Take a break from all that shopping and support live music in Austin.
December 5 at the Parish: Julianna Barwick
Trippy and melodic, Barwick's music will take you on a psychedelic journey. Read More...
They're keeping it loud and in-your-face this month at the Mohawk.
December 2: Marsh Chapel with Megabig and Peace & Quiet
December 3: Nightlands with Holy Wave and RF Shannon
December 4: TRCOA Singer/Songwriter Competition Read More...
It's a month full of happy holidays and Megadeth at ACL Live in December.
A little head banging before the holidays might make it easier to deal with all that Christmas cheer with friends and family.
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To celebrate the company's debut in the Austin market, Noosa Yoghurt is sponsoring the Best Breakfast in Austin contest. Noosa Yoghurt makes Australian-style yogurt (complete with Aussie-style spelling of "yoghurt"). It's basically Greek yogurt with an Aussie twist. Made in Colorado with locally produced honey and a touch of cream, the yogurt boasts a rich, velvety texture. The yogurt is on sale now in Austin at Sprouts and Target.
The contest winner will receive a home-delivered breakfast (or "brekkie" as the Aussies say it) of Noosa Yoghurt, organic granola, fresh juice and fruit -- healthy yet satisfying enough for the manliest of appetites. To enter, simply follow @AboutAustin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AboutAustin. Then, share your favorite breakfast restaurant and dish. Make sure you include "@AboutAustin #noosabrekkie" in your tweet. Contest is open to Austin residents only.
The contest runs until December 10. The folks at Noosa Yoghurt will randomly select one winner from all the entries and be in touch to schedule your breakfast soon after that. For more information about the company, visit Noosa Yoghurt's website. Also, to make sure you don't accidentally violate Twitter's rules of conduct, please take a look at Twitter's contest FAQ.
I know my favorite Austin breakfast dish already. It's the migas plate at Trudy's. What's yours?
The Formula 1 FanFest may be the highest-profile free event this week, but there are plenty of other festivities around town too.
Enjoy free music at the South Austin Gallery as they celebrate the launch of their mobile art unit, the Art Cart. It's a refurbished ice cream truck that will help make locally produced art available to people all over Austin. Plus, if you arrive early, there will be a limited supply of free beer!
507 W. Mary
7-9 p.m., Thursday, November 14 Read More...
While the weather may be a little too cool for kayaking this week, warm weather will surely return in a few days. You can still get at least one more blast of summer fun by taking a whitewater kayaking class in San Marcos.
When I took the beginner's class recently at Olympic Power Center, it was a fun yet humbling experience. My skills were -- and are -- rudimentary. Nevertheless, I had a great time watching the instructors show off their advanced skills.
One instructor could basically make her kayak bounce up and down -- vertically -- by hugging the front of the kayak and then tipping it backwards.
But I was most amazed by what they could do in the thick of the whitewater. The instructor pictured above was "surfing" through the froth. His kayak is completely underwater, yet he emerged unscathed.
I, however, was not so lucky. Read the full account of my first whitewater kayaking class.
Photo courtesy Jim Chou
If the crisp weather puts you in the mood for a weekend getaway, this is an excellent time of year to visit Austin's small-town neighbor to the west. Whether you want to shop, learn about history, or see a musical performance, Fredericksburg brims with possibilities.
Options also abound when it comes to lodging. I've stayed in everything from a B&B to a sprawling second-floor apartment on Main Street. During my last visit, I stayed at Cay Cay's cabin (pictured above), which is nestled in a quiet neighborhood near the main shopping area. Read More...
Heavy rain is possible in Austin on Tuesday, which could lead to low turnout for the election. Grab an umbrella and make your voice heard for these important issues. Remember that photo IDs are now required to vote in Texas. However, if you don't have one, you can ask for a provisional ballot. For your ballot to be counted, you'll need to present a valid photo ID to the county voter registrar within six days of the election. Read More...
Few restaurants seamlessly blend Austin's past and present as well as Shady Grove. Nestled amid a grove of pecan trees, the restaurant offers a glorious outdoor experience while also presenting some of the best live music in Austin during its annual Unplugged at the Grove series.
I'm fascinated by the fact that the Driskill Bar sits within a few steps of the madness on Sixth Street, yet it's a fairly easygoing bar. What prevents all those party people from overrunning the place? Do they think there's an exorbitant cover charge (it's free)? Maybe they're afraid that the prices are sky high (they're not)? Did I just give away a cherished secret? Oops. Read More...