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The Color of Paradise
With its constant, susurating chorus of ambient sounds, this Iranian import is less a film than a lyrical, naturalistic tone poem. I can't imagine it benefited from my having watched...
Film Review  June 9, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Nestled amidst the lush, forested mountains, the boy returns to this home at the end of the school year. The trip from Tehran, on the back of a horse pulled by his father, takes them through immense forests, over swirling rivers, and under a perfect, sprawling azure sky..."

Stranger Than Paradise
Tucked up in the Catskill Mountains, All Tomorrow's Parties stages a music festival for its own
Music Story  September 10, 2010, by Austin Powell
"..."ATP is fundamentally different from any other festival out there," stresses Christopher Hrasky of Explosions in the Sky, which curated the UK edition in 2008. "It's really more like a camp..."

Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Meat Loaf loads into the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
DAILY Music  March 7, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...That’s what I was thinking the following Friday, 8:45am, driving back from Cedar Park and blasting the song in my car when I burst into tears the moment Foley shouts “Stop Right There!” Was it the way her voice cracks? Definitely, because Merry Clayton on “Gimme Shelter” and Clare Torry crowning Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky” came to mind...."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Along the novel's picaresque journey, Love is tracked by a racist killer seeking revenge. Paradise Sky (Mulholland Books), like Lansdale's equally fine 2013 novel The Thicket, channels Mark Twain..."

Fall On Me
Three fall Austin music perennials.
Music Story  September 14, 2012, by Austin Powell, Raoul Hernandez and Jim Caligiuri
"...Over one Saturday/Sunday spread – Sept. 28-29, 2002 – Austin City Limits had transcended the small screen to amplify paradise not against the PBS staple's crafty skyline for an international viewing audience, but outdoors for locals..."

It's a Mystery to Me
Books Story  April 22, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...Howard Elias, a controversial civil rights lawyer, is murdered on the eve of another one of those L.A. trials that threatens to blow the city sky-high..."

Love Is All Around
Tracking Sonny Curtis and his tall, West Texas tales
Music Story  October 15, 2004, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Their neighbors, tangles of mesquite, kept the "house" heated in winter. Summers, the family worked cotton on grandad's farm and slept under an endless sky...."

Record Reviews
Music Review  March 14, 1997
"..."I know I'm sorrow's child," she tells you as you fly among the memories of your past, the hills and mountains rushing under you like wave after wave of sound. The sky cries Mary, but dead can dance in the deep forest..."

Who Knows Where the Time Goes
Both sides now – 50 years ago and now the iGeneration
Music Story  August 27, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...Like Barbra Streisand or Linda Eder, she remains first and foremost a vocalist of uncommon talent. Her expressive voice bestows deserved grace on Jimmy Webb's "Gauguin," haunts "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and narrates Tim Buckley's "Once I Was."..."

Saturday Night at the Bookstore
The Dicks' Gary Floyd 20 years after Austin's first Punk Prom at the ArmadilloWorld Headquarters
Music Story  May 12, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Casting a scowl at the ubiquitous naked hippie children crawling over and around the beer garden's plastic folding chairs to their right, Floyd and his comrades instead veered left, entering the back of the vast room, with its sky-high, arched ceiling. Walking on the filthy, besotted carpet toward the front, one couldn't help but marvel at Jim Franklin's enormous mural to the left of the stage over by the always-flooded women's bathroom: blues great Freddie King bloodied by an armadillo exiting his chest cavity..."

Oh No, It's Mr. Bill!
Do Bill Bunch's Tactics Hurt the Springs He Loves?
News Story  October 18, 1996, by Alex de Marban
"...alliance. Every deal that gets floated up is a nightmare painted as some pie-in-the-sky vision..."

Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend
JMBLYA, a conjunto fest, and more weekend sounds to keep you busy
DAILY Music  May 4, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...Benefits SAFE Austin, and formal attire is encouraged. – Rachel Rascoe SUNDAY Noise Under the Texas Sky Day 2..."

SXSW Music List No. 9
Spoon, Atmosphere, Charles Bradley, and 243 more added
DAILY Music  February 27, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Fifty-five Austin acts take the SXSW plunge, among them the aforementioned Spoon, country queen Kelly Willis, garage poet John Wesley Coleman, young oi! crushers Breakout, and Ameripolitan outlaw Dale Watson. Other homegrown SXSWers include Akkina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys, Applied Pressure, Borzoi, Clouds Are Ghosts, Comforter, Dead Earth Politics, Ditch Witch, DJ D-Lite, Dylan C, Fast Forward Austin, Father Sky, Flash Boys, Foot Patrol, Friendly Savages, and Go DJKnowledge & the Trendsetters...."

30 Rock
Thirty recordings for 30 years of music Chronicling
Music Story  September 2, 2011, by Margaret Moser, Raoul Hernandez and Austin Powell
"...Trail of Dead reached critical mass with its Interscope debut, a torrential combination of Conrad Keely's grandiose ambition and Jason Reece's post-hardcore intensity. Certified classics: "Another Morning Stoner" and "Relative Ways." Explosions in the SkyThe Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (2003)..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Adult Fiction Jeffrey Abbott – The Three Beths Heather Abel – The Optimistic Decade [image-3-right] Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – Friday Black Rumaan Alam – That Kind of Mother Xhenet Aliu – Brass Chloe Benjamin – The Immortalists Lou Berney – November Road Chaya Bhuvaneswar – White Dancing Elephants Sarah Bird – Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen David Bowles – Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico Margaret Bradham Thornton – A Theory of Love Jamel Brinkley – A Lucky Man: Stories Rita Bullwinkel – Belly Up: Stories Edward Carey – Little Elaine Castillo – America Is Not the Heart Adrienne Celt – Invitation to a Bonfire Sandra Cisneros – Pura Amor Alyssa Cole – A Duke by Default Naima Coster – Halsey Street Elizabeth Crook – The Which Way Tree Jennifer Donaldson – Lies You Never Told Me Aja Gabel – The Ensemble Meg Gardiner – Into the Black Nowhere Jasmine Guillory – The Wedding Date Louisa Hall – Trinity Julia Heaberlin – Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense Rachel Heng – Suicide Club: A Novel About Living Debra Jo Immergut – The Captives Shelley Jackson – Riddance, or The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing-Mouth Children Chelsey Johnson – Stray City Caleb Johnson – Treeborne [image-4-left] Tayari Jones – An American Marriage Sophie Jordan – Beautiful Sinner: A Devil's Rock Novel Jack Kaulfus – Tomorrow or Forever & Other Stories R.O. Kwan – The Incendiaries Catherine Lacey – Certain American States: Stories Lillian Li – Number One Chinese Restaurant Julia London – Seduced by a Scot (The Highland Grooms) Jason Lutes – Berlin Ling Ma – Severance Rebecca Makkai – The Great Believers Stephen Markley – Ohio Cathy Maxwell – A Match Made in Bed: A Spinster Heiresses Novel Stefan Merrill Block – Oliver Loving Fatima Farheen Mirza – A Place for Us Wyétu Moore – She Would Be King Walter Mosley – John Woman Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere Tommy Orange – There There Miriam Parker – The Shortest Way Home Frances de Pontes Peebles – The Air You Breathe Daniel Peña – Bang Camille Perri – When Katie Met Cassidy Turk Pipkin – The Moleskin Mystery and All for Love Brontez Purnell – Since I Laid My Burden Down Jamie Quatro – Fire Sermon Donald Quist – For Other Ghosts Shobha Rao – Girls Burn Brighter [image-5-right] Cydney Rax – A Sister's Secret Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Fruit of the Drunken Tree Steven Saylor – The Throne of Caesar John Scalzi – Head On: A Novel of the Near Future V.E..."

Terry Allen Revisits His Definitive Albums
Lubbock musician on Juarez and Lubbock (On Everything)
Music Story  October 20, 2016, by Jim Caligiuri
"..."When we made A Bigger Piece of Sky, I had the incredible good fortune to have Garry Tallent from the E Street Band playing bass on the record," continues Keen. "Jonathan Yudkin played the fiddle, and George Marinelli played guitar..."

The Benda Mask
Untold secrets of Jean Arthur
Screens Story  October 22, 2004, by Raoul Hernandez
"...That was Jean Arthur, all right – a sable coat falling out of the sky...."

Austin Music Awards, Austin Music Hall
Wednesday Night
Music Review  March 17, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Both "Mendocino" and "She's About a Mover" drove away the eeries in a hurry. "I've been a lot of places," said Kelly Willis a little while later, accepting one of her numerous awards (Female Vocals, Country Artist, and Album of the Year), "and nothing compares to Texas." It was obvious by then, the Texas Trumpets laying on their Eastside Austin rhythm & blues like a hot August night when it rains snakes from the sky (according to Awn, anyway)..."

Chronicle Art Reviews
Arts Review  October 3, 1997
"...One image depicts a plush setting, with massive, towering palms surrounding rounded, rolling mountains. As the brilliant blue sky meets the stunning green fauna, it's hard to imagine a more perfect paradise..."

Gale Theatre Company's TWENTYEIGHT
In this Afrofuturist drama by Tyler English-Beckwith, blacks labor to reach a safe space in space
Arts Review  August 10, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...for them is even more oppressive and violent than it is now. With cities in ruins, African-Americans are forced into settlements, where they toil on projects like the shuttle, fear the brutality of Enforcers, and dream of liberation in the sky..."

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