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Randy Wicker roared as UT student activist in the 1950s

Randy Wicker, a nationally recognized gay journalist and businessman who had been a radical student activist on the University of Texas campus during the 1950s, was having no luck in his quest to share his singular life story with current LGBT student groups in Austin. Then came a minor miracle. After a good deal of missed chances during a recent visit to Austin, he spied an electronic notice for...


‘The Bonfire,’ ‘Unmasked’ and ‘The Jackie and Laurie Show’ podcasts will all record live at Moontower Comedy

‘The Bonfire,’ ‘Unmasked’ and ‘The Jackie and Laurie Show’ podcasts will all record live at Moontower Comedy

SiriusXM’s “The Bonfire” with Dan Soder and Big Jay Oakerson, “Unmasked” with Ron Bennington, “The Jackie and Laurie Show” with Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin, “Raised by TV” with Lauren Lapkus and Jon Gabrus and several more podcasts have all lined up to record live episodes at the Moontower Comedy Festival April 18 to 21. In addition, comics...
Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts

Rise and shine during SXSW for Four Seasons breakfasts with KUTX-selected acts

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are among the acts playing KUTX’s “Live at the Four Seasons” during South by Southwest 2018. Scott Newton/KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits More than a dozen artists in town for South by Southwest will play KUTX’s eighth annual “Live at the Four Seasons” shows March 14-17, including Nathaniel Rateliff...
Plan ahead for family fun in Austin in March, especially for spring break

Plan ahead for family fun in Austin in March, especially for spring break

You’ll find a lot of things to do with the kids this March. Expect many more activities the week of spring break — March 12-16 — to help you keep kids busy when school is out. Check out these events: Bullfighter Wacy Munsellbulllooks for an opportunity to distract a bull named 805 Major Malfunction As fighter Lance Brittan lands after being hooked by the...
SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2

SXSW: RSVP for Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend 2

Music website Brooklyn Vegan has teamed up with local promotion company Margin Walker Presents for three days of parties at Cheer Up Charlies. The events are scheduled for March 15-17 and they are free and open to the public (members of the public who are prepared to show up early and wait in line, that is). Lineups are coming soon, but  you can go ahead and...
Event: Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night offers flavor of Texas foodways

Event: Taste of Black Austin Tuesday night offers flavor of Texas foodways

The Greater Austin Black Chamber hosts the Taste of Black Austin Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Peached Social House. The tasting and reception “will trace the influence of food and farming in the preservation of black history and American culture” and feature food from about a dozen Austin chefs along with a photography exhibit honoring Austin&rsquo...
Get your ‘Hamilton’ tickets for Austin right now

Get your ‘Hamilton’ tickets for Austin right now

At last you have permission to order those “Hamilton” tickets for the once-in-a-generation musical that will stop in Austin at Bass Concert Hall for three weeks in 2019. Michael Luwoye and Isaiah Johnson in the ‘Hamilton’ national tour. Contributed by Joan Marcus The happy catch? To secure those tickets beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 when the Broadway in Austin call...
Film looks past the magic of the Magic Kingdom at childhood poverty

Film looks past the magic of the Magic Kingdom at childhood poverty

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available through streaming services. Video on Demand “The Florida Project”: Willem Dafoe just earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Bobby Hicks, the compassionate manager of a budget motel in Orlando, Florida...
Commentary: On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther’

Commentary: On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther’

At the movie theater over the weekend, I stood in line to get my overpriced snacks before seeing today’s blackbuster hit. “Black Panther.” As is the case most times I go to movies, I stood out like a sore thumb. You see, I’m a black woman who lives in Austin. And I see a LOT of movies. I stick out because the audience is typically just as overwhelmingly white as the actors...
Austin 'Black Panther' fans put on their Wakanda best this weekend

Austin 'Black Panther' fans put on their Wakanda best this weekend

It has come to pass as many (eventually) thought it would: experts are predicting “Black Panther” will deliver a $235 million-plus debut over the four-day weekend, making for the third highest four-day gross in history.  As Box Office Mojo noted, it is only the fifth movie to debut with over $200 million over its opening weekend. Just for a little bit of perspective, know...
Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

SXSW muscles its way onto Austin’s social calendar in a couple of weeks, but you can wrestle down plenty of other options for parties before, during and after the main event. Feb. 23:  Wonders and Worries Unmasked. JW Marriott.   Feb. 28:  Austin Music Awards. ACL Live. March 1:  Back on My Feet Austin Gala. JW Marriott....
As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

As ‘Black Panther’ shows, inclusion pays at the box office

A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film. The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster en route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million Friday...
Man dressed as Black Panther proposes to his girlfriend at New York Alamo Drafthouse

Man dressed as Black Panther proposes to his girlfriend at New York Alamo Drafthouse

In case you live under a rock, “Black Panther” hit theaters this weekend and cemented itself as an instant classic, breaking box office records in the process. Theater lines went out the door, screenings sold out, fans dressed in traditional African attire and some even donned the Black Panther costume. And at an Alamo Drafthouse in New York, a man dressed as the Black Panther...
Webb Report: The Onion’s version of Mayor Adler is pro-werewolf

Webb Report: The Onion’s version of Mayor Adler is pro-werewolf

In college, I swore I saw a ghost while driving around off Convict Hill Road with my friends one night. I also heard strange voices in the American-Statesman newsroom on Halloween a few years back when I was working the graveyard shift. Aside from watching “Teen Wolf” reruns all weekend after having my wisdom teeth extracted, though, I have not seen any werewolves in Austin. In an alternate...
Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Anyone who was lucky enough to see “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” in the early 1980s will never forget it. The experimental movie about the tensions between the environment and the tentacles of modern urban life broke into the national consciousness without the use of words. First-time director Godfrey Reggio used slow-motion and time-lapse photography as well as sweeping aerial...
‘Black Panther’ director has always sought superheroes who look like him

‘Black Panther’ director has always sought superheroes who look like him

When Ryan Coogler was a kid in Oakland, Calif., an older cousin got him hooked on comic books. “X-Men.” “Spider-Man.” He liked all of them, but he was looking for more. “I went to the comic book shop that was by my school and asked if they had any black characters,” Coogler recalled. That was the moment Coogler discovered the Black Panther. While in film school...
Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, maker of the Les Paul, facing bankruptcy after 116 years in business

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy. >> Read more trending news  According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and $145 million in bank loans become due, if they...
Andrew Zimmern checks out Austin’s Tex-Mex, barbecue and live music hotspots

Andrew Zimmern checks out Austin’s Tex-Mex, barbecue and live music hotspots

Esteemed celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is back at it with a new food and travel series, and of course the season premiere features one of the country’s most exciting food cities: Austin. The premiere of “The Zimmern List,” which airs Tuesday, March 13 at 8 p.m. on the Travel Channel, features back-to-back episodes with visits to Los Angeles and Austin.  Zimmern starts at Franklin...
Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey

Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey

If you’re an American-Statesman reader, you probably spotted actor Matthew McConaughey’s full-page ad congratulating Austin native Nick Foles on his Super Bowl win. Foles appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday and dished a little bit about his ATX roots and his connection to the “Dazed and Confused” star. “Besides the MVP, you got another...
Yes, Austin kids can try a winter Olympics sport in Central Texas. Here’s how

Yes, Austin kids can try a winter Olympics sport in Central Texas. Here’s how

You and your children have been watching the Olympics. Now they want to become the next Nathan Chen, Shaun White or  Mikaela  Shiffrin. Do you have to move to Colorado to get them involved in winter sports? We don’t have a ski mountain in our backyard, but you can do some of the Winter Olympic sports here. Zoe Chandler, 7, and Alexandria Ligon, 10 stretch...
See film from Mexico, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and more

See film from Mexico, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and more

Film Viva Cinema: “600 Millas” at the Bullock Museum. The next installment in the Bullock film series celebrating modern cinema of Mexico is this debut feature from director, writer and producer Gabriel Ripstein. In “600 Millas,” two young gun smugglers cross paths with a federal agent whose botched apprehension of them is only the beginning of the story. The evening&rsquo...
Where to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in Austin

Where to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in Austin

Have Olympic fever? Sports bars won’t be the only places broadcasting the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea, with all the snowboarding, ice skating, bobsledding and other winter sports action we had been hungry to see again. Here are some other places in Austin where you can cheer on some of the best athletes in the world — because it’s always...
Saturday events include Money Chicha show, Orf anniversary and more

Saturday events include Money Chicha show, Orf anniversary and more

Nightlife Orf Brewing’s One-Year Anniversary. In January last year, Orf Brewing became fully licensed. In March, after brewing our initial batches, the East Austin brewery had its first legal sale. Orf is splitting the difference and calling Feb. 17 its one-year mark. This Presidents Day weekend, help the brewery celebrate Washington’s birthday, Lincoln’s birthday and one year of...
This Texas couple surprised each other with marriage proposals on the same day

This Texas couple surprised each other with marriage proposals on the same day

What’s better than a surprise marriage proposal? A double engagement, of course. That’s what happened to Tori Monaco and Berkley Cade earlier this week, when the Texas couple discovered they both had been plotting to propose during their trip to Washington.  According to Buzzfeed, Cade, who is stationed in the Air Force in Texas, enlisted Monaco’s best friend to go ring shopping...
Longtime Austin Symphony manager Ken Caswell dies

Longtime Austin Symphony manager Ken Caswell dies

Kenneth “Ken” Caswell, who managed the  Austin Symphony from 1980 to 1998, has died.  Kenneth Caswell. Alicia Mireles/Austin American-Statesman “The entire Austin Symphony family is saddened by the passing of former executive director, Ken Caswell,” said Anthony Corroa. “Ken was a kind and gentle man.  He led the administration...
Paint a hippo at the farmers market this weekend

Paint a hippo at the farmers market this weekend

Hippos will be at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley this weekend. This is one of the hippo sculptures that people at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market can help paint this weekend. Contributed by Hippo.com Not just any hippos, of course. These are life-sized art hippos, ones that look like they are halfway submerged under the ground, from the Austin-based...
How to hear a never-released Jimi Hendrix rendition of ‘Hear My Train’

How to hear a never-released Jimi Hendrix rendition of ‘Hear My Train’

Get ready to hear another side of Jimi Hendrix.  The legendary guitarist is being memorialized on “Both Sides of the Sky” (out March 9), which features 13 studio recordings he made 1968-1970 — 10 of which were never before released. A freewheeling, never-before-heard rendition of “Hear My Train A Comin', ” recorded in New...
A Bizarros reunion and more live music in Austin this week

A Bizarros reunion and more live music in Austin this week

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Terri Hendrix Band with Lloyd Maines at Paramount Theatre. Tuesday was Hendrix’s 50th birthday, and the Central Texas singer-songwriter is celebrating with a big-venue show featuring her longtime pedal steel accompanist Maines (a member of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame). With more than a dozen albums on her own Wilory Records label across the past two decades, Hendrix...
Despite some sparks of brilliance, ‘Early Man’ falls flat

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 keeps it from becoming an instant, stop-motion classic...
These ‘roses are red’ tweets are the best part of Valentine’s Day

These ‘roses are red’ tweets are the best part of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day usually goes one of two ways for people. Either you are dating someone and get to enjoy some extra special attention... or you’re single. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that!  Everyone knows the famous “roses are red, violets are blue” poem, and on Valentine’s Day, some Twitter users put their own spin on the saying.  Some people...
Fill your long President’s Day weekend with these Austin family events, Feb. 16-19

Fill your long President’s Day weekend with these Austin family events, Feb. 16-19

  What are you doing this President’s Day weekend? It might be rainy, but there’s a lot of fun events for the family.  Check out these Austin events: Family Science Days. Meet an astronaut, learn about ants and raptors, dinosaurs and space. The public portion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. 11 a.m. to 4 p...
Report: Texas-born actor Luke Wilson helped injured in fatal car crash

Report: Texas-born actor Luke Wilson helped injured in fatal car crash

Texas-born actor Luke Wilson did not sustain serious injuries after being involved in a fatal car crash Tuesday night in Pacific Palisades, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times reported that pro golfer winner Bill Haas was in a Ferrari as a passenger when the car overturned and killed the driver. Haas is in serious condition after the crash, the Times reports. Wilson...
‘Black Panther’ is the king of them all

‘Black Panther’ is the king of them all

A few weeks ago, a very short video made the internet rounds. The viewer sees a massive poster for “Black Panther” in a movie theater and hears someone saying over and over: “All the time?!?” All the time!?!?” Off-camera, the filmer (we assume) starts talking: “So we’re sitting here looking at this dope-ass ‘Black Panther’ poster and the conclusion...
The Onion’s version of Mayor Adler is a friend to Austin’s werewolves

The Onion’s version of Mayor Adler is a friend to Austin’s werewolves

In college, I swore I saw a ghost while driving around off Convict Hill Road with my friends one night. I also heard strange voices in the American-Statesman newsroom on Halloween night a few years back, working the graveyard shift. Aside from watching “Teen Wolf” reruns all weekend after having my wisdom teeth extracted, I have not seen any werewolves in Austin. In an alternate universe&rsquo...
Austin really loves love songs, according to this romantic list

Austin really loves love songs, according to this romantic list

Looks like you’re feeling the love, Austin. According to a list from Amazon Music, Austin is the No. 10 love song capital of the United States, meaning that Austin listens to the 10th most love and romance songs.  THINGS TO DO: What to do on Valentine’s Day in Austin Amazon Music says 2018’s most-streamed love song so far is “Sorry Not Sorry” by...
You’re in Luck! Or you’ll want to be with this lineup at Willie’s place

You’re in Luck! Or you’ll want to be with this lineup at Willie’s place

Willie Nelson performs at Luck Reunion on March 16, 2017 in Spicewood, Texas. This year’s event is set for March 15, 2018. March 15 is the date for this year’s Luck Reunion, the annual musical gathering out at Willie Nelson’s fictional ghost-town in Spicewood in the midst of South by Southwest. Top names on the bill this year include Kurt Vile, Josh Ritter, Nathaniel...
Find out about the relationship that led to ‘Wonder Woman’

Find out about the relationship that led to ‘Wonder Woman’

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available through streaming services. Video on Demand “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”: You may not be aware that the “Wonder Woman” comic was born out of the mind of a feminist professor in a polyamorous relationship who had...
Never fear: Willie Nelson is up and kicking — literally kicking things

Never fear: Willie Nelson is up and kicking — literally kicking things

Two important facts about Willie Nelson, the closest thing Austin has to a canonized saint. First, the country singer recently canceled a string of February tour dates to recover from the flu. Second, he is a black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul. Those two things help explain how relieving a picture tweeted Sunday by Nelson’s son, Lukas, was to fans of the Red Headed Stranger. Though one...
Wendy Williams calls Meghan Markle a ‘random princess,’ says she applied for a job with show

Wendy Williams calls Meghan Markle a ‘random princess,’ says she applied for a job with show

Meghan Markle reportedly once applied for a job at “The Wendy Williams Show.” >> Read more trending news  Wendy Williams made the claim on a recent edition of her show while she was interviewing an actress from a series that Markle had once appeared on: “90210.” AnnaLynne McCord was chatting about Markle’s guest-starring stint on the CW show. While McCord...
An Austin writer is telling the story of Black Panther’s early years

An Austin writer is telling the story of Black Panther’s early years

On Jan. 6, Evan Narcisse, the Austin-based writer of the six-issue Marvel Comics miniseries “Rise of the Black Panther,” held a signing at Dragon’s Lair Comics on Anderson Lane. The first issue of “Rise” had appeared in stores a few days earlier. Narcisse’s day job is as a writer for website Io9, so he is a reasonably well-known and well-regarded figure in the world...
Lana Del Rey’s ‘LA to the Moon’ tour makes a stop on Earth 

Lana Del Rey’s ‘LA to the Moon’ tour makes a stop on Earth 

It seemed fitting that Lana Del Rey essentially opened for herself Sunday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Judging by the stadium's pre-show hum and the screaming response to the first light-dim, fans didn't even bat a false eyelash at Kali Uchis' day-before cancellation. This was, after all, a Lana Del Rey concert. To many in attendance, the name at the top of the bill was the only one that...
Take a sneak peek at SXSW events and locations, via city permit list

Take a sneak peek at SXSW events and locations, via city permit list

Just Blaze played the Fader Fort at South by Southwest in 2013. The style magazine appears set to return in 2018, in a new location. Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman A list of 160 permit applications in March on the city of Austin’s website sheds some light on what’s in store for South by Southwest day parties this year, including the return of Fader Fort...
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