After a Fashion

Stephen dishes on celebrities local (Capitol Kia's wide-mouthed Bill Dickason) and visiting (Quentin and Fiona), and more.

One of the exotic and compelling images promoting Anthony Nak's annual Rock and Rocks Party, benefiting KLRU and HAAM
One of the exotic and compelling images promoting Anthony Nak's annual Rock and Rocks Party, benefiting KLRU and HAAM

BACK TALK A recent arrival to Austin (who shall remain nameless) with a PR background in New York and Los Angeles told a hysterical story of her one-night stand with Entourage actor Jeremy Piven in which, among other things, she described his toupee as looking like a grapefruit-flavored Fruit Roll-Up embedded with hair… Quentin Tarantino has been up and down Congress and Downtown filming "Death Proof" – a feature-length horror film to be shown together with Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" under the cooperative name Grind House. There's a chic little party Downtown this weekend sponsored by Conde Nast and Grey Goose for Tarantino and Fiona Apple, who appeared on the Sundance Channel's hot interview show Iconoclasts. The still-desperately-trying-to-be-relevant Vincent Gallo once described Apple as director Paul Thomas Anderson's "fermented, mulatto, cannabis-soaked [former] girlfriend" and called Quentin Tarantino a "pretentious hipster." Pot. Kettle. Black… Austin's coolest club on the down-low is Karma Lounge on Eighth and Colorado, and they got a nice plug in US Weekly last week for hosting the wrap party for Paramount's untitled new project by the Academy Award-winning director of Boys Don't Cry, Kimberly Pierce, which stars Ryan Phillippe (aka the Other White Meat) as a soldier returning to Texas after serving in Iraq, only to be told he must go back to that war-torn country (Iraq, I mean – not Texas). Filming was in LockhartBeauty Bar owners Jason Reece (of Trail of Dead) and Chi Paek got married in Hawaii last weekend with a slew of Austinites in attendance. Congratulations to them!

LOCAL ADS If you've ever watched local television, you've seen the Capitol Kia ads with Bill Dickason. Though I'm sure Mr. Dickason is a charming man with many good qualities, the commercials he appears in are absolutely horrible – the nadir of local advertising, which is in itself at the bottom of the marketing food chain. Mr. Dickason's appearance is an excellent example why business owners should never appear in their own advertisements. Dickason has clearly been schooled in how to appear before the camera, but whoever taught him failed miserably at his or her job. Someone told him to be sure and speak very clearly by opening his mouth re-e-e-ally wide when he talks and to be sure and make lots of little choppy movements with his hands. If you speed the commercials up, he appears to be applauding himself. But the coup de grâce is at the end when he says that if he can't meet or beat the lowest price in Texas for a Kia, he'll just give you the car – then he gives that smarmiest smile on television. Does that smile imply that giving away a car because he couldn't meet or beat someone else's price is pure fiction? Dear Mr. Dickason, best advice? Hire a spokesmodel. And don't even get me started on the commercials for attorney Ted Lorenz

STRUT-TING I love to strut, which I define as the act of shopping at the store Strut. Bedecked with the coolest shoes, jewelry, bags, and just about every accessory you can imagine, the store has great merch and even better prices. Owner Jav Hernandez and I did time together in retail a long time ago. Now he has his own little empire with two locations – the original location at 2200 S. Lamar (326-2303) and the newest outpost at 3100 S. Congress (707-1523).

AGENDA Sun., Sept. 10, 5-9pm at Charlie's Austin (1301 Lavaca) is the sixth annual Glenn Eaddy Toy Drive benefiting the children of Project Transitions' programs and the children of other Central Texas HIV/AIDS charities. The event is hostessed by the glamourous Jamé Perry, and the theme, naturally, is Drag Yourself Out, which means wearing your best wigs, highest heels, and sexiest dresses. With a drag show, pool tournament, ManWatch Dancers, and plenty of food, including complimentary hamburgers, Eaddy (former Mr. Gay Austin and Miss Chain Drive 2001) and company are accepting unwrapped toys and gift certificates from noon to 2am. Call 474-6481 for further info… Wed., Sept. 13, 7-10pm at Anthony Nak (800 Brazos), Anthony Camargo and Nak Armstrong host the second annual Rock and Rocks Party at the flagship store. With the dazzling Hedda Layne as well as the Eric Tessmer Band performing, you can shop for your holiday rocks at a 25% discount that night while supporting KLRU and HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). Tickets for this fab event are $50 through or at the store… Immortalize your favorite love (two- or four-legged variety) with an engraved Plaza brick or stone paw at Texas Hearing and Service Dogs' new training building and visitors center on its campus in Dripping Springs. THSD adopts shelter dogs and trains them to assist our friends and family members living with a hearing or mobility challenge, free of charge, and plan to break ground for their new project by Thanksgiving. Go to, or call 891-9090 for details.

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