Topfer Theatre at Zach
"...The University of Texas is suffering under a plague of thousands upon thousands of field crickets. Could the biblical smite of frogs, gnats, and locusts be far behind?..."
"...A half-dozen playlets all set in cars. Ten that all deal in some way with those chirping insects called crickets and an imaginary village in Maine..."
"...Some people like to eat their crickets plain. Some people like to eat them after the crickets have been dipped in dark, luscious chocolate...."
"...Thus named, the Austin stop of the singer’s tour began with a moment of tranquility. Billowing curtains hung in five columns, lightbulbs strung among them twinkling as the sound of crickets transformed the Erwin Center into the Tennessee backyard of Parton’s childhood...."
"...In Dallas, as a matter of fact, Page's vintage rendition of Sage cover "Ghost Riders in the Sky" almost steals Curtis' well-manicured acoustic thunder on "I Fought the Law." Recorded in 1959, days after Buddy Holly's funeral, "I Fought the Law" appeared on the Crickets' post-Holly debut, In Style With the Crickets. J.I..."
"...If time hadn't stopped exactly, or been rewound, it pancaked half a century into this call for an encore. Naturally, the Crickets obliged...."
"...The queen of "folkabilly" will be returning to Austin to headline the Austin Music Awards March 16. She'll be appearing with the Crickets, and while it may sound like an odd pairing, she and Buddy Holly's band are family, performing together ever since Griffith's appearance on the 1996 Holly tribute, Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly)..."
"...Robert Nathan Allen: Well, the cricket farm is going well – we’re continuing to expand on that side – and we’ve had a lot of interest from local chefs. Some of them have been experimenting with crickets and doing really cool things with them..."
"... "And I got in touch with Harmon Johar of World Entomophagy – he was finishing school at the University of Georgia at the time – and his goal was to be the first large-scale producer of food-grade insects. Not the mealworms and crickets that you can buy in bulk from growers who provide to pet stores or for chicken feed, but a standard, hygienic, organic, human-consumption-grade insect..."
"..."I Gambled My Heart" is ground zero for Not Fade Away in terms of the Buddy Holly warble (soon to be hiccup). Future Crickets drummer and mainstay to this day Jerry Allison appears next – just in time for first memorable "Down the Line," its solo evoking Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" and its rhythm courtesy of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and the Southern Pacific Railroad..."
"...Slated to be torn down to make way for urban renewal (“I heard they're building a high-rise,” says one patron. “Really?” says another, “I thought they were building a shopping mall.” Such is progress.), wizened Master Liu's (Zhu) communal, males-only bathhouse is part town hall, part gruff men's club, where locals, young and old, come to soak in warm waters, have the knots in their muscles beaten out, and pass the time drinking tea and sparring with caged crickets..."
"...Because the not-so-secret ingredient in these bars is cricket powder. Made from dried, ground-up crickets..."
"...Despite the tacos looking like a prank, I was thrilled to find that the crunchiness made it the most interesting taco I have ever eaten. Cooked crickets, incidentally, do not have much individual flavor..."
"...By "forefront," he's talking about waaay out there – all the way to buffalo worms, locusts, caterpillars, crickets, and other insects for human consumption. Just as the American West had its cowboys, this new food world will have bug boys wrangling great herds of crawling and squirming critters to market..."
"...(Think of it as Weekend at Bernie’s, but with a hot dead guy.) Directed by Broad City alum Lucia Aniello, Rough Night briefly gallops when these girls-gone-wild party, but once things take that unfortunate turn, the movie goes flat-footed: Logic dissipates and transitions stumble. A side narrative in which the bride-to-be’s sweet but wimpy fiancé dons adult diapers and snorts meth in a gas station convenience store on his way to rescue his beloved is so misconceived, you can hear the crickets chirp...."
"...Silence bears a similarity to the more theological films of Robert Bresson and Carl Theodor Dreyer, works described as “transcendental cinema” in an important essay by Paul Schrader. The opening sequence sets the film’s overall tone as the sound of crickets gives way to the thick fog that will come to envelope so many of the scenes..."
"...Benson pursues Alvin and the gang through the South as they make mischief and butcher songs with their trademark helium-pitched vocal aesthetic (I could have gone my whole life without hearing them cover DJ Snake/Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What,” but alas, I am now marked). The humor mostly adheres to the usual fart jokes that every third-grader loves, but then what to make of an inexplicable cameo from trash-cinema king John Waters, and a subsequent joke about his dogshit-eating masterpiece Pink Flamingos? (Crickets in the theatre when that one dropped, btw.) As directed by Walt Becker (who, it must be stated, unleashed onto the world the sad, middle-aged actor ennui of both Wild Hogs and Old Dogs), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip has sporadic laughs for the under-10 set and absolutely nothing for the poor parents sitting next to them..."
"...And as a major bonus, because foraging requires reaching, squatting, walking, crawling, and other physical exertions, it is inevitable that bugs will be unearthed. Score! Foraged insects like grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, and caterpillars are becoming increasingly relevant in discussions of sustainable global food sources...."
"...And ants. And crickets...."
"...(You've been stung by a bee? These guys don't hurt even that much.) Black Emperor scorpions, living ornaments of exoskeletal darkness, are fascinating to watch and require very little care. Provide them some decent mulchy ground in a five-gallon tank ($10), give them a bit of water and a few crickets each week, and that's about it..."