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Book lovers should check out Faulk Central Library in downtown Austin. They also have a pretty solid selection of movies. |

Keep Austin Weird: 15 businesses living up to the mantra

BookPeople has been Texas' leading independent bookstore since 1970. Its super-high-profile location at Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard has helped it thrive over the years as bigger competitors bit the dust, but the true key to its success may be the help it offers to local creatives -- and to all other local businesses. BookPeople founder Steve Bercu spearheaded the adoption of the "Keep Austin Weird" mantra a decade or two ago so it was associated with supporting local shops.

Don't judge a book by its cover. The Elephant Room has some of the best jazz music in town. |

Austin Happenings

Austin's Corner Shoppe Mall is unsettling, but overall I enjoyed the experience. |

The Moontower Comedy Festival is a four-day grab bag of stand-up comedians |