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Free People Catalog Launch Party Boho-inspired clothing line Free People selected Austin as the setting for their July catalog, which was shot by TRIBEZA photographer, Alexandra Valenti. To celebrate the July release, guests gathered at The Mohawk for

a performance by local band The Happen-Ins, who were featured in the catalog alongside the models. Visit for a free download of "Be Yer Fool" by The Happen-Ins.

Free People: 1. Jaime Martin, Kayla Bauman & Delaney Collins 2. Lauren & Gwen Bailey 3. Falcon Valdez, Alexandra Valenti & Sean Faires 4. Michelle Fairbanks & Thomas Marrs 5. John-Michael Schoepf, Doub Hanshaw & Ricky Ray Jackson 6. Teal Reid & India Gail 7. Rachel Daily, Kristin Owen & Amanda Shaftel 8. Aryn Jonathan Black & Francis Casanova Rodriguez 9. Isabelle Legate & Emily Thomas 10. Davina Hirsh, Joyce Graves & Cassandra Vicinaiz 11. Katie Stoltman, Tiffany Stepp & Britney Munguia.



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Missoni Trunk Show

To celebrate the exquisite Missoni Home 2011 collection, Threshold Furniture hosted a Trunk Show in their showroom featuring one-ofa-kind pillows, throws, bedding and towels from the colorful Italian line. Shoppers received a special discount on Missoni Home purchases while they enjoyed light snacks and bubbly drinks.

Generous Art Launch Party

Art supporters enjoyed a familyfriendly brunch at Fisterra Studio, celebrating the launch of Jennifer Chenoweth’s charitable project, Generous Art. Sipping pozolé before browsing the new art, guests eagerly bought items from the Studio Sale, with all profits benefitting Generous Art’s mission to help raise funds for artists and nonprofits.

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Missoni Trunk Show: 1. Lara Burns & Alex Smith 2. Alex Agassi & Kelly Young 3. James & Emily Hoelscher 4. Ben & Trang Cockrill 5. Paula Greenfield & Sara Spivey Generous Art Launch Party: 6. Will Walden & Amy Barber 7. Stacey Balkan, Jennifer Balkan & Tricia Forbes 8. Grant Barger & Renee Nuñez 9. Andrea Grimm & Liana Putrino 10. Dana Younger & Felice House.



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The Gopher Illustrated Vol.2 Launch

Toasts rang across the room at The Gopher Illustrated Vol. 2 launch party held at Champion gallery downtown. Readers of the new Austin-based publication, surrounded by the beautiful work of artists Claire Falkenberg and Pablo Garza, got a glimpse of the creative process behind the edition’s construction.

Austin Pets Alive Fundraiser

Animal lovers mingled with adorable fur-balls at the local benefit, June Babies for Fur Babies, hosted by Austin Pets Alive! Held at Austin Uptown Dance, where music, food and drinks flowed freely, the spacious hall encouraged the vibrant atmosphere. All proceeds from the silent auction went towards helping Austin become a no kill city.

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Gopher Launch: 1. Kevin, Giselle & Chamila MuĂąoz 2. Natalya Kochak & Anton Chavez 3. Romina Olson & Sergio Carvjal 4. Dustin Walker & Hermie Escamilla 5. Coleman Davis, Brooke Straub & Noah Marion 6. Ana Kleusnann, Jordan Abrams & Colleen Matzke Austin Pets Alive: 7. Morgan & Ariana Burandt 8. Laura Kearns & Gary Eddy 9. Tiffany Hentrup, Ellen Jefferson & Damon O'Gan.



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Jeff “Ozzy” Nelson J O B : Roller Derby Announcer, Musician (Crötch Röck It, a metal cover band) & works for a national trivia company discovery of the jackalope:

“I’ve been coming here since I moved to Austin in August 2007. Some of the girls from Roller Derby bartend here.”

W h y He ’ s a R egular: “It feels like home. If I had a bar, this is what it would be. I like to drink Boulevard beer and I’m always here for Metal Monday. It’s the only place where the door guy doesn’t yell at you with drink promotions. This is the place where everyone who doesn’t fit in at the other Sixth Street bars goes. There are people from tatted heavy metal dudes to suits and ties, so you get to meet a nice, diverse group of people. Even my mom likes this bar. She’s a big Spicy Bloody Mary fan. They make a great Spicy Bloody Mary on Sundays. My band used to stop here after practice to have a quesadilla and talk shop. They have these wooden nickels that you can use to get a free beer. They give them to the band when we play. I always keep them in my pocket. They subsidize my drinking.”

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The Creative Fund Launch

The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (AGLIFF) hosted its annual summer fundraiser, BOOM!, at East Side Stages. Attendees bought some of Austin’s best artwork at the most unconventional fundraiser in town. As guests wolfed down good eats, lithe aerialists danced above their heads to upbeat tunes. Â

Art enthusiasts gathered at the chic Malverde for the launch of the Creative Fund, a group of passionate individuals who want to help small arts groups perform at venues across Austin. Attendees sipped on drink specials as they celebrated this new alliance devoted to raising money for the arts.

Agliff: 1. Jennifer & Daniel Northcutt 2. Natalie Davis & Mary Kathryn Paynter 3. Max Marshall & Andrea Nguyen 4. David Tarafa & Jeremy Von Stilb 5. Sam Westerfeld & Liz Shapiro 6. Lauren Wilkins & Ben Runkle 7. Mason McFee & Jessica Clark Creative Fund: 8. Linda Townsend & Denise Rose 9. Maria Orozova & Emily Torgerson 10. Mike Tyler, Whitney Hall & Hector Perez 11. Kejda Herzog, Zaheera Surtee & Amber Powell 12. Ryan Meek & Amy Holloway.



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Pulling an All Nighter BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO NG

I AM NOT A WRITER who would ever be assigned to write a piece about nightlife. First of all, I am a morning person, so my nightlife occurs between the hours of 5 and 10pm. I start to get hungry around 5:30pm, and like to eat at 6. This will be very helpful when I’m an old woman and transitioning into life in

the “home.” My bedtime is the time most night people are just starting to go out. When we lived in Spain, I really had to learn the art of “siesta” and pace myself for nights on the town — or really, mornings on the town, if you are being precise — since no one goes home before 3am.

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With a houseful of kids, nightlife these days consists primarily of sleepovers.

With a houseful of kids, nightlife these days consists primarily of sleepovers. My children are 11, 9 and 9 so they are in a phase of life I lovingly refer to as a “Friendzy.” Gone are the days when I would pick the kids up from school on Friday and we would ease into a relaxed family plan of ordering pizza and maybe grabbing a movie from Blockbuster. Now Friday afternoons are a cyclone of phone calls, arrangements, plans, “Mom, can so and so spend the night? Can I go to so and so’s house?” Yeah, sure, whatever. When the sleepover is at my house, I cannot even manage to stay up as late as 9-year-olds. In fact, I have to jam my hot pink squishy earplugs deep into my brain in order to drown out all the giggles, Justin Bieber music and overhead stomping from the dance party going on upstairs. Inevitably I sleepwalk upstairs at 11pm and turn off Justin and the lights, mumbling incoherently about the importance of sleep for growing bodies. I cherish my sleep so much you would think I should be 5-foot-10-inches.” I have stayed up all night in recent history, however, and it was not because of a barking dog or a child with the stomach virus. This spring I ran the Run to the Sun relay race benefitting the fight against Batten Disease. There were about 30 teams of 8 to 10 runners covering the distance (95 miles) between Mt. Bonnell and Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg. The race began late on a Saturday afternoon and finished at sunrise on Sunday morning. My team split up the legs of the race with each runner running two or three separate distances averaging between seven and three miles each. We rented an RV to ensure our comfort out on the course, and had enough snacks to fuel us if we wanted to keep running all the way to Los Angeles — that’s just how we roll.



I worried beforehand, wondering if I would be able to run in the middle of the night, smack dab in the apex of prime sleeping hours. My assigned legs were at 11pm and 2am. I tried to channel my inner Spaniard, but found it difficult to conjure her up without benefit of cocktails. I completed my seven plus mile distance at 11pm without incident, wearing a reflective vest, blinking lights and a cap with a built-in headlamp. All my worries went out the window and I discovered that I love running at night. I loved how all my senses were heightened, how I could hear the animals scurrying in the brush alongside the road, a whippoorwill calling and the cows stomping and shifting as they slept. I could smell the thick country air, and feel two competing temperature zones — the cool air by my face and the hot air rising from the pavement, baked by the heat of the day. I was hyper-aware of everything, my footing, my breathing, the night sounds all around me. My friends in the RV kept tabs on me, checking in at varying distances to make sure I was okay, but other than that it was just me and the night. We took turns and covered our distances, holding a steady pace and making it to Enchanted Rock in time to watch the dawn break, glowing pink and orange across the sky. We were met by friends and family, and we feasted on omelets and frittatas while a gospel band reminded us that it was indeed Sunday morning. I spent the remainder of the day with my children, happily alternating between exhaustion and elation. My teammates and I have so many memories and funny stories from our grown-up sleepover that a part of me can now better relate to the “friendzy” of my children. I had forgotten how much fun it is to stay up all night with your favorite friends. Maybe I finally found the kind of nightlife that is worth staying awake for.

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Jim Ritts executive director of the paramount & state theatres


im Ritts has saved the Playbill from every performance he has attended since the age of 16. As the newly appointed Executive Director of the Paramount and State Theatres, it’s no wonder that he cherishes these memories with such careful attention. It was during his time as an undergraduate at the University of Texas and later at Northwestern University for grad school that Ritts cultivated his love and appreciation for the theater. Having had an atypical academic experience, he pursued a degree in Communications while simultaneously working his way up the broadcast journalism ladder as a traveling statistician for ABC-TV Sports (working with Frank Gifford on Monday Night Football and Keith Jackson on NCAA Football). He is also the co-founder of the Channel One Network and a former commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). “I discovered early on that when it came to creative pursuits — whether it was television, music, theater — my role was behind the camera, backstage. I learned that as a businessperson, I could enable those individuals.” In his new role, he plans to do just that, both on the stage and in the classroom. Apart from continuing to bring top tier talent to Austin, Ritts is immensely devoted to extending arts education to as many young minds as possible via the Paramount’s existing Literacy to Life program. “Cultural education enlightens, it inspires and it humanizes — you have to nurture that side of a population,” he says. J. Rangel

10 Questions for jim

Which celebrity was your childhood crush? Cheryl Tiegs. Did you ever see the 1970 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? When and where are you the happiest? At the beach in the late afternoon with a group of my oldest friends and a cold cocktail in my hand. Perfect peace. Who are your fantasy dinner party guests? My parents who are both gone because they never had the chance to meet my wife, Lisa Jasper, and they would have loved her.



Who is your favorite fictional character? Jiminy Cricket. He’s optimistic and wise. At age 7, you wanted to be? A professional baseball player. It was the “Golden Age” of baseball and anything was possible. What do you never travel without? Carryon luggage filled with a wardrobe of black clothing – I do not check luggage and I cannot find anything darker to wear. And my grandfather’s gold cufflinks. They keep me in touch with the man for whom I am named. If you were an inventor, what would you invent? A tool that effortlessly opens any item that is packaged in hard plastic clamshell

or shrink-wrap material. I would win the Nobel Peace Prize for reducing the daily frustration level of the civilized world. Where would you live if you weren’t in Austin? Australia — the people, the ocean, a place of infinite opportunity. What are your three favorite films? Chinatown for Jack Nicholson, Shawshank Redemption for Morgan Freeman, Bull Durham for Susan Sarandon (and it is about baseball). If you could trade wardrobes with anyone, who would it be? Colin Firth in A Single Man. Two words — Tom Ford. P h oto g r a p h y by k i n g l aw r en c e



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or the past few years, I’ve wanted to print T-shirts with a simple slogan: “Austin, Texas: It was better 10 minutes ago.” Whether they’d counter or reinforce the “Keep Austin Weird” manifesto depends on your perspective. To me, it seems like Austin is increasingly leaning more whiney and less weird. And it’s the less weird part that has become known as “Old Austin” waxing whiney. It boils down to this truth: whether you arrived last week or in 1977, whether you were drawn by education or politics, whether you were following Willie Nelson or Micheal Dell, there’s always somebody around to insist you got here too late. Somebody will tell you that you just missed Austin’s glory days. I got to Austin in 1990 as a freshman at the University of Texas. There’s people that’ll tell you I’ve gone on to make much of my living slinging arbitrary and self-serving theories, so here’s another one: to me, particularly when it comes to nightlife, 1990 or so has always seemed like an obvious demarcation in the debate of old vs. new Austin. Folks that arrived before ‘90 lived in more of a “town” than “city.” They saw music in “clubs,” not “venues.” And where there wasn’t music, every bar felt like Cheers, although nobody yet had thought to open a bar on Sixth actually called Cheers. The pre-90s, “Old Austin” crowd turns their nose up at Sandra Bullock’s restaurant or Lance Armstrong’s bike shop. And don’t think of putting a Walmart in their zip code. But these are exactly the people that helped foster an aesthetic that made people want to live here. They tried to keep it weird and now they feel left behind.



And those that arrived after 1990? They’re part of a generation that came in search of IPOs, stiff martinis and martini bars where you could impress a woman by talking about your pending IPOs without talking over live music. It was around 1992 when I helped Margaret Moser research an Austin Chronicle piece on where “New Austin” was headed at night, the thennascent Warehouse District. Until then, the only thing that ever brought me, or anyone else, west of Congress past 8pm was Liberty Lunch (now there’s a place you should’ve been!). Even with the influx of music-free martini bars, I’ll suggest another self-serving theory, hopefully without the you-should-have-beenthere tone: there wasn’t an easier or more fruitful decade in Austin to see four or five bands a night than the 90s. You didn’t have to leave Sixth to bounce from Mercado Caribe to Steamboat, Babe’s to Emo’s and The Black Cat to Flamingo Cantina. I don’t drink and at the time, none of my work required me to wake before noon. From 1991 to 2001, I’d do seven nights a week of live music, take a three day break at the six month point and do it all over again, year after year. Everything I know about music, and thus Austin, I learned in those 10 years of non-stop clubcrawling. There were nights I started at the Back Room, dropped by Liberty Lunch and made the proverbial last call at Antone’s on Guadalupe. Even then, bars like Lovejoy’s, or later, The Lucky Lounge, thrived on people taking temporary respite from live music by ducking into a bar they could hear themselves talk in. But make no mistake, in those days, music was at the core of any night out. Music was the rhythm fueling Austin’s zeitgeist. Now, not so much.

Or maybe that’s just tenuous whining from someone who, at 38 years old and with a radio shift to wake up for, can’t go out seven nights a week. When I’m out, I often run into Zoe Cordes Selbin — an 18-year-old, self-professed hipster so entrenched in club going and the live music business, I’m convinced we’re all one day going to work for her. She and her friends crisscross Red River and the East Side the way I used to Sixth Street. New faces. New clubs. Same nightlife. Here’s another undeniable truth: faced with the prospect of growth, yet trying to preserve a city’s soul, Austin’s toed the line between relevant and weird in an impressive, and perhaps, unprecedented way. Austin’s last few mayors have routinely met with and advised politicians and representatives from across the country and the world, in town to study the city’s transition. They tour a downtown core that’s safe, pedestrianfriendly, and filled with locally-owned businesses, big and small. And with growth has come substantially better dining. Look at the new ACL Live at The Moody Theater and how quickly one final piece of the puzzle has transformed a piece of downtown into exactly the vibrant, urban, sidewalk dining, music-listening corridor we’d long hoped for. I saw Willie Nelson open the venue with a Valentine’s Day show, complete with a full orchestra. It was perfection. Somewhere 10 minutes from now one Austinite will tell the other that they should have been at that show. They’ll be right, but 10 minutes later, someone else will have an only-in-Austin experience of their own. Ultimately, life here isn’t about old or new Austin, it’s about “Austin Now.” Let’s print up those t-shirts.

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Music Columnist, Esquire & Host, KGSR & YNN

At a 2002 Esquire party in NYC with a blow-up of my first real Esquire column. My very first interview: a 1981 chat with former New York Met Art Shamsky.

At a Toys 'R' Us at the height of my Star Wars fandom with a real looking R2-D2 and a less believable C-3PO.

The only framed picture of myself I have in the house.

On-air for CNN at the first Austin City Limits Music Festival.

My Life in Photos

He’s seen Old Austin become New Austin, but it’s “Austin Now” that matters most.

A Todd V. Wolfson shot parody of Bob Schneider's I'm Good Now album cover that I use for all my social networking profile pics.

At age 3, one of the greatest days of my life: on the set of Sesame Street.

The only child of two only children. Also, note my father's only-in-the-70s pants. In the beginning...

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An Audience with…


John Berry

the book, Herman Miller: The Purpose of hink of the masterpieces of 20th BY c a r l a mc do n a ld Design, published by Rizzoli International in and 21st century design — the 2004. Now in its second printing, the book Eames Lounge Chair, the Noserved as the primary source for Good Design: Stories from Herman guchi Table and the Marshmallow Sofa, to name a few Miller, an exhibition about the venerable furniture company at the — and you’ll realize a common denominator is Herman Austin Museum of Art-Downtown through September. Miller. Founded in 1905, Herman Miller is arguably the world’s most On July 14, Berry, who curated the exhibition, was in town to important and influential producer of modern furniture. discuss Herman Miller’s innovative design culture. Due to his recent One of the foremost experts on the 106-year-old company is design visit, I had to ask for an audience with John Berry. scholar John Berry, the former Herman Miller executive who penned




Q &A with john

John, tell me about the exhibition and how you became involved with it. The Muskegon Museum of Art, which is based near Herman Miller, Inc., had the idea to do an exhibition highlighting the company. They used my book as the basis and asked me to serve as guest curator. Herman Miller did not ask to approve the exhibition’s content, which is a real testimony to the company’s comfort with their history and willingness to share.

photos courtesy of austin museum of art.

What pieces are in the exhibition and why did you choose them? The issue was never what to include. It was what not to include. For example, I decided not to include the classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, partly because it is already so wellknown compared to other Eamesdesigned chairs and partly because it took up a lot of space. But the Eames Lounge Chair is represented in a video from an Arlene Francis TV show from 1956 when the chair was introduced. What do you hope people will take away from the exhibition? What do you want people to know about Herman Miller? My hope is that the exhibition will provide people with an understanding that design is about problem solving and requires the recognition of a real need. It is not about styling or adding things at the end of a process to make a space look nice. Good design is

the process. It is both the starting point and the destination. Why do you think the Herman Miller brand has been so successful for so long? Herman Miller has always been honest in its approach to just about everything. An internal communication in the 80s to the marketing people opened with the statement, “The truth is good enough.” Herman Miller has never been about hype. It has always been about innovation and problem solving. In most cases, that philosophy resulted in the company creating a market for products that met real needs, even if those needs were not yet understood by the general public. If you could have just one piece of furniture, what would it be and why? The Eames Lounge and Ottoman, because it’s comfortable enough to take a nap in. What makes a piece of furniture great? Greatness changes with the kind of piece. For example, a chair is great if it meets a particular need, is well made, uses good materials in an honest way, is comfortable, endures the test of time and works well with other styles. The DCW (Eames Dining Chair Wood) sums up the philosophy well. Time Magazine called it the best design — not just the best chair design — of the 20th century. In your view, who is the best furniture designer of all time


and why? The husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames. Charles and Ray were interested in finding solutions to new needs, exploring new materials and expanding understanding. What is the biggest mistake people make when buying furniture? It’s a huge mistake not to consider quality, durability and scale. Furniture looks very different in a showroom than it does in one’s home or office. That’s one of the reasons a good designer can be such a valuable asset. How has furniture design changed over time with workspaces becoming more casual, more people working from home and sustainability becoming important? Certainly the focus on sustainable materials and recycling has been a big influence. New products that don’t consider those elements won’t last long in the marketplace. For offices, there’s a greater emphasis on collaboration and shared spaces. With residences and home offices, there’s a new focus on offering scaled-down products since the need for storage space has been reduced by technology. I know you lecture often to design students. What advice do you give them? Understand the difference between art and design and design and styling and share that understanding with others. And, most importantly, always ask yourself, is this design meeting a real need?

ABOVE: Two classic pieces from Herman Miller — the Eames Plywood Chair and the Marshmallow Sofa.

Carla McDonald is the host of the Austin Arts Minute on News 8 as well as a wife, mother of two daughters, successful entrepreneur, community advocate and fundraiser.

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AUGUST Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music the arctic monkeys

Aug 2, 7pm Stubb's

Children PB&J Junior Sailing Camp

snow white and the seven dwarfs

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey


Aug 6, 9:30am Austin Yacht Club


Aug 3, 7:30pm Cedar Park Center The decemberists

Aug 8, 7pm Stubb's

Ian Moore Band Reunion

Aug 13, 9pm Antone’s

Aug 17-21 Frank Erwin Center

Movie Night on Scenic Mountain

Aug 27, 8:30pm McKinney Falls State Park baby bloomers


Every Monday, 9am Austin Children's Museum

Aug 17, 7pm Stubb’s Blue October

Aug 19, 7pm Stubb’s

community night

Every Wednesday, 5pm Austin Children's Museum

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club: Featuring Omara Portuondo

friday night lights

Aug 10, 7:30pm Texas Spirit Theater Tom Waits

Aug 29, 9:30 pm Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

Aug 11-13 Cap City Comedy Club Dom Irrera with Bryan Gutmann

Aug 25-27 Cap City Comedy Club

Paula Poundstone

Aug 26, 7pm & 9:30pm One World Theatre

Shane Mauss with Jonathan Pace

Aug 31- Sept 3 Cap City Comedy Club


The Imaginary Invalid

Through Aug 14 The City Theatre

Aug 27, 7pm Mohawk

Aug 8, 7pm Alamo Drafthouse Village

Jim Jefferies

Aug 5, 7:30pm Georgetown Palace Theatre

Mother Falcon and Marmalakes


Willie Nelson Pilot followed by Highlights from the ACL Archives

Aug 3-6 Cap City Comedy Club

The Wizard of Oz

Aug 26 & 27, 8pm Stubb’s


Aug 5, 7:30pm Austin Film Society Screening Room

Jon Dore with Nick Mullen

Aug 4, 8pm Hyde Park Theatre


Every Sunday, 7:30pm Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center

Aug 1, 6:30pm Austin Public Library University Hills Branch


The Good Thief

Aug 26, 6:30pm ACL Live at The Moody Theatre

Hartman Foundation "Concerts in the Park"


Austin Yacht Club PB&J class


Through Aug 28 ZACH Theatre

The Imaginary Invalid

Arts Calendar August 1 Bydee Art Gallery

Bydee Week 2011: Celebration of Brian Joseph’s Anniversary of Painting and The Closing of the Gallery Through Aug 6 August 3 Umlauf sculpture garden & museum

Yoga — The Body as Sculpture Every Wednesday at 10am August 4 Julia C. Butridge Gallery

United In Textiles/Austin Fiber Artists Reception: 6-8pm Through Aug 27 Wally Workman Gallery

Group Show: Stanford Kay & Sarah Ferguson Reception: Aug 6, 6-8pm Through Sept 3

August 5 Blanton Museum of Art

B Scene 10:30pm

August 12 Austin Art Space

Bucking The Texan Myth Reception: Aug 13, 6:30pm Through Sept 10 August 26 GrayDUCK Gallery

Candy Cornbread Reception: 7-9pm Through Sept 25

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Co-chairs of the Ice Ball Reva Gartzke (Owner, Edible Arrangements) and Clayton Christopher (Founder of Sweet Leaf Tea, Co-founder and CEO Deep Eddy Vodka).

August 31 Arthouse

Rooftop Architecture Film Series: Rem Koolhaas, A Kind of Architect Reception: 8pm

Ongoing Blanton Museum of Art

About Face: Portraiture as Subject Through Sept 4

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Texas High School Football: More Than The Game Through Jan 22 GrayDUCK Gallery

Identity Crisis Through Aug 21

mexic-arte museum

Thought Cloud: Young Latino Artists 16 Through Sept 25 Testsite

Just Because 11.3, Teruko Nimura: Spaces Between Through Aug 7 Women & Their Work

Lauren Woods: Notes of a Native Daughter Through Aug 31

EVENT p i c k

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ice Ball August 20, 7 pm Hilton (Downtown)


ig Brothers Big Sisters will be hosting their seventh annual Ice Ball at the Downtown Austin Hilton where guests can take a break from the summer heat and step into a wintry wonderland filled with refreshing ice-inspired cocktails, frosty lights and ice sculptures. For 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has been pairing children, ages 6 to 16, with supportive adult mentors who build friendships and offer encouragement and support to each child. Their oneto-one mentoring model helps kids facing adversity achieve measurable outcomes leading to lifelong success. This year alone, BBBS volunteers will provide 90,000 hours of mentoring to 1,500 children in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. The value of that time is nearly $2 million. Last year more than 97 percent of the children they served stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting. In order to match more youth with caring mentors, BBBS of Central Texas is fundraising through a spectacular gala. Guests will enjoy an array of gourmet food and an open bar as they jive to the Memphis Train Revue, a 10-piece band that delivers a unique blend of funk, soul and R&B. Live and silent auctions will also give participants the opportunity to bid on relaxing vacation getaways and local Austin goodies. Most importantly, all ticket sales, auctioned items and generous donations will go towards supporting Austin’s youth. Tickets are $150 online and $175 at the door. C. shih



Art Spaces arts pick



700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: Th–F 11–7, Sa 10–5, Su 1–5 Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 AMOA Downtown

823 Congress Ave. (512) 495 9224 Hours: Tu, W, F 10–5, Th 10–8, Sa 10–6, Su 12–6 AMOA Laguna Gloria


here’s a good story behind every producer, says Adi Anand. “This story isn’t told enough.” Deciding to turn the spotlight on local music producers, who “hone, shape and preserve our city’s musical talent,” Anand of Transmission Entertainment teamed up with local video production company Shoot Good Media to create Soundboard, a series of video interviews showcasing local producers. The goal of Soundboard is not only to share each producer’s story, but also to uncover their processes and show them at work in the studio. It is this intimate portrait of the collaboration between producers and the bands, that makes Soundboard more than a series of good interviews — the videos create a window into a relationship that would otherwise remain mysterious to viewers outside of the music industry. On June 14, the team launched Soundboard Live at The Mohawk. This series of events highlights individual producers’ work, featuring the Soundboard episode and music and performances by the featured bands. To see episodes on Danny Reisch of Good Danny’s and Erik Wofford of Cacophony Recorders, visit Coming soon — Frenchie Smith of Frenchie Smith Records and Chico Jones of Ohm Studios. For information on Soundboard Live, visit A. bell



3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–Sun 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5

Blanton Museum of Art

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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

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

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–S 1–5 George Washington Carver Museum

The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 , Su 12–5

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

Artworks Gallery

Harry Ransom Center

Austin Art Garage

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

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

Mexic–Arte Museum

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

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

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

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

1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY

O. Henry Museum

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

1202-A W. 6th. St. (512) 825 6866 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum


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

Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only Brocca Gallery

1103 E. 6th St. (512) 628 1306 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5

Bydee Art Gallery

1050 E. 11th St., #120 (512) 480 3100 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–7

photo courtesy of transmission entertainment.


art champion

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Creative Research Laboratory

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

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

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 Gallery 5619

5619 Airport Blvd. (512) 751 2360 Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 Gallery Shoal Creek

2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 grayDUCK gallery

Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 La Peña

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, S 12–4 Russell Collection Fine Art

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena–

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

Lora Reynolds Gallery


360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Lotus Gallery

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

2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only Mass Gallery

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5

Okay Mountain Gallery

Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts

Positive Images Gallery

1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4

Pro–Jex Gallery

1312 E. Cesar Chavez St. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5

1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 Studio 107

411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 Wally Workman Gallery

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

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

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

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670 Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4

Domy Books

s pac e s

Roi James

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7

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

Julia C. Butridge Gallery

United States Art Authority

Pump Project Art Complex

To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to

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

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455


things we love

What We Are Drinking Republic Tequila Elderflower Margarita

Serves 1 1.5 ounces Republic Plata Tequila 1.5 ounces St. Germain Elderflower Liquor 2 ounces Classic Lime Republic Spirit Blend (can substitute any flavor of the Blends)

Republic Tequila Elderflower Margarita For an afternoon by the pool, we are sipping margaritas with a twist. Made with certified organic Plata tequila by Republic, which comes in a Texas-shaped bottle, and the new Republic Spirit Blends, which are all-natural and low in calories, these Republic Elderflower Margaritas are light and refreshing. We like the Classic Lime Spirit Blend for this drink.

Local Brew

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SAVVY Cucumber Mint Breeze

For a garden party with friends, try these refreshing cucumber cocktails. Made with SAVVY Vodka, which is owned by lifelong Austinite and sixth generation Texan Chad Auler, these bevs are sure to please even on the hottest of Austin afternoons. Serves 4 ½ cup (packed) fresh mint leaves 1 lemon, sliced into rounds ¼ cup raw sugar ¼ cucumber, sliced 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup SAVVY Vodka ¼ cup water 2 cups ice cubes Club soda Mix mint, lemon and sugar in a pitcher, muddling slightly. Mix in cucumber. Let stand 30 minutes. Add lemon juice, SAVVY Vodka, and 1/2 cup water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Chill at least 30 minutes. Mix in ice and pour into Collins glasses. Top with club soda and serve.

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On afternoons by the pool, we are sipping margaritas with a twist. Made with certified organic Plata tequila by Republic, which comes in a Texas-shaped bottle, and the new Republic Spirit Blends, which are all-natural and low in calories, these Republic Elderflower Margaritas are light and refreshing. We like the Classic Lime Spirit Blend for this drink.


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Up Out By Carolyn Harrold Photography by Alexandra Valenti (Scott Jawson’s Photo By Mia Baxter)

Ca i t l i n G . M c C oll om , 24 D i r ec to r a nd Ow n e r o f Re d S pac e G a l l e ry

Thanks to these young DIY-ers, Austin’s nightlife is getting a dose of culture, with parties based around art, film, music, comedy and more.


n Austinite for only the past eight months, Caitlin McCollom is diversifying the area’s art scene with her apartment gallery, Red Space, showing emerging artists and experimental work. Her exhibition openings, which feature sponsors like Dripping Springs Vodka, are party-like and attract a young, diverse crowd that might not frequent a typical gallery.

H e r M a n y H ats : At only 24, McCollom

manages all of the exhibitions, artist talks and events, which means she does everything from seeking out new artists, lining up sponsors and handling publicity to helping install the shows and building and managing the gallery’s website.


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patrons through a common space. People sit around my dining room table or in the living room and drink and talk about art. It’s a dream.” Fav e Loc a l A rt is ts : Performance artist Jill Pangallo, photographer Sara Sudhoff, painter Wura Natasha Ogunji, video artist Lauren Woods and recent Austin Critics Table Award winner Beili Liu.,

off, getting music and artwork from all of the bands and printing 2,000 copies of The Lost Tribes: A Guide to Austin Music before SX Music began. In return for the free promotion, the featured bands agreed to play in a series of four showcases to help Cornetti recoup his production costs. I n s pi r ati o n : “I wanted to create something that would give Austin bands a better opportunity to reach the thousands of music lovers SXSW brings in. Now, I hope to help some bands out, maybe put some money in their pockets.” E v e n ts : The four Pau Wau showcases each

Insp irat ion: Encouraged by her former professor at Texas State, Katie Geha, the owner/director of SOFA apartment gallery, and Sean Gaulager of Co-Lab, McCollom says she learned that “young artists should not focus solely on the success of themselves and their own work, but on the other artists like them in close proximity — in that way you rise up together and create your own scene.” Th e Crowd: “The people that come to Red Space are usually 20-somethings interested in art, young artists or art students. Professors, writers, gallery owners and more established artists and patrons have been known to stop by as well.” Events: “The openings at Red Space are

art parties of sorts connecting artists and


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au Wau may have originated as a way for Austin musicians to get their name out during SXSW 2011, but Nick Cornetti has bigger plans for the musician collective.

The S to ry: With only two weeks to go

before SX, Nick Cornetti, who plays in local bands Cartright, American Sharks and Field Dress, had the idea to put together a highquality compilation ‘zine and CD featuring 15 of his favorite Austin bands to distribute during the festival. He managed to pull it

featured three to four bands, ranging from the neo-burlesque duo Agent Ribbons to synth bands like Boy Friend and Missions. Held at Club de Ville and Hotel Vegas, the events drew around 200 people each, and guests all got free copies of the compilation CD and ‘zine. Fav e Loc a l B a n ds : The Weird Weeds, The Strange Boys, Dana Falconberry and all of the other musicians featured in The Lost Tribes. O n th e H o ri zo n : From the original compilation CD and showcases, Pau Wau has grown into a record label, releasing two songs by Cartright on 7” vinyl and celebrating with an event in July at The Parish.

Visit for free music downloads and follow Pau Wau on Facebook.

“I wanted to create something that would give Austin bands a better opportunity to reach the thousands of music lovers SXSW brings in...� NICK CORNETTI, PAU WAU

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Stepping Up Stepping Out



he tipsy twosome behind the live Internet-based, call-in advice show Drunk Dial has been gathering fans all over East Austin and beyond with their nighttime antics, reaching over 2,000 Facebook Fans, attracting up to a thousand guests to their periodic parties and snagging them a Critic’s Pick award from the Chronicle.

Fa n s : “We’ve got people’s parents, a strong

Tag Line: “We’re drunk, you’re drunk, let’s

Nota bl e E v e n ts : The Drunk Dial

talk about it!”

1,000 Fan Party at Cheer Up Charlie’s, the Thursday Night Social Bike Ride and the Valentine’s Day Mystery Match-Up — “We set up over 40 blind dates after getting online surveys from singles in town and had them meet in different locations on East Sixth Street!”

How it Wo r ks : After going out, meeting

people and passing out their cards on Thursday nights, the ladies head to the studio (their kitchen), where they stream the show live online, “taking calls, giving advice, sharing all of our secrets and eventually melting down.” Then, they edit the footage into a 10-minute episode and post the show on YouTube. Insp irat io n : “We reached a point in our drinking careers where we realized we needed to slow down or turn it into something more productive. We have always loved going out, meeting people and giving advice to our friends and even strangers.”


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“We have always loved going out, meeting people and giving advice to our friends and even strangers.”

following in Skagway, Alaska, long lost family members and former high school crushes, Internet freaks, business owners, folks from small towns seeking a different point of view, housewives, good ol’ boys — truly, it takes all kinds, and we are so happy to have them.”

Fav e Loc a l I n t e r n e t C ele b s :

Christeene, fitness sensation Erica Nix, video artist Max Juren and Austin Video Bee. O n th e H o ri zo n : The gals are taking the show on the road, with trips planned to San Francisco and New Orleans.

Find them on, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

“People in Austin are so laid back and don’t have so many hang ups on status, they like to get sweaty and would rather be enjoying their lives than judging other folks or comparing themselves.” — Jodi Lynn Frizzell (left) + Emily Lowe (right), Drunk Dial

“I love Austin because it’s always changing. There are always new and amazing people coming up doing really inspirational things here. It’s a community of people who are creative and artistic and who want to be involved with something bigger than themselves.” — Scott Jawson, Cinema East


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“The independent film scene felt a lot less accessible… It was really this notion that was the basis for Cinema East: to provide intimate and affordable independent film screenings to people in a unique, relaxing and comfortable setting.”

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tarted in June of 2010 by Scott Jawson and Production Coordinator Maggie Lea, the open-air film series Cinema East attracts hundreds to Austin’s East Side for screenings of creative and influential independent films from Sundance, SXSW and more.

I n s pi r ati o n : Originally more involved in Austin’s music scene than the film world, Jawson says: “The independent film scene felt a lot less accessible…It was really this notion that was the basis for Cinema East: to provide intimate and affordable independent film screenings to people in a unique, relaxing and comfortable setting.” E volu t io n : “Hosting a successful

first run DIY film series in a vacant East Austin lot next to 12th and Chicon was a pretty noteworthy accomplishment for us last year and has also allowed us a great deal of room for growth. This year we’ve moved the series to the beautiful, historic French Legation lawn where we’re able to accommodate a much larger audience — we averaged about

400 people per screening last year and this year we’re at about 600.” E v e n ts : “People usually start

showing up an hour or so before each screening. We have DJs and sometimes bands, plenty of food, and it’s just a good chance to mingle and meet new people (not to mention finding a good spot to lay out your blanket).” The events end with Q&A sessions with the film’s directors and producers. Th e C row d : “Our audience has always been eclectic. I’ve seen people from pretty much every age group, background and level of experience with film. It’s not uncommon to see people on separate blankets sharing food, wine and conversations.” Fav e Loc a l Film : “Nathan Christ’s film Echotone was particularly impressive both in terms of its production quality as well as its message. I’m really interested in what he’ll be doing next!”

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How mobile technology is keeping Austin wired. by

Jackie Rangel

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lance around at a concert, bar or even a restaurant these days, and you’re likely to see at least a handful of people glued to their mobile devices. Whether tapping away at a text message or “checking in” with their preferred social network, mobile technology users — and the social media outlets they rely on — are swiftly altering how Austinites socialize. “Austin is a really tech savvy place, and it’s a really good place for early adopters. You don’t have the density of San Francisco or New York, but there are a lot of families, a lot of young people and a lot of technology. It’s a good place to incubate a new technology,” says Rachel Youens, Head of Corporate Communications for Mutual Mobile, an Austin-based mobile solutions company that has worked on several social apps and mobile sites. No stranger to digital behavior, Youens is a selfproclaimed “broadcaster” who utilizes a variety of mobile applications and technologies to coordinate social activities with friends, setting plans for upcoming nights and weekends. She does have a preferred platform, however. “Gowalla is a big one as far as being able to see where my friends are. It’s probably the app I use most often.” Although clearly a super-user herself, Youens acknowledges that the average person most likely looks


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to new technology as a means of connecting with those who may already be in their network; in other words, to cultivate loose social connections. “I think things are moving away from anonymous networking and toward a place where tech strengthens the ties that already exist, rather than starting from scratch.” She has noticed an especially strong trend toward people wanting to communicate more directly with select friends using group texting apps. “It’s almost like private chat rooms. From people I know at UT who have study sessions to groups of guys I know who have boys clubs…It goes back to that personal level of wanting to share something with a smaller group.” This desire for meaningful social connection extends beyond small groups of friends, as businesses are taking note and using digital platforms to actively engage with their customers in more relevant ways. A presence on Twitter, the microblogging and social networking service, is now a fairly ubiquitous indicator of a business’s new media savvy. What initially became popular as a way for people to share 140-character snapshots of their daily lives, has somewhat inadvertently evolved into a means for curating a personally relevant feed of information. Users control which news, social and otherwise, that they’d like to receive.

Gowalla’s Community and Music Manager Jonathan Carroll kicks back at Malverde. “People want to connect with their favorite bands, they want to brag to friends ‘I was at that show!’ and they want to be able to take home great memories from the shows they see. Gowalla is perfectly situated to help people collect those stories, share the experiences with friends and even get special treats from the bands they see...”

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Consider popular Austin restaurant El Arroyo, whose primary Twitter account is @ElArroyoSign. That’s right, that daily source of drive-by wit and wisdom has gone digital. More important than the mere existence of this account however, is the sizeable number of followers it has amassed — over 1,100. Other local hotspots like the Mohawk (@mohawkaustin), use the service regularly to announce concert details, special events and deals. Beyond the real-time newsfeed, the beauty of Twitter lies in its social functionality. Chances are if you send a tweet to a local venue, bar or restaurant, they’ll send one right back, creating a shared (and public) conversation among a self-selecting group of like-minded individuals. Google Places, the hub of the search giant’s push into all things ‘local,’ is yet another channel by which businesses are reaching their target customers — especially in Austin. “The reason that we chose Austin is that it has such a hip, young culture that likes to go out and likes to share those experiences with their friends through social media and with their devices. People here are excited to try new things,” says Google Places Community Manager Whitney Francis. In recent months, you may have noticed an increasing number of red Google arrow stickers in windows across the city, signifying a business’s participation with the service. Just as with Twitter, a Google Places page can be a forum for broadcasting deals, specials or exclusive perks to page visitors. Users are able to rate and rank favorite spots around town, sharing and exchanging these recommendations with a chosen network of friends. Another local company that has honed in on the importance of shared social experiences via mobile technology is Austin-based Gowalla. Although launched in Dallas, the locationbased gaming and social networking company has called the “Live Music Capital of the World” home since 2009. Perhaps a function of their


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“Austin is a really tech savvy place, and it’s a really good place for early adopters. You don’t have the density of San Francisco or New York, but there are a lot of families, a lot of young people and a lot of technology.” — R ac h e l Yo u e n s

surroundings, they are now looking to expand the “check-in” within the live music realm, concentrating on festivals, artists and venues. “People want to connect with their favorite bands, they want to brag to friends ‘I was at that show!’ and they want to be able to take home great memories from the shows they see. Gowalla is perfectly situated to help people collect those stories, share the experiences with friends and even get special treats from the bands they see — like free music or credit at the merchandise booth!” says Jonathan Carroll, Gowalla’s Community and Music Manager. While Gowalla focuses on redefining

the “check-in,” another Austin-based app, Tabbedout, has set their sights on innovating the checkout process — providing a service that Rachel Youens foresees as critical to the future of mobile technology. “It’s about so much more than just checking in…it’s about loyalty cards as well, doing payments. Eventually I might be able to just swing my phone by the cashier,” she says. Born out of a frustrating experience that CEO Rick Orr had while waiting nearly an hour to close out at a restaurant, Tabbedout gives users the freedom to pay the bill virtually via mobile phone. “For me, the pain point

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Rick Orr is the creator of Tabbedout, which gives users the freedom to pay the bill virtually via mobile phone.

there was obvious, so I walked away from that experience thinking there has to be a better way to pay,” Orr says. And it was an idea that easily translated to bar tabs. “The worst part of the nightlife experience is that last call is just this mad dash rush. To be able to help the bartenders focus on serving the people who are thirsty, instead of on checking out other patrons is great,” he says. “On average, it takes four times longer to settle up a tab than it does to pour a drink.” Poised to revolutionize the bar and nightlife experience, Tabbedout’s

technology hinges on the idea of maximizing a person’s time while out with friends. Recognizing that their target users are likely social media enthusiasts, Tabbedout also provides in-app connectivity to a few of the major social networks, again streamlining a process wherever possible. Whether facilitating quick meetups, sustained interactions or process efficiencies, mobile technology has become an integral part of contemporary culture — especially in Austin, one of the hottest innovation hubs in the country.

Not only providing users with a fun way to network and earn virtual badges for exploring new places, Gowalla also functions as a personal catalog of favorites. To get a sense of where Austinites collectively “check-in” the most, we asked Gowalla’s Community and Music Manager, Jonathan Carroll, for the inside scoop: “Austin is so friendly towards the idea of getting out, of discovering, of meeting with friends to do cool things like go to ACL festival or going kayaking or out to Mount Bonnell. A lot of the things that come to mind when you think of iconic Austin are also super-popular on Gowalla: places like Barton Springs pool, The Driskill Hotel and Stubb’s. Other regular hotspots include the Drafthouse, The Ginger Man, Frank, The Highball and Home Slice. Hopdoddy has quickly become one too!” Having built a company around the idea of social discovery, Gowalla CEO and founder Josh Williams has found a few favorites of his own along the way. Take a peek at which local spots top his list: Juan Pelota Cafe

Iced Hazelnut Latte La Condesa

Perro Perron Torta and La Clasica Margarita Lulu B’s

“The Lemongrass Pork is pretty much to die for.” Maudie’s (South Lamar location)

Sissy’s Tender Chicken Tacos

Odd Duck Farm to Trailer

Pork Belly Slider

The Ginger Man

Firemans #4

The Belmont


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Hotel Vegas, which provides community living spaces for artists, is run by Charles Ferraro and Christian Moses. Moses says: “We’ve both been in love with this building forever. I can remember driving by here six years ago, thinking ‘What are those rooms up there?’ and having this Bukowski fantasy of pecking out a novel up there.”


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ustin’s not suffering from a lack of artistic minds or creative capital — music is overflowing into the streets, the ink is running off the page, the city is crisscrossed by filmmakers and the coffee shops are packed with designers working on deadline. Naturally, how to best support and foster these creatives is something that, in this city with all of its growing pains, a lot of people have ideas about. We have wellness programs for musicians like HAAM and SIMS. There are writing groups, improv troupes, gallery openings and theatrical readings. It seems like we have a festival or major event once a month feeding off our city’s collective creativity, from SXSW and Fun Fun Fun Fest to the Austin Film Festival

and East Austin Studio Tour. Several new institutions have been popping up in the last few years offering a unique take on the living and working experience for artists, many of them providing a more communal environment ripe with cross-medium collaboration and packed with perks like showcases and even the city’s only drive-in downstairs. Starving Art Studios in East Austin opened over a year and a half ago and offers affordable studio space along with a place to hold openings and events just upstairs from the Blue Starlite Drive-in. Owner Josh Frank, who also runs the drive-in, created the studios to be a place where artists can work, collaborate and use as they see fit.

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“You’re not just getting a workspace. You’re getting a community of artists who meet weekly and a show space that’s yours to use,” Frank says. Starving Art Studios has 27 rooms, which go for between $250 and $300 per month, depending on size. And, any artist on the lease has access to their studio space 24/7. Included in the rent is a multi-use common area for art openings and other events, which the artists largely organize themselves. However, even with these events, it’s a quiet professional space, which seems like a perfect recipe for anyone looking to be a businessperson and an artist.

“We do really want it to be a hub of the artistic community...” charles ferr aro

Co-Owner of Hotel Vegas “We’re giving you a space to make your art your business, and it’s up to you to take advantage of that,” says Frank. When you walk downstairs onto the ground floor popcorn lounge and concession area and out into the drive-in’s lot, you’re hit with the kind of comforting artistic DIY aesthetic that gives most Austinites that warm, fuzzy feeling. Vintage car window speaker boxes and small metal cars worn with time that look as though they’ve been salvaged from a carnival and are draped in lights pepper the lot, and surrounding the screen are vintage theater-style art pieces, most from Austin artist Rob Rough, who once had a studio upstairs. The artists are sometimes asked to contribute to the visual vibe of the drive-in and are given a break on rent and the added exposure in return. On the flipside of the same coin, but also


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Starving Art Studios 2326 E. Cesar Chavez (512) 522 1ART Hotel Vegas 1500 E. 6th St. (512) 589 1411 Austin Art and Music Partnership 411 Monroe St.

“You’re not just getting a workspace. You’re getting a community of artists who meet weekly and a show space that’s yours to use...” Josh Fr ank

Owner of Starving Art Studios

Starving Art Studios in East Austin opened over a year and a half ago and offers affordable studio space along with a place to hold openings and events just upstairs from the Blue Starlite Drive-in.

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Owner of the Starving Art Studios and the Blue Starlite Drive-In, Josh Frank created the studios to be a place where artists can work, collaborate and use as they see fit.


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offering more than is perceived, is Hotel Vegas, which provides community living spaces for artists. The renovated, vintage hotel used to be a brothel according to owners/operators Christian Moses and Charles Ferraro. Each of the 12 rooms go for $550 all bills paid, but there’s usually a waiting list, as the hotel tends to stay fairly full. Moses says: “We’ve both been in love with this building forever. I can remember driving by here six years ago, thinking ‘What are those rooms up there?’ and having this Bukowski fantasy of pecking out a novel up there.” The rooms, which house everyone from filmmakers and visual artists to musicians and writers, each have a sink, but the bathrooms and kitchen are communal. That could be a deal-breaker for some, however, it also means more opportunities for collaboration within the community and across mediums in the close living environment. Moses and Ferraro also own the Volstead Lounge and the Hotel Vegas Bar, which lie beneath the hotel on the street level. Both spaces also give the artists living upstairs the chance to take part in resident showcases throughout the year. “We do really want it to be a hub of the artistic community. We do have bars, but we view them as something a little more,” Ferraro says. According to Moses and Ferraro both bars and the hotel needed a lot of work when they moved in, and they were in a last-minute hustle to get The Volstead up and running to receive 130+ bands during SXSW. But, they are happy with where things are and hope to help cultivate a thriving artistic community.

Moses says: “Ultimately, we’d like this to be our own little version of the Chelsea Hotel.” The Austin Art and Music Partnership is the brainchild of Founding Director of the SIMS Foundation Peyton Wimmer and Aaron Williams, who passed away last August. The goal of this nonprofit organization housed in a 7,000-square-foot warehouse off South First is to provide a space for creatives and the community to come together to work, heal and create. It’s an event space, studio, workshop and an incubator for the arts. “It seemed simple when I started it, but turns out it’s a little more complex,” Wimmer says. Anyone interested can go to their website and apply for a grant, which also asks you to specify how you plan to give back to the community using your creative capital once you are given the space. This could mean something as simple as teaching an on-site workshop. Filmmakers, sculptors, painters, musicians, writers and more are all invited to propose a project or program and see it through to the end, no matter the outcome. “It’s a grant here. It doesn’t matter if you screw up. In fact, it matters to me if you don’t. I’m looking for that adventurous side

of something,” Wimmer says. The space, which has been used by Austin artists like Guy Juke, Sara Hickman and DJ Manny, to name a few, opens up into a large room with several smaller spaces adjoining, which can be used as studios or areas for collaboration. “Linear thinkers, when they come in here, get a little edgy,” Wimmer says. He’s interested in creative problem solving, and one of the most important issues is how to use your full range of economy, not just money, in hard economic times. “Money’s a symbolic representation of power, but creativity is power.”

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Put Your Records On

Visual and performance artist Denise Prince recreates vintage album art in her own way.

ecord cover art is one of my favorite genres of advertising. And at times, it’s impossibly low-budget for all that exploits and defies convention. Getting out on the streets in Austin at night, I find a similar color and noise that hits all notes. From the Alamo Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday film series to the lounges of the W Hotel 22-piece -piece commission), Austin’s (home of my 22 nightlife gives it up any way you want it. You can see more record cover inspired work at

Inspired by Hank Mobley’s Workout; Model: Vernon; Wardrobe by Big Bertha’s Bargain Basement; Saxophone provided by Dave Weaver.


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WH Y He E’S hy s A a R EG eg U uL lA aR r : “I’ve been to the ‘Shoe for about 10 years. They have the most awesome shuffle-board table ever. If you want to get beat at shuffleboard, come here and play. No betting — just good, clean fun. The next best thing is all my favorite local singer-songwriter-musicians work here, hang out here and play shuffle-board here. Reid Wilson, the bartender, has a band called Reid & His So-Called Friends — and Doug Klinggerman, is in This Is a Joke, Please Be Offended. They have gradu-ated from the garage.”

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Musician, Reid Wilson & His So-Called Friends

W h y H e ’s a R eg u l a r : “I’ve been working here for five years and coming as a customer for four years before that. I’ve lived in South Austin for 15 years. I came here because I liked to drink beer and play pool. Now, I like it because I play shuffleboard a lot — that’s what it’s known for, and the jukebox.” Li f e at th e H o rs e sho e: “Early in the day, we get the Social Security drinkers. At 5pm, you get the regulars — blue-collar guys. From midnight to 2am, the hipsters — people you’ve never seen before. On weekends, people come here because it’s famous for being the Horseshoe.”


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Katy Barry, 54 W h y sH e ’ s a Regular:

“I’ve been coming here for six months. I was turned on to this place by friends who came in at midnight. They said the drinks were cheap and that it was a perfect dive bar. I like that it’s very real. I love the earthy rock walls and the jukebox. Unfortunately, you just missed the real barflies — the ones who get wasted by 5:30pm. They snuck out the back when you got here!”

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A View from the Other Side of the Bar

East Side Show Room

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A View from the Other Side of the Bar Chauncy James, 35 JOB:

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Jeff “Ozzy” Nelson J O B : Roller Derby Announcer, Musician (Crötch Röck It, a metal cover band) & works for a national trivia company discovery of the jackalope:

“I’ve been coming here since I moved to Austin in August 2007. Some of the girls from Roller Derby bartend here.”

W h y He ’ s a R egular: “It feels like home. If I had a bar, this is what it would be. I like to drink Boulevard beer and I’m always here for Metal Monday. It’s the only place where the door guy doesn’t yell at you with drink promotions. This is the place where everyone who doesn’t fit in at the other Sixth Street bars goes. There are people from tatted heavy metal dudes to suits and ties, so you get to meet a nice, diverse group of people. Even my mom likes this bar. She’s a big Spicy Bloody Mary fan. They make a great Spicy Bloody Mary on Sundays. My band used to stop here after practice to have a quesadilla and talk shop. They have these wooden nickels that you can use to get a free beer. They give them to the band when we play. I always keep them in my pocket. They subsidize my drinking.”

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East WEst meets

Two young professionals who dwell (and socialize) on opposite sides of the city spend an evening in each other’s worlds. Photography by


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Eye Candy by Cory Ryan

Bryan Keplesky and Cameron Cook convene where all nights should begin — at a trailer — before a geographically diverse night on the town.

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I’d like to think that, regardless of whatever subculture or style one might identify with, everyone deep down simply wants to go out and have a good time.” — Bryan Keplesky

Their trek east began at Shangri-La at 1016 East Sixth Street, the block where a lot of nightlife action is happening.


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like I would do from a NYC subway. But as I continued circling, I must say that I was a little shocked that there was no valet on the East Side‌it’s so easy. This is one big difference from West Sixth. From Mortal Combat (I have no clue how to play that) to a nice game of pool, this spot is an East Side staple! I


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Cameron and Bryan play a bar game at the Dogwood. Keplesky says, “the goal is to snag your washer onto LPPHGLDWHO\ IHOW ULJKW DW KRPH{IURP WKH theGÂşFRU WR WKH ZLQH VHOHFWLRQ WR WKH GHOLFLRXV hook. Easy enough, right? Not IRRG , ZDQWHG WR VWRS WKH QLJKW ULJKW WKHQ a chance.â€?

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Their trek east began at Shangri-La at 1016 East Sixth Street, the block where a lot of nightlife action is happening.

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The hectic bar scene isn’t for everyone, so these Austinites are staying in and showing off their night moves around a card table. By Clay Smith Photography by Cody Hamilton


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Doug and Kelly Warriner (front) and Eric and Kim Zipfel play euchre and are entirely content staying away from Austin’s hip nightspots.

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elly Warriner has that look in her eye. From the way she pauses I have the feeling she’s about to reveal a grave secret. “You can tell a euchre player because they’ve worn out the cards from nine to ace in each suit,” she discloses as she draws her own well-worn deck of cards from her purse. She attempts to ascertain whether her insight has registered with me, but since she’s talking to someone whose knowledge of cards extends solely to Go Fish and Old Maid, the applicable value of her reconnaissance is lost on me. But the import of her revelation isn’t. Warriner is a cool lady. She teaches horseback riding lessons at the Bee Cave Riding Center — she refers to herself as a “general cowgirl” — but she wouldn’t seem out of place at a bar on East Sixth Street. Instead of haunting that hip warren, however, she and her husband Doug Warriner, the owner of Warriner Construction and the lead for the country band The Governors, play euchre with their friends Kim and Eric Zipfel. Like an increasingly large number of people, the Warriners and the Zipfels, who could fit right in to some sought-after Austin spot, would rather stay home or pick some out-ofthe-way bar to…play cards. Or board games. Or dominoes (sheesh, talk about uncool!). All of them are activities being played at home by Austin’s hipper residents that nonetheless evoke images of old coots whiling away the hours until the cafeteria opens for dinner. And it’s partly the musty, neglected feel to


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those games that makes younger people want to dust them off and almost perversely stake their claim on them as legitimately cool things to do on a Saturday night. Euchre is thought to have arrived in America via early German settlers to Michigan (where Kelly and Kim grew up 20 minutes from one another, although they didn’t meet until they both lived in Austin). Euchre was really popular in America…in the 19th century. “It’s kind of alluring because no one else plays it,” says Doug, who grew up outside Houston and learned about the game from his wife. “Its got its own cult; it makes me feel like I’m part of the gang.” One variation of the game, called In the Barn, requires the couples to perch their cards behind their ears, “like a cow who’s moo’ing,” as Kelly says. The game, which Kelly and Kim grew up playing during long Michigan winters, has taken such a foothold in the Warriner home that their dog is named Euchre. But none of them would be playing euchre as much if they were younger. Both couples are in their early 30s and both Kim and Kelly

are pregnant. “If we were 23, we wouldn’t be doing this as much,” Kim says, although it’s a testament to their love of the game that she adds that she and Kelly sometimes go out dancing; she notes for the record, however, that they have actually resisted the temptation to play the game while they’re at the club.

A Friday night with Stephen and Ashley Hawkins (left), whose Windsor Park home is a hub of competitive, stay-athome card games.

t’s not as if Austin is suddenly suffering from a dearth of people at its restaurants or nightclubs who are playing card games at home instead. But it’s the total lack of self-consciousness among game players and their almost defiant abandonment of Austin’s more routine nightlife that’s revealing. Stephen and Ashley Hawkins live in Windsor Park and their home is a neighborhood hub of card games, progressive dinners, dominoes and something called Apples to Apples. Ashley does PR for Whole Foods’ national office, and Stephen works in the city’s regulatory department. “We’ve always been game nerds,” Ashley confesses; after they met and were getting to know one another, they’d play card games with their respective

friends as a way for everyone to meet. The Hawkins are known for their dominoes games, but sometimes they have people over to play Boggle or a card game based on Scrabble called Scrabble Slam — “It’s really intense,” Ashley says. “I feel like Austin is such a place to find your own fun and your own path and make it work,” she says, as a way of explaining why she and Stephen don’t go out as much anymore. The only way to be thought of as cool is to be seen by other people. No one in the history of cool ever got that way by staying home (well, maybe J.D. Salinger). But the history of cool is also composed of people

who offered a defiant shrug to the typical see-and-be-seen nightlife spots. Ashley Hawkins is right — Austin’s live-and-letlive ethos is a fertile breeding ground for alternative, but hip, nightlife. Staying at home to play dominoes with friends “maybe sounds a little quirky to someone who lives in San Francisco or New York,” she acknowledges, “because there’s so much to do, but when you have such great friends, this makes the most sense for us. It’s playing, but at home.”

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behind the scenes

How to Brand a Beer an insider’s view on how Christian helms created the look for new brewery austin beerworks.


For the packaging, Helms found inspiration from many unique sources, including antique oil cans, NEHI soda packaging for its dimensional type and bold signage, like this number “9.” Pages from the designer’s sketchbook.

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Helms said he and Beerworks set a goal to create something with “bold type that could be seen from across a bar or even a football field.” While the four cans share the same look and logo, each brew is branded with a distinct color.

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Austin Beerworks serves up four beers — Fire Eagle, an American IPA, Black Thunder, a German schwarz, Pearl Snap, a German-style pilsner and Peacemaker, an extra pale ale.

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f you’ve ever dined at Frank or listened to Modest Mouse, you’ve seen Christian Helms’ work. As founder of awardwinning creative firm, Helms Workshop, Helms has worked with clients such as AT&T, Toyota, HBO, Wilco, Men’s Health and The Decemberists. After studying at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and working in New York City, Helms moved to Austin, where he co-founded The Decoder Ring in 2004. Helms has been recognized by numerous design publications, including Communication Arts, Graphis, Step Inside Design, ID, Print and Metropolis. He has also designed packaging that debuted at Number One on the Billboard charts, and he received a Gold Record from the RIAA. We recently caught up with him at Helms Workshop in East Austin, to check out one of the studio’s most recent projects — branding Austin Beerworks. When discussing the Workshop, Helms says, “We love what we do, and I think it shows. We get to work with beer, hot dogs and rock stars.” What more could you ask for? A. McKenzie

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Creatively Speaking BY Tim M c Clu r e

You have to be, well, mad to go into advertising. cofounder gsd&m Life after advertising. When my partners When we first announced our intentions, a fair and I launched GSD&M Advertising immediately number of fair-weather friends suggested there after we graduated from The University of Texas at would be a national advertising agency headquartered in Austin, Austin in 1971, we didn’t give The Afterlife much thought. Truth is, Texas when pigs learned to fly. To those naysayers, I am proud to we were too busy wondering if there was life during advertising.


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report that pigs have flown! This month, GSD&M celebrates our 40th Anniversary. I tell people we were a 10-year overnight success. Those first few years were rocky, at best. Our earliest accounts included holdover clients from our college days — The Castilian coed dormitory and Jack Morton’s menswear. Our early successes included City National Bank, Austin Savings and Nash Phillips Copus Homes. Pearl Brewing Company put us on the regional map. But it wasn’t until we landed Southwest Airlines in 1981 that people actually began to take notice. Coors, Chili’s, The Wall Street Journal and what is now the largest retailer in the world, Walmart, followed soon thereafter. In 2006, Don’t Mess With Texas was named America’s Favorite Advertising Slogan. Along the way, we were acquired by the global advertising holding company, Omnicom. We doubled the size of our downtown Idea City offices, and were finally on the radar of Fortune 500 Companies. By the turn of the millennium, our annual billings were well over a billion dollars. Our blue chip client roster included global accounts AT&T and BMW. There was, or so we thought, no stopping us now. Then out of the blue, two airplanes piloted by terrorists flew into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and but for the grace of a few brave Americans, the White House itself. I remember being called into one of our conference rooms, where my fellow admen and women were asking if what they were seeing on the news was real. The answer, of course, was too real. Within months, the world’s economies were on the verge of a global meltdown. As we celebrate GSD&M’s 40 remarkable years this month, I am reminded that while there is no substitute for hard, smart work, life

has a way of reminding us that what we sometimes think is so important, isn’t. GSD&M’s Creative Philosophy, penned some 30 years ago, may say it best: “Advertising is an uninvited guest in people’s homes, their cars and some of the most private moments of their lives. We must intrigue them — captivate them with the way we look, the things we say. Otherwise, it is unlikely we’ll be invited back.” (My guess is, nobody woke up this morning and turned on their television to catch a Tidy Bowl commercial.) When people ask me what the most important thing I’ve learned from 40 years in advertising is, my answer is simple: Partnership. I’ve been a partner with Steve Gurasich, Roy Spence and Judy Trabulsi practically since the Earth cooled. (Jim Darilek, the original “D” in GSD&M, left to pursue a brilliant career in editorial design in the late 70s.) We’ve been through good times and hard times, and every time we found a reason to stick together. Our partnership has lasted longer than most marriages and a few countries. Suffice it to say, this is the only job any of us has ever held, so we hold onto it dearly. Looking back, it’s been one helluva ride. We’ve begun the process of turning over the business to the next generation, among them one of our first interns, Duff Stewart, who now serves as President. Duff and his team are responsible for the transformation of GSD&M from a 20th Century advertising agency to a 21st Century idea company whose core values — Community, Curiosity, Freedom and Responsibility, Integrity, Restlessness and Winning — are literally cast in stone in our Idea City rotunda. Our core purpose — Visionary Ideas That Make A Difference — is the first thing you see when you enter our lobby. What’s next for my partners and me? Stay tuned. As the old saying goes, We’ve only just begun!

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Fabi + Rosi 509 Hearn St. (512) 236 0642


abi + Rosi is full of surprises. For starters, it’s hidden in a tranquil bungalow off a bustling thoroughfare. The next surprise is its chic interior, an unexpected contrast to its 1903 Craftsman that houses it. Sleek white leather, polished wood and crystal chandeliers make Fabi + Rosi look modern, sophisticated…and expensive. Which is the next surprise: it’s not. Most entrees on its upscale, eclectic menu are priced below $20.


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But occasionally, Murber’s ambitious fusion misses the mark. We started with a disappointingly bland Baby Octopus Sofrito, slow cooked then chilled and topped with diced bell peppers and smoked paprika oil. The BLT Salad stumbled, too. Bibb lettuce, grape tomatoes, pickled onions and buttermilk dressing were fresh enough, but cubes of pork belly were dry and tough. But where the appetizers fizzled, the entrees soared. Day Boat Scallops were seared to caramelized perfection atop tomato reduction, sweet whiskey corn and shishito peppers. Flavorful, juicy Loncitos lamb t-bones were served with creamy manchego grits and savory oyster mushrooms. And roast chicken with mashed potatoes — the dish that made previous tenant, Zoot, famous — has wisely remained a menu staple. Dessert was fantastic: grilled fresh Owned by husband peaches with a scoop of black pepand wife duo, Wolfgage Murber and per ice cream. Simple yet complex, Cassie Williamson, it was a genius of contrasts: warm, Fabi + Rosi serves up classic continental charred fruit against cold, creamy If you’re looking to impress without dishes with an Austin ice cream; sweet, ripe peaches juxbreaking the bank, Fabi + Rosi is Twist. taposing spicy cracked pepper. Fabi your place. This European restaurant + Rosi’s wine list is a globetrotting delivers stylish ambiance, quality adventure and its 25 delicious, unexpected service and inventive food at a modest price. selections are worth exploring. Our server German-born chef Wolfgang Murber and his paired a bright Austrian Sattler with the BLT Austinite wife, Cassie Williamson, opened it salad, a lush Spanish Albarino with the scalin 2009. Located in a cottage off Lake Austin lops and a bold Spanish Rioja with the lamb. Boulevard formerly occupied by Zoot, Fabi + All were winning combinations. Rosi continues to draw a loyal neighborhood Which brings me to service, yet another crowd. The menu reflects Murber’s Euroarea where Fabi + Rosi exceeds expectations. pean roots, where classic continental dishes Our knowledgeable and attentive server are given an Austin twist. Local, sustainguided us through the menu and wine list, able ingredients are found on almost every offering helpful explanations and suggestions. plate: house made bratwurst is served with She even offered to split portions and glasses local Fireman’s #4 mustard; caprese salad is of wine so we could share and explore more drizzled with Texas olive oil; schnitzel is made of the menu. At Fabi + Rosi, you get a lot of with Richardson Farms pork. bang for your buck: upscale food, fashionable Fabi + Rosi’s food mirrors its appealing surroundings and excellent service. Now isn’t ambiance and looks terrific on the plate. And that a pleasant surprise? K. SPEZIA for the most part, it tastes as good as it looks. Ph oto g r a p h y by j o h n p e s i n a

drinks make this bar a welcoming hideaway.

NIGHTLIFE Guide 2nd Street District

With the arrival of the W and ACL Live at the Moody Theater, this area has finally hit its stride — the many boutiques are bustling by day and the bars and restaurants are full at night, drawing downtown dwellers as well as Austinites from every corner of the city. Lamberts 401 W. 2nd St. (512) 494 1500 If you’re in the mood for quality barbeque and a good time while you’re eating it, then look no further than the upstairs bar at Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, boasting a great cocktail menu, a stellar wine list and hard-to-beat bar bites. Malverde 400 B W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Raising the bar for bars in Austin, Malverde, perched above La Condesa, boasts a stylish interior designed by Joel Mozersky and a spacious balcony for people watching on the street below.

Mulberry 360 Nueces St. (512) 320 0297 Cozy wine bar that feels like your own little secret. Well-edited wine and beer list paired with a stellar menu. W Austin 200 Lavaca St. (512) 542 3600 The W boasts four bars, each with a unique atmosphere. Visit the Records Room, where 8,000 vinyl records fill the shelves, for live deejays from Thursday to Saturday nights. Its seductive ambiance makes the Secret Bar the ideal spot for a delicious cocktail, starting at 4:30pm everyday. Screened Porch, located on the patio of Trace Restaurant, is the perfect place to relax and let the breeze wrap around you. And the Tequila Room, with a view of Lavaca Street, features drinks into the night.

Burnet & Lamar Area

North of downtown, Burnet and Lamar offer a variety of bars, favorites old and new, that are full of character and sure to please. Barfly’s 5420 Airport Blvd. (512) 452 6455 A dark interior and strong

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon 5434 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1813 Ginny’s may be small, but it’s full of personality. “Chicken Shit Bingo” on Sundays, oftentimes coupled with an appearance by Dale Watson, makes this country music filled bar a true Austin experience. La-La’s Little Nugget 2207 Justin Ln. (512) 453 2521 This funky Christmasthemed bar is as eccentric as the city itself. With dancing elves, gnomes and even a Christmas tree year round, what else could you possibly ask for? The Poodle Dog Lounge 6507 Burnet Rd. (512) 465 9468 Although this place only serves beer and wine, the atmosphere provided by the jukebox, pool tables and shuffleboard more than makes up for a missing cocktail menu. Wink Wine Bar 1014 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. E (512) 482 8868 This wine bar attached to one of Austin’s finest restaurants was an immediate hit. Changing up their list of vinos at least several times a week, Wink always keeps it fresh.

Congress and off the Avenue

Not far from the bustle of 2nd Street and the Warehouse District, the bars on and off Congress are well know, each with its own claim to fame.

Bar Congress 200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2760 This bar, situated between David Bull’s Second Bar + Kitchen and Congress restaurant at the base of The Austonian, was featured as one of Esquire’s Top Bars in America 2011 for serving up a variety of classic and original cocktails under the watchful eye of bar manager Adam Bryan. The Cloak Room 1300 Colorado St. (512) 472 9808 Rumors of politician sightings attract patrons to this dive bar next to the Capitol. What keeps them coming back, though, is the plentiful stock of high quality liquor. The Driskill Bar 604 Brazos St. (512) 391 7162 Period specific décor from the turn of the last century transports patrons of the bar in the Historic Driskill Hotel to the era of cattle barons. Elephant Room 315 Congress Ave. (512) 473 2279 Music lovers pack this nationally renowned jazz venue seven nights a week, paying no cover most weekdays.

East Side

Head East of I-35 to discover concept bars, clever cocktails and some of the best dance parties in the city. The Brixton 1412 E. 6th St. (512) 370 2749 Best known for its cheap drinks, no nonsense atmosphere and jukebox, this dive bar with a back

patio offers a retreat from the hip-steria. Rainy day drink specials. Carousel Lounge 1110 E. 52nd St. (512) 452 6790 With a giant pink elephant adorning the stage, this circus-themed bar will swing you into another world. Besides cash-only beer, prepare to BYOB and enjoy some live music. Cheer Up Charlie’s 1104 E. 6th St. (512) 431 2133 Considering the wide variety of drinks, food trailers that offer vegan and organic options and a relaxed atmosphere welcoming to all, it’s no wonder this bar is always happening. Kombucha on tap. The Grackle 1700 E. 6th St. (512) 524 0133 Asian and Tex Mex food in the back, darts, pool and beer in the front. We’re not surprised that this new bar has become a local favorite, as its owner is also responsible for the everpopular East Side haunt The Liberty. The Liberty 1618 1/2 E. 6th St. (512) 600 4791 Stop in to enjoy East Side Kings food truck grub, cheap drinks and a spacious back patio packed with picnic tables. The Longbranch Inn 1133 E. 11th St. (512) 472 5477 This longtime East Side favorite, boasting an oak bar that dates back to the 1890s, is usually filled with friendly neighborhood folks looking for a good drink.

Rio Rita Cafe y Cantina 1308 E. 6th St. (512) 524 0384 A coffee shop by day and bar by night, this laidback dive has something for everyone. Pull out the knitting needles and craft paper for Thursdays’ “Arts and Drafts” night, and on Mondays for “Love and a 45,” a few 7-inch singles make you the DJ for three songs. The Scoot Inn 1308 E. 4th St. (512) 478 6200 What began as a railroad saloon in 1871 is now Austin’s beloved Scoot Inn operated by the owners of The Longbranch. A hip grandma’s house décor inside, expansive patio outside, excellent draft beer selection and live music most nights of the week are the makings of a local favorite. Shangri-La 1016 E. 6th St. (512) 524 4291 Going here is like attending a giant house party — you never know who you’re going to run into, but you do know you’re going to have a good time. Don’t miss the Second Sunday Sock Hop. Uncorked Tasting Room and Wine Bar 900 E. 7th St. (512) 524 2809 Set above the city on the East Side, Uncorked offers a view of downtown and reasonably priced flights that change seasonally paired with delish local cheese plates.

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The Volstead Lounge 1500 E. 6th St. (512) 524 1584 Located below the Hotel Vegas, there’s an air of vintage elegance to this new bar in an old building boasting an array of liquors and absinthe. Yellow Jacket Social Club 1704 E. 5th St. (512) 480 9572 We appreciate its laidback vibe and wealth of drink options, but what really stands out is the food. Prepare to indulge in gourmet sandwiches and salads as well as a popular weekend brunch.

Rainey Street

Where West Siders meet East Siders, this quickly developing area attracts a wide variety of people with a laid back attitude. Bar 96 96 Rainey St. (512) 433 6604 Bridget Dunlap’s latest venture, Bar 96 adds an air of playfulness to her Rainey Street empire with a back patio full of adult games, such as Jenga, checkers, swing-the-ring, washers and more. Clive Bar 609 Davis St. (512) 494 4120 Order and pick up your drinks at the window, kick back with some friends and enjoy the outdoor scene at this slightly more upscale Dunlap offering. Icenhauer’s 83 Rainey St. (512) 473 0005 Comfy and cozy, sangrias served in mason jars. Check this bar out every third Sunday for free


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chicken and waffles. Lustre Pearl 97 Rainey St. (512) 469 0400 The bar that started it all on Rainey Street, Dunlap’s Lustre Pearl still attracts East and West Siders with its spacious yard, outdoor games and plenty o’ Pearl.

Red River

Music matters most to the venues on this gritty but lively street. Barbarella 615 Red River St. (512) 476 7766

A video dance club. Be sure to check out Thursday “Grits and Gravy” nights, where you’ll hear and see only the best rock ‘n’ roll and soul from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Beauty Bar 617 E. 7th St. (512) 391 1943 Austin’s Beauty Bar is known for its raucous dance parties and the young, bold and beautiful that frequent them. Beerland 711 Red River St. (512) 479 7625 With a selection of local and touring bands playing all week long, Beerland is the perfect place to see a show, enjoy a cold beer and perhaps make a trek to Hot Dog King or Hoboken Pie after. Club de Ville 900 Red River St. (512) 457 0900 The original cocktail bar on Red River, owned by Michael Terrazas, Club de Ville has grown into a music venue, with a stage backed by a natural limestone wall outside and a smaller stage inside.

Emo’s 603 Red River St. (512) 505 8541 One of Austin’s most famous live music venues, Emo’s has two stages, boasting some of the best touring bands in Texas. The patio in between is a nice reprieve from the crowds and an airy spot to socialize. Mohawk 912 Red River St. (512) 482 8404 A great place to see a show while enjoying a cold beer or a generously poured cocktail, The Mohawk is home to both an indoor and an outdoor stage, cool decor and ample space. Also check out the retro-luxury Green Room upstairs, complete with pool tables and arcade games. The Side Bar 602 E. 7th St. (512) 322 0697 Escape the fray on Red River by ducking into this low-key bar bar offering low-priced but potent cocktails, an outstanding jukebox, pool, darts, trivia and an expansive backyard patio. Stubb’s 801 Red River St. (512) 480 8341 Stubb’s is one of the largest and most renowned places in Austin to see a show by a big-name performer, whether on the snug inside stage or on the bigger outside stage. Swan Dive 615 Red River St. Step back into the 1920s with this bar’s unique sense of old-fashioned sophistication and fun. Get ready to swing!

Sixth Street

Austin’s original party street, popular with the college crowd and the tourists, is famous for live music and non-stop, all-you-can-handle carousing. Lovejoy’s 604 Neches St. (512) 477 1268 If you like pints, then this is the place, offering a vast selection of interesting and unique beer, plus varying homebrews, and a knowledgeable staff. Live music on Thursdays. The Jackalope 404 E. 6th St. (512) 469 5801 This classic bar, feels more Red River than Sixth Street, with a dive-y interior and often leatherstudded crowd. Stellar burgers. The Parish 214 E. 6th St. (512) 479 0474 The Parish retains its status as one of the most popular live music venues in Austin after a recent remodel, featuring new lighting, wallpaper and wood paneling.

South of the River

A mix of dives, wine bars and Austin classics find a perfect home on the south side of town. Barton Springs Saloon 424 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 482 9673 This laid-back bar, which has quickly become an Austin institution, is perfect for lingering chats inside or outdoors. Drink specials and daily happy hours.

Broken Spoke 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 442 6189 This museum of old Austin charm features the best honky-tonk music, and with dance lessons most Wednesdays to Saturdays anyone can two-step the night away. Gibson Bar 1109 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 386 1345 Another interior by Joel Mozersky, Gibson Bar offers comfortable booth tables and a swanky interior. This site is hip enough for a night out, but low-key enough for long conversations. The Highball 1142 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 383 8309 With retro bowling lanes, themed karaoke rooms and a ballroom perfect for dancing, The Highball has something for everyone. Not to mention diner food, a full bar with daily drink specials and bottle service. Horseshoe Lounge 2034 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 442 9111 With a jukebox full of country and southern rock music, Horseshoe Lounge offers an old Austin vibe.

South Congress

An area welcoming and appealing to all Austinites, South Congress draws a diverse crowd seven nights a week. Since many of the bars and restaurants close early (before midnight), it’s a better place to start the evening than to end it. Botticelli’s 1321 S. Congress Ave. (512) 916 1315 A friendly staff waits on a hip crowd in the Live

Oak shaded beer garden tucked away behind this intimate trattoria. The Continental Club / The Gallery 1315 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 2444 It’s standing room only most nights at this nationally renowned live music staple. For a laid back evening head upstairs to The Gallery, a lounge featuring more live music and local artwork. Hotel San José 1316 S. Congress Ave. (512) 852 2350 The always lively patio bar of Liz Lambert’s quintessentially South Austin hotel is the perfect setting for a date or rendezvous with friends. DJs spin on Sundays. Trophy’s 2008 S. Congress Ave. (512) 447 0969 The self-proclaimed dive hosts various music genres, and showcases new singers and songwriters on a weekly basis making every night a potentially exciting experience.

Warehouse District

Reminiscent of Manhattan’s Meat Packing District, lines sometimes form outside renovated warehouses in this district that insists Austin is ready for bottle service. Dress to impress and expect to pay a cover to gain access to these weekend hotspots. Antone’s 213 W. 5th St. (512) 320 8424 This nationally recognized live music landmark has

been Austin’s “Home of the Blues” for the past 34 years, playing host to B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Blues artists still grace the stage, along with bands from a variety of other genres. The Brown Bar 201 W. 8th St. (512) 480 8330 Catering to a sophisticated crowd, this upscale spot is best known for its fashionable martinis ($5 on Wednesdays). Cedar Street Courtyard 208 W. 4th St. (512) 495 9669 Live music draws a crowd seven nights a week to the ivy-covered courtyard of this popular cellar bar touting fine cigars and expertly made martinis. Brave the rabble on Wednesdays to see 80s cover band The Spazmatics. The Ginger Man 301 Lavaca St., Ste. 300 (512) 473 8801 Undaunted by the recent venue change, Ginger Man loyalists pack the Beer Garden and interior booths of this pub peddling over 80 beers on draught and 100 by the bottle. Hangar Lounge 308 Colorado St. (512) 474 4264 This new upscale bar

styled like a retro 1950s airport lounge boasts an impressive rooftop deck. Lucky Lounge 209 W. 5th St. (512) 479 7700 This fun bar, located in the heart of the Warehouse District, is known for it’s live music and DJ sets every night of the week, refreshing cocktails, and excellent service. Oilcan Harry’s 211 W. 4th St. (512) 320 8823 The bar is known for its friendly bartenders, generous alcohol portions, and a gay-but-all-otherswelcome attitude. Peché 208 W. 4th St. (512) 494 4011 One of Austin’s first real Absinthe bars, the décor harkens back to Prohibition-period elegance. Rain 217 W. 4th St. (512) 494 1150 One of Austin’s more notable gay bars, Rain attracts its crowd with more than just the perfectly portioned drinks and a good mix of music.

Six Lounge & The Tap Room 117 W. 4th St. (512) 472 6662 With The Tap Room below, the rooftop patio, dancing on the main floor and bottle service on the mezzanine, Lance Armstrong’s sophisticated lounge has something for everyone, including gourmet pizza. Speakeasy 412 Congress Ave. (512) 476 8017 Perhaps the premiere destination for bottle service in Austin, slip in through the entrance in the back alley and head up to the plush roof deck for a truly spectacular view of the city’s skyline.

West 6th Street Area

The destination for 20- and 30-somethings seeking a no-nonsense good time. Young professionals mix with the more mature college crowd. The Belmont 305 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0300 The Rat Pack would have held court at this chic spot with a 60s Palm Springs vibe.

Dirty Bill’s 511 Rio Grande St. (512) 477 3789 A dirty dive, just like the name suggests, boasting arcade games and stiff drinks. The Dogwood 715 W. 6th St. (512) 531 9062 The latest venture from the Womack brothers offers Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka on tap in an open, airy space with a beautiful outdoor bar. Donn’s Depot 1600 W. 5th St. (512) 478 0336 This unique piano bar and saloon is housed in an old Missouri-Pacific train depot. Real train cars serve as seating areas, and the ladies’ restroom is an actual caboose! With live music six times a week, two dance floors and a just-for-fun blackjack table, Donn’s always draws an eclectic crowd. J. BLACK’S Feel Good Lounge 710 W. 6th St., Ste. B (512) 433 6954 As day turns to night, the buttoned-up after work crowd, drawn in by happy hour specials and the much-lauded fare, gives way to a rowdier set with designs on dancing the


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night away. Bottle service available in The Cork Room. Key Bar 617 W. 6th St. (512) 236 9389 There’s no dress code at this laid-back, open-air, happy hour favorite. Numerous large screen televisions provide entertainment for anyone not captivated by the crowd rambling down Sixth Street. Kung Fu Saloon 510 Rio Grande St. (512) 469 0901 Drop in on a Sunday to make your own Bloody Mary from 2 to 5, or be a kid at any hour with vintage video games and free ski-ball. Mean-Eyed Cat 1621 W. 5th St. (512) 472 6326 This lovely little dive is a homage to all things Johnny Cash. Whether you are a fan or not, you will enjoy the great live music on the patio most nights of the week, and trivia contests. Beer and wine only. Molotov Lounge 719 W. 6th St. (512) 499 0600 With DJs spinning on the roof deck and live music in

the lounge, this Womack brothers bar is quite the scene for the mid 20s to early 30s set. Now offering food from The Dogwood’s kitchen. Momo’s 618 W. 6th St., #200 (512) 479 8848 A refuge from the madding crowds, this stand-out music venue with an indoor stage, easily visible from the spacious back deck, hosts an eclectic crowd seven nights a week and during sporadically held “No Cover Happy Hours.” Star Bar 600 W. 6th St. (512) 477 8550 Sans dance floor, this West Sixth Street pioneer is a true drinking bar. Loyal patrons pack the front patio, while couples canoodle inside and groups chat on the porch out back. Tiniest Bar in Texas 817 W. 5th St. (512) 391 6222 It may be small, but this little bar packs a serious punch, with live music and an always festive atmosphere.

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love me some pizza. I’m also a sucker for food from a trailer. Spartan Pizza is both of these things. Winning combo? Indeed, my friends. Most nights that I venture east of I-35 to fine establishments such as Cheer-Up Charlie’s, Shangri-La, Rio Rita or The Liberty, Spartan Pizza is a must-stop shop for me. Housed in a vintage 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion travel trailer, Spartan Pizza relocated to the quaint little food trailer park on the northwest corner of East Sixth and Waller back in March, nestled amidst the everchanging, trendy-ish bar scene of East Austin. Ever since then, it is my favorite pre- or postbar staple, with late hours on Fridays and Saturdays offering pizza by the slice.

Even though it’s not as widely known as some of the other pizza joints in town, fight the temptation to pawn this place off as your run of the mill drunken food stand. This isn’t your typical late-night pizza, naysayers. Dare I say it’s the best pizza in Austin? Yeah, I said it, but with good reason…The owners, Nicole and Jeremy Portwood, have a serious love for food, and it shows in their menu. All their specialty pies are topped with house-made sauces, spreads and pesto. Each offering is named after classic characters from Greek mythology such as The Cyclops, The Zeus, The Pegasus and The Hades. My favorite? It’s tough to pick your favorite child, and although you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, my main squeeze is The Agamemnon: cilantro pesto, chicken tossed with Salt Lick BBQ sauce, red onion and jalapeños. Though if I’m feeling veg-headed, The Apollo is the way to go: roasted garlic spread, spinach, mushrooms, artichokes, kalamata olives, herbed ricotta. Seriously, people — it’s SO good! Pizza connoisseurs know that it’s all about the dough, and Spartan is perfection. This is also coming from someone who doesn’t usually finish my pizza crust unless there’s something to dip it in. I willingly eat every last piece. Crisp yet chewy, Spartan serves up the best thin, New York-style crust — it’s handmade, hand-tossed and baked fresh to order in a rescued vintage oven. Though I’d almost rather keep this 40-foot silver fortress of awesome my own little secret, I figure that every Austinite has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of amazing nosh. I promise you happiness, slice by slice. HAPPY MERCADO Happy Mercado is the Events Marketing Manager for Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Ph oto g r a p h y by a n n i e r ay

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