Texas Parks Offer Fishing Classes Through This Fall

Fishing with the Ranger, a free catch and release instructional program, is offered every Friday of the month through October from 6PM–7PM and in November from 4PM–5PM. No reservations are required, but up to 30 participants are welcome and will meet behind the Park Store.

The program is free with the park entrance fee. The entrance fee is $6 per person for ages 13 years and older;  $3 for Seniors and free for children that are age 12 and under.

No fishing license is required while on state park property. The poles and the worms are provided.

picnic_Bastrop_SP--bryan_frazier Bryan Frazier, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

School may be starting again soon, but Labor Day will soon be upon us and families may seek outdoor activities to pursue before the cold weather sets in. Some state parks are not so far away and the drive can also serve as a good getaway from the city streets.

To find more information on this and other state park events/activities (other than fishing – including fairs and festivals) near you, call 512.793.2223 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/fishing-with-the-ranger-4

Liz Lopez


Source: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/


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 http://panelpicker.sxsw.com  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 http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/faq. 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: http://sxsw.com/music/news/tips-music-panelpicker-2013-opens-july1st

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 http://www.sxsw.com.

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


Source: SXSW

Screen Printing Workshop in Austin This Weekend

Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th
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Coronado Studio is offering a special two-day Screen Printing Workshop, on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th. Participants will have the opportunity to work side by side with Coronado Studio’s professional printers and learn first hand about the process of screen printing.

Coronado Studio is the primary studio for Austin’s Serie Project, a non-profit artist in residency program that is now in its 20th year of operation. Since the studio’s founding in 1991, we have helped artists from around the world to produce their own limited edition hand-pulled prints.

Participants in this workshop will be given a thorough introduction to: artwork preparation and make-ready; darkroom set-up and screen preparation; exposing photo-emulsion; prepress procedure and concerns; registration and printing with waterbase ink.

Participants will be allowed to bring in their own artwork to work with during the workshop, walk away with a better appreciation of screen printing, and their own hand-pulled prints.

The workshop tuition is $275.00 and includes the price of all chemicals, inks, supplies, and paper. As a complimentary gift, participants get a free edition of the book, Screen Printing Today, by Andy MacDougall. Space is limited to six participants. To register, call 512-385-3591 or write to studio@coronadostudio.com
Source: Coronado Studio

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 Cryptomundo.com.

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 cryptozoonews.com and museumoftheweird.com, as well as cryptozoologymuseum.com.

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

Austin Chamber Music Festival Coming July 11th – 28th

The  Austin Chamber Music Center (ACMC) is dedicated to serving Central  Texans by expanding knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of  chamber music through the highest quality instruction and performance.
Among many of the featured artists and activities, is the internationally acclaimed Vienna Piano Trio that will return to the Austin Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, July 14th, 3pm at Bates Recital Hall, UT School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. The tickets are $25-$50 in advance and $30-$55 at the door. For more information visit www.viennapianotrio.com/
Also during the many festival activities are FREE CONCERTS & EVENTS:

Thursday, July 11, 12:05 pm, Noontime in the City

Central Presbyterian, 200 E. 8th Street, Sheryl Stack & Patryce King

Thursday, July 18, 12:05 pm Noontime in the City

Central Presbyterian, 200 E. 8th Street Aeolus Quartet

Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 pm Outreach Concert

Querencia Retirement Community, 2500 Barton Creek  Blvd, Aeolus Quartet
Thursday, July 18, 7:30 pm 5th Annual Pride Concert

St. James Episcopal Church,1941 Webberville Rd Festival Artists

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm Outreach Concert

Westminster Retirement Community, 4100 Jackson Avenue, Harris Bell Hall

Aeolus Quartet

Thursday, July 25, 12:05 pm Young Artist Showcase

Central Presbyterian Church 200 East 8th Street

Thursday, July 25, 7:30 pm Adult Artist Showcase

St. James Episcopal Church,1941 Webberville Rd
2013 Festival discount ticket packages as well as individual tickets are now available at www.austinchambermusic.org.
Liz Lopez

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 sxsweco.com.
Liz Lopez

The King’s Daughter Who Lost Her Hair, A Puppet Show at the Austin Public Library

The King’s Daughter Who Lost Her Hair is a traditional puppet show that will be performed at the Austin Public Library and is presented by Literature LIVE! This folktale from the Akamba people of East Africa tells the story of a vain princess. Her refusal to give even one strand of her beautiful hair to a bird for its nest costs her far more than she expects. Attend the show to find out if she learns her lesson.


The show is recommended for children ages 4 and older. It is free and open to the public. For more information please call 512-974-7400 and visit library.austintexas.gov. The following is the schedule and the phone number for the local branch for the performance that day.

Wednesday, June 19 @ 2 PM Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., 512-974-9840

Thursday, June 20 @ 2 PM Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St., 512-974-1010

Friday, June 21 @ 2 PM Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., 512-974-3625

Monday, June 24 @ 2 PM Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd., 512-974-3800

Tuesday, June 25 @ 4 PM Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St., 512-974-9980 Wednesday, June 26 @ 4 PM North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave., 512-974-9960

Thursday, June 27 @ 2 PM University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln., 512-974-9940

Saturday, June 29 @ 1 PM Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512-323-5123

Monday, July 1 @ 4 PM Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr., 512-974-8860

Tuesday, July 2 @ 2 PM Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., 512-974-8840

Wednesday, July 3 @ 2 PM Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln., 512-974-9860

Monday, July 8 @ 4 PM Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd., 512-974-8800 Wednesday, July 10 @ 4 PM Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., 512-974-8700

Thursday, July 11 @ 2 PM Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr., 512-974-3940

Wednesday, July 17 @ 2 PM Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd., 512-974-9900

Thursday, July 18 @ 4 PM Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr., 512-974-9880

Wednesday, July 24 @ 2 PM Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd., 512-974-7500 Thursday, July 25 @ 2 PM Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr., 512-974-8820

Liz Lopez

Source: Austin Public Library