Members of the Austin Critics Table have considered the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, and settled on what was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the 2019 Critics Table Awards.
Arielle Isaac Norman might be the grossest comic in Austin. Or, then again, it might be Norman’s friend and Gender Fluids podcast co-host Austin Smartt. “I have always described her as the only comic in Austin who’s more disgusting than I am.” Norman assures, “We really are the two most disgusting comics in town.”
For more than 20 years, Ballet Austin has run a little-known program which has left a big impression on audiences the night before the opening night, transforming each final dress rehearsal into an official evening at the ballet for those who might otherwise not have this opportunity.
A man who devoted four decades of his life to bringing dance to students on Austin's Eastside, changing countless lives in the process, has left us. Rodolfo Méndez, founder of Ballet East Dance Theatre and its guiding light since 1978, died Sunday evening, May 5. He was 74.
Almost everyone knows of the Stonewall Riots, but countless figures and legacies contributed to the present-day LGBTQ rights movement and have long gone unsung. But this spring, Austin's Capital City Men’s Chorus will illuminate the lesser known stories of America’s 20th century LGBTQ icons at Unbreakable: Untold Stories of Our Community.