August 24, 2010 - Austin Event Updates, Part II
     Our friend and photographer Bill Bastas founded the charity The Smile Never Fades to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Center.  Bill lost his wife to cancer in 2006, and - as a way to heal - published a book of photographs of he took of breast cancer survivors. He is now on his fourth book and hosting the fourth annual gala on September 9th at The Long Center to raise awareness and to promote the book - which also benefits the organization.
   Larry Kille and his team at Sterling Affairs will design and cater the event, which will feature many pink items - including seared duck breast, beef tenderloin, mini baked potato grill and miniature desserts. The theme is "High Drama," complete with modern furniture, futuristic lighting, creative cocktails, and cuisine with a fun and whimsical flair. Blood orange margarita and vanilla bean/pina colada cotton candy, anyone? How about vodka, white chocolate, and Kahlua coffee snowballs?  
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     Concert pianist Andrew Grainger performs during dinner, followed by a night of dancing with Third Language. Tickets are $65 a person or $100 per couple; make reservations at  www.thesmileneverfades.eventbrite.com.
     Finally, join Austin On Stage Magazine as we bid farewell to the cast of the national Broadway tour of the mega-hit musical Jersey Boys.  We're hosting the Closing Night Cast Party on Sunday, September 5th, at The Rusty Spur - located at 405 E. 7th Street downtown.  Come mix and mingle with the cast and crew, starting at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.
    And join Austin On Stage Magazine as we bid farewell to the cast of the national Broadway tour of the mega-hit musical Jersey Boys.  We're hosting the Closing Night Cast Party on Sunday, September 5th, at The Rusty Spurs - located at 405 E. 7th Street downtown.  Come mix and mingle with the cast and crew, starting at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.
August 24, 2010 - Austin Event Updates, Part I
      The VIP Pre-Spree Early Shopping  + Art Spree starts on the 16th with a champagne hour from 6 p.m. to 7p.m., followed by the opening night of shopping and ogling celebrities.  All the artwork will be on view free to the public from September 17th to 25th.
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     Tickets are $80 for the Red Dot Sale, and $250 for the VIP Pre-Spree and entire night.  Visit www.WomenAndTheirWork.org or call (512) 477-1064 for complete details.
    ASTI cook Brad Sorenson - who recently appeared on "The Next Food Network Star" - will share his culinary expertise on August 30th when ASTI hosts a "Meet and Greet Fan Appreciation Night,” from 5 pm until close.  Brad will create specials similar to dishes he made on the television show, and the restaurant will donate 5% of sales from his specials to benefit the American Caner Society.  Menu items include spinach and arugula salad with Gorgonzola dressing, braised pears and spiced pecans; and roasted pancetta-wrapped chicken with creamy risotto, shaved fennel, and red wine.  Call for reservations at (512) 451-1218 or visit online at www.AstiAustin.com.