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TRIBEZA Talk | December 2013

An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.

Hey, Jazz Mills! In a movie about your life, what three songs are on the soundtrack?

  • 1. “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac
  • My daughter Ava is obsessed with it and has to listen to it 100,000 times a day. I don't think it's a coincidence either that the name of the song is “Hold Me.”
  • 2. Shania Twain
  • Can't pick just one song but definitely at least one by Shania Twain. I grew up listening to so much 90s country and even though I listen to almost anything now, I have not/will not get over Shania.
  • 3. “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen
  • It is amazing and so hot even with the horrible saxophone solo.

Austin musician Jazz Mills has opened for artists like the Arcade Fire and Stevie Wonder, and most recently performed with the local folk/blues band Cowboy and Indian. Last month, Mills released her self-titled debut EP, a delightful pop soundtrack that feels both unique and timeless.

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On a scale of one to ten, we are about at an eleven with our excitement about the new James Turrell Skyspace installation on the rooftop of UT’s Student Activity Center at 22nd and Speedway.

Done in conjunction with the UT Landmarks program, which brings public art projects to UT, Turrell’s piece explores a connection to the universe through the medium of light. To experience the Skyspace guests file into an elliptical, white plaster structure with a ceiling oculus allowing for light to enter the space. Daily, at dusk and dawn, LED lights are programmed to illuminate the inside and outside, fluctuating in intensity and color while simultaneously juxtaposed with a changing sky through the oculus. The result: a peaceful and sublime escape from reality. Learn more about the installation and reserve a time to see it at utexas.edu/cofa/turrell/

Pleasure v. Pain in ATX

Jennifer Chenoweth is creating a map of experiences. Inspired by her own Austin memories, the artist researched the topics of pleasure and pain with psychologists and behaviorists to create a “Hedonistic Map of Pleasure and Pain,” a project that anonymously polls locals on simple pleasure, love, and the everyday. Eventually, the questionnaire will result in a giant visual blueprint modeled after Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, drawing connections between experience and location. The map, originally installed at Co-Lab in October, will continue to grow, as Chenoweth plans to accept survey submissions until at least 2015. Hedonistic Map of Pleasure and Pain questionnaire courtesy of Chenoweth and Dave O'Donnell.

Questions from Chenoweth's questionnaire:

  • Where is one place you feel alive and excited?
  • Where have you laughed the hardest?
  • Where did you fall in love?
  • Where do you go to reconnect with nature?
  • Where do you go to get your creativity inspired?
  • Where was your faith in humanity restored?
  • Where have you felt the most competent?
  • Where did you have an experience that caused your awareness to change?
  • Where was the best night of your life in Austin?

Read more about the project, see the full list, and submit responses at: fisterrastudio.com

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Austin Instagrammer of the Month: I Love Texas Photo

We like seeing the state through the lens of I Love Texas Photos’s ‘gram account, founded by photo editor Jasmine DeFoore. Every three days, I Love Texas Photo passes its account to a different Texas user, allowing followers to experience daily life through the eyes of a variety of different photographers. “We love photographers who share stories about the people, traditions, and activities that make up daily life in Texas,” says ILTP editor Wynn Myers. “It's great to see a historic building, and even better to see a portrait of someone who has worked in that building for the last 30 years.” Anyone is welcome to submit to be part of the project. Get involved at: ilovetexasphoto.com/contact/

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3 questions for: Austin Eastciders

Bring on the cider-sippin’ weather: new ‘Urban Cidery’ Austin Eastciders, which will be opening to the public in early 2014, will feature a bar, tasting room, and outdoor event space. Cider will go into bottle production early next year, but for now can be found on draft at select Austin bars and restaurants. See a full list on Austin Eastciders’ Facebook page.

  • 1. You call cider the Original Drink of America: please explain.
  • Cider was the most popular drink in America right up until the Prohibition era, [with] traditions of cider-making brought over by the original settlers from the West of England…[cider] was the drink of choice of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, elections were notoriously won by plying the voters with cider, and it was even drunk by children because the alcohol made it cleaner and safer than drinking water. What they don't tell you at school is that Johnny Appleseed wasn't growing apples for eating; he was growing apples to make cider out of!
  • 2. Tell me more about how the apple variety influences the flavor of the cider.
  • The interesting thing about cider-making is that in most respects it is very similar to winemaking, with one major exception: The finest ciders are usually made with a blend of many different cider apple varieties rather than one single variety...This is because, unlike wine, it is rare to get the perfect balance of flavors from one variety.
  • 3. What’s the ideal meal to pair with a cold glass of cider?
  • Dry, traditional cider styles happen to go incredibly well with Texas BBQ, which was a huge win when I discovered it! Classically, cider pairs great with anything porky, smoky or cheesy.

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