1. New products from Milk and Honey:
The Austin favorite for day spa indulgence recently launched its own line of bath and body products, available at their three locations and on their website.
Good because: From bath soaks to home fragrances, the entire line is natural, organic, and nicely packaged: everyday luxuries we can get behind.
2. This excerpt from a 1965 letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse:
“Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!”
Good because: It’s part of “Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt,” on display at the Blanton Museum February 23–May 18. This new exhibition will celebrate the friendship between Hesse and LeWitt, two of the most significant American artists of the post-war era, by featuring work of both artists and intimate glimpses of their relationship.
3. Briggo Coffee: the world's only "Robotic Coffee House." Yep. Installed first at UT's Flawn Academic Center (and with forthcoming kiosks in the works at Austin airport and several local corporate offices), Briggo allows for "over-the-top specialty coffee that you would see at a very high-end coffee shop" to be made-to-order via smartphone, says Marketing VP Dan Lowden. To get a coffee, place your order online or at the machine, then watch the Briggo make your drink, type in a confirmation number, and ta-dah! With the swivel of a Lazy Susan turntable, your Americano with a splash of two percent is ready.
Good because: While we wouldn’t necessarily give up our favorite local spots for futuristic coffee, sometimes that’s not an option. And so much cold robot love for making good-tasting, customizable coffee more accessible.
Austin Obsessions with Austin Marathon Director Jon Conley
Wherein we ask locals what they are loving right now in our city
1. Running at the Austin High School Track
“There is no prettier place to watch a sunrise over the city or see the sunset glinting off of the skyline. The colors and city view are different every day.”
2. The Austin Film Festival
“While I don’t always go to the films themselves, I love the random celebrity sightings and the feel-good buzz in the air. Conley Sports Productions is also a sponsor of the Film & Food Gala benefiting the Young Filmmakers Program.”
3. The Sustainable Food Center’s downtown Austin Farmers Market
“I love the local foodie atmosphere and I love buying interesting locally-raised meats from a guy named Sebastien [Bonneu of Countryside Farm]. He is a one-of-a-kind ambassador for buying locally sourced meats.
John Conley has been the race director of the Austin Marathon for 17 years, and also serves as director of the 3M Half Marathon, Cap10K, and is the CEO of ConleySports. The 2014 Austin Marathon takes place Feb. 16. More at youraustinmarathon.com