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By Robert Faires, November 10, 2006, Arts

Hunting PLC wants to give a Texas artist $50,000. The international oil services company, which awards that amount annually via the Hunting Prize, recently shifted the prize from the United Kingdom, where it was a major art prize for 25 years, to Houston, home to its North American headquarters. After limiting the competition to Houston-area artists last year, Hunting has now opened it to all Texas residents 18 years or older. Artists must sign up online at and must mail one slide of a single two-dimensional work, excluding photography, to: Hunting Art Prize, 5535 Memorial Dr., Ste. F462, Houston, TX, 77007. All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 17. For more information, visit

Rebecca Beegle, whose play Have You Ever Been Assassinated? is currently being staged by the Rude Mechs, will have her play "10 Works of Art" produced by Actors Theater of Louisville in its Apprentice Showcase Jan. 8-10. The 10-minute play, seen earlier this year in the FronteraFest Long Fringe as part of Austin Script Works' Cricket Radio program, is also a finalist for ATL's Heideman Award and will be published in the literary magazine Hobart. Have You Ever Been Assassinated? continues through Nov. 18, Thursday-Saturday, at the Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo. For more information, call 476-RUDE, or visit

Cantanker, the new magazine focusing on Austin's visual arts scene, is releasing its second issue with a party Saturday Nov. 11, 7-11pm, at Volitant Gallery, 320 Congress #100. In addition to the usual reviews, interviews, and features, the fall issue covers buying and collecting art, with articles on art collectors Browne and Diane Goodwin, artist Leona Scull-hons, East Austin Studio Tour, and Austin's art hipsters. Extra content – including reviews, editorials, photographs, and listings – may be found at

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company presents Cache, a fundraiser benefiting KDHDC's arts and community-service programs, Saturday, Nov. 11, 6:30-9pm, at the home of Tamara Carlisle, 1700 Rabb. The evening includes impromptu dances, buffet, live music, silent auction, and a preview of Cache, an athletic and humorous new work by the company. Reservations required. For more information, call 934-1082, or visit

Yellow Tape Construction Company presents Party Art: The Art Party, a fundraiser benefiting the company Saturday, Nov. 11, 8pm, at Art Amici, 78 San Marcos. The evening includes wine tasting, art auction, performance extravaganza, and afterparty with live music and dancing. For more information, call 466-5221, or e-mail [email protected].

Connor Hopkins, leader of Troublepuppet Company and "freakin puppet evangelist," is calling all puppet enthusiasts to join him for the first meeting of the Puppet Society on Sunday, Nov. 12, 7pm. The goal is to bring together folks interested in puppetry to share information, help one another on projects, and "generally plot the overthrow of live-actor theatre by a new puppet regime." For more information, e-mail [email protected].

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