Archive for June, 2011

Leslie Cochran’s 60th Birthday Party!


Leslie and the Challenger

Leslie and the Challenger

Leslie has once again become a staple of the ’04. Seen around on S 1st Street often in the morning, especially around La Mexicana bakery and Bouldin Coffee shop; in the evenings on South Congress, he’s back to his “old” self after last years pretty severe beating.

Tonight at Threadgills they are celebrating Leslie’s 60th birthday.

Location: Threadgill’s World Headquarters Restaurant
301 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX

TONI PRICE(*) will perform in celebration of Leslie’s 60th birthday party.  The warm-up band will be The Mayeux Broussard Band, consisting almost entirely members of SaySaySay, a local metal band, who are performing for the first time in a more country, blues style.

$10 requested donation to benefit The Challenger Street Newspaper – a publication the homeless sell for commission.

Come on out and wish the QUEEN of AUSTIN a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

The three-time Austin mayoral candidate, Leslie has a wikipedia entry if you want to know more.



Juneteenth parade 2011

The weather was perfect for a perfect Juneteenth parade commemorating Emancipation Day.

Led off by the color guard depicted, which stepped lively to its own accompanying drum cadence, the procession included church groups, civic associations of many kinds, politicians galore, members of several riding clubs astride those beautiful gaited horses, the Spirit of the Drum percussion group, and our own Austin All Star Band.

The results of Saturday’s election seemed to be foreshadowed at the parade: one candidate rode inside a closed car and elicited no response from those lining the sidewalks; the other rode in an open car along with Sheryl Cole and Nelson Linder and was greeted enthusiastically.

We took up our customary viewing post across from the sign for the old Fresh Up Club. It’s easy to miss opportunities for photographs and videos, but there’s at least one (unedited) video of the All Star Band and also some extended views were captured along with glimpses of such sights as the Wells Fargo stagecoach, the H-E-B and Fiesta Mart floats, and handsome gaited horses in motion.

Saturday run-off election

All registered Austin voters are eligible to cast a ballot in Saturday’s run-off election whether or not they voted in the original election. The League of Women Voters supplies non-partisan information about the candidates’ views. The elections division of the Travis County clerk’s office shows polling places and furnishes additional information to voters.

A vote may be cast only at the voter’s home precinct now that early voting has concluded. Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. Voter turnout was very low in the original election and is expected to be even lower in this run-off election.

I’ve seen no altered Tovo signs and this is the only altered Shade sign that I’ve noticed (at Flores Street, north of the river and just east of IH-35), but I do know that people have been reporting stolen and torn-up signs from both campaigns.

This election does matter. Your vote will count.

The Mikado a don’t-miss musical delight

The Mikado will make you happy. You will still be singing the songs the next day. If you’ve never been to a performance of this show, treat yourself and at least one other person to one of the five remaining performances (Thursday, 16 June, 8 pm; Friday, 17 June, 8 pm; Saturday 18 June, 3 pm and 8 pm; and Sunday, 19 June, 3 pm).

The Mikado is theatrical magic in an intimate setting. An 11-member men’s chorus, a 12-member women’s chorus, a 16-piece orchestra, and outstanding singers and actors in the named roles join to form an ensemble that is even greater than the sum of its great parts. Bright costumes, clever sets, and ingenious choreography and stage business contribute mightily to the fun. The fans as wielded by the cast practically deserve their own credits in the program.

We attended a children’s matinee and were present for part of the hour-long program that preceded the performance the musical comedy. Nearly every child remained for the performance itself, and for the entire performance. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve enjoyed this comic light opera (thanks to the Austin Gilbert & Sullivan Society and to student performances at UT), it’s always fresh and funny.

At this performance, there were supertitles projected above the stage. Even though the lyrics are in English and the singers enunciate very clearly, I think that, since the rapid pace of some of the songs can be confusing to first-time audiences, being able to see the words promotes even more out-loud laughter from the crowd than usual.

The Mikado, the annual major production of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, is playing at the Travis High School Performing Arts Center, where the amenities include comfortable seating with plenty of legroom, strong air-conditioning, and ample parking. Tickets are discounted when purchased in advance on line or by telephone.

The music is very beautiful, and it is played and sung with the excellence that it deserves.

Put out more flags

That black-and-white banner with the cannon, the star, and “come and take it” as its legend is the Gonzalez flag. You can find it and the flags of most nations, along with the Jolly Roger and the Lone Star Flag of Texas, at the Hyde Park Grocery and Shell station in Hyde Park.

As you roam the aisles laid out like a maze, there’s no telling what will be found. This is the home of serendipity: beers, wines, cigars, sandwiches, tools, hardware, and much, much more.

If you don’t know what flag you’re seeking, just check out the book at the counter showing flags of all nations, make your selection, and wait for it to be brought from a back room to the counter.

There’s a decent selection of bandanas or work hankies, too, with some patterns not found at Slack’s Riverside or Wheatsville Co-op (several camouflage patterns and two different skull-and-crossbones designs, for example) Hyde Park Market is at the corner of 45th and Duval.

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