By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy if She-She Media
We love that South Congress Avenue in Austin was recently the setting for one of the most highly anticipated pop-ups of South by Southwest. The luxury lifestyle brand goop, founded by Academy Award-winning actress Gwynneth Paltrow, hosted a VIP party with 75 of Austin’s most notable sociables, taste leaders and stylemakers. The store features a highly curated list of luxury lifestyle clothing and accessories perfect for the local Austinite and those who visit the capital city.
The crisp, cool evening allowed native Austinites to break out their finest cool-weather chic attire. Many sported wool coats that perfectly complimented designer bags that perfectly captured the essence of the stylishly modern Austin woman. Once inside, guests mingled and shopped as they sipped champagne and enjoyed light bites that perfectly complimented the intimate and welcoming space. The two month long pop-up will be in Austin through April 28th so there is plenty of time for you to enjoy the perfect spring weather and sample the latest Austin hot spot.more
By Jake Gaines Photography by Joan Marcus
We love that Lexus Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, is presenting the limited Austin engagement of the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof at Bass Concert Hall from April 2-7, 2019.
The beloved theatrical classic from Tony Award-winner Joseph Stein, and Pulitzer Prize- winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I); choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter; inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins; and has musical direction by Ted Sperling.
As many know, Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” "Sunrise Sunset,” "Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” We can’t wait.
Plus, we love its place in theatre history. In fact, the original Broadway production...more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Tyler Schmitt of Mill Photography Studio
PHOTO: Cindy Lind, Donna Stockton, Emily Greer, Venus Strawn, Nicole Grupp and Meg Bethune
We always love supporting a worthwhile luncheon. The Fairmont Hotel in Austin was the recent setting of the 12th annual Heart & Soul Fashion Luncheon. One of Austin’s most anticipated annual luncheons, it featured nearly 300 of Austin’s most notable sociables and philanthropists for an afternoon of fun, fashion and an inspiring message.
The Austin-chic crowd began the afternoon in the foyer of the Fairmont where patrons sipped cocktails while bidding on their favorite vintage and designer handbags, like Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, and many others on display at the silent auction.
The festivities then continued in the Fairmont Ballroom for the program. As guests dined on their meals, they were treated by an empowering message from a special guests in for the event. Down-syndrome advocate Megan Bomgaars, star of the A&E Series Born This Way, brought the crowd to their feet with her platform Don’t Limit Me....more
By Alexandra del Lago Photography courtesy of Kelsey Applebaum
We love a good party and we love it when our favorite people host events to celebrate SXSW. Recently, the event we supported was created to kick-off the SXSW festivities with a fun cocktail party, celebrating the launch of Kendra Scott’s Spring Collection and International Women’s Day, while sharing this highly engaging and authentic experience with guests. As most know, Kendra Scott is a local Austin brand that offers jewelry, home decor, gifts and beauty
As guests arrived, we were welcomed with a photo moment in front of the Scott’s newly designed, “Anything is Possible in ATX” mural and then greeted with a glass of champagne or rosé from the brand’s chic Sips & Sweets cafe, located inside the vibrant, yet welcoming, flagship store.
Throughout the night, guests snacked on local delicacies including cauliflower ceviche tostadas, grilled grit squares, citrus poached shrimp, steak frite canapés and chicken artichoke phyllo cups. Complimentary rose and wine flowed, along with champagne, a variety of Austin’s favorite beer...more
By Alexandra del Lago Photography courtesy of the Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular
Love shopping? Who doesn’t and now you don’t have to wait until Christmas to find unique items to make your heart spring forward. Twelve months can seem long time to wait for all the shopping fun and festive spirit of one annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market to the next. This year, Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Marker offers a welcome solution with its newly created Spring Spectacular. We can’t wait since tickets go on sale Monday March 11.
Taking place April 12-14 at NRG Center, Spring Spectacular is the sunny flip side to the highly anticipated Nutcracker Market. This inaugural event will host 150 merchants from across the country - nearly 30 of them will make their debut - bringing with them a full assortment of seasonal items, apparel, accessories, jewelry, gourmet food and home décor suited to the warm weather months and spring and summer holidays. How great is that?
It’s doing good for charity, too. The Nutcracker Market’s Spring Spectacular will serve as a fundraiser that allows shoppers to give back to the Houston Ballet Foundation, it’s Academy and...more
By Jake Gaines Photography courtesy of The Science Mill
Recently The Science Mill in Johnson City hosted a sneak peek for a select group of donors and fundraisers of its newest exhibit, an Aquaponics Greenhouse. Guests had the opportunity to bid on world-class, nature-themed fine artwork donated by 37 nationally and locally recognized artists. Attendees of note include actress Jennie Garth Beverly Hills, 90210 and American singer-song writer Carrie Rodriguez. At the fundraiser, Come Grow With Us, guests were the first to see the 1,000-square-foot space, in which tropical plants and animal life surround visitors, giving them an up-close look at alternative methods of food production. The movement of water throughout the Greenhouse will display the interconnectedness of fish, plants, microbes and nutrients and help students understand healthy eating and living concepts. We love that.
All proceeds from the event helped the Science Mill grow its nonprofit mission to empower kids to follow a love of science learning. We love that the Science Mill, located...more
By Jake Gaines
Broadway in Austin, presented by Texas Performing Arts, the only national touring Broadway series in Austin, has just announced its 2019-20 Season. The season subscribers enjoy the best seats in the house for Broadway hits all season long, plus the option to purchase tickets before the general public. Subscribers also receive great benefits including ticket exchange and replacement services, the opportunity to request a seating upgrade for the season ahead, and much more. So what are you waiting for?
In fact, Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season features seven incredible productions from September 2019 to May 2020 at Bass Concert Hall.
WHO: Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
WHAT: Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts 2019-20 Season Lineup is headlined by the six-time Tony Award® pop culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN; a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Matthew Murray
All the magic happens February 12-17, 2019 at the Bass Concert Hall at U.T., thanks to Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts. That’s when the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA, the new Broadway musical – a dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Russian intrigue and drama galore.
ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak.
ANASTASIA, currently celebrating an open-ended run on Broadway, began performances on March 23, 2017 at the...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Philicia Endleman
Want to see the Broadway hit that everyone has been talking about? Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts will host the Broadway sensation Waitress that will play Bass Concert Hall for a limited one-week engagement January 22 – 27, 2019.
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave," "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting For Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress is the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. We recommend you see this...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photograph of Robert Taylor, MGM 1935
As the chill of fall turns into the cold of winter, we’re all about staying warm, aren’t you?
Here are some style inspirations as you bundle up in a warm turtleneck sweater...
Worn with jeans or a suit, a blazer or a topcoat, the look is always right to stave off the winter months ahead.
How do you plan to sport a turtleneck, gents?more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Crux Climbing Center
Ok, all you Social Climbers, want to get fit faster in the upcoming year? Here’s how now. Try Crux Climbing Center, a fitness center focused on bringing together climbers of all skillsets. It’s expanding its 22,000-square-foot facility in South Austin (opened in 2016) and includes additional parking availability and a complete renovation of the historic beverage barn located on the northwest corner of South Congress Avenue and Pickle Road.
The new building is slated to open in early 2019 and will expand on Crux’s existing fitness offerings, including weightlifting, strength and conditioning, and more. The new space will also feature saunas, a bottle shop and an outdoor area for community workouts and events. It’s a colorful environment that practically encourages better fitness just by its visual...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography courtesy of Austin Film Society
The place to enjoy the most fashionable holidays ever? At the Austin Film Society’s screening of Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, & Disco, the documentary film featuring Lopez (1943-1987) centers on the most influential fashion illustrator of Paris and New York in the 1970s and his colorful, outrageous milieu and band of followers in the Studio 54 era.
A native of Puerto Rico, Lopez was the son of a father who crafted mannequins and a mother who made dresses, Lopez was a child prodigy who began to sketch at the age of two, revealing a gift that would revolutionize the fashion industry.
It all happens on Dec 18, at 7:30, as part of their Homo Arigato series. In fact, why note immerse yourself in the colorful world of this influential fashion illustrator, as told through his friends in artwork. Here’s a link to the trailer: https://youtu.be/vmqnF0z9ST8 and information on tickets is at AustinFilm.org.more
By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy of TAZO Tea
You know we always love a good time that offers the unique and unexpected. One upcoming good time we highly recommend checking out is a new experience offered up by Texas Native and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Alyssa Edwards. She has partnered with TAZO team to create Camp TAZO, a unique glam camping experience that is all about experiencing new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. We caught up with her to learn more.
Happening in March 2019, Camp TAZO theme is “Brew the Unexpected” which aligns perfectly aligns the spirit of Alyssa and TAZO tea essence of discovery and explanation. The camp, designed by Alyssa, who will also serve as Camp Director, offers a curated list of traditional activities such as campfire chats and of course spilling the tea during tea time. It will also offer some bucket list items you never knew you wanted… until now like hiking in heels.
TAZO tea was inspired to create this camp after conducting a research study. The...more
By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Jeremy Daniel
[Ned Noyes and Jamie Ann Romero. Photo by Jeremy Daniel]
The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, thanks to Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts, makes its Austin debut at Bass Concert Hall, October 23-28. Are you ready for this side-splitting farce?
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.
The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017. The show, which was slated to close on Broadway in August of this year, will extend its run due to popular demand through January 6, 2019. By then, the Broadway production will...more
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