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Playback: The Indestructible Mr. Lewis
The trials and tribulations of Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5, plus a UtopiaFest report, and the passing of Seth Gibbs
Music Column  November 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Thicker than blood, Greg Lewis and James Sheeran's friendship goes back three decades. Their teenage band, Blind Addiction, played Lewis' high school graduation in Midland, Mich., and the whiskey they've drunk together thereafter could probably fill Lake Huron..."

3 Reasons You Should Know John Merriman’s Name
And only one of them is because it’s easier to spell than 'Galifianakis'
DAILY Screens  September 6, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...1) He’s starring in the new Black Joe Lewis video. Throw a dart on the local film map, and you're liable to hit John Merriman..."

Elton John Rockets the Moody
Piano prince toasts Andy Roddick Foundation’s 15th anniversary
DAILY Music  May 5, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Last Saturday, Sir Elton John followed Jerry Lee Lewis on the Acura stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and, for all intents and purposes, lit the thing on fire...."

Lewis Black’s Campaign
The comedian flexed irreverent intellect at the Paramount Theatre
DAILY Arts  September 9, 2016, by Bryan Rolli
"...Lewis Black wrestled with an existential dilemma before a packed Paramount Theatre on Thursday night...."

Lewis & Clark & George
This seems to be a movie that all directors feel compelled to make at some point in their careers. You know, the one with horny, treacherous young outlaws barreling through...
Film Review  February 13, 1998, by Russell Smith

In Queso Emergency Concert Tribute to Jill Lewis
Some of her favorite musicians play Stubb's Sunday, July 28
DAILY Food  July 26, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...[image-1] Austin Slow Burn co-founder Jill Lewis had a huge legion of friends and fans of her brand of fiery food products. When she was diagnosed with cancer in the spring, everyone wanted to help out any way they could..."

Butler School of Music: For this John Adams, a King
UT honors the Nixon in China composer with an award for his notable musical work and three concerts featuring his compositions
Arts Story  April 25, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Wind Ensemble with the Choral Arts Society, Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus perform Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986) and Grand Pianola Music (1982); plus Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Featured soloists: Suzanne Ramo, soprano; Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, tenor; and William Lewis, baritone..."

John Wayne vs. Atticus Finch
Dueling D.A.Candidates Differ on Punishment and Prevention
News Story  October 18, 1996, by Amy Smith
"...By the same token, the district attorney has endured numerous potshots for his prosecution of two high-ranking Democrats -- former Attorney General Jim Mattox in 1983 on commercial bribery charges, which ended in acquittal, and former House Speaker Gib Lewis in 1990, who was given a minor penalty for one ethics violation. This election year, Lewis sent Phelps a check for $500...."

Casar Kicks Off
Campaigns rumble into gear – and Doggett talks House sit-in
DAILY News  June 27, 2016, by Michael King
"...Supporter Amanda Lewis began by noting that she has watched Casar from the beginning and can report that he has been diligent and responsive from his first day in office. She was followed by Garcia, who said, “I”m always glad when we elect a good council member..."

La Barbecue Turns Up the Heat With Secret Pit Technology
Is this special new smoker a brisket game-changer?
DAILY Food  April 26, 2013, by Kenny Pailes
"...At least today and at least here, we have an answer: John Lewis, head pitmaster of La Barbecue, spent more than three months toiling in his backyard to create the ultimate dream pit from scratch. [image-1]..."

Malibu's Most Wanted
On the lower, less-developed levels of Hades these days, there is, with luck, a spot reserved for the makers of Malibu’s Most Wanted, somewhere between Vanilla Ice’s cramped and airless...

Film Review  April 18, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...There are plenty of blunts in Hell, my friends, but there are no lighters. Fans of Jamie Kennedy’s The Jamie Kennedy Experiment on the WB (anyone?) may find themselves pining for Emmanuel Lewis after checking out the white-bread comedian’s limp and obnoxious take on the world of wannabe cultural puddle jumpers in Malibu’s Most Wanted..."

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington With This New Graphic Novel
John Lewis pens civil rights history in new graphic novel
DAILY Books  August 28, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...John Lewis, the youngest keynote speaker at the march, co-authored graphic novel March (Book One) with Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, to bring his firsthand account of civil rights history to new generations...."

Despite a monumental performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, Spielberg's film has a fussed-over theatricality that's hard to escape.
Film Review  November 16, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Straithairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Gloria Reuben, Lee Pace, Tim Blake Nelson and Jared Harris...."

John Lewis Evolution (Atlantic)
National Records
Music Review  December 31, 1999, by Harvey Pekar
"...John Lewis Evolution (Atlantic) Composer/arranger and Modern Jazz Quartet musical director John Lewis played piano in the bands of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lester Young, and has made some fine albums featuring himself on that instrument. He's got a distinctive solo style, characterized by economy, a light touch, attractive melodic ideas, and unhurried-but-precise articulation..."

Our Kind of Traitor
Stellan Skarsgård and Damien Lewis rock this John le Carré adaptation
Film Review  July 1, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Susanna White. Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis, Jeremy Northam, Saskia Reeves and Grigoriy Dobrygin...."

Let them eat brisket
Food Column  May 7, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Pit whisperer John Lewis was in town last week representing la Barbecue at the Austin Food & Wine Festival and we chatted about his two other business ventures. Austin's barbecue cognoscenti already know about Lewis Barbecue, coming later this year in Charleston, S.C., but there's also Austin Smoke Works, the new custom pit building company he's founded with his buddy Jim Glass and with his dad, retired IBM man John Lewis Sr..."

Thoughts on the fall of John Mueller
Food Column  November 16, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...LeAnn Mueller has taken over operation of the business at 1502 S. First and renamed it La Barbecue "Cuisine Texicana"; she's also hired former Franklin Barbecue employee John Lewis to run the pit and his barbecue is just fine, thank you very much..."

John Lewis
Music Review  April 27, 2001, by Harvey Pekar
"...John Lewis Evolution 2 (Atlantic) With the passing of John Lewis at the end of March, the third and final part of the Evolution trilogy is in question. Yet if this second installment of the series is to be the Modern Jazz Quartet musical director's swan song, it's a gem..."

An unconventional psychological thriller without much plot, Keane is the gripping and uncompromising story of a man's attempt to hang on to his sanity.
Film Review  November 4, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Lodge Kerrigan. Starring: Damian Lewis, Abigail Breslin and Amy Ryan..."

The Crucible
Here's a conundrum: how to film a drama about mass hysteria without the end product becoming shrill and hysterical? It's a problem that's not fully solved in this new screen...
Film Review  December 20, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Nicholas Hytner. Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison, Rob Campbell, Jeffrey Woodard, Frances Conroy, Karron Graves, Charlayne Woodard and Elizabeth Lawrence..."

Howlin' Wolf Does Not Wear Panties
Walter Daniels' punk blues stirs up a whole new generational ilk, like Black Joe Lewis
Music Story  November 18, 2005, by Margaret Moser
"...More recently, his harp-and-horn double whammy punched up Big Foot Chester, Eugene Chadbourne, the Crack Pipes, Oblivians, and current band South Filthy, yet what excites him today is working with a young blues shouter named Black Joe Lewis. If it's got anything to do with modern lo-fi blues, Walter Daniels is up front and in your face.Dudes With Farmer Genes..."

Lit-urday: Civil Rights Are Always Timely
Graphic novel talks Freedom Rides and a shout-out to UT
DAILY Books  January 31, 2015, by Jessi Cape
" John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell..."

The Grand Seduction
In this Canadian comedy, a down-on-its-luck fishing village spruces up to try to lure a big-city doctor to town.
Film Review  July 4, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...Tickle Head has no resident doctor, one of the requirements of the contract. And, it just so happens that hotshot plastic surgeon Paul Lewis (Kitsch) just got popped for cocaine possession..."

Serial Mom
The resurrection of Ms. Turner, via the man who gave us Divine and dogshit. Who would have thought? Exactly what the title implies, Serial Mom is Waters' take on both...
Film Review  April 22, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Turner is Beverly Sutphin, a suburban Baltimore all-American mom with an endless smile and a penchant for murdering those people who stand in her way (sometimes they're not even standing in her way; sometimes they're just… standing there). With a nuclear family made up of hubby Waterston, daughter Lake, and son Lillard (in a typical Waters touch, he's a gorehound -- a full set of vintage Aurora monster model kits deck his bedside wall and Herschell Gordon Lewis posters adorn his room)..."

Car 54, Where are You?
Hollywood producers are going with the current trend of transferring such vintage TV gems as The Addams Family and The Beverly Hillbillies from the small screen to the silver screen...
Film Review  February 4, 1994, by Pamela Bruce
"...Starring: David Johansen, John C. McGinley, Fran Drescher, Nipsey Russell, Rosie O'Donnell, Al Lewis and Daniel Baldwin..."

Labor Intensive
John Fiege on 'Mississippi Chicken' and Anne Lewis on 'Morristown'
Screens Story  October 5, 2007, by Spencer Parsons
"..."I don't like being preached at, so I try not to preach in my films," laughs Anne Lewis as she discusses her Morristown, a documentary eight years in the making. "I mean, this is a piece about globalization, but there's not a single figure talking about the global economy..."

Naked City
Author puts eco-terrorism in perspective
News Story  August 5, 2005, by Diana Welch
"...Of the 21 "domestic terrorist incidents" listed in Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI publication dedicated to the memory of 9/11, 17 were attributed to the ALF or its partner in "eco-terror," the Earth Liberation Front. John Lewis, the FBI's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, testified before Congress as recently as March 14 on the terrorist threat that is the ALF/ELF..."

Set within the cloistered, excessively male confines of 1952 Oxford, Richard Attenborough tackles yet another “true story” and this time comes away with something quite a bit more substantial than...
Film Review  January 7, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...The true story in question is that of C.S. Lewis (Hopkins) and his love for -- and eventual marriage to -- a headstrong and thoroughly American writer by the name of Joy Gresham (Winger)..."

Sunset Song
A woman comes of age in this rugged Scottish saga set in the early 1900s
Film Review  June 3, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Terence Davies, a filmmaker best known for his autobiographical and impressionistic memory pieces about life in postwar England (The Long Day Closes and Distant Voices, Still Lives being real standouts), has taken to literary adaptations of late (Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea among them). He adapted Sunset Song from Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel..."

Girl 6
A beautiful mess. Lee's take on the phone-sex industry opens with a shot of Girl 6 (Randle), an aspiring actress, as she reads a monologue for Tarantino (playing himself, natch)....
Film Review  March 29, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Spike Lee. Starring: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Debi Mazar, Jennifer Lewis, John Turturro, Madonna, Quentin Tarantino, Naomi Campbell, Ron Silver, Richard Belzer and Halle Berry..."

Texas invades South Carolina
Food Column  October 9, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Austin social media was aflame over the weekend with the news, first reported in the Charleston City Paper, that La Barbecue pitmaster John Lewis is opening a Texas barbecue restaurant in Charleston, S.C., next year. Lewis' signature brisket and handmade sausage were such a big hit at the Charleston Brown Water Society's SC-TX BBQ Invitational back in July, he was able to line up investors and find a location in the genteel old port city's Half Mile North development fairly easily..."

Heart and Soul
Lengthy Q&A with Huey Lewis
DAILY Music  October 25, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Huey Lewis & the News, who play the Long Center Wednesday, might be considered an 1980s phenomenon, but their frontman touches every level of the music business. We spoke for an hour, Lewis overflowing stories..."

Gangs of New York
The Lower East Side gang wars of the 1860s are brought to life by Scorsese.
Film Review  December 20, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Martin Scorsese. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C..."

Billy Elliot
Set against the gray, doomed miner's strikes in Durham County, England nearly two decades ago, the titular Billy Elliot is a young working class kid who -- dammit! -- just...
Film Review  November 3, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Stephen Daldry. Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Stuart Wells and Mike Elliot..."

Cecil B. Demented
You say you want a cinema revolution? Well, recruitment centers are likely to be found anywhere that's showing John Waters' latest opus, Cecil B. DeMented. The movie throws a comic...
Film Review  August 18, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...They bleach her hair and trick her up in their over-the-top garb and make-up, and force her to star in their radical underground movie, which is staged and filmed on the fly during various guerrilla-style actions. The Sprocket Holes are a hilarious crew; each sports a tattoo of the name of cherished director (Warhol, Fassbinder, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Otto Preminger, Spike Lee, Kenneth Anger, and William Castle to name but a few) and spouts slogans like, “Death to the cinematically incorrect,” and “Punish bad cinema” at the drop of peroxide bottle..."

Lewis Rebuts Ads
Columns  May 30, 1997
"...Willie Lewis Stop Racism..."

Box Sets
Herbie Hancock
Music Story  December 11, 1998
"...For decades, Miles remained cognizant of what the most advanced and creative musicians were doing and incorporated their ideas into his constantly evolving concepts. He worked with Charlie Parker on bop, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and John Lewis on "the birth of the cool," Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey on post-bop, Bill and Gil Evans on modal jazz, and as mentioned above, Hancock and Shorter on you-name-it..."

Mouse Hunt
It's interesting that this dark and energetic autobahn of a comedy from DreamWorks SKG (the K is for Jeffrey “I Used to Run Disney” Katzenberg) has at its center an...
Film Review  December 19, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Gore Verbinski. Starring: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Christopher Walken, Maury Chaykin, Eric Christmas, Annabelle Gurwitch, William Hickey, Michael Jeter and Vicki Lewis..."

Beverly Hills Cop III
I was wondering what it would take for me to fondly remember Eddie Murphy's recent flops, Boomerang and The Distinguished Gentleman. Now I know. Beverly Hills Cop III is made...

Film Review  May 27, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Inexplicably punctuating Cop III are cameos by numerous Hollywood directors like George Lucas, Martha Coolidge, John Singleton, Barbet Schroeder, Arthur Hiller, and more. Murphy is supposedly working on a remake of Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor and I promise I'll be one of the first in line to see that..."

SXSW Unleashes Massive Film List
High-concept horror A Quiet Place to open fest
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Boundaries D: Shana Feste Laura and her troubled son Henry are forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father Jack across country after being kicked out of a nursing home. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Dolly Wells, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda (World Premiere)..."

'The Blind Side' Follows the Life of a Top NFL Prospect
Michael Lewis' book chronicles the life first-round NFL draft prospect Michael Oher
DAILY Sports  April 20, 2009, by Timothy Braun
"...Michael Oher is a first-round NFL draft prospect from Mississippi who could play left or right tackle depending on the team he is drafted by. You might recognize his name from The Blind Side, a book about his life by Michael Lewis..."

The Gruesome Twosome
Lewis’ follow-up to Blood Feast....
Film Review  October 19, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis. Starring: Elizabeth Davis, Gretchen Wells, Chris Martell and Rodney Bedell..."

Serious Intuition
John Thorne's Before Side of a Recipe
Food Story  May 16, 1997, by Robb Walsh
" John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne North Point Press, $10 paper..."

Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  August 22, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The move will make it possible for la Barbecue to expand into evening hours of operation and serve patrons from nearby bars such as Stay Gold, Drinks Lounge, and Craftsman. According to Clem, the menu in the new spot will include a variety of special items, "such as smoked duck and different sausages." She also told us that John Lewis is staying busy this summer staging weekly barbeque pop-ups at Charleston's Revelry Brewery, while he waits for his Lewis Barbecue to be completed..."

La Barbecue Vandalized
Video captured creepy, low-life behavior; reward offered
DAILY Food  June 2, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...They turned over a big bucket of smoldering coals, spewing ashes everywhere, and then turned over both of the porta-potties. John Lewis and his staff showed up to work in the wee hours of Sunday morning to find a serious mess in the lot around their trailer and custom-made portable pit. [image-1]..."

Alice in Wonderland
Sadly, the mirth-to-muck ratio in Tim Burton's new film is deeply imbalanced.
Film Review  March 5, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Crispin Glover. Long gone is Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical idyll: In this topsy-turvy take, Alice (Wasikowska) is 19 and about to be married off to a Victorian prig (Leo Bill)..."

ACL 2008!
The lineup has arrived, calm down.
DAILY Music  April 15, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...With Jakob Dylan & the Gold Mountain Rebels following in the footsteps of last year’s headliner Bob Dylan, the rest of the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival, September 26-28 in Zilker Park, is suiting up. While there are still a number of high profile veteran artists (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Manu Chao, John Fogerty, David Byrne), the lineup, announced today, is dominated by alternative staples (Foo Fighters, Beck, the Mars Volta, Iron & Wine, Gnarls Barkley), right down to the local delegates (White Denim, the Strange Boys, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears)...."

The Road to El Dorado
Perish the day we turn to cartoons for historical accuracy -- a philosophy that serves The Road to El Dorado well, for this new animated picture is more buddy movie...
Film Review  March 31, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...But in this they need the help of the local conwoman Chel (Perez). It's a scenario you can easily picture being played by Hope and Crosby in any of of their Road to - movies, or by any of the great comedy pairs from Laurel & Hardy to Martin & Lewis..."

Amistad is a disappointment if the standard for judging Steven Spielberg's new film is the state of mute, stumbling devastation that Schindler's List inspired in its viewers. The story it...
Film Review  December 19, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...(Weirdly, the killings aboard the Amistad aren't the issue. Since the rebels are functionally equivalent to livestock they can't be charged with committing murder; the only question is whether anyone has a valid claim on them.) McConaughey, as a real estate lawyer named Baldwin who argues on behalf of abolitionists Theodore Joadson (Freeman) and Lewis Tappan (Skarsgard), has also drawn more than a few raps for his low-keyed performance..."

Major Payne
Damon Wayans does brilliant Damon Wayans shtick in this familiarly themed story of a crusty-hearted (okay, in this case, almost clearly deranged) military man confronting, confounding, and challenging a motley...
Film Review  March 31, 1995, by Louis Black
"...In return, he shaves their heads, buries them in mud and threatens them with live grenades. Philosophically reprehensible, the failure of Major Payne is that director Nick Castle's musical sensibilities are at odds with Wayans' explosive Jerry Lewis potential..."

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