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Jessi Cape's Top Reads of 2016

Memoirs of activism and tales of suspense helped ground this reader during a roller-coaster year

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Dec. 29, 2016

Rosalind Faires' Top Reads of 2016

These three novels drew a discreet tear or two with their beautiful, brave, and bittersweet humanity

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Dec. 29, 2016

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2016

Five works of fiction and nonfiction reveal new depths of humanitity in their Texas characters

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Dec. 29, 2016

Jesse Sublett's Top Reads of 2016

A list of memorable lit that includes a philosophical gumshoe, an irredeemable tycoon, and ill-fated whalers

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Dec. 29, 2016

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2016

Three novels explore our planet in crisis in Israel, rust-belt Ukraine, and the Antarctic

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Dec. 29, 2016

Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln gives us an ambitious, impetuous president-to-be we grow close to

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 29, 2016

"Valerie Fowler: Nature and Other Stories" at the Butridge Gallery

The art here tells local stories but is universal in ways that are loud, strange, and reverent for uncontrolled nature

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Dec. 29, 2016

“Mapped Refraction: Andrea de Leon and Micah Evans”

In this two-person exhibition, a symmetry of haunting forcefulness and colorful zaniness

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Dec. 22, 2016

The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

This adventure tale pulls elements from many corners of pop culture, but Manuel Gonzales’ writing chops make it wholly his own

Reviewed by Adrienne Martini, Dec. 22, 2016

“I saw the world” at Pump Project

Imperialism and identity compete in Betelhem Makonnen’s solo show about a 19th century Ethiopian prince

Reviewed by Caitlin Greenwood, Dec. 22, 2016

Gift Guide 2016: Coffeetable Books

Big books give heft to big success stories about women in business, Flatbed Press, UT’s collections, Pan Am, and the Spurs

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 15, 2016

Baskerville at Austin Playhouse

Austin Playhouse's staging of the Sherlock Holmes farce generates enough laughter to fill an empty mall

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Dec. 15, 2016

“Elizabeth Chapin: Careful/Uncareful” at Wally Workman Gallery

These portraits jettison the obvious for the sake of drama and harnessing the truth of a human being in a singular moment

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Dec. 15, 2016

“Ana Esteve Llorens: Studies for Future Objects” at Women & Their Work

The show’s mix of colored textile works and a large installation of open ovals spark an urge to interact with them

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Dec. 15, 2016

Rude Mechs' Requiem for Tesla

The Austin theatre collective's biography of inventor Nikola Tesla literally makes sparks fly

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Dec. 8, 2016

Street Corner Arts' Constellations

The company moves through Nick Payne's play in ways that make its multiple variations quick and fresh

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 8, 2016

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's Disrupted

KDHDC and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance used classical music to launch into playful patterns and absurd rituals

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Dec. 8, 2016

Gift Guide 2016: Haunted Holidays

A few suggestions if you’re giving your Ghost of Christmas Past a present ...

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 1, 2016

The Haunted Bookshelf

Heavens, this series of reprints of vintage ghost stories may unsettle the composure of the steadiest reader

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 1, 2016

The Dead Boy Detectives

Vertigo’s adventurous adolescent apparitions are an appealing throwback to the junior sleuths of the past

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 1, 2016

I’ll Take You There

Wally Lamb’s novel spotlights a spirit of early Hollywood, but its Metabook edition gives her a 21st century showcase

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Dec. 1, 2016

Different Stages’ Fahrenheit 451

This theatrical adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story ends up being timely and may make you step outside your bubble

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 1, 2016

“Mayhem, Method & Medium: Mike O’Brien” at Flatbed

Sculptures of striped tubes take on an uncanny life when photographed and reprinted by the artist

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Dec. 1, 2016

Austin Shakespeare’s Present Laughter

Lifted by wonderful performances, Austin Shakespeare's take on the Noël Coward backstage comedy is a delight to watch

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Nov. 23, 2016

Spectrum Dance Theater’s Rambunctious

The company’s program, with a new work inspired by the 1966 UT Tower shooting, spoke powerfully to our present moment

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Nov. 23, 2016

“Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings From Vietnam”

In our tumultuous moment, seeing work by artists from nations that have known tragedy our own has not can be enlightening

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Nov. 23, 2016

Salvage Vanguard Theater's With Great Difficulty Alice Sits

Hannah Kenah's new play presents an unsettling battle of wills between a mother and daughter before birth

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Nov. 17, 2016

UT Theatre & Dance's Lost Girl

Kimberly Belflower's new play is a snapshot of a woman consumed by love long lost

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Nov. 17, 2016

"Moving Mountains: Extractive Landscapes of Peru" at the UT VAC

Edi Hirose's documentation of massive construction projects altering Peru's landscape can put the viewer in a state of visual shock

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Nov. 17, 2016

Song About Himself

Walt Whitman's spirit logs on to social media with imagination in this Mickle Maher drama

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 10, 2016

Revolve Austin: A Movement Display

This party / showcase allowed attendees to move through a historic house and observe the work of nine dance companies

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Nov. 10, 2016

"Tammie Rubin: Before I Knew You, I Missed You"

Rubin's porcelain figures are both sympathetic and menacing, referencing the African-American experience through cones resembling KKK hoods

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Nov. 10, 2016

Who Killed These Girls?

Lowry brings a careful and deeply compassionate approach to her investigation of the Yogurt Shop Murders

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Nov. 3, 2016

The Devil’s Sinkhole

The follow-up to The Devil's Backbone is not only another wild ride but more proof that Bill Wittliff is a master storyteller

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Nov. 3, 2016

Razor Girl

Carl Hiaasen brings the Florida Man of tabloid headlines into his criminal swampland with gut-bustingly funny results

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Nov. 3, 2016

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016: The Best Stories of the Year

The 20 tales packed into this volume go to unexpected places and reveal lifetimes in just a handful of pages

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Nov. 3, 2016

The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

John Pipkin's novel rooted in astronomy is as compelling as the brightest arrangement of stars beneath the vault of heaven

Reviewed by W. A. Brenner, Nov. 3, 2016

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The novel traces a painting's four-century history through a gallery of characters drawn with fondness and poignancy

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Nov. 3, 2016

White Sands: Experiences From the Outside World

Dyer has penned a thinking person's travelogue through territories geographic, cultural, and personal

Reviewed by W. A. Brenner, Nov. 3, 2016

The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

This companion to Wright's The Looming Tower offers more insight into the radical transformation of the Middle East

Reviewed by Michael King, Nov. 3, 2016

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