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Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded CPCs deliver few services
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...That was one of the misleading and deceptive messages imparted to Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy resource center in South Austin. While there, Gorsky and Wenke were also sold a slew of other medically unproven information about abortion, including negative mental side effects and emotional distress, false claims debunked by the American Psychological Association..."

On the Trail of the Local Snail
Austin, in one way or another, has it escargot-ing on
Food Story  July 19, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Back in 1995, a fellow up in Addison named Richard Fullington started a business called Escargot International that – as reported by Patricia Sharpe in Texas Monthly around that time – was poised to conquer (or at least engulf a solid chunk of) the global market for fresh and frozen snails. And they would've been well on the way to doing that, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling bacteria..."

Austin’s Gender Unbound Spotlights Trans and Intersex Creators
The multi-disciplinary arts fest seeks community support to expand
DAILY The Gay Place  July 18, 2018, by Charlie Neddo
"...It’s no secret that Austin fosters trans and intersex creatives – just look to Xavier Schipani, Doodle Me Alive, and Ethan Draws Stuff for a start – which partially explains why Gender Unbound’s third annual festival is expanding from one day to a weekend-long event this September...."

Steve Parker Wins 2018 Tito's Prize
Big Medium selects composer/sound artist for $15,000 award
DAILY Arts  July 17, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The man who makes music out of grackle calls and bat sounds, who's composed works for zombie trombonists and and a car horn choir, who's made tubascopes and a musical bicycle, has won the second Tito's Prize from art collective Big Medium. Composer/sound artist/curator Steve Parker will receive $15,000 and a major solo show this fall...."

NEA Backs Austin Film Festival's On Story
The writer's film festival gets national support
DAILY Screens  July 12, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...On Story, the Austin Film Festival's ongoing project exploring the craft and the art of visual storytelling, has become an unmatched record of modern film and TV. That legacy has now received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, with the announcement that the festival has been awarded $15,000 toward the archive...."

Austin’s Sisters in Crime Prefer Their Ink Mixed With a Little Blood
Murders, they write
Arts Story  July 5, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...They're part of the local chapter – the Heart of Texas chapter – of the Sisters in Crime writers' network, a national organization founded in 1987 by author Sara Paretsky of V.I. Warshawski fame..."

Day Trips & Beyond: July Events Roundup
Get hip to these timely travel tips
DAILY Travel  July 3, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Built in 1932 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Indian Lodge has commanded a mountain view outside of Fort Davis and the hearts of anyone who has visited the remote hotel. The 35 rooms have reopened after renovations of the National Park Service pueblo-style building..."

RTX Adds Meow Wolf, Overwatch, and More
Exclusive first look at gamer con's 2018 schedule, guests
DAILY Screens  June 25, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Last week, the organizers announced that they'll be running the ever-expanding RTX Animation Fest as part of the event (last year, that was where Austin's other cartooning institution, Powerhouse Animation, debuted their Castlevania show for Netflix). Now they've unleashed the first round of nighttime scheduling. [image-1]..."

Primed for Some Literary Vibranium?
Readers say, "Austin African American Book Festival forever!"
DAILY Books  June 22, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...but his is with the political activists. He worked with the Black Panther Party in the Seventies and has maintained with many of its members through the years...."

Fair Youth Make Fairer Shakespeare
Two fine chances to see young people make the Bard come alive
DAILY Arts  June 21, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Camp Shakespeare is the brainchild of Dr. James Ayres, who, in an earlier life, taught in the English Department at the University of Texas and founded a little program known as Shakespeare at Winedale..."

Virginia B. Wood's Cookbook Collection Will Live on at Cookbook Cafe
Home "On the Range" at the Central Library
Food Story  June 21, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...Snuggling up with a book and a treat is a pastime of many, and one particularly enjoyed by former Chronicle Food Editor Virginia B. Wood, who passed away in March of this year..."

Playback: CodeNEXT and the Austin Music Scene
How might the update of Austin’s land development code affect the musical landscape?
Music Column  June 7, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...To assess its potential impact on the local music scene, "Playback" downloaded the most recent draft – 1,566 pages. Given such biblical lengths, I searched for references to "music," studied those sections, and talked to parties involved. Austin Music Is Defined..."

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup
Titanic, turtle hatchlings, and Texas beaches after Harvey
DAILY Travel  June 1, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Titanic artifacts come to Texas while the Gulf Coast recovers from Hurricane Harvey, and June festivals keep the fun hot...."

Point Austin: The Art of the Possible
A few thoughts on Texas Democratic prospects
News Column  May 31, 2018, by Michael King
"..."[T]he numbers don't lie. What they tell us is that the left in Texas is far from being able to make a serious challenge to the state's Demo­cratic Party establishment – at least when that establishment is backed up, as was definitely the case here, by Beltway institutions like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Emily's List." ("What the Left Can Learn from Losing in Texas," May 23.) With all due respect to Guttenplan and his New York editors, it is at least equally plausible that the winners in those run-offs were better and stronger candidates, in districts currently held by Republicans that are at least conceivably flippable in November. The View from Texas..."

Austin's Pool System Will Collapse If We Don't Save It
Shall we dive in?
News Story  May 31, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...The pitfalls of Austin's pool system are so enduring that they have inspired interpretive art...."

Steve Van Zandt’s Soulfire
Springsteen henchman and Sopranos boss hits the road and classrooms
DAILY Music  May 24, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"...SVZ: Not quite that early. I was always a fan, though, and then at some point, I don’t remember when we met or why or how, but at some point, I had a feeling he wasn’t quite being treated properly in terms of his artistic potential, you know? I felt things were a little bit weird, with various record companies trying to point him in one direction or the other..."

Day Trips: The Cistern, Houston
Houston’s former underground reservoir perfect canvas for light artist
Columns  May 24, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The second site-specific art installation by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership in the cistern builds on the inventiveness and creativity of the debut show, Magdalena Fernández's "Rain" in 2016...."

From the 40 Acres to East Austin
UT students use East Austin Stories to explore community life
DAILY Screens  May 19, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...Garrison said he was inspired to start the course when he moved to Austin from Louisville, and found himself in an environment that he didn’t quite recognize. “I expected to see a kind of South that I was more familiar with,” he said..."

Five Recommended Arts Events In Austin This Weekend
Oh, the places you’ll go! The people you’ll see!
DAILY Arts  May 11, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Srsly – it’s a perfect weekend for getting out and about, while the weather is less than punishing and you’re still younger than you’ll be this time next year. So, look here, arts-lover:..."

A Different Kind of Barista at Empowered Coffee
Employees with intellectual or developmental disabilities make coffee and learn life skills
Food Story  May 10, 2018, by Dan Gentile
"...Not every coffee shop serves as home base for pretentious attitudes and pseudo-philosophical debates about the nuances of Kanye West's latest rant. It's refreshing to skip the latte art and artisanal snark and just find a good cup of joe served with a warm welcome..."

Zines on the Central Library Shelves
The city works to recognize and grow zine culture in Austin
Arts Story  May 3, 2018, by Leticia Urieta
"...APL's zine collection got its start at the Faulk Central Library in August of 2014, when around 100 zines were donated from Farewell Books and MonkeyWrench Books, longtime promoters of zine culture. It expanded quickly with other donations from local artists and creators, however, one of the challenges to its growth was the zines' placement at Faulk near the periodicals and magazines..."

News Story  May 3, 2018
"...One Solitary Man: City Manager Spencer Cronk named interim Police Chief Brian Manley as the lone finalist being considered to permanently replace Art Acevedo. Next up: a vetting process, with community forums and stakeholder meetings..."

Brian Manley to Be Named Lone Finalist for Chief of Austin Police
City Manager Spencer Cronk to make announcement Monday
DAILY News  April 30, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...City Manager Spencer Cronk is expected to hold a press conference today to announce that Brian Manley is the only finalist being considered for the vacancy of chief of the Austin Police Department. Cronk will put Manley before a community input process, and decide whether to remove the interim label after that...."

Public Notice – CodeNEXT: Where We Stand
Taking stock after a hectic week
News Column  April 26, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...• All parties are girding for a pair of lengthy public hearings coming up this coming Saturday and Tuesday...."

At Court With Precourt
Legal volleys in the fight for the Columbus Crew
News Story  April 26, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...The law requires professional sports teams in Ohio that have used a tax-supported facility or received financial assistance from the state to either gain their home town's permission to relocate, or give six months' notice for local buyers to purchase the team. The statute is named after Art Modell, the reviled former owner of the Cleveland Browns who moved his NFL team to Balti­more in 1996, and Cvetan­o­vich and Kessler say it gives local buyers an unfair advantage over out-of-state buyers, violating the Dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S..."

Do We Really Need More Superhero Movies?
We asked local artists if we're approaching Peak Cape anytime soon
DAILY Arts  April 25, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Maybe you also wanna sell us the Brooklyn Bridge – or at least a gold-plated, moss-covered, three-handled studio apartment overlooking Yancy Street?..."

Street Mural Tour of Austin
Charter a bus and hit the streets
DAILY Chron Events  April 23, 2018
"...Austin is a city that wears its art on its sleeve. Sure, there are plenty of museums and galleries to visit, but beautiful paintings have been created on the sides of buildings and in other public places where you can take them in for free...."

Five Recommended Arts Events In Austin This Weekend
In glorious addition to Fusebox and Moontower, of course
DAILY Arts  April 20, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...4) Flatbed World Headquarters over there on East MLK, what a bastion of printerly brilliance on display at all times … but especially on a weekend like this, when several of the galleries (Camiba Art! RecSpec! Shoal Creek!) in the bustling, ink-tinted complex have opening receptions for their new collections of visual delight. Saturday night, to be specific, where you’ll find other artlovers mingling happily in the rooms and corridors...."

Public Notice: Happy Earth Day, and More
Earth Day celebration meets transportation policy
News Column  April 19, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...It is the absolute peak of festival season here in Austin: Between Moontower comedy, Old Settler's music, Fusebox performance art, Indie Meme film, Earth Day, 4/20, and assorted other happenings, if you can't find yourself some fun this week, you're doing something wrong...."

2018 Arts Hall of Famers Announced
Kleins, Hamrick, Naimpally, and Blumensaadt to be inducted
DAILY Arts  April 16, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the 17th group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, honoring leaders in dance, theatre, and arts philanthropy...."

"Clarissa Tossin: Meeting the Waters" at the Blanton
The Brazilian artist explores the confluence of globalization's streams of production through the Amazon
Arts Review  April 12, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...Ellsworth Kelly's posthumous Austin has been drawing crowds and attention to the Blanton Museum of Art recently, but a visitor could easily miss a small room upstairs, reserved for what the museum calls a "Contemporary Project." In this long and narrow room, reminiscent of a nave like that in Kelly's secular chapel, Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin shows a sampling of her work in "Meeting of Waters," an exploration of the confluence of globalization's streams of production and the Amazon River's streams through Brazilian port city Manaus...."

Playback: The Greyhounds Hoof It
Groove-mongering R&B duo the Greyhounds get mule-headed, S.S. Hangover floats Laguna Gloria, and the Austin Music Commission overlooks music hub
Music Column  April 12, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...When he's not on tour with his impeccably idiosyncratic R&B outfit the Greyhounds, Trube spends many days clomping down Austin's trails and sidewalks alongside Native American spiritualist Samuel Grey Horse, better known as the Sixth Street Cowboy. The saddle proved inspired transportation last month when the entertainer rode to every show on a horse or its 63-chromosomed counterpart...."

Review: ManinPasta
Italian food crafted with love just down the road from the Broken Spoke
Food Story  April 5, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"..."Authenticity has zero utility in determining whether a restaurant is good," wrote my dear friend and predecessor, Brandon Watson. I wholeheartedly agree, and, quite frankly, wish I could take a page from the Three Billboards playbook and make this a very public PSA..."

Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup
Start April with a scenic drive along fields of flowers
DAILY Travel  March 31, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...There are more than 5,000 species of wildflowers that grow in Texas and many can be found along our highways. The Texas Department of Transportation sows about 30,000 pounds of seeds in the right of way each year..."

Beside the Point: All Eyes on Him
The spotlight on interim – er, well, yeah, interim – Chief Brian Manley
News Column  March 29, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Anybody who caught Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo's press conference on Friday – concerning that day's felony indictment of NFL player Michael Ben­nett for injuring the elderly upon the conclusion of last year's Super Bowl in Houston – should be glad Brian Manley didn't employ so much projection while describing this month's bomber. Whereas Acevedo described Ben­nett – an otherwise positive force in a violent, destructive sport – as "morally bankrupt" and believing "the rules don't apply to him," his interim successor here in Austin chose last Wednesday not to speak to Mark Conditt's character, providing only a one-sentence description of an audio confession police found on his person at the time of his death – which Manley still got raked for, and for which he later apologized...."

Playback: Does Size Matter at SXSW?
A smaller SXSW Music week still satisfies
Music Column  March 22, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Variety foreshadowed the phenomenon with the article "For SXSW Music, Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better," in which music festival general manager James Minor revealed he's been focused on quality over quantity the last three years. And indeed the hysteria whipped up by SXSW has ebbed since 2014's overblown year of Lady Gaga equating Doritos dust with "bold" lifestyle choices, but last week played out especially manageable..."

SXSW Panel Recap: Immerse Yourself: AR & VR in Museums and the Arts
An odd juxtaposition of VR experience and expert panel
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I attended the "Immerse Yourself: AR and VR in Museums and the Arts" panel at SXSW on Thursday – the day after experiencing Michael Jacobs’ five-minute VR work called GFE in the Festival’s Virtual Cinema...."

SXSW Panel Encore: U-God’s Journey Into the Wu-Tang
What becomes of Wu-Tang’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin?
DAILY Music  March 16, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Only one copy of the double LP exists, housed in a custom metal case with a 174-page booklet. When pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, infamous for astronomical price gouging on Thiola, purchased it for a reported $2 million in 2015, it became the world’s most expensive album...."

Free Events at SXSW
Festival music and more on the cheap
Features Story  March 14, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...Part of the tired, poor, college-debt ridden, huddled masses looking to get a foot in the door at SXSW without breaking the bank with a badge? Never fear. SXSW offers its usual round of events free to the general public with a guest pass as well as some new festival phenomena sure to get an eyebrow raise out of even the most curmudgeonly and disgruntled of Austinites...."

SXSW Panel Recap: Absurdity Sells: The Value of Playful Events
Keeping things weird for community, art, and profit
DAILY SXSW  March 13, 2018, by Tucker Whatley
"...Rosie Freeman, co-director of the Brick Box, a group dedicated to using performance art to improve neglected areas, moderated a discussion among a panel with plenty of experience in absurdity: UK artist and self-described “anarcho-surrealist” Richard DeDomenici; the Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of special events, Henri Mazza; and fellow Brick Box co-director Eleanor Barrett. The group told tales of their efforts to amaze and confound an unsuspecting public with spectacle and the method behind the madness...."

Britain's Outsider Art Icon Frank Sidebottom Unmasked at SXSW
Where the man ends and the mask begins in Being Frank
Screens Story  March 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Or maybe the mask would wear him. To this day, even documentarian Steve Sullivan, who examines this extraordinary outsider artist for Being Frank, is unsure where the man ended and the mask began...."

Meow Wolf Pounces Into the SXSW Fray
The Santa Fe-based art collective debuts newest creation and new film
Screens Story  March 8, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Yes, the international art sensation that's based in Santa Fe, N.M. The relentless and many-peopled collective that, with a little funding (read: millions of dollars) from Game of Thrones' George R.R..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...Sat. 17, Carver Museum, Boyd Vance Theater, 11:45pm Born and raised in Austin, Stacey Smith has been recognized as Best Female Artist at the Austin Hip-Hop Awards on numerous occasions..."

Lawsuit and Untapped Locations Add to Soccer Drama
Many balls in play for the Columbus Crew
News Story  March 8, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the city of Columbus filed a lawsuit on Monday against Columbus Crew SC, owner Anthony Precourt's Precourt Sports Ven­tures, and Major League Soccer in an effort to keep the team from relocating to Austin. The lawsuit cites a state code revised in 1996 after the Cleveland Browns announced plans to move to Baltimore – and which ultimately resulted in Cleveland retaining the Browns' records and intellectual property while Art Modell turned his team into the Ravens..."

SXSW Music Jazz Sampler
Psychedelic, post-bop, Latin-inflected, and more: 11 jazz artists
Music Story  March 8, 2018, by Michael Toland
"...From a generation of British musicians bred on hip-hop and R&B as much as jazz, twentysomething London pianist Ashley Henry channels his muse into melodic post-bop that swings with soul. New EP Easter finds his Trio morphed into RE: Ensemble, augmented by guest vocalists and Art Blakey saxophonist Jean Toussaint. Leni Stern..."

Free Events for the Cash-Strapped at SXSW
Festival films, music, and more, on the cheap
DAILY SXSW  March 3, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...Part of the tired, poor, college-debt ridden, huddled masses looking to get a foot in the door at SXSW without breaking the bank? Never fear. SXSW offers its usual round of events free to the general public with a guest pass as well as some new festival phenomenon sure to get an eyebrow raise out of even the most curmudgeonly and disgruntled of Austinites...."

Day Trips & Beyond: March Events Roundup
Stack rocks, meet the Hulk, and celebrate the Lone Star State
DAILY Travel  March 3, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Remember Texas independence! Remember the Alamo! It all started 182 years ago this month. In the rough hamlet of Washington on the Brazos, the Texans declared independence from Mexico on March 2..."

2018 SXSW Film Venue Guide
Where to go, how to get there, and how to navigate the lines
DAILY SXSW  March 1, 2018
"...103 years young, this grande dame of Austin theatres has hosted somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 artists over the years, including Harry Houdini spitting needles in 1916. The palatial décor encases a surprisingly intimate venue where top hats long ago gave way to jeans as appropriate attire..."

A Broken Trust at the Alamo Drafthouse
After executive mismanagement of sexual harassment accusations, the movie chain reconsiders what it means to do the right thing
Screens Story  March 1, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...It started off as a cute phrase, purloined from the movie Antichrist. "Chaos reigns," a fox declares as it consumes itself..."

Our New Events Department Brings You All the Fun
Chron Events is off and running
Features Story  March 1, 2018, by Mark Fagan
"...We pride ourselves on our regional news coverage here at the Chronicle, in addition to our reportage on local music, movies, arts, and all things fun, interesting, and thought-provoking in the ATX. That being said, we know a lot of our readers skip all that to go straight to our listings, to find out about what's going on in this vibrant town – and there is a lot going on..."

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