Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mexico’s First Gay Mayor

benjamin-medrano(Community Matters) Benjamin Medrano, a gay 47-yo, elected Mayor of Fresnillo, in Mexico’s northern Zacatecas region which includes 258 villages.  AP

Steve Grand Live

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earlier post of his epic video – 1.6mm hits

Transgender Parisians in 1950’s

(Community Matters) Enchanted by Christer Strömholm’s, a Swedish photographer living in Paris in the late 1950’s, photographs of the transgender communities of the Place Pigalle and Place Blanche neighborhoods.

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Strömholm published his book, Les Amies de Place Blanche, in 1983.Of course I’ve just ordered the new version of Les Amies de Place Blanche with stories and essays. I’ll call it research for my, Garrett’s and Robert’s TransPecos Fest.
.website of photos

hat tip: Towelroad

Eden East Again

(Community Matters) Couldn’t resist – back to Eden East at Springdale Farms last night w/ Carly & Clayton Christopher. The menu was summer sausage, egg plant frites, crispy oysters, melon carpaccio, grouper and a lemon bar for dessert (details here). Gotta love byob: a Deep Eddy Tea peached cocktail, Gaston Chiquet champagne, Chateau Carbonnieux Gran Cru Classe de Graves, and a Charmes Chambertin. Once again Sonya was brilliant.


Wheatsville’s BIG Direction

(Community Matters) In Cooperative Grocer

Wheatsville big-version-final


Buy Copper

copper(Community Matters) 

After a sustained lobbying effort, the Securities and Exchange Commission late last year approved a plan that will allow JPMorgan Chase, Goldman and the Blackstone Group to buy up to 80 percent of the copper available on the market.

By early next year, according to documents filed with the S.E.C., Goldman plans to be storing copper in the same Detroit-area warehouses where it now stockpiles aluminum. continued

copper prices 10 years

President Obama on Trayvon Martin

(Community Matters) President Obama struck an extraordinary balance in this discussion of Trayvon Martin’s death, about the trial, the historical context of African American males’ experiences, and the reality of young black men’s disproportionate involvement in the criminal justice system (after clarifying that the trial was fair, conducted appropriately, that reasonable doubt was relevant, that once a jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works).

“There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator . There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often. And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. … The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

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Olamaie’s Pop Up

olamaieplywood-thumb(Community Matters) Just booked reservations for one of the Olamaie pop up evenings at Lenoire.

a menu that focuses on farm-to-table freshness and a dining experience that combines classic southern hospitality with modern restaurant craftsmanship.

featuring chicken grease biscuits ($6), blue crab over rice with a corn souffle ($20) and pickled prawn with soft scrambled eggs and smoked tomato ($22)

New Fast Dining in Austin

indian food(Community Matters) The exquisite preparation and tastes without the wait, Kristi Willis in Culture Map lists newest, favorite fast dining:

  1. PhoNatic – bringing Vietnamese cuisine to the masses.
  2. Verts – the doner kebap — a sandwich with Turkish origin that is wildly popular throughout Europe.

  3. Tarka Indian Kitchen – fast-casual Indian restaurant that shares ownership with the Clay Pit

  4. Hat Creek Burger – Premium Gold Angus, turkey and vegetarian grain burgers, hand-cut fries and Blue Bell milkshakes

Steven at Manos de Cristo

(Community Matters) Steven’s Manos de Cristo presentation on YouTube.

Family Reunion

(Community Matters) A few years ago . . . probably less than half uncles, aunts and cousins from Sepulveda grandfather’s family.

sepulveda family reunion

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The ContemporAry Austin

(Community Matters) AMOA-Arthouse has a new name.

The Contemporary Austin


and a restated mission and purpose:

The hallmark of The Contemporary will be our new program of commissioning and exhibiting works by today’s leading internationally recognized artists. We will present these works, and provide opportunities to meet the artists, at the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria simultaneously, allowing us to take advantage of the unparalleled variety of physical resources that we have at The Contemporary.

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