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Austin Turns 175 18 October, 2014

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Austin 175

One hundred and seventy-five candles

Marvelous celebration of the birth of the city we love. Austin began with a party that never really stopped. It was a swell evening of conversation about literature and history and art, a perfect run-up to next week’s book release. Here’s how Thom World Poet experienced it:

So Howie Zowie screened slides of Lamar, Stephen F Austin, Sam Houston, David Crockett, Elisabet Ney, Laguna Gloria, Armadillo, East Avenue, Capitol#1,#2,#3, Street cars on Congress and 6th Slides from SLACKER interspersed with Eliza Gilkyson, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson. Front pages of the AUSTIN CHRONICLE, interior shots of the Driskill & Capitol, MoPac being built, plans for Austin, habitation patterns of Tonkawa, raiding Comanche, Mayors and Governors, Planners and Politicians and Players from LBJ to Waller and those Three Philosophers. Trains with tracks into the city center, street cars ditto, wide, planned Congress Avenue, Bars like Scholz’s Bier Garten. Murals, Cathedral of Junk, Stevie Ray Vaughn (now a statue on Lady Bird Lake) and we realized how much we loved Little Single Story Austin—unique, individual, eclectic, eccentric, artistic, articulate and cheekily deviant—not this highrise nightmare imposed upon the flatlands, obscuring our view of the Capitol. Linda brought out a birthday cake. We cheered/we ate. We laughed with goodwill about our town, our ghosts of Leslie, lost musicians, lone artist-poets. Streets change. Memories remain. 175 years. None of us can contain her. None of us wish to control or restrain her.GO AUSTIN GLOW! May EVERY day be your Best New (Re)Birth Day! (and Night,too!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!


Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts 14 April, 2013

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Frigga’s, October 5: Here’s a long-overdue posting of last fall’s concert with Jack Geiser and Janet “Planet” Thiemmerman. Enjoy part one and the single!

a.k.a. Jack Geiser and Janet Planet

a.k.a. Jack Geiser and Janet Planet


Barnard’s Ballads 26 March, 2012

Dale Barnard enthralls

Dale Barnard enthralls

Frigga’s Day, March 23: Spring’s here, and there’s no better time for a concert under the trees. In our case, they’re ashes and pecans plus lots of understory plants to fill in the spaces between. Sonically, our ears were filled this past weekend with the tunes, lyrics, and rhythms that Dale Barnard brought to the Backyard Theater.  

I’ve know Dale for at least a decade. He’s been a faithful and active member of our Austin Ishmael Dialogue, and he and spouse Denise are long-time denizens of Camp Patchouli at Kerrville. This night also honored Denise on her birthday.

Among other subjects, Dale’s ditties relate his concern for the planet and our culture’s role in its care. Because he’s also a writer, his chooses his words carefully and thoughtfully. His other passion is spelunking, so much of the repertoire deals with crawling in holes underground.

Dale delivers

Dale delivers

In fact, about half the audience were cavers, most new to the Green Man. Special guests included Dale’s mom, Carol (to whom he dedicated a song), and Denise’s mother, Jo. Our growing family of revelers added a three-month-old child, as well. Friends, neighbors, and country folk all joined in their appreciation. It may have been the best-attended event we’ve done so far. 

Too, the pot-luck feast was particularly sumptuous: carrot cake with candles, multilayered cheesecake, garden-fresh greens, wine and Shiner beer, chips, and fancy dips. No one left hungry.

Stay tuned for more . . .


The KyMelia Show 4 November, 2011

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Ky Hote and Amelia Card

Ky Hote and Amelia Card

Friday, October 21: In perhaps the most professional program from the Backyard Theater to date, Amelia Card and Ky Hote filled the evening air with pleasing singer-songwritten tunes and lyrics. Ms. Card, offspring of Dallas’s famed folk venue Poor David’s Pub, delivered the first set of songs solo. Her bright style and cute ditties transported us to fun places and heightened emotions. Ky followed soon after with some of his own engaging tales accompanied by his virtuosic picking and barring. Near the close of Ky’s first grouping, he was joined by Jim Carpetas on pennywhistle.

After the break, Amelia and Ky played together. Some were Ky’s originals, and others Amelia’s. We heard not just the two guitars, percussion, and voices in various combinations, but Ky also pulled out Amelia’s banjo for one number. Overhead planes flying  and neighborhood dogs barking only added the the local flavor.

Holler and Bang

Holler and Bang

Other musician friends were in attendance, as well, and a couple guys from Holler and Bang erupted into a spontaneous performance. This happens frequently at the Green Man and everywhere else in this fabled city when creative folks get together.