"...Four years ago, Noël Wells was winding up her undergraduate career at the University of Texas, Today, the Longhorn alum with degrees in Plan II Honors and Radio-Television-Film is winding up her first season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, where she's earned laughs and cheers for her impressions of, among others, Zooey Deschanel, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lena Dunham (the last winning an approving tweet from the subject herself). Wells' path to SNL began in Austin on Sixth Street, where she performed with comedy institution Esther's Follies, so prior to her return for Moontower – where she'll do stand-up for the first time – the Chronicle asked Wells how the Follies helped prepare her for going live on Saturday night...."
"...These are my best friends, and the songs show it. The way we work, the way we respect each other, the way we perform live, the way we feed off each other's energy, the way we improvise and take the songs into so many different directions, the way we trust each other, the way the band won't lay booby traps for the singer, and the way the singer won't booby trap a band – there's a total respect and love going on in this..."
"...First came Pseudo, the first streaming Internet television network (60 Minutes dropped by to do a piece on its own alleged death knell), and then there was Quiet, in which the cash-flush Harris transformed some vacant NYC cellar/loft space into a communal living experience that was monitored in every conceivable way by a medusan network of CCTV cams. Everything everyone did for the month preceding the arrival of the new millennium (once you signed up, you were most definitely not free to leave) was recorded and then re-fed, live, into the television-centric "pods" where Quiet's participants lived, slept, had sex, bathed, took drugs, ad nauseam..."
"...We're here to see a movie. We're here to see the actors of the movie introduce that movie, live and in-person, and then to see them do a little Q&A action after the movie's over..."
"...Searching for a way to display this concept and eager to have a hook to draw folks into her Pride booth, the Where We Live map was born. "This is not scientific, it's just about interactive fun," Nelson offers..."
"...City Council may be going on hiatus for the month of July, but City work continues through the summer – most visibly on the CodeNEXT land development code rewrite, which has been getting mixed to extremely negative reviews for its first draft. There are several more public meetings coming up, but the real action will be at the Zoning and Platting and Planning commissions, which have both started to dig into various aspects of the code, and the mapping – and what they've dug up has made for some frank and lively discussions..."
"...... But I don't think you can just lay it on the table and say, 'There's no justification for two per 1,000, and we need to stop doing it'." Cole went a step further, suggesting it's time for a more thorough examination of the police ratio: "I think that that probably needs a deeper policy discussion," but it is "a conversation we have yet to have." And on the campaign trail, new Council Member Kathie Tovo indicated a willingness to think differently about police staffing. "The continuing growth of the public safety budget is limiting the ability of the city to deliver other services that are important to maintaining a high quality of life," she said...."
"...Factions fling rhetoric at one another but don't talk much about facts. One result is that, as a citizenry, we've lost sight of where we actually live and our politics are no longer about what's going on in that strange place...."
"...Austin's first economic boom brought music to the Lockhart that Fox uncovered in the Nineties, and now with the live music capital's population explosion of the last decade, a growing wave of expats have ventured south, including several notable artists and music industry veterans (see "We Can't Make It Here Anymore," May 27)...."
"...And I couldn’t change schools, because once a National Merit Scholar designates the school they’re going to, they can’t change their mind. So I literally took out the course book and looked through it, trying to find some major, that wasn’t theatre, that I could live with..."
"..."I didn't have long-term relationships until I became transsexual. Even though I was young, living in the middle, in that other life, when I really started living full time, that's when companions came in my life: men that cared about me, men that I lived with, men who took me home to their families..."
"...That is what is actually happening in the place where we actually live...."
"...It's the 50,000-strong college populace - one of the largest in the country, mind you - that I blame for not coming to the rescue. Shouldn't we have a thriving college scene that reflects the pop that was borne of college radio (and then promptly shoved onto alternative and now mainstream radio)? The bleating herds trip over themselves to buy records from Matthew Sweet, Green Day, the Offspring, or Nirvana, yet they studiously avoid live shows from Cotton Mather, Magneto USA, Stretford or Spoon..."
"...I mean, he's sleeping, and he says, "Why do you go on sleeping?" So you can say that the last 15 years Americans have been in a state of sleep. Does that make sense to you? Why do you go on sleeping? The night is over! Do you want to live the day the same way? Other women who managed to get up early, they had an elephant or a jewel; so much has been lost already while you slept..."
"...The one genre that has violated that wisdom, historically, has been the zombie movie. Protagonists often seem to be experimenting every time, as if they live in a world where there isn't a uncopyrighted DVD of Night of the Living Dead in every "50 greatest schlock hits" collection...."
"...That said, we live in a blue-state/red-state time, and certainly the abortion issue is an irreconcilable conflict, and one that is also most violently made manifest in this country. ....."
"...RL: Almost everyone now knows that, wow, it's possible to not live in New York or L.A., not really be a part of the industry, and still make your own films and maybe get an audience. All it takes is a film like that to succeed every couple of years..."
"...Tax expenditures are midway in the chain and have a larger effect. The extra that Metro workers have to spend is the money that small businesses live from..."
"...Three years later, the forecast is slightly different. Austin is still holding anti-war protests, global warming is accepted even among skeptics, growth has succumbed to gentrification, and, although Austin is a relative oasis when considering national woes, it is becoming more of a challenge for artists to live and work here..."
"...You know, in Austin, home theatre isn't just big-screen TVs and surround-sound speakers. Once a year, it's honest-to-God live performances in people's houses..."
"...In Austin, a handful of synth-charged rock bands have cropped up, most of whom, like This Microwave World, lean on danceable rhythms and the wry, hypnotic cleverness of Eighties-era Brit bands. TMW's sister band Kino Eye is a local fourpiece featuring tandem female vocals behind a bevy of groovy live-drum spindles..."
"...Mills' surrogate here is Oliver (played by Ewan McGregor), whose entire sense of himself is called into question when his widowed, 75-year-old father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), announces he is gay and that he wants to live out the rest of his life as his authentic self. The perplexed Oliver must then renegotiate and relearn who he is in relation to the people in his life..."
"...“This business is all relationships,” nodded Charles Attal in an exclusive interview at the Chronicle last week about billion-dollar concert giant Live Nation acquiring “a controlling stake” in C3 Presents. Myself and two of the three Charlies – Attal and Charlie Jones – bonded over our fledgling local careers 20 years ago..."
"...Though bearded and bespectacled, Krasinski doesn’t stray too far from his character Jim on The Office, soulful and understanding if a bit unaspiring and unpurposed. Former Saturday Night Live comedienne Rudolph is a dramatic revelation as six-months-pregnant Verona, a stolid yet enigmatic presence who has no desire to get married but fretfully suspects that she and Burt are “fuckups.” Beginning with the film’s opening sex scene, this couple’s relationship feels real and lived in..."
"...FS: I've lived in New York for a long time...."
"...3) Go ahead – head out toward the airport with a few friends, then take a left turn and get your gang to Live Oak Brewery, where you can grab a fine sampling of their well-crafted brews and then chill on the benches in the backyard beer garden that’s studded with towering oaks – because that’s already a fine use of a Friday night, isn’t it? And now, on Friday nights through October 13, ColdTowne Theater and En Route performers are gonna be right there among those trees with you, improvising up an hour of comedy called How’s Your Mom ’n’ Them?, inspired by awkward family reunions and backwoods encounters. Hell, maybe do it up right and arrange a small family reunion of your own in the same place at the same time: That would be some hilarious kind of meta shit going on, hey?..."
"...In which we slay for thee, fair citizen, the oppressive tyranny of choice that threatens us all in these digitally benighted times. Slay for thee, we say, as if the process were some vile wyrm lately birthed upon the burgeoning ‘scape of Austin, Texas, where you for reasons unfathomed still deign to live...."
"...(Also, check out the first two days' volumes of this trilogy, released Wednesday and Thursday.) Obviously, this is a whole session's worth of agendas and responsibilities. Even though one committee clerk this morning described it as "very unlikely" that any committee would start any serious examination of any of this before New Year, Craddick has slapped it on the legislative chimney like a big regulatory Christmas wish list. So what is he hoping to find in his stocking? Well, in today's commandments for 13 committees, the emphasis was on the bodies that cover where we live and how we get there..."
"...A century ago, when Egypt was completely different (like everywhere else), there lived in Alexandria a certain clerk named Constantine P. Cavafy..."
"...That is, until Scenes' preview night, when the outdoors blew indoors during one of Austin's worst storms in years. A real squall, the kind that drowns fleets of mariners, bent the live oaks on Congress Avenue sideways..."
"...What a verdict of that magnitude must have felt like seems fairly unfathomable here in 2014. We live in a world that allows us fairly unrestricted access to LGBTQ news around the globe – where It's Okay to Be Takei; a world where same-sex marriage is legal in 18 states..."
"...Levitation rules the live music landscape this weekend, but it’s far from the only show in town. Tunes ranging from Clint Black’s old-soul country to Joey Bada$$ and his nod to Nineties rap are on the docket..."
"...The carefree execution of Joyce Manor’s live show cured material from their sorely overproduced sophomore LP, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, like “Violent Inside,” which sounded better with grittier strumming and gut-straining vocal delivery than it does on wax...."
"...Austin Tenants' Council Executive Director Kathy Stark, who has spent 25 years in the affordable-housing trenches, says a couple of current trends are wreaking havoc on people who live on modest-to-low incomes. "The first issue is that we have two economies going on," she says..."
"...He goes big on RSD, ordering as much stock as he can, and the avalanche of sales helps keep the lights on. Just as an influx of business during South by Southwest sustains live music venues during slower months, Record Store Day contributes to the survival of 11 Austin record stores...."
"...I want to hear the Republicans’ barbaric stance on women blasted back to the Stone Age where it belongs. Yes, we live in a berserk plutocracy where rhetoric typically falls short of reality..."
"...The Circuit of the Americas was built around one iconic view: The vista from turn one, across downtown Austin. Now the track management are hoping for a second: This morning they announced details of the Tower Amphitheater, and confirmed that Live Nation will be their musical partners...."
"...The parts of the Stabilization Recommendations that feel the most like an action plan have to do with the music side of the resolution more than the creative side. Curtin identified several of them in his post about the report and in his "Playback" column of July 1: • the Agent of Change Principle, which would resolve sound disputes between venues and residential dwellings by holding the newer party responsible for managing their impact. • Entertainment License, which would streamline the permitting process for live music venues (and, one might imagine, comedy clubs, other live performance spaces, and movie theatres) with a single point of contact. • Live Music Venue Best Practice Guide, which would reward venues that meet or exceed established standards regarding code compliance, safety, and treatment of musicians with energy and mixed-beverage tax rebates, and extended load card hours. • Licensing Austin Music Project, which would motivate businesses to use Austin music in film, TV, commercials, and video games to increase income for local music makers. • ATXPORT, which would provide grants to local musicians, labels, and publishers that are ready to promote their work outside of Austin and provide networking opportunities with businesses in international markets. • a city-run online radio station that only plays Austin music...."
"...illustration by Nathan Jensen Where's a better way to cause a panic in Austin than yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre: Try yelling "Fire Marshal!" in a crowded live music club, instead. Or so that seemed to be the case at this year's South by Southwest..."
"...Their work was hailed for its rawness and purity. These artists often arrived at this celebrated purity from art-world savvy through extremely sheltered lives or through mental illness, and unfortunately, they just as often arrived at their celebrity due to the public's morbid curiosity as their own strange gifts..."
"..."I can lock myself in a room for weeks at a time," acknowledges Ely, "but you really just have to go out and live."..."
"..."What is this stuff? Well, what you're listening to is the sum total of the Meat Puppets' recorded input for the Eighties. Our lives..."
"...Totally not going to do that. Mainly because the cascading series of terrible, awful, very bad, no good accidents that run like a hidden live wire through Goran are very much their own and in no need of comparison to anything else..."
"...Saturday: Queers descend on Cheer Up Charlie's tonight – yes, even more than normal, that's why they're calling it Queer Up Charlie's. What's that mean? A whole new kinda drag, and lots live music, including Gretchen's Disco Plague..."
"...Giving kids access to public pools and swimming lessons sounds like such a small thing, but, as Way says, public pools require more than just money. "If you live in an area where there's no access to public swimming pools, that has such a huge impact on children's health and well-being," she said..."