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Inside Austin (Jun 13th, 2019)

Friday expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 93/76. Saturday expect partly cloudy skies with a high/low of 96/77.

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1. The Austin FC website crashed Wednesday soon after season ticket memberships became available for the spring 2021 season. Fans were able to place refundable deposits on up to eight season ticket seats — $50 deposits for general seating, $100 for premium — and were directed to an alternate site after the crash. Austin FC later released a statement saying they’d set a Major League Soccer record for the largest number of memberships sold in a single day, but no number was included. The Austin FC stadium is set to have 20,500 seats. — STATESMAN

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2. A man on a yellow and black 2003 Kawasaki Ninja has become a bit of a mystery (legend possibly?) after being spotted wearing various pool inflatables while on the motorcycle. His colorful gear (always paired with high tops) sent the KUT staff on a search hoping to profile him for their “Hi, Who Are You?” project. Neighbors in Southwest Austin, along with nearby workers, reported multiple sightings of the person, wearing tutus, inflatable turtles and even loaves of bread, while popping wheelies. He was even caught by Google Street View cameras... but who is he? Have you seen him? Have a photo to share of him? Email me: Holly@inside.com.KUT 

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3. Throwback Thursday: It was announced this week that after 80 years of business, Hut’s Hamburgers will permanently close at its iconic location on Sixth Street on Oct. 20. Since opening in 1939 on South Congress, Hut’s made a name for itself upon a simple menu of a Dagburger (double meat, double cheese), hot dogs, chicken fried steak and fries. Hut’s was named after its original owner, Homer “Hut” Hutson and has become an Austin favorite among locals and tourists. 

When current owners Mike and Kim Hutchinson took over in 1981, they added 20 burger choices — along with many other items — to the menu, and many customers rave about the milkshakes, “real” malts and handmade onion rings. Hut’s just might be how Matthew McConaughey got his role in “Dazed and Confused” since he ran into the movie’s director while waiting for his then-girlfriend to get off her shift at Hut’s. Rumor has it McConaughey, likes the Arnold’s Best burger (guacamole, lettuce, bacon and jack cheese). The Hut’s at Bergstrom International Airport remains open, but I’ll be switching to a Hut’s chili dog diet until Oct. 20. — EATER AUSTIN

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4. Stay Cool, Austin: In an effort to beat the heat, I’ll be sharing details on local pools and watering holes open to the public this summer. First up is the Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge at the Westin Austin Downtown at 310 East Fifth St. This modern pool and bar area was voted World’s Coolest Hotel Pool in 2017 by Travel Agent Central, and Austin’s Best Outdoor Bar by Eater in 2018. The pool is open to the public daily, at no charge, from 5 p.m. to close. At 20 stories tall, you’ll get a stellar sunset view, plus fire pits and the option to rent a poolside cabana. Know of a public pool or watering spot I should share? Email me: Holly@inside.com — MARRIOTT

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5. Thursday’s Game 6 could be the close of the NBA season, and there’s plenty of local spots with at least multiple TV screens and gameday buckets to enjoy. — AUSTIN MONTHLY

6. Local construction worker Omar Madani took a few influencer tips from his daughter and got 350K followers in his Instagram @justaconstructionguy by posting hilarious pictures throughout the city. — INSTAGRAM

7. Think your dad has the best dad jokes? Prove it at the second annual Dad Jokes Competition at Brewtorium or the Joke-Off at St. Elmo Brewing this weekend. — AUSTIN 360

8. Celebrate International Day of Yoga on June 15 with a free, 90-minute yoga session on the Capitol lawn; yoga starts at 5:30 p.m. — KEEP AUSTIN YOGIC

9. Craving authentic Japanese food? The Austin Chronicle rounded up 11 spots to get it and a guide to help you order perfect dishes. — CHRONICLE

10. “Queer Eye” personality-turned-comedian Jonathan Van Ness is stopping in Austin during his first national tour Dec. 5 at ACL Live; tickets go on sale June 14 at 10 am. — ACL

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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 Thebitterlemon.com 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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