Dolly Parton birthday hoot w/ Jackie Venson, Mélat, Else Cross, Kalu James, Walker Lukens, Carson McHone, & more
"...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...."
"...[image-1-left] Punxsutawney Phil may have said we’ll be seeing six more weeks of winter, but he obviously hasn’t spent much time in Austin. But we’re not complaining..."
"...Grab your lid, dust off your trench coat, and get wise. Noir City Austin is blowing into town, and is set to put you wise about the best of Hollywood's most sinister era, savvy?..."
"...Twenty-one years since Cobain’s death and 12 years after Smith’s, it’s vital that any new in-depth study into either of their lives be just that – in-depth enough to introduce some new angle to a life already so publicly known. Rossi interviewed a range of subjects, including Smith’s former manager, publicist, band mates, and half-sister Ashley – a longtime Austin resident..."
"...The last time Tyler, the Creator performed in Austin, during a day show at the Scoot Inn for South by Southwest 2014, he invited fans outside the fence to rush the gate and they obliged. Two days later, at the airport on his way out of town, the L.A..."
"...In her mind, if not her body, she was still that perky 16-year-old, ready to make the marvelous transition to the rest of her life. Yet where did that life go? The unfolding tragedy of her slow comprehension that she was left behind, that she had missed her life, was made powerful and real by an actress who has undergone her own transformation into one of Austin's most sophisticated and highly literate performers...."
"...Austin's oldest organized music entity suddenly hangs in the balance. Local 433, the city's musician union – established in 1907 – has been placed under trusteeship by the American Federation of Musicians..."
"...Deborah Thompson moved into East Austin's Heritage Heights subdivision in March 1994 with a vision of home ownership. She and her four children were the first people to live in their new gray-and-brick two-story home, one of 26 in the low-income development between the Huston-Tillotson College campus and the Texas State Cemetery...."
"...The bothersome caveat that has always been a part of life in Austin – no matter when you first showed up – is perfectly summed up in Nancy Higgins' short documentary from 2005, "Viva Les Amis": "There was always something that was really cool," opines former cafe owner-turned-cabbie Newman Stribling, "and you shoulda seen it, and it was the best thing in the world ... but it's gone and now it's not here anymore."..."
"...In the summer of 1985, troupe members of Austin's avant-garde Big State Productions drove to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, which had recently commissioned In the American West, a photo exhibition of Westerners by Richard Avedon. Big State director Jim Fritzler was of the mind that the photos would serve as inspiration for what he had planned as a "monologue workshop" for Big State actors, who reacted to the photos with a mixture of anger and disappointment at what they perceived to be a soulless, stark, one-dimensional portrayal of the West and its residents..."
"...Looking for a comedy to spice up your Saturday? Something with music and glitter and queers? Then you’re in luck, because a big gay musical is debuting in Austin this week. Every Saturday from July 14 to August 25, Big Gay Musical: An Improvised Super Super Gay Musical will take over the Hideout Theatre...."
"...Whatever preconceptions may have been prompted by seeing their instruments – I'm guessing stodgy old white dudes in tuxes, hopelessly mired in music of the 18th and 19th centuries – the fact is, classical music is a bigger, broader, even wilder world than we often imagine it to be. And the fact that Chargaux is a featured act at this year's Austin Chamber Music Festival should also indicate that there's more to a festival by that name than you might think...."
"...That's what a new project called "Cracks in the Pavement" is trying to find out. Six local artists created more than 100 art objects for specific sites all over Austin beneath bridges, beside freeways, along sidewalks, up in trees ....."
"...Austin Chronicle: The “Buck Dharma” alias originated because the whole band was supposed to have stage names back at the beginning?..."
"...They are adepts of spontaneity, practitioners of the unpredictable. They are improvisers, and Austin is overrun with them...."
"...We watched them go and, listening to those old grumpuses in Washington attack the arts, it seemed many people wanted everyone else in theatre to go, too. But Austin theatre is nothing if not persistent..."
"...An entire play is performed. Or so it will go at the second annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival, running Aug..."
"...Most of them will have to struggle just to break out of the pack. The following listings provide a guide to the movies expected to open in Austin this summer..."
"...If you want easy, you don't want Neil LaBute, a man with the guts and gall to present stories and characters that are true representatives of a culture which seeks out and destroys all that is not white, male, and Christian: brutal, narcissistic, and seemingly without remorse. Although best known for films such as the Sundance Festival winner In the Company of Men and the brilliant Your Friends and Neighbors, LaBute began as a playwright, and Austin is about to get its first look at one of his plays, Bash, courtesy of the dirigo group...."
"...This review is therefore in two parts: The first refrains from serious consideration of the play and Austin Playhouse's production, and the second indulges in critical work...."
"...And what of the movie itself? Matt Reeves’ take is a mostly faithful adaptation of Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In (with a few shocking curveballs) that does right by the original but stands rather beautifully on its own two feet. (It opens in Austin on October 1.)..."
"...In Austin, these are good days for getting that razzle-dazzle rush that stage musicals provide. The theatre scene is bustling with Broadway-brand beltin' and steppin', with revivals of the classics of the American musical theatre and productions of newer shows that serve up the form's classic pizzazz, with companies committed to the works of this cherished form, and with artists who are breathing sweet, imaginative life into them..."
"...One of Austin's most versatile theatre artists and a key player in elevating both the quality and popularity of the stage scene here in the Sixties and Seventies has left us. Ken Johnson – or Kenneth O..."
"...Austin Opening Dates Nov. 8: Ransom..."
"...Darren and his wife Mikki opened Austin's original Pinballz Arcade in 2010 for one very good reason: Darren's personal collection of pinball games was taking over the house. There were other arcades, but they were either sports bars with a few games, or micro-sized hangouts specializing in imported rarities for a hardened gaming clientele..."
"...Over the past four years, D'Amour and Pearl have been employing this distinctive approach in projects in Austin, Minneapolis, and New York City, and in the process they have forged an uncommon bond with audiences. They have also forged an uncommon bond with each other, a mutually fulfilling creative partnership that they believe will continue for the rest of their lives..."
"...Dumpster diving served as an inadvertent foundation to Knife in the Water. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Aaron Blount retains some of the vinyl he and his younger brother dug out behind Waterloo Records during their anarchic Austin childhood..."
"...Pan's Labyrinth arrives in Austin as the best-reviewed film of the year (according to pop-culture aggregation site Metacritic.com), which comes as little surprise to fans of del Toro, who also helmed another Franco-era phantasm, The Devil's Backbone, and the popular adaptation of Mike Mignola's cult comic book Hellboy. What might is Pan's lyrical depth and emotional resonance: It's one of the most lush and affecting cinematic achievements of the past decade and almost certainly one of the greatest cinematic fairy tales of all time..."
"...Script Works Ahead Three nights of new plays by member playwrights of Austin Script Works, a support organization for committed dramatists. Two plays each night: Lea Matthews/John Walch Thu; C..."
"...Some 11 years ago, the South Austin Jug Band first appeared on the local scene. That's when the head scratching began..."
"...Back in 2007, Austinites were tantalized by Willem Dafoe sightings at Whole Foods while he was in town shooting Fireflies in the Garden. Also starring in the picture are Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds...."
"...alum Aaron Sinclair moved under his own truncated moniker in 2016 for Get Out of the City. The shift allowed the decadelong Austin scene veteran to fully embrace brooding indie rock, full of guitar nerd solos and power chord bursts that recall a time when it wasn't helplessly cliche to like the Black Keys..."
"..."The thing we noticed with the Austin audience, and American audiences in general, is that the whole homosexual thing, the gay thing? It works better over here." So says Danish comedian/actor Casper Christensen on Drafthouse Films' inscrutably bizarre, irredeemably distasteful, and absolutely genius Klown. Based on an obscure – to stateside filmgoers, at least – 60-episode Danish television show that follows the misadventures of a pair of socially clueless best friends, Casper (Christensen) and Frank (Frank Hvam), as they embark on a disastrous guys-only weekend of utter debauch and comic self-discovery dubbed the "Tour de Pussy." But, back to the whole gay thing...."
"...Jensen returned Parisi's offer by suggesting the two of them begin a partnership with Bridgeport National Bindery in Agawam, Massachusetts, 100 miles outside of Boston. The partners then suggested that Jensen move to Massachusetts but he "dug in his heels" and decided to stay in Austin..."
"...Don Walser at the granddaddy of South Austin live music venues, the Broken Spoke. photograph by John Carrico The first time Willie Nelson played the Broken Spoke, he spoke softly, lived in Nashville, and looked the part of a humble country singer: short hair, clean-shaven, a modest turtleneck and Western vest..."
"...And the music Rick and Dave started playing with guitarist Marty and vocalist Tristin is rare even in Austin punk circles: U.K.-style skinpunk minus the racism, stripping that most stripped-down of stripped-down rock stylings to its core of working class pride and big choruses. Along with the very Clash-like thrashings of Dead End Cruisers, they're drawing sizable enough crowds to local rock bars, backyard parties, and warehouse gigs to suggest there's an audience for common-man stomp-punk..."
"...As such, the entity catching the biggest local buzz during this month's mega media conference wasn't a homegrown teen rap group or a budding Latin pop starlet, but an old 80-year-old institution long at the heart of the music business. Performance rights organization BMI is being courted by state and local music leaders to open an office in Austin..."
"...Last summer, House Arrest showed us Anna Deveare Smith's search for the American character in the White House. Now, her search is continuing in Austin..."
"...Bob Livingston knows all about tough crowds. Austin's veteran singer-songwriter has spent the better part of his adult life traveling off the beaten path with Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker, and his own Lost Gonzo Band..."
"..."You don't have to eat it all," I would desperately reassure my husband during our initial meals out after moving to Austin from Paris. "That isn't the American 'rule.' Really, don't force yourself." Accustomed to France's unspoken rule No..."
"...House Party! Austin Stories cast members Howard Kerner, Laura House and Brad Pope, Wednesdays 9:30pm on MTV Say It Ain't So, Part 2:..."
"...What we cherish now as the grande dame of Austin theatres had at that point about as much life left in her as the Nixon presidency. The once-glamorous vaudeville house, which in its first year had hosted illusionist Harry Houdini, amazing the locals with his startling Chinese Water Torture Cell escape, had become a down-at-heels dowager, showing every one of her 58 years..."
"...On Dec. 9, at the height of the holiday season, not every Austin family had reason to celebrate..."
"...LaBute is looking forward to screening the film at the SXSW Film Festival. After the Sundance experience of screening the movie for what he calls largely a "business audience," he is curious to see how audiences here respond. What he's hoping to find in Austin are "folks who like movies" and have "no itinerary other than just wanting to not be wasting their time." -- Marjorie Baumgarten..."
"...4) Cinderella (Austin Lyric Opera) The first opera I'd ever seen and hopefully not the last. Starring the Long Center's Dell Hall..."
"...Leitman, who first came to SXSW in 1996 with Wildwood, New Jersey, returns to Austin for the world premiere of her latest documentary, Alma. An investigation of the relationship between a daughter (Margie) and her mentally ill mother (Alma) in the South, the film combines the emotional force of psychodrama with the twists, turns, and upturned secrets of a mystery novel...."
"...Austin Chronicle: This is original filming you’ve done for Living on the Hyphen?..."
"...Austin Chronicle: What started you on the "play through performance" concept?..."
"...In my experience, not every citizen of this country -- and, more to the point, not every APD officer accused of wrongdoing -- gets a personal intercession in advance from City Hall to the editors of The Austin Chronicle. Having said that, we know Mala Sangre is a very confusing story, made more confusing by the inevitable layers of meta-scandal that have accrued during years of alleged cover-up..."