SXSW 2009 Events and Fun

Will post all the SXSW 2009  events I know about here!



Myopenbar Presents: Four Square Punk And A Roller-Skating Rink By Saucony

Food by Traveling Bistro!!!!!

Myopenbar is returning to Austin this year and we invited 50 of our favorite punk rock bands to come out and play. The result is four stages, in a square formation, with room for your crowd-surfing ass in the middle. And a cameo by a fifth stage: a school bus. And a roller-rink, courtesy of Saucony Originals, with free skate rentals and a chance to win free shoes.



 SXSW Season Events for Girls Rock Camp

Supporters from all over the world will be throwing down in March to show their love for Girls Rock Camp Austin. Don’t miss these rockin’ shows!

Check out the Wooden Birds
includes Rolletta Lynn


Churchwood @ Owl Tree Roasting (IH35 @34thish) 2pm, Crackpipes @ Beerland 6pm, Friday


Groovee Fortune client Cynthia Bloom recommends Noelle Hampton


Don’t forget
Traveling Bistro Sunday Brunch at NOMAD!

March 15

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo w/ White Rice
Roasted Pork Loin w/ Creole Mustard Sauce
Tomato and Bell Pepper and Cheese Omelet
Ham and Cheese Omelet
Combo Omelet
Mixed Greens and Artichoke Hearts
Peach Waffle

March 22

Deluxe B-L-T
Cedar Planked Salmon
Eggs any style
3 Bean Salad
Malted Waffle



Plutopia 2009 – Living Systems

The 9th Annual EFF-Austin SXSWi After Party
Beth Been aka the Scarlot Harlot  will have art and merch.
An extravaganza of music, art, & performance – The Biggest SXSWi Party
Monday, March 16, 2009, 6pm – midnight
Palmer Events Center map

FREE to all SXSW badge holders, $10 General Public. All welcome!


Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels screening in Austin on Sun, March 15 at 6pm.
The kick ass Scoot Inn Bar on the East Side in Austin will host the screening.  There’ll be movie, DVDs for sale, filmmakers in attendance, post-screening Q&A, drinks!  Good times.


Sunday, March 15th at 6pm.
1308 East 4th Street
Austin, TX


Bad Kitty

Beau Been showed me this weird video on Boing Boing. I’m not sure I like the leather daddy version of the black hello kitties. It’s fun anyway.

Remember When… Photos

Some photos I scanned a while back.

Mimi and AC at an unknown beach

Mimi and AC (grandparents) at an unknown beach.
This should be a postcard!!!

Ladies at War

I don’t know where this came from but it’s an actual photo. I Love it! This should be blown up to cover an entire wall!!!

elizabeth been as elizabeth taylor

Elizabeth Starr Been’s Glamour Shot as Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks Troy! I had to laugh when Beau Been wasn’t sure if this was a wig. I’ve had some ridiculous hairdos, but this takes the cake. Can’t you just smell the Passion Perfume!

I later dressed up as Elizabeth Taylor in a long red dress for an Academy Awards Martini party at Dobie Theater. It was quite an affair and I hadn’t ever drank a martini before. I haven’t drank many since! I was pretty tipsy when all the people dressed as stars went to the front of the theater. Seems like I might have read something to the group or handed someone an award. On the way to the stage I tripped on my long red dress because I haven’t ever been stable on heels and the only way I could wear the dress was with the heels. Luckily, I was able to wipe out and recover with a full martini. It was a very Carol Burnett moment. Watch the Elephant Story.

This photo should be hidden so people do not try to mimic this hairstyle in the future.

R.I.P. Elizabeth ‘B.J.’ Warnock Fernea

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Professor BJ Fernea had a huge impact on my life. I probably wouldn’t have gotten a degree in Middle Eastern Studies without her presence at the University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies. I will try to continue passing on the lessons she taught me about a multitude of things. I tried to sum up Elizabeth Fernea’s impact on my life in a recently post: Googling My Mother. My condolences to her family and friends.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

In Remembrance: Elizabeth Fernea

Trip to the Asian Market

I took these photos a few years ago at the Chinese New Year celebration in north Austin. Here are some of my favorites.

Happy Buddhas

Happy Buddhas

Porcelin Asian Ladies

Porcelain Lotus Ladies



Jolly Asian Men

Jolly Asian Men

See more Chinese New Year photos

On A Bus to Wurstfest 08

Wurstfest 2008

Traveling Bistro has Sunday Brunch at the NOMAD, recently voted the Best Local Neighborhood Bar 2008 by the Austin Chronicle. So we were in the know when NOMAD chartered a bus to Wurstfest 2008, a German fest in New Braunfels, Texas.

What happens when you meet at a bar, to ride on a bus with a keg to a beer and sausage fest and then back on the bus returning to the bar? I’ll just show you. Let’s just say the theme of this whole adventure was BEER!!! yum!!!!

Wurstfest 2008

Just inside the gate.

Wurstfest 2008

We aren’t sure who held us up for this photo

Wurstfest 2008

Some people saw pink elephants, others saw dragons.

Wurstfest 2008

Parmesan Stuffed Olives!!! Food, delicious food everywhere!

Wurstfest 2008

Wurstfest, the 49th annual “Salute to Sausage”

Wurstfest 2008

See more Wurstfest 2008 photos at the House of Been

Presidential Debate Response…

John McCain is a Cylon

I can’t remember what in the hell is happening on Battlestar Galactica at this point since they have a few episodes every 3 or 4 years, but I do know John McCain looks just like Colonel Tigh and Palin looks like President Roslin. If we are going to freak out that Obama’s middle name is Hussein, let’s trip out on the horrible possibility that Sara Palin could have to step up as President. I could care less if Palin can shoot a machine gun she drives me crazy as the President on BG.

VOTE for OBAMA!!!!
I don’t want to live on a space ship being chased by ruthless robots!