Austin’s Oilcan Harry’s will host official “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing parties

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns for its ninth season on Friday, and Warehouse District nightclub Oilcan Harry’s has been chosen by VH1 to help celebrate this fashionable occasion.

Premiere viewing parties on March 24 and March 31 will give you the chance to win some “Drag Race” swag and enjoy the adventures of the queens competing for the ultimate crown. The free fun begins at 7 p.m. March 24; 18 and older are welcome.

The first episode features a guest appearance from Lady Gaga.

Throughout the season, Oilcan Harry’s will host trivia contests during each Friday night episode, followed by performances by local female impersonators. And the nightclub will be bringing in Season 9 contestants throughout the spring as special guest performers at the weekly Super Sunday Show at 11 p.m. and midnight.

Season 8 of “Drag Race,” you may recall, featured Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

Luke Wilson wants you to wear shirts from this Austin clothing company

Actor Luke Wilson is now a brand ambassador for Austin clothing company Criquet.
Actor Luke Wilson is now a brand ambassador for Austin clothing company Criquet.

Austin-based Criquet – purveyors of retro-cool clothing for men – have linked up with some stylish star power.

The golf lifestyle brand announced it has partnered with actor Luke Wilson, a native of Dallas known for such films as “Idiocracy,” “Old School” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Wilson will act as a brand ambassador and minority owner with the official title of “Assistant Pro.”

“I have always been a huge fan of Criquet Shirts’ vintage, classic look and I really love the 19th hole spirit behind the brand,” Wilson said in a news release. “They have managed to capture the laid-back vibe that is unique to Austin and created a product that I can take from the golf course to the set. I am pumped to be part of team and look forward to contributing to their story.”

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Tell us: What’s your favorite book about love?

We love books. You do, too. But what's your favorite book about love? AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014
We love books. You do, too. So, what’s your favorite book about love? AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

Oh, “Wuthering Heights.”

I don’t remember how old I was when I first read Emily Brontë’s novel, but the dark, tortured story of Heathcliff and Catherine — full of obsession and revenge, set on the remote moors — spoke to my melodramatic schoolgirl heart.

It’s one of 16 books that librarians from the Austin Public Library have selected for their Battle of the Broken Hearts. Starting Jan. 31 and until Valentine’s Day, staff members will narrow the list down in head-to-head literary battles, until one title remains as the champion of love. You can follow their progress on the library’s blog.

The list is a great mix of classics, modern young adult novels and even “Fifty Shades of Grey” — because love means different things to us all.

What’s your favorite book about love? Maybe it’s a romance like “The Notebook.” Maybe you read “Guess How Much I Love You” every night to your child and tear up just thinking about those two bunnies. Maybe your love of food keeps drawing you back to the works of MFK Fisher.

Patti Cook, regional youth services manager for the Austin Public Library and one of the librarians behind the Battle of the Broken Hearts, shared one of her favorite tales of love: “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” by E. Lockhart. “This probably isn’t your typical Valentine’s Day recommendation, but it might be the one you need! Frankie is just a girl in a boys’ world who is tired of being underestimated and swept aside. So she sets out to do something about it. And if that means she’s got to take on her boyfriend’s male-only secret society? So be it.”

So, what’s your favorite book about love? Send the title and a brief description about why it speaks to you to equigley@statesman.com by Feb. 7. We’ll share those stories in print on Valentine’s Day.

Still time to share your favorite Christmas ornament

The holiday season can be stressful. I worry about how to afford the gifts, how to make sure everyone gets along at family gatherings, how to keep the kitten from eating all the decorations and just how much chocolate I can eat before I need to borrow Santa’s pants.

But as readers began to send me their most treasured Christmas ornaments, their stories and photos warmed my Grinchy heart.

Here’s one from Jill McCauley Bone of Georgetown:

“Back in about 1947, when I was less than 1, one of my aunts sent me this Santa for Christmas.  It has been in my Christmas tree every year since then.  I see it is getting a little raggedy, but when you are kissing up to 70, raggedy happens.  I love this old Santa and my whole family loves it.  ‘Twoundn’t be Christmas without him in the tree.”

I’d love to see your favorite ornament, too. Please email a high-resolution photo and a brief description of what the ornament means to you to equigley@statesman.com by noon Dec. 12. We’ll run all the photos in an online gallery, and a selection of our favorites will publish in print on Christmas Day.