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January 2012

There are 36 blog entries for January 2012.

Femme Film Texas Promotes Filmmaking for Girls

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 11:23am. 1,955 Views

girls film making austinWith only a fraction of films directed by females, Femme Film Texas aims to give young girls a chance to do exactly what the boys do. Femme Film Texas is a week-long program in South Austin that puts advanced film equipment into the hands of young girls, grades six through twelve, allowing the girls an opportunity to build confidence while working hard toward a common goal. Through Femme Film Texas, they are given the opportunity to express themselves through the art of filmmaking.

Femme Film Texas began in 2007 at Ann Richards School in Southwest Austin by University of Texas graduate Michelle Voss. Voss was working on producing her own documentary post-graduation, when she realized there were hardly any women on her crew. She knew at that moment she

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"Date Night" in South Austin

Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 4:11pm. 5,162 Views

South Austin is one of the easiest date night destinations in Austin, as South Congress Avenue, affectionately known as SoCo, provides over a mile of dinner destinations, shops, coffee stops, and entertainment for couples wanting a date that is both fun and romantic. Branching off of SoCo also will lead date night adventurers to Austin legacies and beacons of Austin’s much-loved “quirky” culture. Austinites who live in nearby neighborhoods like Olympic Heights or Circle C have the easiest access to South Austin’s array of popular businesses, and an Austin realtor can help scout an Austin home for sale that would put you in the center of the South Austin action.

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snack bar austin south congressSnack Bar

Snack Bar’s name may be a misnomer. Although the décor does suggest a

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Austin Board of REALTORS® Selects Brian Talley for 2012 Leadership Academy

Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 10:51am. 6,325 Views

austin's best realtorOn January 12th the Austin Board of REALTORS® announced Brian Talley of Regent Property Group, LLC as one of 22 members accepted into its elite Leadership Academy.

“I am honored to be included in this talented group of industry leaders and look forward to participating in this year’s academy events,” said Talley. “I always strive to provide the best level of service possible to all my clients, and I hope to further enhance my skillset and professional network through this Leadership Academy.”

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is a non-profit, voluntary organization representing over 8,500 licensed REALTORS® specializing in Central Texas homes. It has served the needs of the Austin real estate community for over 80 years. Upon completion of the

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NPR's StoryCorps Rolling Time Capsule

Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 11:30am. 2,481 Views

NPR Story CorpsWould you consider contributing to a national time capsule of sorts to preserve your family’s priceless stories? StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that records personal stories, has rolled into Austin. StoryCorps takes everyday conversations from everyday patrons of the city, records them, airs them on NPR, and makes a second recording to be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The airstream trailer complete with small recording studio is parked at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and will be there until February 6, 2012.  The recording appointments are open to anyone who wants to share their story, from Eanes ISD children and their mothers to Avery Ranch residents.

StoryCorps has been recording and sharing

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"Date Night" in Central Austin

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 11:00pm. 3,047 Views

A date night in Central Austin can be car-free in light of the many wonderful restaurants and businesses that pepper the neighborhoods from Barton Creek to Allandale. Romancing a date in Central Austin can include dinner at a local restaurant, gelato at a cozy café, or a live music show that is the signature of Austin’s city flavor. Below are a few of many options to enjoy a night on the town with your favorite gal or guy in Central Austin:

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blue dahlia austin restaurantBlue Dahlia Bistro

The French-inspired bistro, a local favorite since its founding in 2007, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a menu that features mouth-watering artisan breads, salads, sandwiches, and cheeses. The eatery uses the freshest ingredients, including local and organic whenever available,

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"Date Night" in North Austin

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 12:43pm. 20,959 Views

Austin offers so many options for dates that it can be overwhelming to choose. Keeping date night within your neighborhood can eliminate driving across town, potentially missing reservations, or getting caught in a traffic jam. North Austin, encompassing Milwood to Steiner Ranch, has date night options that range from deeply romantic to energetic and fun. Below are a few to help make date night planning easy:

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Siena

Siena is one of Austin’s favorite restaurants for authentic Tuscan and Italian cuisine, featuring seasonal antipasti, fresh sauces, homemade pasta, and a wide selection of organically raised meat, fish, and fowl. With simple, high-quality ingredients, Siena’s traditional menu has options for a variety of lifestyle choices and uses

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Book People, the Number One Independent Bookstore in Texas

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 3:45pm. 3,803 Views

book people austin authorsBook People, on first glance, may appear to be a local version of a Barnes & Noble. On closer inspection, though, the handwritten recommendations from staff beneath hundreds of books, the multitude of signed editions by authors who drop in to visit or speak, helpful fellow book worms with nametags around every shelf, an appreciation for local authors, and the quirky preferences of Austin readers, all make it clear that Book People is not an ordinary book store.

Founded in 1970, Book People, close to Downtown Austin and Barton Creek, has been the number one independent bookstore in Texas since its doors first opened. Appropriately, it has also been voted the best bookstore in Austin for over 15 years. Its national reputation as a haven for bibliophiles,

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Snow Not Necessary for Winter Frolicking in Austin

Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 4:10pm. 2,327 Views

Austin isn’t known for its winter weather. Meaning: don’t count on a snow storm for an unexpected day off! It may be too warm to model a new parka, but that means more time to enjoy the pool of an Austin luxury home or a community center like the Circle C neighborhood club. Despite the lack of continuous cold, Austin’s winter days, ranging from icy streets to 80 degrees and sunny, offer a variety of ways to find fun. Below are a few activities to keep a winter weekend wonderful: 

Kite Flying at Zilker Park

Zilker Park is a 351 acre outdoor space not far from Barton Creek West with a variety of recreational opportunities for Austinites that accommodate every season.  Winter can be mild while still bringing wind, an ideal scenario for kite flying. Wide

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Take a Look at What’s Happening in Austin in 2012

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 7:21pm. 1,685 Views

central austin firesIt can be agreed upon that 2011 was a wonderful year in Austin. Although there were fires that ravaged the Steiner Ranch neighborhood and a great part of the outlying Austin area, Austinites came together to help those in need. 2012 is coming in fast already, and there are many events to look forward to in the coming year.

The annual SXSW festival is going to be even bigger and more attractive than in previous years. The number of bands playing is too numerous to count – in the thousands - and with basically all the Downtown Austin venues involved in the annual weeklong event, the entire city will be crawling with out-of-towners and music fiends alike.

This year, the 2012 Texas Annual Book Festival is predicted to be even more appealing for

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Gets A Makeover

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 7:01pm. 1,845 Views

Austin LBJ libraryLBJ Library, located on the University of Texas campus in Central Austin, is getting a makeover beginning March 1, 2012. The redesign focuses on highlighting legislation that President Lyndon Baines Johnson, for whom the library is named, pushed through Congress, much of which we still use today. Library Director Mark Updegrove said, "We want people to see the difference this man made to their lives, why it's important to know about this president who reigned in the White House almost half a century ago."

The LBJ library folks are spending $10 million on renovations to the library. The construction is slated to be done by the time of Lady Bird Johnson's 100th birthday next December. Once finished, the library will feature more interactive exhibits and

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