Cirque Italia is Thrilled to Present Their Newest and Greatest Creation – Aquatic Spectacular. You Don’t Want to Miss Its Debut in Robstown, Texas!

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Aquatic Spectacular”? Water, entertainment, excitement……?  You can expect all these things and so much more from the brand new themed Cirque Italia production with its perfectly fitting new title. After six years of enhancements, a rigorous casting selection, and countless performances nationwide, this newest form of Cirque Italia’s innovative and unique “traveling circus” spectacular production is set to be its finest to date.

Aquatic Spectacular came to life all thanks to its imaginative creator Manuel Rebecchi, along with invaluable direction and production management by Chanté DeMoustes. Cirque Italia’s brand-new theme show is an artistic blend of human abilities, technology and the element of water. This one-of-a-kind production combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in a fun filled atmosphere all ages are sure to enjoy.

Performers from all over the world have been brought together under the enchanted spiral of the white and blue big top. The merging of their astonishing skills with the poetic element of water has led to the creation of a truly unforgettable experience. Cirque Italia has managed to create a beautifully unique theatrical production by combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, along with bursts of power and excitement as well.

Aquatic Spectacular offers two hours of high-end entertainment. Beautiful aerialists dazzle and shimmer on a chandelier high above the ground, but they aren’t the only ones that will draw your eyes toward the sky. You can expect to see contortion in a bubble, a Venetian aerial duo, and even someone hula hooping while in the air. Don’t worry about getting your eyes checked, you aren’t seeing double; there are TWO lasermen. Duo jugglers, duo roller-skaters, the always breathtaking wheel of death………the list goes on and on. It is even possible for a pre-historic dinosaur to make an appearance. Let your imagination wander, because anything is possible in this new whimsical production.

One might be concerned that such a spectacular entertainment opportunity is out of his/her price range, but Cirque Italia is committed to bringing a Las Vegas quality production to your hometown at an affordable price. They also feature many special offers and promotions.

Cirque Italia continues to contribute to the modernization of the performing arts and the circus industry by abiding by a strict animal free policy.

For more information visit and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

When: February 22-25

Where: 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., Robstown, TX 78380

At: Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds

Near: Baseball Stadium in parking lot 

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent! 

  • February 22 Thursday: 7:30 pm
  • February 23 Friday: 7:30 pm
  • February 24 Saturday: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8:30 pm
  • February 25 Sunday: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8:30 pm 

Box office hours:

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10 am – 6 pm

On show days: 10 am – 9 pm

You can purchase tickets through our website ( or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.

Non vediamo l’ora di vedervi allo spettacolo! Let Your Imagination Wander…and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.

New Effort Aims to Bolster Music Venues

As you nod along to a catchy tune over dinner or drinks with friends, you might not even think about the live music you’re enjoying. For many people, live music is simply part of the ambiance of their local bars or restaurants. For others, it may be the main draw. Either way, people often don’t give much thought to the price of that entertainment.

For small business owners, however, paying for a license for that music can be a major worry. While playing live music in a venue without a license is copyright infringement, creating potential liability for lawsuits seeking large amounts of money, it is often impossible for business owners to figure out which licenses to buy, for what and from whom. Despite the explosive growth in access to information of all kinds online, there is still not a single comprehensive and actionable database of music copyright ownership and licensing that exists today.

If a person wants to buy licenses for copyrighted music, they currently must sift through a sparse patchwork of incomplete databases – covering only some copyrighted works, like those maintained by the performing rights organizations (PROs) that license song performances. Those databases are often unhelpful and usually state that they can’t be relied on to be accurate or up-to-date. Business owners wanting to offer music to their customers are often not equipped with the tools necessary to make rational decisions based on opaque data.

This leaves business owners either guessing or forced to buy all of the licenses. Increasingly, venues like restaurants, taverns, wineries and hotels are walking away from hosting live musicians altogether. In fact, a 2016 industry survey by WineAmerica estimated as many as 32 percent of wineries throughout the United States have either canceled or are considering canceling their live music programs. This can put venue owners in a no-win position and leave them denying opportunities for new and upcoming artists to do what they love and discover new audiences.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) may provide a solution to this problem. The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act would help establish a neutral, searchable, digital database of historical and current copyright ownership and licensing information, free-of-charge.

“Beverage licensees have been clear that their focus is on bringing transparency to the music licensing process and already support songwriters by collectively paying millions of dollars in licensing fees to PROs,” said John Bodnovich, executive director of the American Beverage Licensees trade association. “This is a bipartisan issue, affecting hospitality businesses in every town, city and state across America, and this bill is a sensible step toward a more transparent system.”

The proposed legislation is a step toward creating an open and accessible music licensing system, ensuring that venues can safely continue to provide live music for their patrons.

“Transparency is the only way for wineries to make sound business decisions when it comes to music,” said Tara Good, vice president of WineAmerica. “Music and live music performances play a huge part in promoting wine tourism and creating a memorable and unique experience.”

With more transparency and access to music ownership and licensing information, venue owners can buy the right licensing with confidence and you can keep enjoying live music. To support live music at local venues, call your members of Congress and urge them to support H.R.3350 – Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act. (Family Features)

Sway Launches New Cocktail Program

Specialty Drinks Celebrate Traditional Thai Flavors

Photography courtesy of Travis Hallmark.  

Sway, the award-winning Thai restaurant located in South Austin, is now offering liquor and specialty cocktails in addition to its wide selection of wine, beer and sake. The new program features Thai takes on classic cocktails, using fresh herbs, housemade syrups and local ingredients to create a signature menu.

Bangkok Sling

Bangkok Sling

“Developing each cocktail was an exercise in flavor balance and celebrating the distinct flavors of Thailand,” says Mandi Nelson, Beverage Director of New Waterloo. “They can hold up to the heat of Sway’s cuisine without getting lost or be overpowering. Our cocktails are as lovely as they are delicious, and they serve as the perfect complement to our food menu.”

In addition to specialty cocktails, guests can also now enjoy mixed drinks or add a spirit of their choosing to Sway’s housemade sodas and drinking vinegars.

Cocktail Menu

bangkok 75
gin, secret garden tea, lemon, sparkling wine

monk water
vodka, pineapple, lime, cucumber, mint, cilantro, soda water

same same tonic
gin, galangal, lime, tonic

lotus margarita
tequila, combier, tamarind, lime salt

tuk tuk sling
butterfly tea infused gin, benedictine, combier, cherry heering, pineapple, lime, blackberry

koh koh breeze
vodka, combier, lemon, raspberry-lychee, coconut cream

the emperor
whiskey, aperol, lemon, chai tea

to magnolia city with love (proceeds benefit Hurricane Harvey Relief; cocktail now made with rum)
rum, lychee, fresh orange, cherry

Sway is located at 1417 South 1st Street and is open Sunday – Wednesday, 11am – 10pm and Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm. For more information, visit, or call (512) 326-1999.

Additional locations, West Lake Hills (3437 Bee Caves Road) and Domain NORTHSIDE (Rock Rose), are scheduled to open in early 2018.


Sway is a modern Thai restaurant located in Austin, Texas, that serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Inspired by an Australian style of Thai cooking, Sway is an interpretation of a traditional northern Thai-style lanna house. For more information, please visit Follow Sway on Facebook (Sway Thai) and Instagram (@SwayThai).

Baby Greens Kicks Off the New Year with a 28-Day Challenge and New Menu Items

Challenge Participants Entered to Win One Year of Free Baby Greens!


Baby Greens, the drive-thru restaurant offering salads and wraps, is excited to kick off the new year with its annual 28-Day Challenge, a 28-day healthy living challenge designed to encourage healthier habits for Austinites and help them start fresh in 2018.

The 28-Day Challenge will officially begin on Wednesday, January 10, and will consist of a daily dose of healthy tips, recipes, workout routines, nutrition tidbits, menu specials, and more that will be shared through the restaurant’s Instagram account. Special activities will be hosted by Baby Greens throughout the month, including classes by Black Swan Yoga, Todd Pilates & Barre, and more. The challenge will feature special perks, like exclusive discounts to Crux Climbing Center, Sustainable Food Center’s 6-part series Fundamentals of Healthy Home Cooking, and more. 

“Baby Greens is so excited to kick off the 28-Day Challenge! We want to make it fun for Austinites to do at least one thing every day to be a little bit healthier,” says Sharon Mays, owner and founder of Baby Greens. “Baby Greens created this challenge to encourage people to try new activities with us. We’ll have beginners classes for yoga, pilates, boot camp, and more—it’s the perfect opportunity to start the year off right!”

Along with the challenge, Baby Greens is excited to introduce new menu additions. The new offerings will make it easy for anyone with healthy New Year’s resolutions or diets to stay on track. New items include a Whole 30 salad (romaine lettuce, kale, purple cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, sugar snap peas, and hemp seeds with roasted onion and garlic vinaigrette—vegan and Whole 30 compliant), gluten-free peanut butter cookies, blueberry lemonade, and a new collard greens offering for wraps allowing customers to have their wrap rolled up in collard greens instead of a flour tortilla.

Austinites are encouraged to participate in the challenge and share their photos and experience related to the day’s focus using the hashtag #28daysofbabygreens.

At the end of the challenge, a prize will be awarded to a lucky winner who participates in the 28-Day Challenge. Those who post weekly (or more), will be entered to win a Grand Prize Package at the end of the 28-Day Challenge, which will include a year of free Baby Greens (restrictions apply).

Baby Greens restaurant is located at 1508 W. Anderson Lane. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The full menu and additional information can be found at 


Challenge begins: Wednesday, January 10 


28-Day Challenge: Baby Greens’ Instagram | @eatbabygreens | #eatbabygreens #28daysofbabygreens              

COVER 3 Offering NYE & New Year’s Day Specials

To help Central Texans kick off 2018 on the right foot after those late-night New Year’s Eve celebrations, all Cover 3 locations in Austin and San Antonio will offer brunch on Monday, January 1 – an offering normally reserved for only Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The full brunch menu will be available that morning from opening at 11am to 3pm, including the popular U-Mix-It Bubbles and Bloody Mary Bar. The traditional lunch and dinner menus will also be available throughout that Monday until close at 10pm as COVER 3 will be screening each of the NCAA 2018 College Football Playoff games that afternoon and night (includes Georgia vs Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl at 4pm & Alabama vs Clemson in the Sugar Bowl at 7:45pm CT). COVER 3′s brunch was recently named “Best Brunch” in Austin and San Antonio this year by Austin Monthly Magazine and San Antonio Current respectively, so this is a great opportunity to kick off the new year with some of the best local bites around!

Additionally, on NYE the preceding day, all COVER 3 locations will be offering various specials for champagne drinks, although details on specific promotions will be revealed online in the days leading up to the holiday. On NYE day, all COVER 3 locations will have normal business hours with traditional brunch/lunch/dinner menu offerings – 11am to 10pm.

Sonesta Bee Cave Features Holiday Hours, Menu, Special Offers and New Year’s Eve Celebration

Looking to escape family or treat yourself and your loved ones to a relaxing getaway in the Hill Country this holiday season? 

Sonesta Bee Cave is featuring the ultimate gift this holiday season, 25 percent off when you book four nights or more. Sonesta’s restaurant and lounge, Meridian 98, is featuring a new winter menu and holiday cocktails perfect for warming up on these chilly days and nights.


Pork Belly and Tomato Sliders

Pork Belly and Tomato Sliders

Some of the  rich, robust flavors with a sophisticated Texas twist, including Pork Belly SlidersBacon Mac HushpuppiesRisotto Ballz, and Mini Texas Chili Dogs. Chef Newman’s menu retains such perennial favorites as Fire-Roasted SalsaBacon-Wrapped Gulf ShrimpCrispy WingsBarbacoa Street Tacos and Beef Stuffed Empanadas. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options, and 90 percent of the menu is Texas-sourced from local farms and ranches. The menu is paired with an extensive selection of cocktails made with Texas liquors – including a draft margarita made with locally sourced honey – an all-Texas lineup of micro-brew beers and Texas wines.

In addition to being open Christmas Eve and day and New Years eve and day, Meridian 98 is hosting a New Year’s Eve party including a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, champagne toast and a spectacular view of the Hill Country Galleria firework extravaganza. 

The Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is Royal

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Matthew Murphy.

On Tuesday, December 12, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts opened its 2017 – 2018 season with a proverbial bang with their presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I”.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Opening night was truly a step back in time and a journey to a far off land.  The setting was Siam. The time was long before the modern day Thailand might ever have been imagined.  These were the times of pomp and pageantry.  These were the times of deep seated traditions and customs that were brought to bear upon the savy English widow Anna Leonowens, the “school teacher”, and her young son Louis as Anna enters the employ of the King of Siam.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

The feeling of joy felt throughout the audience was palpable as the Bass Concert Hall filled with the classic and familiar tune “I Whistle a Happy Tune” as Anna and Louis stepped off the boat with great trepidation and on to their new homeland.  Equally enthralling was watching Anna being introduced to the numerous royal wives and even more numerous royal children while singing “Getting to Know You” in the royal court.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Inevitably, amidst this newly forged arrangement, tensions arise as Anna must delicately, yet firmly, navigate a foreign society and a royal household known for great civility and even greater incivility.  These tensions come more acutely to light as we learn of the king’s personal struggles of being in absolute barbaric power before his subjects while privately and quite humbly, at times, questioning the very nature of the expansive world surrounding him.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Not surprisingly, the bullying egocentric attitude of the king and Anna’s proud obstinate disposition make the plot ripe for confrontation both petty and literally deadly.  Yet, sweet undertones of admiration and respect for one another develop amidst their strife, and devotion flourishes as these unlikely companions become the greatest of allies.  As the final curtain fell, it was hard not to feel a great sense hope of being able to come together as one people.  For surely, if the barbarian king and the proper English lady can do it, then so can we.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

December 12 – 17, 2017

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at,, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email

Celebrate The Festive Season with Sonesta’ s South Florida Hotels

The festive season is well underway and Sonesta’s two South Florida hotels are looking to celebrate this time of year with special menus aiming to bring family and friends together.

Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami

Overlooking Biscayne Bay, this hotel provides guests with the ideal getaway to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve in beautiful Miami. On Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, the hotel’s Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge will delight guests with an exceptional menu. Top highlights include Seared Diver Scallops ($17), Pepper Crusted Roast Prime Rib and Trio Crème Brûlée Spoons ($11). For those looking to ring in the New Year with a bash, the hotel has created a one-of-a-kind package. Book from now through December 30 and travel December 28 – January 2, 2018 with promo code SONNYE and receive the Big Orange New Year’s Eve Package. Guests will receive fun party accessories, specialty cupcakes and a complimentary bottle of champagne to toast to the memories of 2017 and beginning of 2018, all while enjoying the best view of Miami with Big Orange Ball Drop, fireworks, and Pitbull’s New Year’s Resolution and Countdown. Panorama is also offering a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu that will be available from 8-11:30 p.m. for $105 per person on that day. The exquisite menu includes an appetizer station, raw bar and carving station. Elaborate dessert tapas are also part of the night, with a wide range of tasty treats to top off the night. Reservations can be made by calling (305) 447-8264. Here you can access the limited-time menus. 

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Across from the Atlantic Ocean and golden coastline, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is the perfect location for those looking to escape the cold winter and bask in the warm Florida weather. The hotel’s full-service restaurant, Bistro, will be offering locals and guests a celebratory Christmas Eve menu this year. The menu includes Curried Lobster Bisque with Cream Fraiche and Caviar, Holiday Roast Prime Rib of Beef and Chef’s Apple Pie. This will be available throughout the day for $45 (adults) and $15.00 (children 12 and under). For New Year’s Eve, the hotel is rolling out a flavorful three-course dinner spearheaded by executive chef Thomas Russo. Diners will enjoy from a Sunrise Salad with Seasonal Mixed Greens, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds and Seasonal Berries to a Broiled Lobster Combination with Fillet Mignon, Saffron Scampi Sauce and Port Wine Demi Potato Soufflé. Reservations are available by calling (954) 315-1460. Here you can access the menus with more details.

Interview Tip: How to Answer “What Can You Offer Us That the Other Candidates for This Job Cannot?”

Recommendations from Go Resumes.

“What can you offer us that the other candidates for this job cannot?”
• Interviewers often use questions like this to determine if you have an inflated view of yourself or possibly a tendency to be overly critical of your co-workers.

• Showcase your strengths without implying that you are above everyone else.

• Qualify your answer by beginning with a disclaimer that you don’t know the qualifications of the other applicants, then assert how your qualifications make you a great choice for the position.

Sea Oats Group Announces $1.3 Billion Expansion of Cinnamon Shore on Texas Gulf Coast

Phase II of Cinnamon Shore Will Quadruple the Vacation Community’s Size and Bring Distinctive New Home Designs, Amenities to Mustang Island

As originally published by Lynn Darden of The PR Boutique.

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Sea Oats Group announced recently a $1.3 billion, 300-acre expansion of Cinnamon Shore, Mustang Island’s premier new urbanism vacation community, featuring distinctive new home designs and a wide array of appealing amenities.

“Cinnamon Shore North has been enormously successful, with over $200 million in sales, and is now 85 percent sold out,” said Jeff Lamkin, CEO of Sea Oats Group, developers of Cinnamon Shore. “The phase II expansion will take place over 15 to 20 years and will more than quadruple the size of the existing community.”

Over the past decade, Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group has been one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled.

Nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes and just minutes from Corpus Christi, Cinnamon Shore is the ultimate expression of coastal living. The vibrant, master-planned new urban development on Texas’ Coastal Bend combines elegant housing, work spaces, retail amenities, parks and recreational facilities in a highly livable, walkable seaside resort community. Nearby activities include links-style golfing, unique shopping, parasailing and charters, all effortlessly booked for residents and guests through Cinnamon Shores’ exclusive concierge services.

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Cinnamon Shore Arial Image

Sea Oats Group began developing the 63-acre Cinnamon Shore North, phase I of its incomparable Texas Gulf Coast vacation community, in 2007. Its $275 million buildout includes home sales on 200 lots, 75 of which are multi-family residences, with a median price point of $1 million. Single-family homes start at around $636,000 and beachfront homes are priced from about $2.5 million.

The more than 250-acre phase II expansion will encompass Cinnamon Shore South, an $800 million investment, and Cinnamon Shore Bay Shore, projected to be a $500 million buildout. Lamkin said Sea Oats Group envisions four primary pillars of distinction for phase II: (1) home craftsmanship and a lifestyle unrivaled on the Gulf Coast; (2) a dining district with dozens of restaurants to please any palate or mood; (3) enticing destination retail; and (4) a health and wellness center.

Phase II will include a 3,300-foot wide beachfront, maintained daily – almost three times the size of the beach at Cinnamon Shore North. Eventually, the development will lie on both sides of State Highway 361, about a mile south of Cinnamon Shore North, with a golf cart bridge enabling residents to easily access amenities on both sides of the highway. Plans include multiple swimming pools and lakes to provide refuge and enhance the landscape on both sides of the roadway. A key feature of phase II – an approximately 10-acre lake, one of the largest on the Texas Gulf Coast – will be encircled by a mile-long boardwalk. The development will also feature honeymoon cottages, a spa, town centers for retail within each phase and a boutique hotel opening in 2018. Site work is already underway, and Sea Oats Group expects to begin building homes on the property in mid- to late-2018.

“We are proud of the community we have created with phase I of Cinnamon Shore and gratified by how well it has been received,” said Lamkin. “We plan to build on what has been a very successful model with this major phase II expansion. Full details, including the master plan for phase II, will be released later this year.”

About Cinnamon Shore

Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind the protective dunes on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the first new urbanism development for Sea Oats Group, which is fulfilling its vision of a traditional seaside village with a wide array of amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, luxury villas and vibrant town centers. Every detail of Cinnamon Shore is designed to embrace the natural ambience of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walking neighborhood. For more information, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@CinnamonShore).

About Sea Oats Group

Port Aransas-based Sea Oats Group is one of the most successful developers of coastal properties in any market nationwide, including the Texas Gulf Coast, where the value of its beachfront portfolio is unequalled. The firm is dedicated to creating traditional neighborhood developments that provide residents with the highest possible quality of life, while preserving the integrity of the resort landscapes they occupy. By combining living spaces with retail areas in a walkable, connected plan, Sea Oats Group weaves together beautiful places to live, work and play. For more information, visit