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Six Austin places, past and present, to commune with Willie

There are two kinds of people in Austin: Those that remember old Austin and those who will start remembering old Austin in a few years. Wait, that’s not it. Maybe it’s: Those who have allergies and those who will. Well, maybe both of those are true. But what I’m aiming for is this: Those who love Willie Nelson and those who ought to start. Willie was born in Abbott, north of Waco...


Six Austin places, past and present, to commune with Willie

Six Austin places, past and present, to commune with Willie

There are two kinds of people in Austin: Those who remember old Austin and those who will start remembering old Austin in a few years. Wait, that’s not it. Maybe it’s: Those who have allergies and those who will. Well, maybe both of those are true. But what I’m aiming for is this: Those who love Willie Nelson and those who ought to start. Willie was born in Abbott, north of Waco...
The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend features rosé, oysters and more

The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend features rosé, oysters and more

Recreation Float the Moat at NLand Surf Park. NLand will be offering tubing for the first time ever on Memorial Day weekend. You can “float the moat” before or after you spend a session surfing (which is encouraged but not required) and then enjoy a few hours of entertainment. With belly dancing, live music and more, it’s a festive way to kick off the holiday weekend. Having a drink...
Memorial Day weekend events include “Dazed and Confused” pool party

Memorial Day weekend events include “Dazed and Confused” pool party

Art “Regional Fictions.” The name of artists Jamal Cyrus and Julia Barbosa Landois’ exhibit redefines this literary term to examine the lies, falsehoods and omissions present in the lore of a particular geographical region, specifically as it is taught to school children. Their works, both text- and installation-based, mine educational materials and presentation methods to imagine...
Plan your Memorial Day weekend with the kids with our calendar

Plan your Memorial Day weekend with the kids with our calendar

Parents, it’s going to be a long weekend. And hot, with highs in the upper 90s. If you’re going outside, don’t forget your sunscreen and your bug spray. RELATED: Get a jump on summer with our family calendar We have a few ideas of how to keep kids having fun in and around Austin this weekend. Don’t forget: Sometime this weekend, ...
Joints frozen in Carbonite? Stretch out on this Han Solo yoga mat

Joints frozen in Carbonite? Stretch out on this Han Solo yoga mat

  Onnit sells a Han Solo-themed yoga mat for $64.95. Photo courtesy Onnit The latest chapter of the Star Wars saga hits movie theaters tonight, and perhaps after you’ve left the theater, yearning a wee bit for Harrison Ford’s early days, you’ll feel like doing a little yoga. But not on any yoga mat. Not after watching “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in which...
And your next Blues on the Green headliner is: Bob Schneider!

And your next Blues on the Green headliner is: Bob Schneider!

What with May 23 being the first Blues on the Green show of the season, the BotG powers that be waited until the end of the Black Angels show to announce that Bob Schneider and Superfonicos would be the next act to play the storied series. Ol’ Bob and Superfonicos plays the Green (aka Zilker Park) June 13.
Hot Luck’s Kebabathon runs from Thursday-Sunday this week in Austin

Hot Luck’s Kebabathon runs from Thursday-Sunday this week in Austin

How much do you love lamb? Hot Luck is prepared to find out. The food and music festival is hosting a Kebabathon over the next four days. The promotion is a celebration of shaved roasted meat and its global influences co-sponsored by the American Lamb Board.. Kebabalicious. How does it work? You head to one of the four participating restaurants, purchase a kebab...
Iconic Latin rock bands Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G to play in Austin

Iconic Latin rock bands Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G to play in Austin

After the last encore had been performed, the stage lights turned off and the fans had gone home, members of the iconic Latin rock-pop groups Los Enanitos Verdes of Argentina and Hombres G of Spain headed to a celebratory post-show dinner in Austin two years ago. It was there where a genius musical idea emerged for a future show, says Felipe Staiti, guitarist for Los Enanitos Verdes. Why not mesh...
This week: Little Steven, Lone Star Jam, Cupcakke, Steely Dan and more

This week: Little Steven, Lone Star Jam, Cupcakke, Steely Dan and more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul at Paramount Theatre. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his long tenure in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the guitarist born Steven Van Zandt has been known as Little Steven, Miami Steve and, on “The Sopranos,” Silvio. Nowadays he might be most widely heard on “Underground Garage,” a syndicated...
Ethan Hawke takes a spiritual journey in ‘First Reformed’

Ethan Hawke takes a spiritual journey in ‘First Reformed’

The new Paul Schrader movie, “First Reformed,” plays like a summation of a career — a distillation of the themes that have dominated the work of the screenwriter/director since the 1970s. It’s deeply spiritual, but in a Schrader kind of way, just like his earlier movies, “Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo” and “Affliction.” Ethan Hawke stars...
Rediscover the art of the doily at German Free School exhibit

Rediscover the art of the doily at German Free School exhibit

When post-hardcore band Hot Snakes performs Thursday night at The Mohawk in the Red River district, they’ll have no idea that tucked right in behind them is a 161-year-old building that’s currently hosting an exhibit of doily heritage, art and poetry. Or maybe they will. Perhaps Hot Snakes has an appreciation for doilies.  There’s a better chance, though, that you haven&rsquo...
Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

More than 110 movies are screening this summer as part of the Paramount Summer Classic film series. Here are 30 not to miss. There are others worth seeing, of course, but are 30 really good ones. “Stormy Weather” (7 p.m. May 31) This 1943 picture remains one of the most important musicals ever made (what with its staggering African-American cast). Starring  Lena Horne, Bill Robinson...
ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival premiered its inaugural podcast series, The TV Campfire, as a part of its ATX TV Podcast Network. The series is co-produced by Madica Productions and provides an insider's perspective into the world of television with special guests including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” producer Bill Lawrence, “Wire” and “Treme” producer David...
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical artist called Childish Gambino whose second...
Spend your summer trying Austin’s best watering holes with Austin360’s Boozery Bingo

Spend your summer trying Austin’s best watering holes with Austin360’s Boozery Bingo

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which marks the unofficial start of summer. We’ve already given you some ideas for fun things to do this summer: concerts, outdoor fun, movies (and more movies), travel ... but how about some local watering holes (no, not that kind)? We just updated the Austin360 Boozery Guide, which is chock full of breweries, cideries and distilleries to...
‘Solo’ tries to rebel but sticks to ‘Star Wars’ formula

‘Solo’ tries to rebel but sticks to ‘Star Wars’ formula

While watching the entertaining yet frustrating “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a question keeps returning: We know why we like Han Solo, but why do we like him SO much? Think back to his introduction in the original “Star Wars,” aka “A New Hope”. For all we learn in that sequence, he might be a bad guy! Han wants as much money as he can get from our boyish hero and...
Austin Under 40 Awards winners are solid gold

Austin Under 40 Awards winners are solid gold

We always cheer the Austin Under 40 Awar ds  ceremony, not just because it benefits two worthy causes,  YWA Foundation and the Austin Sunshine Camps, but also because so many rising social stars end up among the winners. Toya Bell picks up the Austin Under 40 Award for Mentor of the Year. Contributed by Lauryn Vaughan of Not Purple...
Tracing the arc of a soul with Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke

Tracing the arc of a soul with Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke

Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, 71, is having another big moment in his long career. The writer of “Taxi Driver” and the director of “Affliction” has a new movie, “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke. And his 1972 book, “Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer,” is being republished this week, with a new introduction, by the University...
‘Deadpool 2’ tops ‘Avengers’ but fails to surpass its predecessor

‘Deadpool 2’ tops ‘Avengers’ but fails to surpass its predecessor

Two Josh Brolin-led Marvel movies dominated the domestic box office this weekend, led by 20th Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2.” “It’s Deadpool’s world, and we’re just living in it,” said Chris Aronson, the studio’s president of distribution. The film opened in first place with $125 million, the second biggest debut for an R-rated film ever, though below...
Think Austin’s food scene is thriving? At Food for Thought events, learn why the answer isn’t so clear

Think Austin’s food scene is thriving? At Food for Thought events, learn why the answer isn’t so clear

If you think Austin has a thriving food scene, you only know part of the story. Austin’s food scene might look like it’s thriving, but it’s not thriving for everyone. At several Food for Thought ATX events this week, you can learn more about food access and insecurity. Jay Janner / American-Statesman A third of kids who live in Austin are considered food...
Tracing ‘Star Wars,’ from ‘Phantom Menace’ to new ‘Solo’ to ‘Last Jedi’

Tracing ‘Star Wars,’ from ‘Phantom Menace’ to new ‘Solo’ to ‘Last Jedi’

The “Star Wars” universe has been rapidly expanding in recent years, with the new trilogy as well as standalone films like “Rogue One” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which hits theaters May 25. Fans have put together where the “Solo” film fits into the franchise, but more casual viewers might have a tougher time deciphering the proper order of all these...
Self-help memoir encourages working through cancer, not ‘fighting’ it

Self-help memoir encourages working through cancer, not ‘fighting’ it

Entrepreneur and speaker Paige Davis chronicles her breast cancer journey in “Here We Grow,” her debut memoir and self-help book. Davis was only 38 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news was not a complete surprise; she had noticed a lump but delayed seeing a doctor due to her growing business, BlueAvocado. She and her family had endured too many recent brushes with...
Find art, and beer, this weekend in Austin

Find art, and beer, this weekend in Austin

Art “Liminal & Luminous.” Misha Penton’s visual works, with their expressive movement and rich, shimmering colors, are emotional and contemplative, while the sound side of this Camiba Art Gallery show is an ambient and immersive “voice-scape” to accompany the paintings. Her use of multilayered voice tones, whispers and phrase fragments mirrors the introspective...
Looking for free fun in Austin? Try Blues on the Green and more events

Looking for free fun in Austin? Try Blues on the Green and more events

Sunday Woody Tasch talk and book signing. About 10 years ago, influencers in the financial world started adopting the locavore ethos of “slow food.” One of them, Woody Tasch, coined the term “slow money” in his 2008 book on a more organic way of funding food startups. He’ll share ideas from his newest book, “Soil: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture...
Emmylou Harris, Fareground Flower Market are just two Saturday options

Emmylou Harris, Fareground Flower Market are just two Saturday options

Dining Fareground Flower Market. Downtown Austin’s new modern food hall is hosting its very first flower market outside on the Fareground Plaza. The featured flower vendors include Petals Ink, Green Gate Farms and Succulent Native, some of which will be accepting credit cards. You can start your afternoon shopping for flowers, then grab food and drinks in Fareground at any one of the six vendors...
‘Book Club’ is a strained affair despite all-star cast

‘Book Club’ is a strained affair despite all-star cast

There is a built-in pleasure in seeing Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen in the same movie. We’re used to them. We like them. We like being around them — but not so much that we can’t notice that “Book Club” is a pretty strained affair, not especially funny and weirdly off key. It’s the story of four best friends from school days, who&rsquo...
Texas’ favorite infomercial is giving us bad high school flashbacks

Texas’ favorite infomercial is giving us bad high school flashbacks

Well, I would have picked the FoodSaver, but you can’t argue with Google Trends, I suppose. According to a new study, the most popular infomercial product in Texas is as clear as your skin is after using the product. A study by All Home Connections, an AT&T authorized online retailer, found that the most popular infomercial product in the Lone Star State is Proactiv. You know, that supposedly...
Get inspired by the royal wedding with these fun kids activities this weekend in Austin, May 18-20

Get inspired by the royal wedding with these fun kids activities this weekend in Austin, May 18-20

While you watch the royal wedding on TV , your kids can be enjoying a story time all about a “Wedding of the Century.” And while proud parents will be celebrating graduation at the University of Texas, you can give your kids a love of education at the Summer Reading Splash! These are just some of the events happening this weekend. Look for a great weekend with highs...
SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE: Who’s playing where in the hottest months

SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE: Who’s playing where in the hottest months

Where there’s heat, there’s music. That’s what summer in Austin is like, and it means big touring concerts, cool club shows and outdoor festivals everywhere. We’ve compiled a master list of more than 200 music events from June through September to help you plan what to do until the weather turns cooler again. Ready, set, sweat! 1: Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx, Night Ranger...
Ryan Reynolds is a funnier, kinder (sort of) Deadpool in ‘Deadpool 2’

Ryan Reynolds is a funnier, kinder (sort of) Deadpool in ‘Deadpool 2’

“Deadpool 2” gets most of its ugliness out of the way in the first five minutes. In a flashback sequence, explaining events that led up to our hero’s attempted suicide, we see him showing up in various locations and killing everybody. Like a mass shooter or other homicidal maniac, he presents himself unexpectedly and lays waste to a nightclub, to a boardroom, etc. He always has his...
‘House of Tomorrow’ a punk rock coming-of-age story

‘House of Tomorrow’ a punk rock coming-of-age story

Writer/director Peter Livolsi’s directorial debut “The House of Tomorrow,” adapted from Peter Bognanni’s novel, uses the philosophy and beliefs of architect, designer, inventor and geodesic dome enthusiast Buckminster Fuller as the backdrop of a coming-of-age story soundtracked to classic punk. Sebastian (Asa Butterfield) has been living a sheltered life with his grandmother...
In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘a poor church for the poor’

In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘a poor church for the poor’

It’s tempting to forgo a regular review of the new documentary on Pope Francis and simply print as many of the film’s laudable quotations from this remarkable man as space will allow. His words are plain and direct, full of wisdom and not a little humor. The movie won’t convert any of Francis’ die-hard opponents, who will deride it as uncritical, but it will offer consolation...
Movies in theaters, 5/18/18

Movies in theaters, 5/18/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Deadpool 2” Grade: B. Review page 24 “Book Club” Grade: C-. Review page 25 “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” Grade: B+. Review page 26 “The House of Tomorrow” Grade: B-. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “Show Dogs.” PG. 92 minutes. The unlikely pairing of a canine cop and an FBI agent go undercover at the world’s most...
The last time we talked to supreme Broadway artist Stephen Sondheim

The last time we talked to supreme Broadway artist Stephen Sondheim

In the occasion of  Zach Theatre‘s first fully staged musical by  Stephen Sondheim, “Sunday in the Park with George,” which opens May 30, we republish this Nov. 8, 2009 story that includes my interview with great man himself.  Stephen Sondheim in 1976. AP Stephen Sondheim, the creative force behind 18 major musicals, might...
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