Daily Arts: Limelight
Exploring the "Other"
A familiar twinge of discomfort arises watching The Explorers Club at Austin Playhouse, the kind you get when you’re genuinely not sure if it’s okay to laugh. The comedy features a tribal character named Luigi, a shirtless warrior covered in blue and white paint, sporting a flamboyant mohawk, and speaking gibberish.

4:30PM Wed. Apr. 20, Shanon Weaver Read More | Comment »

Kaci and the Wagakkiband: A SXSW Interview
Before those well-dressed forces of nature that comprise Wagakkiband rocked the adoring crowd at SXSW's Des Moines Embassy last week, Chronicle freelancer (and sometimes cover model) Kaci Beeler stopped by the Zella House lounge to find out what all the buzz was about.

1:05PM Wed. Mar. 23, Kaci Beeler and Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

2016 High School Musical Nominees
The T-shirts told the tale: "Eat. Theatre. Sleep. Repeat." How else to explain the insane level of energy in the Long Center before breakfast last Friday? The young thespians there were as jacked up at 7am as their pigskin-minded peers are under the Friday night lights. The cause: The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards nominations.

1:45PM Wed. Mar. 9, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Staple! The Independent Media Expo Returns
It’s the dozenth year for this local expo of comics-focused indie media and geekish party action that’s, as ever, wrangled by the sideburned provocateur they call Uncle Staple. And, yes, this year’s Staple! is loaded with enough diverse goodness to vibrate your molecules beyond the mundane world’s usual walls of ennui.

10:00AM Wed. Feb. 24, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Spectrum Theatre's Tribute to Boyd
African-American theatre in Austin is getting a major boost these days, and one of the reasons is Spectrum Theatre Company, a nonprofit recently formed by theatre artists who have been treading the boards for 25 years and more. And this weekend, they salute an old friend who made their cause his life's work, the late, great Boyd Vance.

12:20PM Fri. Jan. 15, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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Think Giftily, Shop Locally: Five Things & More
Doesn't matter what particular holiday you subscribe to at this time of year, citizen, one fact is inescapable: It's the goddam gift-giving season again.

11:30AM Tue. Nov. 24, 2015, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

St. Marks Is Dead Is Alive & Well In Austin, Texas
You get a lot of people talking about what Austin's become or what it's currently becoming – as if, up to this point, it had been reassuringly static, was formerly some pluperfect and unchanging city-in-amber – you get people talking about the ATX, eventually somebody throws in the word "hipster."

10:30AM Tue. Nov. 3, 2015, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Stars and Stripes Forever!
Sure, sure, the fireworks are what everyone wants to hear about on the Fourth, but what good's all that rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air without John Stafford Smith's melody and Francis Scott Key's lyrics to swell our hearts with patriotic pride? What kind of Independence Day would it be without a rousing fix of patriotic music?

12:31PM Fri. Jul. 3, 2015, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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