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What to get for a hipster friend
December 5, 2013
For your friend who is too cool for most things.
The best moments in culture from 2013
December 4, 2013
From Beyonce’s Super Bowl extravaganza in January to last week’s debut of the “Bound 2” video, The Daily Texan Life & Arts staff fondly recounts some of the best pop culture moments, movies and music of the year.
Fun Fun Fun Nites are free, so you should go
November 8, 2013
Fun Fun Fun Fest wristbands not only allow admittance into the festival, but admit festival-goers into Fun Fun Fun Nites for free.
Pinballz Arcade provides a nostalgic gaming experience
November 3, 2013
At Pinballz Arcade, people can hear the clanging of tokens in hands and the pinging of pinballs whizzing through machines — sounds of a seemingly bygone era that continues here in Austin.
"Race With the Devil" in today's Daily Horror Movie
October 29, 2013
For movie buffs, the month of October means one thing: 31 days of horror movies.
The Amazing Acro-Cats comes to Austin
October 24, 2013
The Amazing Acro-Cats are a traveling troupe of cats that perform acrobatic tricks and play instruments. Fur real.
Local tarot reader finds home in Austin
October 15, 2013
Angeliska Polacheck might be the nicest witch in Austin.
ACL is over, and we are so happy
October 13, 2013
Austin City Limits Music Festival is finally over.
Jacuzzi Boys frontman talks about being a rock band in Miami
October 9, 2013
Jacuzzi Boys have been banging out sunny, beach party rock since 2007.
The Orwells discuss college, being underage and on the road
October 9, 2013
The Orwells are the fuzzy, baby-faced garage band that everyone wished they were friends with in high school.
Artists bring their own talents to ACL festival
October 4, 2013
Go for the music, stay for the hand-printed T-shirts and pistol-shaped belt buckles.
The not-so-sexy evolution of Miley Cyrus
October 1, 2013
Bangerz is the guilty pleasure you hide from your loved ones and sneak off to your dorm room to indulge in.
Get weird with CyberFest
September 26, 2013
By most standards, Austin is not that weird. Food trailers, graffiti parks and music festivals do, in fact, exist in other cities. But CyberFest, on the other hand, is in a category of its own.
Harry Ransom Center receives Magnum Photo Collection
September 23, 2013
From Marilyn Monroe and Fidel Castro to Mohandas Gandhi, Magnum photographs portray images of cultural icons, political strife and international conflict.
Museum Day offers free exhibits for a variety of artistic tastes
September 19, 2013
This Sunday, Museum Day features free exhibits in museums all over the city for art aficionados, music lovers and facial hair fanatics.
Laser-cut jewelry line Vinca offers diverse designs
September 16, 2013
It all began with a squirrel and a hammerhead shark. This unlikely animal pairing is the cornerstone of the Vinca jewelry catalog, the brainchild of Austin-based designer Amanda Dimova.
FEMICOM, Rachel Weil preserve feminine games
September 11, 2013
Rachel Simone Weil knows video games aren’t just for boys. Weil is a visual artist and second-year Master of Fine Arts design candidate. She creates 8-bit glitchable art under the name Party Time! Hexcellent!, based on graphics from the Nintendo Entertainment System. She also runs FEMICOM, an online museum dedicated to preserving feminine design games and gaming systems.
Write poems with strangers at Barstool Poetry Book Party
September 5, 2013
With the help of a pen and cocktail napkin, meeting people at bars has never been easier. Just ask Bob Makela.
Guide to PRIDE Week
September 3, 2013
Austin PRIDE Week 2013 is finally here. We've compiled a list of the week's go-to events so you can celebrate Austin's LGBTQ community with plenty of sing-alongs and dance parties.
Madame Alexander's "First Ladies Collection" brings first lady dolls to LBJ Library
August 28, 2013
Small porcelain recreations of deceased United States first ladies sounds like something to avoid. Don’t be fooled. This exhibit, currently on display at the LBJ Library, is more adorable than it sounds.
Best Summer Songs of 2013
August 27, 2013
The summer of 2013 was a great time for pop music, especially if you’re into anthemic break-up tunes and 70s-inspired musical pleas to get it on. Here are the seven songs we couldn’t escape.
Newcomer's guide to Austin life: How to live like a local
August 26, 2013
There’s no shame in not being from Austin, but now that you’re here, we’ve got a few tips to keep all of you newbies from sticking out like recently transplanted sore thumbs
Go out every night of finals and don't study
May 3, 2013
Finals are almost here, so The Daily Texan wants to help you procrastinate to your fullest potential.
Gaelic football will make you wish you were Irish
April 22, 2013
Originally from Ireland, Gaelic football has been played for centuries. The Celtic Cowboys Sports and Social Club recently created Austin's first ladies Gaelic football team.
Chemical toilets and imaginary bear attacks: a night in the great outdoors
April 15, 2013
The typical camping experience revolves around enjoying the outdoor world and feeling connected with nature.
Reading Mikhail Shishkin’s “Maidenhair” will make you sad
April 7, 2013
The new translation of Mikhail Shishkin’s novel “Maidenhair” is 506 pages of a bizarre stream-of-consciousness between three fictional narrative viewpoints
April Fools’ day is the worst
March 31, 2013
Americans are the masters of milking the non-holiday: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the list goes on forever.
"The Priceless Slave" digs deep into America's raw nerves
March 27, 2013
“The Priceless Slave” navigates treacherous waters by exploring the raw nerves of slavery through the complexities of master and slave, husband and wife, man and woman.
Classical guitarist makes Cactus Cafe debut with multimedia marine animal ballet
March 20, 2013
The Daily Texan sat down with classical guitarist Susan McDonald to discuss her upcoming program “The Aquarium: a Marine Micro-Ballet for Guitar and Sea Creatures” and what performing really means to her.
"Rewind This!" documents the history of the VHS tape
March 16, 2013
“Rewind This!” documents the rise and fall of VHS throughout the home video revolution.
Interview with RTF Lecturer Kat Candler, writer and director of "Black Metal"
March 16, 2013
“Black Metal” is a narrative short film following a singer in the wake of a murder committed by a teenage fan in the name of his music.
The Daily Texan wants you to survive SXSW
March 8, 2013
How to survive SXSW.
10 things we hope will reoccur at SXSW
March 8, 2013
South By Southwest, now in its 26th year, has seen its fair share of strange and wicked awesome happenings. Here’s our top 10 list of the wild and wonderful things that have occurred and could again.
UT’s 'Intimate Apparel' will leave you reeling
March 3, 2013
Lynn Nottage’s play “Intimate Apparel” is the 1905 equivalent of MTV’s “Catfish”.
“No more need to pause, rewind, and repeat-Videodance series teaches popular music video choreography”
February 25, 2013
Beyonce and the “Single Ladies” hand. Britney Spears writhing on the floor in “Toxic.” Lady Gaga’s monster arms from “Bad Romance.”
UT professor to give talk on science of relationships
February 11, 2013
Dr. Loving from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at UT discusses the modern college relationship. Treat everyday like Valentine's Day, he advises, and learn from your relationships.
Local band Shivery Shakes discusses its place in the Austin music scene
January 30, 2013
Somewhere deep in the expanses of the Austin music scene, between the shaggy-haired garage rockers and the hushed voices of indie pop is a band whose sugary tales of youth are as swoon-inducing as its amps are joltingly loud. This band is Shivery Shakes.
“The Age of Miracles” is not just another teen novel
January 24, 2013
Karen Thompson Walker’s “The Age of Miracles” opens on a seemingly typical Saturday morning that turns into the day everyone realized the Earth as they knew it was changing.
Top album releases to check out in 2013
January 15, 2013
The year 2013 is turning into a year of musical comebacks.
Letting Up Despite Great Faults' Untogether does not let down
December 4, 2012
Austin is not known for its synth-pop bands.
New iPhone app lets college students whisper their secrets
November 25, 2012
Most people would not dream of confessing their crushes in a Facebook status or tweeting about their latest sexual escapades.
UT's Objectivism Society says the philosophy is gaining influence
November 14, 2012
Thirty years after her death, Ayn Rand, the Russian-American novelist and philosopher, is still making headlines.
Sew Much More offers platform for UT apparel design students
November 6, 2012
The morning of Nov. 3 brought a hectic rush of sewing enthusiasts to local sewing store Sew Much More.
Familiar faces form new tunes in Divine Fits
October 31, 2012
It’s been almost three years since Austin’s hometown heroes, Spoon, released their last record, Transference, leaving many of their fans asking what frontman Britt Daniel was up to.
Book exposes darker side of Fleetwood Mac and highlights audio production of album Rumours
October 24, 2012
“Making Rumours” follows Caillat, a music engineer and producer, as he worked on Rumours, the Grammy award-winning 1977 album that catapulted Fleetwood Mac to fame.
Student composers make debut performances at UT
October 15, 2012
Eager young composers at UT are given the chance to have their music heard through the Collective Labors of the UT Composition Hub, or CLUTCH.
London songwriter brings back ‘70s American soul music
October 7, 2012
On first listen, Michael Kiwanuka’s debut album Home Again does not sound like it was recorded a mere year ago.
Local businesses to host seventh annual Benefit Day for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
October 1, 2012
On Tuesday, more than 250 musical acts will be taking the stage at venues all over Austin for the seventh annual Benefit Day for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.