SXSW 3.1: It's more than a brunch. It's a community. The AGLIFF Brunch brightens every SXSW for me. Sure, some of the gay bars throw welcome parties for the tourists during SX, but they are usually late at night.
HEALTH: Several guests said it felt more like a spa than a clinic. In just a few years, Marcia Levy, Susan Lubin and their army of supporters raised the money for the comprehensive Seton Breast Center.
CITY: Some of Austin's most powerful women assembled in one room. After they entered in grand Mardi Gras fashion, the Town Lake Links leaders formed a semi-circle and dropped their glittery masks to reveal some of the city's top talents.
HISTORY: Witnesses to profound social progress. From my story in the Statesman: "Had Richard Hartgrove and Gary Cooper met on the streets of New York City as young men in the 1960s, police might have arrested them.
SPORTS: You should see what breaker Josh Vinyard can do. From my story in the Statesman: "The dancer lands on one hand, then twists his floating body into a shape that resembles a phrase from Arabic script.
SPORTS: Rodeo season is already here. That's right. In January. Central Texans associate Western the sport with March, when, for several weeks, 75-year-old Rodeo Austin hosts a livestock show, carnival, concerts, riding events and lots of socializing out at the Travis County Expo Center.
ARTS: Long before the polar vortex, we witnessed the full impact of Vortex Repertory Company. Twenty-five years ago, in fact, the Austin theater group, founded by University of Texas graduate students, got started.
TRAVEL: We tended to call Texas 21 "the highway of death." The main link between the hometowns for the University of Texas and Texas A&M University was too narrow and confounded by too many off-speed entries.
CHARITY: Chris Mugica blessed by Sunshine Camps for life. My story in Monday's Statesman. Early one summer morning in 1985, Christopher Mugica stood in front of Brooke Elementary School with a pillow and an H-E-B bag.
CITY: Much merited Merit Awards. Preservation Austin is a precious resource. Its annual Merit Awards luncheon at the Driskill Hotel always delivers a better understanding of our social, cultural and physical past.