Batten down the hatches, y’all! SXSW is nigh! SXSW Film runs from March 8 to 16, 2019. This exciting film festival is in its 26th year. The film screenings, world premieres, and special events take place across nine Austin film venues. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from each.
A tidal wave of music is approaching. On March 11, SXSW Music 2019 launches 2,000 bands and musicians into Austin’s cultural stratosphere. Of these, over 200 hail from our beloved city. After listening to every local artist on the schedule, I’ve picked 15 must-sees for this year’s festival. It’s my favorite and most exhausting list of the year. But if you find a new favorite, it’ll all have been worth it! [Read more…]
Music in Austin isn’t just a group of musicians or a marketing slogan. It’s a community. A clan of creatives pulling for and supporting one another in a city of limited stages and listener attention. For the 37th year, The Austin Chronicle honors our rich and diverse music scene with Austin Music Awards. A celebration of recognition, good vibes, and jaw-dropping music, Austin Music Awards is a crash course in Austin’s musical past, with an eye towards a glorious future. [Read more…]
Several years ago, I told myself that if I couldn’t get involved with New York Fashion Week, then I was going to find something local. I didn’t know what to expect when I started looking for fashion events in the Austin area, but I knew I’d find something. It’s Austin. We have a little bit of everything.
Imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out Austin doesn’t just have one-off fashion events. We have our own fashion week. I signed up to volunteer faster than a hot knife cuts through butter. I found out Austin Fashion Week is produced by a local company called Fashion X, and fell in love with the company’s mission to promote local designers, partnership with local nonprofits, and wonderful staff. [Read more…]
Soon, 100,000 extra people will descend on downtown Austin for 10 days of music, tech, and film. Whether you’re a badge-slinging festival goer looking to stay informed on conference happenings, or a local looking to attend unofficial parties and find free food, Twitter can help! Here’s a roundup of the best Austin-based Twitter accounts to follow during South by Southwest Conference & Festivals.
If you’ve ever taken a stroll by the capitol building on a balmy Tuesday night, then you may have witnessed something interesting. From a distance, it appears to be collection of multi-colored lights, twirling chaotically. As you approach, the outlines of people become clearer.
You see people manipulating the lights with their hands and various parts of their bodies. There is a singular source of music, providing atmosphere for these dancers who beg no witnesses, but usually attract some kind of audience anyway. They look like they’re having fun. But, what are they doing?
Austin, Live Music Capital of the World, bounces with creative energy. Yet even this artist-friendly city struggles to financially support its expansive treasure trove of creative talent. That’s why I was instantly intrigued when I caught wind of the Creatives Meet Business mission to nourish Austin’s creative sector through impactful community and leverage entrepreneurial creativity. [Read more…]
With the clock counting down to Christmas, you’re probably rushing to holiday markets, searching for presents, and fitting holiday parties into your (sparse) free time. Let’s be real. The holidays tend to be more stressful than fun sometimes.
If you need to take a step back and enjoy a fun activity with the family, the Austin area has multiple classic and original Christmas shows that can transport you away to another place. Here are my nine recommendations for 2018.
It’s tough to be a musician in the Live Music Capital of the World. On any given night, world-class artists ply their trade for the contents of a tip jar. Award-winning singers hold down regular jobs. Venues that find pride in treating artists fairly close the doors in favor of no-cover bars with a makeshift stage in the corner.
Enter Black Fret. By building a community of industry folks and music lovers, with a heart of keeping Austin music alive and well, this nonprofit provides an answer to the issues plaguing the local music scene. And on the Dec. 7 Black Ball extravaganza at the Moody Theater, Black Fret awarded $250,000 to deserving musicians. It was an evening of giving, music, and all around good vibes. [Read more…]
Shine on, you beautiful diamond! From now through the end of the season, festive holiday light trails adorn Texas Hill Country, and we’ve discovered the best and brightest dazzlers around.
We adore Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, but this article goes above and beyond for my kind of people who are truly extra in their love of shiny objects. I’m eternally beguiled by the night and mesmerized by shiny objects, so I’m way into the holiday light trail scene.
These aren’t your subtle, modest light displays, but rather full-on Clark Griswold affairs. If you crave holiday glitz and are up for a quick road trip, then these nine Hill Country destinations will satisfy your quest to shine on.