SXSW celebrity sighting: Amber Rose on Rainey Street

Model Amber Rose on Rainey Street on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Photo by Eric Webb
Model Amber Rose on Rainey Street on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Photo by Eric Webb

Muva has arrived, Austin.

On Sunday, South by Southwest fest-goers soaking up some sun on Rainey Street might have stumbled upon model Amber Rose at Lucille Patio Lounge.

The outspoken social media star emerged from a black vehicle around 5:35 p.m to screaming fans (and perhaps a few people who were just excited to see someone that might be famous). Upon entering the bar’s white picket fence, Rose began answering press questions, easily visible to passersby on the sidewalk.

Rose, a former flame of both Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa and sometimes-adversary of the sisters Kardashian, was promoting her partnership with the messaging app Zoobe, which is debuting a digital character based on Rose.

rose2And if you happen to see cardboard masks modeled after the model as you wander through SXSW, wonder no longer. The disguises (with eyeholes spaced far enough apart to fit anyone who happens to be a tree frog) came from Rose’s event.

5 Lunchtime Links: Traffic and SXSW are BFFs

The morning commute into Austin has slowed considerably for motorists as a lane reduction on the northbound side of Mopac Blvd (Loop 1) between Cesar Chavez and Enfield Rd. has caused backups for miles. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The morning commute into Austin has slowed considerably for motorists as a lane reduction on the northbound side of Mopac Blvd (Loop 1) between Cesar Chavez and Enfield Rd. has caused backups for miles. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

1. The traffic. It’s coming.

Have you all RSVP’d to SXSW’s special event? Traffic. Whether or not you RSVP’d, expect to attend. Austinites are generally freaking out about how they’ll get around starting this coming Friday when the interactive portion of the festival kicks off with a visit from the most well protected man in the U.S. President Barack Obama’s seven-hour visit is likely to cause quite a traffic and street closure stir. If you can’t work from home, as suggested by Mayor Steve Adler, then you’re going to need to find a way through the chaos. Although we won’t know exactly what closures to expect until the presidential motorcade is covering ground at its signature 55 m.p.h. speed, you can keep up with our roundup of expected early closures here. You can also take a look at this map of closures posted to the City of Austin’s Facebook — although we don’t suggest doing so closely.

2. What do you want to ask Michelle Obama?

If given the chance what would you ask the first lady? Michelle Obama will be answering select questions relating to the theme, “What does it mean today to find your passion and act on it?” when she serves as a keynote speaker during South by Southwest Music, the American-Statesman’s Jake Harris reports. Those submitting questions must turn them in by Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. to have them considered. Obama will discuss her Let Girls Learn initiative during the talk, which is open to SXSW Music, Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants.

3. New iPhone to premiere March 21.

Apple has sent out invitations for a March 21 event to announce the iPhone SE, which stands for “Special Edition,” Business Insider reports. According to several sources the new phone is expected to have many of the features iPhone 6S offers, but will be packaged in a 4-inch screen like the iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE may serve as a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 6S and is intended to entice customers still stuck on their iPhone 5S to opt for an upgrade. All sounds good, but still primarily concerned with the available color options…

4. Taco war ends in peace, tacos.

Austin and San Antonio have officially put their taco differences aside and ended the breakfast taco war with an official proclamation signed by Mayor Steve Adler, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. What began with an Eater article claiming Austin as the breakfast taco’s originating site, and escalated following a series of snarky blog posts has ended in peace and tacos shared between Adler and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.

5. Austin Beerworks debuts unofficial beer of SXSW with taco emoji tallboy can.

How better to kick off your unofficial SXSW partying than with an unofficial SXSW beer? Austin Beerworks has revealed its Festbier, complete with taco and beer emoji can decor, and called it the “officially unofficial beer of March 11-20,” the American-Statesman’s Arianna Auber reports. The title of official beer sponsor for SXSW already belongs to Bud Light, so Austin Beerworks has been careful not to overstep its bounds in marketing the perfect light-bodied lager to go with “breakfast tacos, lunch tacos, dinner tacos and any music you might hear in between.” The beer will officially become available Friday and won’t be found on shelves after March 20.

5 Lunchtime Links: Dos Equis’ ‘Most Interesting Man’ replaced

Actor, Jonathan Goldsmith poses with models a party at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images for Skinny Water)

1. Dos Equis’ ‘Most Interesting Man’ replaced.

“The Most Interesting Man in the World” is set to become “A Retired Man in the World.” Jonathan Goldsmith, who might not sound familiar to you, but has served as the face of Dos Equis’ since 2006, has announced his appearance in an ad set to air starting Thursday will be his final gig championing the beer brand. 77-year-old Goldsmith, who inspired viral memes across the internet, will be replaced by a new “Interesting Man” actor who will begin starring in spots in the fall. You can watch Goldsmith’s final ad here.

2. Taylor Swift to play Formula One Grand Prix.

Not only did Circuit of the Americas officials confirm the venue would in fact hold the Formula One Grand Prix at its track this year during a Wednesday morning press conference, but Taylor Swift was revealed as this year’s musical guest, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Instead of performing after Sunday’s race, as in usual F1 music form, Swift will perform Saturday, October 22 after the qualifying sessions. Tickets, which run $150 for a three-day pass, haven’t yet gone on sale, but you can sign up for alerts as to when they will here.

3. Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90.

The guiding force behind the Fab Four, Beatles producer George Martin has died at 90 years old, the Associated Press reports. British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed Martin’s passing and called the producer “a giant of music,” while Ringo Starr tweeted that “George will be missed.” Martin won six Grammys in his lifetime and was behind album concepts like “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” ”Revolver,” ”Rubber Soul,” and ”Abbey Road.” “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George,” Paul McCartney said.

4. Who’s playing Rachael Ray’s Feedback party?

If you’re attending Rachael Ray’s popular Feedback party you can expect to see performances by Jenny Lewis, Naughty By Nature, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and her husband’s band The Cringe, to name a few. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place March 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and, as the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith puts it, “includes a special acoustic set from Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind that none of us asked for.” Make sure to check out our unofficial South by Southwest party guide and map out all your unofficial partying.

5. What to do with old bananas.

Orange you glad we’re going to give you something to do with all those less-yellow-more-brown bananas? The go-to banana bread with over-ripened bananas is always a delicious, safe option — but there’s no need to stop there. The American-Statesman’s Addie Broyles has countless ideas for how to get the best use of your unloved bananas. Why not mash them up with some peanut butter and chocolate and freeze them, for a quick banana-mush ice cream? They can also be mashed with an egg and cooked the same way you would a pancake.

5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Star Wars’ leads MTV Awards nominations

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO from 'Star Wars' appear onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO from ‘Star Wars’ appear onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

1. “Star Wars” leads in MTV Movie Awards nominations.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” garnered 11 MTV Movie Award nominations, the ceremony revealed via Snapchat Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Times reports. Following the racial controversy during this year’s Academy Awards, Excecutive Producer Casey Patterson said that the MTV Awards can serve as an example of what award shows can and maybe should be. “This show is about fandom and the stars come out to celebrate that,” Patterson said. Other movies nominated include “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Creed,” “Deadpool,” “Jurassic World,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

2. Your favorite park might be America’s favorite, too.

As of today Zilker Park was polling second in a best city parks vote hosted by USA Today and 10Best, the American-Statesman’s Pam LeBlanc reports. That means our favorite stretch of grass in Austin is ranking above iconic city parks like New York’s Central Park and Chicago’s Grant Park. Currently Forest Park in St. Louis is ranked No. 1. The media companies hired four park experts to help them in choosing the finalists, which are now up for a reader vote. The results will be announced after polls close March 28. If you love Zilker be sure to cast your vote here.

3. Austin, San Antonio mayors call truce in taco “war.

Mayor Steve Adler and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor have put their beef behind them — or folded it into a tortilla and decided to eat it. Today Adler released an advisory “For Immediate Release,” which announced a truce in the ongoing “taco war” (which he previously declared) between the two cities and plans for a taco summit Thursday, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. The advisory cites “hostilities threatening breakfast’s status as the most important meal of the day” as the reason for the summit, and calls for “guac in our times.” This will hopefully end one of the most drawn out fake, food wars most of us have ever lived through.

4. SXSW opens up ticket drawing for Obama keynote.

South by Southwest has announced festival badgeholders can participate in a ticket drawing for a chance to see President Barack Obama’s keynote address to the Interactive festival, the American-Statesman’s Omar L. Gallaga reports. The winners, who are to be selected randomly, will be allowed to attend Obama’s talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Dell Hall at The Long Center. The drawing opened Tuesday morning. If you’re a badgeholder who doesn’t come out a winner, remember the festival will live stream the talk at

5. Whataburger now on Snapchat.

Whataburger’s very sociable Twitter handle isn’t the only way to keep up with the burger chain. Whataburger is now on Snapchat and offering you a burger a week for 10 years if your snap catches the company’s eye, the American-Statesman’s Jake Harris reports. Whataburger’s vice president said the new social platform will allow the chain to interact with its customers in “fun, new ways.” Because for some strange people out there just eating burgers isn’t enough fun! Make sure to keep an eye out for the chain’s fry pedicabs during SXSW next week.

5 Lunchtime Links: Dolly Parton announces tour

ORG XMIT: NYOTK Dolly Parton speaks at The 22nd Annual Glaad Media Awards on Sunday April 10, 2011, at at The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Katy Winn) BC-MUS-DOLLYPARTON
Dolly Parton speaks at The 22nd Annual Glaad Media Awards on Sunday April 10, 2011, at at The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

1. Dolly Parton announces biggest tour in 25 years.

Dolly Parton is back in a big way. Our sweet country queen has announced what she’s called her biggest tour in 25 years, Entertainment Weekly reports, with over 60 stops throughout the U.S. and Canada. The tour will be accompanied by Parton’s new double-disc greatest hits album “Pure & Simple with Dolly Parton’s Biggest Hits,” which catalogs an array of songs the singer has produced during her decades-long career. While official tour dates and stops haven’t yet been announced, our fingers are crossed.

2. Bob Dylan announces summer tour to promote new album.

In his first North American tour since, well, less than a year ago, Bob Dylan has announced the scheduling for a 27-day trip promoting new album “Fallen Angels,” Rolling Stone reports. The tour will kick off June 4 in Washington and will end July 17th in New Hampshire. While those who buy tickets for the tour are promised a copy of “Fallen Angels,” the release date for which has yet to be announced, Dylan and his band won’t be making it all the way to Texas this time around.

3. It’s National Cereal Day!

Did you celebrate National Cereal Day this morning? If you’re a millennial there’s about a 60 percent chance you didn’t. According to an August 2015 study by research company Mintel, 40 percent of millennials don’t believe cereal is a convenient breakfast choice because of the bowl they’ll dirty eating it. The report found that many younger people prefer to eat breakfast on the go or skip breakfast completely. Smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt and, of course, breakfast tacos are the breakfast foods of choice for this generation. Millennials are instead more likely to have a bowl of cereal in between meals as a snack.

4. SNL parodies Trump ad.

Although GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump often serves as his own walking spoof, “Saturday Night Live” did not pass up the opportunity to use the business mogul’s recent failure to immediately reject an endorsement by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke to slam him with a political ad parody, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. The video shows many everyday Americans voicing the reasons they support Trump like “He’s authentic,” and “Trump’s an outsider; Washington needs that,” only to reveal (via a swastika armband and cleverly placed KKK memorabilia) that the message is brought to you by “Racists for Donald Trump.” You can watch the full skit here.

5. John Legend to play Axe and Spin party.

Just like last year, Grammy award-winning R&B star John Legend will play the Axe and Spin party during South by Southwest March 17, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Legend is also involved in Axe’s music and film mentorship program, and will appear alongside five young musicians he has been working with through the program. If you’re in town for the festival and looking to work the party into your schedule, be sure to also check out our guide to the city.

5 Lunchtime Links: ‘House of Cards’ returns

Kevin Spacey in season 4 of "House of Cards." (David Giesbrecht/Netflix/TNS)
Kevin Spacey in season 4 of “House of Cards.” (David Giesbrecht/Netflix/TNS)

1. “House of Cards” is back.

Cancel all of those weekend plans you never made in the first place. President Frank Underwood is back in the White House and your living room with the fourth season of “House of Cards” released in full today, CNN reports. The season premieres the day after a nearly-comical Republican debate and in the same week as an especially super Super Tuesday. The season will feature new faces including Neve Campbell, Cicely Tyson as a Texas lawmaker, Ellen Burstyn as Claire’s mother, plus the familiar face of your favorite evil president. It’s still too early to gather a real critical consensus on the show as many fans were still completing the series Friday.

2. Still missing big names in latest SXSW band drop.

Today’s South by South West band drop of 198 acts making their way to Austin left us in want. Much like in previous weeks we’re still searching for some of the expected big names that have yet to surface, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith. Where A$AP at? Similarly Chvrches, Miguel and Charles Bradley, who are all expected to perform at various festival parties, have yet to have been officially added to the roster. Their absence is slightly negated by the addition of artists Young Thug, Santigold and Kacey Musgraves. Keep in mind, SXSW still has its major Auditorium Shores performance still to announce, along with two or three nights at ACL Live and another at Stubb’s.

3. Kendrick Lamar releases new album two weeks ahead of SXSW.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar whose 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy, released “Untitled Unmastered” Friday, Stith reports. The album features eight “songs that I’m in love with that I’ll still play and still perform that didn’t make the cut” from “a chamber of material.” Lamar said simple reasons like deadlines and “sample clearances” kept the songs off “To Pimp a Butterfly.” While the album release seems to set Lamar, whose touring schedule is wide open March 6 til March 19, up for a SXSW appearance, his last album release didn’t bring him to Austin.

4. Tumblr showcase to feature Jhené Aiko, Wendy Davis.

Tumblr has chosen to go all-female for its SXSW showcase this year, which will be hosted by R&B artist Jhené Aiko, Stith reports. Aiko’s debut album 2014’s “Souled Out” was what Stith calls a “a cauldron of swirling watercolor emotion.” The singer will make her appearance alongside artist Lorely Rodriguez, rapper Little Simz, and former gubernatorial candidate and power filibusterer Wendy Davis.

5. Rihanna collaborates with Manolo Blahnik.

Rihanna cannot stop working. In addition to having the No. 1 and No. 2 album in the U.S., a world tour kicking off in a week and having recently been appointed the new creative director at Puma, the singer has now announced a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik, adding just the right amount of Rhi to your shoe game. The shoes are expected to hit stores May 5, USA Today reports, but you can get a sneak peek at a few of the designer kicks here.

5 Lunchtime Links: New ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer debuts

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1. First trailer for all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ released.

Who you gonna call? Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, if you’re looking for the cast of the new “Ghostbusters,” which is made up of only female team members. The trailer for the film, set for a July 15 release, hit the web Thursday and shows the team combating ghosts a litter scarier than depicted in the original. Watch the full trailer here.

2. Which part of Austin ranked on a “sexiest neighborhood” list?

While all of Thrillist agrees that Austin is “objectively very, very, ridiculously good-looking,” one neighborhood stood out when it was listed among the nation’s top 14 sexiest neighborhoods. Maybe you think of South Congress as a place to grab a slice of pizza or do some shopping, but this list, which ranks the area at No. 6, sees the neighborhood as the city’s “crossroad of its hotbeds of hotness,” and calls it the perfect spot for running into both “bearded lumbersexuals and yoga-lean babes in cowboy boots.”

3. Did Ted Cruz really say that?tc-flag

No, he didn’t, because what I’m referring to comes from a “Bad Lip Reading” video the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang recently wrote about. “This great nation is like a pork pie. Juicy America,” Cruz appears to mouth in the Youtube channel’s new video, which shows Cruz saying all sorts of bizarre, dubbed-over nonsense. Since its March 1 upload the video has garnered around 2 million views. The video, in which Cruz admits to eating human hair, is cut from some 15 hours of raw footage the GOP presidential candidate uploaded to his YouTube account last fall.

4. Zoe Saldana met with backlash for Nina Simone role in “Nina.”

After the trailer and poster for the upcoming Nina Simone biopic “Nina” were released Wednesday, the controversial film, set for release April 22, was met with a fresh wave of backlash that has since been echoed by the late singer’s family, the Associated Press reports. When the actress tweeted a quote by Simone the singer’s estate responded with, “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” Activists, including Simone’s daughter, have fought Saldana’s casting in the role since it was first announced in 2012. The Hispanic actress’s skin was reportedly darkened for the role.

5. Foundation to donate $1.1 million for Waller Creek public art.

Waller Creek’s public art is now backed by an additional $1.1 million thanks to a donation made by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, the American-Stateseman’s Jeanne Claire van Ryzin reports. The announcement was made Wednesday during a preview of the “Hurlyburly” exhibit, a massive re-purposing of lobster rope draped throughout the public park near the Waller Creek Boathouse. The money will be awarded to the Contemporary Austin, which has previously been gifted a $9 million donation by the Marcus Foundation, to encourage collaboration between the museum and the Waller Creek Conservancy.


5 Lunchtime Links: Rolling Stones announce concert in Cuba

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

1. Rolling Stones to be most famous act to play Havana since 1959.

You can’t always get what you want, but when the U.S. lifts all sanctions on Cuba you can play a free concert in Havana and give a historical performance, the Associated Press reports. The Rolling Stones have announced they will play a free show in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva March 25. The performance is expected to draw a massive crowd, and the group will become the most famous act to play in the country since 1959. In the past, young Cubans were persecuted for listening to rock music. The performance will take place three days after President Barack Obama visits the country, and in the same week that the Tampa Bay Rays are expected to play a Major League exhibition game.

2. Fader Fort to return for unofficial SXSW event.

This is not the year to discover Fader magazine. The publication, which has participated in South by Southwest for 15 years, has announced it will offer its current list of subscribers and previous Fader Fort attendees exclusive invites to March’s unofficial event at Pine St. Station, which will be produced by local company Transmission Events, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Fader has confirmed acts Metro Boomin, Kamaiyah, N.A.A.F.I., Davido, Desiigner and Sheer Mag will perform and will continue to reveal the event’s official lineup until March 10. Not a subscriber? There’s always next fort.

3. Who is Donald Drumpf?

You may have seen the name Donald Drumpf floating around the Internet and grown slightly concerned there’s more than one of them. Rest easy. The hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain began trending on Twitter after comedian John Oliver revealed the ancestors of the business mogul had actually changed their family name, on his show “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” Oliver goes on to ask those thinking of voting for the GOP front-runner to consider how they would feel if they met, not “Donald Trump,” but “Donald Drumpf, a litigious serial liar with a string of broken business ventures and the support of a former Klan leader.”

4. Tracey Morgan to perform at Scoot Inn.

As part of the Funny or Die Junction event, comedian Tracey Morgan will perform at Scoot Inn March 14, the American-Statesman’s Jake Harris reports. Although the show doesn’t start till 7:30 p.m., hangouts before the show (for SXSW badge holders only) will start at 2:00 p.m. Morgan has only recently hit the road again and begun scheduling performances after a serious bus crash in early 2014 left him in critical condition. No word yet on whether Morgan will or will not be wearing a dress during his performance.

5. UT is the most hated college football team in Texas.

What college football team do Texans hate most? Shield your burnt orange heart, because it’s Texas, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. According to a vote of more than 5,000 Reddit users, UT took 21.3 percent of the vote, while Texas A&M took only 12.7 percent. Other states that have major Longhorn hate? You guessed it: Oklahoma. But it’s lunchtime and OU still…