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features New Year, New Austin Winter White Escape Artists The Bee Man Exploring the Keys

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My Life


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W e m ay h av e o f f i c i a l ly d e e m e d January 2012 TRIBEZA the Beauty Issue, but it’s about much more than that. Start with the “New Year, New Austin” feature and let writer Lisa Siva lead you through 12 creative ways to change up your fitness life (try aerial yoga), your skin care routine (shop at the chic and organic W3LL People) and the way you eat (take a Slow Food Austin Farm Tour). This installment of TRIBEZA is about renewal and taking the time to implement all the changes you talked about making last year.

Meet the dynamic Neissa Brown Springmann in Exposed. Many Austin women have embraced her holistic fitness programs as a favorite part of their workout routines. University of Texas professor Kristin Neff writes about self-compassion in this month’s Perspective column. You may remember Neff and her family from the documentary and book The Horse Boy, about their son, Rowan, and their family’s journey with his autism. The column for this issue offers a glimpse into the findings of her book Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. Austin is privileged to have so many talented and innovative hairstylists that picking just five of them to participate in this month’s fashion shoot was a challenge. We wanted to give them creative freedom, so our only direction was to play with the theme of “Winter White.” Each stylist — Bianca Castillo of Jackson Ruiz Salon, Deklynd Channing of Deklynd Channing Hair Design, José Luis of José Luis Salon, Rory McNeill of Roar Salon and Shawna Parvin of Propaganda Hair Group — brought a completely beautiful and unexpected twist to the challenge. When bee aficionado and renowned photographer Dan Winters and his lovely wife, Kathryn, told me about Konrad Bouffard and all the big things he is doing at Round Rock Honey Beekeeping Academy, I knew we had to do a piece on it. We were thrilled that Dan wanted to photograph it for us. Read about this special place in “The Bee Man,” a thoughtful article by Carolyn Harrold. We send this issue off to press with excitement, about it and about all the other things 2012 holds for TRIBEZA and for you, our dear readers. Happy New Year!


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Stockton Hicks Laffey's Toasting the Top 20

Dancing With the Stars Austin

For the 11th year, Donna Stockton-Hicks and Priscilla Laffey, co-owners of Stockton Hicks Laffey, a wholesale showroom dedicated exclusively to the design trade, hosted the “Toasting the Top 20,” celebrating the “Top 20” interior designers in Austin. The event was held at Donna Stockton-Hicks’ impeccably decorated residence.

Dancing with the Stars Austin presented by Lexus of Austin featured Austin notables (like TRIBEZA’s own publisher George Elliman) paired with professional dancers for ballroom dance performances and a unique evening of entertainment. The event raised over $765,000 for the Center for Child Protection. Each year, the success of this event has allowed the Center to provide more services to kids, teens and their families including pet therapy, an interactive ropes course and psychiatric services.

Toasting the Top 20: 1. Anne Elizabeth Barbe, Katherine Bill & Lindy Heatherington 2. Priscilla Laffey & Donna Stockton-Hicks 3. Stephanie Becker & Julia Winniford Horne 4. Jennifer Tuthill-Johnston, Patti Hinners & Vickee Byrum Dancing with the Stars: 5. Judy Bagalay, George Elliman & Julia Elliman 6. Brooke Beaty & Matt Neas 7. Tylere Brennan & Rachele Park 8. Lousiana Longdwell & Kumara Wilcoxon 9. Will Hardeman & Anna Anami 10. Laurie & Mark Frick 11. Kristi Woodcock & Meg Voelter


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TRIBEZA December People Issue Release Party TRIBEZA readers gathered at Lytle Pressley Contemporary in celebration of the December People Issue. Top chefs David Bull of Congress and Second and Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, both of whom were featured in the issue, treated the crowd to a delicious assortment of appetizers,

and for dessert, guests enjoyed festive buñuelos served up by husband and wife duo Jennifer and David Blanco of 444 Gourmet Creations. Bombay Sapphire, Deep Eddy Vodka, Kim Crawford Wines and Neuro provided libations for the evening, and DJ Protégé kept the party going.

1. Rick & Sarah Wittenbraker 2. Kathryn & Sterling Allen 3. Jon Ryan Parker & Hunter Lohse 4. Claudia Blanchette & Ashley Cass 5. Zoe Cordes-Selbin, Eric Selbin & Helen Cordes 6. David & Jennifer Blanco 7. Chef David Bull 8. LeAnn Mueller & Alison Clem 9. Bobby Bones & Kara Scholz 10. Rocqell Jordan, Christine Moline & Jennifer Wijangco 11. Laura Egliht & Sarah Gamble p h oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e s i n a

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Texas Tribune Party

Austin Bat Cave’s Page 2 Screen

The Texas Tribune celebrated the holidays with an editor’s review on the state of Texas politics in the Living Room at the W Austin. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The Austin Bat Cave launched their new literary film series, Page 2 Screen, featuring screenings and conversations with authors about adaptations of their work at the Blanton Museum of Art. The first guest of honor was Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm. Evan Smith led a Q&A following the screening. Learn about future events and screenings at

Texas Tribune: 1. John Thornton & Evan Smith 2. Kathryn Arnold & Jacob Villanueva 3. Anne Marie Smith, Dave Shaw & Catherine Robb 4. Bart & Barbara Knaggs 5. Tanya Erlach & Amanda Utter Austin Bat Cave: 6. Jen Strickland & Rick Moody 7. Terri Hannifin & Joseph Strickland 8. Jackie Rangel & Jorge Rangel 9. Frances Cowhig & Josh Meyer 10. Chad Nichols & Linda Harrold


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ZACH Theatre Fundraiser at the W Austin







The AWAY Spa by W Austin hosted a private fundraiser for the ZACH Theatre, chaired by Bobbi Topfer and Deborah Green. Attendees escaped "AWAY" to a Xanaduthemed event, which will be next summer’s ZACH performance.

Eliza Page Anniversary Party



Elizabeth Gibson celebrated her chic 2nd Street boutique, Eliza Page’s, seven-year anniversary at a holiday soiree filled with cocktails, treats and merriment.

Charity Bash Date Auction

For the third annual CharityBash Live Auction benefiting CASA of Travis County and LifeWorks, 20 bachelors and bachelorettes strutted their stuff on the runway, vying for bids on their uber exclusive date packages. The soirée raised $85,000.

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The Cow Parade officially came to an end, as the 40 life-sized fiberglass cows moo-ved from the streets of downtown Austin to the homes of generous donors. The Austin Art Cow Auction, hosted by Jay Leno, raised $1.49 million for Dell Children’s Medical Center. ZACH Theatre: 1. Candace Partridge, Mary Tally & Deanna Serra 2. Bobbi Topfer, Cindy Hill & Suzanne Deal Booth 3. Kelly Topfer, Martin Coffey & Suzanne Schlesinger Eliza Page: 4. Elizabeth Baird & Maggie Goen 5. Elizabeth Gibson & John Robert Connelly Charity Bash: 6. Charisse Sayers, Emily Anne Skinner & Rachael Thetford 7. Joe Ross & Cristina Pesek 8. Harriett Kirsh Pozen & Shannan Riemer 9. Alexandria Coe, Ricky Brennes & Emily Visher 10. Jordan Brosseau & Brandon Williams Cow Auction: 11. Jay Leno & Milton Verret with the Silver Spurs and the Texas Cowboys


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My beloved friend Christi was getting groceries and got carded for her wine. With great glee, she reached into her wallet to produce her ID, confirming her over 40 status. “Nevermind,” said the clerk. “I don’t need it.” “What?” she asked, clearly miffed. “Why?”

“Well,” the clerk stumbled. “I mean, once you smiled, I could tell…” He realized his misstep and handed her the receipt without making eye contact. Christi’s husband, like any wise man, threw the last bag into the cart and hauled ass out to the car, wanting to avoid the entire scene.

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We have decided to be brutally honest in chronicling our symptoms, so that we can amuse ourselves while our bodies melt and our faces scrunch...

She called me immediately afterwards, in a foul mood. “WTF? The checkout dude gets to comment on my crow’s-feet? He thought I was borderline 21 until I smiled?” “There’s only one thing you can do,” I replied somberly. “What’s that? Obviously imminent surrender to Botox is my only recourse.” “No,” I said. “Stop smiling.” “Not a problem,” she said, sighing. “I have nothing to smile about anymore anyway.” This phone call cracked me up, as Christi tends to do on a regular basis. We have been friends since third grade, so we have been through every metamorphosis together from puberty through pregnancy, postpartum easing into middle age. We discuss all changes in great detail, with sly humor, usually with wine — whether in person or over the phone (she lives in California). We crossed over into our 40s one year apart, and she was very happy to beckon me across the threshold. I should probably mention that Christi is 5’10”, lean and long and struts her stuff in a wickedly tight pair of jeans (with heels, aw yeah) better than anyone in their 20s or 30s. So we grumble with some perspective and a grain of salt (to go with our skinny-agave-margarita on the rocks). We have decided to be brutally honest in chronicling our symptoms, so that we can amuse ourselves while our bodies melt and our faces scrunch, and so that our daughters will not be surprised when they find themselves in the same predicament. We do not want them to be caught unaware and unarmed (without a sense of humor, of course). 1. What gives with the folded line across the backs of our legs in jeans? When did this happen and is it the current style of jeans or is it my thighs? This line needs an official name. 2. Crow’s-feet. Ugh. They first winked at me around age 28, then settled in for keeps at 35. Why are they cute on guys? Guys look smiley. I just look crinkly (and buy every new cream they advertise). 3. Facelifts. Almost everyone who gets one looks related. Remind


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me of this when I want one later. Besides, a tightly yanked face looks funny with veiny, spotted hands and as far as I know no one does hand-lifts. 4. Botox. I’ve tried this and I like it, but it kind of scares me to think about injecting a disease into my face, especially one that has the power to explode aluminum cans. Besides, my brother calls Botox the female equivalent of a comb-over. (Like we don’t know you’re bald = Like we don’t know you’re old.) 5. The cumulative effect of red wine and coffee on teeth. Bleach or keep your mouth shut. 6. Actually saying, “When I was your age…” at any time, to any one. Realizing that college students now look like children. 7. Hair mascara. I don’t have gray yet, but it’s coming for me. My brunette friends are constantly checking their parts. 8. Two-day hangover penalty for overindulgence. 9. Earlobes that can only tolerate lightweight earrings in order to avoid vertical line. Damn the giant earrings of the ‘80s. 10. Germ phobia. I used to eat popcorn at bars. Now I Purell myself when someone coughs. 11. The cozy little pooge that has settled onto the backside of my previously bony hips. Scientists will eventually prove the correlation to lattes and there will be a class action suit against Starbucks. 12. Spider veins. And I have arachnophobia. 13. Hail damage on rear bumper. I keep buying Lululemon thinking the expensive power of its cuteness will somehow make everything okay. 14. Clothing considerations and the word “appropriate” entering my vernacular. Just because it comes in your size does not mean you can or should wear it. 15. The sheer power of humor and good friends. Nothing is hotter than a woman with confidence and wit. The best trajectory is the graph that charts age with “I don’t have to give a damn about that anymore.” They meet at 40, FYI, and the vector goes on and on.















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hen Neissa Brown Springmann found herself spread too thin, juggling a personal training career with an indoor gymnastics business, she decided to refocus by combining her passion for people with the childlike spirit she felt was missing. Soon thereafter, iGnite was born. More than a weekly fitness class or typical training regime, iGnite is a strong, supportive female community that was built by the hands that embrace it. “We believe that creating a community and connecting with other people, sharing life experiences, while moving the body and being outside in an organic setting is the very best opportunity to experience physical, spiritual and mental growth,” she says. “When you’re in a gym, you’ve got mirrors surrounding you. You’re constantly staring at all your imperfections. So getting away from those mirrors, getting away from televisions and iPods and all those things we typically listen to and look at when we’re working out — [that’s how we] connect.” Brown Springmann has refreshingly pure intentions, an enormous heart and is genuinely interested in ensuring women sustain a holistically healthy lifestyle that works with their daily routine. As such, iGnite offers a myriad of weekly, interchangeable fitness classes, recipes, book recommendations and social events, all while encouraging positive relationships between women. “Fitness is a lifestyle, it continues on, and life is a journey,” Brown Springmann says. “In order to live a consistently healthy lifestyle, we need consistent support and we need a village to help us along the way.” d. Kay

14 Questions for Neissa

What are you nostalgic for? Sleeping in on a weekend. What was the last city you lived in? I moved to New York City to become the next Katie Couric (when she was on The Today Show). I loved the way she was able to connect, communicate and have fun with the masses through television. Whose wardrobe are you envious of? Stacy London, the co-host on What Not to Wear. What movie or television star was your childhood crush? I loved Jordan Knight of the New Kids on the Block.


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What book should every child read? Oh the Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss. Where is your dream vacation? Africa. Who would you take a cross country trip with? My husband. He is a very easy traveler, and we enjoy the same things. What is the biggest challenge you have overcome? Giving up control and delegating. What is one thing people don’t generally know about you? I turn into an introvert at night and during the weekends. I love sitting at home and being lazy and doing nothing. Who is your fantasy dinner party guest? Ellen DeGeneres. I love her! She seems super easy going and is hysterical!

What is your theme song? “ Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. What book has inspired you? The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino. If you weren’t in your current career, what else would you try? Television. I love the idea of being able to communicate to the masses. Who are your favorite heroes in real life? My mom, dad and stepmom. Despite my mom and dad’s divorce when I was very young, the three of them made my life and my sister’s life great. They made the best out of a bad situation and continue to be wonderful parents and role models. I am blessed!

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ost of us are incredibly hard on ourselves. We beat ourselves up for not being thin, attractive, successful or intelligent enough. When we fail or make a mistake we feel something has gone terribly wrong. The truth is, nothing is wrong. We’re imperfect human beings living imperfect human lives. This is the way things are supposed to be. Instead of fighting against this truth and making ourselves miserable in the process, we have another option. We can embrace our flawed state with compassion, giving ourselves what we really need to be happy. I know this from firsthand experience. While finishing up my dissertation at Berkeley back in 1997, I was in a bad state. I had just gone through a messy divorce and was feeling a lot of shame and self-judgment. I was stressed about finishing my degree and wondering if I would get hired in an incredibly competitive job market. I tried learning to meditate with a local Buddhist group to see if it would help. In addition to teaching meditation, the teachers talked a lot about the need for self-compassion. In order to open your heart and grow spiritually, they said you need to stop the inner violence that undermines your peace of mind. It took a while to sink in, but I eventually stopped using harsh self-talk whenever I felt inadequate and tried to be kinder to myself. Not only was it a hell of a lot less painful, I could see myself more clearly because it was safe to do so. This allowed me to learn and


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grow in a way that wasn’t possible before. By giving myself care and support rather than tearing myself down all the time, I found the emotional strength needed to embrace the next stage in my life. When I got an Assistant Professor position at UT Austin — that’s what brought me to this wonderful city — I decided to conduct research on self-compassion. After reading every Buddhist book I could lay my hands on, I realized that self-compassion has three main elements — being kind to ourselves rather than harshly judgmental, remembering that imperfection is part of the shared human experience and mindfully turning toward our suffering rather than fighting or denying it. So I developed a scale to measure selfcompassion, and the research quickly showed its benefits: less depression, anxiety and stress, for instance, more personal growth motivation, healthy behaviors like exercising and sticking to one’s diet, better relationships, as well as increased happiness, optimism and life satisfaction. The fact that self-compassion is strongly associated with positive mental states is important given the evolutionary purpose of positive emotions. Negative emotions alert us to problems, narrowing the focus of our attention so that we can avoid danger. Positive emotions, on the other hand, alert us to possibilities, broadening the focus of our attention so that we can build resources. The beauty of self-compassion is that it embraces suffering with the positive emotions of kindness and connectedness,

meaning it opens us up to new potentials. Without denying the truth of our difficult life experiences, self-compassion allows us to see their silver linings. As Helen Keller once said, “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” This was certainly true in my own life. When my son Rowan was first diagnosed with autism, thank God I had some selfcompassion practice under my belt. If not I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through those intensely painful early years. When Rowan was lost in an inconsolable tantrum, or when he pooped his pants (at five) for the umpteenth time that day, I would put most of my emotional energy into soothing and comforting myself. By acknowledging my grief and stress with great kindness and concern, I was able to recharge my emotional batteries so that I had more to give to Rowan. More importantly, I was eventually able to see Rowan’s autism as a gift, something to be celebrated rather than condemned. I could focus on the joy Rowan brought me rather than being stuck in despair about the challenges he posed. When we commit to treating ourselves with the same kindness and consideration we would show to a good friend, we can climb out of the black hole of self-criticism that we so often find ourselves in. So for your New Year’s resolution, why not try being more selfcompassionate? It might just change your life. P h oto g r a p h y by a l e x a n d r a va l en t i

january Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music Free Week Jan 1-9 Black Books

Jan 5, 9pm Stubb’s

Chris Perez Band

Jan 6, 9pm Stubb’s

Art Versus Industry

Jan 7, 9pm Stubb’s

Frankie Ballard

Jan 11, 9pm Stubb’s

Shawn Colvin & Lyle Lovett

Jan 13, 8pm Paramount Theatre

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Emmanuel Ax

Jan 13-14, 8pm The Long Center

Cass McCombs

Jan 14, 9pm Stubb’s Jan 14, 9pm Emo’s East

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Jan 18, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater The Civil Wars

Jan 19, 8pm Paramount Theatre The Mountain Goats

Jan 19, 7pm Antone’s

Rodney Carrington

Jan 20, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Jan 21, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Mason Jennings

Jan 21, 8pm The Parish

Dawn Upshaw

The Kills

Jan 25 Stubb’s

AVCII: The House for Hunger Tour

Jan 16, 9pm Austin Music Hall january 2012

Jan 17, 6pm Austin Music Hall

Jan 22, 7pm Bates Recital Hall

Wu Tang Clan


Rise Against


Jan 27 Stubb’s


Jan 27, 9pm Emo’s East Keb Mo

Jan 28, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Me Talk Pretty

Jan 29, 6:30pm Antone’s

The Dirty Guv’nahs

Jan 31, 9pm Stubb’s

Film KLRU Community Screenings: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Jan 3, 7pm Windsor Park Library

Best of the Fests: Man on a Mission

Jan 5, 7-9pm Alamo Drafthouse Village Reel Change Film Frenzy

Jan 13, 12pm Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Chef Du Cinema Presents: The Royal Tenenbaums featuring Ron Deutsch

Jan 14, 6:30pm Central Market North Lamar

The Screenplay Workshop: Screenwriting Fundamentals

Jan 24, 7pm 3710 Cedar St.

Austin SAG Awards Party benefitting TXMPA

Jan 29, 5:30pm ND at 501 Studios

Theater God of Carnage

Jan 3-7, 8pm ZACH Theatre

The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare

Jan 8 & 14, 2-4pm Paramount Theatre

Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots

Jan 17, 7:30pm Michael and Susan Dell Hall

National Theatre of Scotland: Long Gone Lonesome

Jan 19, 7pm Bass Concert Hall Wicked

Jan 25-Feb 12 Bass Concert Hall Next to Normal

Jan 25-28, 8pm ZACH Theatre

Austin Lyric Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Jan 28, 7:30pm The Long Center

Comedy Kyle Kinane

Jan 4-7 Cap City Comedy Club Kathy Griffin

Jan 7, 8pm Michael & Susan Dell Hall

Inside the Design Studio: Dick Clark

Jan 12 Lytle Pressley Contemporary

Hill Country Ride

Jan 13, 7:30pm Austin Music Hall

Architects of Air

Jan 13-20 The Long Center

Ballet Austin’s Get Fit! 2012

Robert Dubac: Free Range Thinking

Jan 15, 3:30-6pm Butler Dance Education Center

Rachel Feinstein

Couples Cook: Chinese New Year featuring Dorothy Huang

Jan 10, 7:30pm The Long Center

Jan 12-14, 8pm Cap City Comedy Club Mo Mandel

Jan 18-21, 8pm Cap City Comedy Club Dana Gould

Jan 26-28, 8pm Cap City Comedy Club

Other Conspirare presents: 600 Miles for Art: A Conspirare Choral Conversation

Jan 8, 2:30pm Blanton Museum of Art

Jan 20, 6:30pm Central Market North Lamar

Austin Gorilla Run

Jan 21, 9am Warehouse District

The Cream Austin Wedding Event

Jan 22, 6-9pm Mercury Hall

Harlem Globetrotters

Jan 27, 7pm Frank Erwin Center

Arts Calendar January 7 Wally Workman Gallery

Will Klemm: Over the Years Reception: 6-8pm Through Jan 28 January 9 AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

Miguel Andrade Valdez: Monumento Lima Through March 25 January 14 AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani Through April 22 Evidence of Houdini’s Return Jill Magid’s Failed States Through March 4 Blanton Museum of Art

AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

Jesse McLean Lose Yourself (Remix) Through Jan 8 Young Artists Exhibition Through Jan 29

Buster Graybill: Progeny of Tush Hog Two Takes on One Space: Lauren Fensterstock and Steve Through Feb 19 Big Medium

Douglass Pollard: Fumes Chantelle Rodriguez: Objective Space Through Jan 13 Blanton Museum of Art

Go West! Representations of the American Frontier Through September 23 Women & Their Work Gallery

Gallery Shoal Creek

January 26 Insights Art Show & Sale benefiting the Austin State Hospital

Reception: 6-9pm Mexican American Cultural Center January 27 Visual Arts Center

Diana Al-Hadid, International Print Center New York Exhibition Across the Divide (Im)possibilities and Justin Boyd Reception: 6-9pm Through March 10


AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, Paul Villinski: Passage Through Jan 22

Laurie Frick: Quantify Me Reception: 7-9pm Through March 10

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The Landscape and Beyond Through Jan 14 Harry Ransom Center

Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Through Jan 8 Banned, Burned, Seized and Censored & The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925 Through Jan 22 Laura Bush Community Library

Nina Beall: Large and Small Works Through Jan 28 Women & Their Work Gallery

Jasmyne Graybill: Home Sweet Home Reception: 7-9pm Through Jan 5

JANUARY 22, 2012 • 6-9PM


The Cream Austin January 22nd, 6 - 9pm Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Ln.


eactivate your Pinterest wedding pinboard and set your bridal magazines aside. The Cream (formerly known as Hitched) is unlike any other bridal showcase you’ll ever experience. This carefully curated wedding event unites the cream of the crop in the bridal business to host a fabulous reception in which guests can eat, sip, dance and witness the making of pure matrimonial magic. Paige Appel and Kelly Harris, owners and event producers at Bash, Please, founded The Cream on the premise of bringing into focus “a real, tangible, well appointed view of the modern wedding.” From food to fashion, and every candid snapshot in between, guests are interactively involved and will leave with something old, something blue and some new inspiring ideas. With sold out shows in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, The Cream will host its next momentous showcase right here in Austin in collaboration with bridal retailer, BHLDN, and co-hosted by event designer, Camille Styles. According to this talented duo, The Cream has corralled up 30 to 40 exclusive participants based on talent, innovation, location and personality. In addition, BHLDN will put on a promising fashion show, provide original table décor and host a pop up shop for the eager bride-to-be. Engaged couples, industry experts and the artistically curious are welcome. Make sure to save the date for an evening that will leave you saying yes to more than the dress. For ticketing and event information, visit m. sereno

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museums & galleries

artist spotlight

Art Spaces Museums Austin Children’s Museum

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

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

Laurie Frick Quantify Me Women & Their Work January 14, 2011 - March 10, 2012


n a world where there is an “app” for almost everything, we often forget the ways in which technology simplifies — and also dictates — our lives. Artist Laurie Frick takes this idea to extremes, methodically using tracking devices for all facets of her life — sleep cycles, steps taken, computer mouse movement, daily moods — and creates intricate color-coded charts of both life’s most instinctive and indulgent actions. Utilizing a background in both engineering and technology, she creates art that treads along the borders of science. “I have been thinking about a future where everything about us can be invisibly measured and significantly added to my daily regimen in order to build a patterned language,” Frick says. “I’m convinced the way we unconsciously slice our time reflects the underlying structure of our mind.” For her exhibition, Quanitify Me at Women & Their Work, Frick builds hypnotic and hyper-detailed floor to ceiling graphs of self-surveillance using industrial and recycled materials. The works she creates give a visual perspective of the beauty in life’s details, both controlled and chaotic. For more information on Frick’s work and upcoming exhibitions, visit K. Borowski


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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 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

photo courtesy of Laurie frick.

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 lytle pressley contemporary

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 9-5

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

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 Cuvée Coffee The Hot Dang Grain Burgers Although it is vegetarian friendly, let’s get one thing straight: the Hot Dang is not a veggie burger. The brainchild of Austinite Martha Pincoff, and made locally from organic brown rice, pearled barley and wild rice, these grain burgers offer an intensely filling and less processed substitute for a veggie patty. Heavy with fiber, protein and healthful fats, Hot Dang burgers promise a lot of energy from organic ingredients without relying on fillers. With an eye for aesthetics and innovation (the sleek packaging is quintessentially Austin), the brand is taking an unbeaten path to burger making in such a BBQ heavy city. Flavorful yet healthful, natural but not mushy — the Hot Dang may just leave you saying it’s name after your first bite. Hot Dang burgers are available at Whole Foods, Wheatsville Co-op, Farm to Market, Fresh Plus, Hat Creek Burger Co., and through Greenling and Farmhouse deliveries. Visit for more information.

GoodPop All-Natural Frozen Pops Created by UT student Daniel Goetz in the summer of 2009, GoodPop AllNatural Frozen Pops made their debut at local farmers markets as a healthful alternative to sugar-filled popsicles and quickly became a crowd favorite. Keeping with the Austin ethos of healthy living, GoodPop offer a sweet shot of flavor without any refined sugars, artificial coloring or high-fructose corn syrup. Featuring quirky flavors like Banana-Cinnamon and Pineapple-Basil, as well as classics like Strawberry and Lemon, each pop is made with fresh fruit and all natural ingredients. GoodPops are vegan friendly, gluten free and can be consumed without guilt (only 50 calories a serving!). Locations where GoodPops are sold can be found at K. Borowski


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anuary marks the beginning of a new venture for local acupuncturists Margaret Webb and Ann Mowat. The symbiotic duo has teamed up to form Tempo Acupuncture, a clinic that utilizes traditional Chinese medicine to treat the modern athlete — but doesn’t stop there. As Austin’s only Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialists, Webb and Acupuncturists Ann Mowat Mowat have four-year Master’s degrees in (left) and Margaret Webb (right) have joined forces to Traditional Chinese Medicine, over 10 years create a new business that of combined clinical experience and both are specializes in using traditrained herbalists. The amalgamation of their tional Chinese medicine to treat the modern athlete. training has taught these women the importance of an extremely thorough and individualtive method for treating stress, allergies, irregular sleep patterns and ized course of treatment for each patient. “With Chinese medicine, even infantile colic. “That’s where acupuncture really shines, actually,” it is never just one thing. It is always looking at how that thing that Webb says. “I think acupuncture is really wonderful for pain because someone is seeking treatment for fits into the person as a whole,” it can have a very immediate effect, but the more subtle effects are Webb says. Webb and Mowat take the time to get to know each and probably more profound for people’s health.” every one of their clients scrupulously in an effort to understand the Located on West 10th, the Tempo Acupuncture team has carerhythm of the client’s lifestyle and to unearth any imbalances that may fully crafted their ethos to provide multi-faceted support for all be present. In fact, despite the pair’s focus on sports-related ailments, lifestyles and welcomes the opportunity to adapt to their clients’ the long-lasting relief and exponential benefits that acupuncture every-changing lives. Webb and Mowat are dedicated can provide are not limited to athletes. Webb and to assisting with lifestyle changes, whether they be Mowat suggest that almost anyone, provided they Tempo Acupuncture small or large, and they understand that customizing are mobile, should consider trying acupuncture. Not 805 W. 10th St. treatment to each individual is essential for attaining unlike yoga or meditation, routine acupuncture can (512) 782 0680 and maintaining a healthy, balanced life. D. Kay assist with rebalancing the body and is an


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hile we all have loyalties to our favorite restaurant or gym, the New Year offers the perfect opportunity to explore parts of Austin we haven’t already seen. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself to a new fitness routine or pamper your skin, explore new cuisine or give back to the community, the city has something for the adventurer in us all. As you embark on your newfound resolutions for 2012, here are 12 ways to experience an entirely new Austin.

Mellow Johnny’s Group Rides 400 Nueces St. (512) 473 0222

shop and sign photographs courtesy of mellow johnny's.

Lance Armstrong’s bike shop is not only a retail store for quality bicycling gear but also a central hub for Austin’s biking community. Mellow Johnny’s serves as the starting point for many group rides across the city, which both encourage the beginning rider and challenge more experienced cyclists. From the Ladies Ride, led by the Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling Club, to advanced Mountain Rides, Mellow Johnny’s offers a group for every bicyclist. A great option for beginning group riders are the NoDrop rides, which set fixed meeting points for bicyclists to regroup along the route. Be sure to enjoy a pre-ride snack at the shop’s Juan Pelota Café and get to know your fellow bicyclists.

wellness Austin Aerial Yoga 4227 Guadalupe St. (512) 900 9247

Instructor Lydia Michelson-Maverick has taken yoga in a new direction: up! Aerial Yoga is a unique hybrid of yoga, combining traditional asanas with the added intensity of aerial conditioning to deepen the workout.

“Each pose becomes a full-body exploration as you find new ways to engage your muscles,” notes Michelson-Maverick. Alternately restorative and rigorous, each class may be tailored to the needs of the practitioner. The bold at heart, for example, can challenge themselves to flips, spinning and swinging in the air while supported by fabric hammocks. Austin Aerial Yoga offers weekly classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.

Left: Instructor Lydia Michelson-Maverick shows off a yoga pose Right: Craig Staley of Mellow Johnny's Below: The counter at Juan Pelota Café

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Informal Classes at the University of Texas

beauty + skincare Devoid of harmful chemicals, W3ll People cosmetics feature vibrant mineral pigments made with 100 percent natural, antioxidant-rich ingredients. “The beautiful thing,” Pinkson adds. “Is that you can wear W3ll People and feel good about it.”

Thompson Conference Center 2405 Robert Dedman Dr. (512) 471 3121

UT’s Informal Classes grew out of a desire to make education a lifelong process. Today, the university offers a wide variety of classes to the Austin community, including health, wellness and exercise courses to improve both physical and mental well-being. Course lengths range from three weeks to a few months, so students can select the class that best fits their schedules. “These classes are for just about anyone who wants to venture out and try something new.” Informal Classes Coordinator Monica Mercado says. Among the informal course offerings for 2012 are Fit for Life, an educational healthy lifestyle program, Western Horseback Riding and Aerial Circus Skills.

Instructor Amber DuPuy teaches a Pilates class.

Inventive Eco-Organic

(512) 562 2397

Shirley Pinkson (center) and the W3LL team

W3ll People

215 S. Lamar Blvd, Ste. B (512) 366 7963 Developed by a noted cosmetic dermatologist, celebrity makeup artist and environmentalist, W3ll People offers a line of premium cosmetics that is both good for the skin and environmentally-friendly. Shirley Pinkson, cofounder and makeup artist to clients like Naomi Campbell, says, “My goal was to create a ‘happy,’ toxin-free brand that delivers like conventional The W3LL People store, cosmetics.”

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Renowned aesthetician Marisa Hernandez developed Inventive Eco-Organic in 1994, a line of skincare products made with mostly organic, all-natural ingredients such as herbal extracts, rich botanical oils, clays and various sea source ingredients. “Everything that I put in my products is probably in your kitchen,” Hernandez laughs. Handmade just outside of Austin and bottled by two dedicated local artisans, the skincare line reflects Hernandez’s core philosophy of integrity: “We don’t treat ingredients in any way that compromises the original life source.” She explains, “This is not just skincare. It is about integrity in the full meaning of the word, devotion and a gift. It’s a holistic approach made from experience by a team of givers.” Inventive Eco-Organic products are available online and at salons across Texas, including milk + honey.

pilates photograph courtesy of amber dupuy; inventive eco-organic photograph courtesy of marisa hernandez; opposite page: slow food photographs courtesy of slow food austin; chef daniel olivella, photograph courtesy of central market.

New Year, New Austin

Slow Food Austin Farm Tours gives guests a chance to see how local food is made.

B44: A Pop-Up Restaurant Friday, January 27, 6:30pm 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 206 1014

dining Elizabeth Bentley of Neu Skin

Neu Skin

1411 W. 6th St. (512) 680 5974 Eschewing harsh and invasive procedures, aesthetician Elizabeth Bentley offers highly personalized, all-natural facials and microdermabrasion featuring Inventive EcoOrganic products. Recognizing that each individual’s skin is unique, Bentley develops a personalized treatment and regimen for each client according to his or her skin type and development over time. A former student of Marisa Hernandez of Inventive Eco-Organic, Bentley admired her mentor’s dedication to “delivering the best service and quality possible.” Today, Bentley continues that philosophy with a commitment to maintaining a “passion and sensitivity” toward each of her clients’ individual needs.

Slow Food Austin Farm Tours

Three years ago, Slow Food Austin began its Farm Tour program, which seeks to educate Austinites about their food and the farmers who grow it. As guests stroll along a local farm, they will learn more about the techniques and craft of farming from the farmers themselves. The farm tour coordinator, Besty Levy, remarks, “I think everyone should take a farm tour. There’s no better way to get an understanding of food than to start where it comes from.” After the tour, guests are able to take home certain products straight from the farm, which is included in the ticket price. “You’ll understand better how that produce came about and who produced it and what you can do with it,” Levy says. Previous tours have visited a diverse array of farms, including Montesino Ranch, Richardson Farms and Pure Luck Goat Dairy Farm.

Chef Daniel Olivella of San Francisco’s acclaimed tapas restaurant, B44, is bringing a taste of Spain to Austin for a single evening at Central Market. Twice featured on USA Today’s “Best 20 Dishes in America” list, B44 has become a tapas staple in San Francisco, and Austinites now have a rare chance to savor Chef Olivella’s modern twist on Spanish flavors. Guests will enjoy the traditional fare of Catalunya, including Spanish Chef Daniel Olivella tortillas, lamb kebabs and stuffed squid, each course paired with Spanish wine. Over the course of the evening, Chef Olivella will be demonstrating the preparation of the dishes and discussing the inspiration behind the meal.

Austin Eats Food Tours (512) 963 4545

Andy and Lindsey Potter began Austin Eats Food Tours to share their love of Austin’s diverse culinary scene with both tourists and Austinites. “About 65 percent of our guests

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live in the Austin area,” Andy Potter says. “They’re finding new restaurants to go back to and frequent as new favorites.” Offering a variety of tours, with stops ranging from a BBQ van to an upscale happy hour, the Potters emphasize three key components: knowledgeable guides, excellent local food and restaurant involvement, so guests have the opportunity to not only experience a variety of local foods but also to meet with the restaurant owners themselves. “Our tours are, in the truest sense, an eclectic taste of Austin,” says Potter.

Volunteer duties vary at Green Gate Farms, ensuring a niche for everyone.

Happy folks enjoying the Austin Eats Food Tour at Walton's Fancy & Staple

volunteer Green Gate Farms 8310 Canoga Ave. (512) 949 9830

In 2006, Skip Connett and Erin Flynn founded Green Gate Farms to provide both educational resources and certified organic food to the East Austin community. Since then, Green Gate Farms has expanded its


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vision of a community-based farm to include field trips, camps for children and adults, agricultural training and a variety of classes, including yoga in the hayloft. Green Gate Farms also maintains an open-door policy for volunteers, who receive fresh produce after a three to four hour shift. “Every day is different on our certified organic farm,” Flynn says. Volunteers might find themselves planting and seed-saving on one day and mobbing rare breed pigs to a new pasture the next. No experience is necessary, but all skills, including carpentry and painting, are welcome. “We want volunteers to know they can have a farm in their life, if they choose to,” Flynn says. “Green Gate Farms is a retreat for working, relaxing, learning and savoring the gifts of each season.”

green gate farms photographs courtesy of erica venhuizen and kestrel lancaster; learning ally photograph courtesy of learning ally; insights art show photographs courtesy of austin state hospital.

New Year, New Austin

Learning Ally 1314 W. 45th St. (512) 795 4305

Since 1948, Learning Ally has sought to make learning materials available to the blind, visually impaired and those with learning disabilities. With studios across the country, the organization relies on volunteers to create digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles that are easily accessible to its 300,000 members. Anne Corn, Ed. D., a member and volunteer reader for 46 years, notes that Learning Ally “provides

Austin State Hospital Insights Art Show & Sale Thursday, January 26, 6-9pm 600 River St. (512) 419 2330

Longtime volunteer, Robert (Bob) E. Anderson, working in the recording booth

a quality product that is rare to come by… It really helps to even the playing field for students who need this access.” Corn in fact credits much of her own academic success to Learning Ally’s innovative technology. After attending an orientation session, volunteers typically lend two hours a week, participating in and overseeing the recording process.

Support the Austin State Hospital by attending the Insights Art Show at the Mexican American Cultural Center, featuring over 100 pieces of art donated by patients participating in ASH’s various art programs as well as professional artists in the community. Guests can look forward to live music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as they enjoy the show’s unique artwork. “Guests have often expressed surprise at the beauty and sophistication of the work,” Art Therapist Bess Green says. “It is easy to imagine that [patients] are a ‘type’

of people, and that there would be a uniformity to the work. In reality, art is created from the unique strengths of the individual. This is part of art’s therapeutic potential, the shift from Artwork donated patient to artist and agent in one’s life.” Tickets by a patient of the Austin State Hospito the show are $35, and proceeds tal for last year’s Insights Art Show go to improving the lives of children and adults who receive services at the Austin State Hospital. To get more involved, the Hospital also offers numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit their website for more information.

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We enter a whimsical and ethereal world with five of the city’s top salons to create their favorite looks of the season. STYLING & TEXT BY LAUREN SMITH FORD P H OTO G R A P H Y BY M I C H A E L T H A D C A RT E R


Hair by Bianca Castillo Makeup by Clarissa Luna for Pure Management NYC Model: Sarah Gardner, Kim Dawson Agency Blouse by Brunello Cucinelli $215, Neiman Marcus



This spunky hair and makeup team of Bianca Castillo (left) and Clarissa Luna (right) of Jackson Ruiz Salon were all about the 70s with this Studio 54 worthy look. Castillo says: “I was going for a loose bun — keeping it retro but modernizing it with texture. Castillo, who has worked at Jackson Ruiz for 10 years where she trains salon newcomers on hair styling techniques, shares her number one tip for 2012 — “Change is good! Give yourself options for what works for you. Every girl should have a style you can wear up, half back and down…work with what you have got!” L E T T ER I N G BY AVA LO N M C K EN ZI E





THE LOOK It was futuristic meets Mad Men-era that inspired hair stylist Deklynd Channing of Deklynd Channing Hair Design in creating this fresh look. A long-time Austinite who has been doing hair for 23 years, Channing started his career in Chicago where he trained at Vidal Sassoon. His work has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Ray shows. Start 2012 with Channing's advice — “This is the best time to try new things!”

Hair by Dekylnd Channing Makeup by Jenny Lin Model: Lindsey Anderson, Kim Dawson Agency Blouse by Badgley Mischka $295, Neiman Marcus





THE LOOK “I got caught up in the idea of this white, wintery goddess…the fan from the wind blowing in her hair and playing with that,” the charismatic owner of Roar Salon, Rory McNeil, says. He’s been doing hair for 16 years and opened Roar in downtown Austin four years ago this February. “I love my clients — the interactions, relationships and being creative every day,” he says. “I love having a job where people are happy to see you.” His advice for the New Year? “Just be you! And, smile like you mean it!”

Hair by Rory McNeil Makeup by Courtney Torkelson Model: Laura Ann Shirt by Badgley Mischka $340, Neiman Marcus



THE LOOK José Buitron and his talented team at José Luis Salon played with color for this look they deemed 60s mod. “We wanted to do a contemporary twist, so we used blue and pink…it was all hair extensions,” Buitron says. He’s been doing hair for 32 years. His favorite part of the job? “That you never stop!” Buitron is always a fan of natural beauty, but... “it needs to be done up a bit for some occasions — even in Austin,” Buitron says. “Just don’t be afraid to do it!”

Hair by José Buitron Makeup by Ladda Phommavong Assisted by Michael Zuniga Model: Danielle Benson Blouse by Alice + Olivia $297, Necklaces $175 each & Bracelet $400, Saks Fifth Avenue; Hair Products by Wella and Oribe.





THE LOOK These two stylists teamed up to create a truly avant garde look through what they call “an organic process that comes from many places of inspiration.” They worked with our idea of winter white. Hair stylist Shawna Parvin of Propaganda Hair Group explains: “The shape took a life of its own for a strong, yet beautiful look.” Her best tip for 2012 — “Trust your professional stylist who can create a look that best interprets the style you feel on the inside. Whether it's bouncy curls or edgy vintage, your stylist can guide you to the look that best suits you. Individual beauty is always in style!”

Hair by Shawna Parvin Makeup by Jacqueline Fernandez Model: Paige Rivas, Kim Dawson Agency Dress by Stella McCartney $1165, Blouse by Givenchy $700, By George





While some may consider Austin to be an urban retreat in and of itself, these three backyard spaces are creative oases all their own. Whether built for work or play, they each serve a unique function within the realm of escaping hurried city life.

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Escape Artists A look at how three Austin professionals have created unique urban retreats in their own backyards

By Jackie Rangel P h o t o g r ap h y b y C o d y H a m i lt o n


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Deceptive from first glance is Clayton Aynesworth’s yoga studio, located in the Mt. Bonnell area. From the street, the façade is deceiving, modestly concealing, but behind the adjacent side house on Aynesworth and Deborah Green’s property, sits a spacious and warm yoga haven perched above the waters of Lake Austin. Walk through the house and descend the rear winding stairs, and you’re quickly transported to the boathouse — a structure that has been entirely re-imagined by the J. Pinnelli Company for its new use as Aynesworth’s yoga studio. Having been a teacher in Austin for over 18 years now, Aynesworth has finally found nirvana in this space. One of the first things you notice about the boathouse, or “the office,” as Aynesworth is likely to refer to it, is the abundance of light. Windows in numerous shapes, sizes and colors invite the outside in, and set the tone for a warm and immediately calming experience. The mahogany wood walls and dramatic Douglas fir trusses evoke a rustic sensibility, but artistic touches dot the room as well. Most notably is the largescale “DREAM” sign, which serves as both a focal point and constant

reminder of the importance of expansive thinking. “The space really creates the atmosphere. With yoga, you enter inside this sacred space inside your body when you’re doing the practice,” Aynesworth says. “Well it makes it a lot easier if you actually enter a physical space that takes you out of what your day-to-day is like. So this is ideal.” Aynesworth, whose style is grounded in the therapeutic Iyengar tradition, values the intimacy afforded by the unique environment, noting the importance of engaging in a customized dialogue with each and every student.“I really see yoga as a way of communicating. Through that process of working the body and breathing you get to know each other, you get to know yourselves. It’s a process of inquiry rather than a didactic style.” And in an interesting observation that transcends the idea of temporary retreat, Aynesworth draws a larger parallel to the transformative nature of yoga itself: The students “may be escaping one identity and stepping into a spiritual one — trying to see themselves differently or just trying something new.”

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R ja m e s dav i d + g a ry p e e s e he idea of a home office is by no means new, but James David and Gary Peese have taken the concept to another level with their backyard concrete bunker that doubles as a home-based design studio. Tucked away in the hills of Rollingwood, the untraditional creative space — designed by local architect Mell Lawrence — is massive in heft, yet subtle in footprint. Just steps away from the main house, a carefully planted vegetable garden marks the entrance to the studio, while a creatively positioned rear window lets the eye wander to distant treetops and landscapes. From the front, the structure looks like a simple room, but walk to the back, and the sloping terrain reveals a lower level garage. It is no surprise that although the building has undeniably industrial roots, it works in tandem with its natural setting. As the former founders and owners of the popular Gardens, David and Peese are currently the creative brains behind David/ Peese Design (davidpeesedesign. com). Despite no longer operating a large-scale business with nearly


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100 employees, David and Peese continue to utilize their years of experience by focusing on residential landscape projects. “I tend to do architectural landscapes in the more classical sense of gardening. I look for things that I think are incredibly beautiful. But I don’t mean pretty,” David says. “As you can see with a concrete building, it’s not a pretty building. I find it very beautiful, but it’s not ‘pretty.’ It’s not a delicate building. I tend to over-size and over-scale — I like things to look like they’re going to stay here.” A central seating area (complete with requisite stacks of art and design books) anchors the room, with David and Peese’s workstations occupying opposite ends. For David, the unspoken beauty of the space is that by being a separate entity from the house, it quite literally removes him from his daily life and frees his mind to work more steadily. “I find it very peaceful out here. I work at this desk and look at that view and I love watching the sky and the trees and the plants as they change over the years,” David says.

I find it very peaceful out here. I work at this desk and look at that view and I love watching the sky and the trees and the plants as they change over the years.” — j a m e s dav i d

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Burton Baldridge

Because my kids get so bored of architecture and construction projects, I thought it would be fun to do something architected for them so they could see the value of it.” — burton Baldridge

or local architect Burton Baldridge and his family, the idea of an “urban retreat” has taken a slightly different form — a custom-designed modern rendition of the classic backyard play structure. “The tree house,” as it’s fondly referred to, has been a multi-year labor of love for Baldridge, his wife, Lynn Boswell, and their two children, Dylan (12) and Elena (8). “Because my kids get so bored of architecture and construction projects, I thought it would be fun to do something architected for them so they could see the value of it.” Although firmly rooted to the ground, the tree house gets its name from the two metal V’s that Baldridge designed to support the 5-foot by 5-foot wood-lined fort. And in fact, aside from the yellow cladding fabricated by Crippen Sheet Metal, those are the only elements that Baldridge did not construct himself, even taking a course at Austin Community College along the way to learn how to weld. But in a nod to the numerous fruit trees that line the yard’s perimeter, Baldridge chose

an electric “ocean yellow” powder coating for the steel structure. Still to come are a set of swings that Baldridge designed to echo the style of the iconic butterfly chair. He is so invested in creating something both functional and beautiful, however, that his timeline does not always mesh with that of his children. “There’s usually an element of precision and detail obsession in my design projects — and that certainly is out there,” he says, motioning to the structure. Only a few adjustments and updates away from completion, the tree house has already become a fun outdoor escape for the whole Baldridge family. Whether Dylan is climbing its tall bars or Elena is entertaining friends in the fort’s cozy interior, both children have taken to the structure. On occasion, the young family has even spent the night beneath the stars — “urban camping” at its best. Each of these personalized spaces, while vastly different in form, shows how domestic design can transport mind and body, refreshing daily routines and refocusing creative energies.

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Konrad Bouffard, the man behind Round Rock Honey, is giving Austinites a glimpse into the secret lives of bees. B y C a r o ly n H a r r o l d


he air is cool, around 56 degrees, at the Round Rock Honey Beekeeping Academy, and as a result we don’t hear any buzzing as we near the tidy row of hives, anonymous in our identical white beekeeping suits. Konrad Bouffard, the school’s owner and a Master Beekeeper, and Lance Wilson, the class instructor, explain that at around this temperature, the bees cluster for warmth, forming a tight ball within the hive. They also slow down to conserve energy, so the only bees we see at first are parked atop the wooden boxes, almost motionless. Once the duo has their smokers working, which are used to calm the bees, Bouffard pours a line with honey at the base of the first box. The bees respond almost immediately, crawling out from the lowermost opening and soon covering the sweet line, which Bouffard explains they will clean and recycle. As he pries open the hive, the diverse class of 17 students from Austin, Round Rock and beyond, ranging from early 20-somethings to grandparents, draws a collective breath. The feeling of wonder, usually unique to children, is almost palpable, as we all gather closer to witness the activity inside the hive. Even Bouffard, who has been keeping bees for over a decade, shares our awe. “No matter how much time is spent in the bee yard, it’s never enough,” he says. “Bees cannot be figured out, they are far too complex. They have moods and personalities, and they are both very predictable and unpredictable. There is a spark of the divine in the hive.” As he lifts out the first frame to show us

the honey, some of the bees take flight. Rather than buzzing around us, as they would do in the summer months, they quickly alight on our suits, with some people attracting more than others due to scented shampoos and perfumes. From the safety of our canvas suits, we have the opportunity to observe these amazing insects up close, as they crawl over the mesh veils guarding our faces, some subtly raising and lowering their stings, which Bouffard explains is a sign of aggression, occurring as they release a scent signaling danger to the rest of the hive. He places a pollen patty, made from water, pollen (a protein source) and honey, in the hive, which quickly attracts and excites the bees. The next frame he lifts is abuzz with activity. He is even able to point out some of the bees doing their remarkable “round dance,” which communicates not only that a food source is nearby, but exactly where it is as well. After making our way down the row of Langstroth hives, opening and inspecting each one for pests, checking on production and feeding the bees one pollen patty per hive, it is time to return to the classroom for a recap and honey tasting. In addition to running the school, Bouffard’s primary business is in raw, all-natural honey sales via Round Rock Honey, which he started in 2003. He opened the Beekeeping Academy in 2007, partially as a backup for times when honey production is low due to unusually high temperatures and drought, and expanded it this spring in anticipation of the extreme summer, making it the largest beekeeping school in the world with approximately 4,500 students attending classes annually at their ever-growing number of schools in Texas and across the United States. At $125, the introductory class lasts about two and a half hours and is offered each weekend, weather permitting. It provides a basic introduction to bees, beekeeping and honey production, with half of the time spent in the classroom and half on-site at the apiary. Bouffard explains that this class is for “people looking for information and a fun experience.” The school also offers a Master Beekeeping course, which takes about a year to

complete and covers honey harvesting, bee removal, swarming and more. Thus far, Bouffard reports that with a few exceptions, the students who have completed this course and set out to start their own apiaries have had success. He recommends starting the Master class in January, and says that by March a student could set up their own hive and have their first honey harvest somewhere between April and June. Although the hives we visited as a class are set up for educational purposes and the honey produced there is not sold, Round Rock Honey has apiaries with 12 to 15 hives per site scattered throughout Central Texas in more than 90 different locations to ensure the most diverse mix of local pollens possible, making it an obvious choice for allergy sufferers in the area seeking relief. Rather than varietal honey, Round Rock Honey is a true wildflower honey, so the flavor and composition varies based on the plants that are in-season when the honey is harvested. The harvesting and packaging process is designed to keep the honey all-natural and raw. It is never heated or filtered through diatomaceous earth, so the pollens, trace minerals and complex sugars are not compromised. Bouffard, who has a culinary background, achieves the dark gold color and unique flavor in his honey by carefully blending the honeys gathered from his different apiary sites. “When you heat honey, it breaks down the sugars, and all the good things that are in honey. We know how to blend honey in such a way and how to treat it once it comes out of the hive — meaning that we don’t treat it,” Bouffard explains. “All that taken together makes for the world of our trade secrets.” Round Rock Honey is available at some farmers markets, grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Central Market and most H-E-Bs, specialty shops and restaurants in town, such as TRACE and Truluck’s, but Bouffard recommends ordering it online from, since they provide free home delivery in the Austin and Dallas areas.

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The Westin's Sunset Key Guest Cottages are a luxurious retreat a boat ride away from Key West.

There’s so much more to this charming string of Islands in South Florida than Jimmy Buffett could ever sing about. By Lauren Smith Ford

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ulling in to Key West at dusk, we immediately wished we could ditch our car for one of the pastel colored cruiser bicycles ridden by the carefree crowd we passed. They were tan, flip flopped and downright happy looking as they pedaled along the two-by-four-mile island. The daiquiris were already flowing on Duval Street (but I think that might always be the case no matter the time of day), as we pulled into town. From Victorian bed and breakfasts to hotels right in the middle of the action, the accommodation options are endless. The 100-room Ocean Key Resort & Spa (0 Duval Street) sits at the end of Duval with views of the Gulf. Everything feels classic — the beachy décor in the spacious Key West — the rooms with balconies and the Sunset Pier (one of the best spots for waterfront dining in town). You can walk right out your door to


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A view from the hammock at the Sunset Key Guest Cottages.

get in on all the action on Duval (a drag show is a must and Randy Roberts at La Te Da (1125 Duval Street) does it best as Cher and Lady Gaga). After a breakfast of divine crepes from La Creperie Key West (300 Petronia Street) and a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s House (907 Whitehead Street), which is carefully presided over by the late writer’s six-toed cats, we headed to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, the best place for a beach picnic or lingering in the sand. One night out on the town in Key West was enough for us, but we still weren’t quite ready to move on to the next Key as we planned to work our way back up north. It was a quick boat ride to Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort (catch the ferry at Mallory Square just outside the Westin Hotel on the main island). I had heard that Oprah Winfrey rented the entire

island to celebrate her 44th birthday, so I was excited to see where the woman herself had chosen to spend a birthday above anywhere else in the world. Pulling up to the dock, the crisp, white cottages with Victorian-style tin roofs along the waterfront looked inviting and cozy. They are perfect for a couple or a family, with one, two, three or four bedroom floor plans, each equipped with a kitchen and living room. The 27-acre island felt serene, but hopping over to bumping Key West only took a few minutes. We chose to soak up the island with tennis, reading on the spacious private beach (a rarity for many of the Key West area hotels) and swimming in the pool. The highlight had to be a dinner on the beach at the more formal restaurant Latitudes, a destination many travelers not staying at the hotel make the special trip to. After so much time in the sun (and

starting the day with a delicious breakfast delivered to our room in a picnic basket), the Rose Hydrating Facial in the modern Spa at Sunset Key was just what I needed. Sadly, it was time to make our way back to the next Key, but we couldn’t leave Key West without trying another must for a trip there Little Palm Island off of — Cuban food! Little Torch Key offers a El Siboney (900 true private island experience — thatch-roofed Catherine Street), bunglalows and all. just off the beaten path, was just the spot for delicious roasted pork and a Cuban Mix sandwich. After a drag show, a slice of Key Lime Pie, a stroll through the Hemingway House, some authentic Cuban food and a beautiful sunset dinner on the beach, we felt like we saw the quintessential Key West, so it was off to Little Torch Key for a stay at Little Palm Island. We pulled up to a discreet building on Little Torch Key (just off Pirates Road…yes, that’s the real name) to leave our car, where a cheery bellman greeted us with a summery cocktail to lead us to the motor yacht that would take us on a breezy 20-minute boat ride to Little Palm. I have always longingly looked at photos of the thatch-roofed hotels in Bora Bora and Fiji, wishing I had time for a longer vacation to enjoy one. As we arrived at the dock, I realized I might never have to go that far for a true private island

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experience — the sand was white, the water, blue and there were those bungalows I had dreamed of. A shaded path lined with palm trees led us to our suite which was marked with our last name spelled out in wood blocks — a sign of the personalization and amazing attention detail that comes along with staying on a private island with only 30 suites. Everything felt secluded and peaceful. There’s really no need to ever leave the island, especially when the award-winning Dining Room at Little Palm is a short walk away. Led by Chef Luis Pous, dishes on the inspired menu (that changes nightly) use Pan-Latin ingredients with clever French cooking techniques. Meals can be enjoyed on the beach, in your room or in an assortment of adventurous ways through extra experiences like the “Private Island Picnic” where guests are flown on a seaplane to a private island for three luxurious hours to enjoy a five-star picnic, complete with caviar and champagne before takeoff (starts at $2,700 per couple). It seemed that whatever the request, the Little Palm staff would make it happen. After breakfast on the porch of our bungalow, we started our days with a chat with the warm and friendly Rolondo Barrera who manages all the recreational activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and the motorboats that guests can take anytime. Barrera has worked on the Island for almost a decade, and he, like every other employee we met, seemed thrilled to be at work every day. “It’s paradise,” he says. “How can you not be happy here?” If merely stepping onto the Island doesn’t trigger enough relaxation, the tree house-like spa offers an array of heavenly treatments. The television in the property’s library is the only one on the island, making not disconnecting from the mainland near impossible. We savored our last moments


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on the island before bidding farewell to the highlight of our trip. We stopped for lunch at the wonderfully dive-y No Name Pub (30813 North Watson Boulevard). It was built in 1936 and is covered in dollar bills from floor to ceiling from the many travelers who have passed through its doors. We tried the famous pizza and were not disappointed. Our final stop of the trip before flying back to Austin out of Fort Lauderdale (Jet Blue offers a direct flight and the smaller Fort Lauderdale airport is easier to travel through than neighboring Miami) was to one of the northern most keys, Islamorada, for a stay at the Cheeca Lodge (81801 Overseas Highway). Known for being a favorite vacation spot of the Bush family, it’s not just the prepsters who frequent this resort, a long-time favorite of regional, national and international travelers alike. This was the first room we had, where you literally walked out the door and onto the beach. Something about the art deco buildings and nine-hole pitch and putt golf course felt nostalgic, but at the same time fully equipped with all the best modern amenities. Our last Floridian supper was at the perfect spot — Lorelei’s Restaurant and Cabana Bar (81924 Overseas Highway), just a short drive down the highway from Cheeca. A Jimmy Buffett look alike provided the musical entertainment that night and a few locals danced their hearts out as the packed house of diners on the waterfront noshed on coconut shrimp and cracked conch sandwiches. It was a picturesque end to the trip. As we pulled out of the Keys, we vowed to take the laid back approach to life that seems infectious there back with us…unfortunately, it didn’t last long, so a return trip is already in the works.

An aerial view of the paradise that is Little Palm Island.

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behind the scenes

Energize Your Workout

An exclusive look at Thunderbird Energetica, Austin's newest Energy Bar company to hit the scene.


A Thunderbird Energetica display at Whole Foods Market. Above: Cashew Fig Carrot is a crowd pleaser, with organic ingredients including organic vanilla and organic nutmeg. For more information, visit Location: Whole Foods Market, Sixth & Lamar,, @wholefoodsatx. P h oto g r ap h y by h ay d en S pea r s

ative Austinites Katie Forrest and Taylor Collins founded Thunderbird Energetica along with Amy Rogers in 2010. Tired of eating processed energy food for cycling and outdoor sports, Forrest and Collins began making their own all-natural energy bars at home, using raw ingredients like organic dates, walnuts, sweet potatoes, cinnamon and turmeric. After sharing their bars with friends, they decided to found their own company, focused on making bars with real food and ingredients you can pronounce. Today, ThunderFounders Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest bird Energetica bars are sold at retailers across the country and locally, including Whole Foods Market, Central Market and Wheatsville Co-op. However, their far-reaching distribution has not affected the company's emphasis on quality. Each raw bar is still handmade and hand packaged in compostable wrappers by the Thunderbird team in Austin. Forrest says, “At Thunderbird we aspire to complete and honor energy eco-systems. Rather than uni-dimensionally harvesting energy into our product, we decided to complete the cycle by enveloping our bars in a wrapper that can break down in three to five months.� The line currently has three flavors: Cherry Walnut Crunch, Cashew Fig Carrot and Cacao Hemp Walnut. Thunderbird is soon launching three more flavors in 2012. So next time you're looking for a snack to energize your workout, or just an afternoon pick me up, check out this local favorite. A. mckenzie

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Bard or Beard? There’s much ado about the movie, Anonymous, the political thriller that conspiratorially suggests that it was Edward de Vere, not William Shakespeare, who penned the famous Bard’s plays and sonnets.

Some have long theorized that Ben Jonson (1572-1637) — Renaissance dramatist, playwright, poet and competitor to Shakespeare — may have been the true bard behind Shakespeare’s beard. “Nay, nay!” proclaims Anonymous

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Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

screenwriter John Orloff, great-grandson of Jim and Marlon Jordan of Fibber McGee and Molly fame, “’twas the 17th Earl of Oxford whodunit!” (Okay, maybe Orloff didn’t actually utter those words, but you catch my drift here.) My teenage daughter, who attends a class called “Shakespeare and The Bible” at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, has learned the hard way that when someone demands a source, either Shakespeare or the Bible is generally a plausible rejoinder. Let’s give Orloff credit where credit is due. He is, after all, the guy who brought us the screenplay A Mighty Heart and the television mini-series Band of Brothers, both respectable pieces of writing in their own right. Has he gone too far in suggesting that Shakespeare was a fraud, aided and abetted by good Queen Elizabeth I, who had her own hands full putting down the Essex Rebellion? Only if you believe that Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is pure rubbish, as well. I believe there are elements (okay, grains) of truth in both stories, and that both stories are rather well told. Here’s the catch: Some of Shakespeare’s most notable plays — among them, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest — were written after Edward De Vere died in June of 1604. How does Orloff square that obvious flaw in his tale and fly in his ointment? Yes, it boggles the mind that Shakespeare, the uneducated son of a rural tradesman, could have written such glorious works. But are we to believe that a dead man penned some of the final and finest tales? Still, the ultimate question remains, “Is Anonymous blasphemy?” Given that most popular cinema is an act of fiction, I protest, “No!”


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Shakespeare isn’t around anymore to rebut the claim. Nonetheless, Anonymous is both compelling and confounding, a bit of a tempest in a teapot gauged against Life’s larger issues, like war and pestilence and the price of peanut butter. By the time this column is published, most of the world will have seen Anonymous and reached their own conclusions about its veracity. As my father was fond of saying, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” This is a good story. So why has it caused people to vent their anger so vociferously at otherwise sedate cocktail parties? The answer lies in how we, as human beings, tend to respond when someone threatens our belief systems. Look what happened to poor (okay, not so poor anymore) Salman Rushdie when he penned The Satanic Verses, which drew death threats from Muslims in several countries and a fatwa from Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself. My guess is that author John Orloff is safe enough, and soon will be rich enough, to weather any storms brought on by people with nothing better to do than shout “Conspiracy!” I, for one, am a selfprofessed conspiracy theorist. I’m not altogether certain we went to the Moon the first time. I’m not a big believer in the “magic bullet” theory of JFK’s assassination. And I’m somewhat convinced we know more than we’re willing to admit about the 9/11 tragedy. So, as you might imagine, I simply can’t wait for the sequel to Anonymous. Once you’ve taken on the sacrosanct words of William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, what’s next? If I were in John Orlof ’s shoes, I’d know just what to do. Are you ready for Anonymous Two: The Bible.




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Beto Boggiano The beloved owner of Pure Austin Gym shares a look back through his life in photos. 1. I always wanted long hair at 12. 2. Riding all day with the family 3. With my daughter at the "Do the Du" duathlon at Pure Austin, back when we went by "Powerhouse" 4. Helping my dad operate on the poor in Peru. He gave his heart out to those people. 5. Playing for the Westside Cowboys in El Paso, Texas at 10 years old 6. Either water or two wheels on hot Texas weekends 7. The fifth and final year to finish the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in Leadville, Colorado 8. With my wife Danielle, dancing at team member Nathan Miller's wedding 9. With our son Tyler, celebrating his graduation from pre-school.

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This locally-focused pharmacy is offering downtown dwellers a convenient solution for their prescription and wellness needs.


ive Oak Pharmacy is a downtown Austin gem that focuses on an integrative approach to healthcare. This compounding pharmacy collaborates one-on-one Scot Maitland (left) and of the personal consultation to answer with patients and their primary Nathan Pope (right) are restoring the role of pharmacist questions, explain personal treatment doctors to create an individualized as an important healthcare options and consult with your primary experience that transcends the traprovider with their charming healthcare provider in order to create a ditional prescription drop-off. compounding pharmacy. plan that will not only get you healthy, Live Oak Pharmacy was co-founded by longtime friends Nathan but help you maintain it. Pope and Scot Maitland with a vision of restoring the role of With retail boutiques galore, “Live Oak Pharmacy makes downtown pharmacist as an important healthcare provider. “Live Oak serves Austin more livable,” Maitland explains. Live Oak is a small business at as the third place for patients to seek medical advice when there is heart, as it carries many local health products ranging from concentratno need for emergency attention from the ER or doctor,” explains ed herb drops by Herbalogic, to their very own lip balm, Lip SmackuMaitland, Owner and Director of Communications. Live Oak is lous, made from essential oils and organic ingredients. Starting off the Austin’s home for prescription compounding which encompasses New Year, both owners will continue to pursue their wellness vision for pediatrics, dermatology, dental, pain management and yes, even the Austin community by extending Live Oak’s reach to more practitiomedications for your pet! The philosophy behind this entails that ners and patients. In addition, programs such as The Un-Presentation prescriptions produced straight from drug manufacturers may not work for everyone, as a customized solution is essential to pharma- Happy Hours will continue as well, in which Live Oak hosts an evening of innovative healthcare presentations in an upbeat environment acceutical practice. companied by libations and tasty treats. Live Oak’s individualized services take pharmaceutical care to the “From the design of the store with its painted gleeful next level with its emphasis on maintaining a lifegreen walls, to the fact that Nathan doesn’t wear a white style of wellness for all, regardless of medical hislab coat, we are focused on the patient experience. Style tory. “We carry high quality vitamins for young and Live Oak Pharmacy is only as good as the body that is doing those things,” active people as well,” says Pope, Live Oak’s Owner 1611 W. 5th St. Maitland says. “Live Oak Pharmacy encourages everyone and Director of Pharmacy. In addition to their vi(512) 476 8979 to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” m. sereno tamin wellness advice, Live Oak utilizes the power


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et on a much-driven, seldom-walked strip of Airport Boulevard, Komé’s modern, warm wood exterior immediately catches the eye and beckons passersby. The inviting façade is the perfect introduction to this home-style Japanese sushi bar and kitchen owned by the always smiling Takehiro (Také) and Kayo Asazu. And although the design may cause the restaurant to stand out in this area, which is the target of a revitalization initiative by the City of Austin, diners will be happy to find that the prices help Komé fit right in.


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their faces more often, without waiting for anniversaries or birthdays.” Komé, which means rice in Japanese, offers a variety of options from both the sushi bar and the kitchen for dinner and the recently added lunch service. “We want to introduce different types of Japanese food to the town,” Kayo says. “A lot of people think Japanese food equals sushi, but there is so much more.” For the faint of heart, they offer safer bets like the Yaki-onigiri (grilled rice balls), which are becoming quite the craze in town, as well as traditional vegetarian, chicken Také and Kayo and seafood agé (fried) and yaki Asazu, the friendly (grilled) options from the kitchen. couple behind the For the adventurous diner, the While this is their first brick-andSushi-A-Go-Go trailers, are wooing Ankimo (steamed monk fish mortar establishment, the Asazus Austinites with their liver) and Ika-yaki (whole grilled are no strangers to the restaurant first brick-and-mortar establishment. squid with grated ginger) will not industry. Kayo and Také, both of disappoint. The traditional sushi whom are originally from Japan and sashimi options are expertly prepared, but met in Austin in 1996, have worked in and the sushi rolls range from simple to restaurants here in town as well as in New creative. Fans of Sushi-A-Go-Go will find Orleans and Japan, with Také’s most recent their favorites, as well as new original position being at Uchi. While Kayo admits additions. Ingredients are locally sourced working with her husband can be tough at from HausBar Farms when possible. times, she says really, “We are having a lot The cedar used in the eye-catching exterior, of fun.” The duo tested the waters with their created by Japanese designer Kazuya Owada catering company, Deli Bento, and their and carpenter Madsataka Oki, carries clever food trailer business, Sushi-A-Go-Go, throughout the casual and comfortable which they have sadly closed, at least for the interior. “We would like to have this place be time being. With their trailers, the couple a casual hangout, for people to enjoy their found a niche for fast and affordable quality time with their families and friends,” Kayo sushi in Austin, a city boasting one of the says. Perfect for dates with plenty of seating best, but definitely not one of the cheapest for pairs as well as large parties, with a private sushi joints around. “It is very important for room accommodating up to eight, Komé is a us to keep prices as affordable as possible for welcome addition to Austin. c. harrold our customers,” Kayo says. “So we can see P h oto g r ap h y by j o h n pesi n a

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American Blenders and Bowls

(512) 436 5528

This roving açai cafe is the first of its kind in Austin, serving up fresh smoothies and its signature açai bowls. A blend of açai berry topped with fresh fruit, granola, and Round Rock honey, the eponymous bowls pack an antioxidant punch, perfect for a wholesome, organic breakfast or a mid-day treat. Daily Juice Café

4500 Duval St. (512) 380 9046

Open since 2003, Daily Juice has become the go-to for Austinites looking for all-natural smoothies and juices on the quick. With plenty of add-ins to take your smoothie to the next level as well as an array of made-to-order raw food options, this welcoming café has everything you need to start your day off right. Look for additional locations in Westlake and Downtown opening soon. Food 4 Fitness Café

1112 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 472 1674

Emphasizing nutritious,


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organic ingredients. Food 4 Fitness lives up to its name. Enjoy lean fish and meats, from mahimahi to turkey burgers, accompanied by fresh, seasonal vegetables. Top off your meal with a slice of raw cheesecake. Galaxy Café

9911 Brodie Ln., #750 (512) 233 6000 1000 West Lynn St. (512) 478 3434 4616 Triangle Ave. (512) 323 9494 This quaint, contemporary eatery specializes in casual gourmet, from wraps and sandwiches to soups and salads, all made with the freshest ingredients. The café also offers plenty of vegetarian options and a full gluten-free menu. Be sure to try the seared tuna salad with sesame-soy vinaigrette! Juiceland

1625 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 480 9501 2307 Lake Austin Blvd. (512) 628 0782 Pop by this fresh juice and smoothie stand after a run or before a swim and get your fruit and veggie fix through a straw. In addition to a full

smoothie menu, Juiceland stocks its deli case with items to go, including hummus plates, sushi, salads and raw foods. If you’re in the mood for something different, try the Thai Curious juice, a blend of carrot, coconut, beet, ginger and cilantro. Leaf

419 W. 2nd St. (512) 474 LEAF With dozens of produce options, homemade dressings and toppings, Leaf offers countless variations on wonderfully fresh, made-to-order salads. Alternatively, diners can choose from one of Leaf ’s specialty “Big 12” creations, such as the Nicoise and Abbi’s Asian Chicken.

Asian Koriente

621 E. 7th St. (512) 275 0852 Koriente’s Asian-inspired cuisine showcases items made from scratch with the finest, freshest ingredients and minimal oil and sugar. Diners can expect Asian comfort food like vegetarian curry and teriyaki chicken reworked with a lighter hand. Be sure to try the pan-seared ahi tuna with a side of avocado. Glutenfree options are available, and rice can easily be substituted for a bed of fresh vegetables. Shu Shu’s Asian Cuisine

8303 Burnet Rd., #1 (512) 291 3002 Shu Shu’s is transforming the way Austinites

think about Chinese cuisine. You won’t find takeout-style greasy noodles or mystery meat here. Instead, diners enjoy fresh ingredients and bold sauces, all made from scratch according to family recipes.

soup, topped with vegetables and thinly sliced meats, is both hearty and healthy — perfect for a chilly day.

Sunflower Restaurant

2113 Manor Rd. (512) 476 5858

8557 Research Blvd., #146 (512) 339 7860 The Zagat-rated Vietnamese eatery serves flavorful home-style cooking. In addition to a variety of stir fries, Sunflower also offers traditional soups, including the aromatic Canh Chua Ca, with catfish or shrimp. Be sure to try the shrimp and pork salad, bursting with the flavors of mint and scallions. Thai Fresh

909 W. Mary St., Ste. B (512) 494 6436 Thai Fresh is just that: fresh, seasonal Thai food made with locally-sourced ingredients. In addition to staples like satay and pad thai, the restaurant offers healthy, low-calorie options including fresh shrimp spring rolls, steamed fish with ginger and shrimp soup with bright notes of lime. Thai Fresh also hosts hands-on classes in its commercial kitchen, where guests can learn the art of authentic Thai cooking. Thanh Nhi

9200 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 834 1736 Thanh Nhi’s menu features spring rolls, noodle bowls and banh mi, but the true star is the authentic pho. The aromatic

Continental Eastside Café

This cozy eatery boasts a variety of healthy options, showcasing ingredients from a garden over two decades old. Whether you’re in the mood for the citrusy salmon or grilled chicken with cucumber relish, you can be sure that Eastside Café will deliver your dish with plenty of flavor. Muscle Maker Grill

906 Congress Ave. (512) 457 9400

Whether you prefer, Italian, Asian, American, Cajun, Mexican or Southwestern cuisine, Muscle Maker Grill has something for every palette. Fitness enthusiast Rod Silva began the restaurant in 1995 with the intent to offer both tasty and nutritious meals. Showcasing an extensive, international menu, the restaurant today delivers healthy interpretations of dishes we already love, from chicken teriyaki to penne pasta with vodka sauce. The Steeping Room

11410 Century Ter. (512) 977 8337

In addition to exquisite specialty teas, The Steeping Room’s menu features lighter fare, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. For

a filling, nutritious lunch or dinner, try the Buddha bowl, chock-full of grains, sautéed greens and baked tofu or natural chicken, tossed in one of the Steeping Room’s unique sauces. Sun Farms Kitchens

1106 E. 11th St. (512) 701 4209

Committed to local and sustainable food, this unique trailer prides itself on healthy and delicious dining options, including crêpes, wraps and pizzas. Sun Farms Kitchens is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Latin American Zocalo Café

1110 W. Lynn St. (512) 472 8226 The bright flavors of Mexico take a lighter twist at Zocalo Café, offering tacos, salads and house specialties, made with fresh ingredients and handmade tortillas. Try the Tacos del Mar with grilled Mahi Mahi and mango-watermelon salsa or the vegetarian Tacos de Verdura with grilled peppers and salsa roja. Zuzu

5770 N. Mopac Exwy. (512) 467 9295 This family-owned restaurant takes pride in its delicious, healthy meals, made fresh daily with quality ingredients. The owner’s favorite spinach chicken burrito is packed full of sliced avocado, grilled chicken and baby spinach tossed in the restaurant’s specialty rosemary-lime vinaigrette.

Prepared Cuisine Mel’s Meals

706 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 428 5007 Take the guesswork out of a healthy diet with Mel’s Meals, available for pickup and delivery. Each meal is carefully crafted with lean meats, whole grains and plenty of vegetables, transforming favorites like chicken enchiladas and black bean burgers into diet-friendly options. Mel’s dieticians are readily available and tailor three-week plans to each client’s needs. My Fit Foods Developed by a long-time personal trainer and nutritionist, My Fit Foods emphasizes nutritious meals with a careful balance of lean proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Clients order from a diverse online menu, featuring dishes like fettuccini alfredo and chicken tacos, and can pick up meals from one of four locations around Austin.

Simply Fit Meals

2405 Nueces St., Ste. H (512) 473 8300 Eschewing artificial ingredients in favor of fresh, nutritious vegetables, lean proteins and low glycemic grains, Simply Fit Meals offers healthy fuel for many lifestyles. Enjoy hearty, yet healthy fare, such as turkey basil marinara and green chili enchiladas on the go or delivered to your doorstep. Snap Kitchen

4616 Triangle Ave. (512) 459 9000 1014 W. 6th St. (512) 479 5959 Whether you’re looking to pick something up on the go or supplement a healthy lifestyle with a dietary program, Snap Kitchen is a great option for delicious, handcrafted food that you can feel good about. Bursting with vibrant flavors like chimichurri sauce, sambal spice, and edamame puree, Snap Kitchen’s portion-controlled meals are both nutritious and palate-pleasing. Stop by the flagship location at The Triangle for made-toorder, hand-tossed salads.

Vegan + Vegetarian Beets Living Foods Café

1611 W. 5th St., #165 (512) 477 2338 Celebrate the bounty of the earth at Beets, offering healthy, vegetarian takes on staples like chalupas and the BLT. Throughout the year, Beets also hosts cooking classes, where you can learn how to bring the restaurant’s nutritious philosophy home to your own kitchen. Borboleta Gourmet Living Cuisine

1221 W. 6th St. (512) 828 7404

This cozy café is the perfect eatery for those interested in healthy lifestyles including raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free diets. In addition to a full menu featuring “rawsagna,” sandwiches and pizzas, Borboleta Gourmet hosts cooking classes as a part of its commitment to community participation.

Bouldin Creek Café

1900 S. 1st St. (512) 416 1601

Bouldin Creek Café offers wholesome vegetarian food for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Diners can look forward to an extensive coffee menu and healthy twists on comfort food favorites, like the Wanna-BLT with tofu bacon and basil aioli on artisan sourdough bread. Casa de Luz

1701 Toomey Rd. (512) 476 5446 Escape the bustle of the city with Casa de Luz, the only organic, vegan and macrobiotic restaurant in Austin. Entrées are prepared with fresh organic produce and served in the restaurant’s peaceful, meditative dining room. Conscious Cravings

1901 Rio Grande St. (512) 782 0546

Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can get behind Conscious Cravings’ philosophy of flavorful, healthy cuisine. This food trailer serves up meatless wraps and salads with the bright flavors of its homemade sauces and dressings. Be sure to try the Seitan


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Chimichurri wrap and the Couscous salad. Finish on a sweet note with one of Conscious Cravings’ fruitfilled smoothies. Counter Culture

120 E. North Loop Blvd. A vegan and raw foods trailer, Counter Culture features a flavor-packed menu. Diners can choose from unique sandwiches such as the Almond Butter and Pickles and Jackfruit BBQ. End your meal with a slice of Counter Culture’s Cheezecake. Mother’s Café & Garden

4216 Duval St. (512) 451 3994

Mother’s has become a vegetarian staple in Austin for a good reason: with a diverse array of salads, sandwiches, enchiladas and specialty dishes, Mother’s offers something for everyone. Standouts on the menu include the Tofu Lasagna and BBQ Tofu. Pair your entrée with a salad drizzled in the restaurant’s famous Cashew Tamari dressing.

Mr. Natural

1901 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 477 5228 2414 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916 9223 Part natural foods restaurant, part yoga studio and part health food store, Mr. Natural serves up awardwinning vegetarian dishes that take their cues from Mexican cuisine. After a yoga or meditation session, enjoy the scrumptious guacamole salad or a hearty sandwich on Mr. Natural’s homemade whole wheat bread. The Vegan Yacht

1001 E. 6th St. (512) 619 7989

Owners Danielle and Mike take their philosophy of safe, healthy food seriously. The trailer, nestled in the East Side Drive-In, serves up 100 percent organic foods, largely prepared from scratch, and cooked only with distilled water. Try the mock chick’n wrap, packed with apples, local sprouts, shredded carrots, and avocado, all grilled in a local flour tortilla.


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asa Colombia, “the best hidden secret in Austin” — you never disappoint. You touch our hearts and make our bellies happy every time! Casa Colombia is within walking distance from my husband Dustin’s office, and he first stumbled across it when he was working at a client’s office just across the street. Now it’s the spot of choice for Dustin to take a break with coworkers, whether they are grabbing a cup (okay maybe 5 cups) of the 100 percent Columbian coffee or actually ordering the Carne Asada or the Bistec a Caballo. And I am known to call him towards the end of the day to make take-out dinner requests. We always like to keep things fun and fresh, so we try to make a point to have weekly dates. Sometimes we go out to din-

ner, but since we are both so busy and just had our first baby last month. We also meet for lunches and breakfasts. Whatever time of day you are at Casa Colombia, our advice is to go for the special. I think we have tried all of them throughout the past year, and they are always fresh and delicious. My personal favorite is the Tamal Vallunom, a plantain-wrapped tamale filled with chicken, pork, beef and veggies. It used to only be available Thursday through Sunday; however, it was so popular that it is now an official menu item. Dustin loves the Chuleta Valluna. He gets the two fried eggs on top, of course. Oh, and almost every dish is served with a side of salsa, rice and delicious green plantains — YUM! The environment is charming and warm and it manages to give you a little South American feel. And the staff could not be any sweeter — your water glass will never get low, and they will coddle you like you are part of the family. I love when they tell me, “good job,” after I devour every last bite on my plate. Please come visit Casa Colombia next time you are over on East Seventh — you’ll find us at our booth! KRISTIN HAVER Kristin Haver is the owner of Folk Wellness Co. (, a fitness and wellness company for the common folk. She also dedicates time each week to Marathon Kids — a nonprofit fighting the childhood obesity issue. Dustin Haver is a freelance graphic designer and the creative lead at local startup Loku (, an online platform that helps locals discover, share, create and follow what they love most about our city.

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