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The Tree's Knees

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 22, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I enjoy flipping to the back of the Chronicle to read Mr. Smarty Pants Knows. Sadly, I'm here to point out that even Mr. Smarty pants is human. In the most recent edition, Mr. Smarty Pants states that Bald Cypress trees don't grow knees. If the conditions they are growing in are moist enough, they do grow knees, even in Central Texas.
Charlton Perry
   Mr. Smarty Pants responds: Thanks! I guess someone will have to correct Texas A&M.

Apt for an App

RECEIVED Fri., Nov. 19, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I love the Chron. I believe y’all are responsible for creating a creative community here. I donate to y’all each month as if I were subscribing. It is worth it.
    So where’s the app? Your weekly art listing (including music and movie listings) would be so helpful to your audience.
Thanks, Amanda Bowman

Austin Artists

RECEIVED Thu., Nov. 18, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Thank you Vivie Behrens and Austin Chronicle for the review of the Crit Group Exhibitions at the Contemporary [“Are You Local?,” Culture, Nov. 19]. I too came away from these shows inspired. Austin produces world-class art talent.
    I agree with the dispensing with the term "local" to describe our vital arts community. The artists in the Crit Group Show are no more local than the New York-based artists who participate in PS 1's Greater New York show.
    To go a bit farther than the review, the Crit Group artists are not even just "Austin-based.” They are Austin Artists. They are making work born, in part, from a shared experience in this city and with each other in a shared arts community.
    Austin Art has a quality of its own, much like Austin Music. From my vantage Austin Art is smart, passionate, attentive to craft, curious, playful, and resourceful. Austin Artists have ambitions in defiance of their situation. They are D.I.Y. till they d-i-e. They are grounded in greenbelts, creeks, and house parties. They aspire to converse with the world from the porch.
    Austin Art now reminds me of Austin Music in the 1990s: overflowing with creativity, verve, and popping with new ideas.
Phillip Niemeyer
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