December 2010

TRIBEZA After School Social with Public School

On one of the last warm nights of fall, TRIBEZA hosted an After School Social at East Side design and photography collective, Public School. Dan Parrot of Old School BBQ and Grill drove his school bus-cum-kitchen over from the food trailer park at East Sixth and Waller and impressed the crowd with his delicious barbeque and heavenly potato salad. They even served up some off-the-menu chicken and beef satays for the occasion. For dessert, they passed out delightful chocolate chip cookies by new bakery Layla LaRue’s.

Make-A-Wish Foundation at David Yurman

 David Yurman welcomed hosts, Make-A-Wish Board Members, Kristen and Josh Pottinger, Make-A-Wish Supporters, and top David Yurman clients at the Austin boutique for an evening of shopping, cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres.  A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central and South Texas.            


Champions for Children Awards Luncheon

Over 800 Austinites gathered at the Austin Hilton for the 11th annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon, which featured Lee Woodruff, co-author of In an Instant and a contributing editor for Good Morning America, as the keynote speaker. The luncheon honored Pam and Neel White and Senior Pastor Mac Richard for their dedication to helping change the lives of children. ESPN sports reporter, Ron Franklin, hosted the event, which raised over $225,000.  

Woven Glass at Haven Gallery

Eric Markow and Thom Norris revealed their Woven Glass collection at Haven Gallery, stunning viewers with their revolutionary technique that transforms glass into workable fabric. At the opening reception, the artists debuted their highly anticipated “Autumn Winter Kimono,” the world’s largest woven glass sculpture

The Blanton Museum of Art's Gala Lumière Pre-Party

The Blanton Museum of Art’s Gala Lumière co-chairs Janet Allen, Kelli Blanton, and Jeannie Klein mingled with guests in Jeannie and Mickey Kleins’ art-filled home in Westlake for a pre-gala gathering. The Museum’s director, Ned Rifkin, announced that native Texan, former UT student, and internationally celebrated artist, Robert Wilson, will be honored and his work exhibited at the Gala Lumière on January 29, 2011.

The 10 of 2010: Mark Strama, Legislator

This Democratic Representative may be facing an uphill battle, but that won’t stop the dynamic politico from reaching his goals for the state.

Less than a week after his re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, Democrat Mark Strama is grateful, but not elated. This victory, his fourth, is bittersweet. While he will return to serve in January, over 20 of his fellow Dems will not. So when congratulated, which he is many times during our meeting, he smiles and shrugs his shoulders at the same time, and his thank yous turn into explanations in which he paints a picture of himself as one of the last men standing, with an uncertain future.

The 10 of 2010: Carolyn Schwarz, Executive Director, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Through HAAM, this “Jane of all Trades” is making sure the people that make this the Live Music Capital can keep on keepin’ on.

When Carolyn Schwarz was a young girl, her mother and father would play the radio to help her fall asleep. Now, Schwarz is executive director of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a program that connects local musicians to discount healthcare services. And because of her work, thousands of musicians can sleep better knowing they have access to healthcare.

The 10 of 2010: Mark Updegrove, Director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum

In the job he was destined for, a presidential historian helps the public re-imagine a misunderstood President.

The 10 of 2010: Lucia Athens, Austin's Chief Sustainability Officer

One of the world’s leaders in sustainable building is out to ensure Austin’s leading eco status.

Lucia Athens is the first “chief sustainability officer” for the city of Austin, a somewhat forbidding job title that evokes images of a stern cop who slinks down our alleys, peeking into our blue recycling bins and issuing tickets for the various eco-infractions we’re guilty of making from time to time. Lucia Athens doesn’t hand out tickets for putting greasy pizza boxes in the recycling bin, but the modern environmental movement has succeeded so well at making all of us feel responsible for saving the earth—and guilty if we don’t—that to hear Austin now has a chief sustainability officer conjures notions of lock-step compliance.

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