Austin’s official band, The Austin Symphonic Band, has a one of kind concert coming up. The show will be the first at AISD’s new Performing Arts Center in Mueller, which is a pretty spectacular venue. Excellent music, plus a cool venue, sign me up.

You may be familiar with the Austin Symphonic Band from their annual Mother’s Day Concert at The Capitol, or their Father’s Day Concert in the park. Both events are very popular each year, and this is a great opportunity to check out the band in an acoustically-perfect environment!

Inside AISD's brand new Performing Art's Center

Inside AISD’s brand new Performing Art’s Center

The February concert, Tributes, will feature the world premiere of Frank Ticheli’s new work Dancing on Water which will honor the Austin Symphonic Band’s conductor, Richard Floyd. Other selections that will be performed were written as tributes to persons, places and events.

As an added treat, Frank Ticheli will be present to discuss his new work and will also conduct the concert.

Frank Ticheli courtesy of Graham Lindsey/ Wavelength Media

Frank Ticheli courtesy of Graham Lindsey/ Wavelength Media

 

AISD’s new performing arts center just had its Grand Opening last week, so this is a fantastic opportunity to check out the new state of the art venue. Following the concert, there will be a reception with coffee and cake.

Admission: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $6

When: February 7th

Time: 8 – 9:30 pm

Location:

AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan
Austin, Texas 78723

Tickets: AustinSymphonicBand.com

Girls night just got real, real tasty.

On Tuesday nights Dai Due does a “ladies steak night” and it’s glorious. Their head lady butcher, Julia Poplawsky does her favorite streaks for only ten dollars! Ten dollars, what a steal.

They also play music that caters to the female demographic, thing Dolly Parton, Beyoncé and more feel good tunes.

Location:
Dai Due
2406 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

http://www.daidue.com

Photo Credit: Dai Dui Facebook Page

Nothing like ending your Monday with a little whiskey tasting. Tonight they’re offering a flight of Pappy, the 10 year, 12 year, 15, year and 20 year.

easy tiger

While you’re there be sure to treat yourself to a pretzel. Easy Tiger is great as they have a great patio that is perfect to enjoy in this weather!

Tickets: $50

When: today, January 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

http://easytigeraustin.com

Austin fashionistas, your day has arrived. This biannual event is your opportunity to score some of the best deals from the best places around town. You can find all your favorite local boutiques under one roof with clearance prices!

They have everything from men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, children’s apparel, home furnishings and more. I’ve scored the best deals in the past. My advice would be to go late today because some retailers don’t want to pack stuff up, which leads to some amazing prices!

Here is a link to the participating exhibitors: http://www.legaragesale.net/austin-stores/

They also will have local favorite Jo’s Coffee to help you get caffeinated in the morning, as well as a full bar.

Admission: $10 admission is CASH ONLY

When: today 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location:
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.legaragesale.net/

Photo Credit: Le Garage Facebook page

Today is going to be one of those perfect January days. The Gorilla Run is coming up next weekend but this weekend they’re having some fun on Rainey Street to get you in the mood.

The Thirsty Planet crew is hosting a pub crawl starting at Banger’s (4 pm). From there they’ll head to Icenhauer’s, Javelina Bar, Craft Pride, Container Bar.

The event is to raise awareness for the Austin Gorilla Run and the charity it benefits, Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.

Gorilla suites encouraged.

Admission: free

When: today, January 24th

Time: 4 – 10 pm

Location:
Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austingorillarun.com/join-us-for-the-silverback-pub-crawl-on-january-24th/

Photo Credit: Austin Gorilla Run Facebook Page

The time has come! X Games Austin tickets are on sale! If you didn’t have the opportunity to make it out to the inaugural year of X Games Austin you truly missed out. But lucky for you they are back this year and things are going to be bigger and better than last year.  It’s all happening June 4-7th at Circuit of The Americas.

They’ll have all your favorite events in skateboarding, BMX, Moto X, rally & off-road truck racing. Plus, a great line up of music including Nicki Minaj, Talib Kweli, Pennywise, Deltron 3030 with more big names being announced as we get closer to the festival. Not to mention the Sound Factory stage powered by local Austin station KUTX. Get your tickets early so you can start bragging to your friends that you’ll be there when the action happens.

Because we love X Games and our readers we are offering you a chance to get your tickets before the general public. Presale will run today from 12-3 pm CT and can be accessed by entering the password XGA2015 at www.ticketmaster.com/xgames.

General admission tickets will go on sale today at 4 pm.

When: June 4 – 7th

Location:
Circuit of the Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78617

www.ticketmaster.com/xgames

I know, I know.. another Alamo Drafthouse movie. However, in this dreary chilly weather, us Austinites are not very brave.

If you have not been to a ‘Master Pancake” at Alamo Drafthouse, go. Basically, they have two comedians up front during the entire movie and poke fun at the entire movie. I didn’t understand it until I went for the first time and now I am hooked.

Nic Cage. Alamo Drafthouse. Master Pancake. Done.

When: today, January 23rd

Time: 7 pm & 10 pm

Location:
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
320 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://drafthouse.com/movies/master_pancake_con_air/austin

I’m writing this post while going 70 miles per hour down I-35. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds…

Vonlane is a new premium bus service that wants to change the way you travel between Austin and Dallas. Spoiler alert: I’m sold.

The concept is simple enough- traveling by plane between the two cities is not fun. By the time you drive out to Bergstrom, park, go through check-in/security, and actually get off the ground, you have a solid 15-20 minutes of paid wi-fi to get anything done. The trip ends up taking about as long as it would have to drive, and business travelers struggle with the loss in productivity. Enter Vonlane.

Vonlane-Busses-Austin

Let’s start with how easy it is to book your trip. Their site is super user friendly and you can book a seat within minutes of hitting their homepage.

You can arrive as late as 10 minutes before your trip, check any large bags with the driver (for free), and hop on a bus unlike anything you’ve been on before. The seats are as wide or wider than any domestic first-class seats, and I couldn’t reach the seat in front of me if I tried. How far do the seats recline? The answer is, far enough that I accidentally fell asleep on my trip from Austin yesterday.

But it’s actually the service that really makes Vonlane special. When you step onto the bus, you’re greeted by a ‘flight attendant;’ she’ll walk you to your seat and offer to take your coat, which will be hung in a closet rather than stuffed into an overhead bin. You’re then presented with a menu that includes complimentary soft drinks, and food catered from the same companies that cater private jets. I indulged.

Vonlane-Attendant

The menu then goes a step further to offer essential travel items like noise-canceling headphones, and cushioned lap desks for your computer. They’ll even provide you with a toothbrush and paste if you left yours at home.

I was actually more productive in the three-hour trip today than I typically am at my own desk; less distraction I suppose! I highly, highly recommend this for business travelers in Austin, and with pricing similar to that of flying between the two cities (around $100 each way), I’d actually recommend it for personal travel as well.

Busses leave from the Hyatt Regency on Town Lake several times throughout the day, and they drop you off in Dallas at a hotel near the Love Field Airport. Give them a try on your next trip to Dallas; I promise you’ll love the experience.

www.Vonlane.com

Vonlane-Austin-Conference

The age old question, what do Austinites do when it rains? I narrowed it down to: nothing, watching movies at Alamo Drafthouse, going bowling, and ordering pizza.

The Union Underground is one of those hidden gems that doesn’t always pop into mind when thinking of places to bowl. While it does cater to UT students, it is open to the public.

Maybe it’s the fact that I was once a Longhorn, but I love strolling the Union and Tower grounds when they are free of students between classes. It’s peaceful and always provokes some sort of Texas pride in me. Texas Ex or not, it’s a great time to stroll around on campus before the influx of summer students.

Here’s the best part, the price. For non-UT students it’s $2.50-$3.50 a game (depending on day/time) plus $2.00 shoe rental.

Hours (today): 10am – 3am, here is a link to their current hours: http://www.utexas.edu/universityunions/sites/default/files/UNB-2015-Spring-Bldg-Hours%20v2.pdf

Location:

University of Texas Campus
Texas Union
(Across from University Co-Op)

http://www.utexas.edu/universityunions/texas-union/scene/underground

Photo Credit: Texas Union Website

Let’s face it, the only thing worse than Austin traffic is getting a ticket while you’re in it. If you’ve been pulled over as many times as I have, then you already know that taking a defensive driving course can zap that ticket right off your record. If only the course wasn’t so painfully boring and tedious… enter Aceable Defensive Driving.

Aceable, a local Austin startup, is on a mission to un-suck required education starting with defensive driving and drivers ed. We covered the launch of their first-of-its-kind drivers ed app last spring and now they’re at it again with another 5-star rated app for defensive driving.

Aceable has been able to take a typically painful defensive driving process and make it painless (as possible), convenient and easy. The five-hour course is packed with modern and enjoyable content compared to the courses I’ve taken in the past that were made 20 years ago. The course is written in a conversational tone that’s witty while not trying too hard (ahem, “comedy” defensive driving…).  For example, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the memes like this one:

Aceable-Defensive-Driving-App

The convenience of taking the course on mobile came in handy over and over again. I knocked out a few minutes while in line at HEB, and another hour while getting my hair cut. I even used the course’s voice-over feature to breeze through the material while I made dinner the other night. Once I finished the course, the app told me when my certificate shipped and tracked its progress all the way to my door.

If you need to clear a ticket or want to save money on insurance, they’re extending a 15% discount on Aceable Driver’s Ed to followers of 365 Things .  Use coupon code 365DD when you purchase the course online: Aceable.com

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