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PDQ (aka “People Dedicated to Quality”) the award-winning restaurant with two locations in Austin and many many devotees, has just announced a bunch of new menu items that have us counting down the minutes to an acceptable lunchtime.

Fans of the restaurant know that the food is ready fast, but that’s where the comparisons to “fast food” end. The new dishes were created by PDQ Executive Chef Michael Brannock and Chef Bryce Bonsack, and include seasonal bowls like the Thai Peanut and Smokehouse BBQ with hand-fried pickles, and premium chicken sandwiches like the Southern Pimento Crunch and Grilled Hawaiian. There are also four new salads, including a healthy Garden Citrus salad and a new Kale Caesar, with shaved brussels sprouts and shaved Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheeses.

They’re also rolling out unique sides like roasted garlic broccoli, oven-roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff and pecans, and hand-breaded fresh zucchini fries. Nearly everything on the menu features PDQ’s 14 homemade sauces and dressings, all made from scratch in-house every day.

PDQ is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and each location has dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and event catering. Ok, that’s enough talk about food, we’re off to eat some zucchini fries …

Come on down to the Long Center tonight for Sound & Cinema with The Princess Bride and the sweet sweet sounds of ICING (Covering Cake) before the movieThousands of Austinites will be flocking to the lawn to watch this ’80s classic on a giant inflatable screen with the gorgeous city skyline in the background.

This is all ages and free to the public. In fact, no childhood is complete without a viewing of this movie! You can even stop by the Do512 Family tent for free face painting, temporary tattoos, and a Princess Buttercup hair braiding station.

When: Tonight, June 21st

Time:
Doors and Food Trucks Open – 6:00 p.m.
ICING (Covering Cake) – 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark – around 8:45 p.m.

Location:
The Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by roho foto via Austin Sound and Cinema’s Facebook page

Sound On Sound Festival (SOS Fest) is excited to announce the full music lineup for the second annual event, which is set to take place on November 10-12 in McDade, Texas. The 2017 event is slated for a return to Sherwood Forest, a beloved medieval-style village and an idyllic festival location nestled among the Lost Pine Forest and about 35 miles east of downtown Austin. Weekend GA, VIP, and camping passes are all available now for purchase at www.soundonsoundfest.com.

The 2017 SOS Fest will once again play host to a wide mix of music acts spanning many genres and personal tastes, as well as a variety of medieval-style activities and games, comedy stand-ups and panel sessions, on-site camping, and more, all across three days in the heart of Central Texas. One of today’s most beloved and sought-after indie acts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will headline the 2017 fest after a notable hiatus from live performances and recordings since 2013.

Additional headliners include punk rock godfather Iggy Pop, who continues to perform in support of last year’s Grammy-nominated album, Post Pop Depression; and experimental rock group Grizzly Bear, who are slated to release their fourth studio album, Painted Ruins, this August following the band’s highly applauded 2014 album, Shields, and marking their only performance in Texas in 2017. The Grammy-nominated folk rock sextet The Shins are also set to headline and perform in support of their recent album, Heartworms, which was released this March after a five-year hiatus from recording. Also performing is new wave R&B project Blood Orange, led by singer, songwriter and producer Dev Haynes; English doom metal band Electric Wizard, who are currently recording their next studio album and whose performance at SOS Fest will mark their only currently scheduled US performance in 2017; and Pusha T, the acclaimed Virginia-born rapper and president of G.O.O.D Music (a record label founded by Kanye West) who is currently prepping the release of his newest album, King Push, for release later this year.

SOS Fest will also welcome a variety of renowned national acts including Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and dancer Kehlani, who just released her highly-anticipated debut album, SweetSexySavage, in early 2017 to praise from critics and fans alike; one of today’s most exciting West Coast rappers, Vince Staples, who is releasing his follow-up studio album, Big Fish Theory, this June; hard metal rock group Sleep, marking one of the only performances currently scheduled worldwide in 2017 for the stoner-rock pioneers; industrial metal band Ministry, who are prepping their fourteenth studio album for digital release this fall; synth-pop singer and songwriter Washed Out; emo rock outfit Taking Back Sunday; funk/soul/R&B singer Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, who will return to the festival after being forced to back out last year due to complications with stomach cancer; Canadian rock band Japandroids; electronic synth-pop band Austra, who continues to perform in support of their recent album, Future Politics, released earlier this January; indie rock outfit Real Estate, who released their latest studio album, In Mind, this past March; French electro-pop group Yelle; and a rare reunion from the groundbreaking alternative hip-hop trio Digable Planets.

Additional acts at the 2017 SOS Fest include a diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming performers from across the globe, including Dinosaur Jr., Converge, Ariel Pink, The Story So Far, NONAME, Foxygen, Cannibal Corpse, Cloud Nothings, Boris, Twin Peaks, Citizen, Cherry Glazerr, Turnstile, Snow Tha Product, and more.

Plus, SOS Fest will now feature a dedicated DJ stage this year, which will aim to showcase some of the best in forward-thinking dance music from a variety of genres — boogie, disco, classic electro, old school hip-hop, house, techno, and more. Key DJ acts set to perform include Hot Chip (DJ Set), Poolside, Lindstrom, Egyptian Lover, Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Peanut Butter Wolf, Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space), Honey Soundsystem, Lovefingers, and more.

SOS Fest will also play host to a variety of Texas music talent throughout the three-day weekend. Texas-based music acts include S U R V I V E (Austin), Power Trip (DFW), Capyac (Austin), Sweet Spirit (Austin), Holy Wave (Austin), Sam Lao (Dallas), Street Sects (Austin), Mélat (Austin), Growl (Austin), Alex Napping (Austin), USA/Mexico (Austin), Kydd Jones (Austin), and more. A variety of DJ’s from across the state will also be on site to keep the energy high throughout the second annual festival, including DJ Sober (Dallas), Flying Turns (Austin), Chulita Vinyl Club (Austin/San Antonio), All/Everything (DFW), Dayuta (Houston), and more.

In 2017, SOS Fest will once again offer ticket-buyers a truly unique festival experience at the beloved Sherwood Forest. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Austin and set among the beautiful Lost Pines Forest of Central Texas, Sherwood Forest is a 23-acre permanent renaissance village that features over 100 permanent buildings including shops, pubs, restaurants and stages, many of which will be again utilized in creating the festival footprint for the event. Through an expanded partnership with the Sherwood Forest community, ticket buyers can also expect an even more highly-curated festival experience, which will include a variety of medieval-style activities for attendees of all ages ranging from axe throwing to jousting to archery and more.

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Despite his hard life of abuse and neglect, Jake Ryan has a sweet demeanor and a kind heart. Chained to a tree to endure Texas’ extreme weather with no shelter for 5 years, Jake Ryan is all snuggles and loves being indoors. He is great with children and other dogs, but does not do well with cats. A quick learner- he know sit, lay down, & stay. He is respectful, eager to please and looking for a loving and safe forever home. Jake is being treated for heart worm and has all his vaccinations.

To meet or learn more about Jake please email: anne@limbojewelry.com.

Workshops with local makers. Tasty free food and an open bar. An awards ceremony that will make you feel all the feels. This is WeWork’s Creator Awards, coming to Austin June 27. The celebration is part of WeWork’s global initiative to recognize and reward individuals, organizations, and businesses who are thinking in new ways, building fresh projects, and achieving real change. Through 2017, WeWork is committing over $20 million to empowering creators. Will you be there to watch the magic unfold?

When: June 27

Time: 4pm – Midnight

Location:
ACL Live at The Moody Theater
310 W Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

This event is 21+ and RSVP only.

It’s date night for you and your best pal. Come out to Yard Bar with your pup (and a few of your human friends) for their canine-themed Movie Mondays! Every other Monday starting tonight through November this year, they’ll be screening a dog-centric flick. Popcorn, s’mores, and drink specials are only part of the fun. Grab your lawn chairs and head to the patio. All ages and dogs welcome!

When: Today, June 12th

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Admission is free!

Location:
Yard Bar
6700 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757

The schedule will run as follows:
June 12th – Homeward Bound
June 26th – Balto
July 10th – Lady and the Tramp
July 24th – 101 Dalmations
August 7th – Beethoven
August 21st – Iron Will
September 4th – Bolt
September 18th – Turner and Hooch
October 2nd – 8 Below
October 16th – Frankenweinnie
October 30- Cujo
November 13- SURPRISE FEATURE

Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play a variety of music, everything from jazz and light classical to pop selections and film scores.

When: Today, June 11th

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

2017 Schedule
June 11 – Woodwinds
June 18 – Brass
June 25 – Big Band program

July 9 – Strings
July 16 – Woodwinds
July 23 – Big Band
July 30 – Brass

August 6 – Strings
August 13 – Woodwinds
August 20 – Brass
August 27 – Big Band

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of my favorite things to do in Austin. Through June they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and ends June 30th, so get out there while there’s still time.

It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Now that the lake levels are back up the views are even more spectacular!  You reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

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Phone: 512-614-1996

Location:
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/