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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. From Texas being more popular than we thought, to Austin getting a lot less popular, here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. New poll reveals shocking results on how outsiders view Texas. We may be able to lay down the "don't mess with Texas" attitude when it comes to outside opinions of the state — we're actually pretty well-liked.

2. The Austin housing market is outperforming national trends, latest report shows. Even though home sales are falling everywhere, they're falling less dramatically in Central Texas. It looks like the Austin market is stabilizing.

3. Austin plummets on list of best places to live in new national report. Austinites can't seem to tell if this is good news (less hype) or bad news (we already live here). We're not even close to the top 10 anymore.

4. Rock legend Stevie Nicks extends tour with new Austin date. One of rock's most iconic and stylish performers is coming to Austin's Moody Center for a solo show this August. At 74, she still has a strong hold on fans' imaginations.

5. Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this weekend. Austinites are always adding things to their busy schedules — this week it was a comedy show with Steve Martin and Martin Short, a big same-name meetup, a benefit show with local stars, and more.

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Post Malone is not coming to Austin on his Texas tour, even though his album is called Austin

Texas Superstar

Rapper/singer Post Malone will continue his road warrior ways with the upcoming "If Y'all Weren’t Here, I’d Be Crying" Tour, which will make two stops in Texas — with a pretty glaring omission, all things considered.

The tour is in support of his forthcoming album, Austin, the fifth of his career. It will be released July 28, shortly before the two Texas concerts. And despite the title of the album, neither of those two stops are Austin. He comes to Dallas on August 5 and Houston on August 8.

That's time enough to squeeze in an Austin stop between those two dates, if you ask us, but fans will have to make do with having a whole album named for their city.

The 24-city tour, starting in Noblesville, Indiana on July 8, gives Post Malone just a short break, as he's finishing up the European leg of his 22-23 "Twelve Carat Tour" on May 20. In fact, Dallas-Fort Worth fans just saw the Grapevine-raised superstar perform, as he played in both Dallas and Fort Worth in October 2022.

Austinis likely to be as popular as Post Malone's previous four albums, each of which reached the top 5 on the Billboard 200, with two — 2017's Beerbongs and Bentleys and 2019's Hollywood's Bleeding — going to No. 1. The first single from the new album, “Mourning,” will be released on Friday, May 19.

“I love y’all so very much and I’m so excited to get out and do some more shows for y’all," said Post Malone in a statement. "Help me put a baby through college and come on out. Some cool new production, new songs, and a very very handsome man up on stage. Sending love to you and yours.”

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning on Wednesday, May 17 at 10 am until Thursday, May 18 at 11:59 pm through the Citi Entertainment program.

Additional pre-sales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale beginning on Friday, May 19 at 10 am at livenation.com.

The tour will also offer a variety of different VIP packages and experiences for fans to take their concert experience to the next level. Packages vary but include premium tickets, access to the World Pong League VIP Lounge, exclusive VIP gift items, and more.


  • Sat Jul 08 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
  • Sun Jul 09 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
  • Tue Jul 11 – Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • Wed Jul 12 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
  • Fri Jul 14 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Sat Jul 15 – East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
  • Mon Jul 17 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
  • Wed Jul 19 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
  • Sat Jul 22 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
  • Sun Jul 23 – Hartford, CT– XFINITY Theatre
  • Tue Jul 25 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
  • Wed Jul 26 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
  • Sat Jul 29 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
  • Mon Jul 31 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Tue Aug 01 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Thu Aug 03 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • Sat Aug 05 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Tue Aug 08 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • Thu Aug 10 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
  • Sat Aug 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
  • Sun Aug 13 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Tue Aug 15 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
  • Wed Aug 16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Sat Aug 19 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater
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iHeartCountry Festival Rocks Austin for the 10th Year

iHeart This Festival

The iHeartCountry Festival returned to Austin on Saturday, May 13, 2023. It's clear that even after 10 years, the fest — with superstar performances, a daytime village, and a packed Moody Center crowd — is still going country strong.

Fans that weren't able to get tickets to the big show still enjoyed some amazing performances from today's hit makers. A free daytime village event took place in front of the Moody Center throughout the afternoon. The crowd was treated to performances by Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Priscilla Block, Cooper Alan, and Bailey Zimmerman.

There were other opportunities to get prepped for the evening as well. Capitol One hosted a Soundcheck Party with Kane Brown, where he played three songs for the intimate group, then took part in an exclusive Q&A with Jordan Davis as surprise guest. Attendees were treated to a VIP event with food, drinks, photo ops, and swag.

But the main event is what really had the crowd cheering: Luke Bryan kicked things off with a handful of his biggest hits, followed by sets from Mitchell Tenpenny and Carly Pearce. There was a guitar pull (musicians sharing the same guitar, as if at a campfire) where Bailey Zimmerman performed "A Rock and A Hard Place," which paints a lyrical picture of "A midnight in Austin/Damn, I'm exhausted."

Speaking of Austin, as always, the event was hosted by iHeart's Bobby Bones Show gang. Bobby, Amy Brown, and Lunchbox all hosted the popular radio show for many years here in Austin before moving to Nashville.

At the conclusion of the guitar pull, the Brothers Osbourne took the stage for a surprise performance, and the crowd erupted. Two nights prior, they took home Duo of the Year at the 2023 ACM Awards in Frisco, Texas.

Fresh off her performance at the LBJ Foundation's tribute to Willie Nelson the night before, Elle King performed next. There were also performances by Justin Moore, Jordan Davis, Sam Hunt, and Austin's own Parker McCollum. Technically, McCollum is from Conroe, Texas, but he moved to Austin after high school and recorded his debut album at Cedar Creek Recording.

Kane Brown headlined the show, closing out the night with a number of tunes, including "Like I Love Country Music" and "Good As You." For his final song, Kane's wife Katelyn Brown joined him on stage to perform their massive hit "Thank God."

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Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for iHeartRadio

Luke Bryan performs onstage during the 2023 iHeartCountry Festival presented by Capital One at Moody Center on May 13, 2023 in Austin, Texas.

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Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie paints a complete picture of the actor's complex life

Movie Review

Of all the big stars that rose to fame in the 1980s, few appealed as broadly as Michael J. Fox, who hit his peak in 1985 when he was simultaneously on the second-most popular TV show, Family Ties, and in the No. 1 movie of the year, Back to the Future (not to mention Teen Wolf, a schlocky werewolf comedy that rode the BTTF wave to a No. 23 finish).

However, as the new Apple TV+ documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie demonstrates, Fox’s life has come to be defined more by a disease that is out of his control than by the career he crafted. Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Davis Guggenheim, the film could have been a standard one where Fox and his celebrity friends talk about his career, extolling his winning personality and his positivity in the face of living with Parkinson’s disease the past 30 years.

Instead, Fox and Guggenheim let Fox do almost all the talking, whether through a direct-to-camera interview, candid moments with his family and others, narrating stories about his life, or scenes from his many projects. While all of these methods are illuminating in one way of another, Guggenheim’s clever usage of actors to re-create stories from Fox’s life, as well as scenes from different Fox projects to emphasize real-life moments, are the most effective in crafting a compelling narrative.

Those stories are consistently interesting, whether it’s about him pulling double duty with Family Ties and Back to the Future, where he only got 2-3 hours of sleep each night while filming both over the course of three months; or talking about his bad behavior in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, when he let success go to his head. Fox also talks about how the idea of being still was foreign to him for many years, and Guggenheim illustrates this with countless scenes of the diminutive-but-athletic actor running, jumping, and flipping in a variety of roles.

Anyone who has not seen Fox in recent years may be shocked by the degree to which his Parkinson’s has progressed, as he’s shown to have difficulty walking and having to do special vocal exercises to speak clearly. But lest you think Fox is asking for pity, he’s the first one to dispel that notion. Despite clear frustration with the more onerous parts of the disease, he’s always ready with a joke to deflect from uncomfortable situations, and readily acknowledges what a blessed life he has led.

Still paints a complete picture of Fox the man, someone who’s been to the height of fame and brought low by a disease that can be managed but not cured. Like all of us, he contains multitudes, and the film shows all sides of him, even if it’s his affability that shines through time and again.


Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie debuts on Apple TV+ on May 12.

Photo courtesy of John Cusack

John Cusack brings the boom box to Austin for exclusive screening of  Say Anything

Cusack in conversation

Actor John Cusack will thrill kids of the 1980s when he hosts several Texas screenings of popular movies of his from that decade, with Austin on the agenda.

Cusack will come to the Paramount Theatre on June 22 for a screening of Say Anything.

Film fans looking to take the full Texas tour of '80s nostalgia can find Cusack in Fort Worth the following day (Friday, June 23) for a screening ofSixteen Candles, followed by Say Anything in Dallas on Saturday, June 24. Cusack will round out his Texas travels in Houston for a June 25 screening of his 2000 film, High Fidelity.

Most screenings will be followed by a live conversation about Cusack's career and the making of the film, as well as a Q&A.

Cusack was just getting his start in Hollywood when he scored the supporting part of Bryce in 1984's Sixteen Candles, serving mostly as a sidekick to Anthony Michael Hall's character. He had established himself as a leading man by the end of the decade when he tried to woo Ione Skye in Cameron Crowe's 1989 classic, Say Anything.

The actor has enjoyed an enviable career over the past 40 years, starring in a wide range of dramas, thrillers, and comedies, including The Grifters, Eight Men Out, Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, and Grosse Pointe Blank. He was most recently seen in the Amazon sci-fi series Utopia.

Tickets for the Paramount event will go on sale on Friday, April 28 at 10 am.

Photo courtesy of John Cusack

An Evening with John Cusack

Actor John Cusack will host a screening of one of his most popular movies, Say Anything, followed by a live conversation about his career and the making of the film, as well as a Q&A.

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City of Austin offers bonuses to meet lifeguard staffing shortage

Just keep swimming

It's that time of the year again! Pools are getting busier on the weekends, and that means the demand for lifeguards is on the rise. Right now, the City of Austin is offering pay bonuses to help fill its shortage.

The City currently operates 45 public aquatic facilities, including Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool, as well as 22 neighborhood pools and 11 splash pads.

In an effort to fill over 500 lifeguard positions at pools and summer camps, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has changed its bonus structure. The new structure is tied to the number of hours worked.

To receive the bonuses, an employee must earn a minimum of $20 an hour work between May 21 and August 12 to be eligible for any bonus payouts. For example, lifeguards will receive a $250 bonus for 200 hours of work, and 300 and 400 hours of work will add another $250 bonus.


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus navigates marriage pitfalls in You Hurt My Feelings

Movie Review

Anybody who’s been married or in a long-term relationship knows that it’s almost impossible to be completely honest with his or her partner. There are always going to be moments – whether for the sake of expediency, in a show of support, or other reasons – when one person withholds their true opinion so as not to hurt the other person’s feelings.

That idea is the central tension point of You Hurt My Feelings, which follows Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a writer/teacher, and her husband, Don (Tobias Menzies), a therapist. Beth is in the middle of trying to get her first fiction book published, a process that is causing her unceasing anxiety. Don sees a series of patients, including a constantly-bickering couple (played by real-life husband and wife David Cross and Amber Tamblyn), and a few lapses cause him to question his commitment to the profession.

When Beth and her sister, Sarah (Michaela Watkins), accidentally overhear Don telling his brother-in-law, Mark (Arian Moayed), that he doesn’t like Sarah’s new book and is exhausted having to tell her otherwise, it sends Beth into an emotional spiral. The aftermath winds up pulling in not just the two couples, but also Beth and Don’s son, Eliot (Owen Teague), dredging up feelings that all of them normally try to keep hidden.

Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the film is a funny and genuine look at how even the best couples can run into pitfalls. By most measures, Beth and Don get along fantastically well, supporting each other unwaveringly and showing their love in a variety of ways. When the story puts them at odds with each other, there’s never a question that they belong together, as even their arguments are tinged with exasperation instead of anger.

Holofcener complements the story of Beth and Don with a nice variety of side plots, including Eliot trying to start his own writing career while working at a weed store; Beth and Sarah’s mom, Georgia (Jeannie Berlin), offering up support and criticism in equal measures; and more. Don’s patients and Beth’s students offer an opportunity to expand the two characters’ personalities outside of their marriage while also adding a few other funny roles.

While perhaps not the most insightful film about marriage that’s ever been made, it is still highly enjoyable thanks to Holofcener’s writing and the strong performances. Filmed in New York City, the particular feel of that urban landscape and the way it affects the lives of the characters also plays a big part in the success of the film.

Louis-Dreyfus, as always, is a delight to watch. A kind of spiritual sequel to her previous collaboration with Holofcener, 2013’s Enough Said, the film gives her plenty of room to show off both her comedic and dramatic skills. Menzies makes for a steady presence, showing good chemistry with Louis-Dreyfus and a preternatural calm in therapy sessions. Watkins, Moayed, Teague, and Berlin all fit in seamlessly.

You Hurt My Feelings is not a world-changing kind of movie, but rather a solidly-told story about how relationships can be complicated. With actors who are easy to like and Holofcener’s reliably great filmmaking, it’s a movie for adults that’s nice counter-programming to the glut of summer blockbusters.


You Hurt My Feelings is now playing in theaters.

Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings

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Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings.

CEO of nonprofit that heads Amplify Austin steps down for more family time

She lives here, she gives here

If Austinites love anything, it's local businesses, and one nonprofit does more than any other on getting customers and their favorite businesses together to give back. I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH), the organization that heads Amplify Austin and supports fundraising efforts for Austin nonprofits, has announced that its CEO, Courtney Manuel, will be stepping down from her position effective June 30, 2023.

Manuel has been the CEO for five years and has been instrumental in driving the expansion of the nonprofit's other programs, like Giving Tuesday and the Big Give She is staying involved in some capacity, but stepping down to spend more time with her family.

The nonprofit amplifies giving in Central Texas by connecting individual donors and volunteers with local causes they support. The community-wide programs make giving possible for everyone, often by driving donations through purchases at favorite local businesses.

During her tenure, Manuel led I Live Here I Give Here in raising $118.9 million cumulatively since 2007. The strategic partnerships she built in corporate giving led to more transparency in the process with the creation of Growing Good — a corporate giving tracker — and a partnership with the City of Austin's Corporate Engagement Council. She also set a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging strategy and grew BIPoC representation within the organization.

Manuel shared a sense of achievement in the non-profit’s accomplishments during her tenure in a press release, saying, "I am incredibly proud … especially [of] surpassing $118 million raised for the Central Texas nonprofit community."

She also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead I Live Here I Give Here through a pandemic. “I love this organization and foresee a bright future ahead for it and the next leader lucky enough to serve at the helm.”

The ILHIGH board has initiated a thorough search process to identify a new leader who will continue to advance the nonprofit's mission. Manuel will serve as a consultant to assist with this transitional period. The board of directors, staff, and volunteers expressed their deepest gratitude to Courtney Manuel for her remarkable service.

"We are in a stronger place today due to Courtney’s time as CEO, and we are grateful for her fearless leadership over the last five years," said board chair Jackie Sekiguchi. “Courtney’s commitment to a smooth transition will ensure the continued success of this organization and the communities who rely on our programs.”

This departure shouldn’t change much about the organization itself. The board of directors, staff, and volunteers of I Live Here I Give Here remain committed to advancing the organization's mission and building on the foundation that Manuel has established over the past five years.

More information about I Live Here I Give Here is available at ilivehereigivehere.org.