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Free Austin events to attend this week

September 14, 2015

Editor’s note: In this recurring column, staff writer Katie Walsh recommends free events in Austin for the week.  Monday, Sept. 14 Motown Mondays  Where: The Highball, 1120...

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Q&A: Amber Tamblyn, Derrick Brown discuss Sexcellence 5.0 Tour

September 14, 2015

Poet and actress Amber Tamblyn and poet Derrick Brown are launching their fifth poetry tour together, “Sexcellence 5.0,” from the seat of Brown’s motorcycle. The duo will traverse the...

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PostSecret founder to speak at Long Center Thursday

September 10, 2015

A postcard that reads “Everybody that knew me before 9/11 thinks I am dead,” was waiting inside PostSecret’s founder Frank Warren’s Maryland mailbox. The anonymous card is one...

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Free Austin events to attend this week

September 7, 2015

In this recurring column, staff writer Katie Walsh recommends free events in Austin for the week.  Monday, Sept. 7 Free Day of Yoga Where: Multiple yoga studios Time: All day Relax...

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Cirque du Soleil touring show, Kooza, sets up in Austin this month

September 3, 2015

Twenty-five feet in the air, four men in worn leather shoes perch atop two small platforms beneath a blue-and-yellow-striped tent. One by one, the men gracefully prance across thin wire connecting the...

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300: Project specialist Frank Meaker catalogs PCL whiteboard doodles

September 1, 2015

Editor’s note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold.  A hand-drawn image of a girl sleeping at a desk, drool dripping down...

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Free Austin events to attend this week

August 31, 2015

Monday, Aug. 31 What: Slash & Spread with Fragile Rock and Daniel Webb Where: Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River St. Time: 9 p.m. Enjoy the electronic beats from Austin-based musician Daniel...

UT alumni, Pluckers co-founders to celebrate store’s 20th anniversary with Passion Pit, Bleachers performances

August 31, 2015

After a night out on Sixth Street in 1991, two UT frat brothers, David Paul and Mark Greenberg, found themselves on an unsuccessful hunt for late-night wings. Four years later, they filled Austin’s...

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Formerly homeless UT student leads creative writing workshop Street Lit for Austin’s homeless

August 26, 2015

Fifty-three-year-old English junior Barry Maxwell sits down in his home and spreads out a stack of old receipts, police-issued tickets and notes. He hopes to piece together the chronology of the last seven...

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Nightly events to attend your first week back in Austin

August 24, 2015

Whether you spent your summer cooped up inside a stuffy office or out in the sun doing back-breaking labor, your first week back in Austin is prime time to experience all the nightly events the city has...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

July 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, July 27 What: El Cosmico Pop-Up Shop and Marfa Party Where:...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

July 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, July 20 What: FIlm & A 40 Where: The Eastern, 1511...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

July 13, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, July 13 What: Karaoke Underground Midwest Tour Kickoff Where:...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

July 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, July 6 What: Wanderlust Summer at the Springs Yoga Where:...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

June 29, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, June 29 What: AMVFest Music Video Premiere Series Where:...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

June 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, June 22 What: Midnight Comedy Open Mic Where: Spider...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

June 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, June 15 What: Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night Where: Gourdough’s...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

June 8, 2015

Editor’s Note: In this recurring column, writer Katie Walsh outlines free Austin summer events happening each day of the week. Monday, June 8 What: Motown Mondays Where: The Highball, 1120...

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Free Austin summertime events to attend this week

June 1, 2015

From $10 movie tickets to overpriced concerts, nightlife in Austin gets expensive — and when summer starts and late-night cram sessions end, it’s even harder to limit spending. Avoid breaking...

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UT student sells jewelry made from cloth scraps from Tanzania

May 5, 2015

After spending the fall semester in her home country, Tanzania, Loyce Gayo, African and African diaspora studies junior, stuffed her suitcase full of leftover cloth scraps and flew home ready to start...

Four movies to watch this May

May 1, 2015

Expect theaters to be flooded with action-adventure films this month, from the anticipated release of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 3-D action-thriller...

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Students bring local comics to co-op basement for weekly stand-up comedy show Chortle Portal

April 30, 2015

Five local comics gather in the weight room of the Taos Co-op basement. On the other side of the door, a saxophonist in a black turtleneck croons atop a rickety stage. The lights are dim, and the crowd...

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On location: Austin on screen

April 24, 2015

Austin is known for its live music, but its connection to film should not be overlooked. Scroll down below the ad and check out our interactive map of eight locations any local movie buff will find familiar.

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10-year-old Austinite Mikaila Ulmer runs philanthropic lemonade company

April 20, 2015

Getting stung by a bee was the best thing that ever happened to 10-year-old entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer.  Mikaila is the founder, owner and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade, an Austin-based, family-run...

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UT sophomore, mentalist performs on South Congress under moniker, “The Girl Who Knows”

April 16, 2015

The Tower bell rings Friday afternoon, and Sofia Dyer is finished with classes. Rather than hopping into bed for a well-deserved Netflix marathon, Sofia grabs a blindfold, puts on her turban and makes...

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MFA student examines identical twins with near-identical lives in new documentary

April 10, 2015

Public relations seniors Gabby and Allie Byers take the “identical” part of their status as identical twins seriously. The sisters share a Facebook profile and the same class schedule, and...

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Austinites read excerpts from embarrassing childhood diaries for Mortified Live

April 2, 2015

Most people hide their childhood diaries behind mounds of dust bunnies under their beds. Speakers at Mortified Austin shows prefer to relive their embarrassing moments by retelling them aloud to a crowd...

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Four movies to watch, one to avoid this April

March 31, 2015

Movie studios typically release their biggest films during the summer, which leaves April out in the cold. A look outside the major studios, however, reveals several promising films set to release during...

Community street band festival HONK!TX celebrates fifth anniversary

March 26, 2015

This weekend, a zombie marching band, a New Orleans jazz ensemble, a self-proclaimed “circus-punk-brass” group and 22 other renegade brass bands will perform throughout Austin. Friday kicks...

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Local artist holds tours of his “Peter Pan” inspired house, Casa Neverlandia

March 24, 2015

Over the past 35 years, local mixed-media artist James Talbot has watched Austin change from the front porch swing in his “Peter Pan” Neverland-inspired funhouse.  “It’s...

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D.on Darox & The Melody Joy Bakers make Austin their home during SXSW

March 19, 2015

A trio of traveling gypsy musicians has made Austin their temporary home this week. With cigarettes dangling loosely from their lips, D.on Darox & The Melody Joy Bakers flooded the corner of Sixth...

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UT student’s short film, ‘Carne Seca,’ set to premiere at SXSW

March 13, 2015

While many students relax on the beach or drunkenly meander on Sixth Street for spring break, Jazmin Diaz will spend the week screening her short film, “Carne Seca” at South By Southwest Film...

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The Daily Texan’s guide for your first SXSW

March 13, 2015

South By Southwest is unlike any other festival. It requires a different mindset and level of physical stamina than is necessary for quaint three-day, noon-to-midnight festivals. It is a grueling week...

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Austin takes precautions as more festival-goers flood SXSW

March 12, 2015

Tens of thousands of people will flood the streets of Austin next week for South By Southwest. As more people make Austin their spring break destination, the City is taking new safety precautions. The...

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UT students collaborate on “A Song For Danny” short film set to shoot in New York

March 3, 2015

Student filmmaker Andrew Garbus has high hopes for his 12-minute musical drama, “A Song for Danny.” The film centers around an artist who must take risks and make difficult choices to further...

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Six easy-to-miss movies and TV series to watch in March

March 2, 2015

Amid the buzz about “Insurgent,” the second installment of the “Divergent” trilogy, or movies like Disney’s upcoming remake of “Cinderella,” a number of interesting...

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‘House of Cards’ actress joins UT professor for discussion on black art

February 23, 2015

Actress, musician and playwright Eisa Davis will speak about race at a lecture for the Performing Blackness Series on Tuesday. Three days later, her role in the highly anticipated third season of “House...

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UT alumni use South Congress coffee shop to help educate kids in Dominican Republic

February 16, 2015

To the unobservant customer, Dominican Joe appears to be just another Austin coffee shop. But underneath the hipster background music and mood lighting is a business run by two UT alumni that strives to...

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UT senior and double-amputee hikes Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time

February 11, 2015

Hiking to the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, requires immense physical strength — something government senior Alex D’Jamoos, a double amputee who climbed the mountain,...

Monkies Vintage and Thrift brings affordable vintage to Austin

January 30, 2015

From his childhood in Mexico, Frank Vega distinctly remembers the foreign look of Michael J. Fox’s Nike Air Mags in “Back to the Future.”  “You see [actors], and you want...