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Michael Barnes

Social columnist

Michael Barnes writes about Austin's people, places, culture and history. He also writes the Out and About social column and blog.

Latest from Michael Barnes

Time to plan your fall season at the Long Center
A picture of Austin’s fall arts season is falling into place. The latest booking news is from the Long Center for the Performing Aarts.

Posted: 11 hours ago

A picture of Austin’s fall arts season is falling into place. The latest booking news is from the Long Center for the Performing Aarts.
Best Texas books to read in June 2017
 We’ve learned more about the Nueces River, Texas birding, a standout West Texas Congressman, the King Ranch and Texas swimming holes.  “The Nueces River: Rio Escondido.” Margie Crisp with artwork by William B. Montgomery. Texas A&M Press. Much admired Texas artist and naturalist Margie Crisp made quite a splash with...

Posted: a day ago

We’ve learned more about the Nueces River, Texas birding, a standout West Texas Congressman, the King Ranch and Texas swimming holes. “The Nueces River: Rio Escondido.” Margie Crisp with artwork by William B. Montgomery. Texas A&M Press. Much admired Texas artist and naturalist Margie Crisp made quite a splash with...
How Austin popularized Tex-Mex food
Now the landscape of Austin will speak for itself. The Downtown Austin Alliance in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has embarked on a series of interpretive ventures — online for now, with a street presence planned for later —  about the city’s natural and man-made environments.

Posted: a day ago

Now the landscape of Austin will speak for itself. The Downtown Austin Alliance in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has embarked on a series of interpretive ventures — online for now, with a street presence planned for later —  about the city’s natural and man-made environments.
Austin recovers one of its identities in Rosedale
 As they had done countless times before, the friends convened one morning at the Rosedale School on West 49th Street. Forrest Preece, John Akin and Richard “Dick” Peterson’s roots plunge deep into this Austin neighborhood of cottages, shops, parks, medical offices and, increasingly, more upscale homes. Strung along two angled...

Posted: a day ago

As they had done countless times before, the friends convened one morning at the Rosedale School on West 49th Street. Forrest Preece, John Akin and Richard “Dick” Peterson’s roots plunge deep into this Austin neighborhood of cottages, shops, parks, medical offices and, increasingly, more upscale homes. Strung along two angled...
Jeanette Nassour left $4 million to Austin arts and other efforts
 The late Jeanette Nassour, who owned the Cadeau gift shop on the Drag with her husband, Ferris Nassour, left more than $4 million in her will to arts, faith and education groups, almost all in Austin. She died on June 30, 2016. The biggest beneficiary was Austin Opera, which received almost $1.7 million, according to Cindy Stone, her close...

Posted: 4 days ago

The late Jeanette Nassour, who owned the Cadeau gift shop on the Drag with her husband, Ferris Nassour, left more than $4 million in her will to arts, faith and education groups, almost all in Austin. She died on June 30, 2016. The biggest beneficiary was Austin Opera, which received almost $1.7 million, according to Cindy Stone, her close...
Salute the late Boyd Vance at city hall
I recall a downtown Austin leadership luncheon near the turn of the century that was populated chiefly by men and women in business suits.

Posted: 4 days ago

I recall a downtown Austin leadership luncheon near the turn of the century that was populated chiefly by men and women in business suits.
A proposal for downtown Austin from the 1970s
 Few Austinites have cultivated downtown real estate, development and urban planning contacts as meticulously as Jude Galligan, whose blog, Towers, edited by James Rambin, regularly informs us about the past, present and future of downtown Austin. It was Rambin who recently uncovered an article published in the American-Statesman in 1976 about...

Posted: 5 days ago

Few Austinites have cultivated downtown real estate, development and urban planning contacts as meticulously as Jude Galligan, whose blog, Towers, edited by James Rambin, regularly informs us about the past, present and future of downtown Austin. It was Rambin who recently uncovered an article published in the American-Statesman in 1976 about...
NEA dispatches almost $500,000 to Austin arts
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced almost $83 million in grants nationwide.

Posted: 8 days ago

The National Endowment for the Arts today announced almost $83 million in grants nationwide.