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The Elementals: Water
This Vortex dance exploring water as sacred is often beautiful but not always deep
Arts Review  September 21, 2012, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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..."

Informal Classes Set to Open New Chapter
Popular UT program gets second chance in life
News Story  July 16, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Into the Woods, With a Canister of Film
The 2009 Art Outside festival
Screens Story  October 9, 2009, by Ashley Moreno
"...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..."

'Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz'
The debut novel from Chronicle staff writer Belinda Acosta: an excerpt
Books Story  July 31, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...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..."

Film News
Incentives update, Linklater's baseball film, and what Tom Copeland's been up to
Screens Column  April 24, 2009, by Joe O'Connell
"...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..."

Big Love
UT energetically takes on Charles Mee's update of an ancient Greek drama and makes it very here, now
Arts Review  February 22, 2008, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

Gobotrick Theatre Company's Intermission isn't a musical but kind of a live concert with real musicians pretending to be characters in front of a pretend audience in front of a real audience
Arts Review  June 15, 2007, by Patti Hadad
"...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..."

A Special Evening With Stephen Mills: With him, it's special all the time
As Ballet Austin presents a Special Evening With Stephen Mills, some of the artists from the ballet explain why they think their artistic director is a special guy
Arts Story  May 11, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

Vortex Repertory Company's new production of Shakespeare's Hamlet has a strong contemporary feel, but ultimately it diminishes some of the power of the tragedy
Arts Review  March 23, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...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")..."

TV Eye
With the proliferation of shows featuring aliens out to conquer the Earth, I thought I would come up with a thought-provoking column. Then I heard the call of George Clinton.
Screens Column  October 7, 2005, by Belinda Acosta
"...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 Ultimate Church Supper
St. Elias expects thousands to satisfy their spirits and appetites at its Mediterranean Festival
Food Story  October 8, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Where Nothing Falls II
Where Nothing Falls II is a breathtaking, heart-rending parade of bodies in motion through the vast expanses of a warehouse
Arts Review  June 25, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

A bright design firm on the Austin theatre and film scene, Star Costume & Clothiers, falls to earth, and folk artist Brother Jeremias Mysliwiec passes away.
Arts Column  September 12, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Ether Ore
Ether Ore
Music Review  February 14, 2003, by Michael Chamy
"...D.A.D. by Out Hud, the label's most decisive venture onto the dance floor..."

Bobby Blue Bland, The Blues Specialists, Victory Grill, July 14
Music Review  July 20, 2001, by Christopher Gray
"...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..."

Dining del Lago
Lakeside Dining 2000: Many Restaurants, Not Much Water
Food Story  July 7, 2000, by Barbara Chisholm
"...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)
Music Review  April 28, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...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..."

Louis Black Takes Richard Linklater Doc to PBS
dream is destiny airs on American Masters
Screens Story  August 31, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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...."

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
Festivals all over Texas!
DAILY Travel  August 31, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...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..."

Gay Place
The week is alive with the sound of Brand New Key, BLXPLTN, Fea, Julie Nolan, GayCL, Cap City Men's Chorus, and more
Columns  October 2, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...LezzDance Texas State University's Bobcat Pride Scholarship drive (for LGBTQ collegians) benefits; Lisa Marshall opens; Kimmie K spins. Sat., Oct..."

Lit-urday: All the Single Ladies
The life cycle of a female worker bee sounds strangely familiar
DAILY Books  July 26, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...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..."

Two Beats Hearting As One
English Beat singer Dave Wakeling skanks good karma
DAILY Music  January 18, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...“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.”..."

Mo' Music: Jan 16
The latest toots from the musical poop chute
DAILY The Gay Place  January 16, 2013, by Rob Cohen
"...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...."

Pitchfork Day Party
Music Story  March 18, 2011, by Michael Bertin
"...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..."

TV Eye
Feeling Bullish
Screens Column  August 28, 2009, by Belinda Acosta
"...Theatre, ritual, dance, sport, or a bloody spectacle?..."

Playing Through
Rhonda Robinson gave it her all at the Austin Turfcats cheerleader tryouts
Columns  March 27, 2009, by Thomas Hackett
"...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..."

After a Fashion
Is a punt better than a drop kick? Check out these exciting calendar listings, courtesy of Your Style Avatar.
Columns  August 22, 2008, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...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..."

Hey, Hey, Hey!
No. 2 hit from 1965, 'Treat Her Right,' by Roy Head & Gene Kurtz: 'Just one of them songs that hangs around"
Music Story  August 31, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...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...."

OoBer Alles
A guide to the troupes in the 2007 Out of Bounds Improv Festival
Arts Story  August 31, 2007, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Page Two: Old Dogs, New Kicks
The past is a lie, and the future is unknowable – but we think it has something to do with the Internet
Columns  August 4, 2006, by Louis Black
"...You can post and/or respond to articles and posts immediately. Already it is much easier for you, our readers, to offer up your opinions on national, state, and/or local politics, and likewise your take on Austin, music, arts, theatre, food, restaurants, dance, books, and so on..."

Hank Yanked
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center had to close its hit production of 'Hank Williams: Lost Highway' because of a planned national tour of the show
Arts Story  July 22, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

AFF Opens With 'Overnight' and More
For admission information and more, see, or check back here next week for our preview
Screens Story  October 8, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Much Ado About Nothing
J. Damian Gillen's take on Much Ado About Nothing derives its inspiration from Hollywood screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s, and almost pulls it off
Arts Review  July 30, 2004, by Barry Pineo
"...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 London Cuckolds
In the Bedlam Faction's production of the Restoration comedy The London Cuckolds, "rubber-faced" is a highly appropriate way of describing the majority of the cast, and that's a problem. Rather than telling a funny story, the actors are begging for laughs at the expense of the script and the characters they play, and it leaves the play cold.
Arts Review  November 30, 2001, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show: A Roaring Existentialist Campfire
Kerthy Fix's Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show is an intimate, sometimes disturbing look at a group of people in perpetual free fall. Public Domain's production of Howard Barker's Possibilities is a fascinating invitation to the Theatre of Catastrophe and to run around on the tarmac.
Arts Review  March 31, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...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..."

Day Trips
A Valentine's weekend Hill Country winery tour.
Columns  February 11, 2000, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...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..."

Sleep Walk
Music Story  April 15, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

In Person
Books Story  November 13, 1998
"...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..."

Coach's Corner
  May 19, 1995
"...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..."

Page Two: "I Got Vision, and the Rest of the World Wears Bifocals"
A conversation with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Louis Black: excerpts
Columns  March 3, 2016, by Louis Black
"...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..."

The Luv Doc: Titty Bar Lunch
The chef knows what medium rare is, so don't send your steak back because it's undercooked
Columns  February 18, 2016, by The Luv Doc
"...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...."

Inaguration Day
Five lip-syncing gaffes worse than Beyonce’s alleged fakery
DAILY Music  January 25, 2013, by Abby Johnston
"...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...."

Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Meat Loaf loads into the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
DAILY Music  March 7, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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...."

Mother's Little Monster
Lynne Ramsay and Tilda Swinton on the complexities of their Columbine-inspired collaboration
Screens Story  February 3, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

After a Fashion
Elizabeth Taylor: heavenly star
Columns  April 1, 2011, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...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..."

Arts and History: The Way the Culture Crumbles
Cuts run deep for arts, historic preservation, and libraries
News Story  March 4, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

East Austin Studio Tour
The city's autumn marathon of art covers work by some 300 artists in 175 venues
Arts Story  November 12, 2010, by Robert Faires and Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Page Two: Before the Impending Flood
An erratic list of memories and some dates
Columns  February 5, 2010, by Louis Black
"...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...."

After a Fashion
Are eight arms enough to hold Stephen in fringed buckskin?
Columns  October 16, 2009, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...EIGHT ARMS TO HOLD YOU Without the phenomenal power that the Octopus Club ( 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)..."

Mixtape Madness
A roundup hits and misses
DAILY Music  January 23, 2009, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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, 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..."

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