BE IN THE KNOW

BE IN THE KNOW

Where to go and what to do right now around the state and beyond? Look no further since we’ve assembled the newest and different to try and enjoy, according to our cool culture hunter, Lance Avery Morgan.

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HEIGHTENED SCENTS-ABILITY

The newest candle to be a hit with those in the know is Social-Lite. Gorgeous and filled with delectable scents with such themes as Set To Jet, Make Mine Champagne, Modern Ingenue, My Secret Past, Darling Really, and Isn’t It Rich, these five-star candles will add a sophisticated element to every room.

$58 each. At SocialLiteCandles.com.

EUROPEAN JAUNT

The American Friends of Versailles, led by Amarillo-born Catharine Hamilton, is inviting guests, under the gracious guidance of Princesse Béatrice de Bourbon des Deux Sicilies, to enjoy a spectacular benefit trip of palaces and gatherings from Vienna and Prague. This one-of-a-kind tour of the fabled cities benefits the ongoing renovation of Versailles. Make plans now for October 2–10. $20,000 per person.

At AmericanFriendsOfVersailles.org.

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BOXT & READY

BOXT luxe table wine, Austin-based and female-owned by Sarah Puil, has launched into the new hot craze of premium boxed wines. The three red and white varietals use Napa winemaking techniques, are eco-friendly, and sourced from the best grapes in the world. Available through a subscription service, with free shipping direct to your doorstep.

At DrinkBOXT.com.

ESCAPE WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

With travel in all of our futures, we can hardly wait. Until we’re on that jet, headed for, say, Italy, we can enjoy the flair of the fabled country with art by San Antonio-based artist Allison Gregory, whose contemporary work of abstract and specific venues, like the Italian Riviera, shown here, always brighten any venue.

At AllisonGregoryFineArt.com.

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ALWAYS LOOKING UP

You’ll definitely want to see the Texas Performing Arts exhibit Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel.  Among the 50 backdrops received by Texas Performing Arts from the Art Directors Guild Backdrop Recovery Project was a nearly complete replica of the Sistine Chapel.  These 18 backdrops represent full-scale copies of the historic frescos, that are a cornerstone of High Renaissance Art, and were used in MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn.

At UTPerformingArts.org.                   

TOTES WITH A CONSCIENCE

The BAE bag is a flagship product from Austin-based Betsy Christian, founder of Bae Liles. The totes, which come in orange and white, and black and white canvas, sport sturdy leather handles. Maker Moms handcraft them in Kenya to create sustainable lives through Fair Trade and every purchase contributes to their financial well-being. Look for a line of easy-to-wear dresses next.

At BaeLiles.com.   

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UP GOES THE CURTAIN: TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS WITH SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

UP GOES THE CURTAIN: TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS CELEBRATES 40 YEARS WITH SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

By Jake Gaines 

Spektral Quartet. Photo by Dan Fullman

Recently, after spearheading a $3M renovation of Austin’s largest theater, Executive & Artistic Director Bob Bursey announced his first curated season of music, dance, theater, and performance for Texas Performing Arts on the UT campus. A dozen live productions will mark its 40th Anniversary season in 2021-2022 and it offers an array of choices…there will be something for just about everyone.  

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Andrew Eccles

The performance lineup includes established and emerging artists, revivals and new works, long-time favorites and first-time visits. The season brings the city a survey of current developments and leading voices in the performing arts in America today.  In fact, audiences will see some of the highest examples of artistic excellence.

The Plastic Bag store. Photo by Rundle Mall

The 40th season of performances will take place in Texas Performing Arts’ newly renovated Bass Concert Hall, the intimate McCullough Theater, and at other locations on the University of Texas campus and around Austin. The 40th season is one of Texas Performing Arts’ anchor series for 2021-22.  It joins the previously announced Broadway in Austin season, which includes the return of Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, and the Austin debuts of HadestownTootsieCharlie and the Chocolate FactorySummer: The Donna Summer Musical, and Mean Girls.  Broadway in Austin season subscriptions are currently available at BroadwayInAustin.com.

Helen Sung with the UT Jazz Orchestra. Courtesy of Joseph Boggess Photography

In addition to the 40th Season and Broadway in Austin, the Texas Welcomes Series hosts events by national touring attractions, concerts, and comedians.  A full list of performances is available at texasperformingarts.org/events.