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Salt reboots the cinematic cloaks and daggers of the Cold War espionage thriller.
Film Review  July 23, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Is it life imitating art or the other way around? Ultimately, it doesn't matter: Salt reboots the cinematic cloaks and daggers of the Cold War espionage thriller in exactly the same way as the recent, real-life Russian spy case reminded us all that, 19 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are still plenty of spies waiting to come in from the cold..."

The Salt of Life
This Italian import by the director of Mid-August Lunch addresses the concerns of aging men who realize they are no longer attractive to young women.
Film Review  April 6, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Although it’s told in a breezy fashion, The Salt of Life wishes to address dispiriting subject matter: an aging man’s psychological trauma when he recognizes that he is no longer viewed as a sexual object by women. This Italian import may have greater resonance for the men of Casanova’s native land than it does internationally, but it definitely hits on truths infrequently addressed in the movies..."

The Salt of the Earth
The amazing work of photographer Sebastião Salgado is scrutinized in this doc
Film Review  May 1, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...Initially educated as an economist, Salgado started taking photographs on his trips to Africa in the Sixties, before abandoning that career to shoot photos full time. The most compelling sections of The Salt of the Earth are when co-director Wim Wenders lets Salgado narrate the stories behind his most iconic photographs..."

Fancy Salt, We Exalt
Finishing salts by Confituras
Food Story  December 20, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...Even though I am a big fan of Confituras' small-batch jams and jellies, I passed up their finishing salts for nearly a year before I finally tried them. I simply figured that I already had fancy salt in my kitchen, and I didn't need any more..."

Review: Salt Trader's Coastal Cooking
Latest concept from Jack Gilmore is anchored in seafood
Food Story  March 2, 2017, by Melody Fury
"...The inspiration behind Salt Traders Coastal Cooking spans the East Coast to the Bahamas, with a focus on the Gulf. Partnering with the Coastal Conservancy Association, the kitchen is committed to serving sustainably sourced seafood...."

The Salt of San Marcos
Journalists Who Write Like Scholars - and Vice Versa
News Column  May 29, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...Juan Palomo and David Barton of The Salt Journal photograph by Jana Birchum Although San Marcos has been home to Southwest Texas State University since 1903, it's just now starting to get a reputation as something of an intellectual haven. Last week, the Chronicle "Books" section profiled SWTSU's nationally ranked creative writing programs..."

Salt Lick and Jester King Team Up
Today's Austin food news
DAILY Food  October 28, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...Like Loggins and Messina, Kathy Lee and Hoda, and Beavis and Butt-head, the Salt Lick is no stranger to perfect pairings. The Driftwood classic is teaming up with Jester King Brewery for the restaurant’s very first beer dinner on November 19..."

Page Two: Sugar or Salt?
Severed heads, barbecue, and SXSW
Columns  February 23, 2007, by Louis Black
"...When I was growing up, food in my house was served without spices, the table usually lacking salt and pepper. One time, as a teen, over at a friend's house for dinner, I discovered how much better meat tasted when salted..."

Under a Microscope and With a Grain of Salt
Postmarks  April 30, 2012
"...I am not going to hold anything published by the Chronicle to be true any longer without further research, as it is blatantly apparent that things are being withheld from the readers in regards to the views of the Chronicle staff. I will continue to read the Chronicle, just under a microscope and with a grain of salt...."

Point Austin: A Grain of Salt
Do endorsements really matter?
News Column  March 21, 2008, by Michael King
"...As we've reported before, voters should take with a large grain of salt the wildly uneven nods generated by the numerous neighborhood associations, political clubs, and special-interest groups that invite candidates to public discussions that often turn out to be little public and less discussion. If you can get to a session or two, they can be useful – you can acquire a quick sense of which candidates can think on their feet, which candidates have any idea how city government actually works, and whether he or she appears to have sufficient judgment to make sensible decisions under pressure, as well as enough endurance to take this kind of abuse on a regular basis..."

Salt of the Earth
Local activists remember Cesar Chavez on the seventh anniversary of his death.
News Story  April 28, 2000, by Paul Ciavarri

Meanwhile, Back at the Salt Mines
News Story  June 6, 1997

A Matter of Voice
Salt & Pepper
Food Story  May 13, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...What would prompt a food writer to spend several years preparing a book about the two most ubiquitous components of our everyday diet? Californian Michele Anna Jordan recalls that she always preferred "salty flourishes" to sweet ones and that she chafed at the pontifications of the "salt police" when they tried to eliminate it from the American diet for health reasons. She devoted an entire column (The Jaded Palate, then running in the Sonoma County Independent) to her defense of salt and was so gratified by the positive response she received that the column eventually grew into a book proposal..."

Alla Salute, Salume
Great expectations at Salt & Time
Food Story  May 31, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383 Lunch, Tue.-Sat., 11am-3pm; dinner, Thu.-Sat., 6-9pm; brunch, Sun., 11am-3pm"

New and Noteworthy
Casina Rossa Truffle & Salt
Food Column  September 29, 2006, by MM Pack
"...About the best thing I've laid lip to in some time is the Casina Rossa Truffle & Salt condiment, available at Central Market, Whole Foods on North Lamar, and Enoteca Vespaio. While this is pricey stuff ($19-plus for 3.5 oz.), a little goes a long way, and I figure a jar should last about a year..."

Growing Pains and Great Strides
Wondering what the second Salt Lick -- still with barbecue but also with fine wine and dining -- wants to be
Food Story  October 10, 2003, by Wes Marshall
"...I have to start with a confession. I love the Salt Lick barbecue in Driftwood..."

Tastes Off to Me
Why are the critics giving Salt a pass?
DAILY Screens  July 27, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Why are the critics giving Salt a pass?..."

Reefer Roundup 2/11/11
Your roundup of drug war news
DAILY News  February 11, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...This week we've got news of a big APD bust, human handlers affecting the work of drug-scent dogs, a proposed bath salt ban, the DPS warns against travel in Mexico, most people favor marijuana, and more!..."

The Heat is On
Live Fire cook-out is this Thursday
DAILY Food  April 7, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...It's that time again, when tantalizing smoke wafts from fires along the banks of Onion Creek, and beef lovers gather under the sheltering pecan grove near the Salt Lick for Live Fire!..."

Talking with Paul Dalglish
A conversation with the Austin Aztex new old coach
DAILY Sports  August 13, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"..."I am very very passionate about the way my teams try and play," Austin Aztex head coach Paul Dalglish told me on the phone from Salt Lake City Wednesday afternoon. He's still trying to orchestrate his move back to Austin, but it's clear his head is totally here already, and he's focused on next year's USL PRO debut..."

Naked City
Progressives of faith gather for loyal-opposition pep talk
News Story  December 17, 2004, by Rachel Proctor May
"...As fall moves into winter, and Democrats move past despair and into resignation, some progressive groups are trying to move into something resembling hope. The latter was the theme of Thursday's Salt, Light, Yeast forum at the Congregational Church of Austin, organized by progressive religious groups Austin Area Interreligious Ministries and Texas Impact and attended by about 30 faithful souls who were told they need to accept their role as lonely voices in the wilderness..."

On Chesil Beach
Desire and desperation in Ian McEwan's pre-sexual revolution novella.
Film Review  June 1, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's kin to the revisionist history of Call the Midwife, replacing that show's sometimes mawkish manipulation with a desperate destiny. All of which makes it all the more baffling that Cooke and McEwan felt obligated to underline their message with two awkward flash-forwards, neither of which add any value but to rub salt into already exposed wounds..."

True-life survival adventure stays afloat because of Shailene Woodley.
Film Review  June 1, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Also pushing the edges of authenticity is the absence of sunburns and sharks. Adrift, ultimately, is a maritime adventure that’s more akin to Titanic’s mix of love and salt-water sprays than the ascetic dynamics of Robert Redford’s late-career masterpiece All Is Lost – which, at least, bodes well for the film’s future at the box office...."

Paris Can Wait
A woman at the crossroads of life
Film Review  June 2, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...Paris Can Wait may be a film à clef of sorts – there’s a hint of the autobiographical in it, the suggestion of something experienced – but even that angle doesn’t make the movie terribly appetizing. What it needs is a little salt...."

No fun storming the castle in this lousy adaptation of the hit video game

Film Review  June 10, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Kudos for having several strong, independent female leads (of various hues to boot), but the bloated and blinkered Warcraft is officially, in my tally, the single worst film of the year across the genre board. Possibly it’s a genuinely mystical experience given enough hallucinogens and/or bong hits, but longtime World of Warcraft players should and likely will storm the cineplex gates, burn the castle down, and salt the earth (and screenwriters) from whence this abomination sprung..."

Everything about this Fifties lesbian romance is sublime
Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Adapted by Phyllis Nagy for the screen from a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol began life as a book titled The Price of Salt. It was Highsmith’s second novel and was published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, presumably due to its lesbian content..."

My All American
Longhorn legend Freddie Steinmark gets his due in this sports drama
Film Review  November 13, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Texas football fans sure could use a spot of good news this season, although it’s tough to say if this loving portrait of late-Sixties Longhorn safety Freddie Steinmark will bring succor or just rub salt in their wounds. At the very least, current coach Charlie Strong should take comfort in the film’s case that even beloved coach Darrell Royal got hassled by Horns boosters for anything less than perfection...."

Emmer & Rye Opens This Weekend
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  November 5, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...Ristorante Visconti debuts, Salt Lick gives back, and more afternoon bites...."

Sam Shepard stars in this film which imagines what might have happened if Butch Cassidy had survived and lived on in Bolivia.
Film Review  October 21, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...This is director Gil's second feature – he's best known for writing Open Your Eyes and The Sea Inside – and it's a slowly stunning piece of Western revisionism. The film has a Leone eye (courtesy of cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchía) coupled with a drowsy, doomy pace which, emboldened by the salt-licked Bolivian settings and the finely calibrated acting from all, makes for a phantasmagoric trip down a strangely different memory lane...."

Sunday Fair
An account of this year's Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival's Sunday Fair
DAILY Food  May 7, 2009, by Kate Thornberry
"...The final event of the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival is a shebang called "Sunday Fair", which takes place on the last day of the Festival. Last year it was staged at a big, shady park in Georgetown; this year it was held at the Vineyard at The Salt Lick in Spicewood..."

The Rape of Europa
During WWII, works of art were moved, hidden, and plundered on a vast and often institutional scale, and this film documents the shaky process of reclamation.
Film Review  December 14, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Vienna, Cracow, Florence: continental art capitals pillaged by the German army (“art collecting became a required pastime for the Nazi party elite”). The documentary blitzkrieg with which The Rape of Europa traces Hitler’s failed art-school aspirations to a salt mine in Austria with 6,500 paintings he hoped to hang in his bequest to greater mankind leaves viewers with the aforementioned veteran’s incomprehension about genocidal Rembrandt collectors..."

Eye of the Dolphin
This family film is charming enough to inspire young girls to grow up wanting to swim with live dolphins rather than groom My Little Ponies.
Film Review  August 24, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Carly Schroeder, Adrian Dunbar, George Harris, Katharine Ross and Christine Adams. Strictly a for-kids-only drama with its afterschool-special-style scripting, guardians should, for once, take this film's PG-13 rating with a grain of salt..."

Annapolis is a thick but hardly meaty slice of old-school Hollywood hokum.
Film Review  January 27, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Ricocheting between Jake’s panicky drive not to wash out and an emerging romantic subplot with the luminous Jordana Brewster, Annapolis elicited groans and the occasional burst of laughter from the audience, thanks to a ham-fisted script from former Family Guy writer David Collard that piles on the clichés one after the other until the whole affair begins to buckle under the weight of its own ironclad silliness. It’s not enough to include the requisite overlong training montage – Lin and Pollard also feel the need to toss in a rogues gallery of boot-camp stereotypes, including the Loudmouth (Calderon), the Crusty Old Salt (Wahlberg), and the Fat Guy Who’s Doomed From the Start (Shannon)..."

In prison in Brazil is a woeful place to be.
Film Review  July 30, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...These and several other characters are given a chance to tell their woeful stories, in flashback more often than not, to their attending physician, who, audience surrogate that he is, listens intently as skein after skein of horrific backstories are unwoven for his ears alone. Carandiru is loosely based on a true story – the real-life prison is now vacant and shut down – but with performances so gritty you feel as though someone had put sand on your popcorn in lieu of salt, it has the resonant feel of myth, buoyed by simultaneously vicious and compassionate performances from the men on both sides of the bars...."

The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey
The leaden acting, tablecloth wardrobe, and Sixties-era Star Trek set design are more likely to leave nonbelievers stupefied than awestruck.

Film Review  March 12, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Where’s Steve Reeves when we really need him? Even in his present condition, the former Hercules could emote up a storm compared to The Book of Mormon Movie’s Noah Danby, who plays straight-shootin’ Mormon icon Nephi with all the finesse of a golem. Lensed in and around Salt Lake City on a $2 million budget, the film is nothing if not ambitious, but director Gary Rogers’ vision far outstrips the abilities of both his crew and cast..."

Kangaroo Jack
While on a panel at the 2002 Austin Film Festival, Kangaroo Jack co-writer Scott Rosenberg recounted with glee how he pitched the idea of Jack -- two guys with $50,000...

Film Review  January 17, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...The simple enough job is mucked up mightily when their rental jeep slams into a kangaroo: In a moment of exceedingly bad taste, Louis slips his lucky red jacket on the roadkill and snaps a few candids, only to be interrupted by a miraculously resurrected kangaroo, who thusly delivers a few swift kicks to the noggin and hops off with the jacket, pocketing the $50,000 and some lint-laden Twizzlers and other assorted sweet treats. I don't think I'm giving anything away by stating the highlight of the film, hands down, involves Kangaroo Jack sucking down an Atomic Fireball -- such expression! Such flair for physical comedy! Indeed, the largely computer-generated Jack acts the pants off his co-stars, which can and should be taken with a whole trough full of salt..."

Filmed by a French crew, but acted by mostly nonprofessional locals (and subtitled in English), Himalaya was the first-ever Nepalese entry for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. (It...
Film Review  June 22, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...(It lost to that magnificent juggernaut, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.) The film begins with the maybe-suspicious death of a Dolpopa chief. In his place someone must lead the yearly caravan across the Himalayas -- an excruciating, weeks-long trek into town in order to trade the village's salt for a food supply that will last through year's end..."

Just Visiting
An amiable American remake of a wildly popular French film (Les Visiteurs) that keeps the director and stars intact, Just Visiting isn't likely to win any awards stateside, but it...
Film Review  April 6, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...For a time-travel picture, Just Visiting seems to have come straight out of Aaron Spelling's past, or maybe Garry Marshall's. Either way, it's too light on its feet to be taken with much more than a single grain of salt..."

SLC Punk!
How Jan De Bont ended up as one of three executive producers on this goofily affecting coming-of-rage story is a story in itself (and one that I don't have room...
Film Review  April 30, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...How Jan De Bont ended up as one of three executive producers on this goofily affecting coming-of-rage story is a story in itself (and one that I don't have room to go into here), though we should all be thankful Lillard (Scream, Wing Commander) stars -- and not Keanu. Lillard cuts a fine figure as 18-year-old punk rawker Stevo, a blue-haired, self-proclaimed anarchist trapped, for the moment, in the decidedly un-punk locale of Salt Lake City (hence SLC) circa 1985..."

The Siege
Could someone please turn down Denzel Washington's Righteousness Meter? It's set too high. The king of earnest masculinity is about due for a comedy (The Pelican Brief doesn't count), but...
Film Review  November 6, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...The good news, then, is that The Siege is hardly the ticking time bomb of racial slurs some would have you imagine, and the bad news is that it doesn't matter because it's all too damn pedantically serious to take seriously. (Except for Bruce Willis, of course; he's one actor who should always be taken with a grain of salt the size of Lot's wife.) Washington plays FBI Special Agent Anthony Hubbard, who along with CIA spook Elise Kraft (Bening) and General William Devereaux (Willis), is called in to handle an escalating series of domestic terrorist acts that are reducing New York City to so much rubble and body parts..."

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca
This will serve for many as their introduction to the work and short, tragic life of Spanish poet and playwright Garcia Lorca, who was summarily executed under less-than-clear circumstances in...
Film Review  September 12, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Granadine offical Robert Lozano (Olmos) apparently does everything in his power to put an end to Ricardo's relentless search, even going so far as to have him beaten and left for dead. Like any good obsessive worth his salt, however, Ricardo refuses to give in to the mounting pressures around him, even though it may destroy not only himself but many, many others as well..."

Kull the Conqueror
The large-screen debut of Kevin Sorbo (television's Hercules) is a sort of Conan Lite: twice the dialogue, but only half the fun. As the barbarian king (who is loosely based...
Film Review  August 29, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...That's the story of Kull in a nutshell, but if you expected much more, you're obviously not that big a fan of Hercules, from which Kull draws much of its essence. Sorbo makes for a likable hero; he's less musclebound than Schwarzenegger's Conan was, and his acting skills make Lou Ferrigno look like a pillar of salt..."

As in his earlier films The Black Stallion and Never Cry Wolf, Ballard uses his consistently sumptuous visual style in Wind to capture the excitement of yacht racing and its...
Film Review  September 18, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
" -- led by millionaire skipper Morgan Weld (Robertson) -- to lose the prize to the Australians. Determined to redeem himself and to put the Cup back into the hands of the Americans, Parker catches up with his former sailing partner/girlfriend (Grey) -- and aeronautical engineer -- deep in the heart of the Utah salt flats, where he manages to convince her and her engineering partner/lover (Skarsgard) to assist him in the design and construction of the ultimate racing yacht..."

"Misha Penton: Transparent Vulnerability"
This solo show's elegant, enigmatic watercolors evoke life across the universe from salt crystals to algae to galaxies
Arts Review  July 14, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...My wife made the observation that Penton's images are geologic. She pointed out the similarity to crystal, delicate and hard, and said some of the paint application even made her think of salt..."

Live Fire! Party Funds Local Culinary Grants
Salt Lick Pavilion hosts sizzling benefit now in its third year
DAILY Food  April 23, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Kicking off a busy weekend of food and wine events around Central Texas, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance hosts Live Fire!, a delicious sip and stroll event at the Salt Lick Barbecue's Pecan Grove Pavilion on the banks of Onion Creek on Thursday, April 25...."

Making the World Safe for Fall Footwear
A few ways to protect your shoes from the ravages of winter.
DAILY Design  December 10, 2009, by Anne Harris
"...This is such a nasty time of year, pipes freeze, wind whips at the roof shingles, and the hydrangea requires its blankie. Never mind all of that, however, for there is a greater peril in your life at the moment: Your beautiful fall footwear is under attack from mud, standing water, and salt, not to mention ever-present, uneven pavement...."

Day Trips
Grand Saline is the saltiest town in Texas, and it has the Salt Palace to prove it
Columns  September 7, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Grand Saline is the saltiest town in Texas, and it has the Salt Palace to prove it. Calling the visitors' center a palace may be stretching it, but the Northeast Texas town is literally sitting on a mountain of salt...."

The First Annual Rancho Winslow Mayan Fin del Mundo Fiesta!
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012
Food Story  December 21, 2012
"...Xnipec (aka "Dog's Nose" Salsa): fresh salsa of tomato, red onion, garlic, güero and habanero chile, sour orange juice, splash of vinegar, salt..."

Stuffed Locally
Give thanks for the local harvest with these market-fresh recipes
Food Story  November 23, 2012, by Rachel Feit, Kate Thornberry, Mick Vann, Wes Marshall, Gracie Salem and Virginia B. Wood
"...Salt and black pepper to taste ..."

Cookbook Reviews
Food Story  July 5, 2002, by Rachel Feit
"...Salt: A World Historyby Mark Kurlansky..."

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