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Style Pick

Kristin Armstrong



Things We Love


Dining Pick


Our Little Secret




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Arts & Entertainment Calendar


Artist Spotlight



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ipad holder, photo courtesy of spartan shop; maggie lea PHOTO BY matt rainwaters; john spong PHOTO BY Matt rainwaters; salty sow photo by evan prince; billy reid photo by evan prince; photo courtesy of bonnie gammill.


Editor’s Letter

For the first time in our almost 12-year history, the same person is appearing on our cover twice—Larry McGuire. This year alone, he opened Elizabeth Street Café, Clark’s and Fresa’s and acquired Austin institution Jeffrey’s, which will reopen with a new design and menu in early 2013, while his other restaurants, Perla’s and Lambert’s, still sit on the top of everyone’s list of where to dine in Austin. McGuire stands between two dynamic women who are making a huge impact on the city. I first laid eyes on Melba Whatley (pictured right) at a committee meeting for an upcoming picnic benefit for Waller Creek. Whatley is the Waller Creek Conservancy’s Board President. I was totally intrigued and needed to learn more about this sharp, elegant woman who was so deeply passionate about this project. When council member Sheryl Cole charged Whatley with doing something with the Creek, she says she “marched right out and took a look at the creek and thought this is a staggering opportunity for the city. Nowhere in America has any city taken an urban creek and restored it and all the land around it—and returned it to the citizens.” The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, and there is no one who could better lead these efforts or make being in your 70s look this good! Austin native Virginia Cumberbatch (pictured left) didn’t just listen to the discouraging concerns she heard from peers who felt Austin’s community of color wasn’t represented city in leadership; the 24-year-old did something to change this and started the Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals whose mission is to “assist African-Americans and other disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social equality and continuously seek avenues for cultural and philanthropic vitality for Austin’s overlooked young professionals of color.” By day, she works in client services for Hahn, Texas and embodies everything we admire about the young Austinites to watch featured on page 74. We were humbled to spend time with each of the uniquely talented people in this issue and feel honored to share the stories of the many great citizens of Austin not only this month, but year-round. Thank you for supporting TRIBEZA! Here’s to 2013 and all the adventures that await us in our great city.


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Photographer Matt Rainwaters always makes me laugh, and I love watching his natural way of making anyone he photographs feel comfortable.

When we needed a different chair for the cover shot, Larry McGuire ran over to his nearby office and brought back this gorgeous Nakashima beauty. These are the chairs that will be used in Jeffrey's private dining space, the Josephine House.

The chic staff at Billy Reid was kind enough to let us use the space next door to their wonderful West Sixth Street store as our studio for the shoot days and they also happened to make the perfect stand ins to test light.

matt and lauren photo by peter simonite. chair photo by lauren smith ford. phil harrison photo by matt rainwaters.


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Meet the TRIBEZA Staff

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Lauren Smith Ford Ed ito r + Cr e ati v e D i r ec to r

Lauren’s big break in to the world of journalism came as a monthly gig writing for ELLEgirl, chronicling the life of a high school freshman in Manor, Texas. Since then, her adventures in the field have led her everywhere from the Super Dome to interview Hurricane Katrina evacuees for Glamour magazine to helping turn Willie Nelson in to Santa Claus as a wardrobe stylist for the December 2012 cover of Texas Monthly (out on newsstands now). Her work has appeared in Esquire, Golf Digest, Marie Claire, Outside, Southern Living, Teen Vogue and among others, WIRED Italia. Lauren joined TRIBEZA in 2006 and became the editor in February 2010. She has served on the boards and been involved with the Austin Bat Cave, Big Brother Big Sisters, PechaKucha Austin and strataTX. The most exciting part of 2012 has been the birth of daughter Ellie Louise, whom she and her husband Bennett are loving every minute of raising in Brykerwoods.


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Obsessed with art and typography at a young age, it seemed obvious that Ashley put her obsession to good use and pursued a career as a graphic designer. From humble beginnings designing hand drawn magazines as a young girl to graduating from The University of North Texas with an award-winning portfolio, Ashley's work and career have received notice from publications such as Print Magazine, Graphis New Talent Annual and Graphic Design USA. Ashley brings to TRIBEZA her deep love for all things Austin, whether it's fashion or food, and her keen eye for sophisticated design. After all, even her German Shepherd rescue, Rockwell, is named after a typeface.

Staley Hawkins

E v en t + M a r k e ti n g Coo r d i n ato r Forth Worth native and UT graduate Staley Hawkins joined TRIBEZA in March 2012, leading the efforts for the most successful TRIBEZA Style Week yet. There’s nothing she loves more than babies and dogs (especially her golden retriever Stella). Staley has a great passion for exploring Austin, but also can’t wait to get back to South America, where she spent time studying abroad and traveling. You will only find the always happy go lucky Staley (named after her grandfather) without a smile on her face when she is laughing hysterically, which for some odd reason makes her cry—she explains, “like legit tears stream down my face.”

Lauren smith ford photo by matt rainwaters. ashley horsley photo by matt rainwaters. staley hawkins photo by john pesina. george elliman photo by Cisco. ashley beall photo by john pesina. Andrea brunner photo courtesy of andrea brunner. kimberley chassay photo by skylar reeves photography.

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george elliman p u b l i s h er

George brings over 20 years of global business experience to his role as publisher and one of the owners of TRIBEZA. A native of Houston, he has lived in Austin since 1999, and his enthusiasm for the city and where it is heading has never faltered. Since his graduation from Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, he has lived and worked in Houston, Jakarta, Charlottesville, San Francisco, and London to name a few. When not raising the TRIBEZA team’s spirits, George is working as the Director of Business Development for Westend Capital Management and serving on the Board of Directors for Mexic Arte Museum and the Charles Moore Foundation. He lives in Rosedale with his beloved Golden Retriever, Travis. And wherever George goes, his trusty iPhone always follows.

Andrea Brunner Senior Account Executive

Andrea is native Texan and after fours years of calling Austin home, she is proud to consider herself an Austinite. Andrea is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has over 11 years experience in the magazine industry. She has made her career as an account manager in print advertising sales in Dallas, Atlanta and Austin and feels right at home as a Senior Account Executive at TRIBEZA. She is an avid volunteer in her community and is most happy when she’s eating pizza (Homeslice, she really loves Homeslice), exploring Austin and being with her husband, Brock, and their beloved rescue dog, Sadie Josephine.

A shley Beall

Senior Account Executive Featured on the cover of the premiere issue of Austin Family in 1986 riding her family’s train in Zilker Park, it seems that even as an infant, Ashley was meant to be around magazines. She attended Westlake High, where she was Editor of the yearbook and then headed to Chapman University to study PR and advertising. While in LA, she worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and People magazine. In early 2010 she returned to Austin to work at TRIBEZA and has since won the award for Best Print Media Representative in Austin three years in a row. She served on the board of the Austin Ad Federation, where she founded their "under 32" group for young ad professionals, AD2ATX. She is a graduate of the Leadership Austin EMERGE Program and recently volunteered with Students of the World Professionals in Haiti. 

Kimberly Cha ssay S en i o r Acco u n t E x ec u ti v e

Kimberly joined TRIBEZA in the spring of 2010, connecting her passion for all things creative, her diverse network of friends, and her love for the Austin community. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Liberty University and has been a marketing and sales professional for more than 14 years in Washington, DC, Houston and Austin. She serves on the board of the Travis County Medical Alliance. What she values most: Relationship-building, connecting others, long dinners with friends and spending time with her wonderful husband, Mark, and son, Huston.

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Traveling and shooting for magazines such as British GQ, Esquire UK and Texas Monthly Matt has been to out of the way places like Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, the oil fields in the icy tundra of Canada and Death Row. He stayed local this month shooting the 10 people of the year and the 10 to watch. "It's the third time I've been a part of this issue and it's my favorite to shoot with TRIBEZA. I love meeting the next wave of people that make Austin such an incredible city to live in." Last year Matt published his first book, BEARD, a selection of portraits shot at the 2009 World Beard and Mustache championships in Anchorage Alaska. This Month it goes live as an app, BEARD: the Book: the App. For his next adventure Matt is looking forward to raising his beautiful three-month-old baby girl, Penelope Francis Rainwaters with his lovely wife Alysha.


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Lisa Siva

Ed ito r i a l A s si s ta n t + w r it er Lisa Siva is a Plan II student at the University of Texas. In addition to her work at TRIBEZA, she maintains a food blog, Pocketful of Chocolate, which explores all things sweet and decadent. She is currently completing her first collection of short fiction, entitled Ghost Stories.

Matt rainwaters photo courtesy of matt rainwaters. Caleb owen everitt & ryan rhodes photo by keith davis young. Lisa siva photo by andrew chan.

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Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes are LAND, a studio centered on blurring the line between art and design. This month, we enlisted the guys to illustrate the opening spreads for the 10 to Watch and 10 People of the Year stories. Rhodes says: "Our approach is to keep things simple and interesting by creating custom details and embracing imperfections." Check out their amazing portfolio at

Social Hour

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




La Dolce Vita

AMOA-Arthouse whisked guests away to the banks of Lago di Como for La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival. Guests embarked on a culinary tour of Austin, including cuisine by East Side Showroom, Foreign & Domestic and Parkside, as well as drinks from Contigo, drink.well and more. The evening benefited AMOA-Arthouse’s education programs.

Pentagram Design Anniversary Party


Pentagram Design celebrated 40 years of unparalleled multidisciplinary design with a Texas-themed evening, inspired by the recently completed Pentagram Papers 42, featuring portraits of cowboy poets by photographer Jay B Sauceda. Local favorites like Lucy’s Fried Chicken and Uchi provided an eclectic menu for the evening, while cowboy poets shared their storied art.






Austin Ventures’ Hometown Showcase

Austin Ventures kicked off ACL Festival with their “Hometown Showcase,” sponsored by GSD&M and SVB. C3 Presents provided music by Wheeler Brothers and The Bright Light Social Hour. Throughout the evening, guests participated in a raffle benefiting Austin Music People, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Austin’s live music community.


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La Dolce Vita: 1. Jess Martin & Ali Putnam 2. Shelly Erickson & Sean Gaulager 3. Will Bridges, Adi Anand & Noel Pitts

Pentagram: 4. Sarah Stevenson & Charlie 5. Maritsa Asghah & Hunter Cross 6. Matt Reyes & Jay B. Sauceda 7. Marc English & John Hancock Austin Ventures: 8. Kendra Scott, Riawra Capri & Nikki Lee 9. Kate Elliot & Audrey Munson

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Billy Reid Grand Opening




Billy Reid celebrated the grand opening of its flagship store in the heart of downtown Austin. With its signature Southern elegance, the store showcased its fall collection, while guests enjoyed bites by Clark’s Oyster Bar, cool drinks by Hops & Grain and music by Sam Beam of Iron & Wine.






BKLYN Dry Goods + STAG

New York-based BKLYN Dry Goods headed west for a pop-up shop at STAG, bringing a taste of Brooklyn to Texas during a launch party on South Congress. Guests stepped back in time as they explored BKYN Dry Goods’ curated selection of vintage menswear, objects and curiosities.

Billy Reid: 1. Kristen VanderVeen & Ben Law 2. Hunter McConnell & Cara Tillman 3. Jess Simpson & Chris Perez 4. Taylor Tehan & Rachel Baker 5. Billy Reid, Matt Culmo & JP McNeil 6. Josh Riebock & Brendan Bell 7. Jon & Mary Jane Berry 8. Betsy Ester, Jake Szczepanski & Debbie Butler 9. Alan Stulberg & Andrew James 10. Gregg Vossler & Bekka Baker BKLYN + STAG: 11. Bobby Johns & Steve Shuck 12. Abbas Deidehban & Jennifer Robichaux


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World Sight Day

TOMS curated an exclusive gallery exhibition, featuring legendary artists John Van Hamersveld, Magda Sayeg, Alyson Fox and more. Music by Tennis, Kishi Bashi and Vactioner brightened the evening, as guests showed their support for World Sight Day, a global day of awareness for blindness and visual impairment.

Dress by Candlelight





Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an enchanting evening of style for the annual Dress by Candlelight. A runway show showcased the latest fall fashions, while guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, as well as cuisine and cocktails from Austin’s finest. Proceeds from the evening benefited Candlelight Ranch’s programs for special needs and at-risk children.

Propaganda Anniversary Party

Austin’s stylish set gathered at Propaganda Hair Group to celebrate the salon’s second anniversary with a dynamic fashion show of runway-ready makeup artistry and hairstyles. Guests sampled delicious hors d’oeuvres by Tacos & Tequila and toasted to Propaganda’s two years of beauty with cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka.





Design enthusiasts toasted to the launch of, an innovative approach to interior design, at On-Airstreaming in the 2nd Street District. Live music by Graham Wilkinson provided an inspiring backdrop for the evening, as guests sampled cuisine from Olive & June and learned more about’ unique and affordable design services.





TOMS: 1. Jack Choate & Heidi Psyk 2. Chelsey Salsbury, Yvon Castillo & Caitlin Chin 3. Katie Love, Sacy Schultz & Ally Ryan 4. Adrienne Aybar 5. Tiffany Fox, Blake Mycoskie, Karla Gage & Heather Mycoskie Dress by Candlelight: 6. Pamela Jones & Stacey Hassin 7. Lora Reynolds & Brooke Bowersock 8. Nicolette Newton & Brooke Newton Propaganda: 9. Mandy Silver & Cam Allison 10. Lati & Sara Domi 11. Clarissa, Davis & Ed Bailey 12. Robert Bentley & Rebekah Gainsley


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The First Tee Fore Fashion



BMW and MINI of Austin presented an afternoon of fashion and cuisine at the Austin Country Club. After a decadent reception and luncheon, guests enjoyed a runway show featuring the Tibi Resort 2013 collection and sumptuous jewels by Kendra Scott, benefiting The First Tee of Greater Austin.








Feliz brought together dozens of vendors from across the country for a weekend-long celebration of all things handmade. Guests ventured downtown to the Palm Door to browse a stunning selection of artisan goods, from woodwork to silk scarves, while dynamic workshops provided a behind-thescenes look at diverse crafts.

First Tee: 1. Julie Crenshaw & Sue Forrest 2. Lisa Jennings, Amy Smilovic & Ariana Milton 3. Cheryl Mills & Starla Terry 4. Ava Late & Liz Redwine 5. Julia Bulhon & Julia Sayers 6. Amanda Sharbutt & Tina McCutchin 7. Gay Gaddis & Rebecca Gaddis Feliz: 8. Brooke Nevin & Lisa Parsley 9. Megan McDonald & Paul Mungia 10. Frances Shelley & Kristin Mitchell 11. Amalie Lantz & Celeste Egedy 12. Emilie Ball & Francesca Zmetra


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November Issue Release Party

We headed east for the release of our November Makers issue at Okay Mountain Gallery. Austin’s creative scene celebrated the city’s artistry and craftsmanship with tasty treats by GoodPop and drinks from Pacifico, Victoria and Maker’s Mark. Dock and Roll, the award-winning South Austin food trailer, whipped up delicious lobster rolls for the evening.




Release Party: 1. Greg Tenenbown & Jaime Lovell 2. Brad & Ash Bailey 3. Scott Dubois, Wynn Myers & Josh Verduzco 4. Madeline Good & Matt Brown 5. Cambria Harkey, Chris Bilheimer & Heather Lovegreen 6. Christian Klein & Christy Taylor 7. Taylor Lovell & Marcie Jones 8. Larny & Stuart Reilly 9. Joey Koehl & Peter McGuire 10. Mariah & Jordan Brownwood 11. Molly Winters & Erik Culver 12. Caitlin Ryan & Jackie Rangel


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Lonesome Dove

As the sun set over downtown Austin, guests gathered on the rooftop of Fogo de Chao for appetizers and drinks, as they celebrated the release of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove by John Spong, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the eponymous, Pulitzer Prizewinning Western novel.





Texas Book Festival First Edition Literary Gala

This year, the Texas Book Festival opened with the First Edition Literary Gala at the AT&T Conference Center. NPR’s Michel Martin was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, which featured celebrity authors Tony Danza, Cheryl Strayed and more. Following a silent auction and dinner, guests enjoyed readings by some of the festival’s notable writers.

CharityBash Live Auction





Ballet Austin hosted the fourth annual CharityBash Live Auction, presented by Citizen Generation and Loewy Law Firm and benefiting the Center for Child Protection and Seedling Foundation. Guests enjoyed an open bar, tasty bites and a live auction hosted by 20 of the city’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.





Lonesome Dove: 1. Cathy Casey & Angela Clawson 2. Gus & Victoria Flores 3. Jake Silverstein, John Spong & Amy Saralegui 4. Dana Such & Britton Byfield 5. Cathy Sze, Hayley Cavender & Pauline Nguyen Book Fest: 6. Derek & Lara Beard 7. Daniel Mejia & Jane Mize 8. Aaron Weiss & Amanda Shaftel 9. Mathew Diffee & Tanya Erlach 10. Dan Rather & Robin Rather Charity Bash: 11. Christina Shipley, Alex Winkelman & Kathryn Hamilton 12. Martha Lynn & Trevor Kale


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De Quoi Avez-Vous Peur?



The intimate patio at Justine’s Brasserie, illuminated with twinkling strands of lights and elegant chandeliers overhead, provided a beautiful backdrop for the presentation of De Quoi Avez-Vous Peur?, a hauntingly beautiful fall/ winter collection by designer Gail Chovan. Chovan’s collection is available at Blackmail on South Congress.







Qui to the Cure

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Texas held its first annual Qui to the Cure event with cuisine by James Beard award winner Chef Paul Qui. Lively music by Son y No Son and DJ Rich Austin carried the event into the evening, as attendees savored Chef Qui’s unique and innovative fare.

De Quoi: 1. Amber Barnett & Shawne Whelan 2. Travis Smith & Sarah Star 3. Ashton Arthur & Ella Adams 4. Gail Chovan & Evan Voyles 5. Wendy & Chris Bykowski Qui to the Cure: 6. Dustin & Megan Clark 7. Dustin Daniels & Deana Saukum 8. Morgan Tennant & Ross Caton 9. Cole Bourland & Margaret Marchetti 10. Niki Pez, Michelle Hu, & Tora Reffi 11. Stephen & Marissa Tarleton 12. Lou Marchettie & Kat Nash


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Andrea McWilliams’ 40 Fete

Austinites flocked to California’s wine country in August to celebrate the venerable power lobbyist Andrea McWilliams’ 40th Birthday. The weekend of festivities began with a welcome reception at the Spoon Bar at the h2hotel. The next day, guests enjoyed a luncheon and wine tour at Mauritson Wines before the grand finale at the McWilliams family’s Arista Winery. All the guests donned their favorite white attire for a Neiman Marcus runway show, featuring Akris, while dining al fresco on dishes like pan seared scallops over pea shoots. The dessert station tempted guests with decadent treats like mini Pinot Noir Strawberry Shortcakes and lemon mousse in martini glasses. Event planner Sarah Ghazzagh of A Dream Wedding coordinated the glamorous soiree. Her vision for the fete?


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“Dazzling white and chic, complementing the natural elements while being overtly contemporary,” she says. Following dinner, guests moved to the dance floor, where Tone Loc surprised guests with some of his signature songs like “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cole Medina.” Longtime friend Don Johnson serenaded Andrea by singing Happy Birthday, along with Andrea’s daughter, Madison McWilliams, and it was Madison who later stole the show with her rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Ghazzagh recalls the memorable night: “To watch a family so intensely supportive of one another was truly a rich sight to behold. It was a central theme that threaded effortlessly through the weekend—one of family, great friendships and watching new bonds form amongst the guests.”







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1.The McWilliams have a moment in front of the lucite custom designed party logo at the entrance to the fashion show. 2. Gieselle & TC Waugh stroll to dinner at Arista Winery's Oak Grove. 3. Heather & Eric Redman 4. Steve & Donna Hicks 5. Guests enjoyed a five-course dinner by Chef Bruce Wizeman. 6. Partygoers hit the dance floor. 7. Madison McWilliams wears a custom designed gown by Coutures by Laura of Austin. Her dad is dapper in a Ralph Lauren suit and Burberry tie. 8. A centerpiece for the evening. 9. Kayleigh Pippen along with the McWilliams children and Don Johnson. 10. The crowd rocks out to Tone Loc. 11. Madison belts out "Rolling in the Deep." 12. Carrie & Robert Hick 13. Neiman Marcus fashion show by Akris 14. London-based duo Richard Paxman & Dan Bamforth 15. Andrea looks on as Dean toasts his lovely wife. p h oto g r a p h y by b r i a n a m a r i e p h oto g r a p h y

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Some people recharge in social situations, specific this list was (or even aware that my I llu s tr ation by Joy G a ll agh er engaging with others and enjoying a group children knew I had Pet Peeves), until one of dynamic. my daughters recited a couple in great detail I am not one of those people. on a recent road trip. I’ll share a few. Don’t get me wrong, I like people well enough, but I quickly reach Coughing. (aka hacking) If you are that sick and phlegmy, why are my fill and need to scamper off solo to recharge. My family makes you at church, at this meeting, in my kid’s classroom or (God help fun of me for this, my kids tease me that I need to nest, and my me) on the airplane anywhere in my vicinity? Stay home and suck on brother quips that I need some time “secluded in the West Wing” a menthol lozenge until you are socially acceptable once again. You (yes, this is a Big Lebowski reference). Part of my people overload should know I have an equal measure of contempt for myself when I may stem from my extensive Pet Peeve list. I had no idea how have a nasty cough and I seclude myself (in the west wing).

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Just like a bikini with a sarong, we all know what the wearer aims to hide.

Feet. (The gross kind.) Toenails must be cut neatly or feet should be forever banished from worldview. Once, when I was on a flight and seated in the bulkhead row, a man proceeded to place his anemic looking bare foot up on the carpeted wall in front of him and Clip His Toenails. Although I am prone to exaggeration, unfortunately in this case I am speaking plainly. Nail chips were flying in all directions as I reached a quaking arm up to the attendant call button. She appeared, I tipped my head at the unfathomable scene befalling bulkhead, and she silently moved me to first class. I still shudder when I recall this Peeve. Air Travel Abusers. I have several Peeves in this category, so I have condensed them for readability. To begin, why do people think it’s at all okay to board a flight without basic hygiene? A morning shower should be a prerequisite for any form of travel that requires people to be constrained in tight proximity for any duration of time. My mom told me that “back in the day” people used to dress up to fly…fixed up hair, make up, stockings, heels, suits for men. Now people plod around in sweatsuits and sneakers like total slobs. Proper attire is optional, hygiene notsomuch. Or how about people who pack duffel bags the size of Snuffelupagus and then sweat and heave them onto the plane (again, sans shower, sweat glands reactivating the funk from the previous day) and when they find that there is no way in the unfriendly skies that sucker is going to fit into an overhead bin the size of a cookie jar, they block traffic and heave it the other way, delaying everyone who packed efficiently and has someplace to go. Or men who sit down and promptly stretch out, in a Gekko-style hostile takeover of both armrests? I once placed my arm gently but firmly


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over “Gordon’s” and you should have seen his face! He pulled it in his lap and kept it there, secretly stealing glances at me when I was reading, likely thinking I was an air marshal. My latest Peeve is middle aged women reading Fifty Shades on the plane, who reach up periodically with French tipped acrylic nails to crank open the air vent, beads of sweat glistening on their upper lip. Yeah, I read it, but I don’t want to watch you read it. Have the dignity to download it to your Kindle, for heaven’s sake. Public Restrooms. Let me know when you come out that you used the rest of the t.p. I like surprises, but not that one. And it is simply never okay to walk out, look in the mirror, fluff your hair, put on lip gloss, and then smile at me as you walk out the door. Wash Your Hands, People. Have you not seen the movie Contagion? Sunburned, drunk couples in hotel pools. That dance/swim thing you’re doing is fooling no one. Go upstairs. Shoo. Dates. No, you may not wear a baseball cap for the first five dates. I’m going to eventually find out about that bald spot. Just like a bikini with a sarong, we all know what the wearer aims to hide. Just because you bought me dinner or a glass of wine does not mean I want to kiss you. If you respond to your phone for any reason other than your child, I have an early day tomorrow. Bad jeans can make you look just as old as bad genes. Your stomach does not look smaller when you visually dissect it with a belt and a tightly tucked in shirt. Tank tops = no no. Humor is the new hot. I shared this list with my wickedly funny brother. I asked him to share one of his pet peeves, to which he replied he had only one. People who have Pet Peeves. Oh.

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s a graduate student at the University of Texas, artist Bonnie Gammill put aside the paintbrush and began to explore new mediums for her work. After experimenting with an array of found and nontraditional materials, she discovered inspiration in an unlikely place: the world of scrapbooking. Today, Gammill works with mixed papers, including scrapbooking material, developing their vibrant hues and textures into stunning, three-dimensional collages. From layer upon layer of paper strips—alternately long and short, flat or gently curled—emerges a visually stunning piece, a unique study in color and dimension. “The final outcome I look for in my work is something that is harmonious in color—it seems settled or complete,” Gammill says, though she often begins with an “intuitive flash,” rather than the finished piece in mind. “By the time I’ve made the work, I understand why I made it,” Gammill says. In addition, the artistic process itself has particular significance for Gammill, as its organic nature conceptualizes the contemporary experience of emergence and the development of meaningful designs from the simple act of accumulation. “The playful and aesthetic nature of my work makes people happy,” she says. It’s a feeling Gammill herself experiences over the course of the creative process: “I feel a compulsion to make these things,” Gammill says. “I get a lot of joy out of making my art.” Gammill’s latest installation, Sudden Downfall Cloud, is on display at the Up Collective. For more information about Bonnie Gammill and her work, visit r. wright


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

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Austin Art Garage

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800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By appointment only Davis Gallery

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

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1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 10-4, Sa 11-4 The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Hours: Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177 Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 Russell Collection Fine Art

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Women & Their Work

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Guy Forsyth & Carolyn Wonderland’s

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Lora Reynolds Gallery

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Stephen L. Clark Gallery

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As we give back to the city we call home, Keep Austin Generous strives to make Austin the most charitable city per capita, connecting Austinites to the causes we care about. “What we really want to try and do is embed philanthropy into the things that we as Austinites do everyday, so that giving becomes habitual,” says President Leo Ramirez, Jr. To that effect, this month marks the inaugural Keep Austin Generous Week, which invites Austinites to participate in fundraisers, happy hours and volunteer activities across the city and recognize the impact of donations of all sizes. “We really stand for everyone,” Ramirez remarks. “Every individual, every business and every nonprofit coming together as a community to support the causes we love.” Keep Austin Generous Week will take place December 15-23. For more information about the campaign and events, visit a. vickery


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Restaurateur by megan giller


It’s a McGuire World: Luckily, we Austinites get to live in it! t’s good to be Larry McGuire. The 30-year-old restaurateur and

“We want to have gardens at all the restaurants,” he said as we got out of

chef best known for his ocean-fresh oysters at Perla’s has opened

his BMW SUV. “And farms in the future.” As he led me through the construc-

three restaurants this year and has countless others on the way. His

tion site—a four-building complex—it was hard not to catch his excitement.

other flagship, Lambert’s, boasts a two-hour wait on weekends, and

“Outside, we’ll have built-in booths and a fire pit,” he said, pointing out the

his foray into Asian food, Elizabeth Street Café, tops the city’s hot

Josephine House, a private dining area. “And then this wood-paneled room

lists. We met up at his new place, Clark’s, on the day after it opened.

Afterward, we went to his office, where he showed me more designs. “I

the day before, as well as an emergency room visit and seven stitches—McGuire

usually figure out our concept while we’re buying furniture. We find a chair or

seemed invigorated. “All these places open,” he says, “and for the first couple of

something that’s perfect for the restaurant—light fixtures, fabric.” He laughed,

weeks, the most fun for me is being on the line with the dudes.”

“I’m such a design whore.”

That’s not the image most Austinites have of McGuire, known for his business sense and the sheer number of restaurants he owns. “People think I’m trying to

“Oh,” he gestured to a sketch on the wall, “and Matthew Herman, a Senior Designer at Zac Posen, is doing the uniforms.”

spin these businesses off,” he says. “But we just love this building that Clark’s is in,

McGuire’s desk was covered with papers. You could tell he worked long hours

and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.” Same goes for Jeffrey’s, Austin’s oldest

most of the week—but it’s not all him. He has four partners, Tommy Moorman,

fine dining restaurant, which McGuire recently purchased and is now in the pro-

Jett Butler, Carla Work and Steve Wertheimer, and the broader management

cess of reopening.

team has expanded to 35 people. Even the kitchen staff stays in the family, like

And that’s the magic word: Jeffrey’s. When you say it, McGuire’s face lights

at Fresa’s, where the Mexican prep cooks are now leading the charge. “We have a

up as if he’s biting into a meatball bánh mì from Elizabeth Street Café. Previ-

core group of management professionals,” he told me. “We’ve created a restaurant

ous owners Ron and Peggy Weiss and Jeffrey Weinberger were “quietly wind-

group full of people proud to be in the hospitality business. That’s the key to our

ing down”—and that’s when McGuire was invited to take a look. “As I walked


through, I realized it has to stay Jeffrey’s,” he explained. So he struck a deal to keep the old owners involved in the process. Why? Jeffrey’s is our most iconic high-end restaurant and an important part of the city’s culture. And as an Austin native, McGuire feels like a gatekeeper. “There’s a

So where does a busy food aficionado and businessman eat? McGuire says he frequents the bar at Vespaio as well as Uchi, Chez Nous and Polvo’s. “But I try to eat at my restaurants as much as possible,” he said, as much for the food as to see what the kitchen’s up to.

generational shift happening,” he said. “The people who have been running business-

“I love the brunch at Perla’s. I get the griddle cakes and scrambled eggs,” he

es here since the seventies have a lot of enthusiasm for a new generation to take over.”

said. “I always eat the basic stuff. For dinner, I’ll get a steamed piece of hali-

McGuire’s sense of responsibility transfers to every last detail at his restau-

but and sautéed spinach. At Lambert’s, I love the barbecue chicken. And I go

rants. He and his team create “a singular feeling” at each restaurant, from the

there if I feel like a steak every once in a while. I could eat at Elizabeth Street

food and flowers to the glassware and music. And his newest project is clearly his

almost every day. I think spring rolls are the perfect food.”

greatest accomplishment and biggest playground. “Do you want me to run you over to Jeffrey’s?” he asked me, suddenly elated. How could anyone turn him down?


will be all man’s clubby.”

Despite the Band-Aid on his left hand—concealing a kitchen accident from

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But you can’t live on good food alone. “I’m ready for a break,” McGuire told me after rehashing his daily routine. “Then again,” he said, that glint in his eye, “Lambert’s is seven years old. It might be time to do a little renovation.”


The people who have been running businesses here since the seventies have a lot of enthusiasm for a new generation to


take over.

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Quality without productivity is an empty vision, but productivity without quality is pointless.



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bill powers

President, The University of Texas at Austin

b y c l ay s m i t h

What starts here changes the world—President Powers looks to the future of the University of Texas.


ho wants Bill Powers’ job? Plenty of people might

faculty, regardless of field. “The real work of innovation and reform is coming

want the prestige that comes with being the presi-

from the bottom up,” he noted in his address. “It’s coming from the faculty. They

dent of the University of Texas at Austin, but con-

are the ones who know how to do it.”

sider what Powers contends with: as the head of a

Nevertheless, the university’s road to becoming the best higher education in-

sprawling nonprofit educational institution, he un-

stitution in the country is steep, but Powers himself is no stranger to innovation:

dertakes a perpetual balancing act between leadership and faculty, productivity

a native of Los Angeles, Powers has lived in Austin for 35 years, and during his

and mission—all with an eye toward the future of the university. For nearly seven

tenure as the dean of the university’s School of Law, Time magazine declared that

years, Powers has thus led one of the most renowned public institutions in the

the law school did a better job diversifying its traditional applicant pool than any

country, securing its reputation as an innovator and pioneer in the realm of high-

other of America’s law schools attempting the same thing. The number of Afri-

er education.

can American students quadrupled under his leadership, while the number of

As the 28th president of UT, Powers has aimed for nothing short of “elevating the university’s academic standing to the best in the nation among public univer-

Hispanic students doubled. Powers is also one of the nation’s leading scholars in personal injury and products liability law.

sities.” However, one of the central challenges in the way of this ambitious goal

In addition, Powers has long been a visible advocate for establishing a medical

reached a crisis point during the summer, as debates about university tuition re-

school in Austin, housed and funded in part by UT Austin. Prop 1, which Travis

sulted in the rejection of Powers’ proposed tuition increase and an in-state tuition

County voters recently passed with a strong 55-45% margin of victory partly be-

freeze. Calm yet critical, the university president takes the long, philosophical

cause of Powers’ leadership, authorizes Central Health to raise taxes to help fund

view about the struggle for reform, stressing that because of rapid technological

the medical school. But the public debate over whether taxpayers should foot the

change and less discretionary state and federal funding for higher education, it’s

bill for the medical school was thorny.

inevitable that there are now “a lot of fork-in-the-road debates about higher ed-

Powers—who, as the president of a public institution, couldn’t actually tell any-

ucation,” he says. “This debate is maybe more acute in Texas but this is going on

one how to vote on the issue—had to correct “misperceptions” that UT wasn’t

across the United States.”

contributing its fair share of the cost, that it should be giving more money to the

Powers has since redoubled his efforts to unite the university’s goals of academ-

cause and that UT would be the only entity to benefit from the medical school.

ic and intellectual leadership with financial productivity and efficiency. “Quality

Add to that the fact that St. David’s HealthCare announced in the Austin-Ameri-

without productivity is an empty vision, but productivity without quality is point-

can Statesman, on the second day of early voting, that although it wasn’t opposed

less,” he remarked in his 2012 State of the University Address. “We’re for produc-

to having a medical school in Austin, its president and CEO, David Huffstutler,

tivity; we’re for productivity reform,” Powers says, but central to that reform effort

thought the way the school would be funded was a “shell game” and that St. Da-

is “making sure we have a comprehensive and accurate view of the outputs.” In

vid’s opposed Prop 1. “We hope St. David’s over time will be part of this,” Powers

other words, expecting UT’s faculty members to be hard-working—and Powers

responds. “St. David’s is a great health care provider in this city. This needs to be

stresses that they are—and evaluating them to make certain they are isn’t the

a collective community effort.”

problem; it’s making sure that a Classics professor or violin teacher is evaluated

A groundbreaking medical school and productivity reform are but two aspects

fairly and differently from a molecular biologist, whose research results may be

of Powers’ dynamic vision for the University of Texas. “This is a hard job,” Powers

more tangible and immediate. Ultimately, Powers observes, change begins with

says, “but it’s a satisfying job. I enjoy the institution-building part of my life.”

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allison orr

Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks

b y l i s a s i va


In the eye of the beholder—this modern choreographer shares the beauty of the quotidian. or Allison Orr, the scope of dance is limitless. Whether

What follows is perhaps the most demanding part of her choreographic process:

she choreographs for firefighters or Venetian gondoliers,

for almost a year, Orr will study the performers she has chosen, shadowing their dai-

sanitation workers or Elvis impersonators, Orr creates art

ly routines, learning their stories and observing the elegance inherent in their expe-

with an eye for the beauty and the depth of the everyday.

rienced, habitual movement. “That’s what I love about my job,” she says. “How else

“I find my inspiration in watching people who are experts

would I have ever gotten to ride on the back of a trash truck, row a gondola or know

in what they do,” she says. “There’s habitual movement in their expertise that’s almost virtuosic in nature—it can offer a look into their lives and who they are as

After this extensive research period, Orr works closely with her performers to

individuals.” As Artistic Director of her nonprofit company, Forklift Danceworks,

develop and rehearse choreography within the vocabulary of their everyday move-

Orr has continued to astonish and delight audiences with her creative projects,

ment. “When I’m building the choreography itself, it’s always in collaboration with

each one radiant and unforgettable in its honesty.

the performers—they’re the experts,” she says. “I ask people to do only what they al-

Orr began to explore the possibilities of dance while pursuing an MFA at Mills

ready know how to do.” As a result, Orr’s work is a visual celebration of the community

College. Drawing on her undergraduate studies in anthropology, she found her-

and the people who bring it to life. Her most recent performance, The Trash Project,

self fascinated by the cultures and communities she observed around her. “There’s

drew over 2000 viewers a night to an empty tarmac at Austin Studios, where employ-

this aesthetic, choreographic standpoint, where I see real beauty in movement,”

ees from the Austin Resource Recovery department maneuvered their own bodies,

she says. “But then, there are the stories and the people themselves and how that

trucks, cranes and garbage bins in a stunning tribute to the men and women, who,

connects to our creative community.”

though invaluable to the city, are often invisible in our daily social fabric.

For her final project at Mills, Orr choreographed a suite of dances performed by

“With that piece, we see beauty and artistry and a more human portrait of the sanita-

members of the maintenance staff, entitled A Series of Dances by Campus Employees.

tion employees,” Orr says. “We confront our own ideas of who a ‘trash guy’ is.” She smiles as

Over the course of three days, students and employees witnessed three performanc-

she remembers the moment the trash trucks emerged onto the tarmac, one by one, their

es—a duet of two men hanging a banner at the library, a dance with the grounds crew

headlights bright and unwavering against the darkening clouds, while composer Graham

and finally, a solo by the campus foreman. Each piece highlighted the unique move-

Reynold’s score filled the air. “In any other setting, they would have been just trash trucks,”

ment, rich with subtle grace, of the university’s maintenance men, whose work would

she says, “but here, they were majestic, triumphant.” In another movement—a heart-

have likely gone unnoticed on any other day. “What I’m interested in doing is giving

breakingly beautiful solo—Litter Abatement Supervisor Don Anderson operated a crane,

voice to the people whose stories are not often told,” Orr remarks.

extending its arm and claw slowly, like a balletic développé. Hesitant at first, the crane

At the heart of Orr’s choreography is thus an idea of dance as dialogue, connecting


what it’s like have a guide dog? My life is fuller because of it.”

navigated the space around it before soaring upward, victorious, toward the night sky.

audience, performer and art in unexpected ways. Since she returned to Austin, Orr

With her transformative, visionary power to see beauty, grace and elegance in the

has choreographed a diverse body of work, from pieces for roller skaters to dances

most unlikely places, Orr has reimagined the way we think about dance. In addition

for women in all stages of motherhood, including a beautiful “First Duet” for herself

to her ongoing outreach programs—which include creative moment classes for chil-

and her then unborn daughter. Whether she’s working with trained dancers or dog

dren and workshops for dancers with and without disabilities—she looks forward to

owners, each piece begins with a search for striking, unforgettable movement. “I’m

her new production, coming September 2013. “In the end, what I enjoy most are the

looking for things I think any choreographer would look for—change, levels, speed,

deliciously beautiful moments,” Orr says. “And then, I’m seeing something beautiful

tension,” Orr says, “and then, I’ll see who those people are and discover what their

because those particular people, being who they are, are making it that way. I feel so

lives are like. Everybody’s got a story.”

blessed to witness it.”

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There’s habitual movement in their expertise that’s almost virtuosic in nature—it can offer a look into their lives and who they are as


december 2012



j o h n s po n g

Senior Editor, Texas Monthly

b y c l ay s m i t h

He’s partied with the best of them and had his share of dates, but with a new book on the making of Lonesome Dove and a new marriage, the big-hearted, beloved and award-winning journalist enters the next chapter.


ome of the wild stories about journalist John Spong are dif-

What Spong does so well is capture the chaotic, contradictory ways that leg-

ficult to verify, but a number of them feature him “singing

ends get made—in this case, both the novel and the miniseries. Masterpieces

Eddie Rabbit at the top of his lungs,” like the time he and

don’t usually emerge with a pretty bow on top. He documents the clash of per-

another Texas Monthly writer and their friends were in New

sonalities on set, screenwriter Bill Wittliff’s obsession with ensuring that the de-

Mexico and Spong was blind drunk, dipping snuff and in-

tails of the period and the place were accurate and honored in the production of

spired to belt out Rabbit’s hits (if you’re not a fan of eighties music or a karaoke

the miniseries and the dichotomy between the way McMurtry’s fans worship his

aficionado, you may not recall that Rabbit, best known for “I Love a Rainy Night,”

epic novel and the disinterested, almost dismissive, neglect McMurtry heaps on

was a once-popular country singer). The stories about himself Spong has cited in

the book. Steve Davis, the curator at the Southwestern Writers Collection (where

print—like hauling a couch to South Padre Island for spring break one year with

props from the miniseries are housed), talks about the open grieving some vis-

his best friend Carlos and then at some other time peeing on Carlos’ leg during a

itors exhibit when they see the prop of Augustus “Gus” McCrae’s corpse at the

Dwight Yoakam concert—are representative of good Spong stories.

Collection (Gus was portrayed by Robert Duvall in the miniseries). And after a

You don’t hear that kind of story anymore about Spong, who had a prodigious

page of testimony from people like Tommy Lee Jones and Duvall praising the

tenure as the favorite party boy of the Austin media scene. Spong was a depressed

book (Jones says that “halfway through I realized I wasn’t going to want it to end,

civil litigator in Austin in the nineties before leaving that job behind to become a

so I would only read maybe fifty pages a day”), he quotes McMurtry saying, “You

journalist. He first realized what he was missing as a litigator when he was work-

know ... it’s just a book. The fact that people connect with it and make a fetish out

ing with Joe Nick Patoski and noticed that Patoski picked up the lifestyle section

of it is something I prefer to ignore.” Spong knows that readers don’t want to plow

of the newspaper before he read the front page. “That’s your job as a magazine

through 200 pages of actors, directors, set designers, screenwriters and writers

writer,” Spong observed. “You have to know about popular culture, and those con-

praising their own work—he got them to tell the entire, unruly story.

versations that would have been off-limits at the law firm except for during lunch

Spong attributes the willingness of name actors (and McMurtry) to speak

were actually what you did on the clock as a magazine writer—and that was a

to him about a long-ago miniseries to Bill Wittliff getting behind the book. But

thrilling realization.”

Spong has such an amiable, warm heart that it seems likely his personality had

But now Spong has grown up. He and Julie Blakeslee eloped in 2011 at the


something to do with getting all those people to talk to him.

Alpine courthouse, ending his commitment-phobe days. There will be a fund-

Or maybe it’s simpler than that. “One of the first skills I developed was the

raiser next spring for the Waller Creek Conservancy, which he and Blakeslee are

ability to draw attention to myself,” Spong says. “I got that ball rolling quickly.” He

directing. He’s racked up a number of honors and awards for his stories at Texas

tells a story about a citywide essay writing contest about the Bicentennial when

Monthly, where he is now a senior editor, and he’s done the responsible thing of

he was in the fourth grade. His essay was judged the best from his elementary

publishing a book this year that grew out of one of those articles. A Book on the

school and was put on display at Highland Mall (“which is the dream, after all,”

Making of Lonesome Dove is a consummate oral history of the acclaimed western

as he recalls). But when his proud teacher asked him to read the essay aloud in

miniseries and the epic novel it was adapted from. Like many coffee table books,

class, he said “No way!” Because “the last thing I wanted was positive attention,”

A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove is pretty to look at, but its format belies

he says. “I was probably already planning to make fart noises with my underarm

the depth and complexity of the story Spong tells in the book.

when we got back to class.”

december 2012

...those conversations that would have been off-limits at the law firm except for during lunch were actually what you did on the clock as a magazine writer—and that was a thrilling realization.

december 2012



melba whatley

Board President, Waller Creek Conservancy by s. k i r k wa l s h


Over the past three years, Melba Whatley has spearheaded one of Austin’s most ambitious projects. t was madness. It was pure madness,” recalls Melba Whatley,

vegetation obscure many of its access points. It’s not an uncommon sight to see

Board President of the Waller Creek Conversancy, in response

the city’s homeless lingering along its derelict banks. The conceptual design will

to how the massive project—encompassing 28 acres of land re-

transform the underutilized stretch of land with a series of vibrant, versatile pub-

claimed from the floodplain—came into existence. Sitting at a

lic spaces—from a floating platoon bridge on Lady Bird Lake to the Poppy, an

long table in the glassed-in conference room of her offices on the

illuminated bandshell in the center of Waterloo Park. “If we’re really going to be

third floor of a historic building on the corner of Third Street and San Jacinto,

a city that continues to attract creativity and spawn creativity,” says Whatley with

Whatley speaks passionately about her involvement in the Waller Creek project

a glint in her eyes, “we’ve got to make spaces where creative things can happen.

over the past three years. Dressed in peg-leg denim jeans, a black tunic elegantly

This project has the certainty of being so transformative for the whole city, not

tied at the front and black patent ballet slippers, she radiates a youthful exuber-

just downtown.”

ance that belies her years.

venture. Originally from Northern California and North Carolina, Whatley de-

responsible for the Waller Creek Tunnel Project, a 30-foot-diameter tunnel that

scribes herself as a “Grapes of Wrath kid,” who eventually moved to West Texas

extends through downtown Austin and will prevent storm waters from flooding

with her family when she was 13 and her father went from driving a truck to cre-

the creek. (Completion of this project is anticipated at the end of 2014.) “She

ating one of the country’s largest oil transport companies. After Whatley married

called me and said ‘Go do something about Waller Creek,’ ” remembers Whatley.

her second husband, the couple resided in different areas of the country while

“I marched right out and took a look at the creek and thought this is a staggering

her husband served as a headmaster at a number of private schools, including St.

opportunity for the city. Nowhere in America has any city taken an urban creek

Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas and University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe,

and restored it and all the land around it—and returned it to the citizens.”

Michigan. Eventually, the couple decided to settle in Austin when Whatley need-

Several months later, Melanie Barnes, a dedicated nature advocate and lawyer,


Indeed, during her lifetime, Whatley is no stranger to transformation and ad-

In 2009, Whatley was approached by council member Sheryl Cole, who was

ed to relocate in order to oversee the family business of oil and gas.

and Tom Meredith, a businessman and philanthropic leader, joined Whatley in

Throughout the years, Whatley has long held and exemplified her interests in

her ambitious efforts, and in the summer of 2010, the Waller Creek Conversan-

architecture and public spaces through her numerous commitments, serving on

cy, a nonprofit organization, was born. The following year, the group oversaw an

boards for such organizations as the Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Hock-

eleven-month international design competition of 31 teams for the expansive site.

aday School for Girls. She currently chairs the facilities committee at St. Edward’s

And this October, the New York–based team of Michael Van Valkenburgh Asso-

University, where she has been instrumental in the transformation of the campus,

ciates and Thomas Phifer & Partners were selected for the project, and Stepha-

for which she received the rarely bestowed Edwin Waller Award in Public Archi-

nie McDonald, a former policy director for council member Cole, was hired as

tecture by AIA Austin for “achievements in public architecture.” With her work at

its executive director. Because the city and the Conservancy are sharing project

St. Edward’s, Whatley came to understand the deeper implications of successful

costs, McDonald is partially employed by both entities. “We loved the idea that we

public spaces: “I began to see if you had a space that you could reasonably get your

would form a public/private partnership with the city,” explains Whatley, who vol-

arms around, you could within your lifetime—if you’re lucky, smart and work re-

unteers at least fifty percent of her time on the project, “because we think the citi-

ally hard—see how human beings can be elevated by the pleasure of being in a

zens of Austin should step up to help the city to be the best that it can possibly be.”

beautifully designed space.”

The magnitude of this sort of public/private venture evokes some of the most

Whatley mentions that she turned 71 last month. “Can you imagine how lucky

defining urban public spaces to date—the High Line in Manhattan, Millennium

I am to be that age—and doing this,” she says with a grin on her face. “I’m really

Park in Chicago and Discovery Green in Houston. Currently, the neglected Waller

fortunate. My dog and my husband are a little put out with me, but I think that

Creek is filled with nondescript litter and rubble, and buildings and overgrown

it’s a part of being a citizen in the best sense of the word.”

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This project has the certainty of being so transformative for the whole city, not just downtown.


We create an environment where we can make sure there’s a close sense of community.


J i l l Kol a s in s k i

Founder, KIPP Austin b y L i s a S i va


This classroom revolutionary is the superwoman Austin has been waiting for. en years ago, Jill Kolasinski opened a modest school of

ple who are able to keep the kids engaged and move them academically,” she

55 students in a Pleasant Valley strip center. At the time,

notes. KIPP’s dedicated staff, together with a strong curriculum and charac-

the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), founded by Mike

ter development program, thus empowers previously underserved students

Feinberg and Dave Levin, had begun to expand beyond

to achieve academic success. “Our kids are able to skyrocket,” Kolasinski says.

Houston, transforming underserved regions nationwide

 Her vision for KIPP Austin, however, did not end with high school graduation:

with consistent, high-quality education. From New York to North Carolina, KIPP

essential to the program is an emphasis on college preparation and achievement

was revolutionizing education across the country, and Kolasinski sought to bring

after KIPP. During junior and senior year, for example, college counselors work

the movement to Austin. With its nine-hour days, rigorous college-preparatory

closely with KIPP students and parents to prepare for college admission testing,

curriculum and focus on economically disadvantaged students, KIPP Austin was

applications and the logistics of enrollment, including financial aid and hous-

an innovative response to educational disparity in the capital city. “There was a

ing. Furthermore, counselors remain in contact with students and guide them

blind spot to what was happening in parts of the city we love,” Kolasinski says.

through the challenges of higher education, while a summer internship program

“I wanted to have an impact on Austin and public education here.” Today, a de-

for KIPP alumni, established by Board Member Dan Keelan, offers students in-

cade after Kolasinski established the first KIPP Austin school, the program has

valuable professional work experience at leading Austin companies. “We focus

grown tremendously, preparing over 2000 children in grades K-12 across multi-

on serving our kids to and through college,” Kolasinski says. “We continue to give

ple schools for success in college and life.

them access to opportunity after they’ve graduated from KIPP.”

Before founding KIPP Austin, Kolasinski began her career as an educator

At KIPP Austin, that sense of opportunity is almost palpable. With 93% of

with Teach For America in Houston, but it was within the Austin Indepen-

its Class of 2012 matriculating to college—most of them the first in their fami-

dent School District that she found her stride. “I really grew as a teacher in

lies to do so—KIPP is helping to close the education gap, equipping students for

AISD,” she says. “I took a more project-based approach with the kids, which

success and instilling in them an unmistakable sense of pride. Kolasinski recalls

gave them time to explore and discover and move their way through the les-

one afternoon in 2011, when two KIPP Austin middle schools met for the annual

son at their own pace.” Kolasinski’s student-centered philosophy continues

chant-off competition. As they cheered and stomped and danced, the students

to inform KIPP Austin, whose schools are deliberately kept small in order to

came alive with school spirit, celebrating KIPP and their ambitions for the future.

ensure an intimate learning environment and strong support system. “It is

“It was amazing,” Kolasinski smiles. “The atmosphere was just so thick with it,

important to us that every school leader knows all of the students in his or her

with KIPP, with everything I felt like I had tried to build for a decade.” Kolasins-

school and is able to direct the teachers to support the kids and their fami-

ki stepped down as CEO earlier this year but, as founder, continues to advocate

lies in the best way possible,” Kolasinski observes. “We create an environment

passionately for KIPP.

where we can make sure there’s a close sense of community.”

She traces her passion for the program’s aims to her childhood, when she

 The idea of community is indeed central to the KIPP experience, from the

watched her mother return to college. At four in the morning, her breakfast table

moment a student enters the program to graduation and beyond. As children

would be cluttered with accounting textbooks, yet Kolasinski saw in her mother

embark on a demanding curriculum, KIPP teachers are deeply involved at

a kind of liberation. “I identified a sense of liberty and access with obtaining a

every step of the way and are available for guidance even after hours with

college degree,” she observes. It’s this freedom and limitless possibility she hopes

KIPP-provided mobile phones. Consequently, when selecting KIPP faculty,

all KIPP Austin students will achieve. “The biggest thing I want them to take

Kolasinski sought dynamic teachers who were able to connect with their stu-

away from KIPP is that they are empowered and prepared to face the challenges

dents on an individual level. “We’re simply looking for great teachers, peo-

in life,” Kolasinski says. “It’s scary and daunting, but they’ll be able to persevere.”

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Whether you win gold medals or get last place, you have to have support at home no matter what




b r endan hans en


by lauren smith ford


The Heart of a Champion—the gold medalist talks London 2012, life in Austin and fatherhood. ust after the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Brendan Hansen

Hansen jokes that at age 31, he was like the grandfather of the London

felt like he was done with swimming. “I wanted to get as

2012 team, but he discovered a newfound excitement training alongside the

far away from the pool as possible,” he says. The friend-

wide-eyed young swimmers who were seeing the torch for the first time. It

ly, blue-eyed Pennsylvanian speaks candidly from a

was in working with the young swimmers (who made him captain) that he

Central Austin coffee shop, clad in his rather Texan

found what might have been his real purpose for returning: “What people

cowboy boots. So in post-Olympics burnout, Hansen returned to

don’t realize is that six weeks prior to the games, the team isn’t assembled

Austin and took up triathlons and running. “I loved being around people, and

yet, so my job as captain was to mesh everyone together—the young women’s

I started to feel more a part of the city. It was so fun to hear people cheering

team of Taylor Swift fanatics with older guys on the cover of Vogue,” he laughs.

me on during a race like the Turkey Trot,” he says. “You don’t get that alone in

“I loved winning a bronze and gold, but our team won the most medals of

the pool, staring at the black line like I had done for so many years.”

any U.S. swim team, and I think that was the biggest reason for me coming

For Hansen, making the decision to start training for the London 2012 Olympics “had a lot to do with Austin” and the way people he met around the

back—to bring the team together. Helping some of the kids win medals took my experience to a whole other level!”

city encouraged him. It was his wife, Martha Hansen (a Westlake High School

In his post-Olympian life, Hansen is most focused on the birth of his

graduate whom Brendan met when they both swam for UT), who sealed the

daughter in January 2013. “Everyone says that when you become a dad, your

deal of a return to his third Olympics. “My wife asked if I was going to look

life is going to change, but I am ready for the change, ready to break the mold

back when I was in my 40s and regret my decision to retire…I said yes, and

of being a swimmer/competitive athlete, and having her will help me do that,”

she said good, get to training because she didn’t want to live with that guy.”

he says. Hansen has learned a lot along the way as a young competitive swim-

Seventeen months later, Hansen was on the pool deck in London, a feat not

mer about how he does and does not want to parent. “I saw so many parents

nearly as simple as it sounds. He spent a year working out six days a week—10

pressure their kids…they would see potential in their child and want the suc-

water workouts, mixed with weights and plyometrics. He says: “When I wasn’t

cess for themselves,” he says. “My parents just raised me to work hard, and

training, I was eating or sleeping, so it’s hard to have a social life…you kind of feel

swimming was always my decision. Whether you win gold medals or get last

like life is passing you by. It’s worth it now, but it’s funny when you think about

place, you have to have support at home no matter what happens.”

how much time you put into a race that is 59 seconds long.”

Hansen is currently doing a lot of travelling for speaking engagements and

It was during these rigorous training days that he once again found inspi-

swim clinics and is transitioning into sports broadcasting and radio. He has

ration from Austinites. “When I was training for the Olympics, I would drive

already scored some gigs on the Longhorn Network, and his open, inquisitive

to practice and see dozens of people out running and biking and would think

nature seems like a perfect fit for a career in journalism. “There are so many

to myself, if they aren’t even training for the Olympics and are up this early,

good role models out there, and it would be so much fun to tell their stories,”

then I can do this!” Hansen describes his return to training after the two-year

he says. Following our interview, Hansen was headed to film a segment of a

hiatus like starting from scratch, as he had to re-teach himself a lot of things

documentary for the USA Swimming Foundation called Building a Champi-

and break bad habits (hard to imagine him having any with his undefeated

on. “As a competitive swimmer, you have to learn a lot of life lessons at such

record in the breast stroke at UT and six Olympic medals—three gold, one

a young age,” he says. “I really believe that you don’t pick swimming, but that

silver and two bronze).

swimming picks you.”

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I love going to work every day and love the challenges and adventures clients lead me on.


december 2012



elaine garza

Owner, Giant Noise PR by lauren smith ford

She gives them something to talk about—adored Austin publicist brings the city’s coolest businesses to the world.


he return to Texas after a decade in New York City wasn’t

Howard Stern, Alice Waters and Joan Rivers herself.

exactly as Elaine Garza had imagined. “I thought I was

After five years in book publishing, she “went to a dot com like everyone else”

going to just be a mom, live in Austin and have a few cli-

but still had the dream of working in magazines. She researched all the PR agen-

ents here and there,” she says with her infectious laugh

cies that worked with magazines and landed at one who represented Blender.

that’s charmed everyone from CEOs to rock stars, both

After a few years there, Garza joined Outside magazine as PR Director and then

of whom she seems to connect with in the most natural way. As the owner of

moved on to the same position at Spin and Vibe. As her PR career was thriving,

PR agency Giant Noise, Elaine has an eclectic mix of clients, including a

she met fellow Texan Rich Garza through mutual friends. “I was in one of those

growing list of the city’s most creative businesses—Bunkhouse Manage-

phases where I decided I didn’t need to be with anyone and was just going to

ment (all Liz Lambert-owned hotels), The Texas Tribune, Texas Monthly,

enjoy New York, and then of course…I met Rich,” she says. Three years later, they

Fun Fun Fun Fest and ACL Live to name a few.

were married, and soon after that, they had their first daughter, Luci. “We were

Things have come a long way from her company’s early days in the summer

happy in New York, but having a kid changes everything,” she says. They visited

of 2006, working from Elaine’s garage with one employee (Will Mills, who

Austin (Rich’s hometown) and decided to move. They bought the house they still

still works for Elaine today). “I had just had my daughter Sabina, and I can

live in today without ever seeing it in person, and Elaine convinced the CEO of

remember asking Will, ‘Have you fed a baby before?’ He said ‘No…’ just as I

Vibe to hire her as their agency. She bought her first Blackberry somewhere on the

was passing him her bottle,” she recalls. “I was representing Latina magazine

road between New York and Austin, and what would be become one of Austin’s

at the time, and Latina got the exclusive on Mariah Carey’s engagement, so I

most sought-after agencies was born.

was on the phone with major national media outlets while motioning Will to

This year, the Garzas moved their Giant Noise headquarters of 15 employees to

get a snake off the back door.” Her ability to laugh and maintain her signature

the East Side. If you ask Elaine, she will tell you that her success is due to a series

grace under pressure has been one the keys to her success. “When we have

of “happy accidents” and “being in the right place at the right time,” but don’t

true crisis situations, being calm is the only way you can handle it,” she says. “I

believe her. She has an ease about her that is rare in a pressure cooker of an in-

don’t see what you get out of being frazzled.”

dustry full of deadlines, big goals and demanding clients. And after decades in the

Though Giant Noise has become more than she ever imagined, it’s no surprise

business, getting the big hits for her clients in the New York Times or something

to her father to see the career path his daughter chose. “My dad would always say

like the taco canon from Fun Fun Fun Fest on Good Morning America still brings

I was going to be Joan Rivers or Barbara Walters and have my own talk show,”

an inexplicable high. “I love going to work every day and love the challenges and

she says. Elaine grew up in Corpus Christi and majored in journalism at UT. It

adventures clients lead me on. I never want anyone to be disappointed, so I try

was in j-school that she learned how to write and conduct interviews, confirming

and over deliver,” she says. There are some days when Elaine wishes she could

she wanted to work in media. One of the best things that happened to her was

stay at work until 8pm, but it’s more important for her to get home to her two

not getting a job in the PR department at HEB because it led her to NYC. “I was

daughters who are five and seven. As she talks about her girls, whose current

a total nerd and showed up for my interview at Harper Collins with a briefcase

dreams are to become a vet or a dolphin trainer, the always-composed Elaine gets

full of press releases for fake businesses that I wrote,” she recalls with a smile. She

emotional. After pausing for a moment, she says, “the reason I work so hard is so

got the job in the publicity department, where she worked with HC’s authors like

my daughters can be whomever they want to be.”

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First and foremost, our job is to create and foster community.



december 2012


Dave Steakley

Producing Artistic Director, ZACH Theatre by s. k i r k wa l s h

One man’s journey from small-town Texas to realizing one of Austin’s largest, most sophisticated theatre spaces.


n a recent Friday evening, as sunlight rapidly diminishes

Steakley returned to Austin to eventually become the Artistic Director of the ZACH

along the western edge of Lady Bird Lake, theatregoers

Theatre. “When I was hired, a part of what I was charged with was creating a third

arrive at the 428-seat Topfer Theatre, the newest addition

space in addition to the Kleberg and Whisenhunt stages,” explains Steakley. “In some

to the ZACH campus, on the corner of South Lamar and

ways, I can say it took 20 years, but things were set in motion in earnest in 2006,

West Riverside Drive. An expansive glow of interior lights

when the arts bond election provided $10 million dollars, committed by the citizens

illuminates the enormous glass curtains that border the impressive entrance of

of Austin. That was the impetus needed for some of our key Board leadership.” Six

the theatre. With the performance of Ragtime to commence within a half hour,

years later, the ZACH has just $1.5 million to raise toward its overall $22 million Top-

the foyer is abuzz with conversation and vibrancy.

fer Theatre campaign.

Once the opaque scrim of the black-and-white, turn-of-the-century New

The new, city-owned theatre—designed by Arthur Andersson of the Austin-based

York City skyline lifts up, the dazzling production of 53 actors and 16 musi-

Andersson-Wise Architects—is inspired by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

cians brings to life E.L. Doctorow’s complex world of race, identity and hard-

“That’s the space that I love the most in regard to the actor/audience relationship,” ex-

ship in Manhattan and its surrounding environs. As the scenes seamlessly

plains Steakley about the famous Midwestern theatre. Many of the Topfer’s features

advance, laundry lines drape from the ceiling, a reconstructed, cherry-red

speak to the new and expanded level of programming that the ZACH will be able to

Model T rolls on stage, and Evelyn Nesbit sings her vaudeville number from

present—an orchestra pit, the 80-foot fly tower for scenic elements to be raised and

a suspended velvet swing. Between the soaring music, exquisite voices and

lowered, a fully trapped stage, 20-foot wings on each side of a 40-foot proscenium

sophisticated set design, the feeling of transformation is palpable both in the

stage, a soundproof director’s booth and adjustable acoustics that can be tailored for

audience and onstage.

spoken-word performances and large musicals like Ragtime.

At intermission, producing artistic director Dave Steakley stands in the foyer,

During a recent tour of the space, Steakley ushers a visitor onto the second-floor

greeting enthusiastic theatregoers. His eyes and smile are lit up with the success

exterior balcony that offers up uninterrupted views of the city’s ever-changing skyline,

of the evening. The compelling performance of Kyle Scatliffe from Westwood,

the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge and pristine Ladybird Lake. “This little corner was such

New Jersey, who plays the lead character of Coalhouse Walker, comes up during a

a no man’s land,” says Steakley, looking out toward the corner of Riverside and Lamar.

brief exchange. Beyond Scatliffe and Andrew Foote (who plays Tateh), the rest of

“It wasn’t being used as parkland. Now, Austin citizens have a cultural asset that con-

the 51 actors call Austin home. “That’s really important to me,” explains Steakley.

nects deeply to the skyline and to Lady Bird Lake.”

“I think the identity of the theatre is tied up with all of these extraordinary artists who made their way into this creative community.”

An authenticity presses through Steakley’s words as he continues to talk about the collective commitment and dedication that was required to realize the new theatre

The journey to this particular moment of theatrical celebration and commu-

and campus. He cites playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and artistic director George C.

nity has been a long, but steady one for Steakley. Raised on a ranch in the small

Wolfe of the Public Theater among his heroes. “When I first met Suzan-Lori, she told

town of Grandview, Texas (current population is 1,500 and located about 30

me to find the artists in your community who speak to our city and build ZACH’s

miles south of Fort Worth), Steakley attended the University of Texas as a Plan

identity based on the artists who live there,” says Steakley.

II major, where he found himself involved in the Student Union Theatre Com-

“Austin has grown up in so many ways, but there wasn’t a regional theatre per se,”

mittee, directing and producing shows. Like many of those with aspirations for

Steakley continues. “That was the intent in creating this new home for ZACH. First

the stage, Steakley migrated to New York City, where he rolled up his sleeves and

and foremost, our job is to create and foster community. For me, that means laying

learned the fundamentals of arts administration and management, working for

down the welcome mat as broad and deep and as inclusive as possible for everyone

the National Shakespeare Company and Associated Solo Artists. After five years,

who calls Austin home.”

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Everybody said it was the craziest thing that they had ever heard of, including my ex-partners, including politicians, including people I had known my whole


life here in Austin.


Tavo H e l l m un d

Managing Partner, Full Throttle Productions

b y P at r i c i a B u s a M c C o n n i c o


If you build it, they will come—how a former racer brought Formula One to Austin. ast month, the most technologically advanced racecars in

agement. Though the city at first seemed an unlikely backdrop for the glamour

the world, with all their ensuing fanfare—the dashing young

and thrill of F1 racing, Hellmund convinced Ecclestone that Austin’s dynamic

drivers, the chic jetsetter devotees, the Fortune 500 cor-

and innovative atmosphere was unmatched in the country. “Bernie trusted me,”

porations—descended upon the newly constructed Cir-

Hellmund says. “He knew Austin was the right place.” The city indeed boasts a

cuit of the Americas in Austin for the nation’s first For-

number of selling points—many of the Fortune 500 companies involved in

mula One Grand Prix since 2007. The much-anticipated event put the Capital

Formula One have a presence in town; geographically, Austin is almost per-

City on the global stage for three exhilarating days, forever changing Austin

fectly placed between both coasts and between Canada and South America;

and its international image. Just how did this once sleepy college town come

three of the top ten markets in America are located within 180 miles; the city

to host one of the world’s premier sporting events?

is chic, smart and a hub for innovation; and—an added bonus—there was no

Tavo Hellmund. The 46-year-old Austinite, a former racecar driver who

professional sports franchise at the time.

knows the sport inside out and has all the desirable connections, imagined an

Once Hellmund received Ecclestone’s blessing and had Formula One add-

improbable vision—he wanted to bring a grand prix to his hometown. “Ev-

ed as an eligible event to the Major Events Trust Fund, he brought partners on

erybody said it was the craziest thing that they had ever heard of, including

board and secured property for the track. Things advanced aggressively—with his

my ex-partners, including politicians, including people I had known my

group, Hellmund outlined plans for construction, giving the track its iconic name

whole life here in Austin,” Hellmund explains. “None of them believed it.”

and design, which he had developed years earlier. Then, the wheels came off. In

When people in the United States think of auto racing, names such as Day-

the summer of 2011, disagreements and lack of funding began to complicate the

tona, A.J. Foyt, NASCAR and Indianapolis come to mind. Not Formula

project, and after several challenging months, lawsuits filed this spring were set-

One—and definitely not Austin.

tled in June. Hellmund agreed to sell his ownership in the project.

But Hellmund wasn’t deterred. He had racing in his blood. His father, Gus-

The project moved forward without Hellmund, and he began working in ear-

tavo, had been a promoter and played a role in bringing Formula One to Mexi-

nest on a new deal, one that’s also close to his roots—bringing Formula One back

co in the eighties. When Hellmund was only three, his father put him inside an

to Mexico. “I think the timing is right, not only from a sporting and political

AMC Javelin he had purchased from the legendary Roger Penske. “He stuck me

perspective, but also because you’ve got a young, Mexican driver, Sergio Perez,

in—there’s not a seat next to the cockpit because of the roll bars. He mounted me

who’s a star in Formula One,” he says. “I think they need it, and it is a great op-

there and held on to me. We didn’t go at full speed…but the noise!” Hellmund

portunity.” It is easy to see the connection—Hellmund, Gustavo, Ecclestone.

recalled animatedly. When Hellmund talks cars and about his brief racing ca-

Everything has come full circle.

reer in Europe, his soft eyes begin to sparkle, and his relaxed demeanor takes

Though Hellmund wasn’t involved in the day-to-day operations building up to

on a hint of intensity. It becomes apparent that his love for the sport is deeply

the last few months, days, minutes and seconds to race time at the Circuit of the

rooted, which is why his journey to build a state-of-the-art track and bring F1

Americas, he is proud of what he accomplished and hopes that Austinites, even

racing to Austin has been so bittersweet.

those who aren’t race fans, will come to embrace the event and its future role in

The road has been a demanding one, which began with Hellmund talking up Austin to his lifelong friend, Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Man-

shaping the city. “This was literally from scratch, out of thin air, me just saying to Bernie, ‘I want to bring a grand prix to my hometown.’”

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i l lu s t r at i o n b y l a n d | p h oto g r a p h y b y m at t r a i n wat e r s

Peter Simonite \ Cinematographer A soulful cinematographer, whose credits include Tree of Life and Miss Congenialty, takes on projects around the world but loves calling Austin home. Why Austin? There is something very cool about where we live. The more opportunities I have to travel, the more I realize the distinct identity of Austin. We have such a cool community of creative people, and working in Texas, we have access to the best and friendliest crews. Whether you are talking to the grip or the gaffer, everyone brings an artistry to it. There is a different professional vibe and pride about what we do here. I learn every day from everyone around me. What career moment are you most proud of? Being invited by one of the producers to work on Tree of Life was a great honor. Directing Explosion in the Sky’s video, “Postcard from 1952” with my girlfriend, Annie Gunn. Every part of working in this industry is a pleasure. I am grateful to have this kind of job. What’s in store for 2013? To connect with like-minded filmmakers and interesting, cool people who have good ideas.

To view Peter’s work, visit

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p et er’ s Aus t in E s s en t ia ls •

Alamo Drafthouse (—I find myself here several times a month, and I never want to go anywhere else for a movie (except Vulcan Video).

Uchiko (4200 N. Lamar Blvd.)—Shag Roll and Brussels sprouts.

The Harry Ransom Center (300 West 21st St.)—they have the first photo ever taken and iconic prints by Elliot Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.


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Justine’s (4710 E. 5th St.)—The best place to sit in the winter is on their heated outdoor patio with a plate of artichokes and a glass of red wine. 

• East Side Pedal Pushers (1414

E. 5th St.)—When I have a flat, I’m

always somehow super close to their friendly establishment. •

Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave.)—Their summer classics film series never gets old. The theatre is majestic, its architecture full of stories.

run, I knew programming and exhibition was something I truly loved, because in a world of consumerism, you have to save a little room for yourself to be a tastemaker. Cinema East is a project where I get to share what I would normally see in a dark movie theater alone with a diverse audience.

m a g g i e l e a \ Founder, Cinema East This connector and tastemaker specializes in the art of bringing all the cool kids together. Why Austin? I came to Austin in 2004 to study literature, gender politics and political science at UT. I created a community of friends here and realized that what I was good at was bringing people together. It has become a full-time passion of mine—building audiences and curating. When I found that Austin was very receptive to that kind of community building, I stayed.  How did you decide to start Cinema East?  Once I went to Marfa and saw how a smaller-scale Texas film festival was

What career moment are you most proud of? I am happy with the work I do at Cheer Up Charlie’s, which has given me a chance to book bands and throw a party every single night. I’m also proud of Cinema East’s last two summer seasons, because I love the people I’ve gotten to work with and because our programming has gotten so much more consistent. We have really become who we are and want to be. What’s in store for 2013? I hope to widen my approach to both my music and film work. Cinema East is getting more film submissions and partnership opportunities than ever before, so I’d like the inner workings of the film series’ crew to support all these new opportunities. What I like about Cinema East is that it started with a narrow focus (supporting only the indiest of indie films) yet resonates with large audiences. Similarly, in my music work, I like finding a relatively unknown band for people to discover at Cheer Up’s. I like the juxtaposition of the public and private, local and national, something quiet but loud, humble but larger than itself.

To learn more about Cinema East, visit

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R ya n r h o d e s \ Designer, LAND One half of the design duo LAND, the always smiling and ever humble Ryan Rhodes and his dynamic art stand out from the crowd in Austin’s thriving design community. Why Austin? Ten years ago, McGarrah Jesse asked me to join their design team, and two of my buds offered up their couch to me. Those folks helped me set roots in Austin. I have found solid friendships here ever since. Who have been some of your collaborators? Deus Ex Machina, Easy Tiger, Folk Fibers, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Patagonia and Transgressor Magazine.

Ryan’ s Austin Essent ia l s • •

Coffee at Cenoté (1010 E. Cesar Chavez) or Easy Tiger (709 E. 6th). Beers at Yellow Jacket (1704 E. 5th St.), where everybody knows you’re lame. Whiskey in a backyard.

What career moment are you most proud of? There are people in this town who are just going for it, in work and life— friends, cohorts, clients…all of the above. There’s a lot of positive vibes going around, and it inspires me tremendously to be a part of it. What’s in store for 2013? To put my energy into LAND, alongside Caleb Owen Everitt. We’re creating a studio that allows us to pursue dreams, experiment daily and cross-pollinate with folks who want to run wild and have fun.

To view Ryan’s work, visit


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eli z abeth bair d \ Architectural Designer, Mell Lawrence Architects

This smart and stylish designer took the leap and moved to Austin, where she’s a rising star in the architectural community. Why Austin? I moved to Austin in the fall of 2004, a few months after I graduated from college at the University of Virginia. I remember trying to figure out my next move, and although a lot of my friends were moving to D.C. or New York, everything I had heard about Austin sounded like a better fit for me—a creative culture, laid-back attitude and warmer weather. Plus, I thought UT might be a good place to continue my architecture studies at grad school. I learned about the CMPBS (Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems), which had been at the forefront of the green building movement since its beginning in the 70s. I got an internship there, and my dad helped me make the 11-hour drive with a U-Haul from Memphis, my hometown. Over eight years and one grad school degree later, I’m still here!

elizabeth’s Austin Essentials •

Juiceland (1625 Barton Springs Rd.)—Delicious and healthy! I stop by regularly for a Peachy Green or Originator and Double Rainbow Quinoa. Hotel San Jose Courtyard (1316 South Congress Ave.)— My favorite outdoor patio for a relaxing glass of vino. Chez Nous (510 Neches St.)—Where I like to go when I’m in the mood for a cozy, relaxing and decadent meal. One of the consistently best meals I’ve had in Austin.

What career moment are you most proud of? One of my proudest career moments occurred a couple months ago when our firm received a Texas Society of Architects Design Award for the Pavilion at Cotillion Park in Dallas, a project that my boss, Mell Lawrence, and I designed together. We spent many hours working on this project and at times even had to put up a little bit of a fight for the design to be fully realized as we envisioned, so it felt especially rewarding to have the final product recognized by others in the field. Why has Austin been a good place for you to live and work? The great energy in Austin, support for all things creative and a general open-mindedness to new ideas are some of the things that make it an especially fun and inspiring place to live and work for me. There seems to be a very helpful sprit in this town that is encouraging of entrepreneurs in general but especially entrepreneurial-artist-types. I encountered this a lot when I first started delving into jewelry design—so many more experienced people were willing to share their advice and tips, and there was much more of a supportive ‘more the merrier’ feeling than a competitive feeling, which I find very refreshing! What’s in store for 2013? One personal career goal is to complete my licensing exams in 2013 (we have to take seven grueling tests to become fully registered Architects in addition to a multi-year apprenticeship-type work experience requirement). I also want to keep learning as much as I can and to get my hands in as many different project types as possible. Although our firm has predominately specialized in and been highly recognized for its residential work in the past, we have several exciting non-residential projects on the boards at the moment and I am looking forward to helping see these projects through to fruition.

To view some of Elizabeth’s work with Mell Lawrence Architects, visit and check out her jewelry at

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c h r i s t i an lane \ Co-founder, in.gredients Along with his business partners, Christian Lane founded in.gredients, a micro-grocer focused on limited packaging and zero waste, the first of its kind in the country. When did you come up with the idea for in.gredients? Five years ago, my business partners (brothers Patrick and Joseph and friend Christopher) and I were looking for areas of sustainability to invest our time, energy and money. We’ve considered several business plans including bio diesel, composting and smart energy, as well as a beer and wine refill business. We decided to expand the scope of a beer and wine refill business to a full groceries offering. Considering the green-field nature of our start-up, we set out to maximize local products and reducing packaging and waste.

c h ris t ia n ’ s Aus t in E s s en ti al s •

Kayaking the Guadalupe or San Marcos Rivers

Fishing and paddling below the Tom Miller Dam

After paddling, a burger and fries with a 512 Pecan Porter at the Crown & Anchor (2911 San Jacinto Blvd.) is a must.

Why Austin? My wife and I went to school at UT, moved away for a couple years after college and have been living in Austin since 2001. An opportunity I took at ERCOT opened the door to Austin again. We had been hoping for an opportunity from the time we graduated. Austin has so much to offer. Initially, it was the beauty and University that attracted me. From there, it’s been a lot of the obvious things everyone loves about Austin—the music, the outdoors, the vibe…Ultimately, it’s the innovative, talented and open-minded people that have made Austin such a good place.

What’s in store for 2013? No new start-up projects are planned; we’ll continue pushing on all of our existing business fronts and looking for opportunities to collaborate with others.

To learn more about in.gredients, visit


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Christian’s wardrobe by Billy Reid

What career moment are you most proud of? Breaking out from the corporate space and partnering with my brothers. Patrick and I ramped up his photography business (Patrick Lane Photography), while starting up our software consulting practice (Praecipio Consulting).

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the AGLIFF–Polari Nonprofit Organization in 2011. I’ve produced two Polari Film Festival community program seasons to date, including its 25th Anniversary Year Film Festival this past October. What career moment are you most proud of? Having the opportunity to be involved with work that drives new ideas, being at the forefront in the struggle for modern day civil liberties and helping continue awareness of human rights are what makes me proud of my work. Why has Austin been a good place for you to live and work? The collaborative spirit of people in Austin is something I adore about living and working here. I’m constantly inspired by the people I work with and the support network we provide each other. What’s in store for 2013? I’m always looking for new ways to better serve different needs of the Austin community and to preserve the character of Austin I’ve known and loved all of my life.

li n dsay m us e \ Executive Director, Polari

To learn more about AGLIFF—Polari, visit

After a successful career in NYC and as a festival producer for SXSW, she’s taking the AGLIFF-Polari nonprofit organization into its next chapter.

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Why Austin? I’m a native Texan and moved to Austin to live near my family since August 2003. I previously lived in NYC for eight years and worked at HBO Studio Productions, Cornerstone Promotion and in corporate real estate. I owned a furniture store and art gallery in NYC, and my love for directing events was born from curating art shows and events during fashion week. After five years working as Festival Producer at SXSW, I felt compelled to lend my experience to the nonprofit world and began working for

Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th St.)—I love walking the historic grounds.

Yellow Jacket Social Club (1704 E. 5th St.)—relaxing with

Dancing at the Broken Spoke (3201 S. Lamar Blvd.)!

close friends has “saved my soul” after exhausting festival days.

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What career moment are you most proud of? Most recently, hiring Citizen Generation’s second and third employees and getting our first office has been an extremely proud moment. This represents success and growth to me. And on November 9, we hosted our 46th event, The 4th Annual CharityBash Live Auction, which raised over $100,000 for local nonprofits. This was definitely a highlight. When did you first come up with the idea for Citizen Generation? Back in 2008, I had been wrapping up some fundraising and awareness efforts for Darfur, Sudan. At that point, I realized that I wanted to focus on Austin, teaching philanthropy to a new audience. If we reached this audience early enough, we could cultivate them as donors for life, having them care about issues in Austin first and then expand their view to encompass the world as a whole. What’s in store for 2013? We are constantly looking for new opportunities for our audience to give. We will be launching a new program or two in 2013, in addition to CharityBash, CharityLadies and CharityVolunteers. All of our programs are meant to intertwine with our audience’s lifestyle, making philanthropy fun, easy and meaningful.

To learn more about Citizen Generation, visit

a l e x w i nk el m a n \ Founder, Citizen Generation

Don’t let this dynamo’s petite stature fool you—she is making big changes in this city, leading the charge for the growing community of enthusiastic, young philanthropists. Why Austin? I’ve been in Austin since I was five. My family and the community have kept me here all of these years. It’s a very cool experience to be in the middle of this growing city and to be a positive force of change.


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a lex ’ s Aus t in E s s en t ia ls •

Bouldin Creek Café (1900 S. 1st St.)—I have a regular order there, the Wanna BLT with onion, sprouts and avocado.

Beehive (3300 Bee Caves Rd.) is the most darling boutique. This local shop is my go to place to find a cute and affordable outfit.

Hiatus Spa + Retreat (1611 West 5th St.) is my perfect getaway. I am always in need of a little rest and relaxation.

w i l l m e r e d i t h \ Principal, MFI Real Estate & 5 Axis Design

From community development to advanced design technology, this modern Renaissance man envisions an exciting future for the capital city. Why Austin? I lived in Northern California until 1992, when my father, Tom, moved our family here. This city and its people have been very kind to us, and I intend to do what I can to keep Austin known for its kind people, inclusive creativity and academic and civic foundations. 

Why has Austin been a good place for you to live and work? The real sense of connectedness here forces a humility and authenticity that is rare in most big cities. One’s reputation, honesty and hand-shake can still mean something here.   What career moment are you most proud of? Last month, I was recognized by PeopleFund as a “Community Leader of 2012.” In addition, MFI Real Estate was recognized by Envision Central Texas a few years ago for our community impact work with MiroRivera Architects on the Chestnut Project. Juan Miro has been a mentor of mine for many years, so it meant a lot to receive recognition alongside him and Miguel Rivera. I’m also proud to be partnering with Escobedo Construction on our 5 Axis Design company, bringing advanced design technology to the southern United States. Our 5 Axis CNC will be a tremendous resource for our entire community of artists, architects and academics.

What’s in store for 2013? Community Development—MFI Real Estate is currently in conceptual design for the 4th building in phase III of our Chestnut Project, which is slated to include spaces for co-working, creative arts studios and food entrepreneurs.  We also just began construction on the new Sustainable Food Center Headquarters, which is targeted for completion in June and will include a 2.3 acre community and teaching garden.

For more information about Will’s work, visit and

will’ s Aus t in E s s en t ia ls •

I start my day with running our two Vizslas around Lady Bird Lake or in Barton Creek Greenbelt (3755-B S. Capital of Texas Hwy.)—we are blessed to have such natural sanctuaries in the middle of our city. Afterward, I’ll hit up Whole Foods for coffee and tacos. On Fridays, I volunteer in my girlfriend Natalie Kothe’s 1st grade classroom. It always helps put things in perspective regarding the needs of others and the social fabrics of our community. One of our favorite spots around town is the Blanton Museum of Art (200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.).

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Vi rgi n i a C um b e r b atch \

Coordinator of Client Services, Hahn, Texas & Founder, Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals The passionate Austin native made a post-grad return to Austin, bringing change to the city she loves. Why Austin? Beyond the opportunities God has afforded me with, Austin is continually striving to improve its living conditions. It is a blessing to be a part of those efforts and a privilege to work in a city that encourages collaboration and innovation.  What is your role at Hahn?  As Coordinator of Client Services, I help our clients determine their message and tell their story to those best positioned to hear it.  What career moment are you most proud of? One of my clients at Hahn provided counseling for those devastated by the Bastrop fires, helping people find the peace and confidence to move forward. To be trusted to tell this story was a great privilege. In addition, at the National Urban League Conference this summer—opened by President Obama—I was awarded on behalf of the AAULYPs with the Rookie Chapter of the Year for creating a platform for social advocacy in Austin. Both these experiences solidified what I believe I’ve been called to do: to be a voice for a disenfranchised population.  What’s in store for 2013? I hope to establish programs within the AAULYPs that help bridge the gap in professional development for students of color who are not getting the work experience of their white counterparts. I’d also like to expand our existing program for first high school students to prepare them to be successful first generation college students. But in a broader sense, I want to cultivate dialogue in Austin, challenging the social and cultural institutions that tend to alienate communities of color.

For more information about Virginia’s work, visit and


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v irg in ia’ s Au s t in E s s en t i al s •

Buffalo Exchange (2904 Guadalupe St.)—Since high school, Buffalo Exchange has been my go-to style hub.  Madam Mam’s (2514 Guadalupe St.)—Although there are many options in Thai cuisine in Austin, you can’t beat fast, cheap and delicious. Nothing beats a Sunday morning with my family in worship at Agape Christian Ministries (1011 Gattis School Rd.)—so much to give thanks for and the only way to start your week.

Evan B a e h r \ Co-founder, Outbox From Princeton, Harvard and Yale to Facebook, this visionary is taking postal mail digital from a home base in Austin. What is Outbox? Outbox makes all of your postal mail digital, so you can get rid of junk mail, keep important things organized and never have to go to your mailbox again. Together, our company and users are working to make the planet greener and life easier. On November 5, we launched in Austin, our incubation city before we launched nationally. In the first week, hundreds of users signed up all over Austin, from Lakeway to Mueller, and have been gushing with positive reviews.

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Why Austin? My cofounder, Will Davis, and I met at Harvard. He hails from Lubbock and always wanted to get back to this great state. So I brought my wife down on a visit last August, which offered us a delightful 107 degree afternoon! But the richness of this city far outweighs the summer heat, making it a great home for my family. What career moment are you most proud of? Writing the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act in the US Congress, which helped protect vulnerable women immigrating to the US. Helping build the Facebook platform while working for Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, who first introduced me to Mark Zuckerberg by saying, “Mark: meet Evan, the only person I’ve ever hired because he asked great questions.” What has made Austin been a good place for you to live and work? The attitude in college was “work hard, party hard.” The attitude in Austin is more like “work hard... family hard,” if that makes any sense. Though Austinites build great businesses by day, they serve, love and build great families by night. What’s in store for 2013? Helping build ties across traditionally-segregated communities like architecture, tech, entertainment, fashion, politics and academia, so that we can all be inspired and equipped to do something big for Austin and the world.

e van’ s Austin Essent ia l s evan’s wardrobe by Billy Reid

Cafe Medici in the Austonian (200 Congress Ave.)—the only coffee spot in town that feels like Tribeca.

Deep Eddy Pool (401 Deep Eddy Ave.)—the shallow end is perfect for lounging, bathing and two-year-olds.

Hillside Farmacy (1209 E. 11th St.)—a storied history, memorable décor and macaroons and pork belly to rave about.

To learn more about Outbox and Evan, visit and

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3. the reid by helm

This boot features denim panels made from U.S. Cone Mills, raw denim from Raleigh Denim in Raleigh, NC and Chromexcel leather from Horween Tannery in Chicago. A leather sole with infused nonslip rubber, six brass eyelet shaft, round cap toe, white HELM signature midsole and Blake Rapid Stitch construction round out this classic boot, which comes in Carolina Brown in sizes 7-12, including half sizes.

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Helm | 4. maker’s 46


Maker’s Mark ages its Maker’s 46 inside barrels containing seared French oak staves. The staves create bolder, more complex flavors, while eliminating the bitterness that usually comes with whiskies that are aged longer.

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Dandy’s Burlap Gift/Toiletry Bag, Stainless Steel Window Flask, Nickel Business Card Case, Mechanical Pocket Watch, Amber Aftershave, Amber Shave Soap, Badger Shave Brush (Vegan Options available!)

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found locally

beard book photo courtesy of matt rainwaters. billy reid bow tie courtesy of billy reid. the reid boots photo courtesy of helm. maker’s 46 photo courtesy of maker’s mark. dandy’s build your own gift set photo courtesy of dany’s.

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1. mast brothers chocolate

This Brooklyn-based chocolate maker handcrafts some of the country’s finest artisan chocolates.



Mast Brothers |

mastbrothers photo courtesy of mast brothers. middle ton made knives courtesy of quitin middleton. afield photo courtesy of jesse griffiths. big kid s’mores photo courtesy of Amy’s Ice Creams. pepper mills photo courtesy of spartan. beer making kit photo courtesy of everyday IPa.

2. middleton made knives

Middleton Made Knives is a new venture by bladesmith Quintin Middleton based in Saint Stephen, South Carolina — a small town outside of historic Charleston.

Middleton Made | 3. afield

Wild foods, when managed responsibly, are sustainable, ethical and delicious. Author Jesse Griffiths combines traditional methods of hunting, butchering, and preparing fish and game with 85 mouthwatering recipes.


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4. Big Kid s’mores

Amy Simmons was inspired to create Big Kid S’mores kits after roasting ordinary s’mores with her family. Complete with Callebaut chocolate and Amy’s signature marshmallows, this kit is an elegant twist on a childhood favorite. Amy’s Ice Creams|

5. Pepper mills


Handmade in Montreal with inlaid wood. This beautiful pepper grinder is sure to be a kitchen staple. Spartan |


6. Beer making kit With their apartment-friendly beer-making kits, Erica Shea and Stephen Valand of the Brooklyn Brew Shop make it easy to craft artisanal beer—right in your own kitchen. Everyday IPA |

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1. field notes “the kit”

Inspired by the vanishing subgenre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted grocery list, the Draplin Design Company, Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with Coudal Partners of Chicago, Illinois bring you “FIELD NOTES” in the hopes of offering “an honest memo book, worth fillin’ up with good information.”

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2. PUlled: A catalog of screenprinting

In Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing, best-selling author Mike Perry collects the work of more than forty of today’s most talented designers who are, in their own way, pushing the boundaries of this dynamic medium.

Mike Perry | 3. travelteq pencil holder

The Florentine Vachetta leather roll-up is hand crafted in Italy and holds 19 beautiful color pencils.


TravelTeq | 4. paper neighborhood

Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design is a full-service letterpress print shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, offering products from custom wedding invitations to hand-set gig posters. This stamp set is assembled in the USA from all-American components. Steam Whistle Press |


5. texas holiday cards

Hello!Lucky is a design studio specializing in letterpress, wedding invitations, and greeting cards.


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1. filson luggage

As Clinton C. Filson said in his 1926 catalog, “ it is the Filson ideal and policy to produce only the best in Outdoor Clothes that it is possible to manufacture.”

By George | 524 North Lamar

filson luggage photo by bill slalans. best made axes courtesy of bone knife couresty of field house. yakima pendleton blanket photo courtesy of bean boots photo courtesy of L.L.Bean. Picnic cooler photo courtesy of


2. Best Made axes

Best Made Company® is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools and dependable information that they can use and pass down for generations.

Best Made | 3. Field house bone knife It is traditionally believed that the giving of a knife as a gift to a friend will cut or sever the relationship. To avoid such ill luck, the recipient should give a coin in return so as to “pay” for the gift.


Blackbird | 4. Yakima camp blanket

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Camp blankets were first designed to meet the rigorous demands of the wild and untamed Pacific Northwest and were a favorite of the early sheepherders in the Northwest.

Pendleton | 5. Bean Boots

Leon Leonwood Bean wanted to create a comfortable, dry pair of boots for tromping through the backwoods of Maine. Combining the waterproof protection of rubber-bottom boots with the comfort of leather, he created an innovative product that has stood the test of time.

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6. Picnic Cooler

This retro-chic green food and beverage cooler is crafted of metal with a mid-century aesthetic, modern powdercoat finish and polished chrome accents.


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1. La sardina camera

Roam the city and capture casual moments with the La Sardina Splendour. Modeled after the rarest cameras of the 1930s, the compact La Sardina allows you to shoot wide-angle images without disrupting the harmony of your surroundings.

Lomography | 912 Congress Ave.

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It starts with your goal, customizes workouts based on your fitness objective, precisely measures your effort and guides you efficiently and enjoyably to achieve your goals.

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3. Ipad holder

Made in Portland, Oregon from remanent wood. Great for reading the paper while you eat breakfast or looking at recipes as you cook!

Spartan | 4. Leather macbook case Noah Marion Quality Goods focuses on untreated, undyed natural vegetable tanned leather in order to allow the user to personally bring the design to life. Single slot holds your macBook, kindle or any eBook reader comfortably.


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5. major 50 FX headphones

Marshall’s trademark heavy sound has reverberated around the world for more than five decades. The Major 50 FX is a commemorative version of the Marshall Major, featuring boosted sound and gold detailing on the outer ear caps.


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december 2012

made in the usa

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jerome dreyfuss bag photo courtesy of valentine’s too. bracelet photo by bill sallans. denim boy shirt photo courtesy of madewell. flowerbomb eau de parfum photo courtesy of rhoades soap photo courtesy of filin boutique.


1. Johan Patchwork by Jerome Dreyfuss

Johan handbag with patchwork exterior of smooth blue and white leather and laser-patterned, python-print leather by Jérôme Dreyfuss.

Valentine’s Too | 3801 North Capital of Texas Highway 2. bracelets by The woods

The Woods Fine Jewelry is the creation of sisters Shawn Hecox and Samantha Hitchcock. They create their designs with diamonds, organic and natural elements and artifacts.

By George | 524 North Lamar

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3.denim boy shirt

Faded in all the right places, with a perfectly shrunken fit—thanks to this style, you can officially consider us the outdoorsy type.

Madewell | 11501 Century Oaks Terrace 4. Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

“Flowerbomb” is a floral explosion, a luxury perfume from Viktor & Rolf, a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive.

Neiman Marcus | 3400 Palm Way


5. rhoades soap co.

Handmade, cold process, vegan soap from East Austin. The brain child of up and coming artist Crystal Green.

Filín Boutique | 2110 South Lamar

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esigner Billy Reid recalls a childhood spent wandering his mother’s boutique in the quiet town of Amite, Louisiana. Tucked away in his grandmother’s old home, the shop left Reid with a lasting appreciation for expressive design, which continues to shape his work today. “I started designing my own collection With its inviting store and adjoining raw event space, the Billy Reid boutique is a welcome mainly to make things I wanted to wear or have in my wardrobe,” he addition to Austin’s fashion community. “People crave authenticity,” Kristen VanderVeen says, says. “That was 15 years ago, and I still like to work like that.” Though “and I think there’s something about Billy’s stores that creates a culture of ease and comfort.” his designs have been highly acclaimed across the country, earning skirts to expertly tailored blazers and pantsuits. “Our customer apthe designer the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Reid is a preciates classic American clothing and understands that clothes have a proudly self-proclaimed “son of the South,” with an eye for elegance purpose,” Reid observes. “We build clothes that have a point of view.” and a hint of Southern charm. Equal parts immaculate technique and timeless style, that point This year, Reid’s classic aesthetic arrived in Austin with a sumptuof view lends itself to beautifully crafted garments, whether a ous boutique on West Sixth Street, featuring the designer’s collecfur-collared pea coat or a basic oxford button-down. “Every detail tions for men and women. The bright space, outfitted with reclaimed is something we want to follow through completely,” Reid says. “I Texas barn wood floors and cowhide rugs, evokes the romanticism believe that clothes should last not only from a durability perspective, of life in the Southwest, while striking rattlesnake paintings by Jack but also from a style standpoint.” To that effect, the designer’s Sixth Sanders bring a pop of color to the store. “We want it to feel charmStreet outpost offers a covetable array of wardrobe staples—including, inviting and comfortable,” says Assistant Store Director Kristen ing American-made denim, silk ties and comfortable t-shirts—in VanderVeen. “The goal with all of Billy’s stores is to make it feel as if addition to ready-to-wear pieces from the runway. Designed for the you’re walking into his home.” modern man and woman, Reid’s collections are ultimate Past the eclectic hanging sculptures by Butch Anthony ly a testament to the enduring tradition of American are leather-lined racks showcasing Reid’s fall collection, Billy Reid 1122 W. 6th St. craftsmanship. “We want our product to have as much a sartorial intersection of Southern sophistication and (512) 354 1884 integrity as possible,” Reid says. “We hope people identify European sensibilities. The shapes this season were long with that.” L. Siva and luxurious, from a navy column dress and pencil


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At Salty Sow, “nose-to-tail” is more than a buzzword— Chefs Harold Marmulstein and Richard Velazquez craft

Salty Sow Salty Sow 1917 Manor Rd. (512) 391 2337


alty Sow was hard to ignore. The drumbeat of accolades was constant and loud—especially from my most trusted foodie friends. Best pork belly ever, they gushed. Try the chicken thighs, they swooned. But I kept pushing back, wary that Salty Sow was just another trendy snoutto-tail, pork-centric restaurant. Boy, was I wrong. When I finally relented, I discovered a restaurant as delightful as its fans had promised. I should’ve known from its pedigree alone: the management team comes from a long line of Austin winners like Hopdoddy, Eddie V’s and Z'Tejas. In May, they transformed a Manor Road revolving door (Red House Pizza, Stortini, John Mueller’s BBQ, et al) into Salty Sow, a charmer that I suspect will be around for a long time. The menu is described as “modern farmhouse cuisine” and boasts predictable buzzwords like “nose-to-tail,” “sustainable,” “local” and “organic.” But that’s where pre-


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hearty and flavorful plates well worth the hype.

dictability ends. Chefs Harold Marmulstein and Richard Velazquez are turning out food that is refreshingly original and delicious. We started with the charcuterie and cheese board, a groaning platter of goodies that could be a meal in itself. The selection changes daily and on our lucky night included house-made, country-style pate and chicken liver mousse, served with whole grain mustard and pickled vegetables. There was also house-cured pastrami salmon and remoulade sauce. In another corner, La Quercia prosciutto and Fra’mani sopresatta. Cheeses included Cowgirl Creamery’s decedent triple-cream Mt. Tam cow’s milk cheese and Cypress Grove’s tangy Humboldt Fog goat cheese. Scattered among it all was toasted bread and nuts. Next we dove into a beet salad, a lovely bowl of roasted organic beets tossed in vinaigrette and studded with creamy Pure Luck goat cheese and toasted pistachios. For our entree, the tender milk-braised pork shoulder, served with white beans and escarole, was a tasty and comforting choice. Salty Sow has an extensive cocktail list,

and our server steered me towards the Curly Tail, one of their signature margaritas mixed with tequila, cilantro, serrano peppers and blood orange juice. My companion tried the Porch Swing, a smooth blend of vodka, Earl Grey tea, amareno cherry syrup and lemon. Both drinks were fine but didn’t dazzle. The wine list covers the globe with almost 100 bottles in almost every price range. Wines by the glass are served in stylish minicarafes, and we enjoyed sampling a racy Spanish white, a lush Rhone red and a bold Napa cabernet. There are also a half-dozen, mostly local, draft beer options. Salty Sow has been transformed into a rustic yet stylish "farmhouse.” Gone is the previous kitschy décor, replaced by cool lighting, wood accents, sleek concrete floors and an open kitchen. They seem to have remedied previous reservation grumblings, and we were greeted by a cheerful hostess and given a variety of seating options. Unfortunately, I was too full to sample all of the highly-touted items like the pork belly, chicken thighs, beef cheeks and Brussels spouts. But I’ll be back. My foodie friends insist on it. K. spezia P h oto g rap h y by E VA N P R I N C E

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612 W. 6th St. (512) 474 2194 American tapas, mini burgers and cocktails— one of the most beloved happy hours in the city 34TH STREET CAFÉ

1005 W. 34th St. (512) 371 3400

This café serves up delicious cuisine in a relaxed setting, complemented by a careful wine list. CENOTE

1010 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 524 1311 This converted home is a beautiful place for lunch or catching up over coffee Chez Zee Café and Bakery

5406 Balcones Dr. (512) 454 2666

Colorful decor and a huge menu with nice salads and lunchtime pizzas. DOCK AND ROLL DINER

1503 S. 1st St. (512) 657 8415

The decadent lobster rolls or aromatic Blue Banhette are a must! Eastside Café

2113 Manor Rd. (512) 476 5858


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Delicious and healthy fare from the organic garden out back since 1988. FLAT TOP BURGER SHOP

1900 Manor Rd. (512) 366 5154

Craving a classic burger? Look no further than Flat Top. FRANK

407 Colorado St. (512) 494 6916 Frank may be known for its beers and artisan sausages, but it also offers a seasonal, rotating menu of cocktails, including the signature red-headed stranger with baconinfused Tito’s Vodka. Galaxy Café

9911 Brodie Ln., Ste. 750 (512) 233 6000 1000 West Lynn St. (512) 478 3434 4616 Triangle Ave. (512) 323 9494 A contemporary café serving all-day lunch, an exquisite dinner selection and gluten-free menu. GOURDOUGH’S PUBLIC HOUSE

2700 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 912 9070

Austin’s favorite donut trailer gets a brick and mortar, featuring the eatery’s signature giant donuts and cocktails.


6317 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 327 8822

Lively Westlake wine bar, retailer and restaurant. The wine list boasts more than 250 by the bottle.


710 W. 6th St. (512) 433 6954

Pub fare at its best, paired with a strong menu of classic and modern cocktails.

The western bistro and “saloon” brings in the crowds for one of the best happy hour deals in town. THREE LITTLE PIGS

1209 Rosewood Ave. (512) 653 5088

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

7720 Hwy. 71 W. (512) 852 8558

Your source for all things pork-centric, from sliders to pulled pork sandwiches.

The perfect union of burgers and beer: enjoy fresh ingredients like Black Angus beef and hand-cut fries.

Country favorites with a twist from Chef Jack Gilmore.


Hudson’s on the Bend

1602 E. 6th ST.

1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 243 7505

3509 RR 620 N. (512) 266 1369

Best handling of wild game in town—delicious quail salad, rattlesnake cakes and grilled venison chops with lobster tail. HYDE PARK BAR & GRILL

4206 Duval St. (512) 458 3168 4521 West Gate Blvd. (512) 899 2700

A neighborhood scene with fine food and a cool, central bar serving an extensive, rotating wine list and selection of classic cocktails. THE JALOPY

1502 San Antonio St. (512) 814 8557 Decadent rotisserie chicken sandwiches with fresh, homemade ingredients.

kate's southern comfort As befits its name, this food trailer offers hearty, southern classics, from crawfish etoufee to hatch chili chicken pies. Leaf 419 W. 2nd St. (512) 474 LEAF Countless variations on wonderfully fresh, madeto-order salads with homemade dressings. Moonshine

303 Red River St. (512) 236 9599 Happy hour specials and fun appetizers, like corn dog shrimp, served on a stick with blueberry honey mustard. ROARING FORK

701 Congress Ave. (512) 583 0000 10850 Stonelake Blvd. (512) 342 2700

11301 Domain Dr. (512) 490 1511

Urban emphasizes local breweries and offers classic comfort food in a modern setting. WAY SOUTH PHILLY

6th and Waller (512) 771 6969


3407 Greystone Dr. (512) 343 9307 107 W. 5th St. (512) 637 8888

Some of the best traditional Chinese in town. Fast service in the dining room. The Clay Pit

1601 Guadalupe St. (512) 322 5131 Zip in for a buffetstyle lunch or settle in for a long dinner of contemporary Indian cuisine. CURRYOSITY

2209 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 574 3691

This food trailer brings authentic philly cheesesteaks to Austin.

An exploration of aromatic curries across the Asian continent, from India to Thailand.


East Side King

1716 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6800 Modern comfort food, made fresh daily in a cozy space. Bottles of wine are half price on Sunday and Monday nights.

Asian Bar Chi Sushi

206 Colorado St. (512) 382 5557 An upscale, fanciful sushi bar with a killer seven-day happy hour menu.

1016 E. 6th St. 1618 E. 6th St. 1700 E. 6th St. (512) 422 5884

Chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsonomaya and Ek Timrek offer out-of-thisworld pan-Asian food from three trailers. G’Raj Mahal

91 Red River St. (512) 480 2255

With a cozy covered patio, G’Raj Mahal offers a surprising amount of ambiance for a food trailer.

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4917 Airport Blvd. (512) 712 5700 More than just sushi, this eatery serves up Japanese comfort food, including delicious, homemade ramen. Koriente

621 E. 7th St. (512) 275 0852 Healthy, tasty Korean options like bulgogi and curry dishes all served up by the friendly staff. LUCKY ROBOT

1303 S. Congress Ave. (512) 444 8081 A futuristic dining experience on Congress, inspired by the vibrant culture and cuisine of Tokyo.

1104 E. 6th St. (512) 796 0804

Fresh Asian fusion cuisine just behind Cheer Up Charlie’s. Mizu Prime Steak & Sushi

3001 RR. 620 S. (512) 263 2801

A blend of both traditional and contemporary takes on Japanese cuisine. Musashino

3407 Greystone Dr. (512) 795 8593 The locally famed Musashino is where diehard sushi lovers flock when they crave near perfection. Piranha Killer Sushi

207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 473 8775

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An oasis of calm and cool in the Warehouse District. Modern sushi with fresh dishes and fun drinks. Suzi’s China Grill & Sushi Bar

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd. (512) 302 4600 Flavorful dishes like eggplant with garlic sauce or shrimp with lemongrass.

Suzi’s China Kitchen

1152 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 441 8400

A wide selection of traditional and modern dishes, from a classic Sesame Chicken to Beef Mimosa. TARKA INDIAN KITCHEN

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Delicious and aromatic curries, biryanis and naan sandwiches. Thai Passion

620 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1244 Menu speaks mostly of Northeastern Thailand, moderately priced. Tomodachi Sushi

4101 W. Parmer Ln. (512) 821 9472

Innovative Japanese cuisine with spunk. Signature rolls include “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Ex- Girlfriend.” Uchi

801 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916 4808 James Beard Winner Chef Tyson Cole has created an inventive menu that puts Uchi foremost among sushi spots in Austin


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The sensational sister creation of Uchi, helped by Top Chef Paul Qui. Try the bacon tataki!

Comfort food doesn’t get much better than the pork- and beer-centric gastropub by Chef Bryce Gilmore.

4200 N. Lamar Blvd., #140 (512) 916 4808

Whip In Market & Parlour Cafe

1950 S. I-35 (512) 442 5337

This funky minimart-café satisfies keeps Austin weird with offbeat décor, copious beer and cheap, tasty food.

2024 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 394 8150


1900 University Ave. (512) 404 3655 A fine dining spot, featuring New American cuisine with a sophisticated twist. CONGRESS


4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 371 1600

Dark wood paneling and an impressive wine and coffee list make Apothecary the perfect place to unwind. AUSTIN CAKE BALL KITCHEN & BAR

3401 Esperanza Crossing (512) 215 3633 Austin’s favorite cake balls have a brick-andmortar home, complete with a small plates menu and the ever-popular Six Half Happy Hour. BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE AND BEER GARDEN

79 & 71 Rainey St. (512) 386 1656

Banger’s brings the German beer garden tradition stateside with an array of artisan sausages and over 100 beers on tap.

200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2760 Enjoy a wine list carefully crafted by Beverage Director June Rodil, named Best New Sommelier by Wine & Sprits Magazine. CRÚ WINE BAR

11410 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 104 (512) 339 9463 238 W. 2nd St. (512) 472 9463 Elegant small plates with over 300 wine selections, perfect for pairing. EAST SIDE SHOW ROOM

1100 E. 6th St. (512) 467 4280

Open until 2am Inspired by the eclectic cafes of Europe, East Side Show Room is more than a gourmet bar. The space gets a burst of color from its local artwork and live music.

garden downstairs, you just might never want to leave. ELEVEN PLATES & WINE

3800 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. (512) 328 0110


In addition to small and large plates menus, eleven offers a cocktail program that brings together pre-prohibition classics and award-winning new concoctions.

In addition to a full menu of small and large plates, Vino Vino lives up to its name with a great wine list and wonderful cocktails.

Fabi + Rosi

509 Hearn St. (512) 236 0642 A husband and wife team cook up European style dishes like pork schnitzel and paella. MULBERRY

360 Nueces St. (512) 320 0297 Mulberry takes its cuisine as seriously as it does the diverse wine and beer selection. RESTAURANT JEZEBEL

800 W. 6th St. Ste. 100 (512) 436 9643

Chef Parind Vora reopened his acclaimed Restaurant Jezebel, featuring his signature, innovative flavors. Diners can choose from two, sumptuous prix-fixe menus. PARKSIDE

301 E. 6th St. (512) 474 9898


Stop by for dinner or happy hour oysters at the bar.

With a delicious bake shop upstairs and a beer


709 E. 6th St. (512) 614 4972

Salty Sow serves up creative signature drinks, including a BlueberryLemon Thyme Smash.

1917 Manor Rd. (512) 391 2337 A late-night, pork-loving dining destination,

4119 Guadalupe St. (512) 465 9282


1014 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 482 8868 Emphasizing fresh ingredients and flavorful sauces, Wink is a consistent experience with a wine list and menu of bar fare to match.


3801 N. Capital of TX. Hwy. (512) 327 4448 Great espresso bar and a mostly Italian wine list, complete with an outdoor patio for sipping. ASTI TRATTORIA

408 E. 43rd St. (512) 451 1218

The chic, little Hyde Park trattoria offers delicious Italian cuisine, like saffron risotto with seafood. THE BACKSPACE

507 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 474 9899 Exquisite pizzas hot out of the wood-fired brick oven

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dining and wines by the glass. BOTTICELLI’S

1321 S. Congress Ave. (512) 916 1315 An inviting trattoria with warm Tuscan colors. Small bar up front and cozy booths in back. EAST SIDE PIES

1401 Rosewood Ave. (512) 524 0933 Specialty pies with delicious flavors, from gorgonzola and roasted onions to the infamous Guiche, with goat cheese and spinach. ENOTECA

1610 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 7672 Superb bistro menu with panini, salad, pasta and pizza and handmade pastries. GUSTO ITALIAN KITCHEN & WINE BAR

4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100

Hearty Italian fare with big, bold flavor. LA TRAVIATA

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(512) 476 3131 An array of mouthwatering Italian dishes, from four-cheese pizza to oven roasted rack of lamb. SAGRA

1610 San Antonio St. (512) 535 5988 Sagra mixes Old World Italian sensibilities with contemporary twists and offers a cocktail menu featuring fthe finest local and Italian spirits. . TRATTORIA LISINA

13308 FM 150 W. Driftwood, TX. (512) 894 3111

Nestled in the Mandola Estate Winery in Driftwood. Expect hearty portions of rustic Italian food. VESPAIO

1610 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6100 An staple of Italian fare in Austin, from thoughtfully chosen wines to excellent cuisine.

314 Congress Ave. (512) 479 8131 A long-loved Austin spot for its fine Italian fare. Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle. OLIVE & JUNE

3411 Glenview Ave. (512) 467 9898 Southern Italian cuisine, inspired by Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s family recipes. Pair your meal with one of the house’s specialty cocktails. Quatto Gatti Ristorante

Mexican Azul Tequila

4211 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 416 9667 An exquisite variety of South Central Mexican fare, including the famous Chile Rellano en Crema. El Alma

1025 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 609 8923 Chef-driven, authentic Mexican cuisine.

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85 Rainey St. (512) 474 2776

Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba, the husband and wife team behind El Naranjo, serve up authentic cuisine from Mexico’s interior. FONDA SAN MIGUEL

2330 W. N. Loop Blvd. (512) 459 4121 For over 30 years, Austinites have flocked to Fonda’s for its interior Mexican menu and classic Latin American cocktails. FRESA’S CHICKEN AL CARBON

neighborhood in Mexico City, accompanied by delicious cocktails by mixologist Nate Wales. Nuevo León

1501 E. 6th St. (512) 479 0097

Family-run institution on the East Side with a loyal following. PAPI TINO’S

1306 E. 6th St. (512) 479 1306 Nestled in a converted house on East Sixth, Papi tino’s serves up modern Mexican cuisine and an impressive selection of delicious mezcals.

915 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 428 5077


Savor slow-grilled Peeler Farms chicken from this colorful drive-through eatery, alongside fresh salsas, salads, tortillas and homemade ice creams.

A cozy coffee shop during the day and a romantic dinner spot in the evening.


360 Nueces St. (512) 320 8226 A flavorful modern Mexican menu inspired by the kitchen of Chef Garrido’s grandmother.

1308 E. 6th St. (512) 524 0384


1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 Bold, authentic flavors with an emphasis on fresh ingredients that carries over to Takoba’s two full bars.


3309 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 100 (512) 833 6400 Perfect for date night, Gloria’s serves upscale Mexican cuisine and offers a spacious patio. LA CONDESA

400-A W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Chef René Ortiz offers a menu inspired by the hip and bohemian Condesa

Brunch 1886 CAFÉ & BAKERY

604 Brazos St. (512) 391 7066

Weekend brunch doesn’t get any more quintessentially Austin than an experience at the elegant 1886 Café & Bakery at the Driskill Hotel. 24 DINER

600 N. Lamar Blvd.

(512) 472 5400 Leave it to the 24-hour diner to serve up stellar breakfast and brunch fare. The signature Chicken & Waffle is a must. ANNIE’S CAFÉ AND BAR

319 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1884

New American cuisine inspired by modern European brasseries. Weekend brunch fare from around the world, including a full English Breakfast and Brioche French Toast. BACON

900 W. 10th St. (512) 322 9777 At Bacon, the eponymous ingredient is more than a breakfast side dish: it’s the star of the show. BAR MIRABEAU

800 W. 6th St. Ste. 100 (512) 436 9633 Another unique addition to Austin’s dining scene from Chef Parind Vora. A diverse and approachable menu with rice bowls, sandwiches, cioppino and more. BESS BISTRO

500 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2377 A French bistro with a southern Cajun flair. Hearty brunch menu with Croque Monsieur, Farmer’s Omelette and more. BLUE DAHLIA BISTRO

1115 E. 11th St. (512) 542 9542

A European-style bistro on Austin’s eastside. Savor Belgian waffles or a decadent frittata for brunch. BLUE STAR CAFETERIA

4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 454 7827

Uptown comfort cuisine, including quiches, omelettes and eggs benedict. CIPOLLINA

1213 W. Lynn St. (512) 477 5211 This Clarksville favorite serves up unique twists on classic brunch dishes, such as the p.b.l.t with pork belly or braised wild boar on brioche. CONTIGO

2027 Anchor Ln. (512) 614 2260 Taking cues from Contigo Ranch, the restaurant offers fresh, quality ranchto-table cuisine. ELIZABETH STREET CAFÉ

1501 S. 1st St. (512) 291 2881

Put a Vietnamese twist in your brunch routine with Elizabeth Street’s aromatic offerings, including pho, pork belly buns bánh mì. Franklin Barbecue

3412 N. I-35 (512) 653 1187

Named the Best BBQ in America by Bon Appetit, Franklin serves up Meyer’s all natural angus brisket. FINO RESTAURANT PATIO & BAR

2905 San Gabriel St. (512) 474 2905

A Mediterranean take on brunch—try the Summer Squash and Mushroom Frittata. GUSTO

4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100 Among the Sunday brunch specials are an array of hearty frittatas and French toast.

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601 W. 6th St. (512) 992 0204

This classic American tavern has a flavorful, yet accessible brunch menu, featuring Sweet Potato Pancakes, Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict and more. Hillside Farmacy

1209 E. 11th St. (512) 628 0168

Part grocery store, part casual eatery, Hillside Farmecy is located in a beautifully restored 50s-style HOPFIELD’S

3110 Guadalupe St. (512) 537 0467 Enjoy brunch daily from 11am-3pm at this Frenchinspired gastropub. Don’t miss the hand cut pommes frites.


400 W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 A vibrant take on Mexican cuisine by Chef Rene Ortiz. Enjoy a selection of small plates, eggs and enchiladas. LE CAFE CREPE

200 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 480 0084 Crêpes are delicious any time of the day, but a classic smoked salmon or egg and spinach makes for a perfect brunch. THE LOCAL YOLK

1001 E. 6th St. (512) 745 9110

Savory sandwiches and hearty brunch fare. LUCY’S FRIED CHICKEN

2218 College Ave. (512) 297 2423

For an indulgent start to your morning, head to Chef James Holmes’ latest venture for classic fried chicken and char-grilled oysters. OLIVIA

2043 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 804 2700 You can’t go wrong with Olivia’s weekend brunch, whether you opt for the Pork Loin Benedict, Garden Quiche, Buttermilk Pancakes or more. PERLA’S

1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 291 7300 Start your day with a selection from Perla’s famous raw bar or opt for a rich brunch plate like the Breakfast Bouillabaisse or Oak Grilled Trout Scramble.


207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 904 0105 Upscale dining meats comfort food. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch buffet, including apple cider doughnuts, homemade bacon, fresh tortillas, an omelet station and $1 mimosas. THE STEEPING ROOM

11410 Century Oaks Terrace Ste. 112 (512) 977 8337 4400 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 102 (512) 467 2663 Enjoy breakfast from Monday-Saturday or a flavorful Sunday brunch at this celebrated teahouse. TAMALE HOUSE

1707 E. 6th St. (512) 495 9504

This Austin staple serves up some of Austin’s favorite breakfast tacos.



In addition to a tempting selection of fresh pastries, Walton’s serves up a thoughtful brunch menu, including Challah French Toast and Shrimp and Grits

3600-D N. Capital of Texas Hwy. (512) 328 7555 Chefs Alex Kahn and Andreas Exarhos whip up fresh cuisine with Italian flavors, including the Prosciutto Benedict and Ricotta Polenta Cakes. TRIO

98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 685 8300 Indulge in Sunday Brunch at TRIO, including madeto-order omelettes and chocolate chip pancakes, as well as some delightful surprises like assorted sushi and ceviche.

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ur little secret is hardly confidential to the dozens we’ve shared tacos, margaritas and good times with at Maria’s Taco Xpress, including its soulful, beautiful proprietor, Maria Corbalan. DJ and I did not meet until a decade after Maria’s opened in 1997. This meant that our earliest trips to Maria’s South Austin institution were done independently. From 2006 on, Maria’s has become as much a part of our lives as our daily runs, coffee stops or art outings. My first trip to Maria’s was in 1999, when I moved to Austin from New York City. Leeann Atherton was playing her still-regular Friday happy hour gig with my pals, Jackson and Sonny. That evening is very memorable because it was also the night I met my first “Austin friends,” three amazing people who remain part of our lives. From then on, I spent countless Friday nights at Maria’s,

learned insider ordering tips that are now family habits and became part of her community, throwing a musical fundraiser for children one year and attending as many benefits and special gigs as I could manage. I realized I had transformed from a “regular” into a member of Maria’s large extended family when I found myself spending more and more time with her long-time manager, Fernando, former employee Matthew (Mateo) and even Maria’s nephew, Jose. It became clear that Austin was my home. DJ’s memories of Maria’s go back to the 90s as well. During Maria’s early years, he would periodically drop into the shack turned funky mecca with a close friend who officed across the street. However, since he lived a little further from Maria’s and was heavily involved in his long-time love affair with Las Manitas, he did not really become a devotee until the tragic passage of Las Mas. At that time, the open arms of the rooftop replica of Maria, the warm atmosphere and great food were too much for him to resist. Today, our entire family can be found at Maria’s. Many times it’s a brown bag dash to the take-out counter on a busy Saturday to grab a half dozen “little bit crispy” Migas tacos after a long run. But when the stars align, we never pass up a Friday night happy hour or attending Maria’s infamously unique and musical Hippie Church. Those are times that we, like everyone else, feel and actually are welcome. About a year ago, Leeann Atherton spotted us in her audience after a long hiatus. She instantly smiled and invited Lucy Jane on stage with her to sing and dance. To her delight, Lucy ran right up and began shaking her hips and belting out a tune just like a good South Austin girl should. It was a proud moment. Long live Maria’s! L ana mcgilvr ay Lana McGilvray is a Principal at Blast Public Relations. Her husband, DJ Stout, is a Partner at Pentagram Design. Their daughter Lucy Jane recently threw a penny in a fountain and told DJ her wish was to become a vampire!

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