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The Skeleton Key
A top-notch cast is mostly wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker.
"...who takes a live-in job in a haunted old plantation home in the Louisiana bayou. She's hired by the..."

Aug. 12, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dvorák's New World Inquiry
How a Czech composer helped America find its authentic voice
"...Indian himself – and the continuing popularity of Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha demonstrated white America's mixed feelings about that...."

Nov. 12, 2004 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

A Poem Is a Naked Person
Les Blank’s doc on Leon Russell began shooting in 1972 and is finally released
"...the problem of clearing music rights for the numerous songs in the film. Blank’s son Harrod has spent a..."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Triumph Coffee House
"...them without water, before Thai fishermen helped them to Song Khla Beach, Thailand. Eventually, Bui's sister sponsored her move..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Food Feature

"...Southern wastrel with a gift for country music and songwriting are all but doomed. "We hired a piano player,"..."

Aug. 13, 1999 Music Feature

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...Austin schools to depose the school mascot and fight song -- "Ol' Reb" and "Dixie," respectively. A petition drafted..."

Dec. 4, 1998 News Feature

100 Local SXSW Music Acts
A-Z list of 100 Austin acts showcasing at the Fest
"...Wed. 15, Hotel Vegas at Volstead, 12:15am Led by singer/songwriter Lindsey Mackin, psych rock quartet Annabelle Chairlegs navigates terrain..."

March 17, 2017 Music Feature by The Music Staff

I Before E
A career retrospective on one of the lost cosmic cowboys, Rusty Wier
"...evening's entertainment at her suitors before introducing the previous song as "Eliza Jane" from his new album I Stood..."

May 31, 2002 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

There's a Light Beyond These Woods
An unrestrained celebration of Nanci Griffith
"...lost love translated as an empty house or a song on the jukebox played over and over...."

Feb. 25, 2005 Music Feature by Louis Black

Dancing About Architecture
Hole is on hold, as is Abra Moore's new album, though American Analog Set may be dead and the Mercury's Hip Hop Humpday is definitely. Meanwhile, John Kunz fights back, and Don Imus raises the Flatlanders flag. Whew!
"...make a Flatlanders tune one of its most played songs. KZLA typically plays New Country stalwarts like Faith Hill,..."

July 26, 2002 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Page Two
Our cover story delves into the complex legacy of Townes Van Zandt, an artist who cared more about music than business, who literally lived his whole life for the sake of the song.
"...Seventies, I was hanging out in an old cotton plantation mansion in McCall, S.C. The building, over 100 years..."

June 14, 2002 Column by Louis Black

The Yellow Rose of Texas: The Elusive Truth
"...was a 20-year-old indentured servant on landowner James Morgan's plantation near present-day Baytown. Legend has Gen. Santa Anna taking..."

Nov. 28, 2003 Music Feature by Christopher Gray

All About Guitars
"...Reese Beeman, singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, and original Seven Percenter, has birds outside..."

April 16, 1999 Music Feature by Kim Mellen

Live Shots
"...guitar." It was just past 9pm when the showcased songsmiths took the stage, and they proceeded to make a..."

April 24, 1998 Music Feature

Gay Place
From Outerspaces to Deep Inside, this is the week that is... gay
"...CAMP Four-day sans threads plus maypole. May 9-12. Recreation Plantation, 3550 Pursley Rd., Dripping Springs, 512/659-6740. $180.,"

May 3, 2013 Column by Kate X Messer

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Killing Floor
Another blues singer's called back home: honorary Austinite Hubert Sumlin
"..."I was born on the plantation where my grandmother was a slave."..."

Dec. 9, 2011 Music Column by Margaret Moser

A Land Shaded in Melancholy Hues
The Austin Museum of Art exhibition "Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South, 1862-1999" connects the blues aurally and visually, and reveals how the South, like the blues, is full of contradictions: dark and woeful yet beauteous and jubilant.
"...image seems of a piece with Etta James' mournful song, the one informing the other, kindred in spirit if..."

March 8, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Born on Highway 61
Famed superharpist James Cotton settles into Austin.
"...a thousand nights James Cotton has led off a song onstage...."

Feb. 2, 2001 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

The Wind in the Reeds
Treme actor Wendell Pierce finds Godot and gratitude in post-Katrina New Orleans
"...with his great-grandfather as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Assumption Parish and swimming forward through time, generation..."

Nov. 27, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Gay Place
This week it's all about the Tops and the Bottoms, loves. How do you like your 2013?
"...were shocked at Michelle Shocked? Really? She had a song called, "Don't Ask" and another called "Don't Tell." C'mon...."

Jan. 3, 2014 Column by Kate X Messer

'Ghosts of Ole Miss' Comes Off as Obtuse
Attempt at explaining a civil rights story is a mess
"...cinematic gold formula (Remember the Titans, Glory Road, Brian’s Song, The Express, etc.) that it seems like there’s nothing..."

Oct. 30, 2012 Sports Post by Will Eidam

Invocation of the Duke
daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra's chamber music
"...I was really inspired by that. Then Meshell Ndegeocello's Plantation Lullabies came out in 1993. And then Groove Collective..."

May 27, 2009 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

A Revolution of Spirit
Ritual jazz theatre pioneer Sharon Bridgforth premieres a new work, her last in Austin
" retrospect, from being queer. I was reading the Song of Solomon from the Bible – the Psalms. They..."

Jan. 9, 2009 Arts Feature by Abe Louise Young

Talking jazz with piano great McCoy Tyner
"...think about a month ahead, unless you're writing a song or something like that. Playing this kind of music..."

Jan. 11, 2002 Music Feature by David Lynch

Day Trips
Old Settler's Park in Round Rock is one of the best city parks in Texas.
"...the association bought 111 acres of the old Palm Plantation east of town. The historical organization kept about 30..."

Oct. 15, 1999 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Naked City
"...year, along with a wall-sized painting of a Southern plantation in the cafeteria. But the students at Travis, who..."

Jan. 29, 1999 News Feature

Wrapped and Ready
"...If this holiday season were a song it might be sung to the following refrain: "Have..."

Nov. 27, 1998 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dancing About Architecture
The Warden of the Asylum
"...although Warden plans to record a pair of new songs in Nashville for the disc, the album has been..."

May 8, 1998 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Summer Solace
More From the May Bookshelf
"...Thunderbirds performing "Diddy-Wah-Diddy," and it felt as if the song were meant just for that moment in time. "...Ain't..."

May 23, 1997 Books Feature

Dancing about Architecture
By the Short and Curlys
"...specific rumors that Halloween weekend will be the swan song for the Sixth Street club. The S.A. venue is..."

Oct. 18, 1996 Music Column by Ken Lieck

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