Monica Peraza and Teresa Lozano Long at a party for State Sen. Judith Zaffirini.

Joe and Teresa Long: House as Museum

3:35 pm May. 27, 2016

Fourteen years ago, philanthropists Joe and Teresa Long, namesakes for the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, among other Austin gems, fixed up their Old Enfield house.

It was no quick job.

Justin Randall and Jennifer Martinez at Night of Hollywood Glam.

Hollywood Glam Pop-Up Party at old Little City

12:17 pm May. 26, 2016

When I walked into 916 Congress Ave., a wave of memories swept over me. Still standing was the broad, curved counter where I leaned, waiting for my order, thousands of times. In the back were remnants of tall,

Lauren Ward and Ashley Woody at Art Bra Reception for BCRC. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman.

Outrageous undergarments for Art Bra Austin

10:20 am May. 25, 2016

Every nonprofit should create a signature event as grand as Art Bra Austin.

Benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center, the annual parade and auction of especially designed undergarments, modeled by breast cancer survivors and BCRC clients, has it all.  It’s


Onion Creek, very long and sometimes treacherous

7:38 pm May. 23, 2016

There’s a reason why they call the town Dripping Springs.

As we recently discovered, Barton Creek rises from springs just northwest of this Hill Country town. Onion Creek emerges from the limestone strata not far southwest.

While Barton remains a Hill Country


A healing line a year later: The Blanco River

10:10 pm May. 22, 2016

At times, it seemed as if the Blanco River — ravaged a year ago in the Memorial Day and All Saints Day floods — didn’t want to be traced.

On the first day’s attempt at a tracing, we


Barton Creek, before and after the mighty deluge

7:06 pm May. 19, 2016

One day, we traced Barton Creek from Dripping Springs to the greenbelt at Camp Craft Road. The stream was high, swift, emerald and translucent.

The next day, we followed the final mile of the creek, from the