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Julie Rene Tran
2011 Gift Guide
December 7, 2011
Who needs Santa when you've got our recommendations?
2011 Best Gift Cards
December 7, 2011
Great gift cards for the Christmas season include ones from P. Terry's, Violet Crown Cinema, and a UT RecSports pass.
Ryan Gosling is more than just a pretty face
December 5, 2011
The debonaire actor struck some kind of chord this year that changed what it means to be the new It Man.
Five indulgent winter snacks
November 30, 2011
Enjoy five of the Daily Texan’s favorite warm winter treats.
Harpists play contemporary hits
November 20, 2011
Between the mysticism of the harps and the passion of two close friends, Seven Pedals is palpable.
The Asteroid Shop takes to the road
November 16, 2011
The band is traveling east of the Gulf Coast next week to finish out the second half of their tour.
Tips to conduct a successful job search and land a dream job
November 8, 2011
While it’s nice to get paid for doing what you love, simply getting to do what you are most passionate about may have to suffice for the time being.
Fun Fun Fun: Day 2
November 6, 2011
Saturday’s lineup was a definite win on all four stages.
White Denim talks local music scene, new album
October 21, 2011
White Denim is headlining at Stubb’s with Manchester Orchestra and The Deer Hunter on Saturday before driving across America for their album tour. The Daily Texan spoke with drummer Josh Block.
UT alumnus brews locally-sourced sake
October 16, 2011
Texas Sake Company is both the first brewery in Texas and the first independently owned one in the U.S.
Hole in the Wall offers good hangover grub
October 13, 2011
The grungy dive bar serves as a music venue for Americana folk rockers and drink hangout for students and locals.
Q&A: Indie band Dark Dark Dark elaborates on recent success, folk music
October 11, 2011
The Daily Texan exchanged emails with band member Marshall LaCount in an interview about the band’s next LP, how music is interwoven and the bandmates’ latest tattoos.
ACL 2011 Recap
September 19, 2011
Thousands of music fans from across the country and around the world descended on the park for three days of grand performances at this years Austin City Limits.
Q&A: Wild Beasts looks forward to Austin visit
September 14, 2011
Chock full of poetic lyrics and romance, the new Wild Beasts album epitomizes compulsive love.
Local boutiques put together perfect ACL outfits
September 14, 2011
In Texas, where the scorching heat often dictates what you wear, looking trendy and comfortable for special events can be tricky.
LGBT festival grand marshals remember rough times, prejudices
September 12, 2011
The personal stories of the grand marshals of this festival serve as a reminder and a bridge between yesterday and today.
Wild Frontier Fest returns for second year
September 9, 2011
Returning for it’s second run, the indie music festival is a two-day weekend of back-to-back, practically non-stop music from more than 50 bands at Emo’s.
Summer picks help ease back-to-school blues
August 28, 2011
Here’s a compilation of some of The Daily Texan’s favorite summer to-do’s in between classes, just to make summer last just a little bit longer.
Flynts book explores the effect sex has had on politics, culture
July 24, 2011
Larry Flynt’s latest book, “One Nation Under Sex,” boldly tells of how our leaders’ sex lives have shaped our nation for better and worse.
Third Thursday, Swanky Jazzy, Pop on Cello, Happy Birthday Iggi
July 21, 2011
The Blanton Museum is hosting a free evening of art and activities, with main events including a screening of John Berger’s 1972 BBC television series “Ways of Seeing,” yoga in the galleries and a book club discussion on “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You” led by Sam Gosling, UT psychology professor and author of the book.
The Heming Way condemns modern mans non-masculine lifestyle with humor
June 30, 2011
The man ran on foot through the African safari, shooting down lions, rhinoceroses and zebras. He swallowed more whiskey than water, killed Nazis and won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The man was Ernest Hemingway.
Matt & Kim to make coming stop in Austin
June 9, 2011
The unexpected is expected when it comes to Brooklyn-duo Matt & Kim. The couple returns to Austin Saturday for an outdoor concert.
UT alumnus heats up kitchen with singles cookbook
June 6, 2011
Culinary chefs, newspaper editors and foodies flocked to food and travel writer Joe Yonan.
30 Columns: Life and Arts
May 6, 2011
Everything we need to say can be summed up in 30 words. Our time here ranges from six months to five years, with work ranging from music reviews to feature writing. Although our experiences could amount to a novel of inch counts, we believe what needs to be said can be done in less. Every word matters.
Sleight of hand
May 2, 2011
Using a quarter from the pocket of his shorts, local magician Michael Kaufman enchants his audience with his nimble hands and charming humor.
Russian community calls Austin home
April 29, 2011
As patrons used the burning wick to light each other’s candles, the sanctuary of the Russian Orthodox church illuminated in undulation.
Spring season boasts varied hat trends
April 26, 2011
Pay attention to the new trends popping up in headwear this ispring, but take care to avoid overdressing for fear that you commit a chapeau faux pas.
Rich in tradition
April 21, 2011
The blessed, wooden warrior drum rests quietly in the costume closet of the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Center in Austin. Hand-chiseled by the chief of his mother’s native Puerto Rican tribe, the Taino, the instrument is just one way 14-year-old William Maynard maintains a bond with his native land which he has only visited once.
Psychedelic rock band issues debut album
April 21, 2011
Three years ago in a crumbling barn behind North Campus’ Crown and Anchor Pub, psychedelic rock band Cactus Peach jammed together for the first time. After countless sweaty house party gigs and moving their practice space from a barn to a walk-in closet, and eventually to the living room of a house some of the members share, the band released their debut album April 13.
Busy as a bee
April 18, 2011
Intoxicated by the smoke from burning raw cotton and pine sawdust, the Italian bees crept out of their hive to sip on the honey drizzled on the edge of their wooden box home. Yellow specks of pollen dusted their delicate wings and striped torsos.
French in the Heart of Texas
April 15, 2011
With a blue cap pressing down his silver, sweat-dampened hair, Arsene Dupin mischievously grinned and held out his cupped hand holding three lead balls, an army-green handkerchief and a “marqueur de poche” or pocket scoreboard, which has beside “nous,” or “we,” the number 13 and beside “eux,” or “them,” a zero.
Cuts endanger Texas TV, film industry
March 8, 2011
With budget cuts across the legislative board, some members of the acting community are worried the arts will be the first to go.
South Austin People brings home the bubbles
February 23, 2011
The sharp, clean scents of lavender and rose waft from the backyard of a brown South Congress Avenue home, where there are just a few rusted kegs, dead grass and a drooling American pit bull rather than the garden one would assume is there. The scent is instead from local natural soap maker JohnPaul Fierro’s laboratory, where he concocts vegetable-oil-based natural soap and body care products for his company, South Austin People, or So.A.P.
Lighting up the town
January 28, 2011
When local sign maker and artist Evan Voyles was a boy, his favorite sign was the Terminix bug. Perched on a pole at the intersection of 12th Street and Lamar Boulevard, the bug fascinated Voyles with its big, glowing lightbulb eyes, metal antenna and huge wings.
Austinite steps into shoe industry
November 19, 2010
The afternoon sun hammers onto the tannish storage unit that’s sits next to Helm’s business office as owner Joshua Bingaman carries meter high stacks of cardboard shoeboxes from it and loads them onto the bed of a vintage, light blue GMC truck. The boxes hold Bingaman’s prized handmade men leather boots and shoes and were on their way to Stag, a local, men’s apparel and lifestyle brand and store.
Trailer creates Asian sensation
November 3, 2010
Every week, it appears as though there’s a new food trailer popping up somewhere around town, offering the city a creative twist on street food. While several have been hit-or-miss in the ways of taste, the ones that do succeed have gone on to national acclaim (such as Odd Duck, Chi’Lantro and Gourdough’s).
Shop sells sweet, spooky treats
October 28, 2010
IV pouches of red syrup blood, plastic bags of gummy brains and paper boxes of dried crickets covered in chocolate are just a few of the horrifying sugary candies South Congress’ Big Top Candy Shop has to offer for Halloween.
Breaking fashions autumn ban on white
September 7, 2010
Monday marked the bittersweet suspension of all things summer — from poolside sunbathing to frozen cocktails, summer is over. While this also usually means retiring white clothing, some summer trends are acceptable year-round and can freshen up your autumn wardrobe.
Bakery whips up cupcake combo
September 1, 2010
Driving north along Burnet Road, away from Austin’s downtown epicenter of small, local businesses, one can begin to feel lost in the middle of franchises and empty construction. However, nestled in a newly built, caramel-colored shopping center is Lick It Bite It Or Both, a local bakery with a unique spin on dessert, serving cake and ice cream merged together as one instead of complimentary to one another.
Rapper looks to A-list for acting inspiration
August 27, 2010
In the famed rapper’s third film “Takers,” in theaters today, T.I. plays Ghost, a fresh-out-of-jail bank robber who returns back to his unassailable band of thieves, only to find that he’s been ousted from the group. In his attempt to regain their trust, he offers them a high earning mission to hijack two armored trucks, a job that can either ruin them or pay off big.
Contest hopeful captures votes
August 26, 2010
With a half-empty glass to her red lips, Sam Wiley stares seductively with her piercing green eyes. Her sweet, pale face contrasts her come-hither pose and sassy ’60s demure appearance.
Design your space with DIY tips
August 25, 2010
There is nothing enjoyable about moving. From trying to cram an oversized sofa past a narrow doorway to hauling in suitcase after suitcase full of clothes, the process of transporting all of your belongings can be a nightmare. Factor in Texas’ scorching heat, and moving just becomes brutal.
Local musicians exhibit heritage of Cuban tunes
August 12, 2010
Nearly all the chairs were empty Sunday night as local Cuban band Ritmo Tr3s played a funky, fast cover of the popular Spanish love song “Quisiera” at Ruta Maya Coffee House.
Designer talks intimate fashion
August 10, 2010
From the curb, Megan Summerville’s home appears to be like any other on the street. Upon looking more closely, however, small details such as a cardboard box of bra padding and clothing hangers hint at what lies behind the front door. The 14 industrial sewing machines lining her two bedrooms and the 9,000 bras stored in a shed in her backyard are all materials for Summerville’s home-based, custom lingerie business, Sew Sister.
Band of brothers sticks together through good, bad
June 14, 2010
Faces flushed and out of breath, lead singer Marshall Newman and keyboardist Brett Moses of the indie pop band The Frontier Brothers gave quick waves from the door before dashing off to order iced coffees.
Exhibit illuminates news icon
June 6, 2010
Since the beginning of the broadcast news era, generations of Americans have gathered in front of their television sets, their ears and eyes tuned in to the distinctive voice and screen presence of Walter Cronkite as he presented them with nearly every major news story from the last half of the 20th century.
Homemade dog treats get tails wagging
June 6, 2010
Amid the tall waves of tents shielding ripe summer fruits and vegetables from the blaring sun and crowds of market shoppers sampling baked goods and picking up fresh local produce stands a tiny white tent that attracts a different sort of customers — four-legged ones.