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KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio.

Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials, including $4 16oz ZiegenBocks.

“At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.”

Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts including artist Rhett Miller, Bob Schneider, Swimming With Bears, Bee Caves, and Eric Tessmer.  #UnpluggedAtTheGrove

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays – September 14th

Time: 8pm

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://theshadygrove.com/unplugged/

April 13 CHARLIE MARS DUO
April 20 SWIMMING WITH BEARS
April 27 THE PETERSON BROTHERS
May 4 IAN MOORE
May 11 LISA MORALES
May 18 JAMES MCMURTRY
May 25 DALE WATSON
June 1 BEE CAVES
June 8 BOB SCHNEIDER
June 15 SARAH JAFFE
June 29 DARDEN SMITH
July 6 SHANE SMITH & THE SAINTS
July 13 JACKIE VENSON
July 27 NAKIA & THE BLUES GRIFTERS
Aug. 3 FLATLAND CAVALRY
Aug. 17 RHETT MILLER
Aug. 24 CHARLEY CROCKETT
Sept. 7 ERIC TESSMER
Sept. 14 JIMMY LAFAVE

From Go-Karts and Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Carnival Rides, Bowling and Laser Tag, there’s something fun for everyone at Austin’s Park N Pizza.

When you get hungry, take a break from all the fun and enjoy the newly remodeled family friendly buffet, featuring salads, pizza, pasta and desserts made fresh daily. Or kick back in our Bar & Grill with locally sourced, chef-inspired fare and craft beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks.

Planning a birthday party? Austin’s Park and Pizza makes it fun and easy with packages available for any budget.

Win a package of four FREE “Unlimited Attractions” admissions worth more than $150. Just follow Austin’s Park n Pizza on Instagram and tag who you’d bring along for your chance to win a free day of fun! The winner will be chosen at random.

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Visit AustinsPark.com for hours of operation, complete ride, attraction and game listings, food and drink menus, and full details on all the great package deals.

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The City of Austin will soon be losing its only live music running event as April 9 will be the 6th and final Austin 10/20.

The Inaugural Austin 10/20 took place in 2012 in a desolate parking lot at The Domain. A lot has changed in the area over the last six years including substantial business and residential growth. The growth has also brought on more difficulties and uncertainties for the race.

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When asked why April 9 will be the final Austin 10/20, Race Director Peter Douglass said, “We’ve had our struggles over the last few years and we really have not been able to get the attention of people in Austin who make things happen. The one thing we can count on every year is great support from our thousands of participants, volunteers and spectators.”

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The Austin 10/20 is known for capturing everything that makes Austin awesome! With twenty live bands along the ten mile course and a party in the park with a headliner concert (Alpha Rev will be headlining!) at the finish, the race features more music than any other running event in town. Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to participate.

The 6th and final Austin 10/20 will be taking place on April 9 at the Domain. Don’t miss your chance to experience an Austin original event before it’s gone. Sign up online at www.Austin1020.com. Use promo code 365MARCH by 3/28 to save $10.

 

Name: Beau
Animal ID: A609221
Age: 8 year old
Breed: American Pit Bull Mix
Sex: Neutered Male
Location: Kennel 110

Austin’s longest stay shelter Dog, Beau, has been in the shelter for over 225 days.

Beau was in a short term foster and proved to be a great dog at home!

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you try one of our previous featured pets!

You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.

There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.

For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin.  Bluebonnets and a wine tasting your thing? We also teamed up with Austin Tour Company to provide a Bluebonnet Experience in the Texas Hill Country. That will satisfy your wildflower and wine craving! Hurry up and book because the season is short!

Location:
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

One of the markers of any great city is its dedication to the arts—and on that score, Austin is pretty darn great. It’s a thriving art city and this annual event is your chance to see a ton of talent in once place. Art City Austin, a three-day art fair and festival will return for its 67th year March 31 –April 2 at the Palmer Event Center. Individual artists from across the country (125 to be exact) will showcase their work. A combination of street art and contemporary art from local and national artists will be on display.

The festival grounds will also feature multiple art installations created by local artists and commissioned specifically for the occasion by Art Alliance Austin. Noteworthy artists this year include award-winning photographer Clifton Henri, Austin fine jewelry designer Haley Lebeuf, and Jay Long, a long-time Art City Austin artist.

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Food and drinks will be available for purchase and live music from a wide variety of local musicians will be coordinated and curated by Black Fret. As always, this is a family friendly event that offers designated children and family areas featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities with support from community partners Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and The Contemporary Austin.

Tickets to Art City Austin range from $10 for a single-day admission to $25 for the Collector’s Pass which includes access to the Friday, March 31st VIP preview reception plus weekend access to the festival. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Parking will be available with priority to Art City Austin attendants at the Palmer Event Center Garage for $8. For more information on Art City Austin and to purchase tickets, click here.

Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, March 31st
4-8 p.m. Community Preview Event
6-8 p.m. VIP & Collector’s Reception

Saturday, April 1st
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 2nd
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you woke up feeling a little blah this morning, here’s something that will make your day. BBBrownFitness is hosting a free sculpting yoga class in Mueller Lake Park. Lead by the awesome Alec Brownridge, you’ll get your zen on while working up a sweat and building core strength. Come out for a beautiful morning of yoga to help get those abs ready for summer.

They’ll set up on the Thinkery side of the park to the left of the lake under the trees but call Brian if you have any questions 512-277-4222.

When: Today, March 19th

Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Location:
Mueller Lake Park
Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723

Jumping. Fresh air. Outdoor fun for kids (and adults, too). Jump into spring on your very own Springfree Trampoline! And now, Springfree featuring tgoma makes it possible to please both parents and kids at the same time by offering screen time and active time together. That’s right, just imagine being able to give in when your child asks for more screen time without the guilt. Springfree featuring tgoma is an outdoor digital gaming system that allows kids that desired extra amount of time of their tablets while also giving parents the ease of knowing their kids are getting some outside active time as well.

With safety features, including no metal springs, lowered frame and safety nets with flexible rods to protect falls to the ground, Springfree Trampoline is one of the safest ones out there.

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Take advantage of this wonderful spring weather with a trampoline of your very own to jump on. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Springfree Trampoline wants you to get ready to go outside to JUMP! Enter to win a trampoline, valued at $2299!

Enter here –> http://www.springfreetrampoline.com/lp/austin-ready-set-go-2017

If you’d like to test out jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, be sure to visit them at their Austin store in The Domain, located at 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Suite 116. You can also visit them at one of these events around Austin during the week of Spring Break:

By: Chris Allen

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival kicked off Friday night at the Paramount Theater with the world premier of hometown hero Terrance Malick’s Song to Song– a cinematic poem to the city of Austin and its creative inhabitants. Attendees of the sold-out screening (many of whom waited hours to get in) were treated to a preshow Q and A with Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara.

Malick was characteristically absent for the premiere, although whether he was in disguise in the 1,100 seat venue to secretly observe audience reaction remains unknown. (He did however participate in a surprise morning discussion at the Convention Center alongside Michael Fassbender, lead by Rickard Linklater)

As for the film, it’s a project only an auteur like Malick would or could pull off. Gosling himself referenced that Terrance Malick is one of only a few filmmakers who are recognizable as a film’s creator by frame one. And some of the on-set tension that Fassbender referred to in the Q and A certainly translated onto the screen. Full of magnificent naturalistic wide-angle cinematography of Austin environs that are juxtaposed with jerky camera angles closing in on the main characters, the film encompasses both the exhilarating aspects of fighting for a place in the Austin music scene and the potential business transactions that become burdensome and soul questioning.

Much of the film features voiceovers and melodic music simultaneously, with characters musing on their situation ostensibly from their own nonverbal consciousness. The film is not explicitly plot driven. There is Fassbender as a morally suspect record producer offering a Faustian handshake to the independently spirited Gosling. Portman-gorgeous, troubled, lovelorn- plays her role beautifully with quiet certitude. A love triangle (quadrangle?) ensues and prospective lovers are rearranged. However, the meat of the film is the end result of a marriage between these various artistic mediums- music, photography, acting (even some stand-out Val Kilmer hair chopping dances) that when joined tell a story in that universal cinematic language. Song to Song may not win over fans of traditionally tidy Hollywood fare, although they should give it a shot. There is an international, almost cosmic appeal to the film. And the excellent cameos from the likes of legends Patti Smith, Flea, Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten are an appreciated cinematic recess from the consistent high-octane barrage of imagery.

An explosive effort not made from Hollywood cloth- a city of illusions, but Austin, Texas- a city of sounds.

Song to Song in wide release March 17

When you’re visiting Austin for SXSW, it can be hard to get a genuine feel for the city in between the parties, panels, and lines. That’s why the awesome folks at the Gane app, a homegrown ATX business that streamlines the mobile payment process, are giving you over $50 worth of offers to local and national merchants in Austin in honor of this crazy festival.

Just put in $50 to the Gane app to spend at stores you’re interested in checking out, and see what little pieces of Austin you can take back home with you. And, of course, you can always put any of the leftover Austin funds back into your bank account within two days.

Here are some of the Austin originals and national brands they are fond of supporting:

 

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