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Ann Richards, Bob Bullock and Willie Nelson collide at the Raw Deal

In 1976, Eddie Wilson left his grand experiment, the Armadillo World Headquarters. Four years later, the seminal 1970s Austin music-food-and-drink venue that he had founded at Barton Springs Road and South First Street closed for good. As Wilson tells it in his marvelous new memoir, “Armadillo World Headquarters,” he next discovered an open spot at 605 Sabine St. — a half-block off...


Commentary: How the Legislature is choking the Texas film industry

Commentary: How the Legislature is choking the Texas film industry

AMC Network recently premiered 10 episodes of “The Son,” a series based on the celebrated novel spanning generations of Texans written by Austin novelist Philipp Meyer. Reviews highlighted that it was filmed on location here in Texas, with the landscape giving the series an epic heft. And if the Texas Legislature eliminates the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program — which...
Here’s a half-dozen of Willie’s favorite jokes for his 84th birthday

Here’s a half-dozen of Willie’s favorite jokes for his 84th birthday

Willie Nelson loves jokes. Last year for his 83rd birthday, we shared seven of his favorites from his 2002 book “The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes.” This year, we’re going to share some more, including some from his 2012 follow-up “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” Here are six mostly clean jokes from the books. If you are offended by any of ‘em, you...
‘Luxury’ island music festival turns into ‘disaster tent city,’ according to reports

‘Luxury’ island music festival turns into ‘disaster tent city,’ according to reports

Austin loves its music festivals, but even they aren’t always immune from troubles. Last year’s debut Sound on Sound Fest turned into a rain-soaked mess, and Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest have seen their fair share of mayhem (fences torn down, mud pits, what have you). But none of those events have ever been accused of turning into a “disaster tent...
Cine Las Americas turns 20

Cine Las Americas turns 20

Before Netflix or high-speed internet, an ambitious team of cinephiles set out to create a way for Austinites to enjoy hard-to-find Latin American films while building community along the way. Austin has seen plenty of festivals pop up and disappear over the years, but for the past two decades Austinites have counted on the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival to offer thought-provoking and...
Watch the weiner dogs fly and more Austin fun

Watch the weiner dogs fly and more Austin fun

Books Austin Bookstore Crawl 2017. Austin has more than 15 bookstores — have you visited them all? Independent Bookstore Day is your opportunity to explore at least a few of them. Plan your own self-directed bookstore crawl: Visit three or more stores, from BookPeople to Malvern Books, and complete a task at each one, posting a photo of that on social media using the #atxbookstorecrawl hashtag...
Sandra Cisneros reading, Pecan Street Fest, more free events this week

Sandra Cisneros reading, Pecan Street Fest, more free events this week

Sunday Sandra Cisneros at the Wittliff Collections. The internationally acclaimed author is celebrating the opening of her archives, “Sandra Cisneros: A House of Her Own,” at Texas State University with a public reading, an interview by John Phillip Santos and a book signing. 2 to 4 p.m. Alkek Library, 601 University Drive, San Marcos. 512-245-2313, thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu....
More things to do in Austin, April 29

More things to do in Austin, April 29

Dining LeRoy and Lewis Grand Opening Party. The barbecue truck from former Freedmen’s pitmaster Evan LeRoy is officially settling into its spot near the Infinite Monkey Theorem off South Congress Avenue with a celebration that promises barbecue, tunes and free brews. LeRoy and Lewis will have barbecue classics available, including brisket, ribs, pork and sausage, as well as plenty of &ldquo...
Bill Paxton remembered at premiere of final film ‘The Circle’

Bill Paxton remembered at premiere of final film ‘The Circle’

The director of the new tech drama “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, remembered actor Bill Paxton at the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday. Paxton, who played Watson’s father, had a small role in the movie, his last before his death at 61 after heart surgery in February.  Director James Ponsoldt called the...

Near-record heat, humidity Friday; storms to rock Austin late Saturday

Eeyore’s Birthday Party could start out sweaty and end up waterlogged. A cold front should pass through Austin as early as Saturday afternoon, according to National Weather Service forecasts, before turning the hot, muggy weather that has settled over the area into potentially severe storms. The front should disrupt what promises to be a stretch of days made for a shorts, shades and swimming...
Willie Nelson’s new album proves how musically sharp he remains at 84

Willie Nelson’s new album proves how musically sharp he remains at 84

“I run up and down the road, making music as I go They say my pace would kill a normal man But I’ve never been accused of being normal anyway And I woke up still not dead again today.” — “Still Not Dead,” Willie Nelson A 21st-century update of Mark Twain’s famous quip about reports of his death being greatly exaggerated, “Still Not Dead” is the...
East Austin Stories short films shed light on changing neighborhood

East Austin Stories short films shed light on changing neighborhood

More than a decade ago, I walked into the parish hall of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on a first date with my now husband. We weren’t heading to Mass, but to a screening of short films made by a UT documentary class called East Austin Stories. The short films touched on the lives of a neighborhood that would look drastically different in 2017. When independent filmmaker and professor Andrew...
‘The Circle’ is a tale of technology run amok

‘The Circle’ is a tale of technology run amok

So the future may be shaping up to be just as horrible as the pessimists have been predicting, but with a few unexpected twists. Yes, people will become enslaved — not to governments, but to social media and search engine companies. And yes, people will be watched and monitored — not against their will, but with their permission. They’ll just give it all away, freely. “The...
‘Sleight’ fuses superhero story with a tough coming-of-age tale

‘Sleight’ fuses superhero story with a tough coming-of-age tale

By day, Bo (Jacob Latimore) is a street magician, wowing passersby with truly impressive sleight of hand for tips. By night, he slings party drugs in the clubs and on the streets of L.A. But all the time, he’s the protective guardian of his sister, Tina (Storm Reid), just two orphaned siblings against the world. In “Sleight,” co-writer/director J.D. Dillard and co-writer/producer...
Anything goes in tense drama ‘Graduation’

Anything goes in tense drama ‘Graduation’

“Graduation,” a film of gripping moral suspense from Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu, opens with a rock being hurled through the window of a middle-age doctor named Romeo (Adrian Titieni). It is the first of several attacks that take place over the course of the movie, including a second act of vandalism and an attempted sexual assault. Mungiu’s purpose here is not to identify...
Films in theaters, 4/28/17

Films in theaters, 4/28/17

OPENING FRIDAY “The Circle” Grade: B+. Review page 25 “Sleight” Grade: B. Review page 27 “Graduation” Grade: A-. Review page 26 NOT REVIEWED “How to Be a Latin Lover.” PG-13. 115 minutes. After making a career of seducing rich older women, Maximo gets the surprise of his life when his wealthy wife more than twice his age dumps him, forcing him to move...
Jeff Goldblum reprising original role as brash mathematician in ‘Jurassic World 2’

Jeff Goldblum reprising original role as brash mathematician in ‘Jurassic World 2’

  A familiar face is returning for the latest installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Actor Jeff Goldblum, played the brash mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in 1993’s “Jurassic Park” and its sequel in 1997 “The Lost World,” and has now has signed on for “Jurassic World 2,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Goldblum, who also reprised...
After a decade of pop-punk and indie success, Andrew McMahon brings the ghosts of his past to Austin

After a decade of pop-punk and indie success, Andrew McMahon brings the ghosts of his past to Austin

You probably know who Andrew McMahon is, but you don’t know you know who he is. You’ve heard his songs—they’re the kind of songs that a middle school friend would have burned onto a mix CD they shared with you, or that a high school crush would have played in their car while you sat together in their driveway, not speaking, just listening. Or maybe, more recently...
Stephen Colbert’s Alex Jones parody has his own Twitter account

Stephen Colbert’s Alex Jones parody has his own Twitter account

You might have already heard of “skeleton wrapped in angry meat” Tuck Buckford, aka Stephen Colbert’s new satirical take on Infowars broadcaster (and Austin resident) Alex Jones. You might not know that Tuck has his own Twitter account. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I'M...
Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame

Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame

  Madonna has some strong words for the producers of a planned biopic on her younger years, before she hit the big time. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post.  “Only I can tell my story.” Universal acquired the rights to a script, called “Blond Ambition,” about the Material Girl’s life in New York and her...
Shiner Beer bringing 380,000 caps to Aggieland's Bottle Cap Alley today

Shiner Beer bringing 380,000 caps to Aggieland's Bottle Cap Alley today

Bottle Cap Alley is an alley between the Dixie Chicken and the Dry Bean Saloon in College Station, Texas. It is, as you might have guessed, covered with bottle caps.  That’s really all there is to it.  But in the Aggie tradition of sanctifying things which may go unnoticed elsewhere — everything is a potential tradition, y’all — Bottle Cap Alley is also a thing. It...
George Jones died four years ago today: Here’s four drinking songs to remember him by

George Jones died four years ago today: Here’s four drinking songs to remember him by

George Jones — who improbably lived long enough to get into the conversation of “greatest living country artist” — died four years ago today. It was improbable because Jones’ thirst for alcohol was titanic. Even among a rougher scene, the 5-foot-7 Jones stood head and shoulders above the crowd when it came to drinking.  The famous lawnmower story? There’s question...
Bruce Robison looks toward the future of music with ‘The Next Waltz’

Bruce Robison looks toward the future of music with ‘The Next Waltz’

A few miles northeast of the old town square and barbecue joints that made Lockhart famous, Austin country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison has built a recording studio on a 5-acre spread alongside grasslands, trees and a pond. And when we say “built,” we’re talking not just gear and soundproofing, but walls and door frames. “If you look around, everything’s a little crooked...
Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney was preparing to release information on the number of jobs that will be created and the impact on the economy its newest attraction, Pandora – The World of Avatar – will have on Central Florida when it opens on May 27. The attraction will feature a bioluminescent rainforest, dining, shopping and two new rides – Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Situated...
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

It doesn’t have an official full title yet, and fans don’t know which new and old characters will appear in it, but now they know when “Star Wars: Episode IX” will hit theaters. The last film in the third “Star Wars” trilogy will hit big screens on May 24, 2019.  >> Read more trending news  The announcement was made Tuesday. The second...
Moontower of babble: Reflections on the music of comedy

Moontower of babble: Reflections on the music of comedy

Patton Oswalt performs at the Paramount during the Moontower Comedy Festival. By Wes Eichenwald Special to the American-Statesman The Velv, aka the Velveeta Room, is Austin’s comedy analogue to the Continental Club.
Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

  “Happy Days” star Erin Moran most likely died from complications of cancer. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a “joint investigation into Moran’s death was conducted” and “a subsequent autopsy revealed she likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” TMZ reported. “Standard toxicology tests were performed...
Does Bristol Palin live in the Austin area? An investigation

Does Bristol Palin live in the Austin area? An investigation

Bristol Meyer — neé Palin, daughter of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin — might be your neighbor, and you don’t even know it. According to tabloid the Daily Mail, the former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has been living in a suburb of Austin for the past few weeks.  Now, those Brits are not always the most trustworthy...
Love ‘La La Land’? Find out what bonus features you can watch at home

Love ‘La La Land’? Find out what bonus features you can watch at home

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent or own from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “La La Land”: Damien Chazelle’s candy-coated ode to Hollywood’s glory days (with a splash of Jacques Demy for good measure) was nominated for 14 Academy Awards but will now always be remembered...
LBJ could be subject of new Ken Burns documentary

LBJ could be subject of new Ken Burns documentary

Lyndon Baines Johnson could soon be getting the Ken Burns treatment, the famed documentary filmmaker told the American-Statesman on Monday. Burns, who will visit Austin on Thursday to accept the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award and to screen a portion of his forthcoming Vietnam War documentary, said a future film could be “less on the foreign policy that sort of pulled him down and more...
Do you drink too much? Here’s what Texas A&M experts have to say

Do you drink too much? Here’s what Texas A&M experts have to say

Texas A&M University researchers, concerned as always for your health, say that anything more than 15 drinks a week for men and eight drinks for women is excessive. That doesn’t mean you should save up for the weekend – they say anything more than two drinks per sitting for men and one drink per sitting for women is excessive, according to a recent installment in the A&M Health Science...
Austin actress Amber Heard is reportedly dating Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Austin actress Amber Heard is reportedly dating Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Amber Heard and I were both born in Austin. This weekend, the “Magic Mike XXL” actress went ziplining in Australia with a space-bound automotive innovator worth $15 billion. I cleaned my bathroom and listened to podcasts. According to multiple reports, Heard and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are officially an item. The actress and mogul both posted photos to their respective Instagram...
Austin Symphony Orchestra to perform “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” music

Austin Symphony Orchestra to perform “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” music

Listen up, Austin Muggles: We’re about to get the biggest musical treat thanks to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, which is performing the score from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” this fall at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets for the Sept. 23 concert  will go on sale at noon May 12 on the TexasPerformingArts.org website and will range from $36.50 to $91.50. The symphony...
Brooklyn Decker on family, fashion and ‘Frankie’

Brooklyn Decker on family, fashion and ‘Frankie’

When she’s not busy with her position as chief design officer at Finery, a new free service that helps you organize and manage your closet, Brooklyn Decker has plenty else going on. She’s a wife (to husband Andy Roddick) and mom and is currently shooting the fourth season of “Grace and Frankie,” a Netflix series that has received rave reviews. The Statesman recently chatted...
The star of Match's romantic new dating ads: Austin

The star of Match's romantic new dating ads: Austin

No one ever said finding love is easy, even in a single-friendly city like Austin. Enter dating site Match.com.  The matchmaking giant recently launched a new feature on its app named “Missed Connections.” The feature aims to connect users with others they pass by in everyday life, such as at work, or going out. A string of new commercials shows off the feature in downtown...
Rihanna Photoshops Queen’s head onto her body in Instagram posts

Rihanna Photoshops Queen’s head onto her body in Instagram posts

  Rihanna is amusing some and annoying others with her Instagram posts about Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The award-winning singer Photoshopped the queen’s head onto her body in a series of photos of herself dressed in racy outfits. One of the photos shows the queen’s head on Rihanna’s body dressed in the revealing outfit that the artist wore to Coachella. Another...
‘The Fate of the Furious’ laps new films at box office

‘The Fate of the Furious’ laps new films at box office

“The Fate of the Furious” sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller “Unforgettable” and historical drama “The Promise” in the dust. Universal Pictures’ eighth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise earned $38.7 million in North American theaters over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to...
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