Arts & Entertainment


Galleries

Artplex (130) 1705 Guadalupe, 474-7799. Artplex houses the Artist's Coalition of Austin (ACA) and their gallery, the offices of the Austin Visual Arts Assocation (AVAA), and a variety of artists' studios. ACA also provides darkroom access at monthly rates (info: 323-0872) and hosts life-drawing sessions (info: 443-6341); and both the ACA and AVAA present exciting new exhibitions by up-and-coming artists.

http://austin.citysearch.com/E/V/AUSTX/0005/63/30/cs1.html

Galería Sin Fronteras (125) 1701 Guadalupe, 478-9448. This gallery takes its moniker seriously (Gallery Without Borders), and sponsors some of the finest exhibitions of work coming from not only the local area, but from across the U.S. (particularly L.A.) and Mexico. It consistently shows quality contemporary artwork, bringing in both well-established and fresh, new artists.

http://austin.citysearch.com/E/V/AUSTX/0003/65/67/cs1.html

Huntington Art Gallery (Art Building) (X) 471-7324. With over 12,500 works of art, the Huntington is one of the top 10 university art museums in the U.S. The permanent collection features distinguished works of Western European and American Art. Both galleries also sponsor a variety of student and established artist's exhibitions, art gallery tours, talks and slide shows, programs by artists and art professionals, and more.

http://www.utexas.edu/cofa/hag/

Huntington Art Gallery (Harry Ransom Center) (D) 471-7324. With over 12,500 works of art, the Huntington is one of the top 10 university art museums in the U.S. The permanent collection features distinguished works of Western European and American Art. Both galleries also sponsor a variety of student and established artist's exhibitions, art gallery tours, talks and slide shows, programs by artists and art professionals, and more.

http://www.utexas.edu/cofa/hag/

Lyons Matrix Gallery (129) 1712 Lavaca, 479-0068 or 479-6118. LyonsMatrix hosts fine artwork by established contemporary artists from across the U.S., while concurrently being one of our best promoters of local talent. Works in a variety of media are featured regularly, with a particular emphasis on painting and sculpture.

http://www.LyonsMatrix.com/

R. Peeples, Jr., Gallery (133) 1708 Guadalupe, 457-1052. Upscale furniture with a form-follows-function philosophy. Only open Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment.

Women & Their Work Gallery (128)
1710 Lavaca, 477-1064.
The name says it all -- the gallery (and non-profit organization of the same name) sponsors fine, contemporary, and folk art by women of all stripes. They also host an annual holiday art bazaar featuring a vast array of fine art and crafts by local artists.

http://austin.citysearch.com/E/V/AUSTX/0002/08/32/cs1.html


Fun for All

Einstein's Video Arcade (D23)
2310 Guadalupe, 480-0544.
It doesn't take a genius to know what this place specializes in.

Le Fun Video Arcade (D17) 2200 Guadalupe, 478-3509. French for "under 18." Grab your skateboards and fill your baggy pants pockets with quarters, Le Fun offers some of the latest and greatest in video arcade games.

KXAN (2) 908 W. MLK, 476-3636. Affiliated with NBC -- the nightly news is just around the corner.

Powerplay (25) Dobie Mall, 1st floor, 2021 Guadalupe, 472-2997. Laid-back arcade -- a bit less intense than those on the Drag. Plus, they have air hockey and pool.

Union Underground (A) Texas Union, 24th & Guadalupe, 475-6670. No longer the orange-and-brown, mid-Seventies monstrosity that it once was, the Union Underground is now light, airy, and full of neon. But it still smells the same. Great hourly pool rates, especially on weekdays.

http://www.utexas.edu/student/txunion/underground/


Live Music

Bates Recital Hall (P) The most prominent campus venue for chamber music, a 700-seat hall that's home to the mighty, mighty Visser-Rowland organ -- 5,315 pipes of power.

Cactus Cafe (A) Texas Union, 24th & Guadalupe, 475-6515. The crown jewel in Austin's folk music scene, the Cactus -- tucked away in the southwestern corner of the Texas Union -- has played a pivotal role in the careers of Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and many others. The tiny beer & coffee bar is only a little larger than your living room, and just as intimate.

Dog & Duck Pub (132) 406 W. 17th, 479-0598. 28 bottles of draught on the wall, 40 more bottles to drink. Take one down, pass it around... don't get hit by a dart on the wall...

Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center (K) Circus elephants, Monkees, and Longhorns, not at the same time, but in the same place: Austin's center for really big shows. Men's & women's basketball, plus the women's volleyball team's three biggest games of the year (the rest are in the Rec Sports building).

http://www.utexas.edu/admin/erwin/

Hole in the Wall Arcade & Restaurant (D48) 2538 Guadalupe, 472-5599. Starting with Sunday night's Free-for-All, cruising through the weeknights with both acoustic and loud, loud music, the Hole works for the weekend with blow-out three-band bills on their teeny stage. The picture window is fun for catching the curious and the inebriated.

Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Concert Hall (V) Carnegie on the Colorado. A palatial 3,000-seat performance facility that hosts the really big shows and show folk who come to town. Upcoming presentations include James Galway with the Tokyo String Quartet, Twyla Tharp, and the national tour of Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Also home to Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony, and Ballet Austin.

Nasty's (260) 606 Maiden, 453-4349. Do they try to live up to their name? Nasty's presents local music on Wed. and Sat. nights, but don't miss their location, nestled all nasty behind Guadalupe.

Saengerrunde Hall (143) 1607 San Jacinto, 478-1411. Next door to Scholz Garten, this place has been a focal point for Austin's sizable German community for years. Numerous private events are held there, and one Saturday a month, it's the place to be for polka dancing.

Scholz Garten (142) 1607 San Jacinto, 474-1958. Live music. Legislators, government workers, and students began rubbing shoulders at this old German biergarten only a few decades after Texas became a state. Heckuva venue to polka off the extra pounds put on from all that brew.

Showdown Saloon (65) 2610 Guadalupe,
472-2010.
Working-class hangout complete with stein club and a wide selection on the jukebox. Try happy hour from 2-7pm daily or chug a beer during happy minutes. Nine premium microbrews on tap.

Texas Tavern (A) Texas Union, 24th & Guadalupe. Once a hub of the alternative rock scene in Austin, the Tavern ceased to host live music earlier this decade, and is now just a good place inside the Texas Union to grab a brew after class -- provided you're old enough, that is.

Union Ballroom (A) Texas Union, 24th & Guadalupe. The enormous ballroom in the heart of the Texas Union has multiple functions, hosting many a student event, informal class, lecture, and concert. When folk acts get too big, the Cactus Cafe often books them here.

Hogg Auditorium (C) The antique among UT performance halls, which had fallen into disrepair and been removed from active service. But the PAC is reviving it this season as the venue for its "World Music" series, with concerts by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Solas, Oumou Sangare, and Ali Hassan Kuban.


Stage

Ballet Austin (240) 3002 Guadalupe, 476-9051. With the help of choreographer Lambros Lambrou and a stellar ad campaign, this company has blossomed.

http://www.pswtech.com/arts/ballet/

Batts Hall (E) Lecture hall that occasionally does double duty as a theatre, for student-generated productions by such groups as The Broccoli Project and Rare Creations, and the annual German-language production by the Department of Germanic Languages.

Dobie Theatre (25) Dobie Mall, 2nd floor,
2021 Guadalupe, 472-FILM.
The Dobie Theatre is Austin's only independent premiere movie theatre. The venue has provided a longtime home for independent films and mainstream alternatives. The theatre recently expanded to four screens, each auditorium boasting a different architectural theme, and their concession stand offers the most varied treats in town. Free parking is available in the Dobie Mall parking garage if you bring your ticket to the theatre for validation.

F. Loren Winship Drama Building (Y) Where Theatre & Dance Department students strut and fret their hour upon UT's stage. Two stages, actually: the aptly dramatic B. Iden Payne Theatre (just 500 seats but in big and open and showy theatre) and the modest but flexible Theatre Room (225 seats, thrust-style, in a tall, boxy room).

Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Concert Hall (V) Carnegie on the Colorado. A palatial 3,000-seat performance facility that hosts the really big shows and show folk who come to town. Upcoming presentations include James Galway with the Tokyo String Quartet, Twyla Tharp, and the national tour of Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Also home to Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony, and Ballet Austin.

Performing Arts Center (V), 471-1444. UT's happy family of theatre spaces and recital halls -- from big daddy Bass Concert Hall (3,000 seats) to baby sis Theatre Room (225 seats) -- and offices which book, coordinate, and oversee them.

http://www.utexas.edu/pac/

Planet Theater (324) 2307 Manor, 478-5282 . The Planet hosts events like nude cyberopera, gender-bent Romeo & Juliet, and international sex-goddess Annie Sprinkle. Whatever planet they're on, may we come too?

http://www.hyperweb.com/planett/planett.html

Ralph & Ruth McCullough Theatre (V) Good things in small packages. This most petite of PAC theatres (400 seats) is the most charming -- a spacious, stylish proscenium with compact and cozy seating before it. Home to most UT Opera Theatre productions and host to fine local and visiting dance companies.

Texas Union Theatre (A) Texas Union, 24th & Guadalupe, 476-6666 (for daily schedule info). Serving the general public as well as the campus community, the Texas Union film program includes everything from recent Hollywood titles to American and foreign arthouse fare, classic titles from the past, to oodles of Hong Kong chopsocky flicks. Season passes are available.

http://www.utexas.edu/student/txunion/film/

Utopia Theatre (M) By day a lecture hall in the School of Social Work, by night a shoestring theatre for campus-based companies who want to put on a show. Limited amenities but the groups -- The Broccoli Project, Theatre Collective, Rare Creations, et al. -- can make it worth a trip.

7th Flame Smoke Shop (317) 1809 Manor Rd. 474-1303. A smoker's hangout and performance art haven nestled up against Manor Road Coffeehouse.


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Original publication date: 8/29/97
Last udpated online: 8/29/97