Bass Concert Hall
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...In 2004, they formed Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5, a smartly dressed unit whose heavy waltzes and morbid poetry demanded its own genre: "Macabaret."..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...The three-act drama about city arts funding that opened Sept. 13 came to a calm close on Thursday, Oct..."
"...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...."
"...The three-act drama about city arts funding that opened Sept. 13 came to a calm close on Oct..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...“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.”..."
"...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..."
"...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]..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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]..."
"...So Kaci Beeler’s got herself an artshow, how ‘bout that?..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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?..."
"...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)..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Commissioned street art in Angers’ city center..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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..."