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Deadline for the Texas State Auditions, Armadillo artist Danny Garrett gets his own day, proposals for the Mueller public art project are presented, and Ann Adams' 'Big Chiller Blues' gets hot press

By Robert Faires, Fri., July 7, 2006

One of Garrett's many masterworks
One of Garrett's many masterworks

Storied Armadillo World Headquarters artist Danny Garrett gets his own day this Sunday, July 9 (or, to put in more fittingly Austintatious terms, 7/09). The honor coincides with "Visual Flights of Fancy," a retrospective look at Garrett's artwork at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. To help Garrett celebrate, Eddie Wilson is hosting a day's worth of events at the site of the old AWHQ, now Threadgill's World Headquarters, Riverside at Barton Springs Road. At 3pm, there's a sale of art and posters by Garrett and fellow Sheauxnough Studio artists Kerry Awn, Henry Gonzalez, Guy Juke, Bill Narum, and Micael Priest. At 5:30pm, the Uranium Savages play, and at 7:09pm, Guy Forsyth takes the stage.

Attention, local actors! Thursday, July 6, is the deadline for getting your résumés and headshots into the Austin Circle of Theaters office for this year's Texas State Auditions. The annual showcase gives professional actors an opportunity to perform before a variety of the state's directors and casting agents. The 2006 auditions, which are open to all Equity and non-Equity actors, will be held Saturday, July 15, at the Jones Auditorium in the Ragsdale Center on the St. Edward's University campus. Audition applications are available at local theatres; the visitor's center, Sixth and Brazos; and www.acotonline.org. For more information, call 247-2531.

When the old Robert Mueller Airport is finally redeveloped, it will feature the largest public art project in Austin to date, and this week Catellus Development Corp. and the city of Austin Art in Public Places program are offering previews of the four proposals for the project in order to solicit public response. The artwork will be installed along the I-35 edge of the project, south of 51st Street, and serve as a gateway to the west entrance of Mueller. the four finalists chosen to submit detailed proposals are: the Art Guys (Houston), Dixie Friend Gay and Rey de la Reza (Houston), Mags Harries and Lajos Heder (Cambridge, Mass.), and Mel Ziegler (Austin). The proposals will be on display at both Clementine Coffee Bar, 2200 Manor, and Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, through Monday, July 10. Images of the proposals will also be available online at www.cityofaustin.org/aipp. Comments may be e-mailed to aipp@ci.austin.tx.us.

Speaking of AIPP, Ann Adams' Big Chiller Blues was selected for the Public Art Network's "2006 Year in Review," honoring the "most exciting, compelling, and innovative public art projects" in the U.S. and beyond. The artwork, commissioned through AIPP, covers 10,000 square feet of two outer walls of the chiller housed in the four-story Austin Convention Center parking garage between East Fifth and East Fourth and Red River and Sabine Streets. It features glass tiles arranged in a pattern that shifts from light blue to dark blue. For more information, visit www.cityofaustin.org/aipp.

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