"...On Friday, Let’s Go Austin – the umbrella political action committee created to support Proposition 1, the Austin rail and road bond - released the initial result of a phone poll taken of 500 likely Austin voters. According the release by research group Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, “Proposition One holds a 52 to 43 percent margin.”..."
"...Last Saturday, Dec. 12, Austin was weird – even weirder than usual...."
"...Just for fun, I searched the major Texas daily newspapers (Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso) for the last month to see how they compared to the overall national media for the stories Greenwald had searched. That small a sample is a little inconclusive (a search through all Texas papers would be more lamentable), but it's still roughly comparable:..."
"...Baby's second birth- day is never as exciting as its first. Last year, as this column's first anniversary came around, I was feeling, as I wrote then, in a valedictory mood, and christened this Austin Neighborhood Appreciation Week..."
"...The process for an over-the-top musical like Branson or Bust (with 12 characters, a five-piece band, mobile props, and a projection sequence) may be very different from that for a one-man historical drama like The Confessions of David Crockett, which Remembrance Through the Performing Arts has been nurturing along for some months now. It so happens that these two new plays are both receiving full productions on Austin stages this month, and a look at each is instructive in what can be involved in new play development...."
"...It is also why I am grateful to and honored to have The Austin Chronicle Film staff working for us. While so much of media has resorted to punchy, short, meaningless reviews, this gang still goes out suited up to play across the entire field..."
"...Planned Parenthood's Michael Hayes guest lectures a health class at Austin High School. photograph by John Anderson It's an April afternoon at an Austin High School health class, and Michael Hayes, an educator from Planned Parenthood of Austin, is talking about sex..."
"...Austin Chronicle: Your publicist thanked me for getting up early for this interview. But we're in Texas, where it's actually noon..."
"...22]. It highlights Austin's worst transportation problem – failure to address the basics, such as sidewalks and bus stops, before building zoomways and parking lots for cars. As Lee Nichols points out, the sad state of Austin's bus system is not Capital Metro's fault alone..."
"...Austin has movie multiplexes, sure, same as any city, but it also boasts more unique opportunities to get your cinema on – in historic settings, with starry special guests, or just under the stars...."
"...[image-1] (Travis County Precinct 2 Commissioner Brigid Shea is also attending). Their votes will likely not be missed at Thursday’s special-called meeting (9am instead of 10), as only two Items are on the agenda: 1) the potential hiring of a consumer advocate (on behalf of residential and small business consumers) before Austin Energy, and 2) a resolution (sponsored by the mayor, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo (D9), D6 CM Don Zimmerman, and D5 CM Ann Kitchen) “affirming the City Council’s commitment to a fair and equitable appraisal system and its support of legal actions related to the level of appraisals of commercial property values.”..."
"...Dear Editor, I live in East Austin and teach at one of the shrinking schools, Allan Elementary ["Shrinking Schools," News, May 20]. I have taught there for seven years..."
"...I know people who do it (by regular human-powered bicycle). They report that it would be a great ride if it weren't so scary. We can reduce pollution and make Austin a much nicer place by having a few routes at the edges of town that aren't so terrifying that people don't dare ride them without huge, polluting tanks..."
"...Expressionist and mixed media painter Shannon Fannin explains the quirky, contemporary art show this way, “Many of the participating artists show our work in galleries and juried exhibitions and our industry, like music and acting, is very competitive and stressful. We take what we do very seriously, but for this event, we wanted to create a show that was fun and also kept in touch with the Keep Austin Weird concept..."
"...News broke overnight Monday night that the Columbus Crew, one of the original 10 Major League Soccer franchises, is officially and actively looking to move to Austin, perhaps as soon as 2019...."
"...Surely, with proponents pointing to water-tight examples like San Antonio, more could be done on the conservation front. To that end, the three votes likely against the plant – Laura Morrison, Chris Riley, and Bill Spelman – have called for creating an "Integrated Water Management Plan" with the goal "to position Austin as a national leader in water conservation by 2020." Moreover, on WTP4's cost – which they point out may raise water rates by as much as 15% – the anti- bloc proposes a resolution to ameliorate the hike for the water utility's low-income users...."
"...illustration byy Doug Potter Sometimes it's what doesn'thappen that counts. In fact, what didn't come up at last Thursday's council meeting will lay the groundwork for the future of Austin's downtown and the lasting legacy of this city council..."
"...Tacos were the first thing I made when I learned that a couple of bottles of André made brunch. When I just moved to Austin and could barely afford rent, I would still gather up loose change and go to Tamale House...."
"...The court found that most of the trust's assets should go to creditors, including the big daddy of the bunch, Phoenix Holdings, a real estate entity that controls hundreds of acres of undeveloped property in Southwest Austin. A good portion of the property has recently been sold, which presents just one more hurdle for creditors to clear before they can claim victory..."
"...Nate Southard, author: Being able to stand yourself. Everything else is other people, and that's exhausting...."
"...I have to admit I was surprised last week when I was handed initial poll numbers by the Let's Go Austin folks, indicating that their mid-September survey on the November transportation bond – local bond Proposition 1, for rail and road projects – garnered 52% support for the proposition, to 43% opposed. The margin of error (+/-4.4%) is enough to collapse those numbers into a virtual tie, but according to the pollsters (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research), the survey reflects a citywide sample of 500 likely voters, and support among "progressives" (69%) and Democrats (61%) was sufficient to override opposition from Republicans and independents..."
"...tour. Yet after his night shift this Tuesday night – 9am in Austin – he’d planned a covert phone muffling only to find his parent awake, drinking white wine, and listening to Tears for Fears...."
"...Austin Chronicle: Where am I reaching you?..."
"...Alejandro Escovedo married Nancy Rankin in a private ceremony in Austin on September 6. The following morning, they flew to Mexico’s Northern Baja California region to honeymoon with a friend in Pescadero, just outside La Paz..."
"...Or that maybe you thought went away with the Broadway extravaganzas of Flo Ziegfeld and Billy Rose 60 years ago. But as we shift from the first decade of the 21st century to the second, Austin-based producer Duggan is giving his hometown a heapin' helping of good old-fashioned stage spectacle with the production he's dubbed A Texas Christmas Carol..."
"...My title here at the Chronicle is "city editor." That "city" is Austin. It is not Central Austin..."
"...I'm in a stable, happy relationship, and I want to get better about making and hanging out with female friends, but there's nothing more awkward than trying to grab an after-work meal and inadvertently finding yourself making small talk in a candlelit room. So I ask you: What is the least romantic restaurant in Austin?..."
"...Just because they're – literally – underground, there at the corner of Seventh and Lavaca in Downtown Austin, doesn't mean they should necessarily be under the radar. Not when the theatre's prime sketch troupe The Neighborhood has been working the scripts and regularly storming the boards for at least two years now...."
"...It was fitting that Tuesday night's public forum on urban rail occurred in the back room of the Greater Austin Merchants Association's warehouse, a cooperative that caters to convenience stores and gas stations. Located right beside the grand slash of concrete that is Highway 183 N., GAMA is one island of that great expanse of industrialized real estate devoted primarily to the temporary storage of automobiles: one sprawling parking lot after another, accessible only by car, and otherwise useless...."
"...A whiff of finality hung in the air Monday night at the Moody Theater. As announced by Austin City Limits Executive Producer Terry Lickona, the last taping of the show’s 41st season – a run including some of the biggest acts of the year (Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett, Sleater-Kinney) – was at hand..."
"...Here he laments leaving his lover in the Fats Domino classic, but you get the idea. 2. "Who Likes Nick McKenna?" - Car Stereo (Wars) Austin's own mash-up master put out one of my favorite road trip records back in '07..."
"...[image-1] If you've lived in Austin since April, those phrases are probably familiar. TopGolf Austin swung into place as a citywide cult classic almost overnight, attracting crowds with a dynamic atmosphere of sports recreation, drinking, socializing, and, most surprisingly, eating..."
"...This development has driven other I-35 cities batshit, or at least into a coalition to aggressively lobby against the corridor. How that's going to affect Austin remains to be seen, because technically State Highway 130 will be our leg of the corridor, and it's already being built by a consortium led by Fluor (who came in last in the three-way race for this initial TTC-35 contract), and everyone strenuously denies that SH 130's toll-road needs will goad TxDOT into shelving its I-35 plans through Central Austin..."
"...Queer people have been making their own way since long before the first brick was lobbed at the Stonewall. It should come as no surprise that two of the brightest new stars in Austin's food truck universe are shining with all the colors of the rainbow...."
"...Peter Bay, conductor and music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, is realizing a childhood dream with two performances of Leonard Bernstein's MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers at the Long Center on the last weekend of June...."
"...Once an instance of Prince’s keen humor, the line “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life” rang like space-age gospel in Austin. The Revolution then launched Purple Rain triptych “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Purple Rain.” Likewise, “Listen to my body tonight,” a line from “1999,” bottled Prince’s other religion – outrageous sexuality..."
"...It's almost useless to detail how bad Austin's fiscal situation is, because it just keeps getting worse and worser. At the beginning of this fiscal year (FY2002), city staff could still surmise that, with the cuts already made during FY2001, we would face modest, not-gonna-kill-us, we-can-handle-it deficits in FY2003 and beyond..."
"...LaVette got her wish Sunday evening, playing before the lights, cameras, and captive audience of an Austin City Limits taping. She made the most of it, reminding folks what they’ve been missing all these years with a montage of early R&B hits and misses, starting with bad-girl anthem “Stealer” from her lost 1972 Atlantic LP, Child of the Seventies..."
"...He writes an award-winning blog (D.A. Confidential) and last year successfully prosecuted Dennis Davis for the 1985 cold-case murder of Natalie Antonetti, mother of Austin musician Johnny Goudie..."
"...The show celebrates the release of Don’t Let Me Fall, a reissue compilation of the Relatives recordings from 1971-74 on new Austin imprint Heavy Light Records...."
"...That book is S., a many-layered, story-within-a-story-surrounded-by-footnotes-and-marginalia that progresses like something Poe and Borges might have concocted after being enchanted by Griffin and Sabine, and it was sparked by an idea from JJ Abrams. Abrams is, of course, that producer-director whose various media franchises (Lost, Cloverfield, Star Trek, the next cinematic chapter of the Star Wars mythos) can be polarizing, opinionwise, but about whom there's general agreement on at least one thing: Choosing to team up with the Austin-based Dorst to create this newest work was one hell of a smart move...."
"...Calling Suzan-Lori Parks' visit to Austin this week a homecoming may be overstating the case, but the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Topdog/Underdog did call Texas home for a time in her youth, and the state looms large in her life. Her memories of it, particularly the part of West Texas where she spent a few years while her father was stationed in Vietnam, led her to make it the setting for her 2003 novel Getting Mother's Body, in which a poor and pregnant teenager sets out to dig up her mother's grave and retrieve the jewelry she was buried with before a supermarket is built on the spot..."
"...Dig through the miles and miles of reel-to-reel tape and audio cassettes, and you'd probably find the guitarist's unreleased maiden solo effort, Seven Worlds, and several different versions of both Ah Via Musicom and Venus Isle. It's a safe bet as well that every show Johnson's ever played in Austin is on those shelves. There's little doubt of the genius encrypted on those tapes or that the personally modest but musically vain Johnson will ever release anything on them to his adoring public...."
"...Rachel McGruder and I used to work in the same office, but for "different companies." The preceding quotations are necessary because the "different companies," (SXSW and the Austin Chronicle) were at the time, highly intermingled - so intermingled in fact, that we literally shared the same office space...."
"...Austin filmmakers Bryan Poyser and Anish Savjani score 2011 Spirit Award nominations...."
"...As it stands, the agenda is set: We banned 'em over the aquifer, and we're gonna make them pretty with new design standards, so what else can we do, the city asks? Look at our study! It says the Wal-Marts and Home Depots don't really compete with small local indie businesses, and it says we need to approve 'em to maintain our share of the regional retail market and keep pulling in sales tax revenue. Y'know, as long as we keep doing the Keep Austin Weird thing, all will be rosy..."
"...Here comes the 13th iteration of Staple!: The Independent Media Expo, now having ditched its longtime Marchesa location to release a weekend of fan-mobbed revelry and DIY merch and so much indie-comics-and-related-subcultural-goodness at Austin’s Millennium Youth Center...."