By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Charles Quinn, ZACH Theatre
Looking for a jazz-inspired performance this spring? Look no further than Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a biographical play-set-to-music that will transform the Topfer Theatre into a nightclub with an on-stage bar including VIP cabaret table seating April 5 – April 30, 2017.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill plays on stage and is directed by Michael Rader and stars Chanel (A Christmas Carol and Sophisticated Ladies) as the infamous songstress herself as the role of Billie Holiday.
It’s a period production that feels very current. The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia.The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
Pull up a chair, order a delicious cocktail, and turn back the hands of time in our swanky nightclub for an intimate evening with the jazz legend. “God Bless the Child”,...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Azzaro
It may be the most exciting new fragrance for men in quite a while: WANTED by Azzaro. The boldly powerful and irresistibly masculine fragrance is for the confident, thrill-seeking man. What man doesn’t want to exude that?
With hints of fresh lemon and ginger and spicy cardamom and woody vetiver, Wanted leaves every man feeling both elegant and masculine.
In fact, the bottle itself is unique in its daring design with the feel of a luxe racing car, combined with the fine precision of a luxury watch you’d want to wear on your wrist from the boardroom to the ballroom.
The entire essence of the fragrance combined with the architecture of the one of a kind bottle immediately evokes confidence and refined masculinity for the wearer. Plus, it will look extremely cool on your cologne tray.
WANTED will be launching March 15th at Macy's in San Antonio, so what are you waiting for? For more info visit http://wanted.azzaro.com/more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Tailwaggers
Imagine yourself back in the 1930s to the glamorous glory days of Old Hollywood. You’re invited to an event that Bette Davis is hosting because she loves animals so much. She called it Tailwaggers and for one brief shining moment on Friday, April 7, the event will return to Austin for one night only.
Event chair MaryTally, benefitting Austin Pets Alive at the stunning Umlauf Sculpture Garden, is partnering with co-chairs Alex Winkleman and Armando Zambrano, along with junior chair Devin McDonald, for a one-of-a-kind evening. The elegantly casual cocktail and dinner party will feature some exciting activities to keep the party popping:
1. A designer dog and cat collar silent auction
2. Celebrity mixologists serving up some originality
3. DJ Dangit spinning cool vinyl vibes
4. The Vintage 15 Orchestra will perform classic standards
5. Design-It-Yourself pet collars can be made by guests
6. Photographer and animal activist Sophie Gamand (see image) will have photos available for purchase at the event and at Russell Collection Gallery,...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Joan Marcus
[Photo: Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).]
We love that producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Austin premiere at Bass Concert Hall on March 21 – 26, 2017.
“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said. “We know that audiences throughout the country will embrace this show just as Broadway and London audiences have.”
With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The show...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Long Center, Austin
Another phone call had just come in, which I didn’t take. Returning the call, I offhandedly mentioned, “I didn’t pick up. I was on with Fran Lebowitz.” Dead silence on the other end. “How was it? my caller asked. “It was a dream come true,” I retorted, knowing that I’d never spoke truer words about a literary hero.
I’d read her works like Metropolitan Lives and Social Studies growing up, so I knew speaking with Lebowitz to support her upcoming tour to Texas (in Austin at The Long Center on Wednesday, March 8 and in Dallas on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center) would be a lively discussion. How could it not, knowing her unique style of sharing her opinions with the world? Plus, her writings have always connected with me on a personal level – her sly style about how the celebrated truly live.
And now, I would be speaking with her directly. For anyone growing up in the provinces who dreams of living in New York, or any major city for that matter, Fran Lebowitz has a towering stature equated to the...more
By Jake Gaines
Who will wear it best? Who will miss the mark? Anything can happen, and usually does, on the red carpet and at the 2017 Academy Awards... so join our very own Lance Avery Morgan as he joins Yvonne Noa Loab and Bryan Mays at ABC/KVUE on Monday morning starting at 11:30 as they discuss who ruled the room and who tried their best...see you there!more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of The Long Center
The Long Center for the Performing Arts is turning nine years old as it celebrates the occasion with Peace. Love. Long Center, a 9th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 4, including a gala and special presentation of the international hit Let It Be. It’s a rare opportunity to hear The Beatles’ greatest hits from the Dell Hall stage and to top off the evening, the fun continues through midnight with a festive after party. And, it seems like yesterday that we attended the opening starring Texan and Broadway great Tommy Tune.
We love that Peace. Love. Long Center, co-chaired by Olga Campos Benz and Kevin Benz, is the Long Center’s largest fundraising event of the year. This ninth anniversary event will raise funds to continue expanding the Long Center’s mission and support its free community events, as well as its eight educational and outreach - programs that impact more than 80,000 youth annually.
Co-chairs Campos and Benz promise an unforgettable evening for all, sharing, “It’s our incredible good fortune to be able to expand on the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Austin Samba
We love that Carnaval Brasileiro is busily readying the big, big drums in preparation for the celebration of its 40th Anniversary on February 25, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center. The rare local tradition can lay claim to a history stretching back four decades, Carnaval is planning big changes for its exhilarating 40th year.
You likely know that Carnaval is an epic experience powered by the infectiously danceable pulse of samba drums, enrapturing performers, a Texas-sized serving of eye candy with an endless parade of exotic costumes, and the wild euphoria of over 6,000 attendees. Lauded as the largest indoor Brazilian Mardi Gras celebration anywhere on the globe, Carnaval has grown from a small party for homesick Brazilian students into one of the most anticipated fêtes on area calendars. Organizers strive to make this Brazilian-style festival as authentic as possible,
Organizers are packing in more live entertainment than ever before for 2017, including acrobats, burlesque dancers and the most exciting performer to ever take the stage at Austin’s...more
By Jake Gaines
Want to get the inside scoop on how to host a successful gala in Texas - and beyond? Look no further than The Art Of The Gala conference in Austin on Mon, Feb. 13. The brainchild of Monica Maldonado Williams, the gathering is predicted to be a huge success. She’s teamed with St. David’s Foundation, Hyatt Regency and Austin Social Planner.
You may just see a familiar face like our very own Lance Avery Morgan who will serve on the panel, Lexus of Austin’s Cassie LaMere, Michael Barnes of the Austin American Statesman as well as our Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli. Austin Social Planners’ Kevin Smothers and Laura Villagran-Johnson who are among those who will helm breakout sessions as well. Informing, enlightening and entertaining conversations are expected…and welcome. Join us, won’t you?
For tickets, visit http://www.theartofthegala.orgmore
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Long Center
She’s about to take the stage soon. With two Emmys, a Grammy, and an unprecedented 20 televised stand-up specials, the inimitable Kathy Griffin will be in Austin for one-night-only on February 4th when her LIKE A BOSS rolls through town. A towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing, she doesn’t stop there. She rakes in Emmy and Grammy nominations with apparent ease, though, as she’ll tell you, being a woman in the stand-up sphere is not easy work. After her history-making sixth consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album, Griffin finally joined the ranks of Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only female comedians to ever win this award.
We love that Grifiin’s brand of “pull-no-punches” comedy and continuous drollery has earned her a Guinness World Record in 2013 for writing and starring in an unparalleled 20 televised stand-up specials—more than any comedian in history. Buoyed by her dedicated and engaged fans, Griffin’s live stand-up performances are legendary and in a class of their own. With plenty of sitcom, red carpet, and live...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Kirk Tuck for ZACH Theatre
The Texas premiere of The Great Society, the second of Robert Schenkkan’s stirring LBJ plays exploring Texas’ own political mastermind and his memorable years in the White House, plays on stage in the Topfer Theatre January 25 – March 5, 2017. Directed by Dave Steakley, ZACH Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. The follow-up hit for All The Way has high expectations and we can’t wait to see this next dynamic chapter. In fact, Steve Vinovich returns to the role of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, after his acclaimed performance in ZACH’s All the Way.
Despite division over the Vietnam War and ongoing civil rights issues, Johnson championed the most ambitious legislative work – an end to poverty and racial injustice, education for all schoolchildren, healthcare for seniors, and voting rights – in his vision of a Great Society. In this political thrill ride, The Great Society examines who we are, asks how we got here, and dreams of how great we could yet become.
Joining Vinovich are CECIL WASHINGTON JR....more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Kevin Thomas Garcia
(Photo: Dustin Harris Smith, Lizzie Markson in MAMMA MIA! Farewell Tour, Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2016.)
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Bass Concert Hall January 27-28, 2017 as a part of its final farewell tour. All thenks to Broadway Across America and Lexus of Austin.
We all know that MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time. In fact, it’s the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is truly a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
MAMMA MIA! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Fathom Events
We love the performing arts and a highlight is happening on a screen near you soon. The Sleeping Beauty, coming to theaters for one night only, on Sunday, January 22 at 11:55 AM CT, is a special Fathom Events opportunity that lets individuals experience the enchanted fairytale classic by broadcasting live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. This event is only in select cinemas nationwide.
Having attended the Bolshoi Ballet and seeing the beloved Swan Lake, I can assure you this would be a magical evening seeing it on the big screen. The music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The choreography is by Yuri Grigorovich and here’s more of the talent attached to the project… the libretto is Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa (after Charles Perrault) and the cast consists of The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet.
The timeless story is truly a treasure. On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…
In this resplendent...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
You know how much we love our favorite high-performing Texans. So it was a room full of Texas pride today at a special luncheon hosted at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. The Texas Cultural Trust announced today the 2017 honorees for the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, taking place February 21-22, 2017, for the first time ever at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. In its ninth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trust’s signature event and the state’s most prestigious arts gala, honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. This event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including a Stars of Texas Brunch at the Governor’s Mansion, a star- studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner.
“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those whose artistic talent and generous philanthropy have shone a spotlight on the vibrant artistic culture of our...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Getty Images
In an extremely glamorous evening that kicked off award season, we couldn’t imagine a more dazzling showing than that of the jewelry supplied to the stars by Tiffany & Co. on the red carpet at the 74th Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles.
As you likely know, the Globes, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is like one big party. In the smallish ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the attendees are always dressed to the nines and ready to celebrate – much more energetic than the Oscars.
So, here were a few of our favorites donning Tiffany & Co. jewels that we loved seeing most, some of whom are pictured here…
Emma Stone, Best Actress winner for her performance in “La La Land”, accented her Valentino gown with a Tiffany Archival necklace and diamond earrings and rings.
Natalie Portman, nominated for Best Actress for her work in “Jackie”, wore a selection of Tiffany jewels to complement her Prada dress, including diamond fringe earrings, a ring with white and yellow diamonds and a Tiffany...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photographs courtesy of © CARTIER MAGICIAN: HIGH JEWELRY AND PRECIOUS OBJECTS, By François Chaille, Flammarion, 2016
It might be the chicest holiday book to give your favorite style setter… There’s nothing quite like Cartier fine jewelry. In fact, it’s usually the centrepiece of any outfit. As an accessory it dominates any tabletop. That’s never been more apparent than in the new tome out this month, Cartier Magician: High Jewelry and Precious Objects by François Chaille (Flammarion, $125). It’s the perfect holiday gift for any connoisseur of fine living.
Luxuriously dedicated to Cartier’s new collection of High Jewelry and precious objects, it celebrates the legendary jeweler’s unique ability to bring inanimate objects to life. The culmination of both a desire and a challenge, these pieces reveal the magical universe and exceptional creativity of the master jeweler and watchmaker that make them veritable works of art.
We love that Cartier weaves its magic into every jewel and every object, from its sparkling diamonds to the incredibly lifelike pieces from the animal collections, and from Cartier Mystery Clocks—Pendules Mystérieuses—to the extraordinary...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures
Named one of the top five films of the year by The Guardian, we were a tad skeptical upon screening the new film, Jackie, from Fox Searchlight Pictures. That skepticism did not last beyond the opening scene of Natalie Portman’s chillingly accurate star portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in 1963 just weeks after her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.
With the film’s action being told to a Look journalist in a flashback narrative, (which really happened with Theodore White, fictionalized in the film by Billy Crudup), the viewer is catapulted into the web of the Kennedy’s high-flying presidential and political world. Portman’s turn as Jackie is represented with her very breathy enunciations that mirror the breathless world in which she became an instant and iconic symbol for the new, young Jet Set.
Portman’s thoughtful portrait of post-JFK Jackie Kennedy is palpable – her grief is as wide as the Atlantic, from where she hailed, and as deep as any despair of anyone who has loved and lost. We’ve seen many depictions of...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Images courtesy of Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
It’s that time of year…time to find the perfect gift for friends, loved ones and professional colleagues. For unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, look no further than the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Celebrating its 41st anniversary, the art and music fair has become a holiday tradition for many. It’s nationally acclaimed festival features regional and national artists alongside live local music performances opens Dec 14th and runs through Dec. 24th. It remains a truly Texan shopping experience which has made the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar one of the Austin’s most beloved holiday traditions.
In fact, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11-day shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience at the Palmer Events Center.
Find an exciting variety of art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and...more