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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...


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...
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...
10 movies to watch to get in the mood for the royal wedding

10 movies to watch to get in the mood for the royal wedding

It’s safe to say Meghan Markle took the road less traveled on her way to becoming British royalty. For starters, she’s American. Second, she’s an actress (not exactly a noble profession — no offense, Hollywood). And last but not least, she’s walked down the aisle before, having been married to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. But as Markle well knows, Hollywood...
James Beard nominee cooks steaks with Dan Dyer at Cosmic tonight

James Beard nominee cooks steaks with Dan Dyer at Cosmic tonight

In a truly modern Austin mash-up of music and food, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is hosting a series of grill-outs with a visiting chef and soulful singer-songwriter Dan Dyer. Appropriately titled “Steak Out! With Dan Dyer,” the dinner series features the chef and musician working the grill, with dinner service from 6 to 8 p.m. and...
You’ve heard about slow food, but what about ‘slow money’? Find out at dinner, talk with Woody Tasch

You’ve heard about slow food, but what about ‘slow money’? Find out at dinner, talk with Woody Tasch

Slow food inspired an entire generation of eaters and food businesses, but about 10 years ago, influencers in the financial world started picking up on the locavore ethos. Woody Tasch is the founder of the “Slow Money” movement, which aims to bring the ideals of the local food movement into investing. Contributed by Slow Money. One of them, Woody Tasch, coined...
UT alum Andrew Dismukes now writing for SNL

UT alum Andrew Dismukes now writing for SNL

  If you are a hardcore Austin comedy denizen, you might remember now-22-year-old Port Neches native Andrew Dismukes from such venues as Cenote (where he first got on stage in 2012 as a University of Texas freshman) or the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada, last summer.  Now, he’s writing for Saturday Night Live, according to a profile on the UT Moody College...
Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

It may not be as dark and dramatic as the town of Riverdale, but one of the stars of the Archie comics spinoff show spent some time in another quaint, small town: Bastrop. Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge in the CW’s “Riverdale,” was in Bastrop filming her new movie “Coyote Lake.” The filming wrapped over Mother’s Day weekend. Not much is currently...
‘Avengers’ winning streak not threatened by ‘Life of the Party’

‘Avengers’ winning streak not threatened by ‘Life of the Party’

“Avengers: Infinity War” easily retained the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a third straight weekend, adding $61.8 million in ticket sales. What’s more, the Disney /Marvel film launched to more than $200 million in China, giving it a global haul of more than $343 million over the weekend. All told, “Infinity War’s” to-date North American total stands...
Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday evening, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It's been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama's official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled...
Take a spin through Austin’s new pingpong club, which opens Friday

Take a spin through Austin’s new pingpong club, which opens Friday

Remember playing pingpong in the garage with your family when you were a kid? Well, this isn’t like that. Spin Ping Pong, which opens its doors to the public at 9 p.m. May 18, feels more like a nightclub than a pingpong gym, with its brass tub filled with orange (only orange!) pingpong balls, costumed pro players, chain-link curtains, murals and DJ booth. And did we mention that it’s housed...
James Beard-winning Alon Shaya to talk about new cookbook at Central Library on Monday

James Beard-winning Alon Shaya to talk about new cookbook at Central Library on Monday

We’re seeing more and more chefs and cookbook authors booked at the downtown library, and tonight, food lovers have a chance to hear from  esteemed chef Alon Shaya. Chef Alon Shaya will be in Austin on May 14 for an appearance at the Central Library downtown. Contributed by Rush Jagoe. The James Beard-winning Shaya, who was born in Israeli and immigrated to Philadelphia when...
Jesmyn Ward recasts old truths in award-winning ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Jesmyn Ward recasts old truths in award-winning ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

The terrible beauty of life along the nation’s lower margins is summoned in Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” a bold, bright, and sharp-eyed road novel. In present-day Mississippi, citizens of all colors struggle much as their ancestors did against the persistence of poverty, the wages of sin, and the legacy of violence. Thirteen-year-old Jojo is a sensitive African-American...
We salute Bloomberg arts gifts, Austin Opera, Austin Art League and more

We salute Bloomberg arts gifts, Austin Opera, Austin Art League and more

As reported in the New York Times, Bloomberg Philanthropies is putting $43 million into small and midsize arts group in seven new cities, including Austin. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite “We wanted to reach cities that we thought had a really strong mix in the way they were serving up arts and culture,”  Kate Levin...
On 512 Day, enjoy Adelbert’s anniversary, Taco Libre and more

On 512 Day, enjoy Adelbert’s anniversary, Taco Libre and more

Grocery Pup’s Luau Launch Party. The Austin-based all-natural dog food brand Grocery Pup brand is inviting all furry friends and their human companions to celebrate the launch of a new product, Porky’s Luau. The party will include samples of Grocery Pup’s full product line for the canines and complimentary pork sliders from the Hot Mess food truck for the people. There will also...
12 Austin bars and restaurants where you can get a proper michelada

12 Austin bars and restaurants where you can get a proper michelada

Bloody Marys tend to get all the attention at brunch. But there’s another savory alcoholic cocktail often on the menu every weekend that is, arguably, even better — the michelada. Because it’s served with lower-alcohol beer instead of vodka, the michelada, a Mexican creation popular in its home country, won’t leave you feeling ready to call it a day by noon. Beer also lends...
Find Austin art at its best all weekend

Find Austin art at its best all weekend

Art “Inside Out.” This Art on 5th show features the work of Jason Eatherly, who is widely recognized in the local street art scene for his image of a queen wearing a gas mask and is taking the plunge into the fine art world with never-before-seen paintings, sculptures and art installations using found objects from places of urban decay. Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to...
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 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...
Austin humorist, country music entertainer Sammy Allred dies at 84

Austin humorist, country music entertainer Sammy Allred dies at 84

Sammy Allred, a native Austinite who was a nationally known humorist, country music entertainer and radio personality, died Thursday. He was 84. Allred and Dewayne Smith formed the comedic country music duo the Geezinslaw Brothers in the 1950s. They were regulars on the “Louisiana Hayride” radio show based in Shreveport, La., in the late 1950s and once opened for Elvis Presley. The Geezinslaws...
‘Wicked Healthy’ author to host plant-based cooking demo at new library

‘Wicked Healthy’ author to host plant-based cooking demo at new library

In 2008, brothers Derek and Chad Sarno, who grew up in New England, founded Wicked Healthy, a website with recipes and videos for making their signature “80 percent healthy, 20 percent wicked” lifestyle. They are “plant pushers, not meat shamers” with years of chef experience in restaurants and global grocery chains. Derek, ,left, and Chad...
Plan your Mother’s Day weekend with the kids with these family events

Plan your Mother’s Day weekend with the kids with these family events

  It’s going to be a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend. There’s a slight chance for rain, but it’s going to be in the upper 80’s, low 90’s. We’ve got plenty of kid-related activities for the weekend. Hint: Dads, consider finding something on Sunday to take the kids to while Mom gets a well-deserved break!   Balloon maker Teddy...
‘Disobedience’ is daring depiction of complex love

‘Disobedience’ is daring depiction of complex love

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is already having quite the 2018. In March, he scooped up an Academy Award for best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman,” his whimsical and harrowing portrait of a transgender woman trying to survive the aftermath of her lover’s death. His new film, “Disobedience,” is making waves for its daring depiction of a complex erotic...
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