Known as the music capital of the world, Austin has a myriad of events happening all year round. Bored or just need to be entertained? Austin has you covered. Every month there is something going on in this city: concerts, various types of festivals, celebrations, exhibits, and bands playing at the many bars around town. Just in a week, South by Southwest is happening. It’s a music and film festival, but it goes beyond that. There are “Interactive” and “Exhibit” components to this big festival. Looking at the calendar schedule of the event, it’s pretty impressive and overwhelming at the same time.
So far, we’ve explored a little of what Austin has to offer. Seeing that there’s always a live event, music performed somewhere, we sought that out on Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday. Feeling low-key and not in favor of drinking either, we decided to go see a Louisiana blues/jazz band playing at Central Market.
Just last Monday we went to the Paramount Theatre to see one of our favorite physicists, Dr. Michio Kaku. He spoke about various topics surrounding where we will be with science and technology (the internet) in the near future. It was a great talk, and it was nice to see the historic theatre as well. The Paramount was celebrating their 100th Anniversary, and we learned that the small theatre had had the pleasure of having Harry Houdini perform in its early years of 1915 – 1940.
And then just last Saturday we went to the Alamo Drafthouse, which is dubbed as the “best theater in the world” by Wired.com and “best movie theater” by Time Magazine. There are several of them around the city, and we decided to go for the experience, to see what all the hype is all about. What makes them unique is that they have a full food and bar menu, including a vegan menu, in which you are waited on at your seat. Water is provided and they even have had a full on Harry Potter meal, served up like in the books for fans.
There are no advertisements played on the big screen before the movie starts. Instead, they play black and white films for your entertainment. And what we like best is that they follow a strict no talking, texting, cell phone, and age policy. You can get thrown out if you don’t follow these rules and are a nuisance to your neighbors. Also, there are no late comers. If you’re late, sorry, you can’t watch the movie and will need to watch another showing or get a refund.
The never-ending list of things happening and things to do here can be exciting and overwhelming. It’s definitely a place that’s great to live in, not necessarily a touristy haven like major cities. But, that doesn’t matter to us. It’s actually one of the great things we like about Austin.