ALL ATX Presents: British Invasion
Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m., ACL Live
Two of the UK’s most treasured acts come to ACL Live, teaming up with a few Austin greats. Performers include Eric Burdon and The Animals, Alejandro Escovedo, Christopher Cross, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Shinyribs, Malford Milligan, Dana Falconberry, Hector Ward & The Big Time and many more. Benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the event will be taped by local PBS affiliate KLRU for national distribution later this fall. Think of this as a teaser to the ninth annual HAAM Benefit Day, which begins the very next morning.
- 9/4 Brad Paisley, Austin 360Amphitheater
- 9/5 Ben-Willie-Darrell Present Links & Lyrics 2014 featuring Vince Gill, ACL Live
- 9/6 Drake and Lil Wayne, Austin360 Amphitheater
- 9/11 Delta Spirit, Emo’s
- 9/13 Kings of Leon, Austin360 Amphitheater
- 9/16 Coheed and Cambria, Stubb’s
- 9/19 Jerry Jeff Walker, ACL Live
- 9/20 Tycho, Emo’s
- 9/23 HAAM Benefit Day presented by Whole Foods, various locations
- 9/25 Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Parish
- 9/25 Kaiser Chiefs, Stubb’s
- 9/27 Santana, ACL Live
- 10/1 Allen Stone, Emo’s
- 10/8 Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, ACL Live
- 10/14 and 10/15 Widespread Panic, ACL Live
- 10/30 S hovels & Rope and Hayes Carll with Shakey Graves, Stubb’s
- 11/2 Kid Rock, Austin 360 Amphitheater
- 11/7 Rufus Wainwright, The Paramount Theatre
- 11/11 Merle Haggard, ACL Live
- 11/15 Randy Newman, The Paramount Theatre
- 11/18 Slayer, ACL Live
Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Day), Auditorium Shores
What better way to start a day of overeating than with a little exercise? This 5-mile run or 1-mile walk has been held for almost 25 years and offers a fun, family-friendly start to the holiday. Dress up in your favorite turkey, pilgrim or American Indian costume and enjoy a fun run through downtown Austin.
- 9/13 Neon Dash 5K Night Run, Travis County Expo Center
- 9/14 Back to the 80s 8K, Gupton Stadium Cedar Park
- 9/27 Bubble Run (3 miles), Travis County Expo Center
- 10/17 and 10/18 Fifth annual Capital to Coast Relay (223-mile relay from Austin to Corpus Christi), Republic Park
- 10/18 Frankenthon Monster Marathon, Brushy Creek Lake Park Cedar Park
- 10/19 Hill Country Marathon, Marble Falls High School Mustang Stadium
- 11/1 Jameson 5K Run and 1-Mile Mosey, Mundy Hall Georgetown
- 11/9 YogaRunga 10K and Half Marathon, Blue Honey Yoga
Twin Infinity: An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Novel
Sept. 5 and 6, The Long Center
In 2009, The Intergalactic Nemesis, a radio play by Jason Neulander, premiered in Austin as the world’s first-ever liveaction graphic novel. Since then, Intergalactic Nemesis has toured the globe, including shows at the Kennedy Center, on Broadway, Conan O’Brien, NPR and PBS, adding a sequel, Robot Planet Rising, in 2012. On Sept. 5 and 6, the world premiere of the next and final installment of the trilogy, Twin Infinity, will debut in Austin. The show features three actors voicing dozens of characters, a Foley artist that creates all the sound effects and a pianist who plays an epic cinematic score and more than 1,250 comic book panels telling the hilarious sci-fi adventure story right in front of your eyes. Don’t miss the intergalactic experience of the decade.
- 9/4–9/14 Austin Shakespeare’s Henry V, The Long Center
- 9/5–9/7 It’s Just Sex: A New Comedy About Lust and Trust, One World Theatre
- 9/17–9/21 Evil Dead: The Musical, The Long Center
- 9/17–10/18 The King and I, ZACH Theatre
- 9/23 Garrison Keillor, Paramount Theatre
- 9/24–10/5 Bad Kid, The Long Center
- 10/10–10/19 A Streetcar Named Desire, Bass Concert Hall
- 11/28–11/30 Elf: The Musical, The Long Center
Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival
Sept. 21, Austin360 Amphitheater
Raw and uncensored, Funny or Die presents the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival with comedy’s frontrunners Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, Reggie Watts and Whitney Cummings. The event includes two stages, the return of the Cut Throat Freak Show, a roaming troupe of misfit performers, and tasty treats and drinks for a jam-packed day of entertainment. Let’s get weird.
- 9/21 Bill Cosby, Bass Concert Hall
- 10/23 Jim Gaffigan, Bass Concert Hall
- 11/10 David Sedaris, The Long Center
- 11/16 Lewis Black, The Long Center
- 11/21 Amy Schumer, Bass Concert Hall
La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival
Oct. 16, 7 to 10 p.m., Laguna Gloria
The 25th anniversary of La Dolce Vita is the foodie event of the season. The night entails gourmet and innovative tastings from the most buzzed-about chefs and restaurants in Central Texas, offerings from local and international wineries and creations by Austin’s most acclaimed pastry chefs. Tipsy Texan David Alan returns this year in La Dolce Vita’s cocktail lounge, featuring specialty cocktails from Austin’s best mixologists. All proceeds benefit The Contemporary Austin’s educational programs. Information on participating restaurants and wineries is available at thecontemporaryaustin.org. Tickets are $175 for general admission, or $200 for additional access to the cocktail lounge, with free parking and shuttles.
- 9/30 and 10/28 Trailer Food Tuesdays, The Long Center
- 10/9 Edible Austin’s Chef Auction, Allan House
Keeping Austin Beer’d: BrewDrop
Currently only available in Austin, BrewDrop is a beer-delivery service that helps to keep you liquefied. It is the only alcohol-delivery app in Texas that will put a cold one in your hand within 30 to 60 minutes. In addition to beer, BrewDrop has partnered with wine and liquor stores to keep you from running dry. Maybe you’re far from the nearest corner store, or maybe you don’t want to risk a beer run. Either way, the delivery fee is only $5. You can download the BrewDrop app via Apple or Google Play. Cheers!
Punch Bowl Social: Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner and latenight eats, Punch Bowl Social is a 21,000-square-foot craft-beverage bar, gastro diner, private-party facility and entertainment complex with bowling, Ping-Pong, 1980s arcade games, billiards, karaoke rooms, darts and board games. Imagine the Highball, but on steroids. 11310 Domain Drive
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile: From ranch to restaurant, Jacoby’s offers locally sourced meat, vegetables and craft beers. With on-site chicken coops, gardens, a private events space and a picnic area that overlooks the Colorado River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacoby’s is the latest addition to Austin’s Eastside. 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St.
aRoma Italian Kitchen & Bar: This is a much-needed addition to the Southern end of SoLa. With handcrafted cocktails, Neapolitan pizzas and homemade pastas, aRoma offers a killer happy hour and an extensive and impressive wine list. 3403 S. Lamar Blvd.
Garbo’s: Another food trailer has made the move to bricks and mortar, offering lobster rolls, steamer clams and seared scallops. 14735 Bratton Lane
Snarf’s Sandwiches: Surprisingly, it’s hard to find a deliciously well-made sandwich in Austin. Located near the UT campus, these perfectly oven-toasted subs are to die for. 2901 Medical Arts St.
Radio Coffee & Beer: Opened by musician Jack Wilson, Radio serves quality coffee and beer with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere that boasts a large outdoor patio and indoor cabin. Offering Stumptown Coffee, East Side Pies and Texas French Bread, Radio is great for completing some work, a low-key date night or listening to live music with a cold brew in hand. 4208 Manchaca Road.
Dang Bánh Mì: Utilizing a 100-year-old Vietnamese family recipe, these bành mì sandwiches are the real deal, with fresh-baked bread and pickled-in-house ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of their bành mì selections, but don’t miss the Vietnamese bún. 9080 Research Blvd.
Go Pro: Austin Aztex Join USL PRO 2015
While the 2014 season is done, Austin soccer fans should still be celebrating. Professional soccer has made its way to town, with the Austin Aztex joining the USL PRO league. Bobby Epstein and Paul Thornton have joined the Aztex ownership group to help aid the franchise’s growth into a premier sports and entertainment property. Now with a total of 18 clubs for 2015, USL PRO has also added Colorado Springs, Tulsa and St. Louis. Goal.
Last July, the Mylan World TeamTennis played its inaugural season in Austin. Former ATX Man cover man Andy Roddick led the Austin Aces during the July season. Although the WTT plays only three weeks each July, the Aces will have a year-round presence in Austin with tennis clinics, charitable giving, community outreach and special events. More information available at austinacestennis.com.
FootGolf Comes to Austin
Now at the Harvey Penick Golf Course, FootGolf combines two of the greatest sports in the world: golf and soccer. One of the fastest-growing soccer crazes, the sport is essentially a round of golf (18 holes) but replaced with a soccer ball and your foot. 5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd. For reservations, call 512.926.1100.
UT Football Home Schedule
- 9/6 BYU, 6:30 p.m. (first home game)
- 10/4 Baylor, TBA
- 10/18 Iowa State, 7 p.m.
- 11/8 West Virginia, TBA
- 11/27 TCU, 6:30 p.m.
Broken Spoke: 50th Anniversary
In 1964, James and Annetta White opened a honky-tonk dive dancehall. A celebrated Austin legend, the Broken Spoke hosted country superstars George Strait, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acoff and Bob Wills in the ’60s. Willie Nelson was a regular act, and other greats who have graced the Spoke’s stage include Kris Kristofferson and Kitty Wells. The stellar music continues with regulars Dale Watson and Mike and the Moonpies, along with two-stepping lessons offered by the Whites’ daughter, Terri. Come celebrate 50 years with country dancing, a cold beer and maybe even some chicken-fried steak. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., 512.442.6189.
Black Fret: Black Ball
Black Fret is on the verge of making history. On Nov. 8, Black Fret will host its annual event, Black Ball, and will give 10 grants to 10 musicians, each for $10,000. Black Fret is a nonprofit, membership-based organization modeled after the age-old symphony patronage archetype, focused on supporting popular local music. Members enjoy the benefits of monthly house concerts and other events throughout the year, with Austin’s best and brightest musicians.
Texas Folklife Celebrates 30 Years
Texas Folklife celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, seeking to preserve and present the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State by showcasing performances, exhibitions, community residencies, apprenticeships and educational programs that reach more than 1 million people annually. On Sept. 20, join a symposium of panels, a display of artwork, and audio and video samplings from Texas Folklife’s 30 years of programming. On Sept. 27, a reception will be held, with dancing and performances by Texas roots-music legends. Tickets available at texasfolklife.org.
On Aug. 16, the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and its beloved neighbor Highball reopened to the public after a much-anticipated wait. Patrons will now enjoy a new theater with nine movie auditoriums that can seat a total of 975, with theaters seating anywhere from an intimate 46 to a roomy 198. The redone Highball includes newly themed karaoke rooms. For nostalgic Austinites, fear not, both establishments have kept in line with their original look and feel.
ATX Man Sponsored Events
Sept. 6, 11 a.m., The Golf Club at Star Ranch
Sept. 13, Downtown Radisson
Sept. 15, The Hills Country Club
Sept. 17, 11 a.m., Star Ranch Golf Club
Sept. 18, 6 p.m., One World Theatre
Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., Commodore Perry Estate
Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Oct. 3, Westlake Hills Vision Center
Oct. 11, GT Austin
Oct. 21, The Hyatt Regency Austin
Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m., Texas Disposal Exotic Game Ranch
Nov. 6 – 9, Palmer Events Center
Nov. 15, AHB Community School (Trinity United Methodist)
Eric Burdon photo by Marianna Burdon. Turkey Trot photo courtesy of ThunderCloud Subs. Twin Infinity photo courtesy of The Long Center. Dolce Vita photo by Brian Fitzsimmons. Highball photo by Nick Simonite.