Articulations

In Memoriam

Another longtime friend of Capitol City Playhouse has died. Ken Murphy, a devoted volunteer for that theatre, passed away Friday, November 1, at the age of 46. Murphy worked for the Internal Revenue Service, but he was well known outside that agency for his involvement in Austin's volunteer community. He contributed to AIDS Services of Austin, Project Transitions, and the Paramount Theatre, as well as Cap City. But it was at the Playhouse that Murphy had made some of his most public contributions of late. Within the past month, he had presided over the memorial service for Cap City founder Michel Jaroschy and had given a brief curtain speech prior to the opening of Cap City's current production of The Glass Menagerie. Murphy is survived by his wife Peggy. A celebration of Murphy's life will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Sunday, November 10, 2pm.

Still Arts Week

The Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) is getting more out of a week than most of us do; this year, the BCA started its annual Arts Week on November 2, but it's keeping it going a full nine days, which means you have through this weekend to help our corporate friends recognize and promote the arts' contributions to our community. On Saturday, November 9, surf the local visual art scene on the "Artrageous Tour of Galleries, Studios, and Salons." Between 10am and 6pm, participants will visit 15 venues via Capital Metro's 'Dillo. For info on departure times and stops, call 322-5688. The concluding event of the week, hosted by Book People, is the Austin Free Poetry Festival, featuring more than 80 different wordsmiths performing their own work. The event is Sunday, November 10, 10am-10pm, at the bookstore, 603 N. Lamar. For more info, see the sidebar in the "Books" section (p. 36, this issue), or call 441-0807.

Grant Scores

The Public Domain has recently been awarded a grant for $2,500 from the Ray C. Fish Foundation of Houston. The foundation has provided previous support to the Congress Avenue-based theatre company, for operational support and technical equipment. This year's grant is dedicated to the purchase of lighting instruments, which Artistic Director Robi Polgar says will give the group and the guest producers who also use the space "the opportunity to stretch our creative muscles with some terrific technical equipment." For more info, call 474-6202.

Worthy Causes

HOBO, Austin's resource center for people who are homeless, hosts its fourth annual Art From the Streets art sale Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10, noon-5pm, at the HOBO center, Second & San Antonio. Artwork by HOBO clients will be for sale -- most only $25 -- with proceeds benefiting the artists. For more info, call 306-9700. Send literary, performing, and visual arts news to: "Articulations," PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765 or onstage@auschron.com

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