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Austin's stars at night are not so bright

The Milky Way, as seen over Fort Davis, Texas
The Milky Way, seen over Fort Davis, Texas. Photo: Alan Dyer /VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Like Christmas lights with burnt-out bulbs, stars are disappearing from our night skies as light pollution grows ever brighter.

Driving the news: For Night Skies Month, a band of Central Texans is aiming to dim outside lights a smidge.

Mando Rayo fights taco misinformation

Mando Rayo, right, digs into some grub at Cruzteca
Mando Rayo, right, prepares to dig into some grub at Cruzteca. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

The incisive and easy-to-laugh Austin taco correspondent, podcaster, book publisher and producer Mando Rayo is fond of saying that "tacos taste better when you know their story."

What's happening: Asher caught up with him and his self-described homie and bodyguard Samuel Franco at Southwest Austin's Cruzteca. The unassuming strip mall spot is operated by Tony Galindo, who named the place for his grandfather, the local restaurateur Cruz Galindo.

Nicole Cobler
Oct 13, 2021 - Business

Austin's Crux Collective leads $1.5M funding round

Courtesy: Crux Collective

Crux Collective, the funding arm of Austin-based Crux Climbing Center, has added gym management tech company Approach to its portfolio.

Driving the news: Approach, which offers a point-of-sale platform, announced Wednesday that it raised $1.5 million in a seed funding round led by Crux Collective.

Nicole Cobler
Oct 12, 2021 - News

George Strait opens Moody Center

George Strait singing with a guitar in hand
George Strait performs during Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 08, 2021. Photo: Erika Goldring/WireImage

George Strait will descend upon Austin on April 29 for the grand opening celebration of the new Moody Center.

State of play: “Strait from Moody Center” will feature the king of country alongside Willie Nelson and his Family band. San Marcos-based Randy Rogers Band will open the show.

Your Austin weekday planner

Photo of the skyline of Austin from South Congress street
Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Austin City Limits is over and Formula 1 is zooming into town.

Take a break from the chaos with some low-key plans this week.

Weekend lineup: Sandlot World Series

Photo courtesy of Jack Sanders/The Long Time

The Long Time, a 5-acre outdoor venue in far east Austin, will host the Texas Playboys' final game of the season this Saturday, promising an afternoon of sandlot baseball, live music, cold beer and hot dogs.

State of play: Once a month, the coed sandlot club made up of local musicians, filmmakers and artists, heads to The Long Time, operated by Austin designer Jack Sanders. The Texas Playboys will face off against the Tulsa City Saturns this weekend.

Actor Marc Pouhé shares pandemic musings

Marc Pouhé speaks onstage at the 2019 Texas Medal Of Arts Awards presentation.
Marc Pouhé speaks onstage during the 2019 Texas Medal Of Arts Awards at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on February 27, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Rick Kern/WireImage

As we peek out of the pandemic, we checked in with Marc Pouhé, a veteran Austin stage actor, about how the theater scene has been interrupted — and what he’s looking forward to next.

Details: Pouhé, who lives in Georgetown, will return to full in-person, live theater this winter, reprising his role as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" at the Zach Scott Theater.

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