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Despite some sparks of brilliance, ‘Early Man’ falls flat
 It’s not every day that you get to see a caveman buddy comedy. And it’s certainly not every day that that caveman buddy comedy has a soccer twist. So I was hopeful that Aardman Animations’ “Early Man” would be a breath of fresh, prehistoric air. But while the movie shines at times, its surprisingly stale storyline...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s not every day that you get to see a caveman buddy comedy. And it’s certainly not every day that that caveman buddy comedy has a soccer twist. So I was hopeful that Aardman Animations’ “Early Man” would be a breath of fresh, prehistoric air. But while the movie shines at times, its surprisingly stale storyline...
Man honors wife’s memory after buying her flowers for 59 years 
 It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, with a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, with a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone...
For 59 years, he brought her flowers. See how he honors her memory now
 It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort — and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone turns...

Posted: 6 days ago

It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort — and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone turns...
A mom’s mantra: Remember to dance in the rain
 When I was 13, my friends and I decided to start a summer camp. We traipsed door to door across the scorching Texas asphalt, passing out pamphlets filled with words intended to convince parents to share their children with us each Monday for our Fun in the Sun program. It was the 1990s, we were charging $10 a day for a camp held at my house...

Posted: 8 days ago

When I was 13, my friends and I decided to start a summer camp. We traipsed door to door across the scorching Texas asphalt, passing out pamphlets filled with words intended to convince parents to share their children with us each Monday for our Fun in the Sun program. It was the 1990s, we were charging $10 a day for a camp held at my house...
Got Olympic fever? Give curling a whirl
 On a patch of land that gets scorched brown during the grueling Texas summers, Anita and Dennis Dunn dreamed of ice. More specifically, they dreamed of building an empire dedicated to the ice-laden sport of curling. “Curling is great sport because men and women can compete equally, and there’s not a lot of equipment,” Dennis...

Posted: 10 days ago

On a patch of land that gets scorched brown during the grueling Texas summers, Anita and Dennis Dunn dreamed of ice. More specifically, they dreamed of building an empire dedicated to the ice-laden sport of curling. “Curling is great sport because men and women can compete equally, and there’s not a lot of equipment,” Dennis...
Send us your Disney memories
 If you’ve ever partied with Pluto, danced with Daisy or meandered with Mickey, then you know that sometimes nothing can beat a Disney vacation. Whether you went to Disney World, Disneyland or took a Disney Cruise, you’re sure to have some magical memories. We want to hear about them. Please email a high-resolution image, a description...

Posted: 15 days ago

If you’ve ever partied with Pluto, danced with Daisy or meandered with Mickey, then you know that sometimes nothing can beat a Disney vacation. Whether you went to Disney World, Disneyland or took a Disney Cruise, you’re sure to have some magical memories. We want to hear about them. Please email a high-resolution image, a description...
Peacock on a plane? What airline policies say about emotional support animals

Posted: 18 days ago

By now, you’ve probably seen photos of the woman who showed up at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this week with her emotional support peacock, hoping to board the plane. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthejetsettv%2Fposts%2F1775303159168980&width=500 According...
But first, let me take a selfie
 Sure, you love Austin and enjoy showing it off on your Instagram and Facebook feeds. But if you’re getting tired of all your usual downtown and skyline shots, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Here are 10 ideas for places you can snap a fabulous selfie outside of downtown Austin. And while you’re there, take...

Posted: 22 days ago

Sure, you love Austin and enjoy showing it off on your Instagram and Facebook feeds. But if you’re getting tired of all your usual downtown and skyline shots, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Here are 10 ideas for places you can snap a fabulous selfie outside of downtown Austin. And while you’re there, take...
A Southwest Louisiana weekend
 Been dreaming of a trip to Las Vegas? Consider Lake Charles. Located in Southwest Louisiana, about four and a half hours from Austin, Lake Charles in recent years has earned a reputation as a gamblers’ getaway thanks to the area’s many casino-resorts, including Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget, L’Auberge, Isle of Capri...

Posted: 24 days ago

Been dreaming of a trip to Las Vegas? Consider Lake Charles. Located in Southwest Louisiana, about four and a half hours from Austin, Lake Charles in recent years has earned a reputation as a gamblers’ getaway thanks to the area’s many casino-resorts, including Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget, L’Auberge, Isle of Capri...
4 Central Texas spots that are magical in winter
 Sure, it can get chilly in Central Texas in winter. But while we may have seen a snow flurry or two this season, most days are relatively mild, making it an ideal time to head outdoors before the scorching temperatures — and mosquitoes — of summer return. In fact, many Central Texas spots are stunningly beautiful, and amazingly...

3:57 PM Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Sure, it can get chilly in Central Texas in winter. But while we may have seen a snow flurry or two this season, most days are relatively mild, making it an ideal time to head outdoors before the scorching temperatures — and mosquitoes — of summer return. In fact, many Central Texas spots are stunningly beautiful, and amazingly...
Parents, here’s some advice from Madeleine Albright to your daughters
 When Madeleine Albright was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, she became the highest-ranking woman in the history of
            the U.S. government at the time. She is also a mom of three daughters. So it’s fitting that during a recent stop in Austin 
            to promote her exhibit “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright...

10:42 AM Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018

When Madeleine Albright was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, she became the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time. She is also a mom of three daughters. So it’s fitting that during a recent stop in Austin to promote her exhibit “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright...
Southwest announces latest sale; check out these cheap Austin departure deals
 It’s that time again. Southwest Airlines has just announced its SALE-ebrate 2018 promotion, and the flight deals are hot. A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Chicago’s Midway Airport. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images A sample of current one-way offerings from Austin: $97 to Atlanta; $176 to Cancun; $97 to Chicago; $91 to Kansas...

5:38 PM Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2018

It’s that time again. Southwest Airlines has just announced its SALE-ebrate 2018 promotion, and the flight deals are hot. A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Chicago’s Midway Airport. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images A sample of current one-way offerings from Austin: $97 to Atlanta; $176 to Cancun; $97 to Chicago; $91 to Kansas...
Four mothers struggling with health, health of children need your help
 Adeline Jones stands in the living room of her South Austin home and gently takes her mother’s hand. Together, they start to sing one of their favorite songs, Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away,” tentative at first and then with abandon. Adeline, 6, wants to be a singer when she grows up, and her mom, Nikki Jones, is her...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

Adeline Jones stands in the living room of her South Austin home and gently takes her mother’s hand. Together, they start to sing one of their favorite songs, Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away,” tentative at first and then with abandon. Adeline, 6, wants to be a singer when she grows up, and her mom, Nikki Jones, is her...
Hotels and resorts to consider in 2018
 There are so many things to consider when you’re planning a vacation. Who will be traveling with you? What does everyone like to do? How comfortable are you in new situations? How much time and money can you afford? If you want to travel more in the new year but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas from you, from close-to-home...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

There are so many things to consider when you’re planning a vacation. Who will be traveling with you? What does everyone like to do? How comfortable are you in new situations? How much time and money can you afford? If you want to travel more in the new year but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas from you, from close-to-home...
COTA’s Winter Wonderland closed again tonight; new hours for rest of week
 The Circuit of the America’s Winter Wonderland has been cancelled for the second night in a row due to anticipated wind and
            rain. 
            All tickets will be automatically refunded. People skate on synthetic ice during the Winter Wonderland event at Circuit of the Americas Nov. 30. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...

4:49 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

The Circuit of the America’s Winter Wonderland has been cancelled for the second night in a row due to anticipated wind and rain.  All tickets will be automatically refunded. People skate on synthetic ice during the Winter Wonderland event at Circuit of the Americas Nov. 30. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN...
COTA’s Winter Wonderland closed tonight; carnival rides free tomorrow through Saturday
 If you were planning to visit Circuit of the America’s Winter Wonderland tonight, bad news: It’s been cancelled due to anticipated
            wind and rain. 
            All tickets will be automatically refunded. People explore a light tunnel during the Winter Wonderland event at Circuit of the Americas Nov. 30. NICK WAGNER...

7:13 PM Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

If you were planning to visit Circuit of the America’s Winter Wonderland tonight, bad news: It’s been cancelled due to anticipated wind and rain. All tickets will be automatically refunded. People explore a light tunnel during the Winter Wonderland event at Circuit of the Americas Nov. 30. NICK WAGNER...
Attention, last-minute shoppers! You can buy these awesome gifts at the airport
 You meant to do your holiday shopping early this year, but once again you’ve run out of time. Now you’re at the airport without
            any gifts for Aunt Jenny, Grandpa James or Cousin Michael. The new Tyler’s store, which opened at the airport in November, is filled with gift options. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman...

9:32 PM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

You meant to do your holiday shopping early this year, but once again you’ve run out of time. Now you’re at the airport without any gifts for Aunt Jenny, Grandpa James or Cousin Michael. The new Tyler’s store, which opened at the airport in November, is filled with gift options. Kristin Finan/American-Statesman...
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...

5:37 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

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...
What Christmas light display best fits your personality?
 What’s your idea of the perfect holiday-light-viewing experience? Do you love braving the crowds to set eyes on the city’s fanciest, loudest and most expensive displays, or would you rather take a quiet stroll past some simple lights while sipping hot cocoa with those you love? No matter what kind of light-viewer you are, there&rsquo...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

What’s your idea of the perfect holiday-light-viewing experience? Do you love braving the crowds to set eyes on the city’s fanciest, loudest and most expensive displays, or would you rather take a quiet stroll past some simple lights while sipping hot cocoa with those you love? No matter what kind of light-viewer you are, there&rsquo...
Can you clog to Lady Gaga? Austin dance club says yes
 Every November, members of the Clickity Cloggers dance club don their LED-light-lined black pants and festive red vests and hit the street in Johnson City, where they shine as part of the town’s holiday kick-off celebration. “We have people who wait for us,” said Virginia Pohlmeier, club coordinator of the Clickity Cloggers...

6:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 03, 2017

Every November, members of the Clickity Cloggers dance club don their LED-light-lined black pants and festive red vests and hit the street in Johnson City, where they shine as part of the town’s holiday kick-off celebration. “We have people who wait for us,” said Virginia Pohlmeier, club coordinator of the Clickity Cloggers...
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