Flickr: East Austin Studio Tour

24 11 2008

East Austin was the center of the Austin universe for a brief moment last weekend. Honestly, I think that’s how we like it. If we wanted that much attention, we would have move to the AMLI downtown. We only had a chance to see about 10 of the studio’s but that completely wiped us out. Our favorites had to be #25 Jeffery Swansons work and #16 Fisterra Studios. We ran into some friends while at Art Palace and they told us that these two were not to be missed and we have to agree. Here are a few pictures from Sunday. You can see the rest of them on our Flickr page.


E.A.S.T. Eats: Primizie

21 11 2008

We must have driven past Primizie a dozen times without even noticing it was there, tucked in on the first floor of all that newly built fancy-ness on 11th street. We LURVE Italian food, and while East Austin has its fair share of places to grab a bite, I think we’ve all noticed that our choices for east-side dining are Mexican, Mexican, and more Mexican. We love a good enchilada and a cerveza as much as the next guy, but we were psyched to hear of a good Italian place in the ‘hood.

Now, this ain’t your mama’s Italian spaghetti and meatballs. In fact, we saw few of the “traditional” Italian dishes on the menu. What we did see was a nice wine list plus yummy daily drink specials. We were lucky and caught the tail-end of happy hour, so we partook of a lemon-basil mojito. It was super refreshing on a hot Texas day. Our dining buddies had a glass of wine, which, we all noted, was a pretty generous portion.

We were generally happy with our dishes all around, but, be warned, the sausage is muy Italiano with lots of spicy herbs and stuff. A little too much for our taste, but hey. To each his own. The fettucini alfredo on our friend’s plate looked particularly good, and we wished we’d ordered that. None of that gloppy, greasy alfredo sauce seen in your typical American-Italian fare, just a nice cream sauce and super-fresh pasta.

Dessert was a very tasty lemon cheesecake (nice and fluffy with great, fresh flavor), and a couple of cookies, also a big hit.

As for ambiance? It’s very clean and modern with big windows and plenty of elbow room. No kitsch. No gimmicks. I think they figured the food would speak for itself )and rightly so). And service was good, though we detected an odd accent on our waitress that disappeared and then reappeared throughout the meal… witness protection program? Or should we say, vitness protection program? Also noted: cute t-shirts on all the staff. Where do we get one of those?

Overall verdict: yum. The freshness of everything from the basil in the mojito to the pasta on the plate was awesome. And we would totally come back just to enjoy happy hour and appetizers.

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If this looks familar, it’s beacuase we put this up months ago, but we figured since it’s one of the official restraunts for the E.A.S.T. why not remind you guys of how good it was.

East Meets West at Triple Crown Tattoo

21 11 2008

Triple Crown Tattoo Parlour will be hosting an opening reception for East Meets West. Also, if any of you guys are Goonies fans like us, make sure to get there this Sunday at 8:30 to catch movie night.


“Sunda​y eveni​ng at 7 pm, to cap off the East Side Studi​o Tour event​,​​ we will have our openi​ng recep​tion for our galle​ry show,​​ “​​East meets​ West”​​.​​ There​ will be cater​ing,​​ drink​s,​​ music​,​​ and art for sale,​​ as well as some free schwa​g.​​ So, we reall​y hope to see you guys there​.

Stick​ aroun​d or show up aroun​d 8:30 and we’​​ll have movie​ night​ after​ward.
This Sunda​y is The Gooni​es!​​”

This Weekend, Head E.A.S.T.

20 11 2008

It’s here! You know, that time of year when all the white folks decide it’s OK to come over to our side of the tracks…. OK,  so that’s not exactly true. There are all kinds of people living on the East Side, but it’s sort of funny to me that everyone still seems to be wary of living in our neighborhood, but they sure do come out for freebies like the East Austin Studio Tour. This seems to be one of the major events that really “resurrected” the East Side for many non-residents. As for us, this will be our very first E.A.S.T. and we are rearing to go! We picked up our booklet and map at Whole Foods last weekend and have been perusing the pictures and the Web gossip in an attempt to make some sort of plan of attack. We have decided to share our infinite wisdom with you, fellow readers, in hopes that we can be of some assistance in your very own E.A.S.T. plan. We will probably hitting the streets via bicycle, and we encourage you all to do the same! Many of the locations are pretty close together, so biking just makes sense. Obviously, art is an incredibly subjective thing, so please don’t get all up in arms with us if we lead you to something you aren’t all the impressed with. Our goal is to get out and enjoy our neighborhood and our neighbors and their work. That said, here are some spots we will be attempting to stop by. You can see all of these on their interactive google map!

#4 Bright Studio! 1301 Garden Street: Described in the booklet as “printing, sculpture, mixed media,” but the Web address takes you to printed textiles, t-shirts, and notecards of a crafty nature a la Etsy, which you all know we enjoy. So we’d like to know what else these folks can pull off. And they have an exclamation point at the end of their name. We are intrigued.

#7 Domy Gallery/Bookstore: We just like these guys and have been meaning to stop by lately. No time like the E.A.S.T. Last we heard they have an exhibit of monster drawings up. Monsterific!

#12 Okay Mountain, 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St: Seems their current exhibit features a collective of artists from Kansas City. with an edgy, of-the-wall style, and some wild looking installation pieces, this place looks like it might be an interesting pit stop.

#9 Big Red Sun: If you still haven’t been here, stop by already! Buy a plant or something.

#14a Cesar A Sylva: A local up-and-comer working in oil and acrylic on canvas. Something about his work caught our eye. His paintings have a narrative feel that we are drawn to.

#20 Margot Herster/ flexspace: Photography. We like photography, and her stuff looks interesting. The end.

#25 Jeffrey Swanson: This guy does a bit of everything, from mixed-media, to painting, to photography, and we hear he’s pretty good on the drums too.

#26 Germaine Keller Studio: Um, what??!!  This stuff looks fantastic. Installations, sculpture, architecture/industrial meets nature. It’s blowing my mind right NOW.

Willow Arts, 1617 Willow Street: Looks like a multiple-artist space filled with everything from paintings and photography, to writing and ceramics. Artists include Deanna Miesch, Carrie Kenny, and Jaqueline May.

#31 Jacob Borshard: Cartoons! Of a fantastical  nature, no less.

Artists, I’m sorry if I misspelled your names! I tried my best. For now, feast on these, you art-hungry readers. More to come tomorrow. Maybe.

Etsy Store: Rachel Goldstar

20 11 2008

We have made it a habit to feature some of east Austin’s craftiest residents. Designers, artist and anyone who has a talent for things like this really interest us, and we hope you guys enjoy reading about them as well. Today we have Rachel Goldstar. She might sound familiar to you guys due to her musical talents, but today we are talking about her Etsy store and how she contributes to making the world a more fashionable place. Also, Rachel’s cat is requiring some serious vet attention, so all of the proceeds from her sales will go to the kitty…. we are adding stuff to our cart as we speak.


EA: Your store contains several Holga pictures. Where do you like to go and take these pictures? Are they random or do you have a place where you like to shoot?

RG: Whenever i travel, I take a camera with me. I like to take photos in busy cities just as much as i like to shoot in the desert. I love dramatic landscape (the redwood forest meeting the pacific ocean) and I love European architecture. most of the time, it’s the Holga i take with me because I’ve been teaching myself the ins and outs for about 10 years and it’s a light plastic camera. recently I’ve also been shooting with a vintage Yashica-A twin lens that is super heavy and not easy to travel with if I’m going by plane. i guess the shots are random because most of them are capturing an image or moment I find to be intriguing as I’m walking/driving along. if I’m driving around Austin, I’ll take the Holga with me in case i have an extra moment…there are so many parts of Austin I wish to document, but i haven’t really planned it out. I like the spontaneous nature of taking a camera with me when I’m out doing errands. I did recently find some contact sheets with photos of Liberty Lunch coming down. the city has changed so much and having lived here for 25 years, i wish i had documented more.


EA:  The jewelry you have in stock is amazing. Is this something that you were schooled in, or is it something you decided you wanted to do on your own?

RG: I am not schooled in jewelry making. I would call myself more of a composer. I put the pieces I buy from supply shops together in a composition that I find pleasing.


EA: You have a few ties in your store. How did you get a hold of these prints? They aren’t something you see everyday to say the least.

RG: I used to drive down to the Mexican border to a small town called Eagle Pass and dig through piles and piles of clothes in the hot sun. I would buy clothes by the pound. At the time it was a necessity to clothe myself but i also scored a number of vintage goodies and made some decent cash (back in the days when there were only 2 vintage shops in town). I still wear a few coats that I found back then; it’s been over 10 years since i’ve done that. it was like treasure hunting. now that i think about it, i miss it! those ties came from one of those treasure hunts and i saved them for years because i wanted to make something out of them. They are in mint condition! several of them are the same size and look like they were made for the same (tall) person. He must have had mad style!


EA: Finally, do you feel that East Austin has influenced you and your work in any way?

RG: I have lived in East Austin since 1997. I really love the old, dilapidated buildings on Austin’s Central East side…where the paint has crumbled and the signs are worn. I don’t know that it has influenced my work, but i have been inspired by the color and vibrancy of the East side. Look for more images of Austin, including shots from the East side, in my Etsy shop over the next couple of months.

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Solid Gold’s Dance Party

20 11 2008

Solid Gold is having a birthday dance party this weekend. Head down to 5th street this Saturday while cruising the East Austin Studio Tour to have some fun, boogie down and potentially win some awesome door

Progress Coffee Celebrates Birthday Thursday

19 11 2008

Progress Coffee will be giving back to everyone this Thursday to say thanks to their patrons. Everything they have inside of their shop will be free of charge, but they will be taking contributions for the Bread for the World and/or Capital Area Food Bank charities. You can skip the pleasantries and just take their stuff and run… but we won’t be doing that, now will we?

“It’s that time of year again—the anniversary of the opening of Progress Coffee. Thanks to lots of super good TLC, crazy awesome support from the community and yes, hard work, Progress continues to thrive while proudly promoting Austin’s righteous coffee, food, art and music cultures.

My favorite definition of “progress” is “continual betterment,” and on every one of these past 1,460 days (and counting), I stay mindful of what “progress” means. My daily reminder? The green Progress sign on the roof.

By definition I work continually to improve Progress’ food, beverage, and service. But beyond the café’s responsibility to you and other loyal patrons, we also try to continually better ourselves.

One way we do this is by contributing to our community. In so doing, Progress has decided to commemorate the Big 0-4 by opening our cash drawer to you and to charity.

So on Thursday, November 20th, everything we brew, bake, heat or fix at Progress will be FREE. Gratis. Complimentary (with our compliments, of course).

That’s right; all day long, all of it—coffee, food and drinks—will be on the house with no strings, no tricks, no catch—no joke. That’s almost 13 hours of complete and sweet FREEness.

I repeat: you will get whatever you want without charge. In return, all I ask is that you consider contributing whatever you can to Bread for the World and/or Capital Area Food Bank. Any amount (or no amount) is fine, whatever you’re comfortable with a penny, a buck, a hundred bucks- cash, credit, check or change Progress will take it and donate it all. And if you can’t or just don’t want to contribute, no worries—it’s certainly not a requirement (and nobody will look at you funny).

At the end of the day, we’ll donate all the proceeds—100%—to these two charities so your loose change can unleash change.

It’s that simple. Progress gives you FREE food and drinks, you give whatever you want or can to feed those in need. And in the end, we all give thanks. (Now that’s progress).

Joshua Bingaman”