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Santiago Jiménez Jr. Fights to Keep Conjunto Alive

The genre’s roots go back more than a century, and its fans are aging. But some musicians keep performing so that their heritage does not fade away.

Threat to Federal Arts Funding Worries Local Nonprofits

The National Endowment of the Arts supports dozens of Central Texas art organizations. But President Trump has targee the NEA for steep budget cuts.

Mesoamerican Artifacts Highlight Makeover at UT’s Blanton

The opening of the Ancient Americas gallery is part of a five-year renovation project.

Childhood Kite Hobby Became a Lifelong Passion for Austinite and His Family

Richard Robertson made his first kite at age 8. Eighty years later, he’s still at it, with more than 200 kites stored in his garage.

Feb 13, 2017

Austin’s ‘Ameripolitan’ Awards: Don’t Call Them Country

Founded by honky-tonker Dale Watson, the prizes are a counterpoise to Nashville’s music.

May 11, 2016

Rap Becomes the Medium for a Protest Song About Austin’s Gentrification

Lench Martinez no longer recognizes the city he grew up in. The demolition of an East Austin pinata store inspired him to compose a reality rap about how growth and gentrification have pushed out minorities.

May 07, 2016

Aerial Acrobats Do Their Dancing in the Air

For the past 11 years, the aerial acrobats of the Blue Lapis Light dance company have gamboled across the sides of Austin’s mightiest high rises, transformed abandoned warehouses into performance sites, and even turned a bridge into a stage.

Apr 15, 2016

Austin Record Stores Thrive with National Vinyl Resurgence

“The vinyl resurgence is not a hipster flash in the pan. It’s for real,” says one Austin record store owner.

Dec 10, 2015

Aerial Artists Build on Enthusiasm for the Circus

Some take to the air for exercise. Others like the sensation of dancing in the air.

Dec 08, 2015

Before It Was the Live Music Capital, Austin Was a Garage Band Hotbed

In the 1960s and ’70s, garage bands were just a stone’s throw away.

Nov 03, 2015

Young Designers Turn Muslim Modesty Into Modern Fashion

Young designers are creating modest, fashionable clothes for a new market.

May 21, 2015

Austin Drum Corps Teaches Members More Than Music

Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps will travel to 19 U.S. cities for summer competitions.

Apr 17, 2015

Austin Festival Aims to Be South by Southwest for Drag Performers

Mainstream audiences are recognizing drag artists as performers, not just a sideshow.

Feb 13, 2015

In Music Industry, Women Are Behind the Mic, But Rarely Running the Board

Just one in every 10 sound engineering technicians in the country is a woman.

Dec 13, 2014

Fujimoto Blazes a Symphonic Trail in San Antonio

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra’ first woman assistant conductor says there’s no gender bias.

Dec 08, 2014

Traveling Acrobats Take Their Art on the Road

Duo Maelan’s Caty Mae and Nick Milan are traveling acrobats who tour the country.

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