TRIBEZA Talk | March 2015

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

The Backyard at Bee Cave

Look down the road a bit toward Austin’s film future, and it may be happening at The Backyard at Bee Cave. In December, the Bee Cave City Council approved a re-zoning request for the project, paving the way for its site plan to be submitted. The current plan looks to include two outdoor music venues — a large one accommodating about 3,400 people and a smaller one holding 500, a hotel, six stand-alone office buildings, two parking garages, and four 18,000 square-foot sound stages. “I think it’s definitely a defining project,” says Lindsey Oskoui, the Director of Planning and Development for Bee Cave. “After the [Hill Country] Galleria and the Shops at the Galleria…those three are the biggest projects the city of Bee Cave has approved.” Led by developer Chris Milam, of International Development Management, there may be a ways to go before an official groundbreaking date can be set, but the lights, camera, and action may just be on the horizon. For more information, visit


James Moody's Playlist

Drop by the Mohawk during SXSW, and you may be in for a surprise. “We’re renovating the whole inside bar experience,” says James Moody, founder of the Red River outpost. With a new look and expanded offerings, concertgoers can expect small-batch whiskeys and tequilas and more than 40 beer options. “We feel like a music venue can be a rad bar too, so that's what we are working on -— being great at both,” Moody says. When it comes to the music, Moody gives us a look at what’s on his current playlist:

  • 1. D'Angelo – “Really Love”
  • 2. The Well – “Mortal Bones”
  • 3. The War On Drugs – “Eyes to the Wind”
  • 4. Angel Olsen – “unfucktheworld”
  • 5. Roger Sellers – “Spectrolite”
  • *Honorable Mention: Billy Ocean – “Caribbean Queen”

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Late Night Snack with Andy Langer

Andy Langer made his first SXSW sojourn in 1991. Since then, the intrepid music journalist and KGSR host has interviewed countless bands and artists, from Willie Nelson to Norah Jones to Dave Grohl. Here he dishes on the best spots to grab a late night bite during the big festival:

  • Second Bar & Kitchen: “It’s easy to tell even the most directionally challenged out-of-town friends to meet at the corner of 2nd and Congress. The patio offers great non-stop people-watching. And, then there are these four words — Black Truffle Pommes Frites.”
  • Bomb Tacos: “If you’re East, the food truck at the White Horse has some of the most affordable and satisfying migas tacos in town.”
  • More Home Slice: “Slices till 3am. Add a giant Rice Krispie Treat and save half for breakfast.”
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Most Memorable Moments from 14 Texas Film Awards

Trying to isolate some of the most memorable moments from the past 14 years of the Texas Film Awards can be a challenge. “There are just so many stories,” says Rebecca Campbell, Executive Director of the Austin Film Society. “Every year there’s something unexpected.” Like the year that ZZ Top played and Morgan Fairchild was in attendance. “It turns out that she dated one of them years ago so they were joking about that from the stage,” Campbell says. Or, in 2003 when Farrah Fawcett was honored — “She called her parents from the stage to tell them about the award.” Campbell vividly remembers the very first awards. “There were 1300 people in the hangar [at Austin Studios], we had these heat lamps, and we were trying to keep Sissy Spacek warm. We had an intern following her around dragging one wherever she went.” Now in its fifteenth year, the event brings together some of the most notable names from the Texas film industry and beyond, with past honorees including Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Robin Wright, and Cyd Charisse. Among the honorees at this year’s March 12 event is Tommy Lee Jones. “I don’t mind telling you that this isn’t the first time we’ve asked him if we could honor him,” Campbell says. “In fact I think it’s maybe the 14th time, so the fact that he accepted and is going to appear at the event is pretty exciting.”


James Moody Illustration by Ashley Horsley

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