"...In 2010, after four years of a solidly Democratic House delegation from Travis County, Republicans finally flipped one seat back to the GOP when Paul Workman took House District 47. But the fact that he secured a marginal seat in a high-water year did not stop him from attracting a primary challenger, nor did it stop this from becoming one of the most publicly bloody fights in the county...."
"...for 1993's Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Hard Target. That was just one year after the director's maximum opus Hard-Boiled delivered on its promise to become the most exciting thing in the history of the British crown colony's wildly popular (and lucrative) cops vs..."
"...Valuable experience for an aspiring musician, but even better because he fulfilled musical dreams like booking Little Richard at the Forty Acres Fest. Even that didn't sate his appetite for promotion: On Saturday, March 31, he's booked rockabilly cult favorite Johnny Legend at the Continental Club, along with San Antonio garage titans Sons of Hercules and Austin's reigning kings of Red River, the OBN III's...."
"...Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ernest Borgnine, Brian Cox and Richard Dreyfuss. Proof, if more were needed, that the artistic collision between the aging baby boomers and their comic book-obsessed progeny makes for some mighty strange, but not unentertaining, bedfellows, Red features four leads with a combined age of 257 – add the grand, Methuselean Borgnine to the mix and you get a nice, round 350 – who alternate between waxing eloquent on the ephemerality of youth and resuscitating said salad daze by blowing shit up real good..."
"...Every year the theatre sends dozens of teachers (aspiring actors all) to small towns and big cities all over the country, the idea being that in light of the nationwide decline in school funding for performing-arts programs, an entire generation of Americans is growing up without the benefits – be they creative, social, or psychological – of working together in a group to create something artistic. The Little Red Truck, a documentary bursting with good intentions, follows a few of these teachers to learn exactly how in the world one manages to corral children onto a stage, much less turn them into budding Liza Minnellis and Mandy Patinkins..."
"...The platinum value of property in our central business district doesn't bode well for music venues in the area. Case in point: neighboring Seventh Street clubs Red 7 and Holy Mountain are fighting to renew their leases in the face of rent increases..."
"...There are not many bands in Austin that could engross such a large crowd as rain spewed through the perforated roof at Red 7, however Peelander Z left their audience cold, wet and begging for more. This picture shows Peelander Red being held up by his loyal audience as he jerry-rigs a rope to the rafters..."
"...It's after midnight on a cold Wednesday in early January. Red River Street looms as a gauntlet of lost hope..."
"...It was the C3 and C4 vertebrae – right up top, behind the jaw – that fractured in Jared Roark's neck during an arrest near the Capitol a few days after Donald Trump got elected. That Sunday (Nov..."
"...After 15 years of flirting with light rail, is Capital Metro finally ready and able to do the deed? On October 25, the transit authority's board of directors will decide whether to accept their staff's recommendation for rail transit -- a "Red/Green" starter line running from Northwest Austin into the heart of town, along with a novel bus-rapid-transit system meeting it from the south, for a total of 20.5 miles and $687.3 million. This line, expected to be ready in 2007, would be followed by additional rail projects that, by 2017, could stretch from Leander to the airport and reshape the urban core in between..."
"...And now, with White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is also having actors speak for him – but literally, and in full spoken acknowledgement of that fact, every time this play of his is performed...."
"...Ed. note: Aguilar is a San Francisco-based journalist in the midst of a six-month road trip to politically "red states" Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Montana, and Utah..."
"...From the unlikely Texas town of Victoria, Kool & Together – led by brothers Tyrone, Joe, and Charles Sanders, Jr. – explored the expanses of lo-fi funk and fuzzy psychedelic rock..."
"...After a three-year wait, the Red House Painters' Old Ramon is finally seeing the light of day, and no one's happier about it than the group's frontman/guitarist/principle songwriter Mark Kozelek. Although the edge of sleep still bleeds through the phone line from his Maryland hotel room, Kozelek is more than happy to discuss the Painters' melodiously mellow follow-up to 1996's semi-solo Songs for a Blue Guitar...."
"...Fun ideas for Austin Italophiles: A) Convert all Downtown’s streets into canals populated by gondoliers wearing striped blue and white shirts. B) Dance the rumba with wild-eyed abandon in a tattered dress. C) Eat out at Red Ash on the opening day this Saturday, Oct..."
"...As it now looks, one of Red River's staple venues will be torn down...."
"...As country’s pendulum finally swings back to a more traditional sound, thank Clint Black and the “Class of ’89.” That year’s bow from the Katy-reared Texan, Killin’ Time, set the bar for Nashville’s new sound, and Black remained true to his sharp songwriting through 2015’s On Purpose. DFW Red Dirt troubadour Kody West opens with debut LP Green..."
"...The Republicans' aggressive fiduciary posturing ignores their record of spending like drunken sailors during the last Bush administration while also engaging us in two destructive and obviously inextricable foreign conflicts that combined have cost more than the most fevered-dream utopian fantasy of a welfare state. Seriously considering the cost of Sanders' legislative proposals is pointless, because even if elected with a stunning mandate, Democratic congressmen would have no obligation to his leadership...."
"..."We're connected to this invisible factory under the Gulf of Mexico," says Brown of the more than 3,500 platforms (each connected to as many as 20 wells) in the Gulf. An animated sequence in the film deftly illustrates this, using Deepwater Horizon as a centerpoint and splashing a rash of tiny red dots to indicate each platform – like a nasty case of Gulf measles...."
"...In the last five years, the entirety of the exhibition sector has been hit with steeply declining ticket sales, thanks to the increasing viability of online streaming, downloads and hi-def video-on-demand. Meanwhile, theatres throughout North America have been phasing out their 35mm projectors (and projectionists) in favor of automated digital projection systems run by servers that can cost a hundred thousand dollars apiece..."
"...Also, the odd peek-a-boo openings that encourage visitors to peer down from the second floor offer multiple ways to see individual drawings. Looking down from the second floor on Narcisos by Oscar Munoz proved to be exactly the right distance and angle required to observe the faces he portrays with carbon powder on water and paper..."
"...Starring: Kathryn Walker, Mark Blum, Jason Duchin, Mike Hodge and Jody O'Neil. Emma & Elvis is the first work of fiction by noted documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert (Seeing Red, Union Maids, Growing Up Female)..."
"...Well, I should probably warn you, if you haven't guessed, that I'm crossing political lines here to help you out. I'm the exact kind of Austinite you probably hate, with my expensive farmers' market habit, omnipresent orthopedic Swedish clogs, and a bright red Texans for Bernie sticker on my reusable, Earth-friendly, BPA-free water bottle (so sue me, I'm full of liberal guilt and it's a great bottle)..."
"...Both films can be seen as QT’s none-too-subtle position on the deplorable state of race relations, and the deadly echoes of slavery in the United States. Tarantino’s message has always been crystal clear, if blood-spattered: Racism, any racism, is wrong, then and now..."
"...Ayer’s lyrical realization of the most fearsome of the Biblical Four Horsemen is a shrewd and telling introduction to a film about an American Sherman tank crew trundling its way to Berlin during the waning and most deadly days of World War II. It’s also, intentionally I think, a nod to Samuel Fuller’s war-movie milestone The Big Red One, which similarly placed an anachronistic equine amidst the red-misted fog of war..."
"...Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Toby Jones and Jenny Agutter...."
"...Just trust me on this one: Set aside any preconceived notions you may have and let this inspired reworking of American history wash over you in all its gory, blood-red, exsanguinated-white, and bruised-blue glory. (And, Ulysses S..."
"...An unnerving descent into the extreme, anxious corners of a mother’s relationship to and comprehension of her 9-year-old twin sons – and vice versa – gone weirdly haywire, Goodnight Mommy is required viewing for both lovers of neo-gothic paranoia and mommy-haters everywhere. Co-directors and -writers, Fiala and Franz, have crafted a harrowing tale of familial distrust and disintegration and conjoined it to the innately surreal world of identical twins..."
"...Directed by: Jeff Wadlow. Starring: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Jon Bon Jovi, Sandra McCoy and Kristy Wu..."
"...This love of cinematic short stories stems, it appears, from the director's avowed passion for those old E.C. comic books of the Fifties, which were predicated on the same sort of shock-ending morality plays that made up so many of the Tales and Amazing Stories episodes..."
"...And while it's not Argento's best work, it is a nice return to form after 1993's plodding Trauma. Almost gone are the hysterical color schemes of which Argento has been so fond in the past; there was a time when Cinecitta Studios in Rome had trouble keeping up with the director's endless craving for the red and blue gels in which he used to bathe nearly every shot..."
"...It's hard not seeing this comedy d'amore as Jewison's attempt to get Moonstruck again. Diane Drake's script has the same staunch belief in redemptive romance as that earlier hit from Jewison, the same smitten hero persistently pursuing an iron-willed heroine who rebuffs him, the same subplot of a sensible woman in a dry marriage who flirts with having an affair, the same buoyant mood, the same backdrop of Italian culture (and passione), the same shots of celestial objects after dark..."
"...It's a warm, late August afternoon, and it's eerie to be standing inside the ghost of what was once Chances, hearing Michael Terrazas, age 30, eagerly explaining the plans he and his partners (Nathan Tate and New York City émigré Abigail King) have for the space they've just taken over. He's waving his arms around, animatedly indicating what's going where in what will be called Club DeVille by the time they're hoping to be in full operation (Halloween week). Meantime, it's not easy for a sentimentalist to see Chances reduced to a gutted edifice, with a pile of lumber near the back entrance, and rubble filling what was once the dance floor in front of the outdoor stage...."
"...It’s so heartbreaking it ought to be a crime, for in this movie Sayles and the actresses have created indelible characters who refuse to fade away as quickly and easily as the movie does. The setup is fantastic: A group of women have individually come to the same unnamed Third World country to adopt babies and wait out the red tape together in the same hotel..."
"...Davis overplays it though, as does most everyone else according to William Goldman's somewhat caustic albeit economical script. Only Hopkins, coasting a bit on the downhill side of his own scenery-chewing turn as Lecter redux, seems to know what to make of the proceedings..."
"...Starring: Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek. When you're in love, when you're really in love, head over heels deep into that slick red vein, there is nobody else around -- just you and her/him..."
"...One need not be a China buff to understand the nuances of To Live; one need only be a student of human affairs and a fan of great filmmaking. China's preeminent filmmaker, Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern), has once again created a masterpiece which was recognized as such when it was awarded the Grand Jury prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival..."
"...› Early voting numbers for the May 29 primaries show Travis County Republicans voting in marginally higher numbers than Democrats. GOP turnout has been highest in Western Travis, which has become ground zero for tough GOP House and Senate primaries this year (see "Seeing Red in House District 47")...."
"...This time, there are no exceptions for bars and live music venues, only bingo parlors, hotel and motel rooms, retirement homes, and fraternal organizations. All indoor smoking downtown will be outlawed, and guess what? Club owners, bartenders, musicians, and patrons smokers and nonsmokers are scared to death..."
"...Puddles have formed in the trenches left by the tractors used to haul out the debris. Scraps of countless vinyl records – irreplaceable rock & roll relics – are littered like shrapnel, the warped grooves fossilizing in the dirt...."
"...While Carcass has shed most of its hardcore origins, those roots still show in Exhumed’s matted hair. A split with Municipal Waste side project Iron Reagan, released earlier this month on Tankcrimes, features covers of Negative Approach’s “Ready to Fight” and Minor Threat’s “Seeing Red.” Both are classics in their own right, and when played through Exhumed’s unwashed fingers, there’s an element of joy not seen in much death metal...."
"...I met Red Fraggle once. No, seriously, I did...."
"...His one dream was to juggle, and he learned to do it with a skill that amazed audiences and his peers alike. But the dream was cut short tragically on Sunday, May 28, when Warren "Red" Ryder Schwartz was stabbed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in South Austin..."
"..."If I'm sitting still and doing nothing, I must be sick," he reckons. He's not alone, either, predicting an imminent "explosion" of ATX hip-hop releases...."
"...Red Army Director: Gabe Polsky Following the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, Red Army tells the story of the nation's famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its captain Slava Fetisov. Whether he was pitted against enemies in the political arena or on the ice, Fetisov's story provides a rare glimpse behind the Iron Curtain of the 1970s and '80s by mirroring the social and political forces at work in the world around him..."
"...CAP METRO DRIVER GETS JOB BACK A federal labor arbitrator overturned the dismissal of Capital Metro driver Travis Cornelius, who was fired in 2006 for allegedly making harassing phone calls to Cap Metro President Fred Gilliam shortly after a one-day strike in 2005. Following the strike, Gilliam was the target of anonymous harassment, including a note signed "ATU Commandos" threatening to ship Gilliam "back to Houston in a pine box." The Austin Police Department opened an investigation into the case, and the first lead came when an anonymous caller left a message on Gilliam's machine instructing him to "eat shit and die." APD traced the call to a pay phone along Cornelius' route, pinpointed the time based on the caller ID, and gathered enough probable cause for an arrest warrant..."
"...Regardless of how much Austin prides itself on not relying on the aforementioned path to the masses, local venues still don't wholeheartedly welcome that which doesn't guarantee profit, or at least sustainability. Risk can propel a business into the green, but more than likely, said business will be seeing visions of red..."
"...Former San Antonio mayor and Obama-era HUD Secretary Julián Castro will be talking about his An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream, one of several titles looking at immigration issues and playing off the idea of the American Dream. (See also Lauren Hilgers' Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown, Laura Wides-Muñoz's The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American, Julissa Arce's Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream, and Bryan Mealer's The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream, plus the previously mentioned Dear America, Fey Berman's Mexamerica: Una Cultura Naciendo, Alfredo Corchado's Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, and Stephanie Elizondo Griest's All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches From the U.S..."
"...When we do need to express disapproval, we even soften it with a favorite phrase. But you should trust that we aren't rolling out any red carpets when we say "Bless Alex Jones' Heart."..."
"...Hugo Sanchez, 22, was on Facebook when he posted a photo on The Academy's page, not thinking it would lead to anything exciting. A few weeks later, he received a direct message via Twitter—a chance to do something that most people only dream about: to be a guest on the red carpet for the 86th annual Academy Awards...."