Jackalope, Chupacabra Cantina, Jack Pizza & Beezlebuns for SXSW!!!!

If you are looking for some great food, cold beer & a fantastic staff for SXSW 2010 head on down to The Jackalope.


It’s my favorite bar of 6th Street and one of Groovee Fortune‘s most AWESOME and long time clients! Don’t buy me a Helldorado! You can have one! But I would love a burger, chicken wing or pulled pork sandwich! The Jackalope menu will be shorter for SXSW.

Can’t find what you want at The Jackalope, just head to the front of the bar and order yourself a crispy beer battered pizza at Jack’s Pizza.

In the mood for LEGENDARY Tex-Mex? Head right next door to Chupacabra Cantina. You need to try the Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka frozen drink. YUM! Yes there is a Cabrito (aka Goat) Burger!!!


If you spent your last dime on SXSW and rock n roll, never fear! Beelzebuns is right out on the street offering tasting, affordable items.

So during a long day of computer nerding (which I am highly in favor of), watching 200 films in 2 days or rocking your socks off, head to the corner of Trinity and 6th to fill you tummy and relax amongst velvet paintings of naked women, stuffed jackalopes and chupacabras. Not to mention some rollergirls and interesting local folks.  If we are using a 5 star scale, I give it all a 6! Especially since it is the only bar to create its own currency. If you find a wooden coin with a red jackalope stamped on it, that is good for a free drink!

CHEERS to SXSW 2010! Let’s turn this town upside down and PARTY!!!


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Litmus Industries & Horse Head deserve a little John Waters

As owner of Groovee Fortune web /print design, I am proud to present 2 new web pages for some old friends. Because I have known these people for many years and have lived thru many fun and sometimes bizarre situations w/ these folks, I feel a John Waters’ intro is in order. It just seems to fit perfectly and profoundly.

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Visit John Waters Dreamland
Cheers to Litmus Industries and Horse Head!

If you don’t  know who John Waters is, I wouldn’t really know where to start. He’s a filmmaker of the darkest kind because he rips the face of June and Ward Cleaver right off America and shoves all the tragic, harsh, real parts of life down your throat. He doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously but he’s really fucking good at what he does! Just brillant.  Drag queens, creepy folks, bizzare, absurd, ugly and tragic events…. You’ll just have to watch USA’s “Night Flight” on John Waters’ “Polyester” – 1982.

All I know is we have all lived thru some events together that make our lives eligible for a scene in a John Waters’ movie.

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HORSE HEAD THEATRE

Kevin Holden, my dear old college friend, is part of the new Horse Head Theatre in Houston, Tx. My first 2 years at UT I probably spent most of my time with Kevin going to football games, drinking beer, playing racquetball, playing drinking games, etc… I miss racquetball! We used to play a crazy drinking game called Cardinal Puff…”For the first time tonight I drink to the Cardinal Puff.” While there are many occurences at UT vs OU and on 6th street, I think events at a What-a-Burger on the drag with a homeless man named Bucky who believe he was being followed by the CIA is one of our most Waters’ moment. I can best describe our relationship as a Strange Brew.

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LITMUS INDUSTRIES

Tony and Lori Linder are the masterminds behind Litmus Industries. I can’t even count the numerous John Waters’ moments I’ve live thru with these two! I’ve always loved Lori’s sense of style and Tony’s art. Together they offer all kinds of fantastic creations. Beautiful glass work, vinyl signs, multimedia art, fantastic drawings, business signs, ironwork, etc. You’ll have to come back to this web page to see what ends up in the catalog for you to buy. As for Lori, I think mostly of our many trips to swimming holes in her dad’s old mint green buick which made me feel like we were The Muppets, a wild trip on the train trip to visit her in Seattle and a hunt to defend my honor against the bitchiness of one of the Donnas. Lori dressed me in fantastic Waters’ worthy clothes obtained around the country. The Linder  house looks like a Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, perfect for the set of any Divine movie.

One of my funniest memories with Tony, I left the apartment he lived in with Bob Ray carrying my bike. I had to step down one step to the garage, slipped and end up trapped under my bike that was wedged into the step and a car. I begin yelling but the music was really loud. After about 15 minutes, Tony emerged and rescued me. I had sprang my ankle. Having much experience with twisted ankles, my best remedy was a 6 pack of Pearl bottles. About the time I finished my last beer, unexpectedly the police chased our friend, the neighbor,  thru the apartment. Having lost their hot pursuit,  who jumped out the second story and later called the police on the phone, the APD turned on us. My ankle, swollen like a catalope, was impossible to walk on and I was surrounded by beer bottles. The policeman walked up to me and asked me if I’d drank all that beer and I pointed at my ankle and he didn’t ask anymore quuestions. They threaten to take us all to jail, but luckily we were set free and left to our own devices. There are many live music stories I could tell about Red River and our trip to the Vegas Shakedown, but you can’t handle the truth. HA!

I’m very proud of Kevin, Tony and Lori. Despite our many adventures that might leave some in a straight jacket, we have grown up enough to do some things we can be really proud of! I am also working on new web pages for 2 of my college roommates (one is a Cardinal) but you can see those once they are ready! Enjoy and thanks for reading! XXOOO Beth Been

Imagine . . . “creating a theatre that to this point only exists in
dreams.” – Robert Edmond Jones

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!!!!

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Just inside the gate.

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

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Some people saw pink elephants, others saw dragons.

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

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Wurstfest, the 49th annual “Salute to Sausage”

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See more Wurstfest 2008 photos at the House of Been

Hey Hoser, read this wine review

Traveling and Tasting my way through Niagara

Christina Cagle took a road trip to Canada and visited Riverview Cellars Estate Winery, Inniskillin, Peller Estates and Taps. Read her House of Been review “Traveling and Tasting my way through Niagara.

Canada always makes me think one of the McKenzie Brothers drinking an entire giant vat of beer and Pamela Anderson. Take Off, Hoser!

Countdown to NFL Season

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Countdown Clock  to NFL Season Opener

I was gonna find a count down clock for the new NFL Season and make fun of it.  I had to make my own and that’s not really funny! Here it is. Start stocking beer now so it will last thru the winter! Maybe this is the year to buy a kegenator!