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For all the right reasons, Charlie Sexton is Austin music’s MVP

In Austin, Charlie Sexton is the man who needs no introduction. Seemingly destined for stardom since his early teenage years, the 49-year-old musician cut his own path instead. Raised in blues clubs and launched into the pop-idol spotlight before he could vote, Sexton ultimately has built a life not as a marquee performer, but as a masterful force just beyond the focus of center stage. Touring guitarist...


Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

With the curtain closing this weekend on the Pyeongchang Games, one of the most unexpected TV love affairs will pack up its skates and skis for the next four years: Austin and the Winter Olympics. Austin has been one of the top 10 U.S. television audiences for the Winter Games. The list of powerhouse TV markets for these Olympics have all the other usual suspects — winter sports cities such...
How to get your teens to put down the screens and read this spring break

How to get your teens to put down the screens and read this spring break

 Confession: My teens don’t read, or at least I didn’t think they really read until I talked to Kaye Newton, author of “How to Get Your Screen-Loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure.” ($12.36, Linland Press) The Brentwood, Tenn., mother of three teenagers thought the same thing about her own children....
One of L.A.’s favorite coffee shops is coming to Austin

One of L.A.’s favorite coffee shops is coming to Austin

It’s almost time for your weekend drinks. But first, coffee. Eater reports that Los Angeles-based coffee shop Alfred is coming to Austin, its first in the U.S.outside of California. The chain also has two locations in Tokyo. According to Eater: The Austin location of Alfred will be located in Line ATX hotel, which the American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam reported will host ...
Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg gives former Westlake QB/ Super Bowl ring-winner Nick Foles a shout-out in his brand new song, “Doggytails.” “Nick Foles with it — get it?” Snoop raps. “I be the backup, second in line, see when I get in, you ain’t gettin’ no more time. I’m free as a bird.” (A reference, obviously, to Foles’ one-time back-up status.) Snoop&rsquo...
New book claims Fader Fort was first outlet to bring hip-hop to SXSW (It wasn’t)

New book claims Fader Fort was first outlet to bring hip-hop to SXSW (It wasn’t)

We wrote earlier this month about a new book, “Fader Fort: Setting the Stage,” chronicling 15 years of the event’s history at South by Southwest, set to be released March 1 by the Fader, a music magazine/lifestyle brand that has grown into a global multimedia company. We had a chance to look at a copy of the book on Friday. It’s a 252-page, over-sized...
Free events this week include Texas Independence Day at the Driskill

Free events this week include Texas Independence Day at the Driskill

Sunday David Neff at BookPeople. Have you explored the eccentric local dwellings on the Austin Weird Homes Tour? One of the co-founders, Neff, has chronicled the one-of-a-kind houses first featured in the tour with a new book, “Weird Homes: The People and Places that Keep Austin Strangely Wonderful.” He’ll talk and sign his beautifully image-heavy book. 2 p.m. 603 N. Lamar Blvd....
The Austin Modern Home Tour returns Saturday, plus other events

The Austin Modern Home Tour returns Saturday, plus other events

Art “Residual.” ICOSA Collective artists Katy Horan and Teruko Nimura interpret the concept of hauntings, from unresolved personal and societal experiences that resonate in the present day to variations on the traditional ghosts and spirits found in superstition and folklore. They’ll include a mix of drawing, painting, sculpture and multimedia installation about their...
Chekhov, comedy and young photographers and more this weekend

Chekhov, comedy and young photographers and more this weekend

Comedy Brian Posehn at Cap City Comedy Club. Posehn embodies that comedy cocktail of approachability and aloofness that defines the ’90s alternative comedy scene. I remember first seeing him on the now legendary “Mr. Show with Bob and David” on HBO, on tours like “Comedians of Comedy” and in movies like Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects.&rdquo...
‘Betty Before X’ tells story of civil rights leader Betty Shabazz’s youth

‘Betty Before X’ tells story of civil rights leader Betty Shabazz’s youth

Imagine trying to write about your mother when she was a kid. Where would you start? What details would you include? To write “Betty Before X,” Ilyasah Shabazz had to think hard about those questions. Her mother, Betty Shabazz, was an important civil rights leader. When her husband, Malcolm X, was assassinated in 1965, Betty Shabazz continued his work in social justice until her death...
‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell

‘What happened to Austin?’ This one-handed barber has a story to tell

On the door of Austin’s Most Wanted, a no-frills barbershop in an industrial strip off Burleson Road in Southeast Austin, a muscular character with an impeccable fade smirks through prison bars he bends like rubber bands. Inside, Lawrence “Lench” Martinez efficiently wields his clippers to help his clients achieve similar swag. Working with his left hand, the only hand he has, he...
67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

Elegant actress Jane Seymour is about to grace the pages of “Playboy” magazine at 67-years-old. >> Read more trending news  The former Bond girl took to social media Wednesday to share a modest photograph from her upcoming spread in the iconic men’s magazine. “I’m thrilled to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home...
Marvel or DC? Texas wants it both ways on comic book favorites

Marvel or DC? Texas wants it both ways on comic book favorites

The most boring question in all of geekdom: Are you a DC or a Marvel fan? Hold on a second, I need to push my glasses up on my nose. DC and Marvel are the world’s two dominant comic book companies, the ones that have published the adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (on the DC side) and Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men (on the Marvel side) for decades. Asking which company...
Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker among Capital One acts at Antone’s for SXSW

Shakey Graves, Benjamin Booker among Capital One acts at Antone’s for SXSW

Benjamin Booker will play Capital One’s SXSW series at Antone’s on March 11. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Capital One is returning to Antone’s during South by Southwest this year, filling the confab’s first weekend with four shows mixing national acts such as Benjamin Booker and Warpaint with notable local talent including Shakey Graves and Band of Heathens. The...
13 things to do with the kids this weekend in Austin, Feb. 23-25

13 things to do with the kids this weekend in Austin, Feb. 23-25

Duck into these family events in between the raindrops of what should be a rainy weekend. “The Adventures of Enoughie (Las Aventuras de Enoughie).”  Kirk Tuck Barbara Jordan exhibit. See an interactive exhibit on the life of Barbara Jordan. Through Saturday. Free. Texas Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress Ave.  barbarajordanfreedomfoundation.org. ...
‘Black Panther’ breakout Letitia Wright is just getting started

‘Black Panther’ breakout Letitia Wright is just getting started

“My voice is all gone,” said Letitia Wright. “I sound like a hoarse-y man.” While the sentiment was a bit of an exaggeration, Wright was beginning to go hoarse after a week of nonstop press for Marvel’s highly anticipated “Black Panther.” In the film, which took in more than $20o million in its debut weekend, Wright shines as Shuri, King T’Challa&rsquo...
World music artists launch Austin International Women’s Day concert

World music artists launch Austin International Women’s Day concert

When hundreds of thousands of women marched across the country last year, it became clear that change was coming. Since then, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have helped expose the stories of sexual harassment and abuse endured by women around the globe. Now, world music artists in Austin are taking their rallying cry for women’s equality to the stage with an International Women’s Day...
‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

There’s no question the undisputed winner in the new comedy “Game Night” is the generally dependable Rachel McAdams. The infectious and unfiltered exuberance she brings to the role of the super-competitive Annie — one of a group of best friends who get together on a regular basis to play parlor and board games — turns what was little more than an extended episode of a...
This week in music: Cupcakke, Texas songwriters, Austin Music Awards

This week in music: Cupcakke, Texas songwriters, Austin Music Awards

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Revue at Stubb’s outdoor. When the Black Keys co-founder taped “Austin City Limits” late last year, it was a revelatory experience, in part because of the A-list backing band he brought with him (including studio legends Gene Chrisman on drums and Bobby Wood on keys). The same lineup will be with him for this show, along with...
Movies in theaters, 2/23/18

Movies in theaters, 2/23/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Annihilation” Grade: B+. Review page 21 “Game Night” Grade: C+. Review page 22 NOT REVIEWED “Every Day.” PG-13. 95 minutes. In this film based on David Levithan’s bestselling novel, a 16-year-old girl falls in love with a mysterious soul named A that inhabits a different body every day. Cedar Park. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan...
Female-driven ‘Annihilation’ is singularly adventurous

Female-driven ‘Annihilation’ is singularly adventurous

Sometimes cinematic adaptations are conversations with source material rather than direct representations. No recent film more exemplifies this idea than Alex Garland’s bold, metaphysical and just plain weird “Annihilation,” adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s book, the first in his “Southern Reach” trilogy. The result is a deeply challenging, big budget, female-driven...
Man cave survey takes deeper look at what men want

Man cave survey takes deeper look at what men want

“You are not going to put that thing in the house!” is something I hear from time to time.  My wife is usually referring to something rusty, dusty or dead. Or some combination of the three. Fortunately, I have no intention of putting my treasures in the house. They’re going in the garage — the vintage Texas honky-tonk at the end of my driveway. You’d call it a &ldquo...
HBO is bringing ‘Westworld’ to SXSW -- is Austin where the robot revolt will start? 

HBO is bringing ‘Westworld’ to SXSW -- is Austin where the robot revolt will start? 

HBO is bringing a bit of their smash hit show “Westworld” to South by Southwest. The cable Goliath is building a town from the ground up for an immersive experience exclusively for SXSW badgeholders.  Open from March 9-11 only, the “Westworld”-themed park will feature reproduced versions of iconic locations and elements from the hit HBO series, including the Coronado hotel...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum, “Ready Player One” author Ernest Cline, actress Dakota Fanning, “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Paramount TV & Digital Entertainment president Amy Powell and, hello, actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will all speak as part of South By Southwest...
‘The Bonfire,’ ‘Unmasked’ and ‘The Jackie and Laurie Show’ podcasts will all record live at Moontower Comedy

‘The Bonfire,’ ‘Unmasked’ and ‘The Jackie and Laurie Show’ podcasts will all record live at Moontower Comedy

SiriusXM’s “The Bonfire” with Dan Soder and Big Jay Oakerson, “Unmasked” with Ron Bennington, “The Jackie and Laurie Show” with Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, “Raised by TV” with Lauren Lapkus and Jon Gabrus and several more podcasts have all lined up to record live episodes at the Moontower Comedy Festival April 18 to 21. In addition, comics...
Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts

Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are among the acts playing KUTX’s “Live at the Four Seasons” during South by Southwest 2018. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits More than a dozen artists in town for South by Southwest will play KUTX’s eighth annual “Live at the Four Seasons” shows March 14-17, including Nathaniel Rateliff...
Plan ahead for family fun in Austin in March, especially for spring break

Plan ahead for family fun in Austin in March, especially for spring break

You’ll find a lot of things to do with the kids this March. Expect many more activities the week of spring break — March 12-16 — to help you keep kids busy when school is out. Check out these events: Bullfighter Wacy Munsellbulllooks for an opportunity to distract a bull named 805 Major Malfunction As fighter Lance Brittan lands after being hooked by the...
SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2

SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2

Music website Brooklyn Vegan has teamed up with local promotion company Margin Walker Presents for three days of parties at Cheer Up Charlies. The events are scheduled for March 15-17 and they are free and open to the public (members of the public who are prepared to show up early and wait in line, that is). Lineups are coming soon, but  you can go ahead and...
Event: Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night offers flavor of Texas foodways

Event: Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night offers flavor of Texas foodways

The Greater Austin Black Chamber hosts the Taste of Black Austin Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Peached Social House. The tasting and reception “will trace the influence of food and farming in the preservation of black history and American culture” and feature food from about a dozen Austin chefs along with a photography exhibit honoring Austin&rsquo...
Get your ‘Hamilton’ tickets for Austin right now

Get your ‘Hamilton’ tickets for Austin right now

At last you have permission to order those “Hamilton” tickets for the once-in-a-generation musical that will stop in Austin at Bass Concert Hall for three weeks in 2019. Michael Luwoye and Isaiah Johnson in the ‘Hamilton’ national tour. Contributed by Joan Marcus The happy catch? To secure those tickets beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 when the Broadway in Austin call...
Film looks past the magic of the Magic Kingdom at childhood poverty

Film looks past the magic of the Magic Kingdom at childhood poverty

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available through streaming services. Video on Demand “The Florida Project”: Willem Dafoe just earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Bobby Hicks, the compassionate manager of a budget motel in Orlando, Florida...
Commentary: On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther’

Commentary: On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther’

At the movie theater over the weekend, I stood in line to get my overpriced snacks before seeing today’s blackbuster hit. “Black Panther.” As is the case most times I go to movies, I stood out like a sore thumb. You see, I’m a black woman who lives in Austin. And I see a LOT of movies. I stick out because the audience is typically just as overwhelmingly white as the actors...
Austin 'Black Panther' fans put on their Wakanda best this weekend

Austin 'Black Panther' fans put on their Wakanda best this weekend

It has come to pass as many (eventually) thought it would: experts are predicting “Black Panther” will deliver a $235 million-plus debut over the four-day weekend, making for the third highest four-day gross in history.  As Box Office Mojo noted, it is only the fifth movie to debut with over $200 million over its opening weekend. Just for a little bit of perspective, know...
Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

SXSW muscles its way onto Austin’s social calendar in a couple of weeks, but you can wrestle down plenty of other options for parties before, during and after the main event. Feb. 23:  Wonders and Worries Unmasked. JW Marriott.   Feb. 28:  Austin Music Awards. ACL Live. March 1:  Back on My Feet Austin Gala. JW Marriott....
As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film. The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster en route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million Friday...
Man dressed as Black Panther proposes to his girlfriend at New York Alamo Drafthouse

Man dressed as Black Panther proposes to his girlfriend at New York Alamo Drafthouse

In case you live under a rock, “Black Panther” hit theaters this weekend and cemented itself as an instant classic, breaking box office records in the process. Theater lines went out the door, screenings sold out, fans dressed in traditional African attire and some even donned the Black Panther costume. And at an Alamo Drafthouse in New York, a man dressed as the Black Panther...
Webb Report: The Onion’s version of Mayor Adler is pro-werewolf

Webb Report: The Onion’s version of Mayor Adler is pro-werewolf

In college, I swore I saw a ghost while driving around off Convict Hill Road with my friends one night. I also heard strange voices in the American-Statesman newsroom on Halloween a few years back when I was working the graveyard shift. Aside from watching “Teen Wolf” reruns all weekend after having my wisdom teeth extracted, though, I have not seen any werewolves in Austin. In an alternate...
Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Anyone who was lucky enough to see “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” in the early 1980s will never forget it. The experimental movie about the tensions between the environment and the tentacles of modern urban life broke into the national consciousness without the use of words. First-time director Godfrey Reggio used slow-motion and time-lapse photography as well as sweeping aerial...
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