Sharon Chapman

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Sharon Chapman is features editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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Holiday events that will get your season started right away
 The holiday season in Central Texas gets into full swing this weekend. Once you put away those turkey leftovers, get ready to fa la la la la with your family and friends. Here’s a look at some of the places where you can make merry before the calendar turns to December. Mozart’s Christmas Light Show. The annual spectacular at...

Posted: 9 hours ago

The holiday season in Central Texas gets into full swing this weekend. Once you put away those turkey leftovers, get ready to fa la la la la with your family and friends. Here’s a look at some of the places where you can make merry before the calendar turns to December. Mozart’s Christmas Light Show. The annual spectacular at...
Japandroids fill Emo’s with anthems at rescheduled Sound On Sound Festival show
 There’s something to be said for having the right setting. And while Canadian indie rock duo Japandroids probably would have availed themselves perfectly well outdoors at this year’s
            never-to-be Sound On Sound Festival, it’s hard to think of a better time and place for their undeniable anthems than the dark
...

Posted: 7 days ago

There’s something to be said for having the right setting. And while Canadian indie rock duo Japandroids probably would have availed themselves perfectly well outdoors at this year’s never-to-be Sound On Sound Festival, it’s hard to think of a better time and place for their undeniable anthems than the dark ...
The Shins push boundaries in rescheduled Sound on Sound Fest show at Emo’s
 For just over 75 minutes on Sunday night, James Mercer – who at this point in his career is the human being of most consequence
            behind indie rock heroes the Shins – gave a clinic on the many ways a songwriter can transform their material while still
            pleasing a close to sold-out crowd. The Shins play Sunday...

Posted: 7 days ago

For just over 75 minutes on Sunday night, James Mercer – who at this point in his career is the human being of most consequence behind indie rock heroes the Shins – gave a clinic on the many ways a songwriter can transform their material while still pleasing a close to sold-out crowd. The Shins play Sunday...
Young cast shines in somewhat updated, still problematic ‘Crucible’
 Arthur Miller’s classic work of modernist drama, “The Crucible,” has been in vogue of late, thanks to its resonance with what
            many people (especially those in the theatrical community) view as the resurgence of an oppressive, authoritative theocracy
            in our country. This renewed interest has certainly...

Posted: 10 days ago

Arthur Miller’s classic work of modernist drama, “The Crucible,” has been in vogue of late, thanks to its resonance with what many people (especially those in the theatrical community) view as the resurgence of an oppressive, authoritative theocracy in our country. This renewed interest has certainly...
Gothic drama meets David Lynch in Hyde Park Theatre’s ‘The Moors’
 Jen Silverman’s “The Moors” is a play that unfolds new layers with almost every scene. What seemingly begins as a morosely
            tinged Victorian drawing-room comedy of manners quickly becomes a Gothic horror, and then a darkly comedic farce, a charming-yet-existential
            love story, and, ultimately, a surrealist...

2:29 PM Sunday, Jul. 16, 2017

Jen Silverman’s “The Moors” is a play that unfolds new layers with almost every scene. What seemingly begins as a morosely tinged Victorian drawing-room comedy of manners quickly becomes a Gothic horror, and then a darkly comedic farce, a charming-yet-existential love story, and, ultimately, a surrealist...
Zilker Theatre’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is fun for parents and their munchkins
 It’s hard to think of a movie musical more classic or family-friendly than 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz.” The movie, based on
            writer L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” has proven so popular over the decades that it was adapted into
            a stage production by the Royal...

3:35 PM Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

It’s hard to think of a movie musical more classic or family-friendly than 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz.” The movie, based on writer L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” has proven so popular over the decades that it was adapted into a stage production by the Royal...
It’s hot and your dogs are wearing fur coats — here’s how to keep them safe
 My sweet Ginger, who went over the Rainbow Bridge a few months ago, was a former street dog who would lie down and refuse to move once the temps went above 80 (sometimes 75). Most dogs aren’t that savvy (or lazy). And we humans have been known to put our pets in danger in the heat.  We’re hitting triple-digit temps...

5:16 PM Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

My sweet Ginger, who went over the Rainbow Bridge a few months ago, was a former street dog who would lie down and refuse to move once the temps went above 80 (sometimes 75). Most dogs aren’t that savvy (or lazy). And we humans have been known to put our pets in danger in the heat.  We’re hitting triple-digit temps...
UPDATE: Maddie, the terminally ill dog, has found a forever home
 UPDATE: Maddie, the terminally ill dog, has found a forever home! According to Texas Humane Heroes, she was adopted by the “perfect family” on Saturday, June 17. “I haven't had a chance to speak with the family, but I'm hoping they will continue her bucket list and even add to it,” said Christine...

3:51 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

UPDATE: Maddie, the terminally ill dog, has found a forever home! According to Texas Humane Heroes, she was adopted by the “perfect family” on Saturday, June 17. “I haven't had a chance to speak with the family, but I'm hoping they will continue her bucket list and even add to it,” said Christine...
Keri Russell hints at ‘Felicity’ reunion in Austin
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys speak onstage during the ‘The Americans’ panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in 2015.

3:03 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys speak onstage during the ‘The Americans’ panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in 2015.