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ILYSM Ep. 58: How Austin artists are reacting to ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

In just a few weeks, “Crazy Rich Asians” has become one of the biggest rom-coms in more than a decade. Austin was one of the film's strongest premiering cities, thanks to an effort from local leaders, including Christine Hoang of Color Arc Productions, to fill local theaters.

In this week's "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," Hoang, who is hosting an Asian Pacific American artist meet-up at the Vortex on Sept. 29, and Austin comedians Yola Lu and Santino Fernandez joined Addie Broyles and Statesman music writer Deborah Sengupta Stith to talk about how the movie has rallied Austin’s Asian community. Lu and Fernandez also talked about their comedy troupes, Y’all, We Asian and Hot Pot Comedy, which host regular improv and sketch shows, including a Sept. 20 event at the Fallout Theater called "This Asian American Life."

Scott Von Doviak moved to Austin in 1996 and has been writing as a freelancer ever since. His first novel, “Charlesgate Confidential,” is set in three different eras in Boston, where he went to college. (Amanda Voisard / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

This month’s Statesman Selects is Scott Von Doviak’s new book, “Charlesgate Confidential," and in this week's podcast, Austin360 writer Joe Gross interviews the Austin writer whose work appears in the Onion A/V about his fiction debut, a noir set in three time periods in Boston.

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Omar suggested a trip up to TopGolf, the popular, multi-story driving range that's also a bar and restaurant. On the heels of this year's Burning Man, but Tolly revisited a 2015 article in Jacobin Magazine called "Why the Rich Love Burning Man," about the socio-economic side of this weeklong party in the Nevada desert. After attending the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival, Eric's recommendation this week was "Wild Nights with Emily," a movie about a love affair between Emily Dickinson, portrayed by Molly Shannon, with another woman.

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