Payne Nominees

The Austin Circle of Theatres (ACoT) has announced the nominees for its 1995-96 B. Iden Payne Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in local stage productions during the past year. This year's list includes 184 nominations in 30 categories. Receiving the most recognition for their work this year are the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, with 32 nominations, and Live Oak Theatre, 27 nominations. The most honored productions on the list are Avenue X (Zachary Scott Theatre Center), 14 nominations; Rebel Yells (Remembrance Through the Performing Arts) and The Shoemaker and the Elves (Children of Light Players), 11 nominations each; and The Sisters Rosensweig (Zachary Scott Theatre Center, 10 nominations). It was a good year for Allen Robertson -- he scored four nominations for Outstanding Musical Direction -- and for actor-directors; Freddy Carnes, Jill Parker-Jones, Ken Webster, and Joe York were all honored in both performances and direction categories. The nominations will be voted on by the ACoT membership and the awards presented on Sunday, September 22, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets are $25. For info, call 499-8388.

Tuna Fantastick

Star thespians Jaston Williams and Joe Sears have a hard time shedding the skirts of their Tuna plays. Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas, created with pal Ed Howard, are in such demand that the duo still can't retire the original (the next "farewell tour" plays the Paramount Theatre September 3-8) and they can play Christmas in most any season. Still, every so often, the actors manage to sneak into a Tuna-free play; they're doing one now: The Fantasticks, another "show that won't die" with local ties (creators Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt are UT alums). But to see it you have to go to Fort Worth. It runs at Casa Mañana there through September 1, with no plans to stage the show in Austin at present. Sigh. See "Art of the State" for more info.

Talking Printmaking

Women & Their Work hosts a panel on "Perspectives on Printmaking," in conjunction with its exhibit, Women in Print: Prints From 3M by Contemporary Printmakers, running through September 14 at its 1718 Lavaca gallery. The panel will be moderated by Katherine Brimberry of Flatbed Press and will include Connie Arismendi, Melissa Miller, Lillian Garcia-Roig, Anne Marie Pavlik, and Arleen Polite. The panel will be held Thursday, August 22,
6-7:30pm, at W&TW. Call 477-1064 for info.

Worthy Causes

Artists Legal & Accounting Assistance hosts a garage sale this weekend to raise funds to help defray the costs of providing an estimated $300,000 in pro bono legal and accounting services every year. The sale will be held Saturday, August 24, 8am-noon, at 4209 Avenue A. For info, call 476-4458. Send literary, performing, and visual arts news to: "Articulations," PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765 or

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