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. The large, handsome luxury magazine, new to the market, emphasized its Austin bone fides with the laid-back location, owned by Lisa and Freddie Fletcher, among others. The sartorial look was aptly casual and the dark rooms, decked out in ’80s decor, filled quickly. Cover man Ethan Hawke, a frequent visitor, proved warm and real. The crowd consisted of media types, advertisers, fashion folks, PR fixers, creative industry bigwigs and a few artists. Best wishes to editor Kathy Blackwell, recently of the American-Statesman, who piloted this lucky launch.
MEDIA 2: Chris Perez creates ‘instant art’ with CityGram. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “At home in Plano, Chris Perez was the kind of kid who built Voltron — Defender of the Universe — out of Legos. “All my friends were artists in a way,” Perez, now 34, says. “We drew comic books all the way up into high school.” That was when he got more serious about drawing. Perez, who wears his hair short and tends to recede into the social background, branched out into oils, line art and graphic art. This fixation started to distract the usually good student from his classwork. “My studies lacked a bit from what they were before,” he says. “My parents intervened.” http://shar.es/1ahcej
HISTORY: Just think, more than 100 stories about Austin’s past on this Statesman page: “Except for some boat-like cars parked in the southbound lanes, the freeway is empty. Men in dark suits and hats gather on the wide expanse of concrete. A woman in high heels approaches one of the men in a spirited manner. Meanwhile, girls in high-school marching uniforms assemble in clusters. In the distance, one can spy the University of Texas Tower, but what are those other buildings? For that matter, where exactly are we and what is going on? When this March 29, 1962, photograph was posted last month on social media, a torrent of commentary followed. Readers responded to that and other records about the opening ceremony for Interstate 35 in downtown Austin, which are carefully preserved by the Texas Department of Transportation. Some are exhibited online by the Texas State Library and Archives as part of “From Pioneer Paths to Superhighways” (see more at bit.ly/1gbVkT8).” mystatesman.com/s/life/austin-history