Long Center for the Performing Arts
"...The crowd was huge and every age group and walk of life was well represented. Even a few celebs showed: Ricardo Antonio Chavira from Desperate Housewives, Houston rapper and syrup sipper Paul Wall, Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard, and Mayor Will Wynn...."
"...A speaker behind a news desk says, "Frivolous lawsuits filed by greedy lawyers are one of the most pernicious evils in our society." He continues, "Lefty has made a career of chasing ambulances, suing widows, and vocally opposing tort reform. If he gets in, hang on to your wallets." He then accuses Morris of frivolously suing a widow on a minor malpractice claim against her physician husband, who had been dead for 13 years...."
"...[image-1] But the Filipino native now has yet another reason to celebrate: His first brick-and-mortar restaurant, East Side King at Hole in the Wall, celebrates a one-year anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 4th...."
"...If the closure of East Side King at the Hole in the Wall left a giant ramen-shaped hole in your heart, you're now in luck. Hole in the Wall owner Will Tanner said today that Michi Ramen will be taking over the space...."
"...In September, the future looked bleak for Hole in the Wall. The 41-year-old live music venue’s lease was expiring and owner Will Tanner held little hope that he and his landlord could come to terms on a rental agreement for the University of Texas campus-area property...."
"...When I was a UT undergraduate back in the grubby early ‘90s, the Hole in the Wall was the standard-bearer of Austin’s self-styled title of Live Music Capital of the World. On any given night of the week, you could see local heroes like Cotton Mather and Banana Blender Surprise, not to mention touring acts from around the world...."
"...Qui was booked for unlawful restraint and assault causing bodily injury to a family member after he reportedly refused to let his girlfriend and her son leave his apartment and then repeatedly threw his girlfriend against the wall. According to KXAN, arresting officers wrote in their affidavit that Qui had “blood all over his face, arms, legs, and clothing.”..."
"...Certainly, Austin has been a top dog this whole decade for its hardware and chip development, but nobody really cares what's in their hot dog, so what? The new big thing this year is sexy Internet-based start-ups, which are even scrapping those stodgy old "business plans" when they meet with venture capital firms. Who cares about a business plan when there's money to be made? And who cares about projected revenues if your little start-up can do the IPO thing and suck millions from a voracious pack of Wall Street investors hot for Internet stocks? Austin is on the newest wave for IPOs (initial public offerings, or "stocks" to you and me), which makes everybody rich, from the investors who took a chance on the start-up down to the stock option-carrying staff gopher...."
"...All too often, if my experiences are typical, when the dust settles, the deed's in hand and you're well into your first months in your new dwelling, that's when you begin to feel like the cat that watched the wrong mouse hole. Before the closing, you'll obsess over a possible drainage problem and a few termites; then, sitting on the couch in your living room, startled to hear in vivid Lucas sound the unsavory gurgle of water making its way from an upstairs toilet onward to the city sewer system, you wonder why your inspector didn't notice that the plumbing pipes in the wall were not insulated..."
"...Maybe you've seen some of Kaci Beeler's food porn paintings, like the Cuban Sandwich featured in the April 2011 issue of Saveur magazine. Maybe you've eaten some of Jodi Elliott's desserts at Austin's rightfully acclaimed Foreign & Domestic. Maybe you're familiar with wordsmith David Moses Fruchter, who's also known as Slappy Pinchbottom by listeners of his "Odd Preoccupation" show on KOOP Radio. Now it's time for – as the late, lamented soapmonger Dr. Bronner might have put it – THREE IN ONE! THREE IN ONE! THREE IN ONE! That's, ah, three-in-one – because one of the features of the Digestible Feats portion of this year's vast Fusebox Festival is called "Sweet Betrayal" and showcases Beeler painting (directly onto the SVT Gallery's east wall) a huge acrylic portrait of four desserts prepared by pastry chef Elliott from eerie magic-realist descriptions written by that Fruchter..."
"...Chamillionaire has forced the issue of his long-delayed third LP Venom (Universal) with his free, four-part Mixtape Messiah 7 and latest union address, Major Pain. Tonight the Houston rapper reunites with Paul Wall at La Zona Rosa, 1am...."
"...Journalist, blogger, promoter, radio host, and all-around hustler Matt Sonzala was reppin' the Houston hip-hop scene way before anyone outside the 281 area code knew the names Paul Wall and Mike Jones. Sonzala has been booking hip-hop artists for South by Southwest for several years but was recently hired on full-time..."
"...Naturally, the halls are bedecked with flat-screen monitors, boogie fog rises from the floor, inmates glower, and mysterious welding projects send photogenic showers of sparks cascading down upon the inept guards and the charismatic, all-powerful warden (Plana, a Spanglish-speaking slickster). Enter the villain and his black-clad minions, who want something inside the prison walls..."
"...If Eighties rock nostalgia happens to be your particular cup of (P)oison, then the wall-to-wall hair metal and power balladry of Rock of Ages will make you want to (R)ush headlong into this screen (J)ourney. You’ll have to forgive the rest of us (F)oreigners for hopping the next (S)peedwagon outta here...."
"...Chamillionaire & Paul Wall1am, La Zona Rosa..."
"...It leads the two into an unlikely partnership for a poker game with a pair of eccentric millionaires, Flower (Durning) and Stone (Grey). When Nashe and Pozzi lose everything in the game, Flower and Stone propose that the two work off their debt by building a wall on their estate, a wall of 10,000 stones..."
"...One marquee maintains everlasting: a green and yellow double-decker sign between 26th Street and Dean Keeton flashing with a border of partially burnt-out bulbs. It reads in wavy letters: the Hole in the Wall...."
"...Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kadeem Hardison, Chris Messina, Busy Philipps and Sydney Pollack. I don't know the first thing about first-time writer Adam Sztykiel, but it's easy enough to imagine your average struggling screenwriter holed up in his apartment, bouncing a red rubber ball off the wall, and trying to come up with that killer idea that will get him out of debt and into celebrity sit-downs at the Chateau Marmont..."
"... Paul Wall & Chamillionaire, "Go Grind," 2002..."
"...His latest effort, Whut It Dew 2, is hosted by Texas hip-hop legend Bun B of UGK and features a litany of exclusives from a Texas rap scene so absolutely scorching that reporters from MTV and The New York Times have been leaning far, far back in a southwestern direction to absorb the heat. Drawing from a pool of artists that includes Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, Z-Ro, and Austin favorite Bavu Blakes, Ric's forte is mixing seemingly divergent individuals into a cohesive team working toward a common goal..."
"...Houston rap celebrated a breakout year in 2005 as syrup-laden spoonfuls of Mike Jones, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, and Bun B slid down the mainstream gullet and drew attention to the late DJ Screw and what had formerly been a fringe movement. Capping this unprecedented, citywide success in November, Chamillionaire put a new kink in a scene that's become all too formulaic with stereotypes..."
"...Paul WallFast Life (SwishaHouse/Asylum) Slim ThugBoss of All Bosses (Boss Hogg Outlawz/Koch)..."
"...Perhaps more entertaining than the Boston Red Sox's casual disposal of the Astros on Friday was witnessing Houston's Paul Wall notch a flawless victory on Guitar Hero over Reckless Kelly's Willy Braun with an effortless reading of ZZ Top's "La Grange." "I can't play guitar, but I know the tricks," confided Wall, sans grill, during pregame warm-ups. The People's Champ, who headlines the Travis County Expo Center July 19, proved eager to talk chalk about his new album, September's The Fast Life, which features cameos from Too Short, Devin the Dude, and his reunion with Chamillionaire ("Diamonds Exposed"), but OTR was more interested in his previous collaboration with Brooke Hogan ("About Us") and subsequent publicity tour, managed by pro wrestling's Mouth of the South, Jimmy Hart..."
"...Fellow Lone Star metalheads Ignitor, Byfist, Force of Rage, and L.A.’s 9Electric ride into battle first. – Michael Toland [image-3] SATURDAY Bat Fest w/ Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Scott Stapp, Paul Wall, and more..."
"...Sometimes I feel like a rat that's chewed through a wall and found itself in a mansion. I certainly had that feeling watching the Black Keys' headlining set from the stage Friday night..."
"...Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall..."
"...13) "In These Streets" (S.L.A.B., Bun B, Paul Wall, Trae, Z-Ro, & Hawk)..."
"...Bun B of Port Arthur's UGK provides as fitting a match as any, linear relations persisting by way of scheduled performances by Watts, Ron C., Magno, and Mike Jones of Houston's Swishahouse clique. Paul Wall's former partner in rhyme Chamillionaire also joins the fray..."
"...Debuting in 1999, the rappers finally dropped a debut LP roughly nine years in the making in 2014. That followed a strong 2006 mixtape featuring Houston legends Paul Wall and Trae the Truth..."
"...Plenty has been said already about the series’ admirable, unforced-feeling diversity both in front of and behind the camera. (Fate of the Furious does get a new blue-eyed white boy addition to the cast with the eternally blank Scott Eastwood, but his presence is paid off once he’s swung perpendicular to the floor and pinned to a wall.) The role of women in the franchise is more complicated; how much screen time for its above-the-line actresses – the ones afforded actual character names and plot contributions – does it take to erase the roll-your-eyes ickness of so many nameless female extras differentiated only by their butt cheeks? No, what sets apart this eighth outing is its giggling bouts of male henpecking, all puffed feathers and nyah-nyah taunts..."
"...Taking a cue from his subject’s all-you-can-eat approach to genre and medium, first-time documentarian Neil Berkeley exhibits spirited dexterity as he interlaces the film with archival footage; talking-head interviews (Matt Groening, Paul Reubens, White’s wife, graphic novelist and cartoonist Mimi Pond); fly-on-the-wall long watches of White at work and with his family (hovering over his teenage daughter as she paints, he vows, “I’m not gonna say nothin’,” even as the effort to keep mum looks as if it might kill him); excerpts from a one-man multimedia show White put on at Largo, a Los Angeles club; and animated sequences (by Gentleman Scholar and Berkeley’s own design firm, BRKLY) that enliven and deepen the audience’s experience of the narrative, especially as White recounts a childhood car crash that put his mother in a 10-month coma and permanently darkened his own temperament. The film is studded with stirring moments of surprise, as when the camera catches White’s stoic Southern daddy leaking tears of pride or when White corrals a group of grade-school artists to erect a 12-foot-tall puppet homage to their school’s namesake..."
"...For the few who caught it, pretty much the only exposure for Sadler and Yarbrough has been a June 27 televised debate, hosted by Dallas PBS station KERA. Both men maintained a moderate Democratic line, although Yarbrough raised some eyebrows by calling for a border wall to stop immigration, noting that the Berlin Wall was "pretty effective." But the dramatic dividing line between the two remains experience in elected office..."
"...There is no terra firma out there; we are on a spinning log going down the river. And give us more vinyl." Wall of Sound..."
"...Thanks, San Antonio! 26: Only on Spin.com!: blurb advertising online SXSW coverage reminds us yet again that Pete Townshend sat in with the Fratellis. 32: The Spin 20: "[Occasional Austinite] John Popper's Weapons Bust: Police find four rifles, nine handguns, 37 steel-tipped harmonicas." Also: Unrelated, but best joke of issue: "Matt Dillon's Dinosaur Jr. video: Good to see he's recovered from Citizen Dick's nasty breakup." 33: Q&A with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington: Continuing the Austin tradition of taking credit for anything the Dixie Chicks do even though none of them live here anymore, LP's new LP producer Rick Rubin also helmed the Chicks' Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way. 38-39: In My Room: Paul Wall: Photo of Paul hugging Lil' Keke at Big Hawk's funeral "ran in The Austin Chronicle." Holla! Also: Wall misidentifies the Roger Clemens Astros jersey on his wall as being from UT's 1983 national championship team. 46-49: Four-page AT&T Blue Room hypes Austin City Limits Festival as one of six co-sponsored by subscriber-seeking telecommunications behemoth. "Ultimate Festival Guide" foldout: ACL Fest one of 10 encapsulated, one of three in Southern U.S., with Jazz Fest and Bonnaroo..."
"...In a sense, this ultra-stylized look is perfect for the film's self-absorbed college-student subjects. But even when the actors aren't being framed against smokey nighttime streets or dense wall murals, each has a face or a “look” that sets them apart from the crowd..."
"...Country Cousins, the first official album from the group formerly known as V.I.P., dropped just last year, but they've been on the scene since 1999. A 2006 mixtape featured Paul Wall and Trae the Truth before a series of lockups arrested development..."
"...RiP: A Remix Manifesto Director: Brett Gaylor A documentary feature exploring issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. (North American Premiere)..."
"...Paul readily refers to as a "movement" consists of a tight-knit network of local rappers looking out for one another. When VIP commandeered the opportunity last fall to support Houston's Trae and Paul Wall across Texas, they brought local artists Basswood Lane, DJ Grip, and Will Hustle along for the ride..."
"...Paid in showers and beer (and grateful for both), everyone from a fledgling NOFX to Canuck oddballs NoMeansNo shook the rafters and terrified the locals. Black Flag's wall of Marshall amps rocked with such preposterous subsonic gusto that decades-old mounds of bakery flour sifted down onto the mini-crowd and turned Henry Rollins' sweat-drenched black mane downright gooey..."
"...First of all, as their Hollywood Records rep breathlessly puts it, "They got the couch!" Yep, who would expect a li'l ol' band from Austin would be given time to actually talk to Leno?! - in front of millions of viewers. The band made the best of it, too, with Zuniga using the band's anecdote time to tell the old Hole in the Wall guitar theft story, which should net him free drinks at the Hole for life..."
"...Ohio swallowed this corporate line, outlawing labels that tell consumers what's not in their milk. Now, however, in a case brought by the Organic Trade Association, the U.S..."
"... Margaret MoserSTAN RIDGWAY1am, Creekside EMC @ Capitol Place If you only know singer/songwriter/American original Ridgway from his days on Mexican radio, you're a sap. DVD Holiday in Dirt (New West) showcases the Ross MacDonald-meets-roadside-prophet storytelling skills of the former Wall of Voodoo frontman's utterly unique voice and sensibility in a world where everyone's a sucker on the wrong end of the law..."
"...As the words "still tippin' on four-four's, wrapped in four Vogues" echo through wide canyons of rap nostalgia, a distorted violin loop sends cold shivers through nodding bones as the ghost riders of Texas emerge. MCs Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall might be the ones with their names on the most ominous underground single of the past two years, but it's local producer Salih Williams who summoned its ghastly spirit...."
"...The student Shakespeareans have departed, but the Bard they celebrate is sticking around. Old Will's taken up residence on a wall inside the barn, on a shiny new plaque from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – a gift during a summer that saw Shakespeare at Winedale's prestige rise even as concerns grew over the historic property's decline...."
"...In the Twilight films, his promise-ring vamp Edward was a model of style over substance (and what else is a corpse but that?). He rivals and then easily surpasses that chilly performance here as the 28-year-old, near-future, Wall Street asset manager, Eric Packer, whose vast fortunes, both literal and metaphorical, take a turn for the doomed, damned, and dialogue-heavy during one bad day in New York City..."
"...The script (by Ferrell and director McKay) more or less abandons the doc approach by the time rival reporter Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) shows up to shake up the boys' club that is evening news – and that abandonment exposes a larger failing with the film. The prevailing comic philosophy, if one could call it that, seems to be that of throwing everything on the wall to see what sticks..."
"...A mix of burners and ballads, 2016 debut Heart Attack draws on Williams' formative soundtrack – Joe Tex, Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke – although late-career Raphael Saadiq is a closer comparison. In the early Aughts, Tomar and his brother Salih Williams teamed up as Carnival Beats, a production duo helping to put Houston rap on the map by scoring huge hits with Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Chingo Bling, Bun B, Pimp C, and more...."
"...Capping the night’s awards, Riders Against the Storm repeated as Band of the Year, and Bob Schneider lined another wall, capturing Musician of the Year, Best Male Vocals, Best Songwriter, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Final word went to Susan Antone, accepting the inaugural Margaret Moser Award from its namesake..."