Museum of Human Achievement
"...I had all of these other songs I wanted to pull out, and I felt comfortable making up words to songs that weren’t even finished. I realized I needed to rethink my approach and allow myself to have the sort of shows I had at Pickathon anywhere, because I’m the person in charge at the end of the day.”..."
"...This year’s Happy Together trek features fellow former Top 40 fixtures Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett, ex-Paul Revere & the Raiders vocalist Mark Lindsay, and Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron, arriving next Thursday, June 13, at the Long Center. It marks the Turtles’ first Austin date in longer than either Kaylan or Volman, who now spends his non-summer months teaching entertainment and music-business courses at Nashville’s Belmont University, can remember...."
"...That's not a real solution, is it? You have to sleep. After a few days without sleep, you might as well be sleeping anyway, because you won't remember much about what happened afterwards - sort of like staying up all night snorting crystal meth and playing 24-hour bingo..."
"...Tomorrow, Thursday, October 2, at 9am, city Councilmember Laura Morrison will deliver a proclamation to shed light – we hope rainbow-colored – on the importance of this month on the First Floor of the Travis County Commissioners Court...."
"...Three days, two ruined pairs of shoes, two boxes of film, hours of back pain, and a load of muddy laundry later: worth it. Sunday, mud covered every square inch of Zilker Park..."
"...Name: Lex Keaton Status: Arkansas transplant ID: Lesbian Queerly Quotable: “My goal is to accept the new things that I learn about myself every day and embrace them.”..."
"...For much of today’s younger LGBTQ generation, AIDS is a thing of the past, a scary campfire tale of days gone by, before AZT and FTC and ABC. This is one of several reasons why World AIDS Day is still commemorated...."
"...The first day of the Fantastic Arcade at the HighBall was unofficial local developer day with Stoic showing off the beauty of The Banner Saga and White Whale Games discussing the bookish roots of God of Blades. Some of the nonlocal developers had panels too, including Terry Cavanagh discussing his wildly addictive Super Hexagon...."
"...There are 32 springs throughout the campground, which made it perfect for the original Native American residents and now benefits latter-day campers and swimmers. Two springs feed the 70' by 20' swimming pool at a rate of 70 gallons a minute at a temperature of about 70 degrees..."
"...Following 2013’s Lone Survivor and 2016’s Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day marks the third collaboration between filmmaker Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg on a film about a real-life catastrophe. Named for the holiday on which the events took place, Patriots Day recounts the horrific bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the dramatic manhunt to find the culprits over the next few days, and the immediate and ongoing aftermath that forever changed the lives of the victims..."
"...It is the absolute peak of festival season here in Austin: Between Moontower comedy, Old Settler's music, Fusebox performance art, Indie Meme film, Earth Day, 4/20, and assorted other happenings, if you can't find yourself some fun this week, you're doing something wrong...."
"...I imagine the culture of that band was vastly different than playing with James. Is that true or am I off base? MP: No, it was like night and day..."
"...Two weeks after I moved to Austin and a day before Poyser and Vaughan began their circuitous all-standby planes, trains, and automobiles Houston to Newark to Amsterdam to London to Edinburgh money-saving itinerary, we sat down to talk. We were looking out at the sunset from my new office in the UT film department, three shot glasses from states they'd been to on their tour sitting on the desk..."
"...Paint the town red in Georgetown for Valentine's Day when downtown merchants will have a jar of chocolate kisses in their stores -- guess the number of kisses in the jar and win a prize, Feb. 12-13..."
"...On the evening of August 12, when 19-year-old Ali Cokley was shot in the head at the city-owned lot on César Chavez between San Antonio and Guadalupe, the trucks that routinely pull in to pick up day laborers had long stopped coming. Cokley was fatally wounded right next to a line of porta-johns that sits behind Liberty Lunch and the homeless service provider Helping Our Brothers Out (HOBO)..."
"...Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott and Stephen Tobolowsky. Working within the confines of what could have been an amazingly restricting idea -- that weatherman Bill Murray is trapped in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2, forced to live Groundhog Day over and over -- co-writer/director Ramis has instead fashioned a surprisingly romantic comedy..."
"...This comedy is a throwback to the kind of live-action family films that Disney used to do so well. Instead of Freaky Friday, we have Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – which, indeed, is quite good..."
"...You read that right: The goddess of all things geek, Felicia Day, is coming to Austin...."
"...Pop Quiz: Did I just refer to: A) The plot to The Day After Tomorrow or B) University of Texas’ fall athletics progams?..."
"...Without the cuttings, the rose now called the Martha Gonzales would have been lost. Today, it is a popular landscape rose...."
"...Four films were shown, all foreign. Compare that infancy with the cocksure 15-year-old before you, boasting an 11-day program with 120 feature films and a wealth of shorts, much of the lineup homegrown, ambitious in scope, inching closer and closer toward evenness in number of gay and lesbian content, and no longer confined to stories of coming out or coming under the specter of AIDS, the two subjects that defined Nineties queer cinema..."
"...We listed AGLPF's ticketed and free events as well as a number of non-Pride happenings around town. Congrats, AGLPF, and happy Pride, everyone. THURSDAY..."
"...Chisholm Trail Round-Up in Lockhart harkens back to the day when the town was a staging point for cattle drives up the Chisholm Trail with fun in City Park, June 10-13. 512/398-2818...."
"...Poinsettia Celebration in Brenham at Ellison's Greenhouses invites the public to view a five-acre sea of different colored holiday plants before they are shipped out to florists around the state, Nov. 21-22..."
"...With good crowds coming out on Friday and Saturday nights to fill the dance floor, the Worthys began concentrating on rebuilding the kitchen and dining room next door, and finished last June...."
"...Gov. Rick Perry’s developing romance with Satan was not the only mixed pleasure offered by last weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival – a three-day policy immersion for wonks and wonkabees...."
"...They dominate that space and have huge ad revenues, while the networks’ ratings are falling. They don’t have those big paydays..."
"...The Caroline Wiess Law Building opens Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 12:15-6pm. Admission on Thursday is free, 10am-9pm..."
"...Two vintage steam engines return to service on the daily run between Williams, Ariz., and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on selected Saturdays during the upcoming year. These mighty work horses are a rare sight..."
"...Handing out baseballs in Cuba: A "Day Trips" travelogue...."
"...Music freaks and fetishists mark their calendars annually for this coming Saturday – April 18 – anticipating the eighth iteration of Record Store Day, a consumer holiday spotlighting the unique culture of independent record shops...."
"...In the Deep South, three dishes are requisite fare on New Year’s Day, and the enduring popularity of all three is based on not only on culinary superstition and food symbolism, but the on fact that the ingredients for all three dishes are cheap and abundant...."
"...Halfway through the first day of Toros open tryouts last weekend, I had a long conversation with a man named David Thompson. A retired electrician originally from Jamaica, Thompson had made the long trip down from his home in the Bronx with his son Devin, a lanky forward who was on the floor killing himself running drills while his father and I chatted amiably on the sidelines..."
"...As far as parent-centric holidays go, Father’s Day sometimes gets the short end of the stick. Don’t make your dad cook his own celebratory meal this year..."
"...Every new Drafthouse has a theme, and for Mueller (pronounced Miller), it's all the fun of the fair with a carnival motif, including the Barrel o' Fun. During the day, when families are waiting for screenings at any of the Sony 4K digital projection-fitted screens (ranging from 45 to 140 seats), kids can play boardwalk-style games, while the sugartastic menu features old-timey treats like house-made sodas..."
"...Another way to see the bridge is from the river looking up. All-day rafting trips begin north of the bridge and then pinball through the white water of the Taos Box before coming out near Taos...."
"...The good news: This Saturday, game and comic shops all over town will celebrate International TableTop Day, a board game holiday invented by Wil Wheaton’s YouTube show, TableTop! The bad news? There’s no way Austin has stocked enough pizza and Twizzlers to power the event...."
"..."In 1990, Austin was cheap – rent was about $300," he recalled. "At that time, I could hustle up three shows a day and make $91 and have rent money in one week."..."
"...Every Wednesday morning, the St. John Community Food Center opens for business at 9am..."
"...With both Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum both circling the GOP presidential nominations, it seemed Monday would be a bad day for Gov. Rick Perry to burnish his wingnut fundamentalist credentials..."
"...Wonder Cave was discovered in 1896 by a farmer drilling for water. The first exploration of the cave began on a cold day when the family noticed steam coming out of the ground behind their house..."
"..."Most of the shows we play, the back of the venue usually starts at that tree and runs straight across to that light over there,” Slug said late into Atmosphere's throwdown at Stubb’s Wednesday night. “You have no idea how good it is to see all you ugly people all the way the fuck back there.”..."
"...Although it is just a small part of the business at Fischer's USDA-inspected processing plant, the crew churns out 2,200 pounds a day of ground beef and pork mixed with a secret blend of spices handed down through generations of Fishers (the family dropped the "c"). "Our sausage also is a lot leaner than most other sausages," Penny says...."
"...Robb Kendrick sat down with me recently to talk about photography, lavender, and day-tripping...."
"...Every year on the last Saturday of July, the apple growers of the Texas Hill Country challenge the apple growers of foreign countries and other states to a contest to see who has the freshest fruit. The Texas growers know that it's a hollow dare..."
"...Guillermo del Toro knows it, we know it, everyone knows it: Cinema was invented so one day we could watch giant robots beat the snot out of giant monsters. This weekend, Westernized kaiju Pacific Rim opens, and you can immerse yourself in the history of rubber-suited monsters and cardboard buildings crushed beneath their molded toes...."
"...The sky wasn't just crying on Day 2 of ACL Fest, it was sobbing in big wet gulps. Flogging Molly embraced the day like beautiful Irish weather, but as the afternoon went on and the rain didn't relent, it prompted an audience member during The Decemberists' electrifying set to comment, "What are they singing? The hazards of mud?"..."
"...The fourth test well blew a gusher that covered a tent city four miles away. On his 67th birthday, Yates was handed an $18 million oil royalty check...."
"...636th in a series. Day Trips, Vol..."
"...My job was to load them all into crates, and they would be coming very quickly. We would wrap and pack up 15,000 pies a day..."