"...1) LOVE & LEMONS Another year of hitting the ball out of the park for Jeanine Donofrio. This blog has kept up with frequent posting, topical recipes, engaging writing, and as always, the graphic design is stunning..."
"...Directed by: Bo Welch. Starring: Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin, Amy Hill and Sean Hayes..."
"...While no progress toward a consensus was made at last week’s forum on Secure Communities, it did serve the purpose of highlighting just how contentious the issue truly is...."
"...It's been a month since an anti-abortion boycott brought construction to a halt on a new Planned Parenthood clinic at Ben White and South Congress, where all that visibly remains, for the moment, is a chain-link fence giving way to a cheerless dirt lot...."
"...I have a few friends that are trying pretty hard to make it as screenwriters. Every one of them has taken a crack at writing about those golden days of college when everything we did was just simply hilarious..."
"...The Homecoming "Not understanding Pinter is a very great pleasure. To feel the elusiveness of his meaning is, in fact, to come close to its essence." -- Alistair Macaulay..."
"...Directed by: Hiroshi Teshigahara. Starring: Kyoko Kishida, Koji Mitsui and Hiroko Ito..."
"...Once Syria’s largest city, Aleppo is now a place of rubble and desperation as a result of the Syrian Civil War. President Bashar al-Assad’s bombing campaign against resistant pockets of his own people destroyed most of the city’s structures and killed or maimed those residents who refused to flee or become homeless refugees..."
"...Directed by: Gabriel Bologna. Starring: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Shawn Lawlor, James Duval, Nick Mennell, Mircea Monroe, Electra Avellán, Elise Avellán, Arcadly Golubovich and Richard Tyson..."
"...Directed by: Stephen Sommers. Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velazquez, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje, Freddie Boath, Oded Fehr and The Rock..."
"...Davis. Consider the allure of the ant: Nowhere else can the budding entomologist decipher the physiological underpinnings of the family formicidae with such rapt attention, intuitively employing not only the more traditional methods of anatomical study, but also such kidhood staples as the magnifying glass, the power-jet watering hose, and the vulcanized Stride Rite sole..."
"...Directed by: Betty Thomas. Starring: Gary Cole, Shelley Long, Michael McKean and Jean Smart..."
"...Directed by: Gore Verbinski. Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris and Keith Richards..."
"...Directed by: Neil LaBute. Starring: Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol and Fred Weller..."
"...If you’ve enjoyed the Austin nightlife these last couple years, you’ve no doubt seen or run into Bianca “Fiesta” Flores. Much of the time, she’s running the show..."
"...There's something the folks at Disney don't want you to know about their new kids' movie: namely, what it's about. What they do want you to know about Holes is that it features a motley band of Goonies-like boys, that it's based on the award-winning children's book by Austin's own Louis Sachar, and that it's far and away the best live-action kids' movie the studio has released in years..."
"...Gosh, it seems like only yesterday that we saw George W. on TV reading The Pet Goat to some second graders – but now he's all grown up and has an entire, super-duper, king-sized library filled with big books and other neat stuff – all dedicated to him...."
"...Between us, my partner Jean and I have been house rabbit owners for nearly 20 years, and the questions we get about caring and keeping them generally fall into two categories. The first concerns practical care (“Yes, they use a litter box,” is a constant assurance)..."
"...When Famke Janssen wrapped up season one of Hemlock Grove, her situation looked dire. Her character Olivia, the monstrous head of the Godfrey family, was in a body bag, presumed dead, with her tongue ripped out by her own son..."
"...Upscale, classic, and a BOA all-time winner, The Driskill does have a minor issue: Some of the guests never check out, if you know what we mean. Yep, it's haunted!..."
"...Directed by: Luc Jacquet. Oh, the things we do for our children..."
"...Directed by: Peter Landesman. Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Lucas, Michael C..."
"...Janoris Jenkins will one day have an “island” of his own. Like Darelle Revis, or former University of Florida teammate Joe Haden, Jenkins possesses the ability to be a true NFL shutdown corner..."
"...Directed by: Bradley Beesley. If you see only one film this year featuring a dramatic re-enactment (starring pre-adolescent Vietnamese children) of what it was like to be robbed at gunpoint while working at an Oklahoma City Long John Silver’s franchise in 1983, this should be it..."
"...Directed by: Dinesh D’Souza...."
"...When Colt McCoy was entering his third season as Longhorns QB in 2008, he had a vice-grip hold on the Texas locker room. The 2013 Texas team needs current third-year QB David Ash to take a page out of that book...."
"...Austinites remember the big floods – the expanding, treacherous storms that ransack homes and uproot families. But just beyond the memory of those squalls, another form of watery overflow has washed into town its own ruinous legacy: localized flooding...."
"...In conjunction with Austin Cabaret Theatre's presentation of Elaine Stritch at Liberty, the Chronicle had an extended conversation with the celebrated entertainer about her life and her 50-plus years in show business. A portion of that chat appeared in "Elaine Everlasting," Aug..."
"...Never in its 30-plus-year run was it Austin's classiest venue, but the Back Room definitely had balls; in the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, it adopted a simple enough name: "The Rock Club." And it was, especially during the era celebrated in these pages, 1988 to 1995. It was the age of Dangerous Toys and Pariah, when Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots were openers and Steve Earle and Jane's Addiction played back-to-back shows the very same night..."
"...Death is not the end; there remains the litigation of the estate. -- Ambrose Bierce..."
"...Last month on The Daily Show, writer David Sedaris theorized to show host Jon Stewart that 80 percent of our population's heterosexual men would be against sharing any kind of after-dinner dessert with another of his kind...."
"...We know it's hard to take seriously any event that's happening April 1, but that's why we're telling you about it in advance: Silly edible sendups of famous books are totally serious business, and they're the order of the day at the Edible Book Festival...."
"...As a movie theatre grunt, I served as the human assistant to the house's giant popcorn machine: a stainless steel chamber with clear plastic windows and a kettle inside suspended from the top...."
"...Back when he was still honing his chops as the gaming guru he was later to become, Warren Spector was just another movie geek who came to Austin to pursue a graduate degree in film studies – history, criticism, and theory – at the University of Texas. Cartoons were his specialty...."
"...Last week, it took the City Council all of half a day to select seven semifinalists for the position of Austin's new city manager, and by the time you read this, the list will have been winnowed down – via on-site council interviews – to two or three finalists. On the following page, we've provided brief summaries of the public careers of the semifinalists, which is about all you'll get in the way of advance details..."
"...I have been living with my girlfriend now for nearly two years. We don't fight very often and when we do it's usually not a huge deal..."
"...The last time REYoung had a book published – Unbabbling, his first – it was reviewed in the pages of The Austin Chronicle by Harvey Pekar...."
"...John Frankenheimer may have snagged the director's credit for 1996’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, but it was initially the vision of South African auteur Richard Stanley, who was hand-chosen to helm by New Line Pictures on the basis of his equally visionary 1990 film Hardware...."
"...With City Council on hiatus, they've left their surrogates on the Planning Commission and Zoning & Platting Commission to keep working on the elusive pimpernel that is CodeNEXT. Problem is, at the moment no one can seem to find hide nor hair of the slippery beast..."
"...That annual First Plates issue of ours, an excellent guide to the best of what’s available among a burgeoning diversity of local dining venues, worked a theme of Comfort Food a couple of weeks ago...."
"...1) Bouldin Creek..."
"...Loved ones gathered around a Christmas tree, by a lit menorah, or crammed together in front of the fireplace or space heater to escape dipping temperatures: These are our most cherished months of the year. Suddenly, the loved ones we normally avoid are welcome..."
"...Katy Perry sells herself, Rufus Wainwright gets catty, and Michelle Bachmann cuts her family ties. You may already be the winner of today’s AggreGAYtor...."
"...Before this bitter wintry mix; before luxe retailers Downtown tried de-icing the Great Streets with imported Dead Sea rock-salt grains; before News 8 Austin started offering weather on the Eights and nines, ones, threes, fours, and sevens; and yes, even before the deadly Breakfast Taco Riot, which claimed untold lives as migas-mad Austinites scrambled to procure adequate tortilla provisions, the cryogenic freeze was in effect at City Council. Last week, during their first meeting of the year (Jan..."
"...In a metropolis where music does the talking, words buoyed the 2017/18 Austin Music Awards as loud as its potent soundtrack. Last Wednesday night at the Moody Theater, they proved an oral flash mob, putting bons mots to the last half-century of auditory ephemera..."
"...In a metropolis where music does the talking, words buoyed the 2017/18 Austin Music Awards as loud as its potent soundtrack. Wednesday night at the Moody Theater they proved an oral flash mob, putting bons mots to the last half-century of auditory ephemera..."
"...Along with plenty of the rest of us, City Council has taken its annual spring break this week, with no regular meeting again until March 23. Nevertheless, Mayor Steve Adler hasn't been catching his breath – he's been hopping from one SXSW event to another: welcoming visiting dignitaries, hosting fellow mayors determined to "hold the line" under the Donald Trump regime, promoting Austin as a center of tech innovation, sponsoring the "Mayor's House Band" at the Austin Music Awards ....."
"...Some tough guys just want to be left alone. Most of them, come to think of it..."
"...What can you really say about the news over the weekend regarding Toby Futrell – the allegation her brother-in-law got hired at Austin Energy thanks to her? As countless political scandals have shown us, it's not the crime but the maneuvering behind the scenes that spins out of control. Futrell's quick to point out the hiring wasn't illegal under city nepotism rules (although her "we're not related" defense is pretty lame) – more damaging is the perception created by city e-mails that the hiring was a fait accompli the moment Futrell brought it to bear, that blowback would ensue if the hire wasn't made..."
"...This column was going to be part of a two-step with last week's, spelling out in some detail why I so passionately support Bernie Sanders for president. This includes that his utopian economic fantasies are far more achievable and admirable than critics insist..."