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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...
Long Center launches summer programming

5:48 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

From fitness jams to food trucks, the Long Center for the Performing Arts has announced a busy roster of summer programming. Many of the events take advantage of the Long Center’s popular City Terrace. Trailer Food Tuesdays will contine 5 to 9 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. Alternately, a donation-based fitness series is also planned...
Winners of the 2012-2013 Austin Critics’ Table Awards

5:44 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

A crowd of several hundred cheered winners of the Austin Critics’ Table Awards Monday night at the Cap City Comedy Club Monday. The awards — given by an informal group of arts writers from the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle — celebrate outstanding achievement in a variety of categories across the arts...
“Con/Juntos,” Mexic-Arte’s 18th annual Young Latino Artists

5:42 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Artist and award-winning independent curator Michael Anthony Garcia was tapped to organize this year’s Young Latino Artist exhibit, in its 18th iteration at Mexic-Arte Museum. Garcia’s “Con/Juntos” — “With/Together” — gathers emerging artists from around Texas. To give a new twist to the show...
Blanton hosts artists panel, sneak peek of “Lifelike” exhibit

5:37 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

In advance of ” Lifelike,” a new exhibit the Blanton Museum of Art is hosting a free panel discussion with several of the exhibit artist followed by a sneak peek of the exhibition before it officially opens to the public. The event is part of the Blanton’s monthly “Third Thursday,” a free evening slate of programs...
Elisabet Ney Museum reopens

5:36 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

After nine months of renovation, the Elisabet Ney Museum is open. The former home and studio of the German-born sculptor Elisabet Ney, the limestone building is singular piece of vernacular architecture. After an illustrious career in Germany sculpting the likes of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Otto von Bismarck, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jacob...
“The Austin Wall” unveiling and other public art openings

5:34 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Beginning with today’s unveiling party for “The Austin Wall,” several new public art projects are ready for their close up. “The Austin Wall,” U.S. Federal Courthouse, 501 W. Fifth St. When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ross will give his remarks at 7 p.m. Measuring a whopping 28 feet square and weighing some 5,840...
Texas Women for the Arts awards $200,000 in grants statewide

5:33 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Texas Women for the Arts today announced its 10 newest grantees, which include Austin arts organizations Blanton Museum of Art and Anthropos Art. Ten arts organizations across Texas were award a total of $200,000 in grants. In Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art was awarded $12,000 for the “Second Sundays: Free for All” a pilot...
‘Lieutenant of Inishmore’ extended through June 29

5:32 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Due to popular demand, Capital T’s current production of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” has been extended to June 29. The very dark comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has been selling out at Hyde Park Theatre. The American-Statesman reviewer called the show a “Tarantino-esque jubilee of gore.” “The...
Last chance for “Not How It Happened”

5:31 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Saturday June 22 is the last day to catch “Not How It Happened,” the beguiling exhibit at Tiny Park Gallery featuring the collaborative work of Jason Creps and Joel Ross. The Illinois-based artists rambunctiously toy with language and its interpretation, stealthly and anonymously installing signs with ambiguous phrases in public...
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