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09
Dec
09

W. 37th St. Christmas Lights

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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.

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.

26
Nov
09

Thanksgiving, a day to remember… or not

It’s very easy to think of topics to write about on a blog devoted to Austin night life, but when I go home to Podunk, USA (okay so Midland is far from Podunk, but it seems that way when contrasting night life to that in Austin) I can only think of three things to do. One is to go to the drive in movie theatre, and the other two I can’t even mention here.

I’ve compiled a list of the best Thanksgiving Day drinking games to give you all a way to get wild on the holidays without even leaving home. They are sure to make the festivities memorable, even if you can’t the next day.

Here they are:

College Jolt’s Thanksgiving Day Drinking Game

This one’s pretty basic.  Just take a drink anytime someone says the following:

  1. “Can you pass the (insert any food item here)?”
  2. “White or dark meat?
  3. “Just a small piece.”
  4. “Mmm…I love (again, any food item)”
  5. “How’s school going?”
  6. “This is really good.” (or any other compliments to the host)
  7. “Would anybody like any more…?” (This could be anything)
  8. “I’m going to need a nap after this.”
  9. “What’s the score?” (referring to football)
  10. And the most obvious which I cannot pass up-”I’m so full!”

Pax Romano’s Thanksgiving Day Drinking Game

  1. Every time someone says, “If I eat anything else, I am going to burst” – TAKE A SHOT
  2. Every time someone compliments the host/hostess on the bird, “Gee Aunt Flossie, this turkey is so moist!” – TAKE A SHOT
  3. When the gay or lesbian cousin/son/daughter uncomfortably introduces their date/partner to the other guests as “My friend” – TAKE A SHOT
  4. When the host/hostess proclaims, “I forgot the cranberries!!” – TAKE A SHOT
  5. If someone says, “I hate sweet potatoes.” – TAKE A SHOT
  6. Every time a relative says, “I can’t believe its Thanksgiving already.”- TAKE A SHOT
  7. If someone follows this up by saying, “It’ll be Christmas before you know it!” – TAKE A SHOT.
  8. If the host/hostess is playing holiday music in the background – TAKE TWO SHOTS, you’ll need them.
  9. Per food compliment (“great yams” “excellent stuffing” “fabulous turnips” etc…) TAKE A HALF SHOT.
  10. Family arguments that escalate to physical confrontations – TAKE THREE SHOTS
  11. Inappropriate sexual remarks made by anyone to any of the other guests. – TAKE A SHOT
  12. Depending on how many there are, TAKE A SHOT, per passed out guest on the sofa in the living room while football game is one – if pants are undone, TAKE A SHOT AND A HALF.
  13. If some one curses out someone else – TAKE A SHOT: If they are related: TAKE TWO SHOTS.
  14. When the first big dramatic proclamation occurs (“I’m gay” “I just quit my job” “My therapist says that I am so screwed up because of you, Uncle Jake!” “Yee haw, I just got my third DWI”) TAKE A SHOT (Note, IF YOU MAKE THE PROCLAMATION, YOU HAVE WON, THE GAME IS OVER)

Drink Wiki’s Food Network Thanksgiving Special Drinking Game

Tune into the Food Network and take a drink when:

  1. Any time Alton Brown shows a Chemical Formula
  2. Giada says ‘crisp’ or ‘light and delicious’.
  3. Alton says ‘brings flavor to the party’ or ‘wash those ____ hands!’.
  4. Emeril says ‘BAM!’, ‘kick it up a notch’ or ‘Yah, babe’.
  5. Paula talks about buttah.
  6. Rachael Ray says ‘EVOO’, ‘yummo’, ‘delish’, or ‘sammie’.
  7. Sara Moulton uses any form of the word “simple” or “simply”.

The Bachelor Guy’s Official Thanksgiving Football Drinking Game

During the games, everyone takes a drink whenever any of the following happens:

1. CBS and/or their announcers show off their incredibly lame Thanksgiving Game MVP trophy.

2. Any close-ups of celebrity “fans” that are in attendance at the game – who (as coincidence would have it) also happen to star in that network’s shows.

3. If announcers plug any of the following shows right as a play is about to develop:
CSI (any version)
60 Minutes
Two and a Half Men
Survivor
House
The Simpsons
Family Guy
The Next Great American Band
American Idol

BONUS: Everyone takes a second drink if the other announcer makes some lame comment designed to make us think he actually watches the show.

4. Whenever there is a shot of a completely unappreciated behind-the-scenes crew member waiving to the camera while mouthing “Happy Thanksgiving” to his family at home celebrating without him, as the announcers say how much they appreciate him and his “efforts” – shout “Here’s to you!’ and drink in his honor of working during the holiday to put this game on so you don’t have to spend the night talking to relatives. (Take a second drink if his kids are mentioned.)

5. Any time there is a gratuitously long close-up shot of the cheerleaders. (Actually do not drink for this, just ogle.)

6. If the animated FOX football-playing robot shown before and after commercial breaks is dressed as a turkey, pilgrim or Indian, take 5 drinks.
BONUS: FOX is running a contest to name this robot. The first guy in your group to actually attempt to come up with a name has to take 3 drinks. If the name he comes up with is something lame like “Robo-Back”, hit him with the bottle. 7. Any shot of a female fan holding a sign with a heart symbol and the words “Tony” or “Romo”.
BONUS: If she’s hot, take 3 more drinks to drown your jealousy over all the incredible tail he gets.

8. If anybody in your group comments “That Tony Romo is good looking guy”, take a drink. If it is a guy who makes this comment, drink is preceded by a long, uncomfortable pause. If the word “cute” is used in place of “good looking”, drink until you throw up.

9. If an announcer makes a reference to Tony Romo and his celebrity hookups, drink.

10. If anyone makes a reference to NY Jets head coach Eric Mangini and his celebrity hookups, chug a whole bottle if this actually happens.

11. Someone watching with you asks, “Do the players get distracted by that yellow line on the field?”, drink, then throw your empty glass at them.

12. If anyone in your group snickers at, or makes a stupid comment about, the BJ on the back of the back judge’s uniform, make them chug.
Note: The guy who made the comment also has to make the next beer run.

13. An announcer uses the word differential, as in “the touchdown differential between these two teams is huge.” It an unnecessarily big word to be used during a football game.

14. If there is a discussion about the Patriots going undefeated.
BONUS: Chug while jogging around the coffee table if the term “run the table” is used.

15. An announcer mentions that Terrell Owens is “really trying to be a better teammate”.

16. Any comments on how tough the New York media is on any Jets player or member of the coaching staff.

17. If Phil Simms talks about his playing days with Bill Parcells, drink.

18. If Troy Aikman mentions any game he played on Thanksgiving, drink.

19. If a celebrity joins the announcers in the booth, take 3 drinks and hit the mute button. Unless the guest is Charles Barkley, then turn up the volume.

20. If the announcers incorrectly predict how a replay challenge will go, you lose a drink. If it’s Phil Simms and he is “positive” about his prediction – and he’s wrong, as usual – pour the bottle down the sink.

21. If announcers acknowledge the troops watching the games overseas, shout “USA” three times and do a shot.

22. If announcers discuss how Roger Goodell is cracking down on discipline, take a small sip. Quietly.

23. If there’s any mention of dog-fighting/Pacman Jones/steroid suspensions/Ricky Williams, pour a drink on the floor for your homies who couldn’t be here tonight.

24. Any shot of a player using smelling salts or oxygen, then it’s beer bong time.

25. If Peyton Manning throws his hands up in frustration, yell “Oh, come on!” and take a drink.

26. Any time the camera finds Brett Favre’s wife in the stands, or if the announcers mention her overcoming her illness and how Brett dealt with it, drink. If both happen at the same time, chug.

27. Any mention of Brett Favre’s career game right after his father passed away.

28. Any play made by a guy with long dreadlocks, shout “Yeah, Mon!” and chug a Red Stripe.

29. If announcers comment that Marion Barber runs “hard” or “tough”, do a shot of whiskey. If the term “smashmouth football” is uttered at any time, do two extra shots.

30. For every sideline/owner’s box shot of Jerry Jones, take a drink.
BONUS: Do a spit take if it’s a tight shot on his face.

31. Anytime Jon Kitna removes his helmet, yell “Put it back on!”, chug whatever is left in your glass, and place the empty glass on your head.

32. If anyone dares mention of Detroit coach Joe Cullen going through the Wendy’s drive-through buck-naked, everyone watching must drop their pants, and drink.

33. For every mention about how nice and likeable Tony Dungy is, drink a wine cooler.

34. For every reference to Peyton Manning being smart, take a drink.

35. For every reference to Joey Harrington not being smart, pour the drink down the front of your shirt.

36. If a coach signals time-out right before a field goal attempt, drink. Then a second later, drink the exact same amount again.
BONUS: If any announcer uses the phrase “icing the kicker”, pull a bottle of vodka out of the freezer and do a shot.

37. If the referee forgets to turn on his microphone during a penalty call and/or forgets to turn it off after he makes the call, drink from an empty glass.

38. If a coach halfheartedly tosses the red challenge flag and it doesn’t go more than five yards, everyone yells “Lame!” and chugs a malt beverage with their non-throwing hand.

Special “First Half Only” Rules –
These rules are only in effect for the first half of games, since if applied for entire game, it would lead to alcohol poisoning:

39. Every time an interception is thrown by Joey Harrington or Byron Leftwich (should he get in the game).

40. Airing of any Peyton Manning commercial.

41. Any airing of the “This is Our Country” Chevy Silverado commercials.

42. Terrell Owens mugs for the camera and/or shakes his head in disbelief, amusement, or a show of pure unadulterated self love.

43. Any reference to Brett Favre’s age.

44. Any reference to Brett Favre playing like a kid again.

Winner:
Winner is determined by last guy able to stand after a full turkey dinner, 3 games and over nine hours of football.

USA Today’s Thanksgiving Day Drinking Game

  1. Every time someone unbuttons his/her pants, take a drink.
  2. Each time someone makes that uncomfortable “Unnnh” noise when they rise from a seated position, take a drink. 
  3. Each time someone screams at the TV, take two drinks.
  4. Take two drinks for each person napping.
  5. Take three drinks each time an old person mentions the weather. (In the end, the last one standing gets first pick at leftovers.)

Hope you all enjoy and please drink responsibly!

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

16
Nov
09

Pheast with Phis

The perfect post-downtown event! Join in on the fun and help out a great cause!

This Thursday, AEPhi is hosting its 11th annual Pheast with Phis, a late-night all-you-can-eat buffet that raises money for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. It’s only $6 to get in, and your stomach won’t have anything left to crave when you leave. Hop in a taxi (to 2500 Rio Grande) or the E-bus (to 26th and Rio Grande). You surely won’t regret it!

The details:

What: AEPhi’s annual philanthropy event. A late night (12am-3am) all-you-can-eat buffet to raise money for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Where: The Phi house. 2500 Rio Grande, the corner of 25th and Rio Grande

When: This Thursday, November 19

Price: $6 for all the pizza, cupcakes, sandwiches, cookies, chips, soda, Mexican food, etc. you could ask for!

12
Nov
09

Open Mic Night!

Whether you’re serious about music and just getting your start or simply want to play for a few friends, you can find an open mic in Austin almost any night of the week with a friendly audience.

I’ve compiled a map of some of the most popular open mics in the Austin area from a list on www.openmicaustin.com. You may have to drive a bit for some, but if your looking for a “real good” time it’s worth the trek.

If you are good some venues, such as Ruta Maya will ask you to come back for a “best of” open mic night, where each performer is given a slightly longer set.