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Newly opened Camp East offers wine, tattoos and Filipino-Vietnamese food

Photo: Nicole Cobler/Axios

Take a seat at a picnic table or gather 'round the campfire at Camp East — a new outdoor space located in the Chestnut neighborhood.

Details: Vendors at 2902 East 12th St. include Dō's Tiny Bread Shed, Filipino-Vietnamese food truck Fil n' Viet, natural wine shop Cork & Screw and tattoo parlor Slow Poke Austin.

Asher Price
Jan 24, 2022 - News

Clash arises over proposed revival of Austin Opera House

An overhead view of the property at 200 Academy Drive.
An overhead view of the property at 200 Academy Drive, home to the old Austin Opera House — and a parking lot. Courtesy Weiss Architecture.

An old Austin blues hall is at the center of a classic neighborhood clash.

Driving the news: A proposed development just off South Congress Avenue would revive the Austin Opera House, a concert hall once owned by Willie Nelson. But the project faces stiff opposition from some neighbors, per an Austin Chronicle report.

Austin's favorite key lime pie

A photo of three pies on a plate
Coconut cream pie from Tiny Pies (bottom), Quack's key lime pie (center) and key lime pie from Lucy's Fried Chicken (top). Photo: Nicole Cobler/Axios

Reader Mitchell Carney recently laid down for Axios Austin a delectable challenge: Determine the city's best cheesecakes and key lime pies.

  • Always game, you wrote us with your favorites.

Austin's favorite cheesecakes

A slice of cheesecake with blackberries on top.
Committed to his profession, Asher was forced to dig into this slice of cheesecake from Word of Mouth Bakery. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Acting on behalf of a reader, we solicited your recommendations for the best cheesecake and key lime in Austin.

State of play: Being a dedicated journalist, Asher decided it was his responsibility — nay, his obligation — to truth-test some of these reader recommendations. So, Thursday saw him whizzing around town, braving the cold, to try yet another forkful of cheesecake.

Asher Price
Jan 21, 2022 - Business

Weekend Austin picks for Jan. 21-23

Illustration of a latte with "weekend" written in the foam.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Stay warm this winter weekend.

And in these COVID times of ours, double-check that events are a go and peek at public health guidelines before you head out.

Asher Price
Jan 18, 2022 - News

Where to get tasty falafel served up in Austin

Food on display from Sosa food truck
Dressed-up falafel and dolma from Sosa Foods, a mediterranean food truck. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

You can get falafel everywhere from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, but the best might be dished out of a food truck tucked into a South Austin light industrial enclave.

Details: Because this is Austin, the spot is home to both a Tesla service shop and a pair of beach volleyball courts.

Asher Price
Jan 14, 2022 - News

An exhibit of contemporary Black artists at the Blanton

A corner of an art installation at the Blanton.
Installation view of "Assembly: New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists." Photo courtesy Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin

Hanging in one corner of a temporary exhibit at the Blanton flashes a neon blue-and-orange sign that looks like something from a roadside bar.

"I will light you up" blinks alternately with "I will light up your life."

  • The first phrase is what Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia shouted at Sandra Bland during a 2015 rapidly escalating traffic stop that led to Bland’s death in police custody.
  • The latter plays on Debby Boone's 1977 song "You Light Up My Life," later recorded by Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.
Asher Price
Jan 11, 2022 - COVID

COVID hardship money now available for local musicians

A pedestrian walks by boarded-up businesses on Sixth Street in Austin.
A pedestrian passes in front of a boarded up business on East Sixth St. in April 2020. Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It's been a long, hard road for musicians in the Live Music Capital of the World.

Driving the news: Through Jan. 28, local professional musicians, independent promoters and music industry workers facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for $2,000 grants.

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