"...Ginny Kalmbach never meant to own a bar. Yet through a few twists and turns, she's quietly become the queen of Austin's honky-tonk scene, and her bar, along with the Broken Spoke, is its epicenter..."
"...It may just be a logical outcome of the "Nothing succeeds like success" maxim: Perhaps certain food blogs get noticed, which in turn spurs the creators to greater and greater effort, which makes for increased posting, more beautiful design, pithier writing, and greater scope. In any case, though I evaluated more than a hundred active Austin food blogs, there are many repeats from last year and only a few newcomers to the list...."
"...It takes a lot of talent, dedication, ability, and endurance to successfully keep a blog going, especially as, the vast majority of the time, it's a labor of love (read: working for free). Nevertheless, Austin has more than 100 active food blogs covering all aspects of our collective culinary life..."
"...On May 7, 2005, Austin citizens cast their ballots regarding an ordinance to ban smoking in nearly all public places, including bars, music venues, and bowling alleys...."
"...I've had the feeling all year that everything in Austin has become unnecessary. The city doesn't need another food trailer, 5K race, tattoo shop, taco restaurant, or one more big hotel scraping the skyline..."
"...The silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser Dale Watson finally gets his own Austin City Limits taping on Monday...."
"...Maybe that somebody is you – because you're here in Austin, where Distefano has created an array of public mosaics built from shattered mirrorglass and the broken fragments of her own colorful ceramic works. Maybe you've seen the Virgin and the Gandhi on the exterior of East First Grocery at Cesar Chavez & Comal, a double mosaic recently awarded Best Of Austin in the Chronicle's annual celebration of all things local and laudable..."
"...First Night Austin's incoming executive director may be new to town, but he's an old hand at managing this international New Year's Eve celebration of the arts. Dave Sullivan, whose hiring was made public by the local nonprofit on June 4, first served as director of corporate relations for First Night Boston, the first First Night celebration, which was launched 32 years ago..."
"...As a parting gift to Austin citizens, retiring Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley will place on the council agenda today (Thursday) a resolution to create a comprehensive Downtown Open Spaces Plan. It notes that the denser our urban core gets, the more precious and valuable its open spaces become..."
"...The news earlier in August that First Night Austin's executive director had resigned had a distressingly familiar ring to it. It was three years ago this very month that the arts organization released the very same news..."
"...James, it turns out, once owned the no-frills honky-tonk west of Austin. A few years ago, Poodie Locke, better known as Willie's right-hand man, bought it..."
"...People talk a lot about Austin, about Austin now, and about Austin then. People say Austin is a special place, but that the things that make it special are disappearing..."
"...Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra...."
"...Does George Jones know all this? Does he care? It's his music I'm listening to at the Horseshoe Lounge, after all - his electric guitar and amplified bass. Patrons of the South Austin watering hole do not..."
"...Make that the best two weeks, give or take a few days. The holidays are Austin's gift to itself..."
"...Austin’s newest live music venue, the Roost, is scheduled to open before the end of the year and already has a marque performance on the books: a New Year’s Eve date with Joe Ely...."
"...Austin Chronicle: Tell me about this Evening of Forcefeeding you did in college...."
"...Ball was leaving a lifetime of performing, producing, and acting, heading southwest for a permanent winter. He'd set his sights on Austin years before, telling Doug Sahm of his intentions..."
"...Blind since birth, Trevino entered the world via Brownsville in 1973, moving to Austin with his family four years later. Here in the outlaw country capital of the world, Trevino got his first guitar at age 7, and began taking lessons..."
"...Four take place on the road. Alternately drinking tequila with eager señoritas in a border town, dancing with a partner that's "got somebody at home who treats me like a stepping stone," and extinguishing his sorrows at "a place where lonely people like to come sit around and cry," the Austin mainstay has problems with his love life on more than one occasion..."