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State Files Appeal to Overturn HB 2 Ruling

As expected, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal to the 5th Circuit Court Sunday to overturn a recent federal court ruling that found parts of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, unconstitutional. Read More | Comment »

News 1:50PM Mon. Sep. 1, Mary Tuma

One in a Crowd: Florence and Living Springs

In this time of terrible drought, it seems Austinites feel closer than ever to the water that flows through the city. Web series Living Springs needs your help to explain the science, the history, and the cultural significance of Barton Springs. Read More | Comment »

Screens 10:48AM Sun. Aug. 31, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Identity Crisis

"You're in my place." With those opening words, The Double (Magnolia) sums up that moment of pure existential fear that our lives are not our own. Read More | Comment »

Screens 6:00PM Sat. Aug. 30, Richard Whittaker

Summer Fun: Conquering the Coastal Bend

If you're a fan and/or follower of Texas bicycle road rides, there's a good chance Conquer the Coast, the 10-/25-/65-mile ride that happens annually along the Texas Coast is on your radar. The ride happens September 20, only two days before the official last day of summer, and not a bad time to plan a trip to the coast. Read More | Comment »

1:45PM Sat. Aug. 30, Carmen Rising

The Road to Urinetown

They knew it was a stinker of a title. They even had one of their characters mock it in the script. But even calling their show Urinetown: The Musical couldn't keep audiences away or keep theatres all across the land – like Austin's City Theatre right now – from mounting it. So what do its creators think about the show's unlikely success? Read More | Comment »

Arts 11:30AM Sat. Aug. 30, Robert Faires

Facebook ‘Threat’ Case Returns to Court [UPDATE]

Late Friday, state District Judge Jack Robison rejected defense motions to dismiss "terroristic threat" charges against Justin Carter, based on a 2013 Facebook post that defense counsel argued was joking "hyperbole." Prosecutors countered that a jury should decide the case. We'll have more on the case next week; a trial is scheduled for Oct. 27. Read More | Comment »

News 10:00AM Sat. Aug. 30, Mac McCann

Judge Rules Parts of HB 2 Unconstitutional

In a much anticipated ruling, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel has struck down parts of Texas’ abortion law, finding the regulations unconstitutional. The effect of the law - predicted to shutter all but six clinics in Texas - places an “undue burden on women” wrote Yeakel in his 21-page opinion. Read More | Comment »

News 5:39PM Fri. Aug. 29, Mary Tuma

Where the Girls Go/ATX: Labor Day Edition

For a weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer, the temps are hitting towards triple digits. But pumpkin beers are on shelves, and Halloween decorations can be seen in store isles. Feeling summer/fall conflicted? We can help, or at least help you forget, because no matter what season it is, this three-day weekend is going to be triple-digits awesome. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 4:15PM Fri. Aug. 29, Sarah Marloff

A Dram Held High for Ed Miller

KUT empties out on Sundays. A few minutes before 6pm, the staff’s at home, resting up for the work week. The lights are out. Two televisions play sports on mute over desks belonging to KUTX deejays. Read More | Comment »

Music 1:37PM Fri. Aug. 29, Chase Hoffberger

Abbott Cancels TV Debate With Davis

In 2010, Gov. Rick Perry declined to face his opponents in a televised debate for the governor's race. In 2014, Attorney General Greg Abbott has seemingly gone one step further: After agreeing to face Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, in a round table on Sept. 30 on Dallas station WFAA, Abbott has now pulled out. Read More | Comment »

News 12:20PM Fri. Aug. 29, Richard Whittaker

Get Sexy for a Good Cause

Daley Catherine has felt ashamed of her body since she was a teenager. Naturally thin, Catherine always wished that she were more curvaceous, and felt self-conscious when people would comment on her appearance. Read More | Comment »

Arts 12:00PM Fri. Aug. 29, Amy Kamp

Outlander Is the Rare Adaptation That Gets It Right

Diana Gabaldon's best-selling Outlander book series has finally been brought to the small screen in a 16-episode series on the Starz cable network, making fans – and I'm one of them – deliriously happy. Read More | Comment »

Screens 11:14AM Fri. Aug. 29, Virginia B. Wood

Group Claims Abbott Works Less Than the Queen

On the upcoming Labor Day holiday, it’s always encouraging to be reminded of the hard work our elected public servants put in. Long hours, under-appreciation, and tons of criticism. However, as one political advocacy group points out – don’t look to our possible next GOP governor of Texas for inspiration. Read More | Comment »

News 10:16AM Fri. Aug. 29, Mary Tuma

The AggreGAYtor: August 29

Europe feels smug, trans women feel the burn, and Linda Harvey takes us to Oz, as your AggreGAYtor texts. Read More | Comment »

Gay Place 8:30AM Fri. Aug. 29, David Estlund

Local Video Game News

Overall it was a terrible week for makers and lovers of video games. Locally, things were significantly brighter with new shows, contests, and business deals to help cheer you up. Read More | Comment »

Screens 8:00AM Fri. Aug. 29, James Renovitch

EDM MDMA PSA

Over Labor Day weekend last year, the third and final afternoon of New York’s Electric Zoo festival was cancelled after two people died in drug-related incidents. This Friday through Sunday, the EDM gathering crusades to keep the genre’s hallmark drug, MDMA, at bay by making attendees watch a two-minute PSA before their wristbands are activated. Read More | Comment »

Music 4:20PM Thu. Aug. 28, Abby Johnston

Estate Sale Roundup: August 28-31

If you've got the money, honey, we've got the time this holiday weekend. Load up the wreck and grab your GPS. Read More | Comment »

Design 3:59PM Thu. Aug. 28, Anne Harris

Court Rules Texas School Finance Unconstitutional

In a long-awaited turn for Texas education, Judge John Dietz today issued his final ruling on the state's school finance system: It is unconstitutional, and it is failing Texas children. Read More | Comment »

News 3:30PM Thu. Aug. 28, Richard Whittaker

Help Save Swede Farm Dairy!

Regular shoppers at Austin area farmers' markets are bound to know the friendly Carlson family of Swede Farm Dairy – if not by individual names, certainly by their excellent line of goat milk products. Those exemplary products are in danger of disappearing from the markets, but there is a way to help. Read More | Comment »

Food 2:35PM Thu. Aug. 28, Virginia B. Wood

Jaston Williams

Jaston Williams has stories like West Texas has sand – a vast, seemingly inexhaustible supply that swirls up around you whenever you're near. Consider: This notable actor/writer has already produced three shows of richly embroidered, raucously funny yarns and this week opens a fourth. Maid Marian in a Stolen Car, at Zach Theatre. Read More | Comment »

Arts 2:30PM Thu. Aug. 28, Robert Faires

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