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Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza and Rosie Mendoza at Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Celebrando

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. Indeed, there were very few Latina role models in positions of power back then. She became one of the first in Travis County when, ...

Sridhar and Radhika Sudarsan at Mod Fashion Show at LBJ Presidential Library

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. After an hour or ...

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

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. Kreeger need not have worried. His elegant yet earthy table settings atop a portable walnut dining surface delighted everyone seated there. (Most ...

Natalia Sylvester and Eric Sylvester during Texas Book Festival party at Jones Center

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. After all, we were at the Jones Center, downtown footprint for the Contemporary Austin. In fact, the brightly colored tissue and cardboard boxes were intended to serve a mock game ...

Matthew Hanger, Olivia Parker and Harrison Robinson during AGLIFF reception at Kodosky Lounge.

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. Even moments after a re-introduction. He jokes about the condition, but it must be agonizing. He still reads and collects ...

Maria Hernandez and Katie Tackett during the Growing Roots benefit at the Thinkery.

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. Tuesday: Test Lucky Lab Coffee at Mercury Hall. Later: Meet Chris Kazan Attal and Sydney Townsend of Brack at El Meson. Tuesday night: AGLIFF reception at Kodosky Lounge. Later: 'Henry V' event at ...

Rudy Garza, Theresa Garza and Becky Beaver at Links and Lyrics for DKR Fund for Alzheimer's Disease.

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. Royal died in 2012, but grown men and women will set aside all other pressing concerns to pause and honor the late Longhorns leader. They are especially generous to ...

Diane Tran, Corbin Atkinson and Natasha Wolfenbarger at Food for Thought for Communities in Schools.

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. "That's what our schools would look like," Curtis said. "If not for groups like Communities in Schools." Indeed, the nonprofit's numbers are impressive: 99 percent of the ...

Carta de las provincias de Tejas Nuevo Santander, Nuevo Reino de Leon y Nueva Estremadura, 1773, Texas General Land Office, Map 3031

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. Later: Food for Thought for Communities in Schools at ACL Live. Still later: A Night to Remember at El Sol Y La Luna. Friday: Interview Emma Lou Linn ...

Greg Weaver with Catellus stands in front of the old Mueller Tower. Officials with Catellus have fielded a steady stream of offers to make something of the tower — a bar, or restaurant, or Austin’s most exclusive condominium — and gently rebuffed them all.

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. Taken from Ben Wear's spirited story in the Statesman: "The old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport tower, squat and defiantly homely in its Jetsons-era, blue-on-blue design, has sat among weeds in ...

Thomas and Tanya Graham at Be Brave Benefit for Heal in Comfort

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. Several hundred folks gathered for the Heal in Comfort benefit to provide special apparel for those recovering from breast cancer procedures. Countryman Clint Black ...

Patrice Carrara and Richard Williams during their wedding at the Clay Pit

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. "Because Richard is black and Patrice is white." Pause. Laughter and clapping. Clever to connect the prohibitions against interracial coupling not so long ago with ongoing opposition to gay marriage today. ...

Gay-themed Splash includes days at the lake and nights on the dance floor with top DJs.

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. This September alone, Austin will stage four major LGBTQ festivals. In addition, a cavernous new/old gay club, Highland, will ...

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. Tonight: National Association of Hispanic Journalists reception at the American-Statesman. Friday: Interview lawyer and activist Jo Anne Christian at Caffé Medici. Friday night: Media dinner at Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood. ...

Adam Jacoby and Kris Swift at the opening of Jacoby's

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. A green cliff leads to it. Diners at the new Jacoby's on far East Cesar Chavez Street can drink in this vision after passing rustic patio tables laid out with ...

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

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. After all, Spanish documents record temporary missions on that part of the Colorado River. And ...

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. A former military leader and scientist, the exceedingly amiable Cedel is one of the most beloved members ...

At the Reveille Call launch party

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. On Nov. 9, organizers plan to assemble 100 teams of 10 competitors, half from the general population, the other half veterans and active service folks and ...

Connie, John and Tina Rodriguez at "Sin City 2" premiere after-party for Austin Film Society.

'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. On the dance floor mingled starlets in short, slinky dresses, techies in full ...

Thomas Kincheon, namesake for Kincheonville, a freedmen community now part of Southwest Austin.

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. The 16 sections: "Very Old Austin," "Remembering Austin," "Building and Preserving Austin," "Helping Austin," "Selling Austin," "Our Neighborhoods," "Austin Families," "Austin Culture," ...

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