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How to Help After Harvey
Donate, send goods, foster a dog, do your part
DAILY News August 30, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
According to CNN, on Thursday (Aug. 31) – six days after the storm made landfall – Houston Fire Department began a “door-to-door mission” in southwest Houston to search for people (and pets) still trapped in houses by the flood..."
Day Trips: Ruth Paine House Museum, Irving
At first it might seem rather macabre to visit the house where the accused Lee Harvey Oswald spent his last night of freedom
Columns November 16, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Ruth Paine House Museum in Irving tells a little-known side story to the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963...."
Hurricane Harvey Resources
Sites, social media, and emergency resources to help weather the storm
DAILY Emergency August 25, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...• If flooding within your home is likely, move valuables and furniture to higher levels of your house;..."
Lee Harvey Oswald Was a Friend of Homer Henderson
Music Story November 22, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"..."I think we wrote most of it while we were driving around drinking Slurpees and smoking weed," chuckles Henderson. "We'd pass by Oswald's house, the Texas Theatre, and Marsalis Avenue in Oak Cliff, where Jack Ruby had lived..."
The House Adjourns to Oklahoma
The House Dems may be losing the legislative wars, but they're finally winning the PR battle.
News Column May 16, 2003, by Michael King
"...The good news is that for at least three days -- as of press time Wednesday -- the Texas House of Representatives has committed no new outrages against the public welfare. The bad news is that the way things look, the 2003 Legislative Circus will not conclude as scheduled on June 2...."
The Mob House Rules
Trail of Dead introduces their new epic release to the
Music Story January 28, 2005, by Christopher Gray
"..."When we first started, I don't think either of us had any expectations at all," says singer/guitarist/drummer Conrad Keely nine days earlier, as he and Trail of Dead co-founder Reece relax among the Japanese lanterns and rusted patio furniture of campus-area coffee den Spider House. The clicking laptops and hum of hipster conversation are light-years away from the Midtown mania surrounding Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater...."
The White House Position Is ...
Postmarks March 29, 2004
Let me get this right ... according to the Bush White House: Former White House Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke is wrong, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is wrong, former top U.S..."
Harvey Can't Mess With Texas Benefit Concert
PHOTO GALLERY September 25, 2017
"...House band leader Charlie Sexton and Dixie Chick Martie Maguire..."
Harvey Houses helped settle the West and were the travelers' best friend for 92 years
Columns August 27, 2010, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Harvey Houses helped settle the West and were the travelers' best friend for 92 years. A few reminders of these once-popular restaurants, lunchrooms, and hotels remain in Texas...."
Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West
Food Story May 28, 2010, by MM Pack
"...Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild Westby Stephen Fried
Random House, 544 pp., $27..."
RIP Harvey Pekar
DAILY Music July 12, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Not three weeks ago, my girlfriend Agnes and I had dinner with Harvey Pekar around the corner from his house in Cleveland Heights. He had a pita and a Black Cherry milkshake...."
Torchy's Tacos and Verts Kebap: two case studies in culinary expansion
Food Story March 28, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Restaurant chains may seem like a modern American phenomenon, but they actually have deep roots in American culture dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Entrepreneur Fred Harvey's Harvey House epitomized fine-dining food quality and service to railway customers from the 1870s through the 1950s, and Howard Johnson followed suit with eateries attached to hotels and motor courts after automobiles became the preferred method of transportation..."
Page Two: The Good Songs We Need to Sing Together and Loud
Celebrating love and resistance at Terry and Jo Harvey Allen's 55th wedding anniversary
Columns July 13, 2017, by Louis Black
"...Those days, for me at least, are long gone. This is being written at 10 in the morning in a house on Cape Cod overlooking the bay..."
The AggreGAYtor: March 14
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity March 14, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Two steps back: Davis California Police are investigating a possible hate crime after an altercation at a house party...."
Shoot Or Be Shot
Film Review January 25, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
Shoot or Be Shot is a little indie about Harvey
Wilkes (Shatner), a lunatic who had escaped from the asylum and wants to be a screenwriter in the worst possible...
"...Lots of good throwaway one-liners dot this film's landscape, generating frequent laughs but little in the way of an evolving narrative. Shoot or Be Shot might have been wise to pay heed to the conversation between Steinman and his mother as she ejects her loser son from her house, telling him he has “no discernible talent.” Ben disagrees, replying that he's not talentless, but rather “unrecognized.” If it wouldn't simply add to Shoot or Be Shot's many clichés, the filmmakers might be advised that sometimes mother does know best...."
Film Review December 23, 1994, by Joey O'Bryan
Okay, it's what you've all been waiting for -- Macaulay Culkin in the role he was born to play, an obnoxious youngster with way too much money, left home alone...
"...Yes, he may have everything a kid could ever want, but his exalted position has set him apart from his peers, as evidenced by a group of “lower class” kids who initially view him as nothing more than a spoiled, rich brat when he attempts to socialize with them. But why shouldn't they? Instead of winning them over with his charming personality, he does it with the roller coaster in his backyard and the McDonald's in his living room (a bit of product placement so obvious that even the phrase “You deserve a break today” is casually worked into the dialogue), not to mention the $100 bribe it took to get them to come to his house in the first place..."
The Devil's Candy
Film Review April 21, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...A trim running time, snipped down from its 90-minute festival print, renders Sean Byrne’s second feature a queasy, moment-by-moment descent into hell. Ostensibly a demonically haunted house horror show, The Devil’s Candy actually subverts that genre’s expected conventions by adding a serial killer twist and, yes, tracks by Slayer, Metallica, and PJ Harvey..."
The AggreGAYtor: March 28
What happened today in gay? Here's your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity March 28, 2014, by David Estlund
Film Review May 5, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Dong-Kun Jang, Cecilia Cheung, Nicholas Tse, Chen Hong and Liu Yeh. Chen Kaige, the Chinese director of the masterful epic dramas The Emperor and the Assassin and Farewell My Concubine, tries his hand at a more fantastical story that seems to want to follow in the recent crossover footsteps of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers..."
Five Arty Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 8-10
Not so’s to overload your entertainment schedule or anything, right?
DAILY Arts September 7, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...3) Speaking of societal bullshit, you might want to check your righteous male sensitivity at the Spider House Ballroom door this weekend – before paying witness to what kind of show Katie Stone, Erica Lies, and Tauri Law-Phillips have concocted from the raw material of men’s rights activism. But, no, although you’ll probably be grinning like a fool at the sharp antics of The Menenists, it’s – listen, it’s okay to cry, too, right? It’s human, okay? Okay, bro? You – hey, you alright, man?..."
Terry Allen’s Manifest Monographs
Lubbock don stages a vintage show for the ages
DAILY Music January 16, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Manifest Texas anthem “Amarillo Highway” followed on the wings of Sexton, Maines, and Bowden, and prompted the house leaping to its feet again...."
You’ve Got a Friend in the Alternative Softball League
Making friends and havin' babies
DAILY Sports March 27, 2009, by Mike Crissey
"...Last Thursday, BookPeople first basewoman Jennifer Morris (and my former teammate) opened her house up for a free day of music and beer, where I also ran into BookPeople captain Mandy Brooks. I also stumbled upon New Brohemia third baseman Brian Campbell and yet another BookPerson Summer Burton..."
The Cinema of Possibilities
Low budget or big, the energy and imagination of the grind-house circuit is reborn in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's tribute
Screens Story April 6, 2007, by Louis Black
"...Grindhouse, as you probably know, is a celebration of a certain kind of cinematic fare and the theatres that showed it. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino each directed a feature and asked a few fellow directors to make trailers for imaginary grind-house films..."
See You June 2?
Spitballing the odds and causes of a special session after the the House midnight meltdown
DAILY News June 1, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...A week ago, Texas House Republicans killed unemployment insurance compliance legislation by the use of fine-tuned timing. At midnight on June 31, Democrats may have used the same tactic to revive CHIP expansion...."
The Jewels of Castle Hill
The Heritage Society of Austin's Spring 2009 historic home tour.
DAILY Design May 3, 2009, by Anne Harris
"...This said, one must expect varying degrees of success. The Martin-Glass House (c..."
Playback: John Doe Moves to Austin
X's John Doe moves to Austin, Adam Nurre celebrates his late bandmates, and The Shopkeeper takes Congress House Studio to the movies
Music Column February 9, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Another appeal: Doe says he can afford to buy a house here rather than perpetually rent in California...."
Funding Texas' Parks and Wildlife: No Walk Through the Park
Parks may finally get more funding, but advocates are wary of shifting some assets to the Texas Historical Commission
DAILY News May 8, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...Texas' parks last week came one step closer to seeing the funding they need to reverse years of budgetary-shortfall-induced decay as the House of Representatives passed House Bill 12, which would lift the cap on Parks' funding source, the state sporting-goods tax, fully devoting the approximately $100 million the tax generates to state and local parks. The measure also lays the groundwork for the controversial transfer of 18 historic sites from Parks and Wildlife Department purview to the Texas Historical Commission..."
Film Review August 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
British period literary drama is pretty weak tea
"...Who can possibly hate a book shop? Or rather, why? That's the ponderous engine meant to drive the drama behind The Bookshop, a flimsy social drama in 1959 coastal England, where widowed bookshop owner Florence Green (Mortimer) clashes with the genteel Violet Gamart (Clarkson) over the future of an old house in the center of the small town...."
Fairytale: A True Story
Film Review October 24, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Photo experts checked in vain for evidence of fakery. Soon, a hoard of Fleet Street journalists, gawkers with butterfly nets, and celebrities -- including Harry Houdini (Keitel) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (O'Toole) -- descended upon the country house to be close to the story that, as Doyle noted, bid fair to change our oldest assumptions about existence..."
Film Review December 9, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Though Ray is forever working some financial con, it's clear that his most gullible mark will forever be himself. He has an inordinate ability to believe, year in and year out, that his dream house is merely one deal away..."
Stronger With Each Tear: Mary J. Blige
Soul queen slays the Moody Theater
DAILY Music March 1, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Her golden hair played good cop to her badass black sunglasses, onion ring-sized earring bling dancing between the two. Drums, bass, guitar, synth, and three ladies on the harmony riser drove her opening declaration, “Ain’t Nobody” and “Family Affair,” and as ladies in the house let out both a high-pitched scream and all the words to each song, MJB stamped out mad rodeo dance moves, while pointedly belting out Bronx-born lyrics about owning your destiny..."
The Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple exhibits items from the golden era of railroading
Columns October 15, 2010, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The beautiful Santa Fe Depot which houses the museum was built in 1910, when locomotives moved large numbers of people and goods around the country. The red brick and stucco depot is still an active Amtrak station serving the Texas Eagle..."
Fiddler on the Roof at Bass
Road show on through Sunday
DAILY Arts March 4, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Also returning capably to her role is Susan Cella, as Tevya’s wife Golde; Broadway veteran Mary Stout plays the matchmaker, Yente. Fierstein plays Tevye for humor, rather than the role’s more tender, poignant side; he hams it up with physical and vocal bits of business that had the house roaring..."
Take That, Brachiosaur Sauropod, Pleurocoelus!
Texas gets new state dinosaur
DAILY News April 30, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rick Perry searching for a replacement nominee. Then the House designates a brand new state dinosaur (which, of course, implies they believe that dinosaurs existed.)..."
Tale of a Tale Spinner
How a ballplayer, a piano player, beatnik poetry, and Lubbock made Terry Allen an epic storyteller.
Arts Story December 19, 2003, by Robert Faires
"..."I was born in Kansas and moved almost immediately to Amarillo, where I lived the first two years of my life. And we lived in this house that my parents really liked..."
News Story January 19, 2007
"...Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, here being sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (l) with his wife, Dr..."
What, Me Worry? Yes.
'American Splendor' is one of the most celebrated movies of the year, and everybody loves my comic again. But
Screens Story September 5, 2003, by Harvey Pekar
"...On Friday we put the house in order, and on Saturday we went to this guy's house to see the Sundance award ceremonies on cable. He was having a beer exchange for the Cleveland Unitarian Universalists, so there was a nice crowd on hand..."
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
Books Review October 6, 2000, by Phil West
"...Random House, 405 pp., $24.95..."
Managed Health Care
The SIMS Foundation helps local musicians, and finally, itself.
Music Story November 29, 2002, by Andy Langer
"...From the smiles and oversized check, you'd think they just won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Such is the scene every March at the Austin Music Awards, when KGSR's Jody Denberg and Peyton Wimmer pose for their annual photo-op..."
The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
Music Story March 27, 1998
"...It would be difficult for any band to follow Altan's blistering set, and harder still for a band that doesn't specialize in that group's Celtic fireworks, which was what brought droves of fans to La Zona Rosa in the first place. Those wise enough to stay, however, were treated to fireworks nonetheless - fireworks of a different dynamic altogether: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca's Afro-Latin powerhouse..."
Music Review November 27, 1998
"...A cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love (Love Song)" with full orchestra, falsetto, and wah-wah guitar comes out of left field, sleazy enough to fit on any soundtrack affixed with "-ploitation." Like the more signature tracks, the musical genius raises the wittiness of the group above mere irony. The liner notes (with Vic Chesnutt's line drawings on both sides of the frosty, transparent stock) don't give any clue to the assemblage of instruments, but repeated listenings unravel a tight weave of two drummers, bass, two guitars, xylophone, subtle brass and woodwinds, resonating metal square, various household objects, and more..."
This Good Thing
Austin's sharp-dressed ska men, the Stingers
Music Story February 7, 2003, by Christopher Gray
"...These days "ska" means Goldfinger, Sublime, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and that's if anyone's thinking about ska at all. It's been at least one music revolution since Rancid and Reel Big Fish were on the radio, and Dropkick Murphys are too House of Pain..."
Development peccadillos and Lost Austin kudos.
Columns February 2, 2001
"...I am writing to respond to your article on Jan. 26, 2001 ["Cleaning House"], regarding my tax credit project, Spring Valley Townhomes..."
Egg Cartons and Foam-Rubber Wallpaper
Finding Rehearsal Space in Austin
Music Story April 11, 1997
"...At least that's what trickled down the grapevine the whole time I was growing up in South Texas. Old houses were as plentiful as empty Shiner bottles and could be had just as cheap..."
Michael Madsen, Last of the Warrior Poets
Mr. Blonde on poetry, hats, and 'Reservoir Dogs'
DAILY Screens December 3, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...He would get into these big arguments with Quentin. They got into a fight in a pancake house, and me and Harvey [Keitel] had to separate them because they were doing wild windmill swings at each other." On set, when Tierney wasn’t borrowing cash from his fellow actors, he was yelling at them to sit still and quit disturbing him..."
Try To Remember
How two kids from UT changed the course of the American musical
Arts Story October 15, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...The show sold out the 400-seat X Hall Theater and led to Jones being asked to direct the Journalism Department's annual revue, a job for which he recruited Schmidt to write music. One year after Hipsy-Boo!, Schmidt and Jones had actually collaborated as composer and lyricist on a by-God musical, and 10 years after, they opened The Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City, where it continued to run for 17,162 performances..."
PJ Harvey & John Parish
SXSW showcase reviews
Music Review March 27, 2009, by Audra Schroeder
"...She played percussion here and there, gently shaking her hips, but Parish and the backing band held down the instrumentation, and the spotlight fell on her voice, which still sounds crystalline. The 21st century has seen lukewarm albums from Harvey, 2007's White Chalk exorcizing the sounds from her haunted house..."
Jonathan Jakubowicz and Elizabeth Avellán on 'Secuestro Express'
Screens Story October 28, 2005, by Michael King
"...JJ: I've gotten some of the guys that worked on the film who live in the ghetto, they tell me that people go to their houses and ask them "How do I go to a movie theatre?" Because they've never been in their lives to a movie theatre and they're going for the first time to watch this film. So it becomes something larger than a film, it becomes sort of a new identity for a nation that for seven years was simply split between Chavistas and non-Chavistas..."
Austin Braces for Weekend Rush of Evacuees
After the flood
News Story August 31, 2017, by Joseph Caterine
"...Update: City Council met for an emergency meeting on Thursday morning (Aug. 31) to approve leases on a warehouse and office building in Southeast Austin to house evacuees, rather than the Convention Center...."
Dancing About Architecture
Noise ordinance debate blows over -- for now -- while Internet radio crisis threatens, and SIMS crisis subsides.
Music Column May 3, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Like I remarked to Andy Langer, who wrote this week's cover story, as the packed house emptied out of last Wednesday's noise ordinance meeting, "If they'd brought out the Good Cop first, we could have skipped that horribly tense hour with the Bad Cop." Similar thoughts were no doubt in the minds of most, if not all, in attendance; for over an hour, the finest minds of Austin's music community had encountered only frustration discussing the details of the planned new ordinance with APD sponsor Lt. Harold Piatt..."