South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...Say what you will of David Fincher's films – too violent, too loud, too flashy, too convoluted – but like a toothy rottweiler with its eyes fixed firmly below the belt, David Fincher's films get you by the ball sac and don't let go. Coming off of Fight Club, a cultural zeitgeist that closed out the last century, Fincher has delivered another attention-getter in Panic Room, a chilly, squirmy suspense thriller, a self-proclaimed “popcorn” flick..."
"...So how will horror fans receive Escape Room, a film that promises little but packs a surprisingly effective punch? Zoey (Russell) is a college student with a head for puzzles and an empty social calendar. When she receives a cryptic invitation to participate in a new escape room, she finds herself among an odd assortment of teammates..."
"...You’ve seen this movie before, many times, in various iterations with woefully diminishing returns, scare-wise, and so let’s just say The Disappointments Room is aptly titled. I’d like to think in an alternate universe, it’s the attic in Bleak House where master of horror and humanity Guillermo del Toro closets away his cinematic phantasms, notions that didn’t … quite … work..."
"...One of the most absorbing, thrilling, and emotionally anguishing yet restorative movies I’ve seen, Room should be entered by all means. Nevertheless, it is a difficult film to discuss with viewers who are not familiar with the plot of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling book on which it is based..."
"...We all have our squeamish pressure points, be it teeth, or maybe eyes, perhaps fingernails: some scenario that sends that unmistakable frisson rolling through our body. I would hazard a guess and say that director Jeremy Saulnier is very familiar with those pressure points, because his new film Green Room, the follow-up to his breakout indie hit Blue Ruin, is one long, wicked meditation on that very sensation...."
"...Stanley Kubrick didn’t like to explain his movies, which isn’t to say he didn’t leave plenty of room for interpretation in 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Shining, that eternal terrorizer. There are no hard answers in Room 237, a feature-length, sporadically engaging exploration of the latter, and certainly no endorsement from the Kubrick estate or distributor Warner Bros..."
"...In fact, he’s been around a while – as a film programmer, a documentarian (American Cowboy, University Inc.), and an editor (Manito). But Room, which played at Cannes and Sundance last year and netted two Independent Spirit Awards nominations this year, marks new territory for Henry: his narrative feature debut..."
"...Starring: Ben Affleck, Bill Sage, Taylor Nichols, Jamie Kennedy, Ron Rifkin, Scott Caan, Nicky Katt, Nia Long, Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi. “People that tell you that money is the root of all evil don't have any,” says the Boiler Room's power-talking recruiter Jim Young (Affleck), and that sentiment, debased though it may be, is at the heart of this remarkable debut feature by New Yorker Ben Younger..."
"...Starring: Sofia Vigliar, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Jasmine Trinca, Laura Morante and Nanni Moretti. A teenage boy's sudden, accidental death leaves his family members struggling to find the means of coping with their grief in The Son's Room, a haunting film written and directed by, and also starring, the Italian film auteur Nanni Moretti..."
"...Given these inherent tensions, it's no surprise that the hand-held cameras of husband and wife team, Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop) and Hegedus (Town Bloody Hall), found their way behind the scenes of the 1992 Clinton campaign. Mainly, the film focuses on James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, Clinton's ace strategists who helmed the command post (or the War Room) at campaign headquarters..."
"...Each side accuses the other, and emotions escalate until a breakdown or impasse makes any abridgement in the gulf of understanding all but impossible. That may not be exactly what is meant when we refer to the Gulf War (again), but it does bring up the double meaning of the title Control Room..."
"...Living Room Live is a unique way to experience live music in one of Austin's most cozy settings. W Austin partners with The Sessions to host a night of performances by local musicians in "The Records Room" of the W hotel...."
"...This evening (10/15), from 6-10pm, Room to Read will host a fundraising dinner at the Clay Pit featuring contemporary Indian cuisine, dance, and music. Proceeds go to promote education scholarships for girls, local language children’s books, and library construction in India...."
"...Austin’s Hidden Room theatre company is officially in cahoots with John Wilkes Booth, the actor who shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln back in 1865. They’re engaged in a sort of transtemporal collaboration, of course, and the Ransom Center’s Eric Colleary is partly to blame...."
"...The slow-burn thriller The Keeping Room is deliberately paced, with muted moments highlighting the first half of the film. British director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) portrays the hardship the three women face in dappled sunlight as they try to till fields and hunt for game..."
"...For this, his feature debut behind the lens, Amalric has adapted (co-scripting with his partner and co-star Cléau) one of Gallic crime novelist Georges Simenon’s slimmer volumes into a fittingly tight and extremely entertaining movie. There’s more than a hint of both Alain Resnais’ subjectively labyrinthine plotting and Claude Chabrol’s Hitchcockian portraits of the dark underbelly of small-town life, but The Blue Room is at its duplicitous heart a vivid, chronologically complex depiction of l’amour fou gone terribly wrong...."
"...For anyone who thinks of Patrick Stewart as just Star Trek: The Next Generation's smooth-pated and soft-voiced diplomat Jean-Luc Picard, then his portrayal as merciless neo-Nazi leader Darcy in Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room may seem shocking. But in the long arc of his career, it makes perfect sense...."
"...It’s a truism that things are done big in Texas, but who knew that approach applied to failures as well successes? The Enron debacle – the bankruptcy scandal that demolished the Houston corporation that was ranked the seventh largest in the country, and also devastated its swindled employees, stockholders, business associates, and even casual observers – is put under the microscope in Gibney’s documentary. Based on the book by Fortune writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room documents the collapse in vivid detail and with cinematic flourish..."
"...Pink Elephant Radio is ready to address the pink elephant in the room: In a world that is slowly but surely introducing more queer elements to mainstream media, why does the music industry seem to be so behind the curve? [image-1-right]..."
"...Jack Dunning, aka Untold, took the stage at Empire Control Room Friday and nervously cleared away the beer bottles left atop his table of modular electronics, samplers, and synthesizers. He put his headphones on, scanned the knobs and LEDs, prepped a few samples, and walked offstage..."
"...Austin's newest custom cocktail lounge, the Pleasant Storage Room (208 W. Fourth), opens Friday, April 11, in the former home of the Stacked Burger Bar, at the same street address as Peche and Cedar Street Courtyard...."
"...What Pratz calls his "excited and negative side," however, has been more vocal of late, particularly after the March announcement that Direct Events was purchasing La Zona Rosa in order to add another facet to its growing stable of venues. While capacities for Direct Events' other two venues, the Backyard and Austin Music Hall, hover between 2,000 and 3,000 depending on their configuration, La Zona Rosa, after extensive renovations, will feature a 450-person dining room/front stage area as well as a now-enclosed main room with a capacity of 1,500..."
"...In a secret room in Downtown Austin, Beth Burns and company are resuscitating King Lear. Oh, not the one from your high school English class..."
"...The opposing sides in a years-old fight at Austin Community College would certainly agree on that persistence, albeit for different reasons. Some current and former employees worry the toxic metal still pollutes a classroom that has been the subject of legal wrangling over the past decade; ACC administrators no doubt feel it has persisted as a public-relations problem for much too long...."
"...Josh Moon says he knew something was different minutes into his Friday shift. The Red Room on Fourth had been primarily catering to an LGBT clientele, but a popular and flamboyant shot boy had allegedly been sent home at the promoter's request..."
"...Tommy Wiseau, the enigmatic director, star, and co-executive producer of 2003's independently shot The Room, is emphatic when it comes to defending his hypnotically off-kilter un-mellow-drama. Its rapidly expanding cult audience ranks the film right up there with Troll 2 and Plan 9 From Outer Space in terms of exquisite awfulness, but The Room – a bizarre love triangle of red-hot passions and stone-cold line readings – is far from the worst movie ever made ....."
"...A month or so out from their projected mid-June opening date, and even with all the mess, the space should already seem familiar to any local 8 1/2 Souvenirs or Toni Price fan; the stage, sound booth, bar, and waitress station are all situated exactly where they are on the South Congress Continental. The only real difference in the Houston main room, besides its vintage terrazzo floors, will be an elevated VIP area behind the sound booth...."
"...Just another comedian. The bar that Pat Dean is manning, for his first night in charge, is the Velveeta Room, Austin's sliver of a Downtown comedy room that has found an artistic and atmospheric renaissance at the butt-end of an ever-dirtier Dirty Sixth Street...."
"...If you’re Mike Stefanik, who’s built something called the Eureka Room in the spare bedroom of his house in East Austin, you’re going to take those LEDs and you’re going to make the immersive, light-flooded, music-enhanced installation you’ve been planning even better than it would have been...."
"...I had been eager to scope out the speakeasy below Buenos Aires Cafe. Milonga Room isn't a secret anymore, but when I found out it is an amaro-focused bar, it seemed the natural place to venture after our first round of drinks..."
"...For 20 years now, the Velveeta Room has been Austin's other comedy club...."
"...Tucked away inside the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel’s terrace restaurant and bar, the Whisper Room is a private, reservation only, whiskey lounge that promises to take post-protest-at-the-Capitol drinks to the next level..."
"...Take your seats and open your programs to page one. This evening's lesson, provided by the Hidden Room Theatre, is on how to produce, direct, and perform the plays of William Shakespeare..."
"...I know I wasn't responsible for the setup, but still I feel like I should apologize to Nashville-based musician Suzy Oleson, who recently performed at Rainey Street newcomer L'Estelle. To get to the Drafting Room, the bar portion of the space, I had to walk through the middle of her setup and attempt to muffle my voice as I ordered Prosecco just a few feet away – not that the roar of the Parlor Room next door wasn't already making her inaudible..."
"...All three of the panelists assembled to discuss the link between role-playing and writing are longtime RPG players and seasoned veterans of their respective fields: Chris Prynoski, president of Titmouse Animation Studio, who has worked on shows ranging from Beavis and Butt-Head to The Venture Bros; Ryan Verniere, lead writer at League of Legends studio Riot Games; and Leah Hoyer, former development executive at Disney who has transitioned to the video game industry as VP of creative at Telltale Games. They made the case that skills and experiences from their role-playing sessions directly apply to collaborative storytelling in a writer’s room...."
"...Maria Chávez's "String Room" is a collection of steel piano strings pulled taut from floor to ceiling and neatly arranged into a traversable walkway. The wires gleam at a uniform angle, a forest of leaning lines making a delicate maze..."
"...But how wonderful that the two of them can speak to us from beyond the grave, now, can present the scientifically rigorous and emotion-fraught arguments that ravaged their association – through the magic of modern stagecraft, as created by Beth Burns and Patrick Terry and Robert Matney and the crafty crew of Hidden Room Theatre. And the speaking that's done, with Terry embodying Houdini and Matney in the role of Doyle, is in those worthies' actual words: transcribed from materials in the deep archives of Austin's Harry Ransom Center...."
"...It's always the quiet ones. In violent thriller Green Room, Macon Blair plays Gabe, the placid manager of a punk club in the rural Pacific Northwest..."
"...If nothing else, this Christian melodrama presents a novel idea for home renovation. How many of us have looked at the master closet and thought, wouldn’t this make a cozy prayer space? Only in this film’s tortured metaphor, a prayer space is a “war room,” and penitents are enlistees in God’s army against the devil...."
"...It goes like this: I along with maybe 20 other creatives take turns presenting storyboards, spelling bee style, to a panel of execs. Then we sit silently in the Herman Miller chairs that line the gigantic room as the execs openly deliberate which ideas to present to the client and, more important, which to select as the "recco," the official agency recommendation to produce..."
"...Original West University Neighborhood Association President Nuria Zaragosa appears to have won her latest battle against developers of so-called "stealth dorms," squelching "stealth bedrooms" in the process. Plans to replace an existing house at 1917 David Street with a suspiciously large "duplex" had drawn persistent opposition from OWUNA, which appealed the city-approved building permit to the Board of Adjustment..."
"...Room for Dessert: 110 Recipes for Cakes, Custards, Souffles, Tarts, Pies, Cobblers, Sorbets, Sherbets, Ice Creams, Cookies, Candies, and Cordialsby David Lebovitz, Alice Waters, and Michael Lamotte..."
"...Oh Dragon Theatre Company has a hell of a poker face. Director Lacey Cannon Gonzales knows that with high risk comes the potential for great reward, and with Veronica's Room, she dares the audience to call her bluff with a rather shaky first act, but then goes all-in for a second act that leaves patrons collecting their jaws from the floor of the Trinity Street Theatre...."
"..."You don't read poetry for the kind of truth that passes for truth in the workaday world," said the late Poet Laureate Mark Strand, in a Paris Review interview with Wallace Shawn. "You don't read a poem to find out how you get to 24th Street." Those words ring doubly true when viewing a recently published artist suite of 12 wood relief and chine collé prints by Alice Leora Briggs, each corresponding to a single line of Strand's poem "The Room." These works on display at Flatbed Press are printer's prints, to be sure, flexing the strengths and long narrative/illustrative tradition of the woodcut, but their vividness and textural intensity draw in the uninitiated with an equal pull..."
"..."The elephant in the living room" is one of Spencer Gibb's favorite phrases. He uses it liberally and applies it to numerous situations..."
"...Dear Editor, So, no mention of the demise of the Back Room. Except for the backhanded slap in the TCB Music news column [June 30]..."
"...The Hidden Room Theatre, in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center and Austin Scottish Rite Theater, now offers a play that is a ghost itself: Booth's Richard III...."
"...First, we’ll start with the bad news. East Side Show Room is closing after seven years on East Sixth..."
"...Dear Editor, It was the review of Black Flag that was muddy [“Black Flag Returns,” earache! Music blog, May 24]. I find it difficult to accept a freelancer's opinion who may be miffed because he was not allowed into the green room..."
"...The team has anticipated the variety of needs within the venue, particularly in regard to the kind of art shown, and accommodated them with admirable flexibility. The room that contains that large second-story window can be configured for meetings, lectures, or screenings, and it's equipped so projected images may also be seen outside from the street..."