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