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Sneak Peek & Feast on EAST

By Robert Faires, November 8, 2013, 3:00pm, All Over Creation

We know: You have that East Austin Studio Tour itch. You're all antsy with anticipation for the annual monster showcase of homegrown art on the Eastside and just don't know if you can wait another entire week to see all the artsy goodness that'll be on display. Well, you know Art Alliance Austin can help you scratch that EAST-y itch tonight.

The organization that sponsors the Downtown visual-art fest Art City Austin every spring always likes to show some love to the Eastside in the fall with this catered, chauffeured, progressive party of art-gazing. AAA has partnered with Big Medium, the studio/collective that created and runs the tour, to make Art Night EAST 2013 a lively and fun way to sneak a peek at some of this year's great tour stops.

You'll get to see a half-dozen spaces during the three-hour party, and each will boast its own curated selection of snacks, drinks, and sounds. You start with Big Medium's new gallery at Canopy, 916 Springdale, and its neighbor across the parking lot, Blue Genie Studios, then proceed to Eden East, Delta Millworks, Hatch at Tillery Fort, and MASS Gallery – and you don't even have to drive yourself. Shuttles will transport you from site to site, leaving you free to enjoy all the gustatory delights offered at the various locations by Eden East, Cipollina, Mettle, Buenos Aires Cafe, Le Cordon Bleu, Spartan Pizza, Trader Joe’s, Republic National Distributing Company, Austin Beerworks, FBR Management, Twin Liquors, Hangar 1 Vodka, Rain Water, and Texas Coffee Traders.

And the fun doesn't end at the final stop, either. Come 10pm, a two-hour after-party revs up at Getaway Motor Club, 3700 Thompson, with DJ el john Selector and “uber-fancy dance band” Froetzel providing music for dancing amongst the club's vintage cars.

You can can purchase your $55 ticket on the Art Alliance Austin website, then pick it up at Big Medium starting at 4pm today.

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