Party At The Moon Tower with Rolling Roadshow? Think You Should Go!

Alright, alright, alright.

I used to freak out. A lot. Things would bother me and I’d have a hard time letting them go or not overthinking or just having trouble sitting down. However, in the last few years of my life, I have tried to live under a very simple rule of thought:

“Is what’s going on worth freaking out over? If not, we are not freaking out.”

I’ve referred to it as my Matthew McConaughey-style of zen. Everything’s going to be fine, let’s all drink another beer. Honestly, it actually works pretty well.

This has only escalated since moving down to Texas, where my move wasn’t easy and the city, while amazing, has been a gigantic change from anywhere else I’ve lived. Is it worth freaking out about? No, it is not. Chanel your inner McConaughey friend, especially because he lives right here in Austin. Enjoy the outside, the warmth, the friendliness, and the amazing movies.

I have talked about it before, and I will talk about it again, but Austin is home to The Alamo, the best movie theaters in the world. I could wax poetic forever about how an Alamo cinema – any Alamo cinema – is my happy place.

So when I was invited down to watch Alamo’s Rolling Roadshow production of Dazed and Confused, a classic Texas film, outside, under a freakin’ Moon Tower, well, you can imagine how enlightened my soul was.


Ah, what a film. The story of one summer day in 1976 where nothing happens and the whole damn journey is delightful.

Also, there’s a party at The Moon Tower.

Now, for those of you not in Texas, you may have wondered as I did: “What the hell is a Moon Tower.”

This. This is a Moon Tower:

More specifically:

A moonlight tower or moontower is a lighting structure designed to illuminate areas of a town or city at night.

The towers were popular in the late 19th century in cities across the United States and Europe; they were most common in the 1880s and 1890s. In some places they were used when standard street-lighting, using smaller, shorter, and more numerous lamps, was impractically expensive. In other places they were used in addition to gas street lighting. The towers were designed to illuminate areas often of several blocks at once, on the “high light” principle. Arc lamps, known for their exceptionally bright and harsh light, were the most common method of illumination. As incandescent electric street lighting became common, the prevalence of towers began to wane.

Thanks Wikipedia.

Austin is the ONLY city in the US to still have moontowers, because of course it is, and so there had to be a party thrown there.


When we arrived, we we’re immateriality yelled at by Seniors with bullhorns, which, you know, felt pretty spot on for the evening.

We we’re also, of course, given the correct props for a film like this: Pacifiers for the freshman, inflatable bats for the senior to do some ass whooping.

Shamaine and I spread our blanket and went out in search of food. There was a solidly good taco and pizza truck with the LONGEST line I have ever seen for a food truck. It took us over an hour to get a taco, which was insane. Granted, it was a solidly good taco, but they were not at all prepared for the hunger of a crowd like this.

Then the show began, which kicked off with a collection of the cast coming and talking about the film. This included Wiley Wiggins (Mitch Kramer), Catherine Avril Morris (Julie), Mark Vandermeulen (Tommy) and Kathleen Cunningham and Richard Dillard (the Pickford Parents) who all told fantastically amazing stories about the shooting of the movie and how people still respond to the film years later (with celebrations and beer, of course.)

Oh, plus, you know, the director showed up too…

Richard Linklater took the final spot, and if filming was as fun as the whole cast chatting with him, then the damn movie must have been one long party. Really, no surprise at all.

The movie, outsdoors, was glorious. The Texas air was perfect, it wasn’t too hot or cold, it was just alllllllriiiiiiight.

Next screening the Alamo does, well my friend, you may just want to be there.

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1 Comment

  • Ila Shebar

    Jealous of this experience- wish I was there!