Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof. Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia University Arts Journalism Program.

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From the archives: Higher note — Barbara Smith Conrad
 Barbara Smith Conrad isn't one to run away. It's something she said her parents instilled in her when she was growing up in the tiny town of Pittsburg in Northeast Texas. If Conrad were inclined to run, she would have left Texas in 1957 when, as one of the first African Americans admitted to the University of Texas as an undergraduate...

11:22 PM Monday, May. 22, 2017

Barbara Smith Conrad isn't one to run away. It's something she said her parents instilled in her when she was growing up in the tiny town of Pittsburg in Northeast Texas. If Conrad were inclined to run, she would have left Texas in 1957 when, as one of the first African Americans admitted to the University of Texas as an undergraduate...
June 4 is Hug Your Cat Day!

9:10 AM Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 4, 2013 June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! At least according to… well, it’s hard to suss out where the holiday comes from. Likely it comes from the feline community who believe more attention is always warranted. And what’s wrong with a little more affection?...
At a rehearsal for the “Muttcracker”

3:53 AM Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 13, 2013 Friday morning the cast of the “Muttcracker” was busy rehearsing for its upcoming shows Dec. 27 through Jan. 5 at the Vortex. Animal trainer and performer Darren Peterson will again present his family-friendly riff on the “Nutcracker” featuring...
Long Center launches its own Broadway series

5:57 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The Long Center for the Performing Arts is launching its own series of touring Broadway shows. Long Center officials say that audience surveys indicate a demand for Broadway fare. A four show series starts with “A Chorus Line,” July 24-28. “Chorus Line” is a produced by Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. Other...
AMOA-Arthouse announces Jones Center summer exhibits

5:56 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

AMOA-Arthouse, with new leadership in place, has announced three exhibits for this summer at the museum’s Jones Center location at 700 Congress Ave. All of the exhibits run July 14-Sept. 1 “Please: An exhibition by Devon Dikeou,” “The Syphilis of Sisyphus: An exhibition by Mary Reid Kelley...
2012-2013 Austin Critics’ Table Award nominations announced May 23

5:54 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Nominations for the 2012-2013 Austin Critics’ Table Awards will be announced on May 23. The list of nominations will be released in this blog promptly at midnight. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. June 3 at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-GtI8SVMFo...
Weekend arts picks: New Music Co-op plays Feldman’s “Crippled Symmetry”

5:53 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

A major composer of “indeterminate music,” like his cohort John Cage, Morton Feldman pioneered a unique style of composition that slowly and quietly evolves and unfolds over long periods of time. Feldman took the rectangular fields of light and color of painter Mark Rothko as the inspiration for “Crippled Symmetry&rdquo...
Blanton Museum nets Kress Foundation fellowship

5:51 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The Blanton Museum of Art has netted a $30,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support an “Interpretive Fellow” for one year. The University of Texas museum is one of only seven to be awarded the Kress fellowship grants. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins...
2012-2013 Austin Critics’ Table Awards nominations

5:51 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The 2012-2013 Austin Critics’ Table Awards nominations VISUAL ART Museum Exhibition “I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America,” Donald Albrecht, curator; Ransom Center “The Rules of Basketball,” Regine Basha, curator; Blanton Museum of Art “Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks From Alumni...
Summer of blood: Cap T Theatre stages another dark, bloody comedy

5:50 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Austin’s Cap T Theatre once again stages a bitingly funny yet violent and absurd comedy at Hyde Park Theatre. Opening May 30, “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh — author of “The Pillowman,” which Austin audiences couldn’t get enough of in 2007 — explores the aftermath...
Vortex Theatre starts free ticket program

5:49 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Vortex Theatre launches “Radical Rush,” a new program offering limited free tickets for every performance night. “Radical Rush” is offered “in the spirit of sustainability, accessibility and participating in the gift economy,” the theater’s release says. Free tickets will be released at 7 p.m. each...