arts & culture


Hobby Lobby Hammurabi

A Bright New Boise takes a compelling look at religious extremism through a glass, darkly

Am I White?

One man's twisted sense of racial identity unravels in Adrienne Dawes' brisk and tense new drama

"Dave Culpepper: Wake Me When It's Quitting Time"

Even as Dave Culpepper dreams about our future in space, he humorously points out our present decline


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  • Give and Tech

    How musical innovators Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet made Landfall together

    By NATALIE ZELDIN, Fri., Oct. 10, 2014

  • Doubling Down

    In The Great Society, playwright Robert Schenkkan and his subject, LBJ, both gamble big

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Oct. 10, 2014

  • The King and I

    In a new staging of The King and I that's long on Asian authenticity, audiences are "getting to know" this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic in a most personal way

    By RUSSELL M. DEMBIN, Fri., Oct. 10, 2014

  • Time Stands Still

    Austin Playhouse finds the raw pain in this drama of a photojournalist wounded in the Iraq War

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., Oct. 10, 2014

  • Mother Mary Montano

    The influential performance artist and onetime teacher at UT revisits Austin in the guise of a saint

    By ANDY CAMPBELL, Fri., Oct. 3, 2014

  • All Over Creation: I Was Meant for the Stage

    To learn which actors were destined for the theatre, watch how they hold the stage alone

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Oct. 3, 2014

  • The Norwegians

    C. Denby Swanson and Jenny Larson execute a real Nordic move in this murderous show

    By ELIZABETH COBBE, Fri., Oct. 3, 2014

  • Agon and The Firebird

    Ballet Austin put the moves on Stravinsky with this double feature

    By JONELLE SEITZ, Fri., Oct. 3, 2014

  • Love and Information

    Caryl Churchill's latest explores humanity in the midst of technological inundation

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., Oct. 3, 2014

  • Concrete Vigil

    In transforming buildings into altars, Sally Jacques offers a place to keep watch

    By JONELLE SEITZ, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

  • Not Without a Fight

    Authors Spivey and Sublett spin a complex tale of a Lubbock visionary's downfall, revenge

    By JOE O'CONNELL, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

  • #ACreads: The Maze Runner

    We mused on the YA novel's hunks as prom dates; now who's going to Love Me Back?

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

  • Still Now

    Shrewd Productions' Still Now provides a fresh perspective on cancer through butoh

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

  • Now Then Again

    Penfold's staging propels us through the time-space continuum to see one romance play out in many alternate ways

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

  • "About Thirteen Hundred People, About One Hundred Rocks, and Thirty More People"

    A low-key socialism is at play in Russell Etchen's solo exhibition at Test Tube Gallery

    By SETH ORION SCHWAIGER, Fri., Sept. 26, 2014

  • Evidence of Things Not Seen

    Lindsey Lane's new novel about a missing boy and the lives he touches: an excerpt

    By LINDSEY LANE, Fri., Sept. 19, 2014

  • Fall in re: Verse

    Raking up some of the season's poetry collections

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Sept. 19, 2014


    • Mad Men

      The 22nd annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest

      By MONICA RIESE, Fri., Feb. 28, 2014

  • A Journey Through Hell

    Óscar Martínez talks about riding the rails through Mexico to America

    By AMANDA EYRE WARD, Fri., Oct. 11, 2013

  • SUMMER FUN 2013

  • Full Hearts Can't Lose

    The 21st annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest

    By MONICA RIESE, Fri., Feb. 8, 2013

  • The Writing's Not on the Wall Yet

    Austin's print culture gets a boost from a new batch of indie presses and literary magazines

    Fri., Dec. 14, 2012

  • An Unlikely Reporter From the Secret Sexual Jungle

    Suzy Spencer sets aside true crime to explore Americans' particular passions

    By JOE O'CONNELL, Fri., Sept. 28, 2012

  • Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces With 32 Recipes To Get You Started

    By JESSI CAPE, Fri., Aug. 24, 2012

  • The Heart of a Printer, the Art of a Chef

    Designer Jeff Scott brings the culinary life to vivid, multilayered display

    By WAYNE ALAN BRENNER, Fri., April 20, 2012


    • Power to the Pen

      Paging through the Texas Book Festival

      By KIMBERLEY JONES, Fri., Oct. 21, 2011

  • Benjamin and Byron's Long-Term Affair

    An émigré author, a bad-boy poet, and an epic trilogy at its end

    By ROBERTO ONTIVEROS, Fri., Sept. 30, 2011

  • The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

    A dystopian future meets a pop-culture obsessed past in Ready Player One

    By JAMES RENOVITCH, Fri., Aug. 19, 2011

  • Review: After Midnight

    The rise of Nazism slowly affects a partying 19-year-old in Germany

    By SARAH SMITH, Fri., June 17, 2011

  • Home-Pun Humor

    O. Henry Pun-Off champ John Pollack has his way with words

    By KIMBERLEY JONES, Fri., May 20, 2011

  • The Heartsick Poet

    Poet Dean Young celebrates a new book and hopes for a new heart

    By AMY SMITH, Fri., April 8, 2011

  • Review: Swamplandia!

    This debut novel boasts its own exclamation point for good reason.

    By KATE X MESSER, Fri., Feb. 25, 2011

  • Getting Creative

    UT unveils a new Master of Fine Arts writing degree

    By KIMBERLEY JONES, Fri., Feb. 11, 2011

  • 2010 BOOKS TOP 10S

    • The Year in Books

      Freedom, Finkler, and Kids of America


  • Long, Last, Happy: New and Collected Stories

    This posthumous collection showcases Barry Hannah's wit, his humor, and an ear finely tuned to the myriad dialects of the South

    By KATHERINE SMITH, Fri., Dec. 10, 2010

  • GIFT GUIDE 2010

    • Setting the Table

      Oversized books

      Fri., Dec. 3, 2010

  • On the Seventh Day

    Judith Shulevitz considers the Sabbath at the Austin Jewish Book Fair

    By KIMBERLEY JONES, Fri., Nov. 12, 2010