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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOOD 1: Everybody stood up for Vince Young. But of course anyone from Austin would. A dozen media types were seated at Vince Young Steakhouse when the tall, sleek retired athlete sailed into the private dining room.
CHARITY AND DRINKS: Done right, cocktails are still the rage in Austin. Curly-topped, beaming and looking like a more handsome version of Derek Waters from "Drunk History," esteemed mixologist David Alan stalked the floor of the AT&T Center.
ARTS: Jill Blackwood sang. Robert Faires declaimed. What more could you want? A benefit at the Bouldin-area home of Robert and Barbara Faires raised several thousand dollars to restage his solo version of Shakespeare's "Henry V.
MEDIA: We knew that Austinite Tiffany Yates Martin was an expert editor of fiction. We suspected she wrote under the pen name "Phoebe Fox" with the same amusing acuity that she displays in daily conversation.
SPORTS: X marks the spot for games on Congress Avenue. The main population that squeezed into the sweaty confines of the X Games demo corral on Austin's main stem seemed to be tough-looking kids and their tense-looking parents.
The Trinity River is a long one. It is often deemed the longest river entirely within Texas borders, but only if one considers the usually dry watersheds of the Colorado and Brazos rivers that spread into New Mexico as part of the geographical equation.