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    Few would argue that the work Austin Energy employees do to keep our city powered every day isn't impressive, but some might stop short of calling that work “artistic.” Allison Orr is aiming to show the beauty in the linemen’s work with Forklift Danceworks' latest production.


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    In a few short weeks, hundreds of thousands of music fans will take to Zilker Park for the first Austin City Limits Festival that will be spread across two weekends for six days of shows. This weekend, about 2,000 people will gather in Utopia, Texas, for a very different scene.


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    Scenes of 19th century construction and 20th century renovation of the famous Sunset Red granite Texas State Capitol are the focus of Views of the Capitol: 125 Years in the Making, a new photographic exhibit organized jointly by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. 

    Views of the Capitol commemorates the 1888 dedication of the Texas State Capitol. It features scenes of the Capitol construction site and examples of the original architectural drawings by Elijah E. Myers, a Detroit architect who also designed the Michigan and Colorado capitols. The state selected Myers’ drawings in May 1881 through a nationwide design competition for Texas’ new statehouse, and construction followed from 1882 to 1888.

    On his plans for the Capitol, Myers drew a robust statue of a woman atop the dome. The ­final design and molds for the nearly 16 foot sculpture were made by the Chicago ­firm of Friedley and Voshardt and then probably cast onsite. In this first photograph, local photographer S. B. Hill captured the Goddess of Liberty surrounded by officials, workers, and townspeople before it took its place on the top of the dome in February 1888.

    Click through the slideshow to see more examples of historic photographs to be found in the exhibit (except for the modern one ... we just liked that one). The exhibit will remain on exhibit until Dec. 31 in the third floor rotunda gallery of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin. There is no admission to the third floor rotunda, but the museum’s other exhibit galleries are subject to a charge.

     

    • Local photographer S. B. Hill captured the Goddess of Liberty surrounded by officials, workers, and townspeople before it took its place on the top of the dome in February 1888.

    • Texas State Capitol Front Elevation: Drawing #8 on linen by Elijah E. Myers, Capitol architect, 1883

    • Workers prepare to install refinished elements on the dome exterior, early 1990s. Photograph by Bill Kennedy for TSLAC.

    • South view of the 1888 building encased in scaffolding at sunrise, early 1990s. Photograph by Bill Kennedy for TSLAC.

    • The Capitol as it looks today. Photo by Flickr/Matt Rife

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    This weekend, the Sherwood Forest Faire opens it’s grounds for the third annual Celtic Music Festival. If you’re not a fan of the outdoors, check out the Superhero party at Moltov, the super secret Whedonverse event, and the super fun game Settlers of Catan.

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    Local acid-etcher and jewelry maker Chris Zaribeck encourages anyone contemplating crafting to jump right in and learn as they go.

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  • 09/19/13--06:11: Underrated: El Caribe
  • Over the winter, I befriended a woman who was here from New Zealand for a few months. We were headed out to lunch one afternoon, and she said she was in the mood for Tex-Mex, “down and dirty.” I knew exactly where to take her.


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    UPDATE (Sept. 19, 2013): Wheatsville announced via its Facebook page today that the South Lamar store would open Friday, Sept. 20. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 7:15 a.m. 


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    With its request to cut off water flows from the Highland Lakes to Matagorda Bay for four months, the Lower Colorado River Authority is threatening a vital ecological system and the wellbeing of a $2 billion a year state fishing industry. It’s also needlessly pitting Central Texans against their coastal neighbors.

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    Get ready for your favorite Thursday of the month, because BASHH is back! Have a drink, relax, and socialize with the best and brightest in the tech industry. Mobile and game developers, this is also a great week for you with three meetups including two great speakers devoted to helping you make games users can’t put down.

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    Nearly 2,000 people danced, camped and drum-circled over the weekend for the fifth annual Utopia Fest, which started as a gathering of 200 family members and friends on a ranch out in Utopia, Texas. The festival is relatively young, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing.


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    The newest addition to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department is something of a blank canvas right now, but in a matter of weeks, the Asian American Resource Center on Cameron Road will be buzzing with language classes, banzai demonstrations, movie series and lectures, all centered around Au


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    It’s not often a Kickstarter lives up to Austin’s national stereotypes, but this may be the most Austiny Kickstarter ever started in Austin. That’s not a criticism. If I had my druthers, I’d own a SmartCar with a custom Doctor Who TARDIS paint job, and of course it would need a bike rack.

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    If you haven’t yet read the Sleepless in Austin guy’s list of demands for what he wants in a woman, you are in for a treat.


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    Calling all secret agents! This week, you can join your fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents for a viewing party or infiltrate superhero culture at Capstone Comics grand re-opening. If your flu vaccine wasn’t accidentally switched with a vial of super soldier serum, you can also play some geeky trivia, play some geeky boardgames, or play some geeky pinball.

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    Dozens of bands from across the country traveled to rural Central Texas, braving mud, cow pies and no street lights, to play the fifth annual Utopia Fest last weekend. With a capped audience and such a rural setting, the Austin Post wondered what the performers thought about the fest.


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  • 11/07/13--14:11: Little Mexico Restaurant

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  • 11/07/13--14:43: Barton Springs

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  • 11/07/13--14:44: Onion Creek

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    “Well there’s flooding down in Texas,” Stevie Ray Vaughan sings it true, but the storms that submerged the iconic native’s Town Lake statue in waist-deep waters, destroyed more than 1,100 homes and left families in Southeast Austin displaced and in desperate need of


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