Plus, get to know local artist Krissy Teegerstrom.
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Are you a poet (and totally know it)?
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Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by @littlefreelibrary
Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter ATXtoday’s poetry contest.

This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn our Wednesday, April 3 newsletter into a poem.

We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please.

Any English word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Red. Ambivalent. Fungi.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.

The rules:
  • Submit your poem here by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.
  • Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
  • Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
  • While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
  • The Editorial team behind ATXtoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in an upcoming newsletter, and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. We’ll feature the winner’s poem in a newsletter during the last full week of April.
  • Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Happy writing, Austin.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Beginners Stained Glass Suncatcher Workshop | Wednesday, April 3 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Sundazed Glass Studio, 729 Airport Blvd., Austin | $95 | Spend nearly four hours creating your own stained glass masterpiece under the guidance of an expert.
  • Colorado Eagles vs. Texas Stars | Wednesday, April 3 | 7 p.m. | H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park | $20-$56 | Spend an evening with Austin’s AHL affiliate team in Cedar Park.
Thursday, April 4
  • American Eagle AE Cafe | Thursday, April 4-Saturday, April 6 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | American Eagle AE Cafe, 1224 S. Congress Ave., Austin | Free | Visit the popular clothing brand’s pop-up cafe for a sweet treat and a look at American Eagle’s spring 2024 collection.
  • PAACK | Thursday, April 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | Free | Don’t miss this local five-piece powerhouse band.
Friday, April 5
  • Ikebana Demonstration (Japanese Flower Arrangement) | Friday, April 5 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | Free | Learn the art of Japanese flower arrangement with Don Olsen of Ichiyo School of Ikebana.
  • Texas Eclipse | Friday, April 5-Tuesday, April 9 | 12 p.m. | Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 Co Rd. 114, Burnet | $249-$669 | This all-out music and art festival will feature immersive soundscapes from 13 countries, interactive art installations, space + technology expos, and science-oriented panels.
  • The Secret Sisters | Friday, April 5 | 7-10:30 p.m. | The 04 Center, 2701 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $25 | Listen to some live tunes from this duo’s new album, “Mind, Man, Medicine.”
Plan Ahead
  • ATX TV Festival | Thursday, May 30-Sunday, June 2 | Times vary | Multiple locations, Austin | $150-$535 | Advertised as “TV camp for grown-ups,” this festival features panels, pitch competitions, and cameos from major shows including “Suits.”
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News Notes
  • Tuition at Austin Community College will be free to high school graduates and GED holders in the service area starting with the graduate class of 2024. On Monday, the College Affordability Plan was approved for a five-year pilot program by the board of trustees after months of deliberation. (KXAN)
  • Leland South Congress, a new seven-story condo development at South Congress Avenue and Live Oak Street, is in the works. A construction date has yet to be set, but reservations for 270 condos (starting at $500,000) will begin later this month. (Austin Business Journal)
  • Did you know 0.06% of food consumed in Travis County is locally produced? The City of Austin’s newly released food plan draft includes goals to preserve land for food production, improve the local supply chain, and decrease food waste. Residents can submit feedback until Friday, April 19.
  • The Austin Police Department could soon drive electric. As part of the City of Austin’s Climate Equity Plan pilot program, APD will implement two Chevrolet Blazer pursuit vehicles by the end of 2024 and evaluate whether to add more in 2025. (Austin Community Impact)
  • Bill Nye — you know, the Science Guy — will be in Fredericksburg for Planetary Society’s Eclipse-O-Rama on Monday, April 8, where he will do a meet and greet. Tickets are only open to Planetary Society members, but you can register here.
  • Never say “Never” — Heart is bringing its “Royal Flush Tour” to Austin this fall. The band, which formed in 1973, will take the stage at the Moody Center on Thursday, Oct. 10. Presales are currently underway, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
  • We’re down to the final four in the NCAA Tournament. Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Big 12 with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • Looking for your new go-to summer wardrobe staple? Enter: Tecovas, the local retailer featuring handmade Western boots + accessories. From cowboy boots to denim trucker jackets, Tecovas is your one-stop shop for any occasion. Read: There’s something for everyone. Shop bestsellers.^
    🪡 It’s time to “Suit Yourself”
    A gif of one of Krissy Teegerstrom's capes, plus two sequined paintings.
    Teegerstrom plans to show one of her other bodies of work, titled “I Was Already Everything,” in Austin when she finds the right gallery. | Photos by George Brainard
    For local artist Krissy Teegerstrom, art has always been a matter of intuition.

    A UT graduate and self-taught creator, Teegerstrom has been honing her unique style since she was a child.

    Teegerstrom said her art comes to her in recurring “visions” that she follows — using secondhand materials — until the product matches the idea in her head. Her work has been featured at Urban Outfitters, she’s designed for Phoebe Bridgers, and painted a mural for the legendary Continental Club.

    Her most recent collection, “Suit Yourself,” is heavily textile-based + made up of one-of-a-kind capes and sequined “paintings” with cheeky sayings like “You Were Wrong About Me.”

    “Each cape represents a fragment of myself that I reclaimed through therapy,” Teegerstrom said.

    You can peruse her current collection on Yard Dog Art Gallery’s website, where it was shown late last year. (City Editor Figi here — my favorite is the Trueheart Cape.)
    Where do you go to buy art?

    A. Local art fairs
    B. Galleries or art brokerages
    C. Secondhand stores
    D. Directly from the artist
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