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Bass Concert Hall Turns 40 Years Old

Mar 17   |  Spectrum News

Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas just turned 40 years old. Stage supervisor Conrad Haden knows every nook and cranny, as well as every twist and every turn. Haden often works about 50 feet above the stage. He’s been working at the theater since its beginning.

Broadway shows plan to get back on the road this fall

Mar 11   |  The Washington Post

Musical theater lovers can now buy tickets for September performances of “Hadestown” in Orlando, a November run of “Rent” in Charlotte and December dates of “Hamilton” in Austin, signaling a performing-arts comeback this fall with Broadway leading the charge.

‘The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop’ show paintings at work

Mar 8   |  Sightlines

Westminister Abbey, the Sonoran Desert, a Pennsylvania trailer park, a night view of an island city, a rooftop panorama of Madrid. The behemoth paintings in “Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop,” an exhibition currently staged on the stage of Bass Concert Hall, are singular as works of art.

University of Texas Professor Helps Acquire MGM Movie Backdrops for Students

Feb 9

When she’s not teaching painting, you’ll find Karen Maness putting the finishing touches on her own works of art. Maness teaches at the University of Texas in Austin, but the paintings she works with at UT are Texas-sized! They’re old movie backdrops Maness helped acquire from MGM, now housed at UT.

The Year of Living Separately

Jan 5   |  Sightlines

Texas Performing Arts partnered with Fusebox Festival to create a new production residency program that gave financial and practical assistance to locally-based performing artists. Such an initiative represented something beyond badly needed immediate and direct support for Austin dance-makers and theater-makers.

Music in the Morning

Nov 19   |  FOX 7 Austin

The Brannen Temple ElecTriO with Bobby Sparks and James Robinson perform on Fox 7's Good Day Austin.

Revealed: The Secret Sauce of Hollywood’s Original Blockbusters

Oct 28   |  Texas Lifestyle Magazine

Just how did the great Hollywood studios make doorbusting blockbuster movies back before CGI, drones and other modern day techno wizardry? All is revealed in a first-time collaboration between San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum and Texas Performing Arts as they debut six rare hand-painted, sound-stage backdrops from one of Hollywood’s legendary filmmakers, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios. 

IN PROCESS: Charles O. Anderson on (Re)Staging (Re)Current Unrest

Oct 14   |  Fusebox Festival

Charles O. Anderson spoke to Fusebox Co-Artistic Director Anna Gallagher-Ross about (Re)Current Unrest back in 2017, and in this 2020 interview they revisit their conversation from three years prior, and discuss what it means to reimagine this important work right during what has been called the largest civil rights movement in history.


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