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Photo courtesy of the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society

Whether you were a pandemic collector or a pandemic neglecter, odds are there’s room for a few new additions, and your knowledge is always evolving. There will be plenty of adoptable plants, both rare and super accessible, at the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society (ACSS) Fall Show and Sale on September 3 and 4, plus an opportunity to meet and join Austin’s spikiest social club.

The sale invites 10 Texas and New Mexico vendors to the Garden Center at the Zilker Botanical Garden. The little building on top of the hill is tucked away from the highway and Barton Springs Road in the trees, with access to the rest of the grounds for a stroll after scoring some new photosynthesizing friends.

East Austin Succulents always has a big presence at the sale, completely taking over one end of the showroom with showpieces (priced accordingly) as well as tiny, cup-of-coffee priced finds. Rick Van Dyke brings his glazed pottery in earthy tones and organic forms — some look like fossil beds, and others even have eyes and feet. Cactus Data Plants visits from New Mexico with exotic offerings, and A Bugs Home nursery joins from San Antonio.

Many of the stores have little to no online presence apart from ACSS shows, so this annual chance to see their goods is irreplaceable. A $1 raffle every hour will hook visitors up with plants offered by each vendor day-of (so no one knows what’s coming until they get there), and a silent auction, which in the past has included historical books, socks, and a Madagascar palm (Pachypodium lamerei).

ACSS president Sara Sturtevant had no plants when she joined the club, which was founded before she was born, in 1975. She started collecting through the monthly plant raffle to close each meeting, and more seasoned members would give her advice on how to care for her prizes. One of the most valuable pieces of advice she received — advice we all receive over and over, but may never accept — was that even the best growers kill plants sometimes.

“I have a nice little greenhouse now, and I'm very much involved in the community and in plant collecting, but I didn't start that way,” says Sturtevant. “And that's okay. If you have an interest, you should come out.”

Although the club includes nationally-known educators and traders, it also contains part-time hobbyists and, through family memberships, people too young to tell you what a plant is. Sturtevant estimates that the age demographics are evenly split above and below 50, and include active members from high school, college, and deep into retirement. Plants may never have been cooler in the United States than they are now (although the 70s won’t go down without a fight), so membership is booming, and members themselves are what Sturtevant calls a “hip crowd.”

Before the pandemic, roughly 60 people would attend in-person meetings. Those numbers have been slashed in half, but overall membership actually grew to 165. Now some events are available virtually. Regular programming from the past four months has included a workshop focusing on the Haworthia genus (those pointy, fleshy crowns that are sometimes translucent); a presentation on better plant photography; a talk by former Colorado Cactus & Succulent Society president Jackson Burkholder on Sulcorebutia in its native Bolivia; and an exploration of plant and animal life in South Texas by ​​paleontologist and ACSS member Kenneth Bader, who also manages of the Osteological Preparation Lab at UT Austin.

The society’s biggest members-only event is its annual holiday party, which before the pandemic was at a restaurant and has since transitioned to a member’s home. A potluck event in more ways than one, the party turns organically into its own mini market. “People back up their cars and have their own little plant sale, or a trade, or giveaway,” says Sturtevant.

For hands-on, site-specific activities, the group has volunteered to clean up the cactus garden at Zilker, and takes “field trips” to hike and photograph native species (never removing them). They’ve visited Big Bend on past trips, and next up is a smaller private ranch trip. As any social club could hope for, members do connect and hang out independently outside of the group.

Sturtevant considers the plant show a must-see for nostalgic Austinites and visitors. “It's been happening forever at Zilker Botanical Gardens, and it’s kind of a staple in Austin culture. If you want a piece of old Austin, this is it.”

The Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Fall Show and Sale will take place at the Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Gardens on September 3 and 4, from 10 am to 5 pm. It is open to the public. Members ($15 annually, $20 for families including housemates) are invited to free events once a month and receive a newsletter detailing events, society business, and plant thoughts. Sign up at austincactusandsucculentsociety.wildapricot.org.

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South Austin neighborhood bistro boasts all-new look, name, chef, and menu

Bistro my heart

One of South Austin’s newest neighborhood staples has refreshed, rebranded, and revealed both new leadership and new menus. Goodbye, 1417 Bistro; hello, 1417 French Bistro — because who doesn’t love a bit of added French flare?

Opened by Allison Welsh in July 2021, the Bouldin Creek bistro is an exploration of French-inspired cuisine. Launching the rebranded concept and new menu items on August 1, Welsh welcomes new executive chef Kyle Mulligan (formerly of Salty Sow, Trio at Four Seasons Hotel, Cipollina, and Kemuri Tatsu hya) to the team.

While refocusing to reflect traditional French bistro fare, Mulligan’s new menu will still feature 1417 favorites like the duck confit crepes, with added items such as a hearty jambon sandwich, escargot, French onion soup, and many more starting on August 1. He is particularly excited about the chilled scallop salad, where preserved lemon vinaigrette pairs with the sweetness of the scallops and carrot while bright and slightly bitter greens add a delightful crunch.

The restaurant works with local urban farms Hausbar and Joe’s Organics for microgreens and edible flowers.

Also refreshed on the menu are the pastries, with new items by Amy Moore and a bread program led by Maggie Fleuger. Classic French cocktails also join the already well-curated beverage menu, which will now include a French 75, Sidecar, and Vieux Carre.

But the bistro’s glow-up is not confined to the kitchen: Welsh also updated the interior décor, curating an equal parts elevated and inviting feel for diners with modern artwork, midcentury furniture, and plenty of greenery.

Open weekdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, happy hour is available Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. On weekends, the bistro serves brunch between 10 am and 3 pm and reopens for dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm (Saturdays) or 10 pm (Sundays).

1417 French Bistro features both refreshed interiors and menus.

Photo by Johanesen Photography
1417 French Bistro features both refreshed interiors and menus.
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Austin's first farm-focused food festival returns to the field this fall

Field of Dreams

Austin's first farmer-focused food festival is back for its second year with an even bigger lineup than its sold-out launch event in 2021. With a mission to educate, elevate, and celebrate the local food, farmers, and chefs that make Austin one of the most incredible food cities in the country, Field Guide Festival brings Austin together to explore the pathway of food from seed in the soil to plates on the table through food, beverage, farming and wellness experiences.

This 2022 iteration features new immersive events for 2022, including Ploughman’s Picnic at Peeler Farm on September 10, At The Pass on October 1, and Field Guide Festival at Fiesta Gardens on November 12.

Led by industry powerhouses Lindsey Sokol of Blue Norther Live and Trisha Bates of Urban American Farmer, the festival is female-founded. Working alongside Philip Speer of Comedor as the chef curator and Robert Björn Taylor as the NA beverage curator, the thoughtfully designed festival celebrates our Central Texas food system, showcasing collaborations between Austin's beloved farmers and chefs.

“In year two of Field Guide, we’re giving guests a fresh food experience focusing on where their food comes from through the close collaboration of local chefs and farmers,” said co-founder Lindsey Sokol. “We want guests to leave with an understanding of where and how our food is made to help appreciate and value our local food system and culinary community.”

Field Guide Festival partners with the Central Texas Food Bank as a long-term nonprofit community partner, dedicating a portion of proceeds to support their incredible work in increasing food security for our community.

In addition to the return of the eponymous Field Guide event on November 10, the two additional fall events will feature fresh new ways to engage with local chefs, farmers, and makers across Central Texas. Taking place at Peeler Farm in Floresville, Texas, on September 10, Ploughman's Picnic will include both well-known and lesser-known Texas culinary stars such as Cured, Confituras, HiFi Mycology, Abby Jane Bakeshop, and many more.

Peeler Farm cowboys will welcome guests with a hayride to the pasture, where they will spend the evening surrounded by the farm's large herds of humanely raised cattle, sheep, and baby water buffalo as they graze on green and golden pastures. Featuring local charcuterie and Peeler Farm meat, the dinner will highlight the culinary talents of chef Jorge Hernandez from San Antonio’s Hotel Emma as well as the musical musings of Scott Ballew for a sunset performance.

Just a few short weeks later, At The Pass will move from the farm to the city, taking place in downtown Austin for a lively evening where local chefs will flex their culinary mastery, demonstrating kitchen shortcuts and pro tips that will change the way you prep food in your own kitchen. A full chef lineup, location, and more details of this must-attend new event will be released soon.

In the meantime, head to fieldguidefest.com for more information on this one-of-a-kind festival focused on the future of the local food system. Last year's tickets sold out in record time, so be sure to sign up sooner than later for an opportunity to meet and celebrate the people behind your local food while eating and drinking the vibrant flavors that are so unique to Austin.

Courtesy of Wine & Food Foundation

World-renowned winemaker joins lineup of rare Austin event

Going Once

There’s no faster way to infuse luxury into a dinner or at-home hang than uncorking a bottle of rare wine. Even being able to name one is a major power move. Austinites who wish to pursue either of these goals might make time for the Wine & Food Foundation’s biggest and best-known fundraiser of the year, The Rare & Fine Wine Auction and Gala, this November 5.

Guests are invited to the JW Marriott Austin for a three-course meal, wine pairings, and a keynote speech by winemaker Paul Hobbs, of the eponymous winery. Hobbs combined his experience growing up on a family farm in upstate New York with degrees in chemistry and vermiculture (farming with worms) to refine winemaking down to science and intuition, his bio says.

Hobbs launched his career with Robert Mondavi Winery, and after just one year was invited to join the first team launching the now world-famous Opus One Winery. After working in Argentina and helping to popularize Malbec, he has maintained an international career as owner and winemaker with several wineries, most recently Hillick & Hobbs.

“I am honored to be the Featured Winemaker for this legendary Austin event,” said Hobbs in a press release. “It’s a privilege to be included among the elite winemakers of the world who have been in this position in years past, and I look forward to meeting many of Wine & Food Foundation’s long-time supporters and wine-lovers.”

With a wide range of ticketing tiers, this gala is a three-day affair including a barbecue on November 3 and a luncheon with Hobbs on November 4. All tiers (tables from $3,500 and individual tickets for $375) support the foundation’s goal to foster general interest in wine, while providing industry “grants, scholarships, education and industry support.”

Tickets will be released on a rolling basis, starting with “epicurean” members June 15, and opening to the public at a reduced rate June 29. More information and registry at winefoodfoundation.org.

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6 things to know in food right now: Portland coffee shop opens in buzzy Austin 'burb

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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

It does make sense that Portland, Oregon, businesses would do well in Austin, and proving that for the third time over is Black Rock Coffee Bar. A new location opening in Hutto on June 3 is the third in the Austin area — all outside of Austin proper— and the 12th in Texas. Reviewers note a welcoming atmosphere and a diverse, creative menu, including prickly pear and hibiscus teas, and several takes on mocha. Customers on opening day can pick up free 16-ounce drinks, and more specials will be announced throughout the week.

Noble Sandwich Co. flew under back onto the Austin radar with a new location quietly opening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. According to ABIA (often recognized for its great food), the outpost opened April 1. It joins Kome’s Sushi A-Go-Go, which opened on the same day. The two are included in the Austin City Market concept, which comprises Zocalo Café, Beerdrop by Austin Beerworks, and the newest live music stage at AUS.

News and Other Notes

A ramen lover knows fighting for the last few spoonfuls — no matter what — is part of the sport, but this may start looking like a harder task as the 100-degree days creep in. Thankfully, the ever-popular Ramen Tatsu-ya is bringing the heat and cooling things down with a new Spicy Chilled Ramen. The summer special, based on a typical hiyashi chuka (a dipped noodle dish), features citrus soy dressing, cucumber and tomatoes, pirikara ground pork, karashi mustard, and chili oil, with a few other more standard additions. It’s available now in all Austin locations.

To kick off Pride month, the gay and joyful cookie delivery company Wunderkeks took a step in a straighter direction. The husband-and-husband team partnered with actress Tori Spelling of 90210 fame, to discuss the importance of allyship and an accepting family. With help from Spelling’s kids, the team created their take on an, uh, “promiscuous” brownie, with a layer of chocolate chip cookie on top and an Oreo in the middle. The Safe Space Brownie, as it’s dubbed, makes no attempt at modesty, also incorporating coconut, caramel, pecan, and sprinkles. Boxes ($36 for nine) are available for nationwide delivery at wunderkeks.com.

Two of Austin’s hottest restaurants, Suerte and Uchi, are teaming up for a one-night-only fundraiser on June 7. Suerte will host chef Lance Gillum, serving braised lamb tacos made just for the occasion, with pickled summer squash, pepita salsa macha, and black crema. Proceeds from this Taquero Takeover will go to Urban Roots, a three-and-a-half-acre farm in East Austin that gives local youths paid jobs to teach about leadership through food and farming. This collaboration is part of a monthly series on the first Tuesday of every month. Reservations on Resy are gone, but the restaurant leaves a portion of seating during these events for walk-ins.

Another somewhat unlikely pair of restaurants are trading dishes through the entire month of June: Tso Chinese Delivery and Jewboy Burgers. Both center crab rangoon (fried crab and cream cheese dumplings). The Oy Vay Guey Rangoons available at Tso Delivery are stuffed with Jewboy’s picadillo, with ground beef (hold the crab), hatch green chile, and grilled onions. Jewboy’s Tso Rangoon Burger is topped, instead of stuffed, with Tso’s crab rangoon mix, fried wonton strips, and sweet chili sauce. Both are available in their respective stores, and online.

Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

6 things to know in Austin food right now: Picturesque resort restaurant reopens

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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings and new offerings

On the easternmost edge of Austin, the picturesque Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is reopening its previous restaurant, Stories, with a new story and menu. Now called Stories Ranch Kitchen, it focuses on farm-to-table food, including wild game — like antelope from South Texas — supplied by Texas ranchers. The new menu will also include hydroponic greens, house-made cheese, and more ideas from Executive Chef Chris Cummer, who joined the team in 2021. Stories Ranch Kitchen is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Another delightful teal and white shard of a burger stand popped up in South Austin, making this P. Terry’s 26th location in Central Texas. This location opened on May 2 at 8600 IH 35 Service Rd SB, and is open from 7 am to midnight or 1 am. The franchise also announced a partnership Keurig Dr Pepper, with a retro fountain design to further match the eatery’s vintage theme, and new beverages in the lineup. That new lineup across all Texas locations serves Big Red, IBC Root Beer, Hawaiian Punch, 7UP, Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper, Coke and Diet Coke.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, and one of Austin’s most popular brunch spots will unveil a new spring and summer menu featuring “Snooze-approved ingredients” (which, it turns out, has a rubric). Snooze’s extensive existing menu is built around diner classics, especially lots of pancakes. That tradition continues with new strawberry shortcake pancakes, made with buttermilk, strawberry mascarpone, almond streusel and more luxe toppings. It also adds parmesan-panko crab cake benedict, a “Snoozeberry Cereal Milk Cocktail,” and many more to come. Snooze doesn’t take reservations, but it does allow diners to join an immediate waitlist on snoozeeatery.com.

The makers of Central Texas’ unofficial flagship beer, Shiner Bock, announced a new Mexican-style beer, ¡Órale! This cerveza is brewed with agave, meaning (according to Shiner Beers), it’s earthy and a little sweet, and pairs well with “spicy, flavorful foods.” In a press release, Carlos Alvarez, CEO of The Gambrinus Company that owns the brewery, expressed his excitement at producing something that represents his Mexican heritage. This brew is 4.5% ABV, and will be available in 6- and 12-packs in both cans and bottles nationally this May.

Other news and notes

Three beloved Asian-owned restaurants in Austin are teaming up this month to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, donating a portion of sales to the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative. This organization provides income, language, transportation and other support that may help overcome health care barriers. Tso Chinese Delivery, The Peached Tortilla, and Chi'Lantro have offered up three dishes to the cause, pledging $1 per order: General Min’s shrimp and chicken, #60 fried rice, and kimchi fries ssäm, respectively. The promotion ends May 22.

Austin’s own Meanwhile Brewing has been raking in awards this spring, from CultureMap’s Brewery of the Year at the Tastemaker Awards, to gold winner in the Munich-Style Helles category at the World Beer Cup. The Texans triumphed alongside California’s Humble Sea Brewing Co. (silver) and a 400-year-old German brewer, Schlappe-seppel (bronze). Meanwhile is celebrating the win all day on May 20 with limited edition 4-pack cans of the Meanwhile Lager, tunes at 7 pm by DJ Chorizo Funk, and fun merch. Check out the brewery’s social media for updates on events.

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Steven Spielberg opens up personal history in The Fabelmans

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For over 40 years, director Steven Spielberg has been delivering some of the most popular blockbuster movies of all time as well as a bevy of Oscar-quality dramas, a combination that’s unique to him. For his latest, The Fabelmans, he’s decided to go more personal than ever, telling a thinly-veiled version of his own childhood.

Sammy (played mostly by Gabriel LaBelle) is one of four children – and the only son – of Mitzi (Michelle Williams), a concert pianist, and Burt Fabelman (Paul Dano), a computer engineer. From an early age, Sammy is enthralled by the art of filmmaking, first remaking a train crash sequence from The Greatest Show on Earth, and gradually moving on to more adventurous stories.

Burt’s advancing career, which moves the family from New Jersey to Arizona to California, causes stress for various members of the family, most notably Sammy and Mitzi. Sammy must deal with anti-Semitic bullies, while Mitzi falls deeper into a mental health crisis. Sammy’s movies continually offer a respite for the family, though, giving him a creative outlet and the rest of them a chance to forget their troubles for a while.

Written by Spielberg – his first writing effort since 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence – and Tony Kushner, the film is heavy on emotions but presented in a way that those feelings don’t always translate. Spielberg is no stranger to depicting fraught family situations in his long career, but in showing ones from his own family, it feels like he pulled back, not wanting the scenes to be overwrought or schmaltzy.

The result is a story that isn’t as universal as some of his other films. As the film is told from Sammy’s perspective, it’s easy to get caught up in his pursuits and various discoveries as he gets older. The mindsets of the rest of the family are less clear, even though his parents and sisters are ever-present. Mitzi’s state of mind is a concern from the start, but it’s not always treated as such by other important characters.

Just as Sammy’s movies are an escape for his family, so too are they some of the best parts of the film. Sammy figuring out the process and secrets of filmmaking is informative and often thrilling, especially if you’re a cinephile. Spielberg has been considered a master for so long that watching him revisit the days when he was learning as he went is catnip for movie lovers.

In addition to being a dead ringer for a teenage Spielberg, LaBelle is a fantastic actor. It’s no easy feat to carry a movie on your shoulders, and LaBelle makes the assignment look easy. Williams’ performance will likely be more polarizing; she employs a very mannered speech pattern that works in some situations, but not all. The film also includes memorable short appearances by Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, and David Lynch.

Spielberg has provided the moviegoing public with such pleasure over the years that he deserves to have a movie that’s mostly for him. The initial viewing of The Fabelmans left this critic wanting, but perhaps it will gain more traction on a second screening.

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The Fabelmans is now playing in theaters.

Photo by Merie Weismuller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment

Gabriel LaBelle in The Fabelmans

Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta acquires award-winning California resort

tilman goes laguna

Fans of Tilman Fertitta's nationwide hospitality brands are in for a treat. The Billion Dollar Buyer has just secured an award-winning, 30-acre resort in sunny Southern California.

Fertitta has purchased the acclaimed Montage Laguna Beach Resort Hotel, a premier beachfront property in the sunny SoCal getaway destination. Notably, the Montage Laguna Beach Resort Hotel is one of only six hotels in the U.S. to score the Forbes Triple Five-Star hotel status. The Montage has also been included among Travel + Leisure’s Top Hotels in the World.

Image courtesy of Montage Laguna Beach

Fertitta's newest purchase overlooks the ocean in Laguna Beach.

“I am truly thrilled to acquire this world-renowned property and add one of America’s most iconic trophy resorts to our luxury hotel portfolio,” Fertitta noted in a statement. “I have been traveling to Laguna Beach for over 30 years. It is one of my favorite places to visit and one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The Montage is a stunning oceanfront property and one of the premier hotel brands in the world.”

Press materials didn't list the property purchase price, but Law360 reports that the deal is in excess of $660 million.

The Craftsman-style resort sits on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Impressive amenities are highlighted by the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage, which offers eucalyptus steam rooms, dry redwood saunas, ocean air whirlpools, fireplace lounges, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a movement studio, and a lap pool.

More outdoor fun includes two pools and direct beach access, a museum-quality fine art collection, and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, per press materials.

Every resident space — the 260 guestrooms, including 60 suites, beach bungalow-style rooms, and multi-bedroom villas — boast stunning views of the Pacific.

Dining destinations offer chef-driven interpretations of coastal California flavors inspired by region. The property is designated and included in the distinctive Legend Collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

“We are thrilled that Tilman is the new owner of this one-of-a-kind property and welcome him into the Montage family,” said Alan Fuerstman, founder, CEO, and chairman of Montage International. Mary Rogers, the Montage's GM added, “The staff is thrilled to be working with Tilman. Everyone here at the property is tremendously excited about his purchase and look forward to continuing to provide a world-class experience to all of our guests."

Aside from his palatial Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Fertitta also owns 14 other hotel properties around the country, including the award-winning San Luis Resort in Galveston, plus five popular Golden Nugget casino and hotel locations.

Another feather in Fertitta’s luxury portfolio cap is the iconic Huntting Inn, one of the most charming and historic locales in East Hampton, New York.

No stranger to California, Fertitta's presence there includes Catch Seafood and Catch Steak, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Mastro’s Steakhouse, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, The Palm, and more — all part of his 60 brands and more than 600 concepts nationwide.

Legendary Austin blues club Antone's launches independent livestreaming platform

Live on Live

If Antone’s is your vibe but Fifth Street isn’t, first, know we get it. Saving Austinites the trip, along with countless people outside of the Austin area, Antone’s Nightclub is launching a new service for livestreaming its shows, starting November 25 and 26.

It’ll start with New Orleans-based funk and jam band Dumpstaphunk, for their special “Phunksgiving” show with Michael Hale Trio, and continue on for certain shows, delineated on the Atone’s website. Specifics are still loose before the launch, allowing the famous blues club to call the shots. The partner agency that created the streaming service, 3rd + Lamar, created the system to give Antone’s as much freedom as possible.

"Partnering with Antone's to build their livestreaming platform and produce each of their shows is an incredible opportunity for 3rd + Lamar," said the agency’s co-founder Nick Schenck in a press release. "The amazing talent that performs at Antone's – and their fans worldwide – deserve best-in-class live production quality, and we're thrilled to play a part in this operation."

Not that Antone’s needed to stand out more in the music industry (the nearly 50-year-old venue has always been one of the best places to see both local and national talent), but this achievement places it among relatively few venues across the country, especially those that operate their system independently.

Austin, of course, is already accustomed to this luxury thanks to Austin City Limits, but Antone’s offers a different flavor of live performance, simply by nature of being a small club rather than a multi-level venue. The more intimate shows are filmed by four Blackmagic 4K cinema cameras on tracks overhead, which ensure that the whole space is easily visible without having camera operators amid the audience.

“We did over 430 individually ticketed shows in 2019 and we felt like we were bursting at the seams,” said Antone’s owner Will Bridges. “Then when livestreams became more prominent during the pandemic we realized, this is our opportunity to take Antone’s outside of our four walls. … [W]e see people in the comment threads all the time saying ‘If I could only be teleported to Antone’s!’ Well now they can.”

The release emphasizes that the system means Antone’s “fully retain[s] ownership of their content, which can then be utilized at their discretion.” It also calls the service “an add-on option for all artists performing at Antone’s,” positioning the service as not just an audience luxury but a performer’s low-cost marketing tool. Suddenly, artists playing at Antone’s are afforded a choice without needing to be invited to record or pay an independent video team, while reaching even more viewers with no extra time spent advertising.

“Our ultimate goal is to make these amazing musical experiences accessible to everyone. Life is busy, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate no matter where they are or what they have going on,” said Bridges. “We want to make livestreams from Antone’s totally commonplace. When we announce our upcoming shows, fans have two options: watch it at the club our watch it at home.”

Livestreams are listed in a separate category at antonesnightclub.com, but links also appear on each applicable event across the site. Tickets are available now for Dumpstaphunk’s “Phunksgiving” ($10 to livestream, $30 in-person). Livestreams start 10-20 minutes before each show.