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What’s in a Selfie? At the FOMO Factory, Balloons, Bubbles and a Birthday Party

Its creators call it an “immersive art pop-up,” but the FOMO Factory in downtown Austin is whatever visitors want it to be — with pictures to prove it.

Female DJs Club Aims to Break Through Music’s Gender Wall

The women Chulita Vinyl Club share a passion for collecting records and an ambition to become DJs in a male-dominated field.

Artist’s Piñatas Confront Relentless Gentrification in East Austin

David Goujon celebrates Latino culture by referencing the controversial demolition of a neighborhood store.

No Longer Stepping Around Age, Dancer Faces Looming Curtain Call

Paul Bloodgood has been dancing since childhood. But the rigors of ballet and his own age mean his career is coming to an end.

Apr 16, 2017

Mariachi Summer Camp Preserves Tradition, But Future Is Uncertain

Because most mariachi band camp participants come from low-income families in South Texas, attendance at a University of Texas-Austin mainstay has fluctuated since the camp started five years ago.

Apr 04, 2017

Austin Trans and Queer Artists Seek Visibility Amid Intolerance

LGBT artists look to educate people about discrimination via festivals and individual projects. Several bills in the Texas legislature are under consideration that would directly impact the LGBT community.

Mar 15, 2017

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.

Mar 11, 2017

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.

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.

Feb 11, 2017

Mesoamerican Artifacts Highlight Makeover at UT’s Blanton

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

May 13, 2016

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.

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.

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