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Arts & Entertainment
Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Best Dinner EntertainmentDee McCandless at The Treehouse Italian Grill..."

Sixth Street Blues
Downtown stakeholders raise questions about policing ... the police
News Story  March 18, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...March 2004 was not a flattering month for the Austin Police Department, nor for Austin's image as a mecca for arts and entertainment, the self-proclaimed "Live Music Capital of the World." During a two-week period, police made two high-profile and controversial busts. About 2:30am on March 18 (first night of the annual SXSW Music Festival), officers arrested three members of the Grammy Award-winning L.A..."

Animation Revelation
Charging toward a movie, TV, or computer screen near you: HorseBack Salad Entertainment
Screens Story  November 21, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...This is the story of HorseBack Salad Entertainment, the (very) little animation house that could, did, and wants to, really, really bad. And to a smaller degree, it's about something that could only happen in Austin, right now, right here, slightly left of center, where unlikely option Q bests likelier options A and B every time, blindfolded, with its one diminutive arm tied behind its back...."

Sixth Street Showdown
Downtown is growing, and with that growth come rising tensions between police, partiers, and activists
News Story  February 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The officers assigned to APD's Downtown Area Command – DTAC, the patrol sector that runs from Lamar Boulevard east to Chicon Street, 12th Street south to Lady Bird Lake – have an unenviable job, comparable in many ways to patrolling New Orleans' French Quarter. They're responsible for keeping order among thousands and thousands of drunk Austinites and out-of-towners, in a rapidly expanding entertainment district that happens to contain the city's nexus of homeless resources...."

The Sandlot
The movie is a grown man's memory of his first, awkward summer in a new neighborhood in 1962 and the importance of baseball as a bonding activity.
Film Review  April 9, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor Dimattia, Art La Fleur, Denis Leary, Karen Allen and James Earl Jones. The Sandlot is a movie with a comfortable working knowledge of the term “family entertainment.” Told as the recollection of a long ago summer by a now-adult narrator, The Sandlot combines elements of nostalgia, kids' adventure, roots reflection a la American Graffiti, and that unique American sub-genre known as baseball movies..."

Tuck Everlasting
Winnie Foster (Bledel) longs for life beyond her garden gate. The year is 1914, and the teenager wants to escape the clutches of her protective parents, who are pressuring her...
Film Review  October 11, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Many members of its target audience will come to the theatres already steeped in knowledge of the 1975 novel. It's rare to have such a stellar cast inhabiting a kiddie movie, but the combined talent helps raise Tuck Everlasting to the realm of quality children's entertainment..."

Never known for taking the easy way out, British documentary filmmaker Broomfield (Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer) sets his sights on the Manhattan S&M parlor known as...
Film Review  February 13, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...“But I don't like pain!” he cries, backing away again and again, until, finally, they literally chase him up a wall, where he brandishes his boom microphone like a cornered ape. Now, that's entertainment...."

High Profits: Cannabis as Pot of Gold
High Profits, by Austin’s Bat Bridge Entertainment, debuts
DAILY Screens  April 19, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...On the eve of 4/20, CNN airs a marijuana double-hitter: the premiere High Profits (produced by Austin-based Bat Bridge Entertainment), and Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s ongoing investigation into the safety of marijuana..."

All Access
Austin's B-Side Entertainment rethinks how to get a movie to the masses
Screens Story  February 20, 2009, by Mike Kanin
"...For the record, Chris Hyams' Sundance was not as gloomy as the one portrayed in the pages of The New York Times. On the Friday the festival opened, Hyams' Austin-based B-Side Entertainment – which was already busy providing a select group of filmmakers with some pretty savvy public-relations help and the cinema-nerd world at large with a free, easy-to-use Web-based interface for film festivals – announced that it would receive $4.25 million to help fund a full-on play for a slice of the feature-film distribution world..."

Event Menu
Your local foodie events for Jan. 24-26
Food Column  January 23, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Boomerang's Gourmet Veggie & Meat Pies (3110 Guadalupe, 380-0032, opened for business on Australia Day three years ago, so the owners celebrate their anniversary with a big Australia Day party every year. Drop by the store for food and drink specials ($3 Aussie beers, $3 Independence Brewery beers, kids eat free with an adult), the Fastest to Eat a Pie Contest (4pm), a live auction benefiting Meals on Wheels and More ending at 6pm, and live musical entertainment from DJ Gmau all afternoon..."

Resetting Middle-Earth
As The Lord of the Rings journey ends onscreen, Austin game developer Inevitable Entertainment rewinds to The Hobbit.
Screens Story  December 19, 2003, by Courtney Fitzgerald
"...Chuck Lupher and Bey Bickerton of Austin video game developer Inevitable Entertainment could give Jackson a run for his money as the hardest working men in the Tolkien business. With their release of The Hobbit this fall, Inevitable rewinds the Tolkien revival right to the very beginning..."

Express Success
Sometimes a Round Rock Express game resembles a combination county fair and amusement park : with the baseball game as background more than a sporting event.
Sports Story  September 1, 2000, by Mike Butts
"...All ingredients pointed to good attendance at the Diamond for the Express' first season. The area's economy is booming, the community is hungry for the unique entertainment minor-league baseball offers, the new $25 million Dell Diamond ranks as one of the best minor-league parks in the country, and team president Reid Ryan assembled a savvy and experienced front-office staff...."

Exclusive Interview: Spin Modern Thai
What's really behind Spin's failure, and what's next for its chefs?
DAILY Food  July 29, 2013, by Kenny Pailes

Bug Up and Educate Yourself on Entomophagy
Saving the planet, one bug at a time
DAILY Food  May 29, 2013, by Jessi Cape

Something for Everybody
The lineup for the 2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest
DAILY Music  August 4, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...Transmission Entertainment is going for broke with the 2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest, with headliners Devo, Bad Religion, MGMT, Slick Rick, and Mastodon. The fifth annual fall frenzy is expanding to include a Friday night kick-off in Waterloo Park, anchored by Weird Al Yankovic..."

The Latin Beat
Guanabee's Cindy Casares covers the news from a unique angle
Screens Story  July 16, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
" is promoted as a "daily intelligence for Latinos," covering the gamut from lifestyle and entertainment, gossip, and news, all delivered with a dash of snark and a U.S. Latino slant that is not drenched in sentimentality or awash in stereotypes..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 23, 2004
"...Without strong financial incentives, these property owners might not find their historic overlay zoning so satisfying and may want the designation (and the buildings) removed. These downtown historic areas are also a major economic engine downtown – creating unique entertainment venues and attracting small locally owned businesses and retail establishments..."

Critic's Picks
Arts & Entertainment
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...Oh, that ain't the half of it. Armed with their own special talents, John Erler (the tall one), Owen Egerton (the short one), and Jerm Pollet (the dark one) offer an evening's entertainment that ranges from the political to the scatological, from the sublime to the ridiculous..."

Readers' Picks
Arts & Entertainment
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...Best Local Arts & Entertainment Web SiteAustin360..."

The Dish: Relish the Comfort of Hibachi Scallops at Sushi Japon
Newly remodeled Japanese steakhouse delivers entertainment and big flavor
Food Column  October 18, 2018, by Jessi Cape

Playback: Fun Fun Fun Fest's New Look
New location and grass, same Fun Fun Fun
Music Column  November 6, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Ultimate Smooth Pass purchasers are in for some unique entertainment in the USP area. Punk rock songcatcher Ted Leo serenades the festival's luxurious chill zone with an acoustic set on Saturday, while hulking Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph gives one of his famous juicing and smoothie demonstrations Friday..."

Better Than the Rest
Checking in with Transmission marketing guru Bianca Flores
DAILY Music  October 5, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...Much of the time, she’s running the show. Marketing coordinator at Transmission Entertainment, Flores currently busies herself prepping Fun Fun Fun Fest, Nov..."

TDH: 8/23/11
Sanders settlement dominates Thursday's City Council agenda
DAILY News  August 23, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...Items 68, 73: Kick-starting items from council, these two items encompass the music and entertainment resolutions from Lee Leffingwell, Mike Martinez and Chris Riley we noted yesterday...."

Lovely Laughing Ladies
Ladies Are Funny Fest opens Thursday in the ATX
DAILY Qmmunity  May 5, 2011, by Julie Gillis

London in Austin
WWE wrestlers Paul London and Melina talk life on the road, and how bigger isn't always better
DAILY Sports  February 2, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Friday night wasn't the warmest night of the year, but that didn't stop more than 2,500 people from standing outside the Fiesta on S. I-35 to get a signed photo of World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers Paul London, Super Crazy, and Melina..."

Former City Historic Preservation Officer Comments
Postmarks  April 19, 2004
"...Without strong financial incentives, these property owners might not find their historic overlay zoning so satisfying and may want the designation (and the buildings) removed. These downtown historic areas are also a major economic engine downtown – creating unique entertainment venues and attracting small locally owned businesses and retail establishments..."

Capitol Chronicle
The deficit explodes and the Lege convenes
News Column  January 17, 2003, by Michael King

The Game Is All
We catch up with some major players in Austin's gaming universe
Screens Story  October 27, 2006, by N. Evan Van Zelfden
"...This year marks their 10th anniversary. Heck remarks that the progression of office space is so typical of entertainment companies their age..."

Summer Wars
Charming anime about families, social media, and summer love
Film Review  January 7, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...More unfortunate still, Kenji cracks a numeric code sent to his cell phone by forces unknown and thereby unleashes an artificial intelligence (code-named Love Machine) into the virtual OZ, which then causes a domino effect in which chaos spills out into the "real" world. I know, it sounds vaguely like every other anime you've never quite gotten around to watching, but trust me, Summer Wars is a magnificently manufactured piece of film entertainment that goes beyond the obvious and manages to comment, often obliquely, on everything from Facebook to virtual war and/or terrorism without ever seeming heavy-handed or strident..."

SXSW Announces Gaming Award Nominees and Hosts
WWE star Xavier Woods to co-host ceremony in March
DAILY Screens  January 25, 2017, by James Renovitch
"...The gaming contingent of SXSW has had an awkward relationship to the entertainment-industry behemoth at large. They’ve changed things up this year by charging to attend the conference and festival: $20 for one day and $39 for a three-day pass..."

Joined in Progress
Three local channels get Austin back with the program – but is anybody watching?
Screens Story  June 23, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Instead of seeking to be the best in the cable or national broadcast universe, they are working to be the best in town, in the state, and in the region. The three channels are the recently reorganized Public Access Community Television, Music and Entertainment Television, and the low-powered LatinAmerica Broadcasting..."

Media Watch: Animal Stories and Snacking Trends
If you think TV news is quite dumb enough – you have no idea
News Story  September 25, 2009, by Kevin Brass
"...Instead, two months later, the station debuted the brand-friendly We Are Austin Live, with Jason Wheeler and perky Valles at the helm. And instead of "great storytelling," the show is light-years removed from any concept of news – or entertainment, for that matter – apparently targeting Austin women who feel regular daytime TV is too intellectual and sophisticated...."

Your 15 Minutes Are Up, Mr. Gates
Top Nine Cyber Stories
Screens Story  January 7, 1999, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...This tiny device is causing huge headaches in weasel land. MP3 has been around for years, but has just appeared on the radar of the mega-corporate entertainment industry..."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...And don't be such a Neanderthal about it, either, the flick is just as good, maybe better. Starting early (8pm), the night's entertainment begins with the real enchilada from Mexicali, Mexico, Limbo Zamba, before two major stateside producers of rocanroll, the Marin-based Aztlan Records, and the Noo York street toughs at Grita! take over..."

What's on the Gaming Boards
Gearing up for 1998 Titles
Screens Story  March 6, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...Titanic Entertainment's NetStorm: Islands at War blew onto the scene in November and will be Titanic's only new title for 1998. In a cloud world called Nimbus (visually based on Seventies album art from the band Yes) players will command the high priest of a tribe with the magical powers of either wind, rain, or thunder..."

Rockin' Solutions: A Four-Piece Combo
Highlights of solutions emerging from the four Live Music Task Force subcommittees
News Story  July 18, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...Musicians desperately need savvy, professional career management; the city could headhunt to build this industry sector in Austin. Better mass transit citywide would help musicians with the cost of gas; in the same vein, efficient late-night transit service to entertainment districts could encourage more clubgoers. Music Venues: Keep it affordable..."

Who Owns Sixth Street
Is Austin's Sixth Street Entertainment District undergoing an identity crisis? -- and who are the designated shrinks?
News Story  May 4, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...There is no 'master plan' for Sixth Street," he said. "Not that there's one for downtown either, but at least Mayor Watson has put a good vision out there." Many club owners and employees echo one of Sixth's biggest complaints: The city continuously touts Sixth Street as its entertainment district, and proudly proclaims the city as the "Live Music Capital of the World" in all the tourist brochures, yet fails to lend any real support to the district...."

Playback: Music Policy Draft Fails Venues
A complete detachment from the original vision of the Omnibus
Music Column  May 18, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Eleven months after the unveiling of Mayor Adler's much ballyhooed Omnibus Resolution, my expectations for the City of Austin to create venue-friendly policy have eroded from "This is a unique opportunity for positive change" to "Please just don't make it worse." The Economic Development Department's recently unveiled presentation on Agent of Change policy and the creation of an Entertainment License for clubs are equally disappointing and dangerous, demonstrating a complete detachment from the original vision of the Omnibus' regulatory recommendations: preserving and stabilizing live music venues...."

Girl, Upgraded
According to the 1999 Interactive Digital Software Report (IDSA), the majority of people playing computer games are older than 18, and 38% percent of the people most frequently playing computer games are women. Boy, have things change
Screens Story  December 17, 1999, by Sarah Hepola
"...Uninterested in competing with Mattel, Laura Groppe is directing her attention to an older crowd, aggressively positioning her company as not just a game company but an entertainment company -- "the entertainment company for teenage girls." Groppe sees Girl Games moving into a variety of entertainment mediums, which includes a continuing online presence with their Web site,, as well as the possibility of bringing their adrenaline sports brand, Indygirl, to console games, Webcasts, and television...."

The Game Report
What's on the Boards With Austin's Game Companies
Screens Story  May 30, 1997, by Marcel Meyer
"...Sales fill with the winds of innovation and ground-breaking design, the highly effective rudders which help navigate newly christened ships through Microsoft's ominous advertising breakers. Witness the still conquering id empire of Doom fame, Cyan's Myst, Blizzard's smash Diablo, and Pulse Entertainment's Iron Helix and Bad Mojo..."

Measure of a Man
Even Donald Sutherland reciting fortune cookie wisdom doesn't save this YA snore.
Film Review  May 11, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...Cooper acquits himself as the main character, but between the pratfall/character-building montages and the endless platitudes imparted by the wise, old mentor, Measure of a Man does him few favors, and the film becomes a tedious haul through to the redemptive third act. Your mileage may vary on these things, and I understand the market for producing entertainment that the whole family can not be offended by, but if you enjoy parsing out life advice such as, “The measure of a man is his ability to navigate to a proper shore during the worst of the storm,” perhaps you will glean some enjoyment from these proceedings..."

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
DAILY SXSW  February 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hold the World (United Kingdom) D: Dan Smith Hold the World (“HTW”) is a world-first interactive VR entertainment experience hosted by Sir David Attenborough at the London’s Natural History Museum. (North American Premiere)..."

Top 10 Festival Films of 2017 You Haven't Seen Yet
From zombie musicals to political scandals, a bumper year
DAILY Screens  January 1, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...However, Jason Clarke's mesmerizing and complex depiction of Ted Kennedy during the scandal that ended the life of Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), and redrafted the political landscape, is a bulldozer. It was supposed to be out already, but Entertainment Studios pulled it at the last minute to give its period Western Hostiles the big award season push..."

Orbiting Game Culture
Brandon Boyer launches Venus Patrol
Screens Story  September 21, 2012, by James Renovitch
"...He's the Malcolm McLaren to an artistic medium currently in a state of flux similar to that of rock music in the late Seventies. That's no stretch of the imagination: Today's independent video game developers are the punk rockers subverting the increasingly staid world of interactive entertainment starring anvil-jawed marines and keg-breasted damsels...."

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
"...Not surprisingly, according to APD and Downtown Austin Community Court statistics, there are thousands of PI arrests in Austin every year, with the largest percentage in the Downtown Entertainment District. Police say that enforcing the PI statute is important to help keep Downtown revelers safe– from themselves and from others – and that officers on the beat take seriously their commitment to enforce the statute without prejudice..."

I Am Number Four
This filmed adaptation of the first book in the proposed Lorien Legacies series follows the tribulations of an alien refugee on Earth.
Film Review  February 18, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...But I Am Number Four, I'm afraid, has a quick expiration date: There's nothing here to hang on to, so doggedly banal is it in its characterization of an alien refugee on Earth – Number Four (Pettyfer) – and his efforts to first hide from his native planet's pillagers – the fish-gilled, tooth-rotty Mogadorians – and then openly wage war against them. Olyphant, as Number Four's alien-samurai minder, is reliably smirky (he’s made a career out of being the only bright spot in subpar entertainment), but his screen time is limited..."

Alamo World Domination Plan Continues Unabated
The Drafthouse announces a new distribution banner
DAILY Screens  September 9, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...About Alamo Drafthouse The Alamo Drafthouse is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named "the best theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.  Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety..."

Can This District Be Saved?
The revival of the Warehouse District is rooted in Austin's history – and its popularity is also its peril
News Story  September 11, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...Downtown has few remaining areas that preserve its history and the character of past eras, ROMA has pointed out. According to their report, "The area has evolved into a unique restaurant and entertainment district and contributes to the vitality and destination appeal of the downtown..."

Soul-ar System
The indie rock race issue comes to town.
DAILY Music  January 24, 2008, by Doug Freeman

TV Eye
Showtime for This American Life
Screens Column  March 16, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...Other panelists included representatives from, Revision3, Ziff Davis Media, and CNET Entertainment. Though no one offered any predictions on what watching TV would mean in the future, all were sure that experience would include watching online content and would move beyond the two-minute video and not replicate the traditional TV show...."

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