Superbowl Sunday!

Don’t have any plans yet for the Superbowl this Sunday?? Have no fear, there will beer! I’ve found a few events  happening around town that will have some free bites for y’all! Food is the best part of Superbowl, isn’t it? and FREE FOOD is even better!

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Brew Exchange 706 W 6th st 

SuperBoil! Great atmosphere and FREE CRAWFISH with a $10 tab. Starts at 3:00

The Goodnight @ 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, Texas 78757 

They will be having $3 bud lights at FREE BUFFET at half time! Sounds like a good time to me. Starts at 4:00  Facebook Event

SquareRut Kava Bar @ 1601 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78704

Although SquareRut doesn’t sell alcohol they have soothing Kava Tea to calm your nerves while watching the game and FREE PIZZA. Drinks are half off whenever the Broncos are leading. Also, they are dog friendly! Starts at 5;00 Facebook Event

Moontower Saloon @ 10212 Manchaca Road

FREE BBQ AND NACHO BAR! what more do you need?  Oh and they are also giving away a Big Screen TV!

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Wherever you decide, I recommend getting there early to snag a spot in front of the action.

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare in Print at The Harry Ransom Center

Yesterday was the second time I visited Shakespeare in Print exhibit located on the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center located on the southwest edge of campus, right of Guadalupe. I love visiting the HRC, they have some incredible pieces on exhibit that we are very fortunate to have in our city. They permanently have the Gutenberg Bible, which is the first printed books, a must see. Currently they also have on display, one of Frida Kahlos famous self portraits. Best of all, admission is ALWAYS FREE.

At the beginning of the exhibit you can use your cell phone to tune in to an audio tour. This is really helpful with navigating the literary artifacts and getting an even better understand and interesting tidbits.

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Taken from the HRC website the description reads, ‘This exhibition provides insight into the origins of his works, the history of their publication and performance, the manner in which the texts have been studied on the page, and the plays interpreted on the stage.”

The exhibit shows how big a part print has played passing the works of William Shakespeare on for centuries. To be able to be so close, having only a glass barrier between yourself and some of the most valuable pieces of literature is a striking thought. If it weren’t for his fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell the publication of the First Folio in 1965, Shakespeare’s works would not have become so widely know and performed for generations.

Some interesting pieces I enjoyed discovering were John Wilkes Booth’s (Abe Lincoln’s assissinator) promptbook for Richard III and a beautiful costume gown worn by Rosalind Iden in her 1945 performance of “Much Ado About Nothing”.

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For more information check out these two helpful articles below.

http://blog.hrc.utexas.edu/2015/12/22/explore-the-shakespeare-canon-online/

http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2016-01-01/shakespeare-in-print-and-performance-at-the-ransom-center/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Week is Upon Us!!!

Free Live Music! What a great way to start the year! There’s a lot of shows happening this weekend, and all through the week.  I am going to see Hunter Sharp at The North Door @8 tonight (Saturday), recommended to me by a friend, here’s her review. Should be a great show!

There are so many shows to list, go to Do512 for every show.

Austin Culture Map also has some great recommendations

 

 

 

 

and WE’RE BACK FOLKS!!!

My name is Alexis, a few of my peers and I will be taking over this site for Jen. She has graciously passed on the baton for the Austin Free Events webpage and I hope that we can continue the growth of her site. I am a passionate Austinite that loves sharing my findings of fun and FREE going ons here in this weird town. I hope to encourage you all to go out and explore this city, meet and socialize with new people, and indulge in the rich culture that surrounds us. As a student and professional child caregiver I am always looking for events and activities that aren’t going to put my into further student debt but will be fun for the kiddos, and myself on the weekends 😉
While I am currently busy finishing up the semester, I have not yet updated the event calendar. I will begin updates and new events next week, just in time for winter break! Please share any events in the contact section so that I may add them. Thank you, I’m looking forward to starting this journey.

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So Long, Farewell…

It is with a bit of sadness that I let you know Austin Free Events will be “shutting its doors” this November.

I started this website  in 2011 after losing my job. I was attending a support group when several members mentioned that they followed me on Facebook because I always seemed to know where the best free events were. By the end of that meeting it was determined that I should start a website about local free events. It was up within the week.

What started as a hobby turned into a part time job with in 2 years. The calendar of events doubled from 2011 to 2015 and the time I spent working on it each month rose to 70 hours. While I have enjoyed what I do here, over the last year a pleasant hobby turned into a chore and I saw the level of my work decline.  I will not put out work that does not meet certain standards. I am also not terribly tech savvy and every little glitch gave me a small heart attack.

It was not an easy decision to make. The amount of time needed to produce the calendar, however, is more than one person can do.

If there is anyone out there who would be interested in taking over – a student/local organization – I would love to see it continue.

I am grateful for everyone – Twitter/Facebook followers – and their support over the last 4 1/2 years

While I will not be adding any more events to the calendar, I will share events on the Twitter and Facebook accounts thru the end of November and I will leave the website up until all calendar events are done.

Thank you

Jennifer

 

 

No Toll Roads / California ( Cast Iron Soul)

I’m a big fan of Jamestown Revival, especially their song California ( Cast Iron Soul), so I decided to combine my love of Austin, their music and my loathing of Austin traffic in a little paraody song. ( Weird Al look out!) I really hope they don’t mind. ( p.s. I really don’t hate Calfornians, their line worked in the song so I kept it, sorry guys)

 
Lately, we’ve been low
traffics been moving slow
construction everywhere
we just park and stare
 
the cars aren’t moving and we just want to get to our homes
 
3 miles down the road
2 more cars getting towed
I was heading north on 35
just trying to stay alive
 
 looking northward I dream I abandon my car in the road
 
Californians
don’t use their turn signals
your changing lanes just like your stoned
oh dear Mopac we’ll never get down you
the feeling of anger grows in our bones
 
we just want to get back home
we just want to get back home
without toll roads
 
Only 5 miles of road to go
til I get to the end of the rainbow
another tired soul
with hours of driving to go
 
I look in my mirror and try to pass you down the road
 
Californians
don’t use their turn signals
your changing lanes just like your stoned
oh dear Mopac we’ll never get down you
the feeling of anger grows in our bones
 
we just want to get back home
we just want to get back home
without toll roads
 
I can’t see the signs
I can barely see
the exit I need to take for the place I long to be (2x)
 
Californians
don’t use their turn signals
your changing lanes just like your stoned
oh dear Mopac we’ll never get down you
the feeling of anger grows in our bones
 
we just want to get back home
we just want to get back home
without toll roads

Local Business Spotlight – 5th Dimension Books

Fifth Dimension Books is a mighty, yet miniature mobile mover of literature. We bring to the streets of Austin, Texas, an out-of-this-world selection of sci-fi, fantasy, and fringe books that will astound and amaze casual readers and aficionados, alike.

We invite you to step inside our 1987 Chevy P30 bookmobile (which served as a library bookmobile for 25 years), and bask in the glow of geek from your choice of used, rare, out-of-print, and collectible books. Appease the internal beast that hungers for the futuristic, fantastic, weird, and warped, and visit 5DB today.

Our bookmobile delivers a bite size, rotating offering of our immense and carefully curated collection of books to locations throughout town. We keep you posted on our hours and whereabouts via Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and here on our website.

Trade-in policy. We welcome your trade-in books for store credit. We only take trade-­ins in the genres we sell, and it is at our discretion which books we will accept. Store credit is valid towards other used books, not non-­book items.”

5db

#SXSW Events – Far from the Maddening Crowd

Want to do SXSW but don’t want to go downtown and deal with the crowds. Here are a few venues hosting SXSW and SXSW-ish music events that keep you away from the chaos of downtown and east Austin

Sun Radio’s Music Week Broadcasts during SXSW will be taking place mornings at the new Maudie’s Tex-Mex at the Triangle (4600 W. Guadalupe, Suite B5) Tuesday, March 17th-Friday, March 20th from 7-10am

Cherrywood Coffehouse – Starting March 18th and running thru the 22nd, they are hosting day parties ( free) from 12 – 8 pm  (east)

Spiderhouse Cafe – they are hosting several free day parties from 3/17 – 21  (campus area)

Antones Records & Tom’s Tabooley –  day party on the 21st ( campus/drag)

Moontower Saloon – Live music the 19th – 22nd (south)

Strange Brew –  SXSW music line up from 17th – 21st  (south)

Whole Foods Domain – Noon Tunes event 17th – 22nd (north)

The Roost –  Korean music showcase on 3/18  (north)

Giddy Ups – Spring Fling Music Festival 3/19 – 3/22  (Manchaca)

Willie Mae Kirk BranchFaulk Central Library,  Carver BranchSpicewood Springs Branch   Libraries – The Austin Libraries First Annual Music Fest

Midway Food Park – Do512 Family SXSW Picnic  0n 3/17 (west)

Mueller Amphitheater – live music for the family, Mad Tiger Festival  3/22 (north east)

Kenny Dorhams Backyard –  Latin American Showcase , 3/22 ( far east)

Maria’s Taco Xpress –  SXSW shows 3/18 – 3/20 (south)

Broken Spoke – Twangfest, sxsw day party on 3/19 (south)

Saxon Pub – SXSW shows 3/17 – 21 (south)

Hills Cafe – Free music Friday nights (south)

Central Market N. Lamar & Central Market Westgate – both stores have live music Thurs – Sun

South Congress is also host to several SXSW events @ Home Slice Pizza, St Vincent de Paul, Gueros and Hotel San Jose and Lucy’s Fried Chicken

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Not far from there in the Statesman parking lot is the Rock the Lot Fest on the 13th & 14th]

Auditorium Shores SXSW Concerts from 3/19 – 21

Austin Funk – Austin Funk You Up

Here is my version of Uptown Funk  – Austin Version. Sadly I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, sorry no video.

This City
the violet crown
from east to west
all over town
this ones for all the hoods
them neighborhoods
all masterpieces
makin’ creatin’
Livin’ it up in the city
wearing our vintage finds
everyone here’s so pretty
the south side ( hot damn)
always keepin it weird man
 the East side ( hot damn)
all the hipsters with beards and
downtown ( hot damn)
it’s not just dirty sixth man
the drag (hot damn)
where the college kids make plans
hit the town
paul qui and aaron franklin (whuoo)
continental and the Saxon (whuoo)
we got roller derby action ( whuoo)
cause Austin Funk gonna give it to ya
cause Austin Funk gonna give it to ya
cause Austin Funk gonna give it to ya
Saturday night and we’re on the town
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!
Stop
wait a minute
fill my cup , put some kombucha in it
take a sip, pay the tab
someone hail a pedicab
ride to town lake, barton springs, south congress we jump out
we show up under the bridge
waitin for the bats to come out
Mt Bonnell ( hot damn)
go to watch the sun go down
 Pease Park( hot damn)
where Eeyores birday party planned
food trucks ( hot damn)
we got hundreds all over town
craftbeer ( hot damn)
hey we got you covered
drink one now
Circle, Live Oak, & Indy (whuoo)
512 & ABGB  (whuoo)
black star & Uncle Billy’s (whuoo)
‘Cause Austin Funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause Austin Funk gon’ give it to you
‘Cause Austin Funk gon’ give it to you
Saturday night and we’re in the bar
Don’t believe me just watch (come on)
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Don’t believe me just watch
Hey, hey, hey, oh!
Before we leave
let me tell y’all a lil’ something
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up
I said Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up
come visit
but don’t move
even if you sexy and groove
if you ain’t freaky you lose
we brag about it, all the time
come on down
jump on it
then get on that plane back home
Well it’s Saturday night and we’re on Rainy st
Don’t believe me just watch 
Don’t believe me just watch 
Don’t believe me just watch 
Don’t believe me just watch 
Don’t believe me just watch 
Don’t believe me just watch 
Hey, hey, hey, oh!
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up, Austin Funk you up (say whaa?!)
Austin Funk you up

Local Business Spotlight: In.gredients

“We’re a grocery store in scope and corner store in scale. We carry everything from meat to wine to produce in a small, efficient space.  “Farmer’s market offerings with grocery store hours.”

“We’ve been ambitiously pursuing a broad ethos for almost 2 years now, and it’s time we hone in on what’s most important to our customers and, therefore, our success.  Going forward our three guiding principles will be zero wastelocal food, and community. By narrowing our mission, we can do all three better and make sure we’re around for the duration”

“Aside from our plethora of quality local grocery offerings, we are a great place to bring the family (enjoy our playground or show your kiddos around our garden) or friends.  We’ve got local beers/wines, cold brew coffee, kombucha, and sodas on tap, plus a delicious menu of local food offerings.  With frequent events, workshops, classes, live music, and fundraisers, we make it easy to connect with your community.  Join our mailing list to stay abreast of all that’s happening here!”

in.gredients
2610 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722

Hours

Monday-Wednesday 9AM-10PM

Thursday-Saturday 9AM-11PM

Sunday 10AM-10PM

Happy Hour:

Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm: $1 off local beer, ciders and wine

Wednesday: $1 pint of Lone Stars during Happy Hour.

Spotlight Local Business: 5th Dimension Books

“Fifth Dimension Books is a mighty, yet miniature mobile mover of literature. We bring to the streets of Austin, Texas, an out-of-this-world selection of sci-fi, fantasy, and fringe books that will astound and amaze casual readers and aficionados, alike.

We invite you to step inside our 1987 Chevy P30 bookmobile (which served as a library bookmobile for 25 years), and bask in the glow of geek from your choice of used, rare, out-of-print, and collectible books. Appease the internal beast that hungers for the futuristic, fantastic, weird, and warped, and visit 5DB today.

Our bookmobile delivers a bite size, rotating offering of our immense and carefully curated collection of books to locations throughout town. We keep you posted on our hours and whereabouts via Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and here on our website.

Trade-in policy. We welcome your trade-in books for store credit. We only take trade-­ins in the genres we sell, and it is at our discretion which books we will accept. Store credit is valid towards other used books, not non-­book items.”

5db

http://5dbooks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/5DBooks

2014 H-E-B Feast of Sharing – Volunteer Opportunity

H-E-B will host its 25th annual Feast of Sharing event on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center. H-E-B plans to serve more than 14,000 meals to residents of Greater Austin.

We are looking for volunteers! Volunteers are needed for two shifts: 3 to 6:30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. We need volunteers in a variety of areas, including row captains, table waiters, pie servers, greeters and more. Activities include live entertainment and a children’s area sponsored by the Austin Museum of Art.

You can sign up to volunteer or learn more information here: http://www.handsoncentraltexas.org/HOC__Special_Event_Details_Page?id=a0MA0000006Py7RMAS

Giving Back – Summer Fan Drive

About Family Eldercare: Since 1982, we have helped seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers live safely and as independently as possible, regardless of their income level or ability to pay. We provide care and comfort to those who have neither. We serve over 6,000 individuals and their caregivers each year through a range of programs including the Summer Fan Drive, In-Home Care, Money Management, Guardianship Services, Counseling, Lifetime Connections Without Walls, the Institute on Aging and our beautiful Lyons Gardens senior community. To learn more visit www.familyeldercare.org

History of Fan Drive: The Summer Fan Drive began in 1990 when we raised 50 fans for seniors in Austin. This summer will we deliver our 80,000th fan, and provide heat relief to thousands of people throughout Central Texas.Our good friends at KXAN – in particular Austin’s favorite weatherman, Jim Spencer – took up the banner of this effort very early on and helped bring vital attention to the Summer Fan Drive.

15 years ago, two iconic Austin institutions – KGSR and Threadgill’s – came together to create our most popular and important fundraising event of the year – Fan Fare Friday. Music, great food, family fun and community spirit blend for an all-day event in June that raises thousands of dollars and fans for the people we serve. Learn more about the 2014 Fan Fare Friday

As the success of the Summer Fan Drive grew, it not only met the growing demand for heat relief, but also became a critical source of support for Family Eldercare’s core mission. Through services such as In-Home CareMoney ManagementService Coordination,CounselingGuardianship and education, we help seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers find safety, dignity and independence as they age.

Summer Fan Drive Facts: 

  • “Fans Open Doors.” Fan Drive recipients receive outreach “kits” including basic needs resource information (nutrition, utilities, transportation, etc.) , heat relief tips and other help. Volunteers delivering to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities are trained to watch out for signs of neglect, abuse or other dangerous conditions.
  • In 2013, we distributed 5,621 fans across 11 counties!
  • Thanks to community support, the Summer Fan Drive provides outreach and relief services for FOUR of the hottest months of the year (May 1 – August 31), and is an important source of support for our year-round programs and services.
  • The Austin-Round Rock metro area has the fastest population growth for pre-seniors (55-64) in the nation, and the second-fastest growth rate for seniors 65 and older! Your support has never been more important.

Volunteer Opportunities: TreeFolks

TreeFolks is central Texas’ only charity that promotes comprehensive urban forestry practices to public, private and government audiences. Since 1989 TreeFolks has planted 250,000 trees in and around Austin at schools, parks, in medians, right of ways, community gardens and greenbelts. Our impact preserves Austin’s quality of life by cooling the air, cleaning precious water, sheltering us from the hot Texas sun, and by providing a shaded sense of place that fosters a healthy, connected community.

Annually we plant more than 10,000 trees and provide stewardship opportunities that log nearly 30,000 volunteer hours! We invite you to join us in creating a healthier environment and enhancing the quality of urban life in central Texas.

We couldn’t have such a big impact each year without the help of the dedicated core group of volunteers on our Program Committee, our hard working Board of Director’s and the many, many folks from the community who come out to plant trees with us at events all over town.Thank you!

Upcoming Volunteer Events:

Tree TLC in Austin

Please come and join us in spreading mulch around mature trees in Austin parks.  We will be mulching these trees to help protect them against drought and heavy foot traffic.  We will discuss the importance of urban forest stewardship and how correctly mulching a tree will help it survive harsh summer conditions

NeighborWoods Field Crew

NeighborWoods Field Crew members work in small groups (2-3) to walk through target neighborhoods, find, mark and record potential tree planting locations, distribute order forms, and explain the program to residents.  No experience necessary, but you must be able to walk at a brisk pace for several hours while carrying several pounds of materials, and feel comfortable talking to the general public.  Spanish/English billingual volunteers are especially needed.  This job requires interacting with people at their homes, so olunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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8/23/2014 9am – 12pm
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9/20/2014 9am – 12pm
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10/25/2014 9am – 12pm
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11/22/2014 12:34pm – 3:34pm
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Local Business Spotlight – Mobi-Growler

Want to take your beverage on the go? Want to keep that fresh taste? Hate those heavy glass growlers – then you need a Mobi-Growler. It folds flat, is lightweight,  comes in various sizes, and can be used in can-ban and glass free areas.

Started in Austin in 2013

“Mobi-Growler™ is the only patented product on the Planet, unique in structure and purpose designed to Protect, Preserve and Transport Craft Beer & All Carbonated Beverages.

Made in the USA Mobi-Growler™ is intent on revolutionizing the way craft beer and all carbonated and non-carbonated beverages are packaged and distributed.

Mobi-Growler™ utilizes a unique and technical multi-layered laminated structure which is FDA Approved and 100% BPA FREE with a contact layer proven completely flavor neutral, even over time!”

Website: www.craftbeeronthego.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mobilebeergrowlers

Twitter: @MobiGrowler