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‘Eighth Grade’ is insightful portrait of growing up in Instagram age

If you’ve ever wanted to relive the horror of your middle school days, look no further than Bo Burnham’s directorial debut “Eighth Grade.” Following Kayla (Elsie Fisher) during her last days of middle school, we experience her day-to-day struggles with loneliness and crushes. At school, she’s quiet and shy, but at home, she’s a lovable teen who yells at her dad...


Keep cool this hot weekend with these Austin family events, July 20-22

Keep cool this hot weekend with these Austin family events, July 20-22

I’m not going to lie. This weekend might be unbearable. We’re talking 100+ all three days and not a rain drop in sight. Ick! Plan your weekend fun with the kids accordingly. (Hint: indoors in the heat of the day, plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray!) Here are some fun things to do: Jude Kozakiewicz, 3, paints a picture at the Blanton’s WorkLab on in 2014. Art supplies...
Movies in theaters, 7/20/18

Movies in theaters, 7/20/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” Grade: B. Review page 15 “Eighth Grade” Grade: B+. Review page 16 “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” Grade: B. Review page 17 “Equalizer 2” Grade: C. Review page 18 “Unfriended: Dark Web” Grade: C+. Review page 19 “The King” Grade: B-. Review page 20 NOW PLAYING...
‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ is clever but too real to be fun

‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ is clever but too real to be fun

Back in 2014, when the computer-based “Unfriended” was released, the kind of online menace we could imagine was mostly bullying — an anonymous mob unleashed online. That all seems so quaint these days. Now, in the summer of 2018, with the release of “Unfriended: Dark Web,” the online threats to the very fabric of our existence are so much realer, and so much more human...
Tracking America’s fall from Graceland

Tracking America’s fall from Graceland

In the documentary “The King,” filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) holds up Elvis Presley as a prism through which he attempts to refract issues of racial, economic and class polarization. In a way, the movie has something in common with the Oscar-nominated “13th” (beyond the appearance of Van Jones, that is, who offers incisive commentary in each of the two...
Sam Smith and free Hot Summer Nights among this week’s top music picks

Sam Smith and free Hot Summer Nights among this week’s top music picks

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Thursday: Dan Stuart’s Tour of Austin. As leader of 1980s L.A. rock band Green on Red, Stuart played frequently in Austin and even lived here for a short while. He’s called Mexico home for the past eight years, but while visiting family in Tucson this summer, he carved out a week for a “tour of Austin” to celebrate the release of his new CD “The Unfortunate...
‘The Equalizer 2’ coasts on Washington’s charms

‘The Equalizer 2’ coasts on Washington’s charms

It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington, that’s “The Equalizer” films, based on the ’80s TV show about a former intelligence agent using his skills to help the less fortunate. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the 2014 film featured Washington demonstrating a facility with a hammer...
‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ is escapist fluff of the highest order

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ is escapist fluff of the highest order

Welcome back to the magical island of Kalokairi, a sun-strewn rocky outcropping in the azure Aegean Sea, a land where white people can only express themselves with the music of Sweden’s most enduring musical group, ABBA. The sequel/prequel hybrid “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” arrives a decade after the bonkers filmed adaptation of the stage musical “Mamma Mia!” Vehicles...
‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ focuses on recovery, not art

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ focuses on recovery, not art

By his own admission, John Callahan, the cantankerous cartoonist and subject of Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” (based on Callahan’s memoir of the same name), was a drunk — a no-holds-barred alcoholic person, deeply devoted to booze since the age of 12. In 1972, when he was 21, Callahan was hanging around Los Angeles and partying like...
Austin’s Myers-Briggs match makes a lot of sense

Austin’s Myers-Briggs match makes a lot of sense

I cannot remember important facts about my own family medical history, but I have built a good part of my self-image around the results of a personality test I took in chemistry class at Crockett High School. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am an ENFP. And according to one lifestyle website, if you are, too, and you’re not already here, you might want to buy a plane ticket...
5 places in Austin perfect for hanging out with your co-workers

5 places in Austin perfect for hanging out with your co-workers

Happy hours are nice, but sometimes what the office morale needs is a fun activity to do as a team.  Luckily there are plenty of spots around Austin offering enough space for groups of all sizes to be active, try something new and bond outside of the workplace.  Looking to do a little more than lounging for a happy hour? The three-story driving range has become a go-to for groups of...
Songwriter Dan Stuart, back from Mexico, embarks on a ‘tour of Austin’

Songwriter Dan Stuart, back from Mexico, embarks on a ‘tour of Austin’

It’s the endless cycle of the musician’s lifestyle: Make a record in the studio, get it pressed up and released, then go on tour. That’s what Mexico City singer-songwriter Dan Stuart is doing over the next week, with one catch: He’s not touring the world. Or the country. He’s touring Austin. From Friday to the following Thursday, Stuart will appear eight times across...
Move over McConaughey: WWE Superstars The Miz and Maryse have moved to Austin 

Move over McConaughey: WWE Superstars The Miz and Maryse have moved to Austin 

There’s a new celebrity “It couple” in town.  WWE’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Maryse, packed up their home in Los Angeles and moved across the country to Austin this spring. The couple will star in an upcoming reality TV series called “Miz and Mrs” featuring the birth of their infant daughter Monroe Sky, their big move and other hijinks...
We’re gonna need more toast: Meet the Avozilla avocado 

We’re gonna need more toast: Meet the Avozilla avocado 

What’s the one drawback to a perfect avocado? Not enough. Never enough. More. Bigger.  For Australians at least, this dream of avocado abundance (and making a lot of guacamole all at once) has become a reality. The Avozilla avocado can weigh up to four pounds and, in articles written about it, is often described as being “as large as your face.” And now, according...
3 Austin burgers are among the 'best burgers in America'

3 Austin burgers are among the 'best burgers in America'

In a town of tacos and barbecue, you can’t look past an Austin classic: Really good burgers. So when the food site The Daily Meal released its list of the 101 best burgers in America, Austin burger joints snagged three spots on the ranking.  The site started with a list of 300 burgers across the country and dived into reviews and other “best-of” lists. The 101 burgers on the...
Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a photo of a a tank of compressed hydrogen, also tagging the...
UT Austin’s ‘Kate the Chemist’ gets Stephen Colbert to ‘breathe fire’ on the late show

UT Austin’s ‘Kate the Chemist’ gets Stephen Colbert to ‘breathe fire’ on the late show

University of Texas lecturer Kate Biberdorf has a reputation for blowing stuff up.  The chemistry professor labels herself a pyromaniac and leads explosive science demonstrations in her classrooms. Last week, “Kate the Chemist” got to take her lab space to New York City for an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Biberdorf, who was named one of the ...
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ lures family audiences to summer box office

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ lures family audiences to summer box office

Dwayne Johnson’s burly action hero was no match for a computer-animated Count Dracula at the box office this weekend. Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” debuted in first place with $44.1 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. The latest in the animated “Hotel Transylvania” series, the cartoon comedy came in above analysts&rsquo...
Ottessa Moshfegh’s new book asks what it means to check out of society

Ottessa Moshfegh’s new book asks what it means to check out of society

A young New York woman figures there’s nothing wrong with existence that a fistful of prescriptions and months of napping wouldn’t fix in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation.” Moshfegh’s prickly fourth book is narrated by an unnamed woman who’s decided to spend a year “hibernating.” She has a few conventional grief issues. (Her parents...
A snake made its way down a chimney in this East Texas home

A snake made its way down a chimney in this East Texas home

There’s a snake in my... chimney? That’s what one East Texas man found after hearing a loud thud right after 2:30 a.m. on July 7, according to the East Texas Matters website. David Antley found the snake in his chimney and calmly grabbed some tongs while his daughter got a camera to catch the action, he told East Texas Matters. Antley captured the nonvenomous Texas rat snake...
Austin chefs competing on ‘Sugar Rush,’ new Netflix cooking challenge show

Austin chefs competing on ‘Sugar Rush,’ new Netflix cooking challenge show

Austin chefs Amir Hajimaleki and Dennis Van of District Kitchen + Cocktails and Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar  are competing on the newly released Netflix competition show  “Sugar Rush”. Screengrab from “Sugar Rush” on Netflix. The show, which was released by the online streaming giant...
Looking for free fun this week? Check out Blues on the Green and more

Looking for free fun this week? Check out Blues on the Green and more

Sunday Easy Tiger’s Free Summer Movie Series. The third installment of this returning film series is the Sylvester Stallone-starring “Rocky,” considered to be one of the best sports films ever made. The nighttime screening will also have Real Ale beer specials and special movie boards. 9 p.m. Sunday. 709 E. Sixth St. easytigeraustin.com. Monday “Harry Potter&rdquo...
Saturday fun includes Viva Cinema film, KUTX 98.9 FM birthday bash

Saturday fun includes Viva Cinema film, KUTX 98.9 FM birthday bash

Books Catenya McHenry book signing. The nationally acclaimed author and single mom of three is making a stop in Austin to share an excerpt from her new book, “Married to a Narcissist: Enduring the Struggle and Finding You Again.” McHenry is also an entrepreneur and sought-after TV host writer, producer and wardrobe stylist whose humor and courage makes this event one you shouldn&rsquo...
National Ice Cream Day caps off your weekend activities

National Ice Cream Day caps off your weekend activities

Comedy “A Big Gay Musical” at Hideout Theatre. Pride Month might have passed, but the Hideout’s latest improvisation show will spotlight the LGBTQIA community nonetheless. This “Big Gay Musical” homage to Broadway will be created before your eyes, inspired by true stories from the LGBTQIA-identifying monologists that will be told onstage during the show. Expect queer...
Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Austin has another film festival. The inaugural Contrast Film Festival wants to put the spotlight on “boundary-pushing, genre-defying and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female and queer artists,” according to its website. The event, which kicks off July 20, includes films ranging from 2018’s “Shakedown” and “Narcissister Organ Player” to 1933&rsquo...
Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band

Meet the Grackles: The secret history of Kevin Russell’s early-’90s band

You may know Kevin Russell as the leader of Shinyribs, one of Austin’s biggest bands of the past few years (both literally and figuratively). If you’re a longtime fan of his singing and songwriting, you no doubt were familiar with the Gourds, who became one of the best bands in Americana music around the turn of the century. And if you really go way back with Russell, you might...
Keep kids busy this hot summer weekend in Austin, July 13-15

Keep kids busy this hot summer weekend in Austin, July 13-15

The rain of last weekend is gone. Back is the sunny skies and the heat, with highs in the upper 90s. Plan your weekend fun with your family accordingly. Don’t forget your sunscreen and your bug spray if you go outside, and of course, plenty of water. Here are some local family events for you to enjoy: The Harlem Globetrotters are at the H-E-B Center on Friday. FRIDAY...
Johnson pulls off gritty performance in so-so ‘Skyscraper’

Johnson pulls off gritty performance in so-so ‘Skyscraper’

The hardest working man in showbiz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, debuts his third blockbuster action flick in nine months this weekend. The descriptively titled “Skyscraper,” which comes on the heels of “Rampage” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in the very funny buddy comedy...
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ doesn’t suck but could use more zing

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ doesn’t suck but could use more zing

It’s all about the zing. If you are not up on monster speak, the term zing refers to what happens once in the life of a vampire, mummy, werewolf, etc. It’s that moment when they know they have found the one true love in their life. In the case of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) learns it’s possible to zing more than once as he...
Pot-dealing grandpa plus adorable dogs equals a pretty fun road movie

Pot-dealing grandpa plus adorable dogs equals a pretty fun road movie

“Boundaries” opens with a conversation between a woman and her off-camera shrink. But the real therapy doesn’t kick in until the patient, a divorced, garden-variety neurotic named Laura (played with an appealing mix of spunk and brokenness by Vera Farmiga), embarks on that staple of Hollywood renewal: the road trip. In the case of this lively if at times labored dramedy by writer-director...
Movies in theaters,7/13/18

Movies in theaters,7/13/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” Grade: B-. Review page 20 “Skyscraper” Grade: C. Review page 19 “Leave No Trace” Grade: A-. Review page 21 “Boundaries” Grade: B-. Review page 22 NOW PLAYING “Adrift.” PG-13. 120 minutes. Based on a true story of human survival, a young couple falls in love and embarks...
Great free shows and some important punks in Austin music this week

Great free shows and some important punks in Austin music this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Jawbreaker, A Giant Dog, Lemuria at Statesman Skyline Theater. The influential 1990s indie-punk trio hadn’t played for more than two decades when they reunited for last September’s Riot Fest in Chicago. The band’s four albums — 1990’s “Unfun,” 1992’s “Bivouac,” 1994’s “24 Hour Revenge Therapy” and 1995&rsquo...
‘Leave No Trace’ is a touching father-daughter story

‘Leave No Trace’ is a touching father-daughter story

It doesn’t take long for “Leave No Trace” to tell you that it’s a well-written, low-key, adult story. There’s the languid pacing that leaves you breathing room to observe things for yourself and interpret them from your own viewpoint. There’s the absorbing, insightful way its leading characters quietly interact, and the sense of conviction about the challenging...
10 spots to take the perfect dating profile pic in Austin

10 spots to take the perfect dating profile pic in Austin

As more people turn to online or app dating, it’s important to have an eye-catching profile picture. A good Tinder, Bumble or other online profile should have a diverse selection of photos. Five car selfies won’t do the trick. So how can you make sure you look attractive, adventurous, active and interesting in each of your photos?   Inspired by a user comment on r/Austin, we&rsquo...
Sample queso from some of Austin’s top restaurants at Quesoff in August

Sample queso from some of Austin’s top restaurants at Quesoff in August

The cheesiest day in Austin will take place on August 25, as the eighth annual Quesoff returns to the Mohawk on Red River Street. It is actually only the seventh iteration of the event, as last year’s was rained out. More than 30 teams will compete for the prestigious Quesoff title on August 25. Contributed by Jessica Alexander For those not in the know: Quesoff features an astonishing...
‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV.com, after running the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Canadian company’s name inspired by chatty grackles

Canadian company’s name inspired by chatty grackles

Two years ago, when Toronto-based entrepreneur Paul Walker was starting a new software company, he got inspiration for its name from one of his lead investors, a former CEO at the company he used to work for. “When he left the company as CEO, he moved to a farm. He was really the one that was aware of the grackle. He knows that they’re a kind of bird that communicates a lot; they&rsquo...
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

Despite its heroes’ diminutive size, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opened with typical Marvel might at the box office, with an estimated $76 million in ticket sales. According to studio estimates Sunday, the “Ant-Man” sequel easily surpassed the $57 million debut of the 2015 original in North America. The 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the 20th to debut...
Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Early Bird tickets sales end Monday

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Early Bird tickets sales end Monday

If you wanna be one of the lucky meat-sweaty hundreds at the Long Center the first weekend of November, today’s your final chance to get the biggest bang for your buck. Early Bird tickets for the 9th annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest end today. The tickets for the November 4 event that showcases many of the magazines Top 50 barbecue spots around Texas cost $80, with ...
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