Daily Arts: Limelight
Quinton, Meet Hamilton
Hey, Austin, if you can spare a minute today to wish an actor "Good show" – say, with a shout (or tweet) of "Break a leg!" or "Merde!" – kindly direct it up toward NYC. I'm sure J. Quinton Johnson would appreciate a bit of encouragement from the ATX before he hits the stage in his first official performance in the Broadway cast of Hamilton.

10:30AM Fri. Jan. 6, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

In Memoriam: Linalice Carey
When Linalice Carey began making theatre in Austin, the spaces were small and far from glamorous. But that never stopped this intrepid producer/director/actor/writer/puppeteer/ entrepreneur from creating stage magic in them. Now, this landmark figure in the city's theatre scene from the Sixties to the Eighties has died. She was 95.

4:08PM Fri. Nov. 11, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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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, 2016, 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, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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 »

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