Austin is hosting the 40th national conference of the Society for Photographic Education, which aims to consider how the United States has been represented by photographers in the past and where photographers need to focus their attention in the future.
When pianist Paul Badura-Skoda plays classical music of centuries past, he strips away the centuries of romantic interpretation and provides us with the beauty and lively spirit of the music as it was originally heard.
In his large charcoal drawing Rock n' Roll, Drugs and Sex, artist Randy Twaddle reverses a familiar phrase and places it on a curling banner floating through a dark and grimy background, making it an example of verbal recycling in an otherwise wasted landscape.
The stars come out at the Paramount when the Texas Medal of the Arts Awards are given, and the Bastrop Opera House shoots for a national title in the American Association of Community Theatres competition.
George W. Bush refuses to put our money where his mouth is in matters of domestic defense, even though all the experts testify that America is as vulnerable to major terrorist attacks today as it was on 9 / 11.
We're not reviewing Amanda Eyre Ward's debut novel, Sleep Toward Heaven, and we're not interviewing her as an author, either, because she has contributed to The Austin Chronicle for more than three years. It would be a conflict of interest. We are, however, excerpting an early chapter of the book, and we are proud and happy to do so.
'Portis' characters are painfully human; they are often complicated, sometimes plain wretched, and always worth the price of admission," writes Anne Harris of the great man's True Grit. "And his frugal comic dexterity can be so subtle as to just whisper beneath catastrophe."
BY ANNE HARRIS
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