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How to Build Neighborhoods
Erin McGann is the sole newcomer in a race dominated by incumbents
News Story  September 4, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...They live in older, quaint Central Austin neighborhoods, they're both former neighborhood association presidents, they've served tenures on the city Planning Commission, and they have long histories of civic and community engagement. On the dais, they currently sit one seat apart from each other – the last ever "Place 1" and "Place 3" Council members, in the final at-large Council..."

SXSW Announces Gaming Awards Nominees
In its debut, the awards honor big and small games alike
DAILY Screens  February 11, 2014, by James Renovitch
"...Anyway, here are those nominees: Game of the Year Award The Last of Us – Naughty Dog Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Ubisoft Tomb Raider – Square Enix Tearaway – Sony Computer Entertainment Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo Bioshock Infinite – Irrational Games Gone Home – The Fullbright Company Excellence in Gameplay Award The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Nintendo Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo The Last of Us – Naughty Dog Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – 505 Studios Tearaway – Media Molecule Excellence in Art Award Bioshock Infinite – Irrational Games Rayman Legends – Ubisoft Tearaway – Media Molecule Kentucky Route Zero – Cardboard Computer Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – NAMCO BANDAI Excellence in Animation Award Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – NAMCO BANDAI Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo The Last of Us – Naughty Dog Tearaway – Media Molecule Tomb Raider – Square Enix Excellence in Technical Achievement Award Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games Antichamber – Demruth The Swapper – Facepalm Games Super Mario 3D World – Nintendo Papa Sangre II – Somthin’Else Excellence in Narrative Award The Last of Us – Naughty Dog Gone Home – The Fullbright Company Bioshock Infinite – Irrational Games Kentucky Route Zero – Cardboard Computer Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – 505 Studios Excellence in Design and Direction Award Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games Tearaway – Media Molecule Gone Home – The Fullbright Company Bioshock Infinite – Irrational Games Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – 505 Studios Excellence in Gaming Marketing Award Saint’s Row IV – Deep Silver Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Ubisoft Ridiculous Fishing – Vlambeer Call of Duty: Ghosts – Activision The Stanley Parable – Galactic Café Excellence in SFX Award Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs – The Chinese Room Battlefield 4 – Electronic Arts Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games Forza Motorsport 5 – Microsoft The Last of Us – Naughty Dog Excellence in Musical Score Award Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – NAMCO BANDAI Bioshock Infinite – Irrational Games The Last of Us – Naughty Dog Tearaway – Media Molecule Tomb Raider – Square-Enix Convergence Award According to SXSW this is “Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence and pure crossover appeal through multiple mediums.” Let me know if you figure out what that means. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Warner Bros..."

Film Flam
On marshmallows, V.C.'s in Vegas, and a Weird sad signoff
DAILY Screens  December 4, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Next year’s conference will run July 13-16 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Registration and press applications are now open for the conference, as well as the popular programming crowdsource, PanelPicker, and V2Venture, a startup pitch competition...."

Much Heat, Some Light at Eastside Forum on APD Shooting
APD's Art Acevedo faced sharp questions Thursday night
DAILY News  August 16, 2013, by Michael King
"...Feelings were high in a packed house at the Carver Museum, as Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo faced an audience audibly angry at the July 26 shooting of Larry Jackson Jr by APD Detective Charles Kleinert...."

The Latest in Density Bonuses: New Teeth
News Story  June 28, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...The program will replace CURE (Central Urban Redevelopment) zoning as a means to modify maximum floor-to-area ratio, or maximum height within the Downtown Austin Plan area. This basically means that Downtown developers who want to build more than their current zoning allows will have to participate in the program, with CURE no longer available as an alternative..."

SXSW Eco Announces 2013 Programming
Buzzcar founder Robin Cook to deliver keynote
DAILY News  June 20, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Keeping with the conference's cutting edge spirit, the 2013 keynote will be delivered by Robin Chase, the current CEO of carsharing marketplace Buzzcar and founder of carsharing giant Zipcar. Chase will be sharing her startup acumen with attendees in a speech focused on how private sector innovation can address climate change...."

A Second Chance for Drug Dealers on 'The Corner'
The Drug Market Intervention project in action
DAILY News  May 8, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Sarah* didn't even know that the cops had tagged her, dealing dope near the corner of East 12th and Chicon Streets in the heart of Central East Austin, until she got the letter. On the letterhead of Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, it had a simple message: We got you...."

La Barbecue Turns Up the Heat With Secret Pit Technology
Is this special new smoker a brisket game-changer?
DAILY Food  April 26, 2013, by Kenny Pailes
"...It's an age-old question that persists even today in the dark art of Meat Alchemy: Does the wand make the magician or does the magician make the wand?..."

April in Austin (Part 1)
Thought Austin would slow down after SXSW? Think again.
DAILY Chron Events  March 26, 2013, by Alayna Alvarez
"...Spring has arrived at last—and life is a-bloomin’ this April in Austin. To keep you as busy as a springtime bumblebee, we’ve handpicked 12 fun-filled festivals to jam-pack your month with art, food, music, and—of course—good ol’ Texas sunshine...."

Day Trips
Follow the trail of a Comanche war chief
Columns  February 8, 2013, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Quanah Parker Trail in the Texas Panhandle might be the most spread out public art project since the Texas Historical Commission started putting metal signs with history lessons on them around the state...."

The AggreGAYtor: October 4
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY Qmmunity  October 4, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...James Franco debuts his “art film,” P!NK panders to her gay audience, and Michelle Bachmann continues to get on people’s nerves. Today’s AggreGAYtor is like a roller coaster, baby..."

Civics 101
News Column  April 13, 2012
"...Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, to Uncle Billy's Brew & Que, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 389-2250..."

Create a Holiday Memory, Learn Something New
East Side Glass Offers Christmas Ornament Classes
DAILY Chronolog  November 30, 2011, by R.U. Steinberg
"...Every Saturday in December until Christmas, the studio is offering classes so you can learn how to blow your own glass Christmas ornament. And if your little one wants to help, that's OK. Owners Leigh Taylor Wyatt and Shara Funari say they've taught the art of glass blowing to students as young as 5 years old. The cost is $40, which includes materials..."

Illuminating Austin Authors
Dagoberto Gilb, Gregory Curtis among Illumine honorees
DAILY Books  November 9, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Non-Fiction Honoree: Gregory Curtis (The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists, Texas Monthly editor from 1981-2000)
Presented by: Jake Silverstein
..."

Of Comics and 'Immortals'
'Kabuki' creator David Mack talks about Tarsem's new epic
DAILY Books  May 29, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...There is something divinely inspired about letting Tarsem – the director behind the visual overloads of The Cell and The Fall – loose with a 3D camera for his upcoming epic Immortals. So it would only make sense to let art maverick David Mack loose with the graphic novel prequel..."

Planet Crosswise
Planet K provokes fight to keep Bee Cave 'normal'
News Story  April 29, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...From the Department of Emotions Run So High Because the Stakes Are So Low: The city of Bee Cave is still fighting to stop Planet K from opening its doors at a building it owns on Highway 71 at Bee Caves Road. First, the city banned outdoor murals (way to stick it to the public art crowd, y'all!) to stop the store owner from having veteran Austin artist Kerry Awn paint a landscape mural on the side of the building (see "Banned in Bee Cave," April 15)..."

This Week's Waste of Time
Take a bad trip courtesy of the Web
DAILY Screens  September 16, 2010, by James Renovitch
"...No sir. But I've found enough acid-induced art recently to call it a trend..."

Septuagenarians Tell All
Turning life's lessons into art in Stages
Screens Story  April 16, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"..."I want to tell you," begins a 70-year-old woman in spotlight on an off-Broadway stage. She has a lot to tell; like the other senior women participating with her in an inventive theatre project in New York, she's experienced early marriage, emigration from Puerto Rico, and tremendous loss, not to mention a culture that frowns upon too much disclosure, too much airing of the dirty laundry, so to speak..."

The 'T' Word
Politicians and media dance around what to call the plane crash
DAILY News  February 19, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...So what to call yesterday's kamikaze attack on the IRS? The FBI has referred to it as "an assault." Police Chief Art Acevedo called it a criminal act. The media response (collated by Charles Apple at his blog) has used terms like "anger" and "railing" and "enraged."..."

Mueller Takes the LEED: Sample Sustainable Features
News Story  November 20, 2009
"...• Home to Austin's largest public art project: SunFlowers: An Electric Garden, featuring solar panel "petals."..."

Drug Czar Ditches Drug Conference in El Paso
Apparently rethinking drug policy ain't on the czar's "to do" list this week
DAILY News  September 21, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Organizers were surprised by the 11th-hour bow-out – but apparently one participant, El Paso Co. Sheriff Richard Wiles, was not..."

Waterfront Planning: Professionals Needed
Yet activist Mary Arnold gets the first nod
DAILY News  July 24, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Nothing personal against the esteemed Ms. Arnold, but back in May, the revised Waterfront Overlay ordinance established that WPAB members should be "drawn from the fields of urban design, environmental protection, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, shoreline ecology, neighborhood conservation, civic art, and real property development." That wisely defined a professional board, on the model of the Design Commission...."

Keepers of the Flame
RIP Manny Castillo
DAILY Music  January 12, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...The news from the Hickoids’ Jeff Smith that drummer Manny Castillo died after a short battle with cancer was terrible to hear. He played with San Antonio’s popular Snowbyrd (on Smith’s SausTex label) and served as Executive Director for San Anto Cultural Arts, initiating the Community Mural Public Art Program that tied together the Alamo City’s cultural and ethnic legacies in 30 murals..."

Davie Allan's Aim Is True
DAILY Music  June 23, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...When Allan first rose to public view in the 1960s with his band the Arrows, he was best known as the B-movie soundtrack sultan, charting with “Blue’s Theme” from the Wild Angels. For this CD, he’s re-tooled his badass “Bongo Party” off the same film, from the days when beatniks and bikers were the biggest threat to American youth..."

Ogling the 360 Condo Crowd
Up close and personal with Downtown's newest high-rise residents
News Story  May 30, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Cleavage, cocktail dresses, and heels: That's what an amplitude of thirtysomething lovelies wore on a hot night last week to the grand opening of the 44-story 360 Condominiums Down­town. Many were condo buyers and their friends, happily sucking up free drinks and food at a swank poolside cocktail party on the "amenity deck," as they chatted with future neighbors about square feet and whether they'd really use the concierge service..."

The Streets of Philadelphia
Divorce pains framed against the backdrop of 'The New Year Parade'
Screens Story  March 7, 2008, by Raymond Blanton
"..."Everyone's really excited, leaving all these messages," meanwhile Quinn was packing, the condo was flooding (he'd used the wrong dish detergent), and he was alone, exhausted, and sick. Laughing, he remembers, "It was like a Woody Allen movie." Quinn hasn't been making movies quite as long as Allen, but he did start young: "I tried making my first feature film in, like, second grade, and failed every year until I was 27 ....."

'Za Gotcha
Austin's Pizza doesn't suck, though their old logo lead Brenner to think otherwise.
DAILY Design  November 7, 2007, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"... Oh, so very wrong. On the other hand, this assumption wasn't entirely my fault. The blood, metaphorically, is partially on other hands: Those hands that hold the moneybags that fund the operation that bakes the pizzas..."

Luke Savisky: Hands across the water
Images of hands projected across Wooldridge Park illuminate our assault on and communion with the environment
Arts Story  November 2, 2007, by Benné Rockett
"...26, is one of two prelude events leading to his final piece for First Night Austin. The progression of images, consisting of original and found 16mm and 35mm film and digital-video projection, was accompanied by Graham Reynolds and the Tosca String Quartet, with recorded music by Stars of the Lid..."

Developing Stories: Neighbor Power
Why neighborhood plans work better in Seattle
News Column  May 18, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Austin's neighborhood plan process is grounded in the best of intentions – to help neighborhoods control their own destinies, build community and neighborly consensus, accommodate diversity, and intelligently plan for growth. But talking with citizens who've actively participated in the grueling one- to two-year process of crafting a neighborhood plan with city staff, one might think the city's goal was instead to foster widespread citizen frustration, mistrust, and disappointment..."

Get Thee to Thine Temple, Quick
Just when you think it can;t get any stranger…
DAILY News  January 22, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Phantom Wal-Mart calls, deep freezes shutting the city down for days – just when you think things can't get any stranger, something like this appears in your inbox: "Media Advisory: Ancient temple dance to highlight community meetings announcement at City Hall …To highlight the City's diverse arts community, the news conference will feature a special performance by Auradha Naimpally from Tanjore Performing Arts. Naimpally will perform an ancient and colorful temple dance of South India called bhrata natyam." Hopefully this will flush out some of the abundant bad juju that's out there..."

CreateAustin: Mapping our future, artswise
Help determine what Austin's cultural scene will look like in the future by getting involved with CreateAustin
Arts Story  January 19, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...What do you think Austin's cultural scene will look like in the future? More to the point, what do you want Austin's cultural scene to look like in the future? That's what the city of Austin is asking these days, and now is the time for you to jump in with your answer. The Cultural Arts Division is spearheading a grand effort to map out Austin's future in regard to its arts and artists..."

Your Tongue Is Deceptive
Postmarks  June 7, 2005
"...Editor, The elevated prairie "erection" by Legge Lewis ["Elevated Prairie," Arts Listings, June 3] totaled $130,000 in tax money, and the snake is already dead. APD as "holistic land-management stewards and public art custodians"? You mean, after they're done ticketing on Springdale? Bees, birds, butterflies are gone, thanks to new Section 8 ghettos recently built, and more to come..."

Holiday Wish Lists 2004, Part 2
Presents for public service
Features Story  December 3, 2004, by Kate X Messer
"...It's okay to give. And when our official power structures dismantle the very safety nets folks worked for generations to install, it is incumbent upon big hearts to create more, larger, even safer webbing..."

Holiday Wish Lists 2004
Presents for Public Service
Features Story  November 26, 2004
"...Here is our annual Holiday Wish List list. We are grateful for these and other area organizations that fill the gaps that we, as the most wealthy and organized society ever to set foot on Earth, still seem to create..."

Naked City
Gandy Promotes Ped Power
News Story  September 6, 2002, by Rachel Proctor May
"...Gandy has hosted more than 300 audits for neighborhoods and elected officials interested in determining where to erect new sidewalks, crosswalks, and public art, and has often helped them brainstorm design and funding options. In Zilker, South Boggy Creek, and other Austin locales, Gandy's audits have resulted in new crosswalks and traffic-calming measures, among other enhancements..."

Wish You Were Here!
Austin's Public Art Provides Fodder for Naughty Doddering
News Story  August 31, 2001, by Ada Calhoun


Wish You Were Here!
Austin's Public Art Provides Fodder for Naughty Doddering
News Story  August 31, 2001, by Ada Calhoun


Wish You Were Here!
Austin's Public Art Provides Fodder for Naughty Doddering
News Story  August 31, 2001, by Ada Calhoun


Wish You Were Here!
Austin's Public Art Provides Fodder for Naughty Doddering
News Story  August 31, 2001, by Ada Calhoun
"...4Ada's adventure at Barton Springs leads her to Philosophers Rock, where she overhears three grand old men heated in debate. They cannot seem to come to an agreement about a certain passage of the Kama Sutra..."

Wish You Were Here!
Austin's Public Art Provides Fodder for Naughty Doddering
News Story  August 31, 2001, by Ada Calhoun


Wish You Were Here!
Austin's Public Art Provides Fodder for Naughty Doddering
News Story  August 31, 2001, by Ada Calhoun


My Slammer Vacation
How I Spent...
Books Story  September 5, 1997, by Phil West
"...As the dust settles on the 1997 National Poetry Slam, which wrapped up August 9 in Middletown, Connecticut, the slam poetry community is asking questions and forwarding suggestions for making the 1998 competition, to be held in Austin, even better. Many of us wondered why we were competing in bagel shops and sports bars, there were the usual complaints about judges from teams who didn't break into the highest echelons of competition, and there will be continued controversy about this year's winners, a quartet of New York-based poets competing under the banner of the Mouth Almighty spoken word record label rather than their home city...."

Creative Capital?
In the City of Ideas, the people with ideas are dancing with day jobs.
News Story  February 28, 2003, by Michael Erard
"...It was 1983. After two years of graduate work in studio art -- the first time in her life she'd focused on her own art -- the sculptor found herself working clerical jobs, again, to pay the bills, and scraping up time at night and on weekends, again, to make art..."

A Claimed Space
Mexic-Arte blazed a trail in Texas by making a place for Mexican culture in a museum
Arts Story  August 14, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"..."Maps are defined by what they include but are often more revealing in what they exclude." – Peter Turchi, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, 2004..."

Violators Will Be Punished
Music Story  September 12, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Pagers, radio spots, even semi-inspired print ads for shows were few and far between back then, and the resultant information vacuum created by too many popular venues booking amazing bills with zilch advertising almost single-handedly spawned what people today think of as Poster Art. That $50 Frank Kozik print you've been ogling at Sound Exchange has its roots not only deep in the heart o' Texas, but also in the music explosion that rocked the Capitol City in the Seventies and made sideline superstars out of a struggling band of artists and cartoonists (frequently one and the same) that included such now-legendary names as Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin, Ken Featherston, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Sam Yeates, Micael Priest, Kerry Awn, Gary McIlhenny, Henry Gonzales, Jack Jaxon, and a few others..."

Arts Afire
On the Small Screen: American Visions
Screens Story  June 20, 1997, by Clay Smith
"...At first glance, Robert Hughes' new eight-part PBS series American Visions generates a mystique no different from the vaguely "educational," utilitarian one so often associated with PBS documentaries; it seems good for you. After all, unless you're an art historian, Hughes' series on the history of American art informs you about artists, movements, and influences that you probably always wanted to but never really have known much about..."

East Austin Studio De-Tour
Homesteading artists face city code challenges – and raise old fears – in changing neighborhoods
News Story  July 15, 2011, by Mike Kanin
"...Eight-hundred Gullett is the last address on a dead-end street in East Austin. From the road, you can see the front of the house belonging to artists Philippe Klinefelter and Sunyong Chung; it's not until you walk up the driveway and through the fence that you sense the scale of the property..."

Culture Cash
Austin's artists and arts groups are working hard to survive the economic downturn, and now more than ever it's essential for the city that they do.
Arts Story  February 7, 2003, by Robert Faires
"..."Starving artists" isn't a term that generates much sympathy these days, bound as it is to images of whiny twentysomethings debating the finer points of existentialism as they waste away in Parisian garrets. The phrase calls to mind all the worst stereotypes of the arts and its practitioners as elitists out of touch with regular folk and daily life..."

Warning! Nudity!
Austinites love to shed their clothes, and a number of them do it onstage -- what's up with that? Some of the city's most nakedness-prone actors, performance artists, and directors expose their reasons to arts writer Ada Calhoun.
Arts Story  April 14, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...What is it about this town and public nudity? Whether it's excursions to Hippie Hollow, frat-boy streaking hijinks, clothing-optional apartment complexes, the abundance of strip clubs, or punk escapades down at Emo's (Ignorance Park, this means you), Austinites do an awful lot of stripping down to the altogether. Is it the music? The beer and pot consumption? The hippie legacy? The heat? Pick your rationale; the end result is that folks 'round here love to shed their clothes..."

Postmarks
Don't Dissolve District
Columns  May 1, 1998
"...I appreciate the coverage of the referendum to abolish the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the only local government with the authority to regulate pumping and prevent pollution in the entire recharge zone of the Barton Springs Aquifer. The City of Austin's rules, including the S.O.S..."

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