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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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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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New to Gane? Download the app on the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

How’s your SXSW going so far? Why not take a short break from the day drinking, line waiting, and celeb spotting and do something good for yourself this morning? Join Outdoor Voices for a recreational jog in the heart of Downtown Austin.

After that, you can get back into the swing of things with a victory brunch and drinks in partnership with The Infatuation courtesy of Clark’s Oyster Bar, Tito’s, Stumptown, and Michelob Ultra.

When: Today, March 11th

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Start Location:
1637 East 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78702

End:
Outdoor Voices
606 Blanco St.
Austin, TX 78703

SXSW is already everywhere, but if you aren’t ready to jump into the melee just yet, here’s an event that will warm your heart and make you fall in love with this city all over again. Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at their Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of The Dark Knight.

If you’ve never been to this amazing place, it’s a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Come early to explore, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help our Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a dignified income.

And be sure to stop by the Community Market and check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that residents make in our various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Residents keep 100 percent of the profits from their sales, and get to do what they love!

When: Today, March 10th

Time: 6-10 p.m.
*The event begins at 6, movie starts roughly an hour later.

Cost: The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Location:
9301 Hog Eye Road
Austin, TX 78724

Staying in town for Spring Break? Head on down to Rowing Dock to make the best of your staycation! Their dock is a little oasis just minutes from downtown. Off the beaten path, and worth it.

So, take advantage of these days off to get out on the water and explore the lake with your friends and family! Grab a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and get a head start on your tan! Rowing Dock will be open from 9am until 8pm (last boats out one hour before close) everyday starting on the 12th!  

Location:
The Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
Austin, Texas

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This year for SXSW I curated a list of my favorite spots to Favor. While you’re here in Austin, you can order from my list right on the Favor app: www.favordelivery.com/download (Available now through Sunday, March 19th.) Ok, here’s the rundown…
1.     Blenders and Bowls
2.     Pinthouse Pizza
3.     Chinatown Westlake
4.     Poke Poke
5.     Forthright
6.     Burro Cheese Kitchen
7.     Soursop
8.     Santa Rita Cantina
9.     Zocalo
10.   One Taco

Join Austin Park Foundation to kick off their 25th Anniversary season with an all 1992 series of Movies in the Park!

Take your friends and family to a whole new world with their screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park. Movies starts at 7 p.m., but come early to grab a spot!

When: tonight, March 9th

Time: 7 p.m.

Location:
Patterson Park
4200 Brookview Road
Austin, Texas 78722

The full 2017 schedule for Movies in the Park is as follows:

  • Aladdin @ Patterson Park — March 9, 7 p.m.
  • Batman Returns @ Pease Park — April 6, 8 p.m.
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest @ Palm Park — April 20, 8:30 p.m.
  •  A League of Their Own @ Northwest District Park — May 4, 8:30 p.m.
  • Aladdin (Spanish dub) @ Dove Springs District Park — May 18, 8:45 p.m.
  • Sister Act @ Rosewood Park — June 1, 8:45 p.m.
  • The Mighty Ducks @ Dick Nichols Park — June 13, 9 p.m.
  • Wayne’s World @ Pease Park — September 14, 8 p.m.
  • Death Becomes Her @ Pan Am Park — October 19, 7:15 p.m.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol @ Ramsey Park — November 9, 6:30 p.m.

If you are famous for your homemade dip, sauce, snack, or sweet treat and your friends and family constantly ask you to bring it to every celebration—it might be time for you to turn pro. It’s time again for H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest, where Texans compete for cash prizes (the grand prize is 25K!) and the opportunity to have their product sold at H-E-B stores across the state. They are asking the most creative and mouthwatering, Texas-based food and beverage entrepreneurs or small businesses to participate.

Since its inception in 2014, the Quest for Texas Best competition has received more than 1,500 entries from over 200 Texas towns yielding almost 200 new products on H-E-B store shelves across the state. 

Last year, Kyle, Texas’ Chef Julie Albertson took home the top prize for her Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck—the secret to making the perfect, homemade pie. Check out the rest of last year’s winners here
This year’s final round of judging will be held right here in Austin at the Central Texas Food Bank on August 10th and 11th. If you are interested in going for the glory, you must enter here before Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Good luck and good eatin’ to everyone!

Above: the 2016 Austin-area winners. Left to right: First place, KITCHUN’s No-Grain-Ola (Austin); Grand prize, The Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck (Kyle); Second place, The Culinary Cowgirls’ Lone Star Queso (Austin)