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For those of you feeling the need…the need for MEAD…your wait is near over.

The good folks that bring you the boobage, kissing wenches, jousting and any excuse to carry a broad sword, the Texas Renaissance Festival, will be kicking off their merriment and more come 9th October 2010.

This year will also boast some themed weekend events, games and rides, and enough music and fun times and food and spirits to blow even the most demure of Scotsman’s skirts up.

As in every other year, the enchanted 53-acre New Market Village will come to life as all European Courts come to pay homage to Queen Katherine.

Each of the eight weekends has a unique, wonderful theme with the different courts vying for the Queen’s favor by bestowing lavish amusements and gifts upon her.  Hundreds of costumed performers will lead you into continuous laughter on 22 stages, holding over 200 performances daily.

So prepare to meander along shaded cobblestone walkways and visit over 400 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts or offering delicious foods and beverages and don’t forget to revel in the sights, sounds and smells of the authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds covered with beautiful gardens and vines while entranced by the masked spirit of the bells and the haunting music coming from the Cloister Stage, home of Cast in Bronze.

And, truth be told, your perfect day will end as you behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held at dusk above the festival’s lake.

Texas Renaissance Festival
Saturdays and Sundays
October 9th thru November 28th

I could wax poetic on the virtues of both wine and pie…but put them together? I’m in freakin’ heaven! Come September 25th, you’ll find me and a bunch of other pie and wine lovin’ folks down Fredericksburg way for the Fall Wine & Food Festival at Texas Vinyards & Beyond. Enjoy wine tastings from seven Texas wineries and local food artisans, meet the winemakers and more at this wonderful, yearly event. You can sip and nom to your little pie noshing and wine sloshing heart’s content!

Participating wineries include Fall Creek and  Pheasant Ridge, while the Fredericksburg Pie Company and Dutchman’s Market are just two of the nomilicious folks providing great grub!

Cost is $10 per person at the door, which includes wine glass, wine and food tastings. Please call 830/990-9199 for more information or to buy tickets!

TEXAS VINEYARDS & BEYOND
329 1/2 E. Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Across from the Nimitz National Pacific War Museum

The 6th annual Art Outside – a three-day experience for art lovers, families, DIY junkies and avid concert-goers - will take place once again at the beautiful Apache Pass festival grounds near Rockdale, Texas from October 22 thru the 24.  Art Outside will also be partnering with MG Fest this year to bring cutting edge in motion graphics, projection visuals, and video mapping. Needless to say, Art Outside’s organizers are very excited to showcase the works of artists leading the new media art movement from around the world.

Each year, Art Outside scours the country for the most intriguing, and in my own words, nifty art and artists you’ve ever seen. Think interactive fire sculptures and flaming carnival games to new media, music and more.

To learn how to participate, or to find out more about this amazing, outdoor art adventure, and to purchase tickets and camping passes, visit Art Outside online today!

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Amanda likes to point out that I dropped the ball by not writing about the All-Con event last week. Well to keep that from happening again this week, I’m doing a preemptive strike with things I heard going on this weekend that any fellow comic nerd would enjoy.

This Friday the DMA’s Late Night Art Bytes will focus on comic books and Technology. There will be several tech savvy comic creators there to share their work and have a little Q & A…Those scheduled to attend are: David Hopkins, Kristian Donaldson, Jake Ekiss, Matthew Warlick, and Vinh-Luan Luu

Dallas Museum of Art – Tech Lab, Center for Creative Connections
1717 N. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75201
9:30 – 10:30 p.m
$10 General Admission (parking not included)

On Saturday, Heroes4Heroes and ArtLoveMagic will host a night of live art and music at Poor David’s Pub. Artists will have original art and prints for sale at the show. Featured artists will be Mitch Breitweiser (Captain America, Hulk, Fantastic Four) and Eric ‘Ebas’ Basaldua (Witchblade/Devi, Darkness, Tomb Raider).

Heroes4Heroes Live Art Show
Poor David’s Pub
1313 South Lamar St., Dallas, Texas 75215
7:00pm – 11:00pm
$5 at the door (parking not included)

All money earned will benefit Heroes4Heroes, a non-profit organization that provides comics, DVDs, and other portable media to U.S. soldiers stationed around the world.

And on top of all that Zeus Comics is offering up 35% off all toys, statues, back-issues, and graphic novels through Tuesday March 24th.

So have at it!

P.S. Thanks to David Hopkins for making me aware of said goings ons.

So though there are just a few of us, we’ve dutifully scoured the state of Texas to find stuff for you to do this weekend. You’re welcome…

Austin

FRIDAY
B scene: Gods and Goddesses Art Party
Blanton Museum of Art / 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Blanton wants to turn your attention to the world of Gods and Goddesses. Docent tours will showcase the museum’s works that are associated with Grecian and Roman myths. Golden Bear, an indie music fave in both Austin and Dallas, will play at 9 with DJ Jennifer spinning tunes to peruse by. There will be free cocktail snacks and a cash bar. Noms, tunes, booze and art – you can’t go wrong! It’s a steal with the cover being $5 for members and $10 non-members

SATURDAY
Porterdavis
Saxon Pub / 8:00PM – 10:00PM

For a duo who started their music careers busking in the Porter Square and Davis Square subway stations of Boston, Porterdavis has come a long way. When slide electric and acoustic guitarist Dan Barrett and Mike Meadows, a percussionist with a matchless collection of percussion instruments, moved to Austin in 2004, the duo became a trio with the addition of heartthrob Englishman Simon Wallace, who can do more with a harmonica than you will ever be able to reasonably fathom. The boys will be playing a belated birthday show for bandmate Mike at The Saxon Pub in Austin this Saturday from 8-10p.m. If you’ve not yet to have the Porterdavis experience, I highly recommend getting thee to the Saxon Pub. If you do go, request Read more