By Lance Avery Morgan
Casamigos Tequila, founded by actor George Clooney, restaurateur businessman Rande Gerber and real estate tycoon Mike Meldman, was a hit from the very beginning. Now, there’s a new iteration: Casamigos Mezcal. Here, ModXMan co-founder Lance Avery Morgan recently caught up with Gerbe to get the skinny on the new beverage.
First, let’s start with the facts: Casamigos Mezcal is made in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s artisanal and crafted from 100% Espadín agaves. The Joven Mezcal is produced in Oaxaca by a 4th generation family of Mezcaleros and the traditional production happens in small palenques or “meeting places”
So much has to happen for Casamigos Mezcal to be made using traditional methods. Once harvested, the piñas are split and laid to cook for 4-6 days in six-ton earthen pits lined with volcanic rocks heated by a slow burning oak wood fire. Then, the piñas are cooled for 24 hours before the crushing process begins. The agave is crushed, one ton at a time by a horse-drawn tahona wheel. Depending on the season the mezcal ferments for 2-8 days before...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Paul Bardagjy
As busy gals and guys on the go, we get that it can be tough to schedule some me time to recharge. Given how fast-paced life can be, we often forget we can get some well deserved rest and relaxation in our own backyard or in a nearby city. To avoid the stress and logistics of a trip out of town, may we suggest a staycation to rediscover why we love Texas in the first place?
Austin is lucky enough to have a gem right just off of downtown that allows for you to get away from it all without having to leave town. It is the series of locally owned establishments along the East 11th Street District. The area is anchored by the Austin-chic Hotel Eleven located about a mile east of the Texas Capitol at 1123 East 11th. The three story building is East Austin’s premier botique hotel featuring fourteen distinct and original rooms with a uniquely Austin flare. Each one perfectly capturing the essence of Texas’ capitol city in its own way.
We arrived Friday late morning, by a ride share, for an early check-in where we were warmly greeted by Hotel Eleven owner Shelly Leibham. We...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Goss-Michael Foundation
We’re excited that a new exhibition of works at The Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, curated by international art advisor Filippo-Tattoni-Marcozzi, have been selected to expose, inspire, confront and reflect upon the use and abuse of the female body in contemporary art. The art has been chosen from the extensive works of The Goss-Michael Collection, one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States, which was founded by the late music icon George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007.
Entitled “Beauty and Subjugation from The Goss-Michael Collection” - the show will open on Wednesday, April 11 and run through May 31 at The Goss-Michael Foundation, based in the Dallas Design District, 1305 Wycliff Avenue, Suite 120.
We all know that generations of artists have confronted themselves with the representation and/or interpretation of women. In fact, artists constantly aim at capturing women’s profound identities, being themselves or their muses, sitters or fantasies, they have constantly struggled to empower and establish women’s personal...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Julieta Cervantes
It’s back by popular demand. The Book of Mormon, which played a record-breaking run in the past, returns to Austin on April 17-22, 2018 at Bass Concert Hall, presented by Broadway in Austin and we can’t wait.
Featuring a book, music and lyrics created by legendary creatives Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon musical sensation took the world by storm and won a slew of Tony Awards in its first run. Now is your chance to see it again, so don’t miss it. You may know Trey Parker and Matt Stone as creators of the outrageous animated TV show South Park, and Robert Lopez as the co-creator of the hit musical comedy Avenue Q. Casey Nicholaw choreographer, also worked on Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Guaranteed to be hilariously entertaining, and surely the subject of many conversations to come, The Book of Mormon is full of funny, touching, and surprisingly delicate moments.
Honored by a myriad of awards, The Book of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Fashion X Austin
Most ten-year-olds don’t seem this grown up. This year marks the 10-year-anniversary of Austin Fashion Week’s runway collections, presented by Fashion X Austin, will be April 5 through April 7. You may know that Fashion X Austin's Fashion Week is the largest week of fashion events in Texas and the 4th largest fashion week in the United States. In honor of the anniversary, lifestyle expert and designer Katie Kime will be designing the runway with execution assistance from Caplan Miller...with the inspiration of florals. Along with the runway collections will be a gallery of designers as well.
The Fashion X Austin Week Style Setters is an honor given to Austin's most fashionable philanthropists, with a portion of proceeds going to the Style Setter's charity of choice. The 2018 Style Setters are Venus Strawn, whose ticket sales will benefit the Rise School of Austin and Kirstin Ross, whose ticket sales will benefit Dell Children's Medical Center.
Schedule Of Events Quick Look:
On April 5 is the BERNINA Fashion...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of The Gentleman Driver
The Gentleman Driver, a new 90-minute documentary, is an inside look into the lives of four extraordinary businessmen who moonlight as race car drivers at the highest levels of sports-car racing.
The drivers who are daring? Ed Brown (President /CEO Patron Spirits Inc.), Ricardo Gonzalez (Chairman of the Board – ASUCQ), Mike Guasch (CEO Molecule Labs) and Paul Dalla Lana (CEO NorthWest Value Partners Inc.) are the subjects of the action-packed film.
Outside the racing world people remain unaware of the gentlemen driver phenomenon having never been told a story like this before, we learned. Nope, you can’t buy your way into playing the Super Bowl or World Cup, but you can to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Inside this rarified racing world, gentlemen drivers face negative stereotypes, but these men challenge those with their dedication, passion and skill. Success seems to magically follow these guys.
To help demystify why this is so, The Gentleman Driver provides audiences with interviews of these experts in success, flow and...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Bacardi/Facundo Rum Collection
Want luxe spring entertaining? Today the Facundo Rum Collection, the luxury rum from the Bacardi family’s private reserves, launches an exclusive collaboration with Latin American artist Damian Aquiles. They’re unveiling ten one-of-a-kind luxury bar trays – each created as unique works of art. Art meets hospitality? Sign us up.
Marking his first exhibition in New York since 2004, Cuban artist Aquiles is collaborating with Facundo to celebrate the exciting and diverse world of Latin American art and culture that is inherent to the brand’s origin.
From the incredible liquid to the exquisite bottles – inspired by the brand’s Cuban heritage, as well as the Art Deco period of the 1930s, since its creation Facundo carried on the history of cultural appreciation intrinsic to the Bacardi and made its mission to ‘elevate rum to an art form.”
That’s why each of the Facundo rums is a masterpiece of its kind, born of 150-years of expertise in the art of rum-making but reinterpreted in a contemporary way, with the Maestro de Ron adding his own artistry to the process....more
By Sharon Schweitzer
Easter is this Sunday, and from egg hunts to Sunday brunch it’s a time when families and friends come together to celebrate a season of renewal and rebirth. Whether you are hosting an Easter get-together or have been invited into someone’s home, here are some tips from Sharon Schweitzer, an internationally renowned etiquette and modern manners expert, a bestselling author…and the founder of Access to Culture.
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Thames & Hudson
Whenever we are in a different city around the world, we hit the streets to absorb the vibe, as well as to see what locals are wearing that might influence our own style choices. So, when we recently received an advance copy of this definitive history of the world’s most influential clothing trend from the people who wore it best...and we can’t put it down. This Is Not Fashion: Streetwear Past, Present and Future (Thames & Hudson) by authors King ADZ and Wilma Stone. From a view to back in the day to seeing what the day after tomorrow night create, streetwear has never looked so cool.
It shows the story of how streetwear begins in 1972 in Jersey City, the birthplace of Trash and Vaudeville, the first-ever streetwear shop. It then moves on to the start of punk, which was a decisive influence on what is considered streetwear today, and then to Ivy League preppies, the hip-hop kings and queens of Harlem, the dresser/casual movement born out of British soccer culture, the skater scene of California, and the Paninari scooter-brats of Milan. It continues to evolve...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Jeremy Daniel
Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts offers up the Tony® Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder that will play Bass Concert Hall March 20 - 25, 2018.
We love that Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
This has been one of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals and Gentleman’s Guide received ten 2014 Tony® Award nominations, winning four awards: Best Musical, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, and Best Costume Design. In addition, it won the Best Musical prizes from the Drama League, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle, and...more
By Rob Giardinelli (All images courtesy and ©Ellsworth Kelly Foundation)
One of the most influential artists of the past century, Ellsworth Kelly, has permanently put Texas’ capital city on the international art scene with his permanent installation at the University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art, fittingly titled Austin. We recently toured the new destination as well as his major pieces currently on display inside the main museum as a sneak peek for you....
To say that this is a major deal for Austin and Texas is an understatement. Austin was Kelly’s final work that capped off a remarkable 65-year career. Before touring Austin, we first made our way into the main museum so we could tour Form Into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin. In this tour visitors can learn how the concept began for Austin (during his time in France in the late 40’s and early 50’s), as well as some of Kelly’s (and rarely seen) early work. It also includes the original sketches and concepts of Austin that were made in the mid-80s that culminated to what is now a modern landmark.
After exiting the main museum, we...more
By Jake Gaines Photography by JTYPE
Yes, it’s a busy social season indeed. And there will be many smiling children with critical illnesses who will receive their true heartfelt wish...thanks to the generosity of those in attendance at the inaugural Wishes & Dishes event that was recently hosted by Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas.
In fact, over $120,000 was raised throughout the evening as guests enjoyed fare from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants including: La Traviata, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, La Condesa, Moonshine Bar & Grill, and Pink Avocado. Specialty cocktails were provided by Milestone Brands while innovative and traditional beers were provided by Karbach Brewing Company.
“If I could have any wish, it would be that we could grant the wish of every eligible child in Central and South Texas. Many times, the only thing that stands in the way of that is having the funds to do it,” said Governing Board Member and Publisher of Statesman Media, Susie Gray Biehle about the organization. Make-A-Wish President & CEO, Kathrin Brewer agrees and shares, “This year, we...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by McKenzie Coronado Photography
11th Annual Heart & Soul Draws Sociables, Honors Its Supporters
THE SCENE: Austin’s JW Marriott Hotel was the setting for a special afternoon recently that honored some of Austin’s most well-known and respected philanthropists. The 300-plus attendees of this year’s annual Heart & Soul luncheon were on hand for the gathering.
THE VIBE: From the moment you ascended the elevators at the JW Marriott, you could feel the inviting warmth Austin-chic crowd as they perused the event signature – a live auction of handbags donated by local merchants and notables. This year was no exception as VIP’s bid on bags from such noted luxury brands as Tiffany & Co. and Givenchy were among the items up for bid.
The action continued into the ballroom where emcee Matt Swinney effortlessly kept the audience engaged. In addition to the parent-child fashion show featuring Rise School Students, this year also featured honored 13 individuals who have made an incredible impact on a school that embodies the inclusivity that is...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photos courtesy of Shutterstock
It's Hollywood's biggest night, and it's also the Super Bowl of fashion. The Oscars. Like the range of movies that were nominated and won, there was something for everything last night...more
By Rob Giardinelli
As anyone who came of age in the 70s, 80s or 90s can attest, television reruns from eras past were a major part of our upbringing. From I Love Lucy to Gilligan’s Island, and everything in between, those shows all had one thing in common. The lack of a fitting ending for the characters we knew and loved once the series ended.
What would the ending of some of our favorite shows we grew up watching in reruns be like? Would Lucy and Ricky have stay married or divorced and co-parented? Would the Professor and Mary Ann have gotten together while the Skipper and Gilligan coupled up? These are questions each of us have likely pondered at one point or another about certain TV shows along the way. Fortunately for us, we now have a fitting ending to one of these shows, the iconic 1960’s television series, Bewitched in a book titled I, Samantha, Take This Mortal, Darrin.
Written by Bewitched historical expert Adam-Michael James, his just-released book gives the satisfying finale and ending the characters on the show never experienced....more
By Lance Avery Morgan
As New York Fashion Week is a buzz with the swooshing down the runways and the champagne flowing backstage after each collection shows these days, we love the spirit of what's being shown by some of our designers who know a thing or two about what makes a woman feel beautiful.
Here, our Editor In Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan has chosen a few of his favorite looks as we look ahead to inspire what you’ll be wearing – and where – for Fall/Winter 2018... (Photos courtesy of each designer)more
By Rob GIardinelli Photos courtesy of Miguel Angel (HRC) and Brandi Nellis (Dell)
We all know Austin is a very diverse, charitable and social city with lots to do. Recently, the city had the good fortune of having not one, but two must- attend galas on the same night. We were lucky to be along for the ride for two great, annual galas: Dell Children's Medical Center and HRC Austin. Each of neared or exceeded a thousand attendees with both having a mix of new and familiar faces. Want to know who was seen on the scene? Here’s a look...
FIRST STOP: Dell Children's Medical Center's annual gala
WHERE: Austin Convention Center
WHO: Over 1,000 donned their Saturday finest black-tie for a night of revelry, fun and most important of all a very worthy cause.
VIBE: The well-heeled crowd with a mix of suits, tuxedos and ballgowns started their evening with cocktail hour and followed with a dinner and program. The live auction and fund a dream (which is where you can make a cash donation that funds a specific need) alone raised over $800,000. The festivities continued well into the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Image courtesy of The Rise School Austin
We love that The Rise School of Austin will host its 11th annual premier fashion luncheon, Heart & Soul, on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin.
Heart & Soul features a one-of-a-kind silent auction with an array of vintage and designer handbags along with high-end jewelry. Guests will be treated to a very special fashion show featuring current and alumni Rise students.
Please consider joining this annual tradition because in addition to a unique silent auction and heartwarming fashion show, you will be treated to a delicious lunch and beverages provided by the JW Marriott. Proceeds from this fun event benefit the Rise School, a private, nonprofit inclusive early childhood education program that provides high-quality services to children 14mon-5yrs.
For more tickets and more info, visit: https://www.riseschoolaustin.org/heartandsoulmore
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of School of Rock Tour
We love that BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center presents School of Rock – The Musical that will play The Hobby Center in Houston through February 4, 2018.
In Austin, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts tickets for School of Rock – The Musical will play Bass Concert Hall February 13 - 18, 2018.
Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the School of Rock – The Musical national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair...more
By Jake Gaines Photography of fashion by Gail Chovan
The Details: Friday, February 2 I 7:00 pm I 800 Congress I Tickets: $75 – $150
At the new Lone Star fashion event, you can enjoy avant-garde runway collections from three of the best of the BEST, by invitation only, Texas-based fashion designers. Each city is represented on the runway and through our hosts for the evening at it’s all the brainchild of Fashion X brand creator Matt Swinney.
If you’re a native Texan or you just got here as fast as you could, you CAN'T miss this show! Tickets will include an OPEN BAR from Balcones Distilling, Dripping Springs Texas Vodka and Artisan Gin, St Elmo Brewing, and Spicewood Vineyards.