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TRIBEZA ISSUE RELEASE PARTY Friends of Tribeza gathered at Raven + Lily to celebrate the release of the February Community Issue. Surrounded by the tunes of DJ Amy Edwards, guests enjoyed drinks by 9 Banded Austin Whiskey, Dulce Vida Tequila, Fat E’s Spicy Mator Mix and Twisted X Brewery as well as bites from
ST. GABRIEL’S LET’S GO! GALA St. Gabriel’s Catholic School held its 18th annual fundraising gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin, complete with silent and live auctions and entertainment by
DJ Mel. Proceeds went towards ongoing efforts to employ the best educational and spiritual programs for St. Gabriel’s students.
TRIBEZA ISSUE RELEASE PARTY: 1. Wendy Dittmer & Jason LaTurner 2 . Bailey Toksoz & Gary Crowell 3. Mary Herr Tally & Joanna Steblay 4. Maggie Rodriguez, Diana Wiley, Lee Patterson & Amy Brinkerhoff 5. Briana Purser, Kirsten Dickerson, Tiffany Schwedland & Haydn Schwedland 6. Tejana Aguirre, Robert Gomez & Hailea Aragon 7. Dani Maestre & Claire Lewis ST. GABRIEL’S LET’S GO! GALA: 8. Terry Modoff & Brian Modoff 9. Amy & John Parker 10. Atmosphere
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Social HOUR TRIBEZA INTERIORS TOUR KICKOFF PARTY The 2017 Tribeza Interiors Tour kicked off with a party celebrating the tour’s fourth year. Hosted at Urbanspace Interiors, guests enjoyed sips from Mighty Swell Cocktails, Deep Eddy
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AUSTIN WINE & FOOD MIXER AT IRENE’S
The Austin Food + Wine Festival held a kickoff party at Irene’s to celebrate its sixth annual festival that is coming this Spring. Chefs Jonathan Waxman and Drew Curren collaborated on the menu and wines were courtesy of Rodney Strong Vineyards. Guests enjoyed the company of chefs from around
TRIBEZA INTERIORS TOUR KICKOFF PARTY: 1. Mallory Johnson, Austin Stewart & Mandy McClendon 2 . Ryan Begley & Paige Wilkerson Ashley Kegley-Whitehead 3. Ericca Williams & Maria Thomas 4. Kristen Gish, Kim West, Hunter Ellis & Meredith Ellis 5. Jacqueline Hunt & Lauren Madden AUSTIN WINE & FOOD MIXER AT IRENE’S: 6. Victoria Villarreal & Sarah Jacober-Spitzer 7. Drew Curren & Sarah Abell 8. Mishka King & Juliet Mullins
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Social HOUR AUSTIN WRITERS RESIST AT BOOKPEOPLE More than 300 people turned out to Book People for Writers Resist on Sunday, January 15, an inspiring and empowering celebration
of solidarity and freedom of expression
organized by members of Austinâ€™s literary community. Thirty Austin-area writers and performers participated, including Sarah Bird, Tammy Gomez, Elizabeth McCracken, Emily Rankin, Celeste Guzman Mendoza,
Chaitali Sen and Sasha West.
PROJECT TRANSISTIONS X B&B ITALIA Project Transitions celebrated their 20th year anniversary at B&B Italia showroom. More than 250 people attended the champagne and dessert reception at one of Austin's finest showrooms. Project Transitions is dedicated to serving people
with HIV and AIDS by providing supportive living, housing, recuperative care and hospice in
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were displayed on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply. The event featured specialty cocktails by Dulce Vida Tequila, music from DJ uLOVEi, a card-making activity, and
Changarrito with Mark Puente.
BLANTON MUSEUM GALA The Blanton Museum of Art celebrated the unveiling of the museum’s renovated and reinstalled permanent collection galleries during its 2017 Gala, honoring Jeanne and Michael L. Klein. Guests had the opportunity to preview this dynamic new presentation and enjoy a lively and elegant evening in the galleries with cocktails, dinner and dancing.
MEXICARTE MIX ‘N’ MASH OPENING RECEPTION: 1. TJ Palvino & Kelley Bruemmer 2 . Sylvia Orozco 3. Nai Obeid & Chace Oldmixon 4. Paulina Dosal & Anthony Garza 5. Kadee Bludau, Dan Reese & Julia Martz BLANTON MUSEUM GALA: 6. Jennifer Ransom Rice & Don Boice 7. Dalya Sachs & Chris Karlin 8. Nash Horne, Callie Williams, Cammy Williams & Dell Williams 9. Seth Pierrepont, Consuelo Spitler & Russell Spitler
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JUDE GALLIGAN Hundreds of people move to Austin every day, and downtown is a major hub of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and available resources for those considering Austin as their home.
Your blog, TOWERS.net, keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What's the most exciting development happening right now? I’m a fan of the Waller Creek District Master Plan because it's transformational in the way an imaginative chain of parks and trails creates connection to the eastern half of downtown. An international design competition was held to select the most innovative plan and, after decades in the making, it's now becoming a reality.
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What's unique about living in downtown Austin compared to other cities? Few cities have kept pace with Austin's growth or its unparalleled entrepreneurial spirit. Spend time walking downtown and you can feel the creative energy that's fueling smart urban growth projects. The Seaholm Power Plant development is a great example — it's a very appealing repurposing of historic structures into functional residential, office, grocery and event spaces. If someone is considering moving to Austin, what are some good resources for them? You can find every real estate listing that’s on the MLS at TOWERS.net, updated hourly, alongside informed editorial and breaking stories about real estate development in Austin’s urban core. There’s also information on residential towers that are proposed or currently being built. Lastly, our firm also has access to hundreds of off-market listings all around Austin — just shoot over an email and we can help.
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Caroline Haley and Andrea Hamilton of Bunker Lee opened the chic doors of their latest project, 1193 Angelina St. for an unconventional real estate event. Hosted by The Top Floor Real Estate & Alejandro Pedemonte, guests were delighted with a micro-theater performance, art exhibit by Miguel A. Santana, music by
DJ Manny/Peligrosa and catering courtesy of 827 Ray’s Kitchen + Cellar.
KALEIDOSCOPE AT THE HARRY RANSOM CENTER At the Harry Ransom Center’s “Kaleidoscope” preview party, guests enjoyed custom poetry from Typewriter Rodeo, cocktails from
Dripping Springs Gin, and a sneak peek at the exhibition Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center. The exhibition, on view through July 16, explores stories of
inspiration, innovation, and even frustration with items from Gabriel García Márquez, Gloria Swanson, Henri Matisse, and Robert De
OPEN THE DOOR AUSTIN — AN UNCONVENTIONAL REAL ESTATE: 1. Andrew Persoff, Daniela Ruiz & Rodrigo Zaragoza 2 . Bridget Byrd & DJ Mannie 3. Dan Price & Chase Hamilton 4. Alex Pedemomte, Monica Fossi, Gabriela Campos, Totty Pedemomte & Luis Reichel KALEIDOSCOPE AT THE HARRY RANSOM CENTER: 5. Ilse Hendrickx & Bjorn Sletto 6. Elizabeth & James Matlock with son Henry 7. Lorraine Haricombe & Guest 8. Alison Burton Stone and Liam Sullivan Stone 9. Sonali Weerasinghe & Guest 10. Judge Janice Law & Donald Jansen
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In My HEAD by Kristin Armstrong Illustration by Heather Sundquist
f you are around my age, there are certain things I can say to you because you will understand. You know who Long Duck
Dong is, and Spicoli, and Cousin Eddie. You know that Grandpa Fred stinks up the bathroom. You know that the Judge is a tremendous slouch and that given a choice between a pool and a pond, the pond is better for you. You know that life moves pretty fast and if you don’t slow down once in a while, you could miss it. When we were growing up we had films to mark our journey. We had John Hughes. Sixteen Candles. Pretty in Pink. St. Elmo’s Fire. Breakfast Club. Weird Science. We had Star Wars. Grease. Caddyshack. Indiana Jones. Ferris Bueller. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Dirty Dancing. National Lampoon’s Vacation. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. tribeza.com
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If I am surfing through channels and come
films where we are the protagonists and we
across one of these gems, it is a holy moment.
create the story arc and craft the conflicts and
I stop what I’m doing and settle in, paying
resolutions. It is in these films that our dreams
reverence to my childhood and all the memories
turn into reality, for better or worse. It’s
these films stir up. For some of us, these movies
how we picture ourselves failing or succeeding,
have quotes that create banter that speak our
fertilizing the roots of triumph or tragedy
deepest truth, without saying anything.
long before they ever break ground. I tell my
My brother and I can go back and forth on text
daughter this, as she tries pole-vaulting for
all afternoon, speaking only in movie quotes,
the first time — Sweetheart, you have to picture
and have a totally fulfilling connection. When
yourself flying before you will ever be able
he asks how I am and I tell him that I wish
to leave the ground, you have to see it in your
I could be stuffed in a Tauntaun, he knows
mind. I tell my son this before
exactly how my day was. When I threw out an
football games — see yourself making
obscure Caddyshack line to my boyfriend
every block before you ever walk
early in our relationship, he later admitted that
on the field. I tell my friend who is
I ALWAYS CONSIDERED
was the moment he fell in love with me
grieving — see yourself in the future,
THE FILMS WE GROW UP WITH
for real. No Christmas season passes in our
smiling and light once again. I tell
home without multiple viewings of Christmas
myself as I prepare for an endurance
TO BE THE MOST FORMATIVE
Vacation. It just would not be right.
trek this summer — picture yourself
AND INFLUENTIAL OF A LIFETIME.
climbing the mountain, strong
I’m pretty sure there are very few movies like this anymore. They were the perfectly timed
and certain, experiencing the earned
backdrop to my generation’s coming of age.
pleasure of the view.
Most of these films weren’t about superheroes
How different our life becomes if the movie
and didn’t employ CGI effects; instead they
we play in our head shows us hitting the bar
were about regular people trying to grow
on the pole vault, face-planting, missing our
up and deal with ordinary life. People who were
block and the quarterback getting sacked, a
faking sick and skipping school, trying to win
future mired in pain and loneliness, or falling
dancing contests, serving detention, forgetting
off a mountain cliff? It sounds funny to
birthdays, or going on family road trips in a
think of intentionally creating bad movies for
wood paneled station wagon.
ourselves, but we do it all the time. We think
I always considered the films we grow up
negative thoughts and create negative feature
with to be the most formative and influential of
films. Our thought life really does create
a lifetime. Until recently.
our reality, just the way the actors, the script
Maybe it’s because I’m parenting teenagers,
and the directors create what we see on
or maybe just because I’m getting older.
the big screen. Our life can be an epic portrayal
But today I believe that the most impactful
of adventure, challenge, redemption, healing,
and personally significant films are the
transformation, joy and love — but we have
ones we craft and play in our own minds. The
to envision it that way first.
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Pierce Brosnan in AMC’s “The Son.”
The Austin Connection
I F AUS T I N IS SOM E T I M ES R E F E R R E D TO A S T H E “ T H I R D COA S T,” I T ’ S T H A N K S TO W I DE-R A NGI NG LO CA L TA L E N T A N D R E S OU RCE S . F ROM AC TOR S A N D DI R EC TOR S TO T H E CE N T R A L T E X A S B ACK DROP, T H IS TOW N H A S A LOT TO OF F E R . H E R E W E ZO OM I N ON S OM E OF T H E L AT E S T PRODUC T IONS A N D I N DI V I DUA L S W I T H AUS T I N T I E S . by Nicole Beckley
THE SON Based on Austin writer Philipp Meyer’s bestselling 2013 novel, “The Son” shot in Austin
last summer. (Remember those Pierce Brosnan
With a string of recent critical hits under his belt, including “Mud,” “Midnight Special,” and 2016’s lauded drama “Loving,” about the interracial marriage that
sightings?) Brosnan stars in this 10-episode drama, which gets its world premiere at SXSW,
affected a Supreme Court decision, Jeff Nichols’ star is on the rise. The writer and
ahead of its debut on AMC on April 8.
director will be honored March 9 at Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards.
KYLE CHANDLER While Austinites may always see him as Coach Taylor, actor Kyle Chandler has been exploring new territory — from playing a supporting role in Best Picture nominee “Manchester By The Sea” to embodying John Rayburn on the Netflix thriller “Bloodline.” While he has a house in Dripping Springs, he might most likely be found on set.
KEITH MAITLAND Gathering acclaim last year for the documentary “Tower” about the 1966 UT Austin shooting, as well as “A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story,” director Ketih Maitland is now getting to work on a new documentary, produced by Edward R. Pressman and Shep Gordon. With a grant from the Austin Film Society, Maitland Jeff Nichols
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will shape the story of “hippie millionaire” Michael Brody Jr.
Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling in Terrence Malick's “Song to Song,” a Broad Green Pictures release.
SONG TO SONG S O N G TO S O N G : VA N R E D I N / B R OA D G R E E N P I C T U R E S
Selected as the opening night film for the SXSW Film Festival, director Terrence Malick’s (“The Thin Red Line”) music-focused “Song To Song” stars Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender. The Austin-set drama gets its world premiere March 10.
After making a splash at Sundance with
Labeled a “screenwriter to watch” by the
Earlier this year, punks in leather and dudes
the 2014 film “Hellion,” starring Aaron
Austin Film Festival, Matt Cook has a number
with mohawks gathered to fill out scenes
Paul, Austin-based writer/director Kat Candler
of irons in the fire, including developing
for the sci-fi film “Alita: Battle Angel.”
is working as a producing director for
projects with Matt Damon and Ed Burns. The
Shooting in Austin, Robert Rodriguez’ latest
Ava DuVernay’s series “Queen Sugar” on the
UT Austin alum penned the screenplay for
stars Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar,
2016’s Mark Wahlberg feature “Patriot’s Day.”
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coming through (people like Bill Callahan) and we recorded their live shows. At one point I went to go see a band recording in a studio called Premium, and a friend of mine was playing
in the band and invited me to come see the place
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he called me and said, “Hey, would you like my
and hang out for a little while. I met someone working at the studio and a few months later, job?” I said, “Sure!” So my first studio job was there, at Premium Recording in 2006, and the owner of the studio was Bruce Robison.
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After about a year there as a kind-of assistant engineer, he decided to rent it to me because he didn’t want to run the business anymore. So I essentially rented his whole studio and that’s when I started working with a lot of bands,
in 2007. It was really just started with me liking ndrew Hernandez has come full circle
musical hats to talk more about his recording
bands; my favorite band in high school was
in more ways than one — after 11 years
business, Arroyo Audio, high school basement
MxPx, and eventually I got into others like Yo
of working in the music industry, he’s
bands and Japan.
La Tengo … so I got involved in music just from
returned as a recording and mixing engineer
a pure love of seeing bands play.
in the same studio in which he got his start,
I’d love to just start at the beginning — how
and what’s more, his band, Meryll, is returning
did you first get started in the music
I know you do work as both a producer and
too — with their first album in almost the same
as a recording/mixing engineer. Can you
amount of time. It seems the stars aligned for
I started learning how to play guitar at the
walk us through the difference between the
this Michigan native turned Austinite; what
very same time I started learning how to
started as a high school pipe dream in its
record — in high school. In 9th grade I got my
When a band comes to me and says they
purest form — what he says was simply a “love
first guitar and my first four track recorder,
want me to produce their album, that means
of going to see bands play” — has turned into
started recording bands — my band and
I’m going to go with them to their practices,
a lifelong career, and one he doesn’t plan on
my friend’s band — and afterwards, I went to
hear them working on their songs and make
giving up anytime soon (understandably so).
college and started my first serious band.
suggestions on how to make their songs better,
When Andrew’s not making magic at Estuary
We went on our first tour, and I basically
in advance, before they’ve even booked studio
Recording, he’s on tour — either as a sound
booked all of our tours through My Space and
time to make their album. It’s almost like
engineer for local indie legends Balmorhea
email. It was all really DIY — we were on a
you’re becoming a band member and really
and alt-rock icons Urge Overkill, or in the
really small label and had to do all the booking
helping them shape their songs, and possibly
spotlight with his own band, Meryll. In either
ourselves and all that kind of stuff.
even play some instruments on their album
instance, this producer consistently has his
or make suggestions to them for musicians
priorities straight: music first, always. It’s this
What about recording?
to add to their song. Over the years, almost
commitment to his first love that has made
I worked for Local Live at KVRX — the UT
everything I’ve done has been more like this:
this artist such a standout star on both sides
student radio station in Austin. I was the
the band comes into the studio and they already
of the sound board, and one sure to cement his
director there in college and I got to record a lot
produced themselves; they have everything
standing in the Austin music locale for years
of bands during that time. During SXSW there
worked out and I’m just there to help them
to come. We sat down with the man of many
would always be some pretty well known acts
make it sound the best it can in the studio. So
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in that case I do the actual recording and I mix it. Sometimes bands will even record with other producers in town, and then they’ll send me the tracks to do the final mix to get the sound they want. That’s becoming more and more of what I’ve been doing this year — a lot of mixing. Can you tell us about your work under Arroyo Audio? I do all my recording at a studio called Estuary, and it’s actually the same studio that I got my start in when it was called Premium Recording, so I’ve been recording in the same space for almost 10 years now — even though the owner has changed and the name has changed. My friend Michael Landon, who is an engineer and mixer and producer as well, is the owner and Arroyo Audio is just the name that I work under to organize it as a business. I usually record at Estuary and then I mix in my own personal space. I know that with musicians, their style and sound is constantly evolving. Do you think it’s a similar thing, for you as a recording and a sound engineer? Well, as far as my sound, I don’t think my sound has changed much over the years, except in the sense that I think I’m getting better. As in, I think what I’ve heard in my head is the same — what I’m trying to get — but over the years I’ve gotten better at actually getting that sound out. I really just like a big modern rock sound, honestly, and I feel like I listen to a lot of mostly modern music as opposed to really old school music. That’s also definitely reflected in my band, Meryll. Tell us more about Meryll. Yeah! It’s funny because the first two albums we put out were released by a label in Japan, and it’s like the old cliché where a band jokes about how they’re bigger in Japan than here, tribeza.com
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MY MOST SATISFYING MOMENT IS AT THE END WHERE YOU CAN SIT BACK AT YOUR HOUSE AND PUT ON THE RECORD YOU RECORDED.
and we actually did sell more CDs there than
for the Foo Fighters and Cheap Trick, and that
button wrong or push a fader up … and this
we did in the US, even though we toured in the
was my first time to mix a stadium show.
multi-million dollar sound system is at
US a lot. I was able to get a producer named
stake [laughs]. The pictures of that show are
Jason Martin who is in a band called Staryflyer
Which do you prefer, mixing in the studio or
hilarious just because of how many speakers
59 — he is one of my musical heroes — to come
on live tours?
they had hanging in the air, it was pretty funny.
in from California to the Premium studio to
I prefer the studio. They are so different, but
produce one of my albums for me. So that was
I feel like for studio work, my most satisfying
Can you also tell us about one super
definitely a highlight for me, to work with him.
moment is at the end where you can sit back at
memorable project in the studio?
your house and put on the record you recorded
The Sword was a big one for me because that
Apart from touring with Meryll, you also
with people and you have those memories.
was the first band I ever recorded whose album
tour with Balmorhea as a sound engineer?
Whereas for touring, I think the highlight is
came out and made it to the Billboard charts.
Yeah, I did sound for Balmorhea for almost all
that energy when the band is playing a good
One of my favorite artists I’ve ever worked with
of their tours. So that’s another thing I do — live
show and the crowd is into it … like in the case
was Bill Baird from the band Sound Team, just
sound — and I’ve done a lot for Balmorhea
of that Wrigley Field show, there were probably
because he’s a really unique creative musician
and gone to Europe a lot of times. Probably
over 30,000 people there, and they’re all
and person. Balmorhea has of course been great;
the craziest live sound gig I ever did was last
feeding off of your mix.
I’ve done multiple albums with them and they’re
year when I mixed for this band called Urge
good friends and we been on tour a lot. One
Overkill. They’re most famous for having a song
I can’t even imagine having the power to
summer I was just watching baseball on MLB.
in Pulp Fiction called “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman
effect 30,000 people by getting to decide
com and their songs we had recorded together
Soon,” and when I lived in Chicago I did some
what music they hear.
appeared on car commercials and stuff. It was
work for them, so last year I went back up to
Yeah, and it’s kind of crazy because you feel
crazy! Those are some of the bigger ones. I think
Chicago. They played at Wrigley Field opening
like with one flick of the wrist you could hit a
that’s a good start.
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Tribeza TALK A N I NSI DE R ' S GU I DE TO AUS T I N ' S H I DDE N G E M S .
It wouldn’t be the Live Music Capital of the World without local musicians, and March 12 the city’s best and brightest will be honored at the 35th annual Austin Music Awards. The event, at ACL Live at the Moody Theater,
by Nicole Beckley
honors winners from the Austin Chronicle music poll, including Best Band and Musician of the Year, Best Album and Song of the Year, and Best New Austin Band.
“This is a city of musicians that have that
film. Brecht shoots and edits the footage, and
rebellious nature,” Chris Brecht says. Rather
the first six-part documentary, which includes
than chase fame, “they came here because
Dana Falconberry and Aisha Burns, will soon
they wanted to play live music, and I think
be released on KLRU.
that’s the virtue of Austin, Texas. Music is our innovation.” For Brecht, live music is more than a
“We are filming the musicians that we think should be the next international acts, the next Willie Nelsons, the musicians that
passion — in 2014 he launched Project ATX6,
people can see and touch and feel around
what he terms a “festival roadshow.” Each year
Austin,” Brecht says. See them while you can.
six diverse artists (from country to bluegrass to
rock) are selected to represent the Austin music scene on tour across Europe and Canada,
IT’S A MAD, MAD WORLD “Mad Men” fans rejoice. The stylish Emmy Award-winning drama’s archive has arrived at the Harry Ransom Center, donated by series creator Matthew Weiner. The archive includes costumes and props, including Joan’s pen necklace and Betty’s medical file, as well as script drafts and call sheets. As the show mined 1960s history, it now gets historical preservation of its own. HRC.UTEXAS.EDU
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I M AG E S CO U R T E S Y O F P R OJ E C T AT X 6 , T H E H A R R Y R A N S O M C E N T E R , G R AY W O L F P R E S S , A U S T I N M U S I C F O U N DAT I O N A N D B L AC K J O E L E W I S .
with the trip and performances documented on
True Blue “The last album was kind of heavy, so we wanted more of a blues vibe for this one,” Joe Lewis explains. On “Backlash,” the fourth album from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, the band embraces more soulful
Keep Austin ROCKIN When it comes to sharing the gospel (or funk, soul, rock ‘n roll … ) of local music, nobody does it like Black Fret. Since its inception, the four-year-old organization has given half a million dollars in grants to support musicians. Black Fret patrons pledge a yearly fee and in return get access to 30 listening parties at unique venues and residences across
sounds without losing their characteristic high energy. Since forming in 2007, the band has received praise from the LA Times, appeared on “Austin City Limits,” and performed at Bonnaroo and Coachella, all the while staying true to their own
the city. The 2017 grant nominees will be announced
sound. “I think that’s how you
March 4. For musicians, Austin Music Foundation
keep your edge, you gotta
(AMF) is the go-to resource. AMF provides free educational programs for navigating the industry.
stay unique,” Lewis says. Catch them at SXSW before
BLACKFRET.ORG AND AUSTINMUSICFOUNDATION.ORG
they head on tour. BLACKJOELEWIS.COM
WORDS for GOOD
Creative inspiration can often come from unusual places, and for writer Deb Olin Unferth it came from a men’s prison. Before coming to UT Austin as an Associate Professor for the New Writers Project in 2014, Unferth taught creative writing to incarcerated individuals through Wesleyan University’s prison program. “It was really wonderful because I had kind of lost faith in the short story around that time; I was just feeling like nobody reads and nobody really cares, and they completely reignited my interest,” Unferth says. “Seeing it through their eyes, I wanted to start writing stories again, which was kind of how this story collection came about.” Her new book, “Wait Till You See Me Dance,” includes 39 stories focused on individuals trying to help others. Unferth’s good work hasn’t stopped since coming to Texas. In November 2016 Unferth received American Short Fiction’s award for civic contributions for launching a creative writing program at Connally, a maximum security men’s prison. GRAYWOLFPRESS.ORG/BOOKS/WAIT-TILL-YOU-SEE-ME-DANCE
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have anything you want in life if you
dress for it.â€? ~E D IT H H E A D
HAPPENINGS W H E R E T O G O A N D W H AT TO D O Head to the Blanton Museum to celebrate the galleries reopening with a full day of festive activities for everyone in the family. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE BLANTON MUSEUM
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Entertainment MUSIC PROPHETS & OUTLAWS March 2 Stubb’s R. KELLY March 3 Bass Concert Hall BEBE REXHA WITH DANIEL SKYE March 3 Emo’s LADY LAMB March 3 Stubb’s BBQ
JAZZ LOUNGE: SARAH ARENELLA March 11 The Highball
TEXAS FILM AWARDS March 9 Austin Studios
STEVIE NICKS March 12 Frank Erwin Center
SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2017 March 10–19 Various Locations
THE BAND OF HEATHENS March 15 Parish Austin
ATTIC FILM FEST SHORTS SHOWCASE March 13 Alamo DraftHouse
FRANKIE ROSE March 16 Hotel Vegas BLINK 182 March 22 Austin360 Amphitheater
DAYA March 4 Emo’s
POWER TRIP March 25 Mohawk
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WIND ENSEMBLE March 5 Bass Concert Hall ALINA BARAZ WITH IAMNOBODI March 7 Antone’s
AUSTIN URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL March 31 Auditorium Shores
KATHY MATTEA IN CONCERT March 7 One World Theatre
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS March 5 The Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz
MOON HOOCH March 7 Stubb’s
AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS: TERMS OF ENDEARMENT March 5 Texas Spirit Theater
MARFA MYTHS March 9–12 Marfa, Texas 2017 SXSW March 10 –19, Various Locations KT TUNSTALL March 11 One World Theatre
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SCREENING OF CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP March 7 Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar MOVIES IN THE PARK: ALADDIN March 9 Patterson Park (Presented by Austin Parks Foundation & Alamo Drafthouse)
IDA MASTER CLASS WITH KIRSTEN JOHNSON March 25 Austin Public CAMERAPERSON March 26 Texas Spirit Theatre (Presented by Austin Film Society)
THEATER THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE! March 1 The North Door
POP UP MAGAZINE PRESENTS4—4 A NIGHT OF LIVE STORIES March 4 The Paramount & Stateside Theaters PEACE. LOVE. LONG CENTER. 9th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION March 4 The Long Center for the Performing Arts DEATH OF A SALESMAN March 17–19 Austin Playhouse THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL March 21–26 Bass Concert Hall
COMEDY ACGC NIGHT LIVE March 1 & Every Wednesday Cap City Comedy Club
THE GREAT SOCIETY March 1–3 Zach Theater
COLDTOWNE THROWDOWNE IMPROV March 1 & Every Wednesday Coldtowne Theater
ELVIS LIVES March 2 The Long Center for the Performing Arts
BUZZKILL COMEDY March 1 & Every Wednesday Buzz Mill
PROHIBITION: A MUSICAL COMEDY March 3 The Dougherty Arts Center Theater
BRIXTON COMEDY HOUR March 2 The Brixton
THREE TALL WOMEN March 2–5 The City Theatre
MOONTOWER COMEDY PRESENTS THE SECOND CITY March 3–4 Paramount Theater
LET IT BE March 4 The Long Center for the Performing Arts
JOHN WESSLING WITH SPECIAL GUESTS March 3–4 The Velveeta Room
HIGHLY SUGGESTIBLE IMPROV COMEDY March 11 The Institution Theatre TONE BELL March 15 Cap City Comedy Club MOONTOWER COMEDY PRESENTS THE TOO REAL TOUR: MARC MARON March 31
CHILDREN STARRY NIGHTS: MAYAN SKIES STAR SHOWS March 2 Girls Start Stem Studio BIG BROTHER BIG SISTERS BOWL FOR KIDS 2017 March 3–5 Highland Lanes ELEPHANT & PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY March 4 Zach Theatre BISCUIT (MUSICAL) March 4 One World Theatre 8TH ANNUAL SHERWOOD FOREST FAIRE March 4–April 23 Sherwood Forest Faire ABC KITE FESTIVAL March 5 Zilker Park SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO MAKES MUSIC March 24–26 Frank Erwin Center A BEAUTIFUL PLANET Double Check Updated Dates Bullock Imax Theater
OTHER RAGS TO RICHES: AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING WITH BARBARA CORCORAN March 2 AT&T Conference Center AUSTIN SPURS VS. LONG ISLAND NETS March 3 H–E–B Center at Cedar Park CONSCIOUS MEDIA FESTIVAL March 3–5 Spider House 18th ANNUAL MIGHTY TEXAS DOG WALK March 4 Austin American Statesman HOLEY ROLLER, BIKING EVENT March 4 Rocky Hill Ranch
JACKIE VENSON By Derek Van Wagner
Concerts at the River House, Spicewood MARCH 4
Concerts at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, Austin M A R C H 16 & 17
THE KENO BROTHERS March 5 Paramount Theater
Do me a favor and ask yourself, when was the last time a new artist
FRAN LEBOWITZ March 8 Long Center
your loud friend to pipe down in the middle of a solo” good. I’m
TEXAS NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL March 9 Dripping Springs Ranch Park
to have an answer, but I do hope the ones who do say Jackie Venson.
knocked your socks clean off? I’m talking shoes, socks, hair blown back, “need-to-take-a-seat-cause-this-sounds-so-good” off. I’m talking, “tell talking “they’ve got you singing along by the end of the song, and it’s the first time you heard it!” good. Now I don’t expect EVERYONE Venson has the full package. She’s a Berklee College graduate, a guitarist, a pianist, a singer and a songwriter. I like to think she has the vocal tenderness of Sade and the musical abilities comparable to (pardon the blasphemy) Stevie Ray Vaughan. Venson shimmers when she sings, but truly shines when she has a guitar in her hands — hell she can play circles around your average guitarist on 6th Street. I may be gushing, but this girl has got the gift! If you’re skeptical, as you should be, I implore you to give Jackie Venson a shot and find her this March, you will not be disappointed! tribeza.com
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Arts STORIES TO TELL: SELECTIONS FROM THE HARRY RANSOM CENTER March 1 Harry Ransom Center CANVAS FOR A CAUSE March 2 Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa SPIRIT OF BIRDS, BEES, FLOWERS & TREES Feb 3– March 2 Old Bakery and Emporium THE LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE March 2 Harry Ransom Center
BLANTON BLOCK PARTY M A R C H 2 5, 11a.m.–11p.m.
The Blanton Museum of Art will be celebrating the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries with a free and open to the public day-to-night community festival. Attendees will get to experience outdoor family art activities, a museum studies symposium, live music, food and tours to get reacquainted with the museum’s collection. Artist Nina Katchadourian will be in attendance for a lecture with Blanton curator Veronica Robers and book signing in celebration of her exhibition, Curiouser. In the evening, the party will continue with an afterhours art viewing, light bites, music and dancing, a photobooth and more art-making. “The reinstallation of the museum was my first priority when I became director six years ago,” said Blanton Director Simone Wicha. “Working with the museum’s curators, educators, collections team and digital technology specialists, we looked in depth at what our collection is and should be for Austin. My challenge to the team was for us to reconsider the museum in a way that was more visually arresting, more thought provoking and nationally innovative. The reinstallation brings the museum to a new level, one that reflects the quality and vibrancy of our city.”
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INTRO TO DIY SCREENPRINTING March 2 Craft Ranch & Galleries PAT MUSICK A RETROSPECTIVE AT THE SCULPTURE RANCH March 2 The Sculpture DIMENSIONS IN COLOR: THE ART OF MARIA LYLE & LISA GARNER March 3 Link & Pin THE ART OF DR. SEUSS March 4 Art on 5th Gallery
MIX N MASH XOXO March 5 Mexic–Arte Museum FRAN LEBOWITZ March March 8 The Long Center for the Performing Arts BLANTON’S ART ON THE EDGE March 11 Blanton Museum of Art ART SHOW: THE FEMALE FORM March 11 Neofauve Gallery THE BLANTON BLOCK PARTY March 25 Blanton Museum of Art PERSPECTIVES: NINA KATCHADOURIAN March 25 Blanton Museum of Art MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW March 28– April 1 Round Top, Tx ART CITY AUSTIN 2017 March 31–April 2 Palmer Events Center
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Art SPACES MUSEUMS THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: LAGUNA GLORIA
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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 thecontemporaryaustin.org THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: JONES CENTER
TEXAS FILM AWARDS
Austin Studios, Stage 7 MARCH 9
Each year, the Texas Film Awards manages to be as glamorous, fun
700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 thecontemporaryaustin.org BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org THE BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
carpet arrivals by honorees, presenters and other special guests. This year’s honorees
1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 12–5 thestoryoftexas.com
include filmmaker Hector Galan, producer Sarah Green, filmmaker Jeff Nichols and
ELISABET NEY MUSEUM
rising star Tye Sheridan. Shirley MacLaine will be in attendance to accept a lifetime
304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney
and distinctly Texas as the year before. The evening begins with red
achievement award. “Terms of Endearment,” the 1983 hit in which she starred, will receive the Star of Texas Award. Lesya Milam and Suzanne Court have teamed up to chair the event at Austin Studios. Tables for the event range in price from $25,000 for the coveted Producer Table to $6,000 for the Premiere Table. The Texas Film Awards serves as the primary fundraiser for the AFS's year-round programs that enhance the cultural landscape of our city and state. AUSTINFILM.ORG
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FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM 802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org
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rom the most intimate of private affairs to news-making concerts and VIP corporate events, Austin Event Lighting understands the business of transformation. Tribeza recently sat down with founder,
Sean Krenek, to learn more about his team of experienced professionals. "I started this company to bring the most talented lighting designers, production and audio/visual specialists all under one roof. Our roots are Austin’s unparalleled live music scene," Krenek explains. “So, together, our experience encompasses nearly every kind and size of event imaginable.” And for each event, regardless of size, Krenek’s goal is to transform an occasion into an unforgettable experience for guests, creating happy hosts along the way. “Certainly, using the latest technology and equipment is key, but you have to go beyond that. We’re a passionate, creative team who truly loves what we do. When our customers tell me it shows, it's the best feeling – that’s when I know we’ve really delivered for them." AUSTINEVENTLIGHTING.COM
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Will and Jessieâ€™s child-rearing mantra can be summed up as follows: foster creativity, enjoy each other, and, perhaps most importantly, practice a wholehearted love.
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Will & Jessie Johnson:
LOVE AT FIRST SOUND A match so supreme it was perhaps ordained in the stars; meet the creative duo whose magnetism knows no bounds.
BY EMMA BANKS PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYNN MYERS
J P H OTO G R A P H B Y
ESSIE JOHNSON FELL IN LOVE WITH HER FUTURE
husband’s music before she ever met the man behind the drum kit — after putting off what was a work chore for months, she was blown away with one listen. And though the actual romance came much later, the musical one was immediate, and set in stone. As far as the rest of his fanbase, the feeling seems equally persistent — 26 years of making music and counting, and Will’s music is more relevant than ever, touching people’s hearts by way of thoughtful lyrics and a smooth sound wholly unique to his creative vision. His latest album is no exception: a collection of what Will describes as short stories and character studies, rooted at the intersection of morality and human nature, it’s only further proof of this artist’s creative genius (not that he needs it, of course). “I was in a writing phase of creating characters and scenarios that put good people, decent souls, in the position of maybe doing bad things; a temptation to betray one’s self at moments, just for the act of momentary simple tribeza.com
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satisfaction, and then hopefully backing themselves out of that,” he says. “I think we’ve all been in those positions at some point, on varying levels.” A brighter note finishes out the record: what Will calls a “lengthy, meandering love note from the road,” and the only song that’s truly autobiographical in nature. This track should come as no surprise; for anyone who’s spent time around the Johnsons, there exists a creative magnetism that simply cannot be ignored. And the epicenter of such an epic love? Arguably Waterloo, where Jessie heads up the marketing department (after leaving and returning multiple times, it seems this was another love she Will’s music and parenting are inevitably intertwined, but fatherhood gets a special distinction: for him, it’s “positively the most joyous endeavor.”
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couldn’t quite forget), and where the pair met, by way of the music that was, for her, love at first listen. “I was just head over heels in love with the music,” she says. “You know, there’s a difference between hearing a song on the radio that you like that’s catchy, and hearing a song that really makes your heart burst. You just want to know everything about them.” And Jessie got her wish: after marrying in 2011, she’s had a front row seat to every aspect of Will’s process, and witnessed each album evolve from an initial demo phase to the finished product. But she’s not simply a fan; as a fellow creative, her handiwork is often visible on both Centromatic albums (Will’s band, for whom she designed a final album cover in 2014 for Take Pride in Your Long Odds), and his solo work, of which she always gets first listen. “It’s so great; just such an honor,” she says. “I fall in love with the demos, and a lot of times I’ll be like, ‘Just release it just like that! That’s the one!’ But of course they have to change the instrumentation and do it in a studio. So I hear the first demo and it’s so raw and good, and then I hear the final piece and it’s like hearing a whole symphony. And then you fall in love with that, too.” Just as his family lives alongside the influence of his music, so too does he pull from both memorable and mundane aspects of their life together. Understandably, it’s all become wholly intertwined, and it follows that each —his music, and his fatherhood — takes from the other in equal measure. “It’s positively the most joyous endeavor, being a father and being a parent,” he says. “Just the constant motion of being a parent and learning so much about this world through your kids’ eyes, and considering a lot of what this world is about through your child — that will definitely get into one’s art. I think it’s inevitable that that will happen.” Will’s music takes similar steps of familiarity and connection, but the effort is perhaps at its most effective when he’s on tour — typically, in people’s living rooms, local art galleries or similarly small spaces, where intimacy is key and there’s littler
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“Just the constant motion of being a parent and learning so much about this world through your kids’ eyes, and considering a lot of what this world is about through your child — that will definitely get into one’s art”
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WILL’S PAINTINGS: room to hide. It’s all out there, and it’s what makes the show so much more than just its set list. “The idea is to play in a less conventional space,” he says. “It intensifies it for sure; it definitely peels things back and puts everybody on neutral turf. And I like that energy — there’s a bit of vulnerability and trust that comes with it.” Both Will and Jessie’s artistic interests span far beyond those of music; each also pursues visual art as a medium of expression, she, with multimedia collage work, and he, painting iconic baseball heroes as a tribute to their skill and stardom. What’s more, the pair’s love and dedication to fostering creativity extends past their individual art: with two kids in tow, their home has become a workshop of sorts, and yet another physical place (Waterloo being the most memorable) where their creativity has banded the two together. “We are both just so jazzed to support each other,” she says. “Just having that creativity in the house — we feed off of each other in that way. It gets you excited to be creative. And the kids are effected by it, too — there’s been several times that Will or I have been working on something and before you know it, the kids will whip out their paint brushes and we’ll all be working on it together. It’s been so organic with our kids and we just get excited about everything. It’s contagious.” It’s impossible to predict where Will’s music will take him (and his family) next, but one thing is certain: creativity will always be the most important part of the equation. “I really try to encourage the idea of making something every day — even if it’s just a little something,” he says. “We continually try to bring that energy into our daily life. I figure, the more tools you have for making stuff and creating around the home, then inevitably, the more you’ll make. And I think that’s an inspiring way to live — it’s definitely the way I like to live.”
ART AS CATHARSIS Will works fairly evenly on both his music and his visual art, but that’s not to say they’re intertwined; on the contrary, each has its own independent effect on his overall vision, as well as its own version of personal catharsis. “Writing and recording is more of an ambiguous spiritual search, to my mind and to my ears,” he says. “Whereas with these paintings, it’s therapy to push the paint around and make these things, but they’re also history-based.” The emphasis on historical here is quite literal: each piece typically honors an iconic baseball player (aside from the occasional stadium scene or non-sporty profile) for their legacy both on the field and off. As for who ushered his work out of the house and into galleries though, the credit all goes to Jessie. “I’ve learned so much from her about visual art,” he says. “I was reluctant to show her my paintings, but it was from her encouragement that I ever started to entertain the idea of having art shows.” Once again, the dynamic duo has proven itself invaluable, this time for the sake of Will’s visual artistic expression. He’s now completed over 250 pieces, each individually unique, and the reception remains the same: we’re always hoping there’s more where these came from.
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OLD AUSTIN MEETS NEW AS WE EXPLORE THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF TWO DIFFERENT HONKY TONKS+â€”+THE BROKEN SPOKE AND THE WHITE HORSE SALOON. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT CONANT
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THE BROKEN SPOKE THE WHITE HORSE
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THE BROKEN SPOKE THE WHITE HORSE
Musicians BY EMMA BANKS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEAH MUSE
IT’S NO SECRET THAT AUSTIN IS A TOWN HOME TO A WIDE VARIETY OF MUSICIANS: BOTH THOSE OF THE ICONIC VARIETY, AND THE ONES JUST BEGINNING TO ESTABLISH THEIR CREED. THE OBSERVATION DOESN’T STOP THERE, THOUGH — WE’LL GO FURTHER AND VENTURE TO SAY THAT IT’S THIS SPECIFIC DICHOTOMY THAT BIRTHS SO MUCH OF THE MUSICAL MAGIC WE KNOW AND LOVE. BELOW, FIVE MUSICIANS THAT HAVE RECENTLY PUT DOWN ROOTS AND, IF WE’RE LUCKY, DON’T PLAN ON LEAVING ANYTIME SOON.
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ROB BAIRD THE NO FRILLS COUNTRY CROONER Rob Baird is typically an artist who writes what he calls “records for the road” — layered, melodic albums that can carry a car ride from one coast to the other, if needed. Wrong Side of The River (out last May, to rave reviews) falls under that umbrella, and it’s a top-notch embodiment of what Baird stands for, but don’t expect that from his next project — this time, he’s stepping into unexplored, newly intimate territory, head first. In the words of the singer-songwriter himself, it’s terrifying, not because of what’s mentioned, but who’ll hear it — namely, strangers, most of whom he’ll never meet, that will hear heard his deepest secrets minus much of the context. But that’s what makes this no frills country singer such a great one: his willingness to lay it all out on the table, sans embellishment. “As a songwriter, I want to do my best to convey my life, my emotions, and what I’ve been through, and hope people can relate,” he says. “Songs that can withstand the test of time — that’s what I’m trying to do.” His fourth album is due out at the end of the year, and if it’s anything like the last three, we’re in for a treat. tribeza.com
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MADISON McWILLIAMS POP MUSIC’S LATEST DARLING At age 15, Madison McWilliams has already accomplished more than some twice her age: with two newly-released singles under her belt (that’s “We’ve Got Today” and “Fighter,” for the uninitiated), and a debut album set to drop this year, to call her an overachiever is a bit of an understatement (to say the least). “I’ve been singing since I came out of the womb,” she says. “It’s always been a part of me and a part of who I am. Ever since I was little, music has just been something that I wanted to pursue.” And that age? Don’t let it fool you — beneath her sweet smile and dreamy vocals is a young woman whose determination, resilience and, of course, talent, make one thing overtly certain: pop music’s latest indie darling isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, she’s just getting started. tribeza.com
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FIREWALKWITHME ONE ARTIST’S HOMAGE TO A BELOVED BAND Forget the Twin Peaks reference: FireWalkWithMe is actually a tribute to fellow Austin band, … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and two albums in particular that stood out to Fire founder Rich Mendez: Madonna (1999) and Source Tags & Codes (2002). With both acting as a combined starting point of inspiration, he set out to emulate the style, creating an album that is essentially his extension of the two. “I love the way those two albums were written, arranged and put together, so I sort of made it a personal goal of mine to write more of those types of songs,” he says. “Basically, I wrote more I would want to hear from those records.” Rich recruited two Trail of Dead members, Jason Reece and Kevin Allen (the latter of which left the band a few years ago) to play with him, while Trail of Dead lead singer Conrad Keely designed the album artwork and named the album itself: A Masked Gathering. First up: the FireWalkWithMe debut single, “A Tired God Looks On.” “It’s sort of a call to use your own mind, and not leave your morals in the hands of somebody or something that you’ve never met or don’t even really know exists,” Mendez says. “The whole album has to do with after-life and spirituality.” You can catch FireWalkWithMe at local shows, and, of course, SXSW.
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ROB LOWE AN INSTRUMENTALIST TAKES ON POP To say that Rob Lowe’s latest venture is a departure from his previous work is the most obvious of observations: a veteran instrumentalist by way of Balmorhea (a beloved Austin indie staple), his new project, RG Lowe, takes this musician down an entirely different path: pop. “It’s 180 degrees different,” he says. “Balmorhea is all instrumental, and a lot of it is very quiet and somber and direct. This new project was me basically teaching myself a new language and a new way of working on a new kind of music.” A melodic departure doesn’t mean, however, that Lowe is giving up his penchant for straightforward, sincere lyrics; even if they are carried by new, upbeat rhythms. “It’s pretty sad!” he says. “Sad is a kind of reductive way to talk about it, but the music is often times very fun and kind of propulsive and rhythmic because you know, they’re pop songs. So there’s a dichotomy that exists. It’s about an intense period of change in my own life and I think that’s a universal experience.” Look for the debut RG Lowe record, Slow Time, out this May, via Austin’s own Western Vinyl. tribeza.com
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BOYFRNDZ AN AFFINITY FOR IMPROV PROVES SOUND Boyfrndz leading man Scott Martin is crystal clear right out of the gate: there’s no real defined process as to how their songs come to fruition, and perhaps that’s the magic of them: raw, real and totally uncensored, they make for one hell of an album. That album was Impulse, out last May, and there’s another, equally improv-heavy one on the way (though it’s not in exactly the same tradition as the last). “It’s pretty early stages, but I’m liking the direction it’s going in,” he says. “It’s going to sound different from the last record for sure. It’s hard to describe ... but it’s different. There’s not really any sort of formula or rhyme or reason to how the songs get written; we’ve really always been based out of improvisation.” Boyfrndz has taken many directions over the years: math rock, prog-psych, and now, a darker, more brooding chill that’s in a category all its own. Stay tuned for their next album, out later this year, and catch them at SXSW for a few appearances, including at one of three Spoon residency shows at The March (formerly Emo’s).
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M O H A W AN AUSTIN RED RIVER STAPLE K CELEBRATES 10 YEARS (AND COUNTING) BY EMMA BANKS
PH A L LOTO P H OTO G R ASP H CO B YU R T E S Y O F T H E M O H AW K
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Houston architect Carlos Jimenez designed this ranch house with big windows that frame the grand landscape.
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will be the first one to tell you that the Mohawk’s success was unexpected, if not accidental. Born out of a love for city and culture, coupled with the penchant for risk-taking that often grabs us in moments of creative revelation, or panic (“I think I was having an early mid-life crisis!”), the Red River venue has spent the last 10 years quietly sprouting into the most prolific of Austin mainstays, playing host to both musical legends and local newcomers alike. It was Moody’s initial vision that prompted him to put down roots in Austin, and make something of his new home — with 15 cities already under his belt, and a 401K just begging to be cashed in, he pulled together some people, and, in his own words, rolled the dice. It was 2006. “Austin really caught me off guard, back then, in terms of how interesting it was,” he says. “I think I just decided that I wanted to do something more creative, more interesting, more local, more community driven. We definitely wanted to be different.” For Moody, it was all about bringing something new to the table — something that would complement the scene rather than simply introduce more competition. Think elevated service, an expanded bar and top-notch sound quality to give live shows that extra boast: it was all in the details. And the
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core of the experience? An “All Are Welcome” rallying cry that dictated everything from the event calendar to the first welcome you receive when you walk in the door (whether it’s your first time, or your 50th). “We definitely set the tone by our moniker, since the day we opened,” Moody says. “‘All Are Welcome’ was this idea that we didn’t want to be a part of a particular scene — where you had to think a certain way or dress a certain way to be a part of it — we just wanted everybody to be comfortable from all walks of life, because we knew we were going to book it that way, too. We went really deep and really wide, and worked around the idea of feeling comfortable no matter who you were, and the idea that genres were kind of disappearing.” Moody and his team tapped into a generation of Austinites that didn’t profess die-hard loyalty to any one class of music; their tastes were — and still are — eclectic (as is the city), and the Mohawk mirrors that trend with ease. But that’s not the only challenge Moody faced, and this one is much more arduous, practically speaking: money. From the get-go, one thing was clear: the collective of live music clubs around town had no voice in local and state government, and hardly any bandwidth to fight against the corporation interests that were quickly absorbing much of Austin’s real estate — and this meant financial pain, for the Mohawk and others like it. Their solution? The Red River Cultural District, which, by physically defining their scope as a quintessential piece of the larger Austin puzzle, enabled Moody and owners like him to stake their claim in Austin’s future (and present).
“This town is the live music capital of the world, and the reality of it is, we produce a lot of jobs, and have a huge economic impact on the city and tourism and hotels and restaurants,” he says. “Music is one of the main reasons you book your plane ticket to come to Austin, right? So we just wanted to create an organization to centralize that, talk about it, and make sure that the existing and new city government was aware, so that we could be protected.” Moody had one goal when the Mohawk opened, and it hasn’t changed much in the decade since: survive, and (hopefully) thrive. Eleven years later, the sentiment remains largely the same, and the venue? As welcoming — and eclectic — as ever. “We just want to get better. Our goals were so simple — just survival — it would be nice to turn survival into sustainability,” he says. “And if you can be sustainable by having a more eclectic calendar offering, and having a mix of uses and more open hours, there’s more economic viability. Ideally, if Mohawk stayed for another 10, and just became a known staple, that would be nice.” If the Mohawk serves as an example for any one adage, it’s that humility begets success. Here’s to another 10.
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Life + STYLE H O W W E L I V E R I G H T N OW Donâ€™t miss the annual Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic in Palm Park, one of our favorite events of the season. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE WALLER CREEK CONSERVANCY
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each spring to raise funds and awareness, but there’s no confusing it with a black-tie gala. It just feels like Austin being Austin, the kind
Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic
of coming together that, when the project is
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completed, will be possible on Waller Creek every night of year.” The dynamic co-chair team of Lauren Smith Ford (Texas Monthly), Elaine Garza (Principal, Giant Noise), Caroline Haley
ABOUT THE ARTIST Each year, the Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic features the work of a different artist who creates a distinct and styl-
(Bunker Lee), Lauren Moorman (Central Austin
ish look and feel for the picnic (think
Management Group) and Courtney Trucksess
your new favorite canvas bag). Avalon
(C3) are back to help produce the event along
McKenzie Haltom, a global senior
with honorary co-chairs who helped start
designer at Whole Foods Market who
the picnic, Julie Blakeslee and John Spong. Moorman says: “The picnic is casual and festive, and it celebrates the bright future of Waller
Creek. Over twenty of Austin’s best restaurants
to Palm Park to gather for Waller Creek Pop-Up
The Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic is free and
Picnic, the ultimate community gathering that
open to everyone. Picnic baskets are on sale now
has become one of the best annual events of the
at WallerCreekPicnic.org. All proceeds from
year. The come one, come all vibe of the picnic
the event benefit the Waller Creek Conservancy
invites everyone to experience the Waller Creek
and a new Waller Creek Park for Austin.
Project as blankets are spread throughout the
previously worked for Free People at the Urban Outfitters corporate offices, created this year’s whimsical and French-inspired look. “When I thought about picnics and dining al fresco, my
ust as they have for the last five years, over
feed a thousand friends and neighbors for the
mind went to Paris. I love the effortless
a thousand people from every part of the
unique experience of picnicking under the stars.
feel of so much French artwork and
city will travel by car, bus, bike or on foot
And, there’s no wait for Franklin Barbecue!”
that served as inspiration for an illustrated approach,” she says. View more of McKenzie’s design, illustration and hand lettering at avalonmckenzie.com.
park for music, delicious food and drinks. Picnic baskets are thoughtfully prepared by top chefs from favorite Austin restaurants like Franklin BBQ, Jeffrey’s, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Home Slice, Elizabeth Street Café, Sway, Uchi and many more. Dana Efthim with the Waller Creek Conservancy says: “We throw the picnic
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Co-chairs of this year’s fifth annual Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic: Elaine Garza, Caroline Haley, Lauren Smith Ford, Courtney Trucksess, and Lauren Moorman.
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Geraldine’s I N A DA Z Z L I NG SP OT H IG H A B OV E R A I N E Y S T R E E T, A V E T E R A N CH E F DE L I V E R S A S M UCH S U B S TA NCE A S S T Y L E
by Karen Spezia Photography by Reagen Taylor
arch in Austin means good times. You’re either skipping town for spring break (see ya in Colorado) or flying in for SXSW (welcome, pardner). But if you’re not in either camp and feeling
left out of the fun, head to Geraldine’s, a buzzing new restaurant and bar that’s like a vacation in your own backyard. This stylish adult playground offers delicious dining, cocktails with city views, nightly live music and poolside entertainment — all under one roof. Located in the chic new Hotel Van Zandt on Rainey Street … wait, did I just lose you? Fear not, Geraldine’s literally rises above the Rainey Street chaos with its discreet fourth floor location that hovers above the pulsing scene instead of wallowing in it. Better yet, there’s valet parking. But don’t let Geraldine’s sizzle and sex appeal fool you: this place is legit. With Austin’s slew of new restaurants that value style over substance (you know who you are), Geraldine’s resoundingly delivers on both. Texasnative and Executive Chef Stephen Bonin honed his chops at Austin standouts like Odd Duck, Epicerie and The Driskill, and now delights Geraldine’s diners with a menu chock-full of tasty dishes. We started with crunchy Cornmeal Fried Oyster Mushrooms, a sophisticated riff on the standard pub fare. Next came a lovely salad composed of beets — roasted and pickled — atop creamy deviled egg mousse and scattered with crispy rye crumbles. Smoked carrots got star treatment with a toothsome mole and puffed amaranth. Crispy pork ribs were worth the mess, lacquered with a sweet-and-spicy Asian glaze. Silky Wagyu steak was
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Stunning surroundings play host to outstanding dishes as well as imaginative craft cocktails.
enhanced with a subtle coffee rub that added just the right amount of flavor and depth. Fresh gulf coast cobia was dusted in blackening spices and garnished with tomatillo relish. And in a meal of outstanding dishes, the barbecued short ribs won first prize: meltingly tender yet still retaining the coveted ‘burnt’ ends, and served with a refreshing, fat-cutting garnish of shaved cucumber, pickled carrots and fresh herbs. Although you will have cleaned your plates, make room for Geraldine’s mouthwatering desserts, like the sweet-and-sour passion fruit tart or one of the rotating selections of creamy, complex homemade ice creams. Geraldine’s is as much a bar as it is a restaurant, so don’t forget beverages. In a city full of craft cocktails, Geraldine’s stand out with unique and intricate flavor profiles, like the smooth-and-spicy Mission Style Martini and the smoky, rum-based Far From the Tree. The beer and wine list is full of treasures and our knowledgeable server helped perfectly pair our dishes with glasses of Italian Barbera and an Australian Bordeaux blend. After filling up on tasty food and drink, sit back and enjoy the live music showcased nightly on the dining room stage or work off you meal on its intimate dance floor. Music starts later in the evening so rather than compete with your dining experience, it enhances it — enticing diners to linger with a nightcap from its impressive selection of
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Mouthwatering desserts abound, like the sweet-andsour passion fruit tart to creamy, complex homemade ice creams.
80 different American whiskeys. On Sundays, Geraldine’s hosts a jazz brunch and, in warmer months, a dance party on the adjacent pool deck with live DJs spinning the latest tracks. There’s a lot going on at Geraldine’s — and it’s all good.
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Home Cooking FOR T WO HOSPI TA L I T Y I N DUS T RY S U PE R S TA R S , I T ’ S COZ Y N IG H T S I N T H AT M AT T E R MOS T.
by Emily Waldmann Photograph by Casey Chapman Ross
ene and I met through producing a wedding at Hotel Saint Cecilia back in 2013, but two years of missed connections passed before happenstance brought us together (for the record, I asked him out first). Plenty of miscommunications and misread text messages gave way to plenty more dinners and drinks at fancy restaurants, but the night Rene first invited me over for paella goes down as my favorite from those early months and the turning point in our relationship. When two people who both work in the hospitality industry start dating, an evening dinner at home together is a rare and sacred night filled with spontaneity and laughter and, most importantly, an element of vulnerability. A dinner at home becomes what a dinner out is to the rest of the world. One of the first things Rene told me when we got together was that as a chef, no one ever cooks for him since it is too intimidating. Always up for a challenge, I have made it my mission to change that. I’ve found great joy in pretending to take the lead in the kitchen despite my significantly inferior skills. Rene plays along as sous chef to my dorm room level cooking skills — for
which I am always grateful — convincing me I have a great palate and then taking the lead in the home stretch to make it taste the way I imagined it would in my mind. Both our jobs are spent putting together unforgettable experiences for the rest of the world to enjoy, so a home cooked meal created together is a special kind of self-care and time to connect. When in the kitchen together, the most pleasure comes from the process, whether it’s as simple as a salad or a stir fry, or Rene teaching me and his children to make dumplings or spring rolls (now a family night favorite). Time moves slowly and is generally filled with laughter. Most meals end up consumed around the kitchen island rather than a perfectly designed florally candle-lit tablescape. Connecting in the kitchen to create something together is always worth coming home to, and we will always say cheers to that. Rene Ortiz is the Executive Chef and Partner in The Century Club, the restaurant group that owns Launderette, Mr MC's and Fresa's Chicken. Emily Waldmann is the General Manger of Fair Market, an East Austin event space managed by Bunkhouse.
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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
24 DINER 600 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 472 5400 Chef Andrew Curren’s casual eatery promises delicious
A great place to stop before or after a night on the town, this
FONDA SAN MIGUEL
plates 24/7 and a menu featuring nostalgic diner favor-
2330 W. North Loop Blvd. | (512) 459 4121 | fondasanmiguel.com
ites. Order up the classics, including roasted chicken,
TAKE FLIGHT! Tequila drinkers will sip and savor with delight in the flights from Uno-DosTres Tequila, La Alteña Distillery, and T1. By the glass, traditional artisan tequilas such as Fortaleza Blanco and Siete Leguas Reposado, and some special Mezcals from Alipús, Vago or El Jolgorio are sure to excite your palette!
burgers, all-day breakfast and decadent milkshakes.
ASTI TRATTORIA 408 E. 43rd St. | (512) 451 1218 The chic little Hyde Park trattoria offers essential Italian 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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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.
BRIBERY BAKERY 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy. #109 | (512) 531 9832 1900 Simond Ave. #300 | (512) 297 2720 Pastry Chef Jodi Elliott puts a fun spin on classic confections. The Mueller location is a Candy Land-esque space 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.
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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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Feast Day at the Hotel St. Cecilia
in every sense of the word, while Lambert held court at an exquisitely decorated table with florals by Antonio Bond of Transplant Floral Design. After dinner, an impressive lineup of Lambert's musician friends gathered around an upright piano, others with guitars in hand
(like Dan Dyer who is pictured) for a few songs.
night, hotelier Liz Lambert plays host for the
especially around the fire pit. If you have a
ultimate dinner party in the hotel's courtyard.
chance to experience this unforgettable event,
At the most recent dinner in November, chef
seize it! Learn more about the hotel and their
Rene Ortiz prepared an elaborate, well, feast
events at hotelstcecilia.com.
Terry Allen, Shawn Colvin, Bruce and Kelly
of the year happens under the stars
Robison were a few of this year's highlights.
at the Hotel St. Cecilia where, for one
The evening continued until well into the night,
P H OTO G R A P H B Y DA N I E L C AVA ZO S
ne of the most magical music events
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