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1 big thing: KLOL documentary gets its spotlight

Musicians Alvin Lee and Gary Wright at KLOL studios in an undated photo. Photo: Courtesy of Prodigy PR

A documentary 14 years in the making detailing KLOL-FM's rise and fall as one of Houston's premier rock radio stations is finally here.

Why it matters: "Runaway Radio" simultaneously brings a trip of nostalgia for native Houston rockers and a fresh look at one of the Bayou City's culture powerhouses of yesteryear for newcomers.

  • The documentary features interviews with former DJs, several executives, and well-known musicians who were fans of the station, like Dusty Hill, Lyle Lovett, Sammy Hagar, Melissa Etheridge and others.

Driving the news: The film premiered on streaming platforms last week and made its Houston-area debut over the weekend at Katy's Alamo Drafthouse.

What they're saying: "It's like a rite of passage," filmmaker and native Houstonian Mike McGuff tells Axios. "There's that one time that you could stumble onto KLOL down the dial, and you're like, 'Wow, this is very different from what I've heard before.'"

Catch up fast: KLOL first hit the airwaves as a freeform station in 1970 and survived for decades until its demise in 2004 after years of revolving corporate owners and shifting priorities in leadership.

💭 Jay's thought bubble: The documentary was a fascinating look into Houston's recent past, with archival footage and radio clips that put you inside the studios.

  • My favorite piece of the film is when DJ Levi Booker explains how he got George Harrison to sit down in the studio for an interview in 1974.

How to watch: The movie is available to buy or rent on Apple TV, Amazon and Google Play.

  • Plus, McGuff said it will be playing at Houston-area Star Cinema Grill locations starting sometime this month.

2. 👓 Get your solar eclipse glasses now

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Don't wait until the big solar spectacle to find eclipse glasses.

State of play: A historic eclipse will occur on April 8, and Houston will see 94% coverage.

  • While we're not in the path of totality, we're just a short drive away.

What they're saying: "By mid-March 2024, we expect to start hearing reports about various sellers running out of stock," Richard Tresch Fienberg, a senior adviser at the American Astronomical Society, told Axios' Analis Bailey.

  • "It'll get worse the closer we get to April 8."

Be smart: Viewing the eclipse without proper glasses could damage your vision.

The intrigue: Experts warn viewers that counterfeit products are flooding the market and you may not be able to tell if glasses are a scam.

  • A list of reputable manufacturers and authorized vendors can be found here.

3. Bayou Buzz

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🏁 Houston's Art Car Museum will close in April after 26 years. The annual Art Car Parade will not be affected by the closure. (Chron)

💰 Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Rockets, bought River Oaks District for $450 million. The almost 14-acre mixed-use development includes luxury retail, upscale restaurants and high-end apartments. (ABC13)

🚒 The city has reached a tentative deal with the firefighters' union. The firefighters have been working without a contract since 2017. (Houston Public Media)

4. Social Calendar

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

💃 Learn how to swing dance at 7 tonight at Z Dance. Open to beginners.

  • $10.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Enjoy Scottish music at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land at 7:30pm tomorrow.

  • Tickets start at $60.

🐴 Get free grounds entry to the rodeo Wednesday as part of Community Day.

  • Free admission to the park before noon.

🤓 Head to the Alley Theatre to watch "The Nerd," a play about an architect who invites the hero who saved his life to his home.

  • Tickets for the 7:30pm Wednesday show start at $27.

📽️ Watch shorts with your friends Thursday at Brasil Houston.

  • Free. Screenings begin at 8:30pm.

5. 🐐 Goat-milking photos to go

For my first time, I'm pretty proud. Photo: Jay R. Jordan/Axios

👋 Shafaq here! On Saturday, I was invited to milk a goat at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Context: I went head-to-head with other local media folks to see who could get the most goat milk in 30 seconds.

  • We had a quick 10-second warmup before diving into the deep end.

My experience: I may not have clinched first place with my laughable amount of goat milk, but I did walk away with a new skill and a goat friend.

  • And of course, I had pails of fun.

Want a good laugh? Check out Axios Texas on Instagram for a recap of the full day.

Thanks to Chloe Gonzales for editing and Khalid Adad and Yasmeen Altaji for copy editing this newsletter.

🐐 Shafaq is strengthening her hand muscles in preparation for next year's competition.

🏳️‍🌈 Jay is reading about the grassroots Pride night at Rodeo Houston.