HEALTH: “At first, we were all dentists,” says one distinguished dentist about the governing board of the Capital Area Dental Foundation, which provides dental services to the needy. “Now, non-dentists are starting to run the show. And the dentists are going back to what they do best.” The dentists haven’t done poorly so far. Their amiable annual Carnaval raises tens of thousands of dollars for procedures that alter people’s lives. This week, almost 500 guests packed into the Four Seasons Hotel for what one wag dubbed a “dentist prom.” (Two of my dental heroes, Dr. Alan Moore and Dr. Shane Matt, help run the charity.) For the first time, I stayed for the whole show. Well, all except the very popular fake gambling, about which I’d love to learn more. Some charity groups, such as Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, make it into a main attraction. I am sticking, however, with my resolution to attend only one gala a night. That way, I don’t spend half the evening shuttling between events. Instead, I soak up conversations with a few of my favorite things: Austinites.
BUSINESS: Opening nears for anticipated South Congress Hotel. Taken from a story by Gary Dinges in the Statesman: “Developers are close to taking the wraps off the South Congress Hotel, a highly anticipated project in an area of Austin that’s a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Set to open in July, the boutique hotel, at 1603 S. Congress Ave., is expected to employ about 250 people. It will have 83 rooms and suites, a pair of restaurants, several shops, a pool deck with views of downtown and indoor and outdoor spaces for events, among other features. Guests will soon be able to make reservations online at southcongresshotel.com.” http://shar.es/1W8rSo
MUSIC: Classic Fleetwood Mac returns to Erwin Center after 32 years. Taken from a story by Peter Blackstock in the Statesman: “And the songbirds keep singing, like they know the score.” As the final chorus of “Songbird” floated into the Erwin Center’s rafters, Fleetwood Mac reached the moment of its swan song, for what might have been forever. It was Halloween night of 1982, and 16,000 Austin concertgoers had just witnessed what turned out to be the last show that Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood played together for a long, long time. Nobody realized that would be the case when it happened, least of all the band members. They’d agreed to take a break and pursue solo projects after a four-album run from the mid-’70s to the early-’80s that included “Rumours,” one of the biggest-selling LPs of all time. But when it came time for the next Fleetwood Mac tour, not everyone was on board.” http://shar.es/1W82gY
MEDIA: Retired from TV news, Neal Spelce as busy as ever. Taken from a story by Pat Beach in the Statesman: “Longtime local TV anchorman Neal Spelce hasn’t been a regular electronic presence in Central Texas homes since the early 2000s but he’s anything but retired. Accepted at 15 into the University of Texas, where he eventually earned three degrees, Spelce’s career began when TV news was still learning to crawl. His first job was replacing Bill Moyers at KTBC. He went on to cover the Austin angle on the John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963 and the Charles Whitman shootings at the UT Tower in 1966. In fact, Spelce had a piece of most every major story in Austin for more than 50 years.” http://shar.es/1W82Ei