Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...A dead-of-night close encounter with such a beast would be fearsome enough, but by the time this one occurs in The Which Way Tree, the reader already knows this particular panther. It was responsible for mauling the girl Sam – short for Samantha – when she was 6 and surely would have killed her had it not been for her mother Juda fearlessly leaping on its back and hacking at it with a hatchet..."
"...Morgan Babst – The Floating World Rosecrans Baldwin – The Last Kid Left Robert Jackson Bennett – City of Miracles Olga Campos Benz – It's News to Me Christopher Brown – Tropic of Kansas Julie Buntin – Marlena C. Robert Cargill – Sea of Rust Jessie Chaffee – Florence in Ecstasy Dan Chaon – Ill Will Zing Clemmons – What We Lose: A Novel Patty Yumi Cottrell – Sorry to Disrupt the Peace Elizabeth Crane – Turf Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink – It Devours! Elizabeth Crook – The Which Way Tree Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney – The Nest Nicky Drayden – The Prey of Gods Jennifer Egan – Manhattan Beach Owen Egerton – Hollow Nathan Englander – Dinner at the Center of the Earth Jeffrey Eugenides – Fresh Complaint Emily Fridlund – Catapult: Stories and History of Wolves Cristina Garcia – Here in Berlin Sarah Rafael Garcia – SanTana's Fairy Tales Meg Gardiner – Unsub Ryan Gattis – Safe Tom Gauld – Baking with Kafka Nelson George – To Funk and Die in L.A. Manuel Gonzales – The Regional Office Is Under Attack! Christine Granados – Fight Like a Man Daryl Gregory – Spoonbenders Amelia Grey – Isadora Gabe Habash – Stephen Florida Daniel Handler – All the Dirty Parts Rodrigo Hasbún – Affections Laden Hubbard – The Talented Ribkins Lindsay Hunter – Eat Only When You're Hungry Jack Jemc – The Grip of It Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink Christina Baker Kline – A Piece of the World Lisa Ko – The Leavers Nicole Krauss – Forest Dark Min Jin Lee – Pachinko Melissa Lenhardt – Sawbones Jardine Libaire – White Fur Attica Locke – Bluebird, Bluebird Fiona Maazel – A Little More Human Simeon Marsalis – As Lie Is to Grin Claire Messud – The Burning Girl Mary Miller – Always Happy Hour Tim Murphy – Christodora Alissa Nutting – Made for Love Deji Bryce Olukotun – After the Flare Jorge Cepeda Patterson – Milena Natasha Pulley – The Bedlam Stacks Alisha Rai – Hate to Want You Jan Reid – Sins of the Younger Sons K Arsenault Rivera – The Tiger's Daughter Emily Robbins – A Word For Love Rakesh Satyal – No One Can Pronounce My Name Cat Sebastian – Ruin of a Rake Jessica Shattuck – The Women in the Castle Karen Shepard – Kiss Me Someone Mia Sosa – Acting on Impulse Bradley Spinelli – The Painted Gun Adam Sternbergh – The Blinds Jonny Sun – Everyone's an Aliebn When Ur an Aliebn Too Paco Ignacio Taibo II – Four Hands and Pancho Villa Takes Zacatecas Gabriel Tallent – My Absolute Darling Sherry Thomas – A Study in Scarlet Women and Conspiracy in Belgravia Amita Trasi – The Color of Our Sky Deb Olin Unferth – Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories Weike Wang – Chemistry Amanda Eyre Ward – The Nearness of You Stephanie Powell Watts – No One Is Coming to Save Us..."
"...Sure, the Hustle was a little peeved that council didn't name the tiny, triangular plot of parkland south of City Hall Grackle Oaks, but Margret Hofmann Park is good too. Serving on council from 1975 to 1977, Hoffmann foreshadowed future green initiatives through her love of trees...."
"...Leaders of the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation and other like-minded folks will hold a rally at noon Saturday at City Hall plaza to try to save seven healthy trees destined for the chopping block. This is a hastily put-together call to action, but organizers hope to draw a large enough crowd to help sway City Council to rescind its decision last week to grant the removal of the trees – six heritage and one protected – from the corner of Cesar Chavez and San Antonio streets...."
"...The Money Tree, or Yao-Ch'ien-shu, has to be set up. This is a pine or cypress branch, threaded through a dried persimmon and placed in a pot filled with rice (the original Christmas tree)..."
"...Unfortunately, that’s exactly where Adam (Joseph Mawle, Game of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Clare (Bojana Novakovic, Drag Me to Hell) find themselves. He’s a forestry scientist, sent to map an ancient forest that’s set for sale and clearance..."
"...I remember Andy Williams, you know. I must have been really, really small, but I have a real vivid image of him in front of trees filled with snow, and it just looked so magical to me..."
"...First off, QB Tony Romo was spectacular (22-29, 307 yds) on this huge stage, a nationally-televised game from the NYC area. It doesn't matter that this is September: that game had all the pressure of one you watch with through the reflectionn of Christmas tree lights..."
"...Looking over the private infinity pool, I was looking at the ocean stretched out all across the horizon. It was the lap of luxury, far more than we're actually used to, but still not as foreign to my lifestyle as it might have been just a few decades before when I ran wild, unwashed and street..."
"...The Losers: The Heritage Tree Ordinance, tree advocates, and those who insist the city is giving up too much for too little...."
"...And for the real stuff, you have to go back to the 10-inch records. I knew those records had all kinds of weird spooky stuff - what Danny Barnes would call "the essence." It lives in these old performers who weren't influenced by anything other than who lived down the street and who they played with on Saturday night..."
"...The experiment was called Xenia III Productions, and it was an attempt to create a theatre with a permanent company of salaried artists. Unlike other similar ventures before and since, this one started with capital from a group of private investors -- enough to renovate a crumbling old Sixth Street moviehouse and start paying seven artists "somewhere between $150 and $200 per week." So it was that in the fall of 1980, Sears and Williams, friends since meeting in a theatre company in San Antonio in 1973, joined forces with C.K..."
"...Tigers are Not Afraid Mexico, 2017, World Premiere, 83 min. D: Issa López When her mother suddenly disappears with no one to care for her, young Estrella ends up on the street and joins a gang of children, triggering a dangerous and tragic chain of events in the third feature from Mexican filmmaker López...."
"...Keeping the home fires burning for MacMurray's big-city legal eagle, Jack, are his mother, his aunt, and his cousin – a folksy threesome whose constant mild bickering is just the contrary way they express affection for one another. They bake cookies, string popcorn on the Christmas tree, sing songs around the piano, and proclaim their delight at whatever presents they receive, even if it's the same gift they were given the year before..."
"..."Old paint on canvas, as it ages, sometimes becomes transparent. When that happens it is possible, in some pictures, to see the original lines: A tree will show through a woman's dress, a child makes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on an open sea..."
"...Snoopy, Santa, Star Wars. Suddenly and most memorably the terrible Queen of Hearts appeared out of the darkness with the Cheshire cat above her grinning down at us from his perch in a tree...."
"...We were invited to come here by Jeffery and – How can we do something cool and unique? A wire walk is a wire walk, but I wanted to do something different here. There was a pool here, and there was a water slide, and there was a big tree..."
"...The soon-to-be-quaint Austin skyline wallpapers the entrance hallway, winding its way to the main showroom, where a model of Spring's 400-foot, 36-floor tower sits to the left, a bright glass erection. The to-scale streetscape below is detailed with a tiny Porsche 928 in front of the building, zooming along in place...."
"...I'm not sure what you read about these dark places and whatnot; those do tend to be the themes I return to, but I'm no method actor. The Sunset Tree was kind of different though, I got pretty upset writing that stuff..."
"...So there is a lot riding on the 30-year plan. At the same time, the proposal is causing a good deal of angst among many of LCRA's staff of dedicated environmentalists, ranging from engineers to some of Austin's greenest tree huggers..."
"...Along with working in Nelson's front office and running Castle Creek, O'Connor also found time to open a non-music club, the Squeeze Inn, a bar on 19th Street where the pool tables, jukebox, and beer were all a quarter. Once again, the good times didn't last -- local authorities asked him to leave town...."
"...As on every other day of the work week (also: weeknights, weekends), women are intensely involved in every aspect of press day: editing, writing, fact-checking and proofreading for errors, production design, classifieds and ad sales, sending out our weekly Promotions newsletter, swiping credit cards, manning the front desk, answering phones, sorting mail, bagging up the trash and recycling, and preparing lunch for a staff of 50. Hell, more often than not, it's a woman taking Chrondog Hank out to pee on a tree and play fetch for a few minutes...."
"...If it wasn't for some oddball fetishes, such as some pretty serious nipple torture, and naked tree women who dispense oddly sensual fruit, this would be very kid-friendly. Instead, it delves deeply and sweetly into an odd world of longing, pinku daydreams, and strange fluffy, fuzzy realms of pleasure...."
"...At the same time, Tugg approached studios, distributors, and independent filmmakers about opening up their archives. Of course, being co-producer on Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life opened a few doors for Gonda, but he still found that the studios were receptive once he explained the concept..."
"...The challenge facing all newspaper companies is to develop a profitable newspaper for the next generation, to retool and reshape a dead-tree product into a lively, relevant part of the modern media world. Skeptics doubt they can pull it off...."
"...Against all odds, this classical music haven is deep in the heart of Texas. A landmark on 200 acres of hilly, tree-covered countryside in the picture-perfect town of Round Top, population 77, this refuge is officially known as the International-Festival Institute at Round Top..."
"...Sadly, this was not an isolated incident. This year's arts funding process has been rife with controversies -- procedural inconsistencies in accepting applications, irregularities in the conduct of advisory panel members who rank the applicants and recommend funding levels to the commission, discrepancies in the panel rankings and funding recommendations -- and in every case, no matter how plain the problem and apparent the course of action (well, that common sense would dictate, anyway), the commission has responded in much the same way, fixating on the narrow and less significant aspects of the issue to the exclusion of larger considerations, spiraling off into extraneous topics, disregarding established policy and history, putting Band-Aids on gunshot wounds, digging in its heels, barking up the wrong tree, ....."
"...illustration by Roy Tompkins Imagine: It's a sunny Monday, the first of August, 1966 -- and there you are, Young American, complete with your Homecoming King, or Queen. The most advanced nutritional system on the planet generates the protein-rich essence which flushes a rosy glow the pair of you radiate as you languidly stroll hand-in-hand through the tree-shaded quadrangles of UT-- the both of you on the cusp of your individualized American Dream...."
"...… This is just horseshit. I wrote to Charlie this morning, because I’ve known him for a long time, and I don’t believe in shooting at people from behind a tree..."
"...It should tell you something about his level of athleticisim that he would be effective in that role as a receiver in a major power conference. It should also tell the semi-educated fan something about his real-time understanding of the route tree as well as his anticipation of eventual recieving target positioning..."
"...Well, at least they're all trying to play nice (although did anyone expect anything but nice from Tara and Athena? They may have picked the Emerald Tree Boa as their spirit animal guide on this, but you know they would have gone for a bunny if it was on offer.) Jerry and Matt are an interesting pairing: Out of the remaining contestants, they are arguably the most experienced, so they should be able to do something special inspired by the African Spotted Leopard. Plus this week's version of Jerry seems to have dumped the ego: After all, he's been down in the back of the pack for pretty much everything except the first foundation challenge...."
"...Starring: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan. Terrence Malick’s hotly awaited new movie, The Tree of Life, bursts with such unbridled ambition, vision, and sense of purpose that viewers tend to respond with either stunned speechlessness or babbling effusion..."
"...The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick's new film, was shown at an Austin Film Society-hosted cast and crew benefit screening for the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Tuesday night at the Paramount. A new work by Malick is always eagerly awaited, as this is only the fifth film he has made in four decades as a filmmaker – his previous four are Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), and The New World (2005)..."
"..."Historical record as it's presented through journalism and through scholarship reflects the social reality of the society you're living in," says Harold McMillan, head of DiverseArts productions and the Blues Family Tree Project. "If you live in a segregated, racist society, chances are scholarship on marginal communities is not gonna be at the forefront of importance of those who are signing off on dissertations..."
"...Starring: Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Doron Tavory, Tarik Copty and Amos Lavie. Set in Zur HaSharon on the border between Israel and the West Bank, Lemon Tree offers a tart but never completely bitter metaphor for the entire Palestinian situation as experienced by a single resourceful and sympathetic character..."
"...That's what a new project called "Cracks in the Pavement" is trying to find out. Six local artists created more than 100 art objects for specific sites all over Austin beneath bridges, beside freeways, along sidewalks, up in trees ....."
"...Return for a moment to grade school and a basic lesson of biology: Trees grow from the ground. Branches grow from the tree trunks..."
"...Once we learned that Brad Pitt would be coming to town (or, more accurately, Smithville, which is close enough to Austin when it comes to basking in celebrity auras) to film Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, everyone wondered about the plot, which Malick, in usual fashion, played very close to the vest...."
"...He saw three trees in Eden: "the Tree of Life and Death, the Tree of Good and Evil – and the Incest Tree!" Every last one of us is descended from the Incest Tree and that's why – but I can't reproduce the involved thesis in his unique lingo or how he employed common words that had, for him, uncommon meanings. The gist was: We are the suffering children of incest, and the "a'Mighty" feeds on our suffering for (capital-H) "His force o'life."..."
"...Queen Ann's Tree-hugger Like other proponents of the environment, Watson has preached the alarmingly sensible message that a healthy environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand. To carry it out, Watson, a name partner in the firm Whitehurst, Harkness & Watson, which has a specialty in pursuing medical malpractice claims, asked former Gov..."
"...Mention "subsidized housing," and images of cheaply built and quickly dilapidated properties come to mind. The Bent Tree Apartments, however, are nothing of the sort..."
"...Former home improver Allen and former teen screamer Curtis play married couple Luther and Nora Krank, who, facing their first-ever Christmas sans Peace Corps-bound daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo), decide to dispense with the pleasantries and embark on a 10-day luxury cruise to help fend off the holiday blues. As luck would have it, they reside on the sort of neighborly suburban street where everyone knows each other by the first name and Christmastime is a sacred, communal event, replete with the Kranks’ legendary Christmas party and enough colorful wattage to brownout a small Latin American despotism..."
"...But The War is not Dad's story; it's supposed to be his children's story. The events take place during summer vacation and the central activity revolves around building a treehouse..."
"...This is the case with Valerie Fowler's watercolor and ink drawings of Austin neighborhoods. A great example is End of the Street, a swirling illustration of an overgrown path with a single street sign dwarfed by the reaching, swelling trees and shrubs all around it..."
"..."There is a moment when it is dysfunctional not to look at the past," pronounces Bono in a DVD documentary titled From the Sky Down, the best supplement herein. Released two years before Zooropa, Achtung Baby served as both a monumental turnabout from The Joshua Tree in 1987 and revenge for the backlash accompanying that album's nominal rain barrel, Rattle and Hum..."
"...I was maybe 19. I crossed the street with a package of chocolate doughnuts in one hand, a quart of orange juice in the other, getting into a truck with my friends..."
"...Johnnie Burn’s sound design – one jagged, anxious frisson stretched to the point of collapse – is in itself well worthy of an Oscar nod. Add to that the sublime, unsettling score by avant-weird composer Mica Levi (aka Micachu) and some startling visuals work from UK effects house One of Us (Cloud Atlas, The Tree of Life) and you have a cinematic happening near-guaranteed to get under your skin and into your head for far longer than is comfortable..."
"...Una Johnston, SXSW's European manager, led the Festival's greening efforts which included providing more transit options for participants to minimize individual car trips and powering some outdoor generators with biodiesel. Some of SXSW's offsetting was done through the donation of $5,000 to the city of Austin to fund local tree-planting part of the city's larger climate-protection initiative..."