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TV Fans: Check Out These Nostalgic Cast Reunions at The ATX Festival in Austin

May 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The ATX Television Festival is only in its fourth year, but it has already become a must-attend event for TV fans — with more panels and special events than you can shake a script at. But some of the real highlights are the cast reunions for which the fest has quickly become known. So far ATX has reunited favorite actors from shows like Friday Night Lights, Boy Meets Worldand this year's main attraction, Gilmore Girls.

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Take a Breather (and Have a Beer) on Austin's Rainey Street

March 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

Regardless of what time of year you're in Austin, 6th Street is where you will find the most debauchery. It is here that the crowds gather to party, with an endless stream of bars attracting a young, high-energy vibe. It is a site worth seeing, especially during festivals like South by Southwest, when the road is closed off and the party spills out onto the street.

But when you're ready to take a chill pill, consider checking out another segment of Austin's social scene, Rainey Street. While there is still plenty of partying and fun to be had, the mood is much more low-key and "neighborhoody" than the one you find on 6th Street. Think quieter streets, nearby houses, food trucks, trendy settings, and lots of outside picnic table seating.

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When in Austin, Have Lunch Down the Road in the 'Barbecue Capital of Texas'

March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | ()

Barbecue is the cornerstone of Austin cuisine, especially for people in town for South by Southwest looking for a local experience. There are a number of great places to try within the city limits to get your fix of ribs and brisket, such as Black's, Rudy's, and Franklin. But if you're looking to escape the crowds for a couple hours, you might consider a lunch trip to Lockhart, the "barbecue capital of the Texas" just 40 minutes south.

The title of being the barbecue capital of Texas was first given to Lockhart by the 76th Texas Legislature and House Resolution #1024 in 1999, which officially named Lockhart the "Barbecue Capital of Texas." The title was again reaffirmed by the Senate in the Fall of 2003. Hearing that, we expected to find endless options in Lockhart, but amazingly there are only four barbecue restaurants in the entire town.

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This Website Will Help You Big Time at South By Southwest Next Year

March 23, 2015 at 1:40 PM | by | ()

There are hundreds of shows and parties happening each night at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, and figuring out how to get into them is half the battle. Popping in and out of venues hosting open parties is a strategy many festival-goers take up in order to remain fluid and avoid waiting in the long lines that can haunt many shows.

But many of the free events still require that you sign up in advance to get on the list, meaning that some planning is required.

Keeping track of all your options can become a challenge, especially if you are with a big group and eyeing a variety of different shows. One nice solution we found was a website/service called RSVPster, which, for $30, automatically RSVPs you for all the free events, parties, and shows that require registration. It then sends those registration details (aka a bar code/ticket) to an Eventbrite app on your mobile phone.

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SXSW Is Bringing Art to The Streets of Austin This Week

March 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM | by | ()

In addition to film, technology and music, SXSW is also showcasing rising talents and established artists throughout Austin, Texas this week.

Part of this year's Art at SXSW initiative includes a collaboration between POW! WOW! Hawaii, a global network of artists, and SprATX, an Austin-based art collective, to create several mural installations around downtown Austin.

Participating POW! WOW! artists Tatiana Suarez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Rone and Meggs, along with Austin locals Mouf, Truth, Lucas Aoki and Ana Maria, will continue working on The Impossible Wall Project through Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 PM.

You can check out the murals for free at Brick Oven located at 1209 Red River St, Megalomedia at 901 Barton Springs Rd, on Cesar Chavez Street at 1619 E Cesar Chavez St and the Spider House, located at 2908 Fruth St.

Can't make it to Austin? You can follow the artists' progress with @Spratx/Instagram.

[Photo: Instagram]

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Trip Review: The $100 'First Class' Vonlane Bus Between Austin and Dallas

October 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | ()

We’ve done the 3+ hour drive from Dallas to Austin at least 100 times and can safely say that it is an incredibly boring way to spend an afternoon.

Difficulties include such things as keeping the car between the lines and staying awake, not to mention trying our best to avoid stopping off at Loves truck stop for the chicken fried chicken. Driving also makes us unable to get any work done as using our laptop while speeding down the highway is almost always frowned upon by police.

Thankfully, the smart people at Vonlane have introduced a new way to get from Dallas to Austin that avoids the stress of air travel and the turtle-like speeds of Amtrak while providing as luxurious an experience as public bus travel can manage. They also offer the flexibility to book in advance or on the day of your trip without paying the exorbitant prices you’d pay for a last-minute flight. One-way trips are $100.

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How to Get Tickets to the Austin City Limits Music Festival

August 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | ()

Surprisingly, with less than two months until the gates open there are still tickets available for this fall's Austin City Limits Music Festival.

ACL returns to Zilker Park on Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10 -12 with a lineup that includes Pearl Jam, Lorde, Chvrches, Eminem, The Head And The Heart, Lana Del Rey, Spoon and dozens more.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Austin, the Lone Star State's Capital of Cool

April 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

In case you didn’t hear, today’s the day you'll need to finalize your tax return and, if all goes according to plan, your refund should be arriving by check or direct deposit within the next few weeks. At last update, the friendly folks at the IRS report that the average refund this year is just shy of $3,000, so we say it’s time to take that money and head out of town.

Affordability is key during tax season, so today we're featuring a domestic destination, to Texas' capital of cool—Austin. Now’s the time to visit before the sweltering summer weather rolls in, and with an average April temperature of nearly 80 degrees, you can enjoy the sun without the humidity of the tropics.

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What Does Austin Offer When SXSW is Done and Dusted?

Where: Austin, Texas
March 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

In case you've been living in a cave (without WiFi, naturally), the South By Southwest festival is in full swing right now, with networking, screenings and, of course, partying. Austin, Texas is abuzz with people from all over the planet and, even though SXSW has plenty of things to keep visitors occupied for 10 days, not everyone is interested in visiting the city during this time of the year.

Thus, we've come up with a hearty list of things to do if you're headed to Austin when the city isn't packed with conference attendees.

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In the Spirit of SXSW, Austin's Airport Will Keep the Live Music Coming

March 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | ()

We’re right in the middle of SXSW, and if you’re lucky enough to be in attendance this year chances are that AUS will be in your plans. We discussed some of our favorite airport eats last year, and the same holds true in 2014—get some ice cream and barbeque before departing town. This year Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors yet again, as they’re bringing plenty of live music and other entertainment right into the terminal.

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A New Plane for a New Route: British Airways' 787 Now Flies to Austin, TX

March 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

Even though the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival doesn't begin until this weekend, the city of Austin, TX was already in quite a flutter yesterday, with the arrival of their first transatlantic flight. Even better is that the airline is British Airways, who've put their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the nonstop route. Right now, the flight only operates five times a week, but will increase to daily service as soon as this May.

Texans used to flying other airlines and connecting to London can check out a sample of one of the plane's seats as part of a pop-up British Airways experience in the lobby of Austin's Driskill Hotel. Of course, there's always our own 40-image photo gallery and a few things the BA 787 has that other airplanes do not.

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How to Attend Rachael Ray's Annual Texas 'Feedback Bash'

March 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

If you're headed to Austin next week without a SXSW badge there is still plenty to do, and most of it is free too.

Among the best of the badge-free activities is Rachael Ray's Feedback. Forget whatever preconceived notions you might have about TV's perkiest host because no matter what you think of her, the girl can throw a party.

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