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a f e w m o n t h s ag o, my husband Bennett ran his first marathon. He’s always been a naturally fast runner, but you might not think so at first glance — he’s a former high school football player, and at six-foot-two he weighs in at just over 200 pounds. His goal for the Livestrong Austin marathon was to qualify for Boston (which required a time of 3:10 based on his age). My job on race day was to meet him at mile 13 with sports gel. As I saw the group running with the three-hour pace setter rounding over the Exposition hill, I finally got why Bennett’s being so fast was a rarity — every runner seemed to be half his size! As I watched him coming up the hill bringing up the rear of the 3:10 group, my eyes welled up with tears...first of all because I had never seen him that wiped out, but more because he looked so determined. For the first time, I saw that running really is a mental sport. Bennett finished at 3:30, and watching all those other racers crossing the finish line that day as they pushed their bodies to the limit was utterly inspiring. Now, I won’t be running a marathon anytime soon, but it was perfect timing for thinking about this month’s Outdoors issue.
Speaking of runners, we asked Paul Carrozza, the owner of Run-Tex, to share images from his life over the years in our monthly “My Life” page. Columnist Kristin Armstrong (who’s run an amazing eight marathons and one ultra) released her new book Mile Markers: The 26.2 Reasons Why Women Run earlier this year, and it is featured on a new page we are doing called “Things We Love.” Since the summertime seems to induce daydreams about going on vacation, we invited visionary interior designer and born and raised Austinite Tracey Overbeck Stead to give us a tour of her family’s vacation home — the oozing with charm Whale House on Martha’s Vineyard. Columnist Carla McDonald sits down with the beloved Lyle Lovett to talk about his upcoming show at the Paramount Theatre this month and we also highlight a few of our favorite locally owned outdoor sports apparel and accessory companies in “Summer Catch.” We hope this issue helps to officially start summer off right by inspiring you to spend more time in the great outdoors. Look for our TRIBEZA racing team on Thursday nights at Emma Long Park for the Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series (more info at vagaryevents.com/dirt-remedy). Happy Trails!
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The ZACH Theatre hosted its annual Red, Hot & Soul soirée at the Hilton. A colorful, 60s-themed affair, the event featured performances by the theatre’s own Courtney Sanchez and Roderick Sanford as well as a sneak peek at ZACH’s Hairspray. Guests also enjoyed cocktails, a seated dinner and an exciting live auction.
Members of the Pink Ribbon Girls, a support network for young breast cancer survivors, donned art bras designed by artists, celebrities, friends and family members for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers’ GRAPHIC 5 Art Bra Fashion Show. The fifth annual event celebrated the resilient spirit of those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Red, Hot & Soul: 1. Wendy Harvey & Mary Tally 2. Jennifer Wijangco & Marques Harper 3. Helena Escalante & Farid Al-Shahwarzi 4. Danny Campsey, Johanne Ibsen & Mark Waugh 5. Ethan & Tracey Stead 6. Hunter Henderson, Victoria Avila & Jorge Cordova Graphic 5: 7. Susan Lubin & Deborah Duncan 8. Brandon Martin & Kelly Behrmann 9. Ruby Cortez 10. Mike & Karen Reiner.
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One of the most exciting black tie events of the season, the Gala Del Museo, took guests back to the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. Held at the beautiful Westlake home of Dr. John Hogg and David Garza, the sweeping views heightened the vibrant live Latin music, delectable cuisine and delicious cocktails by Savvy Vodka.
The harmonic sounds of the Austin Symphony filled the Long Center’s Dell Hall for the Centennial Gala, presented by H.E.B. Music lovers eagerly filed into their seats for an evening of celebration, highlighted by a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 by renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Gala Del Museo: 1. Adriana Corral & Vincent Valdez 2. Stephanie & Todd O’Neill 3. Ashley & Frank De Jong 4. Sylvia Orozco & John Hogg 5. Ken & Laura Cho 6. Rosa Laura Junco & Luis Montes 7. Will Ross & Casey Chapman 8. Ben Brown & Courtney Spence Austin Symphony Centennial Gala: 9. Brenda Wendel, Lynne Dobson & Catherine Davis 10. Jordan & Kristen Silverthorne 11. Hallie Martin. P h oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e s i n a
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Last month, Austin celebrated the launch of The Society Diplomat website at the W. The luxurious evening transported guests to Palm Springs with cocktails and canapés — a fitting toast to a new force of style, creativity and society. The Society Diplomat is the work of noted entrepreneur Lance Avery Morgan.
The new Violet Crown Cinemas invited the neighboring 2nd Street District businesses and TRIBEZA for an exclusive preview and tour, followed by a screening of Magnolia Picture’s acclaimed documentary Man on Wire. Violet Crown is a modern art house cinema showcasing the best in art, independent, documentary and international film.
The Society Diplomat: 1. Carly Morris & Joe Ross 2. Adam Moore & Camille Styles 3. José Buitron & Bill Pitts 4. Christy Butterfield, Wendy Nakfoor & Maureen Staloch 5. Christine Cox & Stephanie Greyson 6. Parker McGill, Lance Avery Morgan, Natalie Bond & Rob Giardinelli 7. Alfred Robinson & Amanda King with Margaret & Frank Krasovec 8. Rachel Schultz, Diana Siminski, Chanel Dror & Kat Reagan 9. Lisa Jasper & Jim Ritts 10. John Spong & Julie Blakeslee Violet Crown Cinemas Preview: 11. Payton & Candace Bridges 12. Meshelle Fraedrich & Julie Sutton-McGurk 13. Bill & Susan Banowski.
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This year Arthouse’s annual Five x Seven Art SPLURGE exhibition and fundraiser presented by Four Hands Home was back at the recently remodeled Arthouse at the Jones Center. The event showcased over 1,000 original 5 by 7-inch works of art from contemporary artists, with all proceeds benefitting Arthouse’s exhibitions and educational programs.
J. Black’s Hats & Horses
Austin’s southern belles and their seersucker-clad gents headed to J. Black’s for the fourth annual Hats & Horses event celebrating the Kentucky Derby. Guests sipped mint juleps by Woodford Reserve while cheering for their horses. The lucky winners walked away with prizes from the Hatbox and La Fleur Vintage.
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Moon Tower House Party
The Design Build Alliance (DBA) toasted the Moon Tower House with a festive Saturday afternoon gathering. DBA was founded by Stephen Ross, an architecture professor at the University of Texas along with filmmaker Richard Linklater, Chris Krager of KRDB and Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure. Designed and built by the Alliance, the Moon Tower House is located at 1605 South Second Street. DBA is partnering with other local companies like Stuart Sampley Architects, JGB Custom Homes, Hello Kitchen and Little Pond Design.
Fusebox Festival: 1. Alison Specter & Denise Prince 2. Claire England, Andrew Long & Chris Cowden 3. Elizabeth Spheeris & Eleanor Hooker 4. Jonathan van Matre with Rob & Kate Houle 5. Morgan & Eva Catalina Moontower Party: 6. Greg Underwood & Nanette Labastida 7. Rebekah Gainsley & Stephen Ross 8. Blue Boots 9. Charlie Faye & Will Sexton 10. Richard Linklater 11. Maddie & Cody Hamilton 12. Mark & Laurie Frick with Amy Grappell & Chris Krager.
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By George and Kendra Scott hosted First Sunday for Community Yoga Austin to celebrate the non-profitâ€™s one-year anniversary. Yoga fanatics spent the evening snacking, shopping and of course practicing yoga. A portion of all sales from the event went to Community Yoga which brings free yoga to people in the community who otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience its benefits. To learn more, visit community-yoga.org.
Austinites celebrated Cinco de Mayo and the grand opening of Travaasa Austin, a new brand of experiential hotel and spa in the Texas Hill Country. Guests enjoyed the fiesta con comida, bebida and a live performance by the Grammy Award-winning Latin funk group Grupo Fantasma. Visit travaasa.com for more information.
Community Yoga: 1. Penny Arth & Jyl Kutsche 2. Sara Stewart & Chloe Weiss 3. Elizabeth Bentley, Alyson Fox & Catherine Davis 4. Childrenâ€™s Yoga 5. Andy Bowman & Derek Dollahite Travaasa: 6. Larry Callahan & Kevin Benz 7. Ashton & Davie Vaughan 8. Margo Richards, Beth Krauss & Courtney Sculley 9. Mike & Becky Bullard 10. Courtney Campbell & Natalia Prieto.
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The Plague BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO NG ON A RECENT LONG RUN with my friends were originally 10 plagues sent down on the we inhaled a pollen overdose, swatted at clouds Egyptians because the grumpy, ill-mannered of gnats and swallowed a few bugs. We joked about the plagues sent Pharaoh would not let Moses and his people leave. Perhaps God down upon Austin, and had ourselves a nice little hypoxic chuckle understands that without regular plagues, far too many people before we faced the shuffling pilgrimage up Mt. Bonnell. would relocate to the fine city of Austin, rendering our hometown When I later got into my green-encrusted car, aka pollen overcrowded and overrun with outsiders. He understands our need mobile, I decided that this whole plague concept might be worth to keep Austin weird â€” and small, and comfortable, and just the way further examination. I refreshed my memory to relearn that there we like it. Allow me to address some of the plagues. i llu s t r at i o n by j oy g a ll ag h er For a limite d e dit ion p r int , c o nta c t jo ygall agh e r@g m ail .c o m
Perhaps God understands that without regular plagues, far too many people would relocate to the fine city of Austin...
Beginning in winter, lest the crisp sunny days lure people to leave their frozen existence up North, God sends the Plague of Cedar. This plague can last three months, and comes in the form of orange napalm clouds, exploding into the sky and into our brains. This plague causes intense sneezing, puffy, rheumy eyes, runny noses, headaches, occasional fevers and overall malaise. Many choose to stay indoors until spring. However, the onset of spring brings more plagues. The first is the Pollen Plague. This is when the entire city is blanketed in a highly reactive green dust. At first residents try to deny the plague, maintaining humor even in the face of exceedingly long carwash lines. Soon enough a “screw it” mentality overtakes the population, and everyone just drives a lime green vehicle and pops Sudafed like Pez candy. Wine, especially my favorite, red, makes us feel worse but we continue to imbibe because Sudafed clouds our good judgment. Shortly after the beginning of the Pollen Plague, phase two begins, which involves giant, brown, feathery piles of pollen puffs dropping from trees. It fills gutters and jams the windshields of cars, down by the wipers. Don’t touch the stuff, or your eyes will soon look like Hillary Swank, post fight, in Million Dollar Baby. The best thing you can do is hold your breath and run to and from your car at each destination. At the tail end of phase two of Pollen Plague comes a particularly disturbing plague — the Worm Plague. This is when disgusting, squirming, neon green worms are suddenly everywhere, hanging from invisible threads and swaying in the breeze. Try taking out your trash in the morning, and you will be sputtering, smacking at your face and swinging your web ensnared arms like a lunatic. If you have children, this plague will also produce excessive noise and screaming of the word Ewwwwwwwwwwwww followed by a whiny desire to stay inside and
play video games in lieu of all physical activity. Worm Plague is followed by Poison Ivy Plague, which is a distinct problem if you happen to enjoy the Greenbelt, hike and bike trail or have a dog that goes off leash. I got poison ivy so extreme last year that I oozed and itched for a month straight and had a fantasy about amputating my arm, until I read online about the benefits of scorching your itch with a hair dryer at close range, which (insert reverent pause) feels as good as… well…let’s just say I wouldn’t mind as much if I got it again. Fly Plague enters the scene. You may have been leaving your back porch door open to enjoy the spring weather, but suddenly there are more flies in your kitchen than at the city dump. What gives? Where did they all come from and why won’t they hold still long enough for me to swat them? I stalk my kitchen like a warrior, my gaze shifting intensely, my swatter raised, poised for the kill. The Thunder and Hail Plague is very biblical. At least Moses had advance warning, whereas a Texas storm comes on as strong as a close talker with halitosis. Our sunny sky turns black, wind whips us upside the head, rain dumps in gallon-sized drops, thunder shakes the walls and lightening explodes across the sky. Occasionally rain turns to hail, always faster than you can find your keys and put your car in the garage. If you survive these plagues, there are two left — the Plague of Heat and the Plague of Humidity. Together they cause bad hair, lower back sweat, bad moods, exhaustion, early happy hours, impromptu road trips to Colorado and over exposure to chlorine. We can resent our Plagues, or we can embrace them as character builders and population thinners. After all, if we think traffic on Mopac is bad now, imagine it without the Plagues?
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ince his childhood, growing up in northwest Austin, Skip Hobbie has been climbing trees, chasing reptiles and exploring the natural world around him. Now, as a wildlife filmmaker, he jokes, “Who knew these would actually become life skills?” Although he has always loved to travel, he also loves Austin, so he stayed, getting a BS in Radio-Television-Film from UT, and it was one of his professors that recommended him for his first project with National Geographic, which was filmed here in Central and South Texas. Since that first assignment, he has traveled the world working on documentaries for National Geographic as well as the BBC, ranging from filming the world’s largest venomous snakes (King Cobras) in the rainforest of India’s Western Ghats to capturing explorer/researcher Mike Fay during his famous Redwoods Transect for an Explorer episode that earned him an Emmy nomination at age 26. However, Hobbie weighs his successes more by the people he has had the opportunity to work with and learn from. Today, his job takes him far from home, but he still thinks back on his childhood in Austin: “When I am climbing trees and stomping around in the jungle chasing animals, I definitely often think ‘Wow. I am getting paid to be a little boy.’” C. harrold
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What is the most beautiful place you have ever seen? Borneo’s Danum Valley. My heart has a special spot for all of the world’s rainforests I’ve visited, but Danum is full of gibbons, orangutans and big emergent trees that make it particularly breathtaking and mystical. What do you never travel without? A Texas shirt. I try to represent some Burnt Orange on game day, no matter where I am in the world. I’ve even been known to misuse our emergency satellite phone from deep in the Amazon forest to try to find out football scores.
What is the biggest challenge you have overcome? Just getting rolling in my career. There have been a lot of rough patches, with four to six months at a time without any work. After six years, the next big challenge will be trying to maintain a scrap of a normal life when I’m not in the field. Who is your favorite fictional character? I guess I’ve always been a big Peter Pan fan, and the whole never growing up thing. Who are your heroes in real life? Sir David Attenborough. He pioneered wildlife filmmaking for the BBC when TV first got started and is probably the most well traveled person alive. At age seven, you wanted to be? I think I would have said a herpetologist, a scientist that studies
reptiles and amphibians; however, I bet at that age, working for National Geographic was already also on my list. If you weren’t in your current career, what else would you try? High school geography teacher, or maybe media education. I like the idea of encouraging our youth to think about the bigger world picture. When and where are you happiest? When I’m having some margaritas or beers with my friends and family, home in Austin. All the travel and adventure is only fun if you can later share your stories with the people you care about. Where do you go in Austin to get away? St. Edward’s Park. I’ve been going there since I was a kid to just hike around looking for bugs, turtles, lizards…whatever critters I can find. P h oto g r a p h y by Jay B . S au c eda
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An outdoorsman who’s always loved wide open spaces finds his way in the concrete jungle.
nitially, the prospect of living in a 200-year-old adobe house with Fort Knox-thick walls and dubious plumbing had been appealing. After all, it was Santa Fe. No heating but a piñon fireplace? Romantic! The adobe’s so dense it blocks cell phone reception? Quaint! No guaranteed parking but just minutes away from the Plaza? Well, we can save on gas! In truth, my wife Catherine and I could have lived in a snow hut and still enjoyed the mountains. During college, she’d worked as a Telluride ski guide. I’d sold rods at Congress’ now defunct Austin Angler. We’d moved to Santa Fe for my internship with an outdoors magazine, whose editors skinned up and skied down the Sangre de Cristos before work, fly-fished the Gunnison during stonefly hatches and mountain biked vertigo-inducing trails on Sunday mornings. I wouldn’t describe ourselves as granola — no Phish stickers or soap sabbaticals — but compared with my current Manhattan office world, we’d been Swiss Family Robinson. “The editors really do that stuff?” a Manhattan coworker recently asked. “Jesus. Why’d you move here?” The question had crossed my mind. But only in fleeting instances, as when exiting my Times Square office into a high-rise wind tunnel or navigating morning traffic to let the dog out. In truth, I’ve come down a notch in the belt since hitting town. New York is a city for walking. On weekends, we explore Prospect
Park, wander Red Hook food trucks — Thank you, lobster rolls — and people-watch under the shade of SoHo Callery pear trees. I’ve been told you need to live here 10 years before becoming a local. That hardly seems enough time. “I mean, we were just like, ‘I can’t wait to get the hell out of here,’” I recently told a New Yorker of 11 years. “I know, me neither,” he said, his shoulders visibly slumping at the bar. “It’s like there’s this constant weight on your shoulders in this town.” “No, I meant, uh, we were ready to leave Texas,” I said. “Change of pace and all that.” “Oh right,” he said, straightening up and examining his beer. “Yeah, New York is a great experience. Everyone should do it.” A North Carolina native, my friend felt he’d taken his measure of the city and didn’t intend to overstay his welcome. In her essay “Goodbye To All That,” Joan Didion wrote of Southerners who “seemed to be in New York...on some indefinitely extended leave from wherever they belonged.” The notion of place can pull like an undertow. I recently felt its tug at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while staring at Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of Ghost Ranch, whose rustcolored cliffs we’d hiked on Sunday afternoons. Before that, while living in Austin, we’d trekked the Greenbelt, paddled the Llano — greasestained bags of Cooper’s barbecue stashed in the bow — and walked the far eastern edges of Lady Bird Lake. I’d even proposed to Catherine
atop Enchanted Rock, sweat beading my brow despite the wind. For most of my life, I’d endeavored to not live in cities. College summers were spent teaching horseback riding in a Kerrville-area camp, manning a chairlift in Jackson Hole, or helping my grandfather build a log cabin in the Appalachian mountains. During a semester abroad, I rented a van and drove alone through the Outback from Darwin to Uluru. After college, I spent a year traveling and working odd jobs, at one point living out of my tent in a sheep paddock north of Galway. If there was one intangible goal to these wanderings, it was likely the pursuit of some notion of freedom, unattainable, in my mind, amid the concrete structure of the city. I’ve since discovered another freedom — the inherent liberty of living anonymously in a metropolis too large to give a damn about you — but still occasionally think about the other. As with Ms. Didion, will I awake one morning, look out the window, and never want to see a new face again? I can’t say. But the question brings to mind a South Austin backyard barbecue from years ago, where a recent New York evacuee held court with her gin-and-tonic amid the cicadas, “When people have had enough of Manhattan, they move to Austin,” she told me. “If they’ve really had enough, they move to Marfa.” Stayton Bonner’s journalism has appeared in GQ, Slate and Outside. He lives in Brooklyn. P h oto g r a p h y by m i c h a el t h a d c a rt er
An Audience with…
Lyle Lovett hen you meet singer, songwriter and actor, Lyle Lovett, as I did for the first time three years ago, it’s hard not to feel a bit defenseless. As Austin film producer and Lovett friend, Christy Pipkin, says, “Lyle has the most disarming smile in history.” Even more disarming is Lovett’s kindness, authenticity and complete lack of pretense. Maybe that’s why “Pantry,” a song about putting away groceries that he co-wrote with his long-time girlfriend, April Kimble, popped into my head the last time we spoke. When
I asked him what inspired him to write that song, Lovett said, “It’s fun to unpack groceries and see what might be for dinner. If I don’t go to the store with April, I always carry in and unpack the bags.” Yes, Lyle Lovett, who has won four Grammy Awards, sold more than four million albums and starred in 12 feature films, is one of the most talented musicians and actors of our time, but he is also about as true a gentleman as you’re ever likely to meet. With performances at the Paramount Theatre on the 28th and 29th of this month, I had to ask for an audience with Lyle Lovett.
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Q &A w i t h ly l e
Lyle, I understand these shows will feature you and songwriter, John Hiatt, in a writers-in-theround format. Tell me about that. This is a different kind of show. It’s just the two of us on stage, taking turns playing and joining with each other occasionally. It’s a conversation and exchange of songs that lasts for a couple of hours. We don’t try to serve as one another’s band. We don’t plan anything or discuss what we’re going to do. We just go out and let it happen. It’s really fun since no two shows are exactly alike and it allows us both to be in the moment as the show is happening. I think of each show as me performing on stage for half the time and sitting in the audience — with the best seat in the house — for the other half just listening to John play and asking him questions about himself and his songs. I always try to ask the questions I think the audience would want to ask. You were born, raised and still live in Klein, Texas. I also know how much you love Austin. What’s it like to play here? Austin is a really important musical home for me. Places like the Cactus Café were the first places I ever played my songs. And I love playing at the Paramount. I remember going to concerts there in the 70s and thinking wouldn’t it be great to play here one day. It’s always a big deal to me to play in Austin. It’s like playing at home.
Are Austin audiences different from audiences elsewhere? There’s such great live music in Austin, so Austin audiences have high expectations. Austin audiences also expect performers to be themselves, to leave the showbiz out of it and just show them who you really are. They have a slight aversion to salesmanship. That really appeals to me and is reassuring since you don’t have to sell something to the audience. You can just be. There’s a real freedom in that. One of the things I love about your music is how it fuses so many musical styles — country, jazz, blues, gospel, swing and folk — into one. Tell me about that. I understand how music has been segmented on the radio, but, personally, I think people appreciate good music no matter what style it is, no matter what the vocabulary. My music is a reflection of styles that I like and my coming up with my own take on the things that I like. Luckily I’ve been able to do that in my career. I’ve been really fortunate to work with people who have always given me a free hand creatively and the opportunity to record music that I’m naturally drawn to. What did it mean to you to be the final performer on the old Austin City Limits stage? It was an honor. I saw people on that last show that worked on the show when I first started doing it in the 80s. ACL is groundbreaking because of Terry Lickona, Jeff Peterson, Gary Menotti and
all who came before them. Their sensitivity and approach to not letting the production of a TV show tamper with a musician’s performance is what makes it special. Performing on TV, with all the lights and cameras, isn’t as natural as performing on stage but the people at ACL have always made it as unselfconscious as possible. That continues to be the strength of the show. You just wrapped up your 13th film and a role in The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” What does acting bring to your music and vice versa? I love spending time with creative people who are really smart and really good at what they do. You can’t find a more inspiring environment in which to exist. It makes you pay attention and want to do your best. It’s a lot like going to church where you’re in fellowship with people who hold common beliefs and values. It serves as a great personal reinforcement. Early in my career, people would ask me what it would take to feel successful. I would say I just want to be successful enough to be able to do what I love and not have to get a supplemental job. That still holds true today. It’s about the process. There’s no better feeling than writing a song I’m happy with, recording that song and then hearing it come to life in the hands of more than capable musicians. It’s very exciting. And then to step on stage and perform it is pure joy. Anything that comes with that is just a bonus.
For more information about Lyle Lovett, visit lylelovett.com. For tickets to “An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt” at the Paramount Theatre, call (512) 474 1221.
Carla McDonald is the host of the Austin Arts Minute on News 8 as well as a wife, mother of two daughters, successful entrepreneur, community advocate and fundraiser. tribeza.com
june Calendars arts & entertainment
Entertainment Calendar Music Michael Bublé
June 1, 8pm Frank Erwin Center John Waite
June 1, 8pm One World Theatre Peter Bjorn and John
June 1, 9pm Antone’s
Deftones with Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Butcherettes
June 4, 7pm Austin Music Hall
Brooke Fraser with Cary Brothers
June 5, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Weezer
June 6 & 7, 7pm Stubb’s Beirut with Twin Sister
June 8, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater The Givers
June 8, 9pm Antone’s
June 10, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre
Matt and Kim with The Thermals
June 11, 7pm Stubb’s Adele
June 12, 7pm Stubb’s This Will Destroy You
June 12, 8pm The Parish Rush
June 12, 8pm Frank Erwin Center Dave Koz
June 17, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre Explosions in the Sky
June 17, 8pm ACL Live at The Moody Theater Hillsong United
June 18, 7:30pm Cedar Park Center Little Feat
June 22, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre Jim Messina
June 25, 7pm One World Theatre Lyle Lovett and John Hiat
June 28 & 29, 8pm The Paramount Theatre
Film CLOAK & DAGGER PRESENTED BY THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
June 4, 3pm Texas Spirit Theater Bob Bullock
Food Film Screening: Lunch Line
June 16, 7:30pm Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek THE COMPANY PRESENTED BY THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL AND BALLET AUSTIN
Comedy Doug Benson
June 1 & 2, 8pm Cap City Comedy Club Steve Rannazzisi
June 3 & 4, 8 & 10:30pm Cap City Comedy Club John Heffron
June 8-11 Cap City Comedy Club Chelsea Handler
June 12, 8pm Bass Concert Hall
June 26, 3pm Ballet Austin Theater
Children Thomas and Friends Live!
June 1 & 2 The Long Center PBJ Sailing
June 4, 9:30am Austin Yacht Club 9th Annual Summer Film Camp Presented by the Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program
June 13-Aug 5 Austin High School
Dad’s Day Youth Fishing Derby
June 18, 9am-Noon McKinney Falls State Park
Through June 18 The Vortex One-Man Star Wars Trilogy
June 2-5 The Long Center
The Book of Grace
June 2-Aug 21 ZACH Theatre
I Love You Because
June 6-26 Hyde Park Theatre
Trailer Park Boys
June 7 The Paramount Theatre The Little Dog Laughed
June 9-July 4 The City Theatre
June 13 The Long Center Wait Until Dark
June 24-July 7 Georgetown Palace Theatre
Other Project Transitions Texas Swing
June 3 Saengerrunde Hall
Dinner Detective Austin
June 4 Marriott Hotel
Republic of Texas Biker Rally
June 9-12 Travis County Exposition Center 48th annual night in old fredericksburg
June 10-11 Downtown Fredericksburg
Kerrville Folk Festival
Through June 12 Quiet Valley Ranch
Big Range Austin Dance Festival
June 24-July 3 Salvage Vanguard Theater Keep Austin Weird 5K and Festival
June 25 The Long Center
Arts Calendar June 2 ART on 5th
First Thursday Featuring Cindi Wright 6-8pm INSTALLATION: 416 W. CESAR CHAVEZ
Blanton Museum of Art
June 4 B. Hollyman Gallery
D. Berman Gallery
Gray Hawn: Romancing Mexico VIP Reception: 7-10pm Through June 5
JoAnn Santangelo: Walking the Block: Christopher Street NYC Reception: 6-8pm Artist talk: June 11, 1pm Through July 2 AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART
Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller New Works: The Mona Lisa Project by Rino Pizzo Both through Sept 11
Line Through June 26 About Face: Portraiture as Subject Through Sept 4 The Object of Desire Through July 9 Davis Gallery
Exteriors: Christopher St. Leger & David Leonard Through June 25 Gallery Shoal Creek
Rene Alvadaro Through June 25
Austin Artists Exhibit Reception: 6-10pm Through June
Rock, Paper, Carbon: Sabra Booth, Margaret Craig, Daniel Kaplan, Leigh Anne Lester Through June 19
Wally Workman Gallery
Harry Ransom Center
June 10 Yard Dog Art Gallery
Lora Reynolds Gallery
GALLERY BLACK LAGOON
image courtesy of africa's promise village.
Jack Strange: Within Seconds Through July 3 Javier Téllez: Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See LIFT Projects: Ely Kim, Boombox Through Aug 28
Group Show: Angela Fife and Mary Beth Karaus Reception: 6-8pm Through July 2
Jad Fair & David Fair
Ongoing Arthouse at the Jones Center Five x Seven 2011
Through June 12
Becoming Tennessee Williams Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century Both Through July 31 Tom Molloy Through June 25 Susan Collis: So it goes Through July 16
Sam Coronado: A Retrospective Chicanos Only by Más Rudas Through June 5
EVENT p i c k
Africa’s Promise Village Gala Wednesday, June 22 The Oasis africaspromisevillage.org
frica’s Promise Village, a nonprofit dedicated to the immediate assistance and long-term support of people suffering from the effects of hunger, disease and overcrowding in Tanzania, is hosting its first gala at the lovely Oasis restaurant set on Lake Travis. Founded in the summer of 2010, APV has already funded boarding school education for young teen girls as well as medical treatment, and is working to provide clean water wells and schools in the country. Educator Dr. Donna Gunn, the event organizer, hopes the gala will raise awareness for the children in Tanzania. “This is our first major fundraising effort,” Gunn says. “The well alone will save as many as 2,000 lives. We must reach out and do what we can.” The evening will feature a performance by the African Dance and Drum Corps, a presentation by Ester Alexandar from Tanzania on the Tanzanite orphans as well as a silent and live auction. The live auction will include jewelry generously donated by highly acclaimed jeweler Sir Zoltan David, as well as a puppy, travel opportunities, a case of fine wine and more. Best of all, the proceeds will go towards Africa’s Promise Village and its projects. “I look forward to being able to raise sufficient funds to get the orphanage completed, to build the school in the Siminjaro for 400 children and to provide clean water for the village of Esilale,” Gunn says. Tickets are $40 and include three drinks and appetizers. V. lai tribeza.com
700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: Th–F 11–7, Sa 10–5, Su 1–5 arthousetexas.org
F e at u r e d g a l l e ry
Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org AMOA Downtown
823 Congress Ave. (512) 495 9224 Hours: Tu, W, F 10–5, Th 10–8, Sa 10–6, Su 12–6 amoa.org AMOA Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–Sun 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org
Blanton Museum of Art
et in an unassuming apartment complex on an unassuming block of Hyde Park, Katie Geha’s speakeasy-esque gallery, SOFA, is as remarkable for the art displayed on the walls as for the possibility it suggests for the art scene in Austin. Inspired by a concept common in Chicago, Geha, an art history Ph.D. candidate at UT, operates SOFA out of her one-bedroom apartment. Since opening in 2009, the gallery has featured an array of work by artists of various levels from Austin and all over the country. “This isn’t a clean neutral setting, because it’s my apartment,” Geha says. So in symmetry to the space, she seeks work from emerging artists and urges established artists to display work they might not normally show. In a city full of DIY-ers and talented artists, the concept has great potential. “If this is an idea that people are interested in, they can do it themselves. It’s really easy,” Geha says. Visit sofagallerytx.com for upcoming exhibition openings or to schedule an appointment. C. harrold
200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com
Hours: Tu–S 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver 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 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum
2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlib.utexas.edu
419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6, F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. Henry Museum
409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org
Austin Art Garage
2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios
7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com Austin Galleries
1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment austingalleries.com B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY
1202-A W. 6th. St. (512) 825 6866 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5 firstname.lastname@example.org Birdhouse
1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only birdhousegallery.com Brocca Gallery
1103 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1306 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 broccagallery.com
Bydee Art Gallery
1050 E. 11th St., #120 (512) 480 3100 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–7 bydee.com champion
800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory
Elisabet Ney Museum
Art on 5th
304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney
1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com
2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com
837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com
“Scrap” (gouache on arches, 2008, 16” x 20” ), on display at SOFA through July as part of Kara Braciale: The Repeat exhibition.
d berman gallery
1701 Guadalupe St. (512) 477 8877 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 dbermangallery.com
El Taller Gallery
2438 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 302 0100 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 eltallergallery.com Flatbed Press
2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 flatbedpress.com Gallery 5619
5619 Airport Blvd. (512) 751 2360 gallery5619.org Gallery Black Lagoon
4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek
2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery
Kathy Womack Gallery
411 Brazos St., #100 (512) 288 0238 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 kwomack.com L. Nowlin Gallery
1202 W. 6th St. (512) 626 9301 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 lnowlingallery.com La Peña
227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena–austin.org Lora Reynolds Gallery
360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 lorareynolds.com Lotus Gallery
1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com Maranda Pleasant Gallery
2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only bigmodernart.com
608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 grayduckgallery.com
916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 massgallery.org
Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts
The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery
1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4 havengalleryaustin.com
6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 sstx.org
Jean–Marc Fray Gallery
Okay Mountain Gallery
1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com
1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 okaymountain.com
Positive Images Gallery
1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831 Pro–Jex Gallery
1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, S 12–4 Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com sofa
1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com
Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression
4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence
301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only sofagallerytx.com
2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com
Stephen L. Clark Gallery
1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com Studio 107
411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 studio107.com Testsite
502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 fluentcollab.org Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org
5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670 bigmedium.org
Clarksville Pottery & Galleries
4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 clarksvillepottery.com
12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com
913 E Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 domystore.com
3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only roijames.com
Julia C. Butridge Gallery
United States Art Authority
Pump Project Art Complex
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1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm
702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org
2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 unitedstatesartauthority.com
things we love
What We Are Doing The Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series
he seven-week-long (May 17 to June 28) Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series launched last month at Emma Long Metropolitan Park as riders get off the roads for awhile and race under the trees on the six-mile-long full motocross trail at the Park (race organizers construct new courses each week). Will Ross, a former manager, personal trainer and cycling coordinator with Pure Austin Fitness is the founder of the Series and has shifted his focus to Vagary Events (co-owned with Gilbert Ramirez), which creates and promotes outdoor sporting events similar to the Series. Race Day entry fees range from $5 to $20 with a season pass discount from $30 to $110. Ross says: “Whether you are dealing with mental ‘road fatigue,’ can’t get enough mountain bike racing or just want to get out and challenge yourself during the summer, The Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series is just what the doctor ordered!” For more information, visit vagaryevents.com.
What We Are Reading Home Field
Kristin Armstrong’s Mile Markers
Photography by Jeff Wilson, Foreword by Buzz Bissinger & Text Compiled by Bobby Hawthorne
TRIBEZA is honored to have had Kristin Armstrong as our columnist for the past five years, and we always feel inspired by her honest and thoughtful words. Armstrong’s latest book Mile Markers — The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run focuses on the beauty and joy of running solo and with her close group of friends (Austinites Paige Alan and Katie Love are also pictured on the cover). In the book, Armstrong shows that running might just be the perfect way to mark milestones in life.
We have the perfect gift for all of those fanatical football-loving dads this Father’s Day — a copy of this visually stunning book, Home Field: Texas High School Football Stadiums from Alice to Zephyr. After Texas Monthly assigned photographer Jeff Wilson to capture high school football stadiums for a photo essay (that was later nominated for a National Magazine Award), he decided to continue the project, ending up with a beautiful collection of nearly 80 Texas high school football stadiums. Wilson says: “The promise of an empty football field is an irresistible force for those who understand and revere the game.” The images will be on display in the Austin Room at the Bob Bullock Museum from September to December.
dirt remedy image courtesy of jim hicks, home field image courtesy of jeff wilson, mile markers image courtesy of rodale.
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The outdoors just got a lot more functional (and stylish) thanks to these locally owned brands. By Lauren Smith Ford Photography by Michael Thad Carter
Chase Heard Howler Brothers
Their Story: The aha moment for Howler Brothers came to co-founders Chase Heard, a longtime surfer originally from Florida, and Andy Stepanian, an avid fisherman, in a bar after an epic fishing trip. “I had always been into gear…it’s a way for guys to be into clothing without being into fashion,” Heard says. “I felt everyone looked the same, and it was a homogenized look that had room for improvement and updates.” Heard’s background seems perfect for his new gig working on the company full-time along with Stepanian and director Mason Brent. Heard’s a painter (check out his work at chaseheard.com), architect and musician (he and Stepanian share vocal and songwriting responsibilities in the Wrinkle Neck Mules, a band they started in college at UVA). Heard is currently running the company from his home office in Hyde Park, a place that he and his family plan on staying in for a long time. “There’s something about the ocean — when you grow up near it, it always stays with you,” he says. “But, Austin is pretty easy to deal with. We just love it so much.” What It Means: The Howler monkey is said to be the loudest animal in North America, and anyone who’s been on surfing trips in Costa Rica knows the distinct noise well. Why it Works: Functionality and attention to detail come before trend or tradition in the clever t-shirt designs, sharp-looking collared shirts and fun Howler monkey belt buckles. The Howler Brothers Customer: “We bring together the cultures of surfing and fishing in the clothes. It’s the sweet spot for guys who have respect for nature and the ocean but aren’t on either end of the spectrum. We make stuff we love.” Where to Buy: howlerbros.com
ROY & RYAN SEIDERS Founders of YETI Coolers
Their Story: The Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, is said to roam the Himalayas. Its legend inspired the Seiders brothers, Roy (left) and Ryan (right), when naming their virtually indestructible coolers. The company launched in 2006 and has boomed, gaining fanatical fans throughout the world who swear by their abilities — fisherman on long trips say ice can last up to a week in the heat of the summer and tailgaters boast their beer has never been colder. Then, there’s the “wildly strong” factor of the coolers — on YouTube, you can watch a video of Strong Man Competition winner “Big Bald Mike,” who weighs in at 500 pounds, trying to destroy a Yeti in every way possible. He doesn’t succeed. Why It Works: What makes the Yeti most unique is that it is made of one-piece roto-molded polyethylene (the same process used to make whitewater kayaks). The lid is filled with three inches of polyurethane foam, and the body is filled with two inches of the insulation and fitted with heavy-duty hardware. What's Next: The avid fisherman and hunters are further developing their products from their warehouse space in East Austin. Last year, Yeti was named to the Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Roy says: “We are most proud of building the company up from our bootstraps and the incredible team we’ve built here.” Where to Buy: yeticoolers.com
thomas flemons Diablo Paddlesports, LLC
Their Story: It’s simple for Thomas Flemons — “I’d just rather be outside,” he says. He’s been canoeing and hunting since age six and started Diablo Paddlesports in March of 2009. Diablo is a hybrid between the SUP (stand up and paddle boards) and the sit-on-top kayaks. Flemons explains: “Our most noticeable difference is our simple flat deck and tri-hull design. With our tri-hull design, we get the shallowest draft and optimum stability that allows the paddler to sit or stand to paddle or pole.” Why It Works: “We sell boats to a wide variety of men and women, old and young, that want comfort and stability in a kayak so they can feel safe on the water. This makes our boats appealing to all, but our sweet spot is the serious kayak fishermen and fly fishers.” In the Works: They just launched the Chupacabra, a 10.5-foot boat and now have plans for a new line of accessories, a tandem boat angled for guides and possibly remaking their original 12.5foot boat with new materials and a fresh look. Where to Buy: diablopaddlesports.com/dealers
hobson brown & billy nachman Founders of Criquet Shirts
Their Story: It was in prep school at Buckley in NYC where Nachman (right) and Brown (left) had their first lesson in the art of dressing up. The requirement to wear collared shirts at the all-boys school they attended began their lifelong pursuit to “find the perfect shirt.” They’ve been friends since they were five and moved to Austin a few years ago. In their quest, the guys never found anything quite as good as Nachman’s grandfather’s 1970s golf shirts, so they joined forces (Nachman is an architect and Brown, an author who's written a series of prep school-inspired young adult novels called The Upper Class for Harper Collins) to collaborate on Criquet Shirts, “a line of vintage-inspired shirts combining old school preppy with a dose of South By style.” The shirts are 100 percent organic cotton and come in a range of colors and stripes, running $55 and up. What It Means: The name Criquet is an ode to the idea of standing in a field and taking more time to pay attention to your surroundings. Brown says: “We should all be more in tune with the environment, to look into the tall grass at the edge of the manicured greens.” Why It Works: Brown’s classic prep style with Nachman’s more adventurous Northwest cool shines through in the design and clever details like the four-button placket in front and the removable recycled collar stays. The Criquet Shirt Customer: “Everyone from the 20-year-old Southeast college guy or girl to the 40-year-old Marin County golfer. Our buyer identifies more with the environmental angle, but likes the vintage style and wants to be more fashion forward than the other guys at the country club.”
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The Whale House Tracey Overbeck Stead, one of Austin’s most innovative designers, shares a peak inside her charming vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. By Tracey Overbeck Stead Photography by Ethan Stead
first visited Martha’s Vineyard in 2001 when my boyfriend at the time, now husband, introduced me to his family at his sister’s college graduation gathering. He grew up in New England summering on the Vineyard, and my introduction to the island coincided with meeting his family for the first time and marked the moment when our relationship become somewhat more serious than just a fling. Despite being squashed in an 800-square-foot cottage over that weekend with eight people, somehow the magic of Martha’s Vineyard came through and I was hooked. Two years later I came back to the island for my second visit when we were married overlooking the Atlantic Ocean high on the cliffs at the Aquinnah lighthouse. We spent our honeymoon at an “up island” estate in Chilmark further establishing my love for the Vineyard. From that point on, I spent every winter planning our annual vacation to Martha’s Vineyard while also staying up late many nights secretly obsessing about owning a
Welcome home! Rug by Claire Murray. Table made from reclaimed barn wood from Prague, Midnight Farm. Hand-carved wooden whale by Tom Dumont, The Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery. Antique whale harpoon and antique whale flensing knife, Nantucket and France. Antique ship wheel chandelier, NYC. Painting above sofa by Josh Keyes. Sofa and chairs, Wildflower. tribeza.com
The front porch of the 1869 Whale House cottage is a typical morning gathering place for the Stead family. Whale House signage by Chatham Sign Shop. Hand-carved wooden whale by Tom Dumont, The Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery, Marthaâ€™s Vineyard.
The Whale House
Tile, Hakatai, Portland, Oregon; Rug, Claire Murray, Martha’s Vineyard.
piece of the island. In the spring of 2008 I received a real estate guide showing all the island properties that were for sale, and the minute I laid eyes on her, I knew she was meant to be mine — The Whale House that is. The object of my infatuation was a 780-square-foot cottage, built one-board thick in 1869. The cottage is part of a historic community dating back to 1835 located on the island in the town of Oak Bluffs. This neighborhood has been designated a national historic landmark and is an architectural preserve for the Cottage Gothic style. To the visitor, the 300 cottages that greet the eye are an explosion of gingerbread trim details and polychrome Victorian paint schemes all preserved largely as they were constructed over 140 years ago. For me, the challenge was turning this piece of history into a vacation home that a modern-day family with two young sons could enjoy while still preserving its architectural integrity and abiding by the strict historic rules and regulations of the neighborhood. The first order of business was to strip away a century of slapdash interior modifications, removing thick layers of paint,
bewildering wall-to-wall carpet, vinyl flooring installed over the original wood and unsafe ancient electrical and plumbing. Through this process we discovered five different styles of toilets spanning 100 years of plumbing innovation under the house, some used as “load bearing” piers. The original floors were salvaged, stripped and stained; the original trusses restored. All the original glass remains throughout and all of the doors and door hardware were meticulously refinished. While re-building the house, breakfast nook Antique dining table it was uncovered that the structure from Grandma Nau and four chairs from was only off by one inch throughout Wildflower. Rug the entire cottage. With only corner by Claire Murray; Hand-carved whale posts and no vertical studs in the by Tom Dumont, The walls, the one-inch thick tongue-andEdgartown Scrimshaw groove vertical boards carrying the Gallery; both on Martha’s Vineyard. main load of the house — somehow Mercury-lined pendant having survived seven major hurricanes light by Shabby Chic. over the past 141 years. As the house pre-dates both in-door plumbing and with local antiques from years gone by electricity, the one-board thick construction sourced from local farmhouses and shipyards. lays bare the upgrades that have been made Completing the interior required sleuthing for over the many years. What is now the back kitchen wall was once the wall of the chamber old coastal antiques, local materials and new inviting pieces that were available on-island room, complete with a crocus-shaped hole or purchased through off-island vendors who through the wall which served as ventilation we had to beg to ship via the ferry! All local for the original chamber pot. artisans were commissioned in transforming Drawing from the cottage’s Cape Cod this labor of love. setting, the interior reflects a coastal style tribeza.com
the library Capiz shell chandelier, Wildflower. Slip-covered chairs, Vineyard Decorator's, Martha’s Vineyard. The clock is from Grandpa Nau. The small wooden chair is original to the house.
The Whale House represents the values of a simpler era — she takes care of you when you are with her and rewards you with inner peace.”
The Whale House Griffin Emerson Overbeck Stead (Age 5) and Elliot McPherson Overbeck Stead (Age 3), Summer 2010.
the small coastal kitchen: Cabinetry by a local Martha’s Vineyard millworker. Reclaimed barn wood counter tops, Martha’s Vineyard. Crema Delicatus marble backsplash from Italy. Retro refrigerator by Smeg. Rug by Claire Murray, Martha’s Vineyard; Farm sink and faucet, IKEA.
ach cottage in this neighborhood is required to have a name. My son Griffin, then four years old, endowed our cottage with its name: The Whale House. One outcome of this project is that I have now passed the obsession for Martha’s Vineyard on to my two sons, Griffin and Elliot, who wake up nearly every morning in Austin and ask me if today we are going to The Whale House. Seeking to enjoy this magical house we have been travelling to the island four times a year spending around 11 to 12 weeks a year in The Whale House. It isn’t an easy trek to get from Austin to Martha’s Vineyard. We have flown many segments, have chartered late-night private ferries and have even driven the 2,000 miles
non-stop in 36 hours to get to our beloved island. Clearly this begs the question: Why would a Texan buy a vacation home off the coast of Massachusetts? The answer is simple: While the physical beauty of the island is breath-taking, it is the pace of island life that is alluring, mesmerizing impossible to shake. From Texas, there is no quick way to get there but one thing is certain, when you set foot on the ferry, the transformation begins, the stress leaves your body, and you immediately become a Vineyard-er. My family is forever changed. Everything we do daily is to hurry up and get our next Vineyard fix. The Whale House represents the values of a simpler era — she takes care of you when you are with her and rewards you with an inner peace. tribeza.com
The Whale House
The Steads’ Guide to Martha’s Vineyard Stay: The Outermost Inn The Charlotte Inn The Beach Plum Inn
Eat: The Square Rigger
Coffee at Beetlebung Coffee House
Watch the sunset from atop one of the five lighthouses on the island
Sidecar Café and Bar
CB Stark Jewelers
Midnight Farm The Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery
Rent a performance bicycle from Edgartown Bicycles and tour the island
The Newes From America Pub
Surf Squibnocket after 5pm
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
Off Shore Ale Co.
Fish for Blue’s on Chappaquiddick
The Granary Gallery
Lunch at The Chilmark Store Community Pizza Night at The Orange Peel Bakery 52
Breakfast at Scottish Bake House
Charter a boat with angler to the stars, Buddy Vanderhoop (ask about his charter with Keith Richards)
PicNic Vineyard Vines Jack Wills
“The Jaws painting is very significant since Jaws was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard,” Tracey Overbeck Stead says. “It is always in the back of every Vineyarders’ mind.” Car painting by Josh Keyes; Antique diving helmet is above stairwell to second floor; Whaling triworks ladle used for scooping blubber to be used to light the streets of Paris.
i TR P It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy in bold color and prints with a little bit of prep mixed in. Photography by Chad Wadsworth Styling by Lauren Smith Ford Location: Hamilton Pool Models: Breauna, Chloe Jayne, Christian & Matt of Wallflower Management, Hair + Makeup by Franchiska Bryant of José Luis Salon, Styling Assistants: Linda Harrold + Avalon McKenzie
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On Matt: Shirt by Band of Outsiders $151, By George; Shorts by Thom Browne $360, Barneys Co-op; On Chloe Jayne: Dress by Alice + Olivia $297, Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Back at the Ranch Check out of the busy real world and into an active and inspiring retreat at Canyon Ranch Tucson.
n my first morning at Canyon Ranch Tucson, as I was having a meeting with my official “lifestyle concierge” who was going to advise me on mapping out my activities for the next three days at the Ranch, he asked, “What are you wanting from your experience here? Everyone comes looking for something different...” As I flipped through the 70-page Guide to Services book that the ranch offers — from Oriental medicine to hydro-massage and pretty much any imaginable fitness class in between, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for or where to begin. Their slogan is the “power of possibility,” so I decided to jump in with an open mind to find out exactly what this famed resort had to offer and what it
would mean to me. When Mel and Enid Zuckerman opened the Resort in 1979, it was undoubtedly a radical concept. As Mel writes in The Canyon Ranch Story, “a comprehensive, healthy living vacation resort with no smoking or alcohol — there was no market research pointing towards its success.” After a slow start, the Resort doubled in occupancy by the next year and has skyrocketed from there (they now have two other properties, the Lenox Resort in Massachusetts and the Miami Beach Hotel and Spa, not to mention Canyon Ranch cruise ships). After 32 years of operation, the Resort seems to have every detail ironed out seamlessly, beginning with a driver awaiting you at the airport with ice cold bottled waters in hand to perfectly packed backpacks of balanced lunches and
healthy treats for the group hiking trips through neighboring Sabino Canyon or longer treks up into the gorgeous Santa Catalina Mountains (the guides have cold towels ready at the end of the trail). Group fitness classes begin around 8am, and guests tend to do about three classes a day on average. Many people come to Canyon Ranch for the signature programs like Life Enhancement (a structured program of classes and workshops on self-discovery and making positive lifestyle changes), Sports Training and their signature Weight Loss Program, to name a few. While it seems that some come for leisurely workouts and laying poolside, I found many of the guests working out alongside me to be extremely fit and true lovers of exercise. And, I have definitely never seen so much Lulu Lemon athletic
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Canyon Ranch measures its value by what you do after you leave the ranch — what you take home in new awareness and a sense of control about issues in your life.” mel zuckerman can yon ranch found e r
wear in one place! You begin to see the same people as you move from class to class — from the more high intensity Core Conditioning and Indoor Cycling to the just plain fun like Buff Booty and DJ Dance Party — making new friends from across the country, exchanging notes on classes you liked, the best instructors (each of them seemed to be extremely knowledgeable and bursting with energy) and the tastiest dishes in the dining room. I tried things I never make the time to at home like Zumba, Pilates reformer machines and even World Beat, where drummers lead the class in a dance workout that combines Latin, African, Brazilian and modern dance. It was easy to feel plugged in to Ranch life right away with a weekly schedule and map in hand accompanied by the friendly, but not intrusive staff. As someone who went to camps growing up and
worked at them in college, this was starting to feel like the best scenario for an active getaway for adults with luxe accommodations of your own and an optional schedule to follow, most importantly — no requirements. With the Ranch’s strict cell phone policy (in room and designated areas only) and the soothing, lush grounds of the property with native plants like the famous cactus and bunnies hopping throughout the trails, I soon forgot about any stresses. Everyone I know who has been to Canyon Ranch raves about the food and how delicious the low-calorie meals can be. We were a bit skeptical at first, but that all went away after we sat down for our first meal. Calorie counts are listed by each entrée (think Sea Bass with Cilantro Dill Pesto served with sweet potato hash and sautéed red swiss chard), and everything is under 500 calories. I learned great lessons tribeza.com
about portion size, life without salt (or butter), quality carbohydrates and healthy fats. Their homemade ice creams and gelatos were the perfect ending to our days of working out, hiking, swimming and biking (neighboring Mount Lemmon is just down the road and is a cyclist’s dream with a 9,000 foot climb on paved road. Lance Armstrong used to train here).
As the trip came to a close, I realized why I had come — to learn how to eat more consciously, to gain the confidence to try out new ways to exercise and to have time away from the real world for spiritual reflection to re-focus on what’s most important. The wise Mel Zuckerman says: “Canyon Ranch measures its value by what you do after you leave the ranch — what you take home in
new awareness and a sense of control about issues in your life.” Armed with the tools I acquired during my time at the oasis in the desert, I am ready to start fresh. Rates for a four-night stay based on double occupancy from June 12 through September 15 start at $2,860 (all inclusive on meals, beverages and snacks). For more information, visit canyonranch.com.
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ith Austin garnering positive attention and accolades for everything from its health-conscious population to its entrepreneurial energy, it’s no surprise that the city is home to its own uniquely laid-back, yet competitive social sports league for local creative industry types. Focusing on fun while maintaining the spirit of healthy competition, the Alternative Softball League exemplifies Austin’s active lifestyle and dedication to entrepreneurial endeavors.
What started as a casual thing among a few softball enthusiasts at a handful of local businesses — BookPeople, Austin Chronicle, KOOP Radio and SXSW — has evolved into a structured league comprised of 10 teams and two divisions. League commissioner, Austin Chronicle employee and Waterloo team member Mark Fagan says that although developing a formal league structure may have been one of the better beer-fueled ideas he has ever had, the subsequent execution and followthrough was (and still remains) entirely a group effort. That said, transitioning away
Inspired by the “Come and Take It” flag flown at the Battle of Gonzales, the Frank Baby Panthers sport a sausage on their tees in place of the iconic cannon.
from the casual, pick-up games of the old guard “Shadow League” (as the original four teams are affectionately called) didn’t happen overnight. “It was at least a three-month process, getting all of us freewheeling creative types to sit down and essentially create something entirely new,” Fagan says. Now in the middle of its fourth official season, the league was founded with two fundamental principles in mind: 1) co-ed participation and, 2) a “like-minded” membership. Although the latter concept is seemingly abstract, it’s an essence that derives from the fact that each team is an independently owned, Austin-based business. “Since we’re all a part of the spectrum of things that makes Austin what it is — food, beverage and music to name a few — we have a respect for each other, understanding what the other goes through, business-wise, on an everyday level. So being able to hang out, play softball and just have fun is totally refreshing,” says Daniel Northcutt captain of the Frank Baby Panthers team, the league’s newest addition. Careful not to stray from its game-based roots, the league prides itself on its attention to sports-minded details by posting updated box scores, standings and stats for individual players and teams on the ASL website (altsoftball. com). With rankings clearly listed and convenient access to each team’s linked Facebook page, the site puts a social media spin on classic pre-game banter and heckling. When comparing ASL to other similar social leagues, Rebecca Feferman, captain of the SXSW Swingin’ Narwhals, says that it’s exactly this sense of community that enhances the competition. “In our league you get to know everyone on all the other teams because people do hang out. We tribeza.com
Since we’re all a part of the spectrum of things that makes Austin what it is — food, beverage and music to name a few — we have a respect for each other... being able to hang out, play softball and just have fun is totally refreshing,” D a n i e l No r t h c u t t own e r , fran k
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Although the origin of the SXSW team’s name, the Swingin’ Narwhals, may be forgotten, Rebecca Feferman says: “It’s been the perfect name for us. Once Joe Nicolosi designed our (literally) killer logo, it all gelled from there. Next came our fun mantra that we chant before every game — Big Bats, Big Balls, Narwhals!”
all go to each other’s games, and play the same teams year after year. While you end up making great friends, at the same time you are learning details like how and where people hit, and things like that add to the real athletic experience of it all,” Feferman says. As with all athletic endeavors, the accompanying rituals, fans and recognition are equally important elements of the overall experience. While individual ASL teams have established unique practice schedules and lucky pre-game chants, the post-game tradition tends to stay the same no matter a game’s outcome. After each Krieg Field battle, players generally unwind and swap stories in the bleachers before heading to either The Liberty Bar (also a part of the league) or Frank for adult versions of those childhood orange slices and juice boxes — a well-deserved social reward for playing a full
nine innings in the Texas heat. Likely due to their laid back, casual BYOB environment, the games attract healthy crowds of friends and co-workers who opt to participate from the stands. In particular, the Swingin’ Narwhals seem to have developed a loyal following. “We have a lot of people who actually bought fan jerseys when we ordered them for our team, so they’ll come out and wear them in the stands, which is super cool,” Feferman says. Injecting yet another element of fun into the experience, the SXSW team even has their own resident DJ for their games. Although not on the official roster, Amy Wanke supports her co-workers by cueing up each player’s designated batting anthem on an iPod as they step up to the plate. Although each game may seem like a party, ASL hosts the “Brass Ball Awards,” a
party honoring notable team and player accomplishments throughout the season. The special gold-painted softballs are also given in recognition of less conventional achievements as well, exemplifying the shared closeness among the group of creative professionals. In 2008 when Bryan Sansone (Papa Bear) of BookPeople and Cara Hollandsworth (Miss Kansas) of Emo’s received their award for “Cutest Couple,” they took advantage of the moment to announce to their friends that they were expecting a child together — Lila Inez Sansone, born May 9, 2009. Having originally met through ASL, Bryan and Cara epitomize the strength and serendipity of the relationships formed in the league. “We all really do have a lot in common — we like sports, but we also like music and film. We’re just a great group of friends now. It’s a special thing,” Fagan says. tribeza.com
Inside Travaasa Austin’s latest destination hotel and spa delivers on every front. By Li sa S i va
emphasizing local and organic ingredients to a challenge course suspended 40 feet in the air, Travaasa transports guests away from the bustle of the city and into the natural paradise of the Hill Country. When guests check into the hotel, they are given a journal to record their memories, and the Travaasa experience is sure to give guests plenty to write about. Divided into five pillars —Adventure, Culinary, Culture, Fitness and Wellness — the philosophy at Travaasa aims to reinvent the concept of a destination hotel. Co-founders Joy Berry (executive director of Amstar and co-founder and president of Green Tea, LLC) and Chris
Manning (vice president of Amstar and cofounder and principal of Green Tea, LLC) developed the idea for Travaasa after realizing that conventional hotels rarely reflected the character of their locations. “We asked ourselves,” Berry remarks. “If we could create an experiential destination hotel that allows us to provide experiences to guests that they may have missed along life’s journey.” To that effect, Travaasa has developed a unique array of activities and adventures, from sunrise hikes to evenings by the fire. “The list is endless,” the general manager Tim Thuell says. “Our spa has drawn a lot of guests here, but then they realize there are so
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s you drive along the winding road up a hill in the heart of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, you feel as though you are leaving the city behind. Ash junipers scatter vivid blue berries on either side, and Lake Travis sparkles below like a gem of the Texas Hill Country. At the top of the hill, overlooking the acres of undeveloped land, is Travaasa, a destination hotel unlike any other. Travaasa draws inspiration from its vibrant surroundings to offer an unforgettable experience on every occasion, whether it is a business meeting or a honeymoon. From incredible cuisine
The spa at Travaasa focuses on mind, body and spirit, with meditation offerings to help guests decompress and recharge.
The deck of the infinity pool offers sweeping views of the Hill Country with Lake Travis in the distance.
many other things we offer.” Set on 210 acres of the Balcones Preserve, Travaasa allows guests unparalleled opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. The Prickly Pear Challenge Course is a hotel favorite, as guests navigate the space above the treetops and end the course with an exhilarating 250-foot-long zip line flight across the nature preserve. Other memorable activities include the Equine Experience, in which guests interact closely with the horses in the Travaasa stable for a heightened, intimate connection to nature. Indoors, an extensive selection of fitness classes are available, including the Bull Fitness course,
designed by instructor Jillian Lambert. A fun yet demanding workout, the course focuses on a series of core-strengthening exercises before a two-minute ride on Travaasa’s mechanical bull. Fitness instructor Bella Finck laughs, “There are so many incredible activities to choose from — it’s like summer camp for adults!” At Travaasa, exceptional cuisine complements exceptional activities. Executive Chef Benjamin Baker draws from seasonal ingredients to develop daily rotating menus for the hotel’s restaurant, Jean’s Kitchen. “I find it really inspirational when the seasons change,” Chef Baker says. “You find out tribeza.com
The Prickly Pear Challenge Course ends with an exhilarating 250-foot-long zip line flight across the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.
Colt McCoy at Travaasa COLT McCOY and his wife Rachel along with a few other teammates from the Cleveland Browns spent three days relaxing and training at Travaasa. He enjoyed all the activities at the Resort, having more free time than expected due to the NFL Lockout. He says: “Travaasa is the perfect place when you just want to get away for a little while.” photography by Michael Thad Carter
the strengths and weaknesses of a particular ingredient, and you learn how to diversify what you can do with it.” After over a decade in Maui, Hawaii, Chef Baker has returned to Texas with a “Bon Vivant Gourmet” aesthetic that complements Travaasa’s emphasis on organic and fresh ingredients. Inspired by its adventurous namesake, Jean Berry, who enjoyed food from around the world, Jean’s Kitchen refreshes classic Tex-Mex and American cuisines with Asian, Native American, Latin American and European twists. Travaasa’s café, Spur, serves lighter fare over lively discussion at the community table, while guests at the Chef’s Table can enjoy a more intimate culinary experience with demonstrations, private dining and wine tastings. Though Travaasa allows guests to be adventurous, it is also an opportunity to recharge away from the city. Many of the 70 guestrooms face east and offer a terrace overlooking the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, so guests can start their day at Travaasa with a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Texas Hill Country. In addition to a full range of spa services, the hotel
offers restorative meditation classes, frequently held at the Cedar Overlook, which boasts a spectacular view of both the nature preserve and Lake Travis. Travaasa’s stunning Solidago Gardens provide another peaceful sanctuary for breath work and meditation sessions. Nestled in a grove of ash junipers, the gardens are enveloped by a white stone wall, creating a sanctuary where only the sound of a gurgling fountain interrupts the silence. A stream cuts through the grass, running beneath the vine-draped pathway that leads to the airy bungalow in the center. The Solidago Gardens are a testament to the sense of serenity that pervades Travaasa, a haven where guests can embark on a destination getaway without a plane ticket and discover something new to savor each day. “The takeaway here should be a memory to glow by,” Berry says. Travaasa is located at 13500 Farm to Market Rd. 2769. For information about rates and special packages, visit travaasa.com.
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Head Team Physician for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin
s you walk down the burnt orange halls of the University of Texas Athletic Department, it is easy to tell that Dr. C. Mark Chassay, is well loved by Longhorn athletes. As the Head Team Physician for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin, Chassay provides medical care for Texas teams, traveling with the them to events around the country. In addition to caring for the Longhorns, Chassay traveled to Beijing, China with Team USA for the 2008 Olympic games, and in 2010 he served as the President of the Travis County Medical Society. Chassay also served as President of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Alumni Association from 1999 to 2001. Chassay was one of the youngest presidents to serve in both organizations. A. McKenzie
Rings given to Chassay for providing medical support for the 1998 NCAA Women’s Track and Field National Championship team, the 2005 NCAA College World Series National Championship team and the 2005 Football BCS Championship team. The last ring is for his participation as a medical officer for a month at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The four yellow softballs represent the four team appearances at the Women’s College World Series in 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
Chassay uses these schedules to manage the appointments and events covered by the Sports Medicine Team.
The crystal award is for Chassay’s recent term as President of the Travis County Medical Society and the wooden box represents his term as President of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Alumni Association.
The baseball bats, signed by the University of Texas players, are from the 2005 and 2009 College World Series Baseball Finals, where Chassay provided medical support. P h oto g r aph y by mat t co n a n t & J o h n p e s i n a
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Suffice it to say, size and length do matter — especially when it comes to mosquitos. “No mosquitos in Iquitos,” promises the billboard when our flight from Lima, over the Andes, lands in the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest. Apparently, this does little to deter the mosquitos, which have taken up residence roughly 100 kilometers south of the province’s capital, near Nauta, a staging area for several ecotourism ships including ours, the Amatista. For the next seven days, we navigated two major Upper Amazonian tributaries, the Rio Ucayali and the Rio Marañon. Did I mention mosquitos? The truth is, we rarely encountered any while we were sailing on the major rivers, which was most of the time. Only when our skiffs slipped into tiny channels choked with floating flora did the pesky critters appear. Distracted by our guide handing us a three-foot caiman or a poison dart frog or a slithery snake, we rarely glimpsed the “Peruvian Air Force” until they attacked. Note to self: Pack more insect repellant! The Amazon is truly amazing. I was fascinated by the origin of the name of the river, Amazonas. The true origin of the word is uncertain. Some etymologists maintain it derives from an Iranian ethnonym meaning “warriors,” while others insist it is a Greek derivation from a word meaning “manless, without husbands.” In Classical Greek etymology, amazon derives from a-mazos, connected with an etiological tradition that Amazons had their right breasts cut off, so they would be able to use a bow more freely or throw spears without the physical limitation and obstruction. Our quest carried us from Nauta, downriver on the Rio Marañon to the confluence with the Amazon, then upriver on the Rio Ucayali, which ultimately leads to the headwaters farther southwest, high in the Andes Mountains. All told, we traveled some 300
miles, encountering over 150 species of birds and beasts and interacting with several indigenous Amazon tribes. There were an estimated 10 million Indians living in the Amazon Rainforest five centuries ago; today there are fewer than 200,000. We met a remarkable 70-year-old medicine man. When a shaman dies without passing on his art to the next generation, the tribe and the world loses thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants. We also need to realize that more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon Rainforest. As a popular Amazon t-shirt suggests, “If you like to breathe, don’t cut down the rainforest.” One-and-a-half acres of rainforest are lost every second, with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries. Nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation. My fondest memories are of the astonishing array of birds — brightly-colored macaws, loud-mouthed horned screamers, and my three favorite avian species, nicknamed by our guides the shrieking “car alarm bird,” the hee-hawing “donkey bird” and the yellow-rumped “butter butt” bird. We encountered a family of capybara (the largest rodent in the world), and I juggled a feisty caiman, cringed at the touch of a palm-sized pink-toed tarantula, caught and ate a red-bellied piranha and delighted in the slithery shenanigans of a velvety swamp snake. Alas, I never encountered the mighty Anaconda. The Amazon rises an astonishing 30 to 40 feet this time of year, so the “big huggies” have apparently moved closer to terra firma. In the famous words of Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger, I’ll be back! tribeza.com
Open Arms BY EMPLOYING REFUGEES, THIS LOCAL BUSINESS IS PRODUCING SUSTAINABLE STYLES THAT GO BEYOND FASHION.
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nside Central Presbyterian Church at Eigth Street and Brazos, a group of women make eco-chic scarves, skirts and some dog toys made from donated tshirts. This is the facility where Open Arms produces its sustainable products that are Operating out businesses can do good and can solve then sold to retail stores throughout Austin of a church some of these social issues too,” Beasand even outside of Texas. in downtown Austin, Open ley says. In October 2010, Open Arms But unlike most businesses, Open Arms Arms is offerwas born. She and six other women has employed four refugee women from ing refugees more than just agreed to work pro bono for the first Bhutan, Congo and Sudan. Leslie Beasley, a living wage. year, and they chose to hire four of the Open Arms’ co-founder and managing di“most vulnerable” women through the rector, says they are trying to do things a bit Refugee Services of Texas as part of their producdifferently. “We’re committed to employing tion team; two of the women had spent 17 years livwomen at a living wage and producing susing in a refugee camp in Nepal. “One of our dreams tainable fashion,” says Beasley, who sought is not to be just a living wage employing company, out Austin’s refugee population after volunbut to offer enrichment,” Beasley says. A certified public accountant teering with refugees in Africa and India. “One of our core messages will help the women with their taxes, and each week an ESL instrucat Open Arms is that every human being matters and everyone can tor enhances their English. make a difference. Our refugee women are making a difference.” She Open Arms is thriving in Austin — already 21 retailers, insays that everyone danced around the room on the first paycheck day. cluding The Garden Room and the Austin Museum of Art, carry Approximately 970 refugees arrived in Austin last year, but their line. But Beasley isn’t just stopping there. They have plans Beasley says they are still very much an “invisible population.” After to expand nationwide and already sell in Montana, Atlanta and hearing their heartrending stories, Beasley felt compelled to help Louisiana. The recipe for success for a start-up company on a small them find work. However, as the former director of operations for a budget? “We have a huge investment in human capital,” nonprofit, she knew the burdens of running a charity. Beasley says. “A lot of people love this business model Instead Beasley wanted to try a self-sustaining busiand the idea of a business getting out there and doing it ness model that could employ more and more refugee Open Arms women as it expanded. “We want to demonstrate that theopenarmsshop.com differently.” V. Lai
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Paul Carrozza He’s the founder of RunTex which produces over 120 events per year and raises over $5 million annually for local charities, the co-founder and sponsor of RunTex Marathon Kids Program (it’s helped over 100,000 children achieve endurance and learn the joy of running). And if that wasn’t enough, Austin’s favorite traveler by foot also serves on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. This is the life in pictures of Paul Carrozza.
1. A formal picture 2. Playing football in the yard with my buds 3. Being dressed up like the little sister that my sister didn’t have, 1964 4. With my wife Sheila and our three children 5. Paul Carrozza 6. Trying to win the pet show 7. High school skit 8. Playing with my dog Prince 9. Running track. tribeza.com
Ski Shores Café 2905 Pearce Rd. (512) 394 7511 skishoresaustin.com
here’s a place on Lake Austin where time stands still. Where families eat burgers and ice cream at picnic tables. Where children frolic in sandboxes and play arcade games as their parents linger over iced tea and cold beer. Where young couples share fries and a flavored ice as a light breeze skims the lake. Ski Shores Café hasn’t changed much since it opened as a lakeside shack in 1954,
except now the waitresses have tattoos and the jukebox plays reggae. For decades, generations have cherished its low-key, family-friendly environment, a sharp contrast to the overblown, spring break atmosphere found at other waterfront venues. So you could almost hear the collective gasp when it closed in late 2009. Fortunately, its shuttering was short-lived and six months later it reopened, but under new management who commissioned extensive remodeling — news that struck almost as much fear among its devotees as its closing did. Would Ski Shores stay the same? Not to worry. It’s the same, only better. Now, diners can practically dip their toes in the lake as they enjoy their meal on the new deck. The palm-thatched palapa offers a shady new retreat. Kids will love the new playscape and added arcade games, while
grown-ups will appreciate the new flat screen TVs and additional parking and boat slips. Counter service has been replaced with full service, a welcome change allowing diners to sit back and relax. The staff seemed a bit overwhelmed when we visited, but servers were pleasant and eager to please. The menu remains full of family-friendly standards like burgers, pizza and chicken tenders, but now includes seafood options like peel and eat shrimp, ceviche, fish tacos and fried seafood baskets. There’s also a new menu for kids and weekend brunch. Appetizers are mostly fried — fried cheese, fried pickles, onion rings, french fries, wings — plus basic chips and salsa, so we moved straight to the entrees. The Border Burger above: With its was a tasty 1/3-pound lakeside view and classic eats, Ski Shores patty oozing with cheese, Café is the perfect mayo, guacamole, grilled place to dive into the Austin summer. onions and jalapenos. The accompanying fries had a zippy tempura-like coating that some folks liked and others thought overpowered the potato flavor. The Fried Fish & Shrimp Basket, a new menu item, was mostly successful. The shrimp was good, but the catfish was outstanding: light, crispy filets that were fresh and moist inside. It came with a side of delicious hush puppies but soggy cole slaw. The fish tacos and fried catfish sandwich got high marks from my friends dining nearby. Ski Shores now offers a full bar and the cocktail menu features a half-dozen tropical specialties, like the addictively smooth Colorado Gold margarita, plus a decent beer list, sangria and a few generic house wines. Few Austin restaurants embody summer like Ski Shores and it’s comforting to know it remains intact. As my friend remarked, “It’s just a cool ass place. I’m glad they didn’t screw it up.” K. SPEZIA
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Restaurant Guide top 21 food tr ailers 3 Little Pigs 1209 Rosewood Ave. Chef Raymond Tatum, formerly of Jeffrey’s, allows the explosive flavors of his dishes to speak for themselves. The seasonal, rotating menu at 3 Little Pigs offers six fusion dishes, such as the pork belly slider with maple soy glaze and Asian fried chicken.
Counter Culture 120 E. N. 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 on a sweet note with a slice of Counter Culture’s Cheezecake.
Along Came a Slider 3600 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 522 8284 Chefs Tyler Johnson and Jeffrey Schaefer are reinventing the slider with a menu of gourmet offerings in addition to weekly specials highlighting local ingredients. Diners can expect unique flavors, including chicken in waffle batter with caramelized onion and pecan coffee pork shoulder.
Cutie Pies 1603 S. Congress Ave. (512) 589 7979 The Pie Queen lives up to her title with an array of mouthwatering, fourinch pies, from White Chocolate Coconut Pecan to Eulla Bell’s Fudge Brownie Pie. Cutie Pies’ tour de force, however, is Betty Lou’s Award Winning Buttermilk Pie.
Bits & Druthers 1001 E. 6th St. (361) 850 0645 For a quick hop across the pond, stop by Bits & Druthers, featuring classic English cuisine. No visit is complete without the hearty fish and chips, made with local beer and handbattered turbot. For dessert, try a scoop of Bits and Druthers’ own ice cream!
East Side King 1618 E. 6th St. 1700 E. 6th St. Chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsonomaya and Ek Timrek of Uchi comprise the impressive trio behind East Side King, a pan-Asian fusion trailer. The menu is eclectic, featuring a variety of dishes from pork belly buns to mushroom rice. El Taco Rico 810 Vargas Rd. Sisters Yolanda and Araceli have drawn a loyal following with their fresh,
authentic dishes. Among an extensive menu of tostadas, quesadillas, flautas and more, one of El Taco Rico’s standouts are the barbacoa tacos, flavorful and slow-cooked to perfection. Emily’s Dive 3rd St. and Congress Ave. (512) 229 6011 From an unassuming trailer on Congress, Emily’s Dive serves nofrills Mexican food with a twist. Enjoy the classics, including carne asada tacos and tacos al pastor, but be sure to sample some of the trailer’s innovative touches, like its famous feta guacamole. Flip Happy Crepes 401 Jessie St. (512) 552 9034 Housed in a charming vintage trailer, this spot off Barton Springs Road delivers crepes, both sweet and savory, to a hungry crowd. Made famous after a culinary throwdown with Bobby Flay, Flip Happy is sure to please every palate with a diverse and hearty menu. The Giggling Goat 1620 E. Riverside Dr. (512) 750 5717 One of the newest food trailers to grace the East Side, the Giggling Goat presents a stunning menu of unfussy dishes to please the most discerning gourmet. From marinated lamb chops on risotto to soft shell crab sandwiches, the Giggling Goat offers upscale dining fare without the price tag.
G’Raj Mahal 91 Red River St. (512) 480 2255 A cozy covered patio makes this food trailer feel like a restaurant, and the savory, aromatic dishes don’t hurt either. Diners craving a little Indian street food can sample the hearty pakoras and papri chat before exploring the trailer’s extensive menu of curries, tandoori, biryani and vegetarian fare. Hey Cupcake! 1600 S. Congress Ave. (512) 476 2253 For a decadent cupcake with melt-in-your-mouth frosting, look no further than Hey Cupcake! From Red Velvet to Vanilla Dream, the trailer offers classic desserts. An injection of whipped cream into the center of the cake makes for an especially extravagant treat. Holy Cacao 1311 S. 1st St. (512) 851 2253 Specializing in gourmet desserts, Holy Cacao has something to delight every sweet tooth. Owners Ellen Kinsey and John Spillyards have crafted a menu of unique desserts, including frozen hot chocolate, drinking chocolate and cake balls. The Jalopy 15th St. and San Antonio St. (512) 814 8557 Food trailers have a distinctly Austin feel, but it’s the Jalopy that best captures the city’s artsy and creative atmosphere. Splashed in colorful
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work by local artists, the trailer offers gourmet sandwiches featuring rotisserie chicken as well as vegetarian options. Kronic Krave Arepas 5th and Colorado (606) 369 5860 This food truck whips up classic Colombian arepas, corn tortillas stuffed with beef, chicken, cheese or plantains. The meltin-your-mouth texture and aromatic flavors will transport you to the bustling streets of Latin America. Lucky’s Puccias 817 W. 5th St. (512) 739 8785 Sandwich aficionados won’t want to miss this shop’s wood-fired Italian sandwiches, made with traditional puccia bread baked on-site. Odd Duck Farm to Trailer 1219 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 550 5766 Odd Duck features a selection of carefully composed small plates, prepared with local produce, cheese and meats. Chef Bryce Gilmore highlights the flavors of his seasonal ingredients with a wood burning grill and sous vide techniques, and the daily rotating menu showcases the best that local farms have to offer.
dishes with a punkrock flair. Offerings include quesadillas and milkshakes, but the true stars are the unique bacon sandwiches such as the Doc Marten with fried egg and the Peanut Butter Monkey Pig. Spartan Pizza 1104 E. 6th St. (512) 484 0798 Spartan Pizza’s menu reads like a Greek epic, as names like Zeus and Agamemnon are paired with the unique personalities of each handmade pizza. Fresh, vibrant ingredients make the trailer’s pies mythical. sushi-A-go-go 801 Barton Springs Rd, 4001 Medical Pkwy. Specializing in made-toorder, fresh and creative sushi rolls at reasonable prices, husband and wife duo Take and Kayo Asazu serve up some of the best sushi around from their two trailer locations. Torchy’s Tacos 1311 S. 1st St. (512) 366 0537 Torchy’s has been an Austin staple since 2006. Drawing on inspiration from Tex-Mex and Southern cuisines, Chef Michael Rypka specializes in playful fusions of flavor, such as his fried avocado and smoked beef brisket tacos.
Pig Vicious 1001 E. 6th St. (512) 826 4090 Nestled in the East Side Drive In, Pig Vicious delivers bacon-centric tribeza.com
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ere in Whole Foods-eating, Barton Springs-loving, Vibram-wearing Austin, I’m going to reveal an ugly truth about healthy living: it’s hell on feet. Seriously, like pumice stones make my feet laugh...outloud. As a coach, trainer, runner and general outdoor animal, my lifestyle is at odds with having pretty feet! To carve these hooves into quasi-human form, I’ve tried every nail salon, spa and pedicure spot in town. My requirements, simple: a) not in a strip mall, b) can’t smell like toxic waste and c) doesn’t leave me longing for a better pedicure. Simple maybe, but not so easy until I found a secret spot in a not so secret place. Three years ago I discovered that for $15 more than your average nail shop, you can get the red carpet treatment and a total retreat from your workaday world in the Paint Brush treatment room at The Spa at Four Seasons. I found this little gem when
a good friend and frequent guest at the Four Seasons called and said, “Hey come down to the Four Seasons. Let’s get a pedicure.” Well, who says “no” to that? I’m still amazed that anyone would go anywhere else. Let me paint the picture: you drive up to the entrance and hand your keys to the valet for your complimentary parking. As you glide through the doors, the doormen announce, “Welcome back.” You arrive at spa level, and the lovely Mary Kate Piotrowski remembers your name and invites you to use the spa facilities in advance of your treatment. Ushered to your locker, where a warm and oh-so-cushy robe awaits, you then steam, shower or just head straight to the relaxation lounge. Reclining in the chaise looking lakeside, you eat a snack of raw nuts and dried fruit while drinking chilled water flavored with fresh berries. Just as you’ve reached a level of chill, the foot fairies come for you — Maria or Pam — and guide you to the intimate, cool and immaculate Paint Brush treatment room. Designed in tone on tone warm whites and vibrant to cool greens, the space is at once both soothing and invigorating. The floor to ceiling windows invite you to look out and keep you comfortably in while you unwind. The only scent is light and grassy, from the heated towels in which they wrap your feet at the start of your treatment. Over the course of the next hour, your feet are kneaded, soothed, sculpted and made downright dainty. I don’t know about you, but I want to have my gluten-free cake and eat it too. I plan on keeping my play dirty lifestyle with two jobs in the fitness industry, days of trail-running and hours chasing after three little girls, and as long as I have my little secret, I’ll keep my feet pretty too! LAURA CISNEROS Laura Cisneros is the CEO of Dynamax Medicine Balls and Founder and Lead Trainer of urban animal boot camps. The Spa at the Four Seasons launched their new happy hour last month which features $50 off any 50- or 80-minute massage, facial or body treatment along with a complimentary glass of wine, light spa bites and complimentary valet parking. For more information, visit fourseasons.com/austin/spa.
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