5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Hamilton’ ticketing site crash

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This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," in New York. Producers of the smash hit “Hamilton” have announced that their ticket lottery is going digital and their impromptu daily performances outside the theater will take a break for winter. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)
This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," in New York. Producers of the smash hit “Hamilton” have announced that their ticket lottery is going digital and their impromptu daily performances outside the theater will take a break for winter. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, foreground, with the cast during a performance of “Hamilton,” in New York. Producers of the smash hit “Hamilton” have announced that their ticket lottery is going digital and their impromptu daily performances outside the theater will take a break for winter. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

1. “Hamilton” ticket lottery moves online due to dangerous crowding.

Getting tickets to the megahit Broadway musical “Hamilton” just got a little harder. The show will continue to offer its ticket lottery, which awards 21 people a front-row, $10 ticket (which normally sell upward of $300), but the lottery was officially moved to an online format earlier today. This means no more impromptu daily performances in front of the lottery line outside the theater. Part of the reason the lottery was moved online was because of the large crowds that gathered to watch. It also means a lot of angry fans who reported that the ticketing website immediately crashed. Guess for now lip syncing numbers in our kitchen will have to suffice.

2. Brooklyn’s Roberta’s to take over Bufalina for four days.

Austin pizza royalty Bufalina will get a New York take when Roberta’s, one of the “best pizza places in New York City,” commands the oven for four days later this month. If you visit Bufaline from January 25-28 you’re in store for a delicious New York/Texas hybrid slice. The restaurant is also set to open its second location, at 6555 Burnet Road, on January 16.

3. Which movie theater in Austin doesn’t ban open carry?

The Imax theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum doesn’t mind if you want to watch a movie in the company of your gun. Instead of opting out of the open carry law like all other Austin movie theaters (including major chains AMC, Regal and Alamo Drafthouse) the “museum respectfully requests that weapons not be brought into the facility.” A concealed or open carry gun license can just as “respectfully” deny this request.

4. “Making a Murderer” viewers sign petitions to pardon Steven Avery.

Viewers of the Netflix original series “Making a Murderer” are determined to set things right. Many finished watching the 10-part docuseries about Steven Avery, a Wisconsin inmate convicted for murder in 2005, and disagreed with the court’s ruling and the investigative procedures that landed Avery in jail. They are convinced Avery, who was previously imprisoned for 20 years, was not given a fair trial. As of today, a petition titled “Free Steven Avery,” has more than 250,000 signatures. The petition asks for a presidential pardon.

5. Netflix announces Guillermo del Toro series.

A new series “Trollhunters” will feature all the creepy stylings of acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro and all the ease of watching at home Netflix offers viewers. The show will feature a “new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.” The announcement was accompanied by news that Netflix and Dreamworks will expand their multi-year deal, and release a reboot of “Voltron.”


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