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Jimmy Webb’s memoir takes a long look the legendary songwriter’s career

If you loved the late Glen Campbell’s city-named country-pop crossover hits — “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” — much of the credit goes to Jimmy Webb, who wrote all of those songs in the mid-to-late 1960s when he was barely out of his teens. The son of a Baptist minister who grew up mostly in Oklahoma and the Texas...


Saturday events include family-friendly Ballet Austin performance

Saturday events include family-friendly Ballet Austin performance

Art “TX*SCI” at Art Science Gallery. This group exhibit captures the current state of the science art movement across Texas — specifically artwork that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas. It’s also intended to time with the 2017 Texas Biennial, a survey of contemporary art around the state, and it’ll be Art Science Gallery’s featured exhibit for the...
An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

    As of today, Austin Public Library card holders have access to more than 30,000 films for free.  The Austin Public Library has added access to the on-demand video platform called Kanopy. It is essentially a streaming service a bit like Netflix or Shudder, except one needs only an Austin library card to access it. There are no commercials or fees for users. The library has it covered...
Later live music hours to continue on Red River, at least until April

Later live music hours to continue on Red River, at least until April

Austin will take another six months to test later nighttime music hours on Red River Street, after disparate interests agreed the program was going swimmingly. Even Mary Ingle, president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, who in January argued passionately that Red River music ruined her quality of life and brought Lady Gaga to her living room, said Thursday that she supported extending the program...
Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22

Plan your rainy weekend with these family events, Oct. 20-22

Brace for it. It’s going to rain this weekend, with an 80 percent chance on Friday and Sunday and a 50 percent change on Saturday. We know you want to head out to the pumpkin patches around Central Texas. Plan wisely, bring your rain gear, and hope that the weather forecasters get this one wrong. The good news: It won’t be hot. Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a...
Austin music: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder among big shows

Austin music: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder among big shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Del McCoury Band at Paramount Theatre. Tough break for those who longed to hear Del’s soaring bluegrass tenor at Old Settler’s Fest earlier this year, as the family patriarch was stricken with an ailment that made his voice nearly dysfunctional. He grinned through it, though, and turned over most of the vocal work to the more-than-capable band featuring his kids Rob...
‘Only the Brave,’ ‘Mark Felt’ and more movies opening this week

‘Only the Brave,’ ‘Mark Felt’ and more movies opening this week

Editor’s note: We moved full movie reviews to our Thursday section to make room for the Dining Guide. Below are some capsule reviews of what’s opening this weekend. “Only the Brave” “Only the Brave,” directed by Joseph Kosinski andwritten by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, is based on the GQ article “No Exit,” by Seth Flynn, which recounts, in efficient...
Talking about film, TV and — podcasts? — at Austin Film Festival

Talking about film, TV and — podcasts? — at Austin Film Festival

It may seem unusual to some, but the Austin Film Festival is one of the few festivals in the country where the panels are absolutely, positively as interesting as the movies being screened. Here are a few we’re looking forward to. They are open to badgeholders only, but many likely will be recorded for future episodes of AFF’s “On Story.” The award winners. This year, legendary...
Austin Film Festival movies feature big names, Texas ties

Austin Film Festival movies feature big names, Texas ties

The Austin Film Festival and Conference kicks off Oct. 26 with a big lineup of film writers, narrative features, documentaries and panel discussions. Actress Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with “Lady Bird,” while some of the top fall films such as “Darkest Hour” and “Chappaquiddick” get their first screenings in Austin. We’ve put together a list...
Director Kevin Smith says he'll donate future profits from Weinstein-backed films

Director Kevin Smith says he'll donate future profits from Weinstein-backed films

To say that director Kevin Smith was upset by the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, with whom he shared a business relationship, is not quite enough. Days after the news broke Smith tweeted out a statement: “He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed.” But Smith wasn’t...
Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer. Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter. "Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing...
Austin to celebrate Día de los Muertos across city

Austin to celebrate Día de los Muertos across city

In addition to signature events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest, Austin hopes to be known for its Day of the Dead festivities. On Wednesday, Mayor Steve Adler announced plans for a citywide Día de los Muertos celebration aimed at boosting the visibility of the city’s diverse arts, increasing tourism and preserving Austin’s Hispanic heritage....
Austin mayor kicks off citywide Día de los Muertos celebration

Austin mayor kicks off citywide Día de los Muertos celebration

Mayor Steve Adler on Wednesday announced plans for a citywide Día de los Muertos celebration aimed at boosting the visibility of the city’s diverse arts as well as preserving Austin’s Hispanic heritage. Austin Día de los Muertos from Saturday through Nov. 4 will highlight existing annual events along with new ones under one marketing campaign. Adler will serve as honorary...
REVIEW: Alvvays is just as light live, and it’s all good

REVIEW: Alvvays is just as light live, and it’s all good

There wasn’t a fog machine at Alvvays’ Tuesday night Mohawk show, but lead singer Molly Rankin’s voice still seemed like it was making its way through a thick haze. It wasn’t your ear buds. The band’s signature light-as-air sound was just as fuzzy live. Alvvays does not pack a punch. But the dream-pop group, whose 2014 debut album’s success seemed to surprise...
From sexist to schmaltzy, 10 terrifyingly awful classic country songs

From sexist to schmaltzy, 10 terrifyingly awful classic country songs

If October is the time for all things spooky, perhaps I should emerge from my Spotify cocoon and and tune in to the radio and the mainstream. For there is nothing more terrifying to me than … Modern! Country! Music!  Or is there? Sometimes at night, when the midnight drive home leaves me alone with my iPhone and only a few hundred cars crowding Slaughter Lane for no discernible reason...
UT graduate Dr. O. Alton Barron aims to heal Austin musicians

UT graduate Dr. O. Alton Barron aims to heal Austin musicians

Austin is home to pioneering nonprofits, such as HAAM and SIMS, that serve the health needs of the music community. Add another: The Musician Treatment Foundation, which aims to heal vulnerable shoulders, elbows and hands, and kicks off with an Elvis Costello benefit concert Oct. 22 at the Paramount Theatre. We chatted about the project, which works with Dell Medical School and the Health Alliance...
‘Mark Felt’ a timely look at Watergate whistle-blower

‘Mark Felt’ a timely look at Watergate whistle-blower

There’s such a thing as sheer luck, and “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” benefits from it. It’s the story of a career FBI officer, the second in line behind J. Edgar Hoover, whose covert leaks to the Washington Post — as “Deep Throat” — led to the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Written and directed by Peter Landesman, this...
‘Only the Brave’ a gripping story of firefighting heroes

‘Only the Brave’ a gripping story of firefighting heroes

Wildland firefighting is a mysterious art: a delicate dance with a raging, unpredictable force. It’s bested only with a unique mastery of weather, fuel and wind to extinguish fire with fire itself. If our image of firefighting is a big red truck and a hose, “Only the Brave,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, tweaks that image, introducing audiences to a crew of yellow-shirted mountain...
Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

The Old Settler’s Music Festival has filed suit against the Driftwood Music Festival, seeking injunctions and a restraining order against the new event tentatively set to compete with Old Settler’s in mid-April. It’s the latest development in a conflict that arose this summer after the 30-year-old Old Settler’s Fest announced plans to move to Lockhart. Longtime Old Settler&rsquo...
Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

  Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported. Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66. The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill...
Uchi restaurants across Texas auctioning private dinners for Hurricane Harvey relief

Uchi restaurants across Texas auctioning private dinners for Hurricane Harvey relief

Uchi restaurants across Texas are holding auctions to raise money for the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which is helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. People have the opportunity to bid on a 10-course, beverage-paired meals for 12 at Uchi Houston and Dallas and Uchiko in Austin. The November 6 meal in Dallas will...
Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday. “I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,&rdquo...
Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even. Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Ross told the station...
Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

In the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal, countless women across the world have stepped forward to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. Heather Ross, also known as Heather Robinson, is a television and movie industry vet who recently told a morning radio show in Tucson, Arizona, about an ugly run-in she had with an overly aggressive unnamed Oscar winner. Her story, however...
Documentary looks at iconic movie scene that made us scared of showers

Documentary looks at iconic movie scene that made us scared of showers

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a new title that has just started streaming. Video on Demand “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene”: In this new documentary, Alexandre O. Philippe (“The People vs. George Lucas”) examines one of the most famous scenes in the history of cinema. Over the course of 91 minutes...
Former Austin broadcaster, lawmaker remembered for his talents, charm

Former Austin broadcaster, lawmaker remembered for his talents, charm

Marvin “Dan” Love, an Austin broadcasting pioneer and former city lawmaker, died Friday. He was 88. Love became a newscaster for KTBC-TV (also known as Fox 7 Austin) and later ran KHFI-TV (now known as KXAN) as its general manager from 1965 to 1974. He was elected to the Austin City Council in 1971 and re-elected in 1973, serving as mayor pro tem during both terms. He began his media career...
‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

Actress Kate Winslet has played many impressive roles through her long career, but there is one character that she would love to go back and play again. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that if were up to her, she would go back and play Clementine from her 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” in which she starred alongside Jim Carrey. Winslet said: “Actually...
Texas lawmaker, citing Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, seeks to end Texas Film Commission

Texas lawmaker, citing Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, seeks to end Texas Film Commission

  State Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, called Monday for an end to the taxpayer-funded Texas Film Commission amid the recent controversy surrounding Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.  “Over the past week, our nation has grown increasingly alarmed over allegations of rampant sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others in the motion picture and TV industry,&rdquo...
‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

A 58-year-old entrepreneur, who once appeared on the popular show “Shark Tank” to make his case for an app called “EmergenSee,” has been found dead in a Pennsylvania river, reportedly from a gunshot wound to the head. The body found floating in the Schuylkill River in University City, Pa., on Thursday has been identified as Philip Reitnour, an entrepreneur who notably...
We loved, loved, loved these moments at ACL Fest 2017

We loved, loved, loved these moments at ACL Fest 2017

We kinda can’t believe we’re not going back to Zilker Park on Friday for another weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Our team of music lovers and veteran festgoers was on the ground from beginning to end all six days, and here, we share musical highlights and some of our favorite images. We’ll be back: As has become tradition, fest producers announced dates for next...
‘Happy Death Day’ stands out among weak lineup of wide releases

‘Happy Death Day’ stands out among weak lineup of wide releases

It’s been a great season for horror, with Blumhouse’s “Happy Death Day” becoming the latest such film to top the domestic box office in its opening weekend. The $5 million movie, a bloody riff on the classic “Groundhog Day” concept, brought in an estimated $26.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore, above the $15 million...
ACL Fest 2017 enjoys sunny skies and spirits moved by music

ACL Fest 2017 enjoys sunny skies and spirits moved by music

Much of the lead-up to this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival involved issues beyond the music, but as festgoers departed Zilker Park each weekend, what they carried with them were musical moments that transcended all of the surrounding concerns. On both Saturdays, Chance the Rapper turned his Zilker Park crowds into a gospel choir. Women in the front rows during Solange’s Friday...
Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter has checked back into rehab one week after he left his treatment facility. Carter’s rep confirmed that the singer left the treatment earlier this month to attend to “legal and personal matters” that “required his immediate and in-person attention,” the People. “Aaron has taken care of the legal and financial matters that required his attention...
Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

A former member of the popular girl group and dance ensemble   Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, is claiming that members of the pop music hit-makers were a part of a “prostitution ring.” “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones said in a post on Twitter. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who...
George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney is categorically denying reports that he played a role in the blacklisting his former “ER” costar Vanessa Marquez for speaking out about harassment, according to US Weekly. “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” Clooney said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting...
Webb Report: A group of ‘King of the Hill’ fans celebrate the ‘bwaahh’

Webb Report: A group of ‘King of the Hill’ fans celebrate the ‘bwaahh’

Bwaahh! Any fan of Mike Judge’s animated “King of the Hill” knows that’s what Texas paterfamilias Hank Hill sounds like under stress of any kind. (Or however it is you spell “Bwaahh.”) For a gathering of fans in Dallas, that noise was a rallying cry Oct. 7. Organized through a Facebook event titled “Yell ‘Bwaahh’ like Hank Hill,” a group...
In depicting poverty, ‘The Florida Project’ bucks Hollywood trend

In depicting poverty, ‘The Florida Project’ bucks Hollywood trend

Some of the best movies in history have dealt with characters who were just barely scraping by — “Bicycle Thieves” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “Modern Times.” But filmmakers today tend to avert their eyes from the horrors of financial hardship. Superhero stories are just more photogenic. Sean Baker is one exception. He gravitates...
ACL Fest 2017 sees heat and soul on penultimate day

ACL Fest 2017 sees heat and soul on penultimate day

Second verse same as the first: Like last Saturday, thick crowds filled Zilker Park on Saturday, which along with last Saturday were the only days of the Austin City Limits Music Festival that sold out weeks in advance. Here are five things that happened at the fest Saturday: 1. It was hot. Again. Scattered morning clouds burned off early, and temperatures hit 90 degrees by late afternoon. Long...
Dan Brown, Rupi Kaur top best-sellers lists

Dan Brown, Rupi Kaur top best-sellers lists

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLERS FICTION 1. ‘Origin,’ Dan Brown 2. ‘Sleeping Beauties,’ Stephen King and Owen King 3. ‘Manhattan Beach,’ Jennifer Egan 4. ‘A Column of Fire,’ Ken Follett 5. ‘Don’t Let Go,’ Harlan Coben 6. ‘The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye,’ David Lagercrantz 7. ‘The Cuban Affair,’ Nelson DeMille...
Explore fall festivals and more family fun in Austin, Oct. 15-21

Explore fall festivals and more family fun in Austin, Oct. 15-21

Events Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov Father-Daughter Dance. $10 per family. 6 p.m. Thursday, Virginia Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave. austintexas.gov Monarch Appreciation Day. Activities including crafts that are all about the butterfly. Free with admission. 9 a...
Holocaust survivor Edith Eger writes memoir with integrity, conviction

Holocaust survivor Edith Eger writes memoir with integrity, conviction

Mental health professional Edith Eger braids stories of her patients’ epiphanies with her own personal journey through Nazi Germany in “The Choice.” As a Holocaust survivor and clinical psychologist, 89-year-old Eger is often introduced to her audiences at speaking engagements as “the Anne Frank who didn’t die.” Her poignantly crafted memoir is a meditation on two...
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