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WILL JOHNSON

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LOVE AT FIRST SOUND At home with Will Johnson and family

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE A photo essay at the Broken Spoke and the White Horse Saloon.

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MUSICIANS TO WATCH Meet the up and comers to listen to now

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THE MOHAWK A look back at the journey of an icon

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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.

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In My HEAD by Kristin Armstrong Illustration by Heather Sundquist

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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

UNTIL RECENTLY.

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.”

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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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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,

OWN Network.

2016’s Mark Wahlberg feature “Patriot’s Day.”

and is expected in 2018. tribeza.com

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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

The PRODUCER

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,

A

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

industry?

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

two roles?

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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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.

WORLD MUSIC

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“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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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carpet arrivals by honorees, presenters and other special guests. This year’s honorees

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P H OTO G R A P H B Y

Will and Jessie’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.

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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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THE BROKEN SPOKE THE WHITE HORSE


Musicians BY EMMA BANKS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEAH MUSE

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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

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JAMES MOODY

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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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

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(C3) are back to help produce the event along

McKenzie Haltom, a global senior

with honorary co-chairs who helped start

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the picnic, Julie Blakeslee and John Spong. Moorman says: “The picnic is casual and festive, and it celebrates the bright future of Waller

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Picnic, the ultimate community gathering that

open to everyone. Picnic baskets are on sale now

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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

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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

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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

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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-

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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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Between their full dinner menu, impressive raw bar and craft

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cocktail offerings, Central Standard at the South Congress

French cuisine just a few yards away from bustling 6th

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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

LAS PALOMAS

Chef Andrew Wiseheart serves ranch-to-table cuisine and an elegant take on bar fare at this east side gem. Take your

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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.

MANUEL'S

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

CANTEEN

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

DRINK.WELL.

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!

FREEDMEN’S

topped with chopped clams and Pecorino Romano.

EASY TIGER

2402 San Gabriel St. | (512) 220 0953

HOPFIELDS

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.

GERALDINE’S

ITALIC

EL ALMA

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

JEFFREY’S

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.

JOSEPHINE HOUSE

fort and vibrancy to this South Austin neighborhood favorite.

HILLSIDE FARMACY

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,

EPICERIE

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.

LA BARBECUE

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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L’ESTELLE HOUSE

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,

L’OCA D’ORO

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

SALTY SOW

UCHIKO

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

night noshing.

should visit at least once. Try the bacon tataki!

Chef Shane Stark brings a casual Texas Gulf Coast sensibility

SNOOZE

VINAIGRETTE

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

SWIFT’S ATTIC

WINEBELLY

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

OLAMAIE

historic downtown building.

Enthusiast, Winebelly boasts an international wine list

1610 San Antonio St. | (512) 474 2796

TAKOBA

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

WU CHOW

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

PIEOUS

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 4 ‌4

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

O

(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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The Music + Film Issue No.187

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