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Michael Barnes is the Austin American-Statesman's social columnist. He lives in South Austin with his partner, Kip, two dogs and two cats.

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SafePlace Lunch, Kirkus Prizes, Serve: Gourmet Gadgets and Goods and Austin Film Festival

Lynn Meredith and Kathleen Sebelius at Kirkus Prize ceremony. CHARITY: ‘The first 18 years of my life were Outward Bound.

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LGBTQ Panel at Mass Com Week, Arc of the Capital Area, Aware, Awake, Alive, La Belle at Bullock, Food and Film & Dress by Candlelight

That’s right, it was one of those six-event autumn days. V Karri and Shelby Butler at Arc of the Capital Area event.

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Zach Unplugged, Richard Moya, Lois Kim and Austin’s Ward System

Mindy Ellmer and Cindy Greenwood at Zach Unplugged. ARTS: Traditional analysts of the arts often distinguish between the classical and Romantic urges.

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Andy Roddick Foundation Gala, Texas Exes Distinguished Alumni Awards, Pop Austin and more

Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker at Andy Roddick Foundation Gala. SPORTS: Tennis great Andy Roddick borrowed a jean jacket for the occasion.

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Hamilton Book Awards, La Dolce Vita, 175 Reasons We Love Austin and more

Gabriela Polit and Carlos Ramos at University Co-Op’s Hamilton Book Awards. BOOKS: Start with the fact that the woman who discovered the origins of writing, Denise Schmandt-Besserat, sat at our table.

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Travis Audubon Society, Limpy the Clown, Gentleman’s Agreement and more

Lisa Monreal and Sean Bender at Travis Audubon Society’s Victor Emanuel Awards. NATURE: You know an award will last when only the very best candidates are honored.

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Travis Audubon Society, Limpy the Clown, Gentlemen’s Agreement and more

Lisa Monreal and Sean Bender at Travis Audubon Society’s Victor Emanuel Awards. NATURE: You know an award will last when only the very best candidates are honored.

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Edible Austin Chef Auction, The Highland Opens, Austin History Center’s Mike Miller and more

Daniel Olivera and Marla Camp at Edible Austin’s Chef Auction. FOOD: A sheltered corner beneath the Allan House served as the plating area.

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African American Youth Harvest Lunch, Waller Creek Conservancy Dinner, Opening of PGi Offices at La Zona Rosa and more

Melissa Fontenette-Mitchell and Pam Parker at the Changing the Story Lunch for African American Youth Harvest Foundation.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014: More Notes from the Margins

Steve Odom and Shelley Neuman at ACL Music Fest Media Happy Hour. My third day at ACL Fest started with the two helpers with a sign outside the gates.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014: Interview with Parks Foundation’s Colin Wallis

What percentage of the visitors to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival know that the two-weekend bash is co-produced by the Austin Parks Foundation?

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014: Notes from the Margins

“You always been a chair person?” “Yes. You?” “No.” “You’re not old enough.

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Twirl Thru: Clark’s Oyster Bar, Outdoor Voices, Canon’s Pixma Pro with Michael B. Jordan, also Ricky Stein and Andy Bianculli

Andrew Parietti and Tyler Haney at Outdoor Voices launch party. Effervescent public relations pro Elaine Garza introduced me to the phrase: “twirl thru.

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Maria Hernandez, New UT Arena, SXSW and more

Maria Hernandez, founder of Growing Roots. HEALTH: Helping parents help their kids. Taken from my story in the Statesman: Five years ago, Maria Hernandez, a speech pathologist and therapist, was working in a private Austin clinic for the needy.

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African Leadership Bridge, Pratham Austin, Mexic-Arte Museum, Hispanic Culture in Austin, ACL at 40

Yves Mafolo and Takalani Malivha during African Leadership Bridge event at the State Theater. SCHOOL 1: Takalani Malivha, a South African student of economics and psychology at the University of Texas, has an fresh take on Austin.

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Austin Child Guidance Center, I Live Here I Give Here, SoCo at Night and more

David Herrera and BA Snyder at Austin Originals for Austin Child Guidance Center. HEALTH: An Old Austin group sheds new light.

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Center for Child Protection Party, Roadmap to Equality with Annise Parker, Caritas 50th Anniversary and more

Alisa Weldon, Annise Parker and Lynn Yeldell at Equality Texas reception. LAW: “I went berserk.

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Austin Way Launch, Chris Perez, Austin History and more

Justin Poses and Lauren Petrowski during Austin Way Launch at Arlyn Studios. MEDIA: How do you introduce a new magazine to Austin?

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

Cortney Anderton and Wes Perry at the Ballet Austin Fete. ARTS: Uniting through beauty. No Austin party devotes so much attention to beauty.

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Style Week Fashion Show, Leffingwell Home, Addie on Mark Bittman and more

Danielle Kress and Brandon Mike at Tribeza Style Week Fashion Show. STYLE: Tribeza excels at transforming unlikely spots into stages for stylish parties.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Kiki and Aaron Broughton at Revival Cycles during Tribeza Style Week. 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.

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ADL Torch of Liberty Awards, Tribeza Style Week, Scotland and more

LAW: Layer upon layer, the network grows. As a social columnist, one watches Austin relationships develop over time.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ big project starting, after quiet period

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.

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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.

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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.

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Celebrando, Aliento a Tequila, Harvest Moon Festival and more

BUSINESS: “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.

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Mod Lady Bird, Joe Lung, Bullet Train and more

STYLE: You could spend serious time with the apparel. Instead of a brisk runway show, the organizers of "Mod: A Modern Take of '60s Fashions" arranged seven outfits worn by Lady Bird Johnson on two raised platforms in the Great Hall of the LBJ Presidential Library.

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DIFFA Urban Picnic, District 5, Austin History and more

STYLE: "It's scary being the first." So said Keith Kreeger, one of the participating designers during Austin's first DIFFA dinner, which raised money for AIDS Services of Austin.

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Texas Book Fest Party, Mod Lady Bird, Latest 'Out' and more

BOOKS: They looked like discarded gift wrappings at a kid's party. Or maybe the sad remains of an art installation.

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AGLIFF Reception, Kolaches, District 10 and more

MOVIES: He sat upright amid the roaming crowd. Tall, courtly John Kirkpatrick rose to greet me. Still funny and quick, the retired Ransom Center curator cannot remember names these days.

Barnes: End of August means the start of the Austin social season

Austin Social Week Ahead, Margo Dover, Council District 6 and more

CALENDAR: Mapping the third week of the Austin social season. Today: Interview Maria Hernandez of Growing Roots.

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DKR Fund, Care Communities, Amanda Huras & Matt Randall and more

HEALTH: Loyal to the man, the team, the school, the cause. Few letters spell out loyalty like DRK. Coach Darrell K.

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Food for Thought, Taste of Downtown, SXSW and more

SCHOOL: Matt Curtis had recently watched "The Wire." One sequence from the HBO series (2002-2008) about urban dysfunction was set in Baltimore's schools.

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Social Plans, Local History, Return of 'Out' and more

CALENDAR: Getting back into the social swing. Today: Examine map room at Texas Land Office. Tonight: Taste of Downtown at Radisson Hotel.

Exploring a towering piece of Austin history

Mueller Tower, District 7 Candidates, Olympic Archive and more

Nothing shattering from me today. Why not sample one of these fine pieces? HISTORY: Exploring a towering piece of history.

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Clint Black Benefit, Inventor Chip Thomson, Austin History and more

CHARITY: This his how networking unfolds at a charity event. The table, cluttered with food and drink, sat in the middle of the room, not far from the stage.

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Gay Wedding, Tailgating at Hotel Ella, Oakwood Cemetery and more

WEDDINGS: The officiant kept a straight face. "Not long ago, Richard and Patrice could not have wed," he said.

September pride: New music fest joins AGLIFF and Splash

Pride Month, Austin History, Flood Respect and more

FESTIVALS: A month of pride. Taken from my story in the Austin360: "On June 1971 — just two years after the Stonewall riots — Austin held its first gay pride event.

Mansion at Judge’s Hill gets a makeover as Hotel Ella

The Long Weekend, Austin History, Burning Man and more

CALENDAR: Just because it's a holiday weekend, doesn't mean the socializing stops. Today: Interview Austin History Center archivist Mike Miller.

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Jacoby's Opening, 'Vegas,' Austin History and more

FOOD: Jacoby's comforting spot above the Colorado River. The surprise view is sensational. The rushing Colorado River below Longhorn Dam.

Steven Gonzales wants to put you on the Camino Real de los Tejas

More Austin History, Emmy Awards, 'Intergalactic Nemesis' and more

HISTORY: You might have missed the more than 100 Austin history stories on this page. "Historians have often assumed that, in 1731, three Spanish missions were built — then quickly abandoned — near Barton Springs.

Tom and Penny Cedel: A team for all seasons

Concordia Gala, Highland, Shawn Cirkiel and more

SCHOOL: Three standing ovations were not nearly enough. Retiring Concordia University President Tom Cedel was greeted with tears and cheers during the Excellence in Leadership gala this week at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Reveille Call Party, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Mellizoz Tacos and more

SPORTS: The Reveille Call launch party gathered a couple dozen casually dressed folks in the carpeted conference room of a science company on MoPac.

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'Sin City 2' Premiere After-Party, Punch Bowl Social Opening, Nancy Coplin and more

MOVIES: Cool, roomy Rattle Inn beckoned to guests from the mild, muggy night. Most of those guests had attended the Austin Film Society premiere of "Sin City 2," Robert Rodriguez's stylized revisit to an indelible, neo-noir nightmare.

Clarksville and Wheatville were not Austin’s only freedmen towns

Austin History Page, Social Calendar, Lauren Bruno and more

HISTORY: Now, it's all in one place! More than 100 recent articles that I've written about Austin's past have been collected in one place online by Melissa Martinez.

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Growing Roots at the Thinkery, Tax Incentives and more

EDUCATION: Learning another way. Quick on her feet, Katie Tackett crops her sandy hair closely around open, accessible features.

Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes writes about Austin's people, places, culture and history. He also writes the Out and About social column and blog.

 
 

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