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Wayne Alan Brenner has been covering arts and culture for The Austin Chronicle for more than 15 years, bringing you the brilliant, the odd, and the underexposed.

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The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases

The doctor, a large, hulking fellow with fingers more like the digits of some great ape and a persistent cough -- brought about, he'd informed me, by a leech-gathering mission assayed -- or braved! -- in the darker region of night but two weeks previous -- frowned as he relayed his diagnosis.

Books Review, Oct. 24, 2003


Superstring, the theory that attempts to gather all the laws of physics into one comprehensive, easy-to-digest recipe, may be not quite fully baked, but "Superstring" the show from UT's Creative Research Laboratory presenting new works by nine MFA candidates, is perfectly cooked and damned tasty.

Arts Review, Aug. 22, 2003

Vaguely Purposed Zombies

Maybe astral projection is the best way to survive one of those nutty First Thursday thingies after all …

Features Feature, May. 30, 2003

Eliza Wren / Hallicrafters

Peradventure, Pony

Music Review, Apr. 11, 2003

Book Review: Pieces of Payne

Books Feature, Apr. 11, 2003

Spotlight: Nina Nastasia

Nina Nastasia bewitches.

Music Feature, Mar. 14, 2003

Secrets of "Secret Furniture'

The examples of domestic utility at Gallery Lombardi's exhibit "Secret Furniture" -- chairs, tables, dressers, lamps, shelving units -- are such compelling combinations of professional manufacture and artistic vision that they'll be talked about for months to come.

Arts Feature, Feb. 14, 2003

In On It: da da kamera

As presented by da da kamera at the Fresh Terrain performance festival, Daniel MacIvor's In On It provided a beautiful and quirky evocation of chance, choice, love, and life's inevitable drift (or plummet) toward death.

Arts Review, Jan. 31, 2003

Drummer Wanted: Richard Maxwell

Drummer Wanted, Richard Maxwell's drama of a young garage musician's relationship with his mother while recovering from a broken leg was memorable, but chiefly for the distinctively expressionless, uninflected style of delivery that called to mind really bad acting on purpose.

Arts Review, Jan. 31, 2003

Live on Paper

When he's not covering canvas with acrylic-based images of Japanese toys and Italian scooters and good old American action-figures, Tim Doyle dabbles in the art of the comic book, distilling his day-by-day existence into three black-and-white segments each in monthly issues of Amazing Adult Fantasy.

Arts Feature, Jan. 17, 2003

Vital Currency

Through copper wire woven into life-size human figures and micro-architectural sculpture made from twigs, handmade paper, and almost infinitely knotted strands of horsehair, Patricia Greene and Oscar Silva's "Unconfined Weaving" exhibition at the Butridge Gallery proves elemental and galvanizing.

Arts Feature, Dec. 27, 2002

Reefer Madness

Arts Review, Nov. 8, 2002

Charlie Victor Romeo

In Charlie Victor Romeo, New York City theatre company Collective: Unconscious acts out in-flight catastrophes mined from actual Cockpit Voice Recorder transcripts, and it's effective beyond all hype, beyond any amount of technical chicanery enjoined to provide fright in more fabricated productions.

Arts Review, Oct. 18, 2002

Heart Attack & Fine

Actor Douglas Taylor is alive (again) and well in Austin, Texas

Arts Feature, Sep. 20, 2002

Erin Cone at the Wally Workman Gallery

"The figurative acrylics and oils of Austin's Erin Cone reveal no specific flow of story; neither are they reproduced as visual elements of what the hipper literati like to call graphic novels. Cone's portraits stand alone," writes Wayne Alan Brenner. See Cone's second annual exhibition at the Wally Workman Gallery during August, and be pleased with your decision.

Arts Feature, Aug. 16, 2002

Mouthing Off

Lowell Bartholomee has a lot to say, and he says it in plays that blaze like a Klieg instrument throwing gritty metrosphere of modern life into stark relief -- stark comic relief.

Arts Feature, Jul. 26, 2002

Speaking for Lowell

Every playwright needs a mouthpiece, an actor to communicate his vision to an audience, and Lowell Bartholomee has his in Robert Fisher.

Arts Feature, Jul. 26, 2002

More Than Just the Facts, Ma'am

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's exhibition on Davy Crockett features a short stage show with the hero of the Alamo appearing live and in person. The two Austin actors who alternate in the show describe how they bring that King of the Wild Frontier to life day in and day out.

Arts Feature, Jun. 14, 2002

2002 Summer Camps

Features Feature, May. 10, 2002

The Kindermann Depiction

In The Kindermann Depiction, Physical Plant Theater's Steve Moore and director Carlos Trevino have created two worlds, one flooded with leaves, one made of cloth, that are full of strange wonders. We wouldn't want to live there; but our lives are much enriched by having paid a visit.

Arts Review, May. 10, 2002

Comics Worth Spending Money on

Three Chronicle writers recommend 14 current comics, from standard superhero fare to funny-animal satire to slice-of-life drama.

Books Feature, May. 3, 2002

True West

Boys will be boys -- especially if they're brothers and they're written by Sam Shepard. And this offering of True West from 4th &1 does a damned fine job of showing us what that means.

Arts Review, Apr. 12, 2002

Anatomy of a Print

Artist Lance Letscher and Slugfest print studio team up to produce a labor of something like love.

Arts Feature, Apr. 5, 2002

City Water Tunnel #3

If the Department of Environmental Protection hired someone to explain New York's City Water Tunnel #3, the largest non-defense public works project in the Western Hemisphere, that someone couldn't do a better job than performer Marty Pottenger, who delivers the truth of the project, as plain and raw as the earth that's being tunneled, as bright and ragged as the people tunneling.

Arts Review, Mar. 8, 2002

Fugitive Pieces

The Salvage Vanguard Theater production of Caridad Svich's Fugitive Pieces is a nowhere road reminiscent of the Tom Waits milieu, with vagabonds hopping trains to anywhere other than where they are now. But while it's not for everyone, it's worth the journey.

Arts Review, Mar. 1, 2002

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Andrew Rannells is wonderfully ablaze in the role of the German-born rocker whose sex-change operation was botched, and everything about this hilarious musical spectacle has been fine-tuned to maximum pleasure.

Arts Review, Feb. 8, 2002

FronteraFest Long Fringe


Arts Review, Feb. 8, 2002

They're History

The Blue Genie boys -- those whimsical artists responsible for the armadillo-festooned entrance to Threadgill's World Headquarters, the guitar gal atop Fran's Hamburgers, and other mini-landmarks around Austin -- have been fun for the people who see them and fun for the people who made them. Making giant panels for the new Texas State History Museum, though, was a bit more than just that.

Arts Feature, Apr. 27, 2001


In Drawers, Dawn Davis Loring and the other six members of her Mosaic Dance Body explore our relationship to our underwear with wit and -- á la the lingerie itself -- a certain delicacy, a subtle evocation of rhythm and juxtaposition of bodies in space.

Arts Review, Apr. 6, 2001


In PEXO, musicians with the Walter Thompson Orchestra, dancers from Ariel Dance Theatre, and several guest artists coax music from instruments, intentionally mangle lines of speech, and draw from a palette of physical movement at the command of conductor Thompson, creating an improvised yet shaped performance that is a complex, scattered spectacle for the ear and eye.

Arts Review, Mar. 30, 2001

Pushing the Envelope

For years, mail art has been enlivening the world's postal systems and creating a "meeting of minds" among creative types across the world. Three Austin artists are profiled in a look at the history and continuing appeal of mail art.

Arts Feature, Mar. 23, 2001

Requiem for Tesla

Local mavericks Rude Mechanicals have plundered biographies and scientific history to give us the whole story of maverick inventor Nikola Tesla, and their production Requiem for Tesla, with its unnervingly choreographed lights, arresting video, beautiful period costumes, original score on theremin, strange dance numbers, and working Tesla coil, literally crackles with current.

Arts Review, Mar. 2, 2001

In the Middle of the Ocean

For In the Middle of the Ocean, handsome and slightly crazed Chris Alonzo adopts the persona of Twitchy the Clown to tell a sort of twisted Greek fable about a woman who builds a floating brothel for pirates, gets involved with a well-hung ghost, and eventually follows him to Hell. And singing with the voice of a whiskey-stained angel, Alonzo proves himself an Orpheus with a microphone and guitar and keyboard.

Arts Review, Mar. 2, 2001

A Streetcar Named Desire

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center's new staging of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire attempts to jazz up the classic, but its intentional anachronisms, jarring musical score, and robotic Stanley result in a production that is painfully off-key.

Arts Review, Feb. 16, 2001

Six Women With Brain Death

Buzz Productions' version of the cult hit Six Women With Brain Death gives it the old college try, but even a striking performance by Jo Beth Henderson can't overcome the flat mockery of trash culture that we've seen too many times before.

Arts Review, Feb. 9, 2001

Le Petomane: Anatomy of a Fartiste

Rounding Up the 2001 FronteraFest Long Fringe

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2001

The Vessel

Arts Feature, Feb. 2, 2001

Art: But I Know What I Like

Yasmina Reza's Art has come to Austin, and the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production is equal to the playwright's work. It's a pearl and it's the inside-out of a pearl -- a thing of beauty and the irritant that creates it.

Arts Review, Jan. 26, 2001

Light Up the Sky

For the debut of his new Austin Playhouse company, Don Toner provides a time-travel trip back to 1948 with old Moss Hart and his play about putting on a play, Light Up the Sky. And the trip is one sure to leave a smile.

Arts Review, Jan. 19, 2001

Real Estate and Perfect Mates

The Year in Austin Culture

Arts Feature, Jan. 5, 2001

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