5 Lunchtime Links: Symbolic piñata picnic addresses controversial store demolition and more

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(USE THIS PHOTO LEAD) Out for a leisurely stroll along Lady Bird Lake in Rendon Park at Festival Beach are husband and wife Mike and Miki Kelly, left, and their friend Joe Leggs, right. They walked in a light rain with their dogs Sunday afternoon October 25, 2015. In the foreground is one of a herd of massive piñata burros created by artist David Alexander Goujon as part of a city art project called Tempo, 10 Temporary Site-Specific Artworks for Hispanic Heritage Month. His artwork is entitled "Las Piñatas." RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
(USE THIS PHOTO LEAD) Out for a leisurely stroll along Lady Bird Lake in Rendon Park at Festival Beach are husband and wife Mike and Miki Kelly, left, and their friend Joe Leggs, right. They walked in a light rain with their dogs Sunday afternoon October 25, 2015. In the foreground is one of a herd of massive piñata burros created by artist David Alexander Goujon as part of a city art project called Tempo, 10 Temporary Site-Specific Artworks for Hispanic Heritage Month. His artwork is entitled "Las Piñatas." RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Out for a leisurely stroll along Lady Bird Lake in Rendon Park at Festival Beach are husband and wife Mike and Miki Kelly, left, and their friend Joe Leggs, right. They walked in a light rain with their dogs Sunday afternoon October 25, 2015. In the foreground is one of a herd of massive piñata burros created by artist David Alexander Goujon as part of a city art project called Tempo, 10 Temporary Site-Specific Artworks for Hispanic Heritage Month. His artwork is entitled “Las Piñatas.”
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

1. Picnic and piñatas offered as part of East Austin Studio Tour exhibit.

The three giant piñatas currently occupying the Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach lawn, part of David A. Goujon’s installation “Las Piñatas,” aren’t filled with candy. Instead, shake them around and you’ll hear the resounding rattle of political commentary. The figures represent the controversial demolition of an East Austin piñata store and the rampant gentrification of the area. During this weekend’s East Austin Studio Tour Goujon will host a Piñata Picnic at the park where guests can break regular-sized piñatas.

2. Missy Elliott returns after three years away.

Remember when Katy Perry learned you don’t invite Missy Elliott to your SuperBowl halftime show unless you want to be majorly outshone? Remember the last time Missy Elliott released a solo track? Neither do we. The hip-hop legend released “WTF (Where They From),” her first single in over three years, and we found ourselves asking Where You Been. You can watch the video for the new track here.

3. List of late night eats.

Matthew Odam has released his list of the best places to eat until midnight in and around downtown. It includes pizza staple Homeslice and artisanal sausage stop Frank. Our favorite french fry, chicken strip and mozzarella stick stuffed sandwich shop Big Bite didn’t make the list.

4. South Lamar In-N-Out now open.

Now there’s one more place on South Lamar you can leave burger-in-hand. California burger chain In-N-Out has opened its fourth Austin-area location at 3701 S. Lamar, to meet all of your “animal style” needs. We’re not saying it’s no P. Terry’s, but it is actually not a P. Terry’s.

5. Jeff Buckley’s first studio recordings to be released in posthumous album next year.

Beloved crooner who tragically drowned at the age of 30 Jeff Buckley will (in a sense) return next year when Columbia Records releases an album of the artist’s first studio recordings. The tracklist of “You and I” includes a host of covers, just like the cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that first brought him into the spotlight. The record’s release is set for March 11.


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