Watching eight people perform publicly when they've all been awake for 45 hours might seem a cruel way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Aren't you just there to see those exhausted husks of humanity self-destruct? Not at Hideout Theatre's 48-Hour Improv Marathon; their eight were so whip-smart and quick-witted, they left you feeling dazed.
Carina Magyar would tell you being a single, working mom in Texas isn't always a walk in the park, but she’s really hitting her stride in the booming Austin comedy scene. As the runner up in this year’s Funniest Person in Austin contest and Live at Coldtowne host, she’s become a comedic city gem with her unique and hilariously relatable jokes.
Fireworks may provide the oohs and ahs on Independence Day, but when it comes to making your heart swell with patriotic pride, there better be music – our National Anthem, say, or an ode to America's natural splendors and democratic ideals, or a rousing military march. If you want a Fourth of July fix of patriotic music, here's where to find it.
In his 2016 Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, Mayor Steve Adler called the lack of affordable space for artists a priority concern. Working out how to address that took the city some time, but this week the Cultural Arts Division is rolling out its Art Space Assistance Program and telling artists how they can tap its $200,000 in aid.
Twelve weeks ago, one of Austin's funniest, fiercest stand-up artists – and probably its best loved – left us way, way too soon. Lashonda Lester's star was on the rise, and we don't know anyone who didn't want to see it hit the big time and shine forever. Wednesday, the comedy community gathers to pay tribute to Lester and raise funds to aid her family.
Let’s see: The Rude Mechs moved out of the Off Center on May 15, and here it is, not even six weeks later, and the theatre collective is opening a new 5,000-square-foot space . So much for going the Scarlett O’Hara route of weepily wondering, “Where shall we go? What shall we do?”
When it comes to doing something for 48 hours nonstop, the only thing most people can lay claim to is breathing. But eight of Austin's most intrepid improvisers will spend 48 consecutive hours this weekend making stuff up onstage. From 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday, June 23-25, they'll be at the Hideout Theatre performing in 48 different improv shows.