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Terry Allen’s Manifest Monographs
Lubbock don stages a vintage show for the ages
DAILY Music  January 16, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“The Juarez Device (aka Texican Badman)” began the first 45-minute set just as it sets in motion the Badlands-meets-True Stories tumult of Juarez, poetry masquerading as zen horse wisdom even more so than Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Flinty voice edged with a crackling treble on one end, a pair of black boots working the keyboard pedals on the other, the figure in black hunched over his instrument while projecting his seemingly inevitable narratives with a Biblical authority and twang as wide as the Rio Grande..."

Meet Joe Black
A loose retelling of 1934's Death Takes a Holiday, this updated version adapts a fuller, firmer attitude toward other-worldly romance as well as a near-three-hour running time. With Hopkins onscreen...
Film Review  November 13, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...He's here to take the senior Parrish off to the great beyond, but before he does, he'd like to find out a bit about the living. “You will be my tour guide,” he tells an understandably stunned Hopkins, and before long Death, under the moniker of Joe Black, is attending Parrish Communications board meetings, wrapping his tongue around gob after gob of peanut butter (a delicacy, we are led to believe, absent from the netherworld), and falling in love with daughter Susan..."

P. Terry's Burger Stand
Fast food that's actually food
Food Review  September 15, 2006, by Kate Thornberry
"...It is mind-blowing, I know, but it is nevertheless true: At P. Terry's, your burger is hand-patted from hormone-free Black Angus beef..."

Terry Maker's "Holy Fool" is a Divine Manifestation of Art
New show at grayDUCK Gallery rewards your closest attention
DAILY Arts  April 24, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But they’re not just fashioned from leather and then embellished, which would be cool enough. No, this is Terry Maker, so the belts are cut from flexible sheets formed from multiple layers of resin, and then they’re drilled and sanded and have straps and buckles attached so they’re like actual giant belts, and then they’re decorated with, oh, a set of resin-cast vertebrae, say … a series of black horns … an eerie line of artificial eyes..."

Smoke and Mirrors
Terry Black's isn't quite ready for the big leagues
Food Story  August 28, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Austin barbecue has been the focus of regional and national media attention for the past few years now, and the bright lights have attracted a new generation of aspiring pitmasters. After putting in some years working the pits at their family's renowned Lockhart barbecue temple, twin brothers Mike and Mark Black struck out to make their mark in the Texas capital..."

True Love and Lawsuits in the Wedding Capital of Texas
'Til death do us party
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...Right after that, George heard about a public meeting hosted by Mark Black and his father Terry, of the Black barbecue family, regarding their plan to turn a property they owned in the Dripping Springs area into a wedding venue. Although the property belongs to Black Market Investments, a business entity owned by Terry Black and his sons, Mark has led efforts to develop the property..."

Two Generations, One Art
Like twins who have grown up apart and are finally reunited, writer-performer Terry Galloway and the Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals are creative soulmates who have at last discovered their kinship through their collaboration on Galloway's dark comedy In the House of the Moles.
Arts Story  February 25, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...And Germany? Oh boy, were those folks' songs revealing. Looking at them, I realized Old Germany, behind its soon-to-be Nazi black-leather exterior, was sappy..."

The Original Hipster
Chronicle writer Dick Holland on the comeback of Texan Terry Southern, the all-around bad boy of black humor
Books Story  September 14, 2001, by Dick Holland
"...Henry); (C) Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, and Cabeza de Vaca; or (D) Terry Southern, looking a little stoned and wearing shades. If you guessed (D), friends, you're correct -- it is none other than that progenitor of Bad Boy Black Humor and personal leader of the early days of the sexual revolution in Paris, London, and Greenwich Village..."

Tale of a Tale Spinner
How a ballplayer, a piano player, beatnik poetry, and Lubbock made Terry Allen an epic storyteller.
Arts Story  December 19, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Later, he managed the Lubbock Hubbers baseball team and became a promoter of wrestling and boxing matches and musical shows. Pauline Pierce Allen was a professional piano player -- a real barrelhouse jazz and blues musician -- who had been booted out of Southern Methodist University in the 1920s for playing "devil's music" and playing it with blacks..."

The barbecue beat, plus big news for the Omelettry
Food Column  March 21, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The national attention garnered by Austin's homegrown barbecue joints and the overall Texas barbecue renaissance has inspired expansion plans among longtime Central Texas barbecue stalwarts. Kent Black, of Black's Barbecue in Lockhart, told us recently he's making progress with his foray into San Marcos, where he's opening a barbecue restaurant with a scenic beer garden later this year..."

Twin Town
Produced by Andrew MacDonald and Danny Boyle -- the pair who brought us Trainspotting and Shallow Grave -- this feature debut by former documentarian Allen is a drug-fueled, nihilistic, free-for-all...
Film Review  June 20, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Produced by Andrew MacDonald and Danny Boyle -- the pair who brought us Trainspotting and Shallow Grave -- this feature debut by former documentarian Allen is a drug-fueled, nihilistic, free-for-all ride through the streets and alleys of modern-day Swansea, South Wales. While at first glance, Twin Town appears to be a direct continuation of Trainspotting -- right down to its mordant black humor and over-the-top drug use -- it's a far more scattershot affair..."

Clearing the air
Food Column  April 9, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Barbecue smoke clears. Now that the proposed barbecue smoke ordinance has been discussed before the City Council, it's clear the problems that generated the original complaints are related to very specific situations at Terry Black's Barbecue (1003 Barton Springs Rd.) and la Barbecue (902 E..."

The Brothers
Hardwick's debut feature goes to pains to distance itself from the black male ensemble comedy genre that has blossomed in the past few years (F. Gary Gray's Friday is a...
Film Review  March 23, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Hughley, Clifton Powell, Shemar Moore, Clifton Powell, Tatyana Ali, Nadege Auguste, Jesse Caldwell, Clifton Powell and Gabrielle Union. Hardwick's debut feature goes to pains to distance itself from the black male ensemble comedy genre that has blossomed in the past few years (F..."

The Bounce Back
Charming film pits two love gurus against each other
Film Review  December 9, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film, a crowdfunded labor of love, features a black ensemble cast that work hard to make this an adult romance and not a sniggering sex comedy. In this, The Bounce Back succeeds, although it’s also the kind of romance in which couples emerge from bed after sex with their undergarments all properly in place..."

The title refers to being in love, a state that's pure anathema to any man who aspires to well and truly be “The Mack.” At least that's what self-styled ladies'...
Film Review  May 30, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...With nasty ruses (such as dispatching a luscious call girl to tempt Montel), Clyde and Adina not only push their pals' Doris Day/Rock Hudson romance to the limits of endurance, but also find a bonding experience of their own in mutual villainy. This initial foray into romantic comedy by Cundieff, whose previous directing credits include 1993's Fear of a Black Hat and 1995's Tales From the Hood, is definitely a change of pace from the raucous macho humor and over-the-top stylings of its predecessors..."

Conflicts and Contradictions
The Choices of Terry Allen
Music Story  February 16, 1996, by Lee Nichols
"...The most notable new face, however, is that of Lucinda Williams. Her duets with Allen on "Room to Room" and "Back to Black" are the most instantly striking pieces of the album, her voice laying a blue smoothness over Allen's smoldering gravel...."

West of Memphis
Eighteen years of wrongful imprisonment and four documentaries still don't put to rest the trials of the West Memphis Three.
Film Review  March 15, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...Police arrested three teenagers – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Lloyd Misskelley Jr. – and charged them with capital murder based on the theory that Echols, a known reader of Stephen King novels and wearer of black T-shirts, was the ringleader of a homicidal satanic cult, and that Baldwin and Misskelley were his followers..."

The Bank Job
When a gang of thieves break into some London safe-deposit boxes, they enter a world of police corruption, financial malfeasance, sexual degeneracy, political conspiracy, murder, torture, and upper-class salaciousness.
Film Review  March 7, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...And then – just like that – it was gone, buried underneath a government gagging order that forbade coverage of the story for 30 years. The reason for the order was unclear, but popular lore regards the government as responsible for the break-in, having hired the robbers in order to get inside the safe-deposit box of a controversial black nationalist/drug smuggler who, it was said, was sitting on compromising photos of Princess Margaret..."

The sweets beat: Contigo hires a new pastry chef
Food Column  June 26, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The parking lot at Terry Black's Barbecue (1003 Barton Springs Rd.) was packed with cars over the weekend, as friends and family experienced the soft opening of the new barbecue joint created by the third and fourth generations of the venerable Central Texas rural barbecue royalty. It won't be long before diners can make the comparison of the fare presented by both branches of the Black family in Austin..."

In Person
There's something infinitely comforting in knowing, finally, that British fantasist Terry Pratchett is just as big a geek in person as he is on the printed page. More so, actually: Monday night's booksigning at BookPeople attracted a floodtide of both hard-core sci-fi and fantasy fans.
Books Story  October 17, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...More so, actually: Monday night's booksigning at BookPeople attracted a flood tide of both hardcore sci-fi and fantasy fans (we spotted more than one "Ferengi Rules of Acquisition" T-shirt in the crowd, which is two more than we've ever spotted before) as well as more sedate readers who showed up to see if the author would engage in the sort of verbal swordplay his characters so often excel at. He did, of course, showing up in his semitrademark black cowboy hat and immediately launching into a foreshortened version of His Life Thus Far, including but not limited to his childhood spent working for free in the local library and his stint handling PR for a nuclear energy facility..."

Williams in the Wild
Postmarks  August 26, 2018
"...Dear Editor, Diners at Terry Black’s BBQ may have been surprised last Friday to see Congressman Roger Williams campaigning there. For starters, it’s unusual to see Williams in the wild: the congressman, who represents the 25th district, is notorious for trying to evade constituents who don’t already agree with his policy positions..."

Where to Eat Near ACL Fest
Foraging around Zilker
Food Story  September 29, 2016
"...12) P. Terry's Burger Stand Burgers fashioned from hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, all-natural chicken, fresh-cut fries, and milkshakes..."

Foraging Near Zilker
Music Story  October 1, 2015
"...11) P. Terry's Burger Stand Burgers fashioned from hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, Buddy's Natural Chicken, fresh-cut fries, and milkshakes..."

Where there's smoke ...
Food Column  April 2, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Franklin is concerned about the future of one of our city's most valued authentic regional cuisines and biggest current tourist attractions: Texas barbecue smoked over wood fires. There have been complaints in some central city neighborhoods about barbecue smoke regularly being carried into homes, but the only complaints that have made the local news are from folks who live in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood directly above Terry Black's Barbecue (1003 Barton Springs Rd.)..."

Foraging Near Zilker
Food Story  October 2, 2014
"...10) P. Terry's Burger Stand Burgers fashioned from hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, Buddy's natural chicken, fresh-cut fries, and milkshakes..."

Save the Last Dance
A surprisingly ambitious teen film, Save the Last Dance uses the marriage of hip-hop and ballet as the backdrop for its story of first love and second chances. The film...
Film Review  January 12, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...Sara blames herself (her mother was racing to make it to the audition) and renounces ballet forever. She moves in with her estranged father, who lives in inner-city Chicago, and is thrust into the uneasy position of being white in an all-black high school..."

The Expendables 2
This who's who of action stars even features Schwarzenegger in his movie comeback.
Film Review  August 24, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...The script, by Stallone and Richard Wenk, expands the cameo roles Schwarzenegger and Willis had in the first film, while adding the femme fatale exploits of Yu Nan, which, rest assured, does nothing to soften the budding franchise's rough ’n' tumble edges. Van Damme is cast as the bad guy (aptly, if unsubtly, named Vilain), a brutish Bond-esque baddy intent on flooding the black market with plutonium..."

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
Thai director Wych Kaosayanada knows a disaster when he sees (or directs) one; paring down his given name to the graffito tag zone and his plot to the bare minimum,...
Film Review  September 27, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...If only. Drowning in dicey editing, black leather, and Lucy Liu as a Defense intelligence agent at her most numbingly icy (she was infinitely better in the ludicrous-but-exhilaratingly goofy Charlie's Angels, which was also helmed, strangely enough, by another single-moniker director: McG), Kaos pulls out all the stops when it comes to crafting sequences featuring the pursuit of soft human tissue by hard little lead slugs..."

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...11 North American first time looks, and 51 feature debuts. The SXSW Film roster has arrived, with big features like Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, the debut of Starz's American Gods adaptation, and documentaries on subjects from the Grateful Dead to Black Lives Matter...."

Day Trips: Top 10s 2017
Hurricane Harvey tops the list of events that affected day trippers in 2017
Columns  December 28, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...9) Edgar Clarence Black Jr. (1925-2017) of Lockhart, patriarch of the longest-operating barbecue restaurant operated by one family..."

The Expendables 3
As action stars of yesteryear and tomorrow pop in and out, they demonstrate what expendable really means.
Film Review  August 15, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The third entry in this franchise is as monotonous and forgettable as its drab and prophecy-fulfilling title seems to indicate. Sylvester Stallone is still at the helm of the mercenary black-ops crew hired by the CIA, but although he directed the first scrappy entry in this franchise and had a hand in co-writing all three, Stallone is outgunned by a flotilla of aging action stars and newby reinforcements in this scattershot configuration..."

Scary Movie 5
This parodic auto-mash-up of Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, The Evil Dead, and more is even worse than you think.

Film Review  April 19, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...By the time a vengeful maid serves up a “poop pie” swarming with CGI flies in Scary Movie 5, there’s no mistaking that this franchise has delivered just desserts. Headlined by Lohan and Sheen, this parodic auto-mash-up of Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, Mama, and The Evil Dead remake (playing concurrently in theatres), SM5 is the latest (and hopefully last) installment of a series originally conceived as a spoof of Scream, (which was itself a spoof of slasher flicks in general)..."

Heavy Melody
Judas Priest's K.K. Downing Q&A
DAILY Music  August 22, 2008, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Great metal gristle when Phil Lynott fisted a page of its history in 1983 on final Lizzy studio LP Thunder and Lightning, Judas Priest’s double-disc Nostradamus continues these Brits’ decades-long rampage with the “Revelations” and dire “Prophecy” of the French doomsayer’s predictions for the “Future of Mankind.” At nearly 40, the Priest smote its most ambitious album in Nostradamus, overlong by a platter, but “Conquest” nonetheless. The hot breath of Nostradamus fans August flames in Selma this Sunday alongside Black Sabbath alias Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and the Bay Area’s early-1980s metal paradigm trendsetters, Testament, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater...."

Together Alone
During the opening credits of Together Alone, two young men leave a bar, go to one's apartment, have sex, and then turn the lights on, get dressed and talk. In...
Film Review  February 26, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The only time the structure noticeably wavers is during the sentimental monologues that each of them delivers. Together Alone was shot on a shoestring budget in 16mm black-and-white..."

Announcing The Austin Chronicle’s Battle of the Briskets!
30 local brisket masters compete for Best Brisket in Austin title
DAILY Food  May 31, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...The Contenders Black’s BBQ – 3110 Guadalupe, 78705 Brown’s Bar-B-Que – 1901 S. Lamar, 78704 Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que – 217 Congress Ave, 78701 Donn’s BBQ – 2617 S..."

Carver Museum Hosts Austin African American Book Fest
Annual event is free and open to the public
DAILY Books  June 21, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...The Austin African American Book Festival booked McMillan to speak and sign copies of her books at its Eastside celebration of black writers and their work. She joins Michael Collins, an English professor at Texas A&M University who wrote Understanding Etheridge Knight (the poetry of whom Zell Miller III will perform), and Anita Richmond Bunkley, who's published some 10 novels in the last 20 years including A Thousand Steps, which hit bookstores in February...."

Page Two: Row My Boat Ashore
Louis Black bids farewell in his final “Page Two” column
Columns  September 7, 2017, by Louis Black

The 1776 Freedom March
Trump supporters gathered in Wooldridge Park on Saturday
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Travis Putnam Hill
"...Flying assorted variations of American, Texan, and Gadsden flags, the marchers chanted "Lock her up," "Death to Soros," and "Communism is treason" along the way. Despite concerns of potential confrontations with counter-protesters (progressive picnickers from the Austin Potluck group had worried publicly about a run-in), the march ended peacefully with several more speeches on the Capitol steps and a thinning and more subdued crowd returning to Wooldridge Square to arrange lunch at Terry Black's BBQ...."

Council: More Brisket, More Staff
Talking around barbecue smoke, staffing up, and more
News Story  April 9, 2015, by Michael King
"...The headline grabber was the (in theory) well-intentioned attempt to draft a solution to the burning problem of barbecue smoke; sponsored by District 3 Council Member Pio Renteria (with co-conspirators Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, and CM Greg Casar). It was a response to a couple of fairly specific neighborhood complaints – concerning Terry Black's Bar­ton Springs joint (beneath a residential bluff), and la Barbe­cue on East Cesar Chavez (near some homes) – that need specific solutions..."

Council: Where There's Smoke, There's Barbecue
Council takes on barbecue smokers, and smoke gets in their eyes
News Story  April 2, 2015, by Michael King
"...Sponsored by District 3 Council Member Sabino "Pio" Renteria – and co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo (D9), Mayor Steve Adler, and D4 CM Greg Casar – the proposal is an offshoot of a Bouldin Creek neighborhood dispute with Terry Black's Barton Springs Road joint, where, because of the cliffside landscape, the smoker was directly below some residences. But that localized issue (reportedly mostly resolved) has now spread to other neighborhoods and vendors, including Eastside trailers that have set up shop in and around residential neighborhoods...."

Red Dirt Girl
Emmylou Harris on the fringe
DAILY Music  June 23, 2011, by Jim Caligiuri
"...When I walked into the Moody Theater Tuesday night, my ears were still ringing. Twenty-four hours earlier, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears put on the show of their career with a taping for Austin City Limits, nearly two hours of unremitting energy that left everyone gasping for breath..."

At the Corner of Starlight and Springtime
R.I.P. Ellie Greenwich
DAILY Music  August 31, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...Ellie Greenwich died last week. Hers was a passing that received enough notice to do her credit, yet it seemed flat to read the tributes in black and white..."

New in Graphic Novels
The Chronicle Comics & Manga Team hunts down some inky delights
DAILY Books  May 7, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Well, unless you've read Brown's previous autobiographical works – Clumsy, Unlikely, Every Girl is the End of the World for Me, and others – because then you'd know this funny and brave and not untroubled man holds little in reserve, baring his soul, unveiling his heartbreaks (and other, more squickily physical maladies) for the world to see. This is usually presented in a succession of cartoony-yet-effective panels – a rarely wavering six squares to a page – and rendered with (the author informs us in a Q&A afterword) a black Uni-ball Micro Deluxe...."

Color of Justice
A drug bust in tiny Tulia, Texas opens up old racial wounds and raises questions about the veracity of the undercover cop-for-hire who orchestrated it all.
News Story  July 28, 2000, by Nate Blakeslee
"...By the end of the week, as the rest of the suspects were rounded up, it was evident that the 41 persons targeted by the sting had something else in common. Thirty-five of the arrestees came from Tulia's tiny black community, which numbers no more than 350..."

Destination Unknown
Music Story  November 13, 1998, by Ken Lieck
"...Born 1950 in the cold sunshine of San Francisco, six-year-old Terry found his calling beaming in glorious black and white from his family's television set...."

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The legend of the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson abides in the performance of Johnny Depp.
Film Review  May 22, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film is amazingly faithful to Thompson's presciently gonzo tome in which a journalist's assignment to cover a motorbike racing event outside Las Vegas turns into a twisted, first-person descent into the demented psyche of the unraveling American Dream. It's a journey fueled, of course, by a legendarily prodigious amount of drugs, extracts, and epicurean black-market imbibeables -- enough to turn Thompson's alter-ego Raoul Duke (Depp) and his sidekick attorney (Del Toro) into drooling, manic madmen, visionaries of the apocalypse but imbeciles of the immediate reality..."

2016-17 Austin Music Awards
PHOTO GALLERY  March 13, 2017
"...Chronicle founders and owners Nick Barbaro and Louis Black..."

Two Towers, Six Years, and 16 Millimeters
The remarkable journey – and uncertain toll – of Steve Bilich's 'Native New Yorker'
Screens Story  December 21, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...It's that day, yes, but this is less a record of horror than of surreality. You watch it once and then, immediately, again and again, peeling back the layers of inadvertent meaning and accidental metaphor, as the black-and-white, 16mm photography exposes and overexposes red skins, white skins, black skins, and brown skins..."

SXSW Film Festival and Conference
Screens Story  March 14, 1997
"...Harris' affectionate, hilarious take on the club is one long traveling salesman joke, but without the farmer's daughter. Shot in crisp black and white, the film has a palpable retro feel that's at once kitschy yet cool..."

ACL's Food Court Continues to Expand Its – and Our – Horizons
Take an ACL break Austin-style with local eateries and portable fine dining
Music Story  September 26, 2008, by Claudia Alarcón
"...After last year's great success at the food court, Wahoo's will bring back its Hawaiian surfer vibes along with its wildly popular tacos and burritos with all the trimmings. The choices include two blackened-fish or grilled-chicken tacos, a blackened-fish or grilled-chicken burrito, and the vegetarian Banzai Burrito, filled with rice, beans, and a mix of fresh veggies..."

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