The city council sent a letter to J.W. Marriot following his comments last week about the proposed hotel development on the 200 block of Congress and its current tenants. Check out the Save Las Manitas / Escuelita Del Alma news section for all of the media coverage to date. The Chronicle has a story this week as well and Statesman coverage is here.
There’s a benefit happy hour for Escuelita and Las Manitas today 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Copa Bar and Grill (same block as Escuelita and Las Manitas, between Escuelita and La Pena).
Full disclosure: I’ve had at least one child at Escuelita nearly since its opening in 1999 or 2000. I’m very close to the business and my kids are fed Las Manitas for lunch when they are at the daycare. I’m also one of the volunteer parents responsible for the web site. I understand that we need to develop downtown and I want development downtown. I also want affordable daycare and local businesses to stay downtown. This is the position of most of the parents at Escuelita and the position of the daycare’s owner. There should be room for compromise and I think that’s all the council is trying to facilitate.
I read a great post today on a post over on DailyKos. I get the feeling that Markos is of the opinion that third party candidates are a waste of time because they can’t get the support and don’t have the infrastructure that the Democrats already have. This is a practical point of view, but the post over on This Modern World points out why this is a problem. You end up supporting a bunch of people who aren’t willing to take a stand regardless of the consequences. It’s an old song and dance. The framers of the constitution never intended there to be “career politicans”. Who the hell would want to be one? It’s supposed to be a service to your fellow citizens and your country, not a career in and of itself. I feel an extended rant coming on, but it’s just so frustrating.
I’m also annoyed on a state level. We’ve got a four-way race for governor this year. I can’t stand Rick Perry. He’s a known prick and hasn’t done a damn thing as far as I’m concerned. As I’ve mentioned, I can’t vote for Strayhorn for several reasons, chief among them, the fact that she spawned Scott McClelland. I had a passing interest in Kinky. I agree with him on certain issues, but not on others. The recent trashing from Burnt Orange Report has really put me off though. I totally agree with those who’ve pointed out that the guy’s a satirist and a cowboy satirist at that. Of course he’s going to have said things that, taken out of context, will seem overtly racist. Look at any comedian or satirist who focuses on race or plays a character. I can’t really defend the crackheads comment, but going after old routines seems over the top and shrill on the part of BOR and turns me off of them, and by association the Democrats, as well. At the same time, Kinky can’t be surprised that this stuff is coming back to haunt him. He can’t play the character when he’s trying to run for governor. You can read all of the BOR articles on Kinky for yourself and Kelso’s commentary on the issue.
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Rock-n-Romp is a family friendly concert series showcasing fantastic local-area musicians and bands. Shows are held during the day in a relaxed, kid-safe environment. The volume might be low, but the music is designed for parents and kids both in mind.
Kids enjoy the music, experiment with instruments, dance, or just enjoy the other activities available to them, and parents get the ever-so-rare opportunity to listen to great live music and enjoy a beer with other parents. Romps give parents who miss their social life a chance to get out, enjoy some music that might be new to them, and expose their kids to great bands in a safe, friendly local venue.
The next event is this Saturday at Ruta Maya Cafe, 4:30 pm and features Austin band The Channel, with Austin School of Rock (kids) band, After Math. All ages welcome!
Hungry? Bored of the same old crap for lunch? Well, Dot’s Place is back to a permanent location after nearly two years.
The restaurant was destroyed by fire in October of 2004. The new location is in the Windermere Shopping Center in Pflugerville near FM 1825 and Pecan Street. If I’m reading the map right, that means she’s now east of I-35 and a little north of the old location which was near Howard Ln. and Burnet Rd.
Austin is celebrating tonight at 7pm at Café Mundi, 1704 East 5th Street.
From the press release:
If you can’t remember or imagine life without the Web, then you shouldn’t miss this event!
Join the conversation. Stand up and tell everyone how the web has changed your life.
One Web Day is the Earth Day for the internet, and it’s being celebrated for the first time this year around the world. Because the web is made of people, it’s up to us to celebrate and protect it.
I’ll refrain from any Soylent Green quotes or Charlton Heston impersonations on that last one.
This one’s been making the rounds this week because it’s so damn cool. Check out the Fort Reno location and interview with Ian and Alec MacKaye among others.
It’s interactive map week between the DC hardcore site and this one. We had a great time at Disneyland this year with kids.
By now you’ve all heard that Willie Nelson got busted a few days after ACL in Louisiana (why is it always Louisiana or Florida?) for drug possession. Others have pointed out that this has to be the easiest bust of the year. Congratulations to Louisana’s finest.
Don hadn’t played out for several years. I’m guessing it was due to his health. He had a recurring gig at Emo’s back in the late 90′s, introducing “the kids” to some good old fashioned country music and yodeling with his Pure Texas Band. I saw him there a couple of times. He always had a smile and was a very personable guy. His death is a loss for the Austin music scene. He’ll be missed.