With the holidays behind us and a moment to breathe - inhale... exhale... ahhhh... let's dive back on in to the never ending scene that our beloved Austin has to offer.
What's new? Well for one, anyone out in Hill Country will appreciate the new addition of The Wayback with their sweet restaurant, wine bar, fire pits and tiny cottages for rent. The Wayback is a casual boutique hotel 15 minutes west of downtown. Their style is friendly, comfortable and classic. Surrounded by hills and a big Texas sky, The Wayback is a place to feel the breeze, be carefree and linger.
Looking for a boost of creative inspo check out The Blanton Museum of Art. With nearly 18,000 works ranging from Greek pottery to Latin American modern art, you can spend the entire day at the museum and want to come back for more.
The film and video gallery, currently held by Liliana Porter - she brings to life a cast of recurrent toy-like characters that have appeared in her artworks over the years. Through straight-forward animation and accompanied by a music score by Sylvia Meyer, vintage figurines perform in humorous, absurd, and sometimes moving vignettes. As well as the the Paper Vault - Ideas in Sensuous Form: The International Symbolist Movement. Drawn from the Blanton’s collection of works on paper, this exhibition examines Symbolism’s development and its conceptual and aesthetic innovations, which would have a lasting impact on twentieth-century art.
And then there's the Contemporary Project by Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time. A solo exhibition of new work. Kambui, a Brooklyn native whose multi-disciplinary practice calls attention to the assumptions that underlie our understanding of the world at large. The artist explores, among other concerns, the interlocking systems of power and invisible hierarchies that impact our daily lives. Mobilizing a broad range of artistic mediums and approaches, from glass blowing to wheat pasting, Olujimi paves the way for us to engage in an open dialogue about how we see and experience the world and each other.
There's also the famed Frontera Fest. Produced by the Hyde Park Theatre, Frontera Fest is a five-week, citywide fringe theater festival featuring more than 800 local and national artists. Every night they present a new, unjuried bill of four or five plays no longer than 25 minutes each. Brilliant monologues. Plays in progress. Comedy improv. Cabaret singers. Avant-garde dance. Short films? Multimedia. They have it all.
Need get your body moving again after all that yummy holiday fare? Get going with Austin's 3M Half Marathon on January 20th. Join more than 7,000 runners in Austin for the 3M Half Marathon, a fun and fast stand-alone half marathon boasting one of the fastest 13.1-mile courses in the country, finishing downtown near the Texas State Capitol.
And if we're lucky enough to have some decent weather days, hit up some alfresco dining (yes, you can eat outdoors here in the winter!). Austin is all about it, and wintertime is no different. Dig into classic American fare on the heated patio at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill. Nosh on ranch-style bar food around the cozy fire pit at Contigo - an East Austin restaurant modeled after our family's Texas ranch. Or soak in the tropical vibe at Grizzelda’s, where you can post up on the heated patio with Mexican food and mezcal cocktails.