Producer/Director, The Folding Animals
“Since I can remember, I’ve always loved performing and storytelling. I think my eureka moment was a preschool play where I played a Christmas present, wrapped inside of a box with a bow (with arm and leg holes), while singing and dancing,” filmmaker Karen Skloss says. Growing up in Austin, she could often be found writing screenplays and shooting videos starring the neighborhood kids. Her first big break in the film business came after college when she landed an editing gig working with the filmmaker Ellen Spiro. From there, she edited a short documentary for her called Atomic Ed & the Black Hole which won an award at SXSW, screened at the MOMA and was expanded for HBO. Then, it was editing the film Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt and she was well on her way. Her career in film, as a visual artist and a musician (Skloss is the drummer in a band called the Panoramas) has all been influenced by Austin. “I feel like Austin has grown up with me. Sometimes I worry that we’re just going to become another Dallas or Houston, but honestly, I think there is something in the water (or maybe it’s the Springs) that won’t ever let that happen,” she says. “The narrative film scene is exploding right now and it’s terribly exciting. It’s a very nurturing community, bursting with talent. People work hard and are truly happy to see each other succeed. And there’s been a lot of success. The music scene is similar.” This spring, Skloss is directing the feature The Honor Farm, a teen thriller set on the prom night that she describes as kind of “Twin Peaks meets Dazed and Confused meets Donnie Darko.” With Skloss involved, it is sure to be delightfully and authentically Austin in every way.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more