Photo by Dani Dudek

The first ever Two Step Inn brought '90s country to Georgetown, along with a whole lot of people. 30,000 fans attended the country themed event each day, and while the festival took place in a smaller space with only three stages, it felt pretty much just like Austin City Limits (ACL) when it came to lines and viewing experience. It also looked a lot like ACL with C3 Presents producing the fest.

Headlining artists on the main stage were the draw for many festival attendees. Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers headlined the two-night event. The set up at this stage wasn’t ideal, however, with the entire front and side sections reserved for those who sprang for VIP tickets.

The Showdeo stage offered a much more enjoyable experience. Here, a stacked lineup of artists on both days took revelers back to the '90s. Diamond Rio, Little Texas, Jo Dee Messina, and more played their biggest hits, along with other '90s faves. Some throwback artists rocked the main stage as well, including Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and Wynonna Judd.

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Couples two step at the Two Step Inn.

Though we heard some grumbling from locals about the traffic, parking, and effect the event would have on the park, those we spoke with at the event loved having a music fest close to home. And it wasn’t only Central Texans who attended: We met fans who traveled from Maryland, New York, and the West Coast.

In addition to the '90s stage, there was a more alt-country stage featuring artists like Paul Cauthen, Diplo, and T-Pain, who also played a short set at the Chateau Ste. Michelle wine bar on Saturday afternoon.

Other festival highlights included the aforementioned wine bar, line dancing and two-step lessons, the Tito’s crane game (which you may also have seen at ACL), and plenty of fun photo ops.

All in all, the Two Step Inn festival was a success. Will Two Step Fest keep trucking along in 2024? We'll just have to wait and see.

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Fantastic visuals and original story make The Creator a must-see sci-fi film

Movie Review

In the relatively risk-averse world that is modern Hollywood, getting an original story is a rarity. The vast majority of potentially blockbuster movies these days are ones that have a connection to some kind of existing intellectual property that already has a well-established track record. So anytime something interesting arrives that’s not a sequel/reboot/remake/commercial for a product, it deserves to be celebrated.

And that goes double when it’s done as well as the new sci-fi film, The Creator. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world in 2065, 30 years after a sentient artificial intelligence detonated a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. Joshua (John David Washington) is an American soldier who for years worked undercover alongside A.I.-enhanced robots, many of which are fitted with clones of human faces, to try to find their reclusive leader, Nirmata, in a part of the world now called New Asia.

A personal tragedy sends him into exile, but he’s recruited back into service by Colonel Howell (Allison Janney) to seek out and destroy a weapon that may turn the tide in the war for good. Turns out the weapon is a robot in the form of a child (Madeleine Yuna Voyles), and when Joshua discovers that fact, he finds it impossible to carry out the mission. Instead, he does everything he can to protect the girl he calls Alphie, with the military hot on his tail all the while.

Written and directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) and co-written by Chris Weitz, the film is astonishing in a number of ways, but mostly for its ability to draw the viewer in visually. The CGI is amazingly believable, making it easy to immerse yourself in the storytelling. From a foreboding super-weapon in the sky called NOMAD to the futuristic landscapes to the whirring metal cylinders that appear to be the brains of the robots, the film is full of fantastic details that make it a feast for the eyes.

The concept of A.I. is increasingly being used as a storytelling tool, and here the filmmakers seem to try to play both sides of the fence. Many people in the film fear its capabilities, especially given the nuclear event. But by literally putting human faces on many of the robots, it becomes more difficult to see them as pure evil, a dilemma that’s at the core of the problem for both Joshua and the audience.

Washington, who’s fast becoming as reliably good as his father, Denzel, is the star of the film, and he does a great job in that role. But stealing the show every second she’s on screen is Voyles, who delivers a debut performance the likes of which hasn’t been seen in many years. She is utterly convincing and heartbreaking as Alphie; while the story may have worked with a lesser actor, she helps take it to completely different level.

Also putting in great work are Janney, who proves herself as badass and fearsome a military leader as any man; Mark Menchaca as her No. 2; Ken Watanabe as an A.I. robot; singer-turned-actor Sturgill Simpson as a friend of Joshua; and Gemma Chan, redeeming herself after the misfire of Eternals.

John David Washington in The Creator
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John David Washington in The Creator.

The Creator could’ve earned praise simply by giving us an original sci-fi story. But by accompanying it with awe-inspiring imagery and performances that elevate the story immeasurably, Edwards and his team have made a film that will likely be remembered for years to come.


The Creator opens in theaters on September 29.

Timeless elegance meets modern luxury with charming Old Enfield home

On The Market

Nestled gracefully within the historic enclave of Old Enfield, the two-story stone home at 2313 Hartford Road stands as a testament to the enduring allure of architectural charm and modern refinement.

From the moment you step inside, it's apparent that every aspect of this 3,453-square-foot residence has been meticulously crafted to create a space that seamlessly marries timeless tradition with contemporary sophistication.

The journey through this captivating abode commences in the formal living area, where an exquisite copper fireplace welcomes residents and guests alike, setting the tone for the mesmerizing style that unfolds throughout.

A culinary haven awaits within the architect-designed kitchen, featuring stainless steel countertops, double sinks, and a luxurious limestone floor and backsplash. A chef's dream, this space is equipped with double ovens, poised to bring culinary aspirations to life.

Venturing further, the grand living room beckons with its soaring seventeen-foot ceilings, a majestic stone fireplace, and an expansive wall of windows that generously bathe the room in natural light.

Rich, dark-stained wood floors underfoot contribute to the home's inviting ambiance, complementing its overall character.

Every fixture, wallpaper choice, and flooring selection within this residence has been thoughtfully curated to make a resounding statement about the home as a whole. This meticulous attention to detail permeates every facet of the property, elevating its character and allure.

Moving beyond the interior, the outdoor living space proves equally enchanting, featuring a screened-in patio that offers the perfect setting for enjoying Austin's breezy evenings without the intrusion of pesky insects.

Additionally, a charming dining area nestled under the sprawling canopy of live oak trees, adorned with twinkling lights, creates a truly magical setting for al fresco gatherings and memorable evenings.

The primary bedroom, a sanctuary of comfort and luxury, boasts its own fireplace, finely crafted built-ins, and a spacious ensuite bathroom. Three additional bedrooms provide ample space for family or guests, each appointed with the same meticulous care evident throughout the home.

In its entirety, this Old Enfield gem harmoniously marries the finest aspects of traditional architecture with the conveniences of modern living.

It is a residence that radiates charm and sophistication, indoors and out, promising an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Austin's historic landscape.


This home is on the market with Kumara Wilcoxon of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Click here to see more photos, details, and to contact the agent.

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Soaring 17-foot ceilings await in the living room.

Austin's Armadillo Christmas Bazaar to pack in 200 artisans for 2023 holiday mega-market


Holiday shopping in 2023 leaves a lot to be desired. One can brave Jumanji-like stampedes during Black Friday or bask in the blue light of an endless Amazon scroll. No wonder so many people throw up their hands and order a full deck of Starbucks gift cards.

Fortunately, an Austin tradition is still around for those who see gift-giving as an expression of joy. Save the date for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, which will cheerfully fill the Palmer Events Center starting December 15.

The 2023 edition will showcase 200 artists, including nationwide award-winners. Guests will peruse a mind-boggling array of handmade goods, including sculptural fiber art, wall collages, hand-crocheted toys, and ceramics. Creators will be on hand to share their inspiration and accept orders for custom work.

Longtime ‘Dillo revelers will recognize a few friendly faces on the floor. Inspired by singer Lucinda Williams’ wish for a warm, comfortable holiday art market, the Bazaar has attracted crowds since 1975. Multigenerational artists have now become part of the Armadillo family.

This year’s featured artwork by Dan Grissom pays tribute to that legacy with a work inspired by Armadillo lore — incorporating nods to an ‘80s poster, a poinsettia, and the nine-banded armadillo. Look closely for an embedded 709, a number dear to the Bazaar and Armadillo World Headquarters’ history. Chat with a staffer to hear the full story.

New attractions this year include The Armadillo Artway, an interactive activation featuring Ozark’s tintype photo studio; an ornament marbling station from Mercedez Rex; and a project from not-for-profit local magazine Almost Real Things.

Bars will be scattered across the grounds to keep the happening well-fueled. For the first time, the planners have also created a food court underneath the canopy overlooking the park with more culinary choices and ample seating.

From the jump, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has always been one of the season’s hottest destinations for live music, showcasing legendary performers such as Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Charley Crockett, and Rosie Flores. For now, planners are mum on this year’s lineup but will spill the beans on October 23.

Tickets will not be available until that announcement but have been traditionally kept reasonable (last year, guests could grab them for $12 for a one-day pass and $47 for the season). The party will run from 11 am to 9:30 pm daily from December 15-23. While waiting, fans can order essential 2023 merch from the online store.