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The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...It was four for Thr3e at the Austin Critics Table Awards on Monday night, with Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters receiving four prizes from the group of area arts writers...."

2016 Austin Critics Table Awards
PHOTO GALLERY  May 26, 2016
"...The crowd awaits the start of the 2016 Austin Critics Table Awards on May 23, 2016...."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2014
PHOTO GALLERY  June 3, 2014
"...Blue Genie co-founders Kevin Collins (l) and Dana Younger during the collective's induction into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame at the Austin Critics Table Awards on June 2, 2014..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The 2002 Austin Critics Table Awards
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.
Arts Story  June 7, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...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)..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Austin Critics Table Winners 2000-01
Arts Story  June 15, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 26, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Capital T Theatre had a reason to crow at the Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony on Monday, winning three awards for its staging of the dark cockfighting comedy Year of the Rooster, but the night was just as exxx-cellent for the Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Vortex Repertory Company's Terminus, both of which also received a trio of prizes from the association of area arts scribes at its 24th presentation of honors...."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
Giving a lot of sweet bouquets (and taking their sweet time doing it)
Arts Story  June 8, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...The idea that you get slower as you get older seemed in full force as the Austin Critics Table marked its 20th year of presenting annual awards for outstanding achievements in the arts on Monday, June 4. The ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club crept along like a senior citizen in the passing lane, taking more than three hours to hand out honors in 47 categories and welcome five new members into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame; all this despite the best efforts of the arts writers at the mic and house band the Invincible Czars to move things along – and even the introduction of a drinking game to keep spirits high...."

2012-13 Austin Critics Table Awards
June 3, 2013. 21 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  June 4, 2013
"...Austin American-Statesman journalist and Austin Critics Table co-founder Michael Barnes, newly inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
Arts Story  May 25, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...One minute, you and a half-dozen arts writers are handing out honors to local theatre artists in the Continental Club, and the next, a couple of decades have zoomed by, and your casual little awards party has become an institution – lauding exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, and the visual arts as well as drama. I don't know how the city's loose affiliation of arts writers – i.e., we get together for happy hour once a month – has managed it for this long, but the Austin Critics Table is marking its 20th year of commending outstanding work on the local arts scene..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2014
Nominees announced, with top honors to a 'Vibrator,' a fixed 'John,' and a merry 'Roll'
Arts Story  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Receiving five nods apiece were the Mary Moody Northen Theatre's staging of the Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along and the Rude Mechs' premiere of Kirk Lynn's Fixing King John. (Since this author was a member of that show's cast, it may be pertinent to note here that members of the Table refrained from voting on any project in which they or an immediate family member took part.) The full list of nominees for the 2014 Austin Critics Table Awards is available at austinchronicle.com..."

1995 Austin Critics' Table Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 1995
"...For the third year, a gathering of theatre critics from local publications has produced their list of outstanding achievements in Austin theatre from May 1994-April 1995. Members of the table are: Michael Barnes and Jamie Smith, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Barry Pineo, The Austin Chronicle..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2014-2015
PHOTO GALLERY  June 2, 2015
"...Artist of the Year Margo Sawyer at the 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards on June 1, 2015..."

Critics Table Tops at 25
The nominees for the 2016-17 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 22, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Critics Table Honors Cultural Heroes

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Austin Critics Table Awards, member critics are inducting 12 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community through the arts into the newly established Austin Arts Hall of Fame.
Arts Story  May 31, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 1999-2000 Winners
The Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club
Arts Story  June 2, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, May 29, the Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their eighth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman; and Robert Faires and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1999-April 2000..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Awards 1998
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...On Tuesday, June 2, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented its sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre in a ceremony at Top of the Marc. The participating critics - Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Sarah Hepola, and Adrienne Martini, The Austin Chronicle - honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table Nominations 1998
Arts Story  May 15, 1998
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their sixth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics — Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; Jerry Conn, West Austin News; and Robert Faires, Adrienne Martini, and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle — honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1997-April 1998..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts. The group recognized artistry in the theatre and beyond for the period from May 2000 through April 2001..."

1999 Critics' Table Nominations
Arts Story  May 20, 1999
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table has released the nominations for its seventh annual awards for achievement in theatre. Critics representing the Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Round Rock Leader, and West Austin News honored work produced on Austin stages from May 1998 through April 1999..."

1999 Critics' Table Winners
Arts Story  June 17, 1999
"...On Monday, June 14, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented its seventh annual awards for achievement on Austin stages in a ceremony at Top of the Marc, 618 W. Sixth..."

Theatre Critics Table Awards 1997
Arts Story  May 16, 1997
"...On Monday, May 12, the Austin Theatre Critics' Table presented their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre at Top of the Marc. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work on Austin stages from May 1996-April 1997..."

Theatre Critics Table Nominations 1997
Arts Story  May 9, 1997
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced nominations for their fifth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith, and Anna Hanks, Austin American-Statesman; John Bustin, West Austin News; David Mark Cohen, Texas Triangle; Jerry Conn, Westlake Picayune; and Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini, Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1996-April 1997..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2013
The Austin Critics Table has honored five more pioneers in the Austin arts community
Arts Story  May 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the 12th group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these five Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years – some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
Arts Story  May 24, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The Critics Speak … and Speak … and Speak
Clybourne Park, Manchurian Candidate big winners
DAILY Arts  June 6, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table marked its 25th year of recognizing outstanding achievements on the local arts scene with a squadron of new critics presenting awards, a city proclamation acknowledging the occasion that included a recipe for a martini, and lots of gracious, heartfelt speeches from the winners...."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2014 Critics Table Awards...."

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016
These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
Arts Story  May 5, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...All have their gaze trained firmly on the future – creating space for new art, nurturing new artists, and ensuring that creativity here continues to thrive. The Austin Critics Table will induct them into the Hall of Fame during the Critics Table's annual awards ceremony – the most informal one in town – on Monday, May 23, 7pm, at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research..."

Contemporary Austin Goings & Comings
Judith Sims retires, Deming sculpture Mystic Raven returns
DAILY Arts  December 15, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Sims has made an impact outside that institution as well. As Cohen noted, "She was a founding participant in Austin's Dance Umbrella, brought internationally-renowned dance artist Deborah Hay to Austin for her first performance here, and assisted at the birth of the venerable arts umbrella Women & Their Work." There's a reason that Sims was among the first dozen people that the Austin Critics Table inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Flatbed Press founders Katherine Brimberry and Mark L. Smith, choreographer Kate Warren and theatre / spoken word artist Zell Miller III join the ranks of cultural heroes
Arts Story  June 1, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...In our own city, it is those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates who have devoted their time and effort into making the work and founding the institutions and providing the support for theatre, dance, classical music, and the visual arts – not just occasionally but consistently over many years – who have made Austin a capital of creativity. It's precisely those individuals that the Austin Critics Table has sought to recognize in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, and the four people being inducted this year are exemplars of that commitment to making the arts grow and thrive here..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The Austin Critics Table has honored seven more pioneers in the Austin arts community
Arts Story  May 1, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the eighth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these seven Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years – some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2008
The seventh group of inductees includes individuals from the fields of architecture, comedy, music, and patronage
Arts Story  April 25, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the seventh group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these seven Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years – some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2007
The Austin Critics Table has named the sixth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  April 19, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the sixth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these seven Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years: some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  April 21, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these seven Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years: some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2005
The Austin Critics Table has named six inductees for the 2005 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  April 15, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fourth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these six Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years, some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Class of 2004
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has decided on the third group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these eight Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years, some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

The 25th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
The lowdown on the 2017 submissions, judges, 10 finalists, and the prize-winning stories
Arts Story  June 8, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Steve Moore co-founded Physical Plant Theater in 1994 and has written most of its shows. Among his plays are Nightswim and The Kindermann Depiction, both recipients of the Austin Critics Table's David Mark Cohen New Play Award, and the text play Computer Simulation of the Ocean..."

The 24th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
The lowdown on the 2015 submissions, judges, 10 finalists, and the prize-winning stories
Arts Story  February 18, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Steve Moore co-founded Physical Plant Theater in 1994 and has written most of its shows. Among his plays are Nightswim and The Kindermann Depiction, both recipients of the Austin Critics Table's David Mark Cohen New Play Award, and the text play Computer Simulation of the Ocean..."

Your Austin Artist
In a changing city, Michael Anthony García embraces the changing roles of the visual art maker
Arts Story  June 28, 2013, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...Los Outsiders grew to include new members and take on grander projects, and it received the Austin Critics Table Award for best group show in 2012. Its duty, however, has remained intact: to help budding artists find their way..."

Austin Cabaret Theatre
Stuart Moulton is getting his ACT together and taking it on the road (MoPac)
Arts Story  January 27, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Breaking in the new space is an old friend of ACT's: Sam Harris, whose previous appearance eight years ago earned a nomination for an Austin Critics Table award. The Tony-nominated, multimillion record-selling Harris is like a double-triple threat onstage: actor/singer/dancer/songwriter/writer/director..."

The Austin Visual Arts Awards
A new set of honors for the city's hardworking painters, sculptors, and other artists
Arts Story  December 4, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Iden Payne Awards for theatre, the Austin Improv Collective awards, the Austin Fashion Awards, the American Institute of Architects Austin Honor Awards. the Austin Critics Table Awards, this paper's Austin Music Awards, of course, and for local creative work, that's pretty much it...."

Top 10 Wonderful Things About Austin Theatre in 2008 (In No Particular Order)
Chronicle Arts writer Avimaan Syam recalls 2008, in the theatre
Arts Story  January 2, 2009, by Avimaan Syam
"...Ed's on Cloud 9 I was proud to honor St. Edward's University productions at the Austin Critics Table Awards, and I enjoyed watching new Artistic Director David Long's entertaining take on Cloud 9...."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of '05
Arts Story  May 27, 2005
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fourth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these six Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years, some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Images: Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Twelve local art enthusiasts are the first to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame.
Arts Story  June 14, 2002, by Robert Faires


A Boone to Austin Theatre
In 10 years of leading Frontera productions, Vicky Boone has touched many lives and changed the community.
Arts Story  May 4, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...To begin with, the stage scene would be missing several of the most acclaimed productions of the Nineties. Five times in the past 10 years, Frontera was honored with the Austin Theatre Critics Table's award for Outstanding Production of a Drama..."

'The Austin Chronicle' and Richard Linklater
The beginning of a beautiful friendship
Screens Story  October 3, 2003, by Louis Black
"...Montgomery, Clark Walker, and Anne Walker-McBay at screenings and at clubs. Our most notable meetings were at parties thrown by George Morris..."

Austin @ Large: Meet and Obscure
The new police contract is neither the cause nor cure of the APD crisis
News Column  March 26, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Note, for example, how quickly the noise ordinance – the product of months of labor, culminating in supposed compromise – has been thrown back on the table in the wake of the Ozomatli bust, or how quickly the city found the money to provide every patrol officer with Tasers. These are no-brainer responses, supported more-or-less across the board among players in the APD crisis, and they have little if anything to do with meet-and-confer..."

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