Effortless Spring Entertaining

Spring brings plenty of reasons to celebrate, from holidays to weddings to baby showers. Even a just-because al fresco brunch is a great way to share time with family and friends while taking advantage of a beautiful day.

Make hosting your next spring gathering a breeze with these entertaining tips for organizing an effortless event:

Set the stage for a beautiful table. Dress up the table with a dainty lace tablecloth for a sweet, traditional spring look. If your approach is more modern, try using a simple runner in a complementary color. Then turn your attention to the style of the rest of the table. Special touches like flowers, place cards and linens with napkin ring holders can add a touch of elegance in an instant.

Blend function with style. Appearance aside, each table provides an essential function to your event. Incorporate details like salt and pepper shakers and condiment dishes within easy reach. When it comes to the tableware, you can add a touch of functional style with Chinet Cut Crystal plates, cups, cutlery and wineglasses. As a fully coordinated line of disposable tableware, the products match nearly any decor, allowing you to create the perfect tablespace. Remember to carefully consider each aspect of your menu to ensure the proper tableware is provided.

Work ahead to ease the weight. One failsafe way to cut stress and ensure you get to actually enjoy the party: plan ahead. Do as much food prep as you can the day before and set up tables and other decorations ahead of time. Finish your housework well before the event date so all that’s left is quick touch-ups. Remember details like serving spoons and other tableware; setting these out the night before can trim precious minutes when guests are on their way, and using disposable options can help save time during cleanup.

Borrow inspiration from nature.  The vivid greens and vibrant hues of fresh flowers during spring can help provide a fresh, inviting look. Depending on your seating arrangements, it may be appropriate to use a single large vase or a series of smaller vessels scattered around the room. Using basic, clear glass, or an option like Chinet Cut Crystal wineglasses as vases for smaller buds, lets the focus stay on the flowers, but you can also bring your theme to the table with vases in coordinated colors, textures and styles. If you’ll serve from a buffet or offer a dessert table, try adding a bouquet to that table, as well.

Add a signature touch. Make it easy for guests to leave your event with a lasting impression. Individually wrapped desserts or other small edible favors are always a hit. Or simply offer small bud vases and invite guests to take a piece of the party decor home.

Find more ideas for easy entertaining this spring at MyChinet.com. (Family Features)


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a Hilariously Instructive Spectacle

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin’s presentation of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a hilariously instructive spectacle of just how absolutely ungentleman-like an impoverished Englishman can become, given the proper motivation!

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Set in the early 1900’s, our protagonist, Montague “Monty” Navarro receives an unannounced visitor at his shabby flat on the night of his mother’s funeral and quite unexpectedly learns of a secret that his mother had kept from him all his life. Monty isn’t just the son of a lowly washerwoman, he’s a member of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family and ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst!

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Emboldened by this new revelation, Monty races to share the incredible news with the love of his life, Miss Sibella Hallward, who has historically refused to marry him because of his poverty. As encouraging as Monty’s news is to Sibella, she dubiously remarks that eight people would have to die in order for him to become earl and the most whimsical and musically lyrical plots and acts of murder ensue!

 National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

The spectacular music, hysterical lyrics, dynamic singing and soaring harmonies bound energetically throughout the performances as we’re introduced to all eight of the D’Ysquith family heirs to earldom including Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith, Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith, Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr., Henry D’Ysquith, Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, and Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey. Needless to say, the ultimate comical demise of each these hysterically unconventional family members leaves you bearing down in feeble attempts to stifle the fact that you’re laughing about their murders and cheering Monty on to his next unwitting target. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never laughed so uncomfortably hard in your life!

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Drama and hysteria continue to run amuck as Monty comes to a successful end of his murderous antics and Miss Phoebe D’Ysquith, a fellow distant family member not in the line of succession shows a strong affinity for Monty. A love triangle forms as both Miss Phoebe and Miss Sibella realize they both fancy Monty’s initiative and rapid ascent to earldom, and while naturally pitted against each other, find themselves defending Monty’s innocence as Scotland Yard authorities erroneously charge Monty for the murder of Lord Adalbert. Just when you think your tummy will get a rest from laughter Monty is miraculously found innocent and a tenth heir to earldom, Chauncey D’Ysquith is discovered with his own sinister plans to be earl.

You’ll smile from ear to ear as the plot unceasingly thickens with the drop of the final curtain and the murderous attempts between Monty and Chauncey are left to your imagination as a euphoric exhaustion washes over you and you sigh, “Wow, that was insane!”.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
WHEN: March 20 – 25, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
TICKETS: Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, 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 Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with These Green Inspired Cupcakes!

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Are you hosting a St. Patty’s event? Yummy Cupcakes is the perfect treat for the parties! This gourmet cupcake company puts a new twist to a classic recipes with unique flavors such as their green velvet cupcake, Lucky Charms inspired cupcake filled with marshmallow cream and a delicious Lime Meringue.

Yummy Cupcakes has received raving reviews from many prestigious publications such as Every Day with Rachael Raye, O, VOGUE, Martha Stewart, the Food Network and more!


Yummy Cupcakes is one of the original cupcakeries, starting in March 2004, and one of the very few who remain a cupcake only business.  Yummy Cupcakes makes cupcakes in fun new shapes and delightfully unexpected flavors. The company is the originator of the cupcake in a jar, it also creates cupcakes on sticks and cupcake push pops, Cupcakie Pies, cupcake biscotti and cupcake parfaits. How’s that for out of the box thinking? Its flavors include Green Tea and Honey, Peach Cobbler and Peanut Butter and Jelly to name of few of Yummy Cupcake’s 400 proprietary flavors. They do make Chocolate too!

  • All ingredients are real, wholesome, and top-quality
  • All recipes are created by Executive Chef Tiffini Soforenko
  • 400 proprietary gourmet cupcake recipes including Vegan, Gluten-less and Sugar-free
  • Crafted from scratch every day by our professional Pastry Chefs.
  • San Diego voted Yummy Cupcakes Best Cupcakes in 2017

School of ROCK The Musical is Going to Rock You

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin brought the proverbial house down again this Wednesday night with the opening of the musical “School of Rock”!  Warning, if you have a knack for the mundane, this performance will knock it clean out of you.  All the better, if the word, “rebellion” rolls easily off your tongue, then race for the ticket line, because the spirit of Rock and Roll will never be so hysterically thrown in your lap!

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The high energy pace of the whole show rolls right over the top of you from the get go with the standard announcement about audience conduct.  Just when silencing your cell phone is mentioned, the screeching vocals of Dewey and the Heavy Metal playing of his big hair band thrusting out of their Marshall amps physically sets you back in your seat.  Sadly we quickly learn that Dewey, in all his zeal, has no idea that his fellow band members have decided to kick him out of the band and replace him with a stronger recruit in preparation for the upcoming and much anticipated annual Battle of The Bands contest.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

Things go from bad to worse when Dewey’s crash pad is jeopardized when his friend’s wife demands that Dewey start paying rent or get out after years of mooching off his generous friends.  Desperation grows and in a flash of deviant genius, Dewey gets the hair brained idea to impersonate his friend as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green private school to make some quick cash for rent.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Quite unavoidably, Dewey bumbles and fumbles his way in to the teaching gig and  squarely sets himself in the cross hairs of the school principal and fellow faculty members with his uncouth behavior and slovenly  appearance which only heightens the fact that Dewey has absolutely no earthly idea of how he’s going to pull of acting like a teacher, let alone trying to act like a grown adult.  Yet amongst all the classroom follies, Dewey makes the most unexpected discovery when one day his students start pulling out instruments for music class and he realizes that these kids can ROCK!!!!

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Now at last, class is truly in session for Dewey and he’s headed for stardom with his new dream band that he enthusiastically names “School of Rock”!  And folks, just in case you’re wondering, all of the cast memebers on stage are really playing their own instruments and these kids are insanely talented!

Tensions grow as we learn of the individual student’s home lives and the intense pressures placed upon them by their parents to achieve scholastically.  All the while the Battle of The Bands contest is fast approaching and it almost seems like Dewey’s delusions of grandeur may actually come true!

Emotions erupt when the parents and the principal find out about Dewey’s plans to enter his young band in the contest and in a blink of the eye, Dewey’s Rock and Roll world unravels before him when they pull the proverbial plug on his plans.  Beleaguered, Dewey makes his way back to his soon to be lost crash pad, beat down and hopeless of ever achieving Rock greatness.

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Thankfully, his student’s rebel determination pulls Dewey from his emotional abyss and on to the contest stage of the Battle of The Bands to learn yet another unexpected life lesson and redemption reigns when Dewey is offered a new full-time position at Horace Green teaching music and almost magically joy returns to Dewey’s Rock and Roll world!

“School of Rock” is the most energetic and enthusiastic stage performance that I have ever seen!  When the elderly audience members are dancing their way out of the auditorium after the performance as much as, if not more than the teenagers, you know that you have been a part of Rock and Roll history!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

School of Rock  – The Musical

February 13 – 18, 2018

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 BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, 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 Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

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 www.cirqueitalia.com 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 (cirqueitalia.com/tickets) 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)

National Tour Cast Announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Smash Hit School of Rock the Musical



WHO:          Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

WHAT:       School of Rock  – The Musical

WHEN:      February 13 – 18, 2018

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

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

TICKETS: Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, 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 Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is pleased to announce that individual tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are on sale now. School of Rock – The Musical will play Bass Concert Hall February 13 – 18, 2018.

Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the School of Rock – The Musical national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea and Hernando Umana. The kid’s ensemble features Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl and Aiden Niklas Villa.

School of Rock – The Musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.

School of Rock – The Musical opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, “School’s IN – forever!” School of Rock – The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). School of Rock – The Musical also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Based on the hit film, School of Rock – The Musical is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

School of Rock  – The Musical features scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.

School of Rock  – The Musical is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

Presented by Texas Performing Arts. Broadway Across America provides production services for Texas Performing Arts. Sales tax exempt pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 151.3101(a)(3).

Parker Jazz Club Brings An Elevated Jazz Experience to Austin Nightlife

Featuring Cool, Classic, Timeless Jazz and Cocktails in The Famed Warehouse District

February Grand Opening Events Include Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Themed Party, Valentine’s Night of Entertainment, and the Dexter at 95 Official Birthday Celebration Featuring Jazz Greats Doug Lawrence, Eric Reed, John Webber, Kris Johnson, and Legendary Drummer Louis Hayes.

Downtown Austin gets an exciting new jazz and entertainment destination with the opening of Parker Jazz Club. Located on 4th Street, the underground jazz haunt brings a distinct music and nightlife experience to Austin.

A long-time dream of popular musician Kris Kimura and well-known restaurant industry pro Eric Leonard, the two partnered to open Parker Jazz Club with the goal of enlivening Austin’s jazz scene. The venue offers live music nightly from cool jazz trios to big band ensembles featuring musicians from all over the world.

“We have envisioned opening a jazz club for years,” says Parker Jazz Club owner, Kris Kimura. “Eric and I want to recreate the jazz vibe and tradition prevalent in world-renowned institutions like Ronnie Scott’s in London. Our goal is to provide cool, classic, timeless jazz in that same awesome ‘throwback’ setting.”

Located beneath the basement of the historic Old Spaghetti Warehouse, a flight of stairs leads down to a subterranean lounge that evokes an exclusive, cloistered hideaway. An expansive bar, comfortable seating, cocktail tables, colorful art deco murals created by artist Eric Waugh, and flickering lights all set the stage for great music and cocktails in a swanky environment.

The bar and cocktail program, created by Eric Leonard, includes a robust selection of fine spirits with rare, exceptional finds like Nolet’s Silver Reserve Gin, Pappy Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 and 23 year old and Balvenie 30 year old. A well-rounded, comprehensive wine list provides a great selection for every palate.

Cocktails are king at Parker Jazz Club. Old school favorites are referenced with a modern update and are aptly named after iconic jazz songs and musicians. Signature drink, the Yard Bird, is a High West Double Rye Old Fashioned served on the rocks, The Scrapple from the Apple is an apple pie martini served up with a flaky pie crust and cinnamon stick, and the Sidewinder is Bombay Sapphire gin served up with muddled rosemary and lemon bitters. There is also a vast selection of beer and sake and bottle service is also provided.

“The wine, spirits and cocktail offerings are designed so there is something for everyone or any occasion,” says Parker Jazz Club Owner Eric Leonard. “Be it a glass of wine after dinner or a cocktail before you start the night – we want the transition to be seamless. We think Parker Jazz Club will bring back the importance of a great night out – we want the experience to feel special whether you stop in for happy hour or end your night with us.”

Also offered is a late-night bites menu including delectable mini cakes like mascarpone cheesecake and strawberry shortcake, artisanal cheese plates, and charcuterie.

The state-of-the-art sound system, designed by renowned acoustical engineer Steve Durr, is paramount at Parker Jazz club and an important element to the experience. The 22 by 19-foot stage can accommodate any size band and musicians are provided a green room.

This month, Parker Jazz Club celebrates its grand opening with great festive events including a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras themed party on February 13, a Valentine’s night of entertainment February 14, and a very special celebration, Dexter at 95, honoring jazz great Dexter Gordon, hosted by Maxine Gordon and featuring jazz icons Doug Lawrence, Eric Reed, John Webber, Kris Johnson and legendary drummer Louis Hayes, taking place on February 26 and 27.

Happy Hour at Parker Jazz Club takes place Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with complimentary music from the Ryan Davis Trio. Ticket prices for regularly programmed entertainment starts at $5. For schedule, pricing, and reservations go to https://www.parkerjazzclub.com.

Parker Jazz Club is located at 117 West 4th Street, 107 B Austin, Texas. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. to close. Follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook @ParkerJazzClub.

Austin Influential Group Proudly Presents The Opulence Ball: Kavïat 24

Austin Influential Group proudly presents The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24, benefiting Austin Pets Alive! (www.austinpetsalive.org), happening on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00pm – 1am at The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX.

From the grandiose and over-the-top phantasmagoria of the Baroque and Rococo to the immersive, hyper-saturated and vibrating glamour of disco, housed in the ever-influential and conscious-altering philosophy “be what you want to be” of Ball Culture, we bring to you our biggest creation to date; KAVÏAT 24! In benefit of Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Influential Group invites you to bear witness and forever scream your piece to not just dream it, but BE IT, at our 6th annual Opulence Ball! Come dressed to impress, transgress and express your wildest dreams of elegance and extravaganza and be seen in the styles of Baroque France, decadent Italian masquerade, Rococo brilliance, the hottest, slickest, and smoothest threads of disco or arrive in a married combination of them all!  The sky’s the limit! Can you dig it, madame and monsieurs?  At the heart of the chateau, we’ll present our largest and most grand parade of spectacle, flare, drama and theatre featuring a carefully selected showcase of Austin’s finest movers and shakers of Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque and one very special import of sensational proportions. This Valentine’s season, it may be larger than life . . . but it’s just the right size!

Event:  The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24

Date:  Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time:  9pm – 1am

Location:  The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1137579276386291/

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJS44sTY9zU&feature=youtu.be

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-opulence-ball-kaviat-24-tickets-39899690047

Tonight’s 8pm performance of Finding Neverland at Bass Concert Hall has been cancelled.

Due to inclement weather, The University of Texas at Austin campus will be closed on Tuesday, January 16. Consequently, tonight’s 8pm performance of Finding Neverland at Bass Concert Hall has been cancelled.

Refunds and Exchanges

Tickets purchased through Texas Performing Arts at the Bass Concert Hall or Frank Erwin Center Ticket Offices, online at texasperformingarts.org or by phone at 512.477.6060, may be exchanged for a future performance of Finding Neverland. To request a refund or exchange, please call the Bass Concert Hall Ticket Office at 512.471.1444 or email tickets@texasperformingarts.org. Exchanges must be processed at least four hours in advance of the new performance.

Subscribers should call the Subscriber Hotline at 800.731.7469 (Mon – Fri, 9AM to 5PM) to complete refund or exchange requests.

ALL single ticket purchase and subscriber requests for exchanges or refunds must be completed by Friday, January 19 at 5PM. Seat locations and ticket prices vary by performance.