Category Archives: Austin nights

Stuff that happens around Austin… after dark.

Chris Rock

Shlomit took me last week to see Chris Rock at the Bass Concert Hall. I expected the show to be very good, but it exceeded my expectations.


I find it interesting to see how the topics of his jokes have changed as he (unlike me) has aged. Lots of stuff about raising kids, divorce. He spent a good twenty minutes on jokes about… mortgages! Less than what’s considered average nowadays about politics, a good thing.

You will see zero photos about the show because they had the most extreme no-phone policy I’ve ever seen, forcing everyone at the entrance of the theater to put phones and smart watches in an opaque pouch that you can only open with a magnet, no unlike the security tags on clothing at stores.

SXSW 2016

This year my SXSW participation was scaled back to just a couple of acts last night. It was the Trinidad & Tobago showcase. The two singers: Isasha, who played for about 10 minutes due to technical issues, and Destra García who put up a good show.

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Destra García

Hopefully I’ll be more active next year.

The Ugly Nun: “Say hello to my little friend”

It’s been years since The Ugly Nun was last seen. Many were hopeful that was the end of it. They will be disappointed. Tonight there was a confirmed Ugly Nun sighting, and it gets worse: in spite of being celibate, she appears to have procreated.

Oh, the humanity!

They’re ugly. They’re holy. They’re constipated. And they’re way past their nap time.
Like Mother Superior, like son.
Sixth Street doesn’t stand a chance.

Disclaimer: the smaller Ugly Nun is actually a paid actor, his name is Ilan Kirsch. The larger one, nobody’s sure what that is.

10+ years in the making

For ten years I hauled cases of Indio beer across the border, dreaming of the day I can go to a bar and just order one.

That day has come.


Goodbye party

I’ve posted some photos from last Saturday’s gathering organized by Rebecca and Eli at Icenhauer’s celebrating the fact that I’m leaving town. I hear the real party is happening this coming weekend. I fully Rebeccammend you check them out in The MKX@ Photo Central.

Thanks to everyone who showed up. And those who didn’t… congratulations on becoming members of my black list.


I attended the Momentum dinner a week ago. Hosted by Ken Herman, columnist for the Austin-American Statesman and with featured speaker Dan Senor, co-author of Start-up Nation: The History of Israel’s Economic Miracle. Oh, and kosher BBQ by Kogan.

Mr. Senor’s talk was not about the book. It was about the recent developments in the Middle East – the toppling of the Tunisian and Egyptian governments, the uprisings in Syria, Yemen, Lybia etc.

Ken Herman at Momentum

This guy knows what he’s talking about and it was an extremely interesting and engaging talk. If you attended, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Dan Senor at Momentum


The Ugly Nun shows her face one more time at a recent Purim Party. The Ugly Nun will keep appearing until every single person in the city has seen her. At last count, there were still 4 more people to go.