Theatre Scene

A Texas “Hit”

The 2013 play by C. Denby Swansen, The Norwegians, has arrived but not in Austin. Should you care? In a word, yes. If you want to laugh pretty much non-stop for 90 minutes, this is […]

Historic Sites

Texas Caves and Cave Art

Inner Space cavern was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the Spring of 1963. Six inch core samples were taken to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a […]

Historic Sites

Natural Bridge Caverns

There are many caves in central Texas, and some are right here in Austin. Back in August 2019, more were found in the area of La Crosse Avenue bridge in south Austin. You can’t visit […]

Music Scene

Texas Tenors

The Texas Tenors have been entertaining audiences for 10 years, and did so again at the Tucson Music Hall in a concert largely devoted to Christmas music. A better choice would have been a concert […]

Theatre Scene

Christmas in Tinsel, Texas

What could be more appropriate than a play entitled Dashing Through The Snow just before Christmas? The title is the only appropriate thing about Dashing Through The Snow. Inappropriate is the order of the day […]

Theatre Scene

Show People

Show People is a rather vague play about 4 nutty people coming together to act in a ‘Grand Charade’. The driving force is Tom, who hires a couple to portray his parents in a weekend […]

Theatre Scene

SPACE TREK

If you ever wondered what Star Trek on steroids would be like (and who hasn’t!) pay a visit to The Gaslight Theatre in Tucson. They are currently staging Space Trek, a version of Star Trek […]

Theatre Scene

Ann Richards: The Play

The play Ann by Holland Taylor is just about as controversial as the person who is the subject of the play: Texas Governor Ann Richards (1933-2006), who served one term from 1991-1995. I often ask […]

Film Studies

Cowboys in Space

If you thought the Wild West was only in Texas, look up to the sky. Cowboys In Space, a new exhibit at the Bullock Museum in Austin, shows that cowboys fly spaceships at least as […]

Arts scene

  • Several images come to mind when one thinks of Van Gogh, especially sunflowers, and starry night scenes. The current exhibit of 50 of his works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is, to a [...]

Music scene

  • The Texas Tenors have been entertaining audiences for 10 years, and did so again at the Tucson Music Hall in a concert largely devoted to Christmas music. A better choice would have been a concert [...]

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Theatre scene

  • The 2013 play by C. Denby Swansen, The Norwegians, has arrived but not in Austin. Should you care? In a word, yes. If you want to laugh pretty much non-stop for 90 minutes, this is [...]

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  • For a rollicking good time, there is nothing better than a Herman’s Hermits concert. The carefree persona of lead singer Peter Noone, an original member of the band from 1964, has remained constant for 55 [...]
  • The city of Detroit has certainly not fared well of late, but this book by Paul Vachon takes the long view, starting as it does a million years ago when the topography of Michigan was [...]