Spring 2013

Digital Edition



Table of Contents

On the Cover

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    IN session

    The Legislature comes to town. By Steve Uhler; Photos by Cody Hamilton Texas politics may be a lot of things, but it’s never boring. As the law-making locomotive powering the …

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  • 43

    A Q&A with Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey

    As Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune, Ross Ramsey is a longtime veteran of the Texas political scene. He sat down with ATX Man to discuss some of the ins …

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  • 44

    Power Players of the 83rd Texas Legislature

    By Rachel Merriman Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus (R) Speaker Joe Straus is no stranger to politics, having served in both the Reagan and Bush administrations. …

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    Politics, Texas-Style: The Pundits Weigh In

    Illustrations by Sarah Quatrano. “Texas is where the modern conservative theory of budgeting—the belief that you should never raise taxes under any circumstances, that you can always balance the budget …

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  • 46

    View from the Top

    By Rachel Merriman Governor Rick Perry (R) Fifth-generation Texan Rick Perry has held the governorship since 2000, for a record 12 years, and is the first Texas governor elected to …

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Special Feature

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    Eat, drink and legislate

    After hours with the 83rd Texas Legislature. By Matt McGinnis; Filet from Austin Land and Cattle Company III Forks photo courtesy of III Forks; Austin Land and Cattle photo by …

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Letters

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    From the Editor

    By Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, Photo by Destry Jaimes Good thing we’ve still got politics in Texas, the finest form of entertainment ever invented. –Molly Ivins Every two years, the “finest form …

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Contributors

The Buzz

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    Concerts

    Compiled by Molly McManus; Photo by Jeremy Daniel. Million Dollar Quartet Presented by Texas Performing Arts and Broadway Across America Austin April 9 – 14, Bass Concert Hall The international …

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  • 18

    New Tennis Center at UT

    Opening this March, the Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Tennis Center becomes the official indoor home for the University of Texas Austin tennis teams. Construction on the $8.8 million …

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    Chris tucker

    May 3, 7 p.m., Bass Concert Hall He’s baa-ack! Actor and comedian Chris Tucker will grace Austin with his high-energy stand-up show, entertaining audiences with his signature style, unforgettable voice …

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    Just Opened: The Chicago House

    By Molly McManus Located at 607 Trinity St. in downtown Austin, The Chicago House opened its doors in late January by the ATX Brands enterprise. The location was originally a …

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  • 19

    St. Patrick’s Day

    Top picks to get your green on. Compiled by Molly McManus B.D. Riley’s 204 E. Sixth St. “If you can’t be in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day, this is the …

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  • 19

    The One

    Compiled by Molly McManus APP: ReQall ReQall is not your average reminder app. Not only does it let you create lists (grocery shopping, tasks, etc.), it also helps you recall …

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  • 20

    South By Southwest 2013

    ATX Man gives you the low down on the best of SXSW Interactive, Music and Film By Andy East, Grohl photo by Brantley Gutierrez Interactive March 8 – 12 “Tomorrow comes …

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    Red Carpet Alert

    Don’t miss the world premiere of former ATX Man cover man Turk Pipkin’s film, When Angels Sing. The star-studded list of local musicians and actors who appear in the film …

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  • 22

    Austin Food & Wine Festival

    Highlights for what to expect at the 2013 event. By Kristi Willis, Marcus Samuelsson Photos courtesy of Austin FOOD&WINE Festival, 2012 Festival Photos courtesy of Austin FOOD&WINE Festival. TasTe of …

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  • 24

    Austin Innovator

    Authors John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, and Rajendra Sisodia on finding the inherent good in capitalism to benefit your company and the world. In 1981, Austin’s worst flood in …

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  • 26

    Siren Songs SXSW 2013

    Local artists take the stage in March. By Adam Linehan; Rodriguez photo by Sarah Wilson; Choffel photo by Steven Alcala; Whiskey Sisters photo by Christopher Durst. Suzanna Choffel Suzanna Choffel …

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The Good Life

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    The Goodnight

    Bringing good food, good times and revelry to Anderson Lane. By Shelley Seale, Photos by JoJo Marion The Goodnight is the magnificent aftermath of a few too many happy hour …

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    Rancho Rio Eatery

    Austin’s newest food-trailer destination. Photos and text by Tiffany Harelik Rancho Rio eatery is Austin’s newest food trailer park. The lot is owned by Andy and Marsha Osborn, and Andy’s …

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  • 32

    Spring Race Guide

    Everything you need to know to navigate races, rides and competitions in 2013. By Adam Linehan; Photos courtesy of Brian Sullivan; Gilbert Tuhabonye image by Holly Reed In a city …

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    Gilbert Tuhabonye

    Gilbert Tuhabonye is the owner and founder of Gilbert’s Gazelles, a local training camp for runners looking to benefit from the state-of-the-art coaching techniques of a former NCAA All-American athlete. …

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    The Veloway

    If you’re tired of weaving your bike through all of the running and walking traffic around Lady Bird Lake, you should check out the Veloway in Southwest Austin. This 3.1-mile …

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  • 34

    Jack Be Nimble…

    Jack be quick! Enhance agility on your runs with lightweight construction from Brooks. Photo by Caleb Kerr Brooks PureConneCt2 running shoes Right in line with the minimalist trend taking over …

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  • 36

    Ronnie Dunn

    Country music legend to be inducted in the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame. By Bristel Bowen; Photo by Jim Arndt Ronnie Dunn was introduced to Kix Brooks in 1990 …

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  • 36

    ATX Man Sponsored Events

    Giving on the Green: Golfers put their best foot ‘fore’ward in local tournament for charity. By Amory Casto Set along the banks of the beautiful Colorado River, tucked just outside …

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The Essentials

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    Pack Right

    Three top destinations for a spring getaway and the goods you’ll want to bring along. SKI The elevaTion hoTel and Spa Crested Butte, CO The Scene: Family- and pet-friendly. Amazing …

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    Travel Preview

    Trover is a free app for travel enthusiasts. Trover’s rich archives feature thousands of eye-popping, geo-tagged images from more than 200 countries to provide travelers the opportunity to find hidden …

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  • 56

    Spring Switch-Up

    Five great cuts and styles for the season. By Ted Sabol-Williams, Photos by Rudy Arocha With spring upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity to try a new cut or style …

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The Opposite Sex

In the Know

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    Combatting Male Pattern Baldness

    Keep the hair you have, restore the hair you’ve lost. By Jill Case If you are starting to lose your hair, or if you are worried about losing it in …

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  • 60

    Rock Hard Abs

    How to get a summer six-pack. By Ryan Nail, Photo by Rudy Arocha Trying to save money in a hard economy? Well, after doing these ab exercises, you will be …

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  • 62

    College Baseball Scoreboard

    The outlook for the UT Longhorns, teams and players to watch. By Dustin McCommas 2013 UT Longhorn BaseBaLL oUTLook 1. Will the Offense Improve? Last season, this same question was …

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    College Baseball Outlook

    By Dustin McCommas Five Teams That Will Bounce Back 1. Texas THE SKINNY: At Texas, missing the postseason is unacceptable, and the Horns will be in a position to win …

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    Brian Jones’ sports report

    Teams to Watch: Five Favorites By Brian Jones, Coach Augie Garrido with team Photo courtesy UT Athletics 1. North Carolina UNC’s rotation is made up of pitchers that posted a …

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  • 64

    Dad 2.0

    What I learned at the summit. By Clay Nichols On the other end of the line, my 14-year-old son is patronizing me. “It’s OK, Dad. It’s really no big deal.” …

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    Savvy Planning

    Should you pay off your mortgage or invest? By James W. Hamilton, III Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a …

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    Brandi Grissom

    Shining a light on Texas politics. By James Jeffrey, Photo by Rudy Arocha Brandi Grissom got her journalism start in high school, writing for a daily newspaper in her hometown …

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    The Dangers of an Office Romance

    By Eric Leech An office affair is not something the typical guy seeks out; it seeks him like a ravenous carnivore, hungry for the thrill of sneaking away from the …

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The Last Word

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    Living in the Live Music Capital of the World

    Every little thing gonna be all right. By Roy Spence; Illustration by Sarah Quatrano “Don’t worry about a thing ’Cause every little thing gonna be all right. ” – Three …

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