Par­ties be­fore and af­ter dress up net­work­ing group’s fashion show MICHAEL BARNES

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Back from vacation and pre­pared to drain the last, sweet so­cial dregs of July. Three par­ties dec­o­rate the Young Women’s Al­liance’s Fashion Show this week. Tues­day, we’ll meet the show’s de­sign­ers and mod­els — in­clud­ing lo­cal lu­mi­nary Linda Asaf — at Quat­tro Gatti for a pre­view party. The big run­way walk looms at the Driskill Ho­tel on Fri­day. An af­ter-party fol­lows at Speakeasy.

Austin­ta­tious Deals is de­scribed as ‘a stylish and unique on­line com­mu­nity that of­fers the best deals in food, en­ter­tain­ment, re­tail, ser­vices, events and travel.’ OK, I’ll sam­ple. The dis­count-deliri­ous group throws a launch party Wed­nes­day at Dragon Gate by Phoenix res­tau­rant in Daven­port Vil­lage.

Thurs­day, an­other group, Club Red, launches at Gib­son Bar. It’s an or­ga­ni­za­tion of young pro­fes­sion­als ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the Amer­i­can Red Cross of Cen­tral Texas. The same night, the Austin Ice Ball Pre-Party heats up Speakeasy. It ben­e­fits Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Cen­tral Texas. One more char­ity soiree that night: Stars for SafePlace at the Star Bar.

Fri­day, I wouldn’t dare miss the Sol­dier Thread CD re­lease party at the Parish. The charmed New Austin band al­ways im­presses. Be­fore that, at El Sol y La Luna, I’ll check out the pho­to­graphic ex­hibit, ‘Na­ture’s Gifts: The Ocean,’ by the seem­ingly tire­less Sloan Fos­ter.

Satur­day, the Louisiana Fam­ily Funk Fes­ti­val sounds invit­ing at Kenny Dorham’s Back­yard, 1106 E. 11th St. That is, if the heat and hu­mid­ity aren’t too op­pres­sive. What bet­ter way to evoke Louisiana in sum­mer?

Sun­day, I want to catch ‘The Drowsy Chap­er­one’ with Martin Burke and Mered­ith McCall be­fore it closes at Zach The­atre. I’ve been lis­ten­ing to the orig­i­nal cast al­bum. It’s a Cana­dian sleeper.

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