Laugh lovers who have been holding their breaths waiting to hear who'll be at SXSW Comedy this year can exhale. The 2017 lineup is out and includes Wyatt Cenac, Wanda Sykes, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Hardwick, Janeane Garofalo, and Dan Harmon, among others.
“Did you not know that God is a Nigerian drag queen?” Rotimi Agbabiaka said as he emerged from the curtains during his awe-inspiring single-actor play, Type/Caste. His bold solo performance moved a full-house audience to a well-deserved standing ovation Thursday night at the Vortex as part of the 2017 OUTsider Festival.
Nov. 5, 1987: Sandy Carson attends his first proper gig, Anthrax and Testament, at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Oct. 29, 2011: Same acts, but Austin – Emo’s. Carson’s there again, yet our mad metal mosher has now crossed the barricade as a professional photographer. Instead of being in the pit, he’s chronicling it.
National transgender activist Sandy Stone, one of Austin's most underrated and influential artists, will be accepting the OUTsider Legacy Award of 2017 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of her academic paper The Empire Strikes Back: The Posttransexual Manifesto.
The woods can be terrifying – full of mysterious creatures, eerie sounds, and cell service dead zones. But as Curran Nault, founder and artistic director of Austin’s OUTsider Festival, points out, the woods can also be “a stripped-down space for renewal,” an escape from the incessant chatter of social media and the news cycle.
Listen: Two girls are trapped in a great secret maze that links all the mirrors of the world. Deep in this surreal place, a being born from reflections and fractures threatens to devour the maze from within – including those two sisters and every bird on Earth.
We know, we know: Seems like everything’s for sale nowadays, everything’s got a goddamn price on its head, right? Nothing under the sun is open and free for the people, especially in these recently benighted, extreme-capitalism times?
Well, no. That’s not completely true.
Ottessa Moshfegh is going to show her face in Austin’s favorite bookstore on Tuesday and it won’t be too difficult for you to catch a glimpse – because the thing’s always right there, as faces tend to be, on the front of her head.