1. Is Katy Perry actually JonBenet Ramsey?
A Youtube video posted by user Dave Johnson asserting that Katy Perry may actually be the 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant whose 1996 murder has gone unsolved, JonBenet Ramsey, the Houston Chronicle reports. If that doesn’t give you pause then surely watching the video (which isn’t even new, by the way) will. Johnson’s reasoning behind the theory? When you overlap pictures of Perry and Ramsey they sort of match up, and the same with pictures of each one’s parents.
2. What’s missing from the second to last SXSW band drop?
Where all those big names at? Although today’s 216-band drop was the second to last big SXSW reveal, the number of major acts listed left much to be desired. Acts like Chvrches, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Staples and Miguel have all been confirmed for the Spotify House lineup. J. Cole will be playing President Obama’s DNC fundraiser. Jenny Lewis, Lucius and Blitzen Trapper will all be included at Willie Nelson’s annual ranch blowout. So where are all these performers on the actual festival’s band drop? According to the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith there’s a chance their performances are still being scheduled.
3. Another take on the taco, San Antonio vs. Austin war.
San Antonio City Councilman Joe Krier refuses to see sister cities Austin and San Antonio torn apart by breakfast tacos — what he calls “a uniter, never a divider.” The recent spat between the two “sister cities” began with an Eater article that claimed Austin as the home of the breakfast taco, and was perpetuated with a “10 reasons to hate Austin” piece by the San Antonio Express News; and was again perpetuated by a piece by the American-Statesman’s Eric Webb, in which he called the Alamo “an old adobe shed that takes 10 minutes to stroll through.” Krier instead asserts that a taco filled with “rivalries and misunderstandings between our cities, differing priorities and cultures, and decades worth of mean-spirited jokes we’ve told about each other” will never taste very good, and asks why we can’t “find a decent taqueria halfway between our cities” where we can make a “peace accord.” Keep in mind: He doesn’t even go here.
4. Mayor announces Austin music industry recovery plan.
Following a recent report, which revealed the Austin music industry has suffered the loss of 1,200 jobs in just the past four years, Mayor Steve Adler has announced his plan to boost the local scene, the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges reports. Included in a six-page list of more than 50 ideas to bolster the music economy are suggestions like adding mandatory gratuity for musician’s to customer’s bills and creating land trusts to prevent the displacement of music venues. The City Council will take up Adler’s resolution during its meeting next week.
5. Kelly Clarkson performs on American Idol.
She’s made a full 360 and returned to the stage that led to her fame. Kelly Clarkson performed “Piece by Piece” on American Idol last night and left most of those present (and watching from home) searching for a tissue, Time reports. Clarkson was the winner of the first season of the show, which announced last May would end with its current season. “I’m pregnant and it’s nostalgic and I can’t believe it’s the last season,” Clarkson said after her performance.
What an emotional night. Thanks @AmericanIdol for such a beautiful beginning & a perfect ending.
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 26, 2016