Out & About
Michael Barnes is the Austin American-Statesman's social columnist. He lives in South Austin with his partner, Kip, two dogs and two cats.
After making a splash paddle-boarding in 2009, Linda McCoy-Schriever reveled in the ethereal beauty of Lady Bird Lake.
We built this city. Not on rock ’n’ roll. But rather on Butler Brick, Calcasieu Lumber and Austin White Lime.
The most interesting person I've met in the past few weeks is Laura Fowler. The Austin attorney runs the Fowler Law Firm, possibly the largest woman-owned practice in the state.
The Ronald McDonald Scholarship Dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Round Rock did not promise much. Some pasta and ice tea.
Fifty of the 500 animal lovers gathered for the Emancipet lunch sat at the same table. That's right, co-chairwoman Mary Tally sat a full 50 of her friends at a long table near the front of the Four Seasons banquet hall.
Austin Fashion Week wrapped with a bigger and, once again, better Austin Fashion Awards ceremony. The Austin Music Hall looked uncharacteristically classy with white-against-black classical allusions and -- necessary for this venue -- giant screens for those who could not see action easily.
The Austin Theatre Alliance, over the course of three decades and in various incarnations, has refined the meaning of the phrase "social fun.
Astute social observers blushed at the irony. Developer and benefactor Dick Rathgeber welcomed guests to the Headliners Club to toast his 80th birthday the same night that octogenarian arts advocate Jane Sibley introduced her memoir, "Jane's Window," to the general public at BookPeople.
In 2005, while selling espresso machines, Mike McKim observed a roaster in Colorado pulling coffee from a keg and serving it over ice.
The Sustainable Food Center is a splendid group. It provides organic gardening news, classes, tips and options for volunteering in Central Texas.
Austin: City of Event Planners. The number of immense, yet minutely planned social events continues to proliferate in Austin.
They could be mistaken for high fashion gift boxes. Or wood, steel, glass and aluminum sculptures. Or maybe tiny modernist structures.
Two openings. One small, one large. One of Austin, the other from elsewhere. Both on Burnet Road. And both predicated on the presence of celebrity.
Robert Godwin reckons he has seen Austinities give away $3 billion. That’s because the photographer has documented Austin charity events since 1976.
Social tip: Listen. To others. To yourself. It cures most social ills. At the Noir Fashion Show for Austin Fashion Week at the strikingly post-industrial Brazos Hall, talk leaned toward apparel and gossip.
Michael Barnes writes about Austin's people, places, culture and history. He also writes the Out and About social column and blog.