My favorite puppets evah, Year of the Sheep, and CASAblanca; it’s #WTFwed 2.18.15

Hey Socialites! GREAT NEWS: Avenue Q is baaaack and playing again at the Austin Theater Project. So far they’ve had nothing but rave reviews – in from all over. Meanwhile, here’s my sell: I first saw Avenue Q when I was 25, broke as all get out (thanks MTV News for paying me $500 a week before NYC taxes!) and living in New York City. I could totes relate to Princeton… And Kate Monster…  And those Bad News Bears reeeeally resonated with me. But I digress. This musical/inspired-gem-that-beat-out-Wicked-for-a-Tony-Award-in-2004-what-whaaaa is poignant and hilarious. Please do yourself, and the rest of us, a favor by getting your tickets already. The ATP has been selling out performances. Get on it!

In other news… on Thursday… HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes, again. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. To celebrate, the Summit Lion Dance Team has a ton of events going on. If you’d rather keep up with them on Facebook, click here.

Finally, on Saturday, a sweet FUNdraiser oppty: it’s CASA of  Travis County’s 30th annual CASAblanca party and fundraiser! I’ve said it before: I AM A FAN OF CASA and how they train their volunteers to connect with and give voice to our community’s young people who are a part of the child welfare system (hint: that system is more than a little overburdened. If you haven’t already, check out what The Statesman has recently reported). ANYWHO, CASA and their volunteers are a part of the solution and this fundraiser specifically raises funds for CASA OF TRAVIS COUNTY.

If this (above) isn’t reason enough to drop everything and grab a few tickets, consider the items that will be up for Auction… 😉

As usual, I want to see where you are and what you are up to so be sure to tag your brags with #StatesmanSocial please and thank you.

I’ve got a new #GoodToKnow episode for you on Friday. Until then… you’re welcome people!

xoxo,

Serena

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WTFwed: shopping, raw chocolate and two FUNdraisers 2.4.15

Hey y’all hey! I hope you’re hungry because this coming week is absolutely delicious.

On Thursday night, SoLa is taking their 1st Thursday Game to the next level by hosting their first ever “Girl’s Night Out” party. Sure, they’ll have the usual awesome 1st Thursday Sale pricing, but this month (and every 1st Thursday for the duration of 2015) they’re serving small bites and adult beverages from WineBelly and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. AND, they’re showcasing Austin jewelry designer Haley LeBeuf who will be on hand selling her elegant timeless jewelry. Kendra Scott who? I’m just saying… Full details are here.

 

Fun fact: Miss Venus will be in attendance as per usual. See y'all there!
Fun fact: Miss Venus will be in attendance as per usual. See y’all there!

Saturday is superfab as well. For the Martha Stewart types, check out the Natural Epicurean’s Raw Chocolate making class. Sign up now to secure your spot!

If you’re more Ke$ha than Martha you can do some serious FUNdraising at Cupid’s Undie Run. Festivities start at noon at the Rattle Inn but the race itself doesn’t start until 2pm. It’s all for a good cause, as your money goes towards fighting tumors. Who can’t get behind that? 😉

Finally, and I do mean finally as this year’s event was pushed a week to sidestep inclement weather than never showed (oh, Austin…): It’ the 9th annual Chili Cook Off at Jo’s on South Congress! Your $20 ticket let’s you try all of the chili and supports the 100 Club of Central Texas. That’s the non-profit dedicated to providing emotional and financial support to our local police and fireman when they have been injured or killed in the line of duty. Seriously, you get to binge eat chili and it supports our 1st responders. SEE. YOU. THERE.

Given the all around yumminess of this week ahead I’m particularly eager to see you in the socialsphere (and also in real life). Tag your posts with #StatesmanSocial to  be heard… and seen… and possibly shared! #SharingIsCaring

Tune in Friday for our latest #GoodToKnow episode. In the meantime, have a great week y’all!

— Serena
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#WTFwed 1.28.15; Bubbles and Bingo, Dawn and Hawkes, and where to watch that Katy Perry concert

Hey y’all hey! Ish gets real in a hurry this week: Thursday night, it’s Bubbles, Bitches and Bingo night at Gibson. But wait, there’s more: you even get a free cheese plate with every full bottle of bubbly purchased (while supplies last). Blue hair optional.

On FridayDawn and Hawks play the Deep Eddy Vodka distillery at 4pm out in Dripping Springs. (#FieldtripFriday) On Saturday, the Milk Drive Trio plays at 3pm.

Then on Sunday, the Super Bowl kicks off at 5:30pm CST. More importantly, Katy Perry plays halftime. If you’re not going the houseparty route there are the usual suspects like Pluckers (did y’all know they serve gluten friendly wings?), the Brew Exchange, Black Sheep Lodge, Haymaker ETC. But there’s also Gourdough’s Public House (um, can y’all please work on a gluten friendly menu already?!) and Max’s Wine Dive (best gluten friendly fried chicken EVER. Anywhere. Period.).

For my overachievers out there, I found a fab Win/Win situation for you: buy your tickets to watch it all go down at Fado’s which means you’ll also be simultaneously supporting the United Way for Greater Austin’s Young Leader’s Society… i.e. helping disadvantaged middle schoolers make their way to graduate. If THAT alone is not enough a) seriously? and b) your ticket buys you not only the Warm And Fuzzy Feels that come from contributing to the society in which you live but also a chance to win some sweet prizes donated by Kendra Scott, The Alamo Drafthouse and ACL. Work it out here.

You’re welcome people!

— Serena
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#WTFwed: game on at Four Seasons, Cautiontape’s record release party (whoop!) and Le Garage Sale.

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Hey Socialites,

It’s another great week to live in Austin!  Thursday night particularly. 1st up, and just a teeeeny bit reminiscent of The Hunger Games… The Four Seasons’ Trio is offering up Fun (and Game) – ha! play on words – five course meal as the latest installment in their Out On The Lawn Dinner Series. Five courses with wine pairings for just $95. Hurry up and make your rezzie before they sell out! And may the odds be ever in your favor… 😉

After all of that nom nom nom, or if you’re a vegan, Thursday night rocks on at Cautiontape’s record release party! Their 1st album is out, getting rad reviews and they’re throwing a release party worthy of our time, attention AND attendance at the Spider House Ballroom. Holllaaaa! And then take pics you tag with #StatesmanSocial so I can see and share please.

On Friday – get some rest… because on Saturday morning Le Garage Sale – the twice annual boutique slash sale convention thingy that is at the Palmer Events Center is baaaack. Fun fact, it kicks off at 11am on Saturday. #getbreakkyfirst #mimosasafter CONFIRMED vendors include  Bird Boutique, Etcetera Etc., Solid Gold and everyone’s favorite… Leighlena. This joyful shopping scene carries over to Sunday too. Hooray!

— Serena
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#WTFwed; the say YES to life (improv, Tinder, Indie Chefs, 5k Color Run and more) edition

Wednesday 1.7.15 through Tuesday 1.13.15

Oh haaaai Statesman Socialites! Welcome to the first real work week of our new year!

I hope that you’re ready to say YES to life in 2015. To that end, tonight/Wednesday night, get it started and take one of the Institution Theater’s free Improvisational classes! Must sign up. Details here.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are all about the glorious delicious madness that is Indie Chef’s Week at Foreign & Domestic. Details and tickets available (at time of publishing! hurry up already…) here.

Sunday, after all of that nom nom nomming you’d better #werk it off with a run. The 5k Color Run to the rescue! It’s a beautiful, vibrant 3-mile-ish mess and it’s not to be missed. Tinder’s gonna be especially colorful come Monday! As for you; don’t forget to tag your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pics with #StatesmanSocial so I can see and share them please and thank you.

Monday night, option A: Hit up the Highball for Motown Monday. At 8pm they’re offering Free West Coast Swing Lessons. Then at 9m the Matchmaker Band steps in turns it up a notch or two with live Motown hits. Plus, you’ll newly know how to Swing Dance. So there’s that. Alternately, if you’re needing to slow it down a bit, Monday night, option B: School House Pub presents a new class in their Libations 101 series; Wine-Based Cocktails. Register here.

BONUS for you overachievers out there: Deus Ex Machina is still going (until Jan. 18th). This CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE performance piece at the Long Center converts audience members into Greek gods who determine the fates of the actors’ characters. For every decision a consequence. Not to be missed! Information and tickets here.

In the meantime, check back in on Friday 1/9/15 for another #GoodToKnow video and have a great week!

— Serena

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#WTFwed: choose your own adventure on NYE, in 2015 and beyond

Wednesday 12.31.14 through Tuesday 1.6.15

OH EM GEEEE it’s New Year’s Eve! If you haven’t made plans already some last minute suggestions:

  • Max’s Wine Dive is hosting a soiree. Details here.
  • I’m tweeting and retweeting as I find places with availability. Follow @StatesmanSocial for the 411.
  • Last week’s #WTFwed post has great links and idaes that still hold up. Check it out here.

But SURELY you’re all set for a cozy night in, an elegant night out, or otherwise. Sooo…

Thursday, January 1st 2015: get a running start on your resolutions and kick off the new year with the 20th annual Blackeyed Pea Run. It kicks off at 9am and in addition. Details here. 

I’m hosting a dear friend in from NYC and I am committed to teaching her how rad Austin is in between Austin-only-meals. Hence my suggestion for Friday (which can actually rock your Saturday or Sunday)… A scavenger hunt meets city tour adventure. Details here.

Saturday night is opening night for a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE performance piece at the Long Center. Audience members become gods and determine the fates of the characters – not all of whom will survive the whims of this interactive performance. Not to be missed. Information and tickets here.

I’m wishing you your most favorite New Year yet. In the meantime, be sure to Instagram, Facebook or Tweet with  #StatesmanSocial to be in on the conversation!

— Serena

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#WTFwed: Christmas Eve, noshing and your New Year’s Eve planning

For the week of Wednesday 12.24.14

Merry Christmas Eve y’all! TONIGHT, finalmenteeee, Chef James Robert opens up Fixe Austin. Details here.  Alternately, check out the MatzoBALL up at the Blackfinn. Details here.

On Friday, werk it out with some Ice Skating at Whole Foods downtown. Specifics. 

Oh, and then… New Year’s Eve party planning already! My picks.. 

  • 20 somethings: Palm Door celebrates it’s 1 year anniversary Studio 54 style. Here.
  • 30 and 40 somethings: W hotel SOLD OUT so ignore this link. 
  • Next up I suggest The Highball but… they are SOLD OUT now as well. They say they may let people in (pending capacity) at the door. At your own risk folks.
  • Soooo, I now suggest the 80’s party at the Roller Rink. Details. 
  • Want something totes extraordinary? Why not the Aerial Spectacular at the Marchesa Theather?
  • Or the Russian House which promises a masquarade, 80’s music, 90’s music AND legit Russian caviar (if you go VIP). Also, vodka. Details.
  • Family Fun via Austin New Year aka ANY.

Prefer a posh dinner party scene?

  • Weather Up is my pick as they are sort of kind of out of the way (while being right around the corner from most everywhere)… their dinner will be served on their upstairs terrace… and I remain obsessed with their 1st floor lounge area. OBSESSED. They are offering both a 7pm and 10pm seating. Click here to get full info.
  • OpenTable.com has a solid listing of resto’s with NYE dinners (and you can make your rezzie online from there). Here you go.

I am excited to see where you end up. Instagram, Facebook or Tweet me using #StatesmanSocial to be seen and heard!

Here’s to having your most favorite year yet in 2015, xoxo

— Serena

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#WTFwed: We’re baaaaaack. And gnocchi. Because… gnocchi.

For the week of Wednesday 12.17.14

Hiiiiiii Statesman Socialites. I HAVE MISSED YOU! But I digress and we haven’t the time for small talk. The holidays are here!

Thursday Night is the only night you can catch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Deets.

Friday morning I’ve got a new video for you. I’m sharing my favorite Last Minute Gift idea (that doesn’t look last minute!) so get back here on StatesmanSocial.com for that lifesaving wisdom. Also, Robert Earl Keen will sing at the ACL Moody Theater on Friday Night. Ticket info.

Saturday the options are almost endless but my Date Night pick is up first: GNOCCHI MAKING CLASS at The Austin Winery. But you can also…

Next Wednesday 12/24/14 the #WTFwed will be all about New Year’s Eve options for everyone and every budget. Know of a party and want to make sure everyone else knows about it too? Be sure to Facebook, Instagram or Tweet me using #StatesmanSocial to be heard.

— Serena

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#WTFwed: Electric bikes and meatballs, y’all

From #StatesmanSocial, content marketing


For the week of Wednesday 11.19.14:

Turns out, it’s another great week to be in Austin!

 

Thursday is the first day you can check out Harley-Davidson’s new electric bike. I kid you not! Cowboy Harley Davidson is hosting the three-day “Project Live Wire Experience” complete with test drives (for those who have a valid motorcycle license) and a simulator (for the rest of us schmoes). Link.

Also, rando timing but the Texas State Bobcats are hosting the Arkansas State team this Thursday night.

Allow me to suggest you mark your calendar for a very important “meeting” between 9:45 and 10:15am this Friday. Tickets go on sale for the Austin360 Amphitheater concert featuring Journey & Steve Miller Band. #dontmissout

 

Friday night, keep it #classy and check out the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s “A Night of Mozart and Schubert.” #datenight

 

Saturday is indeed AWESOME as you can again check out the EAST Studio Tour (check out #264!)

And… THE 2nd ANNUAL MEATBALL FESTIVAL! 

 

Saturday College Football 411:

 

Sunday is your last chance to check out the EAST studio tour this year. Don’t be silly and miss it. Get there and get your art on.

 

Wishing you all a great week (and lots of #StatesmanSocial tagging so I can see too!).

— Serena

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#WTFwed: A whole latte love and so. much. more.

From #StatesmanSocial, content marketing


For the week of Wednesday 11.12.14

Hey y’all hey and welcome back to your latest WTF (Where’s the Fun) Wednesday video with top picks for you to check out this coming week.

 

Wednesday; Starbucks introduces their first new latte flavor in FIVE YEARS. Welcome to the world, Chestnut Praline Latte! I can’t wait to find out what the fuss is all about. I’d love to know what you think so Insta or Tweet me using #StatesmanSocial with your thoughts.

 

Friday night family night – or if you’re just an old school nerd like me – don’t miss the opening night of the BBC’s “Walking With Dinosaurs”: Link.

If Friday night is your Date Night, then you are going to looooooove The Brass House, which is co-owned by two Marines who once dreamed of moving to Austin and owning a jazz lounge. This place is easy on the eyes and has live jazz music starting at 6 p.m. Be sure you’re there by 9:30 p.m. when “Tish and The Mizzbehavin” take the stage. I mean, with a name like that, what’s not to love?! Details.

 

Saturday morning:

Baking Basics: Quickbreads, Pies and Cookies for the Holidays (and yes you get to taste what you bake!) at the Sustainable Food Center; Link.

Fall Jazz Brunch at Hotel San Jose: Link.

East Austin Studio Tour runs this weekend and next weekend: Link.

 

Saturday college football 411:

 

Sunday is your last chance to catch Dirty Dancing the Musical!

And also your only chance to catch the Chaparral Ice “Frozen”-themed session!

 

I am SO excited for this coming week! What about you? Chat me up using #StatesmanSocial to be heard.

In the meantime, remember, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” and have a great week!

— Serena

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