Austin History Center
"..."One / Sixth" gathers work from six of the seven black artists known to have graduated from the University of Texas at Austin's MFA program (the seventh, Wendel A. White , was not brought to the curators' attention until it was too late for his inclusion)..."
"...Though "En Bola" is the work of six artists, it functions as the work of three. Each pairing of makers has its own character with its own philosophy, which together form a cohesive, multidimensional experience..."
"...Wire and Tube is static, but I can't help describing it as a living thing, in part because of how well it interacts with Graeber's nearby frenetic works on paper. Graeber has concocted a series of deceptively simple 2-D mixed media pieces that, despite their relative uniformity and (paradoxically) accompanying wildness, seem to run the gamut of allusion from portrait to landscape to still life..."
"...At first glance, the dedication ceremony seemed more like a block party or a 7-year-old's birthday celebration. Jugglers tossed neon bowling pins into the gray spring sky..."
"...1) UN-AIR-CONDITIONED SPACES Spaces like Not Gallery and Pump Project forgo comfort even in the hottest months. As an art lover, I can work for it...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...Local artist Christina Coleman has imagined her staffs of braided black hair as figures or trees making a forest deep and rich enough for a person to walk "in the midst of." In order to display the staffs in such a way, she'd have to drill holes in the floor of a gallery; the complicated process has made it so that thus far the forest of staffs hasn't seen the light of day. I told her I like the idea of that forest..."
"...“Tammie Rubin: Before I Knew You, I Missed You”De Stijl | Podium for Art, 1006/1004 W. 31st, 512/354-0868, www.destijlaustin.com Through Nov..."
"...Of course, you could choose to bike or drive and wander as your intuition takes you, journeying will-ye nill-ye among all the wonderments awaiting art-lovers in this annual exploratory event helmed by those Big Medium movers & shakers, sure...."
"...That's no fewer than six different new recordings to get one sound sequence for about 15 seconds of screen time. To get through one particular three-minute stretch of The 2 Bobs, more than 250 sound effects had to be generated..."
"..."We love Austin, so don't trip too terribly much, because next year it might be back in your hometown," assures Housecore's head honcho Phil Anselmo. The Pantera/Down screamer says he considers the move true to the vision of festival co-founder Corey Mitchell, the beloved local author who died of a heart attack in the parking lot of Emo's after last year's event..."
"...Part 2 runs next week in print, and the overflow and any last-minute Suzies will appear online...."
"...The Junot Diaz event Monday night started before it ever began. Well before show time, the auditorium in the Blanton Museum of Art filled to capacity, so Diaz took matters into his own hands and brought the show to the people...."
"...Within this micro-economy of Texas beer, few breweries dominate the regional landscape as much as Austin's Jester King and Live Oak, who produce 55% of the state's top-20-ranked beers according to Beer Advocate. The pair's noteworthy quality as well as general unavailability to those outside of Austin make them compelling brands for beer fans in other states, along with similarly inaccessible packaged stalwarts Austin Beerworks and Hops & Grain...."
"...Instead, they're found in a squat Texas Dept. of Transportation office building, stacked with dozens of other rolled-up highway sketches in a tiny space that resembles a high school art classroom...."
"...Art Palace, through May 31..."
"...In person, Bay is equally generous: a steady, adroit speaker, quick to smile, with a glint in his eye that makes you wonder just how much imp lurks beneath the surface of this incredibly well-listened, well-traveled artist whose record collection numbers in the thousands and who has graced the podium in dozens of American cities...."
"...For the sophomore presentation of the Austin Visual Arts Awards, the setting was changed, but the sentiment was much the same. The Austin Visual Arts Association, which sponsors the honors, shifted the ceremony from the Austin Museum of Art community room to a ballroom in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus, which relieved the congestion of the inaugural ceremony – to be fair, AVAA hadn't expected 250 people to show up – and gave it the ambience of a more traditional awards show..."
"...The great thing about presidents is their vulnerability. Nothing is easier than ripping on a new, sitting, or departing president, and supporters and impugners alike should feel relieved that the hottest and brightest spotlight in the world will never be turned on them...."