Saturday, April 30, 2011

Our Lady of the Radish

The little Farm to Market store on South Congress has this tribute to Our Lady of the Radish. Haven't had a radish in ages. Do love them. The mural is behind glass framed by a mosaic including bar tools. Haven't ever seen a radish in a drink, I don't think. Not even a Bloody Mary where celery usually reigns but other vegies make an appearance.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mighty Cloud

At sunset on Tuesday a mighty cloud in the east reflected the setting sun in the west. This same cloud formation (which showed a little lightning but brought no rain) appeared so strange from the vantage point of San Marcos to our south that someone made the cloud a facebook page.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Love Note To Stevie Ray

We walked by Stevie Ray the other evening and noticed that he had a love note in his hand. Also gives you a nice close-up of the gifted guitarist's hand.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brunching in style

This cute dog was all dressed up in a Mexican outfit for a Saturday brunch before the pet parade on South Congress. Something tells me that he got a few bites of a tortilla. Maybe even a taste of cheese.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

You See Everyone on the Trail

These geese seemed to be trying to take over the trail yesterday. They snapped at passing bikers and runners and were warned by the gentlemen on the bench that they wouldn't be getting bread if they didn't behave.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter from the Furry Set

This beauty rode in style in an Easter basket for the Lyndon Lambert Easter Pet Parade on South Congress yesterday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Someone waits in a modern bus shelter for a bus (or redemption?) in front of an old house on East Cesar Chavez.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Voulez-vous Poulet avec Moi?

This food trailer up on 15th (which seems to be attached to a semi called the jalopy?) has that clever saying on the mural. Haven't tried the food. So many trailers, so much humidity, so little time.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Tacos

This taco trailer on S. 1st adds another outdoor fast food venue. When will it end?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Body Work

This body shop on South Congress has a fantastic mural. There are often interesting vintage cars here, too.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Mural

This mural on South Congress on the side of a shop that used to house Austin Art Glass is always changing like a billboard. But now the shop is going to be...a book store! Wow. Brave folks to open a book store.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Heart Live

Our friends Jackie and Steve made it to ACL Live again. To see Heart a couple of weeks ago. You can listen on the link.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Piano People

There people around the City Hall steps "Play Me, I'm Yours" piano appear posed but our photographer (Jackie) says that she just caught them in this arrangement. Sort of like notes on a scale. Some of Jackie's pictures are my favorites in this space. Like the arrangement of people and bats in this one.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Truck for Sale

This truck was parked on South Congress a couple of weekends ago when there was a car show going on there. It looks this old truck is hiding a bunch of renovations.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Trailer Thai

Trailers keep popping up with all sorts of cuisine. You will find this one on South First.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yes You Can!

This mural is at a used car lot on E. Cesar Chavez. I don't think Cesar was talking about owning a car but....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Big Moon

Jackie shot this a while back and I am just now running it. Shot looking east along Cesar Chavez on the night of the big moon I believe.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Shawn and the Hounds

Here is another photo from Sunday night's Nobelity party. Left and center, you see Marty Maguire and Emily Robison, two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks. These two ladies are now singing as the Court Yard Hounds. On the right is Shawn Colvin. They did several songs, including the Bee Gees hit "Words."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nobel Quality Piano

We went to the Nobelity Project fundraiser last night. They do water and school building projects in Kenya. They are named after Turk Pipkin's first film: "Nobelity." The title is an intentional corruption of nobility. In it he interviewed Nobel prize winners about how they might save the world. He decided to try to help one community in Kenya get clean water and build a high school. He has achieved that in spades and is continuing to help improve schools, water systems and community facilities in the area. This fundraiser has the usual trappings of a gala: silent auction, food, drinks. But Turk adds star power from his many contacts in music, movies, literature. Every table has a couple of luminaries for the paying customers to meet. Marcia Ball played piano (above) as the diners entered and then presided over a table with husband and painter Gordon Fowler. Also in attendance at the party were novelist Sarah Bird, journalist Evan Smith, screenwriter and photographer Bill Witliff and historian H.W. Brands. Several cast members from "Friday Night Lights" were there including Brad Leland, Kyle Chandler and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson. Lots of bold-faced names. Jewish Cowboy musician, animal rescue advocate, novelist, humorist and former gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman appeared in his trademark garb and comedian, actor, magician Harry Anderson performed briefly. Musicians were everywhere, most just talking to and getting photos with fans: Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Shawn Colvin, Ray Benson, Darden Smith, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmy Buffet, Carolyn Wonderland (and her husband comedian Whitney Brown whom she recently married in Butler Park), Jerry Jeff Walker, the Courtyard Hounds (the Dixie Chicks exes...they also performed with Shawn Colvin), Jeff Lofton, Jimmy Lafave, Jimmie Dale Gilmore...and more! Turk and Christy Pipkin have a great formula for fund-raising and I trust that they capitalized on that for their cause last night. It's a one-of-a-kind event.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sidewalk Art

On one of our walks a few days ago, we came upon these new pieces of art in the sidewalk not far from our residence. Nothing like brightening up the street scene!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

And Play Them They Do

On the First Street (Drake) Bridge this fellow was playing the piano today. When I came back later a guy was playing and making a video of himself doing it.

Friday, April 8, 2011


My friend Jackie sent me this from last month'. The Central Texas Emergency Services Pipe and Drum Association is, we assume, made up of policemen, firemen, EMTs. This was on the patio at Fado's following their pre-St. Paddy's parade on March 12.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Heisman Winner Hooks Em

This is for you football fans out there. We went to a party last night at a club we belong to. The theme was a beer tasting with Earl Campbell's Sausage as the main course. Here you see the former Texas Longhorn and NFL Hall of Fame running back Mr. Campbell himself with a friend of ours.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tickle Those Keys

Our friend Jackie captured one of the "Play Me, I'm Yours" pianos on her walk Sunday. They are all around town, invited passersby to play Chopin or Chopsticks.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

James Cotton at ACL Live

We have got to get to this new venue. It's only two blocks from our home! Our friend Jackie shot this at the James Cotton show in March. He is great. Here's a picture we caught at Antone's in 2009.

Monday, April 4, 2011

South Austin House. Needs Work.

We were ambling along Annie Street in South Austin, commenting on some sharp modern houses and wondering what a large vacant lot that was for sale might bring. I noticed this house and shot this detail. The remodel on this one has been stalled for a while.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Who Invited the Caveman?

A serious performance art piece with a caveman and his frightened woman surged around the party goers at the annual Women and Their Work art gallery fundraiser at a beautiful West Austin home.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Once a Laugher, Now Collectible

Always amazes me that something that was a failure later becomes collectible. Snapped Edsel with my iPhone at the car show the other day. The owner said he solved one problem with the car by changing the size of a fuse. Apparently Ford never figured that out.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Edges in the Sky

I like how the Austonian (tallest building in Austin) appears to erupt through 1 and 100 Congress in this picture taken from Cesar Chavez. Today is theme day at City Daily Photo. The theme is edges. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.