Daily Arts: Limelight
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 »

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 »

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, 2015, 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, 2015, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

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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, 2015, 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, 2015, 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, 2015, Marjorie Baumgarten Read More | Comment »

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