A blog about Austin’s arts scene with news, reviews and recommended happenings.
Tom Friedman's "Looking Up" at Laguna Gloria. Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

The arts matter, and always will, in Austin

11:53 am Dec. 30, 2016

I’m delighted that, in the 17 years I have been writing for the American-Statesman, my last story as the staff arts critic/reporter is about an institution that has lately proved how art can respond to


Bestselling CD of 2016? Not Beyoncé or Drake

11:01 am Dec. 9, 2016

Who had the bestselling CD of 2016?

Sorry Beyoncé.

A German composer who’s been dead for 225 years bested any of today’s pop stars when it comes to moving units.

Billboard announced recently that the giant ‘Mozart 225,’