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Strange Wilderness
When a popular wildlife TV show starts slipping in the ratings, the clueless hosts go off to the Andes in search of Bigfoot and big ratings. Big mistake.
Film Review  February 8, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Early on in this shambling comedy about a nature show struggling to avoid the network's mighty axe of cancellation, the show's host, Peter (Zahn), grumbles when his lines are delivered to him on bar napkins. Art imitating life, perhaps: This one has the feel of being penned on rolling papers, with room to spare..."

This remarkable animated film tells a contemporary story about an Iranian girl’s coming-of-age while navigating the usual pitfalls of adolescence and the Islamic revolution of the Eighties.
Film Review  February 1, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis is at once a confessional autobiography, historical re-enactment, graphic art object, and deeply involving contemporary story about a girl’s coming-of-age while circumventing not only the usual pitfalls of adolescence but also the enforced repression brought on by Iran’s Islamic revolution of the Eighties..."

'Nooooooo! R.I.P. Falling Girl'
Postmarks  September 24, 2007
"...falling girl. Thank you to the Chronicle for alerting me and everyone else to the demise of one the most longstanding and hands-down one the most creative and artistic pieces of graffiti in the entire city ["Naked City," news, Sept..."

Factory Girl
Sienna Miller nails Edie Sedgwick's gamine naivete in this biopic, but the film feels far too pat for its own good.
Film Review  February 23, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Who is this generation's It Girl? And does it deserve one? There's an argument to be made for Paris Hilton, whose absurdist antics in the public eye reach up, into, and ultimately beyond the crass cookie jar of pop culture detritus, a persona that pays cheap, brassy coinage to Factory Girl subject Edie Sedgwick while at the same time making Warhol's poor little rich girl seem downright classy by comparison. It's a small (but undeniably fun) pleasure to witness the 24-hour partybot that is Paris Hilton, but you need only glance at her eyes to suss the difference between these two iconic socialites..."

The Beauty Academy of Kabul
This documentary shows how real power flows not from the barrel of a gun but rather a can of hairspray.
Film Review  May 26, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In the summer of 2003, after the Taliban was wrested from totalitarian power, an international group called Beauty Without Borders sent some hairdressers and stylists to Kabul to open the film’s titular beauty school, and New York filmmaker Liz Mermin came along to document the process. As superficial as the art and science of cosmetics and hairdressing may seem, the bottom line is that these skills provide the basis for a vast number of women-owned businesses in Afghanistan – and the rest of the world..."

KUT by the Numbers
That ringing sound you hear? It's the cash register at Austin's public radio station.
News Story  January 20, 2006, by Kevin Brass
"...Today, station General Manager Stewart Vanderwilt acknowledges that the sense of urgency may have been a bit misleading. "We could have been more effective in talking about the importance of additional investment to achieve the station's goals," he says now, "rather than the 'coming up short' message."..."

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
The Fox News Channel's "fair and balanced " reporting is put to the test in this partisan documentary.
Film Review  September 3, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...At this stage of the game – and it does feel an awful lot like a game, doesn’t it? – anyone who honestly believes that the Fox News Channel’s ubiquitous motto of "fair and balanced" accurately summarizes Rupert Murdoch’s right-wing cable bastion is not only fooling themselves but looking mighty dull-witted in the process. It’s one thing to have a slight bias one way or the other (even that venerable and ostensibly objective Grey Lady The New York Times had a heyday bashing Clinton during both the Whitewater and Monicagate scandals and now takes a barely concealed glee in tormenting the current resident of the White House), but Fox News Channel has refined the art of spin to the point where it often feels as though it's getting its sturm-und-drang news bites directly from the Bush cabinet..."

After a Fashion
Columns  September 19, 2003, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...THE POWER OF THREE To be a female in Austin means having a plethora of shops and boutiques catering to your every mood. There are stores such as SoLa, Jezebel, Therapy, Giada, Adelante, Shiki, and Vylette brimming with stylish merchandise for women, each with their own particular twist on fashion..."

"I Made a Movie, and They Didn't Want It!"
Shut out by distribution companies, indie filmmakers go DIY when it comes to getting their movie out there.
Screens Story  July 11, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...Most forms of artistic expression have a brass ring of sorts -- a concrete, material measure of success. A publishing house purchases an author's novel and sells it at your nearest Barnes & Noble..."

Sharing the Dance
A new generation of Austin choreographers is expanding our concept of dance through the combination of movement styles and traditions from across the globe, and Barbejoy Ponzio talks to them about the part fusion plays in their work.
Arts Story  January 21, 2000, by Barbejoy A. Ponzio
"...Toni Bravo is herself a fusion of different cultures, so why shouldn't the dances she creates be the same? "I am part Italian, French, Spanish, and Mexican-Indian," says the choreographer who directs Kinesis Dance Theatre Projects, "which gives me four ways to view the world. I have gone to India -- that is why I've been working with the Bharata Natyam dancer Anuradha Naimpally -- and in doing so, I have been able to get to the roots of the movement that better expresses why or how I feel the Latin world has developed..."

Mario Rendon Lozano: Art of the People
Arts Review  August 26, 1999
"...Mexic-Arte Museum, through August 28..."

Heart of The Beast
Can Donald Byrd Make Art of True-Life Violence?
Arts Story  May 9, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...Everyone will leave the theatre feeling vaguely superior, as well as a little voyeuristic. Given both the success of heavy-handed TV melodramas about misguided kids who kill other misguided kids, all based on true stories and justified by the producers as a necessary evil designed to educate your average viewer, and the poor financial state of most theatres in this country, it is not difficult to imagine true crime dramas being adapted to the stage to rake in millions and keep struggling artists afloat, despite the moral cost...."

Oliver Stone gives the "lone gunman" assassination theory a run for its money.
Film Review  December 27, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Gary Oldman, Joe Pesci, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Rooker and Kevin Bacon. Let's get one thing clear right from the start: Oliver Stone makes agitprop -- not film dramas, not documentaries..."

Road-Tripping for the 2017 Texas Biennial
To curate this edition of the contemporary art survey, Leslie Moody Castro took an epic road trip across the Lone Star State
Arts Story  September 28, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...In taking up the massive challenge of curating this visual arts exhibition that typically draws 1,000 submissions from across the state, Castro was sensitive to criticisms that had been leveled at earlier editions of the Biennial, with a major one being that it wasn't an equitable representation of work from all parts of Texas, that its focus on artists in certain large cities meant it might as well have been called the Houston Biennial or Dallas Biennial or Austin Biennial. Castro felt a need to change that perception, so this summer, prior to selecting the 33 artists for this year's exhibit, she undertook a road trip worthy of this "everything is bigger" state: an 11,300-mile drive to 25 communities all over Texas – towns as well as cities, in the east, west, north, and south – to visit more than 200 artist studios and Biennial partner art organizations..."

Their Finest
How to make a propaganda film in World War II England
Film Review  April 14, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Lone Scherfig. Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Rachael Stirling, Richard E..."

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Animation and reality collide in this paean to pubescence
Film Review  October 7, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Rafe Khatchadorian (Gluck), a budding artist, is starting over at his third middle school, a place governed by the rules-obsessed Principal Dwight (Daly) and his chief enforcer (Retta). As a tonic to the school’s rigidity, Rafe and his only friend Leo (Barbusca) embark on a plan to break every one of the rules in the school’s Code of Conduct handbook..."

Page Two: "Fab 5 Freddy Told Me Everybody's Fly"
Out of nothing, street art achieved velocity
Columns  August 4, 2016, by Louis Black
"...Driving in a cab across Tel Aviv, I thought about it – as I did early one morning walking through Athens and later in Lisbon driving by some of Europe's oldest surviving neighborhoods. In ways we now usually don't notice, many of the world's cities are accentuated by endless colors, lines, and swirls, often so bad as to be more an idea of graffiti, than art, in the way the Shaggs' first album sounds like it was made by people who had had music described to them but never actually heard it..."

Top 10 Arts-Related Program Activities of 2015
The most memorable art of 2015 carved strange and brilliant new spaces out of familiar ones
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The "Swimming" group exhibition at Phillip Niemeyer's Koenig Lane arts space was sufficient unto itself, but also contained this separate room of abstract paintings-on-Plexiglas that, via cycling illumination, transmogrified Camp's usual precise brilliance to completely different, back-lit vistas like pieces of frozen aurora borealis. 2) Year of the Rooster (Capital T Theatre)..."

Upgrade Coming for the Contemporary Austin
$3 million renovation coming for the museum's downtown home
DAILY Arts  September 10, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...A new canopy over the popular open-air deck on top of the museum's Jones Center for Contemporary Art will be part of a $3 million renovation of the building in the coming year...."

Best of Enemies
The 1968 debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal are legend
Film Review  August 21, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In 1968, there were only three television networks, and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the quadrennial conventions held by the Republican and Democratic political parties to elect their presidential candidates was the norm. ABC, perennially in third place, had more abbreviated coverage, and came up with a hopeful idea for a ratings booster: daily debates between two of the country’s most recognizable public intellectuals, William F..."

Frazetta Up Close
Robert Rodriguez gives Austin a look at some originals by the master of fantasy art, Frank Frazetta
Arts Story  March 12, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Few fantasy artists have had the impact or been more influential than Frank Frazetta. His cover images of slithering demons, axe-wielding barbarians, sensuous warrior women, and the like had paperbacks in the Conan, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars series flying off bookshelves in the Sixties and Seventies..."

These four stories of unabashed sexual intimacy are often funny, sometimes poignant, always unconventional and playfully erotic.
Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The content is more erotic and suggestive than lewd and graphic, although there’s no mistaking the fact that sexual transgression is the subject at hand. The shorts build in emotional depth to the concluding segment, “San Francisco,” which provides the film’s heartrending climax...."

A new multiyear program will ensure that Austin sees what's on the cutting edge
Arts Story  April 17, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...With so much news of arts programs shutting down, it's refreshing to hear about one starting up. Testperformancetest is a multiyear program that will bring national and international performance work to Austin and occasionally commission new work performed in Austin..."

Artists as Developers
A symposium gives creative types a new role in rebuilding neighborhoods
Arts Story  September 19, 2008, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Real Community Is Real Art: A Texas Workshop on the Arts and Urban Development is a symposium that is intended to address this exact conflict as it plays out in Austin. It begins this Friday, Sept..."

Culture Flash!
Grammy recognition for Conspirare, an encore and more NEA support for Tapestry's The Souls of Our Feet, and giant sunflowers for the Mueller redevelopment
Arts Column  December 15, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...It's a well-deserved honor for this double-disc recording, which features major requiems by Herbert Howells and Ildebrando Pizzetti, as well as musical gems by Eliza Gilkyson, Donald Grantham, Eric Whitacre, Bradley Ellingboe, and Stephen Paulus. Back in April, we wrote that the CD "offers the ear – and the soul – a balm for the turmoil within, comfort for that part of us that feels lost."..."

Shattered Glass
Before Jayson Blair there was Stephen Glass, a fabricator of magazine stories, whose fall from grace is told here.
Film Review  November 21, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...By the time it was discovered that Glass was a serial fabricator of facts and, sometimes, whole stories (accompanied by a tangled trail of phony business cards, Web sites, and notes corroborating his invented information), Glass and his editors were held responsible for printing dozens of stories that were rife with untruths, half-truths, and outright lies – if, indeed, it is possible to make distinctions among degrees of truth. For Stephen Glass – at least the Stephen Glass portrayed in this movie, which is based on a 1998 Vanity Fair article by Buzz Bissinger and not any of the accounts published by those directly involved – it was possible to make distinctions about a journalist’s honesty..."

Naked City
News Shorts
News Story  October 19, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...If parking downtown weren't already a nightmare, the city has now made nearly 90 parking meters off-limits. Meters outside City Hall, the federal courthouse, and APD headquarters will be hooded indefinitely for security reasons, says Hughes..."

Playing the Bad Guy
With actor David Stahl currently appearing as the wicked Richard III and actor Katherine Catmull having recently played the evil Goneril in King Lear, the challenge of playing villains seemed a ripe topic to launch a series of artist-to-artist conversations on craft.
Arts Story  August 17, 2001, by Katherine Catmull
"...(With this article, the Chronicle Arts section inaugurates a new series featuring conversations between artists about craft. The idea is to provide readers with more of a window into what artists do by having them talk about how they do it -- the impulses they follow, the techniques they employ, the experiences they draw from -- and to do so not in response to questions fired by an uninvolved interviewer but through the course of a discussion with a peer, someone who shares an intimate sense of the technical challenges involved in creating art..."

Absolutely Confabulous
Austin Public Library's New Fiction Confab focuses on buzz over brawn
Arts Story  April 18, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Since then, Confab authors have gone on to receive prestigious fellowships and honors from the MacArthur Foundation (Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu, 2011); the Guggenheim Foundation (Ben Marcus, 2012); and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Manuel Gon­zales, 2013). Last year's lineup featured Susan Steinberg, whose experimental short-story collection Spectacle is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Fiona Maazel, whose novel Woke Up Lonely is short-listed for the Believer Book Award..."

Austin's Active Shelf Life
Can Our Public Library Keep Up the Pace?
News Story  September 20, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The Free-Net project cost about $500,000 -- 200 G's from the State Library in a one-time grant, about $53,000 from the city budget, the rest from passing the hat and enlisting corporate partners. (The Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network also participated in the project, helping connect small-town libraries throughout the region.) To provide an "adequate" number of connected computers throughout town -- right now, there are only two workstations at each branch -- we would have to treble that investment..."

The Past, Present, and Future of Waller and Shoal Creeks
Finally doing right by Austin's waterways
News Story  November 29, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The crowd starts lining up across from Cheer Up Charlies, then rounds the corner eastward on Ninth Street, past the apartments where the ice plant used to be, and downstairs into the ditch. It's crowded, cold, and dark but for the orange aura around the steps..."

Laguna Gloria to Get New Entrance
The Contemporary Austin plans $6 million makeover on 35th St.
DAILY Arts  February 22, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Start saying your goodbyes to the cramped, awkward approach to the Contemporary Austin's Laguna Gloria site. In a month, the museum will break ground on a project to transform the entry to its 14-acre lakeside home, adding sidewalks along 35th Street, a garden, an outdoor cafe, shade canopies, and, of course, art to make the site more welcoming...."

Wayne Alan Brenner's Top 10 Arts-Related Things I Enjoyed in 2017
Bold takes on history and art that moved around the city spoke to a growing, changing Austin this year
Arts Story  December 28, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...1) PANCHO VILLA FROM A SAFE DISTANCE (Ballroom Marfa/Golden Hornet Project/Fusebox Festival) Órale, amigos! The multimedia sum of this bilingual bio-opera created by composer Graham Reynolds and director Shawn Sides with Mexico City's Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (and poet Carrie Fountain, singers Paul Sanchez and Liz Cass, and a band of musical brilliants) was profound and glorious and ... y'know, damned educational, too...."

"Donald Moffett" at the Blanton
The Blanton exhibition marks a shift not only toward artists from Texas but also toward more political art
Arts Review  November 19, 2015, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...Donald Moffett's work is as much about a philosophical experience as a tactile one. Though the Blanton Museum of Art's exhibition of his work represents an effort by the institution to procure more work from Texas artists, it also marks a shift in programming, which has arguably been a little apolitical in past years but is now beginning to take on a more timely cultural tone..."

Day Trips: Project Row Houses, Houston
Former shotgun houses get new life as art galleries
Columns  April 30, 2015, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Project Row Houses lines up along Holman Street in Houston's predominantly black Third Ward like pointed silver and white helmets belonging to some army of giants. The eight shotgun houses along this block are galleries and studios for new artists...."

'White Walls Say Nothing' Plans to Paint the Screens
Kickstarter for local doc about Buenos Aires street artists
DAILY Screens  October 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Austin has its fair share of iconic murals but, according to the film makers behind White Walls Say Nothing, the street artists of Buenos Aries in Argentina have created a whole culture and political movement around their public pieces. Now they're trying to finish the movie, and are looking for Kickstarter supporters to finish the project...."

Proof of Nothing
When you were busted for public intoxication, were you drunk? Or did you just piss off a cop?
News Story  June 24, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Indeed, Luna – a bassist who has played with Austin's rocker-girl group the Platforms and with her own group, Moonticca & the Texas Clock – says she was arrested near the corner of Fourth and Red River precisely because she mouthed off to Austin Police Department officers when she didn't immediately comply with a request to exit a vehicle in which she was a passenger after it was pulled over for a traffic infraction. She says the officers making the stop overreacted to her reluctance to exit the vehicle, and when she did get out of the car, she was slammed into a parked semi and cuffed..."

Talking In The Reading Room
Foreign librarians learn from Austin volunteerism
DAILY News  July 3, 2010, by Jillian Richardson
"...The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State via their International Visitor Leadership Program..."

10 Reasons to Love a Streetcar
The 'streetcar effect' – offering Austinites far more than a free ride
News Story  July 20, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...For the answers, we turned to the recently published Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in the 21st Century. Rich in well-documented case studies on cities like Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Tampa, Fla.; and Little Rock, Ark., that are running successful new streetcar systems, Street Smart compellingly makes the case that "It's time for a streetcar renaissance." It explains why Austin is one of 80 U.S..."

Capitol Chronicle: Patriotic Gore
The Texas House wants to cut health care, human services, and education, but it's really enthusiastic about war.
News Column  April 11, 2003, by Michael King
"..."They are not 'adding new dollars' that don't exist, and they are not preserving programs by reorganizing them out of existence. They need to start telling the truth."..."

The Custody Battle at Brackenridge
Seton's plan to build its own pediatrics facility throws a monkey wrench into the proposed hospital district.
News Story  November 22, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman, an outspoken advocate for a countywide hospital district, was -- and is -- particularly perturbed and expressed his dismay over Seton's "lack of candor" at the table. Even Seton's boosters privately admit that the Catholic-run outfit showed poor judgment on two counts: by staying mum on the subject during discussions of a hospital district and by unilaterally deciding the fate of a public facility without public input..."

Paint By Numbers
Racial Divides in Austin's Public Arts Funding
News Story  June 28, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Art isn't always pretty, but it seems that when you mix art and tax money, it's never pretty. When you add race to the pot, you can just about bet that somebody's gonna get hurt...."

The Luv Doc: A Hard “No”
It's not uncommon to have awkward, shitty dates
Columns  January 25, 2018, by The Luv Doc
"...My (women) friends and I have been going back and forth about the Aziz Ansari article published recently on Some of us think it is clickbait trash journalism trying to capitalize on Ansari's celebrity status and that nothing about his encounter with "Grace" could be interpreted as sexual assault..."

Best of Austin – Saturday
BOA all day, erryday
Features Story  March 21, 2015
"...35th, 512/974-6700. NOON Bartholomew Pool RenovationBest New Eastside Respite, 2014..."

Nowhere to Play
The Cost of Art, Part I: Austin's growth and rising rent take out theatre venues, one by one
Arts Story  January 24, 2014, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Penfold Theatre Company is another nonresident group that has discovered the space shortage worsening in recent years. "It really became a big deal last year," says Producing Artistic Director Ryan Crowder..."

SXSW Gaming Expo Introduces Awards
In case you were worried SXSW wasn't growing enough
DAILY Screens  September 12, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...SXSW has announced 2014 will be the inaugural year for Gaming Awards. The best interactive art will be feted at the Long Center's Dell Hall, Saturday, March 8, in case you’re planning your SXSW already..."

Austin Officials Ready for F1 Weekend
Public safety and transpo ready. Weather? We'll see.
DAILY News  November 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Inside the city's Emergency Operations Center in East Austin, city, county and Circuit of the Americas officials highlighted the collaboration among city departments and county, state, and federal agencies that for more than a year have been planning for the city's inaugural F1 weekend, now just 10 days away. "We've been working with a very single-focused and tracked mind" to prepare for the race, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told the assembled media..."

Austin x Design
Arts Story  October 7, 2011, by Robert Faires
"..."More Than Architecture" opening reception, 5-8pm, University of Texas Fine Arts Library..."

The Daily Hustle: 8/27/10
Walls and Cables
DAILY News  August 27, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...While Yesterday's City Council meeting may have started slow, it certainly accumulated momentum. Due to a contentious hearing on water rates, the meeting didn't end until nearly 1am...."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  September 25, 2009
"...• Drug Charge Dropped in Sanders Case On Tuesday, Travis County Court at Law No. 5 Judge Nancy Hohengarten dismissed the misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against Michael Franklin, who drove Nathaniel Sanders II and Sir Smith home on May 11, the night Sanders was shot and killed by APD Officer Leonardo Quin­ta­na..."

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