Sam's Town Point
"...But in the wake of that fire, art can be one of the quickest aids to recovery, taking root and bearing fruit before any tree, rebuilding the spirit of a place before any edifice can be restored. That is the operating principle of ART from the Ashes, a nonprofit established after California was ravaged by wildfires in 2007..."
"...Stephen Mills in Ashes When Austin has a winner, everybody knows it, right? The local newsrags trumpet the achievements of the hometown champion in 40-point boldface type, area news jocks and other microphone wranglers breathlessly repeat the victor's name and recount the circumstances of the triumphant deed, municipal merchants use their businesses' signs to pay tribute to the woman or man of the hour, and city politicos confer civic laurels on the honor winner. For weeks after the event, you can catch the accomplishment being dissected detail by detail in print, on the airwaves, and around water coolers from one end of Austin to the other..."
"...The best local example could well be the Gourds, rising from the ashes of the Picket Line Coyotes, an Austin punk band that grows in legend now, but was little-noticed earlier this decade. Carving their niche here in town (as well as in select European locales) over the last four years, the Gourds make music that's genuine, and it's that very quality that makes them so appealing..."
"..."Ay pero Ms. Spin, it's just orange juice, bro! We're already drunk!" You would think that after we were done with DisneyWorld only a plume of smoke and ashes would attest to our having been there, but no..."
"...Stephen MacMillan Moser remembers his “husband-in-law” in “After a Fashion,” and Chris Gray (whose own health alarm has made him another prominent guy in our current thoughts) devotes "TCB” column ink to Rollo. Also recommended are Margaret Moser’s discussion of the 2002 book of his fine art in “The Image-Maker” and her 2009 blog post, “Homeward Bound,” about returning to Hawaii to scatter his ashes...."
"...Robert Carlyle. The wonder of Frank McCourt's astonishing memoir, Angela's Ashes, is that its story is told at all..."
"...Sheen plays Tom, an optometrist who travels to Europe to claim the ashes of his estranged son, Daniel (played in flashback by his real-life son, the writer/director Emilio Estevez). Daniel died in a freak accident along "The Way," as the journey is colloquially called by its pilgrims..."
"...Serves me right for judging a book by its enormous puffy jacket and backward baseball cap. Almost more impressive, though, than Durst’s building a film career out of the ashes of his mercifully cut-short music career is the fact that he’s doing it in one of Hollywood’s most pitfall-ridden genres: the inspirational sports movie, where heartstrings are just waiting to be pulled, violins are always ready to weep, and, if you’re not careful, sympathy can easily tumble into schmaltz..."
"...When the Austin economy was smaller, clubs could ride out the cycles, but now property values and rents are too high, and we lose clubs that aren't really catering to the tech people. Steamboat is an anomaly, rising like a phoenix from the ashes..."
"...Soap: It's what's keeping you clean, with a dual hydrophilic-and-hydrophobic action – the sort of thing that's been handily instigated since the first time a glob of animal fat fell into the ashes of some stone-age firepit. It's what you can buy a vast variety of in many forms from many different soap concerns, and now of course it's most often made with vegetable fat..."
"...The Wallflowers, risen from the ashes, ended the weekend with 90 minutes of blustery Americana. Jakob Dylan’s phrasing recalls his dad more than ever and the new songs from Glad All Over, the band's first disc in seven years, possess more energy than one might expect...."
"...As a new biography makes clear, the composer of "My Favorite Things," and some 900 other songs, knew well what it was to live in shadow; he spent pretty much his entire life there. In Somewhere for Me, biographer Meryle Secrest describes in detail the dark world from which the celebrated composer delivered so much musical sweetness and light: There was his childhood home, a tempestuous place, full of sharp tensions and loud, door-slamming clashes between his fiery-tempered grandparents and his father, a man who could retreat for weeks into "malign silences." There was his marriage to Dorothy Feiner, a union that lasted almost half a century but was perpetually strained, marred by her chronic health problems, his infidelities, and their brittle, bristling personalities..."
"...Words crackle wry and wise in Kristofferson's deadwood delivery. Was also presided over Jessi Colter's full-bodied Out of the Ashes (Shout! Factory), so the union of Shooter Jennings' mom and his father's fellow Highwayman is what country music jukeboxes are made of..."
"...Last year's Top 10 issue featured a dumpster fire on the cover, and despite our hopes and effort, 2017 didn't really make a full phoenix-like ascension from the ashes. It was more like a constant barrage of screaming H-E-B grackles, pick-pick-picking at our psyches, actually..."
"...White-knuckle live shows that resemble riding a rickety Coney Island roller coaster. A band that rose from the ashes of celebrated and not-so-celebrated Austin bands like Teen Cool, the Born Deads, the Commies, and Drag Worm to stare down Red River crowds at least twice a month, and whose 2001 origins were practically a foregone conclusion...."
"...Austin natives save for Sacramento-bred singer Natalie "Ribbons" Gordon, the local quartet formed, posthaste, from the ashes of former bands. Gordon fronted Agent Ribbons, while Simon plus guitarist Jason Chronis were in Voxtrot...."
"...syndications including the raucous “Casino Queen,” plus 45 minutes of encore highlighted by Mermaid Avenue choogler “Hoodoo Voodoo,” last night kicked-off on Summerteeth’s poker-faced snarl “Via Chicago” and rocketed straight to the stars. The hits were the same – “Hummingbird,” “A Shot in the Arm,” “Jesus, Etc.,” “Impossible Germany,” and krautrocking closers “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” and “Heavy Metal Drummer” – but the connective tissue stretched considerably more tawny, and, as with early, second-night scene setter “Ashes of American Flags,” subtle..."
"...But if any one band on this year's bill personifies the spirit of 20 years of Antone's blues, it's the reunion of Paul Ray & the Cobras. Picking up from the ashes of Texas Storm in the early Seventies, the first Cobras were a solid four-piece set-up that quickly morphed into a smokin' six-piece ensemble..."
"...The South Austin Jug Band The South Austin Jug Band formed from the ashes of a band local singer-songwriter James Hyland was using to play his songs. When he lost his bass player and drummer, he hooked up with stand-up bassist Will Dupuy and mandolin player Matt Slusher..."
"...He spoke of that on the last day of his life. A devoted gardener, for decades he cultivated organic garlic in a Greenwich Village plot that some of his ashes now fertilize...."
"...Although it quickly became a destination for drinkers of bootleg whiskey made in the surrounding hills, the Moose Head speakeasy closed after only a year and then burned to the ground in 1931. It rose from the ashes in 1934, when local "King of the Gamblers" Mervin Ash built the Cedar Crest Lodge, the stone building that exists today..."
"...– Locking Up Our Own Michael Frank – The Mighty Franks Kinky Friedman ¶ Mary Lou Sullivan – Everything's Bigger in Texas: The Life and Times of Kinky Friedman Elias Friedman – The Dogist Puppies Kenny Fries – In the Province of the Gods Sarah Gerard – Sunshine State Fany Gerson – Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories Greg Garrett – Living With the Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse Bárbara Renaud González – Las Nalgas de JLo Barbara González Cigarroa – A Mexican Dream: and Other Compositions Stephanie Elizondo Griest – All the Agents and Saints Kate Harding & Samhita Mukhopadhyay – Nasty Women Meredith Hindley – Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle For North Africa in World War II Roger D. Hodge – Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands Skip Hollandsworth – The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer Chuck Holley – A Perfectly Good Guitar Michael Hurd – Thursday Night Lights Samantha Irby – We Are Never Meeting in Real Life Walter Isaacson – Leonardo da Vinci Scaachi Koul – One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter Lee Daniel Kravitz – Strange Contagion Paula Lavigne & Mark Schlabach – Violated Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson – Fault Lines in the Constitution Randolph Lewis – Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America Lauren Markham – The Far Away Brothers Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – The Fact of a Body Larry McGuire & Tom Moorman – Elizabeth Street Café Maryn McKenna – Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats Edward McPherson – The History of the Future Adrian Miller – The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas Donna Marie Miller – The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk Ella Morton – Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Liza Mundy – Code Girls Eileen Myles – Afterglow Alexis Okeowo – A Moonless, Starless Sky Carolyn Osborn – Durations: A Memoir and Personal Essays Elena Passarello – Animals Strike Curious Poses Raj Patel – A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things Sarah Penrod – Urban Cowgirl Benjamin Percy – The Dark Net Anne Helen Petersen – Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman Kristen Radtme – Imagine Wanting Only This Dan Rather – What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Patricia Roberts-Miller – Demagoguery and Democracy José Antonio Rodríguez – House Built on Ashes: A Memoir Joel Salcido – Spirit of Tequila Mike Scalise – The Brand New Catastrophe William Schwalbe – Books for Living Jared Yates Sexton – The People Are Going to Rise Like Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage Kathleen Shafer – Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town Jim Shepard – The Tunnel at the End of the Light Gail Simmons – Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating Leslie Stein – Present Deanne Stillman – Blood Brothers Amy L..."
"...Think Tank sketch comedy troupe risen from the ashes of Fatbuckle and featuring Lee Eddy, David Higgins, Gabe McIver, Alan Metoskie, Jeffery Mills, Zach Muhn, Jason Newman, Jose Villareal, Chuck Watkins, and Brent Werzner..."
"...People seem to like Bergstrom well enough, just as people apparently like the Austin Convention Center, another project born from the ashes of prior bad plans, false starts, and citizen rejections. So they may end up liking rail transit if it's ever built..."
"..."New" matters to Mills; on being handed the keys to his artistic home, Mills told the Chronicle, "Bringing new work into our company is the number one priority for me." It's a goal he's made good on, choreographing more than three dozen new dances himself, including an inspired adaptation of Hamlet that's been performed around the U.S. and in Europe; an animated take on The Taming of the Shrew, commissioned by and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; One/the body's grace, which won a top prize at the 2004 Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur International Choreographic Competition; "Ashes," the dance which earned Mills the only American spot at the 1998 Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales in Paris; and Cult of Color: Call to Color, the adaptation of the mythic visual art of Trenton Doyle Hancock..."
"...Usually, I've been so very much ahead or behind myself that I'm either watching what happened to me or what might happen, to such an extent even being in my life is being in fiction. This column is a mea culpa, a rending of clothes and a benediction of ashes..."
"...The troupe comprises four main stars – Mitch Baker, David Bewley, Shannon McCormick, and Jeremy Lamb – and is the larger phoenix risen from the MTV-torched ashes of what were the Edmond Bulldogs, Baker and Bewley's surreal sketch-comedy duo...."
"..."The more crackpot the theory is," Day says, "the better chance it has of going somewhere." His obsession with such a question -- not to mention the tomcat business -- might suggest that he, too, might be a bit cracked. But, as San Antonio journalist (and author of The Ashes of Waco) Dick Reavis assured me, Leon Day is the world's authority on the issue of Bierce's disappearance and death..."
"...One of the reasons Guy James Gray, the district attorney in Jasper, was able to procure the death penalty for King and Brewer (and a life sentence for Berry), was the pathologist's testimony that even though Byrd was savagely beaten before he was chained to the truck, he had been conscious while he was dragged. "The flavor of those particular ashes," as Joan Didion wrote, is hard to keep down...."
"..."She's probably in a much better place. She didn't want a service, didn't want any kind of bullshit hoopla, and I have her ashes in a jug upstairs..."
"...Dan's ashes were spread on the land where he lived outside Oaxaca. Only a remarkable legacy remains, while a family has learned to survive and grow, and pursue their own dreams...."
"...Fuller's body was cremated in early January because, according to Fuller's mother Kathy, as reported in the daily on January 14, "We couldn't have dressed him in a wig like a female, and it was the only way he would have wanted to be presented," she said. "We brought the ashes home..."
"...Infante has an advantage in that he spent many years of his life living in Havana, which makes for some interesting first-person accounts of one famous cigar smoker, Fidel Castro. The color or quality of the ashes has nothing to do with the quality of the cigar, as experts have said, and "no cigars before breakfast -- or after meals for that matter," Infante informs us of cigar etiquette..."
"...But most of the talk is about gunfire. A series of bright white flashes appears, in one instance, atop or from inside a tank that is approaching the gym..."
"...In response, the APPO and the maestros threw up hundreds of barricades. The rebels piled up dead trees, old tires, the carcasses of burnt-out cars and buses to create the barricades that soon took on their own life -- murals were painted with the ashes of the bonfires that burned all night on the barriers..."
"...Starring: Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jacky Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Brigitte Lin and Charlie Yeung. Dreamlike, disjointed, and possessed of a stunningly complex sensual and narrative poetry that may confound audiences not familiar with Chinese director Wong's defining stylistic tropes, Ashes of Time Redux is, simply, one of the most gorgeous films ever made..."
"...The feeling may be empowerment, ascendance, discernment, sex appeal, or escape, for the joy of shopping is not just the thrill of spending, but the dressing-room possibility of being someone else, someone better, someone who could wear that. So what’s it like to try on clothes at one of the most expensive stores in the world? You won’t find out in Matthew Miele’s documentary about New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s..."
"...Based upon a famous Chinese novel, The Eagle Shooting Heroes takes the characters from that famous tome and uses them to parody the Cantonese swordplay melodramas, or “Wu Xia Pian,” films that were popular staples of the Hong Kong cinema in the Sixties. The complex story, which weaves together five parallel plot lines (a telling sign of Ashes of Time writer-director Wong Kar Wei's involvement as producer/co-writer) is nigh impossible to summarize..."
"...Electric Warrior and The Queen Is Dead are two of my favorite albums, by two of my favorite artists. I was thinking about a Dylan tune, but in light of it being my ashes and whatnot, everything I chose seemed maudlin (although Dylan does have exceptional wit – clearly, it's me)..."
"...Other pluses include the fine electronic music score, Samo Hung's energetic fight choreography (deliriously photographed in a variety of slow-motion and step-framing techniques), and last, but not least, the astonishingly rich and inventive cinematography by Christopher Doyle, whose expert realization of Wong Kar Wei's imagery earned the award for best cinematography at last year's Venice film festival. As I said before, Ashes of Time is a film designed for multiple viewings, and therefore, may not be everyone's cup of tea..."
"...Maybe you know him as the son of former Black Crowes' guitarist, Marc Ford. This Saturday, you can get to know him even better at the CD Release Party of his second solo album, Ashes...."
"...Carmel. According to The Ashes of Waco, Dick J..."
"...Mills was engaged by dance companies across the country and beyond -- Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Ballet Pacifica, Dance Kaleidoscope, Ontario Ballet, the Icelandic Ballet Company in Reykjavik, Cuballet in Havana -- and had as much work as he could handle. And he was distinguishing himself with the kind of honors choreographers dream about: two invitations to take part in the Ballet Builders showcase at Lincoln Center; a place in the sixth Recontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, for his dance Ashes..."
"...Wong has tackled period films before, sensuously evoking the Sixties in Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046, and this isn’t his first martial arts picture, either (Ashes of Time was a wuxia epic, both the original 1994 cut and 2008’s Redux). But The Grandmaster is his first go at real-life biography, and it doesn’t feel like a natural fit – the traditional biopic’s streamlined, A-to-Z arc and Wong’s more impressionist ethos..."
"...Also of interest: the world premiere of Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos' comedy Pictures of Superheroes, teeming with this town's funnypeople elite (John Merriman, Kerri Lendo, Byron Brown, Shannon McCormick, Chris Doubek); University of Texas alum Todd Berger's comedy It's a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, and David Cross (and recently picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope); and Austin documentarian T.C. Johnstone's Rising From Ashes, about the Rwandan national cycling team's bid to send their first countryman to ride in the Olympics; and Jamie Meltzer's Informant, a documentary portrait of activist and infamous snitch Brandon Darby (if the name doesn't ring a bell, see Diana Welch's profile, "The Informant," [News], Jan..."
"...For more information, visit www.coopnwf.org. Descriptions provided by UT's Department of Theatre & Dance.Ashes, Ashesby Eve Tulbert; directed by Dustin Wills..."
"...“Anticlimax” doesn’t begin to describe the cosmic, catastrophic letdown that this film whimpers into. I won’t give anything away here, but suffice it to say that watching a man slink away from his appointed rounds after nearly two hours of anticipation feels like grand betrayal, like the compact between filmmaker and viewer has been torn and burned and its ashes scattered to the wind...."