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Street Style


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Artist Spotlight


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Things We Love


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Editor’s Letter


George T. Elliman EDITOR + creative director

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A a ro n F r a n k l i n ’ s F r a n k l i n B BQ o n Au s ti n ’ s Ea s t S i d e was declared “the best barbecue restaurant in America” by Bon Appétit. Kendra Scott opened stores in Austin, Dallas and Los Angeles and her jewelry is now available in every Nordstrom in the country. Ellen Jefferson the Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive and founder of Emancipet led the charge to make Austin not only a “No Kill” city but the city with the lowest pet euthanasia rate in the country. April Rose the Executive Director for TreeFolks helped save trees during our hottest, driest summer on record. Bobby Bones’ (this month’s cover model) Austin-based morning show is now syndicated in seven other cities; he hosts a weekend show on Fox Sports Radio that is broadcast in 400 cities with Andy Roddick; and he made Austin proud as the guest host for Regis Philbin on Regis & Kelly for a day. Each person profiled in “The 10 Austinites of the Year” feature has had an incredible 2011…but it seems each of these superstars is only just beginning everything they hope to accomplish.

With the “10 to Watch” feature, we celebrate the younger set working in architecture, The lovely and petite songstress Kat the arts, business, fashion, food, film, music, non-profit and technology. Courtney Edmonson shows off the collection of clips Spence started non-profit Students of the World as a sophomore at Duke University hiding on the back of her dress during our shoot. and has grown the organization over the past decade working on key projects like the Bush-Haiti Fund, while Bryce Gilmore, the chef and owner of Barley Swine, was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of the Year. Read about all these up and comers have accomplished. We were able to gather all 10 of them together for a group photo at Pine Street Station where Matt Rainwaters captured the moment of powerhouses in the making coming together. In “Holiday Wish List,” we surveyed our most stylish citizens to find out what they hope to receive (or will give) this holiday season. From a Hermés scarf to a Gibson Les Paul guitar, each person had a creative item or two to share, many available from locally owned shops. Special thanks to this month’s writers — Clay Smith, Megan Giller, S. Kirk Walsh, Jackie Rangel and TRIBEZA’s own Carolyn Harrold for thoughtfully written profiles on each subject in this issue. As we reflect on the year, we think back about celebrating the magazine’s 10-Year Anniversary this past March. It was a real milestone for us, but like those featured in this issue, we have big plans for the future. Look for more intriguing stories, creative events and much more from us in 2012. Happy Holidays!


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LeAnn Mueller Photographer LeAnn Mueller has spent the last decade bouncing from New York to California to Texas shooting album packaging for major record labels like Sony and Universal and editorials for magazines like Rolling Stone, Nylon, Vibe and Texas Monthly. She recently moved back to Austin and enjoyed photographing this month's cover and all 10 of our Austinites of the Year. "They make Austin a unique and special place to live," she says. "I am proud to call Austin my home again." Check out more of Mueller's work at

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Matt Rainwaters Matt Rainwaters graduated from the Harvard School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (actually the Brooks Institute of Photography) with top honors and tons of awards a long, long time ago in a land far away (Santa Barbara). Naturally he takes pictures... really interesting ones of very strange things. Once he took a lot of pictures of dudes and one lady with really gnarly beards. Now it’s a book that would look really smart on your coffee table, book shelf or toilet. Imagine a book of beards,

Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, The Boston Globe, among several other print and online publications. She is currently at work on a novel. This month, she writes about author Dagoberto Gilb. "It was a pleasure to interview Dagoberto. For many writers, there are often struggles in getting words down the page," she says. "His struggle to write is quite physical. It was inspiring to speak with someone who overcame these difficulties in order to keep writing and understand the world around him."

everyone would love that! Oh yeah, he also used to own a hotdog stand and eats way too many tacos...feel free to strike up a conversation with him about either. Matt really enjoys photographing the "10 to Watch" people because he gets first dibs on the best new folks to hang out with.

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The Playscape Project at Breed and Co.

TreeHouse Grand Opening

Guests enjoyed a day of inspired design at The Playscape Project presented by Breed & Co. and TRIBEZA. Burton Baldridge Architects, Pollen Architecture and Thoughtbarn each designed and constructed their idea of the ultimate playscape for the event. Guests enjoyed drinks from Bombay Sapphire, Deep Eddy Vodka, Victoria and Pacifico, music by Ava Arenella and a lively auction thanks to Andrew Bost.

TreeHouse, Austin’s newest home improvement store offering green and sustainable solutions, celebrated its grand opening with an evening of tips for a green home and delicious treats. Invited guests were among the first to tour the flagship store and to learn about smart building and better living.

Breed & Co.: 1. Playscape by Pollen Architecture & Design 2. Greg Breed & Thom Ghering 3. Michael Young, Dason Whitsett, Burton Baldridge, Lucy Begg, Robert Gay & Andrei Klypin 4. Playscape by Thoughtbarn 5. Playscape by Burton Baldridge Architects 6. Lynn Boswell with Cupcake & Flower 7. Andrew Bost & Ava Arenella 8. Maureen Broihier, Doug Lyon & Hans Paap TreeHouse: 9. Kevin Patterson & Rebekah Sherman 10. Susan Wise, Alexis Aguirre & Lenae Shirley 11. West Clarkson & Taylor Jackson 12. John & Amanda Norton with Ames McArdle 13. Ashley Grizzard & Sarah Hill


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TRIBEZA Design Issue Release Party

TRIBEZA readers celebrated the release of the first-ever Design Issue at Big Red Sun on Austin’s East Side. The party featured sips by Bombay Sapphire, Deep Eddy Vodka, Victoria and Neuro, bites by East Side King and sounds by Pussycat A Go-Go DJs, Lord Highpockets and Mike Buck. 1. DJ Stout & Lana McGilvray 2. Kate Risinger & Deeyn Rhodes 3. Bryan Keplesky & Liz Rowland 4. Keith Davis Young, Mason McFee & Jessica Clark 5. Paul Boukadakis & JB Hager 6. Ryan Thompson & Brad Phillips 7. Brian Johnson, Jordan Breal & TJ Tucker 8. Meagan Whiteley & Caleb Everitt 9. Greg Esparza & Cody Haltom 10. Deana Saukum & Motoyasu Utsunomiya


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Alyson Fox Book Party

At the reception and book signing for A Shade of Red: One Lipstick and One Hundred Women, guests had the chance to meet the artist Alyson Fox and peer closer into her latest photographic endeavor which masterfully captures the visual beauty of the feminine identity.

Meet The Style Masters hosted a private shopping event at Malverde highlighting indie designers and artists like local labels 81 Poppies and Kendra Scott. The event featured Cinco Vodka cocktails and W Austin swag bags.

Alyson Fox Book Party: 1. Ashley Garmon & Jessica Ferrino 2. Sarah Beck & Derrek Dollahite 3. Alyson Fox, Tiffany Fix & Annie Ray 4. Christine & Terrence Moline 5. Elizabeth Bentley & Emily Bush 6. Kyle Smith, Sally Rusch & Allison Gore Meet The Style Masters: 7. Amy Gabriel & Elizabeth Spruiell 8. Allison Bagley & Pepper Ammann 9. Alex Glendenning & Shannon Yoachum 10. Anne Campbell & Kristen Chin


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Dress by Candlelight

Now in its third year, Dress by Candlelight gave attendees an evening full of fashion for a good cause. Held at Saks Fifth Avenue, guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres by some of Austin’s top restaurants and music by DJ Chicken George. Proceeds benefited Candlelight Ranch, which is dedicated to assisting children with special needs.


Copa de Vida benefiting Dell Children's Hospital

Dell Children’s Hospital Uptown Circle of Friends hosted an unforgettable evening of Cuban-themed festivities. Guests were treated to live music, savory bites, cigar rolling and casino games. All proceeds from the event benefited The Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children's Hospital.

Dress by Candlelight: 1. Model walking the runway 2. Mary Lee & Burak Unalmiser 3. Donny, Rider & Leah Boaz 4. Cheryl Hart & Kim Sierra 5. Wendy Wells, Shannan Riemer, Jennifer Miller & Iser Cukierman Copa de Vida: 6. Will Hardeman & Anna Anami 7. Lauren & Wales Madden 8. Charlotte Hall, Kaki Gaines & Martha Boyd 9. Harriet Tamminga, Patricia Tamminga & Kate Tamminga 10. Ryan Jacobson & Brande Bradshaw 11. Donna Davis & Judith Jacobson 12. Suzette Burrow, Genny Hardeman & Cara Logue


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Gail Chovan Private Collection Viewing at Justine's Brasserie Justine’s Brasserie hosted a special presentation of “14,” a new collection of fresh fall and winter designs by Gail Chovan. Guests admired Chovan’s latest threads, as well as exclusive handcrafted jewelry by 2ETN. The one-of-a-kind collection is available at Blackmail Boutique & Atelier on South Congress.


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Tool and Tack Pop Up Shop presented by Canoe Canoe’s Tool and Tack Pop Up Shop featured a well-curated selection of vintage menswear and accessories by Forage and Wood & Faulk. However, the gentlemen’s pop up shop was not all about bowties and beer, the evening was perfectly crafted to please all guests, as Fail + Canoe, a jewelry collection for both men and women, debuted their new line of sophisticated metalwork at the event.




Gail Chovan Collection: 1. Gail Chovan 2. Anna & Tyler Crelia 3. Augusta Dexheimerr, Valerie Fowler & Ramona Beattie 4. Jenny Woys & Alejandro Escovedo 5. Phil Phillips & Shelby Walters 6. Sara Townsend & Erika Stojeba 7. Model wearing a look from "14" 8. Keri Kropp & Elizabeth Chapin Tool and Tack: 9. Natalie Davis, Christine Fail, Matt Pierce & Grace Bonney 10. David Clark & Ben Runkle 11. Shoppers included Bobby Johns of STAG.


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Texas Book Festival’s First Edition Literary Gala

The capstone of a well-read weekend was the Texas Book Festival’s First Edition Literary Gala. Held at the Four Seasons, the gala featured talks from PBS’s Jim Lehrer and Molly Shannon of Saturday Night Live fame. The event was both fun and philanthropic, benefiting Texas Public Libraries while enabling the Texas Book Festival to remain free to the public. 1. Molly Shannon & Guest 2. Rick & Karen Hawkins 3. Amy Cook, Liz Lambert & Susan Orlean 4. Chloe Weiss & Sarah Bird 5. Oscar & Becky Casares 6. Gretchen Hicks & Beau LeBoeuf 7. Stu Taylor & Meagan Mead 8. Libby Morris & Patrick Sullivan 9. Lynn Meredith, Carmel Borders & Becky Beaver 10. Crystal Cotti & Paul Stekler


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ACL Festival Commemorative Poster Release

C3 Presents celebrated the release of the limited edition Gravure poster that artist Felice House created for ACL 2011 at Flatbed Press. The print was created at the Press, using an intricate printing process that was demonstrated at the reception. Only 50 were created.

Teddies for Bettys Trunk Show





Teddies for Bettys hosted a chic trunk show and social hour to unveil the new fall collections from lingerie lines Twist, Marie Jo and Prima Donna. Guests enjoyed appetizers by Coal Vines and cupcakes from Delish, in between free fittings at the store.

Lonestar Cattlemen Foundation’s Sportsman Soiree



Guests of the Lonestar Cattlemen Foundation’s Sportsman Soiree were treated to a menu of dove, quail and axis and then had the unique opportunity to skeet shoot for charity. Benefiting regional, county and local livestock show youth auctions, the event was held at the Texas Disposal System’s Exotic Game Ranch in Buda.

Austin Children’s Shelter Gala

Austin Children’s Shelter hosted a magical evening with their Moroccan-inspired “Season of Dance Gala.” They raised a record-breaking $480,000 in support of the abused, neglected and vulnerable youth in the Shelter’s care. ACL Poster Release: 1. Kate Mider & Autumn Rich 2. Bettina Dahl & Elena Garcia 3. Dana Younger & Felice House 4. Max Trone and Alecia Howard 5. Thomas Slanker & Andrea Hyland 6. Stacey Rodrigues & Lindsay Hoffman Teddies for Bettys: 7. Anna Ortiz, Ashley Kelsch & Inge Van Hecke Lonestar Cattlemen Foundation: 8. Sunny Sweeney 9. Jessica Philpot, Cindy Greenwood & Shawn Lehne Austin Children's Shelter Gala: 10. Christy Thomas & Mark Strub P h oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e s i n a , J en n i f er H el f r i c h P h oto g r a p h y & j en n i f er h o p p er

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We have so many things to come to terms with in regard to people. Are we a people person? Are we a people pleaser? Do we recharge ourselves by being around other people or by taking time to be alone? Do we prefer melting into crowds, standing in front of crowds, the company of small groups or

the intimacy of one-on-one? A recent chapter in our Bible Study (I have been with the same gals for eight years, so you can run but you cannot hide.) highlighted the significance of other people in terms of our growth. It seems that we can only truly grow in community with other people. This was

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Give yourself room to grow and surround yourself with people who are growing too.

disheartening to me because I feel like when I have something major to work on, I want to turn inward and quietly get ‘er done. But no — it’s the other people around us, the ones we choose to be close to, the ones we cannot escape, and the strangers strewn into our paths that solicit the heart-level change we’re after when we really want to grow. This makes sense. Especially in light of the people I want to avoid if I feel like hiding — my brother, my parents and a handful of friends with insight eyesight. If any of those folks ask me how I’m doing, I can never get by with “fine;” especially because if things really are fine, I will come up with a much better adjective than that and they know it. So “fine” really stands for “lousy” and in that case I may as well start spilling my guts pronto. They have little tolerance for my feeble attempts at façade. And frankly, at this point, neither do I. There was a time in my life (I think I had braces) when I wanted to be around people who were popular. Likely because I always was the shy, new kid and thought you could possibly catch popularity by proximity, like a cold germ. Later I wanted to be around successful people, because I thought that might be contagious too. At some point I transitioned from chasing dreams to following my heart. Now I simply want to be around people who are authentic. Authenticity begets authenticity, so if you seek the company of real people, you end up being more real yourself. What a relief. Frankly I was getting exhausted trying to keep up appearances. Regular highlights, seasonal wardrobe upgrades, pedicures and


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basic hygiene rituals (especially blow drying layered hair with a round brush, I waste half my life) are bad enough, but you add to that trying to constantly be perfect, prepared, on time, a good mother, making regular appearances at church and at your kids’ schools, keeping track of everyone’s schedules including your own, meeting work deadlines, RSVPing to frickin’ Evites and having something redeeming in the pantry — it’s all enough to make your head spin. And I don’t even have a husband to feed or tend to, and if I recall correctly, they do not always appreciate cereal for dinner —especially hastily poured at the kitchen island, between football, volleyball and three sets of homework. My point is, if we are more real, and we surround ourselves with more real people, then we can stop trying so hard all the time and start lightening up. Try it for one day. Say how you really are when someone cares enough to ask. Scrap the to-do list for a change and try being there for someone else instead. See people and situations with fresh eyes, and understand that you have a part to play in every scene of your day as it unfolds — nothing is random. Give yourself room to grow and surround yourself with people who are growing too. Eat cereal in the dining room, with candles. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Let your hair air-dry, screw the frizz. Ignore your email and have lunch with a person. Give yourself a break, sweetheart. And when you see me next, smile and tell me to do the same.

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DECEMBEr Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music Wilco

Dec 1, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Kenny Rogers

Dec 1, 8pm Paramount Theatre The Devil Makes Three

Dec 1, 8pm Stubb’s

Dec 4, 9pm Austin Music Hall

The Cirrus Logic Guitar Orchestra

Dec 6, 8pm Stubb’s

Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers with Jon McLaughlin

Dec 14, 7:30pm The Parish

Grieves and Budo

Robert Earl Keen

Dec 17, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Christmas Concert with Asleep at the Wheel

Dec 17, 8pm Paramount Theatre

Mary Mary

Dec 8, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater The Sea & Cake

Dec 8, 8pm Mohawk

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Dec 21, 4pm & 8pm Frank Erwin Center Tori Amos

Dec 21, 8pm Bass Concert Hall


Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland

Dec 9, 10pm Mohawk David Ramirez and His Band

Dec 10, 10pm Stubb’s

Dec 21-22, 7:30pm Rollins Studio Theatre Dale Watson

Dec 26, 10pm Continental Club

Kat Edmonson

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Dec 15, 9pm Stubb’s

The National with Local Natives


Christmas with Aaron Neville

Mannheim Steamroller

Dec 28, 7:30pm Michael and Susan Dell Hall

French Quarter Christmas featuring Better Than Ezra

Dec 28, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Digital Classics: It’s A Wonderful Life

Dec 12 Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek

John Williams

The Action Pack: Rocking New Years Eve Sing-Along

Willie Nelson & Friends Family New Year!

New Years Eve Feast: The Apartment

Dec 30, 8pm Austin Symphony Orchestra

Dec 30, 6:30pm Dec 31, 7:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater

White Denim New Years Eve

Dec 31, 7:30pm Empire Auto Garage Hayes Carll

Dec 31, 8:30pm La Zona Rosa

New Years Eve with The Black Angels and Wooden Shjips

Dec 31, 9pm Emo’s East

Comedy Norm MacDonald

Dec 2-3 Cap City Comedy Club

Film Master Pancake X-Mas Show

Dec 2-3 Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

Dec 31 Alamo Drafthouse Ritz & Village

Dec 31 Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

Theater John Waters’ Christmas

Dec 2, 7pm The Paramount Theatre

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

Dec 3, 7:30pm The Long Center

Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Dec 4, 2pm & 4:30pm Paramount Theatre

The Moth on The Road

Dec 6, 8pm Paramount Theatre

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast

Dec 14-18 Bass Concert Hall Shen Yu

Dec 29-30 Michael and Susan Dell Hall

Other Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Dec 1-24 The Marchesa Hall & Theatre 6th Annual Very Merry Children's Charity Benefiting Any Baby Can

December 2, 7-10pm Icenhauer's

22nd Annual Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

Dec 3, 6pm Congress Avenue

Wendell Barry and Wes Jackson Early Show

Dec 4, 1pm Stateside at The Paramount

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Dec 14-24 Palmer Events Center

Hans Shots First Star Wars Pub Crawl Benefiting Child's Play

December 17 East Sixth Street

Mediterranean New Year Party

Dec 31, 7:30pm Omni Hotel

Arts Calendar December 1 West End Galleries

First Thursday Gallery Night 6-8pm Visual Arts Center UT Austin

Faculty Exhibition: Part One Artist Talk: 6:30-8pm

Les Vierges [Virgins] collection, Immaculata dress, Haute couture spring/summer 2007, © P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier.

Harry Ransom Center

Banned, Burned, Seized and Censored Curator Tour 7pm Through Jan 22

December 2 Blanton Museum of Art

B Scene: Holiday Lounge 6-10pm

December 14 Arthouse at The Jones Center

Arthouse Talks: Erin Gentry 6pm

December 27 Blanton Museum of Art

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Holiday Family Day 11am-4pm Through Dec 28

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk


November 13, 2011 - February 12, 2012 Dallas Museum of Art


The Anxiety of Photography Through Dec 30 Blanton Museum of Art

Group Show: After Dark Reception: 6-8pm Through Dec 23

Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings Through Dec 31 El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa Through Jan 22

Yard Dog Art Gallery

Harry Ransom Center

December 3 Wally Workman Gallery

Karl Mullen Reception: 7-9pm Through Dec 31

December 9 Gallery Shoal Creek

The Landscape and Beyond Reception: 6-8pm Through Jan 14 December 10 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas High School Football Book Festival 10am-3pm

Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Through Jan 8

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Field Notes Through Dec 4 Watercolors by Nick Swift Through Dec 31

Visual Arts Center UT Austin

Mika Tajima: The Architect’s Garden Through Dec 17


nown for his fun and fearless approach to fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the best-known fashion designers in the world. The first exhibition dedicated to his work will make its landfall stateside this November at the Dallas Museum of Art. Serving as a love letter to the design house’s major inspirations, the exhibition is separated into six themed sections, each one highlighting an important marker in the brand’s evolution. From his beginnings in Paris to the depths of outer space, the designer has never been short on inspiration to pull from. Showcasing over 130 couture ensembles, in addition to items and accessories from his prêt-à-porter line, the exhibit’s collection spans over 30 years of work. Most of these items, ranging from his earliest collections, are making their debut for the first time. Demonstrating the reach of Gaultier beyond the runway, the exhibit will also feature sketches, stage costumes, fashion photography and films, many of which have never been made available to the public. Iconic designs from Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour and costumes from films by directors Luc Besson and Pedro Almodóvar give visitors a visual perspective into the depth and range of his work. Taking a cue from Gaultier’s love of shaking up the status quo, 30 talking mannequins (including a cheeky one of Gaultier himself!) are positioned throughout the exhibit supplying commentary and adding to the quirky appeal. The show is a limited engagement and runs from November 13, 2011 to February 12, 2012. K. Borowski

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

The Jones Center 700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-9, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

Matthew Rainwaters Beard Photographs by Matthew Rainwaters Chronicle Books, $14.95


ocal photographer Matt Rainwaters, has spent the last few years capturing the essence of subject matter otherwise unseen — ranging from New York’s real-life superheroes to competitive catfish noodlers. Most recently, Rainwaters has released Beard, an exuberant book of portrait-style photographs exemplifying the world’s best when it comes to beards and moustaches. The stunning collection of images, laced with a handful of essays written by the contestants of the World Beard and Moustache Championships, reveals a world that very few people know exists. “I’m really interested in cataloging different subcultures and Americana,” Rainwaters says. “Odd, strange things that maybe you wouldn’t normally have access to seeing.” Published in September of 2011 by Chronicle Books, Beard showcases the artistry of facial hair and the charm of the men who hone the craft. The book can be found locally at retailers including STAG (1423 South Congress Avenue) and Domy Books (913 East Cesar Chavez). D. KAY


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

Blanton Museum of Art

French Legation Museum

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

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

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

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

Mexic–Arte Museum

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5

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

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

O. Henry Museum

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

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

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

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

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

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arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 Artworks Gallery

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

Austin Art Garage

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

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

Austin Galleries

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

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

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

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

La Peña

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only (512) 293 5177

Positive Images Gallery

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

Pro–Jex Gallery

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Real Gallery

1101 Navasota, #3 M-Th 2:30-5:30 (512) 775 0458 Red Space Gallery

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell– sofa

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only Stephen L. Clark Gallery

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

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 Studio 107

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

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

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

Wally Workman Gallery

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

Women & Their Work

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

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

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

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

Domy Books

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

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

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

Quattro Gallery

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

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only Space 12

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

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5

Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

United States Art Authority

Co-Lab Project Space

To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to

Big Medium

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

613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455

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things we love

Things We Love

Austin Eastciders In true keep-it-local spirit, Austin Eastciders is giving the city a taste of history from its own backyard. Recent Austin transplant Ed Gibson, has created an old style cider company that combines locally grown apples with rare vintage flavor varieties — and if there is one thing this man knows, its cider. In 2006, Gibson opened The Apple, a pub built on a converted barge along the water’s edge in Bristol’s Old City, offering a wide variety of ciders from around the world. Now, Gibson has created Austin Eastciders and released its first, deliciously smooth concoction. Presented in a stylish 1920s inspired bottle crafted by local designer Simon Walker, the inaugural batch, Gold Top, is gluten-free and was created by blending 12 Texas apple varieties with over 40 different vintage varieties. Keep an eye out for more luscious brews from Austin Eastciders in early 2012.


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As part of CowParade, the temporary public art exhibit positioning decorative cow statues around town, Batcow has managed to break away from the heard and represent a quintessential part of Austin’s identity — the Congress Avenue Bridge bat colony. Hanging upside down from the underside of the Congress Avenue Bridge, Batcow was created by DJ Stout with the help of fellow local designer Stu Taylor and three-dimensional artist Faith Schexnayder using metal rebar, fiberglass and mesh. And while the heroic hybrid doesn’t fight crime, Batcow has helped raise funds for two wonderful and worthy causes — Bat Conservation International,

thanks to a party held by the creators at Pentagram, and Superhero Kids at Dell Children’s Hospital, where proceeds from the CowParade auction and gala will be donated. Batcow, we salute you.

The Batcow hanging under the Congress Ave. Bridge

Nannie Inez Pop Up Shop Just in time for a little holiday indulgence, Deeyn Rhodes of Nannie Inez, Good Living has teamed up with Kick Pleat to bring you skillfully crafted and unique items for your home via the Nannie Inez Pop Up Shop. Rhodes has assiduously selected all of the décor pieces offered at the shop from small, innovative designers and craftsmen. Vibrant patterned throw pillows, f loor poufs and area rugs are just a few of the items that can be found adorning the temporary shop. The Nannie Inez, Good Living Pop Up Shop will run until December 31 at Kick Pleat (918 West 12th Street). Make sure to add it to your holiday wish list! Visit for more information. D. Kay

austin eastciders, photograph courtesy of ed gibson; batcow photograph courtesy of dj stout; nannie inez photograph courtesy of deeyn rhodes.


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bobby bones dj, the bobby bones show

He may be having the biggest year of his life, but this radio music man will never forget his humble roots. B y la u r e n s m i t h f o r d


t’s a particularly good week on the Bobby Bones Show — Kim Kardashian abruptly filed for divorce after her 72-day marriage, while Justin Bieber is rumored to have fathered a love child with someone other than his girlfriend Selena Gomez…It’s morning show talk radio gold. Bones, along with his co-hosts Lunchbox, Amy and Carlos, discuss pop culture crazes like these along with many minute and personal details of their lives every morning from 6 to 10am on 96.7 KISS-FM in their South Austin studio. And, listeners can’t get enough. After ranking number one in popularity in Austin for several years, they are now broadcast in seven other cities around the country with more in the works. With the syndication deals, a guest host spot for a day on the Regis & Kelly Show and now a weekend show on the Fox Sports Channel with his best friend Andy Roddick that will be broadcast in over 400 cities, this has been the biggest year of Bones’ life — but all of this success did not come without hardship, an undying determination to succeed and a deep rooted loyalty for the people he loves most. If you listened to late night radio in Arkansas back in the late 1980s, you might have heard a frequent caller of about age 10 who went by the name of Bobby the Barbarian. “I would call and request songs


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and beg to be on the radio,” he says. At age 17 Bones finally landed a gig at the local station switching out CDs and handling janitorial duties. But before his first weekend on the job, a few people were fired for stealing equipment, so he was offered a DJ position. “The night before I went on the radio, my boss told me I needed a radio name and that I could pick between Bobby Z and Bobby Bones. That has stuck ever since.” Bones’ motivation as he moved to Little Rock for college never wavered because he felt that “he never had a safety net.” His mother had him when she was just 15 and raised Bones on her own as the family struggled, often living on food stamps. Family members struggled with alcohol and substance abuse (something he has never touched because of the way “it crippled my entire family”). He went to college on a scholarship from his high ACT score, but while most students were having fun, he says: “College was the hardest time in my life between running the school’s station, taking 18 hours and then driving an hour and half away to host a night show in another town…it was nothing but work and school, but it made me who I am.” All of this year’s successes came along with heartache, as Bones’ mother suddenly passed away at age 47 just a month ago. “This has been the craziest year of my life and up until my mom’s death, I would have said the

best. The only family I have left is my sister. I won’t look back on it fully until our last day on air before Christmas break (December 16) when we read our essay reflections about the year,” he says. “If someone told me three years ago that I would be filling in for Regis for a day on Regis & Kelly, I would have never believed it. There were 40 kids in my graduating class and only two went to college. I worked pretty hard to get here, but I am not where I want to be…” His next goals? The Bobby Bones Show in 100 cities, a daily national sports show and a national television show. For now, he will keep up his schedule of waking up at 3am to prep for the show at home before going in at 4:30am, leaving work at 11:15am before a quick nap, an afternoon workout and getting back online to prepare for the next day. “I came from a family who worked at the mill and roofed houses for 16 hours a day…this isn’t hard work. I am doing what I love and I am happy. I absolutely love the people I work with.” Bones has passed up opportunities to work in bigger markets because of his love of Austin — the weather, outdoor activities and being able to go to “a nice restaurant in flip flops.” Only one offer might be able to tear him away. He says: “I’ll always choose Austin, but if Ryan Seacrest’s job opens up…” We can’t think of a better man for the job.

“I came from a family who worked at the mill and roofed houses for 16 hours a day… this isn’t hard work. I am doing what I love and I am happy. I absolutely love the people I work with.”

“I want my employees to want to be here and feel empowered.�


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david bull

Executive Chef & Owner, Congress & Second Bar + Kitchen

Austin’s top chef has all of the talent and none of the usual bull. B y c la y s m i t h


t’s tempting to believe that Chef David Bull is at the pinnacle of his profession because he’s a nice guy. Some chefs are famous because they inspire fear (Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen) or because they’re egotistical (insert almost any name here); it’s comforting to know that there’s room at the top for a calm, kind, creative, hardworking chef like David Bull. He has had quite a year — after opening Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen and Bar Congress at the tail end of 2010, all on the first floor of the Austonian — Esquire named Congress (the fine-dining space of his triumvirate of hotspots) one of the best new restaurants of 2011 and Bar Congress one of the best new bars in America. Bon Appétit recently listed the complex of Bull’s establishments among its eagerly awaited Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. Before those nods, Food & Wine named him one of The Best New Chefs 2003, and in 2007, he was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award for Best New Chef Southwest. In 2006, he competed on Iron Chef America versus Bobby Flay. He lost ­­— “We let Bobby Flay win one,” he jokes. Bull is proof that nice guys can garner accolades, but he’s also proof that they aren’t

any less ambitious than the more venal ones — they just know how to temper their ambition with kindness and respect. Before Bull graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1994, he applied to work in restaurants across America, but only in five star, five diamond spots. Bull grew up in upstate New York and by the age of 12 was peeling garlic and rolling meatballs in his grandparents’ small-town Italian restaurant. (“It was your all-American, Italian-American restaurant with red-andwhite checkered tablecloths and Michelob,” Bull recalls.) By the time he graduated from the CIA, he already had more experience than many of his peers. The Mansion on Turtle Creek hired him at $7 an hour (when Dean Fearing was the famous chef there); Bull drove from New York to Dallas, hadn’t read the menu, and showed up to find 45 other cooks working with him. He doubted whether he’d chosen the right career; he didn’t think he was “capable enough.” But then, as he says, he “let go of the fear” and became, at 21, the youngest sous-chef the Mansion had ever employed. Driven and industrious, Bull used to sit in the general manager’s office at the Mansion and ask, “Obviously, I’m not the chef, but if

I was, what would you need from me?” With Fearing’s blessing, Bull drew up all kinds of mock reports with food and labor costs; he concocted binders full of this stuff, none of it necessary or requested, but he was teaching himself, looking far ahead. That general manager, Jeff Trigger, eventually hired Bull as the executive chef of the Driskill Grill. Bull says, “I wasn’t sure who I was as a chef yet,” but the Statesman gave the Driskill Grill its Number One Restaurant Award for three consecutive years and USA Today named it one of America’s Top 50 Hotel Restaurants. Bull prides himself on the fact that his employees are part of a team, not just a staff. “I want my employees to want to be here and feel empowered,” he says. He’s worked in a couple of kitchens whose chefs acted like petty tyrants. “It made me want to do the opposite thing,” Bull says. “When I was treated fairly and with respect, I acted that way.” Ethan Holmes, the chef de cuisine of Second, says that Bull is “very clear on what he wants” but also “very collaborative...He’s able to get your best performance out of you with that level of collaboration,” Holmes says. “He’s not about ‘it’s my way and not your way.’”

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aaron franklin Owner, franklin barbeque

In less than a year, he smoked the competition and has all of Austin lining up to get a taste from “the best barbecue restaurant in America.” B y m e g a n g i ll e r


aron Franklin is one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meet. The retro glasses–wearing Austinite wakes up at 3:30 most mornings to master the barbecue pit and clean grease traps, but he always has a smile on his face. And why not? It’s been a good year for him and his wife Stacy (“the more attractive half of Franklin Barbecue,” he says). In March, the Franklins moved their barbecue trailer into a brick-andmortar building, and the lines got even longer. In July, Bon Appétit published a feature proclaiming them “the best barbecue restaurant in America.” And in October, Texas Monthly added them as a newcomer to its barbecue festival. But flash back to before the four-page Bon Appétit spread, two-hour-long lines and YouTube videos about how even Hitler can’t get Franklin’s ribs. One day in 2002 Aaron just wanted to make a brisket. He called his father, who had owned Ben’s BBQ, in Bryan, for directions and didn’t find much help. “I ended up with an offset smoker from Academy,” Aaron says. “I remember lighting up the fire for the first time and thinking, ‘This smells like my childhood.’” The Franklins began hosting backyard barbecues for their friends. In Austin, word of mouth grows faster than a party, and soon they were up to 130 people. By that time Aaron had worked for John Mueller’s Bar-BQue, and he’d refined his recipe on his own. “I


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started being nerdy about barbecue,” he says, “I was practicing for running my own place.” For the biggest party, he had to rent tables and chairs and buy preprepared sausage. “The last person in line got the last piece of meat,” he told me. “We’ve been winging it ever since.” The turquoise-and-white trailer opened in December 2009, and for a while Aaron ran it alone. Brought up with family businesses (in addition to his father’s barbecue joint, Aaron’s grandparents ran a record store), the process came naturally. Golden reviews from blogs like Man Up Texas BBQ and Full Custom Gospel started rolling in. Then in March, SXSW descended with all of its rock-and-roll indie fury. The line at Franklin snaked to the street, and the business picked up steam, or smoke. Soon they were up to two smokers, three full-time employees (not counting the Franklins), two refrigerators, a canopy and double the seating. A bigger space made sense. On the second day of SXSW in March 2011, the new and improved brick-andmortar Franklin Barbecue opened. The building, on East 11th, has been a barbecue restaurant for about the past 35 years. “It’s one of the only buildings in town that has any barbecue mojo to it,” says Aaron. The crowds swarmed, especially after the Bon story. Now Aaron spends most of his days on “projects.” He’s up for the job. A hard worker, Aaron doesn’t just smoke meat: He

has built all of his smokers. “It’s just a little light welding,” he jokes. He also built the trailer, pulling walls down, moving windows and rebuilding plumbing and electrical wires. The trailer sign? That was Stacy and Aaron tinkering away, then painting. Same for the one at the building. It doesn’t end there. “We did the building ourselves,” he says proudly. “Not one contractor was a part of that.” Most days he works on projects until he “can’t do no more projects, around dark,” he says. Sunday nights he reserves for welding and adjusting the new smoker (20 feet long!). In one day, Franklin Barbecue races through 40 briskets and 30 racks of ribs, enough for 400 people. That’s in two hours. They would like to stay open until seven, serving more locals than tourists (hint: many “old-timers” peek in around one-thirty and find lunch). As Franklin says, “barbecue is a feel thing. It takes a long time to learn.” He has the help of John Lewis (“a fellow barbecue nerd,” Aaron says, pushing up his glasses), and he’s teaching other employees, as well as trying to find more storage. “But the workload is 10 times what it was six months ago,” he says. “Everyone says, ‘Y’all make more,’” he told me, still smiling. “And we’re thinking, ‘Well, it’s kind of hard.’” In other words, be patient. You’ll get your brisket and espresso barbecue sauce. But for now you’ll have to wait in line, like everybody else.

“I remember lighting up the fire for the first time and thinking, ‘This smells like my childhood.’”

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“If someone would have told me all that this year would bring a decade ago, I probably would have laughed.�


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kendra scott kendra scott jewelry

The bold and the beautiful — she’s at the head of the most successful fashion line to come out of Austin, and this dynamo is only heading up. B y la u r e n s m i t h f o r d


endra Scott has never really understood the word no. “For me, it’s merely a suggestion… the conversation is just getting started,” Scott says from her corporate headquarters above her flagship store on South Congress. First, it was the time she ran for student council vice president as an eighth grader when everyone told her she could never win since it was only ninth graders who held the position before (she won). “People would vandalize my posters or tear them down. I would just immediately put up another one even better than the last…it started this drive in me to never give up.” Or, when everyone told her she was crazy for trying to start a business right after 9/11. But almost 10 years ago, Scott went boutique to boutique in Austin accompanied by a tea box full of her samples in one arm and her newborn baby in the other. Every store she visited wrote an order. A decade later, Kendra Scott Jewelry has become a nationally recognized brand. This year, she opened two more stores in Beverly Hills and Dallas with three to five more in the works for next year. Her jewelry is also available in every Nordstrom in the country. “If someone would have told me all that this year would bring a decade ago, I probably would have laughed,” she says. “When I started this, I knew it could be successful, but I never thought we could grow like this. It is so exciting!”

Scott moved to Texas at age 16 from a small town in Wisconsin and landed in Austin at 19 when she opened her first company Hat Box, a hat store in the mall. “I got my masters in the school of hard knocks. I used to be a little sad to tell people that I didn’t finish college, but at the same time, everyone has their own path and through that experience I learned the retail business, and because of that, I really appreciate all that goes in to it and can better understand what all the retailers we work with are going through and how I can help them be successful with the line.” Scott attributes some of this year’s success to opening the storefront, calling the opening of the Austin store — when everything changed. “It was an ‘aha’ moment…I love having a direct connection to our customers because it gives us a chance to really learn what our customers love,” she says. “The store is like our lab to test product and get invaluable feedback. We all have to walk through the store to get to our offices every morning which gives our corporate team an intimate view of how our product reads and what we need to do to make it better.” At the center of the company’s core values are “family, fashion and philanthropy.” Giving back to the community is a central part of Scott’s life personally and professionally. Locally, the brand is involved with Dress

for Success, Go Red for Women, LifeWorks, Child Protective Services, Hopice Austin and Dell Children’s Hospital. They will also be partnering with nonprofits in the other cities where Kendra Scott Jewelry stores open. She says: “We aren’t just selling jewelry. We want to make a difference and have a positive impact on people’s lives. That’s what makes me get up every morning.” Scott loves to mentor women and one of the avenues through which she does so is the BIG Austin program that helps people from low socio economic backgrounds who want to start a business. Despite such a monumental year, Scott’s biggest priority remains the same — her two sons who are seven and 10. “When I am at the office, I am here and when I am home, I am fully present with my family,” she says. There is a lot brewing from the airy KS headquarters on South Congress — with close to 30 full-time employees working on store openings for 2012, a launch of hair accessories that will debut this spring and other accessory lines to launch in the near future. She says: “I’ve been working really hard for 10 years and I literally jump out of bed every day feeling so enthusiastic about the future. The more that is happening, the more excited that I get. I know where we are headed, and I feel like we have only scratched the surface. We have a lot more to do and that’s an amazing place to be!”

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“I think we really have a unique opportunity here to do a kind of urban living that really is urban living, not ‘faux urban’ — but something that has a little soul to it.” 56

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beau armstrong chairman & ceo, stratus properties

When he builds it, they will come — this visionary changed the face (and the vibe) of downtown Austin. By jackie rangel


alk down 2nd Street, particularly the block between Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets today, and you can’t help but notice a new vibe — a cosmopolitan presence with a twist of homegrown hospitality. From the W Hotel to the Moody Theater, the block is buzzing with activity and is a burgeoning cultural hub on Austin’s downtown grid. The hotel, which opened in December of last year, and the theater, which debuted its first official performance (Willie Nelson) in February and is home to the new Austin City Limits studio, anchor the Block 21 mixed-use development, a project helmed by Austin-based Stratus Properties. Stratus Chairman and CEO Beau Armstrong has been an instrumental figure behind the changing land — and sound — scape of downtown. Originally from Chicago, Armstrong has witnessed Austin’s steady rise since his days as a UT undergraduate, during a time when he says with a laugh, “there really were no cell phones or laptop computers.” In other words, it was a period that predates our city’s current tech-industry hotbed status. Equal parts shrewd businessman and laidback conversationalist, Armstrong moves deftly from facts and figures to lively anecdotes of his younger Austin experiences. But as for many Austinites, the Austin that Beau Armstrong first knew was far different from the bustling urban core that it is evolving into today. Having worked in local real estate development for almost 20 years now, he’s had a unique view of the skylines and sidewalks as they continue to take and change shapes. With new developments, come new crowds and the need to cater to different sensibilities. With the 2nd Street District, there are “high quality restaurants,

high quality hotels, shops. So I think it’s an adult alternative to East Sixth Street,” he says. Although other residential Stratus developments have included Barton Creek and Circle C, Armstrong wanted to move in the “urban” direction for a number of reasons, primarily for the fact that, “Austin, unlike a lot of other cities in Texas, really has the ability to have a true downtown.” A downtown that, for Armstrong, is measured by its amenities and character. “I think we really have a unique opportunity here to do a kind of urban living that really is urban living, not ‘faux urban’ — but something that has a little soul to it.” Maintaining, and enhancing, this “soul” was crucial for Armstrong, who is admittedly wary of large chains and their seeming impersonality. The W, which was “spot on demographically with Austin,” was tapped for its ability to integrate into the existing scene — to make a splash, yet keep an unobtrusive profile. The subsequent pitch-perfect deal with local PBS station KLRU’s Austin City Limits arose from a stipulation in the development contract that required partnership with a nonprofit who was in the active process of finding a new space. “When we became aware that ACL was interested, it just made us all click. It was just a terrific relationship,” says Armstrong. “To be able to piggyback on what they’ve done for 35 years is really wonderful.” Having the new home of one of Austin’s most hallowed music meccas adjacent to the luxury hotel and residences has infused the development with a distinctly local flavor. Armstrong’s hunch, coupled with the City of Austin’s vision for the downtown area, was strong and resolute despite the economic climate. “We had an incredible team on this and it was nice to work with people who all shared the vision and just wouldn’t give up.” Armstrong would work with any one of the

cadre of accomplished professionals who helped make the project a reality again. “From Ken Jones, our lawyer. to Arthur Andersson the architect, Heather Plimmer who did the interior design and KLRU’s Bill Stotesbery — they are amazing people. These were a very pressure-filled couple of years and to be able to look back and still love all of them is pretty special.” Committed to giving back in more than just the commercial sense, Armstrong takes his role as citizen and community member seriously as well. Having served on the board of Caritas, a local charity organization for several years he remains strongly attached to the cause and dedicated to the work they are doing throughout the Austin area. Armstrong also understands the onus of his professional decisions and their influence on this city that he adores. Humbled by the task of shaping Austin’s future, he readily admits that it’s “upon us not to screw it up, we definitely bear some responsibility on that.” So what lies ahead for Beau Armstrong and Stratus Properties now that Block 21 is hitting its stride and becoming self-sufficient? The real estate executive says that his firm is interested in new projects, but is also re-evaluating its existing portfolio. Armstrong sees untapped potential in parts of East and downtown Austin (specifically surrounding the capitol complex), but points out that there are still opportunities to be had along the South Congress corridor as well. Although not currently committed to developments in these areas, he’s likely to utilize the same principle that has guided him thus far. “I have been so blessed in my relationship with a man named Jim Bob Moffett. He hired me 20 years ago. He’s been my boss, my partner, my mentor and my friend. He’s still a big part of my life. His advice — which I pass along to everybody — is ‘trust your instincts.’ It’s as simple as that.”

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brian sharples co-founder and ceo, homeaway

Helping others find their home away from home, this visionary found a way to call Austin home.


By jackie rangel

hances are, if you’ve taken a family vacation or traveled with a group of friends in the past few years, you’ve either used or thought about using a service like HomeAway. Offering an innovative yet intuitive way to find and book vacation rentals online, the Austin-based company is revolutionizing the modern travel experience. The service now boasts over 625,000 property listings in over 145 countries around the world. Founded in 2005 by Brian Sharples (Chief Executive Officer) and Carl Shepherd (Chief Strategy and Development Officer), HomeAway was an instant hit, catapulting to early success. This year was no exception in the company’s bright trajectory; it was a momentous year for HomeAway, which went public in June. A company now valued at more than $2.5 million, was a sliver of an idea just a few years ago, inspired by a frustrating experience Sharples had while trying to organize family vacations. “I have three kids, so we like renting houses because of the space and hominess of it. In a hotel room, you can’t get together in the living room or cook and play board games. But when I was trying to find those places on the web…I just thought, ‘this is really too hard.’ There was an ‘aha’ moment somewhere in there…intuitively I knew it was a big worldwide market.” Judging by the year that HomeAway has had, Sharples wasn’t the only person in search of an easy-to-use website for comparing vacation rental properties, a site that connected travelers to homeowners


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or property managers and humanized the booking experience. “One of the lessons I’ve learned in life is that you’re going to be most successful working on things that you’re passionate about, and entrepreneurs are most successful when they have a personal connection to their product.” But HomeAway wasn’t Sharples’s first rodeo. An alumnus of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Massachusetts native found his way to Austin in 1989 when a fortuitous assignment with Bain & Co. — “probably the only ‘real’ job I’ve ever had,” he muses — connected him to IntelliQuest Information Group, a local market research company that he would later lead through two public offerings and a subsequent sale. Apart from the work, he was quickly enamored by Austin’s weather, water and small-town vibe. “What I love about Austin, and what’s perfect about it, is that it’s big enough to have everything you want in a city, yet small enough that you can’t go anywhere without running into someone you know.” It’s safe to say that Brian Sharples is a serial entrepreneur — a passionate problem-solver with a knack for taking, and anticipating, big risks. He is familiar with failure, yet believes strongly in viewing setbacks positively, through a lens of learning opportunity. “One of the reasons that HomeAway has been successful is that we’ve been paranoid about the competition, about getting there first and doing things faster. We’ve studied all of our collective mistakes,” he says. Although his spare time is waning these

days, Sharples values the opportunity to offer guidance to fledgling entrepreneurs. A practiced speaker in industry and academic settings alike, he has a deep respect for kindred risk-taking spirits and enjoys sharing his hard-won tips for weathering the course. One of his most valuable pieces of advice? “Nobody is good at everything.” In other words, find a partner with complementary strengths. “I’m that creative, passionate type who sees nothing but possibilities,” he explains. “But because I understand that many things can go wrong, I need someone who is also detail oriented and very competent from a legal perspective. Carl (Shepherd) is the yin to my yang.” Because Sharples recognizes that the HomeAway model is largely made possible — and enjoyed — by people who likely have multiple homes or can afford leisure vacations, he is dedicated to helping those less fortunate via Habitat for Humanity. Apart from donating his personal time by sitting on the board of the local chapter, he and other HomeAway employees also give back by way of the organization’s homebuilding projects. In the end, Sharples is simply passionate about people and his product, from his employees, to his customers, to the countless others who have yet to discover what HomeAway has to offer. His enthusiasm for HomeAway’s potential is palpable. And although that next chapter remains unwritten, one thing is certain — Brian Sharples will be along for the ride. “I’ll never come up with an idea better than this — there’s no way.”

“One of the lessons I’ve learned in life is that you’re going to be most successful working on things that you’re passionate about...”

dagoberto gilb writer

The inspiring resilience of one author’s literary life B y s . k i r k w al s h


recent Tuesday morning found the writer Dagoberto Gilb at a quiet café on South First Street, not far from his home west of Interstate 35. He wore a heather-gray zippered sweater and faded jeans. His black wavy hair, flecked with silver strands, was pushed away from his forehead. Cutting a formidable frame with a broad chest and wide shoulders, it wasn’t hard to imagine Gilb as a competitive athlete during his youth and then later, two decades as a laborer and union high-rise carpenter in the construction trade. After having suffered a stroke in his home during the early-morning hours on April 29, 2009, being physical has taken on new meaning for the author. “It was an achievement to physically write this book,” says Gilb of his most recent story collection, Before the End, After the Beginning (Grove Press). “Writing has always been a physical act for me, but this time it was different. My first step was to learn to type again.” In the opening story, “please, thank you,” the protagonist Mr. Sanchez has suffered a debilitating stroke, much like Gilb. “i hate the mistakes i have to fix, the waste of time, the enthusiasm they drain,” the author writes in the story. “you dont see them because of me. i make them right.” After his stroke, Gilb lost much of the dexterity in his right hand and can only type with his index finger and left hand (the author is righthanded). “When I started writing again,” he explains. “I didn’t know if I was going to survive — not just my physical life, but also my literary career.”


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Gilb began writing in 1978 after he had moved from his native Los Angeles to El Paso. He was working as a construction worker on an addition to a museum at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he met Raymond Carver, who was teaching there. “At that point, I didn’t know that there were living writers,” remembers Gilb. “I thought all writers were dead.” Carver encouraged Gilb to apply to the writing program at the University of Iowa. “I didn’t know what Iowa meant at the time,” recalls the author. “I just had no idea.” Instead of going to Iowa, Gilb wrote and wrote and wrote. The author published his first collection, Winners on the Pass Line and Other Stories in 1985, and five books followed (The Magic of Blood, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, Woodcuts of Women, Gritos, and The Flowers). In 1994, The Magic Blood won the Pen/Hemingway Award. Annie Proulx was one of the judges, and the two writers forged a long-lasting friendship. “She is a genius in the true sense,” Gilb says. “I think Accordion Crimes [Proulx’s 1997 novel] is one of the greatest American books, sentence to sentence.” At the time of his stroke, Gilb was about to embark on a new position with the University of Houston at Victoria. Beyond teaching responsibilities, Gilb became the executive director of Centro Victoria, an organization dedicated to the promotion of literature and culture within the Mexican American community, so both this group and all those outside of it can better understand

its historical and cultural origins. Instead of starting his new job, Gilb landed in Seton Hospital and was transferred to Texas NeuroRehab Center for six weeks. “I was shocked,” he says. “I didn’t even know what a stroke was because I didn’t know anyone who had one.” At the rehab clinic, there was a 29-year-old woman who Gilb referred to as his “doppelgänger.” “We had the same kind of stroke, but hers seemed so much worse than mine because she was so young.” Less than a year, Gilb started to write again and managed to produce six new stories that were collected with four previously published stories to make up the manuscript of Before the End, After the Beginning. Many of the stories revisit themes of his early works — identity, morality and invisibility. When the author received the first bound copy of the collection in the mail, he was awed by its reality. “It was something to feel it in my hand,” he says. Since its publication in early November, the collection has been well received by critics. The story, “Uncle Rock,” was selected for the Pen/O’Henry Prize Stories (2012). Currently, the writer is at work on a novel. When Gilb stood up from the table at the South Austin café, there was a noticeable limp on his right side. Signing the credit card receipt proved to be a challenging task. Based on this new collection, the author’s voice hasn’t been altered. Instead, it has only become more powerful and remarkable. And as Gilb bid farewell with an animated smile, it is clear that his enduring spirit is very much intact.

“I didn’t know if I was going to survive — not just my physical life, but also my literary career.”

“All I ever wanted to do was be able to help animals and help save their lives.�

ellen jefferson Executive director, austin pets alive

She may not wear a cape or mask, but the number of animals she’s saved should earn her super hero status. B y c a r o ly n h a r r o l d


ll I ever wanted to do was be able to help animals and help save their lives, Ellen Jefferson says. And judging by her track record, it would be best not to get in the way of something this woman wants. Since arriving in Austin, she founded Emancipet which has safely spayed/neutered over 100,000 animals, she has remodeled Austin Pets Alive which has since found homes for over 9,000 animals and she helped develop the city’s “No Kill” implementation plan, all of which when combined has made Austin the national leader with the lowest percentage of savable pets euthanized in the country. And Jefferson’s not done yet, she’s set her sights on the rest of the country and she’s planning to do “more and more and more.” Jefferson, who started her career as a veterinarian in Virginia, moved to Austin in the late ‘90s, basically on a whim, knowing almost no one here. This is our good luck, because with her drive and ingenuity, it is likely that any city she ended up in would be boasting the lowest pet euthanasia rate in the country. Her first job in Austin was working nights at a local emergency clinic, which is where she eventually met her husband, an equine vet — they currently have two dogs, two cats, a pig, a bird and four horses, all rescues. To keep busy, she also started volunteering at Town Lake Animal Center, helping with medical procedures, which is what inspired her to start Emancipet in the first place. “While I was doing surgeries for them, they were bringing in puppies and mom dogs and

cats and kittens and killing them right in front of me,” she says. “It would take me half an hour to do a surgery, but in half an hour 10 animals were killed. So I thought, even if I make every animal in this shelter healthy, they still have to kill them because they don’t have anywhere for them to go.” So she decided to change tactics. In 1998, Jefferson founded Emancipet, a non-profit that provides low-cost spay/neuter services, in hopes of reducing the number of unwanted pets ending up in the shelter in the first place. She worked at if for nine years, and the organization grew from performing 5,000 spay/neuters in its first year to the incredible 100,000 they have performed today. But even after all of those spay/neuters, the euthanasia rate was not decreasing at Town Lake. So she changed tactics again. Since taking on the role of Executive Director at Austin Pets Alive in 2008, Jefferson had completely transformed the organization into THE model for saving a community’s pets. In just three short years, Town Lake Animal Center’s euthanasia rate has decreased from 45 percent to less than 10 percent. Making it under that 10 percent mark, makes Austin officially a “No Kill” city, and redefines what “No Kill” can mean. They beat that mark by targeting specific populations that were being disproportionally euthanized: orphan kittens and Parvo puppies (Jefferson and her husband actually housed the Parvo puppies in their home the first year of the program). She estimates that Austin could get to as

low as two percent if the city could create a program for one last population group: large dogs with behavior problems. But although the city got budget approval for a full-time behaviorist, they have yet to hire one. Since Austin Pets Alive saved every animal that they set out to this year at TLAC, including the orphan kittens and Parvo puppies, they expanded and started taking animals from other communities, helping increase the live outcome rates of the shelters in Bastrop, San Marcos, Williamson County and San Antonio. And they launched American Pets Alive, a training tool for other cities. “The sad part about this is that even though we are saving such a huge number of animals in Austin, if you go 20 minutes outside of Austin, there are huge numbers dying for no good reason,” Jefferson says. “So I want to always keep our eye on working harder and harder and getting more animals saved everywhere.” For the coming months, Jefferson’s top priority is helping San Antonio achieve their goal of No Kill, finding a permanent facility for Austin Pets Alive and eventually becoming an official sister arm for the city, serving as a humane society for the most at-risk animals. Getting to the lowest pet euthanasia rate in the country “is a big deal,” Jefferson says. “It’s something that no other city has accomplished, and it’s something to be really proud of. So I’m hopeful that Austin Pets Alive can find a facility and forever be part of what makes Austin the best city in the country.”

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“There’s nothing greater than seeing the spark when someone suddenly realizes that their urban forest provides so much more than shade...�


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april thomas rose Executive director, treefolks

Austin’s top arborist gives us shade. B y c la y s m i t h


o those who didn’t experience it and have to listen to the grumblings of those of us who did, the summer of 2011 must sound like some kind of melodramatic conspiracy. It’s the topic no one wants to remember but can’t quite forget. The weather data from last summer are operatic: We lumbered through 90 days of temperatures higher than 100 degrees (to find anything remotely comparable, you have to go back to 1925, when there were 69 days higher than 100 degrees). As if experiencing the hottest summer on record wasn’t enough, it was also the driest — the months of October 2010 through September 2011 were “the driest for that 12-month period in Texas since 1895, when the state began keeping rainfall records,” according to the LCRA. The effects of last summer aren’t just physical, though — they’re cultural. If you think the summer of 2011 is over, try making it through one holiday party where you end up talking to a stranger and don’t trade war stories about what you did to survive last summer. “I feel like it was a tough year for a newbie,” says April Thomas Rose, an arborist who became the executive director of TreeFolks in January. During a year when weather forecasters would daily inform us of our meteorological woes until it became a cruel mantra, Rose and her TreeFolks staff and volunteers were quietly taking stock of the condition of our street and park trees, trying to provide watering and maintenance information to save the trees they already

had and prepare the public to start planting more of them in the fall. It’s an odd workload Rose is well accustomed to. She received her undergraduate degree from the noted forestry program at Stephen F. Austin State University and has measured canopy cover over American woodcock nests in the Angelina National Forest in East Texas; surveyed revegetation following a wildfire in the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff, Arizona; managed endangered prairie dog habitat and treated invasive plants at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming; and inventoried street trees in Houston. Rose has kept her wits about her while the rest of us felt ineffectual in the face of the drought and heat. While acknowledging that this summer’s weather was extreme in every way, Rose points out that extremes “happen in nature and it doesn’t mean that we stop planting trees,” she says. “It means that we look around and think about what’s surviving and thriving and plant more of that. And we get smarter about how we design, build and maintain.” TreeFolks has existed since 1989, but 2011 was challenging for the nonprofit, which grows the urban forest in Central Texas by planting some 10,000 trees a year. Rose says TreeFolks did their best to handle the emails and phone calls from Austinites curious about how to help their trees survive this summer because the number of calls was overwhelming. Rose used to be an arborist for the city of Pflugerville. “Developing a forestry program

in Pflugerville was challenging because they’d never had someone on staff whose job was to plant and protect trees and interpret the value of the urban forest — there’s a lot of development pressures in eastern Travis County,” she recalls. “Here it’s like who doesn’t like trees? It’s hard to throw a rock without hitting someone who doesn’t want to protect every tree. The challenge is finding the happy medium, where the development community understands that what is best for the urban forest resource is usually also good for property values and where tree preservationists understand that occasionally, the benefits of removal might outweigh the benefits of preservation.” TreeFolks doesn’t plant just in urban parks — if you see a little blue or yellow flag planted in your front yard or around your neighborhood, someone from TreeFolks has been there, itching to deliver a free tree to your front door (if you do receive one of the flags, marked NeighborWoods, go to, fill out the form, and a tree will be delivered to your home). “I think the stars are pretty well lined up for us to achieve great things and to really educate Central Texans about trees and why they’re important,” Rose says. “There’s nothing greater than seeing the spark, when someone suddenly realizes that their urban forest provides so much more than shade, that it is valuable infrastructure and a resource that must be planned for, maintained and interpreted. I love getting out there and doing that work with people.”

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“The newest thing is, I don’t think anyone’s really familiar with my original music...I’m really excited about it. I’m totally thrilled in fact.”


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kat edmonson musician

“Lucky” is just a song title for Austin’s talented and savvy jazz darling. B y c a r o ly n h a r r o l d


ith her big blue eyes, disarming smile and unforgettable voice, which in conversation is soft and almost girlish, it’s not hard to imagine how Kat Edmonson has won over music lovers in Austin and beyond, including the likes of Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. And while her charm and talent earned her debut album a place near the top of the Billboard and jazz radio charts as well as top seller status on Amazon and iTunes, it is her business savvy, determination and ingenuity that has made her soon-to-be-released second album possible and will ensure the future of her career. It has been nearly three years since the release of Take to the Sky, which is comprised of an array of classic jazz and pop standards, performed in a way that only Edmonson could. Since then, her songs have been featured in popular television shows and commercials, she has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and she was cast in When Angels Sing, a feature film starring Harry Connick Jr. set to be released in December of 2012. But to put out that album, Edmonson ended up cofounding her own record label, which was never a goal of hers — in fact, she says: “I never intended to be steeped in any of the business side.” But when she was shopping for labels she found that they weren’t really offering her much more than she was doing for herself, and many of them were in trouble. Not wanting to risk

getting “shelved,” she decided to go for it on her own, which meant she had to fund the project. “At first I was a little too proud to ask for help. With Take to the Sky, I charged everything to a credit card,” Edmonson confesses. And while she says she “got lucky,” because licensing, coincidentally from her song “Lucky,” and the record’s sales enabled her to pay off most of the costs, those who have heard the album would likely say it was a safe bet. For her sophomore album, due out in February of next year, Edmonson found that her ambitions far exceeded her own budget, but she was not willing to give up the creative control that comes with taking on investors. “When I was looking at the kind of record that I wanted to make, there was no way that I could do it again, that I could charge the amount that it was costing. But the reason I became a musician was so I could make the music the way I want to make it.” So, she decided to give a new, less traditional avenue a try:, a website that enables creatives in a variety of fields to finance their projects by offering specific goods or services in exchange for funding, without compromising their creative vision. In Edmonson’s case, she asked for $50,000, and offered up items and services ranging from an advance digital download of the album for those who pledged $10 to a private in-home concert for those who pledged $10,000 or more. Despite some skepticism from friends, she surpassed her goal, bringing in $53,823, which with careful

Hair + makeup by Franchiska Bryant, José Luis Salon; Dress by Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus.

planning was enough to record her second album on her terms. At this point, the album, titled Way Down Low, which contains 11 songs, seven of which are originals, is complete. And while, Edmonson’s fan base will no doubt love the record because like the first, it showcases her voice, her second album should appeal to a wider audience, with some pop and some country mixed in with the jazz that has made her famous. “The newest thing is, I don’t think anyone’s really familiar with my original music,” she says. But she’s not nervous; “I’m really excited about it. I’m totally thrilled in fact. I’ve been playing the songs a lot and they’re going over very well.” While worked this time, Edmonson hopes her next record won’t require so much fundraising, and while her business has clearly benefitted from having her at the helm, she hopes to eventually hand that responsibility off. “I want to tour all of the time. Which is not what I’m doing right now, because I’m handling so much of the business,” she says. For the album release, scheduled for Valentine’s Day of 2012, Edmonson has chosen to perform in Austin, which despite her second residence in NYC, she still considers her home base. She will perform at the Paramount Theater as a headliner, which has always been a dream of hers. She also has a show on December 11 at the One World Theatre featuring all of her favorites holiday tunes, and she says she may even throw in a sneak peek of some of the songs from the new album.

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10 to Watch The Young & the Focused — the dynamic group that is bursting with ideas, energy and a love for Austin, the city whose future they will help shape.

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10 to Watch Donald Park

A u s t i n V e n t u r e s + c i t i z e n g e n e r at i o n

Business, athletics, charity — Donald Park seems to do it all. How does he keep up the balancing act? “I don’t sleep,” he says. “There’s just too much to do while you’re young.” Park moved to Austin in 2008, after studying economics and politics at Princeton and getting his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Business School at the University of Chicago, to work as an investment professional with Austin Ventures, focusing on early stage and growth investments. Although it seems his job would keep him busy enough, he is also one of the founding members of Citizen Generation (which encompasses CharityBash, CharityVolunteers, CharityLunch and the new CharityLadies), along with Alex Winkelman and Jessica Gross-Perez. As the development director, he says, “I would love to see Citizen Generation spread as a movement nationwide.” And as if that’s not enough, Park is also a black belt and was a gold medalist at the Pan-American Championship for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, even though he says, “Growing up, I was never the most naturally gifted athlete.” It seems there’s no slowing down this “investor by day, fighter by night.”

Zoe Cordes Selbin M u s i c C o n s u lt a n t

The darling of the Austin music scene, Zoe Cordes Selbin, has a résumé that is three pages long, and she’s only 18. At age 12, she started working as a reporter and producer on the KOOP radio show Youth Spin, and since then, she’s interned at Giant Noise PR, The Austin Chronicle and ME TV, worked at the Ampersand Agency, Transmission Entertainment and The Austinist, contracted with C3 and helped with merchandising and booking for a number of local bands. The common denominator? Music, her biggest passion. “I am proudest of being able to work in the competitive, intense music industry even though I am both young and a woman,” Selbin says. “I never let expectations and stereotypes hold me back, and I think it’s reflected in all my work.” She moved out of her parents’ house in August of this year and


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into an apartment of her own and started as a freshman at UT, majoring in advertising. As could be expected, she dove head first into the extra curricular activities the University offers, including acting as social coordinator for the Music and Entertainment Committee (MEC), which books and produces all of the music and comedy shows at the university (she’s already making plans to bring bigger acts to campus), interning at the student radio station KVRX and working at Travesty, the student humor publication. Outside of school, she is mostly consulting, contracting, helping with production and working on her own projects and events. “Balancing school, work, and social life can be a big challenge sometimes,” Selbin says. “But my amazing friends keep me sane and my beloved Blackberry keeps me organized.”

10 to Watch Courtney Spence

F o u n d e r & E x ec u t i v e D i r ec to r o f S t u d e n ts o f t h e Wo r l d

While most co-eds were pulling all-nighters before big exams or staying up all night for recreational pursuits, Courtney Spence was starting a nonprofit. She was just a sophomore at Duke University when she single handedly conceptualized, fundraised and organized the first trip for Students of the World, a nonprofit that works with university students to produce documentary media to gain support for innovative non-profits around the world. Spence is a force and has shared the stage with the likes of Dr. Paul Farmer, Cheryl Mills and Bill Clinton, with whom she works on the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. SOW also have partnerships with UNICEF and Opportunity International. She launched a creative city partnership between Austin and Jacmel, Haiti. Spence reflects on 2011: “It was our most exciting year. We hosted our inaugural SOW Summit and gala in August that brought together the most innovative minds in the realm of development, media and global engagement.” Next year will be an even bigger growth year for the group with plans for more campuses with SOW chapters, piloting a young professionals chapter of SOW in Austin and a second SOW Summit. “We will be seriously expanding our efforts throughout the country to engage others to shine a light on progress — at home and around the world,” she says. “There will be increasing ways for others to get involved in our mission to bring stories of solutions to life. Stay tuned for more to come…”

Adi Anand

T r a n s m i ss i o n E n t e r t a i n m e n t

From blogging, conceptualizing and coordinating events for Transmission (From the Mind of Adi) and The Austinist, to hosting his River Runs Red show on, to his day job as a customer advocate at Hoover’s, Inc., Adi Anand has a lot on his plate, but this lovable guy always has room for more. He says he likes working with Transmission because “it is an empty canvas available to paint any type of event upon, and the medium to capture and report on Austin’s amazing music, arts, film and fashion cultures.” He has taken full advantage of this creative freedom, producing an array of events ranging from Quesoff 2011 (a queso cook off ) to Pixel Pop (an event fusing art, fashion and music benefiting HAAM). This year, he has also

teamed up with local production companies to create two original music series, Soundboard (video profiles of local producers with Shoot Good Media) and Hard Stuff (videos of local metal performances with Austin Music Weekly). And he also managed to have two weddings (to the same girl), one in Austin and one in India, where he is from. He admits it can be challenging to keep all of these balls in the air, but he says, “I think it’s important to keep going when you have opportunities, plus my wife is super supportive.” Look for Anand’s events during Free Week (January 5 at Red 7) and beyond in 2012. He’s planning a Metal BBQ Bash, an assortment of CD release parties and maybe even a tennis-themed soiree (he says he is “arguably the biggest tennis fan in Austin”).

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10 to Watch

Sarah Gamble Architect

Originally from Florida, Sarah Gamble may be a Gator at heart, but it’s in Austin where she is making a big impact on the city. After receiving her masters at UT in 2005, she moved to New Orleans for six months (post Ka-


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trina) to assist in rebuilding. It was back to Austin in 2007 where she has lived since, working at the Austin Community Design and Development Center. As a licensed architect for ACDDC, Gamble advocates for affordable housing and other community-based projects. In addition to traditional architectural design, she also speaks publicly about their work. Gamble is an adjunct faculty member for UT’s School of Architecture. She says: “I am always looking for new ways to positively impact our city and its residents through the built environment. Most often, these opportunities take shape through design, policy work and public processes.” Recent projects include renovations on multi-family apartment projects with Green Doors, a local nonprofit providing affordable housing to low-income citizens; working as the coordinator of the Alley Flat Initiative which proposes a new sustainable and green affordable housing alternative for Austin through “alley flats,” small, detached residential units with access through Austin’s extensive network of underutilized alleyways; and participation in two city initiated public input projects — Austin’s Comprehensive Planning process (Imagine Austin) and the Upper Airport Boulevard Redevelopment. Gamble lives in the nearby Ridgetop neighborhood. She says: “I am excited about the future of Airport Boulevard and its great potential. Over the past two years, I’ve been restoring and renovating my 1915 house in the target area. I love exploring Austin’s history — and retaining its character.”

John Arrow

f o u n d e r & C e o, m u t u a l m o b i l e

It might be more business than most 24-year-olds are used to for the entrepreneur behind Mutual Mobile Inc., but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “I think of 100 percent of my time as free time,” John Arrow says. “As long as you love doing something, it counts as free time.” Since Arrow left the University of Texas to focus fulltime on Mutual Mobile in 2009, the company has grown into the largest and most calledupon mobile consulting firm in the world, creating custom mobile solutions for the world’s leading companies, including Dell, Audi and Cisco to name a few. The accomplishments that Arrow is most proud of? The company’s contributions to the healthcare space through the mobile apps they’ve developed that improve patient care and enable physicians to be more productive. “I love working on endeavors that will literally improve the quality of life for

Hunter Lohse

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millions of people at a time,” Arrow explains. And he doesn’t see the company’s growth slowing down any time soon. In fact, he projects the staff to grow from 190 to 400 by the end of 2012. But it’s not all work for this young CEO and president. In his free time he enjoys sailing, hitting the Greenbelt on his mountain bike and flying…himself… in an airplane. He explains that rather than striving for balance, he tries to fully integrate his business and personal life, even flying himself to meetings that are within 900 miles of Austin whenever possible.

Austin’s fashion scene just got a whole lot more interesting. Hunter Lohse, aka The Dapper Tramp, and his partner in crime, Jenny Woys, aka Trend Vixen, are shaking up the scene as The Champagne Derelicts. Since their unexpected runway show, “So F*ing Haute,” which showcased eight local vendors, as well as Lohse’s own spring and summer menswear collections, everyone is wondering what the duo will do next. Originally from South Texas, Lohse moved to Austin 10 years ago to attend UT, where he studied fashion design and constructed the University’s first menswear thesis collection in 2007. After buying for Factory People

and Shiki and teaching English in South Korea, Lohse started The Dapper Tramp, through which he operates a mobile menswear vintage store and does freelance styling and event production. “I try to keep my occupational projects creative and inspirational,” he says. “I am constantly seeking new sources of inspiration through the clients that I work with.” As for 2012, he promises it is going to be an exciting year. He has several events in the works with the likes of Nak Armstrong and Dawn Younger-Smith (aka Boudoir Queen). He’s also planning a fashion show for mid-spring, featuring numerous local retailers.

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Sterling Allen artist

Sterling Allen, a San Antonio native and UT grad is the co-director of Austin’s most noted art collective, Okay Mountain. Created in 2006, 10 artists came together to start an artist-run gallery space, which evolved from there when its members began creating art together outside of the gallery. “Our various projects have afforded us the opportunity to experiment with mediums and processes we might never have used as individuals, like sound recording, acting, performance and animation,” he says. The collective is working on a few exhibits for 2012. “My favorite part about my collaboration with Okay Mountain is working towards something that couldn’t be accomplished on my own,” Allen says. “From conception of an idea to the time spent making the work, it is a real team effort and

I enjoy the process even though it usually consists of many, many hours. We all make each other laugh a lot so that helps.” Allen is currently working on his MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at BARD College and an upcoming exhibit of some of his new work in a show at Arthouse in mid-January, curated by Rachel Adams. “I am looking forward to slowing down and just spending the majority of my time focusing and growing the work,” he says. “Getting into the studio and asking yourself tough questions is a long and challenging road, and I am excited about the opportunity.” One welcome distraction though is the arrival of he and his wife’s first child. “The little lady is due the first week of December,” he says. “We’re both pretty excited about that.”

Bryce Gilmore

chef/owner, barley swine

Named one of the Best New Chefs of 2011 by Food & Wine magazine isn’t a bad way to start off your year as a restaurant owner. Bryce Gilmore’s restaurant Barley Swine along with his trailer Odd Duck have been the darlings of the Austin foodie scene this year. His first kitchen job was in high school at Z’Tejas, where his dad was the chef (his pops now owns Jack Allen’s Kitchen). Gilmore says: “Opening the restaurant has been everything I imagined — lots of work and life consuming. But, I love what I do and I’m having fun.” The best part of the grueling year? The recognition. “It makes all the work worth it…but it’s also the hardest part because of the pressure that comes along with that. We always push to be better.” Turning the Odd Duck concept in to a brick-and mortar is the next thing on his agenda. “I mainly want to continue cooking with responsibly raised ingredients and helping people think more about where their food comes from,” he says.


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10 to Watch

Jessica Olsen

COO o f M o n d o

She’s got beauty and brains, and this Harry S. Truman quote perfectly embodies her professional philosophy: It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Jessica Olsen says: “I realized a few years ago that what I really wanted to do was help artists and other creative types flourish and to help make their visions a reality. “In her post at Mondo, an arm of the Alamo Drafthouse specializing in limited edition screenprinted movie posters created by contemporary artists, Olsen has the chance to do just that. All of Mondo’s posters are officially licensed, and Olsen works with artists like Shepard Fairey, Drew Struzan and Chris Ware on projecs for Disney, Lucas Films and Paramount Pictures. This year, the Mondo Mystery Movie series was launched — a date and time for a movie screening is announced, but no one knows what they are purchasing tickets to see. Olsen helped creative director Justin Ishmael execute his vision for an October Mystery Movie where he wanted to surprise 700 unsuspecting attendees with a screening of Dawn of the Dead at Highland Mall, complete with 200 professionally made up zombies, a firing squad and an appearance by George Romero. “We pulled it off and people were calling it the best theatrical cinema experience they’d ever had. It would have been much easier to cut corners or pull back on the spectacle, but it wouldn’t have had near the impact of moving full force on seeing the dream of what could be through to completion,” she says. “I really enjoy helping make a creative concept a reality.”

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kyle chandler, photography by randal ford; taylor kitsch, photography by michael thad carter; jeff nichols, bridget dunlap and todd duplechan, photography by matt rainwaters.

here Are They Now We play catch up with a few familiar faces from the People Issues of years past.

By Lauren Smith Ford


yle Chandler graced the cover of our December 2007 issue, and this year he won a much deserved Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work in season five of the Austin-filmed Friday Night Lights. He even thanked Austin, Texas in his acceptance speech…what a gent! When we photographed Taylor Kitsch for the cover of our December 2008 issue, we knew there was a star in our midst. He made our hearts skip a beat as loveable bad boy Tim Riggins on Friday Nights Lights, and 2012 is going to be his year as the lead in both John Carter of Mars for Disney (March 2012) and Battleship for Universal (May 2012). Despite the international fame that awaits, Kitsch still calls Austin home. In 2009, we launched a new annual feature called “10 to Watch,” in which we predicted who would be making waves in the future in Austin and beyond. One of those people was filmmaker Jeff Nichols. He had written and directed Shotgun Stories which won grand jury prizes at both the Austin and Seattle Film Festivals,

and he was going to start shooting his next feature, Take Shelter, that summer. This year, that film won the Grand Prize at Critics’ Week during the Cannes Film Festival. Nichols says: “Winning at Cannes was one of the highlights of my career. It’s extraordinary to be recognized by such a prestigious festival and to be included in the company of so many great artists.” Currently, Nichols is in Arkansas directing his next film that he also wrote, Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Also included in 2009, Bridget Dunlap who had opened Lustre Pearl and Clive Bar. That was only the beginning for this pioneer, who has continued the transformation of Rainey Street with the addition of two new watering holes — Bar 96 and the soon to open Container Bar. We spotted (and tasted) the culinary talents of Todd Duplechan, the chef de cuisine of TRIO at the Four

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Seasons, when he first moved to Austin from NYC. This month, he breaks out on his own to open a restaurant with his wife and fellow chef Jessica Maher called Lenoir. This is the first issue where one of our “10 to Watch” profiles has landed in our “Austinites of the Year” — Kendra Scott. At the time, she was featured in “10 to Watch,” her designs were available in over 900 specialty stores, and just two years later, she’s opened three storefronts with more in the works, and Kendra Scott Jewelry is now available in every Nordstrom in the country! Businessman Joe Ross continues his role as President of CSID, and they recently expanded into the international market with the launch of the identity theft industry’s first global identity theft product, developed for SONY to help deal with their global breach. They will launch platforms with four new countries in the next year. On the nonprofit front, Ross was in Dancing with Stars Austin for the Center for Child Protective Services, cochaired the White Party and continues to serve


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on the board of LifeWorks. Last year’s “10 to Watch” brought a dynamic lineup of people working in media, business, film, food and other creative pursuits. It’s hard not to be charmed by the talent and loveable humility of Chef Paul Qui of Uchiko and East Side King, so it was no surprise to find out that he is a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Texas. Former Texas Tribune-er Elise Hu was also featured, and sadly for Austin, she took a job in Washington DC as a digital editor for NPR’s StateImpact.

Heather Courtney

and her film Where Soldiers Come From enjoyed great success on the festival circuit with a Jury Award for Editing at SXSW, Best U.S. Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival and Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Film Festival. The film was released in theaters in select cites across the country (getting a stellar review in the New York Times). The film had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s program POV last month.

kendra scott and joe ross, photoraphy by matt rainwaters; paul qui, elise hu and heather courtney, photography by cody hamilton.

here Are They Now






Edu-Fashion: By the team at Saks Fifth Avenue: On the Runway: Fashioning your New Year's Wardrobe


What's Hot?: Best Gifts of the Season & A Wardrobe of Fragrance

Delicious appetizers, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks

Enjoy: During this two-hour event 10% of all purchases directly benefits two Austin Area AIDS Service Organizations: The Wright House Wellness Center and AIDS Services of Austin RSVP: Special Thanks Email or call 512-231-3705 LAW OFFICE OF with the number of patrons you plan to bring. GARRETT C. HIGLEY

We asked some of our most stylish citizens to share what’s at the top of their list this holiday season.

Winston Eyeglasses, Warby Parker, available online and at Bows + Arrows, (512) 579 0301,


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— K r i s ti n A r m s t r o n g Writer

“The Kaweco Sport Fountain Pen at Spartan. I got one for my birthday this year from my lovely friend in the best neon orange color. I love it. I’m always looking for a good pen, and this is it. It’s a bit fancier because it’s a fountain pen (I think it makes your handwriting look better), but the price is so great for gift giving. Everyone appreciates a cool pen!”

“I hope my beautiful wife, Lisa Jasper, (obviously, I believe flattery advances my cause) will give me vintage inspired eyewear from Warby Parker. Four stylish young guys created this company right out of grad school. Named the company after two Jack Kerouac characters. Very simple, hip designs. Great value. They will mail you up to five pairs to try in your home and you simply return them in the postage paid packaging (a la Netflix). And for every pair you purchase, they give a pair to someone in need. Makes for a guilt free present." — j i m r itt s e x ec u t i v e d i r ec to r , pa r a m o u n t & s tat e t h e at r e s

“I love the Violet Crown Theater! I recently threw a surprise bachelor party for my brother there and it was perfect. The people are great to work with, the venue is hip yet comfortable, we had the bar area to ourselves for the celebration, followed by a screening of The Big Lebowski (his favorite flick) afterwards. My brother thought I was the best “best man” ever! Great gift idea!”

— A ly s o n F o x , A r t i s t

Pen, Kaweco, available at Spartan, (512) 579 0303,

clockwise from left: photograph courtesy of kristin armstrong; jim ritts, photography by king lawrence; winston eyeglasses, photograph courtesy of warby parker; kaweco pen, photograph courtesy of spartan.

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clockwise from left: penguin classics, photograph courtesy of coralie bickford-smith; camille styles, photography by mike bullock; tim league, photograph courtesy of tim league; greenlings, photography by alison narro; indiana and jude adams, photograph courtesy of indiana adams; little sapling toys, courtesy of little sapling.

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Penguin Classics, available at Barnes & Noble

“My office bookshelf became much more stylish the day I started collecting these beautifully

embossed Penguin clothbound classics. The collection includes a great work of

literature to suit just about everyone on my holiday shopping list: Treasure Island for my dad, Emma for my Austen-obsessed sister and a collection of Shakespearean sonnets for my husband.” — ca m i l l e s t y l e s l i f e s t y l e b lo g g e r

“As an alternative to buying more ‘stuff,’ I like to both give and receive consumables — liquor, beer and wine; fancy decadent foods; even fruitcakes (yes I am a non-ironic fruitcake fan). One local service that I love and my wife and I already receive weekly, is Greenling

“What in the world do you put in a one-year-old’s stocking? Since my little one isn’t yet chowing down on candy canes, these Little Sapling Natural Wooden Teethers are a great alternative and still give him something to munch on. Hint: if you’re buying more than one of these for all the little elves in your life, buy from the Little Sapling Toys Etsy littlesaplingtoys.etsy. com for discounts on two or more.” — i n d ia n a a da m s b lo g g e r , adored austin

Organic Delivery’s Local Box. Every week they drop off a fun

Greenling's Local Box is available online,

selection of currently ripe fruits and vegetables from a variety of local Austin farms. It is a surprise every week and we enjoy planning our meals around what arrives in the mystery box.” — ti m l e a g u e founder/ceo alamo drafthouse

e xc lu s i v e Enter TRIBEZA10 for 10% off the Little Sapling website or Etsy shop through 1/31/12

Teethers, Little Sapling,

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“Terrence’s gift to me (hopefully) will be earrings from Austin’s The Turquoise Door (replacement turquoise drops that unfortunately just plummeted to their end one week ago) — eco-friendly, gorgeous tagua earrings by Happy Elephant. I love The Turquoise Door because I am close to confident, when a piece is purchased, it’s not very likely I’ll see it on anyone else. I imagine the same is true with Happy Elephant. My gift to Terrence will be a gift certificate to BookPeople to use at his discretion.” — C h r i s ti n e M o l i n e P R W r i t e r a n d E d i to r , Ja n e D o e I n k

“After a September visit to Atlanta and December travel planned for Guatemala (Antigua) and Belize (Dangriga), I’m beginning to run low on pages in my Moleskine. I sketch more than usual when traveling. I’m hoping to restock my notebooks for the New Year and to add more design and programming related material to my early 2012 reading list.” Moleskine products available at Barnes and Noble.

— Terrence Moline Ill u s t r a t o r a n d D e s i g n e r

“I’ve been dying over the latest scarves from Hermés! The Jungle Love dip-dye scarf is the perfect combination of elegance with a little rocker edge to it. Every scarf from Hermés is so unique that you can really make the gift giving experience very personal." Available at Saks Fifth Avenue. — A n d r a Li e m a n d t Drummer, The Cover Girls


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"I’m giving poems and cheese, but no cheesy poems. Dos Lunas Artisan Cheeses, to be exact. My beloved Joaquin Avellán began translating a Venezuelan family recipe into divine comestibles this spring and selling them at the Sunset Valley, Triangle, HOPE and downtown Farmer’s Markets. Now, Antonelli’s, Good to Go, Peoples Pharmacy and both Fresh Pluses keep selling out as well. Like the gorgeous new packaging says, it’s Austin, it’s Raw…y Hecho con Amor. Great poetry is made with love, too. I stock up at BookPeople, not even knowing to whom I’ll give them all. Mary Oliver. Hafiz. E. E. Cummings, of course. And, always, lots of Pablo Neruda’s “Odes to Common Things.” — A n n e E l izab e th W y n n writer

“I love Bailey Doesn’t Bark’s The Postcup. The postcard mug conveys my love of travel and is also the perfect way to personalize a present in a cool and modern way. Plus, it can be used every single day! Wildflower Organics can special order the mugs.” — a m y g ab r i e l e d i to r , au s t i n t i d b i ts

clockwise from left: earrings, photograph courtesy of katherine avalos nicely of happy elephant; andra liemandt, photography by annika franco photography; moleskine photograph courtesy of barnes and noble inc.

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clockwise from left: cufflinks photograph courtesy of the menagerie, photography by geno esponda; carla and jack mcdonald, photography by mimi klasson; the impossible collection of fashion, photograph courtesy of assouline; frames and jo malone photographs courtesy of neiman marcus; ricky ray jackson, photography by ryan scheer,; les paul guitar, photography courtesy of gibson.

Elephant cufflinks by Deakin & Francis, available at The Menagerie.

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“One of my favorite gifts to give on any occasion and most especially during the Holidays are cufflinks. Gentlemen small and big always need cufflinks and a little lady can one day turn dad’s cufflinks into her very own ear baubles. I used to give a pair to my ex-husband every year with the intention that he will one day pass them on to our children. I LOVE that sentimental stuff! Lucky for me, my boyfriend is a cufflink junkie so my addiction can live on! With a little help from The Menagerie, I’ve had such fun adding my own touches to his collection. Just last week I picked up a pair of Ants made of oxidized sterling and at the same time, I forced myself to leave a gorgeous pair of elephants in the case. I think Christmas is just the occasion I need to justify bringing them home!” — E r i n D r i s c o l l P o n d e r i n g Bl o g g e r a n d W r i t e r

“I’m hoping for a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop from Austin Vintage Guitars. Like an old Cadillac, it’s a true American classic. It was the first production solid body electric guitar, and, to me, it’s always been a perfect entertainment weapon — flashy and loud. I have one with single coils, but it’s got nothing on the one with humbuckers. You can play anything on them. What more can you ask for?”

Gibson Les Paul

— r ick y r a y j ack s o n musician

Frames, Neiman Marcus

Jo Malone cosmetics available at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus. com The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele

"Jack and my girls know the way to my heart is through my senses, so I’m hoping for a gorgeous coffee table book from Assouline, a Starbucks gift card so I can buy myself some chai tea lattes and Jo Malone bath products in my favorite scent, Lime Basil & Mandarin. It’s such a complex and delicious fragrance — fresh, citrusy and peppery all at the same time." — ca r l a m c d o n a l d F o u n d e r a n d CEO , D y n a b r a n d , a n d TV h o s t , YNN

"Nothing makes me happier than seeing Carla and our two girls, Ava and Devin. This Christmas, I’m hoping for a collection of

beautifully-framed pictures of my three girls

playing at the beach, playing soccer, loving life. I want to put them in my office so I can feel like I have my three girls with me all day long. Nothing could be better than that." — j ack m c d o n a l d C h a i r m a n a n d CEO , S i l v e r b a c k E n t e r p r i s e G r o u p, I n c .

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For this holiday season, I would start with a lovely basket, filled with the following French Texas products from around the city: Becker Vineyards Fume Blanc, macarons from La Patisserie and all the rest from SFC's Downtown Farmer's Market: Midnight Chevre from CKC Farms, Black and White Balsamic Vinegar from Texas Olive Ranch, Mousse de Canard from Kocurek Family Charcuterie, pickles from Ottmer Family Farms and brownies from Fête Accompli. It's local, environmentally correct and very personable.”

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“There’s always been a particular kind of magic that comes from musicians performing live on the radio. These 41 tracks on KGSR’s Broadcast Volume 19 (available at Waterloo Records) each recorded exclusively on our air reflect the year that was: from Band Of Horses and Foster The People to Sarah Jarosz and Bob Schneider. And Willie Nelson’s "Valentine" is going to sound perfect in February. As always, proceeds benefit SIMS. The other item on my list is the Moleskine 2012 Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner from BookPeople. I have an iPhone, iPad, laptop and desktop, but I prefer to keep a calendar the ol’ fashioned way — on paper. I suppose I trust my handwriting more than I do Siri. This Moleskine model fits perfectly in my back pocket. It’s also an exercise in personal responsibility: that there’s no flash card or hard drive to back-up the “data” adds a fun little element of danger to my day.” — A n d y La n g e r Co n t r i b u t i n g e d i to r / m u s i c c o l u m n i s t a t E s q u i r e , Af t e r n o o n D J a t K GSR , o n - a i r r e p o r t e r f o r YNN, music columnist for the New Y o r k T i m es ’ “ T e x a s E d i t i o n ”


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— q u i n c y a d a m s e r ick s o n o w n e r , f Ê t e a c c o m pl i

Gift baskets available at Central Market

“One of the best gifts I ever got was an antique keepsake box from my mother, filled with vintage jewelry. So I’m going to try a miniature version of that idea with this tiny Lovebirds Cinnamon Box from Ten Thousand Villages, and give it to a girlfriend with a surprise inside — maybe a vintage ring. These boxes are made by a crafts collective in Vietnam that helps women and neglected children, and because they are carved from cinnamon bark, they smell like cinnamon when you open them up!” Box, Ten Thousand Villages

— T o l ly M o s e l e y Bl o g g e r , A u s t i n E a v e s d r o pp e r

clockwise from left: portrait and album art courtesy of andy langer; gift basket, photograph courtesy of central market; quincy adams erickson, photography by annie ray; lovebirds box, photograph courtesy of ten thousand villages.

“I love giving gift baskets.

clockwise from left: photograph courtesy of addie broyles; john hogg, photography by chad harlan, location: the menagerie; andrea mcwilliams, photography by kenny braun; ashley pittman jewelry, photographs courtesy of neiman marcus.

"There are no cuter kids clothes in Austin than Will Heron's screenprinted T-shirts and baby bodysuits, which have adorable designs and sayings that are as fun for parents as they are for kids. Four-year-old Julian is smart enough to get the punch line of the T-shirt with a squirrel on it that says "nuts," and the only way the "This little piggy had roast beef" outfit could be cuter is if 1-year-old Avery was wearing it while devouring a plate of barbecue, which happens more often than you might think. You can find Will's shirts online at or at the Downtown Farmers' Market when you're picking up your veggies on Saturday morning." — A d d i e B roy l e s F o o d W r i t e r , A u st i n A m e r i c an S tates m an

“One of the best gifts, of course, is giving back, right? But, now we must do it in style too! I love the Ashley Pittman jewelry line at Neiman Marcus. Her jewelry is all made in Kenya. She employs artisans in the villages to make the jewelry. She also gives back 10 percent from all sales to the village of Kamboo.” — A n d r e a Mc W i l l ia m s L o b b y i s t, M c W i ll i a m s & A s s o c i at e s

Ashley Pittman Jewelry available at Neiman Marcus

No it’s not a cat’s the loveable man about town Dr. John Hogg who is showing his love of all things bling bling. “Everybody needs jewelry in their life!” he says. From Southwestern pieces that he finds around his second home in Santa Fe to sparkling vintage jewels, he loves it all! The Menagerie (where he was photographed) has always been one of his favorite places to shop. “Vickie [owner Vickie Roan] is so honest and her store is so established that she has access to the best estate pieces,” he says. When it comes to accessorizing, Hogg says: “A little is good, but more is better.” He has a particular affinity for pieces from the 1930s and 40s, like his diamond Cartier watch (pictured). His love of jewelry started early — “I’ve never been scared to accessorize. I think I liked my Eagle Scout pin a little too much...I remember thinking: ‘A few diamonds on it would be really nice.’” This holiday season, Hogg has his eye on the diamond necklace he is wearing in this photo.

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"I love the handmade alpaca poncho from Peru, available at JM Dry Goods. JM used to have a store in Marfa that was great, and now they are opening their Austin location on Dia de Los Muertos (November 2) at 607 Nueces Street Owner Michelle Teague used to work in film costuming and she has an amazing eye for vintage, ranchwear and more. I spend a lot of time in West Texas at El Cosmico and on my ranch, and for some reason a poncho is just better than a jacket Poncho, JM Dry Goods when you are sitting around the campfire. I love South American textiles and blankets, and this one reminds me of something you would see in a Sergio Leone movie." — l iz l a m b e r t C h i e f C r e a t i v e Off i c e r , H o t e l H a v a n a , H o t e l S a n J o s e & H o t e l S t. C e c i l i a


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“I love Heath Ceramic bowls and plates. Once my family gets ahold of something we all like, it ends up becoming a gift that someone gives every year. I’ve bought my mom the super cool coffee mugs, and I love the big brightly colored bowls that we use on the brunch buffet at Lamberts. Heath also makes amazing tile and house numbers.” Available at Finch. — La r r y McG u i r e C h e f / Ow n e r , El i z a b e t h S t r e e t C a f e , L a m b e r t s , j e ff r e y ' s & P e r l a’ s

Bowls, Heath Ceramics

“When thinking of wonderful gifts, BookPeople immediately comes to mind. There are so many glorious kinds of books — art books, travel books, gardening and cook books, novels and biographies, many signed by the authors themselves. Being able to look at each book and decide which is just right is an added pleasure. I nearly always stumble upon a book I have not heard of that is just perfect — something you can never do online. This year, I plan to give The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht to friends. Obreht creates some of the most arresting images I have seen in years, images that I just can’t get out of my mind in a story that is strangely haunting. She is a young author and it makes me very happy to anticipate what she has in store for us in the future.” — ch r i s c o w d e n d i r e c t o r , w o m e n a n d t h e i r w o r k g a ll e r y

clockwise from left: liz lambert, photography by Allison v. smith; larry mcguire, photography by margaret vera; ceramic bowls, photograph coutresy of heath ceramics.

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clockwise from left: photograph courtesy of kevin munoz; ashley bailey, photography by melanie grizzel; prada sandals, photograph courtesy of nordstrom; ; patti rogers, photography by king lawrence, moli tee, photograph courtesy of patti rogers.

holiday wish list

"Domy Books is hands down

the best place to buy gifts in Austin. Here you can find all sorts of books that you can't find anywhere else, from international to local publications. Domy also carries vinyl toys, art prints and more. If you step into the gallery you can check out art from their latest, always thoughtful and well curated art exhibit. Oh and to top it off there is a small shop in the back room of Domy called Busy Being that carries even more awesomeness including but not limited to jewelry, shoes and accessories. Besides that, I'm really hoping for some hand-made boots by HELM, some art supplies from Jerry's Artarama and plenty of good vibes this Christmas. Oh and good Guatemalan tamales, which I don't know where to get. If you know, please email me here:" — k e vi n m u n o z i ll u s t r a t o r a n d p h o t o g r a p h e r the kevin munoz studio

Shoes, Prada, available at Nordstrom,

“I am in love with these Prada sandals from Nordstrom. They feel so feminine, yet strong at the same time. The rich purple suede feels like it was made for me, as I like to add a little purple into flower arrangements — the perfect accent color.” — a s h l e y bai l e y t h e b y r d c o ll e c t i v e

“I love the graphic appeal of this fashion tee by MoLi (created by local designers Maureen Staloch and Lisa Parrish), but mostly I love its soulful meaning. The word “extraordinary” paired with the flower that seems to be bursting open, reminds me of how the energy we bring forth in our every day is really what makes life so special. This is going to be one of my favorite gifts to give this year because it’s like gifting a prayer, a compliment and the perfect black tee, all in one.” Available at Adelante and Perri Berri. — P atti R o g e r s F o u n d e r o f R a ll y h o o d

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Austin Faces AIDS: Portraits of People Living with HIV and AIDS A multimedia photography exhibit by Jo Ann Santangelo

A Collaboration with AIDS Services of Austin

On view December 1, 2011 - January 2, 2012 Falcon 5 at 1000 E. 5th

The opening reception will feature delicious food provided by Frank, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages. This reception is free, but please RSVP at: Santangelo is an Austin-based photographer who has worked on ground-breaking multimedia projects such as “Walking the Block: Christopher Street,” about sex workers in NYC, and “Proud to Serve,” featuring portraits of LGBT veterans. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and more. You can see her work at:

(across the street from Progress Coffee at the Eastside Drive-In)

Opening Reception: Progress Coffee Dec. 2, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 500 San Marcos

It's not too late to share your story. If you have been affected by HIV or AIDS, and are interested in helping put a face to AIDS, please contact Jo Ann Santangelo at or call 347-891-0194. This intimate multimedia portrait project helps promote HIV and AIDS awareness and reduce stigma by putting a human face to this disease.

Richard Aleman, 29

Tested positive February 2010


b e hi n d th e s c e n e s

Curating an Art Space

russell etchen gives us a tour of the carefully edited space that makeS domy books one of austin's cultural hot spots.

Director, Russell Etchen

E A selection of books and goods at Domy

Domy is located at 913 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702. For more information, visit or call (512) 476 3669

P h oto g r a p h y by h ay d en s p e a r s

Some of Etchen's favorites are Paying for It by Chester Brown and Destroy all Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film by Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly.

A selection of works from the sixth annual Monster Show, on display through December 8th.

ast Austin favorite, Domy Books carries a thoughtful selection of books, periodicals, collectibles and videos. The creatives behind the shop are Russell Etchen and Dan Fergus, who opened the first Domy location in Houston, with friends Patrick Phipps and Seth Alverson. “After I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Houston, my friends and I were offered an opportunity to open a store and we ran with it. Inspiration came from reading Rebel Bookseller by Andrew Laties and realizing that we could do this as good, or better, than everyone else,� says Etchen. Domy was such a success in Houston, that they opened the Austin location in 2008. Domy is cemented in the Austin art scene, with a gallery space that plays host to book parties and art exhibitions, including Monster Show Six, which is on display through December 8th. The ever-evolving inventory of unique art books and hard-to-find products makes Holiday shopping simple, as long as your willing to buy yourself a few gifts too. A. McKenzie

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Sara Scribner, She knew the depths of the night

After Dark Group Show December 3-23

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The Oracle of Delphi had her hallucinogenic vapors. The ancient Eastern mystics had their hashish. Sherlock Holmes (and likely his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) had his cocaine. Alice in Wonderland (and likely

her creator, Lewis Carroll) had her mushrooms. I have my Malarone. Malarone, a drug combination of atovaquone and proguanil, is an antimalarial medication used in both the treatment and prevention

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What you may not be warned is that sleeping isn’t the real problem, dreaming is.

of malaria. Twice this year, I have traveled to subtropical locales around the world where outbreaks of malaria are still prevalent — notably the headwaters of the Amazon and East Africa. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned in life, it’s Don’t Mess With Malaria! Malaria is a mosquitoborne infectious disease that typically includes high fever and mind-numbing headaches — and in severe cases, coma and death. The standard adult dose of Malarone involves taking one round, pinkish-brown tablet daily, beginning one or two days before traveling into a malaria-endemic area, continuing that dosage throughout your stay, and then for another seven days after returning. You are encouraged to take the drug with food or a milky drink. You are also warned that “some people have difficulty sleeping.” What you may not be warned is that sleeping isn’t the real problem, dreaming is. I wouldn’t characterize my dreams as nightmares, per se; they are more what I would imagine a serial LSD trip might be like — and in my case, at least, they continue for as long as you take the stuff! In one dream, I vividly remember being on board an airplane, chatting with a very young boy about The Meaning of Life. As I was finishing my soliloquy, I suddenly blurted out, “But you’re much too young to understand any of this!” “On the contrary,” said an adult seated next to me, whom I took to be his father, “Billy’s not like other boys.” The father proceeded to produce an ad for Billy’s latest invention — a 3-D television selling for a mere $29.95. Next thing I know, little Billy is climbing into the front seat of my family car, whereupon he commandeers the driver’s seat and attempts to start the engine. “Hold on there!” I protest, and snatch the key from his grubby paws. Little Billy simply shrugs, squeezes his eyes shut and grimaces, and suddenly the car lifts off like an airplane. Scared out


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of my wits, I somehow force the dream to end, only to discover another equally disquieting dream has taken its place. This goes on for two weeks, and I soon discover that everyone in my family and two friends accompanying us are having similar experiences. My teenage son calls home in one dream and asks to speak to me. “He’s not your father anymore,” the voice on the phone explains. “I’m Paul, and I’m your father now.” My stoic wife shrugs off her strange nightly hallucinations, while my teenage daughter is clearly troubled by the visions dancing in her head. Our friends seem relatively unshaken by their nightly encounters, which I later attribute to their daily consumption of hot chocolate, a “milky drink.” A good friend of mine had just returned from East Africa a week or so before me, and when I mentioned my Malarone Madness, she visibly blanched. “I won’t take that [stuff ] anymore,” she confided. “I feel creepy bugs crawling in my hair and scary creatures clawing at my clothes.” The alternative, malaria, is far less frightening to her than the prescribed preventative. Her remedy is strictly old school — gin and tonic, or what we Africa buffs fondly refer to as a “sundowner.” Apparently, around the turn of the 19th Century, our British chums discovered that a daily regimen of “G&T,” which contains quinine, is far less disruptive than mind-bending antimalarial prescriptions. I have since wholeheartedly adopted this mood-ameliorating alternative medicine from “Across the Pond.” Recently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put $1 million into a plan to treat malaria by sticking the patient into a microwave. Okay, not the whole patient — probably just an arm or a leg. And not just any microwave oven, but one set at very low power and with the frequency of its electromagnetic field tuned very precisely. Me? I think I’ll stick to Malarone. Better yet, gin and tonic. I’ll drink to that!

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Matt Draper ,

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Claire Evans,

26, LA , at the fest to perform with her band Yacht.

Hannah Vaughn ,

20, Austin, her festival essentials are a bandana and a CamelBak.

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Peter Nussbaum , 25, Venice, wearing an Actual Pain T-shirt and vintage Calvin Klein glasses. Owner of Crap Eyewear company.

The music was not the only thing that rocked during the festival at Auditorium Shores. Here are some of our favorite looks from the shows.

Alexis Florio,

30, LA, has to wear her comfy shoes when she goes to music festivals.

Jillian Talley,

25, Austin, says that boots are a must. She's at FFFFest to see Thee Oh Sees.

Carter Adams,

29, Chicago, his festival essential is his girlfriend.


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a soon to open camera gallery/store on congress avenue is resurrecting an old art to inspire austinites to capture the city in a new way.



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photograph courtesy of lomography.

La Sardina's Quadrat camera is available at

can be really intuitive with it. It’s kind of like omography has grown from its humble beginnings as a fan Lomography. the photographs I make when I’m shootclub for the Russian Lomo Kompakt Automat camera and has ing with the LC-A are a lot more authentic spread worldwide, with gallery stores taking up residence in to what I’m seeing when I’m passing by something that catches my cities like Paris, Toronto, Beijing and Milan. With four more stores eye; there’s some sort of movement to it.” On the opposite spectrum, opening this year, Lomography is extending its camera-loving comHutchens also enjoys shooting with the Lomo Lubitel 166+, a recremunity to Austin. ation of a Soviet-era classic. The medium format camera is one of the “When they were looking for headquarters in the central-south few fully-manual cameras Lomography offers. “Whereas the LC-A territory of the US, they were choosing between Dallas and Austin,” is a lot more extrovertive, the Lubitel is a lot more introspective,” Austin shop manager Lindsay Hutchens explains. “They saw the Hutchens says. “And because you have full control of the exposure, general interest of people in Austin, the aesthetic of the city. They you can play with the aperture and really pick and choose what part were more interested in having the headquarters of the territory be of the picture you want in focus and what you don’t.” where they could set roots down as opposed to where they could The analog camera company dedicated to snapshot photography make the most money.” The Lomography gallery store will open the has 10 Golden Rules to photography, two of which are “don’t think” second week of December in a historically preserved building at 912 and “be fast.” To facilitate their motto, Lomo cameras are made to Congress Avenue. The design of the store preserves and highlights be lightweight and easy to use to make them both affordable and the natural Texas limestone walls, which will house exhibitions by accessible to more people. The Lomography gallery is hosting its local creatives as well as offer regular workshops and film processing grand opening the day it opens its doors to current and future analog in color and black and white, 35 mm and medium format. The galcamera lovers. There will be music, performers, food lery will also sell its own film, books, stationery and and drink, and of course picture-taking. “Lomogcameras, including the quintessential Lomo LC-A Lomography raphy likes to make a splash and throw a big party,” that started it all. “Shooting with an LC-A is sort of 912 Congress Ave. Hutchens said. “And we do well at it.” A. jensen like a stream of consciousness,” Hutchens says. “You



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drips with melted Vermont cheddar. For heartier fare, the duck carbonara is a yummy plate of tender, homemade tagliatelle noodles, duck prosciutto, pecorino cheese and cracked black pepper. The broccoli stew is a satisfying vegetarian option, simmered in a savory onion broth with mushrooms, cous cous and piquant harissa sauce. Dessert was sublime: a light, moist, orange olive oil cake tucked beside a scoop of creamy avocado ice cream and topped with a crispy tuile cookie. And before you yawn at the obligatory cheese tray, check out Vino Vino’s inspired choices like goat’s milk cheese served with black-eyed peas and pepper oil. The only disappointment of the evening was the romaine salad, which arrived overdressed and lacking any nuanced flavors. Duck into Vino Of course, the food is meant to Vino for the complement Vino Vino’s extensive perfect holiday retreat. selection of mostly Old World wines from Italy, France and Spain. Even a jaded wine geek like myself found wood paneling and you immediately relax. pleasant surprises like the biodynamic white Cocktail lamps cast a warm glow along the Italian Semplicemente Bellotti Bianco, livbar and communal tables rest beside flooring up to its description as both “whacky” to-ceiling wine racks. It’s like you’ve nestled and “delicious.” We also enjoyed a crisp into someone’s private wine cellar. Adami Prosecco, a Roero arneis and an But Vino Vino is about much more than usual Italian Cabernet Franc. Dessert wines just wine. Since opening five years ago, it has and locally brewed beers are also offered. evolved from a wine-and-nibbles bar into a Vino Vino also has a cocktail list that wine-and-dinner destination. A few years pairs nicely with its Spanish-inspired ago, managing partner Jeff Courington hired “pintxos” snack menu, and there’s a nice Chef Esteban Escobar to create a full-service weeknight happy hour, a long-running menu that could share the spotlight with the weekly Sunday “Paella Night” and frequent impressive wine offerings. So Vino Vino now wine events hosted by notable winemakers. offers a seasonally-changing menu featurService is relaxed yet knowledgeable ing dishes appropriate for sharing or hearty and professional. Throughout our multiple enough for dinner entrées. courses, dirty tableware was whisked away Most of Chef Escobar’s creations are winand replaced. Wines were happily split to ners. For starters, shrimp ceviche is studded encourage sampling. Everyone made an extra with crunchy fennel and szechuan peppers effort to make our evening enjoyable. And and drizzled with orange oil. Littleneck during this harried holiday season, is there clams are steamed with tomatoes and roseany better gift? K. SPEZIA mary sausage. And the Wagyu beef slider

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BC Tavern 11715 Bee Caves Rd. (512) 477 6635

Restaurant Guide Comfort Food: Cozy up to our winter favorites that are sure to bring warmth and delight your palette.

American 24 Diner 600 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 472 5400 Inspired by the classic 50s diner, 24 Diner offers an elevated perspective on comfort food. Be sure to try to the bacon Gorgonzola burger with a fried egg on top, and don’t leave without one of their decadent milkshakes.

34th Street Café 1005 W. 34th St. (512) 371 3400 This unpretentious spot has earned a reputation for carefully prepared food made with fresh ingredients and a warm, homegrown Austin feel.

Arkie’s 4827 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 385 2986 This unassuming Austin favorite evokes a retro diner. With dishes like Salisbury steak and pork roast, Arkie’s is the epitome of American comfort food.

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. The menu features a host of decadent, bacon-centric plates, from bacon fries to BLTs. The bacon is locally sourced and smoked in Austin, and diners can look forward to a variety of sumptuous flavors, including Thai spice and pumpkin.

An elegant approach to a tavern aesthetic. At BC Tavern, classic American fare complements an extensive drinks menu, while dishes like crispy pork belly sandwiches and duck nachos offer a fresh twist on comfort food.

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery 7020 Easy Wind Dr. (512) 452 2337 Featuring Jeff Young’s craft beers and locally sourced ingredients, Black Star Co-op is a true neighborhood pub. The diverse menu includes a variety of dishes from Southern classics to English fare, shrimp and grits to seasoned chips.

Eastside Café 2113 Manor Rd. (512) 476 5858 This cozy eatery serves both healthy and hearty fare, showcasing ingredients from a garden over two decades old. Whether you’re in the mood for something light, like the citrusy grilled salmon, or decadent, like the beef tenderloin with Gorgonzola, you can be sure that

Eastside Café will deliver your dish with plenty of flavor.

Frank 407 Colorado St. (512) 494 6916 This is not your ordinary hot dog: Frank features artisan sausages like the Jackalope with locallysourced antelope, rabbit and pork, in addition to waffle fries and specialty cocktails. A great latenight option.

Hoover’s Cooking 13376 Research Blvd., #400 (512) 335 0300 2002 Manor Rd. (512) 479 5006 Southern-style home cooking with culinary influences from both Texas and Louisiana. Enjoy warming favorites like jerk ribs and creamed spinach, in addition to Hoover’s Southern hospitality.

Hopdoddy 1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 243 7505 Hopdoddy is a prime spot for burgers and brew. Featuring fresh ingredients from Black Angus beef to baked buns and hand-cut Kennebec fries, Hopdoddy means serious business when cooking up burgers.

Hyde Park Bar and Grill 4206 Duval St. (512) 458 3168 West Gate Blvd. (512) 899 2700 A local favorite serving up classic American and southern cuisine staples, from burgers to chicken fried steak. Be sure to try Hyde Park Bar and Grill’s award-winning fries.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen 7720 Hwy. 71 W. (512) 852 8558 Using the freshest local ingredients and bold kicks of flavor, Chef Jack Gilmore cooks country favorites with a twist. Try Gilmore’s pumpkin seed pesto marinated chicken breast or chorizo stuffed pork tenderloin medallions.

J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge 710-B W. 6th St. (512) 433 6954 Pub fare at its best in the heart of West Sixth Street. J. Black’s dishes are elegant yet sumptuous, with an extensive menu of sliders, pizzas and sharing plates, including lamb chop lollipops and grilled shrimp skewers.

Magnolia Café 1920 S. Congress Ave. (512) 445 0000 This Austin institution offers satisfying dishes with a homemade, unpretentious touch. From hearty sandwiches to fish tacos and 24-hour breakfast, Magnolia Café will please every palate.

Max’s Wine Dive 207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 904 0105 With truffled mac and cheese as well as shrimp and grits on its menu, Max’s is not your typical wine bar. Unfussy yet sophisticated dishes offer an elegant take on late-night comfort food.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill 303 Red River St. (512) 236 9599 Innovative American comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant offers a variety of unique starters, including its signature “Corn Dog” shrimp, in addition to classics like broiled rainbow trout and buffalo meatloaf.

dining Ms. P’s Electric Cock 1101 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 7778 A perfect comfort-food spot after a stroll along South Congress, Ms. P’s has quickly made a name for itself with juicy fried chicken and truffled macaroni and cheese.

Old School Grill 6301 W. Parmer Ln. (512) 722 6353 Old School offers unfussy, stick-to-your-ribs classics, including fantastic burgers and the decadent Macaroni and Cheese Wedge. Finish off your meal with a New York cheesecake or Melissa’s Messy Sundae.

Sputnik 1300 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1250 A classic burger and hot dog joint, Sputnik offers simple yet bold flavors, with an emphasis on local ingredients and houseground beef. Be sure to sample Sputnik’s selection of tasty toppings, such as bacon and chili.

Threadgill’s 6416 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 451 5440 A prime spot for southern comfort food. For over

78 years, Threadgill’s has been serving up classic feel-good fare, such as pecan crusted chicken and southern fried oysters.

Urban An American Grill 11301 Domain Dr. (512) 490 1511 Urban reinvents classic comfort food in a modern, sophisticated space. Executive Chef Mizael Saucedo emphasizes locally-sourced and organic ingredients for fresh, innovative cuisine.

Zed’s 501 Canyon Ridge Dr. (512) 339 9337 Nestled in a three-acre outdoor paradise featuring spacious decks, a pond and biking trails, Zed’s is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy classic, fuss-free American fare. From goat cheese stuffed portabella mushrooms to Mahi-Mahi tacos, Zed’s offers a dish for every palate.

Asian East Side King The Liberty, 1618 E. 6th St The Grackle, 1700 E. 6th St. Shangri-La, 1016 E. 6th St. (512) 422 5884 Chefs Paul Qui, Moto

Utsonomaya and Ek Timrek of Uchi comprise the impressive trio behind East Side King, panAsian, fusion trailers. The menu is eclectic, featuring a variety of filling dishes from pork belly buns to mushroom rice.

G’Raj Mahal 91 Red River St. (512) 480 2255 A cozy covered patio makes this food trailer feel like a restaurant, and the savory, aromatic dishes don’t hurt either. Diners craving a little Indian street food can sample the hearty pakoras and papri chat before exploring the trailer’s extensive menu of curries, tandoori, biryani and vegetarian fare.

Saigon Street 5310 Airport Blvd. (512) 925 5609 Authentic Vietnamese street food, reminiscent of food carts on the streets of Saigon. This food trailer serves up banh mi and noodle bowls, but there’s nothing better than a hot bowl of aromatic pho, chock-full of meat and veggies, on a cold day.

Barbecue Franklin Barbecue 900 E. 11th St. (512) 653 1187 Crowned Best BBQ Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit, Franklin is a true Austin institution. A former food trailer, Franklin’s new brick-and-mortar location now sells out of its 700 pounds of meat by 1:30pm each day. Be sure to try the sumptuous Meyer all-natural Angus brisket.

Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que 6550 Comanche Tr. (512) 266 0111 1530 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 476 0100 Hand-crafted brews and a hearty menu make Uncle Billy’s an ideal place to unwind with one of the brewery’s signature pints.

Continental Annie’s Café and Bar 319 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1884 This European-style brasserie offers specialty cocktails and decadent dishes, including steak

frites and chicken fricassee pot pie. Whether you’re in the mood for French, Italian, German or New American, Annie’s has something for you.

Bess Bistro on Pecan 500 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2377 A French bistro with a southern Cajun flair. The menu offers an eclectic choice of well-prepared European and American favorites like Creole Shrimp Bess, Steak Frites and the wildly popular Tuesday-only special, Chicken Pot Pie.

Bits and Druthers 1001 E. 6th St. (361) 850 0645 For a quick hop across the pond, stop by Bits and Druthers, featuring classic English cuisine. No visit is complete without their hearty fish and chips, made with local beer and handbattered turbot. For dessert, try a scoop of Bits and Druthers’ own ice cream.

Dog and Duck Pub 406 W. 17th St. (512) 479 0598 A neighborhood pub with an award-winning kitchen, Dog and Duck takes cues

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from classic British pubs. Enjoy a wide selection of brews and rich English fare, including bangers and mash and fish and chips.

Fabi + Rosi 509 Hearn St. (512) 236 0642 Restaurant owners Wolfgang Murber and Cassie Williamson — from Germany and Austin, respectively — met in Spain, and Fabi + Rosi’s cuisine reflects their international sensibilities. Sustainably and locally sourced ingredients are a priority for the restaurant, which showcases a diverse array of dishes, from duck confit to schnitzel and spatzle.

French Artisan Bistro 900 RR 620 S., Ste. C-107 (512) 263 8728 Comfort food the Parisian way — Chef Cesidio d’Andrea has created a classic wine bistro experience. Decadent dishes like duck confit and boeuf bourgignon offer a taste of France’s sumptuous cuisine.


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Chez Nous 510 Neches St. (512) 473 2413

The Backspace 507 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 474 9899

This neighborhood bistro offers authentic cuisine from around the Hexagon. Founded by three Parisian friends, Chez Nous features a classic menu including goat cheese baked on slices of baguette and herbcrusted lamb chops.

If your taste for comfort food is distinctly Neapolitan, Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s Backspace can’t be beat. With traditional brickoven pizzas and classic antipasti, the restaurant will sweep diners away to Naples.

Justine’s Brasserie 4710 E. 5th St. (512) 385 2900

Carmelo’s 504 E. 5th St. (512) 477 7497

Late night brasserie serving up sumptuous French classics. The coq au vin makes for a decadent meal, but for a taste of Provence, try the ratatouille. End on a sweet note with crème brûlée or the chocolate pear tart.

This romantic 19thcentury “railroad house” is perfect for canoodling over cannoli. A recipient of the Seal of Ospitalita Italiana from the Italian Government, Carmelo’s takes pride in its authentic Italian cuisine. Enjoy classics like ossobucco and fettucini carbonaro, and don’t miss the oldschool pastry cart.

Italian Arancini 601 W. Live Oak St. (612) 284 8865 Hearty Italian comfort food done right. The food trailer’s eponymous dish, arancini, are decadent rice balls rolled in breadcrumbs and fried to perfection. Be sure to sample Arancini’s juicy meatball sliders.

Siena Ristorante Toscana 6203 Capital of Tx. Hwy. (512) 349 7667 Set in a charming Italian country villa, Siena captures the essence of Tuscany with a roaring fireplace and architecture reminiscent of Tuscan seaside villages. Executive Chef Harvey Harris

evokes the rustic elegance of Tuscan cuisine with a menu featuring grilled seafood and wild game.

Mexican Maudie’s With five locations around town, Maudie’s delivers solid Tex-Mex cuisine in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy decadent enchiladas and Maudie’s signature, fresh-squeezed margaritas.

Mariscos Tako 415 Jessie St. (504) 491 9243 Traditional Tex-Mex fare with the spotlight on seafood. Gourmets can expect unique and flavorful dishes including tempura squid tacos and Thai-style ceviche, among an array of tacos and street food.

New American Barley Swine 2024 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 394 8150 Comfort food doesn’t get much better than the pork- and beer-centric gastropub by Chef Bryce Gilmore. Barley Swine

emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients with a monthly rotating menu of hearty small plates, such as blackened redfish with almond cream.

Foreign & Domestic 306 E. 53rd St. (512) 459 1010 Hearty home cooking meets innovative cuisine. A cozy neighborhood restaurant, Foreign & Domestic never fails to surprise and delight with bold flavors. Pork is a regular fixture on the rotating menu, but guests can enjoy F&D’s unique take on everything from omelettes to ravioli.

Gourmands neighborhood Pub 2316 Webberville Rd. (512) 610 2031 The latest in Austin’s gastropub trend. Enjoy hearty sandwiches and bread bowl soups, in addition to a full bar offering local and international brews. Nestled in the heart of East Austin, Gourmands boasts a vintage, relaxed ambiance that makes it the perfect place to unwind with something delicious.


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Haddingtons 601 W. 6th St. (512) 992 0204 This gastropub draws from across the Atlantic, offering British-inspired cuisine with a rustic American flare. From rabbit fricassee and foie gras links to a whole roasted hog enough for over a dozen diners, Haddingtons brings a unique tavern experience to Austin.

Jeffrey’s 1204 W. Lynn St. (512) 477 5584 This neighborhood bistro tucked away in Clarksville opened its doors in 1975 and has established itself as an Austin staple. The small plates, entrée and bar menus incorporate a bounty of local and seasonal ingredients. Be sure to enjoy Jeffrey’s extensive wine list.

Mulberry 360 Nueces St. (512) 320 0297 A neighborhood bistro experience with a rustic, European flair. Standouts on the seasonal menu are Chef Jacob Weaver’s hamburger with pancetta, gruyere, tomato and egg and meatballs in a white wine broth.

Odd Duck Farm to Trailer 1219 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 550 5766 Carefully composed small plates, prepared with local produce, cheese and meats. Chef Bryce Gilmore highlights the flavors of his seasonal ingredients with a wood burning grill and sous vide techniques, and the daily rotating menu showcases the best that local farms have to offer.

Pig Vicious 1001 E. 6th St. (512) 826 4090 Nestled in the East Side Drive In, Pig Vicious delivers bacon-centric dishes with a punk-rock flair. Offerings include quesadillas and milkshakes, but the true stars are the unique bacon sandwiches such as the Doc Marten with fried egg and the Peanut Butter Monkey Pig.

The Woodland 1716 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6800 The Woodland features modern comfort food with plenty of SoCo quirk. This cozy, arboreal space is a great place to indulge in a pot pie or steak frites. Be sure to sample the eatery’s specialty handmade cocktails.

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Maury I Sullivan’s julio's

4230 Duval St. (512) 452 1040


december 2011

was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, where true Mexican food is hard to find. In 2000, I made my second trip to the Live Music Capital of the World for SXSW. Captivated by the laid-back atmosphere, vibrant music scene and let’s be honest — queso — I started dreaming about living in Austin. After nine years as a resident of Washington, DC, I did something shocking. I moved to Texas, more specifically to Austin in June of 2000.

Nevermind that I had only visited a few times and all of my family and friends lived on the coasts — West and East. I had been to Julio’s and there was no turning back. My boyfriend, now husband, bought a house in Hyde Park and I joined him in what was then one of the hottest summers on record. After working long days, I would tell Todd I needed a “adjustment” — code words for a Mexican martini. We would meet at home and walk to Julio’s to order drinks, queso, freshly-made guacamole and chicken tacos or chalupas. After one sip and a few chips all would be right in the world again. We eat at or get take out from Julio’s on average at least three times a month. Our favorites (besides the Mexican martini) include the roasted chicken, chicken soup and veggie chalupas. The food is always fresh and the atmosphere relaxed. In the early days, we would sit together in silence at a table, each reading the Austin Chronicle while trying to decide if we should go to the Continental Club to see Jonathan Richman or to Stubb’s for a Gourds’ show. Now we meet friends and linger on long, hot summer evenings, enjoying the patio and people watching. On weekend mornings we call ahead and pick up the fattest, most delicious breakfast tacos to get our day started right. These hearty (and cheap) tacos never fail to satisfy. When we have out-of-town guests we head to the corner of 43rd and Duval for migas, huevos rancheros and coffee. I love that my Austin ‘hood has several good spots for food. In addition to Julio’s there’s Asti, Mother’s, Quack’s, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Dolce Vita and, the newest, Antontelli’s Cheese Shop all within walking distance. It reminds me of living in Adams Morgan in DC, where dozens of restaurants were at my doorstep. The vibrant scene makes me feel like I am home. But it’s Julio’s that has grown the most with me. Now my “mood adjustment” is called “mother’s little helper” and my two boys (and sometimes our dog) join us on warm, autumn evenings. I love that I know Stella, the owner, and her staff by name and that I always run into someone I know there. Even my kids see their friends from school on Friday nights. To me Julio’s is more than delicious Mexican food — it’s a place where you can come as you are and stay as long as you want. The comfortable atmosphere and personal service make it feel like you are at a friend’s for dinner. Maury Sullivan is Sr. VP for Community Engagement at KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, which includes working on Austin City Limits, Overheard with Evan Smith and KLRU Collective. She has two sons Link and Nels (and their dogbrother Jimmy). Her husband, Todd Pruner, works at BreakingPoint Systems by day and plays guitar for The Asteroid Shop at night. The band just finished a western tour in support of their debut release. P h oto g r a p h y by a n n i e r ay

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