Treasure Buried Again
A Scholarship for the Dean
For half a century, John Bustin told the city what was going on on Austin's stages. His generosity and devotion to the theatre earned him the honorary title of "dean" of local critics. Now, a local university theatre program wants to honor this "dean" more formally: through an endowed scholarship in his memory. The Mary Moody Northen Theatreat St. Edward's University, which Bustin was instrumental in getting off the ground in the early Seventies, wants to establish an annual scholarship to a St. Edward's theatre major who shows "exemplary talent and devotion to the program." Organizers hope to raise $100,000. Anyone wishing to contribute may call 448-8483.
They turned out by the hundreds to say so long to the gal who helped put Austin on MTV but who's leaving Shangri-La on the Colorado for the City of Angels. Tuesday, September 8, Laura House, local comic and star of the late cable series Austin Stories, threw a big going-away party for herself at the Capitol City Comedy Club, with performances by many of her friends in the comedy scene, a few friends who weren't in the comedy scene, and a few members of the comedy scene who weren't friends but who House wanted to see onstage before seeking her fortune in biz-heavy L.A. At least 13 comics contributed short solo sets and another two dozen performers appeared in assorted 10-minute segments of sketch comedy and improv. If it sounds long, it was: more than three hours. But hey, saying goodbye isn't always quick, especially when there are comics involved and the laughs are flowing. With a crowd of 300 in the house — which helped House raise $900 for the SPCA and the AIDS Foundation, favorite charities of House's friend Kevin Maye, who died recently — and a whole lotta love in the room, it's a miracle the show isn't still going on. There may be a little less laughter in town with House away, but count on her to come back, at least for visits. And when you see her, be sure to ask about Monica's mixed tape... maybe the funniest bit about the Big Lewinsky yet.