Barry Stone makes pictures in the forms of photographs, drawings, collage, and paintings. Born in Lubbock and raised in Spring, Texas, he currently lives in Austin with his wife and two girls after a brief six-year stint in Brooklyn, New York. His work has recently been shown at Art Palace Gallery, Houston, and is represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend in New York. Barry is the coordinator of the Photography Department in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University-San Marcos.
Wheather starting or ending your day, this near East coffee shop / taproom has some of the best of whatever you're after. One of the first establishments to brave a then-emerging neighborhood, it's now surrounded by walkable shops and restaurants. A great porch for chilling and a pretty good spot to plug in a laptop and get some work done.
One of the best places in Austin for some uncomplicated Tex-Mex nestled in the old growth heart of Austin's charming Hyde Park neighborhood. Great chicken soup, enchiladas, or Mexican Martinis and perfect atmosphere. Ideal for porch sitting and people watching. Cash only, but there's an ATM on premises.
My favorite thing about being in Austin is driving while listening to: Country, Swing, and Rockabilly Jamboree, Country Roots, The Lounge Show, Non-Breaking Space, The Cutting Edge, Jamaican Gold, Strictly Bluegrass, and Slappy Pinchbottom's Odd Preoccupation, and many more fine programs on offer from the all volunteer community local FM radio station.
Casa de Luz is a macrobiotic cafeteria nestled behind a learning center, a series of alternative medicinal practices, and yoga studios. I like to go there in the summer after a swim at one of Austin's spring-fed pools, Deep Eddy or Barton Springs.
A great selection of top-end vintage synths and electronic instruments are in constant rotation at Switched On. Unlike some music stores, the vibe is always pretty chill and strolling in to mess around with whatever new keyboards or drum machines are on display at the time feels encouraged and non-judgemental. They also always have a nice array used of pedals and accessories to check out. On central, too-hip East Ceasar Chaves, it's also not too out of the way for the odd drop-in.