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Hit the highway with the Blanton Museum’s ‘Open Road’

Grab the keys. Pile into the car. Time for a road trip. Through Jan. 7, you and the family won’t be forced to drive far to soak up the images, feelings, dramas and unfettered dreams of this timeless American obsession, since the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas presents the magnificent touring exhibition, “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip.” This...


Austin has its own Buddy the Elf — but he’s about to hang up his tights

Austin has its own Buddy the Elf — but he’s about to hang up his tights

Sunday morning, while you’re still in bed, John Muehlbauer will tug on a pair of yellow tights, button up a green jacket and fasten a wide black belt around his waist. Before he so much as pours a river of syrup over a plate of spaghetti or tears the wrapper off the first candy cane of the day, he’ll don a cone-shaped green hat and head to the airport, where he’ll wander the terminal...
Finding light as we travel our paths this holiday season

Finding light as we travel our paths this holiday season

One of my favorite traditions at St. Edward’s University is the Festival of Lights, an evening celebration of prayer, song and fellowship on our hilltop in observance of Advent. For 38 years, members of the university community gather in candlelight and in hope to listen to words of scripture, to welcome neighbors from Austin who make the trek up the hill, and to sing carols anticipating the...
Turn trash into treasure in the garden by recycling

Turn trash into treasure in the garden by recycling

For gardeners hoping to add whimsical touches to their yards, a trip to a City-Wide Garage Sale might be as helpful as a jaunt to a local nursery. “You need to think outside of the regular flowerpot,” said Martha King, a Travis County master gardener who led a recent educational seminar on Garden Decorating 101 at Zilker Botanical Garden. About 20 people attended the seminar that emphasized...
Tired of white elephant? 5 ideas for holiday gift exchanges

Tired of white elephant? 5 ideas for holiday gift exchanges

Look, we’ve all done it. You show up to your family member or friend’s house with a $25 to $50 gift, praying that whoever ends up with it in this year’s White Elephant gift exchange doesn’t hate whatever generic item you bought at the last minute because let’s face it, you completely forgot this thing was even happening. If you’re tired of doing the same ol&rsquo...
What should you give the teacher this holiday season? We have tips

What should you give the teacher this holiday season? We have tips

There are certain times of the year when teacher gifts are kind of the thing to do. Think: Teacher appreciation week in May, end of the school year and the Christmas/Hanukkah/winter holidays. You don’t have to, but it’s good etiquette to do so. Even if you don’t love your child’s teacher or teachers, it’s nice to thank them for putting up with your kid. We hear from our...
Austin boy trying to raise $1 million for Batten treatment for sister

Austin boy trying to raise $1 million for Batten treatment for sister

When his parents set out to raise $6 million in two years to fund a Food and Drug Administration clinical trial for a possible treatment for Batten disease, Garland Benson, 13, decided he was going to raise $1 million of that to help find a treatment for his sister, Christiane. He would do it, he decided, by asking 100,000 people to give $10. “One day I was like, this takes $6 million. That&rsquo...
Son, mom return home after mother spent month in hospital, care center

Son, mom return home after mother spent month in hospital, care center

Crockett High sophomore Donovan Clay doesn’t have the everyday home life of most 15-year-olds. His mother Bertha Foster has been bed-bound in recent years after multiple strokes took away her ability to walk and left her partially blind and unable to use one hand. While there are several family members around to assist Foster, Donovan is the one that’s there 24/7 to be her unofficial nurse...
Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin reaches 5 million ounces donated

Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin reaches 5 million ounces donated

As of Thursday, Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin officially has distributed 5 million ounces of breast milk to preterm and medically fragile babies since it opened in 1999. The milk has been donated by more than 8,000 mothers, and been given to more than 29,000 babies from around the country.  Katrina Hunt, milk processing coordinator, mixes milk from several donors...
Five years after Sandy Hook: What has changed, what has not

Five years after Sandy Hook: What has changed, what has not

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary, when 20 students and six school employees were killed by shooter Adam Lanza. It has changed what happens in our schools. Students now do drills for fires, for severe weather and also for a lock down — when a school needs to close its doors because the students are in danger...
Austin360 arts list, Dec. 15-21

Austin360 arts list, Dec. 15-21

Theater & dance “Christmas Belles.” The City Theatre is producing this Texas-set comedy, written about a church Christmas pageant that spins hilariously out of control. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, with no shows Dec. 21-24, through Dec. 30. $10-$25. 3823 Airport Blvd. citytheatreaustin.org. “A Christmas Carol.” This Zach Theatre tradition is back for...
Austin360 recreation list, Dec. 15-21

Austin360 recreation list, Dec. 15-21

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Just when you thought they were all closing, new running store opens in Austin

Just when you thought they were all closing, new running store opens in Austin

[vimeo 243927777 w=492 h=277] Some of the biggest running stores in Austin – RunTex, Luke’s Locker and Hill Country Running Company – have shuttered in the past five years, blaming competition from online sales and an oversaturated market. But this week, a new running store is opening in downtown Austin. Ryan and Pam Hess, both fixtures in the local running scene (Pam...
Is there a perfect way to be a parent? New Kraft video asks

Is there a perfect way to be a parent? New Kraft video asks

For Mother’s Day, Kraft gave us the gem “How to swear like a Mother” from swearing expert Melissa Mohr, author of “Holy Sh*t: A History of Swearing.” Kraft Now for Christmas time, the mac-and-cheese maker gives us a more sentimental gem, a video that declares, “There’s no one perfect way to do this.” It cites this statistic:...
In business, belly dancing, shop owner gives global flavor to Austin

In business, belly dancing, shop owner gives global flavor to Austin

From the outside, Zein Al-Jundi’s store looks like many other Central Austin shops of a certain vintage. It’s tucked into a nondescript shopping strip at the corner of Duval and 51st streets. But inside, the Arabic Bazaar unfolds in gleaming nooks and crannies. Its rooms and shelves spill over with gold-threaded fabrics, handblown tea glasses, pashminas and carpets and fine jewelry, pierced...
Syrian refugees will soon have new furniture thanks to Star Furniture

Syrian refugees will soon have new furniture thanks to Star Furniture

Ahlam Al Battal, 38, and her husband, Sami Ashour, 48, have seen their lives upended by war. Once living comfortably in a suburb of Damascus, they witnessed their neighborhood destroyed by the Syrian civil war. They fled for their safety to Jordan and lived in a refugee camp. In 2016, they fled again so that their children could get an education. This time they came to the United States, to Austin...
Veterinarian finds 21 pacifiers in dog's stomach

Veterinarian finds 21 pacifiers in dog's stomach

Dr. Chris Rispoli has been a practicing veterinarian since 1997, but nothing could prepare him for what he calls his “most fascinating and exciting surgery.” According to a Facebook post shared by Gentle Care Animal Hospital, Rispoli found 21 pacifiers in a dog’s stomach. >> Read more trending news  The Edmond, Oklahoma, veterinarian was brought in after...
Get ready. Flu season expected to be bad

Get ready. Flu season expected to be bad

Look out, Central Texas, the flu will be coming our way, and those epidemiologists — the experts in disease — believe it’s going to be a rough season. Doctors have  started to see increases of cases in Massachusetts and Georgia and in neighboring states Oklahoma and Louisiana. drian Tadeo, 7, grimaces a little as he receives a flu shot from nurse Tanya...
Austin boy trying to raise $1 million for Batten disease treatment for sister

Austin boy trying to raise $1 million for Batten disease treatment for sister

When his parents set out to raise $6 million in two years to fund a Food and Drug Administration clinical trial for a possible treatment for Batten disease, Garland Benson, 13, decided last March he was going to raise $1 million of that to help find a treatment for his sister, Christiane. He would do it, he decided, by asking 100,000 people to give $10. Garland Benson...
Looking for a mid-week, early morning dance party? Try Daybreaker

Looking for a mid-week, early morning dance party? Try Daybreaker

Daybreaker will host an early morning dance party at Spiderhouse on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Daybreaker Heads up, morning people. If you’d rather dance before work than when the sun goes down, check out the Daybreaker Austin party early Wednesday. The party starts with a yoga session at 6 a.m. at Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2908 Fruth Street. The dance floor opens at 7 a.m., with DJ Chorizo...
Dancers Shape, Fitness Connection open new Austin locations

Dancers Shape, Fitness Connection open new Austin locations

Jennifer McCamish leads a group of NFL football players in a barre class at Dancers Shape. The studio is opening a second location in Bee Cave. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Because it’s almost January, when people around the globe, determined to make good on their New Year’s resolutions, join gyms, we must tell you about two new fitness centers opening...
Christmas miracle? Wishing tree appears in North Austin park

Christmas miracle? Wishing tree appears in North Austin park

In a small, shaded park in a North Austin neighborhood, a tree is telling stories. It started a few weeks ago, when a Ziploc bag appeared containing a couple of Sharpies, some blank white paper tags and these instructions: “Write down your wish and tie it to the tree, where it will hang for others to see. Don’t forget to let it be — maybe it will come true, just wait. … You&rsquo...
Austin more than meets Sheths’ $100,000 match for Season for Caring

Austin more than meets Sheths’ $100,000 match for Season for Caring

Two weeks ago, we told you the stories of 12 Central Texas families who needed your help. They were families like Bertha Foster’s, a 43-year-old mom, who after a series of strokes, is partially paralyzed and lives in a hospital bed in the center of her living room. Her 15-year-old son Donovan must find his own way to get to school every morning and takes on responsibilities beyond his years...
P. Terry’s Giving Back Day raises $34,011 for Season for Caring

P. Terry’s Giving Back Day raises $34,011 for Season for Caring

The lines extended past the normal drive-thru lanes, through the parking lot and sometimes down the street at P. Terry’s Burger Stand’s 14 Austin-area locations Saturday. Customers patiently waited inside and in the drive-thru lines during P. Terry’s annual Giving Back Day for Statesman Season for Caring. On Saturday, all the profits of the day went to the Statesman’s charity...
Free yoga – and a beer – at Hyatt Regency Austin tonight

Free yoga – and a beer – at Hyatt Regency Austin tonight

Catch a free yoga class – and a beer – at tonight’s Pints & Poses event at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency   Your monthly free yoga and a beer fix happens tonight at the Hyatt Regency Austin. The December “Pints & Poses” class, which is open to hotel guests as well as local residents, starts at 6:30 p.m.. The ...
What should you give a teacher for the holidays?

What should you give a teacher for the holidays?

There are certain times of the year when teacher gifts are kind of the thing to do. Think: Teacher appreciation week in May, end of the school year and the Christmas/Hanukkah/winter holidays. You don’t have to, but it’s good etiquette to do so. Even if you don’t love your child’s teacher or teachers, it’s nice to thank them for putting...
Last day to double your Season for Caring donation

Last day to double your Season for Caring donation

Monday is the last day for the Sheth family to match your donation to Statesman Season for Caring.  Bertha Foster shows her son, Donovan Clay, a picture on Facebook. She is partially paralyzed after a series of strokes. ANA RAMIREZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN This is the second year the Austin family has matched up to a $100,000 in donations from the community. Last year, the match ...
Find the art you want at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Find the art you want at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

From humble church bazaars scattered across the region to the giant Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center, there are plenty of arts, crafts, books, clothes, music and other items available to give as gifts or to upgrade your living circumstances. To give the holiday shopper a better sense of the variety at the eclectic Armadillo, where live musical acts keep the browsers...
Third Cookies for Caring at the Driskill festive way to help families

Third Cookies for Caring at the Driskill festive way to help families

Jo-Ann Escamilla’s mom, Margarita Matias, is one of the people featured in this year’s Statesman Season for Caring campaign, but on Sunday, she was one of the cookie tin-carrying guests at the Driskill Hotel. For the third year, the Driskill held Cookies for Caring, a fundraiser for the Statesman’s annual giving campaign, and Escamilla was there with her son to show support for the...
New running gear makes you shine and protects sensitive spots

New running gear makes you shine and protects sensitive spots

I’ve seen the future, runners, and it involves 3-D scanners that gather data for custom-fit shoes, reflective material you rub directly onto your skin, and tree-sap-powered workout fuel. Every year at the Running Event, manufacturers unveil the newest in gadgetry and gear to retailers, race directors and media from across the country. Elite athletes like Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi...
Pet cemetery condition like a 'war zone,' pet owners say

Pet cemetery condition like a 'war zone,' pet owners say

When Marla Cupp spent $500 on a burial plot for her dog 30 years ago at Garden of Pines Pet Cemetery, she never figured the sacred space would someday resemble “a war zone.” But when Cupp, of Hamilton, recently visited the Ross Township pet cemetery, that’s exactly what she found, she said. Large trees had been knocked over, limbs were scattered, weeds were several feet high and...
7 tips to keep your pets safe during winter weather

7 tips to keep your pets safe during winter weather

Winter storms are common this time of year, and while we bundle up our human members of the family to stay safe and warm, you have to also remember the four-footed fur babies. The ASPCA has released tips for keeping your pets safe during the winter months. 1. Keep your home humidified and dry your pet with a towel as soon as he comes in from the cold. Make sure the animal's feet are free...
Widowed father of four children given a year’s rent in safer apartment

Widowed father of four children given a year’s rent in safer apartment

When his phone rang in May about midnight, Rogaciano Ríos Marcial knew it couldn’t be good news. His wife had been hospitalized for several days shortly after Mother’s Day and fell into a coma. And even though doctors had warned him that his wife, María Lorena Suárez Escobedo, likely wouldn’t survive, he answered the phone hoping this wasn’t that call....
Must see: Dog interrupts tied soccer match

Must see: Dog interrupts tied soccer match

It’s not every day that a tied soccer game gets interrupted by a fan running on the pitch, especially when that fan is a four-footed furry one. A husky appeared on the field during a match between teams from Macedonia and Norway, Business Insider reported. >> Read more trending news The game was tied 1-1 at the 73rd minute mark when the dog dropped in front of the Macedonian team&rsquo...
What’s next for the hike-and-bike trail? Leaders unveil 15 projects

What’s next for the hike-and-bike trail? Leaders unveil 15 projects

New trailheads, restrooms, playgrounds and a study for a potential pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake east of Interstate 35 top a list of projects the Trail Foundation will announce Friday. The 15 projects are scheduled for completion in the next five years, said Heidi Anderson (formerly Cohn), executive director of the Trail Foundation, the nonprofit organization created to maintain and enhance...
BrightStar Care gives caregiver hours to man with ALS, job for son

BrightStar Care gives caregiver hours to man with ALS, job for son

Gael Guadalupe Gracia Garcia had to grow up fast. When he was a teenager, his father, Marcelo Gracia, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. At 24 years old, Gael Gracia Garcia has been caring for his father on and off for six years. The disease has slowly progressed. Now Marcelo Gracia, 45, is unable to feed or bathe himself, or even stand...
From saris to hoopskirts, costumer brings looks of ‘King and I’ to life

From saris to hoopskirts, costumer brings looks of ‘King and I’ to life

Catherine Zuber, with 13 Tony Award nominations and six wins, is a celebrated costume design veteran of the Broadway world. Yet “The King and I” presented her with a challenge she’d never before faced: bringing to the stage Victorian-era English clothing and the King of Siam’s 19th-century court, all in one production. Said Zuber, “‘The King and I’ was very...
Playwright’s artistic activism appeals to Austin audiences

Playwright’s artistic activism appeals to Austin audiences

Playwright Lauren Gunderson has had quite a good few years in Austin. From Capital T Theatre’s “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” in 2012 and Austin Playhouse’s “Silent Sky” in 2016 through to three productions of her shows in 2017 alone (Paradox Players’ “The Taming,” Shrewd Productions’ “The Revolutionists” and Austin Playhouse&rsquo...
These holidays, bring comfort, not more pain, to someone struggling

These holidays, bring comfort, not more pain, to someone struggling

Showing up well for those who are suffering can be a tremendous challenge. We mean well. We want to help. But our discomfort often gets in the way and leads us to abandon them with distance and silence or an abundance of words that might unintentionally wound more than heal. Avoid clichés. Certainly, time may heal most wounds, but in the moment that doesn’t help the one hurting. Life...
Buying toys for Christmas? Make sure they are safe

Buying toys for Christmas? Make sure they are safe

In the 1983 Christmas movie “A Christmas Story,” everyone warns Ralphie, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” when he asks for a Red Ryder BB gun. When he wakes up on Christmas morning and he is given a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa, what happens? He shoots his eye out … well, not really, but he does injure himself and break his glasses. Want to avoid that this Christmas...
Save this year’s crop for next year by collecting seeds

Save this year’s crop for next year by collecting seeds

Did you have a delicious tomato crop last season that you just can’t get enough of? Or maybe you want to skip a trip to your local garden center or nursery next season? Trying to keep it local? The answer is seed saving! Saving your seeds is an easy and cost-effective way to keep growing your favorite veggies year after year. Peppers, squashes, melons, sunflowers and tomatoes are a good starting...
Mom’s education, daughter’s medical care daunting for family without car

Mom’s education, daughter’s medical care daunting for family without car

Jazmyne Johnson drives a black Lexus. Actually, that’s not really correct. She’s owns a very used 1998 Lexus, but it doesn’t run and hasn’t started in eight months. It just sits forlornly in front of the Hutto home where Johnson’s maternal grandmother invited her and her three young children to live two years ago. The overworked odometer stopped working after 288,735...
Teacher’s beloved dog vanishes; students give him incredible surprise

Teacher’s beloved dog vanishes; students give him incredible surprise

An Alabama teacher’s heart was broken when his beloved dog Chip disappeared from his home.  The 11 1/2-year-old golden retriever had gone blind.  But every day, Troy Rogers’ students would ask if there had been an update on Chip. Had he been found?  >> Read more trending news Every day Rogers would answer no, figuring Chip ran off to die, so the seniors at Clements...

Dear Abby - Sunday, December 17

Dear Abby: My father — aged 68, active and in good health — has become increasingly obsessed with deciding who will get which of his belongings when he passes. Almost every conversation now consists of some form of “Do you think your cousin Joey would like my antique fishing lure collection?” I’m glad he’s thinking ahead and putting his affairs in order, but it...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, December 17

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, December 17

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 87. Pope Francis is 81. Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 81. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 80. Actor Bernard Hill is 73. Actor Ernie Hudson is 72. Political commentator Chris Matthews is 72. Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 71. Actress Marilyn Hassett is 70. Actor Wes Studi is 70. Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 69. Actor Joel Brooks...
School’s almost out, now what? Fill week with family events, Dec. 17-23

School’s almost out, now what? Fill week with family events, Dec. 17-23

Holiday events Thinkery Gingerbread House Workshops. Traditional or Tot (ages 5 and younger) 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m., Sunday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. Dec. 24. $12 per person plus $20 house kit. Gingerbread Art and Architecture...
Spencer Wells on why we can learn more from our genes than our origin

Spencer Wells on why we can learn more from our genes than our origin

When geneticist and University of Texas graduate Spencer Wells wrote “The Journey of Man” in 2002 and then became the explorer-in-residence for National Geographic’s Genographic Project, he couldn’t have predicted the booming consumer genetics industry that would follow. Now, of course, we can send off a DNA sample and receive medical and ancestral information unheard of when...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, December 17

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ve been psyching yourself up for something, and it’s almost game time. Just don’t let your enthusiasm blind you to other things and people. Pay attention to your environment; that’s always the first step. Skip it at your own risk. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To do the right thing for the wrong person is still a fail. It’s like bringing the...
How to decide when home remedies are better than antibiotics

How to decide when home remedies are better than antibiotics

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics. “If your child has an ear infection, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers in place of antibiotics,&rdquo...
Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Every year around holiday time, there’s an influx of articles about how to stick to your healthy eating goals and resist temptation. You may read about how to say no to second helpings, stop gobbling up fat-laden appetizers or alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water to combat calories. That advice is practical, but it focuses too much on what not to do. It could end up making you feel...
Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple’s trying out something entirely new: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies, this is the first time that it’s actually...
Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

ST. LOUIS — Half-reclined and wrapped in a shawl, Lauren Underhill spins a sprig of red-blossomed pineapple sage with her left thumb and index finger. Under the shawl, a catheter tube connects to a vein infusing her bloodstream with a cocktail of anti-cancer drugs. Underhill, who has stage 4 colon cancer, spends up to five hours at the Siteman Cancer Center south of St. Louis during such appointments...
Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

The internet is great place to shop for plane tickets, laundry detergent, artisan jewelry and pretty much anything else you might ever want to buy. But a new report says there’s one big exception — health care. If you expect the World Wide Web to help you figure out how much you’ll need to pay to get your hip replaced, a painful joint isn’t your only problem. And if you think...
The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017

The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017

2017 was a year of change for Austin, as each year always is. But some things never change. The fact that we love bemoaning Austin traffic. The fact that our city is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the country. The fact that grackles never cease to instill fear and awe in the hearts of Austinites.  There’s also the fact that even with a shiny, brand-spanking-new location...
6 reasons why you're not losing weight – even though you're trying

6 reasons why you're not losing weight – even though you're trying

How many friends or colleagues have said to you they're trying to lose weight in the past week? Or perhaps you're that friend or co-worker. We often tell others – and ourselves – that we're aiming to shed a few pounds, but we don't see the results we'd like. If this describes you, you're certainly not alone. The latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention...
5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us – and is especially handy during the holidays – but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall ...
Here’s where UT students go to nurse their hangovers in Austin

Here’s where UT students go to nurse their hangovers in Austin

‘Tis the season for staying out way too late at the company holiday party and maybe needing to nurse a headache or two after too much spiked cider. If you’re wondering how the college kids move past their hangovers, ride-hailing app Fasten put together a list of the most-requested destinations from University of Texas students on Friday and Sunday mornings after hitting the bars or parties...
5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

Made for watching by the roaring fire, cocoa in hand, slippers on feet, the delightful, wintry scenes of Hallmark Channel holiday movies are not typically fit for Southern settings. It only makes sense: how are you going to have the Christmas Festival of Ice and similar “Winter Wonderland” themes set in Charlotte, or Atlanta or Rocky Top, Tennessee? What's surprising is that...
Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Halle Berry doesn’t need a man and she has the Instagram story to prove it. >> Read more trending news  On Wednesday, the actress reportedly shared a photo on her Instagram story of a rope shaped like a heart and the words “done with love” along with three flexing muscle emojis. The post comes just hours after US Weeklyreported that she had split from her music producer...
The Force is with this San Antonio Star Wars Christmas lights display

The Force is with this San Antonio Star Wars Christmas lights display

We’ve all gone out to look at Christmas lights and thought, “You know, I adore Christmas lights and I thrill to the ritual of striking very tiny electric candles in the darkness and draping them all over one’s house in a bid to celebrate bringing warmth to the dark nights....but you know what this could use?  “Some Star Wars.” Well, brothers and sisters, Matt Johnson...
The bigger the pecs: Women definitely prefer buff men, study shows

The bigger the pecs: Women definitely prefer buff men, study shows

Well men, if you need more encouragement to hit the gym, here it is. A new scientific study suggests that women definitely prefer stronger men. The research, published this week in Royal Society journal Proceedings B, had 160 women rate faceless images of male bodies. Unanimously, the women chose those that appeared physically stronger, with bigger pecs and larger arms. "We weren't surprised...
20 things to do this weekend in Austin with your family, Dec. 15-17

20 things to do this weekend in Austin with your family, Dec. 15-17

It’s going to be a great Friday and Sunday to enjoy some holiday fun. Warning: There’s a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday. Watch out! Here are 20 events you can try this weekend: Ballet Austin’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Choreography by Stephen Mills. Photo by Tony Spielberg. Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” See the holiday classic...
Being stubborn may help you live longer, new study suggests

Being stubborn may help you live longer, new study suggests

Stubbornness may actually be a trait that helps people live longer, a new study suggests. Published this week in the academic journal "International Psychogeriatrics", the study examined the mental and physical health of elderly Italians living in a remote village nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. The researchers behind the study, who hail from the University of Rome...
5 ways to stick with your New Year's fitness resolutions

5 ways to stick with your New Year's fitness resolutions

Many people make fitness-related New Year's resolutions, only to see them fall by the wayside. It's why gyms are packed in January, but back to normal by April. How can you keep the momentum going throughout the year to achieve your goal of better health and/or weight loss? It's easy to start off the New Year full of energy and grand plans, but starting small will give you a greater chance of...
Your guide to building a fabulous gingerbread house

Your guide to building a fabulous gingerbread house

If you're like me, this time of year brings the yearning for upholding or creating family traditions such as building a holiday gingerbread house, but the reality is that there's only so much time in a day. Most of us were already burning our candles from both ends before they turned red and started smelling of spice and apples. Now we're just burned out. Take a breath. You’ve got options. My...
Austin is one of the best college towns in the country, according to this study

Austin is one of the best college towns in the country, according to this study

Longhorns, Hilltoppers, Riverbats, Rams and Tornadoes, you’re in luck: You’re living in one of the best college cities in the country. According to a WalletHub report, Austin is the fifth most student-friendly city in the United States. The city didn’t fare so well on the lowest cost of living for young people (unsurprisingly) but it’s also not in the top five cities with the...
5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

The thought has probably crossed your mind: someday I'll spend New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York City. You'll be part of that massive crowd as the whole country watches and counts down to the moment the crystal ball drops. With your friends or significant other, you'll toast the New Year with champagne and, just maybe, one of those TV cameras will take notice and your faces will flash...
French climate science grant has UT biologist feeling great again

French climate science grant has UT biologist feeling great again

Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the University of Texas and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, has been studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals for years — a pursuit fraught with highs and lows. An example of the former: She served for a time as lead author on a United Nations climate panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore...
Get your tissues ready: The cast of ‘This is Us’ is coming to SXSW 2018

Get your tissues ready: The cast of ‘This is Us’ is coming to SXSW 2018

“This is Us!” Katie Couric! Common! South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) announced a mess of new speakers today, including actor and musician Common; journalist and author Katie Couric, and the cast of NBC drama This Is Us; actress, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe. Common will be here pushing the Showtime show...
Statesman employees raise money for Season for Caring from book sale

Statesman employees raise money for Season for Caring from book sale

The Statesman gets a lot of stuff sent to us — a lot of stuff — especially books from publishing companies. What do we do with it all? First, we sell it to our employees to raise money for charity. Then we donate the remaining items to Recycled Reads Bookstore. On Friday, we raised $1,034 for Statesman Season for Caring, just by selling the stuff we aren’t using for $1...
5 ways to merrily avoid mall parking mayhem this holiday season

5 ways to merrily avoid mall parking mayhem this holiday season

While hilarious television host Ellen might be able to make the perils of holiday mall parking funny ("New Year's Eve, you finally get that space"), the rest of us find little humor in the waiting and anxiety involved in parking at the mall to shop for presents. Ellen can make the executive decision to skip ever purchasing her mom items from the mall’s Victoria’s Secret...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, December 10

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, December 10

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tommy Kirk is 76. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 76. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 76. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 71. Pop-funk musician Walter “Clyde” Orange (The Commodores) is 71. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 66. Actress Susan Dey is 65. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is 61. Jazz...

Dear Abby - Sunday, December 10

Dear Abby: I joined the Navy after I learned I was becoming a father. I didn’t want to be a husband or father, but I did both. In 2010, my wife died. My feelings about being a husband and father never changed. Our two children are now grown and want me to move near — or in with — them. They say, “Won’t it be great to be with your grandkids?” No, it won’t!...
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