"...Writer/director and University of Texas graduate Todd Berger opens his second film, the black comedy It’s a Disaster, with a close-up of a 1945 photograph taken on the beach at Bikini Atoll. Over the opening credits – and accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with one assumes careful consideration, considering its Fourth of July, rah-rah America associations – the camera pulls back in tick-tocks to reveal the tell-tale mushroom cloud of a nuclear test..."
"...Starring: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan and Yuen Biao. Set in the turbulent world of 19th-century China, University of Texas alumnus Hark has fashioned an epic tale of a country and its people in the throws of societal upheaval and sudden change..."
"...The war over Bill Powers' tenure as president of the University of Texas at Austin may be reaching a new level of brutality as UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa will reportedly seek Powers' termination at this week's regents meeting...."
"...South by Southwest's favorite cat lands a movie deal, a University of Texas alumnus wins a huge award, and much more are in this edition of Film Flam...."
"...The University of Texas was the only school I applied to. To my parents it made perfect sense..."
"...It was the bake sale heard around the world. That's probably what the Young Conservatives of Texas hoped for Wednesday when they played pastry provocateurs to the University of Texas campus...."
"...For the queers at Texas State University (my place of employment), just south of Austin in San Marcos there's a Diversity Bar-B-LGBTQue (cute, ain't it?) at Sewell Park on September 10, 5-9 PM. There will be noshing, game-playing (volleyball, horseshoe), and a "slammin' DJ" Don't miss this inclusive event! The Bar-B-LGBTQue is put on by Lambda of Texas State, a student-run organization..."
"...In 2010, she is known to the world as an Academy Award winner, a Tony Award winner, an inductee into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, and a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, which has a lot to do with why she's been invited back to the Forty Acres this week to address all of this year's graduating students. But in 1980, she was just another student getting her own degree from the Department of Drama (not yet the Department of Theatre & Dance) and wondering what she would do with her life, who she would become..."
"...The passing of Sam Shepard on July 27 was a monumental loss to American theatre and cinema, for which he produced many enduring stage plays, screenplays, and film performances. But Central Texas will be central to keeping his flame alive in years to come, as major archives of his work are held at Texas State University and the University of Texas...."
"...If you've turned into a Soccer Mom during these Olympics after watching the U.S. Women win the gold, spread that love over to collegiate soccer and check out the University of Texas women's soccer team take on the Texas State Bobcats in an exhibition tonight, 7pm..."
"...Several years ago, he was asked to serve on a committee of people orchestrating the bicentennial celebration of Sam Houston's birth. In the course of fulfilling that duty, he discovered that no less than four biographies of the fabled first president of the Republic of Texas were in the works..."
"...Texas State hit a milestone last Saturday. No, I’m not talking becoming FBS bowl-eligible for the first time ever in a convincing 37-21 win at Idaho..."
"...Tonight, the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin hosts this semester's visiting professor, Linda Gregg for a reading on campus...."
"...He will be at Book People on Friday, May 16 at 7pm, to discuss his book and how to protest property taxes. Texas Writers Month..."
"...Fast forward a few years to last spring, when Townsend and fellow University of Texas art history doctoral students Jessi DiTillio and Kaila Schedeen decided to create the curatorial group Neon Queen Collective, and they were ready. They reached out as a team to put a show together...."
"...Saturday’s 45-0 victory over the New Mexico Lobos, a team that has won four games in four years, concludes the Mountain West Conference portion of the Longhorns schedule. Texas paid a million dollars to the university of the state best known as where “Breaking Bad” takes place, just so the Horns could keep mountin’ W’s..."
"...Big news landing in our inbox: Assistant city manager, loyal lieutenant to former CM Toby Futrell, and Kirk Watson's running buddy Laura Huffman is leaving the city to become director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas. Hers is the second high-profile departure from the city in nearly as many weeks, with chief of staff and fellow member of the Tobyocracy, Kristen Vassallo, recently announcing her resignation...."
"...The location for this signing is the BookPeople inside the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport terminal. Campbell's career numbers and achievements are astounding. At the University of Texas he amassed 4,443 rushing yards, was an All American in 1975 and 1977 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1977..."
"...Actor/scholar/novelist/documentarian/performance artist/awards show host James Franco is famous for having his finger in a lot of pies. Now the new media maven is fixing his attentions on the University of Texas...."
"...This morning, the venerated indie fest announced the 32 features selected for U.S. Narrative and Documentary Competition – with a couple of Texas names in the batch...."
"...The Green Party of Texas and the Libertarian Party of Texas will hold their state conventions this weekend in San Antonio and Fort Worth, respectively...."
"...There have been too many plenty of films about the world-famous live music scene deep in the heart of Texas. Documentaries and narratives alike have spent countless hours trying to strike a chord with viewers and convey the spirit – the steadily beating heart – of Austin's artists and venues...."
"...Billy Collins is one of a few American poets who can easily fill a few hundred seats for a reading of his work. He’ll do just that when he appears at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, fresh off the heels of this week's major announcement that the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center has acquired the popular poet’s archive...."
"...ScoreMore Shows, the Austin-based concert promotion company that throws many of Texas’ marquee hip-hop events — including the hugely popular three-city JMBLYA festival — has sold a majority stake of their company to industry giants Live Nation...."
"...Earlier this month, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a devastating blow to already beleaguered Texas abortion providers. In a heavily anticipated ruling on Whole Women's Health v..."
"...Of Mack Brown’s 154 wins as head coach at The University of Texas, few can eclipse the sweetness of this afternoon’s unfathomable 36-20 Longhorns’ victory over archrival Oklahoma. Texas was a 14-point underdog at kickoff Saturday morning against the No..."
"...Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles From Nowhereby Don McLeese University of Texas Press, 221 pp., $19.95 (paper)..."
"...You've heard that sort of bold announcement repeated about the often-baffling University of Texas football team. It began two years ago when they improbably made it to the championship game only to see Colt McCoy's arm turn into a withered kite string...."
"...Faster than a University of Texas exit from the Big Dance, the 2006-2007 NCAA men's basketball season is drawing to a rapid close. This upcoming weekend will cap off another wonderful season and conclude the greatest of all sporting events – the NCAA Tournament..."
"...This spring, the University of Texas at Austin made national headlines for a racist frat party, and then again for the unlikely success of newly elected, satirical student government President Xavier Rotnofsky and Vice President Rohit Mandalapu. Now, some UT students – the new student government included – are generating attention once more by advocating for the removal of the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, one of several Confederate monuments that stand tall on the campus..."
"..."Fuck football, free film!" In Texas, at least, that slogan sure sounds like sacrilege, but in the late Nineties it was gospel for film fans in Austin – for anyone, really, who believed that a university should tend to its students, not just its big-ticket donors, and tend to all its students, not just the ones who fill the bleachers on game day...."
"...Mike Siegel www.siegelfortexas.org ENDORSEMENTS: Texas AFL-CIO, Our Revolution Texas, West Austin Democrats, Texas Students United, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, Austin Central Labor Council, AFSCME Local 1624, Liberal Austin Democrats, UNITE HERE Local 23, Austin Environmental Democrats, Left Up to US, Area 5 Democrats, Austin Young Democrats..."
"...photograph by Todd V. Wolfson Austin filmmaker Kyle Henry's hour-long documentary American Cowboy - which screens next Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of the ongoing Texas Documentary Tour - takes a look into the world of gay rodeo competitions, and in particular the trials of rider Gene Mikulenka, a Houston-based, semi-closeted rodeo star with more on his mind than just busting broncs..."
"...Former University of Texas women’s track coach Beverly Kearney filed a $1 million lawsuit Thursday against UT, claiming that her forced ouster earlier this year was rooted in racial and gender discrimination...."
"...The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, planted dramatically at the north end of the Capitol, was built for people comfortable with the noisy bustle of a shopping mall, people who like their history served up supersized, consumers who pay top dollar expecting -- and getting -- spectacle in return. From its gigantic welcoming Lone Star to its vertigo-inducing IMAX theatre, it delivers history as theme park: a giant display case built to dazzle the crowds of out-of-town tourists...."
"...photograph by Jana Birchum The obituaries offered no mention of it as a notable death. But as the semester wrapped up, a University of Texas institution passed away..."
"..."I guess you could say I never felt that he hugged me back." – UT System Regent Wallace Hall to Texas Monthly, concerning his early interactions with UT-Austin President Bill Powers, April 15, 2013..."
"...Look a little closer, and you can see jagged stumps of cedar and scrub oak jutting up through the wildflowers, some forming clusters almost four feet in diameter. Alongside the clearing, iron fencing has replaced several hundred feet of the gnarled cedar and barbed wire that borders the historic, University of Texas-owned Dobie Paisano Ranch, home to a prestigious fellowship program for Texas writers..."
"...That provocative "1-page throwaway" was intended to become The Longhorn Tale, a phony underground newspaper to be produced by the FBI, with the purpose of neutralizing anti-war and anti-draft sentiment on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin at the height of Sixties campus unrest. It wasn't the first such effort: The FBI had also produced four editions of a fake campus newspaper at Indiana University Bloomington in September and October of 1968, called Armageddon News, and then in December of 1969 produced and distributed a third and final fake newspaper – called the Rational Observer – at Washington D.C.'s American University...."
"...The legendary Cactus Cafe is in its 30th anniversary year. The University of Texas has been offering its Informal Classes since 1971..."
"...Mayor and City Council Select Semi-Finalists for City Manager AUSTIN, Texas (January 03, 2008) - Mayor Will Wynn announced today that he and City Council are entering into the interview phase of the national search for Austin's next City Manager. Candidate information was presented to the Mayor and City Council by Arcus Public, the search firm hired by the city, in the form of a binder presentation January 3rd, which outlined each individual's qualifications, experience in like cities with similar trends, reasons for seeking the City Manager position, and strategies for managing growth. "We were very impressed with the scale and scope of Arcus' work and the candidates they formally presented to us," said Mayor Wynn..."
"..."Austin Art Seen, Circa 1961," the exhibition currently showing at Austin Museum of Art-Laguna Gloria, describes a scene above all else. Despite its year-specific title, the show includes prints, drawings, paintings, and sculpture made by 17 artists from the 1940s through the 1960s, a time when Austin was at the center of the Texas art world..."
"...by Mike Clark-Madison The war room for the University of Texas' campus master-planners is on the top floor of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, also known as the Undergraduate Library, or UGL, to which at least two generations of students have added the inevitable "Y," and not without cause..."
"..."It is the scariest thing for a Muslim to be labeled as a terrorist, especially in the anti-Muslim climate of Texas," said Nabulsi...."
"...On Feb. 7, University of Texas frat Phi Gamma Delta, more commonly known as Fiji house, hosted a theme party where guests wore ponchos, sombreros, construction outfits, and border patrol costumes – despite the official theme of the party being, according to Texas Fiji president Andrew Campbell, "a Western or Old West theme."..."
"...The Phi Gamma Delta (aka "Fiji") fraternity brought an onslaught of unwanted attention to the University of Texas on Feb. 7, when they held a theme party with attendees in ponchos, sombreros, construction outfits, and border patrol costumes..."
"...The family couldn't afford private health insurance, but the kids were covered by the Medicaid Children's Health Insurance Program. When Vo turned 18, she aged out of CHIP but, by then a young student at the University of Texas, was able to transition smoothly into what was then the Women's Health Program: a federally backed health program for women of child-bearing age who would not otherwise be eligible for subsidized health care unless pregnant...."
"...After earning a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's of fine arts in poetry from the University of Texas' own Michener Center for Writers, Smith spent a little while on our copyediting panel before moseying northward to pursue an MFA in fiction from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her first book, I Live in a Hut won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, and includes such fantastical characters as a big slutty bear and the pony of darkness...."
"...“Deep inside the stacks at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center lies a single box containing unpublished letters and handwritten essays by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.” So begins writer Eric Benson’s essay about excavating Borges’ ties to Texas...."
"...From the serious to the frivolous and points in between, Texas comes to the small screen in some old and new ways this summer, and in one case in particular, invites you to abandon your place on the couch and walk down one of TV's many memory lanes. Look what's coming up:..."