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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Reporter/Arts Critic

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.


Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia Univ. Arts Journalism Program.

Latest from Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin

Ariel Quartet plays through Nov. 5 at McCullough Hall on the University of Texas campus.

Arts picks: Best of the week, Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Friday-Sunday“Soul/Sole Connections.” Tapestry Dance Company begins its 26th season showcasing its signature virtuosic contemporary rhythm tap dance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 2. Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, 711 W. Riverside Drive. $23-$34. 512-474-5776. www.thelongcenter.org.Friday and Saturday“Fool for Love.” Capital T Theatre brings Sam Shepard’s ...

Tapestry Dance Company performs at the Long Center Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Arts Scene: Top picks for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

“Soul/Sole Connections.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 2. Rollins Studio Theatre, Long Center, 711 W. Riverside Drive. $23-$34. 512-474-5776. www.thelongcenter.org.Tapestry Dance Company begins its 26th season showcasing that virtuosic contemporary rhythm tap dance the Austin company is known for.Theater“Fool for Love.” Capital T Theatre brings ...

Austin artist Laurie Frick teamed up with digital design company Thirteen23 to build a free iPhone app to turn your tracking data into abstract patterns on your phone. FrickBits recently launched in the Apple store.

Van Ryzin: Artist-created FrickBits app turns your data into art

In August, artist Laurie Frick invited me to be part of an informal group willing to try out a beta version of FrickBits, the iPhone app she was developing with support from digital design company Thirteen23.FrickBits, which will soon be available for free in the Apple store and via www.FrickBits.com, ...

Trouble Puppet Theater Company reimagines a classic tale with “The Strange Case of Edward Hyde and Dr. Jekyll.”

Arts picks: Top shows, Oct. 24-30

Saturday “Constructs: Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammonds.” Ideas of order and disorder, construction and destruction ricochet through art work of Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammnod in a variety of media: oil paintings on board, intricate pen and ink drawings on mylar, intimate three-dimensional constructions or large swirling installations. Opening reception: ...

James Drake Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapter 2 (detail), 2012 Mixed media on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Arts scene: Top picks for Oct. 19-25

“James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)” Opens Sunday. Exhibit continues through Jan. 4. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $5-$9 (Free on Thursdays). 512-471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org For two years Texas-born artist James Drake drew every single day. The result is “Anatomy of Drawing ...

Hidden Room Theatre’s “Apocrypha Project: A Sampling of Suspected Shakespeare” features three plays, one of which is “Mucedorus” with Joseph Garlock (Prince Mucedorus) and Isto Barton (Princess Amadine).

Van Ryzin: Three plays reported to be or not to be by Shakespeare

To many theater aficionados, the Bard remains immutable.Who, after all, can dispute the genius of William Shakespeare?Yet there’s that history of mystery surrounding the Elizabethan genius. Was Shakespeare the sole author of every play and sonnet now attributed to him? And could he have been an uncredited author or collaborator ...

James Drake surveys the installation of “Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)” an installation that comprises 1,242 drawings the artist made over two years. It is on view Oct. 19-Jan. 4 at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Artist relies on his routine to provide inspiration

Artist James Drake starts every workday with a routine akin to many a workaday life.Each morning, the 68-year-old leaves his house outside Santa Fe, N.M., and drives into town, listening to National Public Radio. He stops at the same place to buy coffee and a New York Times.And then Drake ...

Keith Machekanyanga as “Stanley Kowalsky,” Juliet Robb as “Blanche DuBois,” and Alyse Ullery as “Stella Kowalsky” in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Arts scene: Best of the week, Oct. 12-18

“A Streetcar Named Desire.” 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Building, 300 E. 23rd St. $15-$25. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org. University of Texas’ theater department stages Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece about Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South ...

Mary Ellen Poole, director of the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music

Van Ryzin: Talking music with new director of Butler School of Music

The 100-year anniversary of music studies at a public university is a notable occasion.Then again, so is football.From the third-floor office of Mary Ellen Poole, the new director of the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music, Royal-Memorial Stadium is just barely out of view, obscured by Bass Concert Hall.But ...

Javier Chavira, “El Guerrero (The Warrior)” (detail), 2004, acrylic and crayon on paper, courtesy of the Bank of America Collection. From the exhibit “Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art” at Mexic-Arte Museum.

Currently hanging: A selected round-up of gallery exhibits

“Emily Fleisher: Astro-Turf.” Using craft-store materials like flocking, cardboard and model railroad supplies, San Antonio artist Emily Fleisher plays with scale and animates landscapes. A miniature grove of trees tumbles out of wheelbarrow made of wood. Or else an itty bitty verdant hillside spills out of a book. Says Fleisher: ...

 
 

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