Avoidance measures and welcoming 2008

Bringing 2007 to a successful close has meant avoidance of recorded commercial holiday music (except for Tejano) and avoidance of crowds and traffic by shopping locally and close to downtown. It looks as though the word of the day will be “snug at home.” Nevertheless, we enjoy quite an assortment of types and temperaments here for the holidays, and we have a list in reserve for this evening to suit the taste of each group. Here goes: free First Night parade, downtown starting at about 6:30 this evening; or Alvin Crow at the Broken Spoke; or Latin music at the Monarch event center at Lincoln Village, with my favorite Cerronato bringing vallenato music to the excellent and varied mix that includes Grupo Fantasma; or the Gourds at Jovita’s; or, a great deal for the foodies, a $55 four-course meal at Cafe Josie that includes sparkly stuff for that brindis at the midnight hour. Tomorrow brings the BookPeople New Year’s sale, another wonderful place to take the out-of-towners starved not just for books but for Austin souvenirs as well.

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