I went into In Here already a fan of several things: the choreographic and soft-sculpture work of Magdalena Jarkowiec, the typically nuanced and droll performances of dancers Kelsey Oliver and Alexa Capareda, and the effects of putting things in boxes.
Ali Siddiq went back to jail. On purpose.
When the Houston comic, who's in town for the Moontower Comedy Festival, got his first hour-long special for Comedy Central, he didn't want to film it in a club or theatre. He wanted to go to a place where he knew laughs were hard to come by, where he first started making people laugh: jail.
When the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards begin tonight, Broadway will be in the house. That's because the ceremony is being emceed by Tyler Mount, a producer on the current revival of Once on This Island and power source for the astoundingly popular Tyler Mount Vlog for Playbill.com. He's a big B'way deal.
As he describes it, Brooklyn-based comedian Julio Torres “crashed here some time ago.” Some people took him in and started calling him Space Prince. “Which I don't mind,” he says. This week, he’ll bring his kindhearted, dreamy, slightly absurdist space comedy to the Moontower Comedy Festival.
It was as if a rectangle door of Exit West had opened into the Austin Central Library and migrants through time had poured into its Special Event Center for a transient moment en route to their next destination. So it felt on Wed., April 11, when Mohsin Hamid, author of the much-praised novel, arrived as a guest of the Mayor's Book Club.
Maybe it’s counterintuitive to kick off a comedy festival with a show about how to behave – talk of manners conjures images of frosty multi-course dinners at Downton Abbey. But the Moontower Comedy Festival was onto something when it booked Travis and Teresa McElroy to do a live show of their hit podcast Shmanners on Wed., April 18.
And here comes the 14th annual Fusebox Festival, with its citywide array of performances and installations and artist- salons filled with creative savants from all over the globe, curated and produced by Ron Berry and his hardworking coterie of arts provocateurs, bringing Austin a diverse wealth of –