Joe Gross

Books & culture reporter

Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.

Latest from Joe Gross

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ focuses on recovery, not art
 By his own admission, John Callahan, the cantankerous cartoonist and subject of Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (based on Callahan’s memoir of the same name), was a drunk — a no-holds-barred alcoholic person, deeply devoted to booze since the age of 12. In 1972, when he was...

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By his own admission, John Callahan, the cantankerous cartoonist and subject of Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (based on Callahan’s memoir of the same name), was a drunk — a no-holds-barred alcoholic person, deeply devoted to booze since the age of 12. In 1972, when he was...
Austin writer Evan Narcisse joins Rooster Teeth animated show
 Evan Narcisse, the Austin writer whose “Rise of the Black Panther” mini-series was one of the spring’s buzzier Marvel comics, has joined the writing staff of “gen:LOCK,” the upcoming anime-style sci-fi series from Austin content mega-provider Rooster Teeth. In “gen:LOCK,” Earth&rsquo...

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Evan Narcisse, the Austin writer whose “Rise of the Black Panther” mini-series was one of the spring’s buzzier Marvel comics, has joined the writing staff of “gen:LOCK,” the upcoming anime-style sci-fi series from Austin content mega-provider Rooster Teeth. In “gen:LOCK,” Earth&rsquo...
Want to see sharkosaurus movie ‘The Meg’ on the water? Of course you do.
 Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow is presenting the man vs megalodon movie “The Meg on the shores of Lake Travis at Volente Beach Resort Aug. 5. (Sadly, this movie is not, as rumored, about an enormous Meg White who eats a regular sized Jack White.) “‘The Meg’ on the Water” attendees will float on...

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Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow is presenting the man vs megalodon movie “The Meg on the shores of Lake Travis at Volente Beach Resort Aug. 5. (Sadly, this movie is not, as rumored, about an enormous Meg White who eats a regular sized Jack White.) “‘The Meg’ on the Water” attendees will float on...
Former Austin songwriter discusses his love of grackles
 Jonathan Meiburg lived in Austin for about 12 or 13 years — he can’t quite remember for sure. The singer, songwriter and bandleader spent that time running Shearwater, an outfit named after a category of seabirds, and being a co-founder of Okkervil River. He also spent that time being extremely interested in the great-tailed grackle...

Posted: 7 days ago

Jonathan Meiburg lived in Austin for about 12 or 13 years — he can’t quite remember for sure. The singer, songwriter and bandleader spent that time running Shearwater, an outfit named after a category of seabirds, and being a co-founder of Okkervil River. He also spent that time being extremely interested in the great-tailed grackle...
Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest
 Alright. Alright. Alright. On Aug. 24, Alamo Drafthouse, along with the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Film Society, presents a 25th anniversary interactive screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic 1993 flick “Dazed and Confused” at the Zilker Park moonlight tower. Linklater and members of the cast and crew will...

Posted: 9 days ago

Alright. Alright. Alright. On Aug. 24, Alamo Drafthouse, along with the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Film Society, presents a 25th anniversary interactive screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic 1993 flick “Dazed and Confused” at the Zilker Park moonlight tower. Linklater and members of the cast and crew will...
Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws
 The Alamo Drafthouse will get rid of plastic drinking straws from all company-owned theaters by the end of the month, says the Hollywood Reporter.  This includes theaters in Austin, Kansas City, New York, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Francisco -- about half of the brand’s 35 locations. (About half are franchises.) Apparently...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Alamo Drafthouse will get rid of plastic drinking straws from all company-owned theaters by the end of the month, says the Hollywood Reporter.  This includes theaters in Austin, Kansas City, New York, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Francisco -- about half of the brand’s 35 locations. (About half are franchises.) Apparently...
‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie
 Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV...

Posted: 10 days ago

Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV...
What’s that sound? It’s Grackle Week!
 Loud. Glossy. Glaring. Glorious? Unlike the Congress Avenue Bridge bats, grackles are everywhere. They hang around food trailers and grocery store parking lots and can be seen by the thousands on power lines near shopping malls. They steal our tortilla chips on restaurant patios. Tales abound of cheap shotguns and expensive lasers to get...

Posted: 12 days ago

Loud. Glossy. Glaring. Glorious? Unlike the Congress Avenue Bridge bats, grackles are everywhere. They hang around food trailers and grocery store parking lots and can be seen by the thousands on power lines near shopping malls. They steal our tortilla chips on restaurant patios. Tales abound of cheap shotguns and expensive lasers to get...
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ delivers appropriately small charms
 After the universe-destroying sturm und drang of “Avengers: Infinity War,” there is something really pleasant about the comparatively low stakes of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the second “Ant-Man” movie (wow, it’s weird that there was even one, let alone two), the year’s third Marvel Cinematic Universe...

Posted: 17 days ago

After the universe-destroying sturm und drang of “Avengers: Infinity War,” there is something really pleasant about the comparatively low stakes of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the second “Ant-Man” movie (wow, it’s weird that there was even one, let alone two), the year’s third Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Where to take the kids to the movies in July in Austin
 “Sing” screens at 10:30 a.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller and 10:45 a.m. at Alamo Slaughter as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp series. All Kids Camp screenings are pick your price - $1, $3, $5 - with 100 percent of ticket sales donated to local nonprofits. “Sing” screens a number of times; peruse the Drafthouse...

Posted: 18 days ago

“Sing” screens at 10:30 a.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller and 10:45 a.m. at Alamo Slaughter as part of the Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp series. All Kids Camp screenings are pick your price - $1, $3, $5 - with 100 percent of ticket sales donated to local nonprofits. “Sing” screens a number of times; peruse the Drafthouse...