Author: Dr. Cliff Cunningham

  • New Insights into 18th Century Philosophy

    New Insights into 18th Century Philosophy

    This book offers, for the first time English, some of the most important early writings by the great German philosopher Johann Nicolaus Tetens (1736-1807). The first 36 pages consist of an introduction and analysis by the three editors; the next 240 pages contain a full translation of texts on language (etymology), anthropology, and the philosophical […]

  • The Inheritance, Part 2

    The Inheritance, Part 2

    Many people in Texas will remember the halcyon days when Ann Richards, a Democrat, was Governor. The actress Libby Villari, from North Carolina, moved to Texas where she graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Theatre. In recent years she has toured in the state in a one-woman show, Ann, portraying […]

  • Tchaikovsky and Ravel at Austin Symphony

    Tchaikovsky and Ravel at Austin Symphony

    The Austin Symphony Orchestra opened its 112th season with a superlative programme this past weekend. Acclaimed pianist Benedetto Lupo gave the audience a marvellously nuanced interpretation of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, first performed in 1932. It opens in quite a sprightly manner – first with the crack of a whip, then a perky […]

  • Best Italian in London: La Mia Mamma

    Best Italian in London: La Mia Mamma

    In June I dined at La Mia Mamma, the best Italian restaurant in London. This month I will be there again. Unique among Italian restaurants real Italian mothers are the cooks. They are flown in from Italy, from a particular region, so the menu reflects their style of cooking. Every few months they change. And […]

  • Murders and Moontowers

    Murders and Moontowers

    A slice of Austin history is on display now at the Dougherty Arts Centre. It is in the form of a musical play, and while it is just an hour long, it is a sheer delight. While several of the tunes are corny by modern standards, they reflect the time period of the 1890s when […]

  • The Virgin Trial

    The Virgin Trial

    In the year Elizabeth II celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, Elizabeth I is making a comeback. In the play The Virgin Trial, we see Elizabeth I before she became Queen. Mostly set in 1549, she is 15 years old, and fighting for her life. There is a historical parallel here: Elizabeth II, as a teenager, was […]

  • Three Headed Beast

    Three Headed Beast

    If you are a fan of silents, this Austin-made film may be your favourite of the year. Three Headed Beast is a typical love triangle story, told in a very untypical way. Of the 83-minute runtime, approximately 20 minutes has spoken dialogue. The rest is just noises and soundtrack. Directed and produced by Fernando Andrés […]

  • Lembit Sarapuu: Reality and Actuality

    Lembit Sarapuu: Reality and Actuality

    The most famous Estonian artist is Lembit Sarapuu, celebrating his 92nd birthday this year. In honour of more than six decades of artistic output, the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, is currently displaying some 150 of his works. It is a truly mind-bending experience. His work is divided into three themes, as explained by […]

  • Life Through an Unfiltered Lens

    Life Through an Unfiltered Lens

    This book is not for the timid or unabashed. Written by Elise Krentzel of Austin, it details the raw, earthy, family details of a dysfunctional family. It is her first memoir, an autobiographical look at her life from the 60s and 70s, with the opening chapter set in the 80s. There are 7 pages of […]

  • International Male: The Film

    International Male: The Film

    For decades International Male titillated the fantasies of millions of gay men across America. With their clothing catalogue featuring the most handsome men in the world, wearing clothing the likes of which no one had seen before, it molded the view men in the 1970s and 80s had about themselves. Both gay and straight. The […]