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Posts from March 2014


Cool ATX event coming..
I got an email heads up about a cool art exhibit coming to 'Art on 5th'.   It's kicking off on Thursday, April 10th. 
Here's a quick run down:
Bob Schneider will be celebrating his most recent release, Burden of Proof with an exclusive exhibition of digital art by Gary Dorsey at ART on 5th.
Opening reception is Thursday, April 10th, from 4:00 - 9:00 pm including a personal appearance by Bob Schneider and Gary Dorsey. Click here for more! 

 
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Look out for these this...
'WILD FLOWERS' helping w/ the developing Spring Fever that is brewing in the ATX area.  I've run across lots of sites about Wild Flowers.  I've heard people around the office, my neighbros, peeps at the HEB.. everywhere talking about the pretty Wild FLowers and how they are making plans this weekend to check them out.. So where are they.  Click here for a nice site I ran across for Wild Flowers sitings and everything you may not know about WFs.

Of course the  Lady Bird Wild Flower Center is a given for Wild Flower looking!
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Timing really is EVERYTHING..


It does make a difference huh!  Happy Friday Eve!
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Texas Relays are here...
I heard there will be over 6,000 athletes from 32 states & 9 countries are in town for the Texas Relays through Saturday. That means street closures, parking issues and other fun traffic tibits will be an issue around Campus/downtown.  Click here for the 411 to get a heads up on what's up!  The Urban Music Festival is also going on @ Butler Park Friday & Saturday.  For sure busy time in and around downtown ATX this weekend. Plan a head!
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New Favorite Ear Candy
Ingrid Michaelson did this great during WOTF Happy Hour. When I heard it, I was thinking HIT! ...Girls Chase Boys from her new album 'Lights Out' available everywhere April 15th. Ingrid's @ Stubbs on May 14th!
 
 
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Anything wrong w/ this?
I ran across this in the station's unisex bathroom earlier.
Click here to see what's up and comment! 




 
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Who would you spend it with?
This question and other thoughts popped in my head when I watched the movie 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World' starring Steve Carell & Keira Knightley, a Netflix hit over the weekend. It's not the typical 'Steve C. Movie'.  It would be considered a 'Dark Comedy'.   The movie is based on what you would do, and who you would spend time w/, when you found out the World was coming to an end in 21 or less days thanks to Matilda, the 70 mile wide asteroid, which is on the fast track to demolish Earth and all on it.  Everything was tried to stop/change Matilda's path, and it just didn't work.  This is where the movie opens w/ Steve's character 'Dodge' sitting in a car w/ his wife, and they hear the news over the radio. His wife opens the car door and runs, and that's all you see of her.  So 'Dodge' tries to go about life the next day like normal minus the wife, he's doing his job of selling insurance.  But life has changed on Earth for the next 21ish days... his friends and neighbors start doing weird things...  

This is where the comedy comes to play w/ all the different scenarios of what folks would do w/ the last days of their lives. The 'Friendsy Dinner Scene' was Awesome!  For Dodge, it could be to truly find Happiness and unusual/unexpected Love for a girl named Penny (Keira Knightley). How a lifetime of experiences in some cases, can be obtained in a week or less time. 



 It's one of those movies that stuck w/ me. It got me thinking: What would I do if I knew the World would be gone in 21 days or less. Who would I spend it with?  Would I want to try things I haven't done before, even if they are bad for me.  Would I want to say sorry to anyone?  Would I want to make up for something/ or someone lost in the past?   Strange to think a Steve Carell movie made me have such deep thoughts, but it did. No brainer to want to spend whatever time would be left w/ my Honey Ted & Huey, but the rest I'm not sure?   

This movie was a really good character growth movie.  You wish the total destruction prediction was wrong.  I suggest renting it when you get a chance. What would you do?

 
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Happy 8th to Twitter...
What was your 1st tweet?  Click here to find out. Here's mine...



 
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I finally saw 'IT'!
Last night my Honey Ted & I finally saw 'Dallas Buyers Club' w/ Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey (Lead Actor/Ron) & Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor- Rayon).  I know I'm probably the less than 1%  in ATX that hadn't seen the movie yet. But after seeing it, I can totally understand why Matthew & Jared won their Oscars.  What Fantastic & Heartbreaking characters they portrayed. Each one of their characters grew in the movie and beat the odds (for a much longer awhile), which made them better people in the end.  If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it.  It's around 2 hours long. Just the right amount of time.  Here's the scene that got the unusual pairing of Ron Woodroof & Rayon together.  1 common goal that can unite many...

 
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It's 'ALRIGHT'...
Went to the screening of  'Divergent'. It's based on the book 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth. It's the first of 3 books, which I hear they are in production w/ #2 Insurgent (out March 2015) w/ #3 on the way 'Alligiant'.  The movie is 2 1/2 hours long, and did seem like it.  Although it was entertaining, it wasn't near the GREAT STORY portrayed in the book. I realize movies can't do everything like the book, or we'd be sitting in the theater a lot longer than 2 1/2 hours.  What it didn't do for me, like the book mostly certainly does, was Great character developement.  There wasn't much of that w/ the characters interacting w/ Tris & Four, unlike the book.  My man Ted, who also read the book, he summed it up as there wasn't enough character development through the movie, so he didn't feel invested in them.  
 
I also noticed they made the characters look much more Hollywood, then what was described in the book. Shailene Woodley as 'Beatrice/Tris' didn't look very worn for wear after a fighting match w/ Peter.  Everyone seemed to heal quickly from their battle wounds.... Very Pretty!   I understand you don't have to show to much gore, but I do think if they would have stuck to more of the look described in the book, Tris's' journey and her growing strength could have had a lot more impact.  



I thought Shailene as Tris was a good fit, and Theo James pulled off Four nicely too! Kate Winslet did a nice job as Jeanine Matthews/Erudite faction, but her character took an odd change towards the end of the movie, I didn't remember that happen in the book, which could affect how movie #2 would kick off.  Ted & I noticed that there were several changes/differences w/ characters or adding characters that we didn't remember from the book. Maybe if that wasn't going on, more development of the characters that surround Tris & Four would have been stronger!

All in all, the movie was 'ALRIGHT'.  It's out this Friday (3/12)
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A Summer of 'Big Hair'....

ATX has some BIG TIME Big Hair times coming this summer! Just announced.. KISS & Def Leppard @ The ATX 360 Amphitheater on Saturday July 12th, which is even better. Not on a 'School Night'!  Tickets on sale @ 10am this Saturday!  






Don't forget more Big Hair times coming to the Cedar Park Center on July 15th w/ Mötley Crüe - The Final Tour Motley Crue's & Alice Cooper! M.C.'s last tour together!  THIS SUMMER IN ATX IS SERIOUSLY GOING TO 'OLE SCHOOL ROCK!   :)

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Kicks off April 1st!!!
Million mile month april 2Million Mile Month is April 2014. It kicks off Apri1 1st on April Fool's Day! No fooling though. Million Mile Month™ is a fun event challenging all of Texas to accomplish one million miles of walking, running, swimming and riding (biking, skateboarding, skating) together as one large community in one month (April 2014). Add some extra steps in your walk for April to help stop Childhood Obesity is a growing problem that leads to diabetes, heart disease, pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases. Click here to find out all about it and register! Million Mile Month is provided by Cyberways and Waterways, a nonprofit dedicated to children's health and wellness. Proceeds from registration fees help fund our programs. Learn More
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Crank it up ATX!
Amplifiy ATX 2014 no click here art      

Thursday, March 20th @ 6pm Amplify ATX kicks off! 24- hours of giving to over 400 nonprofits is available. So what is Amplify ATX? : I Live Here, I Give Here believes in amplifying the power of your generosity! Debuted in 2013, Amplify Austin is a 24-hour "festival of giving" that provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together and help hundreds of nonprofits that are meeting critical needs.
Last year, 320 nonprofits participated in Amplify Austin. This year, 2014, more than 400 nonprofits are participating. All of these organizations play an important role in making our city a better place to live. Amplify Austin raises much-needed funds for nonprofits of all sizes, in all areas of service, and we leave the choosing to you. Connect with one or more of our nonprofit partners and find your passion for giving back to Central Texas!
 
Our first year results were spectacular, our goal was $1 million, but you showed us just how generous Austin really can be! Together we raised $2.8 million! We're carrying that enthusiasm and excitement forward into 2014, the goal this year is $4 million. Get ready to crank up the giving!
 
There are many Environmental nonprofits you can chose from too! Click here! Spread the word that Amplify ATX is happening soon! Click here for more 411!
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Ready for The Green...
Are you getting ready for TGIM?..Thank Goodness I'ts Monday!  That sounds WRONG, but since this Monday is St. Patrick's Day. makes it better. Click here for a few ideas to get into the Green Spirit! 

Family Green Fun
Texas Green
 
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How you can help the Red River Crash Survivors...

Update Monday 3/17:
Unfortunately  Sandy Le (26)/ATX passed away w/ her family by her side in the hospital. She was listend in critical condition since Thursday. Sandy will be the 3rd death due to the horrific event on Red River on Thursday.  There are 22 injured w/ 6 still in the hospital w/ one of them still listed in critical condition.  You can help Sandy's family w/ medical costs by either donationing here or SXSW Cares will also help. RIP to Sandy Le (26), Stephen Craenmehr /cyclist from the Netherlands (35) & Jamie West (27)/ Austin/ who was riding on a moped w/ her husband at the time.




Update 9:30pm:

RIP- 35-year old Stephen Craenmehr /cyclist from the Netherlands  & Jamie West/ Austin female on the moped
-The names of all of the injured can be found here.
-SXSW has set up a fund, SXSW Cares, to assist the victims. Donations can be made here.
Click here for more411!


It's so hard to wrap my head around this.  Out having fun and end up getting run down by a car.  It makes my stomach hurt thinking about it, and my heartbreak for those who lost their loved ones, and others who have been injured by the actions of one person.  The suspect  could have been drunk, tests are out on that,and it seemed like a much better idea to him to plow into a crowd to getaway killing 2 and injuring 23 (w/ some of the injured fighting for their lives and others w/ major injuries).  21 year old Rashad Charjuan Owens/Killeen is in police custody/arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Your out  having fun on minute and the next bam.... It really does show how precious life is and how we need to cherish each moment, because you never know what can happen.

The 2 who died.. A female from Austin on a moped. The male on the moped is in stable condition.  The other who lost his life on the scene was a cyclist from the Netherlands. MassiveMusic put a post on their Facebook page in honor of him saying it was 35 year old Stephen Craenmehr, who has worked for them for 8 years. MM called Stephen an 'unstoppable force, full of life, love and laughter.' https://www.facebook.com/Mix947Austin?ref=hl#!/massivemusicagency?hc_location=timeline

Some of the injured are critical/serious. There are 2 fighting for their lives w/ SERIOUS HEAD INJURIES.  There are 8 still in the hospital. The others have serious spinal  and leg injuries.   Thoughts & prayers to all affected by this tragedy.

With that thought, there is a way to help the survivors. The Blood Center of Central Texas is asking for Blood. They had MANY UNITS go to area hospitals. Their supply was low to begin w/ and now even lower, especially for O positve & negative.  You can Walk-in or call for an appointment 512- 206-1266. More on www.inyourhands.org

Austin police are asking witnesses to call police at 512-974-5186. Those checking on loved ones can call the Red Cross at 800-928-4271 or go here.

Updates APD twitter page:
https://twitter.com/Austin_Police
 

SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson says this is the first tragedy like this to occur during the festival's 27 years. He says the festival will continue as scheduled for the rest of the day. The Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's are discussing how to proceed.

When asked about Lady Gaga's show, which is scheduled for Stubb's Thursday night, Swenson said it would cause more problems to move the show to another venue.

SXSW Festival organizers released this statement on their website (KVUE time line)

SXSW Fest Statement:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin.

We appreciate and commend the first responders, as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action.

We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night’s events. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled.

Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day.

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Opens Friday 3/21...
That's when the movie 'Divergent' is hitting theaters, based on the book/series by Veronica Roth. I'm a BIG FAN of the book. I've heard the movie won't disappoint if you LOVE the book. Sounds promising.   The Divergent soundtrack includes Ellie Goulding's 'Beating Heart'. Many thought she wrote it for the movie because the producers and director of "Divergent" have called singer Ellie Goulding the "musical voice" of the movie. But that wasn't the case. She wrote it having no idea it would end up on the Divergent soundtrack.  Once she found out it ended up on there, she thought it really does fit the movie (Today).  She has several songs on the soundtrack.

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Heads up on the Roads...

I ran across this from KXAN and wanted to share! Be sure to give yourself plenty of time if you are headed downtown. Mostly likely,  It will take much longer to get to where you want
Street closings starting today! South by Southwest continues on...

Southbound IH-35 closures

  • 8th Street exit
  • Cesar Chavez Street exit

Northbound IH-35 closures

  • Cesar Chavez exit
  • Sixth Street exit
  • Sixth Street closed to westbound traffic at the IH-35 frontage road

The closures will be in effect March 12-15 from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., each day

Click here for more unfortunately!

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FREE Spring Break Fun!
One of my Favorite family sites, 'FREE IN AUSTIN', has a great list of things to do while you're on Spring Break that is more than just SXSW Fest (althought they have SXSW FREE suggestions too)! 

Here's just a few ideas:

Movies
 
Get Out and Explore
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A new FAV!!

My new Fav MIX tune:  Fitz & The Tantrums- Walker! LOVE! They did an AWESOME show at the ACL Live @ The Moody Theater last year!  Here's the new video for 'Walker'.  Makes me smile when I hear this song. Does it do the same for you?   

 

Click the link to check out a flashback from ACL Live @ The Moody Theater last year!
F&TTs  ARE SO FANTABULOUS! 
http://media.mix947.com/v/85062307/fitz-and-the-tantrums-the-walker.htm?

 

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Are you having one of those M-days?
YES! Here's a perfect tune for the day from 'Open Air Stereo'.. 'Damned". You can see them perform this for FREE (21 & up) on Friday @ The Key Bar for West of the Fest! Check out the tune and make plans to come out and play w/ MIX 94.7! 

 
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5 Things You Need to know to get around ATX!

HAPPY SXSW FEST!  Today kicks off fun and headaches at the same time in ATX!  Here are a few things that migh help relieve the headaches a bit. 

5 Things you need to know to get around ATX during SXSW FEST:
1.) For street closures/parking during SXSW Fest go to www.austintexas.gov/CITYSTAGE 

2.) Parking is limited. APD suggests you program this number in your phone.  If you car gets towed from a public parking place/alley call Southside Wrecker at (512) 441-7094.

3.)APD suggestions: 
Vehicle owners should remember to hide valuables and park in well-lit areas .Pedestrians are also reminded to follow signage and cross in crosswalks. Yes, you can get a ticket for Jaywalking.

4.) Capital Metro is extended their service for the festival. MetroRail will expanded their hours, and run more often than usual.

  • Saturday, March 8 & 15: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Monday – Tuesday, March 10-11: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Thursday, March 12-13: 6 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Friday, March 14: 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Friday & Monday, March 7 & 17 – Regular schedule
  • No MetroRail service on Sunday, March 9 & 16
  • The Night Owl Service will run every half hour from midnight to 3 a.m., except on Sundays.
  •  E-Bus routes 410, 411 and 412 will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from about 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
5.) SXSW Fest Schedule


Okay how about 6 things:
6.) Late Night Grub Kerby Lane's Cinnamon Roll pancakes are my pick for the weekend!
 
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Helpful 411 for the weekend...

Happy Friday! Impact News put together a GREAT guide of 411 for SXSW Fest.  It includes road closures/times and more all together! Click here!

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Looking forward this...
DIVERGENT the movie hits theaters Friday 21st!  I've read the book and LOVED it! It's written by Veronica Roth, who also wrote 2 more books to go w/ DIVERGENT. I need to get INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT. 3 books under her belt, and 2 movies.. There's already a release date for Insurgent- March 20, 2015. Not a bad career path right now for Veronica who is 25 years old.  Check out the trailer, and I would suggest getting the book. It's one of those that is hard to put down once you start reading it.  

Shailene Woodley is 'Tris'    Theo James is  'Four'   Kate WInslet is 'Jeanine'. Click here for more characters!

 
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Get tickets this way...
Jimmy Kimmel is doing his show all next week at the Long Center.  Tickets were Free, and since yesterday, they are GONE! They do have Wednesday open for tickets thru a lottery process. You can register here here!

 
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Happy Fat Tuesday! Watch out....
Lots of parties happening with lots to watch out for especially if you're heading downtown. Heads up on a 'NO REFUSAL' going on starting at 9pm-5am by the Austin Police Department. The initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law. More here.

*Remember to dress warm. It will be cold!  Make sure to have a designated driver if you are going to enjoy the spirits out, or a number for a cab handy. Click here!

There will be street closures that are the same as it was over the weekend:
Consistent with normal downtown special event procedures, officers will begin towing vehicles beginning at 6 p.m.
on March 1 and March 4, 2014 in the following areas:
• along East 6th St. between Red River and Brazos streets
• the 500 and 600 blocks of Neches and Trinity streets and San Jacinto Blvd.
If your ride is towed it can be found here:
*Southside Wrecker will tow all vehicles to 8200 S. Congress Avenue. They can be reached at 512-441-7094.
NO PARKING signs will be placed on structures near the locations to ensure ample notice is given.

• The 600 block of Neches starting at 5 p.m.
• East 6th St. between Red River and Brazos Ave. starting at 6 p.m.
• Roadways east of IH-35 are not scheduled to be closed, but barricades will be staged if crowds warrant the closures. APD will only set these barricades if needed.
• Traffic control devices will be staged, but not set to close, unless needed, the 6th St. exit ramp at northbound IH-35 and the 8th – 3rd St. ramps of southbound IH-35.

All streets will be monitored and will reopen when it is safe to do so. Due to high pedestrian traffic, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in the 6th Street Entertainment District.
 

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My favorite Big O Moment...

The BBBBRRR cold temps helped me wake up this morning after staying up late watching the Oscars. It's the 1st time in a long time I watched the entire show without tuning in and out.  Ellen Rocked it as host.  A couple of my favorite moments at the Oscars was MS. Pink's FANTASTIC version of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.  I got goosebumps.. Did you?  Still do.. AMAZING!



Big O moment that is more movie-star related is a tie of Ellen's Celebrity Selfie and Matt M's Golden Guy acceptance Speech!  The Oscars were way less stuffy this year w/ Ellen at the Helm of things!  I may have to walk outside a few times today to keep the Awake juices going, but it was a good night showing love to the movies and everything/one who create them for us!
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