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Let the summer Austin shows and parties begin!
We’ll count this as the first week of summer in Austin. Sure feels like it outside. And we’ve got shows and parties to launch you into that first warm week.

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We’ll count this as the first week of summer in Austin. Sure feels like it outside. And we’ve got shows and parties to launch you into that first warm week.
The day the Comanches returned to Austin
 We live on the the eastern edge of the Comancheria, the empire controlled by the Comanche people for hundreds of years until the late 19th century. “Many a story of early Austin involved raids in which the Indians made good their escape to the mountains west of town,” history advocate Richard Denney writes in an article for an...

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We live on the the eastern edge of the Comancheria, the empire controlled by the Comanche people for hundreds of years until the late 19th century. “Many a story of early Austin involved raids in which the Indians made good their escape to the mountains west of town,” history advocate Richard Denney writes in an article for an...
Behold: The 2017 Austin Critics Table Awards nominees
 More than two decades ago, a half dozen ink-stained wretches sat down over obligatory martinis at a 24-hour deli to honor Austin artists. Thus was born the Austin Critics Table Awards, which return to Cap City Comedy Club on Monday, June 5.  During the intervening years, artists, critics and award categories have come and gone. One constant...

Posted: 5 days ago

More than two decades ago, a half dozen ink-stained wretches sat down over obligatory martinis at a 24-hour deli to honor Austin artists. Thus was born the Austin Critics Table Awards, which return to Cap City Comedy Club on Monday, June 5. During the intervening years, artists, critics and award categories have come and gone. One constant...
It’s the end of the ‘Brack’ era
 A lot of babies were born and patients treated during Brackenridge Hospital’s 133-year run, which comes to an end Sunday, May 21. That’s the day all patients will be moved by ambulance from what many Austinites call “Brack” — the current, blocky structure was built in phases between 1969 and 1984 — across...

Posted: 8 days ago

A lot of babies were born and patients treated during Brackenridge Hospital’s 133-year run, which comes to an end Sunday, May 21. That’s the day all patients will be moved by ambulance from what many Austinites call “Brack” — the current, blocky structure was built in phases between 1969 and 1984 — across...
133 YEARS: Austin bids farewell to Brackenridge Hospital
 Jane Dryden Louis retains more memories of the Brackenridge Hospital emergency room than she does of the house in Wilshire Woods where she grew up. That is because for decades her father, Dr. Bud Dryden, was the one of the public hospital’s most loyal physicians. “We never went anywhere without stopping at the emergency room at...

Posted: 8 days ago

Jane Dryden Louis retains more memories of the Brackenridge Hospital emergency room than she does of the house in Wilshire Woods where she grew up. That is because for decades her father, Dr. Bud Dryden, was the one of the public hospital’s most loyal physicians. “We never went anywhere without stopping at the emergency room at...
Austin bids farewell to Brackenridge Hospital after 133 years
 Jane Dryden Louis retains more memories of the Brackenridge Hospital emergency room than she does of the house in Wilshire Woods where she grew up. That is because for decades her father, Dr. Bud Dryden, was the one of the public hospital’s most loyal physicians. “We never went anywhere without stopping at the emergency room at...

Posted: 10 days ago

Jane Dryden Louis retains more memories of the Brackenridge Hospital emergency room than she does of the house in Wilshire Woods where she grew up. That is because for decades her father, Dr. Bud Dryden, was the one of the public hospital’s most loyal physicians. “We never went anywhere without stopping at the emergency room at...
Facebook to the rescue of 1974 photo taken on Austin’s Sixth Street
 The power of Facebook: Within minutes, a posted street photograph taken more than 40 years ago on Austin’s Sixth Street was identified and lionized by multiple readers. We asked: Who is here? This picture came to us from Henry Williams via Debbie Russell as part of her ongoing project to recover the memory of the Old Pecan Street Festival...

Posted: 15 days ago

The power of Facebook: Within minutes, a posted street photograph taken more than 40 years ago on Austin’s Sixth Street was identified and lionized by multiple readers. We asked: Who is here? This picture came to us from Henry Williams via Debbie Russell as part of her ongoing project to recover the memory of the Old Pecan Street Festival...
Gape at more Brack babies, read more of their stories
You’ve seen the earlier samples of Brack babies and their stories, gathered in a sense of history, since the hospital, founded 1884, will close on May 21.

Posted: 16 days ago

You’ve seen the earlier samples of Brack babies and their stories, gathered in a sense of history, since the hospital, founded 1884, will close on May 21.
Send them in: Any Brack baby pictures will do
A clarification: If you were born at Brackenridge Hospital, we want your baby pictures. Any baby pictures to mbarnes@statesman.

Posted: 17 days ago

A clarification: If you were born at Brackenridge Hospital, we want your baby pictures. Any baby pictures to mbarnes@statesman.
No free lunch for People’s Community clinic — and that’s a good thing
 Why does this columnist always stock a reserve of 100 to 150 unbeatable ideas for future newspaper articles? Because I go out and meet the most interesting Austinites and they tell me their stories. It’s that simple. Their tales don’t usually appear in these short, timely social posts, but they almost always land in the paper...

Posted: 18 days ago

Why does this columnist always stock a reserve of 100 to 150 unbeatable ideas for future newspaper articles? Because I go out and meet the most interesting Austinites and they tell me their stories. It’s that simple. Their tales don’t usually appear in these short, timely social posts, but they almost always land in the paper...
The day the Comanches returned to Austin
We live on the the eastern edge of the Comancheria, the empire controlled by the Comanche people for hundreds of years until the late 19th century.

Posted: 18 days ago

We live on the the eastern edge of the Comancheria, the empire controlled by the Comanche people for hundreds of years until the late 19th century.
One last blast of Austin parties and shows for May
 Wait! The spring social and arts seasons are not over. We blend together the last bast of events here. May 8-10: Texas Women for the Arts from the Texas Cultural Trust. Various locations.  May 11: Due West for West Austin Studio Tour. Dougherty Arts Center. May 11: 70th Birthday Bash for Barton Springs Bathhouse. Driskill...

Posted: 19 days ago

Wait! The spring social and arts seasons are not over. We blend together the last bast of events here. May 8-10: Texas Women for the Arts from the Texas Cultural Trust. Various locations. May 11: Due West for West Austin Studio Tour. Dougherty Arts Center. May 11: 70th Birthday Bash for Barton Springs Bathhouse. Driskill...
Are you a Brack Baby? Send us your pictures and stories
 On May 21, patients will move ceremoniously from University Medical Center Brackenridge by ambulance across East 15th Street to the state-of-the-science Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. Meanwhile, we are gathering historical notes on Brack — first opened in 1884 — assembling a timeline, making a video, creating...

Posted: 22 days ago

On May 21, patients will move ceremoniously from University Medical Center Brackenridge by ambulance across East 15th Street to the state-of-the-science Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. Meanwhile, we are gathering historical notes on Brack — first opened in 1884 — assembling a timeline, making a video, creating...
Mapping 21 Central Austin Hospitals Past & Present
On May 21, patients will move by ambulance from University Medical Center at Brackenridge across East 15th Street to the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.

Posted: 22 days ago

On May 21, patients will move by ambulance from University Medical Center at Brackenridge across East 15th Street to the new Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.
I want to see virtually every show in Texas Performing Arts’ next season
 Nine years ago, I told Kathy Panoff, then incoming director of Texas Performing Arts, that she was a “firecracker.” Well, she’s still lighting up the sky. Tonight on the Bass Concert Hall stage at the University of Texas, she sent up blazing bottle rockets for her group’s 2017-2018...

Posted: 23 days ago

Nine years ago, I told Kathy Panoff, then incoming director of Texas Performing Arts, that she was a “firecracker.” Well, she’s still lighting up the sky. Tonight on the Bass Concert Hall stage at the University of Texas, she sent up blazing bottle rockets for her group’s 2017-2018...
NEW: Incredible 1940s film of Austin rodeo, circus, streetcars and snow
 There’s no audio, but you will be amazed at the picture quality in these some of short movie clips of Austin rodeo, circus, snow and streetcars from 1941 and 1942. [youtube=] The excellent Tim Hamblin over at the Austin History Center just posted this 14-minute treasure on Youtube moments ago.

Posted: 23 days ago

There’s no audio, but you will be amazed at the picture quality in these some of short movie clips of Austin rodeo, circus, snow and streetcars from 1941 and 1942. [youtube=] The excellent Tim Hamblin over at the Austin History Center just posted this 14-minute treasure on Youtube moments ago.
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