• Austin Events for Aug. 30

    Do not let the three-day weekend tempt you into leaving Austin until Tuesday. There are plenty of things to be done in the Capital city this weekend. Kick your Labor Day weekend off with one of these three Friday night events, all under $10. 

    1. All My Friends, White Walls and Gang Sign at Spider House

    There is both good and bad news. The bad news is LCD Soundsystem has been broken up for quite a while now. The good news is LCD Soundsystem has been broken up just long enough to merit their own tribute band, and that tribute band is playing at Spider House tonight. Local bands Gang Sign and White Walls are opening for the tribute band, the aptly named All My Friends. Doors at 9, music at 10. Entry is $5-8. More info here.

    2. Code Blue: Austin's Friday Night Blues Dance

    If bouncing along in a room full of sweaty hipsters to an alternative tribute band falls short of your lofty expectations, perhaps an evening of dancing to B.B. King and Etta James is more your style. Go Dance Studio hosts a blues dance every Friday night with free lesssons given at 9 p.m. and then a BYOB DJ-ed dance from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Entry to the DJ-ed dance is $5. More info here.

    3. Dana Falconberry, Brass Bed and Reservations at Mohawk Indoor

    Remember when we told you not to miss Dana Falconberry when she plays in Austin? Tonight, Falconberry's fairy music will be filling the indoor stage at the Mohawk, with local bands Brass Bed and Reservations opening. Doors at 9, music at 10. Entry is $10. More info here.

  • Austin events for Aug. 29

    It’s the second day of class, which means it’s just about time to start procrastinating on homework. This Thursday, get away from campus for one of these three events happening around Austin.

    1. KGSR’s Unplugged at the Shady Grove

    For the past 20 years, KGSR has been hosting acoustic sets of (usually) local musicians at the Shady Grove. The food is a little expensive for a college budget, but if you’re of age a glass of sangria is the perfect way to keep cool amongst the crowd at the Grove. Tonight’s act is local folk musician Shakey Graves, who plays at 8 p.m.

    2. “The School of Rock” 10-Year Reunion

    If you’re a big “School of Rock” fan, consider spending the $160 it will cost you to get into the 10th anniversary screening and exclusive V.I.P. after-party at the Paramount Theatre this evening. Filmmaker Richard Linklater, writer Mike White and lead actor Jack Black will all be in attendance at the screening, and the band from the movie will be giving a performance at the after party. If you want to celebrate the anniversary without spending textbook money, we recommend singing along to the movie at top volume in your dorm room or apartment. 

    3. “Better Off Dead” Quote-Along 

    Celebrate overdramatic teenage angst with John Cusack at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema-The Ritz. The "Better Off Dead" Quote-Along starts at 7 p.m. The cult-classic features Cusack in one of his first starring roles and ends with a climactic skiing race. If that doesn’t scream '80s cheesy goodness, what does?

  • Harry Ransom Center aquires Julia Alvarez's archive

    The Harry Ransom Center has acquired novelist, essayist and poet Julia Alvarez’s archive.

    Alvarez and her family fled the Dominican Republic in 1960 after it was discovered that her father was involved in a plan to overthrow the dictator.

    Her works highlight her bicultural upbringing and draw from her experiences as an immigrant.

    Alvarez’s archive includes manuscripts, journals and correspondences with fellow writers. She sent many drafts to friends and colleagues, several of whom left notes to Alvarez in the margins.

    The archive will be available for viewing once it is processed and cataloged.

    “It’s heartening to know that I have found a home in readers’ imaginations, and now very literally, at the Harry Ransom Center,” Alvarez said to the Ransom Center. 

  • Austin events for Aug. 28

    It is the first day of school. That means you really need something fun to look forward to tonight. We've compiled a short list of things to keep you busy and away from your homework!

    1. Sound & Cinema at the Long Center

    Local band Hello Wheels plays hits from the 1950s and 1980s before a screening of "Back to the Future." Snack on treats from Frank, Blue Ox BBQ and Whole Foods while you're at it. More info.

    2. Rob Sheffield at BookPeople

    If you haven't stopped by Austin's favorite local bookstore yet, now is the perfect time. Sheffield is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of best selling novels like "Love is a Mixtape." He'll talk with Joe Gross from the Austin American-Statesman about his new book at 7 p.m. More info.

    3. Movie night at Alamo Drafthouse The Ritz

    For a low-key night see one of the movies showing at the Alamo Drafthouse The Ritz. It's located on Sixth Street and is easily accessible by bus. Buy tickets here.

  • UT professors to write 16 books about Texas

    University professors will write 16 books about various aspects of Texas history and culture. Look for the first one in 2017. Photo courtesy of UT Press
    University professors will write 16 books about various aspects of Texas history and culture. Look for the first one in 2017. Photo courtesy of UT Press

    The University of Texas forges new publishing ground with the recently announced Texas Bookshelf. The University of Texas Press claims it is “the most ambitious and comprehensive publishing endeavor about the culture and history of one state ever undertaken."

    Of course UT is the first to pursue publishing 16 books and an accompanying website all about the state it's named after by the year 2017. Let’s just hope some out-of-state-ers are as interested in all things Texas as we are.

    The first book is a complete history of our fair state by Stephen Harrigan, which he calls an “epic chronicle.” Oh my! The next 15 books will follow over the course of five years, covering topics like sports, film, music, politics and so much more!

    If nothing else, look at this uber cool black and white photo of professors/contributing authors looking like the cast of a late-'90s TV show. If only they were posed on the stairs of an urban apartment stoop.