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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..."

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..."

New in Graphic Novels
The Chronicle Comics & Manga Team hunts down some inky delights
DAILY Books  May 7, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The topic is "What It's Like To Be Jeffrey Brown," a much more entertaining and (at times) harrowing topic than you might expect. Well, unless you've read Brown's previous autobiographical works – Clumsy, Unlikely, Every Girl is the End of the World for Me, and others – because then you'd know this funny and brave and not untroubled man holds little in reserve, baring his soul, unveiling his heartbreaks (and other, more squickily physical maladies) for the world to see..."

Planet Plan It
You can help plan the arts' future in downtown Austin's extreme makeover at a Community Charrette on May 14
Arts Story  May 13, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...As Austin moves closer and closer to Extreme Makeover: The Downtown Edition, with high-rise office towers and multistory condo and apartment buildings set to sprout all over the place, it seems prudent to ask: Where do the arts fit into all this? You can not only find out the answer so far but contribute to the direction of the arts in future downtown planning by attending a Community Charrette sponsored by the city of Austin's Cultural Arts Division this Saturday. Over six hours, participants will learn about work to-date on a Downtown Arts Master Plan, current civic and public art trends, and a project timeline, then be able to discuss specific districts stretching from Auditorium Shores to the UT campus (Seaholm, West End Market, Warehouse, Second Street Retail, Uptown, East Sixth, Rainey, Red River, et al.) in terms of their existing conditions and the future, with the arts further integrated into them to enhance downtown for residents, businesses, and visitors..."

Look Out! She's Got a Gun!
Angelina Eberly returns to the scene of the crime
News Story  September 24, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...In case you don't know this bit of local lore, Angelina Eberly was an "innkeeper" (to be decorous about it) in the raw frontier town of Austin, founded but three years before as Republic of Texas President Mirabeau Lamar's "seat of Empire." By 1842, Lamar had been succeeded by Sam Houston (in his second go-round as RoT president), whose dislike for Austin was well known – "the most unfortunate place on earth for a seat of government" – and who thought the capital should return to, um, Houston, where it had last been before Lamar's term in office...."

Choose your own adventure
Books Column  June 18, 2004, by Shawn Badgley
"...Of course, In the Shadow of Our House (SMU Press, 2001), his excellent and well-received debut short-story collection, probably had a little impact, as well, along with his work as the program coordinator of the Undergraduate Writing Center at UT and as a Visiting Fiction Writer at Southwestern University in Georgetown. Blackwood – a judge of the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest for the past three years – will start his residence in September and will work on finishing his novel, See How Small..."

Holiday Wish Lists 2002
Presents for public service
Features Story  December 27, 2002
"...Despite gloomy predictions, latent Santas all over Austin will still perform their appointed rounds -- especially those that help fellow humans. Smart Santas also know that the end of the calendar year is a fine time to unload some excess and qualify for some much-needed tax relief..."

Naked City
Action Items
News Story  October 22, 1999
"...Art in Public Places will hold a meeting Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Parks and Recreation building, 200 S..."

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...."

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...."

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..."

Day Trips & Beyond: D.H. Lawrence in New Mexico
D.H. Lawrence’s banned art finds a home in Taos hotel
DAILY Travel  September 22, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The nine paintings of nudes hang behind a curtain in a conference room off the lobby of the Hotel La Fonda de Taos. The story of how the art that was banned in Britain came to New Mexico is much more interesting than the images by a famous author...."

City Offers Arts Venue Aid ASAP
Cultural Arts Division's Art Space Assistance Program will award $200,000 in grants to creatives in need this summer
Arts Story  June 29, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Given that area artists have for years been sounding the alarm about skyrocketing rents and getting priced out of venues they've created and run, and that 16 months have passed since Mayor Steve Adler named the lack of affordable space for artists a priority concern in his Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, the city of Austin's newly minted response to the crisis, the Art Space Assistance Program, arrives with an acronym fairly dripping with irony: ASAP. Many a group has been displaced or nearly so in the time it's taken to develop this program – a program, it's worth noting, that's only approved and funded for this fiscal year..."

The Cartography of Home: Austin's Atlas
The Chronicle talks to Ann Armstrong of map project Austin's Atlas about the local preservation tool
News Story  July 23, 2015, by Cindy Widner
"..."I love maps," says Austin architect, artist, welder, and mapmaker Ann Armstrong. "They're functional art..."

Filmmaker Andrew Shapter's battle to make art and beat cancer
Screens Story  October 9, 2014, by Joe O'Connell
"...Andrew Shapter, 47, has been many things in this life: a high school class clown who concocted homemade fart devices, an actor, a political junkie toiling in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., a successful fashion photographer, a documentary filmmaker, a husband, a father. Today he focuses on three challenges: Ford, a doe-eyed infant son crawling across the floor and urging his dad to play; a feature film, The Teller & the Truth, five years in the making; and squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that claims about 2,500 lives each year..."

Obscene Beauty
New series Sunday Bloody Cinema makes the weekend transgressive
DAILY Screens  September 5, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Mutilation. Art..."

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