Inside Austin - May 23rd, 2019

Inside Austin (May 23rd, 2019)

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1. The Texas Senate unanimously voted to advance a bill that would expand the list of medical conditions that could legally be treated with cannabis oil Wednesday. Currently, those with intractable epilepsy can legally use cannabis oil, and this bill would add all forms of epilepsy, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer and many other medical conditions to the Compassionate Care Program if approved by the House. A top concern from lawmakers is that the bill would be a gateway to legalizing recreational marijuana in Texas. — TRIBUNE

2. An Austin 8th grader from Canyon Ridge Middle School, Nihar Janga, won the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, which tests geographic knowledge. Janga was also the co-champion of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee and was a top 10 finalist in the 2018 GeoBee. Janga’s prize includes a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip to the Galápagos Islands on the National Geographic Endeavor II and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Think you’d beat Janga in a GeoBee? Take the quiz! — NBC

3. Throwback Thursday: The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, known as SouthPop, celebrates the photographers, poster artists, print makers and creatives that covered the local music scene from the start. Currently, they are celebrating poster artist Micael Priest, who was one of the most prolific artists of the Armadillio Art Squad in the 1970s. 

His work was a large part of Austin’s image throughout the 60s and 70s, and drew young creatives to the area. When famous musicians arrived, Austin became known as the Live Music Capital of the world. You can see Priest’s work in the exhibit “A Little Cajones and A Lot of Faith” now through June 16. Plus, SouthPop hosts a free outdoor music series on the last Sunday of every month. — CULTURE MAP

4. An Austin couple, Colin Guinn and Christie Woods, are competing on season 31 of “The Amazing Race”, which sends teams on a global trek to compete in challenges in various destinations. Guinn and Woods were often called “villains” on the show 15 years ago during season five, finishing in second place and winning $50,000. During this season’s premiere, they said they were coming in with a new approach and are (spoiler alert) currently in second place. Watch “The Amazing Race” on CBS, every Wednesday at 8 pm CST. — CBS

5. Austin’s music community runs deep and NPR has rounded up all of the businesses, non-profits and programs that support the local scene including Gold Rush Vinyl, Cactus Café and Body Rock ATX, among others. — NPR

6. Celebrate local comics with the Austin Sketch Fest, happening now through May 26, with shows from Amber Ruffin (“Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer) and Ego Nwodim (“Saturday Night Live” writer). — AUSTIN 360

7. A five out of five winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at the H-E-B on Slaughter Lane and is worth $5 million — check your numbers! — KVUE

8. Memorial Day weekend is almost here and there are several festive events happening, such as a crawfish boil, picnics and a race. —  AUSTIN 360

9. “Food and Wine” editor Jordana Rothman named East Austin Mexican restaurant Suerte in a list of the 10 best new restaurants in America, specifically mentioning their black magic oil. — FOOD & WINE

10. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."

Our Inside Seattle writer Nick Shekeryk discusses summer activities in Seattle, Washington:

Seattle might be known for its abundance of rainfall and darkness, but the summer months tell quite a different narrative— one that’s filled with endless sunshine, fun outdoor activities and some of the nation’s freshest seafood. I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 favorite things to do around the Emerald City during the gorgeous summer season.

Seattle Sports Day: There are few things better than spending a summer day at the ballpark with family and friends. The newly named T-Mobile Park is home of the Seattle Mariners and provides the perfect setting to enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s pastime. If you’re feeling extra sporty and want to experience Seattle sports fandom in all its glory, you can plan a visit during one of the many multisport doubleheader Saturday’s where fans cheer on the Sounders FC in the afternoon before catching the M’s play in the evening.

ZooTunes: Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo exhibits some of the world’s most exotic and fascinating animals, but the real magic happens after hours during the summer concert series known as ZooTunes. Modern troubadours of rock, soul, folk and blues perform before vibrant crowds situated in the Zoo’s North Meadow. You may even get to see a penguin or two!

Burke-Gilman Trail: The Burke-Gilman Trail is a 19-mile paved pathway that runs from the picturesque Golden Gardens Park in Ballard, all the way to the family-friendly Blythe Park in Bothell. “The Burke” is a hotspot for runners and cyclists, many of whom often stop along the trail to take in the natural views, or a pint at one of the many breweries along the trail’s path. The stretch of trail that follows along Lake Washington is truly my favorite place in the entire city.

Ivar’s Salmon House: Seeing the Pike Place Market fishmongers toss around fish is quite a sight to behold, but if you want to be where the fish lands, Ivar’s Salmon House is the spot for you. Located on the shore of North Lake Union overlooking the city’s radiant skyline, this iconic seafood restaurant pays homage to the area’s Native American roots with its replica longhouse structure filled with Northwest native art and décor. The salmon house is known for its succulent specials, such as the Wild Alaska Chinook Salmon, which is just one of the menu’s many gluten-free options.

Woodinville Wine Country: If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, venture east of Lake Washington and down into the valley of Woodinville to explore the local wine country just a 20-minute drive outside of city limits. Woodinville is home to more than 120 tasting rooms, including the popular Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, which even has a resident peacock roaming the grounds.

Getting around Seattle is fairly easy, as you have access to public transportation via bus, light rail (which takes you to and from the city center and airport), water taxi, train or ferry. Ride share companies are readily available all times of day, and if you’d like to travel like a true Seattleite, rent a bike for traffic-free access throughout the city and beyond.

Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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