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Office Space
White-collar prisoners of the corporate office will recognize themselves in this very funny, Austin-lensed movie.
Film Review  February 19, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A frightening number of people are going to recognize themselves in this movie: white-collar prisoners of the corporate office place -- knowledge workers and computer programmers and paper-shuffling desk jockeys who haven't become victims of downsizing so much as they have become victims of the cubicizing of the American workplace. Office Space is a movie whose battlegrounds will be familiar turf to any modern office worker..."

BMI to Open Austin Office
Performance rights organization landing locally in 2019
DAILY Music  November 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Liz Fischer, BMI’s vice president of corporate communications & marketing, says they intend to have the office open by March for South by Southwest. They’ve already secured temporary office space and are eyeing property Downtown and on South Congress for a permanent home...."

Lost in Space
Next time Dad suggests the family all pile into the space camper and head out for a 10-year jaunt to another galaxy, just look the old man in the eye...
Film Review  April 10, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Gary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt Leblanc, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Jack Johnson and Jared Harris. Next time Dad suggests the family all pile into the space camper and head out for a 10-year jaunt to another galaxy, just look the old man in the eye and tell him to cool his jets: The family that flies together, dies together..."

Space Chimps
This animated, sci-fi romantic comedy starring anthropomorphized chimpanzees is a lot funnier than you might expect.
Film Review  July 25, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Kirk De Micco. With an insipidly generic title like Space Chimps, you might expect something along the lines of a Sid & Marty Krofft production, or possibly some sort of The Three Stooges meets Planet of the Apes meets Bob Ray's Ape Sh!t gambit – anything but the frequently laugh-out-loud snarkiness of this (admittedly) uneven but far from awful take on, um, chimps in space..."

Office Spaced in Austin
Mike Judge and cast celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of Office Space
DAILY Screens  February 11, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Here's a twist on the old Zen brain-teaser: When a piece of office equipment falls in the city does it make a sound? The answer is a resounding yes if it it occurs in front of the Paramount Theatre just prior to the 10-year anniversary celebration of the release of Office Space, Mike Judge's hilarious send-up of cubicle culture. I couldn't see what was happening through the multi-ringed throng of people surrounding the sidewalk sacrifice, but the sound of smashing metal and punctured plastic was unmistakable..."

Greenbacks for Green Space
City moves to make development pay more for parks
News Story  May 4, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Even in full-tilt-forward growth mode, Austin values its natural places. As infill development heats up and the central city densifies, neighborhood parks – and their protected green spaces – become an increasingly precious part of Austin's urban fabric...."

Drastic Space: Part II
Columns  June 6, 1997, by Michael Ventura
"...A specific space. A space which you've invited into your space..."

Lost in Space
Performance Artist Sally Jacques Lives Life on the Edges
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...Where are you? A simple question, usually answered simply: at the office, in a traffic jam, on the couch. Most of the time, such responses serve the purpose - locating us in a general way - but what if you took it further, really sought to define your position in space, your relationship to your surroundings? Think about your body, the angle of each limb, which parts of you are making contact with other surfaces and which ones are surrounded by air..."

In Space
Screens Story  October 27, 2006, by Toddy Burton
"..."When it says director," Horn says, "it'll just say Super!Alright!" They're also developing 3-D visual projection behind bands and a video blog with local blogger the Austinist. Having rented a space on the Eastside, they've spent the last seven months renovating it into a first-rate office and production studio..."

Lost in Space
Do They Know the Way in San Jose?
News Story  December 22, 1995
"...Only now, in the post-Freeport era, do we wonder whether 30 miles of buildout would be desirable even if it didn't degrade the landscape, whether the Save Our Springs (SOS) ordinance is better understood as a growth referendum than as an environmental initiative. San Jose sees the eco-dimension of its growth limits, having established a perimeter open-space reserve called the Greenline..."

A Claimed Space
Mexic-Arte blazed a trail in Texas by making a place for Mexican culture in a museum
Arts Story  August 14, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...The call to value, treasure, examine, and keep starts with the claiming of space. For artists Sylvia Orozco, Pio Pulido, and Sam Coronado, the 300 square feet they claimed in 1984 to house Galería Mexico, the first incarnation of Mexic-Arte, in the former Arts Warehouse at 300 San Antonio, must have seemed quaint if not outright foolhardy to the more traditional institutions..."

Playback – Now Hiring: Austin Music Office
Austin’s top governmental job in music is up for grabs
Music Column  April 27, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Instead of building domestic habitations, the longtime recording engineer constructed a studio. Modest from the exterior, its immaculate recording space boasts crafty woodwork, six-layered walls, and superb acoustic design..."

Way, Way Outer Space
Dusting off Starcrash, an interstellar swashbuckler
Screens Story  September 10, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Thirty-two years after its American release, Luigi Cozzi's epic space opera (and, yes, Star Wars riff-off) Starcrash has finally found a home outside of Cozzi's résumé and the hearts and minds of those who caught the film on the big screen way back when. As part of its ongoing and ambitious Roger Corman's Cult Classics collection, Shout! Factory has released Starcrash in a spectacular double-disc collector's edition featuring a gorgeously remastered, anamorphic wide-screen transfer, complete with a lengthy commentary by Austin screenwriter, novelist, and self-described "Crasher" Stephen Romano (see "Shock and Awesomeness," Oct..."

Sheriff's Office Draws Heat for Helping ICE
County's willingness to oblige feds prompts backlash
News Story  March 21, 2008, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...During a Feb. 12 Commissioners Court meeting, Hamilton appeared to bristle when commissioners suggested that jail space could be better allocated..."

In Space
There's more to AtomFilms than 'This Land,' the satirical short so broadly bipartisan that it's been touted by unlikely bedfellows Fox News and
Screens Story  August 6, 2004, by Marrit Ingman

In Space
You weren't invited to the company picnic again, and the cruel, cautionary yellow of that "visitor" badge has worn a sizable hole in your hope, not to mention your résumé. Where to go? What to do?, for starters.
Screens Story  January 23, 2004, by Courtney Fitzgerald

Mike Judge, the writer/director of Office Space, mines the workplace for more satiric comedy.
Film Review  September 4, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Finally, one of Judge’s live-action movies is the recipient of a wide theatrical release and a full-court marketing push. The success of his animated Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was followed by the disappointing theatrical run of Office Space (which grew into a cult favorite only after its release on home video) and the virtual dumping of his bleak and underproduced comedy Idiocracy in 2006..."

What Does the IBM Broadmoor Rezoning Mean for North Burnet?
Developer’s request would double office space, add hotels, condos, and multi-family residences
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...One of North Central Austin's brownfield sites could become Austin's next big mixed-use development. The plan to revamp 66 acres of office space near the Domain jumped a major hurdle on April 12 when City Council gave preliminary approval to change the zoning for the IBM Broadmoor Campus at 11501 Burnet Rd..."

Mike Judge's underrated comedy Idiocracy is the story of a man who awakes 500 years in the future to find a society so dumbed-down that he instantly becomes the smartest person alive.
Film Review  September 8, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...But no, in Idiocracy the president of the United States is a former smackdown champ (Crews), who rules over a country that has grown so stupid as to know nothing about growing crops or dealing with garbage. Judge has always had an impeccable ear for satirizing modern American stupidity, be it with the Beavis and Butt-head cartoons, Office Space, or King of the Hill..."

The Belko Experiment
A gory social experiment gone wrong
Film Review  March 31, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Even those at the top of the corporate ladder tend to see their moral compasses go haywire in this new age of Corporations = People. Written by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and helmed by Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment is a twisted, surreal, and extremely violent “What if?” answer to Mike Judge’s forever classic Office Space..."

Bloodsucking Bastards
Cubicle horrors: Vampires bloody the workplace
Film Review  September 4, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Repopulating the cubicle horrors of cult favorite Office Space with actual corporate vampires may seem like an awfully obvious metaphor – capitalism sucks, literally! – but director O’Connell and a thoroughly game cast drawn from the Dr. God comedy troupe – think Broken Lizard crew with way more gore – score high marks for witty workplace humor and horror in equal measure..."

Before and After at Austin Studios
The big plans after the National Guard Amory take-over
DAILY Screens  May 10, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...The long-awaited takeover of the National Guard Armory by Austin Studios finally happens this October, and the Austin Film Society already has very specific plans for the space – plans they believe will attract big productions and nurture local talent...."

CSI: Travis County
Why Is the Medical Examiner's Office so screwed up?
News Story  June 30, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...After just a year on the job, Bucklin turned in his lab coat, and Bayardo was hired to take over as the fledgling office's chief – and only – pathologist. "When [Bucklin] took the job, the Commissioners Court said, 'We're going to give you more money [and] more office space,'" Bayardo recalled in a recent interview..."

Haiku Tunnel
A canny paean to clerical temps, Haiku Tunnel hits enough of the right notes to make office slaves of all stripes cheer. At times, its satire is scarily spot-on. Desk...
Film Review  October 19, 2001, by Marrit Ingman
"...At times, its satire is scarily spot-on. Desk jockeys are frantically attached to premium office supplies (a Uniball pen becomes a fetish object, like the Swingline stapler of 1999's Office Space)..."

The LuvDoc's Celebrity Corner
An interview with Rachel McGruder, Asst. Events Manager
DAILY Chronolog  August 10, 2012, by The Luv Doc
"...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...."

Love Object
A shy office drone orders a life-sized plastic doll off the Internet, to predictably disastrous results.
Film Review  May 7, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Parigi’s film has huge fistfuls of possibility, but he squanders what could have been an interesting storyline about the pitfalls of expectation, romance, and 21st-century dating rituals on obvious, less-than-thrilling twists that by the end leave Love Object little more than a blood-splattered Bride of the Monster. There are some things to appreciate here, chief among them Harrington’s performance as the schmo from hell, and cinematographer Sidney Sidell’s way with fluorescent lighting (we’ve seen few films that have captured the will-sapping anti-ambience of an ill-lit office space better than this one), but in the end, even genre stalwart Udo Kier (Blade) ends up being wasted in a bit role as Kenneth’s prying landlord..."

Fran Kranz vs. the Bloodsucking Bastards
The Cabin in the Woods star returns to horror-comedy
DAILY Screens  September 4, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The film was shot in a real office building, much to the interest of the employees on other floors. He said, "One of them came down to look at the set and actually envied our office space..."

Downtown's New Year
News Story  January 17, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...With Wall Street analysts clucking their tongues in dismay in the economy's darkest hour, publicly owned Cousins Properties moved full-speed ahead on this project. The Atlanta-based real estate investment trust is still going great guns, but with no sign of an economic rebound on the horizon, the job of filling all 524,000 square feet of leasable office space will take longer than anticipated..."

Wish List
Give 'Til It Helps, Part 2
Features Story  December 21, 2007
"...We invited local nonprofits to send us lists of all the things they need to be able to serve our community with the impact to which we are accustomed. As always, we have edited these lists as space dictates, and we encourage you to call your intended benefactor(s) for the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes of things are needed (especially with regard to tech specs on computer and other electronic systems)..."

Chapter 2: Biweekly and Proud
September 1982-August 1988
Features Story  September 7, 2001
"...I suppose everyone else thought so, too, because before I arrived that first morning Sidney Brammer concocted a desk from a couple of milk crates and a long 2x4 just wide enough to place a telephone on. With a metal folding chair parked behind it, this shabby sight was the first thing a visitor would see after braving his or her way down the long, dark, filthy corridor that led to our 16th Street office space -- of course, that was after the visitor had screwed up the courage to enter the unmarked warehouse building and risk possible injury getting up to the second floor by means of either a narrow, rickety staircase or a wooden service elevator that looked like it had been installed around the time of the Lincoln inaugural...."

Work Release
Screens Story  February 18, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Back in early 1990, Mike Judge -- who who finally gravitated toward his early love of animation and filmmaking after working as an engineer for a government contractor and later as a musician in Dallas -- created a series of shorts featuring the nebbishy character of Milton, a corporate prole firmly saddled to the angst-cart. Those shorts ("Office Space," "Huh?," and "The Honkey Problem") were picked up for airing by a then-comedically challenged Saturday Night Live, and later, in the wake of the unexpectedly wild success of his MTV series, The Beavis and Butt-head Show, these early shorts provided the grist for Judge's live-action feature film directing debut...."

Land Rush
The Early Days
News Story  December 11, 1998, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...This early Eighties rendering by architects Sinclair Black and Andrew Vernooy depicts a proposed Municipal Office Complex with City Hall, in the background, fronted by a full block of public space facing the First Street bridge. That changed in 1972 when, as Richard Nixon was meeting Chou En-Lai, Austinites debated a proposal for a 16-block Convention/Civic Center, including a City Hall, again at the foot of Congress Avenue and overlapping today's Annex site..."

Will Work for Laughs
Mike Judge clocks in with Extract
Screens Story  August 28, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...After 12 years, King of the Hill is nearing its final episode, but Mike Judge fans can find an easygoing and sublimely Hank Hill-esque denouement via the Austin filmmaker's new theatrical release, Extract. Judge initially wrote the script – which parallels and expands on many of the working-class themes of King of the Hill – in the wake of 1999's now-legendary Office Space, then set it aside to work on 2006's cultural crystal ball Idiocracy..."

Deadlocked Over Density
Neighbors say ARA's development plans for East 11th Street would clash with existing homes and businesses, including the historic Victory Grill
News Story  September 5, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...ARA's plans for Block 18, as outlined in a May 27 letter to the council and city manager, include a 66,000-square-foot, four-story mixed-use building; a three-story apartment building in which all 24 to 36 units are affordable at 40-60% of median family income; the rehabilitation of the house once known as the East Room, formerly a historic nightclub; and underground parking, including 58 free public parking spaces. The required changes to the URP and NCCD would include increasing allowable height limits and floor-area ratios (the amount of total square footage combining all floors vs..."

Holiday Wish Lists 2006
Give 'til it helps: Part 1
Features Story  December 15, 2006
"...Lists are still coming in as we go to press. As always, we have edited these lists as space dictates, and we encourage you to call your intended benefactee(s) for the details on what specifics kinds/brands/sizes of things they need..."

Downtown Developments
News Story  February 4, 1999
"...While controversy swirls around the city's other apartment plan, Post is quietly developing a unique project just around the corner. The 250-unit residential complex might include a ground floor with "flex space." That is, retail shops with the proprietor's apartment just above..."

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns  September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"...IX. Nick Barbaro: "Thirty-five years ago this summer, on what may have been July 9, The Austin Chronicle moved into our first office, sharing space with the sorta-famous art collective known as Sheauxnough Studios...."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
It's time to look more intelligently at economic development
News Column  August 16, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Of course, if those efforts are successful, new employers will come in to absorb the 22% of Austin's Class A office space that now stands vacant, and to hire the 30,000 or so recently unemployed Austinites. At which point the cost advantages cited in the Boyd study -- basically, cheaper labor and rent -- may evaporate.Back to the Future In any event, Austin's new and unwelcome status as an expensive place to live -- the cost-of-living data in Fact No..."

Who's Your Grandpa?
Critics say older case gives ammo against AMD, but city staff say they are apples and oranges
News Story  December 16, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...But City Manager Toby Futrell says it's not that simple. The word "retail" written on the initial site plan documents was actually shorthand for "general retail," which allows for the inclusion of office space, she said..."

Naked City
CSC now plans to sublet office space at new downtown headquarters
News Story  January 12, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...nearly everything it asked for, to lure the company downtown. Now, in the wake of the Nasdaq crash, CSC is faced with a whittled-down workforce and a surplus of lakefront office space that it wants to lease to outside tenants..."

CSC Who?
News Story  December 11, 1998, by Kevin Fullerton
" not the sexiest of players. It doesn't build speedy microprocessors, create eye-popping Internet graphics, or bring the furthest reaches of cyberspace onto computer screens..."

Wish List
Here's your chance to give back to the areas of our community that need it the most
News Story  December 19, 2008, by Kate X Messer and Meghan Ruth Speakerman
"...Lists are still coming in as we go to press. We edit these lists as space dictates and encourage you to research the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes of things are needed (especially regarding tech specs)..."

The Advance's Retreat
Is this the end for Cinematexas?
Screens Story  September 14, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...On May 14, Programming Director Ivan Lozano announced on the group's official site that "Due to the loss of support from our biggest contributor, and the loss of our office space, we are financially unable to continue bringing you the very best in moving-image art." Lozano added, "Hopefully we can rise again, but we can't promise anything. We are going into a (semi-permanent) hibernation."..."

Naked City
Computer Sciences Corporation prepares to sign a contract with the city to develop on three blocks of lakeside land.
News Story  February 11, 2000, by Kevin Fullerton
"...The agreement in question, a complicated partnership between the city and CSC which will raise not only three office buildings but a new City Hall, public plaza, and 80,000 square feet of retail space, is a legal behemoth full of details infinitely more complex than anyone imagined they would be, according to Nathan Schneider, the city official coordinating the development. While some downtown watchers have been kicking and screaming for CSC's intentions to be nailed down on paper, Schneider insists that the company had reached the point of no return long before the Lunch was toppled..."

The Year It All Went Wrong
Looking back at club closings in Austin in 1999.
Music Story  December 31, 1999, by Michael Bertin
"...CSC's property taxes alone for that location will total over $700,000, several orders of financial magnitude larger than the comparative Lunch money from the city's previous tenant. There will also be retail space on the ground floors of each building, from which the city will collect more tax revenue..."

The South Bank
Arts Story  December 4, 1998, by Robert Faires
"...If you live in Austin and happen to love theatre, dance, classical music, or opera, that action means a lot. Heading north, it means you're moving toward the city's performing arts treasure trove -- some two dozen spaces of all sizes and ages and uses, from the tiny, 80-seat Hyde Park Theatre to the massive, 3,000-seat Bass Concert Hall, from the turn-of-the-century jewel that is the Paramount Theatre to the recently reclaimed barn that is Planet Theatre..."

Wish List
We've made your list, now check it twice and give to do good!
Features Story  December 16, 2011, by Kate X Messer
"...Each year, The Austin Chronicle invites local nonprofits to submit lists of the things they need to serve our community. We edit these as space dictates and encourage you to research the details on what specific kinds/brands/sizes/conditions of things are needed (some are legal mandates, so please do call ahead to make sure your gift is appropriate)..."

A Capitol Idea? The Capitol Complex Meets the Downtown Austin Plan.
Texas Facilities Commission takes another look at Capitol redevelopment
News Story  May 21, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"...Terry Keel – is considering a long-term, statewide "asset management strategy" that could include partnering with the private sector to redevelop the Capitol complex. The proposal could consolidate state offices currently in leased space across Travis County into new development on the Capitol complex's 122 state-owned acres...."

Office Space
Mike Judge's overlooked gem Office Space.
Screens Review  September 17, 1999, by Louis Black
"...Office Space D: Mike Judge (1999); with Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader. Yesterday, Ken Lieck and I stood in the hall, chatting about the brilliance of Office Space, wondering why its reputation isn't greater. We both admitted to having watched it several times in the last few weeks..."

Revitalization: Risking Good Cents?
News Story  November 17, 1995
"...To give the project wings, the city's Neighborhood Housing and Conservation Office (NHCO) committed to renting two-thirds of the office space when the project began in 1991. The act of goodwill won the EADC -- the development arm of the Ebenezer Baptist Church -- a key development loan from Texas Commerce Bank..."

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