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SXSW Film Review: My Father Die
Patricide on the bayou
DAILY Screens  March 15, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Revenge is a human instinct, as Asher (Joe Anderson) explains via the internal monologue that flows through this Mississippi River revenge fable My Father Die. Must be true, because he’s pretty damn good at it...."

Song for My Father
An epic and personal reminiscence of Don Walser and what he meant to Austin
Music Story  September 29, 2006, by Mark Rubin
"...It was a sound so pure and controlled that it completely overshadowed the otherwise genius playing of country steel legend Jimmy Day. And the choice of material was a C&W fan's wet dream: Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Johnny Bush, Freddie Hart! At the set break, James Henry, the club's convivial owner and the man who took all those photos on the walls, introduced himself and then called over the singer..."

Get Rich or Die Tryin'
The film story of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's tough road to success is so melodramatic that if it weren't real it would be laughable.
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Film Review  November 11, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...A sequence of the crowded sleeping arrangements there dovetails with an equally confined stint in prison, where, after becoming a drug dealer himself ("Crack changed everything," he explains, as if this were hot news straight out of New Jack City), he meets up with future manager Bama (Howard, of Hustle & Flow) and gets some down time for shower-room shiv battles and solitary-confinement rapping practice. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is overcrowded with subplots: One about rival rapper Dangerous seems to go all over the place and nowhere as well, while another questions whether Jackson’s drug kingpin boss Majestic (Akinnouye-Agbaje) might be complicit in Katrina’s murder..."

My Life in The Real World Kult
Please Take My MTV
Screens Story  October 24, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...Truth be told, I wanted to return to my early teenage nights of blissing out in front of eye-candy videos, a welcome respite from worrying about what I was going to be when I grew up or if I would finish my senior thesis, a major project that students had to complete before they could graduate. Who wouldn't want their MTV after days spent pawing through dusty old tomes about medieval theatre, full of plague and brimstone?..."

My Gang Don't Bow Down
Big Chief Kevin Goodman sew, sew, sews a new history here in Austin
Music Story  May 5, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...Gone. Everyone watched him die, gasping for breath..."

Texas Preps for Last Inmate to Die in 2013
State will end the year with 16 inmates put to death
News Story  November 29, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...3, Jerry Duane Martin is slated to be the final inmate Texas puts to death this year. He was convicted and sentenced to die five years ago for the 2007 murder of Texas Department of Criminal Jus­tice prison guard Susan Canfield during a prison escape...."

Too Dumb to Die
A profile of Austin's longest-running musical parody, the Uranium Savages.
Music Story  December 10, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...Yet after 25 years of music and mayhem, the Uranium Savages have eked out a seemingly permanent place in the ever-shifting Austin club scene. They are the only local band more dedicated to fun than to music, and claim outright they're "too dumb to die." They just might be right..."

All Over Creation: Die Another Dad
Puzzling out the meaning of the theatre's Summer of Dead Dads
Arts Column  September 2, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Turns out it didn't really matter whether the dad was Shakespeare's regal Henry IV or Urinetown: The Musical's down-and-out (and desperate to pee) "Old Man" Strong. It didn't matter how the dad died – by his own hand, as with Beverly Weston in August: Osage County, or by another's, as with good old Hamlet Sr..."

Somebody Has to Die
The conviction of Robert Springsteen in the yogurt shop murders leaves many questions unanswered.
News Story  June 15, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...In the end, not one speck of physical evidence was logged by investigators that would link any of the three defendants to the scene of the crime. There were several latent fingerprints found on the lid of a cash register drawer, and at least five hairs were recovered from the girls' bodies or items of their clothing..."

'You Were Our Father, A Veteran and So Full of Desperation'
Short Story Contest: Third place
Books Story  February 4, 2011, by Kyle R M
"...The year was 1777 and the month was December. On the morning of the 27th, the commander and leader of Continental soldiers declined his usual private breakfast and hot bath..."

'In the West': Living Portraits Avedon Would Die For
The original Austin Chronicle review from Nov. 15, 1985
Arts Story  April 7, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The Avedon reference is important, because without the photographer and his controversial exhibit "In the American West," Big State's program might never have come into being. It was that exhibit, the monochrome portraits of Westerners heralded everywhere from Texas Monthly to Rolling Stone, that prompted Big State artistic director Jim Fritzler to conceive of a theatrical equivalent: speaking portraits related to the audience through the form of monologue..."

My Favorite My Favorite Murder
When comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack talk homicide, people listen
Arts Story  April 13, 2017, by Rosalind Faires
"...It takes several ingredients to make a murderino. The most obvious and universal: You listen to the current No..."

You Had Me at "E"die
Nurse Jackie: FIX ME!
DAILY The Gay Place  June 19, 2009, by Kate X Messer
"...Oh, Edie Falco, you've got me crushing like a crushed up Percocet...."

Afrodisiac
Femi Kuti carries on his father's legacy
Music Story  April 27, 2001, by David Lynch
"...Things looked up for Femi, and Positive Force toured heavily. Rather than basking in the fruits of his labor, however, he grieved: During a three-month period in 1997, both his father and his sister died..."

SXSW Film Adds Midnighters and More
Horror lineup announced, plus shorts and more
DAILY Screens  February 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...But the Midnighters hold a special place in the hearts of genre fans: Especially after last year, when the team scheduled the breakout trifecta of Pod, He Never Died, and We Are Still Here. So how does SXSW producer and senior film programmer Jarod Neece attempt to top that? He doesn't, because down that path madness lies..."

Rock Around the Biological Clock
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Music Story  May 6, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...I felt really honored, really excited, because I wanted to do a good show to show her how much I loved what I was doing. My fiancé said it was really cool watching her watch the people in the audience watch me...."

Ray Manzarek: Trying to Set the World on Fire
The late Doors keyboardist at the Garden of Eden
DAILY Music  May 23, 2013, by Danielle Zelisko
"...And Italians and a lot of Pollocks, like us, and some Irish. There were Germans there too and my father’s Jewish buddies, which I got to meet later on..."

Austin Filmmakers Make International Festival Waves
Watch out Chicago (and Montreal, and Edinburgh, and London)
DAILY Screens  July 17, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Montreal festival kicked off already, with three Austin-shot features making their Canadian debuts: The Devil's Candy, which was one of the audience favorites at Fantastic Fest 2015 (read our review), and two SXSW fan and critic faves, Slash (directed by Clay Liford) and Keith Maitland's award-winning Tower...."

How I Got Hitched
Marc Savlov on how Hitchcock was a family affair
DAILY Screens  October 15, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Color me gobsmacked, but thank goodness for little old ladies with a penchant for Fifties-era Hitchcock. At least the bagmaster learned something relevant to the history of cinema, and the abiding memories of gracious, aging female cinephiles..."

Tuber
First place
Books Story  February 9, 2007, by Mark Grayson Mayer
"...My brother's got him even younger. We grow old and die, and the world needs us no less...."

CSI: Travis County
Why Is the Medical Examiner's Office so screwed up?
News Story  June 30, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...About 70% of her father's bowel was dead. There was nothing they could do except close him up and provide comfort until he died; at most, her dad had 12 hours..."

Do Right Woman
Polly Parsons, only child of Gram Parsons, comes full circle in Austin with the Hickory Wind Ranch, sober living for women
Music Story  July 31, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Parsons wrote with Burrito bassist Chris Etheridge ("Hot Burrito #1") and Barry Goldberg ("Do You Know How It Feels") as well as Hillman, but Gilded Palace was unquestionably Parsons' claim to stake, because by their subsequent album, 1970's Burrito Deluxe, his molten energy had dissipated. He still twinkled in the Nudie jackets he'd outfitted the band with and scored a coup by recording "Wild Horses" before the Stones did, but Gram left the Burritos before Deluxe was served to the public...."

Letters at 3AM
Death is not a separation, but a living presence.
Columns  February 18, 2000, by Michael Ventura
"...When you're young you think you can leave places and people, but later, much later, you know you never can, you never did, you played with time and space but you never left. And as your friends and family die you discover that nobody ever really leaves..."

Beautiful Loser
Keith Ferguson: No Apologies, No Regrets
Music Story  May 9, 1997
"..."Gotta clean out that abscess," he advises, shaking the fellow. "You can die." Old hombres, in tank-top undershirts, are always present..."

Arab Star
Texas journalist Aziz Shihab on Does the Land Remember Me?: A Memoir of Palestine
Books Story  July 20, 2007, by Michael King
"...In a tone ranging from domestic comedy (Shihab is in demand as wedding mediator) through social observation (he exchanges guarded home visits with an Israeli soldier) to bitter outrage (an old man terrorized by soldiers dies of a heart attack), the author explores the difficulties of life in Palestine, the complex relationships of village life, and the oppression and contradictions of life under occupation...."

Film
Recommended
  June 30, 1995
"...That something was an explosion in one of the ship's heating coils that sent the ship into an uncontrolled roll and left the astronauts, who were three-quarters of the way to the moon, with a rapidly dwindling supply of both oxygen and power. Howard pulls out all the stops on this one, pumping up the audience's emotions with help from James Horner's well-placed, not-quite-as-over-the-top-as-you'd-think score and the astronauts' red-white-and-blue courage in the face of danger..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  September 27, 2002
"...Texans who believe in ideology-free textbooks still have an opportunity to balance the debate before the Nov. 14 vote on proposed social studies texts, and to get involved now to protect biology and health textbooks under review in the next two years...."

Postmarks
Global Warming, Public Schools, and Jazz a la Zorn.
Columns  January 26, 2001
"...The change in our climate is happening too fast for ecosystems to adapt. Living things die a lot faster than they grow..."

The Other Stars in the Galaxy
Screens Story  May 20, 1999
"...Comedies will be plentiful in the weeks following Star Wars. Included here are the feature-length South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Adam Sandler's Big Daddy, Bowfinger with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, the Nixon-era comedy Dick (can't wait to see the promotional giveaways for this one), the all-star superhero spoof Mystery Men, the teen picture American Pie, and at least a couple of romantic comedies starring Julia Roberts -- Notting Hill and Runaway Bride...."

'To Need, the Women Say'
Short Story Contest first-place winner
Books Story  February 10, 2012, by Mary Terrier
"...In the evenings I have started bringing the birds inside to keep their balding necks from the dogs, though they're louder at night than drunk men, knocking over kitchen pans and crowing hours before dawn. Whoever said roosters cry just to herald the morning never met one; for all I can tell they scream until they die...."

You Are Entering Harlan County
Justified creator Graham Yost exits Kentucky for the ATX Television Festival
Screens Story  June 4, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Graham Yost: Everybody dies!..."

Vinyl Ashes
A gray vinyl 7-inch with your exit songs?
Music Story  December 31, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez, Austin Powell and Audra Schroeder
"...Diane, Brian's wife, singled out my favorite, Bruce Springsteen's "Cadillac Ranch," the famed Texan landmark. The Boss' roadhouse rocker begins cocky enough ("Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back/And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac"), but by the last verse he's not so sure: "Hey little girlie in the blue jeans so tight/Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night/You're my last love baby you're my last chance/Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch." We asked more than three dozen local musicians via e-mail to spin us their potential epitaphs – two songs, topside and flip side – because as my introductory memo posited, "This is for the last Chronicle of 2010 – end of the year, dead of winter." And winter kills, right? Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch! – Raoul Hernandez Scott H..."

'Secuestro Express'
Jonathan Jakubowicz and Elizabeth Avellán on 'Secuestro Express'
Screens Story  October 28, 2005, by Michael King
"...It's just on the screen for a moment, and I'm sure Venezuelans, they all know what it is. But an American audience just sees a shooting and that introduces you to the world of the film..."

Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth
Chicago MC delivers a meta-religious tome
DAILY Music  January 28, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...A richer texture is added in “Adoration of the Magi.” Fiasco parallels the imagery of baby Jesus with those of rappers’ album covers, i.e. Ready to Die and Illmatic..."

Letters at 3AM: Hitting the Street
Michael Ventura remembers how poverty bred contempt toward those he loved the most
Columns  May 29, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...Shoes get threadbare. You wear light autumn clothes into the hard winter and you get sick and the doctor is not called and you almost die of fevers over 105 degrees..."

CNN Obama-Clinton Debate: The full transcript
Word for word, the whole shebang
DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"... I offer a lifetime of experience and proven results. And I know that, if we work together, we can take on the special interests, transfer $55 billion of all those giveaways and subsidies that President Bush has given them, back to the middle class, to create jobs and provide health care and make college affordable. (APPLAUSE) And I ask you -- I ask you to join in my campaign..."

Hate Eternal = Multitasking
Famed metal producer and frontman Erik Rutan can’t sit still
DAILY Music  November 20, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Or do something. I wake, I’m full-on, like the Energizer bunny until the batteries die and I go to bed..."

Interstellar
Majesty and mawkishness combine in Christopher Nolan's film about humans' last-ditch attempt to find a habitable planet in another galaxy.
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Film Review  November 7, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Not all is so economical. Nolan lavishes long minutes on an early car chase through corn fields to get to a 20-second long speech that can further be clipped to this – adapt or die..."

Razzle-Dazzle 'Em
David Bologna on making it to Broadway with 'Billy Elliot'
DAILY Arts  December 11, 2012, by Robert Faires
"... AC: The show had done very well in London, but a lot of shows that do well in London transfer to Broadway and it doesn't click. Could you sense in those early days that this was going to connect with the Broadway audiences? DB: That was, honestly, one of the biggest worries of everyone in the cast..."

The Project in Interpreting the Texas Past
Features Story  July 4, 2003, by Abe Louise Young
"...I always wondered why he had that in his toy box, but it was a remembrance of his mother who died. He was only 12..."

Fear
Stock characters and unintentionally funny dialogue doom this film about a beleaguered father who tries to protect his smitten daughter from a drug-dealing, trash-talking, randomly violent psychopath.
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Film Review  April 19, 1996, by Joey O'Bryan
"...Faring even worse are Crowe's female characters; co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Amy Brenneman, and Alyssa Milano have little to do but be lectured, terrorized, and abused by the film's possessive male characters. Only William Petersen, the underrated star of To Live and Die in L.A..."

Late Night Nomad Traveler
From hustle to flow, Trampia's still on the streets of East Austin
Music Story  May 25, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"..."There's only a few ways to get out of a gang," he says some six weeks after South by Southwest, reflecting on life before attending an Award ceremony where he met Bruce Springsteen. "Go to jail, die, or get jumped out..."

After a Fashion
Stephen is all about the holidays. Hide your peacock feathers!!!
Columns  December 10, 2004, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...That should have very nicely complemented the groomsmen's elegant ensembles: tracksuits (not "chocolate brown") emblazoned with the word "Pimp" on them. So sophisticated, you could die! Now, gossip sources say the down-home pair is breeding..."

Through the Glass Darkly
Music Story  July 7, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...I wanted to remember back before my parents' divorce, when I was young and we moved to bigger houses in better neighborhoods because I had parents who were smart, liberal, and upwardly mobile. I wanted to be my daddy's little girl again, not the miserable 20-year-old whose mentally ill father committed suicide and who wanted to die herself...."

After a Fashion: The Hurting
Epiphanies sometimes look like gorgeous sunsets and produce brilliant work
Columns  May 24, 2013, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...The poet Emily Dickinson said, "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." Truer words were never spoken. In the last year and a half, when I started trying to live my life again rather than simply exist, waiting to die, I knew there were two things missing from my life..."

Nik Wallenda: Life on the Wire
In which we send an aerialist to talk to a stuntman. Whoa.
DAILY Arts  May 19, 2011, by Raven Hinojosa
"...NW: I think so. I mean, it’s about relating to the audience..."

Sometimes Rumble, Sometimes Tumble
Joe Lansdale may be Texas' bloody answer to Mark Twain
Books Story  June 26, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...Joe Lansdale was 4 when his father bought him a puppy. The dog soon started digging in a flower bed across the creek from their home, so an irate neighbor cracked the dog across the head with a steel pipe and tossed the limp critter into the creek to die..."

In Memory of Bob Eckhardt: 1913-2001
A fighter for justice is remembered by family and friends.
News Story  November 23, 2001, by Michael King
"..."He held us together and gave us courage at a very dark time," said Maury Maverick of his friend and colleague Bob Eckhardt, who died Nov. 13 of a cerebral stroke..."

Hard Water
Second Place
Features Story  September 17, 1999, by Sharon L. Dutton
"...I enlist the help of my new foster sister Tammy. Her father died with a purple heart in some place called Nam..."

Forever in Chimayo
Columns  June 24, 1999
"...Quietly but not casually; with no special or self-conscious emphasis, but deeply; it is as though the presence of Forever is so real to him, so present, that he can evoke it with the mere saying of the word, and it's no big deal, he goes on to other things, for his reference point, his center of gravity, is Forever. He lives there, and so with trust he can die there..."

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