Your Invitation to the 7th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream

We invite you to be a guest at the 7th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream benefiting Austin Child Guidance Center.

Austin Originals Benefit Concert
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Mezzanine Seat – $150

VIP Ticket – $300

Duet Table – $400

Emerging Donor – $500

ACL Balcony – $25-$35

The Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater is an annual fundraiser that brings together community leaders and supporters of Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) to raise money for children’s mental health services.

This year Bob Schneider will take the stage as the headlining act for the 7th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert & Live Stream on August 18th, 2018 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

The evening will feature an Austin Originals Tasting Grove reception area with food bites from local Austin favorites including The Steeping Room, Uchiko, The Austin Artisan, Bufaline Due, Gregorio’s, Gusto, Roaring Fork, Kellie’s Baking Co., Fixe, Max’s Wine Dive, and Juliet; live and silent auctions; and additional musical performances by Casey McPherson, Nakia, and James Junius.

This year’s emcee is Terry Lickona and event co-chairs are Andrea Ames of A&D Insurance Advisors and Madeline Hollern of Austin Monthly Magazine.

During the show, the Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award will be presented to two outstanding individuals dedicated to improving outcomes for children. Read more about Award Finalists.

Escape the Heat with Cool New Shows

New and classic shows and films to watch in August

Family Features (If the August heat has you and your family seeking the comfort of air conditioning, make the most of your cool-down with timeless movies and newly released shows.

Whether you’re looking for a movie for the whole family or a thrilling documentary to download for your next summer road trip, a streaming service like Netflix can provide the entertainment you need for the month of August, all for less than a trip to the movie theater.

This month, cool down with fan favorites like Ozark, starring Jason Bateman, back for its second season, or try The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, based off the New York Times best-selling novel that follows a writer as she bonds with the eccentric residents of Guernsey during the German occupation of World War II.

For true crime fans, tune into the docu-series Inside the Criminal Mind and take a look at the psychology and immoral behavior that define some of the world’s most sinister criminals.

Summer vacations don’t mean you have to miss your favorite streaming entertainment – simply download titles to your smartphone or tablet so you can catch them on the road or in the sky, even without Wi-Fi.

These are just a few of the new titles you can find on the service this August. To find more information on shows and movies available, and to sign up for a one-month free trial, visit Netflix.com.

Here are some more classic favorites as well as new content available in August:

Like Father

Kristen Bell stars in this hilarious rom-com, playing a jilted, workaholic woman who decides to take her honeymoon trip with her estranged father, played by Kelsey Grammer. (Available Aug. 3)

Steel Magnolias

This star-studded Southern classic features M’Lynn (Sally Field) as the mother of the bride-to-be, Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), and their friend Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton), who welcomes a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle Dupuy Desoto (Daryl Hannah) ahead of the big event. (Available Aug. 1)

No Country For Old Men

This modern Western stars Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, who stumbles upon a lump of cash following a drug deal. The tides turn when a merciless killer named Chigurh (Javier Bardem) picks up his trail, along with Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones). (Available Aug. 11)

Million Dollar Baby

Frankie Dunn, played by Clint Eastwood, is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm’s length, except his old friend and associate Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris (Morgan Freeman). When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) arrives in Dunn’s gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train the young woman, a transplant from working-class Missouri. (Available Aug. 1)

The Good Place: Season 2

When Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised she made it into the Good Place with the afterlife’s architect, Michael (Ted Danson). However, it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. (Available Aug. 21)

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Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts

For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

Whether you’re checking out a concert near home or building a vacation around concert moments and memories, music expert and entertainment reporter Chelsea Briggs offers these tips so you can rock your outdoor concert experience:        

Plan an Early Arrival

Venues typically allow fans to enter about 90 minutes before the show starts. For venues with open seating, you’ll need to be at the gates early (at least 15 minutes before they open) to nab the best spot on the lawn, get settled and grab refreshments before the concert begins.

Don’t Delay Purchasing Tickets

Set calendar notifications to remind yourself when tickets go on sale and don’t forget to grab an extra ticket for a music-loving friend or family member. An option like Hilton Honors’ Lawn Days program, in partnership with Live Nation, lets members access thousands of lawn seat concert tickets all around the United States for just 10,000 points a pair. Briggs suggests surprising a friend or using the tickets for a date night that won’t break the bank.

No Need to Skip Dinner

Lots of concerts take place during dinnertime, which presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in the venue’s many concession options.

“Recruit your friends to build out a lawn picnic by grabbing bites at the tasty food vendors to help fuel your night,” Briggs said.

Dress for Fun

Concerts are a great place to take fashion risks and have some fun with your style. It’s important to find a balance between comfort and style, so test your outfit a few days in advance to ensure you’re equally comfortable sitting and moving around if you enjoy dancing.

Capture the Moment in Moderation

Taking quality photos of an artist on stage can be challenging and watching the concert through your phone screen interferes with the live experience. Grab a few shots with your friends at the start of the show for those lasting memories then let the professionals capture the shots of the artist.

Rest Your Weary Head

“There’s really no better way to reenergize after an amazing performance, and maybe some post-show celebrating, than by crashing on a comfy bed,” Briggs said.

One way to make the most of your stay is by joining and booking through Hilton Honors, which is free to join and gives members instant benefits with every stay, including exclusive member discounts, free standard Wi-Fi, online check-in through the app and points toward future free nights. Learn more at HiltonHonors.com, where you can also find a full list of Lawn Days Concert Series cities and shows at amphitheaters across the country. (Family Features)

Photo courtesy of Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Download Before You Go This Summer

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July

As you pack your travel essentials for your summer road trip, long weekend at the beach or a lazy day at the pool, there’s one thing you might be forgetting. Wherever you go, your favorite shows and stars can come with you.

Allowing you to download shows and movies to your smartphone or tablet, an option like Netflix helps you be ready to stream anywhere, anytime, even without WiFi. With so many new titles coming this month, the time is now to take advantage of this convenient feature. Whether you’re sitting shotgun or flying at 30,000 feet, you can always access your favorite shows and movies on the go.

This month, you won’t want to miss Jerry Seinfeld in his latest talk show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Brewed Fresh for 2018, where he mixes his two loves: classic cars and comedy. Every episode, Seinfeld interviews a comedian while they drive around in a classic car and stop for a cup of coffee. Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal provides a new adventure with even more laughs. Follow Rosenthal as he travels to Copenhagen, Ireland, Capetown, Buenos Aires and beyond to find the best local restaurants in Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course.

These are just a couple of the new titles you can find on the service this July. Find more information about countless shows and movies, sign up for a one-month free trial and set up your account at Netflix.com.

TV shows and movies on Netflix This Month

As an alternative to endless summer re-runs, there is always something new to watch on-demand. Whether you’re into comedy, documentaries, drama or anything in-between, you can find those genres and more by going to Netflix.com to sign up. Here’s some old favorites as well as new content available to watch this month:

Chocolat

Starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, this film is based on the novel by Joanne Harris, in which a woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (Available July 1)

Jurassic Park

In this 1993 Steven Spielberg classic, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (Available July 1 with the entire trilogy coming to the service this month)

Finding Neverland

This 2004 remake of the children’s classic Peter Pan follows the life of author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) who, upon meeting the widowed Sylvia (Kate Winslet) and her four sons, is inspired to write a play about a group of children who don’t want to grow up. (Available July 1)

Anne with an E: Season 2

Based on the classic coming of age story, Anne, a 13-year-old orphan in the late 19th century, is back for a second season as she maneuvers her way through tough circumstances with an unmatched enthusiasm for life. (Available July 6)

Amazing Interiors: Season 1

They might look ordinary on the outside, but inside, these stunning homes have some jaw-dropping secrets to reveal. (Available July 20)

Last Chance U: INDY: Part 1

This Original series returns to give viewers an intense, unfiltered look at a rising junior college football program, where guys with red flags seek to prove their worth on the field and in the classroom in Independence, Kansas. (Available July 20) (Familyl Features)

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Serve Up Some Love This Fourth of July

Grill with your children for an exciting shared experience

Many of today’s families have something in the kitchen that previous generations didn’t – more men involved in meal preparation. On the Fourth of July, that trend will likely continue as men, especially fathers, take to the grill to prepare popular summer fare for the family.

As millennials shatter stereotypes and share household tasks, fathers are using cooking as a way of bonding with their children by making their favorite family meals together. According to a study conducted by Men’s Health, more men are helping out in the kitchen than ever. Not only are they becoming primary grocery shoppers, but 92 percent of men surveyed said they are preparing meals for themselves and 77 percent are preparing meals for others.

Men are also among the ranks of the top food bloggers, often writing about their cooking adventures with their children. Among them is Derek Campanile of “Dad with a Pan,” whose passion for cooking and sharing recipes grew even stronger with the birth of his son.

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking for people and mixing different ingredients to come up with something everyone enjoys, but it wasn’t until I became a dad that it truly began to sink in,” Campanile said. “When I cook with my son, food is so much more than food – it’s pure love. Cooking together makes it fun to come to the table and enjoy great food.”

Many times, fatherly chefs include meat in all kinds of recipes, but swapping in an ingredient like Jennie-O turkey for beef makes it easy to modify their favorites into more nutritious choices for the entire family without sacrificing flavor. Give it a try with this Easy Cheesy Burgers recipe that makes it simple for parents to cook with their kids this Fourth of July.

Find more ways to involve the whole family in the kitchen at jennieo.com.

Easy Cheesy Burgers

Servings: 8

  • 2          packages (16 ounces each) Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1          cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8          sesame seeds buns, warmed
  • ketchup (optional)
  • yellow mustard (optional)
  1. Heat grill or griddle to medium heat.
  2. In large bowl, gently combine ground turkey and salt. Shape ground turkey into eight balls. Cover with plastic.
  3. Mix mozzarella and cheddar to create eight piles of shredded cheese, each between 1/4-1/3 cup.
  4. Grill patties 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through. Always cook to well-done (165 F) as measured by a meat thermometer.
  5. Once patties are cooked through, place on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Top patties with shredded cheese and place under broiler 3-5 minutes; cook until cheese is bubbly.
  6. Place patties on warmed buns. Add ketchup and mustard, if desired. (Family Features)

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Where to Catch Your Favorite Stars this Summer

New and classic shows and movies available in June

Many of your favorite shows are airing season finales, and soon many will start searching for ways to fill the entertainment void this summer. With a plan in mind, you won’t have to wait for the next big blockbuster to hit theaters or stay glued to reruns on TV to spend some quality time watching your favorite stars.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment can be found on streaming services like Netflix, and one of the best parts is there is no offseason. Everything is available on-demand, so you can watch on your schedule without disrupting your summer fun.

The classics are in full force this month, including some on-ice action that celebrates the United States Men’s National Ice Hockey Team’s classic 1980 Olympic victory with Kurt Russell in Miracle; searching the globe for lost treasure hidden by the United States’ forefathers with Nicholas Cage and Jon Voight in National Treasure; or even King George VI, played by Colin Firth, overcoming his struggles with a stutter to deliver one of the most iconic addresses in history in the award-winning film The King’s Speech.

These are just a sample of the titles you can find that are new to Netflix this June. New shows and movies are added to the service every day, so whether you’re into comedy, suspense, drama or anything in-between, you can find those genres and more on your smartphone, tablet or TV. Sign-up is easy; simply visit Netflix.com, choose a plan and provide payment information and your zip code.

Here’s a look at other shows and movies coming this month:

Explained: Season 1

This docuseries spotlights a wide range of topical and timely issues that impact lives on a daily basis, such as the gender wage gap, geopolitical politics, the rise of cryptocurrency and why diets fail. (Episodes available June 6, 13, 20 and 27)

The Staircase

This documentary series offers an inside look at the high-profile murder case of author Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife in 2001. (Available June 6)

The Ranch: Part 5

Being a pro athlete didn’t pan out for Colt (Ashton Kutcher). Now he’s helping his dad (Sam Elliott) and brother keep the ranch afloat while figuring out how he fits into the family. (Available June 15)

Set It Up

In this romantic comedy, two overworked and underpaid assistants concoct a plan to get their insufferable bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other. (Available June 22)

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. (Available June 26) (Family Features)

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Enjoy a Fabulous Staycation at InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Governor's Dining Area

Governor’s Dining Area

As you’re gearing up for Memorial Day, we want to share a Summer Savings Package, perfect for a staycation at Austin’s own InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel this weekend.

The package includes a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room with an organized tour of Austin and credits to enjoy local dining destinations including Roaring Fork and Moonshine as well as sips and snacks at the hotel’s own Terrace Bar.

Located on the second floor of the hotel, The Terrace Bar provides breathtaking views of the Capitol building and bustling Congress Avenue while offering authentic Texas bites such as brisket quesadillas, bacon wrapped quail and tortilla crusted gulf shrimp. Guests can also enjoy a world-class selection of wines by the glass, cordials, craft beers, premium cigars, and handcrafted cocktails.

Summer Savings at InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel - $915

To book: Please call Sales/Catering Coordinator 512-721-4230

  • 2 night stay in a King Deluxe Room (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun)
  • $60 credit for Cocktails at our Stephen F Bar
  • $150 credit for Dinner at Roaring Fork
  • $75 credit for breakfast at Moonshine
  • One breakfast for two in the Club Lounge
  • Organized tour of Austin
  • Package valued at $1,143 | A 20% savings

 

Black Panther Star Visits FMU

An auditorium filled with broadcast and television students from Florida Memorial University learned interview techniques from Papa Keith, DJ at iHeart Radio. He’s a master at interviewing actors like Winston Duke, star of The Avengers.

Professor Motley's Class with Winston Duke

Professor Motley’s Class with Winston Duke

Amongst several other areas of study, Florida Memorial University (FMU) is proud its innovative Film and Television department. Professor Russel Motley coordinated an inventive event on FMUs campus, teaching students the basics of entertainment reporting. Several months ago Motley hosted a similar event for the blockbuster Black Panther with actress Letitia Wright, the actress who plays T’Challa’s scientist sister.

When Winston Duke’s entourage arrived on FMUs campus on April 18th, it included several promotional delegates, a make-up artist, and a Disney representative. Mr. Duke played M’Baku, who was born and raised in the Jabari Village within the fictional nation of Wakanda, in Black Panther. Winston Duke, the actor, who is about 6’ 3”, actually hails from TrinidadTobago.

Among the audience were members of the FMU Caribbean Club, who were thrilled to meet a movie star from their hometown. Winston attended Yale School of Drama with fellow Black Panther co-star, Lupita Nyong’o. They use to talk as students of working together one day on a Marvel movie. Mr. Duke expressed how grateful he was to reach so many audiences through the Marvel Series.

Winston Duke stars in his next movie, The Avengers. It’s a Marvel and Disney collaboration and tells the story where Iron Man, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet, the evil Thanos. FMU Professor Russel Motley goes the extra mile to coordinate state-of-the-art events for his students. “Events like the Q&A with Avenger’s star Winston Duke are teaching tools in my journalism class. My students are usually filming and interviewing people at these events, which gives them a more realistic experience of what it’s like working under pressure in the TV industry.”

The only HBCU in South Florida, Florida Memorial University, is quickly becoming more popular and Hollywood recognizes it. After Beyonce’s nod to HBCUs at Coachella, and the rise of Black Marvel movies, HBCUs have always had the ear of the athletic elite, are now also peaking the interest of the entertainment world. 

5 Reasons to Start Streaming

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Best new TV shows and movies to watch now

It seems that friends, neighbors and family members are always asking each other what they’re watching for entertainment. While network TV provides tried-and-true favorites and DVR seems to solve scheduling woes, there are other solutions to help you catch up on the latest movies and shows.

With streaming services like Netflix, accessing new films and series can be even easier. There is no need to check the schedule to see when something is on or clear out the DVR to make space to record a show that will be on while you are out. Whether it’s your friends talking about a cooking show over coffee or your kids telling you about their latest show obsession, watching TV shows and films provides a way to connect with those around you. If you find yourself interested in discovering something new or different from what you find on regular TV, here are five reasons to give an option like Netflix a try:

1. Find the Stars You Love. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a classic performance or try something new, the likes of Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen and Jeff Bridges are all making new shows and films only available on Netflix.

2. Like DVR but Easier. Rather than wait for the latest episode of your favorite show to air or set up the DVR to record it, streaming allows you to watch shows and movies at a time that works best for you. You can typically stream using smart TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, making it easier to catch your favorite shows at home or on-the-go.

3. No More Channel Surfing; Everything is On Demand. With new shows and movies nearly every day, there is seemingly always something interesting to watch. Whether you are looking to re-watch a classic, like Scarface, or find new favorites, all the episodes are on-demand and available at once.

4. New Takes on Genres You Love. If you love cooking but have seen enough generic shows with a chef standing in a commercial kitchen, streaming can provide new takes on classic genres with a new type of food show: Chef’s Table. This kind of innovation within a genre doesn’t stop at cooking. Try a new take on talk shows with Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee or the ever-popular home renovation genre with The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.

5. Sign-Up is Simple. All you have to do is go online to Netflix.com, choose a plan and provide payment information and your zip code. You may also be eligible for a subscription as part of some existing cable packages, and if that is the case, you may not need any additional equipment to access it.

Find more information about countless shows and movies, sign up for a one-month free trial and set up your account at Netflix.com.

TV shows and movies on Netflix in April

Netflix is adding new shows and movies to the service every day. Whether you’re into comedy, suspense, drama or anything in-between, you can find those genres and more on Netflix.com. Here’s some old favorites as well as new content available to watch this month:

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My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

Recognizable figures from around the globe, such as President Barack Obama, George Clooney and Malala Yousafzai, join television legend David Letterman for monthly in-depth interviews and curiosity-fueled excursions.

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Lost in Space: Season 1

This remake of a 1960s sci-fi series depicts a family struggling for survival in outer space. After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinsons fight against all odds to survive and escape while surrounded by hidden dangers.

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Godless

A dark and gritty Western set in New Mexico in the 1880s, this series stars Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin, a ruthless outlaw terrorizing the West in search of a former member of his gang, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), who’s found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.

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Bobby Kennedy for President

This docuseries examines the “Bobby Phenomenon” of the 1960s and the continuing influence of the man many see as the greatest loss of a turbulent era.

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Come Sunday

Based on true events, globally renowned pastor Carlton Pearson risks everything when he questions church doctrine and is branded a modern-day heretic.

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Troy: Fall of a City: Season 1

Searching for the woman promised to him by Aphrodite, herdsman Paris learns his true identity and falls for Helen of Sparta, igniting the Trojan War. (Family Features)

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)

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