By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy of The Contmporary Austin
If you are looking for an evening of creative, chic fun in a stunning environment, we recommend the upcoming Camp Contemporary. The fall fundraising event of Austin’s world-renowned Contemporary Austin will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5-10 PM at the museum’s famed Laguna Gloria.
In addition, donning your favorite Austin-chic attire, you will a part of a night with Austin’s most notable and passionate art patrons. There a host of five-star experiences to imbibe. Foodies can enjoy “camp fare” featuring a series of delectable camp-inspired edibles from some of Austin’s most notable restaurateur’s including Le Politique, épicerie and McGuire Moorman.
Those looking to channel their inner artist’s creativity can do so in the curriculum available at the...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala Raises Funds For Children With Autism
THE SCENE: The Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel in Austin was the recent setting for the Imagine A Way gala. The sold-out event featured 300 Austinites who were treated to an evening of fun...all while benefiting a very worthy cause.
THE VIBE: The Austin-chic crowd began the evening with a cocktail hour at the Stephen F’s bar and terrace where party goers sipped on their spirit of choice while bidding on their favorite silent auction items. The action then moved to the main ballroom for the main program and multi-course dinner which was capped off with a spirited live auction. The festivities were capped off with an after-party where revelers danced the night away capping off a perfect evening in Austin.
THE CAUSE: The event raised over $320,000 for Imagine A Way, which provides funding and early intervention programs for children with autism.
Photo: Becky and Jim Urhausenmore
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Matthew Murray
For Houstonians, it’s a show you won’t want to miss this weekend. With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production of LES MISÉRABLES, which broke box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
Creator Cameron Mackintosh said, “I‘m delighted that after a four year absence this glorious production is once again touring the major cities across North America and is more spectacular than ever.”
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Tyler Schmitt, courtesy of Andy Roddick Foundation
When it comes to a perfect match, it doesn’t get any better than tennis champs Andy Roddick and Roger Federer. Put them together and you have magic for any tennis or philanthropy fan. Call it Roger Comes To Austin.
Last night Federer was in Austin for one night only for an entertaining and thought-provoking conversation about his career and the sport of tennis with former competitor, longtime friend, and Austin’s own Andy Roddick, chairman of the Andy Roddick Foundation. We all know Federer is in the running to be named the greatest athlete of all time. After all, he’s the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles (the most in male tennis history).
The event, deftly moderated by NBC Sports commentator Mary Carillo, flowed smoothly with intermittent video clips from Roddick and Federer’s tennis careers as young boys to evolved tennis stars. This special event featured a conversation between two tennis greats, as well as an audience Q&A session. The conversation spanned a wide range of topics, including their shared tennis experiences and the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of ZACH Theatre
We love that some are calling it the best musical of the season. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. The musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.
Speaking to Austin's robust live music roots, ZACH's Topfer lobby will transform into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. With music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage.
Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Marcus Sanchez
(PHOTO: Dr. Hans Bengston, Mark Erwin and Melanie McLeroy)
Recently, the home of Dr. Cynthia Brinson in Austin was the setting where several dozen Sociables and GLBTQ community leaders. They were gathered to ensure the memory of KUT and KOOP personality Stephen Rice lives on for generations to come through the Stephen Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund.
As the summer-chic attired crowd mingled about in Dr. Brinson’s home, the attendees could feel the love, warmth and presence of Rice. Guests shared their favorite memories of Rice while sipping his favorite cocktail, Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and soda.
The festivities continued as Rice’s husband Mark Erwin and Heath Riddles, former co-host of Outcast on KOOP Radio with Rice, welcomed the crowd and read a recently discovered letter Rice wrote to himself that perfectly captured his essence that brought the crowd to tears of both sorrow and joy. The event concluded with a toast in Rice’s memory.
The event raised over $53,000 for the Stephen Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of Barkin’ Creek by Ben Porter
(Photo: Barkin'Creek's Jay Springer, Jeff Springer and Flint Beamon)
When Barkin’ Creek Dog Kitchen & Bath recently opened their first brick and mortar location in July 2018 in the pet-friendly and fitness-focused city of Austin, Texas their mission was to feed our four-legged friends a naturally delicious diet, allowing them to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
The store, located at 2153 South Lamar Boulevard at Kinney Road serves not only signature selection of handmade healthy meals and treats, but also the most innovative and stylish home, travel, and outdoor accessories from leashes and toys to the latest pet-tech necessities. Barkin’ Creek also offers grooming services and products to make sure your dog feels and looks their best. Plus, Barkin’ Creek is a one stop resource for locals and visitors as it will also provide doggie day care in its state-of-the-art day camp with a live video feed, attentive care from the experienced, highly trained staff and lots of safe play time.
Family owned and operated, Barkin’ Creek Dog Kitchen & Bath,...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Kirk Tuck
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award®-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.
It will play The Topfer at ZACH Theatre, July 11 – September 2, 2018. Directed by ZACH Associate Artistic Director Abe Reybold, with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Sara Burke, it’s a true tour de force.
This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, a book-smart and adventurous young woman and Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his household including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases a merry, award-winning score with such favorites as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.”
This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations and...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Joan Marcus
Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Audiences will be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful - and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories. In fact, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, for the premiere Houston engagement at the Hobby Center through July 22. Set in 1907, it is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and The Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.
The new touring production reflects an extensive re-working of the material by an Australian creative team for the original Australian...more
Photography courtesy of Blushington
Think Texas can’t get any prettier? Think again. Blushington in Dallas believes that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident...so during the month of July, Blushington is offering their Makeup101 Classes at NO CHARGE (that’s a $150 value). Yep, no charge. In fact, during the 1-hour class, Blushington pros will teach you how to apply makeup to look your best. How cool is that?
These techniques taught will include learning how to cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin, how to conceal, how to apply eyeliner and shadow, how to choose the right shade of lipstick and more! Bring your own products to in use and let Blushington artists suggest new products for your consideration, too.
Should you fall in love with something new used on you during the class, Blushington is taking 10% off products when you purchase after their service with no restrictions. You can book any day of the week, with any artist, so call their Highland Park studio today to reserve your spot!
Blushington is located at The Shops Of Highland Park, 4218 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX...more
By Rob Giardinelli
Looking for a fun way to enjoy a classic film? We can't think of a better way than joining AFS Cinema on June 21st. That night the Austin Film Society will be hosting a screening of 1967 camp classic Valley of the Dolls. We love this movie for much more than its glitz and camp. We love it for its 60s glamour and high style.
An Iconic Movie Based On An Iconic Book
Based on the Jacqueline Susann novel, Valley of the Dolls, the film is about the highs and lows that come with success. It follows three women (Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate) who rise to fame across the globe, then fall from grace. The film features love affairs, pills, booze, classic style and campy dialogue that provides something for everyone.
Over fifty years later, it remains a cult classic, particularly among the LGBT community. In addition to its timeless style, one of the reasons the film has endured is the universal theme of life's Valley of the Dolls tells this...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
Celebrating fifty years of America’s most beloved fashion brand, a new book, WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren, chronicles the legendary career trajectory of Ralph Lauren as documented by the global fashion magazine WWD. In fact, it just arrived and we can’t put it down.
We get Ralph Lauren, we really do. He’s been a part of our entire lives. He’s synonymous with timeless American style and has transformed a small collection of men’s neckties that dared to go Mod and wide in the late 60s, into a global empire, offering everything from casual polo shirts and athletic apparel to luxury womenswear and home goods.
Glam mag WWD has chronicled his company’s e very step since its founding in 1967, from that first wide necktie and iconic advertisements to Lauren’s innovative venture into digital media. Offering insight into this trailblazing visionary, this book is an illustrated volume that details his meteoric rise and the highlights of his career.
Through lush, archival photographs and award-winning fashion writing and business articles from the pages of...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
In 1982, when Sunday in the Park With George debuted on Broadway, it was a smash hit. Fast forward to revivals and now, a tenure of it playing at ZACH Theatre in Austin this month. It’s a must-see.
We all know Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece is a living painting by artist Georges Seurat, and centers on the artist as he discovers unimaginable possibilities while creating an enduring work of art. Seurat, known for juxtaposing points of multi-colored paint to allow the viewer’s eye to blend the colors, connects the dots that make life so passionate, unexpected, heartbreaking, and ultimately rapturous. In fact, all the characters in the painting, in the play, come to life with fascinating and interwoven back stories.
The original music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim with the book by James Lapine. At ZACH, it’s directed by Dave Steakley with musical direction by Allen Robertson making every moment of the two hour and forty minutes (with an intermission) a super way to spend a summer evening. The wildly...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Kim Coffman
Blue Cure Foundation recently wowed Houston with their fourth annual lecture series luncheon. With Erin Brockovich featured as the event’s guest speaker, Blue Cure presented a captivating message on the environmental factors that contribute to preventative health, along with announcing a new vision and mission statement and a six-city tour to kick off Men’s Health Month in June.
We love that the foundation’s honorary chairs Carolyn Farb and Vivian Wise, along with chairs Angela and Owen Daniels and Chita and Lane Craft brought the event to life at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, where emcee KHOU’s Chita Craft presented a stirring video outlining Blue Cure’s new initiatives to fund research examining lifestyle factors that can improve prostate cancer outcomes and decrease incidences of cancer diagnoses – adding and building on its core education and advocacy programs.
Brockovich enthralled the audience of nearly 300 guests, followed by audience cheers for a heartfelt speech by Honoree Ryan Chase of KRBE’s The Roula & Ryan Show, whose prostate cancer is currently in...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography of An American In Paris Touring Company by Matthew Murphy
The long-awaited arrival of An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, is happening in Austin at the Bass Concert Hall from May 30 – June 3. In fact, we’re counting the minutes until it arrives.
Of course, it’s inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.
The score of An American in Paris includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "’S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace...more
By Lance Avery Morgan
It’s that time. When you can officially wear a white dinner jacket, after Memorial Day, and not in the winter according to uninformed Hollywood stylists who dress their male clients in them in February, it will feel like a breath of fresh air.
In Casino Royale (2006), with Daniel Craig’s triumphant return to the Land of Bond, a piece of dialogue fully illustrates our point:
James Bond: I have a dinner jacket.
Vesper Lynd: There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter. And I need you looking like a man who belongs at that table.
Bond: How? … It’s tailored.
Lynd: I sized you up the moment we met.
By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy of Breast Cancer Resource Center
Who says social events have to end with Memorial Day? In Austin they extend into the summer, too. On June 2nd at the JW Marriott, the 7th annual Art Bra benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center will feature over 1,000 of Austin’s social, fashion and cultural elite for an evening of fun and celebration.
The concept of Art Bra is as unique as Austin itself. Art Bra is a fashion show featuring survivors of breast cancer who will strut down the runway in artistic bra’s, corsets and bustiers that are auctioned off to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Last year, a piece designed by Kendra Scott sold for over $13,000.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center which provides guidance, education programs and support to 2,000 Central Texans living with breast cancer. For more information or to purchase your ticket click here or visit BCRC.org.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Vogue
This year’s Met Ball (the Costume Institute of the Museum of New York) scored another triumph. Its theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, was chaired by Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace, chosen by the organization’s fearless leader, Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
The range of color, black, white and everything in between was profusely on display. We love that and we love how iconic spiritual fashion inspired today’s most fashionable notables. Shown here are six of our favorites.more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Austin Film Society
We love finding cool new things to do, don’t you? That in mind, the Austin Film Society (AFS) launches its inaugural mini-festival, Doc Days, a long weekend of brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the US and abroad, on May 10 to 13.
In addition to screening favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend includes parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. Scheduled with no overlapping screenings, festival attendees can see every film back to back. The series was programmed by Austin Film Society program staff in conjunction with Programmer-at-Large, Todd Savage, who co-founded the program with AFS.
Here's a look at what you’ll see when you get your passes:
The series kicks off on Thursday, May 10 with an opening reception prior to the screening of MINDING THE GAP, the Sundance award-winning debut feature from Bing Liu. Producer Diane Quon will be in attendance to introduce and Q&A the film, which, over the course of years, follows a group of skateboarders in the rustbelt and...more