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Mexican tattoo artist changing the world one nipple at a time

December 5, 2017

To most, a scar is merely a causal accident others think of as a source of pride, but for some, scars can symbolize painful memories. For survivors of breast cancer, the most frequent type in women...

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Your Guide to the Oscars Season

November 28, 2017

As Oscar season rolls around, films competing “for your consideration” are entering the box office en masse to meet the Academy’s Jan. 5 deadline. It’s hard to sort through...

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Local Art Bazaar returns in time for Black Friday shoppers

November 21, 2017

From customers being pepper sprayed while fighting for stocking stuffers to being shot over parking spaces, multiple injuries are reported during Black Friday shopping every year. Luckily, Austinites can...

UT alumna discusses sexual harassment in the film industry

November 20, 2017

Year after year at UT-Austin, Carlyn Hudson watched as the number of female students in her radio-television-film classes declined, a problem that reflects the film industry as a whole. Since the New...

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East Austin band Annabelle Chairlegs explores rock ‘n’ roll sound

November 15, 2017

Editor’s Note: Life &Arts Reporter Pierson Hawkins visited local band Annabelle Chairlegs at their East Austin residence to watch them rehearse and catch up with their latest work. Outside...

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Sound on Sound (Rescheduled) Guide

November 9, 2017

Last month when the second iteration of Sound on Sound Fest was canceled, fans of the camping festival were disappointed to hear that all the festivities — from jousting to dancing in the disco dungeon...

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Woody Harrelson’s Johnson comes up short in presidential biopic ‘LBJ’

November 3, 2017

“Platoon,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Deer Hunter” — Lyndon Johnson’s legacy in Hollywood hasn’t entirely been positive, but “LBJ” attempts...

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Legendary film director Rob Reiner stops by 40 Acres to discuss latest film

November 3, 2017

Woody Harrelson plays Lyndon B. Johnson in a new biopic detailing the accidental president’s first two weeks in office after Kennedy’s assassination. Director Rob Reiner sat down with The Daily...

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‘Thank You for Your Service’ honors vets struggling with PTSD

October 27, 2017

Most films that deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) aim to discredit war efforts, but “Thank You for Your Service” aims to shed an optimistic light on mental illness. The film creates...

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Alumni film challenges, Islamophobia in US

October 17, 2017

In the past year, rising Islamophobic rhetoric in the United States has spawned an increase of nonviolent protests on campus and around Austin. Screenwriter Yasir Masood and director Quoc Huynh —...

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‘The Florida Project’ takes you to the gates of Disney World but doesn’t let you in

October 13, 2017

Director Sean Baker made waves with 2015’s “Tangerine,” surprising audiences with a festival-quality film shot entirely on an iPhone. “The Florida Project,” however, pairs...

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Ought frontman Tim Darcy discusses band’s latest album

October 13, 2017

Ought, the Montreal post-punk quartet who has garnered critical attention from their first two albums, visited Austin this week as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The Daily Texan spoke with...

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Ducktails’ Jersey Devil falls victim to 80’s revival

October 10, 2017

Ridgewood, New Jersey, native Matt Mondanile co-founded the band Real Estate with a couple of high school classmates and quickly became an Indie rock staple with their debut 2009 self-titled release. Their...

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Get to ACL early if you want to like bands before they’re cool

October 4, 2017

Every year ACL amplifies its line-up, adding bigger names to its roster and squeezing smaller, lesser-known bands into earlier time slots. Although the headliners will have you bumpin’ ’n’...

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After life of LGTBQ activism, UT alum Randy Wicker returns to Austin

September 27, 2017

As the first openly gay man to talk about homosexuality on the radio and the organizer of the first gay-rights demonstration protesting the treatment of LGBTQ in the military, Randy Wicker found himself...

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Local theaters fuel film versus digital debate

September 14, 2017

Upon entering a theater, moviegoers are faced with an onslaught of decisions. Between Skittles or Starbursts, middle or back row, there are a lot of choices to be made. But one question you may not ask...