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i knew we had captured

the spirit of spring fashion when our designer and recent New York transplant, Avalon McKenzie (who is almost always clad in black), proclaimed, “This issue makes me want to wear color!” This season, fashion is all about vibrant hues, where unexpected mixing and matching reigns (as you can see by this month’s cover, creatively captured in middle of nowhere Texas by L.A.-based photographer Jamie Luca). In honor of the fresh season that is upon us, we looked to the up-and-comers to see what’s brewing for the next generation of fashionistas. The UT Fashion Program is full of passionate designers, so it was difficult to decide on which three of their promising pupils to profile in “Fashion’s Rising Stars.” In the end, we felt so inspired by the students and their drive that we organized a benefit luncheon at Perla’s with proceeds going to their program. Get an up close view at all the interesting projects the students are working on for their annual fashion show on April 21 at the Frank Erwin Center. This month’s Exposed profile subject, Star Lee, left a job at Alexander Wang in N.Y.C. to open up her new shop, Dog + Pony, just north of campus on Guadalupe. While she does stock some youthful looks for the students, the store is a must-see for the style savvy at any age. I always enjoy seeing the designers and photographers behind East Side collective Public School’s approach to dressing, so we asked these gents to model the current trends for men in “Spring Fling.” When they’re together, it can seem like they all have the same fashion sensibility, but upon closer inspection, each of them has their own unique style — although one thing they can all agree on is the beauty of the pant roll. The guys were a joy to work with, and we look forward to seeing all that this talented bunch accomplishes in the coming years. Next up for TRIBEZA is our annual Cuisine issue. We will also be releasing all the details for our TRIBEZA Style Week, so mark your calendars for Thursday, September 29 for our annual Fashion Show and stay tuned to for more details! A special thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the release of our 10-Year Anniversary issue last month — we have loved getting your feedback on our new look!

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Michael Thad Carter Matt Conant Cody Hamilton Jake Holt Jamie Luca Jessica Pages John Pesina Matt Rainwaters Annie Ray Jay B. Sauceda Alexandra Valenti Adam Voorhes Chad Wadsworth

clay smith Clay Smith is the literary director of the Texas Book Festival. A graduate of NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism program, he also works for the Sundance Film Festival and writes for TRIBEZA. This month, he writes about “Stylish Collaborators.”


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Jamie Luca Jamie Luca is a transient photographer based out of nowhere. He's currently working on his own 'zine, LUTEFISK. He can often be found traveling the world, shooting models for top agencies. This month, we caught up with him to collaborate on shooting the most vibrant spring looks for "Color Play."

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Social Hour

A selection of party pics from happenings in every corner of the city.







TRIBEZA 10-Year Anniversary


In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, TRIBEZA invited guests for an evening featuring delicious bites from Austin’s top restaurants, served up by Jacob Weaver of Mulberry, Shane Stark of Paggi House and Larry McGuire of Lamberts, complimented by cocktails from Austin’s own Savvy Vodka and Republic Tequila. Republic showed off their new Spirit Blends, four all-natural, fresh juice mixers, while David Alan of the Tipsy Texan along with Adam Harris demonstrated Maker’s Mark’s



versatility with their impressive Elderflower Collins. For dessert, Delish brought their lovely cupcakes, and King Liquor kept the champagne flowing. Guests wished TRIBEZA happy birthday in a video booth provided by The CW, and took home keepsake pictures taken in the booth BOOTH photo booth. Held in a raw space on Cesar Chavez, Four Hands and Linvin provided the décor, and The Flower Bucket created beautiful arrangements for the occasion.

TRIBEZA 10-Year Anniversary: 1. Will & Sally Bryant 2. Tom Hudson & Cory Ryan 3. Pepper Amman, Joanna Lea & Elizabeth Spruiell 4. Natalie Davis & Gabriella Ainslie 5. Marcus Hersh, Sari & Julie Warenoff 6. Penny Arth & Peter Zavadil 7. Natalie Gordon & Lauren Hess of Agent Ribbons 8. Kristin Armstrong & Andrea McWilliams 9. Palmer Earley, Jan Mirkin-Earley & Patricia Vonne.


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e enlisted the dynamic duo behind EyeLikeDesign to create a special installation out of copies of TRIBEZA for the magazine’s 10-Year Anniversary Party. EyeLikeDesign specializes in “creative work for creatives, harnessing the power of collectivity and strength in numbers.” It was founded by Sarah Presson (left), and designer Alice Willett (right) joined her team in June 2010. Their current client list includes architects and interior designers such as Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure, Barry Jelinski of Howl Interiors, Jesse Hartman of Shift Build and needlepoint artist Kate Hersch. For the TRIBEZA installation, the gals played off of the 10-Year theme by hanging a X (numeral 10) across the top of the ceiling and using spray paint in clever ways. We particularly like their motto — “Our clients are the flowers, we're just the honey bees doing our part to pollinate Austin's creative flora.”

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After much anticipation, KLRU celebrated the Opening Night of ACL Live at the Moody Theater. The night began with an exclusive Dinnerby-the-Bite provided by the W Austin in the new theater, followed by the unveiling of the new Austin City Limits backdrop and a performance by Carolyn Wonderland. Steve Miller finished out the night.

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Mad Med

The Travis County Medical Alliance hosted quite the soiree at the Headliner’s Club. The Mad Menthemed party began with dinner and classic cocktails followed by dancing with music by The Lucky Strikes.

Catalyst 8 Mad Hatter Tea Party

Everyone went a little mad for the second annual Catalyst 8 Mad Hatter Tea Party at The Allan House benefitting the Long Center’s Boost Program. While indulging in Polkadots cupcakes, sampling local foods and sipping signature drinks, guests were whisked away to an Austin version of Wonderland. Dub Academy provided entertainment throughout the night.

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KLRU: 1. Anthony & My-Cherie Haley 2. Tosca Gruber & Gerald Kucera 3. Shannon Moody & Tracey Sharples 4. Stylish Partygoer 5. John Holmes & Ross Moody 6. Tom & Lynn Meredith Mad Med: 7. Vivian & Jonathan Lee 8. Genevieve & Aaron Ali Catalyst 8: 9. Jenna & Eric Blakely 10. Emily Shaw & Lauren Tuttle 11. Michael Froehls & Sara Fox.


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Pecha Kucha No 10

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The South Austin Speed Shop hosted Austin’s 10th Pecha Kucha night featuring a series of short presentations from artists, designers and musicians. A curatorial board selected some of the city’s top creatives, including filmmaker Turk Pipkin and celebrated chef Tyson Cole, and invited them to share their talent in a unique, fast-paced format.

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Foodies celebrated the release of Chef Tyson Cole’s eagerly-anticipated Uchi the Cookbook with a VIP signing at Uchiko. An evening of culinary delight, the release party offered guests a sampling of exquisite dishes from the cookbook as well as an opportunity to meet the mastermind behind Austin’s favorite Japanese cuisine. Cole and his coauthor Jessica Dupuy signed books for over 700 guests.

Pecha Kucha: 1. John & Anne Joyoprayitno 2. Ellen Matson, Matt McCarty & Harmoni Kelley 3. DJ Stout & Cory Moore 4. Lana McGilvray & Frederico Archuleta 5. Diana Miranda & Cayce Weems Uchiko: 6. Kristine & Casey Kittrell 7. Tyson Cole & Jessica Dupuy 8. Marie-Louise Friedland & Anthony Piskorik 9. Deana Saukum & Paul Qui 10. Marialine Bennen & Jacob Rader 11. Sam Davidson & Julie Savasky. Ph oto g r a p h y by j o h n p es i n a

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Charity Bash Masquerade Ball

Austinites donned their finest tuxes and gowns for Charity Bash’s first black tie affair, a Masquerade Ball at the Austin Children’s Museum. An open bar by Grey Goose and Lucky 13, food by Daily Grill, dessert by Delish and music kept the party, benefitting the Museum, going until midnight.

Scott + Cooner Party

Carrying over 70 lines of classic and contemporary furnishings, Scott + Cooner celebrated its recent expansion with a party featuring bites by Ranch 616. The Live Music Capital’s newest vodka, Famous, provided delicious cocktails for the event, which featured an exhibition by Deborah Page Projects and a book signing with Michael Gregg Michaud.

Charity Bash: 1. Donald Park & Steely Dipuccio 2. David Burger & Sarah Papermaster 3. Allison Rendall & Zach Crane 4. Alex Winkelman & John Scott 5. Jenny Hunt, Raquel Rico & Tavia Hrabovsky Scott + Cooner Party: 6. Sydney Comeaux & Marie Maloney 7. George Garcia & Amanda Bulger 8. Ashley Marrow & Annie Taylor 9. Sarah McClendon & Katherine Dreyfuss 10. Lloyd Scott, Karen Kopicki Cano & Suzi Dunn.


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60 in Sixty

The Fusebox Festival presented 60 in Sixty at ND at 501 Studios. The clock on the wall stopped for no man, woman or monkey as 60 solo performers wowed the crowd. All proceeds from the night went towards Fusebox, the contemporary art and performance festival headed up by artistic director Ron Berry.

Texas Monthly's Texas Anniversary Party

Texas Monthly invited guests to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to commemorate the launch of their special March issue, marking the 175th anniversary of Texas’ independence. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music, a photo booth by booth BOOTH and Texas tributes.

Fusebox Festival: 1. Ellen Bartel & Rosalyn Nasky 2. Katherine Crosswell & Kevin Williamson 3. John Pecore & Becky Brown 4. Erin Ivey & Erika Payan Zanetti Texas Monthly: 5. Jake & Mary Silverstein 6. Jenn & Daniel Northcutt 7. Jordan Lewis & Timothy Dillon 8. Julie Thornton & John Spong 9. Pamela Colloff & Missy Nichols 10. Cathy Casey & Casey Hoffman 11. Katy Vine & Sarah Wilson.


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TRIBEZA Wedding Day


The Mansion at Judges’ Hill was abuzz with brides-to-be for the seventh annual TRIBEZA Wedding Day, with the talented jazz singer Ava Aranella serenading guests from the veranda and 30 of the area’s top wedding vendors in the grand ballroom. The talented team at Lucky 13 Cocktail Co. designed delicious drinks for the occasion using ingredients provided by SPEC’S and

Savvy Vodka. For the first year, Wedding Day featured an exciting cake competition, with Sentelli’s Fine Pastry and Specialty Cakes, Walton’s Fancy and Staple and Michelle’s Patisserie taking the lead. The event was the most successful TRIBEZA Wedding Day yet thanks to the hard work and dedication of the phenomenal UT student group the Texas Belles!

TRIBEZA Wedding Day: 1. Zoe & Luis Sanchez 2. Chase Alexander & Melissa Frost 3. Mandy Dugan & Taylor Reed 4. Elizabeth & Sherry Buchanan 5. Whit Hanks & Brooke Robbins 6. Abby Estrada, Jessica Matchett & Sarah Abrams 7. Sydney Klitzner & Elizabeth Tigar 8. Sarah Reeves, Katie Reeves & Jill Mogren 9. Ryan Long & Lance Rosenfield 10. Lindsay Martin & Mallory Cox 11. Alexandra Eastes & Melissa Gray 12. Molly Batschelet & Allison Jones. P h oto grap h y by j o h n p e s i n a

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Refresh & Renew BY K R I S TI N A R M S TRO NG IN JANUARY I did something so vain, so unsleeveless shirts, hot days that fade into warm necessary and so fabulous. It was the dead of evenings and open-toed shoes with a fresh pediwinter and the dredges of Cedar season; my skin looked pasty and cure. Winter can feel symptomatic of letting oneself go — bulky laycontrasted with my red nose and puffy eyes in the most unappealing ers, clunky boots and comfort food. You do things you would never way. I felt like winter, and I am a self-proclaimed summer girl. I like do in warmer weather — stuff overgrown highlights under a hat, i llu s trat i o n by j oy gallag h er For a limite d e dit ion p r int , c o nta c t jo ygall agh e r@g m ail .c o m

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Regardless of the color change on the outside, it’s the inside — the bikini attitude that matters.

hide a chipped pedi under boots and toasty socks, go longer between waxing appointments, ahem. I decided it was time to take a stand against winter. So I went and got… a spray tan. This was something new for me — I love the sun, so give it to me real and on the beach, please. Even though I am slathered in SPF, just leave me alone and let me bake with a book. I went to college in Ohio back when tanning beds were the vice of choice, turning every Midwestern sorority girl into the color of a Burnt Sienna Crayola Crayon. I can still conjure the sour tanning bed smell in my mind, which would linger long after a shower (likely the scent of charred internal organs?). It’s blended in my psyche with the smell of bar hair, back when people still smoked in bars. Between the tanning bed and the keg beer, in all my old Party Pics I resembled a bloated orange. But Ohio winters called for desperate measures, and this winter for some reason felt no different, except…thank God, less bloated. I took my newbie jitters to the local expert — Trish Huddleston at the Tan Can. I exposed my snowy body to Trish (who, to her credit, did not flinch at the glare) and her high-pressure sprayer, held my breath and went for it. I had visions of the street artists in San Francisco, making impossibly beautiful art with spray cans. Only this time the graffiti was self tanner and the canvas was my middle-aged body. At 39, all modesty has left the building, so I stood there, pasty and butt naked under the glare of the lights in her studio, hoping I wouldn’t end up orange and streaky, but not really caring if I did — at least I was doing something to snap out of my winter funk. I pulled my


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dark, loose clothing back on and drove home. Trish used a “clear” spray on me, which is supposed to “set” a bit better than the bronze color. But the drawback is that you don’t look different right away. So I went back to work the rest of the afternoon and didn’t emerge from my office until evening. I wandered downstairs to get ready to go out to dinner and saw someone else in my bathroom mirror. The girl staring back looked like she was coming in from a day at the beach, not the office. I actually smiled at myself — my disposition instantly becoming as sunny as my face. I was not streaky and orange…I was fabulous. Even though it was still cold out and I hate cold, and I had to bundle under a bulky sweater, scarf, boots and a coat to go out to dinner that night — I had bikini attitude. With no tan lines. And it is precisely that feeling…that shift in attitude, that marks the transition from winter fashion to spring fashion — as we drop our bulk and our blahs, and lighten up to meet the new season. After layering an earthy palette of grays (even on my nails!), blacks and camel, I am ready to brighten up. More floral colors are predicted, with blues, shades of lavender, a pop of orange, pink and silvery neutrals. Regardless of the color change on the outside, it’s the inside — the bikini attitude that matters. It’s time to dust off winter and get playful, reconnect with the things that make us feel bright and happy. It’s time to treat ourselves to something healing. It’s time to make plans with the people who make us laugh. It’s time to refresh and renew, recommitting ourselves to the growth and possibility that comes with spring.




Star Lee

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nside the inconspicuous yet enchanting Dog + Pony, Star Lee is perched behind the counter of her new boutique, all smiles — her warm, sunny demeanor sets the space aglow. Having left fashion school in Italy for a tussle with casting and Alexander Wang corporate in New York, Lee’s experience has undoubtedly given her an edge in the transition from high-end N.Y.C. to local entrepreneurial fashion in Austin. But her boutique transcends the products. With each garment, she offers an experience. “I want to give people a sense of joy with clothing because I do think clothing is transformative,” she says. “You can put something on and feel different about yourself.” For the past eight months, with her freshly planted roots in a little brown house on a bustling block of Guadalupe, Lee has spent her days sorting racks of intuitively selected apparel hailing from a motley of small designers. But despite her keen eye, Lee is still adapting, acquiring from each customer a sense of Austin’s finesse. But pegging the quintessential look isn’t much concern. As demarcated by its name, her business is a dog and pony show — a miscellany of anything and everything that feels right. “It’s more organic and intuitive this way.” s. kuo

10 Questions f o r s tar

What is your favorite decade in fashion? Aside from now — the 1920s. There's something so decadent, sexy, elegant and vital about it. There was a new femininity nascent in the 20s, there was Art Deco and Coco Chanel. People want to LIVE after going through war. The surviving flapper dresses are incredible. What piece of art would you most like to own? Maybe a Jeff Koons balloon animal sculpture because it seems like that would be a fun one to have in your yard — especially if you have a very small house.


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If you could trade wardrobes with anyone, who would it be? It's so tempting to pick someone — there are so many enviable closets. But I think I can really mean it when I say I'm okay with what I've got. You form a relationship with your clothes. There are memories involved. Who is your favorite model? It's such an ordinary answer — Kate Moss. She's singular. I think she's incredibly beautiful and versatile. And, she's a model every designer loves — a model who really understands clothes and knows how to wear them. She's great for maintaining the brand because her taste is impeccable. She's the perfect model. If you were an inventor, what would you invent? Teleportation Machine. Save time.

If you weren't in your current career, what would you try? Something to do with food. I like to feed people. When and where are you happiest? When I feel centered. Who are your fantasy dinner party guests? Anais Nin. Haruki Murakami. Joseph Campbell. They're books are my favorite things I've read lately. I've been trying to read more. What do you miss most about childhood? Experiencing seeing everything for the first time. Everything is brighter. Where would you live if you weren't in Austin? New York. I miss the food. Or, I'd like to try Paris or Tokyo for a bit. Not forever.

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Dean Frederick jewelry designer

Austin’s resident king of bling shares his winding path to design — what he was meant to do all along.


n my perfect world, I would have a sane hipster girlfriend and every Austinite would be wearing one of my designs. I have been able to enjoy this great city, and it has helped me to create rings for people who want unique, one of kind pieces. One of the main questions I get asked besides do you work out is how did you get into this business? I did not follow in my family’s footsteps nor was I genetically gifted — instead I learned by working in the jewelry industry for over 20 years. My inspiration began in high school back in Houston and because I always had a love for the arts, I took every art class available. Like many other kids, I was lost and had very little direction about what to do after I graduated. I feel very fortunate to have had one of the most amazing art teachers ever, Jana Stiffel. She truly loves what she does and cares immensely about her students. I had always enjoyed the more artistic side of academics, but it wasn’t until she told me about her very first, basic jewelry making class that I became excited. My parents were not thrilled with my decision and considered it a waste of time to take another art class. Like most teenagers, I didn’t listen to my parents and took the class anyway. I immediately loved it and couldn’t stop making rings. Eventually my mom began appreciating my


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creations and allowed me to design and make her a ring. I melted down my greatgrandmother’s old watchband and made a basic, gold band. She is my oldest client and still wears the band to this day. After the shock of actually graduating wore off, Jana left me with these parting words I will never forget — “Dean, you really should pursue jewelry as a career.” I have been designing jewelry ever since. Shortly after high school, I moved out to Los Angeles, began studying gemology and obtained my Graduate Gemology degree. I got a job working for the world-renowned diamond laboratory, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). I have personally graded thousands of diamonds from labs in New York to Los Angeles including the world famous Taylor-Burton diamond. All in all, the experience allowed me to grade some of the world’s largest and best diamonds, including a 137-carat diamond, to date the largest D/Flawless diamond ever recorded. I spent 16 years too long in the unofficial capital of bling, Los Angeles. This is where I honed my style and craftsmanship under some of LA’s premier designers before launching my namesake line in 1999. My creations quickly took off and began selling at some of the most trendy jewelry stores. That’s when my designs caught the eyes of celebrities, such as

Celine Dion, Halle Berry, Marisa Tomei, Paula Abdul and many more. Six years ago I decided to move back to the best city in Texas. I immediately opened my studio and showroom off East Fifth Street and have been here ever since. Austin has been really good to me and I cannot see myself living anywhere else. I love designing distinctive engagement rings for our free spirited locals. Most people don’t realize that they can come to me, design something specifically just for them in a one-on-one atmosphere and do so cheaper than many other places. An engagement or wedding ring is the one thing that we will keep for a lifetime, so it is best that you come to a designer that will be able to create the perfect design for you. When I’m not designing jewelry you can always see me out and about, riding my fixed gear bicycle, cruising in my ‘62 Caddy, socializing in East Side bars or listening to live music. Seriously, I’m a live music junkie, at least out two or three nights a week (the Mohawk is my favorite spot). I’m a punk rocker at heart and have a passion for all things vintage, including collecting old dice and unique metal furniture. This is where I get my hybrid style of design — vintage meets modern unique. I feel like I truly stand apart in the world of custom jewelry design and I’m thrilled to call Austin my home. P h oto g r a p h y by Da n i el Dav i s

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An Audience with…

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Turk Pipkin

bout 30 minutes into with a roof that collects 30,000 liters of BY c a r l a mc do n a ld Building Hope, Turk Pippurified drinking water with every two kin’s inspiring, new film inches of rain. about building the first high school for a ruProduced by Turk’s wife, Christy, and the Nobelity Projral Kenyan community, there’s a shot of parect, a non-profit organization founded by the Pipkins to find ent volunteers laying down stones to create a road so a truck solutions to pressing global problems, Building Hope also recan bring construction materials to the building site. As I veals the bond between a thousand people in the US and an watched the scene unfold, I was struck by how well it serves African village with more optimism and hope than resourcas a metaphor for Mahiga Hope High School, an effort built es. Supporters of the project run the gamut from celebrities on people working together to pave the way for so many more. like Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson to school children from six Now open and serving 350 students, Mahiga Hope High Austin-area schools. School includes an eight-classroom building, fully-equipped With the documentary’s premiere on April 6 at the Parascience and computer labs, a library, a kitchen, a dining room mount Theatre, I had to ask for an audience with my friend and the award-winning RainWater court, a basketball court and Austin’s own, Turk Pipkin.

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Q &A with Turk Pipkin

Turk, how did you come to build Mahiga Hope High School and why did you build it in Mahiga as opposed to some other part of Kenya, Africa or the world? It all started with a tree. In 2005, I was invited by Nobel Peace Laureate, Wangari Maathai, to travel to Kenya and plant trees with the women of the Green Belt Movement. I planted one seedling at a rural school, and after learning that the kids were walking long distances for water, I pledged that the Nobelity Project would help them build a water system. That first tree led to water, then electricity and a computer lab. We raised the money, but the community did all the work. So when they decided it was time to build a high school, we knew they’d be a great partner.

ABOVE: Turk Pipkin’s film, Building Hope, captures the creation of Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya, which now serves 350 students.

To purchase tickets to attend the April 6 premiere of Building Hope, which will benefit the Nobelity Project, contact the Paramount Theatre box office at (512) 474 1221. Ticket prices range from $10 to $100. For more information about Mahiga Hope High School and the Nobelity Project, visit


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The film is called Building Hope. What is your hope for the film? Christy and I hope that Building Hope will spark a global focus on the need for universal secondary education. It’s time to ensure a high school education for every child. Education shouldn't end after the eighth grade.

What is the most surprising thing you learned while making the film? That the Kenyan government, which is barely able to provide basic classrooms to primary school students, spends a higher percentage of their government revenue on education than almost every other nation. But, if you look at the total spending per student, they’re almost at the bottom of the list. The problem is not their education system or their dedication and intent; the problem lies with a government with too little revenue. What can we in Austin learn from your experience building Mahiga Hope High School? Perspective is everything. We all have challenges in our lives, but if you engage with the world around you — in East Africa or East Austin — if you become involved in the challenges that others face, your own problems fade away. If you make friends, you’ll never be lonely. If you plant a tree, you’ll live forever. Do you have a favorite moment in the film? I have a different favorite every time I watch it ­— the church choir in Mahiga, the high school game walk, Christy learning Kikuyu from the eighth grade girls. What I really love is the kids and the absolute joy on their faces. I wish I could smile like they do.

How has the experience of building Mahiga Hope High School changed you as a person? I have less patience for bidextrous bovine scatology, otherwise known as political bull shit. You have worked with so many Nobel laureates as part of the Nobelity Project, the non-profit that you and Christy founded. What do they have in common and what have you learned from them? The Nobelists we’ve worked with are brilliant and they’re great communicators. They also tend to be engaged in a lifelong course of learning and, generally speaking, seem to share twin perspectives that a) the problems of the world are probably bigger than you think they are and b) the solutions are simpler. What’s next for you, Christy and the Nobelity Project? Our Kenya Schools Fund is building classrooms, libraries, computer libraries and water systems at schools in Kenya, and we’ll continue to work with our partner projects in other countries. We’re also beginning work on a film about the idea and the reality of good. images courtesy of turk pipkin.


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april Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music Yonder Mountain String Band

April 2, 7pm Stubb’s

Scissor Sisters

April 3, 7pm Stubb’s

The Plain White T’s

with Andy Grammar April 3, 8pm The Parish The Residents

April 6, 7:30pm The Mohawk Lady Gaga

with Semi Precious Weapons April 6, 8pm Frank Erwin Center Guster

with Jukebox the Ghost April 7, 7pm Stubb’s Wire

April 8, 8pm The Mohawk Tim McGraw

with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry April 9, 7pm Frank Erwin Center Leo Kottke

April 9, 8pm The Paramount Theatre


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Kings of Leon

with Band of Horses April 12, 8pm Frank Erwin Center The Raveonettes

with Tamaryn April 12, 9pm Emo’s

British Sea Power

with A Classic Education April 13, 6:30pm The Mohawk Keb’Mo

April 14, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre Pete Yorn

with Ben Kweller and The Wellspring April 16, 7pm Stubb’s UT Jazz Orchestra

Matt Wertz

with Ben Rector April 21, 9pm The Parish Joe Purdy

April 22, 8pm The Parish James Taylor

April 23, 8pm Bass Concert Hall Kina Grannis

with Imaginary Friend April 29, 8pm The Parish The Decemberists

April 30, 7pm Stubb’s


with Stephon Harris April 16, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall


Vienna Teng and Alex Wong

The University Co-op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival

April 17, 8pm Stubb’s

Fitz and The Tantrums

April 19, 8pm La Zona Rosa The Kills

with Cold Cave and The Entrance Band April 20, 7pm La Zona Rosa

Through April 10 ZACH Theatre

April 1 & 2 Winship Drama Building Penn & Teller: 35 Years of Magic and B.S.

April 7 & 8, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

April 12, 8pm The Paramount Theatre

Storybook Capers!

Through April 17, 2pm Hideout Coffee Shop & Theatre FuseBox Festival

April 21-May 1 Vortex

The Shipment

April 26-27 The Long Center The Pain and the Itch

April 27-30, 8pm May 1, 2pm Lab Theatre

Children Hands on Health

April 2, 10am Seton Medical Center

Family Clean Water Festival

April 3, 10am Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education at the LCRA Redbud Center Spring Egg-Stravaganza

April 17, 2pm Milburn Park

Austin’s 3rd Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour

April 23, 10am Various locations

Comedy Bob Saget

April 13, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Brian Regan

April 16, 8pm The Long Center David Sedaris

April 25, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Craig Ferguson

April 29, 7:30 & 10pm The Paramount Theatre

Film Austin Film Festival Presents: Lone Star

April 17, 3pm Alamo Drafthouse Village

Cinema Club: Red River

April 17, 7pm Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Essential Cinema: Blood Relation

Presented by Austin Film Society and Austin Jewish Film Festival April 29, 7-9pm Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Other Lonestar Round Up

April 1-3 Travis County Exposition Center

simon fashion now

April 8-9 The Domain

Tapestry Dance Company: Are You Listening To Me?

April 8, 8pm April 9, 2 & 8pm April 10, 2pm The Long Center

SHAPE Diva Dash

April 9, 9-11:30am Walter E. Long Park

ZOOMA Austin Half Marathon and 5k

April 16, 7:30am Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa

27th Annual BP MS 150

April 16-17, 7am-5pm Various Locations ASH Dash 5k Bunny Run

April 23, 8am Austin State Hospital People’s Community Clinic Luncheon

April 25 Renaissance Hotel

Arts Calendar A pril 1 B. Hollyman Gallery

A pril 26 Austin Museum of Art

haven gallery

A pril 27 art alliance austin

UT Visual Arts Center

A pril 30 Blanton Museum of Art

Thomas Benton Hollyman: Some Creatives, Vintage Prints 1939-1975 Warren Cullar Reception: April 2, 6:30-8:30pm Through April 30 2011 MFA Studio Art Exhibition: Apparent Weight 2011 Senior Art Exhibition: Exit and States of Matter Through May 14 A pril 2 art alliance austin

Art City Austin Through Apr 3

Art Week Austin Through May 1

About Face: Portraiture as Subject Through Sept 4

Ongoing Arthouse at the Jones Center

Michelle Mayer: Departure/Return Reception: 6-8pm Through Apr 30

LIFT Projects: Marie Losier, Papal Broken-Dance Through Apr 3 Graham Hudson: Rehearsal at the Astoria Through Apr 10

Women & Their Work

Austin Museum of Art

A pril 7 Art on 5th

Blanton Museum of Art

Wally Workman Gallery

BOLD ABOUT ART Benefit Bash Reception: 8-10pm

Art on Site for Art Week Austin: Paul Stankiewicz Reception: 6-8pm Gallery Shoal Creek

image courtesy of L. Andrew Sterling.

Digestible Beats 7-10pm

Heather Carter and Nicholas Dertien: Tides, an On-Site Installation Through Apr 30 A pril 9 texas biennial

Statewide Exhibition Opening Receptions: April 15-16 Through May 14

New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch Through May 22 Line Through June 26

Harry Ransom Center

Becoming Tennessee Williams Culture Unbound: Collecting in the 21st Century Through July 31 Lora Reynolds Gallery

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler Through May 7

Arts pick

Graphic 5

BCRC Art bra fashion show & auction Saturday, April 23, 7-11pm Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


orget the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show — the GRAPHIC V Art Bra Fashion Show and Auction combines the flashiness of a runway show with the underpinnings of a heartfelt cause. The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas are hosting their fifth annual show at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Members of the Pink Ribbon Girls, a support network for young breast cancer survivors, will strut down the runway in art bras donated by local artists, celebrities, friends and family members. The bras are creative handmade masterpieces. Celebrities Mack Brown and Willie Nelson have already submitted their art bras to be auctioned off at this year’s event. “There is an incredible spirit about this event,” says Samantha Higdon, the BCRC’s Events Coordinator. “It’s celebrating the women and their families who continue to fight so hard against breast cancer.” An astounding 650 people attended the sold out event last year. This year’s auction will focus on experiences rather than art. GRAPHIC 5’s signature Live Auction package will be an Eat, Pray, Love experience, which will include a week’s stay at a villa in Bali and a private Tuscan dinner party for eight at Siena Ristorante Toscano. But the show’s sentiments remain the same, Higdon says: “We want to raise awareness about the services that BCRC offers: patient navigation, resources and support to those affected by breast cancer free of charge. We want these women to look in the mirror and see fighters, not victims. Nothing brings that spirit to life like GRAPHIC.” V. lai

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Museums & Galleries

Art Spaces Museums Arthouse

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: Th–F 11–7, Sa 10–5, Su 1–5 Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 AMOA Downtown

823 Congress Ave. (512) 495 9224 Hours: Tu, W, F 10–5, Th 10–8, Sa 10–6, Su 12–6 AMOA Laguna Gloria

F e at u r e d g a l l e ry

B. Hollyman Gallery


hey talk about the kid who ran away to join the circus, but I’m the kid who ran away from the circus to join the bank, says Burnes Hollyman, founder of Digital Entertainment Alliance. He veered away from a career in photography even though his father was renowned photojournalist Thomas Benton Hollyman, his mother was a fashion photographer and his sister is a photographer and video-journalist. But in a way, Hollyman is running back to the circus by opening B. Hollyman Gallery — a gallery devoted entirely to photography. His first exhibition, a “small subset” of his father’s early vintage prints, is a heartfelt nod to his dad, who passed away in 2009. He hopes that in addition to hosting a variety of events, his gallery will reflect a global perspective with work from a diverse cross-section of artists. “I want to showcase the best photographers, both old masters and emerging new talent, from around the world,” he says. For more information, visit V. Lai


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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–Sun 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5

Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–S 1–5 George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5

Mexic–Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic– O. Henry Museum

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30

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Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351 5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 Austin Galleries

1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY

1202-A W. 6th. St. (512) 825 6866 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5 Birdhouse

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only Brocca Gallery

1103 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1306 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5

Bydee Art Gallery

1050 E. 11th St., Ste. 120 (512) 480 3100 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–7 champion

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 d berman gallery

1701 Guadalupe St. (512) 477 8877 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6

El Taller Gallery

2438 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 302 0100 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 Gallery 5619

5619 Airport Blvd. (512) 751 2360 Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7

Gallery Shoal Creek

2905 San Gabriel St., Ste #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts

1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4 Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6

Kathy Womack Gallery

411 Brazos St., #100 (512) 288 0238 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 L. Nowlin Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 626 9301 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 La Peña

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena– Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6

Lotus Gallery

Studio 107

1009 W. 6th St., Ste. 101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6

411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6

Maranda Pleasant Gallery


2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only Mass Gallery

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

Museums & Galleries

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5

Women & Their Work

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5

Okay Mountain Gallery

Yard Dog

1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 Positive Images Gallery

1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 Pro–Jex Gallery

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, S 12–4 Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell– Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670

Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 Domy Books

913 E Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 Roi James

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only United States Art Authority

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Spaces, please send a request to calendar@

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Wally Workman Gallery 1202 W. 6th St. Austin, TX 78703 512.472.7428 Tues - Sat 10- 5

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We asked the fellas behind Public School, a creative collective on the East Side to button up in our favorite colorful finds of the season.

Will Bryant Shirt by Woolrich $135, Shorts by B.D. Baggies $95, Belt by Billy Kirk $138, By George.


FLING Photography by Cody Hamilton Styling by Lauren Smith Ford

Hair by Ricky Hodge Styling Assistant Linda Harrold

T-shirt by Alternative Apparel $19.50, Vintage Letterman’s Jacket $88, Jeans by Levi’s $128, Stag.

Shirt by Ben Sherman $88, Service Menswear; Pants by RRL $220, Stag; Belt by Billy Kirk $138, By George.

Shirt & Cardigan by BDG, Jeans by Levi’s, Urban Outfitters.

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Public School Style

Justin Cox Shirt by Gitman Bros. $155, Pants by Toddland $65, Socks by Happy Feet $12, Tie by Gitman Bros. $85, Service Menswear.

Shirt by Maison Martin Margiela $315, By George; Pants by Life After Denim $78, Stag; Bow Tie by Gilbert & Lewis $35, Service Menswear.


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Jay B. Sauceda Vest by RRL $350, Shirt by RRL $250, Jeans by Levi’s $128, Stag, Hat by Stetson $165, Allens Boots.

Casey Dunn Shirt by Gitman Bros. $163, Belt by Billy Kirk $150, By George; Tie by Gitman Bros. $95, Pants by RVCA $52, Service Menswear.

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Public School Style

Cody Haltom Shirt by Hartford $158, Pants by Toddland $65, Service Menswear.

Matthew Genitempo Shirt by Gilbert & Lewis $155, Jeans by Levi’s $55, Tie by Gitman Bros. $125, Service Menswear.


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Shirt by Penguin $38, Pants by RVCA $58, Service Menswear.

Shaun Lind Shirt by Universal Works $74, Windbreaker by Life After Denim $138, Stag; Shoes by Vans $72, Service Menswear.

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Public School Style

will bryant Will Bryant’s impressive client list as a designer and illustrator includes SXSW promo work for Gowalla, a t-shirt for Nike, a book for 826 National and he’s an artist for the Fader Fort (in addition to being Public School’s resident jock). He’s also usually collaborating on ‘zine projects. His fashion inspirations come from a variety of places — Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Philips in Young Guns) meets Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson in White Men Can’t Jump) with a bit of The Sandlot. He’s always liked an unexpected mix, especially in college when he went through a “neon phase meshed with Native American culture.”


justin cox “Newsies meets wannabe Sartorialist Mediocrity,” graphic designer Justin Cox wittily says of his style. For Justin, everything about Frank (his favorite local hangout) is…well, amazing. “Amazing coffee, amazing food, amazing staff, fountain Dublin Dr. Pepper? Stop it!” Justin is currently working on a long-term collaboration project involving vintage Kodachrome slides and short fiction. As much as he knows his fashion now, he does have one admission — “I wore a lot of neon jam shorts back in the day…I’m kind of okay with it.”

casey dunn Architectural photographer Casey Dunn was one of the main forces behind starting PS. He describes his style as a “mix of late 70s Pari-


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sian with early 90s Japanese work wear…I’m kidding, I have no idea.” He might joke that he doesn’t know fashion, but we disagree judging by the many cool duds he wears around town (not to mention his shoe collection). Each artist at PS has a unique work and personal style, but one thing they all have in common? An affinity for boat shoes. “It looks a bit ridiculous when we all go to lunch in the summertime.” Casey recently photographed the new restaurants in the Austonian, Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen, as well as the Kimber Modern additions.

shaun lind Designer Shaun Lind might spend the majority of his expendable income on Home Slice Pizza, but he has a bit left over for fashion. He classifies his personal style as “Eric Stoltz before he got kicked off of Back to the Future (minus the puffy vests).” He won’t admit to any bad trends he might have partaken in, but the high point of his fashion life was when he was six and had a closet full of LA Lights kicks. He says: “You just can’t get cooler than that.” Shaun also works on a website about apologies called SRSLY SORRY,

jay b. sauceda Everyone’s favorite cowboy, photographer Jay B. Sauceda, loves to “country dance” with his girlfriend Priscilla at the Broken Spoke. “I am definitely not as much of a trendy fashion person as the other guys,” he says. We think he always looks sharp in classic Texas western wear, but there was a time when he was often seen wearing white t-shirts underneath basketball jerseys (it was fifth grade). His real fashion low? “At one point in college, I had highlights in my hair.

I looked ridiculous!” Jay B. mostly shoots environmental portraits, but is currently working on a personal project called Loteriá, recreating 54 illustrated playing cards from the famous Mexican bingo game he played growing up.

matthew genitempo Shangri-La or “Shang” as the PS boys call their neighborhood watering hole is one of their favorite spots, especially for designer, Matthew Genitempo, who is particularly fond of the beer and whiskey selection. His style is mostly about simplicity with a lot of blues and grays. He will admit to wearing cargo shorts in high school. “Those were pretty bad,” he says. “I think a lot of people were guilty of the same crime though.” He is currently designing the tour posters for the Austin-based band Balmorhea and running the popular site,

cody haltom It was easier than we thought to get designer Cody Haltom to step out of his usual fashion box of a dark color palette and into…red pants. “I am surprised that I actually like them!” he says. His favorite local hangout is the East Side Show Room. “It's an easy spot to like. There seems to be a real focus on craft throughout: the space is incredible, the drink menu gets me away from my usuals. A friend got me into their Happy Hour, which has turned into a great business meeting spot.” Cody, who is currently working on the visual identities for jeweler Nak Armstrong and Chef Andrea Bearce (Bake Sale), describes his style as no frills with comfort as key. Looking back, he does have one fashion offense — “JNCOs.” L.smith Ford

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Fashion’s Rising Stars Local student designers prove determination and passion are the secrets to creative success. Angela Saenz, 22 Describing her aesthetic as “modern with sharp futuristic lines,” Angela’s creations reflect her appreciation for sculptural three-dimensionality.

By Jackie Rangel Photography by Michael Thad Carter

Working harmoniously and in sync with people is something that you should know how to do in any career.”

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Christopher Pham, 23 A summer design internship at Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan headquarters has served as the primary point of creative inspiration for Christopher’s collection. That hands-on experience sharpened his focus on the art of tailoring and craftsmanship, skills he uses regularly in both his coursework and in his involvement with the costume division of UT’s Department of Theater and Dance.


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Fashion’s Rising Stars


ach year, the University of Texas hosts a professional-quality fashion show and exhibition, organized by and featuring the work of senior level students in the Textile and Apparel Design program. From 500 attendees in 1997 to over 5,000 in 2010, the University Co-Op sponsored show holds significant clout on the local style scene. Set to feature over 90 looks from the program’s 22 graduating seniors, the production consists of four parts — individual collections, evening, bridal and a new Co-Op commissioned Game Day Dress category. With this year’s Innovation theme, students have been tasked with weaving a forward-looking thread through their collections. Whether achieved by offering fresh approaches to traditional concepts, focusing on new technologies or re-imagining the style of eras gone by, three talented young designers in particular have infused their collections with energetic creativity and tangible passion.

I was sitting there, admiring the way they caught the light when I got the idea to experiment with how I could use them in my design.”

of Production for this For Kalli Ferris, year’s annual fashion 22, the appreciation show. for fashion, clothing In a moment much and the time-intensive like Kalli’s, Chrisdesign process was topher Pham, 23, nurtured from a young was mid-way through age. “I remember pursuing an academic when I was a little girl, (and lifelong) path in I would play in my another field, when he great-grandmother’s also realized that his love closet, spending hours of fashion was too large with all the clothing to sideline as a secondary and fabric,” Kalli says. on the inspiration behind her CD dress pursuit. Transitioning It wasn’t until this from the world of Compragmatic-minded munications and PR, Christopher decided to fashionista began her UT career as a student revisit his creative roots. in the McCombs School of Business however, “My mom was a seamstress, so growing that she realized her penchant for sewing and up I was always finding her fabric scraps design was more than just an interest or a whenever I could and using them to create hobby — it was her true passion. little doll outfits,” Christopher says. Apart Kalli’s steampunk-inspired collection, as from genetic predisposition, a summer dedeveloped through her Advanced Apparel sign internship at Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan Design class, evokes Victorian-era romance, headquarters has served as the primary point while maintaining a uniquely modern of creative inspiration for Christopher’s colsensibility. Model Melissa Swanepole lection. That hands-on experience sharpened describes Kalli’s innovative reinterpretahis focus on the art of tailoring and craftstions of these classic styles as “confident and manship, skills he uses regularly in both funky.” With experience as both an intern his coursework and in his involvement with with local designer Linda Asaf and as a the costume division of UT’s Department of backstage "dresser" at Lela Rose’s New York Theater and Dance. Fashion Week presentation under her belt, The most consistent influence for ChristoKalli is continuing to add to her repertoire pher, however, has been from yet another of industry know-how by serving as Head

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Kalli Ferris, 22 Kalli’s steampunk-inspired collection, as developed through her Advanced Apparel Design class, evokes Victorian-era romance, while maintaining a uniquely modern sensibility. Model Melissa Swanepole describes Kalli’s innovative reinterpretations of these classic styles as “exciting, confident and funky.”

Fashion’s Rising Stars

I remember when I was a little girl, I would play in my great-grandmother’s closet, spending hours with all the clothing and fabric.”

susan mickey, photography by sarah lim.

k a l l i f e rr i s of his extracurricular activities — the UT Men’s Rowing Team, even titling his menswear-inspired collection after the famous Henley Regatta. The daily 5am practices and the necessary dedication to his teammates have taught him the invaluable lesson of teamwork and communication. “Working harmoniously and in sync with people is something that you should know how to do in any career,” Christopher says. Christopher hopes to meld his love of sports and fashion in a way that lets him explore innovative approaches to activewear design and fabric technology. Similarly driven by a curiosity to test the limitations of unconventional materials, Angela Saenz, 22, found the inspiration for her Electronica collection in an unexpected place — a stack of CDs on her desk. “I was sitting there, admiring the way they caught the light when I got the idea to experiment with how I could use them in my design,” Angela says. Describing her aesthetic as “modern with sharp futuristic lines,” Angela’s creations reflect her appreciation for sculptural three-dimensionality. Spending this past summer studying

fashion illustration and design at London’s prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Angela is dedicated to refining her skills and learning the tools necessary to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. Like Kalli, Angela has also been a design intern with Linda Asaf since 2008, an experience that has likely informed her understanding of the collaborative designer-client relationship. “For a designer, a piece should be your style mixed with a little bit of that of the person wearing it,” Angela says. A native Austinite, Angela has her eye on a postgraduation position in possibly New York or Los Angeles. While either city would certainly provide endless inspiration, Angela is confident that the juxtaposition of her Austin upbringing will uniquely inform future creative processes. As these talented young designers continue to shine via their individual accomplishments and independent fashion world trajectories, they all agree that the supportive, creative-hotbeds of both UT and the wider Austin community have played a significant role in solidifying their foundations and shaping their ambitions.

Susan Mickey with costume design student, Bich Vu's, garment for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera, Cosi Fan Tutte.

susan mickey the creative educator As Head of the Design and Technology program in the University of Texas’ Department of Theater and Dance, Susan Mickey oversees the costume process — from concept to creation — for six to eight stage productions a year. As a well-seasoned design professional, Mickey’s multi-faceted career path has given her a wealth of industry insight to share with her students. “It’s wonderful. Our students are really so engaged, so smart and creative — not to mention the hardest working bunch I know,” says Mickey. By maintaining a consistent array of independent costume design projects outside of academia, Mickey is especially able to provide an invaluable view of existing real-world opportunities, providing mentorship (and job leads) when possible. “Our goal as teachers is to prepare these students for successful careers in design, to show them how to be working professionals out in the field,” she says. Her most important and oft-repeated words of wisdom? “Details lend credibility.” When not advising, attending production meetings or traveling between select engagements around the country, Mickey says she can most likely be found either anywhere near Zilker Park or at Justine’s Brasserie — her absolute favorite local hangout.

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Clay Smith


“You got to use the screenplay to land the girl," Ally Curtis reminds her husband, Josh Power, "So it worked out in the end."

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“We both put each other first. Respect and humor are what allow us to sail through.” Says Steve Shuck of his relationship with Bobby Johns.



obby Johns and Steve Shuck live in a funky, inviting bungalow in Hyde Park (theirs is the house with the large teepee in the backyard). They live in the house with their dogs Claude, Sophie and Doctor Grandpa, a Chihuahua-Italian Greyhound mix who has the temperament of a short, wet devil. The mounted deer head perched at their front door does not have a name. Bobby is the general manager of the Hotel San Jose, and he and Steve co-own Mercury Design Studio in the Second Street District; Steve is also the CEO of STAG, the men’s clothing store on South Congress. The couple, along with three of their friends (Joel Mozersky, Ted Allen and Don Weir), are partners in STAG.


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They met nine years ago at a divey rock & roll bar in San Francisco that has “graffiti on the walls and smells like Parmesan,” according to Bobby. “I just thought I was meeting someone nice,” he recalls, until they kissed. They exchanged phone numbers and Steve said goodbye. Then, he gave Bobby a kiss that made his toes curl. “It really did,” Bobby recalls. “I thought, ‘That was magic.’” “I get that a lot,” Steve says. Their history in retail (Bobby worked at Whole Foods before managing the San Jose), and the talent for diplomacy that industry demands — the ability to “keep the waters calm,” as Steve puts it — has carried over into their relationship. “We laugh all the time at each other,” Steve says. “And we both put each other first. Respect and humor are what allow us to sail through.” Bobby says he and Steve never yell at one another. “It speaks volumes to me that Steve and I have never raised our voices to each other in nine years. Any difficult situation to navigate through has always been done with respect.”


ow is it possible for two people who see each other constantly to not get tired of one another? Ally Curtis says she and Josh Power are “like a Venn diagram,” her talents different from, but complementary to, his. They live in a small house in Rosedale where they run alysondesign. com, their graphic design firm with clientele including Opal Divine's, Habitat for Humanity, Cedar Door and Westminster Manor. Josh says one of the reasons he and Ally are still

in love is because “we’re really interested in a lot of different, creative things. I guess in this town everyone is, really.” In other words, they do creative work at their business during the day and leave all the interesting non-work topics to talk about at night. Before marrying last September, they lived together for nine years. Before moving in together, though, they got to know one another over a screenplay that never nabbed a production deal but nonetheless forged their relationship. Josh, who was a musician at the time, says he felt “like a total outsider” in Austin in the mid-90s. (“Feeling like an outsider was what the 90s were all about,” Ally recalls.) He and a friend wrote a screenplay, a dark comedy they called Smelly People, to combat movies like Reality Bites and Singles, bland studio product that supposedly defined Generation X. Set in Austin, the screenplay intrigued Ally, but Josh intrigued her more. He wanted her to read Smelly People. “That was the ploy to see her again,” Josh now confesses. She thought the screenplay was funny and she liked the fact that she was falling for Josh. Having read the screenplay, “I had to call him to give it back to him,” Ally says. “And somehow that involved a bottle of wine.” Neither one seems terribly aggrieved that Smelly People never made it to the screen. “You got to use the screenplay to land the girl,” Ally reminds him. “So it worked out in the end.”

T "It was pretty instantaneous," Alexander Birchler says of his realization at Banff that there was a romantic spark with Teresa Hubbard.

eresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler were kindred spirits, from different continents, when they met at an artists’ residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada in 1989. Though neither of them gush publicly about their love for one another, it is impossible to believe the first meeting of Hubbard/Birchler, as they’re now known in the art world, wouldn’t have been revelatory for both of them. Teresa was born in Ireland to American parents but grew up in Australia; Alexander is from

Switzerland. Neither of them are from a family of artists or intellectuals, but now they’re sought-after and highly respected video installation artists, and it’s difficult to imagine them ever apart. Hubbard/Birchler create inquisitive, atmospheric and even haunting video art that, although it explores film history and how film history resonates in a given place, “traces of the cinematic in social terrain,” as Teresa puts it, doesn’t let the viewer off the hook like a typical Hollywood movie does. Hubbard/Birchler want you to involve yourself intellectually and emotionally in their art. Their resume of exhibitions reads like a who’s who of the contemporary art world: Their most recent artwork, “Grand Paris Texas” and “Méliès,” is on display at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Manhattan, and they’ve exhibited at Ft. Worth’s Modern Art Museum, the Miami Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and at the Venice Biennial, among many others. “It was pretty instantaneous,” Alexander says of their realization at Banff that there was a romantic spark between them but also a deep, aesthetic connection. Their relationship has always been grounded in pragmatism, though — they decided at Banff that they should work together because, in competing for a grant there, they realized one of them was going to receive it, so why not work together? When they’re at art openings or other functions, they ask to be seated apart from one another. “People think it’s weird,” Alexander says. “But we come from the studio and we want to talk to other people.” Now, more than 20 years after they met (they married in 1993), their working process is, as Teresa puts it, “like a vocabulary.”

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Their careers may have started in Austin, but each of these stylish stars is making it in the big city working much more than 9 to 5.

By Lauren Smith Ford


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From West Texas to the New York Times Magazine, from Pflugerville High School to wardrobe stylist to Ellen DeGeneres, from Texas State University to the Vogue fashion closet — each of these former Austinites left their beloved city to pursue their dream jobs. While they all found their own ways to their current jobs, we quickly found that it’s more than being in the right place at the right time or pure talent that has led to their success.

Caleb Bennett — Designer, New York Times Magazine. Photography by Matt Rainwaters

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the one who will always go above and beyond and be the first person there and the last to [leave].” As one of two stylists on The Ellen Show, Pinkston shops for just about everything DeGeneres wears on the 170 episodes that air each season. She was there on the day of DeGeneres’ wedding to Portia de Rossi (lacing up de Rossi’s dress) and stringing the Christmas lights around DeGeneres’ legs with Oprah for the cover of O Magazine. Pinkston’s favorite part of the job is getting to collaborate with designers, especially the up and coming New York designers like Rag & Bone and The Row. “I love that every six months, everything changes…trends are always evolving,” she says. Pinkston is a graduate of UT’s Fashion Merchandising Program and moved to L.A. after graduation without knowing anyone. She started out as a buyer and then got a job working for a small accessory company. After nine months,

Jen Pinkston The Stylist


ver since The Rachel Zoe Project aired on Bravo, it seems that everyone wants to be a stylist to the stars. Jen Pinkston will be the first to tell you — it isn’t all the glitz and glam you might think. As a wardrobe stylist for Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show, Pinkston works over 60 hours a week. “You have to be willing to work really hard because a lot of people want your job, so you work the hours no one wants, be


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Be the one who will always go above and beyond and be the first person there and the last to [leave].” she realized it wasn’t exactly what she thought it would be and heard through a friend of a friend about an opening at The Ellen Show. “I had nothing to lose. Before moving to L.A., I don’t think I knew what a stylist was, but after not even the first day, I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.” On set at The Ellen Show also happens to be where she met her husband [Aaron Pinkston], who works on the show as a field producer (he surprised her with a proposal live on the show). After working for DeGeneres for four years, Pinkston can usually tell right away if a certain piece is something she will like. “Ellen has amazing taste and great style, but more than anything she is a wonderful person to get to come and work for every day. Aaron and I are constantly reflecting on how blessed we are to get to do what we do and especially for her.” While Pinkston’s time in L.A. isn’t up yet (she also works with private clients and recording artist, Greyson Chance), she and her husband both love Austin — they got married here and are open to returning someday. “Being successful as a stylist is really

about getting to know the personal style of the person you are working with and knowing what is going to make them look their best,” she says. “It's not about dressing everyone the same according to current trends, but knowing what styles will work for them as an individual. It's ultimately about building a relationship and making your client feel beautiful.”

Austinite and Ellen DeGeneres' stylist Jen Pinkston (top) on set for a test shoot with a model; Pinkston lacing up Portia de Rossi's Zac Posen wedding gown; Pinkston right after her husband proposed live on The Ellen Show.

top Image courtesy of Marvin Orellana; bottom image courtesy of Dustin Snipes.


rowing up in Del Rio, Texas, Caleb Bennett didn’t know what graphic design was, but he was always obsessed with sports logos and loved to redraw his favorite ones. He decided to pursue architecture as he looked around at colleges. “It seemed like the logical choice for the perfectionist who liked to draw,” he says. As he searched for schools, Bennett was introduced to communication design as a career option, so he “excitedly and nervously jumped in without a paddle” and started the program at Texas Tech, which he calls “the best decision he ever made.” His first job out of college was at American Way magazine before moving to Texas Monthly. “It was two and half years of creating amazing things with amazing people [at TM] and being able to share your life with them at the same time. T.J. Tucker [TM’s Creative Director] had a huge impact on me as a person and a boss. Heck, they all did,” he says. “It was definitely a crucial point in my life so far. I left a family back in Austin when I left TM. What more could you ask for? And besides, nobody in Texas is disappointed I don't have an accent.” Last May, Bennett introduced himself to the New York Times’ design director at a magazine design gala in

“Don’t settle. Go after the places you want to be. Be passionate and have opinions, but be genuine and easy to work with! Most importantly, never forget where you came from or how you got there.”

New York. “I thought it near impossible to position myself for it just yet. Being in Texas didn't help, and I was quite happy at TM,” he says. “He very unexpectedly called me four days later wanting to see my work, and the rest is history. I still have a hard time believing it and feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity.” The highlights of his career at the Times’ Magazine thus far have been designing a few covers, contributing to the redesign of the magazine and acting as art director for a cover shoot featuring a Baylor basketball player. Bennett’s approach to design is to let his intuition lead. “So many things inspire me — people, opinions, light, confidence. Looking at a lot of design can often overwhelm me. I'm not sure if it's so much a response to the idea that nothing is original anymore (which I don't believe), but I just like to let my instincts guide me most of the time. Oftentimes wrong. I find a certain peace or integrity in that versus developing a library of starting points from things other people have done. I also find it extremely satisfying to find beauty in something ordinary or unexpected. So I tend

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On set at a Times' cover shoot.

Caleb Bennett (second from left) mulls over possible cover images for the Great Performers Issue with the Arem Duplessis (Times' Design Director) and other staffers.

to be inspired by those moments more than anything else — and happy accidents! They are often a turning point between good and great design.” At only 27, Bennett’s advice for other young people on the hunt for their

dream jobs? “Don’t settle. Go after the places you want to be. Be passionate and have opinions, but be genuine and easy to work with! Most importantly, never forget where you came from or how you got there.”

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amber elliot The Fashionista


t didn’t take long for Amber Elliott to move up the ladder in a highly competitive field. She was interning at Brilliant magazine through her senior year of college at Texas State


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Round Rock and was offered an Assistant Editor position a week before graduation. She accepted, and the Editor had to leave suddenly… Elliott went from intern to Editor in the span of two weeks. “I was able to work with a truly inspiring group, discover my love for travel, plan some incredible events in Austin and most importantly,

last minute photo shoot items to Vogue’s Creative Director, Grace Coddington. “I walked into the studio [to] see Karolina Kurkova and then Coco Rocha posing in the background and had a total ‘Is this really my life?’ moment.” As Elliott is working away in the fashion closet, she dreams of becoming a Market Editor while penning a small column on the side à la Plum Sykes. While she is definitely becoming a New York girl, thoughts of Austin often come to mind — “I fantasize about Kerbey Queso, Stuffed Avocados from Trudy’s and the Steak and Cheese Burrito at Chuy’s. My heart aches at the thought of missing ACL, SXSW or Bob Schneider and Jeff Plankenhorn at the Saxon Pub on Monday nights. Also, my best friends work at Union Park, so I was there every single day during my last visit for Bingo and Gong Karaoke. No one in New York can replicate their Frozen Mojitos!”

photography by Benjamin Stelly.

“I walked into the studio [to] see Karolina Kurkova and then Coco Rocha posing in the background and had a total ‘Is this really my life?’ moment.”

attend New York Fashion Week which ultimately led to my move,” she says. Elliott (who is 25) decided to take a leap and move to N.Y.C. without a job late last year. But being the resourceful gal she is, Elliott quickly found a position in the fashion closet at Condé Nast Traveler. She helped with pulling looks for shoots and helped one of the editors and fellow Texan, Tiffany Gifford, on freelance styling projects, like dressing country music star, Miranda Lambert. She kept in touch with other contacts and quickly responded to an email that the Fashion Editorial department at Vogue needed help. She interviewed two days later and started in 2011 the way most aspiring fashion magazine junkies only dream of — with a job at Vogue. She helps Andre Leon Talley’s former assistant maintain the fashion closet in a role she calls “Jack(ie) of all trades.” “It’s terribly cliché, but no two days are alike,” she says of life at Vogue. Recent highlights on the job include working on the Vogue CFDA (Council of Fashion Designer of America) Fashion Fund Alumni Show. “It was two and half weeks of 18 hour days, but I witnessed the production of a major fashion show [come] together from start to finish. Assisting Lauren Howell (Vogue Los Angeles Editor) with castings, fittings and finalizing over 50 final looks, all of which had to be approved by Anna Wintour herself, was a fashionista’s dream come true!” A close second to that had to be running over some

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"A cocktail is sensory. It needs to look good, taste good, smell good and it needs to be prepared correctly by someone who cares,� the manager of Bar Congress, Adam Bryan, says.“For me, they're for before, during and after the meal!"

adam bryan BAR CONGRESS

Austin bartenders are taking a look back to move the cocktail scene forward


Cocktails by carolyn Harrold

Photography by chad wadsworth

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will not shake martinis. I will not shake martinis. I will not shake martinis…This was the lesson of the day at Bar Congress, that — judging by the neat script on the chalkboard — at least one employee failed to learn. “When you shake a martini it gets cloudy, and one of the coolest things about a beautifully made gin martini is its crystal clarity. It should be so still and so clear that after a hard day’s work, you look at that, and it just calms you down.” This is bar manager Adam Bryan’s romantic philosophy behind his rule. He is one of the growing number of bartenders in Austin serious about their craft.

While the artisanal cocktail movement, inspired by pre-prohibition bar culture and libations, has been gaining momentum here, with the East Side Show Room and The Good Knight to the east, The Woodland and Perla’s to the south, and of course Peché and FINO, the arrival of three new downtown restaurants with dedicated cocktail programs — Haddingtons, Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen — signals that Austin is in for some serious sips. These restaurants have recruited a few of the town’s most dedicated barkeeps and handed them the reigns. Which hopefully means that they will maintain the integrity of the impressive drink lists they have unveiled thus far. Award winning bartender Bill Norris, formerly of FINO, is helming Haddingtons. He’s put


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together a stellar cocktail menu, containing a mix of classics and his own creations, and assembled a solid team, which includes Tiffany Short, who earned renown in D.C. for her veggie-infused cocktails. At Chef David Bull’s new ventures on the ground floor of The Austonian, Adam Bryan, formerly of the Show Room, is running Bar Congress, with Billy Hankey, once the bar manager of his family’s restaurant The Good Knight, serving as Second’s lead barman. It may be tempting to look at this recent bartender migration downtown and increased focus on artisanal cocktails with some skepticism, especially since the mixology trend has hit Austin, and we have already seen establishments trying to capitalize on the craze, but many of these individuals shy

away from that term, preferring to use craft bartending to describe their trade. Jason Stevens, a bartender at the Show Room as well as North Loop’s noteworthy cocktail lounge, Tigress, echoes this apprehension; “The only thing that concerns me about it [the growing attention being paid to cocktails] is it becoming too much of a fad, and losing its core, [with] people trying to cash in on a trend and not having bartenders who are trained properly.” Stevens, a former barista, is a member of the U.S. Bartenders Guild Austin Chapter and has taken Tipsy Tech courses from the popular cocktail bloggers behind the Tipsy Texan to develop his knowledge and skills.

“I think the real ‘craft’ of bartending is serving people. Ninety percent of what we do is about who is in front of us.”—Chauncy James (left), bar manager at the East Side Show Room.

chauncy james ^ jason stevens EAST SIDE SHOW ROOM

Aside from the unfamiliar, and sometimes difficult to pronounce, ingredients, like Cynar (an Italian artichoke-based bitters) and falernum (a sweet lime and clove cordial), and the lack of crutch ingredients like vodka, keen observers will notice a difference in technique and tools used to make artisanal cocktails. “When you start out doing this [craft bartending], you feel like you’ve been leveled to ground one. It’s a completely dif-

ferent style,” Short, who is back in Austin after 10 years in D.C., says. There is no free pouring at Haddingtons, a skill crucial to a typical speed bartender. (Short says even Norris uses a jigger.) Bar Congress, Haddingtons, The East Side Show Room, Tigress and a few other spots in town employ the revered Kold-Draft machines to make their ice cubes, which are bigger and slower to melt, but require more vigorous shaking. “You have

to shake the hell out of it. You really have to shake it like you’re mad at it," Short explains. "It helps all of the flavors emulsify.” These bartenders place a high premium on flavor, which often means that they will make their own ingredients. “Homemade just tastes better,” Bryan of Bar Congress says. “And you can bend it the way you want it. If you’re looking for a more citrusy tonic water or a more robust ginger beer, you are in charge

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tiffany short H A DD I N G T O N S “I am so surrounded by cocktails, that I hardly ever drink cocktails, and I definitely never make myself cocktails. After a while you just want something that tastes like water. Watery beer and a shot [whiskey]. But, my favorite drink ever is probably a Manhattan.”

of that flavor profile.” He sometimes spends weeks creating his cocktails, and then he says, “Sometimes I just throw ingredients in a glass, because I’ve had dreams about them.” Short stepped down as bar manager at Annie’s Café & Bar to work with Norris at Haddingtons. She says she’s excited about


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the new venture because “the owners are really dedicated to the idea of having craft bartending…Instead of turn and burn, they are okay with sacrificing the volume for quality.” Customers as well as owners will have to adjust to the amount of time it takes to create these carefully constructed cocktails. While

the cocktail scene is further along in D.C., and people are used to being more adventurous (and patient), Short says, “It’s exciting to be in this environment when it’s still in its earlier stages…the people that we have that are getting into craft cocktails they’re very excited, very interested, and that makes our

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beet infused rum, lime, mint, club soda By Tiffany Short

Bill Norris

image courtesy of Shawn Connel.

In my 17 years behind the bar, there has never been a better time to get a drink. Bartenders at all levels have a better understanding of technique and flavor. Distillers are introducing better quality liquors and liqueurs, and the fresh and local produce that has elevated kitchens is entrenched behind the bar. But the most important trend in our bars right now has nothing to do with the drinks we serve. The craft cocktail revival began by focusing on product — as bartenders we were determined to look to the pre-prohibition past. We used quality spirits, made our own tinctures and bitters, produced homemade syrups and juiced fresh juice. We emulated the products of history, and our drinks became better. But there are other aspects of the job, things that are as important as what we put in the glass: hospitality, humility and service. The great bartenders of the past didn’t just craft good drinks. They were hosts who

job that much more fun.” Haddingtons serves drinks that incorporate the technique (fat washing) and the ingredient (raw eggs) that cocktail novices can be most hesitant to try, so Short is able to put her knowledge to use, convincing customers to step outside of their comfort zones. She says: “People don’t think twice about having an egg in their drink up there.” But here, she reminds customers that alcohol cooks the egg enzymatically. With Norris, Short and Bryan behind the bars at these newer ventures, and Stevens along with Chauncy James at the Show Room and Josh Loving at Fino maintaining those cocktail programs, it’s safe to bet that

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welcomed patrons, and with a drink and some conversation, put their guests at ease. During the cocktail revival of the last decade, the rush to embrace mixology sometimes resulted in inflated egos that neglected service. But hospitality is being rediscovered. Across the country, the best bars and bartenders are embracing not only cocktails, but the idea of service. Dedication to service as an art is the next level, and it’s where I think and hope we are heading. B.Norris Currently Head Bartender at Haddingtons in Austin, Bill Norris has poured drinks in venues from the Jersey Shore to London to New York. He is the Texas Regional Champion in the 2008 Cocktail World Cup, a member of the 2nd Place Team in the 2008 Cocktail World Cup Final in Queenstown, New Zealand and the 2008 and 2009 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll winner for “Best Mixologist.” Outside of the bar, he is a freelance writer and photographer who has published work in national magazines and the author of Snapshots, a novel published in 2001.

the difference in these craft cocktail bars is more than just semantic. It is the dedication of these individuals and other members of the U.S. Bartenders Guild that elevates craft bartending above being a mere trend, and as long as these bartenders keep it up, Austin diners can look forward to more establishments offering beverages on par with their food. But for those intimidated by the cocktail revolution, there’s no need to worry. Stevens explains: “Austin’s a college town. It’s never going to stop being a college town. There’s always going to be a really viable market for shots and beers, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.”

Tam Tam Swizzle crema de mezcal, batavia arrack, tamarind gastrique, lime seltzer By Adam Bryan

East Side Showroom Darby aquavit, aperol, lemon, strawberry jam, cucumber, dill, fennel, with edible flower By Chauncy James

FINO Campari Swizzle campari, falernum, lemon juice, flor de cana four-year white rum, vergano americano, served over crushed ice and swizzled By Josh Loving

Frank Pig’s Neck bulleit bourbon, fresh lemon jus, ginger, served on the rocks By Jenn Northcutt

Haddingtons Duck Fat Sazerac duck fat infused rye, peychaud’s bitters, absinthe rinse, served cold and neat By Bill Norris

JEFFREY’S Lemuel Cocktail meyer lemon-infused savvy vodka, local honey, hill country lavender, fernet, sparkling wine By Kelly O'Hare

PechÉ The Johnny Appleseed (order off the menu) moonshine clear corn whiskey, lemon juice, unfiltered apple juice, angostura By Garrett Mikell

The Tigress The Brave (Little Barrel) tequila, mezcal, averna, orange curacao aged 30 days in a balcones barrel, angostura bitters rinse with a flamed orange zest Bobby Heugel’s The Brave, reimagined by Lara Nixon and Pam Pritchard

The Woodland The Velvet Rut peach and habenero infused jim beam, ginger, lillet, served over crushed ice By Julie Yost

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behind the scenes

Erin Driscoll host & fashion blogger


rin Driscoll cut her teeth in the fashion industry as the owner of local Austin boutique, Fabby Darling. After seven years of feeding her passion for fashion, marketing and community service, she closed shop to take up the pen and explore her more existential fancies which ultimately led straight back to the world of style (proof that some things are just meant to be)! Today she is the founder of — a place for pondering the vain and the deep in life and style. In-between pondering, she hosts the YNN weekly style segments, “Fashionably Yours” and “Style Guide” found on Channel 8.

Handbags and scarves are fun to collect because they are like little jewels in the closet — fun to hold and ogle, easy to get in one glance and they can take the stage when a look needs that last bit of “something” to complete it. I think of them as the cocktail rings of my wardrobe.

These opera length gloves are hand me downs from my great aunt. She had droves of them and I now have more than a few boxes. I love the delicate detailing and have actually worn them on more than a few occasions.

One thing I consistently keep an eye out for are vintage dresses; I love them for the soul and substance they embody. My favorite is this black and white tea length number from the 1940s that I found upstairs at Decades Two in L.A.

I happened across these antique shoe buckles and was smitten. The “grand vision” is to turn them into a cuff of some sort but until that comes to pass, I run my Hermès twilly through them and wear them as a bracelet.

Magazines are great for collecting inspiration. Fashion magazines are a must — they keep me in tune with the latest trends, but home magazines are my true love, they excel at visual representation of style and inspire me beyond seasonal flings. Elle Décor is my fave.


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I love old but never overlook the promise of new. These Valentino stilettos were my uber-splurge last season. I’ll own them forever, yippee!

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Nak Armstrong

Last month Women’s Wear Daily proclaimed, “Nak is Back,” and we couldn’t agree more!


his stunner is one of the shining stars in the new Nak Armstrong Signature Collection. This 18k cashmere gold and sterling silver ring has over 30 carats of diamonds — rustic square cut grey diamonds channel set with rows of prongs set around rose-cut and mogul-cut white and grey diamonds. “I was inspired by art deco and Roman architecture and how those seemingly opposing aesthetics could be brought together in a modern way,” Armstrong says. “Many stores and clients have coined this new collection, ‘tough deco.’” This particular ring retails for $28,000, but prices on other pieces from the collection range from $500 to $15,000 on average. His selection of accessories is being sold nationwide through highend accounts this Spring. The collection is represented in N.Y. by Fragments. L. Smith Ford


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Texas Playboys jack sanders , + co-founder of the Playboys

The Texas Playboys Baseball Club gathered at their favorite East Side watering hole Rabbit's for the annual Baseball Banquet that marks the ceremonial first pitch of the Playboys' seven-month sandlot season. There couldn't be a better combination than Black Tie, Tacos, Tito's and Cold Beer!

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Creatively Speaking BY Ti m M c Clu r e CAN WE AGREE that two heads are better than brightest stars is losing mass, indicating it is colc o f o u n d e r gs d & m one? Then it should be a no brainer that two suns are lapsing. Which means it could go supernova any better than one, right? Then you’re in luck, Earthlings! time now. When that happens, Carter says we’ll see According to Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the a second sun, at least for a few weeks. Did I mention that there may University of Southern Queensland, Betelgeuse, one of the night sky’s also be 24 hours of daylight until our second sun dies? illu st r atio n by j oy g allag h er For a limite d e dit ion p r int , c o nta c t jo ygall agh e r@g m ail .c o m

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Imagine waking up in the Fall of 2012 to twin sunrises. Would you go to work as usual, or might you instead take the day, or maybe even the next few weeks, to ponder the imponderable — Earth momentarily suspended in a binary star system...

Not to worry, this isn’t expected to happen until, let’s see, 2012, although it could take longer. Such an explosion could also cause a neutron star or result in the formation of a black hole 1,300 light years from Earth. Again, not to worry. If the star does go supernova, Earth will be showered with harmless particles, at least according to Carter. Ninety-nine percent of the energy released by such a supernova “will come through our bodies and the Earth with absolutely no harm whatsoever,” Carter assures us. In fact, such a neutrino shower could actually be beneficial to Earth. “Far from being a sign of the apocalypse,” notes Carter. “The supernova will provide Earth with elements necessary for survival and continuity.” We’re talking about a gold and silver shower here, plus traces of uranium. Let’s get back to that two-sun thing. Remember the fictional planet Tatooine in the Star Wars saga? Tatooine, which appears in every Star Wars film except The Empire Strikes Back, is the home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker and one of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe. You may remember visions of Luke striding across the desert planet as Tatooine’s two suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II, loom ominously above the distant horizon. If that is to be Earth’s fate, should we also expect an infestation of womp rats, coupled with a Sarlacc manifestation? The Internet is being inundated with doomsday theories suggesting that the impending supernova confirms the Mayan calendar’s prediction of Armageddon in 2012. Convenient, wouldn’t you say? Of course, these conspiracies draw credence from the word Betelgeuse being associated with the devil. I, on the other hand, associate it with the main character in the 1988 American comedy horror fantasy Beetlejuice, in which Michael Keaton plays the mis-


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creant Betelgeuse, a freelance “bio-exorcist” ghost. Betelgeuse is employed to scare away the Deetzes, new owners of a house haunted by the recently deceased Barbara and Adam Maitland, played quite convincingly by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin. Alas, Betelgeuse is more interested in marrying the Deetzes’ daughter Lydia, a role in which a young Winona Ryder literally and figuratively kills. But I digress. Just last January, a magnitude 17 supernova was discovered in New Brunswick, Canada, by none other than 10-year-old amateur astronomer Kathryn Gray, the youngest person ever to discover a supernova. Bear in mind that a supernova is a very rare event, a stellar explosion that indicates the violent death of a star several times the size of our Sun. Apparently supernovas can be easily seen with a modest telescope. All one needs to do is check previous images taken at the same location to see if there have been any changes. Gray did just this, with images taken previously by her father. Canadian astronomer Dave Lane verified their findings and officially registered Kathryn’s discovery. I’m just saying, supernovas happen. Imagine waking up in the Fall of 2012 to twin sunrises. Would you go to work as usual, or might you instead take the day, or maybe even the next few weeks, to ponder the imponderable — Earth momentarily suspended in a binary star system, a la Tatooine? Would President Obama assuage our fears, or would we turn instead to Jabba the Hutt for solace? Okay, I have a confession to make: I’m an unabashed Star Wars geek, and I couldn’t help taking this opportunity to once again scare the Betelgeuse out of my readers, just when you were finally getting over my End of the World column back in July 2008. Sorry, Jules.



Canoe A butcher, a teacher...A RETAIL website? The creative duo behind Canoe is offering up a deftly navigated selection of vintage and handmade finds.


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atalie Davis and Ben Runkle are a “power couple” sans the corporate attire. Their careers are already demanding — Davis has her own Etsy store and Canoe offers a well-edited mix teaches full-time, and Runkle started a cured meats American style we’re for ladies and and pickles business called Salt & Time in 2009 — but trying to recapture gents, from hand they still found time to launch an online clothing site tooled key chains and salvage, in a way. to work wear. last year. Canoe, a collection of timeless American We’re really pulling work wear, work boots and handmade leather accessothings from the backs ries, is an impressive collaboration that emerged from of closets and representing them in their mutual love for vintage clothing. a new light.” However, she won’t give They moved to Austin from the Bay Area in August away their shopping secrets. The well2009, and after a year, the entrepreneurial couple decided to grow traveled couple has plucked clothing from California, New Orleans their passion into a business. By then, Runkle had amassed a large and small towns throughout Central Texas, and they are planning a collection of beautiful vintage work wear for himself, so the idea to big shopping trip in the Midwest in the spring. They are committed create Canoe developed naturally. “We spend a lot of time shopto sticking to traditional materials and American heritage brands ping, individually and together, so it became this thing we were like L.L. Bean and Pendleton. Almost all the items they carry are always doing anyway,” Davis says. “Austin is such a great market vintage, but they also stock new items like leather goods and Opifor tapping into men’s fashion. You get everyone: designers, farmnel knives from France. ers, web programmers. It’s a huge variety.” But men aren’t the only They do not have an official retail location at the moment, but ones drawn to the site — Canoe attracts a number of women as the couple’s recent pop-up show in Austin was a success, and they well. The couple buys a range of sizes so that the clothing can be will exhibit the collection and selections from Davis’ Etsy store styled either way. They offer an assortment of functional, du(Miss Natalie) at Austin’s Renegade Craft Fair on May 21-22. rable and high-quality items, including plaid shirts, button-down “Right now we’re getting to know our customers and responding jackets, vests, key chains, modern pocketknives and to what they like; that back-and-forth is really exciting,” their ever-popular work boots. Davis describes the Davis says. “It’s about sharing the things we find beautiCanoe items as restored relics of the past: “This is a classic ful and keepsake-worthy.” V. LAI

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Audrie San Miguel

James Moody interviews the co-owner of Prototype Vintage Design & co-producer of Fashion Freakout


M: When did you get into fashion? A: I remember going to the most formative music event of my life when I was 9 – it was the Go-Gos at the Astrodome, and my parents pulled me out of school to let me go with them. I think that was the first glimpse of avant-garde, irreverent looks on people. It was definitely a mainstream pop show, but I saw so much creative fashion in Houston – it was so metropolitan and cool to me. From then on, I started trying to drape my sweatshirts over my shoulder or wear fingerless gloves…I would try and mimic Belinda Carlisles outfits with my own vintage finds. M: Is that when you started getting more creative with looks? A: Definitely. My parents didn’t let me dress like that in public, but at home it was like a fashion free for all. I found little tidbits at garage sales and thrift stores – I was putting cool little looks together and dancing in front of the mirror with my cousins. It sounds totally corny, but I think every chick has moments like that. M: When did you think that you might pursue business? A: I remember my grandmother buying and reselling cool stuff back in the day with her chi-chi purse money. I was enamored with the process from day one. M: You mentioned research. What tools do you use to research fashion concepts? A: I probably gather most of my information from old YouTube videos and vintage Playboy Magazines from different eras. Playboy had the hottest babes. M: People often attempt to compare the Austin Fashion scene to the New York or LA fashion scene, especially after events like yours, Fashion Freakout. A: I would say that most Austinites don’t hunt specifically for designer clothes. They’re on a budget, they are creative people, and they don’t want to look like everyone else. Cosmopolitan cities like Dallas and Houston, or New York and LA tend to rely heavily on high-end modern designers to make a fashion statement. The community in Austin is completely different from that kind of person.

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M: Makes sense, you have to save money for beer and queso. A: I feel that when you take it too seriously, it kind of loses its cool. When people talk about fashion trends, it makes me cringe. It’s about what you are going to wear to the club on Saturday night, or your friends wedding. You want to express yourself creatively, that’s it. M: Something everyone wants to know, do you take the best shit home? A: I get first dibs but yeah, we have a policy here that if you take something home, you have to bring something back in. So my closet is a revolving door for sure. We always say: “He who snoozeth loozeth” M: Your brother [Ace San Miguel] has been known to take on some bold fashion moves. He helps you with things like Fashion Freakout and the Texas Film Hall of Fame party, right? A: Definitely…He helps me and Emily and Sara with our events and is a total bad ass. He dresses with an element of Mexican American meets warrior influence. M: Any special advice on how to put gear together so I don’t look like a loser? A: I pull from every decade – if its fits great and you feel confident – that’s what you should be looking for. The target look should be something like a 70’s socialite who’s slumming it backstage. M: The last subject is nerds. How do you define a nerd? A: I define a nerd as someone extremely knowledgeable and almost obsessive about one particular thing. I think that unlike the early 80s, the term ‘nerd’ has a very positive connotation. It is something that you should be proud of. M: Will beards ever go out of style? A: Beards are always in style. M: Sweet. Audrie, Emily, and Sara co-own Prototype in South Austin. Recently, they helped decorate The Texas Film Hall of Fame Dinner and Afterparty, and at SXSW they decorated the IFC Crossroads House, the Rhapsody VIP Lounge, and The Puma Gifting Lounge at Pitchfork. Look for them at Music Festivals across the country this summer as they ‘seek fashion inspiration and pursue shopping expeditions’.

Each month, Moody (who is the founder and owner of The Mohawk and co-founder of Guerilla Suit) will have a conversation with a different nerd here in town. In Austin, “nerd” is a term of endearment for people totally consumed with their craft, who care about it deeply and are working hard to bring something new to the world. As Moody explains, NERD ALERT celebrates the fact that because Austin is so full of us nerds, “It’s just the best place in the world to be creative and try new things.” P h oto g r a p h y by ja k e h o lt

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Gail Chovan “Born and raised in New Jersey, educated in Paris. A crazy life in which I have worn and wear many hats — creative, business owner, mom, wife, philanthropist, educator, Braille learner, cancer warrior, designer as well as things I can’t mention. I am running as fast as I can. Life’s too short, so don't hesitate. 52 years young. Been in Austin since 1995. Married Evan at 40. Twins at 47 — Credence & Zelda. Had Blackmail for 13 1/2 years.” This is the life in pictures of Gail Chovan.

1. Paris, France, 1987 2. With Mom & Dad when I was a kid 3. With my husband, Evan, in the garden at Justine's 4. L.A. with Baby Zelda 5. Walking the runway 6. Last Hair-ah by Todd Wolfson 7. At Blackmail with Kyra 8. Family vacation after chemo, 2009 9. Photo shoot for Blackmail 10. Our wedding day in 1998.

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Trace at the W 200 Lavaca St. (512) 542 3660


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eep Austin Sexy should be the slogan for downtown’s new W Hotel. While everyone else is trying to Keep Austin Weird, the W is taking different approach: it oozes confident sensuality. And Austin’s chic set has taken note, grateful to finally have a place to dress up and mingle in the hotel’s labyrinth of sultry cocktail lounges. And when the sexy people get hungry, they head to the W’s restaurant, Trace. Although modest in size, Trace is built for show. Diners are seated side-by-side in plush silver banquettes, which encourages surveying the scene as much as the menu. Décor is retro-chic, with supple white leather chairs and lots of mirrors and cool lighting. When the weather’s nice, a patio spills onto the sidewalk, perfect for people-watching patrons of Second Street and the new ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Serving three meals a day, Trace has a decidedly different vibe at lunch than at dinner. At lunch, it’s a downright respectable choice for

a business meal. But at dinner, lights dim and temperatures rise to create a sexy scene. Trace’s name reflects its commitment to serving local and sustainable food that can be traced back to its natural origin – and the menu is chockfull of Central Texas produce, artisan cheeses and heritage meats. Because of its seasonality, the menu changes frequently. At lunch on its sunny patio, I lustily lapped up the Carrot Ginger Soup, a refreshing cold version bursting with bright, sweet carrot flavor and drizzled with a hint of ginger oil. The Hot Smoked Salmon Salad was almost too pretty to eat, its delicious and colorful medley of endive, mache, satsuma orange and avocado tossed in a light citrus dressing and topped with warm in-house smoked salmon. Less successful was the Sandwich Board, a sampler of three sandwiches filled with creative ingredients, but each suffering from too much or not enough seasoning. Tasty accompanying French Fries salvaged the dish. At dinner, the Garden Salad was an unusual but tasty toss of local produce sprinkled with toasted rye. A comforting bowl of creamy polenta was topped with wild mushrooms and a poached farm egg. The Seared Sea Trout was outstanding — sparkling fresh fish served with sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash. The only misstep was a dense pecan pie for dessert. The wine list was uncharacteristically pedestrian, but I managed to uncover a couple of interesting treats, like a glass of Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles and a bottle of M. Chapoutier Cotes Du Rhone Belleruche Blanc. Service at Trace was mostly excellent. On two of my three visits, servers patiently explained menu items, happily split dishes for sharing and cheerfully coddled us through a three-hour lunch. On only one visit was our service just average. The overall experience at Trace is both seductive and satisfying. So can Austin be both sexy AND weird without selling its soul? At the W Hotel it can. K. SPEZIA

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Restaurant Guide new & noteworthy The Backspace 507 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 474 9899 Renowned chef, Shawn Cirkiel, has done it again with The Backspace, offering classic Italian fare. In addition to exquisite pizzas hot out of the wood-fire brick oven straight from Naples, diners can enjoy classic antipasti such as baked ricotta and prosciuttowrapped mozzarella. Baguette et Chocolat 12101 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 263 8388 A graduate of the French National Institute of Bakery and Pastry, Chef Chi-Minh is dazzling Austinites with a taste of French café fare, including savory crepes, quiches, salads and sandwiches. The real stars, however, are the pastries, from airy macarons to flaky tarts and decadent croissants. BarChi Sushi 206 Colorado St. (512) 382 5557 The intersection of modern and traditional Japanese cuisine, BarChi offers an array of innovative rolls and dishes. Some kitchen entrees, like the miso-marinated sea bass, take cues from sushi icon Nobu Matsuhisa, but others,

such as the Togarashi blackened tuna reflect BarChi’s unique flair. The pineapple sake, a house specialty, is not to be missed. Barley Swine 2024 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 394 8150 Chef Bryce Gilmore has infused his love of pork and beer into his first brick-and-mortar restaurant after the stunning success of Odd Duck. Barley Swine emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients with a monthly rotating menu of carefully composed small plates. Standout dishes include the sous vide pork trotter and seared scallops on cauliflower puree. Braise 2121 E. 6th St. (512) 478 8700 As befits its name, Braise offers dishes cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor. Chef Paravind Vora, of noted Restaurant Jezebel, has created a menu of classic entrees with unexpected twists, like succulent osso bucco in a chipotle hollandaise and blackened amberjack with sweet corn beurre blanc. The Carillon 1900 University Ave. (512) 404 3655 Josh Watkins, former

chef de cuisine at the Driskill Grill, infuses The Carillon at the AT&T Conference Center with a keen understanding of flavors. The menu features New American dishes reinterpreted, such as duck breast in chestnut-Nutella sauce and beef tenderloin poached in olive oil atop a potato puree. Congress 200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2760 Helmed by noted Chef David Bull, Congress is an elegant foray into complex layers of exquisite flavors from around the world. Open for a prix-fixe dinner five nights a week with a daily rotating menu, Congress features dishes with depth, including sweet and savory bone marrow brulee and hamachi sashimi with hearts of palm and white miso. El Arbol 3411 Glenview Ave. (512) 323 5177 Built around its namesake oak tree, El Arbol evokes the culinary traditions of Argentina. While the menu features South American classics such as ceviche and empanadas, diners can also enjoy modern and innovative fare, like veal sweetbreads and scallops with saffron-cayenne aioli and citrus gastrique. Foreign & Domestic 306 E. 53rd St. (512) 459 1010 The brainchild of Culinary Institute of America graduates Ned and Jodi Elliot, Foreign & Domestic never fails to surprise and delight with unexpected combina-

tions, including parsnip ravioli with crispy pig ears and smoked trout with confit potatoes. Haddingtons 601 W. 6th St. (512) 992 0204 This gastropub draws from across the Atlantic, offering British-inspired cuisine with rustic American flare. From rabbit fricassee and foie gras links to a whole roasted hog enough for over a dozen diners, Chef Zach Northcutt brings a unique tavern experience to Austin. Hopdoddy Burger bar 1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 243 7505 Austin’s newest burger bar is changing the way we look at an old American staple. While Hopdoddy grills up variations on the classic, it also offers some unexpected twists, such as the Greek, a lamb burger with feta, arugula and tsatziki. Second 200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2750 Another venture from Chef Bull, Second offers a more casual bistro experience, drawing from Italian, French and Asian cuisines. Diners can expect well-crafted sandwiches and pizzas in addition to thoughtful large plates such as swordfish with roasted parsnips and braised pork with mascarpone polenta. Soleil 6550 Comanche Trl. (512) 266 0600 Soleil offers a taste of the Mediterranean with classic dishes including

Pappardelle Bolognese and Niçoise Salad. Guests can also explore Soleil’s extensive wine, grappa and cocktail list as they savor a stunning view of Lake Travis. La Sombra 4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100 Set in a modern space with neutral tones and warm lighting, La Sombra is a dining experience that evokes the hospitality of Central and South America. In addition to an ample ceviche menu, diners can enjoy flavorful dishes, such as a chimichurrimarinated steak and striped bass in tomatococonut broth. Takoba 1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 Recognized by Texas Monthly as one of the 50 Best Mexican Restaurants in Texas, Takoba offers elegant cuisine from south of the border. The sleek atmosphere belies a menu of classic, well-crafted dishes, including pescado al mojo de ajo, sautéed tilapia with garlic butter and lime. TRACE 200 Lavaca St. (512) 542 3600 A unique concept from Chef Paul Hargrove, TRACE, situated at the base of the W, focuses on responsibly and locally sourced ingredients from Texan farmers and artisans. The menu features classic cuisine reminiscent of European fare, with a New American twist.

Uchiko 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., #140 (512) 916 4808 Under the reign of Chef Paul Qui, Uchiko is the sensational sister creation of Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi. From hot and cold appetizers to sinfully delicious entrees like rabbit terrine to mastermind desserts crafted by Chef Phillip Speer, dining at Uchiko is an out of this world culinary experience. Zandunga 1000 E. 11th St. (512) 473 4199 Zandunga draws from authentic regional recipes to offer a refreshing interpretation of Austin’s Mexican cuisine. Decorated with warm, bright splashes of color and artwork from south of the border, the restaurant is an immersion experience. Among the standouts are spinach and chorizo salad and tortas ahogadas, pork carnitas in a spicy ranchero sauce. Zed's 501 Canyon Ridge Dr. (512) 339 9337 Nestled in a three-acre outdoor paradise featuring spacious decks, a pond and biking trails, Zed’s is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy classic, fuss-free American fare. From goat cheese stuffed portabella mushrooms to MahiMahi tacos, Zed’s offers a dish for every palate.

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pproachable, casual, with a little bit of vintage glamour all wrapped in one. That is how I would describe Emily Flemming-Nash’s newest place and my new favorite hangout, The Butterfly Bar. I was sad to see her coffee shop Emerald City Press close, but I’m glad to see that this cozy and chic bar is as friendly as her former shop. Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on why you like a place, but I find the combination of the relaxed outdoor courtyard with the rich indoor bar a perfect combo. And it’s pretty sweet to see the same people working there

that served me coffee almost every morning for the past couple of years. I have a feeling they will soon remember my favorite drink (just bubbly) like they did my standard morning coffee, served up with a smile and a song. I think The Butterfly Bar has one of the best playlists in town — there is always something on that makes you boogie a little bit while you order your favorite libation. And I can already foresee a lot of dancing happening on the outdoor deck later in the spring and summer when the weather begs for drinks on ice, either in flip flops or high heels. Details always make the difference, and The Butterfly Bar does not disappoint, offering up drinks in distinctive glassware, showering the indoor space with flattering lamp lighting and presenting conversation-stirring cocktail tables for long evenings with friends. The way the bar opens up to the outside is pretty special, and it showcases one of the best things about living in Austin — the weather is so great, we can almost always bring the outside in. My favorite touch however is the lights strung about in the courtyard — they make you feel like you are in a magical storybook tale, with the inside bar being the rich and cozy chair you might be reading it from. And I’m sure a place like The Butterfly Bar will provide an enchanting new setting for all kinds of tales, big and small, those imagined and realized. E. GIBSON Elizabeth Gibson is the owner of Eliza Page jewelry boutique in the 2nd Street District, which features independent jewelry collections.

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