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"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

The Wangs vs. the World

Chang's alternately humorous and poignant novel explores what it means to be American when the notion of America wears away

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Nov. 3, 2016

Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth

Part memoir, part call to action, Alexander's book makes an effective case for caring for our world

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Nov. 3, 2016


Danler makes fusion cuisine of the kitchen confidential genre and a naif-in-the-city tale and reaps the rewards of both

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Nov. 3, 2016

A Gentleman in Moscow

With literary sleight of hand, Amor Towles takes an epic tale of Russia and finesses it into a charming romp

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Nov. 3, 2016

Today Will Be Different

The novel fuses absurd comedy and heart into a story that is compulsively readable and surprisingly resonant

Reviewed by Adrienne Martini, Nov. 3, 2016

The Vortex’s Ballot Eats the Bullet

This timely production’s extraordinary performers speak truth, as black women in America, that makes us see them

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Nov. 3, 2016

Tapestry Dance’s One Step at a Time

The rhythm tap company’s production offers not just wonderful dance but perhaps the most necessary commentary of this electoral season

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Nov. 3, 2016

“Tania Mouraud: Everyday Ogres” at UT VAC

The artist’s disturbing videos capture the ominous sense of an industrial intelligence beyond humans’ capacity to manage

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Nov. 3, 2016

"Painters Painting Painters" at Davis Gallery

With 10 artists making portraits of themselves and one another, it’s the variety of styles that provides the show’s strength

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Oct. 27, 2016

Hidden Room Theatre's Houdini Speaks to the Living

In this drama featuring Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, a debate on the talking dead springs to dramatic life

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 27, 2016

The Institution Theater's It Came From Your Brain

This improvised retro sci-fi monster movie may pique your curiosity enough that you’ll want to visit the “drive-in” more than once

Oct. 27, 2016

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Long may Zach Theatre's musical Queen reign!

Reviewed by T. Lynn Mikeska, Oct. 20, 2016

"Meet the Beetles"

This Art.Science.Gallery exhibit celebrating the order Coleoptera in art will have you screaming "Yeah, yeah, yeah!"

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Oct. 20, 2016

"Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope"

At CAMIBAart, the artist's altered images of Austin hint at the fickle phenomenon of memory and its transience

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Oct. 20, 2016

Jarrott Productions' The Price

This staging of the Arthur Miller drama keenly appraises the worth of a life

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 13, 2016

UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance's In the Red and Brown Water

Multiple storytelling modes make Tarell Alvin McCraney's complex play operate as both theatre and ritual

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 13, 2016

"The First Horizons of Juno" at MASS Gallery

Within this smart and variable group show are three works that are muscular, robust, something to pump your fist to

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Oct. 13, 2016

Hyde Park Theatre's Lungs

The company has gathered all the right people for this beautiful, painful, timely tale of a man and a woman in a dying world

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Oct. 6, 2016

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

This gangster spectacle based on Hitler's rise feels more than timely in the current election year

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Oct. 6, 2016

"Richard Forster: Levittown" at Lora Reynolds Gallery

The artist's reconsideration of his suburban hometown hinges on the conflict between the mass-produced and the personal

Reviewed by Sam Anderson-Ramos, Oct. 6, 2016

Silent Sky at Austin Playhouse

This luminous staging of Lauren Gunderson's play brings wonder to the universe and makes it at once vast and intimate

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 29, 2016

"Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World" at the Ransom Center

This survey shows how the photographer captured the culture of his time in ways both compelling and frightening

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

Teatro Vivo’s EL

Raul Garza's new play explores the power of the storyteller

Reviewed by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Sep. 22, 2016

The Theorists’ Hiraeth

A sprawling evening of art and community organized by Amy Morrow and the Theorists showed the challenge of editing in our age

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Sep. 22, 2016

“Figure/Heads: David Bae and Erin Cunningham” at ICOSA Collective Gallery

It's rare for a show to combine work by two artists so different in such a complex and intensely unified way

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

Theatre en Bloc's The Totalitarians

This ridiculous but smart satire about a Nebraska political race may be the only political play that can deliver laughs this election season

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Sep. 15, 2016

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera

This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Sep. 15, 2016

"Femme National(e): Audrey Brown, Christina Coleman, Kasumi Chow / Desiree Michelle Espada, Emmy Laursen, Juliana Isabel Ramirez"

This group show is messy and a little berserk, but that's what makes it important and kindles joy in us

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

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