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Play about professor with cancer is a moving look at death and how we live
 The 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Wit” was the first and only play written by Margaret Edson, who has otherwise spent
            her career working as an elementary school teacher. That educational drive shines through in “Wit”, a moving meditation on
            death, and is a driving force behind the Austin...

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The 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Wit” was the first and only play written by Margaret Edson, who has otherwise spent her career working as an elementary school teacher. That educational drive shines through in “Wit”, a moving meditation on death, and is a driving force behind the Austin...
‘There and Back’ looks at history of immigration through one woman’s life
 Any narrative of the history of U.S. immigration that culminates in 2018 seemingly must, by necessity, end in heartbreak and
            tragedy. The world premiere of Austinite Raul Garza’s new play “There and Back” at Ground Floor Theatre, though, paints an intimate
            portrait of the issue that chooses a different...

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Any narrative of the history of U.S. immigration that culminates in 2018 seemingly must, by necessity, end in heartbreak and tragedy. The world premiere of Austinite Raul Garza’s new play “There and Back” at Ground Floor Theatre, though, paints an intimate portrait of the issue that chooses a different...
Five places that are actually hotter than Austin today
 Listen, folks: It’s Austin. It’s July. IT IS GOING TO BE HOT. It is going to be hot for several more months. Best to just hunker down, find some air conditioning or a large water feature and get used to it. But I’ll grant you, it is particularly hot right now. Austin is under an excessive heat warning today with an expected...

Posted: 22 days ago

Listen, folks: It’s Austin. It’s July. IT IS GOING TO BE HOT. It is going to be hot for several more months. Best to just hunker down, find some air conditioning or a large water feature and get used to it. But I’ll grant you, it is particularly hot right now. Austin is under an excessive heat warning today with an expected...
Zach Theatre brings an animated favorite to life in a big way
 The finale of Zach Theatre’s 2017-18 mainstage season is its splashiest show yet, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” This stage
            adaptation of the 1991 Disney animated classic (the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best picture)
            has always been a bold, flashy venture...

Posted: 24 days ago

The finale of Zach Theatre’s 2017-18 mainstage season is its splashiest show yet, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” This stage adaptation of the 1991 Disney animated classic (the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best picture) has always been a bold, flashy venture...
WATCH: Austin artist creates colorful grackle mural as part of Capital Metro project
 Heat, beeping buses and squawking real-life grackles couldn’t keep artist Christy Stallop from her mission: to paint a luchador grackle mural as part of the Capital Metro Art Boxes project, in which Central Texas artists create custom installations on utility boxes near MetroRapid stations. Stallop says she was “a huge fan of...

Posted: 25 days ago

Heat, beeping buses and squawking real-life grackles couldn’t keep artist Christy Stallop from her mission: to paint a luchador grackle mural as part of the Capital Metro Art Boxes project, in which Central Texas artists create custom installations on utility boxes near MetroRapid stations. Stallop says she was “a huge fan of...
‘Grease’ is the word if you want a nostalgia-filled romp
 TexArts is something of a unique animal among Austin theater companies — a nonprofit organization that focuses equally on
            training and education of young theater artists and on producing professional musical theater. With their newest show, “Grease,”
            the company has combined these two missions in...

Posted: 28 days ago

TexArts is something of a unique animal among Austin theater companies — a nonprofit organization that focuses equally on training and education of young theater artists and on producing professional musical theater. With their newest show, “Grease,” the company has combined these two missions in...
Contemporary Austin gets $100,000 grant from Warhol Foundation
 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the Contemporary Austin a $100,000 grant for the Austin museum’s
            fall 2019 exhibition, “The Sorcerer’s Burden.” The grant is part of $3.6 million that the foundation gave out to 42 cultural
            organizations across the country earlier this...

5:38 PM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the Contemporary Austin a $100,000 grant for the Austin museum’s fall 2019 exhibition, “The Sorcerer’s Burden.” The grant is part of $3.6 million that the foundation gave out to 42 cultural organizations across the country earlier this...
Hyde Park Theater does compelling job with a frustrating text
 In a recent episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, actor Paul Rudd spoke about his admiration for comedian Andy Kaufman’s
            mixture of provocative performance art and stand-up comedy, including early routines in which Kaufman would come out on stage,
            eat potatoes and go to sleep as his entire...

7:56 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

In a recent episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, actor Paul Rudd spoke about his admiration for comedian Andy Kaufman’s mixture of provocative performance art and stand-up comedy, including early routines in which Kaufman would come out on stage, eat potatoes and go to sleep as his entire...
Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin
 Austin has another film festival. The inaugural Contrast Film Festival wants to put the spotlight on “boundary-pushing, genre-defying and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female and queer artists,” according to its website. The event, which kicks off July 20, includes films ranging from 2018’s “Shakedown&rdquo...

4:00 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Austin has another film festival. The inaugural Contrast Film Festival wants to put the spotlight on “boundary-pushing, genre-defying and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female and queer artists,” according to its website. The event, which kicks off July 20, includes films ranging from 2018’s “Shakedown&rdquo...
In a play about uncertainty, one thing is certain: These actors are fantastic
 “We hold very different perspectives on experiences we imagine we’re sharing.” So speaks Alex, one of two characters in Simon
            Stephens’ “Heisenberg.” It’s a line that serves as the perfect summation of the play’s themes, and Zach Theatre’s new production
            plays off...

6:57 PM Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2018

“We hold very different perspectives on experiences we imagine we’re sharing.” So speaks Alex, one of two characters in Simon Stephens’ “Heisenberg.” It’s a line that serves as the perfect summation of the play’s themes, and Zach Theatre’s new production plays off...
Have some cheesy good fun with ‘The Book of Liz’
 Siblings Amy and David Sedaris may not be best known as playwrights, but writing together as “The Talent Family” they have
            co-authored several comedic scripts, including “The Book of Liz,” which is running through June 30 at Trinity Street Theatre,
            courtesy of Different Stages. “The Book...

2:05 PM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

Siblings Amy and David Sedaris may not be best known as playwrights, but writing together as “The Talent Family” they have co-authored several comedic scripts, including “The Book of Liz,” which is running through June 30 at Trinity Street Theatre, courtesy of Different Stages. “The Book...
What is love? ‘The Afterparty’ looks at how art and science influence our deepest questions
 When the universe ends, is it also the end of love? Is being taken up into the stars by the gods a reward or a punishment?
            How do science, poetry and the cosmos interweave meaningfully in human lives? These are the questions raised by playwright Reina Hardy in the world premiere of “The Afterparty,” produced by Shrewd...

3:18 PM Monday, Jun. 25, 2018

When the universe ends, is it also the end of love? Is being taken up into the stars by the gods a reward or a punishment? How do science, poetry and the cosmos interweave meaningfully in human lives? These are the questions raised by playwright Reina Hardy in the world premiere of “The Afterparty,” produced by Shrewd...
Summer reading list: Books we’re rescuing from the shelf
 One of my favorite things about summer when I was growing up was our library’s summer reading program. Each year, I dutifully filled out a log of the books I read (heavy on Nancy Drew mysteries) to earn coupons for Dairy Queen treats. I’m still a voracious reader, but with work, family and the lure of my Netflix queue, it&rsquo...

3:00 PM Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

One of my favorite things about summer when I was growing up was our library’s summer reading program. Each year, I dutifully filled out a log of the books I read (heavy on Nancy Drew mysteries) to earn coupons for Dairy Queen treats. I’m still a voracious reader, but with work, family and the lure of my Netflix queue, it&rsquo...
‘Little Bird’ looks at ways young women are looked at by men
 “Little Bird,” a new play by Nicole Oglesby now playing at the Dougherty Arts Center, is only the second production from one
            of Austin’s newest theater companies, the Heartland Theatre Collective. Formed by Oglesby and Marian Kansas (who directs “Little
            Bird”) after they graduated from...

7:03 PM Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

“Little Bird,” a new play by Nicole Oglesby now playing at the Dougherty Arts Center, is only the second production from one of Austin’s newest theater companies, the Heartland Theatre Collective. Formed by Oglesby and Marian Kansas (who directs “Little Bird”) after they graduated from...
Shakespeare in Round Rock: Free family fun for a summer night
 ‘Tis the season for theater under the stars, and Penfold Theatre continues its tradition of bringing outdoor productions to
            Round Rock with “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing for free through June 23 at the Round Rock Amphitheater. Contributed by Kimberley Mead At first blush, a bit of Shakespeare might not seem...

2:04 PM Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2018

‘Tis the season for theater under the stars, and Penfold Theatre continues its tradition of bringing outdoor productions to Round Rock with “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing for free through June 23 at the Round Rock Amphitheater. Contributed by Kimberley Mead At first blush, a bit of Shakespeare might not seem...
Little-known musical ‘Lucky Stiff’ comes alive with comedic bits
 The team of writer/lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty have together produced some classics of musical theater
            over the past three decades, including shows such as “Ragtime,” “Once on this Island” and the current Broadway production
            of “Anastasia.” Their first collaboration...

6:04 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

The team of writer/lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty have together produced some classics of musical theater over the past three decades, including shows such as “Ragtime,” “Once on this Island” and the current Broadway production of “Anastasia.” Their first collaboration...
Broadway in Austin’s ‘An American in Paris’ is a spectacular production of a dated story
 The 1951 movie musical “An American in Paris” — starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with music and songs by George and Ira
            Gershwin — is a film classic that was adapted into a Broadway musical just a few years ago. Though the show closed in 2016,
            it lives on in the form of a national tour...

2:03 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

The 1951 movie musical “An American in Paris” — starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with music and songs by George and Ira Gershwin — is a film classic that was adapted into a Broadway musical just a few years ago. Though the show closed in 2016, it lives on in the form of a national tour...
ATX TV fest once again bringing free ‘Parks and Recreation’ screening and party to Austin
 Li’l Sebastian (well, a reasonable facsimile) is coming back to town. For the second year, the ATX Television Festival is holding an outdoor screening of “Parks and Recreation,” complete with music, food and drink and other Pawnee Harvest Festival fun. The June 8 event at Hotel San Jose (1316 S. Congress Ave.) is free and...

5:08 PM Wednesday, May. 30, 2018

Li’l Sebastian (well, a reasonable facsimile) is coming back to town. For the second year, the ATX Television Festival is holding an outdoor screening of “Parks and Recreation,” complete with music, food and drink and other Pawnee Harvest Festival fun. The June 8 event at Hotel San Jose (1316 S. Congress Ave.) is free and...
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