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Other Worlds Boards the Flight of the Navigator
Beloved '80s sci fi adventure picked as Defender of the Universe
"...have included Pitch Black director David Twohy and Battlestar Galactica director Alan Levi, as well as Gary Nelson (The..."

Dec. 1, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

On the Stage, On the Screen: Austin's Theatres Embrace a Virtual Future
Ahead of Austin Playfest and the All Together Now! Revue, directors and producers discuss the challenges and potential they've found online
"...The rumors of the death of virtual theatre have been greatly exaggerated...."

Nov. 12, 2021 Arts Feature by Richard Whittaker

Penfold Theatre Gives Live Readings of Radio Plays in the Ransom Center Archives
The company has dusted off radio adaptations of Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, and Thackeray for the 21st century to hear – live
"...When we last heard from Penfold Theatre Company, it was bringing the..."

Sept. 3, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

How Austin's Performing Artists Are Reopening Their Spaces
After months behind screens, the folks who run the city's theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs are welcoming audiences back inside
"...some ersatz arts space on your computer but from actual theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs?..."

July 16, 2021 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bands Are Practicing Again, but Does Austin Have Enough Rehearsal Space for Them?
A love letter and state-of-affairs on the practice space scene
"...In waking life, that bygone practice space might as well represent an ancient civilization. Nary..."

June 18, 2021 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...little bit of cocaine," intones Pierce, blowing up the last word. "And I've been driving through the pouring rain/..."

June 11, 2021 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Faster Than Sound: Select Live Music Reemerges
ACL Live reintroduces in-person audiences, alongside steady outdoor calendars at the Far Out Lounge and Sagebrush on South Congress.
"...a musical haunted house upcoming for Halloween, and open-air acts at downstairs Trace restaurant. The Lounge Series, beginning Oct...."

Oct. 2, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

As Charlie Jones Exits C3, He Traces His Journey From College Station to Founding ACL Fest
Leaving the music promotions empire he helped build, Jones begins his new events company, Four Leaf
"...from, you said, "I'm one of the few people actually from College Station." What did you mean by that?..."

Feb. 28, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

The Stories Behind Austin’s Iconic Signs
How both classic neon and changing design continue to draw patrons to local restaurants and theatres
"...art pieces, the local cityscape (along with many homegrown theatres and restaurants) owes much of its charm to the..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Features Feature by Jessi Cape

Robert Faires' Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019
History came alive and exceptional ensembles propelled the year's most memorable shows
"...evil twins and played at warp speed, the exceptional company made everything real – life brimming with heartache...."

Dec. 20, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Faster Than Sound: Austin Music Video Festival Reaches 5
Local DIY videos mingle with the big leagues, Austin Music Commission forecasts 2020, and Federico Pacheco leads KOOP into its next quarter-century
"...up to worldwide submissions and screened Beyoncé's groundbreaking Lemonade. Last year, they finally hopped to a winter date to..."

Dec. 6, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Last Act Theatre's Seven
In this documentary play, seven women from around the world tell stories that are tragically familiar
"...thing, they come to us as testimony, as the actual experiences of women. The truth in their words compels..."

Aug. 16, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Jackie Venson Strips Off Her Blues Band and Becomes Her Own "DJ"
Austin's reigning Best Guitarist scales the ladder to the roof
"...forced her to forgo a band and go solo last year. As such, venues now host "DJ" Jackie Venson,..."

July 26, 2019 Music Feature by Derek Udensi

Terrence McNally Knows About Lasting Impact
About to open a new play at Zach Theatre, the Tony Award-winning playwright talks about what endures
"...three artists being given a Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre honor at the 2019 Tonys. On June 14, Jeff..."

June 7, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Introducing the 2019 Class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The stories behind the art transformers of this year's Hall of Fame inductees
"...since the Eighties. She's obtained a master's degree in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas, worked with..."

May 24, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

A Guide to Austin Classical Music
The virtuosi who know the score and make beautiful music happen here
"...symphonies and suites and art songs composed in the last 25 years by artists who are still living. More..."

April 26, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Settling in but Never Settling at the Old Settler's Music Fest
Executive Director Jean Spivey looks back at three decades of roots music
"...gear and accelerates down the dusty path that'll soon act as a landing strip for thousands of roots music..."

April 12, 2019 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Zach Theatre Lands Terrence McNally World Premiere
Tony-winning playwright revises Fire and Air into new drama
"...Zach Theatre was happy enough to be presenting the second-ever staging..."

March 5, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Faster Than Sound: KVRX Launches the Largest College Radio Festival
KVRX station manager Gab Soong starts the largest ever student-run radio fest, national phone theft ring uncovered from ACL Fest, and Big Thief’s Buck Meek settles down outside the city
"...Square, trailblazing indie usage of the latter's Waller Creek-side amphitheatre. Relying on sponsorships without university financing, the two deejays..."

March 1, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

The Devil and William Friedkin
The director's journey from The Exorcist to a real exorcism
"...him steadily drift away from cinema and increasingly into theatre, Friedkin will always be synonymous with The Exorcist, his..."

Jan. 5, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Macbeth's Myriad of Misfortunes
The Scottish Play – still cursed after all these years
"...Having two separate productions of Macbeth running in Austin..."

Nov. 2, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Summer Stock Austin's Rob1n
This new musical brings Sherwood Forest's noble outlaw to our time with a message of togetherness
"...she knows that when people come together, when they act as neighbors, when they join forces, they can accomplish..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Tapestry Dance Company's April Fools
This remount of the tap troupe's valentine to vaudeville brought the old art form back with delights in abundance
"...After last weekend, I don't so much care who killed vaudeville..."

May 11, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Filigree Theatre’s Trio
In Sheila Cowley’s new play, questions of identity arise for three people during the creation of a play
"...are you?" – a dangerous question to ask an actor, someone who routinely traffics in alternate identities. The reply..."

May 4, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
"...Last week, SXSW announced that high-concept horror A Quiet Place..."

Feb. 7, 2018 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

A New Cuppa Tea in Tripoli
Actress Bernadette Nason takes tales of a year in Libya and brews a potent memoir
"...held a rich vein of crowd-pleasing yarns. The award-winning actress had been mining it for years in backstage dressing..."

Aug. 18, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Richard III
Last Act Theatre's all-female production takes this drama from the doldrums to dynamite for Women Who Act
"...roles it has for women are blatantly stereotypical and inactive. There's a witch, a queen, a few mothers, a..."

July 21, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Sam Bass Community Theatre’s Flaming Idiots
Big heart propels the slamming doors and zippy one-liners of this production of Tom Rooney’s farce
"...The Old Depot Stage, home of Sam Bass Community Theatre, is an absolutely magical space with a history to..."

March 24, 2017 Arts Review by T. Lynn Mikeska

Playback: Starf**king SXSW
SXSW’s bubble burst? Sure, okay – if you say so. Leave the starfucking to us, then.
"...and tech stars arriving for SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive...."

March 17, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: The 2016/17 Austin Music Awards Reveal
"...thought it a good suggestion. After all, no Austin act had a bigger 2016 than the local synth quartet..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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