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A Beautiful Tale of Two Beautiful Neighborhoods

Ahnsa Campbell, Staffer

January 15, 2020

“You were a child once, too.” The late Fred Rogers said this decades ago, but it still remains in the hearts of many people to this day. Rogers will continue to influence generations with his television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”, which first aired in 1968. When the movie “A Beautiful...

How Politics Has Taken Over SNL

Max Domel, Entertainment Editor

January 15, 2020

Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! Over the course of its 45 seasons since 1975, the famous late-night comedy sketch show has evolved into a staple of American popular culture. Part of its evolution has been an increase in political focus, and although witty satire is in abundance in some skits,...

Mischief? We’ve Got It Managed

Ava De Leon, Staffer

January 15, 2020

This year’s fall play had a mix of drama, comedy and magic. The latest performance by the Alley Cat Players, LBJ’s theater group, gave audiences a taste of the Harry Potter World with their adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical “Puffs”. The world of Harry Potter has remained popular and commercially...

Star Wars Is Looking For A New Hope

Zoe Klein and Grace Woodruff

January 15, 2020

Star Wars is the highest-grossing series of all time and one of the most recognized. Today, the series compounds on its previous success, supported by the titan of industry Disney, and has been responsible for a billion-dollar industry built on Wookie plush toys and Baby Yoda memes that can make everyone...

Making Memories at Austin’s Merry Trail of Lights

Luci Garza, Staffer

January 15, 2020

Every winter, downtown Austin is lit up by the festive Trail of Lights, which was started by a small group of Austinites in Zilker Park. Since 1965, it has become a popular attraction and a symbol of the local holiday spirit with over 400,000 people attending each year. What is known as the Trail of...

The East Austin Studio Tour: Why it Makes Austin, Well, Austin

Hanif Amanullah, Entertainment Editor

January 13, 2020

A cool breeze drifted through Austin this November and brought with it a fresh assortment of pictures, paintings, and other pieces of artwork as the annual East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) took place for its 16th consecutive year. In the fall of 2018, EAST’s 585 artists brought more than 50,000 art-lovers...

Politicians, Panelists Shine at Texas Tribune

Ahnsa Campbell, Sophia Chau, and Luci Garza

November 4, 2019

In nearly 100 degree weather, with the sun beating down, lanyard-sporting Texas Tribune Festival attendees wait patiently outside panel doors, hoping for a glimpse of their favorite 2020 presidential candidates or an award-winning journalist. The Texas Tribune Festival, run by the nonprofit media...

Phillips’ “Joker” Shows Dark Backstory of Society’s Wild Card

Max Domel, Entertainment Editor

November 4, 2019

Set in the chaotic, crime-filled Gotham City of 1981, “Joker” follows a professional clown and hopeful comedian named Arthur Fleck. He has a potentially made-up disorder which makes him laugh overwhelmingly at inappropriate times. In 1981, Arthur is caught in a period of transition between being...

Rise of the Reboots

Ava De Leon, Staffer

November 4, 2019

The Disney corporation has produced some of the most profitable movies ever. Having recently acquired the rights to Star Wars and Marvel, Disney now holds the rights to the highest grossing movie of all time, “Avengers: Endgame”. However, in recent years, Disney’s movies have been met with mixed...

The Secret Lives of Fast Food Menus

Diego Prozzi, Staffer

November 4, 2019

Fast food restaurants in Austin offer more than just what is written on the menu. Home Slice Pizza and Torchy’s Tacos are two restaurants that offer items on secret menus, which are menus with unique items that are normally not available to customers. Torchy’s is a very popular chain of taco...

The Wintertime Magic of Holiday Blockbusters

Ava De Leon, Staffer

November 4, 2019

Throughout many generations, Christmas-themed movies have been consumed by the masses over the holiday season and represent the spirit of the holidays with heartfelt storylines. However, some questions remain. What has made these movies so popular? And what does the future of holiday movies look like...

A Day at Austin City Limits

Abigail Jackson, Staffer

November 4, 2019

Concerts are absolutely one of the coolest experiences ever—it’s amazing how many people can come together to see one artist perform for an hour or two. The atmosphere is always so exciting, and there is nothing like the adrenaline rush you get when the lights dim and the music begins. At Austin...

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