5 Lunchtime Links: Selena killed 21 years ago today

** 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, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:

1. The 21st anniversary of the killing of beloved Tejano superstar Selena is today.

“On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. For many Mexican-Americans, Latinos and people who followed her music, the memory of hearing this news resonates as much as the moment when President John F. Kennedy was shot did for an older generation.”

For the American-Statesman’s Nancy Flores’ and many fans like her, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the renowned “Queen of Tejano,” served as a beacon of “hope to young Mexican-American girls.” Read Flores’ account of how the singer shaped her here. In April the singer would have celebrated her 45th birthday.

2. Ramen Tatsu-ya named America’s No. 1 ramen restaurant.

It seems Ramen Tatsu-ya is right to recommend customers “never share” their prized noodles. The restaurant has been named the No. 1 spot for ramen in the U.S. by Time Out, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. Originally opened in 2012 by two former DJs, Ramen Tatsu-ya began drawing its infamously long line early on. Currently, the restaurant boasts two locations and now offers veggie options all day. The American-Statesman originally gave the creamy broth and noodles a glowing review.

3. Karlie Kloss to offer codingsummer program for young girls.

As a 23-year-old retired Victoria’s Secrets Angel Karlie Kloss is doing alright for herself. However, the supermodel is now learning to code, and wants a few select young women to join her in the endeavor. Kode with Klossy is a free summer program for girls between the ages of 13-18, which will focus on back end engineering and teach several programming languages, Wang reports. Last year’s program selected 21 girls (two of which were from Austin) out of hundreds of applicants. You can visit http://www.kodewithklossy.com/ to get more information about applying.

4. Ted Cruz admits new “Star Wars” movie made him cry.

What brings tears to Ted Cruz’s eyes? During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the U.S. senator admitted that the last movie he cried in was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” saying, “Han Solo was my hero.” Kimmel, who wasn’t the least bit surprised that the Republican presidential candidate’s favorite cereal is Mueslix, admitted that he experienced the same emotional reaction to the film. Let’s not forget Cruz’s real favorite movie, “The Princess Bride,” and the time Mandy Patinkin, who starred in the film, asked him directly to stop quoting it.

5. Cap10K scavenger hunt.

You’re going to have to keep your eyes open during next week’s Statesman Capitol 10K regardless. So why not see how many of the commonly seen race sights you can spot on your way to the finish line? Keep your eyes peeled for runners dressed as centipedes, neon shoes by the hundreds, live performers and, of course, signs equally intended to make you laugh and cheer you on. Some of the item’s included on the hunt serve as their own reward. We’re talking donuts, people.

5 Lunchtime Links: Halle Berry joins social media

FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Halle Berry arrives at the 3rd Annual Kaleidoscope Ball on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Culver City, Calif. The Oscar winner’s Scandale Paris line of $7 panties and $18 bras went on sale at Target stores last year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Halle Berry arrives at the 3rd Annual Kaleidoscope Ball on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Culver City, Calif. The Oscar winner’s Scandale Paris line of $7 panties and $18 bras went on sale at Target stores last year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

1. Halle Berry or hallelujah?

Halle Berry made social media waves when she introduced herself to both Twitter and Instagram Tuesday with a very “natural” picture, Harper’s Bazaar reports. The topless photo taken from behind was simply captioned, “Hello everyone…” on Twitter, but Berry elaborated on her excitement for sharing her “world through images that reflect my emotions and perceptions” on Instagram where she shared the same picture. This might be one of the accounts you turn on push notifications for, guys.

2. Instagram introduces 60-second videos.

Instagram users will now have an extra 45 seconds when it comes to posting video to the photo-sharing app, 512 Tech’s Omar L. Gallaga reports. Instagram said the change was spurred by a jump in the number of users viewing and uploading video, which was previously capped at 15-second clips. Not all users will be able to post the longer videos immediately, but eventually the feature will be available to everyone. Instagram says this is just one of many small changes that will be made to the app this year to improve user experience, but a change that would alter the order in which pictures are displayed was met with widespread backlash from users.

3. Austin ranked No. 1 “worst city” for Chinese food.

According to a new survey by Estately that maps the restaurant preferences of different areas, Austin is the last place in the U.S. that you should go to eat Chinese food. Not necessarily because it’s bad, as the study is based off the number of different types of restaurants in a given area, but nonetheless discouraging for local fans of lo mein and cashew chicken. Unsurprisingly, the city ranked high in the food truck and Tex Mex categories, but outrageously Dallas ranked above Austin in Tex-Mex.

4. Watch Melissa McCarthy’s new Alamo Drafthouse “don’t talk” PSA.

Melissa McCarthy partnered with Alamo Drafthouse to remind moviegoers to keep it quiet for one of the theater’s infamous “don’t talk” PSAs, and there was quite a bit of muscle involved, the American-Statesman’s Eric Webb reports. In the PSA the “Bridesmaids” star takes a break from some heavy-lifting to ask viewers to treat the Drafthouse like the “holy temple to movies” that it is by ignoring texts, calls and partaking in unnecessary Facebook-ing. Of course there are a few colorful words thrown in; watch for yourself here.

5. Adele takes selfie with lookalike at concert.

Adele experienced many of her fans’ dream-come-true scenario when she essentially met herself at a recent concert in Birmingham, England Tuesday, People reports. During the middle of her concert the singer invited up a fan from the crowd who looked a lot like herself. Fan Emily Bamforth had a similar hairstyle and makeup to Adele, and wound up on stage alongside her to take a very important selfie.

5 Lunchtime Links: Wentworth Miller fires back at body shaming

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Actor Wentworth Miller attends ‘TrevorLIVE LA’ Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Trevor Project)

1. Wentworth Miller responds to fat-shaming with tale of depression.

Wentworth Miller took to Facebook to fire back at a meme that has made its rounds online showing a picture of the actor’s body during the filming of “Prison Break” alongside a more recent picture showing a noticeable weight gain. Miller posted the pictures, which were captioned “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly…” and openly addressed his weight gain saying it was a byproduct of the depression he was suffering at the time. The actor said that during his struggle he turned to food instead of “Drugs. Alcohol. Sex.” and admitted that “There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favorite meal.” The site that posted the meme has since taken it down and posted an apology.

2. Patty Duke dies at 69.

Oscar winner Patty Duke has died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine at age 69, Duke’s agent told the Associated Press Tuesday. Duke’s children Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin are also actors who took to social media to post about their celebration of “the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life.” It was Duke’s role in “The Miracle Worker” that won her her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, although she starred in numerous other movies and “The Patty Duke Show.” Duke was also known for her work advocating for mental health.

3. People of Zilker Park answer “Why Austin?”

As part of the new #whyaustin series, Cody McCrary headed out to Zilker Park searching for answers. More specifically, answers to the question, “What is your favorite thing about Austin?” Answers ranged from dog-friendly to kid-friendly to food-friendly. More than one person commented on the city’s “culture,” and just one mentioned the nice warm weather. Look out for our next installation in the series, and ask yourself: “Why Austin?”

4. Thirsty Planet’s new brewery to triple capacity.

Thirsty Planet Brewing will triple the amount of beer it produces with a new location on South Congress Avenue, the American-Statesman’s Arianna Auber reports. The space will increase the six-year-old brewery’s production capacity by 20,000 barrels, up from 10,000, per year. The move also means that Thirsty Planet will be able to expand its bottled offerings to include, Buckethead IPA and Yellow Armadillo Wheat. Currently it only offers its Thirsty Goat Amber in bottles. “The overwhelming local demand for our beer is very humbling, and we’re thrilled to keep contributing to the increasing enthusiasm for craft brewing here in Austin,” said Thirsty Planet’s founder Brian Smittle.

5. SXSW standout Kehlani hospitalized following suicide attempt.

Kehlani, a 20-year-old R&B singer who was a standout performer at this year’s SXSW, posted a photo to Instagram showing that she was hospitalized, possibly after a suicide attempt, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. The picture was posted after rumors spread online that she had cheated on boyfriend NBA player Kyrie Irving with singer PartyNextDoor, which Kehlani addressed in her photo’s caption saying, “No one was cheated on and I’m not a bad person.” The caption also read, “Today I wanted to leave this Earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point.” You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

5 Lunchtime Links: Jon Lovitz reveals relationship on social media

Jon Lovitz in Rat Race Credit: Doane Gregory
Jon Lovitz in Rat Race Credit: Doane Gregory

1. Comedian Jon Lovitz announces unlikely romance.

It seems not everyone believes in love. Although comedian Jon Lovitz and former “90210” star Jessica Lowndes took to social media to reveal their romantic relationship this weekend, the 31-year age difference between the two has many still skeptical, CBS reports. 27-year-old Lowndes and 58-year-old Lovitz posted several pictures to Instagram showing the pair presumably sharing twin ice creams together and celebrating Easter. In fact, the two might be doing more than just dating. One post by Lowndes shows a picture of a large diamond ring on her finger. Many Twitter and Instagram users have stated their disbelief.

2. How to make the Facebook Messenger basketball game less frustrating to play.

Of course you’re going to play Facebook Messenger’s new basketball game. So why not make the experience slightly less frustrating? The American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang has a few tips (read: cheats) for getting that tiny ball in that tiny hoop. Most of them involve using some sort of straight edge to better map out your shot. Options include, a ruler, a pencil and a sheet of paper. To get the game going send your friend one of the basketball emojis over chat, and then tap to shoot it!

3. The other side of Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber showed us another side of himself in an Instagram post Saturday he posted while on a camping trip with friends. Literally, it was his backside, and not one we’re wholly unfamiliar with. The nude picture, shot from behind, shows Bieber wading into a lake. The revealing shot is captioned “Dat a– doe @johnny photo cred,” but another picture showing Bieber sleeping outside on the ground was more sentimentally captioned, “My soul breathing, I found my life when I laid it down.”

4. Getting your perfect bluebonnet shot.

You don’t want to go up against the beauty of a Texas bluebonnet unprepared. When you’re out in the fields taking your wildflower pictures, during what promises to be a wonderful season for doing so, keep in mind a few tips that are sure to get you a better shot. Maybe opt for a late afternoon or early morning light, when the sun won’t illuminate everything as harshly. It’s alright if your subject isn’t looking right at the camera; less posing will make for a more natural photo! Remember to stay safe out there by avoiding sides of highways and opting for comfortable but protective clothing. Check out some of our readers’ bluebonnet pictures here.

5. What to do with your hard-boiled eggs.

You hunted for and found all the hidden eggs. Now what? If you’re looking for something to do with leftover hard-boiled eggs try spicing up an egg salad sandwich with some of the suggestions offered by the American-Statesman’s Addie Broyles. Adding bacon, avocado and red onion, or jalapeño and cilantro can bring a whole new dimension to your lunch experience.

5 Lunchtime Links: David Letterman debuts new look

A picture of David Letterman hangs outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman is retiring. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A picture of David Letterman hangs outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-night show, David Letterman is retiring. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

1. Have you seen David Letterman?

David Letterman isn’t looking like himself. Or at least not like the clean-cut, suit-and-tie, bespectacled, late-night show host we’ve come to know. Some pictures showing Letterman on vacation in St. Barts have gone viral. A very bearded, but totally bald, Letterman jogging on the beach have spawned a lot of comments likening the comedian, who has reportedly kept a low profile since passing over his hosting gig to Stephen Colbert, to Santa Clause.

2. Vice reviews forgotten mixtapes that litter the streets during SXSW.

Sure you want to know what critics think of big SXSW acts like Santigold or Drake. But what about the hundreds of mixtapes by unheard artists trying to get there name out that litter the streets come the end of the festival? One Vice writer brought new meaning to “underground” when he made it his mission to review a few of the forgotten dreams he picked up off the streets of downtown. Find out what he thinks of Moneybagg Yo’s “Federal Reloaded,” or Big Runts, in this piece by the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang.

3. Uber Eats to now offer all-day delivery.

What started with a few restaurants during lunch hours on the weekends, food delivery service Uber Eats announced Thursday its largest expansion move yet, the American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam reports. The service, which has recently extended its geographical reach, will now deliver meals everyday from some 100 restaurants between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight. Some of the new restaurants you’ll be able to order from include include Hillside Farmacy, Unit-D Pizzeria, Freedmen’s Barbecue and Krispy Kreme. The instant delivery from a select menu will still only be available during lunch hours.

4. X Games announce lineup featuring Blink-182, G-Eazy and more.

The X Games are looking to take you back to the days when Hot Topic meant something to you with its announcement of a musical lineup Thursday. The Games will feature performances by not just Blink-182 (although it’d be enough), but also All Time Low and Logic. And also G-Eazy. Although a strange mix, G-Eazy is bound to meet your mainstream hip-hop needs. But he is no Kanye in 2014. Tickets for the Games, which will be held at Circuit of the Americas June 2- 5, are available at www.xgames.com. Or you can enter this giveaway and win tickets to the Games for free!

5. Where to eat for Easter brunch.

If you’re not planning on going all-out this coming weekend and baking yourself a proper Easter ham, consider having brunch at one of the many spots in Austin that will serve Easter-themed meals this Sunday. The American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam has compiled a list featuring plates like a barbecue Benedict at Freedmen’s and a huevos rancheros bar at Tacos and Tequila.

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

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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 sxsw.com/live.

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.

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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.