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Name: Dude
Animal ID:
A744255
Sex: Nuetered Male
Breed:  Tabby 
Age: 1 Year Old
Location: In Foster

He has been with Austin Animal Center since February!!

You can meet Dude and many other DHCs during our July Desperate Housecat Adoption Event this weekend at AAC. Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11-5.

WHO can resist a feline who sits in SUCH a relaxed position??? Dude had a very rough start in life. He’s missing four rear toes and parts of both ears. But none of this slows him down! He’s very affectionate, purrs, and loves attention, but is not usually a lap cat. Dude is very smart (he understands ‘No’) and wants to be near his human (he’ll sleep next to you). He loves play time, hide and seek, bird watching, and fuzzy blankets.

Dude gives sweet kisses and would do well in an active and lively household. He may be fine with other cats, and is probably great with children.

If you live in Austin, you know that bats are big. Well not literally big, they’re actually pretty small, but their nightly journey to find insects is a spectacle that draws huge crowds of tourists and locals alike. Every night at dusk from early March to November, more than 1.5 million bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in the world. It’s an amazing scene and an absolutely essential Austin activity.

While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Tuesday, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, snacks, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats!

Here are the details for the cruise:  

  • Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m.  We’ll cruise from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • House DJ laying down the best beats around
  • Lite bites from Burro Cheese Kitchen  
  • Drinks from Eastciders and Mighty Swell
  • If delicious cocktails ain’t your thing, the boat is also BYOB!
  • All this for $35 per person
  • You do not need a printed confirmation, we will check you in electronically once you arrive
  • HAVE FUN, and drink responsibly

Space is limited so snag your reservation here.

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Tonight is Big Band night on the lawn at the Long Center’s Concert in the Park—a guaranteed good time for your family. There will be kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 15th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from through August 27th. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, July 23rd

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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:
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

If you’re looking for an affordable stay-cation in downtown Austin, it’s hard to beat the price and location of Embassy Suites’ Downtown Austin location. Just a short walk south of the Congress Bridge, their convenient location provides easy-access to the Ladybird Lake Trails, sunset bat-watching, a plethora of local dining and bar options, and more.

We’re giving away a free night of your choosing (up to $300 value, blackout dates do apply) to getaway to Downtown Austin!

Two ways to enter:

  1. Follow the steps on Instagram 
  2. Share the Facebook Post 

*Winner will be chosen on Monday July, 24th

Investing in a new restaurant concept probably sounds like something only rich people do, but we’re living in the golden age of crowdfunding, so we can all get in on the ground floor of something big. Eight years ago, the founders of Peli Peli teamed up to bring South African fusion cuisine to Houston. From their initial start in Vintage Park, the team of Executive Chef Paul Friedman, Michael Tran, and Thomas Nguyen have now expanded to three locations throughout the metro area. Both Tran (BS ’99) and Nguyen (BA ’98, JD ’01) are UT Austin grads, so when it came time to expand beyond their home in Houston, they set their sights on ATX.

Plans are for Peli Peli Austin to take over a space in the downtown 2nd Street District and open its doors in September of 2017. The team now has an active expansion campaign on the NextSeed platform where the community can uncover more specifics on the business, team members, and follow up on updates about the restaurant.

To fuel its growth, Peli Peli had resounding success with a campaign in May 2016, raising $358,000 for its Houston Galleria location on NextSeed’s platform in Texas. The funds allowed the restaurant group to increase its working capital and invest in its infrastructure. In just eleven months, the team paid their investors back—well ahead of schedule—returning $409,513 to the members who invested.

Currently, Peli Peli Austin is one of several live campaigns on NextSeed, which means anyone can choose to become an investor.

Since its launch in 2015, NextSeed has facilitated over $4 million in crowdfunded investments in restaurants, bars, and other local businesses in Texas and around the U.S. using state and federal crowdfunding rules. For as little as $100, investors can invest in a project or concept that they feel passionate about—supporting local by investing local.

NextSeed provides the investor with an overview of each campaign, a detailed description of the business model and leadership team, market analysis, all of the investment details, and the opportunity to ask questions in a virtual community forum.

NextSeed was the first SEC-registered regulation crowdfunding platform in the country and is now operating from coast to coast.

To learn more about opportunities like Peli Peli, all the active as well as fully funded campaigns nationwide, visit NextSeed.

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Any views expressed in this article reflect the personal views of the author only for discussion purposes and should not be viewed as investment advice or recommendation, and does not constitute any legal or tax advice with respect to any securities. Rendering of Peli Peli Austin dining room. Courtesy of NextSeed Rendering of Poitin interior. Courtesy of NextSeed Rendering of Poitin interior bar area. Courtesy of NextSeed.

If you need the perfect family friendly plan tonight, look no further. The Zilker Summer Musical, now in its 59th year, is a local treasure and something every Austinite should experience at least once. This year’s production is a classic: The Wizard of Oz.

Zilker Theatre Productions aims to share the magic of musical theatre with children as well as Central Texans and visitors from all over the world. This summer, they will welcome over 45,000 audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.”

A few pro tips for the uninitiated: Get there a couple of hours early to secure your spot with a blanket and some low-backed chairs, then go for a swim in Barton Springs! You’ll be so glad you did. And pack a big picnic—everyone gets snacky at this thing.

When: Thursdays – Sundays through August 5th

Time: 8:15 p.m. (There are two acts, with a quick intermission!)

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

1. Zilker Free Summer Musical: The Wizard of OZ

2. Explore Austin on a Fat Tire Electric Minibike

 

3. Jaws on the Water

Alamo Drafthouse Austin screening Jaws on the water Credit: Heather Leah Kennedy/ Alamo Drafthouse Linkback: http://drafthouse.com/

4. Picnic at The Seaholm Picnic Table

5. Try Escaping at The Austin Escape Game

6. 3rd Annual BBQ and Wine Fest

7. Eat Breakfast Tacos on the top of Mount Bonnel

8. Hang in a Kammock

9. Blues on the Green

10. Deep Eddy Splash Movie Nights

11. Staycation at Lake Austin Spa

12. Float The River

13. Trailer Food Tuesday at The Long Center

14. South Congress Hotel Pool Pass

This is summer’s best kept secret. Now through Labor Day, you can snag pool passes at the South Congress Hotel that will get you access to the rooftop pool and bar, free valet parking, and towels. Poolside dining is provided by Café No Sé. Guests can book their pool day at South Congress Hotel by emailing concierge@southcongresshotel.com

When: Mondays – Fridays though Labor Day, 11 a.m.- sunset

15. Bat Tuesday Sunset Cruise on Lady Bird Lake

16. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

17. Rent a Fishing (or regular) Kayak from Rowing Dock 

18. Sound & Cinema at The Long Center

19. Mohawk’s 7th Annual Quesoff 

20. Walk Dogs or Volunteer with Austin Animal Center 

21. Cool Off at The Greenbelt

22.  Free Sunday Concerts In The Park at The Long Center

23. Monday Movie Night at Yard Bar (Austin’s Dog Bar)

24. Outdoor Voices x Hoxie Wednesday Evening Jogger Club 

25. Visit The Blanton Museum (free on Thursdays)

26. Barton Springs Pool 

27. Libations Trail: Brewery & Distillery Tour

28. Unplugged at The Grove

29. Texas Memorial Museum 

30. Tour The Capitol (It’s FREE)

31. Browse MOSS Designer Consignment 

32. Cool off with some Alcoholic Ice Cream at Prohibition Creamery 

33. Try Vodka Slushies on The Deep Eddy Distillery Tour

34. 27th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

35. Take a UT Tower Tour

36. Take An Antonelli’s Cheese Class

37. NLand Surf Park

38. Hike Enchanted Rock

39. Explore Central Texas Caves

40. Stronghorn Fitness Flip & Slide

41. Baylor Street Art Wall 

42. Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayak, or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake

43. Zilker Park

44. Sip Beers at Zilker Brewing Company

45. Crux Climbing Center

46. Sip Frozé at The Infinite Monkey Theorem 

47. Take A Haunted Limo Tour

48. Hike St. Edwards Park

49. St. Elmo Brewing Company’s Grassy Thursdays

50. Movie Night at Alamo Drafthouse

51. Dolce Neve

52. Zilker Botanical Gardens

53. Chaparral Ice 

54. Book People

55. ‘Game of Thrones’ Watch Parties at The North Door

56. Happy Hour at Mattie’s

Photo: Nick Simonite

57. Hotel San José Frozé

58. Playland Skate Center

59. The Veloway

60. Volente Beach

61. Happy Hour at June’s

62. Bullock Texas History Museum

63. Dart Bowl

64. Frozen Mezcal Cocktails at The Hightower

65. Amy’s Ice Cream

66. Pinballz Arcade

67. Violet Crown Cinema

68. Top Golf

69. LBJ Presidential Library & Museum

70. Hopdoddy $5 Happy Hour

71. Lenoir Wine Garden

72. River Place Nature Trail

73. The Austin Winery

74. Sno-Beach

75. Rosé Wine Flights at Red Room Lounge

76. The ABGB

77. Austin Bouldering Project

78. Hike Wild Basin Wilderness Perserve 

79. Curra’s Avocado Margarita 

80. Lick Honest Ice Cream

81. Turkey Creek Trail

82. Austin Antique Mall

83. Summer Classic Film Series at The Paramount

84. McKinney Falls State Park

85. Krause Springs

86. Kitty Cohen’s

87. Sunday Funday at The Wet Deck

88. Hamilton Pool

89. Float Fest

90. Hippie Hollow

91. Austin Steam Train

92. Hula Hut

93. Pedernales Falls State Park

94. Cow Tipping Creamery 

95. Rent a Duffy Boat

96. Round Rock Express Game

97. The Aristocrat Lounge Frosé

98. Cold Cookie Company 

99. East Austin Succulents 

100. Abel’s on the Lake 

101. Easy Tiger’s Free Will Ferrell Summer Movie Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People of the North: Rejoice! The owners of Home Slice Pizza are revealing the details of their much-anticipated expansion to North Austin. The new location will be in the North Loop area (which we are now apparently calling “NOLO”) near the corner of North Loop and Duval at 501 E 53rd Street. It’s currently under construction and slated for a late fall 2017 opening.

The new restaurant will have full-service dine-in, take out, patio seating, and indoor and outdoor bar seating, plus twice the parking of the South Congress store! They’ll also have a full bar in addition to all the draft beer and wine—because cocktails and pizza are soulmates.

“Our cocktail list will focus on simple, delicious drinks that have stood the test of time,” said Nano Whitman, partner and director of operations at the NOLO location, in a press release. That sounds good to us, Nano.

And more welcome news: Home Slice NOLO will have Buffalo wings! “Buffalo wings are part of almost every pizzeria experience where I grew up,” said Scoville Strickland, who hails from a small town near Buffalo, New York. “We are looking forward to turning Austin on to this regional delicacy done right!”

Lastly: The NOLO location will have the specialty Sicilian square pie seven days a week. Currently available at the South Congress location only on Mondays and Thursdays because of the space it takes to produce the specialty pies, this sheet pan pizza took years to develop and requires an entirely separate production process from Home Slice’s typical New York-style dough.

We’ll update you on a grand opening date ASAP, but the fall can’t come soon enough.

Photo by Julia Keim

 

Much like January’s Free Week, Hot Summer Nights are a series of free concerts hosted by music venues located in Austin’s Red River Cultural District. Running July 13-16 at various clubs in the area, the performances will feature popular local acts White Denim, The Octopus Project, Magna Carda, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit),  Golden Dawn Arkestra and Moving Panoramas among others. Similar to the Free Week programming, there is a national act included, Andrew Savage of Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts. The event is a chance for Austin music fans to discover local bands in a small geographical area. Club hopping is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.

Hosted by the Red River Merchant Association which formed in November 2016, the purpose of the event is to promote local venues in an area threatened by downtown development and at the same time give back to the community which supports it.

“The Red River District itself is a true cultural icon here in Austin and we want to do everything we can to see the area not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead,” said Stephen Sternschein, RRMA board member and owner of Empire Control Room & Garage. “These Hot Summer Nights events are meant to serve as a way for our team to give back to residents here in Austin, as well as provide amazing musicians and artists an opportunity to directly interact the local community. We can’t wait to kick off these first Hot Summer Night events, which will be the first step of many to come for RRMA, and reveal additional plans for the district in the near future.”

While we love all the bands participating (because they’re Austin acts) several lineups stand out among the huge list of performers:

Friday – White Denim – Cheer Up Charlie’s

This show is opportunity for White Denim fans that doesn’t come along everyday. Since their lineup shake up in 2015 when White Denim lost two members to Leon Bridges’ band the James Petralli-led outfit has not performed often. The indie-rockers shifted from a prog-rock bent to more of a blues-rock oriented act with the new formation, inserting Petralli side-project Bob English members into the roster. The results are as entertaining as ever. The support bill includes Deep Time, The Stacks, Go Fever and Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space. RSVP via Facebook here.

Friday – The Octopus Project – Empire Control Room

If you haven’t witnessed the astounding visual spectacle of a show by The Octopus Project this is a perfect opportunity to see the UT Film School grads play their hybrid of electronica and power pop. Besides being one of Austin’s hardest-working bands, the group features the unusual addition of a theremin to the mix. Their recent show at Barracuda last month was a reminder The Octopus Project never disappoints. RSVP via Facebook here.

Saturday –  Magna Carda  – Cheer-Up Charlie’s

Hip-hop / jazz fusion act Magna Carda’s 2016 release “Cirqulation” was one of the best local albums to drop in Austin last year. The longtime duo of Megz Kelly and Dougie Do added what basically amounts to a jazz/funk trio to back them and the results were magical. Megz has the kind of flow that makes even casual hip-hop fans sit up and take notice. Doug provides the sounds and effects while their crack band ties it all together.

The supporting acts are no slouches.  Get to Cheer-Up’s early to catch My Empty Phantom, Obscured by Echoes and Lord Buffalo. RSVP via Facebook here.

Saturday – A. Savage (Parquet Courts) – Barracuda

While we were in Spain last year for Primavera Sound Festival we caught Andrew Savage’s Parquet Courts on the Pitchfork Stage.  The Brooklyn rockers style is hard to define. They played a high-energy show that featured elements of punk, alt-country and indie rock.  Naturally we’re curious about Savage’s solo act. US Weekly and Alex Dupree round out the lineup. RSVP via Facebook here.

To see the entire roster of bands and stay up-to-date on the latest lineups visit the official Hot Summer Nights Facebook Event page. Despite the event kicking off tomorrow, there’s still some surprises ahead such as the special guest to be announced at Sidewinder on Saturday.

Name: Maverick
Animal ID:
A736462
Sex: Nuetered Male
Breed:  Hound Mix
Age: 3 Year Old
Location: In Foster

Mavericks foster reports that he is simple the BEST dog in the world! “He’s the best dog in the world, he LOVES to be with other dogs. He did great since the first minute here!!!! He loves to cuddle, he loves to be kissed and he loves to kiss. He loves to go for walks, and he also loves to sleep in the bed with Sassy and my sister.” Maverick is also housetrained and walks on a loose leash. Are you ready to make that lifetime commitment to a really GREAT dog?

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