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Singing a Different Tune THE BALLAD OF TAPATIO SPRINGS

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Musicians On The Rise

A Rollergirl Is Born

Tuscan Treasure

AUSTIN LIFESTYLE LOOKS INTO THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF THREE LOCAL ARTISTS

THE PERFORMANCE ATHLETES BEHIND AUSTIN’S RACIEST SPORT

A GATEWAY TO THE ITALIAN COAST IN LAKEWAY

www.dedon.us

Available at your DEDON dealer Anthony‘s PAtio · 5604 Bee Cave Road · Austin, Texas 78746 Tel. 512-263-5115 · info@anthonyspatio.com · www.anthonyspatio.com

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY PRESTI

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“c om in g H om e” SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

FEATURES AUSTIN LIFESTYLE

54

Singing a Different Tune THE BALLAD OF TAPATIO SPRINGS

46

H an d wov e n ou t d oor f u rni t ur e cr e ate d wi tH we atH e r - r e si stant de do n fiber

50

64

Musicians On The Rise

A Rollergirl Is Born

Tuscan Treasure

AUSTIN LIFESTYLE LOOKS INTO THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF THREE LOCAL ARTISTS

THE PERFORMANCE ATHLETES BEHIND AUSTIN’S RACIEST SPORT

A GATEWAY TO THE ITALIAN COAST IN LAKEWAY

www.dedon.us

Available at your DEDON dealer Anthony‘s PAtio · 5604 Bee Cave Road · Austin, Texas 78746 Tel. 512-263-5115 · info@anthonyspatio.com · www.anthonyspatio.com

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY PRESTI

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

DEPARTMENTS AUSTIN LIFESTYLE

10 LETTER FROM THE TEAM 70

15 THE A* LIFE The best of everything

Austin has to offer

25 SOCIAL GRACES 30 TRAVEL 25 A* STYLE 32 BEAUTY 38 FASHION 45 Q&ATX

Carrie Rodriguez

69 A* TASTE 70 SAVOR

TRACE

72 SAVOR 30

The Big Cheese

74 SIP

Texas Temperance Society

76 ACCIDENTAL EPICUREAN 38

A Downtown Dilemma

78 COSMIC CADENCE

Horoscopes for

September & October

81 KEEP AUSTIN WELL 32

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Your guide to

staying healthy


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

DEPARTMENTS AUSTIN LIFESTYLE

10 LETTER FROM THE TEAM 70

15 THE A* LIFE The best of everything

Austin has to offer

25 SOCIAL GRACES 30 TRAVEL 25 A* STYLE 32 BEAUTY 38 FASHION 45 Q&ATX

Carrie Rodriguez

69 A* TASTE 70 SAVOR

TRACE

72 SAVOR 30

The Big Cheese

74 SIP

Texas Temperance Society

76 ACCIDENTAL EPICUREAN 38

A Downtown Dilemma

78 COSMIC CADENCE

Horoscopes for

September & October

81 KEEP AUSTIN WELL 32

8 austinlifestylemagazine.com

Your guide to

staying healthy


LE T T ER F ROM T H E T E A M

T H E

PUBLISHER 

B E S T

O F

E V E R Y T H I N G

Suffering from Cocktail Fatigue?

Shawn K. Lively

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER 

Michelle Steves

EDITORIAL TEAM Daniel Ramirez Ashley M. Halligan FASHION CONTRIBUTOR  INTERNS 

Kristen Morado

Amber Groce,

Kait Miesch & Emily Rae CONTRIBUTING WRITERS 

Christen Gmitter,

Veronica Meewes, Kristen Morado, Tracy Stewart, Tyler Guthrie & George Fuller ART & PRODUCTION ART DIRECTOR  ART INTERN 

Stephen Arevalos

Linda Flores

WEB DESIGN 

Daniel Ramirez

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS 

Linda Hughs,

Chad Harlan, Jay Presti, Kasandra Cruzcosa, Daniel Lachman, April Thomason, Nathan Rylander, Richard Muniz, & D.L. Anderson SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PR 

Tracy Stewart

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL MEDIA 

Tori Tinnon

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 

Martha Morales,

Try something new that is actually

Teri Ashley Grant & Tyler Guthrie WELLNESS BUSINESS DEVLOPMENT 

LESS THE R A MBUNC TIOUS TE A M . This month, we’ve managed to lasso more than a few inter-

esting tales of rebels (on roller skates), of renegades (who revive a populace) and of pioneers (of new music). So it should come as no surprise that the ALM crew were chomping at the bit to roam free on the range, far from cubicles and monitor screens. A mere few miles east of the airport, there is a place that is straight out of the old west, complete with horses, hay, the smell of weathered leather and acres to roam. Thanks to the kind hospitality of Wiley and Becky Carwile with Wagonbrand Leather, the staff of Austin Lifestyle had a chance to sow our oats and let off some steam from the hectic job of bringing you the best that Austin has to offer. We weren’t able to rustle up all of the mustangs who call Austin Lifestyle Magazine home for Linda Hughes to corral with her camera, but we did manage to get a few of our editorial team together for our time on the range. Of course, with Kym Smoak of Smoak’n Kreations Hair and Makeup, we weren’t exactly roughing it. Nevertheless, we’ve hunted down some great stories this month and have even more great tales to come. We hope you enjoy and ask that “Y’all come back, now, ya hear?”

September 20 | Mizu | 3001 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, TX 78738

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info@austinlifestylemagazine.com LETTERS TO THE EDITOR info@austinlifestylemagazine.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Email us at subscriptions@austinlifestylemagazine.com or subscribe online at austinlifestylemagazine.com JOB INQUIRES/INTERNS info@austinlifestylemagazine.com Did you just grab the last copy of ALM? Let us know! info@austinlifestylemagazine.com Austin Lifestyle Magazine is Austin owned and operated and published by Texas Lifestyle Media, Inc. © and ™ 2011 Texas Lifestyle Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Join us as we celebrate the successful release of another issue at Austin Lifestyle Magazine! On September 20, we’ll be at Mizu, enjoying happy hour specials and complimentary appetizers from 5:30 - 8:00pm. Get to know the ALM staff, network with other friends of ALM and take in all that this Lakeway gem has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the Austin Lifestyle together.

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For advertising information, please e-mail

FUZEBOX PHOTOGRAPHY; HAIR & MAKEUP: KYM SMOAK OF SMOAK’N KREATIONS

AT AUS TIN LIFES T YLE , IT ’ S TOUG H TO WR ANG LE IN ALL OF THE MOVING PART S , MUCH

Kristen Donner

There’s a whole new world of cocktails waiting at www.piscoporton.com Discover Pisco Portón Responsibly. Imported by Pisco Portón™, Manhasset, NY. 43% alc/vol. ©2011 Find us. Follow us. cocktail recipes


LE T T ER F ROM T H E T E A M

T H E

PUBLISHER 

B E S T

O F

E V E R Y T H I N G

Suffering from Cocktail Fatigue?

Shawn K. Lively

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER 

Michelle Steves

EDITORIAL TEAM Daniel Ramirez Ashley M. Halligan FASHION CONTRIBUTOR  INTERNS 

Kristen Morado

Amber Groce,

Kait Miesch & Emily Rae CONTRIBUTING WRITERS 

Christen Gmitter,

Veronica Meewes, Kristen Morado, Tracy Stewart, Tyler Guthrie & George Fuller ART & PRODUCTION ART DIRECTOR  ART INTERN 

Stephen Arevalos

Linda Flores

WEB DESIGN 

Daniel Ramirez

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS 

Linda Hughs,

Chad Harlan, Jay Presti, Kasandra Cruzcosa, Daniel Lachman, April Thomason, Nathan Rylander, Richard Muniz, & D.L. Anderson SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PR 

Tracy Stewart

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL MEDIA 

Tori Tinnon

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 

Martha Morales,

Try something new that is actually

Teri Ashley Grant & Tyler Guthrie WELLNESS BUSINESS DEVLOPMENT 

LESS THE R A MBUNC TIOUS TE A M . This month, we’ve managed to lasso more than a few inter-

esting tales of rebels (on roller skates), of renegades (who revive a populace) and of pioneers (of new music). So it should come as no surprise that the ALM crew were chomping at the bit to roam free on the range, far from cubicles and monitor screens. A mere few miles east of the airport, there is a place that is straight out of the old west, complete with horses, hay, the smell of weathered leather and acres to roam. Thanks to the kind hospitality of Wiley and Becky Carwile with Wagonbrand Leather, the staff of Austin Lifestyle had a chance to sow our oats and let off some steam from the hectic job of bringing you the best that Austin has to offer. We weren’t able to rustle up all of the mustangs who call Austin Lifestyle Magazine home for Linda Hughes to corral with her camera, but we did manage to get a few of our editorial team together for our time on the range. Of course, with Kym Smoak of Smoak’n Kreations Hair and Makeup, we weren’t exactly roughing it. Nevertheless, we’ve hunted down some great stories this month and have even more great tales to come. We hope you enjoy and ask that “Y’all come back, now, ya hear?”

September 20 | Mizu | 3001 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, TX 78738

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info@austinlifestylemagazine.com LETTERS TO THE EDITOR info@austinlifestylemagazine.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Email us at subscriptions@austinlifestylemagazine.com or subscribe online at austinlifestylemagazine.com JOB INQUIRES/INTERNS info@austinlifestylemagazine.com Did you just grab the last copy of ALM? Let us know! info@austinlifestylemagazine.com Austin Lifestyle Magazine is Austin owned and operated and published by Texas Lifestyle Media, Inc. © and ™ 2011 Texas Lifestyle Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

Scan code for

Join us as we celebrate the successful release of another issue at Austin Lifestyle Magazine! On September 20, we’ll be at Mizu, enjoying happy hour specials and complimentary appetizers from 5:30 - 8:00pm. Get to know the ALM staff, network with other friends of ALM and take in all that this Lakeway gem has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the Austin Lifestyle together.

new.

For advertising information, please e-mail

FUZEBOX PHOTOGRAPHY; HAIR & MAKEUP: KYM SMOAK OF SMOAK’N KREATIONS

AT AUS TIN LIFES T YLE , IT ’ S TOUG H TO WR ANG LE IN ALL OF THE MOVING PART S , MUCH

Kristen Donner

There’s a whole new world of cocktails waiting at www.piscoporton.com Discover Pisco Portón Responsibly. Imported by Pisco Portón™, Manhasset, NY. 43% alc/vol. ©2011 Find us. Follow us. cocktail recipes


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4804 PARK LANE Fantastic waterfront property with an incredible view! A courtyard entrance leads into an inviting entryway accented by warm floors, crown molding and neutral colors throughout. A large living area is complemented by expansive ceilings, a bank of windows and opens to a large deck with an amazing view of Lake Travis. The gourmet kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, bull nose granite counters, a center island and opens to a spacious living area. A luxurious master suite features two walk-in closets, a large separate shower and French doors leading out to a deck. The backyard opens to a large side yard, oversized deck and gently slopes down to Lake Travis.

107 CABO DEL SOL COURT Desirable custom home designed to capture panoramic views of the surrounding Hill Country and Flintrock Falls Golf Course. This home is filled with elegant details: warm hand-scraped wood floors, custom built-ins, a plethora of large windows, and an open floor plan. The chef’s gourmet kitchen boasts custom alder cabinets, granite counters, center island with prep sink, double ovens, Wolf gas stove with griddle, and two dishwashers. The main level also features large bright windows, which provide striking views of the landscape outside, two luxurious living areas, two dining rooms, light, airy private office, game room with amazing golf course views.

4804ParkLane.com $750,000

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306BellaMontagna.com $1,290,000

311AddieRoyRd.com $1,870,000

306 BELLA MONTAGNA CIRCLE This gorgeous stone and stucco home rests on more than an acre of land. A grand entry with tile inlay ceiling and art niches welcome visitors. Inside this five bedroom six bathroom home you will find a mix of tile, wood-beamed and barrel custom ceilings; custom lighting; a wet bar; two fireplaces and stone accents. The open floor plan provides spacious formal living and dining areas. Perfect for sophisticated entertaining, the home also includes detached guest quarters and an outdoor oasis with butterfly gardens and a heated in-ground saltwater pool with hot tub.

311 ADDIE ROY ROAD This one-of-a-kind private sanctuary in Westlake is hidden atop five acres of Texas Hill Country. Set above Lake Austin for maximum privacy and views, this home is a serene retreat. Abundant light and a flowing floor plan reveal lovely hardwood floors, and a chef’s kitchen. The master suite has a fireplace, wood-vaulted ceilings and a relaxing screened-in porch. A rooftop observation deck offers 360-degree views. The pool is surrounded by gardens, limestone decking and a cabana with outdoor kitchen. The free-standing garage includes an exercise room, work area and guest quarters.

patio seating for happy hour—$6 food and $6 martinis • and the bats are back!

austin’s new wave in sustainable seafood kathleenbucher.com | (512) 794.6644

98 san jacinto blvd next to the four seasons

512.477.3300

www.shorelinegrill.com


the patio at Shoreline Grill an austin original

4804 PARK LANE Fantastic waterfront property with an incredible view! A courtyard entrance leads into an inviting entryway accented by warm floors, crown molding and neutral colors throughout. A large living area is complemented by expansive ceilings, a bank of windows and opens to a large deck with an amazing view of Lake Travis. The gourmet kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, bull nose granite counters, a center island and opens to a spacious living area. A luxurious master suite features two walk-in closets, a large separate shower and French doors leading out to a deck. The backyard opens to a large side yard, oversized deck and gently slopes down to Lake Travis.

107 CABO DEL SOL COURT Desirable custom home designed to capture panoramic views of the surrounding Hill Country and Flintrock Falls Golf Course. This home is filled with elegant details: warm hand-scraped wood floors, custom built-ins, a plethora of large windows, and an open floor plan. The chef’s gourmet kitchen boasts custom alder cabinets, granite counters, center island with prep sink, double ovens, Wolf gas stove with griddle, and two dishwashers. The main level also features large bright windows, which provide striking views of the landscape outside, two luxurious living areas, two dining rooms, light, airy private office, game room with amazing golf course views.

4804ParkLane.com $750,000

107CaboDelSolCt.com $1,099,000

306BellaMontagna.com $1,290,000

311AddieRoyRd.com $1,870,000

306 BELLA MONTAGNA CIRCLE This gorgeous stone and stucco home rests on more than an acre of land. A grand entry with tile inlay ceiling and art niches welcome visitors. Inside this five bedroom six bathroom home you will find a mix of tile, wood-beamed and barrel custom ceilings; custom lighting; a wet bar; two fireplaces and stone accents. The open floor plan provides spacious formal living and dining areas. Perfect for sophisticated entertaining, the home also includes detached guest quarters and an outdoor oasis with butterfly gardens and a heated in-ground saltwater pool with hot tub.

311 ADDIE ROY ROAD This one-of-a-kind private sanctuary in Westlake is hidden atop five acres of Texas Hill Country. Set above Lake Austin for maximum privacy and views, this home is a serene retreat. Abundant light and a flowing floor plan reveal lovely hardwood floors, and a chef’s kitchen. The master suite has a fireplace, wood-vaulted ceilings and a relaxing screened-in porch. A rooftop observation deck offers 360-degree views. The pool is surrounded by gardens, limestone decking and a cabana with outdoor kitchen. The free-standing garage includes an exercise room, work area and guest quarters.

patio seating for happy hour—$6 food and $6 martinis • and the bats are back!

austin’s new wave in sustainable seafood kathleenbucher.com | (512) 794.6644

98 san jacinto blvd next to the four seasons

512.477.3300

www.shorelinegrill.com


Sept. 23, 2011

A

THE

W Austin

energy…

*LIFE

Noteworthy happenings, reviews and openings that highlight the best of everything Austin has to offer

Join us for an evening of radiant Featuring a jazz performance by Grammy-winner Kurt Elling Wow cocktails and cuisine among luminaries and shining

a gleam…

stars…

The swanky sounds of songbird, Ava Arenella

a sparkle…

Late night dueling DJ dance party with DJ Manny

light…

An evening of A spectrum of surprises to enjoy the night of—and beyond Ivy Lynn Negron rocks the denim in a look by mash-up team, “Denim Rock.”

Ashley Johnson ushers in the third year of Austin Fashion Week.

Austin Fashion Gets A Kickstart: Mash Up Teams Begin Austin Fashion Week

For tickets visit balletaustin.org/feteish fête*ish tickets $125

Limited Fête tickets at $1,000

Proceeds benefit Ballet Austin’s community education programs reaching over 57,000 children across Central Texas each year.

JOHN PESINA

BY KRISTEN MORADO

Flashing lights, a private performance by a local band and nationally recognized fashion designers filling a runway with their latest offerings: it’s clear that Austin Fashion Week, a mere three years old, is growing up. The feeling at the opening night kickoff, hosted at Cowboy Harley-Davidson, was one worthy of New York or Los Angeles, with the major difference being one of scale. Photographers jockeyed for position near the runway, front row seats were prized and even attendees looked runway-worthy.

needed to complete a particular look and the public has a voice in choosing a winner. “We created the Mash Up Teams in 2010 to allow all the talented participants—whether they be a make up artist or a model—an opportunity to meet and work together,” said Matt Swinney, founder of Austin Fashion Week. “Our goal with the Mash Up Teams is to foster community and collaboration. This year’s teams have really put their best work forward. The images speak for themselves!”

But, as this is Austin Fashion Week, not only are there different live looks on the runway by featured designers, but there is also a distinctly Austin spin. “Mash Up Teams” are randomly placed together to present an image, compiled by the combined talents of makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers and models. Teams consist of however many designers are

The teams are competing for “Best Mash Up Team” in the categories of People’s Choice and Industry Choice, where the public and those within the fashion industry can vote at FashionWeekAustin.com. These images are precisely what came to life at the kickoff event and jumpstarted the week, which is poised to become a force for fashion, in Austin and beyond.

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Sept. 23, 2011

A

THE

W Austin

energy…

*LIFE

Noteworthy happenings, reviews and openings that highlight the best of everything Austin has to offer

Join us for an evening of radiant Featuring a jazz performance by Grammy-winner Kurt Elling Wow cocktails and cuisine among luminaries and shining

a gleam…

stars…

The swanky sounds of songbird, Ava Arenella

a sparkle…

Late night dueling DJ dance party with DJ Manny

light…

An evening of A spectrum of surprises to enjoy the night of—and beyond Ivy Lynn Negron rocks the denim in a look by mash-up team, “Denim Rock.”

Ashley Johnson ushers in the third year of Austin Fashion Week.

Austin Fashion Gets A Kickstart: Mash Up Teams Begin Austin Fashion Week

For tickets visit balletaustin.org/feteish fête*ish tickets $125

Limited Fête tickets at $1,000

Proceeds benefit Ballet Austin’s community education programs reaching over 57,000 children across Central Texas each year.

JOHN PESINA

BY KRISTEN MORADO

Flashing lights, a private performance by a local band and nationally recognized fashion designers filling a runway with their latest offerings: it’s clear that Austin Fashion Week, a mere three years old, is growing up. The feeling at the opening night kickoff, hosted at Cowboy Harley-Davidson, was one worthy of New York or Los Angeles, with the major difference being one of scale. Photographers jockeyed for position near the runway, front row seats were prized and even attendees looked runway-worthy.

needed to complete a particular look and the public has a voice in choosing a winner. “We created the Mash Up Teams in 2010 to allow all the talented participants—whether they be a make up artist or a model—an opportunity to meet and work together,” said Matt Swinney, founder of Austin Fashion Week. “Our goal with the Mash Up Teams is to foster community and collaboration. This year’s teams have really put their best work forward. The images speak for themselves!”

But, as this is Austin Fashion Week, not only are there different live looks on the runway by featured designers, but there is also a distinctly Austin spin. “Mash Up Teams” are randomly placed together to present an image, compiled by the combined talents of makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers and models. Teams consist of however many designers are

The teams are competing for “Best Mash Up Team” in the categories of People’s Choice and Industry Choice, where the public and those within the fashion industry can vote at FashionWeekAustin.com. These images are precisely what came to life at the kickoff event and jumpstarted the week, which is poised to become a force for fashion, in Austin and beyond.

austinlifestylemagazine.com

15


THE A * LIFE

Austin Film Festival October 20-27 Last year, the Austin Film Festival attracted some of

MUSIC

the most critically acclaimed films to their screening list. Films like Blue Valentine, 127 Hours and Black Swan were among the highlights. But the festival, in addition to being a showcase for big-budget films, is also a springboard for quality stories with more modest means. For premiere events, it also draws a fair share of Hollywood celebrities (including January/February ALM cover man, Ed Burns). Aside from a staggering number of screenings, the festival

Austin City Limits Festival September 16–18, 2011 It is difficult to believe that it’s been a decade since the Austin City Limits Festival was born. It has survived dust storms and dillo

also helps screenwriters and other film profession-

dirt, September heat and October glory. With a lineup worthy of

als hone their crafts and network with one another.

to have a 10th birthday party that will be unparalleled (until their

With parties and events to accompany every evening, it also provides for some of the best stargazing this far from Big Bend.

a 50th anniversary, the 2011 Austin City Limits Festival is poised 15th and 20th). Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire and Kanye West head a lineup that boasts middle-of-the-bill acts that make up the strength of a great festival. 2011 appears to be no different in that regard and ushers in the next decade of greatness from Austin’s premiere summer music festival.

A True Austin Startup He doesn’t act his age. He’s a little

even if what they wanted to see was a

eccentric. He fearlessly goes after what

man dressed up like AL Pacino’ s Scarface

he’s after and he loves a good tailgate

and getting into mischief.

Austin, even if he doesn’t always look like he fits in. His name is Bling Johnson and he’s headed to DVRs near you. At least, that’s what he’d like. After all, he built this endeavor himself.

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Watching his Austin tech-industry coworkers look so different inspired him to continued. They clamored for more, which he delivered. “I’m not saying I make good decisions, but I’m dedicated,” Johnson said at a meeting to discuss the

By making a series of random videos in

future. His bravado motivated him to take

his Bling Johnson persona (that isn’t his

his video success and talk to FOX 7 Austin

real name, of course) in a variety of cir-

about a show idea he had been devel-

cumstances, this tech industry media

oping. His show, a showcase for Austin

consultant sought to make Mondays a

musicians and guests, airs late night on

little less gloomy. The videos included

Thursdays, beginning September 15. The

his forays into the heart of Austin night-

show is on air at 1:30am, so it might be

life. After 23 weeks of videos, with more

outside of the normal viewing sched-

than a few catching on outside of his

ule for some Austinites. Undaunted,

co-workers, he thought he might have

Johnson explains, “the goal is to become

something that people wanted to see,

the most DVR’ed show in Austin.”

THE STROKES: NICK SIMONITE; BLING JOHNSON: BETHANY FARRELL-MENCHACA

or a night on Sixth Street. He sounds like


THE A * LIFE

Austin Film Festival October 20-27 Last year, the Austin Film Festival attracted some of

MUSIC

the most critically acclaimed films to their screening list. Films like Blue Valentine, 127 Hours and Black Swan were among the highlights. But the festival, in addition to being a showcase for big-budget films, is also a springboard for quality stories with more modest means. For premiere events, it also draws a fair share of Hollywood celebrities (including January/February ALM cover man, Ed Burns). Aside from a staggering number of screenings, the festival

Austin City Limits Festival September 16–18, 2011 It is difficult to believe that it’s been a decade since the Austin City Limits Festival was born. It has survived dust storms and dillo

also helps screenwriters and other film profession-

dirt, September heat and October glory. With a lineup worthy of

als hone their crafts and network with one another.

to have a 10th birthday party that will be unparalleled (until their

With parties and events to accompany every evening, it also provides for some of the best stargazing this far from Big Bend.

a 50th anniversary, the 2011 Austin City Limits Festival is poised 15th and 20th). Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire and Kanye West head a lineup that boasts middle-of-the-bill acts that make up the strength of a great festival. 2011 appears to be no different in that regard and ushers in the next decade of greatness from Austin’s premiere summer music festival.

A True Austin Startup He doesn’t act his age. He’s a little

even if what they wanted to see was a

eccentric. He fearlessly goes after what

man dressed up like AL Pacino’ s Scarface

he’s after and he loves a good tailgate

and getting into mischief.

Austin, even if he doesn’t always look like he fits in. His name is Bling Johnson and he’s headed to DVRs near you. At least, that’s what he’d like. After all, he built this endeavor himself.

16 austinlifestylemagazine.com

Watching his Austin tech-industry coworkers look so different inspired him to continued. They clamored for more, which he delivered. “I’m not saying I make good decisions, but I’m dedicated,” Johnson said at a meeting to discuss the

By making a series of random videos in

future. His bravado motivated him to take

his Bling Johnson persona (that isn’t his

his video success and talk to FOX 7 Austin

real name, of course) in a variety of cir-

about a show idea he had been devel-

cumstances, this tech industry media

oping. His show, a showcase for Austin

consultant sought to make Mondays a

musicians and guests, airs late night on

little less gloomy. The videos included

Thursdays, beginning September 15. The

his forays into the heart of Austin night-

show is on air at 1:30am, so it might be

life. After 23 weeks of videos, with more

outside of the normal viewing sched-

than a few catching on outside of his

ule for some Austinites. Undaunted,

co-workers, he thought he might have

Johnson explains, “the goal is to become

something that people wanted to see,

the most DVR’ed show in Austin.”

THE STROKES: NICK SIMONITE; BLING JOHNSON: BETHANY FARRELL-MENCHACA

or a night on Sixth Street. He sounds like


THE A * LIFE NEW BIZ BUZZ By Ashley M. Halligan

Good 2 Go

Offering four different “Taste Quintessential Austin” food tours, Austin Eats Food Tours is rallying groups all over town to taste a sampling of some of Austin’s most renowned restaurants, including new establishments and longtime favorites. Dreamed up by husband and wife team, Andy and Lindsey Potter, the couple personally leads three hour tours through four different culinary and cocktail centers on Austin’s map: South Congress, Downtown, Upscale Happy Hour and a Bike Food Tour as well, each sampling between six and eight Austin eateries. The couple’s philosophy is simple, “We love that our neighbor has purple shutters, kids still play outside and no one’s worried about the Jones’. We love the Austin vibe, live music every night of the week and local restaurants that take as much pride in their unique décor as their original recipes. We wanted to develop a vehicle that highlights local Texas born establishments throughout Austin. Our goal is to share our love and passion for this eclectic place we call home.” The most popular tour thus far is the South Congress adventure on Sunday mornings, guiding its participants along South Congress Avenue and South First Street. This tour promises, “To include the chef-inspired “Tomago Yoko,” Austin’s best shrimp & grits, our favorite New York style pizza, juicy burgers,  seasonal specials, a libation sampling and much more!” The Downtown Tour is a Saturday morning tour beginning with a stop at the Austin Farmer’s Market and continuing along to what they deem a “landmark burger joint,” freshly baked sweets, Austin’s newest gastropub, gourmet sausages and a beverage sampling. All of Austin Eats Food Tours are between $60 and $65 per person and promise to send you off full of Austin’s favorite dishes and with a sip of the city’s best cocktails. More information on tour details can be found at austineatsfoodtours.com.

The Grove’s partners Reed Clemons, Beth Selbe Lasita and Matt Berendt have introduced a spin-off to their restaurant’s popular pizzas, pastas, salads and paninis when they opened Good 2 Go next door to The Grove. Good 2 Go is a fantastic option for quick takeout of The Grove’s favorite dishes, particularly on busy nights when the restaurant is too hectic to handle an influx of to-go orders. Good 2 Go offers the same level of deliciousness at a quick-paced, at-your-fingertips organization that’s convenient, simple and just as yummy. “At the front of the store, step right up and order a sandwich, grab a slice of pizza, or choose from a selection of mouth-watering deli-case items. Chef Mark Strouhal will be whipping up rotating daily selections, which will always include a variety of main courses — think beef tenderloin or sweet and sour salmon — and side dishes like saffron orzo salad, antipasto, or curried cauliflower — to allow customers to piece together a perfect, fresh meal,” says the owners. There’s also large reach-in coolers with a variety of ready-to-go items such as spaghetti bolognese, green chili chicken enchiladas and sesame-crusted ahi tuna salad, many of which are conveniently labeled if they happen to be glutenfree, vegan, or vegetarian. Also offering a 100+ wine label inventory as well as fresh flowers, Good 2 Go offers everything needed for an enjoyable meal — at home. Catering is next on Good 2 Go’s list of of endeavors, with the countless number of office complexes in the vicinity. And delivery options are in the works now and will hopefully be available in the coming weeks. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Good 2 Go is a wonderful new option for on-the-go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all at the convenient intersection of Bee Caves Road and Loop 360.

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Austin Eats Food Tours

Priding themselves on made-from-scratch cooking, Noble Pig owners, John Bates and Brandon Martinez, have developed quite a frenzy on Austin’s Ranch Road 620. Made from scratch condiments, house-baked breads, house-cured bacon and homemade chorizo, pickles, relishes and desserts are all ingredients that these longtime friends have become known for since Noble Pig opened in September 2010. With only 26 seats and a BYOB policy, Noble Pig is intimate and artisanal. And it seems people like it that way. With a breakfast and sandwich-centered menu, Noble Pig patrons have fallen in love with the thoughtful craftsmanship so much that Bates and Martinez will be opening a retail shop next door to the restaurant, offering their house-made delights for their customers to “attempt the magic at home.” In addition to their daily breakfast and lunch, dinner is served every few weeks. Noble Pig “hosts community tables as a way to introduce people to the restaurant and to further hone their culinary chops in a more refined setting,” says the owners. “It makes for a really fun night, to get away from the sandwich stuff and go back to the creativity and the passion that we have for cooking. Seeing people’s faces and even though it’s a really small place, everybody really loves what we’re doing. They come in here, it’s kind of a neighborhood thing, bring some wine and just hang out. Just enjoy the meal,” says Martinez Offering homemade mayonnaise, mustard, bread and deli meat (among other things), the new venture will put all of the necessary ingredients at the Noble Pig lovers’ fingertips for constructing late night snacks or giving into Noble Pig cravings when the restaurant is not open. The retail shop is expected to open in October 2011.

NOBEL PIG: MARSHALL WRIGHT

Noble Pig

SiSterS of Song: Pamela Hart & nada StearnS BaSia leon redBone Pat metHeny featuring larry grenadier meSHell ndegeocello george BenSon at RiveRbend CentRe Javier colon - Winner of 'the voiCe' cHuck negron of tHree dog nigHt diane ScHuur micHael frankS PoncHo SancHez latin Jazz Band ralPH Stanley & HiS clincH mountain BoyS natalie macmaSter & donnell leaHy little river Band tHe muSic of aBBa arrival from SWeden JoHn oateS SPyro gyra dr. JoHn marty Stuart red HorSe: gilkySon, gorka, kaPlanSky kingS of SalSa at RiveRbend CentRe Big Bad voodoo daddy Peter WHite cHriStmaS featuring kirk WHalum & mindi aBair Stanley Jordan SinBad kat edmonSon

9/11

For Live Music and Special Events

9/20 9/24 9/27 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/7 10/13 10/15 10/16 10/18 10/19 10/21 10/23 11/1 11/4 11/6 11/11 11/13 11/18 11/20 11/25 12/2 12/9 12/11

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THE A * LIFE NEW BIZ BUZZ By Ashley M. Halligan

Good 2 Go

Offering four different “Taste Quintessential Austin” food tours, Austin Eats Food Tours is rallying groups all over town to taste a sampling of some of Austin’s most renowned restaurants, including new establishments and longtime favorites. Dreamed up by husband and wife team, Andy and Lindsey Potter, the couple personally leads three hour tours through four different culinary and cocktail centers on Austin’s map: South Congress, Downtown, Upscale Happy Hour and a Bike Food Tour as well, each sampling between six and eight Austin eateries. The couple’s philosophy is simple, “We love that our neighbor has purple shutters, kids still play outside and no one’s worried about the Jones’. We love the Austin vibe, live music every night of the week and local restaurants that take as much pride in their unique décor as their original recipes. We wanted to develop a vehicle that highlights local Texas born establishments throughout Austin. Our goal is to share our love and passion for this eclectic place we call home.” The most popular tour thus far is the South Congress adventure on Sunday mornings, guiding its participants along South Congress Avenue and South First Street. This tour promises, “To include the chef-inspired “Tomago Yoko,” Austin’s best shrimp & grits, our favorite New York style pizza, juicy burgers,  seasonal specials, a libation sampling and much more!” The Downtown Tour is a Saturday morning tour beginning with a stop at the Austin Farmer’s Market and continuing along to what they deem a “landmark burger joint,” freshly baked sweets, Austin’s newest gastropub, gourmet sausages and a beverage sampling. All of Austin Eats Food Tours are between $60 and $65 per person and promise to send you off full of Austin’s favorite dishes and with a sip of the city’s best cocktails. More information on tour details can be found at austineatsfoodtours.com.

The Grove’s partners Reed Clemons, Beth Selbe Lasita and Matt Berendt have introduced a spin-off to their restaurant’s popular pizzas, pastas, salads and paninis when they opened Good 2 Go next door to The Grove. Good 2 Go is a fantastic option for quick takeout of The Grove’s favorite dishes, particularly on busy nights when the restaurant is too hectic to handle an influx of to-go orders. Good 2 Go offers the same level of deliciousness at a quick-paced, at-your-fingertips organization that’s convenient, simple and just as yummy. “At the front of the store, step right up and order a sandwich, grab a slice of pizza, or choose from a selection of mouth-watering deli-case items. Chef Mark Strouhal will be whipping up rotating daily selections, which will always include a variety of main courses — think beef tenderloin or sweet and sour salmon — and side dishes like saffron orzo salad, antipasto, or curried cauliflower — to allow customers to piece together a perfect, fresh meal,” says the owners. There’s also large reach-in coolers with a variety of ready-to-go items such as spaghetti bolognese, green chili chicken enchiladas and sesame-crusted ahi tuna salad, many of which are conveniently labeled if they happen to be glutenfree, vegan, or vegetarian. Also offering a 100+ wine label inventory as well as fresh flowers, Good 2 Go offers everything needed for an enjoyable meal — at home. Catering is next on Good 2 Go’s list of of endeavors, with the countless number of office complexes in the vicinity. And delivery options are in the works now and will hopefully be available in the coming weeks. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Good 2 Go is a wonderful new option for on-the-go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all at the convenient intersection of Bee Caves Road and Loop 360.

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Voted the Best Place in Austin to Get Married by Austin360.com

Austin’s Premier Venue UP CO MING E VENT S

Austin Eats Food Tours

Priding themselves on made-from-scratch cooking, Noble Pig owners, John Bates and Brandon Martinez, have developed quite a frenzy on Austin’s Ranch Road 620. Made from scratch condiments, house-baked breads, house-cured bacon and homemade chorizo, pickles, relishes and desserts are all ingredients that these longtime friends have become known for since Noble Pig opened in September 2010. With only 26 seats and a BYOB policy, Noble Pig is intimate and artisanal. And it seems people like it that way. With a breakfast and sandwich-centered menu, Noble Pig patrons have fallen in love with the thoughtful craftsmanship so much that Bates and Martinez will be opening a retail shop next door to the restaurant, offering their house-made delights for their customers to “attempt the magic at home.” In addition to their daily breakfast and lunch, dinner is served every few weeks. Noble Pig “hosts community tables as a way to introduce people to the restaurant and to further hone their culinary chops in a more refined setting,” says the owners. “It makes for a really fun night, to get away from the sandwich stuff and go back to the creativity and the passion that we have for cooking. Seeing people’s faces and even though it’s a really small place, everybody really loves what we’re doing. They come in here, it’s kind of a neighborhood thing, bring some wine and just hang out. Just enjoy the meal,” says Martinez Offering homemade mayonnaise, mustard, bread and deli meat (among other things), the new venture will put all of the necessary ingredients at the Noble Pig lovers’ fingertips for constructing late night snacks or giving into Noble Pig cravings when the restaurant is not open. The retail shop is expected to open in October 2011.

NOBEL PIG: MARSHALL WRIGHT

Noble Pig

SiSterS of Song: Pamela Hart & nada StearnS BaSia leon redBone Pat metHeny featuring larry grenadier meSHell ndegeocello george BenSon at RiveRbend CentRe Javier colon - Winner of 'the voiCe' cHuck negron of tHree dog nigHt diane ScHuur micHael frankS PoncHo SancHez latin Jazz Band ralPH Stanley & HiS clincH mountain BoyS natalie macmaSter & donnell leaHy little river Band tHe muSic of aBBa arrival from SWeden JoHn oateS SPyro gyra dr. JoHn marty Stuart red HorSe: gilkySon, gorka, kaPlanSky kingS of SalSa at RiveRbend CentRe Big Bad voodoo daddy Peter WHite cHriStmaS featuring kirk WHalum & mindi aBair Stanley Jordan SinBad kat edmonSon

9/11

For Live Music and Special Events

9/20 9/24 9/27 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/7 10/13 10/15 10/16 10/18 10/19 10/21 10/23 11/1 11/4 11/6 11/11 11/13 11/18 11/20 11/25 12/2 12/9 12/11

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T H E A* L IF E | E V EN T S New East Arts Gallery diversearts.org

SEP TEMBER 1 3

Bon Iver The Long Center thelongcenter.org

SEP TEMBER 20

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles The Long Center thelongcenter.org SEP TEMBER 20

Spring Awakening ZACH Theatre zachtheatre.org

OC TOBER 2

Trekwomen Triathlon Series Highland Lakes Marina trekwomenstriathlonseries.com

APPLE LEASE RETURN SALES

OC TOBER 3

45th ANNUAL FALL ANTIQUES FAIR The Big Red Barn Carmine Dance Hall roundtoptexasantiques.com

THE BEST CAR BUYING EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE.

OC TOBER 7 SEP TEMBER 22

Loretta Lynn: 50 Years of Country ACL Live acl-live.com SEP TEMBER 22

Fantastic Fest 2011 Various fantasticfest.com

SEP TEMBER 8

Film: Objectified AMOA - Downtown amoa.org SEP TEMBER 9

The Austin Symphony Presents Joshua Bell Austin Symphony Orchestra austinsymphony.org SEP TEMBER 9

2nd Annual Austin Icon Awards KLRU Studio 6A klru.org SEP TEMBER 9

Wino Vino East Side Showroom winovino.com SEP TEMBER 10

Second Saturdays are for Families AMOA - Downtown amoa.org SEP TEMBER 10

Wild Frontier Fest 2011 Mohawk Austin mohawkaustin.com SEP TEMBER 10

Barktoberfest Celebration and 2K Pledge Walk for Homeless Pets Old Settlers Park centraltexasspca.org

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Santana w/ Michael Franti ACL Live acl-live.com SEP TEMBER 12

8th Annual Texas Exes Golf Championship The University of Texas Golf Club utgolfclub.com SEP TEMBER 1 3

Bon Iver w/ Kathleen Edwards The Long Center thelongcenter.org S E P T E M B E R 1 6 -1 8

ACL Music Festival 2011 Zilker Park aclfestival.com SEP TEMBER 16

The Cherry Orchard Oscar G. Brockett Theatre finearts.utexas.edu SEP TEMBER 16

Austin Kiddie Limits 2011 Austin Kiddie Limits aclfestival.com SEP TEMBER 16

3rd Annual BIATX Golf Tournament Onion Creek Golf Club biatx.org SEP TEMBER 17

Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin

SEP TEMBER 25

CASA Superhero Run The Domain casatravis.org/CASA5K SEP TEMBER 26

ANN McCUTCHAN - ’Circular Breathing’ & ’River Music’ Bookpeople bookpeople.com SEP TEMBER 30

Blondie ACL Live acl-live.com

OC TOBER 8

Texas Renaissance Festival Texas Renaissance Festival texrenfest.com

APPLE LEASE RETURN SALES

ALL MAKES AND MODELS FOR SALE BELOW MARKET VALUE

OC TOBER 12

Austin County Fair & Rodeo Austin County Fairgrounds austincountyfair.com

Contact: McCALEB LANIER or GARY HARDY (512) 346-9977 13200 HWY 183 (Research) Austin, TX 78729

OC TOBER 1 3

AMOA’s La Dolce Vita Laguna Gloria amoa.org

appleleasing.com

OC TOBER 1 5

Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Festival Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center wildflower.org OC TOBER 21

SEP TEMBER 30

30th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Marketplatz oktoberfestinfbg.com

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011 Cedar Park Center cedarparkcenter.com OC TOBER 22

SEP TEMBER 30

The Mozart Project The Long Center thelongcenter.org

Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival 2011 Auditorium Shores gypsypicnic.com

O C TOBE R

OC TOBER 23

OC TOBER 1

Hispanic Heritage Concert Austin Chamber Music Center austinchambermusic.org

The Music of ABBA Arrival from Sweden One World Theatre oneworldtheatre.org

OC TOBER 1

1st Saturday Tour Day Independence Brewing Company independencebrewing.com

BON IVER: D.L. ANDERSON

SE P T E MBE R

SEP TEMBER 12 & 14

Art Outside 2011 Apache Pass artoutside.org

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T H E A* L IF E | E V EN T S New East Arts Gallery diversearts.org

SEP TEMBER 1 3

Bon Iver The Long Center thelongcenter.org

SEP TEMBER 20

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles The Long Center thelongcenter.org SEP TEMBER 20

Spring Awakening ZACH Theatre zachtheatre.org

OC TOBER 2

Trekwomen Triathlon Series Highland Lakes Marina trekwomenstriathlonseries.com

APPLE LEASE RETURN SALES

OC TOBER 3

45th ANNUAL FALL ANTIQUES FAIR The Big Red Barn Carmine Dance Hall roundtoptexasantiques.com

THE BEST CAR BUYING EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE.

OC TOBER 7 SEP TEMBER 22

Loretta Lynn: 50 Years of Country ACL Live acl-live.com SEP TEMBER 22

Fantastic Fest 2011 Various fantasticfest.com

SEP TEMBER 8

Film: Objectified AMOA - Downtown amoa.org SEP TEMBER 9

The Austin Symphony Presents Joshua Bell Austin Symphony Orchestra austinsymphony.org SEP TEMBER 9

2nd Annual Austin Icon Awards KLRU Studio 6A klru.org SEP TEMBER 9

Wino Vino East Side Showroom winovino.com SEP TEMBER 10

Second Saturdays are for Families AMOA - Downtown amoa.org SEP TEMBER 10

Wild Frontier Fest 2011 Mohawk Austin mohawkaustin.com SEP TEMBER 10

Barktoberfest Celebration and 2K Pledge Walk for Homeless Pets Old Settlers Park centraltexasspca.org

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Santana w/ Michael Franti ACL Live acl-live.com SEP TEMBER 12

8th Annual Texas Exes Golf Championship The University of Texas Golf Club utgolfclub.com SEP TEMBER 1 3

Bon Iver w/ Kathleen Edwards The Long Center thelongcenter.org S E P T E M B E R 1 6 -1 8

ACL Music Festival 2011 Zilker Park aclfestival.com SEP TEMBER 16

The Cherry Orchard Oscar G. Brockett Theatre finearts.utexas.edu SEP TEMBER 16

Austin Kiddie Limits 2011 Austin Kiddie Limits aclfestival.com SEP TEMBER 16

3rd Annual BIATX Golf Tournament Onion Creek Golf Club biatx.org SEP TEMBER 17

Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin

SEP TEMBER 25

CASA Superhero Run The Domain casatravis.org/CASA5K SEP TEMBER 26

ANN McCUTCHAN - ’Circular Breathing’ & ’River Music’ Bookpeople bookpeople.com SEP TEMBER 30

Blondie ACL Live acl-live.com

OC TOBER 8

Texas Renaissance Festival Texas Renaissance Festival texrenfest.com

APPLE LEASE RETURN SALES

ALL MAKES AND MODELS FOR SALE BELOW MARKET VALUE

OC TOBER 12

Austin County Fair & Rodeo Austin County Fairgrounds austincountyfair.com

Contact: McCALEB LANIER or GARY HARDY (512) 346-9977 13200 HWY 183 (Research) Austin, TX 78729

OC TOBER 1 3

AMOA’s La Dolce Vita Laguna Gloria amoa.org

appleleasing.com

OC TOBER 1 5

Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Festival Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center wildflower.org OC TOBER 21

SEP TEMBER 30

30th Annual Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Marketplatz oktoberfestinfbg.com

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011 Cedar Park Center cedarparkcenter.com OC TOBER 22

SEP TEMBER 30

The Mozart Project The Long Center thelongcenter.org

Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival 2011 Auditorium Shores gypsypicnic.com

O C TOBE R

OC TOBER 23

OC TOBER 1

Hispanic Heritage Concert Austin Chamber Music Center austinchambermusic.org

The Music of ABBA Arrival from Sweden One World Theatre oneworldtheatre.org

OC TOBER 1

1st Saturday Tour Day Independence Brewing Company independencebrewing.com

BON IVER: D.L. ANDERSON

SE P T E MBE R

SEP TEMBER 12 & 14

Art Outside 2011 Apache Pass artoutside.org

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SO CI AL REGIS T ER

SO CI AL REGIS T ER THE ARC OF THE CAPITAL AREA

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

involved with many organizations and events around Austin including the Westlake Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Austin Film Festival, Austin Children’s Shelter and The Junior League of Austin. She recently joined Charfen Institute as an events operation manager. Matt is actively involved with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Seton Forum. He is a partner and VP of operations at Focused Advocacy. Kelley has been involved in The Junior League of Austin, Camp Bluebonnet, Coats for Kids and Ballet Austin. She is an account executive at Boundless Network. THE ORGANIZATION BUILDING BRIDGES ART CELEBRATION & AUCTION October 5 Hilton Austin arcofthecapitalarea.org

Building Bridges Art Celebration & Auction Established more than 60 years ago, The Arc has been offering a variety of services including family and caregiver support, intake and referral, juvenile justice, adult case management, as well as basic needs and crisis assistance. In 2008, the award-winning Arc of the Arts program was founded to give students an environment in which to express their artistic and musical creativity, as well as learn important job skills training. Jessica Spann, a passionate event planner with experience in organizing and promoting various conventions, parties, weddings and fundraisers around the country is overseeing the event. Lending her expertise and

love of volunteerism to The Arc of the Capital Area, the future events of the Arc look promising for event guests and program participants alike. The Arc provides specialized care for children with developmental disabilities. “I have fallen in love with The Arc and the very special people they serve,” says Spann. “No matter how much I give of myself, they always give me so much more in return.” This year’s annual Building Bridges Art Celebration & Auction is October 5, 2011 and explores the theme of paradise. Arc artists personally showcase and sell their artwork alongside renowned regional artists during silent and live auctions. The highlight of the evening will be two selected Arc artists painting their personal vision of paradise for guests.

Co-Chairs Nad Elias and Matt Valdez (with Elizabeth Elias and Kelley Valdez).

It’s a Masquerade!

The American Diabetes Association has fought for more than 70 years to fulfill its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by it. Money raised by the ADA helps to fund research, publish scientific findings and provide information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and the rights of people with diabetes.

THE CO-CHAIRS

The Co-Chairs of the First Annual Masquerade Gala, benefiting the American Diabetes Association Central Texas (ADA), are Nad Elias and Matt Valdez. Friends since 2001, their relationship has evolved with the addition of wives Elizabeth and Kelley, respectively and their venture into the non-profit world. Nad’s primary volunteer focus has been the American Diabetes Association, serving alongside Matt as a board member. He has also served on the committee for the Austin Under 40 Gala, as well as being the Race Director for the Austin Bun Run, benefiting the Sunshine Camps. He is a managing partner and owner at HT Staffing. Elizabeth has been

THE EVENT

Hide your identity and show your generosity at the First Annual ADA Central Texas Gala on Friday, October 21, 2011. More than 250 masked participants will gather for a blacktie evening on the Starlight Terrace at the IT’S A MASQUERADE! spectacular Oasis on Lake Travis. The gala October 21 will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live The Oasis and silent auctions, live entertainment and diabetes.org/austingalatickets dancing.

THE BUSBY FOUNDATION

Flavors of the Trailers and Rock & Roll Golf Classic

Bart Matheney

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Bart Matheney is the Chair of the Flavors of the Trailers. He is a founding principal of AQUILA Commercial and has been instrumental in growing their institutional asset portfolio. Prior to founding AQUILA Commercial, Matheney was with CB Richard Ellis as Senior Vice President – Director of Leasing, heading up the marketing and leasing group of Asset Services and Brokerage for the Central Texas region. This is Jay Legg’s third year as Chair of the Busby Rock and Roll Golf Classic. A graduate of The University of Texas and avid golfer, Legg has lived in Austin since 1983. He is Vice President with HPI Corporate Services specializing in commercial acquisitions and dispositions. The Busby Foundation works alongside the national ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) organization to empower Central Texas ALS patients and their families. Created in November 2001 by friends and colleagues of the late Bo Busby to honor his life and legacy, the foundation has donated over $150,000

to help families in Central Texas who are struggling with the disease. Gifts have included construction of handicap accessible restrooms, walk ways and ramps, as well as support for shelter, holiday family gifts and college tuition. The night of September 25 will be an opportunity to sample some of Austin’s finest trailer restaurants while being entertained by Drew Womack at the One World Theatre. Live and silent auctions will be part of the festivities. The next day, September 26, FLAVORS OF THE TRAILERS AND Rock & Roll Golf Classic participants ROCK & ROLL GOLF CLASSIC will begin the day at Grey Rock Golf September 25 & 26 Course with time to tune up their One World Theatre & Grey Rock Golf swings, followed by an exciting round busbyfallfestival.com of golf in a “Four-person scramble – par is your friend” format. Throughout the course, players will be entertained at various golf holes with live music by local Austin musicians.

Jay Legg

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SO CI AL REGIS T ER

SO CI AL REGIS T ER THE ARC OF THE CAPITAL AREA

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

involved with many organizations and events around Austin including the Westlake Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Austin Film Festival, Austin Children’s Shelter and The Junior League of Austin. She recently joined Charfen Institute as an events operation manager. Matt is actively involved with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Seton Forum. He is a partner and VP of operations at Focused Advocacy. Kelley has been involved in The Junior League of Austin, Camp Bluebonnet, Coats for Kids and Ballet Austin. She is an account executive at Boundless Network. THE ORGANIZATION BUILDING BRIDGES ART CELEBRATION & AUCTION October 5 Hilton Austin arcofthecapitalarea.org

Building Bridges Art Celebration & Auction Established more than 60 years ago, The Arc has been offering a variety of services including family and caregiver support, intake and referral, juvenile justice, adult case management, as well as basic needs and crisis assistance. In 2008, the award-winning Arc of the Arts program was founded to give students an environment in which to express their artistic and musical creativity, as well as learn important job skills training. Jessica Spann, a passionate event planner with experience in organizing and promoting various conventions, parties, weddings and fundraisers around the country is overseeing the event. Lending her expertise and

love of volunteerism to The Arc of the Capital Area, the future events of the Arc look promising for event guests and program participants alike. The Arc provides specialized care for children with developmental disabilities. “I have fallen in love with The Arc and the very special people they serve,” says Spann. “No matter how much I give of myself, they always give me so much more in return.” This year’s annual Building Bridges Art Celebration & Auction is October 5, 2011 and explores the theme of paradise. Arc artists personally showcase and sell their artwork alongside renowned regional artists during silent and live auctions. The highlight of the evening will be two selected Arc artists painting their personal vision of paradise for guests.

Co-Chairs Nad Elias and Matt Valdez (with Elizabeth Elias and Kelley Valdez).

It’s a Masquerade!

The American Diabetes Association has fought for more than 70 years to fulfill its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by it. Money raised by the ADA helps to fund research, publish scientific findings and provide information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and the rights of people with diabetes.

THE CO-CHAIRS

The Co-Chairs of the First Annual Masquerade Gala, benefiting the American Diabetes Association Central Texas (ADA), are Nad Elias and Matt Valdez. Friends since 2001, their relationship has evolved with the addition of wives Elizabeth and Kelley, respectively and their venture into the non-profit world. Nad’s primary volunteer focus has been the American Diabetes Association, serving alongside Matt as a board member. He has also served on the committee for the Austin Under 40 Gala, as well as being the Race Director for the Austin Bun Run, benefiting the Sunshine Camps. He is a managing partner and owner at HT Staffing. Elizabeth has been

THE EVENT

Hide your identity and show your generosity at the First Annual ADA Central Texas Gala on Friday, October 21, 2011. More than 250 masked participants will gather for a blacktie evening on the Starlight Terrace at the IT’S A MASQUERADE! spectacular Oasis on Lake Travis. The gala October 21 will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live The Oasis and silent auctions, live entertainment and diabetes.org/austingalatickets dancing.

THE BUSBY FOUNDATION

Flavors of the Trailers and Rock & Roll Golf Classic

Bart Matheney

22 austinlifestylemagazine.com

Bart Matheney is the Chair of the Flavors of the Trailers. He is a founding principal of AQUILA Commercial and has been instrumental in growing their institutional asset portfolio. Prior to founding AQUILA Commercial, Matheney was with CB Richard Ellis as Senior Vice President – Director of Leasing, heading up the marketing and leasing group of Asset Services and Brokerage for the Central Texas region. This is Jay Legg’s third year as Chair of the Busby Rock and Roll Golf Classic. A graduate of The University of Texas and avid golfer, Legg has lived in Austin since 1983. He is Vice President with HPI Corporate Services specializing in commercial acquisitions and dispositions. The Busby Foundation works alongside the national ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) organization to empower Central Texas ALS patients and their families. Created in November 2001 by friends and colleagues of the late Bo Busby to honor his life and legacy, the foundation has donated over $150,000

to help families in Central Texas who are struggling with the disease. Gifts have included construction of handicap accessible restrooms, walk ways and ramps, as well as support for shelter, holiday family gifts and college tuition. The night of September 25 will be an opportunity to sample some of Austin’s finest trailer restaurants while being entertained by Drew Womack at the One World Theatre. Live and silent auctions will be part of the festivities. The next day, September 26, FLAVORS OF THE TRAILERS AND Rock & Roll Golf Classic participants ROCK & ROLL GOLF CLASSIC will begin the day at Grey Rock Golf September 25 & 26 Course with time to tune up their One World Theatre & Grey Rock Golf swings, followed by an exciting round busbyfallfestival.com of golf in a “Four-person scramble – par is your friend” format. Throughout the course, players will be entertained at various golf holes with live music by local Austin musicians.

Jay Legg

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SOCIAL GR ACES THE RISE SCHOOL P H O T O G R A P H Y BY L O G A N B OY D

50th Annual Sportsman’s Club Kickoff Dinner

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Montesino Ranch MORE THAN AN ORGANIC FARM BY ASHLEY M. HALLIGAN T R AV E LI N G A LO N G LI T T LE A R K A N S A S ROA D N OT FA R FROM

meandering along the Blanco River’s rocky banks and eventually alongside vast ranches thousands of acres wide (many of which are the former property of one of the country’s most powerful late attorneys, John O’Quinn), lies a quaint ranch and organic farm – Montesino Ranch. If there were a winding backroad in a children’s story, Montesino would be the enchanting farm amidst canyons and valleys where a river popped-up and captured a child’s eyes with its cozy charm, evoking imagination and curiosity. Scott and Brenda Mitchell are Montesino’s owners, which includes a handful of diverse ecosystems within its 172 supple acres. The farm is operated by on-site managers MONTESINO RANCH Melody McClary and David Burk. Melody 300 Little Arkansas Road described the many stratified environWimberley, Texas 78676 ments at Montesino, “The front nine acres montesinoranch.com is old river bottom. It’s the only cultivated thefarm@montesinoranch.com part of the property and has excellent soil. There are a few pastures where our small herd of cattle, donkeys and goats graze. We have a couple of amazing canyons that have wet weather springs and waterfalls. There’s also a great trail that leads all over the ranch. Montesino’s truly in Hill Country and home to what we call ‘Montesino Mountain.’” There’s also a half acre of private river access along the Blanco just across the road offering a peaceful opportunity to frolic in the shallow, cerulean depths of the river and its rocky trails. WIMBERLEY ’S TOWN CENTER,

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With all of its treasures nestled into its rather small acreage (in comparison to neighboring ranches), Montesino happily began welcoming visitors this spring for farm-stays in newly built, modern studios, tucked away at the end of a red dirt drive and sunflower rows, overlooking the laborious morning workings of Melody, David and their two farm workers, Adam Levine and Chris Jamison. Farmstays are becoming increasingly popular as the organic, local and thoughtful food movement progresses and with that, the curiosity of consumers and the desire to expel the hustle of their lives in exchange for a serene few days on a farm. It’s quite fortunate that the promising soil was discovered, since the property was secretly (and uncharacteristically) fertile when purchased by the Mitchells. Melody told the story (over Bourbon, vinyl records and handmade, fried Thai baskets made with Montesino beef), “Scott and Brenda bought the ranch about twelve years ago. Scott’s an architect and has designed all of the unique structures found at Montesino. One of my favorite things to do is to pull out all of the maps of Montesino over the years and see the progression of their vision. Some of the very first residents were the small herd of miniature cattle.” She placed a spicy, Thai chili pepper sauce on the table and continued, “The farm came almost by accident. The Mitchells were digging a deep hole one day, expecting to hit rock any second. They kept going and going and going. This isn’t common in Wimberley. They knew how to put this beautiful soil to good use. Now we grow tons of organic produce for the community. We are really excited to be able to welcome guests into our home and where we work. Everyone at Montesino is passionate about providing quality, organic and local produce to our community and will do whatever it takes to reach more people.” The farm – picturesque, with its colorful barns and old cottage house, rows of organic fruits, veggies and flowers with a handpainted sign announcing their Saturday farmers market, an old tur-

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quoise Ford and a barking farm dog, back-dropped by the sounds of feet, scurrying across the room to the folksy rhythms captured by music, Montesino is a simple escape. There’s a simplicity and hon- the telling barn walls. esty to a hand-nurtured, working farm that yields quality produce How would Melody and David spend three days at Montesino as and grass-fed beef. And common folk from the city (and beyond) are guests? “Man, just three days? I’d probably spend the first night in turning to such environments as quiet, introspective retreats from cooking up an awesome dinner at the studio. They have just about their own busy lives, seeking a popularly growing kind of accommo- everything you need in the kitchen and there’s a grill in the yard. dation in which one can be immersed into the very places our food Then I’d wake up early and walk to [the] pavilion to see the sun rise resources are first born. or down by the river. There is a beautiful heron who likes to spend Melody explained the fascination people have with visiting small- his morning on the banks. I’d probably have to go into town to drop scale farms like their own, “Being an organic farm allows our guests in By The Bridge [Antiques] and the RR 12 Farmers Market for a litto connect in a [real] way with where food comes from and what hap- tle shopping and then over to the Leaning Pear for lunch... Maybe a pens before they see it on their dinner plates. You don’t have to come game of Bocce ball and afternoon drinks... Then the Corral [Theater] here and work the farm to walk away valuing food more.” for an outdoor movie at dark. That would be a pretty busy day for me Offering more than amazing beets, potatoes, broccoli, peaches and so it’d call for a late brunch and then maybe a game of dominoes or grass-fed beef, Montesino has also created a handful of pretty spe- Clue. I could go the other way though and just hang out on the porch cial amenities and activities. Guests can now arrange a fishing trip and read a really big book!” booked through David, calling itself Lure and Lore, which is a guided My three days at Montesino were quite lateral to Melody’s idea of catch-and-release fishing trip on the beautiful banks of the Blanco farm-guest-perfection – if I could just add a visit to nearby Arnosky River. At no additional cost for guests and including all necessary Family Farm (texascolor.com) on a Sunday for their honor system baits and poles, David is happy to take the ranch’s curious visitors farmers market, offering the final touches for a perfect home-cooked to his favorite fishing holes that are rarely visited by those outside of meal at Montesino’s studios – local goat cheese chevre, hand-colthe Montesino treasure chest. He also promises a good story or two, lected eggs, Mexican Coca-Cola and bouhence the ‘Lore’ in its namesake. quets of Arnosky-family-picked (and Upcoming Events: Montesino is available for event rental, offering several structures grown) flowers. With an antique iron safe Barn Dance!! for events of different calibers, including a rustic bar at the base of and pencils to tally your items, you simply their mountain and a beautiful mountain-top pavilion that serves add up your dues and slip them into the safe Featuring the southern sounds of Sour Bridges, September 24, as a perfect ceremony or reception area. Additionally, Montesino – further exemplifying the very charm and 2011. Farm tour at 7 p.m. – with has begun featuring events and activities at the farm that are open trust that exists in this particularly cozy plenty of fall crops to see, music to the public, such as Pickin’ Parties where guests are encouraged to nook of Hill Country authenticity. Besides beginning around 8 p.m. (till bring their banjos and tambourines and spend a night pickin’ and that, Melody says it was Arnosky Family the evening ends). Entry is $15, playin’ as the sun quietly sets and settles over the ranch (just as its Farms that inspired her to become a farmer. B.Y.O.B., children under 12 are visitors tend to do). Barn dances are offered almost monthly, where So far, I’d say Melody and David are doing free, farm fresh eats TBD. their main barn becomes a stage for a local band and the barn floor quite well for themselves, their community becomes a busy dance floor, peppered with cowboy boots and happy and the rich land beneath their feet.

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Montesino Ranch MORE THAN AN ORGANIC FARM BY ASHLEY M. HALLIGAN T R AV E LI N G A LO N G LI T T LE A R K A N S A S ROA D N OT FA R FROM

meandering along the Blanco River’s rocky banks and eventually alongside vast ranches thousands of acres wide (many of which are the former property of one of the country’s most powerful late attorneys, John O’Quinn), lies a quaint ranch and organic farm – Montesino Ranch. If there were a winding backroad in a children’s story, Montesino would be the enchanting farm amidst canyons and valleys where a river popped-up and captured a child’s eyes with its cozy charm, evoking imagination and curiosity. Scott and Brenda Mitchell are Montesino’s owners, which includes a handful of diverse ecosystems within its 172 supple acres. The farm is operated by on-site managers MONTESINO RANCH Melody McClary and David Burk. Melody 300 Little Arkansas Road described the many stratified environWimberley, Texas 78676 ments at Montesino, “The front nine acres montesinoranch.com is old river bottom. It’s the only cultivated thefarm@montesinoranch.com part of the property and has excellent soil. There are a few pastures where our small herd of cattle, donkeys and goats graze. We have a couple of amazing canyons that have wet weather springs and waterfalls. There’s also a great trail that leads all over the ranch. Montesino’s truly in Hill Country and home to what we call ‘Montesino Mountain.’” There’s also a half acre of private river access along the Blanco just across the road offering a peaceful opportunity to frolic in the shallow, cerulean depths of the river and its rocky trails. WIMBERLEY ’S TOWN CENTER,

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With all of its treasures nestled into its rather small acreage (in comparison to neighboring ranches), Montesino happily began welcoming visitors this spring for farm-stays in newly built, modern studios, tucked away at the end of a red dirt drive and sunflower rows, overlooking the laborious morning workings of Melody, David and their two farm workers, Adam Levine and Chris Jamison. Farmstays are becoming increasingly popular as the organic, local and thoughtful food movement progresses and with that, the curiosity of consumers and the desire to expel the hustle of their lives in exchange for a serene few days on a farm. It’s quite fortunate that the promising soil was discovered, since the property was secretly (and uncharacteristically) fertile when purchased by the Mitchells. Melody told the story (over Bourbon, vinyl records and handmade, fried Thai baskets made with Montesino beef), “Scott and Brenda bought the ranch about twelve years ago. Scott’s an architect and has designed all of the unique structures found at Montesino. One of my favorite things to do is to pull out all of the maps of Montesino over the years and see the progression of their vision. Some of the very first residents were the small herd of miniature cattle.” She placed a spicy, Thai chili pepper sauce on the table and continued, “The farm came almost by accident. The Mitchells were digging a deep hole one day, expecting to hit rock any second. They kept going and going and going. This isn’t common in Wimberley. They knew how to put this beautiful soil to good use. Now we grow tons of organic produce for the community. We are really excited to be able to welcome guests into our home and where we work. Everyone at Montesino is passionate about providing quality, organic and local produce to our community and will do whatever it takes to reach more people.” The farm – picturesque, with its colorful barns and old cottage house, rows of organic fruits, veggies and flowers with a handpainted sign announcing their Saturday farmers market, an old tur-

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quoise Ford and a barking farm dog, back-dropped by the sounds of feet, scurrying across the room to the folksy rhythms captured by music, Montesino is a simple escape. There’s a simplicity and hon- the telling barn walls. esty to a hand-nurtured, working farm that yields quality produce How would Melody and David spend three days at Montesino as and grass-fed beef. And common folk from the city (and beyond) are guests? “Man, just three days? I’d probably spend the first night in turning to such environments as quiet, introspective retreats from cooking up an awesome dinner at the studio. They have just about their own busy lives, seeking a popularly growing kind of accommo- everything you need in the kitchen and there’s a grill in the yard. dation in which one can be immersed into the very places our food Then I’d wake up early and walk to [the] pavilion to see the sun rise resources are first born. or down by the river. There is a beautiful heron who likes to spend Melody explained the fascination people have with visiting small- his morning on the banks. I’d probably have to go into town to drop scale farms like their own, “Being an organic farm allows our guests in By The Bridge [Antiques] and the RR 12 Farmers Market for a litto connect in a [real] way with where food comes from and what hap- tle shopping and then over to the Leaning Pear for lunch... Maybe a pens before they see it on their dinner plates. You don’t have to come game of Bocce ball and afternoon drinks... Then the Corral [Theater] here and work the farm to walk away valuing food more.” for an outdoor movie at dark. That would be a pretty busy day for me Offering more than amazing beets, potatoes, broccoli, peaches and so it’d call for a late brunch and then maybe a game of dominoes or grass-fed beef, Montesino has also created a handful of pretty spe- Clue. I could go the other way though and just hang out on the porch cial amenities and activities. Guests can now arrange a fishing trip and read a really big book!” booked through David, calling itself Lure and Lore, which is a guided My three days at Montesino were quite lateral to Melody’s idea of catch-and-release fishing trip on the beautiful banks of the Blanco farm-guest-perfection – if I could just add a visit to nearby Arnosky River. At no additional cost for guests and including all necessary Family Farm (texascolor.com) on a Sunday for their honor system baits and poles, David is happy to take the ranch’s curious visitors farmers market, offering the final touches for a perfect home-cooked to his favorite fishing holes that are rarely visited by those outside of meal at Montesino’s studios – local goat cheese chevre, hand-colthe Montesino treasure chest. He also promises a good story or two, lected eggs, Mexican Coca-Cola and bouhence the ‘Lore’ in its namesake. quets of Arnosky-family-picked (and Upcoming Events: Montesino is available for event rental, offering several structures grown) flowers. With an antique iron safe Barn Dance!! for events of different calibers, including a rustic bar at the base of and pencils to tally your items, you simply their mountain and a beautiful mountain-top pavilion that serves add up your dues and slip them into the safe Featuring the southern sounds of Sour Bridges, September 24, as a perfect ceremony or reception area. Additionally, Montesino – further exemplifying the very charm and 2011. Farm tour at 7 p.m. – with has begun featuring events and activities at the farm that are open trust that exists in this particularly cozy plenty of fall crops to see, music to the public, such as Pickin’ Parties where guests are encouraged to nook of Hill Country authenticity. Besides beginning around 8 p.m. (till bring their banjos and tambourines and spend a night pickin’ and that, Melody says it was Arnosky Family the evening ends). Entry is $15, playin’ as the sun quietly sets and settles over the ranch (just as its Farms that inspired her to become a farmer. B.Y.O.B., children under 12 are visitors tend to do). Barn dances are offered almost monthly, where So far, I’d say Melody and David are doing free, farm fresh eats TBD. their main barn becomes a stage for a local band and the barn floor quite well for themselves, their community becomes a busy dance floor, peppered with cowboy boots and happy and the rich land beneath their feet.

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The demands of a work day are a pressurecooker  as relentless as an Austin summer; and just as in business, the pressure to be different from the norm is ever increasing. It’s all more than enough to make a person need an escape. Now, more than ever, the population of Austin could use a day AWAY from it all. Luckily, in the heart of downtown, AWAY is within reach to the overstressed and overheated people of Austin. Situated in the W Hotel, AWAY is the luxury spa experience offered with the meticulous eye for detail that is the company’s signature, alongside their flair for the unique. So, as one sets foot in AWAY, it becomes immediately clear that this isn’t the ordinary spa.  The first difference that designates AWAY as more than the normal spa is the color scheme. Rather than opting for bright pastels and floral tones, AWAY maintains the dark decor of the W Hotel, allowing color accents to serve as contrast and thus AWAY SPA accentuate their beauty. Whether it is a flower, a pil200 Lavaca Street, low, a nail color, or your own self, every beautiful thing Austin, Texas 78701 that enters AWAY is on a stage, set apart and featured. 512.542.3626 White leather seats ensure that the lounging is idylaustinawayspa.com lic, for the few moments you might need to make use of them. On a recent visit, the chaise lounges and wingback chairs that sit throughout the spa and in the decadent locker rooms merely served as a way station between pamperings.  The day, which is available to all at a reasonable spa price, begins in said locker room, as the staff guides you to a massage that is in tune with your needs in more ways than one. The music played in the entire spa is the business of a music curator who tailors music to the spa and incorporates Austin’s preferences. For this visit, Nina Simone and the blues greeted as the massage began, held in dark lighting within a private dark grey room that evoked the feeling of an old vinyl LP. The lights are kept low and a certified massage E N V I R O N M E N T.

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The clean lines encourage calm from the moment one enters AWAY

therapist begins to work the daily stress from your muscles, with constant checks to ensure proper pressure and comfort. Every knot is tended to and every element of the experience inspires complete relaxation. It all makes for effective counterprogramming in Austin, removing the overbearing summer sun and downtown noise and replacing them with very zen spaces in minimal light and an inspired peacefulness.  By the time the 90-minute session has ended, it’s as if the world outside the walls has disappeared. With ample time between various treatments and a daily clientele that is rarely overwhelming, the compulsion to relax is in every moment spent in the spa’s care. The AWAY facial is just as attentive and calm as the massage; and, after a steam shower, the facial begins with all things calm and cool, including an ozone treatment and light peel that both take days of dirt and buildup from one’s face. By the time the facial has ended, the spa encourages a break and has the perfect seating area by the WET deck, which is their name for the poolside space.  Here, it is only natural to take in a snack or a light lunch. Prepared by Chef Nadine Thomas, the lunch offerings are cool and refreshing and match the climate in a Kasbah, one of the well-apportioned shaded areas that are available to spa guests. Even with 105 degree heat bearing down, the temperature is easily bearable with ceiling fans, a steady flow of breezes throughout the area and a strawberry mint agua fresca that takes the bite out of any hard day. Unlike standard pool areas that might have a single waterfall, the W pool is a study in flowing water, providing a constant soothing sound only normally found in coastal locales. And it is there, surrounded by water and wind, that the pedicure and manicure services can come to meet you, creating a seamless flow to the day, as well. Once done, it is difficult to leave. Like any time when one can steal away from the daily grind, AWAY is a vacation rather than a typical spa appointment; and the world outside, with all its stressors and worries, all its burdens and pressures, is what melts away, even if only for the length of your stay. AWAY is open for daily appointments and runs regularly scheduled specials. To schedule your own getAWAY, visit austinawayspa.com.

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Christen Gmitter, a local model and ALM contributor, illustrates The Duchess meets One Million Years, B.C. Curling the entire head with a 1/2 inch barrel iron creates a make- shift ringlet wig. But taking a waiver to random sections modernizes the texture. Teasing the Dallas out of it maintains the wig-like illusion. Use Bed Head Masterpiece to mold the layers and Bed Head HeadRush for shine. Play up the feather trend by tossing an embellished clip into the deep part or drape an adorned necklace around the head. (Left) To a fully foundationed and contoured face, Lola shaded a prismatic eye with Urban Decay’s ethereal Naked Palette. Lift the cheekbones with a generous application of MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish. Fill only the upper lip with MAC NightMoth and carefully finger-dab Kat Von D HomeGirl into the center of the bottom lip for a primal stain. Texas State graduate Zeena Osmany’s mask most subsumes that of the Lewis Carroll persuasion. (Center) Teasing the Dolly Parton daylights out of a simple ponytail cuts down on prep time, not drama. Feeling festive? Woven dreads add a pop of color. Simply twist together two small strands of extensions, sauter the ends and pin around the pony elastic. Fabricating a veneer from powdered pigment proved as quick as grabbing a Venziana off the shelf. Remember, the success of any application is due largely in part to a solid trifecta (foundation, concealer, powder). Another time saver: adhere tissues with lash glue (Duo is a personal favorite) beneath eyes to ensure intentional color application. Employing a brush, Lola initiated a “drop” or dispersal of loose shadow bits with MAC Parfait Amour. Tapping the shadow pot against the brush handle helps concentrate pigment diffusion across target regions, like the brow bone and nasal bridge. Finish the lip with Viva Glam GaGa (a creamy, nude staple). California native Natasha Para’s koi caricature is more Prima Donna than Christine Daaé. Constructed from foam, fabric glue, hot glue, gel, hairspray, ribbon, red extensions, three hours and a Tim Burton imagination, this headpiece is for the truly confident. Pin back bangs into a triangle. Curl the remaining hair with a 1/2 inch barrel. Following Spice Girl protocol, tease hair into a puff ball and pin. Repeat with a [red] ponytail extension on the opposite side. (Right)

More Than Your Typical Masquerade HOW TO MAKE YOUR LOOK STAND OUT AMONG A SEA OF FACES BY CHRISTEN GMIT TER

Truman Capote’s black and white fan fair was the talk of 1966. Even George Hamilton gussied up for the 1981 cult film classic, Zorro, the Gay Blade. Masquerade attire has been around for long enough to evoke a particular thought at the mention. But, adhering to the traditional Marie Antoinette code of dress is a thing of the past. Grace Kelly need no longer flaunt gold lame to catch a gala invite. Contemporary interpretations of the classic pinch — and — powder approach promise to keep your date glowing with pride (not recoiling in shame). To demonstrate the range of creative license for upcoming engagements, Misty Mittelstedt (of Lucy Skyrocket) and local makeup visionary Lola Hylton leant us their brushes and expertise to dial up the volume without sacrificing dignity. The first head on the makeup guillotine is 2011 Top Austin Model Britany Walker. (Facing page, top right) Fishtail and rope braids frame this Avatar meets Labyrinth facade. After teasing each of the foursquare parts, fishtail the front four braids. The back two braids are fishtails (2 stranded) going into a rope (4 stranded). A small pompadour and black ponytail extensions increase voluminous dimension. Finish with Bed Head Masterpiece spray. Lola prepped Britany’s skin with the trifecta—foundation, concealer, powder—then blended MAC Wedge across the upper and lower lid. Her creases were smoked with Urban Decay Smog. Drawing tear tracks across both cheekbones with Ben Nye bronze pigments mirrored the lines of Victorian ribbon. Smudging MAC Carbon from the eye’s waterline into the central lower lashes dramatized the gold’s gravity. MAC NightMoth defines the pout. Smearing Kat Von D HomeGirl below the lip line alludes to a wine-stained mouth.

Freshly foundationed, white Kryolan was blended from the model’s eyes out. Clown points and brows were plotted with blue and yellow Kryolan cream, respectively and set with translucent powder. MAC So Sweet, So Easy warms the cheeks. Obsessive Compulsive Harlot Lip Tar punctuates this saturated clown couture. With so many paper faces on parade, your signature is a mere brushstroke away this masquerade season. Employ these tricks of the trade and never risk leaving the house looking like Divine the Drag Queen again. Lola Hylton freelances through stickyteacup@gmail.com and (281) 881-6909. Misty Mittelstedt can be reached at (512) 698-3968 or hairbymm.com.

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Christen Gmitter, a local model and ALM contributor, illustrates The Duchess meets One Million Years, B.C. Curling the entire head with a 1/2 inch barrel iron creates a make- shift ringlet wig. But taking a waiver to random sections modernizes the texture. Teasing the Dallas out of it maintains the wig-like illusion. Use Bed Head Masterpiece to mold the layers and Bed Head HeadRush for shine. Play up the feather trend by tossing an embellished clip into the deep part or drape an adorned necklace around the head. (Left) To a fully foundationed and contoured face, Lola shaded a prismatic eye with Urban Decay’s ethereal Naked Palette. Lift the cheekbones with a generous application of MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish. Fill only the upper lip with MAC NightMoth and carefully finger-dab Kat Von D HomeGirl into the center of the bottom lip for a primal stain. Texas State graduate Zeena Osmany’s mask most subsumes that of the Lewis Carroll persuasion. (Center) Teasing the Dolly Parton daylights out of a simple ponytail cuts down on prep time, not drama. Feeling festive? Woven dreads add a pop of color. Simply twist together two small strands of extensions, sauter the ends and pin around the pony elastic. Fabricating a veneer from powdered pigment proved as quick as grabbing a Venziana off the shelf. Remember, the success of any application is due largely in part to a solid trifecta (foundation, concealer, powder). Another time saver: adhere tissues with lash glue (Duo is a personal favorite) beneath eyes to ensure intentional color application. Employing a brush, Lola initiated a “drop” or dispersal of loose shadow bits with MAC Parfait Amour. Tapping the shadow pot against the brush handle helps concentrate pigment diffusion across target regions, like the brow bone and nasal bridge. Finish the lip with Viva Glam GaGa (a creamy, nude staple). California native Natasha Para’s koi caricature is more Prima Donna than Christine Daaé. Constructed from foam, fabric glue, hot glue, gel, hairspray, ribbon, red extensions, three hours and a Tim Burton imagination, this headpiece is for the truly confident. Pin back bangs into a triangle. Curl the remaining hair with a 1/2 inch barrel. Following Spice Girl protocol, tease hair into a puff ball and pin. Repeat with a [red] ponytail extension on the opposite side. (Right)

More Than Your Typical Masquerade HOW TO MAKE YOUR LOOK STAND OUT AMONG A SEA OF FACES BY CHRISTEN GMIT TER

Truman Capote’s black and white fan fair was the talk of 1966. Even George Hamilton gussied up for the 1981 cult film classic, Zorro, the Gay Blade. Masquerade attire has been around for long enough to evoke a particular thought at the mention. But, adhering to the traditional Marie Antoinette code of dress is a thing of the past. Grace Kelly need no longer flaunt gold lame to catch a gala invite. Contemporary interpretations of the classic pinch — and — powder approach promise to keep your date glowing with pride (not recoiling in shame). To demonstrate the range of creative license for upcoming engagements, Misty Mittelstedt (of Lucy Skyrocket) and local makeup visionary Lola Hylton leant us their brushes and expertise to dial up the volume without sacrificing dignity. The first head on the makeup guillotine is 2011 Top Austin Model Britany Walker. (Facing page, top right) Fishtail and rope braids frame this Avatar meets Labyrinth facade. After teasing each of the foursquare parts, fishtail the front four braids. The back two braids are fishtails (2 stranded) going into a rope (4 stranded). A small pompadour and black ponytail extensions increase voluminous dimension. Finish with Bed Head Masterpiece spray. Lola prepped Britany’s skin with the trifecta—foundation, concealer, powder—then blended MAC Wedge across the upper and lower lid. Her creases were smoked with Urban Decay Smog. Drawing tear tracks across both cheekbones with Ben Nye bronze pigments mirrored the lines of Victorian ribbon. Smudging MAC Carbon from the eye’s waterline into the central lower lashes dramatized the gold’s gravity. MAC NightMoth defines the pout. Smearing Kat Von D HomeGirl below the lip line alludes to a wine-stained mouth.

Freshly foundationed, white Kryolan was blended from the model’s eyes out. Clown points and brows were plotted with blue and yellow Kryolan cream, respectively and set with translucent powder. MAC So Sweet, So Easy warms the cheeks. Obsessive Compulsive Harlot Lip Tar punctuates this saturated clown couture. With so many paper faces on parade, your signature is a mere brushstroke away this masquerade season. Employ these tricks of the trade and never risk leaving the house looking like Divine the Drag Queen again. Lola Hylton freelances through stickyteacup@gmail.com and (281) 881-6909. Misty Mittelstedt can be reached at (512) 698-3968 or hairbymm.com.

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5 Book and Lyrics by Steven

Based on the play by Frank

Sater | Music by Duncan Sheik Wedekind | Directed by Michael Baron Music Direction by Allen Robertson

A daring and passionate musical blooms! Winner of eight Tony Awards, this electrifying rock musical explores the intimate journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion. Contains mature themes and nudity.

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Opens September 20 on ZACH’s Intimate Kleberg Stage

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TICKETS START AT $20! zachtheatre.org | 512-476-0541 x1

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has launched a line of t-shirts bearing musiand a catalyst of cian-designed artwork of artists who have collaboration in its efforts of identifying supported MusiCares in the past and benlike-minded consumer product goods cre- efiting the MusiCares organization. ated to augment their endowment efforts Among current artists featured in the and assist them with fund- MusiCares collection are Tim McGraw, MUSICARES raising in their mission of Sugarland, Jack Johnson, Slipknot and Sean shopmusicares.com giving.” Essentially, Made Kingston, all featuring designs created by For Good (MFG) partners with non-profit the artists themselves and printed on highorganizations with lateral ideals in an effort quality, soft cotton shirts. The shirts can to provide revenue for product development be purchased online at shopmusicares.com and, in turn, donating a percentage of its and at select Kohl’s and Buckle stores, retailsales to each organization’s efforts. ing for $24.99. MFG has recently partnered with A percentage of all sales through the MusiCares, an organization founded by MusiCares collections directly benefit the The Recording Academy in 1989 offering a organization which offers a handful of meanfinancial safety net to musicians who may be ingful and valuable services to musicians struggling through a difficult period of their in varying life situations. The Emergency life, whether that be for medical necessities, Financial Assistance Program is defined as personal emergencies, financial stressors, “the ‘heart and soul’ of MusiCares, which or assistance in a time of a natural disaster. provides critical funds for music people Through this new partnership, MusiCares struggling with financial, medical or perM ADE FOR GOOD C ALL S IT SELF A “ RECUR-

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sonal crises. This program offers financial assistance for medical expenses, including doctor, dental and hospital bills, prescriptions, addiction recovery treatment, psychotherapy, treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other critical illnesses, as well as basic living expenses such as rent and utilities,” according to the MusiCares website. According to the 2009–2010 Community Services Report, “In 2010, MusiCares experienced a landmark year by serving the largest number of clients to date – more than 2,200 – with $2.5 million in aid.” And supporting an organization boasting a thoughtful concern for musicians’ overall well-being and the life struggles they encounter along their ventures seems to be right up Austin’s alley, particularly given the number of local artists who could potentially benefit from such a cause during their early musical careers.

November 17th - 20th, 2011 We look forward to you joining us at the 36th annual A Christmas Affair presented by The Junior League of Austin. Go to www.jlaustin.org for details.

Rock Star Runway Christmas Party Friday, November 18th, 2011 4:30pm to 6:30pm

It's a Fashion Show for Teens and Tweens! Suggested for girls age 7+ Sponsored by Austin Lifestyle Magazine

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designed by Sugarland

designed by Tim McGraw MusiCares OFFERING AID TO STRUGGLING MUSICIANS, LAUNCHES ARTIST-DESIGNED T-SHIRTS

Market Days

BY ASHLEY M. HALLIGAN

has launched a line of t-shirts bearing musiand a catalyst of cian-designed artwork of artists who have collaboration in its efforts of identifying supported MusiCares in the past and benlike-minded consumer product goods cre- efiting the MusiCares organization. ated to augment their endowment efforts Among current artists featured in the and assist them with fund- MusiCares collection are Tim McGraw, MUSICARES raising in their mission of Sugarland, Jack Johnson, Slipknot and Sean shopmusicares.com giving.” Essentially, Made Kingston, all featuring designs created by For Good (MFG) partners with non-profit the artists themselves and printed on highorganizations with lateral ideals in an effort quality, soft cotton shirts. The shirts can to provide revenue for product development be purchased online at shopmusicares.com and, in turn, donating a percentage of its and at select Kohl’s and Buckle stores, retailsales to each organization’s efforts. ing for $24.99. MFG has recently partnered with A percentage of all sales through the MusiCares, an organization founded by MusiCares collections directly benefit the The Recording Academy in 1989 offering a organization which offers a handful of meanfinancial safety net to musicians who may be ingful and valuable services to musicians struggling through a difficult period of their in varying life situations. The Emergency life, whether that be for medical necessities, Financial Assistance Program is defined as personal emergencies, financial stressors, “the ‘heart and soul’ of MusiCares, which or assistance in a time of a natural disaster. provides critical funds for music people Through this new partnership, MusiCares struggling with financial, medical or perM ADE FOR GOOD C ALL S IT SELF A “ RECUR-

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sonal crises. This program offers financial assistance for medical expenses, including doctor, dental and hospital bills, prescriptions, addiction recovery treatment, psychotherapy, treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other critical illnesses, as well as basic living expenses such as rent and utilities,” according to the MusiCares website. According to the 2009–2010 Community Services Report, “In 2010, MusiCares experienced a landmark year by serving the largest number of clients to date – more than 2,200 – with $2.5 million in aid.” And supporting an organization boasting a thoughtful concern for musicians’ overall well-being and the life struggles they encounter along their ventures seems to be right up Austin’s alley, particularly given the number of local artists who could potentially benefit from such a cause during their early musical careers.

November 17th - 20th, 2011 We look forward to you joining us at the 36th annual A Christmas Affair presented by The Junior League of Austin. Go to www.jlaustin.org for details.

Rock Star Runway Christmas Party Friday, November 18th, 2011 4:30pm to 6:30pm

It's a Fashion Show for Teens and Tweens! Suggested for girls age 7+ Sponsored by Austin Lifestyle Magazine

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Carrie Rodriguez If you can play a fiddle, sing like a siren and can hold the stage with the likes of Chip Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escobedo and, most recently, Jeff Bridges, then you might be able to keep up with native Austinite, Carrie Rodriguez. A Berklee College of Music graduate whose parents were both well-established artists in their own right (her mother is a notable painter, while her father is a folk singer), Carrie is riding a string of successful partnerships and releases that has had her touring in support of her latest project, “We Still Love Our Country.” Met with critical praise in Austin and nationally, the album chronicles a journey through traditional country and its effect on the musical DNA of Carrie and her collaborator, Ben Kyle of Romantica. Austin Lifestyle just managed to keep the musical powerhouse in one place long enough to talk music, the road and all things Austin. Since you’ve been on tour, what do you miss most about Austin? I miss the Mexican food, always. I do miss my friends and my family, of course. And I kind of miss Hyde Park, where I live. I miss going to Quack’s and getting my coffee and walking to Central Market. What keeps the tour fueled? A triple-tall Americano at Starbucks keeps it fueled. I hate having to support corporate Starbucks, but on the road, that’s the one thing that you can count on for being consistent for coffee; and I can’t function without it. That’s how I start all of my days, no matter what city I’m in, unless I can find a small mom and pop coffee shop, then I’ll definitely go there. You’ve mentioned a few of your neighborhood favorites. What are your favorite haunts in Austin? Barton Springs, for sure; and I love hiking in the greenbelt. The Continental Club never gets old. In fact, the day before I left for this tour, we went to see Alejandro Escovedo play down there. I love going to see Heybale! at the Continental, Sunday nights. My favorite Mexican [food] in town is still Fonda San Miguel. It’s been there forever. It’s an Austin establishment and I love their food. I really like Izzo’s taco trailer. What’s the first album or song you remember absolutely loving? I found a big pile of records in our attic, when I was about 12 or 13. It included a lot of Beatles albums and Joni Mitchell. I loved all of it, but the record that I listened to the most...I think I would say Beggar’s Banquet by The Rolling Stones. I loved how these guys from across the ocean seemed to have such a handle on playing country music. What are you listening to, right now? What can’t you get out of your ear? I’m listening to Jeff Bridges’ new CD, actually. I’m heading out his way tomorrow to do a gig with him and rehearse, so I’m trying to cram my brain with his tunes and they’re really good. [Author’s Note: Ms. Rodriguez appeared with Jeff Bridges in his Austin City Limits debut, shortly after this interview was conducted.] How did the “We Still Love Our Country” album come about?

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That came because my friend, Ben Kyle, has a band called Romantica. He’s a singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland, but he lives in Minneapolis. His band has been out on the road with me. We have done tours together, they’ve opened up for me, I’ve opened up for them. I’m a big fan of their music and especially his songwriting and his voice. We would always end up singing duets when we’d go out on the road together. We finished the show with them and we decided to make a little duet EP. We’re both big fans of country music, so we called it “We Still Love Our Country,” referring to good country music. It’s kind of like Gram [Parsons] and Emmylou [Harris] era duets. Is “Good Country” a genre that needs protecting? Unfortunately, what you hear on commercial country radio, these days, is not all awesome. There are still some good things, but so much of it is so manufactured to sell records and be hip. I just can’t connect with some of that new pop-country. So, we really wanted to highlight our favorite kind of country music and country writers, because that music is so good. And I think a lot of young people probably think they don’t like country music just because they hear so much [else] on the radio. So, we’re hoping that they would if they heard the good stuff. If you could play any venue in Austin, where are you playing? I don’t want to get anybody feeling bad. I love playing the Cactus [Café]. I’ll never stop playing the Cactus. It’s such a special room. It has so much history and I love looking up when you’re on stage and you see these old posters of Lucinda and Lyle Lovett, it’s really inspiring. I really like playing at Threadgill’s South. I’ve played outside there, recently and have been doing a little kind of residency in their back room. And number three would be the Austin City Limits stage, because who doesn’t want to play there.   You’ve got some pretty great people you’ve worked with on the resume. What hero would you still like to work with? I’ve been so blessed. I mean, getting to play with Alejandro, Lucinda and John Prine has all been more than I ever could have dreamed of doing. I’ve never worked with Bob Dylan, so I’ll just put that out there, in case Bob should pick up a copy of Austin Lifestyle Magazine. I’ve never gotten to work with Dolly Parton. That would be fun.

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Carrie Rodriguez If you can play a fiddle, sing like a siren and can hold the stage with the likes of Chip Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escobedo and, most recently, Jeff Bridges, then you might be able to keep up with native Austinite, Carrie Rodriguez. A Berklee College of Music graduate whose parents were both well-established artists in their own right (her mother is a notable painter, while her father is a folk singer), Carrie is riding a string of successful partnerships and releases that has had her touring in support of her latest project, “We Still Love Our Country.” Met with critical praise in Austin and nationally, the album chronicles a journey through traditional country and its effect on the musical DNA of Carrie and her collaborator, Ben Kyle of Romantica. Austin Lifestyle just managed to keep the musical powerhouse in one place long enough to talk music, the road and all things Austin. Since you’ve been on tour, what do you miss most about Austin? I miss the Mexican food, always. I do miss my friends and my family, of course. And I kind of miss Hyde Park, where I live. I miss going to Quack’s and getting my coffee and walking to Central Market. What keeps the tour fueled? A triple-tall Americano at Starbucks keeps it fueled. I hate having to support corporate Starbucks, but on the road, that’s the one thing that you can count on for being consistent for coffee; and I can’t function without it. That’s how I start all of my days, no matter what city I’m in, unless I can find a small mom and pop coffee shop, then I’ll definitely go there. You’ve mentioned a few of your neighborhood favorites. What are your favorite haunts in Austin? Barton Springs, for sure; and I love hiking in the greenbelt. The Continental Club never gets old. In fact, the day before I left for this tour, we went to see Alejandro Escovedo play down there. I love going to see Heybale! at the Continental, Sunday nights. My favorite Mexican [food] in town is still Fonda San Miguel. It’s been there forever. It’s an Austin establishment and I love their food. I really like Izzo’s taco trailer. What’s the first album or song you remember absolutely loving? I found a big pile of records in our attic, when I was about 12 or 13. It included a lot of Beatles albums and Joni Mitchell. I loved all of it, but the record that I listened to the most...I think I would say Beggar’s Banquet by The Rolling Stones. I loved how these guys from across the ocean seemed to have such a handle on playing country music. What are you listening to, right now? What can’t you get out of your ear? I’m listening to Jeff Bridges’ new CD, actually. I’m heading out his way tomorrow to do a gig with him and rehearse, so I’m trying to cram my brain with his tunes and they’re really good. [Author’s Note: Ms. Rodriguez appeared with Jeff Bridges in his Austin City Limits debut, shortly after this interview was conducted.] How did the “We Still Love Our Country” album come about?

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That came because my friend, Ben Kyle, has a band called Romantica. He’s a singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland, but he lives in Minneapolis. His band has been out on the road with me. We have done tours together, they’ve opened up for me, I’ve opened up for them. I’m a big fan of their music and especially his songwriting and his voice. We would always end up singing duets when we’d go out on the road together. We finished the show with them and we decided to make a little duet EP. We’re both big fans of country music, so we called it “We Still Love Our Country,” referring to good country music. It’s kind of like Gram [Parsons] and Emmylou [Harris] era duets. Is “Good Country” a genre that needs protecting? Unfortunately, what you hear on commercial country radio, these days, is not all awesome. There are still some good things, but so much of it is so manufactured to sell records and be hip. I just can’t connect with some of that new pop-country. So, we really wanted to highlight our favorite kind of country music and country writers, because that music is so good. And I think a lot of young people probably think they don’t like country music just because they hear so much [else] on the radio. So, we’re hoping that they would if they heard the good stuff. If you could play any venue in Austin, where are you playing? I don’t want to get anybody feeling bad. I love playing the Cactus [Café]. I’ll never stop playing the Cactus. It’s such a special room. It has so much history and I love looking up when you’re on stage and you see these old posters of Lucinda and Lyle Lovett, it’s really inspiring. I really like playing at Threadgill’s South. I’ve played outside there, recently and have been doing a little kind of residency in their back room. And number three would be the Austin City Limits stage, because who doesn’t want to play there.   You’ve got some pretty great people you’ve worked with on the resume. What hero would you still like to work with? I’ve been so blessed. I mean, getting to play with Alejandro, Lucinda and John Prine has all been more than I ever could have dreamed of doing. I’ve never worked with Bob Dylan, so I’ll just put that out there, in case Bob should pick up a copy of Austin Lifestyle Magazine. I’ve never gotten to work with Dolly Parton. That would be fun.

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DANIEL LACHMAN

MUSICIANS RISE ON THE

IT'S

no secret that one of the

of a broader and more significant genre of music—real

(many) magical things about living in Austin, Texas is its

and good. x Factor in two of the country’s most sought

ever-evolving music scene. With venues scattered along

out music festivals, Austin City Limits Music Festival and

most of its downtown grid and in neighborhood hideaways

South by Southwest and Austin affords every imaginable

throughout the city, Austin’s a city where music is sleepless,

ingredient for ambitious on-the-rise musicians to thrive and

with Austinites thriving on the daily discovery of new artists

scatter their talent from Austin to everywhere else, leaving

and bands, innovative melodies, interesting collaborations

their musical bread crumb trail behind them and a nostalgic

and thoughtful creativity. With local radio support from

afterthought in the Austinite’s mind of, “We were watching

stations like KGSR & 101X, up—and—coming bands have a

her/him/them when she/he/they were playing free shows

fostering opportunity to make it on air in the early stages of

at Shady Grove and Blues on the Green.” x It’s here that

their career, casting them into the sound waves of our daily

I have handpicked who, of Austin-based musicians in this

lives, finding locals familiar with musical innovation long

moment, will be nationally known within the next year.

before other U.S. cities have had the opportunity to catch

These are my predictions derived from my appreciation of

up. x Having been in Austin just over two years, I’ve no- musical talent of all realms, exploration of the aforementiced a distinct pattern of musical discovery within this big

tioned abundance of venues and my realization of the local-

small town that is neither compartmentalized, nor genre

turned-national talent in mere moments. Within the artist

specific and thus is very promising to aspiring musicians.

interviews I’ve conducted, I’ve gathered their predictions

Austin is almost like a School of Rock, setting a loose, real

as well-from a musical insider’s perspective-and, ironically

life curriculum for musicians with all the necessary tools

many of their thoughts overlap my very own. So I’ll set

for their success at the soulful pick of a guitar: intimate,

the clock ticking, sit back, rock out and continue to let the

yet widely favored venues, professional recording studios

melodic stories unfold. And a year from now, I’ll bet that

and credentialed band management and regularly visit- our friends, families and foes will be hearing these artists’ ing recruiters from some of the most well-known record

albums from coast to coast. Here you go folks, allow me to

labels. And perhaps most important are Austin’s recep- introduce you to Suzanna Choffel, Wheeler Brothers and tive, schooled listeners who count themselves scholars

David Ramirez. It’s only rock ’n roll, but we like it.

BY ASHLEY M. HALLIGAN

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WHEELER

BROTHERS

It all began with a raffle when the Wheeler brothers were just adolescents; a white electric guitar just happened to be up for grabs. Tyler Wheeler, the middle brother, had a life-changing strategy when he decided to crinkle their entries “for a better grip.” Welcome to the Wheeler family, Stratocaster. The warfare soon began as the the three brothers, Nolan, Tyler and Patrick, feuded rampantly over whose turn it was to play next. The oldest brother, Patrick, remembered, “We all liked playing the guitar so much that dad had to ration the time between us... we were constantly fighting over it. At one point, Nolan hit me with a softball because I was holding the guitar over his head. That was the first initial fight.” Laughing mischievously (as one would expect the big brother to do), he continued, “Then Nolan and Tyler got into it. Tyler wouldn’t let Nolan play. He was also bigger than Nolan, so I suggested [as the responsible babysitter] that they go out to the backyard and duke it out. So Old Noley stood up big time... laid one good solid punch on the big fellow and proceeded to get his ass royally kicked by Tyler. Dad came in right as Tyler was beating the living hell out of Nolan and broke the fight up.” As punishment, Mr. Wheeler lined the boys up and forced them to, one by one, smash the guitar off the ground, before finishing it off against a tree. That was the end of the Stratocaster and the beginning of a beautiful musical journey. After weeks of moping around, Mr. Wheeler lined the boys up once again and assigned the boys roles in their new band, “Alright, dammit! Patrick, you’re on drums! Tyler, you’re on bass! Nolan, you’re on guitar.” He took them to an instrument shop to gear up for their new assignments and they haven’t quit since. Postcollege, Danny Matthews, who the brothers met at Louisiana State University and A.J. Molyneaux, a high school friend, joined the band. Now, several years after the guitar-smashing incident, Wheeler Brothers have just returned to Austin after their

first national tour, spending a month on the road and filling venues everywhere from Evergreen, Colorado to New York City, to New Orleans. Wheeler Brothers released their first full length album, Portraits, in May and had a huge turnout at their CD Release Party at the Scoot Inn, followed by nationwide reviews of their lyrical ingenious and anomalous spectrum of collective sounds, ranging from Texas folk and indie rock to Eastern European arrangements and seasoned with gospel hymns a cappella. On stage energy is a huge part of the Wheeler Brothers’ personality, engaging the audience with their collaborative and improvisational presence, singing original songs and doing eclectic versions of unexpected gems like, “I Want To Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book’s soundtrack. Part of Wheeler Brothers’ growing fame and success stems from their immense appreciation of their fans. In Chicago, the band had dinner with ten fans they met in line; in Culpeper, Virginia, they hand-delivered a CD that had been ordered through their website once they realized they’d be passing through en route to their shows in Herndon and Charlottesville, Virginia. Wheeler Brothers thrive on their fan base and on the interactivity they have with their listeners. When asked where they may be in a year Danny Matthews says, “We’ll ideally have our second LP out and kicking... hopefully playing the festival circuit and starting to build a little bit of traction on a broader scale... most importantly, remaining focused on writing music, nurturing our fan base and being hungry for the road. And hopefully staying level-headed and happy.” It’s these aligned priorities and a quenchless thirst for more, alongside countless studio hours that’s going to take Wheeler Brothers beyond every peak imaginable. And now that Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler are avid members of the audience, in awe of the bands’ undeniable talent, we can count on the longevity of the bands’ instruments and their musical careers. Follow their blog at: wbwesthouse.tumblr.com

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DANIEL LACHMAN

MUSICIANS RISE ON THE

IT'S

no secret that one of the

of a broader and more significant genre of music—real

(many) magical things about living in Austin, Texas is its

and good. x Factor in two of the country’s most sought

ever-evolving music scene. With venues scattered along

out music festivals, Austin City Limits Music Festival and

most of its downtown grid and in neighborhood hideaways

South by Southwest and Austin affords every imaginable

throughout the city, Austin’s a city where music is sleepless,

ingredient for ambitious on-the-rise musicians to thrive and

with Austinites thriving on the daily discovery of new artists

scatter their talent from Austin to everywhere else, leaving

and bands, innovative melodies, interesting collaborations

their musical bread crumb trail behind them and a nostalgic

and thoughtful creativity. With local radio support from

afterthought in the Austinite’s mind of, “We were watching

stations like KGSR & 101X, up—and—coming bands have a

her/him/them when she/he/they were playing free shows

fostering opportunity to make it on air in the early stages of

at Shady Grove and Blues on the Green.” x It’s here that

their career, casting them into the sound waves of our daily

I have handpicked who, of Austin-based musicians in this

lives, finding locals familiar with musical innovation long

moment, will be nationally known within the next year.

before other U.S. cities have had the opportunity to catch

These are my predictions derived from my appreciation of

up. x Having been in Austin just over two years, I’ve no- musical talent of all realms, exploration of the aforementiced a distinct pattern of musical discovery within this big

tioned abundance of venues and my realization of the local-

small town that is neither compartmentalized, nor genre

turned-national talent in mere moments. Within the artist

specific and thus is very promising to aspiring musicians.

interviews I’ve conducted, I’ve gathered their predictions

Austin is almost like a School of Rock, setting a loose, real

as well-from a musical insider’s perspective-and, ironically

life curriculum for musicians with all the necessary tools

many of their thoughts overlap my very own. So I’ll set

for their success at the soulful pick of a guitar: intimate,

the clock ticking, sit back, rock out and continue to let the

yet widely favored venues, professional recording studios

melodic stories unfold. And a year from now, I’ll bet that

and credentialed band management and regularly visit- our friends, families and foes will be hearing these artists’ ing recruiters from some of the most well-known record

albums from coast to coast. Here you go folks, allow me to

labels. And perhaps most important are Austin’s recep- introduce you to Suzanna Choffel, Wheeler Brothers and tive, schooled listeners who count themselves scholars

David Ramirez. It’s only rock ’n roll, but we like it.

BY ASHLEY M. HALLIGAN

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u

WHEELER

BROTHERS

It all began with a raffle when the Wheeler brothers were just adolescents; a white electric guitar just happened to be up for grabs. Tyler Wheeler, the middle brother, had a life-changing strategy when he decided to crinkle their entries “for a better grip.” Welcome to the Wheeler family, Stratocaster. The warfare soon began as the the three brothers, Nolan, Tyler and Patrick, feuded rampantly over whose turn it was to play next. The oldest brother, Patrick, remembered, “We all liked playing the guitar so much that dad had to ration the time between us... we were constantly fighting over it. At one point, Nolan hit me with a softball because I was holding the guitar over his head. That was the first initial fight.” Laughing mischievously (as one would expect the big brother to do), he continued, “Then Nolan and Tyler got into it. Tyler wouldn’t let Nolan play. He was also bigger than Nolan, so I suggested [as the responsible babysitter] that they go out to the backyard and duke it out. So Old Noley stood up big time... laid one good solid punch on the big fellow and proceeded to get his ass royally kicked by Tyler. Dad came in right as Tyler was beating the living hell out of Nolan and broke the fight up.” As punishment, Mr. Wheeler lined the boys up and forced them to, one by one, smash the guitar off the ground, before finishing it off against a tree. That was the end of the Stratocaster and the beginning of a beautiful musical journey. After weeks of moping around, Mr. Wheeler lined the boys up once again and assigned the boys roles in their new band, “Alright, dammit! Patrick, you’re on drums! Tyler, you’re on bass! Nolan, you’re on guitar.” He took them to an instrument shop to gear up for their new assignments and they haven’t quit since. Postcollege, Danny Matthews, who the brothers met at Louisiana State University and A.J. Molyneaux, a high school friend, joined the band. Now, several years after the guitar-smashing incident, Wheeler Brothers have just returned to Austin after their

first national tour, spending a month on the road and filling venues everywhere from Evergreen, Colorado to New York City, to New Orleans. Wheeler Brothers released their first full length album, Portraits, in May and had a huge turnout at their CD Release Party at the Scoot Inn, followed by nationwide reviews of their lyrical ingenious and anomalous spectrum of collective sounds, ranging from Texas folk and indie rock to Eastern European arrangements and seasoned with gospel hymns a cappella. On stage energy is a huge part of the Wheeler Brothers’ personality, engaging the audience with their collaborative and improvisational presence, singing original songs and doing eclectic versions of unexpected gems like, “I Want To Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book’s soundtrack. Part of Wheeler Brothers’ growing fame and success stems from their immense appreciation of their fans. In Chicago, the band had dinner with ten fans they met in line; in Culpeper, Virginia, they hand-delivered a CD that had been ordered through their website once they realized they’d be passing through en route to their shows in Herndon and Charlottesville, Virginia. Wheeler Brothers thrive on their fan base and on the interactivity they have with their listeners. When asked where they may be in a year Danny Matthews says, “We’ll ideally have our second LP out and kicking... hopefully playing the festival circuit and starting to build a little bit of traction on a broader scale... most importantly, remaining focused on writing music, nurturing our fan base and being hungry for the road. And hopefully staying level-headed and happy.” It’s these aligned priorities and a quenchless thirst for more, alongside countless studio hours that’s going to take Wheeler Brothers beyond every peak imaginable. And now that Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler are avid members of the audience, in awe of the bands’ undeniable talent, we can count on the longevity of the bands’ instruments and their musical careers. Follow their blog at: wbwesthouse.tumblr.com

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DAVID

A magical afternoon spent with Suzanna Choffel reiterated precisely She goes on, “Erykah Badu is another and Feist is a favorite. I feel a why it’s easy to predict her growing fame. She had suggested Bouldin kinship to her music and am also in awe and envy of her constant Creek Coffeehouse for a mid-day breakfast and conversation. Paired with touring. You could say I have tour envy.” Blended with her passion for her funky orange top, huge feathery earrings and chandelier necklace, she touring, Choffel will, without a doubt, be hitting the road sooner than really couldn’t be more Austin, except that she planned on spending the later to continue spreading her gypsy notes around the world, which has remainder of her day teaching guitar and voice lessons, grabbing an ice her looking toward other places to settle. “I’ve actually been considercream snack from Amy’s Ice Cream and going night swimming at Barton ing moving lately. I love Austin and it will always be home, but I’m getSprings. All this is added to the fact that her boyfriend, Paul Oveisi, just ting the itch to try a different place out for a while. I lived in Santa Fe for happens to own Momo’s Club, one of Austin’s well-known venues that three years when I was in college and loved it. But I think I’m ready to plays host to some of the city’s best acts and nationally touring artists. try out a big city like New York or L.A. If not, I definitely hope to be tourSuzanna Choffel is Austin. ing and my big hope for next year is Europe... I’ve never been and people Having deemed herself as a “smoky-voiced female lead, singing pop keep telling me they think my music would be well-perceived there,” she songs with a little bit of an urban feel,” Choffel recently released her lat- explains. I couldn’t agree more. Europe would be a catapulting stage for est project, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, the first album since her 2006 debut, Choffel and am quite eager to see this potential tour unravel. Shudders & Rings. Since May, Steady Eye Shaky Bow has sold more than We allowed our conversation to drift over omelets and iced lavender 1,500 copies and the single, “Raincloud,” is getting daily airplay in Austin. matés, talking philosophy, life, passions and art. Afternoon breakfast Although she began performing professionally in 2004, Choffel has been with Choffel was more like catching up with a sister or childhood friend. a musician since childhood. In fact, her first gig was at Saxon Pub at At one point I apologized for finishing her sentence. She replied, “No, it’s twelve years old, as a member of her then-band, Red Headed Stepchild. like magic... we’re on the same wavelength.” In another moment while She now tours as Suzanna Choffel and is also a member of Austin’s col- describing her adoration for local Meggan Carney’s “folky, jazzy 20s laborative band, The Coveters, alongside some other well-known local and 30s throwback songs,” she began snapping her fingers and singing, artists including Ed Jurdi of the Band of Heathens. “You’re my honeypie...” In her undeniably beautiful voice, one cannot help With a dusty, beautiful folk princess voice, Choffel’s inspirations but think that the decade she’s spent writing heartfelt, honest lyrics and have been as diverse as her painter, writer and musician persona. “Ani her sincere connectivity to both people and the world, that wherever she DiFranco was the first musician I saw doing it her own way- raw, pure, hangs her hat, she will certainly find a cozy, blue-eyed home in music genuine... all about audience. And she toured relentlessly,” she explains. libraries across the globe.

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PAIGE NEWTON

CHOFFEL

STEPHEN ALCALA

SUZANNA

RAMIREZ

“Folk-brewed Pop” is the modern-Americana genre label singer-songwriter David Ramirez has received from his fans, having been writing and playing his own music for more than ten years. A self-proclaimed wanderer, Ramirez quotes Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, “Texas forever!” when asked where he sees himself in a year. That said, he admits Austin is his second home and the open road his first. Austin will remain his stationary escape from the highway where he’s constantly seeking exploration, new towns, new people and inspiration. “Lord willing, I’ll never leave this town. I do plan on touring a great deal within the next 12 months and I have plans right now to get back in the studio come early 2012.” Beginning his musical career at the ripe age of 17, he knew he had quite a bit of catching up to do. “I was pretty late in the game so I really had to put in those extra hours skipping class and not doing homework to get to a point where I felt comfortable,” Ramirez explained. “I did go to college for a couple years and studied music business... went through a few theory classes, understood a little more, then one day started a band in Dallas. This was where I gained a true taste for collaboration and performance. I fell in love and although the band didn’t last long, it propelled me over the years to move to Nashville, travel and to move down here to Austin. It’s been a good road and I look forward to many more years on it.” It’s this commitment and dedication paired with his clear, concise, yet youthful wisdom that I believe will launch him farther down the

highway than maybe even he could imagine. Having produced several EPs and one full length album, American Soil, Ramirez has had quite a successful run thus far. In 2010 alone, Ramirez played 150 shows, all stemming from independently booked tours. September’s shows include performances in Lubbock, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Glendale, Arizona, emphasizing his everlasting role as a traveling musician, a traveling man. In recent shows along Ramirez’s tours, he’s finally started to realize that people elsewhere are discovering his music, “One significant thing has been hitting these cities that I’ve never played and finding people who were familiar with my work. I’ve never expected that of anyone; I’ve always just wanted to play for whoever was there, but seeing it happen has been quite an honor. I’m no longer only playing for strangers and I think that will always be a surprising moment for me.” Ramirez agrees that Austin is the perfect base for the creative-minded and the artist’s soul, “I think [one] of Austin’s attributes that helps is her care for herself. Local business and local art have a home here and as long as that stays a priority, creativity will exist.” And I think he’s right. It seems the road has taught Ramirez quite a bit along the way and that wisdom will certainly help accelerate him into well-deserved fame. He finished the interview with, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” And that, my friends, is a simple and powerful lesson, reflective of the Austin dogma, that we should all run with. ALM

Artist Predictions

B

Wheeler Brothers: Little Lo, Hayes Carll, Bright Light Social Hour & Drew Smith Suzanna Choffel: T-Bird, The Breaks, Little Brave, Cowboy and Indian, Wheeler Brothers & Meggan Carney David Ramirez: White Dress, Suzanna Choffel, & Shakey Graves

UtopiaFest OCTOBER 14 & 15 Featuring Suzanna Choffel & Wheeler Brothers and others utopiafest.com

Download MORE Video & Music at austinlifestylemagazine.com

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DAVID

A magical afternoon spent with Suzanna Choffel reiterated precisely She goes on, “Erykah Badu is another and Feist is a favorite. I feel a why it’s easy to predict her growing fame. She had suggested Bouldin kinship to her music and am also in awe and envy of her constant Creek Coffeehouse for a mid-day breakfast and conversation. Paired with touring. You could say I have tour envy.” Blended with her passion for her funky orange top, huge feathery earrings and chandelier necklace, she touring, Choffel will, without a doubt, be hitting the road sooner than really couldn’t be more Austin, except that she planned on spending the later to continue spreading her gypsy notes around the world, which has remainder of her day teaching guitar and voice lessons, grabbing an ice her looking toward other places to settle. “I’ve actually been considercream snack from Amy’s Ice Cream and going night swimming at Barton ing moving lately. I love Austin and it will always be home, but I’m getSprings. All this is added to the fact that her boyfriend, Paul Oveisi, just ting the itch to try a different place out for a while. I lived in Santa Fe for happens to own Momo’s Club, one of Austin’s well-known venues that three years when I was in college and loved it. But I think I’m ready to plays host to some of the city’s best acts and nationally touring artists. try out a big city like New York or L.A. If not, I definitely hope to be tourSuzanna Choffel is Austin. ing and my big hope for next year is Europe... I’ve never been and people Having deemed herself as a “smoky-voiced female lead, singing pop keep telling me they think my music would be well-perceived there,” she songs with a little bit of an urban feel,” Choffel recently released her lat- explains. I couldn’t agree more. Europe would be a catapulting stage for est project, Steady Eye Shaky Bow, the first album since her 2006 debut, Choffel and am quite eager to see this potential tour unravel. Shudders & Rings. Since May, Steady Eye Shaky Bow has sold more than We allowed our conversation to drift over omelets and iced lavender 1,500 copies and the single, “Raincloud,” is getting daily airplay in Austin. matés, talking philosophy, life, passions and art. Afternoon breakfast Although she began performing professionally in 2004, Choffel has been with Choffel was more like catching up with a sister or childhood friend. a musician since childhood. In fact, her first gig was at Saxon Pub at At one point I apologized for finishing her sentence. She replied, “No, it’s twelve years old, as a member of her then-band, Red Headed Stepchild. like magic... we’re on the same wavelength.” In another moment while She now tours as Suzanna Choffel and is also a member of Austin’s col- describing her adoration for local Meggan Carney’s “folky, jazzy 20s laborative band, The Coveters, alongside some other well-known local and 30s throwback songs,” she began snapping her fingers and singing, artists including Ed Jurdi of the Band of Heathens. “You’re my honeypie...” In her undeniably beautiful voice, one cannot help With a dusty, beautiful folk princess voice, Choffel’s inspirations but think that the decade she’s spent writing heartfelt, honest lyrics and have been as diverse as her painter, writer and musician persona. “Ani her sincere connectivity to both people and the world, that wherever she DiFranco was the first musician I saw doing it her own way- raw, pure, hangs her hat, she will certainly find a cozy, blue-eyed home in music genuine... all about audience. And she toured relentlessly,” she explains. libraries across the globe.

48 austinlifestylemagazine.com

PAIGE NEWTON

CHOFFEL

STEPHEN ALCALA

SUZANNA

RAMIREZ

“Folk-brewed Pop” is the modern-Americana genre label singer-songwriter David Ramirez has received from his fans, having been writing and playing his own music for more than ten years. A self-proclaimed wanderer, Ramirez quotes Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, “Texas forever!” when asked where he sees himself in a year. That said, he admits Austin is his second home and the open road his first. Austin will remain his stationary escape from the highway where he’s constantly seeking exploration, new towns, new people and inspiration. “Lord willing, I’ll never leave this town. I do plan on touring a great deal within the next 12 months and I have plans right now to get back in the studio come early 2012.” Beginning his musical career at the ripe age of 17, he knew he had quite a bit of catching up to do. “I was pretty late in the game so I really had to put in those extra hours skipping class and not doing homework to get to a point where I felt comfortable,” Ramirez explained. “I did go to college for a couple years and studied music business... went through a few theory classes, understood a little more, then one day started a band in Dallas. This was where I gained a true taste for collaboration and performance. I fell in love and although the band didn’t last long, it propelled me over the years to move to Nashville, travel and to move down here to Austin. It’s been a good road and I look forward to many more years on it.” It’s this commitment and dedication paired with his clear, concise, yet youthful wisdom that I believe will launch him farther down the

highway than maybe even he could imagine. Having produced several EPs and one full length album, American Soil, Ramirez has had quite a successful run thus far. In 2010 alone, Ramirez played 150 shows, all stemming from independently booked tours. September’s shows include performances in Lubbock, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Glendale, Arizona, emphasizing his everlasting role as a traveling musician, a traveling man. In recent shows along Ramirez’s tours, he’s finally started to realize that people elsewhere are discovering his music, “One significant thing has been hitting these cities that I’ve never played and finding people who were familiar with my work. I’ve never expected that of anyone; I’ve always just wanted to play for whoever was there, but seeing it happen has been quite an honor. I’m no longer only playing for strangers and I think that will always be a surprising moment for me.” Ramirez agrees that Austin is the perfect base for the creative-minded and the artist’s soul, “I think [one] of Austin’s attributes that helps is her care for herself. Local business and local art have a home here and as long as that stays a priority, creativity will exist.” And I think he’s right. It seems the road has taught Ramirez quite a bit along the way and that wisdom will certainly help accelerate him into well-deserved fame. He finished the interview with, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” And that, my friends, is a simple and powerful lesson, reflective of the Austin dogma, that we should all run with. ALM

Artist Predictions

B

Wheeler Brothers: Little Lo, Hayes Carll, Bright Light Social Hour & Drew Smith Suzanna Choffel: T-Bird, The Breaks, Little Brave, Cowboy and Indian, Wheeler Brothers & Meggan Carney David Ramirez: White Dress, Suzanna Choffel, & Shakey Graves

UtopiaFest OCTOBER 14 & 15 Featuring Suzanna Choffel & Wheeler Brothers and others utopiafest.com

Download MORE Video & Music at austinlifestylemagazine.com

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with the sport. The 1960’s and 1970’s saw a surge in

SKIN. A simple Saturday drive down Dean Keeton or

the popularity of derby, with a steady fan base tun-

a weekend stroll past Crown & Anchor finds an inevi-

ing in to televised matches known as “bouts”. By the

table sea of fans clad in burnt orange. Further south

mid-1970’s, however, interest began to dwindle as

of campus, however, the Palmer Events Center and

the sport became less athletic, with players turning

Austin Convention Center are filling up with another

to staged theatrics.

group of fans for what might just be Austin’s best

Today’s roller derby, while certainly not lacking in

kept secret contact sport. Here, helmets and mouth

entertainment value, merges hardcore athletic train-

guards are just as vital, but shoulder pads and jerseys

ing, unscripted competition and adrenaline-fueled

are ditched for hot pants and fishnets. You won’t find

passion. The grassroots derby revival began a decade

Empowerment is the biggest thing I think that we give to the younger audience. Be who you are. Be proud and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do. tailgaters outside but, once inside, you can whet your

ago, right here in Austin, with the creation of Bad Girl,

palate with a Lone Star after screaming for your favor-

Good Woman Productions. “We used to say ’roller

ite bat out of hell on wheels. And all of this excite-

derby is going to take over the world.’ That was our

ment is on offer for just a fraction of the cost to sit in

mantra,” remembers Heather Burdick, one of four

nosebleed seats for our treasured Longhorns.

founding members (“She-E-Os”) of BGGW. “I don’t

Roller derby is an American-born, female-domi-

50 austinlifestylemagazine.com

think we thought it would actually happen though!”

nated sport, dating back to the turn of the century,

She yells these words over the roar of fans packed

when multi-day cross-country tournaments were

in the Palmer Events Center for a bout. Bands play

first documented. However, it wasn’t until the 1930’s,

from an Emo’s-sponsored stage and a pair of MCs in

when a point system was created and physical con-

red velvet jackets announce the skaters, each one’s

tact allowed, that contemporary roller derby was

name saucier and punnier than the last—Alison Chains,

established. The long distance endurance races of

Dawna Destruction, Tear-a-Wrist. The whole specta-

the past were abandoned in favor of a raised circuit

cle—part rockabilly show, part gladiator arena—is a

track on which players travel counterclockwise, com-

far cry from their humble roller rink beginnings.

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plete with the spirited interaction that is synonymous

AUSTINITES, IT IS THAT THEY LOVE THEIR PIG-

with the sport. The 1960’s and 1970’s saw a surge in

SKIN. A simple Saturday drive down Dean Keeton or

the popularity of derby, with a steady fan base tun-

a weekend stroll past Crown & Anchor finds an inevi-

ing in to televised matches known as “bouts”. By the

table sea of fans clad in burnt orange. Further south

mid-1970’s, however, interest began to dwindle as

of campus, however, the Palmer Events Center and

the sport became less athletic, with players turning

Austin Convention Center are filling up with another

to staged theatrics.

group of fans for what might just be Austin’s best

Today’s roller derby, while certainly not lacking in

kept secret contact sport. Here, helmets and mouth

entertainment value, merges hardcore athletic train-

guards are just as vital, but shoulder pads and jerseys

ing, unscripted competition and adrenaline-fueled

are ditched for hot pants and fishnets. You won’t find

passion. The grassroots derby revival began a decade

Empowerment is the biggest thing I think that we give to the younger audience. Be who you are. Be proud and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do. tailgaters outside but, once inside, you can whet your

ago, right here in Austin, with the creation of Bad Girl,

palate with a Lone Star after screaming for your favor-

Good Woman Productions. “We used to say ’roller

ite bat out of hell on wheels. And all of this excite-

derby is going to take over the world.’ That was our

ment is on offer for just a fraction of the cost to sit in

mantra,” remembers Heather Burdick, one of four

nosebleed seats for our treasured Longhorns.

founding members (“She-E-Os”) of BGGW. “I don’t

Roller derby is an American-born, female-domi-

50 austinlifestylemagazine.com

think we thought it would actually happen though!”

nated sport, dating back to the turn of the century,

She yells these words over the roar of fans packed

when multi-day cross-country tournaments were

in the Palmer Events Center for a bout. Bands play

first documented. However, it wasn’t until the 1930’s,

from an Emo’s-sponsored stage and a pair of MCs in

when a point system was created and physical con-

red velvet jackets announce the skaters, each one’s

tact allowed, that contemporary roller derby was

name saucier and punnier than the last—Alison Chains,

established. The long distance endurance races of

Dawna Destruction, Tear-a-Wrist. The whole specta-

the past were abandoned in favor of a raised circuit

cle—part rockabilly show, part gladiator arena—is a

track on which players travel counterclockwise, com-

far cry from their humble roller rink beginnings.

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51


Shooter, explains the pay-off, “When all those drills come together and you execute it in a game... that is the moment when you’re like, ’Yeah, running up all those stairs was awesome!’ Greta Ground-N-Pound, a Putas del Fuego blocker, credits the sisterly support of her teammates for getting her though some of the tougher times, “I’m not a natural athlete and I spent two years as an alternate… If I didn’t have the amazing backing that I had from everyone in this league, I don’t know that I would’ve made it through that. It’s very disheartening to keep going… and

small’ or ’I’m too frail and fragile. No, you’re not—it’s mind over matter.” As further proof that size doesn’t matter, several junior derby organizations are enabling girls as young as eight to lace up their skates and get on the track. The Derby Brats (ages 8-17) practice out of Millenium Youth Entertainment Center, with Texas Rollergirls as their coaches. Originally formed by one of the junior skater’s dads, Troy Twibell, the Brats have grown in size from six to seventy-five skaters in just four years. The Ann Richards School also has its own junior rollergirl team, its acronym appropriately spelling out ARRG. When Alison Chains of TXRD’s Cherry Bombs began teaching algebra there,

respect when they saw what they were doing.” As the only school-based team around (or anywhere, to their knowledge), she hopes other schools begin to get on board with the idea and would love to someday see ARRG compete with other schools in the district. Once thought of as a spectator sport for adults here in Austin, you will find more and more younger fans attending rollergirl bouts. Admiring tweens sport skinny jeans and a rainbow of hair colors; there is no telling who might be the next Punky Bruiser. Younger girls roll around in age-appropriate rollergirl get-ups: vivid tutus and striped tights tucked into their still-shiny skates. “I

Mayhem, a petite but powerful blocker for the Putas del Fuego. She cites, for not make that team. But I finally made that team because everybody helped example, the penalty wheel spun for minor wrongdoings committed during me. They pushed me. They said ’You can do this!’ And they were right—I a bout. The wheel lands on challenges like arm wrestling, pillow fighting or could.” The flat track roller girls offer a recreational league as an alternate to a tug of war, much to the rowdy enjoyment of the crowd. Meanwhile, the flat their competing premier league. “Not many leagues in the country have one,” track Texas Rollergirls opt out of the extra flare and stick to WFTDA rules says Devil Grrl, “but they’re catching on because, every day, even girls that like glue. Despite their differences, however, the set-up of the game is essen- really do not know how to rollerskate are showing up in amazing numbers.” tially the same. Each competing team is composed of a jammer who flies Blame it on the DIY, punk rock roots of modern roller derby or the aura around the track at lightning speed, earning points for every opponent she of girl power radiating from the track, but lack of experience doesn’t seem laps. Meanwhile, blockers travel in a pack, simultaneously playing offense, to be stopping hundreds of hopeful skaters from flocking to try-outs each as they open up paths for their jammer and defense as they push, bump and year. “When I tried out seven years ago, very few people played roller derby,” otherwise intimidate members of the opposing team. remembers Curvette, now captain of the Texecutioners. “I could barely skate. “I actually really love practicing athletics… so getting together several But I came from a sports background and I was really aggressive. I think times a week to practice the game is my favorite part,” says Devil Grrl, a one of the first things they had us do was race a lap around the track. I knew blocker for the Texecutioners and co-founder of Ice Queens, a rollergirl-run I couldn’t beat anybody so I just took ’em all out.” And on the other end of sno-cone stand. “I’m less of a performer. I have a little bit of stage fright and the spectrum, there is TXRD’s Abbey Roadkill, who first stood in skates at it’s always a chore to get going, but everyone else helps. Because we’re building 13 months and literally grew up skating in a rink built by her grandfather in that teamwork, on game day we all fall into sync and it’s really great.” If you Mesquite, Texas. DeBella DeBall first took to wheels at age two and admits, make the cut as a rollergirl, you will certainly find lots of time to bond with “I actually skate better than I walk!” your teammates—be it through blood, sweat, or tears. The Texas Rollergirls The beauty of roller derby is that it attracts women of every background, practice four times a week for at least three hours at a time. The first hour is skill set, personality, shape and size. “Just because I weigh 100 pounds doesn’t reserved for plyometrics, which are high intensity land drills which use the mean that I can’t get on the track and kick ass as well,” declares Truckstop body’s own resistance to strengthen muscles. The Texecutioners blocker, Sic Trixy of TXRD’s Rhinestone Cowgirls. “A lot of women out there say ’I’m too

she said a number of her students knew she played and began asking her to bring derby to Ann Richards. When she pitched the idea three years ago, “I didn’t know if they were going to be supportive or what they were going to think,” remembers Chains. Principal Jeanne Goka came to a bout and was immediately interested in bringing derby to the school. “We were very enthusiastic because one of the things about having a girl-centered curriculum is that we know that girls, at a certain age in their adolescence, start to take risks,” Goka reasons. “And we wanted to provide them with some… chances at our school to be able to absorb that desire to take risks, but in safe confines.’ ARRG and the Derby Brats compete in scrimmages against each other, using modified WFTDA rules. Just like the rollergirls who inspire them, they are learning the powers of leadership, independence and teamwork. “It’s always astounding to see the girls who join up and stick with it and are tenacious,” says Principal Goka. “They’re different girls when they leave the track with their skates on.” DeBella DaBall echoes her sentiments, “The biggest part is confidence… most of the girls that get involved in this are not typically part of any other sports. They find themselves in this.” She references several girls who were doing poorly in school and have boosted their grades, along with their confidence, since skating derby. Fellow students, younger siblings, parents and faculty attend scrimmages at Ann Richards and Alison Chains says, “People were really impressed that the girls were willing to fall down and hit each other. It really got them a little bit of cred... other kids gave them some

think that we’re the personification of sexy strength,” says TXRD’s Dusty Doublewide. “We’re strong and we’re sexy and I would love to inspire that in younger women because there’s this weird [belief ] that you can’t be both and you totally can! And this is the perfect atmosphere to learn how to do that.” Besides the glittering showmanship and the physical demand of the sport itself, there’s even more that goes on behind the scenes. Wannabe rollergirls can see how much hard work and dedication actually goes into the day-to-day operations of a grassroots organization. Both the Lonestar Rollergirls and the Texas Rollergirls are skater-owned and operated—the former as an LLC and the latter as a 501c3 non-profit. Besides their paying day jobs, the girls wear many different hats when they’re not on the track—marketing, merchandising, publicity, ticket sales… the banked track skaters even build and break down their raised track for each bout, which is no small feat. Young fans are not only admiring amazing athletes, but creative entrepreneurs and driven business women as well. “Empowerment is the biggest thing I think that we give to the younger audience,” says Maya Mayhem. “Be who you are. Be proud and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do.” (And, if they do, a quick side bump to the hip should clear the path to your destination.) ALM

In 2003, a group of girls split off from BGGW after what Burdick describes as a series of “disagreements, misunderstandings, [and] miscommunications.” They went on to form the Texas Rollergirls, the world’s first flat track roller derby league, now one of 117 member leagues of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. BGGW evolved into the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls and built a raised, oval surface to skate on, becoming one of only a handful of other domestic leagues skating on a banked track like their wheeled predecessors. “TXRD, in the world of roller derby, is original. We play by our own rules,” states Maya

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Rollergirls in their native element, going from happy anticipation, in the adoring attention of their fans, to ready to rumble in a matter of moments. Find the schedules and get tickets for a bout at txrd.com and texasrollergirls.org.

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Shooter, explains the pay-off, “When all those drills come together and you execute it in a game... that is the moment when you’re like, ’Yeah, running up all those stairs was awesome!’ Greta Ground-N-Pound, a Putas del Fuego blocker, credits the sisterly support of her teammates for getting her though some of the tougher times, “I’m not a natural athlete and I spent two years as an alternate… If I didn’t have the amazing backing that I had from everyone in this league, I don’t know that I would’ve made it through that. It’s very disheartening to keep going… and

small’ or ’I’m too frail and fragile. No, you’re not—it’s mind over matter.” As further proof that size doesn’t matter, several junior derby organizations are enabling girls as young as eight to lace up their skates and get on the track. The Derby Brats (ages 8-17) practice out of Millenium Youth Entertainment Center, with Texas Rollergirls as their coaches. Originally formed by one of the junior skater’s dads, Troy Twibell, the Brats have grown in size from six to seventy-five skaters in just four years. The Ann Richards School also has its own junior rollergirl team, its acronym appropriately spelling out ARRG. When Alison Chains of TXRD’s Cherry Bombs began teaching algebra there,

respect when they saw what they were doing.” As the only school-based team around (or anywhere, to their knowledge), she hopes other schools begin to get on board with the idea and would love to someday see ARRG compete with other schools in the district. Once thought of as a spectator sport for adults here in Austin, you will find more and more younger fans attending rollergirl bouts. Admiring tweens sport skinny jeans and a rainbow of hair colors; there is no telling who might be the next Punky Bruiser. Younger girls roll around in age-appropriate rollergirl get-ups: vivid tutus and striped tights tucked into their still-shiny skates. “I

Mayhem, a petite but powerful blocker for the Putas del Fuego. She cites, for not make that team. But I finally made that team because everybody helped example, the penalty wheel spun for minor wrongdoings committed during me. They pushed me. They said ’You can do this!’ And they were right—I a bout. The wheel lands on challenges like arm wrestling, pillow fighting or could.” The flat track roller girls offer a recreational league as an alternate to a tug of war, much to the rowdy enjoyment of the crowd. Meanwhile, the flat their competing premier league. “Not many leagues in the country have one,” track Texas Rollergirls opt out of the extra flare and stick to WFTDA rules says Devil Grrl, “but they’re catching on because, every day, even girls that like glue. Despite their differences, however, the set-up of the game is essen- really do not know how to rollerskate are showing up in amazing numbers.” tially the same. Each competing team is composed of a jammer who flies Blame it on the DIY, punk rock roots of modern roller derby or the aura around the track at lightning speed, earning points for every opponent she of girl power radiating from the track, but lack of experience doesn’t seem laps. Meanwhile, blockers travel in a pack, simultaneously playing offense, to be stopping hundreds of hopeful skaters from flocking to try-outs each as they open up paths for their jammer and defense as they push, bump and year. “When I tried out seven years ago, very few people played roller derby,” otherwise intimidate members of the opposing team. remembers Curvette, now captain of the Texecutioners. “I could barely skate. “I actually really love practicing athletics… so getting together several But I came from a sports background and I was really aggressive. I think times a week to practice the game is my favorite part,” says Devil Grrl, a one of the first things they had us do was race a lap around the track. I knew blocker for the Texecutioners and co-founder of Ice Queens, a rollergirl-run I couldn’t beat anybody so I just took ’em all out.” And on the other end of sno-cone stand. “I’m less of a performer. I have a little bit of stage fright and the spectrum, there is TXRD’s Abbey Roadkill, who first stood in skates at it’s always a chore to get going, but everyone else helps. Because we’re building 13 months and literally grew up skating in a rink built by her grandfather in that teamwork, on game day we all fall into sync and it’s really great.” If you Mesquite, Texas. DeBella DeBall first took to wheels at age two and admits, make the cut as a rollergirl, you will certainly find lots of time to bond with “I actually skate better than I walk!” your teammates—be it through blood, sweat, or tears. The Texas Rollergirls The beauty of roller derby is that it attracts women of every background, practice four times a week for at least three hours at a time. The first hour is skill set, personality, shape and size. “Just because I weigh 100 pounds doesn’t reserved for plyometrics, which are high intensity land drills which use the mean that I can’t get on the track and kick ass as well,” declares Truckstop body’s own resistance to strengthen muscles. The Texecutioners blocker, Sic Trixy of TXRD’s Rhinestone Cowgirls. “A lot of women out there say ’I’m too

she said a number of her students knew she played and began asking her to bring derby to Ann Richards. When she pitched the idea three years ago, “I didn’t know if they were going to be supportive or what they were going to think,” remembers Chains. Principal Jeanne Goka came to a bout and was immediately interested in bringing derby to the school. “We were very enthusiastic because one of the things about having a girl-centered curriculum is that we know that girls, at a certain age in their adolescence, start to take risks,” Goka reasons. “And we wanted to provide them with some… chances at our school to be able to absorb that desire to take risks, but in safe confines.’ ARRG and the Derby Brats compete in scrimmages against each other, using modified WFTDA rules. Just like the rollergirls who inspire them, they are learning the powers of leadership, independence and teamwork. “It’s always astounding to see the girls who join up and stick with it and are tenacious,” says Principal Goka. “They’re different girls when they leave the track with their skates on.” DeBella DaBall echoes her sentiments, “The biggest part is confidence… most of the girls that get involved in this are not typically part of any other sports. They find themselves in this.” She references several girls who were doing poorly in school and have boosted their grades, along with their confidence, since skating derby. Fellow students, younger siblings, parents and faculty attend scrimmages at Ann Richards and Alison Chains says, “People were really impressed that the girls were willing to fall down and hit each other. It really got them a little bit of cred... other kids gave them some

think that we’re the personification of sexy strength,” says TXRD’s Dusty Doublewide. “We’re strong and we’re sexy and I would love to inspire that in younger women because there’s this weird [belief ] that you can’t be both and you totally can! And this is the perfect atmosphere to learn how to do that.” Besides the glittering showmanship and the physical demand of the sport itself, there’s even more that goes on behind the scenes. Wannabe rollergirls can see how much hard work and dedication actually goes into the day-to-day operations of a grassroots organization. Both the Lonestar Rollergirls and the Texas Rollergirls are skater-owned and operated—the former as an LLC and the latter as a 501c3 non-profit. Besides their paying day jobs, the girls wear many different hats when they’re not on the track—marketing, merchandising, publicity, ticket sales… the banked track skaters even build and break down their raised track for each bout, which is no small feat. Young fans are not only admiring amazing athletes, but creative entrepreneurs and driven business women as well. “Empowerment is the biggest thing I think that we give to the younger audience,” says Maya Mayhem. “Be who you are. Be proud and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do.” (And, if they do, a quick side bump to the hip should clear the path to your destination.) ALM

In 2003, a group of girls split off from BGGW after what Burdick describes as a series of “disagreements, misunderstandings, [and] miscommunications.” They went on to form the Texas Rollergirls, the world’s first flat track roller derby league, now one of 117 member leagues of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. BGGW evolved into the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls and built a raised, oval surface to skate on, becoming one of only a handful of other domestic leagues skating on a banked track like their wheeled predecessors. “TXRD, in the world of roller derby, is original. We play by our own rules,” states Maya

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Rollergirls in their native element, going from happy anticipation, in the adoring attention of their fans, to ready to rumble in a matter of moments. Find the schedules and get tickets for a bout at txrd.com and texasrollergirls.org.

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control of the future.

long-time friends looked to the past and took

area resort destination fell dormant, until two

After years of uncertainty and neglect, a Boerne

BY DA N I E L R A M I R E Z | P H OT O G R A P H Y BY JAY P R E S T I

The Ballad of Tapatio Springs

Singing a Different Tune


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control of the future.

long-time friends looked to the past and took

area resort destination fell dormant, until two

After years of uncertainty and neglect, a Boerne

BY DA N I E L R A M I R E Z | P H OT O G R A P H Y BY JAY P R E S T I

The Ballad of Tapatio Springs

Singing a Different Tune


Though the landscape is still deprived of water in many spots, the valley created by the scenic Texas Hill Country hints at something more. There’s something majestic here, hiding beneath the toll of years, recessions and drought.

IT’S

become so commonplace that it’s almost a cliché. It has made for more than its fair share of books, television shows and films. The story we all know so well goes something like this: local boy ventures away from home, becomes a man, follows his passion, meets with immeasurable success and returns home to give back to his community. There’s something inspiring about the tale, such that, even when we see it coming well in advance, we’re still moved. But these stories usually happen on a small scale, covered by two-page newspapers and church flyers in towns with a population of under a thousand. The success mentioned is usually in business or state government, to complete the Jimmy Stewart movie plot comparisons. But on this scale? With this big a star? It’s relatively unheard of. After all, this is George Strait. To say “hometown boy makes good” is to make the understatement of all time. With an incomprehensible list of country music hits that have climbed to the top of the charts–the count last stood at a staggering 57–his success is inarguable. You or someone you know is undoubtedly familiar with at least one of his songs; and if you turn the dial to find a country station, you’ll probably hear one within the next hour. He is a country music legend that began his incredible journey in Poteet, Texas. And if this region outside of San Antonio is where it all began, then it is where our story must, as well. On a southbound drive to Boerne, Texas, it’s clear that the 2011 drought is having its way with the landscape. The land rolling by through the windows is dusty, hazy and clamoring for rain. Small towns and ranches all look as thirsty as the livestock. But as you turn on to Johns Road, there is a different kind of aridity. The tell-tale signs of the recent economic recession’s impact are clear. For sale signs peek out from chain link fences, trailer homes sprinkle either side and there’s an odd absence of activity along side streets. Things don’t look abandoned, but it appears as though it has been some time since this area has seen new life. Of course, as one turns on to the Tapatio Springs property, there are signs of something quite different on the horizon. Though the landscape is still deprived of water in many spots, the valley created by the scenic Texas Hill Country hints at something more. There’s something majestic here, hiding beneath the toll of years, recessions and drought. Call it a diamond in the rough, but this place practically bellows its potential, despite what it’s been through. It is no wonder that the location once

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bore the name, Thunder Valley. Set on 655 acres, the land is a vast expanse, even by Texas standards. When it was built in the early 1980s, Tapatio was meant to capture the beauty of the valley and provide a pleasant resort for the local area. It boasted a golf course and made the best use of its scenery, with cliff faces and tree-lined hills for every tee-off or resort guest. It’s this time period that saw Tapatio introduced to the likes of Tom Cusick, a native of the area and another local boy on the verge of stardom named George Strait. The two, friends both on the golf course and off, created many memories as their respective careers continued to rise, as the state of the resort began to fall. It wasn’t an immediate change, to see paint begin to crack and greens begin to dry. It happened so slowly that it almost went unnoticed and the valley’s scenery and competitive golf course covered up most of the disrepair. The decline continued into the 1990s, when a new hope was born. Investors took an interest in the fate of Tapatio Springs, injecting enough funds to create an additional nine holes for the 18-hole course. The development rejuvenated the area for a while, inspiring new construction on homes that line the golf course. It appeared as though the area would find a renaissance, as the economic outlook was positive and the area was maintained well enough to be a constant destination for Cusick and Strait, whose lives were still experiencing more than a fair amount of success. But when the economic pitfalls of the 2000s took their toll on the whole of Texas, the Boerne property, again suffering the rigors of age and disrepair, was sold for a fraction of its potential worth to yet another company that heralded a return to glory. Full of fanfare and press, yet another group of investors sought a restoration early in 2010, when they acquired Tapatio Springs. Cusick suggests that the news came as a glimmer of hope for the people of the valley, signaling perhaps a longdeserved respite from aspirations being constantly dashed. Tapatio, in constant uncertainty, was once again headed to full operation and set to tee off a new era. When repairs came slow and rumors of financial difficulty circled again, all of those dreams began to crack and finally shattered with the news of yet another bankruptcy visiting the resort. It seemed that Tapatio would never navigate out of the financial storm, traded from one sinking ship to another with alarming regularity.

Strait relaxes on the golf course he once frequented and now owns, taking in the valley as renovations are in full swing.

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Though the landscape is still deprived of water in many spots, the valley created by the scenic Texas Hill Country hints at something more. There’s something majestic here, hiding beneath the toll of years, recessions and drought.

IT’S

become so commonplace that it’s almost a cliché. It has made for more than its fair share of books, television shows and films. The story we all know so well goes something like this: local boy ventures away from home, becomes a man, follows his passion, meets with immeasurable success and returns home to give back to his community. There’s something inspiring about the tale, such that, even when we see it coming well in advance, we’re still moved. But these stories usually happen on a small scale, covered by two-page newspapers and church flyers in towns with a population of under a thousand. The success mentioned is usually in business or state government, to complete the Jimmy Stewart movie plot comparisons. But on this scale? With this big a star? It’s relatively unheard of. After all, this is George Strait. To say “hometown boy makes good” is to make the understatement of all time. With an incomprehensible list of country music hits that have climbed to the top of the charts–the count last stood at a staggering 57–his success is inarguable. You or someone you know is undoubtedly familiar with at least one of his songs; and if you turn the dial to find a country station, you’ll probably hear one within the next hour. He is a country music legend that began his incredible journey in Poteet, Texas. And if this region outside of San Antonio is where it all began, then it is where our story must, as well. On a southbound drive to Boerne, Texas, it’s clear that the 2011 drought is having its way with the landscape. The land rolling by through the windows is dusty, hazy and clamoring for rain. Small towns and ranches all look as thirsty as the livestock. But as you turn on to Johns Road, there is a different kind of aridity. The tell-tale signs of the recent economic recession’s impact are clear. For sale signs peek out from chain link fences, trailer homes sprinkle either side and there’s an odd absence of activity along side streets. Things don’t look abandoned, but it appears as though it has been some time since this area has seen new life. Of course, as one turns on to the Tapatio Springs property, there are signs of something quite different on the horizon. Though the landscape is still deprived of water in many spots, the valley created by the scenic Texas Hill Country hints at something more. There’s something majestic here, hiding beneath the toll of years, recessions and drought. Call it a diamond in the rough, but this place practically bellows its potential, despite what it’s been through. It is no wonder that the location once

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bore the name, Thunder Valley. Set on 655 acres, the land is a vast expanse, even by Texas standards. When it was built in the early 1980s, Tapatio was meant to capture the beauty of the valley and provide a pleasant resort for the local area. It boasted a golf course and made the best use of its scenery, with cliff faces and tree-lined hills for every tee-off or resort guest. It’s this time period that saw Tapatio introduced to the likes of Tom Cusick, a native of the area and another local boy on the verge of stardom named George Strait. The two, friends both on the golf course and off, created many memories as their respective careers continued to rise, as the state of the resort began to fall. It wasn’t an immediate change, to see paint begin to crack and greens begin to dry. It happened so slowly that it almost went unnoticed and the valley’s scenery and competitive golf course covered up most of the disrepair. The decline continued into the 1990s, when a new hope was born. Investors took an interest in the fate of Tapatio Springs, injecting enough funds to create an additional nine holes for the 18-hole course. The development rejuvenated the area for a while, inspiring new construction on homes that line the golf course. It appeared as though the area would find a renaissance, as the economic outlook was positive and the area was maintained well enough to be a constant destination for Cusick and Strait, whose lives were still experiencing more than a fair amount of success. But when the economic pitfalls of the 2000s took their toll on the whole of Texas, the Boerne property, again suffering the rigors of age and disrepair, was sold for a fraction of its potential worth to yet another company that heralded a return to glory. Full of fanfare and press, yet another group of investors sought a restoration early in 2010, when they acquired Tapatio Springs. Cusick suggests that the news came as a glimmer of hope for the people of the valley, signaling perhaps a longdeserved respite from aspirations being constantly dashed. Tapatio, in constant uncertainty, was once again headed to full operation and set to tee off a new era. When repairs came slow and rumors of financial difficulty circled again, all of those dreams began to crack and finally shattered with the news of yet another bankruptcy visiting the resort. It seemed that Tapatio would never navigate out of the financial storm, traded from one sinking ship to another with alarming regularity.

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When it was built in the early 1980s, Tapatio was meant to capture the beauty of the valley and

The restoration of Thunder Valley in full swing, the golf course can be as challenging as it is picturesque.

provide a pleasant resort for the local area. It boasted a golf course and made the best use of its

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scenery, with cliff faces and tree-lined hills for every tee-off or resort guest.

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When it was built in the early 1980s, Tapatio was meant to capture the beauty of the valley and

The restoration of Thunder Valley in full swing, the golf course can be as challenging as it is picturesque.

provide a pleasant resort for the local area. It boasted a golf course and made the best use of its

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scenery, with cliff faces and tree-lined hills for every tee-off or resort guest.

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In the renovation process, every detail is being attended to, even the means by which the course is watered. Below: Rooms have been transformed, bringing the overall look and feel to a level worthy of a first-class resort.

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More than golf buddies, Cusick and Strait still compete with one another at Tapatio, just as they did some 30 years ago.

21st century, complete with all of the amenities that a luxury traveler in 2011 has come to expect. From exterior accents to new beds and bedding, to wrought iron lamps and leather furniture, there is nothing that will be available to a guest that hasn’t been discussed by the new owners. There is a pride to the decisions made here and a touch of class in every endeavor. Mere months away from their grand opening, the signs of this new, first class way of doing things are everywhere. Course employees deliver club towels to golfers and attentive hospitality for each and every guest is not a suggestion, but a requirement. Even the name and logo have been given modern facelifts. The sun symbol, chosen to replace Tapatio’s former blue heron logo is starting to make its way through the resort, a new emblem, appropriately chosen for a resort on the rise. And the complete arrival of the newly deemed Resort At Tapatio Springs, a dream for Strait and Cusick, will be celebrated on November 11th, with both of the owners on hand to take in the fruits of their labors and what their restoration efforts have done for the resort and for the area. This fall, thanks to the dreams of a few local boys done good and their dedication to make those dreams come true, a new chapter begins. Like many of Mr. Strait’s, the revival of Tapatio Springs is a story worth telling. ALM

TOM CUSICK AND GEORGE STRAIT: GREG HARRISON; TAPATIO SPRINGS: RICHARD MUNIZ

two old friends who shared a fondness for the resort and had built decades of memories there. This is where the classic tale of redemption and the legend of “local boy makes good” meet, at long last. Strait and Cusick, reminiscing over one round of golf or another they shared on the Boerne golf course, made a decision. According to Cusick, they both arrived at the same conclusion, that Tapatio was not beyond salvation. The foundations of a good golf resort were still present. The greens, while long arid, still sloped in the right directions. Sand traps were still in the same tricky bends and limestone cliffs, trees and the majestic Texas sky still created an idyllic setting. With a little capital and a lot of work, the treasure that Tapatio is could be once again polished to a high shine. The pair looked into the future and saw the happy ending to the tale of Thunder Valley. To play a part in the arrival of that favorable finish to the tale, Strait and Cusick purchased the resort earlier this year, garnering a lot of attention, both locally and nationwide, as golf fans and country music fans alike wondered what plan George Strait and his friend were hatching in the middle of the Texas landscape and what either saw in a sandbox of a golf resort. Walking around on the renovated clubhouse patio, it is easy to see the allure. The walls are now lined with rock, from accent to column, replacing a boring stucco that may have already looked dated in the early 1980s. Rich rust-colored wood posts support a shady canopy, a fireplace has been added and the furnishings and adornments have been carefully chosen to show off an attention to detail that has been gone for some time from this place. The locker room, once only fit for a high school sports team, now feels like the executive lounge at any luxury country club. The restaurant, La Cascada, which sported a blue carpet and mottled stucco walls that had seen far better days, is in full renovation, with plans for an indoor waterfall to showcase its namesake - ‘cascada’ is Spanish for waterfall–and mirror the expanded waterfall feature that is under construction outside. Call it water to a parched land, if you will, the plans provide for exactly that. Effluent water, a water conservation mainstay, is being sought for the maintenance and keeping of the grounds. The metaphor holds true for the people of the valley, as well, as many are encouraged not only by the promise of what these successful adopted sons of Boerne can do for this neglected gem, but by how the effort is being shown in more than public promises and whispered potential. Cusick and Strait are not simply discussing a vision of how things could be. They are making their visions a reality. Take, for example, the renovations to the hotel rooms, afforded every luxury and given a makeover that brings the facilities smartly into the

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In the renovation process, every detail is being attended to, even the means by which the course is watered. Below: Rooms have been transformed, bringing the overall look and feel to a level worthy of a first-class resort.

Enter

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More than golf buddies, Cusick and Strait still compete with one another at Tapatio, just as they did some 30 years ago.

21st century, complete with all of the amenities that a luxury traveler in 2011 has come to expect. From exterior accents to new beds and bedding, to wrought iron lamps and leather furniture, there is nothing that will be available to a guest that hasn’t been discussed by the new owners. There is a pride to the decisions made here and a touch of class in every endeavor. Mere months away from their grand opening, the signs of this new, first class way of doing things are everywhere. Course employees deliver club towels to golfers and attentive hospitality for each and every guest is not a suggestion, but a requirement. Even the name and logo have been given modern facelifts. The sun symbol, chosen to replace Tapatio’s former blue heron logo is starting to make its way through the resort, a new emblem, appropriately chosen for a resort on the rise. And the complete arrival of the newly deemed Resort At Tapatio Springs, a dream for Strait and Cusick, will be celebrated on November 11th, with both of the owners on hand to take in the fruits of their labors and what their restoration efforts have done for the resort and for the area. This fall, thanks to the dreams of a few local boys done good and their dedication to make those dreams come true, a new chapter begins. Like many of Mr. Strait’s, the revival of Tapatio Springs is a story worth telling. ALM

TOM CUSICK AND GEORGE STRAIT: GREG HARRISON; TAPATIO SPRINGS: RICHARD MUNIZ

two old friends who shared a fondness for the resort and had built decades of memories there. This is where the classic tale of redemption and the legend of “local boy makes good” meet, at long last. Strait and Cusick, reminiscing over one round of golf or another they shared on the Boerne golf course, made a decision. According to Cusick, they both arrived at the same conclusion, that Tapatio was not beyond salvation. The foundations of a good golf resort were still present. The greens, while long arid, still sloped in the right directions. Sand traps were still in the same tricky bends and limestone cliffs, trees and the majestic Texas sky still created an idyllic setting. With a little capital and a lot of work, the treasure that Tapatio is could be once again polished to a high shine. The pair looked into the future and saw the happy ending to the tale of Thunder Valley. To play a part in the arrival of that favorable finish to the tale, Strait and Cusick purchased the resort earlier this year, garnering a lot of attention, both locally and nationwide, as golf fans and country music fans alike wondered what plan George Strait and his friend were hatching in the middle of the Texas landscape and what either saw in a sandbox of a golf resort. Walking around on the renovated clubhouse patio, it is easy to see the allure. The walls are now lined with rock, from accent to column, replacing a boring stucco that may have already looked dated in the early 1980s. Rich rust-colored wood posts support a shady canopy, a fireplace has been added and the furnishings and adornments have been carefully chosen to show off an attention to detail that has been gone for some time from this place. The locker room, once only fit for a high school sports team, now feels like the executive lounge at any luxury country club. The restaurant, La Cascada, which sported a blue carpet and mottled stucco walls that had seen far better days, is in full renovation, with plans for an indoor waterfall to showcase its namesake - ‘cascada’ is Spanish for waterfall–and mirror the expanded waterfall feature that is under construction outside. Call it water to a parched land, if you will, the plans provide for exactly that. Effluent water, a water conservation mainstay, is being sought for the maintenance and keeping of the grounds. The metaphor holds true for the people of the valley, as well, as many are encouraged not only by the promise of what these successful adopted sons of Boerne can do for this neglected gem, but by how the effort is being shown in more than public promises and whispered potential. Cusick and Strait are not simply discussing a vision of how things could be. They are making their visions a reality. Take, for example, the renovations to the hotel rooms, afforded every luxury and given a makeover that brings the facilities smartly into the

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Austin City Living

Van Heuven Properties

Austin City Living is an Austin based Real Estate/Property Management company filled with young professionals that are constantly pushing the limits to ensure their client’s highest and happiest return. Also known for their extensive charity work and throwing one heck of a party… this company has a real Austin vibe!

Founded in 2000, Van Heuven Properties is Austin’s original downtown brokerage company. Van Heuven Properties also specializes in central Austin as well, and the company is comprised of some of the most experienced and successful agents in the entire city. Please contact the Van Heuven Team for buyer and seller representation, development consulting and commercial real estate investment services. 311 West Fifth Street Suite 100 512.480.8944 downtownaustinliving.com

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For more than 27 years, TEXAS GOLFER has been bringing the best of golf in the Lone Star State to readers. Pick up your copy at any of these partner golf facilities: austin country club

great hills golf club

lost creek country club

avery ranch

grey rock golf club

morris-williams golf club

balcones country club

hancock golf club

onion creek golf club

barton creek

harvey penick golf campus

river place golf club

bluebonnet hill golf club

the hills country club

star ranch golf club

falconhead golf club

jimmy clay/roy kizer golf club

the university of texas golf club

lions municipal golf club

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Marathon Real Estate

The Boutique Real Estate

PUBLIC AUCTION on 10/15/11 w/ TX auctioneer Randolph Holferd #6324. Once listed over $10M, now opening bid is $1.9M. 13 + acres on private peninsula on Lake Travis.

With top producers at the helm, The Boutique Real Estate provides our clients with innovative marketing techniques and dedication to client service that have set us apart as a top-rated, trusted brokerage for our clients. We represent sellers, purchasers and renters with properties from central Austin to Buda and Round Rock.

For additional information, contact Luisa Mauro at 512.633.8220 or Luisa@Marathon-RE.com.

2124 E 6th Street #104 512.481.0800 theboutiquerealestate.com

Tommy Cokins, Broker Elite 25 Member 5711 Standing Rock–Private Estate on 1.13 Acres, with panoramic views of Balcones Canyon. Beautiful rock pool/spa with waterfall. Approx 4159 sq ft, 4 Bd/3 Liv/Office. Virtual tour: www.Tourfactory.Com/759099 $849,500 512.415.2256 Tommy@tommycokins.com Tommycokins.com

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Tuscan Treasure A GATEWAY TO THE ITALIAN COAST IN LAKEWAY BY DA N I E L R A M I R E Z | P H OTO G R A P H Y BY C H A D H A R L A N

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Above: Natural light provides all of the showcasing that the wall of adventures needs to allow each story to shine. Opposite: Vaulted ceilings with accent beams open the feel of the entire room and yet still maintain the warmth of wood and coziness.

HIDDEN IN THE HILLS NEAR AUSTIN’S TREASURED OASIS RESTAURANT IS AN OASIS OF A MUCH DIFFERENT KIND. In Villa Montana, there is a house that looks as though it was stolen from the Tuscan coast and shipped wholesale to central Texas. Instead of an overlook of the Mediterranean, however, it combines the best of both locales by incorporating a pristine view of the evergreen Austin hills.  But the picture painted by this Italian-inspired escape only begins with its vantages and external appearance. Step into Maureen Miller’s home and the feeling of being transported to a vacation destination is complete. An interior designer by trade and by passion, Maureen has taken her significant talents and abilities and crafted a home from the stories and influences of her many travels throughout the world. Greeted upon entry by a wall of artifacts from Greece, Italy and the Far East, the melange suggests travel at an immediate glance. Neither garish or overstated, the lighter earth tones and archways of the architecture frame each cherished piece and serve as the first line in a story about them. Indeed, that is the soul of Miller’s home, the stories that each design element contributes. Here, there is a running board from

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a carriage that pre-dates any who will see it. There, a captain’s astrolabe rests with countless courses having been charted by its guidance. Everything in this home has a story and rather than make the overall effect that of a cluttered home, the pieces provide compliment to the home that Maureen and her husband have imbued with a unique personality. Equally reflective of the owners’ kindness and hospitality is the natural light that flows throughout the entire house. Windows in every room provide a natural hearth as it warms dark, rich woods and the alabaster tones of marble and stone that are pervasive throughout the house. No reflection of the Italian coast, an admitted influence on the home’s design and decor, would be complete without the cerulean hues of the sea. Those shades permeate the elaborate master bedroom and private study, as well as into the master bath.  In the master bedroom, marble flooring gives way to darker wood, subtly suggesting ancient ships at sea and great adventures.  Within these rooms, the ocean’s soothing rhythm can be seen, if not heard, completing the transport to calmer days and more relaxed routines. Accented by vases, sponges and shells, the

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Above: Natural light provides all of the showcasing that the wall of adventures needs to allow each story to shine. Opposite: Vaulted ceilings with accent beams open the feel of the entire room and yet still maintain the warmth of wood and coziness.

HIDDEN IN THE HILLS NEAR AUSTIN’S TREASURED OASIS RESTAURANT IS AN OASIS OF A MUCH DIFFERENT KIND. In Villa Montana, there is a house that looks as though it was stolen from the Tuscan coast and shipped wholesale to central Texas. Instead of an overlook of the Mediterranean, however, it combines the best of both locales by incorporating a pristine view of the evergreen Austin hills.  But the picture painted by this Italian-inspired escape only begins with its vantages and external appearance. Step into Maureen Miller’s home and the feeling of being transported to a vacation destination is complete. An interior designer by trade and by passion, Maureen has taken her significant talents and abilities and crafted a home from the stories and influences of her many travels throughout the world. Greeted upon entry by a wall of artifacts from Greece, Italy and the Far East, the melange suggests travel at an immediate glance. Neither garish or overstated, the lighter earth tones and archways of the architecture frame each cherished piece and serve as the first line in a story about them. Indeed, that is the soul of Miller’s home, the stories that each design element contributes. Here, there is a running board from

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a carriage that pre-dates any who will see it. There, a captain’s astrolabe rests with countless courses having been charted by its guidance. Everything in this home has a story and rather than make the overall effect that of a cluttered home, the pieces provide compliment to the home that Maureen and her husband have imbued with a unique personality. Equally reflective of the owners’ kindness and hospitality is the natural light that flows throughout the entire house. Windows in every room provide a natural hearth as it warms dark, rich woods and the alabaster tones of marble and stone that are pervasive throughout the house. No reflection of the Italian coast, an admitted influence on the home’s design and decor, would be complete without the cerulean hues of the sea. Those shades permeate the elaborate master bedroom and private study, as well as into the master bath.  In the master bedroom, marble flooring gives way to darker wood, subtly suggesting ancient ships at sea and great adventures.  Within these rooms, the ocean’s soothing rhythm can be seen, if not heard, completing the transport to calmer days and more relaxed routines. Accented by vases, sponges and shells, the

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Above: Built as an extension of the master bedroom, the private study keeps the cerulean theme of the Mediterranean, while also providing a setting for globes, astrolabes and other tools of seabound travel. Opposite, top: Dark wood floors and furniture frame the master bedroom. Opposite, bottom: A painted dressing screen serves as the view for the master bath.

coast is most obviously replicated in an art piece that adorn the tub itself, providing the ultimate peaceful environment. Venture upstairs and the abundant light and accompanying feeling of wide open spaces add yet another vehicle for peaceful reflection. The balcony, which features a pervasive breeze and the enviable vistas of the surrounding valley, is an extension of the sitting room and the feeling is similar in both areas. As inviting as a rustic den and filled with family keepsakes, this is clearly where the personal history of the Miller family is preserved and more stories are made of games played, conversations had and laughter echoed. It’s as though the home has a pulse that each addition resonates, from the pillow accents to coral centerpieces. If the house has a pulse, then surely it’s heart is in the kitchen and sitting area. Featuring a design that is worthy of a European dream, the kitchen sports a tiled overhead, as well as a unique potfiller faucet that makes cooking far more convenient. It is these little touches to the finest granite and dark wood that make the kitchen stand out, as it is not excluded from accent pieces that add char-

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acter. A celestial sun tile picked up in the Millers’ travels, is a nonsequitir piece in the center of the stone work. Yet, like the hanging baskets over the kitchen island, the pieces work seamlessly with the effect. What designates the very open kitchen, which would already be the envy of any chef, is that it overlooks a casual sitting area, where guests can interact with the hosts as dinners are being prepared. The combination practically demands conversation and sharing more than food at a dinner or a party. In this oasis, far enough from the busy center of town to escape the rapid pace of life in Austin, but not so far as to lose touch with the spirit of Austin, this Tuscan home stands as a testament to how one can find travel and peace in the same place. The Miller home is proof positive that one can retreat to a home that feels like a well-deserved adventure overseas, without the need for a ticket or a passport. Maureen Miller works in interior design, has been featured in multiple national publications and can be found for help creating spaces at maureenmillerdesigns.com. ALM

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Above: Built as an extension of the master bedroom, the private study keeps the cerulean theme of the Mediterranean, while also providing a setting for globes, astrolabes and other tools of seabound travel. Opposite, top: Dark wood floors and furniture frame the master bedroom. Opposite, bottom: A painted dressing screen serves as the view for the master bath.

coast is most obviously replicated in an art piece that adorn the tub itself, providing the ultimate peaceful environment. Venture upstairs and the abundant light and accompanying feeling of wide open spaces add yet another vehicle for peaceful reflection. The balcony, which features a pervasive breeze and the enviable vistas of the surrounding valley, is an extension of the sitting room and the feeling is similar in both areas. As inviting as a rustic den and filled with family keepsakes, this is clearly where the personal history of the Miller family is preserved and more stories are made of games played, conversations had and laughter echoed. It’s as though the home has a pulse that each addition resonates, from the pillow accents to coral centerpieces. If the house has a pulse, then surely it’s heart is in the kitchen and sitting area. Featuring a design that is worthy of a European dream, the kitchen sports a tiled overhead, as well as a unique potfiller faucet that makes cooking far more convenient. It is these little touches to the finest granite and dark wood that make the kitchen stand out, as it is not excluded from accent pieces that add char-

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acter. A celestial sun tile picked up in the Millers’ travels, is a nonsequitir piece in the center of the stone work. Yet, like the hanging baskets over the kitchen island, the pieces work seamlessly with the effect. What designates the very open kitchen, which would already be the envy of any chef, is that it overlooks a casual sitting area, where guests can interact with the hosts as dinners are being prepared. The combination practically demands conversation and sharing more than food at a dinner or a party. In this oasis, far enough from the busy center of town to escape the rapid pace of life in Austin, but not so far as to lose touch with the spirit of Austin, this Tuscan home stands as a testament to how one can find travel and peace in the same place. The Miller home is proof positive that one can retreat to a home that feels like a well-deserved adventure overseas, without the need for a ticket or a passport. Maureen Miller works in interior design, has been featured in multiple national publications and can be found for help creating spaces at maureenmillerdesigns.com. ALM

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Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Blackberry Gastrique

TRACE’s Jumbo Lump Crab Salad.

TRACE THE NEWCOMER TO THE SECOND STREET DISTRICT KEEPS IT STRICTLY LOCAL BY T YLER GUTHRIE I M AG I N E H AV I N G A F R E S H T O M AT O, S T R A I G H T F R O M YO U R

drizzled with local olive oil, or a piece of succulent redfish, brought to you by a local fisherman atop local vegetables, all while you sit on at an artistic steel table that was created just down the road. From the candle holder that sits TRACE on the table, to the in-house oxygenated water, to the 200 Lavaca Street fresh picked rosemary in your specially made cocktail, 512.542.3660 TRACE has hit the nail on the head with what it means traceaustin.com to ‘keep it local.’ Located in the heart of downtown, within Austin’s newest luxury hotel, the W Hotel, Trace has opened its doors to locals and hotel guests alike, delivering Austin flavor with a seasonably exciting venue and cuisine. Walking through the front doors of TRACE O W N B A C K YA R D ,

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TRACE’s Chicken & Waffles.

Brunch Burger with cheddar cheese, tomato relish, fried egg and house made fries.

TRACE CHICKEN & WAFFLES

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Waffle Batter 2 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 ¾ cups milk ½ cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp white sugar 4 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract ¼ lb butter 2 tsp malted milk powder

REBECCA FONDREN

Gulf Snapper is adorned with braised fennel and sits atop lemon arancini.

foretells the experience to come. The dark bar leads a well-lit dining area. Hues of coral reflect off the dramatic mosaic mirrors and exposed concrete. The combination of tufted velvet, printed wallpaper, blackened steel and soft drapery projects the concept of the W Hotel with an even more luxurious feel. Keeping with the W standards, the service is impeccable. Servers are well educated on the food that has arrived that day, but also the origin of the décor of the restaurant… knowing where each piece was found and why it was chosen for Trace. Chef Paul Hargrove (formally of Daniel — a James Beard awarding-winning gem in New York) and staff forager, Valerie Broussard, work together in finding and creating dishes using the most sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients available. The menu will change hand-in-hand with what is fresh that day — often changing with every morning. The two are committed to gaining and maintaining relationships with local farmers, fishermen and producers. There really is no specific classification on the genre of food served at TRACE beyond local gourmet. The idea is to embrace the rich and vibrant culture of Austin with a “conscious cuisine” using four categories: Farmed, Hunted, Foraged and Crafted. From house-made Garganelli pasta, to Roasted Gulf Snapper, to the Branch Ranch Butcher Burger, one will be sure to find something very special to enjoy. Not to be overlooked is the creative dessert menu. Executive Pastry Chef, Janina O’Leary, brings her passion and expertise to finish off the decadent meal with her own creative desserts. Do not leave TRACE without trying The Creamsicle, a fried cupcake, orange ice cream, cucumber cilantro granita & strawberry meringue, or The Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding topped with Bailey’s ice cream. It seems only right to top off decadence with decadence. There is obvious passion for excellent cuisine in each member of the TRACE team. You can experience the restaurant for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.  

U se a standard waffle maker to craft a golden brown waffle, shortly after chicken is cooked.

Chicken Legs 2 Bone-out chicken legs 4 cups buttermilk 4 cups flour 4 tbsp cayenne 4 tbsp ea black pepper & salt Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for 3 hours, pat dry and dredge in mixture of flour, cayenne, salt and pepper. Deep fry till internal temperature exceeds 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Garnish with: maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar and chopped scallions.

Paul Hargrove began his culinary career as a bartender in Shreveport, Louisiana and has risen to become the W Hotel Austin’s Chef at Trace. The Culinary Institute of America graduate’s noteworthy beginnings include cooking for such critically praised New York restaurants as Gotham Bar & Grill, Hearth Restaurant and Café Boulud. In 2007, Hargrove was promoted to Executive Sous Chef at Café Boulud Palm Beach at the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club, where he developed his passion for creating seasonal menus with an eye towards the freshest and highest quality ingredients. After returning from a six-week stay in Spain, Hargrove landed a position at the James Beard Award winning Restaurant Daniel in New York. Chef Hargrove continues to perfect his technique at Trace. His “conscious cuisine” features a menu with peak-of-the-season local and regional ingredients.

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Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Blackberry Gastrique

TRACE’s Jumbo Lump Crab Salad.

TRACE THE NEWCOMER TO THE SECOND STREET DISTRICT KEEPS IT STRICTLY LOCAL BY T YLER GUTHRIE I M AG I N E H AV I N G A F R E S H T O M AT O, S T R A I G H T F R O M YO U R

drizzled with local olive oil, or a piece of succulent redfish, brought to you by a local fisherman atop local vegetables, all while you sit on at an artistic steel table that was created just down the road. From the candle holder that sits TRACE on the table, to the in-house oxygenated water, to the 200 Lavaca Street fresh picked rosemary in your specially made cocktail, 512.542.3660 TRACE has hit the nail on the head with what it means traceaustin.com to ‘keep it local.’ Located in the heart of downtown, within Austin’s newest luxury hotel, the W Hotel, Trace has opened its doors to locals and hotel guests alike, delivering Austin flavor with a seasonably exciting venue and cuisine. Walking through the front doors of TRACE O W N B A C K YA R D ,

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TRACE’s Chicken & Waffles.

Brunch Burger with cheddar cheese, tomato relish, fried egg and house made fries.

TRACE CHICKEN & WAFFLES

ABOUT THE CHEF

Waffle Batter 2 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 ¾ cups milk ½ cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp white sugar 4 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract ¼ lb butter 2 tsp malted milk powder

REBECCA FONDREN

Gulf Snapper is adorned with braised fennel and sits atop lemon arancini.

foretells the experience to come. The dark bar leads a well-lit dining area. Hues of coral reflect off the dramatic mosaic mirrors and exposed concrete. The combination of tufted velvet, printed wallpaper, blackened steel and soft drapery projects the concept of the W Hotel with an even more luxurious feel. Keeping with the W standards, the service is impeccable. Servers are well educated on the food that has arrived that day, but also the origin of the décor of the restaurant… knowing where each piece was found and why it was chosen for Trace. Chef Paul Hargrove (formally of Daniel — a James Beard awarding-winning gem in New York) and staff forager, Valerie Broussard, work together in finding and creating dishes using the most sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients available. The menu will change hand-in-hand with what is fresh that day — often changing with every morning. The two are committed to gaining and maintaining relationships with local farmers, fishermen and producers. There really is no specific classification on the genre of food served at TRACE beyond local gourmet. The idea is to embrace the rich and vibrant culture of Austin with a “conscious cuisine” using four categories: Farmed, Hunted, Foraged and Crafted. From house-made Garganelli pasta, to Roasted Gulf Snapper, to the Branch Ranch Butcher Burger, one will be sure to find something very special to enjoy. Not to be overlooked is the creative dessert menu. Executive Pastry Chef, Janina O’Leary, brings her passion and expertise to finish off the decadent meal with her own creative desserts. Do not leave TRACE without trying The Creamsicle, a fried cupcake, orange ice cream, cucumber cilantro granita & strawberry meringue, or The Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding topped with Bailey’s ice cream. It seems only right to top off decadence with decadence. There is obvious passion for excellent cuisine in each member of the TRACE team. You can experience the restaurant for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.  

U se a standard waffle maker to craft a golden brown waffle, shortly after chicken is cooked.

Chicken Legs 2 Bone-out chicken legs 4 cups buttermilk 4 cups flour 4 tbsp cayenne 4 tbsp ea black pepper & salt Soak the chicken legs in buttermilk for 3 hours, pat dry and dredge in mixture of flour, cayenne, salt and pepper. Deep fry till internal temperature exceeds 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Garnish with: maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar and chopped scallions.

Paul Hargrove began his culinary career as a bartender in Shreveport, Louisiana and has risen to become the W Hotel Austin’s Chef at Trace. The Culinary Institute of America graduate’s noteworthy beginnings include cooking for such critically praised New York restaurants as Gotham Bar & Grill, Hearth Restaurant and Café Boulud. In 2007, Hargrove was promoted to Executive Sous Chef at Café Boulud Palm Beach at the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club, where he developed his passion for creating seasonal menus with an eye towards the freshest and highest quality ingredients. After returning from a six-week stay in Spain, Hargrove landed a position at the James Beard Award winning Restaurant Daniel in New York. Chef Hargrove continues to perfect his technique at Trace. His “conscious cuisine” features a menu with peak-of-the-season local and regional ingredients.

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“HOW CAN YOU GOVERN A COUNTRY WHICH HAS 246 VARIETIES OF CHEESE?”—charles de gaulle

R O QU E FORT T I P S 1) Store Roquefort at 40-45 degrees. 2) Keep it wrapped in foil—the original packaging foil if pos-

3) A cold, humid atmosphere is preferred— 4) A little mold is not bad. 5) Serve with strong reds, such as Chateau-neuf-du-pape. 6) Roquefort is surprissible.

consider placing a moist towel nearby.

ingly good with sweet, malty beers, or oatmeal stouts.

7) If the cheese is black and slimy don’t

buy it. 8) If you’re buying cheese online, buy it in full wheels, in its original packaging; and always have it shipped overnight delivery.

Roquefort can add depth to any dish.

The Big Cheese BY GEORGE FULLER E A C H A N D E V E RY A F T E R N O O N AT E X A C T LY 4 : 3 0 P. M . , I G E T

With a sense of great anticipation and ceremony I retrieve the neatly cellophane-wrapped chunk of Roquefort cheese I managed not to devour the previous day, place it on my counter top, and return to my desk. I check emails, edit a story I’m working on, see if anything newsworthy has occurred on cnn.com, check emails again… and keep one eye firmly on the clock. Exactly at 5:00 p.m., I get up and head back to the kitchen. By now, my Roquefort has reached its perfect apex of consistency and taste: creamy in the center, slightly crumbly on the outer portion, maximum flavor. I scrape a hearty portion onto a Scottish oat cake and enjoy. Then another, and then usually a third. Accompanied by a glass of deep red merlot—although many experts highly recommend a Sauternes— my eyes soon roll back in my head. No matter the trials and tribulations of the day, all is now well in my world. Roquefort cheese is my sweet addiction. There may be, as Charles De Gaulle remarked, 246 varieties of cheese in France, but none of them I’ve tried is better than Roquefort. The “king of cheeses,” as it’s been called, has been made in much the same way for centuries—with a raw sheep’s milk base, a specific molding process, and aged for months in the naturally ventilated Combalou limestone caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon village in southern France. The method of producing Roquefort, and thus its designation as authentic, are both closely regulated under French law, and a telltale red sheep emblem is imprinted on the label of those cheeses duly anointed. Although in the mid-1800s there were many master Roquefort makers in France, today there are only a few producers— seven to be exact—who are licensed to use the name. I’ve been lucky (and persistent) enough to try five of them. U P F R O M M Y D E S K A N D H E A D T O T H E R E F R I G E R AT O R .

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Wedge of roquefort cheese with rustic baguette and red wine.

All Roqueforts have a similar texture and flavor profile: marbled with distinctive blue-green mold, the cheese exhibits a soft nose and creamy start, followed by a burst of rye and must on the tongue, with an intense, salty finish. In texture—and when at the proper temperature—Roquefort should be slightly moist, slightly crumbly on the outside and more buttery toward the center. The flavor of Roquefort cheese varies seasonally and by producer. In spring, when the grazing lands are greenest on the mountainous plateaus of Aveyron, the sheep milk is sweeter and the ensuing cheese is somewhat more robust and flavorful than that produced in the dryer summer. Sometimes the veining is greener, or there’s a hint of pepper or smoke in the finish. This variety is what makes seeking out and tasting different Roqueforts so much fun. A couple are readily available, most are not. The two most common brands—Société and Papillon—are found in upscale supermarkets and online at sites such as CheeseSupply.com, usually priced from $19.99/lb. to $24.99/lb retail. Both are excellent and get five stars in my journal. Other varieties, such as G Coulet, Carles and Le Vieux Beruer, are priced slightly higher, typically up to $30.00/lb. retail and are found more easily at cheese specialty shops. These too rate five delicious stars in my book. But my personal favorite—my six-star cheese—also happens to be the lowest in price (shocking, eh?), Vernieres Freres, which retails around $14.99/lb. Like others, this brand can also be ordered online through sites such as iGourmet.com. One note of caution: Shipping and storage are critical in a Roquefort’s quality and longevity, so once you find a supplier who is knowledgeable and detail-oriented, stick with them. The first mention of Roquefort is found in the writings of Pliny the Elder (circa 79 AD) who described its rich aroma. It is also said to have been the favorite cheese of Charlemagne, which is a fascinating story for another day. Right now I have to go… it’s 4:30 p.m. 

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L FLA Whil VOR e Ro q u ef chee ort is se to not t fi n d, H he e on e asies of th yde P t e be ark c offer st ke once ing a pt se als h c o r e m Shop ts in e to A us t . T he Anto in, y are nelli’ Stree loca s Ch ted a e e se t, an t 422 d cat er to 0 Du chee va l even s e- o the m bs e s se d A ost anto ustin nellis ites. chee se.co m

Salad with roquefort and grapes.

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“HOW CAN YOU GOVERN A COUNTRY WHICH HAS 246 VARIETIES OF CHEESE?”—charles de gaulle

R O QU E FORT T I P S 1) Store Roquefort at 40-45 degrees. 2) Keep it wrapped in foil—the original packaging foil if pos-

3) A cold, humid atmosphere is preferred— 4) A little mold is not bad. 5) Serve with strong reds, such as Chateau-neuf-du-pape. 6) Roquefort is surprissible.

consider placing a moist towel nearby.

ingly good with sweet, malty beers, or oatmeal stouts.

7) If the cheese is black and slimy don’t

buy it. 8) If you’re buying cheese online, buy it in full wheels, in its original packaging; and always have it shipped overnight delivery.

Roquefort can add depth to any dish.

The Big Cheese BY GEORGE FULLER E A C H A N D E V E RY A F T E R N O O N AT E X A C T LY 4 : 3 0 P. M . , I G E T

With a sense of great anticipation and ceremony I retrieve the neatly cellophane-wrapped chunk of Roquefort cheese I managed not to devour the previous day, place it on my counter top, and return to my desk. I check emails, edit a story I’m working on, see if anything newsworthy has occurred on cnn.com, check emails again… and keep one eye firmly on the clock. Exactly at 5:00 p.m., I get up and head back to the kitchen. By now, my Roquefort has reached its perfect apex of consistency and taste: creamy in the center, slightly crumbly on the outer portion, maximum flavor. I scrape a hearty portion onto a Scottish oat cake and enjoy. Then another, and then usually a third. Accompanied by a glass of deep red merlot—although many experts highly recommend a Sauternes— my eyes soon roll back in my head. No matter the trials and tribulations of the day, all is now well in my world. Roquefort cheese is my sweet addiction. There may be, as Charles De Gaulle remarked, 246 varieties of cheese in France, but none of them I’ve tried is better than Roquefort. The “king of cheeses,” as it’s been called, has been made in much the same way for centuries—with a raw sheep’s milk base, a specific molding process, and aged for months in the naturally ventilated Combalou limestone caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon village in southern France. The method of producing Roquefort, and thus its designation as authentic, are both closely regulated under French law, and a telltale red sheep emblem is imprinted on the label of those cheeses duly anointed. Although in the mid-1800s there were many master Roquefort makers in France, today there are only a few producers— seven to be exact—who are licensed to use the name. I’ve been lucky (and persistent) enough to try five of them. U P F R O M M Y D E S K A N D H E A D T O T H E R E F R I G E R AT O R .

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Wedge of roquefort cheese with rustic baguette and red wine.

All Roqueforts have a similar texture and flavor profile: marbled with distinctive blue-green mold, the cheese exhibits a soft nose and creamy start, followed by a burst of rye and must on the tongue, with an intense, salty finish. In texture—and when at the proper temperature—Roquefort should be slightly moist, slightly crumbly on the outside and more buttery toward the center. The flavor of Roquefort cheese varies seasonally and by producer. In spring, when the grazing lands are greenest on the mountainous plateaus of Aveyron, the sheep milk is sweeter and the ensuing cheese is somewhat more robust and flavorful than that produced in the dryer summer. Sometimes the veining is greener, or there’s a hint of pepper or smoke in the finish. This variety is what makes seeking out and tasting different Roqueforts so much fun. A couple are readily available, most are not. The two most common brands—Société and Papillon—are found in upscale supermarkets and online at sites such as CheeseSupply.com, usually priced from $19.99/lb. to $24.99/lb retail. Both are excellent and get five stars in my journal. Other varieties, such as G Coulet, Carles and Le Vieux Beruer, are priced slightly higher, typically up to $30.00/lb. retail and are found more easily at cheese specialty shops. These too rate five delicious stars in my book. But my personal favorite—my six-star cheese—also happens to be the lowest in price (shocking, eh?), Vernieres Freres, which retails around $14.99/lb. Like others, this brand can also be ordered online through sites such as iGourmet.com. One note of caution: Shipping and storage are critical in a Roquefort’s quality and longevity, so once you find a supplier who is knowledgeable and detail-oriented, stick with them. The first mention of Roquefort is found in the writings of Pliny the Elder (circa 79 AD) who described its rich aroma. It is also said to have been the favorite cheese of Charlemagne, which is a fascinating story for another day. Right now I have to go… it’s 4:30 p.m. 

LOC A

L FLA Whil VOR e Ro q u ef chee ort is se to not t fi n d, H he e on e asies of th yde P t e be ark c offer st ke once ing a pt se als h c o r e m Shop ts in e to A us t . T he Anto in, y are nelli’ Stree loca s Ch ted a e e se t, an t 422 d cat er to 0 Du chee va l even s e- o the m bs e s se d A ost anto ustin nellis ites. chee se.co m

Salad with roquefort and grapes.

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MIZU RISING LAKEWAY KEEPS A SECRET & THE WORD IS OUT PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN RYLANDER

3001 RANCH ROAD 620 SOUTH AUSTIN, TX 78738 512.263.2801 MIZUAUSTIN.COM

Members Only: A Secret Sip Society THE TEXAS TEMPERANCE SOCIETY EDUCATES AUSTIN ABOUT THEIR COCKTAILS

The Texas Temprance Society holds session at Malverde.

BY DANIEL RAMIREZ WALK INTO A NEWER COCK TAIL BAR IN AUS TIN AND YOU M AY

You’ll find the men and women behind the bar clad in more formal attire than t-shirts and jeans. You might notice the drinks take a little longer to construct and involve more elegant ingredients. Decor favors more classic looks, rather than modern style. Visit Austin Lifestyle favorites like Bess Bistro, East Side Showroom and Péché and you could easily feel transported back in time. Call the movement neo-speakeasy; the only thing needed to complete the effect is a password or perhaps a membership card. However, if you’re incredibly fortunate, you’ll find that Austin’s cocktail culture has given birth to just such a club. They call themselves the Texas Temperance Society and if you should find them, they will be unmistakable. Encouraged to don suits and dresses for their meetings, the group takes time to study everything about the drinks they enjoy throughout Austin. Austin Lifestyle was fortunate enough to encounter the THE TEXAS group on a random night at The Tigress TEMPERANCE SOCIETY Bar, a favorite stop for many of the meminfo@texastemperancesociety.org bers. It just happened to be their inaugural meeting and the cozy space felt as though the 1920s had taken over. As intruders, we drew our fair share of attention, but were eventually welcomed warmly and invited to be a part of something new and vintage, at the same time. The Texas Temperance Society was founded by Shu-Wai Chow and a few other enthusiasts when he moved to Austin after ten years spent in California. It was there that he was inspired by some friends who had gotten into Tiki drinks, a popular trend among bars and bartenders at the time. When, two years ago, he arrived in Austin, he longed for some of that cocktail appreciation experience and was pointed to the Tipsy Texan’s eleven-week intensive class about alcohol and spirits. Over time, Shu kept in touch with his teachers and when he visited FOAM, a group in Napa who consider themselves the Friends Of Ardent Mixology, Shu found that Austin had just as much to contribute to the conversation as the west coast did. He began the society as “an excuse to drink with friends” and “a way to spread the good word of mixology and cocktail culture NOTICE A TREND.

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to non-industry people.” He found kindred spirits, particularly in Lara Nixon, a well-established Austin cocktail authority; and the society began in earnest, with an admiration of finer things in the cocktail and more. The scaled-up dress is all a part of the ethic, as it is both a nod to the Prohibition era, as well as a counter-element to Austin’s laid-back culture. The well-dressed members discuss the complexities of each drink presented, savoring and educating one another on the characteristics of each liquor, the depth of a mixed drink, or the quality of a bartender’s craft. At their meetings, they speak of beverages with the same reverence that many critics and amateur appreciators save for fine dining. The society has co-opted the slow food movement and applied it to the classic libations they offer. “Going out for a craft cocktail is like going out for a special dinner,” Nixon proclaims after their most recent gathering, a full course on tequila held at La Condesa’s Malverde bar. For a nominal fee, the society offered a sampling of no less than five tequilas, complete with an engaging history of each sample, as well as the adornments, such as lime, salt and a delicious accompaniment, known as a sangrita, which we had never before experienced. One can expect We asked the Texas Temperance similar surprises when Society which bars are ’getting you go out with the it right’ in cocktail craft. Here’s Temperance Society. what they said. Whether it is downtown, on a tour of the FINO, Bar Congress, Tigress, Paula’s Texas Orange La Condesa & Péché facility, or hosted in a home for the “psychology of a cocktail menu,” you are sure to find something new to appreciate. And entry to the club is far easier than eluding the authorities and braving some seedy and dark back alley. Those curious can email info@texastemperancesociety.org to find out more details and to be a part of Austin’s best kept secret.

Sashimi

Hamachi ’Nachos’ Daily happy hour 4pm-7pm Monday | Half price Sushi Rolls 5pm-7pm Thursday | Ladie’s Night Half price lounge menu 5pm-10pm

Sushi may have found its home in downtown Austin some time in the last ten years, with sushi restaurants arriving almost monthly. But, like many of Austin’s inhabitants, incredible quality can be found moving toward Lakeway. MIZU is clearly leading the way, making the most of a breathtaking view of the western hills, incredible architecture and design and some of the best sushi to be found anywhere in the Cental Texas area.

Chef Nguyen Overseeing Every Detail

It is no surprise, then, that ingredients like the most prized beef on earth, Akaushi, are used in innovating and risk-taking ways. Hamachi served on a bed of purple chips, as though they were the most innovative of nachos, hint at more innovative avenues. A deconstructed BLT, incorporating braised pork belly and lacking the bread, finishes the thought. But the real cliffhanger is a jicama tortilla, enveloping rock shrimp to make a refeshing taco that is both savory and refreshing at the same time. These items and more are a hint of what is still to come. Head out to MIZU and the best kept secret in the Austin area. It won’t be a secret for long.

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MIZU RISING LAKEWAY KEEPS A SECRET & THE WORD IS OUT PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN RYLANDER

3001 RANCH ROAD 620 SOUTH AUSTIN, TX 78738 512.263.2801 MIZUAUSTIN.COM

Members Only: A Secret Sip Society THE TEXAS TEMPERANCE SOCIETY EDUCATES AUSTIN ABOUT THEIR COCKTAILS

The Texas Temprance Society holds session at Malverde.

BY DANIEL RAMIREZ WALK INTO A NEWER COCK TAIL BAR IN AUS TIN AND YOU M AY

You’ll find the men and women behind the bar clad in more formal attire than t-shirts and jeans. You might notice the drinks take a little longer to construct and involve more elegant ingredients. Decor favors more classic looks, rather than modern style. Visit Austin Lifestyle favorites like Bess Bistro, East Side Showroom and Péché and you could easily feel transported back in time. Call the movement neo-speakeasy; the only thing needed to complete the effect is a password or perhaps a membership card. However, if you’re incredibly fortunate, you’ll find that Austin’s cocktail culture has given birth to just such a club. They call themselves the Texas Temperance Society and if you should find them, they will be unmistakable. Encouraged to don suits and dresses for their meetings, the group takes time to study everything about the drinks they enjoy throughout Austin. Austin Lifestyle was fortunate enough to encounter the THE TEXAS group on a random night at The Tigress TEMPERANCE SOCIETY Bar, a favorite stop for many of the meminfo@texastemperancesociety.org bers. It just happened to be their inaugural meeting and the cozy space felt as though the 1920s had taken over. As intruders, we drew our fair share of attention, but were eventually welcomed warmly and invited to be a part of something new and vintage, at the same time. The Texas Temperance Society was founded by Shu-Wai Chow and a few other enthusiasts when he moved to Austin after ten years spent in California. It was there that he was inspired by some friends who had gotten into Tiki drinks, a popular trend among bars and bartenders at the time. When, two years ago, he arrived in Austin, he longed for some of that cocktail appreciation experience and was pointed to the Tipsy Texan’s eleven-week intensive class about alcohol and spirits. Over time, Shu kept in touch with his teachers and when he visited FOAM, a group in Napa who consider themselves the Friends Of Ardent Mixology, Shu found that Austin had just as much to contribute to the conversation as the west coast did. He began the society as “an excuse to drink with friends” and “a way to spread the good word of mixology and cocktail culture NOTICE A TREND.

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to non-industry people.” He found kindred spirits, particularly in Lara Nixon, a well-established Austin cocktail authority; and the society began in earnest, with an admiration of finer things in the cocktail and more. The scaled-up dress is all a part of the ethic, as it is both a nod to the Prohibition era, as well as a counter-element to Austin’s laid-back culture. The well-dressed members discuss the complexities of each drink presented, savoring and educating one another on the characteristics of each liquor, the depth of a mixed drink, or the quality of a bartender’s craft. At their meetings, they speak of beverages with the same reverence that many critics and amateur appreciators save for fine dining. The society has co-opted the slow food movement and applied it to the classic libations they offer. “Going out for a craft cocktail is like going out for a special dinner,” Nixon proclaims after their most recent gathering, a full course on tequila held at La Condesa’s Malverde bar. For a nominal fee, the society offered a sampling of no less than five tequilas, complete with an engaging history of each sample, as well as the adornments, such as lime, salt and a delicious accompaniment, known as a sangrita, which we had never before experienced. One can expect We asked the Texas Temperance similar surprises when Society which bars are ’getting you go out with the it right’ in cocktail craft. Here’s Temperance Society. what they said. Whether it is downtown, on a tour of the FINO, Bar Congress, Tigress, Paula’s Texas Orange La Condesa & Péché facility, or hosted in a home for the “psychology of a cocktail menu,” you are sure to find something new to appreciate. And entry to the club is far easier than eluding the authorities and braving some seedy and dark back alley. Those curious can email info@texastemperancesociety.org to find out more details and to be a part of Austin’s best kept secret.

Sashimi

Hamachi ’Nachos’ Daily happy hour 4pm-7pm Monday | Half price Sushi Rolls 5pm-7pm Thursday | Ladie’s Night Half price lounge menu 5pm-10pm

Sushi may have found its home in downtown Austin some time in the last ten years, with sushi restaurants arriving almost monthly. But, like many of Austin’s inhabitants, incredible quality can be found moving toward Lakeway. MIZU is clearly leading the way, making the most of a breathtaking view of the western hills, incredible architecture and design and some of the best sushi to be found anywhere in the Cental Texas area.

Chef Nguyen Overseeing Every Detail

It is no surprise, then, that ingredients like the most prized beef on earth, Akaushi, are used in innovating and risk-taking ways. Hamachi served on a bed of purple chips, as though they were the most innovative of nachos, hint at more innovative avenues. A deconstructed BLT, incorporating braised pork belly and lacking the bread, finishes the thought. But the real cliffhanger is a jicama tortilla, enveloping rock shrimp to make a refeshing taco that is both savory and refreshing at the same time. These items and more are a hint of what is still to come. Head out to MIZU and the best kept secret in the Austin area. It won’t be a secret for long.

MIZU

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A Downtown Dilemma Whether in an office or a cubicle, the hands of the clock approach noon and there are times when the sub or burrito from the national chain doesn’t sound great. Even midday mainstays, like The Soup Peddler, Hickory Street’s buffet, or Perry’s Friday lunch can become too familiar. You hunger for something different, something that’s out of the ordinary and yet will get you back to business quickly. The Accidental Epicurean found a few unique places downtown that fit the bill, whether you report to a downtown office or just happen to be there near the middle of the day. SULLY’S SIDE BAR

A new player on the lunch scene, Sully’s Side Bar is set to become a premier lunch destination downtown. Offering more accessible lunch fare than its parent restaurant, Sullivan’s, Sully’s will maintain the level of quality that Austin has come to expect since 1996, when Sullivan’s was established here. Sully’s serves upscale, fast casual food with a distinctly southwestern twist SULLY’S SIDE BAR in a relaxed yet refined atmosphere. If, like most 300 Colorado St. Austinites, a meal is incomplete without chips and 512.495.6504 salsa, Sully’s has more than enough to accommodate, with three different kinds of chips - corn tortilla, sweet potato and a breaded tortilla chip that resembles pita bread, all to compliment your salsa, hummus, or the best take on guacamole found in Austin, the smoky guacamole. Their tacos are also quality executions of classic combinations, but we were overwhelmed by the calamari salad, which had fried calamari towering high above a delicious salad mix that included corn and black beans, all of which was to ensure you’ll make it a popular lunch spot to come back to, again and again.

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For a bit of a change of pace in your lunch destination, you might try taking a culinary trip to an old northeastern tavern. Haddington’s, a recent addition to the West 6th bar scene, offers quite the unique menu for downtown lunchgoers. Make a tradiHADDINGTON’S tional English farmer’s lunch by ordering a selection 601 W. 6th St. from their cheeses, served with bread and honey. 512.992.0204 Alternatively, you can order a relative Austin rarity, a roasted lamb sandwich, crafted to not be as heavy as red meat can be. It’s difficult to imagine a pub serving a melon soup, but find that item on the menu and you’ll wonder where it has been for the last few years. With offerings that are tough to find in the state, much less the nation, Haddington’s might be just the shake up that a downtown lunch routine needs.

metrodog Metrodog is Austin’s premier dog boutique, featuring everything your spoiled dog could possibly want. With new concept toys, top of the line healthy treats, grain free food options, apparel and accessories, metrodog is sure to excite it’s Austin community, two legged and four legged alike. metrodog @ The Domain (11011 Domain Dr Ste 116) 512.466.PAWS (7297) austinmetrodog.com

WALTON’S FANCY & STAPLE

There is something to be said for a traditional lunch done right; and on the menu at Walton’s, there is an abundance of such options. Whether it is a sandwich, soup, or a combination of both, the deli counter at this Austin original has something that WALTON’S FANCY will help you through the second half of a day, even & STAPLE if it isn’t spent at work. Stand out sandwich creations 609 W. 6th St. included the Roast Beef Bleu and the Turkey Sweet, 512.542.3380 which includes apple as a tart and sweet flavor accent. But you would be missing out to ignore the cold salads in the deli case. The Green Chili Chicken Salad deserves the accolade that every bite brings and compliments any bread you choose from the variety Walton’s has to offer. Be sure to save some room for dessert. The pastries are extremely convincing and might be just the thing you need to survive the rest of the day.

Dirty Dog Award winning Full-service Grooming & Self-Serve Dogwash. Make an appointment with one of our fantastic groomers or stop by today & do it yourself – we provide you with everything you need! Wash. Shake. Wag. 5 Austin locations dirty-dog.com

Canine Castle: Fit for Kings, Built for Dogs! The world’s first luxury ornamental dog kennel designed right here in Austin. Featuring a 2–tier water misting canopy top and optional equipment: fountains, heaters, etc. This one-of-a-kind, high-end system offers strength, stability and long-term durability. BuyCanineCastle.com

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THE BEST OF EVERYTHING—ONLINE! View interactive issues online!

September & October What cliché have you been using to describe the feeling? Holding your breath? Treading water? Stuck in a holding pattern? Well the waiting ends NOW. It’s time to wake up. September and October are two of the best months of 2011 to take action. You know what you need to do. You’ve always known. Yes, it’s outside of your comfort zone, but who said life was safe? So quit procrastinating, stop making excuses and just do it. You’ll know those who are waking up with you by the twinkle in their eyes. Enjoy the secret laughter together.

ARIES

MAR 21—APR 20

You like to do-it-yourself, Aries. But if your nose is always glued to the grindstone, you’ll miss the gifts other people bring to your cause. Selfsufficiency is admirable, but there’s also potent alchemy in teamwork. Your wisdom comes from knowing when to stand alone and when to accept the hand that is offered you.

LEO

JUL 23—AUG 22

Get busy. Everyone gets their 15-minutes of fame, but if you want to keep the spotlight, you have to earn it. Be patient and pay your dues with a cheerful heart. Nothing is quite as satisfying as success that you’ve earned from your own efforts. Faith in yourself will carry you through when the audience has gone home for the day.

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN TAURUS

APR 21—MAY 20

There’s more to life than what you can measure. That little voice inside you whispering “Open Your Mind” isn’t your imagination; it’s a message from your deeper self calling you to learn to listen in a new way. Dust off your journal and take dictation.

GEMINI

VIRGO

AUG 23—SEP 22

High standards are a gift when they inspire you to strive for new achievements. But if you undervalue where you are in the present moment, you’ll never have the confidence to gamble on yourself. Believe in your talents and put yourself out there. You need to take some risks if you want to manifest your perfect vision.

CANCER

LIBRA

SEP 23—OCT 22

Who are you, Libra and what do you want? Stop looking for someone else to give you the answers you know you have inside you. Sure, there’s beauty in being able to see the benefits of many different points of view. But if you’re not living your own life, who’s living it for you?

SCORPIO

OCT 23—NOV 22

Silence is profound; unspoken words speak volumes. But not everyone has your gift, Scorpio and sometimes you have to lay your cards on the table. Say what’s on your mind and ask your partner what’s on theirs. You’ll feel better if you clear the air before the next round of the game starts.

Giveaways – Honestly, this is the best part of our job! We LOVE to give stuff away to our readers. Check the website to sign up for our new giveways. We promise to keep them coming. We met Tyler Florence this year and he signed a book for us to give away to one of our lucky readers but this is just the beginning! You’re welcome Austin Lifestyle readers.

Wheeler Brothers, Suzanna Choffel and David Ramirez have provided ALM with musical gifts for our readers Our Musicians on the Rise forecast extends online to offer all of our readers exclusive videos, song downloads and never-before-seen photography. On that note, enjoy their offerings... on us.

JAN 21—FEB 19

The world is upside down. But admit it... that’s the way you like it! If things are falling apart, you know you have the freedom to reinvent yourself. The only thing that limits you is YOU. Let go of your beliefs and baggage (even the carry-ons). It’s time to start the Age of Aquarius and you need to lead the way.

PISCES

JUN 22—JUL 22

Work. Home. Relationships. Life’s pulling you in all directions, no wonder you’re crabby, Cancer. Even if your heart’s in the right place, you can’t do everything. You need a radical solution: find out what’s essential in your life. By narrowing your focus, you’ll more easily be able to sort out what you need to do, from what you feel obligated to do.

DEC 22—JAN 20

Leave that suit in the closet. If you want to reignite your creativity, you have to break out of your box. Flee the city; try something new; pretend to be someone else. It’s in the unkempt and unknown where all the magic happens. Don’t be afraid to turn out the lights and play in the dark.

AQUARIUS

MAY 21—JUN 21

Do you ever find yourself driving the car, talking on the cell phone and refereeing the kids in the back seat? Stop and consider: maybe you’re the one who needs a time out. Even multi-tasking, information junkies need some quiet time to sort out knowledge from noise. I’m sure the kids won’t mind if you borrow their time-out chair.

NOV 23—DEC 21

If you’re on top of the world, excellent! But if you’re feeling stuck in a rut, take a step back and look at the big picture. What are you doing that’s not working for you and what could you do differently? Why wait for tomorrow, when you could start making a change right now.

FEB 20—MAR 20

Buzz! You were drifting along with the siren song of your dreams, but the alarm just jolted you awake. You may yearn for the fading melody, but people need you in the here-and-now. Find a way to fulfill your obligations yet still hear the song and you’ll have discovered the best of both worlds.

Behind the Scenes Photos: We can’t put every single photo in the magazine and we know you want to see more. Take a look at what we didn’t have room for.

Check out our online photo gallery of events from ALM issue release parties and Austin’s social scene.

Follow us on Twitter: @lifestyleaustin

Fashion Week – Didn’t get enough of Fashion Week? When it comes to fashion, a little is never enough. We always want “More, More, More.” And this year’s Austin Fashion Week provided more than enough sights, sounds and events. To get a good look at all that you might have missed, check out the photos from Chad Harlan and Scogin Mayo, as well as our on-scene wrap up from Austin Fashion Week 2011.

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THE BEST OF EVERYTHING—ONLINE! View interactive issues online!

September & October What cliché have you been using to describe the feeling? Holding your breath? Treading water? Stuck in a holding pattern? Well the waiting ends NOW. It’s time to wake up. September and October are two of the best months of 2011 to take action. You know what you need to do. You’ve always known. Yes, it’s outside of your comfort zone, but who said life was safe? So quit procrastinating, stop making excuses and just do it. You’ll know those who are waking up with you by the twinkle in their eyes. Enjoy the secret laughter together.

ARIES

MAR 21—APR 20

You like to do-it-yourself, Aries. But if your nose is always glued to the grindstone, you’ll miss the gifts other people bring to your cause. Selfsufficiency is admirable, but there’s also potent alchemy in teamwork. Your wisdom comes from knowing when to stand alone and when to accept the hand that is offered you.

LEO

JUL 23—AUG 22

Get busy. Everyone gets their 15-minutes of fame, but if you want to keep the spotlight, you have to earn it. Be patient and pay your dues with a cheerful heart. Nothing is quite as satisfying as success that you’ve earned from your own efforts. Faith in yourself will carry you through when the audience has gone home for the day.

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN TAURUS

APR 21—MAY 20

There’s more to life than what you can measure. That little voice inside you whispering “Open Your Mind” isn’t your imagination; it’s a message from your deeper self calling you to learn to listen in a new way. Dust off your journal and take dictation.

GEMINI

VIRGO

AUG 23—SEP 22

High standards are a gift when they inspire you to strive for new achievements. But if you undervalue where you are in the present moment, you’ll never have the confidence to gamble on yourself. Believe in your talents and put yourself out there. You need to take some risks if you want to manifest your perfect vision.

CANCER

LIBRA

SEP 23—OCT 22

Who are you, Libra and what do you want? Stop looking for someone else to give you the answers you know you have inside you. Sure, there’s beauty in being able to see the benefits of many different points of view. But if you’re not living your own life, who’s living it for you?

SCORPIO

OCT 23—NOV 22

Silence is profound; unspoken words speak volumes. But not everyone has your gift, Scorpio and sometimes you have to lay your cards on the table. Say what’s on your mind and ask your partner what’s on theirs. You’ll feel better if you clear the air before the next round of the game starts.

Giveaways – Honestly, this is the best part of our job! We LOVE to give stuff away to our readers. Check the website to sign up for our new giveways. We promise to keep them coming. We met Tyler Florence this year and he signed a book for us to give away to one of our lucky readers but this is just the beginning! You’re welcome Austin Lifestyle readers.

Wheeler Brothers, Suzanna Choffel and David Ramirez have provided ALM with musical gifts for our readers Our Musicians on the Rise forecast extends online to offer all of our readers exclusive videos, song downloads and never-before-seen photography. On that note, enjoy their offerings... on us.

JAN 21—FEB 19

The world is upside down. But admit it... that’s the way you like it! If things are falling apart, you know you have the freedom to reinvent yourself. The only thing that limits you is YOU. Let go of your beliefs and baggage (even the carry-ons). It’s time to start the Age of Aquarius and you need to lead the way.

PISCES

JUN 22—JUL 22

Work. Home. Relationships. Life’s pulling you in all directions, no wonder you’re crabby, Cancer. Even if your heart’s in the right place, you can’t do everything. You need a radical solution: find out what’s essential in your life. By narrowing your focus, you’ll more easily be able to sort out what you need to do, from what you feel obligated to do.

DEC 22—JAN 20

Leave that suit in the closet. If you want to reignite your creativity, you have to break out of your box. Flee the city; try something new; pretend to be someone else. It’s in the unkempt and unknown where all the magic happens. Don’t be afraid to turn out the lights and play in the dark.

AQUARIUS

MAY 21—JUN 21

Do you ever find yourself driving the car, talking on the cell phone and refereeing the kids in the back seat? Stop and consider: maybe you’re the one who needs a time out. Even multi-tasking, information junkies need some quiet time to sort out knowledge from noise. I’m sure the kids won’t mind if you borrow their time-out chair.

NOV 23—DEC 21

If you’re on top of the world, excellent! But if you’re feeling stuck in a rut, take a step back and look at the big picture. What are you doing that’s not working for you and what could you do differently? Why wait for tomorrow, when you could start making a change right now.

FEB 20—MAR 20

Buzz! You were drifting along with the siren song of your dreams, but the alarm just jolted you awake. You may yearn for the fading melody, but people need you in the here-and-now. Find a way to fulfill your obligations yet still hear the song and you’ll have discovered the best of both worlds.

Behind the Scenes Photos: We can’t put every single photo in the magazine and we know you want to see more. Take a look at what we didn’t have room for.

Check out our online photo gallery of events from ALM issue release parties and Austin’s social scene.

Follow us on Twitter: @lifestyleaustin

Fashion Week – Didn’t get enough of Fashion Week? When it comes to fashion, a little is never enough. We always want “More, More, More.” And this year’s Austin Fashion Week provided more than enough sights, sounds and events. To get a good look at all that you might have missed, check out the photos from Chad Harlan and Scogin Mayo, as well as our on-scene wrap up from Austin Fashion Week 2011.

Become a fan on Facebook!

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MICHAEL J. KHOURI ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Former Deputy District Attorney Over 29 Years Experience Member of the Texas and California Bars and Bars of the United States District Courts Western and Northern Districts of Texas

Telephone: (949) 336-2433; Cell: (949) 680-6332 4040 BARRANCA PARKWAY, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CALIFORNIA 92604 www.khourilaw.com and www.lawyer-medicare.com ww

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WELL YOUR GUIDE TO LIVING WELL EVERY DAY

MICHAEL J. KHOURI ATTORNEY AT LAW

FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE MEDICARE AUDIT DEFENSE MEDICARE FRAUD DEFENSE

Former Deputy District Attorney Over 29 Years Experience Member of the Texas and California Bars and Bars of the United States District Courts Western and Northern Districts of Texas

Telephone: (949) 336-2433; Cell: (949) 680-6332 4040 BARRANCA PARKWAY, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CALIFORNIA 92604 www.khourilaw.com and www.lawyer-medicare.com ww

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The first annual Dash for Dad 5K Race will be held at Camp Mabry as part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge®, taking place in 27 cities nationwide this year. Sponsored by Urology Austin, proceeds from the race will support research, advocacy and awareness. “September has been proclaimed National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month,” says urologist David Freidberg, MD, of Urology Austin. “It’s an important reminder for men to protect their prostate health. Austin is a health-conscious community that’s continuously ranked as one of the top cities to live and enjoy life. The Dash for Dad event gives the community an opportunity to renew its commitment to fighting the disease by finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat it.” The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer will kill almost 30,000 men this year and is the second leading cause of cancer death of American men. The exact causes of the disease are unknown, but awareness and early detection through prostate screenings help men make more informed health choices and potentially increase survival rates. THEM D OWN .

THE AGING MALE AND PROSTATE HEALTH

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located directly below the bladder in the male reproductive system. As men age, the prostate gets bigger and can block the flow of urine from the bladder and cause problems with sexual function. Common prostate problems can negatively affect a man’s quality of life. Swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, called prostatitis, often causes painful or difficult urination, pain in the groin area and flulike symptoms. Prostatitis caused by a bacterial infection can usually be treated successfully, but when a cause cannot be identified, it may reoccur and become a chronic condition. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that presses against the urethra and restricts urine flow. BPH causes uncomfortable, inconvenient symptoms including painful, difficult, sudden or frequent urination. More than 14 million US men suffer from BPH symptoms. Prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer in the prostate gland. The risk of prostate cancer rises rapidly for men after age 50; those at increased risk include African American men and men who have a firstdegree relative (father, brother or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65). Prostate cancer generally progresses slower than other types of cancer and some men experience no symptoms; it can be detected early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood or through a digital rectal exam (DRE). “New

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Fighting the Disease of Aging Males THE DASH FOR DAD 5K RACE October 22 at 9am Camp Mabry

surgical techniques, including the Plasma Button procedure for BPH, have become successful, efficient and cost effective for both the patient and the surgeon,” says Michael McClelland Jr, MD, of Urology Austin. The Plasma Button procedure uses a more minimally invasive technique which treats the problem areas of the prostate, leaving the healthy areas unaffected. Dr. McClelland says the procedure is not only shorter, but there is also less bleeding and other complications compared to traditional surgeries. PROTECTING YOUR PROSTATE HEALTH

Most experts agree that staying healthy, inside and out, is the most important thing that a man can do to protect his health. Each day should include a well-balanced diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy. In addition, limit alcohol intake, do not smoke, exercise regularly and stay informed. According to a recent French study, researchers believe pomegranate juice, along with Annual prostate checkups supplements such as omega-3, lycopene and won’t reduce the risk of vitamin D have protective effects again proscancer, but early diagnosis tate cancer. Another Harvard study showed increases survival rates. that three hours per week of brisk walking after a diagnosis of localized prostate cancer At age 50, males should may inhibit or delay disease progression. discuss benefits of annual “I advise my patients to begin living a healthy PSA and DRE prostate lifestyle—today—because it’s never too late,” screenings with their says Dr. McClelland. “Get your annual physi physician. cals and if you’re 50 or over, ask your doctor Males at increased risk about prostate cancer screening tests. If you of prostate cancer should experience any problems urinating, see your undergo prostate doctor immediately.” screenings between The Dash for Dad 5K Race will be held on the ages of 40-45. October 22 at 9am at Camp Mabry, located at MoPac and 35th Street. For more information or to register online, visit dashfordad.com.

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ON OC TOBER 22 , HUNDREDS OF CENTR AL TE X ANS WILL RUN IN HONOR OF A GENER ATION OF MEN WHO REFUSE TO LET AGING SLOW

The first annual Dash for Dad 5K Race will be held at Camp Mabry as part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge®, taking place in 27 cities nationwide this year. Sponsored by Urology Austin, proceeds from the race will support research, advocacy and awareness. “September has been proclaimed National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month,” says urologist David Freidberg, MD, of Urology Austin. “It’s an important reminder for men to protect their prostate health. Austin is a health-conscious community that’s continuously ranked as one of the top cities to live and enjoy life. The Dash for Dad event gives the community an opportunity to renew its commitment to fighting the disease by finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat it.” The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer will kill almost 30,000 men this year and is the second leading cause of cancer death of American men. The exact causes of the disease are unknown, but awareness and early detection through prostate screenings help men make more informed health choices and potentially increase survival rates. THEM D OWN .

THE AGING MALE AND PROSTATE HEALTH

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located directly below the bladder in the male reproductive system. As men age, the prostate gets bigger and can block the flow of urine from the bladder and cause problems with sexual function. Common prostate problems can negatively affect a man’s quality of life. Swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, called prostatitis, often causes painful or difficult urination, pain in the groin area and flulike symptoms. Prostatitis caused by a bacterial infection can usually be treated successfully, but when a cause cannot be identified, it may reoccur and become a chronic condition. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that presses against the urethra and restricts urine flow. BPH causes uncomfortable, inconvenient symptoms including painful, difficult, sudden or frequent urination. More than 14 million US men suffer from BPH symptoms. Prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer in the prostate gland. The risk of prostate cancer rises rapidly for men after age 50; those at increased risk include African American men and men who have a firstdegree relative (father, brother or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65). Prostate cancer generally progresses slower than other types of cancer and some men experience no symptoms; it can be detected early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood or through a digital rectal exam (DRE). “New

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surgical techniques, including the Plasma Button procedure for BPH, have become successful, efficient and cost effective for both the patient and the surgeon,” says Michael McClelland Jr, MD, of Urology Austin. The Plasma Button procedure uses a more minimally invasive technique which treats the problem areas of the prostate, leaving the healthy areas unaffected. Dr. McClelland says the procedure is not only shorter, but there is also less bleeding and other complications compared to traditional surgeries. PROTECTING YOUR PROSTATE HEALTH

Most experts agree that staying healthy, inside and out, is the most important thing that a man can do to protect his health. Each day should include a well-balanced diet of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy. In addition, limit alcohol intake, do not smoke, exercise regularly and stay informed. According to a recent French study, researchers believe pomegranate juice, along with Annual prostate checkups supplements such as omega-3, lycopene and won’t reduce the risk of vitamin D have protective effects again proscancer, but early diagnosis tate cancer. Another Harvard study showed increases survival rates. that three hours per week of brisk walking after a diagnosis of localized prostate cancer At age 50, males should may inhibit or delay disease progression. discuss benefits of annual “I advise my patients to begin living a healthy PSA and DRE prostate lifestyle—today—because it’s never too late,” screenings with their says Dr. McClelland. “Get your annual physi physician. cals and if you’re 50 or over, ask your doctor Males at increased risk about prostate cancer screening tests. If you of prostate cancer should experience any problems urinating, see your undergo prostate doctor immediately.” screenings between The Dash for Dad 5K Race will be held on the ages of 40-45. October 22 at 9am at Camp Mabry, located at MoPac and 35th Street. For more information or to register online, visit dashfordad.com.

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Breast Cancer Screening Essential for Women of All Ages

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BY L AKSHMI BAL ASUBRAMANIAN, M.D., TEXAS ONCOLOGY—CEDAR PARK OVER THE PAS T DECADE , NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT BRE AS T CANCER HAS HELPED INCREASE AWARENESS ABOUT THE DISEASE TREMENDOUSLY. Every October, the color pink adorns everything from rib-

bons to household items. While awareness of breast cancer has improved, the disease unfortunately remains the second-deadliest cancer among American women. As physicians, we know that the earlier we detect the cancer, the more likely the patient will survive and beat the cancer. When breast cancer is detected early before it spreads, women could have as much as a 98 percent survival rate at five years. While this all may sound very simple, in my own practice, I see many women with more advanced stages of breast cancer. It is estimated that this year alone, 924 women in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 157 women will die from the disease. Many of these deaths are preventable with yearly mammograms, especially for women over the age of 40. However, a National Health Interview Survey found that women age 40 and over getting mammograms actually declined from 70 percent to 67 percent from 2003 to 2005. While mammograms will detect 80-90 percent of breast cancer in women who don’t have symptoms, they are not the only way to detect the signs of breast cancer. Women should also screen themselves for signs of breast cancer through monthly breast self-exams, which they should begin to administer in their 20s. Any irregularities or concerns that are detected should immediately be reported to a physician. Finding breast cancer in early, more treatable stages leads to higher cure rates. Physician administered clinical breast exams are recommended for women in their 20s and 30s every three years and every year for women over 40 for the early detection of breast cancer. Screening is especially important for women who have increased risk factors for breast cancer. However, it is important to remember that even women without clear risk factors should have regular screenings and mammograms.

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RISK FACTORS MAY INCLUDE:

Age: Approximately two-thirds of breast cancer cases occur in women over age 55, though the disease can occur at any age. Family history: If a woman’s mother, sister, or grandmother had the disease, that woman potentially has an increased risk for breast cancer. Race: Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. Hispanic and African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage and larger tumors and more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Ashkenazi Jewish women are more likely to carry the breast cancer gene that makes them susceptible to breast cancer. Weight: Excessive body weight increases your risk for breast cancer.

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WHILE SCREENINGS MAY DETECT CANCER EARLY ON, IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO WATCH OUT FOR WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING:

- Change in breast size or shape - A lump or thickening in the breast - Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening of the breast - New pain in one spot - Dimpling or puckering of the skin - Itchy, scaly sores, or a rash on the nipple - Pulling in or retraction of the nipple or other parts of the breast - Nipple discharge that starts suddenly - A lump in the underarm If any of these symptoms are detected, contact a physician immediately to start receiving proper medical care. Researchers continue to make advances in the fight against breast cancer every day. Until a cure is found, regular screenings, awareness and healthy lifestyle choices such as eating well and exercising regularly are among the best tools a woman has to reduce her risk and survive the disease. Dr. Lakshmi Balasubramanian is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology— Cedar Park, 1401 Medical Parkway, B, Suite 412, Cedar Park, Texas.

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Breast Cancer Screening Essential for Women of All Ages

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BY L AKSHMI BAL ASUBRAMANIAN, M.D., TEXAS ONCOLOGY—CEDAR PARK OVER THE PAS T DECADE , NEWS AND INFORMATION ABOUT BRE AS T CANCER HAS HELPED INCREASE AWARENESS ABOUT THE DISEASE TREMENDOUSLY. Every October, the color pink adorns everything from rib-

bons to household items. While awareness of breast cancer has improved, the disease unfortunately remains the second-deadliest cancer among American women. As physicians, we know that the earlier we detect the cancer, the more likely the patient will survive and beat the cancer. When breast cancer is detected early before it spreads, women could have as much as a 98 percent survival rate at five years. While this all may sound very simple, in my own practice, I see many women with more advanced stages of breast cancer. It is estimated that this year alone, 924 women in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 157 women will die from the disease. Many of these deaths are preventable with yearly mammograms, especially for women over the age of 40. However, a National Health Interview Survey found that women age 40 and over getting mammograms actually declined from 70 percent to 67 percent from 2003 to 2005. While mammograms will detect 80-90 percent of breast cancer in women who don’t have symptoms, they are not the only way to detect the signs of breast cancer. Women should also screen themselves for signs of breast cancer through monthly breast self-exams, which they should begin to administer in their 20s. Any irregularities or concerns that are detected should immediately be reported to a physician. Finding breast cancer in early, more treatable stages leads to higher cure rates. Physician administered clinical breast exams are recommended for women in their 20s and 30s every three years and every year for women over 40 for the early detection of breast cancer. Screening is especially important for women who have increased risk factors for breast cancer. However, it is important to remember that even women without clear risk factors should have regular screenings and mammograms.

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RISK FACTORS MAY INCLUDE:

Age: Approximately two-thirds of breast cancer cases occur in women over age 55, though the disease can occur at any age. Family history: If a woman’s mother, sister, or grandmother had the disease, that woman potentially has an increased risk for breast cancer. Race: Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. Hispanic and African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage and larger tumors and more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Ashkenazi Jewish women are more likely to carry the breast cancer gene that makes them susceptible to breast cancer. Weight: Excessive body weight increases your risk for breast cancer.

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WHILE SCREENINGS MAY DETECT CANCER EARLY ON, IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO WATCH OUT FOR WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING:

- Change in breast size or shape - A lump or thickening in the breast - Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening of the breast - New pain in one spot - Dimpling or puckering of the skin - Itchy, scaly sores, or a rash on the nipple - Pulling in or retraction of the nipple or other parts of the breast - Nipple discharge that starts suddenly - A lump in the underarm If any of these symptoms are detected, contact a physician immediately to start receiving proper medical care. Researchers continue to make advances in the fight against breast cancer every day. Until a cure is found, regular screenings, awareness and healthy lifestyle choices such as eating well and exercising regularly are among the best tools a woman has to reduce her risk and survive the disease. Dr. Lakshmi Balasubramanian is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology— Cedar Park, 1401 Medical Parkway, B, Suite 412, Cedar Park, Texas.

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Skin Check K YLE COLEMAN, MD IS A BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST WITH WESTL AKE DERMATOLOGY & COSMETIC SURGERY. THE S KIN IS THE L ARG E S T O RG AN O F O UR BO DY A ND LI V IN G IN

Whether it is the long commute on Mopac and I-35, a day at the lake, or a weekend on the coast, we all are exposed to more than our fair share of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet (UV) light is present even on cloudy days and passes right through windows — especially car windows. UV light causes microscopic damage to the DNA in our skin cells. Overtime, this damage multiplies and can lead to dangerous and even deadly skin cancers (not to mention the increase in wrinkles and brown spots). In fact, over half of us will get a skin cancer in our lifetime. Most skin cancers tend to grow slowly; if they are caught early, there is a better chance of easily removing them without problems. However, if these cancers are left unchecked, they can be very disfiguring and could spread to internal organs. Some of these skin cancers can even be fatal. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to lowering your risk. Preventing the damage from the sun is first and foremost and can be accomplished through simple sun protection techniques. First, whenever possible, avoid being outside during mid day sun (the peak exposure hours). Next, when you have to be outside, sunscreens (minimum of SPF 30) should be applied daily to sun exposed areas to prevent the damage that we get day-in-day-out (your make-up doesn’t count). When we are out in the sun for extended periods, sunscreen should be re-applied every 2 hours because it loses its effectiveness over time due to sweat and deactivation. SPF clothing is another form of prevention. This clothing can now be easily found online and in retail stores; it is a great investment for those of us that spend a lot of time outdoors, like avid golfers or tennis players. The next important aspect of taking care of your skin is early diagnosis. Skin cancers come in several different shapes and sizes. Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common types of skin cancers; these usually occur on sun damaged skin and appear after the early 30’s but can occur earlier. Hard to find sometimes when they are small, these cancers are often places that bleed or don’t seem to heal. If left for long periods of time these cancers can find their way beyond the skin and may spread through the body. Melanoma skin cancers, although more rare, are the most dangerous types. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body (even the scalp and soles of the feet). Melanomas affect people of all ages. Recently, high levels of tanning bed use have led to a large increase in melanomas in young women. These cancers are typically dark, almost black, spots that CENTR AL TE X A S DEFINITELY TAKES IT S TOLL .

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can grow either from an existing mole or can arise from nowhere. The warning signs for these type of spots can easily be remembered with A (asymmetry), B (irregular borders), C (multiple colors), D (diameter bigger than a pencil eraser) and E (evolution = change over time). Melanomas are the most aggressive of skin cancers and are very dangerous if untreated. Despite recent advances in therapy, Melanoma is very difficult to treat once it invades beyond the skin. Unfortunately, invasive melanoma has high rates of mortality. So, it is important to see your dermatologist if you notice anything unusual or different. The best way to find these cancers early and learn the signs is to find a Board-Certified Dermatologist. Current recommendations by the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation say that individuals should be screened for skin cancer yearly by a physician and should self screen monthly. During this yearly exam, current moles and sun damage are evaluated closely. From this exam patients can better understand what to look for when doing self exams. Also, having a yearly exam lowers your risk of missing a skin cancer for an extended period of time. People at high risk, such as those with a history of melanoma, are often seen even more frequently. By staying ahead, you can lower your risk of having a problem in the future. The small amount of time taken to introduce healthy skin habits may save your life (not to mention keeping you looking younger). Kyle Coleman, MD is a Board Certified Dermatologist with Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Westlake Dermatology provides the very latest in skin rejuvenation and cosmetic and plastic surgery as well as stateof-the-art treatment for diseases of the skin. The practice of dermatology continues to be one of the fastest growing medical specialties with ongoing breakthroughs in skin care and repair. Westlake Dermatology patients have access to the most current medical technology and therapies available for lifelong healthy skin at any age.



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