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    Join Special Guest Chef Wayne Brooks from 827Ray’s Kitchen + Cellar and Lake Austin Spa Resort Executive Chef Stephane Beaucamp for a gourmet supper with wine pairings.

    Restaurants are something that Wayne Brooks has been in love with from a very young age. Born and raised in Boulder Colorado, Wayne was fortunate enough to have his Grandmother living a few houses down from him. She was an excellent cook and loved cooking for Wayne and his friends. After graduating from high school, Wayne attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. After graduating, he left New York to work for Chef Scott Cohen at La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas for the next 6 years.

    In 2008 Wayne was brought on by the University of Texas Golf Club as their Executive Chef, and his first task was to open the brand new clubhouse.

    In September of 2015 he was fortunate enough to close on a beautiful property in the Hudson Bend area, formerly known as The Hill Country Pasta House and soon after opened 827 Ray’s. The property is 3.2 acres consisting of a gorgeous pavilion for weddings/events and newly renovated restaurant boasting a brick oven, oyster bar, two sided fireplace and brand new bar featuring craft cocktails and over 25 wines by the glass.

    Starting at 7 pm at the Aster Cafe

    Cost of $85 per person plus service and gratuity.
    Space is limited, please RSVP at 512.372.7341

    Ao5 Gallery has been the proud host of one of the world’s largest collections of The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss for over two decades. This year’s extraordinary exhibition will showcase the rare and long sold-out Earth Friendly Lorax series. This matched set is signed by Audrey Geisel herself, Dr. Seuss’s wife and his biggest advocate, who managed his estate and artwork up until her recent passing in 2018.

    The opening reception is this Saturday. 

    Ao5 Gallery has a permanent collection of Dr. Seuss artwork on display. For our annual spring Dr. Seuss event, we bring out our entire collection of rare works for you to enjoy. This special showcase will continue through the month of March in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, 1904.

    Location:
    Ao5
    3005 S Lamar Blvd, Suite C 110 B
    Austin, Texas 78704

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      Austin Samba, the country’s largest samba performance troupe, will present Carnavalia! on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8pm at the Paramount Theatre located at 713 Congress Ave. in Austin.

      A Night In Rio 4/21/2018

      Austin Samba will bring the captivating rhythms of Brazil to Central Texas during Carnavalia!, an electrifying evening of music and dance featuring more than 40 performers. Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre will come alive with energetic Brazilian drumming and the hip-shaking sounds of samba during Carnavalia!, which transports the culture of the world’s most famous Carnaval celebration in Rio de Janeiro to town.

        Sit, Relax, Listen, Enjoy!

        Strings in the Park is a first ever, family-friendly, Austin-unique, Fall weather concert promoting Austin’s original music and community green spaces. 

        This event is 100% no cost. Parking is free, too.  All are welcome.

        Our venue features tons of picnic tables, cafe tables and seating, fresh-made pastries and coffees, huge wine and beer selection, tailor made salads and sandwiches, the large lawn, a large shaded deck, clean bathrooms, a popular playground, a walking trail, a lively creek, shady trees, and more.

        This concert features Austin innovator Will Taylor,  string quartet and backing musicians, with Austin music legend Guy Forsyth (winner, Best Male Vocals, Austin Music Awards, 2018) in an afternoon of rejuvenating serendipities. 

        Bring picnic blanket and fixings or just drop-in! 

          Arté a Té | Art For You!

          CRAFTED GOODS by LOCALS!
          FOOD AND WINE by ITALIANS!

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          Come and enjoy a beautiful day of connection & community,

          -Performance by local ATX jazz band
          -Artisan prints, cards, and photography
          -Handmade jewelry, candles, and pottery
          -Curated Italian wine tasting
          -Drawings to win prizes
          -Tarot Card readings
          and so much more!

          FREE ENTRY AND PARKING

          Santa Fe-based immersive art collective Meow Wolf left quite an impression yesterday at their Fractallage party when the organization made their first foray (outside their origin film release this week) into South by Southwest (SXSW). The group spent most of the night Monday evening transforming Empire Control Room and Garage into a Meow Wolf satellite installation complete with visual art, immersive activities (tube dating by Tinder for example) both inside and outside the venue while a roster of exceptional DJs entertained the crowd and set the mood for a surreal (and completely satisfying) experience.  

          We entered the venue through the Seventh Street side gate to find a bevy of tapestries and colorful banners artfully arranged over the exposed to the air space outside the Garage where Gold Room was performing. The chill-wave sounds being produced perfectly set the mood as fans slowly bopped along to the infectious beats while warm sunlight streamed into the garage and onto the languid audience milling about Empire’s backyard. 

           

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          The backyard was an entirely different story albeit, fit nicely alongside the performance space adjacent to the decorated patio that featured Tinder Tube Dating (yeah, we don’t know either) using “Experience Tubes.” The exercise pokes fun at how we connect on social media versus real life. Light blue carpeting had been laid over the ground with colorful pillows and foam-stuffed couches to create a kind of chill-out area from space is the only way we can describe it. EVERYONE was smoking pot out there. 

           

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          Inside, an indoor exhibit had been set up. A man in a captain’s uniform stood near three oversized buttons inside the foyer to the Control Room. He explained (while in character) that the buttons controlled the lighted serpent affixed to the ceiling. Folks were invited to press the buttons to change the lighting sequence and music being piped into the room. Actors in costume milled about portraying sentient beings from another planet trying to suss out people and their actions while visiting the mysterious Earthlings. Costumes included LED lights that responded to the music being played. A giant, fantastic lighted “barnacle” held up the far wall of the Control room and held flowers in which touching the metal wire stamens activated the glowing lights in the display. High tables and seats along the wall allowed visitors to sit and absorb the peaceful environment Meow Wolf created. 

           

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          We sat outside earlier chatting with staff who talked about working with the organization and their aggressive growth plans (which includes Austin.) Danny, a gentleman who works with sound and audio for Meow Wolf stated he’d been working for the New Mexico trendsetters since 2014 and felt blessed to be a part of something so cool. He was exceedingly kind as was each staffer who arrived in Austin with the collective as if a directive had been handed down that said Meow Wolf employees can only project happiness upon the world. Perhaps that is the credo of Meow Wolf? To project happiness. We know the perma-grin plastered on our faces while we were at Meow Wolf’s Fratallage installation was about as real as you get. Meow Wolf is pure joy. 

          Last Saturday, local music concert series, Microsessions featured four Austin artists performing short, 20-minute sets for fans who got to sample each artist, then choose one they’d like to see more of at the conclusion of the event. The format is dubbed “Speed dating for live music” and promises five sets over two hours, often from new and upcoming local acts. Microsessions has primarily used Music Lab for their venue-space but have been exploring other options around Austin. 

           Austin artists Wiretree, Christina Cavazos, Grace Pettis and River Has Many Voices performed for a sold-out audience in small-format rooms with groups of around 30 people watching. Group guides led folks to their designated stages, offering complimentary drinks and information about Microsessions and the invited acts. It was evident, Microsessions founder Paul Schomer carefully curated the lineup Saturday. Each act complimented the other while offering original material in an intimate setting. House concerts were the model for Schomer and scale was the issue. Schomer downplayed his brainchild, emphasizing the simplicity of his project.  But most good ideas are, in fact simple, aren’t they? 

          “It’s not really rocket science, but I’ve learned that you can’t just slap it together. Musicians really like it for the intimacy, the undivided attention, and audiences seem to like getting told what to do! Bands get to swap fans, which isn’t common. It’s a good way to try out new material, too,” says Schomer about his series which he’s honed over the past couple years. 

          A former NPR journalist, the Microsessions founder has found a tidy formula. We started the evening with the gentle River Has Many Voices playing acoustic guitar to his lyrics. Otherwise known as Matthew Payne, the singer gave a subtle performance to a rapt audience. Like many Texas songwriter’s he pledges his alligiance to the Church of Townes Van Zandt but who can blame him? Steve Earle (another Van Zandt disciple) will practically fist fight someone over his love of the revered troubadour. 

          We followed that performance with Wiretree‘s full-band set-up which was a great change of pace. A fair amount of music industry friends are fans of this act. Helmed by former solo artist, Josh Peroni, Wiretree’s indie rock/songwriter mashup has a similar ethos to groups like Caveman or closer to home, Okkerville River. We hate to use that word again, but after 11 years of performing Peroni and Wiretree are, indeed underrated. 

          Christina Cavazos followed in a cozy outdoor setting. The singer-songwriter just finished high school and capped her secondary education years by winning a admittance to the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Music which accepted only 80 applicants this year. The reason is she’s good. Really good. And she’s really young. While some under-18 artists can appear a novelty, there’s none of that with Cavazos. She’s simply the gifted, young performer with a beautiful head of hair. It even says so in her Twitter bio. 

          Grace Pettis was our photographer’s favorite act of the night. This red-headed young lady has been a buzz act around Texas lately. Her website crows about the Dallas-Morning News’ glowing review, while our own shutterbug, had to restrain herself from sending dozens of shots of her pick of the night. We think she’s pretty amazing too. Check some of her songs for yourself. 

          The next Microsessions Austin is February 23 at Imagine Art with Sara Houser, Cari Q, David Hamburger and Ley Line. Tickets and information can be found at the Microsessions website

           

          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.

          The 3rd Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening at the Midway Food Park on Tuesday, March 14th, and the whole family is invited to come out to listen live music, eat some good food and have a great time!

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          LINEUP:
          3-3:40 pm: Puppets & Folk Songs w/ Red Yarn
          4-4:40 pm: Magician Black Bert
          5-5:40 pm: Mama K & The Shades
          6-7 pm: Kupira Marimba

          FOOD TRUCKS:
          Dock & Roll Diner
          Revolution Vegan Kitchen
          Beirut Austin Food Trailer
          Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience
          Stony’s Pizza
          Uncle Louie G’s

          ACTIVITIES:
          Magic Show
          Face Painting
          Trampolines
          Arts & Crafts

          What: Do512 Family Picnic
          When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
          Time: 3-7 p.m.
          Where: The Midway Food Park,1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
          Cost: FREE (Must RSVP, one for each family)

          Close out Spring Break with a family-friendly concert and book festival featuring local and national musicians and authors! Families are invited to come celebrate music and books at this year’s Rock + Read at The Domain on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 2-5:30pm.

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          Join us on the lawn between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s for live music, readings by local children’s and young adult book authors, crafts, giveaways and lots of fun! This is a FREE event for kids of all ages.

          MUSIC LINEUP

          2:00 The Que Pastas
          2:30 RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS)
          3:00 Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
          3:30 The Deedle Deedle Dees
          4:00 Little Miss Ann
          4:30 Joe McDermott Kids Music
          5:00 Sugar Free Allstars

          AUTHOR LINEUPAdvertisement

          Susan Kralovansky
          Emma Virjan
          P. J. Hoover
          Christina Soontornvat
          Jessica Lee Anderson

          Stop by the craft-making tent to make a book marker, jump on one of the Springfree Trampolines that will be set up throughout the Domain II, get your child’s face painted, take picture in the photo booth provided by Capital Pediatric Group, have your caricature drawn, win giveaways, and more!

          Thanks to our sponsors, The Domain, Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Springfree Trampoline, for making this event possible.

          When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 2 – 5:30 pm

          Where: Amy Donovan Plaza in The Domain, Austin

          Cost: FREE!