The Blanton chooses designers for its village green, last chance for input on city arts funding changes, and Mr. Sinus' Owen Egerton gets hit by a train
Blanton's Village Green
In something of a follow-up to last week's rundown of local arts construction projects ("Austin's Cultural Makeover," Arts, Feb. 20), the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art has selected Peter Walker and Mel Chin to collaborate on the design of the plaza separating the two buildings that make up the new Blanton. Since the museum will sit on the southern edge of campus at the intersection of Speedway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Blanton envisions the 72,000-square-foot plaza as a "village green" between the university and the city. A selection committee consisting of Blanton director Jessie Otto Hite, curator Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, architect Michael McKinnell, and university leaders selected Walker and Chin from dozens of applicant artists and landscape architectural firms. Walker, whose collaboration with architect Michael Arad was recently chosen as the design for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, has had extensive experience in Texas and with universities, which worked in his favor. The committee also liked "the integrity, sensitivity, and inventiveness of his designs." Chin, a native Texan whose collaborators have ranged from architects and landscape architects to psychologists, physicists, and television producers, won points for the multidisciplinary nature of his public work, as well as the ways in which it explores ecology, technology, social systems, and mass media. The Blanton is scheduled for completion in late 2005. For more information, visit www.blantonmuseum.org.
Final Funding Forum
After four months of discussions, recommendations, and revisions, the proposed Cultural Funding Program for the city of Austin is just this far from its final draft. But before he presents it to City Council for their approval later in March, Cultural Programs Manager Vincent Kitch wants one last round of input from you and me. So he's convening a public forum next Tuesday, March 2, 6pm, in the first-floor Assembly Room of Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Rd., just west of South First. For a look at the current draft, visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/redevelopment/culturalfunding.htm. And don't forget that the city is still seeking nominees for its cultural funding review panels. For more information on nominations, visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/redevelopment/panels.htm.
It's All Fun and Games Till Somebody Loses an Eye
Owen Egerton didn't exactly lose an eye, but the comedian wound up with a nasty gash just above one after last Friday's Mr. Sinus show. During the 9:45 presentation of Pretty in Pink at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Egerton took a leap at the screen as a train was headed right toward the camera. He fell back to the stage as if he'd been hit by the train, only when he landed he cut his head. Getting up, he whispered to cohorts Jerm Pollet and John Erler, "I think I hurt myself." Sure enough, he was bleeding. A lot. But he refused to leave until the show was over. When it came time for the trio to act out the movie's fight between mutant Duckie and richie Steff, Egerton played the scene with a big bloody rag over his left eye which most audience members thought was part of the show. When the film was over, Egerton's wife, Jody, took him to the hospital, where he received 13 stitches. And yes, he performed the next night.