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30 Columns: Life and Arts
May 6, 2011
Everything we need to say can be summed up in 30 words. Our time here ranges from six months to five years, with work ranging from music reviews to feature writing. Although our experiences could amount to a novel of inch counts, we believe what needs to be said can be done in less. Every word matters.
Dressing the part
May 6, 2011
The lone, voluptuous figure of Bianca Fairchild saunters onto the dance floor wearing a tight, red, knee-length dress.
The Naked and Famous hit Austin on tour
April 21, 2011
After performing in Austin for South By Southwest, New Zealand synth-pop band The Naked and Famous return to Austin on their first U.S. tour. If their live performance evokes anything like their video for “Young Blood,” you’ll leave pining for those carefree, summer adventures — and maybe lament the bittersweet days of teenage angst.
Singers infatuation with pop culture inspires work
April 11, 2011
Butcher keeps meat local, seasonal
April 1, 2011
The aroma of fresh herbs and meats cooking on the stove was inescapable Wednesday afternoon thanks to the employees of Dai Due butcher shop using the shared kitchen space of Spirited Food Co. Wednesday is hog day, and they had 272 pounds of meat to make into breakfast sausages, salted pork and smothered pork chops in spring onion gravy for the farmer’s market on Saturday.
Students screenplay gains recognition
March 22, 2011
Andrew Lanham hopes to catch a glimpse of the famous Marfa lights on his first trip to the West Texas city this weekend, although they won’t be the main reason for his trip. A second-year graduate student in the radio-television-film program, Lanham will be there to see his award-winning screenplay “The Jumper of Maine” performed as a stage adaptation at Crowley Theater.
Walking in a knitted wonderland
March 7, 2011
The trees outside the Blanton Museum of Art got yarn bombed during the weekend.
The Life Enlightened
March 4, 2011
The 76-year-old head monk Venerable Bancha Temprom sits cross-legged on a golden-colored mat, eyes closed as he chants mantras. About 20 people in prayer, mostly Thai and mostly women, sit before him repeating the mantras. A couple new to the scene watches curiously, but it isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last intrigued couple to come wandering into the prayer room.
Stars returns to Austin touting ethereal album
November 18, 2010
The Stars last came to Austin more than two years ago at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Since then the band has recorded a fifth album, The Five Ghosts, which was released over the summer.
Festival unites music fans of all tastes, age groups
November 8, 2010
There were UT and high school students, concert veterans and children throwing rock horns from parents’ shoulders, head-banging metal heads and swaying dream-pop dancers. A wide assortment of people from the Austin community filled Waterloo Park for Fun Fun Fun Fest over the weekend.
Violence, dance collide in moshing
November 8, 2010
There’s nothing quite like getting beat up at Fun Fun Fun Fest while the lead singer of GWAR shoots red dyed water at you. Or getting trapped under a fallen crowd surfer only to push the body off your head so you can continue jumping and screaming along to Bad Religion.
Stylist gives costume makeup tips
October 29, 2010
A bleeding bullet wound in the forehead. A swollen, busted lip. An ugly gash across the neck.
Haunt spooks both young, old
October 28, 2010
There was a buzz of excitement surrounding the sixth-grade class of KIPP Austin College Prep as they waited in line outside an animatronic pumpkin-headed tree monster Tuesday evening. Their chatter was soon broken up, though, when a man wearing the mask of some deformed creature suddenly starts sniffing through their line, wildly swinging a club around. Anyone, young or old, is fair game at House of Torment.
Running tips keep enthusiasts safe, fun
September 8, 2010
When people pick up running at some point in their lives, it’s usually for health or recreational purposes.
Longboarders search for a rush
September 3, 2010
Coasting downhill on a longboard at 44 mph on the outskirts of Austin, Nate Douglas reached the fastest speed he had ever skated this summer.
Travelers couch surf, connect with strangers
August 27, 2010
Several dozen people have slept on Chad Greene’s beat-up, green futon before — from foreign travelers to apartment hunters and prospective UT students.
Iranian celebration Nowruz welcomes new year to Austin
March 22, 2010
The lilting sounds of classical Middle Eastern instruments filled the covered patio of Central Market Cafe as visitors sheltered themselves from bitter winds to enjoy music for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.