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Andréa Villarreal, Mark & Charley Bowman, 1925 Austin street map and more

Andréa Villarreal is no Ari Gold from ‘Entourage’
Michael Barnes

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LAW: Andréa Villarreal is no Ari Gold from 'Entourage.' From my story in the Statesman: "Andréa Villarreal wants to set the record straight: Entertainment law is not as exciting as it sounds. “Sometimes I feel like I should have gotten a degree in child care,” jokes the Austinite, an expert on the inner workings of musical acts. “We deal with a lot of disputes among band members. They’ve played together for years and years. How does someone leave? Who wrote which song?” At the Oaks, Hartline & Daly law firm — working alongside biz veteran Joe Stallone — she urges artists to form a company, write a business agreement, and decide how band rules might be enforced. She is a stickler for copyright split sheets, making sure everyone knows who owns which recording masters and who hangs onto the intellectual property of the songs themselves. “When licenses come into play,” Villarreal, 29, says, “the companies need the right people to sign them.” Although she works with some of the top acts and festivals in town — and is polished enough to be mistaken for a celebrity herself — Villarreal underlines that she’s no supercharged talent agent. “Like Ari Gold on ‘Entourage,’ that kind of character,” she says with a laugh. “In actuality, a lot of what we do is sit behind a computer, read contracts, go through things line by line, argue about about what would seem, to most people, trivial. But we can explain why it’s not trivial.” http://shar.es/MwLET

NIGHTLIFE: Without working an angle, Mark and Charley Bowman charm celebrities. From my story in the Statesman: "Mark and Charley Bowman appear to live charmed lives. The Austin couple enjoy high-level jobs in sales and marketing. They occupy a dream home in West Austin. They travel often — from the Great Wall in China to the Pyramids in Egypt — after having met on a 1987 Caribbean cruise.ne other thing: They are supremely at ease among celebrities. They hang out with big names in music, movies and the sports: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, the late Ronnie Lane of Faces, Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers, Hollywood’s Dennis Quaid and Brett Cullen, football’s Dan Pastorini. How does this happen?“ Mark has this unflinching ability to talk to just about anyone, anytime,” says Houston-born Cullen, seen in more than 100 movies and TV series. “And it’s a marvelous trait. I think the reason he can float in and out with celebrities, rocks stars and actors is more a testament to his curiosity, his honesty and kindness.”" http://shar.es/MxnGi

CITY: Learning a lot from a 1925 street map. From my story in the Statesman: "One article about Austin history scatters the seeds for dozens more. Two weeks ago, an aerial photograph of Austin during the 1930s ran in this space. Along with the image came readers’ responses to the city’s comparatively compact size eight decades ago, also its low skyline, neat grids, scattered industry and ragged river shore. From the looks of things, Austinites enjoyed plenty of open space back then, but fewer trees. Austin during the Depression didn’t look depressed, exactly, but it was not lively that day, probably in 1935, when its portrait was taken from the air. The following week, siblings — and third-generation natives — Dana Burton, Doug Burton and Jamie Wheeless sent in strikingly detailed aerial photos of the State Capitol grounds and the University of Texas campus, as well as a shot of their great-uncle, James Deeg, decked out in a flying outfit aboard a parked biplane. He’s holding a camera the size of a small cannon. The family promised to share their collection of Deeg’s Austin images — and perhaps his tales — for a future American-Statesman story." http://shar.es/MxnN6

POLITICS: Civil Rights Act helped the South to rise again. From W.H. Brand's story in the Statesman: "When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, he told Bill Moyers, who made the prediction famous, that he was delivering the South to the Republican Party. What Johnson did not predict, but what proved equally true, was something more sweeping: that he was delivering America to the South in ways neither he nor anyone else imagined. A bit of history: From independence to the Civil War, the South was a dominant force in American political and economic life. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia wrote the Declaration of Independence, which fellow Virginian George Washington implemented as commander of the Continental Army. James Madison, another Virginian, was the prime mover behind the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Southern delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 held the convention hostage to provisions that safeguarded the economic institution — slavery — that was already distinguishing the South from the rest of the country. Southerners nearly monopolized the presidency of the new republic: nine of the first 12 presidents were Southerners. Though the South eventually fell behind the other regions in population and accordingly lost control of the House of Representatives, the South held firm in the Senate, which protected the property and business interests of the planters, the leading class in the South and the single most powerful interest group in the nation. And then they threw it all away." http://shar.es/Mx1yq

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