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Filigree Theatre's When We Were Young and Unafraid

Sarah Treem's drama revisits a time not that long ago when American women were controlled

Reviewed by Laura Jones, Feb. 14, 2019

"Randall Reid: Past and Present" at Davis Gallery

The man who reassembles the past's artifacts has his own past's artifacts assembled for all to see

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Feb. 14, 2019

The Vortex Repertory Company's Heartland

Gabriel Jason Dean's new drama makes a sensitive study of three people in two different countries and where they belong

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Feb. 7, 2019

The Hideout Theatre's Grand Misery

This improvised send-up of the musical Les Miz is as much fun as the real show is serious

Reviewed by Trey Gutierrez, Feb. 7, 2019

"Future Artifacts of Sprawl and Sting" at Georgetown Public Library

Stuart Wallace blazes his way through a wasp factory of natural assemblage

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Feb. 7, 2019

Austin Opera's Silent Night

This production of the Pulitzer Prize winner powerfully creates the tension of the battlefield and just as powerfully lets it go

Reviewed by Trey Gutierrez, Jan. 31, 2019

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

Bowling is something sacred in Elizabeth McCracken’s multigenerational novel

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Jan. 31, 2019

"Interwoven" at MASS Gallery

In this group show of fiber artists, a stitch in time saves, nein?

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 31, 2019

Southwest Theatre Productions' Sweat

This production brings home the plight of the American blue-collar worker with sympathy

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jan. 24, 2019

Conspirare's Hope of Loving

This concert of works by Jake Runestad conveyed a sense of love as a force that soothes, enlightens, and heals

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 24, 2019

"When Everything's Been Said" at ICOSA Gallery

In this two-man exhibition by Jonas Criscoe and Mark Johnson, some pictures work a thousand words

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 24, 2019

Austin Symphony Orchestra's Variation Voyage

ASO’s first concert of 2019 had us hearing all sorts of feels, but Leon Fleisher’s piano also got us thinking

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 17, 2019

"Dave McClinton: Despite It All" at the Butridge

The digital collagist’s new solo exhibition is peopled with many colors

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 17, 2019

Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry

Amy Gentry’s Austin-set second novel is an electric revenge thriller

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Jan. 17, 2019

"Post-Apocalyptic Harvest" at Atelier 1205

Artists Erika Huddleston, Tammy West, and Amy Scofield salvage beauty from a sundered world

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 10, 2019

Zach Theatre's Tortoise and Hare

This delightful, inspiring musical teaches us there's more to the story than the amazing race

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jan. 3, 2019

Sugar, Water, Purple: Can We Kick It? at ColdTowne

This showcase showed how improvisers from disenfranchised groups can provide meaningful support for one another and make damn good improv

Reviewed by Trey Gutierrez, Jan. 3, 2019

"Tammie Rubin: Everything You Ever" at Women & Their Work

This sculptural labyrinth of values casts an epiphytic spell

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 3, 2019

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Treasures in Theatre of 2018

It was a year in which theatre making the political personal left the deepest impressions

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 27, 2018

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018

In this year’s dance and classical offerings, extraordinary depictions of loss and suffering continue to haunt

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 27, 2018

Wayne Alan Brenner’s Top 10 Arts-Related Things I Enjoyed in 2018

Representational and digital art, plus theatre rooted in history proved especially mind-blowing this year

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 27, 2018

Melany Jean’s Top 10 Fine Art Moments of 2018

Unforgettably textured sculptures, unsettling exhibitions, and unusual spaces made for a memorable year in art

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Dec. 27, 2018

Top Books of 2018 for Heroine Addicts

Sisters were doing it for themselves in historical fiction, alt-historical fiction, romance, and a graphic novel

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 27, 2018

Top Books of 2018 That Make the Past Present

Whether in biography, graphic novel, crime fiction, or retold Greek myths, these books brought history to life

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Dec. 27, 2018

Top Books of 2018 for American Road Tripping

Two novels set on the open road and two accounts of life in Trump's White House all made for journeys deep into America today

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Dec. 27, 2018

"Martin Mazorra: Language of Flowers" at O2 Gallery

Woodcut and letterpress brilliance brings a garden of visual delights

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 27, 2018

"Erin Shirreff" at Lora Reynolds Gallery

The artist blurs the line between photography and sculpture, creating a stunning result

Reviewed by Marisa Charpentier, Dec. 27, 2018

Zach Theatre's The Santaland Diaries

A new creative team energizes a Zach Theatre holiday tradition

Reviewed by Trey Gutierrez, Dec. 20, 2018

Permanent Record's White

In James Ijames' satirical portrait of the artist as a privileged white guy, a black woman provides the most vivid and interesting shades

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 20, 2018

"Suchitra Mattai: Landfall" at grayDUCK Gallery

The artist's channeled chaos vividly explores relationships between the natural and human worlds

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 20, 2018

Ground Floor Theatre's Fun Home

Lisa Scheps’ production is invested with a level of care that makes this musical memoir movingly familiar

Reviewed by Trey Gutierrez, Dec. 13, 2018

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker

The company’s 56th run at this holiday classic retains its magic – enough beauty and wonder to transport you to enchanting realms

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 13, 2018

“Alba Corral: Thoughts in Action” at Generative Art Project

The new gallery screens our present into the future with beauty and depth

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 13, 2018

A Mile Above Texas

Gorgeous images of land and water shot from the air provide a fresh perspective on the Lone Star State

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 6, 2018


One family man’s fight to survive divine assaults and a community turned against him becomes a rollicking, rambling epic, superbly rendered

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 6, 2018

Emergency Contact

It’s wry and vulnerable love via text message in this YA novel set in Austin

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 6, 2018

Street Corner Arts' We Are Proud to Present ...

Street Corner Arts' staging is more than exceptional theatre; it asks thought-provoking questions about authority, perspective, and intention

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 6, 2018

line upon line percussion's The city wears a slouch hat

John Cage and Kenneth Patchen's experimental radio play proved an ideal vehicle for the creative daredevils of line upon line and the Rude Mechs to revive together

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 6, 2018

Austin Playhouse's The Mystery of Edwin Drood

This musical production makes for an effervescent alternative to that other Dickens holiday show

Reviewed by Bob Abelman, Nov. 29, 2018

Different Stages' Great Expectations

In this retelling of the Charles Dickens novel, a visible love of narrative is the show's greatest strength

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 29, 2018

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