Fantastic Fest is Drawing Near at the Alamo Drafthouse

Fantastic Fest returns and this time at the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline theater, the largest one to date. Fantastic Fest dates are September 19th –  26th in Austin, Texas, so make your plans to attend as soon as possible.

FantasticFest Poster 2013

The Fantastic Fest Poster for 2013 is by artist Johnny Sampson

Machete Kills red letters [poster on IMDb 5.30.2013]

Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills will have its world premiere on September 19, 2013 as the opening night film for the 2013 festival, with talent from the film in attendance, including Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and Robert Rodriguez. Additional talent is to be confirmed closer to festival.

“Every year we compile our dream targets for opening night film; MACHETE KILLS was at the top of that list,” said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League. “We are going to pull out all the stops to ensure Robert’s world premiere red carpet experience is literally blood red.”

Rob Rod [solo] 5.30.2013

Photo of Robert Rodriguez in Austin at another film event this year – By Liz Lopez

“Fantastic Fest has quickly become the best place for fans to first experience the newest and coolest genre movies and blockbusters,” said director Robert Rodriguez. “I am honored and extremely excited for Machete Kills to have its world premiere right here in Austin and kick off Fantastic Fest.”

For the latest developments, tickets and badges, visit the Fantastic Fest official site and follow them on Facebook & Twitter.


The Spectacular Now in Austin and San Antonio Theaters

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The Spectacular Now is simply…spectacular, with the superb performances by Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X, 21 & Over) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). This is not the teen romantic comedy film one might assume that is offered during the summer, but has some depth to it and these actors can easily demonstrate their range of acting from the humorous to the quite dramatic.

The film opened in Austin and other locales, but it is just arriving in San Antonio today and will keep the spoilers to a minimum. Truly, there is one scene between these two actors that takes your breath away and not in the romantic sense. You see, high school senior Sutter Keely (Teller) likes to live his life for what it brings today. He has learned to cope with his life’s ups and downs by being the life of the party and keeping a drink cup with him all the time, even while on the job at a men’s clothing store. He has no plans for the future.

Until he wakes up on a neighbor’s lawn and finds Aimee Finicky (Woodley) staring down at him. They are utterly different and these opposites attract. The screenplay written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber based on the novel by Tim Tharp is one that keeps the viewer engaged and appeals to diverse audiences – not just teens. The cast includes Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh among many others that make this a stand out film.

It has been a favorite at both the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals this year, so now that it is in Texas theaters, I highly recommend viewing this for both the story and the performances.

Liz Lopez

Rating B+


Source: AFS,

Texas Wranglers Perform Tonight for CWV in Austin

TX Wranglers CWV public dance 8.23.2013

There is plenty of live music to choose from in the Capital City, but in case someone is looking for some Conjunto, mixed in with a bit of Country music and Tejano tunes, here is a last minute offering by the Catholic War Veteran’s Ladies Auxiliary, 4913 S. Congress in Austin [78745].

It is a dance open to the public, but the ticket price has not been provided. If interested, call 512.440.1533 for price and showtime.

For more information on Los Texas Wranglers, visit their website

Liz Lopez




Texas Parks Offer Fishing Classes Through This Fall

Fishing with the Ranger, a free catch and release instructional program, is offered every Friday of the month through October from 6PM–7PM and in November from 4PM–5PM. No reservations are required, but up to 30 participants are welcome and will meet behind the Park Store.

The program is free with the park entrance fee. The entrance fee is $6 per person for ages 13 years and older;  $3 for Seniors and free for children that are age 12 and under.

No fishing license is required while on state park property. The poles and the worms are provided.

picnic_Bastrop_SP--bryan_frazier Bryan Frazier, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

School may be starting again soon, but Labor Day will soon be upon us and families may seek outdoor activities to pursue before the cold weather sets in. Some state parks are not so far away and the drive can also serve as a good getaway from the city streets.

To find more information on this and other state park events/activities (other than fishing – including fairs and festivals) near you, call 512.793.2223 or visit

Liz Lopez



Arthur Gonzalez Botello (formerly Buenteo) Passed Away

Los Bexareños sent the following information:

“On a sad note, Los Bexareños has lost another one of its own. Los Bexareños extends their sincerest condolences to the family of Art Botello.”

Published in Express-News on August 20, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur Gonzalez Botello (formerly Buenteo) announces his passing after a brief illness, on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the age of 83 years. He was born on April 2, 1930 in Yoakum, Texas to Severo Solis Buenteo and Teresa V. Gonzalez. Arthur was a long time parishioner of San Francisco di Paola Catholic Church in San Antonio Texas. He served in the U.S. Army 147th Infantry during the Korean War. Art had a long civil service career as an Air Craft Mechanic specializing in composites with Kelly Air Force Base and retired from Lear Siegler Aerospace in 1995. He was a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4815 and Knights of Columbus Council 07016. Arthur had a deep passion for family history and was a member of Los Bexarenos Genealogical & Historical Society in San Antonio Texas. Arthur is preceded in death by his father, Severo Solis Buenteo and mother, Teresa V. Gonzalez; and mother of his children, and wife, Arlene Bicker Buenteo; his brothers, Adan, and Ignacio Buenteo; and sisters, Eva Tijerina and Eufemia Briseno. He is survived by his children, Severo M. and Raymond I. Buenteo , Elois B. White and Kathy A. Villa; brothers, Severo G. and Raymundo Buenteo; and sisters, Josephina Galan and Dora Castillo; grandchildren, Colby T. Buenteo, Jacob I. Villa, Severo N. Buenteo, Garrett M. White, Abram D. Jackson, Arthur Jackson, April Walker, Cecilia Ojeda-Collins, Delia De La Rosa, Natasha Jackson, Madelyne Buenteo; and great-grandchildren, Ryden, Ruari and Renzo Walker; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends who love him and will miss him. Visitation will be on Wednesday August 21, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough.


Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

You are invited to sign the guestbook at

The World’s End in Theaters Starting this Evening in Austin

When I first saw writer/director Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s comedies, Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), both starring Pegg and Nick Frost, I never dreamed of having the opportunity to meet the filmmakers and actors for the third installment of Wright’s trilogy, The World’s End. It happened recently and it is a most memorable interview opportunity!

The Worlds End poster on Santikos [139713h1]

Wright, Pegg and Frost were in Austin for the press tour of the highly anticipated film, as well as participants in the grand opening week signature programming events of the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline earlier this summer.

Alamo Drafthouse LakelinePhoto from the Q&A [L-R] Tim League, with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett

I was not the only one excited about Wright’s film that reteams him with his Spaced/Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz collaborators, Frost and Pegg. Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest’s new monthly magazine, BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. is also so excited about The World’s End, the whole second issue is centered around it. In The World’s End, a group of friends attempt to visit twelve pubs in their former hometown in one night, while a strange and mysterious invasion occurs around them.

BMD_Issue2_August2013_COVER-1Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest’s BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. August magazine cover  

The Wright films are known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy (also known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy because each film features a double scoop of blood and ice cream. Specifically, there is a different flavor of Cornetto – a tasty frozen treat famous in the UK (the equivalent of our Good Humor King Cone) – that represents the theme of each film (red-strawberry for zombie gore, blue original for police action and mint choc-chip for alien invasion).

The writing is great, the ensemble performances are hilarious with the fabulous cast and the music is an added treat to add to the scenes of five childhood friends reuniting 20 years after they left high school. Wright discussed the process of selection of music as a filmmaker, stating there was “a long playlist early on,” in order to determine what song lyrics would work. I do not have a copy of the soundtrack, but would love one based on the music I heard during the film.

Of course, the drinking feat is not conceived by any of the friends who have gone on to live the lives they have shaped for themselves and away from each other. Nope, the epic event is planned by 40-year-old Gary King (Pegg); the one who remains in a time warp of his youth. Although the gents agree to meet for this drinking marathon, they all discover so much more about each other and the world as it is evolving all around them, while they struggle to reach The World’s End pub.

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Photo from the Q&A [L-R] Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett

During the interview with the actors, I posed a question about challenges they faced in the production and if there was at least one that stood out the most. Pegg quickly responded, “I broke my hand,” adding this happened despite the physical training he had received for the fight scenes. Frost then added that he was “lucky” and did not sustain any injuries. He explained that he had done a dance film for seven months and had only one week in between starting work for this film, so the dancing was helpful. “It was like a dream to do this; but people don’t realize there are 14 to 15 hour days and we have to be fit.”

The World’s End is worth the wait and now is the time to get to the theater to view it. The World’s End opens nationwide on Friday, August 23rd. In Austin, screenings are available tonight in a few theaters, so check your local listings.

Liz Lopez

Rating B+

Source: Focus Features, Alamo Drafthouse


Music Benefit Scheduled for the late Armando ‘Kido’ Alba

Several members of the music industry in Texas have come together to host a benefit dance for a recently deceased musician, Armando ‘Kido’ Alba.

Alba fundraiser full poster

The benefit is to be held on Thursday, August 22nd, at the Austin Moose Lodge #1735, beginning at 8pm. The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Ave, in northeast Austin off Manor Rd where the former Mueller Airport entrance used to be.

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Ruben Ramos performing at the Poteet Festival in April 2013 – Photo Credit: Liz Lopez

Featured musical artists include Augustin Ramirez, Ruben Ramos, Joe Bravo, Gilbert Alba, Johnny Degollado, Los Texas Wranglers, West Side Horns (San Antonio) and others.

The event is open to the public for a $10 cover charge. The proceeds from the benefit are to assist the family with Mr. Alba’s medical and/or funeral costs.

Kido_Alba [comm fundraiser]-page-001This article (above) is about Armando ‘Kido’ Alba, written by fellow musician, Jesse Hernandez, was provided in a press release by Marcelo Tafoya, Austin based music historian who recently had some of his archives stolen.

For more information on the event, contact Austin Latino Music Association board member,  Isidoro Lopez, at 512.563.3697.


By Liz Lopez

Source: Isidoro Lopez, Marcelo Tafoya