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Mermaids, Then and Now. Especially Now.

Mermaids, we're thinking, are just about to reach a point of supersaturation in this solution of media we're all soaking in. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Thu. Apr. 24, Wayne Alan Brenner

That Humongous Hotel Going Up Next Door to The Hideout Downtown?

Dig it: 32 stories of upscale hostelry, smack up against the historical building that houses The Hideout Theatre and Coffeeshop near Sixth & Congress. Read More | Comment »

2:10PM Mon. Apr. 21, Wayne Alan Brenner

Shake It Like They Taught You in Louisiana

Put away those old sneakers and those misguided jorts. The glamour, the glitz and the va-va-voom of the great shimmy and shake returns tonight as the Texas Burlesque Festival brings some tease back to the Lone Star State. Read More | Comment »

6:44PM Thu. Apr. 10, Richard Whittaker

Your Menuhin Winners

The bows have been put away, the violins returned to their cases, and their owners dispersed to the far corners of the globe. But before they left, the 42 young virtuosos competing in the 2014 Menuhin Competition treated Austin to some extraordinary music over 10 days, and two ultimately earned First Prize honors in the Junior and Senior divisions. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Tue. Mar. 4, Robert Faires

Clay Towery, R.I.P.

Clay Towery was a theater guy. Read More | Comment »

1:15PM Fri. Feb. 14, Wayne Alan Brenner

Help the Vortex Shine On

Twenty-five years is long enough in a human's lifetime, but in a theatre lighting system's, it's Methuseluh territory. So the Vortex Repertory Company – which just hit the quarter-century milestone – isn't making light when it says it needs new illumination. And the Kickstarter campaign it's holding to pay for it ends on Valentine's Day. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Thu. Feb. 13, Robert Faires

Pleasure With the Payne

If show folk across Austin are pulling out their spiffiest duds and stocking up on cash for the bar, it must be time for the B. Iden Payne Awards, our town's longest-running celebration of outstanding work onstage. Tonight's ceremony, starting at 8pm at Stateside at the Paramount, will be the 38th time local thespians have gathered for these honors. Read More | Comment »

5:45PM Tue. Nov. 5, 2013, Robert Faires

Gettin' Buggy With It? Yes: Gettin' Very Buggy With It

First, though, we're gonna tell you about The Dionysium – because it's gone buggy, too. Read More | Comment »

11:35AM Tue. Nov. 5, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Fusebox Goes Free Range

There may still be no such thing as a free lunch, but a free Fusebox Festival? That's coming your way next spring. So says Ron Berry, founder and guiding light of the annual hybrid arts celebration, who made the announcement Tuesday at the French Legation during a preview party for the 10th anniversary edition. In 2014, all shows will be free. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Robert Faires

Postcard From Poland

Why does a theatre festival in Poland rate coverage in The Austin Chronicle? Chiefly because its Arts Editor is one of a dozen or so Americans attending the festival through the generosity of the Center for International Theatre Development, the entity that's helped bring Russian theatre artists to Austin and send our artists to Russia. Read More | Comment »

12:20PM Thu. Oct. 17, 2013, Robert Faires

This Old Haunted House

Daniel McCullough prowls the House of Torment as both its its master and guardian. With the start of the haunting season imminent, he pokes at walls, notes the location of sprinklers, asks his engineering staff what's next on the to-do list. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Fri. Sep. 13, 2013, Richard Whittaker

Survey Says: Creative Spaces Needed

Maybe you recall a survey about creative space needs in Austin conducted last fall by Minneapolis-based nonprofit developer Artspace Projects. Well, the results are in and will be shared with the public at the MACC at 6pm Monday. Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Mon. Jul. 22, 2013, Robert Faires

One-Two Cancer KO

Cancer takes down too many people without a fight, but this week a pair of benefit efforts from theatre artists aim to put the Big C on the ropes and ultimately down for the count. One is a homegrown effort to help a local artist, Robert Matney, the other a national drive, literally, by a pair of Californians that will stop in Austin today and tomorrow. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Wed. Jul. 17, 2013, Robert Faires

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Cast About

Show folk love their libations, and one of the enduring rituals of the theatre is the company going out together for drinks after the performance. Many a friendship and romance – and not a few unfortunate hookups – have begun in the bar while cast and crew hoist a few. Here, some brief reflections on places where local thespians have gone, and go, to drink. Read More | Comment »

6:00PM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Robert Faires

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation

Want to hear some good drinking stories? Ask theatre people. Between their research for playing soused characters, work with blotto colleagues, and post-show pickling, they're, pardon the pun, loaded with yarns, both hilarious and mortifying, about the stages of inebriation. Here, 15 members of the local theatre scene share some of their favorites. Read More | Comment »

5:00PM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Robert Faires

Right Cheer, Right Now: Staging a Comedy of Competitive Cheerleading

All for some wild winner-take-all shenanigans, stand up and holler! Read More | Comment »

4:55PM Wed. Apr. 24, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Changing of the Guard at the Ransom Center

After a quarter of a century at the helm of the Harry Ransom Center, Thomas F. Staley is stepping down on Aug. 31, 2013. Today, the University of Texas announced that his replacement would be Stephen Enniss, head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Read More | Comment »

3:33PM Mon. Apr. 8, 2013, Monica Riese

The Ninth Annual Staple! Independent Media Expo

And it's bigger than ever. Read More | Comment »

10:10AM Wed. Feb. 27, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

'The Lion King' Is a Feast For the Eyes

Spectacular sets, costumes, and special effects upstage the actors in the touring production of Broadway’s The Lion King, currently running at the Bass Concert Hall through Feb. 10. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Thu. Jan. 31, 2013, Eli Black

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