The Rude Mechs take Lipstick Traces to Europe, Austin Civic Wind Ensemble finds a new conductor, Mexic-Arte makes art for the bus station, and the city is looking for artists to mark up South Congress.

Lipstick Traces World Tour?

For the Rude Mechs, "today Austin, tomorrow the world" has ceased to be just a slogan. The Austin theatre collective that made a hit stage adaptation of the can't-be-adapted book Lipstick Traces, then took it to New York, the Midwest, and the West Coast, is taking it to Austria. The Rudes are giving Lipstick Traces its European premiere this weekend as part of the Sommerszene Festival, a four-week festival of dance, theatre, and music in Salzburg. Lipstick Traces runs Saturday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 15. For more info, visit

Baton Up!

Congratulations to Paul N. Crockett on his appointment as conductor for the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, Austin's oldest community band. Crockett, the associate director of bands at Westwood High School, Round Rock ISD, succeeds maestro Rick Glascock, who directed the ensemble for six years. Crockett has also directed bands at schools in Austin and Tyler. He will lead the ACWE and its 50 amateur musician members at its next concert in November as part of the annual "Feast of Sharing" Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by HEB. For more information, visit

Take Greyhound and See the Art

Very soon, Austin's Greyhound bus terminal will be one more venue for local art. That's because Greyhound Lines Inc. has a Greyhound Community Reflections Mural Program through which the company, the National Council of La Raza, and our own Mexic-Arte Museum are creating a mural for permanent display at the bus station. Artist Fidencio Duran will lead a group of student artists from Martin Middle School to create a mural that will "capture the pride and influence of Latinos in the Austin community." Work on the mural will take place at the NCLR Annual Conference on July 12, 11am-3pm; July 13, 11:30am-3pm; July 14, 9:30am-5pm; July 15, 9am-noon at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez.

More Art for South Congress

Here's your chance to make your mark on South Congress, literally. The city's Art in Public Places program is looking for a professional artist in Austin to "design integral streetscape enhancements" for the popular strip south of the river. Working with the city consultant, the artist will have a chance to express something of the street's history and "unique sense of place" through such elements as light fixtures, paving patterns, tree grates, shading devices, and/or street graphics. He or she should expect to gather input from the community. An information meeting on the project will take place Tuesday, July 15, 5:30pm, at Texas Folklife Resources, 1317 S. Congress. Deadline for submission is Aug. 20. Detailed project information and submission instructions can be found at

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Rude Mechs, Lipstick Traces, Sommerszene Festival, Paul N. Crockett, Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, Westwood High School, Round Rock ISD, Rick Glascock, Feast of Sharing, HEB, Greyhound Lines Inc., Greyhound Community Reflections Mural Program, National Council of La Raza, Mexic-Arte Museum, Fidencio Duran, Martin Middle School, South Congress, Art in Public Places Program, Texas Folklife Resources

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