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his is Tribeza’s inaugural Community Issue. In the past, the theme of our February magazine has been love. A readers’ survey we conducted last year revealed (gasp!) that our Love Issue was probably the least read. We revamped the themes, but love, still,
really does win. This February, instead of covering romantic love and all its accoutrements, we are shining the light on those who love their community rather fiercely. People who spend many of their waking hours crafting a greater common good. This Community Issue is a big, fat valentine to our neighbors who are making a difference in how we live, get around and experience life and health, in Austin and beyond. This issue is also my last as editor. I’ve so enjoyed the last eight months working with my good amigo, publisher George Elliman, and the fun, intrepid team here. We have a great new editor coming on board who brims with curiosity and experience in unearthing stories you will want to read. This ain’t no Miss America final stroll down the runway with voiceover narration and sappy music. But, okay, perhaps just a moment of what I’ve learned in this job. After living and working in Austin for 30 years, I thought I knew our town. Wrong! Sad! (Channeling a Twitter voice here.) I’m grateful to have met so many amazing, interesting, authentic, talented people. To work with and help tell their stories is icing on an already insulin shock kind of sweet cake. I recently came across a lovely quote in “Brain Pickings.” The philosopher Daniel Dennett talks about the secret of happiness: “Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.” After you read this issue you may be, like me, inspired by the people in it, who are doing just that. One of those featured, Kathy Terry, responded to a question of what inspires her community work, quoting her dad. “The greatest gift we can give each other is our time.” That was also my late dad’s go-to, and the reminder made the email type a little blurry. But it also has a lovely refocusing effect. Here’s to you and wherever your unique, inimitable and perfect journey takes you in this community and beyond. Forward ho!
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This month’s Model Citizens photo shoot was about as much fun as you can have on the clock. The photographer and art director, Philip Edsel, stylist Jane Black and hair and makeup folks, Pepper Pastor and Geoffrey Britt worked their magic behind the scenes. It was a nighttime shoot at Austin Park N Pizza. Though this team had never worked together before, it felt kind of like a slumber party with some of your besties with lots of laughs. For Austin homeboy Philip, hanging with women who give back to the community is part of his DNA. His mom, Nancy Edsel, is a past president of the Junior League of Austin and has been active for 16 years. “I feel like I grew up in the JL offices,” Philip said, smiling.
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Austin nonprofit Black Fret kicked off its third annual Black Fret Ball at The Paramount Theatre on December 10, where its 2016 grant recipients were announced in front of a sold-out house of over 1,100 attendees. The Black Ball was sponsored by title sponsor Dell Inc., as well as Deloitte Consulting, SunPower Inc., GSD&M, NY Life, Whole Foods Market and Personify.
CHIX DINNER SERIES HOLIDAY PARTY Hosted by SPUN Ice Cream, Texas Keeper Cider and Anjore, the party at the cideryâ€™s taproom benefitted Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The local, female-owned businesses began the monthly events to celebrate community and better the city one cause and one chicken meal at a time. The holiday edition featured chicken tamales, waffle cone cookies and ice cream hot chocolate with peppermint snow.
THE BLACK FRET BALL: 1. Terrany Johnson & Marie-Laure Carvalho 2. Colin Kendrick & Matt Ott 3. Roggie Baer & Tim Palmer 4. Colin Kendrick, Kerry Edwards & Matt Ott CHIX DINNER SERIES HOLIDAY PARTY: 5. Helen Schafer, Ben Paley, Leah Saloway, Carly Sheridn, Blake Thomason and Julian Frachtnan 6. Ashley Cheng & Christina Cheng 7. Andrea Turnipseed, Claire Burrows & Justine Harrington
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On Thursday, December 15, The Contemporary Austin celebrated the reopening of its newly expanded and renovated Jones Center venue, the exhibition “Monika Sosnowska: Habitat,” and the stunning new outdoor sculpture “With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress)” by artist Jim Hodges. The museum thanked donors to all three projects with
a seated dinner for nearly 170, featuring a fascinating conversation between Jim Hodges and journalist Dan Rather.
ITALY!—!AMERICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF TEXAS’ APERITIVO On December 21, members of Austin’s ItalyAmerica Chamber of Commerce gathered at Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar for their monthly aperitivo. The IACC works to strengthen ties between businesses across
Texas and Italy. Amid lively conversations in guests enjoyed delicious bites and wines.
THE CONTEMPORARY EVENT,—, JIM HODGES AND DAN RATHER: 1. Chris Mattsson, Teresa Windham, Deborah Green & Brian Sharples 2. Kristin Belt & Wheat Belt 3. Sally Metcalfe & Kevin Witcher 4. Jill Nokes & Jack Nokes 5. David Wynne & Lauren Springer 6. Mark Hanna & Lindsey Hanna ITALY,—,AMERICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF TEXAS’ APERITIVO: 1. Eldon Rude, Anne Bruno & Giacomo Butera 2. Patricia Martinez & Peter Pfeiffer 3. Joe LaRocca, Franco Rotondi & Vince DiLoreto
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Before Falling in Love, Read this LIST by Kristin Armstrong Illustration by Heather Sundquist
t’s interesting to be 45 years old and dating, and raising teenage daughters at the same time. Their eyes are on me — observing my
choices, my behavior, my happiness and the way my boyfriend treats me. They watch me with an arched eyebrow, wondering if my words and my actions will match up or if I will trip and fall headfirst into the crack of hypocrisy. It’s a gift to have the blessed chance for a total love remodel while we are all living in the same house. I can imagine it would be one thing for a couple married for over twenty years to be espousing dating rules, regulations and wisdom. And I believe it’s quite another to be living it out, real time, right in front of them. My heart is on the line, in every sense. I decided to start compiling a list for my daughters, before they fall in love. But really this list is for all of us, and for all of our girls. So here you have it: tribeza.com
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K R I S T I N ' S C O L U M N | C O M M U N I T Y + C U LT U R E
You are beautiful. Over the years you will
you are worth fighting for, they will fight for you.
spend a lot of time, energy and money on this
If you give yourself away, they will think there
subject. Wondering if you are. Trying to manifest
is nothing valuable to protect. It’s always painful
and manage it. Measuring yourself against
to walk away, but if you can’t do it without
others, competing and straining for something
despair and desolation then you know you have
as elusive as vapor. Here is what you need to
given too much and gone too far. Stop doing
know. There will always be girls whom you think
that. Your heart and its container are precious
are prettier, when you look at beauty through a
and divine – guard them wisely.
lens of comparison or scarcity. Being obsessed,
You are undeniable. Being 100%
uncomfortable, edgy, bony, backstabbing,
authentically you is an aphrodisiac to a real
uncertain and striving is unnatural, unfeminine
man. Anyone who encourages you to play small,
and the opposite of beauty. As such it repels
think less, feel less deeply, have less opinions, be
instead of attracts. The most gorgeous, sexiest,
quieter, be different somehow is not the man for
loveliest women of any age have always been
you. Anyone who silences your inner voice, who
the ones who are unattached to it, unaffected
contradicts what you know to be true for you,
by it. They are comfortable and confident in
who minimizes your faith in God or in yourself,
their skin. Men have always been magnetized
who makes you wonder if you are enough, who
and mesmerized by these women. I can recall
makes bad choices seem palatable, who isolates
several girls in high school, college and beyond
you from your people, who makes you feel
who were not the best looking girls by my picky
shame or desperation, or who makes you doubt
standards, yet the guys fought and pined over
who you were raised to be — run, girl. Run.
them. They always had dates with the best guys.
It’s never too late. It’s not too late to say I love
Why? Because these women are smart, soft,
you. It’s not too late to say you’re sorry. It’s not
safe, funny, affectionate and free. Because they
too late to call off an engagement. Or to rethink
understand that real beauty is intertwined with
your options. Or to have a baby. Or to say enough
warmth and kindness. Because being around
is enough. Or to say I made a really bad choice
an irresistible woman like this makes everyone
and I’m doing it differently now, so please get out
feel good — always has, always will.
of my way. It’s not too late to start over. It’s never
You are sacred. Yes, you. Boys and men will
too late to find love, or yourself, again.
treat you the way you treat yourself. If you hold yourself in high regard, they will hold you gently and reverently. If you know your worth, they will treat you like a priceless gem. If you show
A N YON E W HO ENCOU R AGES YOU
them softness, they will show you strength. If
TO PL AY SM A LL , T HIN K LESS , FEEL LESS
you show them strength, they will show you
DEEPLY, H AV E LESS OPIN IONS ,
respect. If you have a no-tolerance policy for crap, they won’t give you any. If you are hard to get, they will try harder. If you believe you are worth waiting for, they will wait. If you believe
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L O C A L L OV E | C O M M U N I T Y + C U LT U R E
Arrows in the Quiver YOU R G O OD ( A N D S A S S Y ) G I F T GU I DE FOR VA L E N T I N E ’ S DAY
by Libba Letton
JAN WEAVER, LOCAL ARTIST Just like your coworker’s pictures of their last camping trip to Big Bend, looking at photos of real artwork never does justice to the real thing. You have
alentine’s Day, IMHO, is overrated. Like New Year’s
to see Jan’s work in person to appreciate the vivid, bright, intense colors that
Eve, there’s pressure to make it a fantastic magical
she uses. A longtime resident of Travis Heights, Jan works out of a studio
fairy night of love and passion. Expectations
there, often traveling to find new things to paint. She has landscapes like this
are seriously raised … a gorgeous, La La Land-type, spur-of-
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the-moment romantic engagement, with perhaps some light dancing thrown in. In real life, VD experiences come in somewhere between a cupid-themed Hallmark movie binge (which is actually soul crushing in terms of expectations and dashing them) and hives
Sterling Silver Ring
from the macadamia nuts under heavy disguise in that
juliekonvicka.com This is for those of you
drug store box o’ chocolates. My worst Valentine’s Day evening,
bold enough to give
about a husband ago, involved me having cramps, agreeing
a non-engagement ring
to a mediocre, hastily chosen Chinese restaurant for dinner,
on Valentine’s Day. Julie
and my partner deciding, “Hey, this seems like a good place to
order a margarita!” The night ended with him pouting over
the world of high tech
his bad cocktail, and me opening my fortune cookie and finding
to become a silversmith,
it empty. Message from the Universe, table nine!
moving to Brazil to learn,
Let’s say adios, mofo, to the way it’s been done. Let’s
and ending up in Austin.
start fresh. Beyond flowers, chocolate and (sheesh) teddy bears.
She hammers and sculpts
When it comes to buying gifts or planning an activity, do
sterling silver and gold into shapes that echo the mathematics of nature and
what I do — take all the credit for someone else’s creativity.
perfect form. She calls this ring “Monarch.” In Austin, you can find Julie’s
To that end, check out the ideas below, all local, for something
work at Blanton Museum Shop, Maya, Positive Images and Women & Their
beautiful, different or fun. Chinese margaritas not included.
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Working Dog Soap
springdalefarms.com Ellie May is the farm dog who inspired this Working Dog soap, though I’m sure despite her impressive resume, your own unemployed slacker dog would benefit from a good scrub. It’s made with Texas Coffee Trader's coffee, oats, lavender, lemongrass and cedarwood for natural flea repellant and pleasant fragrance. The coffee is sourced locally, with all herbs and produce grown there at the farm — just like for all Springdale Handmade products. Their products are available at Springdale Farm, Wednesdays and Saturdays 9am to 1pm. Check the website for a list of retailers that carry their products. $7.50
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MITTEN & MOUSTACHE’S CHILDREN’S CLOTHING Mittenandmoustache.com
Full disclosure – this item hits Beard Care Kit
a sweet spot for me as a lifelong
Thebeardedbastard.com I’ll be honest; any company with
inhabitant of France. Photos
the motto “Stay Bearded, Stay
months wearing a “Future Jedi
Bastard” can open my wallet and
Master” onesie. But this item
take my money. While I’m currently
from Mitten and Moustache
beardless, I’d guess that one in
knocks it out of the park!
three Austinites either has, or
Besides, parents of newborns
personally admires, a beard. Now,
have no joy in their lives — why
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not jolt them out of their sleep-
(HAR!) with beard care products.
deprived stupor with hip,
This Valentine’s Day grooming kit,
pleasing baby clothes?
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available for custom engraving,
Star Wars fan and a former exist of my firstborn at three
Vintage concert posters,
includes beard oil, beard balm and
Japanese manga, and Austin
mustache wax, all made by hand
itself inspire Mitten &
in Austin. The Bearded Bastard
Moustache’s children’s clothing.
has also included their boar hair
Founders Claire Ashton and
bristle beard brush, a Kent pocket
Michael Slocum “hope to
comb, and a pair of micro-serrated
outfit little people with giant
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personalities in comfortable,
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L O C A L L OV E | C O M M U N I T Y + C U LT U R E “Grackles Fighting” Drawing
KRISTEN VAN PATTEN kristenvanpatten.com
Local artist Kristen Van Patten is onto something with this series of drawings and paintings of grackles fighting. No one likes grackles. They’re screechy, foodthieving hellbeasts that shit on your car and swarm at dusk like the coming apocalypse. And yet, these pieces show an aspect of Austin that we’ve all experienced. Grackles as a common bond, if
MIGHTY SWELL mightlyswell.com
you will. Kristen includes his
The folks at locally
poem “The Grackle” in one of the
founded Mighty Swell say
drawings, ending with the lines, “I
their canned, sparkling
cannot help but deem the grackle/
cocktails are perfect for
An ornithological debacle.”
the beach or the golf
Perfection. $85 for an original,
course. But a friend of
$20 for a limited edition print.
mine got my attention when she said, “They’re perfect for taking along to food trailers.” THAT sounds like fun. Skip the
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fancy restaurant and plan
a Valentine’s excursion,
Inspired by a French piece found in a
offering these cocktails as
little shop in Mexico, this gorgeous nail
an alternative to beer.
mirror is hand-wrought iron. Each nail
Mighty Swell cocktails
is also hand-wrought, making each piece
are made with fruit-
unique. It’s available in two sizes with a
based wine, infused
silver leaf, gold leaf, or solid black finish.
with real fruit juice and
Rachel Horn spent her childhood
pure cane sugar, and
in San Miguel de Allende, and has a deep
then carbonated. They’re
knowledge of colonial design, Mexican
available in peach,
culture and how to integrate both with
grapefruit and lemon
American and international sensibilities.
flavor, and you can find
If you buy this mirror for your
them at supermarkets,
Valentine, you will be tempted to declare
that this gift “nails it.” At the risk of being
and some convenience
dumped, resist. $665
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Pink Leather Clutch Purse
shopstef.com This STEF clutch purse is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the relationship-ending dustbusteras-Valentine’s-gift. It’s luxurious and feminine, and it’s even pink for the occasion. This one-of-a-kind handmade clutch features custom-made brass hardware by Atlanta-based jewelry designer, Rebecca Holt Jewelry. Made from high quality leather, it was tanned using natural vegetable tannins and oils, making it an eco-friendly alternative to most chemically processed leathers. Stephanie Montes is the founder and designer of STEF (Sustainable Threads Ethical Fashion). $138 Copper Ice Bucket
SERTODO COPPER, JONATHAN BEALL Sertodo.com
Everyone and his brother is selling copper Moscow mule mug sets these days — and yes, Jonathan Beall, craftsman and founder of Sertodo Copper, will sell you some as well. But don’t miss all the other gorgeous pieces he makes in his East Austin shop, from platters and serving bowls to pitchers, cups and plates. Many items can be custom engraved, and all are pure copper from 100% recycled material. Take this beautiful ice bucket, for example. If I were giving this as a gift, I’d fill it with ice and start chilling down at least two bottles of champagne, but that’s me. Pick your poison. $250
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Tours, blech. Boring tourist stuff, right? Wrong — enter Access ATX, whose tours and adventures range from a BBQ & Brewery Adventure and the Food Truck Crawl to Scandalous Austin, a combo of haunted hangouts and craft cocktails. These people are no fuddy-duddies: no tour buses, no nametags. All tours are private, customizable to your group. Access ATX also creates full custom tours where you pick the destination and activity: honky-tonk two-stepping or skeet shooting and horseback riding at a ranch. For Valentine’s Day, though, I’d skip the option that includes kayaking on the lake. The kayak rental guy once told me that he refers to the twoperson canoe as “the divorce boat.” Tour prices start between $75 and $95 per person. (512) 999-TOUR (8687) tribeza.com
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undebating. These steps — identifying starting points, suspending assumptions, listening
Can They Undivide-us? M E E T T H E AUS T I N-B A SE D S O CI A L V E N T U R E DE T E R M I N E D TO BU I L D B R I D G E S OF U N DE R S TA N DI NG TO R E PL ACE WA L L S OF DIS COR D.
and empathizing, dialoguing to solutions and unpacking beliefs and facts — can transform businesses, communities and individuals, says Jetter. MU/ DAI, a design firm, and Emerge Dialogue loved the concept so much they’ve jumped on board as major contributors and partners. Listening to Jetter and Cooper discuss
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the vision for undivide-us, their enthusiasm is infectious. It’s not just the elegance of their rhetoric (“It’s not about us, it just takes us”; “Why is it so important to be right versus
hy is it so fun to be right?” asks
happen in the middle, once people feel free
doing the right thing?”). It’s that such thinking
Katherine Schulz, in her 2010 book
to move beyond their positions. That’s when the
quenches a thirst I didn’t even know I had.
“Being Wrong.” “As pleasures go,
great ideas begin to flow.”
Driving home from my first conversation with
[being right] is, after all, a second-order one
Jetter and Cooper know their subject
at best … And yet, the thrill of being right is
matter first hand. Back in 2008, a consulting
of areas in my life that could seriously use some
undeniable, universal, and (perhaps most oddly)
trip Cooper took to Ethiopia revolutionized his
undebating. And the two are quick to
almost entirely undiscriminating. We can’t
concept of conflict resolution. “The Ethiopian
point out ways that their personal lives have
enjoy kissing just anyone, but we can relish
staff were split in two,” he says. “We didn’t
been transformed by these principles.
being right about almost anything.”
know where the problem lay. When we spoke to
The hunger to be right fuels bitter debates
Cooper and Jetter, I found myself thinking
“Years ago, an investor in my company
everyone, it turned out to be a divide between
approached me and said, ‘Brian, do you know
about movies at dinner parties, directions to
the Christians and Muslims, and it came down
you have a big need to be right?’” says Cooper.
Omaha on long car drives, and policy visions
to a single person, who was full of fear. He’d
“Since then, I’ve been much more aware of that
between political candidates. Being right leaves
told himself a story, and he firmly believed
attitude, and I’ve tried to be much more open.”
someone else wrong. And that dark chasm
in it.” Once they’d established enough trust
Jetter says her family often uses the “undebate”
between correct and incorrect, victor and
among the team to get to the bottom of the
method, and her 11-year-old daughter, Amelie,
loser, painfully divides party guests, married
miscommunication, Jetter explains, they could
came home from school recently to announce
couples and the allegedly “United” States. Enter
begin bridging the divide.
that she’d brought undebating into her fifth
undivide-us, a new venture by Kellie Jetter
In the wake of the recent election cycle,
grade classroom, with some stunning results.
and Brian Cooper, who want to turn the whole
Jetter and Cooper, who both have backgrounds
Frustration mounted when an impasse arose
system on its head. Debating the issues isn’t
in spiritual psychology, in addition to significant
during a website design assignment. Amelie
going to get us anywhere, they say. We should try
experience with corporate consulting and
introduced the concept, both sides heard each
entrepreneurship, began talking about a way
other, the project proceeded and received an
Undebate, a new verb the two coined, has
to transcend the entrenched positions they saw
A+. Her teacher was so impressed she has since
the potential to radically transform businesses
all around them. Their conversation expanded
used their project as a model in other classes.
and communities — and might even save some
to include dialogue experts, such as Elizabeth
marriages along the way. It’s also the foundation
Debold and Thomas Steininger, co-founders of
of what happens when you let down barriers,
of their venture. “Undebating isn’t about giving
“One World in Dialogue,” and local psychologist
trust your teammates, and open yourself
in, or even about compromise,” explains Jetter. “It
and mediator Karl Slaikeu. Both helped Jetter
to new input. The underlying philosophies of
relies on co-creation, and the notion that most
and Cooper formulate the core methodology of
undivide-us aren’t new. They’ve long been
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Like Amelie’s story, there are many examples
“WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO BE RIGHT VERSUS DOING THE RIGHT THING?"
embraced by fields as wide-ranging as conflict resolution (“getting to yes”) and improv comedy (“yes-anding your partner”). But the enormous platform that Jetter and Cooper seek to offer these approaches with undivide-us is unprecedented, as is the company’s solutionoriented emphasis. “Most of the work that’s been done in dialogue studies has been academic,” says Jetter. “We want to make this available to everyone.” They are in the process of developing strategic partnerships with brands and foundations, creating an original TV series (“Undebatable”) that will model the process, and nurturing a growing grassroots community. “We’re on the lookout for anyone — both businesses and individuals — who want to play a role in bridging divides,” says Jetter. So the next time you find yourself in a pointless argument with your partner about politics, or where to find the best taco in town, why not undebate it? Sure, it feels good to be right. But who knows? Reaching right together might be what you really crave. tribeza.com
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A Heaping Helping
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commercial kitchen. Last October
the Central Texas Food Bank
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In June 2016 they opened their
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LIT LOVERS UNITE What do you do when the political climate leaves you at a loss for words? If you’re writer Michael Noll, you organize fellow literature lovers. In January, Noll launched Books are Not a Luxury, a site promoting great books from a variety
An exclusive dinner from a celebrated local chef. An
of writers. “My fear was that
intimate concert in a private living room. A wine
the book market was going
tasting focused on mindfulness. These are the kinds
to become more challenging
of events that Foster ATX trades in. Launched in
for certain kinds of writers,
May 2016, Foster ATX is the brainchild of Sara Barge,
writers of color, LGBTQIA
Shelby Goodwin and Stephanie Gutierrez – three
writers, writers with
college friends who wanted to focus on creating
disabilities,” Noll explains.
intentional experiences. After graduating from the
The big goal: to encourage
University of Georgia, the trio took a trip to Europe.
readers to use their buying
“What excited us most was the passion and the culture
power during a certain time
around food and music and the way that people
period to get books noticed
came together in an authentic way,” Gutierrez shared.
and to tell publishers “if you
The three moved to Austin in February 2016 and
publish them, we’ll buy them.”
started curating events with musicians and chefs.
This month the site features
Tickets to their music events are $12-$20, and food
Austin author Antonio Ruiz
gatherings are $35-$80. “What makes Austin so special
Camacho’s award winning
is that everyone here is really trying to help each
story collection that chronicles
other out,” noted Gutierrez. “When we all succeed it
a wealthy family’s exile
creates a thriving community, so it’s cool to see.”
from Mexico, “Barefoot Dogs.”
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Amplify Austin + Great Ideas If there’s a cause you’re passionate about — education, animals, the arts — there’s likely a local nonprofit,
or two, to match it. On March 2, you can Amplify Austin, finding your favorite cause from more than 600 participating nonprofits, and click to
If you’ve been to Mortified, BedPost Confessions,
give on the amplifyatx.org website.
or Backyard Story Night, chances are you’ve seen
Invest in your favorite charities
SOULumination interpreters at work. While the
and help Austin meet it’s goal of $9
group formally came together about a year ago, its members have been providing live American Sign Language interpreting at local events for years. “The
For Wolfe, who studied interpreting in college, these events offer the opportunity to share and
deaf community here is huge,” Mandi Wolfe, one of
portray people’s stories. “It’s a way that we can give
the group’s founders, explains, citing programs at
back to our community that also fulfills us and
Austin Community College and the Texas School for
does something [that’s] bigger than just us, so
the Deaf. “Our community has grown so much, we
it’s nice,” Wolfe shared. Catch SOULumination at
went from having one or two deaf people to having 10
Mortified February 10 and 11.
to 14 deaf audience members at every show.”
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Entertainment MUSIC RICK ASTLEY February 2 Emo's DEJOHNETTE-COLTRANEGARRISON February 3 McCullough Theatre ANGEL OLSEN February 6 & 7 Mohawk Austin
STING February 19 ACL Live
SARA WATKINS February 9 Atone's
VIVE L'ESPAGNE February 24 & 25 The Long Center
FROM THE TOP February 26 The Long Center BJ THOMAS February 26 One World Theatre
BONEY JAMES February 10 One World Theatre DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL February 10 Emo's Austin YOUNG THE GIANT February 10 & 11 Stubb's BBQ PROJECT ARTS AUSTIN February 11 Galvanize TOBY MAC February 12 H-E-B Center at Cedar Creek JUICY J February 12 Emo's Austin
FILM THE LAST EMPORER, HOSTED BY RICHARD LINKLATER February 2 Stateside at the Paramount
DONIZETTI'S THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT February 2 & 5 The Long Center BLOOMSDAY February 2–5 Austin Playhouse HOT BELLY February 3 – 19 Austin Public DANCING WITH THE STARS February 7 Bass Concert Hall MALAPSO DANCE COMPANY February 9 Bass Concert Hall BELLE REDUX February 10–12 The Long Center
DINOSAUR 13 February 5 Texas Spirit Theatre
THE UGLY DUCKLING February 12 Paramount Theatre
DAVID ZELLNER PRESENTS THE LITTLEST HOBO February 6 Austin Public
MOMENTUM February 15–26 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
LOVE AFFAIR, OR THE CASE OF THE MISSING SWITCH BOARD OPERATOR February 15 Perry-Castañeda Library
AFI February 14 Emo's Austin
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR February 26 Paramount Theatre
AMOS LEE February 29 The Long Center
FEEL THE LOVE EXPO February 8 Emo's Autin
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PAT GREEN February 18 ACL Live
INTO THE WOODS February 23 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts THE GREAT SOCIETY Through March 5 ZACH Theatre
COMEDY BRYAN CALLEN February 1–4 Cap City Comedy Club KATHY GRIFFIN February 4 The Long Center THE DINNER DETECTIVE February 4–14 The New Movement WE RUN THIS February 7 ColdTowne Center JEFF DYE February 8–11 Cap City Comedy Club KATHLEEN MADIGAN February 11 Paramount Theatre MARTHA KELLY February 15–18 Cap City Comedy Club BRIDGET EVERETT February 16 Stateside at the Paramount
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES February 17–26 TexARTS Kam & James Morris Theatre
GREG FITZSIMMONS February 22–25 Cap City Comedy Club
ONCE THE MUSICAL February 18 & 19 The Long Center
BILLY CRYSTAL February 27 The Long Center
CHILDREN PAJAMA STORYTIME February 6 Carver Branch Libary ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY February 17–April 30 ZACH Theatre PIXAR IN CONCERT February 17 The Long Center DR. SEUSS'S BIRTHDAY BASH February 25 Lakeshore Learning Store NURTURE MY CHILD CAMP FAIR February 26 Norris Conference Center
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2017 AUSTIN RV EXPO February 16–19 Austin Convention Center TUSCANY FOR TWO February 18 Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa AUSTIN MARATHON & HALF MARATHON February 19 Downton Austin JUGGLEFEST February 24-26 Texas School for the Deaf CARNIVALE BRASILEIRO February 25 Palmer Events Center HEMP LIFE FESTIVAL February 25 Palm Park AUSTIN OYSTER FESTIVAL February 25 French Legation Museum
KEEPING THE FAITH By Derek Van Wagner
Church on Monday with Elias Haslanger and featuring Dr. James Polk | Continental Gallery F E B R UA RY 13, 8 : 3 0 P. M .
When was the last time you saw some quality music on a Monday night? Hell, when is the last time you did anything enjoyable on a Monday night? Fortunately for you, 2017 is a brand new year and anything is possible. Church on Monday is one of the longest musical residencies in Austin, and with good reason. Saxophonist and bandleader Elias Haslanger gathers the most proficient players in town and puts them in an intimate venue.
PURCHASES LIVES February 11–July 19 Bullock State History Museum
One of my favorite members is the man sitting behind the B3 organ,
FOAM WONDERLAND February 11 Travis County Expo Center
State University to teach future musicians.
CUPID'S UNDIE RUN February 11 The Scoot Inn
with everything from fusion to funk and blues to jazz. To find the Gallery,
YOGA IN THE GALLERIES February 16 Blanton Museum of Art
Dr. James Polk. He played in some of the first integrated bands in the late 1950s. After a stint in the Ray Charles Orchestra, he returned to Texas Each week Haslanger brings new tunes to the table and his seasoned bandmates devour them. The five-piece band fills the rafters of the Gallery hang a left at the Continental Club, spot the glass door next to Southside Tattoo, climb the stairs and follow your ear. A word to the wise: there's a small capacity and a loyal congregation, so show up early. And bring some bills for the collection plate because this church doesn't run on faith alone! tribeza.com
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MULTIDIMENSIONAL: FARRAH FAWCETT’S LITTLE-KNOWN SCULPTING CAREER By Brittani Sonnenberg
“Mentoring a Muse” | Umlauf Sculpture Garden F E B R UA RY 16 – AU G U S T 20, 6 05 R O B E R T E . L E E R OA D
During her lifetime, Farrah Fawcett was perhaps most famous for her figure, but a new exhibition at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, “Mentoring a Muse,” reveals another side of the actress: as a figurative sculptress. Fawcett studied art at the University of Texas from 1965-1968, where she met Charles Umlauf, who exerted a profound influence over her sculpting style. Fawcett, in turn, became a muse for Umlauf. In Hollywood, Fawcett continued to sculpt, and the two remained in close contact and collected each other’s work. The Umlauf ’s exhibition features 30 objects from Fawcett’s personal art collection, which was bequeathed to the Blanton when Fawcett passed away in 2009. “Every single object was a surprise, partly because we knew so little about Farrah’s own artmaking,” said Katie Robinson Edwards, curator at the Umlauf. “I was astonished at how skilled Farrah was in the 1960s and impressed that she kept it up her entire life.” It’s an important reminder that at least one of Charlie’s Angels had a vibrant inner world that Charlie, and the rest of America, knew nothing about. Who knows? Maybe Britney Spears has a studio of impressionist oil paintings hidden away that would rival Monet’s water lilies. UMLAUFSCULPTURE.ORG
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BIRDS, BEES, FLOWER AND TREES February 2–March 1 Old Bakery & Emporium Art Gallery
SPOKEN WORD POETRY WITH EBONY STEWART February 18 Windsor Park Library
JEN GARRIDO: SOLO SHOW February 4–25 Wally Workman Gallery
ELVIA PERRIN: WORKS ON PAPER Through February 18 Wally Workman Gallery
2017 BLANTON GALA February 11 Blanton Museum of Art
KAREN KUNC + MONIKA MELER Through February 18 Gallery S
STORIES TO TELL February 6–July 16 Harry Ransom Center
METALLIC + RUST Through February 18 Davis Gallery
IN THE ABSENCE OF IDEAL CONDITIONS Though February 11 ICOSA Collective Gallery
2017 THE PEOPLE'S GALLERIES February 24 Austin City Hall
SPANISH AMMERICAS GALLERY February 12 Blanton Museum of Art MONIKA SOSNOWSKA: CURATOR TALK February 14–February 18 The Contemporary Austin MENTORING A MUSE February 15 UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum PERSPECTIVES: SONYA CLARK February 16 Blanton Museum of Art
FORT GUERIN February 28 Yard Dog Art LIZ RODDA: SOLO SHOW Through March 2 Women & Their Work JAY BOLOTIN: THE BOOK OF ONLY ENOCH Through March 11 Flatebed Press PAT MUSICK RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION Through June 2017 The Sculpture Ranch
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MOUNTAIN MOVIES TO BEAT THE LACK-OF-WINTER BLUES By Anne Bruno
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the world featuring adventurers and their mountain activities — think climbing, skiing, biking and kayaking — ranging from the sublimely peaceful to extreme varieties. For the sixth year, proceeds from the event will support Texas State Parks. So when you follow your vicarious adventures with real-life ones a little closer to home, you'll have done your part to make Texas' best spaces accessible to all. Now's your chance to pull on those fun, fur-trimmed winter boots you've worn only twice; after all, you're headed to the mountains. WHOLEEARTHPROVISION.COM/BANFF
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THERE’S A TANGLED GLORY TO ENGLISH GARDENS. The spilling lavender, shocks of rosemary and sprawling peonies seem to revel in their unattendedness. But behind the
scenes is a patient, nurturing gardener, giving each plant room to grow, devoting hours each day in the dirt to coax life, and joy, out of stubborn ground. Austin, while decidedly not British, has something of the English garden in its deepest nature. From a distance, the city’s thriving creative culture, growing nonprofit and philanthropic presence, and innovative approaches to everything from healthcare to affordable housing looks like it bloomed on its own. But if you take a closer look, you’ll glimpse Austin’s quiet, behind-the-scenes gardeners"—"its city shapers"—"whose aims are not to create a sterile topiary but an irrepressible burst of colors. They’re the ones rising at dawn, working through the night and allowing themselves to stay tender and open to the garden’s evolving needs. They learned, long ago, that devoting themselves to the garden, tending to community, was to devote themselves to their own growth, too. We’re lucky enough to spend our days in the garden. But learning their stories, and what first urged them to dig, and plant some seeds, might inspire you to pick up a shovel yourself, and discover what you were put here to plant.
48 FEBRUARY 2017 |
/ SMART CITIES AMBASSADOR
What is a smart city? Like whispers in an art gallery alcove, we’ve heard the term wafting about. But not until our conversation with Chelsea Collier, did we feel like we could talk smart cities at a cocktail party without slurring words — not from inebriation but to keep others from guessing our spitballing on the topic might be more spit than ball. Collier has a background and love of futuristic tech, policy, citizen engagement and social impact. She found and declared the smart cities cause after spending time in China this past fall as an Eisenhower Fellow, immersed in the topic. It’s all about how technology can be applied to a city to ultimately make it more efficient and connected for citizens and residents. At its heart, smart cities focus on gathering and sharing data in real time to yield better services, like sensors, beacons and cameras on streets to improve timing of traffic signals. And there’s the BigBelly project in development, solar powered trash bins with built-in sensors that let municipalities know when trash truly needs to be collected. This will save valuable resources and be gentler on our roads and environment. Composed and speaking in perfect, illuminating and yet, unrehearsed sentences, Collier is the penultimate ambassador for a movement without an established home court. She is involved in a conference called Smart Cities Connect, and writes a blog dedicated to the topic, Digi.City. The blog showcases leaders in the space and a great resource for bringing people together for the cause. As it’s still nascent, there is no central government or private sector group “in charge” yet. But according to Collier, both the public and private sectors are working furiously together on this initiative. “The motivation is to become very efficient with resources,” Collier explained. “Cities are being asked to do more with fewer resources.” But it takes great resources to get there. Like putting policies and investment in place to build bigger, fatter, faster pipes (think 5G), to transmit all the data needed to make these applications run. “There are currently an average of eight connected devices for every one person,” Collier shared. “By 2025 there will be 50 billion connected devices in the world. The beautiful part is that technology can implement solutions around really big challenges. But, you can’t just flip a switch and overnight you have a smart city… it takes a really intentional strategy.” And Collier will likely be in the smart city center, helping that strategy gel. “At the end of the day, I love creating platforms that bring together passionate, committed people who want to change the world.” tribeza.com
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/ VERB MATCHMAKER-IN-CHIEF
Anyone familiar with the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” will recall the village matchmaker Yente. She arranged marriages between two people for mutual good. Suzi Sosa is Yente’s younger, modern-day, business-world equivalent. Sosa is a co-founder of Verb, a company that focuses on growing greater good by matching businesses to social impact companies. She and Verb co-founder, Austin business heavyweight Tom Meredith, have forged alliances with household-name corporations — like Dell, Nike, Met Life and IBM — to provide valuable mentorship. At a recent visit at Verb’s East Austin offices, Sosa preached the company’s beliefs with her soft-spoken cadence. “The biggest problems in the world will be solved by partnerships with big global brands, social entrepreneurs and the social sector. On the big brands’ side, more than 50% of the workforce now are millennials, and they are demanding a different work environment. They expect professional development, leadership opportunities and they want to feel like they are making a difference.” Verb brings these brands and their millennial employees together with social entrepreneurs all over the world. Since 2013, they’ve matched companies with 10,000 social entrepreneurs from 100 counties. “It’s win/win … employees get to know about startups, how to pitch ideas and social impact. On the other side, the entrepreneurs learn about financial planning, how to put together a great pitch deck, and project management.” Research has shown that companies with a purpose outperform those who lack one. But defining and baking in a purpose to a company’s culture is a time-consuming process that may get pushed to the back of the line as companies grow. Verb offers corporations a kind of plug and play purpose. And Verb supports social impact entrepreneurs with competitions that help them get prize money, media attention and mentors. The ideas launched with Verb’s support thrill Sosa. Her eyes light up when she describes the portable sleeping bag incubator students from Stanford created. Now used by midwives in Africa and India, it rolls up to fit in a purse and is saving babies’ lives. Or Tevido, an Austin company that does 3-D printing of human tissue, creating nipples for women who have had mastectomies. Another winner is Jerry the Bear, an interactive device that helps children learn how to manage their diabetes, which has garnered national awards for health innovation. Sosa says her draw to public service started early on. “I always asked myself when I was very young, ‘How can I make a difference in my short life?’” While she has many years ahead, we think she can pretty much check that box.
50 FEBRUARY 2017 |
Dan & Lisa Graham
/ DREAMERS, DOERS, SOCIAL IMPACTERS
There’s an old auto repair shop just hightailing it distance from the historic Oak-
a couple of ancient examples of nonprofits who have tapped other sources for
wood Cemetery in East Austin. Owen’s Garage used to keep cars road-worthy.
funding, like Goodwill and Girl Scout [cookies],” Dan explained. They just helped
These days, it’s the locus of Notley Ventures, a social impact company. Step inside
fund College Forward, a company that provides education mentoring services to
and you can hear the engines of nonprofits and commerce running hard at their
low-income students. “They thought about ‘who is our service benefitting, who
are the stakeholders?’” Dan shared. The answer was universities who spend a lot
Notley Ventures was started in 2015 by Dan and Lisa Graham. Dan, a native
of money making sure their students graduate. So College Forward revamped
Austinite, founded the successful online company, Build-a-Sign, and a handful of
their business model, asking colleges if they could bring their services to them
other businesses. Lisa has a background in management consulting and public pol-
and get paid for doing so. Today, 60% of College Forward’s annual budget comes
icy. When Build-A-Sign had an investment event two years ago, the couple ran, not
from earned revenue.
walked, to plow their new resources into Notley. The company invests in entities,
What’s up next for the couple? The companies Notley invests in are required
both for profit and nonprofit"—"they currently have 50 in their portfolio"—"who have
them to set goals for impact. The Grahams have some goals of their own in that
a goal of community impact.
department. At the top of the list is to have Austin identified as a social innovation
“There’s that expression, where your specific skill set, your passion and a need
capital. Like a good business plan, Dan’s got action items to go with that goal. He
intersect, that’s where you should spend your time, and that applies to us,” Dan ex-
and Lisa are building a campus called the Center for Social Innovation that will
plained. “On the spectrum of for-profit and nonprofit, there is a drifting to the middle
have everything a social innovation ecosystem needs. Slated to complete in a year,
and a lot of interesting work to be done. Like helping nonprofits think about sustain-
the 165,000 square-foot center in East Austin will have co-working, investor, educa-
ability and scalability, being more entrepreneurial. And helping for-profits think
tion, event and outdoor community collaboration spaces. With its own coffee shop
about impact and integrate giving back into their business models.”
and bar, there’s no need for off site gatherings. And, most certainly, no shortage of
Weaning nonprofits from relying on donors is one of their goals. “There are
good things to toast. tribeza.com
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/ TRUTH TELLER, CLEAN ELIXIR BOTTLER
There's brutal honesty, and then there's Wes Hurt. The founder of Clean Cause, maker of organic energy drinks and premium bottled waters, is also a recovering addict. Hurt employs extreme transparency as a strategy for staying clean. “For me, it's a way of living every day (some days minute-by-minute) that has accountability built into it.” Take a look at Hurt's Facebook posts and you'll see what he means. Hurt said stories of addiction and painful consequences are not that unusual. His version includes multiple stints in rehab and one in a psych ward, jail time and being fired as CEO from his own company (the uber-successful Hey Cupcake!) His addiction took hostage of every meaningful relationship in his life, including his marriage, and the loss of trust is a rusty residual. “I want more of everything,” Hurt said emphatically. “Whatever it is. It's who I was then and I know it's still who I am now. The truth is, if I could,” he added laughing, “I'd celebrate being clean by going on the biggest binge of my life! That extreme part about me, and most addicts who'll tell you honestly, doesn't change. Period.” What has changed are the life-affirming actions he's taken and what he's wanting more of. He started Clean Cause as a way to generate funds to cover rent in sobriety homes for people fresh out of rehab. The idea is to give someone who's ready to get sober a real chance at building a recovery system and securing employment, two keys to long-term success. His rationale for his business is as practical as he is extreme. “It's this simple: there are basically only two ways I can choose to go,” Hurt said. “This is the one I'm picking. I really will say anything I have to, to get an addict or alcoholic to try just one day of being sober, then try one more day, each day after that.” Hurt said that sustainable change, for him, comes through some kind of intense drama, a spiritual intersection. “I find I'm purified through every experience I get to have with the people we're trying to help.” That means those trying to get clean, as well as the people who care about them. Clean Cause, he explained, is as much for people who suffer fierce collateral damage from their proximity to an addict. “People reach out to someone they love slowly kill themselves. Being able to take some tangible action"—"just spending a few bucks on an energy drink"—"can help. It feels like hope,” he shared. “And trust me, it may be self-serving, but giving hope is amazingly addictive.”
52 FEBRUARY 2017 |
P H OTO G R A P H BY JAMES B RUCE
us all the time about the unbearable powerlessness they feel watching
Lolis Garcia Baab
/ GIRL POWER POWERHOUSE
Lolis Garcia Baab is known for her enthusiastic and direct communication style.
player, while attending UT Austin, Garcia Baab brings an almost supernatural level
When it comes to issues such as girl power, she revs up quickly, with the ease of
of energy and tangible compassion to everything she does. “If I'm struggling with
someone who could lap this track in her sleep, but never, ever on cruise control. “I
something, I'm totally sure there's someone else out there facing the same problem!
believe we have a real leadership crisis in our country and the answer is right in front
If you talk about it, you'll always find others willing to take something on with you
of us: women and girls.”
and create solutions.”
Spend a little time with the former radio talk show host and political veteran, now
Such was the case for Garcia Baab at the time one of her two daughters was being
director of marketing and communications for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and
bullied at school. That problem, and Garcia Baab's desire to start a wider dialogue
you'll be ready to jump on the vehicle Baab's been driving for years. Unleashing the
about it, led to strategies that would ultimately go way beyond empowering just her
untapped potential in every girl, she asserts, has the power to transform not only our
own daughters. Diving into the complexities of how girls feel about themselves in the
country, but also our world.
especially vulnerable preteen and teenage years, Garcia Baab reached out to anyone
“It's a fact,” she says. “Look at how a country treats (and values) its women and
she could learn from and partner with. That included the Dove Self-Esteem Project.
girls and you'll see a direct correlation to that country's level of development"—"for
The response? So overwhelmingly positive that in 2008, she started the We Are Girls
better or worse."
conference. It has since grown into an annual statewide event led by likeminded
A native of Mexico City who met her husband, Mike Baab, a former NFL football
women, dedicated to giving girls the tools they need to believe in themselves"—"body, mind and soul. “Give girls these tools and you're setting them on a course for success where everyone benefits. The women these girls grow into are capable of not only fulfilling their own potential, but of leading other people, organizations and governments, in doing the same.” As to her own path, Garcia Baab laughs and reflects, "I haven't had any kind of master plan, but I pursue opportunities that speak to me. Most important," Garcia Baab says emphatically, “you have to pick something and go, start doing!”
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Beto Lopez & Stacey Chang DESIGN EVANGELISTS, HEALTHCARE SYSTEM MAGICIANS
When Beto Lopez and Stacey Chang, executive director and managing director of the Dell Medical School Design Institute for Health, sat down with a team of architects to plan the new outpatient center, the duo’s unorthodox approach swiftly became apparent. “The architects showed us their suggestion for a waiting room,” says Chang. “And we said, ‘But isn’t a waiting room a failure of the process?’” In other words, a truly redesigned outpatient center shouldn’t need a waiting room. “It doesn’t matter how many fish tanks or TVs you throw in there,” says Chang. Sick people don’t want to be entertained sitting next to other sick people. They want to see their doctors. “At that point,” chimes in Lopez, “the architects closed their books. And that’s when the real discussion began.” Lopez and Chang came to Austin by way of IDEO, a Silicon Valley design firm notorious for inventing the computer mouse. They’re both thrilled at the chance to apply their design skills to community health in Austin. “It’s the most meaningful work I’ve ever done,” says Lopez. “We’re surrounded by a mission-driven cohort,” adds Chang. Their to-do list? Make the health ecosystem more productive, offer new capabilities, and provide utility of design in a space that hasn’t benefited from it. Undergirding each task is a commitment to “human-centered design,” which starts from a place of deep empathy — not just with individual design elements, but in reshaping the system’s entire culture. This requires aligning practitioners around the people they serve, says Lopez. “There’s nothing like hearing someone’s story to drive empathy.” And that’s where the two began, when they first arrived in Austin last year: gathering stories. They spoke to a bus driver who suffered from back pain after 8-hour shifts, and who witnessed her riders’ daily aches. They talked to a 30-year veteran of the music scene who was often homeless. A single mother challenged by the social service system. A lawyer who had no idea how to handle hospital discharge papers. “From their stories, we looked at what gaps emerged,” says Chang. “What were they hoping for? We need to stop designing from a place of arrogance, and make it an act of humility. All too often the current health system stands in the way of humanity.”
54 FEBRUARY 2017 |
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Jack Martin and Patsy Woods Martin
/ "YOU HAD ME AT PHILANTHROPY," PARTNERS IN PURPOSE
Jack and Patsy Woods Martin aren’t just two of Austin’s biggest philanthropists;
“roll-up-your-sleeves” attitudes they gleaned from their families’ farming backgrounds.
they’ve changed the very nature of philanthropy in Austin. But when asked about
“Philanthropy is often stereotyped as a lot of rich people in tuxes giving money to
their efforts, they make it sound as natural and understated as their love of their
each other’s charities,” said Jack. “That’s not what we’re about. Patsy founded I Live
North Texas ranch land, where both have sunk deep roots.
Here, I Give Here (an organization that puts on Amplify Austin Day) to get money to
“I was raised to take care of what provides for you,” said Patsy.
people who simply needed help in Austin. Her vision has been the foundation of our
Jack concurred: “In my family, you worked from sunup to sundown, and you left
philanthropy work. I just follow along.”
the land better than you found it. It went with a basic set of values: Be honest. Keep your word. Don’t overcomplicate things. We carry those roots.”
“I’m going to push back on that a little,” Patsy interrupted, smiling. “It’s been a real partnership. I got the idea for I Live Here, I Give Here when I was working at United
Today, Jack serves as the global executive chairman and chief executive officer
Way, and Public Strategies (Jack’s former firm) was an equal pro-bono partner in re-
of the global public relations firm Hill+Knowlton. Patsy is the executive director of
search and PR.” She laughs. “Remember when I asked for TV spots for my birthday?”
Annie’s List, an organization that supports pro-choice women running for public office in Texas. Listing their volunteer and board work for other local and national charities
A lot of wives would ask for spa certificates. Patsy wanted TV spots to promote the fledgling nonprofit. A lot of husbands might say no. Jack said yes.
and organizations would take up the rest of this article’s word count. This February, the
Patsy credits thirty years in Austin, too, with inspiring their work. “This place
couple will be honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Outstand-
has been good to us and to our kids. If we can give a little bit of that back, it’s in-
ing Philanthropists. And the two approach their civic leadership roles with the same
56 FEBRUARY 2017 |
/ SERVANT LEADER
By the time John Henneberger turned 10, he had lived in a dozen places across the United States, thanks to his father's military career. But it wasn’t until Henneberger was a UT student in the 70s that he discovered true community in the central Austin neighborhood of Clarksville. “There was a richness there that I had never seen before,” he says. “Neighbors deeply supported one another.” The then-largely African-American neighborhood was also a stark display of systemic prejudice and enforced poverty. “The western and northern edges of Clarksville were upper class. But when you got to 10th Street, the streets weren’t paved. You could literally cross the street to see physical manifestations of inequality.” For Henneberger, co-director of Texas Housers, it was clear that Clarksville wasn’t a “black problem,” but a “white problem.” He struggled to find a role that would suit his outsider status in helping the community. He found his answer when he met a group of strong female leaders who became his mentors. “I could support them by researching information to give context to their causes. They would send me down to city hall, to find out why their streets hadn’t been paved. I wasn’t a spokesperson or a leader; I was able to find them sources of money or outline steps of a legal process. I felt useful, and the work was immensely satisfying.” Advocating for low-income communities in the face of powerful business, political and cultural opposition can be daunting and exhausting work. But Henneberger seems energized by the challenges. “Humans are natural problem solvers,” he says. “It’s what fulfills us, whether we’re creating businesses, engaging politically, or shaping a child’s life.” In Henneberger’s case, it’s redesigning hurricane relief systems in the Rio Grande Valley. Or advocating for fair housing and environmental justice in Corpus Christi. Or fighting “source of income” discrimination in Austin. This advocacy has guided Henneberger’s work for more than forty years. His ongoing efforts were recognized with a Macarthur Genius Grant in 2014. Henneberger insists that standing up for community doesn’t take much, and that it’s an organic desire we all have. “You can’t buy community the way you would a car,” he shared. “You don’t have to go to every barbecue or neighborhood association meeting. But you can get to know people, and decide together how you want to shape where you live.” After all, Austin’s weirdness isn’t just about tattoos or backyard chickens. To Henneberger, the city's beautiful weirdness thrives on diversity and acceptance, and it deserves to be cultivated and protected, like any other kind of wilderness.
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/ SERVICE SUPERSTAR,
Shuronda Robinson displays a megawatt smile and an affinity for using the words inspiration, beauty and truth when talking about family and issues close to her heart, like the real meaning of democracy. A restless optimist, passionate advocate and insightful strategist who's “comfortable in the middle of conflict and confusion,” this second-generation entrepreneur seeks to make the biggest difference by making a way for others. Robinson, a mother of three boys, comes by her aptitude for words and inclination to community service naturally. Her late father published an African-American weekly newspaper in Houston, was a volunteer baseball and football coach and served as a union organizer. Her mother, an educator, still acts as the paper’s publisher today. Graduating from Houston's magnet high school for communications, Robinson first came to Austin to attend UT. Since 1995 she's run her own consulting firm, Adisa Communications (named Small Business of the Year in 2015 by the Greater Black Austin Chamber of Commerce). Robinson didn't consider herself an activist when she first arrived in Austin. While at UT she witnessed blatant acts of injustice among the student body and found herself saying “what needed to be said and doing what needed to be done.” While at UT, she met Marian Wright Edelman and served on the national board of the Children's Defense Fund's Black Community Crusade for Children. "We were young people serving young people; that period in college is when I really learned the meaning of servant leadership." Robinson's record of involvement with groups including Austin Foundation for Architecture, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, ZACH Theatre, Six Square, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats and Capital Area Progressive Democrats, to name just a handful, is diverse, but reveals the common thread of her abiding passions for the arts, children and advocacy. Her mother's attitude that “service is the rent we pay for living on this earth” is something Robinson obviously inherited. “Growing up, I honestly didn't know there was any other choice but to speak up and do your part"—"how else could any kind of community hold together? If something needs to be done, you do it and if there's not already a way, you make one. The easy paths,” she adds, laughing wryly, “have already been taken. I like a challenge.” Does this change-making optimist with the killer smile ever get discouraged, like the rest of us? “Every day! But I remember the tale about the good wolf and the bad wolf inside each of us"—"I keep feeding the good one and that gets me moving in the right direction again.”
58 FEBRUARY 2017 |
Karen and Ray Brimble
/ COMMUNITY BUILDERS, IMPACT MAKERS
Given Karen and Ray Brimble's influence and history of involvement in some of the
most important initiatives around Austin, the word power couple comes to mind. But
Karen, a prolific community volunteer since the time the couple's two children
in truth, the joint and individual efforts of this very authentic duo reflect an ambition
started school, has been involved with National Charity League, Austin; A Legacy of
entirely different from power"—"impact couple is more like it.
Giving; Round Rock Health Clinic; Girlstart and Avance. In addition, Karen's had a
An entrepreneur with global expertise, Ray started his first company at age 22. He’s a strategic thinker with an honest, informal style. He counts the boards of I Live
hand in the phenomenal growth of the Texas Book Festival, having been on its board for the past 10 years. She currently serves as its chair.
Here, I Give Here, Interfaith Action of Central Texas and Conspirare as past volun-
Typically poised and quietly insightful, but as she described the impact of Mindy
teer experience; he currently serves on the KIPP Austin Public Schools and the Muel-
Kaling's appearance at 2016’s Texas Teen Book Festival, she exudes an awe matched
ler Foundation boards, and as an advisory board chair for the McCombs School of
by Kaling's teenaged fans.
Business' Center for International Business Education and Research.
The Brimbles have an abiding passion for Austin and the willingness and energy
His teaching skills from his time as an adjunct professor are evident as he en-
to continue making it, as Ray says, “a world-class city.” The family's One Skye Foun-
thusiastically explains the concept of impact investing, something he believes is
dation has been a major supporter of the Barton Springs Conservancy; the Springs is
expanding the vision of philanthropy for the better. “Investing in for-profits set up
a place of fond memories for each generation of their family.
to do social good has everything to do with long-term sustainability; it creates oppor-
“We're incredibly lucky to live here. It's important to both protect and project
tunities not readily available to traditional non-profits. That's especially important to
what's best about Austin"—"its collective curiosity, collaborative nature and creative
millennials, and will be vital in bringing the next generation of community builders
ideas"—"out into the world,” Ray says. “It feels great to be able to be a part of it.” tribeza.com
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ENVISIONING COMMUNITY SIX SQUARE OFFERS AUSTIN A NEW GLIMPSE OF ITS PAST
BY BRITTANI SONNENBERG PHOTOGRAPHY BY DWAYNE HILLS AND TYESCHEA WEST
60 FEBRUARY 2017 |
HEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU FELT TRULY SEEN?
Not just noticed, or stared down, or coolly regarded, but seen. When it happens, your body knows it: everything relaxes inside. All the posturing, the explaining, the impressing, melts to a still pool of being beheld. It’s rare, even from our closest friends, family members, lovers. Seeing takes energy and emotion. And perhaps the most challenging aspect of seeing, which is essential for community, is summoning the courage to really take in one another: who we are, where we’ve come from, what sorrows we bear, what hopes we stubbornly claim. What do you see when you see Central East Austin? The construction sites are obvious, but the history of the former houses, and the families that lived in them, is not. To see a neighborhood, or a person, requires another sense: hearing. And before we can truly see East Austin, we need to listen to its story.
Harrison Eppright, a Six Square tour guide, outside the Anthony and Louise Viaer Alumni Hall at Huston-—-Tillotson University.
In 1928, the City of Austin set in motion a Master Housing Plan that forced its black residents into a six-square mile area just east of what is now I-35. If this happened to you today, you might get an email announcing the policy, then a series of eviction letters in the mail. If you stayed put, your services would get shut off: electricity, trash, water. You might come home from work to find your house in flames. The city’s policy formalized a system of terror that African Americans in the South had been subject to since the end of the Civil War: a punishment for their freedom. Hyde Park, built about ten years after Reconstruction, was advertised as a neighborhood that was “free from nuisances and an objectionable class of people.” In other words, where white residents wouldn’t have to see fellow Austinites of color. The forced relocation of Austin’s black community to the east side of the city, through intimidation and official policy, took about two generations to achieve. In those six square miles, despite the city’s persistent widespread economic, social, and political prejudice, a neighborhood grew and flourished, built from residents supporting one another against incredible odds. In the churches and schools, in the beauty and barbershops of the Six Square district, you were seen by your community. tribeza.com
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From left to right: “Rhapsody,” a mosiac on East 11th St; the former residence of Thurgood Marshall on San Bernard St; Downs Field, where Negro Baseball League games were played; Quickie Pickie: A 25-year-old convenience store, recently revitalized, on East 11st St.
Fast-forward to the last decade. As Austin’s housing costs have skyrocketed, persistent income inequalities along racial lines have forced many of its black residents out of the city. This is due, in part, to discriminatory midcentury mortgage policies, which excluded loans on houses in “redlined” areas, such as the Six Square district, making it impossible for black families living there to accumulate wealth the way most Americans could. Meanwhile, the massive reshaping of a neighborhood, which took the 1928 Master Plan two generations to achieve, has taken gentrification just one generation. The legacy of Austin’s African-American cultural heritage district is in danger of disappearing: one family, one store, one unrecognized historical monument at a time. BUT NOT UNDER SIX SQUARE’S WATCH.
Six Square, a nonprofit formed in late 2013, is an attempt to help heal Aus-
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tin’s “atmosphere of racial acrimony,” as former city manager Toby Futrell put it in 2005. That year, the City of Austin asked the African-American community to help brainstorm solutions. (Seventy-seven years after the city government told the same community it could no longer choose where to live.) Today, Six Square’s offices are housed in a charming yellow house on San Bernard Street. “When I was a boy, if you lived on San Bernard it was a sign that you had arrived,” Harrison Eppright, a Six Square tour docent, tells me, on a recent afternoon tour. Eppright, born and raised in East Austin, is the kind of guy you want on your weeknight trivia team, or if the Internet crashes and we lose Wikipedia. Eppright knows everything. He favors wide-brimmed straw hats and fuschia polo shirts (but not boaters or white attire after Labor Day). He can rattle off facts about the Constitution, Reconstruction, and
“WHEN I WAS A BOY, IF YOU LIVED ON SAN BERNARD IT WAS A SIGN THAT YOU HAD ARRIVED.”
midcentury city politics. And, thankfully, he’s open to sharing his memories of what Six Square once was. “That was the home of S.C. Marshall,” he says, pointing to a gracious residence across the street. “He was prominent in the Masons. Beautiful, temple-style building. Today Hazel Coffmann and her son Grant Coffmann live there.” He pauses before a boarded-up house, with an unkempt yard. “We hope this house will be restored. Back when Heman Sweatt sued the University of Texas for not letting him register for law school, the NAACP sent a lawyer down to hear his case, and the lawyer stayed in this house. The case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1950 the Court ruled that UT’s law school had to admit black students. This was the beginning of the desegregation of major colleges and universities throughout the South. And guess who that lawyer was? Thurgood Marshall.”
Eppright is open about racial tensions that existed within the black community, too: “My father was a light-skinned black man. Kind of a golden brown. My mom is dark-skinned. My dad's older brother had dark skin, but he had, as we used to say, “that good hair”: wavy. He had some animosity towards Dad because of it. Dad was light-skinned but had hair like mine. My uncle married a light-skinned woman. Dad married a darker skinned woman, and Uncle Bill said, in front of Dad and my mother, ‘Sam, I thought we both agreed that we wouldn't marry dark-skinned women.’ Terrible. That was in 1951 or 1952.” We wind up the tour at the Carver Museum, where Eppright reflects on the rapid changes in the neighborhood. “I have mixed feelings about gentrification,” he says. “On the one hand, I'm glad that attention is being paid to East Austin, but on the other hand at what price? Figuratively, literally, and racially — at what price?” tribeza.com
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“I GO AND SIT IN PEOPLE’S KITCHENS. I DO MY BEST TO MAKE THEM A PART OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING.”
A few days later, I meet Donald King, Six Square’s program director. King is warm and loquacious, with a strong East Coast accent: he moved from Providence, Rhode Island, last year. “Our fight is not necessarily combating gentrification,” he tells me. “We’re not waving that banner. East Austin has changed. Our job is to look at what it once was and to tell that story. And hopefully be a voice in shaping what East Austin will become in the future.” These days, King says, a lot of his work happens in kitchens. “I go and sit in people’s kitchens. I do my best to make them a part of the work we are doing. We’re not saviors. We believe in many voices: community members, leaders of organizations, artists. Stakeholders and academics. People who have history in East Austin. We are doing our best every day to convene that community. That’s the work that no one sees, and that’s the work in my
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career that I have found to be the most effective and worthwhile.” It all comes back to trust, King says. And trauma. Austin lost the trust of its black community in the wake of the apartheid-like conditions it created: “The trauma of the 1928 Master Plan, when services were shut off and black families were told they had to move, is so deep that it can’t be repaired by just talk. The extreme brutality of that action needs to be reversed by some extreme economic policy.” The best American cities derive their energy from diversity, argues King. “The [health of Austin’s African American community] is important for the quality of life of all Austinites. If you look at all the great port cities like New Orleans and New York, with all their challenges, it’s the diversity, and the inclusion of all the voices that reside there, [that make them great]. It needs to happen in terms of commerce and politics and
From left to right: Donald King, Six Square's program director; Bethany Cemetery on Springdale Rd.; Victory Grill, a legendary music venue where famous acts like B. B. King and W. C. Clark once performed, on East 11th St.
institutions of power. So that the thrust of your city is reflective of all the different voices and cultures.” “All neighborhoods and communities go through cyclical change,” Shuronda Robinson, Six Square’s former interim director, explains over the phone. “The question is: when do you start the clock?” Robinson, who arrived in Austin in the late eighties, says that she sees Six Square as an opportunity to “pass on to her sons a piece of who they are, through art, through culture. We need to claim what we have offered, and continue to speak to what we offer. What we remember, we repeat.”
These lyrics to “The Root,” a song by one of Austin’s emerging hip hop bands, Magna Carda, speak directly to Six Square’s mission: to honor the city’s deep and widespread roots. Last September, less than a mile from the Six Square district, during the University of Texas’ first international black studies conference, the celebrated activist and academic Angela Davis gave a keynote speech. “Freedom is not a thing,” she told a packed auditorium. “Not an object. Not a commodity. If it’s anything at all, it’s a constant collective yearning.” And yearning to see, as Six Square teaches us, is the beautiful, bracing beginning of vision.
Where you from / Who you know / How you know ’em / Where you goin’ What's life [like] coming from / the bottom of the root? Tryin’ to rise up and grow to something from my truth. tribeza.com
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nyone who’s planned a party beyond the college kegger, knows there’s a lot more involved than calling a caterer and making sure the cocktail napkins are fanned just so. Patrons pony up some nice ca-ching for Austin’s galas and luncheons, and event-goers’ expectations, along with money, are raised. But there are some stalwart women in Austin who, time and again, lead the charge of the volunteer fundraising brigade. They’ve borrowed the mythos of baseball lore, “Build it and they will come,” and applied it to the ballroom with seeming ease. Their personal calendars are often hijacked from the time that first committee folder is labeled to when rentals are safely returned and proceeds are in the bank. Collectively, the eight women on the following pages have raised tens of millions of dollars for Austin area charities. Yep, they look feminine and glamorous, but underneath? All muscle and determination when it comes to getting behind causes they are passionate about. They have opened their homes and devoted countless hours to volunteering with nonprofits. They’ve created signature events for people where thousands gather, have fun, toast good deeds and like-minded people get to find each other. They get bouquets of flowers and kind words from the dais at their functions. But we wanted to give them a big thank you here, too. Meet our Sheroes, some of Austin’s biggest hearted fun(d)raisers.
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Alaïa from ByGeorge jacket ($3,132); Torne from ByGeorge blouse ($575); Row from ByGeorge pants ($1,995); Aquazzura from ByGeorge booties ($1,580); Liza Beth Jewelry necklace ($1,355); Modern Moghul rings ($2,800, $3,500).
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Career Arts Fundraiser, retired
Husband Rusty Tally, sons Micah, Blake and Layne “My first [volunteerism] mentor was my mom, who treated her volunteer work like a day job, always on the phone and dragging me to meetings. When she passed, I was in my 20s; seeing the church rows overflowing is an image I’ll not forget. If done with an open heart, your work in the community will truly feed your spirit 100 times more than you will ever give.” Her causes: Seton Breast Cancer Center Celebration of Life luncheon, Austin Pets Alive Tailwaggers, ZACH Unplugged, ZACH Red Hot & Soul galas, Emancipet Anniversary luncheons, Nobelity Project, Dancing with the Stars Austin galas for the Center for Child Protection, Marathon Kids concert, Palmer Drug Abuse Program Dinner Concert, Toast of the Town parties host.
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Co-owner of P. Terry’s Burger Stands Husband, Patrick; children Kate and Caroline “During my early pre-teen years, my father was homeless, living in his laundry business. When we wanted to go out to eat, we would barter with his customers. So I learned at a very early age that sometimes our journey in life doesn’t always lead us in the path we dreamed or even wanted. And, it was my father who always told me the best gift you can give someone is your time.” Her causes: The SAFE Alliance Board and Development Council, Austin Children’s Shelter Gala and Touch-a-Truck, HeartGift board and Ambassador, Legacy of Giving board, Dell Children’s Medical Center Global Outreach program, residence host for patients and their families for HeartGift and Dell Children’s Medical Center, I Live Here, I Give Here See Jane Give, P. Terry’s Giving Back Days.
Olivi from The Garden Room dress ($1,495); Christian Louboutin from Neiman Marcus shoes ($1,195); Modern Moghul earrings ($2,500), cuff ($8,000); Mizano Collections cuff (price upon request).
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Houston architect Carlos Jimenez designed Chloe from ByGeorge this ($1,995); ranch house with big blouse Loewe windows that frame from ByGeorge pants the grand ($1,390); Alaïalandscape. from ByGeorge shoes ($895); Modern Moghul earrings ($6,500), ring ($3,800).
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Husband Malek Ben-Musa; daughter Yara “I’ve looked up to many strong women in our community over the years. Among them are Amber Carden and Mariben Ramsey with whom I’ve worked closely over the past five years on several projects. They are dedicated and graceful with every cause they engage in and give selflessly of their time, experience and resources.” Her causes: Man and Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Corazon Awards for Con Mi Madre, Texas Lyceum Human Trafficking Meeting, Hand to Hold Baby Shower Luncheon, The Women’s Fund of Central Texas at the Austin Community Foundation, Association of Fundraising Professionals Austin Chapter Philanthropy Day Luncheons, Sustainable Food Center Farm to Plate, Libyan Hearts.
SHERRI WEST wife, mother, grandmother
Husband ,Travis; children Tyler, Jackson and Georgia & granddaughter Tatum “I find inspiration in my mother-in-law Alice West and her commitment to Hospice Austin and always putting others first. Working with Ronda Gray and seeing her dedication to the Austin Children’s Shelter set the bar for me. Since our introduction in 2012, my go-to for all things events, gala and fundraising is my dear friend, Armando Zambrano.”
Alexis from Neiman Marcus dress ($750); Oscar de la Renta from Julian Gold ($690); Modern Moghul earrings ($5,900), bracelets ($6,000 to $8,800), ring ($3,000).
Her causes: Andy Roddick Foundation board member, Rawson Saunders School galas, Austin Film Society/ Texas Film Awards Gala, Dell Children’s Medical Center Give Hope Concert, Hospice of Austin Beauty Unveiled, Dell Children’s Gala, Dell Children’s Trust, Dell Children’s Council, Austin Children’s Shelter’s Women of Hope, Austin Children’s Shelter Board of Directors, Austin Children’s Shelters galas.
TERRI BROUSSARD WILLIAMS VP of Government Relations, American Heart Association Husband, Lemuel Williams, Jr. “Because of volunteerism, my name was given to the American Israel Education Foundation to be a part of an African American leaders delegation who visited Israel in January 2016. I’ve always known that it only takes one person to change the world, but that trip shifted my perspective on life more than I can explain.” Her causes: I Live Here, I Give Here See Jane Give, Austin Area Urban League 40th Anniversary event, The Junior League of Austin Capital Campaign & 80th Anniversary Party, Austin Under 40, American Red Cross Luminaria, Leadership Austin Best Party Ever events.
Estilo Jumpsuit ($495); Guiseppe Zanoti Design from Neiman Marcus shoes ($1,995); Liza Beth Jewelry necklaces (price upon request, $1,225); Modern Moghul earrings ($2,500), bracelets ($10,000, $4,800); Miranza Collections chain link bracelet (price upon request). tribeza.com
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MARIA GROTEN Co-Owner, Love Cycling Studio
Husband, Eric Groten; children Ruel, Emma, Grayson & Lily “Richard Hartgrove told me several years ago that he was putting me in charge of the silent auction at ZACH’s Red, Hot & Soul Gala. He believed in me and I will always credit him with getting me started in fundraising. He may have regretted it because every time I chaired an event after that, he was always at the top of my list of people to ask for a donation!” Her causes: Seton Breast Cancer Celebration of Life Luncheon, Texas Film Hall of Fame, Austin Ballet Fete, ZACH Red Hot & Soul galas, ZACH Unplugged events, Dancing with the Stars Austin galas for the Center for Child Protection, Marathon Kids concert, Nobelity Project events.
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Alexander McQueen from Neiman Marcus dress ($2,395); Christian Louboutin shoes ($1,195); Modern Moghul necklace ($24,000), earrings ($2,800), bracelet ($6,800), ring ($2,800).
Philanthropist and owner of Craddick PR
Husband, Tom; children Tripp and Claire “My father dedicated his life to helping others. He made partner at a law firm early in his career, but chose to be a non-profit lawyer. He couldn’t be more happier or more fulfilled.” Her causes: Texas Women for the Arts event, Dell Children’s Council, Dell Children’s Gala, Dell Children’s Kendra Scott for Kids, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Key to the Cure event, Elizabeth Ann Seton board and galas, Seton Breast Cancer Center Celebration of Life luncheon, HeartGift Ambassador, Austin Children’s Museum (Thinkery) fundraising events.
Alexis from Neiman Marcus dress ($695); Salvatore Ferragamo from Julian Gold ($1,150); Miranza Collections earrings (price upon request); RSK Collections bracelet (price upon request).
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Founder & editor-in-chief of the Salonniere award-winning entertaining website Husband, Jack; children Ava and Devin “I’ve been fortunate in my adult life but, like many of us, I had my share of challenges growing up. Because of that, empowering people in the community!—!particularly those whose path in life hasn’t been paved for them!—!holds real meaning for me.” Her causes: Austin Film Society Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, Ballet Austin Fete and board, The Arthouse Texas Prize, American Youthworks fundraisers, Seton Breast Care Center luncheons and cocktail parties, KIPP Austin, ZACH Theatre’s Arts in Schools, Red, Hot & Soul Gala and board member. Hand to Hold, Dress for Success, Founder, Fashion Mentors Program at UT, board service for the Arthouse/Austin Museum of Art, Good Shepherd Episcopal School, and The Long Center for Performing Arts.
Many thanks to Sean Milberger and his wonderful team at Austin's Park N Pizza for generously hosting this TRIBEZ A photo shoot.
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Mary Garwood Yancy, PhD in the serene surroundings of her counseling office.
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DIS-EASE OVER ELECTION 2016? YOU’VE GOT COMPANY. AN AUSTIN PSYCHOLOGIST’S PERSPECTIVE ON “POST-ELECTION ADJUSTMENT DISORDER” BY MARY GARWOOD YANCY, PHD PHOTOGRAPH BY JESSICA PAGES
alk to most any mental health provider these last few months, and you’ll get an earful on the psychological impact of the 2016 election. For many, distress has been percolating since primary season, with its often surreal reality-TV atmosphere. We’ve seen politicians and media modeling the same behaviors we discourage in our toddlers — name-calling, mocking, boasting, lying. Many of us — myself included — binged on sensational news. No surprise that my clients came in stirred up about the latest election coverage. Sometimes it provided a good laugh. Incredulous, a client might start with “Can you even f-ing believe what that guy said in last night’s debate?” or “What the hell was she thinking?” Or a curious client would ask what diagnosis
could possibly explain a candidate’s behaviors. But more often, people found it disturbing, anxiety-provoking, even traumatic. And we couldn't easily get away, because the 24/7 news cycle was saturated in election coverage. It didn't surprise me to read that over half of American adults carried significant stress from the election (according to a recent American Psychological Association survey). And party affiliation didn't matter — stress findings were much the same whether Republican or Democrat. With the rulebook largely abandoned this election cycle, many were threatened by an atmosphere that seemed unpredictable and out of their control. Clearly we therapists grapple with our own election distress, personal and professional. In “normal” times, politics doesn't take up much space in tribeza.com
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WHAT COMES OUT IN MY OFFICE IS A PRETTY GOOD REFLECTION OF WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND US. talk therapy, but politics-heavy sessions have us navigating new territory. I find myself trying to find footing in the balance between ethical and professional norms — to be fully receptive to clients whose beliefs differ from mine without imposing my personal views. With our political climate making big contributions to emotional and life problems, it’s also testing my notions of clinical neutrality. What comes out in my office is a pretty good reflection of what’s going on around us. In the days post-election, I had clients who struggled to get out of bed and go to work. People reported feeling physically ill or numb, angry, having panic-like symptoms and catastrophic thoughts, no motivation. And I also saw those who seemed to take it in stride, or felt relatively hopeful. As the initial intensity subsides, fallout continues in different forms. This election has been personal, and I see people actively avoiding family or friends on the other political pole. Clients, more often women, continue to be triggered by disparaging election dialogue, and process painful memories of feeling belittled or harassed. Parents worry that their children see misogynistic behaviors modeled and normalized. And among my young adult clients, I’ve observed a troubling mix of anger and anxiety about their future, and the future of the environment. Without a doubt, ideological topics are more likely to surface in my office, and colleagues report the same. The range is wide — immigration, abortion, LGBTQ rights, healthcare and climate change to name a few. This barrage of politically generated stressors has the effect of amping up the sympathetic nervous system, leaving us in a constant state of hypervigilance. It’s not only bad for our chemistry, it’s exhausting. Alienation, anger, worry and sadness are common fodder for talk therapy — what’s unusual is how much is traced to the political milieu. These situational, stress-induced symptoms mirror a diagnosis familiar in my field, adjustment disorder. But instead of a “typical” adjustment disorder — often something personal like a romantic breakup, a big move or job loss — here it’s a more collective experience. For therapist and client alike, recognizing this adjustment process as something like Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — can give us patience and understanding with ourselves and those around us. One of my favorite prescriptions is a daily dose of the serenity prayer.
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SOOTHING STRATEGIES FOR POLITICAL OVERLOAD
The good news is that this, too, shall pass, and in the meantime there are things you can do to feel better. For those feeling overwhelmed, here are some ideas to help you through the rough spots.
Cut down on news media; experiment with a temporary limit, say 30 minutes a day. Fill that new-found time with creativity, exercise or nature. Walk the trail, visit the Castle Hill graffiti park, try a new recipe, journal, or try a meditation phone app like Headspace or Mindful.
Be aware of how and where you’re talking politics, and our human tendency toward confirmation bias. One wise woman shared her method of discussing potentially divisive topics like healthcare by breaking them into smaller elements, where you’re more likely to find some commonality.
Focus more on your immediate world and specific areas where you can make a difference. Consider advocating for an issue or joining a local group with opportunities for civic involvement.
Take a daily dose of gratitude by shifting some of the negative attention to “catching the positive,” heightening your awareness of the things going right in our country and the world.
Keep a healthy skepticism about what you hear and read by doing your own fact-checking. To stay informed, seek sources you consider relatively credible, and read more, watch less.
Be curious about how different political views develop (consider “The Political Brain” by Drew Westen or “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion,” by Jonathan Haidt). With “ubiquitous nervousness,” as Buddhist author Pema Chodron describes, our natural inclination is to harden our opinions, make our world smaller and blame others. Resolution lies in staying open and vulnerable with our discomfort, keeping a flexible mind to develop a “compassionate confidence.”
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Higher Love SHOPPING R E TA I L T H E R A P Y YOU WON ' T R E G R E T
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make us happy. Found nowhere on Maslow's hierarchy of needs,
head, satisfying shopping experience has to be when you know something
it's that zing when you try on a blouse and see how the color
you buy might actually make a difference in someone else’s life. There's a
makes your eyes look brighter, or the way the delicate print on a dress not
new wave of brands and retailers inviting shoppers to double down on that
only hides a midsection pooch, but actually reveals a waist you weren't
feeling. We visited with two retailers in our backyard whose goods and
sure still existed.
sales enhance much more than your wardrobe and home. They are literally
here's a veritable walk-in-closet-full of ways that shopping can
To be sure, the thrill of shopping isn't limited to buying a dress or shoes. I vividly remember one summer in fourth grade hitting every
But the absolute most wonderful, cartoon-hearts-floating-over-your-
changing lives with their social impact. Austin is home base to Raven + Lily, purveyor of handmade clothing,
furniture store in Houston. I was accompanying my mother on her quest
jewelry and home goods and a brand leading the edge of this new wave. On
for the perfect living room sofa. When the new couch arrived and our
the day I meet its founder and CEO, Kirsten Dickerson, she walks through
neighbor, a decorator, came over to eye the prize, my mother beamed
the company's kasbah-meets modern, Michael Hsu-designed store in the
with joy at her friend's shared excitement: “Oh, Pat, just look how it says
Domain Northside balancing a giant stack of envelopes. "Investor thank you
'Hello!' to the color in the carpet!“ (A multi-level shag, as I recall.)
notes," she says brightly. “There's a lot more to write than there used to be!”
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A certified B-Benefit Corporation, Raven + Lily was started by the Baylor grad for the express purpose of alleviating poverty among
"IT'S NOT JUST THE PERSON CREATING
marginalized women. The elite certification (along with membership in the Fair Trade Federation and the Ethical Fashion Forum) means the company meets rigorous social and environmental accountability and
WHAT YOU BUY WHO
transparency standards far exceeding a typical business. Dickerson's
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enterprise has created employment for 1,500 women across 10 countries
ANOTHER HUMAN BEING A PATH OUT OF POVERTY IS A PRETTY POWERFUL FEELING."
(including the U.S.) and the 19 artisan groups she partners with can count on a safe workplace; sustainable, regular income and access to healthcare and education. All of which add up to a real shot at breaking the cycle of poverty. Growing up in an affluent Houston suburb, Dickerson planned to become a teacher. She had no concept of real poverty or anything like the issues faced by the talented women she now works so closely with. But that was before a pivotal life event changed her course. “It wasn't until a huge upheaval in my family, about the time I was going to college, that I knew real struggle. I went from being sure exactly what my life at Baylor would be like, to worrying if my sister and I would have a roof over our heads.” The gratitude and grace Dickerson experienced during that time fuel her way of looking at the world today, where every life has value and unique purpose. "It was a period of incredible change. Many times my roommates would leave something on my empty shelf in the pantry, which meant I'd have enough to eat that day. I was able to stay in school because of a scholarship that came just as I thought I'd never find a way.” Dickerson also did a lot of volunteering during this period, and became close with several people who were homeless. “None of them were really any different than I was,” she realized, “we're all alike when you get past what's on the outside.” The empowerment of women that Dickerson is fostering with Raven + Lily goes both ways she feels. “We, as consumers, have so much power with the decisions we make every time we buy something. How you shop does matter and you can feel it. It's not just the person creating what you buy who benefits — to give another human being a path out of poverty is a pretty powerful feeling.” Creating her brand and its products (which can now be found in over 300 locations) was never part of Dickerson’s grand plan. She took risks, she says, because she had to, and stuck with her faith. It had proven that if she kept following the direction of her heart, she'd always keep moving forward. tribeza.com
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alk into the cocoon of color on Kerbey Lane that is Vineyard Marketplace, (a space shared with local fave music shop Drumz), and it feels like
coming home in a magical dream to a spot you wish you'd never left. Vibrant and cozy, textures and pattern abound from the handmade clothes, toys, leather bags and table linens that fill shelves and racks, to the sculptural recycled glass light fixture hanging from the ceiling. Meticulously detailed upholstered furniture that looks straight out of London's finest design houses nestles into every corner of the shop, and chunky Merino wool hats and vests practically beg to be touched. As with Dickerson, Diana Wiley, founder of True Vineyard Ministries (TVM), laughs at the notion of ever having her own grand plan. Wiley, who had an interior design business and successful career in corporate sales before starting the nonprofit, found herself acting on what seemed like an unthinkable notion in church one day. “I was at my son's church in San Marcos when someone from a hospital in Mozambique was speaking about the horrible conditions they were working under. I'd never been to Africa and wasn't familiar with the area, but I knew I could find a way to do something to help.” That first trip to Mozambique would ultimately set Wiley on the path to Musanze, Rwanda, now the site of TVM's flagship program, Homespun Hope, and Wiley's home away from home. The violence of Rwanda's 1994 genocide left not only a completely non-
“As a rape survivor myself, I could relate, in many ways, to some of
functioning infrastructure, but also a traumatized population of women.
their experiences. Also, I'd lost a brother to HIV/AIDS many years ago
Half a million women were victims of a systematic campaign of rape;
and saw firsthand the immense challenges of dealing with the illness, plus
nearly 70% of those have had to live with the brutally intended long-term
the stigma that went along with it.”
consequences — rampant HIV/AIDS. Purposeful work brings dignity, as well as income. Wiley's program
Wiley and her modest-sized staff are justifiably proud to have met the stringent membership standards of the Fair Trade Federation. Knowing
uses job-based solutions toward the goal of helping the 600,000 widows
that every woman who comes to work in the program has suffered varying
who remain in Rwanda lift themselves and their children out of poverty.
degrees of trauma, homelessness and other stressors of poverty, Wiley
Handspun Hope's signature product is organic, hand spun and
is even prouder to offer the widows and their children living with HIV/
dyed Merino yarn made from the collective's own carefully tended flock
AIDS "... something rare in Rwanda, which is personalized one-on-one
of sheep, with the dyes coming mostly from local plants. Wiley's goal
counseling services needed to support the spirit." Recently, they added
of creating a competitive edge in marketing the high quality yarns is
a training program for lay counselors allowing them to bring on more help
meeting success, attracting the likes of Kate Spade's family of companies
in their holistic approach. “Helping these unbelievably resilient women
and Indego Africa.
find a way to peace, as well as employment, means everything to us.”
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by Karen Spezia Photography by Reagen Taylor
f you’ve noticed an excess of empty tables and vacant barstools around Austin lately, it’s not because everyone’s honoring their get-fit
new Year’s resolution; it’s because everyone’s at Eberly. Like bees to honey, this new dining and drinking hotspot has been attracting impressive crowds since its October debut. Almost nightly, the sprawling 15,000-square-foot wonderland is buzzing with happy patrons who’ve come to eat, drink and socialize. Designers Michael Dickson (ICON Design + Build) and Mickie Spencer (Swan Dive, Hillside Farmacy, Sawyer & Co, East Side Showroom) have transformed the former warehouse into separate yet adjoining spaces: an elegant dining room, historic bar, skylit study, outdoor patio and rooftop terrace. The rambling layout represents different transitions during the day, where guests can work or read in the study, enjoy happy hour in the tavern, and finish the day with dinner in the dining room. In other words, Eberly invites you to linger, with all your entertainment under one enormous roof. Although new and fresh, Eberly is steeped in history. It’s named after Angelina Eberly, the legendary firebrand who defended Austin in 1842 by firing a cannon at President Sam Houston and his Texas Rangers. The bar is equally historic: a massive 150-year-old mahogany beauty formerly housed in New York’s Cedar Tavern, a hangout for artists like Jackson
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Eberly offers colorful cuisine with a sense of sophistication.
Pollock, Jack Kerouac, Willem de Kooning and Bob Dylan. A decade ago, the bar closed and was purchased by Austin locals and Stubb’s co-founders Eddy Patterson and John Scott, who carefully relocated it to Austin. Tucked in the back of the building, the Cedar Tavern offers craft cocktails and a dedicated bar menu featuring burgers and pizza. Bridging the tavern and dining room is the study, a stunning vaulted room inspired by circa-1800s British greenhouses and lined with vintage books and current periodicals. It serves as a dining room in the evenings, and will eventually double as a daytime coffee shop and co-working space. When the weather’s fine, there’s a ground floor patio and a rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Austin. Buzzing with energy, Eberly’s dining room is a sophisticated mix of Victorian and mid-century modern, inspired by 1960s furniture designer Kent Coffey and executed by Austin sculptor Paul Oglesby, who created the tables and dazzling tile floors. The menu features contemporary American cuisine and globally-influenced desserts. Appetizers are outstanding, like spicy moist cornbread topped with sweet lump crab or the platter of garden-fresh crudités served with smoky pimento cheese and crispy flatbread. For entrees, there’s Creole-style redfish, or grilled quail and venison in huckleberry sauce. Several couples nearby happily shared the popular Pot of Goodness, a steamer pot overflowing with fresh seafood and shellfish. Duck fat fries arrive hot and crisp, served in their own cast-iron kettle. Don’t skip dessert, like dense dark chocolate budino or ethereal Basque cake. Eberly’s vibe screams for a cocktail and the Final Ward is a lip-smacking concoction of rye, cherry liquor, chartreuse and lemon. Our knowledgeable server helped us pair some delightful wines by the glass with each course.
A PPET IZER S A R E OU TSTA N DING , LIK E SPICY MOIST COR N BR E A D TOPPED W IT H SW EET LUMP CR A B OR T HE PL AT T ER OF GA R DEN-FR ESH CRU DIT ÉS
Eberly is a sassy, stylish destination that provides an entertaining evening of good food, drink and people watching. If you’re looking for a place that’s truly unique, with a sense of occasion, just follow the crowds to Eberly.
SERV ED W IT H SMOK Y PIMEN TO CHEESE A N D CR ISPY FL AT BR E A D.
E B E R LY 6 1 5 S O U T H L A M A R B LV D . (512) 916-9000 E B E R LY A U S T I N . C O M
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We Belong Together (At Least This Year) NA M E S A N D FACE S M AY CH A NG E , BU T T H E CI RCL E R E M A I NS U N B ROK E N AT AYAVA HOUSE
Martha Lynn Coon at one of AYAVA House's revolvingfamily suppers.
uring my college years in rural Tennessee, a friend introduced me to the second volume of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s classic album, “May the Circle be Unbroken.” In an introduction to one of
the tracks, Emmylou Harris talks about an experience she had years before, “sitting around in a living room with a bunch of people and singing and playing, and it was like a spiritual experience, it was wonderful ... I think over the years we've all gotten a little too technical, a little too hung up on getting things perfect. We've lost the living room. The living room
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has gone out of the music, but today I feel like we got it back."
This sums up community life at AYAVA House, only our jam sessions revolve around good, old-fashioned conversation. We are a program of
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, which has been fashioning its own intentional community smack dab in the center of Austin since 1902. Our weekly gatherings and Sunday supper tradition let us all bring conversation back into the living room. Our community is young adults in Austin, hailing from all over the country, for a year of service, both national service corps and faith-based. Together, we learn how to slow down and build community in this fast-paced, digital age. Not everyone who comes our way is expressly religious, but most are spiritual seekers in some way, shape or form. That means each year ushers in a new family, with new personalities, strengths, challenges, humor and, like all families, a healthy dose of dysfunction. It’s a strange family, based on so much transience, but perhaps this transient quality is what makes the time together feel so real and so necessary. Our modern life is lived in motion, and a program like ours requires these young adults to hit the pause button on their frenetic, media-laden lives a few times each week. The hope is that enough small pauses will add up to a year of real discernment, reflection and growth. We take turns cooking and also help generate the lion’s share of content and reflection. Every year we have ideas that are slightly off-the-wall and often incredibly awesome. We also have guests from the seminary and the community. They up the ante with their brilliance, wit, vulnerability and commitment to the larger home we call Austin. There’s the Old Testament professor who ate tacos with us, then proceeded to blow everyone’s mind as she shared things that both inspired and confounded her from the ancient text — topics ranging from the role of women to accounts of genocide. And the Comparative Religion professor who inspired us after the 2016 election when we were all in search of guiding light. We learned about how his own journey led him from boat-building in Maine to a failed stint as a chaplain before evolving into his current role as a teacher. For people who consider the ‘90s legitimately “vintage,” it’s powerful to hear another person talk about surviving their own young adulthood during the era of Civil Rights, Vietnam and second-wave feminism. Another night that stands out was a birthday celebration for a community member on a retreat in Utopia, Texas. We listened to a lot of Beyoncé-and ate a cake covered with mermaids, while the birthday girl wore a fantastic handmade Wonder Woman ensemble. How or why any of those choices had a thematic through-line, except total
IT’S A STRANGE FAMILY, BASED ON SO MUCH TRANSIENCE, BUT PERHAPS THIS TR ANSIENT QUALITY IS WHAT MAKES THE TIME TOGETHER FEEL SO REAL AND SO NECESSARY.
fabulousness, I still don’t quite grasp. The thing I remember most is how happy she looked in every picture, and what a fantastic woman she is now. Deep down I hope our year of Sundays contributed to that in some small way. Oddly, one of the Sundays that stands out most in my memory is one of the few I missed over the past six years. One Sunday morning in December of 2012, I received the painful news that my best friend of almost twenty years died suddenly in her sleep, just three months short of her 35th birthday. Completely bereft, I phoned my boss to see if he would join the group in my absence. That night stands in such relief not because of my absence, but because of their presence. I drew strength knowing that every person there, though not with me, was for me, and that the legacy of those we love is best kept alive by how we live and love each other. It seems like this is the real magic of our commitment to gather: the knowledge that the slow cultivation of togetherness, once achieved, remains with us even when apart. I guess whether it’s the music or the conversation we’re trying to bring back to the living room, our intentions are the same. Creating a circle, and hoping that the center will hold. Martha Lynn Coon is a writer, blogger, wife and mother of two. She works on the staff of Austin Seminary, talking to anyone who will sit still about vocation and purpose, and happily managing the whirlwind that is AYAVA House. tribeza.com
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BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE & BEER GARDEN 79 Rainey St. | (512) 386 1656 Banger’s brings the German biergarten tradition to Rainey Street with an array of artisan sausages and more than 100 beers on tap. To get the full Banger’s experience, go for their weekend brunch and indulge in the Banger’s Benny, the beer garden’s take on eggs Benedict.
BARLEY SWINE 6555 Burnet Road ,Suite 400 | (512) 394 8150 James Beard Award-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore encourages sharing with small plates made from locally-sourced ingredients, served at communal tables. Try the parsley croissants with bone marrow or Gilmore’s unique take on fried chicken.
GUSTO ITALIAN KITCHEN 4800 Burnet Rd. | (512) 458 1100
34TH STREET CATERING
Upscale-casual Italian in the heart of the Rosedale
1005 W. 34th St. | (512) 323 2000 | 34thstreetcafe.com
neighborhood. Fresh pastas, hand-tossed pizzas,
One of the best and most creative full service
incredible desserts (don’t miss the salted caramel
catering companies in Austin. Acclaimed Chef
budino) and locally-sourced, seasonally inspired
Paul Petersen brings his culinary experience
chalkboard specials. Full bar with craft cocktails,
and high standards to catering company and
local beers on tap and boutique wines from around
to your event! Call them to save the date
and they'll start planning any occasion! We’re coming to the Party!
BAR CHI SUSHI 206 Colorado St. | (512) 382 5557
A great place to stop before or after a night on the town, this
600 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 472 5400 Chef Andrew Curren’s casual eatery promises delicious plates 24/7 and a menu featuring nostalgic diner favorites. Order up the classics, including roasted chicken, burgers, all-day breakfast and decadent milkshakes.
FONDA SAN MIGUEL
2330 W. North Loop Blvd. | (512) 459 4121 | fondasanmiguel.com
sushi and bar hotspot stays open until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Bar Chi’s happy hour menu features $2 sake bombs and a variety of sushi rolls under $10.
Not your typical Chile Relleno! At Fonda San Miguel, this one of four handmade
preparations begins with a Chile Ancho (rather
2013 Wells Branch Pkwy. #109 | (512) 531 9832
408 E. 43rd St. | (512) 451 1218
than poblano), which is filled with chicken,
1900 Simond Ave. #300 | (512) 297 2720
The chic little Hyde Park trattoria offers essential Italian
olives, capers and almonds in a light cilantro
Pastry Chef Jodi Elliott puts a fun spin on classic confec-
cream sauce. Delicioso!
tions. The Mueller location is a Candy Land-esque space
dishes along with a variety of wines to pair them with. Finish off your meal with the honey and goat cheese panna cotta.
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where diners can sip on cocktails, beer, wine and coffee.
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1603 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 942 0823
510 Neches St. | (512) 473 2413
Between their full dinner menu, impressive raw bar and craft
Now an iconic Austin staple, Chez Nous creates authentic
cocktail offerings, Central Standard at the South Congress
French cuisine just a few yards away from bustling 6th
Hotel is the perfect place to spend a night on the town.
Street. Genuine, simple and delectable, it is hard not to leave
this bistro feeling completely satisfied.
3407 Greystone Dr. (512) 343 9307
CLARK’S OYSTER BAR
107 W. 5th St. | (512) 343 9307
1200 W. 6th St. | (512) 297 2525
Some of the best traditional Chinese food in town. Fast
Small and always buzzing, Clark’s extensive caviar and oyster
service in the dining room and delivery is available.
menu, sharp aesthetics and excellent service make it a re-
This restaurant boasts an extensive and diverse dim sum
freshing indulgence on West Sixth Street. Chef Larry McGuire
menu for customers to munch on!
brings East Coast-inspired vibes to this seafood restaurant.
CONTIGO 2027 Anchor Ln. | (512) 614 2260
Chef Andrew Wiseheart serves ranch-to-table cuisine and an elegant take on bar fare at this east side gem. Take your
3201 Bee Caves Rd. #122 | (512) 327 9889 | laspalomasrestaurant.com
pick from the exquisite and bold cocktail menu and grab a
One of the hidden jewels in Westlake, this unique
spot on the expansive outdoor patio.
restaurant and bar offers authentic interior
COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII
Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated yet relaxed
315 Congress Ave, Ste. 100 | (512) 291 3327
setting. Enjoy family recipes made with fresh
Belly up to the counter at this 25-seat space for an intimate
ingredients. Don’t miss the margaritas! BULLFIGHT 4807 Airport Blvd. | (512) 474 2029 Chef Shawn Cirkiel transports diners to the south of Spain
dining experience that’s modern yet approachable.
310 Congress Ave. | (512) 472 7555 10201 Jollyville Road | (512) 345 1042
This unique eatery gives three, five and seven-course tasting menus in an immersive setting.
COUNTER CULTURE 2337 E. Cesar Chavez St. | (512) 524 1540
for classic tapas, including croquettes and jamon serrano.
A local Austin favorite with a reputation for
An East Austin haven for vegans and vegetarians, Counter
The white-brick patio invites you to sip on some sangria and
high-quality regional Mexican food, fresh pressed
Culture provides internationally inspired vegan options with
enjoy the bites.
cocktails, margaritas and tequilas. Try the Chile
organic and local food. Daily specials are shared through
Relleno del Mar with Texas Gulf Shrimp, day boat
their constantly updated Twitter feed.
1100 S. Lamar Blvd. Suite 2115 | (512) 628 0348
scallops, and Jumbo Blue lump crab, or Manuel’s
Owned by restaurant veterans Lisa and Emmett Fox,
famous mole. Located downtown at the corner
207 E. 53rd St. | (512) 614 6683
Cantine produces new twists on Italian and Mediterranean
of 3rd and Congress Avenue, and in the Arboretum
Located in the North Loop district, Michael and Jessica
classics. Along with the slew of culinary temptations,
on Jollyville Road. One of the best happy hour
Sanders bring craft cocktails and American pub fare to
the restaurant also has an impressive selection of imported
deals in town.
drink.well. with a seasonally changing menu. Snacks to try
liquor and a skilled bar staff.
include fried chickpeas and house-made Twinkies. tribeza.com
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EAST SIDE KING
FOREIGN & DOMESTIC
HOME SLICE PIZZA
1816 E. 6th St. | (512) 407 8166
306 E. 53rd St. | (512) 459 101
1415 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 444 7437
2310 S. Lamar, Suite 101 | (512) 383 8382
Small, neighborhood restaurant in the North Loop area
For pizza cravings south of the river, head to Home Slice
Winner of the James Beard Award and Top Chef, Paul Qui
serving unique dishes. Chef Ned Elliott serves thoughtful,
Pizza. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends for your post bar-hop-
offers out-of-this-world pan-Asian food from across town
locally-sourced food with an international twist at reason-
ping convenience and stocked with classics like the
trailers with fellow chefs Moto Utsunomiya and Ek Timrek.
able prices. Go early on Tuesdays for dollar oysters.
Margherita as well as innovative pies like the White Clam,
Try their legendary fried Brussels Sprouts!
topped with chopped clams and Pecorino Romano.
2402 San Gabriel St. | (512) 220 0953
709 E. 6th St. | (512) 614 4972
Housed in a historic Austin landmark, smoke imbues the
3110 Guadalupe St. | (512) 537 0467
From the ELM Restaurant Group, Easy Tiger lures in both
f lavors of everything at Freedmen’s — from the barbecue, to
A gastropub with French inclinations, offering a beautiful
drink and food enthusiasts with a delicious bakeshop up-
the desserts and even their cocktail offerings. Pitmaster
patio and unique cocktails. The beer, wine and cocktail
stairs and a casual beer garden downstairs. Sip on some local
and chef Evan LeRoy plates some of the city’s best barbecue
options are plentiful and the perfect pairing for the restau-
brew and grab a hot, fresh pretzel. Complete your snack with
on a charming outdoor patio.
rant’s famed steak frites and moules frites.
beer cheese and an array of dipping sauces.
605 Davis St. | (512) 476 4755
123 W. 6th St. | (512) 660 5390
1025 Barton Springs Rd. | (512) 609 8923
Located inside Rainey Street’s Hotel Van Zandt, Geraldine’s
Chef Andrew Curren of 24 Diner and Easy Tiger presents
This chef-driven, authentic Mexican restaurant with un-
creates a unique, fun experience by combining creative
simple, rustic Italian plates. Don’t miss the sweet delicacies
matched outdoor patio dining stands out as an Austin
cocktails, shareable plates and scenic views of Lady Bird
from Pastry Chef Mary Katherine Curren.
dining gem. The chic yet relaxed setting is perfect for enjoy-
Lake. Enjoy live bands every night of the week as you enjoy
ing delicious specialized drinks outside for their everyday
Executive Chef Stephen Bonin’s dishes and cocktails from
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. happy hour!
bar manager Jen Keyser.
ELIZABETH STREET CAFÉ
GOODALL’S KITCHEN AND BAR
America,” this historic Clarksville favorite has maintained
1501 S. 1st St. | (512) 291 2881
1900 Rio Grande St. | (512) 495 1800
the execution, top-notch service and luxurious but welcoming
Chef Larry McGuire creates a charming French-Vietnamese
Housed in the beautiful Hotel Ella, Goodall’s provides mod-
atmosphere that makes Jeffrey’s an old Austin staple.
eatery with a colorful menu of pho, banh mis and sweet
ern spins on American classics. Dig into a fried mortadella
treats. Both the indoor seating and outdoor patio bring com-
egg sandwich and pair it a with cranberry thyme cocktail.
fort and vibrancy to this South Austin neighborhood favorite.
Rustic, continental fare with an emphasis on fresh, local and
1209 E. 11th St. | (512) 628 0168
organic ingredients. Like its sister restaurant, Jeffrey’s,
Hillside Farmacy is located in a beautifully restored
Josephine House is another one of Bon Appétit’s “10 Best
2307 Hancock Dr. | (512) 371 6840
1950s-style pharmacy with a lovely porch on the east side.
New Restaurants in America.” Find a shady spot on their patio
A café and grocery with both Louisiana and French
Oysters, cheese plates and nightly dinner specials are
and indulge in fresh baked pastries and a coffee.
sensibilities by Thomas Keller-trained Chef Sarah
whipped up by chef Sonya Cote.
Don’t forget to end your meal with the housemade macarons.
McIntosh. Lovers of brunch are encouraged to stop in here for a bite on Sundays!
1204 W. Lynn St. | (512) 477 5584 Named one of Bon Appétit’s “10 Best New Restaurants in
1601 Waterston Ave. | (512) 477 5584
1906 E. Cesar Chavez St. | (512) 605 9696 Though it may not be as famous as that other Austin barbecue joint, La Barbecue is arguably just as delicious. This trailer, which is owned by the legendary Mueller family, whips up classic barbecue with free beer and live music.
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REBEL PIZZA BAR
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN
88 1/2 Rainey St. | (512) 571 4588
7858 Shoal Creek Blvd. | (512) 457 5757
222 West Ave. | (512) 777 2430
This cute walk-up kitchen and patio fuses traditional French
Along with its unique street art interiors, Rebel Pizza Bar
Inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, True
and Southern cuisine. Think late night Parisian-style burgers
delivers updated takes on bar classics including hot wings and
Food Kitchen combines decadent favorites with health-con-
with frites or rosemary biscuits and gravy for Sunday brunch.
waff le fries. But the pizza is the real star of this cozy restau-
scious eating, striking the perfect balance. The restaurant,
rant, like the Get Up Stand Up pie that packs a powerhouse of
located in downtown’s chicest new entertainment district, offers
flavors that will leave you jostling for the last slice.
a full range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Located in the Mueller development, Chef Fiore Tedesco
delivers contemporary Italian cuisine with a strong nod to
1917 Manor Rd. | (512) 391 2337
4200 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 140 | (512) 916 4808
the classics. Alongside delicious plates, guests will enjoy
Salty Sow serves up creative signature drinks, including
The sensational sister creation of Uchi, and former home
impressive cocktails, wine and a great craft beer selection.
a Blueberry-Lemon Thyme Smash. The food menu,
of Top Chef Paul Qui and renowned chefs Page Presley
MONGERS MARKET + KITCHEN
heavy with sophisticated gastropub fare, is perfect for late-
and Nicholas Yanes. Uchiko is an Austin icon that everyone
should visit at least once. Try the bacon tataki!
Chef Shane Stark brings a casual Texas Gulf Coast sensibility
to East Austin by slinging fresh seafood in the kitchen and
3800 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 428 8444
2201 College Ave. | (512) 852 8791
at the counter.
This Denver originator serves up brunch classics with a
This salad-centric restaurant off South Congress has one
NAU’S ENFIELD DRUG
creative twist seven days a week, with two locations on either
of the prettiest patios in town. Along with an inviting
end of Lamar. With friendly service in an updated diner
ambiance, the salads are fresh, creative, bold and most impor-
atmosphere, Snooze is sure to start your day off right.
tantly delicious, with nearly two dozen options to choose from.
fountain within an antiquated drug store gives guests an
unmatched experience founded on tradition. The food is
315 Congress Ave. | (512) 482 8842
6705 Hwy 290 # 503 | (512) 584 808
simple and classic, rivaled only by the scrumptious shakes
Overlooking Congress Avenue, Swift’s Attic draws from
3016 Guadalupe St. Suite 100 | (512) 358 6193
and hand mixed old-fashioned sodas.
global inspirations and serves up inventive cocktails in a
Named as one of the top 20 wine bars in America by Wine
historic downtown building.
Enthusiast, Winebelly boasts an international wine list
1610 San Antonio St. | (512) 474 2796
and Spanish-Mediterranean small plates. The bistro main-
Food+Wine Magazine’s best new chef Michael Fojtasek
1411 E. 7th St. | (512) 628 4466
creates a menu that will leave any Southerner drooling with
Takoba delivers bold, authentic f lavors with ingredients
delight over the restaurant’s contemporary culinary concepts.
imported straight from Mexico. Head over to East 7th Street
500 W. 5th St. #168 | (512) 476 2469
The dessert menu offers a classic apple pie or a more trendy
for tortas, tacos, margaritas and micheladas.
From the curators of Swift’s Attic, Wu Chow is expanding
goat cheese caramel ice cream. Also, do yourself a favor and
THE PEACHED TORTILLA
Austin’s cuisine offerings with traditional Chinese dishes
1900 Simond Ave. | (737) 212 1876
2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. | (512) 215 8972
1115 West Lynn St. | (512) 476 1221 An Austin institution since 1951, this all-American soda
order the biscuits (they’re worth every delectable bite).
5520 Burnet Rd. #100 | (512) 330 4439
This cheerful spot is sure to clear your weekly blues with
12005 U.S. 290 West | (512) 394 7041
friendly staff, fun food and a playful atmosphere. Affordably
Unequivocally some of the best pizza Austin has to offer,
priced, you’ll find culinary inf luences from around the
Pieous brings together the unlikely, yet perfect combination
world with a healthy dose of Asian and Southern options.
tains a local feel with it’s comfortable, laid back interiors.
sourced from local purveyors and farmers. Don’t miss their weekend dim sum menu.
of Neapolitan pizza and pastrami, with all dishes made from scratch. Decked out in prosciutto and arugula, the Rocket pizza is a crowd favorite and a must-try. tribeza.com
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A L O O K B E H I N D 7 …7
Under the canopy of an old live oak, Shuronda Robinson, (profiled in our City Shapers story in this issue), reads “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” one of her favorite books to kids from from the Boys and Girls Club of Austin.
We can all use some SHEL now. “I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war, Where everyone hugs Instead of tugs, And rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, And everyone grins, And everyone cuddles, And everyone wins.” Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
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P H OTO G R A P H B Y J E S S I C A PAG E S
Where everyone giggles