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Texas Honey Bee Farm

Not far from Austin Zoo lies the Texas Honey Bee Farm, nestled in a wooded area close to Cedar Valley. I visited there recently for a honey tasting (available in the gift shop) and an […]

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The Sound of Music

Twenty years ago I saw Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer on stage in Toronto for a Sound of Music reunion. As Ms. Andrews had already pretty much stopped singing by then, her voice was replaced […]

Theatre Scene

War of the Worlds

The threat of alien invasion is very much with us now, as it actually happened on Jan. 6, 2021. It was a worn-out Hollywood cliché that when aliens invaded they would naturally descend on Washington […]

Arts Scene

STONEHENGE: The First Exhibit

Considering the worldwide fame of Stonehenge, and centuries of antiquarian and scientific investigation, it may come a surprise that there has never been a museum exhibit about this ancient monument. Not, that is, until now. […]

Music Scene

World Premiere by Quinn Mason

The Draylen Mason Composer-in-Residence program honors the memory of Draylen Mason, a promising young Austin musician killed in 2018 by the Austin package bomber. The first and current holder of that residency is Quinn Mason, […]

Music Scene

American Landscapes

The concluding Masterworks concert by our local treasure, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, featured works that musically depict the landscapes of America. Guest soloist John Novacek was key to making this happen. As a pianist, he […]

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Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart, (made into a film flop in 1986) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981/82. It was originally a three-act play, here performed in two. It transferred from the Manhattan Theater Club to […]

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  • The Draylen Mason Composer-in-Residence program honors the memory of Draylen Mason, a promising young Austin musician killed in 2018 by the Austin package bomber. The first and current holder of that residency is Quinn Mason, [...]

Presidential library

  •   There is no place in the United States that is more closely associated with Lady Bird Johnson than Austin. After her death in 2007 the river running through the city was renamed Lady Bird [...]

Theatre scene

  • Twenty years ago I saw Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer on stage in Toronto for a Sound of Music reunion. As Ms. Andrews had already pretty much stopped singing by then, her voice was replaced [...]

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  • Crimes of the Heart, (made into a film flop in 1986) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981/82. It was originally a three-act play, here performed in two. It transferred from the Manhattan Theater Club to [...]
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  • Not far from Austin Zoo lies the Texas Honey Bee Farm, nestled in a wooded area close to Cedar Valley. I visited there recently for a honey tasting (available in the gift shop) and an [...]
  • “I wasn’t in the theatre last night, I was on Mt. Parnassus.” This elevating line from Terrence McNally’s latest play, Immortal Longings, sums up the experience nicely. Mt. Parnassus towers above Delphi, home to the [...]
  • Sun News Austin was on the scene for the 40th anniversary concert of Kansas in Pittsburgh, where they first made it big onto the music scene in 1975. After more than 40 years and 30 [...]
  • “Most modern scientists think we’re not alone,” said Dr. John Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006. He was referring to intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, and it is the search [...]