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"..."It's right there! Here's an anatomical model, a torso in profile with its shoulder rolled back; there's the women's shoe on its point; and there's the softball," says Asa Hursh gesturing at the Brauntuch on the wall. I've asked him to talk about contemporary curation in Austin, and this is how we start..."
"...As names go, Austin Fine Arts Alliance was serviceable enough for 50 years. But with the Downtown skyline changing and the Blanton and Long Center signaling a major shift in Austin's cultural identity, the organization behind the institution once known as Fiesta and lately as the Austin Fine Arts Festival thought it a good time to, as the kids today put it, rebrand..."
"...The birds are out, the weather isn't yet scorching, and the city is coming alive after some damp and dreary winter days, which can only mean that we're overdue for some outdoor festivities. Art Alliance Austin's annual Art City Austin will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, turning the Downtown blocks of Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lamar into a huge open-air gallery for more than 100 artists from around the country..."
"...You could, in fact, do the opposite of abandoning all hope, ye who enter into Art City Austin at the Palmer Events Center this weekend, because such a display of creativity awaits you inside and outside that vast venue that it’s nothing if not inspiring...."
"...And that means what, exactly? Because, c'mon, for fuck's sake, this city has art of one kind or another gushing forth like so much blood from the severed carotid of a raging manticore every single night of the week, right? What makes this so-called 'Art Night Austin' on Friday so remarkably special? Well, listen:..."
"...After years of treating local art-and-nosh enthusiasts to a progressive party in multiple galleries and venues, Art Night Austin has become synonymous with a movable feast that takes you here and here and here and here and here. But this weekend, that festive fundraiser is going to take you simply from here to there..."
"...What had been the Austin Fine Arts Festival is now Art City Austin, and one way the producers (Art Alliance Austin, previously the Austin Fine Arts Alliance) want to distinguish the new version of the art fair from the old is with a variety of temporary art installations on the fair site. So the alliance is soliciting proposals for temporary art installations at spots along the banks of Lady Bird Lake:..."
"...Hosting the 2011 Art Week Austin, Art Alliance Austin is taking advantage of the exceptional convergence of special arts events this month, including the annual Fusebox Festival and Umlauf Garden Party, the Texas Biennial, and the Austin Museum of Art's triennial "New Art in Austin" exhibition. The events span April 27-May 1, with a special arts summit co-sponsored by Art Alliance Austin, AMOA, Fusebox, and Texas Biennial on April 30..."
"...The annual showcase for visual artists launched in 1956 as Fiesta and known more recently as the Austin Fine Arts Festival has reinvented itself for the new century and this week makes its debut as Art City Austin. Visitors will still be able to find lots of original works of art for sale, but the familiar April event is making some changes, starting with the location, which has shifted south from Republic Square Park to City Hall and the north bank of Lady Bird Lake...."
"...Art City Austin 2009 is on its way this weekend, and the annual outdoor visual-arts fair is seriously spreading the love this year: to architects, to performance artists, to bicyclists, and to, well, everyone in town. See, not only has sponsoring organization Art Alliance Austin expanded its Art City partners to include Pecha Kucha Austin, the Fusebox Festival, and Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, it's also commissioned performance-art visionary Jaclyn Pryor (floodlines) to create a new iteration of her love-note courier service, pink, so anyone who visits Art City this Saturday and Sunday will be able to send a love note to anyone else in the city via a messenger on a pink bike...."
"...Last year, it was pianos. This year, it's swings and bouncy furniture that will crop up on street corners and other unexpected places in Austin's urban core...."
"...Now it's art's turn. Not only is April dense with several of the year's biggest visual arts events – Art City Austin, the Texas Biennial, Art Week Austin, and Fusebox Festival – but the 18 museums, independent galleries, and art centers that stand together under the umbrella Art Austin have conspired to make the month's first 10 days still more art-centric by creating On Site, a combo of their own individual special events and a calendar of all the member groups' activities happening then...."
"...We know you're hot to gorge on turkey this month, but there's something else you should feast on first: art. While we have no shortage of the stuff to savor in other months, November is the one when it's the most bounteous, what with the East Austin Studio Tour, Creek Show, and POP Austin..."
"...But nowadays, art will pop up on our streets or in our parks without notice, enliven our urban space for a period of weeks or days, then vanish as suddenly as the blooms of bluebonnets. Such temporary public art has been around for years, with Fusebox Festival and Art Alliance Austin among the local leaders in commissioning it..."
"...You're a visual artist who gets asked to donate your work for nonprofit fundraisers. Of course, you want to help out, and you do, but this being Austin, you aren't raking in so much scratch from your creative efforts that you can do this for every community organization that comes knocking on your studio door..."
"...A toast, please, to the 170-plus artists and creative projects recognized in the nominations for the 2013 Austin Critics Table Awards. Earlier this month, a batch of the ink-stained wretches who cover the city's cultural scene devoted our monthly meeting of the minds (i.e., happy hour) to reviewing the work we'd seen between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013 (give or take a few days), and came up with what we considered the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts, and theatre...."
"...Hope you've been training for Austin's annual autumn art marathon. With this year's East Austin Studio Tour, your legs need to be strong enough to carry you to more than 175 studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces on the side of I-35 where the sun prefers to rise and your eyes keen enough to absorb work by upward of 300 visual artists..."
"...Art Seen Alliance. The inaugural "POP Austin" international art show happened Oct..."
"...Following five years of lead-up, the rewrite of Austin's outdated land development code soon heads to City Council. To assess its potential impact on the local music scene, "Playback" downloaded the most recent draft – 1,566 pages..."
"...Top 10 (+ 1) major shifts in Austin visual arts in 2014..."
"...In fact, the park will be the work of art, the whole block transformed through the addition and arrangement of dozens of hay bales and other natural materials. This "community land drawing," as it's labeled, is inspired by the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, whose work is featured in the Austin Museum of Art's new exhibition..."
"...In the Nineties, Austin's cultural scene could afford to dream big. The city was riding high on high tech, and so much money was flowing that even arts groups were seeing the green..."
"...The annual East Austin Studio Tour, a free self-guided art event hosted by Big Medium, opens the studios and galleries of local artists over two weekends in November. Visitors come out to meet the artists in their own environment and see the latest creations..."
"...Many Austinites will remember Art as the longtime proprietor of Artz Rib House (2330 S. Lamar), a ramshackle barbecue temple and live music venue known for St..."
"...An open call for visual artists resulted in more than 150 participants, many from Texas, and each night of the fest includes a block of stand-up comedians, coordinated by the New Movement Theater. Austin’s own Crash Alchemy joins a party of performance artists..."
"...Hey, just because you're all amped to see the Ladies Are Funny Festival on Saturday or take the Art of the Pot tour or catch the opening of Palindrome Theatre's Accidental Death of an Anarchist or do one of a thousand other artsy things around town, don't forget that that's the day we vote for Austin's next mayor and three city council members. For anyone who cares about the arts, or is involved in any creative pursuit, it's a critical time to take a stand at the ballot box – not because some specifically pro-creative community candidates need your support, but because the people hoping to run Austin these next few years are acutely aware of the creative sector right now and are paying attention to its actions...."
"...Once or twice a year, Austin's politicians and politician wannabes attend one of these accountability sessions and stand in tribute to one of the city's most powerful political organizations: Austin Interfaith...."
"...It’s no secret that Austin fosters trans and intersex creatives – just look to Xavier Schipani, Doodle Me Alive, and Ethan Draws Stuff for a start – which partially explains why Gender Unbound’s third annual festival is expanding from one day to a weekend-long event this September...."
"...That the vitality of Austin's cultural scene is owed to its leaders – those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates who made the work and founded the institutions and provided the support that allowed theatre, dance, classical music, and the visual arts to take root and flourish here – may go without saying, but leadership takes many forms. At times, it looks like Shakespeare's Henry V, vigorous and magnetic, rallying the troops with words of inspiration..."
"...We winced through the Grammys and slept through the Oscars, but Monday’s second annual Austin Music Industry Awards ran neither self-congratulatory nor constituted self-important ego worship. Popular vote determines winners on the business end of the Austin Music Poll, so the write-in ballot means any trophy reflects true blue community consensus...."
"...What I didn't know at our earliest meeting was that the 34-year-old Houston native may be the finest lyricist in Austin when it comes to conveying the desperate heaviness of life in all its shades of gray, darker gray, and black. New fourth album We're Not Going Anywhere finds the dynamically dour singer meditating on the way things linger: doomed relationships, the vanity of stage lights, the song of an unknown Oklahoma piano player, and the vestiges of our existences after death...."
"...The Downtown Austin Alliance's "First Tuesday" program didn't advertise a Battle of the Bands, but there it was, like something out of Eddie and the Cruisers. On the blistering sidewalks of Congress Avenue, three young men, with faces as clean and bright as their glossy instruments, playing experimental rock in front of the Little City Coffeehouse; and two doors down, under an awning for Boatmen's Bank, a group of middle-aged guys in a collection of tank tops, dude hats, and flowered shirts thumping out a Texas blues shuffle..."
"...Kraka-thoom!!! Rapidly rising rents force Austin theatres, galleries, and live music clubs to shut their doors...."
"...Latifah Taormina answered the ad thinking the post she was applying for would be "a nice part-time job and a good way to get connected to the local theatre community." She was certainly right on the second score, but as for the first? Well, running the former Austin Circle of Theaters wasn't anywhere close to being just part-time work. Ever since the night in September 2000 when she was introduced at ACoT's B..."
"...For the 11th time, Austin Critics Table has found a whole lot to like on the local arts scene. The informal affiliation of arts writers has gathered its nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing exceptional work in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art from May 1, 2002 to April 30, 2003..."
"...Eight-hundred Gullett is the last address on a dead-end street in East Austin. From the road, you can see the front of the house belonging to artists Philippe Klinefelter and Sunyong Chung; it's not until you walk up the driveway and through the fence that you sense the scale of the property..."
"...For the 12th time, local critics have put their heads and pens together to recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2003, to April 30, 2004, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Randy Harriman (music), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); and the Chronicle's Molly Beth Brenner (theatre, visual art), Madeline Irvine (visual art), Rachel Koper (visual art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert Faires (arts)..."
"...9, 7-8:30am, at the Paramount, 713 Congress. To register or for more information, visit www.austintheatre.org...."
"...On Monday, June 3, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club. It was the 10th anniversary for these honors presented by this informal association of local arts writers who gather regularly for lunch, and to mark the occasion the Table inaugurated the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, recognizing local individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the community through the arts over the past few decades..."
"...Excise the "interim" from Marcy Hoen's job title. The board of the Austin Creative Alliance was evidently so taken with her leadership of the organization during the past eight months that it has decided to keep her as executive director permanently..."
"...After an eruption of local outrage, the federal General Services Administration has backed off its plans to (maybe) displace the Austin Children's Museum or the Austin Museum of Art to make way for a new U.S. courthouse..."
"...The planned retail, office, hotel, and cineplex project is being billed as a regional destination mall that would bring thousands of shoppers through the rural Village of Bee Cave, just west of Austin. The 114-acre project is proposed along Hwy..."
"...To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Austin Critics Table Awards, member critics will induct the first members of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame at the Critics Table Awards ceremony this Monday, June 3. The 12 honorees to be inducted have all made significant contributions to the local community through the arts over many years, as artists, as educators, as friends of and advocates for the arts..."
"...Since its founding in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has supplied money to artists and organizations all over the U.S., the Texan art scene prominent among them. Since 2010, Austin alone has received close to $11 million in NEA grants..."
"...Now, most of the time when arts groups in Austin talk about buildings, they mean old storefronts and warehouses abandoned spaces that are cheap to get and can be turned into serviceable theatres and galleries with a little cash and a lot of sweat equity. And indeed, the boom saw a fresh crop of just such venues: the Vortex, the Off Center, Flatbed World Headquarters, the Blue Theater, the Hideout, and Texas Folklife Resources, to name a handful..."
"...Where can you find Grammy-winning American music, arts and crafts, camping, good eats, acoustic jazz and blues, bluegrass, local favorites, and international award-winning artists all in one place? At Central Texas’ signature music festival, of course! Located just outside of Austin, join us for four straight days of finger pickin'—done the good ol’ Texas-friendly way...."
"...But it's not so severe as the problem of the person sleeping on the street tonight." That reminder from moderator John Nyfeler kicked off a passionate Aug. 12 conversation among those who work with or are touched by the "homeless problem" in Austin..."
"...Meet the unforgettable residents and extraordinary artists breathing new life into their historic but struggling community. The film will be introduced by director Andrew Garrison, who is an associate professor of Radio-Television-Film at UT-Austin, and Rick Lowe, the founder of Project Row Houses...."
"...Lone Star songster Ray Wylie Hubbard served as emcee, while international auctioneers Julien's Auctions supervised the sales. They were brisk – Reflections of Austin, by Shanny Lott, and Striking Texas Gold, by Diane Sonnenberg, went for $55,000 apiece – and overall the Austin GuitarTown Auction Gala brought in $589,000..."
"...On Sunday, June 10, the Austin Critics Table presented its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a brisk ceremony at the Bad Dog Comedy Theater, 113 E. Riverside..."