Archive for September, 2006

Rock N Romp

rocknromp.jpgRock-n-Romp is a family friendly concert series showcasing fantastic local-area musicians and bands. Shows are held during the day in a relaxed, kid-safe environment. The volume might be low, but the music is designed for parents and kids both in mind.

Kids enjoy the music, experiment with instruments, dance, or just enjoy the other activities available to them, and parents get the ever-so-rare opportunity to listen to great live music and enjoy a beer with other parents. Romps give parents who miss their social life a chance to get out, enjoy some music that might be new to them, and expose their kids to great bands in a safe, friendly local venue.

The next event is this Saturday at Ruta Maya Cafe, 4:30 pm and features Austin band The Channel, with Austin School of Rock (kids) band, After Math. All ages welcome!

Thanks, Paige!

Dot’s is back!

Hungry? Bored of the same old crap for lunch? Well, Dot’s Place is back to a permanent location after nearly two years.

The restaurant was destroyed by fire in October of 2004. The new location is in the Windermere Shopping Center in Pflugerville near FM 1825 and Pecan Street. If I’m reading the map right, that means she’s now east of I-35 and a little north of the old location which was near Howard Ln. and Burnet Rd.

Funny Redheads Unite!

Carol Burnett, artifact of my childhood (even at 21), is coming to the UT Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.

When I was young my mom and I would chill out in the living room and watch Nick at Nite before I went to bed and I quickly learned the names of all the great comedic actresses: Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Lucille Ball, Cloris Leachman, Betty White (the Happy Homemaker!), Valerie Harper, and of course, Carol Burnett. That woman cracked me and my mom up to tears, always.

So imagine my surprise when I hear she’s coming to the PAC. (Full disclosure: I have PAC ties so this was awhile ago.) I thought to myself Carol Burnett? Seriously? …..huh, I thought. I can’t believe people still like her, it’s been ages. Right? But then the next thing I know, she’s being discussed on Project Runway. She’s on Desperate Housewives. The woman apparently LOVES Entourage, so who knows where you’ll see her next!

As I watch theater troupes pop up around Austin, and its theater scene grows more and more and we have all this amazing homegrown talent bursting forth (Helloooo American Fiesta, Helloooo Salvage Vanguard Theater’s National Tour), I can’t think of a more relevant person to take to an Austin stage. Here’s a woman who’s been through so much, who worked her way up the ladder, whos climbed her way up the ladder to “legendary” by virtue of her talent and innovation. What more could you want in an inspiration? Go see her show and get your mind blown by a genius at work.
I myself can’t make it, but I’m fairly certain she’d accept my excuse: I have rehearsal.

Burnt Orange Baby

From today’s Daily Texan:

‘Baby Longhorn’ effectivness under debate

In January 2005, the Houston-based company Team Baby Entertainment released “Baby Longhorn,” a 35-minute DVD that introduces infants and toddlers to UT sports, traditions and bleeding orange. With the goal of “raising tomorrow’s fan today,” Team Baby Entertainment has since expanded its coverage to 19 other universities, each aimed to introduce a child to the sports, rivalries, traditions and attractions of that university.

Infants and toddlers between 5 and 6 months to 4 years of age are the target audience, said Greg Scheinman, Team Baby Entertainment founder and chief executive officer. However, the use of media and television as channels of education for young children is an ongoing debate. The effectiveness of educational programming or even exposure to television at all is contentious in the medical and scientific fields.


Austin on the page

In an article in the August Harper’s about atrazine and its effects on male frogs (“It’s Not Easy Being Green,” byline William Souder), we learn of a complaint citing “the Barton Springs salamander, an endangered amphibian that is known to live only in a spring-fed pool in a park in downtown Austin, Texas. Water samples collected in Austin by the U.S. Geological Survey show that when it rains, atrazine from grass treatment contaminates the salamander’s habitat in concentrations that are sometimes greater than .5 ppb.”….The September / October issue of Mother Jones lists eleven voting horror stores, and Travis County is one (“Just Try Voting Here: 11 of American’s Worst Places to Cast a Ballot [or Try To]”, byline Sasha Abramsky). Go to instance number 6…..In that same issue of MoJo, in an article on immigration issues, we read of “a fashionable bar on South Congress in Austin, a strip for hip tourists who ooze money.” Just what bar could that be? The article is called “Exodus: Border-Crossers Forge a New America” (byline Charles Bowden). Enoteca? It had to be someplace where a conversation could be conducted. Or maybe the ever-so-fashionable Trophy’s in the daytime?. . . .In a review of Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics, by John Gennari, what’s described as “the central coup of the book” was unearthed in the HRC archives (Ross Russell papers) at UT (The Nation, October 2, 2006, “Music of My Mind,” byline David Yaffe)…..October Vogue cover subject and sometimes Austinite Sandra Bullock is reported to be opening a “bistro” soon in Austin. If I’ve heard about this, I don’t remember. Other Austin-y subjects come in for a mention, including the ill-fated house, a certain jewelry-design business, and a certain ice-cream establishment. The movie Infamous, about Truman Capote, Harper Lee (played by Bullock), and others in their circle, employs Austin as a stand-in location for Kansas, no doubt because of Austin’s flatland qualities. Or is Kansas hilly?. …..So Annn Richards, Kinky, Don Walser, Dell, Freescale, ethics, and other topics are drawing national attention, but Austin’s out there in the details as well.

Latin music awards: still time to vote for local favorites

The second annual Austin Latin Music Awards will be announced at the Paramount on October 17. In every category there are four potential winners from which to select, and these categories are: best traditional Tejano, best musica nortena, album of the year, best male vocalist, best female vocalist, best new artist, best cumbia, best mariachi, best Latin hip-hop, best salsa or merengue, best Latin rock, and the best Austin band. Don’t miss the additional category at the bottom of the vote page, for the best high school band in Austin. For that one, there’s a pull-down menu instead of a set of check-boxes.

The awards event has a lot of local sponsors, including Univision TV channel 62 (or 31 without cable). For anyone not familiar with some of the nominees, there will be a feature segment each day on the local TV news at 5 and at 10 pm, as well as on Desde Austin, Saturday mornings at nine. These segments will include interviews and chances for viewers to win VIP passes. Tickets to the awards event cannot be bought; they’ll be awarded through the television station and probably through the sponsoring radio station (107.7-fm) and ahora si!, One hundred pairs of free tickets will be given away to an entrant selected at random from those who send name, telephone number, address, and e-mail address to

According to the rules, winners must be over 18 and residents of Austin. As the date of the awards nears, it’s promised that information will be updated periodically. Since the master of ceremonies will be here all the way from the national morning show Despierta America, it would be a good bet that there’ll be plenty of live music, but that part hasn’t yet been announced. Yes; I voted for the school band with red and gray colors.

One Web Day

top.jpgJon L. reminds me that today is One Web Day, a celebration of everyone’s favorite series of tubes.

Austin is celebrating tonight at 7pm at Café Mundi, 1704 East 5th Street.

From the press release:

If you can’t remember or imagine life without the Web, then you shouldn’t miss this event!

Join the conversation. Stand up and tell everyone how the web has changed your life.

One Web Day is the Earth Day for the internet, and it’s being celebrated for the first time this year around the world. Because the web is made of people, it’s up to us to celebrate and protect it.

I’ll refrain from any Soylent Green quotes or Charlton Heston impersonations on that last one.

Planning a Wedding in Austin, Part 2

I’ve become one of those women I used to loathe when I was single and in my early twenties, a woman obsessed with her own wedding. I’m working hard at not becoming the dreaded Bridezilla, but when else in my life is it going to be all about me and what I want? So a little Bridezillita every once in a while, no harm, right? My only big meltdown came the day after we booked our venue (The Terrace Club in Dripping Springs), and we found out that a good friend of my fiance’s had booked his wedding for the day before, in Michigan. After some discussion, we decided to keep our wedding date and move forward as planned. So now we’re moving forward, and there are vendors galore to talk to. At least The Terrace Club has in-house catering, decorations, tables, chairs, linens, china, etc. So we don’t have to worry about all those things. But now that we have a wedding date, we must find a photographer, videographer, officiant, band v. DJ, clothes to be married in….and I have to admit, I’m really loving the planning! (If you have any suggestions or advice for these sorts of things, please chime in! I got some great ideas from the last wedding planning post.) The researching vendors, looking at other people’s wedding photos, browsing photos of gowns, it’s a blast. This weekend will be even better, because I’m making my first foray into the world of the bridal salon with appointments at Melange Bridal, Serendipity Bridal, and Belle Saison. And then there’s the Austin Bridal Extravaganza on Sunday. Planning our wedding is my new hobby, and I love it! (I do, of course, still have my plethora of other hobbies, and I’ll be posting about those, too, no worries.)

There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.

Did anyone else miss Wednesday’s grand ceremony during which Austin’s Mayor, Will Wynn presented Chuck Norris (yes, Chuck Norris) with an Honorary Austin Citizen Award? Wtf?

Not only is the Texas Ranger now considered an ‘sort of’ Austin citizen, we now have an entire day dedicated to him.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, September 22 is the official Chuck Norris day. Hi-yah!

I have no idea why Mayor Wynn decided to grace the Austin calendar with a day dedicated to this guy, but I think it might have something to do with tonight’s World Combat League West Coast Playoffs at the Frank Erwin Center. I’m pretty sure its open to anyone who wants to get their fix of karate-chopping and all around ass kicking.

According to the Daily Texan, “[Mayor] Wynn said Norris is using the tournament as a means to benefit and fund the program, “Kick Start.” The Texas-based program, created by Norris, helps teach the skills and strengths of martial arts to at-risk children. Wynn said he is proud to honor Norris for his kind and generous work in helping Texas children discover their full potential.”

I’m still confused over the whole ordeal….but at least I know the city of Austin can sleep sound at night, knowing Chuck Norris has our back.

Willie’s Stash

By now you’ve all heard that Willie Nelson got busted a few days after ACL in Louisiana (why is it always Louisiana or Florida?) for drug possession. Others have pointed out that this has to be the easiest bust of the year. Congratulations to Louisana’s finest.

Anyway, Smoking Gun has a shot of the contraband, check it out. Kelso of the Statesman also weighed in on the world’s easiest drug bust today.

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