An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
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 backyardaustin.com.
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:
For more information, visit mohawkaustin.com.
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:
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
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more