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Woody Harrelson doesn’t do justice to graphic novel in ‘Wilson’

Daniel Clowes is one of the great graphic novelists and jaundiced wits of our time, creator of fantastically bitter characters whose litanies of complaint and twisted avenues of philosophical inquiry would be tragic, or merely pathetic, if they weren’t also really funny. Clowes is like Anton Chekhov’s wiseacre American cousin. And, near-miraculously, director Terry Zwigoff’s film...
Get your tickets to Parents’ Night Out at new Alamo Drafthouse, Thinkery

Get your tickets to Parents’ Night Out at new Alamo Drafthouse, Thinkery

The new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller will have family-friendly activities, including in the Barrel O’ Fun, but it turns into the Bar O’ Fun at night.
Get free tickets to Pollyanna Theatre’s “All Aboard”

Get free tickets to Pollyanna Theatre’s “All Aboard”

“All Aboard” is on stage with Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Long Center. Austin family theater group Pollyanna Theatre Company will be presenting its newest play “All Aboard” beginning next week at the Long Center.
Register now to make lemonade for annual Lemonade Day

Register now to make lemonade for annual Lemonade Day

Finn Holt was the 12-year-old winner of the 2016 Austin Lemonade Day contest. Photo from Austin Lemonade Day.
Baskets from Clark’s, Kemuri, Home Slice & more on sale for Waller Creek Pop-up Picnic

Baskets from Clark’s, Kemuri, Home Slice & more on sale for Waller Creek Pop-up Picnic

You can now buy picnic baskets for one of the year’s most original fundraisers. The Waller Creek Pop-up Picnic, which raises money for the Waller Creek Conservancy, takes place April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Palm Park. The baskets, which range from $50 (Baby Greens) to $125 (Clark’s) feature meals for two, and some even feature bottles of wine and sake. June’s will also be on hand...
'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' worth seeing at Bass Concert Hall

'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' worth seeing at Bass Concert Hall

“Beautiful,” the story of how Carole King went from a 16-year-old aspiring songwriter to the Grammy winning singer songwriter of the “Tapestry” album, truly is beautiful. In fact, it’s one of the best productions that has come through Bass Concert Hall and Broadway in Austin. This production did not suffer the sound problems that have plagued other Broadway in Austin...
Celebrate home and garden and the last day of the rodeo

Celebrate home and garden and the last day of the rodeo

Event Rodeo Austin. It’s the last day to check out the rodeo, stock show, fair and more. See the rodeo finals as well as Kevin Fowler beginning at 7 p.m. 10 a.m. to midnight. $8 adults, $5 child ages 3-12, free 2 and younger. Rodeo, concert and carnival extra. 9100 Decker Lake Road. RodeoAustin.com Gardening Austin Home & Garden Show. Find tips on your spring home and garden needs...
Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season. What’s in it for families?

Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season. What’s in it for families?

The creators of “Cenicienta” will return with “The Adventures of Enoughie” for the 2017-2018 season at Zach Theatre.
‘Power Rangers’ morphs from sullen teen melodrama to silly doughnut commercial

‘Power Rangers’ morphs from sullen teen melodrama to silly doughnut commercial

If you grew up watching Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise, what elements from the Saturday morning show would you hope to see in Lionsgate’s 2017 cinematic reboot? If you demand mechas and the phrase “it’s morphin’ time,” you’re in luck. If you crave Elizabeth Banks menacingly whispering “Krispy Kreme” as she wreaks havoc on a soundstage...
There is little thrilling and nothing original about ‘Life’

There is little thrilling and nothing original about ‘Life’

There is absolutely nothing original about “Life.” Zero. Nada. One looks for sample credits in the end titles, the way you might scan the liner notes of a hip-hop album, and expects to see something like, “Features interpolations from ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Silent Running,’ ‘Gravity’ and did we mention...
‘Power Rangers’ is more goofy than gritty

‘Power Rangers’ is more goofy than gritty

Back in the ’90s, you probably knew them as “Mighty Morphin,” and these days they take the pre-fix “Saban’s,” but we all know them best as simply the “Power Rangers.” Executive producer Haim Saban discovered the “Super Sentai” series on Japanese television in the 1980s and brought the concept of teens in colorful costumes fighting monsters...
Margo Price, Psychedelic Furs and more live music this week

Margo Price, Psychedelic Furs and more live music this week

Friday: Margo Price, Colter Wall at Emo’s. A star of last year’s South by Southwest, Price didn’t play the official event this year, but she still turned up at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion last week and blazed through the best set of the day. That was just a 40-minute teaser for the full show she and her ace band will play at Emo’s. Opener Colter Wall, a Canadian upstart...
‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

This just in: Jake Gyllenhaal could not stay on the International Space Station for a year. Gyllenhaal: “No. No. No way. Physically, there would be no use for me up there other than potential entertainment. I would be hopeless in any other way.” David Jordan, his character in Daniel Espinosa’s new sci-fi thriller “Life,” has spent more than a year up there and is among...
‘T2 Trainspotting’ is emotional wipeout for fans of the original

‘T2 Trainspotting’ is emotional wipeout for fans of the original

Confession: I was one of those guys. I saw “Trainspotting” five times in the theater. I took myself. I took my girlfriend. I took two different roommates. A friend and I saw it for the second or third time each. His reaction: “I am not sure I could take much more movie.” Yes, this. It was the music that did it — I couldn’t get over the music supervision. Iggy Pop&rsquo...
Gorgeous ‘Song to Song’ has little to do with music, Austin

Gorgeous ‘Song to Song’ has little to do with music, Austin

If beloved Austinite Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” which opened South by Southwest, is a meditation on the shallow, flash-over-substance, Los Angeles-ization of Austin, then it is a bullseye. If it is a troll of contemporary Austin, if the idea is to mock a city overrun with poseurs-come-lately who dream of being artists without, you know, ever working at their craft, then &ldquo...
Kristen Stewart intrigues again in ‘Personal Shopper’

Kristen Stewart intrigues again in ‘Personal Shopper’

French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has entered into a fruitful collaboration with Kristen Stewart, showcasing the former “Twilight” star in entirely new and refreshing ways. Stewart’s talent has never been in question — she commanded attention as a child in “Panic Room,” and in indies like “Into the Wild” and “Adventureland,” while also cavorting...
Spring brings a bumper crop of festivals in Austin

Spring brings a bumper crop of festivals in Austin

Oh, you thought we were done with festivals once South by Southwest was over? You must be new to Austin. There are fests aplenty, especially in spring, before those triple-digit temperatures kick in (well, hopefully before they kick in). Music, movies, art, food, comedy and more — in the next couple of months, there’s a festival for just about everyone. Here are some of the highlights...
Movies in theaters, 3/24/17

Movies in theaters, 3/24/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Life” Grade: C-. Review page 30 “Personal Shopper” Grade: B+. Review page 35 “Power Rangers” Grade: C+. Review page 32 “Song to Song” Grade: C-. Review page 26 “T2 Trainspotting” Grade: A-. Review page 28 “Wilson” Grade: C. Review page 34 NOT REVIEWED “All Nighter”: R. 86 minutes. An L.A. musician is...
Police: Road rage episode led to downtown shooting amid SXSW revelers

Police: Road rage episode led to downtown shooting amid SXSW revelers

As throngs of people crowded onto downtown Austin’s streets during the South by Southwest Music Festival last week, an apparent argument between the occupants of two cars triggered a violent response from one of the passengers, who fired gunshots into the air, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Austin police said they think the shooter was 22-year-old Eric Benitez, who was arrested...
Austin Taco Throwdown attempts to crown Austin’s best taco this weekend

Austin Taco Throwdown attempts to crown Austin’s best taco this weekend

Credit:Taco Baby’s Facebook page. The Trucklandia food festival is spinning off in hopes of crowning the best taco in Austin.
Want to meet a cocoa farmer? Two chocolate tasting events offer the chance

Want to meet a cocoa farmer? Two chocolate tasting events offer the chance

Divine Chocolate, a fair trade chocolate company started in the U.K. but has a U.S.-based office in D.
Run a food business? Here’s how to get your product sold at H-E-B

Run a food business? Here’s how to get your product sold at H-E-B

This is a little last minute, but if you run a food company — or are curious about getting into the business — H-E-B is hosting an event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.
Actress relishes chance to play ‘Most Hated Woman in America’

Actress relishes chance to play ‘Most Hated Woman in America’

Melissa Leo has played a string of hard-nosed characters throughout her career, from Kay Howard in TV’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets” to Alice Ward in “The Fighter,” for which she won a supporting actress Oscar. She’s also played one of Austin’s most famous residents, Lady Bird Johnson, in the TV series “All the Way.” But in “The Most Hated...
Leo rips up the screen as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in ‘Most Hated Woman’

Leo rips up the screen as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in ‘Most Hated Woman’

Melissa Leo delivers a powerhouse performance as the Austin atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair in director Tommy O’Haver’s “The Most Hated Woman in America.” As O’Hair, Leo is foul-mouthed, in your face, unapologetic and downright nasty at times as she battles most of the rest of the world in fighting for First Amendment rights. In case you’ve forgotten...
Did composer Gustav Mahler know the worst was yet to come in his life?

Did composer Gustav Mahler know the worst was yet to come in his life?

Biographically, we know that composer Gustav Mahler was personally at his happiest and most satisfied from the summer of 1903 through the summer of 1904, the period during which he started and completed his Sixth Symphony. Yet this symphony — 80 minutes without intermission and being performed by Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony for the first time Friday and Saturday — is not a happy-go-lucky...
Hanson returns to SXSW softball field where fate intervened in 1994

Hanson returns to SXSW softball field where fate intervened in 1994

“This is what happens when you try to sing a song you basically haven’t sung in 23 years.” The three brothers of musical group Hanson have gathered for a Statesman video shoot at Krieg Softball Complex, where a pivotal moment in their career took place in 1994. Isaac, Taylor and Zac — then 13, 11 and 8, respectively — came out to South by Southwest’s annual softball...

KVUE meteorologist Jared Plushnick leaving at week’s end

KVUE weekend evening meteorologist Jared Plushnick is leaving the station at the end of this week, bound for Tennessee.
Tim League isn’t worried about streaming services, and 4 other things we learned from his clapback at Netflix

Tim League isn’t worried about streaming services, and 4 other things we learned from his clapback at Netflix

  Alamo Drafthouse co-founder and CEO Tim League is no stranger to making strong statements about the movie theater industry.
Should you journey with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt in ‘Passengers’?

Should you journey with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt in ‘Passengers’?

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “Julieta”: Originally intended as his English-language debut, Pedro Almodovar ended up sticking with Spain for his 20th feature film. He adapted three short stories from Alice Munro and weaved them into a haunting...
SXSW 2017: ‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

SXSW 2017: ‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

  The following contains mild spoilers for “Life.” This just in: Jake Gyllenhaal could not stay on the International Space Station for a year.
PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Music and Film Highlights

PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Music and Film Highlights

10 highlights from the SXSW Film Festival

10 highlights from the SXSW Film Festival

From left, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling star in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song.
‘Trainspotting’ director Danny Boyle on music and middle-age men

‘Trainspotting’ director Danny Boyle on music and middle-age men

Danny Boyle is kind and generous when it is revealed that the journalist in front of him saw his 1996 movie “Trainspotting” five times in the theater. “I did that a few years ago,” Boyle said. The energetic 60-year-old director was at South by Southwest to discuss “T2 Trainspotting,” the long-awaited (and shockingly good) sequel to the iconic original. “Saw...

SXSW announces 2017 Grulke Prize winners: Lemon Twigs, Jain, Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock performs at Central Presbyterian Church during SXSW on Friday, March 17, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Another South by Southwest is in the books, and the conference has announced this year’s winners of the Grulke Prize: Lemon Twigs, Jain and Robyn Hitchcock.
Meth, Muppets and music: Five of our favorite documentaries from SXSW

Meth, Muppets and music: Five of our favorite documentaries from SXSW

A scene from “Meth Storm: Arkansas USA” The documentary slate at South by Southwest this year was as strong as ever.

‘David Lynch’ documentary has arty appeal for fans of filmmaker

“David Lynch – The Art Life.” Contributed David Lynch no longer remains a mystery.
PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Stolen Moments

PHOTOS: SXSW 2017 Stolen Moments

‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake roars to historic $170 million debut

‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake roars to historic $170 million debut

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” brought so many guests to movie theaters over the weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year, and the seventh-best debut of all time. The film brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million. It’s the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney...
Mastodon goes back to roots, debuts new music at SXSW, in warm up for ACL Live show in May

Mastodon goes back to roots, debuts new music at SXSW, in warm up for ACL Live show in May

Mastodon didn’t have lasers back in the day, but the band has played rooms like Empire before.

EMS responds to 147 calls in downtown Austin for SXSW

CENTRAL AUSTIN EMS responds to 147 calls for SXSW For its fifth year running, Austin-Travis County EMS has turned downtown Austin into its own mini-city during the South by Southwest musical festival, setting up special stations and protocols to respond to emergency situations in the festival’s most music-popping districts. This year, between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Saturday, medics responded...
Check out these acts! They’re some of our favorites from SXSW 2017

Check out these acts! They’re some of our favorites from SXSW 2017

It’s all over but the napping. Here, our music team shares some of their favorite acts from South by Southwest 2017. Catch up on the whole SXSW Conference and Festivals at austin360.com/sxsw and 512tech.com. Solange: In an hourlong set that felt like a lucid dream, Solange drew us into her world. She created dramatic stage pictures through intricate choreography with the interpretive...
EMS steps up emergency response during SXSW Music festival

EMS steps up emergency response during SXSW Music festival

Austin-Travis County EMS for its fifth year running has turned downtown Austin into its own mini-city during the SXSW musical festival, setting up special stations and protocols to respond to emergency situations in the festival’s most music-popping districts. This year, between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Saturday, medics responded to a total of 147 incidents in the areas between First and Seventh...
Hanson remembers the SXSW softball game, brisket, and the Alamo

Hanson remembers the SXSW softball game, brisket, and the Alamo

“This is what happens when you try to sing a song you basically haven’t sung in 23 years.
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