March 3, 2009 - We’re (Finally) Back Online, with a Busy Week Ahead!
     Well, for the past seven days here at AustinOnStage.com headquarters, we’ve been without our primary computer - the one that we use to update and create this website.  The motherboard fried, so we’ve been frantically working to repair it.  Consequently, we haven’t been able to update the website for a full week.
     But we’re back in business again and working our fingers to death trying to update the site as quickly as we can.  And this week is already shaping up to be another busy few days of major events.
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     Wednesday the 4th, we’ll be at the State Capital bright and early for the Texas Motion Picture Alliance’s Lobby Day.   We’ll be jon the South Steps of the Capital bright and early to join more than 1,000 of our fellow film professionals to urge the Texas Legislature to improve the state’s incentive program for motion picture production and bring the business back to Texas.  
    Wednesday evening, we’ll head to Cannoli Joe’s for their
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monthly Tex-Italian Wine Celebration.   The wine-tasting event has already raised more than $10,500 for a dozen local non-profit groups, and this month the beneficiary is Lee Elementary School.  The celebration takes place the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and jazz diva Larisa Montanaro - our Sweethearts Cabaret co-star - will be performing in the main room this month.  
    Thursday night I’ll be returning as the emcee for the annual CulinARTS gala at the U.T. Texas Exes Ballroom.  The super soiree presented by the International Special Events
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Society has become one of the social highlights of each Spring, with proceeds benefiting the Wright House Wellness Center.   This year’s futuristic themed experience begins with cocktails and a fine art silent auction, followed by a lavish dinner and special guest cooking demonstration by Bud “The Pie Man” Royer - the Texas culinary icon and founder of Royers Round Top Cafe.   I also have it on good authority that Hoover Alexander - another Texas culinary icon and head honcho at Hoover’s Cooking - is planning to “crash” the party and challenge Bud to a live cooking throw down.  I’ll have a full “front lines” report on Friday of all the excitement.
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     We’re rounding out the week with a trip to the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo’s big annual Cowboy Breakfast on Friday morning at Auditorium Shores.  Since we live a block away, we would be fools to pass up all the free biscuits and gravy, sausage wraps, breakfast tacos, and assorted goodies.  Plus there’s always tons of entertainment - where else can you see a trick roper spinning on the back of a live longhorn at seven in the morning!
     That evening, it’s back to the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum for the original show The Shadow Of Giants.  Native Texan troubadour Craig Toungate portrays his great grandfather - Texas pioneer settler and member of Sam Houston’s army Meredith Toungatet - to weave the story of the Texas Revolution from the day of the fall of the Alamo to the Battle of San Jacinto, using original songs and narration based on eyewitness accounts.
     And somewhere along the line we have about ten days worth of website updates to finish before the weekend...