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Gift Guide: Support Stocking Stuffers

Everyone needs a little help now and then, especially during the holidays – and that's no less true for the artists who call Austin home than anyone else. So as you're pondering what present to present to your loved ones this season, why not consider a gift that also pays off with some support for the folks who keep our city a creative capital? Read More | Comment »

5:29PM Wed. Dec. 10, Robert Faires

For Russia, With Love

Christmas came a little early for Conspirare this year. On Friday, the Austin-based professional vocal ensemble was handed its sixth Grammy nomination – a nod in the Best Choral Performance category for The Sacred Spirit of Russia, a CD it released on Harmonia Mundi in February. Read More | Comment »

3:25PM Mon. Dec. 8, Robert Faires

Hollywood, Motherhood, and a Dash of Glamour

Ruby Joule and Sassy DeLure are two busy ladies. As a cofounder of the Jigglewatts Burlesque, Joule balances their Maggie Mae's residency with touring demands. Meanwhile Delure is working on her best of Avant Glam cabaret show, and chasing after her infant daughter. But this weekend, both have big shows with big ideas. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Sat. Nov. 15, Richard Whittaker

Pleasure of the Paynes 2014

The "bitin' pains" – that's now how I'll think of our local theatre awards after hearing their title mangled by the 2014 ceremony's maladroit hosts, a pair of white-faced clowns from the land of stinky cheese. Unable to wrap their Gallic mouths around the name B. Iden Payne, the duo mooshed it around until it became an orthodontic affliction à la TMJ. Read More | Comment »

6:10PM Tue. Nov. 4, Robert Faires

Candidate Forums for the Creative Sector

In this year's historic expansion of the City Council, the creative sector wants to be sure that its role in Austin's economy and quality of life are understood are taken seriously. So the Austin Creative Alliance, Austin Music People, and the Austin Technology Council have teamed to sponsor their own series of candidate forums. Read More | Comment »

4:10PM Tue. Sep. 23, Robert Faires

Still the Fading Stains of Some Bad Improv Blood

Listen: We're not going to get into it here, really. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Thu. Aug. 28, Wayne Alan Brenner

Down the Rabbit Hole With Avant Glam

The stage is lovely, dark, and deep, but Sassy Delure and the performers of Avant Glam Cabaret have promises to keep, and miles to go before they sleep. This weekend, they prowl Spiderhouse Ballroom with their new show, Dark Dreams and Magical Creatures. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Fri. Aug. 1, Richard Whittaker

The Return of the Champ

Mick Foley is a legend in the wrestling community. The hardcore icon, the reckless daredevil, the master of Hell in a Cell and the Japanese death match, a former WWE world champion. He's also a respected stand-up storyteller, a multiple New York Times bestseller list author, and, as real fans know, a huge fan of Santa Claus. Read More | Comment »

7:00AM Sat. Jul. 12, Richard Whittaker

Austin Symphony's Fourth of July Concert

If you're parked on the shores of Lady Bird Lake eagerly anticipating the Austin Symphony's annual serving up of Sousa and the fireworks that ensue, well, citizen, you have a looooong wait – like about a year. Thanks to the current refurbishment of Auditorium Shores, ASO isn't playing at its usual site this year. It's decamped to a spot farther south. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Fri. Jul. 4

"It Was a Difficult Choice, But..."

The phrase became so common as arts writer after arts writer tried to explain how deserving all the nominees were before naming the winner in that category's Austin Critics Table award that it became the drinking game for the night: Whenever you hear a critic say, "It was a difficult choice, but...," take a drink. Read More | Comment »

12:50PM Tue. Jun. 3, Robert Faires

Table Banquet

After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2014 Critics Table Awards. Read More | Comment »

12:01AM Thu. May. 8, Robert Faires

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

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