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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...."

Eight Places in Austin to Drink With Your Dog
Happy hour is more fun with Rover
DAILY Food  February 13, 2017, by Sierra Diaz
"...[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..."

Dark Times in Austin With Noir City
The czar of noir Eddie Muller on Walter White and classic dread
DAILY Screens  February 16, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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?..."

Elliott Smith Doc Debuts in Austin
Heaven Adores You scores a limited run
DAILY Screens  May 13, 2015, by Neph Basedow
"...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..."

Tyler, the Creator Returns to Austin
Odd Futurist on his Austin arrest, a new app, and ice cream
DAILY Music  June 3, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Poetry in Emotion
Katherine Catmull never intended to pursue a career in acting. In fact, she seriously avoided it for as long as she could, choosing instead to earn her degree in English literature. Why is revealed in this profile of one of Austin's most sophisticated and literate performers.
Arts Story  October 6, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...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...."

Playback: Austin Musician Union Overthrown
Local 433 hangs in the balance, a new hit for Fastball, and End of an Ear begins its new lease on life
Music Column  October 20, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Hard Luck in Heritage Heights
Renters in Eastside housing project feel misled, misused by the city.
News Story  August 29, 2003, by Jessica Chapman
"...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...."

History in the Emulsion
The physical history of Austin can be traced through the movies that have been filmed in the city over the decades
Screens Story  February 12, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...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."..."

Deep in the Art
How In the West Became Deep in the Heart (of Texas)
Screens Story  May 8, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...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..."

Big Gay Musical Brings Queer Comedy to Austin
You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll leave dusted in glitter.
DAILY Qmmunity  July 11, 2018, by Courtney Naquin
"...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...."

Chargaux at the 2017 Austin Chamber Music Festival
This dynamic Brooklyn-based string duo proves that the Austin Chamber Music Festival has many more colors than its name suggests
Arts Story  July 6, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

In Search of the Wild Art
'Cracks in the Pavement' leaves art objects in unexpected spaces throughout the city
Arts Story  June 18, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...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 ....."

Buck Dharma in the 21st Century!
Epic Q&A with Blue Öyster Cult’s “Reaper”
DAILY Music  August 9, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Austin Chronicle: The “Buck Dharma” alias originated because the whole band was supposed to have stage names back at the beginning?..."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...They are adepts of spontaneity, practitioners of the unpredictable. They are improvisers, and Austin is overrun with them...."

Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...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..."

The Austin One-Minute Play Festival Is Back!
ScriptWorks presents another round of locally penned 60-second dramas – 70 staged back-to-back
Arts Story  August 13, 2015, by Stephanie Carll
"...An entire play is performed. Or so it will go at the second annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival, running Aug..."

The Other Stars in the Galaxy
Screens Story  May 20, 1999
"...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..."

'Bash' in Your Head
Although best known for films such as In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, LaBute began as a playwright, and Austin is about to get its first look at one of his plays, the disturbing Bash, courtesy of the dirigo group.
Arts Story  November 22, 2002, by Barry Pineo
"...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...."

Austin Playhouse’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
In its rush to be fun, the show fails to tap all the potential of this rom-com sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Arts Review  December 14, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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...."

Fantastic Fest: 'Let Me In'
Opening night at the Paramount, with the geeky spirit of FF fully intact
DAILY Screens  September 23, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...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.)..."

A Guide to Austin's Musical Theatre Scene
Arts Story  August 1, 1997, by Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini
"...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..."

In Memoriam: Ken Johnson
Remembering the versatile theatre artist, who died March 2
DAILY Arts  March 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Ring in the HollyDaze
Holiday Movie Previews
Screens Story  November 29, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Austin Opening Dates Nov. 8: Ransom..."

Won't You Come In?
For four years, playwright Lisa D'Amour and director Katie Pearl have forged an uncommon bond with audiences through the welcoming, intimate quality of their theatre work. They've also forged an uncommon bond with each other, a mutually fulfilling creative partnership that will continue for the rest of their lives.
Arts Story  May 11, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Parties, Pints, and Triple Plays at Pinballz
"More is better" at Austin arcade
Sports Story  July 28, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Knife in the Water Resurfaces
Nineties slowcore pioneers quietly re-emerge after a decade-plus layoff
Music Story  May 4, 2017, by Libby Webster
"...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..."

Once Upon a Time in Spain
Guillermo del Toro on fairy tales, facists, and everybody's new favorite movie
Screens Story  January 12, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Art Fun in the Summertime
May
Arts Story  May 20, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Still No Jug: The Original South Austin Jug Band Returns
It's a one-off for now, but cross your fingers
DAILY Music  August 1, 2012, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Some 11 years ago, the South Austin Jug Band first appeared on the local scene. That's when the head scratching began..."

Releasing 'Fireflies in the Garden'
Julia Roberts pic filmed 3 years ago in Austin area has U.S. release date
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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...."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...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..."

A Raunchy Comedy With Sacred Cows in Its Sights
Drafthouse Films imports the Danish-made 'Klown'
Screens Story  July 27, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"..."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...."

Status of the Original
Books Story  February 11, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...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..."

A World in Which All Worlds Fit
Music Story  December 4, 1998, by Jay Hardwig
"...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..."

Caught 'em in Autumn
Earthpig & Fire
Music Story  September 22, 1995
"...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..."

The Luv Doc: A Carp in a Sand Trap
There's nothing much sadder than a stripper in a golf cart
Columns  September 7, 2017, by The Luv Doc


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
"...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..."

Deveare Smith Visits – and Inhabits – Austin
The Zachary Scott Theatre Center is hosting a special performance by Anna Deveare Smith in which she'll present theatrical portraits of select Austinites
Arts Story  January 14, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Big in Yemen
Bob and Tucker Livingston conquer the Middle East through songs not arms.
Music Story  May 2, 2003, by Andy Langer
"...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..."

Good Things in Small Packages
At Starlite, it's possible -- and exciting -- to belong to the Clean Plate Club, Rebecca Chastenet de Géry says.
Food Story  July 27, 2001, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"..."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..."

Tales of Austin Stories
Screens Column  January 16, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...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:..."

Austin's Paramount Theatre Turns 100
As the grande dame of Austin theatres turns 100, it matters more than ever
Arts Story  October 8, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

East Austin Nonprofit Mired in Controversy CEACO Sinking
News Story  March 4, 1999, by Kayte VanScoy
"...On Dec. 9, at the height of the holiday season, not every Austin family had reason to celebrate..."

Seven in Focus
SXSW '97 Film
Screens Story  March 7, 1997
"...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..."

Top 10 Most Memorable Locally Produced Live Performance Offerings That I Chanced to See in 2008
Chronicle Arts writer Barry Pineo on the most memorable moments onstage in 2008
Arts Story  January 2, 2009, by Barry Pineo
"...4) Cinderella (Austin Lyric Opera) The first opera I'd ever seen and hopefully not the last. Starring the Long Center's Dell Hall..."

10 in Focus
Alma
Screens Story  March 13, 1998
"...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...."

New Austin Show Celebrates the Lighter Side of Ethnic Assimilation
Lucky Chaos Theatre’s Leng Wong tells us about Living on the Hyphen
DAILY Arts  March 28, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Austin Chronicle: This is original filming you’ve done for Living on the Hyphen?..."

25 Years of Shakespeare in Central Texas
The Days of Winedale and Roses
Arts Story  July 28, 1995
"...Austin Chronicle: What started you on the "play through performance" concept?..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
Why is Mala Sangre less poisonous than Barton Springs?
News Column  September 19, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

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