CultureMap Austin's Official Debut
Every day you log on to CultureMap.com (I hope) and read about all the interesting and quirky people that make Austin… “Austin.” Next Thursday, Austin’s Daily Digital Magazine comes to life at CultureMap Austin’s Official Launch Party at Pine Street Station.
By now you’ve seen the invitation (if not click here), so you’re probably aware this isn’t your run of the mill party. Don’t expect to just stand around and drink. Although if that’s your thing, you’ll have lots of delicious cocktails to choose from thanks to ROXOR Artisan Gin, Dripping Springs Vodka, Republic Tequila, Treaty Oak Rum, Messina Hoff Winery and Ben E. Keith.
This party definitely caters to the curious type—like you, our reader—the kind of person who likes to explore what’s around them. And you’ll have lots to explore Thursday night.
The location, Pine Street Station, is a work of art in itself. As you roam from room to room and all along the outdoor space, you’ll notice quirky little tidbits like a cool sign that reads “Howdy Y’all” and a gigantic orange fish that would otherwise be incredibly tacky.
If you’re lucky, you’ll meet the owner, Reji Thomas, a feisty artist who has poured her heart and soul into Pine Street, a raw space that is home to SXSW’s Fader Fort, Hope Farmer’s Market and a ton of community events in between.
And that’s what our launch party is, one big ol’ community event showcasing some of the people, places and organizations that make up this culturally diverse city: from classical arts organizations like the Blanton Museum of Art to classically Austin organizations like the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).
Your journey through our launch party (which will include stops at more than a dozen delicious food and dessert booths) will not be a quiet one. Miles Barrington of Texas Pro DJ has lined up an all-star crew to keep the party pumpin’ inside all night long (well, at least until 10pm). And if you want to test your DJ skills, you can head outside to meet Dub Academy, who’ll be on site giving mini DJ lessons.
On the outside stage, Crooks, Austin’s up-and-coming outlaw country band (who you can also see at Fun Fun Fun Fest), will be the soundtrack to your CultureMap launch party experience. They’ll be playing all night, breaking only for featured performances by Sky Candy Aerial Arts and the Black Widow Burlesque Troupe. (You might want to leave the kids at home for this one.)
The journey doesn’t stop there. Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will be on site (because we all love tiny furry friends!) and so will hula hoop extraordinaire Henna Kim. Plus, you’ll catch appearances by spray can artists Nate Nordstrom, photographer Annie Ray (we couldn’t call it a party without Austin’s favorite photo booth), and Tiffany Harelik, the brains behind Trailer Food Diaries.
Join us next Thursday (October 6), for what is sure to be a night filled with Austin’s best (and weirdest). I hope you didn’t expect anything less from CultureMap Austin’s official arrival celebration. We hope to see you there.
CultureMap Austin’s Official Launch Party is Thursday, October 6 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Pine Street Station. Reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.