The Weekend Playbook: Feast at a BBQ Bash and spend Dad's Day with Mr. Mom
Event of the WeekNorth Austin's dude-friendly experiential resort Travaasa is throwing a BBQ Bash for the ages with smoky dishes from iconic pits like The Salt Lick (pork ribs, fire roasted corn, blue cheese slaw), Lexington-based Snow's BBQ (brisket and potato salad), and Dallas fire-starters Pecan Lodge, who're bringing beef ribs and green chile hominy. The other pits are also worth a sniff, see who else is cooking here
Friday, June 14thThe Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau is unveiling the 10th edition of their yearly local music compilation at The Belmont with performances from neo-soulsters Suite 709 and the Latin fusion stylings of Este Vato. The first 300 people in the door get a free CD!
Saturday, June 15thSaturday's other live BBQ option, comedic stronghold ColdTowne Theater's throwing an improv event called Braised in Texas with the cast riffing on the idea of a Central TX BBQ competition. Sounds... sketchy?
Sunday, June 16thOh crap, it's Father's Day. Luckily the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In's got you covered with a cookout-friendly double feature of Mr. Mom and National Lampoon's Vacation. Reserve your car space right here
Austin will be swarmed by thousands of leather-clad hog-riders for the ROT Rally, but fear not, non-motorcycle-riding readers, there's still plenty of exhaust to enjoy, ranging from vintage cycle shows to performances from vintage rockers like Twisted Sister and Vince Neil. They also have a comedian wanted for killing audiences across America... Find out who right here
(Next) Thursday, June 20thSouth Austin outpost of New American eats Olivia is cooking up a whole goat alongside a Loncino hog, all paired with suds from local brewery Hops & Grain. Call to make a reservation (it'll book up fast); get the number here
Local Lady We Love, and Where To Meet Her
Meet Shelly Lashley. When she's not busy reading her subscription to Poetry magazine, taking fingernail-art to new heights, or sneaking into the pool at Eastside Commons, she's keeping the absinthe-greased wheels turning at cocktail den Peche as the front-of-house manager. Traversing a busy bar all day means she can eat as much mac 'n cheese as she wants without getting fat, but also that she knows a thing or two about restaurant etiquette.
Here, a tip from this week's Local Lady We Love (if you see her out at spots like Whisler's or Butterfly Bar, she accepts thank yous in the form of well-crafted Negronis): "Don't push tables together like it's your damn living room."