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All's Well That Ends Well

In 7 Towers Theatre's staging of the Bard's tragicomedy, comic relief is never too far behind the tense moments

'Kasey Short: 5 Plus Hearts'

The artist's comparison of war and violence with spectator sport holds promise, though not all the work is equally strong

'The Other Side'

Memoir by Houston writer Lacy Johnson recounts a personal trauma with honesty and haunting beauty

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  • 'Slap Noir'

    BigBoy Medlin's dark comic novel of West Texas: an excerpt

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., July 18, 2014

  • Psychedelic Acid Trope

    Exhibits at the Bullock, Briscoe, and LBJ explore our recall of the Sixties

    By KATE X MESSER, Fri., July 18, 2014

  • Port Authority

    The intertwined monologues of Conor McPherson's drama provide a showcase for three fine Austin actors

    By STACY ALEXANDER SMITH, Fri., July 18, 2014

  • Lysistrata

    The performance of this ancient Greek comedy is inconsistent, but the experience around it makes it worth a visit

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., July 18, 2014

  • Cavatina Duo

    The performance by this guitar-flute duo was equal parts intensity and grace – with rich and complex musicianship

    By NATALIE ZELDIN, Fri., July 18, 2014

  • Seventh Heaven

    Michelle Schumann works to keep the Austin Chamber Music Festival fresh

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., July 11, 2014

  • July Is Crime Month: 'Texas Servant Girl Murders'

    PBS's 'History Detectives' tackle Austin's biggest mystery: the unsolved string of killings in 1885

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., July 11, 2014

  • Austin Chamber Musical Festival Sixth Annual Pride Concert

    Was G.F. Handel on your Gaydar?

    By NATALIE ZELDIN, Fri., July 11, 2014

  • Pygmalion

    Shaw's comedy may still be politically charged, but Different Stages' production shows it's also satisfying entertainment

    By STACY ALEXANDER SMITH, Fri., July 11, 2014

  • Let Me See It

    A collection of elegantly wrought stories that follow two cousins, both gay, coming of age during the 1980s AIDS crisis

    By PAUL BONIN-RODRIGUEZ, Fri., July 11, 2014

  • 'The Tesla Project' / 'Lifecycles'

    We need more science – and more art shows inspired by science – as pleasing and stimulating as these two

    By WAYNE ALAN BRENNER, Fri., July 11, 2014

  • Lone Star (In)Justice

    Tales of true crime and made-up mayhem from deep in the heart of Texas

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., July 4, 2014

  • 2014 AUSTIN CHRONICLE SHORT STORY CONTEST

    • 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

  • TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL 2011

    • 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

      By KIMBERLEY JONES, AUDRA SCHROEDER, WAYNE ALAN BRENNER, CINDY WIDNER, JAY TRACHTENBERG, JAMES RENOVITCH AND RICHARD WHITTAKER, Fri., Jan. 7, 2011

  • 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