Texas woman sings Selena’s ‘Como La Flor’ on ‘The Voice,’ wins spot

For the first time in “The Voice” history, someone finally sang the work of our “Queen of Tejano” Selena Quintanilla — and she happens to be from Texas too.

Selena Quintanilla Perez will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame this fall. **FILE**Selena Quintanilla Perez will be honored with Madame Tussauds wax figure this summer. In this 1994 photo, Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio. **FILE**Selena fans commemorated the 20th anniversary of her death this year. ** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena Quintanilla performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

Read: Remembering Selena: Tejano music star’s legacy lives on 20 years after her death

On this week’s episode of the singing competition,  Elia Esparza from El Paso stood on the nationally-watched stage and belted out Selena’s “Como La Flor” for judges Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine.

The judges’ curiosities peaked the moment those opening notes that are all too familiar to those of us from Texas began. She gave an impressive performance that would probably would have made Selena proud and by the end, Esparza had convinced Levine, Cyrus and Shelton to turn their chairs.

Related: Selena influenced style, beauty

Whose team did she pick? Watch the video to find out.


Beyoncé posed with fans at a beauty supply store in Texas

A few Beyoncé fans totally lucked out this weekend when Queen B strolled into a Houston beauty supply store and took a photo with them.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Levi's Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
 Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

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The singer was in her hometown to perform for her Formation tour on Thursday when she and her mother, Tina Knowles, decided to go to their old favorite shop Solid Gold Beauty Supply. Apparently, Tina needed some satin bonnets.

Related: Jay Z doesn’t believe Texas has pizza

While they were there, Beyoncé posed for a photo with a couple of fans who happened to be at the right place at the right time.


Here’s Tina talking about those bonnets.

And here’s Beyoncé posing in front of wall that she somehow makes look really cool.

Hear Wiz Khalifa rap over Austin band Survive’s ‘Stranger Things’ theme

It’s common knowledge at this point that everybody is in love with Netflix’s “Stranger Things” — even Wiz Khalifa, apparently.

Photo via Netflix

The rapper recently released his latest song, titled “Stranger Things,” in which he samples the theme song heard round the world. Khalifa takes bits of the eerie synth-driven, ’80s-inspired track created by Austin band Survive and turns it into a hip-hop beat featuring rapper J.R. Donato.

Read: In love with ‘Stranger Things’? The opening theme was scored by an Austin band

Throughout the track, Khalifa makes use of song’s namesake and repeatedly uses the word “stranger” — like a lot. “It’s like I’m talking to a stranger/ Now everybody getting stranger,” Khalifa sings. “They’re stranger/ I think I’m in danger, gotta wake my game up/ Gotta stay the same, watching everybody change/ Ah now they’re getting stranger.” How inspired.

Related: First round of SXSW 2017 artists includes Survive, Tameca Jones, San Fermin, Diet Cig

On top of this, the song’s cover art depicts Khalifa and Donato as the “Stranger Things” kids riding their bicycles in the woods. Check out the song below.



Excited for Kanye in Austin? Here’s a recap of his last two months

Yeezy will grace Austin with his presence tonight for his latest stop in the “Saint Pablo” tour.

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. After six weeks of streaming exclusively on Tidal, the Jay-Z-backed music service, West’s latest album, “The Life of Pablo,” was finally released to other streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music and put up for sale on his website. West tweeted on Feb. 15, 2016, that the album “will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
File photo.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

During Kanye West’s performance at the Frank Erwin Center, you can expect a mixture of old faves and new hits, his hovering over the audience on a floating stage platform and all in all, a great performance. In light of his concert, let’s take the opportunity to catch up on what West’s been up to recently.

In latest news, West finally joined Instagram. His username is kanywest and so far, there’s only one photo that shows a scene from 1990’s “Total Recall,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, there was no caption and we may never know why he chose this image. Stay mysterious, Ye.


Last week, West made headlines for what looked to be the start of a feud between himself and former protege Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi had tweeted out a series of posts criticizing the “fake ones” and calling out West and Drake. West then ranted against him during a show in Tampa, Fla. But during his show in Houston, People reports that West ended the feud with an on-stage message for Kid Cudi saying “I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother,” he said, calling him “the most influential artist of the past 10 years, and I hope he’s doing well.”


“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn also had something to say about West this month. He said the only thing dumber than West’s fashion line is whoever’s buying it. “I’m totally perplexed about why the fashion industry has not looked at these, frankly, dumb basic clothes and cried hoax. Hoax,” Gunn said during an interview with Access Hollywood.

Let’s not forget about how MTV gave West four minutes to say whatever he wanted at the VMA’s in August. He talked about Taylor Swift, Beyonce, people being shot in Chicago and his “Famous” video during his allotted time. Read the whole transcript here. 

It was also announced in August that Ye now has more Top 40 songs than Michael Jackson who had 39 — now that’s an accomplishment. West is currently 10th for most top 40 hits by a male artist all-time, losing to the likes of Elvis Presley.

Whether or not you’re going to his concert in Austin, it’s always entertaining to know what West is up to. But seriously, we’re all secretly hoping he visits a local taco joint and posts about it on Twitter tonight.

‘Friday Night Lights’ cast has ideas about where their characters are today

Say it loud and say it proud: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

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NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth

If that mantra doesn’t immediately make you nostalgic for those days Explosions in the Sky’s “Your Hand in Mine” came on the screen and “Friday Night Lights” began, then you need head straight for Netflix and do some serious binge-watching.

Photos: ATX Television Festival ‘Friday Night Lights’ Reunion

It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which was filmed right here in Austin. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the cast reunited at Del Valle high school during the ATX Festival in June.

Watch: Canada vs. Texas according to Taylor Kitsch

Entertainment Weekly released footage this week from the cast’s reunion on the field in which they theorize on where they think their characters are today. Tyra Collette is likely back in Dillon, married to Tim Riggins. Jason Street built himself a great life and Luke is probably still pining for Becky. Watch below:

Michael Phelps gave a gold medal-worthy performance of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is a man of many talents. On Sunday night, the 28-time Olympic medalist gave a gold medal-worthy performance of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle.”

Read: Michael Phelps shows Katie Ledecky best way to wear her Olympic medals


Okay, so maybe he did miss a bunch of the lyrics and he looked a little uncomfortable on stage sometimes. But give the guy a break. He’s not used to being on land, he channeled his #Phelpsface and even gave an A+ mic drop at the end.

Related: Here’s how Michael Phelps enjoyed his first day of retirement


Nick Jonas invited people to eat bacon with him in San Antonio this weekend

An evening with a hunky pop star and some delicious bacon? Isn’t that the dream?

Photo via NickJonasVEVO
Photo via NickJonasVEVO

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After a concert in San Antonio on Saturday night, Texas-born Nick Jonas tweeted that he would be eating at the city’s Pig Stand, a well-known pig-themed restaurant. On top of that, he also offered to buy anyone who joined him some bacon in celebration of his latest single “Bacon.” 

Read: Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges are in Austin for Texas film ‘Hell or High Water’

Of course fans immediately took him up on that. What ensued was a night of hearty eating and a lot of dancing. Here are some tweets from the evening:

Drake is opening a ‘classy’ strip club in Texas

Just hold on, we’re going — to Drake’s strip club?

Following his Summer Sixteen tour performance this weekend in Houston, Drake invited guests to a mysterious event called “The Ballet.” According to MTV, what Drake called a “new dance experience” turned out to be a first look at his forthcoming strip club.

Drake and Future performed on the Summer Sixteen Tour at the Frank Erwin Center on July 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Drake and Future performed on the Summer Sixteen Tour at the Frank Erwin Center on July 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Read: He said, she said: One dance and two hours with Drake in Austin

Except he’s not calling it a strip club. Yes, there are dancing women featured on stages wearing nothing but bikinis. And yes, Drake made it rain with dollar bills. But Drizzy’s new place is a “classy” dance club, which he says will have a strict business attire dress code.

Photos: Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour in Austin 

Here’s what he said in a video from the event on Monday:

“There’s a culture out there of dancing and it’s not about no strip club (expletive),” he explained in a video from last night’s event. “It’s about these amazing women that we’ve got in one spot, this music that we’ve got, this Houston culture that we’ve got. I just wanna let you know that I’m going to bring it to you in the most honest and genuine way possible.”

Related: Drake and Rihanna are not dating, Drake’s dad says

According to Drake’s Instagram, The Ballet will open up in early 2017. The post reads, “Tonight is a different take on how it should be done in Houston. Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself. Where the women are on a pedestal and the surroundings are unforgettable.”

How much is UT paying Matthew McConaughey to teach? It’s not

It’s a question that’s been on the minds of many ever since UT announced that Academy Award winner and university alumnus Matthew McConaughey would be teaching a class this fall: How much is he getting paid? The answer is — drumroll, please — nothing.

Read: Professor Matthew McConaughey showed up to class at UT last week

Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Matthew McConaughey on the sideline of the Texas football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

According to the Texas Tribune, McConaughey is taking part in the class for free and isn’t technically instructing the course Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen. He’ll only be in class once or twice a semester while the class will be taught by lecturer Scott Rice.

Watch: Matthew McConaughey’s pregame speech to Texas is award-worthy

Paul Stekler, chair of the radio-television-film department at the Moody College of Communication, told the Texas Tribune that the actor is more of “an active collaborator.”

“A lot of folks contribute to the program in terms of people that are in the industry and giving back,” Stekler said. “Matthew is just a much more high-profile person than most of those folks.”

Read the full story here. 

5 places The New York Times says you should visit in Austin

In what can only be called an ode to Burnet Road, The New York Times offered some advice on the five places it thinks you should go in Austin.

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The piece begins with a description of an out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new Burnet Road, which it says “for years, was mostly seen as a tatty stretch of car repair shops, old-school food joints, gas stations and derelict business” — but not anymore. The Times says the strip — and Austin — is evolving.

Barley Swine at 6555 Burnet Rd in north Austin. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Barley Swine at 6555 Burnet Rd in north Austin. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Read: The New York Times got a little batty about Texas bats

Here are the five places the publication says you should visit in Austin. Side note: they’re all located on Burnet Road.

Barley Swine First on the list is Bryce Gilmore’s farm-to-table and James Beard-nominated restaurant. The restaurant was also named No. 4 on Austin360’s food critic Matthew Odam’s list of best restaurants before it moved from South Lamar in January.

The Times recommends you order a Basil on Basil cocktail and “don’t miss the too-cute pig face bun, filled with a mix of crushed peanuts, pork and local bananas.”

Lick Honest Ice Creams Just like Barley Swine, another of Austin’s farm-to-table eateries made The Times’ cut. Lick Honest Ice Creams opened up their second Austin location on Burnet Road last year.

“In addition to standbys like dark chocolate with olive oil and sea salt, there are seasonal flavors like back porch iced tea, with black tea and a generous pour of Paula’s Texas Lemon and Grapefruit liqueurs,” The Times says.

Mark Matson For American-Statesman ( 4/30/15) The Peached Tortilla, located on Burnet Road, is an Asian fusion restaurant.
Mark Matson For American-Statesman ( 4/30/15) The Peached Tortilla, located on Burnet Road, is an Asian fusion restaurant.

The Peached Tortilla When this Asian-Southern fusion restaurant switched from a food truck to its brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road last year, we thought it took a bit of its luster away. Nevertheless, The Times found it noteworthy.

“Try the flat, wide rice noodles tossed with brisket and kale for a twist on chow fun, then wash it down with a Margarita de Peached, spiced up with habanero-infused tequila and Thai basil,” The Times says.

Monkey Nest Coffee The Times says “regulars of this 24-hour cafe favor the Spicy Monkey Mocha, laced with cayenne pepper.” For more takes on Austin coffee shops, follow Austin360’s quest to visit more than 100 local cafes.

Uptown Modern This restored vintage Danish and mid-century modern furniture shop is the only non-eatery that made the list. “Snag a Florence Knoll chrome and marble coffee table,” The Times says. “Or Arne Jacobsen swan chairs with original chartreuse wool fabric.”