November Nightlife Issue 2014

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on the cover: b r e n n e n l e i g h a n d n o e l m c k ay, p h oto g r a p h y b y dagny piasecki; st yling by james boone.


Art + Tequila 60

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Profile in Style


Column: Kristin Armstrong


Behind the Scenes


Grape Expectations 68



Inspiration Board




The Ice House Cometh 76 I'm with the Band 82 The Happiest Hours 88



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Style Pick Last Look


Arts & Entertainment Calendar


Arts Pick



Column: The Nightstand

Without Reservations


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: I'm with the Band photo by jessica pages; cocktail photo by annie ray; william chris vineyard photo by kate lesueur; james white photo by leah overstreet; brennen leigh and noel mckay photo by dagny piasecki; sawyer & co. photo by daniel brock.


Editor’s Letter


The talented Sara Domi

obert Earl Keen was being ironic when

of Propaganda Hair

he wrote, “The road goes on forever and

Group styled Brennen

the party never ends.” But venture out on

Leigh's hair and make

any night in Austin and you’ll find the

up for our "Two for the Road" shoot.

sentiment to be a pretty accurate take on our nightlife. From hipster bars to beer

gardens, Austin is nationally known as a place to party. Our notorious strip on 6th Street hardly encompasses the diverse and varied ways that we gather with friends and family to celebrate an evening. “Nightlife” is different The ongoing craft cocktail trend (think boutique spirits, exotic tinctures, small-batch bitters) shows no sign of slowing. But a thoughtfully prepared elixir doesn’t need to be served with pretension. In “The Ice House Cometh” (page 76), writer Neal Pollack checks out the Half Step, a casual new spot on Rainey Street that serves excellent drinks with a chaser of entertainment: their

Brennen and Noel share a sweet moment together in between shots.

ice program involves live-action chain-saw carving out back. Yes, we love our jeans and flip-flops, but stepping out is a good excuse to step it up, style wise. In “Two for the Road” (page 50), we travel to Taylor, Texas, for a fashion spread inspired by throwback Hollywood glamour. Our models, Austin singers/songwriters Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh, evoke a sultry Bonnie-and-Clyde allure in a mix of vintage and high-end pieces. (Note: These two don’t really rob banks— they play guitar and sing beautifully; go see them at The White Horse or one of their other favorite venues.) Now that temperatures have descended into gorgeous autumn evenings, there are few things more appealing than an alfresco dinner— especially if it’s in a Hill Country vineyard. In the tiny town of Hye, just outside of Austin, the owners of William Chris Vineyards love sharing their award winning wine over a meal as much as they enjoy making it. In “Grape Expectations” (page 68), Jessica Dupuy invites us to their table. I jump at any chance to head to San Antonio for margaritas, great restaurants, and the endless inspiration of their art scene. No chef epitomizes the city’s current momentum more than Johnny Hernandez. He’s also one of the most knowledgeable and passionate tequila enthusiasts I know. So we tapped the chef to be our guide for an “Art + Tequila” (page 60), romp through the coolest neighborhoods. Austin is all about change, but happily a few old-school watering holes remain. I was thrilled when acclaimed singer/songwriter Bruce Robison agreed to interview James White, the legendary owner of the Broken Spoke, for this month’s Exposed column (page 36). Hearing White on the mic while couples of all ages twirl on the Spoke’s boot-scuffed dance floor is an essential experience for any Austinite. No excuses if you don’t dance, either—they offer two-step lessons every week. Now that I’m a parent, I roll with a different kind of nightlife. Evenings start and end at an earlier hour for sure (but that doesn’t make them any less fun). That’s why I’ll be using Tobin Levy’s guide, “The Happiest Hours” (page 88), for a reminder that some of our best restaurants offer amazing specials for those ready to partake of an early nip. And really, why wait? Cheers to a great evening out in Austin!

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Paula disbrowe photo by wynn myers; hair + makeup by franchska bryant. Brennen and noel photos by dagny piasecki.

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Bruce Robison m u s i c i a n & w r i t er

Exposed with James White The list of Bruce Robison’s song writing credits is as long as he is tall. On that list, among many award winning tunes, you’ll find some of country music’s biggest hits. “Travelin' Soldier," (recorded in 2003 by the Dixie Chicks) reached No. 1 on the Country charts as did "Angry all the Time" (recorded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2001) and "Wrapped" (recorded in 2006 by George Strait). He lives in Austin with his wife, singer/songwriter Kelly Willis, and their four children. He has a passion for the musical history of his hometown and when he’s not touring, writing or being a family man, he is working diligently at preserving and sharing that history. For this issue, he interviewed James White over a card game at the Broken Spoke. “James reminds me of the folks I grew up with in Bandera, interesting and funny. And unassuming, even in a sequined western shirt.”

hayden spe ar s p h oto g r pa h er

The Happiest Hours Originally from Lubbock, Hayden Spears studied photography in Santa Barbara, California. After school he spent time working in Dallas and then moved to Austin in the fall of 2010. Spear's free time is spent drinking coffee and taking his dog Murray (named after Bill Murray) on walks, exploring the outdoors in and around Austin.


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The Ice House Cometh Neal Pollack is the author of eight semi-bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. His new novel, a time-traveling romantic comedy called Repeat, will be published by Lake Union Books in March 2015. He's lived in Austin on and off since 2002, which makes him practically a barnacle at this point. "It was lots of fun hanging out at the Half Step. The place reminds me of the kinds of bars I used to frequent in Chicago, when I was a newspaper reporter and spent a lot of time in bars."

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Social Hour Dancing with the Stars Austin VIP Launch Party

The Dancing with the Stars Austin charity gala returns this winter to raise funds in support of the Center for Child Protection. At a private VIP event, 11 Austin celebrity participants for this year’s show were revealed. The stars will pair with professional ballroom dancers and show off their moves onstage December 7 at the Hilton Austin.












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Rainforest Partnership hosted its sixth annual Celebration Dinner at the Commodore Perry Estate. Inspired by the rainforest, guests enjoyed a memorable dinner, local spirits, and live entertainment. The proceeds from the evening benefited rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador.

Ballet Austin fête*ish

Ballet Austin toasted the opening of its performance season at the W Austin Hotel with the annual Fête and fête*ish, dual event. The inspiration for this year’s celebration was provided by the upcoming 3M-commissioned production Belle Redux/A Tale of Beauty & The Beast, premiering in February 2015. Guests were treated to live entertainment by Liz Morphis and The Matt Wilson Band.


DWTS: 1. Zoe Patterson & Cassie LaMere 2. Cassie Bale & Paula Burns 3. Mark Halsell & Jason Duggan 4. Cord & Anne Shiflet Rainforest: 5. Catalina Montemayor & Gabriela Diez 6. Loren Goldberg & Anna Crelia 7. Halvin Chen & Mark Cravotta 8. Lee Thomas & Lynn Gurney Ballet: 9. Karen & Will Steakley 10. Jennifer & Gordon Scott 11. Oren Porterfield & Jordan Moser 12. Jackie Fisher & Grover Smith


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One of Style Week's icons, Ben Edgerton and his wife, Ann Lowe. Edgerton will be opening his much anticipated restaurant, Gardner, this fall.




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TRIBEZA Style Week: Kick Off Party


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TRIBEZA celebrated the start of the 11th annual Style Week presented by Lexus with a kick-off party at the iconic Roadhouse Relics neon studio. Guests nibbled on bites from Chi’Lantro and East Side King, enjoyed cocktails from Mount Gay Rum, The Botanist Gin, Cointreau, beers from Crown Imports, and sipped wine from The Austin Winery. DJ uLovei provided an upbeat ambient soundtrack for the stylish affair and one lucky guest won a beautiful necklace provided by Kendra Scott Jewelry. Other sponsors who provided support for Style Week included Fever-Tree, Intelligent Lighting Design, KXAN, The CW Austin, Topo Chico, and Austin Cocktails.

1. Alysha & Matt Rainwaters, Cambria Harkey 2. Melynn Calais & Roy Martinez 3. Veronica Koltuniak & Gail Chovan 4. Sam Burch & Austen Miller 5. Chris & Wendy Bykowski 6. Zoe Patterson & Danielle Kress 7. Katie Krause, Justin Boyd & Lex Zwarun 8. Kelly Schneider & Amber Davis 9. Sarah Ryan, Alexis Aguirre & Shae Longoria


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7 Revival Cycles showed off their impressive collection of custom motorcycles, while Traveller Denim Co. and HELM Boots displayed their unique handmade goods.

TRIBEZA Style Week: Smoked Meat & Metal This annual event that celebrates the edgy side of style was co-hosted by Revival Cylces, HELM Boots and Traveller Denim Co. Guests enjoyed food by Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, ALC Steaks, Easy Tiger and Burro Cheese Kitchen. Musical guest Immortal Guardian performed live, while skaters and BMX bikers demonstrated their skills on a half pipe constructed especially for the event by Project LOOP. Refreshments included Austin Cocktails, Modelo Especial USA, Pacifico, Mount Gay Rum and Topo Chico. Pop-up shops were



represented by Fort Lonesome, Beardbrand and Dandy’s.

1. Bethany McCullough & Aaron Ross 2. Joseph Theis & Jai Leverton 3. Gabriel Guardian & Erik Untersee 4. Half pipe constructed by Project LOOP 5. Barrett Dudley & Laura McGarity 6. Killy Scheer & Angela Reed 7. Lauren Serota & John Watson 8. Cameron Smith & Ella Adams 9. Marlene Goodfleisch, Madison Enloe & Alex Giffen 10. Erik Bykowski & Jayme Smith


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A few lucky winners went home with a bag full of fresh local produce provided by Lexus of Austin.


Gin and tonics flowed freely thanks to The Botantist Gin. Fresh fruit and herb garnishes were provided by Whole Foods Market.

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TRIBEZA Style Week: Southern Brunch





Launderette chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki prepared an authentic Southern brunch menu at Rain Lily Farm that was sponsored by The Catherine Leasable Luxury Apartments and benefited Urban Roots. Guests browsed pop-up shops by Red Rover Alley, The Hip Humanitarian, Raven + Lily, Blanton Museum of Art and Criquet Shirts while listening to live bluegrass music by Wood & Wire. Elegantly decorated tables were by Bricolage Curated Florals and Red Rover Alley. Beverages included Austin Cocktails, Corona Light, Pacifico, The Botanist Gin and Topo Chico.

1. Kristen & John Crowell 2. Justin & Athena Boyd 3. Ali Janicek & Ana Pierpont 4. Emily Keating & Kylee Pendery 5. Bricolage Curated Florals 6. Melynn Calais, Roy Martinez & Tori Guzman 7. Peter Jansen & Shandi Nichelle 8. Laura Sawicki, Rene Ortiz & Annaka Chesnutt 9. Hayley Swindell & Amy Hackerd


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Paul Qui and Deana Saukam, one of our Style Week icons, graced the front row of this year's fashion show.


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The Nightowls performing live at the show. MF Architecture, along with the University Co-op Materials Lab designed and constructed this year's runway backdrop, inspired by our natural Texas landscape.


VIP Lounges sponsored by The Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. and Turnquist Partners Realtors, provided a cozy hangout and prosecco for their guests.

1. Kelly Gasink, Morgan Burnham & Carrie Hicks 2. Nicole Lopez & Emily Keating 3. Ricky Hodge, Michelle Vance & Mel Martel 4. Kirsten Dickerson, Elizabeth Gibson & Henley Sims 5. Lauren Kirby & Dagny Piasecki 6. Camille Styles & Anne Campbell 7. Jordan Koncak & Ellen Fuerst 8. Kristyn Kennedy & Alex Earle 9. Ross McLauchlan, The Austin Winery


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Beverage sponsors like Topo Chico, Crown Imports, Cointreau, Remy, The Austin Winery and Austin Cocktails kept the bars generously stocked all night.





TRIBEZA Style Week: Fashion Show



Hundreds of stylish Austinites flocked to Fair Market for the 11th Annual TRIBEZA Fashion Show presented by Lexus of Austin. This year’s Matt Fajkus Architecture designed runway featured a collection of fashions sourced from Austin-area boutiques including The Garden Room, HELM Boots, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Co-Star and Archive Vintage. Live music from The Nightowls soul band accompanied the show that was curated by Sara Oswalt and themed Austin’s Easy Style. Hair and makeup was styled by Propaganda Hair Group and High Beam Events provided event production. Guests enjoyed delectable food by Winebelly, Fork & Vine, Chinatown, Barlata and Delish and sipped blended wine by The Austin Winery and libations by Austin Cocktails, Corona Light, Pacifico, Modelo, Victoria, Cointreau Rickey's and Topo Chico. Furniture was provided by LOOT Vintage Rentals and Casablanca Living and VIP Lounges were sponsored by Turnquist Partners Realtors and The Law Office of Janet McCullar P.C. The night of fashion, food and fun benefited Dress for Success.

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The Ghost of Mary, Gabrielle's signature cocktail, kicked off the gorgeous evening.

Gabrielle Hamilton, author of the forthcoming cookbook, Prune, shared some of her favorite recipes at our stylish dinner on the rooftop of The Contemporary Austin Jones Center.

TRIBEZA Style Week: Blooms + Butter Renowned New York City chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton prepared a special dinner highlighting recipes from her upcoming cookbook, Prune for guests on the openair rooftop of The Contemporary Austin Jones Center. The meal was prepared by the staff of Jeffrey’s and served on tables decorated by David Kurio Designs. Beverages were provided by Modelo Especial USA, Pacifico, Cointreau and The Botanist Gin. The event was sponsored by SWBC Mortgage and benefited Creative Action.




1. Rebecca & Nicco Azari 2. Jeff Williams & Meg Sack 3. Brooke Hardie & Corey Breed 4. Matt Randall & Amanda Huras 5. Lana & Steve Carlson 6. Casey Miera & Veronica Ruckh 7. Eric Copper & Clay Smith


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TRIBEZA October Issue Release Party

TRIBEZA celebrated the release of the October Architecture issue at Nest Modern. Austin Cocktails and Shiner Bock provided libations, and Fork & Vine served up tasty hors d’oeuvres. The party was sponsored by Bowie Luxury Rental Residences and featured live music by local musician Kevin Ahart.












Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck at Trace Patio

The luxury champagne truck known for its cross country trips made a stop in Austin for a special happy hour on the Trace patio at the W Hotel. Guests enjoyed trying Veuve Clicqout Yellow Label by the glass while dancing to tunes by a live DJ.

Mercedes-Benz Launch Party

Mercedes-Benz of Austin unveiled the new 2015 C-Class and GLA-Class at a cocktail event located at the newly remodeled facility. 34th Street Café provided hors d’oeuvres, while guests enjoyed live music, refreshing cocktails, and a first look at the highly anticipated cars.


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Nightlife, Redefined BY K R I STI N ARMSTRONG I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll ag h er Nightlife used to mean get ting dressed up and hitting the town with my friends, or maybe a cute date. We would start with drinks someplace fun, then dinner, then a bar or some live music. Maybe even a stop for breakfast on the way home, if the night was particularly good. For years I was tethered to small children, so nightlife was rare and required a babysitter. I was never out late enough to stop for breakfast. Now, just as my children are old enough to stay home alone and mind themselves, you would think I could rekindle a little nightlife of my own. Think again. Let me tell you what nightlife looks like when you have a houseful of teenagers, in case you don’t know yet, or in case you’ve forgotten, or in case you are in the thick of it too—because we all need to laugh (or else we will cry). Friday afternoon starts things off with a herd of oversized boys after school, restless and loud and raiding the pantry and refrigerator until wrappers, empty boxes, and soda cans litter the shoreline of my kitchen island. Backpacks, shoes, and smelly, wadded-up practice clothes line the back hallway. My daughters and their friends enter, eating the sparse remains of the first pantry attack and leaving a trail of smaller shoes and brightly colored backpacks. Phones are charging in every available outlet like parasites on wormlike white cords. A dip in the pool yields a slippery kitchen floor, and my voice, “Hey, can y’all dry off before you come inside, please?” is lost in the bass thumping from Luke’s Beats Pill speakers, resembling a giant red suppository. “What?” they say, as they leak rivers across the floor, dropping a heap of soggy towels at the base of the stairs. I can hear Xbox games and screaming—the boys are sitting together in Luke’s room, but they’re staring at the screen, clicking controllers, or thumbing at their phones. The temporary sating from the first feed wears off soon, and knowing this moment is upon us, I decide between nutritional choices like Chickfil-A nugget platters, bags of P. Terry’s burgers and fries, Rudy’s BBQ, or boxes of pizza. I used to cook for them, but that got so thankless and messy that I gave it up for Lent a few years back. I got smarter (and cheaper) this summer, stocking the refrigerator with hamburger meat, brats, and buns and telling the boys to man up and work the grill. I bought the grill as a Mother’s Day present to myself last May, picturing relaxing family dinners and evenings grilling salmon and sipping cold Sauvignon Blanc by

the pool. Alas, the grill lets me hide in the AC in my room, sipping wine and reading under my ceiling fan, so it is still the gift that keeps on giving. “So, uh, Mom, can we have a few people over?” asks Luke in this low man voice, which still startles me at times. I used to naively think this meant a couple of friends. Until last year when my pool was filled with 50 kids (girls and boys) after a Friday night football game, looking like the caddy pool party from Caddyshack—complete with chicken fighting and diving off the waterfall. I nearly had a heart attack. So now I ask more questions. It doesn’t always help. I am still surprised by parents who drop kids off at my house, don’t come in to meet me, say hello, or ascertain that I am indeed home (it could be a Dad weekend for all they know) or of sound mind to chaperone, and don’t respect my mommy mandate, which boldly states: Come Get Your Spawn by 10:30 So I Can Sleep. Because I cannot just go watch a movie, read a book, drink too much wine, chat on the phone, take a long bath, or go to sleep. I have to spy on these slippery people, under the guise of perky chocolate chip cookie delivery gal, “Fresh from the oven!” or diligent hydration monitor, “Want some more Gatorade?” or friendly hotel maid, “Here are some dry towels.” I have to make sure that there are no beer bottles clanking on the bottom of the hot tub (this hasn’t happened—yet—but I flash back to my own teenage hot tub and warm bottles of peppermint schnapps held under bubbling water whenever my mom came out to offer cookies), or that no couples are hiding in the shadows by the guest room or garage, or that the people confirmed to be spending the night at my house are indeed still at my house. When they cover the sofa and the floor in the family room to watch movies, I make periodic haunting appearances in the kitchen, rattling my chains like the Ghost of Virginity Past, getting a snack, more ice water, or brewing some tea (which is total bullshit because even Luke knows I hate tea.) This is my nightlife now. The girl who liked to stay out late now just wants to go to bed. The girl who loved the music now wants them to please turn it down. The girl who loved her cocktails and kisses is now the booze and make-out police. The girl who stopped for late-night breakfast is now up early flipping pancakes and crackling bacon for beloved bedhead boys and girls. I would not change a thing. My nightlife used to be all about the night. Now, it’s all about life.

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James White ow n er o f t h e b ro k en s p o k e


y wife joined an Internet group called “When Austin Didn’t Suck.” A mild joke—we love this town, but of late the pace of change has been jarring. Thankfully, there are a few places left that are stubbornly old school. At the top of that list is the Broken Spoke (; this month it cel-


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ebrates 50 years of keeping it country in South Austin. Rarely in all those years would you have walked under the big oak tree, thrown open the doors on that rustic red dance hall, and not found owner James White, his wife, Annetta, and assorted family members there to greet you—smiling and dressed to the nines. If you’re looking for the Texas trilogy of chicken-fried steak, cold beer, and good country music to dance to, the place to be is the Broken Spoke. I have played the Spoke many times over the past 20 years. It’s a cultural touchstone for me. I started going to German beer halls across the Hill Country with my grandparents shortly after I moved to Bandera from Houston at the age of four. I started playing dance halls with the first band I formed, in seventh grade, and cut my teeth in the business of keeping that circle going around on the dance floor, pacing the night, and playing old favorites. I still find it a lot of fun, though I have to rest up to sing the 50-plus songs you’re gonna need after 9 p.m. Most of the old dance halls are gone, but once there were lots of them. It was a circuit that all the big bands traveled when country music was for jukeboxes, a.m. radios, and good country folk who would dress up and head into town on Friday and/or Saturday night for some well-deserved R&R after a hard week of work. If you listen to older country music on up till about the 80s, the songs sound like they’re being sung in a beer joint, as opposed to now, when current country radio sounds more at home in a large arena or wherever the hell DJs work. That old-style music is alive and well at the Spoke, where they are famous for “not changing nothing,” even though every bit of South Lamar has changed around them. Also, nowhere is that “Live Music Capital” thing more apt than with Dale Watson, the Derailers, and Alvin Crow filling up a long night of great country dance music with mostly original tunes (where else you gonna find that?). Buddy of mine was in the Spoke one night, and Jenny White (one of James and Annetta’s daughters) cut him off at the bar. He told me he went into an indignant rant, informing her of the hundreds of times he had been in the Spoke and how he was never coming back. Jenny looked at him deadpan and said, “You’ll be back.” He slunk away sheepishly to sleep it off, and he did indeed go back. Had to—it’s the Spoke. b ruce rob i so n p h oto g r a p h y by l e a h ov er s t r ee t


13 Questions for james Let’s start with the deep stuff: You play a lot of poker—what’s the most you’ve ever won? $4,400 couple times, over $2,000 several times. It’s just fun. I wish I was out in Vegas right now. Who built the Spoke? I started working on the Broken Spoke the day I got out of the Army. I tell people that every drunk in the construction business in Austin has worked on the Spoke. What gave you the idea? I was a short-timer in the service, stationed in Okinawa, and I was craving country music. I wore out a couple tunes on the jukebox over there, one of ’em was a George Jones, another was a Hank Locklin number I used to play in an old, dirt-floor sake house in a little town called Yomitan. When I was a kid, my parents would take me to the dance halls. So I had a dream back in 1964, underneath that big old oak tree on South Lamar. I looked over the vast Texas land, and there wasn’t another building in sight. I visualized a place like no other, and when I got it built I named it the Broken Spoke. I was 25, and now I’m 75. We are the oldest business on South Lamar. The Spoke has been so consistent. Ever thought of changing anything? I had to open sooner than I wanted to ’cause I run outta money, and I could only afford to open the front bar. I bought five cases of beer and I sold that, then I bought ten cases of beer and I sold that, that’s how I got my start. But I had good credit, a strong back, and I was wil-

lin’ to work, and sixteen hours a day and seven days a week. The following year I opened the dance hall. Then in ’66 I opened up the wings on either side of the dance hall. You didn’t have much experience. What was the smartest thing you did early on? We hired good people. I think you treat people well, make ’em feel welcome, and give them a fair price whatever you’re selling. The country music business has changed—the guys on the radio used to play in the Spoke. Well, we get ’em on the way up, and on the way down. Some guys like Willie just go up, and up, and up. And Willie will still come by, just because that’s the kind of guy he is. I booked Bob Wills in ’66, ’67, and ’68, and if he was alive today he’d prob ’ly get $100,000, but back in them days, believe it or not, it was $400. Your daughter Terry’s dance lessons are very popular. Everyone should know how to two-step, right? She does a great job. There are folks who might have been sittin’ on the sidelines, and in an hour she will have ’em on the dance floor, and then they can stay for the band afterward. For eight bucks she’ll have you dancing—that’s a hell of a lot better than Arthur Murray’s. Terry has taught all kinds of people to dance. She taught Robert Plant how to two-step. And Lois Lane . . . what’s her name? Teri? Terry Hatcher? She learned how to dance here. I let her roll the wheel one time, she got to drinkin’ and she almost dropped it. CNN called the other day, and they wanted to bring Mario Andretti by. We were gonna teach him to dance, he did some interviews, but his lady friend was from

James White

Holland. I think she was more into opera or something. What’s your favorite song to dance to? I like to waltz. “Jole Blon” is probably one of the best to dance to. In Bandera they were always sprinkling something out on the dance floor—cornmeal, or sawdust, or asbestos or something. Do you do that? Dance wax. It’s pretty expensive too. My wife fusses at my daughter at the dance lessons, “You’re using too much dance wax!” It’s the same stuff we put on the shuffleboard to make the puck go faster. How high is the stage ceiling? 6’4” Would you change that if you could do it all over again? (I am 6’7”) You know, sometimes you gotta give ’em something to talk about. I remember people would come in and bitch, “ When you gonna pave that parking lot? ” I think it’s kinda like that low ceiling, it makes people feel like they’re in their own little world. I just BS ’em and say, “People weren’t that tall back in the 60s.” I would also probably give the women a better restroom (laughs). One year the Chronicle voted us Best Restroom Doors because of our shower curtains. They used to be animal print shower curtains; the women would burn the eyes out of the animals with their cigarettes. Then somebody stole the shower curtains, so they musta been pretty good. Did you make that urinal? No, we got that secondhand; I think somebody probably gave it to us. november 2014


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Entertainment Calendar Music DURAN DURAN

November 1, 7:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater RACHEL YAMAGATA

November 2, 7pm The Parish


November 4, 7pm Stubb’s ARIEL QUARTET

November 5, 8pm McCullough Theatre BASTILLE

November 6, 7pm Cedar Park Center DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO

November 7, 8pm McCullough Theatre


November 7, 8pm The Paramount Theatre APOLLO’S FIRE: MONTEVERDI

November 11, 7pm Bates Recital Hall MERLE HAGGARD

November 11, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater


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November 11, 8pm Holy Mountain


November 13, 7pm McCullough Theatre


November 14, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater THE SARAJEVO HAGGADAH

November 19-20, 8pm McCullough Theatre ROGER SELLERS

November 30, 7pm Living Room at W Austin

Film Art Horror: HAUSU

November 2, 2pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre JOI BABA FELUNATH (THE ELEPHANT GOD)

November 6, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre DEBOSYON

November 11, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre ON THE JOB

November 20, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre


November 11-16 Bass Concert Hall


November 13, 7:30pm The Long Center


November 21- December 6 B. Iden Payne Theatre A CHRISTMAS CAROL

November 26-December 28 ZACH Theatre THIS WONDERFUL LIFE

November 28-December 28 ZACH Theatre


November 5-8 Capitol City Comedy Club MARY LYNN RAJSKUB

November 12-15 Capitol City Comedy Club BETH STELLING

November 19-22 Capitol City Comedy Club AMY SCHUMER

November 21, 8pm Bass Concert Hall


November 28-29 Capitol City Comedy Club


November 1, 11:30am BookPeople FREE MINI BUILD

November 4, 5pm LEGO Store PLAY ZONE

November 8, 10am All Things Kids FREE ICE SKATING FOR AGES 5 & UNDER

November 28 Chaparral Ice


November 28-30 The Long Center


November 1-2 The Long Center


November 14-16 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre


November 16, 2:30pm Ballet Austin


November 2 Palm Door on Sabine


November 6, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall


November 7, 11am By George DAVID SEDARIS

November 10, 8pm The Long Center HOSPICE OF AUSTIN: BEAUTY UNVEILED

November 13 Brazos Hall


November 13, 6pm ACL Live at Moody Theater JEANNE ROBERTSON

November 14, 8pm The Long Center

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Arts Calendar november 1 WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

Ellen Heck Opening Reception, 6pm Through November 29 NOVEMBER 7


Unseen Hendrix Opening Reception, 7pm Through December 20 NOVEMBER 8

russell collection fine art gallery

Expressions: Two Artists. Two Visions. Artists Reception, 6pm Through November 29

event pick

East Austin Studio Tour East Austin Studio Tour provides a rare glimpse into the working space of some of Austin’s most provocative artists. The tour transforms East Austin into a roving museum of sorts, showcasing the various artists’ paint-splattered, sawdusted natural habitats. Presented by Big Medium, the tour allows guests to guide their own route as they move from studio to studio. “Austin is a big city, but it still has a small-city feel, and every artist on the tour looks forward to taking the time to talk with anyone interested in their work. This is an opportunity for all of us to connect and nurture our local creative community,” says Shea Little, executive director of Big Medium. The tour takes place November 15–16 and 22–23 from 11am to 6pm. “In addition to the studios and exhibitions, there are events throughout the weekend. Some are called Happenings, and then there are Select Events. Every Select Event is definitely worth a visit,” Little says. East Austin Studio Tour is typically the only chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at and purchase an artist’s work (some of it prepared exclusively for the event), meet the makers over a glass of wine (many of the artists offer drinks and snacks), and even attend art-themed parties. Little says, “EAST is meant to be a very inclusive event. We want people from all walks of life to come on the tour and experience firsthand the amazing spectrum of creativity happening in Austin. We hope people walk away from EAST with a better understanding and appreciation of the creativity in Austin—and you may even go home with some art.” mackenzie dunn Nov em b e r 15 - 16 a n d 22 – 23, 11a m - 6pm | e a s t. b ig m e di um .org


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NOVEMBER 13 women and their work

Susi Brister: Fables Opening Reception, 6pm Through January 15 NOVEMBER 15 PHOTO MÉTHODE

Meet Photographers Tami Bone and Peter Brown Leighton Opening Reception, 6pm Through December 13 NOVEMBER 15 FLATBED PRESS AND GALLERY

Alice Leora Briggs Opening Reception, 6pm Through January 10 NOVEMBER 15-16 & 22-23 EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR

Various Locations


Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern Contemporary Mexican Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection

Through November 23 Community Altars Through November 23 DAVIS GALLERY AUSTIN

Constructs: New work by Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammonds Through December 6 GALLERY BLACK LAGOON

Scott Bickerton: Totemic Explorations Through December 7


Carl Hammoud November 15 – December 13


On The Ball Through December 14 Sixty from the ‘60s Through January 4


Andrea Heimer: Folk & Dagger: Suburban Secrets November 22 – December 28 HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The Making of Gone With The Wind Through January 4 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Through January 4 THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN JONES CENTER

Do Ho Suh Through January 11


Richard T. Walker: The Predicament of Always (as it is) Through January 11 BOB BULLOCK MUSEUM

Fly Girls of WWII November 8 – February 1

photo courtesy of EAST

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Through January 11, 2015 On View at the Jones Center and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria


On View at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria


November 9 2P and Ongoing The L.A.-based artist duo debuts a sound and sculptural installation based on the calls of birds observed at Laguna Gloria. Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria *Free


November 20 7P

Explore the role of cultural institutions in animating and reimagining public space. Jones Center *Free Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park / Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703 Do Ho Suh Exhibition Support: Alturas Foundation, Agnes Gund, Christopher Hill, Korean Air, The Lippes Foundation, The Moody Foundation, Linda Pace Foundation, Meryl and Andrew B. Rose Museum Support: Oxford Commercial, Pedernales Cellars, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Do Ho Suh, Specimen Series: Toilet, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013. Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire, and display case with LED lighting. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

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Art Spaces

The Contemporary austin: laguna gloria

arts pick

Fly Girls of WWII


he Bullock Museum, in partnership with Wings Across America, opens its latest exhibit, Fly Girls of WWII, on November 8 to reveal the largely untold history of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). The story begins in 1942, when the first female pilot program was approved and 1,074 women arrived at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, to undergo intensive training and earn their silver wings. Famed aviator Jacqueline Cochran oversaw the program, and her pilots were deployed to one of 120 bases around the country to complete assignments such as towing targets and ferrying planes. While these women served the United States with pride, they also faced a battle on the home front, as they were often met with challenges resulting from gender inequality. The exhibit provides firsthand insight into the lives of the WASP pilots through written accounts of their experiences, including personal letters, and other memorabilia of the era, such as vintage photographs and uniforms. The exhibit brings clarity and depth to the complexity of such a movement, shedding light on the trials and tribulations the servicewomen endured long after the war was over. Though 38 WASPs lost their lives in the line of duty, it was not until 1977 that these female pilots received veteran status, and only in 2010 did they receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service. The exhibit runs through February 1; more information and tickets are available at tiffany mendoza nov em b er 8 - fe b rua ry 1 | Th e Bob Bu llock Tex a s S tate Hi s tory Mu s eum 1800 Cong r es s Av e n u e | th es toryof tex a s .com


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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 the contemporary austin: Jones Center

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5

Bullock Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5

George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5

Mexic–Arte Museum

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic– O. Henry Museum

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5


1830 Simond Ave Hours: T-Fri 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30

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arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5

austin galleries

5804 Lookout Mountain Dr.

(512) 495 9363 By Appt. Only

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5

Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4

Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 GALLERY 702


916 Springdale Rd. (512) 524 1488 Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6

702 San Antonio St. (737) 703 5632 Hours: Tu-Su 10-6

4115 Guadalupe St. Hours: Tu - Sa, 12- 6

Gallery Black Lagoon

The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 Gallery Shoal Creek

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 grayDUCK gallery

2213 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 (512) 826 5334 Hours: Th -Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 La Peña

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena– Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 Lotus Gallery

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6

Mondo Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 293 5177 Sa 1-5 or by appointment Old Bakery & Emporium Art Gallery

1006 Congress (512) 477 5961 Hours: Tu-Sa 9-4 obemporium

Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell– Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 studio 10

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5

Women & Their Work

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 Yard Dog

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

(512) 939 6665

Hours: M-Sa 10-5

Co-Lab Project Space


613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only

234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3

farewell Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7


314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5

Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 dougherty/gallery.htm


214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 LARRY JACKSON ANTIQUES & ART GALLERY

Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

209 S. Llano (830) 997 0073 Hours: M-F 9:30-5, Sa 10-5

Roi James

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only


230 E. Main St. (830) 992 3234

Space 12

Hours: M 8-6, W-F 8-6, Sa 8-9, Su 8-5

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 WHISTLE PIK


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W ho Is Ma nChildATX (And Why Is He E ating Peanut Butter)?!? And what does he look like? That’s the question that musician Rich Malley pon-

history. “Beards are ingrained in our DNA. It is the most natural thing to wear a beard. The key

dered while envisioning his latest album, My Mouse Finger Is Insured for $10

is to have confidence,” says Eric Bandholz, owner

Million. The result is as irreverent (and ironically awesome) as it sounds. After

and founder of Beardbrand (, a

playing in several Austin bands (Kamikaze Refrigerators, Happy Family, and

line of grooming products that offers everything

Horsies) throughout his career, ManChildATX (Malley’s fictional persona) is his first go at fronting a solo act. His latest work delivers alternative pop songs

a gentleman might want or need to make sure his

with influences of punk, funk, rocksteady, and electronic. To conceptualize

whiskers look their best. “In previous years, beards

the album, Malley teamed up with Leslie Bonnell (owner of Stitch Lab sewing

held a certain stereotype. I wanted to create my own

school) and husband Ron Marks (graphic designer and owner of WorkMarks) and local photographer George Brainard to create the image of ManChildATX.

kind of beard community, where professionals and

Inspiration came straight from the album’s tracks. “The title song is my Man-

stylish men felt like they belonged,” Bandholz says.

ChildATX persona boasting about how talented and popular he is. I was trying

Enter the target audience: the urban beardsman.

to strike a balance between a character who's pompous and over-important

“The urban beardsman is a bit of a Venn diagram—

but also totally ridiculous,” says Malley. The result has plenty of swagger, and complements Malley’s humor. For instance, in lieu of a release party, Malley

he is both stylish and rugged. He’s a man who cares

livestreamed the album from his bathroom for a few selected listeners. The

not only about his facial hair, but also about style,

quirky idea evolved into a full-fledged concert complete with lights, lasers, and

career, and independence.” m. dunn

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november 2014

morning a f ter 101 We’ve all been there—after an enthusiastic night on the town you find yourself with less than lucid thoughts and a headache to boot. Your excess can be diminished in a few delicious sips if you know how to order at Juiceland (, Austin’s go-to juice bar, with 11 locations (10 in Austin—the newest is at 29th and Guadalupe— and 1 in Brooklyn, NY). Juiceland’s owner, Matt Shook, suggests redemption with a Brazilian Kisses smoothie (fresh apple juice, açaí, and banana) on the morning after, especially if you add supplements of mate and ginger. “The smoothie is packed with açaí, which has antioxidants and nutrients out the wazoo. Ginger will soothe an upset stomach, and mate is just stimulating enough to get the blood

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When you’re ready to sweat your sins away, you can belly up to the other barre at MOD FITNESS ( Located in a stylish bungalow on South Lamar, the

flowing again,” says Shook. He stresses that the most important things to focus on, for a hangover cure, are replenishing vitamins and rehydrating.

studio offers classes that combine Pilates, yoga, cardio, and strength and resistance

“Go for drinks that are nutrient-dense and easily

training. Devotees of the method (instructors demonstrate a series of conditioning

digestible,” Shook adds. “Alkalizing greens and B

exercises targeting thighs, glutes, core, and arms for a well-rounded workout) think

vitamins always help.” m. dunn

barre work is the method to slim and tone, develop energy and endurance, and improve posture and flexibility. “After 60 minutes your body will feel strengthened, lengthened and refreshed after a night on the town,” says the studio’s founder, Marnie O’Donnell. “For the ultimate hangover cure, try MOD Burn, a 45 minute amped-up version of MOD’s signature class infused with cardio bursts to burn fat, detoxify the body, and boost the heart rate. You will leave this class feeling strong, accomplished and rejuvenated.” You’ll have fun, too, powering through the burn to upbeat playlists. Whether you want to balance a weekend of excess or jump-start your fitness goals, a trip to this barre is time well spent, sans hangover (although you will definitely feel a burn the next day). T. mendoza m o d p h oto g r a p h y by l e a h ov er s t r ee t november 2014



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Inspired by small town Texas and the vintage glamour of Hollywood, two Austin troubadours bring a timeless romance to fall’s prettiest fashions.

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On Brennan: Coat by Yoshi Kondo, available at Bird Boutique; Scarf by Ulla Johnson, available at By George; Boots by LB, available at Allens; Bracelets by Noon Day; Bracelets by Eros Collective; Hat by Milli Star.

On Noel: Suit, shirt, and tie by Billy Reid; Belt by Bill Adler, available at Stag; Sunglasses by Super, available at Service Menswear; Boots, Noel’s own.

On Brennan: Sweater and skirt available at Bird Boutique; Lingerie available at Teddies for Bettys; Necklace available at Raven + Lily; Hat by Gorrin Brothers; Shoes by Angela Scott, available at Bird Boutique.

On Noel: Sweater by Obey, available at Service Menswear; Pants available at Billy Reid; Shoes by Sebago, available at Stag. november 2014


On Brennan: Shirt and skirt by Billy Reid; Lingerie by Cosabella, available at Teddies for Bettys; Hat by Gorrin Brothers; Necklace available at Raven + Lily; Bracelet available at Stag; Boots by Dries Van Noten, available at Garmnet. On Noel: Shirt by RRL, Jeans by Iogene + Willie, Boots by Redwing, all available at Stag; Hat by Gorrin Brothers; Suspenders and bracelet by Stowe Provisions.


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On Brennan: Vintage top and Necklace, available at Friends and Neighbors; Beret available at Bird Boutique; Leather leggins by Vince, available at By George. On Noel: Shirt and pants by Billy Reid; Belt by Bill Adler, available at Stag.


november 2014

On Brennan: Cape by Arvi and Vintage dress, both available at Garment; sunglasses by Stella McCartney, available at By George.

On Noel: Shirt by Hartford, jeans by Naked and Famous, both available at Service Menswear; Necaklace and banadana, both available at Stag. november 2014


T h e f i r s t t i m e I s aw G u y C l a r k perform was at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes. My husband and I drove our pickup to the legendary roadhouse from the ranch where we were employed, and plenty of others had driven in too: the parking lot was jammed and the longnecks were cold and abundant. We weren’t familiar with the opening act, the McKay Brothers (Noel and Hollin), from Bandera. But between their soulful lyrics about small-town “disappearing Texas” and original songs in flawless Spanish, we became instant fans, and eventually friends. Helotes is also the place Noel first introduced me to Brennen Leigh (then his opening act); he was effusive about her musicianship and bluegrass-inspired voice. “You’re going to love her,” he said. Years later, I wasn’t surprised to discover they’d become collaborators; their latest album, produced by Gurf Morlix, is Before the World Was Made (available online or at Waterloo Records). They’re a striking couple to sing the poignant songs they favor (his rugged handsomeness softened by her throwback beauty). These days, when not on the road across the country and throughout Europe, they split their time between Austin and Nashville, where Brennen is working on two new solo projects. While she’s in the studio, Noel has time to write songs and build guitars with his mentor, Guy Clark. Funny how things work out. Noel McKay’s new solo album, Is That So Much to Ask, is built around an old, “cool sounding parlor guitar, a 1967 songwriters style,” he says, with songs co-written with David Olney, Clark (“Blue Wyoming Mountains”), Richard Dobson and, of course, Leigh. For more information, see This feature was shot on location in historic downtown Taylor, Texas, at the McCrory Timmerman and Titsworth Buildings, a renovation project founded on the idea that the creative class is at the epicenter of any true revitalization. Upon completion, the project will house four large loft apartments, four gallery exhibition spaces, eight artist’s studios, a professional kitchen, retail spaces, a microbrewery, a coffee bar, and office spaces.


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by paula disbrowe photography by annie ray S a n A n to n i o c h e f Johnny Hernandez i s e n t h u s i a s t i c a l ly i m m e r s e d i n b ot h wo r l d s, s o w e a s k e d for his short list of t h e co o l e s t g a l l e r i e s, b o u t i q u e s, a n d l e t h a l l i b at i o n s i n to w n . november 2014


Contemporary artists who capture the urban influence of street culture share studios and ideas at Gravelmouth.



rowing up in San Antonio, John-

das, and tequila cocktails flavored with everything

Gallery Crawl

ny Hernandez spent much of his

from tropical fruit juices to tamarind and roasted

The South Flores (SoFlo) Arts District sur-

childhood at his father’s restau-

chiles. Hernandez also hosts lavish brunches and spe-

rounds the Frutería and is an integral part of

rant. His earliest memories in-

cial events at his home, Casa Hernán.

the burgeoning art scene. There are a number of galleries, museums, and shops in the

volve the flavors and fragrances that surrounded

His food and the interiors of his restaurants are

him: dried chiles toasting on a comal, pork tamales,

deeply influenced by frequent trips to interior Mex-

and freshly baked empanadas from the panaderia

ico. Through the relationships he’s forged with cooks,

next door. So it’s not surprising that he was seduced

artisans, and agave growers, Hernandez has deep-

by the food world—after high school, he embarked

ened his passion for the culture and his expertise with

St) in 1991 as a design studio, custom frame

on a journey that took him to the Culinary Insti-

regard to his favorite spirit (he even has his own line

shop, and gallery. It has grown into a complex

tute of America in New York and cooking stints at

of barrel-aged tequila). In San Antonio, he’s just as

that anchors the SoFlo District. The collective

high-end resorts around the country. Eventually a

engaged with the art scene. Primarily based in three

group of artists, design professionals, fabrica-

yearning for family brought him back home. Since

areas—SoFlo (South Flores Arts District), King Wil-

tors, and professional framers fosters creativ-

returning to the Alamo City, he’s amassed a grow-

liam District (also called South Town), and historic

ing empire that includes La Gloria (devoted to

Pearl Brewery (a culinary mecca all its own)—San

Mexican street food like tacos al pastor and ceviche

Antonio’s vibrant scene offers a provocative mix of

verde with green olives) and the Frutería, a casual,

old and new. The hottest galleries, boutiques, and

of local, national, and international artists and

colorful spot in the emerging South Flores neigh-

cocktail detours make for a spirited weekend ad-

musicians every second Saturday or by appoint-

borhood that serves fruit smoothies, tortas, tosta-

venture that’s definitely worth a road trip.

ment (210-367-2528;

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area, and the best time to visit is during the Segundo Sadados (Second Saturdays), when galleries host exhibits and special events. Andy Benavides opened 1906 (1906 S Flores

ity in three galleries and eight artist studios. Gravelmouth is an artist-run gallery showcasing innovative contemporary artists and art with a bias for street culture. It hosts the talents

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e l ja r r i to

e l di stri to el huevon

Th e nig h t ca ll


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the pal er mo

The pause that refreshes: sip your way through San Antonio with Johnny’s favorite libations.

Walk down the street to explore Gallista

lar art, featuring artists from Mexico, Lat-

sic Old Fashioned with tequila-soaked cher-

Gallery (1913 S Flores St, gallistagallery.

in America, and the United States. Other

ries and muddled orange.

com), comprising 10 artist studios, a thrift

favorites are Cactus Bra, Flight Gallery,

shop, and a café with a lounge area in the

Secession Gallery 107, and MockingBird


showroom/gift shop that sells Chicano art


fresh-squeezed orange, grapefruit, and lime

and literature.

El Jarrito at La Gloria (100 E Grayson, with



Across the street from Blue Star is SAY Sí

juice, grapefruit soda, and a pinch of salt.

Blue Star Arts Complex (bluestararts-

(, a nationally recognized organi-

This is the quintessential drink of Jalisco, has been an integral part of

zation serving San Antonio’s youth through

found on every roadside leading to the aga-

the arts community since it opened in 1986

multidisciplinary arts programming. Their

ve fields of both the highlands and the low-

as San Antonio’s first mixed-use develop-

students have the opportunity to devel-


ment. The complex is anchored by Blue

op artistic and social skills in preparation

The Palermo, made with a blanco tequila,

Star Contemporary Art Museum (blue-

for higher educational advancement and

Compari, peach bitters, and grapefruit soda, which developed from a grass-

professional careers. Check out the calen-

at Stay Golden Social House (401 Pearl

roots event in 1986 into the longest-running

dar—many of San Antonio’s artists began

Pkwy). This is a real hipster bar, casual with

contemporary arts venue in San Antonio.

their careers at SAY Sí, and the organization

a solid cocktail program. It reminds me of

Blue Star’s exhibitions and programming

hosts wonderful exhibits and performances.

when I lived in Santa Barbara, on weekends

have resulted in the social and economic

we would roll open the garage door and the

hoods, and it continues to be an incubator

Tequila Tour (Johnny’s favorite cocktails)

for contemporary art, hosting more than 20

El Huevon at the Frutería (thefruteria.

pepper shrub, and Szechuan pepper, at Hot

exhibitions annually, featuring emerging

com, 1401 S Flores St) is inspired by a Pis-

Joy (,1014 S Alamo St) in King

and world-renowned artists.

co Sour and made with blanco tequila, fresh

William, where there’s a great bar atmo-

An essential stop in the Blue Star Com-

muddled pineapple and mango, frothed


plex is San Angel Folk Art (sanangelfol-

with egg whites. El Distrito features my

True Azul is my go-to at Bar 1919, (1420, which curates and maintains one

personal favorite infusion, El Zapatista,

S Alamo St, It’s made with a re-

of the world’s most provocative collections

made with an añejo tequila, dried chiles,

posado Infusion of fresh peppers, Crème de Vi-

of folk, outsider, visionary, and vernacu-

and vanilla beans. It is my version of a clas-

olette, honey syrup, and a smoked sea salt rim.

revitalization of the surrounding neighbor-

drinks would start flowing. The Night Call, with blanco tequila, bell november 2014


dos c a roli nas Choose the fabric, embroidery pattern, and thread color for a custom guayabera at Dos Carolinas.

Retail Therapy

home decor and accents, jewelry, textiles,

“I don’t do shopping malls,” Hernandez says.

cards, and candles.

“If you’re looking for a shopping experience

The Sporting District (sportingdistrict.

with a true sense of place, come to Pearl. I ha-

com, 302 Pearl Pkwy). A new men’s shop that

ven’t experienced a destination that was more

sells a crated mix of San Antonio– and Aus-

thoughtfully curated.”

tin-based brands (like Traveller Denim Co.

At Pearl Brewery:

Adelante (, 303 Pearl

and Fort Lonesome) that cater to the casual and refined styles of urban dudes.

Pkwy). Everything for a night on the town, in-

A few other favorites:

cluding fun and funky women’s fashions, par-

Finck Cigar Co. (,

ty frocks, locally designed jewelry and shoes.

3111 Broadway St) One of the city’s oldest

Dos Carolinas (, 303

manufacturing businesses closed its factory

Pearl Pkwy). Hand-tailored custom guayaber-

near downtown in June after 121 years. Their

as in cotton and linen. Choose the fabric, em-

third and newest store on Broadway opened

broidery style, and thread color for your new

in an old Vespa shop.

favorite shirt or dress.

Sloan Hall (, 5922 Broadway

Niche Clothing Company (nicheclothing-

St) is one of my go-to shops for gifts with a, 1223 E Euclid Ave). A new boutique

modern flair. It offers a wide array of cards,

showcasing the San Antonio–based brand

gifts, and clothing. You might also want to

that focuses on soft separates and designs in-

check out Nativa (, 5124

spired by the Alamo City’s culture, creativity,

Broadway St) for fine Mexican clothing.

cuisine, and fashion. The Tiny Finch (, 302


Pearl Pkwy). This new shop offers cool locally

For more info about Johnny Hernandez’s restau-

crafted furniture made from salvaged wood,

rants, see

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For two Hill Country winemakers, sunset dinners i n t h e v i n e ya r d ( w i t h a toa s t f o r e v e ry co u r s e ) a r e s i m p ly a w ay o f l i f e .


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A stroll through the three acres of Malbec planted on William Chris Vineyards.

austin tables


expec tat i o n s by jessica dupuy


p h oto g r a p h y by k at e l e s e u e r


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Enjoying a fall evening wine cocktail among friends beneath the shade of the vineyard oak grove. Pottery from Spartan; Candle holders from JM Dry Goods; Flowers from Austin Flower Co.

Chef Jaime Chozet slicing up grilled lamb, purveyed from a local farm.


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The sun setting on this serene, smalltown vineyard is one of the many pleasures of the Texas Hill Country.


he setting sun marks the end of the day for many

On one recent fall evening, hosts Bill and Chris gathered a small

people, but at William Chris Vineyards it’s of-

group of us around a communal table set up in the property’s grove of

ten just the beginning. Located in Austin’s Hill

gnarly old live oak trees to celebrate a bountiful grape harvest, good

Country backyard town of Hye, William Chris is

friends, and great wine. Chris had slaughtered a local lamb just the

a far cry from the uppity wineries you might ex-

week before and had been looking forward to sharing it.

perience elsewhere. It’s more of a come-one, come-all country ranch that combines Southern hospitality with a lot of soul. Though they are serious about their wine here, they balance that with an easygoing, laid-back charm. The place is even named after

“We try to do different dinners like this every other month or so,” says Chris. “Sometimes we have a couple hundred people, other times it’s just a couple dozen. That’s our world out here. Having friends and family sit down together is what a true wine experience should be.”

the owners, William “Bill” Blackmon and Chris Brundrett. While a

Their friend, and winery chef, Jaime Chozet prepared the lamb along

number of weekend travelers pop in for a quick tasting, the winery is

with an autumn bounty from local farms, paired with some of the win-

better known for its private wine-release parties, chili cookoffs, and

ery’s A-list offerings.

intimate starlit wine dinners offered to its Hye Society wine club members (a third of whom are from Austin).

We started off with a citrusy Hye-ball cocktail, a Hill Country spin on the classic Portuguese Port-tonic using the winery’s Madeira-style november 2014


Alfonse and Martha Dotson pass a plate of orzo salad with seasonal vegetables.

dessert wine with lime and tonic water. As a colony of fall fireflies flick-

cho, followed by family-style serving of roasted lamb with chimichurri,

ered among us, we settled around the table with Bill’s sister, Carol,

orzo pasta with almonds, and grilled vegetables. Bill and Chris raised

Austin-based Texas wine enthusiasts Rae Wilson and Laura McCarley,

a glass as each new wine was opened and we all savored each in turn-

celebrated football player-turned-grape-grower Alfonse Dotson and

-the velvety 500 Block Merlot, a beautifully structured Syrah, and the

his wife, Martha, and of course, our hosts, Bill and Chris.

award-winning Mourvèdre, driven by red fruit and grounded with

You won’t find either host putting on airs. No suits. No ties. No fussy


notes of Hill Country earth.

wine-speak. Instead, they’re usually both in dusty jeans, an unpressed

“We put so much thought into trying to make wine that represents

fishing shirt, and a well-worn pair of work boots. You can spot Bill by

the grapes from each of the Texas soils we work with,” says Chris. “I

his classic Thomas Edison wire-rimmed glasses and long ponytail of

don’t want people to just taste them and go. When you can taste these

silver-strand curls. Chris is the tall fellow with a faded ball cap covering

wines over a couple of hours in a more enigmatic setting along with

his prematurely salt-and-peppered hair.

food and friends, that’s a different experience altogether.”

After Bill and Chris made a toast (with a glass of sparkling Blanc

William Chris opened in 2008, the outcome of a unique friendship

du Bois, a crisp and refreshing new addition to the winery’s portfolio),

between Bill and Chris. Bill is a Lubbock native and Texas Tech gradu-

chef Chozet brought out a fragrant cucumber-and-white-grape gazpa-

ate who has spent the majority of his career in Texas wine, both grow-

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One of many toasts shared throughout the festive evening.

A special “Hye-Ball� cocktail made with lime, tonic, mint and William Chris Madeira-style dessert wine.

A fragrant white grape gazpacho from Chef Jaime Chozet. their hard work.

For Bill Blackmon and Chris Brundrett, sharing their wine with friends over dinner is the best way to enjoy their hard work. november 2014


Throughout the year, William Chris Vineyards hosts many dinners—large and small—for family, friends, and wine enthusiasts.

ing vineyards and making wine for the likes of Pheasant Ridge Winery, CapRock Winery, and Becker Vineyards. Chris was an ambitious young Texas A&M graduate with a degree in entomology and horticulture, who had spent much of his undergraduate experience not sure of what he was going to do—until the day when he stepped into a Hill Country winery on a weekend visit to Fredericksburg. “I’d been working in restaurants for a long time and had always enjoyed wine but had never formally considered it as a future profession,” says Chris. “But something hit me that day. After spending two hours listening to that guy’s story, I realized this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.” After college, Chris devoted his time to learning everything he could about the industry, moving out to the Stonewall area and taking a job with Woodrose Winery. That’s where he met Bill. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today, William Chris aims to make about 10,000 cases a year—give or take—with heavy red wine focus. “We didn’t start WCV with a vision of big wine release parties and special wine club dinners. But it’s really evolved into a lot of that as an extension of who we are,” says Chris. “Bill keeps me focused. I’ll have five ideas a day and he’s the one that always tells me to think about it for a while before I make a decision. But in the end, we really both want to give a great experience to other people.” The hospitality offered at William Chris Vineyards has attracted a lot of Austin wine enthusiasts, which can sometimes create a bit of a traffic jam in the tasting room. Lately the winery has encouraged guests to reserve an appointment online and is now offering reservation-only wine-pairing lunches every Saturday. Down the road, they plan to develop vineyard tours, food and wine classes, and wine cocktails in the 1800s country house on the property.


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Savoring a sampling of wines poured throughout the evening proved an ideal way to glimpse into the heart of Texas winemaking. november 2014


This is not an illusion. The bar at Half Step is always this clean and well-organized. And friendly.


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the ice house


O n r o w d y Ra i n e y S t r e e t , a n e w , s u r p r i s i n g ly r e f i n e d s p o t f o r m e t i c u l o u s l y m a d e c o c k ta i l s .

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Chris Bostick (right), the brains behind the Half Step, sits down with a relaxing Kentucky Colonel. Note the meticulous ice placement!

In the classic tradition of Austin neon, this is what passes for signage at the Half Step. If you manage to find your way there, you earned it.


he Half Step, locat-

of the bourbon-soaked Kentucky

But he also served long stints

wooden-porch historical charm.

ed in the middle of

Colonel and a non-blended rum

working in the restaurant and

Inside, there’s vintage-looking

the Rainey Street

daquiri, are delicious, made with

bar industries in New York and

wallpaper, booths, lights that

nightlife madness,

precision and care, using fresh,

Los Angeles, seeing how legend-

look like antique gas lamps, in-

fits neatly into the ongoing

familiar ingredients and carefully

ary modern bars like Dutch Kills,

tricately tiled floors, and antique

craft-cocktail revolution, yet it

curated spirits like Evan Williams

Milk and Honey, and especially

beadboard ceilings. The speak-

doesn’t really bear a lot of char-

Bonded Bourbon and Diplomáti-

L.A.’s Varnish go about their busi-

easy vibe changes into something

acteristics of that trend. There

co Añejo tequila. And, since this

ness. “We’ve been able to carry

much more casual outside, with

are no fussy homemade syr-

is Austin, the atmosphere is ca-

that torch and run with it while

an enormous back lot—and iden-

ups or arcane foodstuffs in the

sual and friendly, without any

evolving it into something that

tical outside bar with beer and

drinks. The decor recalls a clas-


works in Austin,” he says.

cocktails on tap—big enough to

sic Chicago tavern, or maybe a

hat costume drama. It’s the bar

The Rainey Street house that

bar from Raymond Chandler’s

that Half Step founder Chris Bos-

the Half Step calls home was

But if you want to understand

L.A., not some kind of designer

tick always wanted to own.

a wreck when Bostick and his

what the Half Step is really about,

Bostick grew up in Austin, and

partners bought it, but it’s been

you have to visit the icehouse out

has lived here much of his life.

restored without taking away its

back. Bostick has a Clinebell, a

steampunk nightmare. The drinks, like classic versions


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host official SXSW showcases.

The Half Step’s bartenders prepare the Prescription Julep according to an intricate, ancient, secret procedure. Any attempts to deviate from formula are dealt with sternly. No one can argue with the perfect results.

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On a Rainey Street corridor that is fast losing its laidback charm, the Half Step is an oasis of old Austin. This renovated old house isn’t going anywhere.

The ice at Half Step is prepared according to the strict bylaws of the 1963 Geneva Ice Congress. Seriously, though, it’s some of the most glorious ice you’ll ever see, slow-chilled and hand-cut for your pleasure.

The Icehouse


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The interior decor of the Half Step recalls classic bars of yesterday. This might be Chicago. It might be Los Angeles. Or it might be Austin.

machine that produces four enor-


mous blocks of ice a week. It’s

“I never want it to seem fussy,”

broken down by hand, first with a

Bostick says. “Keep it simple. Let

chain saw, then with chisels, and

the ingredients do the talking. And

stored in traditional, classical bar

it’s not a shtick. I really am passion-

shapes, designed to perfectly cali-

ate about the whole thing.”

brate the Half Step’s classic cock-

Bostick’s passion seems to be

tails. “It’s like putting a brisket in

working—and spreading, too. One

a slow smoker,” he says. “Ice gives

of his bartenders, Josh Loving, will

us more control over the final

open his own craft cocktail bar, A

outcome of the drink.”

Small Victory, on East Seventh

Bostick has nearly 20 years in

Street sometime in the next few

the industry, and he trains his

months. The same attention to de-

bartenders, like Brian Floyd, a

tail will be in evidence there. Bos-

recent import from New York, in

tick has trained his guys well.

the ethos of how to make cock-

“There nothing worse than

tails right. Every day, the bartend-

pomp and circumstance and then

ers prepare an intricate mise-en-

you look at your drink and it’s

place, from fresh-squeezed juices

crap,” he says. “You could have kept

to perfectly sliced cucumbers,

it simple and gotten the same re-

and mix cocktails according to

sult. I’m selling snake oil here. But

classical standards, but without

it’s snake oil that tastes really good.” november 2014


alison eden copeland / bass guitar

i’m with the band

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Ashleigh Holeman / guitar

Missy Valentine / drums

Liz Burrito / vocals & synth

Alexandra Rowland / guitar

A l i s o n E d e n Co p e l a n d wears several hats and of late, plays a lot of guitar. By day she’s a mom, family photographer (, and co-owner of Street-Legal Guitars (streetlegalguitars. com). When night falls, she’s rocks the bass in her all-girl DEVO cover band, Greatest Misses. We joined them for a typical night on the town.

“I’m lucky to be able to play different roles and have several creative outlets, and nothing beats an evening of playing music with dear friends,” says Copeland (right). november 2014


Ashleigh Holeman rocks a Epiphone Les Paul at their weekly band practice.


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Inevitably, the hilarious stories spill out: Copeland and Rowland cut up at Scoot Inn.

Cheers, Beers: After practice, the band typically heads to Scoot Inn for cold cans of beer and the cool backyard setting.

“I started learning to play the bass guitar in the summer of 2013,” Copeland says. “Playing in bands is the funnest thing I’ve ever done.” november 2014


Missy Valentine keeps a steady beat on her rad sparkly green drum set.

A good night on the East Side includes cold pints and occasional air guitar.


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Shots in the Dark: a toast to friends keeps the party rolling at Yellow Jacket Social Club.

Catch Greatest Misses at Yellow Jacket Social Club ( on November 1st. For band updates, follow Alison on Instagram @iprobablyloveyou. november 2014


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At s o m e o f t h e s wa n k i e s t s p o t s i n t o w n , a r r i v i n g e a r ly ( a n d r e a l l y, w h y w a i t ? ) m e a n s s e r i o us sav i n g s o n k i l l e r co c k ta i l s a n d f o o d t h at g o e s way b e yo n d c h i c k e n w i n g s.


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Last year, Forbes ranked Austin the fourth-healthiest city in the country, and the fifth-drunkest. The achievements point to a collective respect for early-morning or lunchtime workouts and evening libations as glorious forms of stress relief and self-preservation. Austinites understand that happy hour is not antithetical to fitness. Citrus garnishes and mixers help prevent scurvy; and bar snacks and drink specials don’t necessarily translate to Cheetos and cheap pints of domestic (though the combination is brilliant and worth the orange

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Happy Hours: 4pm-7pm daily Drinks: $5 cocktails, $10-$12 buckets of Coronas and Pacificos, and a $20 bottle of Brut Essential Sip: The Paloma (Tequila Silver, grapefruit, lime, grapefruit soda, spicy rim)

Food: A wide selection of $5 plates of sopecitos (black bean layered corn cups), huaraches (corn flatbread), quesadillas, and verduras (vegetables) Crowd-Pleaser: Champinion huaraches (roasted mushrooms, peanut sauce, queso asadero, sesame cream) Atmosphere: Casual, “Old Austin,” with stepped up service. Intimate interior and expansive outside spaces in front and back.

stains). Many of the city’s upscale restaurants/bars, even those touting signature drinks and celebrity chefs, offer happy hour specials that make post-work fine dining and drinking more affordable. The options run the gamut from duck fat fries and edamame to watermelon jalapeño margaritas and gin gin mules. Here are a handful of our favorite favorites; don’t be surprised if that “quick glass of wine” leads to an entire evening of fun. Cheers.

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Happy Hours: Daily, times and specials vary Drinks: All day Sunday-Monday, $10 off select bottles of wine. 4pm-7pm Tuesday-Saturday, $1 off glasses and $3 off all bottles of wine. Half off bottles of sparkling wine on Saturday. Essential Sip: God bless oenophiles. Pick a glass or bottle of wine, any wine. Food: Discounts on select appetizers Crowd-Pleaser: Combo board, charcuterie and cheese $17 (normally $20) Atmosphere: A beautiful contradiction in terms with its dim lighting, airy space, intimate sensibility, and laid-back elegance. It’s also

Fonda San Miguel

as conducive to happy hour parties as to romantic dates.

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Happy Hours: 5pm-7pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Swift’s Attic

All-night happy hour Tuesday

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Drinks: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday $1 off margaritas and any

Happy Hours: 2pm-6:30pm Monday-Friday

tequila drinks, Tuesday $4.95 house margaritas and select glasses of

Drinks: Half off all cocktails, including signature ice ball drinks, $5

wine; $1 off premium tequila drinks

wines, $2 Bud Light and Mickey’s, $1 off domestic drafts

Essential Sip: Silver Coin margarita

Essential Sip: Manhattan with Sacred Spiced English Vermouth ice

Food: Half off select appetizers

ball, with orange and Angostura bitters, Knob Creek Rye $6

Crowd-Pleaser: Tacos al pastor (four per order) served with two sauces $5.

Food: All happy hour menu items are $10 or less

Atmosphere: Airy, authentic, and relatively casual. The hacien-

Crowd-Pleaser: Squid “fries” with roasted garlic aioli, charred lemon $6

da-style space is a refreshing departure from the proliferation of sleek

Atmosphere: Low-lit, sophisticated steampunk with brick that expos-

new restaurants. There’s Saltillo tile, vibrant color, and a chatty parrot.

es history, an approach to vintage that is distinctly modern, and a din

Families abound.

that lends itself to confidentiality agreements and large parties.

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penchants swing from Dallas polish to East Side casual with a coat or

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heels for good measure.

Happy Hours: 4:30pm-6:30pm Tuesday-Saturday, all night Sunday-Monday

Barlata Tapas Bar

Drinks: $2 off cocktails, beer, and glasses of wine

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Essential Sip: It’s so very hard to find a martini (gin or vodka) made

Happy Hours: 5pm-7pm Sunday-Thursday

with such prowess. So cold. So perfectly shaken.

Drinks: Along with an assortment of cocktails and select beer and

Food: Half-price bar menu

wine ($3-$7), there’s a happy hour pairing of wine (or, on Monday, a

Crowd-Pleaser: $12 dry-aged prime Wagyu burger with mustard

cocktail) and daily paella.

frisée, Cambozola, caramelized onion

Essential Sip: Calimocho (red wine and Coke).

Atmosphere: A unique combination of cozy, lively, and patrician. Low

Food: Specials on an assortment of tapas and daily happy hour paella ($4-$5)

lighting, wood-burning fireplace, taxidermy, plush indigo banquettes,

Crowd-Pleaser: Arròs negre paired with Rosé, the Wednesday night

and generally well-heeled, well-dressed clientele.

paella special Atmosphere: Northern Spain in South Austin. Barcelona reds. The

Salty Sow

decor hints at Gaudi-like playfulness. The ambience is the relaxed anima-

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tion of a traditional tapas bar, though many of the patrons live in 78704.

Happy Hours: 4:30pm-6:30pm daily Drinks: $2 off all signature drinks, wine, and beer


Essential Sip: Curly Tail Margarita with Pepe Z, cilantro, serrano,

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blood orange, and smoked salted rim

Happy Hours (aka Sake Socials): 5pm-6:30pm daily

Food: Select $5 and $6 plates

Drinks: Select sake and wine

Crowd-Pleaser: Duck fat fries with 110-minute egg, cold béarnaise

Essential Sip: Takara Nigori (unfiltered sake) $3

Atmosphere: Lively, easygoing, and frequented by a motley crew of

Food: An assortment of discounted rolls, and hot and cold tastings

twentysomethings (and up). Locals, professionals, college students, and hip-

Crowd-Pleaser: Crunchy spicy tuna hand roll

sters fill the restaurant’s three unique spaces: a swanky front room, a patio

Atmosphere: Sleek, sophisticated, and, during happy hour, full of col-

with a front porch feel, and an airy, relaxed back room.

lective sighs of relief from patrons—a mixture of suited professionals and more casual creative types—who scored a table.

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Happy Hours: 5pm-6:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in the

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Wine Bar and at Traditional Bar

Happy Hours: All day Sunday-Monday, 4pm-7pm Tuesday-Friday.

Drinks: A house-select sparkling, white, and red wine $7 glass/$28

Drinks: $5 drink specials

bottle (selections vary), cocktails $8

Essential Sip: New York Sour, with Buffalo Trace, lemon, simple syr-

Essential Sip: House-made Bellini (Prosecco, peach purée)

up, and a red wine floater.

Food: Though no happy hour food specials, there are reasonably

Food: Half-price appetizers and select items from bar menu

priced bites on the bar menu.

Crowd-Pleaser: Escargot with a garlic herb butter

Crowd-Pleaser: Beer-battered brandade fritters, smoked onion mar-

Atmosphere: Professionals of all ages, whose pressed suits and conser-

malade, black olive aioli $7

vative dresses are noticeably relaxed. Though the bartenders will grimace

Atmosphere: Prime for people-watching. Elegance teeters on posh.

at the word “vodka,” they are kind, quick with non-vodka, non-tequila

Though the crowd leans toward people accustomed to valet, the sartorial

suggestions, and intimidatingly knowledgeable when it comes to spirits. november 2014


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Happy Hours: 5pm-6:30pm Monday-Friday Drinks: $2 off wine and beer Essential Sip: Domäne Wachau/Grüner Veltliner/Austria $7/glass Food: $5 starters and $8 boards Crowd-Pleaser: Metzger board (chicken liver pâté, Wagyu tartare, smoked pork terrine) Atmosphere: Refined without pretension. Housed in a transformed bungalow, the space is quaint, romantic, distinctly European, and mercifully quiet.

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Happy Hours: 5pm-7pm Monday-Friday Drinks: Select cocktails $5 or $7 Essential Sip: The Normandy Orchard, made with Leprechaun Cider, Domaine Dupont Calvados, Grand Marnier, and lemon Food: Select appetizers and an ice cream sandwich $5 or $7 Crowd-Pleaser: Raclette (classic French dish, cheese warmed to a fondue consistency and poured over seasonal chef selections) Atmosphere: A little more room to move between tables than at most French restaurants. The casual space features soft light, warm hues, and it’s even a little sexy when the sun goes down. The noise factor (it can get loud) is offset by the unspoken permission to linger.

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Happy Hours: 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday Drinks: Discounted glasses and carafes of house red and white wine. Beer cocktails $4.50, Lonestar pints $2.50, Texas craft beers $4 pints/$2.50 for the 10 oz. Essential Sip: The Woodsman (rye IPA, cider, maple syrup, lemon) Food: Happy hour menu Crowd-Pleaser: Pepperoni pull-aparts $4 Atmosphere: Much like the rural refuge that is Sunset Valley, St. Philip is free of the kind of pretension that often creeps into high-profile restaurants. The smells emanating from the open kitchen are nostalgia-inducing. Though the space is modern, the ambience is relaxed rustic. It’s a great date spot and a safe bet for low-key dinners with the folks. november 2014



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E l l e n He c k Nove mbe r 2 0 1 4 1202 West 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703 512.472.7428 image: Two (detail), drypoint with aquatint on paper, 14x9 inch plate, 22x15 inch paper size

Jen and Joseph Strickland on the front porch of their welcoming Hyde Park home.


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Jen & Joseph Strickland Owner s of Home Slice Pizz a When Home Slice opened in 2005,

it set a new bar for local pizza

“Music is a big part of all the spaces,” he says. “With the restaurant,

joints. Armed with “Queen of Pies” Jen Strickland’s passion, recipes,

we’re always trying to rock the perfect playlist for the vibe of the party:

and hard-won training, the restaurant cultivated Austin’s taste for the

mellow on a Sunday afternoon, more raucous on a Saturday night,

real thing. The same can be said of its decor. Before new restaurants

downright silly in the late hours.” Above all, he adds, “we approach

came front-loaded with designers bearing industrial light fixtures,

events from the point of view of hospitality, which is our focus 365

subway tile, and rustic vintage interest points, co-owners Jen, husband

days a year.”

Joseph Strickland, and Terri Hannifan scoured thrift stores, salvage

The Stricklands’ home is just as welcoming, charming, and DIY

shops, and the occasional dumpster to create an original, affordable

as their restaurant. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Hyde Park,

look. The result is a charming, unpretentious space that reflects the

the historic home features a storybook front yard—complete with

restaurant’s New York inspiration and appeals to pretty much ev-

white picket fence—with plenty of romping room for their two

eryone who ventures to now-bustling SoCo. “It was a mission for

youngsters, as well as an elevated goldfish pond. The pond is one

this place to be for everyone,” notes Jen, who says her New York

of the house’s few Austin-modern features; inside, framed old maps

roots, her stint at brand-building company Milkshake Media, and

and vintage movie posters adorn the brightly colored walls, com-

local designer Nancy Mims have all informed her aesthetic. “I want-

plemented by stylish but practical vintage and contemporary furni-

ed to reference things that everyone has experienced¬—schools,

ture. Records are strewn on the floor near a turntable, the rugs and

circuses, playgrounds, industrial spaces.”

simple window treatments are bright and patterned, and school

The New York influence shows in materials characteristic of the city:

lockers and chalkboards echo the restaurant’s style in a domestic

iron grating, colorful glass bricks, and white tiling—none procured

space that inspires grown-ups and kids alike. “We try to set a tone

from farther away than San Antonio. For his part, Joseph says, he was

for the kids with the house of what's important in our family: books

“largely an enabler for Jen to express her creativity, work her magic,

in every room, art supplies readily accessible, and lots of musical

and occasional evangelizer of function over form,” but he’s played a

instruments and records to play,” says Joseph. “They really inhabit

large part in deepening Home Slice’s community ties through music

these spaces 100 percent.” Clearly, the “playful irreverence” that the

and events—including the upcoming Carnival o’ Pizza benefit, as well

Stricklands cite as a guiding aesthetic plays out brilliantly, whether

as SXSW day parties—all held in the fun, functional outdoor space.

at home or at Home Slice. cindy winder

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3. 1. The living room features a mix of comfortable but chic contemporary and vintage furniture with unique artwork and decorative touches. 2. The vintage-style bathroom breaks up the eclectic décor and creates a relaxing space in the historic home. 3. An attached guest apartment, complete with stunning blue-tiled kitchenette and bathroom, allows the Stricklands to play the perfect hosts, something they both value and enjoy. 4. School lockers repurposed for storage in the playroom echo the industrial touches of Home Slice, the South Congress pizza joint co-owned by the couple. 5. Music, books, and art are dear to the Stricklands’ hearts, and they make sure all of their rooms include ways—such as their record collection and turntable—for their two young children to explore those interests.





7. 6. A print by Venice Beach artist Greg Beauchamp aka Beauchamping, purchased by Jen in Marfa from traveling trailer shop Small Room Collective, whom Home Slice in turn hosted in its parking lot for SXSW 2014 7. Old maps and chalkboard paint, combined with an artistic array of beverage bottles, make the dining room warm and welcoming for kids and adults alike. 8. The Stricklands’ passion for homey hospitality is evident in their living and dining rooms, where vintage furniture mixes with classic modern lamps, vivid color, and trademark schoolroom touches, such as the lockers, maps, and clock. P h oto g r a ph y by j u l i e co p e november 2014













We’ve moved! 8868 Research Blvd #101 512-472-1768


behind the scenes

Esther's Follies

The Lady in Red is a portrait of William Dente, one of the Follies' most charismatic stars until his death in 1989. It was painted by Austin artist Doug Jaques, who is also the creator of Esther's 60 foot ocean mural.

B a c k s ta g e w i th th e c a s t w ho k e e p 6 th s t r e e t l a u gh i n g.


The cast uses a simple chalkboard to outline the set, because it changes so frequently.

t Esther’s Follies, sketches are in constant flux. And that’s because sometimes the smallest change—one word, one comma—can make a huge difference in the laugh the joke com-

mands. And laughter is important, explains cast member and writer Ted Meredith, perhaps none more so than the very first laugh. “Laughter is the best, fastest way to create a bridge between you and the audience,” he says. The best part? Winning an audience over: “There’s nothing better than being onstage and having the audience in your thrall, so that they might laugh at things that maybe they didn’t think they would laugh at, and you can feel this connection you’re making with them.” The cast at Esther’s Follies makes that connection 50 weeks a year, often to sold-out audiences in its historic 300-seat theater. Producer and performer Shannon Sedwick has been there through it all, for 37 years and counting. And she says the Esther’s audience has changed dramatically. “Our audiences now have all grown up learning about comedy,” she explains. “So it’s not like when Esther’s first started and just about anything would do. Now we have an audience that’s honed on all manner of comedy, so we have to compete with Jon Stewart and other people that are doing things daily—we have to find a new way to say something. That’s a trademark of Esther’s, writing with a twist, so that you don’t see

Cast members Ellana Kelter and Shaun Branigan often play characters straight out of Texas politics—in this case, Wendy Davis and Rick Perry.


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it coming.” The show is a mix of timely song, sketch, and magic that feels uniquely Austin. Magician Ray Anderson performs spellbinding tricks with busy Sixth Street as his backdrop, often leaving audiences to guess which P h oto g r a ph y by da n i el b ro c k

passersby are in on the fun and which are simply revelers. Cast member Ellana Kelter acts as Anderson’s assistant, a role she never imagined for herself but says she loves. Though the magic doesn’t come without its risks: “Years ago there was a magic illusion that used fire, and by accident one of the curtains up in the catwalk caught on fire,” Kelter says. “We were able to hose it down and get the fire out behind another curtain, thus keeping the show going. I don't think the audience even knew, but it was pretty ridiculous backstage.” In general, Kelter says, because Esther’s Follies is live theater, the cast is always kept on their toes. They have to be, because the audiences just keep coming: “Esther’s is successful because it is accessible,” Kelter says. “They have a long reputation of being a very funny, topical show—there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.”

It takes cast members like Nathalie Holmes between 45 minutes and an hour to fully prep for each show.

Esther's Follies, by the Numbers

13.5: Hours of writing/rehearsal each week. 275: Average number of shows per year. 45 minutes - 1 hour: Average amount of time it takes a seasoned cast member to prepare for each show. 20 - 25: Number of sketches, musical pieces, and illusions per show 37: Years in operation. (April 1 will be the 38th anniversary.) 2: Number of stopped shows. Top: The Esther's Follies backstage area is a maze of props and costumes ranging from contemporary to historical. Bottom: In addition to acting and singing, Ellana Kelter acts as assistant to magician Ray Anderson.

During the Memorial Day Flood of 1981 they ended up having to shut down early—(Whole Foods famously flooded, along with other businesses.) John Travolta was at the theater that night to see the show, but the rain was so severe they had to end early. During another show, there was an electrical issue with the breaker system in the alley, and smoke crept into the theater, which caused someone working the lights to deploy a fire extinguisher, which then caused someone to call the fire department. "They arrived and insisted that everyone clear the room," Kelter says. "Other than that, we usually keep things going—there have been small fires, major injury, and all that, but we cover within the cast and get through to the end, usually without the audience knowing!"

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Claiborne Smith is the editor-in-chief of Kirkus Reviews and the former literary director of the Texas Book Festival.

The Nightstand By C l a i bo r n e S m i th

Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings & Effortless Style By c a m i l l e styl es

I f t h e cov e r ag e o f A u s t i n ’ s n i g h t l i f e in the rest of this month’s issue just isn’t enough for you, continue

as a lifestyle blogger, and her first book is just

the party with the lavish 320 pages of cocktail recipes in Death

out. The emphasis is on making entertaining

& Co: Modern Classic Cocktails ($40), the exhaustive new cook-

as free of neuroses as possible. Entertaining is

book from the New York bar that’s been named the Best Cocktail Bar in America (see sidebar for a recipe from the cookbook). For those of you thinking about holiday gifts, here’s a smattering of some new, buzzworthy style books and cookbooks. 106

Camille Styles, who lives in Austin, is well known

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structured around the seasons, with accessible recipes and party-giving tips spread throughout. The book is well stocked with photos that demonstrate Styles’s advice (including beauty tips) and recipes for anyone wanting a thoughtful, comprehensive education in Entertaining 101.

c l a i b o r n e s m i t h ph oto co u rt e s y o f k i r k u s r e v i e ws

320 pp., $29.99

Sardines with Triscuits, Dijon Mustard

Elements of Style:

Designing a Home & a Life

and Cornichons” specify that you should

By Erin Gates

way they looked in the can—more or less.

336 pp., $35.00

Don’t crisscross or zigzag or otherwise

“stack the sardines on the plate the same

make ‘restauranty.’” Prune is the perfect Erin Gates says she was a major tomboy as

gift for a cook who likes unadorned, non-

a child and sported a mullet through most

“restauranty” dishes.

of the ‘80s, so when the popular designer behind the Elements of Style blog writes in her first book that a sense of style is acces-

Drink Up

sible to everyone, you tend to believe her. Divided into chapters specific to various

Death & Co. is known for tweaking, rein-

rooms of the house (e.g., bathroom, kitch-

venting, and injecting standard old cocktails

en), Elements of Style is nicely detailed,

with new life. The Conference is “a tiki drink

with advice for all living areas, based on


Gates’s own hard-won insights. Heartfelt

By g a b ri el l e h a m i lto n

but also quirky, Gates is a knowing guide

576 pp., $45.00

to designing your own space.

Gabrielle Hamilton is the unflinching

disguised as an old-fashioned,” devised by bartender Brian Miller, who serves as Death & Co.’s “resident scalawag and expert on all things Polynesian.”

best-selling author of Blood, Bones & But-


ter, her memoir about the struggle to form

1/2 ounce Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof

some semblance of family. Her new cook-

1/2 ounce Buffalo Trace bourbon

book is composed of recipes from Prune,

1/2 ounce Calvados

her hotbed of a restaurant in Manhattan’s

1/2 ounce H by Hine cognac

East Village. The New York Times wrote

1 teaspoon demerara syrup

that Prune has “mirth to spare, moxie to

2 dashes Angostura bitters

burn” and so does Prune, which reimagines

1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters

what a cookbook should be—with no pithy

Garnish: 1 lemon twist and 1 orange twist

headnotes describing the chef ’s inspiration for a particular recipe, Hamilton’s pared-

Stir all ingredients over ice, then strain into

down style lets the recipes speak for them-

a double rocks glass over 1 large ice cube.

selves. Her directions for making “Canned

Garnish with the lemon and orange twists. november 2014



You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.

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I n s pi r at i o n B oa r d:

Amy Hackerd Ole Licor ice design s As a little girl, Amy Hackerd wanted a pony. Instead, her master-tinker grandfather gifted her with an anvil covered in a dusty saddle that he dubbed “Ole Licorice.” At the time, Hackerd was heartbroken. Now she understands—“It was his way of forcing me to use my imagination,” she says. “And it also gave me some serious quality time just hanging in the woodshed with my grandpa, watching him goof off and make stuff.” Years later, Hackerd still tries to remind herself that tinkering is the important part of creating as she crafts her jewelry line, Ole Licorice Designs, named for that very anvil. Based in Austin for the last six years, Hackerd creates pieces that range from simple, elegant things she’d love to wear herself to more emotional, dramatic creations that require a slightly different kind of perception. “Trying to tap into that primal thing is a little bit more challenging,” she says. “It’s about going to a place we’re not supposed to go, and creating something that I might never wear as a person but that somebody is going to find profound meaning in.” A trained opera singer, Hackerd never considered jewelry when she was younger because she was “destined for Broadway,” she says with a laugh. She’s still a singer, but notes that the two art forms couldn’t be more different. “As a singer, I’m an actress,” she says. “I’m allowed to be other people, to be an extrovert and to be lost in a whole other world.” And with jewelry? “I’m much more of an introvert. I get to be quiet within myself.” For more information, see Amy will be selling her jewelry at the East Austin Studio Tour ( with Eye Like Design on Cherico Street. j. netzer


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a m y' s

Inspiration Board

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4. 5.

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1. Silk cords: I love color. I’m addicted to the colors that silk cord provides in a necklace. It’s a pop of vibrancy. 2. Vintage bottles: In the beginning, I couldn’t afford mandrels. I would walk around the house and find stuff to wrap metal around. I still use these all the time for shaping. 3. Geode: I’m a huge fan of gems and minerals. This geode my son cracked, and I use it for display. Sometimes I just stare at it when I draw a blank, and usually an idea will come. 4. My kids’ artwork: I’m constantly inspired by what my children draw. The shapes and color schemes used. There is no filter or fear with them. 5. Tackle box: The ultimate in organizing tools, metals, and cabochons for transport. 6. A picture of my grandparents: American Gothic style. They are watching over me. 7. Anvil: The original “Ole Licorice” has retired and is poolside in Florida with my uncle. I have a most worthy substitute that was a gift from Jack Sanders, of Design Build Adventure. 8. My needle file set: It’s a great sound, hearing metal being scraped away. 9. Books: My Ed Wiener book, because I love the Modernist era. The shapes and ideas were “outside the box” during this time. My Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre book The Ruins of Detroit. I was born and raised in the Detroit area. I find great beauty and inspiration in that city. I look at that city like a grandparent. It’s run-down, crippled, suffering, and in pain, but it paved the way for all Americans. Detroit deserves respect. As Confucius said, “Everything has beauty, not everyone sees it.” 10. Ball-peen hammer: I get great satisfaction out of hammering stuff. It’s a controlled release and can change the whole look of a piece. november 2014



pick One of Stephen's favorite new features is the rear dining area. With help from Clayton and Little Architects and designer Mickie Spencer, the team raised the roof 20 feet and added skylights and clerestory windows.

The New Orleansinspired diner borrows its name from its predecessor, Arkie Sawyer, the founder of Arkie's

You'd never guess this space was originally from 1948. A few coats of paint, innovative lighting fixtures, and the direction of designer Mickie Spencer have updated the old Arkie's Grill into a hip dining destination.

Time is of the essence for this midcentury interior design. "We were doing our best to be respectful to both the former business and time period we wanted to emulate," Stephen said. "I think we succeed."

Sawyer & Co.

N e w O r l e a n s– i n s p i r ed fa r e i n a s l eek m i d - c en t u ry s e tt i n g .


awyer & Co., the latest addition to the emerging dining strip of tures relics from Arkie’s past, including the booths that are now used as East Cesar Chavez, brings a New Orleans–inspired diner to Aus- patio seating, as well as new additions such as light fixtures that are themtin’s eclectic scene. The first restaurant from Lauren and Stephen selves a work of art. The only thing that might distract from the design is the aroma Shallcross, owners of 2 Dine 4 Fine Catering and Swoop Events, Sawyer & Co. sprouted after their beloved fifties-era restaurant, Arkie’s Grill, wafting from the kitchen. The menu from culinary team Happy closed its doors a few years ago. Soon after, the husband-and-wife team Abdelbaki and Chris Chism includes all-day breakfasts, and Cajuninfluenced comfort food for lunch and dinner, like crawfish etouffée purchased the property, and the rest is history. History, in fact, played a significant role in the inspiration for the proj- and smothered pork chops with gravy. Other staples include authentic ect. The Shallcross team wanted to preserve Arkie’s soul, so they turned po’boys, with options like fried shrimp, fried oysters, or Creole catto designer Mickie Spencer, whose impressive résumé includes the East fish. The menu also boasts an impressive dessert selection, and if you Side Showroom, the Garage Cocktail Bar, Hillside Farmacy, Swan Dive, happen upon a photo of the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie on Sawyer and other local favorites. When it came to the interior design, the team & Co.’s Instagram feed, you won’t be able to turn down pastry chef Claudia Vidal’s creation. decided to honor the restaurant’s history with a mid-century style. Since opening in September, Sawyer & Co. has been slowly enhanc“I always loved Arkie’s and I wanted to be respectful of the space—it was unique because it was almost unchanged from the fifties and that doesn’t ex- ing the experience with developments such as a full bar with signature ist in Austin,” Shallcross said. “I wanted to take a step back and preserve that cocktails on tap—a feature that Arkie’s never saw. Though it’s clear that the restaurant pays tribute to its predecessor, it’s without being kitschy and fake.” Sawyer & Co. even more apparent that Sawyer & Co. is well on its As a result, the space feels authentically weathered, but 4827 E Cesar Chavez St way to making a history of its own. t. mendoza balanced with a contemporary flair. Spencer’s design fea-


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Victor Farnsworth made The Hightower's lovely bar himself, using flooring ends and epoxy.

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Hightower co-owners Chad Dolezal and Victor Farnsworth dreamed of creating a restaurant where their friends could gather to savor great food and drink without busting their budgets.

Watch out, chicken wings! Grit Fried Chicken Thighs, with fresno, fried bok choy, orange sauce, and flour tortillas bring bar food to a while new level.

A Very Happy Hour: the Chicken Liver Paté with quince jam, candied peanuts, slivered grapes, and crostini pairs perfectly with the Attayac cocktail for an end-of-the-workday delight.

The Hightower

Clever , convincing riffs on bar food create a menu made for cocktail s and wine.


ven a serious eater in the new Austin of gleaming skyscrapers, hovering cranes, and Uber might wonder whether we need another venue for artisanal cocktails and deconstructed food. But those who might overlook The Hightower, on East 7th (and sharing the parking lot with the Cut Barber House, for those who need a trim before dinner) would be missing out on a gem. Because one of the few things Austin, TX could use (besides a subway system) is more restaurants that serve the space between Big Night Out and Burger Night. Let’s be honest: the building is strange. According to co-owner Victor Farnsworth, the lowslug stone structure housed the original Nuevo Leon, and later Karibu Ethiopian Restaurant. But the ghosts of margaritas past are nowhere to be seen in the refurbished interior, flanked on one side by a gleaming bar that Farnsworth made out of flooring ends and epoxy. The bar serves interesting cocktails (e.g. the


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Attayac, with rye, Cointreau, and lemon), beer, and an appealing curated wine list. Any restaurant with a five-dollar glass of house red or white is good by me, but The Hightower has more thoughtful choices: the floral Kono “Sauv Blanc” was perfect with the mahimahi ceviche. A couple trading sexy glances and a middleaged fellow sharing an evening out with his iPad seemed equally at home, lingering at tables that Farnsworth also built, by cutting doors from Habitat for Humanity into squares reminiscent of his grandmother’s card table. If your dining companion is less than scintillating, you can gaze at the mural on the back wall, created by local artist Graham Franciose, who painted late at night while the Hightower was being renovated. Or you can watch the open kitchen, a live-action work of art, where chef and co-owner Chad Dolezal, is creating some of the most inventive and delicious cheap eats in the city. The smoked redfish spread, topped with a sweet zing of caper

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jam, made me think of my grandmother’s happy hour dip. And the rich chicken liver pâté, adorned surprisingly with candied peanuts and slivers of grape, arrived looking like a dish from Qui but quickly devolved as we dug in. Bar-food enthusiasts, rejoice. Dolezal’s take on “chicken wings” is going to knock your socks off. Dipped in batter, dredged in grits and fried, the thighs evoke take-out Chinese and Super Bowl Sunday in one meaty bite. The Tuesday prix fixe includes a choice of either of Hightower’s two desserts. The s’more fried pie was serviceable but not a thrill (as a mom of three kids, I eat a lot of s’mores), but the pretzel/piecrust crumble on the buttermilk pie was a standout. Gazing at the three-course bargain, a tattooed patron exclaimed, “All this food is twenty bucks?” Best of all, there’s plenty of room for parking, and the lovely patio did not hold a line of people waiting for a table. But my guess is that this—like everything else in Austin— will change. Amanda ward P h oto g r a ph y by t h o m a s w i n s low

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dining guide

After a night on the town, we love these spots for a late bite. 24 DINER

pop in for Vietnamese

600 N Lamar

cuisine like a bowl of

(512) 472 5400

hot pho.

As the name suggests, this diner promises


delicious plates 24/7.


Head over any time



ends. Try favorites

Delicious bakeshop

200 Congress Ave

207 E 53rd St

like the Thai Chicken

upstairs and beer gar-

(512) 827 2755

(512) 614 6683

Karaag or the Poor

den downstairs—this

Tucked in between

Michael and Jessica

Quis Buns.

is the kind of place

Second Bar + Kitchen

Sanders bring craft

and the upscale

cocktails and Ameri-


while sipping a lo-

Congress restaurant,

can pub fare to drink.


cal brew on the patio

well., located in the

1100 E 6th St

and warm aromas

where you can relax

of the day or night to

79 Rainey St

Bar Congress stirs

satisfy cravings for ev-

(512) 386 1656

up quality, classic

North Loop district.

(512) 467 4280

of croissants and

cocktails and deli-

Now offering a late-

A more glamorous

freshly baked pretzels

cious fare. Open until

night menu from

spot on the gritty East

waft over you from

midnight, Monday-

11pm to midnight,

6th Street. Head here

upstairs. Open until


debuting new options

for both pre-Prohibi-

2 am.

like sliders. Other

tion classic cocktails


snacks to try include

and fine cuisine.


1500 S Lamar Ste 150

fried chickpeas and

Classy selections such

1503 S 1st St

(512) 473 2211


as pickled deviled eggs,

The food trailer af-

mussels, and quail are

filiated with Gour-

erything from roasted

Banger’s brings the

chicken to burgers,

German Biergarten

breakfast served

tradition stateside

around the clock, and

with an array of arti-

one-of-a-kind milk

san sausages and over

shakes like roasted

100 beers on tap.

banana and brown sugar. An extensive


gluten-free menu is

206 Colorado St

Hoppin' Spanish

also available.

(512) 382 5557

tapas restaurant in a


some frequently or-

dough’s Public House,

modern South Austin

1618 E 6th St

dered snacks.

providing enormous

setting. Perfect spot to

Mulitple Locations

head to after a movie,

(S. Lamar)


tive twists like the

with light options and

Chef Paul Qui’s food


Mother Clucker—a

a top-notch cocktail

truck offers Asian


donut topped with a

menu. Reservations

fusion food until

709 E 6th St

fried-chicken strip


1:45am on week-

(512) 614 4972

and honey butter.

A great place to stop 888 VIETNAMESE

when you’re going


out for a night on the

2400 E Oltorf St

town, this sushi and

(512) 448 4722

bar hot spot stays

Serving until 2 am,

open until 2 am on the weekends.



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v i s i t t r i b e z a .c o m t o v i e w t h e e n t i r e o n l i n e d i n i n g g u i d e

underwent a face-lift

like the Margherita as

menu with grilled

(512) 451 1436

your most authen-


and now features

well as innovative pies

salmon, chicken fried

3003 S Lamar Blvd

tic Mexican food

73 Rainey St

small plates suitable

like the White Clam

steak, fried caper

(512) 445 4451

needs. From tortas

(512) 480 2255

for sharing, tableside

and special toppings

fettuccine and more.

13435 Hwy 183 N Ste 415

to breakfast tacos to

Growing from a

flambé desserts, and

like fried eggplant

Open until midnight

(512) 258 7757

enchiladas, stop here

sprawling food trailer,

classic cocktails. Open

and meatballs.

Friday and Saturday.

2606 Guadalupe St

for something savory

G’Raj Mahal’s new

till 2am every day.

(512) 477 5717

or pick up something



4301 W William Cannon

sweet from their

offers the tasty Indian


3110 Guadalupe St

310 Colorado St

(512) 899 1500

bakery—a marvel of

fare that built its rep-

718 Red River St

(512) 537 0467

(512) 472 6770

701 S Capital of Texas Hwy

pan dulce, empana-

utation as the Rainey

(512) 477 4256

A gastropub with

A Warehouse District

(512) 879 2820

das, marranitos and

Street go-to. Grab a

Ideally located just

French inclinations,

highlight, delectable

Since opening its first

so much more.

beer or wine at the

steps from popular

a beautiful patio, and

Peking Duck and

set of doors in 1980,

indoor bar or enjoy

music venues like Mo-

unique cocktails.

memorable specialty

this Austin café has


people-watching over

hawk, Red Eyed Fly,

Open until midnight

cocktails. Open until

expanded to six loca-


a generous helping of

and Stubb’s, Hoboken


midnight Friday and

tions across Austin.

5408 Burnet Rd

your favorite masala

Pie is the place for


Wherever your night

(512) 514 0664 &

from the patio before

that late-night slice.


takes you, you’re sure

2218 College Ave

calling it a night.

Open every night until


to find a Kerbey nearby

(512) 297 2423


4206 Duval St

with a stack of their

This year the South

famous pancakes hot

Congress favorite

and ready. Their South

opened a new outpost

Lamar, Guadalupe,

off Burnet Road. Dif-

and Hwy 183 locations

ferent location, same

are open 24/7!

straight-up Southern

dine-in space still



(512) 458 3168

1120 S Lamar Blvd


(512) 383 8309

1415 S Congress Ave

(512) 899 2700

The go-to destination

(512) 444 7437

American comfort

for a bite and a drink

For pizza cravings

classics with a Texan

after checking out a

south of the river,

kick. A great appetizer

movie at the newly

head to Home Slice

menu featuring avoca-

renovated Alamo

Pizza. Open until 3am

do fries, beer battered

Drafthouse on South

for your post-bar-hop-

green beans, and

Lamar. Highball

ping convenience, and

steamed dumplings

itself also recently

stocked with classics

november 2014

4521 West Gate Blvd

and extensive dinner josephine house

JUSTINE’S BRASSERIE 4701 E 5th St (512) 385 2900 A hip Parisian inspired spot on the East Side with les plats like steak tartare and moules frites. Open until 1:30 am. KERBEY LANE CAFE 3704 Kerbey Lane

goodness, from moon LA MEXICANA

pies to fried green


tomatoes to corn muf-

1924 S 1st St

fins to the crème de la

(512) 443 6369

crème: fried chicken.

Open 24/7 to deliver

Open until midnight




v i s i t t r i b e z a .c o m t o v i e w t h e e n t i r e o n l i n e d i n i n g g u i d e

Friday and Saturday.

ham, Swiss, and

have to experience


options like Hatch

from triple decker


pickles on a sweet egg

the dinner menu for

620 Congress Ave #105

green chile beer beans

quesadillas, stuffed

1920 S. Congress Ave

roll). Get there late for


(512) 472 1244

with saffron rice and

jalapeños, Texas Chili

(512) 445 0000

a bite or come earlier

Your favorite Thai dish-

fresh pico de gallo and

burgers, and more.

A classic South Austin

and enjoy the over-


es including stir fries

hand-cut sweet potato

spot that offers its own

proof rum punch and

4827 E Cesar Chavez St

and curries available

wedges with curry


eclectic personality.

rum-centric cocktails.

(512) 531 9033

until 3am every day.

marsala mayo.


Open 24 hours a day


1950 S IH-35

Bringing more Cajun

and serving up soups,


and soul food options to



(512) 442 5337

salads, burgers, and

315 Congress Ave

the East Side. The mid-

1530 Barton Springs Rd


This funky mini mart-

breakfast around the

(512) 482 8842

century modern design

(512) 476 0100

8600 Burnet Rd

café satisfies keep


Offering modern

adds quirk to some seri-

Savory barbeque, a

(512) 458 6544

Austin weird with

American small

ously good food.

wealth of beers, and

6203 N Capital of Texas

offbeat décor, copious


plates without con-

regular live music


beer, and cheap, tasty


fining itself to one


makes this a destina-

(512) 418 9700

food. Stop in before

208 W 4th St

particular cooking


tion spot on Barton

9600 Escarpment Blvd


(512) 322 9921

style, this spot on

2908 Fruth St

Springs Road. Open

(512) 301 1007

Serving “Island Street

Congress boasts an

(512) 480 9562

until 2am daily.

9600 S IH-35 Service

Food” until 2 am Tues-

innovative menu. To

Known for its eclectic

day-Saturday. Try the

show you what we

crowd, colorful patio,


Suite D-100

toasted coconut gua-

mean by innovation,

and fun drink menu,


(512) 292 7900

our entire

camole with plantain

the Coconut Panna

this popular Austin

1704 E 5th St

With four locations,

chips to start, then

Cotta is made of ba-

spot also offers late

(512) 480 9572

this Austin original

online dining

order their very own

sil sherbet, peanut

night bites until 2am.

Step out for a drink

offers tasty food at a

guide, email

late-night specialty,

butter powder, cur-

Enjoy sandwiches,

and stay for the classic

convenience. Open

e d i to r i a l@

served only between

ried rice krispies,

tacos, and pita pizzas

fare, from sandwiches

until midnight Mon-

midnight and 2 am,

lime gel, and micro

before a show at their

to frittatas. Open

day-Saturday, satiate

t r i b e z a .co m

medianoche (Cuban/

basil. And that’s just

music menu, Spider

until 2am every day of

your late night crav-

Caribbean roast pork,

for dessert! You’ll

House Ballroom.

the week, with snack

ings with everything

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Tequila's Spicy Sidekick By all accounts it’s a spirited occasion. Each November, friends gather at Lucinda Hutson’s funky purple house in Rosedale for her annual Day of the Dead (Día de los

Serve sangrita chilled in shot glasses to accompany shots of tequila blanco or reposado.

Muertos) celebration, held in her backyard garden brimming with tropical plants, whimsical folk art, and Mexican-themed

Her recipe is based on a traditional one (so it does not include tomato) and relies on chile sauce and pomegranate juice to provide the sanguine color.

outdoor “rooms,” including a cantina. “I think I was one of the first to celebrate Day of the Dead in Austin, after having visited graveyards in Michoacán about 25 years ago,” Hutson says. Her communal altars have been a place for amigos to pay homage to someone they have lost, bringing a memory, a candle, a photo, or a dish that was dear to the deceased. “Day of the Dead is a way to remember our past, our heritage, our family. It’s truly a celebration of life and memory of those we love,” she says. Her potent elixirs are another enticement. Hutson is a tequila ex-

Hudson has acquired an impressive collection of shot glasses for her favorite ritual.

pert ( her latest book is Viva Tequila, published last year). She serves shots of her favorite spirit with her famous sangrita, a bloodred, nonalcoholic chaser that, she says, “simultaneously piques taste buds in an explosion of sweet, tart, sour, salty, and piquant flavors. I must admit it’s always the hit of the party.” p. disbrowe

Sangrita La Lucinda Makes about 24 shots

4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice 1 1/2 cups 100% natural pomegranate juice 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, preferably from Mexican limes 8–12 ounces commercially bottled Salsa Valentina or Salsa Tamazula Salt, to taste Combine ingredients and chill overnight or longer (it just gets better). Taste and adjust flavorings for balance. Sangrita keeps for more than a week refrigerated. Excerpt from ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures by Lucinda Hutson (copyright © 1995 and 2013 by Lucinda Hutson. Used by permission of the University of Texas Press. For more information, visit


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For the most authentic flavor, use small Mexican limes.

Travels in Mexico have resulted in a collection of Day of the Dead folk art, from pottery and dishes to sugar skulls and hanging skeletons.

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