Austin Arts: Seeing Things
This blog also hosts arts reviews and posts from other American-Statesman writers and freelancers.
The plot lines in musical theater often allow us to map our feelings onto distant fantasies: the heroism of French revolutionaries, the love of a disfigured mystery man for a young opera singer, the exuberance of a rascally band of dancing cats… But some contemporary musicals strive to keep the genre relevant by giving us stories about ourselves that we really need to hear.
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the appointment of the Beverly Adams as adjunct curator of Latin American Art.
By definition, cult classics possess a devoted and enthusiastic set of followers. Although they may not exactly “mature” with age, such films gain momentum with time and circulation, eventually snowballing into cultural fixtures to be repackaged for devoted fans.
For its 51st annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Long Center, Ballet Austin unveiled new sets and costumes.
It was a dramatic night Wednesday for Kevin Puts, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer returned to the University of Texas to see the premiere “How Wild The Sea,” his striking new piece for the Miro Quartet and the UT Symphony.
The holidays are when choral groups shine. Here's our selected list of upcoming choral concerts: Conspirare Christmas.
We all have our favorite holiday traditions: wrapping presents, hanging lights, and (probably) revisiting some of the uplifting stories we’ve been hearing and telling for years.
Modern dancemaker Kathy Dunn Hamrick debuts her latest work this week, “The Undoing of Nonet,” an hour-long dance concert presented with live music by Line Upon Line Percussion.
The Contemporary Austin has just announced several free professional development programs for artists starting in Jan.
December is a great month to feel like a kid again – with vibrant decorations, tons of baked goods, and hopefully a bit of magic.
The University of Texas' department of theatre and dance’s Dance Repertory Theatre presented its annual fall showcase this wekend, which included five pieces by choreographers ranging from Mark Morris to West Virginia University professor Yoav Kaddar and UT professors David Justin and Holly Williams, as well as a piece by BFA student Stacy Skolnik.
KMFA 89.5 FM will live broadcast the Sunday performance Austin Lyric Opera's current production of "Don Carlo.
Call it an act of meta-portraiture. With his project “Transfiguration,” photographer Rino Pizzi invited 12 artists to collaborate with him in the re-thinking of the nature of the artist’s portrait and self-portrait.
A story of murder, betrayal, and capricious public opinion, “Chicago” holds the record for longest running American musical (with almost 7,000 performances and counting) – a point that Broadway Across America is using to promote the touring production visiting Austin, playting at Bass Concert Hall through Nov.
Particularly in our age of paparazzi and tabloid news, we often learn more than we ever wanted to know about our favorite celebrities.
Well, poor Don Carlo. His dad just became King of Spain, but, for the new prince, the price is steep.
The theater-in-the-round layout of St. Edward’s University’s Mary Moody Northen Theatre is conducive to a play like Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding,” which depicts a Spanish pueblo coming together for an ill-fated marriage.
While you're tooling around the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend and next, check out the temporary art projects installed as part of the city's Tempo initiative.
Didn't get your hands on one of the elusive East Austin Studio Tour catalogs? Don't know where to start?
Artist, cultural leader and Mexic-Arte Museum co-founder Sam Coronado died Monday. Coronado, 67, died from complications after a stroke, a family representative said.
Any Texan worth his salt knows the story of the Alamo and tips his hat to names such as Davey Crocket and Jim Bowie.
To fix: to repair, to put in order, to place more permanently, or (more colloquially) to sterilize. While I’m not sure any of these definitions quite capture what local playwright, Kirk Lynn, has done in “Fixing King John,” playing through Nov.
There's a crazy cluster of classical music to choose from this weekend. Saturday Les Frères Méduses.
The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program will unveil four temporary public art projects Nov.
If you’re dreading the onset of relentless holiday cheer for the next two months, the Hideout Theatre has something a bit more somber to offer you.
In a free gallery talk, artists Sandra Langston and Laurel Daniel will discuss the new paintings they are currently exhibiting at Davis Gallery at 6 p.
It’s definitely a challenge to picture Verdi’s “Requiem” being performed in a church.
OK -- now it's getting beyond ironic. The 35-foot cedar elm tree that forms the centerpiece of "Thirst," a public art project literally on Lady Bird Lake, has survived yet another flood.
After three-and-a-half years in South Austin, Grayduck Gallery is moving on up to the East side, galleriest Jill Schroeder says.
Here's a way to get theater newbies up for a discussion of contemporary American theater. Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad” joins Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and University of Texas graduate Robert Schenkkan for a free public discussion at 6 p.
The University of Texas' Butler Opera Center staged the first production of its season — the musically intriguing if somewhat dramatically turgid opera "A Woman in Morocco," by Daron Hagen.
We’ve all been there: that sad and lonely place that has us searching for someone who can help us grasp something more out of life.
The Blanton Museum of Arthas been awarded a $504,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial fellowship program, museum officials announced today.
In tandem with the current monumental exhibit culled from its equally-monumental Magnum Photo collection, the Ransom Center hosts a free film series, spotlighting the film work of Magnum's photographers.
It often seems like the days of literature-induced rapture are long since past (if they ever existed to begin with), so the premise of Capital T Theatre’s newest production is both charming and absurd.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is launching a new quarterly Texas Artists Series that will feature various Lone Star-based artists working in music, theater, literature and performing arts.
In the spirit of making classical music available to young people, the Austin Civic Orchestra has announced that beginning with its Nov.
The increasingly spiffier hybrid performance art festival known as Fusebox is celebrating its 10th anniversary next year with a brilliant shake-up to the typical relationship between arts organization and audience.
You may not expect a show that deals with a Chilean dictator to also involve a polar bear and references to the 1980s band Duran Duran.
UT's Butler School of Music will present the university premiere of "A Woman in Morocco," a new chamber opera by American composer Daron Hagen.
FRIDAY Blackbox “Outstretch.” New works by artist Carin Rodenborn. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.
The recent two-week run of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "The Book of Mormon" at Bass Concert Hall broke a house record.
"Soundspace" the Blanton Museum’s super-popular immersive concert series continues. The live music happens everywhere in the museum at Soundspace events: In the galleries, in the Blanton's atrium, on the grand staircase, even in the elevator.
The Contemporary Austin continues its popular Rooftop Architecture Film Series with the Austin premiere of "Sign Painters," screening two nights, Oct.
The Laurie Anderson/Kronos Quartet performance scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Bass Concert Hall has been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances," a release from UT's Texas Performing Arts said.
The 35-foot cedar elm tree that forms the centerpiece of "Thirst," a public art project literally on Lady Bird Lake, has survived the recent weather event that dumped more than a foot of rain on some parts of Central Texas on Sunday.
Don't let the recent rains fool you. Central Texas is still in an epic drought. As a memorial to the more than 300 million tress lost in the drought and as a thought-provoker for ongoing water conservation, the "Thirst" project is ghostly white tree floating in Lady Bird Lake.
“Radical Transformations: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age” is the first exhibit since the collection of 200,000 Magnum photos landed at the UT's Ransom Center in 2010.
News is that the second weekend of the ACL festival is sold out. But maybe the throngs at Zilker Park aren't your thing in the first place.
Riding on the coattails of last year’s film adaptation (and the Broadway Across America production that came through Austin in May 2012), Zach Theatre has chosen to bring us another rendition of the epic musical “Les Misérables,” playing now through Nov.
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999.