Museum of Human Achievement
"...Directed by: Shira Piven. Starring: Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Tudyk, Thomas Mann and Loretta Devine...."
"...Directed by: Bonnie Hunt. Starring: Bonnie Hunt, James Belushi, Joely Richardson, David Alan Grier, Robert Loggia, Carroll O'Connor, Minnie Driver and David Duchovny..."
"...Marlon Brando was a bundle of infinite contradictions: sinner and saint, recluse and icon, glutton and stud, charlatan and genius. The utterly remarkable documentary Listen to Me Marlon charts the actor’s life through Brando’s own words, using public domain materials and never-before-seen or -heard video clips and audio tapes from his personal archives to reveal a complicated human being who defied simple categorization by design..."
"...Don Cheadle rarely disappoints. Endearing and chameleonlike, he embraces his performances (Ocean’s Eleven-Thirteen, Hotel Rwanda) with a mixture of comedy and pathos that always leaves us wanting more..."
"...Although The Austin Chronicle began publishing in 1981, our searchable online archives only go back as far as 1995 (or thereabouts). However, our collective memory extends back even further and that’s how this 1991 piece in which Richard Linklater interviews Paul Schrader came to be reprinted...."
"...Dear Editor, People keep lying to me. They always have, all my life..."
"...Bland and Rosa Parks was the hook that brought his thinking to the forefront. There's an old saying: "When you tell it to me, the truth will do just fine." Mr..."
"...Dear Editor, Barton Springs pool is dead to me. Each summer, I kept hoping that the thick algae sludge would disappear, but year after year it worsens..."
"...21]. I tried to look up his source articles, and I was unable to find The New York Times article from Dec..."
"...Dear Editor, The dynamic duo of Lee Leffingwell and Jennifer Kim are spearheading the City Council on a plan to police and enforce a clamping-down on water use by the Austin citizens and the city and claim they will save 25 million gazillion gallons of water that then can be used for more unchecked growth and development. Makes sense to me ....."
"...No sleep for two weeks, the organic art of bedhead, and a Flavor Country-gravelly voice that has me sipping hard whiskey and talking to roadies about the good ol' days. Existing on caffeine, underground gossip about secret shows, day parties with free booze, and having the choice to ride my bike instead of park illegally during shows I just can't miss. The Gay Place Blog is blowing out our birthday cake candle next week: We'll be one year old and the anniversary will always coincide with SXSW. (And it just keeps getting better.)..."
"...illustration by Penny Van Horn Believe it or not, mystery musketeers, there are people in the world who maintain a certain snotty conceit that all genre fiction is somehow inferior to so-called "literary" fiction, that Hammett was a hack, that the MacDonalds (John D. & Ross) were mediocre..."
"...You want to go to a place where everybody knows your name?..."
"...Dear Austin Chronicle and Rachel Proctor May, I have been watched, incarcerated, and watched again after I made some protest art before the war started, so unless you have the CIA up your backside for years on end and have been in jail for the truth you should let me talk instead. How dare you chastise the Arab League [“The Rhythm of Peace,” News, March 24]..."
"...How disappointing. This, after my reply to your last rant on the subject, printed in this fine publication ["Postmarks," July 16], which you unsurprisingly rewarded with ignorance. While you denigrate Nader as delusional, and those who may vote for him as duped fools, you merely shoot the messenger and demonstrate the fine art of diversion from the real issues..."
"...With all due respect to Dr. James Fishkin -- who looks like a very nice man and for whom I sort of feel sorry because he threw this big party and the presidential candidates and the press didn't come and people keep criticizing his idea -- if my sister Cindy and I ran a National Issues Convention, we'd do things a little differently:..."
"...I’d like to extend my regrets to Knight and Day. I panned that film a month or so ago, calling it infuriating for this viewer, “still naively wishing her entertainment might be tethered however faintly to logic.” But apparently, logic is no longer of any concern, if my fellow critical brethren are to be believed...."
"...I have been extraordinarily fortunate in my life to love and be loved by some remarkably talented men. Last week, I had to say farewell to one of them. Mike Malone, better known to Austin as Rollo Banks, killed himself in Chicago on April 16 at age 64..."
"...It's pretty amazing how far out of it Texas was for its Elite Eight game with Memphis in Houston...."
"...To remind viewers of its gilded past, Warner Bros. Studios has taken to introducing all its movies to the tune of “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca, including its newest romantic comedy, License to Wed..."
"...I even thank the Democrats. They met with me, they were polite, and they listened to me..."
"...Many years the team that has nothing to lose pounces on the one that does. But you have to hand it to Dennis Franchione – likely chuckling as he sips a Mai Tai on the beach in Hawaii and counting that $4 million buyout! (Hey, Chronicle bosses, how much do I get if you fire me?) – for actually watching the UT vs..."
"...Starring: Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Tanner Maguire, Michael Christopher Bolten, Maree Cheatham, Bailee Madison and Ralph Waite. I’ve seen sick kids exploited for all sorts of reasons – usually as easy ploys to manipulate emotions but sometimes to sell things or encourage philanthropic outpourings – but Letters to God takes the cake (make that the holy wafer)..."
"...There are no robots in Felice House and Dana Younger's "Sum You Some Me," but there is a curious phenomenon discussed in the study of robotics that is worth mentioning. The "uncanny valley" refers to the moment a person realizes the differences, and the eerie similarities, between a human-like object and a real human, and experiences feelings of revulsion..."
"...Kelley Mickwee’s You Used to Live Here drops today. After spending years singing as a duo with Jed Zimmerman and finding success with the currently on-hiatus Trishas, Mickwee went back to her personal drawing board, starting from scratch as a solo artist...."
"...There was only one cinema in Macclesfield. As in most crumbling post-industrial towns in the north of England, entertainment choices were in short supply..."
"...David Kimbrough, Jr. cut his Fat Possum debut I Got the Dog in Me under the alias of David Malone to avoid confusion with his father, Junior Kimbrough..."
"...When Marcus Sillers decided to propose to Jasmine Hamamcy, it didn't take long for him to decide when and where to do it. Sillers, a Fort Worth native, is a longtime music lover, and the "live music capital" provided an important soundtrack to his courtship with Hamamcy..."
"...Wading through the four hours of testimony on Tuesday before the Senate Education Committee hearing on the new omnibus education bill Senate Bill 3, the recurrent meme was that it tackles the worst concerns about TAKS as the ultimate metric for student achievement. On the other hand, no-one seemed happy that, while it got rid of the acceptable/unacceptable tags for schools, it did little to change the "all or nothing" metric for school assessment..."
"...Of course, such minutely choreographed electro-pulsation translates into a high percentage of vocals not being live, a fact Madonna made no effort to conceal by fourth pelvic thrust “Vogue.” Ramming home the point was the following “Die Another Day,” for which the star yielded the stage entirely to a fake boxing match out on the satellite rostrum. Then came “Into the Groove” and Madonna’s assertion, as she pointed to her privates, “Live out your fantasy here with me - you can’t touch this.”..."
"...Bump & Hustle: When you were growing up in Beaumont, who were some of the artists you heard on the radio that made you want to be a musician?..."
"...2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Gerald Maxwell Rivera’s debut, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, but the first of this month also saw the release of the Brooklyn neo-soul native’s fifth LP and first in seven years, blackSUMMERS’night. Prior to his show at the Moody Theater on Monday, July 18, he discussed his debut, his insecurities, and Prince...."
"...I’m not discounting it.” But that wouldn’t work for Jessica Jones, whose psychological journey is the point of the story. Focusing on Jones' cases, the action scenes, or some high concept would have missed the point..."
"...It’s one of the most cathartic and visceral experiences of my life because I finally figured it out. I cracked the code and figured out why a show is what it is for me..."
"...Armed with his trusty laptop, a film screen, and musician Sarah Lipstate at stage left (Radiolab co-host Robert Krulwich was presumably holding down the fort back in New York City), Abumrad expounded in his inimitably Jad-esque way, about the birth of Radiolab, his own struggles with creative blockage, and how other creatives could benefit from his backstory. Even watching from the nosebleed section of the Paramount, Abumrad’s techniques for combating creative inertia – be it the writer’s blank page, an artist’s empty canvas, or a Radiolab microphone – came across as intrinsically useful, do-able, and, no surprise to podcast listeners, endlessly fascinating...."
"...My dog died Saturday at the age of 14 and took with her a piece of my already wracked heart. When I adopted her last year through Austin Pets Alive, she had so little chance she was named “Hope.” With me, the black, blind, and deaf Chihuahua became Miss Ray Charles and we were inseparable...."
"...As I headed to Clive Bar for the Austin Smoke Experiment, an amateur cooking event that was part of the Brooklyn Brewery Mash on Sunday, I grew exited about the plethora of smoked dishes and culinary exploration awaiting me. But when I reached the man with the tickets and the power, I was told to hit the road...."
"...When you hear the word "pingpong," certain images come to mind: long, green tables in dusty rec halls; black-and-red paddles with worn-down handles; VFWs filled with old men and mothballs. The perception is bland, and also outdated..."
"...The doors of Lovejoys closed forever Sunday, August 5th, and for me and many people I know, it was the final chapter in a story that changed our lives...."
"...Beauty and the Beat's “Lust to Love” haunts me. With it, Go-Go's guitarists Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin experienced what Kathy Valentine calls in this week’s Music feature their Lennon & McCartney moment..."
"...Before Margaret Moser’s piece on Spotify in last week’s Chronicle, I considered something similar. Margaret and I are about the same age, so it’s no surprise we’ve had similar experiences when it come to how we’ve gotten our music over the years...."
"...It's 104 degrees, and the ice cream truck is stalled. Kids run around the faded blue van, banging on the side and waiting for something cold, but the man under the hood is not amused..."
"...Bad connection, great English: Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski as patched through the L.A. office of label Metal Blade from his home in Poland..."
"...The rumors were out there, thanks to some loose lips at a cocktail party I attended last year, so when Paul Saucido, the VJ Host of Sonido Boombox sent the word last week that he was laid off from ME Television, I wasn't surprised -- sad, but not surprised...."
"...One day I was scrubbing melted cheese from bowls of French onion soup, unaware that the smell of mozzarella and dish soap would haunt me for the rest of my life. I thought, "What if I was the one that made the French onion soup? That would show everybody."..."
"...I was 21, a journalism major at UT, and I was traveling 5,000 miles to a country I knew nothing about. The magnitude of it all didn’t hit me until I left my parents at the airport..."
"...The last time Tyler, the Creator performed in Austin, during a day show at the Scoot Inn for South by Southwest 2014, he invited fans outside the fence to rush the gate and they obliged. Two days later, at the airport on his way out of town, the L.A..."
"...Our road trip/conversation with Wendy Colonna continues: A few weeks ago, as she and I each headed to separate gigs in Houston, we plugged in our blue teeth and commenced to chatting...."
"...Remember me? The heathen with no bed frame to speak of, let alone a bedside table?..."
"...I always have a few books going in different areas of the house: bed, bag, bathroom, etc. (incidentally, if you happen to be opening a bookstore, feel free to call it Bed, Bag and Bathroom, because that would be awesome)..."