Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: God’s Ear

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance, and Now Playing Austin.

Transplant Theatre Company, Biophiliac Productions, Opens their new show, God’s Ear, at the Blue Theatre next week.

Lead Actress Shannon Grounds came to the Creative Alliance to talk about the show. Grief, family, loss, pulling together, and a crazy journey back to oneself. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Temple and Fear and Desire


Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance, and Now Playing Austin.

Temple/Fear and Desire mixes together two friends, two musical inspirations, A bunch of dancers,and some chocolate cake. Dance always intrigues me. it intrigues me, because everyone perceives something different while watching it. Temple/Fear and Desire are no exception. The choreographers for these two short pieces seem to have a plan that works. They each have created a short pieces. They combine them in the same night, and viola- have a short dance show. They talk with us, the morning after their opening night, about how they became dancers, what their choreography process is like, what comes first- the music or the dance, and what sort of inspiration really goes into it all. For anyone who wants to know how a piece of dance gets born, or how to support 2 local choreographers, and a composer by seeing their show- then check out this podcast. We have been warned that both the chocolate cake, and some champagne are present on stage. For the rest, you’ll just have to check it out yourself! Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Post Oedipus

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance, and Now Playing Austin.

Austin is an interconnected web of talent. Bring together friends from the past. Pair up a local theatre with a local indie theatre company. Mix in a playwright who is a personal friend of both the companies. Shake around.Perform. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Dance With the One

In the few months that the Keep Austin Artsy Podcast has been working its magic with local austin arts events, we have mixed and mingled with visual art, theatre, special events, festivals, screen printing and many other mediums. However, we had yet to tackle a film. With SXSW upon us like a freight train, we were ready to delve into the world of movie making. What better way then getting inside the heads of local screenwriters- Smith Henderson and John Marc Smith, and Director Mike Dolan. All are gearing up for the premiere of their film, Dance With the One- shot locally, and born here in Austin. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Punk Rock Curators Speak Out

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance and NowPlayingAustin.com.

So its Friday morning again and Beth and I find ourselves at Co-Lab Studio, the artistic brain child of Sean Gaulager. Co-Lab is really really cool, not sure that any other word will suffice. Basically, the gist is that every week new artists come in, work on a project, and then at the end they have a night, sometimes two, to share their work with the world. Co-Lab’s website touts a a long list of artists that they support, and their mission states “Co-Lab is dedicated to exhibiting collaborative new media projects within a community-oriented framework. By avoiding the traditional gallery model and maintaining a constant rotation of collaborations, screenings, performances, and installations Co-Lab is able to provide a space for new media artists to exhibit work on a more frequent basis.” We like this concept– A Lot. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Return to High School with McCallum High’s Bilingual Evita

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance and NowPlayingAustin.com.

Today, Beth and I returned to high school. Her high school to be exact, McCallum Fine Arts Academy. When you enter the theatre, teacher Julie Wright is teaching a sophomore drama class. The kids are up on stage, playing improv games. The theatre is large and inviting. The teens, many of whom transferred into McCallum from other schools just to get additional training in the art form of their choice, are bright and engaging.I think it brought both Beth and I back to our own high school art glory days. We stood there for a moment and took it all in.

The reason we are back in high school on a rainy Friday morning? McCallum, known for staging difficult, but ultimately triumphant performances of large scale musicals, ( Remember last years RENT controversy?) Is at it again. This time with a bilingual production of Evita. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: [There is]..”really really filthy..uh…romance.”

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance and NowPlayingAustin.com.

Some quotes from this Keep Austin Artsy Podcast addition that we thought were especially memorable.

1. “Somebody getting hit in the face with a shovel is funny, and we do have somebody getting hit in the face with a shovel.”

2. [There is]..”really really filthy..uh…romance.”

3. One of the skits involves “Innocent Sister Big Ass …”

What really goes into the making of the basest show ever to hit the Curtain theatre? Director Casey Weed sounds off about the highs, and the very very very lows of putting on this show in Austin. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Mexican American Cultural Center , “Reflections”


Keep Austin Artsy Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel and Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Artsy Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance and NowPlayingAustin.com.

It’s a rainy Friday morning and we are standing in the absolutely stunning gallery at the Mexican American Cultural Center, a several year old cultural project created through the City of Austin. We are speaking with Herlinda Zamora, the Exhibits Coordinator here at the MACC. The room is high, open and inviting. The work on the walls, a new exhibit called Reflections, by up and coming artist Sergio Rodriguez, literally leaps off the canvas and assaults the senses. His pictures are brilliant and colorful , haunting and deep. Continue reading

Keep Austin Artsy Podcast: Frontera Fest Begins!

Keep Austin Weird Podcast was produced by Beth Cortez-Neavel, copy by Susie Gidseg. Keep Austin Weird Podcast is a project of the Greater Austin Creative Alliance and NowPlayingAustin.com. Check out more about FronteraFest here! Also, check out an in depth article about FronteraFest, “The FronteraFest Way” by Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle. Continue reading