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Good news for this part of Texas: Austin FC prevailed against FC Dallas in the 2022 Western Conference Semifinal, which means they’re off to the Western Conferene Final on Sunday, October 30. Sad news for this part of Texas: the team is traveling to Los Angeles to do it. Still, away games are no match for Austinites, who have plenty of bars to gather at and cheer on the team.

Most Austinites likely already have a favorite bar — and who are we to tell you to go anywhere else? — but these eight venues are great places to branch out. These are fun, inclusive places to get deals, spice up the home couch routine, and hang out with non-soccer-loving friends and partners who are doing their best.

Austin FC maintains a list of official bar partners, who have committed to being official viewing locations throughout the season. Half of this list are bar partners. Check the list to see which bars in your neighborhood have committed, but keep in mind that these are all long-term partners, and may not plan anything specific for this game.

Live Oak Park (official watch party)
Not that there will be any penalties for going to another bar (offsides?), but this is the official watch party as declared by Austin FC. It promises the “biggest Watch Party in Austin FC history,” right at Q2 Stadium in Live Oak Park. Attendees who have beat the rest of the crowds (there’s limited space) will get special drink prices, a shot at playoff merch, and a chance to win a poster giveaway. RSVP on the Austin FC app.

Hopsquad Brewing Company
Hopsquad Brewing Company has been following the playoffs weekly, and is ready for the next with $5 beers all day. The brewer is selling its own jerseys and shirts — day-of sales get a free six-pack and a free pint, respectively. Peña Madridista Austin (the local Real Madrid supporters club) will be watching their game just before the AFC game, so it’s a soccer-heavy day for everyone. Things kick off at 10 am.

Little Woodrow’s
Little Woodrow’s, one of the local favorite equalizers for sports fans and revelers just looking for a good atmosphere, is one of the easiest places to catch a game. Each of the six locations is a little different, but the old hole-in-the-wall vibes are always perfect. If Austin FC scores three goals, patrons get $3 Michelob Ultra drafts.

B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub
Green supports green, and B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub is one of Austin FC’s loudest supporters throughout the season, advertising every game on social media. If this is your home bar it’s a no-brainer, but non-neighbors looking for a little more team spirit should stop by this bar partner (and get there early in hopes that space doesn’t run out).

Warehouse Billiard Bar
Yes, it’d be great to get the whole gang involved in the game, but if you always have some folks looking a little left out, a game of pool is a great way to make sure everyone’s having a good time. Plus, tables are always half off on Sundays. Patrons can also play foosball, darts, and other old fashioned arcade games, while enjoying frozen drinks.

Haymaker
One official bar partner, Haymaker, hosts frequent viewing events for many teams, and rarely misses an opportunity to turn something into a party. This bar is known for its sandwiches and poutine, which far outpace most standard bar food. Sundays mean $4 mimosas, sangria, and bloody marys, and there are plenty of craft and natural beers to choose from.

Austin Eastciders
Another official bar partner, Austin Eastciders brings a sweeter option than your typical game day brew. In fact, since last February, these are the official cider for the football club. The Barton Springs location will be serving its regular Sunday brunch until an hour into the game (3 pm), and $4 pints until the game ends. (The Collabaoratory is closed on game day for an event.)

Bouldin Acres
For something more like tailgating vibes, visit the lawn at Bouldin Acres. This laid-back bar partner has lots of backyard seating, two pickleball courts, and is pet-friendly. There are also food trucks-on site, lawn games, and pretty much everything you’d need to entertain anyone tagging along for a fun outdoor day.

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Austin's flagship Kendra Scott store transforms into mini-Museum of Ice Cream for Valentine's Day

Sweet On You

Roses are red, violets are blue, and it's almost February, which means the season of love is upon us. Whether you're looking for the perfect Instagram backdrop or the perfect gift for your Galentine, Valentine — or just a treat for yourself — one particularly sweet collaboration has you covered.

Starting February 1, Austin's own Kendra Scott is partnering with the Museum of Ice Cream to "spread joy, inspire human connection, and reimagine the way we experience ice cream and jewelry just in time for Valentine’s Day," according to a release.

An extension of Scott's “Sweet on You” Valentine’s Day campaign, the partnership will feature an immersive, experiential retail component in the bustling Kendra Scott flagship location on South Congress, as well as a custom ice cream flavor, opportunities to give back, and more.

For an immersive retail experience, the event space at the flagship store will be transformed into a mini-Museum of Ice Cream appropriately dressed with bananas, baubles, and hearts galore. If you've never made it to the renowned museum housed at the Domain, this is your chance to get a literal taste of the experience, while shopping for trinkets and treasures at the same time.

Both companies prioritize giving back as key pillars of their brand, so it's only fitting that the duo will be surprising three schools in Austin, Chicago, and New York with February ice cream parties as part of their partnership. Children at participating schools will be able to enjoy the exclusive Kendra Scott x Museum of Ice Cream flavor while crafting their own Museum of Ice Cream cardboard truck. Each classroom will also receive an Amazon gift card to offset teaching supplies, and Kendra Scott will provide each student with a yellow rose to give alongside Valentine’s messages for their friends, family, teacher, or crush.

Taking place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, a public event on Febuary 1 will formally celebrate the launch of the partnership. Guests will be able to check out the collaborative, immersive shopping experience while shopping Kendra Scott’s new Valentine's Day Collection, enjoying free ice cream and treats from the Museum of Ice Cream and the Sips & Sweets Café.

RSVP to the public event here, and start shopping the Valentine's Day collection here.

Texas-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

Awards News

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17

3 adoptable Austin Pets Alive! senior dogs get portraits and support from JCPenney

Adopt me!

JCPenney is hoping to help senior dogs across the country find their forever homes. The company is partnering with 10 pet shelters across America to help older dogs by capturing photo sessions at JCPenney Portraits by Lifetouch.

"As a brand focused on supporting families on every occasion, we care about the memories our customers create with their furry family members too," said Bill Cunningham, vice president of marketing strategy at JCPenney. "We’re excited to give the senior dogs in these shelters, who are often less likely to be adopted, their chance to shine and encourage customers to get involved with their local communities to change a pet’s life for the better."

Among the featured pups are three senior dogs from Austin Pets Alive! (APA). The first featured APA! dog, Belen, is a 7-year-old boxer mix who likes to hike and make funny noises. Then there is Ollie, a 4-year-old American bulldog mix who loves watching movies. And last but not least is Fotis, a 6-year-old German Shepherd who loves kids.

"We’re grateful for community partners taking initiatives like that of JCPenney's ‘Pet Portraits,'" said Sarah Collica, director of marketing and communications at APA!. "The company's invitation to offer exposure of some of our senior population to their audience is so generous. We are honored and proud to be supported by a community that cares so deeply for pets in need."

Learn more about the initiative on JCPenney's website.

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