Award-winning shorts and features, comedies and dramas, it’s all happening next week at the 5th Annual HCFF in Fredericksburg April 30 through May 4. You can buy all-access badges or tickets to individual screenings. There’ll also be festival parties and interviews with filmmakers. For the film lineup and screening schedule, go here.

Today we celebrate the final battle of the Texas Revolution, a fight that lasted all of 18 minutes. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s army to win Texas independence from Mexico. According to legend, Santa Anna missed the actual battle because he was “entertaining” a young Emily Morgan in his tent. I say we salute that [...]

Happy Easter!

In: Stuff

20 Apr 2014

No point in having a website if you can’t make fun of show off your brother! Nice knee dimples.

That’s the actual brand name for these. That’s how seriously a company that makes confetti eggs takes itself. Cascarones are real eggshells, hollowed out and filled with colorful confetti. Popular at Easter, having one

Steven Saylor

In: Stuff

26 Mar 2014

He’s been called “one of the greatest authors of historical fiction,” and next week, Steven Saylor will speak at the Bee Cave Library. As a guest of the Lake Travis Reads program, Mr. Saylor appears next Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm. He’s authored the best-selling “Roma” series, as well as a historical novel closer [...]

Wagathon Walkathon

In: Stuff

8 Mar 2014

Sunday, March 30, the Hill Country Galleria hosts this annual benefit for rescue pups, including Hound Rescue and Austin Pets Alive! Last year, a doggone good time was had by all. The two-mile dog walk raised $15,000 for 14 canine rescue groups, who were on hand to showcase doggies available for adoption. Helo, above, has [...]

Texas Independence Day

In: Stuff

2 Mar 2014

Long before Rick Perry, Texas lawmakers dreamed of freedom from pesky, far-off rulers meddling in Texas’ bidness. 178 years ago, they did something about it, officially declaring independence from Mexico. Celebrate today with some native hooch: Cinco Vodka, so smooth they call it the five-star vodka. Shake up a Texa-tini (okay, I made that name [...]

You crazy kids!

In: Stuff

14 Feb 2014

My grandparents were supposed to get married on Valentine’s Day. The night before, he persuaded her to skip all the wedding hoopla and elope. (Her mother didn’t speak to him for a couple of years.) For all of you celebrating today, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy New Year!

In: Eating|Stuff

24 Jan 2014

Next Friday the 31st marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. According to the zodiac, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Celebrate by going to Pao’s Mandarin House and ordering off the secret Chinese menu (story here). Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of time – the celebration lasts for 15 days! Pao’s Mandarin [...]

Happy New Year!

In: Stuff

1 Jan 2014

If you’re nothing like me, you’ve made a resolution either to lose weight, get back in shape, or just get off the couch once in awhile. Below, a list of 56 local places to break a sweat, sorted by neighborhood, with links to more info. Some are running specials right now. Let me know if [...]



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