Michael Phelps gave a gold medal-worthy performance of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is a man of many talents. On Sunday night, the 28-time Olympic medalist gave a gold medal-worthy performance of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle.”

Read: Michael Phelps shows Katie Ledecky best way to wear her Olympic medals

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Okay, so maybe he did miss a bunch of the lyrics and he looked a little uncomfortable on stage sometimes. But give the guy a break. He’s not used to being on land, he channeled his #Phelpsface and even gave an A+ mic drop at the end.

Related: Here’s how Michael Phelps enjoyed his first day of retirement

Enjoy:

Nick Jonas invited people to eat bacon with him in San Antonio this weekend

An evening with a hunky pop star and some delicious bacon? Isn’t that the dream?

Photo via NickJonasVEVO
Photo via NickJonasVEVO

Related: Pierce Brosnan of ‘James Bond’ fame has barbecue lunch in Lockhart

After a concert in San Antonio on Saturday night, Texas-born Nick Jonas tweeted that he would be eating at the city’s Pig Stand, a well-known pig-themed restaurant. On top of that, he also offered to buy anyone who joined him some bacon in celebration of his latest single “Bacon.” 

Read: Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges are in Austin for Texas film ‘Hell or High Water’

Of course fans immediately took him up on that. What ensued was a night of hearty eating and a lot of dancing. Here are some tweets from the evening:

Here’s how to get (kind of) free queso this weekend

What’s not quite as good as free, but almost as good as queso? Kind of free queso. Con Madre is offering “free” queso through Uber Eats this weekend — with a $1.99 delivery fee, that is.

Promotional hand out photo of "Creamy Mexican Cheese Dip" aka queso. CREDIT: Kristen Michaelis. Received 06/12/09 for 0617bloggerrecipe.
Promotional hand out photo of “Creamy Mexican Cheese Dip” aka queso. CREDIT: Kristen Michaelis. Received 06/12/09 for 0617bloggerrecipe.

The queso comes with chips, and is limited one order per person.

If you don’t mind paying for your chips and cheese check out our reader’s guide to Austin’s favorite queso here.

Drake is opening a ‘classy’ strip club in Texas

Just hold on, we’re going — to Drake’s strip club?

Following his Summer Sixteen tour performance this weekend in Houston, Drake invited guests to a mysterious event called “The Ballet.” According to MTV, what Drake called a “new dance experience” turned out to be a first look at his forthcoming strip club.

Drake and Future performed on the Summer Sixteen Tour at the Frank Erwin Center on July 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Drake and Future performed on the Summer Sixteen Tour at the Frank Erwin Center on July 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Read: He said, she said: One dance and two hours with Drake in Austin

Except he’s not calling it a strip club. Yes, there are dancing women featured on stages wearing nothing but bikinis. And yes, Drake made it rain with dollar bills. But Drizzy’s new place is a “classy” dance club, which he says will have a strict business attire dress code.

Photos: Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour in Austin 

Here’s what he said in a video from the event on Monday:

“There’s a culture out there of dancing and it’s not about no strip club (expletive),” he explained in a video from last night’s event. “It’s about these amazing women that we’ve got in one spot, this music that we’ve got, this Houston culture that we’ve got. I just wanna let you know that I’m going to bring it to you in the most honest and genuine way possible.”

Related: Drake and Rihanna are not dating, Drake’s dad says

According to Drake’s Instagram, The Ballet will open up in early 2017. The post reads, “Tonight is a different take on how it should be done in Houston. Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself. Where the women are on a pedestal and the surroundings are unforgettable.”

How much is UT paying Matthew McConaughey to teach? It’s not

It’s a question that’s been on the minds of many ever since UT announced that Academy Award winner and university alumnus Matthew McConaughey would be teaching a class this fall: How much is he getting paid? The answer is — drumroll, please — nothing.

Read: Professor Matthew McConaughey showed up to class at UT last week

Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

According to the Texas Tribune, McConaughey is taking part in the class for free and isn’t technically instructing the course Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen. He’ll only be in class once or twice a semester while the class will be taught by lecturer Scott Rice.

Watch: Matthew McConaughey’s pregame speech to Texas is award-worthy

Paul Stekler, chair of the radio-television-film department at the Moody College of Communication, told the Texas Tribune that the actor is more of “an active collaborator.”

“A lot of folks contribute to the program in terms of people that are in the industry and giving back,” Stekler said. “Matthew is just a much more high-profile person than most of those folks.”

Read the full story here. 

‘Stars’ in his eyes: Rick Perry films in Texas, warms up on ‘Good Morning America’ ahead of dancing debut

Ahead of pulling center stage September 12, Rick Perry took to social media to share several pictures of himself and “Dancing with the Stars” partner Emma Slater as they made a stop to film in Texas and appeared, earlier today, on “Good Morning America.”

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state's top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state’s top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here are the reasons why Rick Perry is going to win “Dancing with the Stars”

While Slater’s mission is to teach an old (and longest serving) Texas governor a new trick, Perry took the opportunity to teach her a few things about the Lone Star state. Including, cows:

How to dress like a Texan:

How to shoot a gun:

And what eventually happens to the cows:

Slater shared a picture of herself receiving an “adult beverage band” before heading into the Fayette County Fair, where Perry mentioned they spent the day filming (and where he hopefully picked up one of his favorite fair foods).

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Slap that puppy on there babe 😂😂😂

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The pair, Perry’s glasses and several of their fellow “Stars,” appeared this morning on “Good Morning America” for a little Season 23 pre-party. When asked if he was starting to have fun now Perry hesitated before saying, “That might be a little stretch.” He also launched into an interesting metaphor in which he described himself as a piece of coal being shined into a diamond by Slater.

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Fix in' to happen!!! #dwts #gma 0800 EST

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You can watch a segment of their appearance below:

Perry’s moves are only days away. Be sure you’re awake when the season premieres this coming Monday!

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How I feel after a 4 hour dance session!! #dwts

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There’s not a taco truck on every corner in Austin, but …

People are going to start seeing “taco trucks (on) every corner” if immigration from Mexico continues at its current rate,  Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez said on MSNBC on Thursday. Would you guess that people on Twitter might have taken that comment and run with it?

The statement sparked the #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner hashtag, and most of the related tweets posit that a dispensary of tortilla-based delight at every metropolitan juncture would not be the worst thing in the world.

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There isn’t a taco truck on every corner in Austin, but our market saturation is as close to that reality as you’re likely to get in America. No matter what your take on the political side of this discussion, it is a non-partisan truth that tacos are one of the finest foods ever invented.

One of Veracruz All-Natural'’s specialty tacos. (handout photo)
One of Veracruz All-Natural’’s specialty tacos. (handout photo)

Here are some taco recommendations from our entertainment staff:

  • Take a taco tour of Austin: Taco trailers on the tour include Capital Taco, La Fantabulous, La Flor, Mellizoz Tacos, Pueblo Viejo and Tacos Michoacan.
  • Taco Tuesday: They’re not all taco trucks, but do you care?
  • Veracruz All-Natural: Matthew Odam says they’re the best migas taco in town.

Taylor Kitsch to star in series about Waco Branch Davidians and ranch siege

For his reported new role Taylor Kitsch will return to television’s depiction of Texas (forever y’all), but the Waco depicted in the upcoming Weinstein Company series couldn’t be farther from “Dillon.”

08/18/06- Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN: Actor, Taylor Kitsch works on a couple of scenes during the filming of NBC's Friday Night Lights television series filmed in Kyle, Tx., on Friday, August 18, 2006. Friday Night Lights was filmed in Austin and surrounding Central Texas based on the Peter Berg feature film and Buzz Bissinger's book, "Friday Night Lights," a look at Texas high school football.
08/18/06- Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN: Actor, Taylor Kitsch works on a couple of scenes during the filming of NBC’s Friday Night Lights television series filmed in Kyle, Tx., on Friday, August 18, 2006. Friday Night Lights was filmed in Austin and surrounding Central Texas based on the Peter Berg feature film and Buzz Bissinger’s book, “Friday Night Lights,” a look at Texas high school football.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kitsch is set to star as Branch Davidian leader David Koresh in a series about the FBI’s siege of the Waco ranch where the religious group was housed in 1993. Infamously, the weeks-long military standoff ended when a fire engulfed the ranch killing dozens of people.

It’s also reported that Michael Shannon of “Boardwalk Empire” and rapper Ludacris are set to star as FBI agent Gary Noesner and Branch Davidian Wayne Martin respectively.

WATCH: Canada vs. Texas According to Taylor Kitsch

With Kitsch’s forays into the big screen (see “Battleship,” “John Carter”) not faring half as well as Riggin’s high school running back endeavors, it’ll be exciting to see the actor return to the small, Texas screen on which he excelled.

There are currently few details on the show, which has yet to name a network, but, as the Hollywood Reporter notes, with similar true crime series like HBO’s “The Jinx” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” experiencing success, it’s sure to find a spot.

LISTEN: Taylor Kitsch on African Children’s Choir and post-‘FNL’ life

You can read the Hollywood Reporter’s full article here.