Austin-based Crystal Jackson took her time getting around to playwriting. Even in the thick of it, she once thought she might be done for good.
Hot-button issues may have dominated the headlines out of Austin, but the Texas Legislature this past spring made a quiet move that some of us will appreciate: It expanded the Texas State Artists Award program, which includes the poet laureate and such, to include a slot for a classical musician.
How to Harmonize with Nature: The Blanton Museum of Art plants Texas in the climate change conversation
Mere days before acclaimed environmental journalist Jeff Goodell picks up the phone to talk about the Blanton Museum of Art’s If the Sky Were Orange: Art in the Time of Climate Change, a special exhibition running Sept. 9, 2023—Feb. 11, 2024, the skies along the East Coast actually do turn orange.
Sarah Fisher walks constantly, and she is always looking.
There is actually no way to know how many artists support themselves solely through their artwork, but most people agree that it’s a fairly low percentage.
In 1995, South African novelist and playwright Zakes Mda wrote a book called Ways of Dying that features a character named Toloki, a professional mourner at township funerals in post-Apartheid South Africa.
PART TWO: Think about classical ballet’s signature repertoire—The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella. Each of these canonic story ballets is drawn from a European folk tale or story, and set to music by a European composer. Is it time to ask, “what other stories can ballets tell?”
Now as spring blooms, we find Austin’s Fusebox, the state’s largest multidisciplinary arts festival, carrying the trend into 2023 with five days (April 12-16) filled with its usual innovative and experimental work, but also a particularly playful and fun lineup.