Some Texans feeling blue amid elections

Things might be looking up for voter turnout in Texas. After this year’s midterm elections, Indiana beat us for last place in the nation. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we did any better. In fact, that’s still pretty abysmal. Unofficial numbers from the Texas Department of State show that about 4.7 million people voted for a Texas gubernatorial candidate in a state with … Continue reading Some Texans feeling blue amid elections

Austin celebrates life and death through Viva La Vida fest

By Jane Claire Hervey, Olivia Starich, Elizabeth Williams and Alex Vickery In a sea of papier-mâché, face paint and elaborate costumes, Austin’s 31st annual Viva la Vida festival kicked off the city’s series of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday during which people remember and honor loved ones who have died. Because … Continue reading Austin celebrates life and death through Viva La Vida fest

Austin beard culture grows thick

by Jane Claire Hervey, Olivia Starich, Alex Vickery & Elizabeth Williams For many American men, the onset of “No Shave November” marks a time of facial hair freedom. The annual cultural trend, which began as a cancer awareness movement by the American Cancer Society, calls for a divorce from the razor in acknowledgement of one’s hairiest self. But for Austin’s habitually bearded citizenry, “No Shave November” is … Continue reading Austin beard culture grows thick

Inaugural Stargayzer Fest celebrates Austin queer community

By Anna Daugherty, Emma Ledford and Alex Vickery More than 100 LGBTQIA musicians, artists, drag performers and comedians from around the world took the stage for the inaugural Stargayzer Festival on Sept. 12-14 at Pine Street Station. Despite the rainy weather, Austinites of all ages and orientations turned out to support the diverse range of talent within the queer community. “We’ve got comedians and drag and performance … Continue reading Inaugural Stargayzer Fest celebrates Austin queer community

Girls ‘went’ wild west: photos & recap

Our travels on the road have long since been over, and for the past week and a half it’s been back to the reality of answering emails and playing catch-up. Now that I’m finally sitting down to write this blog post, I’m not even sure what’s left to say (I’d rather show you with all the great photos I got!). I honestly can’t believe everything … Continue reading Girls ‘went’ wild west: photos & recap

6399 miles. 12 states. 3 girls. 2 countries. 1 car.

It was one of those late spring nights where you can feel the warmth of summer breathing down your neck. The end of the semester is in sight, the light at the end of the tunnel, and the possibilities seem endless. Perhaps fueled by a drink or two, my friend Sheridan says, “I want to go on a road trip up the West Coast this summer, we should go.” … Continue reading 6399 miles. 12 states. 3 girls. 2 countries. 1 car.

South by something’s wrong: 2014 recap

I heard it many times this year: It’s bigger, rowdier and more corporate. It’s not the first year people talk about it, and it won’t be the last. But in the aftermath of the tragic accident outside the Mohawk on Thursday, many of us are forced to face the question, How much is too much at this festival? This is my fourth year attending SXSW … Continue reading South by something’s wrong: 2014 recap

Top 5 bands I heard at SXSW 2014

Each year, thousands of bands flock to the massive Austin music festival known as South by Southwest. It’s the optimum chance to check out buzz bands from the past year, see favorite acts that hardly tour and ultimately, to discover new music. I caught around 50 bands during the nine days of the festival, and have somehow managed to pick my top five. Tourist The … Continue reading Top 5 bands I heard at SXSW 2014