"..."I love maps," says Austin architect, artist, welder, and mapmaker Ann Armstrong. "They're functional art..."
"...Six months have passed since the Austin Police Department announced the shutdown of its DNA lab due to poorly trained staff and the use of outdated, faulty procedures. Without a functioning lab, the city and county collectively have struggled to process DNA evidence in criminal cases, creating substantial holdups for district prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, survivors of sexual assault and other crimes, and their alleged attackers...."
"...It was bracing to see thousands of people in the streets May 1, from New York to Los Angeles – and not excepting the 10,000 marchers Downtown – in opposition to the newly enacted Arizona anti-immigrant law (Senate Bill 1070) and, more generally, in support of immigrants (pretty much all of us, by the way). And it was reassuring to see Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo publish a stinging op-ed against the Arizona law in Sunday's Statesman, on the very rational law-and-order grounds that wherever SB 1070 or similar laws are enacted, it will mean the end of "community policing" – that is, of cooperation with police officers by the largely Latino immigrant community (documented or not), under the knowledge that a person's "immigration status" would subject them at a minimum to unwanted attention and, at worst, arrest and deportation..."
"...Wood pioneered food news reporting in Austin. Her column, Food-O-File, chronicled the latest in chef changes, restaurant openings, shuttered food businesses, and up-and-coming artisan foodmakers, from 1995 until 2014..."
"...Rather than pay out the nose relocating relics, the pack rat lightens his load with "Eddie Wilson's Armadillo World Headquarters and Threadgill's Collections" auction at the Burley Gallery in New Braunfels on Sat., Jan 17. Among hundreds of items up for grabs: an autographed Janis Joplin nude, Vulcan Gas Company co-owner Don Hyde's marijuana leaf cowboy boots, the 'Dillo's piano played by Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Count Basie, original concert posters of the grand opening (Jim Franklin) and Bruce Springsteen's Austin debut (Micael Priest), and signed fliers from Waylon Jennings and Johnny Winter...."
"...Earlier this year, Austin lost one of its rare galleries that focused (no pun intended) on photography. But in less than two months, two more have risen in its place..."
"...Bridgforth moves to Austin. For the next nine years, she works with the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department as a disease intervention specialist, HIV-tester, educator, and outreach worker...."
"...This development has driven other I-35 cities batshit, or at least into a coalition to aggressively lobby against the corridor. How that's going to affect Austin remains to be seen, because technically State Highway 130 will be our leg of the corridor, and it's already being built by a consortium led by Fluor (who came in last in the three-way race for this initial TTC-35 contract), and everyone strenuously denies that SH 130's toll-road needs will goad TxDOT into shelving its I-35 plans through Central Austin..."
"...At least that's how leaders of the Save Our Springs Alliance regard a proposed agreement that would allow a mega commercial and residential development across 4,000 acres of sensitive terrain in Southwest Austin. SOS described the planned development as one that would rival the suburban asphalt jungle that looms just north of Dallas..."
"...We know: You have that East Austin Studio Tour itch. You're all antsy with anticipation for the annual monster showcase of homegrown art on the Eastside and just don't know if you can wait another entire week to see all the artsy goodness that'll be on display..."
"...Austin is a city proud of its talents and wares, and we try to buy accordingly. There are many among us who take a kind of twisted pride in spending our last dollar on concert tickets or music by local musicians..."
"...The colossal East Austin Studio Tour is coming out of its absolutely necessary weekday intermission and entering the second and final weekend of concentrated arts madness. This Saturday and Sunday, Nov..."
"...Generous Art, an organization that for years has been helping artists sell their work, with part of the proceeds going to nonprofits, is undertaking a new project to benefit the city's art-makers: founding a professional association for artists that will fill critical gaps in Austin's creative scene. And it'll tell you all about it on Saturday...."
"...Now, Hello Lamp Post has jumped the pond, thanks to the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division as a way of marking the Art in Public Places program’s 30th anniversary. The project launches Thursday, Feb..."
"...Austin Chronicle: What's it like, having your collection be part of grayDUCK's "Collectors" artshow?..."
"...For the 19th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for these awards, covering the period from May 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)...."
"...A couple of inconvenient truths about Austin: 1) Festivals bloom here like bluebonnets in springtime, and 2) nobody's making any new weekends. Slapped together, that means that our fair city increasingly has festivals of one kind or another – and often the same kind – crowding together on the same small patch of Saturday 'n' Sunday..."
"...The City of Austin hands out money to a broad range of artists and arts organizations each year, mostly in very small amounts -- a thousand dollars here, five thousand dollars there -- through its Cultural Contracts program. Normally, this is chump change in the municipal budget, but for a starving artist (is there any other kind?) a couple of grand can make the difference between cultural legitimacy and the dish room at the IHOP. So the cultural contracts process is always a fertile breeding ground for discord, which sometimes manifests itself as high-minded philosophical debate, sometimes as lowdown, political bitch fits...."
"...Maybe you thought Oklahoma was the only place rattled by record quakes in 2011. Alas, for Austin's arts scene, the year was also full of shock waves, an unprecedented number that left our cultural landscape significantly changed by 2011's end..."
"...This year, I had the pleasure of getting on the bus for the annual Art Night Austin event put on by Art Alliance Austin. Buses stopped at Arthouse, the Austin Museum of Art, and several commercial galleries, with each venue featuring food from local restaurants to go with the art on display..."
"...The public pianos were so warmly received – only one was vandalized, and the rest were not only played daily but decorated – that the project spread quickly to cities around the world, including São Paolo, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; London; Barcelona, Spain; New York City; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cincinnati, Ohio; and more. This week, Austin becomes the 17th community to import the project thanks to the commissioning efforts of Art Alliance Austin for this week's Art City Austin and Art Week Austin in late April..."
"...• Experience the fascinating flavors associated with the miracle berry (see "Magic Fruit," July 25, 2008) at Austin's first Miracle Fruit Party at the Daily Juice Cafe (4500 Duval St., 380-9046,www.dailyjuice.org). Tickets are $20 per person; space is limited, so call now for reservations..."
"...Richard MacKinnon is changing the city of Austin on a fundamental level. For a city driven by technology and forever flush with creatives, Austin has always been at the forefront of the tech wars, and now, thanks to MacKinnon's efforts with his Austin Wireless City Project, the city is leapfrogging ahead of the entire world..."
"...The Black Angels started Austin Psych Fest to link the original psychedelic awakening of the late 1960s to its modern resurgence. The connection crystallizes this weekend with the band's most ambitious outing to date: a three-day reverb holiday at the Seaholm Power Plant that promises 58 bands across two stages, including marquee headliners (Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Spectrum, Prefuse 73), promising newcomers (the Fresh & Onlys, No Joy, White Hills), and coming full circle on Sunday, local pioneers of the genre Roky Erickson and Cold Sun...."
"...The idea was simple: Show a community how it can support deserving local artists without the cumbersome processes of most public and private foundation grants. As part of One Swallow Doesn't Make a Summer, the Cook & Ruud-curated series commissioned by Art Alliance Austin, Milwaukee artist Paul Druecke cooked up "The Perfect Recipe," in which proceeds from a bake sale held in Republic Square Park on April 23 would be allocated to three Austin artists selected by three panelists drawing from names nominated by the community..."
"...That may sound paradoxical, considering South by is about as big as festivals get in Austin (or most places, for that matter). But it's precisely that size that's led most local arts groups to stop scheduling special events – and even regular events – when the Music, Film, and Interactive juggernauts are going..."
"...It can be a bit daunting, more than 200 open studios and exhibits, but artists and collectives like Ink Tank have me excited about returning for more during the second and final weekend of this year's West Austin Studio Tour. Last weekend, Ink Tank hosted a yard sale where it hocked wares from previous shows, projects, and art parties..."
"...• Art Night Austin Enjoy a seven-stop shuttle tour of galleries and shops serving food from an eclectic selection of Austin restaurants. Proceeds benefit programs of Art Alliance Austin..."
"...Graham Reynolds As part of the Art Alliance Austin installation, "Play Me, I’m Yours," Graham Reynolds went off like Andrew W.K. on this defenseless instrument..."
"...Later that night, when he strutted onstage with Muddy Waters and sat at the piano, that same woman stared and laughed back. Thus began Pinetop's long and ultimate relationship with Austin..."
"...This question has been at the forefront of David Sandal's mind for about a year and a half now. That's how long this professional program manager and entrepreneur has been serving on the board of directors of the Austin Creative Alliance, an agency that aspires to nothing less than serving every creative individual, business, and organization in the city – whether they're involved in music, film, visual arts, performing arts, digital media, design, or any other creative field you can name, whether they're amateur or professional, nonprofit or for-profit...."
"...October could mark the end of the brief breather in Austin's otherwise packed fall film festival lineup. Central Texas cinephiles kicked out of the Alamo Drafthouse by the Fantastic Fest cleaning crew can now weather the time before the Austin Film Festival lets them into the Paramount at the expanded film portion of the fifth annual Art Outside festival..."
"...The perpetual echo of music ricocheted around its self-proclaimed world capital. While the teeming heart of Austin's entertainment district at closing hour is rarely what anyone would call mellow, this night seemed pretty much like any other...."
"...31. That's when First Night Austin unleashes dozens of area artists on the heart of the city to work their creative wonders on the urban landscape..."
"...On three out of four sides, major new civic buildings are planned that will reframe the park: a U.S. Postal Service mixed-use development to the north, the Austin Museum of Art to the south, and the new federal courthouse to the west..."
"...Some blocks sloped awkwardly into the roadway, others had steps at either end, and there was no cover from the sun. Considering this is all within a block of major state and federal offices, on a street that crosses Austin's central entertainment district, and with two major hotels and a cathedral on its length – well, that's embarrassing..."
"...As with the weather, everyone talks about the future, but nobody does anything about it. At least, that's often how it feels in Austin, where folks seem to enjoy nothing so much as sitting around in meetings jawing about what the city (or county or region) ought to be like anywhere from five to 50 years down the line and then distilling and preserving their grand projections for that time in bound and printed long-range plans..."
"...That last was especially important to the folks who sponsored Crisis & Opportunity: An Open, Structured Dialogue. Given the volatility of Austin's cultural scene in recent months and the strong feelings that accompanied some of the leadership and staffing changes at Arthouse, the Austin Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the Austin Theatre Alliance, the leaders of the Austin Creative Alliance, in partnership with the Wyatt Brand public relations firm and the city of Austin's Cultural Arts Division, had justifiable concerns that their attempt to generate constructive conversation in turbulent times might devolve into finger-pointing at specific organizations and bitter denunciations of their actions...."
"...When Bobbie Barker, regional vice-president of Southern Union Gas, was chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance in 1997-98, she was determined to focus attention on the historic downtown parks (Republic Square, Wooldridge Park, and Brush Square). "That's when we began the process of surveying the parks, identifying the stakeholders around each of the parks, and working with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to give some attention to those parks..."
"...Rejecting the stoicism and loneliness of masculinity, I feel, is the first step in talking openly about what it means to embody Black masculinity." Parker found art after suffering a "breakdown." Now it's become an empowerment tool for Parker and others struggling with gender identity, race, and mental health. As an artist and QPOC community member, Parker said they're trying to shift the "collective paradigm" in Austin, because "visible space for me or other Black queer people [here] is virtually nonexistent." They hope to make TenderQueer a series of art shows by partnering with more members of the QPOC community. GAYDAR..."
"...We came, we saw, we liked an awful lot of it. That essentially describes the reaction of the Austin Critics Table to the last year in the arts..."
"...Overall the piece ignores the role of thousands of Austin citizens who care enough to get involved and fight for our water and our home rule rights to shape the future of Austin. It specifically ignores the role of the Board of Directors of the S.O.S..."
"...As of Thursday, Feb. 24, Austin's new seat of municipal government will feature the exhibition of artwork by more than 70 local artists and I mean among the finest this city has to offer..."
"...Ten years ago this week, more than 45,000 Austinites -- more than voted for any member of today's City Council -- voted for the Save Our Springs Ordinance and, it can be fairly said, changed history, at least temporarily. On Aug..."
"...Complicating the matter is the tendency of the system to favor the smaller applicants, even though the larger ones may "serve" a much greater number of Austinites. So cultural organizations such as the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, and the Austin Theatre Alliance, all of which have grown substantially in the past five years and are doing more challenging work, winning more acclaim, and reaching more people, have typically seen little growth in their funding from the city, despite a hefty increase in the Cultural Contracts Fund over the same period (from $2.28 million in 1996-97 to $3.5 million in 2000-01)...."
"...According to city officials, the owners of the land, Dallas-based JPI Texas Development, Inc. - Austin's biggest apartment developer - and Osaka, Japan-based SNK, have existing approvals to build 356 apartment units and 660,000 square feet of office space..."
"...A new report, released Wed., June 28 by Nestpick, polled thousands of queers across the world to identify the Best LGBTQ Cities. They asked residents to rate their town's queer dating scene, LGBTQ nightlife, safety, rights, and the "openness" of "fellow citizens." Out of 100 cities ranked Best in the World, Austin magically landed at 24..."
"... Faced with a certain override of a veto, Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday he is allowing House Bill 1098 overturning his executive order to require human papillomavirus vaccinations for all sixth-grade girls to become law without his signature. Naked City The field of finalists for the top cop job at the Austin Police Department has been narrowed from nine to five, city officials reported Tuesday..."
"...Deaf Abused Women and Children Advocacy Services, AustinDon't Tell Us How to Live!Dear Editor,..."
"...A slow Memorial Day news week: high-profile vacationers include the legislators supposedly working to fix school finance, as well as Mayor Will Wynn, touring Europe (see "Austin@Large")..."