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"...Of course we know that the first novel by local writer and actress Katherine Catmull is the lyrical, otherworldly adventure called Summer and Bird, about two young sisters on a quest to find their missing parents, and that Catmull will be at BookPeople to read from and sign the brand new Dutton hardcover tomorrow (Tuesday) night...."
"...The night I attended the show – just this past Friday – the featured author was Katherine Catmull, whose novel Summer and Bird is a sort of children's-literature-for-adults (You know: The way Neil Gaiman's Coraline is) and is as simultaneously lyrical and compelling as a narrative can be...."
"...The one drawback to the September dates is that they partly overlap with the new StarGayZer music festival at Carson Creek, but as we’ve said before, Austin’s big enough for multiple queer festivals. Early bird badge pricing for aGLIFF is now available, and Polari (the nonprofit behind aGLIFF) is accepting film submissions through June 15. [image-1]..."
"...Nonprofit Humanities Texas’ annual holiday book bazaar, which happens tomorrow (12/8), is a two-birds, one-stone kinda deal: You get presents for loved ones on your list, and Humanities Texas presents you with the opportunity to meet some of Austin’s finest writers. Win-win, right?..."
"...WILD BASIN WILDERNESS PRESERVE is 200 acres of beautiful Hill Country on the outskirts of West Austin set aside to preserve the land though active management, nature education, and research. A variety of activities are offered throughout the year for adults and kids, including nature walks, stargazing, flint-knapping, bird watching, trail maintenance, and plant identification..."
"...Lady Bird Lake There are better (cleaner) options for swimming, but the lake bisecting Austin features abundant boat and raft rental options for an afternoon cruise...."
"...Even if they were, Hamilton Pool's Saturday Morning Nature Club offers a nice alternative to cereal and CBS. Discovery hikes, birdwatching, an introduction to snakes of Central Texas, and ecology games are activities slated for the club, which meets 9:30-11am..."
"...(1999, 90min/color, DCP) Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., and Vin Diesel. Directed by Brad Bird..."
"...Pride Week may be a few months off still, but the early bird gets the discount. Buy your tickets to Austin Pride now and avoid complaining about ticket prices later..."
"...WILD BASIN WILDERNESS PRESERVE is a natural area located just on the skirts of West Austin featuring over 200 acres of beautiful Hill Country that was set aside to preserve the land through active management, nature education, and research. A variety of activities are offered throughout the year for children and adults, including nature walks, stargazing parties, flint-knapping classes, bird watching, trail maintenance, plant identification, and much more..."
"...There remains plenty to argue over. Already raising online hackles is a proposal (Items 15 and 73) to allow the Radisson Hotel to build a restaurant deck and public terrace on parkland overlooking Lady Bird Lake..."
"...New this year is the Family Film Festival, a selection of films for the whole family taking place over eight consecutive weekends starting July 11, with special discount tickets for the wee ones. That series gets a sneak preview on May 23, with The Iron Giant, Brad Bird’s much beloved 1999 animated classic about a boy and his robot...."
"...This year is the 75th anniversary of Random House, and to celebrate, the publisher is releasing 18 of its classic titles -- in their original covers -- in three seasonal installments. Already in stores are Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings..."
"...The list includes such locals as prolific historian H.W. Brands, whose newest tome is The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age; Amanda Eyre Ward, author of the forthcoming Close Your Eyes; and seasoned funny lady Sarah Bird (The Gap Year), as well as out-of-towners with Texas ties, including The New Yorker's national treasure Calvin Trillin, whose latest, Trillin on Texas, was published by the University of Texas Press earlier this month...."
"...Much like swimwear, synchronized swimmers seem to come in two sizes only: kiddie size (found at your local Y) and Olympic size (seen once every four years). Of course, there are the vintage collectibles: dinosaur size, the extinct MGM aquacade ladies once found in groups of 70 or more and usually seen from the bird's-eye view..."
"...Life Time Tri CapTex Begins with a dip in Lady Bird Lake, continues with a bicycle drag race to the Capitol, and ends after a run through Butler Park. May 29...."
"..."Ernestine & Kit" UK Director: Simon Bird, Screenwriters: Simon Bird, Kevin Barry A darkly comic fairytale about two elderly women who travel the countryside of rural Ireland, imagining the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children (World Premiere)..."
"...There are days in Texas when it's too damn hot to read anything taxing. Luckily, Laura Zigman, author of Dating Big Bird and Animal Husbandry (later adapted as Someone Like You, starring Ashley Judd), offers a breezy new novel just in time for the heat..."
"...• Item 26: A resolution to formally disapprove of the CAMPO 2040 Plan, specifically the proposal to build a double-decker, multilane MoPac flyover bridge over Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake, and to direct staff to initiate a review of the whole megillah;..."
"...The projects that could be funded in the November bond election represent a multimodal mix of roads, sidewalks, trails, and public transportation: $17 million – 10% of the city's total bonding capacity of $170 million – for the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk, completing the trail system around the lake; $2 million to pave the way for rapid bus lines on Guadalupe/Lavaca; $8 million to rework the Third Street/Lance Armstrong Bikeway corridor; $1 million for pedestrian improvements for upcoming Waller Creek redevelopment Downtown, and much more. "The variety of mobility improvements included in the bond package proposal reflects the importance of multiple forms of travel to reduce congestion and our reliance on cars alone," Assistant City Manager Robert Goode says on the website announcing the allocations (www.austinstrategicmobility.com)..."
"...When the lineups are announced, he said: "Everybody's going to be pissed that I booked something, but you know what? There's something for everybody there." His next measure of success will come on Oct. 20, when early bird tickets go on sale for ACL 2011..."
"...I first tasted piri-piri chicken while in South Africa, where Portuguese influences have been felt since colonial times. Piri-piri is the Portuguese name for the African bird pepper, a superfiery but deliciously addictive chile first brought from Brazil (where it is known as malagueta) to Angola, both Portuguese colonies..."
"...Sound familiar? No, we're not talking about Uber and Lyft, though the rideshare companies did use a similar tactic back in 2014 when they dropped into town during South by Southwest, pre-empting a debate over city regulations. Rather, today's model manifests in the city's current impasse with Bird, a California-based app that rents electric scooters for public use and bills itself as a solution to the "last mile" gap between public transit and one's destination..."
"...by Sarah Bird..."
"...Fresh from retreating on controversial plans in 2011 to privatize the Dottie Jordan and Austin Recreation Centers, PARD again found itself in hot water at the start of 2012 over a plan that would have allowed the YMCA to build an aquatics center on prime city-owned property along the north shore of Lady Bird Lake...."
"...The Gulf Coast Whether you’re bobbing around in the choppy surf in Galveston, otherwise referred to as the “G-Town Brown,” or simply bird-watching in Port Aransas, the State of Texas provides more than 600 miles of undeveloped coastline, most of which is available to set up camp on. For a sleepy beach town destination, take the ferry from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula for a weekend spent in charming Crystal Beach..."
"...Generally, meals were a comfort, and only occasionally, like the time they served undercooked chicken in the summer of '78, a source of pain. "The bird," I wrote home, in what was to be the infamous birth of my food writing career, "was defective."..."
"...Using some of the hottest young stars of the moment, Strike (formerly titled The Hairy Bird) tells the story of students at an exclusive girls' school in 1963 who oppose the administration's plan to go co-ed; writer-director Sarah Kernochan's previous film credits incongruously include screenplay credits for 9 1/2 Weeks and an Oscar for her co-direction of the documentary Marjoe. (August 20)..."
"...It's the ultimate uniquely Austin experience: looking at the sun reflecting off the waters of Lady Bird Lake, the sky turning a golden hue behind the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge ....."
"...Weekdays, 9am-4:30pm, 9am-noon, or 1-4:30pm. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 380-7555..."
"...That's the message Austin Police Dept. Chief Art Acevedo offered during a mid-day press conference Thursday at Lady Bird Lake, where he announced the department's "Summer Heat 2008" campaign to keep Austin's roads safe – and fatality free...."
"...LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER Unfortunately, only two sessions are still open here. Kids 7-9 can attend the Mother Nature's Picnic camp (July 17-19) in which campers discover Mother Nature's food-making abilities -- from the bees to the cacti..."
"...Andrews of the world, a golf course is to me a holy ground. I feel God in the trees and flowers, in the rabbits and birds and the squirrels, in the sky and the water..."
"...Brandon Luedtke's debut hinges on the local's uniquely twinged warble and fingerpicked melodies. There's a touch of Tom Brosseau's bent, nasal folk ("The Cuckoo Bird") and Woody Guthrie at his most playful ("New World")..."
"...The Iron Giant (1999)Sat., May 23, 1pm (P) It's a simple enough message: You are who you choose to be. The friendship between latchkey kid Hogarth Hughes and the space-born behemoth at the heart of Brad Bird's animated feature is entertainment enough, but the film's true power is in its illustration of how challenging it really is to be who you are..."
"...Their brand of acoustic folk-pop nestling comfortably between the sensitive earthiness of the Avett Brothers and the baroque tendencies of Andrew Bird, Sons of Santos' enchanting circle of strings, keys, and percussion wafts soft as a feather bed on the Austin quartet's debut full-length. The bass clef steals the show with Nick Soberon's agile cello coloring sections with bold melodies ("Nobody's Watching"), and upright bass gripper Mason Hankamer handles the heavy lifting with a brilliant low end ("Strong Enough")..."
"...Jump on the bandwagon while there's still plenty of room. – Thomas Fawcett FUTUREBIRDS..."
"...It's a Bird ...by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen..."
"...Kenny took four circuitous years to find his way back to writing songs, finally emerging two years ago with Magnolia, the Wooden Birds' debut for Seattle indie label Barsuk. The sound was intensely familiar, Kenny's mellow, aching vocals exerted into a heavy and steadfast rhythm (see "Texas Platters," May 15, 2009)..."
"...ESTER DRANG: Taking the Flaming Lips' cue, Tulsa's Ester Drang put out 2001's Goldenwest, a gateway into a mesmerizing world of sound. It's part Kid A, part Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs, but the melodies and harmonies soar free as a bird without an ounce of pretension..."
"...Side streets splinter into longer curved roads and cul-de-sacs named after various trees and birds, especially the dove: Dove Springs Drive, Dove Drive, Dovemeadow, Dovewood, Dovehill. Depending on the splinter one chooses to follow, the scenery might include children playing street baseball, or lining up at ice cream trucks playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" and Spanish polkas, families barbecuing on their lawns, cars on blocks taking up space beneath sprawling oaks, empty lots strewn with trash, graffiti – typically in red and black, the kind of aggressive scrawls that mean little or nothing to the uninitiated – and leaning wood fences painted multiple shades of white, beige, gray, and brown for each time the graffiti has been painted over..."
"...Summer may have been a lazy season in some corners, but not at the Long Center, which has been abuzz with construction activity on the southern shores of Lady Bird Lake and where some hefty new gifts have been landing in the performing-arts center's coffers. On Aug..."
"..."Well, Doug turns around and says, 'The bird has flown! Blues in B-flat.'..."
"...The YardbirdsUltimate! (Rhino) With 52 tracks running two and a half hours, Rhino's 2-CD Ultimate! lends ample credence to the supposition that the Yardbirds are the not-so-missing musical link between Sixties pop and Seventies rock. Like their early-Sixties British peers, the Kinks, Who, Beatles, and Stones, the London quintet, which took its name from Jack Kerouac's love of jazz titan Charlie "(Yard)Bird" Parker, were enamored with American R&B..."
"...Welcome one and all to the 23rd annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival! We've completely settled into our new home at Fiesta Gardens on the shady banks overlooking Lady Bird Lake, and we're throwing the year's hottest party in honor of our departed friend, Jill Lewis. We've never dedicated the entire festival to anyone before, but we've also never held a festival without Jill's participation, either..."
"...That does not mean, though, that Facing the Wind is not a compelling read. The attorney successfully pleaded insanity, and not long thereafter Rowe was free as a bird, sleeping with a failed nun 30 years his junior...."
"...Listen: Two girls are trapped in a great secret maze that links all the mirrors of the world. Deep in this surreal place, a being born from reflections and fractures threatens to devour the maze from within – including those two sisters and every bird on Earth...."
"...One of my favorite scenes in Through the Looking Glass is when Alice and the fawn enter the forest where you forget your name and what you are, and—abstract categories out of the way—strike up a friendship. In my book Summer and Bird, I borrowed that idea for a section where the grief-stricken Summer enters a strange place of healing where she forgets for a while who and what she is...."
"...With The Radiant Road, Katherine Catmull elegantly summons that same fairy-tale timelessness, that gentle déjà vu that maybe we heard this tale as a bedtime story once when we were very, very small even when we know we are reading it for the first time. The second novel by this award-winning Austin stage actor – the follow-up to her enchanting Summer and Bird – follows the motherless, displaced Clare, a girl on the precipice of her teenage years, as she travels to Ireland with her father to return to the house she was born in – inside of which grows a tree that her mother's family has had guardianship of for generations..."