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Alamo Drafthouse promises new staff initiatives, code of conduct for events
 Several months after controversy surrounded the Alamo Drafthouse regarding the firing, rehiring and firing again of Devin Faraci and their relationship with longtime Drafthouse staple Harry Knowles, the Austin-based chain of movie houses released a new code of conduct and announced several initiatives aimed at reforming their own staffing...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Several months after controversy surrounded the Alamo Drafthouse regarding the firing, rehiring and firing again of Devin Faraci and their relationship with longtime Drafthouse staple Harry Knowles, the Austin-based chain of movie houses released a new code of conduct and announced several initiatives aimed at reforming their own staffing...
Six movies to get you into the Winter Olympic spirit
 It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC, GO GO GO!!!!” Ahem. Here are...

Posted: a day ago

It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC, GO GO GO!!!!” Ahem. Here are...
Harry Ransom Center acquires massive Arthur Miller archive
 The Harry Ransom Center at UT has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller’s career. During his lifetime the Ransom Center had a close association with Miller, who first donated a group of early play manuscripts and working notebooks...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Harry Ransom Center at UT has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller’s career. During his lifetime the Ransom Center had a close association with Miller, who first donated a group of early play manuscripts and working notebooks...
Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28
 The 23rd Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, it was announced Wednesday. The 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees and about 300 authors coming together on November 4 and 5, 2017. The annual First Edition Literary Gala, which...

Posted: 7 days ago

The 23rd Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, it was announced Wednesday. The 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees and about 300 authors coming together on November 4 and 5, 2017. The annual First Edition Literary Gala, which...
Big Tex to be featured on Travel Channel show ‘Giant America’
 Big Tex, the appropriately outsized mascot of the Texas State Fair, is making an appearance of the Travel Channel show “Giant America” on Jan. 15. On “Giant America,” comedian Tom Green (and wow, when was the last time you thought about ol’ Tom?)  will look at “massive structures," according to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Big Tex, the appropriately outsized mascot of the Texas State Fair, is making an appearance of the Travel Channel show “Giant America” on Jan. 15. On “Giant America,” comedian Tom Green (and wow, when was the last time you thought about ol’ Tom?)  will look at “massive structures," according to...
Classic Texas Monthly stories now available on audio
 Now you can listen to classic stories from Texas Monthly while you are stuck on 35. Or walking the Hike and Bike trail. Or raking leaves. Penguin Random House Audio has partnered with Texas Monthly and offered more than 20 features from the magazine’s archive on audio for the first time. Stories range from true crime narratives...

Posted: 8 days ago

Now you can listen to classic stories from Texas Monthly while you are stuck on 35. Or walking the Hike and Bike trail. Or raking leaves. Penguin Random House Audio has partnered with Texas Monthly and offered more than 20 features from the magazine’s archive on audio for the first time. Stories range from true crime narratives...
Where you can see the Astros’ World Series trophy in Austin
   I think we can all agree that Houston had kind of a lousy 2017 except for the part where the Astros won the World Series over the heavily-favored Los Angeles Dodgers. (It still feels weird to type that out and we’re only weeks away from spring training.) Now, Austinites can see the trophy that Astros brought home with them.  ...

Posted: 8 days ago

  I think we can all agree that Houston had kind of a lousy 2017 except for the part where the Astros won the World Series over the heavily-favored Los Angeles Dodgers. (It still feels weird to type that out and we’re only weeks away from spring training.) Now, Austinites can see the trophy that Astros brought home with them.  ...
Priscilla Presley, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater to speak at SXSW
 Mrs. Presley is coming to Austin. Priscilla Presley, who is executive producing “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a new documentary about her late husband, will join doc director (and longtime Bruce Springsteen filmmaker) Thom Zimny as well as writer and director Olivier Assayas; director and noted Austinite Richard...

Posted: 9 days ago

Mrs. Presley is coming to Austin. Priscilla Presley, who is executive producing “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a new documentary about her late husband, will join doc director (and longtime Bruce Springsteen filmmaker) Thom Zimny as well as writer and director Olivier Assayas; director and noted Austinite Richard...
The strange case of Richard Nixon vs. Timothy Leary
 At one point during a free-ranging conversation about Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, acid and the ability to just hop on a plane in the 1970s, increasingly legendary Texas journalist Bill Minutaglio asks me a question I was not expecting: “Joe, do you think young people even know who Timothy Leary is?” It’s important to note...

Posted: 9 days ago

At one point during a free-ranging conversation about Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, acid and the ability to just hop on a plane in the 1970s, increasingly legendary Texas journalist Bill Minutaglio asks me a question I was not expecting: “Joe, do you think young people even know who Timothy Leary is?” It’s important to note...
WATCH OUT: Texas pedestrians more likely than others to throw stuff at cars
 Don’t be surprised if a Texan wings a taco at your car while he or she is crossing the street (assuming a Texan would waste a taco like that). The folks at Insurance Quotes surveyed 500 pedestrians and 500 drivers (not entirely sure of the methodology here but just stick with me) about “about the hazards and conflicts they&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Don’t be surprised if a Texan wings a taco at your car while he or she is crossing the street (assuming a Texan would waste a taco like that). The folks at Insurance Quotes surveyed 500 pedestrians and 500 drivers (not entirely sure of the methodology here but just stick with me) about “about the hazards and conflicts they&rsquo...
Austinites looking for ‘Fire and Fury’ will have to wait until Jan. 8
 While there were long lines and reports of sellouts in Washington, D.C. for “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s book on Donald Trump, Austinites will have to wait until Monday, Jan. 8, for the book. While, earlier this week, publisher Henry Holt and Company moved up the pub date to Jan 5. in response to Trump&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

While there were long lines and reports of sellouts in Washington, D.C. for “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s book on Donald Trump, Austinites will have to wait until Monday, Jan. 8, for the book. While, earlier this week, publisher Henry Holt and Company moved up the pub date to Jan 5. in response to Trump&rsquo...
‘I, Tonya’ charms through grit, cool skating and deep weirdness
 On paper, you’d have to look awfully hard to find a less likely figure skating champ than Tonya Harding. In a sport full of some of the most privileged competitors in athletics, Harding was a working-class gal from the parts of Oregon that aren’t exactly “Portlandia.” Where other skaters had sponsors, Harding had her...

Posted: 13 days ago

On paper, you’d have to look awfully hard to find a less likely figure skating champ than Tonya Harding. In a sport full of some of the most privileged competitors in athletics, Harding was a working-class gal from the parts of Oregon that aren’t exactly “Portlandia.” Where other skaters had sponsors, Harding had her...
Taco Cabana now offering breakfast tacos all day
 As a very wise Texan once told me, “if you have to get tacos at a chain, always go Taco C, never Taco B.” Now the San Antonio-based chain has created yet another reason to patronize it: As of Jan. 2, Taco Cabana’s breakfast menu is now an all-day option.  Look for bean and cheese; bacon, egg, cheese, and chorizo; and...

Posted: 14 days ago

As a very wise Texan once told me, “if you have to get tacos at a chain, always go Taco C, never Taco B.” Now the San Antonio-based chain has created yet another reason to patronize it: As of Jan. 2, Taco Cabana’s breakfast menu is now an all-day option.  Look for bean and cheese; bacon, egg, cheese, and chorizo; and...
WATCH: San Antonio boy sings ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ in memory of his sister 
 Get some tissues. No, really. Do it. San Antonio couple Samir and Stephanie Deais recently filmed their son, Alexander, singing "Remember Me" from the Disney film, "Coco," to an altar dedicated to his late baby sister, Ava Lynn, on what would have been her first birthday. The Deais family told mySA.com that their daughter...

Posted: 14 days ago

Get some tissues. No, really. Do it. San Antonio couple Samir and Stephanie Deais recently filmed their son, Alexander, singing "Remember Me" from the Disney film, "Coco," to an altar dedicated to his late baby sister, Ava Lynn, on what would have been her first birthday. The Deais family told mySA.com that their daughter...
For 'I, Tonya' author Steven Rogers, truth is stranger than fiction
 A few years ago, Steven Rogers was looking to make a change. The veteran screenwriter had made a name for himself as a guy who wrote A Certain Kind of Movie. >> Read more trending news  He penned the comedic drama “Hope Floats” (1998) and the even more dramatic “Stepmom” (1998). He wrote the rom-coms...

Posted: 14 days ago

A few years ago, Steven Rogers was looking to make a change. The veteran screenwriter had made a name for himself as a guy who wrote A Certain Kind of Movie. >> Read more trending news  He penned the comedic drama “Hope Floats” (1998) and the even more dramatic “Stepmom” (1998). He wrote the rom-coms...
Wait, is this for real? ‘I, Tonya’ writer finds way more in the facts
 A few years ago, Steven Rogers was looking to make a change. The veteran screenwriter had made a name for himself as a guy who wrote A Certain Kind of Movie. He penned the comedic drama “Hope Floats” (1998) and the even more dramatic “Stepmom” (1998). He wrote the rom-coms “Kate & Leopold” (2001), &ldquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

A few years ago, Steven Rogers was looking to make a change. The veteran screenwriter had made a name for himself as a guy who wrote A Certain Kind of Movie. He penned the comedic drama “Hope Floats” (1998) and the even more dramatic “Stepmom” (1998). He wrote the rom-coms “Kate & Leopold” (2001), &ldquo...
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