Jan Bohuslav Sobota died on May 2nd of 2012 and this is my remembrance of this fine man who was a friend and mentor to me.
Each autumn, salmon return to the rivers of their birth a€“ there to spawn and once again trigger a renewal of the eternal passion play. Salmon that do eventually arrive at their destinations must once again compete a€“ this time for mates and to fight for access to the precious and very limited gravels.
The profligate expenditure of life and extravagant wealth of biology is there everywhere to behold, as Death dances lightly among the gathering throngs of fish, picking and choosing from among them; who from their number shall successfully spawn and who shall just be food for the gathering predators and scavengers. Spend a day in silence, walking among the spawning salmon, as they dig spawning redds, jockey for position and slash at competitors with those gaping, snaggletoothed, hooked jaws. Jan Bohuslav Sobota has died, while half a world away; I was preparing these etchings of Spawned Salmon and dedicating them to Jan, the lover of fish. The book you hold in your hands has evolved from my simply giving these etchings a second life in book form, to my using them as a vehicle for honoring a friendship of three decades. In 1985, Jan and I had been corresponding for some months without ever meeting a€“ all quite distant and correct. A short bit of background on Jan Sobota to begin, but fear not; Ia€™ll soon be spinning anecdotes and thoughts on books as art a€“ celebrating Jana€™s life of course, telling a few stories out of school, but also straying into the personal and speculative in search of the meaning to be derived from the life and death of a friend.
Jana€™s father was a serious bibliophile and collector of fine books, who nurtured that same love of books in his son a€“ an appreciation that steadily grew, until he was apprenticed to master bookbinder Karel A ilinger in PlzeA?. The pivotal event in Jana€™s early life as a book artist was the posthumous retrospective exhibition of fellow Pilsener, Josef VA?chal in 1969.
Jan supported a family, sponsored workshops, exhibited widely, did conservation work on rare historic books, ran a gallery a€“ and on it went. What Jan did for contemporary bookbinding, was to act as a bridge between the traditionally trained masters of the past and innovators of the present. America was a great place to be a book artist in the early 1980a€™s precisely because it was an active zone of hybridization and hotbed of creativity. An instructive contrast to the anything-goes US scene was the icy reception I got when I showed a wooden box containing loose sheets of poetry and etchings to a Prague publisher. Neither Jan nor I had much interest in the book-like objects that often sneak into the museums as book arts a€“ the carved and glued together things that sorta, kinda have a bookish aspect to them a€“ rough-looking a€“ perhaps chain-sawed Oaken boards or granite slabs, slathered in tar and lashed together with jute; but lacking text. When Jana€™s books went beyond function, conservation or decoration, they were subtle statements about binding and the place of books, knowledge and art, as well as statements about the dignity inhering in the handcrafted - with a good dose humor. There are others who know their conservation and those, whose scientific contributions are far greater, but few of them are also artists at heart. It can sound so pedestrian, these eternal compromises between art and craft, yet what Jan represented was not at all common. There is an inflection point at which exceptional craft begins to make the transition to art and it is closely associated with surmounting the limitations inhering to the discipline. Visiting with Jan in his workshop you quickly realized, that he did what a professional must, but ultimately, he just loved messing about with books.
A curiously protean hybrid of artist and craftsman, ancient and modern, one cannot think of Jan without seeing an unabashed Czech patriot in a foreign land. Early on in their stay in Cleveland, the Sobotas experienced the quintessential American disaster.
Even after their medical debts were retired, money was still an issue for a family of immigrants with three kids a€“ two with special needs.
Later on, when they were living in Texas, the massacre at Waco opened Jana€™s eyes to yet another difficult side of his adopted home. In 1979, I apprenticed with Jindra Schmidt, an engraver of stamps and currency, living in Prague.
Schmidt had engraved stamps for Bulgaria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Albania, Guinea, Vietnam and Libya. In 1992, Jindra Schmidt was honored for his contributions and depicted on the last stamp of a united Czechoslovakia, before it split into Czech and Slovak republics a€“ a fitting tribute. Unlike most children of immigrants, my destiny remained connected to that of my parentsa€™ homeland. My vocation as artist clarified itself in Prague while learning the increasingly obsolete skills of steel engraving.
My first book was indeed, modeled after VA?chal, even to the extent of its diabolical subject matter. Jan showed me a great deal in the following years about the tradition of books as the meeting place of art, craft and ideas a€“ where printmaking intergrades seamlessly with the worlds of language, typography and illustration. One can like these things just fine and admire them from an uncomprehending distance, or you can become engaged. The book you hold was to have been a simple reprint of the Spawned Salmon a€“ something fun for Jan to work his magic upon.
Nice sentimental reminiscences, but there is still the matter of getting the work accomplished and out before the public, organizing exhibitions, printing catalogs and paying for transatlantic flights. The Prague show was reconfigured and curated by Jana€?s longtime friend, Ilja A edo, for exhibition at the West Bohemian Museum in PlzeA?. Quite predictably, I like seeing the kind of work I do honored a€“ the wood engravings and etchings made to shine in the context of crisply printed type and an excellent binding.
Ia€™ve heard printmakers lament that the surest way to devalue prints is to add excellent poetry, sensitive typography and a bang-up binding a€“ and then live to see the whole thing sell for half the price of just the unbound prints.
Therea€™s nothing quite like seventeenth century Bohemia, the dead center of Europe, for particularly thorough violence a€“ with the Bubonic Plague stepping in afterwards as mop-up crew. The chapel at Sedlec was rebuilt after the major blood-letting of the thirty-years war as a memento mori a€“ reminder of death.
What can you say about the mounds of dead, the ruined lives, destroyed nations and misery multiplied by millions that isna€™t trite or self-evident? But then I pan over to other fields a€“ not the kind where the grass is composting my fellow man, but to fields of endeavor where the ferment is of ideas recombining into ever more refined ways of thinking.
I once lived at the Golem house in Prague a€“ at Meislova ulice, number 8, in the old Jewish ghetto. Horoscopes might seem a curious basis on which to select ministers and diplomats, but it is also more common than youa€™d think. Picture the scene before you: Ita€™s a late night in Prague, before the Marlboro man dominated every street corner, even before the neon of casinos and the vulgarity of Golden Arches assaulted the nightwalkersa€™ eyes at all hours a€“ back when darkness, oh yes, that beautiful comforting velvety, all-enveloping and blessed dark, broken only by the moon, stars and late night taxis, still ruled the streets after the sun went down. The Golem was a mythic being of Jewish folklore, created from clay and quickened by the Shem, a magical stone engraved with an ancient Hebraic inscription, inserted into Golema€™s forehead. The maternal tongues of these small nations have miraculously survived all the invasions, floods, plagues and foreign occupiers to this day a€“ a gift preserved and delivered to them across the generations. Minority languages, on the other hand, carry an emotional load that can scarcely be exaggerated. Ishi and his sister were the last of the Yahi tribe to survive the genocidal colonization of California.
Those whose language and culture are not threatened can never know the burden under which the carriers of small minority languages labor a€“ nor how those in exile bring up their children to preserve that which is beyond their capacities to save.
Jan was all about preserving traditions and the kind of ancestral knowledge that today is mostly enshrined in books. Today, the stories of our tribes are less and less passed on as oral tradition and most often read to us from the childrena€™s books wea€™ve learned to treasure a€“ illustrated by fine artists and produced with care for the highly discriminating purchasers of childrena€™s books a€“ for grandparents. A?epelA?k employed binders and typesetters to present complete suites of his work and in this too, he introduced me to a new world.
Later in Prague I missed my flight back, due to the World Trade Center bombing and was delayed by a week. The difficult thing to bear in acknowledging my teachers, models, heroes, suppliers and inspirations, is that these masters of the crafts and industries surrounding and supporting the book arts are mostly deceased. The fruit we seek is not fast food, but laden with full-bodied flavors, attained by slow natural processes.
All of us come from grandfathers who once were wheelwrights, cobblers or instrument makers; men with a profound love of wood and leather, who knew the working qualities of every kind of obscure tree growing in their countryside a€“ men who knew when to reach for elm or hickory a€“ as well as for goat, dog or even fish-skins. Jan spoke fondly of his grandmother, who baked bread every week of the year to feed an entire estate a€“ farm hands, livery people, gentry, trainers and hod-carriers alike. Working consciously is the ultimate goal a€“ and that is the legacy youa€™ll find evidently contained within and upon the boards of every book bound by Jan Bohuslav Sobota.
The etchings you see here first came to life as illustrations for the wedding anniversary announcements of MA­la and Jaroslav KynA?l.
Jan Bohuslav Sobota died on May 2nd of 2012 and this is my remembrance of this fine man who was a friend and mentor to me.A  He was an exceptional bookbinder, teacher and promoter of the book arts, but also an exile who successfully returned home after years abroad. This onslaught on poverty, is being led by providing access to quality education, specifically in computing, to the younger generation. Poverty has most prevalently been measured as a function of income; think of the $1 per day characterization. Absolute poverty can be eradicated by raising the standards of living of a people above the poverty line.
To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.
OLPC negotiates directly with Governments and their Ministries of Education in order to provide these laptops to schools, just as they would textbooks. If a pupil had been previously exposed to the OLPC XO laptop, then they'll clearly be yearning for more.
Ideally, new computers should be provided by the government for students in secondary schools.
A great example of a country that has been arguably successful in implementing ICTs in their education system is Botswana.
Botswana is a small, dynamic country with visionary leadership particularly in the sector of ICTs in education. Moreover, in practice, Botswana arguably boasts among the highest computer penetration in education institutions in Africa.
Say you're teaching a class or brainstorming in the conference room, and you need illustrate this awesome idea on an interactive whiteboard (who needs chalk and sharpee), but have none. Statistics on global software piracy are at best considered shaky, given the debatable research methodologies used to obtain the numbers. This got me thinking - how prevalent is the use of OpenCourseWare, free open source textbooks in Kenyan public universities? I think mobile telephony in African countries, especially in Kenya, squarely fall in this pattern. In a candid, probably never-before-seen account, the writer of The Godfather, Mario Puzo, reveals how he came into writing the best-seller book and how the movie deal and screen actors were cast.
RwandaTel, a mobile service provider in Rwanda, recently announced their rolling out of a GSM cellular network. Om Malik posits:"Building new cables is the equivalent to adding new roads, new shipping lanes, or flights. What is a technology cluster?It's a geographical concentration of related enterprising technology firms growing around a nucleus of R&D facilities (research centers, universities), suppliers, customers and risk capital providers. There they encounter resident trout and bass a€“ even sunfish, chubs and dace, all keyed into the increasingly plentiful and highly nutritious bounty of salmon eggs. Situated 90A km south-west of Prague at the confluence of four rivers, PlzeA? is first recorded in writings from the tenth century.


That vision was about innovation and creativity within the context of an historical tradition. This is what youa€™ll see in a Sobota binding a€“ exceptional attention paid to context and relationships, using materials and technical means that do indeed function and last.
He knew his work was valuable and documented it fastidiously a€“ confident that it would be last.
There was, however, nothing about his nationalism that demeaned anybody elsea€™s traditions or origins. That smallish incident within the parade of American fringe politics elicited an insanely violent level of suppression.
Masaryk a€“ and the cute little girl with a bouquet of flowers, is my mother Eva, at the age of three.
Schmidta€™s income from the federal mint far exceeded anybody elsea€™s in the extended family and supported a network of cars, cottages and rent-controlled flats.
Schmidt, as he preferred to be called, was a man of conservative demeanor who preferred polite and reserved forms of speech and address. While visiting their unassuming engraver and extending my tourist visa 30 days at a time, I was quietly becoming qualified for life as a counterfeiter a€“ a vocation within which, one is set for life, however it may eventually turn out.
Jan allowed several binders to have their way with it a€“ amo boxes for slipcases with shell casings for hinges and so forth. This next incarnation of our exhibit in PlzeA? was all just a bit more prosaic and provincial.
Is it the binding we consider and exhibit a€“ or is the binding there to conserve a text, which is ultimately the point? There are also binders to whom everything else is merely the text block, who care little if it is an offset trade edition or a book made by hand.
The tales therein recorded reflected the accreted wisdom and wit of a people as they retold them across the highlands in modest log cottages after the harvest was in. The way of working belongs to the Sobota vision I addressed earlier a€“ the honor and soul to be found in conscientiously made handcrafts.
I dona€™t feel that accomplished or ready to assume their mantle and yet with every generation that is what must happen.
Gravels, with just the right flow of fresh water running up through stones of the right size are but a tiny portion of the riverbed.A  The salmon must struggle past cities and sewer pipes, farms and irrigation systems, dams and turbines, fishermen and waterfalls a€“ just to reach the streams of their birth. Not so much for relative poverty because it's a sliding scale and really depends on the economy of a country - "poor" in Europe may be "wealthy" in Asia.
In other words, no tests, no exams that directly impact the pupil's academic performance for the term.
Not only does it boast a liberal telecoms policy, its education and national ICT policies are linked to a broader economic vision for the country. As well, all junior and senior secondary schools and government tertiary institutions have computer labs. It's packed with some great features that allow its usefulness to extend beyond playing tennis with on the Wii console. What is not doubtful is that the illegal use of copyrighted material prevalent, and especially in developing regions such as Africa where licensing costs for most commercial applications are considered out of reach. At the same point in time, while the world had 281 million broadband subscribers, Africa registered 1 million or about 0.4%. This is without a doubt fantastic news for the country because it means more options for subscribers, greater penetration levels and competitive pricing among the players.Not to rain on the parade but, if in infact the cellular network is based on the 2G standard, why a GSM network?I know this may be construed as oversimplifying the debate, and indeed there could legit rationale behind the approach - the fact that GSM still has a close to 80% global market share of cellular networks which may serve well for interoperability. The undersea fibers of today are what sea trading routes were in the pasta€”an indicator of future economic activity and a subsequent boom"That during the 90's a "grotesque number of" undersea fibre optic cables were laid connecting the US, Japan Europe and parts of Asia Pacific.
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Some well known clusters include Silicon Valley for electronics, New York for financial services, Detroit for automakers and Bangalore for outsourcing.Why Nairobi?The unprecedented growth of mobile subscribers in Kenya and indeed Africa as a whole is well documented.
This widely beloved stamp was re-issued in 2000 and mother continues to receive philatelic fan mail to this day. He died the day I was composing a colophon for the Spawned Salmon with words of praise for his lifea€™s work.
Not to say that there shouldn't be any expected outcomes from the instruction received in a computer class; rather, the curriculum should allow for creativity on the pupil's side.
The government has committed financial resources to improve connectivity and to promote the educational use of ICTs.
In East Africa, Microsoft tried reducing the price of its flagship Office Suite to serve as a deterrent to content pirates, while the Kenya Copyright Board raided cyber cafes suspected of using counterfeit Microsoft software.
Out with older, expensive texts and in with free, customized online content.So how can OpenCourseWave improve higher-ed teaching? In Asia the numbers stood at 104 million, 89 million in Europe and 80 million in the Americas.
The caveat with GSM is that its underlying technology is TDMA, which allocates time slices for users to utilize the transmission channel.
Those three regions then went through an economic boom due to telecom deregulation and increased spending on ICT initiatives.Right now I believe we are seeing the counterpoint in Africa. Empirical evidence in ITU's 2008 report on ICT indicators in Africa show that:Growth in Africaa€™s mobile sector has defied all predictions. And there is something fun and interesting to do every month to celebrate the wonderful heritage of the people that make up the Lone Star State. The engraving was masterfully done by Schmidta€™s long-dead colleague, Bohumil Heinz (1894-1940). The state security apparatus was surely aware of my presence, but if they kept tabs on me, I never knew. Forgetting for a moment those archaic and annoying animated GIFs that even AdBlock Plus and NoScript can't seem to wipe out, there is no navigation menu! It is at this formative period in life when the human capacity to learn new things is at its highest. The objective is to allow children to be exposed to the basics computing, to spark their minds into thinking and imagining the possibilities, whatever their future chosen field.
A more efficient channel-access technology would be CDMA-based (cdma2000 or W-CDMA standards), which allows multiple users to utilize the entire channel at once. Africa remains the region with the highest annual growth rate in mobile subscribers and added no less than 65 million new subscribers during 2007. Once you discover all there is to see and do in Austin, Round Rock and the whole Central Texas area, you'll never want to leave!A Find lots of information here on area festivals, celebrations and other popular events for your upcoming visit to the area. Everything is just so wonderful and everybody so creative, but suspending judgment long enough to actually look at some artwork and then giving it a chance isna€™t so bankrupt, is it?
Human body parts are again flying and the Baron is at his best defeating Turks and evading friendly fire from buffoonish generals.
Farmers would occasionally find their possessions and take them as souvenirs, unaware that the last Indians still lived in their midst. Damn the cost; ita€™s who we are and the last material vestiges of soulful encounters with our elders a€“ onea€™s whose stories are slipping inexorably away, thinned by each passing year and generation. Their kids were grown and they were by then slipping into that last, reflective phase of life a€“ done competing. Notice that the age bracket fits nicely into the mold of primary and secondary school-aged children.
The most common analogy for this is to consider several people in a room holding multiple conversations. At the beginning of 2008, there were over a quarter of a billion mobile subscribers on the continent. These scraps turned out to be a deck of medieval playing cards - the second oldest such cards known. A book is so much more than the sum of its parts a€“ and yet each of us tends to have our own bailiwick in which we shine and to which we look first. This is deliberate, because an institutional framework is already in place, which makes it relatively easier to implement a solution.
With TDMA, only one user can speak at a time; once his talk time is up, he goes quiet and another begins. Mobile penetration has risen from just one in 50 people at the beginning of this century to almost one third of the population today.With growth in mobile telephony outpacing internet access and fixed line penetration, applications are being developed at a faster stride for the mobile phone. These plates have been inked and wiped by hand, employing methods that woulda€™ve been familiar to Rembrandt. They crashed with my wife Jana and me in Kalamazoo, while taking the a€?orientation coursea€?nearby. I can confidently report back to my English reader, that Jan would only grow in stature for you, if you could have fully understood the subtlety of his thoughts in his own maternal tongue. They have entertained crowds all over the world since the 1940's with incredible skill, tricks, and hilarious antics. Perhaps right for those who shouldna€™t have sharp objects, for fear of hurting themselves. That show was purchased whole by Special Collections at Western Michigan University and constitutes the largest collection of Sobota bindings and the most complete archive of my work. Few people would have cast a second glance at that glued-up mess of moldering old papers before pitching it, nor would they have recognized what they had in hand or known how to restore or sell it. These folks were a profound blessing to a family facing some truly rough sailing a€“ a Godsend.
Schmidt had worked was signed with warm dedications to him and thus worth real money to collectors. He wanted to see the printmaker in me come to full fruition and I wanted to be worthy of his attentions. The family has dwelled within sight of the seats of power, pushing copper plates through a press and outlived the Hapsburg Monarchy, First Republic, Nazis and Communists. The intact packages were still there on their shelves, all duly graded, labeled and priced, awaiting an owner who was never to return. MIT offers the Entrepreneurial Programming and Research on Mobiles (EPROM) program that teaches mobile phone programming in 12 African universities including UoN and Kenyatta University.Deregulation of the telecommunications sector and adoption of streamlined licensing frameworks with policy guidance from the CCK and privatization of Telkom has in many ways leveled the playing field for other service providers and has allowed competitors entry into the market. Back home, their Czech neighbors would have envied them and accused them of theft or worse, but people here seemed to be pleased as punch to see them prosper a€“ genuinely happy for them. Those items too, kept trickling out the door, until there came a sad, sad day, when the golden eggs were all gone.
This popular event showcases bacon-centric food prepared by bacon-loving chefs from Austin and Central Texasa€”and wea€™ll be pairing it all withA craft brews! Bitange Ndemo and the ICT Board have been supportive of local initiatives.Are we there yet?Clearly, wer're not, but we're on the right path.
They bashfully admitted their foolishness and went back to making beautiful books a€“ and their American friends were so relieved to see them regain their sanity.
You take time to grieve and then pick yourself up by your bootstraps (by God a€“ get a grip) and get on with it (Rome wasna€™t built in a day you know). StrejA?ek was still working, but it was all coming to an inevitable end, as he grew shaky of hand and hard of seeing. Entertainment is provided for imaginations of all ages, with interactive puppet shows, sing-a-longs, faery tea parties (once per day), and fantastic jugglers on three stages dedicated to kid-centered fun.


The area has two food purveyors, Marco Polos Taste of the World and Sir Timothy Haughtons Highland Cafe, with options for young and mature palates alike.
Enriched by my days of being nurtured by Prague, Matkou MA›st (Mother of Cities), I moved on to meet my destiny with art.
Consider Wilfred Mworia, a 22-year-old engineering student and freelance code writer in Nairobi, Kenya.
There is lots of seating so parents can sit and enjoy a meal while the kids run around chasing (or being chased by) faeries and other woodland creatures through the play castle. In the four weeks leading up to Applea€™s much-anticipated release of a new iPhone on July 11, Mr. Mworia created an application for the phone that shows where events in Nairobi are happening and allows people to add details about them. Mworiaa€™s desire to develop an application for the iPhone is not unusual: many designers around the world are writing programs for the device.
The league is composed of four home teams supported by a loyal, enthusiastic fan base: Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, and Hustlers. But his location posed some daunting obstacles: the iPhone doesna€™t work in Nairobi, and Mr. A fifth team, the Texecutioners, is comprised of all-star members from each of the four home teams. Now that bohemian attitude has mixed with just enough business sense and hard work to make music happen in a way that is attracting attention from around the world.
An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology.
This year, it was announced that President Barack Obama will give the keynote address to kick off the SXSW Festival for 2016.
President Obama will be interviewed by Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune and the public will have the opportunity to be part of the conversation byA sending in questionsA to the Tribune. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of independent film.
The Film Conference buzzes with world-class speakers, creatives and innovators in a productive social atmosphere. By day, thousands of conference registrants network in the halls of the Austin Convention Center on their way to do business in the SXSW Trade Show, sit in on informative panel discussions featuring some of the industry's key players, gain insight from legendary keynote speakers or plan out their abundant party schedules. At night, SXSW showcases roughly 2,000 musical acts from around the globe, representing well over 50 different countries, on over 90 stages in downtown Austin. All this, and so much more, combine to make SXSW one of the most revered music events, year after year.
Austin Convention Center and more than 50 other venues throughout downtown Austins entertainment district. The festival startedA over a decade ago, but it became a huge hit due to its first-rate line-ups, impeccable arrangements, and welcoming venue. The festival acts as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, and approaches to help us engage with the issues and questions that define contemporary life.
A space where artists and audiences can take risks, ask questions and explore ideas together, break rules, and blur boundaries. Staged at Carson Creek Ranch, it is a huge gathering of music lovers converging on a smallA outdoor venueA to rockout and experience spectacular laser-light shows and great music. The Capitol 10,000 attracts the silly (costumed walkers & runners) to the serious (world class athletes) and has become an annual rite of spring in Austin, Texas.
It began as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. But over the past century and more, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio's rich and diverse cultures. The very best in live music, art exhibits, a giant swap meet, vendors, mini bike races and tons of traditional cars from across the country take over the spacious grounds of the Travis County Expo Center on Friday and Saturday, not to mentionA the BBQs, open house parties, and cruise nights spread out all around Austin that the Round Up has become famous for. The show with amazing rides driven here from all over the country, attracts visitors from all over the world. It features a live music festival, talented artists, pinstripers & unique shopping, great food and cold drinks.
NIOSA benefits the education, grants, preservation and museum programsof the Conservation Society. This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city is slated to bring over 60 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy. National headliners, up-and-comer and local Austin-based comedians ensure that there are options for every type of comedy fan; die-hards to those just looking for a fun night.
Enjoy a Voodoo Village with magic shops, dancers, juju mamas and a traditional funeral procession with lots of beads and tokens. The show features artisans from all over the United States who display and sell homemade art and craftwork.
Festival goers can find paintings, sculpture, woodwork, candles, jewelry, cowboy hats, home decor, games, and other useful and whimsical household items.
The festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people per event and generating $43 million in economic impact.OldA Sixth Street. The two festivals are The Kerrville Folk Festival starting on the Thursday before Memorial Day at the end of May and The Kerrville Wine and Music Festival in the fall.
The music continues for 18 days with performances by more than 100 singer songwriters and their bands.
The annual Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition is held on the first weekend and draws 32 of the best of America's emerging songwriters. The Texas Folk Music Foundation sponsors the Professional Development Program for Teachers the second mid-week of the festival and is a great way for teachers to earn continuing education credits while learning how to utilize music as a teaching tool.
A variety of food items ranging from bar-b-que to vegetarian selections are available in the theater at our food service pavilion during main stage performance nights. The Kerr-Cafe is located in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks. Fiesta Amistad is always held on Memorial Day weekend and features live music, plenty of food, and family entertainment. The ROT Rally is proud to be a part of Austin and brings top named entertainment to the event each year. Past years headliners include names like Hank Williams Jr., Willie Nelson, Bret Michaels, Joan Jett, Paul Rogers, Steppenwolf, and Charlie Daniels to name a few.
The City of Austin cooperates by closing off 54 square blocks of the downtown area for a huge gathering of bikers on Congress Ave.
The ROT Rally expects more than 50,000 participants, and will draw over 200,000 spectators to the downtown streets of Austin during the Friday Night of ROT. The attractions out at the Travis County Expo Center include a ride in bike show, custom bike builders, The World Famous Wall of Death, Comedians, nationally re-knowned bands,The Paradise Bar, a tattoo expo, contests for the ladies, stunt riders, 350 vendors and distributors, the ROT Rally Friday night parade and more. Patrons can enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages from local restaurants, and stop by our local charity area for volunteer and donation information. As you waddle, wade, paddle, or slither your way down a course through the heart of downtown Austin, you'll enjoy various fun stops along the way. The idea was to combine all the cool things from bike races, adventure races, and music festivals into one crazy event. The Urban Assault Ride is the biggest bicycle scavenger hunt series in the nation You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for 'checkpoints' on your favorite two-wheeled bike. The day started with the parade through downtown Round Rock at 10:00 am, followed by festivities all afternoon at Old Settlers Park.
If you do, bring yourself, your friends, your family, and even your dog to the 10th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. There will be arts & crafts booths, food, refreshments, children's activities, costume contests,and educational displays. AGLIFF is dedicated through this program to give families the opportunity to build LGBTQ family awareness and support. All proceeds of the run benefit the Austin Sunshine Camps, which through the support of the Austin Young Men's Business League, has provided summer camping experiences and leadership opportunities for under-served youth in the Austin area. In years past the festival has presented the world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, CITY OF EMBER, ZOMBIELAND, GENTLEMEN BRONCO and Disney's FRANKENWEENIE 3D from director Tim Burton. Previous guests at Fantastic Fest haveA included Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau,George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge.
Many legends persist about the Hairy Man, but some believe he was an infant accidentally left behind by settlers heading west in the 1800s. He resented the intrusion of strangers into his territory and would jump out of the trees to frighten people away. Or, hanging from the leafy canopy above the road, he would drag his feet across the top of passing carriages. The old hermit was supposedly run over by the wagon and killed, and now his spirit lingers along the creek and road.
Like many others have reported through the years, perhaps you will see him running behind your car late one night as you drive through the pitch black darkness of Hairy Man road. The 20th Annual Hairy Man Festival celebrates the legend and is a family fun-centered event that raises money for many local charities and offers a full day of food, arts & crafts, children's activities, special performances, and live music all day.
Celebrate with German food and drink, polka and waltz contests, music, artisans, Kinderpark, souvenirs and more.Markt Platz in Fredericksburg. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts or offering delicious foods and beverages. Over 41 editions, the race has been held at nine locations, most recently in 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The festival provides a open and inviting forum for the Austin community to dialogue with filmmakers, actors, creators and expert panelists.
The films featured in this festival explore universal themes including human rights, global peace, religious freedom, and tolerance. It is dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. Viva la Vida Fest celebrates life and our environment through art and culture, using the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The festival brings together a diversity of people in Austin to pay homage to friends, family, and heroes. The festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, a former librarian and an ardent advocate of literacy.



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