Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...Valentine's Day: the holiday that rolls around every year regardless of your current relationship status. If you're reading, you probably range from a hopeless romantic to someone who tends to hide away every February 14...."
"...When owners of Austin’s newest supper club, glass2plate, asked themselves what kind of event to run for Valentine’s Day, the chef’s response was simply, “I’m going out of town that week.”..."
"...Thanks to Valentine’s Day, there’s always an overload of lovey-dovey shenanigans besmirching the general landscape each February 14th. So many bouquets of flowers and boxes of chocolates and fancy dinners and public displays of affection … and then a spike in world population approximately nine months farther down the road...."
"...Those of you lucky enough to have your own Sweet Baboo know that edible gifts are obligatory for Valentine's Day. It doesn't have to be Champagne, candy, or edible underwear, but you gotta have something..."
"...Cupid opens fire on Saturday. Whether the international lovers' holiday means date night with your main squeeze or rollin’ stag, Valentine’s Day presents a full bouquet of entertainment from Austin’s music scene..."
"...As a child, Valentine's Day held little appeal for me. I remember the annual drudgery of hunting through piles of candy hearts and fold-and-seal Valentines, deciding who will receive which cheesy message..."
"...And the day that celebrates this multihued passion, the day named in honor of St. Valentine? What are its origins?..."
"...The pressure to perform romantically is never greater than on Valentine's Day. (Insert your joke here.) Fear not: We're not going to offer sex tips for lovers; we'll leave that to the Sue Johansons of the world..."
"...Dear Editor, Valentine's Day I get a call from an ex-girlfriend's brother, informing me she had passed away due to diabetic shock. Johanna and I started dating when I got back from a U.S..."
"...Dear Chronicle, To all the liberals out there, is it OK if we say "Happy Valentine's Day"? I know we're supposed to check with you, since you are the self-appointed PC Cultural Thought Police. How about we don't mention the whole saint part, and promise to be properly ashamed of our own culture? I know how offensive it is to immigrants, or whoever it is you say isn't being "included." Of course, if people move here to get away from – sorry, started thinking too much..."
"...Starring: Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts and Taylor Swift. Three-quarters through Valentine’s Day, director Marshall pops in for a seconds-long cameo as a mariachi band player..."
"...At 83 items, Thursday's City Council meeting (Feb. 14) doesn't appear particularly daunting, but there may be a few depth charges lurking in the underbrush..."
"...Mom might say, “Well, it’s the thought that counts, dear.” But take her to this holiday omnibus, and you’ll run the risk of having her think you’re as lazy as the movie. You’ll make a better impression with the old standbys of Hallmark and flowers..."
"...This year, I received a few tasty Valentine's treats and plenty of information about local offerings that are worth sharing. If you still haven't made those Valentine's Day reservations or purchased just the right gift for your Sweet Baboo - here are some ideas that might just help you avert romantic disaster this weekend. * My favorite candy treats this year are the Chocolate Caramel Hearts from the candy island at Whole Foods Markets..."
"...When local pastry chef couple Philip Speer and Callie Whigham married several months ago, I posed this question: In a situation like this, who makes the wedding cake? It turned out that another pastry chef friend of the couple provided that service, but the question got me thinking about what kind of delectable treats professional cooks might create for one another for some other romantic occasion? In a relationship that includes a shared professional passion for food, what manner of love offering might chefs create for each other for Valentine's Day? With that question in mind, we interviewed three talented young chef couples about their backgrounds, inspirations, and personal tastes. While their jobs will require these chefs to use their considerable skills to delight the public rather than each other on the upcoming romantic weekend, each of these gifted culinary artists still had plenty of inspiration when it came to the idea of pleasing their beloved. Amy OsbornChef instructor of baking and pastry, Texas Culinary Academy Egil ValentinExecutive chef, Kenobi Restaurant and Sushi Bar..."
"...But there's no laurel-resting. The flat track league's 2011 season starts Sunday, Feb..."
"...Director Garry Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate lift in toto the same framework of their previous collaboration, Valentine's Day – the holiday theme, the puzzle-piece narrative, the overstuffed cast of stars, the colorless execution. On New Year's Eve in New York City, disparate people try to make it a night to remember, angling for a midnight kiss, a rendezvous with a mystery woman, a reconciliation with a lost love, or the prize of pushing out the first baby of the new year..."
"...Blond Hitchcock babe Eva Marie Saint makes a rather surprising appearance near the end, but it’s nowhere near enough to transform the ham-handed directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (who can also be blamed for this film’s mythically awful screenplay) into anything but goofy, inexplicable dross. Targeted for a Valentine’s Day opening date, this particular Winter’s Tale is more like a total winter whiteout...."
"...Strawberry Tart photograph by John Anderson By now, it just might be too late to make dinner reservations for this Valentine's Day. With the annual holiday that weds love and conspicuous consumption falling on a Saturday this year, hotels have offered tempting packages and many restaurants have designed fixed price menus to encourage advance planning..."
"...I miss the early Eighties, I really do. And I'll give you five reasons why: Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night, The Funhouse, and Happy Birthday to Me..."
"...NBBC reopened in 2013 and will celebrate their second anniversary this May. On Valentine's Day, the brewery will offer couples a chance to renew their vows with a special strawberry-vanilla hefeweizen and an ordained minister...."
"...Three days, two ruined pairs of shoes, two boxes of film, hours of back pain, and a load of muddy laundry later: worth it. Sunday, mud covered every square inch of Zilker Park..."
"...It's a ho-hum experience that positions the Austin native as a normal 29-year-old enjoying the simple comforts of cheap food and drink. Her formative years here weren't quite so everyday...."
"...Neither is metal. We all know what happened to many of those bands as they veered toward the heady hair-metal days; one day the pyrotechnics guy just didn't show up..."
"...As he says in the video's description, the short film actually predates "Writer's Block," having been produced near Valentine's Day 2012. It's a very personal project, though, as you'll see when you give it a watch – including some reflections on a personal attack – which explains in part why he delayed its release...."
"...Bruno was the youngest brother of Phil Jordan, who happened to be the head of the local DEA. Bruno's unlikely killer was a 9-year-old boy who appeared one winter day with an automatic weapon in his hand from out of the vast, anonymous colonias that spread on the hillsides of Juárez, and plugged Bruno for the truck he was driving..."
"...A Global Fear client in Buffalo, N.Y., told Valentine about the first season and recommended that he audition for the second. Valentine said, "It seemed really interesting, but I thought, 'These guys are really good, and I'm just not at that level at this time.'" After a few prompts from friends via Facebook, he finally watched some episodes, "and I thought, 'This is really cool, and you know, maybe I could stand a good chance.'" The day before the submission deadline, he finally emailed the producers and got a call back almost immediately..."
"...Of all the individual days of this period, Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day -- was the most dreaded..."
"...Paint the town red in Georgetown for Valentine's Day when downtown merchants will have a jar of chocolate kisses in their stores -- guess the number of kisses in the jar and win a prize, Feb. 12-13..."
"...Instead of retreating from the enormity of the situation, she broadened the mantle. In 1998 she joined forces with Feminist.com, another organization concerned with violence against women, and launched the V-Day Committee..."
"...If you've ever known a woman or a girl who has been a victim of violence, or you're ever worried about a woman or a girl you know being a victim of violence, or you've hated the thought of violence being perpetrated against women or girls, whether you've known them or not, keep reading. V-Day is coming and with it a chance for you to join the campaign to end violence against women...."
"...If we were lucky, it was Gordon Lightfoot, sundown. Time to take a load off, either way, bury the day..."
"...Perhaps in tribute, most offstage playhouse liaisons follow this example, putting out a lot of light and heat for a short time -- say, about as long as the run of the show in which the ardent artists are taking part -- then abruptly going the way of all flesh. (It should be noted that some misguided theatre types have come to equate the brevity of a romance with the luminosity of the lovin' and will ignite and extinguish a backstage affair between an evening performance and the next day's matinee!)..."
"...Normally, when the Central City Entertainment Center (CCEC) is on the council agenda, Turner and Garrett can be counted on to give long speeches in favor of the center, and to rally dozens of vocal supporters to fill the chambers. Instead, the culmination of their years spent protesting delays in the center's construction arrived anti-climactically last Thursday, when council approved the construction contract for the CCEC at 1156 Hargrave Street..."
"...Dear Editor, We have recently celebrated another Labor Day holiday. I am concerned that most Americans do not understand the purpose of the day..."
"...Want to treat your sweetheart to the first-ever concert in the Long Center's 2,400-seat Dell Hall? If you're reading this the day that the Chronicle hits the streets and are as swift as winged Cupid, you can do it. The center is hosting a public concert on Thursday, Feb..."
"...to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb..."
"..."The general rule for when to plant onions," says Pam Martin, customer service manager of Dixondale Farms, "is to plant them six weeks before average last freeze for your area." Depending on who you ask, the last freeze of the year in Central Texas will happen sometime between March 3 and 28. You might get away with planting your Southern Bell Reds as late as Valentine's Day...."
"...As I celebrate Singles Awareness Day, aka Valentine's Day, at the Honeycomb Hideout (which is what I call Jacki Oh's house), I find myself thinking that I'm so happy for all those people I know who are in love and find this a very special day. I, too, am in love and spending this day with my love – designing clothes..."
"...We do this stuff for a living, and we're still running to catch up. West Side readers this week might feel either dizzier than we are or else already in spring-training form, as they're finishing up their state House District 48 special election run-off (vote Tuesday, neighbors, if you haven't already!) on Valentine's Day, just in time for early voting (next Tuesday, Feb..."
"...LaDonne credits their success to two simple things: They use the best ingredients they can find, and it is always fresh. "Our chocolates are never more than 10 days old," she says..."
"...Dreading another Valentine's Day spent single? Maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. We're firm believers that there's a soul mate out there for everybody, and that soul mate is four-legged and furry..."
"...She takes his hand and draws a square on his palm with her finger, which means: emergency wafers again. Their UniConverse translation collars haven't picked up a signal in days, and neither of them can understand the other's words..."
"...Now multiply that feeling by 2,000. That's about how many families of Hurricane Katrina evacuees moved from the temporary shelters at the Austin Convention Center and the Toney Burger Center into rental properties throughout town, and up until Wednesday, March 1, the city of Austin was paying their rent at least indirectly..."
"...Grulke's prime beef is that the FD's involvement in SXSW seemed "inconsistent"; he sighs, adding that "It's really frustrating to have the rules change in the middle of the conference." Grulke refers to a number of situations, including one at Emo's where a patron apparently ripped down the club's load card (which states the venue's official capacity) and the department required they replace it the next day, and another at the Flamingo Cantina where the club was reprimanded over a string of Christmas lights that had been up for years. SXSW security director Steve Chaney says that the encounters between the department and the clubs at the conference didn't have anything to do with capacity enforcement and notes that "This is the busiest week of the year in the `Live Music Capital of the World' and it seems they weren't taking that into consideration." Grulke further asks, "Why the letter of the law when the letter of the law isn't being enforced the rest of the year?"..."
"...For the Rockets it was time to think of the franchise, which will be in sad, sad shape once Hakeem and Barkley retire. But alas, sentiment -- a fine thing indeed on Valentine's Day -- got in the way..."
"..."He's implementing Al Dean's report, which is absolutely the right thing to do," Spelman said. But he also said that while Knee's reforms may improve accountability in a number of ways, a few big police incidents like the Cedar Avenue Valentine's Day party incident a few years ago can continue to poison interactions between citizens and police..."
"...This Saturday night, when Pump Project Art Complex closes its exhibition "The Door by the Garden," it will also bring to a close 13 years of hosting art shows and artists on Shady Lane in East Austin. As a result of its landlord not renewing the nonprofit's lease, two dozen studios are going away, displacing more than 40 artists who have been using the space to make paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, and other kinds of art...."
"...The fourth annual OUTsider Festival kicks off in a few short hours and over at “Gay Place” we couldn’t be more excited for the queer art takeover. To pass the time, we rounded up our not-to-miss events for those who need some help deciding on what to see and do between tonight and Sunday’s closing party...."