A blog about Austin’s arts scene with news, reviews and recommended happenings.

Theater review: ‘Newsies’ national tour seizes the day

9:36 am Sep. 28, 2016

(Reviewed by Andrew J. Friedenthal, American-Statesman freelance arts critic.)

In 1992, Walt Disney Pictures released “Newises,” an original live-action musical drama loosely based on New York City’s 1899 Newsboy Strike. The film was a flop with

Music review: Rhiannon Giddens sings a haunting slave narrative

11:19 am Sep. 27, 2016

(This review is by American-Statesman freelance arts critic Luke Quinton.)

There’s nothing academic about Rhiannon Giddens’ stage presence — she’s the real deal.

Standing barefoot on the McCullough Theatre stage Friday between members of the Kronos Quartet,