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Annie Ray :: annieray.net Cory Ryan :: coryryan.com Derris Lanier :: lostcreekphotography.com Ed Verosky :: veroskyphoto.com Jake Holt :: jakeholt.com Jennifer Nichols :: jnicholsphoto.com Keith Kesler :: laughinggoatstudio.com Manuel Nauta and Ashley Nauta :: studionauta.com Mark Herron :: markherronphotography.com photographers

Carrie Crowe,

Associate Publisher & Editor

When the sun goes down and the lights go up, Austin shimmers. From the vivacious vixens (all dolled-up and ready to prance their way into every boy’s heart) to the un-censored street musicians (hoping to strike a chord with locals passing by) to the barely covered, thong-wearing cyclists (that have caused me to run just about every red light in town), it’s nearly impossible to make it one block in Austin without doing a double take. And this

Amy Wald Carly Kocurek Darcie Duttweiler JB Hager Kathy Farley Scarlett Steakley Tolly Moseley

year’s “Nightlife” issue is no exception. (You might want to put on your beer goggles for

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this one!) This month’s issue is filled with quite a few characters: go-go and burlesque dancers, a cabaret singer, mixologists and even Austin’s #1 d%uche b@g. It doesn’t get any better than that! Be sure to check out our makeover fashion series, featuring hot designer duds from some of our favorite local boutiques. Also, leaving his mark throughout this issue with his “Big Nights in Austin” art series — Gary

Taylor Perkins, Publisher Carrie Crowe, Associate Publisher & Editor Justin Esquivel, Senior Art Director Kristen Hurd, Art Director
 Jason Mcgwier, Web Design Alex Winkelman, Account Executive Ashley Leitch, Account Executive Jamie Moore, Account Executive Meredith Davis, Account Executive Paul Kimbiris, Account Executive Ashley Moreno, Editorial Intern Casey Slater, Sales Intern

Dorsey. This is Gary’s second appearance as Rare’s featured artist! While his work is often obscure and somewhat haunting, his ability to transport us into a fantasy world where objects take on immense sizes and uncharacteristic roles, has us truly mesmerized. Gary, we salute you! I want to let you all know that I have recently resigned from my position as Associate Publisher & Editor of Rare, so this will be my final issue. A special thank you to Rare’s loyal readers for your love of everything Austin, and to the local business owners for your participation and support throughout the years. As for my writers, designers, photographers and artists, thank you for sharing in my vision for Rare and helping me produce such a wonderful product. I truly value all of the relationships I’ve created during my time here, and I hope to work with all of you again soon.

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On The Cover: Gary Dorsey

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JB Rants

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Real Rare Makeover Series, Austin

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downtown

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From Dawn ‘til…Dawn

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Midnight Snack A-Shacks

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Solos at Silhouette

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Perspective: Brynn Elizabeth Scott

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campus/hyde park

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Bass’s Start Continue to Shine

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Act Like a Kid

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Keep Austin Tipsy

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Perspective: Ted Rowell

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GoGo

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Don’t Bother Knockin’

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Raising the Bar

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Zingo Delivers

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Burlesque Purr-fection

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From Ales to Zinfandels

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Perspective: Tanya Posavatz

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Perspective: Mandy Lauderdale

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A Sip of Texas Tradition

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Sing It Loud and Proud

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Rare Gives Back

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Each issue, Rare Magazine chooses a local Austin artist to feature on our cover and section introduction pages. This month’s feature artist is Gary Dorsey. Make sure you check out his art scattered throughout the magazine.

Gary Dorsey’s Big Nights in Austin

On The Cover: Gary Dorsey, Take Flight

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Gary Dorsey says he has been using Photoshop since before it was Photoshop.” Straight out of high school, the Memphis native scored a design job at a publisher that produced materials for churches. Although Dorsey took a few classes at the Memphis College of Art, much of his art education happened on the job, where he wound up illustrating many a Sunday school parable. “For the first time, I had to draw human figures every day,” Dorsey says. “I thought I was a good artist until I started studying the human body.” While he benefited from the time spent drawing saints and sinners, the artist was interested in the design capabilities presented by digital tools. After a few years at the publishing house, Dorsey moved on, striking out on his own as a designer in Columbus, Ohio and developing his own style, which he describes as a mix of dark themes and 1980s retro — a fitting aesthetic for this year’s “nightlife” issue. Five years ago, Dorsey and his wife and business partner, Kaysie, moved their family and work to Austin, where they run Pixel Peach Studio. Since moving to Austin, Dorsey has aimed to expand the types of work he has access to, and to further develop his skills and creative sensibilities. Pixel Peach Studio is a real family operation. The older of the pair’s two kids has already started learning Flash at age eight — although it will be a few years before he’s on the payroll. Booming business at Pixel Peach has allowed Dorsey to focus more on the kinds of projects he likes best. “Over the past few years, I’ve been establishing myself as a designer,” Dorsey says. “I don’t want to be thought of as just a web designer. I prefer to be called an interactive designer or multimedia designer.”

In addition to the work he has done for clients ranging from Warner Bros. Records to Chick-fil-A to local musicians and professionals like stylist Brandi Cowley, Dorsey has recently branched out into mural work. His pieces are featured prominently in Imperia and Speakeasy. For the pieces featured in this issue of Rare, Dorsey chose to focus on “Big Nights in Austin,” interpreting the idea literally and playing with giant barware, enormous mutant bats and immense bowling balls. To build the pieces, Dorsey spends hours seeking out the right components and textures from photographs, before painstakingly stitching the images into a collage in Photoshop. “I don’t like to approach anything straight on,” Dorsey says. “I wanted to show people engaging with these things in a kind of obscure way, and not just show someone drinking from a glass. I find so much joy in taking all these different elements. I want things to look realistic, but still like a fantasy.” Carly A. Kocurek Photo by Cory Ryan pixelpeach.com

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Meet Bobby: Austin D%uche B@g In the past two years of ranting for Rare Magazine, nothing I have ever written has received more response than last year’s D%uche B@g article. I carelessly assumed that my rant would solve the problem in Austin. After talking to many 20-something friends and co-workers, I see the problem is still rampant. And I’m not sure what it will take to reduce the D%uche B@g (DB) factor and protect Austin. I don’t want Austin to look or feel like Dallas or Houston. I will, do my best to campaign against and fight this issue.

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Recently, I was at an event hosted by a bar that is well known for having a DB problem. Through a friend of a friend, I asked a guy who was obviously part of the problem if he would sit down with me for an interview. Let’s just say this: I got the waiver in advance. If you don’t mind my asking, what exactly is that you are wearing? Well, this is a typical breakfast ensemble. My goal is to make it look like I might have been out all night. Gotta keep ‘em guessing. The jeans are Rock & Republic, but they’re one of a kind ‘cause I take ‘em to my guy Felipe in S.A. who works ‘em over and throws the skulls on and what not. All my shoes are like this. White is in for sure. The shirt is local. Same guy that does the space paintings on 6th Street. He does this on the side. I picked up the hat in San Fran. The shades are women’s, but I like the bigger styles.

If you don’t mind my asking, how much did you pay for those jeans? Two-fiddy off the rack. Another 4 for the custom. So, $254? Ha, you crackin’ me up. Six-fiddy. This ain’t no Ed Hardy, Ed Schmarty.

What do you drive? I used to lease a Mercedes SLK Kompressor, but that kinda…had to go back. Technically, I drive a Honda, but I’ve taken off all the logos and what not. It’s custom. At a stoplight you gotta guess for sure. You can hardly tell it’s a ’91.

What kind of bars do you frequent? They gotta have these three things: Bottle service with sparklers, a velvet rope and a guy-to-bunny ratio in my favor. No sword fights for me bro. In case you’re new around here, the Sausage Fest is in New Braunfels.

Are you dating anyone?

So, you’re in public relations?

“Dating” is a funny word. I’m seeing a few bunnies. Only a select few get my partially divided attention. You never know what hair color I might be in the mood for on any given night, so I like to flip through my Rolo-Sex file (if you know what I mean). My bunnies know I roll out solo, but I don’t go home alone. I think they like the competition. It’s criminal the way it goes down.

Well, sort of. I hold down the fort, overseeing sales of phones and accessories, mostly at the kiosk at Highland Mall.

Do you have any tips for guys on dating? Number one thing: make sure they have cab fare. If it’s not a guarantee that you get to Rock her Republics (hah, hah, hah), you want to send her packin’. I’ve got three rules: she’s gotta have a job, she’s gotta be firm and she’s gotta be Facebook-worthy.

Where do you live? Undecided. [Right now] I’m helping my parents out around the house. Not sure if I want to do the downtown thing. I’m over the roommate thing. I’m working with some architects, you know, but at the same time, really doing my folks a favor.

What do you do for a living? I got recruited straight from high school by a major telecommunications company. Maybe you’ve heard of them? AT&T. It’s sort of a community outreach marketing job.

Are you involved in any other business ventures? I’m working on opening a restaurant. I just have to nail down the three C’s: Concept, Capital and loCation. Once I get those going, it’s full steam ahead.

You involved in any charitable/ community organizations? I recycle. I do the Buffalo Exchange thing. I donate plasma. Oh, and did I mention I do kind of a pyramid-style lifting? Short number of reps, massive weights. I wanted to make sure I got that in.

You’re right. I didn’t ask about working out. I’m just saying, you need the RIGHT kind of carbs.

Thanks.

JB Hager is half of the hit morning-show duo “JB and Sandy” on Mix 94.7. Photo by Jennifer Nichols Model: Danny Witte Location: Imperia

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Gary Dorsey / Eat / 9.5" x 8.5," Photo Illustrations

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could just hang out at your favorite coffee house all day? You could drink the coffee you love, eat treats that satisfy you and maybe even have a glass of wine – or something stronger – to unwind at the end of the day. Sound relaxing? Well, if you love the coffee at Halcyon, Progress Coffee or Blu, you’re in luck! You can stay until it’s almost time to get up again.

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From Dawn ‘til... Dawn

Situated downtown on 4th Street, Halcyon opened its doors in 2002, remaining open to satiate the late-night partiers. “My husband and I went to school in the northeast, and there were tons of places like this, but not in Austin,” says Kristin Hardy, owner. “We were young and wanted to go out, but we wanted t o h a n g o u t a n d e n j o y o u r s e l v e s, n o t necessarily go to bars.”

For a recent acoustic set from J. Tillman of the Fleet Foxes, the small coffee shop was packed to the gills with excited fans. But, he loves promoting local artists and musicians the best. “We’re always tr ying to figure out how to give back to the community — that’s Progress,” says Bingaman. Join the Progress Posse email list to learn about upcoming events.

Open a total of 190 hours a week, Halcyon is many dif ferent places in one. In the morning, suits grab a coffee and maybe a breakfast taco, and during lunch, they come back for a delicious sandwich and people watching. During happy hour, you can enjoy a glass of wine, and after the sun sets, grab a drink from their full bar or even an imported smoke from their tobacco shop. And on your way home from a night of drinking, be sure to come back for some s’mores. “If you’re awake, we’re awake,” says Harding.

Located in the bottom of the 360 Condos, Blu is making quite a splash, and it just opened last December. With its decadent décor and delicious signature mar tinis, i t ’s q u i c k l y b e c o m i n g a ni g h t t i m e h o t spot. But the lounge is also a coffee house by day.

While not always open late, Progress Coffee draws a crowd for special events such as intimate concerts, poetry readings and art shows. However, owner Joshua Bingaman says people are sometimes reluctant to head to the intimate coffee shop at night. “People still label us as a morning place until they attend an event here,” says Bingaman. “Because we’re not open late every night, it makes it more of an event spot than a typical nightlife spot.”

“It’s a place where you can really lounge and make it your second home,” McGill says. “It’s not just a place where you get your coffee.” Darcie Duttweiler Photos by Mark Herron halcyonaustin.com progresscoffee.com bluaustin.com

Owner Shannon McGill says the idea for an all- day cof fee shop stemmed from an investor’s time overseas. “In Europe, you have your neighborhood coffee shop that you visit in the morning for coffee and then visit at night for a beer or glass of wine,” says McGill. “ We wanted a plac e you could frequent morning, noon and night.” With Italian imported coffee and all handmade pastries, crepes, pizzas and sandwiches, Blu is also the perfect place for dining alfresco. By night, stop in for a yummy cocktail, like a dreamsicle martini, and catch a foreign film, wine tasting or art show.

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S nack Midnight a-shacks Tolly Moseley, Photos by Cory Ryan

We all know and love the patron saints of 6th Street: the pizza carts, that hot dog stand, the kebabs place...and isn’t there popcorn somewhere? Like mirages in a desert, spots

like Roppolo’s and Kebabalicious deliver nourishment when we’re at our weakest (i.e. drunkest). But who are these public servants? If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to chuck your day job and start selling your favorite food out of the back of a trailer, you’ve come to the right place. Behold: two of Austin’s most successful food-preneurs tell their stories.

ROPPOLO’S “It’s really good pizza, even when you’re not drinking!” says Marc Roppolo of his ginormous ¾ pound pizza slices, sold at five Roppolo’s locations downtown. And he’s not kidding either: the secret formula comes from an old Sicilian family recipe. Not surprising, since Roppolo comes from a full-blooded Italian family. But the story of how Roppolo acquired that recipe is a little more unusual.

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“In my 20s, I was a personal trainer in New York City, and got off work every day around 11am,” says Roppolo. “One day, I was walking down First Avenue, and I smelled something in the air. I stopped, turned down a corner, and followed the smell. I paused in front of a small window display, and saw this guy with about a dozen 22-inch pizzas, loaded with ever y possible topping: cauliflower, spinach, artichoke, broccoli. I got a piece, took one bite and said to myself: this tastes like home.’”

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kebabalicious Kebabalicious has been around for just two and a half years, but its story begins much earlier — and in Switzerland, not in Turkey. “When I was 20, my friend Kristian invited me to come live and work at this family hotel in Switzerland, on a mountain called Stoos,” says Chris Childre, co-owner of Kebabalicious. “Whenever we had time to go down to Zurich, we’d always end up at this one amazing kebab stand. It was owned by a Turkish man

From that day forward, Roppolo went to the same place every day for lunch, and bought 1 to 2 slices each visit. About a year after his discovery, he arrived to see the storefront closed — but the cooks milling around the kitchen. “They told me, ‘Armando no here.’ A r m a n d o w a s t h e i r o w n e r,” s a y s R o p p o l o .   “ Tu r n s o u t , h e h a d g o t t e n arrested! So I walked back there, told the cooks to fire up the ovens and started selling the pizza myself.” When Armando got out of jail three days later, he took Roppolo under his wing, mentoring his new pizza-making apprentice. Roppolo moved to Austin in 1989, and set up his first pizza stand at Spicewood Mesa. Four years later, he opened up his original 6th Street location, across from Maggie Mae’s. Today, it’s an Austin institution, and Roppolo’s original fondness for creative toppings hasn’t changed: order a slice with ingredients like grilled bell peppers, thin-sliced zucchini and fresh sausage.

named Denir, who eventually grew his little street cart into a full-on franchise. The kebabs are that good.” Christian worked for a month and a half under Denir, preparing and selling ‘döner’ kebabs (Turkish for “turning a roast”). In short order, he fell in love with a Swiss girl, moved with her back to Austin and began looking for a trailer with his friend and future business partner, Kristian Ulloa. “We started looking for regular day jobs in our fields – graphic design stuff – but my whole life, I had been waiting for that one big thing,” says Christian. “And instinctively, I knew this was my one big thing.” The company will open a second location – a lunch spot – on 4th and Congress. If you’ve never had Mediterranean food, try the “Falafel Shot” — it gives you a little taste of their famed falafel wrap.

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You may already know Silhouette as the place to go for authentic sushi in the heart of downtown. But directly upstairs, you’ll find another authentic Japanese favorite, KTV. Not familiar? They’re private karaoke lounges. And at Silhouette, they come complete with flat screen TVs, two mics for you and your friends, plenty of seating and a bar menu that can’t be beat. Get ready for your solo.

I’ll admit it. The thought of karaoke in front of a group of strangers terrifies me. But now, there’s something to take the edge off. And it’s not sake. It’s Silhouette’s KTV. Directly upstairs from Silhouette Restaurant & Bar, Silhouette KTV is anything but your typical karaoke bar. The décor is simple and chic. As you walk up the stairs, you’re greeted with an open lounge area — perfect for smaller events and gatherings, or just to take a breather from your karaoke fans. The room is also outfitted with a projector for movie viewings. The real fun, however, begins as you head down the hallway from the main lounge. There, you’ll find several rooms completely decked out for you and your friends to karaoke to your heart’s content. “We have six rooms total,” says Enzu Chang, Partner and General Manager of Silhouette KTV. “In each of them, you’ll find a lounge set up with couches, a flat screen TV, an awesome speaker system and a couple of mics ready for you. There are even tambourines that light up.”

“There’s nothing like this in downtown Austin,” says Chang. “It’s completely different than what you’d expect because it’s not a karaoke bar.” Each room at Silhouet te K T V ranges in size, with the smallest accommodating about eight people and the largest fitting up to 27 people comfortably. Future karaoke stars are encouraged to reserve their room 7-10 days in advance, especially if the reservation is for Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. “We have a range of people that come in,” says Enzu Chang. “From families to big groups of friends to late-night guests who want to finish their evening with some karaoke.” Of course, you can always start your evening off with some dinner at Silhouette downstairs. In fact, you’ll get your first hour of karaoke free if you do. Otherwise, prices for any reserved room are $20 for the first hour, $5 per person per hour after that. My final question for Enzu is what song she hears most often.

Each room also comes complete with a snack menu to keep up your karaoke strength. From appetizers to beer, wine and sake, guests can order by flipping a switch in their room, which alerts the staff outside.

“There are a few that keep coming up,” she laughs. “You’d be surprised who you’ll hear singing Britney Spears or Kelly Clarkson in these rooms.”

“You tell us when you’re ready,” says Chang. “We’ll come in, take your order and cater to what you need.”

Kathy Farley Photo by Manuel Nauta and Ashley Nauta

With a library containing thousands of songs in English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and yes, even Russian, Silhouette KTV has thought of everything to make your karaoke experience like no other.

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Putting on a killer performance takes time and effort. For Brynn, this translates to 80-hour work weeks. But after the sun goes down and the lights go up, that special connection between the artist and the audience makes it all worth while. Describe how your profession revolves around nightlife.

The pluses and minuses?

It IS nightlife. I do all the administrative work and research (and a lot of other stuff) during the day, but the heart of it is done at night. In an ideal world, I’d only have to book during the day and settle with the artist or promoter at night, but working for a small company means being at the club for load in, making sure things go smooth and on time and networking with people during the show. That is when a lot of the important connections are made. Plus, I like to personally make sure the bands are taken care of. The other part of it is getting outside the club to check out other artists at other venues — primarily up & coming artists playing smaller clubs who are ready to “graduate” to the next level.

The Pluses: Not having a “real job.” This doesn’t really mean that I don’t have a real job. This means that my job can be extremely fun from time to time. #1 Doing what I love #2 The hookups #3 NOT HAVING TO WAKE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING. The Minuses: Working years upon years of internships and volunteer jobs in order to get to a point where you’re getting a crappy hourly pay or a crappy salary. Continuing to try and survive in the cut throat atmosphere. Working 80 hours per week for 40 hours of pay. Dealing with egos. Dealing with drama. Dealing with people who are beyond addicted to alcohol and drugs. Dealing with people who regularly try to rip you off. Dealing with high maintenance rock stars where nothing is ever good enough. Dealing with people who constantly lie. Dealing with attitudes. Dealing with people who are insanely paranoid about getting paid because they’ve been screwed over or not even paid at all many times in the past.

What do you love most about being a booking agent? Being inspired. And healed. The times during soundcheck when you hear the raw talent without the crowd and the bodies soaking it up. Seeing this place come alive again. Watching people dance. Seeing people smile. Being a part of good times. Having the honor of working with people who change the world. Having the honor of working with an amazing staff, full of integrity. Falling in love with different bands from time to time. Watching them grow. Meeting bands that have gone beyond the point of success and come back around humble as can be. Discovering a new exploding scene Putting an amazing, diverse bill together. Finding the network of “good people” and giving them repeat business. Watching a business prosper. Feeling the rock. Getting to do this for a living. The special connection that happens between the artist and the audience.

Brynn Elizabeth Scott, The Parish Room, 214 E 6th St., theparishroom.com

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What trends are you seeing in the Austin music scene? I think bands are starting to realize that they’d rather work with people who are nice to them, people who treat each other with respect and integrity. Wish some of them would have realized this years ago. There are some promoters who are starting to grab onto this, promoters who are artist-friendly, promoters who care deeply about the quality of the music and production level of the show. Navdo Presents is a great example. Nardo was one of those promoters who started that trend a couple years ago. He came out of the box swingin’ — investing his heart and soul into the local music scene, not trying to make a buck, just tryin’ to produce high QUALITY shows with great music, people and a high level of production. He went the extra mile in regards to everything — hospitality, lighting, promotions. I am so grateful to him for bringing back that vibe.

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Bass ’s Stars continue to While the face of Austin’s cultural scene is ever-changing, its capacity for quality entertainment is unwavering. And Bass Concert Hall is no exception. The heart of The University of Texas Performing Arts Center, this recently-renovated venue has been quenching the city’s cultural thirst since 1981. After an 18-month intermission, the curtain has finally risen again. The $14.7 million renovation began in May 2007 as a way to bring the building up to 21st century safety codes, and it proved to be a golden opportunity to enhance the venue’s visual appeal. “We really wanted to open the building up to people wanting to be there and hang out, instead of just going straight to their seats,” says Gene Bartholomew, Public Relations Manager for Bass Concert Hall. To accomplish this, the hall underwent numerous structural and design changes, including a 50 percent larger lobby space, an open glass façade and a sixth-floor patio that overlooks the UT stadium and LBJ Library. Additional upgrades include state of the art acoustics, increased lighting, improved restrooms, a café and more bars and concession areas. Each floor features original artwork including eleven modern sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sculptures are an initiative of the Landmarks public art program and are installed in and around the hall. The venue kicked off two weeks of reopening festivities on January 23rd with a performance by R&B sensation and Grammy-winner John Legend. It was followed by the World of Sound event, a massive array of different musical styles that showcased several opera stars, the UT Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choruses, Jazz Trio and the UT Marching Band, among other talents. “It was really a celebration of all that we do,” says Bartholomew. Other fine arts season events and commercial events include: Bill Cosby, Seal, Flight of the Conchords, Bonnie Raitt, Bill Maher, Itzhak Perlman and Goran Bregovic & His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra. Over the past 28 years, Bass Concert Hall has featured some of the greatest artists of all time, as well as numerous Broadway productions.

This season alone includes such smash hits as Legally Blonde The Musical, Rent, Annie, Avenue Q, and Mamma Mia! More is still to come with the much-anticipated August performances of Wicked from the 12th to the 30th. Since Bass Concert Hall began its new era, the venue has had its share of fame both on and off the stage. From patrons to college students, Austinites of all ages have been eager to check out the changes. “We are doing brilliantly,” says Bartholomew of the post-renovation venue. Bass Concert Hall is currently processing season subscriptions for the 2009-2010 season, and individual tickets for the fine arts season events go on sale July 15th. With a new season including performances by Bela Fleck, the Trey McIntyre Project, Robert Crumb & Art Spiegelman with Francoise Mouly, DJ Spooky: Antarctic Suite, So Percussion and Jose Carreras, there’s no doubt that Bass Concert Hall’s stars will continue to shine. Amy Wald Before Photo: Courtsey of the Performing Arts Center After Photos by Derris Lanier utpac.org

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An evening at the Austin Children’s Theater (ACT) is anything but stuffy. This creative outlet offers theater performances that are as much fun for adults as they are for kids. Talena Martinez, Executive Director of ACT, shares her mission and her ideal evening with us. When it comes to a fun family night out, there are the typical outings. The movies. The bowling alley. Yes, even miniature golf. But, Austin has so much more to offer. Take a break from the usual, and spend an evening at the Austin Children’s Theater. Sit back and enjoy a unique performance where kids take center stage.

Martinez also prides herself on providing a wide breadth of classes and clinics for students. “If a student wants to learn something, we either have someone who can teach them or we’ll find someone,” she says. “One of our teachers, for example, is a screenwriter. We bring in teachers from comedy improv troupes. We make it happen.”

Open since March 2008, ACT has already put on ten short plays, two full-scale musicals, produced two books, two silent films and two short films. Impressive, especially when I consider how long it takes me to write one article.

Martinez is, indeed, making it happen. Her passion and love for teaching performance art is evident. And her enthusiasm spills into performances and even the audience itself. Audience participation is a regular element of the theater’s shows.

What’s even more impressive is that these creative endeavors are almost entirely student run. “We have student writers and comp oser s,” says Mar tinez. “ We have all - student performers. And we don’t recreate existing stories. We write and produce original musicals and plays that put students in the spotlight.”

“[Austin Children’s Theater] isn’t just about the craft,” says Martinez. “It’s about the house. This is a safe place to be creative. We wanted to create a family with this company.”

Of fering a variety of classes, summer camps and stage productions, the Austin Children’s Theater is a popular outlet for children ages 5-18 who are interested in all aspects of the arts. “We do original productions because it allows us flexibility,” explains Martinez. “If a part’s not working, we can change it at will. If we have a student who’s talented on the stage but not in singing, we can create a rap for them instead. All of this allows us to challenge each individual student to grow.”

Ranging from ACT’s 14-week-long musical program to weeklong camps, there is a class for almost every art interest and age range. Performances, like their current musical, Camp Kashakootie, are held at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 per seat (small children who can sit on laps are free of charge), with 2-3 performances per weekend. And if you’ve already enjoyed the show and would like to be a part of ACT, volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Kathy Farley Photo by Keith Kesler Austin Children’s Theater 4001 Speedway 512-927-6633 austinchildrenstheater.org

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In th e su m m er of 20 07, Da vi d Al an pi cked up DeGrof f’s barte a co py of Da le nding tome, “C ra ft of the Cock tail,” Books on Sout at Half- Priced h Lamar. “I thou ght it looked so sa ys Al an . “I to rt of interesting,” ok it ho m e, st ar te d m ix in g up Showed it to m so m e dr in ks . y friend Jo e. W e st ar ted invitin try our concoc g friends over tions. Just havin to g fun, you know ?” Two year s late r, David Alan an d partner Jo e Ei proprietors of Ti fler are the sole psy Texan, a co ck tail catering, event services educ ation and outfit. What star ted out as simpl two friends, ev e kicks between entually be cam e a website an growing busine d no w, a quickly ss. “M y or ig in al pl an wi th th e we bs ite wa s to bl co ck tail re cipe og a di ffe re nt ea ch day fro m ‘Craft of th e Co 50 0 of them,” ck tail’ — all says Alan. “I wa s inspired by Th Project, where e Julie/Julia Julie Powell blog ged all of Julia Ch fro m ‘M as terin ild ’s recipes g th e Ar t of Fr en ch Co ok in g’ fo far, I’ve mad e r a ye ar. So it throug h 152 of Dale’s re cipe calling it The Da s – I’ve been le/D av id Pr ojec t – bu t then, ot came up.” her thin gs

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Those “other th ings” are Tipsy Texan’s rising the media, with presence in contributed ar tic les and guest bl to plac es like Ed og posts ible Austin, Au stin Americ an -S and Condé Nast tatesman Traveler’s Daily Travel Blog. As gain ed re co gn their brand ition, both Alan an d Ei fler part ne other local mixo re d wi th logists to deep en their alcoho l education. Tolly Moseley “I completed AC C’s culinar y ce Ph otos by Cor y Ry rti fic ation program, met back then an which in Central M ar ke t,” says Alan. “I’ve in the food/bev been er age service in tipsy texan.com dustry since I wa 17, so I sort of s about knew who the bi g pl ayer s were as master bartend far as ing goes : Bill No rris at Fino, Be at the old St ar n Cr aven lig ht. Both Jo e an d I m ad e it a stud y their st yle point to s. They’re the ki nd of people wh co ck tails as a o treat culinar y endeav or, while most ju st so us ed to of us are dr in ki ng cr ap. W e wa nt to ra st andards of co is e th e ck tails in this ci ty.”

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Ted Rowell

General Manager, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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For Ted Rowell, it’s about mingling with good people and drinking even better beer. He’ll be the first to tell you how Austin’s beer scene has evolved in just the past two years. Let him introduce you to the world of beer! How does Austin nightlife compare to other cities? Variety! You have all of your bases covered here: fine beer bars, incredible music venues and beautiful people! You’re not going to find that combo in too many places!

When it comes to working in this industry, what are the pluses and minuses? Pluses start with why I love what I do — the beer! The minus. Do you ever leave work at 4am and return by 7am to start a new day?

What makes “going out” in our city special?

Common misconceptions about your profession?

We have so many walks of life roaming the streets and especially the local watering holes around the area. It doesn’t matter who you are, your style, or personality. You can go just about anywhere and fit right in!

Misconception: we’re just running a bar! We’re not! We are running a business that happens to be a fine @ss beer bar! We start our days at 7am and get busy early. Our day doesn’t stop until the crowd goes home at 2am, and then we still have work to do. So, it’s not just a party. It’s work and we love doing it every day!

What areas of Austin are considered “hot spots?” Of course people would call the downtown area a hot spot! Some great areas are popping up on the radar around town. Try East 11th and some of the little joints in that area. I also enjoy some hole in the walls along Burnet.

If you had to plan the perfect night out in Austin (for an out of town guest), where would you go and what would you do? Planning the perfect night out would start with pints at the Saucer, then grab a bite maybe at Fino, head down and catch a show at the Continental Club, Antone’s or Stubb’s, then cocktails at the Longbranch Inn or Lala’s!

What do you love most about your profession?

What trends are you seeing in the Austin nightlife scene? Better beer! I’m not saying that because of what I do! You can find better beer in more spots today than you could two years ago. Hell, Vino Vino sells Chimay on draught, Fino has Schneider Weisse, Uncle Billy’s is kicking @ss with their beers! The town has dropped martinis for pints!

What are your favorite nighttime activities (outside of frequenting restaurants/bars)? Peter Pan Putt-putt, catch a show, but most of ALL, I love to get some good rest at home with my wife Whitney and our chocolate lab Cooper!

The people and the beer! I like being on the move and getting to chat with so many people each day. I really love having the opportunity to introduce so many people to the world of beer. Or giving those beerknurds the chance to try so many great flavors from the craft brewing world!

Ted Rowell, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 815 W. 47th St., 512-454-8200, beerknurd.com

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gogo Lights are flashing in the smoky club and bodies are moving to the electronic beat pounding through the speakers. At the center of it all, a group of girls sway their hips to the rhythm, lighting up the stage with their sexy costumes and sultry moves. Who are these queens of the dance floor? Meet Kelly Gray, Crystal Grosko, Natalie Cruz, Erin Furry, Amber Prowell, Liz Miller, Megan Rust and Harmony — also known as the GoGo Gadgettes.

Though the group has only been around for a year and a half, these dancing divas wasted no time in making a name for themselves all across Texas. The girls regularly perform for some of the biggest global headliners in dance music, sometimes taking the stage in front of two to three thousand people. And, according to GoGo Gadgettes creator and manager Kelly Gray, there’s never a dull moment. “There’ll be visual projections, spotlights, lasers, various special effects and lighting tricks,” says Gray. “Sometimes we’re on platforms at a club or dancing in the crowd to pump ever yone up. It’s usually a ver y euphoric atmosphere and a truly great vibe.” With a wide range of dance talent that taps into ever y thing from belly dancing and cheerleading to athletics, each Gadgette brings her own unique style to the group. But in spite of their distinct dancing personas, the girls are united by their powerful presence and passion for performing. “We’re a group of intelligent, strong-minded women,” says Gray of her fellow dancers. “We each have amazing personalities and eccentric attitudes, and we’re also all girls you don’t mess with. We can hold our own ground.”

The Gadgettes are a fusion of Gray’s addiction to GoGo dancing, the electronic music scene and creative fashion. “I wanted to have a group with the ultimate p ackage : best d a n c e r s, b e s t l o o ks, b e s t s t y l e, b e s t attitudes,” explains Gray. “The intention was to dance for an array of shows, clubs and promoters — not just in one set place.” With a performance for Armin Van Buuren, currently ranked the #1 DJ in the world, tucked under their boots, the Gadgettes are just getting started. Gray is constantly looking for new oppor tunities to expand the group’s talents. Among her bag of tricks is the addition of Megan, the Gadget te Hoopet te, and Harmony, the Gadgette Stringette. While Megan wows the crowd with her glowing hula hoop and belly dancing skills, Harmony lights the stage on fire – literally – by stringing lights and spinning fire as she dances. “It’s all really impressive,” gushes Gray, “kind of like a little buffet of kick ass talent.” Whether in Houston, Dallas or Austin, the GoGo Gadgettes never fail to provide their fans with a memorable experience. “We really bring something to the table that you can’t find anywhere else, and we keep it fresh every time,” says Gray. “People look forward to seeing us dance, and that’s super inspiring.” So pu t on your dancing shoes, Austin. It’s time to say hello to the GoGos. Amy Wald Photo by Ed Verosky myspace.com/gogogadgettes

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Don’t Bother Knockin’ Sam’s Bar-B-Cue isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a haven for night owls, the bar-wandering individuals who simply won’t accept a drive-thru as their final meal for the night. The true beginning of Sam’s is slightly unclear, but the Mays family purchased the business from the original Sam in 1978. Since then, the relationships and rapport have grown into what is now an east-side landmark. Word-of-mouth is the game and the Mays family is a champion.

Sam’s Bar-B-Cue 2000 E. 12th St. 512-478-0378

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The name, word-of-mouth and good food, are what Karen “Kay” Mays credits for Sam’s reputation. Walking into Sam’s is like walking into your family’s kitchen…Well, the family you’ve never met, but that instantly loves you and shares amazing barbecue. Kay is just one of the four siblings that work and co-own Sam’s (there are six siblings total). Each chose a shift, and they stick with it week after week. The siblings include Kay, Brian, Veronica and the late Waunda Fay Mays, whose photograph was on one of the last Stevie Ray Vaughan albums, In Step. Sam’s is open until 1am on weekdays and 3 or 4am on weekends. But, don’t take the restaurant’s hours too seriously. Sam’s will stay open as long as its late-night crowd wants to hang about the small frame house. “Back in the 1980s, we’d stay open until four or five o’clock in the morning. It was jumping back then. Everyone came to hang out at Sam’s Bar-B-Cue,” says Mays. But even in the 21st century, Sam’s is still jumping. In fact, SXSW 2009 musician, TuneYards, filmed a music video at Sam’s. Stevie Ray Vaughan is probably the most famous musician that was a loyal customer of Sam’s. So much so, that Brian Mays claims to have been a pallbearer in his funeral. “He just came in one night and wanted some good barbecue and fell in love with it. Every time from then on, he and his band mates came in to enjoy some good barbecue,” says Mays. One glance at the walls is enough to prove that Sam’s reputation is strong among the music industry. There are signed pictures of George Clinton, Los Lonely Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Vanessa Williams and LeAnn Rimes (to name a few). “It’s just a laid-back place. This is it! We’ve got the jukebox on at night or any games on the television. Whatever people want, so they feel at home,” says Mays. The Mays family continues to believe that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. “People come all across town and across the country to have our barbecue,” Mays says, “There ain’t no way you can get barbecue past 11pm at night — we provide that, ” says Mays. Beware drive-thru restaurants: Sam’s delivers more than just food. “We bring the hospitality. The way we treat the meat and the customers are the same: you’ve got to love the barbecue and we know what people want.” Go ahead and spread the word. Scarlett Steakley Photos by Mark Herron 53

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a toast to austin’s bartenders nick henning WHERE: Rio Rita (riorita.net) AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Bloomington, Indiana FUN FACT: When he’s not bartending, Henning is an award-winning painter and part-time art curator. His work has been shown at Arthouse on Congress Avenue, and is regularly on display at several galleries around town. “My stuff is definitely abstract, but with a pop art style,” says Henning. SPECIALTY DRINK: Rio Rita Margarita. “Every bartender puts on their own little twist,” says Henning. “I like mine a tad citrusy.” RECIPE: Tequila, triple sec, squeeze of lime, splash of Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur. BAR TIP: Nick’s partner-in-crime, Aaron Reed, infuses wildly creative vodka varieties at Rio Rita. Taste a shot of the raspberry-infused vodka, or ask for a Bloody Mary made with the jalapeno/lime/cilantro-infused vodka.

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Pop quiz, Austinites. What’s the name of your favorite bartender? You know, that guy at Rio Rita...the one with a mustache...who makes the best margaritas? If you’re anything like us, you’re only vaguely familiar with our city’s drink-slinging heroes. (And who could blame you for the fuzzy memory?) We took it upon ourselves to make a formal introduction. Austin, meet your bartenders.

Tolly Moseley, Photos by Jake Holt

jeremy cruz WHERE: Beauty Bar (beautybar.com) AGE: 34 HOMETOWN : Outskir ts of Lake Jackson, Texas FUN FACT: Cruz is the drummer for southern classic rock outfit Scorpion Child, which shakes down regularly at Emo’s and Club DeVille. Before Beauty Bar, Cruz mixed drinks for Whiskey Bar, and before that, he was an environmental consultant. SPECIALTY DRINK: The Sparkleberry. Three Olives vodka, Sparks, squeeze of lime, splash of cranberry juice. “This is the only way I can drink Sparks,” admits Cruz. “But, it’s a perfect drink to get the party started.” BAR TIP: Beauty Bar has a reputation for treating bands very well; as such, touring acts frequently stop by after-hours for drinks with staff. (At press time, Cruz had just finished hanging out with Franz Ferdinand, who popped by Beauty Bar to chill out). So if you’re thinking about turning in early, stick around a little longer: at this place, you never know who you’ll run into.

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bill hankey WHERE: The Good Knight (myspace.com/thegoodknightaustin.com) AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas FUN FACT: Billy is the half-brother of Randall S to ck ton, w ho ow ns Rio Ri t a nex t d o or (and Beerland downtown) . All of the old timey pictures hanging in The Good Knight a r e p h o t o s o f B i l l y ’s a n d R a n d a l l ’s family : aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents. SPECIALTY DRINK: The Good Knight RECIPE: Sweet vermouth, rye whiskey, lemon liqueur and lime juice. “This is a crisp summer drink,” says Hankey. “The lemon and lime balance out the heaviness of the whiskey. Both guys and gals like it.” BAR TIP: Order “The June Rose,” and honor the Hankey family legacy. It’s named after Billy’s grandmother, and is made with St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, Hendrix Gin, muddled white seedless grapes, basil, bitters, sugar cube, and garnished with cucumbers and basil. It’s one of The Good Knight’s topselling cocktails, and the elderflowers in St. Germaine are picked in Switzerland — where Billy’s grandmother is from.

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thomas perkins + niece WHERE: TC’s Lounge (myspace.com/tcswednesdays) AGES: 63 and 47, respectively HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas FUN FACT: Owner Thomas Perkins is the “T” in “TC’s” — he opened the bar with a partner in 1978, who eventually handed the whole business over to him. His niece, “BabyGirl,” is photographed with Keanu Reeves in a picture that hangs above the bar from when Mr. Reeves dropped by TC’s in 2004. Bruce Willis has also been spotted on the TC’s dance floor. SPECIALTY DRINK: This is a bottled beers kind of joint, but on Monday nights— unofficially known as “White Night” — a specialty food graces the tables: beans and corn bread! The best part? It’s free. RECIPE: “The corn bread mix is secret,” says Perkins. But I can tell you that the magic is in the honey.” BAR TIP: Come out Wednesday nights at 10pm to see Soul Track Mind, fronted by buzzy white boy soul singer, Donovan Keith. “He has ever y single person in the room dancing so hard, they sweat,” says BabyGirl. “When he sings, you just want to jump up on the tables and go crazy.”

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Zingo Delivers

Zingo Austin 877-OK-ZINGO zingoaustin.com

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With so many clubs, bars and live music venues in Austin, there’s no shortage of hotspots to check out any night of the week. And when you’ve had a little too much fun, there’s a designated driver standing by. Charlie Goyer, owner of Zingo Austin, explains how his company can get you home safe and sound.

The concept, quite frankly, is simple and brilliant. The company not only provides a safe way to get home, but also gets your car home at the same time. How do they do it? Say you’re downtown. It’s 3am. You shouldn’t drive home. So, you call Zingo. Within 20-30 minutes, a driver shows up at your car on a small Di Blasi folding motorbike. Yes, it folds up. And it then fits in the trunk of your car, sealed in a bag, which allows Zingo’s fully insured driver to take you home in your own car. Once you arrive safely, your driver gets back on the motorbike and zips off into the night. “I would love to take credit for the Zingo concept,” laughs Goyer. “But it actually started in Atlanta back in 2006. I thought the concept was perfect for Austin, so I started one here.” The service, available in Austin since June 2008, has enjoyed quite a bit of success. “We’ve probably had about 600 customers or more over the past 12 months,” says Goyer. “Most, of course, are coming from downtown with our busiest nights being Friday and Saturday.”

Zingo Austin is available Tuesday through Saturday from 9pm to 4am. There is a flat $20 pick-up fee, which includes the first three miles, and then just $2 per additional mile. And there’s pretty much nowhere in or around Austin they won’t go. “I have customers who ask us to take them back to Bastrop regularly,” says Goyer. “It’s not a problem, we’ll go there and beyond. It works out cheaper than a cab and you don’t have to go back and forth to get your car the next day.” The service is also available for a flat rate of $60 per hour for corporate events, weddings and more. If you’d like your own personal chauffer for the evening, Zingo will be at your beck and call for $40 per hour with a two-hour minimum. So, the next time you’re out enjoying Austin’s nightlife, have Zingo’s number handy. By the time you finish your late-night slice of pizza, they’ll be ready to take you home safe and sound. Kathy Farley Photo by Ed Verosky

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You won’t catch this DJ mixing tunes on a laptop. To Brian, nothing sounds better than the scratchiness of old school vinyl. Being a DJ has taught him there’s more to nightlife than just being seen. It’s about connecting with a community. How does Austin nightlife compare to other cities? Other cities?...really? This is Austin, “the oasis of Texas.” I care not what other cities do — all we need is here! This is the mecca of nightlife. In Austin, not only can you go to a dance club and hear anything you want, you can also see every type of music played live at a venue almost every night of the week. Hell, we have a music festival for every week of the year, and afterparties spun by the best DJs out there. No joke.

What makes “going out” in our city special? You get to see all those cool tattoos! Ha! No really, for me, goin’ out in Austin feels like family. My friends own bars, their friends own bars. If you go downtown on a regular basis, within a couple weeks you’ll feel like you’re a part of a community. Nightlife in Austin is a social scene. There are people that live and work completely around the nightlife.

What areas of Austin are considered “hot spots?” Apparently east 6th street is the new hot spot, but it’ll always be 7th and Red River for me. I’m a dirty downtown kid and I want my drinks cheap!

The perfect night out for an out of town guest? First we’d go to meet my parents at their house ­— they’re bad@ss old Austin folks. Then we’d go across the street to the Poodle Dog Lounge for a beer and white trash jukebox. Next, head to County Line for some two-steppin’ (special for out-of-towners), followed by downtown for REAL dancin’ on 7th street — Beauty Bar/Creekside style. Finally, eastside afterparty till dawn.

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Describe how your profession revolves around nightlife? Lately I’ve been playing a lot of events – brunches, weddings, birthdays – but deejaying will always be about the night for me. I cut my teeth deejaying at clubs from 10pm to 4am. Those hours are magic. Is it just me or is everyone having the best time at 2am? Can’t someone let us stay open till 4!

What do you love most about being a DJ? It gives me the chance to express myself musically. To share what I’ve learned about music with other people. I love to dance, and I love inspiring others to dance. When I play, even if only one person gets out on the floor, I feel like I’ve accomplished something as a disc jockey. Both of my brothers are musicians, I come from a musical family...I’ll buy records till the day I die.

When it comes to working in the music industry, what are the pluses and minuses? Pluses: amazing people, great times, gossip, money Minuses: burn out, alcoholism, gossip, no money

Some common misconceptions about your profession? Believe it or not, everything you hear is true. Anyone can do it. It’s easy. You’ll be rich.

What trends are you seeing? Everyone’s playin’ with their damn computers. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all to death, but nothin’ sounds better than the real thing.

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“I blame my mother,” says Stacey Breakall, stifling a giggle. “I was in high school.” Breakall, or “Tijuana Trixie” as she is known on stage, looks at her fellow Kitty Kitty Bang Bang cast members, all leaning around a table, snickering conspiratorially. “So my mom flips on the ‘Gypsy’ remake one day, right? The one with Bette Midler, about a stripper? Well, I watched the whole thing. I fell in love. And the rest, as they say, is history.”

Breakall is the founder of Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, a seven-year-old burlesque troupe in Austin. There are seven members in the full cast, ranging in age from late 20s to mid 30s, and each girl has her own stage name and character: Legs Cadillac, Venus Velvet, Bella Dona Nightingale, Bebe LeBoop, Prissy Darling and Busty Rusty. They perform at a variety of venues around Austin, from Speakeasy to Emo’s to The Compound, and no two shows are quite the same.

“Our audiences get a huge kick out of stuff like that,” says Bebe LeBoop. “We like to shock crowds just a little bit, but more than anything we try to keep things fun and playful, which is what old school burlesque is all about.”

“We like to try different things,” says Bella Donna. “We’ve done spaghetti western, apocalyptic, 1980s-themed. Every venue kind of dictates a different burlesque performance.”

Because Kitty Kitty Bang Band originated in Austin, where burlesque is still a fairly recent phenomenon, the girls have designed charming, off-the-wall shows with musicians and multimedia (like “Apocalypse Wow,” a mini-play about a post-apocalyptic world where only burlesque girls survived). Admittedly, they’ve also had to adjust to less-than-ideal performance conditions.

“But not every piece is a pasty piece,” Busty Rusty interjects. “It’s really about the tease, not the strip.”

“All seven of us have literally changed inside a broom closet before,” says Legs Cadillac.

Indeed, it’s the “tease” that makes Kitty Kitty Bang Bang shows so popular. Their stage antics and vaudevillian tricks won over fans on opening night. The troupe’s first full length show premiered at the Ritz Lounge in September of 2002, to a sold-out audience.

“Not to mention the back of a U-Haul,” laughs Prissy Darling.

“Our shows usually have two acts,” explains Venus Velvet, “beginning with an ensemble opener, two or three solos and either an audience game or a sideshow-type guest act in the middle. The crowd usually goes nuts over whatever magician, or singer, or whoever we plug into the middle.” One of Kitty’s most popular vaudeville guests is The Amazing Buffy West, who strips down out of her clothes while balancing a full wine glass on her head — sometimes rolling around on the floor. Eventually, through layer by removed layer she reveals...her manhood.

“I think that’s why we get along so well — we’ve had to share pretty damn cramped quarters,” says Legs. “It’s rare for any all-girl group to get along, but Austin is so laid-back, and we’re all so comfortable with each other. When we dance, I think the audience can read that comfort level on our faces.” Or on their pasties, as it were. Tolly Moseley Photo by Manuel Nauta and Ashley Nauta kittykittybangbangshow.com

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Fion Wine Pub 2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd. 512-266-3466 11715 FM 2244 512-263-7988 fionwinepub.com

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With the influx of wine bars in the past couple of years, it’s safe to say that Austin is fast becoming a wine town. In order to keep the city’s funky and laid back roots, two friends decided to take the pomp and pretense out of the wine business and make it young and fresh. Owners Josh McKay and Mike Bryan opened the doors to Fion Wine Pub in Steiner Ranch almost two years ago.

“We wanted to marry the idea of a neighborhood pub with wine by dumbing down the wine,” says McKay. “We’re young, and wine is fun. We’re out to show people it’s not all hoitytoity.” After the success of the Steiner Ranch location, McKay and Bryan opened a second location in Bee Cave in April. But what exactly is a wine pub? Start with over 600 wines in house and add more than 600 beers from around the world with about 50 on tap, and you have yourself a wine pub. Unlike a regular bar, you can take anything home. The shop even has a “create your own” six pack, where you can pick and choose your meads of choice. “The selection of our beer and our wine are equal,” says Bryan. “No one has put all these things together in one place with the same respect of both. We have a true variety.”

While the original location adapted into an upscale bistro with the addition of Chef Paul Petruzzi of Michelangelo frozen foods, the new Bee Cave location will remain solely a wine pub. It will, however, serve nibbles of cheese, of which the Fion folks have an amazing selection, as well as homemade fudge, a product they have trouble keeping away from the staf f. While it lacks Chef Petruzzi’s famous lamb sliders, the new shop makes up for it in additional beers on tap. While the duo loves beer – and food – their first love is wine, and it’s something they can talk about for hours. McKay has a sommelier education and cut his teeth distributing Gallo wines, while Bryan is a self-taught oenophile, learning he could make more money as a waiter if he had wine knowledge. Coming from two different points on the spectrum of wine education, the partners do have one piece

of advice in common: “The more you taste, the more you know.” Bryan and McKay recommend stopping by their new shop to pick up bottles that you can’t purchase elsewhere, due to their amazing connections. Past scores include a case of Whitehall Lane — they were the only location in the state to receive any. “There are so many exciting things happening in the industry right now, and that’s what we want consumers to see,” says Bryan. “We have so many wines from off the beaten path.” “Just come out and try everything!” adds McKay. Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Keith Kesler

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For Tanya Posavatz, planning premiere events is more than just “making things pretty.” It’s the perfect balance of creative energy and project management — it’s all in the details. We’ll “clink” to that! How your profession revolves around nightlife? Nightlife is research for me: at bars and restaurants, I’m looking at capacity and flow for private events, menu trends, new presentation ideas and décor for design inspiration. At clubs, I’m checking out bands I might want to use for a specific event.

In the event industry, what are the pluses and minuses? Pluses: your coworkers are fun, clients are (usually) happy and you eat great food and listen to great music as part of your job. It is also a good blend of right-brained creative work with left-brained logistical planning. I also love that there is an end date to every project and new events popping up all the time. Minuses: most events take place in the evening, often Fridays and Saturdays, so your personal life takes a hit. I find that a lot of my social life consists of industry networking events. I think it’s why I’m still single — no open evenings for dates!

Common misconceptions about your profession? That it is all partying. I never drink while on the job, so while the food and music are good, I’m not in party mode. Some people think it is all design and “making things pretty.” It is actually more project management than anything else. Also, that it is always fun. It is often stressful (part of our job is taking the stress OFF the client — it doesn’t simply disappear, we take it on).

Common misconceptions about the event industry? That it’s a bunch of hobbyists doing this in addition to their real jobs, or instead of a real job. In fact, the event industry has steadily grown as a professional industry since it began with the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. It now has several international associations, the International Special Events Society (ISES) being the main one, Tanya Posavatz, Clink, 512-236-0264, clinkevents.com

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professional designations (Certified Special Events Professional is the one to look for) and major educational conferences. It’s not just party planners anymore.

What trends are you seeing in corporate and social events? More focus. Events are getting smaller, opting for higher quality for a more focused target group of attendees, whether it’s a corporate event for clients or an intimate wedding. I’m seeing a lot more events for 100 people or less with incredible menus, wine and live music, rather than events for 200 or more with just appetizers and canned music.

The craziest or most memorable nightlife event you’ve ever witnessed? I was out one summer night bar-hopping, meeting different friends at different bars, starting with an anniversary celebration a friend of mine had planned for Manuel’s Restaurant. I was wearing white jeans and a red and white striped silk tank top (this becomes important later). After a couple of bars, I was looking for somewhere to go late-night and texted a friend, who invited me to meet him and some others at a place they were going to check out on Red River. I hopped in a pedi-cab and rode on over, not stopping to look around until I was in the club and saw him standing in front of me — a very embarrassed look on his face. The club was filled with people in black, many wearing leather and chains, and there was a “show” on stage. I’m standing there in my candystriper outfit and blonde pontytail, basically glowing as if a spotlight was on me. To my credit, we stayed for a while, despite the neon sign pointing in my direction indicating that I didn’t belong there. My friend insists to this day that he didn’t know what he was getting me into. I’m not so sure. 77

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Georgia Peach, Mandy Lauderdale, has brought Hot-lanta to A-town with her charismatic cabaret show. This sizzling red head will tease you, taunt you and tickle her way into your heart. She’ll even feed you a cupcake with her feet. Austin “hot spots?” South Congress is definitely bustling more and more as new hotels, boutiques, salons and restaurants open up. I live near Doc’s so I see it happening every day. I’ve also noticed East Austin getting more and more traffic. I saw a show at Victory Grill and was blown away by the slight New Orleans feel it had. And across the street was this taxidermyladen spot called Longbranch Inn. West 2nd is heating up too. I like that area of downtown. Seems to be a little more chill and mature.

The perfect night out in Austin? I’d start at Quality Seafood for they’re killer King Crab special and live jazz with Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies. Then we’d head to Mozarts’s on Lake Austin for coffee, dessert, and a beautiful sunset. After that we’d mosey on over to Baby A’s on Barton Springs for their special purple margaritas. Then we’d hopefully see The White Ghost Shivers play somewhere. For a little late night action, we’d then we’d head east to TC’s Lounge to get down and dirty. We’d finally top the night, err, morning off at Magnolia’s with a yummy breakfast.

What you love most about being a cabaret singer? Shining a light, literally, on that shy guy in the back of the room who isn’t usually the center of attention. I actually have a song on my record that talks about this. It’s starts out by saying “Serenade a fella in the back of the room, sweep him off his feet and take him high as the moon, don’t be a shy guy, I just wanna say hi guy…” I wrote that song with the intention of performing exactly what I was singing. Nothing thrills me more than making a timid guy the star of the show for a few minutes especially when that guy is at a table with a bunch of his friends. I never pick on the guy who wants to be picked on. I pick on his friend who I can tell is a little overshadowed in his life. The glow on his face, the nervous smile on his lips, his friend’s cameras Mandy Lauderdale, mandylauderdale.com

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takings pics of him and hootin’ and hollerin’ fulfills my night. This is why I perform — to bring a little joy and attention into the lives of those who don’t usually get it that often, even if it’s just for a moment.

Common misconceptions about your profession? People often think that because I use the word “cabaret” to describe my act, they automatically assume I do burlesque. Not that I don’t enjoy a good burlesque show, I am NOT a burlesque entertainer. My show leaves much more to the imagination and I think that’s one of the reasons it’s been so successful. Yes, I change behind a privacy screen (often with a member from the audience) where you can see my silhouette, throw my dress over people’s heads, shower my band with lingerie and feathers, feed audience members cupcakes (sometimes using my feet) and throw martini glasses up against the wall, but the show is anything but burlesque. It’s just a bunch of fun, silly antics that help the audience to become a part of my show. No fourth wall here folks! There is an art to the tease and I like to dance on the fence of campy and sexy without sacrificing class. I am flattered that some people think I do burlesque. If only I had the boobs and dancing skills!

Craziest or most memorable nightlife event? I had my CD Release Party at Aces Lounge on Valentines Day. It was the first show I’d had in Austin that had been heavily promoted, so it was the first time that a lot of people got to see my show in it’s full, unedited form. What was so memorable, though, was what a couple told me AFTER the show. They told me they were going to incorporate some of my stage shenanigans into their relationship to spice it up a bit. They had lost a lot of the va va voom that they use to have. That compliment knocked me off my feet. I strive to simply entertain but when it ends up helping or inspiring people way after the show is over, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that. 81

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With so many brands on the market, quality alcohol is hard to find. That’s a problem that Daniel Barnes and Bruce Graham, owners of Graham Barnes Distilling, hope to solve. A local treasure, their Treaty Oak Platinum Rum gives alcohol aficionados a taste of what Texas has to offer. The company began four years ago when Barnes and Graham saw an opportunity to create a distillery that both brews and distills its own spirits. In fact, Graham Barnes Distilling not only controls all aspects of production, but it also prides itself on using only Texas ingredients. The molasses that forms the cornerstone of the rum actually comes from the last operating sugar mill in Texas. But, according to Barnes, the process is not the only thing that the company has to offer. “We were looking to do a rum that was more refined and grown-up,” he says of how Treaty Oak Platinum Rum got its start. “We wanted to create a higher-end, classier version of what rum can be, handcrafted and true to its Texas roots.” With hints of vanilla and nutmeg, the rum is advertised as a drier, crisper product that is treated more like a high-end vodka. As such, it is fermented using a special whiskey to bring out its flavor. Even the rum’s name has a unique backstory, originating from the 500-year-old Oak tree located on 6th and Baylor. The Treaty Oak tree itself was supposedly named after a treaty signed by Stephen F. Austin in that very spot. Legend has it that the treaty established boundaries with the Native Americans, and thus marked the beginning of the Treaty Oak tree’s firm presence in Austin. Years later, after the tree was poisoned and the city of Austin rallied to save it, Barnes and Graham found inspiration in its strength, history and ability to

survive against all odds. “The people of Austin came together to save an iconic piece of what Austin is all about,” explains Barnes of the fight to keep the symbolic tree alive. “This personifies the high standards of our brand.” Intended to compete with both the best rums and vodkas, Treaty Oak Platinum Rum hit the shelves of liquor stores (including such chains as Spec’s and Twin Liquors) over a year and a half ago. Among the venues where the rum can be found are Cedar Door, Maggie Mae’s, the Hideout, Eddie V’s, the Four Seasons and even Austin staples like Kerbey Lane. Whether you’re sipping a Motini at the Four Seasons or enjoying a Violet Crown at Eddie V’s, Treaty Oak Platinum Rum promises to make your night one to remember. And just as the Treaty Oak tree has become a part of Austin history, Treaty Oak Platinum Rum is ready and willing to make its mark on Texas. Amy Wald Photo by Ed Verosky treatyoakrum.com

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Sing it loud and proud This spring, I dragged my friend to the Justin Timberlake Sing-Along at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. “If it’s just a bunch of JT music videos, couldn’t I do this in my house for free?” he asked skeptically. An hour later, he’s dancing on stage singing loudly to T.I.’s “Dead and Gone.” Creative Director Henri Mazza shrugs off people who are dubious about the sing-alongs. “It’s like saying, ‘Why see a band live? ’” he says. “It’s a weird thought: ‘Oh we’re gonna watch music videos in a theatre with subtitles.’ It sounds silly, but it’s also the best thing ever.” What had humble beginnings in 2004 with a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Sing-Along, has evolved into a blow-out dance party with a full bar, confetti cannons and ridiculous audience shenanigans — I watched a dude

do back flips to Michael Jackson’s “Bad” during the 1987 Sing-Along. After a couple of successful shows with “The Muppet Movie” and “South Park” sing-alongs, Mazza decided to return to what makes the show resonate so well with its audience: passion.

Holy Grail,” “Blazing Saddles” and more recently, “Zoolander.”

“Hosting the ‘South Park’ Sing-Along was fun, but I missed the heart of it, so we did ‘Moulin Rouge,’” he says. “Moulin Rouge” did so well that the Drafthouse folks brought it back earlier this year with new host, Greg MacLennan, and newly legal absinthe to bring out the green fairy spirit.

In addition to having the quotes or lyrics displayed on the big screen, Mazza will pass out props to keep you immersed in the film — from glow sticks to coconut shells for “Monty Python” and inflatable microphones for the Ladies of the 1980s Sing-Along. Don’t worry, it’s not karaoke — you don’t have to perform in front of an audience. Unless, of course, you excel at doing back flips. Just be prepared to dance.

“People connect to that film because it’s very passionate — if you hate it, you have no soul,” MacLennan says. “Once you have an audience who loves it as much as you do, you have this amazing communal event. You really have to experience it to understand why the shows work so well.” After three years of sing-alongs and packed audienc es, M az z a and Pro du c tion and Promotions Coordinator Caitlin Stevens decided that musicals are not the pinnacle of audience participation. “Caitlin and I were making a ‘Princess Bride’ trailer one month, and I started shouting out the lines. We thought, ‘Let’s do the same thing we do for sing-alongs!” says Mazza. After shouting “inconceivable” at the screen, they moved onto “Monty Py thon and the

“It’s more fun than watching a movie at your house — you have all these fun props and a group who loves the film too,” Stevens says.

“It’s like ‘F ootloose’ — the dancing is contagious,” says Maclennan. “The quotealongs are fun, but I never have to worry about what shoes to wear.” Buy your tickets now for the In Da Club SingAlong which will feature the best “urban” dance hits from recent years – expect some R. Kelly and Kayne – this month. Be on the lookout this summer for “Team America” and “Spaceballs” quote-alongs. And prepare now for the “Ghostbusters” quote-along in October. I’m gearing up my perfect “Are you the gatekeeper?” voice. Darcie Duttweiler Photo by Annie Ray 87

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spotlighting Austin's nonprofits Bat Conservation International | batcon.org

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Thanks to the post-Dracula legends of bloodsucking bats winging their way across the night sky and harassing livestock and people, bats have a bit of a public relations problem. While working as curator of mammals at the Milwaukee Public Museum in the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Merlin Tuttle became interested in this issue.

Bat Conservation International An ecologist and photographer, Tuttle began working to raise awareness of the need for conservation efforts, eventually founding Bat Conser vation International in 1982, and establishing the organization in Austin in 1986. Barbara Fenway, science of ficer for Bat Conservation International, says Austin is a perfect home for the organization, in part because it houses such a significant bat colony. “When the bats moved under the bridge on Congress Avenue, people were talking about exterminating them,” Fenway says. “Dr. Tuttle decided the bridge was the perfect place to do bat conservation. Now those bats are a 10 million dollar a year tourist attraction for Austin alone. Austin is the most bat savvy city you’re likely to find. People and children are very well educated about bats.” Most of what the organization does today focuses on conservation — a goal they work toward not only through direct conservation, but also through research and education. Bat Conservation International’s educational efforts reach out to everyone from corporations to

grade schoolers, and much of their work aims to protect bats’ natural habitats, which are often threatened by human activity. Fenway, who has a degree in secondar y education with a major in biology, moved to Texas in 1981 and quickly became entranced by Austin’s bats. “I had only been here a few years when someone came to my house and said ‘Hey, there are a bunch of bats under the bridge,’” Fenway says. “I was standing under the bridge looking for bats when they all dropped down and starting flying, and I was just captivated from that moment on.” Fenway now spends her time as a scientific jack of all trades for Bat Conser vation International, talking with people who call the organization about bat roosts at risk and helping them find local resources, as well as fact checking articles for the organization’s quarterly magazine. She is also a bat rehabilitator, caring for sick and injured bats. While bats may have particular prominence in Austin, Fenway is quick

A big thanks to our friends at Kerbey Lane Cafe for supporting local austin non-profits. When you purchase Kerbey Lane Cafe gift cards in July 2009 through RareAustin.com, a portion of the proceeds will benefit this organization.

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to point out that bats ser ve a number of important ecological functions. “The majority of bats are insect eaters, and they help to control tremendous quantities of insect pests, particularly agricultural pests,” Fenway says. “Many bats are pollinators. Also, bats that are seed dispersers are very important for rain forest regeneration. They’re more likely to fly between cleared areas in forests, so they’ll drop seeds in open areas. We use a lot of products and eat a lot of foods that are protected by bats.” If you are interested in protecting bats – or at least learning more about them – the Bat Conser vation International website is an excellent resource, as is the organization’s magazine, which is distributed to members. Membership in the organization starts at $35 annually, and discounts are available for students, educators and seniors. Carly Kocurek Photo by © Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

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urbanspacerealtors.com

dcarch.com

Avant Salon

Joie de Vie

Red River Flats

318 Colorado St. 512-472-6357

713 E. 6th St. 512-542-9220

Austin City Living

avantsalon.com

joyoflifesalon.com

austincityliving.com

greystarredriverflats.com

1145 W. 5th St. 512-323-9006

901 Red River St. 866-751-2124

Conder Insurance Agency

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SHOPPING Tripp T-shirts

Tyler’s

Cream Vintage

Forbidden Fruit

myspace.com/tripptshirts

tylersaustin.com

creamvintage.com

forbiddenfruit.com

Room Service Vintage

Toy Joy

roomservicevintage.com

toyjoy.com

2405 Nueces St. 512-478-7477

107 E. North Loop Blvd. 512-451-1057

2338 Guadalupe St. 512-478-5500

2532 Guadalupe St. 512-474-8787

108 E. North Loop Blvd. 512-453-8090

2900 Guadalupe St. 512-320-0090

food & drink Mother’s Cafe and Garden

Cuatro’s

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Torchy’s Tacos

motherscafeaustin.com

cuatrosaustin.com

hydeparkbarandgrill.com

torchystacos.com

Trudy’s

Kerbey Lane Café

Food Heads

Fino

trudys.com

kerbeylanecafe.com

foodheads.com

finoaustin.com

Epoch Coffeehouse

Salvation Pizza

Spider House

Mansion at Judges’ Hill

epochcoffee.com

myspace.com/salvationpizza

spiderhousecafe.com

judgeshill.com

M.J. Neal Architects

512 Realty

Venue on Guadalupe

mjneal.com

512realty.com

venueonguadalupe.com

4215 Duval St. 512-451-3994

409 W. 30th St. 512-477-2935

221 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-454-3762

1004 W. 24th St. 512-243-6361

2606 Guadalupe St. 512-477-5717

624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076

4206 Duval St. 512-458-3168

616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400

2908 Fruth St. 512-480-9562

2801 Guadalupe St. 512-494-8226

2905 San Gabriel St. 512-474-2905

1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800

Thundercloud Subs 3200 Guadalupe St. 512-452-5010 thundercloud.com

living 4220 Duval St. 512-320-0764

600 W. 28th St. 512-322-0512

Arts & entertainment

2815 Guadalupe St. 512-473-3706

Health & Beauty

Austin Children’s Theater

Bass Concert Hall

Alite Laser

austinchildrenstheater.org

utpac.org

alitelaser.com

4001 Speedway 512-927-6633

510 E. 23rd St. 512-471-2787

504 W. 17th St. 512-328-1555

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SHOPPING Soigne Boutique 4800 Burnet Rd. 512-300-2929

Paper Place

4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-6531

soigneaustin.com

Blue Elephant

Verbena Floral Design

shopblueelephant.com

verbena.com

4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-371-3259

1601 W. 38th St. 512-420-0720

Russell Korman

Precision Camera

Adelante

Atomic Cherry Boutique

russellkormanjewelry.com

precision-camera.com

adelanteaustin.com

atomiccherryboutique.com

Sampaio’s

Teo

Austin Diner

34th Street Café

sampaiosrestaurant.com

caffeteo.com

Taco Shack

Kerbey Lane Café

Flying Saucer

tacoshack.com

kerbeylanecafe.com

beerknurd.com

3806 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-451-9295

3810 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-467-7676

1206 W. 38th St. 512-452-5322

5535 Burnet Rd. 512-258-2226

Back Home Furniture 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-452-7753

backhomefurniture.com

food & drink 4800 Burnet Rd. 512-469-9988

4002 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-467-8533

1206 W. 38th St. 512-451-9555

3704 Kerbey Ln. 512-451-1436

arts & entertainment

5408 Burnet Rd. 512-467-9552

1005 W. 34th St. 512-371-3400

34thstreetcafe.com

815 W. 47th St. 512-454-8200

living

The Art Pad

Dart Bowl

Avenel

Mallet deVarga Architecture

theartpadstudio.com

dartbowl.com

ownhydepark.com

cobrastudiosaustin.com

Rae Cosmetics

Bob Salon

Urban Betty Salon

Sirens Salon

raecosmetics.com

ilovebobsalon.com

urbanbetty.com

sirens-salon.com

4520 Burnet Rd. 512-323-0802

5700 Grover Ave. 512-452-2518

3815 Guadalupe St. 512-699-9200

1616 Westover Rd. 512-300-4011

health & beauty 1206 W. 38th St. 512-320-8732

1815 W. 35th St. 512-454-4262

1206 W. 38th St. 512-371-7663

4207 Medical Pkwy. 512-419-7789

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SHOPPING Deanfredrick

Solid Gold

Tree House Gift Shop

Domy Books

deanfredrick.com

solidgoldacademy.com

dellchildrens.net/gift_shop

domystore.com

Big Red Sun

Mode Apparel

bigredsun.com

myspace.com/modeaustin

902 E. 5th St. 512-493-0943

1102 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-480-0688

1601 E. 5th St. 512-473-2730

4900 Mueller Blvd. 512-324-0147

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-476-3669

1601 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-436-8924

food & drink Blue Dahlia

Primizie Osteria

Uncorked

Juan in a Million

bluedahliabistro.com

primizieaustin.com

uncorkedtastingroom.com

juaninamillion.com

Progress Coffee

Rio Rita

Beauty Bar

Stortini

progresscoffee.com

riorita.net

beautybar.com

stortini-austin.com

The Good Knight

Vivo

2015 Manor Rd. 512-482-0300

Hoover’s Cooking

East Side Café

1300 E. 6th St. 512-628-1250

myspace.com/t hegoodknightaustin.com

vivo-austin.com

hooverscooking.com

eastsidecafeaustin.com

Sam’s Bar-B-Cue

TC’s Lounge

1115 E. 11th St. 512-542-9542

500 San Marcos St. 512-493-0963

2000 E. 12th St. 512-478-0378

1000 E. 11th St. 512-236-0088

1308 E. 6th St. 512-524-0384

900 E. 7th St. 512-524-2809

617 E. 7th St. 512-391-1943

2002 Manor Rd. 512-479-5006

2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-472-3872

1917 Manor Rd. 512-391-9500

2113 Manor Rd. 512-476-5858

1413 Webberville Rd. 512-926-2200 myspace.com/tcswednesdays

living

health & beauty

Urbanspace Realtors

Urbanaxis Mortgage

Method.Hair

Vain Salon

urbanspacerealtors.com

urbanaxismortgage.com

methodhair.com

vainaustin.com

The Ends on 6th

Good Life Team

Bird’s Barbershop

endson6th.com

goodlifeteam.com

birdsbarbershop.com

900 E. 6th St. 512-476-0010

2608 E. 6th St. 512-663-8847

900 E. 6th St. 512-473-2947

1114 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-892-9473

1601 E. 5th St. 512-469-0044

1803 Chicon St. 512-524-1057

1107 E. 6th St. 512-457-0400

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SHOPPING Feathers Boutique

The Black Sheep

By George

Goodie Two Shoes

myspace.com/31622902

blacksheepaustin.com

bygeorgeaustin.com

myspace.com/austingoodietwoshoes

Austin Handmade

Off The Wall

Baby Bugaloo

Back Home Furniture

austinhandmade.com

offthewallaustin.com

1700 S. Congress Ave. 512-912-9779

2009 S. First St. 512-383-9333

1115 S. Congress Ave. 512-914-4771

1704 S. Congress Ave. 512-445-4701

1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-8600

5700 W. Slaughter Ln. 512-301-3800

1111 S. Congress Ave. 512-443-2468

4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-327-7753

backhomefurniture.com

food & drink Maudie’s Hacienda

Maudie’s Too

Home Slice

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

maudies.com

maudies.com

homeslicepizza.com

hydeparkbarandgrill.com

Kerbey Lane Café

Freddie’s Place

Green Pastures Restaurant

Trudy’s

kerbeylanecafe.com

freddiesplaceaustin.com

greenpasturesrestaurant.com

trudys.com

Broken Spoke

Uchi

Jo’s

Vespaio

joscoffee.com

austinvespaio.com

9911 Brodie Ln. 512-280-8700

2700 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-445-4451

3201 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-6189

1212 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-440-8088

1703 S. 1st St. 512-445-9197

801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808

brokenspokeaustintx.com

uchiaustin.com

Trophy’s

Paggi House

myspace.com/trophystx

paggihouse.com

2008 S. Congress Ave. 512-447-0969

1415 S. Congress 512-444-7437

811 West Live Oak St. 512-444-4747

1300 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-3800

901 Little Texas Ln. 512-326-9899

1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-6100

arts & entertainment

200 Lee Barton Dr. 512-473-3700

health & beauty

4521 West Gate Blvd. 512-899-2700

living

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-351-5934 austinartgarage.com

Bird’s Barbershop

2110 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-8800

J. Buccio Salon

6800 West Gate Blvd. 512-326-1153

birdsbarbershop.com

Yoga Yoga

4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-358-1200

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9600 S. IH-35 512-291-5000 avantsalon.com

Pink Hair Salon

Yoga Yoga

pinkaustin.com

2607 Stacy Ln. 512-589-5795 theironsaustin.com

Avant Salon

yogayoga.com

1204 S. Congress Ave. 512-447-2888

Irons Austin

1700 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-326-3900 yogayoga.com

Dorado Soapstone 2157 Woodward St. 512-444-8600

doradosoapstone.com

Alamo Drafthouse 1120 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-1320 drafthouse.com

The Long Center

701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-457-5100 thelongcenter.org

Park Lane Guest House 221 Park Ln. 512-447-7460

parklaneguesthouse.com

6/25/09 11:17 PM


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SHOPPING Cupidz Clozet

Tyler’s

cupidzclozet.com

tylersaustin.com

Goodwill

Hutson Clothing Company

Tesori

Fab’rik

austingoodwill.org

hutsonclothing.com

tesoriaustin.com

fabrikaustin.com

RunTex

Fetch

The Hip Chick

Valentine’s Too

runtex.com

yourdogwilldigit.com

thehipchick.com

Maudie’s Milagro

Thistle Café

Maudie’s Café

Daily Juice

maudies.com

thistlecafe.com

maudies.com

dailyjuice.org

Fion Wine Pub

Fion Wine Pub

Siena

fionwinepub.com

fionwinepub.com

sienarestaurant.com

Milk + Honey Spa

Lakeway Resort and Spa

Yoga Yoga

milkandhoneyspa.com

dolce-lakeway-hotel.com

yogayoga.com

3345 Bee Cave Rd. 512-328-6446

701 Newman Dr. 512-478-6711

2201 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-477-9464

Dolce Baby

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-9888

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-306-8882

Santa Fe Optical

701 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-327-1913 santafeoptical.com

3663 Bee Cave Rd. 512-732-0188

3636 Bee Cave Rd. 512-306-9466

6507 Jester Blvd. 512-346-8100

12801 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-1644

3636 Bee Cave Rd. 512-330-1701

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-347-9488

food & drink 3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-306-8080

2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd. 512-266-3466

3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-347-1000

2608 W. 7th St. 512-473-3740

11715 FM 2244 512-263-7988

2307 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-628-0782

6203 N. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-349-7667

health & beauty Hill Country Galleria 512-236-1116

living Alexan Vistas 7000 FM 2222 512-794-8439

alexanvistas.com

101 Lakeway Dr. 512-261-6600

2501 S. Capital of TX Hwy. 512-381-6464

arts & entertainment Texas Sailing

103 Lakeway Dr. 512-261-6193 texassailing.com

Austin Museum of Art: Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St. 512-458-8191

Mix 94.7

Austin Zoo

mix947.com

austinzoo.org

4301 Westbank Dr. 512-390-5947

10807 Rawhide Tr. 512-288-1490

amoa.org

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SHOPPING Round Rock Express

The Global Arts Group

Junior League Resale Shop

Inviting Affairs

roundrockexpress.com

theglobalartsgroup.com

jlaustin.org

invitingaffairs.com

Personally Yours

Bicycle Sport Shop

Petticoat Fair

Zinger Hardware

pyaustin.com

bicyclesportshop.com

petticoatfair.com

zingerhardware.com

Loft

Bettysport

Luxe Apothetique

St. Thomas Boutique

lofthomedecor.com

bettysport.com

myspace.com/luxeapothetique

stthomasboutique.com

Cru

Hoover’s Inc.

Thundercloud Subs

Truluck’s

cruawinebar.com

hoovers.com

thundercloud.com

trulucks.com

300 Austin

Maudie’s

Melting Pot

Manuel’s

3hundred.com

maudies.com

meltingpot.com

manuels.com

Burger House

Kerbey Lane Café

Trudy’s

Chez Zee

burgerhouse.com

kerbeylanecafe.com

trudys.com

chez-zee.com

Pure Austin

Vanity Rocks

Aesthetica Hair & Skin

Avant Salon

pureaustin.com

vanityrocks.com

Yoga Yoga

Yoga Yoga

Birds Barbershop

yogayoga.com

yogayoga.com

birdsbarbershop.com

Dell Diamond 512-255-2255

5416 Parkcrest Dr. 512-454-7534

The Domain 512-377-6857

11100 Metric Blvd. 512-467-9400

10947 Research Blvd. 512-345-7460

The Domain 512-339-0011

6555 Burnet Rd. 512-459-4592

7739 Northcross Dr. 512-454-2900

The Domain 512-346-8202

3742 Far West Blvd. 512-331-2133

2438 W. Anderson Ln. 512-533-9001

The Domain 512-835-8300

food & drink The Domain 512-339-9463

9504 N. IH-35 512-834-7733

4211 Spicewood Springs Rd. 512-346-7200

5800 Airport Blvd. 512-374-4500

10205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-832-0900

13435 N. Hwy 183 512-258-7757

2500 W. Parmer Ln. 512-255-2013

13343 Research Blvd. 512-401-2424

8820 Burnet Rd. 512-454-1474

10225 Research Blvd. 512-794-8300

10201 Jollyville Rd. 512-345-1042

5406 Balcones Dr. 512-454-2666

health & beauty 4210 W. Braker Ln. 512-342-2200

12001 Burnet Rd. 512-490-1200

9801 Anderson Mill Rd. 512-258-0009

2167 Anderson Ln. 512-380-9800

arts & entertainment 102

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13359 N. Hwy. 183 512-336-2639

9901 Capital of TX Hwy. 512-502-8268 avantsalon.com

6800 Burnet Rd. 512-454-1200

LIVING

Alamo Lake Creek

Alamo Village

Give Realty

Alpha Granite

drafthouse.com

512-476-1320

giverealtyaustin.com

alphagraniteaustin.com

13729 Research Blvd. 512-219-8135

2700 W. Anderson Ln. 512-476-1320

3420 Executive Center Dr. 512-338-4483

915 W. Howard Ln. 512-834-8746

6/25/09 11:17 PM


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JULY 2009 THE nightlife issue

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Rare Magazine :: July 2009 :: Nightlife  

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