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Rio’s Brazilian Cafe closes, Cover 3 opens near downtown

Rio’s Brazilian Café in East Austin is closing, according to a Facebook post by the restaurant. The funky café with the drive-thru always felt-like a beachside hostel. It was scrappy and delivered flavorful Brazilian dishes and a mean take on a breakfast pocket. This weekend will be its last. Sports ...

Video premiere: Don Williams performs ‘Healing Hands’ from ‘Reflections’

The country singing great — and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame — released new record “Reflections” earlier this year, and plays the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday. On the record. Williams interprets the songs of other greats, including Townes Van Zandt and Merle Haggard. “The folks at Sugar ...

Jon Stewart and ‘The Daily Show’ wrap up their Austin visit

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has been in Austin all week, taping Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess at the Zach Theatre. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN Jon Stewart wrapped up a week’s worth of broadcasts of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” from Austin on Thursday with cracks about Republicans, keeping ...

FFF Fest artist spotlight: SZA

Artist: SZA From: St Louis, Miss., Maplewood N.J. At the fest: 2:15 p.m. Friday, Blue Stage About the artist: The first female member of the Top Dawg Entertainment clique (home to Kendrick Lamar) spins dreamy watercolor swirls of abstract R&B over cool chillwave grooves. Her afternoon performance at the Fader ...

Lenoir chef Todd Duplechan and partners to revitalize legendary Youngblood’s Fried Chicken

Todd Duplechan of Lenoir is teaming with partners to bring back Youngblood’s Fried Chicken. (Credit: Laura Skelding) Lenoir chef-owner Todd Duplechan is teaming with Jeffrey’s co-founder Jeffrey Weinberger, former Trio at the Four Seasons general manager Jeff Haber, and a member of the Youngblood family to reboot legendary Youngblood’s Fried ...

El Chile on South First will close to make way for group’s Latin Coastal Kitchen concept

The El Chile restaurant group will introduce a new concept to an old space early next year. Their restaurant AlcoMar will take the place of El Chile at the space at 1816 S. First St. The restaurant, its name a portmanteau of El Alma chef Alma Alcocer and El Chile ...

Yelawolf on country hip-hop, SXSW and being ‘Slumerican’

We caught up with Alabama rapper Yelawolf before his ‘Slumerican’ tour hit Empire Control Room last night for a brief chat about his breakthrough South By Southwest experience in 2010, his new album and what it means to be ‘Slumerican.’ Austin360: The first time I saw you was at a ...

Austin Simply Fit power lifters head to world championships

Franki Spell, center, will compete at the International Powerlifting League’s World Championships in Las Vegas. STATESMAN/Reshma Kirpalani Eight Austin women (and one guy!) who train at Austin Simply Fit are headed to the International Powerlifting League’s World Championships in Las Vegas, where they plan to hoist a whole bunch of ...

Gary Clark Jr. and friends make musical magic at free Scoot Inn show

“Tonight’s about three homies from South Austin saying, ‘We got this. Let’s do a show,” rapper Phranchyze said from the stage midway through his set opening for Gary Clark Jr at a free pop up show at the Scoot Inn. It was around 8 p.m. and the lanky former battle ...

Now open: Black’s Barbecue on Guadalupe Street

Legendary Lockhart smoked meat purveyors Black’s Barbecue opened at 3110 Guadalupe St. in the former home of Boomerang’s. The restaurant, which brings in post oak-smoked meat daily from the Lockhart original, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving beef brisket, pork spare ribs, beef ribs, jalapeno and ...

Gardner opens Monday on East Sixth Street, Counter Cafe to open first week of November

Gardner is located at 1914 East Sixth St. Veggie-forward restaurant Gardner, from the owners of Contigo, will officially open Monday. at 1914 E. Sixth St. in the old U.S. Post Office building. The restaurant will be open Sunday-Wednesday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 ...

FFF Fest artist spotlight: Courtney Barnett

Artist: Courtney Barnett From: Melbourne, Australia At the fest: 3:35 p.m. Sat., Orange stage About the artist: With a sly, self-deprecating sense of humor, the Australian singer-songwriter deadpans witty lyrics over jangly, garage pop. Her charm comes from both her decidedly un-fancy demeanor and an innate ability to tease unexpected ...

On The Record: Willie & Bobbie Nelson, The XMas Men

IN THE NEWS Coming Dec. 2 from Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson on Legacy Recordings is “December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1,” a collection of 18 new recordings of old favorites by the eightysomething siblings and longtime bandmates. Billed under the name Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie, the set features ...

Free Gary Clark Jr. show tomorrow at the Scoot Inn

Local blues superstar Gary Clark Jr. shows some love to his hometown tomorrow with a free show the Scoot Inn. The show includes appearances from Clark’s longtime homies excellent local rappers Phranchyze and Zeale. There are two ways to get tickets for the show which is co-promoted by Do512 and ...

Black Keys to tape “Austin City Limits” Nov. 17

Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Photo by Danny Clinch / Courtesy of Sacks & Co. “Austin City Limits” will close out its 40th season of tapings on Nov. 17 with chart-topping rockers the Black Keys, who will be making their second appearance on the program. ...

‘Daily Show’ arrives in Austin with plenty of ebola jokes

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart interviews gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Monday at Zach Theatre as part of a week of shows taped in Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera / AMERICAN-STATESMAN “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” landed in Austin on Monday and it was a raucous, high-energy affair. You ...

FFF Fest artist spotlight: Flying Lotus

Artist: Flying Lotus (FlyLo to his fans) From: Los Angeles At the fest: 7:25 p.m. Sunday, Blue Stage About the artist: “You’re Dead!” the new album from producer Steven Ellison is an expansive composition that blends soulfully orchestrated vocal harmonies and mind-boggling, complicated jazz over loosely constructed hip-hop grooves. The ...

Kat Edmonson show at Studio 6A to air live on KUTX tonight

Kat Edmonson. Photo by Robert Ascroft, courtesy Sacks & Co. Tickets to former Austin singer Kat Edmonson’s return from New York for a performance at KLRU Studio 6A went fast when they were offered as a bonus for anyone who pre-ordered her new album “The Big Picture” at Waterloo Records ...

Calling all ghouls: Send us your Halloween costume photos

Mary Ellen Patranella takes a photo on Sixth Street during the annual Halloween celebrations in 2009. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman) Austin, don’t let our world-renowned bat brethren hog the spooky spotlight. As Halloween approaches, this is your moment flaunt the haunt. Young and old and in between, we want to see your ...

Pinthouse Pizza to open location in South Austin

  The original Pinthouse Pizza on Burnet Road. (Credit: Emma Janzen) Pinthouse Pizza will open its second location next year, filling the space previously occupied by Chili’s in the Brodie Oaks shopping center (4236 S. Lamar Blvd.). The restaurant is in the middle of the bureaucracy-hurdling process. They speculate that ...

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