Come & Take It Live
"...So instead Tom Miller piled up money at Fourth and Lavaca and was already a wealthy and dedicated civic booster when Col. Andrew Jackson Zilker urged him to jump into the 1933 City Council race after three incumbents announced their retirements..."
"...Not the early Elvis of Sun Records and not the late Elvis of the Vegas Strip, but the Elvis no one likes to talk about: the middle Elvis of Hollywood, the star of all those cheesy Sixties rom-coms in which he played a devil-may-care deckhand/rodeo rider/racecar driver who also happened to be a terrific singer and whose prickly romance with some fetching, feisty lass (Ann-Margret/Shelley Fabares/Nancy Sinatra) would be interrupted by a carefully calibrated series of songs (defined by lyricist Jerry Leiber as "three ballads, one medium-tempo [number], one up-tempo, and one break blues boogie"). Hit the Hillside for the 60th annual Zilker Summer Musical and you, too, can see this least-respected of the King's incarnations, and that's not a bad thing, not by a long shot...."
"...Zilker Theatre Productions presents The Wizard of Oz this summer, and its production embraces all the joy in the musical, without irony. Director J..."
"...Even pegged-out mercury can't stop an audience from enjoying a show of this caliber, though; the performance I attended was chock-full of families, sprawled blanket-to-blanket across the Zilker hillside, ready for the antics of that lovable ogre and company. Zilker Theatre Productions' staging, under Scott Shipman's direction, doesn't disappoint..."
"...A few months ago, the 22-year-old was just one more Austin actor hustling whatever roles he could, whether they were mainstage productions for adults (All the Way at Zach Theatre, Guys and Dolls at Lakeway's TexARTS) or daytime shows for kids (Zach's Winnie the Pooh). He'd endured the grind of university student life (UT's Department of Theatre & Dance, where he was Benny in In the Heights) and the swelter of the Zilker Summer Musical (playing Will Parker in Oklahoma!)...."
"...4) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Zilker Theatre Productions) With Robin Lewis' never-say-die choreography, the best Zilker Summer Musical I've seen in 10 years. Directed by Ginger Morris and Lewis...."
"...Zilker Neighborhood Association..."
"...Over the course of its 15-year history, the Octopus Club has raised nearly $1 million, all of it going to the cause. As producer Lew Aldridge points out, "All the costs are covered by the hosts and business donors so that every single dollar the event raises goes directly to an Austinite living with HIV, for essentials like rent, utilities, medications, and food." Jay Billig, contractor and owner of Jaythings Design, was the chairman of this year's auction and party event, and enlisted the help of Chris Ladd as curator as well as Chuck Watson (producer of the Zilker Trail of Lights), Anthony Mauzy (Teleportdoor music and art), and Sharon & Greg Keshishian of Ion Art (they donated the warehouse space for the party and are also the creator of the signage and trimmings at the new Whole Foods World Headquarters)..."
"...Burning desire this early morning had built up since SXSW from a redhead in full cranial windmill on our cover. Locals inspiring Matador Records to go national with an Austin punk sampler, Dikes of Holland practice the Red River seizure a lot more frequently than the Rolling Stones roll into Zilker Park, but the Ramones chanted it best: gimme gimme shock treatment...."
"...One Saturday, as I was bicycling around Austin, I stopped to watch a person sculpting on one of two huge limestone monoliths that are to be part of an ornate new gateway for the Austin botanical gardens in Zilker Park. When he came down off his ladder I introduced myself, asking the usual questions about what he was up to..."
"...His newborn daughter had him up at 4am again and after he put her down, Charles Attal knew he couldn't go back to sleep, so he got dressed and walked the mile down the hill to Zilker Park. This was late September 2008 and the park's Great Lawn was in the process of being transformed into the setting for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which would fill the park with 75,000 fans for three days the next week...."
"...One of theatre's many jobs is to help facilitate such crucial discussions for both avid theatregoers and those who have never seen a play. Zilker Theatre Productions is currently doing just that – not through the dramas of Wilson or McNally as one might expect, but instead with Hairspray, the teased-up, campy, multiple Tony Award-winning musical that tackles issues ranging from body image to racial injustice...."
"...Something clicked. When he was cast in one of the lead roles in the Zilker Park Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jackson remembers laying down on his bed and staring at the ceiling of his apartment, repeating to himself, "This is what I have to do."..."
"...That said, my fear originally was that the World's Still Greatest Rock & Roll Band – the Stones – might load into a drum about one-third the size of their Central Texas demand in following up a miraculous Zilker Park performance from 2006. That's akin to Justin Timberlake playing some tent during South by Southwest last month..."
"...You may be familiar with a wide-eyed young Kansan who set the standard for such getaways with her extreme vacay from the Sunflower State to the Land of Oz. Well, this year, the Zilker Summer Musical will transport audiences to the Emerald City, Munchkinland, and points between with a production of The Wizard of Oz, and we've been considering how to get you over the rainbow, so to speak..."
"..."It's too fucking early!" shouted bassist Seth Gibbs as local heavy pop quintet, Bobby Jealousy, shook the Saturday morning spectators awake with a high-energy performance that included twerking from his wife and singer Sabrina Ellis. That established them as the best local act until reformed guitar army the True Believers ignited the Zilker Tent with a set so fierce that Scratch Acid drummer Rey Washam left in bandages...."
"...What the U.S. Post Office is going to do with all those pennies raised by a more expensive stamp than 32cents a mailing is, according to the Zilker Neighborhood News, offering no speculation, but phasing out the 78704 post office in southwest Austin for a far more inconvenient one at the northeast corner of South Congress and Ben White...."
"...On Sunday in Zilker Park for ACL 2011, he did. By 6:30pm, when he commanded the AMD stage, the weekend had well and truly peaked..."
"...Taking a break outside an unassuming complex near Zilker Park, Blondie Chaplin leans against a parked car and grins at his all-star band. Standing next to him are bassist Chris Maresh and drummer J.J..."