Daily Arts: Limelight
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, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Everything Is Exemplary
For 22 years, the critics have been the ones handing out the honors at their annual presentation of awards for outstanding artistic achievements, but this year the Critics Tables were turned, so to speak. Los Outsiders, in accepting their award for Outstanding Group Gallery Exhibition, dispensed awards of their own creation to the critics.

8:01PM Wed. Jun. 3, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

When Magic is a Real Darling
TV and concert producer Patrick Terry recently put together another spectacle of magic and humor in the wake of his sold-out Wondershow at the Vortex, but did this one succeed?

1:00PM Mon. May 11, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Scott McCloud in Austin with The Sculptor this Weekend
Scott McCloud of Understanding Comics fame has a new book out from First Second this week – and he'll be presenting it in Austin on Sunday.

11:00AM Wed. Feb. 4, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Multilingual in Movement
Dance is its own language, with a specific vocabulary, set of phrases, and idioms. So when audience members aren't native speakers, parsing the nuances of that language can be a challenge. How does one distinguish whether the quality of the movement is mediocre, good, or great? With Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, there's no question.

1:55PM Mon. Jan. 26, Andrew Long Read More | Comment »

Talking Trash
UPDATE: Because Austinites have shown so much love for the film Trash Dance, the producers of America Reframed, which is currently streaming it online, want to make sure all Chronicle readers get a chance to see it. Click on the viewing link at the bottom of this post to watch it for free through Jan. 28.

10:25AM Tue. Jan. 13, Marjorie Baumgarten Read More | Comment »

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All the Way With LBJ's Play
In two years, Robert Schenkkan's LBJ drama All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now a sequel, The Great Society, is up and running at OSF.

2:45PM Thu. Oct. 9, 2014, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Loading Up The Method Gun
The Rude Mechs are calling the version of The Method Gun that they're performing at the University of Texas this week the "final" one. And that's saying something. These are folks who started developing this project in the fall of 2006 and spent more than three years refining it and refining it until they felt they had it right.

4:45PM Wed. Sep. 10, 2014, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

The Road to Urinetown
They knew it was a stinker of a title. They even had one of their characters mock it in the script. But even calling their show Urinetown: The Musical couldn't keep audiences away or keep theatres all across the land – like Austin's City Theatre right now – from mounting it. So what do its creators think about the show's unlikely success?

11:30AM Sat. Aug. 30, 2014, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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