Inside Austin - May 7th, 2019

Inside Austin (May 7th, 2019)

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Continuing a stormy streak, expect thunderstorms Wednesday with a high/low of 81/70. On Thursday, more thunderstorms are expected with a high/low of 82/59. 

1. The owner of The Peached Tortilla, Eric Silverstein, released his cookbook “The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food From Tokyo to Texas” on Tuesday. Part autobiography, travelogue and culinary guide, the cookbook details his childhood in Japan growing up with a Jewish father and a Chinese mother, along with his travels to Singapore and other Asian countries. The Peached Tortilla is celebrating the book release with a prix fixe menu May 7-12, which includes Kimchi Arancini Balls and Southern Fun — Silverstein’s brisket and noodle dish. Silverstein will be speaking and signing copies of his cookbook at Book People Tuesday at 7 p.m. — CULTURE MAP

2. Austin Community College (ACC) announced plans to add a second Bachelor’s degree program — the Bachelor of Applied Science program in Computer Information Technology — beginning in spring 2020. The program is a result of the growing tech industry in Central Texas and offers specialization in software development, cyber security and data science. In 2018, ACC addressed the local nursing shortage by offering its first Bachelor’s degree program in nursing. — COMMUNITY IMPACT

3. By the Numbers: Friday evening’s sudden thunderstorms resulted in 53 canceled flights — 23 departures and 30 arrivals —at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) after up to seven inches of rain fell within just a few hours. On a typical weekday, ABIA has approximately 250 arrivals and 260 departures. With flash flood warnings into Saturday morning, 11 planes were stuck on the tarmac, and they sat with approximately 5,500 passengers inside for four hours. This week, the forecast shows an additional two to four inches of rain for the local area. — KVUE

4. Raise a glass the next few days for the inagural Austin Cider Week. Starting today, local bars will feature local cides on top and host tasting. The event will close Saturday with more cider, barbeque and live music. Taste local cider from Argus Cidery, Austin Eastciders, Moontower Cider, Fairweather Cider and Texas Keeper at various bars around the city all week, starting Tuesday, May 7 at Easy Tiger. John Staples from Fairweather Cider organized the week after seeing similar events in cities across the northern US, and wanted to highlight the local cider scene. Do you think Cider Week and Cider Fest will become annual events? Hit reply and let us know! — AUSTIN 360 

Austin Tech: We’ve got collaboration on our side

Last week, I met a group of new students for my Informal Course on Blogging at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). UT offers a slew of Informal Courses ranging from horseback riding and espresso pulling to yoga and photo editing, open to adults of any age. 

I brought my blogging course to UT, mostly because of my obsession for writing and publishing sans editor. But over the years of teaching this class, I’ve had students show up wanting to share stories I never expected: on surviving cancer, starting over post-divorce, antique collecting and yes, the daily trials of Austin traffic. 

This semester, I’ve got several students who’ve written books — one is a post-apocalyptic YA novel (!) — and they want to use their blogs to build an online community. 

There’s no denying that Austin is starting to make a name for itself in the tech world, some calling it the “second Silicon Valley”. As more and more tech companies create headquarters or branches locally, it’s understandable that locals who didn’t jump on the tech wagon years ago might be feeling left behind. 

Blogging, social media, email marketing — it’s all become a necessary evil, vital even for any business to survive, creating a digital Darwinism. Whether you’ve just graduated or have entered retirement, the tech scene can be intimidating. 

As each semester passes, I’ve noticed that my UT students are much more open to learning, and they come in on day one knowing they need to learn about search engine optimization and paid search ads. In other cities and states, I’ve had students that struggled with using email. 

Regardless, by class three or four, I’ve also noticed the students helping each other. They arrive early to ask other students how their blogs are coming. One semester, I had a group brainstorming blog names and frantically searching available handles on Instagram. 

A few years ago, I took a hip-hop master class from a well-known choreographer who was visiting from Los Angeles. At the end of class, he told us to embrace the supportive energy in Austin. In LA, he said, it’s all competition. 

I know dance and tech are fundamentally different, but I think our tech scene has collaboration on our side. Austin seems open to just about anything, and it’s easy to feel the creative spirit in all corners of the city. 

No matter what you’re dabbling in, put it out there! ... And then we’ll help you find an Instagram handle for it. 

- Holly 

P.S. I’d love to know if this has been your experience in Austin, too, in any scene. Shoot me an email:

5. Within the next few weeks, the Royal Blue Grocery at 609 Congress Avenue will be selling Baked and Boozy pies by the slice — liquor-infused pies and whipped cream — with a menu including bourbon pecan and Mexican hot chocolate with tequila whipped cream. — EATER AUSTIN 

6. Texas Performing Arts announced Trevor Noah’s Loud & Clear tour and “An Evening With John Cleese” are coming to Bass Concert Hall Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, respectively. Tickets for both events go on sale Friday at 10 am. — TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS

7. Local restaurants are pulling out all the goodies for Mother’s Day brunch, so make your plans now for plays of furikake deviled eggs, housemade kolaches and lobster avocado toast. — AUSTIN 360

8. The Austin Humane Society has released its schedule of free summer events for families, including story time with a cat or a dog, and Teddy Bear Surgery just in case Teddy needs a diagnosis and treatment. Advanced registration is recommended and the events often fill up fast. — AUSTIN HUMANE SOCIETY

9. Participate in a Q&A with some of the company members from the Broadway in Austin touring cast of “CATS the Musical” at the Austin Public Library’s Central Library Branch on Thursday. BYO lunch and meet in the Demo Area on the first floor at 12 pm. — FOX 7

10. Finland-based rock group Apocalyptica is touring the US playing Metallica songs on four cellos. They’ve planned a stop in Austin at the Paramount Theatre May 17; tickets are on sale. — AUSTIN THEATER

Inside Austin was written and curated by Holly A. Phillips. Holly has a passion for storytelling and uses her craft to promote brands around the world. She is a Blogging Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and is always looking for a new adventure. Keep up with her on her blog or on Twitter at @orangejulius7.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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