Tag Archives: Paramount Theatre

Freak Out! ACL Fest Is This Weekend, Oct. 2-4!

It’s that time of year – when the music obsessed from near and far come together to burn and sweat under the Texas heat, to push and shove to catch a glimpse of the most famous and talented, and to leave feeling accomplished for enduring all of it for three whole days.

Since 2002, tens of thousands of people have been flocking to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival to watch more than 130 adored-over bands in the rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass scenes.

It’s astonishing because in the early days, ACL was just a popular PBS show that brought in Texas singer/songwriters, country and folk performers, and instrument specialists to a small studio on the UT campus. Now the program has grown to showcase artists from every genre, and the festival has certainly gotten up there in popularity with the most premiere music festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Austin, Music, Travel

Listen to David Byrne Talk about Bikes – Sunday Sept. 27, 7 p.m. @ The Paramount

Did you know that David Byrne was an avid cyclist? In addition to being the brilliant front man and songwriter of the Talking Heads and a visual artist of all forms of media, David Byrne is a crazed bicycle advocate. In big cycling metropolises like Austin, San Francisco, and Portland, cycling in all forms is king. But Austin, and possibly the entire country, is lacking some kind of cohesive strategy around cycling as a true form of transportation, as a person’s only form of transportation.

The idea may seem modern, but how do you think people got around before cars and buses? To my understanding, a lot of them had bicycles, so the whole concept of exerting yourself to get to and fro isn’t that outdated.

But it seems like cyclists and urban planners in other major cities around the world have it all figured out: Berlin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam – these cities all have dedicated bike lanes and street lights. Cyclists own the road just as much as drivers, but they don’t interfere with one another and the cohesiveness between the two seems so natural.

I want to know why we don’t have this kind of thing in Austin, or really anywhere in America. Tomorrow night at the Paramount Theatre David Byrne will participate in a panel discussion with the City of Austin Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, an urban planner with ROMA Design Group, and the president of the League of Bicycling Voters to talk about urban planning, bicycle advocacy, and civic responsibility.

Maybe this will bring us one step closer to having some sort of harmony between drivers and bikers in Austin.

“Where We’re Going and Where We’ve Been – Bicycles, Cities, and Transportation in Austin” takes place tomorrow night at The Paramount Theater at 713 Congress Avenue at 7 p.m. The doors and bar open at 6 p.m.

Oh yea, and it’s free to the public.

Biking in Austin

Leave a comment

Filed under Austin, Travel