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Bullet the Blue Sky

Along with 12 other U.S. universities, the University of Texas at Austin was warned last Wednesday by the Recording Industry Association of America of possible illegal file-sharing by 33 of its network users. "UT considers possible copyright infringement by users of its service to be a serious matter," the Office of the Dean of Students said in a prepared statement. "Its Acceptable Use Policy for computer and information technology reminds users that participation in copyright infringement is a violation of university policy and federal law." UT forwarded the RIAA warning to each of the alleged violators.

The producers of Cry-Baby, the new Broadway musical based on the 1990 John Waters film starring Johnny Depp, have an open audition for the lead 3-7pm March 17 at the City Theatre, 3823 Airport. If you know a "super-sexy, charismatic rocker and gang leader who has a hard edge, but everyone loves him," this could be his big break.

Sunny Sweeney, whose Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame was re-released Tuesday on Nashville's Big Machine Records, became the latest Austin artist to play the Grand Ole Opry last Friday. "It rocked!" she says. "I even got [bassist Chris] Grady in a suit." Sweeney plays a pair of release shows Friday, 5pm at Waterloo Records and 10pm at Midnight Rodeo.

Beerland owners Randall and Donya Stockton's new coffeehouse/lounge, Rio Rita, opened Monday morning at 1308 E. Sixth. It's Wi-Fi-ready with soups, sandwiches, and beers (wine soon) and no annoying live music to drown out conversation. Folks already say it's a nice place to "knock a few back without the annoying babble of your average bar scene."

Sammy Allred, KVET-FM morning DJ and founder of Broken Spoke fixtures the Geezinslaws, was suspended by station management for calling Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama a "clean darky" last Thursday morning. "I always regret a misunderstanding," Allred told the Austin American-Statesman Saturday. See more in News.

The Misprint magazine crew will have copies of new SXSWhatever issue Friday at the Side Bar. Articles include "Mom by Momwest," "Misprint vs. Papa Roach," "How to Pass a Drug Test," and an interview with Voxtrot frontman Ramesh Srivastava. "That dude's an all right guy," opines Misprint's Bryan Keplesky.

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