ATX Free Holiday Concerts & Shows

The holidays can be stressful, so why not relax and take in some holiday music, dance, or even a comedy show? Of course Austin is full of entertainment options, but our list of holiday shows has one extra advantage: Every event listed here is free. Whether you are looking for classical music, laughs, or dance,

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ATX Holiday Makers’ Market Roundup

It’s the holiday season, and visions of shopping for gifts are dancing in our collective heads. If you’re looking for some creative gifts for your nearest and dearest, you might want to check out one or more of the myriad makers’ markets popping up all over town. In addition to unique sale items, several offer

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Review: Austin Shakespeare’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

This past Friday, I attended opening night of Austin Shakespeare’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Long Center’s Rollins Theater. Let me tell you, that Tennessee Williams don’t mess around. No punches are pulled in this agonizing family drama set in the 1950s in the rural South. If you’ve only seen

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How to EAST: A newbie’s guide to the East Austin Studio Tour

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the East Austin Studio Tour, colloquially known as EAST, starts this weekend. EAST is a city-wide event in which local artists open the doors of their studios to the public. Many galleries and organizations, do, too. This year, EAST runs the two weekends of November 10-11 and November

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‘Holding Patterns’ Diverge at CAMIBAart

Houston-based artist Edward Lane McCartney’s second show at CAMIBAart Gallery is an eclectic mix of a handful of different kinds of art. My favorite of the bunch are from the series he calls Typecast: These are mixed media creations of designs fashioned from cardboard, folded paper, and other items fit into shapes corralled within a

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‘Beauty on Water’ Kicks off Season for Austin Chamber Music Center

This past Saturday, I checked out Austin Chamber Music Center’s season opener, “Beauty on Water” at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. It was first of a season dubbed Landscapes, in which each performance will highlight works from a different culture or country. This program featured the music of Scandinavian composers. Performers included guest artist Håkan

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Bunnies and Dead Presidents on Parade at The Russell Collection

I visited The Russell Collection last weekend at its new home in the Whit Hanks center on West 6th Street to check on their ongoing show of Hunt Slonem. The gallery’s new digs are lovely — wide open spaces with high ceilings, white walls, and concrete floors. Modern, but not too industrial. Slonem’s colorful paintings

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Who’s a Pretty Bird? Watercolors Light Up Wally Workman Gallery

I stopped into Wally Workman Gallery a few days ago after a jaunt through the rain to check out a new show of watercolors by artist and writer Carol Dawson. I was greeted at the door by Wally herself, an ebullient lady who has presided over her West 6th Street gallery for 38 years. As

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Austin Book Arts Center is On the Move

I recently visited the Austin Book Arts Center to discuss the organization and its upcoming fundraiser with Executive Director Amanda Stevenson and Board Chair Mary Baughman. The nonprofit center exists to “engage people in the art of the book,” Baughman said, detailing that this encompasses a myriad of subjects, including printing, bookbinding, papermaking, typography, book

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