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Dolly and Ed Golden at ADL Torch of Liberty Awards.

Barnes: An Austin social network excavated in layers

Flooding choked some major events last week. But you know Austinites: They just kept socializing.ADL Torch of Liberty AwardsAs a social columnist, one watches Austin relationships develop over time. Republicans start to trust Democrats. Powerful West Siders ally with prudent East Siders. Refugees from distant conflicts partner with families who ...

Justin Poses and Lauren Petrowski during Austin Way Launch at Arlyn Studios.

Austin Way Launch, Chris Perez, Austin History and more

MEDIA: How do you introduce a new magazine to Austin? With a blow out. That's what Austin Way did at Arlyn Studios. The large, handsome luxury magazine, new to the market, emphasized its Austin bone fides with the laid-back location, owned by Lisa and Freddie Fletcher, among others. The sartorial ...

Cortney Anderton and Wes Perry at the Ballet Austin Fete.

Ballet Austin Fete, Bill Wittliff, Rick Perry Legacy and more

ARTS: Uniting through beauty. No Austin party devotes so much attention to beauty. The Ballet Austin Fête immerses guests in it. At the lustrous W Austin Hotel, the two-tiered benefit opened up to a room full of rose petals inventively refashioned into thematic table settings by the Avila family of ...

Kiki and Aaron Broughton at Revival Cycles during Tribeza Style Week

Hill Country Nights, Imaginarium at the Thinkery, Zilker Ballroom and more

NATURE: "Delightful." That's what Cecil Ruby said about the deal with Hill Country Conservancy that will preserve his family's ranchland in Hays County. Gracious, funny and open-hearted, Cecil, a social worker, and his wife, Marti Ruby, a court reporter, grinned while chilling on the Brazos Hall roof deck during the ...

Well Aware, Community First, Austin History and more

CHARITY: One sign of a good get-together is the free flow of speech. For instance, at a Well Aware party that encouraged water philanthropy, Jean and Bob Warneke spoke about birding, travel and history. Greg Davis referred to his movie, "Cloth Paper Dreams," which is headed out on the festival ...

Judith Zaffirini, Monica Peraza and Leticia Van de Putte at Authentic Mexico for MexNet Alliance

Authentic Mexico, Human Capital Honors, Big Weekend and more

FOOD: Rarely does one encounter a perfect party. Venue, guests, music, food, drink, chat all exquisitely aligned. Such was the case with the fifth annual Authentic Mexico gala at the Long Center. Organizer Monica Peraza staged the benefit in a processional manner, moving from the lobby to the house then ...

Kelly LaPlante and Maureen Stevens during the DIFFA Urban Picnic at Trinity Hall.

Barnes: Celebrating the Austin celebrated at Celebrando

Rain dampened some Austin spirits last week, yet the cooler weather hinted at ever more social activity.Celebrando“They haven’t invented it yet.”That’s what Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza said in the second grade when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. Indeed, there were very few Latina role models in positions ...

New gallery and video of Lady Bird Mod show at LBJ Library

Recently, we wrote about "Mod: A Modern Take of '60s Fashions" -- a fashion show at the LBJ Presidential Library that matched noted local designers with vintage outfits worn by Lady Bird Johnson. Wanted to alert you to a fantastic photo gallery of the orginals and new dresses put together ...

Dunker's old timers hot sauce with Pinto beans, Switch original sausage, lean brisket, lemon vinaigrette coleslaw with banana pudding at Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew in Austin, Texas.

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest, Stargayzer Fest, Galindo-Winters and more

FOOD: They lined up at 9:30 a.m. For a VIP entrance that did not open until noon. By which time, the line for the general public extended all the way to Butler Park for the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest at the Long Center. Once past the gates, the guests ran ...

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