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Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Spider House Co-Owner
From Facebook post to public statement ...
DAILY Food  October 27, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...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..."

Spider House Kitchen Is Closed
Arlo’s to take over all food operations
DAILY Food  December 14, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...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...."

Spider House Co-Owner Files Civil Suit Against Partner and Former Employee
Legal action responds to 2017 sexual misconduct claims
DAILY Food  November 21, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

A Tangled Web at Spider House
A culture of heavy drinking and late nights, alleged sexual misconduct, and a lawsuit all pull on the threads of a poisonous time at the campus-area cafe
News Story  December 20, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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...."

Faster Than Sound: Spider House Ballroom Will Cease Live Entertainment
Longtime local venue converts to arcade bar following co-owner misconduct allegations, code violations, and artist payment delays
Music Column  February 7, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe
"...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...."

Sparks Flying Over Spider House
Owner files suit after sexual misconduct scandal
News Story  November 29, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...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...."

Spider House Co-Owner Fires Back at Business Partner in Court
Conrad Bejarano responds to John Dorgan’s libel and slander charges
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

999 Eyes Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow Takes Over Spider House
Just for a Sunday, but the weird vibes will reverberate through tiiiime
DAILY Arts  March 9, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

sxsw: Japan night at Spider House
Bands from Land of the Rising Sun meet River City
DAILY Chronolog  March 18, 2011, by R.U. Steinberg
"...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..."

Spider House Is Home
Where Getty gets her fix. No promotional considerations. Jus' luv.
DAILY Qmmunity  March 12, 2007, by Kate Getty
"...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...."

Playback: Hanging in the House of Songs
The House of Songs, Hotel Vegas on tour, and Terminator Too: Judgment Play
Music Column  January 22, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Spider
If you’ve never read any of British novelist Patrick McGrath’s work, I urge you to do so. Spider is based on his work of the same name (he also penned...
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Film Review  May 2, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Spider Baby
Three demented adult siblings are looked after by a devoted caretaker in Jack Hill's no-budget masterpiece.
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Film Review  August 12, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

House of 1000 Corpses
It’s like I told my mom: Just because you have the stars of Burnt Offerings, Spider Baby, and Bonnie and Clyde in your horror show doesn’t mean anybody’s going to...

Film Review  April 18, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back (again)
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Film Review  July 7, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Spider Hitched
PHOTO GALLERY  July 20, 2015
"...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..."

In the Bounce House with Comedian Danny Palumbo
2015’s Funniest Person in Austin is cooking on all burners
DAILY Arts  November 18, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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.”..."

The Mob House Rules
Trail of Dead introduces their new epic release to the world
Music Story  January 28, 2005, by Christopher Gray
"..."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...."

Endangered Spider Spooks the Feds
Fish and Wildlife Service declines to add rare cave spider to federal endangered species list, saying C. cueva doesn't exist; critter's supporters cry foul
News Story  December 30, 2005, by Rachel Proctor
"...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...."

Let's Get Hitched!
Free Austin wedding event exercises new rights
DAILY Qmmunity  July 14, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...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...."

Tarantino Costume Party Will Not Get Medieval On Your Ass
Andreas Fabis and Spider House bring the QT vibe and more
DAILY Arts  April 5, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...There's a costume party at Spider House tonight, and its theme is any Tarantino movie you really really like...."

Land Ho
After a rocky few months, the Vegan Yacht finds smooth sailing at Spider House
Food Story  May 29, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...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...."

Austin’s Funniest People Recap 2017
The Year In Review, just as it says on the tin. You know, the tin.
DAILY Arts  December 26, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...This Year in Review show at Spider House Ballroom on Thursday night, listen, it’s one of those can’t-miss deals...."

Hot Burrito To-Go Weekend in Marfa
Ready for your indie-rock weekend getaway?
DAILY Music  August 31, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...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..."

Bedroom Pop, Comfort for the Sad Unknown
Michael Seyer, Bane’s World & Inner Wave take back humanity
DAILY Music  July 10, 2018, by Jeremy Steinberger
"...This past Friday night at Spider House, Michael Seyer, Bane’s World, and Inner Wave helped define bedroom pop...."

Free Week Live Shots
Spider House Ballroom, Jan. 7
Music Story  January 12, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...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...."

Slam It All On The Stage
Poetry comes alive at Austin Poetry Slam!
DAILY Chron Events  January 30, 2014, by Josette Chen
"...Austin Poetry Slam is a weekly event held every Tuesday at Spider House Ballroom. Poetry slams structure like sports tournaments..."

Fashion Freak Out
DAILY Design  February 18, 2008, by Sofia Resnick
"...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)..."

Gaming Calendar
or, whatcha gonna do this week
DAILY Screens  August 8, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...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...."

One in a Crowd: Paper Cuts and What We Do in the Shadows
Mental health drama and SXSW vampire comedy need crowdfunding
DAILY Screens  January 16, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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 Coffeehouse Chronicles: Episode 3
Food Column  April 1, 1999
"...The Spider House..."

May the Truth Prevail
Postmarks  January 9, 2019
"...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..."

Gay Place: Just One Hitch
We've got the officiants, baby, if you've got the time
Columns  July 16, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

Gay Place: We do!
It's the Fourth! Celebrate the rainbow and the Pink, White, and Sky Blue!
Columns  July 2, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Second Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm. Brass House, 115-B San Jacinto..."

Marvel Makes the Ultimate Television
The House of Ideas launches new Spider-Man this weekend
DAILY Screens  March 31, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

United States Art Authority
A zoning glitch forces the UT campus-area arts space to close down temporarily
Arts Story  August 1, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Swimming in Summer Cinema
So many series, so little time
DAILY Screens  June 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...The month of June is unbeatable, with Octopussy, WarGames, Jaws, and more celebrating their 20th anniversary with the Drafthouse...."

Moving Pictures
Twenty years on, more than two dozen filmmakers pay tribute to Slacker and a city in transition
Screens Story  August 26, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Second Helpings: Downtown Coffee Shops
Food Story  March 19, 2004
"...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..."

Playback
'Good Day Austin' anchor Joe Bickett says adios, the Scottish Rite Theater, Good Music Club, and Spider House say hello again, and Emo's owner Frank Hendrix goes cable
Music Column  May 25, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi makes a triumphant return to the "splatstick" horror genre he more or less invented with The Evil Dead and its two sequels.
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Film Review  May 29, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Slappy returns in this perfectly timed sequel
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Film Review  October 12, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Austin's Four Vegan Frozen Dessert Shops
We all scream for (dairy-free) ice cream
Food Story  October 12, 2017, by Alisha McDarris
"...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..."

Best Clubs for the Under-21 Crowd
No ID? No problem.
Features Story  August 24, 2017, by Isabella Castro-Cota
"...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..."

A Guide to Austin Stand-Up: Venues
Where to find the funny in town
Arts Story  March 30, 2017, by Robert Faires, Wayne Alan Brenner and Sean L. Malin
"...Spider House Ballroom 2906 Fruth, www.spiderhouse.com..."

Gay Place
The Gender Unbound Art Fest will spotlight the work of trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming artists and musicians
Columns  September 22, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...23, 5-9pm. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562..."

Playback: HAAM-er Time
Being a musician doesn't always come with a choice, and rarely includes health insurance, so HAAM Benefit Day remains paramount
Music Column  September 28, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...10:30: Bobby Jealousy (Spider House Cafe, 2908 Fruth)..."

Gay Place: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GLENN!
Spank Glenn Eaddy one time for us!
Columns  September 7, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...6, 10pm. Spider House 29th St..."

A Republic of Indie in a Netflix Nation
How Austin's homegrown video stores are faring against the big red giant
Screens Story  January 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Finding the Fun in Porn With Peep Show
Local comics keep it relatively clean and boner free
DAILY Chron Events  October 10, 2018, by Shalavé Cawley
"...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...."

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