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He's Not a Lawyer, But He Plays One on TV
Austin actor Mehcad Brooks on his circuitous path from star athlete to Southern vampires and L.A. law on an Irving soundstage
"...Consider it a lesson in following your dream. Austin native Mehcad Brooks is clad in an expensive suit,..."

Jan. 15, 2010 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Let Him Entertain You
Why producer Charles Duggan is staging the biggest holiday spectacular Austin's ever seen
"...first decade of the 21st century to the second, Austin-based producer Duggan is giving his hometown a heapin' helping..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

And the Award Goes to ...
The 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...On Monday, June 4, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 8, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Making It Happen
The 2007 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
" happen. The eight individuals being inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame this year are all such..."

June 1, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
", and visual art. The nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 19, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Best Excuse to Dress Up
Performances at Bass Concert Hall (Ballet, Symphony, Opera)
"...There's an old commercial for the opera promoting it as something so inclusive that it can..."

Oct. 14, 2005 Best of Austin Feature

May I Have the Envelope, Please?
The 2004-2005 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...On Monday, June 6, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding..."

June 10, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

End of an Arts Era
The most prosperous period in Austin's cultural history came to a painful close in 2003.
"...If a history of the Austin arts scene is ever written, 2003 will be remembered..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Recruit
"...goes a long way toward making this celluloid CIA operation a fairly fun ride for the viewer. These three..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

One Extreme to the Other
For every creative triumph in the Austin arts community in 2002 -- and they were plentiful -- there seemed to be a corresponding defeat, usually tied to the economic downturn and its problems for the arts community.
" existence at extremes pretty well sums up the Austin arts scene in 2002. Austin Lyric Opera proved itself..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Best Missionary for the Arts
Joseph McClain, Austin Lyric Opera
"...that belongs to and can speak to everybody, and Austin Lyric Opera's Joe McClain has those qualities in spades...."

Oct. 5, 2001 Best of Austin Feature

"...Jang's Lies (the other South Korean import to play Austin this month), there are some striking similarities: Both films..."

Feb. 16, 2001 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Best Building That Inspires Perfect Harmony
Austin Lyric Opera's New Building
" town (a mere nanosecond in the world of opera), the company has engendered such enthusiasm that it has..."

Sept. 15, 2000 Best of Austin Feature

The Tao of Steve
Easygoing romantic comedy about an unlikely ladies' man.
" can be is a Steve,” he says. “Steve Austin, Steve McGarrett, and most importantly, Steve McQueen.” The opposite..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Superstar Search
Three decades after its debut, Jesus Christ Superstar may not seem a radical piece of musical theatre, but Austin Musical Theatre's new production just may return the rock opera to its revolutionary roots.
"...takes on the carpenter. The reason? Two words: rock opera. Superstar was sung-through, a common feature of musical theatre..."

Nov. 26, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"We'll Always Have 807 Congress"
The Raging of the Elements, or Indoor Theatre in Austin -- Al Fresco
"...There are some days when it feels like PD operates en plein air: an Eden one day, tornado alley..."

June 25, 1999 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Points of Departure
The Viewpoints Invade Austin
"...something new and exciting of which to partake. And Austin is a big part of this revitalization...."

May 8, 1998 Arts Feature by Danielle McClelland

"...suburbia, baby. Trust treads a line between lurid soap opera histrionics and placid documentary reportage. It creates a strange..."

Sept. 13, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Clock Runs Out on Music Hub: Mosaic Sound Collective Losing Lease to Development
Owners hold hopes to relocate music industry collective
"...Mosaic Sound Collective, the East Austin music/entrepreneurial hub that opened in 2017, is winding down..."

Aug. 19, 2022 Music Feature by Chad Swiatecki

Matteo Lane: "I’m Joking, Can You Imagine?"
How is a comedy festival like Six Flags? Ask comedy's rising star.
"...London, and even Chicago, Matteo Lane used his creativity, opera singing, and impressions – which he calls a natural..."

April 20, 2022 Arts Post by Dina Barrish

Review: TexARTS Theater's Sweeney Todd
Despite fruitless tweaks to the storytelling, this is a tale worth attending
"...story being sung, the musical is damn near an opera. So much so that Austin Opera will stage its..."

Feb. 25, 2022 Arts Feature by Bob Abelman

Top 10 Arty Ways 2020 Was the Best Year Ever
Barbara Purcell shares art highlights from a year that tested our sanity and humanity
"...4) PUCCINI AND POPCORN Austin Opera cinematically reimagined its 2020-2021 season by partnering with..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Arts Feature by Barbara Purcell

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018
In this year’s dance and classical offerings, extraordinary depictions of loss and suffering continue to haunt
"...1) "FOUR MORTAL MEN" (Ballet Austin) Stephen Mills' elegy for dancers he knew in Eighties..."

Dec. 28, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Object Collection’s It's All True
This opera culled from Fugazi concert detritus was an endurance test for both audience and performers
"...a live show except the songs, to stage an opera that, while certainly operatic, exploded any ordinary understanding of..."

May 25, 2018 Arts Review by Melany Jean

Five Arty Things to Do: Nov. 3-5
That number again is: Five. Yes, five arty things.
"...It’s our “Best of Austin” issue this week, hell yes – but you know..."

Nov. 2, 2017 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

White Denim 2.0
Frontman James Petralli talks of the old days and a new era
" White Denim pops up in tiny clubs throughout Austin every Thursday in February...."

Feb. 4, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Lazer Team
The first feature film from Austin's Rooster Teeth gang is a hoot
"...Austin’s Rooster Teeth Productions, best known as the creators of..."

Jan. 29, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015
Leaving deep impressions from 2015's dance and classical music works were the unexpected elements, like screen doors, trees, and car horns
"...passion at 9,000 rpms. 2) Season of Innocence (Ballet Austin II)..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
"...the artists to be on the move. And in Austin, they certainly are, pirouetting, lunging, stomping, leaping in scores..."

Dec. 4, 2015 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Looking at People Looking at Art
Frederick Wiseman’s extraordinary National Gallery screens Sunday
"...into institutions large (a state mental hospital, the Paris Opera Ballet) and small (Austin’s Lord’s Gym) are well worth..."

Jan. 9, 2015 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

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