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Furnish 123’s Austin City Limits Festival Picks

Start the countdown to Friday…Austin City Limits is almost here! This three-day festival is celebrating its 10th year and with 130 fantastic acts, we’re sure 2011 will be a year to remember. Just in time for ACL, we’ve put together a list of our top musical picks for this weekend:

1. Elbow

Elbow, a British band that has been around since 1990 producing a wide collection of work, is a band that will definitely deliver this weekend. With a sound different than many of the ACL acts this year (one that’s a little reminiscent of Sting!), Elbow’s set is worth making time for. In their native UK, each of their five studio albums have made top twenty lists and in 2008, the band won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Elbow is playing on Sunday at 5:30 PM on the Google+ stage.

2. James Blake

Admittedly, we don’t know too much about James Blake but from what we do know and have heard – we like! We’re looking forward to an amazing live performance that mixes electronic sound with a soothingly soulful voice. James Blake’s music is inventive and we can’t deny that this man is incredibly talented. James Blake is playing on Friday at 3:10 on the Honda stage.

3. The Antlers

The Antlers are an indie-rock band based out of Brooklyn, New York with a passion for musical exploration. The band’s first album Hospice was a decidedly different album than what The Antlers are currently producing.  Experimenting with synthesizers and other electronic instrumentation, The Antlers are making music that pushes the boundaries of how we classify and interpret music. The Antlers are playing Saturday at 12:30 PM on the AMD stage.

4. Bomba Estéreo

Formed by visual artist and musician Simón Mejía, Bomba Estéreo is a band from Columbia producing a fantastic mix of electronic and Latin sounds. We’re guessing this is going to be a really fun show to see this weekend! Combining Afro-Columbian and hip-hop cultures in their music, Bomba Estéreo produces a unique sound and is racking up accolades like  MTV’s “The Best New Band in the World.” Bomba Estéro is playing on Sunday at 4:30 PM on the Vista Equity stage.

No matter what bands you see at ACL, the festival will be a fantastic weekend of live music, beautiful art, fine Austin weather and delicious local food. Our final tips for the weekend (totally non-music related!): drink lots of water, bring cash, make a schedule but be flexible and please remember that Burn Ban is in effects for Austin Parks!

What bands will you be seeing this year? 

Austin Museum of Art “Good Design” Art Exhibit

Attention interior design lovers and Herman Miller fans! This week is the last week to check out the Austin Museum of Art’s design-friendly exhibit, Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller. The exhibit “explores the collaborative problem-solving design process employed at the world-renowned and West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc,” according to the AMOA website.

Herman Miller designers are best-known for their beautiful, practical furniture and for giving the world some of the most iconic pieces of the century.

On Thursday, September 1, in conjunction with the exhibit, local interior designers and architects were invited to the Austin Museum of Art-Downtown for the Herman Miller and Workplace Resources’ Good Design Challenge. In celebration of the exhibit, Herman Milller challenged local designers and artists to use the classic white Eames molded plastic chair as a canvas to their self-expression. AMOA will display the chairs in the Community Room and daily visitors will be asked to ‘vote’ on their favorites by making a donation in support of their most loved chair.

Lisa Retrum’s “Threads” chair. Photo by Michael Yetter, Austin American-Statesman

The display donations and live auction proceeds will benefit The Art School at Laguna Gloria Scholarship Program and Community in Schools-Central Texas. You can also see the chairs in this AMOA video posted to the museum’s Facebook page.

Have you been to the Good Design exhibit yet? Do you have a favorite chair?

Blazing Bovine

At Furnish 123 we love to support our local Austin artists so each month we feature Austin artists‘ work at our store. It’s great for Furnish 123 customers looking to add a little something to their furniture purchases, great for the artists to show off and sell their work and great for us because we get to look at inspiring artwork all day!

One of our featured artists, Doug Naugle, was recently commissioned to paint a life-size cow for Austin’s public art event CowParade.

Doug's cow pre-painting

CowParade, a traveling art show, has just recently come to our city of Austin. Cows will be on parade all over the city from July 28, 2011 – October 16, 2011. Here’s what CowParade is all about straight from the horse’s cow’s mouth:

CowParade is the largest and most recognized public art event in the world. CowParade exhibits, held in 75 cities in 30 countries on six continents to date, have produced more than 5,000 of the signature cow canvases by local artists. Partnering with the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, CowParade Austin will display between 100-150 cow sculptures all around town.

Doug’s cow took him about two hours to complete and we think the result is spectacular.

Not your average cow

Doug’s completed cattle, Blazing Bovine, will soon be put out to pasture somewhere in the Austin area. We can’t wait to see where this Blazing Bovine ends up!

Blazing Bovine ready to be released into the wild

What does it take to paint a life-size cow? See this awesome time lapse video of the first stage of Doug painting his cow featured on KVUE.

 

Have you seen these cows around Austin? What’s your favorite so far?