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Ghost Town
A sweet, old-fashioned kind of picture content to burrow into the quiet spaces, where boring, ordinary adults live and fitfully try to love again. Oh, and occasionally talk to dead people.
"...has a neat twist on the plight of stymied ghosts.) Still, newly dead Frank Herlihy (Kinnear, perfectly cast as..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Work Stops on Ghost Town
Meadows Housing Project Shuts Down

June 21, 1996 News Feature by Robert Bryce

The Ghost of Developers Past
Rainey Street's struggle to retain its historic integrity has opened up some gems
"...unlike Austin today. Then, as now, it was a boomtown, and savvy developers swooped in to take advantage of..."

May 25, 2012 Food Feature by Rachel Feit

Eurythmics' Annie Lennox Encountered a Friendly Ghost at The Driskill Hotel
Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano wrote a song about it
"...But, you guys? Ghosts are scary! And for the wimpier among us who..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Food Post by Emily Beyda

Snapshot: Ghost Walk Austin
Suicide Brides and servant girl murders: Haunted tour guide Jim Miles explores the creepier side of Downtown Austin
"...than two years now. Despite his brief stint in town, his research is extremely thorough, culminating in his most..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Arts Column by David Brendan Hall

Ghost Stories Take Flight With The Night Owl
Exploring Austin's dark history with podcaster Stephen Belyeu and his team
"...that Stephen Belyeu is describing, but one of the ghosts reported to haunt Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms. "Several of the..."

Oct. 23, 2020 Features Feature by Naomi Brady

Our Town, Our Time
Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of The Laramie Project retells the story of Matthew Shepard's murder in a compelling, heartfelt way, but it also tells a town's story and gives us the opportunity to see our town in its reflection.
"...daughters, fathers and sons, the people who comprise a town. There is the funeral for one of them, taken..."

March 15, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Darkness on the Edge of Town
Darkness on the edge of Springsteen
"...Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, another long-form DVD doc included here, when the time..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Darkness in the Heart of Town
Will Sheff, one step forward, two steps back
"...go back for a fresh look at "the invisible town that doesn't exist," which is how he thought of..."

Sept. 6, 2013 Music Feature by Michael Corcoran

Restaurant Options to Pair With Smithville's Small-Town Charm
Things to do when you're out east of the big city
"...hour to get there, probably, depending on traffic: The town’s about 50 miles from Austin...."

May 15, 2019 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Maeve Higgins Makes SXSW Ghost Comedy More Than Extra Ordinary
Comedian and podcaster takes on the afterlife
"...Not all Ghostbusters wear proton packs and defend New York from intergalactic..."

March 10, 2019 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Tax Assessor-Collector: The Ghost of Nelda
Nelda Wells Spears may have retired, but she still has her hand in politics
"...all but disappeared from the political landscape until a ghostly image of her appeared on large campaign signs around..."

May 11, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

Ghost Mall? Retail Bagpipes Sound a Dirge for Highland Mall
Retail bagpipes sound a dirge for Highland Mall
"...situation is reminiscent of a Chris Rock joke: "Every town has the same two malls: the one white people..."

March 20, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Ghost Taxpayers
Despite what you may have heard from anti-immigration types about foreign freeloaders taking our jobs and our services without chipping into the national kitty, an increasing number of undocumented immigrants pay taxes.
"...the United States three years ago from a small town in Oaxaca state. He's a dishwasher, earning just shy..."

April 28, 2006 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Two Weeks in Another Town
The Toronto Film Festival was bifurcated by news of crisis; festival attendees reacted with the rest of the world and questioned the relevance of film in the face of events.
"...strong showing in Toronto. Guillermo del Toro's effective new ghost tale The Devil's Backbone, set in an orphanage during..."

Sept. 21, 2001 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Day Trips: Glenrio, Texas
West Texas ghost town was once a popular stop on Route 66
"...Glenrio's dot on the Texas map marks a ghost town. The skeletons of once-bustling hotels, gas stations, and..."

July 3, 2015 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Pontotoc
Former Old West ghost town becomes scenic wine destination
"...only parts of two rock walls remain standing. The town sprouted at what was the intersection of military roads..."

Feb. 26, 2016 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Bygone Buildings
Right in the booming heart of Austin, folks can still find evidence of times past. Devin Greaney explores some of Austin's abandoned haunts.
"...passed by but seldom visited, neglected but not destroyed. Ghost towns hidden in the boomtown...."

Jan. 26, 2001 Features Feature by Devin Greaney

Lost River
Ryan Gosling's controversial debut as a writer/director finally arrives
"...a place, as well as a metaphor for the town’s forgotten people and unfulfilled dreams. Declining incomes and potential..."

April 10, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Silent Hill
Eerie but ultimately unengaging film adaptation of Konami's smash series of video games has a pitch-perfect score and unnervingly nightmarish imagery.
"...Ferland, Deborah Kara Unger and Kim Coates. Imagine the town of Dante's Peak as envisioned by H.P. Lovecraft and..."

April 28, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

To Marfa, on a Tuesday in December
When high art and hipness move in, what happens to a tiny Texas town?
" the scene in that suddenly hip Big Bend town. So I figure, okay, this kid's been to Marfa...."

Dec. 23, 2005 Arts Feature by Dan Keane

Day Trips: Oakville Jailhouse and Guesthouses
The crossbars hotel rescues the ghost town of Oakville
"...Jailhouse and Guesthouses revive what was once the largest town in Live Oak County. The village was a popular..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Welcome to Hazleweird
Lee Hazlewood
"...John Mellencamp can breathe in a small town, but Lee Hazlewood couldn’t. “Town” dots Hazlewood’s iconoclastically subversive..."

Dec. 14, 2007 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Day Trips: Green’s Sausage House, Zabcikville
Roadside eatery provides all the small town essentials
"...wouldn't be faulted if you hadn't heard of the ghost town of Zabcikville. At best, the settlement 10 miles..."

Feb. 24, 2017 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Langtry, Texas
Judge Roy Bean and the Jersey Lilly live on in West Texas ghost town
"...on railroad property. The landmark was relocated in the town with an official population of 30 and has been..."

March 13, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Secret Culturalist Dave Thomas
Pere Ubu/Rocket From the Tombs frontman tag teams ATX
"...question. Since the early Eighties, I’ve lived in a ghost town. Cleveland itself became a ghost town at that..."

May 18, 2017 Music Post by Michael Toland

Letters at 3AM
People in the small towns of the West and Midwest are watching their communities, and their way of life, shrivel and die.
", less cultivation. Then you come upon an almost ghost town, one of hundreds across the West and Midwest...."

March 30, 2007 Column by Michael Ventura

Shudder for Charity at Scare for a Cure
Austin's biggest fundraising haunt returns with safety in mind
"...Located at the J. Lorraine Ghost Town in Manor, the experience is fully immersive, complete..."

Oct. 8, 2021 Arts Feature by Cody Song

Don Juan, My Love
"...Saints Day, October 31, 1990. After 450 years, the ghost of Don Juan arises from his grave. The legendary..."

Nov. 8, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Johnny Depp fails to unleash his inner Peter Sellers in this globetrotting spy comedy.
"...budgeted films, including the underrated Ricky Gervais romantic comedy Ghost Town, where he exhibited a far better handle on..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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