I started this blog post wanting to just direct everyone to make a mad dash for Elle King’s latest tunes after hearing the blues-infused rocker at KGSR’s live broadcast sessions during SXSW. That girl packed a pre-8am punch, and it was out of this world; not to mention she was rocking a stellar yellow suede jacket that I came to later find out was from Prototype (cue instant street cred) and exuded the energy of someone who just consumed a large Iced Turbo at Jo’s Coffee. Needless to say, I was sold.
Growing up in Austin means more than spending the summers at Barton Springs or considering queso a fourth food group. It means you have the incredible good fortune to be part of a culture in which your life is defined by a series of significant entertainment experiences and memories, all strung together to the tune of live music.
As an adult now living in this city, I’ve grown up with a sincere appreciation and almost dependence on a constant flow of new music. Lucky for myself—and listeners everywhere—this seems to be one of those windows in time where there are not enough hours in the day to listen to all of the incredible music available.
From Brooklyn to London, the Renegade Craft Fair has traveled across the globe, together with its curated selection of handmade goods. This May, the roving collection of curios and collectibles is setting up shop in Austin—and you’re invited to join the celebration!
Spelling bees aren't just for precocious 4th-graders anymore. Next month, the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas aims to keep Austin weird with the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, a quirky evening benefitting the organization's efforts to promote literacy.
For nearly a decade, the event has supported the network of nearly 50 community-based literacy programs that the Coalition maintains, from education organizations like Austin Community College to local nonprofits such as Any Baby Can. Held in the newly-remodeled Topfer Theatre of ZACH Theatre, the spelling bee hosts costumed teams of 3 that duke it out for title of "Best Spellers in Austin".
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Evoking a bygone era when railroads were revolutionary and most items were handmade, the upcoming exhibit Texas Furniture from Ima Hogg's Winedale Collection will showcase over 40 pieces of 19th-century, individually-crafted furniture from the Lone Star State. On February 7, the remarkable collection celebrated its induction into the Bullock State History Museum with "An Evening with Lonn Taylor," a vibrant event honoring the exhibit's curator and former director of the Winedale Historical Center in Round Top, Texas.
Let’s get one thing straight: Tako Lako is not a food truck. They’re a Danish psychedelic gypsy band with beats tastier than any street grub you’ll find this SXSW. Labeled one of “Denmark’s greatest upcoming acts” by MTV with past appearances at numerous European music festivals including an electrifying show at Glastonbury UK, it’s no surprise that Tako Lako will be playing official and unofficial shows during this year’s SXSW.
Dance the night away in your fanciest cowboy boots next month at Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 24th Annual Bandana Ball, a vibrant event that raises awareness and funds for critically-ill children and their families.