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Musical prodigy Ruby Jane Smith comes of age, Austin-style.
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women 75 young to watch
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Secrets of success from inside the minds of Austinâ€™s most ambitious, focused and creative young spirits.
56 on the scene 26 5 things you must do this month 28 spotlight event Grupo Corpo brings
48 beauty Fall’s hottest hairstyles. 50 NYFW spring preview Fashionably Austin reports on spring 2013 trends.
savvy women 96 working life Austin’s go-to publicist, Jill McGuckin.
Brazilian passion to the stage.
52 recipes by request Tastes from the
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100 just passing through Aline Brosh McKenna brings Hollywood to the Austin Film Festival.
32 Around town Tenth-anniversary celebration.
34 Horoscopes Happy birthday, Libra.
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56 meet the chefs Cookbooks from the 2012
98 You Should know Michelle Voss on
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102 Expert opinion The power of vulnerability.
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58 fitness Get on your bike. 60 wellness Austin thinks pink.
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From the Editor certainly the most celebrity-filled and action-packed. There is barely a day without a festival or a conference. I spend many days in September planning my calendar and lamenting the fact that I must choose between seeing an interesting film or attending a panel. Austin has certainly become the festival destination of choice, and visitors get a taste of what we all know: This is one dynamic city with a bright future. With that in mind, we take a look at the festival season this issue, giving our readers an overview of the ACL Music Festival, the Austin Film Festival, the Texas Book Festival and the Texas Conference for Women, with schedules, recommendations and insider tips. AW caught up with filmmakers Michelle Voss and Aline Brosh McKenna for a look at women in film. Dr. Brené Brown, a keynote speaker at the Texas Conference for Women, shares her insight on the power of vulnerability. Think you would like a job with close proximity to the stars who fill the festival stages? Jill McGuckin gives AW the inside track on her life as a publicist. Speaking of bright futures, no young woman shines brighter than our cover woman, Ruby Jane Smith. Her story is quintessential Austin: A young musician with a dream makes a stop in Austin, goes into the Continental Club and ends up playing her fiddle onstage with Dale Watson, falls in love with Austin, makes it home and ends up as one of the hottest musicians in town, playing with the likes of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Ray Benson—all before she gets her coveted driver’s license at age 17. Hers is a fascinating journey and a story you must read. The future is no less bright for our other young women to watch. The youngest, Isabella Rose, showed her latest fashion collection in this year’s Austin Fashion Week, at age 11. Composer Jocelyn Chambers, 15, shares her lofty ambitions, while Lauren Bruno, 23, discusses the spiritual side of her music. The eldest, Caitlin McCollom, at age 25, is a trailblazing artist and gallery owner. It is encouraging to see the talent, dreams and determination this next generation of dynamic Austin women holds! You asked and we answered. Barely past the whirlwind that was our 10thanniversary celebration, AW brings you the recipes for the food served at the Fiat after-party from Chef Bryce Murphree of Urban an American Grill, and Jennifer Day of Homegrown Sweets. For those of you salivating at the thoughts of the Texas Book Festival cooking tent, we also have recipes from two of this year’s hottest cookbooks. To keep you up on all the latest trends, Cheryl Bemis reports on spring trends directly from the runways of New York Fashion Week, Meredith Davis updates us on trendy DIY hairstyles and we feature one of the hottest fall trends: looks from the great outdoors. I encourage you to take advantage of everything October in Austin has to offer. Be inspired by the speakers, panelists, authors, filmmakers and musicians that visit our city. You never know who you might meet or when a moment may serendipitously change your life. Learn all you can. Soak it up. Send me the scoop on your favorite films, food, books and music. I love discovering new things and look forward to seeing you out and about.
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Contributors JOHN T. DAVIS has lived in Austin for more than three decades, writing about the music, personalities and the culture of Texas and the Southwest for a variety of publications. His byline has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, San Antonio magazine, Billboard, Newsday and the website culturemap.com. His work is featured in the permanent archives of the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University. Davis has been following the career of Ruby Jane Smith since her arrival in Austin. He has several pairs of cowboy boots older than she. Longtime Austinite Allie Eissler is a writer, wanderer, music/film/culture critic, avid reader, amateur photographer, animal lover and knitter extraordinaire. A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in English, she currently freelances for a variety of local publications, including Austin Woman, ATX Man, Texas Music Magazine, The Hill Country Sun and The Horn. Allie’s Q&A with TED Talks sensation and 2012 Texas Conference for Women keynote speaker, Dr. Brené Brown, examines the challenges that many modern women face in their attempts to live openly and wholeheartedly. Austinite Evan Prince first began studying photography in high school, where he developed an interest in documenting his surroundings. Professionally, his interests have led him to documenting American subcultures, especially those that are unfamiliar and give him an excuse to go behind the scenes and outside of his comfort zone. Some of his favorite projects have been working with bodybuilders, burlesque dancers and Star Wars costume clubs. This month, you can find Evan’s work on Page 75, highlighting his photographs of Austin Woman’s Young Women to Watch. Sarah Quatrano holds a degree in communication design from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in illustration. Currently living in New York City, she loves freelance illustrating for a variety of magazines throughout the country; it gives her new challenges and opportunities every day. You can find her illustration accompanying the Last Word on Page 104.
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AIA Homes Tour AW takes you inside the 26th-annual Homes Tour. Celebrating the design talents of Austinâ€™s local architects, the tour, hosted the weekend of October 6 and 7, will showcase 13 new and newly renovated homes featuring both traditional and contemporary designs. Whether you are looking for inspiration, ideas and fresh concepts or an architect to build your dream house, this tour has it all. For tickets and more, visit aiaaustin.org.
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More Festival Coverage Reviews and on-the-scene coverage of films, food, music and more from: b The Austin International Poetry Festival b The Austin City Limits Music Festival b The Austin Film Festival b The Texas Book Festival b La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival b Austin Yoga Festival
Austin Beauty Week b Do good, save money, have fun. b Check out must-do recommendations exclusively from founder Meredith Davis. b Austin Beauty Week runs October 22 through 27 and benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure Austin.
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Goblins in the Garden Oct. 25, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4 to 7 p.m. Get ready for Halloween at the seventh-annual Goblins in the Garden. Join the Owl Prowl scavenger hunt and meet Botanica, the herbal witch. Participate in the arts-and-crafts gallery, or come dressed as an insect to celebrate the Wildflower Center’s 10th anniversary of its Butterfly Garden and be a part of the costume parade. Walk through the trail of bones, the pumpkin patch and see scarecrows. Local vendors will provide tasty seasonal food and drinks. Visit wildflower.org/ goblins for costume ideas and more information.
Fright at the Museum This family-friendly event is held at the University of Texas Natural Science Center. Kids and adults can don their costumes, visit the dinosaur graveyard and discover a world of scary critters. Spooky treats will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit utexas.edu/tmm/events/fright.
Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure: Halloween Walking Tour Oct. 27, Oakwood Cemetery Want to test the strength of your backbone? Save Austin’s Cemeteries presents the sixth-annual Halloween Walking Tour. For those who love history and ghost stories, this tour will shed light upon the sudden deaths of 19th- and 20th-century Austin citizens. Attendees will be in for quite the fright. Tours last about an hour and are free to the public, but donations are accepted. For details, visit sachome.org/calendar/calendar.html.
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Compiled by Kim Calderon; Wildflower Center photos by John Irwin.
Oct. 28, Texas Natural Science Center at UT Austin, 1 to 4:45 p.m.
Boo at the Zoo Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, Austin Zoo The Austin Zoo will reopen at 6:30 p.m., a special Halloween treat! The sun will be setting, casting an eerie feel over the entire zoo as visitors view the animals after hours. Watch out for those nocturnal creatures that thrive in the nighttime. Not to worry, you can escape the creepy crawlies on the haunted train that runs every 20 minutes until 9 p.m. For more information, visit austinzoo.org/news-events.
House of Torment Haunted Houses Various dates and times through November, Highland Mall Experience the apocalypse before it happens. Austin’s own House of Torment brings its guests through three terror-filled haunted houses: the Howling, the Awakening and the Slaughterhouse. Monsters, reapers and other terrifying creatures lurk in the dark. Come see why the Travel Channel calls House of Torment “one of America’s scariest haunted houses.” Go to houseoftorment.com for ticket prices, dates and more information. Enter if you dare.
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Grupo Corpo Brings Brazilian Passion to the Stage A fusion of cultural sensuality, athleticism and passion overtakes the Bass Concert Hall this October with the return of Brazilian moderndance company Grupo Corpo. This worldrenowned ensemble is the 37-year-old product of three native brothers who have challenged classical technique by combining it with contemporary Brazilian forms and rhythms. With more than 2,300 pieces created, the company continues to tour internationally, bringing a diverse array of innovative choreography and stage design. This two-evening event promises to be a spectacle of compelling physicality and haunting visuals. And who doesn’t love toned bodies in skin-tight costumes? For more information, visit texasperformingarts.org.
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Text by Malia Bradshaw; photo by José Luiz Pederneiras.
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SafePlace Celebration Dan Rather examines the roots of Austin’s historic organization. By Kate Y. Hector SafePlace Celebration, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m., Hilton Austin
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philanthropy As part of Domestic Violence Awareness month, SafePlace will host the 2012 SafePlace Celebration, presented by James Armstrong and Patti O’Meara. Dan Rather will attend the luncheon as a special guest. In 1981, on a 60 Minutes segment, Rather spoke out on behalf of domestic-violence victims, focusing on the building of the Center for Battered Women. This shelter was the first of its kind in Central Texas, specifically designed for battered women and their children. A catalyst for more shelters to come, SafePlace was formed in Austin in 1998 when the Austin Rape Crisis Center merged with the Center for Battered Women. SafePlace welcomes Rather at its celebratory luncheon Oct. 19 at the Hilton Austin, an event at which attendees and organizers will reflect on the historical roots of the organization with a man who has done so much for so many people. The luncheon will commemorate the inspirational work and progress SafePlace has made as an organization and as a community. Tickets to the luncheon start at $150, and corporate sponsorships are also available. Those attending this event will be assisting SafePlace in its goal to end sexual and domestic violence through its emphasis on safety, healing, prevention and social change. Visit safeplace.org for tickets to the event and more information about the agency. You can also help SafePlace by making an individual or monthly donation or a planned gift. SafePlace also utilizes many volunteers through individual, group or professional volunteering. Get involved.
Austin Woman Sponsored Events Mamma Jamma Ride Oct. 27, Reunion Ranch Snap on your bike helmets and dust off your fundraising skills. The Mamma Jamma Ride is the most successful breast-cancer ride, raising money for local agencies that serve the hundreds of Central Texans diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Riders have the option of riding anywhere from 13 to 100 miles to support the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Not a fan of two-wheeled vehicles? No problem. There are lots of ways to get involved. Hundreds of volunteers are needed, as well as donors and team captains. You could also be part of a team as a virtual rider and help out a team with donations. For more information about the Mamma Jamma Ride, visit mammajammaride.org. Impact Austin Speaker Series Oct. 17, Marriott Hotel South Impact Austin will host Kathy LeMay as part of its speaker series. LeMay will lead participants in a discussion on Voice, Activism & Money: Women Creating the World We Know is Possible. LeMay, one of Business Week’s 40 Under 40, is the founder, president and CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise money to advance social change. LeMay is also the author of The Generosity Plan. Impact Austin is a women’s philanthropy group that empowers women to invest in community partnerships that positively impact lives. Impact Austin accepts grant applications from organizations focused on culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. For more information about Impact Austin, visit impact-austin.org.
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Tenth-Anniversary Celebration Austin Woman magazine celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 7 with festivities at the Westin and throughout the Domain. More than 500 guests were greeted with Korbel Champagne during a networking hour. Five former cover women panelists, Judy Maggio, Lisa Copeland, Christy Pipkin, Shannon Sedwick and Terri Givens, provided entertainment during the luncheon. Each guest was also surprised with a piece of Kendra Scott jewelry, customized exclusively for this event. As the luncheon concluded, attendees were shuttled to Neiman Marcus, where they enjoyed shopping, a beauty presentation, makeovers and more bubbly and treats. Shopping continued at Macy’s, with a fashion show and cocktails by Twin Liquors and Chambord. The day wrapped with an after-party at Fiat of Austin. Delicious appetizers were provided by Urban an American Grill, while Homegrown Sweets served delectable pies, cookies and cupcakes. The guests who attended all of the day’s festivities were entered to win a grand-prize staycation, including a night at the Westin, a Fiat for 48 hours, dinner at Urban and more.
4 1 Patti Riggs and Brenda Bailey 2 Ashley Hargrove and Lauren Lumsden 3 Melinda Garvey, Melissa Rohr, Margaret and David Jabour, Christopher Garvey, Alan Cirota 4 Panelists Lisa Copeland, Christy Pipkin, Terri Givens, Shannon Sedwick and moderator Judy Maggio 5 Guests are surprised with Kendra Scott jewelry 6 Michelle Valles, Gigi Bryant and Olga Campos 7 Victoria Avila, Sofia Avila and Maria Orozova 8 Kylie Bentley and Letty Holmbo 9 Melissa McKinnon and Michelle Neisen 10 Judy Maggio gets a makeover at Neiman Marcus 11 Rhoda Mae Kerr, Lisa Copeland, Shari Arnold and Jan Goss
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Happy Birthday, Libra Sept. 22 - Oct. 22 Your Month: Libra is known as the partnership sign, but the thought of letting your feelings of love just flow never enters the picture this month; you’re too busy picking them apart. We’re all learning to love correctly, but when it’s time to let it go, we have to let it go—the lesson of October. Some of you will experience the ending of relationships of all kinds. New living arrangements, unseen motivations and the fog of misunderstandings all contribute to endings and new beginnings. If you don’t want this, you’ll have to work hard to keep things on an even keel and try not to be critical.
Everything shifts in to a new cycle month after the 8th, and the tension and stress is obvious and palpable. A cycle ends, as do relationships, projects, jobs and living arrangements. But we need to see this as the start of a new cycle and all that it implies. It’s a good time to begin a project that may take a couple of years to complete, but if something ends or leaves you, let it go. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): A new three-year cycle begins in Scorpio, and it’s powerful! Inspired creative ideas that can be worked on and fine-tuned in the privacy of your home office will bear fruit, not immediately but within the next two years. The most important influences to follow point in the direction of perfecting communications. For example, writing, computer work, web design, mass e-mailing or virtual storefronts. You can elect to stay out of the limelight (even as your fan base grows) because you are choosy about when to say yes. Your daily work routine changes abruptly (in a good way), but expect strained male/ female communications. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Everything seems strained and difficult. It’s difficult to be creative when you can’t even get the support of your friends. It’s difficult to make money when you can’t be creative. It’s difficult to keep your business going when you struggle with money, and it’s difficult to make the necessary significant adjustments in your work situation when you don’t know what to do. The answer may be in partnerships; they’re lucky for you. Expect a change around the 8th, when paying attention to the
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minutia of your career becomes your most important tool to take things from difficult to doable. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 20): October feels almost like the beginning of a new year for you. Your struggle for clarity and purpose gets a clearer and more powerful voice after the 5th, even if the path isn’t an easy or straight one. Work demands give you a mighty shove in the direction of deconstructing and dismantling an outmoded method of communicating then reconstructing a new paradigm. It’ll take some time and lots of leg and computer work, but you’ll have helpers. In a month or two, expect new friends. At the same time, some old friends go by the wayside naturally. Aquarius (Jan. 21 – Feb. 19): Take a metaphoric crock pot, add one part creative inspiration, one part quiet behind-the-scenes dismantling and two parts hard-core career moves and let it simmer. You have the beginning of a magical work/career stew. There’ll be things that push you and annoy you but try to remember it’s for your own good. Try not to get in to any male/ female disagreements this month and try not to be flighty or sneaky. Suss out the right balance of spicy/risky to solid,
dependable stock. After the 8th, you’re entering a new career phase. Pisces (Feb. 20 – March 20): Yes, you should focus on your career right now, but it’s more of a cautious, planning-your-next-move kind of focus. Take it step by step, patiently and methodically, working on your approach. Stay away from anything that promises a shortcut. Don’t take things at face value. The best way to new-career satisfaction right now is really the long way. Your famous Pisces intuition is very good, especially concerning finances. Spiritual guidance about money matters should feel sort of like an angel sitting on your shoulder whispering in your ear. Trust that voice. Aries (March 21 – April 20): You feel crazy, but the word of the month is patience. Foreign lands are calling to you. You have the travel itch. You want to move. Patience. You probably need more sleep than usual, and your health still needs watching but... patience. It improves dramatically after the 28th. You may find a decrease in intimacy partners but, again...patience. You need to focus on quality rather than quantity. From the 5th on, you feel like a heavy weight has been lifted from your shoulders, so spend some time on personal transformation. With a little patience, it’ll pay off. Taurus (April 21 – May 21): As astrologically planned, you’ve probably had a great year. Expect a change. It’s not that things aren’t still great; it’s just that you have to wait, take things a little slower, be more cautious, more suspicious. In financial matters now, any new deals or major purchases need careful homework, especially the ones that seem no-brainers. If they involve a partner, read the fine print very carefully. Borrowing money and elective surgery is better off postponed. Personal relationships are all going to have to be reordered and reorganized now and for the next two years. From here on, you’re looking for staying power. Gemini (May 22 – June 20): Being in control definitely has its charms, but not being in control is appealing too. This month, focusing on the needs of others teaches you important things about yourself. So, embrace a little
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Saving the School Reagan High School’s incredible comeback will be spotlighted this month at the Texas Book Festival. Story By Rachel Merriman When Reagan High School faced an academically unacceptable rating from the Texas Education Agency for the fourth year in a row, Principal Anabel Garza knew
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keeping the doors open would be a difficult task. During her first year as principal, she’d raised TAKS test scores considerably, but not enough to achieve an acceptable rating from the state. It was 2009 and the education commissioner had given her one more year to bring the school up to federal standards, or it would be forced to close. Michael Brick’s book, Saving the School, is the dramatic story of that critical year, in which the goal appears to be simple: Get kids to pass the TAKS test so the school could remain open. That goal turns out to be more difficult than it seems, and readers are soon introduced to the many underlying reasons students are struggling to pass. Some rarely come to class because they’re working to earn money for their families. Others have difficulty understanding the test questions because English is their second language. Many have parents who are absent for one reason or another, which means they often aren’t home to cook them dinner and enforce homework rules. Garza knew how to fix Reagan’s problems because she’d seen all of them firsthand. She began her career with the Austin Independent School District on the Eastside, teaching Spanish before going on to be an assistant principal at both O’Henry Middle School and Pleasant Valley Elementary. After becoming a finalist for a position as a principal 16 times and being told each time she was “just not the right fit,” she had finally conceded to search for a job in other districts when the job at Reagan opened up. Even though she had never been the principal of a large high school, much less one with the problems Reagan had, she was hired in July 2008. “Sometimes, what you don’t know helps. You don’t know that you can’t do it. … We worked together as a team, and it was do or die. Everybody was very dedicated to what our goals were,” Garza says, reflecting back on that time. From the very beginning of her career, Garza has been determined to do one thing and one thing only: help kids. Putting kids and their needs first, she says, is the most important thing of all. Sometimes, their needs are basic ones, such as clothes to come to school in. A lot of them just need someone to listen. “There is nothing more important in the day than when a student opens their mouth to talk to me,” Garza de-
clares. “If you don’t talk with them or give them a springboard for whatever it is they’re saying, they’ll find someone else who is interested. Oftentimes, it’s the wrong people.” If kids don’t show up to school, it’s likely they’ll get a knock on their door from Principal Garza herself. She routinely rounds up truants with the help of her assistant and seems to relish in the fun she has on some of these outings. She’s fended off a dog with a broom to get to the front door and even staged an elaborate fake kidnapping scenario at a bus stop, all to get kids who needed to be in school in her van and come back to campus. “We stopped at the bus stop and [the missing student] was sitting there, and I said, ‘Just pretend we’re kidnapping you and scream really loud! I’ll push you in the van, and we’ll scare all these people at the bus stop,’ ” Garza says in a low whisper, leaning in close enough to reveal the mischievous glint in her eyes. “The kid has fun, we have fun and they go back to school.” Making sure kids were coming to school was only half the battle that year. With the TAKS test looming, Garza turned her focus to student learning. Instead of concentrating on all the problems afflicting Reagan, she kept it simple by eliminating student distractions to make sure they were learning effectively. By throwing off the blanket of the one-size-fits-all model and teaching to and focusing on individual students’ needs, teachers were able to identify the learning gaps students arrived with and fill them as quickly as possible. “That’s been the mission since then, knowing our kids, knowing what they need and coming back with a plan to help them as best we can because it’s high school already,” Garza says. Without spoiling too much of the story, Reagan made the numbers and rebranded as an early college high school just last year. Students now have the opportunity to earn college credit so they can graduate early. When they graduate, they’re fully prepared for college and able to pursue the career of their dreams. It’s a complete change from just a few years ago. “If you go there now, you see that kids are intense in what they are doing. … The culture is different. The kind of student we have is just different,” Garza remarks. While there isn’t any doubt Garza played a large role in the monumental changes that took place at Reagan that year, those changes wouldn’t have been possible without the supporting characters in Saving the School, the teachers who carried out Garza’s kidscome-first philosophy. Readers with fond memories of playing sports in high school will admire Coach Derrick Davis, who pays for team uniforms with his own money and unites the whole school with the Raider football and basketball teams.
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“We understood and knew what the finality of that year meant,” Davis says. “There was a basic understanding that this is one of the things that will uplift the school spirit, and in some small way, maybe us winning basketball games would be the rallying point for not just sports but having some school pride, and maybe seeing that pride manifest on some of the state exams.” Inside the classroom, science teacher Candice Kaiser aggressively pursued her ambitious goal of a 100-percent passing rate for the science TAKS test. At the beginning of the year, she distributed folders to each of her students that contained a breakdown of what areas they needed to work on in order to pass. “I wanted them to know there was this tangible scoring system to the TAKS test, that there was this tangible goal and expectation for them to meet. If I could show them that they were 10 questions away from passing or three questions away from passing, it would be a motivating resource for them,” Kaiser explains. A true nurturer, Kaiser goes above and beyond to meet students’ needs, whether that means giving them rides to practice or mentoring them in a small Bible study gathering that forms at her house off Carver Avenue each Wednesday night. Instead of saying, “class dismissed,” or simply letting her students go at the sound of the bell, her parting words to them are always, “I love you all.” “The tone and the language that you use can really develop a relationship. Based on that relationship, you evoke trust. Because of that trust, they believe you really do care about them,” Kaiser says. “Some of my kids are definitely loved at home and come from families that are very tight-knit, but then I also have a lot of students who you can tell have behavior issues because there’s something
lacking in the way they’re treated and communicated with at home.” Even though Garza’s spitfire nature, Davis’ dedication and Kaiser’s love certainly make for an inspirational story, Saving the School is perhaps one of the most important commentaries on public education policy to date. Author Brick spent the year at Reagan watching, waiting and holding his breath, along with the hundreds of students whose fates hinged upon their test scores. When he walked onto campus back in 2009, the school’s proud history seemed like it was just a memory. “It was a tense place,” Brick remembers. “It still looked like a neglected place people could legitimately find scary, but at that point, Anabel had been on the job one year and was just starting her second. There was the sense that something was about to change.” Brick humbly admits that although he’s the storyteller, the success belongs to the teachers and administrators who made it all happen, and, of course, to Anabel Garza. “She recognized that [raising test scores] wasn’t going to save the school in any meaningful or sustainable fashion in the long term, so she set out to make the school a place that people would want to go again, and give kids a reason to want to be there,” he says. “At the same time, and this is where things go above and beyond what educators are called on to do in this country, she tried to reach in to the lives of these kids and their families.” Reagan isn’t the only school in the United States that suffered from these kinds of problems, and it certainly won’t be the last. While the debate surrounding public education still burns red hot, the incredible story of the Reagan Raiders—who remain true to their motto, “Not Without Honor”—shows us there’s hope yet. Principal Anabel Garza
See Michael Brick, author of Saving the School at the Texas Book Festival, which takes place at the Texas State Capitol Oct. 27 and 28. Details about the festival can be found at texasbookfestival.org. To read more about Brick and Saving the School, visit savingtheschool.com.
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Braids were big for spring and summer, but this fall, the twist is the new braid. A chic alternative, spiraled strands create a softer style and are easier to do. Add a twist (or two) to updos for a soft, romantic look or twist your tresses along the hairline with your hair down to create a relaxed, bohemian style.
This updo is not just reserved for the bride anymore. A tousled bouffant adds volume and texture to a chic style, creating a modern look. Sleek on the sides and high on the crown, this look can slim your face and highlight your cheekbones. Pull all hair back to create a sleek look, or leave loose strands around your face to create a pretty, romantic style. To create the ultimate standout statement, add a skinny headband or ornate hair accessories to your finished look.
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get the LOOK ➊ Use a flat iron or curling iron to
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get the LOOK ➊ Separate a large section at the crown.
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➊ Separate a large section at the
each side of your head and twist all the way back until they meet in the middle. Pin or tie them in place. ➌ Tease your crown at the roots to create volume. Brush the teased part of your crown back and pin it where the twisted sections meet. ➍ Braid the excess hair from the crown and the twists together, then wrap the braid around itself and pin in place.
crown, and create a high ponytail with the rest of the hair. ➋ Tease the ponytail to create texture, then wrap the ponytail around itself to create a tousled bun. Pin in place. ➌ Tease the crown, and then brush it all back, covering the bun. ➍ Hold the hair in place using a clip and hairspray. Twist the excess hair around itself while tucking the ends under and pinning it all down. ➎ Smooth the bouffant with a comb and hairspray.
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Instead, Blo Blow Dry Bar specializes in runway-ready blowouts. They even have a handy book to help you choose from a variety of looks. From the razor-straight Executive Sweet to the fun and bouncy Holly Would, there’s a look for every personality. Blo Domain, 11011 Domain Dr., suite 112, 512.386.1429, blomedry.com.
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2013 spring trends. Story and photos by Cheryl Bemis It is always fun to be in the know when it comes to fashion, so there is no better place to experience what’s hot and see the trends firsthand than at the Super Bowl event of fashion called New York Fashion Week. The spring 2013 collections have been sent down the runways and are fashion history, the trends for spring are set and buyers are planning what to put on our retail racks.
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What will your favorite boutique stock come February, and what top five trends can you start scouting out now for after we finish wearing boots and sweaters for fall? The first trend that was easy to pick up on was COLOR. We won’t see much of the neon from last season. Pantone forecasts the colors for each season and the bright Tangerine Tango of last season has been toned down and replaced with a softer shade called Nectarine, number 10 on the top 10 list. The No. 1 color for spring used by 13.2 percent of designers in their collections is Monaco Blue. You can’t go wrong with green for spring and you can choose from three different shades: Tender Shoots, Grayed Jade and Emerald. Mix and match with other popular Pantone-recommended shades: Poppy Red, African Violet and Lemon Zest. LACE will be my top trend pick for spring 2013. You’ll see it accented on just about anything, from skirts and blouses, or used as accents. It is the super soft and feminine touch for spring. SLEEVE TREATMENTS in flowing, billowing
fullness will add more romance to spring trends. Angel-winged sleeves on a printed chiffon gown, and cuffed satin blouses paired with a traditional black pant will be a nice mix of softness and structure. SKIRT HEMS are going longer for spring, and if you are old enough to remember handkerchief hems and loved them, you will be back in style. For the new generation, you’ll enjoy this trend for the first time. Palazzo pants will be the flowy alternative to skirts and add a super comfortable option for all figure types. Take your SEQUINED pieces from the back of your closet you probably only wear at night and pair them with a suit jacket or jeans as an added sparkle component for daytime. Sequins are becoming another staple item in your wardrobe you will need to have on hand, just like your little black dress. Get ready, Austin fashionistas, for soft, wearable and romantic spring trends that will soon be on our racks! For more on New York Fashion Week, visit fashionablyaustin.com.
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Larb Gai Woon Sen (Thai Spicy Minced Chicken Wraps) from Satay Restaurant, 3202 W. Anderson Lane, 512.467.6731. Satay Sauces can be found at Satay restaurant and Whole Foods.
Food featured at Austin Woman’s anniversary party. Compiled by Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, Photos by Sadie Barton You asked and we answered! Everyone was raving about the food served at the Fiat after-party for our 10th anniversary, so we requested the recipes for our readers. Whether you made it or missed the party, these treats are guaranteed to be the hit of your next soiree.
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steaks off grill and allow to rest at least five minutes. Slice steaks thinly and reserve. On a platter, arrange lettuce cups. Place sliced steaks on top of cups. Top steak with crumbled queso fresco and crispy onion strings. Drizzle lettuce wraps with Tabasco-basil vinaigrette and serve.
4 six-ounce beef sirloin steaks 8 bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
1/4 of a pineapple
Bryce Murphree is the executive chef of The Westin Austin at the Domain and its restaurant, Urban an American Grill. A native Texan, Murphree believes in buying the freshest ingredients available and using local products whenever possible. “If you respect your ingredients and respect the culinary techniques and processes involved, you cannot help but achieve great results,” he says. Chef Murphree incorporates these beliefs in to an oft-changing seasonal menu at Urban. “Our food is straightforward and unpretentious, a return to comfort food but redefined,” he notes. Prior to joining The Westin Austin at the Domain, Chef Murphree held positions as chef de cuisine of the Omni La Mansion del Rio in San Antonio, executive chef of Lakeway Resort & Spa, and chef de cuisine of The Hotel Crescent Court and Crescent Club in Dallas. Before that, he spent more than seven years cooking at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, CO. Chef Murphree, his Irish wife, Maggie, and their two Weimaraners live in Lakeway, TX.
4 Roma tomatoes 1/2 an English cucumber 1 shallot 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup V8 juice 1/2 cup sparkling water 1/4 cup pineapple juice
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Grilled Melon Gazpacho Serves six to eight Ingredients
2 tablespoons Cholula 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped Pinch cumin
1 cup crumbled queso fresco
1/2 a cantaloupe
Pinch chili powder
1 cup crispy onion strings
1/2 a honeydew
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Tabasco-basil vinaigrette Kosher salt Fresh cracked black pepper Directions Preheat grill to high. Season steaks with kosher salt and black pepper. Grill steaks about six minutes on each side or until desired temperature is reached. Take
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Directions Remove the rind from the fruit, lightly grill for three to four minutes on each side, cool and dice. Add all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
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Sweet Surprise Sugar and salt complement each other with this crowd favorite. Photos by Sadie Barton Local online bakery Homegrown Sweets served this delicious treat at the Austin Woman tenth-anniversary event. Along with the appetizers from Urban, attendees could not get enough of these sweet and salty treats, or the other desserts served, like mini coconut cream pies and traditional chocolate and buttercream cupped cakes, and kept asking for the recipes. So we went straight to the source to find out how these tasty treats are made.
Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour
“These cookies are perfect for people who like sweet and salty combos, and are a customer favorite,” Shavonne Felix says. “Freezing the dough before baking helps create the perfect chewy texture.” 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 K cups of your favorite, high-quality dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped (we like Lindt 70 percent dark) Coarse grain sea salt for sprinkling
K teaspoon baking soda O teaspoon salt
O cup butter, melted
Mix the flour, salt and baking soda together and set aside. Using a mixer, blend the sugars and butter until creamy. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla. Then add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Stir in the
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chocolate chunks. Drop the dough 1/4 cup at a time on a lined plate and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place dough on a greased or parchmentlined baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with a bit of sea salt. Bake for eight minutes. Without opening the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake an additional eight minutes. Let cookies rest on the pan for five minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
Shavonne Felix and Jennifer Day are the owners of Homegrown Sweets, an online from-scratch bakery specializing in customdesigned cakes and desserts. The two work to support the Austin economy, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Homegrown Sweets focuses on time-proven Southern recipes with a twist, and offers many vegan and gluten-free options. For more information or to place an order, visit homegrownsweets. com or facebook.com/ homegrownsweets.
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Cook Like a Pro Catch a dazzling array of chefs at the cooking tent during the Texas Book Festival. By Ayanna Estelle On Oct. 27 and 28, numerous cookbook authors will gather to share their knowledge under the cooking tent. The Salt Lick Cookbook and Afield are unique and informative, providing readers with entertaining tales and mouthwatering recipes, giving them a taste for what’s to come at the 2012 Texas Book Festival. Texas Book Festival Cookbooks and Authors Bruce Aidells, The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today’s Meat
Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish, by Jesse Griffiths Hunting and preparing food has been practiced since the beginning of human existence. Hunting expert and chef of Austin’s Dai Due, Jesse Griffiths, wrote Afield, a guide to playing a role in every part of your food’s preparation. For those not equipped with hunting-andpreparing tools and techniques, Griffiths offers a variety of hunting classes, most notably the Women’s Hunting School. “I would like to see more women involved in hunting and fishing because we view these as just another way of sourcing food, and everyone should have access to this knowledge if they want it,” Griffiths says.
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 8 ounces crappie fillets, thinly sliced Pinch of ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Butter the bottom of an oven-proof baking or gratin dish then add one layer of sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Add a layer of fish followed by a layer of potatoes then another layer of fish. Continue, ending with a layer of potatoes. Whisk together the nutmeg, thyme, cream and lemon zest, then pour over the potatoes and fish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 45 minutes or until browned and bubbling. Serve immediately.
2 cups heavy cream Zest of 1 lemon
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Soak the potatoes in cold water for at least an hour overnight then drain well. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
“Keep crappie alive as long as possible, and then get them on ice quickly. Though they have some of the best tasting fillets of any freshwater fish, they tend to get soft, especially in warm climates like where I live. Their fine texture and delicate flavor are perfect for frying or making in to croquettes.” – Jesse Griffiths, excerpted from the chapter titled The Spring Run from Afield.
For more information about the cooking tent lineup at the Texas Book Festival, visit texasbookfestival.org.
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Gratin photo by Jody Horton.
The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love, by Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que A Story of Land, Family, and Love has built a business off history because the recipes that are served have been perfected and passed down from generation to generation. Dive in to the rich history the Roberts built, the framework for the success of their Salt Lick Bar-B-Que restaurant. This is not just a cookbook, but also a history book, taking the reader through their family story and setting them a place at the dinner table as a welcoming in to the Roberts home.
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Seasoning, Searing and Slow Cooking Brisket, Salt Lick-Style To Season: The Salt Lick keeps their seasoning simple with three ingredients: salt, pepper and cayenne. Wait to season your meat until your fire is ready. Once the meat is seasoned, immediately put it on the fire. Otherwise, the salt in the rub will begin to draw moisture from the meat.
1. Set out the brisket and three separate bowls with pepper, salt and cayenne. 2. Sprinkle the salt liberally all over the surface of the meat. 3. Sprinkle an equal amount of pepper all over the brisket. 4. Sprinkle a pinch of the cayenne in a single line down the center of the meat. 5. With your hands, rub the spices uniformly and firmly into the meat to make sure they adhere. 6. Flip the brisket and repeat the same steps on the other side. 7. Always season the meat a little more than you think you need to. It is a big piece of meat and will take a lot of time to cook. 8. Make sure meat is at room temperature before putting it on the fire.
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To Sear and Slow Cook: Patience is key. You must watch your meat, watch your smoker temperature and watch your smoke. Always keep the thicker part of the meat closer to the heat source. 1. Again, wait to season the brisket just before you put it on the smoker. 2. Place the brisket on the smoker with the thicker side of the meat closer to the heat box. 3. Sear the meat at 225 degrees for an hour. The brisket should turn almost gray in color, and the seasoning should have adhered to the meat. 4. Once the meat is seared, remove it and bring the temperature of the smoker to 195 degrees. 5. Replace the brisket meat-side up and baste for the first time with sauce, letting the meat cook at a lower temperature. Baste every four hours, giving special attention to the end points. 6. About three hours before estimated cooking time is reached, check the brisket’s internal temperature at the thickest part. Once the brisket has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees, it is ready for removal. If it’s not ready, check the temperature in 30-minute intervals.
The rule of thumb is that it takes 75 minutes for each pound of meat being cooked. That’s about 17 and a half hours for a 14-pound brisket.
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Get on Your Bike Experience the joys of cycling in Austin. By Chrissie Jarrell and Natalie Yerkovich Fall is the perfect time to get outside and ride your bike. Whether you’re running errands around town or sweating through a workout, here are two great ways to experience the joys of cycling in Austin. Austin is crisscrossed with miles of bike paths, bike lanes and trails, making it easy to get to almost any destination by bike. It’s more relaxing than driving, provides a great vantage point to see Austin, there is never a traffic jam on a bike path and you’ll always have a parking spot right in front. During the past few years, more bike makers have released new commuter and cruiser-style bikes that are comfortable, cute and practical. Many styles have fenders to prevent dirt splatters and handy racks for carrying groceries or farmers market goodies. Commuter-style bikes also allow you to sit upright instead of the crouched position of a traditional road bike. Select a women’s step-through frame bike and you’ll be able to ride in style and comfort (even while wearing a dress!).
Get Your Blood Pumping Cycling is a great workout for people of all ages and experience levels. It’s low-impact and works some of your largest muscle groups: legs, glutes and core. If you get bored working out inside at the gym or crave the endurance required
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in running but not the impact, give cycling a try. There are numerous free group road-andmountain-bike rides in Austin that allow you to ride with experienced and novice cyclists for longer distances (15-plus miles) without worrying about selecting a route or getting lost. If that sounds intimidating, join a training group first. Training groups teach you the basics of riding your bike for longer distances, help improve your form and help you to feel more comfortable all around on the bike. Riding your bike for exercise doesn’t have to be all about spandex and racing. For most of us, it’s a fun way to be active, spend time outside and enjoy the journey with our riding buddies.
Ride Safely Here are a few tips to keep in mind: > Always wear your helmet, even for short trips. > Invest in a good lock so your precious bike doesn’t disappear. > Outfit your bike with bright front and back lights so you can see and be seen. > Figure out the best route to take before you go. Minimize the amount of time you ride on streets with heavy traffic or without bike lanes. The ideal route takes you on dedicated bike paths that are separated from vehicle traffic altogether. > Ride defensively and predictably, and follow all cycling traffic rules.
by Grant Petersen
Are you intimidated by all of the high-tech gadgetry, gear and spandex biking regalia? Do you have fond memories of just getting on your no-gear turquoise Schwinn and riding? Then this is the book for you. Grant Petersen is a reformed racer and former bicycle designer and marketer who gave it up to open his own shop in Walnut Creek, CA. His advice on how to ride, maintain and enjoy your bike is mostly common sense with a healthy dose of humor. So forget those clunky shoes, neon jerseys and expensive ultra light bikes, as well as grinding out miles and miles. Petersen’s advice: Do what you did as a kid. Jump on your bike and enjoy!
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Jarrell and Yerkovich photo by Rudy Arocha; Trek photo courtesy of Mellow Johnny’s.
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Getting Started Find a Bike Mellow Johnny’s: Get outfitted with a great bike, gear and accessories. Their selection includes commuter, road and mountain bikes. The staff is very knowledgeable and will help you with everything you need. Plus, numerous group rides depart from Mellow Johnny’s each week. Located at Fourth and Nueces streets, mellowjohnnys.com. Training, Instruction and Workouts Cycle Camp USA: Improve your cycling in a coached environment. Cycle Camp USA offers skills classes, fitness-training programs, group training rides, personal training and destination rides. Various locations. cyclecampusa.com Map Your Route in Advance This Austin bike map helps you determine the best route and find dedicated bike lanes and paths. austintexas.gov/service/bicycle-route-map Become a Part of the Cycling Community Please Be Kind to Cyclists: Help the roads become a safer place for cyclists and foster a more harmonious relationship between cyclists and drivers. Learn how to ride safely at bekindtocyclists.com.
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Austin Thinks Pink Breast-cancer resources in Austin. By Jill Case It’s October, the month set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women in Austin are fortunate to have many resources available to help them in the prevention and treatment of this disease. We’ve highlighted a few of them for you.
The Big Pink Bus The Big Pink Bus is hard to miss. Pink with polka dots, it stands out wherever it goes and it should. Seton Healthcare’s Big Pink Bus is a fully certified mammography unit on wheels. Staffed by an all-female team that includes nurses, administrators and licensed mammographers, this bus offers advanced digital mammography and exam rooms. In the bus, breast self-exam teaching is offered, along with a variety of educational materials. Seton is proud of the fact that the Big Pink Bus serves as an outreach to underserved women in Central Texas, as well as insured and under-insured women. Working with community groups and organizations, Seton sends the Big Pink Bus in to the community to offer no-cost screening mammograms to eligible uninsured women. Area businesses can also contact Seton to contract the Big Pink Bus for employee breast screenings on-site. The Big Pink Bus offers screenings at medical and community clinics, business and civic organizations, places of worship, community and senior centers, migrant-worker centers and more. For more information, visit thebigpinkbus.com.
Breast Cancer Resource Center Looking for education or support? This nonprofit organization provides both at no charge. Staffed by breast-cancer survivors, this grass-roots organization’s vision is to “ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone.” One way the organization does this is with the help of patient navigators. Patient navigators are trained breastcancer survivors certified by the New York-based Dr. Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. Navigators help patients from the time they get an abnormal finding through diagnosis and treatment. They work to eliminate barriers that patients might encounter, such as financial barriers (including insurance issues), communication bar-
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riers (from medical jargon to language or cultural issues), inside and out.” This comprehensive program concenmedical system barriers, psychological barriers (fear or trates on the social, emotional and physical aspects of anxiety), as well as other barriers that affect care, such as healing after breast-cancer surgery. Individual and group needing transportation and childcare. exercise programs combine land and water exercises that The Breast Cancer Resource Center also offers support help post-surgery patients through gentle guidance and groups, classes such as Breast Cancer 101, online support forums, a lending library and more, all provided free of charge. A New Diagnostic Tool: MBI For more information, visit bcrc.org. Austin Radiological Association is now offering MBI
Komen for the Cure, Austin The Austin affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been working since 1999 to raise funds to provide free breast-cancer screenings, education, medical services and financial and emotional support to women in Austin and the Central Texas area. The group’s local community grants provide more than $1 million to organizations like the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas - Education to Action, H.A.N.D. (Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled) and more. The Komen Austin Race for the Cure helps raise money for these grants and other activities. For more information, visit komenaustin. org, or for general information about breast health, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512.473.0900.
Stiletto Stampede’s Boob Camp The Stiletto Stampede offers events and groups for breast-cancer patients like peer support groups and Boob Camp, a post-surgery program that’s designed to make patients “feel better
(molecular breast imaging). This diagnostic test is a supplemental breast screening that detects areas of high metabolism in the breast. In general, breast cancer will have a higher metabolism than normal breast tissue, which allows radiologists to distinguish which areas of the breast may be cancerous. “Supplemental screening such as MBI can find three to four times as many breast cancers compared to mammography alone,” says Dr. Sarah Avery, fellowshiptrained breast imager and board-certified radiologist at Austin Radiological Association. Supplemental screening is not recommended for every patient, but the American Cancer Society does recommend it for women who have high risk factors for breast cancer such as family history or dense breast tissue, which can make it harder to detect cancer. In fact, MBI is particularly helpful in identifying breast cancer in women who have dense breast tissue. How do you know if you have dense breast tissue? Thanks to Henda’s Law, a law that went in to effect in Texas in January 2012, women must now be informed by mammography facilities of their breast-tissue density, and also that they might benefit from supplemental screening if they have dense breast tissue or other risk factors for breast cancer. Patients should always discuss their situations with their personal physicians to determine what tests are right for them. For more information about MBI, visit ausrad.com.
Make it a night on the town support. Peer support groups are another aspect of the program, and these are led once a month by a professional counselor. For more information, visit stilettostampede.org/ourprograms.html. Weâ€™ve only been able to highlight a few of the resources in Austin, but there are many more people, organizations and health-care facilities in this city working to help prevent and treat breast cancer, proving that Austin is a city that thinks pink all year long. For general information about breast-cancer prevention and treatment, visit the American Cancer Society, cancer.org, or the National Cancer Institute, cancer.gov.
with live music from the Austin Symphony
Breast-Cancer Awareness Events Stiletto Stampede Oct. 20, 10 a.m., The Triangle Put on your high heels and join in this 100yard dash that aims to help young men and women understand the risks of breast cancer, as well as offers ways to prevent and treat the disease. For more information, visit stilettostampede.org. Texas Mamma Jamma Ride Against Breast Cancer Oct. 27, Reunion Ranch There are several ways to get involved with this recreational bike ride that raises funds for local Central Texas organizations that help those coping with breast cancer. There are also ways for kids and non-riders to help and have fun. For more information, visit mammajammaride.org. Komen Austin Race for the Cure Nov. 4, 7:30 a.m., downtown Austin This race is part of the Komen Race for the Cure, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Since 2005, more than a million people have participated. The Austin affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure serves a five-county area. For more information, visit komenaustin.org. Hiatus Spa Think Pink Monthly Retreat Throughout October, Hiatus Spa, 1611 W. Fifth St., Suite 155 Cofounder Kristin Heaton-Peabody is a breastcancer survivor, so the Think Pink Monthly Retreat is important to her. Proceeds from the Think Pink services benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Retreat services include a juicy pink-grapefruit exfoliation, a steam canopy, a chilled-stone facial massage and a plunge in the Vichy shower, finishing with a pink lemonade cocktail. For more information or to book an appointment, call 512.362.5777 or visit hiatusspa.com.
Enjoy the best in classical music with your best friends. Slip on the stilettos and have a night out with the Austin Symphony!
2012 â€“ 2013 Season P E t E r B A y, M u S i c D i r E c t o r
For tickets and concert information: (512) 476-6064 or austinsymphony.org Ask about group rates!
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R uby Jane
Musical prodigy Ruby Jane Smith begins a new chapter of her life and comes of age, Austin-style.
By John T. Davis, Photos by Matt Lankes Hair by April Downs, Avant Salon, avantsalon.com. Makeup by Lauren Lumsden, Rae Cosmetics, raecosmetics.com.
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onsider the partial dossier of a young musician named Ruby Jane Smith: ❱ She began playing the fiddle at about age 2. ❱ She became the youngest fiddle player invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry at 10. ❱ She came to the attention of Austin audiences playing the part of a young Bob Wills in Asleep at the Wheel’s bio-play of the Western Swing star, A Ride With Bob. ❱ She has toured with the Wheel and Willie Nelson, and performed with them (and Lyle Lovett) at the black-tie opening of The Long Center for the Performing Arts. ❱ She has been on stages as diverse as Gruene Hall, Lollapalooza and South By Southwest. ❱ She has performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Four times. ❱ She has released three albums, including her newest, Celebrity (empire of emptiness). Now consider this: She is 17 years old. (Lord God, thinks the reporter collating this information, I’ve got cowboy boots older than that.) The reporter, in a particularly Jurassic mood this hot September day, sits in a lawn chair and regards Smith. She regards him right back. For a kid who isn’t old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes (she turns 18 in November), she is an uncommonly self-possessed and self-aware young woman. Her dark eyes beneath her trademark chestnut-hued bangs shine like intelligent, willful animals peering out from a cave. She’s quite attractive in a fresh and understated way, but wears it lightly. It’s what’s going on behind the eyes that arouses one’s curiosity. “There’s a lot of quirky, cool people here,” she is saying, waving her hand at the South Austin RV park that she and her mother (and manager) JoBelle Smith have called home since 2007. “It’s a quintessential Austin spot.” The jury might be out on “quirky,” but Ruby Jane and JoBelle have a lock on mother-and-daughter cool. They have been a pair from the get-go. “We’re very lucky. We have a really great relationship,” Ruby Jane says. “I see a lot of mothers and daughters that butt heads all the time, but my mom and I have always been very close.” “It works because there’s a lot of respect and a lot of communication,” JoBelle stresses. “You wouldn’t believe the gamut of decisions we have to make and agree on. I try very hard to be a mom first, but I can’t let the mom manage; I have to let the manager manage.” To that end, mother and daughter schedule business meetings (as artist and manager, of course). “Then,” JoBelle continues, “when we sit down to dinner, I try not to talk about business. I don’t need the manager to have dinner with her; I need Mom to have dinner with her.”
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Ruby Jane was born in Dallas, where JoBelle worked as a freelance fashion stylist and oversaw the Fashion Dallas section of the Dallas Morning News. She stayed a Texan “for about two days,” and then the pair moved to Mississippi to be with her parents (Ruby Jane’s father, according to the Smith women, has never been in the picture). Living with her mother and grandparents in Columbus, MS, not far from Elvis’ birthplace of Tupelo, Ruby Jane nurtured an innate love of music, acquired a fierce work ethic and set out on an unconventional childhood path. “For the first years of my life, I wasn’t allowed to watch television at all, which now, looking back, I’m grateful for,” Ruby Jane says. “Instead, I was able to listen to amazing music. I read Shakespeare with my
grandfather, read great poetry, read music. I grew up in a Christian, hard-working household.” It wasn’t entirely idyllic; that pesky pop culture kept trying to intrude. “I was also never allowed to have a Game Boy, or anything like that, like my friends had,” she recalls. “I was so mad about that. So I got this cat one time, and she had kittens and I named one of the kittens Game Kitty.” (As a semi-grownup, she has, to an extent, been making up for lost time. She and JoBelle are suckers for the trashy nighttime TV soap Revenge. And as she recently posted on her Facebook page, “The Black Keys make working out so much better!”) Ruby Jane was home-schooled early on, which she credits with instilling a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity.
“We learned science by walking in the woods with science books,” she says. “It was a very organic process. My grandfather would make me get up every morning and recite poetry to him.” In July 2007, the duo was en route to a string music convention in San Diego when they passed a sign on I-10 pointing to Austin. “We have plenty of time to get to California,” Mom told Daughter. “Austin’s a music town. Let’s go visit.” Ruby Jane ended up sitting in with Dale Watson at the Continental Club that very night. And that, as they say, was that. After she moved to Austin and began gigging and going on the road, Ruby Jane took online high-school courses through Veritas Press Scholars Academy, a Pennsylvania-based institution offering a rigorous, Christianbased classical education. Ruby Jane’s academic menu was loaded down, she says, with literature, Latin, Greek and higher math, taught by online teachers via PowerPoint and chat rooms. “You could do it from anywhere,” she says with a grin. “There’s pictures of me on Willie’s bus doing my classes.” Even with a full-time music career, she graduated last year as salutatorian of her online class, whereupon she went to Lancaster for a real cap-and-gown ceremony with her online peers and teachers.
Ruby Jane Smith visits an old friend and mentor, songwriter Freddy Powers, in Nashville's VA Medical Center. Powers was admitted, according to Smith, for complications arising from Parkinson's Disease. Power is best known as a Texas Heritage Hall of Fame songwriter who has penned hits for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Ray Charles, Big & Rich and others. Smith, who was in Nashville for a series of business meetings and showcase performances, made time to visit Powers in the hospital and to play by his bedside. “He was one of the first people I played with when I got to Austin,” she says. “I met him at a big jam session out at his house. He was always a wonderful influence. I loved his songwriting, and he inspired songs of mine. “As soon as we got to town, we went over to the hospital to see him. In the photo, I'm playing a song of mine called Feels Like Home, which was inspired by a Freddy Powers chord progression.”
“I had to give a speech. I was so nervous,” she says. But she also got to perform at an openmic night, and that was all gravy. “There have been times when I wish I could have had some of that [normal highschool] experience,” she muses. “But if I’d been in a school, I wouldn’t be where I am now: no travel, no touring with Willie. …” Oh, yeah, Willie. The Red Headed Stranger has been on Ruby Jane’s radar for a long time. She recalls pedaling her trike, toting a jambox full of Willie Nelson songs. So you’ve got to love it when she confesses that her first impression upon meeting her idol in an Austin recording studio was that he was…short. “A pretty short guy. Like you were standing there talking to your grandfather,” she affirms. But still. “I was very nervous, but after I introduced myself to him,
it was the least intimidating experience to stand there and talk to him because he was such a kind person.” Ruby Jane was in Pedernales Studio that day watching Nelson, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel record their Willie and the Wheel album. Benson had brought Ruby Jane along to play on one of the album tracks. The Wheel’s founder and bandleader first heard Ruby Jane, as he recalls, at Artz Rib House when he was looking for a fiddle player to play the part
Ruby Jane Smith performs in A Ride with Bob.
R uby, according to Ray Asleep at the Wheel bandleader Ray Benson has worked with and mentored scores, if not hundreds, of musicians during the band’s 40-plus years. He is not easily impressed. So when he picked Ruby Jane Smith to play a role in the play A Ride With Bob, and later, to tour with the Wheel and Willie Nelson, it was an endorsement of the highest order. Benson has been watching Smith’s evolution and offers some thoughts on her and her music: “She’s a wonderfully talented kid who’s now a wonderfully talented young woman. I just like working with kids; it’s so fun to watch them progress. I saw her and I just knew.” “She was so accomplished at a young age, and that’s what I always look for. You always listen with your ears, not your eyes. Her intonation was perfect. Her level of musicianship was way beyond her years. And she was a sponge; every day she was learning something.” “She really wants to be a singersongwriter, and with her talent, she just might get there. But as I told
her, her God-given talent is the ability to play instruments, be it fiddle or guitar or whatever, and I said, ‘You have exceptional talent for that.’ She has the opportunity to be a virtuoso instrumentalist, and that’s what I hoped she would do, and what I hope she will do in the future. She’s got plenty of time to do that still.” “I predict nothing but good things for Ruby Jane, whatever she decides to do. She’s got great musical talent and she’s very intelligent, and those two things will take her far.” “I would tell her, ‘Enjoy it. First and foremost, enjoy it. Because sometimes these things are fleeting, sometimes they’re long-lived, but the main thing is to enjoy it.’
And that’s the great thing about Ruby Jane. She has such great joy in her music. That’s the thing that will carry her forward more than anything.” “I wish her the best of luck, and
she’s still going to do our play again in February. This time, she plays the part of Bob Wills’ 16-year-old wife. It’s perfect and she does a wonderful job. I predict nothing but good things for her.”
of a young Bob Wills in the musical play A Ride With Bob. “I saw her and I just knew,” Benson says. Thanks to Benson’s advocacy and Nelson’s enthusiasm (“She [has] an amazing career in front of her,” he says.), 14-year-old Ruby Jane wound up on the bus, crossing the country with the Willie and the Wheel tour. “She proved to be as accomplished as she needed to be for that gig,” Benson says. “She learned all the parts that were played on the record by grown men.” So far, so good. But that saga—the child prodigy, the talented young ingénue, the instrumentalist who could step up with the big boys—was only the first half of the story. Flash forward three years later. Ruby Jane is seated in a little Edenic bubble created by a profusion of plants and bushes outside her RV. She’s wearing a long red sundress and she glows amidst the greenery like a jewel. She is speaking with emphasis; she wants to make herself clear. “I’m almost 18, I’ve graduated from high school and my music has really grown and changed over the last few years,” she says. “I’m really stepping in to a new part of my life. I want to make sure I’m ready for that next level.” The arrival of that next level was signaled by the June release of her third album, Celebrity (empire of emptiness). From the cover art (a drawing by Austin artist Katie Rose Pipkin depicting a young woman with long brown hair walking a tightrope over a nighttime cityscape) on down, it’s a stark departure from the roots-oriented releases that preceded it. Penned almost entirely by Ruby Jane (there’s one cover and three co-writes), the album is shot through with downbeat themes and musings on the pitfalls of fame. Musically, the tracks migrate from balladry (Break Free) to Patty Griffin-ish choral arrangements (Wake Up) to layered pop (City of Angels) to gypsy-jazz-rock fusion (Intrepid). And it’s not all gloom, of course; tracks like This Song and Carry Me help leaven the mood. The cherry on the sundae, so to speak, is a nervy, arresting version of Wilco’s I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. Songs like the title track and XXVII take a jaundiced look at our culture’s obsession with tabloid fame and disposable celebrities. “They call it a dream,” she sings in the former. “I call it a suicide machine.” XXVII is a cautionary tale inspired by the untimely death of Amy Winehouse at that young age. Elsewhere, in City of Angels, she describes “streets lined with worn-out dreamers.” Any respite lies far away: “When I close my eyes/I dream of beaches in the South of France/Where’s nothing’s blocking the skies/And no one can see me dance.”
Celebrity (empire of emptiness)
About the Cover Artist Katie Rose Pipkin, 22, currently resides in Austin. She has studied and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Paris. She is completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art at the University of Texas, and has been awarded the Young Masters award through the Texas Cultural Trust, and residencies at Oxbow and the Paris American Academy of Art. Her work has been shown through Birdhouse Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, Arthouse and more. See more of her work at katierosepipkin.com. “Working with Ruby Jane was wonderful,” Pipkin says. “She had a definite vision of what she wanted to see, but was open enough to let me take her image and play with it, make it [in some ways] my own.”
This is, technically speaking, Ruby Jane Smith’s fourth release, but in many ways, it is her first. A striking departure from the roots/country/hot jazz sound that characterized her earlier CDs, Celebrity (empire of emptiness) not only unlimbers a more pop-oriented, multi-layered and densely aural musical style, but the songs find Smith dealing with more adult and even dark subject matter that belies her 17 years. The title track is a swipe at the hollow Lohan/Spears/ Kardashian caricature of fame for fame’s sake, while XXVII chronicles the price that fame can elicit. (It was inspired, Smith says, by the untimely death of Amy Winehouse.) The stately and deliberative Innocents was born out of a robbery earlier this year in which Smith and her mother were the victims, and Break Free examines the bitter aftermath of a love affair gone wrong. The one cover on the album is a delightful take on Wilco’s I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. Otherwise, Smith keeps the spotlight on her own songwriting. Stylistically, the album is a study in versatility, from the dreamy, Patty Griffin-ish Wake Up, to the country-pop City of Angels and Carry Me, which blossoms from a folkish acoustic beginning to an ornate, complex conclusion. The capper is Intrepid, a scorching jazz-rock breakdown that sets Smith and her fiddle against the guitar of her bandmate and songwriting partner, Trevor LaBonte. -John T. Davis
It’s mature, even dark, subject matter. Ruby Jane isn’t by nature a pessimist, but, as she says, she’s interested in the more somber aspects of the human condition. “A lot of the songs that come across as dark is really me tapping in to the darkness that is in the human mind,” she says. “We are very dark creatures. We have that side of us, and I think that’s really beautiful. Songwriting for me is an outlet to let that darkness come through.” Granted, but the album is a jarring transition for those whose only exposure to Ruby Jane heretofore is watching her swing through a hot fiddle breakdown in a honky-tonk. That’s OK with her. “I thought people might be a little shocked or thrown for a loop when I came out with this new album,” she says. “But it’s really exciting to present my fans with this newer version of Ruby Jane.” To hear her tell it, she’s not just putting out a new album, she’s throwing down a marker. “Before, I was more focused on the fiddle playing, which will always be a big part of my music. But this album was really a way for me to say, from this point forward, I’ll be blending the fiddling with all differ-
ent genres of music. I want to be more represented as an artist than just an instrumentalist, less of a kid and more of an adult.” Sometimes, she says, people her own age seem like foreigners to her. “Many of them don’t know how to talk to adults, which seems so weird to me because I’ve spent so much of my life around adults, working and talking with them,” she says. Eighteen may have seemed a long time coming, but Ruby Jane has long been dreaming adult dreams. “Ever since I started playing the violin when I was about 2, I always wanted to be an entertainer and have a big music career,” she says. “That’s literally all I’ve ever done, is drive towards that goal. I have dreams of making a big impact on the world with music. I want to be someone that influences the music business and influences young people that want to play music in a positive way.” That may seem like big talk coming from a teenager sitting in a trailer park in South Austin. On the other hand, as Ruby Jane Smith’s musical idol is fond of singing, “Miracles appear in the strangest of places.”
Ruby Jane through the years 2 Years Old: Receives her first fiddle
8 Years Old: Wins first fiddle contest
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10 Years Old: Performs at Grand Old Opry
14 Years Old: Tours with Willie Nelson
15 Years 16 Years Old: Old: Performs at Performs Lollapalooza at ACL with Blues Traveler
17 Years Old: Debut album released
Festival Season The inside scoop on navigating the hottest October conferences and festivals.
Can you feel it? The excitement in the air? As the weather cools down, Austinâ€™s entertainment scene heats up, and the city comes alive for numerous events, festivals and conferences. Austin is a happening hub, a favorite festival destination, and this October, the city will witness five amazing events that encompass the creative and progressive culture of ATX. From music and film, to business and entrepreneurship, to reading and writing, to food and wine, prime yourself to be inspired, amused and reenergized through the whirlwind of activity, including celebrity sightings, non-stop concerts, films, lectures, readings, workshops and panels, all slated for our fair metropolis in this action-packed month.
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Photo by Rudy Arocha; Nice Guys photo by Jack Plunkett.
By Molly McManus
Austin Film Festival Oct. 17–25, various locations in downtown Austin
Prices vary from $100 for a Lone Star Badge, which entitles you to bypass the film-pass line and gets you in to the Saturday panels, to $600 for a Producers Badge, which covers the gamut. For more info and pricing, visit austinfilmfestival.com.
The Parties Film & Food Oct. 17, Driskill Hotel, $90, (no badge needed) What to know: ❱❱ Robert Rodriguez will be in attendance as the honorary chair of the evening.
✪ Must-See Panelists ✪ Elizabeth Avellan, producer of Sin City, Machete, Predators and Grindhouse Alec Berg, writer/executive producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld Tim Talbot and Nancy Pimental, writers for South Park Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids, The Office and Arrested Development Erica Arvold, casting associate of In Her Shoes, Charlotte’s Web, Gods & Monsters, Runaway Bride and The Horse Whisperer Shane Black, writer/director of Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and writer of The Long Kiss Goodnight, Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero Aline Brosh McKenna, writer of We Bought a Zoo, 27 Dresses, The Devil Wears Prada Lindsay Doran, producer of Stranger than Fiction, Nanny McPhee and Sense and Sensibility
❱❱ Restaurants include Foreign & Domestic, Olive & June, Swift’s Attic, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Ranch 616, Buenos Aires Café, Trento, Green Pastures, Driskill Grill and Mulberry.
❱❱ Live and silent auction. ❱❱ Proceeds benefit AFF’s Young Filmmakers Program.
WGA West Late-Night Welcome Party Oct. 18, 11 p.m., III Forks What to know: ❱❱ Hosted by John August, writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
The Nice Guys at the 2011 Austin Film Festival.
Film Texas BBQ Supper Oct. 19, 4:45 p.m., French Legation Museum
Pitch Finale Party, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., location TBD
What to know: ❱❱ Food provided by Salt Lick Bar-B-Que.
What to know: ❱❱ Watch the aspiring screenwriter finalists compete in
❱❱ Beer provided by Stella Artois.
delivering their movie pitches in less than two minutes.
❱❱ Wine provided by Driftwood’s Duchman Family Winery.
Awards Luncheon Oct. 20, 12:15 p.m., The Austin Club What to know: ❱❱ Dine with panelists and listen to moving speeches from this year’s honorees and winners.
❱❱ Awards include Distinguished Writer, Narrative Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, writers of The Vow, He’s Just Not That Into You and Never Been Kissed Sarah Bird (moderator), novelist, screenwriter
Didn’t make it to Cannes or Sundance? Step aside and make way for the 19thannual Austin Film Festival & Conference and eight nights of films and parties, including four days of panels and workshops. AFF focuses heavily on screenwriting for both films and television, giving props to the creative minds of writers. With convenient downtown venues; fun parties at Austin’s finest bars and restaurants; an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts with premieres, advanced screenings, and Q&A sessions with creators, actors, directors, writers and producers, film fanatics will be blissfully swept away to their happy place. Visit austinfilmfestival.com for more information, badges and the full lineup of panelists and events.
Feature, Documentary Feature, Animated Short (the winner of this award is eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award), Narrative Short, Documentary Short.
Conference Wrap Party, Oct. 20, 11 p.m., location TBD What to know: ❱❱ Hosted by Barry Josephson, Josephson Entertainment.
Hair of the Dog Brunch Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Ranch 616 What to know: ❱❱ Hosted by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, writers of Chicago Fire, Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Other places to see and be seen: Austin Film Commission Opening Night Oct. 18, 5 p.m., Rattle Inn
Filmmaker’s Happy Hour Oct. 19, 11 p.m., Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Film Pass Party Oct. 23, 10 p.m., Lucky Lounge
Closing Night Premiere Party Oct. 25, 10 p.m., Bar Louie
Oct. 27–28, Texas State Capitol and surrounding grounds, texasbookfestival.org
Authors will sign books 15 minutes after the end of their sessions. The Book Signing Tent is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and 10th Street. The Children’s Book Signing Tent is located at the intersection of Colorado and 13th streets.
Jan Reid, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards Reid’s personal friendship with Richards shines through in this account of Richards’ rise to power as a liberal Democrat in a conservative Republican state. Using interviews with her family and closest associates, extensive research and unpublished correspondence with her longtime companion Bud Shrake, Reid lets the people in on the real Ann Richards.
Kate Payne, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking This is a funny, three-part howto on homemaking on your own terms. Part one: Home-ifying Your Pad; part two: Impressive Acts of Domesticity; part three: Life After Restaurants.
Junot Díaz, This is How You Lose Her Pulitzer Prize winner Díaz released his newest book in September. His novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, so you can only guess how great this compilation of nine stories will be.
Suzy Spencer, Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality Spencer set out to investigate sex in America to find out what men and women of all ages and sexual orientations are really doing in their private lives. What she discovered through her research online, at sex clubs and elsewhere will keep you turning the pages.
Kati Marton, Paris: A Love Story This is an honest memoir from award-winning journalist and distinguished author Marton that depicts an emotional story of love, loss and life set in Paris, describing her romances with Richard Holbrooke and Peter Jennings.
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail This is a true story of Strayed’s emotional and daring recovery from her mother’s death and her divorce through embarking on an 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Jenna Hays McEachern and Edith Royal, DKR: The Royal Scrapbook The University of Texas at Austin’s football stadium is named after him for a reason. Darrel K. Royal has the most wins in UT’s history as head football coach, as well as an amazing life story, told by McEachern and his wife of more than 65 years, Edith.
Naomi Wolf, Vagina: A New Biography Bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, Wolf takes readers through her personal voyage of breaking down intersections between sexuality and creativity, finding that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an important part of the female brain, thus, a basic bond to female consciousness itself.
Good to Know
Seating for talks and panels is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early to see your favorite authors. Visit texasbookfestival.org for specific times, panel topics and book signings.
Food and beverages will be available on 11th Street and Congress Avenue at various local foodvendor booths, as well as on Congress Avenue between eighth and 10th streets. The Capitol Grill in the Capitol Extension will also be open for lunch and snacks.
11 a.m. Air Cargo Noon Leticia Rodriquez 1 p.m. Sarah Fox, Joel Guzman and Glenn Fukunaga 2 p.m. Dale Watson 3 p.m. Peterson Brothers 4 p.m. Jimmy LaFave
Sunday Noon Sweet Bunch of Daisies 1 p.m. Taj Weekes 2 p.m. Ben Livingston 4 p.m. Beto y Los Fairlanes
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a family affair Children’s and Young-Adult Authors Your Kids Will Love
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle), young adult Cinda Williams Chima, The Crimson Crown, young adult Jacqueline Kelly, Return to the Willows, ages 9 and older reading level Liz Garton Scanlon, Think Big, ages 3 and older reading level Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, ages 7 and older reading level Jenny Han, Burn for Burn, teenage reading level Garth Nix and Sean Williams, Troubletwisters Book 2: The Monster, ages 8 and older reading level Avi, Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution, ages 8 and older reading level Paolo Bacigalupi, The Drowned Cities, young adult
where to park free garages and lots Oct. 27-28 Granger Parking Garage, 12th and Guadalupe Capitol Visitor Garage, 12th and Trinity State Lots 8 and 11, West 15th and Colorado State Garages A & E, 14th and San Jacinto State Garages F & E, 13th and San Jacinto State Lot 15, Ninth and Colorado
Book Festival photo by Bob Daemmrich.
Texas Book Festival
Ideas, imagination, education and literacy. The creative storytelling of the 250-plus authors in attendance encompasses the lively spirit of the Texas Book Festival. This festival is free and open to the public, and features an amazing lineup of authors. Started in 1995 by Laura Bush and a group of volunteers, the festival supports Texas public libraries and literacy through its Library Grants and Reading Rock Stars programs. Don’t miss out on this unbelievable opportunity.
Texas Conference for Women Oct. 24, Austin Convention Center In its 13th year, the Texas Conference for Women is the largest event in Texas of its kind. Hosted by Texas first lady Anita Perry and sponsored by Dell, the conference brings together women to network, learn from each other, get inspired and get moving. The event covers a full day, with registration and networking beginning at 7:30 a.m., including lunch and ending with networking and mentoring sessions at 5 p.m. Visit txconferenceforwomen.com for registration and full details.
sessions There are three sessions during the conference, each with seven different options to attend. It was impossible to pick the best, as each session will undoubtedly benefit the women in attendance. Below, we’ve outlined six you won’t want to miss, however, check the website to personalize your experience.
10–11 a.m., Breakout Sessions The Creative and Innovative Leader: Moving from Idea Generation to Action Moderator: Patti Johnson, CEO, PeopleResults Panelists: Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men are Gone; Sue Chen, founder and CEO of Nova Medical Products; Bryony Gomez-Palacio, founder of UnderConsideration Topics: The difference between creativity and innovation; how to enable an environment that supports and encourages creativity and innovation; how to leverage a multi-generational workplace to increase innovation and results; strategies to generate ideas and turn them in to action.
Keynote Speakers Cathie Black, former president and chairman of Hearst Magazines, former president and publisher of USA Today and was named in Forbes’ 50 Most Powerful Women in Business Charlotte Beers, renowned Oglivy & Mather advertising mogul, former Undersecretary of State and featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine and Business Week Magazine as one of the most powerful women in America Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of Happier at Home and The Happiness Project Brené Brown, author, renowned speaker and research professor at the University of Houston
Influence Expansion: How to Leverage and Grow Your Influence to Drive Real Business Growth Speaker: Lena L. West, founder and CEO, XynoMedia and top 30 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter Topics: Redefining influence in a way that helps you drop the negative connotations and get on with implementing influence in your business; impact bottom-line results; look for the hidden sources of influence in your business and life; identify the people who influence you and who you influence; strike the right balance between influencing and being influenced.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Breakout Sessions
own leadership potential; the inspiration and leadership needed to help others along on their path to greatness.
Health & Wellness Pavilion This pavilion will feature companies, organizations and experts on managing health, with a focus on the latest developments in the physical, emotional and mental aspects of health. Schedule and speakers TBD.
3–4 p.m., Expert Exchange Sessions
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead
Savvy Smart Spending
Speaker: Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, research professor at the University of Houston
Topics: Growing your money; undervalued investments.
Topics: Examining the critical role vulnerability plays in our personal and professional success; dispelling the four major myths of vulnerability; exploring the most common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability and how they move us away from our goals; identifying actionable strategies for leaning in to our discomfort and embracing vulnerability as a source of strength and inspiration.
Creating Your Mid-Life Reinvention
Speaker: Camille Gaines, financial expert, columnist and founder of financialwoman.com
Speaker: Susan Tolles, founder of Flourish Over 50 Topics: Life after 50; rediscovery and reinvention; challenges of aging; defining the next chapter; finding your purpose and passion; turning your vision in to a reality.
How Great Women Lead Moderator: Bonnie St. John, Olympic skier, amputee and bestselling author Panelists: Kate Betts, contributing editor of Time and former editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar; Kellie Keough, vice president of Active Trader, Charles Schwab; Elizabeth Avellan, co-creator of the Spy Kids series. Topics: Research on the professional and personal lives of powerful women shaping today’s world; practical tools that will equip you to embrace your
Don’t miss: the Career Pavilion The Career Pavilion offers opportunities for conference attendees to meet face to face in a one-on-one setting with local and national career experts, coaches and professionals. Part of this pavilion will include a mentor match: Attendees are paired with local professional/executive/life coaches for a private oneon-one session. Also included is a resume review: HR experts will provide critiques to help attendees better market themselves with the latest tips and trends. The pavilion also provides an interview-analysis booth, where experts help with interviewing skills through videotaping and reviewing how attendees communicate, and offer advice and tips on how to improve an interview. Socialmedia roundtables will be featured in this pavilion, helping attendees expand their online network and visibility.
ACL Music Festival Oct. 12–14, Zilker Park
Stevie Wonder at the 2011 ACL Festival.
You better have your dancin’ shoes packed because with an incredible lineup of music, parties, food and activities, the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival promises to be the biggest and best ACL Fest yet. In its 10th year, ACL brings music enthusiasts together once again for a phenomenal three-day extravaganza. Below, you will find everything you need to maneuver the weekend, with or without festival passes.
Late-Night Shows For those who didn’t get a ticket to the ACL Music Festival, perhaps you are holding out for the Official 2012 ACL Festival Late-Night Shows. These concerts are meant for the night owl, the party animal who can’t get enough. Downtown Austin’s legendary live-music venues will host ACL artists and other local performers you won’t want to miss, starting Oct. 10 before the epic weekend begins and ending Oct. 14.
KGSR and KUT host the ACL Music Festival’s early morning shows for folks who may not have been able to snag a ticket to the fest. ❱❱ KGSR ACL Broadcast
❱❱ La Zona Rosa
8:30: The Dunwells
10/11: Band of Skulls with Black Pistol Fire. Doors at 8 p.m.
9: The Eastern Sea
10/12: Trampled by Turtles, Punch Brothers. Doors at 10 p.m.
9:30: Patrick Watson
10/13: Thievery Corporation. Doors at 10 p.m.
10: The Whigs
Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to noon, Threadgill’s South
10:30: Michael Kiwanuka
A $5 donation benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. The first 100 people get a breakfast taco and unlimited coffee. Friday 8:30: Wheeler Brothers 9: Asleep at the Wheel 9:30: First Aid Kit 10: Patterson Hood 10:30: Ben Howard First Aid Kit
❱❱ Stubb’s 10/10: Gary Clark Jr., Wheeler Brothers. Doors at 7 p.m. 10/11: Alabama Shakes with Lee Fields and the Expressions. Doors at 7 p.m.
❱❱ KUT ACL Broadcast
Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, Four Seasons Hotel Downtown Austin A $10 entry fee benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center and includes a breakfast taco and unlimited coffee. First come, first served. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The full lineup is available at fourseasons.com/austin.
✱ Austin Kiddie Limits ✱ There’s fun in store for the whole family, including a kids’ area packed full of activities and a kidfriendly lineup guaranteed to make kids of all ages dance, sing and truly get in to the spirit of ACL. The best news for parents? Kids 10 and younger get in free with a ticket-holding adult. Activities include:
10/12: The Shins with Bombay Bicycle Club. Doors at 8 p.m. 10/13: The Civil Wars with Milo Green. Doors at 8 p.m.
❱❱ Antone’s 10/11: Black Lips with Not in the Face. Doors at 8 p.m. 10/12: Allen Stone with Sister Sparrow and Dirty Birds. Doors at 10 p.m. 10/13: The Afghan Whigs with Centro-matic. Doors at 10 p.m.
❱❱ The Belmont:
❱❱ Rock Star Video Karaoke. Kids can pick a song, get styled and rock out as their favorite star.
10/12: Delta Spirit 2 with The Whigs. Doors at 8 p.m.
❱❱ Hip Hop Workshop. The Q Brothers teach kids how to scratch, beatbox and rhyme.
10/13: Kimbra with the Features. Doors at 8 p.m.
❱❱ DrumZone. Michael Marcionetti instructs kids to drum with rhythm and style. ❱❱ Action Painting. Kids can throw and splatter paint while creating a beautiful masterpiece with Abrakadoodle.
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Visit c3concerts.com/latenight for the full lineup and to purchase tickets.
Stevie Wonder photo by Rudy Arocha.
Early Morning Shows
logistics What to Bring
Come prepared! To have the most enjoyable experience possible, consider bringing these items to the ACL Music Fest: ➜ Blanket. Keep off that itchy grass.
There is no parking at the festival site, so plan ahead. Capital Metro provides free shuttle service to and from the centrally located downtown location at Republic Square (Fourth and Guadalupe). Shuttles run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the festival. For a map and listing of downtown parking garages, visit downtownaustin.com/transportation/parking/lots.
➜ Sunglasses. Keep out that glorious sunshine.
Other transportation options:
➜ Hat. See sunglasses.
➜ Taxis. Taxis are allowed convenient access to the entrance/exit and will have a designated area to pick up and drop off festivalgoers.
➜ Umbrella. Just in case Weezy makes it rain. ➜ Soft-sided cooler to keep your drinks chilled. ➜ Portable/collapsible chair for when you just can’t dance no mo’. ➜ Regular-size/unframed backpack. Keep those hands free for optimal fist pumping. ➜ Water bottle (must be factory-sealed) or empty water bottle to dump on your neighbors when the excitement becomes too much (or to stay hydrated). ➜ Binoculars to pretend like you are personally being serenaded by Jack White. ➜ Camera (detachable lenses of any kind prohibited). Memories for life.
Certain roads leading in to the park will close at midnight Oct. 11 and reopen midnight Oct. 14. These include Barton Springs Road at Robert E. Lee, MoPac frontage at Columbus Drive and Stratford Drive at Nature Center Drive.
Food! The lines might be long but it’s well worth the wait. Stop by these ATX food vendors during breaks between your favorite shows: ➜ Amy’s Ice Creams (shakes, frosteds and cones) ➜ Bess Bistro on Pecan (crispy artichokes, chicken and sausage jambalaya) ➜ Between Your Buns Sandwich Shop (steak frit sandwich, Mexican shrimp cocktail) ➜ Boomerang’s Pies (Guinness steak and potato pie, Southwest chicken pie)
Good to Know
➜ Pedicabs. If you’ve never had the pleasure of being towed by someone with insanely ripped calves, now’s your chance. A typical pedicab seats a maximum of three people in a cart pulled by a bicyclist and is an eco-friendly alternative to other transportation. Typical pricing is $10 to $20 per person. ➜ Bicycles are definitely the easiest way to get to the festival. Well-lit bike racks are available at each entrance. Provide your own lock. If your bike needs maintenance, stop by the Mellow Johnny’s Bike Station at the entrances for fix-ups, locks, lights, tubes or any other last-minute advice or gear. ➜ Scooters and motorcycles. Parking is available off Robert E. Lee in the Barton Springs Pool parking lot. ➜ Passenger drop-off area is located at the north end of the MoPac (Loop 1) Pedestrian Bridge on Stephen F. Austin Drive next to Austin High School. The pedestrian footbridge runs beneath MoPac and it is a short walk to the park. This is the only official drop-off point.
➜ Chi’lantro BBQ (pork and beef tacos, spicy fries) ➜ Children of the Kettle Corn ➜ Daily Juice (watermelon agua fresca, blueberry lemonade) ➜ Freebirds World Burrito (carnitas; steak, chicken and veggie burritos) ➜ Wahoo’s Fish Taco (blackened fish or chicken tacos, nachos) ➜ HOPE Farmers Market (Pate Letelier, The Seedling Truck, Lamba’s Royal Indian Food) ➜ Torchy’s Tacos (green chili
pork, Magic Shroom tacos) ➜ Tim Love’s The Woodshed Smokehouse (elk sausage, smoked hummus) ➜ Tiff’s Treats (warm chocolate chip cookies and brownies) ➜ The Salt Lick (chopped beef sandwich, sausage wrap) ➜ Mighty Cone (hot and crunchy chicken in a waffle cone) ➜ The Best Wurst (bratwurst sandwich) ➜ Second Bar + Kitchen (barbecue BLT, avocado bahn mi)
Three-day VIP or platinum passes are still available through the ACL website. For tickets, the full lineup and schedule, visit aclfestival.com. Sold out? Try your luck on craigslist.com for individuals selling tickets.
The Festival Insider Scoop Free Parties Check do512.com and austin360. com the week before the ACL Music Fest and throughout the weekend for last-minute, free or discounted shows. These sites also have info about free events and parties during AFF. Twitter, twitter.com Sometimes it isn’t what you tweet but who you follow. Twitter can be your greatest asset when it comes to finding out where to go and what is happening during your favorite festivals. Make sure you have the Twitter app downloaded on your smartphone to give you the latest information on your favorite festivals. Throughout the days of each festival, be sure and follow these accounts: @aclfestival; @aclmike; @c3concerts; @do512_free; @do512; @ austinfilmfest; @texasbookfest; @365thingsaustin. Listen In ACL Radio on iHeartRadio (iheart.com) We all know the big names, but how about discovering some new music? Listen to the Austin City Limits Festival radio station on iHeartRadio to discover some new (and old) artists performing at this year’s festival. Celebrity Sightings ACL: You can almost always catch a late-night impromptu jam session at Antone’s, the Continental Club and sometimes the Saxon Pub with a visiting musician or two joining an Austin musician on stage. Favorite hotel bars include Hotel San Jose and the Four Seasons main bar and TRIO. Also check out restaurants on Congress, South Congress and Second Street. AFF: Filmmakers and stars alike meet and greet before and after screenings at the Roaring Fork at the Stephen F. Austin. Panelists congregate at the Driskill Bar and the 1886 Café and Bakery. Red carpet at the Paramount Theatre: Get there early to catch a glimpse of your favorite directors and stars. Hotels: Four Seasons, the Driskill and the Stephen F. Austin.
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Young Women to Watch Secrets of success from inside the minds of Austinâ€™s most ambitious, focused and creative young spirits.
By Joanna Wheeler, Photos by Evan Prince
Austin is fertile ground for the blossoming artist.Â From countless performance venues available for the aspiring musician, to DIY art galleries in the spare bedroom, Austin has an enthusiasm for growth, supporting great ideas, keeping it weird, keeping it local and giving opportunity to those with passion and drive. There truly is no greater city to merge creativity and entrepreneurship, especially for young people today. Follow these four young ladies as they bloom in their fields.
Young Women to Watch
Caitlin McCollom With a great devotion to seriousness in her work, 25-year-old Caitlin McCollom gives experimental art new meaning. McCollom’s work fuses different forms of art, such as photography, video, paint, sculpture and performance, creating something completely unique to Austin. Her latest project, The Lustration, is an examination based on the existential theory of solipsism, or the idea that the only verifiable truth is the self. A portion of The Lustration was recently featured at Big Medium Gallery in East Austin, and included nine paintings, three sculptures and four videos. The most striking aspects of the project are the slow-motion videos featuring McCollom standing in a constructed white environment with soap, water, paint, light or dirt being poured over her nude body. The Lustration not only fits in to McCollom’s passion for using a variety of mediums, but also the mission for her gallery, Red Space. Red Space is meant to diversify the Austin art scene by supporting young or emerging artists making
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experimental work, giving them exposure and the opportunity to showcase their art. An alternative space and gallery run by McCollom and her partner, Carlos Acevedo, Red Space is housed in McCollom’s apartment, exemplifying the innovative and trailblazing spirit this young woman brings to Austin. Austin Woman: How did you come up with the idea for Red Space? Caitlin McCollom: There’s a tradition within art history of this idea of the salon. This idea that there’s this clubhouse where artists, art collectors and all different kinds of people who are interested in art go. They can come to this comfortable place where they can look at art, talk about art and it’s all focused on creating dialogue, making new friendships and business connections. AW: How is Red Space unique from other galleries? CM: I have a very specific curatorial vision for Red Space. I try to show work that is underrepresented here in Austin. I don’t show traditional paintings or photography or traditional sculpture. It has to have a non-commercial quality. I curate shows with the artists. We require them to make entirely new work for the space. All the work that’s made has to respond specifically to the space, which is an apartment gallery. It’s a mix of having a lot of boundaries and then forcing a lot of creativity within these boundaries.
AW: What is your creative process? CM: It’s heavily informed by reading and experiencing, going to see art. I always go back to looking at these artists that I really admire. It’s almost like a mentorship. Art comes from experiences in life and research as an academic. AW: What can we expect from you in the next five to 10 years? CM: Great things, I hope [laughs]. My role in the arts community is expanding every day with how I interact with young artists and how I interact with the larger scene. The art that I’m making right now is extremely unique to the Austin community. I will be attending grad school [in New York] next year, getting my MFA in art. Eventually, I’d love to run a commercial space. I’m still really interested in being a gallerist, but recently I’ve been interested in focusing on my own work. It’s hard to find a balance and I’m certainly working on that. I want to take back what I learn in New York to Austin. I grew up in rural Texas. I’ve lived my whole life in this area and I’m ready to take some risks. Caitlin McCollom’s work can be viewed at caitlinmccollom.com. Red Space Gallery will feature artist Christie Blizard this month. Visit redspacegallery. com to learn more.
Young Women to Watch
Lauren Bruno wants you to take action. Brilliant, effervescent and radiating kindness, Bruno takes a meeting at Cherrywood Coffeehouse one afternoon wearing a small crown and leather wings on her tank top. She quotes spiritual activist Marianne Williamson, “As we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” For 23-year-old Bruno, music is a way to turn on the light. She has been in four bands since the age of 16 and is currently immersed in her work as lead singer of the up-and-coming band Les RAV, which means “do not refuse abundant peace.” Bruno also works with the nonprofit Two Dollar Shows, an organization that holds monthly concerts (at $2 a ticket) and whose proceeds benefit a charitable cause. Crohn’s disease and colitis are causes very close to Bruno’s heart, as she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 11, a stomach disease she has continually battled. AW: When did you decide to make singing a career? Lauren Bruno: I had my first band in high school when I was 16. I had a cello, drums, bass and guitar. It was an amazing experience because it was my first
Isabella Rose Sophistication and self-possession are not words usually associated with tweens, but Isabella Rose is an exception to the rule. At 11 years old, she has showcased her art in Austin and Dallas, is a certified member of Mensa, an editor for Amazing Kids! online magazine and serves as an advisory board member for Creative Kids magazine. Rose’s workspace is an expansive room filled with paintings and color everywhere. She explains her inspiration through travel—the face of a woman Rose met while in Istanbul jumps off the canvas. In August, she wowed Austin fashionistas with a collection of smart, elegant clothing for the thinking tween. From the haunting depth of emotion in the self-portrait adorning her line’s signature T-shirt, to the tidy, girlish print she created at age six (now reimagined as a scarf tied Jackie Onassis-style in the hair), Rose is no stranger to blending passions. AW: When did you start to take your work seriously? Isabella Rose: I had my first show maybe three years ago, and it was at a restaurant, very small. When I
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time, but all of them were complete jackasses. All they wanted to do was drink and smoke pot and waste time. At 16, I got this deep feeling in my stomach that I wanted to take it seriously. I want to start that connection with multiple people. I didn’t want to waste my time doing useless stuff like drinking and smoking. It hit me hard and made me feel like I needed to be doing this. It felt like this is my path. AW: Talk about performing. LB: It’s like when two lights meet and combine to become a bigger light. When someone is able to understand what you’re saying without saying it, and what’s actually going on. I think that says a lot about language and about music. Music is a language, a universal language that everyone can understand. AW: What is your vision for your music? LB: It goes back to the name, Les RAV, which means abundant peace. When people see you doing what inspires you, it gives you permission to do it yourself. The vision is to connect with those people on a large scale and be able to open up their minds to creation and passion, to help them accept what that passion is about. It’s monumental when you’re able to cause action and not just inspiration. AW: How important is goal setting to you? LB: Goal setting is really important. I like the element of surprise, but when you’re trying to affect a multiple amount of people, they need consistency, so you need consistency. It’s important to always have something to work toward. Everyone has a path, but you have to put yourself on it. AW: How do you define peace? LB: Peace is figuring out how to maintain a healthy path. Catch the light with Lauren Bruno at twodollarshows.com. Find Les RAV on Facebook or at lesravpress.tumblr.com.
saw how people were reacting to it, I realized people really liked what I was doing. AW: What inspires you? IR: Everything! Fashion comes from inspiration. It’s colors or maybe a stroke that has really cool texture. Maybe it reminds me of a fabric I could use in my designs. AW: How do you get out of creative slumps? IR: I have to work through it. I’ve had quite a few. For example, I won’t know what to do to make a painting work. If I just work through it, I’m up again and working through to the next problem. AW: How do you like to relax? IR: Reading. I’ll read anything. I read A Passage to India. I also like to find inspiration online at different blogs and Pinterest. I love to travel. I get so much inspiration, influence for art, fashion, poetry. AW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? IR: Hopefully, for my art, I’d like to be in some large gallery and have more people know about me. For fashion, I’d love to get in to big retail stores. One day, I’d like to go to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. There are so many great designers in London. I love it and the fashion there.
Rose’s most recent work is a gallery showing at the Kristy Stubbs Gallery in Dallas. Follow her blog at isabellart.wordpress.com to keep an eye out for this creative chameleon as she moves forward with her career and education.
Bruno photo by Sheeanna Singer.
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Young Women to Watch
Jocelyn Chambers A conversation with composer Jocelyn Chambers is a dazzling whirl of wit and wisdom. She is as comfortable discussing the nuance of Loki from summer blockbuster The Avengers as she is singing the praises of her “best friend,” Beethoven. Chambers radiates the focused, intense energy you’d expect from the teen so talented to compose the lush My Heart for the Texas Young Composers Concert and see it come to life at The Long Center. At 15, the virtuoso possesses the sweet exuberance and joie de vivre of many her age, tempered with a thoughtful perspective far beyond her years.
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AW: When was your first music lesson? Jocelyn Chambers: Piano at age 7. Miss Kristin was a high-school student who taught me once a week. We played Chutes and Ladders. I’m influenced by my composition teacher, Dr. Rachel McInturff. I studied with her for about a year at the Armstrong Community Music School. Such a sweet soul. She always asks how I’m doing. When I’m in a slump, she offers inspiration. She never runs out of ideas. AW: What’s a typical day like for you? JC: I wake up. I go downstairs, get on the computer. I prepare for the day, so I have my lunch made the night before, clothes laid out. I take one or two classes, study, sit around, relax, blog. I try to blog every day. AW: How do you get out of creative slumps? JC: I have absolutely no idea. Mr. Inspiration and I generally get along for the most part. But occasionally, he decides to go on vacation without notice. I am left by myself, trying to do what I can with what I have. I want him to get a summerhouse and stay with me in Texas. The rest of the year, he can do what he wants.
AW: How do you define success? JC: A lot of people say the American dream is going to college, getting your dream job, a nice car, a great house. With the world today, the American dream has been lost somewhere in the deficit. I figure your success is what you want it to be. If you want to be a cupcake-shop owner and you get your shop, you’re happy. I don’t know if success is what people say it is; it’s what you make it. AW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? JC: I see myself with an Oscar. Why not start early? I want to have a library, a music library, reading library, writing library. I want to go to Narnia, London. I want to meet the queen. I want to go to Oxford, wear oxfords at Oxford, collect dust. Catch Jocelyn Chambers affecting a very convincing British accent while guiding guests to their seats as a volunteer usher at The Long Center, and stay in touch by visiting her blog, thecupcakedictionary. blogspot.com. Chambers is currently working on a project to benefit victims of the Aurora Tragedy. Follow her progress at songsofthesuperhero.org.
GENAUSTIN'S MISSION GENaustin’s mission is to support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood. Growing up female has always been a challenging journey. Friendships, social groups and self-identity move to the center of a girl’s world as she becomes a teen; meanwhile, school gets harder, her body changes and cultural messages become desperately confusing. And just when girls seem to need guidance the most, they often turn away from trusted adults, hoping to find stronger bonds with their peers. How will they learn the wisdom they need to navigate the pressures and pitfalls of being a girl in today’s world?
WE ARE GIRLS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION Register at WeAreGirls.org Saturday, November 3, 2012 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78703 Group discounts and scholarships are available at WeAreGirls.org. Keynote Speaker Dr. Robyn Silverman For girls in 5th – 12th grades, moms, dads, educators, social workers and girl advocates of all kinds; 1,600 attendees.
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We Are Girls Conference
GENaustin’s We Are Girls Conference is a statewide annual event that helps girls explore the issues of bullying, body image and being a girl. Skill-building workshops and dynamic presentations are offered on topics including creating healthy relationships, building financial and media literacy, enhancing parentdaughter communication and increasing positive body image, health and wellness. Designed especially for girls in grades 5-12 and the adults who care about them, the We Are Girls Conference connects individuals with questions to experts who have the answers.
clubGEN is an after-school program for middle-school girls. At clubGEN, girls are surrounded with positive role models they can relate to for connection, inspiration and guidance. Weekly interactive, fun sessions incorporate a research-based curriculum designed exclusively for clubGEN. With support from their club leaders, peers and high-school role models, clubGEN equips middle-school girls with the skills and awareness they need to navigate the pressures of the teen years.
Girl Talks Workshops
Girl Talk Workshops explore being a girl, with topics such as healthy
communication, relationships, media literacy, body image and parent-daughter relationships. Girl Talk Workshops are offered to schools and community groups year-round. These sessions are designed for 4th-12th grade girls, parents and educators. Sessions utilize group presentations and hands-on activities that are designed to address the complex issues girls face today.
The 180 Program works with girls who are high-risk or first- and second-time offenders to help them get back on track and stay out of the juvenile justice system. In 180, girls practice decisionmaking and problem-solving skills, and also get feedback from others. 180 groups provide girls with support, helpful information and new skills to cope with the tough situations they face.
GirlConnect is a Dell Powering the Possible partner. Technology has a major impact on the lives of girls today, influencing their choices and relationships. GirlConnect’s goal is to address the challenges girls face in their daily lives by incorporating technology and 21st-century skills in to an engaging and interactive curriculum.
FEATURED CONFERENCE SPEAKERS Fran Harris - FranHarris.com
Fran Harris’s electrifying personality, unconventional wisdom and business and marketing insights have landed her appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, FOX Business Channel, CNBC’s The Big Idea, CNN Headline News, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Style Network, Comedy Central, Oprah’s Radio Network and many others. She cut her teeth in television as a reporter and color analyst for ESPN, Lifetime Television and FOX Sports and is now a play-by-play announcer for the Longhorn Network. A member of the Houston Comets’ first WNBA Championship team, she was also an alternate on the 1988 United States Olympic team and captain on the University of Texas at Austin’s first and only NCAA Championship team in 1986. Still in love with her favorite sport, and highly respected as a fierce competitor, Fran works with hundreds of youth each year through her company, Fran Harris Basketball, which infuses success principles in to youth ages 8-18 using sports as a vehicle. She joins the We Are Girls Conference to share with young women her inspiring message of using one’s entrepreneurial spirit to achieve success.
Barb Steinberg - BarbSteinberg.com Featured speaker for parents
Barb Steinberg is a teen life coach and workshop facilitator who transforms the lives of adolescent girls and the adults who care about them. As a teen life coach, Barb has a knack for quickly getting to the core of the problem and guiding clients toward a solution. Both girls and adults find her extremely easy to relate to, open, warm and funny. Barb is gifted at balancing emotion and intellect and serving as a catalyst for long-lasting change. Barb is a licensed, masters-level social worker with more than 20 years of experience working with teens. Barb feels grateful to live and work in Austin, Texas, where she has had the opportunity to partner with many schools, parent groups, nonprofits and organizations who share her passion: supporting girls as they navigate the often tricky road of adolescence. She joins the We Are Girls Conference to help parents empower their daughters and feel confident having difficult conversations.
Adrien Paczosa - ILiveWellNutritionTherapy.com
Adrien Paczosa is a registered and licensed dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien’s approach to healthy nutrition is one that encourages whole-body wellness. She believes that living well requires a structured approach and a commitment to three specific areas: nutrition, fitness and rest. Helping clients find the correct balance among these three areas is what she believes. Food, fitness and rest are all equally important to living well. After graduating from the University of Illinois - Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in human nutrition, Adrien began her career as a dietitian in a downtown Chicago hospital. Adrien returned to Texas to open her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy, specializing in general nutritional therapy, sports nutrition and eating disorders. Adrien believes that whole-body wellness is a goal that everyone can achieve, especially with the right plan and the right attitude. She has successfully helped many clients reach a healthier level of wellness and she encourages anyone to make an effort to live well. She is joining the We Are Girls Conference to help girls and their parents understand how to best feed their bodies.
Gabriella Laurel - Zumba Instructor
Nationally, 83% of middle- and highschool girls report being bullied. 1 out of 3 teen girls in the U.S. suffer from depression. Nationally, girls are the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system. 81% of U.S. 10-yearold girls have been or are currently on a diet. 71% of teen girls in Austin report feeling they don’t measure up. 43% of girls in Austin say they act out negatively when feeling badly about themselves through bullying, binge drinking, disordered eating, smoking and self-mutilation. See GenAustin.org for more information on these statistics and to find new resources.
Gabriella Laurel is a certified AFFA group fitness instructor currently seeking an interdisciplinary studies degree at Texas State University. There, she teaches jazz, cardio and yoga at the campus recreation center. Gabriella began tap dancing at a young age, fashioning pink tutus and sparkles. She fell in love with dance in high school, where she was a member of the nationally award-winning Taft Highstepper Dance Team. Recently, Gabriella joined a Ballet Folkloric Group at Texas State that celebrates the Mexican culture through traditional folk dance. Her growing interest in Latin dance gave her the opportunity to join the Zumba family as an instructor. The upbeat music inspires her to get the class moving and enjoy the workout. For Gabriella, dance offers her an outlet for self-expression and her love of the craft is infectious! She wishes to share the gift of dance with as many people as she can reach. She invites you to join the Zumba party at the We Are Girls Conference!
WHY A CONFERENCE FOR GIRLS?
Good Girls Don't Get Fat
Hear Dr. Robyn at the conference! WeAreGirls.org GOOD GIRLS DON’T GET FAT Child-development expert Dr. Robyn Silverman discusses how mothers and the media can have a profound impact on adolescent girls’ body image.
Story by: Rachel Merriman Every mother hopes when her daughter looks in the mirror, she sees a confident, beautiful woman staring back at her. All too often, it seems young girls are looking in the mirror and only finding flaws. “There’s a sentiment that the more perfect you are, the more valuable you are; the more you weigh, the less you’re worth,” says Dr. Robyn Silverman, child-development expert and author of Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It, the continuation of her groundbreaking research on body image at Tufts University. Silverman specializes in adolescent girls, who are especially at risk for low self-esteem, largely because of the barrage of daily messages from the media that depict the “perfect” body. A study published by the American Psychological Association found 70 percent of women feel depressed after spending just three minutes looking at a fashion magazine. It’s no wonder looking at these magazines causes many young girls to feel like their bodies are inadequate. According to the National Association of
Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, only 5 percent of girls naturally possess the coveted rail-thin body type so often depicted in fashion spreads and advertisements. In her workshops, Silverman helps young girls understand just how impossible it is to attain the beauty standards set forth in magazines by teaching media literacy. It’s likely many girls don’t realize that every single photograph published in the magazines they flip through is digitally altered in some way. Photo-editing software is used to trim excess fat from a model’s thighs and waist, pronounce cheekbones, enlarge eyes and even erase blemishes and birthmarks. The trouble is, we never see or think about the process that creates the seemingly perfect people we see in those photos. “A sixth-grade girl raised her hand in one of my presentations and said, ‘So what you’re telling me is the girl on the cover doesn’t even look like the girl on the cover?’ And I said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what I’m trying to tell you,’ ” Silverman remembers. To illustrate the drastic changes that occur during the editing process and to reinforce the idea that magazines present an unrealistic depiction of women’s bodies, Silverman shows the girls two versions of the same photo: One is the original; the other has been digitally altered. They’re compared side by side for maximum effect. For many of the girls, it’s their first opportunity to see the comparison between what is real and what, frankly, isn’t—and they’re completely shocked. “They are horrified. They’re yelling, ‘They just cut off her arms!
ROBYN SILVERMAN Dr. Robyn Silverman is the keynote speaker at this year’s GENaustin’s We Are Girls Conference, an interactive conference designed for girls in fifth through 12th grade to learn about body image, bullying and everything else that comes along with being a girl. In 2010, Silverman released her first book, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It. She frequently appears as a featured expert on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and also serves as the ask.com parenting expert and the bodyimage and character-impact expert for Shaping Youth. She has been the child- and teen-development expert for 18 books, including 113 Things to do By 13, a guide for pre-teen girls. As part of her commitment to adolescent girls, she created the Sassy Sisterhood Girls Circle, a program designed to “foster selfawareness, challenge stereotypes, counter trends toward self-doubt, and enable genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity.” To view Silverman’s keynote speech Nov. 3, register at wearegirls.org.
you as a role model, your daughter may start to pick up on this behavior as an acceptable thing to do. Once she gets in the habit of saying these things about herself, she’ll be quick to start actually believing them. “Mothers are speaking about themselves in a negative way, even if they’re not speaking about their daughters,” Silverman affirms. “Even if you aren’t saying anything overtly negative about your body, your daughter still picks up on messages you’re sending her by saying you wish you looked like another woman or had this person’s nose or this person’s thighs.” In addition to disengaging from fat talk, there are other things you can do to give your daughter the tools to deflect any harmful messages headed her way. Making sure your daughter is surrounded by strong female role models is a good first step to take, Silverman says. Exposing her to strong women of different weights and sizes will give her a more realistic definition of what it means to be a beautiful and successful woman, which she’ll come to realize has nothing to do with the way she looks. When it comes to encouraging your daughter to form healthy exercise habits and make good food choices, Silverman suggests taking the focus off weight and making it all about health. “Get out and exercise, not because of weight, but because it makes your organs and muscles work better. Eat in a way that gives you energy,” she advises. Build your daughter’s self-confidence by concentrating on extracurricular activities that place the focus on her skills, not her outward appearance. Martial arts can give young women a sense of power and autonomy, while volunteer work can make them feel good about what they can contribute to the world (besides their looks). Above all, Silverman says, encourage them to be “as you as you can be.” “I think if parents can open the world to their girls and allow them to choose who they are, we’ll really be on the right path to developing healthy girls,” Silverman says.
Good Girls Don't Get Fat
They puffed up her boobs! They cut off her waist!’ ” Silverman says, describing some of the typical reactions. “If we tell them this is what’s happening, it can have a profound effect on their understanding, and they can repeat what they saw to their friends.” Girls learn through the media that their physical appearance is constantly being scrutinized, and that how they look is deeply entangled with their self-worth. That message alone is enough to do significant damage to a young girl, but even though the media has a pervasive influence, it isn’t the only force that has the power to shape them. Whether they ultimately discard or internalize those harmful messages depends on whether the people closest to them are reflecting or deflecting those same messages. “When their families, friends, teachers and coaches reflect what they’re hearing in the media and what society is saying, the messages become very concentrated because they’re getting it from the people they trust. [They think,] ‘If these people are saying it, it must be true,’ ” Silverman explains. Mothers play an especially important role in the formation of their daughters’ body image. How you feel about your own body can greatly impact how your daughter feels about hers, especially if you’re voicing your dissatisfaction about your body while she’s within earshot. Silverman and other body-image experts call this “fat talk,” which is basically making negative statements about your body or your weight, like saying, “My thighs look big in these shorts,” or obsessing about those 10 pounds you’re trying to lose. Because she’s looking to
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Austin Woman magazine, hear my plea. Please save my daughter from the infidels of ‘reality television.’ By JB Hager, Photo by Rudy Arocha The fine people of Austin Woman magazine, please save us all. I am begging you. Nothing makes you more aware of all the negative influences on a young woman today than trying to raise a young woman. Most of my life, I really didn’t care about how women in pop culture influenced other young women. Now, as a father of a 10-year-old girl, popular girls out there are scaring me to death. Let’s talk about just a few of them. The Kardashians. These are the people I fear the most in this world. When you turn on CNN and people on the other side of the world are holding up signs that read, “Die American Infidels,” they are not talking about you; they are talking about the Kardashians. In a nutshell, the oldest Kardashian sister made a sex tape before it was part of college curriculum. Therefore, everyone in her family, including step relatives, has been given reality shows and millions of dollars for occasional tweets and nip slips. It’s quite an industry. Ryan Seacrest, the ultimate infidel, produces each of their TV shows and is personally marching us all to hell. The message: Grow your derriere as large as possible, score an NBA player and you’ll be set for life. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child. Unfortunately, this is my daughter’s current favorite show. It’s a show about a 5-year-old girl who combines her love of beauty pageants and Mountain Dew. The family goes to live food auctions to buy their weekly groceries, mostly powdered donuts. Mark my words; they will be making a ton of dough by season two. The mother is beyond disgusting and a recurring theme is her accumulating neck crust. The message: It doesn’t matter how many Ding Dongs and Snow Puffs you eat in a day, you can still have three baby daddies if you want.
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The Octomom. The premise: to have as many bad plastic surgeries as possible to try to look like Angelina Jolie and also use fertility science to have eight new babies to go with the six you already have. What single mom, other than possibly Oprah, could ever afford to raise 14 children on her own? Nadia, the Octomom, has a body that has the sort of production that would make even Henry Ford say, “Wow!” The message: Be as reckless as you want having children; there’s always government assistance and when all else fails, porn. Yes, there is a fetish for essentially everything in the world. The Bachelorette. This is a TV show on which seemingly normal women on day one are a train wreck on day two. Many of them have careers and take care of themselves prior to going on the show. Inside of 24 hours of being on this reality show, they all melt down at the sight of a rose or a helicopter. The object of the game is to spend the most time in the hot tub and drown the other contestants. There are many bonus points for eye gouging and rumor spreading. The message: All women are your nemeses and there is only one man who can define you. Unfortunately, he struggles with complete sentences.
It doesn’t matter how many Ding Dongs and Snow Puffs you eat in a day, you can still have three baby daddies if you want.
Again, my plea to Austin Woman magazine is to save us all. Continue to feature intelligent, impressive, worldchanging women. My daughter needs role models and
the women of pop culture are failing us all. Come to think of it, the reality television stars may truly be infidels. I don’t know. Thank goodness her mother is not a Kardashian, bachelor-chasing, toddler-pageant-encouraging mother of 16. Mom is a good role model, but unless I yank the television, Internet, pop magazines and phone away from my daughter, I’m terrified of what the future holds. JB Hager can be heard as part of the JB and Sandy Morning Show on Mix 94.7 Austin weekdays 6 to 10 a.m.
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Thirteen Dating Deal Breakers Don’t overlook these potential problem areas. By Eric Leech Ladies, you’ve all been there. However, this month, Austin Woman is going there with you as we look at the 13 most unlucky dating annoyances that can grow in to much bigger relationship problems down the road. 1. No Sense of Humor Without laughter, there is no humility. Having a partner who can laugh at himself will give your relationship the occasional break from the seriousness of life. This will allow you to be healthier, more rested and better able to cope with life’s greater challenges. 2. Always an Excuse Some men always have an excuse. No matter what happens, he blames someone (or something) for why he failed to meet expectations. If your dating partner refuses to admit when he’s done wrong, how can you expect him to take the time to learn how to do right? 3. Chronically Late A man who is never on time is saying in a passiveaggressive way that you’re just not as important as you think you are. If you were to explain to him how crucial it is that he comes through this one time and he still lets you down, you can probably look forward to continued disappointment for the rest of your life. 4. Mr. Competitive Some men see relationships as one giant competition. Your mate should be a lifelong ally. A little spirited competition is good. However, when your lives become one contest after another, you can never reach your full potential without sabotaging the home team in the process. 5. Every Argument has a Winner and a Loser A man who sees the greatest value in winning an argu-
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ment rather than settling for compromise will never accept anything other than getting his way.
essential elements to maintaining commitment through the winding roads of a long-term relationship.
6. Insecurity Mothering a dating partner who is unsure about himself is exhausting and unproductive. You can never offer enough love and warmth to a man who does not believe he deserves it.
10. No Opinion Some men want their women to guide them through life so they don’t have to face the responsibility of making their own choices. The decisions of one adult (you) are more than enough for any woman to be responsible for.
7. Broken Promises It’s hard to believe in someone who won’t follow through with what he says. If he is really willing to change, you’ll see it in his actions, not his words.
11. Temper Temper Bad tempers are dangerous and unhealthy. A man who is always angry is aggravated with himself. Since he can’t seem to direct this attention where it truly belongs, his loved ones will be the ones who will suffer the most.
8. Obsessive Personality Being overly obsessed with anything can become negative after time, whether it be with porn, gambling or alcohol. It is one thing to accept someone for their obsessions, but it is an entirely different experience to live with them. 9. No Passion Passion is more than the throes that occurs behind closed bedroom doors. It is the fire in your partner’s eyes whenever you talk about your future together. The excitement behind one’s untold story is one of the most
12. Inflexible One thing about life you can count on is change. Partners who are inflexible are incapable of compromise, understanding and accepting change for the better. 13. Your Instincts Tell You No Sometimes, you just can’t put your finger on why you don’t feel comfortable with a man. Instead, you hang on, hoping things will change. Intuition can pick up on tiny red flags long before conscious reasoning. Trust your instincts.
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It’s every schoolgirl’s fantasy: an intelligent, confident, handsome teacher who just so happens to look like Ken. Barbie, move over! Jarrod Whitfield, 27, is a high-school social studies teacher for the Provan Opportunity Center, a disciplinary alternativeeducation program for at-risk students. Although Whitfield is a history buff, he is also extremely passionate about nutrition and fitness, something he learned from his time teaching in the healthy community of Busan, South Korea. “Education-wise, if you’re not healthy, your performance in the classroom suffers,” Whitfield asserts, adding it’s the reason he started an after-school health program at his last job, and he’s hoping to do the same in his new position at the Opportunity Center. From teaching health and social studies to English, Whitfield has also taught a diverse group of students. “It was really eye-opening going from a classroom where students are bowing, always asking to give them more homework [in South Korea], to [the United States and] having kids from rival gangs from inner-city Houston mixed in with students whose parents were killed in Rwanda,” he says, welcoming the challenge. On date night, you welcome the challenge of wooing the outdoorsy Whitfield as you attend a concert in the park, take a walk around Lady Bird Lake or take in an outdoor movie. He’ll swim in the springs; you’ll swim in his ocean-blue eyes. There’s so much chemistry, you’re convinced he’s a science teacher! As he talks tectonic plates and crustal evolution, comforting you in his broad-shouldered embrace, every schoolgirl fantasy you’ve ever had comes true. The rest is…history. -Molly McManus
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Jill McGuckin has a job many women would envy. She goes to all of the best concerts, hangs out with rock stars and film stars (literally) and discovers exciting new talent. She is a longtime publicist and tireless promoter of the Austin music scene. McGuckin is considered to be the go-to connector for musicians, record labels, local and national filmmakers, special-event planners, communityservice programmers and visiting VIPs and global media representatives. Her PR firm specializes in music, film, special events and community-outreach projects. While the job seems glamorous and she sometimes admits to feeling a slight tinge of disbelief when she finds herself in close proximity to celebrities and superstars, McGuckin gave Austin Woman a realistic snapshot of exactly what the job entails, and the path she took to find her calling.
Rocking with Austin’s Go-To Publicist, Jill McGuckin Why you might want her job and how to get it. As told to Deborah Hamilton-Lynne I have worked since I was 10 years old. I am from Crockett, TX, and my dad owned Dairy Queens—the hub of social activity in small towns—so I didn’t mind working, and I learned all about hard work and owning your own business. Everything I have ever done came from my launch in to politics in junior high. I still have an 8-by-10 card with a piece of double-mint gum on it that says, “Stick with Jill” from my student-council race. I learned what I do from political campaigns and it naturally evolved in to what makes a good publicrelations campaign. My first job out of college was working as a clerk for a state representative at the Capitol. In my 20s and early 30s, I lived in Colorado, where I was a ski bunny, back to Austin to be a receptionist for a chiropractor and then a nanny for Susan and Jerry Jeff Walker, then to Maui to work in the fitness industry. When I was younger, I was glad I didn’t have to make a life-career decision. I think it was too much pressure and there was just so much I wanted to experience and learn at that time.
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When I came back to Texas, I reconnected with Susan Walker, who had started to manage Jerry Jeff. I was her executive secretary for six years. They were real pioneers, starting their own independent record label, and the things they did are the things everyone else does today, but then it was unheard of. He left his record label, had no distribution, had my booking agent. This was before the Internet took off, so she booked him one gig at a time and found his community of fans way before Facebook existed. In ’92, it was all hard copy. After six years in that position, I learned everything I needed to know about touring bands, setting up, renting gear, merchandising, fan clubs, royalties. It was a priceless, incredibly well-paid internship totally celebrity-filled. My first client was BMI [Broadcast Music Inc.] and I still work for them to this day. They are a performance-rights agency. They represent songwriters, publishers and composers. They have done many, many events in Austin. We do events and parties at South By Southwest and, as I speak, I am working on ACL Fest, where we have the BMI stage. I started as a consultant and evolved in to my current full-service PR firm in 2005.
I love getting to work with creative people and be a small part of their process. My main thing is to get the media to listen to the music and then they are the judge of what they hear. Here is the essence of my job: Identify the goals of my clients, create a campaign to implement those goals and get to the right people who can make it happen. When it all comes together, you can see the numbers for sales, and through social media, where you can see their following and fan base growing. A line around the corner of a concert venue and seeing a packed house from the back of the room—that’s what puts a smile on my face. Then it’s all worth it. If clients are paying me to tell them what they want to hear then they are not with the right consultant. They are paying me for my experience, my connections and my expertise. In my business, you have to believe in yourself and know that you are giving clients the right recommendations. The backstory is that if you do not have a lot of personal stamina and you cannot work 14- to 18-hour days and maybe even 20, you should not even consider this as a career. Often, you also have to put your personal needs aside and just do the job and whatever is required at the time. One thing that weeds out people in this business is lack of perseverance. I do everything, anything it takes. You cannot compete with huge egos, so you learn to put your ego aside. It is a challenge having time for personal relationships. It may be one reason I am not married. It is hard to find someone who understands the demands of the job and the time I spend on it. If you want my job, you better love music. Go find a band you love that’s just getting started. Work for them for free. Volunteer to help promote them and you will learn the business. The only way to get experience is to go do it. Also, you must read the publications, watch the television and listen to the area so you know everything about your region so that you can connect with the writers/publications and producers of the shows in your area. You must be flexible. You are working with power on both sides: powerful personalities of your clients and the power the media holds to give them what they need and want. You have to be positive and have a sense of humor. I love my job. It is so exciting. Music does something special to listeners. Music is so powerful, emotional and spiritual that it cannot be contained. When you see an entire audience of 20,000 people transformed by the music, it is an incredible experience and a privilege to be an insider when it happens. Just to be a little part of that magic is amazing.
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Advocating for Female Filmmakers Michelle Voss shares her passion to bring gender equality to the worlds of film and media. By Erica Todd Photo by Rudy Arocha “Where are all the women?” This was the question filmmaker, businesswoman and role model Michelle Voss asked herself nearly 10 years ago. At the time, she was making her documentary, Velocity. Although she had a supportive and talented team of men on board, she had to stop and consider why she was one of only two women working on the production of the film. “I was really discouraged by the fact that there weren’t women for me to call on to make the project,” Voss remembers. Since then, it’s a topic she has given much consideration. Through her personal experiences, engagement with literature and discussions with
Femme Film Texas Michelle Voss’ nonprofit organization, Femme Film Texas, promotes practical and theoretical film, and media education for girls. Founded after the completion of Velocity, the nonprofit has been instrumental in encouraging young female filmmakers in a number of ways. One avenue is through the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Voss suggested a film program to the school’s principal when it first opened in 2007, which has turned in to a four-year media track with a full-time teacher. “You can be a media major now.
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You should know fellow women in the realms of film and media, Voss recognizes a gender gap in filmmaking. She is now a strong advocate for providing women, particularly the next generation, with the tools and confidence to become great media makers. “There are only a handful of women out there who are making films that are seen in your local Cineplex, a blockbuster type of film,” she stresses. According to her, women account for less than four percent of today’s directors. These are startling figures, which can be compounded by social attitudes. Voss had a moment of clarity one day when she realized that she too had been caught up in the collective ideal that only men made movies. “I was thinking about me sitting outside the CMA [Communications]
That was not originally part of their plan,” Voss explains. Femme Film Texas also holds a camp for students, which also began at the Ann Richards School. The program has evolved, offering an overnight camp for girls throughout the nation in the summer. Voss stresses the importance of the program, which is unlike anything else in the country. The camp is completely free to the girls, who learn about media literacy, screenwriting, directing and acting. This year, the girls made a horror film and came away with so much more. Through this valuable resource, the students gain
self-awareness and self-esteem by seeing that they have the ability to make media. “It’s a transformative experience. It changes girls’ lives,” Voss says. “We have some girls who have gone on to study at the RTF department now, or are on the Eastern seaboard at a liberal-arts college studying film or something like that. So for so many young women, it’s changed their lives.” Unfortunately, running a program like Femme Film Texas is not cheap. The organization relies on the support of others through the form of donations and volunteering. Currently, the group is in need
of help with its website. Running the program is also very laborintensive; just organizing the camp is a year-long commitment. Voss works hard to ensure that the girls get the best out of the program. Through working to keep the curriculum updated, each group of students can reflect on topical issues and use current equipment. For Voss, the hard work pays off through the positive effect that the unique program has on its students. “We do it for girls who wouldn’t be able to do it otherwise,” she says. For more information, visit femmefilmtexas.org.
building on campus,” she recalls, “and thinking to myself, ‘Well, I couldn’t be a director because women aren’t directors.’ ” These were interesting words from a woman who dreamed of a job in film and media from an early age. As a child growing up just outside of Houston, Voss found enjoyment in creating skits with her friends and family, leading her to study screenwriting in the Radio, Television and Film department at the University of Texas at Austin. Despite never having put a film together during college, she overcame the stereotype and ended up making a film shortly after graduation. Making the film, she realized that not only was she embarking on unknown territory, she was helping to bring pioneering ideas to viewers. To produce Velocity, Voss filmed in Denmark and Texas, documenting the wind-power industry in both locations. At the time, she says, these ideas were new here, “especially the word ‘sustainability.’ ” Voss’ groundbreaking work is ongoing. Instead of sharing new energy solutions, she’s now helping to give women a chance to become filmmakers. She created Femme Film Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing young women and girls with education about filmmaking and media literacy. She is also a proponent of many femaleoriented groups here in Austin, such as Women in Cinema. Through her discussions with budding filmmakers, Voss emphasizes that creating a film is about combining business and artistic skills. It’s also a multi-faceted and collaborative process. “It’s not like Virginia Woolf saying that if she could just have a room to write by herself she would be successful because that’s all she needed; that’s not how it works with film. It can’t be you by yourself,” Voss says. Voss is noticing positive differences in the perception of women filmmakers and cites others who are helping to change the typecasting. In Austin, she praises former professor Mary Kearney and friend Kat Candler, both faculty members in the RTF department at UT. She also finds inspiration in the work of other women like Kathryn Bigalow, the first female director to win an Oscar, and fellow Texan director Catherine Hardwicke. Voss is particularly positive about successful filmmaker Lena Dunham, who has accomplished some great things before reaching age 25. While Voss is uncertain whether she will make another film, she remains passionate about the field and will no doubt continue to inspire other women. “When it comes down to it, I think my best talent is helping people,” she says.
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Aline Brosh McKenna The acclaimed screenwriter brings a feminine touch of Hollywood to this year’s Austin Film Festival. By Christine Imperatore She’s the pen-wielding woman behind some of Hollywood’s biggest hit films, including We Bought a Zoo, The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses. Aline Brosh McKenna’s gems have been gracing the silver screen for more than a decade now, but this month, she’ll turn her attention to mentoring and advising aspiring screenwriters. McKenna will serve as a panelist at the 2012 Austin Film Festival.
What is it that draws your attention to the Austin film scene? In other words, why did you want to get involved with the Austin Film Festival? Austin Woman:
Aline Brosh McKenna: I came [to the festival] once before and really enjoyed it. I had heard a lot about it and have a few friends who go pretty regularly and rave about it, so I was interested in coming down and checking it out. Writing is a very solitary pursuit, so it’s always nice when you can get together with a group of people that are in the same field. It was really great to be in a place where they were gathering so many filmmakers together and there’s such a huge scope to what they
do there. They show so many different kinds of movies and bring so many different kinds of people together, so I am really looking forward to that. AW: What do you hope filmmakers will take away
from the festival and your panel discussion?
ABM: Last time, I found the questions [in the panel discussions] to be very intelligent, and there are a lot of opportunities to mix with people and meet people and get together and have really interesting discussions. I find the people who attend the festival to be really knowledgeable and interesting, so hopefully we’ll have a really good exchange of ideas. AW: What is your take on putting your own
experiences in to your writing? Do you feel you draw inspiration from your life and background?
ABM: I definitely feel, like most writers, that where you’re from and your experiences inform everything that you do, whether you’re aware of it or not. Even
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when I’m writing about a subject matter that may not seem like it’s completely relatable to my life, I am always drawing from things that have happened to me and experiences that I’ve had. Many of the movies I’ve written, I’ve felt very close to the main character. I try and write emotionally from things I’ve experienced, even if I haven’t experienced the exact same situations.
What is the best advice you could give to aspiring screenwriters?
ABM: My best advice is to practice writing every day and to figure out how to motivate yourself to get in to the chair. The hardest part of the job is actually sitting down and cranking pages out. It’s something that all writers, at any stage of their career, grapple with: how to be productive. When you start out, it’s helpful to have set time goals or page goals for yourself so you can have a good flow. It’s a slow, gradual process. It’s something that you have to regularly do every day, sort of like a yoga practice. To hear more from Aline Brosh McKenna, check out her panel at the Austin Film Festival. For more information, visit austinfilmfestival.com.
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The Power of Vulnerability Dr. Brené Brown on how to live, love, parent and lead. By Allie Eissler Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again.” It is this principle of daring greatly that inspired fifth-generation Texan and University of Houston research professor Dr. Brené Brown to write her latest book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Brown has spent more than a decade immersed in the study of shame, and you may recognize her warm smile and poignant sense of humor from her immensely popular 2010 TED Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” which boasts more than five million views. Austin Woman recently connected with Brown to discuss the culturally imposed challenges of motherhood, the difference between guilt and shame, and what it means to fully engage in our own lives. Austin Woman: We’re excited to have you back at the Texas Conference for Women. What is your focus this year? Dr. Brené Brown: Now more than ever, women have to walk in to the arena. We need to risk the criticism and the cynicism to show up and be seen because the world needs what we have to offer. And you’re not going to do it without getting kicked around a little bit. That’s just the nature of the world we live in today. AW: What is it about the female experience that particularly lends itself to this kind of research? BB: I think men and women struggle with shame equally,
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expert opinion but the messages and expectations that fuel shame are organized by gender. For women, it’s do it all, do it perfectly and never let them see you sweat. That’s already a huge setup for our personal and work lives, but when it comes to motherhood, it’s an impossible one, which is ironic because it’s the most vulnerable, imperfect moments in our lives that are the most meaningful for our families and children. AW: You’ve said, “When you’ve lost your capacity to care what other people think, you’ve lost your ability to connect.” Could you go in to more detail? BB: Connection and vulnerability are why we’re here. So what’s really important is to be able to walk that tightrope of “Yes, I do care what some people think, but only certain people.” Whose opinions really matter? I think it should be the people who love us because of our imperfections, not just despite them: my husband, my closest friends, my sisters, my brother. AW: What have been some of your biggest challenges? BB: I don’t want to just research or talk about whole-heartedness. I really want to live whole-heartedly, which means I have to be clear about my values and boundaries, and I have to say no a lot. I’m committed to having dinner with my family and volunteering at my kids’ schools. I don’t want to miss soccer games. AW: What is the best way to inspire change? BB: I don’t think we can coax or manipulate people to be different. All we can do is clarify our own values, be the best self we can be and set boundaries for what works in our life and what doesn’t. The best way to parent is to be the parent you want your children to grow up to be. Be the friend you want your friends to be. Also, where shame just paralyzes and disconnects, guilt can actually motivate change by making us uncomfortable enough to want to do things differently.
AW: Could you give any examples? BB: In attempts to be whole-hearted, I have to set a lot of boundaries about how willing I am to travel. Someone once invited me to speak at an event, and when I told him I couldn’t do it, he shot back a pretty mean-spirited e-mail. Like a lot of women, I’m wired to want to please people and not disappoint them, so it really ignited my shame gremlin. I fired off what I thought was a forwarded e-mail to my husband with a really nasty note about the guy, but I hit “reply” instead of “forward.” I immediately fell in to a total shame spiral, but afterwards, I realized this is not who I want to be. I e-mailed the guy back, apologized for my behavior and set boundaries for what kind of correspondence I would and would not be willing to have with him. From a place of shame, we usually hide or blame or rationalize or try to shame back. From a place of guilt, we try to make better decisions that align with our values.
AW: What is the difference between guilt and shame? BB: Shame focuses on self, and guilt focuses on behavior. It’s like “I am bad” versus “I did something bad.” We know that shame is highly correlated with addiction, depression, aggression, violence, bullying, eating disorders and suicide, whereas guilt is inversely related with those experiences. Guilt is that psychological or emotional discomfort we feel when we hold something we’ve done or failed to do up against who we want to be. So it can be a really helpful emotion, a values check.
AW: How’s life as a YouTube superstar? BB: It’s just so humbling. The feedback has mostly been, “Oh my god! I thought it was just me,” or “How did you hack in to my life?” But I think what I do in my research is I language the things that we experience every day. I want to understand the experiences that we all have but just don’t have the words to talk about. For more information, visit brenebrown.com, ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html or texasconferenceforwomen.com.
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When people examine my bookshelf, their eyes slide past the usual beloved titles like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife but get caught on one that doesn’t quite fit. Then they ask that inevitable question: “Why do you own Dating for Dummies?” “Because,” I tell them, “that book changed my life.” That probably sounds strange coming from an English major who’s spent her life with heaps of literary classics, but you don’t understand just how abysmal my love life was. For me, every single dating experience turned in to a cautionary tale for my friends to tell their friends and their friends to whisper to others and so on. One even turned in to an urban myth. Have you heard the one about a girl whose boyfriend took her on a date with another girl? Well, that story isn’t made up. It happened to me, and I ended it when he tried to take us both home. That about sums up my previous love life. So, after 11 years of train wrecks, I admitted that I needed help and visited the Dummies section of Half Price Books. The author of this particular edition is Dr. Joy Browne, a popular psychologist/radio talk-show host, and it is chock-full of illuminating advice. But probably the most useful thing she says is this: “There have been lots of books written about how to be the perfect date. … I want you to resist this notion strenuously. … If you pretend to be a stud muffin or a Barbie doll or a pretty woman or man in black and that’s not the real you, and if your date likes what you’re pretending to be, you either have to continue pretending endlessly, or when the real you emerges, the deal is blown.”
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Sure, it’s just a fancy way of saying be yourself, but that passage really stuck with me. I had always tried to find a match for who I wanted to be, not who I really was. I wanted to be a non-stop, no-sleep, glamorous party girl, and you can imagine the type of element that attracted. When these guys found I was really a well-read, TV/movie buff who only partied occasionally, of course we didn’t mesh. Among many helpful tidbits, this book suggests, “presenting an accurate picture of who you are.” So, when I met a guy at my blowout Alice in Wonderland-themed birthday party where I was dressed as Alice, I didn’t pretend I had parties that big every weekend. When he asked what I liked to do, I didn’t say, “partying ’til sunrise.” I said, “reading, watching TV and going to movies.” The latter was something he enjoyed as well, so our first date was going to see the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. Three months later, we were engaged. We celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary this November and we are still insanely happy. So, though Dating for Dummies is something you might expect me to hide behind the classier books on my shelf, I display it proudly. Out of all the amazing titles out there, it’s the only one that’s changed my life.
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