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At No Lights No Lycra, You Really Can Dance Like No One's Watching
At No Lights No Lycra, You Really Can Dance Like No One's Watching
Since this weekly sober dance party happens in the dark, you're free to move without worry over how you look

Erica Lies, Feb. 20, 2020

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i>
Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This moving, transformative show gives its autistic hero a deep and engaging humanity

Laura Jones, Feb. 20, 2020

Archive Theater's <i>The Man of Destiny</i>
Archive Theater's The Man of Destiny
The company builds a uniquely entertaining evening around Shaw's fiery tango of wits between a young Napoleon and a Mysterious Lady

Trey Gutierrez, Feb. 20, 2020

<i>The Teacher</i> by Michal Ben-Naftali
The Teacher
This prize-winning novel's tale of a student piecing together the hidden life of her teacher, a Holocaust survivor who killed herself, is haunting

Jay Trachtenberg, Feb. 13, 2020

Zach Theatre's <i>Every Brilliant Thing</i>
Every Brilliant Thing
This production of Duncan Macmillan's solo show gives audiences a reason to live – make that a million reasons

Robert Faires, Feb. 13, 2020

"Mihee Nahm: Soaked"
In this solo exhibition, the artist invites us to take a walk with her down memory lane

Cat McCarrey, Feb. 13, 2020

Renee Davis' 25 Years as Harriet Tubman in <i>Sister Moses</i>
Renee Davis' 25 Years as Harriet Tubman in Sister Moses
The dancer talks about her quarter-century of walking in the footsteps of this legendary conductor on the Underground Railroad

Robert Faires, Feb. 6, 2020

Filigree Theatre's <i>The Turn of the Screw</i>
Filigree Theatre's The Turn of the Screw
The carefully crafted atmosphere in the staging of this ghost story may have you wondering if unseen spirits are lurking in the dark

Robert Faires, Feb. 6, 2020

Zach Theatre's <i>A Night With Janis Joplin</i>
Zach Theatre's A Night With Janis Joplin
This re-created rock concert with the legendary singer is so good, it may be better than the real thing

Elizabeth Cobbe, Feb. 6, 2020

Southwest Theatre Productions' <i>Trade With Klan</i>
Southwest Theatre Productions' Trade With Klan
In Donald E. Baker's new drama, the utter plainness of an Indiana small town makes its devotion to the KKK all the more shocking

Laura Jones, Jan. 30, 2020

Austin Opera's <i>Everest</i>
Austin Opera's Everest
The production took audiences to the summit with powerhouse elements that made this opera grand

Trey Gutierrez, Jan. 30, 2020

City Theatre's <i>Art</i>
City Theatre's Art
Macho arguments about taste abound in Yasmina Reza's dramatic comedy

Cat McCarrey, Jan. 30, 2020

Jarrott Productions' <i>The Niceties</i>
Jarrott Productions' The Niceties
In this staging of Eleanor Burgess' drama, the frictions of American society catch fire in an academic's office

Robert Faires, Jan. 23, 2020

Austin Playhouse's <i>Tiny Beautiful Things</i>
Austin Playhouse's Tiny Beautiful Things
There's excellent work in Austin Playhouse's production about Cheryl Strayed writing an advice column, but where's the humility?

Elizabeth Cobbe, Jan. 23, 2020

"PrintAustin: The Contemporary Print" at Big Medium
To go or not to go: That's ultimately a stupid question

Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 23, 2020

Austin Symphony Orchestra:
Austin Symphony Orchestra: "Rach Star"
Orion Weiss played Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the ASO, and we were spellbound

Robert Faires, Jan. 16, 2020

"The Impossible Winterbourne: AlphaBots" at Ao5 Gallery
I, for one, welcome our totes adorbs steampunk overlords

Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 16, 2020

ISHIDA Dance Company's <i>Beginning / αρχή</i>
ISHIDA Dance Company's Beginning / αρχή
This contemporary dance troupe's dynamic debut with "small bites" whetted the appetite for a full meal

Robert Faires, Jan. 9, 2020

"A Rock About the Size of a Small Avocado"
You can find connections to this city's art scene just about anywhere

Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 9, 2020

<i>A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir</i> by Edie Windsor
A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir by Edie Windsor
The life of a same-sex marriage hero sparkles in this collaborative memoir

Rosalind Faires, Jan. 9, 2020

The Contemporary Austin's
"The Sorcerer's Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn"
This ambitious exhibition reveals inquiring anthropologists within today's artists

Robert Faires, Jan. 3, 2020

“The New Flesh” at ICOSA Gallery
"The New Flesh" at ICOSA Gallery
It’s a body of work, but the anatomy isn’t necessarily of this Earth

Wayne Alan Brenner, Jan. 3, 2020

<i>Lady in the Lake</i> by Laura Lippman
Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
Sixties Baltimore is unveiled in this new crime novel

Rosalind Faires, Jan. 3, 2020

Hideout Theatre's <i>The Hallmark Holiday Musical</i>
Hideout Theatre's The Hallmark Holiday Musical
This delightful improvised spin on Hallmark Christmas movies has just what the real things never do: surprises

Robert Faires, Dec. 27, 2019

"Tia J. Boyd: Future Inhabitants" at the Carver
The photographer's portraits of warrior women reveal the subjects' power and beauty in a post-postapocalyptic world

Robert Faires, Dec. 27, 2019

"Ashley Benton + Christopher Lee Gilmer" at Wally Workman Gallery
Art is, we’ll insist, transcendent when its foundation is skill and passion

Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 27, 2019

Zach Theatre's <i>A Christmas Carol</i>
A Christmas Carol
Dave Steakley's musical version abounds in great voices, but it may drown out Dickens with songs

Laura Jones, Dec. 19, 2019

Ventana Ballet's <i>The Watchmaker's Song</i>
The Watchmaker's Song
This playful take on The Nutcracker lets audiences in on the action and brings a new magic to the familiar ballet

Robert Faires, Dec. 19, 2019

"Sylvia Benitez: Recalling Memory / The Interior Lay"
The paintings in this solo exhibition depict a place where landscapes are, more than anything, a Texas state of mind

Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 19, 2019

Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre's <i>Next to Normal</i>
Ground Floor Theatre and Deaf Austin Theatre's Next to Normal
In this collaboration between the two companies, having signing actors and speaking actors perform side by side provides a uniquely engaging experience

Trey Gutierrez, Dec. 12, 2019

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