Today is Texas Independence Day! That calls for doing something especially Texan today. Given its a rainy day, I opted for something inside. I was in Austin for almost half a decade before I finally made it to the Capitol to explore. Now, I find myself there every few months roaming the grounds. It is absolutely breath taking and I learn something new every time.

Here are some Texas Capitol Facts:

  • It is the largest state capitol building in the United States
  • In 2007 it was ranked the 92nd “America’s Favorite Architecture” place by the American Institute of Architects, in the 2008 poll it was ranked the #1 State Capitol.
  • 17 monuments surround the Texas Capitol
  • Central Air Conditioning was installed in 1955

They offer FREE guided tours that are generally 45 minutes and are available during the following times:

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday, Noon – 3:30 pm

Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto located between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets at 12th and 13th streets. Parking is free for the first two hours and $1.00 for each half hour thereafter

http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/tspb.htm

Waterloo Records is famous for in store performances by great bands. Tonight they’re having local favorite, Quite Company for an in store performance.

Speaking of Waterloo Records yesterday they announced their SXSW Day Party Line-Up and it’s incredible! Remember their shows are FREE and open to the public. Here is a quick look at the schedule so you can start planning your SXSW.

Full Lineup

Wednesday, March 18th
12 noon – Title Fight
1pm – The Districts
2pm – TBA
3pm – Jacco Gardner
4pm – Moon Duo
5pm – Twin Peaks
6pm – Will Butler (Arcade Fire)
6pm – AWOLNATION – SIGNING ONLY

Thursday, March 19th
12 noon – Robert Earl Keen
1pm – Asleep at the Wheel
2pm – Sons of Bill
3pm – Houndmouth
4pm – Son Little
5pm – Elle King
6pm – Ryan Bingham

Friday, March 20th
12 noon – BRONCHO
1pm – Twerps
2pm – Ibeyi
3pm – WAND
4pm – The Well
5pm – METZ
6pm – Big Data

Saturday, March 21st
12noon – Clean Bandit (with special guest)
1pm – Twin Shadow
2pm – The Church
3pm – Alvvays
4pm – JOEY BADA$$
5pm – Melanie Martinez
6pm – Fashawn

When: today, February 24th

Time: 5 pm

Location:
Waterloo Records
600A North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.waterloorecords.com

Image Credit: Waterloo Records Website

 

 

The North Door is hosting screenings of the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul on their big screen TV Monday evenings.

The spin-off is set six years before Saul is on Breaking Bad. They show the episode from the previous week plus the current episode. Check out thee the schedule:

They have special themed cocktails for the event! Here is a rundown of what is on the menu:

“TIME SERVED”
“PLEA BARGAIN”
“OUT ON PAROLE”
“THE FLAMING ALCHEMIST”

Mon. Feb. 23rd; Ep. 4; 8:30 doors
Mon. March 2nd; Eps. 4 & 5; 7:30 doors
Mon. March 9th; Eps. 5 & 6; 7:30 doors
Mon. March 23rd; Eps. 7 & 8; 7:30 doors
Mon. March 30th; Ep. 9; 8:30 doors
FINALE SCREENING TBA

Location:
Better Call Saul
502 Brushy Street
Austin, Texas 78702

https://www.facebook.com/events/622469447858328/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

I’m sure most of us know someone running in the marathon this morning, and they need our support! Having run a marathon and cheered on my friends, I can say that all the random people cheering for you is very motivating and much needed.

So go support your favorite runner! And if you don’t have any favorites, go support everybody!

Does anyone have any good signs? A few of my favorite are, “(Persons Name) is kicking asphalt,”  and “Dear Stranger, you are my hero.”

Road closure warning — make sure to look at the map because a bunch of roads will be closed this morning.

I was reading the spectator information on their website and I found this section/paragraph interesting.
“University of Texas Intramural Fields, 51st and Guadalupe (Mile 22)Mathematically, the marathon is “almost over”, but DO NOT shout that at the runners, because physically and mentally, it’s just not. The average marathoner will still have 40 to 45 minutes of running left. Most are now going further than they have ever run in their training. Bodies are low on fuel, and most runners have found the infamous “wall”, right as they head into the long hill up 51st. There’s a large water stop that will join you to up the noise and positive energy levels. The best access is from inside the course’s loop, from Lamar, or from outside the loop via Airport Blvd, down 53rd.


When: today, February 15th

http://youraustinmarathon.com/race-weekend/spectator-information

Photo Via: Livestrong Austin Marathon Facebook Page

Dust off your dancing shoes!  Today is Austin’s Annual Free Day of Dance.  This is a great opportunity for you to try out almost any type of dance style that is calling your name.

Dance studios all over town are offering free classes throughout the day. You’ll find everything from Swing, Blues, Two Step, Tango, Polka, all the way to Nighclub style dancing.  This is your chance to see if you have what it takes to be on Dancing With The Stars.

Classes will be offered all over Austin and at many different times so there is sure to be something that fits into your schedule!

Admission: free

When: today, January 31st

Time: all day

Location:
All Over Austin

http://freedayofdance.com

It is officially the end of an era. The old Fran’s building on South Congress is going to be demolished today. As a way of giving it a proper goodbye they’re going to be handing out tacos at the demolition today. Come help say good-bye to an Austin icon.

The old Fran’s site will become a Torchy’s Flagship restaurant.

When: today, January 21st

Time: 2 pm

Location:
Old Fran’s Burgers
1822 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

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We are in for a ‘winter storm’ later which means lots of winds, no snow but it’s going to get cold! I know this weather makes it hard for some Austinites to leave the house, if you have the courage go to trivia night at The Highball, you won’t regret it.

Nothing beats a good trivia night and The Highball does one of the best ones in Austin.  Their atmosphere and prizes are what puts them above the curve. They give away things like Alamo Gift Cards, tickets to Alamo Events among other fun stuff.

I am putting this out there. If any pub quizzes around town are holding a Seinfeld Trivia night, let me know. I must attend.

Also, on Monday’s check out Motown Monday on Mondays and Cards Against The Highball on Tuesdays, those are both fun events as well!

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays

Time: 8 – 10:15 pm

Location:
The Highball
1120 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thehighball.com/events/detail/14578/

Photo Credit: The Highball Facebook Page

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Seeing a show during Free Week should be part of the ‘becoming an Austin resident’ initiation process. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Free Week  has been a celebration of music in Austin since 2003.

Legend has it that Emo’s was one of the first venues to start the tradition, but it’s now spread through most of the music venues down Red River and other select venues throughout the city.

Here are a few places offering Free Week shows through Saturday:

The Mohawk

Holy Mountain

Stubb’s

Spider House

Empire Control Room

When: Today through Saturday, Jan. 10th

Cost: FREE

http://do512.com/freeweekaustin

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Last night was the coldest nights that we have had in while. Most people are great about making sure their own pets stay warm but this time of the year the shelter can really use extra towels, blankets, pillows to keep the animals that are still looking for forever homes warm.  Now is a great time to go through your linen closet and get rid of some old stuff and give it to animals that will really benefit from your generosity.

There are several different organization around here that are in need.  Here are a few around town.

Austin Animal Center – 7201 Lavender Loop Austin, Texas 78702 http://www.austintexas.gov/department/animal-services  (they have a massive donation bin right out front so it is easy to swing by and drop off items – this is the only location I’m familiar with based on personal experience)

Austin Pets Aive – 1156 W. Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 http://www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/wish-list/ items can be dropped off outside between 11:30 – 7 pm

Austin Humane Society – 124 West Anderson Lane Austin, Texas 78752 http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/give/items donations can be dropped off between 7am – 7pm, Monday through Friday; between 12pm – 7pm, Saturday; and between 12pm – 5pm on Sundays.

If you are looking to adopt a pet, check out our Pet Of The Weeks, they are long stay animals that have been in the shelter close or more than 365 days.

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Happy 2015 everyone! Here we go again, back to list item #1.  For those who don’t understand the numbering system, we start back over at number ‘1’ and the ‘.15′ represents the year.

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For the 35th year, people willing to brave the brisk jump into the springs are invited to make the plunge. We have it a little easier than some of our polar bear jumping neighbors from around the country, as Barton Springs stays at a constant 68 degrees. So in today’s case, the water will actually be warmer than the air temperature! Regardless of that detail, this is still going to be some feat today as it’s definitely the coldest it’s been outside in several years.

They’ll have coffee and donuts to warm you up, and they’ll be selling 2015 commemorative T-shirts.

When: Today, January 1st, 2015

Time: 5:00am-10:00pm (the actual plunge will take place at 10:00 a.m.)

Cost: Free

Location:
Barton Springs Pool
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/758139187573616/

Photo Credit: http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs114/1101784698470/img/164.jpg