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Spice World
“How bad is it?” “Imagine as bad as it could possibly be....” “Yes?” “It's much worse than that.” Believe it or not, that's actual dialogue from Spice World, the first...
Film Review  January 23, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Bob Spiers. Starring: The Spice Girls, Richard E..."

Brutality Television
Why you won't be seeing Austin emo puppet band Fragile Rock on America's Got Talent
Arts Story  July 14, 2016, by Brently Heilbron
"...Then we hear them come out. The judges! Simon Cowell (famous asshole!), Heidi Klum (famous German and Seal lover), Mel B (Scary Spice), and Howie Mandel (Canadian germaphobe and actual childhood comedy hero)..."

The Reel World
Korey Coleman started The Reel Deal as a scam; he ended up with a show.
News Story  July 14, 2000, by Sarah Hepola
"...What comes in between, however, is something less predictable. Critiques run the gamut -- from Martin Thomas' thoughtful commentary to Tony Guerrero's guttural pronouncements that "It sucked!" (Enraged at the ridiculousness of Spice World, Guerrero took a photo of Scary Spice and pantomimed wiping himself with it.) It is an approach that engenders a love-them-or-hate-them reaction among viewers..."

Live Shots
Music Story  November 14, 1997
"...The exception was the perky "Miss America," one of the best recent examples of Byrne's songwriting genius style at work. Imagine if that had been performed by a full band, not two synthesizers, a bass, and a double for Scary Spice backing up Byrne..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...JONNY LANG: Seems as though the old blues masters have left the kids minding the store, 'cause these cats are getting younger and younger. Sometimes, though, as in the case of Minneapolis' Jonny Lang, they've been blessed with an old soul, and an old voice to go with those old licks -- played with sass and spice, not speed, on the boy's A&M debut, Lie to Me. (Antone's, 11pm) -- Raoul Hernandez..."

Thank God It's Friday
UT grad Christian McLaughlin discusses Spyder Games, his MTV "soap opera on crack."
Screens Story  July 20, 2001, by Clay Smith
"...Julie goes back to see Temple, the hairdresser, desperate to make her fledgling marriage to [closeted gay husband] Ivan work. Hearing they've only been married for a week, Temple suggests crystal methamphetamine to spice up their love life..."

TV Eye: Front and Center
Eyeballing what NBC and Fox are serving up in the the fall
Screens Column  May 20, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...Other new NBC series launching in the fall: Smash (think Glee grows up and goes to Broadway); The Playboy Club (Mad Men with mob ties); Up All Night (a married couple with a baby tries to keep the spice in their marriage); and Whitney (an unmarried woman tries to liven up her long-term relationship)...."

Goan, Goan ... Konkan
New India Cuisine gives South Austinites an option for Indian in the neighborhood, while the people-watching is solid gold
Food Review  April 15, 2011, by Mick Vann
"...Chicken lollipops ($7) are a nice starter: The leg meat is scraped up the bone to the tip, it's battered, deep fried, then served with a spicy and tart tomato relish. The veg puff samosa ($4) brings two baseball-sized "puffs" that are heavy with a tasty filling of spiced potato and peas; the pastry is dense and hard to cut, so we scooped it out like a British pie of olden times...."

This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
News Story  January 14, 2011, by Richard Whittaker, Wells Dunbar, Lee Nichols and Jordan Smith
"...Aaron Peña (HB 49) and colleague Fred Brown, R-Bryan (HB 108), who are proposing to ban one or more synthetic pot compounds. The rush to ban the substances, used to lace herbal compounds and marketed as "K2" or "Spice," doesn't mean researchers have proven harm; they haven't..."

Reefer Roundup 12/2/10
News from the frontline of the War on Drugs
DAILY News  December 2, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...The drug in question is synthetic pot, sold as K2 or Spice, in head shops or over the Internet. It is an herbal blend containing one or more synthetic compounds that mimic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana..."

Sara Smile Still
Behind Sara Hickman's sunny countenance lies real life. And still a smile.
Music Story  May 7, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...Since bursting onto the scene of 1980s Texas singer-songwriters with peers Edie Brickell, Michelle Shocked, and Kris McKay, Hickman, 47, has sparkled blond as the Austin poster girl for sugar and spice and everything nice. She's nonthreateningly attractive, intelligent, and genuinely nice..."

Feast of the Dragon
Hong Kong Sundays at the Alamo bring watermelon monsters and world-class Asian cuisine together.
Food Story  August 1, 2003, by Claudia Alarcón
"...The noodle dish was my absolute favorite, a Malaysian hot and sour soup with wheat ramen-style noodles and chicken, flavored with lemongrass, hot chiles, and coconut milk. It is tangy, has just the right amount of spice, and packs a flavor punch worthy of the best kung fu screen antics..."

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 9, 2001
"...It's another set of twangy rock and funky blues with Morgan's stellar guitar-play front and center. Blues Access has proclaimed, "from sugar-and-spice vocals to stinging guitar solos, Teddy Morgan delivers the goods." (Speakeasy, 11pm) -- Jim Caligiuri..."

September Previews
Screens Story  September 10, 1999
"...When Gabriel (Campbell), a would-be musical theatre playwright, tries to spice up his life by having a one-night stand with exciting, mysterious Mark (Pitoc), his efforts are tested by a series of obstacles. Unable to find a location for their hot and heavy, the two men end up getting more acquainted with each other than they'd intended, an ultimately gratifying thing in a romantic comedy..."

Different Traditions
Columns  July 29, 1999
"...Steve Burns, you yuppie weasel, I have a job, you'd be proud of me. Oh and by the way, I wear Old Spice..."

Texas Platters
The Rev. Horton Heat
Music Review  May 27, 1999
"...Without dismissing Leigh, who can brag a lovely voice in her own right, honors here go to Dashew, whose cool and curvaceous vocals are the heart of the scintillating "Outlaw" and "Misunderstand Me." Give credit to both for a batch of strong songs that avoid the obvious and simmer with verve. Despite such vocal and lyrical presence, however, Do What You Will would benefit from a little more spice..."

Record Reviews
Music Review  May 8, 1998
"...Which might account for the overall darkness that cloaks Saturnz Return. Goldie's breakthrough single a few years back, "Inner City Life," was tinged with timely sorrows as well, but that was positively Spice Pop compared with the epic post-jungle mixes this time out..."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...1997's Strange Happy saw Harvin paired with pianist Dave Palmer in a brilliant collection of Palmer originals and a couple of Ellington standards. A masterful musician and an accomplished session player, Harvin can blast out a solo with the speed of a machine gun and the fluidity of running water, or he can sit back and spice up the lead of any front line with smooth, thoughtful brush work..."

That Old Revival Spirit
Testifying About Movies
Screens Story  June 13, 1997
"...Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld may be nowhere in sight, but this 1956 adaptation of the Maxwell Anderson stage play certainly feels like one of their better creations. McCormack is The Bad Seed's sick little puppy who puts to rest once and for all the age-old notion that little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice..."

Music Reviews
Music Review  November 3, 1995
"..."Badal" is an African orgy of discovery as a textured rhythm pattern guides the journey. "Search for Life" is an abrupt hip-hop dissertation and "La Capalla" conjures the image of a Texas bluesman in Brazil. Tone Dialing tests so many flavors of musical spice that it's likely to burn the tastebuds of the closed minded..."

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