Bates Recital Hall
"...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..."
"...Back in 1995, a fellow up in Addison named Richard Fullington started a business called Escargot International that – as reported by Patricia Sharpe in Texas Monthly around that time – was poised to conquer (or at least engulf a solid chunk of) the global market for fresh and frozen snails. And they would've been well on the way to doing that, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling bacteria..."
"...It’s no secret that Austin fosters trans and intersex creatives – just look to Xavier Schipani, Doodle Me Alive, and Ethan Draws Stuff for a start – which partially explains why Gender Unbound’s third annual festival is expanding from one day to a weekend-long event this September...."
"...The man who makes music out of grackle calls and bat sounds, who's composed works for zombie trombonists and and a car horn choir, who's made tubascopes and a musical bicycle, has won the second Tito's Prize from art collective Big Medium. Composer/sound artist/curator Steve Parker will receive $15,000 and a major solo show this fall...."
"...On Story, the Austin Film Festival's ongoing project exploring the craft and the art of visual storytelling, has become an unmatched record of modern film and TV. That legacy has now received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, with the announcement that the festival has been awarded $15,000 toward the archive...."
"...They're part of the local chapter – the Heart of Texas chapter – of the Sisters in Crime writers' network, a national organization founded in 1987 by author Sara Paretsky of V.I. Warshawski fame..."
"...Built in 1932 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Indian Lodge has commanded a mountain view outside of Fort Davis and the hearts of anyone who has visited the remote hotel. The 35 rooms have reopened after renovations of the National Park Service pueblo-style building..."
"...Last week, the organizers announced that they'll be running the ever-expanding RTX Animation Fest as part of the event (last year, that was where Austin's other cartooning institution, Powerhouse Animation, debuted their Castlevania show for Netflix). Now they've unleashed the first round of nighttime scheduling. [image-1]..."
"...but his is with the political activists. He worked with the Black Panther Party in the Seventies and has maintained with many of its members through the years...."
"...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..."
"...Snuggling up with a book and a treat is a pastime of many, and one particularly enjoyed by former Chronicle Food Editor Virginia B. Wood, who passed away in March of this year..."
"...To assess its potential impact on the local music scene, "Playback" downloaded the most recent draft – 1,566 pages. Given such biblical lengths, I searched for references to "music," studied those sections, and talked to parties involved. Austin Music Is Defined..."
"...Titanic artifacts come to Texas while the Gulf Coast recovers from Hurricane Harvey, and June festivals keep the fun hot...."
"..."[T]he numbers don't lie. What they tell us is that the left in Texas is far from being able to make a serious challenge to the state's Democratic Party establishment – at least when that establishment is backed up, as was definitely the case here, by Beltway institutions like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Emily's List." ("What the Left Can Learn from Losing in Texas," May 23.) With all due respect to Guttenplan and his New York editors, it is at least equally plausible that the winners in those run-offs were better and stronger candidates, in districts currently held by Republicans that are at least conceivably flippable in November. The View from Texas..."
"...The pitfalls of Austin's pool system are so enduring that they have inspired interpretive art...."
"...SVZ: Not quite that early. I was always a fan, though, and then at some point, I don’t remember when we met or why or how, but at some point, I had a feeling he wasn’t quite being treated properly in terms of his artistic potential, you know? I felt things were a little bit weird, with various record companies trying to point him in one direction or the other..."
"...The second site-specific art installation by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership in the cistern builds on the inventiveness and creativity of the debut show, Magdalena Fernández's "Rain" in 2016...."
"...Garrison said he was inspired to start the course when he moved to Austin from Louisville, and found himself in an environment that he didn’t quite recognize. “I expected to see a kind of South that I was more familiar with,” he said..."
"...Srsly – it’s a perfect weekend for getting out and about, while the weather is less than punishing and you’re still younger than you’ll be this time next year. So, look here, arts-lover:..."
"...Not every coffee shop serves as home base for pretentious attitudes and pseudo-philosophical debates about the nuances of Kanye West's latest rant. It's refreshing to skip the latte art and artisanal snark and just find a good cup of joe served with a warm welcome..."
"...APL's zine collection got its start at the Faulk Central Library in August of 2014, when around 100 zines were donated from Farewell Books and MonkeyWrench Books, longtime promoters of zine culture. It expanded quickly with other donations from local artists and creators, however, one of the challenges to its growth was the zines' placement at Faulk near the periodicals and magazines..."
"...One Solitary Man: City Manager Spencer Cronk named interim Police Chief Brian Manley as the lone finalist being considered to permanently replace Art Acevedo. Next up: a vetting process, with community forums and stakeholder meetings..."
"...City Manager Spencer Cronk is expected to hold a press conference today to announce that Brian Manley is the only finalist being considered for the vacancy of chief of the Austin Police Department. Cronk will put Manley before a community input process, and decide whether to remove the interim label after that...."
"...• All parties are girding for a pair of lengthy public hearings coming up this coming Saturday and Tuesday...."
"...The law requires professional sports teams in Ohio that have used a tax-supported facility or received financial assistance from the state to either gain their home town's permission to relocate, or give six months' notice for local buyers to purchase the team. The statute is named after Art Modell, the reviled former owner of the Cleveland Browns who moved his NFL team to Baltimore in 1996, and Cvetanovich and Kessler say it gives local buyers an unfair advantage over out-of-state buyers, violating the Dormant Commerce Clause of the U.S..."
"...Maybe you also wanna sell us the Brooklyn Bridge – or at least a gold-plated, moss-covered, three-handled studio apartment overlooking Yancy Street?..."
"...Austin is a city that wears its art on its sleeve. Sure, there are plenty of museums and galleries to visit, but beautiful paintings have been created on the sides of buildings and in other public places where you can take them in for free...."
"...4) Flatbed World Headquarters over there on East MLK, what a bastion of printerly brilliance on display at all times … but especially on a weekend like this, when several of the galleries (Camiba Art! RecSpec! Shoal Creek!) in the bustling, ink-tinted complex have opening receptions for their new collections of visual delight. Saturday night, to be specific, where you’ll find other artlovers mingling happily in the rooms and corridors...."
"...It is the absolute peak of festival season here in Austin: Between Moontower comedy, Old Settler's music, Fusebox performance art, Indie Meme film, Earth Day, 4/20, and assorted other happenings, if you can't find yourself some fun this week, you're doing something wrong...."
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the 17th group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, honoring leaders in dance, theatre, and arts philanthropy...."
"...Ellsworth Kelly's posthumous Austin has been drawing crowds and attention to the Blanton Museum of Art recently, but a visitor could easily miss a small room upstairs, reserved for what the museum calls a "Contemporary Project." In this long and narrow room, reminiscent of a nave like that in Kelly's secular chapel, Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin shows a sampling of her work in "Meeting of Waters," an exploration of the confluence of globalization's streams of production and the Amazon River's streams through Brazilian port city Manaus...."
"...When he's not on tour with his impeccably idiosyncratic R&B outfit the Greyhounds, Trube spends many days clomping down Austin's trails and sidewalks alongside Native American spiritualist Samuel Grey Horse, better known as the Sixth Street Cowboy. The saddle proved inspired transportation last month when the entertainer rode to every show on a horse or its 63-chromosomed counterpart...."
"..."Authenticity has zero utility in determining whether a restaurant is good," wrote my dear friend and predecessor, Brandon Watson. I wholeheartedly agree, and, quite frankly, wish I could take a page from the Three Billboards playbook and make this a very public PSA..."
"...There are more than 5,000 species of wildflowers that grow in Texas and many can be found along our highways. The Texas Department of Transportation sows about 30,000 pounds of seeds in the right of way each year..."
"...Anybody who caught Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo's press conference on Friday – concerning that day's felony indictment of NFL player Michael Bennett for injuring the elderly upon the conclusion of last year's Super Bowl in Houston – should be glad Brian Manley didn't employ so much projection while describing this month's bomber. Whereas Acevedo described Bennett – an otherwise positive force in a violent, destructive sport – as "morally bankrupt" and believing "the rules don't apply to him," his interim successor here in Austin chose last Wednesday not to speak to Mark Conditt's character, providing only a one-sentence description of an audio confession police found on his person at the time of his death – which Manley still got raked for, and for which he later apologized...."
"...Variety foreshadowed the phenomenon with the article "For SXSW Music, Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better," in which music festival general manager James Minor revealed he's been focused on quality over quantity the last three years. And indeed the hysteria whipped up by SXSW has ebbed since 2014's overblown year of Lady Gaga equating Doritos dust with "bold" lifestyle choices, but last week played out especially manageable..."
"...I attended the "Immerse Yourself: AR and VR in Museums and the Arts" panel at SXSW on Thursday – the day after experiencing Michael Jacobs’ five-minute VR work called GFE in the Festival’s Virtual Cinema...."
"...Only one copy of the double LP exists, housed in a custom metal case with a 174-page booklet. When pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, infamous for astronomical price gouging on Thiola, purchased it for a reported $2 million in 2015, it became the world’s most expensive album...."
"...Part of the tired, poor, college-debt ridden, huddled masses looking to get a foot in the door at SXSW without breaking the bank with a badge? Never fear. SXSW offers its usual round of events free to the general public with a guest pass as well as some new festival phenomena sure to get an eyebrow raise out of even the most curmudgeonly and disgruntled of Austinites...."
"...Rosie Freeman, co-director of the Brick Box, a group dedicated to using performance art to improve neglected areas, moderated a discussion among a panel with plenty of experience in absurdity: UK artist and self-described “anarcho-surrealist” Richard DeDomenici; the Alamo Drafthouse’s VP of special events, Henri Mazza; and fellow Brick Box co-director Eleanor Barrett. The group told tales of their efforts to amaze and confound an unsuspecting public with spectacle and the method behind the madness...."
"...Or maybe the mask would wear him. To this day, even documentarian Steve Sullivan, who examines this extraordinary outsider artist for Being Frank, is unsure where the man ended and the mask began...."
"...Yes, the international art sensation that's based in Santa Fe, N.M. The relentless and many-peopled collective that, with a little funding (read: millions of dollars) from Game of Thrones' George R.R..."
"...Sat. 17, Carver Museum, Boyd Vance Theater, 11:45pm Born and raised in Austin, Stacey Smith has been recognized as Best Female Artist at the Austin Hip-Hop Awards on numerous occasions..."
"...Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the city of Columbus filed a lawsuit on Monday against Columbus Crew SC, owner Anthony Precourt's Precourt Sports Ventures, and Major League Soccer in an effort to keep the team from relocating to Austin. The lawsuit cites a state code revised in 1996 after the Cleveland Browns announced plans to move to Baltimore – and which ultimately resulted in Cleveland retaining the Browns' records and intellectual property while Art Modell turned his team into the Ravens..."
"...From a generation of British musicians bred on hip-hop and R&B as much as jazz, twentysomething London pianist Ashley Henry channels his muse into melodic post-bop that swings with soul. New EP Easter finds his Trio morphed into RE: Ensemble, augmented by guest vocalists and Art Blakey saxophonist Jean Toussaint. Leni Stern..."
"...Part of the tired, poor, college-debt ridden, huddled masses looking to get a foot in the door at SXSW without breaking the bank? Never fear. SXSW offers its usual round of events free to the general public with a guest pass as well as some new festival phenomenon sure to get an eyebrow raise out of even the most curmudgeonly and disgruntled of Austinites...."
"...Remember Texas independence! Remember the Alamo! It all started 182 years ago this month. In the rough hamlet of Washington on the Brazos, the Texans declared independence from Mexico on March 2..."
"...103 years young, this grande dame of Austin theatres has hosted somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 artists over the years, including Harry Houdini spitting needles in 1916. The palatial décor encases a surprisingly intimate venue where top hats long ago gave way to jeans as appropriate attire..."
"...It started off as a cute phrase, purloined from the movie Antichrist. "Chaos reigns," a fox declares as it consumes itself..."
"...We pride ourselves on our regional news coverage here at the Chronicle, in addition to our reportage on local music, movies, arts, and all things fun, interesting, and thought-provoking in the ATX. That being said, we know a lot of our readers skip all that to go straight to our listings, to find out about what's going on in this vibrant town – and there is a lot going on..."