Posts tagged ‘wednesday’

March 18, 2009

SXSW 2009: What to Do Wednesday

Today is the first BIG day of day parties, so cube-dwellers can read along jealously for all the fun everyone else will be enjoying:

There are two big day parties, two day parties that will be running all week, and one evening-ish boat party that I recommend today:

1) MAGIC HAT BEER PARTY! Oh, I mean, the Paste Magazine party at Radio Room from 11:30am-6pm. Perfect for a lunch break even if you’re not partying all day!

2) After a Magic Hat (or 5), head to Florida Bandango at Yard Dog Folk Art Gallery. I don’t know what any of that means, but the food (alligator chili!) and cigars are worth it. (noon-7pm)

3) Then, check out Fader Fort‘s first day, even though it is now on the east side. Boo. (1-9pm)

4) Filter Magazine has their Cedar Street showdown, and usually has BBQ, though they’re not advertising it. Worth a stop after Fader–got keep food in the belly after all that booze! (Don’t know time)

5) March Mashup Boat Party: Daily Juice, cupcakes, and DJs are the highlights of this free Lake Austin booze cruise. (5:30pm departure)

SXSW on!

December 29, 2008

First Night

I have an existing post with things to do on New Year’s Eve, but after reading this article on First Night, I had to give it its own post.

Click here to read.

Basically, the giant 32-foot wooden clock tower on Auditorium Shores is for you to pin your resolutions to, and then after fireworks shoot of it at midnight, the clock is going to burn. Freakin’ badass!

Information: For a complete schedule of events and downloadable maps, go to www.firstnightaustin.org.

December 17, 2008

Wednesday Events: Kirk Gallery, Greg Vendetti

The new Second Street store (albeit on the OTHER side … that is, other side of the site of the W) known for mod homewares is hosting its first annual Holiday Party. Party favors include bevvies–Scotch and champagne–and a giveaway of any product in the store under $250, winner’s choice. Don’t miss it! 6-8pm, Kirk, 210 Guadalupe

Soulful singer-songwriter Greg Vendetti is playing tonight at Lucky Lounge. Michael Barnes, social writer for the Statesman and Out & About columnist calls him a “deft vocalist … [who] brings to Austin a pliable, exacting sound.” I call him a friend of mine, and he’s a silly, confident performer who loves music as much as anyone I know (except my bro–long live Achachay!).  10pm, Lucky Lounge

November 25, 2008

3 Ms: New Bars I Haven’t Checked Out

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving break, I’m rounding up three new bars I haven’t been to yet, but would love to check out if I had the time. I hear the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a great night for partying–less if you’re driving to Houston the next day (me), but still …

Malaia – a new 6th Street (dirty 6th!) “World Lounge” by Yassine Enterprises, which owns Qua, Vicci, Spill, Pure, Fuel, Treasure Island … almost all great dancing bars. Looking forward to tearing up the dance floor soon!

Madison – a swanky bar at the corner of 5th & Guadalupe, plenty of other things have failed in its spot, can Madison succeed? According to a friend of mine, it’s “awesome, a good club/bar.” But, the dude has been in Houston for the past five or so years, so we’ll see if his taste holds true to his Austin roots.

Mulberry – a new wine bar at the foot of the 360 condos, I’ve heard great things about its neighborhood-y atmosphere.

Has anyone been to any of these? Love to hear your thoughts!!

November 11, 2008

I quote: “Free drinks and art viewing”

So said a friend of mine. About one of these events, but I can’t remember which. He had no idea Wednesday is the new Thursday this week and it is jam-packed with events.

Wednesday Post-Work Agenda:

1) SHOP

Join Austin designer Linda Asaf as she hosts her 4th Annual Austin Designer Sample Sale. Head to her West 6th Street (1405 W. 6th Street) studio space from 3 – 8pm. Enjoy designer samples at 25% – 75% off from Linda herself, Myka Cosmetics, Tracy Tenpenny, Jesica Ciarla, Sikara Jewelry, David Hall Hodges [LOVE his leather stuff!! I wrote an article about him once, his stuff is badass], Mint Owl, Betty Lash, Shimmer & Bliss, Moxie & the Compound, and Catherine Nicole.

Sip some wine and enjoy Cupprimo Cupcakes. RSVP here.

2) MUSIC + BOOZE

7 – 10pm at super-cool new downtown spot RED RIVER FLATS on Red River between 9th and 10th, across from the Mohawk and Club de Ville. Casey McPherson from Alpha Rev is doing a solo, acoustic show, and free booze and food from Primizie, Kenichi, Tito’s, Miller, Sweet Leaf, Maine Root, etc. will abound. There will also be an art show, Photo Booth, and it all benefits the Austin Music Foundation. (Um, question? If this is all free, what exactly benefits the AMF?)

RSVP here.
3) FIND NEW FRIENDS?

Second on Sixth is StrataTX‘s annual Anniversary Party. The networking/social group for creatives in the arts, culture, and economy (that’s what the “about” says on the website …) uses this event to drive membership for the upcoming year. Hosted at Este (2235 East 6th Street), this event features free food and drinks and is great for networking, meeting new folks, and seeing a variety of different forms of art, including:

– John Pointer in the Members-Only Lounge
– Bboy City Dancers with DJ Lo-Res
– Video art curated by Austin Museum of Digital Art
– Artwork from Young Master Katie Pipkin
– Improv Troupe Paralellogramophonograph
– Live graffiti art from Slok

RSVP here.

October 31, 2008

First Impression: Free Crossfit Workout

So I hit up the free Crossfit workout Wednesday night, and it was a lot of fun. I haven’t been able to go back since, and I want to, because I think there’s got to be more to it than I experienced. I had fun, but here’s the breakdown:

Wednesday was a team session. After a prolonged series of warmups and stretching, we learned the skills and then did the workout. It was a set of things (200 M run, squats, dumbell swings) designed to be done as quickly as possible. For my team, it lasted 7 minutes, 45 seconds. It was an intense 7 minutes and 45 seconds, but nonetheless, it was just 7 minutes and 45 seconds!

I wear a heart rate monitor, so let me give you some stats:

Heart rate got up to 207 (am I dead?) at the peak

… that’s exciting, as reaching anaerobic thresholds is hard for someone who is super active

Burned 281 calories in 45 minutes (including warming up and cooling down)

… that’s comparable to a 45-minute weightlifting workout, but my heart rate doesn’t usually go above 180 or so in those, and usually sits in “fat-burning zone” between 140-160.

Conclusion: It’s fun to work out in a group, and I think this is as good for me as my regular weight workouts, but I don’t think I could do it five days a week and have it be my only workout. Maybe Boone and Wes can prove me wrong …

Also, I was super-excited because two women who read the blog came out! It was awesome to meet them. In response to my touting my blog’s influence to Boone, he threatened: “Thanks so much!  I guess we’ll have to bust your ass extra hard tomorrow to thank you ;-)”

This is why Crossfit is fun with these guys.

Take the weekend off (of Crossfit, not working out!), then meet up Monday night at 6:30pm for Week 2 of free workouts!

October 28, 2008

FREE Crossfit Workouts

So I’m running around Town Lake last night and stumble upon one of my closest friends supervising a Crossfit workout … what?! Oh, you mean I should have read the email I got from you? … Anyway, point is: more free Crossfit workouts–yay!

I’ve tried to explain Crossfit before and never been able to. I tried that Women’s-Only workout and it was fun; but I still couldn’t eloquently explain. So I’ll let my friend opening the Crossfit Austin gym do the talking:

These three pieces of explanation from the website sum Crossfit up the best:

  • “Crossfit consists of short, intense workouts involving total body (compound) movements and constant variation.”
  • ” … strength and conditioning system that is built on constantly varied, if not randomized, functional movements executed at high intensity. Our goal is to increase work capacity over broad time and modal domains. We train for efficiency and optimal performance in each of ten recognized fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.”
  • “You will be trained in many fundamental functional movements.  You will participate in constantly changing workouts that combine body weight exercises, weightlifting, and other high-intensity drills that integrate cardio and strength challenges at the appropriate level.”

Basically, it’s a quick, tough workout designed to challenge different muscle groups with relatively simple exercises. The program is run by a Workout of the Day – WOD. You can do it solo or with the group, and until their gym opens, the fellas of Crossfit Austin (both attractive and single, BTW) are offering free workouts Monday through Friday (some mornings, some evenings) at Town Lake (under the bridge on S. First, just South of Town Lake, meet by the water fountains).

Schedule

Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM WOD Free Group Workout – Town Lake
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 AM WOD Free Group Workout – Town Lake
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM WOD Free Group Workout – Town Lake
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM WOD Free Group Workout – Town Lake
Fridays 6:30-7:30 AM WOD Free Group Workout – Town Lake
Saturdays 9:00-10:00 AM WOD Free Group Workout – Parking lot of 8708 S. Congress
August 26, 2008

Wed: ACVB Cocktail Throwdown!

Because the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau is who it is, it can host events like the upcoming Cocktail Throwdown that will crown an “official Austin cocktail.” Last year, Lambert’s owned the rights, this year KGSR’s Bryan Beck will host the competition, presented by PRA Destination Management, to name a new restaurant-bartender-drink the cocktail of our fair city.

Hosted at Threadgill’s, the event from 5:30-7pm is closed to the public (free booze for invitees!), but at 7:00pm doors open to everyone for a Greyhounds show and $2 Tito’s and Shiner … gotta love Texas-made alcohol.

ACVB says:

Sip on Tito’s, take in live music and watch our city’s best bartenders show off and shake it up. The evening benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, so come out for some great spirits and a great cause.”

July 8, 2008

Los Lonely Boys at Blues on the Green!

Consider this advance warning: Los Lonely Boys are playing Blues on the Green this Wednesday! It’s gonna be badass. Their style is Texican Rock ‘n Roll, which is a fusion of rock, blues, Tejano, country, and a little bit of soul. I LOVE them. Come early and camp it out, it’ll be so worth it–plus temps haven’t been AS hot as usual … high is only 97 on Wednesday, and low is 74 degrees! That’s perfectly comfortable.

Of course, you could make a day of it and come play some sand volleyball before/during Los Lonely Boys, as the meetup group will be out there regular time, regular place.

Hear a Los Lonely Boys tune, perhaps one of their most famous, “Heaven” … fyi, Songza is a pretty sweet music player, no downloads, just streams music for ya. So simple.

June 11, 2008

Blues on the Green + Volleyball

Summer is Austin isn’t complete without Blues on the Green. 107.1 KGSR brings some of the best local artists to Zilker Park for free outdoor concerts. It’s a beautiful, Austin-y thing. This year the lineup is pretty stellar! Concerts go from 7:30-9:30.

Add in some sand volleyball, and I can’t imagine anything better. The normal Wednesday meetup group is still playing, only this time, we’ll be playing to the sweet sounds of Asleep at the Wheel! Asleep at the Wheel (with local celeb Ray Benson) is a little bit country, a little bit swing, and apparently a little bit Blues. If you’re planning to play volleyball, plan on arriving early to beat the crowds–parking is a bit of a bear. The loop is closed from about 4:00pm on, although you can still park under the Mopac bridge or in the lots across the street from the rock outcropping.

Blues on the Green runs every other Wednesday for the rest of the summer:

Tonight – Asleep at the Wheel

6/25 – Marcia Ball

7/9 – Los Lonely Boys (w/ Shawn Sahm & The Tex-Mex Experience)

7/23 – Carolyn Wonderland

8/6 – Sonny Landreth

8/20 – Doyle Bramhall & Gary Clark Jr.

Even if you’re not down for volleyball, bring a blanket and come check out Blues on the Green–it’s worth it!

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