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Austin’s Fallout Theater Phoenixes up from The New Movement Ashes
New bosses, different from the old bosses, herald a fresh start
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...A person would have to be a total goofball to start off by saying “There sure was a lot of fallout to deal with, following the contentious break-up of what used to be called The New Movement comedy school and theatre.”..."

The Green Movement
KRS-One and Hakim Green bring the Stop the Violence Movement to Austin
DAILY Music  January 21, 2009, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Fresh, and other all-stars in the booth to cut “Self Destruction,” hip-hop’s classic anti-violence anthem. The posse cut was part of the Stop the Violence Movement, and 20 years later KRS is back at it again..."

New Movement Downtown!
Even comedy can metastasize
DAILY Arts  April 12, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The New Movement Theater, that Eastside powerhouse of comedy started by Chris Trew & Tami Nelson, all relentless with the shows & classes & the general fomenting of professional humor, is experiencing a bit of new movement right now. Literally: TNM is cloning itself into a sweet new venue in the ATX: Downtown and underground – in a basement space at 616 Lavaca that's opening this weekend. We recently spoke with the bearded Air Sex champ himself, to find out what, precisely, are the haps: Austin Chronicle: You've got this thing opening up this weekend. Chris Trew: Yes! We're very excited! Chronicle: Um, don't you think there's already enough comedy Downtown? Trew: Well, there's not a lot of the comedy that we really push for Downtown.In fact, I'd argue that there's really not any. I mean, the more underground style, like NewYork or Chicago style of improv or sketch – you know what I mean? Chronicle: No, tell me. Trew: I think there's definitely a market for all types of comedy in Austin – clearly, or elsethere wouldn't be so much of it..."

The New Rites of Spring
The Last Word in Instrumental Rock
Music Story  April 27, 2001, by Michael Chamy
"...Tortoise neither invented nor single-handedly inspired the resurgence of instrumental rock that began in the mid-Nineties. They are, however, crucial figures in the movement, if it can be called such, and their popularity has continued to mushroom even as their contemporaries make a break for a larger share of the musical market...."

Is 'This' the New 'That'?
A brief pondering as to whether Poly is the "New Gay"
DAILY Qmmunity  December 9, 2010, by Julie Gillis
"...Gay is the new black? The Advocate asked that question, as did Tyra. Does this phrasing help align LGBT rights with the civil rights movement, or does it just sound like a PR move?..."

A Peek Into the New Lege's Anti-Choice Plan
It can surely be worse
News Story  November 21, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...The discord between the two groups stems from TRL's ties to well-funded conservative group Empower Texans, and from the group's aggressive penchant for anti-choice bills that are sure to face legal challenges ("Deep Divisions in Texas' Powerful Anti-Choice Movement," April 6). Unlike TRL, Alliance for Life adopts a "prudent" approach to bills; for instance, it cautions against adopting bans at less than 20 weeks and is pessimistic about the 5th Circuit upholding the 2017 D&E ban..."

The New Reliable
With, pro blogger and crazy Utah housewife Heather Armstrong stands by her brand
Screens Story  March 3, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...AC: Last year, David Hochman wrote in the Times that mothers' blogs are an "online shrine to parental self-absorption." And The Independent referred to "the apparently irresistible urge to record and share a child's developmental milestones, from first bowel movement to first day at school." Why the hate?..."

The First Time
Austin artists reveal the intimate details of how they got their muse on
Arts Story  July 17, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...From watching her work, collaborating with her, and being heard as a viable creative mind at such a young age, theatre became the intoxication that most adolescents crave in order to survive those volatile years in a tiny town of 5,000. Janie Hunt exposed me to the importance of the aural experience of live theatre and also the limitless ways of telling a story through mood, movement, and pictures – not simply the spoken word..."

Fire in the Night, Music in Bone-Deep Bassnote Throbs
Reveling among the multiform delights of Art Outside
DAILY Chronolog  October 29, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Next, a ride with another journo (and the aforementioned Mr. Gadget) in Swagger's electric cart, the Media Liaison pointing out the various epicenters of creation: The Deco Dome, from which the heaviest DJ-fueled music will emanate; the New Movement Theatre, where stand-up comedy and spoken-word harangues will spill onto the comfy-chaired audience; the Art Gallery, stocked with various examples of painted or sculpted surrealism and psychedelia – some of which, it turns out, would greatly improve even fancier, non-festival venue walls; the Folk It Up Stage, for more intimate, less techno-redolent performances; the Nouveau Stage, where the sort of bands featured might be tossed roughly into some alt-rock/alt-blues/alt-punk category until some alt-indignant musician breaks his Stratocaster over the head of the erstwhile pigeonholer..."

SXSW Panel: Christiane Amanpour on Sex & Love Around the World
From covering international politics to female sexuality worldwide
DAILY SXSW  March 10, 2018, by Acacia Coronado
"...International correspondent Christiane Amanpour celebrates 35 years at CNN this year with her new show Sex & Love Around the World. In a conversation with Recode executive editor Kara Swisher, Amanpour discussed female sexuality internationally, the #MeToo movement, the state of the media, and current political turmoil...."

The Vortex Repertory Company's Underground
Driven by Lisa B. Thompson's powerful text and masterful acting, this new drama drops a truth bomb
Arts Review  March 30, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...On short notice, these old friends have an impromptu reunion at Mason's brownstone in Albany, N.Y., (a historical landmark, as it was once a stop on the Underground Railroad). As the night goes on, the men learn that the FBI is currently in the midst of a manhunt for the leader of a radical organization known as "The New Movement" responsible for bombing empty buildings and statues of Confederate ghosts past..."

Comedy Out the Wazoo and In Your Weekend: Now!
Unless you'd rather just, what, twiddle your thumbs until Moontower?
DAILY Arts  April 9, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...At The New Movement Theatre, that literally underground joint at Seventh and Lavaca founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, there's the usual shenanigans underway, but especially of note is Friday night's solid bloc of "Date Night" events: It's an expansion of the New Movement's highly popular series, designed to make you and your sweetie – or your potential sweetie – or your soon-to-be-ex sweetie – remember that, although love does stink, sometimes it's much better to just breathe deep and laugh about the smell. Bonus: Sunday's an LGBT night, culminating in stand-up sets by NYC's Kristen Becker and friends...."

Get Up Into the Arts Midwest Conference
Get Up – as in, Shannon McCormick & Shana Merlin
DAILY Arts  September 10, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Blue and generally fomenting creation throughout the city. Now, together again, onstage at The New Movement...."

The Streets of Philadelphia
Divorce pains framed against the backdrop of 'The New Year Parade'
Screens Story  March 7, 2008, by Raymond Blanton
"...Those friends and family are from Philly, a town that, according to Philadelphia Inquirer's Steven Rea, is currently enjoying "a Phillywood moment." (Other Penn state pictures screening at this year's SXSW include Explicit Ills, the directorial debut from actor Mark Webber [The Hottest State], and In a Dream, Jeremiah Zagar's compelling doc about public art.) Quinn is part of a small but national movement of indie filmmakers who are sidestepping LA/NYC migrations and staying home to produce regionally based, regionally informed, regionally inspired works...."

Maxwell Matters at the Moody
Neo-soul singer slips in some impassioned urban politics
DAILY Music  July 19, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez
"...The show took an unexpected political turn when he addressed the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the passing of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling before going into “Lifetime” while Civil Rights-era footage and historical images of Martin Luther King were projected large...."

It's WaffleFest Time at the Hideout Downtown
So … what's something that you'd put on sweet toasted dough?
DAILY Arts  November 20, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...AC: But what about ColdTowne? The Institution Theatre? The New Movement? MerlinWorks at ZACH? The rest of Austin's improv "family." Why don't they do an annual WaffleFest? What the hell is wrong with those people? Don't they want to keep their audiences all happily stuffed with fresh-toasted goodness?..."

New Urbanism and the Booming Metropolis
Austin welcomes the Congress for the New Urbanism XVI
News Story  March 28, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Founded in 1993, the Congress for New Urbanism has been tremendously influential for a movement so young – largely because it's a case of "everything old is new again." New Urbanist developments (and, increasingly, redos of downtowns and failed suburbs) reject late-century development sprawl in favor of traditional principles of architecture and town planning. They hold an intuitive appeal, because they're familiar from all cities evolved through human history – until the automobile mucked everything up. Local Conversations..."

Are Kids These Days Bringing OOB the Laughter for Love’s Sake?
What dire agenda, we wonder, lurks beneath their odd & infectious joy?
DAILY Arts  August 28, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner

The Trans Experience in Comedy
Local comics use comedy to spin difficult subjects into gold
DAILY Qmmunity  April 20, 2016, by Faye Fearless
"...On April 1, the New Movement Theater hosted Cream of the Crop, a comedy and improv showcase. With hipster glasses, dangly earrings, and a dick-tucking monologue, one comic in particular stood out..."

What the Hell Is Going On, Austin Arts Scene?
Here: Some nuggets of news from the frontlines of local culture.
DAILY Arts  November 21, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Still, we'd be remiss not to mention that the foulmouthed hoodlums known as Confidence Men: Improvised Mamet will soon be presenting their 100th show – on Friday, December 6th, at the Institution Theatre. And somehow those raconteurs have achieved their consistent heights of professional, unscripted hilarity without having read Improv Wins – the terrific new how-to book from Chris Trew and Tami Nelson of The New Movement...."

Balanchine, by the Muse
Working with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet Austin gets in step with history
Arts Story  October 24, 2008, by Jonelle Seitz
"..."I was in New York, and I saw two performances of "Episodes" in a week, and it was really very striking to me. The music is very unusual, very dissonant, but in typical Balanchine fashion, he was able to structure the movement in a way that you can see the music..."

The Hightower Report
To start a movement, start moving!
News Column  April 4, 2014, by Jim Hightower
"...Like that little choo-choo in the children's book, Moral Monday is the little movement that says, "I think I can" – and it just keeps chugging up the hill...."

The Chris Trew Project
The comedian's trifecta in Waterloo Park includes shaving off half his beard
Arts Story  November 5, 2010, by Steve Birmingham
"...And Chris Trew has, frankly, all the world. This week, the local comedian/improv impresario will be pulling a Fun Fun Fun Fest trifecta on the Yellow stage: appearing with his New Movement comedy group, performing as his rapper/MC/alter ego Terp2It, and hosting the Alamo Drafthouse Air Sex Contest (think air guitar minus the guitar plus sex minus a partner)..."

Everything Old Is New Again
A Texan's in the White House, we're in a quagmire war – and 'The Rag' returns to Austin
News Story  September 2, 2005, by Cheryl Smith
"...It had a remarkable 1966 to 1977 run, and it put Austin on the nation's countercultural map through a then novel and offbeat combination of psychedelic art and political and cultural news. The sixth paper to join the fledgling Underground Press Syndicate, a national network of alternative publications that both made national connections and allowed members to reprint content from one another's newspapers and magazines for free, The Rag was at the forefront of the Vietnam era underground press movement...."

The Desegregation of Austin's Movie Theatres
A history of the stand-in movement
Screens Story  December 3, 2015, by Jordan Buckley
"...The wintry inauguration to their "stand-in" movement in 1960 followed a fertile springtime of swiftly sprouting resistance to segregation, with black students across the South quashing Dixie mores by peaceably assuming "whites-only" lunch counters – often enduring a barrage of indignities and abuse as a result. In Houston, for example, in retaliation to downtown incarnations of the nationally blossoming "sit-in movement," that March, masked men kidnapped Felton Turner, carved "KKK" into his chest and stomach, and strung him by his heels from a tree...."

The Facts Were Immaterial
The 'counterintelligence' operations of Hoover's FBI included harassment, vilification, violence – and fake 'underground' newspapers in Bloomington, D.C., and Austin
News Story  June 7, 2013, by Dale Brumfield
"...In May of 1968, as the New Left and anti-war movements intensified across the United States, Hoover implemented a secret FBI "counterintelligence" program called COIN­TELPRO, an insidious and constitutionally unlawful campaign across American college campuses to harass activists, and disrupt and infiltrate the college organizations, newspapers, and underground papers that the Bureau considered subversive – and especially those that had criticized Hoover or the FBI. "Our nation is undergoing an era of disruption and violence caused by various individuals generally connected with the New Left," reads a memo dated May 9, 1968, written to Domestic Intelligence Director William C..."

The Life and Death of Schools
Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement
News Story  September 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Bush went to D.C., he took the testing-based policies he had inflicted on Texas and, with the help of Republican and Democratic "reformers," turned them into No Child Left Behind. More recently, the administration of President Barack Obama has tied itself strongly to the educational reform movement, throwing its political weight and cash behind charters..."

Dance of the Century
Rhoda Winter Russell reflects on a historic life in dance and the Mary Wigman connection
Arts Story  August 10, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
"...A decade after the Wigman course, Russell left the dance world to launch a distinguished career in movement therapy, but her memory is a jewel box, a dance historian's dream. In her 20s, she was precocious and gregarious, and her stories, studded with the famous (and infamous) dancers, teachers, choreographers, musicians, composers, and designers she crossed paths with, could make quite a page-turner..."

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The original material was shot by a Swedish TV crew but just now assembled into this documentary that has both vision and perspective.
Film Review  October 21, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...A remarkable, unexpected, and highly impressionistic document of the Black Power movement in America spanning the years 1967 to 1975, The Black Power Mixtape is by any measure a historical treasure trove of never-before-seen footage. Exactly how revelatory it is will depend in large part on your age and social background, but the period interviews with Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, and Huey Newton give a freshly human face to an American era too often depicted only in iconic terms...."

Art Fights the Power
The Liberating Artwork of Malaquías Montoya
Arts Story  August 28, 1998, by Sam Martin
"...I Pledge Berkeley, California,1968: The Chicano Movement is born. Cesar Chavez and his newly formed United Farm Workers union reach the pinnacle of their "Grape Strike," boycotting grocery stores and wineries throughout the Bay area and paralyzing the growing fields in the San Joaquin Valley, just south of San Francisco..."

The Final Frontier
Space Is the Place
Music Story  December 6, 1996, by Greg Beets
"...Dover says MK Ultra, who have since broken up, were the band that really spearheaded the movement in Denton. At the same time, Comet was coalescing in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite..."

Red Guards and the Modern Face of Protest
Agitators, disrupters, or “anarchists,” these masked protesters represent a new resistance
News Story  February 16, 2017, by Joseph Caterine
"...The Red Guards' emergence coincides with a marked shift in the personality of today's public protests. Occupy Wall Street, the global movement that exposed the enormous wealth disparity in the United States and abroad, started with a small group taking over Zuccotti Park in New York City in September 2011..."

Sanctuary Cities and the Ways We Fight for Human Rights
When community matters more than the law
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Victoria Rossi
"...As lawmakers battle out sanctuary policies, word is taking hold in other spheres. Across the country, universities, businesses, and houses of worship are declaring sanctuary in greater numbers – what's being called the New Sanctuary Movement..."

Off the Cuff and in Your City
A roundup of Austin improv schools
Arts Story  August 28, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The Hideout offers several series of classes throughout the year, with Level 1 courses starting every month, and provides onstage opportunities in its long-running Maestro showcase of competitive improv every Saturday night. There are also regular classes just for kids, led by the Flying Theatre Machine's Arjet. The New Movement1819 Rosewood, 788-2669..."

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
More than an appreciation, this documentary portrait of the great American folksinger and activist is an inspiration.
Film Review  October 19, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...1 chart-topper with the Weavers' "Goodnight Irene" or a blacklisted pariah due to the HUAC witch hunts of the Fifties, Seeger kept an even keel and a steady beat. He's invented a new kind of banjo and taught the instrument to many thousands, he's traveled the world, strummed the rhythm chords of the modern civil rights movement, is recognized as the godfather of the American folk revival that spawned such talents as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, was an early environmental advocate who launched the movement to clean up the Hudson River, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts..."

The Whole Universe Rocks
The Harry Ransom Center's exhibition "Make It New" explores how modernism changed everything.
Arts Story  December 12, 2003, by Katherine Catmull
"...Modernism. Is there anything more old-fashioned than the word "modern," earnestly redolent as it is of chrome blenders and Our Friend the Atom? But although the word may be dated, we cannot shake off the cultural movement..."

Everything Old is New Again
The Year in Albums
Music Story  January 9, 1998, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Remaining on the charts the entirety of 1978 while selling millions and millions of copies worldwide, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack ushered in a new musical era distinctly at odds with what was going on in jolly ol' England. Audience-wise, the chasm between these two exploding subcultures wasn't so deep that good old American Yank punks like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, and Patti Smith couldn't co-exist with the Studio 54 disco crowd, and a third exploding pop culture movement, cocaine...."

The Fight of His Life
Are Ronney Reynolds' Mayoral Hopes on the Ropes?
News Story  December 6, 1996, by Alex de Marban
"...None of which is good for Reynolds, who has long been an enemy of the environmental movement because of his all-out support of development and big business initiatives. Reynolds, of course, has never been known as a consensus-builder..."

Still the Fading Stains of Some Bad Improv Blood
Because: You have Five Families, you're gonna have some dysfunction.
DAILY Arts  August 28, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But let's make sure we at least acknowledge the existence of other-than-paradise, however briefly, right? Whether it's the years-old ColdTowne schism that led to the formation of The New Movement, or maybe the near-legendary ruins left over from the Big Stinkin' Comedy Festival of more ancient times, or whateverthehell, OK?..."

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
News Story  January 12, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...Some parents say such instability undermines their children's educational needs, and they're not above borrowing the language of the civil rights movement to defend their position. "All the magnet students, teachers, parents, and community want is their home -- home for a sixth grade, a middle school, and a combined high school program and the freedom to teach to our students' needs," one magnet parent wrote in a note to the Chronicle..."

The Other Side of Hope
Searching for a better tomorrow in Aki Kaurismäki's droll tale of immigrants and restaurants
Film Review  January 5, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Their stories are told in parallel trajectories until, of course (this being a movie, after all), their paths converge. And this being an Aki Kaurismäki movie means that it is a droll tale told with an economy of means, a minimum of dialogue and camera movement, an abundance of rockabilly music, and a bittersweet affirmation of life...."

SXSW Eco: Remember the Dinosaurs
Green conference bridges gap between environmental movement and tech scene
News Story  October 11, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Part of SXSW Eco's mission is bridging the gap between the traditional environmental movement and the tech scene. Yet, as the trade show floor and the multitude of corporate representatives in panels showed, that's not where the chasm lies..."

Can the Earth Be Saved?
Walter Cronkite and the creation of Earth Day
News Story  April 20, 2012, by Douglas Brinkley
"...Long before it was cool, Cronkite was green. Indeed, without his galvanizing CBS News to cover the first Earth Day as if it were a World Series game, it's unclear whether the environmental movement would have taken such a hold in 1970, under the Nixon Administration, when the Environmental Protection Agency was founded...."

Walking the No-Kill Tightrope
As Austin's animal welfare center moves to a new building, will the delicate balance of 'no-kill' and resources be maintained?
News Story  November 4, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...When an open-intake shelter is full, she says, it doesn't have the necessary "breathing room" to respond to an emergency, say, 20 dogs arriving at once. That line between open-intake and at-capacity is one Smith and all of her fellow no-kill shelter directors carefully monitor, lest overcrowding turn into hoarding, friends in the no-kill movement turn into adversaries, and an animal-welfare job turns into a public relations nightmare...."

The 'Tease That Binds
The Texas Burlesque Festival builds community among those who are hip to the strip
Arts Story  April 15, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...The co-founder of Austin's Jigglewatts Burlesque has been known to silence a room or bring the crowd to its feet with just a coquettish flash. As both performer at and co-organizer of the 2011 Texas Burlesque Festival, it's not just about shoulder rolls and corsetry for Lectric: She is part of a growing national movement to resurrect a suppressed American art form and provide a sultry stage for the 99% of women who do not fit the airbrushed standards of beauty..."

Outside the Bachs
Classical sounds new when Austin artists do the composing
Arts Story  May 1, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...5 is one of the biggest orchestral projects I've ever had and one of the few where everything was left completely up to me. That's why there's no subtitle and no 'storyline,' except for the fact that the Scherzo (second movement) was inspired by watching the Congress Avenue bat flight..."

The Ten Commandments
This family-oriented adaptation of the Book of Exodus is the inaugural film in a planned franchise of crudely animated Bible stories.
Film Review  October 26, 2007, by Steve Davis
"...The animation is – for lack of a better description – downright creepy. The characters’ faces are oddly angular, as if rendered from a Cubist painting conceived by Thomas Hart Benton, and their stop-action movement has a quality to it that reminds you of that guy in the 1985 Dire Straits video for the song “Money for Nothing.” (And don’t get me started on the Tom of Finland musculature of nearly every one of the film’s male characters..."

Making the Scene
Looking back at the time when Austin was at the center of the Texas art world
Arts Story  August 24, 2007, by Amanda Douberley
"...Anyone who's ever taken a 19th or 20th century art-history class has probably felt a little inundated by the parade of "-isms," movements, and schools that generally shape how we think about art. Attach a few artists' names and stylistic traits to these headings, and you're ready for the exam (or, perhaps, the museum), where images of paintings loom on a screen (or a white wall), devoid of context, ready for your appreciation...."

The Stepford Wives
Remake will quickly go from an idea that's misbegotten to a movie that's completely forgotten.
Film Review  June 11, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Misbegotten is the only way to describe this remake of the 1975 film based on Ira Levin’s cultural-zeitgeist novel. In the mid-Seventies, this story about the extreme reactions of a group of Connecticut husbands threatened by the surging women’s liberation movement was rife with topical currency, even though its solutions were the stuff of fantasy (replacing human wives with gorgeous femme-bots) and the inherent threat more the territory of psychological thriller than out-and-out horror..."

The Woodman Cometh
In promotion of his new film 'Hollywood Ending,' reluctant traveler Woody Allen appeared briefly in Austin to talk bats, barbecue, and why he'll never go back to stand-up.
Screens Story  May 3, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...AC: And what's so great about movement? What makes that so important to you?..."

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