Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside
Built on the footprint of Palmer Auditorium in part with reclaimed materials from its predecessor, the Long Center opened in 2008. It serves as home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and Austin Opera. Between a marquee setting across the lake from Downtown and civic-minded integration with surrounding areas, the Long has proven transformational. The multi-tiered Dell Hall, the complex’s largest venue, seats 2,442. Even the upper balcony seats provide good sight lines. The hall’s acoustics eliminate dead zones by design and a series of movable banners and curtains enable the room to be custom-tuned for the music at hand.
Tue., Oct. 25, 7:30pm
Aida Cuevas & Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Fri., Oct. 28, 8pm
Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Sat., Oct. 29, 8pm
Straight No Chaser
Tue., Nov. 1, 8pm
Pet Shop Boys
Wed., Nov. 2, 8pm
The B. Iden Payne Awards Council has more than 50 gleaming new trophies to award at this 42nd annual celebration of theatrical arts. Shiny and chrome! (Note: Adult themes, adult language, and nudity; so, not recommended for children.) (Note: Formal "cocktail" attire requested – because, of course, that's so easy for theatre artists to afford, right?) Mon., Oct. 24, 7:30pm. $17.
You know that the Doctor and his companions would pronounce the word as al-oo-min-ee-um – as would anyone in most other parts of the world but here – but you won't be thinking about that as you're dazzled by this wonderment, written and directed by Lior Kalfo, in which "aluminum pipes come to life to illustrate one man’s incredible journey to a parallel universe where there's a planet made entirely of aluminum, a world where the forces of beauty and compassion strive to triumph over the forces of intrigue and fear." (Note: We're voting for Hillary, btw.) Recommended if you think you'd enjoy a high-energy, visually stunning, breathtakingly choreographed spectacle based on a particular chemical element. Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30pm. $27 and up.
The company's newest work is a rhythmic journey based on “taking that first step in changing the world for the better – one step at a time," as created by director/choreographer Acia Gray and some of the world's best young tap dancers. Thu., Oct. 27 - Sun., Nov. 6Oct. 27-Nov. 6. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $23 and up.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra presents kid-friendly tunes with a spooky thrill. Recommended for kids between the ages of 3 and 10. Sun., Oct. 23, 3pm. $15 ($10, kids).
- 2015: Readers Best Downtown View (The Long Center)
- 2015: Readers Best Performance Space (The Long Center)
- 2013: Readers Best Performance Space (The Long Center)
- 2011: Readers Best Downtown View
- 2011: Readers Best Performance Space
- 2010: Readers Best Downtown View (Long Center)
- 2010: Readers Best Performance Space
- 2009: Readers Best New Building (Past Five Years)
- 2009: Readers Best Performance Space (Long Center)
- 2008: Critics Best Structural Update (Stan Haas for the Long Center)
- 2008: Critics Best Room for Listening (Dell Hall at the Long Center)
- 2008: Readers Best Performance Space (The Long Center)