Category Archives: Artsy Fartsy

Austin Fashion Week 2013 – Noir Kickoff Party Recap

Going into its fifth year, Austin Fashion Week’s 2013 kickoff event exuded a sophistication that comes with hitting that half-a-decade mark. Incorporating a seated dinner between runway shows and requesting attendees wear all black eliminated some of the more chaotic foot traffic and distractions from former years.

So much foot space!

So much foot space!

Walking in to the fairly new Brazos Hall, the first eye catching glimpse of candlelight flitting from Lucite candlesticks against the natural wooden interior of the venue already suggested the additions this year were going to be good ones. Ghost chairs lined tables filled with amazing looking food from the chefs behind Olive & June, Parkside and the Backspace. We were wearing black dresses and heels so we felt classsssy – otherwise we would have been tempted to stick our finger in one of the plates and try a lil somethin somethin.


While all of the guests in attendance were asked to wear black, all of the designers showed all white. When the lights dimmed and various ensembles emerged from the shadows, the avante garde hairstyles and severe, Victorian-goth makeup gave the show a bit of an Eyes Wide Shut feel that was totally working.

afterglow (3)

Collections that contributed to the walks included:

Adrienne Yunger
Gail Chovan
Crowned Bird
Kendra Scott
Linda Asaf
Lilly Lorraine
Megan Summerville
Parrott by Sarah Parrott
Pearl Southern Couture
Rare Trends
Ross Bennett
Sarah Eileen
Made in Heaven by Stephen Moser
Teddies for Bettys
Tess Designs

It’s not too late to get in on the Fashion Week action. Running until May 11, you can see a full listing of Austin Fashion Week events you can check out on your own.

Also, if the Austin Fashion Awards follow Noir’s example, you should definitely purchase tickets and get to Austin Music Hall to cheer on your local, chic week talent.

Now, please pardon us as we practice our model walks…

Art x Cocktails x Music= ABSOLUT Good Time

ABSOLUT welcomes the next generation of collaboration with ABSOLUT X at Austin Music Hall Thursday, May 2 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

ABSOLUT X will transform Austin Music Hall into an “ABSOLUT” version of a masquerade ball in collaboration with San Antonio contemporary artist Cruz Ortiz, indie rock band WALK THE MOON and world renowned mixologist Chris Bostick. ABSOLUT X is a series of experiential, full-sensory events incorporating three different disciplines – music, art and mixology – to break new artistic ground.

Piece of art by Cruz Ortiz

Piece of art by Cruz Ortiz

Currently on a European Tour, WALK THE MOON will partner with Ortiz and Bostick to create an interactive artistic collaboration and they will perform hits from their second, self-titled album. At the masquerade ball, guests will be part of a transformative night filled with mystery, high energy performances, interactive art experiences and ABSOLUT cocktails by Bostick. Guests will create custom ABSOLUT masks to develop their “ABSOLUT self,” making their dream identity a reality.

From Andy Warhol to Swedish House Mafia, ABSOLUT VODKA has a long history of collaborating and supporting cultural provocateurs. With the launch of ABSOLUT X, the brand is challenging partygoers to transform their present and futures, creating a new reality where there are no rules. ABSOLUT X will continue to ask “What is your X?” in Miami, Seattle, New York City and Philadelphia this summer.

1 part ABSOLUT/ 2 parts cranberry juice/ 2 dashes grapefruit juice/ 1 wedge lime

1 part ABSOLUT/ 2 parts cranberry juice/ 2 dashes grapefruit juice/ 1 wedge lime

Add it to your calendars on Do512 and RSVP now to ensure an ABSOLUTely good time (if you are 21+ of course). Also, make sure to bring a plain, white T-shirt or tote bag to get it screen printed from artist of the night Cruz Ortiz!


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The Art on 5th Art Gallery: New Digs and New Seuss Collection

Art on 5th

ART on 5th Gallery has relocated to some new digs on South Lamar where they have acquired three new local artists and have made room for their extensive collections of abstracts, movie posters and Dr. Seuss. When you walk into the new 6,000 square-feet gallery you are greeted by the reception desk and your eyes are drawn to the all of the pops of color the art gives the plain white and black walls.

“We are trying to break out of the mold that art galleries and spaces are really stuffy and pretentious environments,” Director of Operations Mary Wood said. “We like to think we have a little more fun here- especially with the Dr. Seuss and the movie posters.”

Art on 5th

Part of maintaining a relaxed vibe and flow to the gallery is keeping the art fresh. Mary says she and owner Joe Sigel try to keep at least three pieces per featured artist up in the gallery at all times, but don’t want returning visitors to have to repeatedly see the same artwork. Between Allison Gregory’s bright and somewhat psychedelic art, Elisa Gomez’s mixed media abstracts, and Kiah Denson’s organic pieces, the gallery offers a variety in artistic taste.

Art on 5th

“We like to be eclectic; we like to say that there is something for everyone,” Wood said. “I think the posters are a very nice addition to the gallery because maybe you aren’t into abstract, but everyone likes film.”

The movie poster collection grew from the vintage poster trunk shows at the old location that became very popular among visitors. All of the posters are originals produced at the time of the film release and customers can find anything from old Westerns to Pete’s Dragon.

Perhaps the most playful and interesting collection would be the Dr. Seuss pieces, which include the “midnight paintings” that were part of Seuss’ secret collection. There are illustrations from favorites such as “Green Eggs and Ham” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to “Prayer for a Child” and “Venetian Cat Singing ‘Oh Solo Meow.” Even more unique to the collection is the unorthodox taxidermy sculptures that Seuss created from deceased animal parts his father would bring home from the zoo.

Art on 5th

Audrey Geisel, the second wife and widow of Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss), has also opened up her husband’s “hat closet” for the first time in celebration of the 75th anniversary of his second book, “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.” Art on 5th will display this exhibition for the public beginning April 6 from 6-9 p.m. where Bill Dreyer, Curator of the art of Dr. Seuss, will give a presentation.

In addition to the plethora of artwork, Art on 5th is also a premier custom framer in Austin. Whether you need a new piece for your office, need to frame a movie poster or want to rekindle your childhood spirit with Dr. Seuss pieces, Art on 5th helps you choose the right piece for you and offers a layaway program to maintain an affordability.

Art on 5th

“We like to think that if you are investing in the artwork you are investing in your quality of life,” Wood said. “If the piece makes you happy, and you look at it and always smile or see new things in the piece, then that’s why you should buy it.”

All photos courtesy of Do512 Photo Editor David Weaver

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FREE Advanced Screening of Pablo Larraín’s “NO” Thursday, 1/24


5 Reasons To Go See NO This Thursday

Attention all UT students. This post is for you.

There is an advanced free screening of the film NO Thursday night, and we think you
oughta be there.

Now we understand that you all have busy schedules – with your studying and
whatnot — and that you might be booked for Thursday night, so we’ve done all the
legwork for you. Here are FIVE reasons why you should cancel all your plans and
head on over to Forty Acres for this special screening.

1. Gael García Bernal. Mmm mmm. Did you catch that, ladies? Much like a
Latin, politically-savvy Don Draper, the very sexy Bernal stars in NO as an
ad man campaigning to prevent the re-election of Chilean dictator Augusto
Pinochet in 1988 – which brings us to our next point.

2. History in the making. The film captures a unique historical moment in the
late 1980s. And while most of you were not even born yet, you can definitely
appreciate the fact that NO is the very first Chilean film ever to be nominated
for an Academy Award. (NO is nominated this year for Best Foreign Film.)

3. SXSW = Gotta fake being a film buff. In matter of mere weeks, SXSW
activities will flood this town, causing an influx in music and film-related
conversations. Get ahead of the game and put this art house flick on your

4. Freedom of Speech. Monday was MLK Day, so – if you’re good citizen,
anyhow – you might have spent some time reflecting on our nation’s civil
liberties and what that has afforded us over the years. NO’s central theme
is connected to the broader issue of freedom of expression, so by watching
the film, you’re participating in a campaign that supports free speech for
victimized groups. And speaking of free…

5. It’s Fo’ Free! That’s right, folks. Zero dollars.

So there you have it. Five solid reasons to see NO this week. Hopefully, that’s all
the persuading you’ll need. (But if we’re really being hopeful, you didn’t need any
persuading at all.) See you there!

When: Thursday Jan. 24th @ 7pm
Where: UT Campus, Building CPE Room 2.214
Host: Students of the World – UT Chapter
RSVP on Do512 and Facebook! Seating is limited so don’t be late!

Architects of Air Returns to The Long Center


The Long Center is thrilled to announce the return of Architects of Air. This engagement features a brand new 20th Anniversary luminarium: Exxopolis. The Exxopolis luminarium is a stunning sculpture made up of panels of uniquely produced vinyl, where vivid reflections of liquid color spill across a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes.

The Exxopolis Luminarium is pieced together on-site and occupies nearly 11,000 square feet. Visitors remove their shoes before entering, and once inside they can wander freely or just lay back and enjoy the ambiance of the structure. The radiance of light and color transmitted inside the luminarium makes a direct impact on the senses. No two visits to the structure are alike, as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and changing light outside.


From Hong Kong to Honolulu, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sydney to Singapore, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world. Since 1992, over 2 million visitors in 38 countries across 5 continents have immersed themselves in this spectacular, luminous world.

The luminaria are designed by company founder, Alan Parkinson, who started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the 1980s. Mr. Parkinson describes his intention as an ‘Architect of Air’ in the following terms:

“What motivates me to design is the fact that I continue to be struck by the beauty of light and colour found in the luminaria. These structures nurture an awareness of a pure phenomenon that gently cuts through everyday conditioned perceptions and awakens a sense of wonder in people.”

Accessibility to the widest audience has always been a central goal of their work, and these installations are appreciated by all ages, all cultures, and all abilities. The luminaria and can be accessed by the elderly and wheelchair users.


This stunning installation will be open to the public January 19-27, weekdays from 11AM to 5PM, weekends and MLK Day from 10AM to 5PM (final admission at 5PM). Tickets available at the Long Center, same day as entrance. $10 per person, children 2 and under are free. Visit for additional details.

Watch a short video on the Architects of Air’s Mirazozo Luminarium:

For more information on Architects of Air, visit

One World Theatre Brings World Art To Bee Cave

Since its inception, the debate over what constitutes as art has roared. What exactly qualifies is very much open to debate, and often boils down to semantics. What is almost universally accepted is that art is intended to affect the viewer or listener, or even to inspire. Do video games count? Well, it depends on who you ask. What inspires some might fall flat upon others, and that is the essence of the subjectivity of art. More narrowly, art can be intended to inspire an appreciation for the human spirit, or some aspect of it, and elicit a reaction in an experiential format. Great art does this, and Haart Stearns appreciated this fact upon absorbing as much world art as he could. Studying under an assortment of international percussionists and participating in several world music projects, he came to realize that we are all very much a part of One World.

In the 1990′s, he and his wife Nada formed a registered non-profit, One World, to reflect this philosophy. With it, he brought diverse musical groups to similarly assorted communities and schools to strengthen their appreciation for global art. In furtherance of this ideal, the pair opened One World Theatre in 1999 to bring such essential talents onto one stage. Since its inception, acts ranging from Little Feat to War have graced the Bee Cave location, with upcoming acts including Spyro Gyra and Gallagher. Like I said, pretty diverse stuff.

We’re honored to announce that One World is our newest partner. One World is committed to providing quality music and acts to the Austin area, and since we are committed to informing you about the best events in Austin, this is a perfect fit! We’re excited to be working with them and look forward to drawing your attention to some breathtaking performances in one of the most over-looked venues in Austin.

What’s more, the scenic hillside One World Theatre is nestled on is a critically lauded locale for weddings and private events, with dazzling horizons and vistas galore. They still throw events showcasing world music and art to children, and they even have paintings realized during select music performances. Expression is paramount inside One World Theatre, and its commitment to inspiring the human spirit is obvious. It’s not set in stone what art is, but you are sure to find it within their stone walls.

4th Annual Toy Joy Artshow Party

4th Annual Toy Joy Artshow Party

Oh, the joy of toys.  A trip to Toy Joy will transport you to the endless days of childhood, where board games, candy, and plastic toys made your life complete.  If the embodiment of fun for you still consists of finger mustache tattoos and bacon bandaids, this just might be your new guilty pleasure.

The fun folks over at Toy Joy are hosting their 4th Annual Toy Joy Artshow.  The staff has unleashed their creativity onto canvas for all the world to see.  This year, 30 local artists are joining in on the festivities, displaying their art for the month of August at Tom’s Tabooley.  To celebrate the masterpieces, there will be a monstrous party going down on Sept. 1 at The Highball.  Since creativity and fun seems to be the theme over at Toy Joy, expect nothing less than a stellar fun night with music out the wazoo.  For your listening pleasure, Sleep Good, The Sour Notes, Bobby Jealousy, Transmography, and p-teK’s Playhouse (with special guest BAD WOLF) will keep the party going ’til 2 in the morning.

Stop by and get an eyeful of art and then head over to Highball to get an earful of tunes in celebration of the joy of toys and art and music and unicorns and zombies.  Too much?  Nah.







Justin Sherburn Scores the Silent Film “Man with a Movie Camera” @ Alamo Draft House South Lamar

Have you ever tried watching really scary movies on mute? Spoiler alert: it sucks. The dark, eerie music makes the movie scary. No matter what the plot, the music is what will have you squeezing pillows and hiding under blankets.

My point is, music is vital to films. I’m sure composer Justin Sherburn would agree. Join Sherburn on July 8th at 2pm or July 11th at 7pm as he performs LIVE at Alamo Draft House South Lamar. Now, this isn’t just any regular performance. Sherburn will be scoring the silent film classic “Man with a Movie Camera” with his new six-piece group, Montopolis.


“Man with a Movie Camera” is a 1929 film by Russian cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov. This unique film does not have a story nor actors. Vertov actually didn’t even have a storyline in mind before he started filming. It presents urban life in Odessa and other Soviet cities simply portraying citizens at work and their interactions with modern machinery — a machinery over man type ideology.

The film was finished with a very avant-garde style. Vertov used many technical achievements such as fast and slow motion, freeze frames, double exposure, etc. that all you cinephiles and film dissectors can and should appreciate.

If the history of the film process and the summary of the film only fills your ‘I want to go’ meter by 50%, get this: Alamo Drafthouse will have composer Sherburn himself playing the score live as you watch the film. Justin Sherburn is an Austin based musician and composer. He has produced multiple scores for award-winning shows, films, and theater.

You can listen to an excerpt of the score for “Man with a Movie Camera” by Justin Sherburn here.

Music is arguably the better half of movies, and you get to listen to it live as you watch the movie?! What more do you want? Food and a drink? Alamo Draft House has it all.

Seating is limited, so buy your tickets here for only $15!

The Intergalactic Nemesis II at The Long Center for the Performing Arts

From the first book, set in 1933, the, family-friendly, live-action graphic novel The Intergalactic Nemesis took audiences from Earth to a robot planet in the Effdillinplitzenpire Galaxy, then to the planet Imperial Zygon to face the Zygonians – sludge monsters who wanted to destroy the earth. But now, with hero Ben Wilcott, a librarian from Flagstaff, Arizona, missing, and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Molly Sloan in trouble – the story continues with book two.

After their first tour, which made appearances on Conan and NPR’s All Things Considered, the premiere of Intergalactic Nemesis: Book Two – Robot Planet Rising is premiering at 8 p.m. Friday, June 8 at the The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

After the live-action graphic novel troupe traveled all over the country and even over seas to perform the first book, they are back home in Austin, Texas to tell Austinites first what happens next.

The story was first created in an East Texas house, then, about 15 years ago, moved to the Little City Coffee Shop. From its first vision,The Intergalactic Nemesis brings live music and voice actors to the stage, set in front of a screen that shows more than 1,250 hand-drawn art works, while live-sound effects are made by Buzz Moran out of house-hold items.

Characters are voiced by Shannon McCormick, Danu Uribe, and Jason Phelps, while the live-score is performed by Graham Reynolds.

Theater geeks, comic book nerds, or just plain fans of creative stuff, would be way into this new genre of performance.

These guys are the real deal, and the best part about it – they’re from Austin mother effing Texas.

Tickets can be purchased at from $19 to $49. Get on it!

Abstract Emotions @ Austin Art Garage 05/31

Abstract art integrates lines and color in a form that when combined with a viewer’s imagination creates an artistic masterpiece. The swirls, the geometric shapes, and the not-so-random color blotches are painted in a manner that surface stories and emotions. This Thursday, Austin Art Garage presents Abstract Emotions featuring the works of Jessica Erickson and Gabe Langholtz.

Jessica Erickson is an abstract artist who exhibits “a free-spirited, yet controlled approach.” Erickson uses a lot of bright colors that attract a  viewer’s eyes. Her brush strokes convey images that are deviations from reality. However, her art is still controlled in a way that portrays a solid and specific representation.

Gabe Langholtz is one of Austin’s very own abstract artists. Work by Langholtz has been displayed in multiple galleries in Austin, as well as published in many print publications. Langholtz paints with an open mind and allows his paint to surface ideas, rather than beginning to paint with an idea in mind.

Both Erickson and Langholtz have unique styles of abstract art. Erickson uses smooth curves and a structured flow, while Langholtz uses shapes and strong lines. However, both ultimately create quality abstract art.

So head out to Austin Art Garage tomorrow, May 31st, to view and experience the works of these two fine abstract artists. Interpret their works for yourself, and be enveloped in their painted emotions.