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Kristy Owen

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I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

Eberly has struck liquid gold and the rush is on! Come drink your share as they pour over a dozen fine wines and hidden gems of the new world.

Discover new wines from Chardonnay to Merlot while enjoying light bites from Chefs Jim Tripi and Natalie Gazaui. Toast Carneros bubbles in the garden patio marketplace, listen to their live DJ spin tunes, pop in the photo booth, and venture through the private dining room to savor premier Cabernets!

When: Today, September 30th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $45 pre-sale and $55 at the door.

Location:
Eberly
615 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

It’s Banger’s first ever Cider-Bration! They are paying tribute to their favorite fruity beer cousin by tapping an EPIC cider list! There will be sausage specials! There will be bobbing for apples! 

The Ciders:
Seattle Cider Company Dry Cider – One of the driest ciders on the market. This unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose and hits the palate with no residual sweetness. (Washington)

Argus Cidery Apple Bomb – A demi-sec, or slightly sweet, full bodied cider that delivers a blast of fruit and finishes big with a tannic, fruity pucker. This is not a subtle cider, but a fresh apple explosion derived from a collection of fermentation techniques and patience. (ATX)

Argus Cidery Vinho Pearde – A one-of-a-kind Perry achieved utilizing a lagering process, delivering a clean pear palate. With tropical fruit notes on the nose, Vinho Pearde drinks demi-sec with a bit of residual sweetness and is lightly sparkled with a slightly tart finish. (ATX)

Austin Eastciders Original – A crisp, smooth, and dry craft cider made with European bittersweet apples and American dessert apples. (ATX)

Austin Eastciders Hopped – A crisp, dry cider made with Pacific Northwest hops and heirloom bittersweet apples. (ATX)

Texas Keeper Cider(Seasonal) – To Be Announced!

Soda 917 – El Gobernador Natural – This complex cider has notes of fresh apples, damp earth, a distinct funkiness and savory umami aromas and flavors. (Spain)

Shacksbury Citra Spritz – Dry, light, sour and refreshing with a vibrant citrus nose. Apple varieties – McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Red Delicious, and Macoun. (Vermont)

Shacksbury Ticonderoga – Fermented cool and slow then aged in rye and Madeira barrels from Whistle Pig. The result is a cider that is dry, complex, and sophisticated. (Vermont)

Schilling Beer Co. Lumberjack Rhubarb Pear Cider – This axe-swinging Lumberjack will make you want to get lost in the woods! He’s earthy, rugged, and just the right amount of dry. But underneath all of that rough and tough, he’s as sweet as an early autumn pear. (Washington)

Bishop Cider Co. Crackberry – Cranberry & blackberry, a perfect pairing of flavors tart and sweet, joining forces to create a colorful, well-balanced cider. (Dallas)

Cidre Le Brun UK Brut de Bretagne – Crisp, well balanced, and interesting, this cider has a grip to it, but also has depth and character. (France)

Finnriver Black Current Cider – Bright apple base from fermented organic WA apples, blended with the sweet and tart juice of black currant. (Washington)

Ace Premium Craft Cider Pineapple – The world’s first ever Pineapple cider. They love pineapples in California, so they tried adding fresh pineapple juice to their apple cider and it resulted in this delicious tropical libation! (California)

Ace Space Bloody Orange Cider – Dry California Apple Cider with Blood Oranges (California)

Moonlight Meadery How Do you Like Them Sour Apples – Lambic-inspired sour cider. Aged for over a year in French oak with yeast and bacteria isolated from a local orchard. (New Hampshire)

When: today – Sunday

Location:
Banger’s Austin
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 

Themed trivia nights are the BEST! Tonight come prove that you’re an expert on The Office.

Teams can have up to six members. Free to play and boozy prizes for the winners!

They will cap participation at 30 teams so be sure to arrive early to get a good seat and a team slot!

When: Today, April 24th

Time: Registration opens at 5:30, early arrival is HIGHLY recommended. Quiz starts at 7:00 p.m.

Location:
The Blackhearts
86 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

The Office Trivia at The Blackheart

 

My literal dream. There is nothing on this earth that I am better at than drinking wine and watching The Bachelor (my mom is reading this right now and cringing). 

So you’ve seen every episode of the Bachelor. You knew who the next Bachelor, Arie was before hitting google or group texting your girls. Come prove that you know your stuff and drink wine. 

When: Tonight, September 27th 

Time: 7:30pm-10:30pm

Location:
The Austin Winery
440 E. St. Elmo Street
Austin, Texas 78754 

Wurstfest was  voted the number two Oktoberfest in the country by USA Today.  This “10-Day Salute To Sausage” in New Braunfels is one of our favorite festivals of the year.  With sausage, beer, polka and potato pancakes as far as the eye can see, it’s a Bavarian wonderland that’s not to be missed.    

By offering round trip transportation all ten days of the fest again we’re making getting to New Braunfels easier than fitting into last years lederhosen.  Why risk the hour drive when you can take our Wheels to Wurstfest?  

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:
* Worry free transportation from downtown Austin to Wurstfest (and back home)
*Admission into the festival.
*BYOB welcome on the ride down. 
*Exclusive Specials at Easy Tiger before and after you board. 

More Reasons to Ride: 
-Three hours on site to enjoy the festival.
-Practice safe festing, take group transportation! 
-Total trip time approximately five and a half hours. 

**The bus will pick up and drop off from Easy Tiger in Downtown Austin at 709 E. 6th Street.  You can start boarding 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour departure time.  Check in early or stay late to receive pre and post wheels specials.  To reserve a private bus email info@austintourcompany.com**

 

That was the mindset behind our very first show, and the reason atxGALS was born: an Austin-based female artist group focused on creating art events that not only highlight emerging women artists, but also give art spectators (from newbies to experts) a few more reasons to attend an art exhibit, all while supporting organizations that align with female empowerment and women’s rights.

Austin is known for its funky, artsy charm, love of live music, and affinity for “keeping it weird,” which arguably make it one of the best cities for artists to call home. Sure, the music scene has always been bountiful around here; however, the visual art scene seemed to be falling behind despite the city’s rapid growth. We’re cool, we get it…and now we’re catching up!

Keeping Austin Artsy

Watching the city evolve and attract talent from all over the country has been fascinating, but how do we keep Austin’s authentic, cool weirdness with all the changes happening around it? I don’t have a good answer or a strategic plan, but I believe we can at least do our part by making sure the art scene remains relevant to a changing city while retaining some of what attracted people to move here in the first place. We have so much local talent, so why not highlight and support our own artists? Throw in a non-traditional gallery setting, an open bar, a live DJ, and a little philanthropy…sound fun? After all, events like these are just one more thing that make Austin one of the most unique cities in the country!

Upcoming Events

If you haven’t been to an art party put on by atxGALS, get to it. On September 30 we are hosting our third all-women exhibit at Austin Film Society Cinema, adding film to the mix thanks to this valuable partnership. Here are the “formal” details: AFS Cinema and atxGALS will be kicking off “DISCOVERY, a Celebration of Women in Art + Film” with a film screening of Jillian Schlesinger’s SXSW award-winning documentary MAIDENTRIP at 5pm, followed by an art display of over 15 emerging Austin female artists from 7-11pm

Entertainment: Live Music, Drinks & Local Food

DJ Chorizo Funk will be spinning tunes through the evening, followed by a live hip-hop performance by Lend Me Your Ear to close out the event. Open bar will be provided by Tito’s Vodka, Nine Banded Whiskey, Strange Land Brewery, Texas Sake Company, Caffe del Fuego and a wine tasting by Serendipity Wine. Small appetizers will be provided by a local favorite, Thai Fresh, plus, healthy snacks by Rhythm Superfoods. Mark your calendars!

Making Cool Fundraiser Events Accessible to All

Whether you are into film, art, music, like having a cocktail or two, or simply want to get in a good deal ($25 ticket covers all aforementioned goodies), you are guaranteed to leave with a new appreciation for the visual arts.

To top it all off, by attending shows like DISCOVERY you help give women artists more recognition in the art world, with the HUGE plus of contributing to the incredible cause behind Girl’s Empowerment Network and SAFE, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.

For You and for the Artists

We aim to host local, all-women pop up art shows in non-traditional venues to make it more inviting and fun for people to experience art. Art is cool! Traditional art galleries can be a little stuffy, and they take a significant cut from the art sales. We hope to attract a wide and diverse crowd to our events. There is something for everyone, even if you just want to come hang out with us and help us support an incredible cause. Here’s a video from our last event in May – https://quik.gopro.com/v/zfNEWx90uC/

Kristin Freeman, a local featured artist believes “[art] exhibits like DISCOVERY are very important because they give women a voice at the local level”. “Women have much more power than they’re given credit for”. Similarly, Yasmin Youssef believes these exhibits “provide a cultural space for communities to gather and interact, for artists to share their vision and experience, and opportunities to raise awareness and funds for important social causes”.

“ [These events] provide a bridge between people and art through entertainment creating an inviting and fun environment” “I was attracted to the ATX Gals art exhibit because they are providing so much of the production work that goes into an art show. After all the time I spend in my art studio creating, it is a mountain of effort to organize art shows and ATX Gals puts together the experience for artists that couldn’t have done it individually.” – Eli Halpin, local artist

Contributing to the success of passionate and hardworking artists is something we will continue to do. Mila Sketch, who was part of our first two exhibits, shares that “choosing to be an artist for a living takes passion, dedication, and constant development.” “When women get together in a creative way, magical things happen”. She has good point.

Come meet these amazing talented Gals at our DISCOVERY art exhibit on September 30th, and see more of their individual works in person!

And visit ATX Gals on social media for more!

Instagram

Facebook

 

 

After raising nearly $4,000(!) via ELM’s Houston Harvey fundraiser we partnering with Irene’s to throw a Rockport Relief BBQ benefitting the Texas Coast. There will be rosé Jello-O shots. Yes, rosé Jello-O shots! 

Soul-folk singer/songwriter Dan Dyer will be serenading us on the patio with an acoustic set starting at 6 pm.

Tito’s, Salt Lick & Yeti have all donated fantastic raffle items!

  • $3 Rosé
  • $5 Rosé Jello-O shots
  • $5 Tito’s Calls
  • $8 Tito’s “To the Rescue” Cocktail
  • $5 Sausage on a Stick

When: Today, September 25th

Time: 5pm-8pm

Location:
Irene’s 
506 West Ave
Austin, Texas 78701

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The seasons are changing and making you Sunday Brunch decision just got a little easier.  Join Jeffrey’s the last Sunday of every month for family-style bagels, smoked fish, scrambled eggs, a pastry cart, and Stumptown coffee service. 
 
Tickets are $40 per person with an available $60 caviar service. Guests can make reservations here and view the menu here.
 
Time: 11:30am-2:00pm
 
Dates:
September 24th
October 29th
November 26th
New Year’s Day 
 
Location:
Jeffrey’s 
1204 West Lynn 
Austin, Texas 

Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

Admission: free

When: today, September 23rd & tomorrow, September 24th

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://pecanstreetfestival.org

 

A new music series – KUTX Live at Mueller – kicks off on today and runs through November 17th.  Gather friends and family to enjoy live music at the Mueller Amphitheater. 

Pack a picnic, bring blankets and lawn chairs, and prepare for an evening of fun for the whole family!

The music begins at 7 p.m., but face painting for the kids, giveaways and food trucks will be available before the show starts.

7:45p Sarah Jaffe
7p SaulPaul

And make plans to join us each month!
Friday, Oct. 27 with Brownout and Kupira Marimba
Friday, Nov. 17 with Super Special Guests and Sugar Free Allstars

Parking is available in the McBee Garage.

What: KUTX Live Music at Mueller

Where: Mueller Amphitheater, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin 

Time: 7pm kid-friendly music; 7:45 (approx.) adult music

Cost: FREE