If you think you’ve seen Austin change, try looking at it through the eyes of Esther’s Follies co-founder and performer Shannon Sedwick and local author Jesse Sublett.
The iconic comedy troupe Esther’s has been performing in downtown Austin for 40 years, and they’ve skewered everyone from local politicians and ne’er-do-wells to pop culture pioneers and rabble-rousers. As the years pass, the troupe continues to draw crowds on Sixth Street, but Sublett and Sedwick knew it was time to document Esther’s history in a book. This fall, they released “Esther’s Follies, The Laughs, The Gossip, and The Story Behind Texas’ Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe” ($29.99), a 200-page coffee table book. They discuss it with us in the studio as well as sharing stories from the group’s 40 years.
Other hot topics: Austin’s new Central Library downtown has been the talk of the town since opening last weekend, and Out and About columnist Michael Barnes joined us to talk about why the city needed a new intellectual gathering space downtown.
With cool fall temperatures and Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday cooking, so we brought in local food blogger and Austin360Cooks contributor Maggie Perkins to share some of her culinary ideas for this time of year. In a Webb Report, Eric Webb explains why the new season of “Stranger Things” might be even better than the first. Plus, A Toast recommendations!
- You can still check out the troupe live on Sixth Street and find more info about the book on their website.
- This is Jesse Sublett’s 12th book! You can find more of his work on his website.
- Michael Barnes on what you’ll find at the new Austin Central Library.
- You can find freelance food writer Maggie Perkins on Twitter!
- Remember when we had SURVIVE on “Statesman Shots” to talk about their music on “Stranger Things?” Good times. The show is on Netflix.
- Omar is very into the music game “DropMix.”
- Tolly suggests visiting Goliad, Texas!
- Shannon Sedwick suggests not missing these James Beard pop-ups.
- Jesse Sublett is going to check out “The Exterminating Angel” at The Met.
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