5 Lunchtime Links: Help with those tough ACL decisions and more

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Fans watch Johnnyswim perform at the Austin Ventures stage at the Austin City Limits fest. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR / AMERICAN STATESMAN

 

Fans watch Johnnyswim perform at the Austin Ventures stage at the Austin City Limits fest. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR / AMERICAN STATESMAN

Fans watch Johnnyswim perform at the Austin Ventures stage at the Austin City Limits fest. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR / AMERICAN STATESMAN

1. ACL in T minus five days.

If you’re a ticket holder, you have plenty to consider before Friday’s kickoff of the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival. What are you going to eat? ACL favorites like East Side King and Tamale Addiction are back, but check out the full list of vendors if you want to venture out and try something new. Want to sing along, but don’t quite know all the words? Listen to our ACL playlist. It can also help you determine which show you’re going to when the inevitable scheduling conflict pops up. Not sure what to ask Drake when you finally meet him Saturday? Maybe our imaginary interview with him can give you some ideas.

Is all of this upsetting you because you’re not a ticket holder? Enter the Austin American-Statesman’s giveaway and cross your fingers!

2. Texas brings home nine gold medals at national beer festival.

Texas beers brought home the gold this weekend at the annual Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Of the 15 medals won (one less than last year), nine of them were gold. Brewers from Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and other Texas cities had something to cheers to Saturday when they competed against 1,552 breweries from all around the country for 275 coveted medals, and left with gold medals for categories like “brett beer” and “robust porter.”

3. ‘Breaking Bad’ actors campaign in New Mexico election.

FILe - In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Steven Michael Quezada an actor on the series "Breaking Bad," arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Quezada is jumping in a race for a heated county commissioner seat in Albuquerque. Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad", said Monday, July 20, he will announce this week that he will run for the Bernalillo County Commission. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

FILe – In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Steven Michael Quezada an actor on the series “Breaking Bad,” arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Quezada is jumping in a race for a heated county commissioner seat in Albuquerque. Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series “Breaking Bad”, said Monday, July 20, he will announce this week that he will run for the Bernalillo County Commission. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Life outside of “Breaking Bad” proves a little more ordinary than the show depicts. Dean Norris, who played DEA agent Hank Schrader, is helping friend and co-star Steven Michael Quezada, who played agent Steven Gomez, in his campaign for New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Commission. The 52-year-old Quezada, an elected Albuquerque Public Schools board member, is one of four candidates seeking a District 2 commission seat. Quezada also called Saul Goodman, or actor Bob Odenkirk, for help with his campaign.

4. Burger King’s debuts Whopper with black bun for Halloween. 

Really bored of the color of your hamburger bun? Burger King hears you. The burger chain has announced it will bring a black burger, similar to one of its Japanese menu items, to the U.S. starting today. While the Japanese version uses squid ink to achieve its distinct coloring, the American item will do so by baking steak sauce directly into the bun. Will you be biting into a black burger this season, and would you like some green ketchup to go with it?

5. Margaret Atwood’s new book “The Heart Goes Last” comes out tomorrow.

A Booker Prize shortlister five times over, Margaret Atwood jumps right into her favorite and familiar themes with her new book, “The Heart Goes Last,” set for release tomorrow, the New York Times reported. A couple attempting to stay afloat in the midst of social and economic collapse, the book covers issues like sexism and navigating moral accountability during a technologically advanced era. Atwood came up with the idea for the book after reading about for-profit prisons. “For-profit prisons are never a good idea, because to keep them profitable you have to keep having more prisoners,” she said.

Atwood will be one of more than 300 authors to participate in Texas Book Fest at the Capitol this October.


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