Ballet East Dance Company is nearing its 40th anniversary. In 1978, Rodolfo Méndez founded the company with the goal of bringing dance to underserved communities in East Austin.
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More chickens are crossing the road and making their way into the backyards of Austin residents and their hearts.
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Each day, dozens of undocumented men show up at the Home Depot at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Woodward Street in Austin, Texas. For years now, this store has become a commonplace where day laborers go in hopes of finding jobs.
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300 million years ago, dragonflies were as large as seagulls. The Carboniferous period, part of the Paleozoic era, gave rise to massive plants, reptiles and insects. During this time, insects developed wings and the ability to fly. A fossil of a dragonfly from that period shows a wingspan of 2.5 feet.
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Despite their feeding habits, bald eagles are graceful and fascinating creatures. At 5 years old, these birds seek a lifelong partner by performing courtship calls and aerial displays, including a cartwheel maneuver known as the death spiral. The spectacle begins at a high altitude as the eagles lock their talons while tumbling down, breaking apart just before hitting the ground. The dangerous display exhibits the fitness levels of the eagles, a factor in choosing a partner.
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Remember the old Roadrunner cartoon, where Wile E. Coyote constantly tried to capture his speedy nemesis? I laughed at their antics, but I always felt bad for the coyote as he failed time after time. My parents assured me that coyotes manage very well in the real world and aren’t subject to constant torment.
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Owls are oftentimes portrayed as a symbol of wisdom, but they’re not as bright as avian relatives like ravens, jays and magpies. The majority of their brainpower is focused on keen senses of hearing and vision. What owls lack in traditional wisdom, they make up for in hunting skills.
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On Saturday, Nov. 19, Grouplove took the outdoor stage at Stubb’s Austin for the second night in a row to conclude the first leg of their Big Mess tour. The indie-rock band from Los Angeles began the tour shortly after the release of their third album, Big Mess, on Sept. 9, 2016.
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Growing up it was rare for my family to go out to eat. However, when we did we would stay away from restaurants that claimed to serve Mexican food unless family friends recommended it. At first, I did not really understand why, but as I grew older and began going out to eat with my friends I realized that I would rather eat the delicious and savory meals my mom prepared than eat at wannabe and overpriced “Mexican” restaurants.
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As we drove into Wimberley’s town square, I rolled down the window and my dog immediately began to bask in the cool autumn breeze as his fur blew gently. We both observed the quaint shops, decorated boots and bustling activity on either side of the street. Wimberley was already charming me.
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