An Evening with Neil Gaiman

There’s a short list of people on this earth that I consider to be a personal celebrity. Over the years, I’ve encountered A-list actors, B-list performers, and various other singers, voice actors, dancers, politicians, childhood heroes, and even the odd and occasional circus act.  Last night, I attended An Evening with Neil Gaiman, a culminationContinue reading “An Evening with Neil Gaiman”

The hero Austin doesn’t want, but the hero Austin deserves

Veterans of the Newsletter know of my historic (one-sided) feud with Ryan Seacrest. While no one will ever top him as my least favorite celebrity of all time, there is another parasocial relationship I feel I must disclose. Ryan Seacrest is taken at face value as the shrimp of a man that he is, butContinue reading “The hero Austin doesn’t want, but the hero Austin deserves”

A Correct and Definitive Egg List

With the end of 2021 behind us and the quickly escalating pandemic on our heels, I know what you’re thinking; what exactly are Faberge Eggs and which are the prettiest? Well you’re in luck. Inspired by a tweet by @grnpointer, I have compiled a list of the 48 known Imperial Eggs. While I respect @grnpointer’sContinue reading “A Correct and Definitive Egg List”

Ernesto Neto: SunForceOceanLife

Hanging nearly 30 feet high in Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts is Ernesto Neto’s immersive SunForceOceanLife, an interactive installation that thoughtfully evokes the ocean and inner stability. Yellow, orange, and green plastic balls tightly wrapped in netting create the suspended pathways splitting and joining in spiraling paths before ultimately combining in the center. The handContinue reading “Ernesto Neto: SunForceOceanLife”

Les Fleurs du Mal

A view from the Harry Ransom Center Pictured high in both Ransom Center Atrias, the image of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous flower from his 1857 poetry collection, Les fleurs du mal stands tall. As part of the Ransom Center’s French Literature Collection, this rare first edition of Les fleurs du mal features the namesake Flower ofContinue reading “Les Fleurs du Mal”

Hidden Room’s “The Duchess of Malfi”

“In a Hidden Room somewhere within 311 W 7th Street” is the location for Hidden Room Theater’s production of The Duchess of Malfi. The tragic show kicks off the month of October with a wonderfully macabre tone. Playing in the York Rite Masonic Lodge through October 20, Hidden Room brings the Renaissance to Austin andContinue reading “Hidden Room’s “The Duchess of Malfi””

The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience

The apocalypse started in Austin not with a bang, but with a wine dispensing tree. The Garden of Earthly Delights, a SXSW activation, kicked off the end of days with an out of this world celebration of Amazon Prime’s “Good Omens” – a series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel “Good Omens:Continue reading “The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience”

Cohen New Works Festival installation, “Throw Your Future Away”

Rarely on a college campus are students encouraged to throw their futures away. As part of the Cohen New Works Festival, project leads Jason Buchanan and Qi Jiajing asked visitors to do just that for their installation, “Throw Your Future Away.” Thousands of sheets of paper with the printed words “your future” surrounded a trashContinue reading “Cohen New Works Festival installation, “Throw Your Future Away””

Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella

Countless adaptations of Cinderella have graced the Russian stage, but the 1992 Maksimova-Vasiliev production provides an interesting structuralist approach. The departures the ballet makes from the Russian tale The Golden Slipper gives Cinderella more agency as a female character. In addition to changes in the basic plot, the characteristics of ballet as a form ofContinue reading “Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella”

How Sound in Sculpture is combining art and music like never before

Returning for its fifth year, “Sound in Sculpture” has become an innovative campus tradition combining art and music. Every year as a part of the Fusebox Festival, student composers from the University of Texas create music inspired by art on campus and perform it on site. This year, composers are finding inspiration in José Parlá’sContinue reading “How Sound in Sculpture is combining art and music like never before”