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Charles Umlauf eagle flies home to Austin sculpture garden
 Does anyone remember the eagle that stood at First Federal Plaza in front of an angled, mirror-clad office building opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral at 208 E. 10th St.? Well, the Charles Umlauf sculpture, originally unveiled June 18, 1968, landed on Sept. 11 on its natural turf at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. According to the...

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Does anyone remember the eagle that stood at First Federal Plaza in front of an angled, mirror-clad office building opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral at 208 E. 10th St.? Well, the Charles Umlauf sculpture, originally unveiled June 18, 1968, landed on Sept. 11 on its natural turf at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. According to the...
Best parties as Austin’s social season gains momentum
 Nobody said it would be socially quiet this time of year in Austin.  Sept. 21-24: 
            “Belonging: Part 1” from Blue Lapis Light. Seaholm District Plaza. Sept. 21-28: 
            Tribeza Style Week. Stateside Theater and Fair Market. Sept. 22-23: 
            Rhythm Runway Show and Jewel Ball for Women&rsquo...

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Nobody said it would be socially quiet this time of year in Austin. Sept. 21-24:  “Belonging: Part 1” from Blue Lapis Light. Seaholm District Plaza. Sept. 21-28:  Tribeza Style Week. Stateside Theater and Fair Market. Sept. 22-23:  Rhythm Runway Show and Jewel Ball for Women&rsquo...
WATCH: Very rare film footage of JFK’s 1963 motorcade in San Antonio
 Tim Hamblin of the 
            Austin History Center shared this rare silent film footage of
             John F. Kennedy‘s motorcade taken in San Antonio on Nov. 21, 1963, the day before the president’s assassination in Dallas. Of course the
            presidential party was scheduled to arrive in Austin later on Nov. 22. [youtube=http...

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Tim Hamblin of the Austin History Center shared this rare silent film footage of John F. Kennedy‘s motorcade taken in San Antonio on Nov. 21, 1963, the day before the president’s assassination in Dallas. Of course the presidential party was scheduled to arrive in Austin later on Nov. 22. [youtube=http...
Hats off to the James Armstrong Celebration of Life
 Artists know how to celebrate even in mourning. A tribute to major benefactor James Armstrong was every bit as compelling as a show staged by one of the outstanding arts groups represented on the stage of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. First, the flowers, which were everywhere and overwhelmingly beautiful. Then the crowd, which...

Posted: 3 days ago

Artists know how to celebrate even in mourning. A tribute to major benefactor James Armstrong was every bit as compelling as a show staged by one of the outstanding arts groups represented on the stage of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. First, the flowers, which were everywhere and overwhelmingly beautiful. Then the crowd, which...
Come back to the cabaret at the University of Texas
 Twenty years ago, cabaret as an art form seemed ready to take hold in Austin. Thanks especially to the late and terribly missed Karen Kuykendall and her surviving yet geographically relocated stage partner, Sterling Price-McKinney, as well as stellar standouts such as the deceased Joe York, Karen Kohler and others, this intense, intimate...

Posted: 4 days ago

Twenty years ago, cabaret as an art form seemed ready to take hold in Austin. Thanks especially to the late and terribly missed Karen Kuykendall and her surviving yet geographically relocated stage partner, Sterling Price-McKinney, as well as stellar standouts such as the deceased Joe York, Karen Kohler and others, this intense, intimate...
Hats off to James Armstrong Celebration and Building Healthy Futures
 Clarity. Efficiency. Effectiveness. The 
            Building Healthy Futures luncheon that benefits 
            AIDS Services of Austin glorifies these virtues. Mary Herr Tally and Scott Ballard at ASA’s Building Healthy Futures luncheon. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Start with the simple cards that share...

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Clarity. Efficiency. Effectiveness. The  Building Healthy Futures luncheon that benefits  AIDS Services of Austin glorifies these virtues. Mary Herr Tally and Scott Ballard at ASA’s Building Healthy Futures luncheon. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Start with the simple cards that share...
Looks like we have a winner in the 1950 Austin cafe puzzle
 Almost 15,000 readers so far have doted on the snappy image provided by Lawrence Da Silva and posted on the Austin Found blog. It shows a split-level downtown Austin cafe photographed in 1950 by Neal Douglass. It was marked with a notation: “Manhattan General Hotel Supply.” Initial guesses of the actual cafe ranged from the Picadilly...

Posted: 7 days ago

Almost 15,000 readers so far have doted on the snappy image provided by Lawrence Da Silva and posted on the Austin Found blog. It shows a split-level downtown Austin cafe photographed in 1950 by Neal Douglass. It was marked with a notation: “Manhattan General Hotel Supply.” Initial guesses of the actual cafe ranged from the Picadilly...
Charles Umlauf eagle flies home to sculpture garden
 Does anyone remember the eagle that stood in the 
            First Federal Plaza, in front of an angled, mirror-clad office building opposite 
            St. Mary’s Cathedral at 208 E. 10th St.? Well, the 
            Charles Umlauf sculpture, unveiled June 18, 1968, recently landed on its natural turf the ...

Posted: 7 days ago

Does anyone remember the eagle that stood in the  First Federal Plaza, in front of an angled, mirror-clad office building opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral at 208 E. 10th St.? Well, the  Charles Umlauf sculpture, unveiled June 18, 1968, recently landed on its natural turf the ...
Hurricane Harvey inspires a Broadway response in Houston
 Just returned from Houston. My large family’s experience with 
            Hurricane Harvey mirrored the wide range felt by other Houstonians. Some weathered heavy damage; others helped out those in need. Contributed by UPI You probably have already seen this video, but at least two of my siblings’ neighborhoods looked a lot like...

Posted: 7 days ago

Just returned from Houston. My large family’s experience with Hurricane Harvey mirrored the wide range felt by other Houstonians. Some weathered heavy damage; others helped out those in need. Contributed by UPI You probably have already seen this video, but at least two of my siblings’ neighborhoods looked a lot like...
Best Austin parties for this weekend in September
 The social and arts seasons are revving up quite nicely this weekend. Sept. 14: 
            Words of Hope for Caritas. JW Marriott. Sept. 14: 
            Filigree Theatre Gala. Springdale Station. Ballet Austin’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Contributed Sept.
             15-17: 
            Ballet Austin’s...

Posted: 9 days ago

The social and arts seasons are revving up quite nicely this weekend. Sept. 14:  Words of Hope for Caritas. JW Marriott. Sept. 14:  Filigree Theatre Gala. Springdale Station. Ballet Austin’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Contributed Sept. 15-17:  Ballet Austin’s...
Are you ready for a real American Freestyle Bullfight?
 What’s American Freestyle Bullfighting? Austin is about to find out. Professional bullfighter Dusty Tuckness, of Meeteetse, Wyo., is tossed in the air by bull Kid Twist as rider Wesley Silcox,
               of Santaquin, Utah, scrambles for safety during the third go-round bull riding event at the Wrangler national finals rodeo
  ...

Posted: 9 days ago

What’s American Freestyle Bullfighting? Austin is about to find out. Professional bullfighter Dusty Tuckness, of Meeteetse, Wyo., is tossed in the air by bull Kid Twist as rider Wesley Silcox, of Santaquin, Utah, scrambles for safety during the third go-round bull riding event at the Wrangler national finals rodeo ...
Tasty Authentic Mexico and windy Ice Ball
 It is good to be reminded that 
            Authentic Mexico started out with food and the people who make it. From the beginning, this benefit for the 
            Hispanic Alliance has presented interior Mexican cuisine cooked up by top international chefs as well as local leaders. It has always included
            an informative...

Posted: 10 days ago

It is good to be reminded that  Authentic Mexico started out with food and the people who make it. From the beginning, this benefit for the Hispanic Alliance has presented interior Mexican cuisine cooked up by top international chefs as well as local leaders. It has always included an informative...
Help build a cool Patrick Dougherty sculpture in Pease Park
 What a rush: 
            Pease Park Conservancy has put out a call for volunteers to help build a major sculpture in the park in January, 2018. Patrick Dougherty’s “Easy Rider” (2010). Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. Contributed by Andy Lynch Designed by renowned artist 
            Patrick Dougherty, this will be...

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What a rush:  Pease Park Conservancy has put out a call for volunteers to help build a major sculpture in the park in January, 2018. Patrick Dougherty’s “Easy Rider” (2010). Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. Contributed by Andy Lynch Designed by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty, this will be...
Frisky new Austin theater company Filigree debuts
 The 
            Filigree Theatre is the latest addition to Austin’s mushrooming arts community. Led by 
            Elizabeth V. Newman and 
            Stephanie Moore, it will hit the ground right away with a gala fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 
            Springdale Station.  Back in the 1990s, Austin launched...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Filigree Theatre is the latest addition to Austin’s mushrooming arts community. Led by  Elizabeth V. Newman and  Stephanie Moore, it will hit the ground right away with a gala fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 14 at  Springdale Station. Back in the 1990s, Austin launched...
Paying homage to the Big Give and Texas 4000 Tribute Gala
 Just about every Austin nonprofit of a certain size fields a young leaders group or stages a giving event geared for young
            backers. Few feel as authentic or as lively as the 
            Big Give from 
            I Live Here I Give Here. New neon at the Big Give. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Credit Executive Director ...

Posted: 13 days ago

Just about every Austin nonprofit of a certain size fields a young leaders group or stages a giving event geared for young backers. Few feel as authentic or as lively as the  Big Give from I Live Here I Give Here. New neon at the Big Give. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Credit Executive Director ...
Don’t miss this final Romeo from Paul Michael Bloodgood at Ballet Austin
 Paul Michael Bloodgood is a prince. He’s a family man. He’s a superb dancer.  And he’s dancing his last Romeo with 
            Ballet Austin on Sept. 15 and Sept 17. This “Romeo and Juliet” is propelled by the kinetic music of 
            Sergei Prokofiev played by the 
           ...

Posted: 13 days ago

Paul Michael Bloodgood is a prince. He’s a family man. He’s a superb dancer. And he’s dancing his last Romeo with  Ballet Austin on Sept. 15 and Sept 17. This “Romeo and Juliet” is propelled by the kinetic music of  Sergei Prokofiev played by the  ...
More than 100 years of Austin Symphony history revealed in archives
 How do we know that 15 pieces prepared for 
            
               Austin Symphony‘s new seaso
            n likely have never been played before by the ensemble? We answer that question in today’s newspaper. READ FULL STORY HERE. A reproduction of the first Austin Symphony program from 1911 alongside the group&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

How do we know that 15 pieces prepared for  Austin Symphony‘s new seaso n likely have never been played before by the ensemble? We answer that question in today’s newspaper. READ FULL STORY HERE. A reproduction of the first Austin Symphony program from 1911 alongside the group&rsquo...
Where to get your antebellum history in Austin
 “They are erasing our history!” Not quite. When Confederate statues are removed from places of honor, or prominent street names are changed, the history remains.
            And it’s more accessible than you might think. The Neill-Cochran House was built in 1855. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman A good place to start...

Posted: 16 days ago

“They are erasing our history!” Not quite. When Confederate statues are removed from places of honor, or prominent street names are changed, the history remains. And it’s more accessible than you might think. The Neill-Cochran House was built in 1855. Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman A good place to start...
Singer Gabrielle Stravelli jazzes up Austin Cabaret Theatre
 This is totally last minute, but singer 
            Gabrielle Stravelli stops by the Sterling Center to perform for 
            
               Austin Cabaret Theatre
             on Thursday.  I’ve been listening to Stravelli’s CD “Dream Ago” obsessively for the past couple of days. It’s been a long...

Posted: 16 days ago

This is totally last minute, but singer  Gabrielle Stravelli stops by the Sterling Center to perform for Austin Cabaret Theatre on Thursday. I’ve been listening to Stravelli’s CD “Dream Ago” obsessively for the past couple of days. It’s been a long...
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