Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
"...It's an age-old question that persists even today in the dark art of Meat Alchemy: Does the wand make the magician or does the magician make the wand?..."
"...Spring has arrived at last—and life is a-bloomin’ this April in Austin. To keep you as busy as a springtime bumblebee, we’ve handpicked 12 fun-filled festivals to jam-pack your month with art, food, music, and—of course—good ol’ Texas sunshine...."
"...The Quanah Parker Trail in the Texas Panhandle might be the most spread out public art project since the Texas Historical Commission started putting metal signs with history lessons on them around the state...."
"...James Franco debuts his “art film,” P!NK panders to her gay audience, and Michelle Bachmann continues to get on people’s nerves. Today’s AggreGAYtor is like a roller coaster, baby..."
"...Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, to Uncle Billy's Brew & Que, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 389-2250..."
"...Every Saturday in December until Christmas, the studio is offering classes so you can learn how to blow your own glass Christmas ornament. And if your little one wants to help, that's OK. Owners Leigh Taylor Wyatt and Shara Funari say they've taught the art of glass blowing to students as young as 5 years old. The cost is $40, which includes materials..."
"...Non-Fiction Honoree: Gregory Curtis (The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists, Texas Monthly editor from 1981-2000) Presented by: Jake Silverstein ..."
"...There is something divinely inspired about letting Tarsem – the director behind the visual overloads of The Cell and The Fall – loose with a 3D camera for his upcoming epic Immortals. So it would only make sense to let art maverick David Mack loose with the graphic novel prequel..."
"...From the Department of Emotions Run So High Because the Stakes Are So Low: The city of Bee Cave is still fighting to stop Planet K from opening its doors at a building it owns on Highway 71 at Bee Caves Road. First, the city banned outdoor murals (way to stick it to the public art crowd, y'all!) to stop the store owner from having veteran Austin artist Kerry Awn paint a landscape mural on the side of the building (see "Banned in Bee Cave," April 15)..."
"...No sir. But I've found enough acid-induced art recently to call it a trend..."
"..."I want to tell you," begins a 70-year-old woman in spotlight on an off-Broadway stage. She has a lot to tell; like the other senior women participating with her in an inventive theatre project in New York, she's experienced early marriage, emigration from Puerto Rico, and tremendous loss, not to mention a culture that frowns upon too much disclosure, too much airing of the dirty laundry, so to speak..."
"...So what to call yesterday's kamikaze attack on the IRS? The FBI has referred to it as "an assault." Police Chief Art Acevedo called it a criminal act. The media response (collated by Charles Apple at his blog) has used terms like "anger" and "railing" and "enraged."..."
"...• Home to Austin's largest public art project: SunFlowers: An Electric Garden, featuring solar panel "petals."..."
"...Organizers were surprised by the 11th-hour bow-out – but apparently one participant, El Paso Co. Sheriff Richard Wiles, was not..."
"...Nothing personal against the esteemed Ms. Arnold, but back in May, the revised Waterfront Overlay ordinance established that WPAB members should be "drawn from the fields of urban design, environmental protection, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, shoreline ecology, neighborhood conservation, civic art, and real property development." That wisely defined a professional board, on the model of the Design Commission...."
"...The news from the Hickoids’ Jeff Smith that drummer Manny Castillo died after a short battle with cancer was terrible to hear. He played with San Antonio’s popular Snowbyrd (on Smith’s SausTex label) and served as Executive Director for San Anto Cultural Arts, initiating the Community Mural Public Art Program that tied together the Alamo City’s cultural and ethnic legacies in 30 murals..."
"...When Allan first rose to public view in the 1960s with his band the Arrows, he was best known as the B-movie soundtrack sultan, charting with “Blue’s Theme” from the Wild Angels. For this CD, he’s re-tooled his badass “Bongo Party” off the same film, from the days when beatniks and bikers were the biggest threat to American youth..."
"...Cleavage, cocktail dresses, and heels: That's what an amplitude of thirtysomething lovelies wore on a hot night last week to the grand opening of the 44-story 360 Condominiums Downtown. Many were condo buyers and their friends, happily sucking up free drinks and food at a swank poolside cocktail party on the "amenity deck," as they chatted with future neighbors about square feet and whether they'd really use the concierge service..."
"..."Everyone's really excited, leaving all these messages," meanwhile Quinn was packing, the condo was flooding (he'd used the wrong dish detergent), and he was alone, exhausted, and sick. Laughing, he remembers, "It was like a Woody Allen movie." Quinn hasn't been making movies quite as long as Allen, but he did start young: "I tried making my first feature film in, like, second grade, and failed every year until I was 27 ....."
"... Oh, so very wrong. On the other hand, this assumption wasn't entirely my fault. The blood, metaphorically, is partially on other hands: Those hands that hold the moneybags that fund the operation that bakes the pizzas..."
"...26, is one of two prelude events leading to his final piece for First Night Austin. The progression of images, consisting of original and found 16mm and 35mm film and digital-video projection, was accompanied by Graham Reynolds and the Tosca String Quartet, with recorded music by Stars of the Lid..."
"...Austin's neighborhood plan process is grounded in the best of intentions to help neighborhoods control their own destinies, build community and neighborly consensus, accommodate diversity, and intelligently plan for growth. But talking with citizens who've actively participated in the grueling one- to two-year process of crafting a neighborhood plan with city staff, one might think the city's goal was instead to foster widespread citizen frustration, mistrust, and disappointment..."
"...Phantom Wal-Mart calls, deep freezes shutting the city down for days – just when you think things can't get any stranger, something like this appears in your inbox: "Media Advisory: Ancient temple dance to highlight community meetings announcement at City Hall …To highlight the City's diverse arts community, the news conference will feature a special performance by Auradha Naimpally from Tanjore Performing Arts. Naimpally will perform an ancient and colorful temple dance of South India called bhrata natyam." Hopefully this will flush out some of the abundant bad juju that's out there..."
"...What do you think Austin's cultural scene will look like in the future? More to the point, what do you want Austin's cultural scene to look like in the future? That's what the city of Austin is asking these days, and now is the time for you to jump in with your answer. The Cultural Arts Division is spearheading a grand effort to map out Austin's future in regard to its arts and artists..."
"...Editor, The elevated prairie "erection" by Legge Lewis ["Elevated Prairie," Arts Listings, June 3] totaled $130,000 in tax money, and the snake is already dead. APD as "holistic land-management stewards and public art custodians"? You mean, after they're done ticketing on Springdale? Bees, birds, butterflies are gone, thanks to new Section 8 ghettos recently built, and more to come..."
"...It's okay to give. And when our official power structures dismantle the very safety nets folks worked for generations to install, it is incumbent upon big hearts to create more, larger, even safer webbing..."
"...Here is our annual Holiday Wish List list. We are grateful for these and other area organizations that fill the gaps that we, as the most wealthy and organized society ever to set foot on Earth, still seem to create..."
"...Gandy has hosted more than 300 audits for neighborhoods and elected officials interested in determining where to erect new sidewalks, crosswalks, and public art, and has often helped them brainstorm design and funding options. In Zilker, South Boggy Creek, and other Austin locales, Gandy's audits have resulted in new crosswalks and traffic-calming measures, among other enhancements..."
"...4Ada's adventure at Barton Springs leads her to Philosophers Rock, where she overhears three grand old men heated in debate. They cannot seem to come to an agreement about a certain passage of the Kama Sutra..."
"...As the dust settles on the 1997 National Poetry Slam, which wrapped up August 9 in Middletown, Connecticut, the slam poetry community is asking questions and forwarding suggestions for making the 1998 competition, to be held in Austin, even better. Many of us wondered why we were competing in bagel shops and sports bars, there were the usual complaints about judges from teams who didn't break into the highest echelons of competition, and there will be continued controversy about this year's winners, a quartet of New York-based poets competing under the banner of the Mouth Almighty spoken word record label rather than their home city...."
"...It was 1983. After two years of graduate work in studio art -- the first time in her life she'd focused on her own art -- the sculptor found herself working clerical jobs, again, to pay the bills, and scraping up time at night and on weekends, again, to make art..."
"...The effect isn't eased by the static staging. Director Steve Shearer keeps his performers pretty still for the most part, with enough space around them to dis-sipate some of the energy they share..."
"..."Maps are defined by what they include but are often more revealing in what they exclude." – Peter Turchi, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, 2004..."
"...Pagers, radio spots, even semi-inspired print ads for shows were few and far between back then, and the resultant information vacuum created by too many popular venues booking amazing bills with zilch advertising almost single-handedly spawned what people today think of as Poster Art. That $50 Frank Kozik print you've been ogling at Sound Exchange has its roots not only deep in the heart o' Texas, but also in the music explosion that rocked the Capitol City in the Seventies and made sideline superstars out of a struggling band of artists and cartoonists (frequently one and the same) that included such now-legendary names as Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin, Ken Featherston, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Sam Yeates, Micael Priest, Kerry Awn, Gary McIlhenny, Henry Gonzales, Jack Jaxon, and a few others..."
"...At first glance, Robert Hughes' new eight-part PBS series American Visions generates a mystique no different from the vaguely "educational," utilitarian one so often associated with PBS documentaries; it seems good for you. After all, unless you're an art historian, Hughes' series on the history of American art informs you about artists, movements, and influences that you probably always wanted to but never really have known much about..."
"...Eight-hundred Gullett is the last address on a dead-end street in East Austin. From the road, you can see the front of the house belonging to artists Philippe Klinefelter and Sunyong Chung; it's not until you walk up the driveway and through the fence that you sense the scale of the property..."
"..."Starving artists" isn't a term that generates much sympathy these days, bound as it is to images of whiny twentysomethings debating the finer points of existentialism as they waste away in Parisian garrets. The phrase calls to mind all the worst stereotypes of the arts and its practitioners as elitists out of touch with regular folk and daily life..."
"...What is it about this town and public nudity? Whether it's excursions to Hippie Hollow, frat-boy streaking hijinks, clothing-optional apartment complexes, the abundance of strip clubs, or punk escapades down at Emo's (Ignorance Park, this means you), Austinites do an awful lot of stripping down to the altogether. Is it the music? The beer and pot consumption? The hippie legacy? The heat? Pick your rationale; the end result is that folks 'round here love to shed their clothes..."
"...I appreciate the coverage of the referendum to abolish the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the only local government with the authority to regulate pumping and prevent pollution in the entire recharge zone of the Barton Springs Aquifer. The City of Austin's rules, including the S.O.S..."
"...Regarding the December 27 [Vol.16, No.17] article about religion in Austin, religion is man trying to reach God. Christianity is God reaching out to man. No amount of religion can ever save -- only Jesus can...."
"...For the 17th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2008, to May 2, 2009, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Erin Keever (visual arts), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); ....."
"...Whether or not the council votes to rescind the site plan, we will continue the fight. This Wal-Mart is not going in our neighborhood." Jason Meeker of Responsible Growth for Northcross Headlines Forget "Must-See TV"; today's best TV viewing may be on the city's Channel 6, during what could be a lengthy citizens communication period at the City Council meeting three council members added the Wal-Mart/Northcross Mall controversy to the agenda, so expect fireworks aplenty..."
"...The last night of 2005 will be the first night of First Night Austin, and the arts scene is eager to see just how our town will embrace this cultural spectacle that's now become a New Year's Eve tradition in scores of other cities across the continent. The local version, developed in the past year by Anne Elizabeth Wynn and guided by director Ann S..."
"... Physical Plant Theater's first Garden Party was not only a singularly beautiful and charming affair, it raised more than double the funds that the 10-year-old company expected: over $8,000, which will go toward its first official season. Next for the company: Wallace Shawn's one-man play The Fever, which, in typically offbeat Physical Plant style, will be performed by Matt Hislope over a low-watt FM radio transmitter on the top level of the Whole Foods parking garage, 601 N..."
"...Now that I live and work in Austin I couldn't help noticing how many longtime residents are endlessly complaining about how their town has "changed drastically" or is not the "good old Austin we used to know and love." While it is true that the corporate landscape has richened and traffic and pollution continue to be concerns for all metropolitan areas, Austin enjoys many benefits that other cities its size in this country would kill for. Every time I swim a mile in Barton Springs, stroll into Antone's for some world-class blues on a Monday night, or catch an opening of a new film that you couldn't see unless you lived in New York City, or enjoy any of a hundred other small and great pleasures this town has to offer, I am grateful that my feet are planted firmly inside the Austin city limits..."