Down under the Sydney sun

I’m not sure what kind of expectations I had before going to Australia. I wasn’t picturing the stereotypical image of kangaroos bounding across dry, red outback, but I certainly wasn’t anticipating the multicultural metropolis that I found Sydney to be either. All I know is that it exceeded them all. I’d move to Sydney in a heartbeat. It’s clean and diverse with beautiful beaches and weather. The locals (many of … Continue reading Down under the Sydney sun

BYOB: Brew Your Own Beer

By Anna Daugherty, Emma Ledford and Alex Vickery As the do-it-yourself culture grows, brewing their own beer is becoming a favorite hobby for Austinites. With over 20 craft breweries, annual beer festivals, two homebrew supply stores, and a crafty reputation, it’s no surprise that Austin has developed a vibrant, supportive and ever-growing homebrewing community. Dave Ebel has been homebrewing for almost eight years. He got started when his … Continue reading BYOB: Brew Your Own Beer

Holiday travel survival guide: the essentials

The holidays are a lovely time of year. For most us, they mean getting away from work and school to spend quality time with our loved ones. Whether you plan on sunbathing on a faraway beach or just relaxing on mom and dad’s couch, it generally involves traveling. And let’s face it, getting there is hardly ever easy. If you plan on flying, then you’ll … Continue reading Holiday travel survival guide: the essentials

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 recap

There was much fun to be had–three times as much–in Austin this weekend. Fans at Fun Fun Fun Fest enjoyed gorgeous sunny weather for three days of music, comedy, skating, even wrestling. The festival, which pairs its stages with different genres, boasted a wide-ranging lineup with something for everyone, including nostalgic nineties punk bands, heavy metal mainstays, up-and-coming producers, indie rock favorites and a Mercury … Continue reading Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 recap

Austin’s premiere pole dancing studio allows students to embrace their inner monkey

By Lingnan Ellen Chen, Alice Kozdemba, Larisa Manescu and Alex Vickery To passersby, the small, unassuming studio on Manor Road doesn’t look like much. The big, yellow “Brass Ovaries” sign is the only thing that hints at what’s inside, and that doesn’t say a whole lot if you’re unfamiliar with the name. Every now and then, someone will knock on the door and ask if … Continue reading Austin’s premiere pole dancing studio allows students to embrace their inner monkey

Some Texans feeling blue amid elections

Things might be looking up for voter turnout in Texas. After this year’s midterm elections, Indiana beat us for last place in the nation. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we did any better. In fact, that’s still pretty abysmal. Unofficial numbers from the Texas Department of State show that about 4.7 million people voted for a Texas gubernatorial candidate in a state with … Continue reading Some Texans feeling blue amid elections

Austin celebrates life and death through Viva La Vida fest

By Jane Claire Hervey, Olivia Starich, Elizabeth Williams and Alex Vickery In a sea of papier-mâché, face paint and elaborate costumes, Austin’s 31st annual Viva la Vida festival kicked off the city’s series of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday during which people remember and honor loved ones who have died. Because … Continue reading Austin celebrates life and death through Viva La Vida fest

Austin beard culture grows thick

by Jane Claire Hervey, Olivia Starich, Alex Vickery & Elizabeth Williams For many American men, the onset of “No Shave November” marks a time of facial hair freedom. The annual cultural trend, which began as a cancer awareness movement by the American Cancer Society, calls for a divorce from the razor in acknowledgement of one’s hairiest self. But for Austin’s habitually bearded citizenry, “No Shave November” is … Continue reading Austin beard culture grows thick

Inaugural Stargayzer Fest celebrates Austin queer community

By Anna Daugherty, Emma Ledford and Alex Vickery More than 100 LGBTQIA musicians, artists, drag performers and comedians from around the world took the stage for the inaugural Stargayzer Festival on Sept. 12-14 at Pine Street Station. Despite the rainy weather, Austinites of all ages and orientations turned out to support the diverse range of talent within the queer community. “We’ve got comedians and drag and performance … Continue reading Inaugural Stargayzer Fest celebrates Austin queer community

Girls ‘went’ wild west: photos & recap

Our travels on the road have long since been over, and for the past week and a half it’s been back to the reality of answering emails and playing catch-up. Now that I’m finally sitting down to write this blog post, I’m not even sure what’s left to say (I’d rather show you with all the great photos I got!). I honestly can’t believe everything … Continue reading Girls ‘went’ wild west: photos & recap