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Playback: Bombs, Beto, and the Biggest Music Stories of 2018
“Playback” recaps the news, trends, and controversies of the year. Outrage level: high.
Music Column  December 13, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The 17-year-old died in his kitchen when he opened a box left on his family's porch. Previously, the young composer and talented upright bassist received life-affirming correspondence: acceptance letters to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, UT's Butler School of Music, and the University of North Texas...."

PBS Doc Man on Fire Recounts a Modern Martyrdom
UT filmmakers find the story behind a Texas minister who set himself on fire
Screens Story  December 13, 2018, by Britt Hayes
"...On a hot June day in 2014, the Reverend Charles Moore paced around a strip mall parking lot in East Texas for hours before dousing himself in gasoline, striking a match, and setting himself on fire. Moore's suicide made national headlines and put the small town of Grand Saline on the map – and under a microscope..."

News Story  December 13, 2018
"...Paxton Case Continues: Prosecutors appointed to lead the criminal case against Attor­ney General Ken Paxton are fighting to keep their involvement alive after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently prevented them from receiving payment. On Mon., Dec..."

Holiday Gifts for Fans of the Big and Small Screen
From essential box sets to writers’ wisdom: stocking fillers and the gifts that keep on giving for your watching pleasure
Screens Story  December 6, 2018, by Richard Whittaker, Julian DeBerry, Danielle White and James Renovitch
"...[image-1-right] On Story: The Golden Ages of TelevisionEdited by Maya Perez and Barbara Morgan, University of Texas Press, 208 pp., $19.95..."

A Mile Above Texas
Gorgeous images of land and water shot from the air provide a fresh perspective on the Lone Star State
Arts Story  December 6, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...You may think you know how big Texas is after driving from Austin to El Paso or Amarillo to Houston (which are, to be fair, sizable distances), but you'll gain a new appreciation for the size of the state when you follow Jay Sauceda around it. And I mean around: A Mile Above Texas documents the photographer's weeklong flight along the state's edges, following the Gulf Coast, Sabine River, Red River, Panhandle border, Big Bend, and Rio Grande..."

Emergency Contact
It's wry and vulnerable love via text message in this YA novel set in Austin
Arts Story  December 6, 2018, by Rosalind Faires
"...Penny comes to Austin to attend the University of Texas and thanks to her roommate, she meets Sam, an aspiring filmmaker currently working and living at a cafe near campus. In person, their interactions are hampered by anxiety and second-guessing, but when becoming each other's – you guessed it – emergency contacts leads them to exchange phone numbers, they're suddenly presented with a means of communication less daunting..."

News Story  December 6, 2018
"...A Worst First: Texas has the most uninsured children of any state, according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The 835,000 uninsured children in 2017 represents an increase of nearly 10% from the previous year...."

Songwriter-Performer Caleb De Casper Wants Your Attention
Good Boy or "Bad Boy"? You decide.
DAILY Qmmunity  December 5, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...2018 has been a whirlwind year for Austin’s goth glamour boy. In May, he released the music video for his single “Good Boy," in addition to doing interviews and performing on KVRX and Texas State University’s Studio C Session on KTSW this November..."

Quote of the Week
News Column  November 29, 2018
"..."The intercollegiate football teams of The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University shall play a nonconference, regular-season football game against one another on the fourth Thursday, Friday, or Saturday of November each year."..."

SXSW Gets Virtual
VR film pioneer Jessica Brillhart announced as 2019 keynote
DAILY SXSW  November 27, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"... • Emmy and Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (who, totally coincidentally, has two films – Alex Ross' Her Smell and Jordan Peele's Us – opening the same month as SXSW). • Four-time Emmy winner, feature director, and, of course, Muppeteer Frank Oz. Future Workplace • GSD&M chairman and co-founder Roy Spence, author of The Amazing Faith of Texas and It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven by Purpose. Health & MedTech • Actor and comedian Kevin Hart sits down with David Ko (president and COO, Rally Health Inc.), Sarah Martin (VP, Product and Consumer Innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina), and Vickie Strickland (director, Health Strategy & Resources, Delta Air Lines) to discuss "A Better Future Through Digital Health." Intelligent Future • VR pioneer Jaron Lanier..."

The Life of a Search and Rescue Drone Pioneer
How retired Air Force medic Gene Robinson found new purpose looking for missing persons
News Story  November 21, 2018, by Cat Cardenas
"...The first time Robinson was tapped for a search and rescue mission was in his own backyard. In July 2005, retired special education teacher Margaret White had been reported missing after her car was found by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on the side of Ranch Road 12 outside Wimberley..."

SBOE Gets Schooled on Women
State Board of Education reverses decision to remove Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from curriculum
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...As Hillary Clinton accepted an award for public service at the University of Texas Tuesday night, the State Board of Education voted to keep – for now – the divisive-but-dedicated public servant in the Texas social studies curriculum. In a meeting that lasted over 10 hours, the SBOE also reversed course and reinstated Helen Keller and Texas' Women Airforce Service Pilots back into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills – the state standards that instruct teachers on what students should be taught...."

Why Did KUT-FM Muzzle Its Watchdog?
Austin’s NPR affiliate publishes, then removes two investigative stories detailing a troubled newsroom culture
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...After asking freelance journalist Eva Ruth Moravec to investigate and write about its own newsroom culture and practices, KUT-FM has now taken down both of her previously published stories from its website. The move isn't a particularly good look for Austin's troubled NPR affiliate, plagued by accusations of workplace hostility and threats to journalistic autonomy by leadership at the station and by its ultimate owner, the University of Texas at Austin...."

Formerly Homeless Find Good Neighbors at Community First! Village
A week’s stay at Austin’s most talked about neighborhood
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...In 1981, Alan Graham walked up to a popular taco joint in Downtown Austin with a date on his arm. Just a few years after he dropped out of the physics department at the University of Texas, Graham was working in real estate..."

Five Food Celebrations to Fill Your Belly
’Tis the season of elastic waistbands, starting this week
DAILY Food  November 13, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...East Austin neighborhood favorite Rosewood launches a new lunch menu Tuesday, Nov. 13, focusing on seasonal ingredients while reflecting Chef Jesse DeLeon’s South Texas roots...."

Election Ticker: Last Chance for Controversy
E-Day is tomorrow! Here's the latest news before it's too late.
DAILY News  November 5, 2018, by News Staff
"...Yup, Sure, He’s On It: If anyone tries to screw with voting rights on E-Day Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be very cross. His Department of Justice will monitor the polls in 35 counties in 19 states, including Harris, Tarrant and Waller (see below) counties in Texas..."

Election Ticker: The Final Countdown
Vote-pocalypse now!
News Story  November 1, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Nina Hernandez, Chase Hoffberger, Michael King and Sarah Marloff
"...Again With the eSlates: Like the leaves turning and the Longhorns choking, autumn (in even-numbered years) brings the seasonal sounds of, "The machine changed my vote!" In the 78 Texas counties (including Travis and Hays) that use the eSlate machines produced by Austin-based company Hart InterCivic, voters (primarily straight-ticket ones) find their selections changed when they prepare to cast their ballots. These are in fact routine user errors compounded by the age and balky manual interface of the machines (the Chronicle first reported on eSlate snafus in 2004)..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: Making History: The Civil Rights Movement in Texas
Uncovering the untold stories of integration at UT
DAILY Arts  October 29, 2018, by Katarina Brown
"...When Virginia Cumberbatch and Leslie A. Blair started the project that would eventually become As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at the University of Texas at Austin, they expected to be adding to a conversation..."

Texas Book Festival 2018: Cecile Richards
Former Planned Parenthood leader calls for action
DAILY Arts  October 29, 2018, by Katarina Brown
"...Calling it a rally would be a step too far, but it was clear that the Texas Book Festival crowd this year wanted to talk politics. Fortunately, as the opener to the weekend’s events, Cecile Richards was ready to deliver...."

Community Gardens to Fulfill Your Secret Farmer Fantasy
Local veggie spots and how to get a plot of your own
DAILY Food  October 27, 2018, by Melanie Laporte
"...Sunshine Community Garden 4814 Sunshine Dr. This granddaddy of Austin garden culture was hatched in 1979 on land leased from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It offers about 245 farming plots for the more than 300 active members to grow food and flowers..."

Club Endorsements
Who's backing whom in the Nov. 6 election
DAILY News  October 25, 2018
"...Steve Adler ENDORSEMENTS: AFSCME, Asian American PAC, Austin Board of Realtors, Austin Central Labor Council, Austin Environmental Democrats, Austin Firefighters Association PAC, Austin/Travis County EMS Employees Association PAC, AURA, Austin Progressive Coalition, Austin Tejano Democrats, Austin Young Democrats, BikeAustin, Black Austin Democrats, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, Clean Water Action, Dove Springs Proud, Education Austin, Friends of Hyde Park, Liberal Austin Democrats, Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), North by Northwest Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (Austin), Texas Vote Environment PAC, University Democrats, Western Wilco Democrats, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Central Texas, Workers Defense Action Fund, Friends of Austin Neighborhoods..."

Music on the Page at the Texas Book Festival
Music books strut their feminism, hip-hop, and emo
Music Story  October 25, 2018, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Music, whether background radio hits or handpicked playlists, offers a persistent memory companion. In both cultural analyses and personal memoirs, a slew of Texas Book Festival authors capture that pervading influence in the pages of new works..."

Playback: Seth Gibbs Promises to Fight
Cancer stricken pop savant crafts his NOT-posthumous album
Music Column  October 25, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The Huntsville-raised University of Texas dropout honed his playing, performing, writing, and recording skills at England's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts before returning to Austin in 2006. From there, Gibbs continued creating music as Brother Machine, while also playing bass in critically acclaimed local bands the Archibalds and Leatherbag..."

The Threat Is Real
Still wonder how Kavanaugh will rule on abortion? Look no further than his record in Texas
News Story  October 25, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Like many others, Madaninejad worries about the future of women's rights and health under the new Supreme Court, and specifically from Kavanaugh, and specifically in Texas. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which battles abortion restrictions across the country (including Texas' HB 2), for the first time opposed a Supreme Court nomination after a "careful and thorough" review of judicial opinions, speeches, and writings that were "fundamentally hostile to reproductive rights."..."

Check, Please!
Food Story  October 25, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Just have you a little slice of this pie, now, while I attempt to explain why there's a graphic novel about a Canadian college hockey team among all these food-oriented books being reviewed in conjunction with the 2018 Texas Book Festival...."

Lone Dissenter
Postmarks  October 22, 2018
"...(She has a toddler, in fairness.) – Mrs. Singh has spent years working with the Texas PTA at the state level and with the vertical team (elementary to high school coordination) for Austin High School..."

Party with Puppies and Visit the craftHER Fall Market
Must love dogs (and beer and crafts)
DAILY Food  October 19, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...There will also be a drop-off site for VOLUME, a collaborative pop-up library being built in collaboration with Chulita Vinyl Club and Texas State University, where attendees are encouraged to donate records, zines, prints, and any original works; and there will be a raffle benefiting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). [image-2-right]..."

University of Texas Women's Soccer vs. Oklahoma
PHOTO GALLERY  October 18, 2018

Erica Anderson Comes to Texas State
Activist and expert in trans healthcare discusses the gender spectrum
DAILY Qmmunity  October 18, 2018, by Courtney Naquin
"...Having starred on a popular reality TV show in Sweden, Anderson continues to receive invites back to Scandinavia for Pride celebrations. While you might not be able to witness her Swedish celebrity status in action, you can catch her at Texas State University in San Marcos giving a lecture on transgender medicine and education Thursday, Oct..."

Edward Carey's Portrait of Madame Tussaud in Little
The Austin author both writes about and illustrates the grand, strange life of the waxworks queen
Arts Story  October 18, 2018, by Rosalind Faires
"...Little will be launched, along with an exhibition of Carey's illustrations and other artwork, at a special Texas Book Festival and Austin Public Library event on Oct. 23 in the Austin Central Library Art Gallery..."

Boz Scaggs Doesn't Mean to Be Argumentative
The Texan parses blues, R&B, and rock & roll ahead of two Austin shows
Music Story  October 18, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"..."I've done a couple of jazz standards records [2003's But Beautiful and 2008's Speak Low," reflects 74-year-old Boz Scaggs of Plano, Texas, born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio, warming up to the subject of his long career and the blues' impact on it...."

Chronicle Endorsements: City Council
Who should sit on the next dais
News Story  October 18, 2018, by The Chronicle Editorial Board
"...Challenger Danielle Skidmore is a transportation engineer and political newcomer who quit her job as vice president of K Friese & Associates to run. Should she win, she would make history as the first transgender person in Texas to be elected into public office..."

Liz Fisher Wins Princess Grace Award
Austin theatre artist receives national arts scholarship
DAILY Arts  October 16, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The awards consist of $1 million in grants which may be presented as scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Fisher is one of nine theatre artists to be honored this year, and she's receiving a scholarship that will help her complete her master's in directing at Texas State University, where she's Resident Director at the Texas State New Play Lab...."

City Slickers
How the state's most influential conservative think tank works to undermine our local control
News Story  October 11, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Two blocks from the Capitol, in a pristine auditorium on Congress Avenue, attorney/activist Fred Lewis, District 8 City Council candidate Bobby Levinski, and Art Martinez de Vara of the Texas Local Government Center debated Proposition K, the November ballot measure that calls for a third-party efficiency audit of the city. Chuck DeVore of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, owners of the $20 million building with its Rick Perry Liberty Balcony and its Red McCombs Event Center, led the conversation, held last Wednesday...."

On self-care, Halloween month, and getting the queer vote out
Columns  October 11, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Trans in Texas: Dr. Erica Anderson Texas State's Alliance hosts special guest Dr..."

ATX Film News
Emmys, gen:LOCK cast, plus a good omen for film incentives
Screens Story  October 11, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...New leadership at the Texas Film Commission: Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Stephanie Whallon as the latest TFC director – a position that has been vacant since the last director, Heather Page, stepped down in September 2017..."

Austin's Paranormal Activity
Four places to check out if you ain't afraid of no ghosts
DAILY Arts  October 10, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Of course, for some of you, listening may not be enough proof of the paranormal. So if for you, "seeing is believing," then you might want to head over to YouTube, where The Paranormal Files takes cameras into haunted sites around Texas and occasionally outside it to see what evidence can be found..."

SXSW Taps ConsenSys Founder Joseph Lubin for 2019 Keynote
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track programming comes into focus
DAILY SXSW  October 9, 2018, by Bonny Chu
"...Blockchain Deathmatch: Permission-ed vs -less Session Featured Session (Blockchain & Cryptocurrency) Join Christopher Ferris (CTO Open Technology, IBM), Neha Narula (Director of Digital Currency, MIT Media Lab), Jimmy Song (Bitcoin Developer, Programming Blockchain), and moderator Cesare Fracassi (Professor of Finance, University of Texas at Austin) for a conversation about permissioned (private) blockchains and permissionless (public) blockchains...."

More Off-the-Air Static at KUT
Overtime pay cut angers station's already demoralized staff
News Story  October 4, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The circumstances of this decision remain somewhat murky and, according to the accounts of multiple staffers in addition to Largey, were sprung on KUT's newsroom without warning. Instead of cash pay for overtime, reporters – like most of their fellow non-exempt employees at the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, and indeed throughout state government – will bank their overtime as paid leave ("comp time"), up to 240 hours..."

Austin Filmmakers’ Waking Nightmares
They're just making a movie. What could possibly go wrong?
Screens Story  October 4, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."When I set out to make a film about ritual, drugs, and teenage self-discovery, little did I know that I might be put through paces of my own. For starters, we were making an ensemble film (eight teenagers and a baby goat) with mainly outdoor night shoots (meaning reversed sleeping schedules and lots of lighting required) on a shoestring, during what became the wettest Texas summer on record..."

Despicable on So Many Levels
Postmarks  October 1, 2018

Teens Seeking Judicial Bypass Abortion in Texas Shamed
New study finds court process functions as “form of punishment”
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...A new study finds that judicial bypass, the court process by which minors seek permission from a judge to obtain an abortion without parental consent, acts as a "form of punishment" for young Texas teens. Judicial bypass minors – often estranged from their parents, suffering family trauma, or coming from households with substance abuse – already see logistical barriers like transportation and time off from school..."

All Politics Is Local at Texas Tribune Festival
Evan Smith leads the fest’s move Downtown and brings national newsmakers to Austin
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Does Steve Bannon get out of bed for less than $10,000? We may never know, since he straight-up blew off Evan Smith's invitation to appear at this weekend's Texas Tribune Festival – for free, just like the hundreds of other people in the program...."

Jennifer Higdon, American Voice
One of this nation's most acclaimed and active composers, on our rich melting pot of music
Arts Story  September 27, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...For most of 2018, the nation's concert halls have been ruled over by one American composer: Leonard Bernstein. (That's what happens when you hit 100 birthdays.) But this week in Austin, Lenny has to cede his concert crown to another American composer – a living American composer at that! For this is the week the University of Texas' Butler School of Music bestows its $50,000 Eddie Medora King Prize on Jennifer Higdon, marking the event with three concerts showcasing seven compositions by the Pulitzer Prize winner...."

UT Investigates Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Sen. Charles Schwertner
State senator accused of lewd texting to grad student
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...The University of Texas is investigating claims that state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, sent sexually explicit text messages to a graduate student he met on campus, according to a Statesman report on Tuesday..."

Election Ticker: Endorse-a-Rama
You gotta support somebody
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Michael King, Chase Hoffberger and Austin Sanders
"...Democratic groups include the Austin Young Democrats, Liberal Austin Democrats, Central Austin Dems, Capital Area Progressive Dems, NxNW Dems, Stone­wall Dems, and the University Democrats. He's also got the Austin Board of Realtors – challenger Laura Morrison's supporters might scorn that one, but the Environmental Dems are on his list as well, as is the local chapter of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans..."

University of Texas Women's Soccer vs. Baylor
PHOTO GALLERY  September 26, 2018

Miró Quartet at Bates Recital Hall
The ensemble's opening concert for its 15th season as UT's Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence was uplifting in a number of ways
Arts Review  September 20, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Their deep investment in every piece of music they take on, the seamlessness of their musical interplay, their professionalism, and, not least, the love of what they do, will invariably raise one's spirits. But in the first concert of the ensemble's 15th season at the Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas, the musicians of the Miró also showed the variety of colors that one quality may contain...."

University of Texas Women's Soccer vs. Northern Colorado
PHOTO GALLERY  September 19, 2018

University of Texas Women's Soccer vs. Rio Grande Valley
PHOTO GALLERY  September 19, 2018

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