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

Texas Medal of Arts honorees testify

8:00 am Feb. 20, 2017

You’ve read the statistics.

The arts have grown into a $5.5 billion industry in Texas, according to a 2017 State of the Arts Report released recently by the Texas Cultural Trust, an advocacy group. The industry

Watch: Video of one-person Iliad

4:48 pm Feb. 15, 2017

On any regular day, people think Cami Alys is intense.

“I’m too much,” the Austin actor admits. “I should tone it back.”

Now Alys has been given permission to let the dam burst. Starting Thursday, she will

Ballet Austin among Austin’s best

9:59 am Feb. 13, 2017

Don’t take the arts in Austin for granted. Because it wasn’t always this way.

During the past few weeks, I’ve rediscovered Austin’s arts. Not that I ignored them during the past 10 years. But with everything else going

Austin Opera leader turns to Big Data

9:44 am Feb. 11, 2017

This past fall, Austin Opera flew in Annie Burridge, a candidate for general director, to watch its staging of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

“I sat down in the hall,” says the former managing director of Opera Philadelphia.

Ballet Austin explores love, death and sex

9:42 am Feb. 9, 2017

The studio lights gleam brightly, yet an aura of darkness pervades.

Pairs of dancers in rehearsal togs curl, loop and tangle around each other. They mirror each other’s movements, often in distorted, unsettlingly beautiful ways. Everywhere

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,’