Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...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..."
"...The reason for this is a hefty $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Texas Performing Arts, that presenter of concerts, plays, and other performances at the University of Texas..."
"...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..."
"...The hottest arts venue in town this week? The UT Law School...."
"...Next month, the lights go down in Bass Concert Hall for its much-talked-about $14.7 million renovation, and when they come back up in another 18 months, the woman who has run that hall and the other five venues that make up the UT Performing Arts Center for 15 years now won't be around to see it, at least not in an official capacity. Come New Year's Day 2008, Pebbles Wadsworth will leave her position as director of the UT PAC for the green fields of retirement..."
"...With the autumn comes the feast, in the arts as well as in the harvest. This season is such a cornucopia of cultural delights that we couldn't contain all our recommendations on this issue's fall calendar. spacestation1985..."
"...They are Austin's cultural heroes. They are individuals who have founded local arts institutions and nurtured their development, pioneered forms of creative expression on the stage and on canvas, and shared their knowledge and experience with new generations of artists..."
"...The feel of the show is less like a play than a tribute concert, and with the audience of 150 seated on the Bass Concert Hall stage under strings of bare bulbs with checkered cloths covering long tables in front of the band, it could almost be taking place in a small VFW hall on the dusty flatlands of the Panhandle. That sensation is even stronger once the show proper is done and the tables are cleared away so patrons can two-step to their hearts' content as the band plays on..."
"...This artistic work was an appropriate culmination of this wonderful object – its rebirth and transposition into yet another presentation of the exodus narrative. The compelling performance was equal parts music and prayer: May we return to convivencia, amen...."
"...When it appeared last week that the Texas Legislature might try to help pay for a property tax cut with a tax on performing arts events, local arts groups did not take it lying down. In fact, they showed just how quickly cultural coalitions can mobilize and how artists can make themselves heard as clearly in the back rooms of the Capitol as in the back rows of theatres..."
"...In arts circles, 1995 may be best remembered as the year Congress gutted the National Endowment for the Arts and left a littered landscape of angry debate over public funding and freedom of expression; a year of intolerance and rhetoric on the political front and a year of decreased funding from foundations and individuals on the private side...."
"...If a history of the Austin arts scene is ever written, 2003 will be remembered in it as the end of an era. It was during this year that the economic bust which began hammering at our cultural community two years ago landed the hardest blows, finishing off the flush time begun in the 1990s..."
"...Now, that's no reflection on Jose Villarreal, who's cast as the Cat in the Zach Performing Arts School production of Seussical; he injects some of the feline's trickster spirit into his performance whenever he pops up, morphing amusingly into a blustery judge here, a lightning-tongued auctioneer there, not to mention a blind piano player, W.C. Fields, Groucho, and even the Cat's Seussian second cousin, the Grinch..."
"...You've probably heard that you can't get a free lunch anymore. Well, you can! And not only can you get a free lunch, but if you're a teacher, you can get continuing professional education credit as well as skills to assist you in working with students who are handicapped or bilingual just by registering for and attending the Arts Alive Institute: A Bi-Lingual Inclusive Arts Exchange on Tuesday, June 19..."
"...What do Laura Bush and Anheuser-Busch have in common? How about Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Rodriguez? Or all four? They're all recipients of this year's Texas Medal of Arts Awards, being presented in Austin on Tuesday, April 7, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Since 2001, the nonprofit Texas Cultural Trust has been recognizing distinguished artists, patrons, and institutions that call the Lone Star State home..."
"...But when it comes to the performing arts, artistic license rules, and as long as men are playing the men's roles and women the women's, you can pretty much get away with anything. Which brings us to Zach Theatre's latest Equity production of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses..."
"...Women & Their Work will be Making Waves on Thursday to benefit its Arts Education Outreach Programs in AISD's underserved schools. The annual spring splash, which scored a nod for "Best FUNdraiser" in the Chronicle "Best of Austin" awards, will feature synchronized swimming by the H2Hos, catering by P&K Grocery, wine and vodka by Tito's, and lots of water-themed and bluish items for bid in a silent auction, all in the elegant environs of a private home renovated by award-winning architect Mell Lawrence..."
"...If you wish to volunteer for Access Austin Arts, want more information on its programs, or wish to be involved in the video project, check out AAA's Web site at: http://www.main.org/accessarts/ or call 454-9912. Upcoming events are listed below...."
"...Although it was touting theatre, the tour wasn't playing any formal performing arts houses, opting instead for public venues such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the French Quarter's Riverfront Marketplace, and our own Capitol. The original plan to perform on the South Steps was scuttled by the cold snap, so in addition to suffering the indignity of performing at 9:30 in the morning, these Broadway pros were subjected to Rotunda light, probably the worst lighting they could work under outside a grade-school cafetorium...."
"...These events, along with hoedowns at Auditorium Shores, have made the whole complex into the bête noire of the adjacent neighborhoods. Then, on top of that, the University of Texas put local performing-arts groups on notice that its facilities would be unavailable for their use, which punted the Symphony et al..."
"..."There's a direct relationship between Reagan [High School] and Reagan's band and the fact that Reagan is not on [AISD's] closure list. Students here understand that if they are to participate in band and fine arts, they have to do well academically."..."
"...BAM! It's a sound that gets your attention, that makes you snap to and turn your head to see what's up. In this case, what's up is the second installment of Black Arts Movement, the performing-arts festival from ProArts Collective that showcases the current surge of creativity among the nation's African-American artists..."
"...Best Museum Outgrowing Itself (1999)Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts (4)Best Pair of Aged Intoxicants: The Big Screen & Booze at the Paramount (1995)..."
"...In a grim twist of irony, those websites, and indeed the whole of the World Wide Web, were in their infancy when Deneke died. A champion of the small but tireless Amarillo punk and arts communities, and booker of roadshows at venues like the Retina and the Egg, Deneke had to go old-school to lure in bands off of Interstate 40: telephone, talk, badger, repeat..."
"...Gala film premieres and the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards raise funds as well as awareness of the impact of film on economy and community. The Austin Film Society is ranked among the top film centers in the country and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and Directors Guild of America..."
"...and throughout Latin America descended upon the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Aug..."
"...For the arts and culture to take root in a city, to develop and flourish there, and then to make them not only vibrant but vital, requires real dedication from citizens who believe that it matters. 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..."
"...Over the past few seasons, the athletic young dancer with the large, soulful eyes has proven himself a chameleon of the ballet. He has dazzled us in serious parts well-suited to his age and skills -- in Ulysses, his Telemachus was a coiled spring of frustration -- but he's been equally striking in comic roles, crafting a coy, impetuous, otherworldly Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a sly, languid partner to Karen Kuykendall in a segment of Kisses, and a classic nerd awkwardly attempting balletic grace in the spoof The Nutzy Nutcracker..."
"...The Consort's season is a mix of auditioned and nonauditioned performances, bringing people from different musical backgrounds into the concert setting. On the spectrum of Austin's arts ecology, TCC fills that important space between the professional ensemble and the grassroots community organization..."
"...The fingerprints of the Austin expat community are all over Forev – not just through Wells and Mider, but also several crew members, day players, and all-around favor-givers. "We didn't tell people we were going to make the movie until we were for sure gonna do it, the same way as, in the movie, once they tell people they're getting married it starts to feel real," Leffler says..."
"...The cast of 16 embraces the idea of the production without hesitation and the comedy of the play wholeheartedly. Led by co-director Susan Gayle Todd as Peter Quince and Vicki Yoder as Bottom, the rude mechanicals (the players within the play, not the Austin theatre company at the Off Center) in particular delight with their energy and willingness to exploit the hilarity of their parts..."
"...And that's exactly the attitude that Texas Performing Arts is trying to address with its classical music initiative. Funded by a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W..."
"...Hidden somewhere in our city is a great benefactor of the arts, one whose contributions in the past five years have had an impact not only locally but internationally. This deep-pocketed patron has quietly become a major force in the creation of new work, commissioning pieces from some of the world's premier composers, musicians, and dance/theatre artists..."
"...Everyone is talking about the election this year, and when we say everyone, we mean artists, too. This fall, more than at any other time in recent memory, performing arts organizations and presenters are programming material with a decidedly political bent...."
"...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...."
"...It may be a philanthropic act by one or two persons, a gift of such outstanding generosity that it virtually redefines the term. Austin was witness to the latter last week when ARTS Center Stage announced that Teresa Lozano and Joe R..."
"...If anyone in the Austin arts deserves to put his feet up and chillax, it's Paul Beutel. He's been busy here for 42 years – acting, writing about film for the Statesman, doing PR for UT, and managing and programming both the Paramount Theatre (for 18 years) and Long Center (for eight)..."
"...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...."
"...So goes the thinking of most people, in the arts community and outside it, and considering the economic shitstorm we were all in throughout 2009, who can blame them? Still, the final year of the Distraught Aughts was not quite the calamity for Austin's cultural scene that many feared. Our larger institutions are still standing – are, in fact, still on pretty solid footing financially..."
"...That's a lot of material to plow through, and those seats are liable to be snapped up quickly. For more information, visit the Texas Performing Arts website...."
"...I would still love to do Broadway, of course, and theatre and possibly film. Music and dance will be my main focus, but I'm always going to be an artist who wants to challenge himself in every aspect of the arts. AC: I imagine if you tried to give up theatre, you'd have Debbie Reynolds tracking you down and dragging you back onstage. DB: [Laughs] That would be kind of funny...."
"...Slapped together, that means that our fair city increasingly has festivals of one kind or another – and often the same kind – crowding together on the same small patch of Saturday 'n' Sunday. For evidence, all you need do is look at this week's calendar, where Art City Austin, the venerable visual arts fair that evolved from Fiesta, and the Fusebox Festival, the recent showcase of new and experimental cross-disciplinary art, sit cheek by jowl, filling the days with events...."
"...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...."
"...Because Amy Morrow – Austin-based founder of arts collective The Theorists and globetrotting teacher with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company – can’t stop asking “What if?” That’s why the stage anchoring the city’s beloved Zilker Hillside will be spilling over with movement and music and more this weekend...."