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Critics Table Tops at 25
A lot of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions were mounted around town between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, and now, for the 25th time, members of the Austin Critics Table have settled on what was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the 2017 Critics Table Awards.

10:05AM Mon. May 22, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

ATX's Inaugural Addresses
As a certain wrinkled Dreamsicle prepares to become the nation's Complainer-in-Chief, Austin's creatives are making their feelings known through a variety of events and actions – some symbolic, some critical, some providing financial support to agencies whose future may be endangered during his administration. Here are several of note:

11:40AM Wed. Jan. 18, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Statesman Cuts Arts Staff
The voice of informed and experienced arts criticism in this city is about to get a whole lot softer. As of Dec. 31, the Austin American-Statesman is eliminating the position of full-time arts writer, meaning that Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, who has been employed there since 1999, will be out of a job.

3:30PM Wed. Nov. 30, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

ACA Debuts Creative Infrastructure Initiative
With arts and live music venues increasingly being displaced by rising rents and rapid development, the Austin Creative Alliance has just taken a big step to address the issue – a $100,000 step. The ACA is rolling out what it's calling a Creative Infrastructure Initiative, funded by a $100K gift from financial services advisor Roy Mullin.

9:30AM Tue. Nov. 22, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Austin Creative Alliance Honors 2016
Dewy Brooks. Janet Seibert. Lisa Byrd. Bruce Willenzik. Salvage Vanguard Theater. What do they all have in common? Well, each one has made hugely valuable contributions to the city's creative scene. And because of that, each is being honored by the Austin Creative Alliance at the North Door tonight.

12:36PM Wed. Nov. 16, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Pleasure of the Paynes 2016
Sometimes at a ceremony where awards are being handed out, there's one show that just seems to have generated some special magic and on which a lotta love is lavished. So it was at the 42nd edition of the B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards on Monday, where the Vortex Repertory Company production of Terminus received a total of 11 awards.

9:04AM Thu. Oct. 27, 2016 Read More | Comment »

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The One Thing That Even Houdini Couldn’t Escape
The one thing that Harry Houdini could never escape was his appetite.

11:42AM Thu. Oct. 13, 2016, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

A Deep Dive Into Play
Got a little time to spend learning about and taking part in interactive story experiences – the kind of immersive narratives where the participants help develop the story as it's happening? Good. There's one coming up in Austin, and the whole thing should only take you, oh, nine months.

1:30PM Wed. Oct. 5, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Save Our Spaces March: "Give Us the Keys!"
With signs reading "Invest in Arts and Music," "Life Is Art," and "We Are the Weird in Austin," 75 local artists and musicians followed the Austin Arts Resurrection Marching Band in a second line down Second Street from the Austin Convention Center to City Hall to urge City Council to "Save Our Spaces."

4:30PM Thu. Sep. 15, 2016, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

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R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave Songwriter passes days after legendary performance
I Love You, Jimmy Nearly four-hour LaFave convergence petitions a greater good
Drum Dynamo J.J. Johnson’s Saving Grace Powerhouse Austin drummer strips down to his bare essence
R.I.P. George Reiff Cancer steals extraordinary bassist and producer