see so much as look at her). The camera zooms in on Jackie's white-gloved hands, nervously twisting behind her back, as she wows the Polish Catholic crowd with a few lines of perfectly inflected Polish..."

The Slow Dying of Johnston High
State accountability standards may close a school on the edge of survival
News Story  November 30, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...3, just a month into the school year. The overheated Johnston cafeteria was crowded with people focused on the success of the school – from members of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to key officials in the Austin Independent School Dis­trict to a table full of Texas Education Agency staffers who would deal directly with the Johnston "intervention." Student leaders were also on hand, among them senior class Presid­ent Gabby Camarillo, ready to take the microphone to urge classmates not to give up..."

The Big Cheese
South by Southwest 1997
Music Story  March 21, 1997
"...Rasslin' action. Fat people in masks and tights slamming and pinning each other while the appreciative crowd hurled tortillas into the squared circle, making the afternoon almost indistinguishable from a Texas Tech football game (most of the Red Raiders are fat and wear masks, too), except that Tech never started guys named "Harley Racist" and "Ku Klux Klown." One rassler, Dr..."

35 Years of the Austin Music Awards
Living in a dream
Features Story  March 2, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...“Don’t be intimidated,” challenges Kerr to the crowd. “We’re not.”..."

The Party Circuit
The Real Southwest Conference
Music Story  November 29, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...Initially, most musicians say they're attracted to party gigs because they pay far better than a similar night's work in the clubs, padding their club schedule with extra gigs that can double as rehearsals. Yet increasingly, younger, original-material bands are looking to parties as promotional opportunities to gain valuable exposure to unfamiliar crowds..."

Malkmus & the Jicks/Benny & the Jets
Live Shot of Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
DAILY Music  February 23, 2012, by Abby Johnston
"...Local openers TV Torso and then Nurses began the evening well, but everyone in the full house knew it was a one-act showcase. With the latter band's final song, the crowd instantly thickened in anticipation for the Portland, Ore.-based headliners...."

Late-Night Lovin' on Austin: The Sequel
'The Daily Show' tapes in our town, nearly proposes
DAILY Screens  October 30, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...That was a gag to open the broadcast, but Stewart was no less fond or generous with regard to our fair city when the red light was off and he was simply addressing the crowd in Zach's Topfer Theatre. Compliments spilled from his lips – about the beauty of Austin, the friendliness of the people, and yes, the food – and he made it sound like any effort was worth a visit to this earthly Paradise..."

APD 'Documents the Instigators'
The behavior of APD's undercover cops raises questions about First Amendment rights.
News Story  March 28, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"..."I was slightly scared," he said, so he went back into the crowd, where he saw his friend Ron Deutsch, a local freelance journalist who has written for both the Chronicle and the Statesman. "I told him about the cops trying to provoke violence and threatening me," Darby said..."

Portrait of the Artist as a Road Comic
Long Drives, Low Pay, and Drunks -- What a Life!
Arts Story  March 28, 1997, by J. C. Shakespeare
"...Now you must capture your sizzling comedic magic on tape so you have a product to sell. Finding a place to do 30 minutes in front of a loud, appreciative crowd is a topic for another day, but when the gods finally smile on you and you get a good set on film, you're ready for the road...."

Soechting Rallies the Troops
State Dem chair says Texas is winnable – if Texans fight back
News Story  May 28, 2004, by Lee Nichols
"...– the Marimont Cafeteria on 38th, which sits in the new Congressional District 25, right across one street from CD 21 and across another from CD 10. That gave Soechting ammo for one cannon blast: Spotting this reporter taking notes in the crowd, he said, "Tom DeLay is probably as crooked a politician as ever..."

The Banker vs. the Prosecutor
As the primary campaign winds to an abrupt close, what do we know about Sanchez and Morales?
News Story  March 8, 2002, by Michael King
"...It had been a patient and enthusiastic crowd of several hundred "active adults" (as senior citizens are officially designated in Del Webb's marketing universe), but Sun City Dem chairman Harold Steadman had to spend much of an hour persuading his diminishing partisans to "hang on for a few more minutes" for a "real treat" still in store for them. The treat was none other than Dapper Dan -- who arrived about an hour late but with a full head of steam, and delivered what was undoubtedly the best campaign speech of the day, beginning with his declaration to "tell it like it is" as part of this "temporary, intra-party family competition" that would end March 13, with Democratic rivals burying the hatchet and gathering together in solidarity against the GOP...."

In 2018 Election, It's Dawnna Dukes vs. the Field
The beleagured HD 46 rep keeps on keepin' on
News Story  July 13, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The crowd had already begun to thin when the six potential candidates finally took the stage, beginning with former Workers Defense Project board chair Jose "Chito" Vela, who began campaigning against Dukes when the latter originally announced her plans for resignation. Vela has been the most active (and vocal) of Dukes' challengers, and on Sunday was joined by Austin's former Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole; Manor ISD Trustee Ana Cortez; Philip Emiabata, who made an unsuccessful 2015 run for Pfluger­ville City Council; tech start-up entrepreneur Nnamdi Orakwue; and Dukes herself...."

The Goose & the Gander
The Rise and Recover and what it's like to live like a rock star – sometimes
Music Story  January 21, 2005, by Darcie Stevens
"...Glittery eye shadow blends with scabby elbows. In this crowd, life is over at 22...."

The Big Crapshoot
Tracking South by Southwest
Music Story  March 14, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...It didn't work that way." [SXSW showcase: Thursday, Stubb's, Midnight] The Dangerous Toys Since 1988, The Dangerous Toys have been widely credited as SXSW's first real signing story. In what was the conference's second year, the Toys played the Back Room's last Sunday night slot to a crowd of ten..."

The Faces of Austin's AAPW
Profiling wrestlers American Eagle, Creepers the Clown, and more
DAILY Sports  January 9, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...Character development is a huge part of professional wrestling; the wrestlers' alter egos create a world for the crowd to escape and tuck pieces of their own personalities into. They also drive the story lines...."

Running the Funny
Club manager Margie Coyle has kept the laughter going for 20 years
Arts Story  July 10, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...While the main room down the hall is quiet and sparse with citizens taking a defensive driving class – one of those odd revenue-generating situations comedy clubs have become known for – Cap City's bar lounge is packed with people. Regulars and one-time visitors alike crowd the tables in front of the stage, lean against the bar, mill around the edges of the room, drinking, chatting, noising the bright scene with a diversity of voices and the faint clinking of ice against glass..."

Fantastic Fest Tells Tales of the Long and the Short and the Tall
Short film selection from Austin to Estonia, animation to sushi
DAILY Screens  September 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...As always, there's a fair few FF veterans, not least Can Evrenol, who returns with satanic shocker 'Baskin' after his highly NSFW gory thriller To My Mother and Father. And, as always, congrats to the local crowd, including Tyler Mager and Americo Siller with their directorial debut on horror throwback Witch, and actor Arthur Dale (best known as young Tony in Grow Up Tony Phillips) for S/ash. Here's the full list of shorts:..."

Point Austin: Madness in Many Packages
From Highland Mall to PACT, the lunatics are at large
News Column  April 10, 2009, by Michael King
"...I'm not what you'd call a veteran mall shopper – indeed, I undoubtedly score pretty high on the incompetent male consumer scale. But I live near the mall, and over the years when I've needed a last-minute birthday gift, a holiday or romantic effusion of chocolates, or just some indispensable sundry that only department stores seem to stock, I've gone over to Highland, wandered through the multiculti crowds and the curiosity shops – occasionally lingering a bit in the food court – and found what I needed...."

Ground Zero Texas: The Rubble
Looking back sans beer goggles at Beerland's first fest.
DAILY Music  December 12, 2007, by Audra Schroeder
"...By the time the crowd gathered on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge early Sunday morning, after the last official night of Ground Zero Texas stumbled to a close, there were lots of glassy eyes and half-heartedly chugged beers and embarrassed exclamations (“I feel like I’m 16 again!”). Then, the sound of breaking glass, a cheer, and someone screaming something like "Yallsowassed!!!!" Pissed Jeans had turned in a short, slobbering set at Beerland a few hours earlier, and live, there were even more Jesus Lizard similarities: Korvette got shirtless pretty quickly, made ugly faces, blew his nose, dumped a bottle of water down the back of his pants, and huffed and puffed like a last call drunk..."

Big in Yemen
Bob and Tucker Livingston conquer the Middle East through songs not arms.
Music Story  May 2, 2003, by Andy Langer
"...Bob Livingston knows all about tough crowds. Austin's veteran singer-songwriter has spent the better part of his adult life traveling off the beaten path with Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker, and his own Lost Gonzo Band..."

The Amazing Acro-Cats are Back in Austin this Weekend!
And why the hell should you care? Ask John Merriman.
DAILY Arts  October 22, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner and John Merriman
"...We hopped on the waiting list and stood around a giant bus which was emblazoned with the likenesses of the show’s stars: A dozen or so house cats. The crowd was eclectic but everyone was excited to see what lay in store...."

Who Highlights the Highlighter?
Local meetup puts faces to crowdfunding campaigns
Screens Story  June 21, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...The honeymoon with crowdfunding is over. Gone are the days when even half-baked ideas garnered enough money to meet company or individual goals with ease..."

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