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Style Week Fashion Show, Leffingwell Home, Addie on Mark Bittman and more

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Danielle Kress and Brandon Mike at Tribeza Style Week Fashion Show.

Danielle Kress and Brandon Mike at Tribeza Style Week Fashion Show.

STYLE: Tribeza excels at transforming unlikely spots into stages for stylish parties. During Style Week 2014, it has placed events at a neon gallery, a motorcycle workshop and an urban farm. Its annual Fashion Show filled the spacious, minimalist Fair Market, a former warehouse on East Sixth Street. The party started on the lawn, then spilled into the cooled interior, where a short, tight runway show awaited. Built around four legible narratives — Yourself Exposed, Rugged Beauty: The Texas Landscape, Street Chic and Steal the Party — the apparel, sold at local shops, was almost completely wearable, given a few edgy accents. The Nightowls provided the soulful sonic backdrop. Style Week reminds us that the Austin fashion community, which has gone a bit quiet in the past few years, is alive and kicking.

Margot Wolf and Alberto Rodriguez at Tribeza Style Week Fashion Show.

Margot Wolf and Alberto Rodriguez at Tribeza Style Week Fashion Show.

HISTORY: Should Austin designate Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s childhood home historic? Taken from Sarah Coppola‘s story in the Statesman: “Austin has a school named for one former mayor and a hike-and-bike trail named for another. But should the boyhood home of Mayor Lee Leffingwell be declared a historic landmark? The circa 1942 home where Leffingwell grew up is located on Christopher Street in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Owner Petra Rogers is seeking a landmark designation for the $447,000 home partly because of the mayor’s association with it. If approved by the City Council on Thursday, the landmark status would come with tax breaks from the city and three other entities that would cut Rogers’ property tax bill nearly in half, from about $10,000 to $5,400, according to estimates from the city’s Historic Preservation Office. (The city’s tax break would be $1,400.)” http://shar.es/1adStc

FOOD 1: Mark Bittman on smart eating, efficient cooking. Taken from Addie Broyles‘ story in the Statesman: “Don’t tell Mark Bittman you don’t have time to cook. The New York Times columnist and cookbook author has been debunking that myth, perpetrated for the most part by marketing from companies that want to sell you ready-to-eat meals, for more than 15 years, first in his Minimalist column that ran in the Times until a few years ago and in his landmark cookbook “How to Cook Everything” in 1998. Since he stopped writing that cooking column to become a contributor to the Times’ op-ed pages, Bittman has been working on his latest spin on “Everything,” one that might very well revolutionize how we write recipes and think about how painless it can be to prepare something decent to eat for yourself.” http://shar.es/1adTzm

FOOD 2: Married ballet dancers power up. Taken from Addie Broyles‘ story in the Statesman: “Anne and Paul Bloodgood keep a bin of organic flour from Costco in their guest bedroom upstairs.The Ballet Austin dancers who are performing in this weekend’s season opener (see box) eat enough pizza and bread to require such a purchase, and their North Austin kitchen isn’t big enough to store it. Anne Bloodgood makes pizza just about every Friday night, not to mention homemade baguettes a few times a month. She’s a ballerina who will bake you under the barre. “A lot of people treat carbs like they are the devil, but when we’re dancing, our metabolism is so high, I can’t feed him enough,” she says.” http://shar.es/1adS3j