Friday, we’re continuing on our record streak of thunderstorms with a high/low of 86/73. Saturday, expect more thunderstorms with a high/low of 82/70.
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1. Austin Mayor Steve Adler will attend a Ramadan event Saturday featuring U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar as the keynote speaker. The appearance comes after Texas agriculture commissioner Sid Miller called for Adler to pull out of the event and said Jewish community leaders should replace Omar. Critics from both parties have accused Omar of making anti-Semitic statements and using racist tropes against Jews. Miller, a Republican Trump supporter, faced similar criticism in 2015 when his campaign posted on its Facebook page that the World War II bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a model for making peace with “the Muslim world.” Saturday’s dinner event is hosted by Emgage, a group that advocates for American Muslims. — NEWSWEEK
2. Central Market’s annual Big Tastes of Texas event is here, which features more local foods and drinks for sale throughout their stores through May 28. Some Texas companies use this event to debut their products in-store, such as Brushfire Farms’ Chile Pequin Jam, Basia’s Homestyle Pickles and CASA M Spice Co.’s natural rubs and spices. Look for local items in all sections of the store, including the meat and cheese departments, and even the ready-made foods where there’s a locally-made migas breakfast casserole. — EDIBLE AUSTIN
3. Throwback Thursday: Austin is known for food trucks and festivals such as SXSW and ACL, but one of its longest-running festivals — Old Settler’s — still captures the campground spirit. Starting in 1987 (the same year of the first SXSW conference), Old Settler’s was named after its original location: Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock and runs for four days every April. The festival has since moved to land in Tilmon, Texas.
This year, performers included Brandi Carlile, The Del McCoury Band and Jason Isabell and the 400 Unit, among many others. Old Settler’s attendees love this festival for its relaxing vibe, reminiscent of sitting ‘round a campfire singing songs. Past lineups dating back to 1997 are on the Old Settler’s website and you can see plenty of photos and videos from previous festivals on Instagram @oldsettlers. — NPR
4. The Outlier Podcast Festival is coming to Austin Friday, May 17 and Saturday May 18, and allows attendees to collaborate with indie talent and podcast industry giants in one place. Participate in breakout sessions, test the latest technology and engage with keynote speakers including Sarah Osteen (“Swayed”), Sean Douglas (“Life Transformation Radio”) and our very own Skye Pillsbury of Inside Podcasting. Tickets are available for $52 and the event takes place at Galvanize. — OUTLIER
Monday night, Bachelor Nation tuned in to watch Hannah B. stand on the freshly watered driveway during season 15 of “The Bachelorette”. Audiences also saw Austinite Cam Ayala — who received the first rose — win Hannah over with his rap skills... and they want more. We’re on it:
5. Cam is honest about having a competitive personality, so perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked when he snagged the first kiss of the season after simply asking permission for it. Fans of the show loved this move and started using #TeamCam on Twitter. — LIFE & STYLE
6. He works at Tableau as a computer software salesman, is a fan of “Mad Men” and graduated from Texas A&M, yet he willingly said “Roll Tide” as Hannah is an Alabama graduate, likely ruining his alumni reputation forever. — BACH & BACHETTE NATION
7. His hobby is rapping and he used it to made his introduction stand out from the crowd, even including Austin in his rhyme before blowing rose petals Hannah’s way. — YOUTUBE
8. He joins a short list of Austinites who’ve been former contestants on “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” including Olivia Caridi (Ben Higgins’ season), Michael Nance (Emily Maynard’s season), Brittany Taylor (Arie Luyendyk’s season) and of course, Brad Womack, pictured above, who was the bachelor in 2007 and 2011. — AUSTIN 360
9. Like many other contestants before him, Cam tried to strip his social media accounts before the show’s premier, but fanatics were on the case and his old photos are all over the place. Enter: proof that Cam loves to hug walls made of wildflowers. — TV INSIDER
10. If you’re looking for love and into extravagant date nights, plan a road trip to attend an open casting call for the 24th season of “The Bachelor”, which will be held in Dallas on June 8 and in Houston on July 11. — ABC
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