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38 arrested at Occupy Austin over Halloween weekend

October 30, 2011

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Longhorns, the world remember Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011

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iPhone 4S is an upgrade but no godsend

October 5, 2011

It was just weeks ago that the mythical iPhone 5 seemed like a complete game changer with rumors flying — such as it can function as a credit card or it would have a sleek teardrop shape. In reality...

Law holds bartenders more accountable than minors

August 4, 2011

Editor’s Note: This is the last installment in a three-part series on underage drinking, focusing on the role of bartenders. Any system of rules and regulations based on controlling alcohol...

Thirsty Thursday Investigates makes plans to explore sting operations

July 28, 2011

Thirsty Thursday Investigates wrapped up the second part of its three-part series on underage drinking last week. To recap, the first week introduced the repercussions for not following the laws...

Drinking through the ages

July 21, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a semimonthly, three-part series of Thirsty Thursday Investigates underage drinking focusing on minimum legal drinking age. Why is the minimum...

Thirsty Thursday plans to explore alcohol’s vast network

July 14, 2011

Editor’s note: This is a biweekly series that will fill the gaps between Thirsty Thursday Investigates to offer a brief recap and update. How does alcohol, a controlled and controversial substance,...

Underage youth take a gamble with fake ID possession

July 7, 2011

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a semimonthly, three-part series of Thirsty Thursday Investigates underage drinking focusing on counterfeit identification. Check back next week...

Alcohol brings cash, brews state support for political leaders

June 30, 2011

The weekly drink column “Thirsty Thursday” is back, but before we bust out the champagne, let’s grab a stiff drink and be honest. Over the past year, I’ve written historical...

German beer keeps cool during summer heat

June 9, 2011

Summertime means “beer-time” in Texas. Anytime is “beer:30” when it’s this hot outside. Aside from your usual cold Miller High Life or a Lonestar, a hefeweizen is also...

Infused alcohol adds flavor to drinking

May 5, 2011

While espresso-flavored vodka or jalapeno-flavored tequila may seem exotic, the process ofcreating infusions has been around for centuries and is simple enough to do at home. Basic infusion,...

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Bloody Mary utilizes diverse, wacky recipes

April 30, 2011

The Bloody Mary cocktail’s origins are about as murky as the drink itself. But what is certain is that this drink has become a monstrosity. Why go to an entire Bloody Mary bar when there are...

Bartenders create strange drink mixes

April 21, 2011

Tuesday night at the chic Bar Congress isn’t the place you would think about taking a shot of some mercilessly strong Angostura bitters, typically used as an additive in cocktails and not in a...

Tiki-themed concoctions make return in Austin bars

April 14, 2011

There’s a certain imagery associated with tiki culture — that broad over-Americanization of all things tropical, resulting in color-me-sick frozen cocktails with plastic swords for miniature...

Americans united by whiskey varieties

November 18, 2010

When you take a shot of whiskey, you take a shot of America. You could say this is an exaggeration, but read about the Whiskey Rebellion in your history textbook or consider how bourbon whiskey...

Spike Lee discusses Katrina, oil spill

November 14, 2010

The 5-foot-6-inch outspoken director Spike Lee made his presence felt on the stage at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium on Sunday and focused on the ongoing corruption resulting from Hurricane Katrina...

White campaign hosts BBQ bus

November 12, 2010

Smoke licks across the blackened top of the yellow school bus of Old School BBQ & Grill like it was a normal day for serving up barbecue. But inside owner Dan Parrott’s mind, he was fine-tuning...

Cocktails provide glimpse into Hemingway’s life

November 11, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series exploring the history and notoriety of the cocktails associated with Ernest Hemingway. There are writers who drank, and there was Ernest...

Sluggish zombies give life, emotion to modern genre

November 9, 2010

AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which premiered Oct. 31 and was green lit for a second season yesterday, is not your usual zombie shoot-em-up, race for survival. Instead, it’s an unnerving,...

Popular cocktails trace origins back to notable author

November 4, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series exploring the history and notoriety of the cocktails associated with Ernest Hemingway. While some English scholars devote much of their...

Traditional brewers sweep across Austin

October 28, 2010

With two days left until Austin Beer Week wraps up, there’s still time left to grab a pint of some savory local craft beers that pay homage to Texas’ German heritage while creating distinct...

Food cart Kabob Yo offers succulent kabobs

September 8, 2010

After the small food-cart spot near The Castilian and Starbucks was left unoccupied for most of the summer, Kabob Yo has moved in with a low-key white trailer that serves up savory, robustly flavored...

Food cart Kabob Yo offers succulent kabobs

September 8, 2010

After the small food-cart spot near The Castilian and Starbucks was left unoccupied for most of the summer, Kabob Yo has moved in with a low-key white trailer that serves up savory, robustly flavored...

Drink traces roots back to Big Easy

September 2, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a weekly series exploring the history of traditional cocktails. This past Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s...

Fall brings bootleggers, zombies

August 31, 2010

In addition to the anticipated return of shows like “Modern Family” and “Dexter,” this fall television season has two highly noteworthy series premieres. Here’s a look...

Judy Collins unites generations, sings children’s book

August 30, 2010

Judy Collins sat at a table on the third floor of BookPeople Friday afternoon, casually sipping a cold Diet Coke. Known for singing alongside some of the great folk artists of the ’60s like Bob...

Arpeggio Grill offers halal Mideastern foods, American classics

August 26, 2010

Arpeggio Grill (and the Tomato Shack hidden within the restaurant), albeit common and cheap Middle Eastern cuisine, also serves up classic American dishes such as pizza and hamburgers, according to...

Fashion Week struts its stuff

August 23, 2010

The second annual Austin Fashion Week wrapped up Saturday with the Austin Fashion Awards, as one UT alumnus took home an award for best designer. Although Fashion Week is a new event to the city,...

Project Runway’s Louise Black stitches her way into Austin fashion

August 21, 2010

Editor's note: This is the final part in a three-part series profiling designers participating in this year’s Austin Fashion Week, which began last Saturday and ends tonight. Season 6...

Sabra Johnson mixes hippie-chic with a hardcore edge

August 19, 2010

Editors Note: This is the second in a three-part series profiling designers participating in this year’s Austin Fashion Week, which began Saturday and runs through Aug. 21. It would be a big...

Anslee Connell adds sexy edge to curvy-friendly fashion

August 16, 2010

Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series profiling designers participating in this year’s Austin Fashion Week, which began Saturday and runs through Aug. 21. SavannahRed...

Fine fare, couture shine at Fashion Week

August 12, 2010

Saturday marks the beginning of Austin Fashion Week, a celebration of all things chic, from couture fashion and designer pasties to hair and makeup styles. A kickoff celebration will be held at GSD&M...

Business drags on Guadalupe; three stores close

August 10, 2010

Three businesses on the Drag closed their doors over the summer and have relocated their businesses to more lucrative areas. TerraBurger, Wish Boutique and Storyville have all been forced to shut down...

Catch up on ‘Gossip’ of fall season premieres

August 10, 2010

With the final week of summer session hanging over campus like the oppressive summer heat, the onset of the fall semester also means we’re trudging toward some highly anticipated television seasons....

Zoe Cordes Selbin leaves her mark on city’s tough music scene

August 9, 2010

In the Austin music scene, Zoe Cordes Selbin is unmatched. “Seventeen years old,” “homeschooled” and “straight-edge” are rarely epithets for the people in the music...

Wine bars work magic with unique ambience

July 1, 2010

When it comes to wine bars, you’ve got to have three things to set yourself apart: service, selection and scene. If you don’t have those ingredients, then you might as well just buy yourself...

Zach Anner flattens ‘Next Oprah’ competition

June 16, 2010

It’s one thing to post a video online. It’s another thing when that video may lead to a show on Oprah Winfrey’s new network, OWN, with John Mayer already promising to write the opening...

Pad Thai offers nuance in usually fiery cuisine

June 14, 2010

When it comes to their Thai restaurant of choice, UT students typically pick from Madam Mam’s, Thai Noodle House or Thai Kitchen. Now there’s a new player in the neighborhood. Pad Thai’s...

Military-inspired fashion marches through town

June 13, 2010

Whether it’s cruising with your aviators on and listening to The Doors like you’re in “Apocalypse Now” or throwing on some combat boots with a pair of jeans, aspects of military...

Post-Katrina New Orleans inspires TV drama series

June 6, 2010

August 29 will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. With a death toll of almost 2,000 people and a displacement toll of 800,000, the deadliest storm of our generation has not been forgotten. After...

‘MacGruber’ spoofs action genre

April 27, 2010

“Twenty seconds left, MacGruber!” calls the heroine to the mullet-sporting “action hero” curled up in the corner during an existential crisis, waiting for the bomb to explode. In...

Warby Parker uses ‘buy one, donate one’ model to benefit under-served

April 27, 2010

A good pair of specs is hard to find. The most stylish ones are too expensive, and the dirt cheap ones are horrible. It’s with this dilemma in mind that Warby Parker tries to offer up...

Seniors stitch up fashion sculptures

April 22, 2010

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a series that highlights trends for the upcoming UT fashion show, which will be held April 29 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Erwin Center. While the...

Local vintage-lovers get freaky for fashion

February 7, 2010

Eclectic-chic dresses and shirts, retro furs and other long-dormant designs will make a comeback tonight as purveyors of vintage fashion in Austin send their best designs down the runway at The Mohawk. Local...