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image credit: Mettle
Generally speaking, the terms “warm” and “industrial” don’t really go together, but somehow, eastside warehouse-turned-restaurant Mettle seems to pull them together in a comfy brunch setting perfect for whiling away a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon over coffee or cocktails. Among its menu’s better and/or more inventive options: the grilled pear French toast and beef tongue tacos. With a few recent changes in Mettle’s kitchen lineup, we’re interested to see how its fare evolves in the coming months.
Mettle, 507 Calles Street
Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm
Closed on Mondays
image: The Long Center
It’s never not fascinating to step across the threshold into one of the creations dreamed by by Architects of Air, and this month, it’s possible again when the luminarium known as Miracoco comes through town. Due to the hypersensory experience’s popularity, advance tickets are only available to Long Center members; walk-up tickets are available to the public on site. Show up, step inside and watch time and space come to a serene and blissful halt as children romp through the chambers and adults meditate, stare up in wonder and snap many an Instagram photo — this visual feast is certainly something to capture.
Miracoco by Architects of Air
Jan 24-Feb 2: luminarium opens at 11 am weekdays, 10 am weekends
Long Center Lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Ticket prices: from $10 same day
image credit: Tribeza
The editorial and design team at Tribeza are easily some of Austin’s most trusted arbiters of taste. So it stands to reason that they host one heck of an interiors tour, featuring eight of the city’s most lauded interior designers. Why not purchase a ticket for this Saturday’s self-guided Tribeza Interiors Tour (10am-4pm) with information on the octet of aesthetes to explain the inspiration behind each space? You’re sure to enjoy a bit of eye candy at every single stop.
Tribeza Interiors Tour
Saturday, January 25 10 am-4pm
pick up tickets ($25) & tour info on Fri, Jan 24, 12-2pm at
Scott + Cooner, 115 W 8th Street
Getting in shape is certainly a popular new year’s resolution around these parts, but for those who’ve long been sticking to their workout regimens, there’s the 2014 3M Half-Marathon. Tearing through town on Sunday, January 19, the annual event gives Austin’s fastest feet a chance to test their limits. Registration is $100; the event begins at 7 am with up to 8,000 participants, making it the largest in event history. Ready, get set, go…
Starting line on Stonelake Boulevard near Sam’s and Dave & Buster’s
image: Transmission Events
Given the fact that Austin calls itself the “live music capital of the world,” it makes sense to offer up an abundance of the stuff. Free Week does that and then some, offering dozens upon dozens of live bands taking over the bars of the Red River Cultural District with absolutely zero cover. Venues include Mohawk, Red 7, Holy Mountain and Beerland. Rock out with the best of them any night of the nine-day affair, at no cost other than beer… and ideally with a pair of earplugs.
Free Week, Red River Cultural District, various venues
Thursday, January 2 – Saturday, January 11
see website for individual show details