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Sandra Bullock, San Antonio tacos and more: what’s on celebrities' minds at SXSW
Lizzo sat down with iHeart Media's Angela Yee for a Keynote on Sunday. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

With the red carpet rolled out in front of the Paramount Theatre and loads of sessions each day, South by Southwest is buzzing with celebrities and influencers who are offering their take on Austin’s food, growth and culture. Here’s what they had to say:

Pedro Pascal, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Radcliffe

Pascal, known for his roles in the Mandalorian and Game of Thrones, arrived in Austin for the premiere of his film “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” He lived in San Antonio after emigrating from Chile, so Austin 360 was curious about his stance on whether Austin’s taco scene beats out San Antonio's.

“It's San Antonio, people. It’s San Antonio," Pascal said. "If we’re talking about tacos? Chile con queso, maybe you can get that in Austin. But you get a taco in San Antonio, por favor! As far as I remember, yeah. Sorry, I love Austin."

Anne Hathaway, meanwhile, came to Austin for the premiere of her new show “WeCrashed.” The Princess Diaries actress seems to be a big fan of Austin tacos, and swung by East Austin’s Nixta Taqueria.

Also on food, Daniel Radcliffe was in need of barbecue recommendations. If you're in Radcliffe's boat, we have you covered with our guide to some of the best spots.

Sandra Bullock

On Saturday, Sandra Bullock was at the premiere of the latest action and comedy film she’s in, “The Lost City.” The actress, who lives in Austin, would be up for having women's soccer here. She was also asked what she thinks about the uptick of people moving to the capital city.

"If people come here and they appreciate what it has going and don’t try to change it, I say welcome,” Bullock said. “Just make sure the community is taken care of. Don’t try and change it, it’s perfect."

We agree, Austin is perfect. Except for its tacos, Pascal might say.


1 p.m. Sunday, Keynote with Lizzo | Austin Convention Center Ballroom D

The keynote speaker Sunday was “Truth Hurts” singer Lizzo, who talked about body representation and her new show, “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.”

"This is something that has been a passion of mine for years and years and years before I had a TV show," Lizzo said. " I needed big girls more than I needed a television show. Ever since 2014, I've had open casting calls for dancers that look like me and it's been very difficult."

Jonathan Van Ness

Queer Eye to resume casting 6th season in Austin. (Queer Eye/Instagram)

Rocking a hot pink dress, the “Queer Eye” star took to the stage Monday to talk about the beauty industry and identity.

And as Texas makes headlines for Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to treat gender affirming care as child abuse— an order that was blocked by State District Judge Amy Clark Meachum on Friday—Van Ness also covered gender during his talk.

Van Ness said we should be talking about matters like climate change, gun safety, infrastructure, etc. “But yet again, trans people are used as a scapegoat for political purposes.”

The latest season of Queer Eye took place in Austin, where the group visited sites like nonprofit Safe in Austin.

“You shouldn’t have to change who you are to be safe and to be loved,” Van Ness said during Monday’s talk.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis, who attended the festival for the premiere of “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” also talked about rights for transgender Texans.

In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Curtis shared her stance on Abbott’s order.

“It’s outrageous and horrifying that the governor has taken this position,” Curtis told the Statesman, noting that Ruby, her daughter, is trans. “I will do everything that I can, along with millions of other people, to support and defend the rights of these trans young people.”


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.