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are a must-have for every

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POWDER BRUSHES Depending on the density of the hairs, these brushes can be used for translucent powder or blush. The


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FLAT LINER BRUSHES are made with firm bristles that taper to a flat line for exact placement of powder eyeliner. Press into the lash line for a delicate line that defines. You can use these with both powders and gel liners. Try FACEatelier Flat Liner #10 (5).



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FLAT EYE SHADOW BRUSHES are versatile and also come in various sizes; use them to apply loose pigments or even pressed shadows from lash line to brow bone. Try Rae Cosmetics Shader Brush (6).


come in all sizes. They are great for buffing and polishing with powders and bronzers to an airbrushed finish. Try Too Faced Retractable Bronz-buki (7).

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A small shadow brush with a point tip, also known as a “pencil tip” brush. Great for creating soft smudged powder liner or applying a highlight in the tear duct area. Try Rae Cosmetics Precision #10 (8).

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BLUSH in cream form is applied with fingertips or a foundation brush. Powder blush is applied with a natural bristle brush and there really are a lot available. First decide on how you like to wear your blush. Do you like a sheer application or do you want to look rosy? The shorter and denser the hairs are, the more you get a pop of colour. Try Cargo Cosmetics Magic Brush (9).


come in a few sizes and generally have a dome shape. The smaller the dome, the darker/thinner the contour will appear in the eye crease. The dome shape makes it easier to blend. Opt for a medium-sized, crease brush which will give you a less ‘80s feel to your eye shadow. Try Royal & Langnickel Crease BC430 (10).



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ing your cheek hollows, creating shape. You can sculpt with a matte bronzer or a powder foundation two shades darker than your foundation. I love the FACEatelier Contour Brush #3 (11). Even JLO is a contouring fan! “Shading and contouring. A lot of women don’t bother to contour. They put on foundation, some blush, a little mascara. That’s fine when you’re 18, but when you’re a bit older, or you need makeup to look good in pictures, contouring makes an enormous difference,” she added. [Source:


EYEBROW BRUSHES help with defining a faded eyebrow or add color to complement artificial hair color. Apply brow color with short quick strokes to mimic the hairs in the brow. Try the Stila Eyebrow Brush (12). Full brush sets can be purchased from many cosmetic lines. As makeup artists, we covet and own many; I must have at least 200 brushes! And yes, I use them all! But don’t let that tempt you to stockpile your private collection – you do not need a vast collection of brushes to work your magic.



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The Mona Lisa Project What happens when a photographer and 16 women artists explore one of the world’s best-known paintings? b y M a r i ly n M c Cr ay


The Mona Lisa Project – an exploration of an established icon of femininity, first produced as a portrait by a male photographer and then re-appropriated through Photograph by Rino Pizzi Beili Liu, Untitled, 2010

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each artist’s own aesthetic vision and experience.

o quote contemporary feminist art critic Germaine Greer, “No Old Master is more masterly than Leonardo DaVinci. His  Mona Lisa  is the most famous painting in the world.” This painting and its subject have been a source of mystery, speculation and debate over the centuries. And yes, we do know the identity of the famous sitter with the enigmatic smile. According to a contemporary art historian, Giorgio Vasari, she is Lisa Gherardini, wife of the Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. It was Vasari who also first described the portrait’s naturalism and “divine sweetness.” Even when first painted back in the 16th century, the portrait was revolutionary for its smoky shadows and detailed landscape and changed the face of portrait painting in Italy. The Mona Lisa’s timeless persona has become so ubiquitous that it is one of the most widely recognized images of all time. No work of art in history has inspired so many reproductions,


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parodies or stimulated so many works of others. Writers and painters in the 19th century were fascinated by what has come to be described as “the cult of the Mona Lisa.” In 1919, surrealist Marcel Duchamp added a mustache and a goatee to her celebrated face on a postcard-sized reproduction of the famous painting in the visual pun L.H.O.O.Q., which became of his most famous ready-mades. Contemporary artists continued to find inspiration in the Mona Lisa, from Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman. Probably some of the most unusual reconstructions of the painting include works by Vik Muniz, who recreated the image first in peanut butter and later in jelly. But in 2009, the Mona Lisa was recomposed in Australia, using 3,604 cups of coffee, each filled with various amounts of milk to create the different shades in the portrait.

Pizzi. “It seems to be an image almost overwhelmed by its narratives and interpretations. I was interested in an edgy update of it. I decided to involve very well-known, local women artists and have them do whatever they wanted to do with the image.” He began by inviting women artists to sit for portraits as the Mona Lisa. They became both subject and co-creators. The first stage of the project began with a rehearsal phase, when the artists practiced the smile of Mona Lisa as closely as possible to the original image. “It was about the smile and the posture, but the artists/sitters decided the setting and context of the portrait –  clothing, environment and more” said Pizzi. “I wanted to leave it open to everybody to interpret in their own way. The portraits were starting points. The images were printed on a variety of media which best suited each artist’s technique. Within

“There was a moment when I was thinking about

Mona Lisa as an icon, ... It seems to be an image almost overwhelmed by its narratives and interpretations. I was interested in an edgy update of it.” — Rino Pizzi The Mona Lisa Project, now on view at the Austin Museum of Art, is a collaborative visual art project between Austin photographer Rino Pizzi and 16 women artists from Central Texas. The artists include Connie Arismendi, Ellen Berman, Valérie Chaussonnet, Judy Jensen, Faith Gay, Germaine Keller, Emily Little, Beili Liu, Beverly Penn, Margo Sawyer, Nancy Scanlan, Julie Speer, Jana Swec, Liz Ward, Sally Weber and Sydney Yeager. They represent a wide range of diversity, discipline, technique, ethnicity, generation and aesthetic vision. Each also specializes in different types of media. “There was a moment when I was thinking about Mona Lisa as an icon,” reflected

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the vision of the project, I wanted to make clear that they could embellish my work, decorate it. If they hated it, they were more than welcome to destroy it and give me the fragments that were left. If they wanted to burn it, we would show the ashes.” In May of 2010, Pizzi and the artists gathered at Women & Their Work, an Austin visual and performing organization to discuss their progress. The artists shared their views about the original painting. For some, it was memories of visiting the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, with and without security rope and bulletproof glass. For others, who had never really engaged with the iconic image, the project offered an opportunity to reconsider Mona Lisa’s image and her role in art of the

past 500 years. All the women described the importance of the collaborative process with Pizzi, but shared the importance of being part of this remarkable and illustrious group of women artists. The women responded by transforming Pizzi’s photographs, working in their individual visual languages and aesthetics to produce art of their own, often incorporating the original or simply using it as a point of departure. The final works are as diverse as the women themselves. Some of the works range from traditional oil painting techniques, to heavily textured, abstract layers of paint that shows brush strokes or collage. Others sought out traditional art making-materials like colored pencils and markers. While some of the artists covered the photographic print with detailed drawings, others adapted and obscured the portraits. For another artist, the surface of the portrait was physically pierced with many small holes. Others incorporated a variety of materials that ranged from metal to cast bronze. And for the artists who are sculptors, the portraits become the inspiration for three-dimensional constructions incorporating light, geometric shapes and sculptural materials. The exhibition features two representations of each of the 16 women artists as Mona Lisa: one the photograph from the collaboration with Pizzi and another is the artists’ transformed portraits using their own media and style. MORE INFO New Works: The Mona Lisa Project by Rino Pizzi Austin Museum of Art Through September 11 Meet the artists of The

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light Taking

Caroline Colom Vasquez Soars with Paloma’s Nest

by Shelby O’ Neill


eing a mot her a nd ow n i ng

out some storage space

you r ow n bu s i nes s i s h a rd

by listing some of her



ar twork on the site, and

Va sq uez


m a kes

Ca rol i ne

ef for t les s.

w ith in days, all of her

Maybe it’s becau se com m it ment a nd



pieces had sold out. As

fa m i ly a re ref lec t ed i n a l l a s pec t s of

custom orders began

her work, i nclud i ng t he n a me of her

com ing in, she dusted

cera m ics l i ne, Pa lom a’s Nes t , wh ich

off her kiln and got

wa s chosen i n honor of her now


4 -yea r- old d aught er, Pa lom a .

“I had to fig ure out a

“It was a real coincidence how the

way to make it work,”

name is ref lected in the work,” Vasq uez

she recalled. “I saw it

explained. “‘Paloma’ means ‘dove’ in

as th is amazing oppor-

Spanish, and I look at it as a sy m bol of

tunity to do what I’ve

tranq uility and hope, and the word

always wanted to do.

‘nest’ is someth ing you want to trea-

Etsy prov ided us a way

sure and keep.”

to r un a business from





home wh ile raising a ch ild and reach-

wh ich Vasq uez describes as “hand-

ing the audience who wou ld appreci-

crafted modern heirlooms and timeless

ate it.”

gifts designed to be cherished,” star t-

The brand exploded once the wed-

ed off on craft site Etsy in 2007 and

ding blog community honed in on her

graduated to an e - com merce site two

line of Ring Bearer Bowls, which have

years later. The company’s first f lag-

appeared in Brides magazine and The

sh ip boutiq ue opened on South Con-

New York Times. She developed new col-

gress last month (see sidebar). The suc-

lections to meet the growing demand for


Vasq uez’

her art, including more keepsakes for

kitchen, where her business spr ung up

weddings, Christmas ornaments, baby

nearly overnight when the new mom

room décor and picture frames, all hand-




m iles


crafted from pure white clay and hand-

clothes on Etsy for nine -month- old Pal-

stamped with words she chose or cus-

oma. She decided on a wh im to clear

tomized requests.

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W h ile Vasq uez furiously filled out orders, she also gave careful thought to the values her pieces ref lected. “I tr y not to design based on trends,” she said. “A ny time I design any th ing, I ask myself, ‘Is th is going to look ele gant and beautifu l in 100 years?’” Vasquez credits her upbringing in historic Mystic, CT for that philosophy. Like many buildings in town, the house she grew up in dated back to the 19 th century. “W hen you’re play ing in a house that’s that old, you get th is respect for making th ings that are time less and durable and hold their beauty,” she said. “I feel very

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fortunate that I grew up in an area where

the business continues to expand, she

I could discover that.”

also ensured that her fam ily remained

Her parents also fostered that love for relics, and her mother, an ar t h isto -

“We had tried out different babysit-

rian in the museum field, collects an-

ter arrangements so I cou ld be working

tiq ue q uilts. Today, Vasq uez draws on

at home w ith someone watch ing Palo -

those tex tiles as inspiration for color

ma, and one day it daw ned on me, ‘W hy

palettes and handcrafted design.

am I pay ing somebody to watch my

“I th in k of whoever it was that put

ch ild when I cou ld be pay ing some -

that time and effor t into making these

body to take on th is adm inistrative

amazing pieces of ar t and how sad it is

work so I cou ld be w ith her?’” she re -

that they’re not really regarded as ar t,

called. “That’s when a real sh ift in the

and we’re just now realizing these are

expectations I had for myself came,

masterpieces to be respected,” she

and I star ted to fig ure it out that it was

said. “But, on the other hand, a lot of

better for me to be a mom and delegate

them were used ever yday or are dam-

the par ts of the business that I could be

aged because they were so loved, and

replaced in.”

that’s inspiring too.”

Finding fam ily time wh ile r un n ing

As Paloma’s Nest’s output grew,

a bustling business can still be a chal-

Vasq uez had to balance being both an

lenge, but Vasq uez has found that es -

ar tist and an entrepreneur.

tablish ing routines keeps ever yone

“At the begin n ing, we made th ings

happy. For example, she, her husband

and then sold them, and it was simple

and her daughter bond each afternoon

as that,” she recalled. “We were for tu-

w ith v isits to the Y MCA.

nate we didn’t have to have a lot of in-

“Our current schedule is the most

ventor y or overhead costs, so it was

str uctured we’ve ever had, and it helps

ver y easy to grow organically.”

a lot for the th ree of us to know what to

Eventually, handling all the sh ip -

expect from the day and when we’re

ping, accounting, pu blic relations, mar-

going to see each other,” she said. “A ny

keting and handcrafting, as well as her

time you mention ‘g uilt’ and ‘business -

roles as a mom and w ife, began to take

woman’ together you get th is backlash,

a toll on both the business and her per-

but it’s a reality that as women we all

sonal life.

feel and relate to. We all need to fig ure

“It was exhausting and ver y diffi-

out what we can do to allev iate some

cu lt,” she said. “I th in k on ly good

of that pressure so we can be success -

th ings can come when you realize

fu l in all areas of our lives.”

you’ve outgrow n the small circle of

A nother way Vasq uez focuses on

th ings you can do as one person and

her fam ily is by creating a special piece

that another m ind and another pair of

bearing Paloma’s name from ever y new

hands can dou ble that.”

design, wh ich then becomes par t of

The company took on two fu ll-time

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her top priority.

her daughter’s grow ing personal col-

employees to help out, and Vasq uez’


husband, José, officially joined the

learn ing to w rite her name to holidays,

company fu ll-time, contributing h is

have all been memorialized by hand-

talents as a woodworker, most notably

crafted Paloma’s Nest mementos as

in a collection of cuff lin ks for men. As

well. With heirlooms ever-present in


m ilestones,


her m ind, Vasq uez also buys newspa-

com memorat ed so m a ny of l i fe’s i m -

pers on her daughter’s birthday each

por t a nt moment s, f rom bi r t h to m a r-

year and collects her funny sayings in a

r iage a nd even deat h, a s wel l a s

file on her iPhone.

s m a l ler i n s t a nces, l i ke one of her ce -

“I try to leave pathways or indications of where she’s been and collect them in some sort of form so that she’ll have things to look back on and smile at,” she said.

ra m ic but ton s bei ng sew n i n s ide a loved one’s m i l it a r y u n i for m . “We really get the priv ilege of making a piece that someone is plan n ing

Pa lom a i s n’t t he on ly one who w i l l

on lov ing for so long,” Vasq uez said.

u se her mot her’s a r t work to t ravel

“To be included in someone’s life

back t h rough t i me. Va sq uez h a s hea rd

events is really an honor, and that’s

cou nt les s

what I love about what we do and what

s tor ies

f rom

c u s tomers

a bout how Pa lom a’s Nes t pieces h ave

we make.”

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- Keep paper handy to write down a list

There is controversy about how to dis-

of any medications you need to replace,

pose of medications. It’s fairly well estab-

and don’t forget ancillary items like first aid

lished that you don’t want to flush them

supplies that might also be required.

down the toilet because those drugs end up

- Destroy prescription labels before dis-

in our drinking water system. (Even though

carding so they can’t be used for unin-

they do it all the time in the movies!) If you

tended refills by someone else (and to pro-

throw them in the trash, you want to make

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sure nobody can ingest them either acci-

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dentally or abusively. The best recommen-

ganize the medications and supplements

dation I have seen is taking them to your

you take on a regular basis, instead of deal-

local pharmacy if they have a disposal pro-

ing them all out each day.

gram, but many don’t have them (check

- Use small bins, even drawer dividers

with your local pharmacy about collection

work well, for grouping each family mem-

programs). Second best seems to be to add

ber’s own medications and supplements

water to pills to dissolve them before throw-

on a shelf.

ing them away in the trash, or add salt or

Have you ever been confused about identifying medications? When we do orga-

kitty litter to liquids to make them unusable.

nizing projects in bathrooms, we often run

Now, take a pool break inside in the cool

into UPO’s – “Unidentified Pharmaceutical

air conditioning and clean out those medicine

Objects.” People often pack pills in smaller

cabinets and makeup drawers!

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sz that belies her age. The range of her talent and her voice show the depth and breadth of someone twice her age, yet everything about her is young and fresh. She honors tradition, yet pushes the boundaries of Americana roots music. Sarah Jarosz is an old soul with a new sound. Born in Austin on May 23, 1991, Sarah

T her e i s a du a l it y t o Sa ra h Ja r osz t h at bel ies her a ge. T he ra n ge of her t a lent a nd her voice show t he dept h a nd brea dt h of someone tw ice her a ge, yet ever y th i ng about her is you ng a nd fresh.

was raised in Wimberley, the only child of Gary and Mary Jarosz, both teachers and music aficionados. At an early age, Sarah

Sarah. The CD was co-produced by Sarah

leased in May of this year just a few days be-

began singing and was attracted to music

and legendary roots audio engineer Gary

fore her 20th birthday. Again, she teamed up

– especially to the bluegrass and roots mu-

Paczosa (winner of nine Grammys for work

with Gary Paczosa and was joined by a most

sic she heard with her parents at local jams

with Alison Krauss, the Dixie Chicks and

impressive group of singers and instrumen-

and festivals. She was 10 when she learned

Dolly Parton) on the Sugar Hill record label.

talists – Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin,

to play the mandolin, quickly followed by

Although she was heralded as a prodigy,

Sarah Siskind, Jerry Douglas, Bela

the guitar and the clawhammer banjo. At

Sarah continued her quest for learning her

Fleck, John Leventhal, Darrell Scott,

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Sa ra h Ja r osz i s one of t he best ta lents to come a lon g i n recent m e m o r y. S h e ’s y o u n g , y e t s h e ’s a sol id mu sici a n a nd shou ld be a rou nd for a lon g ti me. Good voice, good son gs, good f r iends, ver y ex pressive – nowhere to go but up. - Joh n A iel l i Eklektikos on KUT 90.5 FM

W h i le her i n st r u ment a l t a lents a re for m id a b l e , l e t ’s m a k e o n e th i ng clea r: Sa ra h is a s i n g e r. S h e ’s j u s t f l a t got it. Her voice is velvety smooth, ag i le a nd powerf u l. With subtle use of colors a nd ef fects, she i nhabits her son gs the way a f ine actress does her role. -Tim O’Brien

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I cou ld tel l you what a t r e m e n d o u s mu s i c i a n , n a t u r a l s i n g e r, a n d precociou s w r iter she i s, or I cou ld si mply tel l you that I a nd ever yone I k now i n t h i s t i g h t -k n i t c o m mu n i t y c a n’ t w a i t t o p l a y s o m e m o r e mu s i c w i t h S a r a h Ja r o s z . -Ch ris Th i le

Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers

Photo courtesy of Scott Simontacchi

Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile and Victor Krauss,

At age 20, her resume is the envy of

Seattle, Telluride, Louisville, Los Angeles,

as well as band mates Alex Hargreaves and

many a professional musician. In 2010,

San Diego and Winnipeg, Canada fol-

Nathaniel Smith. Nine of the 11 tracks were

Grammy and Americana nominations, as

lowed in July by her first tour of the United

written by Sarah and the CD included two

well as a trio of Austin Music Awards (Best

Kingdom – that’s right, jolly ‘ol England,

covers – one of a Bob Dylan classic and one of

Female Vocalist, Best Bluegrass Artist and

including a side trip to Scotland before

a Radiohead standard. She sings and plays

Best Folk Act), followed the release of Song

returning to gigs in Colorado and Wyo-

eight instruments on the new CD. Follow Me

Up In Her Head. She has played the Opry,

ming and finishing with another trip

Down went beyond bluegrass while honor-

Telluride, Spoleto, Bonnaroo, Newport and

across the pond in August – this time to

ing its roots. Citing musical influences rang-

been featured on Austin City Limits, Prairie

Denmark. All of this before returning to

ing from Doc Watson to Ella Fitzgerald to Tom

Home Companion, NPR’s Living Room and

Boston and the New England Conservato-

Waits to the Decemberists to The Beatles and

All Things Considered. She has received fa-

ry in September. The maddening pace

Bob Dylan, Sarah blended those influences

vorable reviews from Rolling Stone and The

brings to mind one of Jarosz’s favorite

and molded them to create her own signature

New York Times.

cover songs, Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, which

sound. Again she was critically acclaimed

So exactly how does a young musician

she sang at her high school graduation.

and the CD earned her second Americana

with a stellar resume follow up on the re-

Jarosz may be a little crazy, but she is

Music Award nomination for Instrumentalist

lease of her sophomore album? She hits

crazy like a fox outrunning the hounds do-

of the Year. Sarah is the only female nominat-

the ground running. Hard and fast. She

ing what she was born to do – chasing

ed in the category up against Buddy Miller,

schedules a tour which crisscrosses the

down the songs in her soul and singing

Gurf Morlix, Kenny Vaughan and Will Kim-

country several times with appearances

them for grateful fans.


in New York City, Nashville, Portland,

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“Ms. Jarosz is widely regarded as one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singersongwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.” – Andy Langer, The New York Times/The Texas Tribune

Critically Speaking: Song Up In Her Head

Release date: June 16, 2009, Sugar Hill Records

“For Wimberley’s Sarah Jarosz, Song Up in Her Head is the calling card of triple-threat stardom: a voice of maturity at 17, instrumentalist of precision, and a songwriter of uncommon wisdom in the mold of Dolly Parton by way of Lucinda Williams … Jarosz’s brilliant debut is neither fluke nor surprise. Much of Jarosz’s appeal is youth, but that’s grounded so deeply in talent that listening to her is a sweet promise for the future.” – Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle “She’s a wildly talented instrumentalist, wielding her mandolin and clawhammer banjo like an old pro. Her voice is lovely, glowing and unfurled at only the right moments … a curious, smart, sensitive young person who sings about the things that baffle the hearts and minds of most curious, smart, sensitive people, regardless of age: love, time and the big wide world. “ – Rachel Maddux, Paste Magazine

Follow Me Down

Release date: May 17, 2011 Sugar Hill Records

“Largely self-penned – these songs could serve as a map to the bohemian gypsy heart of a young woman coming into her own. They’re rife with desire, hope, the hunger to see what the world holds, a little uncertainty and always the exultant joy that can be found in the playing.” – Holly Gleason, Paste magazine “With the release of a beautiful new record Follow Me Down, it’s time to proceed past the astonishment of Jarosz’s remarkable age and acknowledge her place among the prestigious group of musicians currently pursuing acoustic music to exciting and progressive new heights. Follow Me Down is the work of an artist who both understands her music’s roots but has a clear vision of the potential of those roots’ capacity to spread and transform.” – Jon Stone, American Songwriter

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AW caught up with Sarah on the road preparing for a sound check in Seattle. AW: I believe you are an old soul in a young body. Where did your love of and deep understanding of music come from?

AW: Do you have any favorite venues or places that you especially like to play? Sarah Jarosz: I love Telluride and the

AW: People are always fascinated by singer-songwriters. What is your process for songwriting?

Sarah Jarosz: It has really been a part of

Planet Bluegrass festival in Colorado. I al-

SJ: Honestly, it changes every time

me my whole life. I have been singing for as

ways love to come to Austin. The hometown

with every song. I think that is why I love

long as I can remember. I am very lucky to

audiences are awesome.

it. I don’t have a specific step-by-step pro-

have two parents that are very supportive of me and helped that love of music grow.

cess that I go through. Sometimes there

AW: As a co-producer and writer, how do you choose what to include in your CDs?

are songs that come as one and I finish them in one sitting. Songs like My Muse or

AW: Did growing up in the music-rich

SJ: For both of the CDs I chose whatever felt

Come Around from the new album are ex-

environs of the Austin area influence your

natural and comfortable for me. The differences

amples of that. Other times they come in

decision to pursue music as a career?

between the first one and the second are really

pieces, like I will write the lyrics and then

SJ: I feel really lucky to have grown up in

just a natural progression of my writing. It has

record the melody separately, so each one

Wimberley, which has the small-town Tex-

been affected by moving away from Texas to Bos-

is truly different. With Peace, I started

as vibe and still has the close proximity to

ton and my work at the Conservatory. There have

writing it when I was 12 and it wasn’t un-

Austin, which is one of the great music cit-

been a number of personal and professional

til I went over it with one of my instruc-

ies. I got to hear a lot of music and it was

changes in the last two years, so it is a matter of

tors at NEC that I could finish it. I had the

nice to have both influences while I was

what I feel closest to personally at the time. As far

bass and the strings, but something was

growing up.

as covers, I choose songs that I love to sing by art-

missing and that’s where we came up

ists that I have a lot of respect for.

with the Irish flute.

Yo u h e a r S a r a h J a r o s z si ng or play even a note a nd the releva ncy of ti me a nd space goes on hold. A s a mu lt i-i n s t r u ment a l i s t a nd son g w r iter she attracts the f inest mu sici a n s i nt o her mu sica l fold. T h i s you n g woma n is proof that the f utu re of mu sic itsel f i s certa i n to be f u ll of v i r t u o s i t y, p a s s i o n , i n t e g r i t y, d e e p b e a u t y and soul. –A b i g a i l Wa s h b u r n Photo courtesy of scott newton

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When I ventured here

Truth was far not near So I traveled on

Truth revealed in song

- Here Nor There

This flame burns brighter With every poem read This bird flies higher

With a song up in her head

- Song Up In Her Head

I may be young, I may be old

I may be telling, I may be told I may be wise, I may be bold But I’ll come around

- Come Around

Sarah Jarosz has mapped her personal journey in the lyrics of her songs. Poignant and straightforward, her musical truths are universally appealing. To read entire lyrics of each song, go to

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S a r a h w a s 12 y e a r s old when s he f i r s t a p p e a r e d o n t h e O n e Wo r l d T h e a t r e s t a g e , sitti n g i n w ith R ick y Ska ggs. W hen she played a couple of months a go at the t h e a t r e , I f e l t l i k e a p r o u d f a t h e r, s e e i n g my l itt le g i rl g row up i n f ront of me. Her p e r f o r m a n c e w a s a m a z i n g – a ‘ l o v e f e s t .’ T he ent i r e aud ience wa s blow n away by her ma g ica l perfor ma nce. I do bel ieve th is is the beg i n n i n g of a n a r tist, tr u ly c o m i n g i n t o h e r o w n . Yo u c a n’ t h e l p b u t root for someone l i ke th is, especia l ly when they’re so ta lented. She deser ves e v e r y t h i n g t h a t ’s c o m i n g t o h e r n o w. Sarah (age 12) at One World Theatre with bluegrass legend, Ricky Skaggs Photo courtesy of one world theatre

–H a r t t St e a r n s O n e Wo r l d T h e a t r e

record what feels good to me. I really do

SJ: The way I feel comes through when I

AW: Tell me about the choice of going to

not record anything I don’t want to record.

play. I love music. My goal is to make music

the Conservatory and continuing with

I have been fortunate in that and have

with people that I love and respect, so when

your education rather than going ahead

been proud of what we have recorded.

I am on stage, it is a natural feeling for me to

with music full-time.

Sugar Hill has been amazing as far as let-

show the joy I feel. I guess that comes

ting me do what I want to do musically.

through when I am on stage.

SJ: I definitely weighed the pros and cons of both paths and it was tempting to just go out on the road right out of high school, but

AW: Speaking of Gary and your CDs,

AW: You have received so many honors

both my parents are teachers and education

the two of you put together a remarkable

and accolades – a Grammy nomination,

is important to me. I really wanted to have

group of musicians for a supporting cast

Americana Award nominations, Austin

the college experience. I am so glad now that

on Follow Me Down.

Music Awards – and you are very young to

I am two years into it that I made that choice.

SJ: I was really fortunate to have had all of

I was looking for a way to move out of my

them be a part of it and they were so gener-

comfort zone and school has done that. To be

ous with their time. Each experience was

SJ: It is thrilling and an honor to have

totally honest, it is really hard to balance both,

unique and I learned something new from

that support and recognition. Even if none

but I think that it is part of the learning experi-

each of them. One of the big surprises was

of that were happening, I would still con-

ence. Any of my downtime I have from school

Shawn Colvin being a part of it. Growing up

tinue to do what I do. Those honors are

needs to be utilized for my career. I am able to

in Austin, I listened to her throughout my life

nice bonuses, but I don’t make music for

step back sometimes and I really feel fortu-

and it was a thrill to have her as a part of it.

that reason. When I stood on the stage in

nate to have both aspects of my life.

When I performed at One World in Austin in

Telluride in 2007 looking at the audience I

May, she came out and played with me.

knew that music was what I wanted to do

AW: You have also managed to balance commercial success and critical success.

have received this kind of attention. How do you put it all into perspective?

for the rest of my life. I guess that’s how I

AW: Whenever a review is written about

keep it in perspective.

SJ: Working with my co-producer Gary

your performance inevitably something is

Paczosa, I have always felt really comfort-

written about the joy you show when you


able in the studio and have been able to

play. Where does that come from?

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ext stop, ... Cedar Park! Hop

Take an Exciting Train Ride through the Hill Country by T er r i S c h e x n ay d er

What’s Around the Bend? Princess Flyer Aug. 7, 2011

The Bertram Flyer is a shorter train

aboard the Hill Country Flyer

ride, following the scenic route of the Hill

or Bertram Flyer for a rail ad-

Country Flyer, but whisks riders away to

venture. Check out the special adven-

the 1912 train station in Bertram for a

tures with Thomas the Train to celebrate

quick tour of the depot.

your child’s birthday. Put on your Sher-

The Cattleman's Ball Killing Aug. 20 and Sept. 17, 2011 A Halloween Whodunit Oct. 29, 2011

New for 2011, the Twilight Flyers

lock Holmes thinking cap and solve one

let you experience the magic of a

of the famous murder train mysteries as

nighttime train ride. Departing from

it unfolds right in front of you.

Cedar Park at 6:30 p.m. on select sum-

The Hill Country Flyer, the original train,

mer evenings, the nonstop trip to Bur-

takes you on a 66-mile roundtrip from Cedar

net and back includes a box dinner.

Park to Burnet. As you pull into the historic

Just sit back, relax, and listen to the

Burnet station, located next to the Town

hum of the wheels clacking along the

Square, you’ll discover quaint stores and


women of williamson county

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Lisa McCormick

Encourages Others to Find Their Voice by T er r i S c h e x n ay d er


t’s spelled like the spice,” Lisa McCormick, owner, Final Touch Salon, clarifies when she is asked the spell-

ing of her last name. And finding the spice in her life is just what McCormick is all about. The 39-year-old, single mom of a teenage son, Kameron, eventually overcame her painful shyness to now serve as an ambassador for the Round Rock Chamber and an advocate for empowering other women and men. “Kameron is the love of my life,” says McCormick, her tanned face beaming. “We’ve been on our own since he was four and he has always been my drive, my rock!”

p h oto by M a r y B a r n e t t

McCormick says she “grew up an Army brat,” bouncing around while growing up after her parents divorced. Born in Lowell,

path on her journey. In her early 20s, she and

up. “I wanted to keep him in the same house

MA, she lived there for about three years,

Kameron’s dad married, but divorced when

and neighborhood. It has worked out and

then on to Louisiana, Austin and Wahiawa,

her son was four.

also has allowed me to set my roots deep in

HI, where the sunloving McCormick rel-

“I now see I was empowering myself

my community.”

back then to become more independent.

Her personal and professional commit-

Her brother, a firefighter, moved to Austin

But when you are in the thick of the divorce,

ments are evident through her business and

and McCormick followed him to the area

while trying to go to school and raise a

charitable partnerships, her involvement

when she was 18 years old. She signed up for

young child, all I could think of was, ‘What’s

with the Professional Women of Williamson

classes at Austin Community College, unsure

the next step?’” recalls McCormick.

County (PWOW) and her volunteer efforts

ished the sand and surf.

of what direction her new home would bring,

McCormick’s mission was to provide a

but hoping school would provide the best

permanent home for Kameron, as he grew

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on behalf of several nonprofits.

AW: Was the goal of owning a salon a

AW: How has being an active member

longtime passion of yours?

of PWOW helped you prosper?

It comes from inside. We always

Lisa McCormick: The idea came from oth-

LM: For one, I just finished designing the

create our outside based on what

ers in 2007. I was a single mom, creating tile

website and I knew nothing about that

society wants, but it really comes

and natural stone floor designs at the time.

when I started – just taught myself how to

from what you feel about yourself.

A friend suggested I buy this salon and I

do it. My years with PWOW, and the Round

We need to say, “I am beautiful. I

said, “No!”

Rock businesswoman’s group before that,

Lisa on Beauty

can accomplish whatever I want. I

They persisted, so I decided to try it and

have really helped opened me up and gave

am confident.” But, we also might

see what doors might open. It has been

me the ability to find my voice. I want to

want to do “beauty” things


help others find theirs.

because of what we want – not just what a boyfriend wants.

McCormick’s mission was to provide a per-

How to Give in Your Community

manent home for Kameron, as he grew up. “I

Join local organizations that have

wanted to keep him in the same house and neigh-

a community outreach program. Take action – don’t be scared. A nonprofit wants your help and

borhood. It has worked out and also has allowed me to set my roots deep in my community.”

will tell you what they need. Remember the hardest thing is to know when to say “no.” When I

AW: What makes your salon stand

didn’t, and overextended myself, it

apart from your competitors?

was too much for me and my son.

AW: How do you do that? LM: For example, we just had our PWOW

LM: My goal is help empower others – in

scholarship luncheon. It goes to a woman

A suggestion: Become one with

the workplace, as well as the community. I

who has completed at least a high school

the school system and help

wanted to create a place for individuals to

degree and wishes to pursue her passion.

empower our kids to really know

explore and do the work they are passion-

My friend, Kristi Kitchens, wanted to go to

their true potential. There are so

ate about, whether it’s nails, hair or facials.

nursing school and I encouraged her to go

many young adults who have no

People who rent their space here, for exam-

for it. And she won!

clue. I keep coming back to

ple, are continuing their education. A hus-

PWOW, but it is so important to

band and wife team has joined the salon.

continue to give scholarships.

That has helped their life grow and prosper,

LM: You can get through anything in life as

especially since they now have a new

long as you can breathe. I went through


some major panic attacks and told myself

MORE INFO Lisa McCormick Final Touch Salon 1312 Round Rock Ave. Round Rock, TX 78681 512.255.2772

AW: Talk about some of your business contributions to the community. LM: We host the annual cut-a-thon for the

AW: What is your philosophy in life?

that nothing in front of me is something I can’t handle. God will take care of me.

AW: What’s next for you?

Baptist Children’s Home and for the past

LM: Kameron is graduating soon, so I will

three years, the salon has served as a Coats

be an empty-nester in my early 40s. Maybe

for Kids drop-off location.

open a second salon or franchising. Or, maybe becoming a speaker empowering women, and find an avenue to do that.

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10 Top

Young toWomen Watch in Austin 10 Entrepreneurs Under 30 with the Grit to Create Their Dream Careers By Joelle Pearson

AW has discovered countless young women in Austin who are doing selfless, rewarding and ultimately, inspiring work. Here are ten CEOs, activists, artists and environmentalists – by no means a definitive list, just a few that stood out. We look forward to following their blossoming careers and seeing how they change their worlds for many years to come.

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Descending from a long line of blues musicians, Adderly deftly leads the Austin-based group that has become synonymous with soul. When she isn’t lavishing a Sixth Street jazz junket with her spirited vocals, she’s teaching drama and voice at the Girls Rock Camp, Lone Star School of Music and ACE Academy. “It makes me feel like I’m trying to do something on this earth,” Adderly recently told The Austin Chronicle. Frontwoman of Akina Adderly & The Vintage Playboys

Akina Adderly

For the Avila sisters, the last place flowers belong is neatly tucked in a centerpiece vase. The third generation floral artists instead twist, dangle and string flowers into creations so fantastical, they’ve been dubbed the “haute couture of floral arrangements.” In only five short years, Mandarin Flower Company has already landed contracts with The Austin Bar Association, Ballet Fete and Governor Rick Perry.


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Founders & Owners of Mandarin Flower Company

“I wanted to embrace my title as a military widow, because it represented not only my soulmate’s sacrifice and my own, but if I could live through it, it could symbolize my survival.” Davis lost her husband only a few years into her marriage – and found no resources to help her cope with her loss. Instead of sinking into grief, she created The American Widow Project, a resource network for women to share their stories of loss, survival, and acceptance. “I’ve gone from being a person that had to live minute-to-minute because of the unbearable pain I felt, to a person that looks forward to things months and even years ahead.”

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Being “feminine” is personal and difficult to define; but Sheehan believes that by unlocking our feminine power, we can live the lives we’ve always wanted. “Everything in your external world is a reflection of the world within you,” states Sheehan on her website. “You have the power to change it.” She offers spiritual, physical, financial and emotional guidance through numerous workshops and one-on-one sessions, and has gained a large and loyal following since relocating to Austin.

Lauren Sheehan

CEO & Founder of Students of the World


Spence founded Students of the World when she was only a sophomore at Duke University. Now a national nonprofit, her organization helps university students create documentary media that supports global humanitarian efforts. She has traveled with over 17 teams to countless countries and served over 50 nonprofit groups, proactively shaping students into ethical global citizens. (It’s no wonder Spence also happens to be the offspring of current ATXMan cover, Roy Spence.)

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Classic yet modern, sophisticated yet simple, Styles has refined the world of event planning with her elegant touch (The Domain and Neiman Marcus can attest). With her latest endeavor,, visitors can share the young party planner’s inspiring day-to-day finds and integrate them into their own events. “I truly believe that parties should be all about fun (for the guests and the host!) so, I love getting to share tips and ideas for stress-free entertaining that is still abundant in style,” said the aptly-named Styles.

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just passing through

Laura Soave

by chr istine cox

Head, FIAT Brand North America driving the mission


aving speechwriters at your beck

Soave goes on with her story with a huge,

deliver it. I hated it. It didn’t sound

and call is not something most of

self-effacing grin on her face over lunch at

any th ing like me.” She goes on to tell

us will luxuriate in during our

the stylishly designed, new FIAT dealer-

us how she managed to th row some -

careers. But Laura Soave candidly tells

ship ( in Austin’s Domain. She is

th ing together just in time. “I spoke

the story of her much-lauded keynote

here for SXSW, and on a tight schedule man-

from the hear t, but I was shaking like a

speech given at the National Auto Dealers

aged by her assistant and an effusive media

leaf.” To her complete surprise, her

Association’s (NADA) annual convention

relations ‘handler’ from Italy. Dressed in a

speech ended w ith a standing ovation.

recently: “I was a last minute stand-in for

fabulous navy designer blouse, the striking

“People in th is industr y are dy ing for

a celebrity who backed out. I had no

Italian-American brunette is warm, poised

someone to help them have faith again.”

speech prepared and no time to write one.

and relaxed, in spite of herself.

Sitting w ith Soave, it’s no dou bt

The whole thing was mind-boggling. So I

“The speechw riter handed me the

hired a very expensive speechwriter.”

speech on ly hours before I was to

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she’s the ‘man’ for that job. A nd it’s a dam ned big job.

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The head of Ch r ysler’s par tnersh ip

Speaking of balance, when asked about

w ith FI AT brand, Nor th A merica, Soave

work/life balance, Lisa Copeland, GM of

is no -nonsense in her approach to work

FIAT Austin (and our February 2011 cover

and life. W hen asked how many hours

woman) chimes in. “There is no such thing

a day she works, she retor ts, “Over this

as ‘work-life balance. That’s something ap-

past year, my work is my life. I sleep

plied to women. You don’t hear men worry-

with my Blackberry. I have to take and

ing about achieving that sort of balance. It’s

make calls from all over the world at odd

not realistic.” Soave agrees.

times because of time-zone issues. For example, China’s getting ready to launch the FIAT 500. They are counting on my leadership.”

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WORK, WORK, WORK In 1997, Soave started with Ford taking customer concern calls. “The customers

In fact, Fiat is indeed in the midst of

called hating their car, their dealer, their

launching its ‘re-branded’ brand worldwide,

life,” she remembers not so fondly. “I had a

and Soave is feeling the weight of that re-

headset on eight hours a day.” But she ad-

sponsibility. “Right now, as I launch this

mits to learning a lot from the experience.

car in the U.S., I have 52,000 people count-

“As I was getting my MBA, I was still con-

ing on me and the decisions I make,” she

vinced I’d someday own my own busi-

says with a smile that belies any anxiety.

ness.” Instead, she worked for Ford for 10

Those ‘people’ include employees work-

years. (Ah, the assumptions we make

ing in every aspect of the much belea-

about our futures in our youth. If only we

guered but slowly recovering auto indus-

knew not to bother!)

try, where Soave has firsthand experience

Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive

starting from the bottom and moving way

of FIAT, called Soave for an interview one

up. Hailing from Detroit, MI; ironically,

day. I wasn’t looking, but I was dying to

she’s not from a family of auto workers.

meet him, so I accepted.” What was slotted

“My father owned a construction busi-

for 30 minutes lasted seven hours. “Mar-

ness,” she explains. “I come from entrepre-

chionne and I think a lot alike,” she re-

neurial stock; but coming from Detroit

members. “We hit it off immediately and

means people assume your life centers

started bouncing ideas off of one another

around the auto industry. I swore since I

left and right. It just clicked.” Known both

was a girl that I wouldn’t be a part of

for his love of fast cars and his ability to

that crowd.” Swearing is probably best

turn free-falling corporations around on a

saved for sailors and journeymen. Soave

dime, Marchionne is leading Chrysler out

is neither; she’s a born captain.

of darkness with the help of Soave, Olivier

A daughter of immigrant parents from

Francois, Chrysler brand’s CEO, and a

Italy, she actually considered a career as a

team of advertising creatives. If you’ve

CPA. She went to Walsh College, known

seen the Chrysler ad on television where

for accounting majors. “I was good with

the strengths of Detroit and its people are

numbers. But, I must admit, the deeper I

extolled, you’ll know that they’re on the

got into it, the more I hated the idea ... In

right track. Creative ads and marketing

my last semester I decided I couldn’t be

savvy will no doubt help lead Chrysler out

an accountant for the rest of my life, where

of debt, while the FIAT relaunch leads that

everything had to balance. That was not

cause with its sleek re-dux of the old 1950’s

me.” So she got her MBA in marketing

Cinquecento Fiat 500. The sexy, Italian-de-

from the University of Detroit.

signed car is a low-emission, ecologically-

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Yet, she is nothing if not humble. “Olivier and I realized together that we

In the meantime, Soave’s enthusiasm

needed to thank the people of Detroit;

as a marketing genius is getting noticed.

there in the ashes, they’ve made a major

She is respected and followed world-wide

comeback through hard work and pas-

for her no-nonsense but innovative way of

sion. They never give up.”

experiential marketing. “I did an internal

Soave h a s moved away f rom De -

campaign at several of our plants where

t roit once, but she say s she felt l i ke

we distributed huge, blank canvases with

she wa s sel l i ng out . “ W hen I lef t , ev-

easels paints and markers throughout

er yone wa s say i ng ’get out wh i le you

where people could artistically express

ca n’ but I felt l i ke I wa s a ba ndon i ng

themselves about the new launch. We

t he s i n k i ng sh ip.”

started with 20 canvases, but by the time the campaign was over, 86 canvases had

AW: Do you want to stay with FIAT

been used. Everyone wanted to join in on


the expression! The thank-yous we got for

Laura Soave: “I’ve definitely found my

this project were amazing – the legal


We started with 20 canvases, but by the time the campaign was over, 86 canvases had been used. Everyone wanted to join in on the expression! team, who initially freaked out about the

AW: What do you drive now?

idea because it was a bit ‘risky’ ended up

LS: A red FIAT, of course! My first

being the favored artistic team. They took

company car was a big, red Continental,

the contracts between FIAT and Chrysler

when I was 25. My friends and I used to

and shredded them to make a mosaic!”

call it our personal limo.

Soave remembers that she and Marchio-

AW: What’s it like at home these days?

nne watched all the videos of the making

LS: I was married for 10 years, but now

of the canvasses, and they were nearly

I’m divorced; my husband, frankly, was a

brought to tears. “It reminded us that this

nice guy for sure, but very traditional. And

is why we’re here; for all these people and

I love to work. I don’t have food in the

their families.” There are so many people

fridge, I don’t have plants or pets. I’m do-

who rely on the auto industry for their live-

ing what I love – this isn’t a ‘job’ for me, it’s

lihoods. Soave’s job, though a diversion

a ‘mission.’ Part of me is growing up. I’m a

from her original dreams, is instead more

bit of a control freak – down to the tiles on

important and impactful than anything

the showroom floors of our dealerships.

she could have ever dreamed up.

(Copeland laughs, nods, and agrees.)

AW: What do you long for? LS: I miss my friends and my volunteer work. I’m a huge supporter of the cause to cure breast cancer, and will eventually get back into that. Frankly, a vacation will be nice. I travel so much for work, but as many times as I’ve been to Europe, I’ve not spent the time to see my family. (Soave’s best friend, Elizabeth Vaughn, lives in Austin. She met her working together at Ford in Detroit.)

AW: What is the percentage of women working in the auto industry? LS: There aren’t enough, for sure, especially in general managers’ positions. But that’s slowly changing.

AW: Will you ever slow down? LS: I imagine my work load will taper off a tiny bit in the next year or so, but life in this business is not likely to ever go back to the way it was before the ‘crash.’ Chrysler learned a hard lesson. The future of the environment,




safety and transportation issues – we have a lot of things to consider, working in such a huge industry. Thank goodness they’ve got a strong female captain to help man the re-emergence of the mighty ship.

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Christine Hanna has brought growth and prosperity to a beloved family business, managing to keep it one of the last 13 remaining, family-owned wineries in Sonoma while following her passion for making good, simple food and wine. by


Claudia Alarcón

COOKS and other stories

ack in the 1970s, Dr.

Saint Elias after the Greek Orthodox saint

national distribution, transitioned from



and gave to friends and served at parties.

purchased fruit to estate-grown grapes,

Francisco-based cardi-

In 1985, they hired winemaker Mary An-

and even began marketing fruit from Han-

ologist, originally from

drews and expanded the vineyards, offi-

na’s vineyards to other leading wineries.





cially giving birth to Hanna Winery. Chris-

Today, the Hanna family owns 600 acres, 250

acres in the Russian

tine took the management baton in 1993

of which are planted, split between four dif-

River Valley because he missed the agri-

after working at the winery for a couple of

ferent vineyards in the Alexander, Russian

cultural lifestyle of his home country.

years doing public relations and market-

River and Sonoma valleys, all cultivated sus-

Vines were planted and eventually he

ing. Since then, she has amassed some

tainably. I had the opportunity to meet Chris

started making homemade Chardonnay

serious accomplishments. Through her ef-

Hanna and taste her wines during a

and Cabernet Sauvignon with his daugh-

forts and direction, the winery grew from

recent Austin visit and found them all

ter Christine, which they named Château

1,000 to 50,000 cases a year, achieved

delightful – both and the wines.

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Christine has focused the winery’s production to a flagship Russian River Sauvignon Blanc that now represents half of Hanna’s production. The 2010 vintage is the best so far for this crisp, refreshing white due to an unusually cool growing year, perfect conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc. The wine shows beautiful aromatics, with peach, lemon and mineral flavors devoid of bitterness, and is a super summer refresher that should retail around $15. The 2009 Chardonnay is made from grapes from two Russian River vineyards (which they also sell to famous winemaker Paul Hobbes.) It is lightly oaked and naturally fermented, so it has a creamy mouthfeel but soft and balanced palate. It is fresh and lively, with tropical aromas (“piña colada,” says Christine), citrusy flavors, perfect acidity and a savory finish, ideal for food





pairing. They also make Pinot Noir from Russian River, but with a production of only 500 cases, it stays in their tasting room. However, the 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is available here in Austin, and it is a stunner, full of the black cherry and plum flavors typical of the Alexander Valley, and silky and subtle structure “without big monster tannins,” says Christine. Their most exclusive Cabernet comes from the Bismarck vineyard, located on the Sonoma side of Mount Veeder, at an altitude of 1,400 to 2,600 ft. The vines produce tiny clusters of tiny berries in a very rough, rocky terrain that Christine describes as “total rattlesnake disco,” which makes for wonderfully stressed, concentrated fruit and wines with ripe, bold tannins and rich, black fruit. Christine describes this wine plainly as “wow.”

{REFRESHING SUMMER RECIPES from The Winemaker Cooks: Menus, Parties and Pairings by Chris Hanna}



Mango salsa was one of my very first grown-


up recipes, conjured sometime in the late,

2 nectarines, pitted and cut into 1/2-in/12-

great eighties. I’ve brought it into the new mil-

mm dice

lennium by using summer nectarines. Their

1 red bell pepper/capsicum, seeded,

sweetness and acidity are a welcome foil for

deveined, cut into 1/2-in/12-mm dice

the spicy jalapenos and fresh herbs. Besides, our tree really puts out in the summer, and there are only so many nectarine crisps and

1/4 cup/10 g chopped fresh cilantro/fresh coriander 1




tarts a family can eat! This salsa complements

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

chicken and pork tenderloin, too.

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Although the halibut works beautifully with an aromatic Viognier, the smoky flavor of the




1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

grilled fish makes it a great match for a juicy red wine like Pinot Noir.

Combine the lime zest and juice, ginger, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir and pour into a


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large zip-lock bag, add the fish. Refrigerate for 1-to-3 hours, turning over frequently.

Grated zest and juice of 1 lime

For the salsa: Combine all ingredients and

1 tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger

let stand at room temperature. Preheat the

1/4 cup/60 ml extra-virgin olive oil

grill to medium-high. Oil the grill and grill

1 tsp salt

the halibut for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

until opaque throughout. Serve the fillets

Six 4-oz/115-g halibut fillets, skinned

topped with the salsa. Serves 6.

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sit still for long, preferring to pass the time gardening, cooking and entertaining. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a Master’s degree in creative writing, and did her postgraduate work in viticulture and enology. In October of 2010, she combined these rewarding passions in the book The Winemaker Cooks: Menus, Par-

ties and Pairings, one of three finalists – out of 600 entries – for the American Cookbook of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, which she managed to write while performing all her management duties at the winery. In the book, Christine presents more than 100 recipes, neatly organized in seasonal menus for everyday dinners, special occasions, picnic lunches, and holidays, “all very much out of the garden, farmers’ market, that kind of thing,” she says. There are “Ask the Winemaker” sidebars throughout the book, where she answers “all of the questions that I’ve been asked a million times at winemaker dinners and tastings.” Each recipe comes with broad wine pairing suggestions based on varietal rather than brand or producer. “There’s an accessibility issue. I think people get very frustrated when there’s a very specific wine pairing made and you know, there are all but 300 cases made of it.” The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by Sheri Giblin, and the recipes are simple enough for anyone to follow. “It was so much fun,” Christine says about her writing endeavor. “I had been waiting 21 years now to do something totally different. The whole creative process was really interesting [and] it was really great to flex the writing muscles. The result was so rewarding and gratifying.” For all her accomplishments, Christine Hanna is down to earth

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same as becoming empowered, any more

looking for a guy with a fat paycheck and a 401K is still their idea of a financial plan. The women

than taking a taxi is learning to drive. Be-

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their own. But they clung to the notion that their money was for houses, cars and vacations and

because a lot of financial advisors are actu-

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ally peddlers of financial products. So you

vided by their husbands. Even when there’s no husband on the horizon.

still need some personal savvy.

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more palatable to women. And some of those

en earn more, but still don’t know how money works. It’s not just older women, according to Dr.

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Annamaria Lusardi of Dartmouth College, who has spent years researching the issue. It’s young-

face it, women don’t actually need a “pink” fi-

er women, too. Nor is it restricted to the U.S. Dr. Lusardi told Community Dividend, a publication

nancial education. They need a mea-

of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She has found the same gender gap in countries

sured approach to tackle the world of

they studied in Europe and in New Zealand.

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he other day I saw a story on the local news that said something like, “Can’t afford to take a vacation this year? Then do the next best thing – download an app!” The newsreader went on to tell us that there are now apps for your phone that show you 360º views of beautiful vacation spots from all around the world. “It’s the perfect way to travel in this recession!” the anchor chirped. “Well, sure,” I thought. “If you’re a freaking moron.” But the more I considered this idea, the more I started to think that maybe looking at scenic panoramas on your cell isn’t such a bad alternative to travelling after all. You don’t have to leave your air-conditioned house, your cash output’s low, and you won’t miss even a single episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. What’s not to like? With that in mind, yesterday I decided to take a “trip” to Maui. (Any place whose natural resources are pineapple, pork and piña coladas is just fine by me.) So I sat down at my desk, downloaded the travel

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app and waited for my relaxing vacation to kick in. Ten minutes later, I was still waiting. For some reason, staring at pictures of a sandy beach on a 3.5-inch screen covered in fingerprints doesn’t exactly put you in an island state of mind. It puts you in more of an “I think it might be time to get bifocals” state of mind. But I wasn’t ready to give up on the virtual travel idea just yet, so I opted to try again, albeit with a few minor adjustments. Little things that would make my experience seem more realistic. I restarted my trip by waiting in line in our garage for 20 minutes, then asked my husband to check my ID and grope me like a surly TSA

Gary mowing his lawn without a shirt. Fun! Next, I had the kids hide my suitcase and pickpocket my wallet, then I checked into our half-bathroom where I took a nap on the floor with a germy pillow while my family made jackhammer noises. (The half-bathroom was slightly more comfortable than most Days Inns, but didn’t have a Continental breakfast.) Once I was finally ready to say “Aloha” to the gorgeous Maui beach, I put on my new swimsuit, slathered myself with sunscreen, and rolled around in our sandbox until I looked like a middleaged piece of breaded chicken. Then, I joyfully threw my beach towel on the ground,

You don’t have to leave your air-conditioned house, your cash output’s low, and you won’t miss even a single episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. agent. (Unfortunately, he did his job a little too well and now he keeps asking me when he can do it again.) Once I cleared security, I squeezed myself into one of my kid’s tiny chairs and had the boys kick the back of my seat for an hour while they screamed bloody murder and threw peanuts at my head. It was just like being on an airplane, only instead of fluffy clouds, the view from my window was of my freaky neighbor

turned on some relaxing luau music and picked up my iPhone. By that time, it had completely run out of battery power and was just a static black screen. I was so upset, I didn’t even enjoy the $15 umbrella drink I bought from my cat at the swim-up bar/ bathtub. So this summer, I think I’ll put the technology away and take a real vacation. For some reason, I think I need one.

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Mexic-Arte Museum presents Young Latino Artists (YLA) 16 Exhibition: Thought Cloud and The Series Print Project #18 Now through September 25 $5 General Public Free for Members 419 Congress Avenue


North Hills Gallery presents Photographic Interpretations by artist Leslie Kell Now through July 31 Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closed Sat. 7050 Village Center Drive


Yoga Yoga presents Teacher Training Graduate Intern Class Every Sat. and Sun. July 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 Noon - 1:15 p.m. Yoga Yoga South 1700 S. Lamar Austin Symphonic Band Performance - Bastrop Patriotic Festival 8 p.m. Fishermans Park, Bastrop, TX


July 4th Frontier Days Celebration and Parade 10 a.m. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock Abrakadoodle presents Millburn Park - Cedar Park 4th of July Festival 4 - 8 p.m. Abrakadoodle will provide free activities for the kids

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Writing Your Life as a Woman Creative Writing Class July 5, 12, 19 and 26 7 - 9 p.m. Opal Divine’s game room 3601 S. Congress Class fee for all four sessions is $70; drop-in fee is $20 To register, email AW July Issue Launch Party (formerly Tiara Tuesday) W Hotel 6 - 8 p. m. ART on 5th presents First Thursday Featuring “Once in a Blue Moon SALE” Complimentary food and drinks Free admission and plenty of parking 6 - 8 p.m. 1501 W. 5th St. (Between Mopac and Lamar)

City Theatre presents The Little Dog Laughed Now through July 3 Thurs. - Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $15 - $20; Students $12 3823 Airport Blvd.


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Yoga Yoga presents 3rd Friday Donation Classes All proceeds benefit the Saint Louise House 7:30 - 9 p.m. Yoga Yoga North, 2167 West Anderson Lane Candace Bellamy Performance 6:30 p.m. Momo’s, 618 W. 6th Street



Austin Chamber Music Festival July 8 - 23 For a full listing of events and tickets visit austinchambermusic.


What Women Need to Know About Divorce 2nd Saturday of each month. This workshop is designed as a resource to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in their process. 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. • 512.732.1244


Amara and Galaxy Dance Studio present Workshop and Concert Series on Improvisational Dance Workshops are from 1 - 6 p.m. Show is at 8 p.m. Galaxy Dance Studio 1700 South Lamar Blvd, Suite 338 For workshop and show pricing and information:


Calming Spaces Interiors presents DIY By Design Using Feng Shui Class Taught by instructor Sharon Miller July 9 + 16 1 - 3 p.m. $95 member/$110 non-member 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, TX

Travis County Master Gardeners Association Presents Central Texas Lawn Care 7 - 9 p.m. Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

The Natural Health Center of Austin Grand Opening Live music, a sushi buffet, Chinese lion dancing and more 2 - 6 p.m. 3809 S. 2nd St. Suite D100 Rude Mechs Presents The Grrl Action Summer Workshop Performances July 16 + 17 at 4 p.m. Free; Donations welcome The Off Center 2211 A Hidalgo Austin Christian Fellowship presents Sunset Social at the Oasis 6:30 p.m. Free Contact Danna to RSVP or log on to SCORE workshop Business Plans 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $35 To register visit American Society of Women Accountants-Austin Chapter Open to women in business, finance, and accounting related fields Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8 p.m. Networking, Dinner, Speaker, and CPE Contact 512.589.8852 or for additional details


SCORE workshop Essentials 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $50 To register visit Yoga Yoga presents Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Leslie Lytle $795 July 20 - 24 Yoga Yoga North 2167 West Anderson Lane


Girls Rock Camp Austin presents Camp and Showcase July 25 - 29; Showcase, July 30 For camp and showcase details and pricing,


Texas Outdoors Woman Network (TOWN) Meeting Open to women interested in outdoor activities Speaker: Matt Zaldivar Room 225, LCRA Red Bud Complex 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. Bring your brown-bag dinner or a snack at 6 p.m.; business meeting at 6:30 p.m. speaker begins at 7 p.m.


AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine presents Deepen your Healing 7 – 8:30 p.m. $15 4701 West Gate Blvd, Mind-Body Center To register


SCORE workshop Marketing on the Web 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $35 To register visit Yoga Yoga presents Teacher Training Open House 10 a.m. – noon Yoga Yoga South 1700 South Lamar Blvd. RSVP to

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horoscope JUly 2011 b y D e b o r a h C a r t e r


• Mar.21-apr.20 Don’t tell me that you weren’t warned: You’re entering a very exciting time of radical change and you’ve become very, very busy. The key to handling this is to keep moving. Make significant changes as they pop up and don’t anticipate future problems. Everything from this month to the end of the year will be a surprise anyway and impossible to predict, so stop trying. Just know that this month, if the wind moves you in the direction of work and business, follow the wind: Money opportunities blow into your life like a tornado over a trailer park, so be brave.


• Apr.21-May.21 You feel like the world is your oyster right now and it is, or will be for the rest of the year. You’re suffused with brilliant money ideas, life is filled with new, musical and intuitive friends, and the international marketplace calls to you like you have the world on speakerphone. So, what’s the problem? Just watch your physical activities. Be a trifle more cautious while traveling. Monitor your health. Get your car checked out. Don’t drive crazy, or better yet, don’t take any long road trips. Oh, and keep a lookout for crazy relatives who want to live with you.


• May.22-June.20 Something big and wonderful is growing in secret, but you’re so busy with work right now that you can’t think of anything else. You love it, and it loves you but maybe it loves you just a little too much. It can’t seem to get along without you. Work is like a two-year-old child who’s hungry and hasn’t had a nap. Or, a teenager who’s overdrafted his checking account and you have to go “fix things” at the bank. Watch for startling and unexpected events on the 13th. No, Mercury isn’t retrograde, but it’s going to feel like it is.

This month, love is on the rocks – or, it could be if we aren’t diligent. Expect startling shifts and changes, or demands for change. We need to be part of the change, see it as necessary and allow change to flow smoothly. Imagine love as a spring bouquet that’s been sitting in a clear glass vase for a few days. We need to (willingly) pour out the brackish water, pick off the dead blooms and fill the vase with clean water again. Now, everything feels fresh and new.


• June.21-July.22 Happy Birthday, Cancer! Remember that old joke, “I’m going to make you laugh and cry at the same time”? That’s July. Love, attention, gifts galore, but with every good, wonderful thing expect something heavy. Friends having a big party for you? Expect to stay late working on a new, important project or client. Out-oftown acquaintances drop by? Expect an upset partner. The 13th is an especially trying time for relationships (personal or otherwise). Emotions run deep, and sometimes counter your own. You might feel like ending one thing to start another, but think twice before you make hard decisions.


• July.23-Aug.23 You Leos like to live out loud. That’s why July is so special for you guys. Some secret, homey, fun things get to happen for you out of your public’s scrutiny and for the most part, this is a good thing. Where it might cause problems for you is with your employees, your health, or your day-to-day activity list. Busy work is boring sometimes, but it’s what keeps your world running smoothly. Drop your end of the bargain and you may have to make repairs later. No one wants to retrofit their life, especially you.


• Aug.24-Sept.22 This month, it’s work, work, work (so what’s new?) You manage your affairs like a Big 10 CPA, so it’s difficult to imagine that friends or fun or children could cause even a ripple in your organized life, but this month they do. Some things can’t be predicted or anticipated but forewarned is forearmed: Kids, creativity, friends, social events, group gatherings, gambling: These all may give you a nagging sense of impending doom and a feeling like you’re herding cats. Identify the problem and change radically. I know change isn’t comfortable for you, but in July it’s the only solution.


• Sept.23-Oct.22 This month, it’s all work and no love. For those in a solid, stable relationship, tread gently. But, if you feel like you’re standing in a canoe on a fast-moving river and you see a waterfall ahead, cut your losses. If your relationship is rocky now, it’s not going to get any easier in the coming months. But, any work that’s international, educational or new, now that will go very well indeed this year. A work situation calls you to devote 110%. You hate extremes of emotion and don’t handle them well, so transfer your energy to work and see what happens.


• Oct.23-Nov.21 Do you have a secret book in a drawer? Do you have offers for odd work you’ve been ignoring, a screenplay to shop, a few meetings to take? This month, write your life. Get out of your work rut and take a few chances. Travel. Move. Refinance. Self-publish. Meet with an agent. Don’t worry about the state of the publishing industry, just do what you do best, and that is, kill off something that may be dying and create something new. July is the perfect month to take your plans and ideas to the next level.


• Nov. 22-Dec. 21 I’m not going to say, “I told you so,” but July is really exciting, right? July business advice: Work really hard. Make to-do lists and check things off. Do all your day-to-day busy work, (the very things that used to bore you to tears,) and watch your business explode. Bet all your lucky pennies on creativity and innovation. And, call in every favor from any friend you ever helped. Put a paintbrush in their hands or an apron around their necks. Get some returns on your karmic investment and put your friends to work.


• Dec.22-Jan.20 It’s a Universal Truth: Change, and you make your partners really uncomfortable. You have no need to worry this month, however, because The push/pull nature of your partnerships and your changing, growing personal imperative gives fresh new life to old partnerships. The stronger and more “You” you become, the happier your partnerships will be ... eventually. Right now, it’s also imperative for you to be creative with your free time, your home, your relationships with your children, and your daily activities. Try to take care of business while you explore the fun side of your nature.


• Jan.21-Feb.19 Those of you involved in creativity, (and it’s a rare Aquarius that isn’t) listen up: It’s time to move. Pack up your easels and paints, or guitar, or laptop, or whatever medium your creative spirit uses and hit the road. You can make short road trips or longer voyages, but your sevenyear cycle of introspection is over. Don’t worry about “home” because, you have a lucky angel sitting on your shoulder. Don’t worry about money, because you’re intuitive now about making cash. And, don’t worry about running out of ideas: For the next few months you are idea-generating machines.


• Feb.20-Mar.20 Right now, the stars are aligned for you to do something extraordinary, something truly different and unique to generate income, no more ordinary or boring. The crazier and more creative your idea is, the more like it is to work out in a big way. You’re more and more your true, intuitive self. It may take awhile to trust your own judgment again, but you don’t have to see the whole picture in your mind just yet. You just have to be brave and take the first step. A preemptive strike is much better than managing a surprising turn of events.

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