Pianist and guitarist Jackson Browne has defined a genre of songwriting and performing that is charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics with some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music. Browne was honored with induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007. Beyond his music, he is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights and arts education. Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin welcomes Browne on his 2012 U.S. acoustic tour, featuring special guest Sara Watkins. Tickets are available at the Bass Concert Hall box office, most H-E-B stores and all Texas Box Office outlets, online at texasperformingarts.org, and by calling 512.477.6060.
Also coming up
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sept. 2 and 9, ACL Live
Tony Bennett, Sept. 12, ACL Live
Marcia Ball, Sept. 14, Antone’s
Passion Pit, Sept. 15, The Backyard
Citizen Cope, Sept. 21 and 22, Stubb ’s
Animal Collective with Mirachu and the Shapes, Sept. 28, The Backyard
Steve Miller Band, Sept. 30, ACL Live
Bonnie Raitt, Oct. 3, ACL Live
Leonard Cohen, Oc t. 31, Bass Concert Hall
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Heartless Bastards, Nov. 8, Stubb’s
Ray Price, Nov. 18, One World Theatre
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Digitizes 37 Years of Austin City Limits
The highly esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in collaboration with local television station KLRU, will make more than 800 performances of the Austin City Limits music show available digitally. For the first time ever, these concerts that span the 37 years the show has been in production will be made available for the public to view at the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives in Cleveland, OH. Visit rockhall.com for more information.
Stephen Harrigan Wins 2012 Spur Award for Best Western Long Novel
The Western Writers of America Spur Awards are given each year for distinguished writing about the American West, and are of the oldest and most prestigious awards given for American literature. In Harrigan’s award-winning novel, Remember Ben Clayton, the Oklahoma-born, Texas-raised author once again takes his storytelling to a new level. Set in Texas after World War I, Harrigan’s novel intertwines themes of art, war and family relationships and suffering. Available at your nearest book store or amazon.com.
3D Entertainment Comes to Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
ACL Live announced in July that it will be the world’s first fully integrated 3D production and performance facility. Working with Stageside Productions, Sabella Dern Entertainment and Video Equipment Rentals, ACL Live’s state-of-the-art facility just got that much better. This collaboration will bring 3D acquisition and broadcast technologies to advertisers, sporting events, concerts, sitcoms and more, positioning ACL Live as the transformative backdrop for content producers looking to showcase brands through this dynamic and now accessible cutting-edge 3D technology.
Emmy Award-winning film director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee has revolutionized both the landscape of independent cinema and the role of black talent in film. Lee is known for box-office hits Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever and Summer of Sam. The evening will entail an intimate interview with Lee, followed by a screening of Summer of Sam. One of Lee’s most kinetic, inventive and powerful films, Summer of Sam details the Son of Sam murders in New York City during the summer of 1977, centering on residents of an Italian American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another. Tickets available at austintheatre.org.
Dash for Dad
Oct. 27, Camp Mabry
It’s time to dash! Join Urology Austin for the Dash For Dad 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk, with a Boot Camp Warm Up to support ZERO—The Project to End Prostate Cancer. Dash For Dad is part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, America’s premier men’s health event series taking place in 34 cities in 2012. For more information, visit greatprostatecancerchallenge.com/races/austin.
App: Cinegif Video iPhone App
Cinegif, an Austin-based software development company, has just released the Cinegif Video iPhone app, integrating a new form of video file sharing with text messaging. It allows users to add their own instant-play video clips to everyday mobile communications, and receiving devices don’t need to have the app, as it will open and save instantly, requiring no special software or plugins. For more information visit cinegif.com.
Book: Thin Slice of Life, by Miles Arceneaux
A collaborative mystery novel written under the alias of Miles Arceneaux, the alter ego of Texas-based writers John T. Davis, James R. Dennis and Brent Douglass, follows a wayward Texan who is propelled on a dangerous ride through murder, lust, betrayal and crime in pursuit of his brother’s killers. This page-turning novel won the Writers’ League of Texas’ award for Best Mystery Manuscript and will be featured at Book People Oct. 1, with a special in-store appearance by the authors. Available at amazon.com.
SOLOSHOT automatically rotates to keep your camera pointed at you from a distance with no camera operator. It tracks at distances up to 2,000 feet with a maximum pan speed of more than 40 degrees per second (the fastest object tested was a racecar moving 143 miles per hour). Set up your SOLOSHOT tripod, attach your camera and film all your outdoor exploits: surfing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, skateboarding, BMX, soccer, baseball, football, track and field, skiing, ice skating, motocross, car racing, horse racing, polo, etc. Welcome to the future—it’s a wonderful place. Available at soloshot.com.
CD: Big Station, Alejandro Escovedo
Big Station is the latest album from longtime Austin musician Alejandro Escovedo, released this June. The rootsrock/alternative-country singer took a slightly different approach when making this CD. In an interview with Aquarium Drunkard, Escovedo says the CD’s “theme was of someone looking outward rather than inward. To kind of take in all that one sees as the result of the media—the crazy, horrific things that are just naturally viewed on television now.” Available at alejandroescovedo.com.
Traditional money-management systems such as the envelopes-budgeting technique now feel ancient in the technological world. Though these tactics have proven to work, “traditional” anything is inevitably being trumped by smart phones and touch screens. Mvelopes is a modernized version of one of the most successful budgeting tactics to date. The system, now available via app and online, lets you divvy money in to categories ($20 for fun money, $100 for gas, etc.). It keeps track of your finances for you, letting you know what you can and can’t afford so the user has no choice but to budget properly.
Go Longhorns! University of Texas 2012 Home Schedule
Sept. 1, UT vs. Wyoming
Sept. 8, UT vs. New Mexico
Oc t. 6, UT vs. West Virginia
Oc t. 20, UT vs. Baylor
Nov. 10, UT vs. Iowa State
Nov. 24, UT vs. TCU
Race for a Cause
Watermans Paddle for Humanity
Sept. 15, starting point at PURE Austin Quarry Lake, paddleforhumanity.org
Gorilla Challenge Austin
Sept. 22, starting point at Pluckers Wing Bar at 2222 Rio Grande St., gorillachallenge.com
Team LIVESTRONG Challenge
Oct. 21, starting point at Palmer Events Center, livestrong.org
2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Nov. 16 – 18, Circuit of The Americas, formula1.com.