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The story behind the new bat mural under the Congress Avenue Bridge
 Austin may be in the throes of South by Southwest, but there’s another, more subtle local rite-of-passage happening right now, too: Our city’s beloved 1.5-million Mexican free-tailed bat colony is returning to Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. To commemorate the occasion, a Los Angeles-based artist has created a sprawling...

3:48 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Austin may be in the throes of South by Southwest, but there’s another, more subtle local rite-of-passage happening right now, too: Our city’s beloved 1.5-million Mexican free-tailed bat colony is returning to Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. To commemorate the occasion, a Los Angeles-based artist has created a sprawling...
‘This Is Us’ star, Tim Gunn joining forces for Paramount Theatre show
 Are you a fan of “This Is Us”? Are you a fan of Tim Gunn? Then you won’t want to miss what Paramount Theatre has in store
            for you in April. Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate and Justin Hartley as Kevin in “This Is Us.” credit: Ron Batzdorff, NBC On April 7, Chrissy Metz, who plays...

4:51 PM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

Are you a fan of “This Is Us”? Are you a fan of Tim Gunn? Then you won’t want to miss what Paramount Theatre has in store for you in April. Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate and Justin Hartley as Kevin in “This Is Us.” credit: Ron Batzdorff, NBC On April 7, Chrissy Metz, who plays...
Trip ideas for every true Texan
 Cowboy boots tapping on the wooden planks at Gruene Hall. Bluebonnets swaying in the breeze in Brenham. Seventy-two-ounce steaks ready for the eating at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. There’s no shortage of quintessential experiences in the Lone Star State. Texas has always been a treasure map of places waiting to be discovered...

6:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

Cowboy boots tapping on the wooden planks at Gruene Hall. Bluebonnets swaying in the breeze in Brenham. Seventy-two-ounce steaks ready for the eating at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. There’s no shortage of quintessential experiences in the Lone Star State. Texas has always been a treasure map of places waiting to be discovered...
Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?
 Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers...

11:40 PM Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers...
Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?
 Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers...

10:56 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers...
Radio personality Bobby Bones announces stint on ‘American Idol’
 Look out, “American Idol” fans. Bobby Bones is on his way.  Bones, the 37-year-old host of the country-radio format “Bobby Bones Show,” which is syndicated on more than 100 stations,
            told his millions of listeners Wednesday morning that he has been selected as this season’s “American Idol&rdquo...

8:18 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Look out, “American Idol” fans. Bobby Bones is on his way. Bones, the 37-year-old host of the country-radio format “Bobby Bones Show,” which is syndicated on more than 100 stations, told his millions of listeners Wednesday morning that he has been selected as this season’s “American Idol&rdquo...
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...

6:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

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...
Man honors wife’s memory after buying her flowers for 59 years 
 It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, with a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone...

5:01 PM Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, with a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone...
For 59 years, he brought her flowers. See how he honors her memory now
 It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort — and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone turns...

6:00 AM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

It’s Friday happy hour at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Resort — and the boxed wine is flowing. Nearly 40 residents crowd the lounge, where a folk singer is crooning and a line dance to “Elvira” is under discussion. But when Andy Carver enters the room, a bright bouquet of flowers tucked behind his back, everyone turns...
A mom’s mantra: Remember to dance in the rain
 When I was 13, my friends and I decided to start a summer camp. We traipsed door to door across the scorching Texas asphalt, passing out pamphlets filled with words intended to convince parents to share their children with us each Monday for our Fun in the Sun program. It was the 1990s, we were charging $10 a day for a camp held at my house...

6:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

When I was 13, my friends and I decided to start a summer camp. We traipsed door to door across the scorching Texas asphalt, passing out pamphlets filled with words intended to convince parents to share their children with us each Monday for our Fun in the Sun program. It was the 1990s, we were charging $10 a day for a camp held at my house...
Got Olympic fever? Give curling a whirl
 On a patch of land that gets scorched brown during the grueling Texas summers, Anita and Dennis Dunn dreamed of ice. More specifically, they dreamed of building an empire dedicated to the ice-laden sport of curling. “Curling is great sport because men and women can compete equally, and there’s not a lot of equipment,” Dennis...

6:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

On a patch of land that gets scorched brown during the grueling Texas summers, Anita and Dennis Dunn dreamed of ice. More specifically, they dreamed of building an empire dedicated to the ice-laden sport of curling. “Curling is great sport because men and women can compete equally, and there’s not a lot of equipment,” Dennis...
Send us your Disney memories
 If you’ve ever partied with Pluto, danced with Daisy or meandered with Mickey, then you know that sometimes nothing can beat a Disney vacation. Whether you went to Disney World, Disneyland or took a Disney Cruise, you’re sure to have some magical memories. We want to hear about them. Please email a high-resolution image, a description...

6:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 03, 2018

If you’ve ever partied with Pluto, danced with Daisy or meandered with Mickey, then you know that sometimes nothing can beat a Disney vacation. Whether you went to Disney World, Disneyland or took a Disney Cruise, you’re sure to have some magical memories. We want to hear about them. Please email a high-resolution image, a description...
Peacock on a plane? What airline policies say about emotional support animals

7:38 AM Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

By now, you’ve probably seen photos of the woman who showed up at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this week with her emotional support peacock, hoping to board the plane. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthejetsettv%2Fposts%2F1775303159168980&width=500 According...
But first, let me take a selfie
 Sure, you love Austin and enjoy showing it off on your Instagram and Facebook feeds. But if you’re getting tired of all your usual downtown and skyline shots, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Here are 10 ideas for places you can snap a fabulous selfie outside of downtown Austin. And while you’re there, take...

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Sure, you love Austin and enjoy showing it off on your Instagram and Facebook feeds. But if you’re getting tired of all your usual downtown and skyline shots, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Here are 10 ideas for places you can snap a fabulous selfie outside of downtown Austin. And while you’re there, take...
A Southwest Louisiana weekend
 Been dreaming of a trip to Las Vegas? Consider Lake Charles. Located in Southwest Louisiana, about four and a half hours from Austin, Lake Charles in recent years has earned a reputation as a gamblers’ getaway thanks to the area’s many casino-resorts, including Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget, L’Auberge, Isle of Capri...

6:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Been dreaming of a trip to Las Vegas? Consider Lake Charles. Located in Southwest Louisiana, about four and a half hours from Austin, Lake Charles in recent years has earned a reputation as a gamblers’ getaway thanks to the area’s many casino-resorts, including Tilman Fertitta’s Golden Nugget, L’Auberge, Isle of Capri...
4 Central Texas spots that are magical in winter
 Sure, it can get chilly in Central Texas in winter. But while we may have seen a snow flurry or two this season, most days are relatively mild, making it an ideal time to head outdoors before the scorching temperatures — and mosquitoes — of summer return. In fact, many Central Texas spots are stunningly beautiful, and amazingly...

3:57 PM Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Sure, it can get chilly in Central Texas in winter. But while we may have seen a snow flurry or two this season, most days are relatively mild, making it an ideal time to head outdoors before the scorching temperatures — and mosquitoes — of summer return. In fact, many Central Texas spots are stunningly beautiful, and amazingly...
Parents, here’s some advice from Madeleine Albright to your daughters
 When Madeleine Albright was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, she became the highest-ranking woman in the history of
            the U.S. government at the time. She is also a mom of three daughters. So it’s fitting that during a recent stop in Austin 
            to promote her exhibit “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright...

10:42 AM Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018

When Madeleine Albright was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997, she became the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time. She is also a mom of three daughters. So it’s fitting that during a recent stop in Austin to promote her exhibit “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright...
Southwest announces latest sale; check out these cheap Austin departure deals
 It’s that time again. Southwest Airlines has just announced its SALE-ebrate 2018 promotion, and the flight deals are hot. A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Chicago’s Midway Airport. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images A sample of current one-way offerings from Austin: $97 to Atlanta; $176 to Cancun; $97 to Chicago; $91 to Kansas...

5:38 PM Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2018

It’s that time again. Southwest Airlines has just announced its SALE-ebrate 2018 promotion, and the flight deals are hot. A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Chicago’s Midway Airport. credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images A sample of current one-way offerings from Austin: $97 to Atlanta; $176 to Cancun; $97 to Chicago; $91 to Kansas...
Four mothers struggling with health, health of children need your help
 Adeline Jones stands in the living room of her South Austin home and gently takes her mother’s hand. Together, they start to sing one of their favorite songs, Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away,” tentative at first and then with abandon. Adeline, 6, wants to be a singer when she grows up, and her mom, Nikki Jones, is her...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

Adeline Jones stands in the living room of her South Austin home and gently takes her mother’s hand. Together, they start to sing one of their favorite songs, Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away,” tentative at first and then with abandon. Adeline, 6, wants to be a singer when she grows up, and her mom, Nikki Jones, is her...
Hotels and resorts to consider in 2018
 There are so many things to consider when you’re planning a vacation. Who will be traveling with you? What does everyone like to do? How comfortable are you in new situations? How much time and money can you afford? If you want to travel more in the new year but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas from you, from close-to-home...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

There are so many things to consider when you’re planning a vacation. Who will be traveling with you? What does everyone like to do? How comfortable are you in new situations? How much time and money can you afford? If you want to travel more in the new year but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas from you, from close-to-home...
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