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Watch: Pennywise from ‘It’ dancing to pop music may make you reconsider your clown phobia
 “It” -- the film adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling novel -- continues to dominate the box office. And as is so often the case in our social media-immersed culture, once something become popular, it gets turned into a meme. In this case, terrifying, child-chomping clown Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgaard) is ... dancing...

7:31 PM Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017

“It” -- the film adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling novel -- continues to dominate the box office. And as is so often the case in our social media-immersed culture, once something become popular, it gets turned into a meme. In this case, terrifying, child-chomping clown Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgaard) is ... dancing...
Glam rock meets the Bard in Hidden Room’s ‘Henry IV’
 When one reads Shakespeare’s history plays, the soundtrack that comes to mind usually isn’t David Bowie. Yet in the Hidden
            Room’s new production of “Henry IV,” playing through Oct. 1 at the York Rite Masonic Hall, glam rock seems as natural to the
            play as the traditional corsets and doublets...

6:22 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

When one reads Shakespeare’s history plays, the soundtrack that comes to mind usually isn’t David Bowie. Yet in the Hidden Room’s new production of “Henry IV,” playing through Oct. 1 at the York Rite Masonic Hall, glam rock seems as natural to the play as the traditional corsets and doublets...
Bill Murray coming to Austin for Long Center show — just in time for SXSW
 We’re always excited to see what the Long Center has in store for the upcoming season, but Thursday’s announcement of its
            winter/spring 2018 shows had an extra-special surprise. Bill Murray is coming to the Long Center in 2018. Contributed by Peggy Sirota That’s right, folks — actor, funnyman 
        ...

6:48 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

We’re always excited to see what the Long Center has in store for the upcoming season, but Thursday’s announcement of its winter/spring 2018 shows had an extra-special surprise. Bill Murray is coming to the Long Center in 2018. Contributed by Peggy Sirota That’s right, folks — actor, funnyman ...
Austin Playhouse’s ‘This Random World’ reveals the hidden ties that bind us
 Austin Playhouse has started its new season with, fittingly, a new work by playwright Steven Dietz. “This Random World” receives
            its local premiere at the venerable company under the direction of producing artistic director Don Toner, with a cast of some
            of Austin Playhouse’s best actors. J. Ben Wolfe...

2:01 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

Austin Playhouse has started its new season with, fittingly, a new work by playwright Steven Dietz. “This Random World” receives its local premiere at the venerable company under the direction of producing artistic director Don Toner, with a cast of some of Austin Playhouse’s best actors. J. Ben Wolfe...
‘Storm Still’ explores family dynamics through one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies
 As one of Shakespeare’s most popular — and most performed — plays,  the tragedy “King Lear” is familiar to many theater patrons,
            at least the broad outlines. An elderly king asks his daughters how much each of them loves him, banishes the only daughter
            to speak truthfully and is destroyed...

1:33 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

As one of Shakespeare’s most popular — and most performed — plays,  the tragedy “King Lear” is familiar to many theater patrons, at least the broad outlines. An elderly king asks his daughters how much each of them loves him, banishes the only daughter to speak truthfully and is destroyed...
Puppets, shadows and live music combine for low-fi Long Center show
 Chicago-based theater troupe Manual Cinema brings its unusual brand of artistic expression to the Long Center this week. “Lula Del Rey” is described as “a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story inspired by the desert landscape and the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline.” Manual Cinema...

1:00 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

Chicago-based theater troupe Manual Cinema brings its unusual brand of artistic expression to the Long Center this week. “Lula Del Rey” is described as “a mythic reinvention of a classic coming-of-age story inspired by the desert landscape and the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline.” Manual Cinema...
Monologue, memoir and stand-up comedy: One-man show tackles loss and language
 Will Eno’s “Title and Deed” (now in a new production from Capital T Theatre, playing through Sept. 16 at Hyde Park Theatre)
            is a difficult play to describe, and that’s sort of the point. Jason Phelps stars in “Title and Deed” from Capital T Theatre. Contributed Featuring only one actor, described...

5:22 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

Will Eno’s “Title and Deed” (now in a new production from Capital T Theatre, playing through Sept. 16 at Hyde Park Theatre) is a difficult play to describe, and that’s sort of the point. Jason Phelps stars in “Title and Deed” from Capital T Theatre. Contributed Featuring only one actor, described...
Find out when the Trail of Lights will return to Zilker Park for 2017
 Sure, we haven’t even made it to Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about one of Austin’s longest-running holiday traditions. The Trail of Lights will open Dec. 9 and run nightly through Dec. 23, organizers announced Wednesday. If you’re new to our fair city, the trail features more than...

7:11 PM Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

Sure, we haven’t even made it to Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about one of Austin’s longest-running holiday traditions. The Trail of Lights will open Dec. 9 and run nightly through Dec. 23, organizers announced Wednesday. If you’re new to our fair city, the trail features more than...
Scared of clowns? You might want to avoid the Alamo Drafthouse this weekend
 Remember the Great Clown Scare of 2016? Across the nation -- and even in other countries -- folks young and old reported seeing creepy clowns (is that redundant?) lurking about and possibly trying to lure people to their deaths. Ah, 2016 -- it was a simpler time. Well, if you suffer from coulrophobia, you now have even more to worry about...

8:45 PM Tuesday, Sep. 05, 2017

Remember the Great Clown Scare of 2016? Across the nation -- and even in other countries -- folks young and old reported seeing creepy clowns (is that redundant?) lurking about and possibly trying to lure people to their deaths. Ah, 2016 -- it was a simpler time. Well, if you suffer from coulrophobia, you now have even more to worry about...
‘Building the Wall’ a riveting warning about political extremes in age of Trump
 Playwright Robert Schenkkan has been having a great couple of years. America, on the other hand, has not. Those two circumstances
            converge in Schenkkan’s taught, timely, must-see new play, “Building the Wall,” an excoriating critique of the virulent rhetoric
            — and actions — in contemporary...

5:04 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

Playwright Robert Schenkkan has been having a great couple of years. America, on the other hand, has not. Those two circumstances converge in Schenkkan’s taught, timely, must-see new play, “Building the Wall,” an excoriating critique of the virulent rhetoric — and actions — in contemporary...
Celebs from Matthew McConaughey to Kevin Smith talk about Richard Linklater in documentary now on PBS
 Get a peek at the life of one of Austin’s favorite filmmakers from the comfort of your couch. “Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny” -- the documentary  from South by Southwest co-founder Louis Black and Karen Bernstein -- premieres on “American Masters” at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 on KLRU. Starting Sept. 2, you can also...

4:30 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

Get a peek at the life of one of Austin’s favorite filmmakers from the comfort of your couch. “Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny” -- the documentary from South by Southwest co-founder Louis Black and Karen Bernstein -- premieres on “American Masters” at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 on KLRU. Starting Sept. 2, you can also...
Comedian Ron White coming to Paramount to help victims of Hurricane Harvey
 Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 for “The Harvey Relief Benefit: Comedy Helps,” a Sept. 5 show at the Paramount Theatre. Produced by Turk and Christy Pipkin, Ron White, Moontower Comedy Festival and the Paramount, the show will give all proceeds, including ticket, concessions and merchandise sales, to the American Red Cross...

8:07 PM Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 for “The Harvey Relief Benefit: Comedy Helps,” a Sept. 5 show at the Paramount Theatre. Produced by Turk and Christy Pipkin, Ron White, Moontower Comedy Festival and the Paramount, the show will give all proceeds, including ticket, concessions and merchandise sales, to the American Red Cross...
Hurricane Harvey: City of Austin vows to try to keep power on for 'Game of Thrones' finale
 Texans dealing with the storm that started out as Hurricane Harvey have more important things to worry about than TV. Then again, Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” season finale isn’t just any old TV. The city of Austin, showing a sense of humor amid all the rain falling Saturday, took to the Austin section of Reddit...

7:12 AM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Texans dealing with the storm that started out as Hurricane Harvey have more important things to worry about than TV. Then again, Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” season finale isn’t just any old TV. The city of Austin, showing a sense of humor amid all the rain falling Saturday, took to the Austin section of Reddit...
City of Austin offers Harvey tips, vows to try to keep power on for “Game of Thrones” finale
 Texans dealing with the storm that started out as Hurricane Harvey have more important things to worry about than TV. Then again, Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” season finale isn’t just any old TV. The City of Austin, showing a sense of humor amid all the rain falling Saturday, took to the Austin section of Reddit to answer...

2:39 AM Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Texans dealing with the storm that started out as Hurricane Harvey have more important things to worry about than TV. Then again, Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” season finale isn’t just any old TV. The City of Austin, showing a sense of humor amid all the rain falling Saturday, took to the Austin section of Reddit to answer...
Forget story — TexArts’ ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ is all about musical fun
 The 1970s were a high-water mark for “porno chic” in the United States, and the Broadway stage, like the rest of popular culture,
            was far from immune from its influence (alongside the ongoing impact of the broader sexual revolution). This was perhaps most
            evident in the 1978 musical “The Best Little...

2:03 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

The 1970s were a high-water mark for “porno chic” in the United States, and the Broadway stage, like the rest of popular culture, was far from immune from its influence (alongside the ongoing impact of the broader sexual revolution). This was perhaps most evident in the 1978 musical “The Best Little...
Science fiction tale deliver powerful real-life messages about race
 In the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally and the subsequent attack on peaceful counterprotesters,
            the firm belief that black lives matter is perhaps more important than it has ever been. As such, the long-term work being
            done at the Vortex Theatre to bring diversity to the Austin stage, and...

7:28 PM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

In the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally and the subsequent attack on peaceful counterprotesters, the firm belief that black lives matter is perhaps more important than it has ever been. As such, the long-term work being done at the Vortex Theatre to bring diversity to the Austin stage, and...
Elvis, Johnny Cash and more come to life in Zach’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
 On Dec. 4, 1956, the tiny Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, was the site of a seminal moment in the history of rock
            ‘n’ roll: the recording of a jam session between rockabilly superstars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl
            Perkins. This recording session became known as the &ldquo...

7:07 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

On Dec. 4, 1956, the tiny Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, was the site of a seminal moment in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: the recording of a jam session between rockabilly superstars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. This recording session became known as the &ldquo...
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