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on the cover: Jeff Nichol s; photogr aphy by leann mueller + styling by lauren smith ford; J e f f i s w e a r i n g a s h i r t, j a c k e t a n d t i e f r o m B i l l y R e i d a n d j e a n s b y RRL f r o m STAG .
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Perspective: Leah Duncan
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ray wylie hubbard photo by wynn myers; jeff nichols photo by leann mueller; ann lowe photo by wynn myers; new bohemia photo by evan prince; john spong and julie blakeslee photo by jeff wilson; erika stojeba photo by andrew chan.
This month's cover model Jeff Nichols back in December 2009 when we wrote about him for our "10 to Watch" article.
n the TRIBEZA December 2009 issue, we launched a new feature called the “10 to Watch.” Prior to that issue, we always named the 10 Austinites of the Year. They were well-known, long-time members of the community who had made big contributions to the city in the worlds of art, style, cuisine and, among other avenues, architecture. With our new “10 to Watch” story, we hoped to find the next generation of these dynamic Austinites. In 2009, we were intrigued by a fresh-faced, 30-year-old filmmaker named Jeff Nichols and named him one of the "10 to Watch." He wrote and directed Shotgun Stories, which won grand jury prizes at both the Austin and Seattle Film Festivals, and he was going to start shooting his next feature, Take Shelter, that summer. In 2011, Take Shelter won the Grand Prize at Critic’s Week during the Cannes Film Festival. And this month, Nichols’ new film, Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, will debut in theaters on April 26. “I am just ready for people to see it! It's been a long wait since Cannes last year,” Nichols shares in our interview. “Also, I'm nervous. I hope people go out and see it. I've never had a film released at this scale before. Fingers are crossed!” We are honored to feature such a rising star on our cover and caught up with him at one of his favorite East Austin haunts, El Azteca, for the feature on page 56, “The Man Behind Mud.” Photographer LeAnn Mueller beautifully captured Nichols in some of our favorite looks for spring from two perfectly curated shops, STAG and Billy Reid. In “Profiles in Style,” we go behind the scenes with some new and familiar faces who let us explore the stylish nooks and crannies of their spaces to discover where they find inspiration. People like Sam Hill Vintage’s Kyle Muller, FÖDA Studio’s Jett Butler, designer Ann Lowe, musician Ray Wylie Hubbard and artist couple Phil and Christy Curcuru could not have been more interesting subjects. At the TRIBEZA headquarters, we get excited about all things spring style and are celebrating it with vibrant colors and looks of the season at The Lawn Party on April 18. Check Tribeza.com for full details on this fun event and for more information on the Austinites featured in this issue who are each stylish in their own way. The Helm Boots crew in their new showroom on East Sixth.
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As the Blanton Museum of Art celebrated 50 years of art and culture in Austin, guests gathered at the museum for Gold a Go-Go, a lively after-party complete with Grey Goose cocktails, dancing and live music by The BlueBonnets, featuring Kathy Valentine and Charlie Sexton.
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Musicians and father-son duo Bob Schneider Sr. and Bob Schneider Jr. with music journalist and KGSR DJ Andy Langer.
Atomic Lobster Barn Exhibition
Irishman and featured artist of the night Gareth Maguire with Brazilian model Adriane Boff.
Austin’s creative community gathered at the Atomic Lobster Barn Gallery for a thoughtful evening of art, hosted by The Live Vibe Collective. Exploring diverse themes, from Ireland’s political turmoil to melancholy, the exhibit featured work by Belfast-born artist Gareth Maguire and renowned Austin musician Bob Schneider.
Pine Street Station offered a creative setting for ARTCRANK’s exhibition of work inspired by the city’s bike culture. Guests enjoyed drinks by Widmer Brothers Brewing as they browsed a unique collection of hand-printed bike posters from 30 local artists, celebrating the cycling scene and benefiting LIVESTRONG.
Atomic Lobster: 1. Bob Schneider Sr., Bob Schneider Jr. & Andy Langer 2. Chloe Malek & Joanna Gallup 3. Allison Walton & Bale Creek Allen 4. Linda Baker, John Paul Dejoria & Mark Kyle 5. Adriane Boff & Gareth Maguire 6. Christine & Louis Messina ARTCRANK: 7. Sean Suputra & Madeleine Dao 8. Cara Ericson, Earl Ball & Laura Fisseler 9. Mark Gilbert & Jonathan Pecora 10. Neil Little & Jenn Lindeman
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8 The Young Women’s Alliance and Young Men’s Business League celebrated the 15th annual Austin Under 40, honoring the best and brightest young minds at Austin Music Hall. The elegant evening began with a silent auction and cocktails, followed by a seated dinner and awards ceremony recognizing the innovative Austinites shaping our community.
Emily Keast, the owner of chic 2nd Street boutique Gallery D, and Matteson Ellis, an attorney who won the Youth & Education category at the Awards, got married last month.
Chioco Design & Cultivate PR’s Open House
Acclaimed architecture firm Chioco Design and Cultivate Public Relations opened their beautiful new East Side offices to the Austin community for an intimate celebration, complete with the lively sounds of DJ Benny Backburner and cuisine by Uchi and Noble Sandwiches.
Au40: 1. Kaki Gaines & Kendra Scott 2. Celeste Lockin & Jen Hodge 3. Bria, Shawn & Sarah Cirkiel 4. Erin Dykman & Jesse Herman 5. David & Shelby Marquardt 6. Anna & Patrick Rose 7. Daniel & Annie Mahoney 8. Jackie Mooney & Paige Winstanley 9. Emily Keast & Matteson Ellis Chioco Design: 10. Elaine Garza & Courtney Knittel 11. Elizabeth Baird & Jamie Chioco 12. Sam Davidson & Buff Strickland
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Moss' Grand Re-Opening
MOSS Designer Consignment unveiled its elegant new space and menswear section during a stylish soiree at its South Lamar outpost. Among the boutique’s array of stunning designer garments, guests explored Moss’ expanded collection and sampled cocktails by Z Tequila and pastries by Austin Cake Ball.
CUSP x The Man Repeller
Neiman Marcus kicked off SXSW with a cocktail buffet in its vibrant CUSP pop-up shop at Wanderlust Live. Noted style blogger Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller debuted her capsule collection from The Man Repeller x PJK…Just Saying to the beat of celebrity DJ Theory.
Moss: 1. Masha Poloskova & Designer Paul Valentine 2. Alex Gehring 3. Allen Sanders & Katy Stroud 4. Michaele Smith & Robby King 5. Jane & Claude McCan 6. Marcus Wendler Hersh & Kyle Lagunas CUSP: 7. Alex Matzner & Leandra Medine 8. Jenny Murphy, Pepper Ammann & Mackenzie Howey 9. Lacey Miller, Meredith Sanger & Beth Ann Dranguet 10. Jean Scheidnes, David Goldberg & Laurel Pinson 11. Courtney Kerr & Amber Venz 12. Sarah Brown & Jonathan Ochart
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Austin’s creative set gathered at Loot Vintage Rentals’ sumptuous new space for a warehouse warming party. Amidst Loot’s beautifully rustic pieces, guests explored the work of local makers, from calligraphy by Wayfarer’s Creative to decadent pastries by Bake Sale, as nostalgic sounds by the Austin Phonograph Company filled the air.
CUSP Launch Party
TRIBEZA and Neiman Marcus presented the latest trends in fashion this spring during CUSP, a dynamic celebration of style at the Domain. Guests savored bites by Fleming’s Steakhouse as they danced into the evening to tunes by DJ Nabiya de Grace. Stylish fashionistas Alex Winkelman, Carly Christopher, Sofia Avila, Kathryn Hamilton and Anna Anami co-hosted the evening.
Dazed and Confused’s 20th Anniversary
As Richard Linklater’s seminal Austin film, Dazed and Confused, celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Austin Film Society held two honorary screenings at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, followed by a Q+A with the reunited cast and crew. Afterward, guests enjoyed cocktails with the stars of the film.
Loot Vintage: 1. Erin & Kyle Muller 2. Claire Zinnecker, Kate Stafford & Chanel Dror 3. Lindsey Reynolds & Cameron Cooper 4. Amanda Witucki & Tara Moon 5. Sarah Poole & Ashley Gallegos 6. Anna Clendennen & Rachel Sessions CUSP: 7. Sofia Avila, Kathryn Hamilton & Alex Winkelman 8. Meredith Davis & Cassie LaMere Dazed and Confused: 9. Marissa Ribisi & Michelle Burke Thomas 10. Wiley Wiggins & David Blackwell 11. Nicky Katt & Richard Linklater
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Texas Film Hall of Fame After-Party
After honoring groundbreaking filmmakers during the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, the Austin Film Society toasted to the winners during a sparkling after-party. Against a stunning backdrop of dancers by Coco Coquette, guests indulged in drinks and latenight bites, all to the sounds of composer Graham Reynolds, Adrian Quesada and Jim Eno of Spoon.
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Seaside BY K RISTIN ARMSTRO NG I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll agh er A beautiful man invited me to join him on a business trip to Puerto
Rico. As I said, he’s beautiful, plus I really love the beach, so naturally, I said yes. My kids were excited for me, especially my girls, because they find him beautiful too (inside, since he’s old—40). But they had another motive behind their excitement, which was revealed in short order. We normally sit in the hot tub before bedtime, a good time to wind down and talk before bed (also one of the only places they cannot bring their godforsaken screens is in water = bonus). I slipped out of my robe, and as I was easing into the hot water, one of my daughters casually said, “So, um, Mom. You weren’t thinking of bringing that bathing suit on your trip were you?” I didn’t tell her that I actually was—I mean I only have a few. She went on, “No offense, Mom, but it’s, like, from Old Navy like five years ago, and it’s old and baggy, and it does not, no offense, make your boobs look good.” I’m starting to hate any sentence out of my daughters’ mouths that includes the phrase no offense, because whatever comes next is guaranteed to be totally offensive. After I stopped laughing, I stood up and assessed the situation. Okay, maybe she had a point. Maybe I would get something new for my trip. A few days later, I had a window of time before pickup and headed to the mall. Can I just say this? Whoever sold dressing room mirrors to Barton Creek Mall should be hung upside down, ideally naked, in front of every middle-aged mom in Central Austin. I’m just saying. I bought nothing and was nothing and called my best friend in a panic,
telling her I needed her to call the beautiful man and cancel my trip. I muttered incomprehensible things about age and love and why bother and who in their right freaking mind would be 41 and go to the beach with a new boyfriend in January of all months good Lord and after she felt I had gone on long enough, she said that f luorescent lighting makes every woman of every age unhappy with themselves and I just needed to try another store before I gave up on things like love, hope and travel. She’s usually right about everything, so I mustered courage and tried again a few days later at a very expensive store with clearly much better mirrors and better lighting because I loved everything I put on, and I loved me again. I spent enough money that I could have paid for the trip myself, a few bathing suits, several cover ups, a few outfits and new dangly earrings that looked more like gala than pool—but screw it, I was on a roll. I wore everything on my trip, and although I have no idea what I looked like to anyone else, I felt like Coco Chanel by the pool, a total Riviera diva, even surrounded by people with concert shirts, sunburns, spare tires and tattoos. I needed that. Normally on my vacay, I’m at the pool in a stretched-out, ancient Old Navy swimsuit with a pair of running shorts as a cover up as I chase my kids around, spraying sunscreen and ordering chicken tenders that will mostly feed the f lies. It matters. Spring is here, so we may as well put a little in our step, girls. Get yourself something pretty and remember that you, my dear, are pretty too.
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hen it comes to style, Claire Fields of Beehive is fearless. The boutique owner began cultivating her bold eye for fashion as a young girl growing up in Corpus Christi, where she had free reign to explore an aesthetic of her own: “My mother always let me put my outfits together, no matter how ‘wrong’ they were,” she laughs. “My aunt still tells me to this day how hilarious some of the outfits were that my mom let me leave the house in!” Nearly two decades later, Fields moved to New York City to intern for designer Zac Posen, an experience she calls “a dream come true,” though she soon found herself drawn home to Texas. ”Everything just has its time,” she says, “and I was ready for the next challenge.” Upon her return, Fields launched Beehive, a West Austin destination for vibrant and eclectic style. Channeling the bright, 60s-inspired sensibility of its name, coupled with a touch of effortless beach chic, the boutique is stocked with fresh pieces, from sequin Aztec skirts to flowy maxi-dresses with interesting color palettes. “We believe opposites attract, so we’ve taken the strongest versions of all the looks out there and brought them to one place,” Fields remarks. Whether she’s pairing a structured blazer with the perfect white tee or mixing stripes with an off-beat banana print, Fields strives to find the perfect look for each customer: “Everyone here loves what they do,” she says. “We want to make sure you walk out the door feeling better than when you walked in.” For more information about Claire Fields and Beehive, visit shop-beehive.com. l. siva
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What is the most beautiful place in the world you have visited? Victoria Falls, Africa. Everyone needs to visit Africa in their lifetime…it has a very special place in my heart. What was your favorite childhood piece of clothing? It would have to be my Alice costume from Alice & Wonderland…it made me feel absolutely magical. What is your favorite decade? 1960’s—Slim Aarons captured the moments I love in such a fabulous way! What piece of artwork would you most like to own? I already own it: my mom’s sleeping hippo that she painted in 1972, currently hanging above my bed.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you? My grandmother was a WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilot) during WWII. Their uniforms were designed by fashion designers at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and Neiman Marcus fashion coordinators from Dallas personally fitted each girl for her uniform—fancy army of women, huh? She was a pioneer and hero in her own time. What is your most treasured possession? All of our family photographs taken from holidays, birthdays, vacations and the summertime. We had so much fun growing up—I have very adventurous parents who kept my brothers and me entertained with all sorts
of outdoor activities: fishing, hunting, snorkeling, golfing, shopping. The list goes on… Who is your style icon? Always changing, but currently, I would have to say Taylor Tomasi Hill. What is the greatest challenge you have overcome? Realizing that owning my own business will mean my gypsy heart will have to remain in one city for a very long time. But traveling to market for buying trips gets it all out of my system. Who or what inspires you most? I find inspiration all around me, especially in people: my customers, my friends, strangers in the street. P h oto g r a p h y by jay b s au c eda
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Leah Duncan artist
Art saved her life—an artist's journey through a difficult childhood to embracing what she was meant to do all along.
was six years old when we had career day
bottles of vodka I'd find in the back of my father's
hard work, my business took off. I kept drawing and
at my school. You know, the kind where
truck. Playing catch with him in the backyard
quickly moved into textiles, eventually creating my
you dress up and tell everyone what you
turned into driving him to AA meetings. My mom,
first line of home goods. Having my own business
want to be when you grow up. There were
trying to keep things together, eventually began to
was one of the biggest challenges of my life, but
doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, scien-
lose control as she saw her twenty-plus year mar-
also the most thrilling. I loved that I was putting
tists, teachers and even an astronaut. I dressed up
riage unravel. My father lost his job and spent time
my work out into the world and making a name for
as a dancer. Pink leotard, sparkly tutu, pink tights,
in jail for his multiple DUI charges. They ultimately
myself. I was in love. I breathed it.
ballet slippers, hair in a bun, big smile.
Although I'm not a dancer today, I can't help but think that six-year-old me would be proud of who I've become. I have no idea where I would be without my career. Like many creatives, I'm convinced it's one of the only things I'm good at. I tried to be good at
was dead. It happened when I was twenty. I'd rather spare the details of exactly what hap-
Talent is a funny thing. Most people see it as a gift. Something passed down to mortals from some unknown source. A skill given to us that we ultimately have to be responsible for. I've never been
pened. I'm just going to say that, to this day, it's the
convinced that's the truth. I know from experience
hardest thing I've ever faced.
that talent comes from loving something so much
Somehow, I can't help but think the heartache
that you can't stop doing it. But then again, there are
math. I took piano lessons once. I even wanted to
of my father made me an entrepreneur. There's
those moments when I have no idea where it comes
be an architect. But art is the only thing that stuck.
nothing like losing someone close to you that will
from or if it even really happened. Those moments
And in a way—a very real way—it saved my life.
make you see how precious each day is. There's also
when I've put pen to paper and it felt like it wasn't
Much like finding a soulmate, when I found design,
nothing like seeing your father, a man you once so
just me, but some greater force moving through me
I knew we would be together forever.
admired, lose his life to addiction. If anything, if it's
to help my vision come to fruition. And if there is
My father was an engineer, and my mother was
possible for there to be a plus side to it at all, it gives
a small moment when I'm having a lack of vision,
an elementary school teacher. They were very proud
you enormous strength, perseverance and courage.
or some never-ending rut of insanity where I can't
of our cherry-red brick home in small town South
And the truth is, when your biggest fear becomes
quite get my work where I want it to be... I dance.
Carolina. My older sister and I got to travel a lot
a reality, it makes everything else less scary. So,
growing up. We spent months in Germany while my
when I found myself unhappy working as a graphic
wanted to be—somewhat literally, but more so in
father was working there. We loved spending week-
designer after college, following a logical path for a
the actions I decided to take. Deciding to make a
ends at my grandparents where they had chickens,
paycheck, I knew I had to take a risk and follow my
living as an artist/designer requires versatility and
goats, pigs and a pony named Pedro. We caught
heart. I'd felt my creative roots tugging at me, and it
movement. Tip-toeing from moment to mo-
lightning bugs and chased tadpoles down at the lake
was time to make a change.
ment, pirouetting through the hardships, leaping
in our neighborhood. We were all set up to have the
After we married in 2008, my husband and I
So, yes, in a way, I became the dancer I'd always
towards the risks and taking a bow and applaud-
perfect upbringing, but somewhere along the way,
moved to Austin, before we had ever visited the
ing when it's all paid off. These days I've traded in
things started to fall apart.
city. We chose it over every other one for its sunny
my pink leotard and sparkly tutu for polka dotted
weather and great Mexican food. That's when I
dresses and heels, or, if I'm being real, jeans and a
was in junior high. It spiraled out of control through
began to draw again and do art projects—something
white tank top, but I know my six-year-old self is
high school. Our home life at that time was, for the
I'd sought solace in my whole life. I began to put my
still in here somewhere. And I have a feeling she's
most part, a wreck. I found myself pouring out the
work online, and with a lot of determination and
I started to notice my father's drinking when I
My biggest fear was getting a phone call that he
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April Calendars arts & entertainment
Entertainment Calendar Music Cavemen
April 1, 9pm The Parish
Pat Benatar & Neil giraldo
April 13, 6:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater Maria schneider
April4, 7pm Antone's
April 13, 7:30pm Bates Recital Hall
April 4, 8pm Stubb's
April 5, 8pm Circuit of the Americas Purple party with kristin chenoweth
April 6, 8pm The Long Center
April 5, 8pm The Paramount Theatre Dawn Upshaw
April 7, 7pm Bates Recital Hall Grizzly Bear
April 8, 7pm Stubb's
April 15, 6:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater Alison Balsom
April 16, 8pm Bass Concert Hall
Zac brown band
April 18, 5pm Circuit of the Americas Crystal castles
April 21, 7pm Austin Music Hall gipsy kings
April 24, 6:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater Band of Horses
April 24, 7pm Stubb's
April 26, 6pm Circuit of the Americas
Two Door Cinema Club
April 9 & 10, 6:30pm Stubb's
Million Dollar Quartet
April 9-14 Bass Concert Hall Sigur ros
April 10, 6:30pm Cedar Park Center April 2013
April 13-14 The Paramount Theatre Fly fishing film tour
April 18, 7pm The Paramount Theatre
Dana falconberry and buxton
Film KLRU Community Cinema: the island president
April 2, 7-9pm Windsor Park Library Fuel
April 3, 7:30 The Paramount Theatre
Cabeza de vaca
April 3-5 The Long Center
Mad beat hip & Gone
April 3-28 ZACH Theatre
Meryl Tankard's the oracle
April 6, 8pm Bass Concert Hall Shen Yun
April 11-13 The Long Center Roots and Wings
April 19-21 B. Iden Payne Theatre Austin Lyric Opera: Faust
April 25-28 The Long Center Circa
April 27, 8pm Bass Concert Hall
Comedy Steve Rannazzisi
April 3-6 Cap City Comedy Club Demetri Martin
April 4, 6:30pm Scottish Rite Theatre
Henson alternative's stuff and unstrung
April 10, 7:30pm The Long Center Chris D'elia
April 11-13 Cap City Comedy Club David Sedaris
April 24, 8pm The Long Center Moontower comedy and oddity fest
Children Hans christian andersen's the little mermaid
Saturdays in April ZACH Theatre
Zoppe italian family circus
April 12-14 The Long Center
Super why live: You've Got the power!
April 15, 6pm The Long Center
April 5, 6:30-10pm W Austin What a wonder!
April 5 Austin Music Hall
Austin Pets & arts alive
April 6, 7-10pm Bay6 Gallery & Studios
Evening under the stars
April 13 Camp Mabry
A day to shine
April 13 Hilton Austin Motogp
April 19-21 Circuit of the Americas Red hot & soul
April 20 ZACH Theartre
Urban roots tour de farm
April 21, 6-9pm Urban Roots Farm
April 22, 8pm Bass Concert Hall
Great grown-up Spelling Bee
April 23, 6pm ZACH Theatre
Umlauf Garden party
April 25, 6:30-9:30pm Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum The white party
April 26 The Long Center
The one party
April 27, 11am-9pm Hyatt Regency Austin food & wine festival
April 26-28 Auditorium Shores orchid fever
April 27-28 Zilker Botanical Gardens Center
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C A l e n da r s
Arts Calendar Five x Seven Splurge, 7-10pm
APril 5 Amoa-arthouse at the jones center
Five x Seven Social, 7:30-9:30pm
April 6 Art on 5th Gallery
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Reception, 5-8pm Through April 20
grayDUCK 5K Through May 5
Russell collection fine art gallery
Court Lurie: Nexus Reception, 6-9pm Through May 5
Wally Workman Gallery
Fatima Ronquillo "Private Revolution" Reception, 6-8pm Through April 28
Yard dog art gallery
Will Johnson: Baseball Paintings Through May 5 April 11 Dragonfly Gallery
Suzanne Morhart: Journey in Abstract Expression Reception, 5:30-7:30pm Through May 17
April 13 2nd street district
Art City Austin Through April 14
APril 20 Davis Gallery
No Place Like Home Reception, 7-9pm Through May 25 APril 27 West Austin Studio Tour
Through May 5
Ongoing B. hollyman gallery
Thomas Benton Hollyman: Chromes Through April 14 Davis gallery
Abstraction: Take 3 Through April 13 Lora reynolds gallery
Richard Foster and Ewan Gibbs Through May 11 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART
Restoration and Revelation Through May 5 Through the Eyes of Texas Through May 19
Harry Ransom Center
Arnold Newman: Masterclass Through May 12 MExic-arte
Masked: Changing Identities Unmasked: Lucha Libre Through May 5
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Transcend April 18, 5:30pm Frank Erwin Center 1701 Red River St. universityfashiongroup.com
rom Cee Lo Green to Chinese weddings, student fashion designers at the University of Texas took cues from around the world for their senior collections. This month, their work will come to life during “Transcend,” a vibrant runway experience that invites both designers and attendees to enter the world of fashion design. Over the decades, the show has evolved into an astounding production attended by thousands, including the likes of UT alum Ross Bennett and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. For the past year, the University Fashion Group has worked tirelessly to produce “Transcend,” casting models, developing sets and overseeing photo shoots—all in anticipation of the moment the lights go up on the runway they’ve built and the collections they’ve created. The theme of the show aims to capture the essence of the production, says UFG President Angeli Anguilera. “‘Transcend’ does our criteria justice,” she notes. “The word should encapsulate everything we want our show to be: strong, bold and inspiring.” The opportunity to share one’s work is the best thing about the show, says Textiles and Apparel student Kinni Song, who designed her red bridal gown with a Chinese aesthetic in mind. Brightly colored and intricately sewn, the cascading ruffle on the back of the dress is reminiscent of beta fish, another inspiration for her collection, entitled “Fleur Rouge.” Ultimately, for the designers, “Transcend” is more than a fashion show: it marks the culmination of years of study and the beginning of a lifelong career. Designer Alexandra Dieck, for example, dreams of working in a major fashion house in Europe or attending graduate school for design. “The show will prepare me for the real world,” she says. “It’s hectic but fun—everything in the fashion world is like that.” M. blam
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April 4 Amoa-Arthouse at the jones center
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The Long Center
Choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot Music by Adolphe Adam Featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra
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A story of love and forgiveness in the most romantic ballet of all time.
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museums & galleries
Art Spaces Museums Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center
700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org
he way ideas spread, the way they converge and veer in thought, in retrospect, evokes nature itself and its predominant characteristic: change. Marianne McGrath’s work revolves around the invasive quality of both concepts, reimagining the movement of memory through the mind as nature overtaking forgotten landscapes or reclaiming abandoned urban spaces. Through her sculpture and installation work, McGrath engages in this striking conversation between the natural and the artificial: delicate, hand-shaped porcelain leaves wind around the trunk of a fallen telephone pole in Overgrowth, for example, while Bridge features stark, ceramic blades of grass sprouting from concrete blocks. Each piece is a study in contradiction, crafted to suggest that the permanent is almost impossible in the natural world but a constant objective of memory and thought. McGrath draws inspiration from a childhood spent on a Southern California farm and her experience of revisiting it for the first time while in graduate school. She found that the farm, which had been in her family for five generations, was now track housing, freeway ramps and a shopping center. “I began to question how these memories of mine could have validity when there is no longer a physical landscape in which to place them,” McGrath claims. “These works present an inherent contrast of meaning, landscapes that exist as memory, not as the physical environments that one may remember them to be.” For more information about Marianne McGrath and her work, visit mariannemcgrath.com. McGrath has an upcoming show this fall at Gallery Shoal Creek. D. VEGA
AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org Blanton Museum of Art
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum
1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center
300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum
2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org
200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org
419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6, F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
O. Henry Museum
1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney
409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org
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arts & entertainment
arts & entertainment
Galleries Art on 5th
1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors
3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 jwinteriors.com Artworks Gallery
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com
Austin Art Garage
2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios
7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com capital fine art
1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com champion
800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By Appt. Only championcontemporary.com Creative Research Laboratory
2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab
837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press
2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon
4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek
2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 11–4 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery
608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W 11-6, Th 4-8, F-Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery
1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com La Peña
(512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com
Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 (512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com
The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery
6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery
1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com
Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com
Women & Their Work
1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4
1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org
1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Red Space Gallery
1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com
Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com
227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org
Lora Reynolds Gallery
Stephen L. Clark Gallery
1319 Rosewood Ave. By appointment only sofagallerytx.com
360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com
1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com
1009 W. 6th St., #101
502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only fluentcollab.org
1011 West Lynn
1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com
Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression
4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence
330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com Bay6 Gallery & Studios
5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com
M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s
5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries
4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space
613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org Domy Books
913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery
1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex
702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org
12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Roi James
3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org
Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY
208 E. San Antonio St. Hours: M-Sa 10-5 (830) 990 1727 agavegallery.com ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL
234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com FREDERICKSBURG ART GALLERY
314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com INSIGHT GALLERY
214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com WHISTLE PIK
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3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com
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isobel+ezr a A treasure trove of hand-carved bone, black diamonds and vintage horn, Isobel+Ezra explores the realm of Gothic sensibilities with an eye for classic jewelry design. “My inspirations come from unpredictable places,” says jewelry maker Isabel Borczuch. “It can stem from a specific stone or a passing mood, from my Eastern European heritage or modern art.” Handcrafted with an expertly curated selection of materials, including tiger’s eye, tourmaline and onyx, each Isobel+Ezra creation evokes a story of its own, whether a tale of Poe-esque proportions or the folklore of caravans winding across the continent. Haunting pieces, such as a sterling silver dagger necklace and a bronze pendant with gypsy-set ruby, highlight Isobel+Ezra’s enchanting aesthetic, which Borczuch describes as “refined with a dark twist.” “I love using my hands and tools to create pieces of wearable art for others,” she says. “I want them to feel confident and empowered when they wear Isobel+Ezra.” For more information about Isobel+Ezra, visit isobelandezra.com or follow Borczuch on Instagram at IsobelandEzraJewelry.
At first glance, Fox & Brie’s elegant collection of handmade bowties, neckties and pocket squares could pass for a dapper wardrobe from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. But Fox & Brie is more than a nostalgia shop—equal parts vintage spirit and modernist, owner Jess Decelle designs menswear accessories with her playful take on a turn of the century aesthetic, which she traces back to her grandfather: “He taught me how to build things with my hands and treat others with respect,” she says. “Together, we shined shoes, tied ties and arrived in style.” Today, Decelle travels across the country, from Louisiana barn sales to the markets of central Mississippi, seeking out one-of-a-kind fabrics that lend every plaid bowtie and chambray pocket square at Fox & Brie the timeless quality of a true, Southern gentleman. “My love for vintage and deadstock fabrics plays on the ‘secret society’ feeling you get when you find something special,” Decelle remarks. “I know I’m creating a product that’s truly unique, and my clients know they’re buying something they can’t find anywhere else.” For more information about Fox & Brie, visit foxandbrie.com.
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Two years ago, Karen Wacker wandered into a small shop in Paris stocked with an array of sumptuous robes. She chose a lush, black kimono adorned with cherry blossoms—“and I wore it every day until it pretty much fell apart!” she laughs. Inspired by the everyday luxury of a handcrafted robe, Wacker, a film and television production supervisor, returned stateside and began making her own for Spartan on South Lamar. Sourcing hand-blocked, hand-dyed fabrics from India, Wacker creates her vibrant, kimono-style garments in Austin under the name SMUK, the Danish word for “beautiful.” “I love being able to share that handmade art with other people,” she says. Bursting with striking patterns, from a violet ikat to a soothing blue paisley, each SMUK robe is a reminder to delight in life’s little indulgences: “Whether they’re rolling out of bed or getting home from work,” Wacker says, “I want people to feel beautiful at any time of the day.” For more information about SMUK, email firstname.lastname@example.org. L. Siva
ISOBEL + EZRA PHOTO BY BETH HENRY; FOX & BRIE PHOTO BY JEREMY THORNHILL; SMUK PHOTO BY ALYSON FOX .
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It is really about heartbreak and how we deal with it.
Writer and director of Mud, Jeff Nichols, on set in Arkansas with the film’s star, Matthew McConaughey. Nichols says: “He [McConaughey] shows up to work. He comes with an intensity and focus that I was hoping would be there. I wrote the part for him not knowing, and it was good to find out he took it as seriously as I did.”
en years ago, Jeff Nichols was just out of film school and working at a pizza joint in Arkansas, where he grew up. He ran into an old friend from school who inevitably asked what he was working on. Oh, I am writing a script for Matthew McConaughey, he replied. Nichols had never met the actor…not even close, but even then, it seems he had a hunch the script he was thinking about from his childhood bedroom at his parents’ house was going to be made. Mud is about two 14-year old boys who find a man hiding out on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. They form a friendship, and the boys decide to help Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey) out when, of course, trouble ensues. I caught up with Nichols at a Central Austin Mexican food restaurant close to his office. He has recently returned from Sundance, where the movie played to a sold-out crowd of 500; the SXSW premiere is looming and falls just before he will go to Paris to do publicity for the French release of Mud. Nichols is a busy guy, and despite a hectic schedule and a list of high-profile, off-the-record upcoming writing projects, he lights up when he talks about his new film and the “mag-
ical” Mississippi River where it is set. At only age 33 (he was the youngest director in competition for the Cannes Film Festival’s 2012 Palme d’Or award), he exudes a mischievous, boyish charm, and it’s easy to imagine him in his youth, running right alongside the adventure-seeking but soulful Ellis (brilliantly played by Tye Sheridan), one of the 14-year-old boys in the film. “Ellis is at a point in his life where he is trying to figure out what love is all about, and he’s looking up at all the adults around him to try and find an example of love that works, and he’s looking in all the wrong places,” he says. “That’s when this guy (Mud) shows up, who is kind of romantic in the way he talks about his girlfriend (played by Reese Witherspoon). What I really wanted to try and do was reach back into my own life and capture that moment when a girl broke up with me for the first time and how it felt like someone reached into my chest and crushed my heart. I wanted to have that moment in the film. It’s really about heartbreak and how we deal with it.” The inspiration for Mud happened when he came across a book called The Last River in the Little Rock Public Library. It was a photographic essay of all the different types of people who made a living off the river, like Galen, a mussel shell diver who dove with a homemade diving helmet made out of a hot
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Nichols at home in East Austin with his wife of five years, Missy Nichols.
water heater that he sawed in half, topped off with a garden hose used as a compressor (a character inspired by this is in the film). Nichols was particularly fascinated by the communities of people who lived on house boats in the lower Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers. Nichols, an avid fan of Mark Twain’s work, had read about the River and its mythology for years and had driven over it on countless trips between Memphis and Arkansas, but it wasn’t until he took to the River by boat that he fully understood it. “There is a moment in the film when the boys are on a very small boat and going out onto the Mississippi River the first time—they are visibly scared, and it’s the exact same feeling I had when I went onto it for the first time. It’s football fields wide with swirling whirlpools. The first time I was on it, we were floating, and this tree trunk shot up from under the water out of nowhere… we were in a small boat, and it could have easily come up underneath us and knocked us out of our boat,” he says. “It felt like a beautiful,
terrifying, magical, mysterious place. Mark Twain says that without question, the Mississippi River is the greatest River in the world. He’s been on most of the important ones, so I will take his word for it.” Nichols has called Austin home for over a decade now. He chose it because it wasn’t New York or LA…and it also wasn’t Arkansas. “I came because it felt like this really nice place in between where there is enough going on that you don’t feel isolated,” he says. “I stayed because I fell in love with a girl.” The “girl” is his wife of five years, Missy Nichols. They have a son and reside in East Austin. Becoming a father has drastically changed his life and work more than he could have ever imagined. “The most specific change I can note is that I’m a big softy now,” he says. “I cry at the drop of the hat anytime I hear something about children who are sick, hurt or in danger…can’t handle it. That aside, it’s a beautiful thing. I love him.”
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Kyle Muller knew he had found something special when he came across this late 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers jacket. This is a genuine players’ dugout jacket that dates back to when Jackie Robinson played for the team.
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ou can try to get Kyle Muller to tell you where he finds his storied wares for Sam Hill Vintage, but he will never tell. “I keep my x’s on the treasure map close to my vest. I go to great lengths to find some of my clothing… even if the spots were known, very few would venture there,” he says. “So whenever someone wants to know where I get this or where I get that… I usually just say, the gettin’ place.” Muller’s interest in treasure hunting started at a young age. On weekends during his elementary school years, he would wake up early to trek through garage sales and flea markets. “Back then, you would have to get out a newspaper and plan your course the night before with an actual fold-out map,” he says. “With my $5 weekly allowance in hand, I felt like a rich man. At the flea markets, I always gravitated towards the table cluttered with rusted tools, rope, random junk and car parts—the dirtier, the better.” He credits his mother for teaching him to find beauty in unexpected places. “I would see her get really excited about an old weathered door or a wooden chair painted a peculiar shade blue,” he remembers. “She helped me see the world at a different angle.” Though his mother first planted the seed for his vintage store, Muller took a few different career paths before starting Sam Hill Vintage. He led bicycle tours in Paris, where he often spent his free time standing outside the Grand Palais, watching the hustle and bustle of fashion shows. Then, it was off to New York, where he worked as a graphic designer at a fashion PR company (their clients included Sperry, LL Bean and Target). When he returned to Austin with his
wife Erin, who was the archive manager for Ralph Lauren in New York, he started thinking about launching a vintage store, and when it came to naming it, Sam Hill, an old American euphemism that dates back to the early 1800s, was the perfect fit for the collection he wanted to carry. Today, he stocks Sam Hill with a variety of unique and quality goods, like outerwear, shirts, pants, hats, hatchets, home goods, vintage magazines, watches and more. Muller hopes to bring a new approach to vintage to Austin. “I think of vintage as more of a treasure or wearable artifact. The garments I choose to sell have been hand selected with great attention to detail and history. Not just anything makes it on the rack at Sam Hill,” he says. “I strive to curate a fine collection of men’s vintage, focusing primarily on pre 1970’s. The United States created its own fashion, and I try to stick with classic American style. It doesn’t change… it always looks good.” Muller feels right at home in his role as the vintage curator he was meant to be since those childhood days of displaying his haul from that weekend’s garage sales in his living room. “I was obsessed with paleontology and archeology as a kid. The highlight of my fossil-hunting career was at age 12 when I found a dinosaur bone. It was a vertebra from a Mosasaur dating back to the Cretaceous period about 150 million years ago. I had it verified at the natural history museum in Fort Worth.” He just recently put on display in a glass case in his home. He says: “It’s not especially valuable, but it fueled the fire.” For more information about Sam Hill Vintage, visit samhillstore.com
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Burgers at Flat Top Burger Shop 1900 Manor Rd.
Running at Lady Bird Lake On the East Side Kyle Muller is sporting one of the welding jackets that will be part of his pop-up collection. The new HELM Boots showroom will carry some exclusive pieces from Sam Hill. tribeza.com
What does Kyle Muller love about his 1969 Chevy truck? Well...everything. “When I am driving it, I can slow down and take my time. It’s not a rush around town vehicle. It’s also fun being in the unspoken Chevy truck club. You get a nice head nod or wave from other guys with old Chevys around town. It’s a hobby and it’s like keeping something alive.”
1. A selection of Muller’s favorite magazines with an old prison key on top of the New Yorker 2. A glimpse inside the vintage curator’s closet 3. A photo of Muller’s mother next to his wedding photo outside a New York Courthouse 4. An outtake from the Spring 2013 look book shoot. 5. With his rescued cat, Chi Chi 6. Model Gideon in one of the Spring 2013 Sam Hill looks 7. A bomber jacket that belonged to his dad, who was an instructor in Top Gun and flew F-4s and F-14s in Vietnam. 8. A single shot .22 caliber that Muller bought at a Mexican restaurant when he was 12. 9. His “good luck charm” that he has worn every day for the past five years.
Designer Ann Lowe is typically drawn to a minimal design, but every once awhile, she goes bold, which is just what she did with the carnival-style stripes in her kitchen.
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fter growing up in Midland, Ann Lowe moved to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. She got a job at the farmers market, and it was there, amongst the vibrant
913 East Cesar Chavez This new east side joint is the perfect place to browse art books and design magazines, as well as pick up an affordable little black dress for the evening.
Austin Antique Mall 8822 McCann Dr. It’s a one-stop shop! If you are looking for something special, it is bound to be there, hidden in one of the many well-curated booths.
colors of the greens and herbs, that she became a foodie. “Growing up, we ate taco salad…it was like I had never really tasted anything before, and working at the market I discovered flavor and color for the first time,” she says. She spent a summer in France working on a farm. “The buildings in France were built right the first time. Everything has a purpose, and I was so inspired by the minimal lifestyle and living off the land.” Lowe began keeping a notebook along the way to document her food experiences. As she began to look back through the pages of her notebook, it seemed all her musings were on the design of the restaurant spaces more than the food itself. She launched Ann Lowe Design in 2010 in hopes of marrying her two great loves, design and food, and landed her first big gig designing the space for Contigo restaurant. She has since started doing residential design as well. “I love helping people work with pieces they already have and giving them new ideas for repurposing and de-cluttering,” she says. Her in-home consultation packages start at $100, and she helps her clients with ev-
Room Service 107 North Loop Blvd. I always find amazing glassware and lighting.
Tesoros 1500 South Congress Ave. If you’ve been searching for some Moroccan wine glasses or Bolivian blankets, come here first. Their prices are always the best, and you are bound to find another worldly treasure while there.
erything from color choices and floor layout to wall hangings and window coverings. Lowe is particularly interested in the idea of helping newlyweds on how to cohesively combine two different people’s objects. Austin has been the perfect launching pad for this up-and-coming designer. “You are encouraged to do whatever you want here… everyone is into getting something going, and it’s a really good place to get started,” she says. “All my friends are doing creative stuff, and we all collaborate together all the time. Austin is extremely community-oriented.” For more information about Ann Lowe Design, visit annlowedesign.com
JM Dry Goods/Spartan 215 South Lamar Blvd. Pillows and textiles! I love their wool rugs hung as tapestries. They also have the best scents in town; try the Copa incense from Oaxaca.
In her own words—1. Sometimes a necklace or object hung on a wall is just as artful as a piece of art. 2. I collect flowers from my neighborhood and put them by my sink. 3. I pick up shells when I travel. It’s fun to look at them and remember what part of the world that little shell used to be in. 4. That is my beloved Yashika T4. It always seems to capture my life the way I see it. 5. My favorite shirt from Olive Vintage. 6. Pile of design mags. 7. I like to keep my bedroom clean and refreshing. It is a stress-free peace zone. 8. Open shelving makes it fun to display interesting dishes. 9. “ Untitled” by Sam Sanford hung over my desk. Keeps me focused!
ch ri sty & phil’s austin essentials
Drinks at Horseshoe Lounge 2034 South Lamar Blvd.
Dinner at Casa de Luz 1701 Toomey Rd.
phil & christy curcuru artists
Daytrips to Pedernales Falls Johnson City, Texas
n a typical day in the Curcuru household, you might find Christy making a necklace for her line, Growing Jewelry, or working on a sculpture. Phil could be practicing calligraphy in the room next door or writing a song. The prolific artist couple met and fell in love at RISD and chose Austin for, as Christy says, “Mexican food, natural beauty and easy livin’—we love the small-town vibe here and the fact that people really appreciate local artists.” Both Phil
Shopping at Kick Pleat 918 West 12th St. and Nature’s Treasures 4103 North IH-35
and Christy are skilled in multiple mediums: in addition to her jewelry line, Christy sculpts, paints and works as a floral designer, while the mediums Phil works in range from photography and graphic design to plastics, woods and paper. But no matter the form, the couple most enjoys opportunities to work together. She says: “We are life collaborators! I think it works well because we totally trust each other, we communicate without censoring ourselves, and we generally have the same aesthetic.” For more information about Growing Jewelry, visit growingjewelry.com.
Dog Walks & Trail Runs at
Walnut Creek & Turkey Creek 12138 North Lamar Blvd. / 1600 City Park Rd.
Whether they sculpt, make music or paint, Phil and Christy Curcuru are a true Renaissance couple.
Live, work, playâ€”both Christy and Phil have their own workspaces in the house. tribeza.com
1. Christy buckles up a pair of Rachel Comey heels from Kick Pleat. 2. The books are currently arranged by size, and above them is a shelf Phil made to hang their favorite found objects. 3. A paintby-number from an antique store in Georgetown. 4. Growing Jewelry in progress. 5. The couple outside their home. 6. A selection of Prisma colors. 7. One of Philâ€™s guitars. 8. A wedding photo from the coupleâ€™s nuptials at The Wildflower Center by The Nichols. Their pup Honey relaxes. 9. Christy at work. tribeza.com
Jett Butler of FĂ–DA Studio at one of his recent branding projects, Clarkâ€™s Oyster Bar.
jett ’s a u s t i n e s s e n t i a l s Humility
This city is fueled by an amazing blend of talent and modesty.
Jett Butler F o u n d e r , F Ö DA S t u d i o
A bike or a good pair of shoes
We’re lucky to live in a walkable urban core, and if you don’t get out of the car, you miss the details.
lmost a decade ago, Jett Butler, an architect turned graphic designer, traveled on assignment to historic Uppsala, just north of Stockholm. Amidst Sweden’s landscape of elegant, minimalist architecture, the pieces of his future design studio began to fall into place: “There’s something about the way Swedes do things,” he recalls. “I was deeply and profoundly inspired by the fact that everything seemed carefully considered and artfully done with restraint.” Upon his return stateside, Butler titled his emerging studio FÖDA, which, depending on the occasion, can mean “to give birth to” or “bring forth” in Swedish. It’s a fitting name for Butler, who has since designed
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Something is happening, everywhere, right-now/10-minutes-ago in Austin.
comprehensive, iconic branding for clients across the world, from Budapest-based software company ArchiCAD to the Violet Crown Cinema. A number of local restaurants, such as Elizabeth Street Café, Clark’s Oyster Bar and Sway, also have Butler to thank for their distinctive design, which is a testament to the second definition
All of the aforementioned talent is inspiring but can challenge your ego.
of FÖDA: “food” or “nourishment.” “It’s kind of a beautiful serendipity,” he laughs. Butler and his team begin each project with extensive market research in order to understand the character of each client within its broader context before beginning the visual aspects of branding. “We realized that to do this right, it can’t just be an aesthetic discussion,” he explains. “Ultimately, image is irrelevant if we don’t communicate the clients’ core principles—who they are and who they want to be.” While Butler cites Brutalist architecture and abstract expressionism among his design influences, friends describe his aesthetic as “decadent minimalist,” focused on both clarity and expressivity. “Our job,” he notes, “is to hold up a mirror to the clients and say, ‘this is who
Social media is fun, but the meditative and incredibly personal act of writing about or drawing the tiny moments in this city is cathartic.
you are. Let’s show the world what you’re about with honesty.’” For more information about FÖDA Studio, visit fodastudio.com. tribeza.com
1. Butler’s collection of design, art, architecture, psychology and history books, with a few novels mixed in and organized by color. 2. Cuvee Coffee from Cafe Medici was that day’s French Press of choice. 3. A German record player with “ridiculous USB output.” 4. A cacti collection. 5. Two original sketches by Butler’s friend Tomoko Kuwahara. 6. Butler found the sign in a thrift shop in Bishop Arts, Dallas. He says: “The sentiment outweighed the kerning.” 7. A stack that sums his “paradoxical career path.” 8. “Ted, short for Theo, short for Theodore, is a 100 percent White German Shepherd from Minnesota with an elitist attitude and a fake German accent,” Butler says. “He is the property of Miss Lesley Taylor. He came as a bonus, packaged with the relationship.” 9. A sculpture by Butler’s artist mother.
r ay ’s a u s t i n e s s e n t i a l s Music gear at South Austin Music 1402 South Lamar Blvd.
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Lunch at Mr. Natural 2414 South Lamar Blvd.
musician uring the mid-60s, Ray Wylie Hubbard picked up the guitar for the first time after watching Michael Murphey perform in a high school assembly. It was the golden age of folk music, when legends like Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker strode across the stage, peddling their tales of heartbreak and injustice. After four decades of music making since then, Hubbard
Tattoos at Southside Tattoo 1313 South Congress Ave.
has returned to his roots in those early days of rock and bluesy songwriting with Grifter’s Hymnal, his latest album released last year. “We went in there with an idea of making it sound like the first records from Buffalo Springfield or the Beatles or the Stones,” Hubbard
Records at Waterloo 600 North Lamar Blvd.
says. “It’s real guys really playing it.” The title speaks to the album’s diverse themes, from the spiritual to the seamy underside of the music scene, from the quiet retrospective of “Count My Blessings” to the exuberant, guitar-driven “Coricidin Bottle.” “I have a foot in both worlds,” Hubbard explains. “You have the ‘grifter,’ because as a songwriter, I’m still scuffling along and playing the gigs, but the ‘hymnal’ has a spiritual overtone to it.” Over the course of Grifter’s Hymnal, guest musicians like the iconic Ian McLagan and Ringo Starr, as well as Hubbard’s own son, Lucas, join the album’s colorful tribute to the songwriters of the
Coffee at Joe’s 1300 South Congress Ave.
60s who wore their hearts on their sleeves. This spring, Hubbard will be sharing his stories across the country and returning to Texas with his Grit & Groove Festival on April 6 in New Braunfels. Featuring a lineup of kindred musical spirits like Ben Kweller, Wheeler Brothers
Dinner at Threadgills 6416 North Lamar Blvd.
and Dirty River Boys, the festival marks a celebration of likeminded bands dedicated to the craft of songwriting and musicianship. Hubbard himself looks forward to making an appearance in the state he calls home: “I tell you what,” he says, “flying is kind of an ordeal. And sometimes you’re driving four or five hours to get to the next gig. That part takes its toll. But once you get up on stage and see the people laughing and singing along—that’s the best part of being on the road.” For more information about Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Grit & Groove Festival, visit raywyliehubbard.com and whitewaterrocks.com.
Sushi at Haiku 9600 North I-35
Musician Ray Wylie Hubbard at home in the Texas Hill Country. This month, he will be rocking it at the Grit-n-Groove Music Festival at the WhiteWater Ampitheater on April 6. tribeza.com
1. A favorite book of RWH’s, American Roots Music. 2. Lucas Hubbard’s first tour jacket. 3. A handwritten receipt from Willie Nelson. 4. A hand-painted tile by a Ray Wylie fan. 5. The Hubbards’ beloved dog Angel. 6. A Gibson J-50. 7. A gift from Hawaii. 8. Snake Farm sign. 9. A patch from the 70s. 10. Painting on Styrofoam.
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Bringing together the brightest minds in cuisine and design, the Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic celebrates the rebirth of downtownâ€™s natural landscape.
For the Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic, co-chairs Julie Blakeslee and John Spong drew inspiration from the contrast between the space and the cuisine: â€œI liked the idea of the chefs and guests bringing luxury to eating in this abandoned urban park on I-35,â€? Blakeslee says.
“The installation is inspired by the idea of a ‘virtual campfire,’” says Jack Sanders of the piece he designed for the picnic. “Often, the fire is the centerpiece of a camp or picnic and naturally leads people to gather around it—and play guitars and sing.”
At the heart of Austin, Palm Park—a future children’s playground with easy access to downtown and the East Side—is “the nexus of the Waller Creek Project,” which takes cues from New York City’s High Line. Photo by Casey Dunn
DJ Stout of Pentagram commissioned photographer Casey Dunn to capture scenes along the Creek before the project begins for a book called Not Forgotten. A copy of it will be in each picnic basket.
idden in the heart of urban Austin is Palm Park, a tree-
pop-up experience. A nod to the transient, evolving nature of the park
lined pocket of lush grass off of I-35. A year from now, it
itself, the theme is evident in the minimal, yet evocative design of the
will become a beautiful children’s park, offering access to
entire event, from the webpage down to the silk-screened picnic blan-
the Convention Center and East Side, but for now, it is a
kets. “It’s an exploration, an adventure and a picnic wrapped into one,”
springtime gathering place and the site of this month’s
Slade says. After following the Waller Creek Project for a year, he and
Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic. Hosted by the
Rasmus look forward to contributing to the effort: “This is the most
Waller Creek Conservancy, the picnic is a communi-
significant and comprehensive public works project Austin has ever
ty-wide invitation to explore one of our city’s core green spaces, as we
seen,” Slade notes. “Large-scale innovative urban planning, architec-
toast to the Waller Creek Project and re-imagine the vibrant landscape
ture and design will transform the core of our city. How could we not
of downtown Austin.
want to be a part of this?”
“I’m a big fan of hosting dinners in unusual places,” says Julie
As the sun sets over Palm Park on April 13, Austinites can spread
Blakeslee, owner of Big Red Sun and picnic co-chair alongside her
their blankets across the field and enjoy either their own picnic baskets
husband, John Spong. “The fun comes from the juxtaposition of the
or those prepared by local chefs. From piping hot pizzas by Home Slice
location and the beauty of the meal.” For the picnic’s visual concept,
to vegan entrees by Counter Culture, each basket serves two and pays
Blakeslee and Spong enlisted the help of design duo Benjamin Slade
tribute to classic picnic fare with a twist. “Well, we had to have Lucy’s
and Adam Rasmus of what.it.is creative, who developed the idea of a
Fried Chicken,” Blakeslee says of the participating chefs. “And then we
Design duo Benjamin Slade and Adam Rasmus of what.it.is creative aimed to create an unparalleled event “that would be an experience in and of itself,” Slade notes. “It’s an event that will marry high design and innovative thinking with local food, happenstance music, visual art and design.”
Chefs from across the city have created beautiful and unexpected picnic baskets, from classic fried chicken by Lucy’s Fried Chicken to elegant French fare by Justine’s Brasserie. “The chefs have been 100% keen on the project,” Blakeslee says. “I wish I could get one of each basket!”
branched out to those we thought would interpret a picnic basket in a luxurious or surprising way. We had to have Josh Watkins—that guy is just slaying it at the Carillon—and then I sweet-talked Larry [McGuire] to do a Jeffrey’s box, just to see what would happen.” The centerpiece of the evening is an installation designed by Jack Sanders, inspired by campfires and sandlot baseball. Meanwhile, a traveling mariachi will serenade picnic-goers on the banks of Waller Creek, where Austinites will live and love for years to come. “After we finally get our guests to understand the ‘where’ of Waller Creek, we’d love for people to get the ‘why,’” Blakeslee remarks. “Being in the space might help us imagine what it would be like to have a whole series of parks along the creek connected by walking trails and a beautiful landscape.” The Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic takes place on April 13 at Palm Park. For more information or to purchase a picnic basket, visit wallercreek.org/picnic.
For Sophie Parrott, owner of The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co., each tea party is an experience from start to finish, whether sheâ€™s designing a baby shower or this 1920â€™s-inspired speakeasy soiree.
S t y l i s h s n a c k s , s i p s a n d s o i r e e s w i t h T h e M a rv e l o u s V i n ta g e T e a Pa r t y C o.
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f I could have any job in the whole wide world, what would it be?” No doubt you’ve asked yourself this question before. But for The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co.’s owner, Sophie Parrott—a Brit by birth, an Austinite by chance—the route to her dream job began at home. “Growing up, whenever anyone called at our house in Kent, the first thing we would offer them was a ‘cuppa,’” says Parrott, referring to tea rather than the “cuppa joe” we drink stateside.
“There’s true ceremony to sitting down and having tea, but besides the ritual, what I like doing is creating various fantasy worlds for people to get lost in,” she says. We’re sitting in Parrott’s kitchen, the laboratory for such world-creation, nibbling on scones and chocolate-dipped shortbread made by her own hand. “Some clients want a sweet, innocent tea party, you see—little girl’s birthdays and the like,” she says, tipping champagne into my flute, “while others prefer something just a bit…sexier.” Sexy indeed. Parrott and I click through
pictures of some of her past soirees and land on a vintage-themed baby shower, whose dinner-gloved guests could have stepped out of a 1940’s McCall’s catalog. Then, there’s the Gentlemen’s Film Noir tea party she threw at Hotel Vegas last year, with choice ascots and bowler hats dotting almost every photo. Talking to Parrott, you realize that tea isn’t her main stock-in-trade—her imagination is. A graduate of Sir Paul McCartney’s and Queen Elizabeth II’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Parrott was a performer for most of her young life. Those ambitions took her to Los Angeles in her 20s and then to Durango with her new husband, where she helped revitalize a historic theater. It was there she started dreaming up a brick and mortar tea party venue, a place where one could get a literal taste of nostalgia every day. “But I didn’t want to be tied down to one location with my business,” says Parrott, “so I asked myself a couple of questions. What do I value in my life? Friends. What do I make in my spare time? Cakes. I decided I needed a job that combined both those things.” Her move to Austin in 2011 provided an opportunity to do just that. Less than a year after arrival, The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Co. was born, and soon, Parrott was catering custom-made tea parties full-time. They’ve become a “thing” here now, and is it any surprise? We Austinites love a good novelty. As well as vintage. And let’s not forget drinking. “Alcohol goes a very long way at these things,” says Parrott. “It’s not about getting drunk but having just enough sips to loosen up and immerse yourself in the experience, Poppet.” (I won’t lie—I love it when she calls me “Poppet.”) I asked Parrott to walk me through the steps to creating such an experience, start to finish. Aside from tea, what all goes into creating a tea party? Do people dress up? How does she transform a client’s home? Can she call me Poppet again?
Mood Ring “The first thing I do with a client is ring them on the telly and ask them to tell me the mood they’re looking for,” says Parrott. “I ask: what’s the occasion? How many guests are we talking here? Is this a sit-down affair or are people mingling? Is this alcoholic or family-friendly so to speak? My end goal is that by the time the party is in full swing, the guest of honor is crying out, ‘how could this be any better!’ So, I ask all these questions with that individual in mind.” Most of Parrott’s clients book her at least a month out, and each event requires, on average, three to four days of physical prep. That includes cooking and baking, rounding up cocktail and tea supplies, gathering décor and props and in some cases, booking hair and make-up to groom guests on-site. Past parties have ranged in theme from whimsical sip ‘n see to 1920s speakeasy, with—of course— plenty of orders for little girls’ tea parties. “This will make your daughter the most popular girl in school, no question,” Parrott assures me. Duly noted, future daughter. Step 2:
W e N e e d S o m e S pa c e Almost all of Parrott’s clients book their parties at home or in their backyard, which means carting in the necessary vintage accoutrements. I ask her to describe the props she brought for one of her first client parties, a baby shower. “Parasols, miles of bunting, pearls, chandeliers, cast iron unicorns, vintage playing cards, old tea canisters, gold-framed mirrors, chalkboards, huge cushions,” she rattles off. “That particular party had a more 40s feel, and it was terribly fun. The girls got so into it. Art deco is becoming quite popular, so I’m seeing
sets the turn-of-the-century tone for the evening while strumming a classic tune on his banjo.
interest in that kind of aesthetic now too—lots of metallic and geometrics.” As far as stylish, local spots to have a tea party away from home, Parrott recommends Palazzo Lavaca, Mayfield Park and even the Seaholm Power Plant’s open spaces, which are free for public use. “All would be divine tea party destinations,” she says. Step 3:
A Moveable Feast When it comes to bites and sips, Parrott has a few tea party staples—lemon bars, finger sandwiches, champagne, teas of every origin—but for other menu cues, she goes back in time. “I have a massive collection of 1920s cookbooks that I refer to when planning a menu,” she says. “I like to have some treats that are reminiscent of the time period, plus some of the guest of honor’s favorite goodies.” One of my new, favorite goodies is this cream tea business Parrott is showing me how to do. A dab of clotted cream on your scone, bite; then a dab of jam on your scone, another bite. Correct? “Oh, no no,” laughs Parrott. “You must add your cream, then your jam right on top, and only then may you bite—unless you want to get kicked right out of The Ritz,” she chides. Well, nobody wants that. Looks like I’ll just have to finish this delicious scone and try again with another. Step 4:
Though an elegant sandwich is a tea party staple, Parrott loves exploring her collection of vintage cookbooks while planning a beautiful, vintage menu. April 2013 tribeza.com
To make the whole party come together, Parrott and her staff get dressed to the nines, and guests do the same. She also arranges an apropos playlist—for a 1920s affair, for example, think scratchy Chicago jazz—and asks the client if they’d like any special extras. “A Polaroid photo booth, a cigarette girl, a burlesque performance: depending on their budget and their vision, there are loads of vintage entertainment options we can do,” says Parrott. I remark that it all sounds pretty decadent. “Well, I’m a glamour advocate after all, Poppet,” she winks. “I generally say more is more.”
of Dandyâ€™s Suits outfitted the guests for the event.
f a b r i c at o r , r e v i va l c y c l e s It’s all about the basics when it comes to dressing for Andrew James, who is usually clad in a
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worn-in pair of dark Levi’s, a plain black tee
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and old leather work boots. “I am a sucker for
The jean jacket and pants with a print—Austinites with different styles show us how to wear two of our favorite spring essentials.
most things vintage and well-worn,” he says. “I wear the same leather Red Wings (number 1125) everyday. They are simple, American made and tough as nails.” James is wearing a jacket and jeans by Service Menswear, a shirt by Naked & Famous, and his helmet is a custom painted Ruby Castel from Revival Cycles with paint by Joe Swec.
S t u d e n t + A n t h r o p o l o g i e S a l e s A s s o c i at e When Amber Joy Howard isn’t working at Anthropologie, you can find her studying Middle Eastern History and Arabic. For Howard, nothing feels more like spring than bright colors and a simple denim jacket, and she admits that trying out print jeans can be daunting. “The best way to ease into the trend is to keep it simple with the rest of the outfit,” she says. Amber is wearing a necklace and pants from Anthropologie, a blouse from Forever 21 and shoes from Urban Outfitters.
Favorite Bag crossbody bag by madewell
E v e n t P r o d u c e r After eight years in NYC working in marketing and events in the fashion industry, Erika Stojeba moved back to Austin where she started her own event production company. “I have been lucky enough to continue my work in fashion in Austin,” she says. “The highlight of my year is producing the finale runway show for TRIBEZA Style Week!” Stojeba’s spring season staples are light scarves, tunics and lots of white, all pieces that put her in the mood to travel. Stojeba says you can never have too many pairs of jeans, and spring is the time to play with prints. She says: “If I am going bold on bottom, I typically like to keep the rest of the outfit simple with solid colors, clean lines and minimal accessories.” Erika is wearing jeans by Mother from Girl Next Door, a blazer by Emporio Armani, a blouse by Oonagh and shoes by Charles by Charles David.
Favorite Bag 31 Hour Bag by phillip lim
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This dapper dude is 60s jazz meets 80s NYC meets 90s hip hop when it comes to style. “Denim is America’s greatest contribution to fashion world; it only makes sense to wear it with anything and everything,” he says. “I’ll wear it over a tie or under a hunting jacket, but lately, I’ve been keeping it pretty simple: white button-down or black tee, dark pants and nice shoes.” Graham is wearing a jacket by Cheap Monday, a vintage shirt by Yohji Yamamoto and cords by Penguin.
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“I like wearing jean jackets because they are part of classic American fashion,” says Jonathan Criscoe, a sweet motorcycle-riding sales associate at By George. He knows just how to mix the classics with his own signature edge, picking up most of his clothes from By George and local vintage shops. Jonathan Criscoe is wearing a jacket by Billy Reid for Levi’s and a vest by Closed from By George and pants, a shirt and tie from J. Crew.
Favorite Shoes sneakers by common projects
p r + m a r k e t i n g a s s o c i at e Michelle Scott Alley is a recent transplant from LA, where she was the Associate Director of VIP Services at Starworks Group. She focused on celebrity relations. Alley has worked with the likes of Roland Mouret, Jonathan Saunders, Monique Lhuillier, and Max Mara/Sportmax, to name a few. A Texas native, she couldn’t be happier to be in Austin and is looking forward to all things spring style—prints, metallics, lace, bright colored bags, white dresses, shorts and braids in her hair. When it comes to jeans with a print, she keeps it subtle. “I love understated trends,” she says. Wear them Alley’s way with a tee and flat metallic sandals during the day and dress them up at night with a button up blouse and booties. Michelle is wearing a top by Joie, jeans by AG and shoes by Rachel Zoe.
Favorite Bag flamenco bag by loewe
Alexis Lanman & Stuart Hiserodt’s
ike a lot of couples, we attempt to maintain hectic schedules. We love to entertain, we’re involved in charities, we have fairly social jobs, and we have approximately 243 best friends between the both of us. Socializing is something we really enjoy—plus we are both terrible at saying no. But when those rare moments occur where we get to enjoy each other’s company, we take full advantage of it. Consequently, we practice the fine art of extreme relaxing. And trust us, Austin is the perfect place to take up this hobby. Step One: Stay in bed past 10am. Sure, take your coffee, get the paper, watch a TV show, but no matter how sunny it is, you can’t start getting all productive. Think marathon—wait for it—TV watching. Four straight episodes of Claire Danes thwarting the plots of Abu Nazir kind of morning. Warning: This could be difficult on extremely sunny days, but trust me, it’s worth it. Step Two: Activity time. Pick something mentally and physically stimulating, but not too taxing. We highly recommend a stroll through the famers market (with or without beer). Since we both live on the East Side, we love the HOPE Farmers Market (with beer). We can walk, there is always great live music, Stuart can have pie, and I get to shop. We’re big on free samples, but because we can’t say no, we usually buy dinner (for six). Step Three: Exploring. This can include light to moderate aerobic activity, but we don’t always recommend that (that’s for weeknights). Fortunately, we both live right next to Fiesta Gardens, which is this hidden gem of a park we enjoy. Explore the Spanish gardens, historic grandstands (old AquaFest fixtures) or rent a paddle board and just float around. If you thought Auditorium Shores was Fest Central, think again. Fiesta Gardens hosts VegFest, Beerfest, Ice Cream Fest, Hot Sauce Fest, Yoga Fest…you get the picture—serious fest-ing going on over here. Step Four: Zen out. Our zen generally involves food and wine. We’ll prepare the pork, pickles, ice cream and eight pounds of veggies we bought while buzzed at HOPE or hit up the Me So Hungry trailer, all while reflecting on our meaningful and eclectic day. Full bellies intact, we’ll read, work on a project, practice French or, if it’s a special day, maybe check back in on how Ms. Danes is doing on those terrorist plots. alexis lanman Alexis Lanman is the Director of Marketing & Events for La Condesa & Sway. When she's not working, she's busy daydreaming about hedgehogs and piglets wearing little red boots. Stuart Hiserodt is a Managing Partner of the law firm Stanfield Hiserodt. He enjoys meat, especially bacon, and aspires to become a French-speaking woodworker.
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spring 2013 shoes & handbags
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HELM Boots The Helm team shares stories from the road to opening the brand’s Sixth Street outpost. The HELM team rolled up their sleeves and used some good, oldfashioned elbow grease to get their new store ready for this month's opening.
The Sam Boot in brown. This USmade version of Joshua's first design for HELM is a redux of the Samuel and is constructed of full grain, oil-tan leather from horween in Chicago. The denim panels are US Cone Mill raw denim from Raleigh Denim in North Carolina.
For more information about HELM Boots, visit helmboots.com.
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The new HELM sign was constructed from corten steel letters used at the old location and remounted on a painted backing made of discarded pallets. With the LED lights that backlight the sign in the evenings, the new storefront can't be missed.
Founder Joshua Bingaman; Studio Manager Ethan Brown; Brand Manager Hillary Bilheimer; Showroom Associate Rachel Baker.
f Helm founder and visionary Joshua Bingaman could give you advice on how to create a resonating brand and successful business here in Austin, he would probably tell you two things: hire an amazing team and sell an incredible product. After a few years selling their handcrafted boots exclusively online and in their studio, Helm will open their new storefront on East Sixth Street this month. “It was the natural next step,” explains Brand Manager Hillary Bilheimer. Since creative collaboration with shoe designs happens daily, it seemed obvious that the team would collaborate on the design of the store as well. Beginning with a mood board Bingaman put together, Bilheimer, with the help of her husband, executed all the major build out projects in the store. “Seventy-five percent of the materials we’ve used was trash from our backyard.” Bilheimer laughs. In fact, every piece in the store is made from found objects and constructed by the multi-talented Helm team: “It leaves a more personal touch,” says Ethan Brown, Helm’s Studio Manager. “We have done everything ourselves except touch the electrical wiring!” The new store will not only sell Helm Boots, but also offer other Americanmade goods that the team has selectively curated. With the help of a small team that does it all, Helm’s iconic brand and quality product have become a local fashion staple, a culture in and of itself. Bingaman explains, “If we get people to leave the store feeling like they are not only a part of the brand, but a part of a lifestyle, then we are winning.” A. horsley P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s
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things around the store until we find its sweet spot,” Rasmussen aped to the register at New Bohemia is a piece of printer explains. “During SX, all the 90s stuff, all the super hip trendy paper with the words “Love it or Leave it? No returns.” In stuff will be there as soon as you walk in the door.” Aside from supa way, the reminder represents the philosophy of co-ownplying essential trends like cut-off Levis during the summer and ers Talena Rasmussen and Lizelle Villapando, who have built a “ugly Christmas sweaters” during the winter, they also keep a few, career of making sure folks go home with something they love. less obvious pieces on hand, like tie-dyed shirts for teenagers. They “I watch people come in, and I usually have an idea of where even supplied Ryan Gosling once with a black, one-pocket t-shirt they’re going,” says Rasmussen, whom Villapando describes as after receiving a message from his stylist. “Turns out it’s his favorite a “vintage clothing whisperer” with a near-telepathic sense for t-shirt,” Rasmussen recalls. picking out pieces customers will treasure for years to come. Despite their success, there was one demographic they hoped Rasmussen and Villapando’s knack collecting and vintage to better accommodate at their South Congress outpost: men. peddling can be attributed to over a decade of experience at After observing the way they shopped, Rasmussen and Villapando New Bohemia. From working as vendors in a rented 8 by 10-foot decided to open the more “dude-friendly” New Brohemia in 2006. space, while the vintage haven was under different manage“There’s parking, there’s dude stuff, a bike shop, a coffee shop across ment, to their latest venture, New Brohemia, the girls have the street—and it just seemed like a good idea.” Rasmussen says. “It learned a thing or two about their ever-evolving customer base. really was a dude alley.” With both stores in tow, the girls By regularly altering the organization of the store New Bohemia look forward to discovering the perfect vintage find for to meet the needs of just about anyone who might 1606 S. Congress Ave. everyone who walks through their doors. “When you feel wander in, as well as minding Austin’s fluid social (512) 326 1238 like you look awesome, you look awesome,” Rasmussen calendar, Rasmussen and Villapando have crefacebook.com/ remarks. “It’s true.” M. RILEY ated an inclusive, inviting ambience: “We move NewBohemiaATX
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Hidden away in an unassuming strip center, Ramen Tatsu-Ya is revolutionizing ramen in Austin.
he way I see it, there are two types of ramen: the cheap kind and the good kind. Everyone knows the cheap kind, those freeze-dried noodle packets that fueled you through college. But not everyone knows the good kind: fresh, authentic ramen. I didn’t, until I ventured up to Ramen Tatsu-Ya. And it was a revelation. At this tiny new restaurant in northeast Austin, I learned that good ramen can’t be nuked in a dormitory microwave. It’s a labor-intensive process that demands patience and passion. Chef-owners Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto spend almost three days making their sublime pork broth, and they import their exquisite noodles from a top purveyor in LA. I’m no ramen connoisseur, but I know what tastes good. And Tatsu-Ya tastes good. The brief menu offers just a few soups, all loaded with capellini-thin wheat noodles. I ordered the Tonkotsu Original, an enormous bowl of
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rich pork broth topped with tender sliced pork belly, a pickled egg, mushrooms and scallions. My companion tried the Mi-So-Hot, a spicy miso broth topped with ground pork, napa cabbage, bean spouts and the marinated egg. Both were outstanding, and we argued over which was best. Toppings are available to supplement your soup, so I added roasted brussels sprouts and fresh garlic to mine, while my friend chose seasoned corn kernels. There are also a handful of appetizers and side dishes. The Munchie Catsu Slider is a crunchy mini-burger served on a soft Hawaiian roll served with tangy potato salad. The Sweet & Sour Yodas were fried brussels sprouts swimming in a piquant sauce. For dessert, the Cocopioca was a pleasant, not-too-sweet parfait of coconut tapioca topped with braised strawberries and a crushed biscotti topping. The sides and desserts were all tasty, but bypass them to save room for the extraordinary ra-
men. The portions are enormous, and it’s hard to finish an entire bowl. Take note that Tatsu-Ya doesn’t offer carryout, so bring your own container if you want to take home your leftovers. And you will. Tatsu-Ya’s drink list is small but mighty, featuring beers from Asia and Austin, plus various sakes, including an unusual sparkling one. The place is a little quirky. It’s housed in a dowdy strip center (but looks LA chic inside), the lines can be long (but they move fast), and ordering can be confusing (but the staff is kind and helpful). Even the music is eclectic (‘80s hip hop anyone?), which isn’t surprising since the chefs are former DJs. Foodies have been lighting up the blogs about Tatsu-Ya, and even national publications like Bon Appétit have taken note. It all seems warranted. If you go, keep in mind it’s gonna cost you a little more than that cheap college ramen you used to eat…but it’ll be oh so worth it. K. spezia P h oto g r a p h y by e va n p r i n c e
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Cuisine carefully prepared with fresh ingredients and a warm, homegrown Austin feel. BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE AND BEER GARDEN
79 Rainey St. (512) 386 1656
Banger’s brings the German beer garden tradition stateside with an array of artisan sausages and 100 beers on tap. Enjoy a pint and live music at the outdoor picnic tables. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
320 E. 2nd St. (512) 457 1500
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1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 243 7505 2438 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 467 2337 Hopdoddy is a prime spot for burgers and brew. Featuring fresh ingredients from Black Angus beef to baked buns and hand-cut Kennebec fries, Hopdoddy means serious business when cooking up burgers.
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2218 College Ave. (512) 297 2423 Chef James Holmes serves up his famous,
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200 Lee Barton Dr. (512) 473 3700 Eclectic fine dining in an inviting setting.
Asian East Side King
1618 E. 6th St. 1700 E. 6th St. 1016 E. 6th St. (512) 422 5884
Modern Asian comfort food, from decadent pork belly buns to ramen noodles, by Chef Paul Qui. ELIZABETH STREET CAFÉ
1501 S. 1st St. (512) 291 2881
A charming FrenchVietnamese eatery with a colorful menu of pho, banh mi and more. G’RAJ MAHAL
91 Red River St. (512) 480 2255 A cozy covered patio makes this food trailer feel like your favorite neighborhood restau-
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8557 Research Blvd. Ste. 126 Japanese comfort at its finest in Austin’s first brick and mortar, ramen-centric eatery.
With renowned chef Tyson Cole at the helm, Uchi has become synonymous with excellence in modern Japanese fare. Start off with a series of hot and cold tastings before diving into the restaurant’s innovative sushi menu.
Classic barbecue from a historic, converted home in West Campus.
801 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916 4808
SPIN MODERN THAI CUISINE
(512) 258 1365 With an array of tasting and full plates, Spin offers a modern take on traditional Thai flavors.
Inspired by Japanese Farmhouse Dining, Uchiko is a culinary journey through exciting flavors, from a creative sushi menu to Pastry Chef Phillip Speer’s incredible desserts.
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1417 S. 1st St. (512) 326 1999 The culinary masterminds behind La Condesa cook up Thai cuisine with a modern twist.
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900 E. 11th St. (512) 653 1187
Innovative Japanese cuisine with spunk. Signature rolls include “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Ex- Girlfriend.”
Crowned Best BBQ Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit, Aaron Franklin’s eponymous eatery is a true Austin institution—as is the line outside the East Austin eatery.
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401 W. 2nd St. (512) 494 1500
This is not your run-ofthe-mill barbecue fare. Classic meats get an Austin twist, like the rib-eye glazed with brown sugar and mustard. The Salt Lick
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Serves up some of the best ribs, brisket, and sausage in the state. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
6610 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 380 9199 Slow-smoked classic BBQ and local craft brew in a nostalgic, 50s-inspired atmosphere. What more can you ask for? Stubb’s BBQ
801 Red River St. (512) 480 8341 Known for its music scene as much as its barbecue, which is traditional and satisfying.
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Continental Annie’s Café and Bar
319 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1884
This European-style brasserie offers specialty cocktails and decadent dishes from across the continent, including steak frites and chicken fricassee pot pie.
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1115 E. 11th St. (512) 542 9542
A European-style bistro on Austin’s East Side. The Carillon
1900 University Ave. (512) 404 3655 A fine dining spot, featuring New American cuisine by Chef Josh Watkins.
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1100 E. 6th St. (512) 467 4280
Inspired by the eclectic cafes and cabarets of prewar Europe, East Side Show Room combines vintage cocktails and delicious cuisine. EASY TIGER
709 E. 6th St. Enjoy artisan breads and pastries before heading down to the patio for housemade sausages, classic German fare and over 30 draft beers. EPICERIE
2307 Hancock Dr. (512) 371 6840
Chef David Bull develops exquisite prix-fixe menus, taking cues from around the world.
A café and grocery with both Louisiana and French sensibilities by Thomas Keller-trained Sarah McIntosh.
Another unique addition to Austin’s dining scene from Chef Parind Vora. A diverse and approachable menu with rice bowls, sandwiches, cioppino and more.
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500 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2377 A French bistro with a southern Cajun flair.
2027 Anchor Ln. (512) 614 2260 Taking cues from Contigo Ranch, the restaurant offers fresh, quality bar food. Driskill Grill
A dark intimate feel and rich American culinary experience.
306 E. 53rd St. (512) 459 1010
In addition to its rotating, seasonal menu with a nose-to-tail approach, Foreign & Domestic offers a tightly edited drinks list. Hillside Farmacy
1209 E. 11th St. (512) 628 0168
Part grocery store, part
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4710 E. 5th St. (512) 385 2900
This East Austin eatery will whisk you away to the brasseries of Rue Cler with a menu of French classics like steak tartare and coq au vin. LENOIR
1807 S. 1st St. (512) 215 9778 French fare with a global outlook, drawing from the cuisines of India, North Africa and more. PARKSIDE
301 E. 6th St. (512) 474 9898 Featuring an extensive raw bar and oyster menu, Parkside is a favorite among local gourmands. RESTAURANT JEZEBEL
800 W. 6th St. Ste. 100 (512) 436 9643
Chef Parind Vora reopened his acclaimed Restaurant Jezebel, featuring his signature, innovative flavors. Diners can
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307 E. 5th St. (512) 428 5442
Austin’s only restaurant specializing in authentic Russian fare. SECOND
200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2750
Open until midnight Su-Th Open until 2am Fri & Sat Another venture from Chef Bull, Second offers a more casual bistro experience, drawing from Italian, French, and Asian cuisines. SOUTH CONGRESS CAFÉ
1600 S. Congress Ave. (512) 447 3905 Whether brunch or dinner, this SoCo staple serves continental cuisine reinterpreted with an Austin flair. SWIFT’S ATTIC
315 Congress Ave. (512) 482 8842 Overlooking Congress Avenue, Swift’s Attic draws from global inspirations and serves up inventive cocktails. TRACE
200 Lavaca St.
(512) 542 3660 Set in the W hotel, TRACE focuses on responsibly- and locallysourced ingredients from Texan farmers and artisans. TRIO
98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 685 8300 This sleek space with a lovely trellised patio overlooks Lady Bird Lake from its perch in the Four Seasons Hotel. WALTON’S FANCY AND STAPLE
609 W. 6th St. (512) 542 3380
This charming Sixth Street destination is equal parts café, bakery and flower shop. Perfect for packing a picnic! WINK
1014 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 482 8868 Fresh plates showcase the vibrant flavors of local, minimally-prepared ingredients.
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Exquisite pizzas hot out of the wood-fired brick oven and wines by the glass. Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar
4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100
Hearty Italian fare with big, bold flavor. LA TRAVIATA
314 Congress Ave. (512) 479 8131 This charming eatery in the heart of the Warehouse District serves up Italian comfort food. Olive & June
3411 Glenview Ave. (512) 467 9898 Southern Italian cuisine, inspired by Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s family recipes. Pair your meal with one of the house’s specialty cocktails. Trento
3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. (512) 328 7555 This Westlake restaurant offers fresh, classic fare with a modern twist Vespaio
1610 S. Congress Ave.
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Deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza—perfect for a late night out.
This South Congress staple is a must for delicious weekend breakfast tacos. Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse—perfect for adventurous meat lovers!
1111-B E. 6th St. (512) 939 1927
Latin America EL NARANJO
85 Rainey St. (512) 474 2776
Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba, the husband and wife team behind El Naranjo, serve up authentic cuisine from Mexico’s interior. Fogo de Chao
309 E. 3rd St. (512) 472 0220
Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse—perfect for adventurous meat lovers! FRESA’S CHICKEN AL CARBON 915 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 428 5077 Savor slow-grilled Peeler Farms chicken from this
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915 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 428 5077
Savor slow-grilled Peeler Farms chicken from this colorful drive-through eatery, alongside fresh salsas, salads, tortillas and homemade ice creams. GUERO’S TACO BAR
1412 S. Congress Ave. (512) 447 7688 This South Congress staple is a must for delicious weekend breakfast tacos. LA CONDESA
400 W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Delectable cocktails, tasty tacos and appetizers, all
Nestled in a converted house on East Sixth, Papi Tino’s serves up modern Mexican cuisine and an impressive selection of delicious mezcals. Takoba
1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 Bold, authentic flavors with ingredients imported straight from Mexico. Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina
1206 W. 38th St. (512) 419 7482 5900 W. Slaughter Ln. Ste. 550 (512) 288 5100
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Willie G’s serves up fresh surf and turf and its elegant Congress Avenue establishment.
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h, dinner—what a fantastic way to unwind at the end of the day! I am part of a family of three who loves great food and enjoys the frequent restaurant experience, however challenging it may be when the topic of where to dine arises. The wheels start to spin, and I am imagining a menu stocked with unconventional vegetable or seafood dishes. My husband loves a great steak and glass of red. Meanwhile, our twelve-yearold son is crossing his fingers that tonight is the night that I will drop the talk of nutrition, and we will splurge on a calorie fest of enchiladas, burgers or pizza. You have to let it go every once in a while, right? With Austin’s vast choices of eateries, you would think that finding a dining experience
that accommodates all three of our palates and doesn't require an hour wait wouldn’t be so difficult. Then, after much searching, we discovered Apothecary. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, paleo or gluten-free, there is a little something for everyone. Let me set the scene: Apothecary is a quaint, moody cafe and wine bar off of Burnet Road. The vibe is relaxed, the lights are dim, the food is great, and they're open late. We typically start the meal with a great bottle of wine. Their wine menu features a few excellent house favorites, but the fun part is the rotating monthly wine menu that showcases varietals from different parts of the world. It is easy to venture into uncharted territory with the friendly staff’s vast knowledge of the menus and willingness to answer questions. Apothecary offers a seasonal menu, featuring weekly dinner and dessert specials, as well as daily happy hour offerings. Last summer, I would crave their Ceviche Tostadas—light, crisp and clean. Our son, Dorian, is a big fan of the Smoked Chicken Nachos, which—he never fails to remind me—are gluten-free. On the other hand, my husband, Lati, loves to start with the Cheese Plate, featuring three cheeses of the moment accompanied by baguette, grapes, olives and honey. Perfection. One of the stars of the menu is the Prosciutto Mac and Cheese, dressed up with panko breadcrumbs, goat cheese and truffle oil. Only a mac and cheese this decadent is worth the workout tomorrow—because, as befits its motto, the local and homegrown Apothecary always has the cure for what ails you. sara domi Husband-wife team Lati and Sara Domi are the coowners of Propaganda Hair Group (propagandahairgroup.com) at 1611 West 5th Street, Suite 150. P h oto g r a p h y by a n n i e r ay
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