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Bright Now Beyond

This new musical looks to put a fresh spin on the familiar Land of Oz, but the storytelling isn't always clear

Vecinos

Playwright / actor Rupert reyes pays tribute to his father and the pull of the past in this sweet comic romance

Akiko Kotani: Soft Walls

The two works in this exhibit by Akiko Kotani show two sides of repetitive work and of madness

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  • 'Buy What You Love'

    Collector Glenn Fuhrman on 'A Secret Affair' and living with contemporary art

    By SETH ORION SCHWAIGER, Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

  • 'The Nixon Tapes'

    What historian Douglas Brinkley heard from the 37th President may surprise you

    By ROD MACHEN, Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

  • Vortex Cosplay Expo

    All week, Austin's masters of theatrical fantasy show you how to make an out-of-this-world look

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

  • The Who's Tommy

    Zach's revival of the rock opera takes its cue from Alice in Wonderland, and while vivid, it lacks consistency

    By STACY ALEXANDER SMITH, Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

  • This Is Our Youth

    Punchkin Repertory crafts something special out of the vast "nowhere" in the lives of its three protagonists

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

  • 'Advanced Young Artists: Teen Artist + Mentor Exhibition'

    Advanced Young Artists mentorship program elevates and exposes Austin's budding artists

    By CAITLIN GREENWOOD, Fri., Aug. 8, 2014

  • Keeping Score

    With a bumper crop of musicals onstage in August, musical directors give some notes on what they do

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., Aug. 1, 2014

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe

    Three choreographers take Austin to the Scottish fest that's bigger than SXSW

    By JONELLE SEITZ, Fri., Aug. 1, 2014

  • 'Austin Chronicle' Book Club

    Readers toasted 'The Long Goodbye,' eager to move into 'The Hundred-Year House'

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., Aug. 1, 2014

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    City Theatre's staging of the Rostand classic makes good use of its space and is helmed by a very engaging star

    By ADAM ROBERTS, Fri., Aug. 1, 2014

  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

    This Sixties satire of big business may be showing its age, but Archangel's production gives it some professional pizazz

    By STACY ALEXANDER SMITH, Fri., Aug. 1, 2014

  • 'Drawnonward: Jonathan Gruchawka & Mark Leavens'

    Decay, distress, and destruction are the themes in the multidisciplinary works by these two artists

    By SETH ORION SCHWAIGER, Fri., Aug. 1, 2014

  • Road to Freedom

    The Cost of Art III: How the Fusebox Festival liberated itself from charging admission

    By KATHERINE CATMULL, Fri., July 25, 2014

  • JULY IS CRIME MONTH

    • Patricia Highsmith

      The crime writer's dark world is stranger than (literary) fiction

      By AMY GENTRY, Fri., July 25, 2014

    • 'The Other Side'

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

      By JESSI CAPE, Fri., July 25, 2014

    • Austin Chronicle Book Club: 'The Long Goodbye'

      Share your thoughts about Raymond Chandler with other Chronicle readers in a Twitter chat about The Long Goodbye

      By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., July 25, 2014

  • 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

    By STACY ALEXANDER SMITH, Fri., July 25, 2014

  • '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

    By SETH ORION SCHWAIGER, Fri., July 25, 2014

  • 'Slap Noir'

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

    By ROBERT FAIRES, Fri., July 18, 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