Forbes’ named East Austin the no. 7 hippest hipster neighborhood in America, beating out other popular spots such as New Orlean’s Warehouse District and Downtown Portland.
Though there is nothing remotely groundbreaking about this honor, it’s always fun to see our little neighborhood mentioned in the press.
The Armageddon-like proportions of Austin’s allergies are making it difficult for me to walk, let alone think right now, so in lieu of a waxed poem about my beloved neighborhood, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite East Austin photos I’ve taken over the years.
Though I’ve had my ups and downs with the neighborhood, there is no place else I’d rather live in Austin (except for maybe Hyde Park).
Selfie at Longbranch Inn on 11th Street
Geoff at Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Road
An adorable (and tasty!) Iced Latte with homemade vanilla syrup from Vintage Heart Coffee on E. 7th Street
Delicious homemade bread bowl soup from Gourmands on Webberville (more…)
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Sadly and typically I’m unable to go home for Thanksgiving and am the orphaned celebrator, but this is the first Thanksgiving I celebrated with my boyfriend and his family and it was great! We went to Austin’s famous Threadgill’s and then played bocce at Zilker Park. I climbed a tree and played soccer and I can’t tell you HOW F’ING AMAZING BOTH THOSE THINGS FELT. Disconnecting from the computer and phone for a day and being outside felt better than I could have ever imagined. Sad, huh? Well, I’m hooked now and want to go play bocce right now! In the meantime, here are some pictures from the second weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour and Turkey Day.
rogue letters from a working letterpress
the natural drink machine
fell in love with how many Airstream trailers exist in Austin
someone put swings under this overpass. it’s hard to tell, but there are swings in every section heading towards the back.
this piece was made by burnt wood (more…)
Last night I saw an advanced screening of The Muppets.
And as I predicted, I cried eleven times, including once within the first 60 seconds of the film.
When the entire Muppet gang sang “The Rainbow Connection”, I lost it.
I just wrote a whole review, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post it, so I’ll wait.
Instead I will share with you the write-up I added to the Muppets window which was featured in the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend and next.
It was our third date. You were screening your movie. I was nervous.
I really liked you.
When I left the theater I discovered that someone had broken into my car.
The next night you took me out to dinner. You felt bad about the broken window so you offered
to make me a new one. We stood on the dark street cutting out a cardboard window. You
asked me who I wanted driving alongside me. I told you the Muppets. You drew Kermit,
Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear by the light of my cell phone.
I drove around (more…)
Dear God I love E.A.S.T. so much!
Our opening night at Super!Alright! was a huge success! So many wonderful people showed up, bought some art, drank some booze and got down to the sweet jams of BK & Mr. E. E.A.S.T. is my favorite time of year because it’s the only time I can pretend that I’m an artist and pretend that I live in East Village circa 1980.
Take a look at some of the great artists showing their work at Super!Alright! below. So happy to be a part of this talented gang.
I will be posting more pictures this week and next from E.A.S.T.
Our gallery space at Super!Alright!
BK & Mr. E crooning sweet jams.
Artist Luther Himes confused and disorientated.
Acclaimed artist Jason Archer’s exhibit
My recycled magazine mosaic
Some of Luther Himes’ commissioned drawings
Adreon Henry’s commissioned Dean Stockwell paintings presented to the actor at the Albuquerque Film Festival. His Blue Velvet paintings were particularly my favorite.
Jacob Villanueva’s (more…)
It’s East Austin Studio Tour time and once again I made stuff. Stuff being the appropriate word here because I’m not really an artist. This is something I share in great detail today on my CultureMap post titled, “The Subjectiveness of Art: Why I Can’t Help Judging Mine (And Why You Should, Too)“. There I talk about my love for making serial killer-related art, Frank Zappa masks and how I blow hate-filled kisses towards Miranda July. I’m usually not one to ask this, but if you read the article and kind of like it, please hit ‘like’ on the Facebook icon. This way CultureMap won’t think I’m a loser.
I love E.A.S.T. I love walking around the eastside and seeing interesting art and running into old friends. Every E.A.S.T. our group at Super!Alright! puts on an exhibit and tonight is the big opening party! Usually 500+ people show up and by 4AM we have rainbow-color Four Loko puke on the walls. We are featuring some pretty big name artists and have complimentary drinks from Treaty Oaks (more…)