Search for America’s Longest Married Couple

Karen Sokolof Javitch

Karen Sokolof Javitch

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Karen Sokolof Javitch, thos week announced that she is looking for America’s longest married couple in her worldwide launch of her personalized “Anniversary Song”.

“Everyone knows the ‘Happy Birthday’ song, yet we all stumble when we try to sing a song for someone’s anniversary,” explains Ms. Javitch. “The song will be sung by Karen to the oldest married couple. We hope to eventually find the oldest married couple in the world! And to reward their faithfulness, we’ll donate $1,000 to the charity of their choice.”

Anyone wishing to register their marriage date may do so by visiting Karen’s website, jmrproductions.com, listen to  the  anniversary song and send in their names, date of marriage and e-mail address to JMRP@cox.net.

Besides Karen’s 15 albums, she has co-written 4 musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular radio show, “It’s the Beat.” Her musicals include “Princess Diana the Musical,” “From Generation to Generation,” and “Love at the Café.”  These shows have been performed in many cities in the United States. In addition, Ms. Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities through her original music.

“My anniversary song is short and very easy to learn.  Now when you go to someone’s anniversary party – you’ll know what to sing,” Ms. Javitch concluded.

Lyrics to sing to the next happy couple you see who is celebrating an anniversary: 

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary (wife’s name) and (husband’s name) we’re so happy to be at your (add # of years) Anniversary.

Karen’s music website JMR Productions.

About Karen Sokolof Javitch

Karen Sokolof Javitch has produced and written the songs for 15 CD’s, including 4 musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat”. Feeling very thankful she can express herself through her music, she tries to help others by raising money with her songs and musicals and has raised more than $350,000 for national and local charities though her original music.  Her musicals, including one about Princess Diana, have been performed all over the country.  She is an award-winning songwriter and her music has been on television and in some movies.

Karen’s music includes a variety of songs about exercising and good health, celebrities, holidays, weddings, politics, children, babies, education, patriotism, love and family.  She especially loves to put on shows where kids and teenagers sing her songs! Some of her performances may be viewed on YouTube, as she has more than 90 music videos on the site and some have gone viral such as her hilarious song about the Octomom that has garnered about 10 million views. Karen’s songs are for anyone between the ages of 1 and 121! Visit Karen’s music website JMR Productions to see more of her musical and charitable work.

CONTACT: Andy Greenberg 402-250-3895 andygreenberg.jmrproductions@gmail.com or visit http://jmrproductions.com.

Enjoy Summer Movie Favorites at Home

Maude Garrett

The 2019 summer movie season is filled with exciting big screen events, from mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to “Toy Story 4.” After the closing credits roll, however, movie fans can explore plenty of complementary film titles at home.

Summer is a much-anticipated time of the year for movie fans, but for film lovers who just can’t get enough, there are plenty of low-cost and even free options to keep enjoying your favorite characters and movie genres away from the theater, no matter where your summer plans take you.

From a sunny afternoon by the pool to some down time on family vacation, it’s possible to catch your favorite big screen and small screen entertainment on virtually any platform, including mobile devices, smart TVs, video game consoles and more. With the right service, you can also access an expansive library of films and TV shows without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees via advertiser-supported streaming services.

For example, the world’s largest free movie and TV service, Tubi, offers more than 12,000 movies and television shows on-demand. This summer will see even more movie debuts, including films similar to this season’s biggest blockbuster hits.

When you’re looking for a post-theater movie fix, Maude Garrett – TV and radio host, producer, voice actor and founder of GeekBomb.net – recommends these flicks:

  • After you’ve taken the kids to see “The Secret Lives of Pets 2,” check out the sweet family film “Finding Neverland.”
  • For more superheroes after “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” try “Catwoman” starring Halle Berry.
  • If you’re still jonesing for action after “Men in Black: International,” watch “Escape Plan” with action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.
  • Horror fans who need more thrills after “Child’s Play” and “Annabelle Comes Home” will find Tubi has the Quentin Tarantino vampire classic “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

Make it a movie-filled summer with thousands of free entertainment options at Tubi.TV. (Family Features)

Photo caption (woman): Maude Garrett

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Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Create the backyard retreat of your dreams

Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint.

An outdoor patio is a natural extension of the home, offering additional seating and, with the right amenities, a way to enjoy meals and entertainment al fresco. After the sunlight fades, features powered by propane – like full outdoor kitchens, patio heaters, fire pits, flame lighting and more – can keep the fun going well into the night.

What constitutes the perfect outdoor living space is as varied as homeowners’ personal tastes. A simple seating arrangement with a fire pit or water feature may be ideal for one, while expansive hardscaping and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen can best meet the needs of another.

Stop dreaming and start planning with these ideas for the features that can transform your plain backyard into the envy of the neighborhood.

Lighting

There’s dim mood lighting and there’s darkness. Ensure adequate light for activities like meal preparation and safe travel from one area of the yard to another with well-placed lighting. Strings of twinkling lights set a festive tone, but you’ll also want to consider lighting walkways and other high-activity areas. An option with a gas-powered flame creates an unforgettable effect and works anywhere from walkways to patios. An added bonus, real flame lights are totally odorless and function even during power outages for added security and safety.

Patio Heaters

If you’re itching to get outside before the season has fully arrived, or if you find yourself not wanting to head indoors even after the warm sun is gone, you can extend hours of enjoyment by heating the patio. A propane patio heater is a clean, safe and reliable way to raise the temperature by up to 30 degrees, so a chill won’t stop you from enjoying your backyard retreat.

Fireplaces and Fire Pits

There’s something soothing about the crackle and pop of flames dancing in the night sky, no matter what time of year it is. On a chilly evening, they add the functional benefit of delivering warmth, but year-round, there’s an ambiance that almost can’t be beat. If you prefer to skip the messy soot or ash and fuss of burning logs, instead opt for a gas-powered setup that lends the flicker of real flames with no cleanup and no firewood to store. It may feel a little like cheating to have instant fire at the flip of a switch, but you’ll quickly discover the flame and heat are very real.

Outdoor Kitchens

The ultimate entertaining experience centers around the kitchen, so when the party is outside, a kitchen must be, as well. With all the resources of a typical indoor kitchen, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen makes it possible to prepare a meal while enjoying the ambiance of the outdoors. A basic kitchen may include a preparation surface and grill. A propane powered grill is a popular choice because it heats up fast, so you spend less time preparing food and more time enjoying it. Just like an indoor gas range, propane grills give you instant on-off convenience and precision temperature control for perfectly done meals.

More elaborate kitchen designs incorporate features like an outdoor rotisserie, refrigerator, sink, ice trough and weather-proof cabinetry for storage. Don’t forget comfort and convenience by adding fans, lighting and a sound system. Home chefs may even delight in planting a garden adjacent to the kitchen, where they can pluck ingredients and herbs for a garden-fresh culinary masterpiece.

Pool and Spa Heaters

A cold dip may be refreshing for a moment, but most homeowners enjoy the ability to control the water temperature in their hot tubs and pools. A gas-powered heater can keep water at the desired temperature more efficiently and effectively compared with electric heaters.

Stay Safe

When it comes to gas amenities, safety is a top priority. If you smell gas in or near your home, follow these tips from the experts at the Propane Education & Research Council:

  1. No flames or sparks. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cellphones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or fire.
  2. Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  3. Shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). It’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances.
  4. Report the leak. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby location away from the gas leak, call 911 or your local fire department.
  5. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, a propane supplier or qualified service technician should check for leaks or other damage.
  6. Do not return to the area until a propane supplier, emergency responder or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

Learn more about better outdoor living at Propane.com/Outdoor-Living. (Family Features)

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Propane Education & Research Council

Courtney Hope is Bold and Beautiful

Interview Written and Conducted by William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential 

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Courtney Hope is an actress, model, and fitness enthusiast.  She stars as ‘Sally Spectra’ on the long-running CBS Series The Bold And The Beautiful, having been part of the cast since 2017.  Outside of show, Courtney takes on the role of lead character ‘Jesse Faden’ in upcoming video game CONTROL, set for release later in 2019 by Remedy Entertainment.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Beyond Bold, Courtney’s acting career flourishes both on the small screen and big screen. On television, her guest roles include acclaimed shows such as Transparent, Bones, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, Grey’s Anatomy, Joan of Arcadia, Quantum Break, and Walker, Texas Ranger.  As a film actress, Courtney’s credits include Allegiant (Naomi Watts, Zoë Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Janet McTeer), A Friend’s Obsession (Kayla Ewell), Swelter (Jean-Claude Van Damme), Prowl (Josh Bowman), Displacement, Mob Rules, and Revan.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Angelina Venturella / Shandrew PR.

Courtney has expanded into the medium of video games, transitioning her acting skills to voice for titles like Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Eternal Throne (Published by Electronic Arts)and Quantum Break (published by Microsoft Studios).  The latter game [Quantum Break] was based on the sci-fi television series of the same title, in which she reprised her role as the female lead, ‘Beth Wilder.’

Photography courtesy of Brett Erickson / Shandrew PR.

Photography courtesy of Brett Erickson / Shandrew PR.

When her schedule permits, Courtney focuses on Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, and dance. Also, she’s a certified cardio barre, Pilates, and piloxing instructor who loves to teach at her local studios.  When it comes to relaxing, she enjoys nothing more than hiking with her dogs Steve (named after Stevie Nicks), Bella, and Bentley.

William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with Courtney and with her busy schedule I’m thrilled she was able to make time to chat.  Turns out Hope is not done surprising us just yet.  You can follow Courtney at InstagramTwitter, and Facebook @TheCourtneyHope.

Read the Exclusive Interview here.  

Central District Brewing Presents Grand Opening Celebration with a Beer Release Party on May 18 and 19

In addition to the house-made beer releases, the two day event will feature live music, food, and special grand opening merchandise

Central District Brewing, the small batch brewery located in the central business district of Austin, Texas, will host its grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, May 19, from noon to 8 p.m. The two day event will commemorate the official opening of the local brewery with a day of entertainment, Batch kolaches, live music, special opening merchandise, and the release of four new beers: Belgian Wit, Belgian Pale Ale, French Saison and Ultra Limited Hazy IPA. The event will be free to attend. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP before the event at facebook.com/events/287746205468047/.

“We’re thrilled to finally begin serving our own beers,” said Julie Ballato, co-owner of Central District Brewing. “It’s been a long time coming with some setbacks along the way but we’re here. The community has been ultra supportive and understanding so we’re excited to hear from them. Additionally, the delay has really allowed us to showcase some of our favorite beers around town.”

The brewery will continue to serve rotating options from local breweries who don’t often distribute their beers or have a very small footprint in the marketplace, including Brewtorium, Lazarus Brewing, and Roughhouse Brewing. Central District Brewing will unveil four house-made beers during the grand opening event, including its Belgian Wit,  Belgian Pale Ale,  French Saison, and Ultra Limited Hazy IPA.

Co-owner and Master Brewer Adam Duley has homebrewed for many years; he received his master’s in brewing and completed a six-week apprenticeship at the Lost Abbey and Port Brewing in California. Central District Brewing’s small brewhouse allows for Duley to produce approachable pillar beers, seasonals, and experimental beers.

Central District Brewing is located at 417 Red River St. Austin, Texas 78701. The brewery is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Central District Brewing is closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please visit Central District Brewing’s website, www.centraldistrictbrewing.com, or follow the brewery on Facebook (/centraldistrictbrewing) and Instagram (@centraldistrictbrewing).

ABOUT CENTRAL DISTRICT BREWING

Central District Brewing opened on Red River Street, just a block from the Austin Convention Center, in March 2019. Helmed by husband-and-wife duo Adam and Angela Duley and Joe and Julie Ballato, the small-batch brewery focuses on seasonal and small-batch beers developed by Adam, the Master Brewer of Central District Brewing. The brewery began producing a roster of rotating house options in May 2019. In addition to beer, Central District Brewing offers food from Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. The 1,500 square foot space features a post-industrial modern setting with copper accents and live ferns.

Stream Your Favorite Seasons of a Historic Show

Entertainment seekers hooked on stories of love and romance can indulge in finding some of the early episodes of one of the most popular reality dating shows of all-time for free.

For fans of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” watching (or re-watching) the early seasons can be as simple as streaming with Tubi, the largest free video-on-demand service. Now also streaming season five of “Bachelor in Paradise,” viewers can relive how Colton Underwood, who was also a contestant on season 14 of “The Bachelorette,” began his journey toward becoming the Bachelor of season 23.

“I think it’s great that ‘Bachelor’ fans can relive all their favorite moments on a free video service,” Underwood said. “It gives original fans the chance to watch the moments that helped them fall in love with the show while bringing in new viewers to continue building the show’s following.”

A former professional football player, Underwood concluded his season as the Bachelor by giving the “final rose” to Cassie Randolph.

A massive library of films and TV shows are available for viewers, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via ad-supported streaming services like Tubi, the largest of its kind, available on virtually every platform from mobile devices to video game consoles and more. With more than 40,000 hours of offerings, including 12,000 movies and television series, viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds on the growing platform from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films and specialty content.

Find more information at Tubi.TV. (Family Features)

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Colton and Cassie Underwood)

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Cast Announced for the World Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Immortal Longings at Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the cast for the world premiere of Immortal Longings, the newest work by playwright and American Legend Terrence McNallyDirected by Peter Rothstein and Choreographed by Kelli Foster WarderImmortal Longings will star Broadway veteran Matt McGrath as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev. Previews begin June 12 with an Opening Date of June 20 and running through July 14 in The Topfer at ZACH. The world premiere of Immortal Longings is a thoroughly reworked version of Fire and Air which premiered at the Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City in the winter of last year.

Four-time Tony Award®-winning playwright and LGBT activist Terrence McNally (RagtimeKiss of the Spider Woman) expresses his excitement on casting, “Matt McGrath is an actor I’ve always wanted to create a role for. He is one of the best actors in New York City. Austin is going to love him. Also, thanks to the audition process, we found wonderful actors from both the Austin and New York ideal for their roles. My hope is that these actors will bring their uniqueness to the play. We have no preconceptions about what these roles are. I’ll discover these characters along with the actors in Austin.” McNally expands on Immortal Longings, “First, we hope the play is a treat; second, plays about a genius like Diaghilev, the great Russian impresario, are not exactly a dime a dozen. His work with the Ballets Russes is the stuff of legends.”

Immortal Longings explores the rich history of the great Russian impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev and his legendary Ballets Russes, who introduced the world to such revolutionary artists as Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Picasso. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. The play takes place as the iron claw of the Bolsheviks closes in on the free spirits of New Art, forcing them to take refuge in a liberated and liberating Paris, at the birth of the 20th Century.

In addition to MATT McGRATH as Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev, Immortal Longings will star WYATT FENNER as Vaslav Nijinsky; JAMES PATRICK NELSON as Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov; SHANNON KOOB as Misia Sert; SUZANNE WARMANEN as Dunya; JOSHUA PAGAN as Leonide Massine; RACHEL HANLONMARIE PIERCEKEVIN MURDOCK-WATERS, and IAN BETHANY as Ensemble; and ROB GREENFIELD as Pianist.

Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN, the production team also includes KELLI FOSTER WARDER as Choreographer, MICHAEL HOOVER as Scenic Designer, SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE as Costume Designer, SERRET JENSEN as Hair and Makeup Designer, PHILIP ROSENBERG as Lighting Designer, Craig Brock as Sound Designer, SCOTT GROH as Properties Designer, AMANDA COOLEY DAVIS as Dialect Coach, and CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER as Stage Manager.

Age recommendation: Seventeen and up for adult language, sexual situations and full nudity.

Special Events in Celebration of Immortal Longings:

  • Pride Night – Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Wednesday Post-Show Discussion – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Champagne Opening and Press Night – Thursday, June 20, 2019; Press may RSVP to nicole.shiro@motleycrewmedia.com

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541, or in person at the ZACH Theatre Box Office, in the Topfer Theatre, 202 South Lamar Boulevard (corner of Riverside Drive and South Lamar) Monday through Saturday, 12–5p.m.  ZACH Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Student Rush Tickets are $20 one hour before show time (with valid ID). A limited amount of Pay–What–You–Will tickets are available the day–of for Mainstage preview performances only. Groups of 8 or more may request reservations by calling 512-476-0594 x.245 or by emailing groupsales@zachtheatre.org.

Carolyn and Marc Seriff are Presenting Sponsors of Immortal Longings with Kathleen and Harvey Guion and Dan Jackson III and M. Jeremy Guiberteau as Executive Producers and KMFA as Supporting Sponsor.

CAST

Matt McGrath – Sergei Pavlovich Diaghliev

Wyatt Fenner – Vaslav Nijinsky

James Patrick Nelson – Dmitry “Dima” Filosofov

Shannon Koob – Misia Sert

Suzanne Warmanen – Dunya

Joshua Pagan – Leonide Massine

Rachel Hanlon – Ensemble

Marie Pearce – Ensemble

Kevin Murdock-Waters – Ensemble

Ian Bethany – Ensemble

Rob Greenfield – Pianist

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Peter Rothstein – Director

Kelli Foster Warder – Choreographer

Michael Hoover – Scenic Designer

Susan Branch Towne – Costume Designer

Serret Jensen – Hair and Makeup Designer

Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Designer

Craig Brock – Sound Designer

Scott Groh – Properties Designer

Amanda Cooley Davis – Dialect Coach

Catherine Anne Tucker – Stage Manager

Catie Tijerina – Assistant Stage Manager

Jenny Dang – Stage Management Intern

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career spanning six decades. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including Andre’s Mother, for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards. In 1996, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical The Visit, which opened on Broadway in the spring of 2015 with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. He is the writer of the book for the musical Anastasia, which is recently closed on Broadway and is currently touring. His newest play, now titled Immortal Longings grew out of Fire and Air, which opened at Classic Stage Company in 2018. Other plays include Tony-nominated Best Play Mothers and Sons; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; And Away We Go; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Ritz; and Deuce.

About ZACH Theatre

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 250 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 128,000 Central Texans – 55,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as inspiring camps and classes.  ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 201819 Season is sponsored in part by The Moody Foundation, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dell, and Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Junior League of Austin, The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of The City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Applied Materials.

Connect with ZACH:
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Twitter @ZACHtheatre twitter.com/zachtheatre
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Mom’s Deserve Free Drinks! Celebrate Mother’s Day on Stephen F. Austin Hotel’s Beautiful Terrace

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and this year, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel is offering the perfect way to celebrate right here in Austin, TX. Stephen F. Austin’s Terrace Bar will be offering a complimentary cocktail for moms — their signature and fittingly named Ladybird Martini – as well as holding a raffle to receive a one-night stay at the hotel.

Located in the heart of Downtown, Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace has one of the best patios in town, complete with refreshing cocktails, bites and the most incredible view of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre. It’s the perfect setting for Mom and the rest of the family.

Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace offers a delicious menu of truly Texas snacks the whole family can enjoy, including a Texas Cheese and Charcuterie Board, Grilled Chicken and Brie Sandwich and much more. The extensive bar menu features timeless cocktails, local Texas draught beers, champagne and wine and signature drinks like the Ladybird Martini, which is made with Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germaine and lemon, and shaken to perfection. In addition to this special treat, there will also be bottomless champagne cocktails and bloody mary’s for only $18.00 a person, for everyone to celebrate.

A Pop-up Bar Will Open at the North Pole and Offer Free Gin for Life

 

Finnish Arctic Blue Gin is opening the northernmost pop-up bar “Arctic Bar” at the North Pole on April 17th. Any explorer courageous enough to reach it will earn free gin for life. 

Situated at N90°E0°, the Arctic Bar will be open for one day on the 17th of April and gift anyone who shows up a lifetime supply of award-winning Arctic Blue Gin. The Arctic Bar will be the northernmost bar in the world, topping the Bar in Hotel Tulpan in Svalbard, Norway.

Why the North Pole?

“To survive here, you need to be a little mad, and quite a lot tougher. Just like the wild bilberries we season our gin with, that fight their way through the frozen earth just to survive. It’s not easy, but you can truly taste their zest for life.” says Mikko Spoof, Co-Founder and Brand Director of Arctic Brand Group.

“And just like the bilberries, our ideas have to fight through a dark and frosty element to survive.” Continues Mr. Spoof, “We believe actions are more impactful than words in telling stories. That’s why we will open a bar at the North Pole. The customers can enjoy free gin during the pop-up day and even better than that: they will get a lifetime supply of Arctic Blue Gin delivered to their front door. ”

The Finnish expedition will ride on the North Pole for a week in very harsh conditions. The thickness of the ice may vary from a few centimeters to a few meters and the temperature can even drop down to -40°C/F.

The expedition to N90°E0° will start today as Mikko Spoof and other three mad explorers embark on an adventure with the beloved gin to open a bar amongst polar bears, walruses, and seals. If you find yourself at N90°E0° on April 17th, you will get a free supply of Arctic Blue Gin for the rest of your life, or at least as long as the bilberries survive and are not extinct due to climate change.

The team is headed by the experienced polar expert and photographer Poppis SuomelaPhotographer Valtteri Hirvonen and director Otso Tiainen will also join the extreme trip and film a short documentary on the effects of global warming.

About Arctic Brands Group

Arctic Brands Group is a high-quality artisan spirits company founded in 2017 and merged with Chevaliers Holding Ltd Hong Kong in 2018. The company has produced its first double gold award winning spirit the ARCTIC BLUE GIN. The products of Arctic Brands Group are based on the unique Finnish nature and its pure raw materials. Domestic blueberries, fresh spring water and Nordic plants give Arctic Blue the unique, sophisticated blueberry, juniper, spicy and coniferous taste. Arctic Blue Gin is already exported to over ten countries.  For more information visit www.arcticbrandsgroup.com.

Austin Parks Foundation Announces 2019 Movies in the Park Series Presented by H-E-B

Austin’s Beloved Free Series Returns March 29th Through October 17th with Interactive Screenings, Merchandise Giveaways, and More!

Photography courtesy of Liz Kreutz.

Photography courtesy of Liz Kreutz.

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is excited to announce the 2019 schedule for Movies in the Park, a series of free films shown outdoors in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Rolling Roadshow and presented by H-E-B. This year’s Movies in the Park series will visit nine different parks throughout the city, and the lineup is filled with favorites from the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s.

“We’re so excited for this year’s lineup, which features a variety of nostalgic classics that we hope will bring the Austin community out to enjoy their neighborhood parks with their friends and families,” said Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation.

APF has partnered with local organizations to help make a few of the summer screenings extra special. The Texas Playboys Baseball Club and RBI have teamed up for baseball-themed  activities ahead of the screening of Angels in the Outfield at the newly renovated Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park on June 20. Zilker Hillside Theatre will help bring The Little Mermaid to life prior to the screening at Dove Springs Park on May 23.

The series kicks off on March 29 at Northwest District Park with a screening of the Spielberg classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The full 2019 schedule for Movies in the Park is as follows:

Austinites are invited to join APF for these fun and relaxing evenings under the Austin night sky. Blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and dogs on-leash are welcome, and every Movie in the Parks screening will be accompanied by local food trucks and opportunities to win APF merchandise. Glass and styrofoam containers are not permitted in any of the parks.

For more information on the Movies in the Park series and updates on any changes to the schedule, please visit austinparks.org/movies.

ABOUT AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION:

Founded in 1992, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance people’s lives by making our public parks, trails and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support. APF is focused on creating equitable access to great parks for all Austinites and helps fill the City’s funding and resource gap in order to develop and maintain Austin’s 300+ parks. APF fosters unique public/private partnerships and, since 2006, has given over $3 million in community-initiated grants in service to the greater Austin community. APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visitwww.austinparks.org.