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Austin Symphony roars through ‘Mighty Russians’
 It started off tentatively and ended magnificently. “The Mighty Russians, Part II,” a full banquet of symphonic music, launched with 
            Tchaikovsky‘s short Piano Concerto No. 3. Soloist 
            Olga Kern, a dazzling presence onstage at the 
            Long Center for the Performing Arts, seemed...

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It started off tentatively and ended magnificently. “The Mighty Russians, Part II,” a full banquet of symphonic music, launched with  Tchaikovsky‘s short Piano Concerto No. 3. Soloist  Olga Kern, a dazzling presence onstage at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, seemed...
Cedar chopper killed 2 on West Monroe Street

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Tales of historical murder and mayhem mean a lot more when they happened on your street. We’re still reading Ken Roberts’ excellent “The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing” (Texas A&M University Press), an account of the clans who lived mostly isolated lives in the Hill Country west and north of Austin. One...
Jill Blackwood is an Austin star for all reasons
 Classic stories aren’t always kind to female characters. But rather than being simply damsels in distress, how these women adapt to their circumstances is how they reveal their initially hidden strengths and wisdom. These are the roles at which Jill Blackwood, Austin’s marquee musical theater actor, excels. Try just these emblematic...

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Classic stories aren’t always kind to female characters. But rather than being simply damsels in distress, how these women adapt to their circumstances is how they reveal their initially hidden strengths and wisdom. These are the roles at which Jill Blackwood, Austin’s marquee musical theater actor, excels. Try just these emblematic...
We pick the 13 Broadway masterpieces of Stephen Sondheim
 Stephen Sondheim is the most important creative artist in American theater history. There, I said it. “Wait a minute,” you object with reason. “What about all the other American playwrights, composers and lyricists whose work is regularly revived and who form a part of our ongoing cultural conversation? Especially those...

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Stephen Sondheim is the most important creative artist in American theater history. There, I said it. “Wait a minute,” you object with reason. “What about all the other American playwrights, composers and lyricists whose work is regularly revived and who form a part of our ongoing cultural conversation? Especially those...
Readers investigate the Molly Awards for the Texas Observer
 We live in a golden age of investigative journalism. Not just the renaissance of political reporting at the federal level. But in-depth articles and investigative packages cascading
            from newspapers such as the American-Statesman, as well as other local, regional and national media. Jack Keyes and Syeda Hasan at the Molly Awards...

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We live in a golden age of investigative journalism. Not just the renaissance of political reporting at the federal level. But in-depth articles and investigative packages cascading from newspapers such as the American-Statesman, as well as other local, regional and national media. Jack Keyes and Syeda Hasan at the Molly Awards...
Season for Caring’s Qusay Hussein graduates at Austin Community College
 In 2006, Qusay Hussein was left for dead after a suicide attack in his native Mosul, Iraq. The explosion blew off his face and left him blind. In 2018, Hussein donned the robes of a recipient of an Austin Community College associate degree and spoke at the graduation ceremony last week about his journey. “Each one of us has something...

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In 2006, Qusay Hussein was left for dead after a suicide attack in his native Mosul, Iraq. The explosion blew off his face and left him blind. In 2018, Hussein donned the robes of a recipient of an Austin Community College associate degree and spoke at the graduation ceremony last week about his journey. “Each one of us has something...
The last time we talked to supreme Broadway artist Stephen Sondheim
 In the occasion of 
               Zach Theatre‘s first fully staged musical by 
               Stephen Sondheim, “Sunday in the Park with George,” which opens May 30, we republish this Nov. 8, 2009 story that includes my interview with
               great man himself.  Stephen Sondheim in 1976. AP Stephen...

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In the occasion of  Zach Theatre‘s first fully staged musical by  Stephen Sondheim, “Sunday in the Park with George,” which opens May 30, we republish this Nov. 8, 2009 story that includes my interview with great man himself.  Stephen Sondheim in 1976. AP Stephen...
Austin won’t ignore Ann Richards School and People’s Community Clinic
 It’s impossible to ignore how composed and accomplished they are. The students from the 
            Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders are the real celebrities during the annual 
            Reach for the Stars benefit for the 
            Ann Richards School Foundation, now held at 
            Four...

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It’s impossible to ignore how composed and accomplished they are. The students from the  Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders are the real celebrities during the annual  Reach for the Stars benefit for the Ann Richards School Foundation, now held at  Four...
Season for Caring client Qusay Hussein graduates from ACC
 In 2006, 
            Qusay Hussein was left for dead after a suicide attack in his native Mosul, Iraq. The explosion blew off his face and left him blind. In 2018, Hussein donned the robes of a recipient of an 
            Austin Community College associate’s degree and spoke at the graduation ceremony about his journey. Qusay...

Posted: 5 days ago

In 2006, Qusay Hussein was left for dead after a suicide attack in his native Mosul, Iraq. The explosion blew off his face and left him blind. In 2018, Hussein donned the robes of a recipient of an Austin Community College associate’s degree and spoke at the graduation ceremony about his journey. Qusay...
Critics name finalists for 2018 Austin arts awards
 It’s time. The 
            Austin Critics Table Awards nominations came out this morning. Buzz Moran at the Critics Table Awards at Cap City Comedy Club in 2008. That’s a decade ago! Michael Barnes/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN The gathered minds invented new categories, both under the heading of Theater: 
            Periphery...

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It’s time. The  Austin Critics Table Awards nominations came out this morning. Buzz Moran at the Critics Table Awards at Cap City Comedy Club in 2008. That’s a decade ago! Michael Barnes/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN The gathered minds invented new categories, both under the heading of Theater: Periphery...
Austin learns a lot from Larry Wright, Evan Smith and Amy Mills

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The Library was the place to be. Not the Central Public Library. But the blue-and-red rectangular meeting room at  Hotel van Zandt. It was the location for a  Toast of the Town salon to support the  Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund for health sciences careers, operated...
Pinpointing a 1940s Bluff Springs baptism
 Reader Craig Scott contacted our Austin Answered project: “I recently saw a photo of people getting baptized in the springs at Bluff Springs dated back in the 1940s,” he writes. “It had a concrete enclosure. Can you run a story on where the actual springs were or are?” The compelling image, shared on the Facebook page...

Posted: 9 days ago

Reader Craig Scott contacted our Austin Answered project: “I recently saw a photo of people getting baptized in the springs at Bluff Springs dated back in the 1940s,” he writes. “It had a concrete enclosure. Can you run a story on where the actual springs were or are?” The compelling image, shared on the Facebook page...
We salute Bloomberg arts gifts, Austin Opera, Austin Art League and more
 As reported in the New York Times, 
            Bloomberg Philanthropies is putting $43 million into small and midsize arts group in seven new cities, including Austin. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite “We wanted to reach cities that we thought had a really strong mix in the way they were serving...

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As reported in the New York Times, Bloomberg Philanthropies is putting $43 million into small and midsize arts group in seven new cities, including Austin. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite “We wanted to reach cities that we thought had a really strong mix in the way they were serving...
What caused all the excitement at Austin nonprofit pitch fest
 I would have given each group $100,000. No, make that $1 million. At the
             LBJ Auditorium, reps from each of seven nonprofits made their cases for three minutes at 
            Philanthropitch, then followed up with three minutes of answers to questions from six judges, all successful entrepreneurs. Chelsea Elliott of the...

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I would have given each group $100,000. No, make that $1 million. At the LBJ Auditorium, reps from each of seven nonprofits made their cases for three minutes at  Philanthropitch, then followed up with three minutes of answers to questions from six judges, all successful entrepreneurs. Chelsea Elliott of the...
Multitudes flock to Red, Hot and Soul plus Austin Book Awards
 The flowers. Good heavens, the flowers. This represents only a fraction of David Kurio’s cascading floral arrangements at Red, Hot and Soul for Zach Theatre. Michael
               Barnes/American-Statesman David Kurio‘s cascading floral arrangements filled the eye at every angle during the 
            Red, Hot 
  ...

Posted: 14 days ago

The flowers. Good heavens, the flowers. This represents only a fraction of David Kurio’s cascading floral arrangements at Red, Hot and Soul for Zach Theatre. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman David Kurio‘s cascading floral arrangements filled the eye at every angle during the  Red, Hot  ...
Best Austin coffee shops near Airport Boulevard
 Airport Boulevard is fast changing into a cultural magnet. Austin Community College anchors a remake of Highland Mall and
            numerous new hot spots pop up on the boulevard. Yet some of the nearby coffee shops not far away are among Austin’s oldest
            and most revered. Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. 411 E. 43rd...

Posted: 15 days ago

Airport Boulevard is fast changing into a cultural magnet. Austin Community College anchors a remake of Highland Mall and numerous new hot spots pop up on the boulevard. Yet some of the nearby coffee shops not far away are among Austin’s oldest and most revered. Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. 411 E. 43rd...
Throngs uplifted by Hope Awards and Taste of Mexico
 Interfaith is very Austin. The city is open to ideas. And to faith. It is no wonder that Austin hosts multiple interfaith
            groups, which not only encourage dialogue among religionists but also action based on shared convictions. Ali Kahn and Rizwana Bano
               at the Hope Awards for iACT. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman...

Posted: 16 days ago

Interfaith is very Austin. The city is open to ideas. And to faith. It is no wonder that Austin hosts multiple interfaith groups, which not only encourage dialogue among religionists but also action based on shared convictions. Ali Kahn and Rizwana Bano at the Hope Awards for iACT. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman...
Pinpointing a 1940s Bluff Springs baptism
 Reader 
            Craig Scott contacted our 
            Austin Answered project:  “I recently saw a photo of people getting baptized in the springs at Bluff Springs dated back in the 1940s,” he
            writes. “It had a concrete enclosure. Can you run a story on where the actual springs were...

Posted: 16 days ago

Reader  Craig Scott contacted our  Austin Answered project:  “I recently saw a photo of people getting baptized in the springs at Bluff Springs dated back in the 1940s,” he writes. “It had a concrete enclosure. Can you run a story on where the actual springs were...
This Austin architect has thought way more about coffee lids than you
 “Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture” is a flash of light. This short, sharp and subtly witty new book by Austin architect Scott Specht — along with fellow collector and design analyst Louise Harpman — illuminates an ordinary object many of us encounter every day. How many of us, however, have thought deeply...

Posted: 18 days ago

“Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture” is a flash of light. This short, sharp and subtly witty new book by Austin architect Scott Specht — along with fellow collector and design analyst Louise Harpman — illuminates an ordinary object many of us encounter every day. How many of us, however, have thought deeply...
Austin art prize gets richer with new $200,000 cash total
 Austin’s richest art prize just doubled its cash payout from $100,000 to $200,000. Add in the costs of newly commissioned work, two exhibitions and a scholarly catalogue, and the value for the biennial prize could rise to $800,000. Meanwhile, the official name for the honor handed out by the Contemporary Austin has lengthened from the...

Posted: 18 days ago

Austin’s richest art prize just doubled its cash payout from $100,000 to $200,000. Add in the costs of newly commissioned work, two exhibitions and a scholarly catalogue, and the value for the biennial prize could rise to $800,000. Meanwhile, the official name for the honor handed out by the Contemporary Austin has lengthened from the...
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