For five years, one sure thing on the Austin stand-up scene has been Sure Thing, the free comedy showcase hosted by Duncan Carson and Brendan K. O'Grady every Saturday at the Austin Java on Parkway. Alas, that cafe is about to pour its final cuppa joe, which means Sure Thing will be without a home, and tonight, Aug. 26, is its last hurrah.
This summer, Mexic-Arte Museum presented its 22nd annual Young Latino Artists exhibition, and it took its usual pride in showcasing work by important emerging artists. But it took an unusual step in declining to present a piece by one of this year's participants on the grounds that it could be construed as supporting white supremacy.
The absence of the Texas Biennial in 2015 left a huge gaping hole in the Lone Star arts calendar that year, but the time off looks to have re-energized the statewide visual arts exhibition. Curator Leslie Moody Castro just made a massive road trip to studios across Texas, and the list of artists for the 2017 Biennial reveals a wealth of talent.
Every dog must have his day, goes the old saying that I’m almost required to start this blogpost with. But now a certain pooch, adopted from Town Lake Animal Shelter by Austin-based playwright Timothy Braun nine years ago, is having an official day here in our bustling city by the river.
The spiritual erosion wrought by your daily grind can be counteracted, we’re suggesting, with an infusion of what’s available in the city’s creative scene. That ain’t homeopathy, baby: These elixirs of entertainment are scientifically verified!