The North Door
"...The topic is "What It's Like To Be Jeffrey Brown," a much more entertaining and (at times) harrowing topic than you might expect. Well, unless you've read Brown's previous autobiographical works – Clumsy, Unlikely, Every Girl is the End of the World for Me, and others – because then you'd know this funny and brave and not untroubled man holds little in reserve, baring his soul, unveiling his heartbreaks (and other, more squickily physical maladies) for the world to see..."
"...As Austin moves closer and closer to Extreme Makeover: The Downtown Edition, with high-rise office towers and multistory condo and apartment buildings set to sprout all over the place, it seems prudent to ask: Where do the arts fit into all this? You can not only find out the answer so far but contribute to the direction of the arts in future downtown planning by attending a Community Charrette sponsored by the city of Austin's Cultural Arts Division this Saturday. Over six hours, participants will learn about work to-date on a Downtown Arts Master Plan, current civic and public art trends, and a project timeline, then be able to discuss specific districts stretching from Auditorium Shores to the UT campus (Seaholm, West End Market, Warehouse, Second Street Retail, Uptown, East Sixth, Rainey, Red River, et al.) in terms of their existing conditions and the future, with the arts further integrated into them to enhance downtown for residents, businesses, and visitors..."
"...In case you don't know this bit of local lore, Angelina Eberly was an "innkeeper" (to be decorous about it) in the raw frontier town of Austin, founded but three years before as Republic of Texas President Mirabeau Lamar's "seat of Empire." By 1842, Lamar had been succeeded by Sam Houston (in his second go-round as RoT president), whose dislike for Austin was well known "the most unfortunate place on earth for a seat of government" and who thought the capital should return to, um, Houston, where it had last been before Lamar's term in office...."
"...Of course, In the Shadow of Our House (SMU Press, 2001), his excellent and well-received debut short-story collection, probably had a little impact, as well, along with his work as the program coordinator of the Undergraduate Writing Center at UT and as a Visiting Fiction Writer at Southwestern University in Georgetown. Blackwood a judge of the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest for the past three years will start his residence in September and will work on finishing his novel, See How Small..."
"...Despite gloomy predictions, latent Santas all over Austin will still perform their appointed rounds -- especially those that help fellow humans. Smart Santas also know that the end of the calendar year is a fine time to unload some excess and qualify for some much-needed tax relief..."
"...Art in Public Places will hold a meeting Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Parks and Recreation building, 200 S..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...The nine paintings of nudes hang behind a curtain in a conference room off the lobby of the Hotel La Fonda de Taos. The story of how the art that was banned in Britain came to New Mexico is much more interesting than the images by a famous author...."
"...Given that area artists have for years been sounding the alarm about skyrocketing rents and getting priced out of venues they've created and run, and that 16 months have passed since Mayor Steve Adler named the lack of affordable space for artists a priority concern in his Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, the city of Austin's newly minted response to the crisis, the Art Space Assistance Program, arrives with an acronym fairly dripping with irony: ASAP. Many a group has been displaced or nearly so in the time it's taken to develop this program – a program, it's worth noting, that's only approved and funded for this fiscal year..."
"..."I love maps," says Austin architect, artist, welder, and mapmaker Ann Armstrong. "They're functional art..."
"...Andrew Shapter, 47, has been many things in this life: a high school class clown who concocted homemade fart devices, an actor, a political junkie toiling in Washington, D.C., a successful fashion photographer, a documentary filmmaker, a husband, a father. Today he focuses on three challenges: Ford, a doe-eyed infant son crawling across the floor and urging his dad to play; a feature film, The Teller & the Truth, five years in the making; and squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that claims about 2,500 lives each year..."
"...WHITE PARTY FOR JOEL Celebrate Joel's birthday with DJ Tru, Stephen Rideaux, sassy Serotonin, and all the way from Italy: Piqued Jacks. Fri., Feb..."
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says that if all goes well, the department's investigations into last month's shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr., by an APD detective will be wrapped up by the second week in September...."
"...Saturday’s firing lines are clear – less testing and no more budget cuts, two issues that already have support under the dome. Former Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott has called the current standardized testings regime, which now eats 28 to 45 days each school year, “a perversion of the original intent.” Meanwhile, with a mystery multi-billion dollar surplus partially bankrolled by underfunded public education programs, activists want to know if the money will return bygone programs...."
"...Spirituals have long been recognized as an essential part of African American music, but little attention has gone to the composers who have preserved and developed a place for them in the art song repertoire. One – Charles Lloyd Jr..."
"...Can it be? Austin's urban design and planning processes actually seem to be working, at least for the South Shore planned unit development. The large mixed-use project proposed by developer Grayco Partners goes to City Council Sept..."
"...Well, maybe not the music, but the day the music-based opportunistic marketing synergy went belly up. Seems that in the dead of night, a band of thieves with no respect for the Chamber of Commerce dismantled and stole one of the 10-foot Gibson "art guitars" at Congress and 3rd Street..."
"...Santa isn't old. His round belly won't lead to heart disease or cancer..."
"...The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:..."
"...This payoff was certainly experienced by audiences of Tomlinson's most recent work, Millennium Bug: Why else would they pack house after house for an extended and re-extended run at Hyde Park Theatre? Sure, the promo poster was almost insidiously effective; yeah, he has some ready-made crowds among the arts community, the business-school community, even the religious community; but that wouldn't account for people leaving the theatre with looks of downright epiphany on their grinning mugs...."
"...In a press conference Friday afternoon, Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo turned statesman, speaking more broadly, following the death of five Dallas officers Thursday night...."
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo began to cry as he recalled how the 6-year-old daughter of slain APD Officer Jaime Padron leaned in to whisper a question in his ear this afternoon. "'Please tell my grandparents that my dad was a good man,'" he said the little girl told him...."
"...Govalle which, if you are successful at ramming through your agenda, will be getting displaced third, fourth and fifth graders from nearby Allan because the new IDEA won't take them. They want to start with kindergarten through second grade, or even pre-K..."
"...How can the city best exert its powers to ensure that large-scale developments – on big tracts of land in the hands of private developers, particularly in central city neighborhoods – are carefully planned to serve the civic and community good?..."
"...It's been derided as a shopper's Disneyland and pre-emptively dismissed by many Central Austinites as a strange, upmarket interloper, more suited for the tonier districts of Dallas or Houston. But if the developers and the city planners manage to deliver what they say they have in mind, the still-sprouting Domain shopping and residential complex on what is now the near north side will start to look a lot more like Austin..."
"...Live Oak Theater president Susan Walker adn Live Oak artistic director Don TToner say the city ought to invest in their dreams to renovate the State Theater. photograph by John Anderson..."
"...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 "Fool's Romance/Books From Aeromoto" exhibition at UT's Visual Arts Center feels like the mixture of two kinds of organized chaos: that of an adolescent bedroom and that of a marketplace. There are makeshift shelves and seating arrangements propped up by cinder blocks, scattered croppings of various potted green plants, brightly colored posters wallpapering entire walls, hammocks slung in a corner, and clusters of people shuffling through stacks of books and paper..."
"...Police Chief Art Acevedo suspended patrol officer Cameron Caldwell for 45 days on Tuesday for pepper spraying an arrestee after the individual had already been handcuffed and placed inside a prisoner transport van Downtown...."
"...In a disciplinary memo issued today (March 21), Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that he was indefinitely suspending APD Officer Geoffrey Freeman for the shooting death of 17-year-old David Joseph...."
"...The Austin police officer placed on administrative leave for his connection to 29-year-old Samantha Dean, the pregnant crimes victim counselor for the Kyle Police Department found dead in early February, has been fired from APD. Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Art Acevedo also revealed that the man is on the lam...."
"...The South by Southwest Music Conference bulked up its schedule today with the inclusion of San Francisco’s performance art veterans the Residents, and a free outdoor concert at Auditorium Shores featuring Latin luminaries Intocable, Bomba Estereo, and Compass...."
"...If you're planning to participate in the Nov. 2 election, you need to register to vote no later than Monday, Oct..."
"...A mom slugs wine to the Teardrop Explodes while her 11-year-old son practices arson. Sound like typical reality-show fare? We're not even to the really sleazy part: None of these "contestants" even realize they're being filmed..."
"...In West Austin, where the major new developments such as the Austin MarketPlace and Scott Young's proposed Museum Park office complex are scoring high on the city's Smart Growth matrix, architectural renderings of the future buildings are visually inviting -- surrounded by landscaped plazas, shaded with awnings, with built-in boarding lanes for buses, and self-contained parking. Museum Park, across San Antonio from Republic Square, will feature a native limestone exterior and a trellis-shaded plaza..."
"...Susan Forlenza, manager of Apple Computer's Film and Television Placement and Promotion division at the venerable 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, sums up the phenomenon this way: "What we have done over the years is to establish very good relationships with the major studios. The studios have departments that they refer to as production resources departments and their job is to find resources for the production..."
"...Curran Nault knows a thing or two about provocative queer art. The founder and artistic director of OUTsider Festival, Nault created a local space to support and connect alternative queer creators...."
"...Long Island singer-songwriter cabal Blue Öyster Cult composed art-rock unlike any of their era peers between the late Sixties and the original quintet’s last LP in 1988. Throughout, lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, 69, wrote charters “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Shooting Shark.” BÖC plays Friday at Empire Control Room...."
"...The interim home will be at the 30,000 square foot SoccerPlex indoor football facility on Toro Grande Boulevard, with the 35 foot ceilings that the museum will require. The plan has always been to find a home in Austin proper, with the lot at 1800 Congress, opposite the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, as a prime contender..."
"...A good party is a piece of art. Don’t believe? Just look to Raw Paw, whose upcoming New Year’s Dance Revolution creatively unites sound and style with the purpose of overthrowing inhibitions as the calendar flips past 2014...."
"...The third time is, as they say, the charm, which is just added incentive to dive into WEST over the next two weekends, as this will be the third round of the West Austin Studio Tour. The first two proved this spring sibling to autumn's East Austin Studio Tour to offer a comparable wealth of visual-art wonders west of I-35 (and east of MoPac, south of Highway 183, and north of Ben White)..."
"...David Dewhurst makes a last minute appeal, Art Acevedo loses his cool, and Juan Hinojosa jumps the shark. Decisiveness is on the News Ticker...."
"...Takahashi has become, by design or by fate, one of the faces of "art games." Katamari Damacy has been played in living rooms and museums all over the world (including Austin's Arthouse). Since then, his often confounding games can be recognized by their uniquely whimsical art design..."
"...I have a special place in my heart for the type of original crafts you find at First Thursday, especially when it’s eco-friendly art...."
"...This coming Saturday, Social Earth Realty is hosting a community garage sale in which all of the proceeds will benefit Austin Pets Alive! There will be live music, adoptable dogs, art on display from Stinky Dog Art, and resale shopping. Did we mention the free beer? Donate this week and then come by Saturday for the festivities...."
"...Mr. King, In your assessment of the content contained within the various candidate questionnaires, you mention a statement I made about "artists decorating the city for free." ["Point Austin," April 13] The context of your piece makes it appear as if I think the city should expect artists to work for no charge..."
"...Cadillac Ranch off I-40 west of Amarillo is the most democratic art installation in the nation. Visitors who pull off of the interstate for a closer look at the 10 classic Caddies half-buried nose-down in a cow pasture are invited to add their own messages on the upended tail fins..."