Sam's Town Point
"...If you thought the Long Center's search for a new President/CEO to succeed Jamie Grant would take months as board members screened candidates from across the continent, prepare for a surprise: Just seven weeks after the announcement of Grant's resignation, a permanent successor has been named, and it's the center's Marc Seriff...."
"...The man who spearheaded the drive to make the Long Center for the Performing Arts "Austin's creative home" is now leaving that home. Jamie Grant, President and CEO for the Long Center for the past four years, has resigned to take a similar post at a similar facility in Minnesota...."
"...The new hire at the Long Center is an old friend: Paul Beutel, whose 35-year involvement in our city's cultural scene earned him a place in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame's inaugural class, has signed on as managing director for the performing arts center...."
"...For anyone with lingering doubts that the Long Center for the Performing Arts would ever be realized, here's an image that should dispel them. All through the broiling summer, workers have been ridding the 40-year-old Palmer Auditorium of asbestos and breaking it down panel by green panel to prepare for the eventual construction of the Long Center on the site..."
"...With the object of their discussion sitting just across Town Lake from them and in fact, right in their line of sight through the windows that ring their new chambers Austin City Council members voted 7-0 to approve a revised lease for the Long Center for the Performing Arts at their meeting Jan. 13..."
"...In the run-up to the opening of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, one big question was: How will the new facility compete for all those big touring Broadway musicals that the University of Texas Performing Arts Center – now Texas Performing Arts – has had a lock on since 1981? Alas, when the Long Center had to cancel the booking of its very first touring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, over sluggish sales, then watch as the newly renovated Bass Concert Hall roared back to life with hot-ticket runs of Legally Blonde: The Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, Rent, Avenue Q, and Wicked – with ticket sales for that last show catapulting Bass to No. 7 on Pollstar's list of top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues between Jan..."
"...Sure, you could wait until the end of March to get your first taste of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, but why? – when the center is throwing wide its doors this weekend for four days of performances and tours of the facility, all free. Thursday through Sunday, the new cultural venue at Riverside and South First is inviting all of Austin down to see the center's 2,400-seat Dell Hall, 240-seat Rollins Studio Theatre, and open-air City Terrace facing Lady Bird Lake and to enjoy performances in all these spaces as part of its Sneak Peek Weekend..."
"...The countdown to the grand opening of Austin's new performing-arts center has passed the 80-day mark, and ratcheting up the anticipation level for the big event (as if it needs any ratcheting) is the Long Center's release of the schedule for the 2,400-seat Dell Hall through early August and for the 240-seat Rollins Theatre through September, as well as the lineups for the pair of gala opening concerts in Dell Hall March 28 and 29...."
"...Summer may have been a lazy season in some corners, but not at the Long Center, which has been abuzz with construction activity on the southern shores of Lady Bird Lake and where some hefty new gifts have been landing in the performing-arts center's coffers. On Aug..."
"...No matter if it's a thousand bucks or a million that you need to hit your fundraising goal, you've tapped out your big givers and so have to rely on a bunch of small donations to reach the finish line, and it almost always turns out to be a long, slow slog. That certainly seemed the case with the Long Center, which has spent the better part of two years trying to secure the final $11 million in its $77 million goal for the performing-arts showplace..."
"...If you needed a word to describe the Long Center for the Performing Arts' first 12 months, I think "busy" would work pretty well. Let's see ....."
"...Executive Director Cliff Redd made it clear from the stage of Dell Hall: He and all the locals who had poured so much blood, sweat, and cash into making the Long Center happen had only one chance to open it, and "we had to do it right." By "right," of course, he meant Lone Star-large, splashy, and swank – and manage that they did. This was an evening worthy of a center 16 years in the making...."
"...It was about a year and a half ago that crews began the job of deconstructing Palmer Auditorium, setting in motion that building's much-anticipated transformation into the Long Center for the Performing Arts. And it'll be about another year and a half before that process is complete and Austin will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art arts center on the southern shore of Town Lake..."
"...When we said the Long Center was moving quickly to raise $2.5 million by Oct. 31, we had no idea just how quickly..."
"...This week, the Long Center's lease of the Palmer Auditorium site for its proposed performing arts complex is up for renewal by the city, and while the project hit some rough road during the downturn, reports suggest City Council is happy with its current direction and will give the extension its seal of approval. Part of council's confidence comes from the city manager's report on the center's fundraising efforts, which have improved considerably in the past year (to the tune of almost $10 million) after the center was scaled back from four venues to two (the 2,300-seat concert hall and 250-seat studio theatre) in 2003, with the option of adding a 700-seat space and a rehearsal hall some time in the future.Three changes are to be proposed to the lease as drafted five years ago: 1) revising the number of venues; 2) setting boundaries for the $10 million endowment that will provide income for funding the center's operation, so the city can access one-quarter of it whenever it wants, but the rest is dedicated to a trust account that can't be touched by the center or the city; and 3) stipulating that construction has to start within 30 days after all building permits are issued..."
"...Cliff Redd and rest are not things that typically go together; the executive director of the Long Center is well known (and prized) for being relentlessly on the go on behalf of the performing arts facility he runs. But Redd has had to curb his 24/7 schedule following a heart attack at his home on Wednesday, Oct..."
"...Musical theatre fans eager for an intoxicating taste of the effervescent musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone will not be able to get it at the Long Center this month as planned. The national tour of the Tony Award winner, which was set to drop into Dell Hall for a week after its current run at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, will be heading directly to San Diego instead..."
"...Want to treat your sweetheart to the first-ever concert in the Long Center's 2,400-seat Dell Hall? If you're reading this the day that the Chronicle hits the streets and are as swift as winged Cupid, you can do it. The center is hosting a public concert on Thursday, Feb..."
"...The Zoppé Italian Family Circus, founded in 1842, brought its one-ring circus tent to the Long Center grounds on April 12-14...."
"...The big one is the Travis County Democratic Party's big screen presentation at the Long Center. The evening will kick off at 5.45pm with an event for retiring Judges Margaret Cooper and Jeanne Meurer in the Kodosky Lounge..."
"...Almost nine months have passed since David Fleming left for Green Bay, Wis., to run the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts has been without a permanent executive director all that time a long stretch without a steady hand at the helm, especially with Long Center trustees spending that time feverishly scaling the project back to something economically feasible, reworking its design, and launching a huge fundraising push to meet a can't-miss deadline for breaking ground this fall. Oh, Dwayne Cooper, the center's director of finance and administration, has been filling that role in an interim capacity, but the organization seriously needed someone for pardon the pun the long haul..."
"...– at which you can soak up sweet sounds from band after band all day long. But how often in these parts can you hear nine hours of classical music live? Not so often, which is just one thing that makes this Sunday's Austin Chamber Music Center Performathon such a treat..."
"...Take your last looks at the auditorium formerly known as Palmer. Before spring is out, contractors will begin tearing down the 45-year-old facility so it can finally be transformed into the Long Center for the Performing Arts..."
"...Dear Editor, Oh, my God! I had no idea that there were two Long Centers! That's right! Two! There's the one that the Chronicle calls "grand" [“Long Center,” Arts, April 4], and then there's the one that stands on Riverside Drive. I don't know where the one is that Mr..."
"...As Bass Concert Hall went dark for its long renovation in 2007, the University of Texas Performing Arts Center of which it's a part lost its director; Pebbles Wadsworth, who had run the UTPAC since 1992, announced she would retire in January 2008. But no sooner did Bass' lights come on again last month than the UTPAC had a new leader..."
"...If that sounds like an argument for density and mass transit, Stacy makes it, itemizing thusly: "[T]he proposed urban rail system would connect downtown (65,000 jobs), Capitol Complex (13,000 jobs), UT (67,000 students, faculty and staff), Mueller (10,000 jobs, 10,000 residents), University Medical Center Brackenridge, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the Long Center for the Performing Arts and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (8 million passengers per year). This rail system also would promote compact development (as opposed to auto-dependent sprawl) and present development opportunities in the city's Desired Development Zone." Maybe there's something to the trolley folly, after all...."
"...The Harry Ransom Center has scored another literary coup: the archive of Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, as well as five other award-winning novels and a host of poetry collections...."
"...27, 9:15pm; and Sat., Jan. 30, 6:30pm, at the Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E..."
"...VIOLET CROWN COTILLION Nancy Scott, the Rough Riders, and Fingerpistol whip it out for the Wright House Wellness Center. Thu., Sept..."
"...And being a facility that can provide space to cultural organizations in a city suffering a critical lack of such spaces cuts you zero slack. In the first year and a half that Scheps' theatre was closed, both Salvage Vanguard Theater and the Off Center went away, and it didn't make a difference in getting Ground Floor reopened...."
"...Last year, their season opening round robin attracted 962 fans. This year, in their new home at the Austin Convention Center, they better than doubled that figure...."
"...Here we are now in the year after Infinite Summer, where literate people across the globe read Infinite Jest for the first time, and it's the year in which the University of Texas' heady body of archived culture – the Ransom Center, yes – has glommed onto most everything that remains, paper-trailwise, of what Our Man With The Bandanna created...."
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"..."Now that [the developer-enviro] fight doesn't consume Austin politics, we've been able to start looking at what we can do about some of these other stalemates," said Councilmember Daryl Slusher, who got his start in politics when he "woke up to find Mayor Mullen on the front page of the newspaper," proposing a three million square-foot convention center multiplex on Town Lake's south shore. Slusher joined a group of Austin notables (Roberta Crenshaw, Jackie Goodman, Susan Frost, John Henry Faulk, among many others), which was angling to get the land dedicated as parkland..."
"...To some volunteers, the failure of ARCC's board to award volunteer Rev. James Rigby (above) with a board seat represented a philosophical shift against community activism.photograph by Laura Skelding On the morning of May 3 of this year, Paul Garlinghouse was hunched over his desk at the Austin Rape Crisis Center (ARCC)..."
"...While it's also an album that reaches well beyond the scope and performance standards of the typical singer-songwriter or bar band recordings, more than anything else, Nothing but the Truth is a statement of confidence. It's the sound of a veteran sideman firmly planting himself at center stage...."
"...Driving down 15th Street near Red River, passersby have grown accustomed to the parking cones, forklifts, and sounds of rapid construction. But in February, that clatter should end, and by May give way to a sleek, state-of-the-art teaching hospital: The Dell Seton Medical Center will stand alongside the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, which opened its doors last June, welcoming in its inaugural class..."
"...Today, Austin Community Access Center operates three channels - 10, 11, 16. (The Austin Music Network and the channels that air city, county, AISD, and Austin Community College issues are PEG channels - Public, Educational, Government - under the city's aegis.) In its 25-year history, ACAC* has produced an estimated 500,000 hours of programming - more original programming than any other access station in the nation except New York City's..."
"...As I wheeled my picnic basket full of black-eyed peas, roasted red peppers, cornmeal, tofu, and cookbooks through the merchant's pavilion, past the barbecue stands, and into the health and fitness exhibition area inside Givens Recreation Center, I rechecked my motives to remind myself what I was doing here. At first glance, such a commercialized landscape didn't at all capture the kindred spirit of the first Juneteenth celebration I expected to experience in Austin...."
"...Depending on your perspective, the May City Council elections portended one of two things: (1) Visionary, long-range policy-making has become the guiding principle of Austin politics, or (2) we no longer care about anything except making money. Some say that by adding a downtown developer and former police officer to the council, voters pushed the pendulum away from the left back toward the center..."
"...The amount of time required for this kind of development varies with the play and the playwright. In the case of The Incubus Archives, a new work by David Hancock that opened September 26 at the Off Center, the gestation period was long enough to make an elephant weep: six years..."
"...FronteraFest, the oldest and largest performance festival in the Southwest, is adding a new long-form performance festival and two new venues to its already successful Short Fringe. The FronteraFest 2000 Long Fringe will include 21 feature-length performances over two weeks, January 25 - February 6.LONG FRINGE DETAILS Long Fringe performances will be held primarily at The Hideout, 617 Congress, and The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo..."
"...And in fact, though it was little remarked on during the current debate, a proposal very similar to this one did indeed go to a public vote back in 2000. See if this sounds familiar, as described by Mike Clark-Madison in the Chronicle of March 24, 2000: Developers "envision Lake Long as the home of a first-class golf resort and conference center, a Lakeway or Barton Creek of the east..."
"...Now, though, I've been to the Ransom Center exhibition "Images of the World: Maps, Globes, and Atlases," the multimedia extravaganza of "Drawn From Experience: Landmark Maps of Texas" at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and even back to the Faulk Central Library to research the general history and habits of cartography. And besides the skull-busting amount of information I've gathered, I've also been reminded of what it is about maps that's so immediately attractive: the intersection of information and design...."