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MASS Gallery's "Staycation: thresholds"
The gallery's first exhibit in its new home invites viewers into the private self and into the stretching of one's limits
Arts Review  November 15, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...In the midst of a multi-weekend studio tour wherein Eastside artists invite you into their places of work and respite, MASS Gallery is continuing the 11-artist group show "Staycation: thresholds," the first exhibition at MASS's new location. The show invites the viewer into points of creation, though through the gallery, not the studio..."

Dimension Gallery Shows Support for Art and Artists at EAST
The 2018 East Austin Studio Tour bears fruit with help from local artspace
Arts Story  November 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Fruition – it's a fitting term for this time of year, when crops are harvested from the field and brought to market and to table. To see it in connection with the current exhibition at Dimension Gallery is also fitting in one sense: The six artists being shown together have completed works and brought them to the gallery for the public to see and enjoy and be stimulated by..."

Playback: The Indestructible Mr. Lewis
The trials and tribulations of Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5, plus a UtopiaFest report, and the passing of Seth Gibbs
Music Column  November 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...In 2004, they formed Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5, a smartly dressed unit whose heavy waltzes and morbid poetry demanded its own genre: "Macabaret."..."

East Austin Studio Tour: Who Is Marc English?
That question will be answered, vividly, and pretty much in full
DAILY Arts  November 6, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...There are many intersections of the art world and the world of graphic design, and one of those intersections is vividly embodied by a rugged, bearded, motorcycle-riding, modern-day gentleman of a raconteur named Marc English...."

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup
Pre-holiday travel tips
DAILY Travel  November 2, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...In its 19th year, the Texas Furniture Makers Show has built a reputation of showcasing remarkable handcrafted art disguised as furniture. The juried show at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center features the work of the best of the best craftsmen from around the state..."

Public Notice: Decision Day?
Best of luck to all of us this coming Tuesday
News Column  November 1, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Unfortunately, that was the single biggest task this Council had on its plate. And due to that process' collapse, it remains the biggest task facing the next Council, which will have to start largely from scratch, but with four years of pent-up frustrations adding to the existing policy divide between "preservationists" and "urbanists." In the first go-round, Adler failed to heed alarm bells about the structure and scope of work, took full control of the process' pacing though he was aware that the repeated short deadlines weren't producing the needed results, stolidly refused to lead a process toward bridging that aforementioned policy divide, and generally mucked about for three years, before abruptly pulling the plug so as to put a pin in the conversation just long enough to get through the election cycle..."

News Story  November 1, 2018
"...Executive Staff Shortfall: Assistant Chief Chris McIlvain is leaving APD for the Austin Convention Center, where he'll take over Al Eells' job as security and safety manager. That leaves two vacancies on the fifth floor that Chief Brian Manley will have to fill following Frank Dixon's departure to Denton last month..."

Joel Hodgson on MST30K
Reflecting on 30 years on the Satellite of Love
DAILY Arts  October 31, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...That second season of MST3K: The Return – officially Season 12 of the entire series – is the capstone for what has been a crazy busy 30th anniversary year for the Little Minneapolis Access Show That Could. It launched with the 14-episode Season 11, funded with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $5.7 million; saw the debut of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 comic book (in which characters riff on public domain comics); and a 30th anniversary live tour teaming MST's creator and original host Joel Hodgson with Jonah Ray, who stars in the Netflix revival, to riff on a couple of Eighties cinema's less stellar products..."

The Luv Doc: Exposed Nipples
Unlike our president, a warm, sweaty, glitter-speckled nipple is nothing to be embarrassed about
Columns  October 25, 2018, by The Luv Doc
"...Nobody will argue that a fully expanded warm nipple glistening with a patina of music festival dirt, sweat, and errant, windswept glitter is a magnificent thing to behold. In fact, I would be willing to bet that somewhere in the Smithsonian there is an entire art photography exhibit devoted to the same – unless it's been displaced by an oil painting of Donald Trump playing poker with dogs dressed as vastly more competent ex-presidents...."

Public Notice: False Binary Choices
Finding middle ground in Austin politics
News Column  October 18, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...That's my favorite slogan thus far in these local elections. It comes from a Danielle Skidmore mailer – a sly reference to nonbinary gender identification, but more directly to the policy gridlock that has gripped the city on land use issues, and most particularly on the code rewrite formerly known as CodeNEXT...."

"Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance" at the Ransom Center
This evocative excavation into the artist's process of creating art and making books reveals the work of art is the completed book itself
Arts Review  October 18, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...In 2013, 50 years after his first solo show and the publication of the groundbreaking art book Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Ed Ruscha chose the Harry Ransom Center as the home for his personal archives, calling it "the home to end all homes" for its dedication to scholarship and public access. The extensive collection is a comfortable fit for Ruscha, as his work itself is archival in nature, a sort of documentation and collection...."

Edward Carey's Portrait of Madame Tussaud in Little
The Austin author both writes about and illustrates the grand, strange life of the waxworks queen
Arts Story  October 18, 2018, by Rosalind Faires
"...There's an inherent humor to a book titled Little that's over 400 pages long. But then again, intriguing contradictions go right to the heart of this fictional memoir of the queen of waxworks..."

City Slickers
How the state's most influential conservative think tank works to undermine our local control
News Story  October 11, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Two blocks from the Capitol, in a pristine auditorium on Congress Avenue, attorney/activist Fred Lewis, District 8 City Council candidate Bobby Levinski, and Art Martinez de Vara of the Texas Local Government Center debated Proposition K, the November ballot measure that calls for a third-party efficiency audit of the city. Chuck DeVore of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, owners of the $20 million building with its Rick Perry Liberty Balcony and its Red McCombs Event Center, led the conversation, held last Wednesday...."

City Arts Funding: The Resolution
Council approves 2019 funding, ponders next move
News Story  October 11, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The three-act drama about city arts funding that opened Sept. 13 came to a calm close on Thursday, Oct..."

SXSW Taps ConsenSys Founder Joseph Lubin for 2019 Keynote
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track programming comes into focus
DAILY SXSW  October 9, 2018, by Bonny Chu
"...While SXSW has always been a launch pad for high-tech innovations, Joseph Lubin – founder of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum – will be the first-ever SXSW Keynote speaker in its new-to-2019 Blockchain & Cryptocurrency track, devoted to the “ideas, investors, leaders, policies, and tokens that will be impacting global economics and business." Expect Lubin to deep-dive on the decentralized technology and, in particular, his company's virtual machines that execute peer-to-peer contracts based on cryptocurrency micropayments...."

City Arts Funding: The Resolution
Council approves FY 19 arts funding, ponders its next move
DAILY Arts  October 8, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...The three-act drama about city arts funding that opened Sept. 13 came to a calm close on Oct..."

Public Notice: Show and Tell
Civic leaders have big plans for your future
News Column  October 4, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Cap Metro CEO Randy Clarke chose an interesting setting to unveil the latest iteration of his agency's long-range plan on Monday presenting "the Project Connect vision" in a speech at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual Regional Mobility Summit, where he might rightly have expected a warm reception to a plan calling for a large and sustained public infrastructure investment, with little mention (yet) of how the bills are to be paid. The vision is built on a number of core assumptions: the need for "dedicated pathways that allow transit vehicles to operate free from other traffic"; the inevitability of "autonomous rapid transit (ART)," or self-driving, networked vehicles; the concurrent switch to all-electric power; and the use of large new park-and-ride facilities, presumably to bridge the gap with the Luddites who still own cars...."

Day Trips & Beyond: October Events Roundup
Fall is full of fairs and fests
DAILY Travel  October 1, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Perhaps it is our ancient connection to the kings and queens of the British Isles or that the crown keep a running drama going over several centuries. Whatever it is the blue bloods will arrive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston by way of the exhibition “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol.” The exhibition features 150 objects from the National Portrait Gallery, London, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs, many of which have never traveled outside of England..."

Alok Vaid-Menon and Lisa Donato Showcase Their Art at Gender Unbound
From poets to film screenings – 2018's trans and intersex art fest wows
DAILY Qmmunity  September 28, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...Take everything you know about a queer arts festival and pack it away for this weekend’s Gender Unbound. The (now expanded) two day art fest will display visual artwork created by trans, nonbinary, and intersex visual artists from all over, but it's far more than just eye candy...."

Election Ticker: Endorse-a-Rama
You gotta support somebody
News Story  September 27, 2018, by Michael King, Chase Hoffberger and Austin Sanders
"...Top of the Props: Also working their way through endorsement hoops are the municipal propositions, including the bond Props A-G and the policy Props J (requiring a referendum for comprehensive land-use-code revision) and K (independent efficiency audit). Travis County Democratic Party Chair Dyana Limon-Mercado says that in August the TCDP Executive Com­mittee (composed of the roughly 160 precinct chairs) voted unanimously to endorse all the bond props (beginning with Prop A, for affordable housing programs), and in September voted unanimously to oppose Prop K..."

Fantastic Fest: Starfish Clings to Grief
Writer/director AT White on how his own loss shaped his film
DAILY Screens  September 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Every film is somewhat intimate to the filmmaker: A.T. White, the writer and director of enigmatic and uncanny drama Starfish, is explicit and open that his film is a work of both art and therapy, one that spins out of the turmoil of loss...."

An Interview With HausBar Farm's Resident Goose
Gustavo the Goose talks to us about his crowdfunded children's book
DAILY Food  September 26, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...“I was really good at it. She's a really good painter so when she would show me her latest, I'd say, ‘No way, that is so good!’ It made her really happy because I'm a bit of an art critic.”..."

Downtown Coffee Shops for the Tired Tribune Festivalgoer
Or maybe you’re hungover from all the late-night political partying
DAILY Chron Events  September 13, 2018
"...Beverage options include espresso drinks, tea, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. In a hurry? Head to the rooftop and hit the coffee cart, serving up drip coffee and beautiful views..."

Public Notice: Priest Walks Into a Bar …
Armadillo Art Squad dean Micael Priest dead at 66
News Column  September 13, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Sad, sad news arrived Wednesday, as we prepared to go to press, that Micael Priest – dean of the Armadillo Art Squad that invented the iconography of cosmic cowboys, rock music posters, and weird Austin as we know it today – passed away Tuesday in his apartment, most likely at 7:09pm. [image-3-right]..."

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
"...After school, Dorham jammed at brothers Roy and Alvin Patterson's home at 1709 Washington Avenue. In tow were trombonist Buford Banks, Austin jazz great Martin Banks' father, and trumpeters Paris Jones, Warner Ross, and Gil Askey, the latter of whom gained distinction as a Motown arranger..."

Police Oversight: Starting From Scratch
Farah Muscadin’s work in progress
News Story  September 13, 2018, by Nina Hernandez
"...Muscadin was there to brief Council on the ways in which Austin could learn from other cities – to study what they've learned and plan to implement. She cited the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, which recognizes three general forms: the monitor-based system (like Austin's); the civilian-led investigative model; and the review-focused model, in which civilians directly monitor their police department's Internal Affairs investigations..."

Things to Do Downtown During the Texas Tribune Festival
Take a break with these hot spots within walking distance of the Capitol
DAILY Chron Events  September 12, 2018, by Shalavé Cawley
"...If you find history a little dry, check out an art gallery instead. The Jones Center location of The Contemporary Austin (700 Congress) is the premier spot in town for modern visual art displays..."

Local Artist Thomas Hooper Tattoos Bulleit Bourbon
Austin is one of four cities tasked with creating a limited collection
DAILY Food  September 7, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Austin loves bourbon. You can’t swing a brisket without hitting a whiskey bar, and the combination of well whiskey and a Lone Star is held sacrosanct for every UT student, struggling artist, and nostalgic grownup..."

"ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND: Return of the Litvak"
The clouds are angry in this solo installation, but the spirit of the show at DORF is doggedly hopeful, fresh, and invigorating
Arts Review  September 6, 2018, by Melany Jean
"...For "Return of the Litvak," they invited street artist ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND into the space, blurring distinctions between public-facing and private-gathering even further. The show opens on a Friday night, and the vibe is less art opening, more party – specifically, the Democratic Party..."

Texas Tiki Week Returns With an All-Star Cast and Tropical Spirit
The annual event is back with the best bits of tiki craft and history
Food Story  September 6, 2018, by Tom Thornton
"...The recent acceptance of tiki as a reclaimed art form (rather than a vacation indulgence) has long been in the making. The challenge is understandable: When most drinkers first try something called a mai tai or daiquiri, they're more likely to be on a cruise ship or at a generic hotel bar than at a thoughtful drinking establishment..."

T.A. Brown and Menchaca: From the Ground Up
New beginnings for two elementary schools
News Story  September 6, 2018, by Austin Sanders
"...Brown's new building will occupy a different part of the same 10-acre lot, and is projected to open in January of 2020. When it does, the new school will house Brown's students, as well as students from Webb Primary, located one mile away..."

Fall Concerts to Add to Your Calendar
Paul McCartney, the Jesus Lizard, and Saturnalia make the list
DAILY Chron Events  September 4, 2018, by Mark Fagan
"...Gary Numan Mohawk Fri., Sept. 7 Gothy electronic pioneer Gary Numan has been forging his own path since the mid-Seventies with new wave, electronic upstarts Tubeway Army..."

Madeline's Madeline
A few years ago, I was talking with a noted scriptwriter and stand-up who dismissed the idea of improvised drama as something exceptional: Every artist improvises, they said, it’s...
Film Review  August 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...A few years ago, I was talking with a noted scriptwriter and stand-up who dismissed the idea of improvised drama as something exceptional: Every artist improvises, they said, it’s just that most creatives have the good grace to finish the work before they take it out in public. Madeline’s Madeline, the third feature from writer/director Josephine Decker, has received plaudits in part for being experimental cinema, and for the collaborative nature of its development – a yearlong process with her cast, most especially rising young actress Helena Howard..."

The Next Generation of Austin Hip-Hop
Young rappers reinvent the most streamed genre in America
Music Story  August 30, 2018, by Clara Wang
"...You're not old enough to buy alcohol, and don't have enough Hawaiian shirts or blond streaks to attend UT frat parties. You listen to Kendrick and Killer Mike, and (think) you can pull off RompHims and man purses, Chinese topknots, and velvet dresses..."

Playback: That’s the Breaks
In studio with Confucius and Fresh, hosts of KUTX’s first ever hip-hop specialty show
Music Column  August 30, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...That night's guest, Austin rapper Teeta, who looked every bit the part in dark sunglasses with a mouthful of gold teeth (see this week's cover), shrugged...."

Texas Book Festival 2018: The Full List
Lineup includes Cecile Richards, Julián Castro, + 280 more
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Comedian Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens will discuss her essay collection Everything's Trash, But It's Okay, while NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will tell tales of his year off-planet from Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery. Longtime Planned Parenthood leader Cecile Richards has a down-to-Earth story to tell in Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead – My Life Story, and rapper/essayist Dessa brings home tales from her travels in My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love. [image-2-left]..."

Kaci Beeler: Perfect Servings for One
The hextuple-threat artist’s work goes live and visual at St. Ed’s
DAILY Arts  August 29, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So Kaci Beeler’s got herself an artshow, how ‘bout that?..."

Gay Place
The Flash Collective calls on the queer community to help create public art
Columns  August 23, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...We can't sing the praises of queer art – and a greater need for queer representation – enough, which is why we're jazzed for the mural coming to a cement wall at 30th and Lamar. The piece, created by Austin's Flash Collective, will feature small portraits of queer residents along with local and national LGBTQ icons to form a larger image..."

The triumphs and tragedies of the late bad boy of British fashion
Film Review  August 17, 2018, by Kimberley Jones
"...Only in this case, the legend is real and preserved in perpetuity on tape, one of a dozen of his astonishing and transgressive shows featured in the film. They were as much performance art as clothes showcase, and a very public expression of McQueen’s private torments and fixations..."

Other Worlds Austin Boards Battlestar Galactica
Festival honors legendary TV director Alan Levi
DAILY Screens  August 16, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...For most American audiences, the pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica, titled “Saga of a Star World,” lived in grainy 525 line broadcast TV. But the massively ambitious show was so expensive that the producers recut it in widescreen, and released it theatrically internationally. But while Richard Colla was credited as director, he’d fallen out with the producers, and was replaced by Levi, who finished the shoot, and then directed the next big two-parter, "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero."..."

How Austin's Queer Community Supports Its Own
How Austin's LGBTQ community supports each other
Arts Story  August 9, 2018, by Sarah Marloff, Charlie Neddo and Beth Sullivan
"...Sure, this might not overthrow governments, but these acts and those behind them keep us alive, nurtured, and determined. After all, without our health, our youth and elders, art, and outlets to let go and be seen – where would we be?..."

Point Austin: Strange Bedfellows, Stranger Politics
"Efficiency audit" petition campaign could use an independent audit
News Column  August 9, 2018, by Michael King
"...Last week the city clerk validated the petition circulated by the Citizens for an Accountable Austin PAC, endorsing an "independent efficiency audit" for the city, and a proposition approving such an audit on the Novem­ber ballot (pending City Coun­cil action). It's unsurprising that 30,000 residents were willing to sign a seemingly innocuous petition in favor of careful accounting – petitioners hardly emphasized the potential cost of such an audit (estimates run north of $1 million), nor the fact that the city's line-item budget is publicly available online, nor that the city has its own official auditors who regularly review all departments and publicly report their findings (good and bad)..."

Nicole Eisenman Receives Booth/FLAG Art Prize
NYC artist is the first recipient of the $200,000 award
DAILY Arts  August 6, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Three months after the Contemporary Austin announced its partnership with New York's FLAG Art Foundation to expand the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize into the Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize – an honor with a $200,000 unrestricted cash award attached – the museum has announced the prize's first recipient: Nicole Eisenman...."

Day Trips & Beyond: Wright in Wisconsin
Wisconsin driving trail showcases architect’s diverse styles
DAILY Travel  July 27, 2018, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Frank Lloyd Wright’s work continues to resonate in the world of architecture and art nearly 60 years after his death in 1959. As one of America’s best-known designers, the style and beauty of his work has stood the test of time 100 years after some were built...."

AGLIFF Closing With Mapplethorpe
Festival adds major bio-pic, plus complete line-up
DAILY Screens  July 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...The biopic of the controversial and groundbreaking artist (played by Matt Smith - yes, Doctor Who himself) comes after the festival had already announced that Austin's own P.J. Raval will be bringing his award winning documentary Call Her Ganda home, plus a retrospective for the fest's first ever Tribute honoree, Yen Tan..."

Solar Solution for AISD
Postmarks  July 26, 2018
"...Dear Editor, I would like to bring to your attention that there’s an obvious way the [Austin Independent School District] can begin to save hundreds of thousands of dollars, and likely even more, with money that is already at their disposal: Use in-hand bond money to install solar panels on school roofs. [See "AISD: Thinking Outside the Schoolhouse," News, July 20, for more about the AISD budget.] In 2013, Austin voters approved $20 million for energy efficiency as part of Proposition 1..."

A Day in Angers, Austin's Sister City in France
PHOTO GALLERY  July 26, 2018
"...Commissioned street art in Angers’ city center..."

Austin Street Art Enters Into a New Era
With the city cracking down on graffiti and Hope Outdoor Gallery set to close, artists look for permission to paint
News Story  July 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...Depending on the work, tagging city walls can be a class B or C misdemeanor, or even a felony carrying a prison sentence. So street artists painting illegally will often get out at night..."

Exposing the Art of the Scam in Lie, Cheat & Steal
Comics Pat Sirois and Kath Barbadaro school you on the grift in their podcast
Arts Story  July 26, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Austin Chronicle: The crime podcasts that most people know of involve murder. Were you deliberately carving out a different niche in that landscape, or was there some other reason that drew you two to con artists and grifters as the basis for your podcast?..."

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded CPCs deliver few services
News Story  July 19, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...That was one of the misleading and deceptive messages imparted to Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy resource center in South Austin. While there, Gorsky and Wenke were also sold a slew of other medically unproven information about abortion, including negative mental side effects and emotional distress, false claims debunked by the American Psychological Association..."

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