"...Renée Zellweger Slept Here Dept.: You can stop holding your breath now -- in the tortuous and oft-postponed route from Austin to San Francisco to the big screen, Port Arthur-native Janis Joplin's story finally looks to be on the production fast track, this judging from a recent announcement from Paramount Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment that the whiskey 'n' gravel-voiced countercultural icon will be portrayed by Texan and former Leatherface nemesis Renée Zellweger in Piece of My Heart, slated for "an early 2004" shoot, with presumably at least part of the production slated for the Austin area. The news comes after some seven years of on-again, off-again maneuverings to bring Joplin's bio to the screen..."
"...Texas Observer co-editor Karen Olsson will leave the venerable biweekly in January to pursue creative writing interests. She and Nate Blakeslee took over the progressive magazine last year, succeeding Lou Dubose and current Chronicle News Editor Michael King..."
"...When you hear musicians praising the Austin music scene, it invariably comes from the singer-songwriter circle. The folk musicians of the Fifties and Sixties formed one of the first rebel music communities in Austin, banding together in the face of country music's rigid standards..."
"...Justin Trevino may be nearing his 28th birthday, but the music he makes carries the weight of a man twice his age. Travelin' Singin' Man, Trevino's third album, is filled with what he likes to call "The Country Shuffle," a category that genre forebears like Johnny Bush and Ray Price perfected: easygoing tunes perfect for the honky-tonk and a night of Texas two-steppin'..."
"...Beast. With a new album due before year's end, this one looks like a great opportunity for both SXSW's European guests and locals alike to spend 45 minutes with one this town's finest and most consistent pure songwriting talents..."
"...You'd think with a subject this sexy, we'd invest a little more energy and come up with a snappier headline. Well, we wanted to get your attention and geeez, how can one compete with Bob Newhart for funny? We are beside ourselves knowing that the Uhlan of Understatement himself will be here for a Benefit for Any Baby Can, Thu, Mar 20 at the Austin Music Hall, and quite frankly, find ourselves a little tongue-tied..."