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She Rocks is a collectible calendar that features the hard working women of the Austin, Texas music scene. The goal is to honor these women by featuring local musicians and industry gals. The women of rock'n'roll are breaking down the stereotypes and shaking up the industry, and we are here to pay our respects! She Rocks was created by In the RA Studios photographer, Ricardo Acevedo as a tribute to his mother, a mariachi and jazz musician who passed away of cancer at the age of 39. While keeping true to all that is rock'n'roll, the photography captures each woman’s crude reality, energetic essence, rock ‘n roll grit. The images recreate the edgy drama that is forever sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.
This racy calendar debuted in 2006 with proceeds going to Katrina evacuees and affording New Orleans musicians with strings and painters, canvasses. In 2007, She Rocks teamed up with the Austin Music Foundation to raise money for Austin's only nonprofit organization focusing on industry education programs and business development for Austin's independent musicians. AMF has been helping independent artists prosper by providing information they can use to develop their career and grow their art as a business. The greatest opportunity for most artists to thrive is taking advantage of the entrepreneurial nature of today's music industry.
She Rocks calendars are available at Waterloo Records, CDfuse.com, and The Calendar Club in Barton Creek Square Mall and their kiosk in Highland Mall. Proceeds benefit Austin Music Foundation's educational programs.
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Art Around Austin by Bill Oakey : Karen Harton of Artspoken A Holiday Tour : See the Bright Lights of the Texas Hill Country Now Showing Marble Falls : Big Changes in a Small Town Blanton Museum : The Angelic Consolation of Saint Francis Turn Green this Holiday : Plantable Greeting Cards & Gift Tags On the San Antonio River Walk : Durty Nelly’s
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creativity is empowering KAREN HARTON
story by Bill Oakey
he art scene in Austin is always buzzing around the holidays, and there is one event that you won't want to miss. The Artspoken Gallery at 1507 West Koenig Lane hosts their annual “12 Buy Show” this month. 30 local artists will be featured, each showing their works in a 12 X 12 format. It's a perfect buying opportunity to find holiday gifts. A visit to Artspoken is like going to a party at your best friend's house. It is a house; the nice charming “old Austin” kind with original hardwood floors and a very warm atmosphere. And a good part of that atmosphere is credited to Karen Harton, who started the gallery in 2005. “I was frustrated with the lack of central Austin art spaces, so I decided to open my own,” Karen explained. “I wanted to have a community of artists in studios who could display their work in a professional setting. I also needed a place to claim as my own.” Artspoken started as a studio for Karen and some of her other artist friends, who had worked together at the Guadalupe Art Center before the tragic fire that destroyed it in early 2005. When Karen expanded the studio into a public gallery, she not only extended the reach of her small group of friends, but she also presented a much needed gift to a wide range of Austin emerging artists – a place to display their work. “I remember how hard it was before I was accepted and supported by the Guadalupe Art Center. I believe that when artists show their work and give it a space of its own, something incredible happens. I wanted to make that available to other artists through Artspoken.” “During our juried shows, artists range from first time shown to collected. When we rent the gallery, the individual or group is in charge of curating their own show. So the diversity is wonderful. Every show has its own personality or fusion. The resident artists also work in a variety of styles and mediums.” Artists interested in renting the gallery or competing for juried shows can find the information at www.artspoken.com. Since this past summer, Karen has changed the working arrangement at the gallery to make it into a co-op setting. She no longer carries the entire burden of doing all the tasks, from scheduling, to helping artists hang their work, to taking charge of the receptions. Those duties are now shared with the other studio artists at the gallery, including Rebecca Bennett, Valerie Walden, Jan Knox, and the newest addition, Lisa Cowling. As a result of this change, Karen found the time to complete some new works of her own for a recent group showing. Her philosophy of enjoying art and sharing it is reflected in her statement about her summer program for kids, “Kids that love art will be adults that love art and creativity is empowering.” Notice for the “12 Buy Show” – Opening Reception: Saturday December 1st, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Show Dates: December 1 – December 22 at Artspoken Gallery, 1507 West Koenig Lane, Austin, TX. Bill Oakey is an Austin contemporary artist, specializing in art photography and modern digital art. You can contact him at email@example.com Please email him your listings of art openings, topic suggestions for the column, as well as artist bios and samples of artists’ work.
AUSTIN WIDE OPEN December 2007
See e Bright Lights the
LET YOURSELF IMAGINE over ONE MILLION tiny, twinkling lights on 130 sculptures reflecting on the sparkling waters of beautiful Lake Marble Falls. As you stroll leisurely on the shoreline, experience a place where dreams are made. The spirit of the entire community culminates during the Winter Holiday Season in Marble Falls, Texas, at the WALKWAY OF LIGHTS! The self-guided winter wonderland walk will dazzle you with the largest lighted pole-tree boasting over 17,000 multi-colored lights and a lighted tunnel touting over 12,000 clear bulbs. Both these special treasures together with the whimsical, patriotic, religious, traditional, and not so traditional sculptures, along with beautiful Christmas music, create the Walkway of Lights. This lighted wonderland will fill your holiday season with enchantment. Located only 45 miles west of Austin and 85 miles north of San Antonio on Hwy. 281, the Walkway of Lights and community of Marble Falls plays host to visitors from near and far. Since 1991, people from as far away as South America,
Asia, Europe, Japan and Canada along with many citizens from across the United States have joined in celebrating with local and second-home residents in the area. The lighted extravaganza is developed each year by hundreds of dedicated volunteers who are committed to the production of this major project each year. The local community volunteers nightly to ensure viewing opportunities to visitors. The expansion and continuation of the Walkway of Lights is 100% dependent on your generous donations. Admission is free to the public but donations are cheerfully and gratefully accepted. Arrive early to dine, shop and visit the Walkway of Lights in Lakeside Park located immediately west of the Hwy. 281 river bridge. Walkway display hours are nightly from November 16, 2007, through January 1, 2008, with illumination beginning at 6:00p.m. and closing at 10:00p.m. For information on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions & special events contact: Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce • 830-693-4449 or visit www.marblefalls.org
MAIN ST. BETHLEHEM IN BURNET will be open the first two weekends in December (only)-Dec. 7, 8, 9 & 14, 15, 16. Walk the streets of the ancient town of Bethlehem from 6 to 9 p.m., located on Washington St. 1 block south of Hwy. 29, at Vanderveer St. Step through the city gates and begin your journey back in time. You will witness what life may have been like in the village at the time of Christ’s birth. Authenti-
THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS A FABULOUS TIME TO VISIT FREDERICKSBURG, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, with events and decorations flavored by our German and frontier heritage. Once again, historic Main Street will be ablaze with thousands of white lights each evening and Marktplatz is transformed into a lighted winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink. Located just over an hour from either San Antonio or Austin, Fredericksburg is a shopper’s paradise with more than 150 specialty shops lining downtown streets. You’ll find something for everyone on your list — apparel, antiques and collectibles, fine art, handcrafts by local artisans, Christmas ornaments, regional books, delicious Hill Country foods and wines and much more! With 60 restaurants, five museums, outdoor recreation, golf, historic sites and over 900 convenient hotel/motel rooms and over 300 cozy bed & breakfast/guesthouses, Fredericksburg makes a perfect family getaway.
cally costumed townspeople bargain at the city market, draw water from the well, bake bread and pay taxes to the tax collector. As you walk through the village watch out for the camels, donkeys, and other animals. As you near the exit, you will see Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus in a cave. Free admission, donations accepted. www.burnetchamber.org
Dec. 7 - 9, 14 - 16 Holiday Wine Trail - Hill Country Region Dec. 8 Christmas Home Tour Dec. 12 - 16 Christmas at The Theater Dec. 14 - 15 Christmas Journey Drive Through and Bethany Lutheran Church Dec. 14 - 16 Fredericksburg Trade Days Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Services - Historic Churches Dec. 26 Zweite Weihnachten - Pioneer Museum Complex Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Dances - Several Locations
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Bed & Breakfast photo credit: Trish McCabe-Rawls
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JOHNSON CITY, TEXAS comes vibrantly alive during this event which includes a collection of fun activities for the young and not-so-young. The hallmark of this event is the opening night (first Friday) lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City with 100,000+ white lights to celebrate the holiday season (don't worry, no nails or screws are used to secure the lights on this beautiful Courthouse building). The entire Courthouse is draped in lights, from the ground to the special effects lighting of the dome in a red color. Surrounding trees are lit with complementary red lights, producing a magnificent spectacle. The local PEC electric co-op headquarters won't be outdone. An entire block of magnificent old oak trees strung with one million white lights covering the entire canopy of each tree plus colored trunks, along with the stately two story PEC building, are simply brilliant. Nearby trees are in other complementary colors, creating another visual armada the likes of which I have never seen. www.HillCountryPortal.com
BELOW Dec. 9 CHRISTMAS GOSPEL BRUNCH WITH A TEXAS TWIST - New Orleans style gospel brunch, come witness Gruene Hall’s own Texas twist on this uplifting event of awe inspiring music coupled with a wonderful buffet.
Dec. 13 CAROLING ON THE PLAZA - Arts Council sponsors community get-together to sing traditional Christmas songs. Downtown Plaza www.nbcham.org
San Antonio “SAN ANTONIO is always a great place to visit, but during the holidays it’s down right magical. Where else can you go to see over 120,000 lights reflect off the River Walk? The sights, sounds and smells of the season are uniquely international, uniquely delicious and uniquely San Antonio.” - Evelynn Bailey, Public Relations Manager. SA Convention & Visitors Bureau. On December 29, join 65,000 screaming fans at the Valero Alamo Bowl where a team from the Big 12 collides with a team from the Big 10 at San Antonio’s Alamodome. Ring in 2008 with the biggest New Year’s party. Enjoy musical entertainment and activities for the entire family while watching fireworks launched from the 750-foot tall Tower of the Americas. San Antonio’s spirit shines through during the holiday season with a diverse array of festivities and a blend of cultures. www.VisitSanAntonio.com
River Walk photo’s provided by Library Gallery photo credit SA Convention Bureau
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No Big C w hange s
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stay the same. If you’ve ever
wondered what that old saying
really meant, look to Marble Falls, Texas, where
Main Street is
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town’s founding, back in 1907.
SCULPTURES ON MAIN (shown in this article)
is a public art program of outdoor three-dimensional artwork displayed in highly visible and accessible places in Marble Falls. The purpose of this project is to promote Marble Falls as a fine art destination by bringing gallery and museum art outdoors for everyone to enjoy and is designed to promote tourism and art education by bringing people to the downtown area. The sculpture event is the first of its kind in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Large scale outdoor sculptures are placed in the Historic Main Street area of Marble Falls, expanding into the parks along Lake Marble Falls. Sculptures from several countries are on loan and will be displayed for a year in landscaped areas along Main Street. This exhibit will last for another eleven months and a new group of sculptures will be installed for the following year.
A time traveler from the last century wouldn’t find too many things familiar on Main Street, where the blocks from First to Sixth Street are lined on either side with boutique shopping, local artists’ galleries, and great restaurants. Visitors from this millennium might wonder whether there really is enough to see and do in Marble Falls to justify the hour’s drive from Austin. The answer in one word is “Heavens, YES!”
What makes Marble Falls unusual from the local tourist’s perspective is its range of offerings, particularly at this time of year. It doesn’t really matter who you are or what you like to do. As long as you like to do something, you’ll find it in Marble Falls. Sweet Berry Farms, on the western edge of town, is where fall is all about fun for kids. The farm offers a bunch of activities, including hay rides, pumpkin painting, and the ever-popular “build your own scarecrow.” With a huge covered picnic area and homemade ice cream for sale, it’s a great place to have a picnic. Stop at Inman’s Ranch House (Hwy. 281 at Sixth Street/830-693-2711) or Peete Mesquite (2407 Hwy. 281 N./830-693-6531) for a carry out barbeque lunch, or pull in to Storm’s Famous Texas Food (1408 W FM 1431/ 830-693-0012) for one of their famous burgers or catfish dinners. The Walkway of Lights have more than 100 lighted sculptures that are set up on the edge of Lake Marble Falls, in Lakeside Park just south of the Highway 281 bridge. The Walkway remains lit until January 1st, and Santa takes time out of his busy holiday schedule to visit every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Families that would rather not make the late drive back to Austin have every reason to stay the night in Marble Falls. The Hampton Inn, right up the hill from Lakeside Park (704 First St./830-798-1895), has plenty of rooms overlooking the lake and those millions of twinkling lights. In the morning, the whole family is welcome at the famous Blue Bonnet Cafe for a tra-
ditional country breakfast of biscuits, eggs, and gravy (211 Hwy. 281/ 830-693-2344). Just a few more blocks up Highway 281 is Brothers Bakery and Cafe, where the croissants, kolaches, and quiche are fresh-baked and the espresso is strong (511 Hwy. 281/830-798-8278). A grown-ups only weekend can be spent very happily on Main Street itself, without the need to even get in the car. Almost any weekend of the year, music fans are likely to find a must-see show in Marble Falls. Along with more established venues like Patton’s on Main (201 Main St./830-6938664), where live music accompanies home-town-boy Chef Patton Robertson’s excellent and eclectic “Texas fusion” cuisine, the town now features an assortment of clubs whose focus is music first. The House of Blue Lights (112 Main St./830-693-2016) features local acts and juicy burgers. Lorraine’s (909 Third St. - www.liveatlorraines.com) will delight the long-time Austinite with its feature shows, including W.C. Clark, Todd Snider, and the Subdudes. The Uptown Marble Theatre (218 Main St. - www.uptownmarble.com) draws national acts as well as Texas favorites such as Johnny Gimble and Steve Fromholz. Dinner before the show offers one problem, and that’s how to choose. Go for something casual at the R Bar and Grill, just around the corner on Third Street from the Uptown. If you feel like going a little more uptown, so to speak, check out The Falls Bistro and Wine Cellar, one of the loveliest restaurants you’d ever hope to see (202 Main St.- www.thefallsbistro.com), or Cafe 909 (909 Second St. - www.cafe909.com). After a fabulous dinner and a great concert, the night is not over. At least not if you think ahead and book yourself one of the five beautifully furnished suites at the historic Wallace Guest House (910 Third St./830-798-9808). Equipped with full kitchens, spa baths, flat-screen TVs, period antiques, and super-comfortable beds, rooms at the Wallace House are not only charming, they’re comfortable and homey. As a plus, they also include breakfast at the Blue Bonnet. A century ago, the townspeople of Marble Falls planned overnight visits to the big city of Austin for fun and entertainment. Now, 100 years later, the small town is the place to be.
Blanton Museum Valerio Castello
e Angelic Consation Saint Francis, circa 1648-1649 European Paintings, Suida-Manning Permanent Collection
story by Jeanne Gianas
photos courtesy of Blanton Museum
Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas opened in April 2006 with over 13,000 in attendance, an extremely grand opening indeed. Since then the museum has far exceeded visitor projection, membership has increased ten-fold, and the recipient of numerous awards and is considered one of the foremost University Art museums in the country. The Blanton’s permanent collection of more then 17,000 works is recognized for its modern and contemporary American & Latin American art, European Old Master paintings, and has an encyclopedia collection of prints and drawings. December 15, 2007-March 16, 2008 the Blanton will present Jorge Macchi, one of Latin America’s principal contemporary artist. The Anatomy of Melancholy will showcase more then 40 of Macchi’s most important works in a variety of mediums. “Macchi is highly regarded in his homeland of Argentina and also in Europe and this his first U.S. comprehensive exhibition will give increased exposure to an artist whose reputation is on the rise,” states Brady Dyer Blanton, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. The Blanton is passionate about increasing art appreciation and awareness, offering a myriad of programs and events for students, faculty and the AUSTIN WIDE OPEN December 2007
general public. Live music in the atrium, yoga in the galleries, story time for the kids, the Artistic License program where artists and curators discuss their work are all available with the goal to make your experience uniquely yours, and give reason to come back again and again. Patrons have hailed the architecture of the Museum itself as a work of art, from the Texas limestone exterior blended with granite and South American epe wood, to the intricately patterned gallery floors to the Spanish tile roof illuminated by crowning skylights. Summer 2008, will mark the opening of the Edgar A. Smith Building, with a 300seat auditorium, classrooms, café and gift shop. “People are talking” about the ongoing B scene happy hour where art meets music in themed parties held the first Friday of every month. On December 7th you’re invited to attend the Winter Formal, with musical performance by Odyssey, cash bar, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres served in the atrium. Yes, there will be a King and Queen crowned, so dress in your best or worse evening couture. Literally the first Friday in 2008, January 4th join the must-see artistry for an evening of relaxation, massage and facials mixed with holiday cheer and a resolution to B scene.
My personal resolution and one that I can keep, become a Blanton member. www.blantonmuseum.org
If you would like to make the turn towards green this holiday season, one unique way is to give plantable greeting cards. All you have to do is remove the plantable seeded tree from front of card, plant in a pot of soil and spruce trees will grow. This card is a gift unto itself! The front of card reads:
Seasonâ€™s Greetings. Plant this tree in celebration of the season. Product includes envelope and is a delightful Holiday seed card.
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When you think of the San Antonio River Walk you don’t necessarily think of going to an Irish Pub. Think again. Walk on the river level of Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel which has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award for 31 straight years and you’ll find DurtyNelly’s Irish Pub. In 1974 the Zachry Family owners of the hotel took a vacation to Ireland and fell in love with the original Durty Nelly’s which sits next to the Bunratty Castle in County Clare since 1620. Upon returning to SA they decided to remove the gift shop and build Durty Nelly’s on the River Walk. Slate floors, a solid wood bar, two fireplaces and an authentic Irish harp were installed. Durty Nelly’s opened on November 1, 1974. Enter Bill Bailey, a man who forever changed not only the history of the pub but the entire River Walk. Bailey sauntered in for an audition in his patented bow tie and derby hat played When Irish Eyes are Smiling, and tickled the ivories for the next 20 years. To this day people will come in form all over the globe and ask for him. Durty Nelly’s now has four piano players who rotate during the week. The Pub generates more revenue per square foot than any other bar in San Antonio and in the entire Hilton Corporation, which might be the reason why a dozen or so employees have worked there for more then 20 years. Head bartender, Robbie Schwegmann is going on his 30th year as head bartender. Pull up a chair for all the shelled peanuts you can eat and have a beer (or two or ten) The official Durty Nelly’s song sheet will keep you in tune even if you do sing off-key. The pub gets a little crazy late night as patrons act out the best sports rivalries’ through their alma-mater fight songs, whether it be the Buckeyes vs. Wolverines, Blue Devils going against the Tar Heels or The Fighting Irish and the Trojans, the piano players amazingly know all the songs even Appalachian State. Hilton Executive Chef James Boceanegra serves up approved 100% “Pub Grub” from 11:30am till 2am, 365 days a year. The outdoor café and penthouse suites of the hotel have been home to the Championship Spurs, Eva Longoria Parker, Matthew McConaughey and countless others who return time and time again. 200 South Alamo Street, San Antonio
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