There’s a new kid on the block y’all, and he’s too cool for school. Euphoria Music Festival is going down April 7th at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. It is going to be an amazing blend of art/culture/EDM music. There will be fire dancers, acro, performers galore, and some really awesome custom stages and even more amazing EDM artists from around the world. And we’ve snagged you a killer discount: use code lifeinaustin for $10 off at Euphoria Music Festival! GA tix are $49.50, VIP $69.50 before the discount.
The full lineup is still under wraps, but the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival (April 25-28) has announced some of the single ticket sale shows that go on sale tomorrow … comedy is not usually my thing, but they have brought in some BIG names, locals and celebs alike, and it’d be fun to check out a show or two. I will never forget Joe Rogan at Cap City Comedy something like five years ago … you know your relationship is golden if you can withstand THAT roast!
AZIZ ANSARI @ Paramount Theatre
April 25th: 7:30pm & 10:00pm Tickets starting at $38
THE AMAZING JONATHAN @ Cap City Comedy Club
April 26th: 10:30pm / April 27 & 28th: 8:00pm Tickets starting at $18
MARIA BAMFORD @ Cap City Comedy Club
April 25 & 26th: 8:00pm Tickets starting at $18
W. KAMAU BELL @ 29th Street Ballroom
April 27th: 10:00pm / April 28th: 7:30pm – $12
April 28th: 7:30pm – $12
HANNIBAL BURESS @ The Parish
April 25th: 7:45pm – $15
THE DIVORCE SHOW @ Stateside at the Paramount
April 25 & 26th: 6:00pm – $12 (Happy Hour at 5:00pm)
SETH MEYERS @ Paramount Theatre
April 26th: 7:30pm – $40
JOHN MULANEY @ The Parish
April 27 & 28th: 7:45pm – $15
CHELSEA PERETTI @ The Parish
April 26th: 7:45pm – $15
STEVEN WRIGHT @ Paramount Theatre
April 28th: 7:30pm – $41
Festival badges are available for $129 and VIP badges are $799. Both can be purchased online at moontowercomedyfestival.com as well as in person at the Paramount Theatre box office or by calling 512-474-1221.
The festival is slated to bring over 60 of the world’s best comedians both established favorites and up-and-comers to Austin, a city with an insatiable appetite for comedy and festivals alike. Spread out over 10+ venues around the city including the Paramount Theatre and Cap City Comedy Club, the festival will showcase stand-up, improv, sketch, musical comedy, and all of the odd and hilarious stuff in between.
For more information on the festival, visit moontowercomedyfestival.com or follow on facebook and twitter @moontowercomedy. Also check out all things comedy at the festival’s blog site www.comedymoontower.com.
Austin Film Fest is this weekend! Here’s your primer, starting TOMORROW!
The 9th Annual Film and Food Gala is tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct 19th at the Driskill Hotel and is co-chaired by actress Alexis Bledel (LOVE her from “Gilmore Girls,” Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Sin City) and writer/director Ryan Piers Williams. The Gala benefits the Young Filmmakers Program, and tix are only $90 ($75 for AFF Members) with a variety of delicious cuisine presented by some of Central Texas’ most notable chefs. More info and to purchase tickets: austinfilmfestival.com/new/film_food
Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Films
The new comedy Butter will be this year’s Opening Night film. Butter is an appetizing comedy set in Iowa, the heartland of America, about competition at its most cut-throat. Butter surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. Thursday, October 20, 7p, Paramount Theater.
The Centerpiece film is Jeff Who Lives At Home with co-writer/director Jay Duplass in attendance. Living in his mother’s basement without a job, Jeff (Jason Segel) can’t even bring himself to leave the house to run some simple errands. Instead, he sits around hoping that destiny will fall straight into his lap. After interpreting a strange coincidence as a sign that he my have finally discovered his fate, Jeff finds himself on a strange journey with his estranged brother that will take them both to some very interesting places. Jason Segel and Ed Helms give their best performances yet in a film that will move you in ways you may not expect. Saturday, October 22, 6:30p, Paramount Theater.
Closing Night will feature Union Square with actress Mira Sorvino as a special guest at the screening. Union Square is a reluctant reunion of two estranged sisters. One is on the verge of marriage; the other is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Both struggle with truths they’re hiding from each other – and from themselves. Jenny (Tammy Blanchard) has rejected her tumultuous family and cut off communication, seeking a more ordered life far from her roots in the Bronx. And she’s almost ready to commit to her longtime fiancé when her sister Lucy (Mira Sorvino) – the personification of all that Jenny has been trying to flee – surprises her at a critical time. Lucy and Jenny’s combustible reunion brings both of them to unforeseen places, shattering and reconstructing the worlds they have both carefully constructed. Thursday, October 27, 8p, Paramount Theater.
James Franco will be attending a special regional premiere for his new film, Sal, at the Austin Film Festival on October 23rd. He’ll introduce the film and then participate in a Q&A after. Franco co-wrote and directed Sal, which chronicles the final hours of actor Sal Mineo. He was the teen star of Rebel Without a Cause whose career began to fade before his life was cut tragically short. The film is not a traditional biopic; rather, it takes the viewer on an intimate journey through the very last day of Mineo’s life. On February 12, 1976, Mineo was on the verge of returning to the limelight after years of heartbreaking setbacks. He was set to direct his first feature film and was only days away from opening in a critically-acclaimed play in San Francisco. However, this promising new future was erased by a lone attacker and a senseless crime. In Sal, the audience experiences a bright young man’s highs and lows, orchestrated by the glimmer of celebrity and the cruel truths of the film industry. Sunday, October 23, noon, Paramount Theater.
Ok, not really, but David Boreanaz will present the award for Outstanding Television Writer to “BONES” creator Hart Hanson at the annual Awards Luncheon. He will also participate in a special presentation of an episode of “BONES” with creator Hart Hanson on October 22nd at the Austin Convention Center. A Q&A will follow.
The Inevitable Austin-Aspen Connection
Johnny Depp will be the first-ever recipient of the “Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting” Award. He will also be on hand for screenings of his new film The Rum Diary (based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, a long-time Aspen resident) and a retrospective of Edward Scissorhands with Caroline Thompson.
The Rum Diary (which opens in theaters nationwide October 28th) will show at the Paramount Theatre on Oct. 21st at 7p and Depp will do a Q&A following the film. Joining him for the Q&A will be The Rum Diarywriter/director Bruce Robinson.
The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take them down.
With fellow award-recipient and screenwriter Caroline Thompson, Depp will also introduce a special retrospective screening of Edward Scissorhands at 9:45pm at the Paramount Theatre. Thompson will do a Q&A following the film.
I think sometimes Austin forgets its an arts town as much as a music town … the Austin Film Festival is one of the premier film festivals in the nation; take advantage of all the screenings! More info on everything + scheds (films Oct. 20-27): austinfilmfestival.com
The biggest beer fest in the land, Denver’s Great American Beer Fest, is next weekend, but this weekend, Austin plays host to the first annual Texas Craft Brewers Festival on September 24. Texas has some serious craft brewers popping up, and this non-profit outdoor fest (benefiting Austin Sunshine Camps) at Fiesta Gardens will showcase all the Texas-brewed beer and ale (as well as non-alcoholic beverages) you can handle!
“The Texas beer scene is on fire!” says Tim Schwartz, Director of Brewery Operations for Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas, and President of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. “New breweries are opening all over the state and established craft breweries are expanding. This is a perfect time for the resurgence of the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. The festival brings all of this variety together in one venue. Come on out and see what Texas brewing has to offer.”
Cooler than that even? Several breweries who haven’t released beer yet are using the festival as their target date to publicly introduce their first beers!
Tix are $8, sampling tokens appear to be $1.50/ea: eventbee.com/v/texascraftbrewersfestival
September 24, 2011, 2 – 8p / Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. / texascraftbrewersfestival.org
21+ Event ID required at entry / Rain or Shine / NO chairs or coolers or glass or dogs allowed
We learned what to wear to ACL a few days ago, now this one’s for the boys and girls … what to bring to ACL. Rule #1: as little as you can and still be comfy! Behold, the ten items you need (a sneak, click on the pick for the full ten-item board):
1. Water bottles must be either factory-sealed (2-1L allowed) or empty. This is why I recommend the Vapur: it folds. There are CamelBak refill stations all around the park, so USE them and don’t pay for water.
2. Snacks are technically not allowed, which is why I suggest minis. They hide under bandanas.
3. If you take nothing else from this list, wear your damn sunscreen. Don’t be an idiot and get sunburned.
Always one of my favorite ACL events, KUT’s Music on the Lawn at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin returns! This year on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9am-1pm, the event features 30- to 40-minute sets by some of ACL’s most anticipated artists. $10 admission includes a breakfast taco and coffee and all proceeds benefit the Shivers Cancer Center at Seton Hospital. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the entertainment from the lawn overlooking Lady Bird Lake.
9am: Indie rockers Ha Ha Tonka
10am: Funk/soul/R&B sensation Charles Bradley
11am: Award-winning singer-songwriter Hayes Carll
12pm: Grammy-nominated country/blues rockers North Mississippi All Stars
It’s upon us!
Dresses: Make sure they’re colorful and floaty, as you are going to sweat. Pair with straw hats and sandals.
Shorts + tanks: Lots of people wear jorts, I prefer softer, looser fabrics to decrease and conceal sweat. Pair with a minimalist tank in a non-sweat-showing color (black, white, some tans), a floppy hat to shade your face, and flip flops.
Skirts + sheer: Like dresses, skirts should be loose, preferably knee-length (shorter makes it tough to sit on the grass), and patterned or light-colored. Pair with a burnout or sheer tee or tank for coolness, plus a fedora- or bowler-style straw hat for coolness.
Insider tip: I often wear a bikini or at least a bikini top under my outfits. That way, if it gets too, too hot, you can strip down. Or you can wear baggier tanks without revealing too much.
NEVER, EVER wear: heels. jeans. leather. boots. the green man costume.
… just another way Austin and Aspen are uniquely synchronized:
The Austin Food & Wine Festival
C3 Presents with Chef Tyson Cole, Chef Tim Love & Jesse Herman are creating the Austin Food & Wine Festival March 30-April 1, 2012 in locations throughout Austin. It is presenting sponsor Food & Wine (yep, the same as Aspen)’s first festival involvement in Texas.
“Our passion for food is integrated into each of our festivals—with the influence of culinary ambassadors Graham Elliot at Lollapalooza and chef Tim Love at Austin City Limits helping keep the local flavor of each event on par with the entire festival experience,” said Charlie Jones, founding partner of C3 Presents. “It seemed only natural that we expand this passion to host a culinary destination festival in Austin, Texas dedicated solely to food and wine, where the food scene continues to surprise and delight us.”
The popular Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival will turn into a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization called the Austin Food & Wine Foundation and be the designated beneficiary of the Austin Food & Wine Festival.
*Aspen just released its one-day Food & Wine tickets for $395.
Hey-o. We’re almost to SXSW 2011! At long last, allow me to share with you the Best Free Party Spreadsheet for 2011. I’ve been making these spreadsheets since 2008 and this may be the most last-minute, but there are still tons of awesome parties listed! I’ll be updating it as invites roll in, and as always, I ONLY include parties that ANYONE can go to, though you may have to RSVP. There also has to be something (besides free music) the party is giving away!
Without further ado:
… let me know if you know something I don’t, I’ll add it!
You don’t like spreadsheets? Hit up New Music Tipsheet’s PDF then.
The first Fun Fun Fun Fest was in 2006, and the music-ish festival quickly became known as an only-in-Austin sort of festival that focuses on independent music and comedy in Waterloo Park. If it’s any indication, Weird Al Yankovic (of Amish Paradise fame … anyone?) is one of the acts. I didn’t even know he toured anymore! The Fest is put on by Transmission Entertainment, The Austinist, Giant Noise, Ground CTRL, Guerilla Suit, and Jakprints.
As per this is life in austin usual, I’m certain you can find the regular schedule by picking up a freaking google. I’m here to present all the pre- and after-parties!
All these are within walking distance from the park, so you can literally party all day and night …
THURSDAY: FFF FREE KICK OFF PARTIES (NO COVER!)
OFFICIAL FFF KICK OFF @ Club de Ville: Helio Sequence, TBA (FREE show, brought to you by Toyota Matrix and Mike’s Hard Punch)
Mohawk: Austinist presents its annual “Local Music is Sexy” w/ Bill Baird, Weird Weeds, Watch out for Rockets, Markov, Botnay, Amasa Gana, Sleep Good, Mutual Benefit, Dana Falconberry, Rayon Beach, Sally Crewe (FREE)
Red 7: Inquisition and more (FREE).
FRIDAY: FFF OFFICIAL AFTERPARTIES (ALL are $5 w/ fest wristband, $10 w/out)
Club de Ville: 16 Deluxe, Smoke and Feathers, Royal Butchers (out)// The Moaners, David Dondero (inside)
Mohawk: Gorilla vs Bear Presents: Special Guest, Memory Tapes, Sleep Over (out)//Fol Chen, Soft Healer, TBA
Red 7: Dead to Me, Cobra Skulls, Toys That Kill, The Arrivals, Shanghai River, The Stampede
ND: Peligrosa Dance Party
Parish: Big Sam’s Funky Nation (New Orleans Funk), w/ DJ Mahealani (FUNk FUNk FUNk pt 1)
Beerland: Faun Fables, Death is Not a Joyride, Little Teeth
Beauty Bar: Dam-funk DJ set, Bon Jay, Richard Henry.
SATURDAY: FFF OFFICIAL AFTERPARTIES (ALL are $5 w/ fest wristband, $10 w/out)
Red 7: Scream (DC hc legends), TBA, TBA, the Impalers
Mohawk: Special Guest, Joan of Arc, tba w/ Dum Dum Girls DJ set (out) Kuroma (members of MGMT and Whigs), Intelligence,
Beerland: the Flatliners, Off with Their Heads, Snips
Broken Neck: Outbreak, Hour of the Wolf, Red City Radio, Cruel Hand, Backtrack, Aficianado
ND: Austin Surreal/Proper Ent presents: Live MCs: Perseph One, Kydd, The Nice Guys. DJ sets by: Rapid Rick, Waajeed, DJ Mel, DJ Dus and special DJ sets by Jean Grae and Devin the Dude (sponsored by Smoke ATX)
Parish: Foot Patrol w/ DJ I Wanna Be Her (FUNk FUNk FUNk pt 2)
Beauty Bar: Delorean DJ set, Jacques Renault DJ, Learning secrets DJs, Lemonade, Cowabunga Babes, Burger City DJ (Presented by Learning Secrets)
Scoot inn: Knuckle Rumbler’s “Bizzoounce” w/ Katey Red, B.E.B., The Glitoris (dj set), DJ Rusty Lazer
Headhunters: Mobile Death Camp, Infernaeon, Demontuary, Indisgust, Misery
SUNDAY: FFF OFFICIAL FREE AFTERPARTIES (FREE w/ fest wristband, $5 w/out)
Red 7: Special Guest, Mammoth Grinder, Ratking
Mohawk: Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Sonny and the Sunsets, Golden Triangle, Jookabox, (+ Karaoke Underground)
Beauty Bar: Yelle DJ set
Beerland: The Applicators, The Motards
Alright kids, that’s some serious music. I may not be that cool, but I’ve at least heard of most of the bands. So get out there this weekend and have some fun fun fun!