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Reading The Riot Act With Devon Parks
Arkansas filmmaker on the lessons of no-resource cinema
"...It's easy to forget it's not that long since Austin didn't have a filmmaking scene. It took sweat and..."

Jan. 18, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2014
It was a year in which the personal shone through in dance and classical works small and large
"...epic undertaking executed with style and verve – an Austin miracle...."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Ida,' Ho!
Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Princess Ida' makes her Austin debut
"...been produced by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin in its 37 years of mounting their comic operas...."

June 13, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Shaken, Not Deterred
Despite the many upheavals in 2011, Austin's arts scene perseveres
"...place rattled by record quakes in 2011. Alas, for Austin's arts scene, the year was also full of shock..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Year's Cheers
The nominees for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for the 2010 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 3,..."

May 14, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Continued Story
Daniel Johnston's songs find new life in the rock opera Speeding Motorcycle
"...you who I am!) When Daniel Johnston came to Austin, he decided that Glass Eye was the greatest band..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Arts Feature by Kathy McCarty

Outstanding!
Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...the future. That said, the nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 18, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...music, and visual art. The nominations for the 2004-2005 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Among Us
The gypsy feet of playwright Ruth Margraff keep wandering back to Austin, and we're fortunate that they do
"...a warrior writer riding the vanguard of New Wave opera, pushing the boundaries of the stage with wildly imaginative..."

May 7, 2004 Arts Feature by Cyndi Williams

Applause! Applause!
The full list of winners for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art, as presented during its annual ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club.
"...On Monday, June 2, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 6, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Cash
Austin's artists and arts groups are working hard to survive the economic downturn, and now more than ever it's essential for the city that they do.
"...seriously starting to do -- then the health of Austin's actors, painters, musicians, dancers, sculptors, singers, directors, and designers..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

More Places at the Table
The Austin Critics Table is about to hand out its annual awards for achievement in the arts for the 10th year, and the list of nominees is longer than ever.
"...of it. That essentially describes the reaction of the Austin Critics Table to the last year in the arts...."

May 24, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Hearts and Violins
Jennifer Bourianoff has found happiness playing chamber music and living in Austin.
"...The grand finale of this season's Austin Chamber Music Festival is a homecoming concert for many..."

June 29, 2001 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

This Magic Moment
15 Years of the Austin Music Awards
"...Lou Ann Barton and Paul Ray opened the first Austin Music Awards at Club Foot by presenting a batch..."

March 7, 1997 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Five Things to Experience at Fusebox Festival
The return of the avant garde and experimental drama and artextravaganza
"...Sure, Austin Opera will be presenting their own full production of..."

April 8, 2022 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Robert Faires' Top 10 Joys in Dance and Classical in 2019
It was a year in which the bold and the beautiful made strong impressions in dance and music
"...1) SILENT NIGHT (Austin Opera) This rich staging of the Puts/Campbell Pulitzer winner..."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Review: Otello
Austin Opera staged a victory worthy of the Lion of Venice
"...To have witnessed that moment in Austin Opera’s just-closed concert staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s grand tragedy..."

Nov. 20, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Politics Upstaged
This election year brings out the political in Austin's arts
"...such as women's health and open carry to an opera about a conspiracy to use brainwashed war heroes to..."

Sept. 13, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

GenEnCo's The Mikado: Reclaimed
In this newly devised work, Asian-American artists grapple with the complicated legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan's opera
"...S Society: The Mikado was the ninth of 14 operas that librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan created..."

Feb. 12, 2016 Arts Feature by Rosalind Faires

Best Reason to Raise Your Voice
LOLA Austin
"...for the scrappy little classical-music company known as Local Opera, Local Artists. Founded by mezzo-soprano Liz Cass and director..."

Sept. 11, 2015 Best of Austin Feature

Howdy, Pardner!
In 2010, the watchword among Austin creatives was 'collaboration'
"...Who made the big stories of 2010 in Austin's creative scene? Each of the individual artistic disciplines can..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

On the Map
Austin's art scene kept catching the eye of the nation in 2005
"...of the country, when it's bothered to look at Austin at all, has seen it as a center for..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robert Faires' Top 10 Works That Spoke to Me About 2020
Throughout 2020, performances and books seemed to contain messages about the year – its trials, its traumas, and its echoes in history
"...2) EVEREST (Austin Opera) Weeks before the shutdown, this opera by composer..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Year of the Booster
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...state of our city, the 24th edition of the Austin Critics Table Awards would have been a tonic. Even..."

May 25, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Five Faces of Frankenstein
This Halloween, Austin serves up five freaky takes on Mary Shelley's mad doctor and his monster
"...versions of the Frankenstein story terrorizing the countryside. In Austin alone, five radically different variations on Mary Shelley's monster..."

Oct. 23, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Q&A: Mike Watt
Econo-jamming bass man headlines an alternate ACL
"...Mike Watt’s Missingmen trio headlines night one of the Austin Corn Lover’s Fiesta on Friday. The other ACL Fest..."

Oct. 1, 2015 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Top 10 Things to Happen to Classical Music in 2014
The year saw Austin go big in classical with big-name artists and competitions coming to town, and big crowds, too
"...1) THE MENUHIN COMPETITION Austin got to host this massive international violin competition the..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Best Produce Aisle Aria
Austin Lyric Opera at Central Market
"...Tosca is one of the most popular operas performed in the United States and has done much..."

Sept. 12, 2014 Best of Austin Feature

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...2013, and April 30, 2014, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work..."

May 8, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Kickstart My Heart
Austin is one of 10 cities featured prominently on online fundraising platform Kickstarter
"...three-person team has very recently increased to 37. Discussing Austin in the company's success – Austin is one of..."

Feb. 24, 2012 Music Feature by Adam Schragin

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