The People Issue December 2013
TRIBEZA celebrates our 2013 People of the Year and oue 10 to Watch.
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Contents 42 december 2 01 3 56 96 T R IBE Z A 88 100 90 features People of the Year 56 Natural Adaptations 80 Inspiration Board 88 Family Matters d e pa rtm e nt s Communit y on the cover: p r o f e s s i o n a l b m x r i d e r a n d o n o u r 1 0 to w atc h l i s t, a aron ross; photo by r andal ford. shirt by Gitman B r o s . , $ 1 4 8 , t i e b y J ac k S pa d e , $ 1 2 8 , b ot h ava i l a b l e at STA G ; s t y l i n g b y l a u r e n s m i t h f o r d . Style Social Hour Column: Kristin Armstrong What's New? Perspective: Dan Winters TRIBEZA Talk Austin Icon Arts 20 34 38 42 52 132 Homes Tour Profile in Style: Chris Krager & Amy Grapell Behind the Scenes Style Pick Dining 118 120 124 126 90 10 Years of Uchi 96 10 to Watch 100 Made in Austin 102 Dining Pick 128 Arts & Entertainment Calendar Theatre Spotlight 46 50 12 december 2013 tribeza.com CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: dylan winters photo by dan winters; jay b sauceda photo by randal ford; gail chovan photo by randal ford; uchi photo by andrew chan; the pipkins family photo by kenny braun; tim and karrie league photo by bill sallans. Editor’s Letter Posing with the custom signs our art director Ashley Horsley (pictured left) made for the shoot with photographer Randal Ford (middle) before our 10-hour shoot day began. mongst the lineup of TRIBEZA’s 2013 People of the Year is a high-energy fitness instructor, who has helped change the minds and bodies of hundreds of Austinites, a fearless fashion designer and cancer survivor who has managed to stay relevant on the style scene for over a decade, a powerful force in city government who has helped changed the face of our city, and two dudes with a vision for a festival that would become one of the, well, most ‘fun’ in the country. We make our final selections after thoughtful consideration and a careful look back at the year, coming up with a final list of people who are all working in various fields. It may seem like they all live and work in different worlds of Austin, but in our time with each subject, we found that they are all united as innovators in their passionate love of the city. We enlisted photographer Randal Ford (no relation to me) to take portraits for the “People of the Year” story as well as the “10 to Watch,” a curated cast of up-and-comers to watch in 2014. Ford, an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer, had quite a year himself, shooting covers of TIME and Texas Monthly, as well as national ad campaigns. Ford brought an unmatched energy to the set, engaging each of the 21 subjects who came through the studio on the photo shoot day. It was particularly fun for me to collaborate with him since we go way back to college days when Ford photographed the fashion column I wrote for the student newspaper. He took two different lighting and style approaches to shooting each list for an end result that we couldn’t be happier with. Writer Jaime Netzer makes her TRIBEZA debut with “Family Matters” on page 86. She sat down with four Austin families we admire—the Spences, the Butler Brothers, the Pipkins and, Lawrence and Caroline Wright—to learn more about the way they collaborate, encourage, and inspire each other. We are so grateful for the support we have received from our readers this year and over the past almost 13 (we celebrate this anniversary with our March issue as well as the magazine’s 150th issue in February). Happy Holidays! A Lauren Smith Ford email@example.com 14 december 2013 tribeza.com photo by evan prince Move In Beginning December 2013! A u s t i n a r t s + c u lt u r e George T. Elliman EDITOR + creative director PUBLISHER Columnist Kristin Armstrong Illustrator Joy Gallagher WRITERs Lauren Smith Ford Ashley Horsley art director Events + Marketing Coordinator Meredith Bethune Steph Derstine Ramona Flume Dan Gentile Tolly Moseley Jaime Netzer Karen Spezia S. Kirk Walsh Elizabeth Winslow Miguel Angel Kenny Braun Andrew Chan Casey Dunn Randal Ford Wynn Myers Jessica Pages John Pesina Evan Prince Annie Ray Bill Sallans Staley Hawkins Photographers contributing editor Leigh Patterson Senior Account ExeCutives Ashley Beall Andrea Brunner principals George T. Elliman Chuck Sack Vance Sack Michael Torres mailing address 706a west 34th street austin, texas 78705 ph (512) 474 4711 fax (512) 474 4715 www.tribeza.com Founded in March 2001, TRIBEZA is Austin's leading locally-owned arts and culture magazine. Copyright @ 2013 by TRIBEZA. All rights reserved. Reproduction, in whole or in part, without the express written permission of the publisher, is prohibited. TRIBEZA is a proud member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. 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They inspire me to be a better person, create better art, challenge myself more, and to continue to evolve." lauren smith ford editor + creative director andrea brunner s en i o r acco u n t e x ec u t i v e "I am most inspired by my dad. He was diagnosed with cancer this year, and has held our family together with his strength, selflessness, and never-ending sense of humor. It's been a great joy of my life to watch him and my daughter Ellie together." "I most inspired by mother. She has shown me that life is about helping others, staying true to yourself, and having a great sense of humor along the way. Her intelligence, faith and independence is inspirational to me and those who know her everyday." ashley horsley a rt d i r ec to r ashley beall s en i o r acco u n t e x ec u t i v e "Cheeseball, I know, but my boyfriend Sam subsequently works as my everyday inspiration. Never have I met anyone so humble, talented, and hardworking. Competitive by nature, our silent battle for who works harder and longer never gets old. No one keeps me more focused and creatively motivated." "As the sibling of a powerhouse entrepreneur, I am constantly In three years, she has built a baby car seat cleaning company (CleanBeeBaby) that employs 12 people in LA, NY, and San Diego with plans to franchise nationwide next year. She is hard working, charitable, and definitely leads by example. ashley & jennifer beall photo by bill sallans inspired by my older sister Jennifer. 18 december 2013 tribeza.com social hour austin Social Hour Dell Children's Surgical Global Outreach partnered with The Shalom Foundation for Party With a Purpose at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event offered guests dinner, an auction, and a night of music that featured Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel. All proceeds supported the Dell Children’s Surgical Global Outreach Mission Trips. Party With A Purpose 1 2 3 4 Four Hands + Kendra Scott for Susan G. Komen Kendra Scott and Four Hands partnered to benefit Susan G. Komen Austin, one of the city’s leading breast cancer support and prevention organizations. The evening offered guests shopping, cocktails, and a silent auction, with proceeds going directly to Komen Austin. 5 6 7 8 TRIBEZA Architecture Issue Release Party TRIBEZA celebrated the release of its October Architecture issue with a party to benefit Citizen Generation. The event was sponsored by the chic team behind Posh Properties and was held at owner Mary Anne McMahon’s beautiful Westlake home. Guests snacked on food from Benji’s Cantina, drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka and Dickel Rye Whisky, and music by Charlie Gore. 9 10 11 12 Party With a Purpose: 1. Andra Liemandt & Kelly Haselwood 2. Meghan Slover, Carrie Hicks, Patti Rogers & Sara Zeigler Four Hands, Kendra, Komen: 3. Megan Beagle & Charla Adams October Release Party: 4. Adam Dorsey & Courtney Howell 5. Melissa Young & Abby Alwan 6. Mary Anne & Doran McMahon 7. Mark Halsell, Amber Davis & Jason Duggan 8. Manuel Navarro & Jonathan Tieken 9. Rebekka Glass, Joe Ross & Jenn Walley 10. Mayra Garza & Julian Mardirosian 11. Jake George & Wilson Hack 12. Cindy Black & Rick Black 20 december 2013 tribeza.com P h oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e s i n a & m i g u el a n g el social hour austin March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction The March of Dimes hosted its annual Signature Chefs Auction, featuring the artistry of chef David Bull and other top local chefs at the First Texas Honda dealership. After the dinner and live action, guests enjoyed an after party with dancing and cocktails. 1 2 3 4 Waller Creek Benefit at Stubbs In support of the Waller Creek Conservancy, C3 Presents hosted an official late-night show at Stubbs, featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama, Texas natives Penny and Sparrow, and The Shouting Matches, featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Guests with platinum tickets were treated to dinner by celebrity chef Tim Love. 5 6 7 8 RedBird Boutique’s Grand Opening Maureen Staloch welcomed friends and shoppers to her new Westlake boutique RedBird with a grand opening party, where guests admired the store’s stylish selection of clothes and accessory offerings while enjoying appetizers from Blue Dahlia and Marye’s Pizza and wine provided by The Grove. 9 10 11 12 March of Dimes: 1. Kelti Late & Charisse Sayers 2. Aryn Hellmund & Katie Jaffe 3. Clayton & Carly Christopher 4. Suzette & Andrew Burrow 5. Genny Hardeman & Annie Shiflet Waller Creek Benefit: 6. Melba Whatley & Charles Attal 7. Leah LeFebvre & Ben Bernell 8. Lana McGilvray & DJ Stout 9. Mike Martinez, Diego Martinez & Lara Wendler 10. Tom Ball, Adrian Grenier & Luis A. Reyes RedBird Boutique Grand Opening: 11. Maureen & Ted Staloch 12. Wendy Walicek, Lisa Parrish & Jen Smith 22 december 2013 tribeza.com P h oto g r a p h y by J o h n P e s i n a & M i g u el A n g el social hour austin 1 2 3 4 5 8 6 7 9 10 Gail Chovan’s Aesthetic Ghosts Gail Chovan, one of Austin’s premiere fashion designers, premiered her Spring/Summer 2014 collection “Aesthetic Ghosts” at the unexpected, but perfect location for a fashion show—Delta Millworks. The candlelit show of beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces was designed and produced by Erika Stojeba of ES Productions. 11 12 Gail Chovan: 1. Alton Dulaney & Gail Chovan 2. Kelly Garcia & Stephanie Moore 3. Broc Wilson & Laurel Kinney 4. Hattie Lindsey & Katie Bruegger 5. Shelley Neuman & Andrew Miraeal 6. Josh & Kate Terry 7. Thea Montgomery & Tom Lewis 8. Paul Forde & Cheryl Schulke 9. Jacob Pechenik & Amal Safdar10. Elizabeth Gibson & Elizabeth Chapin 11. Isabel Glass & Adrianne Mikes Ova 12. Sarah Creel, Lydia Hutchison & Callisto Griffith 24 december 2013 tribeza.com P h oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e s i n a ChrisLong GOTTESMANRESIDENTIAL Chris Long Broker, Elite 25 512.289.6300 firstname.lastname@example.org social hour austin Finell Co. premeired its 2014 line of modern luxury housewares and decorative accessories with a celebratory open house at the Finell Headquarters, where guests enjoyed wine and appetizers while viewing a sneak peek of the upcoming product line. Owner Rebecca Finell started international modern baby product company, Boon, and moved to Austin to launch this new venture. For more information, visit finellco.com. Finell Design Co. Launch 1 2 3 4 Ro Sham Bo A "bonus stop" of the AIA Home Tour weekend, guests celebrated the opening night of RO SHAM BO at Canopy Studios, a livable showcase of furniture, textiles, and ceramics made by local artist-designers Alyson Fox, Keith Kreeger, and Michael Yates. 5 6 7 8 The Austin Community Foundation honored Luci Johnson and Ian Turpin with the Austin Community Foundation Philanthropy Award at the Event Center at the Circuit of Americas. Guests enjoyed a performance by Esther's Follies. Celebration of Giving 9 10 11 12 Finell Design Co. Launch: 1. Mark Gambino & Meredith Murray 2. Rachel Hoffman, Michael Nieto & Heather Christensen 3. Pearl Schenkel, Rebecca Finell & Angelina Stevens 4. Joe Strada & Reagan Wilson 5. Maddy Busch & Christiana Guzman 6. Garrett & Samantha Kypke 7. Nidia Otero & Jeff Tung Ro Sham Bo: 8. Derek Dollahite & Alyson Fox 9. Katy Coggins & Kevin lorica 10. Katy Chrisler & Tomoko Kuwahara Celebration of Giving: 11. Alexandra Florencen & Steven Pho 12. 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O Bar ranch 512 . 7 1 8 . 1 9 6 4 w w w. o B a r r a n ch a u st i n . com social hour austin Waller Creek Garden Party In support of the Waller Creek Conservancy, James David and Gary Peese hosted an exclusive evening with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, the founding president of the Central Park Conservancy. 1 2 3 4 La Dolce Vita Guests celebrated the 24th Annual La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival, benefitting The Contemporary Austinâ€™s education programs at the Jones Center, Laguna Gloria, and The Art School. Guests wined and dined on food and drinks from some of Austinâ€™s top restaurants on the shores of Lake Austin. Interior Design Anniversary Celebration The Interior Design Program of the University of Texas' School of Architecture invited students, alumni, and friends to a three-day event celebrating the school's rich history. UT first offered interior design classes in 1912. One of the event highlights was a happy hour of the historic Charles Moore House. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Waller Creek Garden Party: 1. Cliff Ernst, Lynn Meredith & Martha Ernst 2. Jackson Broussard, Virginia Davidson & Pippa Walton 3. James David, Stacey Abel & Mell Lawrence 4. Nancy Scanlan, Colleen Gardner & John Watson 5. Lee Leffingwell & Elizabeth Barlow Rogers 6. Janet & Wilson Allen La Dolce Vita: 7. Lourdes Kaufman, Tiburcio Franco & Rosa Marie Avila 8. Anna Anami & Will Hardeman 9. Derek Van Wagner & Blythe Bailey 10. Jessica Dickman & Adam Kirby Interior Design Anniversary Celebration: 11. Ellen Sampson, Grace Mathieson & Grace Dixon 12. Deborah & Ed Wasser 28 december 2013 tribeza.com P h oto g r a p h y by J o h n P e s i n a 1002ArroweyeTrail.com 402GoldenBearDrive.com 2900KodiakCove.com 5200VistaWest.com 111LakewayDrive.com 18100AustinBlvd.com realtyaustin.com/luxury | 512.241.1300 social hour austin 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 FELIZ Kickoff + TRIBEZA November Issue Release Party Guests kicked off the second annual Feliz pop-up sale and the release of TRIBEZA â€™s November Makers Issue, with a party at Public School , where Feliz designers donated pieces to be auctioned off for local organization Girls Guild, which pairs girls with creative and entrepreneurial female mentors. Tricks & Treats presented by Austin Pets Alive! Austin Pets Alive! hosted Tricks & Treats at the Nowlin Rehearsal Studio at Zach Scott Theatre, a party, silent auction, and threecourse vegan dinner benefitting the organization. Feliz Kickoff + TRIBEZA November Issue Release Party: 1. Christine Taylor, Christian Klein & Marigny Klein 2. Megan Carney & Hayden Dunham 3. Misty Incontrera, Emily Gudman & Lillianne Steckel 4. Amanda McArthur, Ali Meyer & Daniela Lukomski 5. Agathe Fay & Brad Walton 6. Jordan Greenberg & Mary Bryce 7. Laura Bowmen & Grayson Berryhill 8. Alexia Brown & Justin Cox 9. Paul Munguia & Megan McDonald APA!: 10. Adam Zeplain & Alex Winkelman 11. Mary & Rusty Tally 30 december 2013 tribeza.com P h oto g r a p h y by J o h n P e s i n a social hour austin Stephen L. Clark 20th Anniversary Show Guests celebrated two decades of art at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery with a reception and show launch featuring the work of artists important to the gallery's history, including Kate Breakey, HenriCartier Bresson, Keith Carter, James Evans, Jack Spencer, Rick Williams, Bill Wittliff, and others. 1 2 3 4 Brack to the Future Seton Hospital hosted â€œBrack to the Future,â€? a benefit bash and costume party to raise funds and awareness for its new teaching hospital. Held at Brazos Hall, guests enjoyed Halloween-themed treats, games, and competed in a costume competition. 5 6 7 8 Dress by Candlelight Julian Gold hosted Dress by Candlelight, a benefit for Candlelight Ranch, a unique outdoor environment that helps special needs and at-risk children. Guests enjoyed a fashion show, delicious bites, and cocktails. 9 10 11 12 Stephen L. Clark Gallery Party: 1. Kate Waitzkin & Lesley Ramsey 2. Josh Verduzco, Sara Buckingham & Paul Galvan 3. Robert Gomez & Kim Felsher 4. Leslie Herrington & Ben Thompson 5. Derek McDonald & Darren Gibson 6. Bryn & Josh Williams Brack to the Future: 7. Leslie & Joe Lamy 8. Marielle & Buddy Quaid Dress by Candlelight: 9. Claire Winslow & Katie Warner 10. Darian Honigsfeld & Travis Huse 11. Don Barr, Mark Traeler & Ann Harriet 12. Sergio Gudarrama, Amber Davis & Daniel Magoon 32 december 2013 tribeza.com P h oto g r a p h y by J o h n P e s i n a & M i g u el A n g el 34 december 2013 tribeza.com community column Virtual World BY K R I STI N ARMSTRONG I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll ag h er Hey did you see so and so’s status update? Beep. Brrrring. Bark. Guitar strum. Sorry, I just tweeted! Mwah—Selfie! Hold on a sec, sorry, I gotta finish this text. Get together y’all, let’s post a pic of us at dinner! OMG. LOL. Honey, can’t you see Mommy is very busy on her phone? Hold on a sec, quick email. Why haven’t you friended me back yet? I can’t believe you haven’t heard yet, it was all over Instagram. Click, click, tap, tap… Part of me really wants to give thumb communication the mid dle finger. Much has been said and written about how people expend more energy and intention updating about their lives than they do living them. I mean, how many vacation photos have you seen with captions like, “Check out this sunset! Unreal!” Um, are you really enjoying that sunset? Or are you documenting it? “Kids at the park!” Oh I see, and you are playing with your phone while they choke on pea gravel? “Cheers! Happy Anniversary to us!” My, how romantic, dear God I hope we don’t get another update later. We used to have to suffer through other people’s photo albums if an evening took a nostalgic or narcissistic turn and the hosts pulled them off a dusty shelf, now we have to see them as they are happening. We are saying, “Look at my life” to random people more often than we are inviting special people to truly be part of it. It’s kind of creepy and surreal, reading everyone’s super awesome updates. Hi from the Virgin Islands! Just got a promotion! Pregnant again! Bonjour from Paris! Junior holding his report card— straight A’s again! Here’s me on the finish line—Ironman’s are getting easier! Little Susie got into Harvard—yay! No one ever posts the real stuff like: PMS again! Just ate a bag of Tostitos and an entire row of Oreos! Junior is barely scraping by with a C! Ruh-roh, just got pulled over! Still constipated! Hi from El Paso! I just gained five pounds! Losing my hair! Losing my mind! All the kids have lice! Boss said to clean out my desk! Johnny’s skipping college and might get a job at GameStop! No. No one says these things. These kinds of updates are reserved for actual conversation, between real friends, not cyber acquaintances we want to impress. We carry our phones around the way people used to carry babies. Aww, careful now don’t drop it, they crack real easy! You don’t understand, I’m exhausted, I have to keep my eye on it every second. Let’s set it right here in the middle of our dinner, in case it makes a peep. (The second it does, you do understand I will have to tend to it, probably even take it to the bathroom or outside for a walk.) OH MY GOD I FORGOT IT IN MY CAR! We hold them, stare longingly at them, we monitor their batteries, we charge them in the car, we have Bluetooth for them, we (hopefully) put them on silent at the movies and in church, we go back home if we forget them, we are completely lost and forsaken if they disappear. They cause a lot of trouble on an airplane. We definitely don’t want our own children to have one too soon. Don’t get me wrong, I like my phone. If I can’t find it, I have no idea what people’s phone numbers or addresses are, what I’m doing next if my calendar isn’t beeping instructions at me, and I wouldn’t know how to get there anyway without my phone’s map. It’s a tool, and I clearly rely on it too much. When someone says, “Sorry my phone battery died,” it can be an accepted excuse for pretty much anything. I forgot your name, your birthday, I couldn’t call, I’m late, I’m lost, I’m cheating, I’m a no-show, plans changed. It scares me the way some younger people rarely make eye contact; a whole group of them ‘together’ yet silent, staring down at screens through shaggy side bangs. It scares me even more that ‘grown-ups’ are doing the same thing. I saw a married couple on a dinner date recently, fork in one hand and thumb on phone in the other. We are human beings. Beings need to Be. We cannot connect through updates. We can’t share our feelings through Emojis. We can’t date via text. We cannot share time if we won’t make it or take it. It’s time to take our thumbs out of our (phones) and reengage in real life and in each other. tribeza.com december 2013 i l lu s t r at i o n by j oy g a l l ag h er For a limite d- e dit i on p r int , c onta c t jo ygall agh e r@g m ail .c om . 35 2500 W 35th St $1,100,000 Private Retreat in Central Austin www.250035th.AmeliaBullock.com Susan Griﬃth | Broker, Elite 25 Oﬃce 512-327-4874 x 164 | Fax 512-328-0518 email@example.com | susangriﬃthrealestate.com What's New? TRIBEZ A checks in with some of our favorite subjects from December People Issues of years pa st. jeff nichol s direc tor , Mud, shotgun stories , take shelter Fe atu r ed: 10 to Watch, TRIB EZ A ’s December 2009 issue What are you working on right now? Midnight Special. It's a new film I'm making with Warner Bros., [which] I wrote and will be directing. We begin filming in January, [and] locations will range from West Texas to the panhandle of Florida. It's being described as a present day, sci-fi chase film. What was your career highlight of 2013? The response to Mud—I've really been blown away by the reactions I've received. The fact that it is considered a financial and critical success is very gratifying to me, but mostly I love hearing Hos t, “ Th e Bob by Bon es Show ” Fe atu r ed: Cover of TRIB EZ A ’ s Decem b er 2011 issu e Bobby Bones people talk about the film. Good or bad, it's just cool to have made something that people got a chance to see. What’s been your favorite new thing in Austin this year? This may just be new to us, but in.gredients on Manor. It's become our neighborhood hang-out. Great people and a great idea for a store/gathering place. pam e l a co lo ff p h oto by wynn my e r s ; j e ff ni c h o l s p h oto by l e ann mu e l l e r What are you working on right now? It’s been a big year—hosting “The Bobby Bones Show” (heard in over 60 cities every weekday from Nashville), host of “Country Top 30” with Bobby Bones (a weekend national countdown heard in over 150 cities), host of “The Bobby Bones Sports Show” on Fox Sports Radio (heard in 200+ cities), and an acting gig on ABC’s Nashville. I am currently working on a pilot for a new talk show in 2014. What was your career highlight of 2013? Watching the radio show grow to one of the biggest in the United States… And, we spent 2013 as the number one show in Austin for the eighth year in a row. I hated moving from Austin full-time, but Nashville is also great. I still live part-time in Austin as well; I never plan to really leave. What’s been your favorite new thing in Austin this year? Extending the Austin City Limits Music Festival to two weekends: It was easier to get all my friends (who constantly hit me up) free tickets. I am also loving the progress of the Andy Roddick Youth Center in Austin…it is going to bring great things for the youth of Central Texas. pamel a colloff Executive Editor, Texas Monthly Fe atu red: People of the Year, TRIBEZA ’s December 2010 issue What are you working on right now? A story about a prosecutor who is having second thoughts about 38 december 2013 tribeza.com having sent a 17-year-old away to prison for life many years ago. Both he and the inmate are talking to me, and it’s a fascinating story, so I’m very excited about it. What was your career highlight of 2013? Winning a National Magazine Award for feature writing. But a close second was an evening I spent with death row exoneree Anthony Graves, who I’ve written about before, and his attorney, Nicole Casarez, shortly before the third anniversary of Anthony’s release. It was such a happy night. What’s been your favorite new thing in Austin this year? My friend Travis Kizer’s coffee shop/craft beer/barbecue joint, the Buzz Mill. Travis roasts the coffee beans himself, and I think he has the best coffee in town. mark str ama H e a d of Goog le Fib er in Aus tin Fe atu r ed: People of the Year, TRIBEZA ’s December 2010 issue What are you working on right now? Leading Google Fiber's effort to make the Internet 100 times faster in Austin. What was your career highlight of 2013? The very warm send-off my colleagues gave me when I passed my last bill as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. What’s been your favorite new thing in Austin this year? Google Fiber. addie broyles What was your career highlight of 2013? Publishing the Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook was easily a high point not just of the year, but of my career. As I started learning more about the history of community cookbooks, I realized that our project tapped into my loves of food, storytelling, feminism, gene- Food Writer , The Austin Americ an Statesman Fe atu r ed: 10 to watch, TRIBEZA ’s December 2009 issue alogy, and community-building. It’s such an honor to carry on this longstanding tradition of compiling recipes and stories and bring it into the 21st Century! What’s been your favorite new thing in Austin this year? My backyard garden! We took a break for a few years to try our hand at chickens, but the clucking and pooping got out of control, so we’re back to regular old vegetable gardening. Outside my home, I’m excited about all the new food gems near my house: Barlata, the Austin Beer Garden Brewery Company, Trader Joe’s, and Wheatsville South. tribeza.com december 2013 What are you working on right now? We’re gearing up for our holiday food sections, which are the biggest of the year. From the sweets and treats of Halloween through the rejuvenating-yourself-through-food stories of the New Year, it’s a busy (and exciting) time of year. I’ve also started treating the Feminist Kitchen book club like a college class, so we’re in the middle of our fall syllabus, talking about subjects like Sylvia Plath and Lucky Peach magazine. 39 SERVING CENTRAL ‘87 TEXAS SINCE M O T O R I Z A T I O N & A U T O M A T I O N S P E C I A L I S T S interior solar screens SOLAR SCREENS | AW N I N G S | ROLLING SHUTTERS | INTERIOR SHADES | INSECT SCREENS tel. 512.402.0990 www.txsunandshade.com 11813 Bee Caves Rd., Austin, Texas 78738 Showroom Hours: 10-5 M-F & 10-2 Sat. community perspective i n h i s ow n wor ds Dan Winters PHOTOGR APH ER y son Dylan was born in December 1993. We owned a beautiful home on Bryn Mawr Drive in the Hollywood Hills that provided us with a peaceful haven amid the bustle of Los Angeles. I called the house “the tree house,” as it reminded me of the Swiss Family Robinson tree house at Disneyland, which was magical to me as a boy. It was quiet and secluded and provided a nurturing environment for Dylan as a toddler. As he grew older and started nursery school and kindergarten he was, out of necessity, spending more and more time on the LA freeway system. One day, while driving him to school and sitting in the bumper-to-bumper drollery that is the 101 freeway, I caught a glimpse of him in the rearview mirror. He was sitting quietly, gazing out of the window in what appeared to be a moment of contemplation. It was as though he were pondering his predicament. I had fond memories of a childhood filled with space to run and explore, and longed to offer my son a childhood that reflected my priorities rather than the experience he was having in Los Angeles. The moment was a seminal one for me as a father. Shortly thereafter, Kathryn and I decided to try living somewhere else. I had long been fond of Texas, and was particularly drawn to Austin. Kathryn’s mother, Meta Sue, was born in Texas, and Meta’s mother, Mary Emma, is still living in San Antonio at age 96. We also had friends in Austin who loved the city for its quality of life. Kathryn and I began seri- M An excerpt from Road to Seeing, the much anticipated autobiography by the legendary photographer. ously considering a move. I have tried to view my successes and failures in equal measure, and always from the standpoint of their significance in my growth as a man. I try to live free of regrets, but as humans, it’s common for us to focus deeply on our failures. If I were to view my behavior during my 10-year period in Hollywood, it’s clear to me that I was living more unconsciously than I would have preferred. My work ruled my life, and the decisions I made were usually steeped in the frenzy that was my career. I would have liked to spend more time with my friends and family, and I’m grateful that I came to this awareness when I did. I was recently reading about a hospice worker who recorded the last thoughts and words of many of the people she assisted in their final days. One of the most common regrets people shared was that they wished they hadn’t worked so much. Kathryn and I agreed that moving out of Los Angeles was the right thing to do. Austin is a wonderful city packed with cosmopolitan offerings, yet devoid of most of the frustrations that come with living in a larger metropolis. World-class music is performed live nearly every night. There is an incredible food culture, plenty of green space, and, most importantly, a conscientious populace. The city is home to the University of Texas at Austin, and the optimism and energy of its student body resonates throughout the city. It’s a genuinely special place. Kathryn visited Austin to assess the situation and, after being in town for only a few days, bought a house. We made the move one month later, leaving our Hollywood Hills home and LA office intact, just in case things didn’t pan out as we hoped they would. For several months, I continued to spend most of my time in Los Angeles, working in my Hollywood studio. But as soon as I had a break, I began the search for a studio outside Austin. Eventually I found a building in the country, 22 miles from downtown, at a crossroads called Driftwood. Built in 1903, the structure served the small ranching community into the 1990s as the post office, general store, gas station, barbershop, and feed store. The roads in the area had remained unpaved until the late ’80s. The seclusion is a true gift. The property has turned into a compound, with several free-standing structures housing my woodshop, storage, and various shooting spaces. There is also a WPA-constructed outhouse, which for me was one of the property’s most salient selling points. The studio is two miles from a deep swimming hole and worldclass barbecue. The home Kathryn found for us is a short walk from a lake, and Dylan’s summers were filled with swimming and fireflies. Though we maintain a home and office in Los Angeles and a beach house on Tybee Island, outside of Savannah, Georgia, Austin has been a true gift from the universe. The seclusion of my studio has afforded me a place that is truly peaceful. This environment has given rise to an intense amount of personal work, as well as many seminal assignment jobs, in the years I’ve spent there. It has revealed itself as my corner of the universe. 42 december 2013 tribeza.com Co py r i g h t © 2014. U s ed w i t h p er m i s s i o n o f P e a r s o n Ed u c at i o n , I n c . a n d N e w R i d er s . Desert Smoke DΛVID ΛLΛN RUGS —————————————————————————————————————— TRADITIONAL, ANTIQUE, CONTEMPORARY baylor & 6th • 1009 w 6th street • austin • 512.499.0456 • davidalanrugs.com Happy Holidays! AUSTIN SHADEWORKS 92 Red River St. 512-472-1768 www.austinshadeworks.com December Calendars arts & entertainment Entertainment Calendar Music Trombone shorty & orleans Avenue Escondido December 11, 9pm Mohawk Austin Kopecky family band Meet me in St. Louis December 15 & 16 The Paramount Theatre White Christmas Children Poetry on the plaza: Childhood favorites Project transitions Holiday swing December 7, 8pm Shoal Crossing Event Center Violet crown arts festival December 1, 7pm Stubb's December 17, 8pm Stubb's Max bemis December 15 & 16 The Paramount Thatre florida georgia line December 4, 12pm Harry Ransom Center December 1, 7:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater UT Symphony orchestra & MIRÓ quartet December 21, 8:30pm Stubb's Trans-siberian orchestra Theatre Sleeping beauty dreams Santa's workshop: Make Clay ORnaments December 7 & 8, 10am Triangle Park December 1, 2pm & 4:30pm The Paramount Theatre Memphis December 6, 10am Toybrary Austin 2013 Cherrywood Art Fair December 4, 8pm Bass Concert Hall December 5, 6pm The Belmont John Gorka December 26, 3pm & 8pm Frank Erwin Center Old 97's Less than jake December 10 through 15 Bass Concert Hall A christmas story Texas outdoor adventure day December 7 & 8, 10am Maplewood Elementary School Ballet austin: The nutcracker December 7, 9am Mckinney Roughs Nature Park 2013 Gingerbread Village December 27 & 28, 8pm Antone's Willie & friends family new year December 7 through 23 Long Center for the Performing Arts Dancing with the stars austin Through December 29 ZACH Thatre Through December 29 ZACH Theatre Through January 1 Four Seasons Hotel Austin December 5, 7:30pm Cactus Café DANÚ December 30 & 31, 9pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater Pink floyd Laser Spectacular This wonderful life Other city wide garage sale December 8, 7pm Hilton Austin Downtown December 5, 8pm Bass Concert Hall John Mayer December 6, 7pm Frank Erwin Center A Charlie brown christmas with david benoit December 31, 7pm One World Theatre Comedy Nick kroll December 1, 11am Palmer Events Center International Film festival summit December 8 through 10 Hyatt Regency Austin Trail of Lights Bob Schneider's new year's eve December 5, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Jimmy pardo 13th Annual blue genie art bazaar December 31, 8pm The Paramount Theatre December 1 through 24 Marchesa Hall and Theater December 8 through 22 Zilker Park Luminations December 8, 6pm One World Theatre December 6 through 7 Cap City Comedy Club Godfrey 6th annual lights of love 5k & family fun run Film it's a wonderful life Conspirare christmas 2013 December 9, 7:30pm Long Center for the Perfoming Arts Esteban December 4, 7pm The Paramount Theatre A christmas story December 11 through 14 Cap City Comedy Club Carmen lynch December 6, 5:30pm Mueller Park December 14 & 15, 6pm Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center armadillo christmas bazaar day of tango festival December 11, 7pm One World Theatre December 4, 9:35pm The Paramount Theatre December 18 through 21 Cap City Comedy Club Mike Lawrence December 6 through 8 Ben Hur Shrine December 17 through 24, 11am Palmer Events Center Shen yun trail of lights 5k run/ walk December 26 through 28 Cap City Comedy Club December 7, 6:30pm Zilker Park December 27 through 29 Long Center for the Performing Arts 46 december 2013 tribeza.com arts & entertainment C A l e n da r s Davis Gallery december 5 harry ransom center Holiday Group Show Through January 4 Ann Conner: Suite Symphony Through January 4 Harry Ransom Center Flatbed Press and Gallery Westering America: Frontier Thinking and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Lecture, 7pm december 6 Harry ransom center Alec Soth & Brad Zellar Pop-up Exhibition, 7pm Radical Transformation Through January 5 Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan Through December 8 Lady bird johnson wildflower center December 7 wally workman gallery Will Klemm: Solo Show Opening Reception, 6-8pm december 12 Women & their work Natural Patterns Through December 8 EVENT P I C K Lora Reynolds Gallery Yuliya Lanina: Arcadian Rhapsody Opening Reception, 6-8pm Personal, Political, Mysterious Through January 11 “The Texas Triangle” pop-up preview at the Harry Ransom Center Friday, December 6 at 7pm hrc.utexas.edu Photo methode gallery Ongoing Blanton Museum of Art The Dutiful Daughter: Laura Pickett Calfee Through December 21 Priour: Lost Pieces and Early Drafts Through January 26 Visual arts center - UT umlauf sculpture garden Cubism Beyond Borders Through December 8 Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540 Through January 5 The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas Through January 12 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum A Views of the Capitol: 125 Years in the Making Through December 31 The contemporary Austin Wally workman gallery Erin Curtis: Furthest West Through January 5 Liam Gillick Through January 5 Marianne Vitale Through January 5 Will Klemm: Solo Show December 7 through 24 Women and Their Work Yuliya Lanina December 5 through Janurary 23 THIRST on Lady Bird Lake Through December 16 48 december 2013 tribeza.com "Dottie." Denver. © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos Alyson Shotz: Invariant Interval Through December 7 Echoes of Form November 8 through December 7 Department of Art & Art History Faculty Exhibition: Part Three November 8 through December 7 s John Steinbeck famously said, Texas is more than a state; it’s a state of mind. It’s this framework Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar are using to bring their “irregularly published” newspaper, The LBM Dispatch, to Texas, culminating in a one-night pop-up preview at the Harry Ransom Center on Friday, December 6. The show, titled “The Texas Triangle,” will explore the state’s unique voices and places through photography and writing, as discovered in a two-week trip the pair took through the triangular area between San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Galveston. Since its inception in 2012, Soth and Zellar’s project has produced five state-themed issues of The LBM (Little Brown Mushroom) Dispatch, pub lished by LBM, the independent publishing company started by Soth in 2008. And from the Dispatch’s beginning, Soth says, both he and Zellar were drawn to including Texas. He explains, “Whether one is talking about politics, culture or sheer geography, the role Texas plays in American life is too big to ignore…” The show, organized by Ransom Center Chief Curator of Photography Jessica McDonald with assistance from UT Art students, is in conjunction with the Center’s current exhibition of images from its Magnum photography collection, “Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age,” which runs through January 5. l. patterson Liam Gillick September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014 Marianne Vitale September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014 Charles Long January 18 – April 20, 2014 Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703 thecontemporaryaustin.org Director’s Circle: Michael and Jeanne Klein, Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, Michael A. Chesser, Johnna and Stephen Jones, The Still Water Foundation, Melba and Ted Whatley, Anonymous Exhibition Sponsors: Deborah Green and Clayton Aynesworth, Susan and Richard Marcus, Jane Schweppe, Diane Land and Steve Adler, Sue Ellen Stavrand and John Harcourt, Amanda and Brad Nelsen, Pedernales Cellars, Gail and Rodney Susholtz, Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, Janet and Wilson G. Allen, Shalini Ramanathan and Chris Tomlinson, Austin Ventures, Oxford Commercial, Vinson & Elkins LLP , Lindsey and Mark Hanna, and the Jewish Community Foundation Additional Support Generously Provided By: ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Pedernales Cellars, Luxe Interiors + Design, The Texas Tribune, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, W Austin, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, The Austin Chronicle, and KUT/KUTX This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com. arts & entertainment museums & galleries Art Spaces Museums 3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 thecontemporaryaustin.org. the contemporary austin: Jones Center The Contemporary austin: laguna gloria French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum 1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center 700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 thecontemporaryaustin.org Austin Children’s Museum 300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum t h e at r e p r e v i e w nspired by the Christmas film classic "It’s a Wonderful Life", ZACH Theatre will stage its first production of “This Wonderful Life,” starring actor Martin Burke, who was named “Austin Actor of the Year 2013” by The Austin Chronicle. In the play, Burke takes on the momentous and hilarious task of playing all 37 characters in the film, from Jimmy Stewart to Clarence the Angel. “It is a theatrical celebration of the ordinary choices that add up to extraordinary lives,” explains the show’s director Richard Robichaux. “We all need to be reminded of that, especially around the holidays.” For Burke, the new adaptation of the beloved film is an opportunity to resonate with audiences directly. “I love what Clarence the angel inscribes in the book that he gives George at the end [of the show]: Remember, no man is a failure who has friends,” Burke says. “Somewhere, someone has been touched by your life, and it has caused a lasting, positive effect.” Performances run Nov. 21-Dec. 29, Wednesday-Sunday at 7:30 and Sunday matinee at 2:30. For more information about added performances and ticket ordering, visit zachtheatre.org. m. bryce I “This Wonderful Life” at Zach Theatre 201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org Blanton Museum of Art 2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org 419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6, F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. Henry Museum Mexic–Arte Museum The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum 304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney Elisabet Ney Museum 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org 50 december 2013 tribeza.com image courtesy of Zach scott theatre 1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com 409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5 arts & entertainment M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s Galleries Art on 5th Davis Gallery 3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors 837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press (512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com 4115 Guadalupe St. Hours: Tu - Sa, 12- 6 mondotees.com The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery Mondo Gallery Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com 1011 West Lynn Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 (512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com Testsite studio 10 Bay6 Gallery & Studios 5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com Big Medium 3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com Space 12 Roi James 2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon 3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 jwinteriors.com Artworks Gallery 1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com 4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com 2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery Gallery Shoal Creek 6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery 502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only fluentcollab.org Wally Workman Gallery 5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries 3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org 1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com Positive Images 1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space Fredericksburg 208 E. San Antonio St. Hours: M-Sa 10-5 (830) 990 1727 agavegallery.com 234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com FREDERICKSBURG ART GALLERY ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL AGAVE GALLERY Austin Art Garage Women & Their Work 2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios 7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com 1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com champion capital fine art 608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W 11-6, Th 4-8, F-Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery 1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 Pro–Jex Gallery 1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org 1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com Yard Dog 613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org farewell Books 1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com Red Space Gallery 913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery 1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com La Peña 800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By Appt. Only championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory 227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org Lora Reynolds Gallery 1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com sofa Russell Collection Fine Art Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression 1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex 314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com 214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com 425 E. Main St. (830) 990 8151 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events @tribeza.com. WHISTLE PIK INSIGHT GALLERY 4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com 330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com Austin Presence 702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab 360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com Lotus Gallery 1319 Rosewood Ave. By appointment only sofagallerytx.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery 1009 W. 6th St., #101 1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Quattro Gallery tribeza.com december 2013 51 TRIBEZ A Talk A n i n s i d e r ' s g u i d e to A u s t i n ' s h i d d e n g e m s . b y l e i g h pat t e r s o n austin musicia n Hey, jazz mills! In a movie about your life, what three songs are on the soundtrack? 1. “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac My daughter Ava is obsessed with it and has to listen to it 100,000 times a day. I don't think it's a coincidence either that the name of the song is “Hold Me.” 2. Shania Twain Can't pick just one song but definitely at least one by Shania Twain I grew up listening to so much 90s country and even though I listen to almost anything now, I have not/will not get over Shania. 3. “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen It is amazing and so hot even with the horrible saxophone solo. Austin musician Jazz Mills has opened for artists like the Arcade Fire and Stevie Wonder, and most recently performed with the local folk/blues band Cowboy and Indian. Last month, Mills released her self-titled debut EP, a delightful pop soundtrack that feels both unique and timeless. Jazz Mills photo by Courtney Chavanell O n a sc a l e o f o n e to t e n , w e a r e a b o u t at a n e l e v e n w i t h o u r e xc i t e m e n t a b o u t t h e n e w J a m e s T u r r e l l S k y s pac e i n s ta l l at i o n o n t h e r o o f to p o f UT ’ s S t u d e n t Ac t i v i t y C e n t e r at 2 2 n d a n d S p e e d way. Done in conjunction with the UT Landmarks program, which brings public art projects to UT, Turrell’s piece explores a connection to the universe through the medium of light. To experience the Skyspace guests file into an elliptical, white plaster structure with a ceiling oculus allowing for light to enter the space. Daily, at dusk and dawn, LED lights are programmed to illuminate the inside and outside, fluctuating in intensity and color while simultane ously juxtaposed with a changing sky through the oculus. The result: a peaceful and sublime escape from reality. Learn more about the installation and reserve a time to see it at utexas.edu/cofa/turrell/ ry at 2320 East Cesar Chavez and is open 11-5 (closed on Mondays). 52 december 2013 tribeza.com P h otos by F lo r i a n H o l zh er r Ple a su re vs. Pa in in ATX Jennifer Chenoweth is creating a map of experiences. Inspired by her own Austin memories, the artist researched the topics of pleasure and pain with psychologists and behaviorists to create a “Hedonistic Map of Pleasure and Pain,” a project that anonymously polls locals on simple pleasure, love, and the everyday. Eventually, the questionnaire will result in a giant visual blueprint modeled after Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, drawing connections between experience and location. The map, originally installed at Co-Lab in October, will continue to grow, as Chenoweth plans to accept survey submissions until at least 2015. Hedonistic Map of Pleasure and Pain questionnaire courtesy of Chenoweth and Dave O'Donnell. Questions from Chenoweth's questionairre: Where is one place you feel alive and excited? Where have you laughed the hardest? Where did you fall in love? Where do you go to reconnect with nature? Where do you go to get your creativity inspired? Where was your faith in humanity restored? Where have you felt the most competent? Read more about the project, see the full list, and submit responses at: fisterrastudio.com Where did you have an experience that caused your awareness to change? Where was the best night of your life in Austin? @ilov etex a s photo 3 questions for: Austin Eastciders Bring on the cider-sippin’ weather: new ‘Urban Cidery’ Austin Eastciders, which will be opening to the public in early 2014, will feature a bar, tasting room, and outdoor event space. Cider will go into bottle production early next year, but for now can be found on draft at select Austin bars and restaurants. See a full list on Austin Eastciders’ Facebook page. 1. You call cider the Original Drink of America: please explain. Cider was the most popular drink in America right up until the Prohibition era, [with] traditions of cider-making brought over by the original settlers from the West of England…[cider] was the drink of choice of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, elections were notoriously won by plying the voters with cider, and it was even drunk by children because the alcohol made it cleaner and safer than drinking water. What they don't tell you at school is that Johnny Appleseed wasn't growing apples for eating; he was growing apples to make cider out of! 2. Tell me more about how the apple variety influences the flavor of the cider. The interesting thing about cider-making is that in most respects it is very similar to winemaking, with one major exception: The finest ciders are usually made with a blend of many different cider apple varieties rather than one single variety...This is because, unlike wine, it is rare to get the perfect balance of flavors from one variety. 3. What’s the ideal meal to pair with a cold glass of cider? Dry, traditional cider styles happen to go incredibly well with Texas BBQ, which was a huge win when I discovered it! Classically, cider pairs great with anything porky, smoky or cheesy. tribeza.com december 2013 Austin Instagrammer of the Month : I Love Tex a s Photo We like seeing the state through the lens of I Love Texas Photos’s ‘gram account, founded by photo editor Jasmine DeFoore. 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The passionate Austini- biggest ideas, places, to bring change to the tes who are stepping up hind some of this yearâ€™s city; the individuals be- tribeza.com december 2013 57 â€œ This was my opportunit y to create a re al communit y.â€? 58 december 2013 tribeza.com RIDE, In d o o r Cyc li n g By Tolly Moseley david garza A former couch potato turned his life around to become a leader of a fitness movement that’s inspiring the masses. “This is my therapy session.” did. That’s when his sister waved to him from across the course, shouting to keep going. With the finish line in sight, brother and sister crossed together. “At that moment, a new person emerged,” says Garza. “To this day, I’ve completed 10 consecutive Austin Marathons. I am utterly grateful for what it did to me.” After that race, Garza—a former vet tech—was inspired to take his career in a fresh direction. Now earning his keep through exercise, he took jobs with Camp Gladiator and Lifetime Fitness where he began to teach fitness classes, including indoor cycling. A recent Austin transplant named Kim Dowling walked in Lifetime’s door, and asked David if he had ever heard of Soul Cycle: the workout favored by handfuls of East and West coast glitterati. Characterized by hip music, hand weights, and a vibe more life coach than drill sergeant, Soul Cycle was Kim’s beloved workout back in New York, and she longed to have something like it in Austin. But after her first session with Garza—who naturally gravitates towards the spiritual in class—she decided she liked what she saw. That was 2010. Two years later, Dowling and her husband Tim approached him about creating RIDE. “They brought me in as a partner, which was something I had been praying about. To have partial ownership of something,” Garza says. “This was my opportunity to create a real community.” These days, nobody can deny the community that charges through RIDE’s doors. Classes start like a cannon, with a collective energy that (to return to our church analogy) borders on tent revival. Participants high-five each other as the music blasts, breaking out into crunches, weight lifting, sprints, and onthe-bike dance parties by intervals. For Garza, who teaches about 12 classes a week, the growing fervor around RIDE and the personal success stories it has fostered affirm his basic principle: This is more than exercise. “I know the journey that people are on, because I’ve been there. And it hurts,” he says. “I know it’s hard to step into a new place where you’re uncomfortable, so I always make a point of telling the new people, ‘Look, a few years ago, I was you. I was the back row guy! Just reverse these roles and I was right where you are!’” he laughs. “But when we step into that room and the door shuts, it’s our time. It’s our hour to be who we want to be.” tribeza.com december “It’s weekly inspiration.” “You talk about things I’m dealing with in my life.” It’s the type of feedback one might expect for a popular priest. Scrawled lovingly on a church comment card and dropped in the collection plate, perhaps accompanying a generous tithe. One can hear the organ playing softly in the background, see the lips turning up in gentle smiles as—one by one—attendees submit their notes of gratitude. But these words are voiced by a different congregation, and it’s not one meeting at Sunday mass. Rather, these are the devotees of RIDE Indoor Cycling, a new cycling studio that opened up downtown in March. Its charismatic Principal and Master Instructor, David Garza, has taken some of his students out to coffee minutes before our interview. “I asked what keeps them coming back, and this is what they told me,” he answers earnestly. “This is not just exercise for people.” Which seems accurate, given that RIDE’s been open less than a year and every class is close to bursting. But in a city where outdoor cycling abounds and spin classes aren’t too sparse either, what gives? How did RIDE shoot to crazy success almost overnight? The answer lies with Garza himself. Judging by his bicep alone, you’d never guess he once struggled with weight. “I was the big kid in school,” says Garza. “Twelve years ago in college, I was close to 300 pounds, smoking and drinking. I just totally let myself go.” But fresh out of school, Garza—a newly-minted Texas Tech grad—moved to Austin and fell into a fitness groove, eschewing yo-yo diets for running and pick-up soccer. Jocky friends would pester him about local races until, at age 26, he signed up for the first marathon of his life: the Austin Marathon. Unfortunately, that wasn’t his only first. “At that time I was also going through a divorce, and fitness saved me,” says Garza. “I was going out at night with my friends, but since I had the marathon coming up, I’d always be the coffee guy, the designated driver. It was a reason to stay healthy and not fall into more destructive ways of coping.” On race day, Garza’s sister drove in from Houston to run with him. As he trudged the last mile up a steep hill, every muscle in his legs screamed to stop—”like a baseball bat cracking over my calves”—and in fact, he almost 2013 59 Editor, T h e T e xas T r i bu ne emily ramshaw How a D.C. girl found “the greatest journalism job in America” in the Lone Star State. By leigh patterson “This sounds cheesy,” Emily Ramshaw is saying. “But for me, journal- streaming of Senator Wendy Davis��� eleven-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill went viral, with more than 183,000 people tuning in from 187 countries. Leading into 2014, the Tribune plans to live-stream much of the upcoming election season, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $65,000 to cast an unfiltered lens on the gubernatorial race, and ultimately to make live-streaming of politics “the new norm.” These are few among a variety of big projects the site will be rolling out in the next year, which range from launching a user-generated, issue-based op-ed site to generating more concerted e-newsletters on a range of topics like water, public education, and transportation. As Ramshaw sees it, the bottom line is “reaching as many people as humanely possible,” be it through online streams, grassroots efforts to spread reporters to all corners of the state, or partnerships with other publications (Texas editions of The New York Times publish select Tribune articles each week and state newspapers also have the option to republish its stories). “Texas is the gift that keeps giving,” Ramshaw says. “We have benefited an enormous amount because of the news that keeps coming out of this state. We’re in a humongous state where population trends are what people expect the rest of the country will look like.” As a recent TIME cover story phrased it, “Texas is America’s future.” And contextualizing this future, and the issues at the front of it—surging population, demographic shifts, natural resources, education, and access to healthAccording to Smith, it’s this combination of problem-solving and gumption that has defined both the site and Ramshaw’s role in it. “The way I see it, the people you hire can fall into two camps,” he says. “There are the people who have their head down and do the job they are given and then there are the people who do that and then, if given the opportunity, show they are capable of more…they carry the vision even further. Emily had ideas that were not mine or anyone else’s about how to make the Tribune better and take it to another place. We’re better for her and Texas is better for her.” Yet for Emily, who just crossed her ten-year Texas anniversary, it’s all in a day’s work. “I am so lucky,” she says. “I have the greatest journalism job in America, and I get to do it in Austin. It doesn’t get much better than that.” d r e s s b y m i l ly, $ 3 7 5 , ava i l a b l e a t J u l i a n G o l d ism never really seemed like a job. It seemed like a calling.” For the Texas Tribune editor, being a journalist isn’t just a passion; it’s a biography. Born to journalist parents in Washington D.C.—her mother was a reporter and editor and father a television news reporter—Ramshaw, who has been with the Tribune since it started in 2009, attended J-school at Northwestern and “never considered any career other than this.” After graduation, she landed a job at The Dallas Morning News and, sight unseen, moved to Texas, where she covered City Hall for the paper before transferring to Austin to cover the State Capitol where, as she puts it, she “fell in love with Texas politics.” Then, four years ago, Evan Smith and Ross Ramsay approached her with an interesting proposal: They were staring a new project and wanted her to come aboard. “Newspapers were in incredible turmoil,” she explains. “The Texas Tribune seemed like an opportunity to blend incredible, established journalism with an Austin tech startup. For me, that was an incredibly thrilling proposition.” For Evan Smith, the decision to hire Ramshaw from the get-go was a no-brainer. When the Tribune started to draft its “fantasy baseball league” of initial reporter hires, Emily’s name was “on everyone’s list of political journalists who were simultaneously admired, resented, and feared,” he explains. “Everyone in the press corps knew her and heard her footsteps.” During the Tribune’s first two years of operation, Ramshaw was a reporter on the ground, covering Rick Perry on the presidential campaign trail. Since 2011, she’s been the site’s editor, overseeing a team of about 25 reporters, artists, and technologists. “I spend a lot of time doing things I never thought I would do as a journalist,” Ramshaw explains. From planning new products that will help make additional revenue for the Tribune, to coming up with innovative ways to engage readers, it is, as she puts it, “a brave new world.” This uncertainty of venturing into untreaded territory is largely what has made the Tribune such a successful product. In October, the site won a “General Excellence in Online Journalism” award from the Online News Association, following a year of making news accessible and public in trailblazing ways. In June, after setting up a live YouTube channel for the state legislative session, the Tribune’s care—is, from the border to UT, what state readers are owed, Ramshaw says. 60 december 2013 tribeza.com â€œ Texas is the gif t that keeps giving.â€? tribeza.com december 2013 61 â€œI have a real passion for making the right things happen,â€? 62 december 2013 tribeza.com Ass istan t C i t y M anag e r , Ci ty o f Au s t i n sue edwards A longtime employee of the city, with the passion and energy to make things happen By S. Kirk Walsh On the third floor of City Hall, Assistant City Manager Sue to tie downtown together,” she says. “It’s going to draw people from all over the city. And it’s one of things that the City of Austin could not have done on our own without a private partner.” Given her long history with Austin, Edwards has maintained a front-row seat to the city’s remarkable growth and transformation during the past fourplus decades. “It’s been a little hard,” she admits. “The question for me is how are we going to accommodate the growth—because it’s going to keep coming, regardless—in a way that maintains the unique personality of Austin. It’s not easy to blend the old and the new, and still have people really recognize that this is Austin. In some tiny form, we’ll make sure that anything we touch—in terms of development or redevelopment—that we’ll have something of Austin’s values still in there.” One of Edwards’ favorite activities in the city is walking the streets or the trail that encircles Lady Bird Lake. “I love seeing the changes and watching the people,” she says. “It’s one way that I learn about Austin and watch things keep growing.” A typical day for Edwards is chock-full of meetings, decision-making, and putting out fires. “The thing that helps me get up every day is that we get to touch a lot of people and a lot of the things that happen in Austin,” she says of her role as assistant city manager. “Hopefully, we’re doing this in a positive way.” To retreat from the bustle of downtown, she commutes to her quiet home that borders the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Hill Country, between FM 620 and 360. “It’s nice to be able to go out and relax in the back yard and listen to the birds,” says Edwards, who is also an avid gardener. Back in her City Hall office, a glass snow globe with the identifiable landscape of Austin—the Frost Building, the Capitol, the UT Tower, the Pennybacker Bridge—sits alone on the circular desk in front of Edwards. When shaken, tiny black bats, music notes, and confetti-like glitter cascade down onto the miniature metropolis of buildings and structures before settling onto the base again. Edwards was given the globe as a favor upon the opening of the new City Hall, designed by architect Antoine Predock, in 2004. She laughs quietly as she turns it upside down, holding the transparent sphere steadily in her hand. “Every time I look at it, I see something new,” Edwards says with a smile. tribeza.com 2013 Edwards’s office overlooks the exterior limestone plaza, the steady stream of daytime traffic on Cesar Chavez, and the nearby blue-green swath of Lady Bird Lake. The sounds of car horns can be heard faintly through the broad windows. Sunlight dapples the tidy blond-wood desk with a few short piles of paperwork. Edwards, 72, wears an elegant black sweater, and her sandy blonde hair hangs neatly to her shoulders. During a recent encounter, a visitor quickly learns that she is a woman of contemplative pauses and well-chosen words. And underneath the composed demeanor is a veteran city employee who clearly knows how to make things happen. A native of Roswell, New Mexico, Edwards first moved to Austin from Louisiana in January of 1970. Her first job was with the Community Action Agency that was eventually taken over by the city. During this period of time, Dan Davidson served as City Manager (he passed away in 2007). “Dan believed that if you were a good manager, you could manage anything because you had the big picture and knew the right questions to ask,” remembers Edwards. “This scared me to death.” During her first tenure with the City of Austin, Davidson advanced Edwards into multiple leadership roles: She directed five different departments—from the Community Action Department to EMS. After being promoted into the position of Assistant City Manager in 1984, she decided to resign a year later in order to spend more quality time with her daughters. “We were working eighty hours a week, and I just hadn’t spent a lot of time with them,” says Edwards. Almost a decade later, after repeated offers, she returned to City Hall in 1994 and moved into her current role of Assistant City Manager in 2007. Her areas of oversight include aviation, economic development (which encompasses the arts, music, and film), small businesses, sustainability, watershed protection, and redevelopment. Recent projects have included a number of vital private-public partnerships, such as the redevelopment of the Mueller project, the Second Street District, and Waller Creek. “I have a real passion for making the right things happen,” adds Edwards. Waller Creek currently ranks number one amid her favorite projects. “Waller Creek is going to be that jewel that’s going december 63 Head Honc hos at T r a n s m i s s i o n En te rtainme nt Graham Williams & James Moody A pair of music industry masterminds who just want to have fun “Having Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores is kind of like opening our kimono. Everyone can see and hear what we do,” says Transmission Entertainment founder and FFF coordinator James Moody. “It was a little bit of a dirty secret for awhile.” After eight years of growth, Fun Fun Fun Fest is now far from secret, but the first incarnation of the festival was decidedly under the radar. It began in 2006 as an all-day, genre-crossing concert held on three stages (hip-hop/ electronic, indie, and punk/metal) in Waterloo Park, a 10-acre plot of grass tucked a few blocks north of the Red River music district. The first incarnation was produced by Graham Williams (long-time booker of the original Emo’s) and featured 25 bands ranging from scene stalwarts like the Octopus Project to hardcore punk legends the Circle Jerks. Tickets were offered at a price that even a punk rocker could afford: $20. The following year Williams joined with Moody to form Transmission, a dream team of industry professionals aiming to provide an independently-minded alternative to bigger event production companies. The pair first met right before Moody took the reigns of the Mohawk, which was originally built as a Mexican restaurant in the ‘60s and had an unsuccessful track record as a music venue. “I thought this joker in his Bad Religion shirt and his love of music is going to lose his ass,” Williams says. Since then, the duo and their scrappy team have turned the Mohawk from a pipe dream into the cornerstone of the Austin music scene. And although Fun Fun Fun Fest still takes third billing next to SXSW and ACL, the festival has evolved into a three-day event that employs hundreds of Austinites and contributes $27 million to the local economy. The stages are now framed by Lady Bird Lake and the Austin skyline, but the music hasn’t lost its edge. The howling screams of “Angel of Death” by 2011’s thrash metal headliner Slayer could be heard everywhere from Travis Heights to downtown. As Williams puts it, “How Austin is that to be able to hear Slayer from the balcony of the W Hotel?” What’s most unique about FFF is that it refuses to ditch its signature oddball mentality despite exponential growth and broader appeal. The experience is as much about the gags as the headliners. WTF-worthy happenings like Henry Rollins marrying a couple on-stage or a Taco Cannon blasting out Tamale House to the hungry crowds distinguishes FFF from stuffier stops on the festival circuit. One year there was even a performance by Metalligur, a Metallica cover band fronted by a watermelon-smashing Gallagher impersonator. This year there’s a By Dan Gentile much broader focus on comedy, with headlining stand-up comics like Jack Black and Sarah Silverman. Transmission’s left-field approach also applies to their promotion and marketing. Instead of print ads the group relies mostly on social media and inventive tactics like releasing their line-up through DJ sets on Turntable.FM or in coded clues based on the nautical flag system. To help build anticipation for the fall festival they host a summer aqua olympics at Fiesta Gardens with paddle-board jousting and tug o’ war. If Transmission actually holds a real press conference, it usually involves bad suits and power-point presentations graphing the growth of their awesomeness. “It was always about the ideas more than writing the check,” Moody explains. “When you don’t have the financial resources you’re forced into creativity, which is what we prefer anyways. If we can fight on those terms we feel like we can do pretty well.” The strategy is paying off. This year Transmission doubled their staff, signed a lease on a larger office space under construction next to the old post office on East 6th, and set the groundwork for a new 1500-person-capacity club on East 6th and Brushy. With the larger staff they’ve expanded their focus beyond booking and put more emphasis on event production services like location scouting, backline capabilities, and promoting shows in other cities. They’ve also begun to work more actively with ACL Live’s Moody Theater (no relation), a natural pairing since Transmission’s financial partner Beau Armstrong also has a stake in the venue. The ACL alliance has, Moody says, “peanut butter and jellied” together the two companies’ staffs, giving Transmission more marketing resources and allowing them to continue to book acts that they’ve supported for years but who have grown too big for any of their other venues. In terms of the city’s overall growth the pair remain enthusiastic and optimistic. “The promise of Austin was this thing where you get to park your car and see multiple shows in one night,” Moody says. “That was always the mystery of what Austin could offer compared to other cities.” He doesn’t see the Waller Creek development threatening that, citing city planning promises to maintain Red River as a music district and capitol view corridors as a defense against the encroachment of condos. “Things move around,” says Williams. “The Drag used to be the hip place where all the kids saw bands, South Congress used to be all crack heads and hookers. If things really do change, there will be a new Red River.” If that change happens, Transmission will be there. 64 december 2013 tribeza.com “ When you don’ t have the financial resources you ’re forced into creativit y, which is what we prefer anyways.” tribeza.com december 2013 65 “I thought, ‘ why am I doing things I don’ t want to do? Why am I worried about doing things that aren’ t important to me?’” 66 december 2013 tribeza.com fas hion d e s i g n e r By lauren smith ford gail chovan She’s fought for her life. She’s fought for her childrens’ lives. And now, she’s doing things the only way she knows how—her own. It all started with an email invitation. Fashion design- The store was thriving, so she opened a space next door to Blackmail called Vivid. She got pregnant with twins in 2004, and then, as she says, “everything got crazy.” Her twins were born prematurely at 26 weeks in September of 2005. They weighed just two pounds. They were airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital and had health issues from the start, so the surgeries began—heart, brain, eye. Between them, the twins had 21 different surgeries in the first year of their lives. After a few weeks, the twins were diagnosed with congenital toxoplasmosis, which left her daughter (Zelda) blind and both children with brain shunts. Then, just three years later, Chovan was diagnosed with breast cancer. “When I was diagnosed, I felt I could handle it because nothing compared to what my kids went through,” she says. “I am just going to face this because my kids had showed me how much they can withstand.” One of Chovan’s sisters and her mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer around the same time she was. She finished eight months of chemo and radiation in July of 2009 and had both her breasts and ovaries removed, but you will never hear her say she beat it. “I don’t believe anyone is cancer-free. It’s just not active right now. I never celebrate a ‘cancer-versary’…I don’t give it the power. I only refer to it with a little c,” she says. “The most important thing to me is to keep fighting for my kids.” After all of these challenges and the sudden death of her father, everything changed for Chovan. “I thought, ‘why am I doing things I don’t want to do? Why am I worried about doing things that aren’t important to me?’” She knew what she had to do—find a way to spend more time in France, the place she fell in love with on a high school trip when she was 15. So, she packed her bags and moved to Paris for the summer with her twins to teach design courses. “Everyone thought I was crazy…but I said I was going to do it, and I don’t just say shit and not do it,” she says, taking one last bite of her cronut. “I need to be in France, I need to be with people that I love, who support me. I need to be doing what I like to do…life is too short.” tribeza.com december er Gail Chovan was going to present Aesthetic Ghosts, her Spring 2014 collection. There was a date and time, but the location was “to be revealed.” It felt exciting…and mysterious, two feelings that the chic and almost always clad-in-black Chovan is a master of evoking to her devoted sea of followers. From the West Austin moms at the local elementary where her children go to school to the many interns she has had from the UT fashion design program, people are fascinated by Gail Chovan. A week later, I was driving down East 5th Street looking for Delta Millworks, a lumberyard by day and the unexpected location for tonight’s fashion show. It was dark, but we knew we were in the right place—our path was illuminated by a single light, a neon sight that read FASHION SHOW. With an overwhelming, but delightful smell of cedar in the air, the show began amongst the candlelit sawmills and rusted industrial size fans. Fourteen structured looks made of open weave linen and laser-cut velvet in hues of cream, grey, and maroon went down the runway. The crowd of over 300 people rose to their feet in cheers as Chovan walked down the runway with her stylish 8-year-old son, Creed, as the grand finale to the show. I met up with Chovan after the show at the studio on South First Street that she shares with her husband of 15 years, neon sign artist Evan Voyles. It was noon, and she needed a “cronut,” a melt-in- your-mouth donut meets croissant, from La Patisserie next door. Breakfast for lunch, opening a boutique that only sells black, leaving a Master’s program in French Literature for fashion design school—Chovan knows who she is. She came to Austin in 1995 and worked as the manager and buyer for Tesoros Trading Company before opening Blackmail in the fall of 1997. “My dad gave me $2,000 to put down for the deposit, and Evan fronted me the money to stock the store,” she remembers. “We drove all over West Texas together buying black.” Blackmail first opened on South Lamar and after four years, moved to its current location on Congress, where Chovan and Voyles immediately bought the house behind it. 2013 67 pub lishe r s, Com m u ni t y i m pact ne ws pa p er john & jennifer garrett An old-school approach to printing the news To thrive in today’s media landscape, companies are con- By dan gentile with his slingshot.” And although the goal isn’t to topple these other publications, Community Impact’s ammunition has proven strong enough to grow it into a serious player in the local landscape. While juggling the responsibilities of raising three young daughters, John and Jennifer have expanded the company to a staff of 100 that publish unique editions in 15 regions throughout Central Texas, Houston, and Dallas. They now have a robust web presence and a weekly email version, but the priority is still on the physical product. They send out one million newspapers per month and issues often top 60 pages. “We’re the post office’s best friend,” Jennifer jokes. When asked how their print publication has managed to thrive contrary to digital media trends, John seems to relish the question. “A lot of people think that digital is the future, but I just don’t see how local news is going to be done well digitally. We can’t build a business based on someone searching Google to find out when 183 will be done. We think that that kind of news has to be delivered to us. And if it’s done right, we’ll look at it. It’s not that people are sick of paper, the phone is just more convenient.” million in 2013. But if you look under the hood, their advertising model actually has more in common with Google Ads than one might think. Small businesses that can’t afford a full ad in their local edition can advertise via inserts that target the specific postal routes surrounding their businesses. “We’ll sometimes have 21 versions of the same paper,” says John. “There aren’t many places in the US anymore where people can do what we do at the carrier route level.” The newspaper’s ability to fill such hyper-local niches has resulted in a wealth of community success stories. Business profiles have revitalized struggling Mom and Pop restaurants and land development reporting has kept at least one family from literally selling their farm, but perhaps the most powerful aspect of Community Impact is its ability to harness the oldschool power of print to rally a growingly disconnected populace around what’s happening in their own backyard.“There’s never been a better time to be in this business,” John says. “When people ask ‘where do you get your news,’ we want them to say Community Impact. We cannot compete with the digital world and I don’t really want to. That’s not really where it’s at.” j e n n i f e r : d r e s s b y n i c o l e m i l l e r , $ 4 1 0 , ava i l a b l e at j u l i a n g o l d stantly reinventing the way they create, package, and deliver content. But while publishers scramble to optimize their products for iPhone consumption and Facebook traction, Pflugerville natives John and Jennifer Garrett of Community Impact Newspaper focus on entirely different mobile and social strategies: postal route carriers and conversations between neighbors. The husband-and-wife team launched the monthly print edition of Community Impact in 2005. John’s sales experience at the Austin Business Journal convinced skeptical advertisers and Jennifer’s acumen for human resources and accounting balanced the books. “He’s more extroverted, I’m more introverted,” Jennifer explains of their working relationship. “It’s never a battle because our personalities are so complementary.” With editorial guidance from John’s high school journalism teacher Cathy Kincaid (who now serves as executive editor), the first issue was delivered to the mailboxes of 60,000 residents of Round Rock and Pflugerville, just as those areas were being transformed by a series of new toll roads. “Most of the other publications were talking about the debate over whether we should have toll roads, but they were already being built, so all everyone wanted to know was where they were going and how much they were going to cost,” John says. “We were the first to actually publish the entry and exit ramps.” The no-nonsense approach to hyper-local journalism has struck a chord with readers. Instead of coloring civic news with opinion or industry jargon, Community Impact prides itself on delivering a non-biased and easy-to-understand solution to today’s media glut. And rather than clutter up email inboxes or fight for bandwidth, the monthly paper went all-in on a decidedly old-school direct mail strategy. “We write the paper so everyone can understand it,” Jennifer says. “And since everyone gets it in the mail, it makes it easy for the community to know what’s going on rather than just the insiders.” This underdog mentality led the company to adopt the myth of David and Goliath into their mission statement. “We’re David, we’re small,” says John. “The Statesman, The Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, these are giants. David wasn’t scared of Goliath because he knew what he could do Community Impact’s print gamble has paid off, with revenue over $12 68 december 2013 tribeza.com â€œA lot of people think that digital is the future, but I just donâ€™ t see how local news is going to be done well digitally.â€? tribeza.com december 2013 69 â€œI wanted to keep money in the communit y, create an environment where people can have a better experience, and increase their qualit y of life.â€? 70 december 2013 tribeza.com Chef/Ow n e r , Ed e n Ea s t & H i lls i d e Farmac y sonya Coté The chef and champion for local food brings the table to the farm. By Meredith Bethune According to Sonya Coté, restaurants should be a true reflection and catering companies in the Dallas area. Eventually she noticed, “people started to come to my art shows to eat the food, not look at the art.” Coté left Dallas in 2003, moving to Austin with a teenager and $600 in her pocket. For years, she had nursed a dream to open a bed and breakfast, so she jumped at an opportunity to work at a boutique hotel and restaurant in Fredericksburg. Ultimately, though, she grew bored with small town life and returned to Whole Foods—this time in Austin. On a company trip to San Francisco, she toured farms and learned about local food, and while in the airport waiting to return to Texas, Coté found a copy of the book Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee. Inspired by the pioneer of California cuisine and local food, she vowed to adhere to a similar ethos in her cooking. “I wanted to keep money in the community, create an environment where people can have a better experience, and increase their quality of life,” she remembers. Another chance encounter lead Coté to become executive chef at East Side Showroom after running into the restaurant’s co-owner Mickie Spencer, an old friend from Dallas. Although at that point Coté had been cooking professionally for years, she had to overcome a steep learning curve, working 12-hour days nearly every day of the week. Despite the challenges, Chef Coté became a local food champion while working at the Showroom. “I was Glenn’s first customer ever,” she says proudly, referring to Glenn and Paula Foore of Springdale Farm. “I hated leaving, I just wanted to hang out there all the time.” That feeling was the impetus to open Eden East earlier this year, explaining, “I wanted to help the farmers, so why not pay them rent?” Coté now spends most of her weekday afternoons at this restaurant on the farm, prepping for the weekend, and making stocks and pickles. Opening a fine dining restaurant on a farm could sound overly romantic to some, but Chef Coté insists the process only took about six months from the initial concept to fruition. According to her, “Opening a hotel gave me the stamina... It’s a piece of cake to open a restaurant.” tribeza.com december of the chef. Then you could say that her latest venture, Eden East, unquestionably embodies her personal dedication to community. Occupying one of Austin’s loveliest settings, the unique dining concept is set at Springdale Farm, where diners enjoy a prix fixe, locally-driven menu of “elevated comfort food” under a canopy of twinkling lights hanging from oak trees. Both Eden East and Coté’s other restaurant, the French-influenced Hillside Farmacy, represent her “commitment to work with the best possible ingredients, and that’s usually local,” she says, which, in the case of Eden East, means that most of the vegetables are harvested just mere feet away. “Basing a menu on the ingredients is a big challenge,” Coté admits, yet she considers, for example, developing 15 ways to use sweet potato or fennel a cherished learning experience. She explains, “I don’t want to do things that are on any other menu. I don’t want to just recreate masterpieces.” Fans of Coté’s stylish cuisine might be surprised that punk rock was the catalyst that brought her to Texas. “I ran away from home when I was fifteen,” she recalls, “I then traveled with a band of wild punk rockers. They were my community.” Perhaps she had left behind her large Italian family in Rhode Island to recapture the spirit of her early childhood on a transcendental meditation commune in Iowa. According to Coté, her father “rescued” her three years later, but her eyes twinkle as she recalls her adventures with the other children there, saying wistfully, “we were a band of wild children.” In Dallas, Coté married young at age 18, and becoming a mother forced her to abandon her self-described “gypsy tendencies,” working at Whole Foods as a graphic artist while also attending art school. The job provoked “such a craving for food knowledge because it’s endless, like art,” Coté explains. “You can never know everything about food.” Her newfound interest motivated her to apprentice with several different chefs 2013 71 capital facto ry By tolly moseley Joshua BAer The entrepreneurial guru next door’s pledge to create solutions for the Austin start-up community. When the elevator doors open to Capital Factory, the first he soon founded Other Inbox, an email filtering and organizing service. This was 2008, and heralded by a big launch at TechCrunch, Other Inbox quickly developed a partnership with Yahoo!. Baer sold it after three years, but on the side, he was already hatching a new vision: a downtown Austin co-working hub, where entrepreneurs and small companies could open up shop and mingle with their kind. Capital Factory opened its doors in 2009. “Capital Factory is meant to be the entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin,” Baer says. He’s not kidding: There are 200 companies on Capital Factory’s roster, many of them brand-new. The co-working space also helped create the Capital Factory Mentors, “about 50 of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and executives in Austin,” Baer explains. These include folks like Mellie Price, founder of Front Gate Tickets, and Jonathan Coon, founder of 1-800-Contacts. From becoming a young startup’s first angel investor to sharing industry contacts, it’s a powerful mentorship group—a group Baer aims to double in size by next year. When asked about Capital Factory’s success stories, Baer shares examples of companies and founders poised to make substantial profits. But, he notes, “many of these people who have financial success see solutions—and problems—in many other areas, too. Now they have the financial independence and resources to let them focus on problems that don’t provide the same kind of financial upside.” He tells me about Dan Graham at BuildASign, who runs a program giving free signs to families welcoming home soldiers from overseas. Guava, another Capital Factory resident, teaches low-income workers financial responsibility and helps them save money with a mobile app, which ties to their bank account and teaches them good financial habits. For Baer, these kinds of organizations are revolutionary because of the way they approach problems. Their leaders think differently than the rest of us do. That’s because instead of the problem, they become obsessed with the solution. “Entrepreneurs are such awesome, fascinating, interesting people,” Baer says, excitement coloring his voice. “They are, by definition, out there changing the world. And they’re the ones making it work better, and faster, and cheaper.” thing you notice is a distinct hum—the kind that suggests productivity. Furrowed-brow employees march back and forth, iPads in-hand, while small meetings gather at giant picture windows. An industrial space tricked out with modern design and gadgets aplenty, it’s almost like walking into a very hip alien spaceship. At the center of it all is Joshua Baer, Capital Factory’s founder. Between creating a 500-person co-working space largely focused on tech startups and quietly investing two million dollars in over 150 companies (including Alamo Drafthouse, Greenling, and Outbox), Baer has become something of an entrepreneur’s guru. In fact, his Twitter profile (which depicts him addressing Barack Obama) reads, “I help people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs.” That’s probably because Baer has been starting companies since he was a teenager. Baer’s story reads like a less scandalous version of Mark Zuckerberg’s. In the mid-‘90s, he created a tech startup in his college dorm room (one of the first email hosting companies); his first customer paid him $50/month. By the time he graduated, the company was banking a couple hundred thousand dollars in revenue. “As a college kid, I couldn’t afford to buy any software for my computer, so I applied for all of these beta programs trying to get free software,” Baer says, recalling the olden Internet days when beta wasn’t synonymous with “free,” and email was a hot new commodity. “I applied for this email server not even knowing what it was, and got accepted. Obviously no one else important was applying for it, because I was this college kid with very little to offer.” With his shiny new $500 piece of software in hand, Baer read the manual, and—presumably because no one else did—quickly became an expert. Soon, he was answering people’s questions online, and got so adept he built an email hosting service for it: one of the first email hosting services. This helped him get recruited by Trilogy Development Group in Austin when he graduated in 1999, and—it being the height of the tech boom—he jumped in with both feet, taking his company, SKYLIST, with him. At 30, Baer sold this company, but not one to sit on his proverbial laurels, 72 december 2013 tribeza.com â€œCapital Fac tory is meant to be the entrepreneurial center of gravit y in Austin,â€? tribeza.com december 2013 73 â€œI have always felt like being open about what we are trying to achieve gets you so much closer to the end goal , rather than being secretive.â€? 74 december 2013 tribeza.com ceo, fo u r ha n ds h o m e By lauren smith ford matthew briggs Fearless Leader—a South African’s quiet confidence and bold decision-making has helped this global company rise to the top of the troubled furniture industry. Matthew Briggs isn’t your cliché CEO —he would choose to achieve gets you so much closer to the end goal, rather than being secretive.” Briggs got started in furniture serendipitously because of his deep-seeded love of business, a knack he discovered he had at his first job in South Africa—bagging bottles at a liquor store for tips only. He grew up right in the middle of the Apartheid and by the time he was 17, he had never left the country. “Crazy stuff happens in the Third World…it doesn’t have the order that the U.S. has,” he says. “When you grow up on the southern tip of Africa, you know you are at the opposite end of the world. It was an amazing childhood, but we always felt excluded from so much.” The country didn’t have television until well in to his childhood, but he loved movies like Saturday Night Fever and Grease, which left him hungry for an adventure to America. At 17, he applied for a student exchange program. He spent a year in Central Illinois, and fell in love with Colorado on two visits during that year. He returned to South Africa for four years of University. Post-graduation, he signed up for an MBA program, but he felt the mountains calling him back, so he took a job as a photographer at a ski resort in Breckinridge, Colorado. It was in Colorado at age 26 that he came into the furniture business—importing from Mexico. He became interested in Indian antiques, and met Brett Hatton, the founder of Four Hands. Briggs was a client of the company’s for four years, and when he grew tired of the mountain life, he sold his business and Hatton offered him a job. Before moving to Austin, in his first four years in the U.S., he went without ever buying anything larger than what he could fit in a suitcase, unsure whether he could warm up to the idea of living here forever. Today, the now-father of three couldn’t be happier with his wife, Sage, and their life in Austin. The day of our interview, it was announced that Briggs led a management buyout of the company, making him its majority shareholder. So with this, I had to ask, what’s next? “Aggressive growth is in the DNA of this company,” he says. “When I hear people say, ‘my company is about as big as I want it to be.’ I say, ‘what the hell are you talking about?’ Aggressive growth is always a part of our plan.” As I leave, the CEO has one request: “Please, leave the door open.” tribeza.com december jeans over a suit any day of the week, he prefers reading Malcolm Gladwell to Jack Welch, he runs an open financial books policy and during the economic downturn of 2007, he took an aggressive stance, buying up real estate and securing better designers and suppliers on the product side, resulting in significant growth for the international company. “At that time, I preached that the whole downturn would produce as much opportunity as it would obstacles,” he says. “I took the attitude of ‘I am not going to hunker down, try to survive, and wait around to die…let’s just go for it.’” And that he did—Briggs became the CEO in 2009 and since then, the company’s revenue is up over 250 percent. “The biggest misconception is that people come in the store or attend a warehouse sale and assume that Four Hands is an Austin furniture store… but the reality is that we are an international, North American-based wholesale distributor,” he says. Behind a discreet door at the back of the Four Hands store location on Woodward is the company’s corporate headquarters, where over 100 people are working with retail clients like Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and West Elm. The 12,000-square-foot Austin showroom may seem sprawling, but it isn’t the company’s largest—the High Point, North Carolina space is 36,000 square feet, and they also have showrooms in Las Vegas and Atlanta, as well as offices in China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. As the CEO of a global company, Briggs’ days start early or end late with international phone calls, and he is often on a plane. But he still finds time to oversee the product team and to lead the company’s “young, fun, casual, but very serious about the right things about work” culture. Employees enjoy perks like a generous profit-sharing program, health insurance and 401K, comp days, and lots of happy hours. They also have the option to buy any piece of furniture at cost, use it for as long as they like and trade it in for another one. “I think it’s just cowardice that other furniture companies don’t do it,” he says. “I don’t know how you can get your employees excited about your product if they never use it!” Briggs is open with the company about the financial performance and company goals. He says, “I have always felt like being open about what we are trying 2013 75 Executiv e D i r ecto r , S u s tain a b le F o od C e nt e r By leigh patterson ronda rutledge Eight years ago, she was hired to find a new executive director for Austin’s Sustainable Food Center. Little did she know the perfect candidate would be herself. “Today is one of those days where, no I haven’t checked my think largely due to my experience and heritage, I am very much about what we are doing to our environment; food production is a huge part of that. From land use to water quality, air quality to the way animals are treated… that all spoke to me from this organization and from my own native beliefs of us being in symbiosis with this planet.” As the Executive Director, Rutledge plays a largely policy-driven role: taking speaking engagements and getting involved in big-picture conversations. As of October, she is the chair of the Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board, where, she says, she makes recommendations to the city about ways to make it easier for people to grow their own food in Central Texas. The SFC’s own work, Rutledge explains, falls into three categories: how do you grow food, how do you share it, and how do you prepare it. In each of these facets, the organization has projects, from starting community gardens and farmers’ markets to its current focus, Sprouting Healthy Kids, which allows the SFC to act as a matchmaker between a local grower and a cafeteria so there can be farm-fresh produce going into school cafeterias. The only farm-to-school project in Central Texas, SHK started six years ago on two campuses and is now on 50 campuses in the Austin area. The new brickand-mortar Center will also serve as HQ for its cooking classes and workshops, which are free for low-income communities and offer instruction on anything from breaking down a chicken to ideas for healthy kids’ lunches. And with waiting lists for each of the SFC’s programs as well as many of the local CSAs not able to meet customer demand, the SFC’s biggest goal for the future is coming up with ways to increase food production, be it in Austin or through program replication trainings throughout the country. “This isn’t a foodie movement,” Rutledge says, an important distinction to make in understanding the SFC’s role. “We work with lots of restaurants and markets, but we are also talking about families that are growing food because that’s what’s going onto their family’s plate. That’s the cheapest, most accessible, healthiest food for their families. We are trying create a more sustainable solution for food security by giving people tools, training, and empowerment to learn how to create habits for themselves and their family for the long haul.” email,” Sustainable Food Center Executive Director Ronda Rutledge says. “Right now, I’m just here trying to find a pen.” From her desk at the SFC’s new offices, Rutledge is talking about the whirlwind-of-a-six months the organization has had. For one, despite existing in some capacity for nearly 40 years, until June they were the Sustainable Food Center without the center. Now, almost at the end of a $4.5 million project that put the SFC on the literal map, they are back to work from their new building in the Chestnut neighborhood off East MLK and Airport Blvd. “It’s been a dream come true because it puts us right in the middle of our client base, most of which live east of IH-35,” Rutledge says. One organization in a “Social Profit Village” housing a likeminded set of nonprofits and start-ups, including People Fund, Urban Roots, Eco Rise, and (in the near future) Creative Action, the development is phase three in the ambitious Chestnut Plaza project originally started by former Dell Chief Financial Officer Tom Meredith. Situated on a donated 30-acre tract the Meredith family bought from the Featherlite Concrete Company, the project was conceived with the intention of working with the East Austin community to transform the former industrial wasteland into a collaborative, self-sufficient neighborhood. In 2006, Meredith’s son Will and partner Tom Patton took over the project, expanding its vision to include (phase one) Chestnut Commons, a four-acre, 64-home subdivision, (phase two) a Cap Metro rail line, and eventually (phase four), the development of the rest of the land, which will include a community garden, park, amphitheatre, skatepark, and a commercial/retail space. Rutledge, who is Cherokee, worked for the American Indian Child Resource Center in the Bay Area, and nine years ago moved to Texas to be closer to family. Knowing she wanted to stay involved in nonprofits, Rutledge became an “affiliate consultant” for Greenlights, a role that positions seasoned executive directors in nonprofits who have lost administrators, allows them to assess the status of the organization, and find someone permanent to fill the position. “I wasn’t supposed to stay at the Sustainable Food Center,” Rutledge explains. “But the organization resonated with me—actually from an environmental standpoint. I 76 december 2013 tribeza.com “ This isn’ t a foodie movement.” tribeza.com december 2013 77 â€œ This rhy thm and compliment of commissioning both new work and temporary projec ts, I hope, will entice our communit y to return to L aguna Gloria frequently.â€? 78 december 2013 tribeza.com p h oto g r a p h by b i l l s a l l a n s Execut i ve D i r ecto r , The Co n te m p o ra ry Au s t i n Louis Grachos From the front lines of the Contemporary Austin, an intention to integrate art in the city On a recent afternoon, Louis Grachos sat behind his long desk, By s. kirk walsh house for exhibition space and orchestrated a highly successful international biennial. Upon arriving in Austin, Gracho’s primary task was coming up with a new name and identity for the museum. For this undertaking, he and his staff teamed up with DJ Stout at Pentagram to devise a new identity that is both clear and concise. And with the recent generous grant of $9 million from the Marcus Foundation, Grachos will have the resources to curate and shape a new vision for Laguna Gloria’s 12-acre grounds, with its 1916 Italianate-style villa, and transform it into a striking sculpture park. During the next decade, a series of commissioned artworks—both permanent and temporary—will also be created for the site. “This rhythm and compliment of commissioning both new work and temporary projects, I hope, will entice our community to return to Laguna Gloria frequently,” Grachos says. Currently, as a part of the development of Laguna Gloria, Grachos and his team, along with Frederick Steiner, Dean of the Architecture School at the University of Texas, are conducting a search for a landscape architect. In addition, Grachos is looking to other great sculpture parks around the country and world for inspiration. For example, he plans to visit the deCordova Scuplture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the Kröller-Müller Museum in The Netherlands. “As we move forward, we’ll continue the research with the selected architect and come up with a master plan,” Grachos explains. “I think Laguna Gloria deserves it. It’s been, in my opinion, under-utilized. We want to integrate all of this into a great experience for visitors.” The Contemporary already has several curatorial commissions in the works: Orly Genger will be installing an enormous piece constructed from her trademark, repurposed lobster-fishing ropes, in the outdoor amphitheater at Laguna Gloria. A new show, “A Secret Affair,” will revolve around figurative art and include works by artists, such as Mark Quinn, Jim Hodges, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizo Cattelan, and Juan Munoz. There will also be a two-venue show with work by Do-Ho Suh, an internationally renowned Korean artist. During the coming years, Grachos plans to be a vibrant and strong collaborator in the local art community. “What I have learned and enjoyed seeing is the strength and the new wave of the artist collective,” he says, referencing local spaces like Co-Lab Projects and MASS Gallery. “There is a lot of great energy out there—and we really want to be involved and engaged with that culture.” tribeza.com december his hands carefully folded over each other, in his shared office configured out of a former storage/studio space at the rear of the Jones Center on Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. A vibrant Sol LeWitt drawing, “Wavy Horizontal Lines” (1996), hangs on the wall behind him. The nine-foot-long drawing— countless ribbons of brilliant colors—is at once an elegant study of fluid movement, inherent order, and quiet chaos. In January, Grachos was hired as the Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin to lead the new configuration of Austin’s contemporary art museum—the merging of the Jones Center (formerly called Arthouse) and Laguna Gloria into a single artistic institution. “The exciting opportunity was taking the two organizations and coming up with a vision for a future,” Grachos explains. “That was so attractive to me as a project. How do we think about growing in the future? How will we contribute to the Austin community?” Grachos has worked in the arts field since he graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in art history in 1979 and then completed a post-doctoral year at New York University. His passion and appreciation for art started at an early age when he attended Roden Public School in Toronto. “In those days, we were very strongly tied to the Commonwealth,” he explains. As a result, as a young student, Grachos had teachers who were from all of the Commonwealth, such as Australia, Pakistan, and Scotland. “I was lucky enough to have an Australian teacher who was wonderful in terms of sparking my interest in art,” he remembers. Field trips included treks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, artists’ studios, commercial galleries, and museums throughout the Great Lakes’ region. “It was the first grade when I saw a still-life painting, ‘Jar of Apricots,’ by Jean-Siméon Chardin at the Art Gallery of Ontario,” Grachos remembers. “I see that painting every time I visit that museum. People still don’t believe it because most of my career has been in the contemporary arts.” Most recently, Grachos served ten years as the executive director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Last year, the museum celebrated its 150-year anniversary and is often regarded as one of the country’s great modern collections. “Being the steward of the history and that collection and advancing the museum at the same time with new acquisitions was thrilling,” he says. Grachos likens his new role to leading a start-up, like when he was first hired as the director of SITE Santa Fe, where he led the renovation of a ware- 2013 79 natural adaptations b y r a m o n a f lu m e | p h oto g r a p h y b y c a s e y d u n n | s t y l i n g b y a da m f o r t n e r 80 december 2013 tribeza.com The Battles’ front door, a contained splash of emerald green amidst the all-white exterior, was a trade-off: Ryan is colorblind and wants “loud, bold colors all over the place,” while Kim didn’t want their home turning into “a circus.” An inventive A u s t i n co u p l e r e n o vat e d h i s to r i c a l Clarksville h o m e to s u i t a modern, s u s ta i n a b l e lifestyle The morning light struck the front façade of the Clarksville home like a well-timed spotlight on a movie set, illuminating a radiant-white Greek Revival cottage, complete with a classic pitched roof and dormers and symmetrical front porch. Austin architect Hugh Randolph of Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects had never seen the house before that 2010 autumn morning, but he was overjoyed with his decision to cut through Clarksville’s Palma Plaza to avoid Enfield Road traffic. And the most exciting aspect of the idyllic 1930s home that looked to be in excellent condition? A “For Sale” sign planted in the front yard of the corner lot. Randolph immediately thought of his clients, Ryan and Kim Battle, who were currently living with their two young daughters in a modern Tarrytown home he designed, but had recently started looking for a smaller, older home to renovate in Clarksville to accommodate a more sustainable lifestyle. That first “For Sale” sighting proved to be fateful. Just six weeks later, the Battles signed on the home and began outlining their unique redesign vision with Randolph at the helm. replicate the original façade, but Kim stopped me and said the front porch was all the tradition she could handle,” Randolph says. “That’s when I had the real “Aha” moment of the project.” The Battles didn’t want to bury the past; they wanted to build upon it. Especially when they began to uncover the unique story behind the Clarksville home. Ryan was particularly interested in the house’s history—tracking down the original blueprints and discovering the architect, Hilda Urbantke, a UT architecture grad who designed the home (with her older sister, Elsie, overseeing construction) for their family in 1935. “Ryan really thought of the design in the larger context of history,” Randolph says. “He saw his family as the current keepers of the house, who wanted to add parts of themselves, but also continue the spirit of Hilda.” Randolph realized this wouldn’t be an overly reverential historic redesign. It would be a unique evolution of design adaptations (some subtle, some bold) that would honor the past while, at the same time, move the space into the future. A Historic Foundation The Battles were initially drawn to the home’s original aesthetic, but quickly realized they didn’t want to replicate the past. “When we first started the process, I proposed adding another porch on the adjacent street side to Evolutions and Adaptations Over the course of the next year, Rudolph and general contractor, Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes, essentially stripped the house to its studs, installing a new roof, four feet higher than the original, to accommodate tribeza.com december 2013 81 “[ we wanted the house to be] something that showed the history of the owners, old and new, like rings on a tree.” - hugh randolph 82 december 2013 tribeza.com The front living room’s brick chimney is the only original material still located in its original place. “We saw it as a real time capsule,” Randolph says. “Something that showed the history of the owners, old and new, like rings on a tree.” a small second story for their daughters’ bedrooms. Distinctly modern dormers replaced the originals and other modestly-sized windows were expanded to maximum sizes, allowing natural light to flood in through panoramic panes, especially in the kitchen. But despite new construction, original materials were not discarded or forgotten. The Battles were passionate about the preservation and adaptable reuse of the home’s historic materials (like shiplap walls, exposed steel, and worn redbrick chimney), but wanted them to exist within a more modern space. Once new spaces and dimensions were adjusted to the Battles’ specifications, original materials were reinstated, just in slightly different locations. The front living room’s brick chimney is the only original material still located in its original place. The Battles were charmed by the redbrick centerpiece and thought it created a natural hearth around which the whole house could revolve. But there was one slight adaptation: The chimney had to be extended to accommodate the new, higher roof, leaving a visible line where the original and new brick meet—a noticeable “watermark of the past.” “We saw it as a real time capsule,” Randolph says. “Something that showed the history of the owners, old and new, like rings on a tree.” The team decided to showcase it as an archeological artifact, with a large skylight installed directly overhead, encasing the column of bricks in a radiant shower of natural light, like a museum display case. It’s a fitting tribute to the past, but while the façade and entry remain fairly traditional, the distinct personality of the Battles—a delightful juxtaposition of new and old, modern and ret- During construction, Randolph and his team uncovered “archeological artifacts,” like fingerprints from the home’s original contractors preserved on the shiplap walls and other strange fossils, like a frying pan found hanging within one of the walls. tribeza.com december 2013 83 84 december 2013 The home’s façade remained fairly traditional, but the Battles’ distinct personality—a delightful juxtaposition of new and old, modern and retro— can be seen throughout the interiors, designed entirely by Kim. tribeza.com One of Kim’s favorite pieces, a black and white wallpaper design, entitled “All of Us” by the LA designer Pottok, is framed behind the kitchen’s hovering range hood. It’s an engaging mash-up of monochromatic individuals from all walks of life—a community which the Battles don’t mind watching over them as they cook their family meals. Ryan, in his backyard workshop with, Macon, his nine-year-old wheaten terrier. “He is constantly by my side,” Battle says. “Kim did a bunch of research on wheaten terriers before we got him to make sure their temperament was good with kids. He quickly turned into my ‘boy.’ Probably one of the best unintended consequences of my life.” ro—can be seen throughout the interiors, designed entirely by Kim. Despite a background in psychiatric nursing, she has a natural flair for cultivating contrasting, yet complementary spaces, characterized by colorful Scandinavian accents sourced from local boutiques like Nannie Inez, alongside antiques like the 1800s player piano in the family den. One of Kim’s favorite finds is framed behind the kitchen stove’s hovering range hood—a black and white wallpaper design, entitled “All of Us” by the Los Angeles designer Pottok. It’s an engaging mash-up of monochromatic individuals from all walks of life—a community which the Battles don’t mind watching over them as they cook their family meals. It’s just another daily reminder that “we’re all in this together,” as Ryan likes to say. A Home to House a Sustainable Life The small workshop in the backyard (formerly the garage) has also evolved into a space where Ryan, a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft with a lifelong passion for sustainable practices, works to build upon his personal and community-oriented passions. “We joke that I built the house so I could have the workshop,” he says. Ryan spent his first years in Austin volunteering for a local non-profit that created community gardens on undeveloped city lots. He’s also an avid cyclist and car-sharing supporter, but after a frustrating lack of options to safely store bikes within vehicles, like Car2Gos, he invented a lightweight bike rack designed to easily attach and detach from Car2Go vehi- 86 december 2013 tribeza.com “We all figure out what we want to be important in life and what we want to teach your kids,” Ryan says about his dedication to sustainable living. “And in Austin, it’s easy to think that way, because that is Austin… I feel like I adopted that in my approach to the house project and the bike rack.” The home’s traditional, modestly sized windows were replaced by larger panes to allow the maximum amount of natural light to filter into newly modernized spaces, like the master bathroom. “I just want to keep doing things that encourage other people to do better…for themselves or for their community.” - ryan battle cles. His “Free2Go” patent is now pending, with a Kickstarter campaign running until early December and initial design stages scheduled soon after. He has high hopes for his innovative bike rack and says it’s the first of many to be born from his new workspace. His family’s new home, featured in this November’s AIA Homes Tour, was an excellent way to exercise his passions in the hopes of inspiring others, but he tends to work best when juggling multiple projects. At the moment, he’s busy installing a front porch swing—an homage to the former owners’ favorite pastime. And the backyard, a xeroscaped space in between the house and workshop, will be the site of his latest vegetable garden, providing fresh ingredients for his Sunday ritual of cooking family meals, in addition to supplying neighborhood restaurants, like Cippolina, in the near future. “I just want to keep doing things that encourage other people to do better…for themselves or for their community,” Ryan says. “It might be a neighbor seeing how we’ve designed our house or someone starting an urban garden or a cyclist using the Free2Go rack to get to and from their shared car…. I just want to help people get there.” tribeza.com december 2013 87 Inspiration Board: The Alamo Drafthouse’’’s Tim and Karrie League When the Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim and Karrie League say something about film, everyone listens. Like, for example, in October when Tim accidentally started a viral pop culture news story after jokingly Tweeting that Madonna was banned from their theater until she apologized for texting up a storm during a recent screening. As founders of the Texas—and now national—moviehouse institution (not to mention their distribution company Drafthouse Films, or the countless events and festivals the company has started), the Leagues have created for filmgoers a business that doesn’t just bring movies to town, but does so in a way that contextualizes them in totally innovative and fun ways, be it through food pairings, live commentary, or movie marathons. And, big surprise: try topping the collection of inspirational objects and souvenirs they shared with us. Just like the company they started, it is an assembly of relics that is equal parts nostalgic, earnest, poignant, and very weird. 2013 was a year of expansion for the Drafthouse, as they opened eight new theaters, nearly doubling their size; in the works are outposts in Brooklyn and San Francisco. Yet amid this growth, for the Leagues, the message remains the same as it was from the theater’s humble beginnings in a former parking garage on 4th St. and Colorado: “[We are] making sure we don’t lose sight of what got us into this business in the first place: to have fun at the movies,” Tim says. Fortunately there’s no shortage of that: Tim’s highlight of the year? A Fantastic Fest event called Danger Gods, where, much to the chagrin of the fire department and the Drafthouse’s insurance carrier, “Legendary stuntmen from Hollywood set themselves on fire, wrecked cars in the parking lot, and jumped off the top of the theater.” b y l e i g h p a tt e rs on | pho to g raphy by bill sa lla ns 88 december 2013 tribeza.com tim & karrie’s Inspiration Board 1. 2. 3. 5. 4. 7. 8. 9. 6. 1. Handmade 12” Bowie knife: “Our Dallas franchise partner Bill Digaetano presented this knife [to us] on the occasion of the theater opening. We now use this to saber Champagne at all of our new store openings.” 2. Animal mask: “A movie prop from the horror movie “You’re Next,” [which] was produced by, stars, and was directed by Fantastic Fest veterans. It’s a reminder of the new breed of really smart and exciting genre filmmaking.” 3. My Life, My Dog, My Strength, Volume Two “In the Drafthouse Films release “Wrong,” the mysterious guru Master Chang has written a book instructing dog-owners in the art of metaphysically connecting with their dogs. Director Quentin Dupieux and Evan Husney from Drafthouse Films put together the actual book, which contains the script of the film along with the few pages that were written for the movie.” 4. Tae Kwon Do: Philosophy, History, Technique “Through the Drafthouse films release “Miami Connection,” we had the opportunity to get to know filmmaker and Tae Kwon Do master Y.K. Kim, who presented us with his book, a comprehensive manuscript of everything you ever wanted to know about Tae Kwon Do.” 5. Davy Crockett bust: “We named our theater the Alamo, so we have a small collection of Davy Crockett dolls. This one was 3-D scanned and blown up to create the larger-scale busts that flank the stairway at the Alamo Ritz.” 6. Farrah Fawcett heads: “Purchased off the shelf at Urban Outfitters when they were a lot smaller outfit. A reminder that some things should always be low-fi and goofy even as our company grows.” 7. Woman on toilet doll: “This is the most amazing gift we have ever received, from director Eugenio Mira who found it in a dollar store in Spain. It dances, sings, and makes rude toilet noises, all while carrying on a phone conversation. It is motion-activated and is our most prized possession.” 8. The Rock-afire Explosion manual: “A few years ago, Tim bought a complete Rock-afire Explosion band, which is currently in a state of disassembly in our basement. He has pledged to assemble and program the band so it can play for our two-year-old girls’ fifth birthday party.” 9. Moisture Measure: Karrie loves to garden, and has created a nice flower garden in our front yard. Tim also loves to garden, but prefers growing food. He has a greenhouse and several vegetable beds in the back yard. tribeza.com tribeza.com november december 2013 89 From left, Ashley, Roy, Mary, Shay and Courtney Spence all live by this advice: Find something you love and make a living doing that. The other thing Roy taught his children ad naseum, he says? Be kind. 90 december 2013 tribeza.com O nce they’d grown, Roy and Mary Spence’s children did something strange: They listened to their parents’ advice. “I’ve always told them it’s not what you want to do, it’s what you love to do,” says Roy, who co-founded fabled Austin ad agency GSD&M, and now serves as its chairman and CEO. “You can Courtney Spence, meanwhile, founded a nonprofit while just a sophomore at Duke University, based in part on her love of film. Fourteen years later, Courtney is at the helm of Students of the World, which has told the stories of more than 50 nonprofit organizations in more than 30 countries through film, photography, and journalism. Courtney says her interest in storytelling comes directly from her childhood with her father, who has also published three books. “Watching the Super Bowl, it would be more muting the game and watching the commercials, cheering and booing for spots,” she remembers. The Spence’s son, Shay, is in culinary school in New York City and hopes to eventually open a restaurant, perhaps back in Austin. And Mary started a haunted house nearly 20 years ago that has grown into such a production that next year she is looking to move into a commercial space downtown. “I think every parent eventually wants to be happy not for themselves anymore, but by watching their children and their friends build their own dreams,” Roy says. tribeza.com 2013 make a life and living doing what you love to do. And they just took us up on it.” The spirit of entrepreneurship that led Roy to found GSD&M the same year he graduated from UT is alive and well in his children: daughter Ashley opened Wanderlust LIVE Yoga downtown in 2012, after finding inspiration at the Wanderlust Festival, which brings together yoga and music in locales with breathtaking backdrops. Classes at Wanderlust are occasionally held on the rooftop or set to live music, and Ashley says “almost 100 percent” of what she’s doing now is inspired by her family, from her dad’s business sense to her mom’s longtime yoga practice. december 91 The Butler brothers Adam, left and Marty actually got their start in advertising with internships at GSD&M, co-founded by Roy Spence (see previous page). There they had chances to pitch to high-level executives, including Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher. A 92 The Butler Brothers dam and Marty Butler have run an advertising business together for more than 10 years. But if you ask them, they’ll tell you they’ve been negotiating over resources since 1974—the year Marty was born, and Adam started sharing a crib with him. Just 14 months apart, the Butler brothers now seem as expect from clients, how to draw boundaries,” Marty says. “It’s all come to roost in our business, which is really cool.” One of the business boundaries Marty and Adam have drawn is rather unusual: Though they didn’t start this way, the Butler Bros. company today only works with brands in whose mission they actually believe. Period. That means no selling big tobacco or sugar-laden sodas, but it has also meant getting out on the offensive: One recent PSA campaign for the Legacy Foundation exposed cigarette butts as toxic waste. Some of this change came about after the brothers lost their mother to pulmonary fibrosis. Then they both started having kids. For Adam, the philosophy is simple: “We will not sell anything that hurts someone else’s family. That’s our thing. Why would we treat someone else’s family worse than we treat our own?” close as twins. They share the same bright brown eyes, the same sense of humor, the same ability to charm and disarm anyone in the room. By ages eight and ten, they were helping their father run his prominent Austin painting company. “We didn’t go to business school,” Marty says. “We learned how to do business from him.” Not that they realized it back then. Their father would task them with painting the top of a cabinet, even though no one was going to see it. Now, looking back, the lessons are clear. “We learned about how to treat people, what to december 2013 tribeza.com Caroline Wright moved back in with her father Lawrence and mother Roberta after a stint in Paris in the fashion and art scenes. She painted in their garage, meanwhile getting encouragement from Lawrenceâ€™s artist friends. Her parents also framed her first painting, made when she was ten years old, of a cat, which Lawrence says â€œlooks like a New Yorker cover.â€? Caroline and Lawrence Wright tribeza.com december 2013 93 C Caroline and Lawrence Wright aroline Wright is an accomplished painter and performance artist; her father Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer-prize winning author and New Yorker staff writer. But on the chilly Sunday morning TRIBEZA met them, father and daughter ended up making music together in a sun-strewn living room, close to one another, reading the same piece of music and making their way through the piece together. Their other careers, at least for a few moments, faded away behind the sounds of piano, ukele, and Caroline’s high, honeyed voice. Lawrence took up piano at 38-and-a-half, with the goal of playing “Great Balls of Fire” on his 40th birthday. (He made it, and then some: Lawrence now plays keys with and fronts the Austin-based blues collective WhoDo.) Caroline took up ukulele a few years ago, playing her great-grandfather’s Gibson. This performance is a tribute to exactly the kind of family the Wrights are: People more interested in making things than consuming them, more interested in hobbies and passions than habits. Caroline is an adept ukulele player, an avid cyclist, a former yoga teacher, a cellist, and speaks easily and happily with her mother Roberta about gardening. She’s put on art performances at Ballet Austin and the Blanton Museum and Art and has a studio space on East Cesar Chavez. Lawrence, meanwhile, has published seven books, including The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. His most recent book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, out in January of this year, is based on a New Yorker profile he wrote of writer-director Paul Haggis. But Lawrence isn’t only a celebrated nonfiction writer. He’s also a playwright and a screenwriter (He co-wrote The Siege.) In 1992 he cofounded Capital Area Statues (CAST), which raises money to celebrate Austin’s culture and history through the building of sculptures. And though he’s long since learned enough to get him by, Lawrence still takes keyboard lessons from two-time Grammy winner Floyd Domino. “I’m going to take lessons until either Floyd or I die,” Lawrence says with a laugh. And then he and Caroline begin making more music together. T The Pipkin Family he Pipkin family, their many talents aside, is not very good at taking a serious photograph: Turk Pipkin won’t stop cracking jokes. His wife Christy seems full (nearly to bursting) with the kind of joie de vivre that makes her smile a permanent fixture on her face. And Lilly and Katie Rose, like all sisters, tend to make one another titter. They try hard to stare calmly into the camera, and Katie Rose says, “Come on, we’re creatives.” They laugh again. Turk and Christy Pipkin, together for 30 years, are a well-suited pair: He’s a writer and actor, and she worked for years as a producer. After years of work in TV and film, however, Christy and Turk, whose full resume reads something more like screenwriter, television writer, journalist, novelist, director, and actor, wanted to change their focus. Christy explains that her girls were growing up, growing curious about the world, and “asking questions that needed better answers.” At a party, then-12-year-old Katie Rose spent the better part of the evening peppering Nobel Prize-winning physicist and UT Professor Steven Weinberg with questions. Turk and Christy followed suit: They interviewed nine Nobel Laureates about the world’s biggest problems and from those interviews created the documentary film Nobelity. They then founded a nonprofit called The Nobelity Project, which works to advocate for children’s education and uses the power of film to create positive change. And yet after building the first high school in a rural area of Kenya, and travelling internationally, they still call Austin home. Both Katie Rose, a visual artist who just wrapped up a residency at the Joshua Highlands Residency in California, and Lilly, who is a Plan II honors student at UT and a symphony percussionist, also live in town, which means on any given evening, you just might be able to find the Pipkins—talking over one another, laughing, together. From left, Christy, Katie Rose, Turk, and Lilly Pipkin have travelled extensively together as a family, from Spain to Kenya, because of Christy and Turk’s nonprofit, called the Nobelity Project. The Project has opened an eye clinic in Nepal and worked extensively with schools in Kenya, completing everything from water purification projects to science labs. 94 december 2013 tribeza.com tribeza.com december 2013 95 10 years of by e l i z a b e t h w i n s lo w p h oto g r a p h y by andrew chan 96 december 2013 tribeza.com From the beginning: Tyson Cole, Uchi Chef and Co-owner, and Daryl Kunick, Co-owner, are pictured with Masazumi “Masa” Saio, Sushi Chef, and Brian “Jeli” Jelinek, server, both of whom have been with the restaurant from day one. A look back at what has given the beloved Austin restaurant its own flavor of legacy Legends don’t start out that way. It’s hard to imagine now, but ten years ago, Uchi was just a gleam in a sushi cook’s eye, just another new kid on the culinary block in Austin. When he opened Uchi in a little cottage on South Lamar, Tyson Cole had just left a post at Musashino’s sushi bar. Luckily for him, a sushi chef works in front of his customers, not in the back of the house. There, he met Daryl Kunick, who would become his business partner. “Daryl had been my customer for nine or ten years—we spent a ton of time talking about ideas and dreams, and Uchi grew out of that,” Cole remembers. “When we opened, I never imagined there would ever be anything more than just Uchi.” Cole’s restaurant empire now stretches from South Lamar to North Lamar and east all the way to Houston. Rather than a tendency towards megalomania, Cole keeps expanding in order to create a future for talented and loyal employees. “In the beginning, my vision was a sushi bar with amazing service, where the kitchen food was as good as or better than the sushi, but the essence was people.” As someone with a deep respect for the individtribeza.com december 2013 97 2003 Uchi opens on South Lamar with favorites Uchiviche, hamachili and Brie Tempura on the menu. 2005 Maguro Sashimi with Goat Cheese introduced to the Uchi menu. 2005 Executive Pastry Chef Philip Speer debuts dessert favorite Peanut Butter Semi Freddo. 2005 Chef and owner Tyson wins Food & Wine Top Ten Best New Chefs 2008 Chef Cole (and Chefs Speer and Qui) battle Morimoto on Ironchef America uals who are the soul of the restaurant, Cole knows they are going to want to grow and develop and move forward, so new restaurants offer opportunities for cooks and servers to move into management positions or to open new kitchens and dining rooms. Success didn’t come overnight at Uchi. In Cole’s view, it takes a restaurant three years to really hit its stride: “There’s so much pressure in the beginning, but it takes years and a lot of staff turnover to really come into its own. The people who stay are the ones who are really in it—then, about year three, the restaurant develops legs and takes off running.” From his vantage point of a decade in business, Cole “can walk into a restaurant and know instantly where it is in its development. It’s very apparent when a restaurant takes on that magical life of its own, but it’s not easy to get there,” he explains. “Uchi definitely had similar growing pains, and I can still empathize with everyone in years one through three. It’s hard work.” What’s it like to attempt to replicate a successful concept? “It’s certainly easier to open a restaurant when you already have a successful one that people can connect to,” Cole says, laughing. The expectations were high, but everything from funding to hiring was a whole lot easier the second and then the third time around. And while a first restaurant exists only as a vision in the mind of its creator, successive locations start with a vision that has become reality to many, and are built from an essence honed over time. “Uchi, Uchiko, and Uchi Houston all share an essence—from the beginning we established a culture that’s about people and likeability. We have always hired off personality first,” Cole explains, putting his finger on what makes all his restaurants so special, “It’s about people. Food is secondary.” This is not to say that the food is not very, very good—excellent, even. Cole was awarded the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef 98 december 2013 tribeza.com 2010 Uchiko opens on North Lamar 2011 Yokai Berry debuts on Uchiko menu 2011 Uchi the Cookbook is released 2011 Chef Cole wins James Beard Foundation Award, “Best Chef Southwest” 2012 Uchi Houston Opens 2013 Uchi restaurants team announces Dallas location 2013 Uchi hosts first Citywide 86’d competition Southwest in 2011; Uchi was named one of the top ten best new restaurants by GQ in 2011 and was identified this year by Bon Appetit as one of the 20 most important restaurants in the country along with a fistful of additional accolades from the press, the public, and peers along the way. From the Tempura Fried Twinkies on Uchi’s very first menu to today’s Jar Jar Duck with Candied, Citrus, Endive, and Applewood Smoke on the Uchiko menu, Cole’s vision has always combined excellence with an element of fun; his food never fails to surprise and delight, and we’re all the luckier that Uchi was born here. The real reach of Cole’s vision can’t be overstated—with his en- ergetic and generous encouragement, many Uchi staff have gone on to open kitchens of their own, taking with them an ingrained sense of playful excellence and commitment to people. And that dream in the young sushi chef ’s eye—the vision that believed Austin was ready for something edgier, more deliciously ambitious, creative, and authentic than anything we’d ever seen before? That vision spawned three restaurants and a cookbook, but more importantly, has influenced Austin’s culinary scene in myriad ways, setting a new bar for what kind of restaurants and cuisines can thrive, challenge, and inspire in this city. tribeza.com december “it’s all about people. food is secondary” - tyson cole 2013 99 M ov e r s a n d s h a k e r s. U p -a n d - co m e r s. N e w K i d s i n To w n . Call â€˜ e m w hat yo u w i ll , b u t w e p r e d i c t 2 0 1 4 w i ll b e a b i g y e a r fo r th i s g r o u p. P H O TO G R A P H Y B Y R A N DA L F O RD 100 december 2013 tribeza.com s h i r t b y G i t m an B r o s . , $ 1 4 8 , t i e b y J a c k Spa d e , $ 1 2 8 , b oth a v a i la b l e at S T A G aaron ross Professional BMX Rider In the high-flying, fast-paced world of BMX, a beloved veteran on the scene always makes time for helping others. Catch me up to speed on your year. What have you been working on? I pretty much spent the year traveling nonstop. I got out of the country for a bunch of different trips. I rode a lot of bikes, and saw a lot of cool places. I’ve done some volunteering in Austin with the Christian Outreach Foundation—hanging out with kids, helping with homework, and reading books. I am always talking back-and-forth with BMX kids through social media: I remember what it was like to be a little kid and being able to talk to someone that was a pro or who I looked up to, so I try to just put myself in their shoes. What new projects does 2014 hold for you? There are a few secret projects as of right now… Since it’s BMX, not everything is planned in advance…It just kind of comes up a month before. But, I’ve been traveling for about nine years now, so I’m sure it’ll just be another year [of] a lot of [that and] a lot of fun. What’s one thing in town you are really loving right now? The weather! You can’t ask for better weather to be outside. I play a lot of golf, tennis, and ride all kinds of bikes so this is perfect to be outside. What’s something I don’t know about your job? It never feels like a job. What has been the proudest moment of your career? I’ve been very lucky and there’s a lot highlights and accomplishments I’m really proud of. But being able to travel the world with my best friends riding a bicycle (I started riding when I was 11) is my favorite. I’m very appreciative of it all and look forward to more. tribeza.com december 2013 101 aisha burns musician The violinist in the local instrumental ensemble Balmorhea, Burns stepped out on her own this year to release “Life in the Midwater,” a nuanced and delicately-powerful folk album Burns has been quietly working on since 2010. Her first press? “Somehow the first thing that came out about the album was on NPR’s World Café,” Burns laughs. “So…good things are happening?!” Catch me up to date on your last year. Well, this time last year, I was in the thick of mixing “Life in the Midwater” with Michael Landon, who also engineered the record. The process was kind of drawn out, as I jumped out on the road with Balmorhea for a full U.S. tour literally a few days after I finished tracking. I spent the fall/winter getting the mixes done and moving through the stages of artwork with my designer Bethany Bauman. All the prep of getting the actual physical record together and finding people to help promote it always takes way longer than you originally imagine[…] What new projects does 2014 hold for you? I’m still figuring all of that out. I’m talking with some promoters about putting together a European tour in the spring…The year prior to this one was pretty rough for me, and had me moving around a lot. And between touring with Balmorhea, Idyl (another band I play violin in), and traveling on my own for work and play, I haven’t been home for more than three weeks at a time since early June. So as excited as I am to tour and share this record with everyone, I’m also really looking forward to being in Austin for a couple months and not going anywhere… What’s one thing in town you are really loving right now? I am obsessed with the migas taco at Veracruz All Natural. I have no idea what it is about this specific taco...but I find myself daydreaming about this thing. What has been the proudest moment of your career so far? Being featured on NPR’s World Café was exciting. That was the first piece of press for the record, and it appeared months before the record’s release. I listen to NPR pretty frequently, and I had no idea they were going to cover it like they did. It was a strange feeling to make the record and then keep it to myself for a year until all the prep work was done. I remember the day I heard that broadcast as the first time that the record felt real to me. 102 december 2013 tribeza.com Office Leasing & Sales Broker, ECR & President, Friends of the House Making deals and serving others in the community—it’s all in a day’s work for this young philanthropist. Catch me up to speed on your year. What have you been working on? Continued expansions of our home-grown companies and well as major corporate relocations have been keeping Austin’s office market intensely competitive. Friends of the [Ronald McDonald] House has had an astounding year by doubling our active membership as well the frequency of our very popular Speaker Series, held every other month. What new projects does 2014 hold for you? I will continue to serve in a support capacity to the Leadership Council for Friends of the House and focus efforts to strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations in Austin. I’m always looking for ways to connect people or organizations in need – whether it’s the right office space or a nonprofit they align with, I like a challenge. Tell me a story about the most fun you had in Austin this year. Participating in this years’ CharityBash Live Auction was an absolute blast. I developed the skill of putting together a large auction package, raised over $140,000 in one evening, and was there to give it all away a month later. What’s one thing in town you are really loving right now? Beyond my weekly bike rides out to the hill country, I’d have to say the Rooftop Architecture Film Series at the Contemporary Austin We became members this summer and I’m looking forward to putting the art major in me to good use! Wednesday nights, Dinner-For-Two picnics with a bottle of wine, and a few irreplaceable friends. What’s something I don’t know about your job? I’ve helped some incredible companies find office space— everything from horse farrier’s to drone helicopter manufacturers to law firms and job search engines. I meet new people on a daily basis and love learning about their businesses by producing a strategy for space needs and future growth. What has been the proudest moment of your career? patrick ley I feel fortunate to have been with ECR when it started in a little window bay on 8th Street. On the community side, I’m beyond proud of serving as President of Friends of the House. When you’re surrounded by great people focused on a common goal serving the greater good, incredible things can happen! tribeza.com december 2013 103 jay b sauceda Photographer + Owner, Sauceda Industries It makes sense that this creative cowboy almost went in to politics—he knows how to inspire and bring people together. Catch me up to date on your last year. What have you been working on? This year has been a busy one. Photographically, some of the bigger projects were the spring catalog for Dick’s Sporting Goods, a national campaign for Sierra Mist, and I was asked to shoot for and star in a Hampton Inn Ad. It was surreal to be on that side of the camera, especially since the ad ran on Hulu and ESPN. The TexasHumor/ YesToTexas.com business I started as a joke has kind of exploded, so recently I’ve hired people to help grow it. Also, the studio I’m a partner in, Public School, is relaunching our long-dormant blog and site, which has been a year in the making. T ell me a story about the most fun you had in Austin this year. There’s no one specific thing I can point to about this year other than moving South. My wife and I have mainly lived downtown and moved to the Manchaca area when we got married. Exploring that area and settling into the neighborhood has been great. There are bumper stickers that say “Old Austin didn’t die, it just moved south” and it’s totally true. Strange Brew, Casa Garcia, the Horseshoe Lounge, and the Broken Spoke are all south, which has been perfect for us. What’s one local thing you are really loving right now? I started organizing Shuffleboard tournaments at the Horseshoe Lounge on South Lamar about a year ago after they had stopped a few years back. That has been one of my favorite things to do every two weeks. We have them every first and third Tuesday of the month, and the group of people who come each week have really grown into a vibrant family. What has been the proudest moment of your career? My grandfather worked construction in Chicago and picked tomatoes in South Texas for a living with zero education. Every day I’m blessed enough to be self-employed, I’m proud and thankful for the road he and my father paved with their Tejano work ethic. I’ve been very proud to have the opportunities I’ve been given. 104 december 2013 tribeza.com amanda garcia Music Industry Manager, Austin Convention & Vistors’ Bureau Garcia has the official job of promoting Austin’s music scene for out-of-towners, “making sure everyone knows how to access live music when they get here,” she explains. And in a job—and city— that is constantly evolving, Garcia is a natural trailblazer. Catch me up to date on your last year. What have you been working on? My job is to chase music and find out what’s going on: a huge part of that this year was the Airstream Road Trips project. We bought a 1974 Airstream trailer, had Jack Sanders’ Design Build Adventure gut it, and then now we take it around to different festivals around the country, from DC to Nashville to Atlanta to New Orleans. This summer we took it to Lollapalooza and throughout the Midwest. What new projects does 2014 hold for you? I just joined the board for the Austin Music Foundation, so with that we just kicked off a fundraiser for their Creative Media Center, which is a space for musicians to come in and use software or consult with people in different parts of the industry as mentors. The organization was recently been given a new space, which currently exists as four walls, a roof, and a dirt floor. We have launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money to finish that out, but eventually, it will be a huge resource for Austin musicians Tell me a story about the most fun you had in Austin this year. I saw Los Lobos at ACL Live and it was such a good night. I also just really love walking around Austin at night—downtown and Clarksville especially. It’s a great city to just walk around and listen. What’s one thing specific thing in town you are really loving right now? Going to the White Horse on Sunday nights. Also, the truffle popcorn at the Driskill Hotel. What’s something people don’t know about your work? Promoting music in Austin is an all-year thing: I think some people only think we’re busy during festivals, but we have convention groups coming in all year long. We’ve had almost 900 music inquiries so far this year—people asking about live music, venues, musicians, or booking. It’s kind of crazy. What has been the proudest moment of your career this year? We made a music video last summer and then, this past May, recreated that in a live performance. That was definitely something special that took a lot of hands on deck and came out really awesome in the end…A really proud moment for me. tribeza.com december 2013 105 Catch me up to speed on your last year. Ben: Just trying to keep Contigo going: with the recent weather shifts, changing seasons...the challenges of operating an outdoor restaurant are never-ending. However, the challenges [make it] fun; we plan on getting a tent for the winter this year, so that should help. What new projects does 2014 hold for you both? Ben: We are working diligently toward a second restaurant. There is absolutely nothing fast about this process, but I am hopeful it will happen in 2014. Andrew: In addition to figuring out our new project, I will be working to stay focused on cooking and Contigo. It sounds basic, but it is easy to get distracted and forget about the basics. Tell me a story about the most fun you had in Austin this year. Ben: Memorial Day 2013: Brunch at Perla’s, drinks at the San Jose Hotel, swimming in Barton Springs, dinner at Chez Nous, and a nightcap at Easy Tiger. Andrew: ACL Weekend What’s one thing in town you are really loving right now? Ben: Houndstooth Coffee. Simply put, my life would not be the same without this place, and without these people. Andrew: I like the food that is being cooked at Wine Belly in South Austin, as well as Lucy’s Fried Chicken. What’s something I don’t know about owning a restaurant? ben edgerton Andrew wiseheart For the co-owners of Contigo, running one of the city’s most talked-about restaurants isn’t enough; there is always more to explore. Between continually editing Contigo’s menu, keeping up with the uncertainties of an outdoor restaurant, and pursuing a new restaurant project for 2014, the duo is always—happily—kept on their toes. Both: There is a really wonderful community of people who comprise the food community of Austin. If you are not a daily part of that community, it might be hard to realize or understand what a rich tapestry of talented, creative, and extremely hard-working people we get to call our colleagues. What has been the proudest moment of your career? Ben: April 15, 2011: This was the very first day we ever served a customer at Contigo. I decided I wanted to own a restaurant when I was 16, and I had been working on this project specifically for over two and a half years. Hands down, the proudest day of my career. Andrew: I vividly remember the sign being put up about one hour before we opened Contigo in 2011. I can’t think of many times I was more proud than that. 106 december 2013 tribeza.com maile roberts-loring Don’t just call her the “daughter of”—this petite dynamo is taking the family business—the legendary Salt Lick—to new places with her role in the company. Catch me up to date on your last year. For me, there really is zero separation between my work life and business life. Welcome to working for the family business. That said, this past year has been crazy! I have been working to increase sales in our catering division, I’ve been managing Salt Lick Cellars [the restaurant’s winery and private label]—picking the wines and merchandise we offer, I renovated Pecan Grove, our largest event facility, my husband and I renovated our home, my mother and I have started a side business buying and renovating a house together, and I helped a good friend plan her wedding that was held in our vineyards. What new projects does 2014 hold for you? A new Salt Lick location! I have been pushing my dad for years to open another Salt Lick, and I think this is the year it will finally happen. We are also planning to upgrade some of the facilities at our Driftwood location—new bathrooms, a new catering kitchen...the list goes on and on. We are constantly striving to make the Salt Lick experience better for our customers. What was the most fun you had in Austin this year? I love football. I mean I really love football. You might not be able to see me in the stands (I’m only 5’1) but you will defiantly hear me. The most fun I have all year is tailgating and going to UT football games with my husband and friends. We lead such busy lives that I have learned to really cherish the few hours of uninterrupted football bliss that we get to spend together each week. What’s one thing in town you are really loving right now? I really love the THIRST installation on Lady Bird Lake. I run around the lake every day and am always amazed by it. For as long as I can remember, my dad has ingrained in me the importance of water conservation because he saw firsthand how awful the 50s droughts were on Central Texas. At the Salt Lick, we do everything we can to use as little water was possible. In addition to rain water capture, we collect wastewater from the ice machines and the A/C condensation and use it to water the gardens. tribeza.com december 2013 107 kyle osburn cinematographer Through His Lens—the gifted filmmaker finds beauty all around him. Catch me up to speed on your year. What have you been working on? A few highlights were working with the camera crew on the final year of filming of Richard Linklater’s “12 Year Project” in Big Bend and collaborating with director/photographer Matt Rainwaters on a couple projects, including a lookbook film for Austin’s own Traveller Denim Co. What new projects does 2014 hold for you? I enjoy collaborating with friends in the creative field who are designers, photographers and artists so I’ll be working on some documentary film projects and narrative film projects with friends in 2014. I turn 30 this month (December), so I’m looking forward to what the first year of my thirties has in store. Tell me a story about the most fun you had in Austin this year. I saw a lot of great shows at SXSW this year but one band I missed seeing was Night Beds. I was able to catch them play again in June at Mohawk inside. It was one of the best shows I’ve see in a long time. What’s something I don’t know about your job? Filmmaking is very collaborative, and I consider myself lucky to be in Austin and work with the most talented and friendly crew base in the country of camera assistants, gaffers, grips, electrics, and other crafts people. What has been the proudest moment of your career? What has been the proudest moment of your career? There hasn’t been one specific moment, but being in the Austin film community and working with and being surrounded by influential filmmakers like Terrence Malick, Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, and Jeff Nichols is a big highlight. 108 december 2013 tribeza.com hillary-anne crosby The pixie-haired editor is a veritable force to be reckoned with; the founder of feminist local ‘zine Vagina, Crosby balances the smart, progressive voice of her growing publication with personal aspirations to become involved in politics and policy conversations. Catch me up to date on your last year. What have you been working on? So much! Really, if I’m ever not trying to accomplish ten things at once then someone should probably check my pulse and call a doctor…I’ve been working on Vagina of course. It’s the most exciting, creative, and challenging part of my life any given day of the year. We put out four issues this year and I’m hopelessly proud of each of them[…] This year I also served as a spokesperson for U by Kotex’s Generation Know campaign. It was meant to de-stigmatize periods and bust myths that young girls fall victim to. A commercial in which I said awkward things about periods aired for a few months on MTV and CW. Beginning in the spring, I started planning for a book I’m putting together about female cyclists called Babes & Their Bikes…in May I rode out of Austin to do a bike tour from here to Chicago, stopping to interview and photograph lady riders along the way…Recently I began interning with Pioneers Youth Leadership. It’s an organization that works with students from rural Texas counties to get more involved with local/ state/national issues like water, education, food, [and] environment[…] What new projects does 2014 hold for you? I’m really hoping to turn Vagina into a ‘real’ magazine next year! I’m not yet sure how this will happen or what this will look like but we’ve grown so much over the past (nearly) three years and I think it’s time to step things up. I’m also intent on getting Babes & Their Bikes published in 2014. I’m applying to the LBJ School next fall for the Masters of Public Affairs Program and maybe even law school! I’m ready to get focused on my dream of someday working in Texas politics and with everything that has happened to Texas women with the past two legislative sessions, I think it’s time I get down to business. What’s something I don’t know about making a zine? It can be whatever you want it to be! I think the fun thing about zines is that any time you tell someone you have a zine, they’re going to picture something completely different—cut/pasted/Xeroxed, laid out on InDesign, full-color, black and white, completely art-based, completely diary-based, etc. Really they’re all just so unique! You’ll never see the same zine twice. What has been the proudest moment of your career so far? I cried the day that I opened an email from Kotex saying that they’d been following my work with Vagina and wanted me to be a part of their Generation Know campaign[…] And definitely my time at the Capitol during the special session this summer. I took off work and cancelled plans so I could watch everything unfold and follow it for Vagina. I was there for something like 100 hours total and ended up with my arm in a sling and lost a handful of friends, but I got to witness democracy in action[…] tribeza.com december 2013 109 Grocery a isle hom etown heroes: from espres so to veggie b u rgers, ou r favori te loca lly- ma de produ c ts on th e rise Yellowbird Sauce yellowbirdsauce.com Inspired by a Chinese bird known for its immunity to spicy things, Yellowbird Sauce was created by Austinite George Milton as an all-natural, spicy alternative to Sriracha. Crafted with a mixture of carrots, habanero pepper, tangerines, limes, and garlic, the sweet-spicy sauce can be used on everything from pasta to tacos. Primizie Crispbreads primiziesnacks.com After traveling through Italy, Mark and Lisa Spedale were so inspired by the country’s ‘crisped’ breads that they took matters into their own hands. Enter Primizie Crispbreads: crunchy, thickly-cut specialty chips perfect for everything from topping to dipping. The best topping? According to Primizie there’s “No question: Fresh-made guacamole on the Chile & Lime!” Chameleon Cold-Brew chameleoncoldbrew.com Co-founded by UT alums Chris Campbell and Steve Williams, each batch of Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee is brewed for more than 16 hours to create a super-smooth, extra-caffeinated coffee concentrate. 110 december 2013 tribeza.com Grandma’s Humus themedchef.com Nikki Turkel Plotkin’s grandmother taught her how to make humus when she was in high school. After settling in Austin, Plotkin started a catering company, but customer demand for her humus became so intense that she created Grandma’s Humus based on her grandmother’s original Turkish recipe. Thanks to popular demand, Plotkin’s humus is now available throughout the Austin area. bola pizza bolafrozenpizza .com Austin food bloggers Christian and Jamie Bowers loved making pizza so much that they bought a wood-fired oven, mounted it on a trailer, and started their own company. Bola Pizza, “cooked hot and frozen solid” specializes in handcrafted frozen pies topped with local ingredients from Texas cremini mushrooms to farm-fresh tomatoes. We recommend the “Truffle Daisy”: Tomato sauce and whole milk mozzarella, finished with a luxurious drizzle of truffle oil. Simple indulgence. The Hot Dang Grain Burgers thehotdang.com Austinite Martha Pincoff was inspired to make a great-tasting vegetarian burger using all whole ingredients, a less-processed frozen burger that was just as convenient as other freezer aisle options. The result, Hot Dang Grain Burgers are soy-free, vegetarian, and made with handpressed, fiber-filled, and all-natural grains. tribeza.com december 2013 111 I will ďŹ nd your Ultimate Property Representing Buyers and Sellers in Central Texas Charlotte Brigham, Broker, MBA 512.423.5707 | CharBrigham@gmail.com Resolve to Revel in 2014. Give a little but gift yourself this holiday season with our special offers including a complimentary $50 AWAY Spa gift card for every $250 in gift card purchases and receive a bonus $20 gift card for every $100 in Trace gift card purchases. Family overload? Enjoy our special room packages that are the perfect escape. 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Choose from over 50 varietals on tap at one of our 3 locations or order online at www. conolios.com. Starting at $25.00 firstname.lastname@example.org 114 december 2013 tribeza.com gift guide 2013 Bang & Olufsen B eo P l ay H6 The high performance and stylish, over the ear H6 headphone is crafted in exquisite New Zealand leather and lightweight aluminum. The sheepskin covered ear pads are designed with memory foam so they always fit perfectly and enclose the sound for a divine and enjoyable listening experience. Use the daisy chain-functionality and share your lust for life and love of music - just in time for the Holidays. www.bang-olufsen.com Scott + Cooner My New Fl a me Light someoneâ€™s fire with this clever, new flickering LED candle. In sleek red AWAY Spa by W Hotels C la ri soni c ARIA Sleek, modern and fully customizable this device offers three-speed cleansing for advanced skincare of all types. Invest in glowing skin this holiday season. $199 or black by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer. Starting at $515 www.scottcooner.com www.austinawayspa.com Salt Lick Sa lt l i c k co o k bo o k More than a collection of BBQ fare made famous by the restaurant, it = contains an array of closely guarded recipes that until now, have never = been shared. ($39.95) Blanton Museum Shop dconstruct cuff & earrings Inspired by nature and minimalist design, handmade dconstruct jewelry incorporates renewable fibers and materials from artisan communities in developing countries. Find a variety of handcrafted jewelry at the Blanton Museum Shop. $32 & $40 www.saltlickbbq.com blantonmuseum.org/shop tribeza.com december 2013 115 Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery Ste tso n Inwo o d $2 58 , S tetson Cata lina $1 08 , Lo u is e Gr een C lo che $26 8 Austin’s premier hatter since 1981, featuring exclusive women’s and men’s hats, whimsical fascinators and practical caps from around the world. Find us downtown on 6th and at The Domain. Kelly Wynne Handbags Mingle Mingle Mini in Black/ White Hair Calf & Black This flirty bag adds a bold twist to accessorizing! Each bag is handcrafted in the USA with printed hair calf and leather. Its petite frame beholds a roomy interior and a slip pocket on the back. $340 www.hatbox.com Salt Lick Barbecue Sauce Gift Pack A premium trio of sauces, our BBQ Sauce Gift Pack includes a bottle of Original Recipe Sauce, Spicy Recipe Sauce and Original Dry Rub($19.95). www.kellywynne.com www.saltlickbbq.com Better Bronze Cu sto m Air b r u s h Tan n in g ‘Tis the season to be bronze! Get rid of your winter white...life is always better bronze! $35 Tarrytown Studio, $45 Mobile. 512.537.7416 Mana Culture Mana Culture is a small local artisan boutique that aims to give the city not only a plethora of fashionable accessories, but wearable pieces of art that are gorgeous and truly oneof-a-kind. www.betterbronze.com manacultureboutique.com 116 december 2013 tribeza.com gift guide 2013 Salt Lick t urkey b rea st Our moist boneless, white meat turkey breast feeds up to 6 guests. Choose from traditional smoked or spice it up with our Habanero smoked ($49.95). We ship nationwide! www.saltlickbbq.com Austin City Gift Baskets Give the gift of local Austin flavor! Austin has a taste and style all its own. This holiday, share authentic Austin flavors in a variety of sauces, treats and local excellence. Milk + Honey Gi ft cert i fi cat e Milk + honey, Austinâ€™s favorite (and locally owned!) spa offers luxury massage, body treatments, facials, and natural nail therapy in a modern, tranquil environment. Special holiday packages and instant gift certificates are available online. Downtown, Bee Cave and Arboretum, (512) 236-1115. www.austincitygiftbaskets.com milkandhoneyspa.com Salt Lick GSM, BBQ Red & BBQ White Wine GSM-a delicious combination of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre is grown, produced and bottled 100% in Driftwood, Texas. BBQ Red â€“ Compliments an array of dark meats. Perfect balance of dryness, oaky flavor and a refreshing crispness. BBQ White-Pair this delicious, buttery flavored wine with any white meat. Cheers! Purchase any of these wines at Salt Lick Cellars. Conveniently located just a few steps from the original Salt Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar Treat your friends & family on a trip to Italy in the heart of the Rosedale neighborhood. Receive a complimentary $10 gift certificate with each purchase of a $50 gift card. Lick restaurant in Driftwood, Texas. www.saltlickbbq.com www.gustoitaliankitchen.com tribeza.com december 2013 117 style ho m e s t o u r Old Enfield Historic Homes Tour G at h e r a r o u n d t h e f i r e i n f o u r homes with inviting fireplaces. Originally built in 1934, the “Bull House” overlooks Pease Park. The textured floors are a perfect pairing with the smooth finish of the fireplace. For more information about this property, visit 2213windsorrd.com. south austin contemporary This Cumaru wood, steel hearty, and brick fireplace is a design focal point in the spacious downstairs. The house is a new construction built by Brodie Builders and designed by Burton Baldridge Architects. For more information visit kimsellsaustinhomes.com. Cozy German Cottage Perched in the charming Bouldin Creek ‘hood under a canopy of magnificent oak trees, this rock fireplace is one of the highlights in this home that was built in 1935. For more information about this property, visit ameliabullock.com/realtors/ info/sgilchrist. 118 december 2013 tribeza.com High Design The subtle modern fireplace is a focal point of the home’s highceilinged great room. For more information about this property, visit 1305meriden.com. P hoto by j e s s i ca pag e s email@example.com 路 e-Boutique: www.bellross.com 512.473.0078 | 2727 Exposition Blvd Suite 110 | samlmajorsaustin.com 9. P hoto g r aph y by w y n n m y er s profile in style Chris Krager & Amy Grappell "Modern design is a stage onto which we project ourselves," Chris Sol. KRDB, centered around making modern homes affordable and accessible, applied the same sensibility to Sol, approaching a large-scale housing development in a way that first considers proximity, green space, and longevity. Grappell is also in the throes of her own work, developing a pilot for the HBO series adaptation of her 2010 film, Quadrangle, a documentary based on the personal history of her family, which screened internationally and won numerous accolades at Sundance and SXSW. “Austin has been a great place for us, and for our work,” Grappell says. “It’s a great place to do your own thing, to manifest work of your own.” Inside their house, the couple’s style reflects an easy balance between their passions: framed movie stills and posters from Amy's films line the home’s walls, mixed in with colorful bits of personal ephemera ranging from a portrait of their beloved dog Blue to a tiny poster of Barack Obama. When they bought the house, they kept the original wood floors but redid pretty much everything else. They added a second story and opened up the entire first floor to create one big room, with the kitchen, dining, and living spaces all seamlessly sharing a space that extends outside to a big backyard and back porch, where Amy sits and writes in the mornings and overflow from their frequent dinner parties spills out. “We wanted to live in a place where we are aware of time, place, and season, and this design affords all of that,” Krager says. “One thing that we really love about our house is that it is all used…we live and work and enjoy every part of this space.” l . patterson tribeza.com december 2013 Krager is saying. High language, but the bottom line is simple for the Austin architect and his wife, filmmaker Amy Grappell: Design matters. And a well-designed space—be it where you live, work, or just hang out—affects you. “I remember when I walked into this house, I felt special,” Grappell says, gesturing to their East Austin home, where the couple has lived for ten years. “It seems weird to say it now, but when you are in a place that is really well-designed and built, you notice it. This house elevates us.” Her remark is an unintentional double entendre for the airy home's position in Swede Hill, a small neighborhood pocketed between IH-35 and the Oakwood Cemetery, that is—despite my elevator pitch—quite cozy. With its second story nestled in trees, allowing for tons of natural light to stream in, the house overlooks the neighborhood like a treehouse, from which Chris and Amy have watched their neighborhood change and develop in sync with the city. “I'm not nostalgic for old Austin,” Krager says. “Like any growing city, Austin is in its teenage years and there are things that you don't like that come with that— like congestion. But I love being here now, with everything that is happening: the restaurants, the opportunities, the people, the energy.” The city’s evolution is a familiar topic: Krager's firm, KRDB, is wrapping up its "biggest and most ambitious project to date," a 40-unit sustainable housing development in East Austin called 121 profile in style 1. A Theremin, awarded to Grappell from the SXSW Film Festival for her film "Quandrangle," which won best short documentary in 2010. 2. On the bookshelf: Patti Smith 1969-1976. An inspiration to the couple's life and work. 3. Storyboards by Krager for Grappell's narrative adaptation of "Quandrangle," alongside inspirational family photos from the 60s and an image of a protesting Abbie Hoffman. 4. A favorite photo taken by Amy's dad of her sister in the early 70s. 5. Grappell and their pup, Blue, hanging out in the bedroom. 6. Chris' "game ball" from the Texas Playboys victory in New Orleans 7. A hammock for relaxing on the upstairs deck 8. A painting by Matt Gutierrez in the living space. 122 december 2013 tribeza.com 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. style behind the scenes Kelly Huston voice- over ac tress Huston can control the levels and effects of her voice on her soundboard. Huston depends on an apple for hydration and Lozenges for the throat. For a clearer read, she does a practice run with a cork between her teeth. Voice-over actress Kelley Huston records sessions live from her Brentwood home studio. Most of Huston’s final editing is done right at her desk. To the left and right of her desktop are her DC Universe characters—Catwoman and Black Canary. literally can’t remember a time when I wasn’t performing,” says voiceover actress Kelley Huston. This isn’t a surprise, given the fact that Huston descends from a family of vaudeville actors. By age 10, she knew she wanted to act professionally. At the age of 15, Huston began taking acting workshops while attending Anderson High School. During a scene-study she was recruited by DB Talent, an Austin-based voice talent agency. In 1995, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Theater Arts. Soon after her graduating, DB Talent suggested that Huston consider taking a try at voice-over work. “Being behind the microphone, it felt like home,” Huston explains. Huston gives a quick tour of her Brentwood home recording booth. Inside the small converted closet, the space is dimly lit. Arolex, a dense foam material used for sound-proofing, lines the walls and hanging Tibetan prayer flags provide the room some color. Her recording studio is located in the back room of her slate-blue bungalow. “Part of having a home studio is that it’s allowed me to work on a national scale.” Some of Huston’s voice-over work can be heard in commercials for Nike and Southwest Airlines. She costarred as Princess Glenda in the Anime television series Petite Princess Yucie. She’s also the voice of Catwoman in the Playstation game, DC Universe. When asked what she relies on most on a busy day in the studio, she points to a bowl of apples sitting on her desk. “I often eat a Granny Smith apple before each session,” she explains, “because it clears up the clicking noises your mouth makes from dehydration.” On top of being a voice talent, Huston is also a new mother. Her face lights up when she shows pictures of eleven-month-old Sabine. In terms of juggling her roles, her freelance schedule has allowed Huston some flexibility. “The advantage of V.O. is when I have an audition, a lot of times I have twenty-four hours to get it done. So I can do it when Sabine is sleeping,” Huston says, pointing to her recording booth. “I just step right in there in my pajamas.” She also corresponds with fellow V.O. mother, Heather Costa, over Skype every week. Together, they recap their week’s achievements and next week’s goals. “I’m really lucky,” adds Huston. “Thoreau says to ‘Live the life imagined.’ I remind myself of that every day.” S. Derstine I 124 december 2013 tribeza.com P hoto g r aph y by b i l l s a l l a n s Wally Wor km a n Ga llery WWG Will Klemm 1 2 0 2 w . 6 t h s t . a u s t i n , t e x a s 7 8 7 0 3 w a l l y w o r k m a n . c o m 5 1 2 . 4 7 2 . 7 4 2 8 i m a g e : C o a s t a l S u n s e t (d e t a i l ) , o i l o n c a n v a s , 4 0 x 6 0 i n c h e s style ick stylepp ick The B&B sources its pastries from nearby bakery and biergarten Easy Tiger. An afternoon inside the Wright Bros Brew & Brew the new coffee shop/craft beer hangout on E. 5th Street. The Wright Bros. Brew & Brew A cortado: espresso cut with warm milk For this minimal East Austin bar, there are only two necessities—coffee and beer. T he Wright Bros. Brew & Brew story goes like this: Brothers and lighthearted Progress days into, well, something more serious: Grady and Matt Wright were regulars at the Frank coffee This is grown-up coffee and beer. (A friend commented, “Everybar, where Matt Bolick worked behind the bar. While shoot- one in here looks…employed,” which in any city other than Austin ing the breeze one day, the topic arose: Wouldn’t it be great to some- wouldn’t be worth observing.) Ultimately, the B&B’s aesthetic is day open a craft beer bar and coffee shop? Thus the B&B was (unof- an exercise in intention, considering how many different creative ficially) born, with Bolick in the meantime leaving Frank to co-open Austin hands were involved in sheparding the project from idea to his own roastery and coffee hub, Flat Track, in the back of a shared execution. The long bar, designed by Erik Culver of Old Boy Co., retail space on Cesar E. Chavez. Eventually, after a brutal location is the true focal point of the space, housing the espresso machine, hunt for the Wright-Bolick collaboration, an unexpected opportu- taps, and a row of bar seats. The industrial-meets-schoolhouse innity presented itself: Progress Coffee, one of the first businesses to terior, with painted brick walls, subtle color pops, and dim lightredirect Austin’s attention eastward, was up for sale. And, as Bolick ing, was done by Grace Design, who collaborated on furniture says, “A month and a half later, we were the proud new owners. Insane.” pieces with South Lamar boutique Mockingbird Domestics. AdThe Brew & Brew, which opened in late September, remains true ditional woodworking—bench seating, shelving, and cabinetry— to its original vision: Dark lettering on the wall spells out: “Good was done by Josh Holstein, and the clean graphic design is from Beans & Good Beers,” an accurate jingle for the space’s modest ob- Justin Cox and Cody Haltom of Public School. What’s most interesting about the Brew & Brew is the sort of tranjective. Their online manifesto reads: “We believe that there is no reason to separate a great coffee shop from a familiar bar. At the sitional space it represents, especially for East Austin. It is simulhighest level of quality, these products make the perfect pairing.” taneously both a coffee shop and a bar, and also entirely neither of The menu is limited—coffee, espresso drinks, and craft beer—in a these things; it’s a place that is equally appropriate to unfold a laptop way that feels less like high coffee snobbery and more like, ‘there’s no but also kick back at the bar for a couple drinks. Mostly, the Brew need to get fancy.’ There’s also a small menu of hot sandwiches and & Brew is just a quiet, well-designed place to hang out, a seemingly simple qualification that’s surprisingly hard to come by bar snacks from Dishalicious, and plans are in the works 500 San Marcos St in this city. Perhaps, at least in the Brew & Brew’s case, to incorporate a selective wine and cocktail list. (512) 493 0963 The interiors are simple, transformed from the pastel thebrewandbrew.com less is truly more. l. patterson december 2013 tribeza.com P hoto g r aph y by e va n p r i n c e 126 A New World of Timeless Furnishings Transitional Hand made Pieces from Mexico, Peru Morroco The Orient & Texas too! 12600 Hill Country Blvd., Ste R-140 • Bee Caves, Texas 78738 512.454.8603 • Mon-Sat 10am- 9pm • Sun 12pm - 6pm www.cierrainteriors.com dining Arro's cassoulet: white beans, duck confit, bacon, foie sausage, lemon turnips, breadcrumbs. pick A woven metal wall inside the dining room. Arro n the young professional’s playground known as West Sixth Street lies a re spite called Arro. When the 20- and 30-somethings tire of bouncers behind velvet ropes and beer-swilling hipsters playing ski ball, they can stroll over to Arro for a civilized meal. But civilized doesn’t mean staid or boring. Arro is French after all, so it has plenty of sex appeal and style. It just means that amid all the bustle of West Sixth, there’s now a place to sit down and have a real meal, as opposed to the area’s predominant choices of pizza, burgers, tacos, and bar food. Located on the former site of Haddington’s pub and run by the folks behind 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, Arro has been reimagined as a casual-chic French bistro. Good-bye tartan plaid wallpaper and dark, choppy rooms. Bonjour cool neutrals and open, inviting spaces. Flickering votives illuminate the appealing scene. And since this is West Sixth Street, it is a scene. So although there’s no live band or DJ spinning I 601 W 6th St. arroaustin.com Executive Chef & Partner Andrew Curren & Executive Pastry Chef Mary Catherine Curren. tunes, the music is eclectic and loud and reflects the diverse clientele that fills Arro each night: a mash-up of singles in packs, couples on dates, and groups of business diners. Arro serves multiple purposes. It’s a great spot for just a drink, some appetizers, or a full-blown meal. Let’s start with the drinks. The wine list is curated by some of Austin’s hottest young sommeliers and the allFrench selections run the gamut from excitingly obscure to old-world classic. Cocktails are given equal billing and are crafted with loving attention. For nibbling, the bread offerings are a carb addict’s dream. Easy Tiger breads served with your choice of accompaniments: flavored whipped butters, cheeses, charcuterie or pickled vegetables. Or if you can’t decide, the Chef ’s Board offers a little of each. The bone marrow appetizer is old school with a twist: marrow is scooped out then mixed with a pistou sauce of garlic, basil, celery and Comte cheese. The vegetable tart is a light yet decadently-rich combination of cheese and seasonal veggies baked in flaky puff pastry. Both French onion soup and steak tartare are classically executed. And although listed under appetizers, Scallops Provencal is substantial enough to be an entrée, adorned with, tomatoes, thyme, and arugula. Between courses, the herb salad is lovely palate cleanser, bright with basil, mint, chives, and radishes. For entrees, the roasted grouper is sublime, resting atop fresh vegetable ratatouille and finished with sorrel sauce. Two classic bistro dishes, roasted chicken and steak frites, also satisfy. Desserts are less successful but beautifully presented. Currently open for dinner only, Arro satisfies late-night diners with a full menu until midnight on weeknights and 2am on weekends. A new happy hour menu has re cently been unveiled. And though French in flavor, Arro ditches the attitude with service that’s unfailing polite and helpful. Tres bien! K. Spezia P hoto g r aph y by j e s s i ca pag e s 128 december 2013 tribeza.com PERSONAL SERVICE AVAILABLE IN HANDSHAKES AND HANDHELDS. 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Michalovce, 1966. © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos C LOS I N G S O O N Rookies of the Year Our favorite dining spots that opened in 2013 ARRO Dinner & Drinks B BR B r eakfas t Br unch lunc h L HH happy hour D dinner 601 W 6th St (512) 992 2776 Created by veterans of Easy Tiger and 24 Diner’s ELM Restaurant Group, this recently-opened spot offers rich French favorites, an excellent wine list, and delicious desserts. D (512)524 2523 Wood-fired pizza in a minimally-elegant and trendy setting; get the Fresca pie. D EPICERIE gruyere sauce, and—wait for it—french fries. L HH D 2307 Hancock Dr (512) 371 6840 Simple but intimate café and grocery with an excellent, affordable wine list; great for a leisurely brunch or date night. BR JEFFREY’S 1204 W Lynn St (512) 4775584 This historic Clarksville favorite got a welcome facelift this year from Larry McGuire, all while maintaining the execution, top-notch service, and luxurious but welcoming atmosphere that makes Jeffrey’s an old Austin staple. HH 5408 Burnet Rd (512) 514 0664 2218 College Ave (512) 297 2423 This year the South Congress favorite opened a new outpost off Burnet Road. Different location, same straight-up Southern goodness, from Moon pies to fried green tomatoes to corn muffins to the crème de la crème: fried chicken. L HH D CHICKEN LUCY’S FRIED NOVA KITCHEN & BAR 87 Rainey St (512) 382 5651 Beautiful outside and in, No Va was transformed from an architect's home into a restaurant this year. Subtle design elements make the space cohesive and modern, and its creative twists on classic, comforting dishes from a pork belly/ sirloin burger to seasonally-topped flatbread pizza are downright delicious. BR DARUMA RAMEN 612-B E 6th St (512) 369 3897 L D Rich chicken broth-based ramen and a simple, veggie-friendly menu from the owners of the popular Kome Sushi Kitchen on Airport Blvd. D GOODALL'S KITCHEN BARLATA 1500 S Lamar Ste 150 (512) 473 2211 Hoppin' Spanish tapas restaurant in a modern South Austin setting. The octopus is a perfect dish, as are the potatoes bravas. Reservations recommended. BR HH 1900 Rio Grande St (512) 495 1800 Modern spins on American classics and locallysourced veggie sides inside the new Hotel Ella. B BR L D AND BAR D D EDEN EAST D 755 Springdale Rd (512) 428 6500 Weekends at the farm have never been more delicious: Chef Sonya Cote of Hillside Farmacy teamed up with Springdale Farms this year to create a (literal) farm-totable concept restaurant on the East side, serving a seasonal prix fixe menu under a the canopy of a majestic Texas elm tree. D JOSEPHINE HOUSE METTLE 2310 Manor Rd (512) 243 6702 It's comfort food meets sports bar meets beer pub in Cherrywood, an easygoing place to get a craft beer and elevated bar food. Get the name sake: The Haymaker is an open-faced roast beef sandwich, topped with flavorful slaw, tomatoes, a fried egg, decadent HAYMAKER 1204 W Lynn St (512) 477 5584 507 Calles St (512) 236 1022 A new spot from Rainey Street proprietor Bridget Dunlap, Mettle offers a diverse, often-experimental menu exciting for omnivores and vegetarians alike. Be sure to try the fried chicken and one of their seasonal vegetableand-grain salads (it’s all about balance!). L BR HH D PINTHOUSE PIZZA 4729 Burnet Rd (512) 436 9605 Rustic, continental fare with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients. Serving lunch, afternoon snacks, and evening cocktails, the shady porch is the perfect spot for a lateafternoon paloma. L BR HH D Was there every anything better than pizza and beer? A welcome addition to North Burnet, Pinthouse offers house-brewed beer on draft, consistent pies, and great lunch specials. L D 716 W 6th St (512) 476 8226 BENJI'S CANTINA Rooftop dining on West Sixth, serving up some of the best fajitas in town in a lively ambiance. BR HH D BUFALINA 1519 E Cesar Chavez 130 december 2013 tribeza.com A u s t i n a r t s + cu ltu r e Aust in ar ts + cu ltu re 1600 E 6th St (512) 436 9626 Chef Paul Qui’s new HQ is one of the hottest new spots in town for Japanese food: an unparalleled dining experience set under an airy, beautiful backdrop. D QUI is sure to be both top-ofthe-line and delicious. L BR HH D dishes are superb, and the beet and avocado tempura is a deep-fried treat worth indulging in. L D Aust rts in a ltu + cu re SEARSUCKER 415 Colorado St (512) 394 8000 Stylish Southern fare from San Diego celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. Go for the decadent small plates: duck fat fries with tomato jam and prosciutto "dust," farm bird lollipops with bleu cheese, and the “cowboy caviar.” L BR HH D Augu st 20 12 E Nightl ife TH WINEBELLY i s s ue 519 W Oltorf (512) 487 1569 Tapas on Oltorf in a cozy setting: rich small plates are spins on old favorites and the wine cocktails are a welcome surprise. HH D sept emb 012 er 2 THE Style issu e RAMEN TATSU-YA 8557 Research Blvd (512) 339 0855 Be prepared to wait for the delicious ramen bowls that Ramen Tatsu-Ya is dishing out from its discreet location in a strip mall off 183; nowhere else in town has perfected the rich, flavor-bomb-of-a-broth like these guys. L D WINFLO OSTERIA SWIFT’S ATTIC 315 Congress Ave (512) 482 8200 This sleek restaurant is a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene, complete with a big-city feel and a playful menu: edamame with Pop Rocks candy and chili oil, anyone? We recommend the blistered shishito appetizer and the warm Niman Ranch pork cheek entree. L BR D 1315 W 6th St (512) 582 1027 Cozy outdoor dining in Clarksville. A great new Austin brunch addition (ricotta pancakes! Polenta benedict!) or casual place to grab a weeknight glass of wine. L BR HH D Subscribe to TRIBEZA Available for Delivery! V i s i t w w w . t r i b e z a . co m fo r m o r e i n fo r m at i o n SWAY 1417 S 1st St (512) 326 1999 Thai cuisine with a modern twist. An intimate outdoor area—complete with a Thai spirit house— makes for an unforgettable experience. L D WRIGHT BROS. BREW 500 San Marcos, Ste 105 Come for a coffee and stay for a beer at the Brew & Brew, which opened in October in the old Progress Coffee on E. 5th Street. The restaurant/bar serves up simple espressos and coffee from Flat Track, an overwhelming assortment of craft beers, and a small but tasty food menu in a minimal, industrial ambiance. B L D & BREW THE DOJO SAKE BAR AND IZAKAYA 1912 E 7th St (512) 524 1383 The farmer's market salumeria opened its brick and mortar outpost early this year, and now offers dinner in addition to butcher shop lunch favorites. Anything chef-recommended from the meaty offerings SALT & TIME 9070 Research Blvd (512) 458 3900 It's small plates and (intentionally) slow service at the Dojo, a new Japanese izakaya restaurant near Burnet and 183. A great, vegetarian-friendly spot to go with a group and order everything on the menu; all of the kimchee-rice Unique Spaces for Extraordinary Events Partner with Spaces 2 Host, List your Space. Envision your next event and rent a unique location on spaces 2 host. www.spaces2host.com tribeza.com december 2013 131 style austin icon The Garden Room 1601 W 38th St Ste 5 (512) 458-5407 Patty Hoffpaiur’s In addition to an impressive selection of clothes, the Garden Room also boasts unique accessories and gifts like these seashell ornaments, clutches, and Diptique candle. If these wall s could talk— how a charming Southern gal has T done much more than just dress gener ations of Tex as women. you have to listen to their feedback. You have to remember what your customer is doing and where they are going on a daily basis,” she says. “We really love our customers and feel their joys and sorrows. We’ve grown up with them and seen their children have children.” Giving back to community through involvement with local organizations like Ballet Austin, the Austin Symphony, and Hospice Austin have always been a priority in her life. "I want my involvement in the community to be a constant reminder that I have been blessed in many ways by Austin both personally and professionally," she says. "I use The Garden Room as an instrument to give back." She still unlocks the doors of the Garden Room with the same excitement and curiosity for who might walk in the store, and what the day will bring that she did when she opened 33 years ago. No matter what, she has always advised her clients with what she deems the most important piece of fashion advice—“Be comfortable. If you aren’t comfortable in what you have on, whether it’s a ball gown or a pair of jeans, it shows. Pick clothes with personality, make a statement, and always suit yourself.” l. smith ford P hoto g r aph y by a n n i e r ay Patty Hoffpauir, owner of the Garden Room, holds court at her Central Austin shop, a hub of style and friendship for women across the city. he gaggle of well-dressed, perfectlycoifed ladies who breezed in to The Garden Room today were there to shop, but they also had a lot of catching up to do with the shop’s vivacious owner Patty Hoffpauir…something that everyone who passes through the doors of the light-filled shop loves to do. “There have been a lot of stories, secrets, laughs, and even tears shared on those sofas over there,” she says, motioning to the sitting area that has become the town square of the shop. Hoffpauir bought the Garden Room in 1980 when it was a small, 900-square-foot gift shop. Then, she returned to her fashion roots (Hoffpauir was a textiles major and worked as a buyer at Dallas’ Sanger-Harris), and the Garden Room became exclusively a clothing and accessory boutique. The new business model worked, and she expanded her space to over 3,300 square feet. Since then, she has successfully dressed women and their mothers, and now their daughters. Generations of women have found everything from the perfect mother-of-the-bride frock to game-day ensembles. How has she made it through three economic downturns in a highly competitive business? “You have to know your customer and 132 december 2013 tribeza.com Collage Studio DESIGN PORTRAIT. Sophie is in love with Ray and Contemporary Art. Ray is designed by Antonio Citterio. www.bebitalia.com Scott + Cooner Austin Showroom - 115 W. 8th Street Austin Texas 512 480 0436 - www.scottcooner.com Find/Follow Local Shops Like & Buy Products Categorize Goods