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Activists Nod to The Handmaid's Tale to Protest Anti-Abortion Bills
Cloaked in flowing red robes and white bonnets, more than two dozen activists stood outside the Capitol on Tuesday, May 23, to issue a public warning about the possible fate Texas women could face if legislators continue to attack reproductive rights.

3:45PM Tue. May 23, Mary Tuma Read More | Comment »

Garner Sloan’s Carnival Folk Utopia
Inside what resembles a vaudevillian squat party, complete with juggling accordionist, a mental patient pounding a burning drum kit, and some lanky shadow man honking out trombone solos, there’s Austin’s Garner Sloan – decked out in a ragged tuxedo with grease paint staining his eyes – barking followers toward a supposed paradise.

10:10AM Tue. May 23, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Six Ways to Have a Nostalgic Austin Summer
Austin has developed a lot of labels over the years. You’ll hear that it’s the live music capital of the world, that it’s a pocket of blue in a sea of red, that it’s “weird.” But maybe the most unique part of our city is its commitment to nostalgia, to the romantic ideal of an America that you might remember from the warm summer nights of your youth.

7:00AM Tue. May 23, Will McCarthy Read More | Comment »

2017 Austin Sketch Festival: What To See
The Austin Sketch Festival kicks off tonight and goes madly, gloriously, all the way until Sunday’s over and the last afterparty has disintegrated in a cloud of weary laughter, stale Doritos, and the faint tang of instant nostalgia.

1:00PM Mon. May 22, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave
Days after a grand, emotional goodbye with his sold-out Songwriter Rendezvous at the Paramount Theatre last Thursday, Austin songwriter Jimmy LaFave died Sunday, confirmed his label Music Road Records. He was 61.

12:00PM Mon. May 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

Texas Legislators Push Through Two Anti-LGBTQ Bills Sunday Night
After four months fighting down bathroom bills, the Texas House finally caved to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s threat of a special legislative session on Sunday. Shortly after 8:30pm, the House approved a proposed bathroom bill amendment to Senate Bill 2078 after an hour and a half of debate.

11:38AM Mon. May 22, Sarah Marloff Read More | Comment »

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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 »

The Q&A Hole: What’s Your Favorite Comfort Food?
That annual First Plates issue of ours, an excellent guide to the best of what’s available among a burgeoning diversity of local dining venues, worked a theme of Comfort Food a couple of weeks ago.

10:00AM Mon. May 22, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

R.I.P. George Reiff
George Reiff, the beloved Austin bassist whose masterful, in-the-pocket playing was a fixture on the local scene and a talent beheld by artists of international acclaim, passed away Sunday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, friends confirm.

9:25AM Mon. May 22, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

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