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on the cover: Trey Hardee photogr aphy by Michael Thad C arter
Things We Love
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Exposed: Elizabeth Kreutz
Perspective: Jordan Breal
My Austin: Tommy & Casey Dunn
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Clockwise from Top Left: BOAT PHOTO BY BILL SALLANS; LOOP PHOTO BY BRENT HUMPHREYS; ILLUSTRATION BY joy gallagher; SWIMWear PHOTO BY MICHAEL THAD CARTER; YOGA PHOTO BY CODY HAMILTON; BALLET SHOES BY ADAM VOORHES.
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PUBLISHER George T. Elliman EDITOR + creative director Lauren Smith Ford editorial assistant Lisa Siva Events + Marketing Coordinator Staley Hawkins Senior Account ExeCutives Ashley Beall Andrea Brunner Kimberly Chassay principals George T. Elliman Chuck Sack Vance Sack Michael Torres interns Katie Brown Maureen McHugh Pear Phongsawad Andie Salazar Veronica Serrato Clare Szabo Issue Design by Robin FInlay
We had to do a lot of running around to catch up with all the inspiring, active
people we feature in this year’s Outdoors Issue: just watching Olympic decathlete Trey Hardee (and this month’s cover model) for a day of training was exhausting. His typical day begins at 6:25am, then it’s hitting the weight room for four hours before a lunch break, finishing out the afternoon at the track practicing throwing the discus or javelin, pole vaulting (his specialty at Mississippi State University) or working on one of the other events. After an ice bath, it’s home to rest. He let us tag along for a day, even showing us how he fuels up with his typical meal plans. Find out how we kept up in this month’s feature, “Going for the Gold.”
We can't wait to watch decathlete Trey Hardee go for the gold at London 2012; Photo by Michael Thad Carter.
In Exposed, meet Elizabeth Kreutz, who has been photographing Lance Armstrong and other elite athletes for years. We captured her on the back of a scooter, from which she often shoots as she follows athletes on races. Look for her at events like the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia—she’ll be the one in the pink helmet. But the outdoors isn’t always about competition: there is a great deal of craftsmanship that goes into making a wooden boat, so we sat down with David Nichols of Arrowhead Boats and Canoes, along with a few other outdoorsmen like Bob Sarrels and his son Zachary of Sarrels Archery, as well as furniture designers Tyson Pendergrass and Gable Bostic of Petrified Design, to hear about their process for making such beautiful items. In “Shake It Up,” writer Jacqueline Rangel explores some non-traditional fitness activities, like the popular Driveway Bike Racing Series (it’s not just for elite athletes) and Atomic Athlete (think beyond intense workouts using tractor tires and sledge hammers). As we ring in the summer months, we invite you to join us in getting outdoors and exploring the city: we just celebrated last month’s May Cuisine Issue with a party at Franklin BBQ, where Aaron Franklin cooked up delicious brisket and pork, while another one of our favorite chefs, Paul Qui, served guests selections from his recently revamped East Side King menu. Visit tribeza.com to sign for our weekly e-newsletter, featuring events hosted not only by TRIBEZA but also by Austinites across the city. And whether it’s discovering a new way to exercise or just enjoying a cone of ice cream from one of the places featured in our ice cream round up by Megan Giller, “Hot Town, Summer in the City,” we hope this edition of the magazine leaves you excited to try something new. At the end of this month, be sure and pick up a copy of our July Neighborhoods issue—one of my personal favorites—which offers a look inside the lives of Austin families, couples and individuals and the way they live in each corner of the city.
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Wanderlust Grand Opening
Inspired by the revolutionary Wanderlust Festivals, owners Joanna Kutchey and Ashley Spence Clauer unveiled the flagship Wanderlust Live Yoga & Music Studio, bringing together the best yoga programming, musical acts, cuisine and more. A community focal point, Wanderlust LIVE kicked off with drinks and tasty bites by Whole Foods Market.
Breakthrough Party at Umlauf Red, Hot & Soul ZACH Scott Theatre took its guests back to Sculpture Garden Austinites joined Breakthrough Austin for its annual Breakthrough Champions Party at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and enjoyed tacos and drinks as they supported Breakthrough’s programs for low-income students striving to be first-generation college graduates. 17-year-old folk musician Ruby Jane Smith delivered a special performance over the course of the evening.
the 70s with a roller disco at the Hilton Austin to celebrate the opening of its production of Xanadu. The festive evening began with a pre-show reception and continued with dinner and an exclusive preview of the highly-anticipated musical, starring Jill Blackwood.
Wanderlust: 1. Mary Spence, Ashley Clauer, Courtney Spence & Roy Spence 2. Francis & Andrea Rodriguez 3. Gigi Melrose & Lauren Henry 4. Jennifer Welch & Jo Kutchey 5. Katie Daly & Melissa Goessling 6. Leah Pigg & Melissa Young Breakthrough: 7. Sarah Fusco & Brooke Sykes 8. Carrie Carpenter & Natalie Kinsel 9. Amy Roberts & Anna Near Red Hot & Soul: 10. Nathan Gudger & Josh Goldberg 11. Cord & Anne Shiflet 12. Christine Cox, Rusty & Mary Tally.
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Everyone’s favorite stylist and star of Bravo’s It’s a Brad, Brad World Brad Goreski signed copies of his new book, Born to Be Brad, at the Brooks Brothers store in the Scarbrough Building. Guests purchased books from BookPeople and enjoyed bites from Royal Blue Grocery.
Austin Bat Cave Page2Screen
Austin Bat Cave presented the second installment of its Page 2 Screen series, showcasing film adaptations of literary works, at Stateside at the Paramount. The event began with a screening of Up in the Air, followed by a conversation with author Walter Kirn and The Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief, Evan Smith.
Seton Gala: 1. Andrea Bolivar, Inma Pinazo & Laura Reed 2. Jennifer & Ronnie Skloss 3. Leslie Davenport, Michelle Cline & Kristi Moriarty 4. John & Jacy Donovan with Kendra Scott 5. Elisabeth & Alex Tynberg 6. Laura & Todd Wallace Brad Goreski : 7. Hollie Bowen, Leslie Gandy & Brandi Horne 8. Kelly Simons & Brad Goreski 9. Arthur Wayne & Kelly Thomas 10. Lauren Andrew, Jordan Elkins & Brandon Studebaker Bat Cave : 11. Evan Smith & Walter Kirn 12. Yaphet Smith & Taline Manassian.
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Women & Their Work Spring Benefit Women & Their Work presented an evening of art, drink and delectable bites at the home of philanthropists Karen and Rick Hawkins. Guests supported the gallery and its art education programs as they enjoyed a silent auction, music by DJ Manny and a performance by Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company.
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Art Alliance Austin presented the city's finest art festival with a block party vibe at the annual Art City Austin. This unique event featured the work of over 190 emerging and established artists in the streets of the hip 2nd Street District.
Design enthusiasts explored downtown Austinâ€™s unique, historic buildings and modern structures, from the Graeber Residence to The Milago Condominiums, with the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association during its 8th annual Downtown Living Tour, which culminated in a lively after-party at Bar Louie.
Women & Their Work: 1. Nancy Scanlan & Emily Haas 2. Sean Ripple & Lani DeGuire 3. Karen & Rick Hawkins 4. DJ Manny 5. Sam Burch & Ashley Housley Art City Austin: 6. Jessika Gomez-Duarte, Michu Benaim & Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz 7. Danielle Thomas, Bowman & Adam Garner 8. Dartanya Butcher & Jenny Deutschendorf 9. Luke Erwin & Kelsey Graham Downtown Living Tour 10. Beau Eidson & Brittanie Flegle 11. Jim Curwood & Nicole Warns 12. Lenore Callahan & Diana Nigeria.
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May Cuisine Issue Release Party We celebrated the release of our May Cuisine Issue during a delicious evening at Franklinâ€™s Barbecue. The night was sponsored by Allens Boots and featured heaping plates of Aaron Franklinâ€™s brisket, sausage and more! Our cover star, Paul Qui, stopped by and brought his signature Poor Qui buns, Chicken Karaage and Brussels Sprout Salad from East Side King. Issue Release Party: 1. Jody Horton & Aaron Franklin 2. Ashley & Sean Fric 3. Catherine & Shane Stiles 4. Billy Nachman & Hadley Anne 5. Sean Greenberg & Lauren Mcauliffe 6. Shannon Schmitz, Rick Payton & Laurel Prats 7. Sarah Sholtis & Elisabeth Baellow 8. Paul Qui & Deana Saukam 9. Nick Miller & Jackie Rangel 10. Courtney, Scout & Alex Hannaford.
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“We’re going to have an adventure outside!” I said in an enthusiastic mom voice.
boobs and booze, with a cloud of shame hanging heavy over my head. Luke was not amused when I told him about the impending change of plans. Steven wasn’t too happy either, when he arrived and learned that there would be no movie. But I stood my ground. “We’re going to have an adventure outside!” I said in an enthusiastic mom voice. They looked up at me from their Xbox controllers and rolled their adolescent eyes and went directly back to killing each other in their game. I enlisted the help of Luke’s little sisters to try to improve morale. We packed a cooler and got bathing suits, sunscreen, towels, water shoes and our dog. I lured the boys off the Xbox and loaded everyone and everything into the car. We headed to the Greenbelt, a favorite place where my daughter, Isabelle, and I go trail running. After all the rain we’ve had, the creek is full, and the trees are green…I thought it would be the perfect outing. The boys would explore and forget about the movie, the dog would be cool and happy, my girls would play in the water, and I could sit and revel in the triumphant fact that I had saved these precious children from the depravity of a rated “R” movie and the waste of a beautiful day spent in front of a video game. It was time for some good old-fashioned fun, kids. We had gone only a few steps at the base of the trail when Luke began to complain that the cooler was heavy and he could see poison ivy. Grace slapped at a mosquito, which caused them all to start slapping. The dog ran off. I ended up shuffling along with the cooler while the boys wandered ahead. I caught up to them and noticed they had paused at the side of the trail and were looking at the water. How sweet they were, soaking up the beauty of nature! “I swear! Check her out!” “Maybe it’s just skin colored?” “Nope. Nope. Definitely not, you’re right! Awesome!”
I followed their gaze to a gorgeous young woman sprawled topless over a rock, sunbathing like a mermaid in the dappled sunlight. Move it along, boys. Nothing you need to see here. Good grief. We made it to the area where I wanted to make our base camp, and the kids took off, while I set up our towels and got situated. The boys came back and sat with me…until a cloud of cigarette smoke engulfed us, and the group of teenage girls next to us started cracking open beers. I waved the smoke away from my face and told the coughing boys to take a walk up the creek. They groaned (actually, Steven groaned, ‘yes ma’am,’ and Luke hissed something ugly through his braces) and started walking. I later learned they took the girls back to see the girl on the rock, just to be sure. Just as soon as I got my own sunscreen on and opened my book, the kids were back. Mom, we can’t walk that way, all these people are smoking weed, and it reeks (How the hell do they know what that smells like?). This place is disgusting; can we please go home now? I tried to explain how pretty it was and how good it was to be outside on a spring day when Luke gestured to the creek just as a dog was taking a dump in the water. We packed up and trudged back to the car. “Ms. Armstrong?” Steven said politely as I loaded the soggy water shoes, leaking cooler and wet dog into the back. “Yes?” I said. “We may as well have seen that movie, you know. Nudity? Alcohol abuse? Drugs? We saw everything anyway.” “Yes, I suppose you did. But you are going to forget about this unfortunate little adventure, aren’t you? After I erase your memory with queso from Tacodeli, followed by ice cream at Amy’s or a snow cone at Sno Beach? Right?” “Forget what adventure?” he asked. That’s the spirit.
Photographer, Kreutz Photography
ight years ago, Elizabeth Kreutz photographed the Tour de France for the first time, following the race in an RV with her husband and professional triathlete, James Bonney. Her photography soon caught the eye of Newsweek, and since then, sports photography has taken Kreutz around the world, from the Beijing Olympics to the Giro d’Italia as Lance Armstrong’s personal photographer. A native Austinite and lifelong athlete herself, Kreutz stresses the importance of establishing a connection with her subjects: “I try to find the human side of sports,” she observes, “the moments that other people might never get to see.” Whether she’s photographing weddings or a grueling triathlon, Kreutz maintains her 50-50 principle—equal parts photography and relationship to her subjects. As a photographer, “you’re documenting history,” she says, as she recalls sitting atop the snowboard halfpipe at the Torino Olympics, watching athletes fly past. “It’s physically demanding,” Kreutz admits. “You could be on the back of a motorcycle, twisting around and shooting for two or three hours. But I think to myself, ‘Wow, this is my office!’ I’m pretty blessed.” Today, Kreutz lives in Austin with her husband and two sons, Charlie and Ben, and looks forward to whatever the future may have in store: “What I love about my career is there are surprises around the corner,” she says. “I’m excited for what I’ll be photographing next!” L. SIVA
10 Questions f o r ELIZABETH
If you weren't in your current career, what else would you try? I’d love to have Samantha Brown’s job on the Travel Channel or be the host of the Amazing Race. What is one thing people don't generally know about you? I speak Russian. I don’t speak it that often, but I’m excited to shoot the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Glad I saved my flashcards! If you were an inventor, what would you invent? A good running bra for nursing mamas because I’m tired of having to wear three when I exercise.
What piece of art would you most like to own? An original Ansel Adams of the Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming because that’s where James and I were married. When and where are you happiest? At home with my three boys—unconditional love and lots of “nuggles” (what we call snuggles). Who is your favorite fictional character? Thomas the Train because our house is all about Thomas and the Diesels right now! At age 7, you wanted to be? A horse jockey or an astronaut because I have always loved adventure and the thrill of going fast! Who are your favorite heroes in real life? My family. I am fortunate to have my parents and
two brothers still in town. We are very close and they are very supportive. What chef would prepare your dream dinner and what would it be? Chef Ferran Adria, and he would prepare a 50 plus course meal full of surprises. Who are your fantasy dinner party guests? Richard Branson because I want to hear all about his plans for space travel, Anthony Bourdain because he is very entertaining and legendary, photojournalists James Nachtwey and Mary Ellen Mark because I have heard them both speak and was fascinated by their experiences and would love to hear more and then Pit Bull and J. Lo for the after party because I love to dance! P h oto g r a p h y by CODY HA M ILTON
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The story of how one unsuspecting gal became a CrossFit believer and now has the firm fanny to show for it.
or most of my life, my exercise regimen has consisted of biennial yoga classes, quarterly jogs around the block and monthly resolutions to one day start thinking about possibly joining a gym. Physical exertion beyond the occasional hike up a flight of stairs in four-inch heels has always seemed more time-consuming and sweaty than it’s worth. Besides, I’m fairly active—as a staff writer for Texas Monthly, I travel to every corner of the state, so I’m constantly on the go—and I’ve been blessed with “skinny genes,” which means I can eat a stockyard’s worth of barbecue without it going straight to my haunches. Could my fanny be firmer? Yes, but who has the time? So last year when my new (and very buff) next-door neighbor started encouraging me to visit CrossFit Central, the no-frills garage gym on Burnet Road where he worked, I would smile and listen politely while thinking to myself, “I’m more likely to run off with the Jehovah’s Witnesses who were knocking on my door this morning than to start pumping iron with a bunch of overzealous meatheads.” From what I’d heard, CrossFit was an extreme conditioning program for Navy Seal wannabes with sub–two percent body fat and a high tolerance for near-death experiences and vomiting. The workouts—short, intense routines that combine dynamic movements borrowed from gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting with good, old-fashioned calisthenics— are widely criticized as being too hard-core, especially for injury-prone couch potatoes like
me. CrossFit enthusiasts tend to talk (and tweet and blog) about the WOD—that’s “workout of the day”—with the zeal of cultists. In short, it’s not for everyone. But between my neighbor’s proselytizing and my independent Internet investigation, I began to realize that while CrossFit does cater to highly competitive elite athletes (the top finishers in the annual CrossFit Games are billed as “the fittest on Earth”), the program promotes the kind of functional strength and whole-body wellness that anyone, regardless of age or experience, can (and should) work toward. Which is great and all, but what I really wanted to know was, Would I survive? My neighbor reassured me that the workouts were scaled to each person’s particular capabilities—or, in my case, lack thereof. So even though I would be doing the same WOD as, say, an actual Navy Seal, the basic movements (think pulling, pushing, squatting, lifting, and running) would be scaled back in both load and intensity so that I wouldn’t risk hurting or overexerting myself. It still took a good six months of prodding before I agreed to go through “Elements,” the requisite three-part introductory course that teaches you the proper way to execute CrossFit’s fundamental techniques. At the end of my first session, I had to do a “mini” benchmark workout. It took me a sloth-like 13 minutes to complete a 500-meter row, a 400-meter run, 30 squats, 20 push-ups on my knees and 10 “jumping” pullups. My thighs were numb and my biceps were zapped. I knew I was out of shape, but I hadn’t really cared—until then.
I decided to go all in. After my first official WOD—an exhausting several rounds of weighted lunges and Renegade Rows (yes, I had to Google it too)—I was wobbly, a little banged up and completely hooked. Who knew a little sweat wouldn’t kill me? The next day at the office, my co-workers could tell something was different about me. Of course, the Band-Aids on my knees may as well have been Post-Its scrawled with “Ask me about CrossFit!” One colleague stopped me midsentence to say, “I’m sorry, but I can’t focus on a thing you’re saying until you tell me how you rubbed both of your knees raw.” I don’t think my answer—“girl” push-ups—was as interesting as he was hoping. It’s been nearly a year since I started working out three mornings a week at CrossFit Central. My friends and family can’t believe I’m doing this voluntarily. I can’t believe I can now do “real” push-ups and unassisted pull-ups, not to mention swing a kettlebell, climb a rope, walk on my hands (for a few “steps” at least), flip a tractor tire and hoist a loaded barbell over my head. Tiny muscles are emerging from my flab, and I don’t have to stop and regroup after walking up a flight of stairs anymore. I’ve reevaluated my diet too (goodbye grains, hello greens) and am no longer plagued by—TMI alert!—inopportune bouts of intestinal distress. There are still days when I’d rather skip class, especially if the WOD seems more daunting than usual, but I never dread going the way I used to dread those quarterly jogs around the block. Apparently I just needed something like CrossFit that would give me a good kick in my (now much firmer) fanny. P h oto g r a p h y bY T i m B o u g i e
JUNE Calendars arts & entertainment
Entertainment Calendar Music THE AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: JON NAKAMATSU
June 1, 8pm Michael & Susan Dell Hall
June 17, 7:30pm Zilker Park GAVIN DEGRAW & COLBIE CAILLAT
June 19, 6:30pm The Backyard at Bee Cave
FOSTER THE PEOPLE W/ THE KOOKS
June 1, 7pm Austin Music Hall
June 5, 6pm The Backyard at Bee Caves
AN EVENING WITH WILSON PHILLIPS
June 5, 8pm The Long Center
UNPLUGGED AT THE GROVE
June 7 & 28 The Shady Grove
THE AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: THE TEXAS TENORS
June 8, 8pm Palmer Events Center DAUGHTRY
June 13, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall
June 14, 8pm The Long Center BAND OF THE YEAR 2012
June 16, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater FATHER’S DAY CONCERT IN
June 19, 8pm Bass Concert Hall June 21, 7pm Antone’s
LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES
June 22, 8pm The Long Center
LORIE LINE: LIVE IN THE SUNSHINE
June 23, 7:30pm Stateside at the Paramount POCO
June 24, 7pm One World Theatre HOWARD JONES
June 28, 6:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Theater INHERIT THE WIND
June 1, 8pm The City Theatre
Through June 3 Bass Concert Hall
INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS: BOOK TWO
June 8, 8pm The Long Center
June 14-August 26 ZACH Theatre
MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR BY CIRQUE DE SOLEIL
June 15, 8pm Frank Erwin Center
ONE-MAN LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
June 20-24 The Long Center
DIVIDING THE ESTATE
Through July 1 ZACH Theatre
Comedy COLIN KANE
Through June 2 Cap City Comedy Club 43 HOUR IMPROV MARATHON
June 3-5 The Hideout Theatre GREG WARREN
June 6-9, 8pm Cap City Comedy Club GEORGE LOPEZ
June 8-9, 8pm Paramount Theatre
WHAT’S THE STORY STEVE?
10th ANNUAL SUMMER FILM CAMP
June 20-23 Cap City Comedy Club June 22, 8pm Hideout Theatre
Saturdays, 10am ColdTowne Theater
June 11-August 3 Austin High School
MOVIES IN THE PARK: JURASSIC PARK
June 1, 8:30pm Republic Square Park
ATX: A TELEVISION FESTIVAL
June 1-3 Multiple Venues
GOLIAD UPRISING PREMIERE
Thursday, June 21, 7:30pm Texas Spirit Theatre CINEMA41
Thursdays, 7pm Salvage Vanguard Theater
Children YOUNG AMBASSADORS’ CLUB
June 7 & 21, 9:30-10:30am French Legation Museum HISTORY ON THE HILL
June 18-22, 25-29 French Legation Museum
BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
June 1-2 Renaissance Austin
3K WALK FOR SICKLE CELL
June 2, 9am Mueller Lake Park
AUSTIN SOLAR DAY
June 3, 10am-3pm Austin Convention Center BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA
June 12, 12pm Palmer Events Center
MOONLIGHT MARGARITA RUN & GALA
June 14, 8pm Lady Bird Lake
June 15-17 Austin Convention Center URBAN ASSAULT RIDE
June 24 Fiesta Gardens
10TH ANNUAL KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD FESTIVAL AND 5K
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Arts Calendar Ellen Heck: Solo Show Reception, 6-8pm Through June 30
JUNE 2 LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
Robert Lang: Many Fold Manifolds Through August 19
JUNE 4 B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY
JoAnn Santangelo: Walking the Block: Christopher Street NYC Reception, 6-8pm JUNE 8 GALLERY SHOAL CREEK
Rene Alvarado Through July 14
JUNE 10 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART
The Human Touch The Collecting Impulse: Fifty Works from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Through August 12 JUNE 30 YARD DOG
Bruce New Through August 5
ONGOING AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER
The First Picture Shows: Historic Austin Movie Houses Through August 19 AMOA-ARTHOUSE
Ezra Wube: Amora Through June 10 2012 Texas Prize Through July 22
ART ON THE WAY
Heather Tolleson: Spiral Plexus Through June 9
Co-founders of the festival Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson
B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY
Walker Pickering: Nearly West Through June 1 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART
Go West! Representations of the American Frontier Through September 23 THE BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
Texas Music Roadtrip Through Oct 14 DAVIS GALLERY
WEST Studio Tour Show Through June 23
Fugue State: Collaborative Works by Hector Hernandez and William Hundley Through June 10 HARRY RANSOM CENTER
The King James Bible: Its History and Influence Through Jul 29 LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY
This Is It With It As It is Through June 16
RED SPACE GALLERY
Lauren Klotzman Through June 10
WOMEN AND THEIR WORK
Ana Fernandez: Real Estates and Other Fictions Through June 21 YARD DOG
Camp Bosworth Through June 10
EVENT p i c k
ATX Television Festival June 1-3 atxfestival.com
n a city as famous for its festivals as Austin, it takes something truly out of the ordinary to make a splash—and ATX Television founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson have done just that. “I realized what was on TV was more intriguing to me than what was in the movie theater,” McFarland explains. “I was more excited about my DVR than my local multiplex.” Inspired by the collaborative talent behind television programming, the duo has launched a one-of-a-kind, interactive festival, celebrating all things television. Between June 1-3, the ATX Television Festival will offer attendees the opportunity to experience a fresh take on the many fests that keep an Austinite’s calendar full. From episode screenings, to Q&A’s with the cast and crew of popular shows—including Friday Night Lights and The Vampire Diaries—and live performances by bands featured on series soundtracks, the festival offers television enthusiasts an opportunity to commemorate the history of the medium, discuss its current state and speculate on its future. McFarland and Gipson have a rich history of years spent working in the entertainment industry, and they now aim to bring the narratives we follow so closely week after week out of the living room and into the public forum: panel discussions are available to all-access Weekend badge holders, while Screening badges offer access to exclusive showings at the Alamo Drafthouse and State Theater. The ATX Television Festival is a twist on the typical weekend showcase and the perfect way to ring in the summer for Austin’s festival-loving community. A. SALAZAR
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museums & galleries
Art Spaces Museums Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center
hen mixed-media artist Mary Chriss moved to Austin six years ago, she found her calling in painting, drawing inspiration from the artists she admires most. Her early work, which she regards as a vocational “rite of passage,” are largely collages, juxtaposing vibrant portraits of celebrated artists with a background evoking their artistic legacy, such as repeating panels for Andy Warhol and a striking, life-size canvas for Mark Rothko. Though she has since shifted in subject, Chriss continues to work with themes that resonate profoundly with her: “I still feel the most satisfaction when I paint the things that have deep and irresistible meanings for me,” she says of her compulsion to create. Her roots in Corpus Christi, for example, inspired her to challenge herself with a different sort of canvas—surfboards and skateboards. “The skateboard takes on a life of its own,” she remarks, “and I like the fact that it’s three-dimensional, much like a sculpture.” Chriss also continues to work with two-dimensional canvases, using energetic hues and playing with patterns and empty space. Ultimately, whether she’s working with canvas or skateboard, paper or gold leaf, Chriss seeks to offer the viewer bold, unforgettable colors and patterns: “I get simple satisfaction knowing that through my artwork, I’m making a connection with other people.” Mary Chriss is a member of UP Collective, and her work is currently on display at Treehouse Art Collective in Corpus Christi and Quattro Art Gallery in Austin. L. SIVA
700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org Blanton Museum of Art
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 Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 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
image courtesy of Mary Chriss.
arts & entertainment
arts & entertainment
Galleries Art on 5th
1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors
3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 mannfinearts.com Artworks Gallery
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com
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
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 bhollymangallery.com Birdhouse
1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only birdhousegallery.com
800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory
227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena–austin.org Lora Reynolds Gallery
2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab
360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 lorareynolds.com
837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press
2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 flatbedpress.com 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
608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 grayduckgallery.com Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts
1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4 havengalleryaustin.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery
1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com
1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com lytle pressley contemporary
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 9-5 lytlepressley.com
Maranda Pleasant Gallery
2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only bigmodernart.com Mass Gallery
916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 massgallery.org The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery
6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery
1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com Positive Images
1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831
1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Real Gallery
1101 Navasota, #3 M-Th 2:30-5:30 (512) 775 0458 realgalleryaustin.com Red Space Gallery
1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com
Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com sofa
301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only sofagallerytx.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery
1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com studio 10
1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 studiotenarts.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
M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s
Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com
Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org Yard Dog
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
2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com
913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery
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 Pump Project Art Complex
702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org
12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Roi James
3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only roijames.com Space 12
5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670 bigmedium.org
3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org
Clarksville Pottery & Galleries
United States Art Authority
Co-Lab Project Space
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4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 clarksvillepottery.com
613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org
2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 unitedstatesartauthority.com
things we love
Things We Love Bearded Brothers
Longhorn Bars When University of Texas alumni Martha Smiley and Linda Addison began developing their nutrition bars in 2010, the name they would give their product quickly became evident: “After all,” says Smiley, “the ‘Longhorn’ brand is what everybody loves.” Boasting flavors like Mixed Berry and Roasted Peanut with Chocolate, Longhorn Bars are not only packed with protein and energy but also support the Longhorn community, as 12% of proceeds are donated toward the university’s academic mission. “Every time you purchase a Longhorn Bar,” says Smiley, “you are giving back to the university and helping fund students, research and teaching. It is truly a win-win!” Visit myuniversitybar.com to purchase Longhorn Bars online or find retail locations near you.
Unsatisfied with the raw food bars on the market, Caleb Simpson—an avid rock climber and runner—and his brother-in-law, Chris, craved energy bars to fuel their active lifestyles. As a result, they developed Bearded Brothers, a line of organic, mostly raw, gluten-free and vegan-friendly bars made by hand in small batches. In addition to current flavors like Chocolate Maca and Mango Coconut, Bearded Brothers also expects to release nut-free treats in the future. “We have a passion for sharing healthy eating and living with other people,” says Simpson. “[Bearded Brothers] has become our own little platform for spreading the message of what healthy eating can do for you.” Visit beardedbros.com for more information.
Boundless Nutrition In 2006, Trevor Ross began whipping up nutrition bars at home with his wife, Laurel, in order to supplement his own diet and exercise plan. What began out of his home kitchen soon grew into Boundless Nutrition, a line of nutrition bars featuring all of the essential aspects of a small, healthy meal: his signature Oatmega bar contains 14 grams of grassfed whey protein, the daily recommended amount of Omega-3 and decaffeinated green tea, “all wrapped up in a delicious and organic whole food bar with less than 200 calories,” says Ross. Looking forward to upcoming flavors like Brownie and Vanilla Almond, Ross notes, “there really is no other product available like ours.” Visit boundlessnutrition.com for more information. K. BROWN
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Meet three afterschool programs widening the educational experience beyond the classroom. By Lisa Siva Photography by
Melanie Grizzel From building a half pipe skate ramp at Fun Fun Fun Fest to perfecting a golf swing to hiking the Tarryall Mountains, Project LOOP, Golf in Schools and Explore Austin are three remarkable organizations that have taken the classroom outdoors for children across Central Texas. Through active and creative endeavors, they aim to teach their young students more than kayaking skills or the ideal swingâ€”these three programs are nurturing young leaders through hands-on experiences that last a lifetime.
the LEFT: Golf in Schools co-founder Jaret Lane always knew he wanted to bring the game to young children. “The kids are the future of golf,” he observes, as his niece, Lanee, works on her swing.
For Lane, his girlfriend, nieces and sister, a summer day on the golf course is the perfect family outing.
Golf in Schools
very afternoon, golf instructor Jaret Lane steps onto the course—albeit one with vibrantly-colored golf balls, a Velcro target and a dozen children on an elementary school campus. With fellow PGA member Aaron Bergman, Lane launched Golf in Schools two years ago to make golf accessible to young children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. “We bring the game to the kids,” he notes. “Many of them have never touched a club before, and our objective is to let them know that golf can be a lifelong game.” Golf in Schools partners with elementary schools in the Austin area and across the country, introducing young children to the pleasure and character-building skills of golf through afterschool, spring break and summer programs. Over the course of a six- to eight-week curriculum, students work with a variety of clubs, balls and training equipment—all provided by Golf in Schools—to develop a well-rounded understanding of the game. Ultimately, Lane says, he hopes to prepare his students for a sport they can cherish for a lifetime: “They can walk right onto a course and know exactly what to do and how it works.” Despite the short duration of the program, Golf in Schools’ use of the revolutionary “Club-Focused” approach—emphasizing the position of the club and letting the body follow—allows children to grasp the increasingly challenging elements of the course and components of a perfect swing. “It gives them a sense of accomplishment,” Lane observes. “It’s a process of self-fulfillment.” At the heart of the Golf in Schools program, however, is an understanding of golf as an invaluable educational experience. “There are many life skills inherent in the game,” Lane observes. “There’s goal-setting, personal challenges and teamwork, but a big part of golf is honesty and integrity.” He high-fives a boy who makes a clean, elegant swing. “Golf is our way of teaching kids these life lessons.” tribeza.com
Explore Austin exploreaustin.org
n the summer of 2006, Explore Austin founder Jamie Matthews, CEO Todd Hanna and Chairman of the Board Rusty Stein mentored fifteen underprivileged sixth-grade students on a hiking trip to Wyoming. Today, that inaugural Class of 2012 looks forward to a bright future, as they prepare to attend college and become program mentors for younger “Explorers.” Over the past six years, Explore Austin has continued its commitment to the philosophy developed on that first trip to Wyoming: “It wasn’t just about going hiking,” Hanna observes. “It was about being action-oriented, courageous, an excellent teammate and a strong communicator.” Explore Austin thus centers its mentorship program about these four fundamental principles, which comprise the innovative ACES framework that supports Explorers from middle school through high school and onward. Throughout the school year, Explore Austin mentors host monthly Saturday events, from community service projects to geocaching, which culminate in a week-long Summer Wilderness Trip. Since the program’s inception, mentors and Explorers have kayaked off the San Juan islands, hiked the Rocky Mountain National Park, climbed the Tarryall Mountain Range and more. “Each one,” says Matthews, “is a trip of a lifetime,” challenging Explorers to use the ACES framework in their adventures, whether they’re working together to pitch a tent or striving for the summit. Stein adds, “[The outdoors] is a fantastic classroom: we’ve been through hail storms, snowfall, lightning storms—all those things that challenge and provide you with experiences that you can use for life.” For Matthews, Hanna and Stein, this year marks a farewell to the oldest class of Explorers, as they reflect on the leaps their mentees have made: “We realized they don’t need us anymore,” Matthews remarks of the Explorers who virtually led their final hiking trip in Colorado. “It was a bittersweet feeling.” One such Explorer, who will be attending the prestigious Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall, remarked, “These three guys are more than mentors to me and the Class of 2012— they are father figures. And for that, we Explorers are grateful.”
Close friends since middle school, Rusty Stein, Jamie Matthews and Todd Hanna founded Explore Austin to share their passion for the outdoors: “There’s something about it that makes us come alive,” Matthews says.
M o re I d eas fo r E x plo ri n g
the Great Outdoors Camp Fire USA Balcones Council
Dedicated to fostering intercultural relationships, Camp Fire provides children ages 3 to 18 with opportunities for leadership through exploration of the natural world.
Candlelight Ranch candlelightranch.org
Offering an array of activities, from kayaking to zip lining, Candlelight Ranch works with special needs and at-risk children to build confidence and invaluable skills for success.
EcoRise Youth Innovations ecoriseyouth.org
EcoRise seeks to empower a generation of sustainably-minded “green leaders,” who give back to the community by developing Master Sustainability Action Plans for more sustainable schools and greener campuses.
Environmental Corps americanyouthworks.org
A division of AmeriCorps, E-Corps is a service program that encourages youth and young adults to become more environmentally responsible through trail building and maintenance, habitat restoration and a variety of public land improvement projects.
The First Tee of Greater Austin thefirstteeaustin.org
Like Golf in Schools, The First Tee emphasizes the character-building nature of golf through its “9 Core Values” to introduce healthy lifestyles to over 4000 young people.
Girls on the Run gotraustin.org
Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run seeks to empower young preteen girls, pairing training for its 5K events with positive lessons for physical, emotional, mental and social health.
Hoop Zone hoop-zone.net
Centered on pillars such as trustworthiness, responsibility, and respect, Hoop Zone is not only a state-of-the-art basketball gym and training complex but also a platform for enriching the lives of young men and women.
Marathon Kids marathonkids.org
For 16 years, Marathon Kids has offered free six-month programs across the country to fight youth diabetes, challenging children to maintain healthy lifestyles through schoolyard gardening, good nutrition and running or walking 26.2 miles during the program.
Last year, Humphreys and the Project LOOP kids built a half pipe for Fun Fun Fun Fest, featured in SPIN magazine. “The fact that their hand drove that screw into that wood, and now that ramp is in a magazine—it’s an empowering thing,” Humphreys says.
Project LOOP projectloop.tv
Project LOOP steps off the pavement for some bike riding at Walnut Creek.
photography by Brent Humphreys
BELOW: Graphic designer Christian Helms shows the kids the ropes behind branding coffee beans at Progress Coffee.
roject LOOP founder Brent Humphreys still recalls the first time he realized that his love of photography could translate into a career: a chance encounter took Humphreys to a commercial studio, where the photographer was shooting for Neiman Marcus and Horchow catalogs. 45 days later, Humphreys was in a car, bound for California, and since then, he has traveled the world, working with the likes of Annie Lebovitz, Mark Seliger, GQ and Rolling Stone. “The next chapter of my life,” he says, “is how I can do that for somebody else.” To that effect, Humphreys launched Project LOOP —Lessons On and Off the Pavement—last year to offer young students a springboard for pursuing their creative passions. Based in Taylor, Texas, Project LOOP mentors a diverse group of 19 young students, including two cheerleaders, two powerlifters and a handful of BMX enthusiasts, all united by a shared desire to explore creativity beyond the classroom. Every month, Humphreys partners with local creative professionals to develop innovative, hands-on excursions for Project LOOP participants, from building a half pipe for Fun Fun Fun Fest to designing graphics for Transmission Entertainment. Recently, Humphreys partnered with Joshua Bingaman of Progress Coffee and graphic designers Chris Bilheimer and Christian Helms to introduce Project LOOP students to the coffee-roasting process, during which the children roasted their own beans, designed coffee bags and marketed them for donations. “This is a very empowering thing,” says Humphreys. “It can be monumental to have hands-on experience and to be able to walk and talk with someone who loves what they do. You can’t really put a price on that.” At the same time, Humphreys notes that Project LOOP’s impact isn’t simply confined to the organization’s participants. “Our partners tell us that working with Project LOOP gives them a renewed appreciation for what they do—it makes them feel young again,” he notes. “Part of our mantra is to lead by example, and in some ways, we’re educating a whole community.” tribeza.com
By Jacqueline Rangel
Shake Photography by Cody Hamilton
It Up This summer, get moving with one of these nontraditional fitness activities
Austin is an active and health-conscious place to live, consistently topping scores of â€œfit cityâ€? lists across the country. And while some may argue that all you really need in order to kick off an exercise routine is a pair of well-fitting shoes and some energy to burn, there are a host of other options around the Austin area to help you take advantage of the city, become a part of a unique fitness micro-community and have fun while upping your heart rate. 50
Led by former elite racer Andrew Willis (pictured), the Pure Austin Driveway Series challenges local cyclists to high-speed weeknight races in East Austin.
The Pure Austin Driveway Series For 25 years, the Austin cycling scene has welcomed Thursday Night Criteriums (drivewayseries.com), a series of urban bike races held on short loops across the city. In 2006, the series moved to its current home at Driveway Austin Motor Sports Academy, and in 2008, on the heels of their entrepreneurial venture, Holland Racing, Andrew Willis and his wife acquired the rights to the series. Willis, who used to be an elite racer, completed his master’s degree in educational administration and became a full-time stay-at-home father—even though it also meant giving up his racing. To remain plugged into a community he loved and to
keep him busy, Willis put together and managed four races in 2008, but by 2009 (after the launch of his company and the acquisition of the series), that number had risen to 44, and his plate was full once again. What makes the weekly races at The Driveway different from other criterium races around the country is that it’s intended to feel like an elite racing experience rather than merely training ground for something larger—certainly a welcome bonus for the majority of participants, who are no longer active on the professional racing circuit. “It has just developed such a unique sense of camaraderie. It’s like happy hour on bikes,” Willis says. “It’s become a social event where racers can come and hang out. I’m constantly hearing from riders that it’s like their weekly dose of Prozac.”
Urban Assault Ride Imagine a city-wide scavenger hunt. On bikes. That’s exactly what the New Belgiumsponsored Urban Assault Ride (urbanassaultride.com) in late June hopes to be—a fun and interactive way for participants to navigate their way around a city while celebrating the local bike culture. Originally founded in 2003, the first race took place in Austin and today has grown to 10 additional cities across the country. Part obstacle course, backyard party and adventure race, the event is not for the faint of heart and promises to flex some problem-solving muscles as well: each two-person team is required to hit every checkpoint, but rather than simply pick up an item or snap a quick photo at
each stop, the participants must complete a “funky obstacle course” before heading to their next destination. And since the winner is based on the overall shortest completion time, creative thinking is encouraged. Apart from its dedication to creating a dynamic experience for Austinites, the Urban Assault Ride crew hopes to impart a greater commitment to protecting the environment via the promotion of sustainable business practices and local vendors. Sounds about right for a bicycle race born and bred in Austin.
FitDog Austin If there’s another thing that our city is known for besides its perennially sunny skies, environmental savvy and passion for biking, it’s our collective love for our pets. Just look at the number of canine bakeries, dog parks or even at the sheer mass of furry companions out near Ladybird Lake on any given afternoon. Having noticed a hole in the local fitness market for an exercise class built to benefit both pup and parent, Vickie Menchhofer put her 20+ years in the fitness arena to use and launched FitDog Austin (fitdogaustin.com) in 2010. Through weekly classes (Thursday and Saturday mornings, Tuesday evenings) at various parks around the city, Menchhofer offers dog owners a chance to work toward their own personal fitness goals while socializing their dogs and practicing basic cardiovascular and agility exercises with them. The classes give pet owners a chance to unwind with their pooch, shed a few pounds and share a unique bonding experience—a win-win situation. According to Menchhofer, clients often tell her that it’s the only routine they can stick to. Why? Pleading puppy-dog eyes might have something to do with it. tribeza.com
Lady Bird Lake may not have Hawaiian-sized swells, but Austin Paddle Sports founder Andy Lukei (left) offers Austinites a unique way to stay fit on the water this summer.
now become the newest craze, praised for its low-impact, core strengthening benefits. The classes are frequent and—best of all— far from intimidating with their experience requirements. From novice leisure student to advanced trained athlete, all are welcome to enjoy the beauty of SUP-ing in the heart of Austin.
Trio Life Fitness What was born out of a painful car accident injury as a teenager evolved into the lifelong pursuit of a balanced approach to physical fitness for Mardee Calkins. Tapping into a desire to explore the types of exercises that would prove least stressful on her joints, Calkins first fell in love with Pilates but discovered the added benefits of yoga and spinning along the way. Her studio, Trio Life Fitness (triolifefitness.net), offers a range of options that blend different aspects of the three practices but is perhaps best known for Trio Fit, a class that is easy on the joints yet works the body comprehensively through a mix of spinning, Pilates-based resistance training and barre work, followed by a round of yoga stretches to conclude each session. “I feel it's important to be comprehensively balanced and strong, with cardio for the cardiovascular system, strength and flexibility—and that's the Trio concept summed up.” says Calkins. It wasn’t until November 2010, at the encouragement of her husband, that Calkins decided to expand her training idea beyond the guest house Pilates studio
she had been running out of her Wimberley home to a fully-equipped Austin-based location, complete with steam room and other high-end finishes. She has, however, tried to maintain a similar sense of intimacy and comfort with her studio. “I try to make the lobby feel like it’s a living room and not just a place you run right through—it’s just a really social place.”
Austin Paddle Sports Chances are if you’ve driven by Lady Bird Lake on a sunny day in the last year or so, you’ve probably noticed at least a person or two balancing ever-so-confidently on a steady surfboard—wielding a paddle no less. Stand Up Paddling (commonly referred to as SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports around, and Austin Paddle Sports (austinpaddlesports.com), founded by Austinite and longtime surfer Andy Lukei, was the first official outfitter to dot the Austin waters with these serene and focused fitness fans. What was originally developed in Hawaii as a solution to wave-less waters has
Wanderlust LIVE Inspired by the eponymous yoga and music festival with a work hard/play hard mentality, Wanderlust LIVE (wanderlustlive.com) is a new studio run by Ashley Spence Clauer and Joanna Kutchey (and backed by the founders of the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival) that aims to give Austinites a yoga experience unlike any other in the city. One part yoga destination, one part music mecca, the newly-opened 6,000 square foot downtown space keeps its mantra—“yoga first, music always”—in mind by taking full advantage of its size and technological capabilities as a fullyequipped live music venue. With the larger of the two studios fitting an estimated 110 mats for large workshop-style classes, it is an ideal space for concerts and other live performances. And although the studio is a brick-and-mortar outpost of a multicity national festival, Clauer and Kutchey celebrate Austin’s proudly entrepreneurial spirit through partnerships with local small businesses like Betty Sport and Blenders and Bowls.
Wanderlust LIVE is about more than striking a Warrior Poseâ€” founders Ashley Spence Clauer (left) and Joanna Kutchey (right) strive to build a community of yoga lovers and music aficionados alike.
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Atomic Athlete This is not a workout program. Atomic Athlete (atomicathleteaustin.com) is a training program built for, and geared exclusively to, the type of person who isn’t afraid of a little pain and a lot of physical boundary-pushing. In other words, an hour spent training with Atomic Athlete’s Jake Saenz and Tod Moore is anything but your typical sweat session: Saenz was a competitive powerlifter in high school who then served for four years as a special operations soldier, and Moore was a former endurance athlete and boxer who also practiced the combat sport, Muay Thai. After Saenz and Moore crossed paths, they decided to train together under Rob Shaul, the founder of Military Athlete in Jackson,
Wyoming. “We became training partners and would just slaughter ourselves daily with tractor tires and sledge hammers. We would come up with the most soul-breaking sessions and hit it head on—the harder the better,” Saenz says. With an obvious shared approach to fitness, Saenz and Moore launched Atomic Athlete in 2009, an Austin-based affiliate gym of Military Athlete, developing specialized programs meant to increase physical preparedness for just about any sport imaginable. “Physically, almost anyone can train with us, but mentally, most individuals are just not willing to stop working out and start training hard,” says Saenz. If you’re looking for an intense, no-holds-barred exercise regime to kick-start your mind and metabolism, this may be your bet.
Though it began as a side project for Joe Prusaitis, Tejas Trails (tejastrails.com) organically grew into the remarkable, ultraendurance running business he operates today. As a long-time runner and Motorola engineer who helped launch the companysponsored Austin Marathon in 1991, Prusaitis has had his fair share of experiences as both race participant and planner—so much so that he started putting together trail races “just for the fun of it” a couple of years ago. After “a couple” races expanded to “a few more,” he found more and more people were looking to him for advice and guidance on how to navigate trail running. Today, although he coaches for trails, his lessons and programs are not distancespecific—a fitting approach, given the wide span of races that Prusaitis has created and manages each year. From the 50-mile Hells Hills run in April to the 100-mile Cactus Rose in October, each race features its own challenging terrain, not to mention time limit. Comparing his races to “a gathering of tribes” that brings together multiple trail running communities from across the state, Prusaitis is quick to point out the draw of his courses. “People realize that when I put on a race, I try to make it as difficult as possible, while doing everything I can to make sure that they can actually get it done,” he observes. “I figure if people wanted easy, they would have stuck to the road races.”
Whether dragging tires in the hot sun or zoning out on the cool waters of Lady Bird Lake, each of these unique fitness offerings in the Austin area has its own challenges, benefits and sense of community among its enthusiasts.
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From wooden boats to bows, meet local craftsmen making rugged goods with their hands.
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Inspired by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, David Nichols (pictured) channels his love of adventure through the craft of boat making at Arrowhead Custom Boats & Canoes. tribeza.com
Sarrels Archery Arrowhead Custom Boats & Canoes D av i d N i c h o l s wa s e i g h t years old in 1950 when his father took him to see Kon-Tiki, a documentary by Thor Heyerdahl about his balsa wood raft expedition from Peru to the Polynesian Islands. Nichols’s explorations were limited to Waller Creek, but the film sparked a passion for water-faring adventure that never subsided. “I thought, ‘wow! You can build stuff that will take you anywhere in the world. I can do that!’” In the early 90s, Nichols planned to enact that passion by building a boat and setting off with his family for adventures unknown. When his wife blanched at that idea, he “just started messing around with boats.” A self-taught builder and designer, he says there wasn’t much written about traditional sail-making and boatbuilding at the time, and what was available assumed a level of prior knowledge far beyond a novice autodidact. Nichols worked so arduously on his first boat that his children dubbed it Tenacious; he refers to it as “school.” But he fell in love with the process—“it’s very zen-like,” he notes—and soon began deviating from instruction manuals. It led to Arrowhead Custom Boats & Canoes, which sells start-up kits and designs along with a line of custom, madeto-order canoes and boats. Now he has about a dozen projects in progress around his shop and the driveway of his home near Lake Travis, including a massive sailboat recently purchased in Florida that he’s remodeling. It’s easy to think that boat making has a high barrier of entry, but Nichols wants to eradicate that idea. To that end, he has published three books documenting various construction projects, written numerous articles for WoodenBoat, Duckworks and BoatBuilder magazines, filmed howto videos and taught summer courses at boat building schools in Maine and Michigan. “Boats have been made with simple edge tools forever,” he explains. “The Vikings lashed theirs with twine. Kon-Tiki was balsa logs tied with vines.” He recalls that first flush of awe, in a theater 62 years ago. Sharing it seems obvious. “Boats are magic carpets that can take you on adventures,” he says with a smile. “That’s always been my attitude.”
“ W h a t k i d g r o w i n g u p doesn’t love to shoot bows and arrows?” Bob Sarrels asks as he takes a beautifully crafted longbow off its perch on the wall of his workshop. The prehensile string stretches invitingly between the gently curved limbs of yew. “Essentially, we make toys.” Sawdust, hand tools and, most noticeably, dozens of one-of-a-kind traditional bows decorate the approximately 750 square-foot shop, located behind Sarrels’ house in Manchaca. The shop is the headquarters of Sarrels Archery, and its proximity to home—Sarrels jokes that his commute is 29 paces—keeps it a “real lowkey operation.” And a family one, too: Zachary Sarrels joined his father a couple of years ago with the intent of taking over the family business someday. Sarrels the elder started making bows in 1997 as a hobby, finally taking the leap into archery fulltime about four years ago. Each of the roughly 200 bows Sarrels Archery makes annually is handcrafted “with the hunter in mind,” and they’ve become recognized for elegant, experimental design and exceptional performance by bow-hunters and competitive archers alike. Sarrels’s website features a gallery of mountain longbows and recurve bows for sale, as well as an order form that allows for complete customization. “We start off with all raw materials,” Sarrels says. “We grind our laminates and use a lot of exotic woods.” He opens the door to a closet stacked high with healthy cuts from around the globe: African ziricote, South American marblewood, Guatemalan cocobolo, Western yew from the Pacific Northwest, osage from Texas. The composite bows have bamboo cores and fiberglass laminates. “Bow-making is taking a pile of sticks and string and making usable art,” Sarrels says with characteristic understatement. “When I made my first one, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d make a thousand.” When Sarrels Archery hit that mark last year, Bob hosted a party with all-ages archery competitions, barbecue and beer. He and Zachary are over 1,100 now and counting.
The Sarrels father-son duo has carefully crafted over a thousand bows with unique woods from around the globe.
For Tyson Pendergrass (left) and Gable Bostic (right), furniture isnâ€™t just about utilityâ€”each piece, made with reclaimed wood, has its own story to tell.
Petrified Design T yson Pe n de rgr a s s a n d Ga bl e Bo st ic
were introduced to each other by their girlfriends, beginning a partnership that has since yielded poetically designed, heirloom-quality furniture. At the time, both were at Texas Tech University, where Bostic was earning his B.S. in architecture while Pendergrass supported himself with carpentry work, picking up on a love of woodwork he traces back to the skateboard ramps he’d built as a teenager. The two discovered they had a lot in common: a passion for simple, well-built furniture, an organic yet modern design aesthetic and a love for using repurposed material. They began swapping ideas, and after graduating in 2010, the pair transformed a cabin in Burnet, owned by Bostic’s father, into a home and workshop. Petrified Design was born. The name suits their work: petrifaction is the process by which organic material is replaced by minerals, creating an organically different representation of the original substance. The progression of time imbues the material with a story. "Reclaimed wood has character you can only find with age," Bostic says. He and Pendergrass take the materials they find from unassuming places—including cabins, barns and wine barrels—and turn it into simple, rustic furniture while keeping the original wood tones. “We love the search,” Pendergrass says, “and our designs are influenced by where we get the material and what it was once used for.” The sleek “Gooseneck Coffee Table” was built with wood from an old gooseneck trailer, while the “Cask Rocking Chair” resembles an exploded drawing of the wine barrel that sourced its materials. Like petrified wood, each of Pendergrass and Bostic’s designs reveals its own story. For now, Petrified Design’s furniture is available for purchase on Etsy and at the soon-to-open Mockingbird Domestics on South Lamar, though Pendergrass and Bostic plan to move to Austin soon. “We want a happy medium where we can do our own designs and custom pieces,” Pendergrass says. “We’ve found that.” tribeza.com
By Lisa Siva Photography by M i cha el Th a d C a rt e r
As he prepares for the Summer Olympics next month, decathlete Trey Hardee lets us follow him for a day to get a glimpse inside his vigorous training schedule and how he unwinds at home in Austin. Almost a decade ago, Trey Hardee completed his first decathlon at the 2003 Texas Relays, upon the insistence of his former coach at Mississippi State University. Though he had long dreamed of becoming a pole vaulter, by the 1500-meter run, Hardee had fallen in love with the thrill of the decathlon: he qualified for the NCAA meet at the Texas Relays, and within the next seven months, the Alabama native had placed third in the SEC and was named All-American at the NCAA Championships. “From then on,” he says, “I had to see it through and take it as far as I could.” Since his first decathlon, Hardee has continued to train in Austin and pursue the sport with an unparalleled dedication that has made him the reigning World Outdoor champion today—and the decathlete to watch in London next month. When Hardee begins to talk about the allure of the decathlon, he speaks with a kind of reverence for the near mystical experience of pushing his body to its limits: of the sport’s ten events, he still has a particular affinity for the pole vault, a sport he shares with his longtime girlfriend and former elite pole vaulter, Chelsea Johnson. “None of the other events can compare to it,” he insists. “It’s an indescribable feeling, running as hard as you can, putting your hands in the air, converting all that energy straight up and falling 17 or 18 feet from the sky.” It’s surreal experiences like these, he notes, that drive him to put grueling hours into his training: “all the sacrifices you make, the hours of work, the frustration—it all melts away to that one moment.” tribeza.com
Hardee begins his day at 6:25 every morning, and after a quick breakfast of oatmeal and a banana, he heads to the weight room for about four hours, training with his strength coach, Trey Zepeda. In the weeks leading up to the Olympics, as he transitions from his pre-competition to competition training cycles, Hardee engages in highvolume sets and repetitions, preparing for the brief, sixweek window in which he will be at his competitive peak. A result of trial and error, his training program has taken several years to develop, finely tuned to meet the demands of his body and strengths as an athlete. Training, however, is only a fraction of the sport: when asked what distinguishes a strong decathlete, Hardee emphasizes not only a competitive drive but also a true passion for the decathlon: “It’s hard,” he admits. “You don’t always want to get out of bed and train, so you have to genuinely enjoy it. That’s a quality you can’t teach.” In the afternoon, sessions in the weight room are followed by a simple lunch of pasta and protein, after which Hardee heads out onto the track—where he admits he is never without a Red Bull—to work with Mario Sategna, Associate Head Coach at the University of Texas. While a student at Mississippi State University, Hardee met Sategna at the Olympic trials in 2004, and after a tour of UT, Hardee was ready to call Austin his home. An NCAA champion in the decathlon himself, Sategna “knew how to get me from where I was to where I wanted to go,” says Hardee. In fact, the relationship between coach and athlete is an essential one for the decathlete and extends beyond training physically for an event. “Everyone knows that the coach is going to help you run faster and get stronger,” Hardee says, “but no one really sees the talks after practice, the mentoring and the friendship.”
4 At 7:30am, Hardee hits the UT weight room with strength coach Trey Zepeda. 1 & 2. Hardee improves neuromuscular timing and explosiveness. 3. Zepeda supervises exercises for core stability and hip strength. 4. Hardee builds rear shoulder and rotator cuff strength. 5. Hardee works his abdominals, shoulders and hips. 6. From Red Rockets to Olympic movements like the hang snatch, a key component of Hardeeâ€™s routine is developing shoulder, tricep, chest and abdominal control.
Despite the rigors of training, Hardee and Johnson (pictured together above) take care to balance the demands of Hardee’s sport with plenty of down time in and around Austin or at home, with their Rottweiler, Minka. From running on Lady Bird Lake to relaxing at Zilker Park, the couple especially loves exploring the city and enjoying the outdoors: “Everybody’s got a story from Austin if they don’t live here,” says Hardee. “It’s just the best place to be.” Above all, Hardee looks to Johnson for support during the strenuous competition season. After a chance encounter at their first international meet eight years ago, Hardee and Johnson continued to train in separate states—he in Texas, she in California—until Johnson retired and moved to Austin in 2011. “Chelsea is the only person in the world who understands exactly what I’m doing and why I’m doing it,” he smiles. “I don’t hesitate for a minute, knowing that she understands.” Today, as Hardee prepares for London, he looks forward to immersing himself in the community of Olympic athletes and representing the United States. “In Beijing, I missed a lot of what the Olympics was about, because I was hyper-focused,” he says. “Next month, I’m just going to go there ready to soak everything in.” Hardee is especially hopeful about this year’s United States team of decathletes, which includes the most competitive in the world, such as Bryan Clay and Ashton Eaton, in addition to Hardee himself. “It’s a special time to be a US decathlete,” he says. “And it’s really exciting to be a part of it.”
A Decathlete's Diet
The Food of Champions: Hardee maintains a no-frills diet, beginning with a bowl of oatmeal, a banana and yogurt for breakfast at 6:45 am. After three hours in the weight room, Hardee heads home for a simple lunch of Easy Melt, followed by a pre-practice indulgence of Red Bull and beef jerky to fuel up for an afternoon on the track. Throughout the day, Hardee snacks on an English muffin and peanut butter, in addition to two protein shakes and plenty of water. After a long day of training, Hardee enjoys a balanced, protein-rich plate of quinoa, sausage and broccoli for dinner and ends the evening with a pre-bedtime bowl of cereal.
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Dive into the swimsuit season with stripes and unexpected patterns in all our favorite colors of the summer. Photog r a phy by
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Lauren Smith Ford Models Graysha for Wallflower Management & Kyle for Kim Dawson
On Graysha: Swimsuit by La Blanca $119 & Sunglasses by Tom Ford $425, Saks Fifth Avenue. On Kyle: Shirt by Nesc $170 & Swimsuit by Penfield $72, Stag.
Hair & Makeup by Rebecca Lucas Ferguson for JosĂŠ Luis Salon; Assistant Stylist Staley Hawkins
T-shirt by Cheap Monday $35 & Swimsuit by Sundek $130, both available at Service Menswear.
On Kyle: Tank by Topman $28 & Swimsuit by Penfield $72, both available at Stag. On Graysha: Bikini $90, Madewell; Coat by Giada Forte $705, By George.
On Graysha: Skirt by BCBG $218, Bikini by Ralph Lauren $57, Shoes by Pour La Victoire $230, all available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Bracelets & Earrings by Kendra Scott $90 & $95, both available at Kendra Scott. On Kyle: Swimsuit by Paste $88, Service Menswear; Bracelet $48, By George.
On Graysha: Swimsuit by Zero + Maria Cornejo $330, By George; Necklace by Nakamol $117 & Bracelets by Intiq $73, Eliza Page. On Kyle: Shirt by Gant $68 & Swimsuit by Warriors of Radness $108, both available at Service Menswear.
Shoes by Stuart Weitzman $365, Bikini by Lycra $88, Sunglasses by Ray Ban $160 & Dress by A + Ro $188, all available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Straw Bag $58, Madewell; Gold Earrings by Marcia Moran $98, Eliza Page. Facing Page Shorts by BD Baggies $98, By George; Sunglasses by Penguin $60, Service Menswear.
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Pile it high at Lick Ice Creams with flavors like classic Caramel Salt Lick and daring Cilantro Lime.
Here are eight ice cream shops to cool you down this sweltering season.
This summer, vegans join the fun with the decadent Rocky Road Sundae at Sweet Ritual. tribeza.com
Clockwise from left: Dig into one of Lick Ice Creams' daily rotating flavors or go vegan and gluten-free at Sweet Ritual. Stop by the Ice Cream Social trailer for a refreshing Strawberry Limeade popsicle.
it hits 103 degrees this summer, there are only two things to do: swim at Barton Springs and eat ice cream. Since jumping into the ice-cold water is self-explanatory, here is a guide to the more complicated task: diving into the best frozen sweets in our city. In fact, Austin has a rich history of creamy treats, from the psychedelic blacklit shop Nothing Strikes Back in the 70s to the feisty durian ice cream in Chinatown today. Whether you’re in the mood for a bold, new flavor or a cupcake-ice-cream hybrid, these eight purveyors continue the tradition of Austin-worthy twists on a classic treat.
Homegrown Ice Cream Social
415 Jessie St. icecreamsocialbus.com
Peanut Butter Molé? You may laugh now, but you’ll learn when the rich nuttiness gives way to a joyous, spicy burn. The charming trailer opened just a few months ago, and we were enthused about its array of decadent flavors like Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake and Salted Caramel, although we were disappointed by the unique-sounding but microwaved toppings like sweet fried plantains and chocolate-covered bacon. Of course, you can’t go wrong with their rich Dark Chocolate or Madagascar Vanilla Bean, sans bacon. Try the lighter side with a Bloody Mary or Sweet Tea popsicle or indulge your sweet tooth with a banana split.
Lick Ice Creams 2032 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 363 5622 ilikelick.com
Lick Ice Creams is a dessert paradise, where the choices include up to 20 flavors like Roasted Beet and Mint, Cilantro Lime and
Caramel Salt Lick. This cute South Austin shop, which opened in October 2011, has garnered attention for many reasons: its flavors all have a distinct Texas connection, the ingredients are largely local and organic (even the sugar is all-natural) and co-owners Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier are just so darn friendly. The two dish up surprising combinations using milk from Texas dairies and local ingredients like Pure Luck goat cheese and produce from Johnson’s Backyard Garden. We loved the Caramelized Carrot and Tarragon’s deep earthy flavor and the Orange Chocolate’s citrusy tones, but even the Hill Country Honey and Vanilla Bean’s simplicity shone.
Amy’s Ice Creams
Eight Austin Locations amysicecreams.com
The queen of Austin ice cream needs no introduction. Amy was the first, and she still holds our city’s heart. The shops use organic ingredients and always surprise us with wacky flavors like Chocolate Jalapeño and “Remember à la Mode” (like “Remember the Alamo”). It’s just as nice, though, to order Sweet Cream and watch the jugglers mix in peanut butter cups, Oreos or any topping of your choice, then flip it behind their backs and into a cup before they bow.
Creative Concoctions Lick It Bite It or Both
11101-140A Burnet Rd. (512) 836 2684 lickitbiteitorboth.com
Sure, owner Jace Robinson swears by his mother’s fluffy lemon pound cake, and his all-natural sweet Cake Batter ice cream has been making us want to lick the bowl since the shop opened in 2010. But why settle for one when you can have both? That’s where the CupShake comes in. With Red Velvet and plain ol’ Vanilla—or your choice of countless combos—it’s like those last bites of birthday dessert, when the ice cream and cake and meld into one supertreat. Robinson gets as much attention for the shop’s racy name as he does for his baked goods (his cupcakes were named “Best in Austin” at 2011’s SXSW Cupcakes Take the Cake social): “Our name might give the impression that we are trashy,” he says, “But we work with Neiman Marcus.” tribeza.com
Nothing says summer like an ice cream sandwich. Leave the Blue Bell in your freezer, though, because Coolhaus’ sandwiches are made with fresh cookies (try the chunky Chocolate Chip or the funky S’mores) and creamy ice cream (I.M. Pei-nut Butter, Beer & Pretzels). A roving mini–trailer chain with an architectural bent, the vintage trucks first started appearing in Los Angeles and have since extended to New York, Austin and Miami. The dozens of largely organic ice cream flavors rotate, and you can currently find Austin-centric flavors dedicated to Gary Clark Jr., BoB and Santigold. So what’s the most popular flavor? “Probably the Brown Butter and Candied Bacon ice cream,” says CEO Natasha Case. ABOVE: Sink your spoon into Lick's mostly organic, local ice creams. BELOW: Sweet Ritual serves up a mean daily special—this Ambrosia Sundae is topped with strawberries and toasted coconut.
Vegan: A Twist on the Original Sweet Ritual
4500 Duval St. sweetritual.com
How much does Sweet Ritual co-owner Amelia Raley love ice cream? “When I was a little kid, I used to eat ice cream for breakfast,” she says. Raley has been a vegan since 2007, though, and after finishing two master’s degrees she found herself developing a soft serve recipe for Dhaba Joy (now the Toy
Joy Café). In December, she and business partner Valerie Ward opened an oldfashioned soda shop with a twist, serving a tasty blend of coconut and soy milk—either straight from the machine, whipped into sip-worthy shakes like Chocolate Lavender (the syrup is made from Texas wildflowers) or in special sundaes like the Glitterbeast, with house-made salted caramel, all-natural strawberry sauce and edible glitter.
Toy Joy Cafe
2900 Guadalupe St. (512) 320 0705 toyjoy.myshopify.com
Just walking into the Toy Joy Cafe will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Nestled on the other side of Austin’s favorite wildcard toy store, the café boasts a bright pink wall of Hello Kitty accessories and an impressive case full of baked vegan treats. The store still uses Raley’s soft serve recipe, and The Butter Finger, vanilla topped with chocolate syrup and crushed Texas-made chick-O-stick candy, hit the spot. Be sure to try the flavor of the day—in our case, strawberry that tasted just-picked.
1611 W. 5th St. (512) 477 2338 beetscafe.com
Beets Cafe isn’t a specialty ice cream shop, but it certainly specializes in ice cream. The raw-foods restaurant features a flock of nine flavors, from plain Vanilla to Maple Pecan, and serves them in an old-fashioned sundae glass. Be prepared for an icier texture, since the base is house-made almond milk or Brazil nut milk, with agave nectar or maple syrup added for sweetener. The chocolate (made with raw cacao powder) was by far the creamiest, but runners-up were the chunky Pistachio and the powerfully cinnamon Snickerdoodle.
Deep Eddy Pool 401 Deep Eddy Ave. Austin, TX 78703 (512) 472 8546
y family and I have been visiting Deep Eddy Pool ever since I was a kid‚ because when you live in Austin, going to a pool is necessary to beat the heat. However, it wasn’t until I returned to Austin in 2005 after living in New York City that this childhood routine became a tradition. During the summer months, my dad and I go to Deep Eddy four or five times a week after work, which has become my refuge from the daily grind and the blistering Texas summers. Growing up, there’s always been a kind of competitive component to everything in my family, so it was only natural to add an athletic aspect to our trips to the pool. After being scolded by lifeguards for throwing a full-size hard Frisbee in the shallow end, we ended up finding dog Frisbees at Academy—they’re made with rubber, rather than hard plastic—and we were immediately hooked. My dad is just a really lovable guy, and kids are drawn to him, so inevitably, whenever we’re tossing the Frisbee, an errant throw will land near a kid who will pick it up and throw it back. Pretty soon, they are part of the circle, and at the end, we’ll often given them a Frisbee to keep. Today, we see some of those kids from past summers, and they’re still playing Frisbee with their friends or parents. At this point, it’s hard for lifeguards to tell us no, because now there’s an evergrowing contingent of Frisbee kids at Deep Eddy. The games can get intense, though. We’ll end up diving across the pool to catch a Frisbee, and we’ve had multiple people ask us what we were training for. But the intensity is just part of our tradition. We have that drive to make a good catch or good throw. If I were in a different city that was closer to the water, I might be a surfer, but Deep Eddy is Austin’s version of that type of ritual for me: the water is freezing, but as you dive in again and again, there’s an unmistakable sense of euphoria. That sensation, along with the healthy dose of Vitamin D, are the two things that will get me happily through the summer months. Casey Dunn
Casey Dunn is an Austin-based architectural photographer and co-founder of Public School, a creative collective of designers, illustrators and photographers. He continues to produce work for a select group of local, national and international clients from his home in the heart of Texas. Known for his mustache and wearing shades every waking hour, Tommy Dunn is an Austin transplant of 45 years and the owner of Austin Architectural Graphics. When not at work or at Deep Eddy with his family, you'll likely find Tommy at a UT baseball game or eating tacos at Cisco's. P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s
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Austin BMX & Skate Park
Project Coordinator Gary Gregson takes a look at a park built by the city and envisioned by the community.
Gregson is thrilled to see skaters and bikers from around the country: “I hope the public appreciates the park as a safe place for kids to spend their time,” he says.
If skaters and bikers agree on one thing, it’s the deep bowl, whether they’re skimming along its curvature or soaring from its walls.
The park incorporates elements from the street, like concrete steps and metal railings, and transforms them into a unique, recreational space in downtown Austin.
The Austin BMX & Skate Park is located at 1213 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Bordering on Shoal Creek, the park was designed with both the novice and the experienced rider or skater in mind.
his month, the Austin BMX & Skate Park celebrates one year of serving the city’s vibrant skateboard and BMX community. An initiative by local skaters, the park was a collaboration from the beginning: “Our approach was to get the community involved,” says Project Coordinator Gary Gregson, who worked with local skateboarders and BMX riders during the design process. “We wanted the park to be accessible to everyone.” The park today is indeed a sight to behold: two-thirds of the space is devoted to various pyramids, rails, ledges and roll-ins, but at the heart of the park is the massive, U-shaped bowl for both skaters and bikers. On any given afternoon, you’ll find young enthusiasts dropping into the bowl after school, working on an ollie or even attempting a BMX 360. “It has everything you could want in a skate park,” one skateboarder says. “It’s an amazing place to be.” L. SIVA P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s
Beth Terwilleger’s Pointe Shoes
Ballet Austin’s Beth Terwilleger offers a glimpse at the shoe behind the dancer.
t the age of ten, Beth Terwilleger was so enamored of her first pair of pointe shoes that she wore them to bed the day she got them. Today a principal dancer with Ballet Austin, Terwilleger rotates between five or six pairs of handcrafted shoes during the company’s productions at the Long Center. Though she has an affinity for flat shoes and dancing barefoot, “pointe shoes are imperative for classical dance,” Terwilleger says, noting their elegance and ethereal, floating quality. “I like to explore all different kinds of movement, and I love the versatility they offer.” This season, Romeo & Juliet called for more delicate footwork, so Terwilleger turned to her staple: the Freed Classic, a lighter shoe tailored especially to her feet. “It’s so nice I can ask for everything I need in a shoe,” she says, adding, “I like that they’re handmade—I’m sort of romantic and old-fashioned like that!”
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Coach Beverly Kearney UT's beloved women's track coach who has led her team to seven NCAA Championships shares a look back at her life in pictures. 1. National and Texas Relay Championship Team in the 4 x 100m Relay at the Texas Relays. 2. My Uncle Luther, mother and me (age 1) in Springfield, Massachusetts. 3. Coaching at the Indoor National Championships in 1997. 4. Hugging Sheretta Jones to celebrate winning the Outdoor NCAA National Championship with only seven athletes in 2005. 5. Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida, 1975. 6. Being honored at the UT home football game alongside famed former UT football coach Darrell Royal in 2003. 7. Warming up to compete at the Johnson City Invitational in Tennessee as a member of the Auburn University track team in 1980. 8. A snapshot from a family trip visiting relatives. 9. Competing as a Senior at Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida in the long jump in 1976. 10. Coaching at the Texas Relays in 2004 while still in a wheel chair. 11. Filming the second series for the HBO's "Real Sports." 12. Celebrating the Lighting of the Tower for winning my first National Championship at the University of Texas in 1998.
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Big Red Sun Owner Julie Blakeslee brings to Austin timeless landscapes with a contemporary edge.
ABOVE: Big Red Sun emphasizes sustainable design elements, “but it’s also your living space,” Blakeslee notes. “We want it to be beautiful.”
Yves Saint Laurent’s nveloped in the warm aroma of garden in Marrakech, Star Jasmine climbing its fences, Morocco, Blakeslee Big Red Sun is an eclectic wonderLEFT: Julie Blakeslee seeks out extraordinary land of landscape design in East Austin. cultivates striking gardens elements that complete Founded by Selena Souders in 1994, with attention to shape and scent. an unforgettable the design studio and nursery has since landscape. expanded to Venice Beach, California, garLandscape design for Blakeslee, however, is about more than nering a reputation for beautiful, expertly-executed landscape and visual appeal—ultimately, she strives to create inspiring, expressive garden design services. Today, its Austin outpost, under the helm spaces for both her commercial and residential clients: “in the end,” of Julie Blakeslee, continues to offer Austinites elegant, timeless she says, “what we really want is to make it possible for clients to landscapes. get what they are dreaming out of their head and onto paper so Though Big Red Sun maintains a well-curated nursery of plants we can build it for them.” Rather than feeling “tethered” to their beside its studio—a botanical treasure box of potted succulents, gardens, Blakeslee notes that she hopes her clients feel liberated by miniature roses, dwarf evergreens and more—Blakeslee truly the beauty they find outdoors. Taking into consideration elements lights up when she begins to discuss landscape design. A former like scent and atmosphere, Blakeslee remarks, “a garden is not just ballet dancer, Blakeslee cites ballet’s emphasis on clean shapes and visual. It’s more about what it feels like to be in it.” Twenty years, she structure in her own design style. “Ballet dancing and design feel observes, is but a fraction of the lifespan of many gardens, so she like the same thing to me,” she says, “They’re both about making and her installation crew work to create gardens whose beauty will shapes in space.” To that effect, Blakeslee maintains a structured, endure for a lifetime. She recalls the enormous hillside in Westlake traditional aesthetic with a modern twist, drawing inspiration that she is in the process of sculpting with hundreds of stunning from her collection of contemporary art and from her travels across Yaupon plants. “It has to have a lovely, organic form the world. In fact, her studio is stocked with a relevant to what’s going on architecturally, but it also striking selection of surprising pieces you won’t find Big Red Sun needs to be beautiful in twenty years,” she says. “We anywhere else in Austin: whether it’s an intricately1311 E. Cesar Chavez St. have this little theory: ‘Garden like you’re going to woven Lace Fence from the Dutch design firm, (512) 480 0688 live forever.’” L. Siva Demakersvan, or vibrant Majorelle blue paint from bigredsunaustin.com
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Nestled in a lush, arboreal space, Olive & June serves up classic Italian fare, complemented by an extensive, beer, wine and cocktail menu.
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he centerpiece of Shawn Cirkiel’s new Italian restaurant, Olive & June, is a magnificent old oak tree that canopies its candlelit courtyard and breezy balconies. It’s a family tree, in a way, since the restaurant is named after Cirkiel’s two grandmothers. La famiglia is a big part of the chef ’s business: Cirkiel named his first restaurant, Parkside, after his father’s childhood home in the Bronx. And his second restaurant, Backspace, is a nod to the familial meals he cooks after hours for his young family and tight-knit staff. Although Olive & June is a tribute to Italian grandmas, don’t let the name fool
you: this ain’t your nonna’s kitchen. No matronly matriarch is dishing up spaghetti and meatballs on red-checkered tablecloths. Instead, skilled chefs are turning out sophisticated Italian fare in a stylish, electric setting. Olive & June inherited its good looks from its previous tenant, the Argentinean restaurant, El Arbol. Fortunately, most of designer Joel Mozersky’s original handiwork has been left intact, like the sexy white leather booths on the first floor and the intimate, dark-paneled alcoves on the second. Cirkiel added a few European touches, like opening up the dining rooms onto the shaded courtyard to create a more al fresco ambience and adding flowers and plants to enhance the garden-like setting. Now, it’s like a lush, urban tree house for grown-ups. Most grown-ups in Italy begin their meals with an aperitivo cocktail—and Cirkiel hopes you will too. He’s stocked his bar with a dizzying array of Italian liqueurs designed to whet your appetite. We started with a classic Negroni made with Campari, gin and bitters and also enjoyed a Vesper Lynd
martini made with vodka, gin, white wine and grapefruit bitters. Italians like to nibble while they drink, and Olive & June offers a dozen choices of piccoli piatti, bite-size morsels such as the addictively good suppli, fried risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella. For antipasti, you can’t beat the savory bowl of soft polenta and sautéed mushrooms, topped with a fresh poached egg. Pastas are made in-house, from simple spaghetti with pomodoro to intricate half-moon mezzalune stuffed with butternut squash. Entrees consist of a half-dozen choices, most cooked on the wood-fired grill, including a Flintstone-sized Florentine steak and a delicate grilled swordfish. As in Italy, simple contorni side dishes are offered à la carte, such as creamy white beans studded with pancetta and escarole and kale sautéed with garlic and white wine. The impressive wine list is a field day for Italian fans, with jewels like a refreshing Branchini Pignoletto, an aromatic Rocco del Dragone Falanghina and robust San Pietro Lagrein. There’s also a nice selection of other imports, domestics and beers. At Olive & June, Cirkiel has put a new spin on old classics while staying true to his Italian roots. He’s even resurrected the tradition of Sunday Supper and each week offers a family-style meal where guests can gather to share good times along with groaning platters of plentiful food. His nonnas would be proud. K. spezia
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Nathan & Benny’s GouRdough’s
Gourdough’s Specialty Donuts 1503 S. 1st St. (512) 607 6568 gourdoughs.com
oughnuts are the food of the gods, plain and simple. My first introduction to the decadent, delicious donut was as a small child making weekly Saturday morning visits with my mother to the neighborhood panaderia for churros: these crispy Mexican twists of cinnamon and sugar had me instantly hooked on dough. Over the years, I have since dunked at Dunkin's, crulled at Ken's and craved the glaze at Krispy Kreme, but my current infatuation with my deep-fried friend is more adult, more mature and—dare I say—sexier! Located inside a shiny, silver Airstream trailer emblazed with their “Big. Fat. Donuts.” slogan, the crew at Gourdough's Specialty Donuts doesn't serve your standard cruller! The trailer offers a wide range of traditional to exotic options, from the Miss Shortcake (a winning combination of fresh cut strawberries and cream cheese icing) to the bacontopped Flying Pig. Everything is made fresh to order—no day old bricks behind a glass counter here!—which means you might have to wait a few extra minutes, but patience is a virtue, and you will be duly rewarded. These are the hottest, freshest donuts in town! It is only fitting that my boyfriend, Benny, and I bonded over Gourdough's Donuts. One of our first dates involved waking up early to compete in an Urban Dare race throughout downtown Austin. Fueled only by Gourdough's Donuts and shots of whiskey taken at the bar serving as the starting line, Benny and I successfully made our way to a solid 13th
place finish and have since referred to ourselves by the team name, “Whiskey & Donuts”. My favorite Gourdough’s delicacy is also one of the simplest, most traditional items on their menu: the Naughty and Nice, a warm donut rolled in cinnamon and sugar—I suppose it reminds me of the churros of long ago. Benny, on the other hand, adores donut holes and gets his fill every time, whether it's the Cherry Bombs (glazed cherry-topped holes), the Blue Balls (blueberry topping and electric blue icing) or his favorite: the cream-filled, coconutrolled O.D.B. (Wu-Tang Clan, anyone?). One of the most interesting things about the Gourdough's menu is that a few of their donuts are topped with meat. Carnivores will no doubt appreciate the Mother Clucker (topped with a fried chicken strip and honey butter) and the Porkey's (Canadian bacon, cream cheese and jalapeno jelly). The first time we ever had one of these savory creations was when we ordered The Flying Pig, a donut covered in maple syrup icing and bacon. We weren't sure what to think of this combination at first, but upon tasting it, we finally knew what Heaven tasted like. And it was good. Although we do not make a weekly trek for donuts like I did when I was a kid, Benny and I incorporated a visit to Gourdough's into our first anniversary date, and I am confident we will incorporate future trips into our many anniversaries to come! Nathan Garcia and Benny VandenAvond
Nathan Garcia works as Staff Accountant for Alamo
Drafthouse and is also a music promoter with his business “The Rawk Show.” Benny VandenAvond is a Risk & Insurance Analyst for The University of Texas System. Both are board members of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation, which will host Austin’s 21st annual PRIDE celebration on Saturday, September 22nd. P h oto g r a p h y by a nn i e r ay
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