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Miró Quartet at Bates Recital Hall
The ensemble's opening concert for its 15th season as UT's Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence was uplifting in a number of ways
Arts Review  September 20, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Their deep investment in every piece of music they take on, the seamlessness of their musical interplay, their professionalism, and, not least, the love of what they do, will invariably raise one's spirits. But in the first concert of the ensemble's 15th season at the Faculty-Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas, the musicians of the Miró also showed the variety of colors that one quality may contain...."

University of Texas Women's Soccer vs. Northern Colorado
PHOTO GALLERY  September 19, 2018

University of Texas Women's Soccer vs. Rio Grande Valley
PHOTO GALLERY  September 19, 2018

Gina Chavez Sees the Light
Latin-infused songstress on her new sound and new marriage
DAILY Qmmunity  September 14, 2018, by Beth Sullivan
"...“We’ve had an incredible life together, really,” insists Chavez, who relays they’ve been together for 12 years after meeting at the University Catholic Center at UT-Austin. “We’ve been through what it’s like to hide your relationship...what it’s like to figure out how to not hide your relationship as Catholic Latinas in Texas.” For the self-proclaimed open book, it was only a matter of time until she wrote a record full of love songs..."

Presidio by Randy Kennedy
For his debut novel, Kennedy creates a road story that portrays the harsh West Texas terrain beautifully and fills it with sympathetic characters.
Arts Review  September 13, 2018, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...The vast expanse of West Texas is all-too-seldom used as a backdrop in fiction these days. But for his superb debut novel, Panhandle-bred Randy Kennedy so vividly captures the sprawling, flat, arid landscape of the High Plains as to practically render it a character in its own right, an omnipresent protagonist if you will..."

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods
The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography
Music Story  September 13, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...His friend Dorham asked if he could sit in. Davis rarely ceded the stage to anyone, but he loved and respected the Texas-born trumpeter, whom he recognized as a peer..."

Police Oversight: Starting From Scratch
Farah Muscadin’s work in progress
News Story  September 13, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...She's talked to 28 different agency directors, and assembled a stakeholder group to write a set of best practices for City Council's approval (see below). The group learned early that most cities don't have to deal with the quirks of the restrictive Texas Local Gov­ern­ment Code..."

Looking For a Writing Class, Austinite?
Calling all writers sick of their cruel inner critics
DAILY Arts  September 9, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We’re gonna go with “otherwise” in this post, because maybe you’re allergic to institutional levels of tuition and paperwork. We’re gonna go with otherwise-but-definitely-professional-and-effective, and – having already given you a link to the plethora of options proffered by the Writer's League of Texas – we'll narrow this reco down to just one..."

How a Genetic Disorder Drove Abby Solomon to the Forefront of Science and Music
After supplying a scientific breakthrough, this Austinite improves one show at a time
Music Story  September 6, 2018, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Caused by a mutation to the FBN1 gene, Solomon's rare syndrome destroys the soft layer of fat under her skin, allowing for damaging disfigurement to her eyes and nose. Years ago, pain and complications eventually forced her to leave the University of Texas after two years of study..."

City's Tourism Commission Off to a Rocky Start
Peace and harmony
News Story  September 6, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...The split is indicative of the fissure on Council over the tourism industry, the HOT revenue it brings the city, and the proposed Convention Center expansion that could be funded through those dollars. Mayor Steve Adler has long championed the $600 million expansion plan for the Convention Center, a dream deferred when Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo had it sent to the University of Texas for further study..."

UT Service and Activist Organizations to Join
Make a difference in Austin and around the world
DAILY Chron Events  September 1, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...Jolt Texas is a nonprofit empowering the Latinx community across the state. It regularly collaborates with its student chapter at UT to garner social change and justice throughout the local and state governments..."

The Touchdowns That Changed Texas
Civil rights and sports mix in Breaking Down Barriers: The C.R. Roberts Story
Screens Story  August 30, 2018, by Kahron Spearman
"...September 22, 1956: C.R. Roberts makes history as one of the first black college athletes to take the field against white players in Texas..."

What Follows Five Years of Failure at Mendez Middle School?
Making the grade
News Story  August 30, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Two weeks ago, when the Texas Education Agency released district and campus scores as part of its new A-F accountability system, five schools in the Austin Independent School District received failing grades. That designation for one such school, Rosedale, at 49th Street and Burnet Road, was particularly galling for district officials, who argued it should never have been rated: The school services students with severe special needs, and many are unable to even give answers on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams that are a major component in establishing campus grades..."

Aztlan Dance Company's The Enchilada Western: Texas Deep Fried
In the troupe's latest choreodramas, dancing desperados persisted and partied
Arts Review  August 30, 2018, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Eventually, in a narrative helped along by master of ceremonies Salinas, the Desperados triumphed and equilibrium was restored. At the Santa Cruz, of course, regardless of what your cultural references are or what borough or barrio you came from, such restoration, temporary or not, is an occasion to put on your reinforced heels, right where you are, and party. The Enchilada Western: Texas Deep FriedSanta Cruz Theater, 1805 E..."

Election Ticker
Gotta endorse somebody
News Story  August 30, 2018, by Michael King, Chase Hoffberger, Austin Sanders and Mary Tuma
"..."Women 'like Julie' aren't supposed to run for Congress – nevertheless, she persisted." With that sly reference to her 2017 rebuke from Major­ity Leader Mitch McConnell, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced her support for Julie Oliver, the Democratic nominee for Texas Congressional District 25......"

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Fall just got a little closer, readers, not in a meteorological sense but a literary one. The Texas Book Festival has released the full list of authors for its 2018 event, and you can look forward to more than 280 great guests to attend, among them Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, Susan Orlean, and Dessa...."

The Past, Present, and FuturX of Latinx Performance in Austin
The current surge of Latinx theatre and dance in Austin speaks to both tradition and pioneering new directions
Arts Story  August 23, 2018, by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
"...This past Friday, I was talking with a fellow theatregoer at the Mexican American Cultural Center about how that evening alone, we had a plethora of excellent options for Latinx performance and were struggling to see them all: Teatro Vivo's Real Women Have Curves, which we were at the MACC to see; Ground Floor Theatre's premiere of There and Back by Austin playwright Raul Garza; (Un)Documents, a new work by local performer/poet Jesus I. Valles, which was the anchor for the inaugural FuturX, a festival of Latinx performances that in its four-day run also offered an improvised sci-fi telenovela by the troupe Prima Doñas; a program of burlesque and spoken word featuring the Queen of Texas Burlesque, Chola Magnolia; a program of short works by Florinda Bryant, Heather Maria Acs, and Dillon Yruegas; and readings of new plays by Krysta Gonzales and Brian Oglesby...."

News Story  August 23, 2018
"...Watch Your Language: Filings continue in the two ballot language lawsuits before the Texas Supreme Court, brought by petitioners to force City Council to revise ballot language adopted for the "efficiency audit" and land use code revision (e.g., CodeNEXT) propositions – rulings are expected in the next few days. See "Ballot Lawsuits Simmer at Supreme Court," Aug..."

Crime Lab Chronicles
City memo updates on troubled DNA lab's progress
News Story  August 23, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Arellano's memo provided a comprehensive update on the case review process, examination of lab practices, and the shared plan to move forward. The University of North Texas' Health Science Center has been conducting scientific case reviews to "assess the reliability" of the lab staff's DNA analysis; 42 reviews have been requested, with 36 completed..."

Derrick Sims is The Perfect Host
Filmmaker talks Southern Gothic before world premiere tonight
DAILY Screens  August 22, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Before tonight's world premiere at Flix Brewhouse, courtesy of the Other Worlds Austin year-round orbiter program, Sims took a break from his long flight to Texas to talk about his film, the Southern Gothic tales that influenced his script, and the Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas that both inspired it, and served as the main shooting location...."

The Ballad of Townes & Blaze
The twisted but not-so-tall tale of Van Zandt and Foley, Lonesome Dove meets Barfly
Features Story  August 16, 2018, by Sybil Rosen
"...The jigsaw of geography in filmmaking is such that one day during the making of Blaze we were in Baton Rouge, La., at a venue called the Texas Club, shooting a scene that takes place in the New York City of the Eighties...."

Election Notes: Down to Deadline
Filing time is upon us now
News Story  August 16, 2018, by Mary Tuma, Chase Hoffberger, Austin Sanders and Nina Hernandez
"...• District 8 candidate Bobby Levinski has come out strong against Proposition K, the November ballot item calling for an "efficiency audit" of the city, calling it "nothing more than a fishing expedition linked to radical Austin-bashing organizations, like the [Texas Public Policy Foundation], who oppose local control on many health, safety and environmental issues." In an Aug. 14 statement, Levinski points to ultra-conservative forces connected to audit idea creators the Citizens for an Accountable Austin PAC, including TPPF, who are leading the fight against Council's paid sick leave ordinance..."

The San Marcos Music Scene Runs Deep
ACL Fest hip-hop headliners Brockhampton might just be the tip of the iceberg from our neighbors south on I-35
Music Story  August 2, 2018, by Jeremy Steinberger
"...Kevin Abstract, the song cycle's chief creative, stood at the center of the room wearing his signature motorcycle helmet. The rest of the project's producers, from UT student Merlyn Wood to Texas State music major Russell Boring, aka Joba, scattered themselves around the lightly attended event..."

John Kerry to Kick Off Texas Tribune Festival
Other speakers include Nancy Pelosi, Beto O'Rourke, Jeff Flake
DAILY News  August 1, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...Ever wanted to ask our elected officials what precisely they’re doing to pull America back from the brink of madness? September’s Texas Tribune Festival provides an excellent opportunity to do just that...."

2018 Texas Teen Book Festival Lineup
Tenth fest brings YA stars Marissa Meyer, Patrick Ness, & more
DAILY Arts  July 25, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The Texas Teen Book Festival turns 10 in 2018, and this annual celebration of young adult lit is marking the milestone with another stellar lineup of YA writers, including New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer, debuting Archenemies, the second installment in her superhero series The Renegades Trilogy...."

How to Help the San Marcos Fire Victims
From donating to attending concerts, here's what you can do
DAILY Emergency  July 25, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...Last Friday, a fire broke out at the Iconic Village Apartments, which has killed five people who have yet to be identified. The fire also displaced many Texas State students who reside at the off-campus apartments..."

Fetal Burial Law Considered in Court
Five-day trial challenges state's latest anti-choice law
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Norton's ordeal could become the law of the land in Texas if state attorneys win their case this week before U.S. District Judge David Ezra..."

The Drinks Issue: Guide to Getting Home Safely
Put somebody else in the driver's seat with these transpo options
DAILY Food  July 13, 2018, by Eilish O'Sullivan
"...Single rides are $1.25. The E-bus operates Thursday through Saturday from 8:30pm-3am during the fall and spring semesters at the University of Texas..."

NEA Backs Austin Film Festival's On Story
The writer's film festival gets national support
DAILY Screens  July 12, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The project has expanded to include an NPR radio show, plus two books (with a third, On Story: The Golden Ages of Television due later this year), as well as a research archive at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University...."

Public Notice: “Gerrymandering Is Not a Game”
"... except when it is"
News Column  July 12, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...In view of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision not to intervene in Texas' egregiously gerrymandered House and congressional district maps ("SCOTUS Lets Gerrymandering Slide," June 29), the timing couldn't be better for Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game, the first game release from Lafair Family Games..."

Is the Net Neutrality Repeal Another Blow to Tex-Mex Musicians and Broadcasters?
Bidi bidi bom bom
Music Story  July 5, 2018, by César E. López Linares
"...Within the music industry, ISPs charging higher fees for streaming and social media access could prove a huge impediment for independent artists and businesses, especially those in non-mainstream genres. In Austin, a pair of Texas-rooted styles, Tejano and conjunto, depend on net neutrality..."

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]..."

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