Austin has about as many writers as it does musicians, and every year more and more of them are getting published. We don't know all of the local authors with new books coming out in 2020, but we do know of a few, and these are the ones that have our bibliophilic senses buzzing.
Deborah Roberts has been making and showing art in Austin for decades, most of that time plugging away in the quiet and inconspicuous way of so many local artists. But in the last few years, this remarkable visual artist has broken out in breathtaking fashion.
The Texas artist who gave us the 40-foot-tall cowboy boots outside San Antonio's North Star Mall, the 12-foot-tall iguana standing guard over Ft. Worth Zoo's animal hospital, and the 25-foot-long horns hanging in UT-Austin's alumni center, among other wonders, has gunned his pickup for the last horizon. Bob "Daddy-o" Wade has died at age 76.
When an author living in London writes a book set in Austin, a reader has reason to question his feel for the local scene. But when that book has its characters chomping down on Ruby's BBQ, tramping up Mount Bonnell, and even shooting to Bergstrom via Manor Road and Airport so as to bypass I-35, the question becomes: How in Bevo's name does a Brit know all that?
Walking into Dear Evan Hansen at Bass Concert Hall, you’re accosted by bleeps, blips, and tones quickly identifiable as the chatter of the digital world. On each side of the stage, lines of hypertext flow like rivers around the lead character’s bed: Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed. It’s a reminder of the landscape surrounding teens like Evan today.
When it comes to Austin's stages, you can count on one hand the number of comedic performances so hilariously perfect that, years after the fact, they can still tickle your ribs just thinking about them.