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Bill Maher talks about Trump, how he wishes there was more TX in ATX

Bill Maher of HBO’s “Real Time” will be at ACL Live on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, which would be a very good time to see him if that inauguration concerns you. However, if you don’t already have tickets, the show is technically sold out. (You can also see him when “Real Time” returns to HBO on Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.) I interviewed...
What lesson can you teach this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

What lesson can you teach this Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Thousands march from The University of Texas to Huston-Tillotson University during the Annual Community March Celebration for Dr.
Art, film and food to entertain you on your Monday holiday

Art, film and food to entertain you on your Monday holiday

Art “Metallic and Rust.” At the Davis Gallery, Taylor Winn and Dony Wynn are showing their stunning abstract pieces — Winn’s flowing paintings, Wynn’s magnified tight-shot photographs — that are full of movement and color. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 18. 837 W. Twelfth St. 512-477-4929, davisgalleryaustin...
Glass house much? Houston article tries to throw shade at Austin

Glass house much? Houston article tries to throw shade at Austin

The hallmark of bullying is tearing someone down because you’re insecure about yourself. When it comes to Texas’ ever-swirling cross-metro rivalries, they perpetually hate us ’cause they ain’t us. The Austin-San Antonio war of microaggressions has mostly run its course. Last week, a Houston Press listicle tried to start something. Depending on your loyalties, their...
Thanks to Amazing Acro-cats and more, lots to entertain you this week

Thanks to Amazing Acro-cats and more, lots to entertain you this week

1. The Amazing Acro-cats 7 p.m. Jan. 19-20, 21 and 23; 3 p.m. Jan. 21; 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 22. $27. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. 512-472-5470, austintheatre.org. The Amazing Acro-cats are a troupe of real house cats that will jump and pounce their way into your heart. Reaching out to shelters in need and accepting cats found homeless in the streets, Samantha Martin has not only rescued...
Hopdoddy celebrating one year in Round Rock with limited offer Round Rock Donuts burger

Hopdoddy celebrating one year in Round Rock with limited offer Round Rock Donuts burger

The Code 7, a collaboration between Round Rock Donuts and Hopdoddy, comes sandwiched between two glazed Round Rock Donuts.
10 things to do this raining weekend in Austin with kids

10 things to do this raining weekend in Austin with kids

You can read my weekend calendar blog, but aside from the organized events, here are 10 ideas to keep kids busy this long weekend.
Where to grab a slice of pie, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend

Where to grab a slice of pie, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend

Since 2009, Peace Through Pie socials have brought people together for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A pumpkin pie with crust “Dream” baked on top was made by Beth Savercool for the pie auction during the Sweethome Peace Through Pie social in 2015.
Matthew McConaughey chills at Highball, hosts “Gold” screening at Drafthouse

Matthew McConaughey chills at Highball, hosts “Gold” screening at Drafthouse

Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez star in “Gold.” Contributed by The Weinstein Company He didn’t say “Alright, alright, alright.
Don Henley, Jim Lauderdale and an “Odd Squad,” Jan. 14-15

Don Henley, Jim Lauderdale and an “Odd Squad,” Jan. 14-15

Jim Lauderdale at Continental Club. Based in Nashville and long renowned as an authority on Americana music — so much so that he’s been the emcee of the Americana Music Awards for more than a decade — Lauderdale has covered a lot of ground over more than two dozen albums, from honky-tonk to bluegrass to collaborations with the Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter. His latest, &ldquo...
More to do, Saturday, Jan. 14

More to do, Saturday, Jan. 14

Theater & dance “Call of the Wild” at Stateside at the Paramount. This multimedia adventure mixes classic storytelling with projected illustrations and original music to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a Saint Bernard and Scottish collie. Sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes one of the most famous...
KUTX Winter Jam, Astronomy on Tap and more free events, Jan. 15-21

KUTX Winter Jam, Astronomy on Tap and more free events, Jan. 15-21

Sunday Burger Brunch at El Sapo. The Tex-Mex burger joint will have drink specials on mimosas, Bloody Marys and O Gurl! margaritas. Plus, DJ Dick Wolf will provide the tunes. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 1900 Manor Road. facebook.com/events/1122913624492356/. KeyzStreet Sundays at Stay Gold. Local R&B and hip-hop label KeyzStreet brings the holiday weekend heat as their month-long Sunday night residency...
Drink with a kick: Chuck Norris launches bottled water company 

Drink with a kick: Chuck Norris launches bottled water company 

Even though the former “Walker, Texas Ranger” star isn’t fighting crime on the small screen anymore, Chuck Norris is flexing his muscle in the business world.   The famous martial artist, actor, and frequent subject of jokes regarding superhuman strength is tossing his cowboy hat into the bottled water industry. Norris and his wife Gena are heading up CForce, a line of bottled...
Bring the rain boots and umbrella for this weekend’s family family, Jan. 13-16

Bring the rain boots and umbrella for this weekend’s family family, Jan. 13-16

It’s a long holiday weekend, and a rainy one at that. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Friday, a 30 percent chance on Saturday and the a 60 percent chance on Sunday and 70 percent on Monday.
Film listings, 1/13/17

Film listings, 1/13/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Patriots Day” Grade: B+. Review page 27 “Live By Night” Grade: C. Review page 28 “Monster Trucks” Grade: D+. Review page 31 NOT REVIEWED “Sleepless.” R. 95 minutes. An undercover Las Vegas police officer played by Jamie Foxx becomes tangled in a web of corrupt cops and a casino underground controlled by the mob. Barton Creek. City Lights...
‘Monster Trucks’ has no emotional gear

‘Monster Trucks’ has no emotional gear

“Monster Trucks” starts out with a relatively adult, science fiction premise: that our current obsession with fracking could threaten underground, intelligent creatures unknown to us. Then the film overwhelms this idea with an utterly childish conceit: These same creatures — who each could fill a living room — guzzle gas, hang out with humans and love to inhabit big trucks...
Affleck wears too many hats in ‘Live By Night’

Affleck wears too many hats in ‘Live By Night’

With “Live By Night” there’s the sinking feeling that Ben Affleck should perhaps reconsider his tendency to star in the films he directs. He’s proven to be a gifted filmmaker, but the weaknesses in his oeuvre are more often than not his leading performances, which are usually the least interesting parts of his films. He seems to excel when working with a talented lead actor...
Austin music scene movie starring Ryan Gosling to open 2017 SXSW Film

Austin music scene movie starring Ryan Gosling to open 2017 SXSW Film

Terrence Malick’s “Song To Song” will open the 2017 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, it was announced Jan. 5. Malick partially filmed the drama in and around Austin over the course of a few years. The movie is described as a “modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene” and stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie...
‘Patriots Day’ is fine tribute to the people of Boston

‘Patriots Day’ is fine tribute to the people of Boston

Whether they are celebrated filmmakers or ordinary folks, tragedy can bring out the best in people, and “Patriots Day” is the latest example of both sides of the equation. An effective, efficient and quite dramatic examination of the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured 264, “Patriots Day” is a tribute to people who earned it: the...
‘Silence’ scholar: Tough film ‘should challenge Christians’

‘Silence’ scholar: Tough film ‘should challenge Christians’

“Silence,” Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of the Japanese novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, opened in Austin last week. Long touted as Scorsese’s most passionate passion project, the nearly three-hour epic finds the director who once considered a life in the priesthood again examining age-old questions of faith and doubt. The book it’s based on, written in 1966...
One of NYC’s best burgers kicks off Guest Chef Series tonight at Cane Rosso

One of NYC’s best burgers kicks off Guest Chef Series tonight at Cane Rosso

The Emmy Burger (Credit: Emily Bolles) Dallas import Cane Rosso in Sunset Valley near the Burger Center begins a series of Guest Chef dinners tonight when it welcomes Matthew and Emily Hyland of Brooklyn pizza-centric restaurant Emily and sister restaurant Emmy Squared tonight.
With little fuss, Travis OKs later curfew for Euphoria Music Festival

With little fuss, Travis OKs later curfew for Euphoria Music Festival

The annual ruckus in Travis County over noise issues with Euphoria Music and Camping Festival seems to have hushed this year after commissioners voted Tuesday to allow artists to play later into the night than code normally permits. The variance, which commissioners approved 4-0 with Margaret Gómez abstaining, will allow the festival to stay open until midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends...

The South by Southwest Music Festival kicks off in just over two months on Monday, March 13, and on Tuesday morning, the festival dropped its biggest band list to date, adding 498 artists to the roster.
Will ‘Tower’ get an Oscar nod? You can watch it for yourself on VOD

Will ‘Tower’ get an Oscar nod? You can watch it for yourself on VOD

Here’s a look at some fantastic documentaries that are now available to rent from digital providers or have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “Tower”: Keith Maitland’s powerful examination of the 1966 shootings that occurred at the University of Texas at Austin recently won four awards from the Austin Film Critics Association, including best documentary. The...
“Hidden Figures” surprises to hit No. 2 behind “Rogue One”

“Hidden Figures” surprises to hit No. 2 behind “Rogue One”

LOS ANGELES — The new movie “Hidden Figures” tells the uplifting true story of a trio of women who defied expectations as they helped the U.S. space program. Now the tale is also beating the odds at the box office. The Oscar hopeful surpassed industry projections in its wide-release debut over the weekend, collecting $21.8 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday in the U.S...
Your guide to Austin-area festivals in 2017

Your guide to Austin-area festivals in 2017

From puns to Polish movies, Austin’s got it all when it comes to festivals. Whether you’re looking for something free, outdoor, indoor, musical, athletic or something else entirely, we’ve got you covered with our list of 2017 events. Are we missing one? Email cgonzales@statesman.com and we’ll add it to our list. JANUARY » See a map of this month’s event locations...
In texting war, Alamo Drafthouse makes stance clear amid iPhone rumors

In texting war, Alamo Drafthouse makes stance clear amid iPhone rumors

What do you love more: your iPhone or Alamo Drafthouse? The time to choose might be nigh. According to several news outlets, rumors began to swirl at the end of last year that a new “theater mode” is coming to iOS 10.3, complete with a popcorn-shaped icon in the device’s control center. I know, I know. The idea of using your phone in a theater at all, special mode or not, is...
See author Zadie Smith talk about her latest novel

See author Zadie Smith talk about her latest novel

Comedy Chris Cubas & Friends at Free Week. Although Free Week is a live music promotion encouraging visits to Austin venues, comedians are getting involved, too, with Cubas, Pat Dean, Arielle Norman and more of Austin’s best funny people offering a night of hilarious stand-up. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jan. 9. Free. Barracuda, 611 E. Seventh St. freeweek.do512.com/events/2017/1/9/free-week-chris-cubas...
From Jerry Seinfeld to Clinton Kelly, Austin events abound this week

From Jerry Seinfeld to Clinton Kelly, Austin events abound this week

1. Jerry Seinfeld at Bass Concert Hall 7 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13. $50-$150. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-471-9166, texasperformingarts.org. One of America’s most well-known comedians has set his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2017 and brings his act to Austin, where he’ll be performing his signature stand-up routine at Bass Concert Hall. Seinfeld, most recognized...
10 movies that prove 2016 was a good year for cinema

10 movies that prove 2016 was a good year for cinema

No matter the year, there are always people who think it’s been a horrible one for movies. If you’re going only to the multiplex and taking in what the major studios are selling, I can understand why.
Bundle up, but don’t miss the family fun this weekend, Jan. 6-8

Bundle up, but don’t miss the family fun this weekend, Jan. 6-8

The lows, well, they will be in the 20s, but eventually at some point on Sunday, it might get to be in the 50s.
More things to do, Saturday, Jan. 7

More things to do, Saturday, Jan. 7

Comedy Start Trekkin’ at the Hideout Theatre. Prepare to explore strange new worlds this January and February at the Hideout. The theater’s hit show is returning to the stage to create episodes set in the galaxy of “Star Trek.” In each episode, the cast will take you on a never-been-seen-before journey through the many worlds of the beloved, campy 1960s sci-fi TV show by cleverly...
Trains, coffee roasters, a run and more things to do, Saturday, Jan. 7

Trains, coffee roasters, a run and more things to do, Saturday, Jan. 7

Theater & dance “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Live. The cult classic is being produced live at the North Door to thrill you, chill you and fulfill you. O’Brien’s Orchestra’s live rendition will feature guided audience participation and, of course, a live preshow and performance. There will also be prop bags and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” merchandise available...
Chris Cubas, Clinton Kelly and Shiner beer offer free events this week

Chris Cubas, Clinton Kelly and Shiner beer offer free events this week

Sunday “The Winter Modern” at Link & Pin Art Space. The artwork of local artists Sarah Presson (mixed-media collage), Nick Schnitzer (3-D wall hanging work) and Stephen Pruitt (photography) is on display, at times surrounding the performance of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl. Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Jan. 23. 2235 E...
Watch: Six movies to keep an eye on before summer hits

Watch: Six movies to keep an eye on before summer hits

“Fifty Shades Darker” Holiday movies, summer movies — we all know about those. But what about movies that come out early in the year?
SXSW Film’s opener: Austin music scene movie starring Ryan Gosling

SXSW Film’s opener: Austin music scene movie starring Ryan Gosling

From left, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” (Van Redin / Broad Green Pictures) Terrence Malick’s “Song To Song” will open the 2017 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, it was announced today.

What’s better than bacon? A bacon and beer festival

How’s that New Year’s resolution to eat better going? Great? Good. Now skip this post. Not so great? Read on. Edible Austin’s Bacon and Beer Festival is returning for the fourth year on Jan. 28 at Brazos Hall, 204 E. Fourth St. In partnership with Eat Boston, the local magazine will bring together area chefs and brewers for an afternoon of bacon celebration. The event is a fundraiser...
The sometimes brilliant “Silence” can test one’s faith, patience

The sometimes brilliant “Silence” can test one’s faith, patience

Based on the much-lauded 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endō, “Silence” is Martin Scorsese’s most ravenously Catholic movie since “The Last Temptation of Christ.” It is also gorgeous, over-long, exhausting yet intermittently fascinating, racially sketchy and should be required viewing for both serious movie nerds and anyone who shelled out money for, say, “The...
2017 in Austin shows: The festivals are coming, plus touring shows

2017 in Austin shows: The festivals are coming, plus touring shows

January is traditionally a slow month for touring shows. Let’s call it the calm before the storm — a fantastic time to explore our homegrown music scene, at the Free Week shows that will flourish at downtown clubs this weekend, and beyond. But it’s a momentary lull. Before we know it spring will fling the city back into high gear. Here’s a look at some of the musical entertainment...
‘Guardians,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ and lots of Vin Diesel: 24 winter movies

‘Guardians,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ and lots of Vin Diesel: 24 winter movies

The first quarter of a calendar year is often where studios dump movies that are neither worthy of summer blockbuster status nor potential Oscar material. Which is to say, often the pickings are a tad slim. Here are 24 interesting-looking movies slated to appear between Jan. 13 and May 5. You better believe all release dates are subject to change. Jan. 13 “Sleepless”: A remake of the French...
Top shows: Austin bands fill Free Week with all kinds of music

Top shows: Austin bands fill Free Week with all kinds of music

OUR TOP PICKS Free Week Friday: Magna Carda, Keeper, Mobley at the Mohawk. Holy triple bill, Free Week! With the jazzy wanderings of live band hip-hop outfit Magna Carda, the dreamy trip-hop of Keeper and the electrifying live show of soul pop artist Mobley, this is a can’t-miss chance to see three of the hottest rising Austin acts in one fell swoop. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin...
Movie listings, Jan. 6, 2017

Movie listings, Jan. 6, 2017

OPENING FRIDAY Grade: B+. Review page 24 Grade: A-. Review page 25 Grade: B+. Review page 28 NOT REVIEWED “Underworld: Blood Wars.” R. 91 minutes. The death dealer Selene, played by Kate Beckinsale, tries to end the eternal war between vampires and Lycans. Alamo Lakeline. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights. Galaxy. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Round Rock. Southpark. Stone Hill...
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