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08
Dec
09

Study Break at “Canción del Cuerpo”

Graduation weekend, for a few of my friends, was a great way to kick off December. But since I don’t graduate until May 2010, I have to get back to reality—which consumes of test. With all of the studying I decided to take one last study break before I really concentrate on the books.  I attended the Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall Showing of Canción del Cuerpo (Song of the Body). The show was from December 4-5, 2009 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building  on the UT campus.

Lyn Wilshire

The student dance company has award winning dancers and choreographers. The artistic director Lyn C. Wiltshire , performed all around the world. Wiltshire performed with dance troupes such as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre  and The Dance Theatre of Harlem

Co-Artistic Director, Yacov Sharir studied in Paris, Jersalem, and the United  States. Sharir also choreographed for Hartford Ballet , the Kibbutz Dance  Company of Israel, and other places around Texas and received a few awards for his various works.

Yacov Sharir

Canción del Cuerpo had six acts that were choreographed by associate professors and students from campus. Each act was only half way complete. They will show the last part of the acts in March for the Spring Showcase.

Dancers from Columbia helped choreograph some of the performances. In the spring, five student dancers will travel to Columbia to finish each dance.

Click on the YouTube clip to see interviews with audience members and photos from the show.  

07
Dec
09

Study Break at Shakespeare’s Pub

A little snow to kick off finals isn’t that bad! 

6th St.

Unfortunately Austin didn’t receive any snow. All of the meteorologists said there was a 60 percent chance it was going to snow on Friday, but Austin received about five flurries.  All the snow was either in the hill country or Houston. After being disappointed with the meteorologists’, my girlfriends and I decided to just go to 6th Street before Hell Week …I mean Finals Week, begins.

Inside the Pub

I was having fun!

Some Friends

 The last few days have been very cold, but it didn’t stop us from celebrating  Hunter Lawrence’s 46 yard kick Saturday night against Nebraska. It’s was freezing outside, but all of UT (who didn’t go to Dallas) were on 6th Street.

 My girlfriends and I went to  Shakespeare’s Pub on 6th Street and between San Jacinto and Trinity. The club was completely packed. Even to get in the bar, there was a 10 minute wait. Once we finally got inside, the atmosphere was pretty exciting. In the back room, there was a romantic setting aligning the stage. Candles were lit, lights draped from the ceiling, and a huge Christmas tree was in the corner. The DJ played great music. Everything was the latest music in Hip-Hop and R&B—which is hard to find in Central Texas.

 I have been there before, but it I’ve never stayed longer than 20 minutes. But on Saturday, we stayed the entire night. It was a nice late night study break especially after the big win against Nebraska.

07
Dec
09

Night Owls on New Year’s

The time has come for us to go our separate ways. May everyone have a great holiday break and come back refreshed and rejuvenated, ready for another (maybe your last?) semester of school. If you happen to be sticking around Austin, however, I am sure you will be looking for something amazing to do for New Year’s Eve. I’ve never stayed in the city for the holidays, so I can’t vouch for anything, but hopefully one of these options can provide some fun for you.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears are playing their second annual New Year’s show at Stubb’s (8th and Red River). Tickets are $32, but include a barbecue buffet and champagne toast. Doors open at 9 pm. buy tickets here

Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen and Band of Heathens are playing Austin Music Hall  (2nd and Nueces). Tickets are $50 for general admission or $75 for two balcony seats. Doors open at 7 pm. buy tickets here

Joe Ely is playing Antone’s (W. 5th). Tickets are $30 and doors open at 9 pm. buy tickets here

First Night Austin happens throughout the downtown area, specifically Auditorium Shores. This will be the 5th year the city of Austin celebrates the New Year with this even that provides  “Austinites and Central Texas with a free, inter-generationally programmed, family-friendly, alcohol-free, public celebration, showcasing the unique culture of Austin through expressive, creative traditions of performing and visual arts.” The events begin at 4 pm and the website has a schedule of the full day. Within the free event, one can also buy tickets to the “Long First Night,” a banquet at the Long Center. Regular tickets are $15 until Dec. 18th when they go up to $20 and give you access to the cash bar, food and entertainment. VIP tickets include access to the Long Center and all entertainment, as well as access to open bars, complimentary buffets and chefs stations, and a private VIP party.  They are $95 until the 18th, when they go up to $110. buy tickets here

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz New Year’s Bash is a showing of the classic 1960’s film The Apartment with a classy five course meal consisting of a club sandwich, sweet and sour lobster with Maitake dumpling, chicken noodle soup, braised lamb shank, and strawberry chocolate fruitcake. Tickets are pricey at $75 each, but that includes your meal. The show begins at 7 pm. buy tickets here

Happy holidays! It’s been a pleasure writing for you.

02
Dec
09

Concerts to Reminisce By

While I’m sure that most of the students reading this blog have locked themselves in libraries and late night coffee shops and have no plans for going out until finals are over, I found a few events worth mentioning. Maybe you could treat yourself to these concerts that bring back the good ol’ days of middle school/high school, perhaps a time when finals were less stressful, or maybe even non-existent…

Bowling for Soup and the Riddlin’ Kids are playing at Emo’s Thursday Dec 3 at 10 pm. You may remember these Texas bands from your  local “alternative” radio station in the early 2000’s. Bowling for Soup had such hits as “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” and “1985” and were even nominated for a Grammy in 2003. They’ll be promoting their newest album, “Sorry for Partyin'” this Thursday night. Come out and see them with fellow alt-pop band Riddlin’ Kids at one of their first gigs since they got back together. No joke, I heard from a friend of a friend that one of the Riddlin’ Kids band members actually works at a Chuy’s in Austin. Here’s to hoping this concert can help get them back on their feet. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 9pm at Emo’s on 6th and Red River. buy tickets

311 is playing with State Radio Tuesday Dec 8 at Austin Music Hall. I guess technically these guys are still going strong, but you have to admit their better stuff came around in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8 and tickets cost $39 (seriously?) buy tickets

Sister Hazel is playing at La Zona Rosa Dec 9 at 9 pm. Think back to the mid-to-late ’90s and imagine a world where “All For You” and “Your Winter” topped the chart. Does this bring a smile to your face? Then you really need to put the books down and head to this show. They’re touring to promote their latest album “Release.” Tickets are $10 and only available the night of the show at the door.

Sister Hazel– “All For You”

Our final selection is a bit of stretch. The mid-to-late ’90s also brought about the rise of ska, and who better personifies ska-punk than Sublime. Not to get your hopes up, because, no Brad Nowell is not back from the dead, but Badfish, a band that exclusively covers Sublime songs will be playing at Emo’s at the end of January. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 and tickets are $15. buy tickets

Badfish covering Sublime, covering the Grateful Dead

Good luck with finals everyone! Hope this list could help you procrastinate a little bit and reminisce about when school was much much easier.

18
Nov
09

Poetry Slam & Dance

In a recent blog, I posted something about a new group karaoke smack-down  that would be a fun place to go after work. That competition was exciting but tomorrow night will be the ultimate smack down of words and jazz hands. It’s the weekly Austin Poetry Slam, Vocal, and Dance Competition put on by O.P. M Entertainment. This is one of Central Texas’ premiere places to be for Thursday late-night cocktails and fun. There’s live entertainment, with everything from rhythmic dance moves to expressive poetry. All of this will surely awaken even sleep-deprived college students.

Courtesy of O.P.Ms Facebook Profile

A few People on Stage

Lyricists, dancers and singers from all around Austin are welcome to participate or just sit back and watch the show. Spoken word and dancing is every Thursday night at The Parish Room , located on 214 E. 6th St.  After each poetry and dance battle,  The Parish Room turns into a club playing the top Hip Hop and R&B music. DJ Dontizl mixes the hottest music until 2 AM.

DJ Dontizl

Creator of O.P.M Entertainment, Chas Moore, said “We bring you four events in one night.
[It will be] hosted by two-time Austin Poetry Slam Champion, Christopher Michael.”
 I have to admit O.P.M events are pretty exciting. There last major event, besides the poetry competitions, was the Jay-Z concert after party. While there were several other parties for Jay-Z, many people who attended the one by O.P.M said it was one of the best.  O.P.M. events are always pretty successful and every once in a while you’ll spot a Hip Hop celebrity at an event.

Cocktail Hour

Performances have the opportunity to possibly win $1000 in each of the three categories—poetry, dance, and singing. So if you think you have what it takes to impress Austinites with  creative expressions, this might be a great competition to enter. But if you’re really good, the top acts compete in the The Showcase for a $5000 cash prize, later in the year.

18
Nov
09

Time Warp Back to 1997

On Thursday evenings, Alamo Drafthouse’s downtown location, The Ritz, hosts its famous sing-along shows. As I mentioned in a previous post, these shows are a great example of things to do that are completely unique to Austin. I had the opportunity to attend the 1997 Sing-Along last Thursday and had an absolute blast.

The idea is basically group karaoke. For about two hours, music videos play on the giant movie screen with words to follow along. You can remain in the audience area and sing to your hearts content, or even get up on the stage in front of the screen and put on your own show.

Two hosts guide the crowd through the experience and get everyone excited and involved in the show.

Our hosts for the evening dressed the part in 1997 fashion.

It was my friend’s 21st birthday so they called her up on the stage for a free shot.

The birthday girl is standing in the middle wearing a dress.

Then the show began with “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve. I was expecting the show to cater more toward people who remember only the most extremely popular music of 1997– Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Hanson– but it surprised me by including popular music from many genres. Sublime, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind and Radiohead evened out the bubblegum pop. Reply in the comments if you know what song this is:

I feel like people tend to forget about this artist when they think of the '90s.

I won’t  give away the whole playlist, because Alamo still has two more showings for ’90s lovers– tomorrow night at 9:50 pm and next Thursday at 9:45 pm. I recommend purchasing your tickets now online because sing-alongs tend to sell out many hours before their showings. If you miss the 1997 shows, Christmas sing-alongs begin the following week.  Not only do you get to sing popular versions of holiday hits, but afterward the audience is invited to carol up and down 6th street, spreading Christmas cheer to all of downtown.

Location:
320 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

12
Nov
09

Review: Pretty Lights Concert

Seeing as we are blogging from the live music capital of the world, it’s only natural that we night owls occasionally attend a concert here and there. As I wrote in my last post, La Zona Rosa hosted Pretty Lights last night. My friends Amy and Katya, and I decided to make a night out of it.

We needed to have dinner, so our first stop was Blu Cafe, an Italian-inspired lounge. Located on the ground floor of the new 360 Condominiums, it was a great place to start the night. Katya ordered a dirty martini, and Amy and I ordered peach martinis. Prices on drinks were a little steep at $8.50 per glass, but the pizza was only about $9 and we were able to split it among the three of us.

blu

Amy and Katya cheers to the end of a long day

dirtymartini

Katya likes her dirty martinis with tons of olive juice, and our bartender was happy to oblige her wishes.

Our next stop was Garrido’s, a new Mexican restaurant right around the corner, also in the 360 building. We enjoyed mojitos and then were on our way to La Zona Rosa for the concert.

lazonarosa

Inside the venue

As soon as Pretty Lights came on, I found my friend Madeline and we pushed our way to the front

I found Madeline!

Then I documented parts of the show with my BlackBerry:

The show was really energetic– pretty much a huge dance party. Considering how many concert events Austin hosts, it’s not hard to find live music any day of the week. Going out on a Wednesday is not usually the most practical idea, but dancing and enjoying Pretty Lights’ mixes was a great way to forget about the stress of school.