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Will Ferrell's Elf is a new way to spell fun.
"...Daniel Tay, Faizon Love, Amy Sedaris and Peter Dinklage. Elf is a movie that’s so profoundly ridiculous that it..."

Nov. 7, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Holiday Viewing: Elf
One for the whole family
" my mind, is the 2003 Jon Favreau film Elf starring America's favorite lovable goofball, Will Ferrell...."

Dec. 5, 2017 Screens Post by Mark Fagan

New Elf in Town
Flaming Idiot Rob Williams trades his torches for the pointy little slippers of David Sedaris' department-store elf in 'The Santaland Diaries'
"...You know, as career moves go, turning elf isn't quite the embarrassment you might think. Certainly didn't..."

Nov. 26, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bad Santa 2
A tired sequel that's more offensive than transgressive
"...casing them for weeks while playing Santa and his elf for scores of kiddies. In addition to thieving, Willie’s..."

Nov. 23, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Alas, Poor Santa!
It takes several troopers to bust one Santa Claus
" in return -- along with his helper, "Corey Elf" – was an arrest for "criminal mischief" and "evading..."

Dec. 27, 2012 News Post by Michael King

Fred Claus
Awash with amazingly talented actors – Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, to name a few – Fred Claus is sadly just an early lump of coal under the tree.
"...Trading in jolly for neurotic, Giamatti’s Santa possesses a self-deprecating everyman demeanor that makes him a brilliant actor. Meanwhile,..."

Nov. 9, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Blades of Glory
This ice-skating comedy demonstrates that just because Will Ferrell is game for anything that might draw a laugh, it doesn't mean he should follow through with every idea that comes his way.
"...too often: Ooh, let's dress up Ferrell like an elf – or an anchorman or a NASCAR driver –..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

With his follow-up to Elf, actor-turned-director Jon Favreau sticks with family-friendly filmmaking, this time delivering a bang-up version of Chris Van Allsburg’s bestselling children’s book Zathura.
"...John Alexander and Derek Mears. With his follow-up to Elf, actor-turned-director Jon Favreau sticks with family-friendly filmmaking, this time..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Nomi Song
A documentary ode to the legendary outsider's outsider, Klaus Nomi – a singer, performance artist, and genuine human anomaly.
"...pop music history. Looking like a wild-eyed, New Wave elf with a penchant for angular, outsized vinyl tuxedos, Nomi..."

Feb. 25, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

What It Is to Be Human
Actor Martin Burke, now in the midst of his fifth sell-out run as David Sedaris' Little Elf in The Santaland Diaries, talks about that show's success and his career as an actor.
"...midst of his fifth sell-out run as Sedaris' Little Elf, we talked about that show's success and his acting..."

Dec. 27, 2002 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Gray's Anatomy
"...far. As with all things Gray, the monologist's sardonic, self-deprecating wit is in full throttle as he recounts his..."

July 18, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

I'd Like to Thank My Widgets
11th annual SXSW web award winners named by Eugene Mirman
"...Ninja will pick it up for you; that winner Elf Yourself was designed as a front for ninjas; and..."

March 10, 2008 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Artful Presents
Local gift suggestions from the Art Elf Prize Patrol
"...the matter in the Polar HQ conference rooms, the elfin management team has determined that one reason folks here..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dear Santa
Behind the scenes of Operation Santa
"...up to not simply process letters, but become an elf, "adopting" letter writers and fulfilling their dream by buying..."

Dec. 4, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Zach Theatre's The Santaland Diaries
A new creative team energizes a Zach Theatre holiday tradition
"...production of The Santaland Diaries, officially hung up his elf cap in 2016 (this time, he swore, for good),..."

Dec. 21, 2018 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Bite-Sized News: Christmas Edition
Announcing the new elftastic Buddy’s Park n’ Pizza
"...’Tis the season for treating yo’self, and Austin businesses are here to lend you a..."

Dec. 14, 2018 Food Post by Emily Beyda

Anything Can Happen: Jon Favreau and Dax Shepard on Zathura
How this Jumanji requel took to the stars
"...ought to be banner-headlined daily atop Variety's masthead: "Swingin' Elf to Helm Jumanji Requel – Says 'Guy Named Dax..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

The Santaland Diaries
Making his debut in 'The Santaland Diaries,' Rob Williams creates an elf who's not so naughty yet who keeps the show nice
"...the time David Sedaris got a job as an elf at Macy's and witnessed firsthand all the cruelty, insensitivity,..."

Dec. 10, 2004 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Entertain the Family With These Thanksgiving Weekend Events Around Austin
From holiday lights to puppy yoga, there’s something for everybody
"...• Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz hosts an Elf Movie Party on Nov. 30 at 12:15pm. Moviegoers will..."

Nov. 26, 2019 Events Post by Addie Costello

First Concert: Steve Wertheimer
Continental Club and C-Boy’s Heart & Soul owner revisits Dazed & Confused
"...Who: Deep Purple, J. Geils Band, Elf..."

Sept. 21, 2018 Music Feature

Live Music to See This Weekend
For the next three days, live a little.
"...falsetto on April’s Contact. – Alejandra Ramirez Tobin Sprout, Elf Power..."

Aug. 4, 2017 Music Post by Rachel Rascoe

Summer Stock Austin's A Shoe Story
Allen Robertson and Damon Brown's new musical reinvents "The Elves and the Shoemaker" as a timely tale of refugees but in a clever, playful way
"...the effort to help. The script uses the tale's elf-human division to take on matters related to immigration and..."

Aug. 4, 2017 Arts Review by Robert Faires

The Santaland Diaries
" account of his time as a Macy's Santaland elf in New York City...."

Dec. 26, 2008 Arts Review by Hannah Kenah

'The Santaland Diaries': Zach's New Home for the Holidays
When it has three popular shows and only two theatres to run them in, what does Zach do? Turn the old bicycle shop next door into Santaland.
"...of David Sedaris' account of working as a Christmas elf at Macy's. This year, however, you've mounted a revival..."

Nov. 25, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries, which recounts writer David Sedaris' experience as a Macy's elf, is funny, irreverent, and sneakily heartwarming, and with Martin Burke in the driver's seat as Krumpet the elf, the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production is a nonstop, exhilarating ride.
"...Sedaris' recounting of his real-life experience as a Macy's elf, adapted for the stage. It's a well-told tale that's..."

Dec. 27, 2002 Arts Review by Molly Beth Brenner


Dec. 11, 1998 Arts Review

Review: The Santaland Diaries
J. Robert Moore's take on Crumpet sends the Macy's elf to camp
"...for lord-knows-how-long. Since Burke has apparently hung up his elf hat (permanently?), the show has been entrusted to the..."

Dec. 6, 2019 Arts Post by Paul Beutel

Austin's Hottest Winter Date Ideas
Seasonally appropriate suggestions for your next night out
"...Sedaris’ book, the play revolves around Crumpet, a Christmas elf working at Macy’s. His experiences with the holiday retail..."

Dec. 3, 2018 Events Post by Shalavé Cawley

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Beautiful and heartfelt fantasy anime tackles death and family
"...All that is left are the Iorphs - an elf-life people who stop aging as teenagers, and are functionally..."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Measure of a Man
Even Donald Sutherland reciting fortune cookie wisdom doesn't save this YA snore.
"...knowledge Kahn imparts on the impressionable teenager. Cooper acquits himself as the main character, but between the pratfall/character-building montages..."

May 11, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

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