After a Fashion
Traipse the holiday social trail and just try to keep up with Your Style Avatar
I think I attended two holiday parties this season, each with a trio of escorts to keep me upright (the usual suspects: Stephen Rice, Mark Erwin, and my faithful Seabrook Jones). We went to Becky Beaver's law office party, where it seemed for a few minutes like I was in the receiving line. Becky, the ultimate hostess, greeted each guest at the door. Once I was inside, the embraces and air-kissing delayed the line so badly that people behind me grew impatient, so I blew lots of kisses and worked my way into the (almost as crowded) front office. I visited with old friends Eva Womack, Joan Lava, Martha Oestreich, and the très glamorous Emily Haas. One of the coolest office parties ever. Suddenly, I found myself being dragged by my Cruella de Vil coat by Stephen and on to the next party. He was smart to do that since I simply don't have the stamina to go out as often as I used to. Besides, the next party was at Jody Scheske's house – another pretty legendary party. Jody didn't throw one last year, so we were deprived and wore widow's weeds all winter. But he was back in high style with the low-key, high-glam spread that is his trademark. Secretly, just between you and me, I think he only invites me to see what I'm going to wear, and I'm sure I did not disappoint. Friends like Patrick Keel and Jason Schubert were a delight to see, particularly because I had not attended their party the night before, after responding that I would. I got lost in deep conversation with Blair Hodgkins of Project Transitions, as well as Scott Ballew and Graydon Parrish, until my energy ran out and my three escorts helped me to the car.
RIDING FOR LIFE
The annual kickoff party for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, a multiple Austin Chronicle "Best of Austin" award-winning event, is slated for Friday, Jan. 13, at the Austin Music Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. Free admission, appetizers, music, and a cash bar are part of the fun and camaraderie as veterans and newcomers alike gear up for the big bike ride. In fact, if you register for the ride (April 28) on or before the kickoff, your fundraising minimum will be $400, rather than the customary $500. Whether you want to participate in the ride or volunteer your time, HCRA is happy to have you. Visit www.hillcountryride.org for further info.
RIDING FOR LIFE
Last Tuesday, I made another appearance on OutCast on KOOP 91.7FM. I was there to talk about my illness, which I did, but the highlight of the show was listening to the first openly gay former state Rep. Glen Maxey talking about his book that just came out, Head Figure Head: The Search for the Hidden Life of Rick Perry. The book chronicles the gossip and rumors that say Gov. Perry has been indulging in gay sex for more than 20 years. I've been in Austin more than 12 years now and have heard the same rumors, and even wrote about them in this column. But Maxey's book takes all the rumors and gossip and compiles them into a feeding frenzy of titillation and delight with page after page of allegations. True or not, the stories are riveting. Asked if he was afraid Perry would sue him for libel, Maxey, confident in his research, laughed and said, "Bring it on!" You can buy Maxey's book on Amazon, in paperback or for the Kindle.
WINTER WINDOW WONDERLAND
Through Jan. 2, you can still see the brilliant window displays in the 2nd Street District. They are unusual in that they are part of Austin's inaugural Holiday Window Walk, with the holiday windows designed by St. Edward's University students in theatrical design. Sponsored by Silicon Laboratories, three scholarships were awarded to the three window designers with the most votes (not announced at press time). Visit www.2ndstreetdistrict.com.