In the two decades it has taken for Cirque du Soleil to reach Austin for the first time, this Montreal-based troupe has not only reinvented circus as performance art but grown into one of the most unexpected and unlikely of entertainment empires.
Just as the success of the first X-Men film has spawned a sequel, so has Free Comic Book Day, and on May 3, 2003, this promotional event for graphic literature -- or funny books, if you will -- will give away more millions of comics about everything from guys in tights trying to save the world to schlubs in offices trying to hold onto their jobs.
Utilizing technology to combine dance and computerized music has come a long way since the Eighties, as can be seen in the 2003 edition of EARS & Feet, the annual UT College of Fine Arts program that pairs student composers with student choreographers to collaborate on a piece.
The grand old troupe of the Austin improv comedy scene is closing its home of six years, and the Texas Commission on the Arts announces the appointments for state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist, and state three-dimensional artist for 2003 and 2004.
"As with any good crime thriller / mystery, the plot -- as chilling as it is -- serves as a subterfuge to explore the darker realms of the hero's psyche," writes Russell Cobb of Stephen Graham Jones' All the Beautiful Sinners, "as well as themes of collective memory and identity." Jones will be at BookPeople on Tuesday, May 6, at 7pm.
"Cvetkovich opened by blasting Le Tigre's punk jam 'Keep on Livin'' from the overhead speakers, then led the audience in yogic chanting," writes Abe Louise Young of the UT professor and literary / social critic's April 25 Book Woman appearance. "'Partly this is about survival, and breath is critical to survival,' she said, bringing the audience to a deep, vibratory tonal convergence that reminded me of Annie Sprinkle's 'group energy orgasm' with a literary tilt."