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Sara Hensley Turns Over a New Leaf
The new PARD director has big ideas – to realize them, she'll have to raise big bucks
News Story  July 24, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Trails for walking, hiking, and biking around town rank among Austin's most popular recreational amenities; for that reason, the Austin Parks Foundation and others advocate creating a connected hike-and-bike trail network that links all of the area's creeks and greenbelts. (Sinclair Black drew up just such a plan in 1976.) Now seen as one solution for regional mobility, trail funding could be part of a 2010 transportation bond referendum..."

Brave New Web
In the wake of Sept. 11 and the hard-line USA Act, the Internet has become a very unfriendly place for hackers.
Screens Story  December 14, 2001, by Michael Connor
"...Marc Connolly of the U.S. Secret Service states that the act also "authorizes us to create a national network of electronic crime task forces." The purpose of the new task forces will be to hunt down domestic electronic criminals rather than cyberterrorists, who fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Homeland Security..."

The New Nuclear Family
What Was Once Inconceivable
News Story  August 25, 2000, by Jonathan David Carroll
"...It's great to have a support system," Julie said. There's also the North Austin Lesbian Moms Network, a support group of about 25 lesbian families..."

Al's New Coffee Grinder
Getting Press: The Have Nots
Music Story  February 27, 1998, by Michael Bertin
"...More to the point, the fine people of Lake Charles probably don't have 30-plus live music options on an average Monday. Austinites are so overwhelmed by live music seven nights a week that to hear of another local band playing somewhere on a Monday evening is tantamount to hearing that reruns of Wings are running on the USA Network...."

New Elf in Town
Flaming Idiot Rob Williams trades his torches for the pointy little slippers of David Sedaris' department-store elf in 'The Santaland Diaries'
Arts Story  November 26, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...cartoons had a little bit of that. Some of the adult cartoons have that, like the Adult Swim cartoons on Cartoon Network..."

'Hornucopia': Hello, New Season
2012 Texas Longhorns football preview
DAILY Sports  August 30, 2012, by Michael Corcoran
"...Orangeheads the world over also had an immediate need filled Friday, when AT&T announced it had added the Longhorn Network to their channels. Before that deal, only 2% of the Austin area, those served by Grande Communications and Auto Body Repair, had access to LHN, whose logo of a tree falling in the forest now needs to be changed...."

The Vortex’s Wild Horses
This staging of Allison Gregory’s new play takes you back to your 13th summer with all its freedom and fear
Arts Review  November 30, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Her narrator isn't relating her experience so much as reliving it, and we're swept along with her, seeing all of it through a 13-year-old's eyes. And in this Vortex Repertory Company production (part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere for Wild Horses), our link to the tale is amplified by both the close quarters and the vibrant performance of Jennifer Coy Jennings..."

Staging Building the Wall Before Trump Builds His Wall
Robert Schenkkan races to get his latest work on stage
Arts Story  August 31, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Get it out there." The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles was the first to snap it up, with Artistic Director Stephen Sachs going so far as to rearrange the season to mount the play in March, just five months after it was written. That production kicked off a rolling world premiere with the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofits supporting the development and production of new drama, with theatres in Denver, Washington, D.C., Miami, and Tucson also signing on to stage Building the Wall in 2017..."

Salvage Vanguard Theater loses Dan Dietz as co-Artistic Director, the National Endowments for the Arts loses its new director, and the Rude Mechanicals sell out their Mid-America tour of Lipstick Traces.
Arts Column  February 1, 2002, by Robert Faires
"..."My relationship with Jason has been the single most fruitful artistic relationship of my life, and I wouldn't give that up for anything." The change is being prompted by a surge of national interest in Dietz's work as a playwright. In the past year, Dietz has participated in the new play program HotHouse at Seattle's Annex Theatre, been a fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis to develop his play Tilt Angel, had that script presented at the 2001 National Conference of the National New Play Network, and had his play Dirigible produced by the City Theater Company in Wilmington and the Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles..."

Mad Beat Hip & Gone
Playwright Steven Dietz takes Austin on the road with Kerouac and Cassady – sort of
Arts Story  March 29, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...And, of course, his home of many years, to which he and his family return every summer, Seattle. One of his latest plays, Rancho Mirage, is even receiving a rolling world premiere, courtesy of the National New Play Network, which means that come the fall, Dietz will have to bounce from Olney, Md., to Watertown, Mass., to Indianapolis to Denver to really see that work off the ground...."

A busy summer for Austin artists.
Arts Column  August 11, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...O.T. was also staged in Chicago in June by Denver's Horse Chart Theatre for the National New Play Network Conference 2000..."

SXSW Tips: Slow & Steady Wins the Race
IA has a few additions for your band's SXSX to-do list
DAILY Music  February 24, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...Everyone's getting flyers and yours will get lost in the shuffle. Instead, spend your time networking..."

Home From Home
Austin opens arms to New Orleans 'guests,' longing to return
News Story  September 9, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...SALVATION ARMY TEAM EMERGENCY RADIO NETWORK Ham radio operators to the rescue! Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network can assist in dispatching info for those searching for loved ones."

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Vessel Director: Diana Whitten A fearless sea captain, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms..."

Critix Pix
Arts Column  May 20, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Meanwhile, Cicchini -- who will remain a core member of ASW -- is having her play Becoming Brontë (a Critics' Table winner in 1995) read by the Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas. Kitchen Dog is one of several theatres taking part in an alliance called the National Play Network, and the reading is part of a national festival of new plays by that alliance..."

Rude Mechs
The Rudes' next show gets tapped for a prestigious New Play Development Project
Arts Story  November 7, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...What makes it noteworthy – on top of that five-figure dollar amount – is that it's from the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program, a new initiative launched by the federal agency in partnership with the Washington, D.C., theatre Arena Stage. It's intended to form, according to NEA Chair Dana Gioia, "a small but superb national network to develop new works from across the country." From 120 applicants, only five companies were chosen for NPDP's inaugural round of Distinguished New Play Development Projects...."

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Cartoon Network Screening at SXSW For the third year in a row, Cartoon Network presents a fun-filled family event open to all fans. Be among the first to watch upcoming adventure series, Craig of the Creek plus catch brand-new episodes of favorite shows Ben 10 and Unikitty! And fans are in for a special treat with a never-before-seen look at Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, coming to theatres this summer...."

Media Clips
KUT's new general manager describes his vision for the future of the public radio station.
News Column  July 28, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...Stewart Vanderwilt: Before coming here I was at Indiana Public Radio for almost 15 years. Indiana Public Radio is a small network of five stations in central Indiana..."

Great Expectations
Assessing Austin's Class of '96
Music Story  December 27, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...In fact, Escovedo says he's dedicating the majority of 1997 to touring in support of the band's debut, The Pawnshop Years (due in stores February 25). As for his solo career, Escovedo says he's genuinely surprised that a slew of positive press, Triple A radio play, network television appearances, and a recent high-profile tour with Son Volt wasn't enough to satisfy a label known industry-wide for its long-term commitment to artist development...."

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty
Service nonprofits and their funders face the economic gale
News Story  October 23, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Even before the economy collapsed, the pressures on the food bank and its partner agencies were extraordinary. According to the most recent study by the national food-bank network Feeding America, between 2005 and 2007 Texas led the nation in childhood "food insecurity" – meaning 22 percent of residents under 18 were either going hungry or at risk of hunger..."

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