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St. Michael's Passion
Whose truth prevails at Austin's Catholic high school?
"...St. Michael's Academy is, for the moment, Austin's only Catholic high..."

Dec. 14, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Augustin, Barnes Named Award Finalists
"...most analysts believe, as I do, that Kansas State's Michael Beasley, who was also named to the list, is..."

March 5, 2008 Sports Post by Ricky Treon

Barnes Is the Best in the Big 12
"...Rick Barnes was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year..."

March 10, 2008 Sports Post by Ricky Treon

Everyone's a Critic
The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.
"...the craft they review, citing Austin American-Statesman Arts editor Michael Barnes' previous work in the theatre. But Williams believes..."

July 28, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

Culture Connectors
The 2013 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...Here is a brief introduction showcasing why they matter. Michael Barnes..."

May 31, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The third coming of C.S. Lewis' Narnia fantasy/allegory series has arrived.
"...Directed by: Michael Apted. Starring: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will..."

Dec. 17, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Truth About Cats and Dogs
"...Directed by: Michael Lehmann. Starring: Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman, Ben Chaplin, Jamie..."

April 26, 1996 Movie Review by Alison Macor

'Statesman' Gets Creative
'Statesman' explores new ways to spark circulation and revenue, often taking a pickax to traditional Ad-Editorial boundaries in the process
"...Statesman publisher Michael Laosa says the Statesman is following the "letter" of..."

April 29, 2005 News Feature by Kevin Brass

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
"...awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin,..."

May 12, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

After a Fashion
Your tricky riffin' Style Avatar gets all pre-Halloween grim and invites you to his birthday party, which was not supposed to happen
"...stylish party at Blackmail last Friday night. The Statesman's Michael Barnes said in his blog that with a little..."

Oct. 10, 2008 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Culture Flash!
The funniest person in town now, Austinite responsible for critical mass, 'Intergalactic' to go national, and the Map covers downtown
"...400 arts critics in Los Angeles last week had Michael Barnes to thank for it. As chairman of the..."

June 3, 2005 Arts Column

Critic's Picks
"...Best Field Research on Gay AustinMichael Barnes..."

Oct. 5, 2001 Best of Austin Feature

A special visit to Austin by Theatre Communications Group executive director Ben Cameron.
"...local arts press, yours truly and the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes; rubbed elbows with a couple dozen members of..."

Oct. 22, 1999 Arts Column by Robert Faires

The Great Critic Test
How Much Do You Really Know About These Freaks?
"...thing in common: experience. On the Statesman side, both Michael Barnes and Jamie Smith hold Ph.Ds in theatre. Smith..."

Feb. 27, 1998 Arts Feature by Adrienne Martini

Event Menu
Fall is flush with fests and food
"...prepared by such Texas celebrity chefs as Grady Spears, Michael Flores, Rebecca Rather, and Ray­mond Tatum. Schedule, prices, and..."

Oct. 8, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

I'd Like to Thank ...
The 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...2005, to April 30, 2006, were the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre/music), Clare Croft (dance),..."

June 9, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Who's That Girl?
The Bookslut -- aka Jessa Crispin -- is getting people excited.
"...revenues go straight to overhead), her sister Jen and Michael Schaub (they're here in the States, while others call..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Books Feature by Shawn Badgley

Austin Lyric Opera hires a new managing director, Horton Foote's The Carpetbagger's Children is named best new play by America's theatre critics, and half-price tickets are back at BookPeople.
"...share the load. The Board of Trustees has hired Michael G. Murphy for that spot. Mr. Murphy comes from..."

April 12, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

More bouquets for Lipstick Traces in The New York Times, and Austin theatre critics continue to take over the world
" mid-July, my esteemed colleague (and partner in evil) Michael Barnes of the Austin American-Statesman was elected chair of..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Beyond the Multiverse
Author Michael Moorcock
" Kenny Braun Most people have no idea who Michael Moorcock is, and he seems to like it that..."

Sept. 19, 1997 Books Feature by Adrienne Martini

After a Fashion
Stephen goes to Galveston only to be pwned by a bicycle
"...with Cliff Redd and his partner, Rick Johnson, and Michael Barnes and his partner, Kip Keller. Michael and Kip..."

May 29, 2009 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Austin Theatre Critics Table 1999-2000 Winners
The Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club
"...the selection and presentation of this year's awards were Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jean Claire van Ryzin,..."

June 2, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2013
The Austin Critics Table has honored five more pioneers in the Austin arts community
"...Michael Barnes (Austin American-Statesman, Austin Critics Table) – critic, journalist,..."

May 3, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

After a Fashion: Buzzing
Your Style Avatar previews the 2013 Texas Film Hall of Fame lineup
"...of City Councilman Bill Spelman, corresponded with the Statesman's Michael Barnes about her nonprofit Rainforest Partnership ( She'd asked..."

Jan. 25, 2013 Column

After a Fashion
Our Style Avatar drinks the Superbowl away and eats his way through a Project Transistions fundraiser
"...Star State party given by the Spice Boys, aka Michael Barnes and Kip Keller, Nick Shumway and Robert Mayott,..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

'Statesman' Drops a Turd
Decision to censor 'Doonesbury' strip annoys the crap out of daily's readers
"...who could forget the widespread looting in 1995, after Michael Barnes quoted Tom Wolfe's reference to sculptures outside office..."

Aug. 5, 2005 News Feature by Kevin Brass

Speaking of Dance
The difficulty of describing dance inspires choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick to create an ingenious 30-minute dance out of phrases from dance reviews.
"...critics, even good ones (in this case, the venerable Michael Barnes), are guilty of a little fanciful overwriting at..."

April 25, 2003 Arts Feature by Sarah Hepola

Esther's veteran Joel McKean passes away, and during a rare Broadway strike Austin playwright John Walch is honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.
"...title wrong. With characteristic aplomb, Austin American-Statesman Arts writer Michael Barnes, who is ATCA's chair, corrected the error. In..."

March 14, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Long Center supporters do a funding turnaround by asking the city for $25 million in bond money, another bunch of Lone Stars are being honored by the Texas Cultural Trust Council with Texas Medal of the Arts Awards, and John Walch wins an award from the American Theatre Critics Association.
"...he won't have to travel far. Austin American-Statesman critic Michael Barnes is the American Theatre Critics Association's current chair..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Playing the Bad Guy
With actor David Stahl currently appearing as the wicked Richard III and actor Katherine Catmull having recently played the evil Goneril in King Lear, the challenge of playing villains seemed a ripe topic to launch a series of artist-to-artist conversations on craft.
"'s just me ... [laughing] [Austin American-Statesman arts writer] Michael Barnes interviewed me one time, and I said, "I..."

Aug. 17, 2001 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

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