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Literary fun to be had at annual Texas Book Festival

Texas will expose a literary aspect of itself rarely mentioned this October as Austin gears up to host its annual book festival.

Much is said of the nationally acclaimed “live music capital,” but Austin aims to expose another side of the city that differs from its recognized background.

Laura Bush started the Texas Book Festival in 1995. Her aim was to promote Texas authors and enjoyable reading. A former librarian, Mrs. Bush was very specific about the cause of the festival, emphasizing philanthropic funding toward Texas public libraries. According to www.texasbookfestival.org, the festival is non-profit and has generated more than $2.6 million in donations to public libraries since its opening.

Women's center hosts domestic violence awareness event

The Hays-Caldwell Women's Center hosted a screening of the film "Telling Amy's Story" yesterday evening as part of an ongoing mission to raise awareness about the severity of domestic violence.

Seats in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom filled up quickly. Hundreds of students witnessed the chain of events that led to Amy Homan McGee's death at the hands of her husband, Vince McGee.

Vince, a military veteran and alcoholic, verbally and physically abused the mother of his two children for the majority of the four years the two were married.

Q&A The Lonely Biscuits, Funk-Rock-Pop fusion group

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Everything about funk-rock-pop fusion group The Lonely Biscuits would indicate they have been at this a long, long time. Though the group is nothing if not seasoned and professional, many would be surprised to learn band members Nick Byrd, Sam Gidley, Grady Wenrich and John Paterini are still enrolled as seniors at the illustrious Belmont University. “We miss a lot of Friday classes,” Nick, the group’s bassist, laughed, explaining that the school works with them to allow for band-related travel. And it’s paid off.

Student performance of RENT wows audiences

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The lights in the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre at the Performing Arts Center dimmed and the crowd grew silent as the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical RENT was about.

Rent, one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, is a rock musical that tells the story of many different young, up-and-coming and struggling artists living in New York City’s Lower East Side when Alphabet City was thriving but under the dark shadow of the spread of HIV and AIDS. The show ran on campus Oct. 7-12.

Kaitlin Hopkins, head of Texas State’s musical theatre program, served as director of Texas State’s production. Cassie Abate was the choreographer, and Greg Bolin supervised the musical direction.

Get out of Town | Lockhart

Lockhart, TX, a cozy town that sits less than an hour away, is a wonderful spot for a short weekend adventure or for when students just want to get away from campus life for an afternoon. Even though it’s best known for its unbeatable barbeque, there is more to this town than just ribs and brisket. It’s easy to see why it’s such a favorite among fellow Bobcats from its picturesque courthouse to the classic look of the downtown neighborhood,.

What to Eat

Henry’s Restaurant

A very cool little place with a big-city vibe, Henry’s satisfies down-home cravings with fried pickles, but its plate presentation and wide variety of American and Italian fodder give it a very upscale feeling.

215 S Commerce St., Lockhart, TX 78644 (512) 398-4609

T&C Cafe

ACL, Austin City Limits 2014

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Thousands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to Zilker Park’s grassy 48 acres, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend.

Like 2013’s Weekend Two, rainstorms stopped the party temporarily, though, fortunately for festivalgoers, only until noon Saturday. Despite colder temperatures and mud puddles abound, patrons showed up in droves, excited for one of the biggest weekends in the festival’s 13-year history.

Eminem, OutKast, Pearl Jam and Beck headlined this year’s festival, all of which played old classics and new favorites for the generations of fans attending the event.

Best of the Fest: Austin City Limits, Day One

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Thousands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to sunny Zilker Park, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend. Though there were dozens of artists and several acres of festival to get through on day one, we did the leg work to separate the Snapchat-worthy from the so-so with our inaugural Best of the Fest coverage. Here are our picks:

 

 

BEST SHOW: CHILDISH GAMBINO

Brothers’ skateboard company focuses on environment, eco-friendliness

Since the popularization of the buy-one give-one business model by companies such as TOMS, others have been inspired to combine entrepreneurial goals with aspirations to give back to the community. Rio Board Co. is the product of such an infusion.

Dane, Spencer and Luke Adamson, a trio of brothers and Texas State students, founded the local handcrafted skateboard company earlier this year. The brothers share passions for both skateboarding and giving back to the San Marcos community.

The company was founded back in January when Dane’s board broke and, due to financial shortcoming or, in his words, “being cheap,” he decided to build one instead of making a new purchase.

Texas State football alumnus to perform as body double in upcoming sports film

Former Texas State wide receiver Andy Erickson is taking his skills from the gridiron to the grindhouse as a stunt double in the upcoming film "My All American," a sports drama movie based on the life of former University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark.

Steinmark's story details the cancer diagnosis that led to a leg amputation before the 1970 Cotton Bowl.

Fun Fall Activities Around Town

As the air grows crisper and the list of pumpkin everything expands at coffee shops nationwide, Texas State students look forward to the return of autumnal activities perfect for groups of friends or couples to enjoy.

Pumpkin Patches and the Great Outdoors

The Jersey Barnyard

Located in La Grange, TX, this is the perfect place for an afternoon adventure to pick out a pumpkin to carve. As an added bonus, one can opt to schedule a farm tour with friends or student organizations.

3117 State Hwy 159 La Grange, TX 78945 (979) 249-3406

Sweet Berry Farm

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