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Robert Faires is Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle, where he's been covering the local arts scene for more than 30 years. In 2011, American Theatre Magazine named him to a list of 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics. He's also been active in local theatre since 1980, having worked on more than 75 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer.

186 articles in 2005   •   page 1 of 5

Our Shostakovich Year

On the centenary of Dmitri Shostakovich's birth, Austin arts groups join forces to throw the Russian composer a yearlong party

Arts Feature, Dec. 30, 2005

Shostakovich 100 Schedule

Arts Feature, Dec. 30, 2005

The Last Shall Be First

New Year's Eve becomes a cultural extravaganza with First Night Austin

Arts Feature, Dec. 30, 2005

National Champions of Comedy

Austin's improv headquarters is fielding its own nationally ranked team (of comedians, natch) to put a live comic spin on the Rose Bowl championship

Arts Feature, Dec. 30, 2005

On the Funding Front

The National Endowment for the Arts has dropped some holiday cheer in the form of federal funding into the stockings of five area arts groups

Arts Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

In Memoriam

Jason Ansara Brooks, who directed, choreographed, and was performing in Pro Arts Collective's production of 'Black Nativity,' died Tuesday, Dec. 13, days before the show's closing performances

Arts Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

Culture Flash!

The Long Center gets more corporate cash, AMOA wants your Christo and Jeanne-Claude stories, and the city of Austin wants your art for City Hall and the airport

Arts Column, Dec. 23, 2005

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Ross, Alex

Books Feature, Dec. 23, 2005

Artful Presents

Local gift suggestions from the Art Elf Prize Patrol

Arts Feature, Dec. 16, 2005

First Night Austin

First Night Austin gets ready to ring out the old year in a big way, with a cultural extravaganza on a scale the city has never before seen

Arts Feature, Dec. 16, 2005

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell, who is neither Italian nor Catholic, is one of four artists invited to show her paintings in a memorial exhibit for Pope John Paul II in southeastern Italy

Arts Feature, Dec. 16, 2005

Black Nativity

From the prologue through the rousing finale, ProArts Collective's new production of 'Black Nativity' saturates the Christmas story in rich emotion

Arts Review, Dec. 16, 2005

Heydays (Again)

Creative Research Laboratory is inviting anyone with an itch to draw, paint, or otherwise make a creative mark to join in a 12-hour effort to transform a blank room at Flatbed World Headquarters into something rich and strange

Arts Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

Ubu Ubu Ubu

A troupe of homeschooled students enrolled in Zach's Performing Arts School takes on the mad world of Alfred Jarry's 'Ubu,' 'pschittens' and all, and makes it a nonsensical delight

Arts Feature, Dec. 9, 2005

King Kong

If you can appreciate a mammoth moonstruck monkey with a tinny growl, you might stretch your ears in the direction of the Violet Crown Radio Players' King Kong

Arts Review, Dec. 9, 2005

King Kong: You're on the Air, Ya Big Ape!

As 'King Kong' storms into cinemas across the globe, the Violet Crown Radio Players are bringing the simian sovereign to life onstage in a 'lost' radio adaptation of the 1933 film

Arts Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

'Two Donuts': An Old-Fashioned Treat

'Two Donuts,' a play by José Cruz González, was presented to the Widen Elementary School student body by the UT Department of Theatre and Dance as part of its Fall 2005 Youth Theatre Tour

Arts Feature, Dec. 2, 2005

Queertown: Laughs for Gays ... and Everyone Else

Dallas comedy troupe Queertown isn't coming to Austin to find refuge from Prop. 2; it's just seeking new fans for its upbeat sketch work that has quickly captivated Big D

Arts Feature, Nov. 25, 2005

Culture Flash!

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society finds a new artistic director in an old friend, Robyn O'Neil is the People's Choice for the Arthouse Texas Prize, and Laguna Gloria is the spot to start that yuletide spending spree

Arts Column, Nov. 25, 2005

'Denny McCoy: The Blue Paintings'

D Berman's exhibition 'Denny McCoy: The Blue Paintings' is just that, but to the patient viewer, the simple vertical bars of blue shimmer to life and transport you distant settings

Arts Review, Nov. 25, 2005

Austin Cabaret Theatre

To break in its new home in the Mansion at Judges' Hill, Austin Cabaret Theatre has booked a class act of the musical theatre: Lee Roy Reams

Arts Feature, Nov. 18, 2005

Culture Flash!

Whole Foods is about to get more arts-friendly, Austin moves closer to Puerto Rico, Shear Madness has a new detective running the show, and art at the new fire station really rocks.

Arts Column, Nov. 18, 2005

Boyd Vance: Sweet Remembrance

On Oct. 27, the City Council sweetened some of the bitterness of Boyd Vance's passing this year by naming the new theatre at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center after him

Arts Feature, Nov. 11, 2005

Culture Flash

Calling all Eastside artists, here come the Russians, visual artists talk residency programs, and Steven Dietz comes to UT

Arts Column, Nov. 11, 2005

The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune

Robert Schenkkan's 'The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune' eases us back into that long-ago world of screwball comedy and serves up some new fun

Arts Review, Nov. 11, 2005

My Favorite Year

In an extraordinary season of four premieres, playwright Robert Schenkkan brings UT, his old school, a new screwball comedy

Arts Feature, Nov. 4, 2005

Art From the Streets: Off the Streets and on Your Walls

Art helps, and the annual Art From the Streets Show and Sale helps artists who are homeless sell the work they've created and help themselves

Arts Feature, Nov. 4, 2005

Culture Flash!

The Blanton unloads some prints, 'Keepin' It Weird' gets the eye from CBS, and Zach's Little Elf ain't so little anymore

Arts Column, Nov. 4, 2005

State Theater Company: Kanoff Terminated

Just two weeks into what was to be his sixth season with the State Theater Company, Scott Kanoff was booted from his job as producing artistic director

Arts Feature, Oct. 28, 2005

Culture Flash!

A national economist discusses the role of the arts in regional vitality, the LBJ celebrates the NEA at 40, Miami City Ballet cancels a show, and the Blanton Museum delays its grand opening

Arts Column, Oct. 28, 2005


October is a fitting time for the Vortex to premiere Chad Salvata's opera 'Vampyress,' about a ghoulish countess who killed 600 women so she could bathe in their blood

Arts Review, Oct. 28, 2005

The Final Four

The artists up for the first Arthouse Texas Prize talk about their work

Arts Feature, Oct. 21, 2005

American Fiesta

In 'American Fiesta,' Steven Tomlinson's quest for a set of Fiestaware leads him to embrace his past, imperfections, and those who are different

Arts Review, Oct. 21, 2005

Austin Theatre: Free for All (At Least for a Night)

A national audience development campaign that's offering a free night of theatre on Oct. 20 has cast Austin in a starring role for its national premiere

Arts Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

The Faces of Austin: Face-Off

City Hall gets more artsy this week with the debut of Faces of Austin, a new program that features 25 works by Central Texas filmmakers celebrating what makes Austin Austin

Arts Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

Austin Lyric Opera: Breaking Glass

For Austin Lyric Opera's 20th season, artistic director Richard Buckley has lined up the American premiere of Philip Glass' opera 'Waiting for the Barbarians'

Arts Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

Bard Ambition

Stephen Greenblatt on 'Will in the World'

Books Feature, Oct. 7, 2005

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt on 'Will in the World'

Books Review, Oct. 7, 2005

An 'Our Town' for Our Town

With 100 Austin stories, Zach builds a city on a stage

Arts Feature, Sep. 30, 2005

Weird by the Numbers

Arts Feature, Sep. 30, 2005

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