South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...UPDATE: Spider House has rescheduled the community meeting announced in its initial statement. From the Spider House Facebook page: "We are rescheduling our community forum for a time when all parties needed to be in attendance can be there..."
"...As of this week, Spider House, the campus-area hang zone frequented by students, musicians, and laptop-wielding beverage fans, has permanently closed its kitchen...."
"...John Dorgan, co-owner of Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, has filed a civil suit against his business partner Conrad Bejarano and former employee Jeremy Rogers. The suit, filed on Oct..."
"...On a brisk Tuesday afternoon in December, Spider House Cafe and Ballroom isn't exactly bustling, but it's far from empty. College students, alone and coupled, sit outside drinking beers or working on laptops, likely unaware of the legal and moral drama happening behind the celebrated social spot's wooden doors...."
"...Following South by Southwest next month, long-running North Campus hub Spider House Ballroom will no longer function as a live music venue. Owner Conrad Bejarano plans to convert the space into an arcade bar, with alterations starting this month...."
"...Jeremy Rogers and his wife Tiffany Paciga have launched a GoFundMe appeal in response to a lawsuit filed against Rogers by his former boss John Dorgan, co-owner of Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. The couple, who released an "open letter" via Facebook in October 2017 accusing Dorgan of attempted sexual assault against Paciga several years prior, are hoping to raise $10,000 to retain a lawyer and cover legal fees...."
"...Conrad Bejarano, co-owner of Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, has filed two responses to a lawsuit brought against him in October by business partner John Dorgan. On Dec..."
"...The 999 Eyes crew has been touring for months now, and are finally returning to Austin – and doing a welcome-back gig at the Spider House Ballroom on Sunday night. With That Damned Band, no less..."
"...Rather than fretting, their attitudes seem to be, "The show must go on." They've made the 6,000 mile trip and they're glad to be playing for appreciative audiences. Yoko Sakai, singer for Hard Nips, is originally from Osaka and said this is not their first trip to SXSW. "Last year, we played at Spider House, too..."
"...Endorsed, adored, and sealed with the Kate & K8 kiss of le'gaypproval, it's the patio coffee-shop-by-day/hipster-bar- by-night, where queer writers (my office equals wobbly table outside) can snag some wireless and frothy coffee drinks slung by queer kids, family, sigh, who put a little extra, well, love into it. Spider House: Queer friendly and so hot right now. So hot...."
"...Up on a hill in South Austin, a cozy white house stands indistinguishable from neighbors on the block. Inside, though, guitars are omnipresent, strangers raised on different languages pen tunes together, and the laid-back lifestyle of an Austin musician is regarded as a cultural experience..."
"...David Cronenberg, the Canadian director who has blessed us with both Jeff Goldblum as an oversized insect (in The Fly) and James Woods as the hallucinatory Max Renn (in Videodrome) is probably the only director brave or creative enough to tackle Spider, the tale of Dennis Cleg (Fiennes), a paranoid schizophrenic in Thirties-era London who is released from the asylum and takes up residence in Mrs. Wilkinson’s (Redgrave) halfway house, almost immediately after which he proceeds to have a mumbling, twitching mental meltdown all over again..."
"...Ralph (Haig), a bald, severely retarded adult, is already on his way to join his aunt and uncle, but he still finds time to caper about like a busted marionette, and, um, drool. When a long lost uncle and his shrewish wife and yammering lawyer show up one day to claim the house as their own, Bruno must try to keep the normalcy charade ticking along as long as possible..."
"...Having sat on the shelf for some three years since an answer print was struck, anticipation for ghoul-rocker Zombie’s debut film was (and has remained) high. Fans of NYC’s White Zombie have savored the musician/filmmaker’s twisted sense of humor for more than a decade, and having helmed a passel of rock & roll videos over the years, the question has been mounting: Can he bring his twisted vision to the screen? Well, sorry, but the answer is "no way." We may never know the whole story behind the debacle that is House of 1000 Corpses, but something has clearly been lost in the translation from Seventies-era spook movies – from which both White Zombie, the band, and Rob Zombie, the solo artist, have drawn their inspiration..."
"...There’s plenty of nifty action set-pieces on display here – including a decidedly unamazing but hilarious gag involving Spidey and a kid’s tree house – but for the first time, the most popular of all of Marvel’s 1960s-era characters genuinely focuses less on the amazing and more on the boy behind the mask, and that’s a welcome change of pace. ‘Nuff said...."
"...The constant daubing of tears and clicking of cell phone pics buzzed all throughout the nine separate ceremonies held at this weekend’s Spider-Hitched marriage equality wedding event, Saturday, July 18 at Spider House cafe. Over 750 family, friends, and supporters showed up to enjoy the 10-hour event at the popular north campus creative hub..."
"...I already have a couple things on YouTube, and there’s more stuff planned. And that’s kind of the intention with Bounce House, too, that I’m writing and filming sketches for each show.”..."
"..."When we first started, I don't think either of us had any expectations at all," says singer/guitarist/drummer Conrad Keely nine days earlier, as he and Trail of Dead co-founder Reece relax among the Japanese lanterns and rusted patio furniture of campus-area coffee den Spider House. The clicking laptops and hum of hipster conversation are light-years away from the Midtown mania surrounding Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater...."
"...The battle is by no means over Pine at FWS said with a sigh that he expected a threat analysis would be forthcoming "if we got sued." However, an anti-ESA climate at the federal level as evidenced by the ESA overhaul passed by the House that would compensate property owners for lost hypothetical profits from habitat protection suggests the fight will be long and it will not be easy. After all, only 17 species were listed as endangered in the first five years of the Bush administration, compared to 158 under four years of Bush I and 345 under eight years of Clinton...."
"...Join Spider House and The Austin Chronicle this weekend as we celebrate marriage equality and the nuptials of a few dozen couples exercising their right to wed and enjoy the same freedoms as every other American in the realm of love...."
"...There's a costume party at Spider House tonight, and its theme is any Tarantino movie you really really like...."
"...That relationship was short-lived, ending abruptly after this year's South by Southwest festival. A few weeks later, the Vegan Yacht found an unlikely new harbor in the garden of Spider House, the longstanding North University coffee shop...."
"...This Year in Review show at Spider House Ballroom on Thursday night, listen, it’s one of those can’t-miss deals...."
"...Despite sounding like a Taco Bell promotion, the Hot Burrito To-Go Weekend in Marfa comes out of Austin courtesy of the Spider House 29th St. Ballroom..."
"...This past Friday night at Spider House, Michael Seyer, Bane’s World, and Inner Wave helped define bedroom pop...."
"...Spider House Ballroom reached capacity by 10pm, weather forcing the dual stage setup to shift inside and cram the front of the lineup onto the small bar-side stage...."
"...Austin Poetry Slam is a weekly event held every Tuesday at Spider House Ballroom. Poetry slams structure like sports tournaments..."
"...A little after 10pm on Saturday, Feb. 16, the hot, skinny hipsters were out in full force two blocks north of the Drag, at Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe (2908 Fruth, 480-9562)..."
"...Looking to enjoy some video-game culture, but don't want to spend the entire weekend obsessing about your Animal Crossing house? Here are a few options that are in your wheelhouse, but not actually in your house...."
"...If you've read this week's Austin Chronicle, you'll have seen my piece about Meet Me There, the new horror from local indie production house Greenless Studios. Now they're crowdfunding their next project, and taking a radically different direction with the deeply personal drama Paper Cuts...."
"...The Spider House..."
"...Dear Editor & Readers, It's very difficult to imagine people abusing the wonderful #MeToo movement, but that’s what’s happening. Drugs, sex, and rock & roll were a hallmark of the staff culture at Spider House. ["Tangled Web," News, Dec..."
"...You must promise to bring the love (and a ring or two might help, if you're into that kind of thing). Your pals at Spider House and The Austin Chronicle offer free wedding ceremonies this Saturday at Spider Hitched..."
"...Second Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm. Brass House, 115-B San Jacinto..."
"...All hallmarks of series writer Paul Dini, the talent credited for resurrecting DC's animated line with Batman: The Animated Series. But this was Ultimate Spider-Man, and Peter Parker lives at the House of Ideas, not in the Distinguished Competition's stable..."
"...First, the Enchanted Forest in South Austin shut down over a city permit issue (see "The Enchanted Forest," below). Then, little more than a week later, in the UT campus area, Spider House's sister space, the United States Art Authority, announced it would be closing its doors indefinitely while it worked to iron out some issues over – wait for it – permits with the city of Austin..."
"...The month of June is unbeatable, with Octopussy, WarGames, Jaws, and more celebrating their 20th anniversary with the Drafthouse...."
"...Liberty Lunch is no more, but Austin now has the pointiest City Council headquarters in the nation. Les Amis is dead, but in its place – spiritually if not geographically – have risen coffee haunts like Spider House..."
"...Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse & Cafe1501 S. First, 416-1601 Monday-Friday, 7am-12mid; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-12mid This inviting Bouldin neighborhood haunt features a funky lime-green exterior and an interior that's probably more homey than the place you sleep..."
"...Last weekend's two-day music fest at the Spider House/Spider House 29th St. Ballroom signaled a more ambitious booking plan for the campus hangout..."
"...This film is, quite simply, one hell of a ride. It moves with the herky-jerky gait of a spook-house trolley car, rocketing along for whole sequences and then punctuating them with shock cuts and tinnitus-inducing Foley cues that'll have audiences wishing they had borrowed a pair of grandma's Depends before entering the theatre..."
"...When they get a call from the presumed owner of the local haunted manse, the duo discover a locked book secreted away behind a false wall and break the hasp to see what’s inside. Everybody from Evil Dead’s Ash Williams to Necronomicon scribe Abdul Alhazred to your mom knows that opening moldering tomes found in creepy old houses is a recipe for supernatural disaster, but hey, what’s a kid to do? Cracking the book conjures up Slappy, a malevolent ventriloquist's puppet (voiced by Black) straight out of the Rod Serling Zone..."
"...While Sweet Ritual – Austin's first dedicated vegan ice cream parlor – has long been a local favorite with the dairy-free community, a new pack of vegan ice cream parlors has popped up. Vicecreme showed up this spring, opening its doors on Earth Day and impressing the public with house-made soft serve blended from bananas..."
"...You go to Mohawk (912 Red River) to scream, sweat, and shove. Stubb's (801 Red River) elevates the backyard house show, encouraging swaying over surfing..."
"...Spider House Ballroom 2906 Fruth, www.spiderhouse.com..."
"...23, 5-9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562..."
"...10:30: Bobby Jealousy (Spider House Cafe, 2908 Fruth)..."
"...6, 10pm. Spider House 29th St..."
"...And it's not just happening in New York, either. One of the largest independent video stores in the world, Seattle's Scarecrow Video, is, according to the Alamo Drafthouse's Terror Tuesday programmer and VHS evangelist Zack Carlson (see "Never Forget"), also suffering..."
"...But the real meat of the evening is yet to come. Peep Show, hosted by comedians Zac Brooks and Lisa Friedrich, is a free monthly event at Spider House Ballroom featuring live commentary on adult films...."