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Books to Read and Wrap for the Holidays
Garlandia
One family man’s fight to survive divine assaults and a community turned against him becomes a rollicking, rambling epic, superbly rendered

Wayne Alan Brenner, Dec. 6, 2018

Books to Read and Wrap for the Holidays
Emergency Contact
It’s wry and vulnerable love via text message in this YA novel set in Austin

Rosalind Faires, Dec. 6, 2018

Street Corner Arts' <i>We Are Proud to Present ...</i>
Street Corner Arts' We Are Proud to Present ...
This production is more than exceptional theatre; it asks thought-provoking questions about authority, perspective, and intention

Elizabeth Cobbe, Dec. 6, 2018

line upon line percussion's <i>The city wears a slouch hat</i>
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

Robert Faires, Dec. 6, 2018

"Annie Miller: I see london, I see france" at MoHA
This show in the Cage Match Project series casts the viewer as peeping Tom, looking through holes in a boarded-up trailer to view art

Melany Jean, Nov. 29, 2018

Austin Playhouse's <i>The Mystery of Edwin Drood</i>
Austin Playhouse's The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This musical production makes for an effervescent alternative to that other Dickens holiday show

Bob Abelman, Nov. 29, 2018

Different Stages' <i>Great Expectations</i>
Different Stages' Great Expectations
In this retelling of the Charles Dickens novel, a visible love of narrative is the show's greatest strength

Robert Faires, Nov. 29, 2018

<i>Immigrants, The Musical! (Part Two)</i>
Immigrants, the Musical! (Part Two)
With this improvised musical series, one family's tale of coming to the states becomes a tale about us all

Robert Faires, Nov. 22, 2018

Austin Shakespeare’s <i>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</i>
Austin Shakespeare’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
This production is everything but sultry, which is the very thing the Tennessee Williams drama needs most

Bob Abelman, Nov. 22, 2018

MASS Gallery's
MASS Gallery's "Staycation: thresholds"
The gallery's first exhibit in its new home invites viewers into the private self and into the stretching of one's limits

Melany Jean, Nov. 15, 2018

Capital T Theatre's <i>The Hunchback Variations</i> and <i>...Faustus</i>
Capital T Theatre's The Hunchback Variations and ...Faustus
The company's pairing of two Mickle Maher one-acts gets lit about art in a sublime way

Elizabeth Cobbe, Nov. 15, 2018

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's <i>Men on Boats</i>
Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Men on Boats
With a diverse cast of women playing white men exploring the Grand Canyon, this show recasts history to show guys who just don't get it

Robert Faires, Nov. 15, 2018

"Steve Parker: War Tuba" at Big Medium
In exploring sound's relationship to conflict and use in it, the artist fuses past and present, melody and discord, into a remixed reveille

Melany Jean, Nov. 8, 2018

ICOSA's
ICOSA's "Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity"
The first group show in the collective's new home shows its members stretching themselves and embracing change

Melany Jean, Nov. 1, 2018

"Whitney Turetzky: Feminine Grandeur" at the Elisabet Ney
In the way she transforms antique photographs of anonymous women, Turetzky elevates their subjects' status to something holy and sacred

Marisa Charpentier, Nov. 1, 2018

Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's <i>Nevermore</i>
Doctuh Mistuh and Penfold Theatre's Nevermore
In Jonathan Christenson's musical, Edgar Allan Poe's life is imagined as a spooky, entrancing dance of the spirits

Robert Faires, Nov. 1, 2018

The Wedding Date
The Wedding Date
For a good time, read Jasmine Guillory's delightful debut romcom

Rosalind Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

November Road
November Road
Lou Berney's latest, set around JFK's assassination, is a tightly written crime tale worthy of Raymond Chandler or James M. Cain

Jesse Sublett, Oct. 25, 2018

Austin Symphony's <i>Happy Birthday, Lenny</i>
Austin Symphony's Happy Birthday, Lenny
In its concert celebrating Bernstein, the ASO shows the composer giving his all in even the briefest of works

Robert Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

Books to Prep You for the Texas Book Festival
Books for Days
The read goes on forever at the 2018 Texas Book Festival

Robert Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

“Candace Hicks: Many Mini Murder Scenes” at Women & Their Work
“Candace Hicks: Many Mini Murder Scenes” at Women & Their Work
In her small-scale re-creations of murder scenes in mystery novels, the artist provides playful social commentary on the genre

Taylor Prewitt, Oct. 25, 2018

There There
There There
The Big Oakland Powwow provides a window into modern Native American life in Tommy Orange's searing debut novel

Rosalind Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

“Shanie Tommasini: Slippery Clump” at the Umlauf
“Shanie Tommasini: Slippery Clump” at the Umlauf
The Umlauf Prize-winning artist uses big, playful shapes and environmental manipulation to look at art, nature, and conservation

Melany Jean, Oct. 25, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng's second novel offers rich portrayals of motherhood in the suburbs

Rosalind Faires, Oct. 25, 2018

"Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance" at the Ransom Center
This evocative excavation into the artist's process of creating art and making books reveals the work of art is the completed book itself

Melany Jean, Oct. 18, 2018

<i>An American Marriage</i> by Tayari Jones
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
This bittersweet novel charts a wrongful conviction's effect on a young couple

Rosalind Faires, Oct. 18, 2018

Theatre Synesthesia's <i>The Fault</i>
Theatre Synesthesia's The Fault
In Katie Bender's play, an American family tries to save itself from being shaken apart

Robert Faires, Oct. 18, 2018

Prima Doñas' <i>LatiNacional: tu casa es mi casa</i>
Prima Doñas' LatiNacional: tu casa es mi casa
The improv troupe behind Latinauts gives 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a makeover like the country has never seen

Robert Faires, Oct. 11, 2018

“Ana Esteve Llorens: Correspondence” at Las Cruxes
“Ana Esteve Llorens: Correspondence” at Las Cruxes
The textiles in this solo show map a negotiation between the weaver and her surroundings, a lattice charting stretch and slack over time

Melany Jean, Oct. 11, 2018

<i>Suicide Club: A Novel About Living</i> by Rachel Heng
Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel Heng
This debut novel about a future in which people can live forever is a bittersweet yet life-affirming story of eternity versus death

M. Brianna Stallings, Oct. 11, 2018

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