• Late Afternoon Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum

    Everyone loves the Golden Girls. Here is the Dutch Golden Girls credits. It's even got its own version of "Thank you for being a friend!" 

    The Northern Lights in Norway are quite lovely. 

     A new craft beer bar, Craft Pride, opens tonight on Rainey Street! It will feature 54 beer taps and only Texas breweries. 

    Local band Quiet Comapny's got a new music video. The band has rerecorded debut album Shine Honesty and added two new songs. The new/revisited album will be available April 9. 

    Here are some college course syllabi from famous authors like David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith. 

    This is a list of every celebrity ever made fun of on South Park. It is pretty extensive. 

    Apparently you can bid on Jennifer Lawrence's sports bra from "Silver Linings Playbook." While we are big fans, a sweaty sports bra is just a sweaty sports bra, right? 

    A European chocolate company has recreated a 3-D Audrey Hepburn for an ad. Creepy? Cool? 

    The Guardian is trying to assign every state it's own rock song. You can add your suggestions on their blog! 

    Beyoncé is a part of a new campaign to fight for equal rights for women. She has partnered with Gucci designer Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek and will focus on equality in health, education and justice.

     

  • Sage speech advice to SG candidates

    We will vote for a brand new crop of student leaders this Wednesday and Thursday. As in any election, there will be winners and losers. The losers will politely clap with fake smiles plastered on their faces. They will ultimately sulk off to their rooms and turn to Ben and Jerry for moral and nonjudgmental support. The winners, however, will have their first moments of UT stardom when they celebrate their success with a grand speech. I say, why not take inspiration from Oscars’ acceptance speeches in order to properly stir up your loyal voters who worked tirelessly to place you in your new position?

    First and foremost, thanking your family is a must. The family shoutout is a great place to pull on the heartstrings, so try using a cliché metaphor like Ang Lee did when accepting the Oscar for Best Director. “You are the golden statue in my heart,” Lee said when speaking of his cast. 

    It is always likeable to give credit to the unsung heroes, perhaps those who shouted your last name around campus with a superhuman fervor and tenacity each day between classes. Sean Fine brought on stage the once-homeless woman whom he features in his Oscar winning documentary short Sunday night. Let me tell you, the tissues were flying.

    Finally, no good speech is without a little kick. Spicing it up with some controversy is always memorable. Why not take a cue from Tom Hanks’s intense 1993 Best Actor speech and out your gay high school government teacher while explaining how he taught you open-mindedness in politics?

    In short, SG candidates, when practicing your victory speeches in your mirror, don’t forget Mommy, the little people, and go out with a bang. Remember to rehearse your shock faces!

  • Afternoon Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum.

    As the horsemeat scandal rages on, here are some of the worst mystery meats of the past few years.

    Vulture is debating the best sitcom of the past 30 years. Round one is “Cheers” versus “The Office.”

    The first Instagram pictures from North Korea!

    Questlove is teaching a course at NYU. It is kind of like this.

     Here’s what Google thinks of your favorite athletes, everything ranging from “punk” to “murderer.”

    Happy birthday, Victor Hugo! Too bad Hollywood made that pretty terrible musical out of your pretty good book.

    50 unseen poems by Rudyard Kipling will be released next month.

    Austinites may not have to wait until 2014 to shop at Trader Joe’s. The grocery store plans to open a location in Rollingwood.

    Did you watch this really cute video of a pig saving a baby goat? Well you were right, it was too cute to be true.

    Have you watched David Bowie’s new music video featuring Tilda Swinton?

  • Late Afternoon Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum.

    We have a really awesome article about the moving South Congress food trailers.

    The Harry Ransom Center has Robert De Niro's costume from "Silver Linings Playbook" on display, even though he lost.

    The crazy wind outside is breaking things. First victim: the "walk" sign on Dean Keeton Street and Whitis Avenue.

    People are trying to bring back Tumblr. We weren't really sure that it had ever left, but I guess it wasn't being used well for journalism or something?

    Here's the only unique article about "Girls" to be produced in months. Here's a story about why "Girls" is important to fiction and how it changes the way we enjoy and think about stories.

    Are there realistic role models for working mothers?

    Here's Jennifer Lawrence meeting Jack Nicholson. "I love all of your movies." – How cute. She kind of freaks out which is obviously adorable.

    Ang Lee went straight for the In-N-Out Burger...with his Oscar.

    Here's a little-known documentary of Ray Bradbury talking about being a writer.

  • The nation approves of the first lady as an Oscars award presenter

    Actress Olivia Munn arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
    Actress Olivia Munn arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

    The 2013 Oscars have come and gone, and were relatively devoid of surprises.

    Seth MacFarlane managed to offend half of the women in Hollywood with his lovely “We Saw Your Boobs” chorus (with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence, who took all of MacFarlane’s jokes like the champion that she is).

    "Argo" won best picture, and Ben Affleck gave everyone a taste of his speed-speaking skills. Anne Hathaway gave the same teary-eyed, cheesy acceptance speech she has managed to trademark this awards season.

    Things were pretty predictable all night, but there were a few welcome surprises.

    Apparently, Charlize Theron can ballroom dance? Who knew Seth MacFarlane could sing? Catherine Zeta-Jones is indeed still alive, and can still rock a black bob haircut as Velma Kelly. And Steven Spielberg of "Lincoln" lost the award for Best Director to Ang Lee of "Life of Pi."

    If the award for Best Picture is going to continue to be given by the first lady, or by any other political figure for that matter, the audience needs to be alerted in advance. Nobody was prepared to watch Michelle Obama’s bangs deliver the award for Best Picture to "Argo."

    But hey, awards season can get a little monotonous. So thanks, Mrs. Obama, for mixing it up a bit for us.

    Next time, how about a guest appearance from the president himself? It’s the Oscars, after all. Anything goes. 

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