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Austin Answered: Why all those names on dedication plaques?
 Reader 
            Charlie Chauvin asks our 
            Austin Answered project: “Why do politicians and construction companies place their names on public property? These places are for people.
            They are not billboards.” We asked for a clarification: “Do you mean the cornerstones and dedication plaques...

Posted: 12 days ago

Reader  Charlie Chauvin asks our Austin Answered project: “Why do politicians and construction companies place their names on public property? These places are for people. They are not billboards.” We asked for a clarification: “Do you mean the cornerstones and dedication plaques...
Briscoe Center offers a staggering look at civil rights movement
 Look intently at the images. Think about what they mean. Then consider that these images of the civil rights movement — some of them disturbing — reflect what actually happened in this country within the lifetimes of many readers of this newspaper, including this reporter. It’s impossible to walk away without feeling that...

Posted: 13 days ago

Look intently at the images. Think about what they mean. Then consider that these images of the civil rights movement — some of them disturbing — reflect what actually happened in this country within the lifetimes of many readers of this newspaper, including this reporter. It’s impossible to walk away without feeling that...
After ‘Austin,’ spend some quiet time with artist Ellsworth Kelly
 By now, many of you have visited Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin.” You’ve walked around the chapel-like building on the southern border of the University of Texas campus that looks like a waking dream from a remote Greek island. You’ve lingered inside on a sunny morning as densely hued beams of light dribbled down...

Posted: 13 days ago

By now, many of you have visited Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin.” You’ve walked around the chapel-like building on the southern border of the University of Texas campus that looks like a waking dream from a remote Greek island. You’ve lingered inside on a sunny morning as densely hued beams of light dribbled down...
Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School founder Margaret Perry dies
 Margaret Perry, founder of Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School, died Thursday morning of pancreatic cancer. She was 66. “A phenomenal loss,” said Austin philanthropy leader Mary Herr Tally. “This one hurts.” In October 2017, Perry stepped down as director of the school, formerly associated with Austin Opera...

Posted: 13 days ago

Margaret Perry, founder of Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School, died Thursday morning of pancreatic cancer. She was 66. “A phenomenal loss,” said Austin philanthropy leader Mary Herr Tally. “This one hurts.” In October 2017, Perry stepped down as director of the school, formerly associated with Austin Opera...
Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School founder Margaret Perry dies
 Margaret Perry, founder of Austin’s 
            Armstrong Community Music School, has died. Margaret Perry with students at the Armstrong Community Music School. Contributed THIS IS BREAKING NEWS AND WILL BE UPDATED. Jeff and 
            Gail Kodosky, 
            Laura Walterman and 
            Austin Gleeson have established...

Posted: 13 days ago

Margaret Perry, founder of Austin’s Armstrong Community Music School, has died. Margaret Perry with students at the Armstrong Community Music School. Contributed THIS IS BREAKING NEWS AND WILL BE UPDATED. Jeff and Gail Kodosky, Laura Walterman and Austin Gleeson have established...
Zach Theatre’s next season blazes ahead with new and rekindled shows
 Zach Theatre‘s next season includes three new musicals, one musical revival, two new plays and the return of two holiday favorites. Add
            to that some family options on the Kleberg Stage. THIS IS BREAKING NEWS. UPDATED INFO TO COME SOON. Zach Theatre’s unique retelling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns for the...

Posted: 16 days ago

Zach Theatre‘s next season includes three new musicals, one musical revival, two new plays and the return of two holiday favorites. Add to that some family options on the Kleberg Stage. THIS IS BREAKING NEWS. UPDATED INFO TO COME SOON. Zach Theatre’s unique retelling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns for the...
Ballet Austin aims for the heart with ‘Exit Wounds’
 As their shoulders and limbs roll softly downward, the four male dancers move in tandem. When they pass each other, their interactions look friendly, connected, almost playful, as if echoing Henri Matisse’s famous painting, “Dance.” Yet midway through the scene, one dancer lags behind, his face darkened with concern. The...

Posted: 17 days ago

As their shoulders and limbs roll softly downward, the four male dancers move in tandem. When they pass each other, their interactions look friendly, connected, almost playful, as if echoing Henri Matisse’s famous painting, “Dance.” Yet midway through the scene, one dancer lags behind, his face darkened with concern. The...
Austin Symphony announces decisive season
 As Austin Symphony reveals its new season, Music Director Peter Bay talks about a decisive change in direction. “We are just going to play the pieces we ought to play,” Bay said. “We got pigeon-holed into season-long themes. Now we will tie each individual concert together by a theme with variations.” At times in past...

Posted: 17 days ago

As Austin Symphony reveals its new season, Music Director Peter Bay talks about a decisive change in direction. “We are just going to play the pieces we ought to play,” Bay said. “We got pigeon-holed into season-long themes. Now we will tie each individual concert together by a theme with variations.” At times in past...
When Billy Graham preached at the Texas Capitol
 Reader Joan Johnson Culver writes to our Austin Answered project: “I have exhausted research looking for the visit that Billy Graham paid to Austin in the late ’40s or very early ’50s. He preached on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds across from the governor’s mansion and what was then the old Cook Funeral...

Posted: 19 days ago

Reader Joan Johnson Culver writes to our Austin Answered project: “I have exhausted research looking for the visit that Billy Graham paid to Austin in the late ’40s or very early ’50s. He preached on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds across from the governor’s mansion and what was then the old Cook Funeral...
Austin has more to say about Stallion Drive Inn
 Our story about the
             
            
               Stallion Drive Inn
            , a comfort food spot on North Lamar Boulevard, stirred strong memories among our readers. The Stallion Drive Inn on North Lamar Boulevard. Contributed Steve Hamlett remembers cheap, good food and lots of it. He describes a sign on...

Posted: 19 days ago

Our story about the   Stallion Drive Inn , a comfort food spot on North Lamar Boulevard, stirred strong memories among our readers. The Stallion Drive Inn on North Lamar Boulevard. Contributed Steve Hamlett remembers cheap, good food and lots of it. He describes a sign on...
On an Austin party weekend, Fab Five meets Ignite
 I’m late to the 
            
               Seedling 
            train. This great Austin group has been mentoring the children of incarcerated parents since 1997. They serve as one of the
            counterparts to 
            Court Appointed Special Advocates, 
            Boys and Girls 
            Clubs...

Posted: 23 days ago

I’m late to the  Seedling  train. This great Austin group has been mentoring the children of incarcerated parents since 1997. They serve as one of the counterparts to  Court Appointed Special Advocates,  Boys and Girls  Clubs...
Meet 5 Austin Women of Distinction, 2 Young Masters
 Each year, the 
            Girls Scouts of Central Texas judiciously selects a small group of leaders to honor as 
            Women of Distinction. They are saluted at a brisk, dignified
             luncheon, this year set for noon on April 26 at the AT&T Center. I always learn a lot at this event. RELATED: Two...

Posted: 25 days ago

Each year, the  Girls Scouts of Central Texas judiciously selects a small group of leaders to honor as  Women of Distinction. They are saluted at a brisk, dignified  luncheon, this year set for noon on April 26 at the AT&T Center. I always learn a lot at this event. RELATED: Two...
5 Texas books to love in early 2018
 These new Texas books — plus one minor classic — reminds us how much is worth reading about our state in early 2018. “Myself and Strangers: A Memoir of Apprenticeship.” John Graves. University of Texas Press. One could effortlessly make the argument that John Graves is among the finest authors Texas ever produced....

Posted: 26 days ago

These new Texas books — plus one minor classic — reminds us how much is worth reading about our state in early 2018. “Myself and Strangers: A Memoir of Apprenticeship.” John Graves. University of Texas Press. One could effortlessly make the argument that John Graves is among the finest authors Texas ever produced....
Mixed memories of the Stallion Drive Inn eatery on North Lamar
 Reader Gary Vliet asks of our Answered Answered project: “In the 1970s there was a great restaurant on North Lamar, the Stallion. Could you give a little history and when and why it closed?” The Stallion Drive Inn Restaurant was located at 5534 Dallas Highway — now North Lamar Boulevard. We know that the Stallion, which...

Posted: 26 days ago

Reader Gary Vliet asks of our Answered Answered project: “In the 1970s there was a great restaurant on North Lamar, the Stallion. Could you give a little history and when and why it closed?” The Stallion Drive Inn Restaurant was located at 5534 Dallas Highway — now North Lamar Boulevard. We know that the Stallion, which...
Austin Answered: When Billy Graham prayed at the Texas Capitol
 Reader 
            Joan Johnson Culver writes to our Austin Answered project: “I have exhausted research looking for the visit that 
            Billy Graham paid to Austin in the late ’40s or very early ’50s. He preached on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds across from
            the governor’s mansion...

Posted: 26 days ago

Reader  Joan Johnson Culver writes to our Austin Answered project: “I have exhausted research looking for the visit that Billy Graham paid to Austin in the late ’40s or very early ’50s. He preached on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds across from the governor’s mansion...
Before the bombs, Austin area produced plenty of sensational crimes
 For a place with a reasonable reputation for public safety, the Austin area has produced some of the most traumatic and sensationally reported crimes in American history. Consider that Central Texas witnessed the first modern serial murders (unsolved, Austin, 1884-1885), the first serious convictions during a bloody national revival of the...

Posted: 26 days ago

For a place with a reasonable reputation for public safety, the Austin area has produced some of the most traumatic and sensationally reported crimes in American history. Consider that Central Texas witnessed the first modern serial murders (unsolved, Austin, 1884-1885), the first serious convictions during a bloody national revival of the...
Before the bombs, Austin area produced plenty of sensational crimes
 For a place with a reasonably good reputation for public safety, the Austin area has produced some of the most traumatic and sensationally reported crimes in American history. Consider that Central Texas witnessed the first modern serial murders (unsolved, Austin, 1884-1885); the first serious convictions during a bloody national revival...

Posted: 26 days ago

For a place with a reasonably good reputation for public safety, the Austin area has produced some of the most traumatic and sensationally reported crimes in American history. Consider that Central Texas witnessed the first modern serial murders (unsolved, Austin, 1884-1885); the first serious convictions during a bloody national revival...
Two dozen Austin parties you don’t want to miss
 It’s been a while since we previewed key upcoming Austin parties. Sorry. 
            SXSW intervened. As well as some 
            Austin news that made it hard to celebrate. But we are back with some prize-winning dates, including the last hurrahs for 2018 
            Rodeo Austin.  March 23: 
            Rodeo Austin Youth...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s been a while since we previewed key upcoming Austin parties. Sorry. SXSW intervened. As well as some Austin news that made it hard to celebrate. But we are back with some prize-winning dates, including the last hurrahs for 2018 Rodeo Austin. March 23:  Rodeo Austin Youth...
Austin’s Monica Peraza, Nina Seely added to Salonniėre 100
 Two Austin hosts, 
            Monica Peraza and 
            Nina Seely, made the 2018 
            Salonniėre 100 list, a project that attempts to name America’s best party hosts each year. It’s an intensely researched product of the Salonniėre
            website, founded and edited by our...

Posted: 29 days ago

Two Austin hosts,  Monica Peraza and  Nina Seely, made the 2018  Salonniėre 100 list, a project that attempts to name America’s best party hosts each year. It’s an intensely researched product of the Salonniėre website, founded and edited by our...
Discover the Statesman’s various homes after 1900
 Part 2 of a two-part series on the many homes of the American-Statesman. Last week, we shared a half-dozen 19th-century addresses for the Democratic Statesman and its offspring, the more plainly named Statesman, dating back to 1871. At one time, it was located above a saloon on Congress Avenue, at another point in an opera house on East Ninth...

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Part 2 of a two-part series on the many homes of the American-Statesman. Last week, we shared a half-dozen 19th-century addresses for the Democratic Statesman and its offspring, the more plainly named Statesman, dating back to 1871. At one time, it was located above a saloon on Congress Avenue, at another point in an opera house on East Ninth...
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