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Unexpected bond changes foster parents’ understanding of family

The enemy was in my car. I could see her earrings glint in the sunlight and smell her perfume. I fiddled with the radio, realizing I had no idea what type of music she listened to. I thought about turning it off, but any noise seemed better than silence. I opened my mouth to speak, then closed it like a goldfish behind glass. I needed to choose my words carefully. The stakes were too high. It started...


Free theater shows, Bubblepalooza and more hail the start of summer

Free theater shows, Bubblepalooza and more hail the start of summer

Sunday Island Style Pig Roast at the Volstead. Spend the Sunday of Memorial weekend welcoming summer with tropical-inspired party. There will be a full menu of tiki drinks, cuisine by Chef Joe Becerra and live beats by uLOVEi. 7 to 10 p.m. 1500 E. Sixth St. facebook.com/volsteadlounge/. Monday “Repo Man.” Philip Durst’s dazzling collages made with items like graphic candy wrappers...
More things to do, May 27

More things to do, May 27

History “Close Assault 1944” at the Texas Military Forces Museum. Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this stirring look back at World War II. “Close Assault 1944” honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during the war. The free program, now in its eighth...
Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Actor Jamie Foxx revealed during a radio interview this week that Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention when Foxx was partying too much after completing his Oscar-winning turn in “Ray” in 2004 and before the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with DJ Howard Stern, Foxx, 49, explained he was on a binge, “gallivanting,” &ldquo...
5 ways to explore nature in Austin with your family

5 ways to explore nature in Austin with your family

Zilker Botanical Garden’s Woodland Faerie Trail opens on Saturday. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden Get out of the house and explore what’s around you and what makes Austin a natural wonder.
Carrie Rodriguez launches new Latin music series at Cactus Cafe

Carrie Rodriguez launches new Latin music series at Cactus Cafe

There’s something special that occurs when some of Austin’s most talented musicians create a show that defies the rules — a show that’s not meant to be incredibly polished, a musical lab of sorts where experimenting is key. Last month singer-songwriter and violinist Carrie Rodriguez teamed up with Grammy award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Ramos and top...
Find boozy respite with some of Austin’s best brunch cocktails

Find boozy respite with some of Austin’s best brunch cocktails

Austinites are serious about weekend brunch: that blissful late morning/early afternoon ritual in indulgence during which we can recharge from the long week we might want to forget and the Friday night we might not remember. Hair of the dog — whether it’s a spicy, wake-up-your-palate bloody mary or a disarmingly light and bubbly mimosa — is an essential accompaniment. But these days...
Movies in theaters, 5/26/17

Movies in theaters, 5/26/17

OPENING THIS WEEK “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Grade: C. Review page 25 “A Dark Song” Grade: B. Review page 26 “Baywatch” Grade: D. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “The Commune.” 111 minutes. The Danish film follows the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a 1970s Danish commune. Violet Crown. NOW PLAYING &ldquo...
Latest ‘Pirates’ movie follows the formula

Latest ‘Pirates’ movie follows the formula

Since Hollywood loves a nostalgic reboot, it’s no surprise that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is setting sail once again, six years after 2011’s “On Stranger Tides.” For “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Disney has hired a lesser-known filmmaking duo to reanimate the series — a pair of Norwegian filmmakers, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg...
British horror movie scares up themes that go beyond the genre

British horror movie scares up themes that go beyond the genre

Every person owns a phobia that chokes his or her mind. But there is one fear we all share: the unknown. Our species studies things to understand and control them. If we can’t, we become hopeless, confused and, of course, frightened. The unknown can do whatever it will to us. We can’t anticipate it coming until it’s too late. The cold, eerie British film “A Dark Song,&rdquo...
Even the Rock can’t rescue this ‘Baywatch’

Even the Rock can’t rescue this ‘Baywatch’

(“Baywatch” opened in theaters Thursday. This is a condensed version of the review from opening day.) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has so much charisma it can be seen from space. It’s a precious and powerful tool that has lifted middling comedies like “Central Intelligence” and revved up the “Fast and Furious” franchise. But with the sloppy, incoherent...
Cannes in transition: French festival celebrates 70 years amid changes

Cannes in transition: French festival celebrates 70 years amid changes

Even though the Cannes Film Festival turned 70 this year, it seems to be wondering what its future holds. Should it continue to add TV shows to its lineup, as it did this year with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl”? Should it allow movies such as “Okja,” which is being distributed by Netflix, to compete for the...
Austin celeb Jared Padalecki ‘nervous’ after having daughter

Austin celeb Jared Padalecki ‘nervous’ after having daughter

Austin fixture and “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki is now the father to a baby girl, and that’s got him feeling some kind of way. According to People, the actor, whose daughter with wife Genevieve was born in March, feels “nervous and vulnerable” about raising Odette Elliott, in a way he didn’t feel about sons Shepherd, 3, and Thomas Colton, 5. According...
Stevie Wonder will play concert at Austin Formula One Grand Prix

Stevie Wonder will play concert at Austin Formula One Grand Prix

In case the announcement of Saturday night headliner Justin Timberlake back in March wasn’t enough evidence that Circuit of the Americas is committed to making music a big draw at the Formula One Austin Grand Prix, earlier this week race organizers announced a Sunday post-race concert headlined by R&B legend Stevie Wonder. The last time Wonder played Austin was in 2015, when his “Songs...
Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue ‘Baywatch’

Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue ‘Baywatch’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has so much charisma it can be seen from space. His charisma should be considered a national resource and channeled to power homes and solve world hunger. It’s a precious and powerful tool that has lifted middling comedies like “Central Intelligence” and revved up the “Fast and Furious” franchise. But with the sloppy, incoherent &ldquo...
UT streams turtle pond on Facebook Live for World Turtle Day

UT streams turtle pond on Facebook Live for World Turtle Day

Ask any current or former student of the University of Texas and they’d tell you turtles could be an honorary runner-up mascot to the Longhorns. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Since its creation in the 1930s, the turtle pond just north of the famous UT tower has provided a welcome stop for students and visitors to relax, nap or just reflect on life.  In 2014, the American-Statesman...
Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay makes her debut

Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay makes her debut

Welcome to another season of the beautiful disaster known as the “Bachelor” franchise. This “Bachelorette” season’s star, Dallas native and University of Texas graduate Rachel Lindsay, met her 31 suitors Monday night in an episode that was filled with — you guessed it — drama. Let me just start by saying that Rachel is a badass boss lady. She&rsquo...
See this buzzy HBO true crime documentary that debuted at SXSW

See this buzzy HBO true crime documentary that debuted at SXSW

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available on streaming services. Video on Demand “My Life As A Zucchini”: After his mother dies, a young boy nicknamed Zucchini heads to a foster home and makes new friends with other orphans his age, some of whom have a troubled past. A co-production...
Barbara Smith Conrad, 79, remembered as renowned singer, trailblazer

Barbara Smith Conrad, 79, remembered as renowned singer, trailblazer

Barbara Smith Conrad, a world-renowned opera singer who was part of the small first group of African-American students to receive their undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas, died Monday. She was 79. Her life is the topic of the documentary “When I Rise,” which was produced by UT’s Briscoe Center for American History in 2010 and still airs on PBS periodically. &ldquo...
Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem dive into Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem dive into Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Universal Pictures has signed on more A-listers to star in its new monster franchise, the studio announced on Monday. It also announced the name of the new franchise, “Dark Universe,” which includes a series of film reboots with classic horror movie monsters and characters.  “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. #DarkUniverse,” the movie studio said on Twitter...
‘Alien: Covenant’ barely overpowers ‘Guardians’ at box office

‘Alien: Covenant’ barely overpowers ‘Guardians’ at box office

After almost 40 years, audiences are still interested in the “Alien” universe. Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox, dethroned Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which had topped the box office for two straight weeks. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Everything, Everything” and Fox’s” “Diary of...
Smash hit ‘Mama Mia’ film sequel in works; original cast set to return

Smash hit ‘Mama Mia’ film sequel in works; original cast set to return

  A sequel to the 2008 box office smash “Mama Mia” is in the works with most of the original cast members, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, expected to return, according to media reports. “Mama Mia: Here We Go Again” is shaping up as both a prequel and a sequel and will be directed by “The Best  Exotic Marigold Hotel&rdquo...
Commentary: How Jimmy LaFave gave us the gift of love

Commentary: How Jimmy LaFave gave us the gift of love

The devotion of Jimmy LaFave to his own music — to the songs, thoughts and life of Woody Guthrie and to the creative talents of so many other truthful singers — was celebrated at the Songwriter Rendezvous at the Paramount Theater on Thursday. Over three hours of music — all chosen by Jimmy — washed in love those of us at the Paramount and taking in live streaming. If you closed...
Jimmy LaFave, renowned singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 61

Jimmy LaFave, renowned singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 61

Jimmy LaFave, who moved to Austin in the mid-1980s and became one of the city’s most prominent singer-songwriters of the past several decades, died Sunday night after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 61. Jesse LaFave, a nephew, confirmed Monday that Jimmy died at home in the company of family and loved ones about 9 p.m. “It was almost like something out of a...
VR experience at Cannes puts you with migrants crossing border

VR experience at Cannes puts you with migrants crossing border

Europeans get a daily dose of news these days about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere washing up on their shores and crossing borders, seeking safety from the carnage back home. And the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France is tackling the issue in a various ways, from British actress/director Vanessa Redgrave’s documentary “Sea Sorrow” to Hungarian...
How ‘Baywatch’ went from an early belly flop to the big screen

How ‘Baywatch’ went from an early belly flop to the big screen

In Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of the television series “Baywatch,” Dwayne Johnson portrays a hard-charging beach lifeguard with an unsanctioned sideline — murder investigations, undercover surveillance and drug enforcement; he feels it’s his duty to “protect the bay at all costs.” Zac Efron, as an upstart junior lifeguard in this $87 million film, which...
Webb Report: Where to go when you’re sad in Austin

Webb Report: Where to go when you’re sad in Austin

As Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness and dies by chance.” I don’t have anything to add to that, particularly. I just compiled a list of places in Austin to go when you’re sad, and I wanted to set the ambience in the room. Oh, like you’ve never used French existentialism as emotional track lighting...
Trivia night will test just how much you know about Disney films

Trivia night will test just how much you know about Disney films

Books John Kasich at BookPeople. The governor of Ohio and the former U.S. presidential candidate will be in conversation with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith about his book “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” a frank firsthand account of the 2016 presidential election, during which Kasich ran against President Donald Trump, among others. The speaking portion of the event is...
Find fun things to do in Austin before school’s out, May 21-27

Find fun things to do in Austin before school’s out, May 21-27

Events Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Saturday-June 30. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Theater “Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico.” Pollyanna Theater presents a folk tale. 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$14. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org Museums Bullock Museum. ...
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