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