Cap City Comedy Club is my favorite place in town. That’s saying a lot, considering the number of businesses and establishments I’ve written about during my time with The Austinot. But I said it and I stand by it. [Read more…]
Esther’s Follies Summer Camps Teach Fine Art of Vaudeville
For 38 years, Esther’s Follies has been doing an important job for the city of Austin by blending old school Vaudeville shenanigans with political satire. Now they’re excited about training a new generation in the beloved art form that gave us Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and The Three Stooges with School of Comedy summer camps.
38 Years of Vaudeville
On April 1, 1977, Esther’s Follies presented its first show. Every week since, they’ve been playing to the crowd with sketch, improv, stand up comedy, musical numbers and magic shows, all the while poking fun at politics and society.
Named after famed actress and synchronized swimmer Esther Williams, the Follies carries on the vaunted tradition of Vaudeville entertainment. [Read more…]
Moontower Comedy Festival Is Back with Over 100 Comedians
It’s Christmas in April for me because Moontower Comedy Festival is back. I’m wringing my hands in anticipation.
Here’s what you can expect from the festival this year, running April 22-25, 2015.
Moontower Returns to Downtown Austin
Now it it’s fourth year, Moontower Comedy Fest is taking over 11 venues, most of them in the downtown area. Beyond downtown, Cap City Comedy Club will be hosting events at 8120 Research Blvd, while Cactus Cafe will have shows at 2247 Guadalupe, just north of 22nd Street
Like last year, three badges are available to event goers. Starting at $129, the four day [Read more…]
Lonestar Round Up Will Make You Want to Sell Your Minivan
There are car shows that highlight shiny paint, big wheels and booming speakers. Then there’s Austin’s annual Lonestar Round Up, rocking chopped and channeled old school cars and reserving a special place for that epic garage build. This year’s event is taking place April 17-18, 2015, so start revving that engine. [Read more…]
Austin’s Jennifer Cunningham Hearts Art
As an artist, mother and comic book geek, Jennifer Cunningham is the embodiment of Austin, TX.
Art from Early Age
Her life long love of art started early. Despite life throwing her curve balls, Jennifer has never forgotten how it feels to create. In her own words, “I’ve been drawing and creating various things for as long as I can remember. My mother still has a thing I drew when I was about 4 years old, an illustration of a dinosaur behind an X-ray screen with a mouse in its belly among the bones. My first recollection of getting in trouble at school was a result of me coloring the bunny’s eyes the wrong color in a kindergarten class assignment.” [Read more…]
4 Places to Have Fun in Austin, 80’s Style
The intersection of 183 and Burnet Road forms the epicenter of a half mile bubble of retro joy. If you were old enough to ride a bicycle in the 1980’s, this list of places to have fun in Austin should tickle the nostalgia center of your brain. Now you can roller skate, sing karaoke, bowl and visit an old school arcade without driving all over town.
#1 Playland Skate Center
Playland Skate Center opened in 1973 at 8822 McCann Dr, just past Town North Nissan on southbound Research Blvd (Hwy 183). That’s four decades of roller skating fun. [Read more…]
Austin Habitat for Humanity Gives Families Hand Up
Imagine you’re living with your family in a one bedroom apartment. No matter what you do, you can’t meet the requirements for a traditional mortgage. It’s frustrating to know you’re spinning in a hamster wheel – working and working but not getting anywhere.
Think of the pride and sense of accomplishment you’d feel when you finally turned the key in the door of a home where everyone in the family could have space to thrive. Austin Habitat for Humanity helps people in our community turn that key. [Read more…]
Austin Writers Bare Work in Progress at One Page Salon
Are you one of the many people who fear public speaking? Imagine how much scarier public speaking would be if you were reading something as personal as a self-authored piece of literature.
Austin’s Owen Egerton has a safe and supportive event where people can do just that, and it’s called One Page Salon.
It Started in a Living Room
The concept of One Page Salon started several years ago when Owen Egerton and his wife wanted to hang out with fellow creative types, drink wine and share ideas. Egerton, a lifelong writer, was fascinated by the flow of thought and creativity at these hangouts and wanted to foster an environment where a wide range of people could express their ideas publicly and get feedback. In the summer of 2013, Egerton launched One Page Salon. [Read more…]
Keep Austin Weird at Spider House Cafe and Ballroom
The Christmas lights are always on at Spider House Cafe. The funky atmosphere will grip you as soon as your foot is in the door, and the coffee drinks, full bar and food options will make you want to stay a while. Just next door, Spider House Ballroom keeps nightlife on an aggressive dose of oxygen with regular shows and events.
Maybe you haven’t been around Spider House since you moved out of West Campus with that degree in your hand. Or maybe you haven’t been initiated yet, your assaulted senses carrying you over the wooden threshold. Whatever the case, I’m here to tell you why a visit should be in your future. [Read more…]
Buy, Repair, Ride the Ramp at Austin Bike Farm
Here’s a little something about me: I love two wheeled vehicles. Motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, etc. So when a buddy told me about Austin Bike Farm, my ears perked up and I had to check the place out. It was right up my alley.
Leaving Dallas for North Austin
After working in bike shops for 13 years, Owen Weber — with the support of his wife, Christie — opted to start his own bicycle business.
He did, but he added a twist. The cool thing about Bike Farm is that it mixes bike sales, repair and salvage yard. When the Webers moved the business from Dallas to Austin five years ago, they settled on the corner of Brentwood St and Shirley Ave and have no plans to move. (In case you’re wondering where Brentwood is, it’s just north of Threadgill’s North and intersects Lamar Blvd.)
Since planting roots in our bike friendly city, the Webers have added [Read more…]