Charlie Tesar | 1943 – 2010

Posted in Buildings & People, Clients, Design, Family, Good Music, Land and People, Life, Music, People & People, Permit Projects on May 18th, 2010 by Gary Etie – 2 Comments

Buildings and People:

Liberty_Lunch… I don’t even remember who, how, or why I was hired ( $5/hr + beer tab credit), to be the carpenter on the remodel.

Wood from the Armadillo WH demolition site was being trucked across the river to the roofless site of the former Calcasieu Lumber Co. storage yard  that had become, through Charlie’s shear, creative genius, Liberty Lunch. We set about prettying up the place, and making a few things more functional, with Charlie, Mark, J-net and myself designing as we went.

We rebuilt the stage, extended the Bar, and, the front entrance was literally falling apart, so I built it back up, with a proper structural beam, which kicked it into “we need a Permit”, so I went down to the City permit office, and pulled one. That, right there, is, literally, one reason why I do, what I do, today.

El InteriorPeople:

… 5 or six years later, my wife Patricia and I run into Marcia and Charlie at the big, crazy, wild bus station, in Oaxaca. Charlie is with Marcia (I think it was before they were married) on an import trip for El Interior, Marcia’s shop in Clarkesville.

To myself, I recalled our lunch conversations about Morroco, Nicaragua, and points beyond, some of it said to be more than Peace Corps work, and I wondered, “Now just what all is that boy up to?”.

Buildings and People:

Joni Klasson's Liberty Lunch Parrot

… among my first friends in Austin, were David Short and Joni Klasson.

David was a member of Better Than TV Players, which IIRC, were based at Liberty Lunch. I’ll try to dig up a little more, but an immediate search doesn’t turn up much. There should be more on this exceptionally creative group, driven by one member’s urge to create, because she had been kicked out of Esther’s Follie’s, again, IIRC.

Joni did the big, beautiful Parrot on the brick wall, at the back entrance.


No Time To Cry| Kasey Chambers:


Obituary | Michael Corcoran | Austin American Statesman

HuffPo | Texas Monthly Talks

Posted in Educate, Life, News Report, Tech, Videos on May 16th, 2010 by Gary Etie – 2 Comments

Author and Commentator Arianna Huffington from Texas Monthly Talks on Vimeo.

“She’s the George Washington of online news — not news that happens to be online, as when some print publication buys a domain name and ham-handedly replicates its content in virtual form, but the digitally native product we’ve already come to take for granted, full of aggregation links and multiple platforms and wrapped inside a distinct, distinguished, robust brand. It was five years ago in May that the web operation that Arianna Huffington started, The Huffington Post, went live with mix of big-name and big-brained contributors, and look how far both she and we have come since then. In March 2010, the site had 13 million unique visitors, up more than 94 percent over a year earlier and within range of the august New York Times, which had 16.6 million uniques that same month. Its offerings have grown from a single, multi-topic page to subject- and location-specific sub sited within the main site: politics, media, entertainment, books, college, Chicago, New York, L.A., Denver. And Huffington herself has grown too: from a star in the constellation of liberal kibbitzers to a constellation in and of herself. Or maybe she’s just the very best hostess of the most progressive dinner party you could possible attend. Born in Greece, educated at Cambridge University, 59-year-old Huffington is the author of best selling biographies and books of political commentary, a regular on TV shows like Larry King and Keith Olbermann, and, lest we forget, a former independent candidate for governor of California. She lost that race handily to Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that’s probably a good thing: As a true 21st century media baroness, she has much more power than she ever would have in elective office.” – Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 05.13.10

SxSW 2010 | Say “Goodbye”, Austin

Posted in Life on March 30th, 2010 by Gary Etie – Be the first to comment

A thank you, to my clients, and to all of  the people, buildings, and spaces
that make it happen, during SxSW:

The Pretender

Posted in Life on March 28th, 2010 by Gary Etie – Be the first to comment

Jackson Browne:

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

Posted in Life on March 28th, 2010 by Gary Etie – 1 Comment

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers – Les Blank