On an Austin party weekend, Fab Five meets Ignite

I’m late to the Seedling train. This great Austin group has been mentoring the children of incarcerated parents since 1997. They serve as one of the counterparts to Court Appointed Special AdvocatesBoys and Girls ClubsBig Brothers, Big Sisters and, new to the scene with a fresh formula adopted from Portland, Ore., Friends of the Children.

Bianca and SaulPaul Neal at Fab Five for Seedling Foundation. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman

Recently, I profiled Leroy Nellis, the president-elect of Seedling’s board of directors. At the group’s Fab Five gala, I scored a seat between the quietly compelling Nellis and former American-Statesman columnist Jane Greig, who appears to thrive in retirement.

Tuan and Bonnie Pham at Fab Five for Seedling Foundation. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman

RELATED: Leroy Nellis leads the mentoring campaign.

The highlight of the event at Westin Hotel at the Domain was the salute to five leaders, Colette Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University, former Dallas Cowboy Thomas Henderson, founder of East Side Youth Services & Street Outreach, retired Travis County Judge Jeanne Meurer, KXAN weathercaster and champion volunteer Jim Spencer and Geronimo Rodriguez, chief advocacy officer for the Seton Healthcare Family.

Now that’s an all-star line-up for child advocacy.

Ignite for Shalom Austin

Innovation ruled the day. Shalom Austin, which combines the services of the Jewish FederationJewish Family Service, Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Community Center, formerly split its benefits into separate events — Mosaic, Momentum and Milestone — tailored for women, men and young leaders. Ignite at the JW Marriott combined all three sets.

Amanda Poses and Amanda Marks at Ignite for Shalom Austin. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman

The first part of the evening was devoted to drinks and substantial noshes, so no need for table seating. Instead, the organizers, led by Dana Baruch, Mike Krell, David Kline and Stephanie Yamin, set up an auditorium of sorts for 1,200 guests. Although the color-coded seating system was a bit confusing, especially for those of us partially color blind, everyone eventually settled in their seats to learn a more about the constituent Jewish charities. A short segment of the program was devoted to gift pledges.

RELATED: Two dozen Austin parties you don’t want to miss.

Steven Resnik, Noah Krell and Isaac Miller-Crews at Ignite for Shalom Austin. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman

The comedic main event was a first for me. After a warm-up act whose name I missed, “Weekend Update” star Colin Jost performed a full stand-up set, which was followed by banter between Jost and American-Statesman wit Ken Herman, mainly about the peculiar world of “Saturday Night Live.” Social and political jokes dominated. That’s a lot of comedy value to squeeze in before an afterparty.

I sat between Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Board Chair Elect Abby Rappaport, who both seemed to enjoy the show. I certainly enjoyed their company.

 

Harvey relief benefits among the next vital Austin social events

Hurricane Harvey scrambled a lot of things, yet Austinites will still gather soon in fervent social groups, some of them to raise money directly for storm relief.

RECENTLY ADDED EVENTS:

Sept. 10: Hurricane Harvey benefit from Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club of Austin. The Local Post.

Sept: 10 Austin Chef’s Night Out: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief. 800 Congress Ave.

Patty Griffin will perform at one of Austin’s hurricane benefits. Suzanne Cordeiro/ for American-Statesman

Sept 1-10: Austin music scene benefits including Black Joe Lewis and Patty Griffin. Multiple locations.

Sept. 4: Auction for the Coast at Strings in the Woods. Pioneer Farms Dance Hall.

Sept. 5: Harvey Relief Benefit: Comedy Helps produced by Turk and Christy Pipkin and Moontower Comedy Festival. Paramount Theatre.

Already on the calendar for early September:

Sept. 1-3: Splash Days for LGBT Community. Various locations.

Texas’ RB Chris Warren III. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sept. 1: Longhorns football season opens with Texas vs. Maryland. Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Sept. 1: “This Random World” opens. Austin Playhouse.

Sept. 1: “You Can’t Do That Dan Moody” from Georgetown Palace Theatre. Williamson County Courthouse.

Sept. 2: Gender Unbound Art Fest. Vuka.

Sept. 2: The Hillbenders present The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry. One World Theatre.

Sept. 3: The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers. One World Theatre.

Sept. 5: Umlauf After Dark: Bucky Miller: Grackle Actions. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.

Artistic Director Adrian Villegas will present one-man comedy “Barrio Daze.”

Sept. 7-16: Latino Comedy Project’s “Barrio Daze” with Adrian Villegas. The Institution Theater.

Sept. 7: Austin Way Fall Fashion 2017. Sunset Room.

Sept. 7: “Enfrascada” opens from Teatro Vivo. Emma Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center.

Sept. 7-10: Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Alamo Drafthouse South.

Sept. 8: The Big Give for I Live Here I Give Here. Hotel Van Zandt.

Sept. 8: David Small, baritone. Bates Recital Hall.

Anton Nel plays with the Austin Symphony. Contributed

Sept. 8-9: Austin Symphony Orchestra season opens with “Mozart in Paris.” Long Center.

Sept. 9: Little Black Dress Soirée: All That Glitters for Dress For Success. Phillips Event Cetner.

Sept. 9: “Eddie Ruscha: Turn on Delights.” Bale Creek Allen Gallery.

Emily Peacock’s show opens at Big Medium Gallery during Canopy Go. Contributed

Sept. 9: “Emily Peacock: Home Remedies for Cabin Fever” opens. Big Medium Gallery.

Sept. 9-10: “The Father/Son Project.” Hyde Park Theatre.

Sept. 10: Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala for the Hispanic Alliance. Long Center.

The most alluring Austin parties and shows of the week

Mack, Jack & McConaughey and the Moontower Comedy Festival top the social deck this week, but they do not stand alone.

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April 18: Lift a Fork for Forklift Danceworks. Springdale Station.

April 19-21: Mack, Jack & McConaughey. ACL Live and other locations.

April 19: Heart of Justice by Texas Appleseed and AIGA. 800 Congress Ave.

April 19: Root Ball Gala for TreeFolks. East Eden at Springdale Farm.

April 19: Chris Botti in concert. Long Center.

April 19-22: Moontower Comedy Festival. Various locations.

April 19-30: “The Phantom of the Opera.” Bass Concert Hall.

April 20: Limericks & Haiku. O. Henry Museum.

April 21: “In Order To” opens. UT Visual Arts Center.

April 21-22: Michael J. Love’s “Gon’ Head and Put Your Records On!” Doughtery Arts Center.

April 22: Bosch Bash for Women & Their Work. Private home.

April 22: Butler Opera Center presents “The Magic Flute.” McCullough Theatre.

April 22: WOW: World of Wonders.” Ransom Center.

April 23: Flashback for Explore Austin. Maggie Mae’s Roof.

April 23-24: Chorus Austin presents Lidarti’s “Esther.” St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

April 23: Four Women from Women in Jazz. One World Theatre.

April 24: TheThere’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch” for People’s Community Clinic. Four Seasons Austin Hotel

 

13 key Austin affairs to anticipate

A look at the near term for pivotal Austin parties.

Did I miss any big ones for this stretch of the season? Let me know at mbarnes@statesman.com.

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Tall Grande Vent. Photo: Chad Wellington.

Aug. 30. Opening of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Various locations.

Sept. 2: 4th and Goal Gala for DKR Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. AT&T Center.

Sept. 4: UT Longhorns football opener against Notre Dame. Royal Memorial Stadium.

Sept. 8: Red Dot SpreeWomen & Their Work. ADDED

Sept. 9: The Big Give for I Live Here, I Give Here. Sunset Room.

Sept. 9: “Over the Lege,” a fresh set of political sketches, opens. The Institution Theater.

Sept 9. Opening of the Austin Symphony season, “The Mozart Requiem.” Long Center

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The Mathis family, who filed a complaint when their transgender child, Coy, was told she couldn’t use the girl’s room.

Sept. 10: Southwest premiere of transgender issues movie, “Growing Up Coy.” Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Sept. 14: Liz Carpenter Lecture featuring Gloria Steinem. LBJ Presidential Library.

Sept. 14: Chef’s Table Austin for Water to Thrive. Brodie Homestead. ADDED

Sept. 16: Authentic Mexico for the Hispanic Alliance. Long Center.

Sept. 17: Ballet Austin Fête and fête*ish. JW Marriott.

Sept. 17: Opening of the Austin Opera season, “The Manchurian Candidate.” Long Center.

Sept. 17: Moonlight in the Gorge GalaCanyon Lake.

Sept. 17: Little Black Dress Soirée for Dress for Success. Palazzo Lavaca.