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Black Star Co-op exhibits Bob Kinney photography through mid-October or so

August 7, 2012 Leave a comment


Honduran and Austin Moms & Sons
Casa Marianella – Austin 1987
Son Dennis and His Mom Patricia


Black Star Co-op – the world’s first cooperatively owned brew pub – is exhibiting ten of my photographs through mid-October or so.

The Flying Baby
with Dad & Mom – Austin 2008 during Seminary Flag Football Game. Dad was the Team Quarterback. Will Baby Grow Up to be an Olympian?

Tired but Strong Eyes
Homeless Man who Posed Himself at
El Buen Samaritano – Austin 1989

The co-op is in the Midtown Commons development at North Lamar and Airport Boulevard in Austin. I am proud to be a founding member of Black Star and helped to mentor its creation when I was board chair of Wheatville Food Co-op in the mid to late 2000s. Black Star is about four miles north of Wheatsville.

The Breakfast Club –
Kitty Jump and Her Friends
After I Scatter Birdseed on the Driveway between the Fence & Neighbor’s House this Happens Every Day.

Iguana and Friends
Homeless Man Brings His Buddy Iguana to El Buen Samaritano – Austin Christmas 1994

High at Eeyore’s Birthday Party
Pease Park – Austin 2010

Readers of the Austin Chronicle weekly newspaper voted Black Star the Best Pub Grub in its recent election. Black Star brews up to eight exemplary beers and has about sixteen taps of national beer to complement its great food. Its website  tells you more.

Twinkling Woman in Café
New Orleans 1994

Cheap Beer Toss
Draught House Beer Olympics with Natty Lite Beer Cans Exploding – Austin 2011

Texting Each Other?
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Honky Tonk –
Austin New Year’s Eve 2012

Pub hours are Monday through Thursday from 4pm to midnight – Friday & Saturday 11am to 1am – and, Sunday from 11am to midnight. Food service stops one hour before closing time.



Maceo Parker
Legendary Funkster & Sax Player at Antone’s in Austin 2009 when His Band Played for Almost Three Hours without a Break.

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Miro Quartet & Jorge Caballero = Strings & Bows & Fingers & Movement of Body Bliss

August 4, 2012 1 comment

I had never experienced a classical guitar being played with a string quartet until tonight when UT Austin’s Miro Quartet played a stunningly gentle and forceful concert at the Long Center in Austin with classical guitarist Jorge Caballero of Peru who truly is among the world’s best.

For many years I have enjoyed Miro Quartet’s fall and spring semester concerts at the Butler School of Music Hall on the UT campus where they teach. I always want to be very close to the stage so I can see the artist’s hands, smiles, faces and eye contacts with each other. Got to do so tonight (Saturday Aug 4) sitting third row almost center from the stage. What musical and visual fun it was.

Four compositions – Mozart, Paganini, Bach and Tedesco – were performed with a soulful precision that was wonderful to hear and see. The mix of violins, cello and acoustic guitar was sublime and seemed so natural – it’s all a family of strings & bows & fingers & movement of body. When Caballero walked onstage alone to begin the concert’s second half and sat down behind a music stand, I cursed the Music Gods – I won’t be able to see his fingers. Then he reached out, picked up the music stand, moved it away from him, smiled to us and began playing 40 minutes of Solo Bliss.

Some folks next to me said Caballero is coming back to Austin in the near future for another concert. Hope you were at the Long Center with me Saturday night.

Here is a recent wonderous broadcast of performances by the Miro Quartet and Caballero from our KLRU public tv in Austin

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