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60.11 East Side Kings

March 1, 2011

Why this place has not made a Trailer Tuesday sooner is beyond me, so here it is.

 

We all know that some Austinites like to put restaurants like Uchi on a pedestal (for good reason. It’s delicious). This place started out as a project from some of the chefs at Uchi, so these guys know what they’re doing. They serve up Asian fusion out of this trailer, and it’s fantastic! It deserves to have a cult following.

 

The food is all very good and powerfully addictive. I would recommend the chicken buns. They are out of this world. I’m not even a big fan of salad, but the brussel spout salad is a must-order. You’ll understand on your first bite. I wouldn’t be doing them justice unless I mentioned the beet fries, which are also tasty. That’s just the stuff I tried, but I’m sure everything on the menu is fantastic.

The place is pretty tough to find. They’re basically in an alley by The Liberty Bar’s back patio on East 6th Street. Even knowing that, it was so hard for me to track them down, but it was worth it. They definitely are kings in the kitchen.

Important note: Cash only!

Hours: 7 p.m.-1:45 a.m.

Open: every day

Location:
1618 ½ East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.eastsidekingaustin.com/

Photo: Truck Food Nation, http://truckfoodnation.com/austin-scenes-east-side-kings

 

59.11 Mariachi Ensemble at the St. Edwards Music Festival

February 28, 2011

I’m not at all surprised by the fact that St. Edwards University has a music festival. We live in Austin. It seems like everybody has their own festival. This one sounds like a ton of fun, and it definitely will be much more low-key than the SXSW music festival in our very near future.

Tonight, the St. Edwards Mariachi Ensemble will be performing both traditional and modern mariachi. Who doesn’t love mariachi bands?

They’ll have more music throughout the week, offering everything from jazz to Celtic music, so check out the website for more on each show.  These student musicians are very talented. For anyone that loves live shows, this is a great opportunity to see a wide variety of music for not a lot of money.

When: Tonight

Time: 7:30-10 p.m.

Admission: $5

Location:
Robert & Pearle Ragsdale Center, Jones Auditorium
3001 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.stedwards.edu/market/calendar/events/2011/march.html

58.11 North American Handmade Bike Show

February 27, 2011

Like I’ve said before, we’re a city of cyclists. We are the home of Lance Armstrong, after all. That makes Austin a natural spot to host the one of the world’s premier showcases for handmade bikes. This is the seventh edition of the show. It celebrates every aspect of handmade bikes — the craftsmanship, the art, the frame, everything.

True cyclists probably will appreciate this far more than I can. My last bike was a maroon Huffy in grade school. I keep swearing that I’m going to try to get into biking and maybe even try a competing in a triathlon. So far not having a bike has really slowed me down.

Anyway, springtime always makes me feel like getting active, so this event might give us all a little inspiration.

When: Today

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $22 adults, $8 children. Kids five and under get in free

Location:

Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.2011.handmadebicycleshow.com/

57.11 2nd Street Soundcheck Party

February 26, 2011

Tonight’s Steve Miller Band’s performance will be the first Austin City Limits taping at The Moody Theater, and the 2nd Street District is ready to celebrate.

The district’s businesses have put together a street party, with plenty live music and tons of food. The streets are going to be shut down to make room for entertainers, including special performances by Matt Wilson, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars and Rick Trevino. Nothing like some free music to remind you how awesome it is to be an Austinite!

The Music Line up:
3:00 – Matt Wilson Band
4:20 – Dale Watson & His Lone Stars
5:50 – Rick Trevino

The 2nd street businesses will be having special activities and “Soundcheck Specials” today. Local restaurants will have food samples for you to enjoy.

The warmer weather, combined with a good block party, officially makes it feel like spring in Austin, and I love spring in Austin.

When: Today

Time: 3-7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Location:
2nd Street
Colorado & San Antonio

http://www.2ndstreetdistrict.com/soundcheck/

56.11 18th Annual “Juggle”fest

February 25, 2011

This event is as Austin as it gets — a whole weekend celebrating juggling. Where else can you find that?

This three-day event has everything a juggler or juggling fan could ask for, including workshops, games and demonstrations. You can experience more juggling this weekend than some people will see in a lifetime.

They have events all weekend all over town! Here are a few high points:

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. will be the Twilight Torches at the UT tower. Being a longhorn, of course I love anything involving UT.

The Club Renegade late show is tonight at 10:30 p.m. This is a free event at UT’s Jester Auditorium, and it’s sure to provide lots of laughs.

The Public Show is on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This has the acts that you would expect to find at the circus. This show would appeal more to families. Admission is $5, and children 5 and under get in free.

You can visit just the events that interest you, or you can pay $15 and have unlimited access to all the fun all weekend.

For an entire look at the program visit: http://www.juggling.place.org/jugglefest/Jugglefest2011Program.pdf.

When: today- Sunday.

Various Locations:
Visit Website

http://www.juggling.place.org/jugglefest/

55.11 Goldilocks at Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre

February 24, 2011

Being from Houston, I grew up around NASA, so a shuttle launch always excites me. Good luck to the crew on the final mission of the space shuttle Discovery! I tried to find something space related to blog on today as a tribute to the shuttle launch, but no such luck.

“Goldilocks” obviously has nothing to do with space, but I figured it was about time for another kid-friendly event. It’s the classic fairy tale we all remember. I was never big on fairy tales, but I always liked this one because it reminded me of “The Berenstain Bear” books. I loved those books.

Scottish Rite Theatre is a great theater and is perfect for little ones. The actors always put on a great show.

I imagine this is probably one of the more popular performances at the theater, so plan ahead to make sure you get tickets.

Tickets: $4 -$10

Location:
Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre
207 West 18th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.scottishritechildrenstheatre.org/shows/index.php

54.11 Rooftop Architecture Film Series at Arthouse

February 23, 2011

I love anything that involves a rooftop — pools, restaurants, bars, and in this case, movies. There’s something unique about being on a rooftop. It’s nice to enjoy the view once in a while. I know it’s a pretty grey morning, but like yesterday, I think the sun is going to come out this afternoon and make for a great night up on the roof.

The Rooftop Architecture Film Series is a series of documentaries that take a closer look at various architects and their projects.

Tonight’s screening is Koolhaas Houselife. It’s the story of Rem Koolhaas and his project to accommodate a man confined to a wheelchair.

For those interested in architecture and/or film-making, this is a really cool experience. The film-makers will actually be in attendance, and they’ll have a Q & A following the screening.

Admission: $10, Arthouse members free

Time: 7 p.m., Rooftop opens at 5:30

Location:
700 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.arthousetexas.org

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