Around and About the Avenues – December 2014

New HPNA Committee To Be Formed: The purpose of this new Austin State Hospital (ASH) Committee will be to ensure that Hyde Park residents are informed about the potential sale or repurposing of this state land and have a voice in the process. Recent General Land Office reports have recommended a sale of the property for mixed use development, but no action to date has been taken. John Williams will be the initial chairperson of the committee.

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Praise for Local Eating Establishment: In the Confidential Intelligence Briefing feature of a recent issue of the international news magazine The Week, Austin was listed as #2 for green cities, as per ranking from Meg Donahue’s piece in Vegetarian Times, with a specific mention of Mother’s Café as a place that “even omnivores rave about.” –Reported by Laurence Becker

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Holiday Show at McCallum Fine Arts Academy: This year’s installment of the annual Cabaret Revue, “A Knightly Holiday,” features songs performed by more than 160 students that reflect a variety of seasonal favorites for the entire family, including an audience sing-along. All proceeds benefit McCallum Vocal Department. Shows are scheduled December 4 through 7.

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An Award for Terri Myers: This former Hyde Park resident and consultant for its Local Historic District project recently received the Truett Latimer Award from Preservation Texas, a private, nonprofit, member-supported organization dedicated to protecting the historic resources of Texas. This award is given to a working professional who demonstrates a significant commitment and sustained involvement to preservation. For the past six years, Terri has served on the Austin Historic Landmark Commission and produced the nominations for all three of Austin’s Local Historic Districts.—Reported by Lorre Weidlich

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“Capitalism’s Suffocating Music”: This was the title of an article discussing in part this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival by New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni, who lost patience with all the festival’s corporate come-ons. “For every stage, a different sponsor; behind every beat, a different brand,” he wrote. The ubiquity of signs for “Not That Kind of Girl” suggested to him that the festival should have been renamed Lenapalooza. He did note corporate sponsorships are everywhere these days (for example, in the names of sports stadiums), but he expected more from the “subversive soul” of Austin.