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.


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.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s Presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” Penetrates the Soul

Written by Scotty Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Joan Marcus.

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” immediately penetrates the soul with the prologue proclamation of tradition. Set in the time of the last Russian Tsar in the small town of Anatevka, a proud impoverished dairyman, Tevye, lyrically enlightens us as to how his small Jewish community lives steeped in the traditions of their heritage while being precariously perched amongst their fellow Russian townspeople like a fiddler on the roof.

Yehezkel Lazarov.

Yehezkel Lazarov.

As a husband and father of five daughters, Tevye’s love and commitment to his people’s way of life was being encroached upon more and more by the outside influences of his country. Yet, never could he have imagined himself being so radically challenged as he was to become from within his own family by his oldest three daughter’s strong-willed endeavors to marry for love and not tradition, much to the shagrin of the village matchmaker and the bewilderment of the Rabbi and villagers.

Natalie Anne Powers, Mel Weyn, and Ruthy Froch.

Natalie Anne Powers, Mel Weyn, and Ruthy Froch.

Our hearts swell and deflate with Tevye’s every attempt to cling to his traditions while grasping with exasperation to acknowledge and accept his daughter’s choices for husbands which increasingly stray further away from their Jewish faith and heritage and send Tevye reeling in antics as he desperately lumbers to keep peace with his stern wife Golde.

Carolyn Keller, Michael Hegarty, Maite Uzal, and Yehezkel Lazarov.

Carolyn Keller, Michael Hegarty, Maite Uzal, and Yehezkel Lazarov.

Joyous moments of celebration ensue among stark contrasting times of conflict as traditions are broken and the indomitable aspirations for love prevail when Tevye breaks his agreement for the marriage of his oldest daughter, then allows the engagement instigated by his second daughter and declares the figurative death of his third daughter who has eloped and married outside the faith.

Olivia Gjurich, Yehezkel Lazarov, and the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

Olivia Gjurich, Yehezkel Lazarov, and the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

While the tumult of Tevye’s family has seemingly bound their Jewish community more closely together through such strife, there is no strength or combined will strong enough to combat the Tsar’s orders that all Jews be expelled from their villages. Heartbreakingly so, the Jewish villagers way of life in the small town of Anatevka is abolished in a matter of days as the fiddler on the roof climbs down from his precarious perch to join his fellow nomads and their pioneering trek for a new life, renewed traditions and renewed devotion to love and family which, as it is in life’s tenuous moments, began that same instant.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Fiddler on the Roof

April 2 – 7, 2019

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.

A New Way to Watch a Fan Favorite

If you’re an entertainment seeker looking for a love story, chances are you may be interested in watching (or re-watching) one of the most popular reality dating shows to date.

TV viewers can enjoy some of the most thrilling seasons in “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” history with the first seasons of the shows streaming on Tubi starting April 1.

Fans can relive the magic of the opening seasons of the original shows, featuring contestant Trista (Rehn) Sutter finishing runner-up in season one of “The Bachelor” before finding love as the first Bachelorette with firefighter Ryan Sutter. After 16 years of marriage, the former TV stars can relish the opportunity to enjoy the ride alongside both original fans and new viewers.

“It brings back so many memories to watch early episodes and all those rose ceremonies,” Trista said. “It’s nice that fans of the show can relive those memories with us again.”

Fans can also re-experience the Sutter wedding ceremony, “Trista & Ryan’s Wedding,” which aired as a three-episode special and drew more than 26 million viewers, making it one of the most widely viewed episodes in reality TV history. In addition to the original series that started it all, viewers will be able to stream a 2018 television event, the fifth season of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

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)


Should You Stay or Should You Go?

It takes a strong will to resist the pull of the “dream job” when it’s dangled in front of you. Often, the driving force behind employees jumping from job one job to the next is the excitement behind the fact that your next role could be what you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child.

When the urge to hit the peak in your career becomes too strong, going from job to job can become the norm. Sometimes, however, this journey can lead to you missing out on developing your skills, building relationships and making a real difference to your company.

Although swapping jobs may feel like the easy way out when you’re feeling unhappy, or when things aren’t quite as you imagined, staying put and having a little more patience can often result in a huge payoff.

However, knowing whether to stay put in your role or to move on can be a challenging decision.

If you need a hand with figuring out whether to stay or go, CALLCARE has put together this useful flowchart. By the time you get your result, you should feel more confident in making the right decision for yourself and your future.

Historic Austin Staple Scholz Garten Revamps Space and Launches New Menu

New Operating Partner Daniel Northcutt Takes the Reigns of America’s Oldest Operating Biergarten Established in 1866

Scholz Garten, America’s oldest operating Biergarten establishment and one of Austin’s most iconic restaurants, has gained a new operations team helmed by Texas native Daniel Northcutt who has revamped the spacious restaurant and launched a brand new menu.

Northcutt started down the hospitality path when he was 13-years-old, and he has since become well-versed in all positions and aspects of the industry, including serving as food and beverage director for national music and food festivals like The Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford & Sons and The Whiskey and Eggs Tour for Knob Creek Whiskey. Northcutt is thrilled to continue Scholz’s legacy with his own take that reflects Austin’s unique culture and his passion for food and music. He is joined at Scholz Garten by industry veterans and specialists  General Manager Kristina Recla, Event Director Rene Stokes, and Chefs Raphael Ramirez and Mike Church.

“As an operating team, we are charged with maintaining and growing one of the absolute oldest brands in Texas via daily business, community events, and the historical education of the attendees thereof. This is not about us. This is about Scholz Garten, an iconic Texas story that we are blessed to be a small part of,” says Northcutt.

The newly launched all-day menu features a modern-day twist on traditional German dishes, with appetizers such as the Giant Bavarian Pretzel served with bier cheese and Dusseldorf mustard (serves 2 – 4 people, seriously); German Wurst Board, featuring a trio of German wurst paired with sauerkraut, Austin Eastciders-braised red cabbage, Dusseldorf mustard, Creole mustard, Dijon mustard, and Bavarian pretzel rolls; crunchy fried Sauerkraut and Mashed Potato Balls served with sour cream and mustard sauce; and the Kartoffelpuffer, potato pancakes with choice of applesauce or jäger mushroom gravy. Other favorites include the Schweinewurst, custom-smoked pork, bacon, and jalapeño wurst on a buttered & toasted bun, smothered in Haus mac n’ cheese and Biergarten BBQ sauce; along with traditional and specialty German schnitzels and Königsberger Kochklopse, featuring veal meatballs in creamy caper sauce over Haus-made spätzle.

Now with a full bar, Scholz offers imported German beers, local draft beers, and specialty cocktails, such as the Red-Headed Stranger, made with bacon-infused Tito’s, Haus Bloody Mary mix & signature seasoned salt, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeño stuffed olive, and a pepperoncini garnish, in addition to German liqueurs and many of your favorite whiskeys, mezcals, and other spirits.

In addition to the new menu, Scholz now offers a complete on-site and off-site event and catering program led by Rene Stokes. The program features the Austin institution’s nod to the German influence on Central Texas BBQ via post-oak-smoked brisket, sausage, and turkey proteins accompanied by all the classic sides. Being a melting pot of culinary influences, Scholz also offers traditional German fare options and Tex-Mex menus.

Since 1866, Scholz Garten has grown with the Austin community, making it the oldest restaurant, bar, and live music venue in the state of Texas. From hosting a celebration of the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68 recognizing Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texas of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State.” Throughout the years, Scholz has become a place for UT fans, local musicians, music lovers, and families to feast and rejoice.

Scholz Garten is located at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701 and it is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m. Please note that times may change due to events at the Biergarten. For more information, visit www.scholzgarten.com or follow Scholz on Facebook and Instagram. For event booking inquiries, email events@scholzgarten.com.

Entertainment Options for Cord-Cutters

With cable and satellite subscription costs continuing to rise, many people are turning to the internet for alternative entertainment options. According to eMarketer, 33 million people have canceled their cable or satellite services – or “cut the cord” – and that number is expected to grow to 55.1 million by 2022.

In addition to popular streaming services that charge a monthly fee, entertainment fans can now stream thousands of movies and TV shows for free. A massive library of films and TV shows are available at viewers’ fingertips, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via advertiser-supported streaming services.

The largest of these ad-supported services is Tubi, which offers a rapidly growing collection of more than 12,000 movies and TV shows. With content from Hollywood studios such as Paramount, MGM, Lionsgate and more, its offerings include everything from Hollywood blockbusters to smaller independent and foreign films. Fans of specialty content can even find selections in categories such as anime, martial arts, classic TV, cult films and more.

“A service like Tubi truly has something for everyone,” said film journalist and TV host Alicia Malone. “I love that I can watch Oscar-winning films, old Hollywood musicals or even classic British TV shows. There’s even a whole category of movies and TV shows that you can’t find on other streaming services.”

In addition to the breadth of available content, many people enjoy streaming movies and TV shows online due to the convenience it provides in allowing them to watch while they’re on the go, on any device. For example, Tubi is accessible on nearly every device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, video game consoles, plug-and-play streaming devices and more.

If you’re interested in cutting the cord, or want to find additional free entertainment options, visit Tubi.TV. (FamilyFeatures).

Photo caption (woman): Alicia Malone


2019 Texas Medal of Arts Star-studded Awards Ceremony: February 27th

InFluentials, we want to bring your attention to the upcoming Texas Medal of Arts Awards Ceremony being held on Wednesday, February 27th at the Long Center for Performing Arts from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m, followed by a Gala Dinner at 8:30 p.m.   

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday

The star-studded Texas Medal of Arts Awards ceremony will honor eleven Texans who have inspired aspiring artists across the state and throughout the country. The 2019 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees include internationally recognized choral ensemble Conspirare, architects Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Stephen Harrigan, singer and Broadway actress Jennifer Holliday, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, photographer Mark Seliger, singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs, and the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts.

Brandon Maxwell.  Photography courtesy of Sebastian Faena.

Brandon Maxwell. Photography courtesy of Sebastian Faena.

Events will begin with a red carpet reception at 5:30pm featuring welcome performances by local Austin musicians Sienna String Trio, Lou Ann Barton and Rio Novo followed by the awards show at 7pm. Throughout the show, guests will learn more about the Texas Medal of Arts mission and impact while each honoree is recognized in person in between legendary performances by 2019 honorees Grammy Award-winning Boz Scaggs, Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, Grammy Award-winning Ray Benson and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Kenny Broberg as well as Ava Noble, 2018 Texas Young Master, and the Long Center Select Ensemble comprised of Austin’s high school musical theatre stars of tomorrow.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Tickets to the Awards Ceremony ($103) and Gala Dinner ($1,545) are 100% tax deductible and available to purchase here: https://texasmedalofarts.org/attendance/

Join Us for the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala on Friday, February 22, 2019

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

Questions about tickets, tables or sponsorship?
Contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at 512-329-5757, Ext. 107 or rachelle@wondersandworries.org.

The Tipsy Alchemist to Mix it Up on Rainey Street This Summer

SBBC Hospitium Partnering with David Nguyen to Open Popular Concept with an Austin Spin at 70 Rainey 

SBBC Hospitium and Austin-based Operating Partner David Nguyen are excited to announce plans to open a new location of The Tipsy Alchemist on Rainey Street this summer. Located on the second level of 70 Rainey, the elevated cocktail bar will offer Austinites the same popular cocktail menu from the Dallas location in addition to a more casual patio setting with an outdoor stage for local music acts and an extended menu complete with local craft beer and a selection of shareable cocktails.

 “When we decided to open The Tipsy Alchemist in Dallas, our mindset was to break the rules, have our own style, and elevate people’s nightlife experience,” says Dallas Managing Partner Stephen Underhill Jr. “After two years of support and thinking outside the box, we are finally ready to grow, and I can’t think of a better city to open our second location of The Tipsy Alchemist than Austin.” 

The Bramble

The Bramble

With unmatched attention to detail, The Tipsy Alchemist creates cocktails with a touch of science, art, and technique. The cocktail menu features a diverse list of libations, including The Edison, made with rum that is blended with nitrogen-frozen mint and lime and then served in a light bulb on ice, and The Mad Hatter, which is created with vodka, vermouth, lemon, cucumber, and watermelon and then placed into a pneumatic tube transport system—similar to the tubes you deposit checks through at the bank—which encircles the bar so the cocktail is mixed via transport and then served at the other end of the bar.

The Edison

The Edison

Designed by Coeval Space Design and Concepts, The Tipsy Alchemist will bring a fun and energetic atmosphere to the Rainey Street bar scene with lounge seating spread throughout the 2,269 square-foot interior and 3,271 square-foot patio. Seating will be comprised of high-tops and modular furniture that is easily moved around to accommodate any type of private event.

Paper Plane

Paper Plane

The Tipsy Alchemist will be located at 70 Rainey, Suite 200. For more information on The Tipsy Alchemist, please visitwww.thetipsyalchemist.com.


The Tipsy Alchemist is an elevated bar and lounge featuring well-crafted cocktails with a touch of science, art, and technique. With an existing location in Dallas, The Tipsy Alchemist is opening their second location in Austin in summer 2019. Soon to be located on the second level of 70 Rainey, the Austin location will offer a similar cocktail program, an extended menu complete with local craft beers and a selection of shareable cocktails, and casual patio seating with an outdoor stage. For more information on Tipsy Alchemist, please visit www.thetipsyalchemist.com.