TRIBEZA Talk | November 2013

An Insider's Guide To Austin's Hidden Gems.

Three Questions For... TINY PIES

Founder, Amanda Ogden

  • What’s up with Tiny Pies? 
  • My mom Kit and I started Tiny Pies two and a half years ago at the Austin farmer’s market and we've been growing by leaps and bounds since. Our specialty is individual, single-serving, hand-held pies. Our pies are just like grandma used to make…only much, much, smaller.
  • Favorite flavor?
  • I would say our chocolate peanut butter with pretzel crust is close to my number one, but for fall: the cranberry apple pie. It's sweet and tart at the same time.
  • Why is it impossible to NOT love miniature foods? 
  • I think miniature foods are appealing for a few reasons: small foods are cute and aesthetically pleasing; folks are more conscious about watching what they eat and also about creating less food waste; small foods offer more variety, especially for parties or groups.

Find Tiny Pies at Central Market, Wheatsville Food Co-op, and Royal Blue Grocery. For more information, visit


THE MAKING OF...  The Wisteria Double Hoop earring, from Jackie Smith’s Wisteria Collection at Calvin’s Fine Jewelry

“This design drawing evolved using elements based on the original cut-out patterns and beaded trim that identifies the collection,” Smith says. “Everything about the hoop is unique, even the ear wire swirls like a vine rather than the standard hook.” The completed piece is cast in 18-carat yellow or rose gold.


Stop, Collaborate, Listen

Over AIA weekend, be sure to catch a special pop-up collaboration between Alyson Fox, Michael Yates, and Keith Kreeger, three powerhouse Austin designers who are each killing it in their respective niches. Set up as a series of home vignettes, the trio will be showcasing an exhibition of work and home décor, complete with rugs, furniture, accessories, and dining sets all made by the designers, and intended, as Yates explains, for attendees to see the designers’ “work integrated into a scene.”

Where: Canopy Studios café space, 916 Springdale Rd.

When: November 1-3; 7pm opening party Nov. 1, open all day Nov. 2-3


Art From the Streets

Images from Art From the Streets, an art show and sale featuring work from homeless artists in Austin. The organization provides year-round studio sessions for these artists, culminating in the annual show and sale of their work, which takes place Nov. 9-10 at the Austin Convention Center. For more information, visit

Books & Zines

Three Recommended books by Austin writers from Texas Book Festival Literary Director Steph Opitz

  • 1. Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce 
  • “The first book out by new Austin-based small press A Strange Object, is strange, lasting, and completely original.”
  • 2. King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia
  • “The National Book Award nominee is back with a fictional account of Fidel Castro.”
  • 3. Eye of the Mammoth by Stephen Harrigan
  • “A collection of the prolific essayist's best work, crossing great spans of land and time to give pause to often overlooked spectacles.”

For more information, visit

Three Recommended Austin zines from Austin Zine Fest Co-Coordinator Hillary-Anne Crosby

  • 1. Rubberneck
  • “Run by Miranda Fisher and Jon Chamberlain, Rubberneck brings together interviews and photography of Austin-based musicians in a fun, accessible style. High quality and thoughtful.”
  • 2. Guide to Dating Gangsters
  • “Published by Vice Versa Press, this is my idea of a traditional zine, with thoroughly non-traditional content, cut-and-paste style, and Xeroxed glory. The first issue was printed in 2010, but it's still winning over zinesters today.”
  • 3. Mistakes: A Coloring Book Zine
  • “I was recently introduced to this zine and instantly fell in love with it. It features artwork by eight different San Marcos and Austin artists with everything from beautifully hand-drawn typography to quirky comics to detailed illustration. It's all assembled by Everyone is Awesome Forever, a collective of artists, printmakers, and designers.”

For more information, visit


Tiny Pies photography by Bill Sallans


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