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Venus Beauty Institute
Venus Beauty Institute has Douglas Sirk's soapy prints all over it. The César Award-winning French film follows in the footsteps of Sirk's sudsy “women's pictures” of the Fifties, renowned (or...
Film Review  November 10, 2000, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Robert Hossein, Audrey Tautou, Mathilde Seigner, Jacques Bonnaffe, Samuelle Bihan, Bulle Ogier and Nathalie Baye. Venus Beauty Institute has Douglas Sirk's soapy prints all over it..."

Institute Benjamenta
The first full-length film from the twin masters of the sublime and bizarre is also their first to utilize, to any great degree, human actors. While some may find this...
Film Review  April 19, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...While some may find this the ultimate departure for the team they consider to be the greatest puppeteers alive, suffice to say the Brothers Quay have created an eerie masterpiece in which living actors very adequately take the place of their less mobile brethren. Loosely based on the story “Jakob von Gunten” by Swiss writer Robert Walser, the film is set entirely within the walls of the titular institute: a bizarre, timeless boarding school for professional servants-to-be, lorded over by an entirely mad principal, Herr Benjamenta (Fassbinder regular John) and what appears to be his sexually explosive sister Lisa (Krige)..."

Irreconcilable Differences: The Austin Institute Tackles Divorce
The Austin Institute tackles divorce
News Story  April 25, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...After their "Economics of Sex" video received an Internet drubbing, many wrote off the nascent Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture as harmless. In a socially conservative sphere already crowded with schoolmarms, AI's finger-wagging provided blog fodder, but hardly seemed primed to affect public opinion..."

DVDanger: The Atticus Institute
Or, in defense of found footage and mockumentaries
DAILY Screens  January 24, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Most of them are terrible. The Atticus Institute, quite surprisingly, is actually pretty good...."

Austin's New (No) Sex Institute
Nascent think tank enters the culture wars
News Story  March 7, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...The first indication of the bias comes from the staff. The members of the institute all have ties to the religious right..."

Austin’s New (No) Sex Institute
Nascent think-tank enters the culture wars
DAILY News  March 3, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...The first indication of the bias comes from the staff. The members of the institute all have ties to the religious right..."

The Arts Alive Institute: Reaching all learners with art
VSA Arts' Arts Alive Institute brings together artists and educators from across the state to discuss best practices for using the arts to reach everyone in the classroom
Arts Story  June 15, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...You've probably heard that you can't get a free lunch anymore. Well, you can! And not only can you get a free lunch, but if you're a teacher, you can get continuing professional education credit as well as skills to assist you in working with students who are handicapped or bilingual just by registering for and attending the Arts Alive Institute: A Bi-Lingual Inclusive Arts Exchange on Tuesday, June 19..."

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
Speaking Methodic Lee, David Strasberg brings his father's Method to Zach Theatre
Arts Story  January 25, 2013, by Adam Roberts
"...Many engage in more in-depth, full-fledged study. But regardless of a performer's prior exposure to Strasberg, a unique opportunity to become more Methodical is making its way to Austin this week: the arrival of the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, helmed by Strasberg's son, David, and presented at Zach Theatre...."

Accessibility Institute
UT professor John Slatin was a pioneer in making websites usable for people with disabilities. Who will continue his work now that he and the institute he founded are gone?
News Story  September 12, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's rare that the closure of an academic research group causes controversy. But when UT-Austin shuttered its institute researching Web accessibility, it triggered a firestorm of controversy about its attitude toward making technology available for people with disabilities..."

Merlin Works Institute and Gnap! Theater Season: Making the improv pie higher
Austin's strong improv scene is about to get even stronger, with a new training center and performance space
Arts Story  February 22, 2008, by Avimaan Syam
"...And luckily for Austin, it's about to get even stronger. This week sees the grand opening of the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation and Gnap! Theater Projects Improv Season, giving Austin a third training center and performance space for the improvisatory arts...."

Activated: Texas Freedom Network vs. Liberty Institute
The education of polar opposites
News Story  September 17, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The State Board of Education fights are more than just squabbles among politicians – there are also activist groups that do all they can to drive the debate and motivate citizens. The two most prominent have been the Texas Freedom Network (which "advances a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right," according to its website) and the Liberty Institute (formerly the Free Market Foundation), "dedicated to protecting freedoms and strengthening families" and closely affiliated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family organization...."

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts: School of rock
For the second time in two years, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – a true school of rock – will be auditioning students in Austin
Arts Story  March 30, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Jack Black had to instruct kids in the fundamentals of rock-etry on the sly, but there are some schools that offer real degree programs in popular music, educating students in everything from how to play and sing rock & roll or R&B to mastering the technology behind it to music management. One of the most prestigious anywhere is the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which has about as royal a rock pedigree as one can get: It was co-founded by one-fourth of the Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney..."

News Orgs Unite for Austin Municipal Research Institute
Statesman, Monitor, KUT, and KLRU to collaborate on CodeNEXT beat
News Story  June 1, 2017, by Michael King
"...Although it remains far from certain that Austin's in-progress attempt to rewrite its land use code of ordinances – aka CodeNEXT – will in fact result in more than rhetorical changes, the aspirational effort has triggered a journalistic development that might bear research and reportorial fruit. According to the Colum­bia Journalism Review, the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Monitor, KUT-FM, and KLRU-TV are collaborating to form an online "CodeNEXT Hub," a joint pilot project of the newly formed Austin Municipal Research Institute, which will bring together reporters and academic researchers working on new developments in the drafts of CodeNEXT as well as the historical background of land development in Austin..."

Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah
Pachanga Fest preview
Music Story  May 14, 2015, by Thomas Fawcett
"...If there's one word that sums up Compass, the new project from Toy Selectah and Mexican Institute of Sound's Camilo Lara, it's collaborative. A second might be lunacy, which neatly sums up the album's scope and ambition..."

What About Austin Yoga Institute?
Postmarks  December 29, 2012
"...Dear Editor, Page 20 of the Dec. 28 edition was a huge disappointment to Austin Yoga Institute as a 15-year resident of South Lamar Plaza [“Southern Exposure,” News]..."

Discovery Institute Disingenuous?
Postmarks  September 26, 2003
"...Dear editors: Where do creationists' lies stop? That was the thought that ran through my head reading Robert Crowther's bravura letter in "Postmarks" [online version, posted Sept. 24]. He claims that the Discovery Institute doesn't want to introduce creationism/intelligent design into textbooks and that it doesn't want to exclude or undermine evolution..."

A Shared Vision
MM Pack reports on the combination of generosity and hard work that built the Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts at Travis High School.
Food Story  October 11, 2002, by MM Pack
"...During the last week in October, the brand-new Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts at Travis High School will mark its grand opening and dedication with a series of celebratory events. This past year, I've watched the development of this impressive program with interest, happy to live in a city where the professional culinary arts are taken seriously enough that students can begin studying them in high school..."

Kitchen Stories
The science of efficiency is undone by the unpredictability of human emotion in this Swedish comedy.
Film Review  April 2, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In the science of observation, we have learned that any interaction between the observer and the subject automatically skews the outcome. The scientists of Sweden’s Home Research Institute have had this caution repeatedly drummed into their heads..."

Good Grades or Good Reviews?
It's official: With the launch of the UT Film Institute, Austin is now the filmiest place in America this side of a Houston windshield in August, barring heavy hitter Hollywood, of course.
Screens Story  September 5, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...It's official: Austin is now the filmiest place in America this side of a Houston windshield in August, barring heavy-hitter Hollywood, of course. The launch of the brand-new and altogether revolutionary University of Texas Film Institute, which happens today, Friday, Sept..."

The Hightower Report
The flim flam of the Employment Policy Institute
News Column  March 14, 2014, by Jim Hightower
"...For instance, the Employment Policies Institute has recently run full-page newspaper ads alerting the public and policymakers that an impressive group of some 650 economists who are supporting an increase in America's minimum wage includes many who are "radical researchers." The institute's message is that no one should listen to, much less respect, this group of economists...."

Sueños Latinos
The Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio campus raises awareness of Latin American cuisine
Food Story  January 23, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Modern-day San Antonio capitalizes on its significant place in Texas history as well as its Hispanic cultural heritage to make the city a genuine tourist mecca. The campus of the Culinary Institute of America at the restored Pearl Brewery site is the city's newest attraction, representing the confluence of entrepreneurship, historic preservation, and visionary philanthropy that anticipates the burgeoning role of Hispanics in this nation's hospitality industry in coming years..."

The Haven
Exploring the grounds and sounds at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top
Music Story  June 4, 2004, by Graham Reynolds
"...Against all odds, this classical music haven is deep in the heart of Texas. A landmark on 200 acres of hilly, tree-covered countryside in the picture-perfect town of Round Top, population 77, this refuge is officially known as the International-Festival Institute at Round Top..."

The First Monday in May
The Met's annual ball thrown by its Costume Institute gets its close-up
Film Review  April 15, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...The basement placement of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute of New York makes for a pretty irresistible metaphor for how high up on the priority list fashion once was for the Met. The “Is fashion fine art?” debate may rage on – or, if not rage, exactly, whatever it is snooty curators do in low tones – but there’s little doubt that fashion draws crowds, as evidenced by the 2011 Alexander McQueen retrospective that attracted a record-breaking 660,000-some visitors...."

Changes in the Weather
As Burnt Orange cools down, UTFI heats up
Screens Story  January 18, 2008, by Joe O'Connell
"...Instead, look for the University of Texas Film Institute to fill the void by shooting an entirely student-made film this coming summer as part of the Feature Film Lab, which has been expanded from a two-semester program to one that lasts two years with a new film starting the cycle each year. Schatz believes that by totally using UT resources, UTFI can create the equivalent of a half-million-dollar film, but it will do so without much of the real-world component of Burnt Orange..."

My Architect: A Son's Journey
Compelling, luminous, and poignant, this documentary about legendary American architect Louis Kahn, made by his illegitimate son, is surprisingly revelatory.
Film Review  February 13, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Unsurprisingly, the film works, not only as a son’s quest to know his father, but also as a remarkable look into the soul of a man who was the once and future king of American architects. Among the buildings created by his father that are visited in the film (and shot with loving precision by cinematographer Robert Richman of Paradise Lost and its sequel) are the Salk Institute in La Jolla and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth..."

Sundance, 78723
Sundance Institute & AFS partner for #ArtistServices Austin Workshop
DAILY Screens  April 9, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Sundance Institute and the Austin Film Society have announced the lineup for the first-ever #ArtistServices Austin Workshop, a daylong conference aimed at advising and empowering independent filmmakers...."

High School
You come in hoping to toke on a big ol' fattie, but instead you find yourself wallowing in seeds and stems – again.
Film Review  June 1, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Henry (Bush) is the likely school valedictorian when he decides to inhale for the first time at the behest of his childhood friend Travis (Marquette), who has become a total pothead. Henry’s timing is off, however, since his lapse occurs the same day the principal (Chiklis – wildly overacting) decides to institute the mandatory drug testing of all students..."

Eagle vs Shark
Like Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark is a little wisp of a movie, a lightweight feature loaded with montage and hung on the multidimensional performance of Loren Horsley as Lily.
Film Review  July 20, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...Starring: Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley, Brian Sergent, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Cohen Holloway, Joel Tobeck and Morag Hills. This Miramax import, developed at the Sundance Institute, is Napoleon Dynamite in its 20s, a dork-chic romance about two Kiwi oddballs, one of whom has nunchaku, goofy T-shirts, Coke-bottle glasses, and a contemptuous sneer..."

From the Snake Oil Files
AG Greg Abbott files suit against a half-billion dollar nutritional supplement scheme that he calls a sham.
DAILY News  July 9, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Bad business, bad religion, and bad science may be about to take a pummeling in the Texas courts in a bizarre and disturbing case. Attorney General Greg Abbott is going after a marketing scheme that he says uses questionable research and religiosity to shift nutritional supplements. He filed charges Thursday in Travis County against Mannatech Inc., MannaRelief Ministries, the Fisher Institute for Medical Research, Mannatech CEO/MannaRelief founder Sam Caster, and MannaRelief medical director Dr..."

Around the Bend
Family elixir is by turns weepy and hilarious, a little bit Caine and a whole lotta Walken.
Film Review  October 22, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...What’s it all about? Caine plays the elder Lair, Henry, who as the film begins is in the process of dying with all the crusty wit he can muster (which is plenty). He shares the family home with his grandson Jason (Lucas) and his great-grandson Zach (Bobo) and all his memories and mementos until a grimacing, wire-haired wraith appears at the front door one evening and turns everything into a Sundance Institute crash course in Writing From the Heart..."

Hunh? I'm sure this was not the reaction Jodie Foster was seeking with this initial release from her new production company Egg Pictures. Foster stars as the “wild child” Nell,...
Film Review  January 6, 1995, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Foster stars as the “wild child” Nell, a young woman who has grown up removed from civilization and speaks her own idiosyncratic language. Nell fascinates both the town doctor Jerry Lovell (Neeson), who first discovers her and the research psychologist Paula Olsen (Richardson), who wants to bring Nell to her institute for study..."

Gentlewoman and a Scholar
Smith takes home Texas Institute of Letters journalism award
DAILY News  April 17, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...For the first time in its history, the Texas Institute of Letters has awarded its Stanley Walker Newspaper Journalism award to an altweekly writer – specifically, to none other than our very own Jordan Smith...."

Cumbia de la Pachanga!
Nine hours at Fiesta Garden's Latino Music Festival on Saturday turns into a rock en Español empanada
DAILY Music  June 2, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Nine hours after my day began with El Tule’s ninepiece horn-, guitar-, and percussion-driven Woodstock, both headliners – Mexico City cumbia rockers Mexican Institute of Sound and Chihuahua-originated black-hat Tejano Michael Salgado – rocked Austin’s Eastside every watt as memorable as Of Montreal’s carnivalesque set in the unfathomably underutilized locale last fall. The crucial difference? Rather than a familiar variant of indie nation, cowtown’s rarely experienced melting pot kept its offspring shaded and hydrated in increasing numbers as the fiesta progressed..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  October 3, 2003
"...King wants to divert attention from the issue with attacks on the alleged motives of Darwin's critics. He writes that "the institute's long-term project is (in its own words) 'to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist world-view, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.'"..."

Diverting Attention
Postmarks  September 24, 2003
"...King wants to divert attention from the issue with attacks on the alleged motives of Darwin's critics. He writes that "the institute's long-term project is (in its own words) 'to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist world-view, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.'" If Mr..."

An Abstinence of Judgment
The Bush administration's new appointee to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS is motivated more by ideology than science, critics warn.
News Story  February 8, 2002, by Lauri Apple
"...Joe S. McIlhaney Jr., president and CEO of the Austin-based Medical Institute for Sexual Health, says he's "very excited" about joining the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS -- an advisory panel created in 1995 by the Clinton administration to make recommendations on U.S..."

The Hightower Report
Pulling the curtain on an anti-minimum wage front group
News Column  April 18, 2014, by Jim Hightower
"...But, no – it's not a group at all, just a curtain. Who's behind it? Something that goes by the name of the Employment Policies Institute, which sounds rock solid, but it, too, is just a curtain...."

In Search of Intelligent Life at the SBOE
The State Board of Education reviews biology textbooks, and the battle over evolution rejoins.
News Story  September 19, 2003, by Michael King
"...By law the board can now only correct "factual errors" in proposed textbooks, so anti-Darwinians are attempting to use "3(a)" to argue that the proposed biology texts err by failing to include sufficient negative analysis of evolutionary theory. Currently prominent among the anti-Darwinians is the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based conservative think tank that avidly propagates "intelligent design" theory, which presumes that complex organic structures could only have come about by the intentional workings of some external intelligence -- that is, a God..."

Day Trips
San Antonio's Texas Folklife Festival
Columns  June 8, 2001, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio is to festivals what the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is to museums. Throughout the year and across the state, gatherings celebrate the cultural diversity of Texas, but no other celebration brings it all together with the same inclusiveness as the event sponsored by the Institute of Texan Cultures..."

The Tools of the Trade
Southwest Texas State's Jazz Program
Music Story  June 13, 1997, by Christopher Hess
"...In an art form that exists almost entirely in those who practice it, the draw of a name is a strong one. Westmar University, a small college in Iowa, had a prestigious jazz program for a number of years in the form of the Clark Terry Institute..."

Naked City
News Story  May 5, 1995
"...CATO, NOT KATO: Leaders from the Cato Institute, whose members appear regularly on national television espousing a Libertarian take on federal politics, were in town recently for a brief seminar under the theme "Toward an American Renaissance." Featured speakers, including Institute President Ed Crane and Regulatory Studies Director Ed Hudgins, attacked the federal regulatory system with such topics as "Civil Society vs. Political Society" and "Really Ending Welfare as We Know It."..."

'Stories From Deep in the Heart'
Austin teens use radio to preserve traditions, thanks to Texas Folklife
Arts Story  August 10, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...See, Texas Folklife has instituted an ongoing program that teaches local middle school and high school students (and their teachers) how to make short audio documentaries about people, places, and traditions in their communities, and judging from the two dozen samples posted on the "Stories From Deep in the Heart" Tumblr page, does a terrific job at it. You can hear Kealing Middle School students chasing ghosts in the Driskill Hotel and rooting around in the Cathedral of Junk, an Eastside Memorial High student reviewing the handmade art and gifts sent to her by her father in prison, an LBJ student conversing with music teacher Ponder East about the meaning of jazz in their lives, one young woman describing how her grandfather inspired her to take up softball and another on how her grandmother inspired her to take up rowing..."

Why Rail?
The city is pushing for a 2012 vote to build urban rail. The critics are asking, 'Who needs it?'
News Story  April 8, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Spend about half an hour listening to him – as a packed dining room of Austin's movers and shakers did last year at the Headliners Club – and you may come away convinced that rail-based mass transit is about as desirable for a city as an earthquake, and possibly more expensive. According to O'Toole, a senior fellow with the libertarian Cato Institute, almost all rail projects are boondoggles or boondoggles-to-be..."

Day Trips
Festival Hill's old-soul architecture belies the recent construction of its grottoes and ruins
Columns  October 8, 2010, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Festival Hill in Round Top looks more like it is centuries old than approaching its fourth decade. The home of the Round Top Festival Institute, the retreat is a place where architecture, gardening, art, and music come together in a 200-acre celebration of life...."

Sundance Announces Shorts Program
Texans get the nod
DAILY Screens  December 8, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Park City, UT- Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival's Short Film Program comprises 70 short films from U.S..."

Naked City
News Story  February 16, 2007
"...• On the heels of Sunday's anti-coal demonstration, emerging nonprofit Renewable Energy Institute announced Monday that Austin will be the site for its official headquarters, enthusiastically rebuffing utility claims that energy efficiency and renewables cannot offset the need for new fossil-fuel power plants in Texas today. The institute plans to use private funding (at least $1 million so far) to create a venue where leading statewide academics can collaborate on renewable-energy technologies while preserving intellectual property rights..."

Beyond the Poverty Line
Researchers say the poverty line is even higher in Travis County than what official numbers claim
News Story  January 20, 2006, by Cheryl Smith
"...Thus, individualized budgets taking into account such factors as geographic location, wages, cost of living, and family size make much more accurate poverty indicators, as the D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute demonstrates at According to the institute's budget calculations, a family of four in the Austin-San Marcos area must earn $43,580 to make ends meet – way more than the $19,350 poverty line suggests..."

Flatstock 4
SXSW's poster exhibition has grown exponentially in only its second year
Music Story  March 19, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Co-founder of River City art outfit Factor27 ( and a board member of the American Poster Institute (www.americanposter, Peveto estimates some 80-90 poster artists from around the country will be attending Flatstock 4, spread out in the Convention Center's ground floor exhibition hall Friday and Saturday, noon-6pm. Where else can music fanatics wander, awestruck and overwhelmed, amid an international representation of artists whose entire raison d'être is to rock your world with a Day-Glo barrage of multihued, lunatic intensity? There are also a couple of special presentations:..."

'Natural Capitalism' in the Hills
The Crossings' earth- and economy-friendly integration into the Hill Country really is something to feel good about.
News Story  September 19, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Going to the Warblers As you may already know, the Crossings is a "progressive learning center" that, in the words of the Becks' mission statement, intends to "provide new experiences that expand thought and inspire people to explore conscious choices in their personal, work, and spiritual lives." The Becks have formed a joint venture with the Rhinebeck, N.Y.-based Omega Institute, "the nation's largest holistic education provider," to do programming at their campus -- hence "Omega at the Crossings" -- which over the upcoming fall and winter will feature dozens of classes and workshops sure to appeal to ... well, yes, people with time and money on their hands, although as these things go, Omega is an accessible and affordable provider of such services, and the Becks plan to keep the Crossings that way..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  August 22, 2003
"...May clearly implies that I am a creationist, even though I am not. This is what he wrote in his July 18 piece ["Ignorant Design at the SBOE"] in the Chronicle: "The Seattle-based institute [the Discovery Institute] supports Beckwith's work and that of a small stable of 'creation scientists' who disagree with the principles of evolution." Imagine if someone had said the following about Mr..."

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