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30: Life&Arts senior reporter leaves basement home for the thrill of a new adventure
December 11, 2017
The second week of my first semester at the University of Texas School of Journalism, I walked into a basement that changed my life forever.
'Snow Falling' brings 'Jane the Virgin’ book to life
December 11, 2017
For three seasons, fans of the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” witnessed Jane Gloriana Villanueva, played by Gina Rodriguez, struggle to achieve her dreams of becoming a writer.
After more than half a century, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker continues Austin holiday tradition
December 6, 2017
A stout bearded man projected across the terrace of the Long Center for the Performing Arts will mark the start of the Christmas season.
Christmas tree farms preserve Austin’s very pine tradition
December 6, 2017
Driving down Monkey Road in Elgin, Texas, drivers are smacked across the face with the sharp scent of holiday spirit. Its source: a crop of green, triangle shaped trees creating, forcing an emerald green sea on the horizon.
Though a relief for some, winter break negatively affects the mental health of many
December 3, 2017
As the leaves turn brown and the sun lowers earlier each day, for some students this signals the arrival of winter, the closing of the semester and a much deserved break. But for English sophomore Hailey Kriska, it also means the hardest days for her mental health are right around the corner.
Driskill Hotel continues old Austin holiday traditions
November 29, 2017
For more than a century, the Driskill Hotel has been symbolic of the Austin holiday season.
Gender neutral term Latinx divides people as much as it unites them
November 26, 2017
When she first saw the word, Larissa Davila was sure it must have been a mistake. The “x” glued to the end of her familiar “Latino/a” looked entirely out of place.
7 things to do if you can’t go home for Thanksgiving break
November 20, 2017
For those who will stick around during break, here are some options of things to do in addition to watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Professor reflects on adventures investigating Cuba
November 17, 2017
Amid remnants of the Cuban revolution, history professor Jonathan Brown climbed the island’s Sierra Maestra, 10 kilometers off the beaten path of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Raul Castro, the soles of his shoes flapping.
Alejandro Solalinde inspires future generations to fight for human rights
November 16, 2017
For more than a decade, Alejandro Solalinde has been fighting human trafficking and abuses against migrants.
Wizard World unites world of fantasy with world of opportunity
November 13, 2017
Legions of comic book fans and science fiction enthusiasts with colorful masks and lasers will descend upon the city of Austin on Friday for a weekend-long celebration of the world of fantasy.
Vegetarian Food Festival raises funds for local temple
November 9, 2017
For some, vegetarianism might be a lifestyle, but for the community at the Xiang Yun Temple of the Fo Guang Shan Temple Buddhist Order, it’s an aspect of Buddhist culture that they’ve been sharing with the local community for more than a decade.
Several items on ballot will affect Austinites
November 6, 2017
It’s easy to brush off local elections, especially if you’re from another part of Texas or out-of-state, but make sure to check out these issues before the polls close at 7 p.m. — you may be paying for them with your Chipotle dollars.
Students to host discussion on challenges of ‘flying while Muslim’
November 2, 2017
When Noor Wadi is getting ready to fly, she grabs her hijab and leaves for the airport three to four hours early.
Q&A: Making Movies talks about the stories behind their music
November 1, 2017
The Daily Texan spoke to Making Movies singer and guitarist Enrique Chi about the band’s music and its political undertones.
Monsters at the House of Torment give dead-icated performances
October 31, 2017
Monster-screaming classes and zombie body movement techniques aren’t part of a typical employee-training program, but at the House of Torment, it’s just another day at the local Monster’s University.
Austin Central Library prepares for grand opening
October 26, 2017
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and with the grand opening of the new Austin Central Library, the proof is in the pages.
Austin Murderinos unite in love for true crime
October 23, 2017
Most people clear the way for coroners’ vans when sirens start blaring and crime tape comes up, but for Austin Murderinos, these are a call to action.
John Green breaks through anxiety stigma in ‘Turtles All The Way Down’
October 18, 2017
After sending audiences through a whirlwind of emotions with his 2011 romantic tragedy “The Fault In Our Stars,” John Green has returned with his typical poetic descriptions and sarcastic tones in the emotional drama “Turtles All The Way Down.”
Native American Indigenous Collective encourages students to embrace roots
October 11, 2017
A group of students sit in an open circle, some draped in brightly colored jewels over T-shirts, others wearing blouses hand-embroidered with flowers combined with jeans and converse.
Bullock remembers bootlegging of booze in the southern borderlands
October 10, 2017
This afternoon, a panel will gather at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to discuss bootlegging in the southern borderlands during the prohibition era.
Amidst the fun, ACL temporarily impacts local environment
October 8, 2017
As the sun rises this weekend, the gates to Zilker Park will finally give way to thousands of music fans waiting to watch their favorite artists live. With all of ACL’s excitement, many won’t pay attention to the ground beneath their stomping feet and the impact they will have on Zilker’s manicured lawn.
Students fond of author John Green reflect on impact of his writing on their lives
October 4, 2017
John Green’s literary world has become a safe haven for some and an addiction for many. Next week, he returns with his new novel “Turtles All The Way Down” — a mystery quite distant from turtles and philosophy.
Uncommon Objects to leave SoCo for South Austin
September 29, 2017
Bursting with antique jewelry, collectable pieces of the past and taxidermied animals, Uncommon Objects has been South Congress’ not-so-secret treasure chest for more than a quarter of a century.
UT alumna guides customers to happiness through finding their Estilo
September 25, 2017
When Stephanie Coultress O’Neill graduated from UT, she had two options: continue on her psychology career path or follow her fashion dreams. In the end, she chose both.
Austinites, yoga lovers embrace new 'goga' trend
September 22, 2017
Goat Yoga, or “Goga,” has taken over Austin since Labor Day weekend, sending Texans into a goat yoga craze.
Alumnus creates video in support of Hurricane Harvey victims
September 19, 2017
In the midst of strong winds, broken homes and flooded streets, one video with a simple plea for humanitarian aid from alumnus John Hanby gave many Houston families a sigh of relief after Hurricane Harvey.
Student organization LULAC offers support, resources to DACA students
September 13, 2017
For students at Texas, the realization that friends, family or themselves might lose their ability to stay in the U.S. has student organizations such as UT League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, speaking up for change.
Physics student's dancing propels Instagram account to viral status
September 11, 2017
From Korea to Texas to L.A., physics sophomore Charlotte Yun is dancing her way to international fame after taking center stage on social media.
Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival celebrates 30 years
September 6, 2017
Long before South By Southwest and Austin Film Festival stepped out on the Austin festival scene, a film movement focused on LGBTQ issues arose in a small theater on the UT campus.
Veracruz All Natural brings traditional Mexican cuisine to today's Texas table
August 30, 2017
Veracruz All Natural’s Migas Taco, with its crunchy tortilla chips and tangy pico de gallo, is listed as one of Food Network’s five best tacos in the nation
Fans stick through thick and thin for tailgate traditions
August 27, 2017
Win or lose, Longhorn fans have been attending UT tailgate events for generations.
Where to meet friends at UT
August 6, 2017
The fall winds are picking up, and the leaves are turning varying shades of burnt orange — but the August sun still beats down harsh as ever as Longhorns are called back to the 40 Acres.
300: From first-year student to first-year mentor
August 6, 2017
The move from the quiet border town of Mission, Texas, to the “Live Music Capital of the World” wasn’t easy for Brianna Gonzalez.
Texas Mac n’ Cheeze Off brings together vegan and comfort food
August 5, 2017
Dairy-free macaroni and cheese might seem like a contradiction, but ATX Vegans are determined to bring together comfort food and animal comfort.
An Austinite’s guide to celebrating Harry Potter’s 37th birthday
July 31, 2017
Accio! All Wizards, witches, magical creatures and muggles are cordially invited to attend the 37th birthday of The Boy Who Lived. Please feel free to apparate at the celebrations below both on Harry Potter’s birthday on the 31st and beyond.
Echo and the Bats make folk rock out of folktales
July 30, 2017
A puppet singing rock and roll and the story of a pigeon driving a bus to the tune of The Beatles might not seem like an everyday experience. But at Austin Public Library, this is the average show routine for Echo and the Bats.
Pong to Pokemon exhibit showcases evolution of electronic gaming
July 30, 2017
Whether it’s coming up with an icon like “Pac-Man,” “Sonic,” or “Pokemon,” giving them new abilities, or allowing players to do more, the world of video game creation is seldom fun and games — especially when the final prize is winning a place in the history of a field barely in its infancy.
Kreyol Korner brings island life to central texas plains
July 24, 2017
Objectively speaking, there’s no better part of island life than enjoying tongue awakening sweet and spicy flavors that dance around with salty fireworks while laying in the summer sun. As of this week, Austinites don’t have to travel to Haiti to get the experience.
'Wizard of Oz' comes to Zilker Hillside Theater
July 23, 2017
Flying monkeys, a sparkling witch and an iconic Kansas sweetheart in red ruby slippers are taking audiences on an adventure through Emerald City.
Construction begins on Plaza Saltillo development
July 16, 2017
After more than two decades of planning, what was once a freed slave settlement called Masontown, then a rail yard and home to part of the Tejano music trail, will soon try to find a new purpose in East Austin as the Plaza Saltillo development.
25 years later Spike Lee’s 'Malcolm X' attracts audiences
July 16, 2017
A quarter of a century after the release of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” the film continues to teach countless viewers about how a movement can change a nation.
Self-defense class prepares Muslim women to fight back against hate
July 9, 2017
For many Muslim women, walking home at night, riding the bus through the city and leaving a mosque after prayer are everyday activities. But for some, these actions have become dangerous — or even deadly.
Austin works to preserve Tejano music through venues, festivals
July 9, 2017
A sprinkle of German ancestry and a touch of Mexican roots, mixed with a little Texas spice, produce the salsa that is Tejano music, a genre that has been giving flavor to the Latino music scene for generations.
Austin Tejano music scene strives to create speace for female artists
July 9, 2017
Widely referred to as the queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla broke into the Tejano music industry with her lively music and vibrant image, proving that females too could achieve success in this genre.
Nelson family members discuss musical tradition behind Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnic
July 2, 2017
A blazing Texas sun, blaring country music, a U.S. flag waving high and Willie Nelson taking the stage for his patriotic picnic have come to represent Fourth of July in Texas — a statewide, Nelson family tradition.
African American Book Festival views current events through lens of literature
June 22, 2017
Until Folktales bookstore was pushed out by major chains in 1999, the 1990s specialty locale provided Austin with a taste of African American literature through its selections and events.
Academic paths bring professors together
June 21, 2017
As a young graduate student, history assistant professor Lina del Castillo had spent many hours reading, researching and admiring the work of history professor Jorge Canizares. She had no idea she would one day marry him.
UT partners with GESMujer to address maternal health rights in Mexico
June 11, 2017
In rural Oaxaca, Mexico, pregnancy has become a health risk as maternal mortality rates soar due to a lack of access to information and resources.
Solstice Festival encourages unity through music
June 11, 2017
Fête de la Musique may have begun in France, but it has since become popularized as World Music Day, and on June 15–17, Austin will join with cities across the globe to celebrate the art of music.
Republic Of Texas Rally rides on for 22 years
June 7, 2017
As night falls over the Austin skyline on June 9, bikers will rev their engines and over 200,000 attendees will flood Congress Avenue for the annual Republic of Texas Motorcycle Parade and Downtown Party.
Global health study abroad in Oaxaca bridges health disparities
June 4, 2017
As the sun beats down on Oaxaca, Mexico, tourists walk the cobbled streets of El Centro, surrounded by art and modernity.
UT Remembers commemorates lives of lost Longhorns
May 4, 2017
The image of a somber, darkened tower will shine through the night of May 5 as the UT community embraces one another in honor of the 216 Longhorns lost over the past year but never forgotten.
Ears, Eyes + Feet production promotes interdisciplinary teamwork
May 4, 2017
On May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., the department of theater and dance will work with the Butler school of music and the integrated music studies program to bring to life the Ears, Eyes + Feet production that will showcase innovative creations by interdisciplinary teams.
Love guides immigrant worker to cross borders
April 30, 2017
Lucy was only a teenager in Mexico when she met the man she would someday marry, but his life was across the border in the United States.
Border Wall Symposium bridges understanding of border wall impacts in past decade
April 27, 2017
For the past decade, a wall of wire and fencing has stood between two neighboring cultures — a physical divide between U.S. Latinos and their heritage.
UT students bring the Dallas Morning News to interactive life with chatbot
April 23, 2017
The door to interacting with media organizations such as the Dallas Morning News through messaging has been opened through artificial intelligence.
Texas Appleseed illustrates social issues through I Heart Justice poster show
April 17, 2017
This Wednesday, artists, designers and philanthropists will unite to try to change Texans’ lives through a mix of creativity and graphic design.
Students bring sound to campus sculptures
April 13, 2017
Art often demands the senses of sight and sometimes touch and smell, but, during Sound in Sculpture audiences will be invited to experience art through sound.
Photography symposium brings black art into focus
April 11, 2017
Hands are used to create something new, explore the unknown, hold on to what could be lost and let go of what once was found.
International Poetry Festival to slam Austin this weekend
April 4, 2017
As the Austin International Poetry Festival draws near, writers and speakers from around the globe are hurriedly translating poems, preparing monologues and boarding flights in an effort to arrive on time to inspire Austinites with their words.
Historical walks begin process of bringing to life Our Austin Story
April 2, 2017
When Edwin Waller planned to build the city of Austin in 1839, he had no idea the landscape he created would later host Booker T. Washington, the movement for desegregation of public education and massive music festivals.
Hunter Hayes talks future and Forty Acres Fest
April 2, 2017
At 25 years old, Hunter Hayes has already won a Country Music Award, been nominated for several Grammy awards and had a double platinum album.
UT alumnus' Instagram account bears witness to old East Austin
March 28, 2017
Hidden in the shadows of East Austin’s trendy food trucks, colorful murals, quirky sights and modern sounds, a hidden past lay in quiet wait for someone to find it once again.
Professor brings psychology to life through music
March 26, 2017
As a young man, psychology professor Michael Domjan knew he had a passion for music.
Pakistani Student Association brings Basant to Austin
March 24, 2017
The weather is warming, the sun is shining and a new season is arriving in Texas.
Texas Traditions and Headliners celebrate the 25th Forty Acres Fest
March 24, 2017
When the sun rises on April 1, tents will go up on the UT campus, the smell of food will fill the air and a stage will be set up for local talents and Grammy-nominated artists alike.
Texas Raas showcases ancient Indian dance
March 21, 2017
Decorative wooden sticks called dandiyas in hand, Texas Raas takes audiences nationwide on a rhythmic journey of folk sounds and modern beats as they give a glimpse of traditional Indian dancing.
Best employers at SXSW
March 9, 2017
Whether you are looking to find your dream job, or just a new temporary workspace, here are the top 10 employers that you should check out at the 2017 SXSW Job Market.
Panteón Rococó headlines All Latinos Resist Concert at SXSW Auditorium Shores
March 8, 2017
For more than two decades, Panteón Rococó has been exposing the social and political realities of Latinos through their music.
French professor creates etiquette program
March 8, 2017
Marie-Catherine Bearden has lived a thousand lives around the world with her ex-CIA agent husband.
Carneval provides last chance to feast on meat before Lent
February 27, 2017
For more than a decade, starving college students have filed into the University Catholic Center atrium on Fat Tuesday to prepare to eat their fill of barbecue during the Alpha Chapter of the Lambda Omega Alpha Catholic fraternity’s celebration of the centuries-old holiday.
UT celebrates 80 years of its most prominent symbol: The Tower
February 27, 2017
Built literally on metal bookshelves and wrapped in limestone, for 80 years the University of Texas Tower has been keeping track of time for students and reminding them of who they are—Texas Longhorns.
February 26, 2017
This week, Life&Arts celebrated the Hindu festival Maha Shivratri with a special project.
Art of Living brings meditation, yoga to students on campus
February 24, 2017
In the United States, yoga is known more for spandex Lululemon than for being a deeply spiritual practice, but the sport’s history is inseparable from the meditative and religious significance.
Austin Oyster Festival celebrates Texas seafood
February 19, 2017
Boats and trucks full of oysters are taking a trip to Austin this week for a massive celebration of seafood at the Austin Oyster Festival.
Law professors find love in Costa Rican courtroom
February 17, 2017
As the council convened to bring the fight against human rights infractions by the Guatemalan government to court, clinical professors of law Denise Gilman and Ariel Dultizky teamed up to bring justice to the Guatemalan people — and fell in love in the process.
Austin Troubadours bring medieval music to life
February 13, 2017
Led by the high-pitched song of a wooden flute, the audience takes off on a journey through time as the medieval melody of the Austin Troubadours fills the air.
UT alumna to perform at black composers concert
February 10, 2017
Artina McCain didn’t always plan on becoming a performer, but found herself falling deeply in love with music and everything that it represents.
Malpaso Dance Company brings Cuban culture to Texas
February 5, 2017
With dim lights and a deep, steady drum beat, the Malpaso Dance Company prepares its audience to receive a taste of Cuban culture.
Professors honored for recognizing the crisis in black education
February 2, 2017
As a sophomore in college with a 1.8 GPA, Leonard Moore was uncertain about his future in academia until a professor pulled him aside and showed him tough love.
Longhorns in Love: Destiny unites professors in Brazil
January 30, 2017
Government professors Wendy Hunter and Kurt Weyland found one another while exploring the unknown wonders of Brazil.
International students reminisce about Lunar New Year in China
January 27, 2017
Even though Evelyn Chen moved to America four years ago, she honors the tradition of celebrating Lunar New Year.
Art Alliance of Austin Features UT Professor at Art Break
January 24, 2017
Ever since Daniel Sutherland was six years old, he loved to paint. Encouraged by his parents, he continued to pursue his passion, and has evolved his artistic style dramatically over the years.
Harry Ransom Center welcomes "Mad Men" archive exhibit
January 22, 2017
At a cocktail party during the Austin Film Festival, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner couldn’t stop thinking about the uncertain future of the popular television drama’s costumes and props as the date of the finale neared when a stranger suggested a possible solution.
Longhorns in Love: Professors find love amidst literary debate
January 19, 2017
It was a crisp, fall day at Columbia University when English associate professor David Kornhaber was running late realizing he had misread the time of his orientation just as English assistant professor Donna Kornhaber was exiting her graduate school orientation meeting.
Transformed landmark theater premieres as arthouse
January 19, 2017
On May 12, the Marchesa theater will be coming back to life as the Society’s arthouse theater, called the AFS Cinema.
Caring for Camo gives 1,000 reasons to care
November 15, 2016
While their families opened Christmas presents at home, a deployed troop took a picture celebrating abroad wearing the Santa hats they had just received.
Local artist showcases art at East Austin Studio Tour
November 10, 2016
Amidst the cool November weather, 1,800 yellow, Japanese lucky cats are currently sitting on an East Austin lawn, in a perfect Fibonacci spiral, ready to bring warmth and joy to the visitors of the 15th East Austin Studio Tour.
Jessica Luther talks book, college sexual violence
November 2, 2016
She began with one unreported case of sexual assault at a Texas private school. Now, she has hundreds of cases. Jessica Luther exposes the reality behind college football sexual assault in her new book, “Unsportsmanlike Conduct.” The Daily Texan spoke with her about her reporting, the book and sexual violence on college campuses.
The Fray’s guitarist, David Welsh, reflects on 11 years of fame
November 1, 2016
Eleven years have passed since The Fray gained national recognition with their first Top 10 hit “Over My Head (Cable Car).” But the band is back, releasing their upcoming album “Through the Years: The Best of The Fray,” on Nov. 4. The Daily Texan spoke with The Fray’s guitarist, David Welsh, about their journey and what’s next for the band.
Sigma Lambda Beta president to celebrate Día de los Muertos with fraternity brothers
November 1, 2016
This year, Bryan Tamayo hopes to give students an opportunity to experience the tradition of Día de los Muertos.
Piñata Protest frontman discusses tour, inspirations and Latino influence
October 27, 2016
For the past decade, Piñata Protest has been rocking the Latino music scene with their accordion-infused, punk rock, Tex-Mex sound.
Biology student discusses supernatural book, life as an author
October 26, 2016
Siri Magadi’s freshman year of high school involved immortals, hybrid species and a paranormal romance.
Littlefield descendant shares history of Littlefield House
October 24, 2016
Littlefield family historian David Gracy denies the home's more mysterious rumors.
Longhorns in Love: Professors find love at Brazilian carnaval
October 19, 2016
Paloma Diaz and Raul Madrid were born countries apart, but it only took one Brazilian carnival in Bahia to bring them together.
TODO Austin editor discusses spreading Dia de los Muertos in Austin
October 13, 2016
For Lesly Reynaga, every Nov. 2 in Monterrey, Mexico, meant sweet sugar skulls, dim candlelight and the delicious smell of pan de muerto from the local bakeries.
Awolnation talk about their new album, love for performing in Austin
October 5, 2016
Awolnation’s multiplatinum song “Sail” was just the beginning in their rise to success.
The Daily Texan recommends ways to get to ACL without Uber and Lyft
September 30, 2016
Here are five ways for festival attendees to get to the Austin City Limits Music Festival and back without sacrificing any concert time.
Catfish and the Bottlemen lead singer Van McCann talks band name, rising fame and returning to ACL
September 30, 2016
UK’s rising alternative guitar rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen are coming back to take Austin City Limits by storm with songs from their new album, The Ride.
UT professor talks about her experiences during Chile’s dictatorship
September 28, 2016
Frozen in fear and unable to get away, Paloma Diaz was arrested and put in a van with a couple of friends.
UT professors recommend Latino bands to listen to
September 21, 2016
These UT professors know what's what when it comes to Latin bands.
International student shares her journey to Texas
September 9, 2016
Rongzhi Xu arrived from 7,000 miles across the ocean with her books in one hand, her sunglasses in the other and her new American name fresh in her mind.