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Michael Barnes

Regina King, Holland Taylor at Austin Way Dinner

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The real Regina King. The real Holland Taylor.

The two Emmy Award-winning actors joined other Women of Power for drinks and dinner hosted by Austin Way magazine, which stylishly covers Austin culture, at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

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Regina King and Christy Pipkin during Austin Way’s Women of Power Dinner at Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

In its second year, this open-air dinner became instantly essential because it encourages long, leisurely conversations over substantial sips and bites. For instance, I got to know the Houston parents of public relations expert, Elaine Garza, one of the powerful honorees and head of the ever-expanding Giant Noise agency.

Of course, I was dumbstruck with celebrity awe meeting King and re-meeting Taylor. King has been filming “American Crime” and “The Leftovers” in Austin. In its current issue, Austin Way explains how she has branched out into directing, too.

Taylor has returned to Austin triumphantly to appear in the self-penned, “Ann,” at Zach Theatre, which earned an ecstatic review from the American-Statesman.

Other winners include fashionista Katie Kime and boutique owner Lucy Jolis, as well as TV star Camila Alves, who couldn’t make the event.

Two other honorees, Carla Umlauf and Nina Seely, are directly associated with the venue. Businesswoman and philanthropist Carla is a descendent of namesake sculptor Charles Umlauf, while Top Social Seely is director of the garden and museum.

They’ve got news, including a big rethink of the venue, as well as an upcoming Garden Party on April 28, always a highlight of the social season.

Update: In an earlier version of this post, Charles Umlauf’s name was incorrect.