Los Angeles’ Nocturnal Festival makes its way to Texas.

I have traditionally associated Labor Day weekend with pool parties, boating on the lake, or tubing on the river.  However, this year I executed a slightly different holiday weekend game plan and ventured out to the beautiful outdoor camp grounds of Rockdale, Texas, to check out the first annual Texas installment of Insomniac Events’ Nocturnal […]

“Fun Fun Fun Fest”: The economics of the ‘Trickle Down Effect of Fun’

Fun Fun Fun Fest announced today in a press conference that would be putting into effect a “Fun Stimulus Plan.”  The Fun Fun Fun Fest executive team  presented an engaging laser-guided Power Point display where they explained in full details of the “trickle down effect” of fun. The full lineup for the 5th annual Fun […]

Harvest time at the Messina Hof winery

If you’ve ever wanted to help pick grapes from the vineyard and then squash them with your feet, now is the time to do it at Messina Hof. The winery’s 2010 Summer Harvest continues every weekend until August 15. I was fortunate to have been invited to their July 16 Moonlit Harvest Dinner and got to […]

Fourth of July events around Austin

Not sure what to do to celebrate America’s 234th birthday?  Below is a list of events happening in and around Austin this July 4th weekend, fireworks included. Fri July 02 Carlos’n Charlie’s Fireworks (Emerald Point Marina, 5973 Hiline Rd) The infamous bar and grill on Lake Travis will have fireworks on July 2 and July […]

Austin Celebrates World Refugee Day

Austin residents are invited to join in the celebration of the United Nations World Refugee Day at the Bob Bullock State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, this Saturday to learn more about the international refugee community in Austin. This year’s celebration coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, landmark legislation […]

Sweet summer sounds for free around Austin

It is summertime in Austin and it is HOT (which you may have noticed!). What are you supposed to do to enjoy this wonderful time of year when you are short on cash? Listed below are just a few of the amazing music events in Austin that will help keep you cool and busy. After […]

A Cultural-ist Challenge, Are We Up To It?

Returning home after a busy, sleepless week in New York City attending BookExpo America 2010 (BEA), I spent a whole day in a couple of airports among the usual business travelers and familiies initiating their summer vacations. I certainly had a book along with me, as I always do, even when not traveling, but it […]

BAM: Celebrating Black Arts

“There [are] not a lot of activities about African American culture and arts,” said Ms. Lisa Byrd, Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Arts Movement performing arts festival. Black Arts Movement festival (BAM) is a celebration of African American artists in the new millennium. This three-week long event, she said, is “an opportunity to […]

Pachanga Latino Music Festival 2010

The Pachanga Latino Music Festival, which took place on Saturday, May 22 at Fiesta Gardens in East Austin, was a lively party indeed. Now in its third year, the event had a stellar lineup, including local and international acts ranging from DJs to mariachis and traditional Tejano to electronica infused with Latin sounds. There was […]

Out and Proud in the ATX

Just three months ago in Downtown Austin, two men were attacked near City Hall and brutally beaten because of their sexual orientation. Yes, this happened here in Austin – the recently named 9th most gay-friendly city in the U.S. by The Advocate, a national magazine that covers lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) issues. Protests […]


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