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SXSW 2018: 3 global bands that’ll get your heart pumping
 Hungary’s Bohemian Betyars debut at SXSW. Bohemian Betyars: Hungarian folk-punk rockers are representing their country for the first time at the festival. This dynamic six-piece outfit
            injects audiences with adrenaline as soon as they hit the stage and maintain their super-charged performance throughout their
          ...

12:03 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Hungary’s Bohemian Betyars debut at SXSW. Bohemian Betyars: Hungarian folk-punk rockers are representing their country for the first time at the festival. This dynamic six-piece outfit injects audiences with adrenaline as soon as they hit the stage and maintain their super-charged performance throughout their ...
Voto Latino announces surprise for ‘Dreamers’ at SXSW Dream Out Loud concert
 Los Lobos performs during SXSW’s Dream Out Loud concert in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the 
            Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, tied up in the court system and a murky outlook for a legislative fix, the lives of more than
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10:14 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Los Lobos performs during SXSW’s Dream Out Loud concert in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, March 15, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN With the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, tied up in the court system and a murky outlook for a legislative fix, the lives of more than ...
SXSW 2018: Gina Chavez leads flash mob dance party on Sixth Street

10:14 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Austin-based singer-songwriter Gina Chavez led a flash mob dance party on the corner of Sixth Street and Red River during South by Southwest in honor of her upcoming single, “Let it Out.” Chavez released video dance tutorials earlier this week so that fans could learn her moves and join the festivities...
SXSW 2018: Latin American icon Rubén Blades ‘sets record straight’ about his life, career
 NPR AltLatino host Felix Contreras interviewed Rúben Blades during SXSW. Photo by Nancy Flores Latin American icon Rúben Blades, who helped revolutionize the New York salsa music movement in the 1970s, has managed to
            lead a prolific decades-long career while keeping many parts of his life private or under the radar...

7:36 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

NPR AltLatino host Felix Contreras interviewed Rúben Blades during SXSW. Photo by Nancy Flores Latin American icon Rúben Blades, who helped revolutionize the New York salsa music movement in the 1970s, has managed to lead a prolific decades-long career while keeping many parts of his life private or under the radar...
SXSW Spotlight: World’s top gayageum rocker Luna Lee
 Luna Lee will perform at SXSW 2018. Photo contributed by Joe Oh Catch Luna Lee at 9 p.m. March 15 at Russian House and at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at Flatstock Stage at the Austin Convention Center When the South Korean government 
            pulled her South by Southwest funding last year because she wasn’t a K-Pop artist, she found her...

6:43 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Luna Lee will perform at SXSW 2018. Photo contributed by Joe Oh Catch Luna Lee at 9 p.m. March 15 at Russian House and at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at Flatstock Stage at the Austin Convention Center When the South Korean government pulled her South by Southwest funding last year because she wasn’t a K-Pop artist, she found her...
MACC to host four days of free Tejano music during SXSW
 Little Joe y La Familia will headline the Pan Americana Festival at the MACC. Photo contributed by Henry Huey for Round Rock
                  Leader. You don’t need a badge, wristband or even cash to check out some of Tejano music’s biggest stars like 
            Little Joe y La Familia and 
            AJ Castillo during South...

11:01 AM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Little Joe y La Familia will headline the Pan Americana Festival at the MACC. Photo contributed by Henry Huey for Round Rock Leader. You don’t need a badge, wristband or even cash to check out some of Tejano music’s biggest stars like Little Joe y La Familia and AJ Castillo during South...
SXSW film features Austin’s Casa Marianella immigrant homeless shelter
 Some have fled violence. Others have lost loved ones. Many have endured time in immigration detention centers. But for residents of East Austin’s Casa Marianella, an emergency homeless shelter for recently arrived asylum-seekers and immigrants — both legal and unauthorized — from around the world, navigating a new life in...

6:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

Some have fled violence. Others have lost loved ones. Many have endured time in immigration detention centers. But for residents of East Austin’s Casa Marianella, an emergency homeless shelter for recently arrived asylum-seekers and immigrants — both legal and unauthorized — from around the world, navigating a new life in...
SXSW 2018: When the sounds of the world come to Austin
 Often overshadowed by big names and buzz bands, South by Southwest’s rich world music program is one of the festival’s greatest assets. Many of the artists playing these showcases are top-tier talent in their native countries. They bring with them rhythm, passion and beautiful stories from around the globe. These showcases tend...

6:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

Often overshadowed by big names and buzz bands, South by Southwest’s rich world music program is one of the festival’s greatest assets. Many of the artists playing these showcases are top-tier talent in their native countries. They bring with them rhythm, passion and beautiful stories from around the globe. These showcases tend...
New study looks at East Austin’s growth through longtime residents’ eyes
 While much of the conversation around East Austin gentrification focuses on those who are displaced, a University of Texas study released Wednesday highlights the concerns of a group that’s not often heard from: those who stayed. About 74 percent of longtime East Austin residents in the study area held negative views of the rapid changes...

11:53 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

While much of the conversation around East Austin gentrification focuses on those who are displaced, a University of Texas study released Wednesday highlights the concerns of a group that’s not often heard from: those who stayed. About 74 percent of longtime East Austin residents in the study area held negative views of the rapid changes...
New study looks at East Austin’s growth through longtime residents’ eyes
 While much of the conversation around East Austin gentrification focuses on those who are displaced, a University of Texas study released Wednesday highlights the concerns of a group that’s not often heard from: those who stayed. About 74 percent of longtime East Austin residents in the study area held negative views of the rapid changes...

11:40 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

While much of the conversation around East Austin gentrification focuses on those who are displaced, a University of Texas study released Wednesday highlights the concerns of a group that’s not often heard from: those who stayed. About 74 percent of longtime East Austin residents in the study area held negative views of the rapid changes...
Chantal Eldridge defeats longtime State District Judge David Crain
 Defense lawyer Chantal Eldridge has clinched the 331st criminal district court race against longtime Judge David Crain. Eldridge secured 69.26 percent of the vote while Crain got 30.74 percent. On the campaign trail, Eldridge criticized Crain’s work ethic, pointing to statistics from Dec. 8 that showed defendants in his court had averaged...

1:33 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Defense lawyer Chantal Eldridge has clinched the 331st criminal district court race against longtime Judge David Crain. Eldridge secured 69.26 percent of the vote while Crain got 30.74 percent. On the campaign trail, Eldridge criticized Crain’s work ethic, pointing to statistics from Dec. 8 that showed defendants in his court had averaged...
SXSW 2018: 6 can’t-miss Latin alternative acts
 Cultural musical mashups have resonated with a generation of music listeners whose influences can’t be contained in one genre. At South by Southwest, you can catch a growing number of Latin alternative artists from both the U.S. and abroad. They create music with a multicultural spirit that reaches beyond borders. Here’s a sampling...

9:55 PM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

Cultural musical mashups have resonated with a generation of music listeners whose influences can’t be contained in one genre. At South by Southwest, you can catch a growing number of Latin alternative artists from both the U.S. and abroad. They create music with a multicultural spirit that reaches beyond borders. Here’s a sampling...
Amplify Austin breaks record, raises more than $10.3 million
 Amplify Austin, the city’s annual online day of giving, broke its fundraising record Friday night by raising more than $10.3 million over 24 hours. The amount surpassed its $10 million goal. “We’re feeling very excited about the progress, but more importantly about the impact and social good (this will bring) in the community...

1:05 AM Saturday, Mar. 03, 2018

Amplify Austin, the city’s annual online day of giving, broke its fundraising record Friday night by raising more than $10.3 million over 24 hours. The amount surpassed its $10 million goal. “We’re feeling very excited about the progress, but more importantly about the impact and social good (this will bring) in the community...
UPDATE: Amplify Austin exceeds $10 million goal
 6 p.m. update: At the end of the online fundraising campaign at 6 p.m., Amplify Austin surpassed its $10 million goal. More donations were pouring in as they were being processed. For the fourth consecutive year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area raised the most money, totaling more than $600,000. Hospice Austin finished second with...

2:48 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

6 p.m. update: At the end of the online fundraising campaign at 6 p.m., Amplify Austin surpassed its $10 million goal. More donations were pouring in as they were being processed. For the fourth consecutive year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area raised the most money, totaling more than $600,000. Hospice Austin finished second with...
Amplify Austin 2018 begins
 Amplify Austin, the city’s annual online day of giving, kicked off at 6 p.m. The 24-hour online fundraising campaign raises money for more than 700 area nonprofit groups. In 2017, Amplify Austin — produced by the nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here — raised more than $9 million. Now, campaign organizers are hoping to break...

2:50 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

Amplify Austin, the city’s annual online day of giving, kicked off at 6 p.m. The 24-hour online fundraising campaign raises money for more than 700 area nonprofit groups. In 2017, Amplify Austin — produced by the nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here — raised more than $9 million. Now, campaign organizers are hoping to break...
Calle Manchaca o Menchaca: ¿cambiará de nombre?
 Siempre ha sido confuso para quienes vienen de fuera que las personas de Austin pronuncien el nombre de la calle Manchaca Road como MAN-shack, en inglés. Pero tras décadas de confusión, ¿será que finalmente se aclare cuál es el verdadero nombre? Después de seis años y de recolectar má...

4:13 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Siempre ha sido confuso para quienes vienen de fuera que las personas de Austin pronuncien el nombre de la calle Manchaca Road como MAN-shack, en inglés. Pero tras décadas de confusión, ¿será que finalmente se aclare cuál es el verdadero nombre? Después de seis años y de recolectar má...
Early Austin minority neighborhood remembered
 Tucked behind a burgeoning commercial district off of West Sixth Street near Lamar Boulevard sits a little-known part of Austin history. After the Civil War, a community of formerly enslaved African-Americans settled on the northern half of Wood Street near the west bank of Shoal Creek. Over the decades, the enclave experienced a cultural...

9:31 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Tucked behind a burgeoning commercial district off of West Sixth Street near Lamar Boulevard sits a little-known part of Austin history. After the Civil War, a community of formerly enslaved African-Americans settled on the northern half of Wood Street near the west bank of Shoal Creek. Over the decades, the enclave experienced a cultural...
Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents
 The Texas Historical Commission on Friday designated a historical marker for the Wood Street Settlement in downtown Austin. The designation, part of the commission’s Undertold Markers Program, aims to address historical gaps and document underrepresented people and untold stories. The Wood Street Settlement, near the west bank of Shoal...

6:08 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

The Texas Historical Commission on Friday designated a historical marker for the Wood Street Settlement in downtown Austin. The designation, part of the commission’s Undertold Markers Program, aims to address historical gaps and document underrepresented people and untold stories. The Wood Street Settlement, near the west bank of Shoal...
World music artists launch Austin International Women’s Day concert
 When hundreds of thousands of women marched across the country last year, it became clear that change was coming. Since then, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have helped expose the stories of sexual harassment and abuse endured by women around the globe. Now, world music artists in Austin are taking their rallying cry for women’s...

6:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

When hundreds of thousands of women marched across the country last year, it became clear that change was coming. Since then, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have helped expose the stories of sexual harassment and abuse endured by women around the globe. Now, world music artists in Austin are taking their rallying cry for women’s...
Cultura en Austin: Honrando a las mujeres y a César Chávez
 Cuando cientos de miles de mujeres marcharon por todo el país el año pasado, fue obvio que el cambio era inminente. Desde entonces, los movimientos #MeToo, #TimesUp (similar al movimiento contra los femicidios #niunamenos en América Latina) han ayudado a dar a conocer testimonios de agresión sexual y abuso que...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Cuando cientos de miles de mujeres marcharon por todo el país el año pasado, fue obvio que el cambio era inminente. Desde entonces, los movimientos #MeToo, #TimesUp (similar al movimiento contra los femicidios #niunamenos en América Latina) han ayudado a dar a conocer testimonios de agresión sexual y abuso que...
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