March 10th, 2014 by Bradley Gastwirth
Alright, so I was skeptical about The Infinite Man because it’s treading on dangerous grounds being a movie about time travel, but man it gets everything right. Even after creating multiple paradoxes which are usually rife with continuity errors and loopholes (don’t worry, they all get closed up…), The Infinite Man dissolved my skepticism pretty quickly. Get out and see this one if you are at SXSW, it’s a must, or definitely look for it when it gets released. Read the rest of this entry »
March 10th, 2014 by Bradley Gastwirth
Disclaimer: Do not go see this film on an empty stomach. Chef is full of food pornography and will make you hungry.
Chef celebrated its world premiere at the SXSW Film festival on March 7th, opening night. Director/Writer/Lead Actor, Jon Favreau was in attendance along with other fellow co-stars (John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, and real life Chef and film correspondent, Roy Choi) for a Q&A following the film. Chef was a perfect opener for the festival. It’s a lighthearted “feel good” type of flick and some of it was filmed in Austin to boot.
Chef is a story about a renowned chef (played by Jon Favreau) whose creativity is being stifled by an L.A. restaurant owner, played by the brilliant Dustin Hoffman. After going to war through social media over a food critics’ (played by Oliver Platt) scathing review, Favreau’s character decides to leave the restaurant behind and explore the apparently generous world of Food Trucks. His ex-wife (Sofia Vergara from Modern Family) convinces him to take a trip with her and his son, (newcomer Emjay Anthony) to Miami in order to hook him up with her ex-husband (Robert Downey Jr.), who happens to have an abandoned food truck sitting behind his office building. Read the rest of this entry »
March 9th, 2014 by Russ
Variety presents an exclusive press conference with Steven Gaydos moderating, with Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linkletter, David Gordon Green, Amber Heard, Fred Williamson and Texas Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Louis Black, 3/6/2014.
March 8th, 2014 by Bradley Gastwirth
Well the SXSW FIlms selection started off with a bang yesterday, March 7th 2014. I had the pleasure of attending two premiering films, Chef and The Infinite Man (reviews to come shortly). I stood in line among hundreds of individuals with film badges (press and film lovers alike), all very eager to jump right in to the primordial ooze. These particular premieres were held at the gorgeous Paramount/Stateside Theatre at 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701. Plenty of famous directors/actors are in town for Q&A’s about their films, interviewing, & general ogling. Many feature length, short, and documentary films are premiering this coming week, some are even competing and being judged in each category. These films are also open to SXSW wristband holders and the general public, but the badgers have priority, so seating is limited. Other theaters surrounding the downtown area are also premiering films (Alamo Ritz, Zach Theater, Vimeo Theater & Long Center to name a few). I’m looking forward to attending many films and workshops throughout the week.
Information about the Film section of the festival can be found here: http://sxsw.com/film/
Much more to come so stay tuned!
March 7th, 2014 by Russ
Austin Film Society presents Moviemaker Dialogues with Fred “the Hammer” Williamson and screens From Dusk Til Dawn with director Robert Rodriguez, and actors Fred Williamson and Tom Savini, 3/6/14.
March 4th, 2014 by admin
Toni Price live at The Continental Club with Warren Hood, Willie Pipkin, Marshall Hood and Robb Kidd 3/4/2014.
Happy Fat Tuesdaze!
March 2nd, 2014 by Russ
Austin Daze: Our social network has been exploding about this iTunes festival, everyone seems to have their opinions about what’s going on but I figured I’d hit up the one person that knows about all things SXSW, and that’s you. Can you tell us what’s happening? Is it good, is it bad?
Louis Black: You know, it wasn’t our idea, they decided to come to town to do this big event, and we would have much rather had the venue to do stuff in, but they made the deal, they came to town, and then we negotiated with them, because we’d rather have something this big be part of SXSW, and not be completely separate from it. So, it’s not our ideal kind of programing or our ideal use of that venue, but we are happy, with what we have negotiated. Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2014 by Russ
Austin Daze: So are you excited? This is going to be your last go round with the Awards show.
Margaret Moser: It is, I am excited and it’s also starting to kick in that this is the last time that I’m going to be doing a lot of this stuff, so there’s a little bittersweet quality to all of it.
AD: What are you excited about with this year’s show, do you have a favorite performer or winner?
MM: Well, as far as the performers go, we always pick them because we want a really wide variety and array of sounds that come out of Austin in any given year, and so if you look at the five, or really six, because “Minor Mishap Marching Band” is doing an opening set for us this pre-show. But each of them represent some sort of value to Austin music with ‘The Young Bloods Choir’ you have the present and definitely the future with all of these young teenagers, with Elias Haslanger and Ephraim Owens in “Church on Monday.” You have Dr. James Polk in there, who’s tenure in Austin music dates back decades. Francis Preve brings to us the burgeoning EDM sound of Austin, which has often kind of slid under the sort of, less respected title of disco, but he’s really come into his own in the last two years. Certainly the presence of people like Paul Oakenfold living here in Austin makes that so. But now you’ve got somebody like Frances who’s got his “Academik” label and he’s really charting with all of his stuff right now, and it’s really something to look forward to. And of course I asked my old friend Lucinda Williams to be on the bill because for me she represents so much of what Austin is about, not only in terms of the kind of music she does, but what kind of a place that offered her somewhere to develop that music that’s made her so popular over the years. And then I’m going to close with the “Texas Tornadoes” who are going to do the finale. As I understand it, they’re going to be doing kind of a San Antonio-centric set of their music that you can expect from them, but then I think there are going to be some surprises, that are going to be happening at the end of the show, which because it’s sort of a tribute to me, I’m not supposed to be privy to this. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2014 by Russ
Kahil el Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Featuring Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and Hamiet Bluiett at The North Door, 2/19/2014. This was an amazing night of adventurous music. Austin is lucky to have an outfit such as Epistrophy Arts, because they bring in so many talented musicians from all over the world. This gig blew my mind. I’m sure whenever there’s an Epistrophy Arts show from now on, I’ll be there.
February 19th, 2014 by Russ
Little Elmore Reed Blue Band shreds it at the Legendary White Swan 2/17/2014. What’s going on here is the reason why I’m in Austin. It was a good night.
February 19th, 2014 by Russ
Rebirth Brass Band live at ACL Live – The Moody Theater, 2/15/2014.
February 18th, 2014 by Russ
Shelley King and the Young Ancients (members of the Subdudes) ring in Valentine’s Day at the One 2 One bar 2/14/2014. This was a night full of friends and love. Here’s our Valentines to you.
February 18th, 2014 by Russ
February 16th, 2014 by rockslide
I’ve been going down to Jo’s Hot Coffee since 2006 to watch Andrew Nafziger and the Jo’s House Band play originals and assorted covers—everything from Muddy Waters to Michael Jackson, and a little Merle Haggard in between.
Sunday afternoon, 12:30 to 3:00, rain or shine. They do have a theoretical 58˚ rule, but I’ve definitely seen them play with their coats and hats on, wearing wool gloves with the fingers cut off. And, they will shut it down for solid rain, but a drizzle doesn’t count.
I met up with Tina Rose in the lobby of the San Jose Hotel. She brought her dog, Lulu, and we talked for a while. It was supposed to be about Sinner’s Brunch, but we strayed a little here and there.
How did you get started with Jo’s Hot Coffee?
Liz Lambert was building the hotel, and I think she needed coffee to make it happen; so, she opened Jo’s with her brother. A friend of mine was helping with the hotel and said, “You should meet Liz Lambert—she’s looking for someone to manage the coffee shop. “ So, I just came over here, and I think she hired me on the spot because I brought my dog to the interview. I didn’t know that she loved dogs; I probably just had a dog with me like always.
We remain friends. It was kind of the best thing that ever happened to me, you know.
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February 13th, 2014 by Bradley Gastwirth
It might have been prudent to leave Robocop frozen on the screen from the original 1987 film. Robocop does try to stand up on its own robotic legs, falls short, and the signal is somewhat lost. Like its predecessor, Robocop takes place in the not-to-distant future in a crime riddled Detroit. Apparently, the once bankrupt city seems to be thriving with Omnicorp (OCP), the technological giant supplying soldier drones throughout the world, with the exception of the United States.
The film starts with a parodied talk show news pundit, Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson), who is blindly favoring one side of the political coin. Novak enlightens the world to why these super soldiers are not favored among Americans, but should be embraced. According to one politician, Hubert Dreyfuss (Zach Grenier) who oposes OCP, the People want to see the moral dilemma between right and wrong and these robotic soldiers are obviously lacking in these departments. This theme of morality is skimmed during parts of the movie, but does not completely make it to the main stage for more than a brief scene or two. Novak believes in Omnicorp, its owner Raymond Sellars (played by a long lost Michael Keaton), and their contributions to society. This version of Robocop has Alex Murphy (played by Swedish Joel Kinnaman “The Killing”) as an undercover police officer who is Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2014 by Nickie Vliet
Skating season is upon us. And whether you’ve never seen a roller derby game before or you’re a diehard fan, it’s time to mark your calendars because the skates are hitting the track. This Sunday starts the beginning of the TXRD banked track bout season. The opening game has the All Scar Army taking on last year’s champions the Cherry Bombs. The All Scar Army will consist of skaters from the pick of the litter from each league team that got their ass kicked by the Cherry Bombs last season. For you season regulars, the question is whether Cherry Bomb major point scorer Rocky Casbah is coming back or if she retired at the end of last season after a few awesome faceplants. I know I’ll miss watching her jam, but no worries, the Cherry Bombs added some new names to their roster in the last draft, like Rolla Parks who gives a mean hit and Trainwreck Trina making a comeback from an injury last season. Then there’s the “Wonder Twins,” Scrappy and Milla Juke-a-Bitch, sure to be top point scorers for the Bombs this season. Be on the lookout for Mad Maxican, a Hired Gun that’s been dedicated to becoming a TXRD skater who’s proved herself as a small and speedy jammer. She’s been picked up as an alternate for the Bombs this Sunday. TXRD banked track roller derby is sure to be a spectacle. Be at the Palmer Events Center this Sunday by 6pm to get a good seat. You won’t want to miss any of the action this season!
February 12th, 2014 by Sweet Snob
I was out strolling my neighborhood when I came across what I thought was a new ice cream shop. Fighting my way to the front of the line, I finally got to taste the sweet bliss that is gelato. Gelato is more than your everyday ice cream, it is an Italian style frozen dessert. And let me tell you folks, that this place knows how to make gelato. The menu here changes daily and includes seasonal flavors and local organic offerings. I have a major sweet tooth, and have always drawn to anything chocolate. My taste buds had an orgasm after sampling their chocolate gelato for the first time. My co-snob and also a sweet enthusiast had their vanilla from Morocco. On our second visit to Dolce Neve we had organic pistachio gelato and sweet potato and cinnamon gelato, perfect for someone with a salty tooth. Marco even recognized us on our second visit, I have a feeling we’ll be getting to know him very well. Marco and his sister, Francesca, the mastermind behind Dolce Neve learned their craft in Italy. You can find the siblings and Francesca’s husband Leo, serving up scoops themselves. They also serve Italian style espresso that looked divine, I can’t wait to try it. Luckily it’s a short stroll to South 1st and Annie St. Even in this cold weather I can’t turn down a cold sweet treat, good thing there’s plenty of indoor seating, and a front patio for when it warms up. And if you’re too far to stroll, parking is aplenty behind this new local business. It’s another good day for the Sweet Snob knowing that Dolce Neve is right around the corner here in South Austin. Visit Dolce Neve.
February 10th, 2014 by Russ