Photo Credit – kaygeeaustin
To cap off a seven-month series of free movies in the park interlaced with opportunities for the community to learn about important non-profit organizations, The Expedition School — in conjunction with the Austin Parks Foundation and a sponsorship courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse – presents the Reel Paddling Film Festival on Saturday, August 13. The event brings together the year’s best professional and amateur films about canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater sports, fishing and more. For thrill seekers, competitors and adventurers alike, the day will also include a series of paddle races, as well as 1K, 5K and 10K races.
Saturday, August 13
Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street
Ever proud of its innate weirdness, Austin isn’t just the live music capital of the world… it’s also laid claim to a slightly less famous, if equally notable, title: Bat Capital of the World. Known in some circles as “Bat City,” the town is home to no fewer than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, many of which congregate under the South Congress bridge over Town Lake and emerge nearly every night just before dark in a spectacular stage show. The simplest way to view them is to stand on one of the bridge’s sidewalk and face east, or head for the lawn southeast of the bridge to the Austin American Statesman’s Bat Observation Center. Although nightly flights take place from spring through fall, the bats are most populous from late July through mid-August. To make sure you head downtown at just the right time, you can rather literally turn your cell into a bat phone and get the latest flight times by calling 512.416.5700 (category 3636).
…And More Bats
To kill two birds with one stone (bad pun… sorry), you can enjoy the wonders of the water while viewing the bats’ emergence display. Live Love Paddle offers a 2-hour kayak tour of Town Lake, conveniently scheduled to coincide with the bats’ nightly sky show and even more conveniently providing kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices, drinking water, and free appetizer card to Joe’s Crab Shack – not a bad deal for $38.50 per person. Reservations are recommended.
If you want to view the bats from the water but don’t want to break a sweat (from effort, anyway – this summer’s 100-degree temps alone will probably have you glistening no matter what) there’s always a Lonestar Riverboat Cruise. Take a one-hour tour on a 32- or 35-foot cruiser, departing half an hour before sunset from the dock at the southeast corner of the South First Street Bridge. It’s $10 for adults, BYOB, and reservations are recommended.
Here is a walk through of our N Housing corporate furnished apartment suite in North Austin. When we get some extra time, we try take quick iPhone videos of the furnished suite before the guests check in. In this unit we didn’t add a chair in the living room to allow space for items the guests were bringing in. This guest is staying with us as they get ready to move back to their home city after being dispatched to work in Austin for few years. Corporate housing allows them to maintain a home living while they pack all of their furniture and housewares to be moved back home. They will have plenty of living space for their family which includes a young child. They don’t have to worry about noise as much as they would at hotel and have the option to cook meals at home.
For more on N Housing visit us at www.ncorporatehousing.com
Equal parts goofball, bombshell, pinup and pop star, knockout Katy Perry takes the stage at the Frank Erwin Center next Saturday, July 30. Expect an unabashedly poptastic spectacle as she performs hits like “Teenage Dream,” “I Kissed a Girl” and current summer smash “Last Friday Night.” No telling whether or not husband Russell Brand will be in tow, but she’ll likely bring the comedy all on her own; she’s one of the few pop divas on the market today who seems to get her own joke. Special guest Robyn opens.
Show starts at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 30
1701 Red River Street
Funded and supported in part by the City of Austin’s cultural arts division, the Women in Jazz series has been showcasing a broad range of emerging and established jazz talent since 1994, even supporting amateur jazz cats to learn the basics through special workshops hosted every year and capped off with a concert from a national headliner. This year, Grammy winner Norman Brown and veteran saxophonist Richard Elliot take the stage, along with vocalist Pamela Hart and saxophonist Charmin Greene.
Tickets $43, $53 and $63
Doors open at 7 pm; show starts at 8 pm
Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave