Live From the A-Team

What time is it?  Yep.  It’s A-Team review time.
Keep seeing those shows, writing those reviews, and supporting Austin’s creativity.

OUncle Vanya
O“An Excellent Chance to see Chekhov at Its Best”
OReview posted by: Ellie


Breaking String seeks to connect people across time and culture–specifically Austinites with the vibrant characters of Russian theatre. They’ve done just that with Uncle Vanya, one of Chekhov’s best works, about a family reunion on the old estate that disunites them in the end. There’s the major theme of the environment, but it’s the unexpected juxtaposition of the rich that live comfortably at the expense of the poor, nay, their own family, that hits you like a frying pan and leaves a lump in your throat and makes you think critically about who here in Austin works around the clock unthanked and unnoticed. Emily Everidge shines beyond all other cast members as Sonya–you might as well go just to see her churn out those real tears. Or go just to see the set, with its canopy of leafless branches and warm indoor glow. But seriously, see this play. Graham Schmidt’s translation of Chekhov is modern, REALLY funny, and does what good theatre should do: pulls at your heart and your mind


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Devotion

O“Devotion to the Site”
OReview posted by: Steven Fearing

Devotion by Blue Lapis Light is transcendent in its combination of elements: wall dancing, trapeze and bungee flight, ballet, rowers upon water in ritual approach – all immersed in light, sound, and video. Sally Jacques has again blessed Austin with imaginative site-specific aerial dance. “Devotion” is for the Earth’s water but the main attraction is the art deco intake building with ten windows, ten bays, and pipes that seemed to anticipate a body’s rest and suspension. With Austin’s skyline proudly in your right visual field, be caressed by site-specific lake shore breezes; view dramatic aerial plunges, roof-top ballet silhouettes and film images pouring through distant windows. Bring your binoculars. A naked eye may not see the subtlety of some ballet and aerial moves. Devotion has moments of less interesting stationary pose, but it is still a senatorial feast of beauty and athleticism. Thanks to Sally Jacques for her vision and its technical execution.


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South Congress Food Tours
O“Nothing But Happy Smiles”
OReview posted by: Ruby Sinclair

This tour will fill your stomach and introduce you to all that South Congress has to offer. As an Austinite, I found myself trying places that had always been on the “list” but had never quite gotten around to going. Now, they will be permanent spots on my eating out rotation! Not only was the food delicious, but I learned some great insights into the places we visited, and Austin history in general! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. The tour only takes up to 12 people so it was intimate and the whole group got to know one another and left as friends. Completely worthwhile!!



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About Face: Portraiture as Subject
O“Face-inating, Fun Frippery”
OReview posted by: Preston Kirko

O.K. First, the eyes DO NOT follow you around the room. Or do they? Blanton’s vaults yielded a smorgasbord of portraits, iconic images by leading artists spanning six centuries, with one exception. (See exhibit squib this page for the impressive list.) The intimate groupings reinforce the contrasting views of the artists and their approaches to revealing what’s psychologically relevant about each person portrayed…or, perhaps, about the artist? Both famous persons and unknowns are depicted doing what they do, being adored (or studied) from near and afar. Siqueiros’ painting of pianist Gershwin in concert is a fine example. Beyond conveying social position and flattering likenesses, portraiture is about self-appraisal. With the artist/sculptor’s skills, a talented notion of the essential self emerges. Did the subject really approve? Improve your visit: Download the show’s audio tours & transcriptions – Eng. & Span. – at http://www.blantonmuseum.org/aboutface BEFORE going. Profilers welcome.


OGood Design: Stories by Herman Miller

O“Mid Modern Opening”
OReview posted by: roadwarrior

If you are at all in love with mid century modern design, and who isn’t these days, you will totally enjoy wallowing amongst the pioneers of style in this retrospective of beautiful and functional design. The opening reception was sweet with lovely canapes and even some jello treats. Music from the 60’s wafted amongst the revelers from a dj in the corner, and the mood was festive. The exhibit itself is splendid with lots to read from the many boards that explain the origins of Mid Century Modern design. The furniture examples are sleek, clean, and you even can test drive some of the new chairs that are being designed today. Well worth a visit.

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