Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
"...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...."
"...“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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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......"
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 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...."
"...• 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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)...."
"...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...."
"...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. www.meetattexas.com/dining/gabriels 512/404-3654 Open every day, 11am-midnight..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Titanic artifacts come to Texas while the Gulf Coast recovers from Hurricane Harvey, and June festivals keep the fun hot...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"..."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]..."