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Ocean at the Vortex

In her solo show, Ebony Stewart makes a canvas out of herself and a beautiful gift we should embrace

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Aug. 31, 2017

Generic Ensemble Company’s Collection

GenEnCo uses an eclectic mix of objects to explore how relics of relationships past keep us connected to love

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 31, 2017

“Pio Pulido: The Last Exhibit of the 20th Century” at the MACC

This retrospective is like visiting an artist’s crowded studio and yet provides just a glimpse of this visionary’s output

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 31, 2017

Local Opera Local Artists' We Might Be Struck by Lightning

In this new pastiche chamber opera, LOLA takes us on a bold musical journey

Reviewed by Michelle Haché, Aug. 24, 2017

“Micky Hoogendijk: Pure Imagination” at Women & Their Work

The photographs here fully reveal the artist’s skill with composition and light, but show less of their subjects’ interior life

Reviewed by Melany Jean, Aug. 24, 2017

“Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: Giant” at the Blanton Museum of Art

The film is good at showing the fate of the film set of Giant, but it leaves open the question of what’s happened to Marfa

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 24, 2017

Austin Jewish Repertory Theater's The Art of Remembering

In Adina L. Ruskin's play, AJRT offers an intimate look at how memories shape us

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Aug. 17, 2017

Panoramic Voices’ Bach: Mass in B Minor

Director Brent Baldwin and his chorus made this work of pure uplift – rousing to sing, delightful to hear – a joy to experience

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Aug. 17, 2017

“Young Latino Artists 22: ¡Ahora!” at Mexic-Arte Museum

At a time when Hispanic identity is ever more complex, the artists in “YLA 22” seem pretty sure of their own

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 17, 2017

Gale Theatre Company's TWENTYEIGHT

In this Afrofuturist drama by Tyler English-Beckwith, blacks labor to reach a safe space in space

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 10, 2017

“Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008-2017” at the Contemporary Austin

In this solo show of abstract works, the painter has pinpointed the ungraspable, like grabbing a tiger by the tail

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 10, 2017

Monty Python's Spamalot

With Eric Idle's screen-to-stage musical spoof, Summer Stock Austin makes the Knights of the Round Table so very enjoy-able

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Aug. 3, 2017

Summer Stock Austin's A Shoe Story

Allen Robertson and Damon Brown's new musical reinvents "The Elves and the Shoemaker" as a timely tale of refugees but in a clever, playful way

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Aug. 3, 2017

"Radiant: A Group Show" at Davis Gallery

In this group show, artists' odes to the sun, and brilliance in general, provide a sense of life and a lot to think about

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Aug. 3, 2017

Zilker Theatre Productions’ The Wizard of Oz

The 59th Zilker Summer Musical embraces all the joy in the familiar tale, making for a family-friendly show

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jul. 27, 2017

Hideout Theatre's The Kindness of Strangers

This improvised salute to Tennessee Williams conjures his South's deeply rooted traditions and misfits with style

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jul. 27, 2017

"Greg Davis: India's Kumbh Mela" at Butridge Gallery

This exhibit's images offer impressive layers of visual intricacy but also raise the problematic questions of photojournalism

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 27, 2017

Austin Chamber Music Festival: St. Lawrence String Quartet

This concert was a lesson in active listening from an active, assured, exceptional ensemble

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Jul. 20, 2017

"Far Out"

This show's works inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope tell stories, with the device's hexagonal golden mirrors a recurring visual motif

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 20, 2017

Richard III

Last Act Theatre's all-female production takes this drama from the doldrums to dynamite for Women Who Act

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jul. 20, 2017

Hyde Park Theatre's The Moors

This production of Jen Silverman’s play is an engaging cocktail of Gothic mystery, modern absurdity, and stunning surprises

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jul. 13, 2017

2017 Revel Solstice Festival

Two recent concerts in the summerlong fest played up the informality and intimacy of Revel's approach to classical music

Reviewed by Robi Polgar, Jul. 13, 2017

“The People’s Gallery 2017” at Austin City Hall

This year's showing of work in Austin City Hall by a small army of local artists offers satisfaction on multiple levels

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 13, 2017

Different Stages' The Dresser

Different Stages’ The Dresser shows where to find the juiciest drama in the theatre: backstage

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jul. 6, 2017

"En Bola" at de stijl, and Podium for Art

The pairings of artists in this Los Outsiders exhibition yield works that are at once chaotic and harmonious, loud and quiet

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jul. 6, 2017

Performa / Dance's Midsummer Offerings

The three dances in this mixed program all turned on the difficulty of making connections

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 29, 2017

“Island Oasis Mirage” at Big Medium

The exhibit by Michael Krueger, Kathleen McShane, and Barbara Weissberger seems a planned mess, but one that echoes a greater scheme

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 29, 2017

Zach Theatre's Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

A fierce portrait of Billie Holiday painted in blood and pain

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 22, 2017

Penfold Theatre’s Around the World in 80 Days

This original, gender-bending theatrical take on Jules Verne’s adventure tale is a grand story told with delightful imagination

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jun. 22, 2017

Anya Gallaccio: to see if time was there at Laguna Gloria

The artist's giant tree stump carved from limestone is a sign that we love ancient things and are part of nature, too

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 22, 2017

Zach Theatre's In the Heights

This production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical brings us the life and pride of an immigrant neighborhood at an important time

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Jun. 15, 2017

Shrewd Productions’ The Revolutionists

This staging of Lauren Gunderson’s satire proves the pen is mightier than the guillotine

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Jun. 15, 2017

“Sean Caulfield: Landscapes: Transformed/Transfigured”

The blackness and voids in the artwork here feels like a future world laid waste, but it also feels like us

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 15, 2017

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company’s Glacier

As an elegy to the ice, this dance aestheticized doom but left us plenty of edge

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Jun. 8, 2017

“Beth Consetta Rubel: Higher Learning: Educational Toys”

Rubel’s solo show is cutting when it comes to Bill Cosby and Rachel Dolezal, but it also explores the complexities of race

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 8, 2017

Mastrogeorge Theatre's Good People

This production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play gives us a close look at the folks inside Southie – and why some never leave

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Jun. 1, 2017

Nina Katchadourian's Indecision on the Moon

The Apollo 11-inspired work, housed in a pitch-black room at the Blanton, may tell us how adventurous or conservative we really are

Reviewed by Dave Randall, Jun. 1, 2017

"Abby Bagby: Kingdom" at Women & Their Work

The exhibition’s high-fashion outfits made from human hair and draped on mannequins are quite beautiful but also unsettling

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Jun. 1, 2017

Trinity Street Players’ Dani Girl

This musical may be about a child with cancer, but seeing it is a funny, moving, and healing experience

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, May. 25, 2017

Butcher Holler Here We Come

This stylized look at West Virginia miners trapped underground is more of a powerful sensory experience than a narrative drama

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, May. 25, 2017

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