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Longhorn Network Brings You a Longhorn Watch Party in the Park!

Longhorn fans unite! Football season is back and in full swing!

With Saturday’s win against Wyoming, there’s high hopes it’s gonna be a good season for UT.  If there’s one thing this town loves more than live music, it’s football. Come celebrate our mighty ‘Horns and watch the Texas vs. New Mexico game at the free viewing party at Republic Square Park presented by The Longhorn Network!

Photo via sportstvjobs.com

I mean, you could stay at home and watch the football game by yourself. But where’s the fun in that? Why not join hundreds of others?  The only thing better than watching Mac’s boys crush some Lobos….and that’s a pretty great thing indeed….is watching it happen in real-time with cold beer and burnt-orange-wearing buddies!

Photo via Icon Tickets

The Longhorn Network will be hosting a free viewing party at Republic Square Park for the Texas vs. New Mexico game September 8th at 7 pm. Bring your whole gang, as this is a family friendly event! The viewing party will be complete with a jumbo LED screen, a beer garden, food vendors, face painting, and giveaways!

So don’t sit around and munch on popcorn at home!  Longhorn games are an event, a celebration with friends, a good old fashioned, Texas-sized beatdown!  They’re moments meant to be shared with fellow fans, and The Longhorn Network has made sure you and your crew can watch the game in style in the heart of downtown Austin. So show up to the Longhorn Watch Party with your Texas spirit, and don’t be afraid to “come early, stay late, and be loud!”

Fantasy Football Draft at Black Sheep Lodge

Fantasy Football Draft at Black Sheep Lodge

It’s almost that time of year, folks:  time for the air to turn crisp, leaves to change their colors, and visions of your fantasy football team wreaking havoc and taking home all of the glory.  Fantasy football seems to grow exponentially with each passing season.  The “sport” gives people yet another reason to get together to drink some brewskis and talk some trash about opposing teams.  Let’s not forget about the ladies.  This is an event where they can not only learn about the manliest sport around, but they can also have world domination on their own turf, literally.

The next few weeks are critical to the whole season.  Pre-season games will highlight players to watch and special attention will be paid to returning injured players- all factoring into fantasy football drafts everywhere.  These drafts are serious business.  You could lose an arm choosing somebody’s top quarterback pick.  Jokes, jokes.  In all seriousness, fantasy football does get serious but as serious as something can get while having some beers and good times.

Black Sheep Lodge was just voted Best Sports Bar in Austin and for good reason.  With 20 big screen HD TVs, an expansive game room, inviting patio, delicious burgers and an extensive beer selection, it is the premier place to catch a game.  The BSL, as some may call it, is hosting fantasy football drafts with packages to fit groups of all sizes with full A/V capabilities and food and drink specials.  Save the house party draft for your boring friends and go to Black Sheep for a no muss, judgement-free Fantasy Football draft to get your season started right.  Just shoot an email to events@blacksheeplodge.com and let the games begin.

-@Do512_Candice

 

Watch the Horns Hook ‘Em With Do512 and Brew Exchange!

Do you bleed burnt orange? Are you dying for football season to start? Do you love hot dogs and beer? ERMAGHERD! US TOO! And that’s why we’ve teamed up with Brew Exchange this season for the best Longhorn Football Watch Parties in the city!

Sure, there’s plenty of spots in Austin to watch the game, but if you’ve ever been to Brew Exchange, you know that’s where the party is. This prime locale has 11 TVs and 3 booths with private sound domes, as well as the everyday low, low beer prices. Our Longhorn Football Watch Parties keep the fun coming, with Local Brewery specials and free food from the weenie experts at Man Bites Dog.


 Photo Credit: Austin Monthly

So, to recap:

1) Local Brewery specials
2) Free food from the always-delicious Man Bites Dog
3) You’re in Brew Exchange while this is happening, which is always awesome
4) Longhorn Football, the best time of the year, and we’re probably gonna win every game this year.

But hey, don’t fret, visiting fans! What’s a Longhorn party without some good ol’ Texas-sized hospitality? Maybe UT isn’t your alma mater. So if you show up in the opposing team’s (hideous) colors, you get $1 off Every. Single. Beer. You. Drink. We call them Mercy Pints, and they’re just as refreshing as a Saturday afternoon win. That’s right, we’re looking out for ya, we figured watching your team get beat by Mack’s boys was rough enough. Team loyalty goes rewarded!

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Join Do512 at Brew Exchange every Saturday during Longhorn season for the best UT Football Watch Parties in town! Free food, Local Brewery specials, Mercy Pints, and tallies in the win column. Excessive celebration is allowed and encouraged.

Etiquette Vintage Designs – Not Your Average Game Day Attire

Ahhh Football nation aka the great state of Texas. As a girl that was not born in Texas yet ran here as fast as she good, I am an alumna of two Big 12 schools and now live in a city with a third that prides itself on rocking an insane amount of burnt orange. The football craze hit me hard and it’s a rare Saturday when you won’t see me in front of a TV cheering (or yelling) and loving every second of it.

Cute.

What’s not cute is most of the clothes I acquired in college to wear to these particular games.

While there’s nothing better than a good football game on a brisk, fall day surrounded by other people who share your love for a team, there is a lack of unique game day clothing. T-shirts are fine for 8 am algebra, but there’s something to be said about having more sophisticated options that still rep the school pride with poise.

That’s where Etiquette Vintage Designs enters in. Richard Eric Renteria is the owner and creator of Etiquette Vintage Design and is a proud alumnus of the University of Texas. Taking beautiful vintage pieces, official university patches, custom embroidery touches and a custom-made shopping model, Etiquette Vintage is bringing back the idea of a classic, custom collegiate jacket that’s more than just school spirit apparel but a custom keepsake as well.

“I felt like society was getting lazy and unruly,” Renteria said. It seemed that kids on campus were slacking in dress and manners.”

We’re looking at you Nintendo pajamas at 2pm Geology.

Sure, you could get that game day t-shirt for the OU game for $30 and proceed to wear it 5 days in a row along with every other kid in the Chemistry building . (Like I said, I was in college once…I know what’s up.) OR you could get a sweater that is custom made for you and your school and wear it for the rest of your days. Sure, it’s more of an investment than the T, but it will be the one college clothing item that avoids that crackled screen printed problem and stands out in a dismal sea of North Face. Imagine dropping your kids off at college in a sweater you wore at that very same college at their age. That would REALLY drive them crazy. “Back in my day sonny…”

Not only is Etiquette Vintage doing campuses everywhere a huge favor by offering students and alumni classier collegiate clothing options, but they aim to help society as a whole. Some proceeds from the vintage sales go to help college students pay for their textbooks.

By turning old treasures into new keepsakes, Etiquette Vintage Designs caught our eye and while we love their pieces, we love their ideals behind bringing back old-school mannerisms more. We’re not the only eyes they’ve caught either. They’ve been seen at Austin Fashion Week, SXSW and Study Breaks magazine and famous folks are beginning to sport them with a vengeance too.

Fun Fun Fun Fest performer, Childish Gambino and hilarious Community co-star, Donald Glover rocks Etiquette vintage along with Rap Pack’s Dappa Dan, Thievery Corporation’s DJ El John Selector and Ashley Greene of the Twilight Series.

Each piece is made custom so if you’re looking for a rare school treasure or just want to see what Etiquette Vintage Designs can whip up for you, visit them at EVintageD.com or on Twitter. If you hit em up, tell em Do512 are the ones helping you be smart and sexy.

Now that really is cute.

 

–Rachel

Celebrity Softball Jam

If Springtime for Hitler makes Deutschland happy and gay, what does springtime mean for Austinites?
The answer: Daily Double. Baseball and rock ‘n’ roll. (And big ass checks?) Reckless Kelly and the Round Rock Express are up to bat once again when the 2011 Third Annual Celebrity Softball Jam returns to Dell Diamond. With proceeds benefiting the Dell Valley Little League and The Miracle League of Austin, that’s what I call a TRIPLE PLAY!

Gates open at noon and the game begins at 1 PM, so get there early to guarantee you don’t miss what is sure to be the hardest rocking National Anthem you see this baseball season.

Participants this year include your gracious hosts, Reckless Kelly, recipients of such awards as Best Country Band (Austin Music Awards) and Best Live Band (Lone Star Music Award); Micky & the Motorcars, taking a break from their grueling 200-days-a-year touring schedule; Bo Bice (…nuff said) and many more celebrities with a love of the great American pastime.

So while springtime in Deutschland may evoke images of stormtroopers, moustaches, and the master race, come kick off springtime American style:  with baseball, bands, and a cold, refreshing Budweiser. Oh, and did I mention FIREWORKS to follow the game? AMERICA, you know the rest!

Proceeds from the event benefit the Dell Valley Little League, The Miracle League (a program whose mission is to create opportunities for children, disabled or not, to play on the baseball field), and other local organizations. Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam has raised over $65,000 for these foundations in the last two years alone. Tickets are $20 on the day of the show, and only $15 if purchased in advance. Children 12 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

The 3rd Annual Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam

Sunday, May 1st at 12 PM

The softball game will feature several performing artists, including Reckless Kelly, Micky & the Motorcars, Bo Bice, Charlie Robison, Heidi Newfield, Wade Bowen, Hayes Carll, Bruce Robison, and many more! Following the game, the audience will be invited onto the field to enjoy a concert featuring the acts mentioned. Festivities will conclude with a fireworks display.

For More Information Visit: http://www.rkcsj.org/

Texas Rollergirls @ Austin Convention Center

Looking for something new and exciting to do? Get your fix of live sports, live music and lively girl power ass-kicking in one action packed night at the Texas Rollergirls Rock-N-Roll Rollerderby! The next event will be at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday, March 27th for a night of hell on wheels and live music.

The Austin-based non-profit public charity amateur sports organization, dedicated to playing and promoting the sport of Women’s Flat Track Derby, is completely skater-owned and managed by the league’s four home teams. The cleverly named Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers and the Hustlers comprise the league and will be competing against each other on Sunday, March 27th at the Austin Convention Center in their second match of the spring 2011 season.

Adding even more excitement to an already action-packed evening will be live music by Austin’s indie-freak folk all-girl band, Agent Ribbons.

Tickets are $15 at the door and $12 in advance. Kids 12 and younger get in for free! Doors open at 4:15; 4pm for VIP Smack Pack holders.

Matches: Hotrod Honeys vs. Hustlers; Hell Marys vs. Honky Tonk Heartbreakers

Black Sheep Lodge Knows Sports

We here at Do512 Headquarters have made it no secret that we’re madly in love with the Black Sheep Lodge. Located off Oltorf & South Lamar just a block away from our office space, the Sheep has become our home away from home, always there to fill our bellies with hot food and cold drinks after a long day of work. In fact we all pretty much camped out there during the World Cup last year, taking advantage of their Wi-Fi while catching all of the games on their fleet of big screen HD TVs.

Right now and over the next few weeks the Black Sheep Lodge is a great spot for all of your sports viewing needs, with the UEFA Champions League, the Big 12 Basketball Championships, and March Madness all on tap. Plus, the joint is located a safe distance away from downtown and all of that crazy SXSW action that will be going on. You can check out the scheduled UEFA matches, and the March Madness viewing times, on the Do512 venue listing.

BONUS: If you fill out your bracket at Black Sheep Lodge, you will automatically be entered to win some valuable prizes! The staff will accept your brackets anytime after selection Sunday, and up until the first game on Thursday, March 17. The full March Madness schedule can be found here.

Black Sheep Lodge is one of the best-supplied taverns south of the river, with a full bar and over 90 varieties of beer. The food menu includes burgers, dogs, wings, chili, queso, fried pickles, tater tots, fried sweet potatoes, salad, and incredibly addictive cheese curds. They also offer other diversions like pool, shuffleboard, darts, and an outdoor patio that is canine and smoker friendly.

Daily Drink Specials:

Tuesday
$2 MexiCANs (Modelo Especial, Tecate, Tecate Light)
$2 off all Tequila Shots and Drinks

Wednesday
$1 White Trash Cans (Lone Star and PBR Tallboys, Schlitz, Pearl, Etc.)
$4 Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka Drinks

Black Sheep on the web:

http://www.blacksheeplodge.com/
http://twitter.com/blacksheeplodge
http://www.facebook.com/blacksheeplodge

3rd Annual Lights of Love 5K and Kids K

Picture snow and festive holiday lights, music and Santa Claus, hot chocolate and 1000 happy people of all ages. You’d either be in a scene of Elf or at this year’s Lights of Love 5K and Kids K. Friday, December 3rd will be the 3rd year of this annual event benefiting Austin’s Ronald McDonald House. Not a runner? Feel free to walk, jog, mosey, strut, boogie, what have you. You can even bring your dog along for the run. What better way to welcome this holiday season than to do something good for others and yourself? Especially when there’s hot chocolate, music and oh so much cheer.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a safe haven for chidren with critical illnesses or injuries and their families. In Austin and Central Texas, they’ve built a 30-room Ronald McDonald House and a Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center for families to stay and relax while the children can get the care they deserve at this home away from home. The money raised will help the foundation by upkeeping the facilities and providing food and entertainment for coping children and families.

Raise $250 – receive a new Ronald McDonald House Charities logo cap

Raise $500 – receive a special recognition event shirt identifying you as one of our Top FUNdraisers

Raise $1,000 – receive a $25 gift card to Run-Tex for the purchase of a new tech shirt (or whatever you want) to keep you in top shape.

The event will be held at the open air Mueller Browning Hangar. Check their website for more info on Lights of Love. And yes, there will be snow.

Delta Epsilon Psi's 8th Annual Sugar Free Bowl Nov.6

Playing for a cause! The Sugar Free Bowl, hosted by Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, is an annual flag football tournament to fight juvenile diabetes. All proceeds go directly to the renowned Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where they can be trusted to implicate innovative technologies and procedures and a diverse research portfolio. Vishal Bhagat, a brother of Delta Epsilon Psi who had been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, was the visionary of this event. Since his passing in 2006, the Vishal Bhagat Foundation was created to increase awareness of this disease by informing of its causes and hopefully reducing its infliction. There are also plans to expand the tournament in other cities across the country to help benefit the JDRF. Check out their website for further information on the event.

This will mark the 8th year of this worthy event which will be held on UT’s Whitaker Intramural Fields. In the past five years, this particular event has successfully raised over $100,000 to JDRF and plans to keep the ball rolling into this weekend.  There will be three leagues including a Co-ed league, and anyone who wanted to get involved was more than welcome. This year’s tournament boasts hundreds of players and volunteers and offers over $2000 in prizes and trophies. Bring your pee-wee playing friends, your family members or your own organization to root them on from the stands.

Also, if those Saturday morning sleepies hit you don’t fret because the Amp Energy folks will be out there passing out free Sugar Free Amp to keep your eyelids on that game. Your attendance also gets you the chance to win some of the tons of the giveaways the organization has set up for those who come out and show ‘em some love. Fun times all around.

The Yellow Bike Benefit Show @ Red7 – 8:30pm

Wanting to go green? I say, “Go yellow!”

On THURSDAY AUGUST 26 let the evening Austin air rustle through your hair as you join the weekly Thursday Social Ride through Austin with local cyclists. Don’t be bashful if you aren’t a cyclist, with their intimidating calves and thighs. This ride is an easy way to socialize with other cyclists and simply enjoy the company while cruising downtown and dodging the perilous Austin traffic on your way to the Yellow Bike Benefit Show at Red7.

The Yellow Bike Benefit Show @ Red 7 begins around @ 8:30. The featured bands include: The Sour Notes, The Boxing Lesson, White Rhino, She Sir, and Searching For Signal! Make sure you RSVP here for a chance to win free entry to the show! Otherwise, the show is a measly $7 at the door with part of the proceeds going to the Yellow Bike Project. Also, the first 100 people in the door get a free drink provided by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop!

For the ride: They will meet by the river (north side) under the I-35 Bridge just east of the highway in a really nice spot with trees, tables and plenty of space to chill out. We meet at 7:30 and take off and ride our BIKES at 8 sharpish. They leave on time so don’t be late… or at least too late.