"...An eclectic crowd gathered at Haven on Friday night for Austin Fashion Week's Black and Tan challenge, the brainchild of lingerie designer Megan Summerville. One of the few events of the week emphasizing construction and design over commerce, the evening did not disappoint...."
"...If you wanted a primer on Austin fashion designers, Saturday's Austin Fashion Week soiree, Noir & Encore, would be a good place to start. Enthusiasm for our diversity of design talent as "there must be something in Austin's water", is common..."
"...Along with the end of summer comes Austin Fashion Week, capped off by the Austin Fashion Awards on August 27th at Moody Theater. This week, Saturday, August 20th through Saturday, August 27th, the denizens of Austin's style industry will crank out their wares and services during official and special events...."
"...The purpose of Austin Startup Week is trifold: to showcase what Austin has to offer start-ups; to schedule panels and discussions pertaining to issues that concern upstart companies; and to schmooze, schmooze, schmooze. The week is filled with helpful tips, peers, and business opportunities, but like most everything in the world of start-ups, it is what you make it..."
"...Fifth, 4-7pm). Doesn't mens fashion deserve some love this week? Join Dandy's (411 Brazos #110, 4-7pm) for an open house with fellow locals, West China Tea serving up "Cockteals" which are crafted traditional Chinese teas with spirits..."
"...One of the world's leading purveyors of workout gear announced last week that it would acquire an Austin-based app, MapMyFitness...."
"...The Chronicle with Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League and Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam over the weekend; you can read the interview here...."
"...You might not know this from reading the Statesman editorial board, which last week reflexively burbled out from its persistent vegetative state the familiar spin that the sins of big boxes are purely aesthetic, and thus venial rather than mortal. "Most buildings are big boxes..."
"...Michael Graham (co-founder, Sales & Marketing): [Back in the early 2000s], Adam went to Baylor and I went to the University of Colorado in Boulder. Adam came up to visit one weekend and we just crammed in as many brewery tours as possible..."
"...But I do usually try to reserve my energies in this space for public problems that it's not too late to solve, instead of just bewailing the injustice of it all. This week's sermon, though, may be an exception...."
"...Council Member Daryl Slusher, much maligned during the Stratus debate, spent much of the past week promoting his idea to establish a community fundraising effort to purchase land owned by Stratus Properties -- specifically the 246-acre Tract 110, slated for office development. Perhaps he could pick up some extra cash from some of the prominent Stratus-oriented folks who donated funds to his May electoral campaign..."
"...The end is nigh for Red 7. The Downtown concert venue was expected to remain open through September, but last week owners audibled to close a month early...."
"...Scott McCloud of Understanding Comics fame has a new book out from First Second this week – and he'll be presenting it in Austin on Sunday...."
"...There are cute games and significantly more not-so-cute games, but more often than not they deal in war-torn landscapes, the coldness of space, or imaginary worlds with very solid boundaries. There are exceptions, the most important one right now is This Week's Waste of Time, Seasons With Thomas...."
"...Several hundred are said to be active at present, and you can find them making instant theatre across the city seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. They present dozens of different shows weekly, everything from short-form competitions to long-form narratives based on literary and film genres to stories for kids narrated by a dog (with an actual dog onstage)..."
"...Well, the shit is certainly hitting the fan this week. From the Chamber of Concrete/Austin American-Statesman war on public education to the eternal shell game that is the Domain development swindle to the increasingly ludicrous boondoggle that is Water Treatment Plant No..."
"...On the muni side, those include individual climate protection plans for each city department and an education program for the 12,000 city of Austin employees. On the community side, immediate goals include an informational website for Austin citizens – expected to launch this week – and a local carbon-footprint calculator and offset program..."
"...It's a lengthy agenda, with the long-delayed Austin Oaks PUD matter headed for second reading and what looks to be a contentious 6:30pm public hearing. See "Council: A Busy Week at the Lege," Mar..."
"...On Monday, Dec. 2, just over a week before the new Austin Aquarium is scheduled to open to annual-pass holders, a Florida federal judge sentenced Ammon Covino, one of two brothers behind the new Northwest Austin aquarium, to a year and a day in federal prison for illegally procuring wildlife to exhibit in the first aquarium he opened, in Boise, Idaho...."
"...They are the ones showing wine buyers the new trends.” He explained there are many talented and knowledgeable people building wine portfolios at the restaurant level around town, but the majority of establishments rely on suppliers and sales representatives to educate them on the next hot thing. Collins spends at least two weeks in Italy every year, traveling and tasting, in search of undiscovered treasures..."
"...Austinites can "vote" on those issues at next week's Imagine Austin community forums, April 27-May 1. At the workshops – expanded to include both the city's Comprehensive Plan and its Strategic Mobility Plan – participants will work together to place people and employment around the region..."
"...As I write this, it's cool and rainy (64 degrees) in Bonn, Germany, this week's featured stop on Mayor Will Wynn's tour of Europe. Fearless Leader, along with Austin Energy's Roger Duncan, will be speaking at an international renewable-energy conference and talking up Austin's designs to become the capital of that world, too..."
"...I really don't sit down every week and think, "Hmm. How can I embarrass the Austin business elite today?" I have my own misgivings about a big-box ban over the aquifer -- qualms that, when viewed from 30,000 feet, look a lot like those of the Chamber of Commerce, the Real Estate Council of Austin, the Statesman, and all the other suits..."
"...Just to get it out of the way, let me note that the Kill-the-Smoking-Ban Countdown is now in week two, there being no City Council meeting today (Thursday). With the Budget Monster due to be unleashed July 30, we can safely assume further smoking-ban action will be deferred until after budget approval in mid-September..."
"...We posted an initial list of EAST picks earlier this week, and there are a brief five more from Sam Anderson-Ramos right here, too...."
"...So many things to see during the two weekends of the West Austin Studio Tour, and of course you can get the best overview at the project’s own website, but we’ve got some picks for you – the sort of things you might otherwise miss, but which you should see if you enjoy beauty and professional technique and, uh, Chronicle recommendations...."
"...Duetting with Belfast singer-songwriter Alana Henderson, who set down her cello to steal the spotlight as a vocalist, Hozier captivated the audience with “In a Week.” The sinuous folk song about finding bodies in the hills of his native Wicklow County was a moment of grace with ancient wordplay and breathy vocals. Ramping back up with the full band, Hozier’s somewhat formulaic succession of mid-tempo rock songs with wordy hooks was spelled by R&B-influenced pop single “Sedated.”..."
"...Kickstart Your Weekend is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org...."
"...Art City Austin 2009 is on its way this weekend, and the annual outdoor visual-arts fair is seriously spreading the love this year: to architects, to performance artists, to bicyclists, and to, well, everyone in town. See, not only has sponsoring organization Art Alliance Austin expanded its Art City partners to include Pecha Kucha Austin, the Fusebox Festival, and Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, it's also commissioned performance-art visionary Jaclyn Pryor (floodlines) to create a new iteration of her love-note courier service, pink, so anyone who visits Art City this Saturday and Sunday will be able to send a love note to anyone else in the city via a messenger on a pink bike...."
"...Some of them have, in the draft Central Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan, come up with a new approach: Make West Campus more like West Campus. As we reported last week, the plan conceives a grand bargain: In return for slamming the brakes on creeping student infill projects in the single-family neighborhoods near UT, the neighbors have given unprecedented support to increasing the density of West Campus proper...."
"...In many other museums, but usually in museums of the moving image or in social history museums, video games are presented with the arcade cabinet. Just last week I was at a farewell party at a Lower East Side dive bar, and they had Pac-Man in the cabinet..."
"...For the converted New Urbanists at City Hall, the shining City on a Hill (or, in this case, the gleaming bench on the sidewalk) is Downtown's Second Street, that eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and residences buoyed by the AMLI condominiums. Second Street, and the Guadalupe 31 mixed-use development near UT, says Brewster McCracken, "are examples of the development type that's going to become common on our major thoroughfares." The City Council's about to make that happen, with a set of commercial design standards that they'll consider on first reading this week...."
"...City planning staff and a team of consultants spent this week hosting a trio of "listening sessions" across town, gathering details about what residents like about their everyday stomping grounds and what they'd like to see changed – or not changed at all...."
"...11 Week Interval, Jeff Williams, AMOA-Arthouse..."
"...In the wake of Comer's forced resignation (which actually occurred several weeks before Nov. 29, when the Statesman's Laura Heinauer broke the story), the agency drafted a transparently scurrilous memo attempting to portray Comer (after nine years of service) as "insubordinate." Spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe (who should know better) said that Comer had failed to remain "neutral" on issues before the SBOE..."
"...While Sosa is unhappy with The Box ("I could have designed something like that"), she's willing to accept it more or less as is: What matters to her is that the building not become any smaller, and that the campus open as soon as possible. The SACAC will come up with an official recommendation for action at their meeting this week..."
"...I was at City Hall last week and asked one VIP to comment on the big-box retail study presented to the City Council last week. "It was amazing!" this person said, tongue wedged somewhere between cheek and eardrum..."
"...The mayor is victorious. A week after a presentation by Mayor Bruce Todd before the Chamber of Commerce members urging them to support a governor's veto of House Bill 3193, which would excise Chamber member Gary Bradley's Circle C subdivision from Austin's extra-territorial jurisdiction, the Chamber of Commerce Executive Board voted Tuesday, June 13, to do just that..."
"...That core question informs the Downtown Austin Plan, commissioned by the city and now being executed by the Austin office of ROMA Design Group. Early concepts and soft recommendations developed in Phase One (which stops at defining issues and opportunities) began a community review this week..."
"...After years of working with stakeholders in smaller groups, November is showtime for the CodeNEXT team, who are eager for citizens to come out Nov. 16-21 during "Sound Check" week..."
"...Instead, the occasion turned into Suttle's first experience with the sometimes mercurial ways of Ecclestone. Suttle recalled, "We start walking this thing around, working out what are we going to do, and I told Tavo, 'Eventually it's gotta be someone other than old Tavo and Richard telling people this is going to be a deal.' He said, 'Well, eventually Bernie will announce it, that we're going to have a United States Grand Prix, so we ought to prepare for that.'" Hellmund wasn't exaggerating: A week before the May 30 Turkish Grand Prix, the Austin group was preparing for a considered and rounded press release when the Ecclestone announcement made headlines..."
"...We're a week off from the official opening of city budget season the May 24 council policy discussion, intended to set budget priorities for the coming fiscal year but the poor-mouthing has already begun. According to the city staff budget mavens (in their May 3 five-year forecast to the council), the 2008 budget will show a nominal $27.5 million gap between income and expenditures that is, for a projected general funds budget of $595.8 million, we'll have an income of $568.3 million, leaving a $27.5 million shortfall..."
"...John's Tabernacle over on Blessing Avenue. Before the recess, the council is scheduled to consider (postponed from last week) the "Blue Ribbon Committee" to be appointed to make "quality-of-life" recommendations based on the problems identified in the city's African American Community Scorecard..."
"...Last week, City Hall abandoned the tunnel, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided it didn't pass their cost-benefit test and thus didn't merit their participation..."
"...To begin somewhat far afield: Last week Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley announced that he would not, despite months of speculation, run for governor of Maryland. National media found this interesting, because O'Malley's opt-out clears a path to the statehouse for Lt..."
"...The Planning Commission spent weeks listening to public testimony and deliberating whether the tree should make way for a Downtown development. On Oct..."
"...Duncan cited a major benefit of the city's national reputation as an innovator: "Everybody knows what we're doing. When you become well-known as an absolute leader in the field, new technologies come to you." He fields calls and requests every week from researchers, solar manufacturers, and other enviro-tech companies that want to work with AE...."
"...Much of the inherent futility of the now-collapsing legislative special session is summed up in a quote this week from Austin's District 48 Rep. Todd Baxter, who has been defending the Eanes school district from the leveling ravages of Robin Hood..."