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Readers share sensational memories of Kirschner’s Cafe on Burnet Road
 Reader Gary Vliet asked of our Austin Answered project if we could find out more about an old chicken joint on Burnet Road, which he patronized after moving to Austin in 1971. “Times were much different then,” Vliet writes. “People didn’t go out to eat like they do now, and there were few eating places. But one we...

Posted: 3 days ago

Reader Gary Vliet asked of our Austin Answered project if we could find out more about an old chicken joint on Burnet Road, which he patronized after moving to Austin in 1971. “Times were much different then,” Vliet writes. “People didn’t go out to eat like they do now, and there were few eating places. But one we...
Texas history museum names new director you might know
 You might already know the newly appointed director of the 
            Bullock Texas State History Museum. That’s because hyper-competent 
            Margaret Koch has already twice served as the museum’s interim director as well as its director of exhibits and deputy director. The Bullock Texas State History...

Posted: 4 days ago

You might already know the newly appointed director of the  Bullock Texas State History Museum. That’s because hyper-competent  Margaret Koch has already twice served as the museum’s interim director as well as its director of exhibits and deputy director. The Bullock Texas State History...
Fashion icon Tim Gunn to mentor Austin for a day
 If you’ve ever wanted 
            Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” to act as your mentor — even for just a short time and as part of a very large group — your chance is
            here. Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” will speak in Austin in September. Contributed The sweet, dapper man who...

Posted: 4 days ago

If you’ve ever wanted  Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” to act as your mentor — even for just a short time and as part of a very large group — your chance is here. Tim Gunn from “Project Runway” will speak in Austin in September. Contributed The sweet, dapper man who...
Sensational memories of Kirschner’s Cafe on Burnet Road
 Reader 
            Gary Vliet asked of our 
            Austin Answered project if we could find out more about an old chicken joint on Burnet Road, which he patronized after moving to Austin in
            1971. Kirschner’s Cafe on Burnet Road brought back fond memories for our readers. Contributed “Times were much different...

Posted: 7 days ago

Reader Gary Vliet asked of our Austin Answered project if we could find out more about an old chicken joint on Burnet Road, which he patronized after moving to Austin in 1971. Kirschner’s Cafe on Burnet Road brought back fond memories for our readers. Contributed “Times were much different...
We found the original eight H-E-B stores in Austin
 AzLast week, we settled a question about a perplexing image of a modern supermarket displayed on the H-E-B website. Turns out that the shop with a tall tower was actually located, not in Austin, but at 18th and Austin streets in Waco. It now serves as a furniture store. The column generated an online chat about the locations of the first...

Posted: 10 days ago

AzLast week, we settled a question about a perplexing image of a modern supermarket displayed on the H-E-B website. Turns out that the shop with a tall tower was actually located, not in Austin, but at 18th and Austin streets in Waco. It now serves as a furniture store. The column generated an online chat about the locations of the first...
Texas White House at LBJ Ranch closed for now
 The National Park Service announced Friday that it has closed the “Texas White House,” once the ranch home of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family in Stonewall, as well as the adjacent Pool House, until further notice because of health and safety concerns caused by water leakage in various areas of the main house. For decades...

Posted: 10 days ago

The National Park Service announced Friday that it has closed the “Texas White House,” once the ranch home of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family in Stonewall, as well as the adjacent Pool House, until further notice because of health and safety concerns caused by water leakage in various areas of the main house. For decades...
Texas White House at LBJ Ranch closed for now
 The National Park Service announced that it will close the “Texas White House,” once the ranch home of President 
            Lyndon Baines Johnson and his family in Stonewall, as well as the adjacent Pool House, until further notice due to health and safety concerns arising
            from structural issues. Exteriors...

Posted: 10 days ago

The National Park Service announced that it will close the “Texas White House,” once the ranch home of President  Lyndon Baines Johnson and his family in Stonewall, as well as the adjacent Pool House, until further notice due to health and safety concerns arising from structural issues. Exteriors...
See the Blanton Museum of Art before ticket prices go up
 The home of Ellsworth Kelly‘s “Austin” and Vincent Valdez‘s “The City” will soon become more expensive for some guests to visit. As of Sept. 1, the adult ticket price at the Blanton Museum of Art will increase from $9 to $12 and the senior price will increase from $7 to $10. In comparison, top ticket prices...

Posted: 11 days ago

The home of Ellsworth Kelly‘s “Austin” and Vincent Valdez‘s “The City” will soon become more expensive for some guests to visit. As of Sept. 1, the adult ticket price at the Blanton Museum of Art will increase from $9 to $12 and the senior price will increase from $7 to $10. In comparison, top ticket prices...
Austin museum picks winner of $800,000 art prize
 The Contemporary Austin has named New York-based artist Nicole Eisenman as winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize. By far Austin’s largest art award — and one of the biggest in the country — it is now valued at $800,000, including $200,000 in cash, plus twinned exhibitions here and in New York, as...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Contemporary Austin has named New York-based artist Nicole Eisenman as winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize. By far Austin’s largest art award — and one of the biggest in the country — it is now valued at $800,000, including $200,000 in cash, plus twinned exhibitions here and in New York, as...
Gov. Ann Richards hit returns to Zach Theatre
 Zach Theatre has added 
            Holland Taylor‘s “Ann,” a hit Broadway treatment of late Gov. 
            Ann Richards, to its already announced 2018-2019 season. Apparently, however, without Taylor in the title role. Casting to be announced later. Holland Taylor played Gov. Ann Richards in “Ann&rdquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Zach Theatre has added  Holland Taylor‘s “Ann,” a hit Broadway treatment of late Gov.  Ann Richards, to its already announced 2018-2019 season. Apparently, however, without Taylor in the title role. Casting to be announced later. Holland Taylor played Gov. Ann Richards in “Ann&rdquo...
From the photo vault: Summer fun at parks in old Austin
 Kiddieland Park. Neal Douglass took this picture June, 20, 1950. Contributed by Austin History Center ND-50-217B-01 Hang around social media dedicated to Old Austin and it won’t take long to stumble on references to Kiddieland amusement park
            on Barton Springs Road, not to be confused Kiddie Acres on Howard Lane (they are...

Posted: 11 days ago

Kiddieland Park. Neal Douglass took this picture June, 20, 1950. Contributed by Austin History Center ND-50-217B-01 Hang around social media dedicated to Old Austin and it won’t take long to stumble on references to Kiddieland amusement park on Barton Springs Road, not to be confused Kiddie Acres on Howard Lane (they are...
Austin artist, musician Steve Parker wins $15K Tito’s Prize
 Big Medium, which marshals some of the city’s most precious visual art resources, could not have chosen a more timely winner for its
            $15,000 
            Tito’s Prize. Artist and musician Steve Parker has won the 2018 Tito’s Prize. Contributed A musician, artist and curator, 
            Steve Parker ...

Posted: 12 days ago

Big Medium, which marshals some of the city’s most precious visual art resources, could not have chosen a more timely winner for its $15,000  Tito’s Prize. Artist and musician Steve Parker has won the 2018 Tito’s Prize. Contributed A musician, artist and curator, Steve Parker ...
Dates set for 2019 Texas Medal of Arts Awards
 The 
            
               Texas Cultural
               Trust
            , an advocacy group, has set the dates for its next celebrity-sated 
            
               Texas Medal of Arts Awards 
            ceremony. The multi-part fandango — which is also intended to update state leaders on cultural funding &mdash...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Texas Cultural Trust , an advocacy group, has set the dates for its next celebrity-sated  Texas Medal of Arts Awards  ceremony. The multi-part fandango — which is also intended to update state leaders on cultural funding &mdash...
For the first time in 10 years, Blanton Museum of Art raises ticket prices
 The home of 
            Ellsworth Kelly‘s “Austin” and 
            Vincent Valdez‘s “The City” will soon become more expensive for some guests to visit. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN As of Sept. 1, the adult ticket price at the 
            Blanton Museum of Art will increase from $9 to...

Posted: 14 days ago

The home of  Ellsworth Kelly‘s “Austin” and Vincent Valdez‘s “The City” will soon become more expensive for some guests to visit. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN As of Sept. 1, the adult ticket price at the Blanton Museum of Art will increase from $9 to...
We found those first 8 Austin H-E-B stores
  Last week, we settled a question about a perplexing image of a modern supermarket displayed on the H-E-B website. Turns out
                  that the shop with a tall tower was actually located, not in Austin, but at 18th and Austin streets in Waco. It now serves
                  as a furniture store.
               
               
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Posted: 14 days ago

Last week, we settled a question about a perplexing image of a modern supermarket displayed on the H-E-B website. Turns out that the shop with a tall tower was actually located, not in Austin, but at 18th and Austin streets in Waco. It now serves as a furniture store. ...
No, that’s not Austin in the H-E-B picture
 Reader Steven Swinnea spotted some contradictions in an H-E-B promotional piece, material taken from the the grocery chain’s website, that ran in the American-Statesman earlier this summer. The image in the piece shows a streamlined supermarket, but the clues in the caption and in the markings on the photographic print do not match...

Posted: 17 days ago

Reader Steven Swinnea spotted some contradictions in an H-E-B promotional piece, material taken from the the grocery chain’s website, that ran in the American-Statesman earlier this summer. The image in the piece shows a streamlined supermarket, but the clues in the caption and in the markings on the photographic print do not match...
No, this H-E-B was not in Austin
 Reader Steven Swinnea spotted some contradictions in a H-E-B promotional piece, material taken from the grocery chain’s website,
            that ran in the American-Statesman earlier this summer. The image in the piece shows a streamlined supermarket, but the clues
            in the caption and in the markings on the photographic...

Posted: 21 days ago

Reader Steven Swinnea spotted some contradictions in a H-E-B promotional piece, material taken from the grocery chain’s website, that ran in the American-Statesman earlier this summer. The image in the piece shows a streamlined supermarket, but the clues in the caption and in the markings on the photographic...
‘Tuna’ actor, writer Jaston Williams wins award from national theater group
 The folks who run America’s historic theaters were in Austin last week. They conferred their Marquee Award on 
            Jaston Williams, the actor, writer and director whose plays have brightened the 
            Paramount Theatre and 
            State Theater for more than three decades. Actor, writer and...

Posted: 21 days ago

The folks who run America’s historic theaters were in Austin last week. They conferred their Marquee Award on  Jaston Williams, the actor, writer and director whose plays have brightened the  Paramount Theatre and  State Theater for more than three decades. Actor, writer and...
In 1979, hard-living Oscar winner Broderick Crawford lit up St. Ed’s
 Longtime photojournalist Robert Godwin has been going through his archives to rescue an abundance of Austin history. This arresting image catches Hollywood actor Broderick Crawford in half light: Crawford won a 1949 Academy Award for his role as populist politician Willie Stark in “All the King’s Men.” “I remember...

Posted: 24 days ago

Longtime photojournalist Robert Godwin has been going through his archives to rescue an abundance of Austin history. This arresting image catches Hollywood actor Broderick Crawford in half light: Crawford won a 1949 Academy Award for his role as populist politician Willie Stark in “All the King’s Men.” “I remember...
After 65 years, the Frisco will close up shop on Burnet Road
 Ralph Campbell, 80, has eaten regularly at the Frisco Shop since it opened in 1953 at Koenig Lane and Burnet Road. On Thursday, he lunched at the casual diner with his wife, granddaughter and three great-granddaughters, probably for the last time, since the Frisco, now at its second location at 6801 Burnet Road, will close its doors for good...

Posted: 25 days ago

Ralph Campbell, 80, has eaten regularly at the Frisco Shop since it opened in 1953 at Koenig Lane and Burnet Road. On Thursday, he lunched at the casual diner with his wife, granddaughter and three great-granddaughters, probably for the last time, since the Frisco, now at its second location at 6801 Burnet Road, will close its doors for good...
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