Line Upon Line launches new concert season

Twice named Outstanding Ensemble by the Austin Critics Table, the continually inventiveLine Upon Line Percussion starts their Austin concert season Nov. 7, again commandeering Big Medium Gallery as their venue.

Enthusiastic purveyors of new and adventuresome music, the trio — Matthew Teodori, Cullen Faulk and Adam Bedell — will premiere Andrew Greenwald’s “99 Words” for three heavily-altered snare drums, a piece the group commissioned.

Also on the program is Toru Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree” (for a trio of marimbas and vibraphone) and Rolf Wallin’s “Stonewave” by Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin who use often uses fractal algorithms as the creative basis of his music.

Line Upon Line recently joined the TCA Texas Touring Roster which hopefully will mean other cities around the state will

8 p.m. Friday. Big Medium Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road. $10-$30.

Line Upon Line Percussion. Photo by Rino Pizzi
Line Upon Line Percussion. Photo by Rino Pizzi

Artist-made Frickbits free app is now available

Frickdits — the free iPhone app created by Austin artist Laurie Frick —  is now live and free via or the App Store.

Frickbits tracks a user’s location data and draws patterns of where you’ve traveled with colorful cubes derived from Frick’s watercolor drawings.

Frickbits utilizes the most basic of today’s data-collecting: the location data gathered by the Apple iPhone operating system

“It’s already happening, whether you realize how much your data is collected or not,” says a self-described data artist. “Why not take control of it? And create art from it?”

Read a feature story of Frick, her art and Frickbits here:





Screen grab of Jeanne Claire van Ryzin’s Frickbits app.

Saturday arts pick: Capital T Theatre’s “Fool for Love”

Capital T Theatre brings Sam Shepard’s best-known work to the stage in a new production starring Joey Hood and Molly Karrasch.

Funny, urgent and tender, “Fool for Love” finds Eddie returning after a long absence to reclaim May, his lover since high school. Though she determined to make a fresh start, May’s efforts  are undermined by Eddie’s attempts to drag her back into the life from which she has escaped.

In a bleak motel on the edge of the Mojave desert the lovers long to be together — but the sorted truth of their past is more than they can overcome.

“Fool for Love” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Nov. 22, Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

Joey Hood stars in "Fool for Love"
Joey Hood stars in “Fool for Love”

Thursday arts pick: Trouble Puppet Theater’s “The Strange Case of Edward Hyde and Dr. Jekyll”

Trouble Puppet Theater Company brings its imaginative irreverence to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror story “Jekyll & Hyde.”

Using tabletop-style puppets that require three puppeteers each, the troupe, led by artistic director Connor Hopkins creates a visual spectacle to tell its spooky, clever, darkly funny story.

Music by Justin Sherburn of Okkervil River.

Note: The show is not suitable for children — it is Trouble Puppet, after all.

“The Strange Case of Edward Hyde and Dr. Jekyll”

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23

Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. $12-$20.


Fresh from Emmy win, KLRU’s “Arts in Context” launches new season

KLRU-TV’s arts documentary series “Arts in Context” just last week netted two Lone Star Emmy awards.

On Thursday its fifth season launches with the premiere episode “Rebirth,” on Austin’s experimental indie folk band Les Rav and its lead singer Lauren Burton.

The 30-minute “Arts in Context” airs Thursday nights with new episodes rolled out each month.

The fifth season also trains its lens on theater troupe the Rude Mechanicals, the Austin Bike Zoo, Blue Lapis Light aerial dance, clothing designer Gail Chovan and indie classical music purveyors Golden Hornet Project, among other creative efforts.

Blue Lapis Light
Blue Lapis Light



Monday arts pick: Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats at Canopy arts complex

Though the East Austin arts complex Canopy launched in early 2013, only in the last few weeks has an eatery opened in the space long reserved for such a business.

The owners of the large former warehouse complex at 916 Springdale Road intended Canopy always intended the mix of tenants to include a restaurant of some kind along with galleries, individual artist studios and creative business like the long-time residents, Blue Genie Art Industries.  (The property is owned by a consortium of private business people including architect Michael Hsu who designed the remodel).

But the site’s proximity to a school —Govalle Elementary is right next door — prevents any restaurant at Canopy from obtaining a liquor license.

Welcome, then, to Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats from the co-creators of East Side King and Kome Sushi.

Sa-Ten is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Non-profit group Big Medium — the folks who started the East Austin Studio Tour — act as Canopy’s anchor tenants and adjudicate the applications for artists studios.


Sunday arts pick (And Things We Love About Austin): Elisabet Ney Museum

On Oct. 24, we published “175 Reasons We Love Austin,” an idiosyncratic list of the lists various members of the American-Statesman Arts & Entertainment staff came up with.

The sprawling list of our personal lists went viral. You can read the whole thing here: (subscription-free link).

I chose things having to do with art and architecture for my list. And because I haven’t stopped loving them, I’m going to trickle them out on this blog in the next couple of weeks.

As it so happens, on Sunday, Oct. 26, the Elisabet Ney Museum is hosting “Polkapocalypse” a free celebration from noon to 5 p.m. of polka music with bands including Conjunto Los Pinkys and Grammy-winners Brave Combo. See the Facebook entry for the event here.

What I love about the idiosyncratic limestone building Ney built in 1892 and named “Formosa,” is that though eventually the German-born artist would add living quarters and a kitchen, the place was first and foremost an art studio not a house.

Hence the building’s odd architectural composition — it’s driven by the demands of Ney’s large-scale figurative marble sculpture-making.

Ney had moved to Austin in 1892 to resume her career as a sculptress after a 20 year lapse. She had just been commissioned to sculpt Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin for the 1892 Chicago World’s Fair.

Her art was her priority, not housekeeping. Most nights she slept on the roof. “Women are fools to be bothered with housework” she once said.

At first, the building — with its quirky mash-up of stylistic details both neo-Gothic and neo-Classical — was a large high-ceilinged studio with a small antechamber on one side.

Ney built her studio on the shore of Waller Creek in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
Ney built her studio on the shore of Waller Creek in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
First iteration of Formosa, Elisabet Ney's studio.
First iteration of Formosa, Elisabet Ney’s studio.


Only in 1902 did Ney add the tower and two-story addition that has a kitchen in the basement and sleeping quarters upstairs.

And the tower? Yes, there’s a “secret” door that leads out to Ney’s favorite place — the roof.





Saturday arts picks: New exhibits at Davis Gallery & Art Science Gallery

“X Marks the Spot”

Quantitative or categorical, discrete or continuous, dependent or independent — variables allow scientists of every discipline to measure and describe the world. And variables can inspire artists. With a mixture of whimsy and seriousness, work by eight artists creatively illuminates variables gathered through personal record-keeping or scientific experimentation. Featured artists: Carrie Crane, Laurie Frick, Megan Hildebrandt, Elizabeth McClellan, Mark Nystrom, Cathryn Rowe, Francesca Samsel and Ele Willoughby.

Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Nov. 23.

Art Science Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road,

Laurie Frick, "Walking, Week 51," 2012. From the exhibit  "X Marks The Spot," at Art Science Gallery
Laurie Frick, “Walking, Week 51,” 2012. From the exhibit “X Marks The Spot,” at Art Science Gallery

“Constructs: Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammonds”

Ideas of order and disorder, construction and destruction ricochet through art work of Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammnod in a variety of media: oil paintings on board, intricate pen and ink drawings on mylar, intimate three-dimensional constructions or large swirling installations.

Opening reception: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Dec. 6.

Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St.

Friday arts picks: Two Shakespeare plays and one possible Shakespeare play

You have options to see the Bard this weekend, including one play that may or may not have been written by William Shakespeare.

  • As part of their residency at UT, Actors from the London Stage perform their five-actor version of “Much Ado About Nothing” Oct. 22-44 at the B. Iden Payne Theater. Find info on the show here
  • Present Company Theater stages “The Tempest” outdoors at Rain Lily Farm through Nov. 1.
  • And Hidden Room Theatre offers “Shakespeare Apocrypha Project” three plays that have all been attributed to Shakespeare at one time or the other. Though they were extremely popular during the Elizabethan era, “Arden of Favorsham,” “Mucedorus” and “The Merry Devil of Edmonton” are mostly forgotten nowadays. Hidden Room presents them as staged and costumed readings through Nov. 2. Read a story about the “Apocrypha Project” here.
Hidden Room Theatre’s “Apocrypha Project: A Sampling of Suspected Shakespeare” features three plays, one of which is “Mucedorus” with Joseph Garlock (Prince Mucedorus) and Isto Barton (Princess Amadine).
Hidden Room Theatre’s “Apocrypha Project: A Sampling of Suspected Shakespeare” features three plays, one of which is “Mucedorus” with Joseph Garlock (Prince Mucedorus) and Isto Barton (Princess Amadine).


Thursday arts pick: “And Introducing: Jonathan Faber, Dana Frankfort, Jessica Mallios”

It’s almost unheard of in academia these days, but Texas State University this year hired five new tenure-track faculty in its School of Art and Design.

Three are studio art profs and are welcomed to campus with the exhibit “And Introducing: Jonathan Faber, Dana Frankfort, Jessica Mallios.”

The show opens Thursday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Jonathan Faber "Wake," 2012; oil on canvas
Jonathan Faber “Wake,” 2012; oil on canvas

And also opening is “Alumni Invitational” Texas State University’s annual showing of selected alumni of the School of Art and Design this year features Janels Jefferson, Nicholas Hay, Jack McGilvray, Kevin Paczosa, Rans Renfrow, Jessica Tolbert and Leandra Urrutia.

Both exhibits continues through Nov. 14.

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. And admission is free.

Texas State University Galleries,s

Dana Frankfort, "Stuff," oil on panel, 2007
Dana Frankfort, “Stuff,” oil on panel, 2007