"...It's the task of nearly 500 members of the national organization Dance/USA – choreographers, company directors, arts administrators, marketing professionals, fundraisers, and others who work to create, fund, present, and advocate for dance – to consider these questions when they convene in Austin for the organization's eighth annual conference. Why Austin? For starters, the organization is bestowing its Champion Award on local philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler, whose Butler Family Fund has been a key supporter of Austin's dance, music, and opera organizations for nearly two decades..."
"...Flesh against earth, faces framed by foliage, the arc of an arm through a night sky, briefly sweeping away starlight - these are the concerns of Sally Jacques and have been for years. But they are not merely private concerns; Jacques has harvested them for the benefit of all of Austin..."
"...David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel, The Pale King, went on sale today nationally, but lucky you, Austin reader peoples, you get to celebrate the release with a special event at the Harry Ransom Center, which acquired Wallace's archive in 2010...."
"...1) Cult of Color: Call to Color (Ballet Austin) So Ballet Austin took a creation myth from the complexly warped imagination of visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, had composer Graham Reynolds of the Golden Arm Trio write a score, and presented it live with choreography by Stephen Mills? Sure, that's the sort of thing one sees every day, isn't it? Good lord, no, not even in Austin: It was as spectacular and compelling as it was unique, with costumes and movements and music vividly embodying Hancock's trippy vision onstage and providing a glimpse into a weird world beyond our own. Also, we'd give our left nut to own that fully sewn backdrop...."
"...If 2006 had Austin's artists dancing 80 feet in the air, what feats are in store for us in 2007? The Chronicle dishes about the future with three of the people who are sure to be big players in the year to come: actress Lee Eddy (Salvage Vanguard Theater/St. Idiot Collective), choreographer Robin Lewis (TexARTS/Zachary Scott Theatre Center), and actor/composer Adam Sultan (Salvage Vanguard Theater)...."
"...But, hey, it hasn't been all bad -- certainly not in Austin. Believe it or not, our city actually led the way in some arts innovations in 1995..."
"...Austin film lovers who packed the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar during the opening weekend of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had no idea the lengths to which the staff had gone to provide them with a unique food and film experience. Chefs John Bullington and James Holmes had designed two menus to complement the film: a Chocolate Feast for special screenings and Violet Beauregard's Chewing Gum Meal available on weekend nights (see menus, p.48)..."
"...1) EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR The 10th EAST – of which Big Medium is the instigator and the epicenter – was better than ever, with so many open studios and strange happenings all across the sunrise side of the ATX, no matter what one's haircut looked like for a while...."
"...In the Nineties, Austin's cultural scene could afford to dream big. The city was riding high on high tech, and so much money was flowing that even arts groups were seeing the green..."
"...Top Ten Multimedia Happenings of 1995 Dave Evans, Vice President of Digital Voodoo, Inc., an Austin online content developer, and 1994-95 President of Austin Area Multimedia Alliance, an organization formed to promote and support multimedia professionals in Austin...."
"...Rebecca Rucker has spent the last six years in Austin, but she's decided she'd rather continue her career beneath the smoggy skies of her native Houston than suffer any more of Austin's "quality of life." She was just past the age of 40 when she moved here in 1995 to be near her parents. After a handful of career changes, Rucker had become so adept at surfing the professional job market that she decided to get licensed as a career counselor and open her own firm..."
"...31. That's when First Night Austin unleashes dozens of area artists on the heart of the city to work their creative wonders on the urban landscape..."
"...Port Austin, the turbo-hyped "national broadband expo" where "suits, boots, and techies" were supposed to collectively "plug into the future of broadband content and technology," has been unplugged, at least for now...."
"...Chris Richards is the pop music critic for the Washington Post. For the past four springs, his gig ushered him south into the warm civic embrace Austin offers its South by Southwest guests..."
"...Austin Chronicle: Is it difficult setting up an event amidst all the SXSW craziness? When do you start planning?..."
"...• The Eighth Annual Austin "Green" Holiday Party is Thu., Dec. 3, 6-10pm, at Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle..."
"...The story of Austin could never be told from start to finish. Sure, Austin is a place moving through time, and that's a natural progression, but try and fashion that into a narrative..."
"...What am I saying?! Every year the boundary where SXSW begins blurs a little bit more, and since the Interactive Festival will be gearing up by the time many of you read this, this week's paper is actually the second of threeSXSW issues; Interactive was last week, the Film Festival gets the spotlight this week, and music is next week. This one is, however, the last issue appearing before next Wednesday's Austin Music Awards show, featuring Meg Hentges, the Resentments, Reckless Kelly with Joe Ely, Kinky Friedman, Davíd Garza,and Monte Warden with the Austin Family Robison..."
"..."That's the moment when Tugg clicked for me," Kelley notes. He'd caught the video gaming documentary at the 2011 Austin Film Festival, and while he knew it would have a wide audience, it was still niche enough that it would be a tough sell..."
"...Austinites may be familiar with her, she birthed her one-woman show I Look Like an Egg, but I Identify as a Cookie partially in Austin. This was a performance in which she baked cookies for the audience while carrying on a variety of improvisational conversations..."