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Downtown Coffee Shops for the Tired Tribune Festivalgoer
Or maybe you’re hungover from all the late-night political partying
DAILY Chron Events September 13, 2018
"...Beverage options include espresso drinks, tea, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. In a hurry? Head to the rooftop and hit the coffee cart, serving up drip coffee and beautiful views..."
Public Notice: Priest Walks Into a Bar …
Armadillo Art Squad dean Micael Priest dead at 66
News Column September 13, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Sad, sad news arrived Wednesday, as we prepared to go to press, that Micael Priest – dean of the Armadillo Art Squad that invented the iconography of cosmic cowboys, rock music posters, and weird Austin as we know it today – passed away Tuesday in his apartment, most likely at 7:09pm.
Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
Music Story September 13, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...After school, Dorham jammed at brothers Roy and Alvin Patterson's home at 1709 Washington Avenue. In tow were trombonist Buford Banks, Austin jazz great Martin Banks' father, and trumpeters Paris Jones, Warner Ross, and Gil Askey, the latter of whom gained distinction as a Motown arranger..."
Police Oversight: Starting From Scratch
Farah Muscadin’s work in progress
News Story September 13, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Muscadin was there to brief Council on the ways in which Austin could learn from other cities – to study what they've learned and plan to implement. She cited the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, which recognizes three general forms: the monitor-based system (like Austin's); the civilian-led investigative model; and the review-focused model, in which civilians directly monitor their police department's Internal Affairs investigations..."
Things to Do Downtown During the Texas Tribune Festival
Take a break with these hot spots within walking distance of the Capitol
DAILY Chron Events September 12, 2018, by Shalavé Cawley
"...If you find history a little dry, check out an art gallery instead. The Jones Center location of The Contemporary Austin (700 Congress) is the premier spot in town for modern visual art displays..."
Local Artist Thomas Hooper Tattoos Bulleit Bourbon
Austin is one of four cities tasked with creating a limited collection
DAILY Food September 7, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Austin loves bourbon. You can’t swing a brisket without hitting a whiskey bar, and the combination of well whiskey and a Lone Star is held sacrosanct for every UT student, struggling artist, and nostalgic grownup..."
"ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND: Return of the Litvak"
The clouds are angry in this solo installation, but the spirit of the show at DORF is doggedly hopeful, fresh, and invigorating
Arts Review September 6, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...For "Return of the Litvak," they invited street artist ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND into the space, blurring distinctions between public-facing and private-gathering even further. The show opens on a Friday night, and the vibe is less art opening, more party – specifically, the Democratic Party..."
Texas Tiki Week Returns With an All-Star Cast and Tropical Spirit
The annual event is back with the best bits of tiki craft and history
Food Story September 6, 2018, by Tom Thornton
"...The recent acceptance of tiki as a reclaimed art form (rather than a vacation indulgence) has long been in the making. The challenge is understandable: When most drinkers first try something called a mai tai or daiquiri, they're more likely to be on a cruise ship or at a generic hotel bar than at a thoughtful drinking establishment..."
T.A. Brown and Menchaca: From the Ground Up
New beginnings for two elementary schools
News Story September 6, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Brown's new building will occupy a different part of the same 10-acre lot, and is projected to open in January of 2020. When it does, the new school will house Brown's students, as well as students from Webb Primary, located one mile away..."
Fall Concerts to Add to Your Calendar
Paul McCartney, the Jesus Lizard, and Saturnalia make the list
DAILY Chron Events September 4, 2018, by Mark Fagan
"...Gary Numan Mohawk Fri., Sept. 7
Gothy electronic pioneer Gary Numan has been forging his own path since the mid-Seventies with new wave, electronic upstarts Tubeway Army..."
Film Review August 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
A few years ago, I was talking with a noted scriptwriter and stand-up who dismissed the idea of improvised drama as something exceptional: Every artist improvises, they said, it’s...
"...A few years ago, I was talking with a noted scriptwriter and stand-up who dismissed the idea of improvised drama as something exceptional: Every artist improvises, they said, it’s just that most creatives have the good grace to finish the work before they take it out in public. Madeline’s Madeline, the third feature from writer/director Josephine Decker, has received plaudits in part for being experimental cinema, and for the collaborative nature of its development – a yearlong process with her cast, most especially rising young actress Helena Howard..."
The Next Generation of Austin Hip-Hop
Young rappers reinvent the most streamed genre in America
Music Story August 30, 2018, by Clara Wang
"...You're not old enough to buy alcohol, and don't have enough Hawaiian shirts or blond streaks to attend UT frat parties. You listen to Kendrick and Killer Mike, and (think) you can pull off RompHims and man purses, Chinese topknots, and velvet dresses..."
Playback: That’s the Breaks
In studio with Confucius and Fresh, hosts of KUTX’s first ever hip-hop specialty show
Music Column August 30, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...That night's guest, Austin rapper Teeta, who looked every bit the part in dark sunglasses with a mouthful of gold teeth (see this week's cover), shrugged...."
Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Comedian Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens will discuss her essay collection Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, while NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will tell tales of his year off-planet from Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery. Longtime Planned Parenthood leader Cecile Richards has a down-to-Earth story to tell in Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story, and rapper/essayist Dessa brings home tales from her travels in My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love.
Kaci Beeler: Perfect Servings for One
The hextuple-threat artist’s work goes live and visual at St. Ed’s
DAILY Arts August 29, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So Kaci Beeler’s got herself an artshow, how ‘bout that?..."
The Flash Collective calls on the queer community to help create public art
Columns August 23, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...We can't sing the praises of queer art – and a greater need for queer representation – enough, which is why we're jazzed for the mural coming to a cement wall at 30th and Lamar. The piece, created by Austin's Flash Collective, will feature small portraits of queer residents along with local and national LGBTQ icons to form a larger image..."
Film Review August 17, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...Only in this case, the legend is real and preserved in perpetuity on tape, one of a dozen of his astonishing and transgressive shows featured in the film. They were as much performance art as clothes showcase, and a very public expression of McQueen’s private torments and fixations..."
Other Worlds Austin Boards Battlestar Galactica
Festival honors legendary TV director Alan Levi
DAILY Screens August 16, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...For most American audiences, the pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica, titled “Saga of a Star World,” lived in grainy 525 line broadcast TV. But the massively ambitious show was so expensive that the producers recut it in widescreen, and released it theatrically internationally. But while Richard Colla was credited as director, he’d fallen out with the producers, and was replaced by Levi, who finished the shoot, and then directed the next big two-parter, "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero."..."
How Austin's Queer Community Supports Its Own
How Austin's LGBTQ community supports each other
Arts Story August 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Charlie Neddo and Beth Sullivan
"...Sure, this might not overthrow governments, but these acts and those behind them keep us alive, nurtured, and determined. After all, without our health, our youth and elders, art, and outlets to let go and be seen – where would we be?..."
Point Austin: Strange Bedfellows, Stranger Politics
"Efficiency audit" petition campaign could use an independent audit
News Column August 9, 2018, by Michael King
"...Last week the city clerk validated the petition circulated by the Citizens for an Accountable Austin PAC, endorsing an "independent efficiency audit" for the city, and a proposition approving such an audit on the November ballot (pending City Council action). It's unsurprising that 30,000 residents were willing to sign a seemingly innocuous petition in favor of careful accounting – petitioners hardly emphasized the potential cost of such an audit (estimates run north of $1 million), nor the fact that the city's line-item budget is publicly available online, nor that the city has its own official auditors who regularly review all departments and publicly report their findings (good and bad)..."
Nicole Eisenman Receives Booth/FLAG Art Prize
NYC artist is the first recipient of the $200,000 award
DAILY Arts August 6, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Three months after the Contemporary Austin announced its partnership with New York's FLAG Art Foundation to expand the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize into the Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize – an honor with a $200,000 unrestricted cash award attached – the museum has announced the prize's first recipient: Nicole Eisenman...."
Day Trips & Beyond: Wright in Wisconsin
Wisconsin driving trail showcases architect’s diverse styles
DAILY Travel July 27, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Frank Lloyd Wright’s work continues to resonate in the world of architecture and art nearly 60 years after his death in 1959. As one of America’s best-known designers, the style and beauty of his work has stood the test of time 100 years after some were built...."
AGLIFF Closing With Mapplethorpe
Festival adds major bio-pic, plus complete line-up
DAILY Screens July 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The biopic of the controversial and groundbreaking artist (played by Matt Smith - yes, Doctor Who himself) comes after the festival had already announced that Austin's own P.J. Raval will be bringing his award winning documentary Call Her Ganda home, plus a retrospective for the fest's first ever Tribute honoree, Yen Tan..."
Solar Solution for AISD
Postmarks July 26, 2018
I would like to bring to your attention that there’s an obvious way the [Austin Independent School District] can begin to save hundreds of thousands of dollars, and likely even more, with money that is already at their disposal: Use in-hand bond money to install solar panels on school roofs. [See "AISD: Thinking Outside the Schoolhouse," News, July 20, for more about the AISD budget.]
In 2013, Austin voters approved $20 million for energy efficiency as part of Proposition 1..."
A Day in Angers, Austin's Sister City in France
PHOTO GALLERY July 26, 2018
"...Commissioned street art in Angers’ city center..."
Austin Street Art Enters Into a New Era
With the city cracking down on graffiti and Hope Outdoor Gallery set to close, artists look for permission to paint
News Story July 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...Depending on the work, tagging city walls can be a class B or C misdemeanor, or even a felony carrying a prison sentence. So street artists painting illegally will often get out at night..."
Exposing the Art of the Scam in Lie, Cheat & Steal
Comics Pat Sirois and Kath Barbadaro school you on the grift in their podcast
Arts Story July 26, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Austin Chronicle: The crime podcasts that most people know of involve murder. Were you deliberately carving out a different niche in that landscape, or was there some other reason that drew you two to con artists and grifters as the basis for your podcast?..."
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 Qmmunity 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.
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...."