Bates Recital Hall
"...The Vortex Repertory Company's original dance performance Water – the latest in a series of productions exploring the elements – has several moments that are similarly striking as they explore the nature of water, within an impressive set (designed by Ann Marie Gordon). Dancers move together like ocean creatures..."
"...Ashcroft said she is in discussions with UT schools, including the Kinesiology and Health Education Department, the Butler School of Music, and the School of Fine Arts and off-campus entities, including ACC, to run some courses under this new umbrella program. (In the meantime, ACC will expand course provision in areas previously covered by UT's informal classes, including dance.) The Butler School already offers some music classes through Continuing Education and was working on its own community outreach program "before this crisis came about," said Director Glenn Chandler..."
"...The Art Seen Alliance is hosting this year's Art Outside at Apache Pass in Rockdale, Texas (about 50 miles northeast of Austin). As in years past, it will feature many performance, mixed-media, collaborative, and audience-participatory pieces in the genres of music, painting, drawing, sculpture, dance, fashion, and comedy, but it now also has an expanded film portion..."
"...18, from 6 to 8pm. There, she'll be enjoying something of a belated quinceañera of her own, with five Los Bailadores, including Paul Saucido of ME Television, squiring her on the dance floor..."
"...Tom Copeland, former Texas Film commish and now an instructor at Texas State, wants would-be film folk to get the straight story on the biz. Thus Texas State's Department of Theatre and Dance is offering Film 101, a one-week industry boot camp, June 21-26 in San Marcos..."
"...The broad, constant movement works best in two different sections of the play, where three of the sisters (we never actually see all 50 onstage at the same time – and it's a good thing, because finding a stage where they all fit would be difficult) join with three of the brothers in reciting Mee's poetic, politically charged text while moving choreographically, often in unison. Much of the play is dancelike and is, in fact, set against music – entirely appropriate for this story about love in all its aspects..."
"...Let's get one thing straight: Gobotrick Theatre Company's Intermission is not a musical. The actors don't bounce unnaturally into song and dance in unison wearing silly little costumes..."
"...Ballet Austin, one of Austin's two professional dance companies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. That's special enough, but also special perhaps even more so is Ballet Austin's artistic director, Stephen Mills..."
"...That may be part of Nostrala's strategy for making the play feel more contemporary and relevant, and it does succeed at times in adding some fresh punch to this familiar play. It's a bit of a shock to see Ophelia engaging in self-mutilation, and Michelle Flanagan uses the character's revulsion to give her madness a forceful, accusatory edge in the scene before Ophelia drowns herself (a moment staged here, and quite effectively, in an evocative dance choreographed to Tracy Bonham's "Wilting Flower")..."
"...After spending hours watching pensive, paranoia-inducing dramas Surface (NBC), Invasion (ABC), and Threshold (CBS) I was reminded of Clinton's call, and all critical thinking ceased. After watching One Nation Under a Groove, all I want to do is dance..."
"...The live music this year will be provided by the Fadi Sultan band from Dallas, with interludes of pre-recorded Greek tunes. Even if you missed the lessons, don't resist the urge to dance..."
"...By the time we see this in Where Nothing Falls II, Sally Jacques' rich extension of her site-specific dance from 2003, we've witnessed a number of individuals walk and run to and fro between their own shadows on a wall and some unseen force that appears to startle them, until finally all fall and lie still on the hard floor; four figures attached to ropes leave a catwalk high in the air and float to earth, their sideways bodies curled like fetuses; angelic figures on roller skates glide from a dark void toward us, and as they come kneeling and scooping their hands, as if through water, to offer us its cooling relief, two figures, their hands gripping long, elastic bands, launch themselves into the air, their feet leaving the earth, their bodies swinging, soaring, sailing through space we've seen this and much more, even a quartet of celestial skateboarders, rolling thunderously up wooden ramps and down to surf the concrete, winding through the forest of tall, concrete pillars and one another's paths. In short, we've seen a breathtaking parade of bodies in motion, human beings confronting loss, separateness, and their place in the wide, wide world through the massive expanses of a warehouse in the Domain...."
"...Sometimes the brightest objects in the firmament fall to Earth, and so it is with Star Costume & Clothier Inc. The company founded by Meredith Moseley, Kari Perkins, and Marcia Evers, which has provided costume design and construction services for dozens of theatre, film, opera, and dance productions over the last three years, closed its doors last week..."
"...D.A.D. by Out Hud, the label's most decisive venture onto the dance floor..."
"...Bobby Blue Bland, The Blues SpecialistsVictory Grill, July 14 It was only a matter of time until the fire marshal showed up. The poor woman at the door, fanning herself with a "reserved" placecard, said, "You're from the press, you tell 'em we're packed and I'm about to fall out." With every available inch of space occupied by some human body part, visiting the bar required an odd Discovery Channel dance, like a sidewinder turned on end..."
"...The menu is another clue as to the true spirit of the place: It's packed with photos that look like pictures in your average high school yearbook. There appears to be a photo of the homecoming king, the school dance, the senior picnic, etc...."
"...American Psycho(Koch) Like most contemporary soundtracks for period films, American Psycho is more intent on revisionism than accuracy. That's why when the album explodes with the Dead or Alive dance classic "You Spin Me Round," it's not Peter Bern's flamboyant original, but White Dope's metal grind..."
"...Following last year's world premiere of Richard Linklater: dream is destiny at the Sundance Film Festival, Louis Black said, "I never thought about whether or not people would like the film; it just didn't cross my mind." But with the documentary heading to its television premiere on Friday, Sept. 1, as part of PBS's American Masters series, such a thought has by now become impossible to ignore...."
"...The National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, enters its 16th year with dozens of authors in attendance, including Stephen King, talking about books and writing. There will be a behind-the-scenes pavilion on the world’s largest library as well as book sales and signing..."
"...LezzDance Texas State University's Bobcat Pride Scholarship drive (for LGBTQ collegians) benefits; Lisa Marshall opens; Kimmie K spins. Sat., Oct..."
"...It’s an odd read, no doubt, but that’s part of the beauty. Scent and vibration transmit information; choreographed dance sequences communicate plans: “She danced the falling poppies and the naked fields, she ran figure eights to teach them direction and azimuth”; and coded floor tiles line the hive directing robotic traffic..."
"...“Lo and behold that track went to Number One on the dance charts,” Wakeling recalls, “and I was back where Mr. Costello said I ought to be.”..."
"...Banks shows you how bad bitches do it on this dark, grinding stereo shaker. She snares you in her trap, and traps you with her snares until you all you can do is just dance...."
"...The San Franciscans dished out West Coast slo core that built but never delivered the payoff for all the tension involved. Brooklyn's Hooray for Earth were the afternoon's surprise with their cool marriage of synth punk and dance into a huge rhythmic cacophony..."
"...Theatre, ritual, dance, sport, or a bloody spectacle?..."
"...For all that, she felt there was something missing in her life. After high school, she and some friends formed a dance squad, making up little hip-hop routines..."
"...Christ, it was like a reunion from 2002 as we partied with Neil Diaz, Charles Ferraro, Summer Lawson, and Heather Hill. But if I was really partying like it was 2002, it would not have been complete without dropping in to see my good friend John, owner of the multi, multi "Best of Austin" award-winning dance club Elysium..."
"...Written by Roy Head and Gene Kurtz, the song swaggered with an elastic rhythm bolstered by the punch of brass. It encouraged dirty dances such as the gator, and its double-entendre lyrics promised heaven "if you practice my method just as hard as you can." With 12 bars and three chords, "Treat Her Right" delivered heaven in 125 seconds flat...."
"...Hoover's Blanket: This Austinian sextet of sketch comedians blows modern life to smithereens and makes the little pieces dance a mid-air tango as they fall back to earth. If you haven't seen Blanketeer C..."
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"...According to Zach Artistic Director Dave Steakley, a national tour of Lost Highway was being planned, and the producers didn't want any further exposure of the show in Austin, even though there were no plans to bring the proposed touring production here. Attempts to negotiate a compromise with the producers were unsuccessful, so Zach shut down its Lost Highway and for two weeks offered a Hank Dance Party, with the band from Zach's Lost Highway performing Hank Williams hits and other country & western standards, plus some originals by Kenneth Brian, who played Hank for Zach...."
"...Opening night continues over at the Arbor Theatre with documentary Make 'Em Dance: The Hackleberry Ramblers' Story, and Ram Gopal Varma's Bollywood underworld drama Company, while Dan Harris' Imaginary Heroes and Alexandra Cassavetes' doc Z Channe: A Magnificent Obsession, which follows the improbable, tragic life of Jerry Harvey, the Los Angeles programmer of the titular Seventies cable program dedicated to showing the best of then-obscure cinematic programming well before HBO and Showtime co-opted the formula...."
"...The visual look of the production derives its inspiration from the screwball comedies Hollywood made in the 1930s and 1940s, and given the financial constraints he obviously was dealing with, Gillen almost pulls it off. He gets some help from Sharon Sparlin, who has choreographed a dance reminiscent of the Lindy Hop and very much in keeping with the spirit of the production..."
"...The elementary set design and costumes are characterized by loud colors and patterns, and the costumes, especially for the women, reveal more than a bit of leg and other assorted flesh. Scenes burst with energy and blast their way across the stage -- a tryst between Eugenia and Loveday is staged with a variety of dance movements -- and the performances, for the most part, are big and broad..."
"...All of them so lonely-yet-hopeful you see the shadow of their former little kid-dom and hear sad songs even when they're not singing them. Oh, but they do sing! And dance a little..."
"...Troy King Memorial Hug-In turns Luckenbach into a weekend love fest with music and games all day and a dance at night, Feb. 11-13..."
"...Maybe it was the mirror ball hanging from the Continental Club ceiling, and the way the light reflected off of it -- glittering, sparkling, turning the already mood-lit South Congress nightspot into an undersea grotto. The tables in the front half of the club were full, the seats along the bar occupied, as well as those few stools between the two bathrooms, but the dance floor and bandstand in front of the stage were empty, lending the room an intimate atmosphere despite the fact it looked empty -- like you were peering into an aquarium without any fish..."
"...Could I write a comic novel? But I don't believe it's all that different from my Vietnam novels. All of my books have been structurally different, but at the heart of each of them I'm always writing about love, the things we do for love, whether it's going to war for one's country or the eternal dance that goes on between men and women..."
"...Just last night, I asked a friend to meet me at Antone's, this time to rehearse the subtleties of conversing with a female in a loud bar (whispering in her ear without breaking her eardrums a possible - with a real date, a prelude to foreplay), staying up past 10:30pm, drinking without burping, and dancing. Since I'd die before actually asking a strange woman to dance, and dates are few and far between, this practice, although somewhat parasitic, is absolutely necessary if I'm to appear cool when Princess Perfect appears..."
"...Ethan: It's fun for me to understand a director's point of view about the business. Also to get Rick's advice about – you know, it's such a dance..."
"...It's something that might manifest itself in uglier ways down the road, so by all means, share that discomfort with him. It can't be any more uncomfortable that getting a lap dance after a big meal, and you will surely learn something about him in the process...."
"...When her Circus tour hit Australia, fans were so put off by the show’s lip-syncing farce that lawmakers considered putting a disclaimer on such future promotions. Spears used to get a pass because of her high-energy acrobatics, but the X-Factor judge’s half-hearted, sedated dance moves have stripped her of the right to pre-record...."
"...The moment “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” followed “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” my mate’s shoulders started moving up and down, her hips forward and swiveling, and feet tap, tap, tapping – shuffling, scooting. I leapt up and our full-on Snoopy dance began...."
"...Viewers will differ in their opinions of the motivations of Kevin (who is played brilliantly by Ezra Miller in his teenage years, and Jasper Newell and Rock Duer during different stages of his childhood) and those of his uneasy mother, Eva. The mother and son's tense pas de deux is a dance that's out of step with their other family relationships..."
"...This year, the gallery is at it again with its Bold About Art Benefit Bash, Saturday, April 2, 8-11pm, at the artful, art-filled home of Ali and Trey Watson. It will be tough to outdo last year's event, but this year promises surprising performances courtesy of Denise Prince and KDH Dance Company, food by Suzanne Court Catering and Events, delicious drinks courtesy of Twin Liquors and Tito's Handmade Vodka, a silent art auction of pieces by local artists including Beili Liu, a photo booth with Trevor Ray Thompson, and DJ Mahealani providing a vinyl soundtrack..."
"...He also warned lawmakers that while the number of grants the commission gives out should stay the same, the size of those grants will inevitably slip. While that situation would be bad for theatrical, dance, and opera companies, it could be catastrophic for schools that use those grants to bring artists and authors into the classroom...."
"...Landmarks, the University of Texas public art program, hosts an afterparty with artist David Ellis, who was commissioned to create the motion painting Animal for UT-Austin. The party features a Q&A with Ellis, a poetry reading by Susan Somers-Willett, live painting by Sloke One and Rei, music by DJ Orion, DJ Tako, and Mesanger, and performances by Bboy-Recon and the Austin Urban Dancers..."
"...I will mumble to myself. Sleep is the best avoidance, but when I can't sleep, I find myself slowly drenched by an evening mist that coats me with anxiety...."
"...EIGHT ARMS TO HOLD YOU Without the phenomenal power that the Octopus Club (www.octopusclub.org) wields to raise money for HIV/AIDS care in this city, we'd be in a bigger crisis than we are now. It's 3:35am, and I am just winding down from the fabulous 14th annual Octo Tea Dance, lying on the sofa of Mark Erwin and Stephen Rice, who are among the major players in the charity (along with so many others)..."
"...Some of the cohesiveness found on the five installments is lost with this collected work, but The Best offers an excellent look at a creative and accessible rapper set to show up in a big way at South by Southwest this year. Except for “Windows Media Player,” which creatively pulls its beat from a series of Vista sound bytes while hyping his charleshamilton.blogspot.com, The Best sticks strictly to sampling popular music (The Outfield’s “Your Love” gets twisted on “Theories of Wine,” and Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Dance” propels “Lemme Know”) and J Dilla..."