"...Through beautifully phrased, dark, honest prose, the Rat Girl author paints a poetic portrait of earnest struggle, friendship as significant savior, and learned empathy. (Kristin Hersh has canceled her TBF appearance due to a family illness.) Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnuttby Kristin Hersh University of Texas Press, 200 pp., $22.95..."
"...Texas counted 13 new exonerations in 2013 – the most of any state in a record-breaking year for the number of wrongful convictions overturned, according to report released today by the National Registry of Exonerations...."
"...Donald Grantham (University of Texas) – composer, educator..."
"...Construction is big business in Texas. But it's also a dangerous and, at times, underhanded industry plagued by worker injuries and widespread tax fraud..."
"...The 85th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays consumes the Mike A. Myers Stadium – conveniently located on the University of Texas campus – starting Wednesday at 11:30am with the women's heptathlon..."
"...This week sees the midpoint in KUT Cactus Cafe Conversations, the latest round of public consultation about the future of the legendary University of Texas music venue and bar. Local author Spike Gillespie, one of the guests invited to take part in the discussions, said: "A change is taking place, a decision has been made, KUT is going to be running the Cactus, and that's a done deal..."
"...How do a New Yorker who grew up eating Velveeta and a self-described "4-H rodeo queen" from Mineral Wells, Texas, evolve into passionate cheesemongers? (One early clue: John founded a grilled cheese club in high school.) After they connected at Georgetown University, John became a certified public accountant and Kendall earned a master's degree from the University of Texas with a career as an advocate for human-trafficking victims...."
"...In the run-up to the opening of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, one big question was: How will the new facility compete for all those big touring Broadway musicals that the University of Texas Performing Arts Center – now Texas Performing Arts – has had a lock on since 1981? Alas, when the Long Center had to cancel the booking of its very first touring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, over sluggish sales, then watch as the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall roared back to life with hot-ticket runs of Legally Blonde: The Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, Rent, Avenue Q, and Wicked – with ticket sales for that last show catapulting Bass to No. 7 on Pollstar's list of top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues between Jan..."
"...After nearly a year of meetings, listening sessions, and presentations, Cooper, Robertson & Partners, the master planning firm hired by the University of Texas Board of Regents, last week submitted its two conceptual master plans to the austere university governing body. Most notably, neither plan includes the popular Lions Municipal Golf Course, or Muny – though both plans do include 15 acres for the West Austin Youth Association, or WAYA – and one of the options included moving the Brackenridge Field Lab, a research facility headed up by UT professor Larry Gilbert...."
"...FICTIONPanic by Jeff Abbott (Dutton, $23.95): The Austinite and three-time Edgar Award nominee's hardcover debut is a nonstop thrill ride through Central Texas, New Orleans, Miami, and London, as protagonist Evan Casher visits his family home in Austin only to find murder and crippling, catastrophic secrets. Abbott will be at BookPeople on Aug..."
"...Garrison is starting her second semester as station manager of KVRX, the University of Texas student radio station and home to some of Austin's finest self-expression -- on and off the wall. The non-commercial, 3,000-watt station, which shares time on the 91.7FM frequency with sister station KOOP, is faced with a rapidly mutating Austin radio market..."
"...Texas State won last week...."
"...foreign policy, our fine men and women in the military need all the support we can offer. For both games against the Abbotsford Heat this weekend, Texas Stars players will wear special stars and stripes uniforms which will be sold off in a silent auction (alongside other items) on the concourse of the Cedar Park Center..."
"...The reason for this is a hefty $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Texas Performing Arts, that presenter of concerts, plays, and other performances at the University of Texas..."
"...I don't give a rat's ass about what the people of Austin want. Screw you; I own all this land; I want money." So he and people like him do absolutely everything in their power to make sure that the Austin Tomorrow goals of guiding growth were not in place, and they were very successful, mostly because they lobbied the Texas Legislature...."
"...Well, with that, I had to give him a big hug because you don't always find other chileros even among Chicanos. His last words to me that day in between squeezes were, "Be cool!" Que viva el mero mero chilero! – Celeste Guzmán, poet and assistant director of development, University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas..."
"...The question is who? It could, just maybe, be the high and mighty Longhorns. State has knocked off bigger game: even Texas fans remember the Cowboys’ beatings of the very teams Mack Brown & Co..."
"...As he stood before the grave of Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston in the Texas State Cemetery last week, he explained that his uniform was exactly what his great-great grandfather John Rufus Eddins would have worn while defending his homeland in the Confederate Army...."
"...After buying into the hype — not to mention spending way too much money on popcorn and Twizzlers — it's startling to see that drama, humor, beauty, erotica, pain, pathos, and the plainly curious can be captured in as little as two minutes of film. This realization is the inspiration behind the CinemaTexas International Short Film, Video, and New Media Festival happening September 16-20...."
"...illustration by Doug Potter Does anyone remember the last time they heard any bad news about Austin's economy? The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced that regional job growth turned out to be higher than expected for 1997 - about 4.5% - for the Austin-San Marcos metro area. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce is predicting continued robust growth for 1998, and everyone agrees that the area unemployment rate is around 3.1%, roughly 40% below the national average..."
"...A paperback release of Rueful Death is planned for July but the sixth book in the Bayles series, Love Lies Bleeding, will be released in November. Love Lies Bleeding, takes a different turn, with bad herbs (aka heroin and cocaine), the Texas Rangers, cops gone wrong, and China's love life...."
"..."Lester's Last Stand: Behind the Tall Tales of Lester Bangs in Texas" is an excerpt from a longer chapter in Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs. Author Jim DeRogatis describes the book as "an ongoing project and a labor of love." He would like to thank the 30 or so Austinites he interviewed for this piece, including those who were quoted here and the many who were not...."
"...Jackson, better known to some by the pen name of Jaxon, should be a household name in Austin. In the early Sixties he was a member of that iconoclastic cadre of artists which included Gilbert Shelton, who worked at the University of Texas humor magazine, Texas Ranger..."
"...Austin is the Washington D.C. of Texas...."
"...When Central Health won its bond election in 2012, the vote was widely heralded as a step forward toward improving health care in Travis County and Central Texas, specifically the care of underserved populations and the indigent. Among other things, the proposition promised "improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine ....."
"...If you didn't know, the properties on the Monopoly game board as popularized in the Thirties were named for the streets of Atlantic City, N.J., and it was Osborne's idea to visit the byways from which those names were drawn to see what they might say about the city today. "Atlantic City is this iconic place from the East Coast," says the San Antonio native, "but coming from Texas, I was completely divorced from its historical legacy." He discovered John McPhee's 1972 New Yorker essay, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," which details the unlikely development of America's Favorite Playground, and was struck by the history therein, including such fascinating trivia as the fact that Atlantic City's layout was invented on the back of a napkin..."
"...Five months ago, Tanner Golden, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, started a petition for an assignment in his government class. The petition, "Keep Guadalupe streets safe for UT Austin students," calls on the city to "protect the students of Austin by lessening the homeless population." Golden based the petition on his and his friends' numerous experiences with harassment around campus..."
"...Ann Richards was no saint. Talk to any veteran reporter and they'll pull out a story about the hard-drinking, hard-talking, silver-haired pit fighter of Texas politics..."
"..."I had to show the worst of the worst, and unfortunately, sometimes the abused grows so accustomed to his or her abuse that they desire the affections of their abuser. That's real," Smith said in a telephone interview from his office at the University of Texas at Arlington...."
"..."Through thirteen, forty minute long episodes that will be released locally in Central Texas and digitally via the internet on a monthly basis, El Gallo will follow the interconnected storylines of seven very peculiar characters. These range from Pepe, a drunkard and good for nothing norteño who happens to be a champion cockfighter, to Harry, a forty-year veteran of the INS whose decadent past haunts his now soon-to-be-retired-life."..."
"...At last, Doug Dempster can take that pesky "interim" out of his job title. The University of Texas professor has been running the College of Fine Arts over on the 40 Acres since the retirement of previous Dean Robert Freeman in August 2006, but in an acting capacity, while the university undertook a national search for a permanent successor..."
"...For most of its 20-year history, Austin Lyric Opera has performed at Bass Concert Hall, one of the many venerable performing-arts venues on the University of Texas campus. A year from now, ALO, like other Austin arts organizations, will be performing at the new Long Center on Town Lake, but about two years ago, ALO was informed that it would have to obtain a new performance space even before they moved into the Long..."
"...I hope some day to be that good. Horace Newcomb is the F.J. Heyne Centennial Professor in Communication, Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin..."
"...Windows of Remembrance at Josef and Edith Mincberg Gallery, Houston That road trip itch -- it creeps up on me every year about this time. Even though Texas between the days Memorial and Labor is a wretched place to be on the road, that nagging urge to put the pedal to the metal is so deep as to overwhelm the combination of broiling sun, baking asphalt, and blasted brown grass that passes for landscape in a Lone Star summer..."
"...Jumping ahead to today and a thousand or so miles west to Texas, it seems that not only was this neon renaissance not limited to South Florida, but its scope lasted beyond temporal fad, as well. One look around Austin delivers a solid argument in its favor..."
"...* An annual endowment of $1.5 million to KUT, on the condition that the station move to a new location and cease all but the most perfunctory contact with the University of Texas forever. Freed from the poisonous, intellectually dead atmosphere of the university, KUT management and staff could develop a sense of humor and a taste for adventure..."
"...However, these good intentions have run headlong into a concrete fact. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to use the lion's share of state and federal transportation money until the end of the century in order to complete the giant US290 and US183 freeway projects, and add lanes to I-35...."
"...The quiet floor has been like that since the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building opened at the University of Texas in 1979: a repository of books, periodicals, journals, scores, and other collection materials in the UT Fine Arts Library (FAL)..."
"...That took her to New York University's Gallatin School, where she designed her own master's program in community-based art. Back in Austin, she volunteered to help start the first afterschool program for the then-tiny Theatre Action Project, a venture founded in 1997 by four University of Texas graduate students doing theatre-based work on school violence that won nonprofit status in 2001 – just in time for the economy to tank..."
"...The University of Texas Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) goes big. It has a massive wall of hi-def screens, a touch screen the size of a table, and computing power that makes big data shake in its boots..."
"...Independent groups publicly supporting the city of Austin urban rail proposal include: Alliance for Public Transportation Real Estate Council of Austin Downtown Austin Alliance Austin Sierra Club Austin Gets Around Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Congress for a New Urbanism (Central Texas) ATX Safer Streets Brazos Tech District Let's Go Austin PAC University of Texas-Austin..."
"...A pair of lives spent living in a song – that's what's being offered in two concerts at the Butler School of Music this weekend, one by pioneering saxophonist Harvey Pittel as he draws to a close his 33 years on the faculty of the University of Texas' music school, the other in memory of mezzo-soprano Rose Taylor, who began teaching voice at UT in 1985 and passed away last September...."
"...Sáenz, a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso, also won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Kentucky Club, becoming the first Latino writer to do so...."
"...Want to get fired as a football coach? Play Texas State...."
"...Yoed Anis is the president and toji (master brewer) at Texas Sake Company, one of Central Texas' newest adult beverage producers. He's banking on Texans having a taste for organic, premium sake made right here in Austin..."
"...They're cautious after calculating that the $5 surcharge would raise $87 million in the first biennium, when it is on track to raise only $19 million. Working on new data on sexually oriented businesses from a University of Texas study, Kelly said he's confident in new estimates that the $3 surcharge will produce $18 million a year...."
"...Lewis is one of the busiest choreographers in the city, having created dances for TexARTS' Damn Yankees, Mary Moody Northen Theatre's On the Town, and Summer Stock Austin's Oklahoma! this year alone, while also directing the TexARTS academy production of Cats and teaching dance as an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward's University and in the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance..."
"...It's taken nearly three decades, but former Texas Lt. Gov..."