Every Wednesday night while UT is in session the astronomy department sponsors free public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall, which is located at the southeast corner of Dean Keeton (formerly 26th street) and Speedway. Once you reach RLM, take the elevators to the 17th floor and then follow the signs to the stairs up to the telescope. Click here for map to RLM and nearby parking garages. (Garage rate information is available here.)

The telescope was purchased from Group 128 in 1977 at a cost of about $18,500. It was primarily used for teaching undergraduate astronomy majors the processes involved in modern astronomical observation and for graduate student projects. After time, the telescope began to suffer from wear and tear. So in 1997, a grant proposal was approved by the National Science Foundation with matching funds from a generous private donor. In July 1998, the telescope was re-fit with a state-of-the-art mount and new clock drive at a cost of $50,000. The telescope is controlled from a Dell desktop computer using contol software called PC-TCS. 

All ages are welcome, but they ask that younger children be under adult supervision at all times. Viewing times change throughout the year so please check this page for current times before planning your visit. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information.(This line is updated approximately 30-45 minutes before the scheduled start time.)

Admission: free

When: Wednesdays

Time: now – March 9th 7 pm – 10 pm / March 23 = May 4th 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Location:
The University of Texas

http://outreach.as.utexas.edu/public/parties.html

Photo Credit: http://umich.edu/~lowbrows/astrophotos/tsp/tsp20s.html

“Can you drive in those heels?”

I didn’t think much of the question—I can run a marathon in heels higher than the ones I was wearing when I walked into K1 Speed Austin. And I’d been in a go-kart before… how hard could it be? The answer, as it turned out, was K1 racing was hard enough for me to have to ask for help putting my helmet on, but not so hard that I had to curse my favorite boots.

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I’m not exactly a speed demon; I’m more of a car-dancer which is probably the product of growing up in a city where ‘driving’ primarily consists of stop-and-go traffic on I-35. Naturally, getting behind the wheel of a K1 Speed European-style 20hp electric kart made me a bit nervous. With top speeds up to 45 mph, and a track with turns tighter than a Herve Leger bandage dress, this is definitely more thrilling than the amusement park go-karts I was expecting.

This Monday (Feb 15th), K1 Speed is hosting a special event, The Pirelli World Challenge Driver Shootout. Some lucky fans will be able to race with their favorite pro drivers and there will also be a meet and greet!

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When: February 15th, 7-9pm

Where:
K1 Speed
2500 McHale Ct.
Austin, Tx 78758

Website: https://www.k1speed.com/austin-location.html

Article written by Dani Barrow for 365 Things Austin

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Happy Fat Tuesday, that means time for King Cakes. Easy Tiger easily makes one of my favorites in the city.

You can’t make a special order so just use this as an excuse to head up to the bakeshop snag your King Cake and have a beer.

They also have this happening tonight: Boulevard Flight + Seminar Featuring Jeremy Danner. All and all it’s going to be a good night to be at Easy Tiger!

When: today, February 9th

Location:
Easy Tiger
709 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/EasyTigerATX

Photo Credit: Easy Tiger Facebook Page

I’ll be the first to say that after coming home from a long day of work, searching through recipes, going to the grocery store, and then cooking a meal at 8:45 pm is not on my daily agenda.

But, what if there was something that made it all a little easier? Sometimes, all you want is a home-cooked meal, but it can be challenging to make time to search the internet for recipes and make a trip to the grocery store. We’ve found your solution; Austin’s very own, Cilantro Lime.

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Cilantro Lime is a unique service that delivers fresh ingredients to your door and makes it possible to whip up a healthy, and very tasty home-cooked meal within minutes. Here’s the lowdown on how it all works –

  • You select from a list of unique and might I say, fancy entrees. (They have an extensive list)
  • Within the same day (as long as you order by 12pm), the food will be delivered to your door
  • Here’s the fun part – you get to cook the entree and have lots of fun while doing so.

Can you say perfect date night? Cilantro Lime makes for a delicious meal and fun experience that you can do with your partner or even with friends.

I checked out the service and made Gamberi al Rosmarino for two; it included these fresh ingredients – shrimp, pancetta, rosemary, zucchini, tomato, and pine nuts.

Take a look at the final product!

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Be sure to check out Cilantro Lime and have the perfect Valentine’s Day date night!

Use the code DATENIGHT for free delivery

This is Antonelli’s Cheese Shop’s 6th year in a row to offer over 200 cheese plates at over ten Austin restaurants. Make sure to plan your work schedule around it and get there early, because each restaurant often “sells out” fast.

Each location starts handing out cheese plates at 5pm (or their earliest opening). Make sure to check out their website for details.  Happy Cheese-ing Austin!
Here is the schedule:

This Valentine’s Day, give that someone special the experience of a lifetime! Austin Helicopter Tours is offering a romantic treat guaranteed to win hearts and make it an unforgettable evening.

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From February 12 through the 15th, Austin Helicopter Tours is will be offering Romantic Valentine’s City Lights Tours. There will be only 6 flights nightly from 6:30- 8 p.m.

Flights will include flyovers over the Capitol building, Downtown, the University of Texas and Lady Bird Johnson Lake. They’ll give you the opportunity to see Austin like you have never seen it before!

The Valentine’s Special is a sweetheart of a deal, just $332.48 per couple.

“Our Holiday Lights Tours during the Christmas Holidays were incredibly popular,” says Stacy Riggs, co-owner of Austin Helicopter Tours. “There’s just something extra special about the beautiful sights of Austin when the sun sets.”

Call Austin Helicopter Tours today at 210-287-5797 and reserve your special flight.

Location:
Bud Dryden Airport
10301 F.M. 969
Austin, Texas 78724

http://www.austinhelicoptertours.com/austin/home-atx.htm

Are you ready for the big game?

It is no secret that Texan’s love their BBQ and the only thing better than a Sunday Funday with BBQ is when it is free BBQ.

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Corner Bar is still doing their normal free BBQ today at 3pm until it runs out (about the first 70 people)! $5 Tito’s and Tito’s Bloody Mary’s, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light, and as always, free popcorn. Brown’s BBQ will re-open with full menu after the free BBQ is gone, and will remain open until the 3rd quarter and the taco truck will be open all night!

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Needless to say, this little gem has all the making for a solid Superbowl Sunday.

When: every Sunday

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Phone: 512-445-9500

Location:
Corner Bar
1901 South Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/CornerBarAustin

Of course there is a Mardi Gras dog parade in Austin today because why not?

The ABGB is having a day full of festivities celebrating both Mardi Gras and your dog. Here is the rundown!
THE BIG PARADE!
A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade! Come have your pup “bark for beads” with our friends from BarkHappy @ 5pm. All dogs dressed in costume can bark for beads and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest! Everyone that shows the BarkHappy app on their phone will receive beads and a special treat!

A MEETUP!
Come hang with all your favorite BarkHappy folks and pups.

And a whole lot more:
FOOD!
There will be special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim!

CAKE!
King Cake, that is!

LIVE MUSIC!
Inside, on our stage, will be some of favorite musicians:
Greg Izor 3p
Gumbo Ce Soir 7p
Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue 10p

When: today, February 6th

Time: 5pm

Location:
The ABGB
1305 W Oltof Street
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/151418951899064/

Today is Arro’s last day of business. Sad, I know. I was looking forward to many of wine nights on their newly renovated patio.

They have a ton of wine that they need to see go. Today all drinks are half off and they have special food offerings from $5-$15. It’s a stretch but half off Arro wine could be the silver lining in this situation.

When: today, February 5th

Time: 5pm – 2 am

Location:
Arro
601 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/ArroATX/?fref=ts

Photo Credit: Arro Facebook Page

Tonight is the the South Congress Hotel Open House. If you have not gone take the opportunity to check things out. Plus it’s First Thursday on South Congress, needless to say, SoCo is going to be the place to hang out tonight!

At the Open House they’ll have the following:
– Live music by Shivery Shakes and drink specials in the Courtyard
– Delicious treats from Stephen F. Frostin’ ice cream truck
– DJ Dan Gentile (Flying Turns) and Happy Hour specials in the Lobby Bar
– Interactive photobooth by My Event is the Bomb
– Coffee cocktails by High Brew Coffee
– Grab dinner at Café No Sé or Central Standard
– Shop Revival CyclesSunroomTenoverten and the Hotel Shop

Courtyard Drink Specials:
_$2 Domestics, $3 Imports
_$6 Spicy Margaritas
_$5 Red / White Wine

Happy Hour in the Lobby Bar:
_Half-off cocktails, beer & wine
_Bar snack specials

Happy Hour at Central Standard:
_$1 off oysters
_$2 off beer & wine
_Half-off bubbles by the glass

Free Valet

When: today, February 4th

Time: 5pm – 9 pm

Location:
South Congress Hotel
1603 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/951126108314097/

Photo: South Congress Hotel Facebook Page