May 15, 2015 | 11:47 am
Once Upon a time in Austin
Hollywood has really had its eye on Austin lately: Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep recently celebrated the Harry Ransom Center, Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek are set to attend a world premiere at the Austin Film Festival, and now, Quentin Tarantino is coming to the Paramount Theater for the release of his new book, Cinema Speculation.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has had a long-running relationship with Austin's own Richard Linklater, which could explain why Austin is the only Texas stop on the five-city tour. Starting in Los Angeles, the tour also stops in San Francisco, Portland, and New York City.
The Austin stop will take place on Saturday, November 12 at 7 pm, and tickets will include a copy of the book. The evening will feature an excerpt reading from Tarantino, as well as a conversation between the director and several notable film critics and historians.
Following the success of his No. 1 New York Times bestselling fiction book, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this new book is Tarantino's non-fiction debut. Organized around key American films from the 1970s, the work is part film criticism and film theory, part personal history.
Tickets will be available on Friday, October 7 at 10 am on the Paramount Theatre website.
Asleep at the Auction
There’s no stopping some collectors, who make historical gear and other oddities a lifelong pursuit. Ray Benson, frontman of the longtime Austin-based Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, has a looser grasp on some of his items.
“After 50 plus years of collecting, I realized it’s time for me to clean house and let someone else enjoy them for a while,” said Benson in a press release. “I wouldn’t say that I became a collector on purpose,” he later added.
In particular, he’s talking about memorabilia, custom guitars, classic cars, and even a custom motorcycle. New Braunfels-based Burley Auction is in charge of the sale, which will occur both in person in New Braunfels and online on October 15. So each item’s true value shines through, Benson will walk onlookers through his collection, telling stories from his career since 1970.
Collectibles are a great chance at name dropping, which in this case calls to memory connections with Willie Nelson, George Strait, Dolly Parton, and Commander Cody, among others. This is as interesting for an Asleep at the Wheel fan as any buyer who loves Texas and its nonconformist entertainment history.
“I’ve accumulated a vast collection of some really cool stuff! From the bay area music scene of the early ‘70s, to the Austin ‘Cosmic Cowboy’ movement” Benson said. “Hats, boots, posters, cars and guitars!”
Benson will auction off custom guitars, classic cars, and more on October 15.Photo by Mike Shore
In addition to connecting people with items that make them happy or teach them something, this auction benefits the Texas Dance Hall Preservation, which maintains antique gathering places across the state including two in Texas: the Austin Son’s of Hermann Mixed Lodge and the Broken Spoke.
The auction couldn’t have come at a more nostalgic time for Asleep at the Wheel, in the wake of its album Half A Hundred Years, released on October 1. As usual, the band will be at the Austin City Limits Festival (as one of its more stable offerings year-to-year) supporting the 19-track new release. Iconic musicians from the genre join the record as guests, plus three original band members who lend their talents for the first time in 40 years.
Registration details and a catalog of items for auction are available at BurleyAuction.com.