Krista Heaton
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May
04

Sixth street was filled with people browsing through shops, painting faces, eating homemade goodies and enjoying the afternoon at the Old Pecan Street Festival in Austin. Unique gifts and paintings filled hundreds of booths along the road. Musicians and artist all over gather to promote their talents or sale their products.

This weekend Austin hosted the 31st Pecan Street Festival downtown. The festival take place twice a year and attracts vendors and shoppers from all over the world.

May
04

South by Southwest is one of the largest music, media, film and interactive festivals in the US, lasting from March 13-22. With more than 1,800 bands, dozens of panels filled with experts and hundreds of movies to view, there is virtually no way possible to see everything. Not to mention, SXSW happens to take place during spring break, when most people are out of town. Don’t worry, you don’t need an expensive VIP pass to get behind the scene, just a computer with flash player. SXSW Music allows you to listen to various artist who performed throughout the week through their personal music player. Interested in the interactive side of South by? SXSW Interactive is a great place to listen to podcast of the panels and get a brief run down on what people were talking about. South by Southwest offers clips or links for most discussions taking place so you can sit back and enjoy it from to comfort of your couch.

May
04

Located in west Austin, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours offers a thrilling and unique get away just minutes from the city. Zip line on tree tops through the heart of the Hill Country for only $70. For only $85 you can test your limits with the Canopy Challenge and tight rope through the trees.

Helmet tightened and hooks in place, I jumped off the 600 year old spruce, glided through the forest and successfully completed my first zip line. Cypress Valley gives you the chance to see nature from a birds eye view. Zip lining was fairly easy with only a few minutes of training needed. The length of the tour runs around thirty minutes and takes you on six zip lines. The tour guides were knowledgeable and kept the tour exciting.

Zip lining was a great experience and a perfect solution for boring Sunday.

Apr
28

This Sunday finished off the third season of the UFL, or Unicylce Football League. The league originated in San Marcos in 2007, with a few unicyclers who also shared a love for football.

Unicycle Football is like no other sport I have seen. A large crowd of cheerleaders and families were drawn around two teams of cyclist in the parking lot of Tantra Coffee shop, just off the square. Strapped in helmets, knee and elbow pads, you can these players don’t take the game lightly. The game is five against five, following basic rules of flag football except you can’t fall off your unicycle.

Apr
27

It was an average Friday night on 6th Street, jumping from bar to bar trying to find some sort of inexpensive entertainment when we heard about a show at The Vintage Lounge. Austin based band, Sam Sliva and The Good made their way to the stage around 10:45 to entertain a rapidly growing crowd. Their music is different than anything I have heard before. It’s almost a perfect cross between Texas country with enough rock to keep it edgy. The venue didn’t exactly seem to fit the music, but it didn’t seem to matter. Three songs in to the performance, Vintage Lounge was packed. The show ended around midnight, allowing everyone to just get taste of what the band was about.

Apr
26

Last weekend, Auditorium Shores hosted the 2009 Austin Reggae Festival, benifeting Capital Area Food Bank. I had never been before or even heard much about the festival but I knew several people who were going so I decided to grab some cash and canned food and head up to Austin. I had no clue what I was in for. Thousands crowd into an open field, bringing tents and blankets to relax on while listening to live music. Food from all over the world could be purchashed for less than $10. Venues were set up on the perimeter of Auditorium Shores sold Jamaican t-shirts, hats, jewerly and everything you could dream of with Bob Marley on it. Besides being a little crowded, the vibe of Reggae Fest is perfect for a laid back and relaxing Sunday.

Apr
12

Straight out of San Marcos, the alternative rock band Blue October has made their mark on a local and national level. They sold out Stubb’s venue in Austin on Friday and Saturday night.  Even though it was my second time to see Blue October at Stubb’s, the concert left me wishing that I had bought tickets to both shows. The crowd was full of the band closet fans, most singing the lyrics through each song.  I don’t know if it was the music or the atmosphere, but this was one of the best concerts  I have been to in a while. Hopefully, I can catch another show soon.

Apr
06

When you think of the typical movie snacks, the same few items come to mind: overpriced popcorn, nachos, and candy. Not anymore. Alamo Drafthouse has set out to change the average movie experience. The theater offers a full menu with food ranging from pizza to  steak and potatoes. The bar is fully stocked and has an array of beers and fine wines. Another bonus to dining at the Drafthouse is you never have to leave your seat. Waiters and waitress provide fast and quiet service so your movie is never interupted.

Mar
30

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