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Juneteenth performance of ex-slave testaments to honor Billy Harden

12:40 pm May. 23, 2018

Spectrum Theatre Company, the African-American troupe that the late Billy Harden co-founded, will commemorate the Austin actor, musician, educator and leader on June 16-17 with “Juneteenth Chronicles.”

The show, created by Austin playwright Abena Edwards, pulls together passages from

Austin actor, producer and educator Billy Harden has died

2:13 pm Apr. 10, 2018

Billy Harden, co-founder of Spectrum Theatre Company, died early Tuesday of colon cancer. He was 64. An actor, producer and educator, Harden appeared in many shows with Spectrum, Zach Theatre and permutations of Austin Playhouse.

“(I’m) wrecked today at

Austin theater veteran Ken Johnson dies at age 82

1:49 pm Mar. 4, 2018

UPDATE: Kenneth O. Johnson: A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. April 28 at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

Austin theater veteran Kenneth O. “Ken” Johnson died at home Friday of a heart attack. He was 82.

“Ken died here on

Salute the late Boyd Vance at city hall

9:25 am Jun. 18, 2017

I recall a downtown Austin leadership luncheon near the turn of the century that was populated chiefly by men and women in business suits. Out pops performer Boyd Vance — lithe, fearless, radiant, scampy — to sing

1932-2017: Austin artist and teacher Ishmael Soto dies

4:00 pm Mar. 1, 2017

Ishmael Soto, longtime Austin ceramicist and teacher, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 84.

“Ishmael’s passing is a loss for us all in the community,” said Sylvia Orozco, director of Mexic-Arte Museum. “He