With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, you may be feeling one of several things. Bliss that you and your one true love will be spending the day together fulfilling the awesome, romantic plans you’ve already made. Excitement that you’re happily single (that’s a thing, right?). Or maybe sheer panic that you don’t have any ideas yet and how is it already February? If the latter sounds most familiar, fear not! I’ve got you covered with a few ideas for Valentine’s Day in Austin on any budget–sure to make your Valentine swoon. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: As of December 2016, Burn is closed.
Growing up in a pizza shop has made me a pizza connoisseur. Being Italian has made me a pizza snob. I know a thing or two about pizza, and Italian food in general.
While I still stand by my 2014 list of “5 Best Pizza Joints in Austin,” I’ve found many new spots over the past two years I’d gladly add. One of them is Burn Pizza + Bar on East Sixth Street. Before you run out to try this pie, here’s everything you need to know. [Read more…]
Much like New Year’s Eve, Halloween is a holiday that requires special planning. Deciding on a costume is the first step (and if you’re still struggling in the disguise department, Austin’s local stores have you covered). But a costume is nothing if you don’t have a place to debut it.
Here’s a list of events, activities and food specials that’ll help you rock your way through Halloween week and beyond! [Read more…]
There’s no better place to hold a festival dedicated solely to the art of fermented foods than our festival-obsessed city known for its vibrant food scene. On Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 40 vendors, brewers and artisans will converge on the grounds of Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Road) with one thing in common: their love of fermentation. This will be the third annual Austin Fermentation Festival, presented by Texas Farmers’ Market with the support of sponsors Whole Foods Market and Barr Mansion.
Beyond tasting a variety of your favorite fermented foods from award-winning local vendors, while enjoying live music on an enchanting, historic property, you’ll be helping to secure the livelihood of Texas farmers. Event proceeds will benefit the Texas Farmers Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which offers financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in times of environmental, personal or other crises. [Read more…]
Austin’s Viva Day Spa is celebrating the opening of its third location at Domain Northside this Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a grand opening party! From 5-8 p.m., guests can enjoy cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, hors d’oeuvres, spa specials, package giveaways and complimentary services like chair and foot massages, mini manicures, mini facials and more. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: Revival House has closed.
The corner of 2nd and Trinity can be a challenging one for new Austin businesses. When companies and trade shows invade the Austin Convention Center, profits soar. When they leave, it’s a different story. Located too far for the South Congress lunch crowd, and inconvenient for the Rainey/6th Street scene, blossoming restaurants have had a tough time maintaining a regular clientele.
Revival Public House hopes to change all that. Through an Austin-centric menu, décor and vibe, this new eatery offers up Southern comfort food with an ATX twist. The result is a delicious addition to the local foodie scene that’s well worth traveling the extra couple of blocks. [Read more…]
Guest article by Alicia Santiago
An Austin summer is filled to the brim with free movie screenings, swimming holes, brewery tours and live music. The summer live music scene feels different than it does the rest of the year. Attribute it to the Texas sun or UT students’ summer vacation, but summer in Austin feels like a time for locals to enjoy the Live Music Capital of the World.
You’ve heard about Blues on the Green and Unplugged at the Grove, but the 2ND Street Soundcheck festival takes the cake for summer music festivals. This free family event offers live music, shopping, in-store performances and outdoor fun, all while supporting the local artistic community. [Read more…]
Guest article by Sam Small
So you’re a street artist or know someone who is? If you’d like your art to be seen in one of Austin’s areas with the most foot traffic, here’s a mural competition for you.
Hyatt Regency Austin on Barton Springs Road at South Congress has a wall that is currently ordinary and not doing much at all. The 20-foot by 5-foot wall in question was going to get a fresh coat of paint when someone proposed, “Why not paint a mural on it?” The conversation led to the idea for a community competition, and that’s where you come in.
The Hyatt team wouldn’t expect something like this to be done for nothing. So they’re offering a prize for the winning mural proposal. The winner will receive his or her choice of a $1,000 gift card to Jerry’s Artarama (a local art supply shop) or two three-day passes to the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival with a complimentary weekend stay at Hyatt Regency Austin. Not bad, eh?
And here’s another thing about this wall. It’s on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Yes, the one that now goes in a loop from north shore to south and is frequented by one and a half million people every year. That’s 28,000 people a week or 4,000 people every day who would potentially walk by your amazing wall painting! Talk about prime gallery real estate.
If you’re not already known locally, you may be after this level of exposure. Austin is known for its street murals, from “Greetings from Austin,” (First Street and Annie in South Austin) to “i love you very much,” (Jo’s Coffee on South Congress) to “Hi, how are you” (W. 21st Street and Guadalupe). Your submission to Hyatt’s competition can include text or be pictorial only. Either way, the selection panel is awaiting your entry.
If you want to give it a shot, open up your Instagram account and upload a photograph of your mural art. Be sure to include the hashtags #HyattLovesATX and #Entry. You must be a local Austin resident or someone who can physically be in Austin to paint the mural. There’s no entry limit; just remember this is a family-friendly viewing area.
The deadline to enter is Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9 p.m., so think fast. Instagram submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges based on specific criteria including uniqueness, creativity and appeal.
The winner will be notified by Friday, June 10 and must be able to complete their mural design on the hotel’s wall between Friday, June 10 and Monday, June 20. You can email Dorothy Hornbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and access the official rules here.
@theAustinot wants to know:
What is your favorite street mural or art piece in Austin?
Sam Small and his wife made the permanent move from London, England to Austin, Texas in 2014. Sam is a writer of songs, articles and screenplays and also runs a small recording studio in south Austin.
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Playwright Elizabeth Doss is comfortable in her petite frame and porcelain skin. She doesn’t hide behind caked-on cosmetics, jewels that sparkle or threads that scream “look at me.” The day we met over coffee, her solid cable-knit gray dress accentuated smoky blue eyes framed by shoulder-length blond locks and bangs, held back by a tiny green barrette.
As she began to speak about her upcoming play “Poor Herman,” her eyes began to shift quickly as one thought moved to the next, her hands expressively cutting through the air. It was obvious by her animation that this play is special–and close to her heart. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: Levitation has been cancelled due to rain in the forecast and danger of flooding.
For one weekend in late April/early May, a private ranch next to the Colorado River transforms for a three-day psychedelic music festival and campground, complete with light projections, wooden swings, art, food trailers and incredible live music. People travel from around the world to come to this other-worldly event called Levitation. [Read more…]