Getting Seen

What's that they say about New York? If you can make it there.... One of our own is pretty darn close to doing that. Playwright/performer/director Amparo Garcia -- Renee in the Capitol City Playhouse production of Dark Rapture, Luz in Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre's staging of Unmerciful Good Fortune, author of A Roomful of Men, which she just performed in FronteraFest '97 -- is having her new play, Under a Western Sky, staged Off-Broadway this spring. INTAR and The Women's Project are co-producing this drama that weaves the ghostly figure of Georgia O'Keefe into a tale of gang rape in a South Texas town. Garcia flies off to the Big Apple next week to attend auditions for the production and work out script revisions with director Loretta Greco. Opening night is April 24. In the meantime, Garcia is anticipating the publication of A Roomful of Men in the anthology Stages of Life: Latinas in Teatro, to be published soon by Smith College.

Getting Seen

Speaking of FronteraFest, the performance jamboree is doing turn-'em-away business again this year, with even more folks getting hooked on this super showcase of short-form theatre, dance, and poetry (and I'm not saying that just because I did a piece this year; I've been addicted to the Fest for ages). Someone who went recently and was not turned away was Spalding Gray. The monologist, in town to perform his latest, It's a Slippery Slope, at the Paramount Theatre, joined the F@HP crew at a post-show party honoring Charter Donors to its new "Frontera Commissions" program. The next night, Gray was still here and, at the urging of Paramount Marketing Director Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, came to see for himself what the Frontera bunch was really up to. According to Alvarado-Dykstra, the artist was glad he came: "He was happy to see all the theatre burgeoning here." The Frontera Fest Open Festival concludes this weekend; next Tuesday kicks off the week of the "Best of the Fest." For info, call 452-6688.

Death 'n' You Know What

Tax time, art friends -- do you know where your deductions are? If not, here's an easy way to find out. Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance of Austin is presenting "Tax Filing for Artists," two hours of info that can tell you what you need to declare, what you can deduct, even what to call yourself in the "Occupation" slot. A panel of some of the area's best arts-oriented accountants will field questions. All you have to do is ask. This free seminar takes place Saturday, February 15, 10am-noon, at The Public Domain Gallery, 807 Congress. For more info, call 476-4458.

Worthy Causes

The Austin Circle of Theatres, that friendly arts umbrella that provides services to area performers, is having a laugh-a-minute fundraiser, Comedy Tonight, featuring stand-up from Abby November's Comedy Angels (With Boys), on Sunday, February 16, 7pm, at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center, 1421 W. Riverside Dr. For info, call 454-TIXS.

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