Inside Austin - June 6th, 2019

Inside Austin (Jun 6th, 2019)

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Friday expect sunny skies with a high/low of 97/74. Saturday brings more sun and a high/low of 99/76. 


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1. Three Austin entrepreneurs are featured on Forbes’ list of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women,” including Thai Lee, Kendra Scott and Whitney Wolfe Herd. Lee is fifth on the list with a net worth of $3 billion as the president and CEO of SHI International Corp — an IT provider with customers such as AT&T and Boeing. Kendra Scott ($550 million) is the founder and CEO of Kendra Scott Design Inc. with annual jewelry sales of $360 million. Bumble Trading Inc. founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd ($280 million) created the Bumble dating app, Bumble BFF friend-finding app and Bumble Bizz for networking, with 60 million users. — FORBES

2. The Alamo Drafthouse is offering air-conditioned shelter from the inevitable heat this summer with a packed schedule of festive movies, parties and events including the annual “Jaws on the Water” viewing that involves an inner tube, if you dare attend. The movie parties this summer — which allow for more enthusiastic viewing and usually involve props — include  — “Top Gun” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” plus the drag queen-hosted Brunch with the Boys with a viewing of “The Birdcage." There are several Kids Camp movies planned, including a long-time favorite, “The Neverending Story”. — AUSTIN 360

3. Jargon watch: Hook ‘em 

“Hook ‘em” or “Hook ‘em, Horns” has been part of Austin vernacular since 1955, but if you’re not a UT fan, it probably seems pretty out of place. “Hook ‘em” is the slogan for the UT Longhorns, but it has an accompanying hand gesture, created by raising the index and pinky fingers, while holding the second and third fingers down with the thumb. Traditionally, it’s delivered with the arm fully extended, but it’s acceptable to have a bent elbow, if needed. 

It’s most often seen at football games, but also is a standard greeting. It is said to be the most-recognizable hand gesture of all universities. If the gesture is presented upside down with the thumb pointed out — as often done by Longhorn rivals — it’s considered as an insult. 

It was created by a few students making shadows on the wall in the UT union, and was introduced to the student body by head cheerleader Harley Clark at a football pep rally. It caught on overnight, was trademarked and later featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 2005, first daughter Jenna Bush flashed the hand horns and sent Norwegian tabloids in a frenzy when they thought she was promoting satanic messaging. 

If you’re going to do it, toss ‘em up high — skip the bent elbow — Hook ‘em! — HANDBOOK OF TEXAS

4. Throwback Thursday: The last flight from Robert Mueller Airport took off 20 years ago, May 21, 1999 and flew to the new Austin airport, known as Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) to accommodate more travelers. The Robert Mueller Airport (named after a local city commissioner, not FBI’s Mueller) was used since 1930, and it was utilized during World War II for housing aircraft. Today, the tower still stands near a big, empty field. 

Originally, ABIA was Bergstrom Air Force base, and when it became the city’s airport, it only had a thousand-foot dirt runway, a single maintenance facility, an operations center and a small tower. In 1999, ABIA accommodated more than six million passengers — less than half what it sees these days. Over the next 20 years, there are more expansions planned to cater to 30 million travelers, and an airport double its current size. — FOX 7

5. Yelp named Austin as number five on their “Top 20 Most Inclusive Cities” list based on businesses with “Open to All” attributes — there are currently 20,000 businesses “Open to All” in Texas. — KVUE

6. Considering a chicken coop for the yard? Callahan’s General store is hosting free chicken keeping classes June 8, July 6 and Aug. 25. — HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

7. A couple said to be from Austin was spotted driving their couch on the interstate — you read that correctly (there’s video proof) — complete with a coffee table attached to it. If they’re not from Austin, they’d fit right in! — PATCH 

8. The City of Austin is asking for public input on improving the bridge over the Longhorn Dam to make it safer for bikers. Attend an open house June 10 at 5:30 p.m. or voice your ideas online. — KXAN

9. Creek Show — the annual interactive art show with light installations and displays — announced dates for this year: Nov. 7-17, which is free and open to the public. —  CULTURE MAP

10. Inside Gets Out: Denver

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." 

This week, our Inside Denver writer Shay Castle shows us around Denver, Colorado.

Denver may have gained a reputation as the Mile High City for a reason other than its altitude, but there’s more to the city than (lots of) legal weed. It’s a playground for elite athletes, a mecca of craft beer and home to one of the most iconic music venues in the world.

Getting Around: There are *so* many options for traveling sans car. The train from the airport also extends out to several suburbs. A trail system makes the city super accessible by bike; electric scooters are on (almost) every corner. Uber and Lyft are widely available for longer journeys.

Looking down: Grab a scoop at Little Man Ice Cream. (Bonus points if you go down the metal slide!) They have a few to choose from, but the original in the Highlands offers great views of the city and is just a quick (but beautiful) walk from Union Station. If the altitude and dry climate makes you parched, stop next door at Linger, a mortuary turned restaurant and bar, for libations.

Do it for the ‘gram: Stroll up Larimer in the Denver’s River North arts district which you’ll hear everyone refer to as RiNo. There is street art on just about every available surface, and plenty of breweries and restaurants to fuel your walkabout.

For the kiddos: If you’ve got kids in tow, you can knock out two major attractions in one block. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located right next to the Denver Zoo. More adult-y museums are closer to downtown, with Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, the U.S. Mint, History Colorado Center, The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and more grouped together.

Rock out: Catch a show if you can at Red Rocks (pictured), which hosts performances nearly year-round. Or go for your daily exercise and climb the 69 rows for a 2.7-mile total round trip. A summertime stroll through tiny Morrison is warranted. Splurge on an elk steak at The Fort, if you can afford it.

Class it up or get wild: Denver is the kind of place you can class it up at high-end eateries like Cafe Marmonte or Colt & Gray, or get an equally good bite of street food at classic carts like Biker Jim’s, which features hot dogs made with reindeer, rattlesnake, boar and more.

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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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