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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...


What’s one of the most dangerous things for your kids to have?

What’s one of the most dangerous things for your kids to have?

In 2016, 53 at least kids died because of an all-terrain vehicle; another 26,800 kids checked in at an emergency room because of them. Those numbers, though, are preliminary and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects them to go up as more data is collected for that year. “ATVs are one of the most dangerous products CPSC regulates, causing more deaths and injuries than almost any...
Yes, your child can try a winter Olympic sport in Austin

Yes, your child can try a winter Olympic sport in Austin

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. Here are some lessons we found: Figure skating No snow needed here for this indoor sport...
Is that plant dead or dormant? Check before you pull it as winter ends

Is that plant dead or dormant? Check before you pull it as winter ends

This has been one of those winters. A real one. With freezes and snow and sleet and even hail. My Facebook post from a year ago was a photo of my computer sitting outside on a table in the 80-degree sun, with background plants alive and thriving. Seeing that made me want to cry. An uncharacteristically cold winter and slow warmup means some plants will peek out from their blankets of mulch and leaves...
Things to do with the family this weekend

Things to do with the family this weekend

Duck into these family events in between the raindrops of what should be a rainy weekend Barbara Jordan exhibit. See an interactive exhibit on the life of Barbara Jordan. Through Saturday. Free. Texas Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress Ave. barbarajordanfreedomfoundation.org. “The Wazir of Oz.” A Bollywood-style version with...
‘Star Wars’ can teach your child math

‘Star Wars’ can teach your child math

Sometimes you just need to use the Force to get through your children’s homework assignments, right? Now the “Star Wars” universe has expanded to offer reading and writing and math workbooks from Workman Publishing. Workman Publishing The $8.95 workbooks include questions like these: Luke was (unhappy) that his uncle wanted him to wait another year to join the Academy...
Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.  >> Read more trending news  Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such...
This Austin therapy dog comforted an entire community after the Florida school shooting

This Austin therapy dog comforted an entire community after the Florida school shooting

Kermit, who normally lives his life as a therapy dog in Austin, expanded his reach to comfort a community grieving after a shooting that left 17 people dead in Florida last week. Kermit’s owner, Melissa Unfred, said it “just so happened” that she and Kermit were in Florida last week.  “Kermit and I drove to Parkland today to provide comfort to their community as they...
New fitness studio opens in Mueller

New fitness studio opens in Mueller

Orangetheory Fitness just opened a new studio in the Mueller development. Phtoto courtesy Orangetheory   Austin gets more orange all the time, and we’re not talking just about the burnt orange shade. Orangetheory opened its 22nd fitness studio in Central Texas this month. The studio held a grand opening earlier this month. Photo courtesy Orangetheory The studio offers 60-minute classes...
Banff Film Festival comes to Paramount Theatre this weekend

Banff Film Festival comes to Paramount Theatre this weekend

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1S1No9JL4k&w=492&h=307] Grab your hiking boots and head to the Paramount Theatre for two evenings of outdoorsy film screenings. A selection of documentaries and short films highlighting kayaking, ice climbing, surfing, trekking, cycling, slack lining paddling and other gritty activities, originally screened at the Banff Film Festival in...
This breakfast for dinner has the best diner moves

This breakfast for dinner has the best diner moves

Sometimes it’s fun to swerve from the typical evening-meal lineup toward breakfast for dinner. And by breakfast, I don’t mean Froot Loops — but a hearty, diner-style meal instead. This recipe touches all the bases. For starters, there are crisped potato pancakes, with your choice of grated root vegetables mixed in (bonus: beets will turn the pancakes pink!), and a smoky protein,...
The art of Austin: People’s Gallery puts focus on local artists

The art of Austin: People’s Gallery puts focus on local artists

City Hall or art gallery? In Austin, we have both in the same space. The annual People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall opens its 2018 exhibition this weekend, featuring works from 102 Austin-area artists in an array of media. The free exhibition, the work of the city’s Cultural Arts Division, aims to spotlight local artists and promote understanding and enjoyment of the arts. Arts educator...
Cyclist who died Saturday wrote about supplemental testosterone use in cycling

Cyclist who died Saturday wrote about supplemental testosterone use in cycling

Andrew Tilin died after he was struck by a car as he changed a flat tire while driving on FM 620. Mark Matson for American-Statesman   Andrew Tilin died Saturday, after he was struck by a vehicle as he changed a flat tire on the side of the road. I wrote about Tilin, who wrote a book called “The Doper Next Door,” in September 2011, and have re-published the article below...
Austin runner shatters personal record, hopes to encourage others with Down Syndrome

Austin runner shatters personal record, hopes to encourage others with Down Syndrome

Kayleigh Williamson dances at the finish line of the Austin Half Marathon. Photo courtesy Sandy Williamson An Austin runner who in 2017 became the first woman with Down Syndrome to complete the Austin Half Marathon shaved an hour and 45 minutes off her finish time this year. Kayleigh Williamson danced happily as she crossed the finish line of Sunday’s 13.1-mile race. Then she and...
Beyond ‘Incident’: How Zach Theatre adapts shows for people with autism

Beyond ‘Incident’: How Zach Theatre adapts shows for people with autism

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is the story of 15-year-old Christopher, who begins solving a Sherlock Holmes-type mystery after he’s suspected of killing the neighbor’s dog. Christopher has a knack for math but struggles with his everyday surroundings. He’s what many would recognize as someone with autism. The play, which won a Tony Award in 2015...
New mural unveiled at 12th and Chicon in Austin

New mural unveiled at 12th and Chicon in Austin

People passing by the mural at 12th and Chicon streets used to be greeted by the immense images of famous black legends Michael Jackson, James Brown and Tupac Shakur. Now, a new mural at the same spot features all of them, plus such Austin household names as musician Gary Clark Jr., East Austin hip hop artist Charles “Nook” Turner and Latin American icons like Selena. Ten months after...
Honor a Texas legend, explore science and more family fun, Feb. 18-24

Honor a Texas legend, explore science and more family fun, Feb. 18-24

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.m. Sunday. Austin Convention Center. Free. aaas.org Paint It Forward. Art auction of art from preschoolers to benefit Make a Wish, plus an open house with face painting and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p...
Dog food shipments pulled after euthanasia drug found in some brands

Dog food shipments pulled after euthanasia drug found in some brands

J.M. Smucker Co. is pulling back some of its shipments after a television news investigation found that some of the company’s dog food tested positive for a drug used for euthanasia. The company is having shipments of wet canned Gravy Train, Kibble ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy foods returned to the the company, The Associated Press reported. The move came after Washington...
Looking for a summer camp? Check out our camp guide

Looking for a summer camp? Check out our camp guide

We’re getting excited about our summer camp guide. Find in at  campguide.austin360.com. For this year’s camp guide, we offer a choose-your-own adventure to find the choose the right camp based on your child’s personality. We’ve been writing about camp for 25 years and have shared a lot of tips. Jessica Gonzales, from the Oak Hill YMCA, is outnumbered...
Lions Club vision screenings identify problems early in pre-K kids

Lions Club vision screenings identify problems early in pre-K kids

Four-year-old Matthew Brown stares into the screen of the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener held by Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club volunteer Rudy Munguia. Matthew can see flashing lights, but, of course, Munguia makes it fun and tells him to look for the little bird. Does he see it? This technique gets prekindergarten kids to really stare with their eyes open at the screener looking for a bird...
Can taking elderberry syrup prevent or reduce the flu?

Can taking elderberry syrup prevent or reduce the flu?

We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine flu of 2009. Does elderberry actually do anything to lessen the length of the flu? It might...
Hyde Park house disguises modern home in classic outer shell

Hyde Park house disguises modern home in classic outer shell

Cody and Katie Pierce loved the 1927 bungalow in Hyde Park they bought when their oldest daughter was a baby. Then Lily, 4, grew and was joined by younger sister Bowie, 2. Soon, the bungalow just felt too small. One of the bedrooms could really only fit a crib. They didn’t want to leave Hyde Park and this house. They loved the look of the historic houses of Hyde Park, but they also wanted more...
How to save the seeds, enjoy the fruits of your labor for free

How to save the seeds, enjoy the fruits of your labor for free

When it comes to saving seeds, Jane LaComette, 62, admits it: “I’m a hoarder.” At her Leander-area home, she said, she has “closets full of seeds,” labeled in baggies and small envelopes and stored in about five 18-gallon plastic tubs and countless shoe boxes. She estimates she has saved 400 to 500 different kinds of seeds. However, they are “only viable three to...
Faith doesn’t come with certainty; embrace the mystery of it

Faith doesn’t come with certainty; embrace the mystery of it

Last summer, I picked up a copy of a beautiful children’s book by Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls.” It’s the story of 13 year-old Connor O’Malley whose mother is dying of cancer and who is visited by a wise monster. Connor learns several things in his journey with the monster. I was struck by one of them — that human beings are complicated beasts. He discovers that...
At Austin warehouse, players drink beer, throw sharp objects, have fun

At Austin warehouse, players drink beer, throw sharp objects, have fun

Swing open the door of a nondescript warehouse off Airport Boulevard on a Sunday night and the steady thunk-thunk-thunk of ax meeting wood meets your ear. You’re not in Austin anymore — or at least it doesn’t feel like it. You’ve landed in a world of checkered flannel shirts and wooden targets, one where players spend hours staining ax handles or bedazzling them with glitter...
Zebra mussels spotted in Lady Bird Lake; Lake Austin now ‘infested’

Zebra mussels spotted in Lady Bird Lake; Lake Austin now ‘infested’

Zebra mussels have been spotted in Lady Bird Lake, and Texas wildlife officials on Thursday said they now consider Lake Austin to be “infested” with the invasive species. The spread of the scourge means that swimmers who emerge from Lake Austin or Lady Bird Lake and jump into Barton Springs Pool without thoroughly drying off could put the iconic swimming hole at risk for infestation, Austin...
Imagine a new welcome at Laguna Gloria

Imagine a new welcome at Laguna Gloria

The Contemporary Austin is hanging up a new welcome sign at Laguna Gloria. The beloved 14-acre site, home to Clara Driscoll’s 1916 villa and, now, the sprawling Marcus Sculpture Park, is set to undergo a multiphase face-lift. The first step is to break ground March 21 on a new $6 million guest-friendly entrance complex and improvements to the verges of West 35th Street. The effort was made possible...
Women describe 14 years of Austin Opera maestro’s lewd talk, touches

Women describe 14 years of Austin Opera maestro’s lewd talk, touches

In the weeks since Austin Opera’s conductor was fired amid allegations of harassment, seven women have come forward to describe a culture of permissiveness that they say allowed Richard Buckley to touch women inappropriately and engage in lewd talk because he was a star. The women told the American-Statesman that Buckley — who served as the opera’s conductor and artistic director...
Can Elderberry really shorten the length of your flu?

Can Elderberry really shorten the length of your flu?

We’re hearing reports of elderberry syrup flying off the shelves as this flu season continues to do its worst. Already 38 people in Travis County have died from the flu this season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling it an epidemic and said it is the worst flu season since the swine flu of 2009. RELATED: Get ready for a bad flu season Does...
Austin 9-year-old asking many of the questions we all have about the school shooting in Florida

Austin 9-year-old asking many of the questions we all have about the school shooting in Florida

This came into my inbox this morning: Dear Editor, Tonight we were talking at the dinner table about what happened at the high school in Florida (probably you read about the shooting). I had many questions for my mami and daddy.  Like: Why was the shooter sad or angry about something? What was he having strong emotions about? Why did nobody notice that he...
Austin360 arts list, Feb. 16-22

Austin360 arts list, Feb. 16-22

Theater & dance “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Zach Theatre is the first regional theater in Texas to produce this Tony Award-winning play, an adaptation of a novel about a gifted boy who, accused of killing the neighbor’s dog, goes on a Sherlock Holmes-style investigation to find the culprit. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through March 4. $25-$133...
Austin360 recreation list, Feb. 16-22

Austin360 recreation list, Feb. 16-22

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Austin Regional Clinic studies anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic studies anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic is studying a new drug to fight the flu. The drug from Japanese company Shionogi Inc. is known as S-033188 to the Food and Drug Administration or baloxavir marboxil outside of the study. It would be an alternative to Tamiflu. Baloxavir marboxil already has been studied in otherwise healthy people with the flu and showed promise for its rapid reduction of symptoms. The new phase...
In an Olympic year, Fit City tries skeleton, bobsled and ski jumping

In an Olympic year, Fit City tries skeleton, bobsled and ski jumping

I should be in South Korea right now. I mean, I’ve actually got firsthand experience in a bunch of the crazier events on the lineup for the Pyeongchang Olympics. During a trip to Steamboat Springs earlier this month, I agreed (what was I thinking!) to attempt ski jumping. If you’ve seen it on TV, you know that Olympic ski jumpers start at the top of a short, slick and really, really...
All Sting the library dog wanted was to listen to kids read, but no one showed up

All Sting the library dog wanted was to listen to kids read, but no one showed up

The sad puppy dog eyes were enough to melt hearts all over the country. Sting the dog went to his local library last week to have children read to him. But no one showed up for the Paws to Read program, WCCO reported. Sting, who is a retired greyhound racer, is used as a therapy dog to help kids become more confident in reading.  >> Read more trending news  His owner, John...
School shooting in Florida: Five years of lock-down drills in schools may be working

School shooting in Florida: Five years of lock-down drills in schools may be working

Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida seems to illustrate that all those lock-down drills kids and teachers have been doing since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary five years ago might be working. Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Stories are coming...
Austin Regional Clinic studying anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic studying anti-flu drug in high-risk patients

Austin Regional Clinic has been studying a new drug to fight the flu. The drug from Japanese company Shionogi Inc. is known as S-033188 to the Food and Drug Administration or baloxavir marboxil outside of the study. It would be an alternative to Tamiflu. Baloxavir marboxil already has been studied in otherwise healthy people with the flu, and showed promise for its rapid reduction ...
Lions Club vision screenings identify problems early in pre-K kids

Lions Club vision screenings identify problems early in pre-K kids

Four-year-old Matthew Brown stares into the screen of the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener held by Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club volunteer Rudy Munguia. Matthew can see flashing lights, but, of course, Munguia makes it fun and tells him to look for the little bird. Does he see it? Rudy Munguia of Austin Downtown Founders Lions Club reviews eye screening results with Matthew...
WATCH: Police officers rescue freezing puppy found under Florida bridge

WATCH: Police officers rescue freezing puppy found under Florida bridge

Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, released video of two animal control officers rescuing a pit bull puppy who was left under a bridge in freezing temperatures. In the video posted on the Daytona Beach Police Department’s Facebook page, you can see the puppy shaking uncontrollably because she was so cold. The animal control officers did everything they could to warm her up. >>...
Pop-Up Magazine coming to Austin for storytelling with a twist

Pop-Up Magazine coming to Austin for storytelling with a twist

A “live magazine” comes to Austin this month to showcase its winter issue, and while magazine may be in the title, this is no ordinary newsstand periodical. Rather than a print edition, each issue of Pop-Up Magazine is a live show that portrays the work of a variety of individuals and is performed in front of an audience. Co-founder and editor-in-chief Douglas McGray, who has previously...
A soup with substance? Cashews to the rescue, again

A soup with substance? Cashews to the rescue, again

Creamy without the cream. That’s the kind of thing I’m looking for in a first-quarter-of-the-year soup — something that might taste a little indulgent and filling for these cold February nights but that will help me continue my post-holidays trim-down strategy. Cashews, of course, are the answer. As I’ve rhetorically asked before, aren’t they always? Before you add them...
Patient blindsided by $17,850 urine test that insurer said was worth $100

Patient blindsided by $17,850 urine test that insurer said was worth $100

After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and a follow-up drug test that seemed routine — until the lab slapped her with a bill for thousands of dollars. A Houston lab tested her urine sample for a constellation of legal and illicit drugs, many of which, Moreno said, she had never heard of, let alone taken. “I was totally confused...
At age 10, the Long Center opens its doors wider

At age 10, the Long Center opens its doors wider

If you lived in Austin during the 1960s and ’70s, you called the oddly shaped domed structure on the shores of Town Lake the Municipal Auditorium. Austin’s Municipal Auditorium under construction in 1958 and photographed by Rockdale Works. Contributed by Austin History Center PICA 26945 If you arrived in the 1980s, it was then known as  ...
Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Do you love sipping tea? Beware of the fruity flavors, because they could be bad for your teeth, according to a new report.  Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute recently conducted a study, published in British Dental Journal, to determine how certain foods and drinks can affect tooth wear.  To do so, researchers examined a previous study that compared...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, February 25

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, February 25

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Ann McCrea is 87. Actor Tom Courtenay is 81. Former CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 81. Actress Diane Baker is 80. Actress Karen Grassle is 76. Former professional wrestler Ric Flair is 69. Humorist Jack Handey is 69. Movie director Neil Jordan is 68. Rock singer-musician/actor John Doe (X) is 65. Rock musician Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) is 61. Rock singer-musician...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, February 25

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s difficult not to get attached to things today, especially when they fall so perfectly in line with who you think you are. Of course, we’re never who we think we are, any more than we are who others think we are. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Should you maximize your gains or minimize your losses? It depends on what you want. For fame or publicity, maximize your...

Dear Abby - Sunday, February 25

Dear Abby: I am a 70-year-old male former teacher and social worker. I stopped dating 30 years ago because the only women I had loved had all dumped me. I felt I was only a temporary convenience to them. Since then, I haven’t been romantically involved with anyone so I would not be dumped again. However, I am lonely for female companionship and afraid I’ll die without ever having had another...

Flu shots less effective than normal, CDC report says

It turns out the rumors were true: This year’s flu shot is indeed less effective than usual. An unusually resilient strain of influenza called H3N2 has been the predominant assailant this season, and the vaccine rolled out last year was ill-suited to protect against it. While previous analyses from Canada and Australia on its H3N2 effectiveness lent some non-significant support to suspicions...
Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Brezinski savored the savings last week when her preferred brand of organic tortilla chips went on sale. Not only did her grocery store discount the item to $2.99, a program offered through her employer’s health insurance knocked another $2 off the price. “You get that for 99 cents,” Brezinski said. “How good is that?” More health plans are dabbling...
FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-ever blood test to detect the telltale signs of serious brain injury, bringing to fruition a long quest to make the diagnosis of concussions simpler and more precise. After deliberations that took less than six months, the FDA approved the marketing of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator to aid the evaluation of concussions in adults. The speedy...
How to get your teens to put down the screens and read this spring break

How to get your teens to put down the screens and read this spring break

 Confession: My teens don’t read, or at least I didn’t think they really read until I talked to Kaye Newton, author of “How to Get Your Screen-Loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure.” ($12.36, Linland Press) The Brentwood, Tenn., mother of three teenagers thought the same thing about her own children....
5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

With climate change predictions coming from scientists on a regular basis, many people are increasingly concerned about their personal impact on the environment. At the same time, who isn't concerned about their health and well-being? While it's a no-brainer that severe pollution and ominous natural disasters can be detrimental to humanity, there are small things we do daily that negatively impact...
Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg gives former Westlake QB/ Super Bowl ring-winner Nick Foles a shout-out in his brand new song, “Doggytails.” “Nick Foles with it — get it?” Snoop raps. “I be the backup, second in line, see when I get in, you ain’t gettin’ no more time. I’m free as a bird.” (A reference, obviously, to Foles’ one-time back-up status.) Snoop&rsquo...
Wanna get your hands dirty? Here are 10 crawfish boils you can’t miss this spring

Wanna get your hands dirty? Here are 10 crawfish boils you can’t miss this spring

Tis the season. Crawfish season, that is. The season may have gotten delayed a bit because of Hurricane Harvey and unusually cold temperatures across Texas this winter, but never fear, the mudbugs are here. Here’s a roundup of where you can find the messy, spicy, delicious little critters across the Austin area in the coming months. Lucy’s on the Lake has been serving crawfish every...
Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. That should be no biggie...
13 things to do with the kids this weekend in Austin, Feb. 23-25

13 things to do with the kids this weekend in Austin, Feb. 23-25

Duck into these family events in between the raindrops of what should be a rainy weekend. “The Adventures of Enoughie (Las Aventuras de Enoughie).”  Kirk Tuck Barbara Jordan exhibit. See an interactive exhibit on the life of Barbara Jordan. Through Saturday. Free. Texas Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress Ave.  barbarajordanfreedomfoundation.org. ...
HBO is bringing ‘Westworld’ to SXSW -- is Austin where the robot revolt will start? 

HBO is bringing ‘Westworld’ to SXSW -- is Austin where the robot revolt will start? 

HBO is bringing a bit of their smash hit show “Westworld” to South by Southwest. The cable Goliath is building a town from the ground up for an immersive experience exclusively for SXSW badgeholders.  Open from March 9-11 only, the “Westworld”-themed park will feature reproduced versions of iconic locations and elements from the hit HBO series, including the Coronado hotel...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum, “Ready Player One” author Ernest Cline, actress Dakota Fanning, “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Paramount TV & Digital Entertainment president Amy Powell and, hello, actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will all speak as part of South By Southwest...
Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

You hop in the car with a few friends or the family and a mere 1,000 miles later you're down $400 when you only intended to spend $150. What happened? Probably just a few overruns on the road trip budget. With a little effort, you'll find it's just as simple and sometimes even more pleasant to take a road trip that will save you hundreds. Credit Donkey shared the secret to saving money on road trips...
Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Everyone wants to feel self-sufficient, and even those with deep pockets find it's a good idea to stick to some kind of home maintenance budget. If you chuckled at the thought of having "deep pockets," you're probably even more concerned with controlling costs on the home front. But frugal isn't always better, even if you have monster DIY skills. "When it comes to doing your own home...
‘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...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
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...
Weeping yaupon, like a living piece of art

Weeping yaupon, like a living piece of art

The weeping yaupon holly is beyond stunning right now. No, the weeping plant wasn’t nuked or genetically modified to obtain that graceful appearance. It was found naturally and native and then simply propagated vegetatively by cutting. Yaupons are native geographically in almost a third of North America. Botanically speaking they are Known as Ilex vomitoria with the weeping type known as Ilex...
Bring your personality to life in your decor

Bring your personality to life in your decor

The secret to creating a beautiful home isn’t in cloning a big-name designer’s style, or washing a room in the latest trend. It’s about thoughtfully constructing a space that celebrates the people who live there. Our design choices should not only be inspired by today’s “it” color palettes or furniture styles, but by the opportunity to bring to life the story of...
The 9 affordable buys that make every first home look expensive

The 9 affordable buys that make every first home look expensive

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or a new rental, there’s always a myriad of things to consider. But perhaps the first and foremost is your budget. While your stylish eye wants all the designer pieces, your frugal purse is looking at those luxury look-alikes with an affordable price tag. But you don’t have to declare war with your bank account — it is possible...
How fungi grow in forest, lawns

How fungi grow in forest, lawns

I discovered fungi in the coastal forests of Northern California. There I came to recognize the mushrooms, lichens and liverworts, all small primitive plants you might not notice. What makes fungi different is they cannot photosynthesize like green plants because they lack chlorophyll. That’s why edible mushrooms are cultivated in darkness. Due to the primitive nature of fungi, it’s doubtful...
Insider secrets to online design — and an awesomely eclectic home

Insider secrets to online design — and an awesomely eclectic home

SEATTLE — Granted, Hayley Francis holds a couple practical advantages over the rest of us run-of-the-mill do-it-ourselves-ers. Professionally, Francis is the Trend & Design manager of The Mine, a Kirkland-based online home-furnishing company with an uncanny knack for … well … trends and design. It’s fair to assume she is rather plugged-in to cool things. Genetically, her...

Set of chairs is attractive and functional, but not antique

Dear Helaine and Joe: I am looking for information about a set of chairs I purchased a few years ago. They were found in a barn, covered with layers of dust, and the owners sold them to me. The seats appear to have been recovered at some point. One is a captain’s chair, and there are five others without arms. There is a paper label on one that reads, “Square Brand, Burlington, Iowa.&rdquo...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...
Five Austin parties we loved so much

Five Austin parties we loved so much

One can relax during the Feed the Peace Awards for the  Nobelity Project at the Four Seasons Austin Hotel. You know why? Because even when the AV system crashes or a stray joke bombs,  Turk and Christy Pipkin are going to smile, glide back on stage and make it all better. Wardaleen Belvin and Sherry Matthews at Feed the Peace...
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....

Dear Abby - Sunday, February 18

Dear Abby: My daughter and her boyfriend have been together for four years. Despite being almost 30, he is very immature and constantly distracted by either his phone or his video games. Abby, he travels with his PlayStation everywhere he goes. When he comes into our house, he sets up his console in the living room, puts on headphones and plays games all day and night. If the family asks to use the...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, February 18

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Same dollars, different slant. Put money into something that disappears and it’s called a liability. Put money into something that pays you back and it’s called an investment. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To succeed at something, focus on the process much more than the results. The results will come from many small, concentrated efforts. Fall in love with those...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, February 18

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, February 18

Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 91. Author Toni Morrison is 87. Movie director Milos Forman is 86. Singer Yoko Ono is 85. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 79. Singer Irma Thomas is 77. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 77. Actress Jess Walton is 72. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 71. Actress Sinead Cusack is 70. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 68. Singer Randy...
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