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The ATX Television Festival is only in its fourth year, but it has already become a must-attend event for TV fans — with more panels and special events than you can shake a script at. But some of the real highlights are the cast reunions for which the fest has quickly become known. So far ATX has reunited favorite actors from shows like Friday Night Lights, Boy Meets World — and this year's main attraction, Gilmore Girls.
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In addition to film, technology and music, SXSW is also showcasing rising talents and established artists throughout Austin, Texas this week.
Part of this year's Art at SXSW initiative includes a collaboration between POW! WOW! Hawaii, a global network of artists, and SprATX, an Austin-based art collective, to create several mural installations around downtown Austin.
Participating POW! WOW! artists Tatiana Suarez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Rone and Meggs, along with Austin locals Mouf, Truth, Lucas Aoki and Ana Maria, will continue working on The Impossible Wall Project through Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 PM.
You can check out the murals for free at Brick Oven located at 1209 Red River St, Megalomedia at 901 Barton Springs Rd, on Cesar Chavez Street at 1619 E Cesar Chavez St and the Spider House, located at 2908 Fruth St.
Can't make it to Austin? You can follow the artists' progress with @Spratx/Instagram.
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Forget Valentine's Day. February 14, for frequent flyers, has a new meaning this year thanks to a big announcement today from American Airlines. This Saturday, a date typically reserved for boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets, will be the day reservations open for domestic and international flights on AA's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Waitthat's not all.
Along with the tease to get your credit cards ready for this Saturday's ticket rush, American Airlines also granted the first peek inside the plane, posting three photos each of Business Class and Economy Class to their social media networks.
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OMG OMG OMG. We have good news and great news, both related to Hello Kitty and a certain airline fond of covering their planes in the illustrated character.
First, the good news:
Taipei-based EVA Air will soon add another Hello Kitty aircraft to their fleet, bringing the total to 7 airplanes covered in Sanrio cuteness. The theme hasn't yet been leaked, but the planethe second Boeing 777-300ER to sport a Hello Kitty livery (the other five are Airbus A330s)will be delivered in May 2015. Inside will be 333 seats: 39 business class, 56 premium economy, 238 economy.
Now, the great news:
Even though the latest incarnation of Dallas was canceled, life goes on at The Ewings' homestead.
The iconic Southfork Ranch in Parker TX which served as the backdrop for the original series and the recent TNT reboot, is still welcoming visitors daily for tours and events.
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest is less than two weeks away and, surprisingly, there are still tickets left. The annual music and comedy festival is taking place at Auditorium Shores on Nov. 7 -9.
This year they've packed even more awesomeness into a three day span with a lineup that includes Judas Priest, Nas,Death Cab For Cutie, Wiz Khalifa, Dinosaur Jr., Glassjaw, Mineral, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, John Waters, Fred Armisen and many more.
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We’ve done the 3+ hour drive from Dallas to Austin at least 100 times and can safely say that it is an incredibly boring way to spend an afternoon.
Difficulties include such things as keeping the car between the lines and staying awake, not to mention trying our best to avoid stopping off at Loves truck stop for the chicken fried chicken. Driving also makes us unable to get any work done as using our laptop while speeding down the highway is almost always frowned upon by police.
Thankfully, the smart people at Vonlane have introduced a new way to get from Dallas to Austin that avoids the stress of air travel and the turtle-like speeds of Amtrak while providing as luxurious an experience as public bus travel can manage. They also offer the flexibility to book in advance or on the day of your trip without paying the exorbitant prices you’d pay for a last-minute flight. One-way trips are $100.
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...As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas - even if the federal government has to force it to be.
The Wright Amendment was enacted in 1980 as a change to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. It was all about protecting the risk and financial investment put into opening Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1974, sheltering it from the older, smaller Love Field just a 21-minute drive away.
While the amendment was not technically created because of Southwest Airlines, the fear was that if Southwest, or any large carrier, continued to operate out of Love Field (previously the main airport in North Texas) it would decrease passenger numbers at the shiny, new and expensive DFW Airport.
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The Flying Cowboy Roo arrived in Texas!
As we mentioned yesterday, Qantas Airlines landed their Airbus A380 in Dallas yesterday from Sydney. The inaugural flight took about 15 hours, making it the world's longest route. It was also the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for the DFW airport.
Naturally, that's cause for celebration but since everything is bigger in Texas, Qantas really went all out in Terminal D for the plane's arrival, including a special appearance from Qantas Goodwill Ambassador, John Travolta.
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For whatever reason big airports seem to have big problems when it comes to concourse connectivity. Of course WiFi is available everywhere, but it usually comes with an annoying fee. Some of the big boy airports—like Atlanta—have finally flipped the switch to make things free, and now yet another major airport is finally doing the same.
It’s time for the WiFi to be free for all across Houston, as the airport authority has opened up the network to passengers at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. The rollout is complete over at Hobby Airport, but a couple of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental will need another month or so to work things out—so just be aware.
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This week, the world's longest commercial flight route scores a few more points in the world of aviation. Today marks the inaugural arrival of Qantas' Airbus A380, traveling from Sydney to Dallas as Qantas 7, a route previously operated with a Boeing 747-400ER. The jumbo days are over now, in favor of a superjumbo future.
The inaugural flight, the duration of which rings in around 15.5 hours, is scheduled to land at DFW at 1.45pm local time.
Not only will this be the first time Qantas uses an A380 for the route, but it marks the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for DFW Airport. In order to welcome the beast, the airport underwent some minor construction for updates to the international terminal (Terminal D). No doubt the ground crew at DFW are readying the water cannons right now.
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Twilight star Jackson Rathbone's JetBlue flight to Austin made an emergency landing this afternoon and he's been recounting the entire experience on Twitter.
Rathbone's first tweet, posted around 12:50 PM EST, simply read, "Thank you Jesus and the pilot of this plane."