TONIGHT Women in Latin Music Showcase to be held at the Moose Lodge


The Women in Latin Music showcase is hosted by the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA) and returns for the 4th annual celebration on August 2nd, 2013 at the Moose Lodge #1735, 2103 E. M. Franklin Avenue, Austin, Texas 78723. The showcase features diverse musical genres and artists by Austin based artists.

ALMA is proud to present gifted music artists that write and perform lovely and powerful music. Featured artists include:

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Austin-based R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter Lauren Silva has an original single, Hurt, that was nominated in 2012 for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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Recording artist Leticia Rodriguez will perform from her debut album, La Americana and is from a family of musicians, including her aunt, Eva Garza.

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Pop singer songwriter, Miranda Gil, created her debut EP, Take It or Leave It

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Luz V. Zamora, a vocalist with wide variety of styles of music, is lead vocalist for a local rock band and won the Youthcast Choice Award 2013 and scholarship from the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Among the special guests invited to perform are female contestants from around Texas that are auditioning for the 2013 Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s CANTA vocal competition, performing music from this genre that has been around for decades and is continued by some very young artists this year.


Sarah Lara is a 2012 CANTA contest Top 5 winner scheduled to perform among other contestants, including last year’s contest winner, Anani Rhames.

Live music performances begin at 7pm with the Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s vocal competition contestants, followed by the featured performers until midnight. For ticket price and advance purchase, please call 512.799.0815 and visit the ALMA Facebook

Liz Lopez



SXSW Now Accepting Conference Programming Proposals for 2014

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are now accepting programming proposals for the 2014 event with the launch of the popular PanelPicker. The PanelPicker interface is an online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming Music, Film, Interactive and EDU conference activities through an open proposal and voting process.

SXSW 2014 takes place March 3 – 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

PanelPicker is a two-step online system. Step One encourages the community to submit proposals for daytime conference programming at SXSW at  beginning Monday, July 1, 2013 through Friday, July 26, 2013. Step Two allows the community to browse all of these ideas and rate which of these proposals they think are the best fit for the March events. Community voting begins Monday, August 19, 2013 and will continue through Friday, September 6, 2013. Votes from the community, along with feedback from SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW staff, will help determine programming for the 2014 event. Additional information including categories, presentation formats, and the user-generated tags feature built in to PanelPicker can be found at The first round of confirmed programming for all three conferences will be released on Monday, October 14, 2013.

“The PanelPicker interface is a natural extension of the creative intermingling that takes place during the festival itself,” says Roland Swenson, SXSW’s Managing Director. “We are excited that we can provide a forum for new ideas to debut and flourish year-round.”

SXSW Interactive (March 7 – 11, 2014) is seeking advanced-level ideas that focus on creativity and innovation across the various new media industries. We will also continue our trend of increasing the number of solo, dual and instructional workshop programming that we accept, in lieu of panel sessions. SXSW Interactive is positioned at the forefront of creativity, so the more inventive the idea, the better. SXSW Interactive celebrates diversity in all its forms, which means diversity of opinions (as well as genders, ethnicities, etc.)

SXSW Music (March 11 – 16, 2014) is interested in the future of the music industry: insight on innovations, trends, well-researched predictions, and thoughtful advice and guidance to further careers. Attendees want to know about expanding the market for musical performance and recordings on an individual and collective level. The best ideas are based on speakers’ direct experience, and showcase their specialties. Proposals for specifically-focused ideas or solo/dual presentation are welcome. For more specific tips, please access our blog post at:

SXSW Film (March 7 – 15, 2014) is interested in developments in storytelling, creativity, distribution and audience building for films in the digital age. Hands-on workshop ideas as well as ideas that shed light on the less well-known, yet highly creative corners of the film industry are also welcome. Entries for the Digital Domain program which addresses new directions in narrative and non-fiction storytelling in web-based environments are also encouraged.

SXSWedu (March 3 – 6, 2014) seeks creative programming content to inform and inspire its diverse community of education innovators. Sessions with multiple voices provide more diversity than solo presentations, though a variety of formats are permitted and encouraged. Fresh ideas, creatively presented, that contribute to more effective learning are welcomed by SXSWedu’s engaged participants.

SXSW offers a unique convergence of original music, independent films, emerging technologies and innovations in education. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is a launching pad for new creative content. For more information, visit

SXSW 2014 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&T and The Austin Chronicle.


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The Long Lost “Minnesota Iceman” Resurfaces in Austin, Texas!

In 1968 a carnival attraction being billed as “The Siberskoye Creature” began showing up at malls and fairgrounds across America. Also known as “The Creature In Ice,” the exhibit appeared to be the body of a hairy Neanderthal or Bigfoot-like monster frozen in a solid block of ice in a refrigerated coffin.

The “Iceman” soon garnered the attention of scientists, the Smithsonian Institution, and even the FBI, who all wanted to get their hands on the creature. Then, as suddenly as it appeared, the Iceman seemed to mysteriously vanish without a trace, and along with it all hopes of ever having the body thoroughly examined.

Over the ensuing decades the enigma of the Minnesota Iceman, as it were later to be called, became the subject of many books, lectures and television shows including Unsolved Mysteries and Animal X. The story grew to near legendary status among the generation that remembered seeing it, and for over three decades the mystery of whatever happened to it became as much an open question as whatever “IT” actually was.

Now, after many years of its whereabouts being unknown, the long enduring mystery of “Where is the Minnesota Iceman?” can finally be answered.

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Museum of the Weird owner Steve Busti announced that the original Minnesota Iceman is currently in his possession, still frozen, and will soon be exhibited to the world once again in his Austin, Texas tourist attraction.  Busti is aiming to have the Iceman set up in his museum and open to the public within a week, with plans for a special Grand Opening event on Saturday, July 13th in cooperation with eminent cryptozoology site

In addition to the Minnesota Iceman taking up permanent residence at the Museum of the Weird however, Busti also plans to loan the Iceman for display to Loren Coleman’s International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine  for a special limited future engagement.

Further details will be announced at a later date and for more information, follow Coleman’s blog at and, as well as

About: The Museum of the Weird is an homage to dime museums made popular by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and features everything from real mummies, shrunken heads and oddities, to wax figures of classic movie monsters, to live giant lizards.  They even boast a live sideshow on stage every day, where one can see magicians, sword-swallowers, human blockheads, and even an “elecrticity-proof” man.

Source: The Museum of the Weird

New Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline To Open Soon

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Alamo Drafthouse announced its newest Austin venue, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline  will celebrate its grand opening in July 2013.  Located in the new Lakeline Market Shopping Center in Austin, Texas, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline is a from-the-ground-up, ten-screen theater with combined seating for 944 moviegoers, and will be the largest of any Alamo theater yet.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline’s ten screens will feature new release movies, family and independent films, as well as the Alamo’s unique signature repertory programming. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state-of-the-art Sony 4K digital projection as well as excellent screen size-to-room ratio and Dolby digital surround sound.  In addition to the superior AV equipment, the layout of each auditorium has eliminated the traditional front row, ensuring that every seat in the house allows for an optimal viewing experience.  Two of the ten auditoriums at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline will be equipped with RealD 3D projection, and one auditorium will be equipped with a 35mm projector.  Additionally, each auditorium accommodates full bar and restaurant service with seats featuring attached tables and large aisles that allow for service before and during the film without disturbing the movie viewing experience. The theater will serve an extensive menu featuring many items made from scratch.

All seating is assigned and can be reserved at the time of ticket purchase online or in-person at the box office.  Customers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy Alamo’s pre-show entertainment of rare clips, videos, and shorts that are custom-curated to complement each feature film or event. Additionally, Alamo Drafthouse protects the sanctity of the movie watching experience with a zero tolerance policy towards disruptive behavior such as talking or texting during the film.

Alamo Drafthouse also introduced the new kitchen up-design in Austin, which will make service more stealthy and efficient.  Built within the ten thousand square foot Mezzanine, Lakeline’s upstairs kitchen will cover nearly three thousand square feet.  Servers will enter from the rear of the auditorium, rather than the hallways downstairs, allowing moviegoers to receive their food and drinks faster and with as little distraction as possible.

With the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline will also come the opening of the first Glass Half Full taproom in Austin, following the opening of locations at Alamo theaters in Colorado and Virginia.  Glass Half Full is a full service bar focused on craft beer and quality original and classic cocktails. Draft offerings at the Lakeline Glass Half Full will draw heavily from local and regional Texas breweries with a total of 32 different beers on tap. Additionally, there will be a seasonal cocktail menu curated by award-winning Alamo Drafthouse Beverage Director Bill Norris that will draw inspiration from the beer focus of Glass Half Full.

Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for kitchen staff, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Lakeline theater. Employment applications can be downloaded at

For more information on the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline’s July 2013 Grand Opening festivities, special programming and developments on Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, visit the website and follow them on Facebook & Twitter.




3rd Annual SXSW Eco takes place October 7-9 So Register Now

The 3rd Annual SXSW Eco takes place October 7-9. Last year’s conference included several great panels on local food and farms, and several were up for vote this year in the panel-picker through May 27th. This event connects systems influencers in tech, design, behavior change and more.
There is exciting programming to be announced on June 20 and there is time to apply to Place by Design, the new public space design competition, through July 31.
Two of the Distinguished Speakers to this year’s conference are Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Daniel Katz, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Rainforest Alliance and Senior Program Director at The Overbrook Foundation. Both of these men are experts and advocates in human rights and social justice and are sure to make an impact in October. Daniel will also be a Judge of the Social Impact category of the Startup Showcase. More speaker announcements are anticipated this month.
Register by 6/28 and Save on SXSW Eco 2013. For more informtion, visit
Liz Lopez

Open Studio: Celebrating 20 Years at Serie Project and Coronado Studio

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The Serie Project is hosting an open studio featuring an art sale with prints from the latest edition, as well as Coronado Studio’s prints and gig posters. The first 30 people to arrive receive a free screen print and current Serie Project members will also receive a free print at the time of their arrival.

Friday, June 21, 2013 from 6pm- 9pm at 6601 Felix Avenue, Austin, TX 78741

Refreshments will be provided. Many of the artists will be attending, so there will be opportunities to meet and great the talent behind the art. Fine art screen prints will be available by the following artists: Paul del Bosque, Farley Bookout, Sam Coronado, Nahum Flores, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Salvador Lopez, Oscar Magallanes, Michael Marshall, Stephanie Mercado, Brian Phillips, Patricia Tinajero, and George Yepes.
RSVP with the number of guests at or call 512-385-3591.
Liz Lopez

E3 Convention Attendees Get Surprise Party and POP-UP Concert with Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Pena

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2013 is currently taking place June 11-13, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and other venues throughout the city. The event is open to Entertainment Software Association (ESA) members and non-members alike. Companies exhibiting include those involved in console, PC, online, and social and mobile game publishing and development, qualified business partners, as well as makers of video game hardware and peripherals.

Hundreds of attendees of the E3 gaming convention were treated to a surprise TURBO-charged party and pop-up concert with appearances from the cast of the upcoming Dreamworks animated film TURBO; Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena and Snoop Dogg.


Also featured was a tricked out TURBO taco truck, Virtual GT racing simulator and the TURBO Racing League Video Game.

Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez

The pop up concert had actors Rodriguez, who voices Paz, a mechanic, and Pena, who voices Tito, introduce Snoop Dogg to the stage at Nokia Plaza in L.A. Live.

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An original song Let The Bass Go off the soundtrack for Turbo, by the multi-platinum recording artist, entertainment icon and actor, Snoop Dogg, was performed. Snoop also voices the character of Smoove Move in the film.

From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, the high-velocity 3D comedy TURBO opens in theaters July 17th.

For more information about the expo, visit and follow ESA on Twitter at @RichatESA or E3 @E3Expo and

Liz Lopez

Source: E3 Expo, Dreamworks