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Fair Youth Make Fairer Shakespeare
Two fine chances to see young people make the Bard come alive
DAILY Arts  June 21, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Camp Shakespeare is the brainchild of Dr. James Ayres, who, in an earlier life, taught in the English Department at the University of Texas and founded a little program known as Shakespeare at Winedale..."

City Council: The Race Is On
Previewing November’s elections for Districts 1, 3, 8, and 9
News Story  June 21, 2018, by the News Staff
"...She argued Council has to "fight the state" and create "our own progressive ideas" to slow displacement on the Eastside. She expects Texas will sue the city if it attempts to challenge state laws, but called that a "stopgap measure." Her EMT experience, where "you fix the worst part first," prepared her for the battle..."

Novelty Firm Backs Dildo Protest Documentary
Cocks Not Glocks gets some firm support
DAILY Screens  June 19, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The film will chronicle the 2016 Campus Dildo Carry rally at UT Austin, where students protested Senate Bill 11 (aka the campus carry law) that allowed concealed weapons on the university campus. UT graduate Jessica Jin triggered a protest wherein students openly carried dildos which, in the bizarro-verse of Texas legislation, is actually a class C misdemeanor (see our photo gallery from the day here)...."

A New Era for the Travis County Democratic Party
After years of infighting and a tumultuous election in March, the TCDP must now proceed as one
News Story  June 14, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...And Soifer benefited from several moments that temporarily sparked the party during her brief tenure, including the Wendy Davis filibuster and a partnership with Battleground Texas. "There were exciting things happening, and it was a year when people were really motivated to help," she said...."

Where to Watch the World Cup in Austin
So many venues! So many screens! So early in the morning!
DAILY Sports  June 7, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...The two locations in downtown and the Mueller one will be open for all matches after the first round. Expect specials on Irish whiskey, Shiner, Harp Lager, and Miller Light. Gabriel’s Cafe 1900 University Ave. 512/404-3654 Open every day, 11am-midnight..."

The Ransom Center's "Vaudeville!"
This exhibition reveals how the history of that entertainment form is really the history of the U.S.
Arts Story  June 7, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...If all vaudeville is to you is the thing your great-great-grandparents did for fun while they waited for nickelodeons and Victrolas to be invented, then the exhibit "Vaudeville!," on view through July 15 at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center, is your chance to learn how this onstage variety show became a dominant form of entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and also how its development reflected the development of this country...."

The Critics Table's Crème de la Crème
The winners of the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  June 5, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...No single production, exhibition, or concert swept the field, though in a unique show of appreciation for an individual work, the Critics Table recognized the Vortex Repertory Company's expansive and immersive theatrical production/scavenger hunt Performance Park with four special citations. Texas State University's Musical Theatre Program received one award and a special citation for its production of Ragtime; Ben Toomer, who starred in the production, received a Deacon Crain Award for outstanding student work; and Kaitlin Hopkins, who heads the program, was honored with a special citation..."

Day Trips & Beyond: June Events Roundup
Titanic, turtle hatchlings, and Texas beaches after Harvey
DAILY Travel  June 1, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Titanic artifacts come to Texas while the Gulf Coast recovers from Hurricane Harvey, and June festivals keep the fun hot...."

Live Nation Acquires ScoreMore
Austin promoters sell controlling interest to concert industry titan
DAILY Music  May 30, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...ScoreMore Shows, the Austin-based concert promotion company that throws many of Texas’ marquee hip-hop events — including the hugely popular three-city JMBLYA festival — has sold a majority stake of their company to industry giants Live Nation...."

Texas: An Abortion Desert
Women in 10 Texas cities must travel more than 100 miles for an abortion
News Story  May 24, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...But in reality, only a small number have been able to reopen. And a recent study confirms just how dire the landscape in Texas really is..."

Limbaugh Rant Puts UT MasculinUT Program in Limbo
University program halted until after summer
News Story  May 24, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Taking aim at the University of Texas' still-nascent MasculinUT program, right-wing radio man Rush Limbaugh wondered in a late April blog post about "the odds that a bunch of women are running this." He slammed the program, geared in part toward expanding rigid and patriarchal definitions of masculinity, as well as UT for supposedly treating masculinity "as a mental health challenge, that too many men are simply crumbling under the pressure to be a man."..."

From the 40 Acres to East Austin
UT students use East Austin Stories to explore community life
DAILY Screens  May 19, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...East Austin is changing, and armed with video cameras and questions, Radio, Television, and Film students at the University of Texas are bearing witness to this change through the East Austin Stories program...."

Unwind: Six Ways to De-Stress This Summer in Austin
Beer yoga, craft projects, and the perfect foot rub make our list
Features Story  May 17, 2018, by Clara Wang
"...6) Time to get contemplative – specifically, at sunrise and sunset, the optimal times to experience "The Color Inside," a skyspace by artist James Turrell on the University of Texas campus (2201 Speedway), when the soft tones of dawn and dusk create a profusion of caressing light...."

American Berserk Theatre's Killer Girls
When the killer girls of this timely satire strike back at abusive bros, revenge is sweet, smart, and hilarious
Arts Review  May 17, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Beeler was serious about making this a comedy, and she's brought to the script the same perceptive wit that she uses in her improv work. To ensure we know how prick-centric an environment her protagonists are stuck in, she has them attend John Wilkes Booth University in #yesallmen, Texas (where campus landmarks include the #billcosbystatue and #louiscklaughlounge)..."

Critics Name Cream of the Cultural Crop
The nominees for the 2017-18 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 14, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Friedenthal (theatre) and Claire Canavan (theatre); the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Melany Jean (visual arts), T. Lynn Mikeska (theatre), Robi Polgar (classical music), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Shanon Weaver (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts); Central Texas Live Theatre's Michael Meigs (theatre) and Dr..."

Texas House District 47: Workman’s Blues
Can anybody beat Paul Workman?
News Story  May 10, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"..."I think I've got good communication skills, I'm a good negotiator, and I can bring people from opposing sides together," she says. Goodwin's policy agenda focuses around school finance, increased oversight of the embattled Texas foster care system, and expanding Medicaid..."

Review: Flamenco India
Oliver Rajamani tells a story of migration in music and dance
DAILY Arts  May 9, 2018, by Sumaiya Malik
"...The performance was in part an effort to raise awareness of the University of Texas' Romani Archives and Documentation Center, the largest collection of its kind in the world. It also coincided with the release of Rajamani's ninth album, on which he performs with Jeronimo Maya and Tomasa La Macanita, Spain’s legends of Romani flamenco, and Indian masters Ustad Shujaat Khan and Ustad Aashish Khan...."

Workers of the World, United in Time
UT Lecturer Anne Lewis on her new doc, A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)
Screens Story  May 3, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...As a documentarian and teacher, Anne Lewis is synonymous with two things: Austin (her adopted home since the Nineties) and films about trade union activism. She concedes that it's a little bit strange that her new film A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas) is the first to explore labor in the Lone Star State..."

Sheryl Cole and Chito Vela: The Prize Fight
All eyes on the Democratic primary run-off in House District 46
News Story  May 3, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"..."I needed that time off for mental and spiritual separation and renewal – it's a horror show," he told me in April. "But it prepared me for the Texas Legislature." [inset-1-right]..."

Fear the Walking Dead Hits Big After Move to Austin
Plus more local production updates
Screens Column  April 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...That's the best figures since midway through season 2, and nearly double the second half of season 3. AMC moved production to Austin after shooting seasons 2 and 3 in Baja California, Mexico, due to their great experience working with Texas crews on The Son...."

After Two-Year Hiatus Levitation Hits the Clubs
Droning on with Slowdive, Electric Wizard, Ian Svenonius, and Bedouine
Music Story  April 26, 2018, by Michael Toland, Dan Gentile, Tim Stegall and Rachel Rascoe
"...A lifetime of recurring relocations resonates in the warm, wandering folk of Syrian-born Armenian songwriter Azniv Korkejian. En route to her current Los Angeles abode, she made a childhood pit stop in the Houston suburbs and a yearlong stint at the University of Texas..."

Fusebox Festival Review: (Re)current Unrest
This dance grapples with cultural appropriation and racism
DAILY Arts  April 24, 2018, by Jonelle Seitz
"...It’s a character role, but Anderson was hardly playing a character. As the head of the dance division at the University of Texas, he is tasked with sharing and unpacking his students’ experiences of racism and social justice movements and meeting them where they are, while helping them contextualize #icantbreathe and #blacklivesmatter — not to mention their own personal experiences or the murder of one of their classmates in 2016 by a homeless black teenager – within the history of racism in the 1980s, the 1960s, the 1860s, and before...."

State’s Teen Pregnancy Booklet Riddled With Anti-Choice Propaganda
Pregnant minors in foster care given medically inaccurate literature
DAILY News  April 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...If pregnant teenagers in Texas are hoping to get the facts about their abortion rights from the state, they’re out of luck. A new version of the little-known pamphlet “So, You’re Pregnant, Now What?” is rife with factual errors, inflammatory language, and anti-abortion bias...."

Aeroponics Are the Future for One Austin Urban Farm
Farmhouse Delivery is all grown up
Food Story  April 19, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...What began as a small operation on the Eastside has now expanded throughout Central Texas. Scherzer meets with farmers on a seasonal basis to make sure that the food they grow is up to the standards that she has set for Farmhouse Delivery..."

News Story  April 19, 2018
"...A GOP Snub: The Texas Republican Party has once again denied the Log Cabin Republicans a booth at their state convention, as the state GOP has since the late Nineties, despite the state's general growing acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The Texas GOP Convention is its 150th, and scheduled for June 14-16 at the convention center in San Antonio..."

Tyler Mount's Broadway Success
Playbill vlog king hosts High School Musical Theatre Awards
DAILY Arts  April 18, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...I talk about it all the time. I remember growing up in a small town in Texas: 300 people, one stoplight..."

Connor Clegg Impeached at Texas State
A student government showdown in San Marcos
DAILY News  April 17, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Texas State’s student government voted to impeach Student Body President Connor Clegg on Monday night, bringing to end a whirlwind five-day period at the San Marcos college. Clegg was found guilty of the six articles of impeachment brought against him, and was subsequently voted to be removed from office...."

SBOE Passes Mexican-American Studies, but Whitewashes the Name
Right-wing board member objects to “hyphenated Americanism”
DAILY News  April 13, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Four years and two failed textbooks later, the Texas State Board of Education finally agreed to provide public high schools with Mexican-American elective curriculum standards in a final vote cast Friday, April 13, a historic step for the state...."

UT Professor on the Making of Texas Film Epic Giant
Don Graham's Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film
Screens Story  April 12, 2018, by Joe O'Connell
"...Texans overwhelmingly despised the Texas epic novel penned by an outsider who played to all of the stereotypes of their land and people. Even more miraculous was when film production came to Marfa, Texas..."

UT Policy Change Coincides With Professor’s Sudden Death
University more likely to punish employees who commit criminal acts off campus
News Story  April 12, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Last Thursday, shortly following a new University of Texas policy change instigated in part by his actions, UT College of Pharmacy professor Richard Morrisett was found dead in his South Austin home. The cause of death has yet to be determined by the Travis County Medical Examiner, but no evidence of foul play is suspected, says Captain Jonathan Ede, a spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff's Office, and a toxicology report could take weeks..."

A Good Time to Be Lawrence Wright
With new book God Save Texas, The Looming Tower series on Hulu, and his play Cleo at the Alley, Lawrence Wright is the man of the moment
Arts Story  April 12, 2018, by Elizabeth Banicki
"...I wondered if the calm and ease emanating from him is long practiced or genuinely felt, if his self-possession is a conscious part of who he is. When he's covering a subject (be it bin Laden, Texas politics, or Scientology), he picks up on things most people might sense but could never put words to, let alone write a book on...."

Update: Fate of UT's Fine Arts Library
Provost OKs recommendations to preserve, upgrade fifth floor
DAILY Arts  April 11, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...For months, the fate of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas has been unclear and the subject of much debate. Now, the reports are in, recommendations made and accepted, and the result is: The Doty Fine Arts Building's fifth floor will continue to hold the FAL collection and be upgraded to better serve faculty, students, and other users...."

Soccer in Austin: The Road to Realness
What'll happen at McKalla Place? Good question.
News Story  April 5, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...(Environmental testing will need to happen.) The group is working with the Los Angeles-based sports office of the Gensler architecture firm, whose credentials include work with the L.A. Dodgers, Cleveland Browns, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech..."

Spring Things to Do in (or Around) Austin
How and where to take the most advantage of this weather.
DAILY Chron Events  March 29, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Probably what makes it all the more magical is that we know these springy temps are fleeting. Before long, actual Texas summer will descend upon us – once again plunging Austin into Dante’s ninth circle of hell...."

Changes at UT’s Fine Arts Library Cause a Rift in the College of Fine Arts
Showdown on the fifth floor
Arts Story  March 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The quiet floor has been like that since the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building opened at the University of Texas in 1979: a repository of books, periodicals, journals, scores, and other collection materials in the UT Fine Arts Library (FAL)..."

Playback: Austin Angles for BMI
Music leaders court performance rights organization, plus a requiem for Draylen Mason
Music Column  March 29, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"..."It would be an important step in the maturation of Austin's music business to have a permanently staffed BMI office in town that can cultivate, mentor, and promote the talent we have here," said Casey Monahan, who worked closely with BMI for decades as the founding director of the Texas Music Office...."

Why Aren’t UT Students Getting Rape Kits?
The numbers don't add up
News Story  March 29, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"..."If someone is clued in enough" to know UT offers free SAFE exams, Smith said, "they also know the statistics around the legal process when it comes to assault." Rape is a notoriously difficult crime to prosecute. Another IDVSA report found that, in Texas, only 9% of rapes get reported, and few perpetrators see jail time after a trial, if charges are even filed..."

"Juntos/Together" Ties Austin's Activist Past and Present
Shedding light on action & initiatives by local minority communities
DAILY Arts  March 28, 2018, by Acacia Coronado
"...These are just some of the elements presented in "Juntos/Together: Black and Brown Activism in Austin, Texas From 1970-83" on display through April 6 at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center. The exhibit focuses on issues faced by minority communities in Austin through the Seventies and early Eighties and draws parallels to current social issues. [image-1] A Combination of Creativity and Creative Freedom..."

From the ATX to Chi-Town
Kyle Henry explores Chicago in Rogers Park
Screens Story  March 22, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Henry's films are often grounded heavily in a specific community – for example, his 2013 feature Fourplay, which was constructed from four chapters linked to their location (Austin, San Francisco, Skokie, and Tampa). He said, "I've always made films about people and communities that are right in front of me." That started with his directorial debut, 1998's American Cowboy, "a feature about a gay rodeo cowboy when I was dealing with my own sexual identity as someone who came from a small town in Texas." He followed that with 1999's University, Inc., "an investigative documentary about the University of Texas while I was there as a grad student, about corporate involvement in university education..."

What Made Him Do It?
Weeks-long bomb scare ends Wednesday with few answers
News Story  March 22, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Two hours before daybreak on Wednesday morning, as he was readying himself for yet another press briefing with his assistant chiefs, City Manager Spencer Cronk, and members of the Texas Rangers, FBI, and Bureau of ATF, a KXAN reporter asked interim Police Chief Brian Manley how he was feeling at that moment...."

SXSW Music Review: KUTX – The Breaks
The state of local hip-hop
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...Having bought into the idea that Austin could be a hip-hop city, noncommercial University of Texas frequency KUTX 98.9 took a calculated risk in handpicking Jared “Confucius Jones” Williams and Aaron “Fresh” Knight to host a Saturday night hip-hop show, The Breaks. The station saw it through Friday with an all-local, all-hip-hop SXSW showcase...."

In Memoriam: Draylen Mason
Remembering the gifted young bassist who lost his life
DAILY Arts  March 16, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Let's be clear on that before this talented young bass player comes to be defined by his age or how he lost his life. He was active in the city's music scene and had been accepted to both the University of Texas' Butler School of Music and the University of North Texas music program..."

SXSW Panel Recap: The Community, Culture & Science of BBQ
Three experts discuss all things meat, wood, and Texas barbecue
DAILY Food  March 14, 2018, by Veronica Meewes
"...“People have a love affair with the idea of Texas barbecue,” said Jess Pryles, local meat expert and author of the recently released cookbook Hardcore Carnivore, at a Tuesday panel she moderated on the community, culture, and science of barbecue...."

SXSW Hit and Run Victim Gives Back
Mason Endres champions the healing power of music
DAILY Music  March 9, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...“Oh I still go to South by Southwest every year,” exclaims the senior at the University of Texas. “South by Southwest is so special to me..."

In Memoriam: Ken Johnson
Remembering the versatile theatre artist, who died March 2
DAILY Arts  March 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...A Port Arthur native, Johnson didn't make it to Austin until he was 30 years old, but he immediately made a big splash here. He was hired by Austin Civic Theatre to direct a production of the musical 110 in the Shade by University of Texas alums Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in a storefront space that the community theatre had recently acquired on East Fifth..."

SXSW Short “Come & Take It” and the Story Behind #CocksNotGlocks
Documentary about controversial UT protests plays Texas Shorts Competition
Screens Story  March 8, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...Co-directed by Austin filmmakers PJ Raval and Ellen Spiro, "Come & Take It" follows Jin, the UT graduate behind the Cocks Not Glocks protests, aka "Campus (Dildo) Carry." Targeting the idiocy of Texas' "campus carry" law (which allows loaded handguns in public university classrooms), the protest called for demonstrators to brandish sex toys galore (which is illegal)...."

Music to Celebrate Women By
Butler School marks Intl. Women's Day with all-star concert
DAILY Arts  March 7, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...If you're looking to get an early jump on International Women's Day, we have just the event for you: The University of Texas' Butler School of Music is bringing together some of its most illustrious faculty members and singers from its student choirs for a celebratory concert at 5:30pm today, March 7, at Bates Recital Hall on the UT campus...."

Have a Ball in Austin With These Sports Summer Camps
Get your kids going with everything from gymnastics to karate
DAILY Chron Events  March 1, 2018
"...Who knew the University of Texas had a sports program? Get in on the action with one of the many camps being offered, including softball, soccer, baseball, basketball, football, golf, sports medicine, rowing, diving, tennis, volleyball, swimming, track, and more. Register online..."

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron
This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall
Arts Review  March 1, 2018, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...It is a story people really should know. The University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance not only does a bang-up job of presenting Lucy Prebble's entertaining and historically accurate script, but further reframes and modernizes the play with a cast composed of actors whose gender identities are either female or nonbinary...."

Public Notice: In the Name of Fairness
Times change, and so do schools
News Column  March 1, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...B-cycle's University of Texas bikeshare program launched recently, providing free memberships for all UT-Austin students, and half off for faculty and staff; sign up at They're also looking for volunteers to help manage the extra load during SXSW..."

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