Whataburger offering Houston-area first responders free meal during flood relief effort

(Photo courtesy of Whataburger)
(Photo courtesy of Whataburger)

After torrential amounts of rain flooded areas of Houston, Whataburger announced it would be helping out those who have been helping others.

More than a foot of rain fell in the Bayou City on Monday, flooding area suburbs, overwhelming drainage systems and closing major roadways. Eight people have died in the area floods according to the latest report. In a show of support, the Texas-born fast food company offered a complimentary meal to uniformed first responders at any of its locations in the Houston area

View more photos of flooding around the state at statesman.com.

5 Lunchtime Links: Tina Fey talks ‘Mean Girls’ musical

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Tina Fey attends Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tina Fey With Damian Holbrook at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Tina Fey attends Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tina Fey With Damian Holbrook at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

1. Tina Fey talks “Mean Girls” musical at Tribeca Film Festival.

In talking about the upcoming “Mean Girls” musical at the Tribeca Film Festival, writer Tina Fey expressed doubt that all the film’s original references would hold up in the 12 years since the very quotable film was released and how the musical would work in social media. “Like three-way calling is not a thing,” Fey said.

2. Your ACL lineup is almost here.

Those speculating whether or not Radiohead’s recent Lollapalooza billing and a possible Austin visit in June might speak to the band’s ACL-headline potential, won’t have to wonder much longer. The festival, scheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, will release its 2016 lineup the morning of May 5, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets are set to go on sale the same day.

3. This is the best Owen Wilson impression, which is saying something.

Wow. If this isn’t actually Owen Wilson impersonating someone else, who is impersonating himself, then this impression by popular Vine user Peter Gilroy is truly impressive. Part of the reason may be that Gilroy is in fact a Texas actor, who has starred in movies like “Zombeavers.” Watch the full video below.

4. Austin ranked among top 10 coffee cities.

According to a new list compiled by personal finance company SmartAsset, Austin is the No. 7 top city for coffee fiends. The list took into account factors like availability, price and the number of high-end coffee shops and roasters in deciding which cities are perfect for getting that caffeine fix.

5. Tupac joined anti-Trump campaign in 1992.

Tupac spoke out against GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump long before stars like Adele and Keith Richards did, NME reports. An interview from 1992 shows the rapper commenting on Trump and greed in America summing up the business mogul’s ideals as, “Gimme, gimme, gimme. Push, push, push, push. Step, step, step. Crush, crush, crush. That’s how it all is, it’s like nobody ever stops.”

5 Lunchtime Links: Taylor Swift answers 73 questions in 10 minutes

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1. Taylor Swift answers 73 questions in 10 minutes.

Talor Swift invited Vogue into her house to answer 73 questions, a lot of which were about cats, ahead of her May cover debut. Perhaps the most important question the interview answered was, “Does Taylor Swift live inside of a Pottery Barn?” Yes. No word, however, on why she didn’t make it out to Austin after visiting San Antonio this weekend.

2. “Hamilton” 2016 Pulitzer Prize win doesn’t shock.

Your friend who is obsessed with “Hamilton” can’t wait to tell you “Told you so.” As expected, star Lin-Manuel Miranda took home the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in the Drama category for the wildly popular, highly acclaimed musical. Check out some of the other winners from the Prize’s 100-year-anniversary here.

3. A Tribe Called Quest meets “Sesame Street.”

Many online tributes surfaced after Malik Izaak “Phife Dawg” Taylor of A Tribe Called Quest died last month, but as Austin360’s Joe Gross found, the most entertaining one features the Muppets and this perfect “Scenario” lip sync.

4. So, what kind of hot sauce does Hillary Clinton have in her bag?

Swag. Presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton recently said during an interview on a hip-hop radio show that she, just like Beyoncé, carries hot sauce in her bag. Today Clinton revealed her favorite brand is Ninja Squirrel Sriracha from Whole Foods and that she does so in part for health reasons.

5. Coachella is over; recap.

If you’re into Coachella, but not enough to have actually attended, take a look at Pitchfork’s “Winners and Losers,” including the surprise appearances made by both Bernie Sanders and Rihanna, and the less surprising ones made by hundreds of flower crowns.

5 Lunchtime Links: What Hillary Clinton says she has in common with Beyoncé

Beyonce Knowles attends the Costume Institute Benefit gala celebrating the opening of the new exhibit "China: Through the Looking Glass" held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015, in New York. (Nancy Kaszerman/Zuma Press/TNS)
Beyonce Knowles attends the Costume Institute Benefit gala celebrating the opening of the new exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass” held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015, in New York. (Nancy Kaszerman/Zuma Press/TNS)

1. Hillary Clinton’s hot sauce claim checks out.

If you thought Hillary Clinton’s claim that she too has hot sauce in her bag (swag) was a thinly veiled attempt to gain relevancy with the young, minority demographic she most struggles with, you could be right — but, according to Mic, the facts check out. The Democratic presidential-hopeful mentioned her crucial carry-on during an interview on a hip-hop radio talk show today, adding her love of hot sauce to the list of things she shares with Beyoncé, which now includes knowing how to pronounce the singer’s name.

2. Gwen Stefani to play Austin360 Amphitheater.

Gwen Stefani will part with her stint on “The Voice” and new love Blake Shelton long enough to embark on her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour, which will include a August 16 performance at the Austin360 Amphitheater, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets are set to go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

3. Taylor Swift surprises San Antonio.

The very famous, now very blonde, Taylor Swift made a quick surprise appearance in San Antonio Saturday when she attended the wedding of one of her back-up singers, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports. This was all before swinging back to California to watch boyfriend Calvin Harris’ closing appearance at the Coachella music festival, during which Rihanna made a surprise appearance.

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4. 100 years of film in 100 pictures.

Chances are when you were watching, say, reruns of a show you definitely didn’t need to see again, you might have missed out on a few of the major films of the past 100 years. Luckily, the AV Club has alerted us to 6-minute video that’ll fill in all the gaps. The video features 100 iconic shots from movies made in the past 100 years.

5. Amazon aims, fires at Netflix.

Now Netflix won’t be your only monthly streaming service option with which to binge-watch and binge-re-watch all your shows. Amazon launched a new monthly version of its video streaming service for $8.99 a month ahead of when Netflix is set to raise its monthly price to $9.99.

Taylor Swift visited San Antonio on Saturday; no word on possible taco consumption

That sound you hear? Teardrops on our guitars, because Taylor Swift didn’t drive far enough up the highway to say hello during a weekend trip to Texas.

Singer Taylor Swift attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singer Taylor Swift attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the pop megastar visited San Antonio this weekend to attend the wedding of a friend. According to the report, a photographer hired to shoot the wedding caught Swift in celebratory action.

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The singer, currently serving up a bleach-blonde bob, might have been in town for the wedding of backup singer Eliotte Nicole Woodford, according to the Daily Mail.

We have to admit that we’re disappointed that Austin did not score a visit from Swift while she was in the area. We’d also be lying if we said we weren’t chafed that the Alamo City got the coveted Taytay bump. Our cross-city, taco-inspired sibling rivalry needs no further fuel.

(Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)
(Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

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Luckily, the “Wildest Dreams” singer is slated to play this year’s Formula One Grand Prix here in good ol’ ATX. Incidentally, go Spurs.

Prom season brings increasingly raised expectations for high schoolers

 

Cedar Ridge High School students smile brightly before the school prom on May 9, 2015 in Austin.
Cedar Ridge High School students smile brightly before the school prom on May 9, 2015 in Austin.

Promposal season is here.

For those unfamiliar with the word, the top definition in Urban Dictionary says it is “a proposal from one person asking another person to the prom; is the combination of the words ‘prom’ and ‘proposal.'” Short and to the point, but it fails to include the wide range of how elaborate promposals can be.

Artist BOY CHAD posted a video to his Facebook page captioned “THIS IS HOW YOU ASK A GIRL TO PROM 😍😍❤.” He offers no other descriptors; the people in the video are unnamed but represent the phenomenon that has been expanding since the word was coined: asking someone to prom in the most elaborate fashion possible.

Starting with the crown to walking down a red carpet with rose petals scattered on it and ending with the boy ripping his way through a large sheet of butcher paper, this obviously took a lot of time and coordination. But this is only one example of the race to make the most memorable request of a person’s life.

BOY CHAD can’t take credit for this video, as it appears on other Twitter accounts. And if you search Twitter for “promposal,” many, many tweets pop up:

He even got a vintage-esque couch involved for this.

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OK, actually very on board with goats.

A SCRAPBOOK.

Cute pun, pretty serious intentions for a promposal. I’ll roll with it.

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The makeup alone cost $293, without tax. “Spoil your girl” seems like an understatement.

Sometimes a pun is more than enough.

There’s only one month left to impress someone into agreeing to go to prom with you. But, more importantly, there’s still time to impress Whataburger.

5 Lunchtime Links: Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to ‘SNL’

Anne Fulenwider, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, interviews Julia Louis-Dreyfus during SXSW at the Austin Convention Center on Monday, March 16, 2015.  DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Anne Fulenwider, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, interviews Julia Louis-Dreyfus during SXSW at the Austin Convention Center on Monday, March 16, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to “Saturday Night Live” with “fondish” memories.

The funny woman behind Emmy Award-nominated “Veep” and that other show about nothing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will return to the stage where her career got started to host “Saturday Night Live” April 16. The actress also recently told The New York Times she looks back on the years starring on the show in the 1980s “fondish-ly” as it was a “very sexist” environment.

2. AMC decides not to allow texting in theaters after all.

Was it all that patron feedback, or was it the press release straight from Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League that swayed AMC Theaters to rescind their proposal of allowing texting in movie theaters after saying asking guests to refrain is like asking them to “please cut off your left arm above the elbow”? The company released a statement Friday saying, “You spoke. We listened,” and promising to keep the movies phone free.

3. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” returns.

Today’s the day strong females and all other “Kimmy Schmidt” fans unite in binge-watching the Netflix series’ second season, which was released today. If you worked hard you could watch the first season again this weekend in preparation, or you can just read the best lines here.

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4. Stolen Ferrari found 28 years later.

How many years would it take you to give up hope for finding your stolen car? Well keep your head up and add 27. The owner of a cherry red, 1981 Ferrari that had been stolen for 28 years will be happy to hear that the recently recovered stolen vehicle only has 45,000 miles and is now worth $50,000, WDBO Orlando reported.

5. Abbi and Ilana talk about Whole Foods on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

After taking a quick peep into the dressing room of Chris Hemsworth, “Broad City” stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to discuss hard-hitting issues like how they convinced Whole Foods to allow the pair to shoot an episode in store and drug use (their own).

5 Lunchtime Links: Obama will watch the new ‘Game of Thrones’ before you

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 07: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago Law School on April 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama addressed his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as he hopes members of the Republican party will give Garland a hearing and a vote in Washington. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 07: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago Law School on April 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama addressed his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as he hopes members of the Republican party will give Garland a hearing and a vote in Washington. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

1. President Obama only person offered advanced copies of new “Game of Thrones” episodes.

President Barack Obama will become the only person to be offered a advanced copies of the new episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” after requesting to see the show’s return a little ahead of everyone else, Time reports. “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” said the show’s David Benioff. HBO refused to provide previews to journalists or others inside the industry in order to keep the series on ultimate lock down.

2. Watch a young Richard Linklater talk about future in 1991 interview.

Although he’s now an Academy Award-nominated director, local Richard Linklater didn’t see much of a career in filmmaking during a 1991 interview. As part of public access documentary “Film Pulse” the Linklater of 25 years ago answered a few questions about his creative process. Linklator is adamant in asserting that, for him, filmmaking is more about the stories than it is about work, and, he adds with a shrug, “For the first time it looks like I should be making money out of it, but, you know, we’ll see.” 1991 was around the same time Linklater’s delightfully plotless cult film “Slacker” came out.

3. Your guide to this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest.

Are you ready to laugh? If you’re looking forward to this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest but aren’t quite sure what shows to catch when, turn to our helpful festival guide. The festival, to be held, April 20-23, will feature performances by more than 90 comics at 10 venues around the city. This will be the festival’s fifth year.

4. Kelly Clarkson gives birth to son.

“Miss Independent” Kelly Clarkson added a newly dependent member to her family Thursday when she gave birth to her second child, son Remington, the Associated Press reports. The first “American Idol” winner tweeted out news of the baby’s birth.

5. Kyoten Sushiko and L’Oca D’Oro might open in May.

Those who are still mourning the loss of sushi trailer Kyōten will be pleased to hear chef Otto Phan’s brick-and-mortar Kyōten Sushiko will most likely open in May, the American Statesman’s Matthew Odam reports. Others who are looking for another Italian option around Austin, can look forward to the similarly likely May opening of L’Oca D’Oro. Chef Fiore Tedesco has previously worked with establishments like Franklin Barbecue and Bufalina.

5 Lunchtime Links: Children’s book author Beverly Cleary turns 100

In this April 19, 1998 photo, Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif. Even as she turns 100, the feisty and witty author, Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins in the children's books that sold millions and enthralled generations of youngsters. (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)
In this April 19, 1998 photo, Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif. Even as she turns 100, the feisty and witty author, Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins in the children’s books that sold millions and enthralled generations of youngsters. (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)

1. Children’s book author Beverly Cleary turns 100.

We don’t doubt that even at 100 years old author Beverly Cleary could accurately encapsulate the struggles and joys of being about 90 years younger. The author of children’s classics like “Henry Huggins,” “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” turns 100 today and encouraged the Washington Post to “Go ahead and fuss. Everyone else is.” Cleary published more than 30 books which sold more than 85 million copies. Cleary said she first began writing for children because the books of her own childhood annoyed her in that “children always learned to be better children, and in my experience, they didn’t.”

2. The stars at night are big and bright for Beach House at ACL Live.

What does Beach House’s lead singer Victoria Legrand love most about Texas? “The (expletive) skies,” she told the ACL Live at Moody Theater crowd Monday night, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports. For the performance Legrand donned the “most sorcerous NFL jersey of all time,” and swayed in front of an awe-inspiring “starry night backdrop.” The theme of the entire show proved to be “Shimmer, danger and wonder” complete with accompaniment by band mate Alex Scally’s guitar which served as “either a night terror or the flash of lightning that wakes you up.”

3. MAC releases teaser photo of Selena-inspired makeup line.

Queen of Tejano Selena will join Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj when MAC releases a makeup collection inspired by the singer in October, the American-Statesman’s Maribel Molina reports. MAC recently released a preview of one of the products — a berry-colored lipstick fashioned after Selena’s signature pout. MAC worked with Selena’s sister Suzette in designing the lipstick, called “Como La Flor,” and entire collection. The line became reality after nearly 40,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding MAC design products inspired by the Texas singer.

4. Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Today is a day fully devoted to celebrating grilled cheese sandwiches! A cause we can all get behind (apologies, lactose intolerants). You have your excuse — now go make a grilled cheese. May we suggest taking some crazy cheese risks and buttering both sides of the bread. Enjoy yourself, but don’t get too crazy.

5. Why did the 1970s leave such a strong imprint on Austin culture?

What about Austin cemented the counterculture of the 1970s? Theories include the city’s youth during the decade — Austin’s identity was not yet fully formed at the time — and a burgeoning economy that drew young people seeking job opportunities. You can read all about how the Austin we now know today was sculpted nearly 50 years ago here.

MAC releases teaser photo of Selena-inspired makeup line

** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

Even 21 years after her death, the Queen of Tejano music has found another way to excite her fans across all generations. The cosmetics company MAC gave fans a sneak peek at its upcoming makeup collection inspired by the late singer Selena.

In a photo on Facebook, the company revealed one of most highly anticipated products of the line, a berry-colored lipstick named “Como La Flor.” According to MAC, Selena’s sister (and drummer for her shows) Suzette Quintanilla will curate the makeup collaboration.

MAC has attached celebrities to its brand and created products inspired by everyone from Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. Jenner’s daughter Kylie might have the internet buzzing about her ever-growing lip kit collection, but even she has shown Selena some love.

Selena’s line came to fruition after a petition on Change.org garnered more than 37,000 signatures, urging MAC to create a collection for the Texas singer. The company listened and announced the upcoming Selena project in July of last year. The tentative release for the products is October 2016.