Inside Austin - May 30th, 2019

Inside Austin (May 30th, 2019)

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Friday expect thunderstorms with a high/low of 87/73. Saturday there will be partly cloudy skies with a high/low 91/73. 


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1. Employees of the popular rock band venue Beerland, Texas, sent a letter to owner Richard Lynn on Monday, announcing they were going on strike until they were paid back wages dating back to SXSW, which was in March. Tuesday, a Facebook post on Beerland’s business page stated they’d sold the venue to an undisclosed person, which was followed up with an anonymous post (supposedly written from all of Beerland’s employees) detailing how they’ve worked for months without pay, had no idea the venue was being sold and are asking the community to join them in solidarity and not attend Beerland events until they are paid. Recent posts on Beerland’s page are riddled with comments asking the owner to pay the employees, and also stating that other local bars are offering jobs to those on strike. — FACEBOOK

2. Austin FC will offer an experience center — featuring a physical model of the stadium — this summer at the team offices near Kramer Lane and Metric Boulevard. Visits to the experience center will be by appointment-only and won’t require a season ticket deposit beforehand. Wednesday, Austin FC announced the selection of the roster for their first academy team, an Under-14 side set, which will start playing in September. The team of 19 players will compete against other MLS academies in the country. — STATESMAN

3. Throwback Thursday: Texas writer Joe Nick Patoski released his 10th Texas-related book, “Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas”, which covers the creatives drawn to the city in the 1970s. These creatives — such as filmmakers Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused”) and Robert Rodriguez (“El Mariachi”), Whole Foods founder John Mackey — open doors for film, food and tech. Patoski moved to Austin in 1973. 

According to Patoski, creatives are vital to understanding how Austin moved from a city known for its university and legislature to one recognized for its population of thinkers and free spirits. The book also takes a look at gentrification, tourism and the difference between Austin and the remainder of Texas. For example, a majority of the state’s economy is fueled by resources such as oil and gas, whereas Austin’s economy is driven by creativity. Patoski discussed these topics in a January episode of Texas Monthly’s National Podcast of Texas. — TEXAS STANDARD

4. A man — James Gibbons II — posing as an employee of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign was arrested for breaking into a South Austin home Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor spotted Gibbons lingering outside of the home wearing a Beto t-shirt, and questioned him. The homeowner’s son called 911 and once police arrived, Gibbons admitted he didn’t have permission to enter the home where he ate a popsicle, looked through a wallet and briefcase, and tried to hack an iPad. He faces 2-20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. — NEWSWEEK

5. Austinites Damir Okanovic and Rick Hinnant are featured on the 11th season of “American Ninja Warrior” airing Wednesday’s on NBC at 7pm CST. — KXAN

6. Milk Bar’s food truck is rolling through town this week, offering soft-serve with cornflake crunch, cake truffles and cookies. It will be at the Austin Motel Friday-Sunday. — AUSTIN EATER 

7. See the inside of some of Austin’s tech companies with impressive office aesthetics, including Hypergiant Industries, uShip and RetailMeNot. — AUSTIN INNO

8. Area Regal theatres are hosting $1 kids’ movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Will Rogers Institute. — AUSTIN 360

9. People magazine partnered with The Infatuation to share the best sandwiches in each state, naming Franklin BBQ’s Tipsy Texan — chopped beef brisket, sausage, coleslaw and pickles — as the top sandwich in Texas. — PEOPLE

10. A local Twitter user brought attention to the comical names of the cats up for adoption at Austin Pets Alive — Atomic Toaster, IPad 4, Agent Morgan — and the Twittersphere went nuts. — TWITTER

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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