Approaching the awe-inspiring Texas Capitol, I always feel a little small—but in a good way.
French bistros are becoming increasingly popular in Austin and other cities across Texas. But if you can’t make it out—or if you just want to try your hand at something new at home—here are some France-inspired recipes from Cooking with Texas Highways, which was published by University of Texas Press in 2005.
There's a certain glamour to the musician's life, no doubt. But for many working musicians, the reality of scratching out a day-to-day living means long hours, multiple jobs, and low income.
Lori Moffatt plays hooky—and tourist—for the day
Matt Joyce explores life on Austin’s aorta, where history meets quirky
Jill Lawless’ grade-schooler runs a tight ship. Here’s her kid’s dream day downtown.
It’s a challenge to write about the place you call home, especially when that city is as multifaceted as Austin, a bustling burg flavored by music, art, and the outdoors. In the end, our Austin story is a staff collaboration: Jill Lawless explores Austin’s kid-friendly enticements, Matt Joyce rediscovers Congress Avenue after returning to town from a nine-year hiatus, and Lori Moffatt embarks on the perfect grownup “staycation” day. We had to leave dozens of worthy experiences on the cutting-room floor, so see those here. Check the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau website for details on hotels and tours, as well as maps and other information.
In Austin, artists and musicians are finalizing prepwork for this weekend's Art City Austin Festival (April 13-14), which transforms the streets surrounding City Hall and the 2nd Street entertainment district into an outdoor art fair. Among the reasons to go: Hundreds of artists will display their works throughout the festival grounds, more than 150 pieces of art enliven the galleries inside City Hall, local food trailers offer sustenance and libations, musicians perform non-stop, and perhaps best of all-the weather promises to be spectacular! Tickets cost $8; free admission for kids age 12 and younger. It's also free if you ride your bike!
Interactive kids' activities at Art City Austin
First produced in 1951 as the Texas Fine Arts Association's Spring Juried Art Fair, the event, renamed "Art City Austin,” moved downtown in 2008. It's organized by Art Alliance Austin, which works to advance the city "by integrating art, culture, and creativity into public life."
This three-acre, 1,000-foot-long swimming hole beats as the literal and metaphorical heart of Austin. Ten to 80 million gallons of water, depending on rainfall and aquifer conditions, gush every day from Parthenia Spring right under the diving board. Another spring flows into Barton Creek upstream from the pool, while a third adjacent to the pool and a fourth just downstream bubble into rock enclosures. These springs together equal Texas’ fourth-largest springs system.
Let the Race Begin!
As The Circuit of the Americas racetrack shapes up southeast of Austin and the momentum builds for November’s hotly anticipated Formula 1 Grand Prix, organizers recognize that—despite Formula 1 racing’s international popularity—most Texans remain unclear about the sport’s history and appeal.
Texas businessman and racing fan Ian Weightman joined up with The Circuit of the Americas to change that: On June 15-17 at the Austin Convention Center, a preview event called Formula Expo will offer the public the opportunity to meet drivers, ex-perience the new track through simulators, learn about the sport’s nearly century-long history, and become familiar with the technology that makes the sport possible.
“Formula 1 racing is not only an automotive event,” says Weightman, “but a technology competition as well.”
Formula Expo’s four “zones” include a Race Zone (interactive exhibits featuring cars, pit crews, and race simulators), a Technology Zone (featuring many innovations with real-world applications), a History Zone (with profiles of drivers, historic cars, and photo displays), and an Austin Zone (highlighting live music and local food and drink). Tickets to Formula Expo cost $15 in advance. See www.FormulaExpo.com, and start your engines!