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Joe Gross

Books & culture reporter

Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.

Latest from Joe Gross

Texas student recreates family photos with her Chihuahua — your move, Austin dog people
 Look, we know Austin is full of dog lovers. Very serious, somewhat exhausting dog lovers. This Waxahatchie student might, just might, have all of you beat. As she told the Houston Chronicle, Marissa Hooper, a 21-year-old Sam Houston State University student, did what one does when it is summer  -- she and her sister methodically recreated...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Look, we know Austin is full of dog lovers. Very serious, somewhat exhausting dog lovers. This Waxahatchie student might, just might, have all of you beat. As she told the Houston Chronicle, Marissa Hooper, a 21-year-old Sam Houston State University student, did what one does when it is summer -- she and her sister methodically recreated...
‘The Bad Batch’ is grindhouse lunacy, but little more
 Director Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” was one 2014’s most startling films, an Iranian vampire Western (no, really) that was equal parts indie horror weirdness and Sergio Leone moodiness. The perfect “here is a director to watch” type of film, it was cool, assured and powerful...

Posted: a day ago

Director Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” was one 2014’s most startling films, an Iranian vampire Western (no, really) that was equal parts indie horror weirdness and Sergio Leone moodiness. The perfect “here is a director to watch” type of film, it was cool, assured and powerful...
Texas State freshman’s mom makes some new, buff pals at her daughter’s orientation
 As first reported by the fine people at Mashable, a Texas State University freshman’s mother made some interesting new friends after dropping her kid off. According to the Twitter feed of one Avery Leilani of Houston, her mom started hanging out with a few members of the football team. <div></div><br><blockquote...

Posted: a day ago

As first reported by the fine people at Mashable, a Texas State University freshman’s mother made some interesting new friends after dropping her kid off. According to the Twitter feed of one Avery Leilani of Houston, her mom started hanging out with a few members of the football team. <div></div><br><blockquote...
Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide
 The heat is officially here, so let us celebrate the one thing that unites all Americans during the punishing summer: Seeing movies with air conditioning (or outside after the sun goes down).   Here we go: Looking for the new, new thing? Here are 40 movies opening this summer.

Celebrate the brand new beauty that is ...

Posted: 6 days ago

The heat is officially here, so let us celebrate the one thing that unites all Americans during the punishing summer: Seeing movies with air conditioning (or outside after the sun goes down).   Here we go: Looking for the new, new thing? Here are 40 movies opening this summer. Celebrate the brand new beauty that is ...
FREEDOM DAY: The history of Juneteenth in Texas
  The history of Juneteeth (aka Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) is tied up with Texas history and American history. The story is likely well known to Texans: On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army, issues General Order 3 after marching into Galveston. Emancipation arrived two months after the end of the Civil War. &ldquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

 The history of Juneteeth (aka Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) is tied up with Texas history and American history. The story is likely well known to Texans: On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army, issues General Order 3 after marching into Galveston. Emancipation arrived two months after the end of the Civil War. &ldquo...
‘Shondee Superstar’ comedy event will benefit the late Lashonda Lester’s family
 Beloved Austin comic Lashonda Lester died April 6. Now, Cap City Comedy Club, her home away from home and the place where she was crowned The Funniest Person in Austin, is throwing a benefit for her family   RELATED: Lashonda Lester was the Funniest Person in Austin “Shondee Superstar: A benefit for the family of Lashonda...

Posted: 7 days ago

Beloved Austin comic Lashonda Lester died April 6. Now, Cap City Comedy Club, her home away from home and the place where she was crowned The Funniest Person in Austin, is throwing a benefit for her family   RELATED: Lashonda Lester was the Funniest Person in Austin “Shondee Superstar: A benefit for the family of Lashonda...
Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, Javaka Steptoe announced for 2017 Texas Book Festival
 Caldecott Medal honoree Javaka Steptoe, bestselling young adult novelist Angie Thomas, and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will all be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival, it was announced Tuesday. This year’s 2017 Texas Book Festival poster, above, was created by Austin-based photographer, artist and author Joel Salcido,author of...

Posted: 16 days ago

Caldecott Medal honoree Javaka Steptoe, bestselling young adult novelist Angie Thomas, and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will all be appearing at the 2017 Texas Book Festival, it was announced Tuesday. This year’s 2017 Texas Book Festival poster, above, was created by Austin-based photographer, artist and author Joel Salcido,author of...
Still have a VCR? Where to find VHS tapes in Austin
     Do you still have a VCR? Would you like to use it? Nobody can blame you. As the VHS tape gave way to the DVD, the Blu-Ray and streaming, thousands and thousands of movies never made the jump to the latter formats or services. Genre films were especially hard hit -- thrillers, horror, science-fiction and the like. A recent NPR...

Posted: 16 days ago

    Do you still have a VCR? Would you like to use it? Nobody can blame you. As the VHS tape gave way to the DVD, the Blu-Ray and streaming, thousands and thousands of movies never made the jump to the latter formats or services. Genre films were especially hard hit -- thrillers, horror, science-fiction and the like. A recent NPR...
Celebrity hunting at ATX TV Fest? Here are 10 to look out for
 If you are interested in the faces you see on screens big and small, South By Southwest, the Austin Film Festival, the Moontower Comedy Fest and now the ATX TV festival -- these are the events that bring the somewhat famous, the famous and sometimes the REALLY famous from out of town.   Here are ten folks to watch out for during...

Posted: 16 days ago

If you are interested in the faces you see on screens big and small, South By Southwest, the Austin Film Festival, the Moontower Comedy Fest and now the ATX TV festival -- these are the events that bring the somewhat famous, the famous and sometimes the REALLY famous from out of town.   Here are ten folks to watch out for during...