"...This year The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll saw the addition of a new category: Central/South American. Although Argentina, El Salvador, Cuba, Brazil, and Honduras are much closer to Texas than China and India, it has taken decades longer for Texans to experience and appreciate their cuisines..."
"...Ten years ago, Michael Marroquin, a Catholic lay missionary, moved from Austin to Bolivia to establish a charity foundation to help some of South America's poorest people. Now he finds himself in a Bolivian prison on suspicion of sexual assault and child-trafficking; volunteers and workers from the foundation have accused him of personal and financial improprieties, and he has been removed from the project by the Austin board that funds his work..."
"...Uninterested in persuasion or education, this third documentary by Dinesh D’Souza is designed to aggressively reinforce prejudices and hostilities among true believing conservatives as it offers a “history” of the deliberately evil, completely corrupt, America-hating Democrats. D’Souza knows his audience well; they are not just celebrating this contrived work of propaganda as accurate but are also insisting that if only everyone watched it, they’d be forced to change their beliefs..."
"...This is satirical comedy with a political bent, of course, something to which Parker and Stone are hardly strangers (recall their semisuccessful attempt to lampoon the pre-9/11 days of the Bush administration with the faux sitcom That’s My Bush, or any number of wonderfully inflammatory South Park episodes). Team America continues their tradition of juvenile yet compellingly smart humor, heavy on the sex gags and parodies of everyone from liberal mouthpieces Sean Penn (who is not amused) to Tim Robbins (who may be amused, but then it’s always been difficult to tell), and from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to a variety of bearded, Middle Eastern terror types so broadly generic in their puppet portrayals as to have been lifted whole from the world of actioneering über-director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer..."
"...For the past 17 years, Cine Las Americas has brought the latest films from Latin America (plus Native America, Spain, and Portugal) to screens in our city. This year, two of the fest’s best come from either end of that vast geographical range..."
"...Dear Editor, Louis Black's June 30 and July 7 Austin Chronicle “Page Two” columns are stunningly lame attempts to conflate illegal immigration, the world war against Islamist fascism, prayer, religion, and his neo-leftist attack-and-slash mindset to once again malign America. For those interested, here are the realities..."
"...He represents something real with the whole college scene and coming from the Philly suburbs. He’s from Middle America and doesn’t run from that...."
"...(The first took place Tuesday, and the second takes place tomorrow, Sept. 3, 6:30pm, at the Texas School for the Deaf.) The goal of the SCWI is unabashedly environmentalist, and part of its funding - including the money that has made the various workshops possible - comes from an EPA “Greening America’s Capitals” grant...."
"...There are more kitty photos purr capita than ever before, thanks to smartphones and all of our fabulous photo-sharing apps (scienticians* posit that 78% of content on Instagram is cat-related). But if you thought there wasn't room on the Internet for another famous kitty, think again, because Animal Planet has found America's Next Cat Star...."
"...Stone expressed his disappointment in the media outlets of America for blowing what could have been "their Spartacus moment" by kowtowing to the demands of radical Islamists by not using the name Mohammed in anything but a pious sense. He suspects that the nonsense would have been seen for the empty threat it is if everyone banded together and used the unholy reference at once...."
"...illustration by A.J. Garces It's hard for me to take seriously any vision of America that doesn't include its music..."
"...Trey Parker and Matt Stone are hitting the breakfast buffet hard. It's a Sunday morning in Toronto in early September, and they're here to conduct a day of interviews for their as-yet-unfinished film Team America: World Police..."
"...Hey, Walt Whitman, you crowed about how you could hear America singing, but you never bothered to name that tune. What were those "varied carols" being sung by the mechanics and masons and mothers and deckhands and hatters and seamstresses and all? Appalachian folk songs? Shaker hymns? A few of Stephen Foster's greatest hits, mayhap? Or and I know this is after your time, but still ....."
"...AC: Do you get much flak for identifying with African-Americans, and I know this is tongue in cheek too – saying you're a woman of color, stuff like that?..."
"...in Spain's Universidad San Pablo, doesn't mince words when it comes to his estimation of the current state of sci-fi writing, regardless of length. "What we have in this book is way better that what you're going to typically find published in Mexico today, and way better than the crap you'll get in America, where there is hardly anything worth reading, anyway."..."
"...Smokler has lectured throughout North America on the future of reading and publishing and the role of technology in the arts and has also led college and university workshops. As a private consultant on technology in the arts, his clients include Time Warner Book Group, iUniverse, the San Francisco Film Society, Mental Floss magazine, and the Idea Festival..."
"...Listening to the night, I start to feel it, or maybe to just imagine it, but the quiet and empty has faded away. There are the highways of America, filled with vans, trucks, cars pulling rented trailers, refitted school buses, panel trucks, and two or three car caravans – all filled with musicians who will be playing SXSW and heading toward Austin..."
"...At least he kept the accusation inherent: Later speaker Norma Holly said "the men who left Texas and the [Confederate States of America] to fight for the North were traitors to their state and their country." Then another of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Jerry Nelson, said, "I do not think we should honor people who served in the other service." If you want to commemorate them, he added, "Go to New York."..."
"...GET OUT OF MY CROTCH: 21 Writers Respond to America's War on Women's Rights/Reproductive Health. A portion of the publisher's proceeds will be given to Planned Parenthood..."
"...At the most basic level,Los Super Seven is a Mexican-American all-star band made up of Tex-Mex legends Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Austin-based country star Rick Trevino, local Tejano superstar Ruben Ramos, and Texas icon and rocker Joe Ely. However, the story of how this group came together and produced one of the most delightful musical celebrations of 1998 is not only one that revolves around Austin and its abundant music scene, it's a vivid illustration of the rare musical harmony the community can sometimes possess...."
"...Who is this gonzo, sweatbanded gastrojock known far and wide as Hungry Todd Rungy? Who is this taco-slamming, hotdog-munching, diner-decimating madman whose aim is to compete in (and WIN! for AMERICA!) whatever part of the international competitive-eating circuit he can chomp his way into?..."
"...Starting tonight, the Terrazas Branch Library will host six nights of music documentaries as part of the Tribeca Film Institute's America's Music series. The Austin Public Library received a $2,500 grant to put on the series, which will be hosted by Caroline O'Meara, an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Texas at Austin...."
"...J ELLIOTT: Elliott plans to unveil a long poem exploring his Native American heritage -- at age 21, he discovered that he was half-Nez Perce, and that self-discovery, coming from a gay musician and artist accustomed to being on the fringes, should make for a compelling exploration of self-identity. (9pm)..."
"...Keb Mo’s The Spirit of the Holiday EP is notable for “Shopping On Christmas Eve,” an original blues that captures the state of many in our post-Great Recession America. With his tongue firmly in cheek, KM sings of heading to the Dollar Store late on December 24th to which some will certainly smile and nod their head in recognition...."
"...SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM: This Dallas-based troupe marries rap, poetry, and jazzy instrumentation to deliver the latest update on Growing Up Black In America. Pulling from pop culture as well as political material and revised history, they create a text that piques poetics as well as asking still-necessary questions, and expand its reach through precise performance..."
"...A tightly personal tale winds its way through this vast epic about the great South American revolutionary Simón Bolívar. His loves, family, comrades, and friends are all key players in his story..."
"...Paddington is still a member of the Brown household (actors Bonneville, Hawkins, Joslin, Harris, and Walters’ Scottish nanny Mrs. Bird all return) in picturesque West London, but this time out the plot revolves around his attempt to find a suitable 100th birthday present for his beloved Aunt Lucy back in South America..."
"...The mother and daughter in the vacation-gone-wrong comedy Snatched – a title chosen, no doubt, for its snickering double meaning – get down and dirty trudging through the jungles of South America, covered in muck from head to toe as they flee would-be kidnappers and reboot their filial bond along the way. Refreshingly, this is no vanity project for either Schumer as the directionless Emily, or Hawn as her uptight divorced mom Linda..."
"...On the other hand, when Gunmen charts its own course, it approaches incoherence. The plot, as close as I can figure, has something to do with drug money and South America and pairs Lambert and Van Peebles as mismatched buddies (each has a partial clue regarding the location of the treasure)..."
"...ESPN2 has Barcelona at Glasgow Rangers on Tuesday, and Schalke 04 at Chelsea on Wednesday, both at 1:30pm. … South America kicked off its marathon World Cup 2010 qualification process last weekend..."
"..."We've considered bringing back the Red House Pizzeria because of requests from the neighborhood, but I'm also seriously considering a Peruvian cafe," Rivero told us yesterday. It seems that sister Maribel Rivero, a recent graduate of the Latin Flavors program at the Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio campus, will be traveling and cooking in South America this summer, researching possible menu items for a new restaurant venture...."
"...Like those lurid Mexico City scandal sheets that regularly feature front-page images of hapless citizens bisected by midnight locomotives, Manolo’s Hard Copy-styled program doesn’t so much hang out with the Truth as exhume its corpse and perform a fisty post-mortem, all the while keeping the shot tight on la Verdad’s dead eyes and rictus grin. Manolo, Marisa, and camera operator Ivan (Yazpik) arrive in the tiny village of Babahoyo seeking an interview with the relatives of children killed by the notorious "Monster of Babahoyo," a serial killer who has already raped and tortured some 150 children across the length of South America..."
"...Ever heard the term "Afro-Cuban"? Well, it ain't just one of those useless record company labels; it's more of a historical description. Related Afro-Cuban styles - such as rumba, salsa, and soukous - are results of Western Europe's slavery of Africans, mixing the exiled with the equally subjugated indigenous cultures of the Caribbean, Central, and South America..."
"...The goals came, one in each half, from Paul Dalglish and Kelly Gray, but the man of the match may once again have been keeper Zach Wells, the backup who had come on as an emergency replacement for injured starter Pat Onstad in Costa Rica and stopped a penalty kick on his first touch. This marks the first time an American team has ever beaten a Tico squad in Cup play. Next up: Defending Mexican champs and South American Cup champs (the first Mexican team ever to win that title), Pachuca, come to Houston next Wednesday; the return leg is in Pachuca on April 5..."
"...World Cup Qualifying results September 6-10 CONCACAF Group 1 Trinidad & Tobago 1 - 1 Guatemala Cuba 0 - 1 United States United States 3 - 0 Trinidad and Tobago Guatemala 4 - 1 Cuba ------ Group 2 Mexico 3 - 0 Jamaica Canada 1 - 2 Honduras Mexico 2 - 1 Canada Honduras 2 - 0 Jamaica ------ Group 3 Costa Rica 7 - 0 Surinam El Salvador 5 - 0 Haiti Haiti 1 - 3 Costa Rica Surinam 0 - 2 El Salvador EUROPE Group 1 Hungary 0 - 0 Denmark Malta 0 - 4 Portugal Albania 0 - 0 Sweden Sweden 2 - 1 Hungary Portugal 2 - 2 Denmark Albania 3 - 0 Malta ------ Group 2 Israel 2 - 2 Switzerland Moldova 1 - 2 Latvia Luxembourg 0 - 3 Greece Moldova 1 - 2 Israel Latvia 0 - 2 Greece Switzerland 1 - 2 Luxembourg ------ Group 3 Poland 1 - 1 Slovenia Slovakia 2 - 1 Northern Ireland San Marino 0 - 2 Poland Slovenia 2 - 1 Slovakia Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Czech Republic ------ Group 4 Liechtenstein 0 - 6 Germany Wales 1 - 0 Azerbaijan Russia 2 - 1 Wales Azerbaijan 0 - 0 Liechtenstein Finland 3 - 3 Germany ------ Group 5 Armenia 0 - 2 Turkey Belgium 3 - 2 Estonia Spain 1 - 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina Spain 3 - 0 Armenia Turkey 1 - 1 Belgium Bosnia-Herzegovina 7 - 0 Estonia ------ Group 6 Croatia 3 - 0 Kazakhstan Andorra 0 - 2 England Ukraine 1 - 0 Belarus Kazakhstan 1 - 3 Ukraine Croatia 1 - 4 England Andorra 1 - 3 Belarus ------ Group 7 Romania 0 - 3 Lithuania Serbia 2 - 0 Faroe Islands Austria 3 - 1 France Faroe Islands 0 - 1 Romania France 2 - 1 Serbia Lithuania 2 - 0 Austria ------ Group 8 Georgia 1 - 2 Ireland Republic Cyprus 1 - 2 Italy Montenegro 2 - 2 Bulgaria Montenegro 0 - 0 Ireland Republic Italy 2 - 0 Georgia ------ Group 9 Macedonia FYR 1 - 0 Scotland Norway 2 - 2 Iceland Macedonia FYR 1 - 2 Netherlands Iceland 1 - 2 Scotland SOUTH AMERICA Argentina 1 - 1 Paraguay Ecuador 3 - 1 Bolivia Colombia 0 - 1 Uruguay Peru 1 - 0 Venezuela Paraguay 2 - 0 Venezuela Uruguay 0 - 0 Ecuador Chile 4 - 0 Colombia Brazil 0 - 0 Bolivia Peru 1 - 1 Argentina ASIA UAE 1 - 2 Korea DPR Bahrain 2 - 3 Japan Qatar 3 - 0 Uzbekistan Saudi Arabia 1 - 1 Iran Korea DPR 1 - 1 Korea Republic Uzbekistan 0 - 1 Australia UAE 1 - 2 Saudi Arabia Qatar 1 - 1 Bahrain AFRICA Mauritius 1 - 4 Tanzania Seychelles 1 - 2 Burundi South Africa 0 - 1 Nigeria Kenya 1 - 0 Namibia Gambia 3 - 0 Liberia Sierra Leone 2 - 1 Equatorial Guinea Mauritania 0 - 1 Rwanda Cape Verde Islands 1 - 2 Cameroon Burkina Faso 0 - 0 Tunisia Sudan 1 - 2 Chad Madagascar 1 - 0 Botswana Lesotho 0 - 2 Gabon Zimbabwe 0 - 0 Guinea Mozambique 1 - 1 Ivory Coast Congo 1 - 0 Mali Benin 3 - 2 Angola Congo DR 0 - 1 Egypt Niger 3 - 1 Uganda Zambia 1 - 0 Togo Chad 1 - 3 Sudan OCEANIA Vanuatu 2 - 1 Fiji New Zealand 3 - 0 New Caledonia..."
"...The group – which thins over the journey and subsequent years – eventually lands in America on the eve of 9/11: Mamere (Oceng), the de facto chief, who dreams of becoming a doctor; Jeremiah (Duany), a gentle giant who does missionary work; spry Paul (Jal), whose spirit withers in America; and Mamere’s sister, Abital (Wiel), who is sent to live in Boston, far from the young men’s new home in Kansas City, Mo. In Missouri, the young men meet Witherspoon’s Carrie, an employment officer who begrudgingly takes on their case and, eventually, their cause – to reunite with Abital...."
"...The notion that Israel would go down that path, and so face the same condemnation that met South Africa, is unconscionable. The United States should be aggressively asserting that Israel can never be made an apartheid nation while America exists, because America will be with Israel regardless of the status of any diplomatic process...."
"...PA: First trip to South America, actually. We’re here one and half, two weeks – something like that..."
"...If we go into Berlin, they have people in Berlin to help us. If we go into South America, they have people in South America..."
"...Since joining The New York Times op-ed page in 2000, the Princeton professor has documented the failings of the Bush administration with intense academic rigor. His new book, The Conscience of a Liberal, examines the impact of economic and political polarization under Republican rule and calls for Democrats to push back against what he calls America's "new Gilded Age." In the midst of his 20-city book tour, we spoke with Krugman in advance of his Nov..."
"...plan is based on the assumption that the most serious problem with Austin's traffic is a delay of about 15 minutes per day per motorist. The Austin American-Statesman has run several articles that claim that a traffic delay of 15 minutes per day per motorist results in large financial losses..."
"...We know she's stuffed the body full of white power and is using it as a very inconvenient mule to transport drugs across borders and cross country but Pokey is taken with the romance of this woman's ostensible journey, and after a quick soul search discovers he's due for an adventure, so he gallantly offers to take the lady to New Orleans. This bare bones plot is convenient as a device for getting us through the heart of America, through Memphis, into the Mississippi Delta and to New Orleans..."
"...Today, we think of Stephen Ambrose, Joseph Ellis, and David McCullough. With a lengthening string of popular books on various facets of American history, H.W..."
"...Fuel for the fire is provided by La Clave, a Killeen-based 10-piece that takes its name from Latin America's signature five-note count, a syncopated snatch of rhythm known stateside as the Bo Diddley beat, backbone of such classics as "Who Do You Love," "Not Fade Away," and "Iko Iko." La Clave's piano, percussion, and horns are infested with a rhythm that's movolatin' music -- which is not a bad idea either, if you want to work off some of those deep-fried botanitas Borinquen's serving up to every wag with a paper plate...."
"...Well, what are the birds telling us? It depends on the species. "You have birds that are resident birds, that are here year-round; birds that are short-distance migrants, they'll move from Canada to the United States or Mexico; and birds that are long-distance migrants, they'll move from Canada all the way down to South America," says La Sorte..."
"...In his first feature, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul treks his camera to South Africa to investigate the legend of Rodriguez, a Seventies-era singer-songwriter long rumored dead. (One bit of apocrypha had him committing self-immolation onstage.) Rodriguez was a bust in his native America..."
"...Furthermore, whenever I looked at the character’s face, I saw Freeman’s visage instead of Mandela’s, creating moments which break the film illusion. Yet Invictus remains inspiring and educational, especially during this present time in America in which we are supposedly muddling our way into a post-racial society...."
"...A burst of machine gun fire. In Latin America, take your pick -- slit throat, perhaps..."
"...In it we are treated to the life story of a love affair that begins in the childhoods of Ellie (Elie Docter) and Carl Fredericksen (Asner, although voiced in his childhood by Jeremy Leary). Up begins in a movie theatre with newsreel footage (shades of Citizen Kane) of the fictional explorer Charles Muntz (Plummer), whose heralded career is sullied when his findings are questioned and he heads back to South America, never to be heard from again..."
"...You're probably aware by now that since the election last November, dystopian novels have become all the rage. From George Orwell's venerable 1984 to Philip Roth's more recent The Plot Against America, tales of dark political dysfunction have seen a tremendous spike in sales..."