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Planner, March 20: Come to our koozie celebration, plus another fest

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com
One of Arianna Auber’s favorite koozies, picked up at the opening of Oasis Texas brewery.

Chances are, you have a favorite koozie. A lucky koozie. A battered, well-worn koozie used to hold all the Austin Beerworks Fire Eagles you’ve had to drink while floating down the San Marcos River in the blazing summer heat.

You probably have a whole drawer or cupboard or bin full of all your other koozies, each with their own origin stories. The koozie you borrowed from your cousin at the Fourth of July picnic and never gave back. The koozie that holds bottles, not cans, with a long, slender neck and a zipper up the side. The koozie you bought just because it has the name of your favorite beer emblazoned on it.

I stuck my canned beers all last year in an Oasis Texas Brewing koozie I’d picked up at the brewery’s opening party. It went with me to the beach, keeping my beer cool and sand-free, and it’s back in my koozie drawer now, waiting for my next sunny sojourn.

Do you have a favorite koozie? Show it off with a picture on Instagram that includes the #Austin360Drinks hashtag. Then, bring it with you to Austin360’s koozie party on March 28 at Bar 2211, an eastside bar that only sells canned beer. We’re going to celebrate one of our favorite beer accessories there — because it’s time the koozie gets the spotlight in all its thermally insulating glory.

Koozie celebration: Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Bar 2211, 2211 Webberville Road. Bring your favorite koozie for our photo booth. Questions? Email aauber@statesman.com.

More fests!

The backpack-and-hiking boots crowd gets its own version of movie theater nirvana April 18-19 when the Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to the Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.

The festival will be two nights. Saturday’s Radical Reels lineup features adrenaline-packed films about everything from downhill mountain biking and ice climbing to kayaking and other extreme sports. Sunday’s World Tour show (my favorite) focuses more on culture and landscape. This year’s lineup includes films about an 88-year-old skier and a stand-up paddle boarder investigating how we use and abuse water.

All the films originally screened as part of the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada. All the films are set in or somehow related to the mountains.

This year marks the 10th year that Whole Earth Provision Company has brought the event to Austin. Proceeds benefit Texas State Parks.

Doors open at 5:30 and the show begins at 7 p.m. on April 18. On April 19, doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $23 in stores or online. For more information, tickets and a list of films and previews, go to www.wholeearthprovision.com/banff.

— Pam LeBlanc

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