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Playback – Agents of Change: Downtown Clubs vs. Downtown Hotels
Can clubs and hotels coexist in Downtown Austin?
Music Column  November 25, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...11, representatives from the four-person municipal office placed sound-monitoring devices inside a room on the hotel's fourth floor and another directly outside, then took readings at 15-second intervals from 10pm until 2:30am. A graph comparing the interior and exterior readings show that the Westin's walls fail to temper bass frequencies of music coming from neighboring clubs – even though those clubs were operating under the legal limit of 85 dB...."

All the Hottest Clubs
News Story  March 5, 2004
"...Most of Austin's many political clubs meet about once a month, though some remain dormant until election season. Most groups claim not to accept new members during the 30 days prior to endorsement meetings..."

Red River Clubs Grapple With Downtown Homelessness
Beggars, hustlers, and dealers make you wonder how Downtown music keeps from going under
News Story  February 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Venue owners and club workers on Red River are growing increasingly worried that the legions of beggars, hustlers, drug dealers, and homeless are creating an unappealing business environment on the walkable music strip. With rental prices in Austin's central business district increasing faster than those citywide, Downtown clubs now need to appeal to wider audiences – a challenging task when the music district overlaps with Austin's centralized consortium of transients...."

Bars Are Not Health Clubs
Postmarks  November 19, 2003
"...To the editors, Apparently, many supporters of the smoking ban have confused clubs and bars with health clubs. They are not, and never have been for those who wish a pure, healthy lifestyle..."

Austin’s New Batch of Supper Clubs
Three of the city’s latest additions to the underground dining scene
Food Story  September 14, 2017, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...The Elephant Table offers an opportunity for industry folks to connect and network around the dinner table. Unlike most other supper clubs, foodies aren't the target market..."

Austin Supporter Clubs
Food Story  October 22, 2015
"...Austin Spurs (Tottenham Hotspur) Bar: Mister Tramps www.tottenhamhotspur.com/supporters-clubs/austin-spurs www.fb.com/austin-spurs-372454196098841 www.twitter.com/austinspurs..."

European Soccer Clubs on Collision Course
DAILY Sports  April 18, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...Who woulda thunk it? Three Spanish teams advanced to the final four of the UEFA Cup, Europe's answer to the postseason NIT. On Thursday, April 26, it'll be Osasuna-Sevilla, and Espanyol-Werder Bremen. Argentine clubs are having a terrible time in the Copa Libertadores group stage, which concludes this week and next..."

Smokers, Now That You've Been Forbidden to Smoke in Clubs It's Time to Help Out!
Postmarks  May 9, 2005
"...Dear Editor, I, for one, am thrilled that the smoking ban has passed. I almost never patronize Austin's clubs and bars because I cannot stand the smoky environments, but you can be sure that now will change..."

City Needs to Support Clubs
Postmarks  April 18, 2008
"...They were losing money big time. Why doesn't the city work with the clubs to provide exemptions or financial assistance? Instead they worked to reverse a sensible ruling by Judge Sam Sparks [“Off the Record,” Music, April 4]...."

It's the Regulars Who Keep the Clubs Open
Postmarks  May 2, 2005
"...Dear Chronicle, Why I oppose the smoking ban – the lifeblood of the bar business is regulars: patrons who spend three to five nights a week, or more, at nightclubs and bars. This is a lifestyle: nightlife and bar culture..."

After Two-Year Hiatus Levitation Hits the Clubs
Droning on with Slowdive, Electric Wizard, Ian Svenonius, and Bedouine
Music Story  April 26, 2018, by Michael Toland, Dan Gentile, Tim Stegall and Rachel Rascoe


Best Clubs for the Under-21 Crowd
No ID? No problem.
Features Story  August 24, 2017, by Isabella Castro-Cota


Yassine Clubs Seized by State
UPDATE: Comptroller seeks millions in unpaid taxes from downtown bars
DAILY News  April 25, 2012, by Richard Whittaker


Of Strip Clubs and Hash Stashes
On location: Dance With the One
Screens Story  August 1, 2008, by Clay Smith


Let Me See That Sissy Bounce
Big Freedia holds court
DAILY Music  March 12, 2010, by Thomas Fawcett
"...In New Orleans - a city defined by Mardi Gras, where gender-bending is the norm - Big Freedia and friends came up in the bounce scene, performing mainly at straight clubs and parties where the frenetic call-and-response sound has been booming since the early 1990s...."

Drinking and Shrieking
This local Web site is dragging Austin clubs online and into the spotlight.
Screens Story  October 1, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...They'll invest in the company because they know that the more eyeballs you get to the site, the more popular the band will become. We can also provide services long-term to clubs and to bands..."

Heaven's a Drag
Blending comedy and drama in a film about AIDS can be a difficult task, and Peter Litten's first foray into solo directing (previous co-directions include Slaughter High and Living Doll)...
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Film Review  October 13, 1995, by Alison Macor
"...Heaven's a Drag is about Simon (Arklie) and Mark (Williams), two gay men coping with Mark's HIV status. Simon, perhaps in an effort to deny Mark's impending death, cruises clubs and sleeps with other men while maintaining a relatively loving relationship with Mark, a drag performer at one of the local gay clubs..."

Burlesque
Burlesque bumps and grinds. And then grinds and grinds and grinds.
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Film Review  December 3, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Supper Club Love
Austin's supper clubs and Valentine's Day go together like chocolate and red wine
Food Story  February 8, 2013, by Jessi Cape and Gracie Salem
"...Food is love, and for optimum pleasure in mid-February, both need at least a few luscious options. Saint Valentine, Chaucer, and even Cupid might scratch their heads to find the annual celebration of love tangled in commercial crowds when the intimate, delectable delights of supper clubs await hungry lovers..."

The Comedian
De Niro plays an aging insult comic
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Film Review  February 3, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...In The Comedian, De Niro is Jackie Burke, a stand-up insult comic playing gigs at third-rate clubs serving up hecklers and cheap drinks, a past-his-prime entertainer struggling to keep his head above water in a world that refuses to see him as anything else but the blue-collar character he played in a hit Eighties-era sitcom called Eddie’s Home. (Fans are constantly calling him Eddie, a mistake he often tries to correct to no avail.) When Eddie, er, Jackie cute-meets the much younger and emotionally unbalanced Harmony (Mann) while performing community service (he sucker-punched an audience member at one of his shows), they strike up an improbable May-December relationship..."

Playback: Shorter Hours Could Be Coming for Venues During SXSW
Another clubs ordinance change drops right before the Festival
Music Column  February 2, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...While City Council approved a pilot program testing out later music curfews for Red River's outside stages last week, new restrictions have come to light that could potentially impose earlier-than-normal cutoff times for outdoor music venues during South by Southwest, the most profitable 10 days of the year for Austin clubs...."

Don't Think Twice
In this comedy about comedy, Mike Birbiglia nails what's funny and true
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Film Review  August 5, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As in his 2012 indie film breakout, Sleepwalk With Me, writer/director Mike Birbiglia mines what he knows: stand-up comedy. The characters and settings of both films are based on the unknown, workaday comics who hone their craft in the dark, half-empty comedy clubs that dot every major American city..."

Donya Stockton Isn’t Going Anywhere Near Hell in That Handbasket
The Austin clubland mover-and-shaker weaves much to the imagination
DAILY Arts  April 4, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Donya Stockton, co-owner of Austin’s Beerland and Rio Rita and King Bee and the Aristocrat and other popular clubs, is too decent of a human being to take a tire iron to the head of some idiot who makes a crack about “Underwater Basketweaving 101.”..."

Civil Rights v. Hip-Hop
Martin Luther King v. Jay Z
DAILY Music  January 20, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...On Oprah’s Master Class, rap giant Jay Z postulated that hip-hop had done more for race relations than most civil rights leaders, using the “turn-up” as proof of change. “If you look at clubs and how integrated they have become – before people partied in separate clubs....."

Always Be Chloe-sing
Mary Lynn Rajskub on moving from 24 to stand-up
DAILY Arts  November 12, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Whenever Jack Bauer uttered that phrase on 24 – which was often – it meant go-time for the easily irritated, eye-rolling IT savant played by Mary Lynn Rajskub … and fun for everyone watching. Chloe became a fan favorite, and now her popularity is luring viewers into comedy clubs to see Rajskub do stand-up...."

The Kids Are All Right But They Need Rules
Ten standards for making the scene and performing shows
DAILY Music  October 9, 2012, by William Harries Graham
"...Listen up! I don't mean to get all Moses on you, but it turns out that rules must be drawn up and adhered to for All Ages, U21, and U18 shows. We want more clubs hosting U21 shows, therefore we can not be pains in their arses..."

Aztex U-23s Schedule Is Out
2009 PDL schedule is out; Kljestan hat trick lifts U.S.; Dallas Texans honors; Stoke woes
DAILY Sports  January 28, 2009, by Nick Barbaro
"...The United Soccer Leagues released the Premier Development League schedule Wednesday; the Aztex U-23 squad will play in a newly aligned, all-Texas Mid South Division; Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Mississippi have all moved to the Southeast Division, replaced by expansion clubs in Midland and McAllen. The Aztex plays Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Laredo, and El Paso three times each, and the expansion clubs twice, in a season running May 7 to July 17..."

ARTS = RATS
Lamenting the closing of an Austin landmark and its secret rats
DAILY Music  April 28, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...Clubs have been my friends over the years. When you work in clubs, they take on a different aura than if you just go for fun..."

Zombie Strippers
The filmmakers score an A+ for the title of this tongue-in-cheek horror film that stars porn star Jenna Jameson and horror fixture Robert Englund, even though its best special effects come courtesy of breast implants.
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Film Review  April 18, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten


Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
This trip through musical Istanbul is a little prettier than it is deep, but it provides a window into the variegated subcultures of a city one musician calls “a bridge crossed by 72 nations.”
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Film Review  August 11, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...Starring: Alexander Hacke. This trip through musical Istanbul – from underground hip-hop clubs in the revitalized slum of Beyoğlu to circle dances at a Romany wedding – is a little prettier than it is deep, but it provides a window into the variegated subcultures of a city one musician calls “a bridge crossed by 72 nations.” Our guide is Alexander Hacke, bassist for experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten..."

Akeelah and the Bee
This story about a girl from the ghetto who wins the national spelling bee has lofty if sometimes unfulfilled goals, but is a rewarding tale nevertheless.
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Film Review  April 28, 2006, by Marrit Ingman
"...If you’ve seen the outstanding 2002 documentary Spellbound, you will perhaps recall Ashley White, the young spelling-bee contestant from the D.C. projects who cobbled together her training from word games and help from encouraging teachers, while the more privileged spellers enjoyed clubs, formal coaching, and other institutional advantages..."

Alive & Kicking
Medical science seems well on its way to turning the AIDS-haunted gay romance genre into a dated curiosity. But even if, as we all pray, the white smocks succeed in...
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Film Review  September 26, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...His narcissistic quest for perfection leaves little room for love, or even warmth, for any but his lesbian pal Millie (Parish) and his dying mentor Ramon (Higgins, who delivers a performance of quietly affecting pathos). But on a rare night out in the clubs, he meets a cocky, barrel- chested older man (the brilliant and versatile Sher) who sets his cap for the gorgeous young dancer and, after a long pursuit, manages to bed him..."

The Associate
Whoopi Goldberg's career machinations remain a mystery to me, and this new film from the director of Grumpy Old Men only heightens the terminal suspense: When will she pick a...
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Film Review  October 25, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Where this film is heading is never a surprise. Heavy-handed in the extreme, The Associate nearly clubs you to death with its stunningly simplistic moral tone and then tries to get you feeling guilty for not laughing as much as you should..."

Kansas City
The indefatigable Robert Altman is back with a new movie Kansas City that once again, like Nashville and The Player before it, tackles an entire city and its representative mentality...
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Film Review  August 16, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The milieu, however, allows Altman to mix up a variety of elements. Kansas City during the Depression was a bustling place, a crossroads of America that was ruled by city political bosses and organized crime syndicates whose gambling and prostitution operations carried on in the back rooms of clubs while the front rooms blared some of the best and most concentrated jazz sounds this land has ever heard..."

Killing Zoe
Quentin Tarantino sans the witty dialogue. Basically a straightforward French bank heist film, Killing Zoe is the directorial debut of Roger Avery, Tarantino's longtime pal and co-writer (Reservoir Dogs, True...
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Film Review  September 16, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...His first night there, Zed meets -- and falls in love with -- Zoe (Delpy), a pouty-lipped prostitute with a heart of… well, maybe not gold, but you get the idea. When Eric shows up at Zed's hotel room, he promptly kicks the tearful hooker out and tells Zed they're off “to see the real Paris.” Apparently “the real Paris,” consists of doing a lot of smack and liquor and hanging around dingy little jazz clubs..."

Flaming Ears
Unlike little else that has come before it (except, perhaps, Lizzie Borden's 1983 gem Born in Flames), this 1991, Austrian-made, futuristic, lesbian thriller/romance/science fiction co-direction is in a league of...
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Film Review  July 8, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Flaming Ears opens with the sight of a character named Volley (played by co-director Pürrer), who is on roller skates and wears Mickey Mouse-like pyramids atop her head, engaging in drugged sex with a piece of furniture which she then sets on fire. Volley's actions are only preludes to the pyromaniac's celebrity performances at lesbian sex clubs..."

This Is My Life
The title of this movie can be said a number of different ways, but after seeing This Is My Life, it's clear that the title should be delivered as a...
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Film Review  March 6, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...On her first time out as a director, however, Ephron fails to make us care for these people. Kavner's career calls her out of town, so the best she can do for her kids is leave them with her newfound friends from the comedy clubs..."

Strangers in Good Company
They are eight women in a school bus, seven of them elderly and one with a badly sprained ankle, stranded in the Canadian woods. Scott uses documentary-style camera work and...
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Film Review  October 11, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...Scott uses documentary-style camera work and the acting is improvisational. Scott found her cast in nursing homes and senior citizen clubs..."

Downtown Puzzle: Live on Red River
Mayor’s plan envisions a brighter future for Downtown clubs
News Story  September 21, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...With Dell Seton rooting north of the strip, and the transient urinal known as Waller Creek slated for a fancy redesign, Red River real estate becomes primed for redevelopment and massively increased lease prices. Empire Control Room & Garage co-owner Steve Sternschein recently estimated only three to five years before widespread development threatens the existence of Red River clubs altogether – unless something is done about it...."

Hot Summer Nights Bands List Drop
100 acts join Red River Cultural District free week in July
DAILY Music  June 22, 2017, by Victoria Mycue
"...Just as collective midsummer doldrums begin to settle in, local clubs have planned some activities for local music fanatics. On the horizon looms summer free week – well, more like a long weekend..."

Crowdfunding Austin Music Venues
Mayor Adler announces new mini-bond plan to preserve at-risk venues
DAILY Music  September 22, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...On Thursday morning, Mayor Steve Adler took to the dais and announced plans to utilize a new mini-bond program to preserve local live music venues. His hope is to crowd-source a $10 million fund and use it to purchase select properties, protecting them from the rent increases we’ve seen plague Austin clubs in recent years...."

Rio Rita Moves to Badlands
Was Chicon venue pushed, or did they jump?
DAILY Music  September 16, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It seems like too many of Austin's clubs and bars are either closing or moving because of rents. The latest shift sees the owners of two well-loved venues – Badlands and Rio Rita – exchanging fire via Facebook...."

White Denim 2.0
Frontman James Petralli talks of the old days and a new era
DAILY Music  February 4, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Late last Friday, James Petralli sat in a local warehouse full of light bulbs, breaking away from a recording session to contemplate an upcoming series of performances in which his band White Denim pops up in tiny clubs throughout Austin every Thursday in February...."

SXSW Cares Ups the Ante
Nine-day citywide fundraising effort to run April 12-20
DAILY Music  April 2, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Like South by Southwest itself, the SXSW Cares Fund, an initiative to raise money for those injured or worse in the Red River hit-and-run that left four people dead, began small but has now expanded into a nine-day affair sprawling through a myriad of clubs...."

APD Looking at Mike Yassine in Cold Case
Club owner named as person of interest in 2000 disappearance
DAILY News  March 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...In yesterday's installment of the Yassine "clubs'n'coke" trial, government attorneys made a brief and oblique reference to Hussein "Mike" Ali Yassine being connected to a cold case homicide investigation by APD. Now APD has confirmed that with a press release linking Yassine to the 2000 disappearance of Paresh Patel...."

Money Laundering Case Continues
Detention hearings continue in case against Yassine family
DAILY News  March 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Day two of the detention hearing in the Federal coke'n'clubs case, and Judge Dennis Green continued to take a stern line in response to bond requests from the Yassine family and their associates...."

DJ BJ's List for Tues. Nov. 2
"G6" hits G1, aka number one.
DAILY Qmmunity  November 2, 2010, by DJ BJ
"...Happy November! It's a new month with a new number one song in the clubs and on the charts! Four weeks ago, "Like a G6," jumped onto our charts…..."

Endorse-o-Rama 2010
Travis Co. Dem clubs backing White, Gilbert, favor Earle for lite guv
DAILY News  January 29, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Call it political speed dating. Last night the various assembled Travis County Democratic clubs gathered for their mass combined candidate forum..."

Aztex MLS Madness Continues
Aztex face defending MLS champs this Saturday; also Champions League news
DAILY Sports  March 11, 2009, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Austin Aztex were much improved Saturday night, holding the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 draw in the second of their three-game series hosting MLS clubs. The game was lively and fairly physical, with good chances at both ends, and you could start to see the outlines of a regular lineup for the home side..."

Ride to Live
Local biker clubs share the secrets of the open road
Features Story  June 13, 2008, by Abe Louise Young
"...TM: Everything from riding to camping, dinner, lunches, the occasional bar-hopping, happy hours, etc. We do fundraising for different charities/causes such as breast cancer and lupus charities, Rotary clubs, homeless families, etc..."

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