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Houston Has the Happiest of All Holiday Museum Exhibits

December 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking for something to do with the kiddos that’s a little more exciting that the checking out the Santa Claus imposter helper at the local mall—we’ve got an idea. An exhibit, "Merry Grinchmas! The Art of Dr. Seuss," is now doing its thing at the Children’s Museum of Houston. It’s one way to get into the holiday spirit, and we’re thinking it might just get a smile out of both the little kids and the big kids.

Things run through January 23, as visitors are welcome to check out the life, times, and artwork of Theodor Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss. Original artifacts, drawings, paintings, and a few reproductions will all be on display to show off over 70 years of creativity and color. The museum promises to show off some rare images from times between the 1920s and 1990s, and they’re saying its stuff most have never even seen before.

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How to Follow the Footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde in Texas and Louisiana

December 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tale of Bonnie & Clyde was resurrected last night in Part 1 of a new TV miniseries about the real-life couple and the infamous crime spree that cost them their lives nearly 80 years ago.

The continued fascination with history's most wanted couple keeps Bonnie & Clyde tourism going strong in Texas and Louisiana.

In Dallas, TX, local Freda Dillard gives a four-hour Bonnie & Clyde Tour that includes the location where they first met, Bonnie's former workplace Hargraves Cafe, and the Grapevine location where they murdered two highway patrolmen. The group tour, which can accommodate up to 57 people, costs $240.

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Let Dallas Airport Worry About Shipping Your Holiday Shopping

December 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is Cyber Monday, and that means there’s all kinds of discounts to be had across the internet. However, after scoring a few digital deals, we suggest hitting the terminals and concourses to look for the next big thing in holiday gifts, and that’s because Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is all about shipping and shopping for the next few weeks.

The airport is offering to ship gifts back to where you call home—no checked baggage free required—for those items purchased at the airport. Things started up on November 22, and the option will run through December 24. It’s called "You Shop, We Ship," and is available to all travelers who grab something valued at $50 or more in the airport—but there are some certain restrictions depending on the store or the seller. Let’s just say that the copy of US Weekly from Hudson News isn’t going to be eligible for this promotion.

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Where to Catch the Best Movies of Alamo Drafthouse's 'Fantastic Fest'

November 14, 2013 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

This month eight of the films screened during Austin's Fantastic Fest back in September will be played at Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the country.

“We wanted to bring the excitement of Fantastic Fest to other cities around the country,” Fantastic Fest founder Tim League said. “Genre film fans will get a sneak peek at this year’s hands-down craziest and wickedly enjoyable movies.”

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Guess Who Vomited on a JetBlue Flight Yesterday

November 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebs! They're just like us! Well, "us" in general, since we would probably never find ourselves in the messy predicament actress and comedian Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation, SNL, Marcel the Shell) found herself in on a flight yesterday:

JetBlue's flight number 794 travels from Austin, TX to New York, NY, a popular route with filmmakers, musicians and others in creative industries.

Thanks to Slate's attention to detail and inclusion of the flight number in her tweet, @jetblue responded that they will go the extra mile to make sure the crew receives her thanks and appreciation.

Also onboard was fellow comedian and new author Rob Delaney, who also took the time to tweet an observation at JetBlue, to which JetBlue replied with their usual social media brilliance.

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Attend a Live Reenactment of the 'Carrie' Prom This Weekend

October 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

The remake of Carrie hits theaters today, and to celebrate horror attractions across the country have been using the movie's iconic prom scene to their advantage.

This week, the Savage House near San Diego gave anyone who donated a prom dress to a local charity free admission to their haunted house, and Blood Manor in NYC has been giving away Carrie swag as well as student discounts. Those are great, but Hangman's House in Fort Worth, TX has taken the theme to a whole new level.

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Why Southwest Airlines is So Excited for October 13, 2014

October 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week’s a big deal for the planes and people over at Southwest Airlines, the week that the countdown to the end of the Wright Amendment finally begins. The 1979 federal law limited where planes could fly out of Dallas-Love Field to cities in and around Texas and a few neighboring states, but once it expires, the airline will have a lot more freedom when it comes to where the blue-bellied planes can fly.

This marks a continuation of good news for Southwest in the Lone Star State. Just the other day we mentioned that the carrier was hard at work building its first international terminal over at Houston-Hobby, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the flight freedom that’s on the horizon at Love Field. We’re now one year away—October 13, 2014—from the day when the wing-clipping rules and regulations will be in the past.

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OMGWTFBBQ. Check Out United's Boeing 777 Barbeque Pit

September 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

THERE IS. A BARBEQUE PIT. SHAPED LIKE A BOEING 777.

Take a second to process that, and then update your iCal to include the dates February 27 - March 1 2014, when this miracle of modern engineering will again cook up thousands of hot dogs and hamburgers during Houston's World Championship Bar-be-que.

The pit itself was born in 1999, designed by a Continental Airlines maintenance foreman and constructed by BBQ Pits by Klose. It's a 1:10 scale 777, now repainted with the updated United merger livery.

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NASA's Space Shuttle-Carrying Boeing 747 to Open for Tours in 2015

September 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Houston has a problem.

Or, rather, Houston had a problem, as their bitterness from being passed over when NASA handed out Space Shuttles may be staunched by the delivery of the special 747 carrier plane instead.

Okay, so the home of Mission Control will likely never heal from the pain of the Shuttle decision, but a consolation prize does mean the city's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center will have something other than laboratories, training rooms and the mission control center to show off to visitors. According to Space.com, the modified 747 "Shuttle Carrier Aircraft" will be disassembled with Boeing's help, shipped to Houston, and reassembled within a brand new, $12 million, six-story building at Space Center Houston, adjacent to Johnson Space Center.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for an Ice Cream Festival

August 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

The summer heat has been kind to many areas across the country the last couple of weeks, but that’s not necessarily the case over in Austin, Texas. A quick look at the extended forecast shows high temperatures flirting with almost 100 degrees well into the weekend. The warm weather is a great excuse to take a break with a sweet treat, so it’s perfect timing for the area’s annual ice cream festival.

The seventh scoop is taking place this weekend on Saturday, August 17, and the fun is scheduled to run between 10am and 7pm at Fiesta Gardens right at the shores of Ladybird Lake. The city’s ice cream festival is exactly what you’d expect, but we say that in the best way possible. Games, activities, contests, and plenty of live entertainment, and of course all the ice cream you care to enjoy—it’s all included with the cost of admission. Even your dog is welcome to tag along as well, and we’re pretty sure someone will be there with some pet friendly deserts.

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United Joins the Ranks of Airlines Who Drive Elite Flyers Straight to the Plane

July 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re a frequent flyer you're probably used to some of the benefits that come along with elite status. Dedicated check-in lines at the airport, access to faster security checkpoints, and of course the potential to be bumped up to business class on occasion are all just part of the fun. Well that’s just the beginning for United flyers, as it looks like there’s even a new way to get around the airport.

The carrier just received a fresh order of vehicles, and now they’re starting to pick up passengers—with a Mercedes-Benz or two—right at the airport. Travelers heading through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston now have the chance to get picked up right from their plane and chauffeured over to their connecting flight.

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How to Get Tickets to Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest

July 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced this year's lineup, including M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Snoop Dogg, The Descendents, Jurassic 5, and Ice-T, just in time for tickets to go on sale today.

The festival will run from November 8-10 at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX and will also include a comedy show and action sports experience.

Three-day passes to the festival are now available for $179, which includes entry to all 3 days of FFF 8, entry into FFF Nites, and all taxes, fees, and shipping charges. To purchase passes, visit funfunfunfest.com soon because they are sure to go fast!

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