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Out & About: A zippy social week in Austin

Michael Barnes
mbarnes@statesman.com

The days zip by.

Lance Armstrong rescued the Birthday Bash toasting the Ann Richards School for Young Women by inviting guests into his house to escape a downpour.

Retired tennis ace Andy Roddick hailed John Legend at ACL Live during a youthful gala for his foundation.

Mayoral runner-up Brigid Shea flexed her social muscles during the Texas Campaign for the Environment’s recycled materials fashion show at Delta Lumber and Millworks.

Proud dad Ben Bentzin escorted the radiant Megan Bentzin during the ceremony-laden Jewell Ball for the Austin Symphony.

Lawyer and philanthropist Becky Beaver raised the bar for looking fabulous on one’s 60th birthday, greeting her 1,200 guests at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Cyclonic Monica Peraza presided over the Authentic Mexico feast at the Long Center, while raising bucks for MexNet Alliance.

Director Simone Wicha schmoozed with arts backers and college sports royalty during a Blanton Museum of Art dinner themed around the first basketball rules.

Ageless Nancy Scanlan served as my personal guide through the inspirational Children in Nature gala for Westcave Preserve at the Four Seasons.

Delightful social dynamos Amy Rudy and Julie Blakeslee bookended me at dinner during the Fête for Ballet Austin at the Driskill Hotel.

Fashion forerunners Patti Hoffpauir and Sue Webber put on a stunning fashion show for the Women’s Symphony League at the Palmer Events Center.

Visual arts connector Rachel Koper was everywhere for everybody at the packed Red Dot Sale for Women & Their Work.

Nonprofit lama Tom Spencer presented honors to charitable types during the Big Give: I Live Here I Give Here at the Driskill Hotel.

Social biz pair Laura Villagran and Kevin Smothers previewed the fall galas during the Austin Social Planner party at Malverde.