Tribeza’s December Issue Celebrates This Year’s Impactful Austinites
We honor the local Movers & Shakers that make Austin a better place, from musical titans to generous nonprofits
By Carrie Crowe
Cover photo by Skylar Reeves
Portraits by Brittany Dawn Short at Austin Animal Center
As we reach the end of 2021, we reflect on this year’s Movers & Shakers — those Austinites that wield power and influence in their field. Kicking things off, actress Genevieve Padalecki graces our cover, with a tale that speaks to the power of story and sustainability. You’ll recognize Gen from “Wildfire,” “Supernatural” and now “Walker” on The CW (where she stars with her husband, Jared Padalecki). She also recently launched Townn, a community that’s centered around treating the natural world with respect — allowing people “to rethink the way we live and grow together.”
“I love being outside and have always found comfort in nature,” Gen writes on her popular blog, “Now and Gen.”
“But, perhaps naively, I always assumed nature would be there for me — and my children,” she says.
Also making a difference in the lives of others is Austin FC fan favorite Brad Stuver, who’s stopping shots and starting conversations. Several years ago, Brad and his wife Ashley got involved with The Laundry Project, a nonprofit-backed movement with a simple mission: to wash clothes and linens for low-income families. In his interview, Brad also describes the incredible amount of local support the Austin FC has seen, remarking on the gorgeous Q2 Stadium and noting that ATX fans are all too ready to bust out jerseys and paint themselves green and black! That sounds Alright, Alright, Alright.
And, in true Austin fashion, a new band has emerged as Austin’s preeminent ambassadors. The neo-soul outfit, Black Pumas, received a Grammy nomination in 2020 and returned in 2021 to perform live at the Grammy’s behind another nomination. The Pumas also played two dozen or so festivals in recent months, but state that none were better than playing at the ACL Festival saying, “It felt like a homecoming.”
In addition, our December issue spotlights this year’s people that are Making Their Mark and Ones To Watch. Some of whom include Fermín Núñez (Suerte), Amy Mills (Emancipet), Mike Wiebe (stand-up comedian, Riverboat Gamblers and Drakulas) and Elaine Abels (fashion designer, Art Institute of Austin).
You’ll definitely want to check out our Stirring Up Memories feature where eight Austin chefs and bartenders share their favorite cocktail and culinary recipes. We hope you and your family celebrate in style this holiday season!
Emancipet’s partnership with the City of Austin to provide free spay/neuter services to low-income pet owners is the oldest continuously running publicprivate partnership for spay/neuter in the country. They partner with Austin Animal Center in many ways — referring adopters and providing heartworm treatment plus spay/neuter services for some shelter animals. Emancipet also runs the Mobile Free Day program, which is a $1M/year program with the city. To adopt a shelter animal, visit austintexas.gov/department/adopt-pet. Adoption fees are currently waived!