School of ROCK The Musical is Going to Rock You

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin brought the proverbial house down again this Wednesday night with the opening of the musical “School of Rock”!  Warning, if you have a knack for the mundane, this performance will knock it clean out of you.  All the better, if the word, “rebellion” rolls easily off your tongue, then race for the ticket line, because the spirit of Rock and Roll will never be so hysterically thrown in your lap!

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The high energy pace of the whole show rolls right over the top of you from the get go with the standard announcement about audience conduct.  Just when silencing your cell phone is mentioned, the screeching vocals of Dewey and the Heavy Metal playing of his big hair band thrusting out of their Marshall amps physically sets you back in your seat.  Sadly we quickly learn that Dewey, in all his zeal, has no idea that his fellow band members have decided to kick him out of the band and replace him with a stronger recruit in preparation for the upcoming and much anticipated annual Battle of The Bands contest.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

Things go from bad to worse when Dewey’s crash pad is jeopardized when his friend’s wife demands that Dewey start paying rent or get out after years of mooching off his generous friends.  Desperation grows and in a flash of deviant genius, Dewey gets the hair brained idea to impersonate his friend as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green private school to make some quick cash for rent.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Quite unavoidably, Dewey bumbles and fumbles his way in to the teaching gig and  squarely sets himself in the cross hairs of the school principal and fellow faculty members with his uncouth behavior and slovenly  appearance which only heightens the fact that Dewey has absolutely no earthly idea of how he’s going to pull of acting like a teacher, let alone trying to act like a grown adult.  Yet amongst all the classroom follies, Dewey makes the most unexpected discovery when one day his students start pulling out instruments for music class and he realizes that these kids can ROCK!!!!

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Now at last, class is truly in session for Dewey and he’s headed for stardom with his new dream band that he enthusiastically names “School of Rock”!  And folks, just in case you’re wondering, all of the cast memebers on stage are really playing their own instruments and these kids are insanely talented!

Tensions grow as we learn of the individual student’s home lives and the intense pressures placed upon them by their parents to achieve scholastically.  All the while the Battle of The Bands contest is fast approaching and it almost seems like Dewey’s delusions of grandeur may actually come true!

Emotions erupt when the parents and the principal find out about Dewey’s plans to enter his young band in the contest and in a blink of the eye, Dewey’s Rock and Roll world unravels before him when they pull the proverbial plug on his plans.  Beleaguered, Dewey makes his way back to his soon to be lost crash pad, beat down and hopeless of ever achieving Rock greatness.

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Thankfully, his student’s rebel determination pulls Dewey from his emotional abyss and on to the contest stage of the Battle of The Bands to learn yet another unexpected life lesson and redemption reigns when Dewey is offered a new full-time position at Horace Green teaching music and almost magically joy returns to Dewey’s Rock and Roll world!

“School of Rock” is the most energetic and enthusiastic stage performance that I have ever seen!  When the elderly audience members are dancing their way out of the auditorium after the performance as much as, if not more than the teenagers, you know that you have been a part of Rock and Roll history!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

School of Rock  – The Musical

February 13 – 18, 2018

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at,, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email

Austin Influential Group Proudly Presents The Opulence Ball: Kavïat 24

Austin Influential Group proudly presents The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24, benefiting Austin Pets Alive! (, happening on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00pm – 1am at The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX.

From the grandiose and over-the-top phantasmagoria of the Baroque and Rococo to the immersive, hyper-saturated and vibrating glamour of disco, housed in the ever-influential and conscious-altering philosophy “be what you want to be” of Ball Culture, we bring to you our biggest creation to date; KAVÏAT 24! In benefit of Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Influential Group invites you to bear witness and forever scream your piece to not just dream it, but BE IT, at our 6th annual Opulence Ball! Come dressed to impress, transgress and express your wildest dreams of elegance and extravaganza and be seen in the styles of Baroque France, decadent Italian masquerade, Rococo brilliance, the hottest, slickest, and smoothest threads of disco or arrive in a married combination of them all!  The sky’s the limit! Can you dig it, madame and monsieurs?  At the heart of the chateau, we’ll present our largest and most grand parade of spectacle, flare, drama and theatre featuring a carefully selected showcase of Austin’s finest movers and shakers of Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque and one very special import of sensational proportions. This Valentine’s season, it may be larger than life . . . but it’s just the right size!

Event:  The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24

Date:  Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time:  9pm – 1am

Location:  The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX




The Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is Royal

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Matthew Murphy.

On Tuesday, December 12, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts opened its 2017 – 2018 season with a proverbial bang with their presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I”.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Opening night was truly a step back in time and a journey to a far off land.  The setting was Siam. The time was long before the modern day Thailand might ever have been imagined.  These were the times of pomp and pageantry.  These were the times of deep seated traditions and customs that were brought to bear upon the savy English widow Anna Leonowens, the “school teacher”, and her young son Louis as Anna enters the employ of the King of Siam.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

The feeling of joy felt throughout the audience was palpable as the Bass Concert Hall filled with the classic and familiar tune “I Whistle a Happy Tune” as Anna and Louis stepped off the boat with great trepidation and on to their new homeland.  Equally enthralling was watching Anna being introduced to the numerous royal wives and even more numerous royal children while singing “Getting to Know You” in the royal court.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Inevitably, amidst this newly forged arrangement, tensions arise as Anna must delicately, yet firmly, navigate a foreign society and a royal household known for great civility and even greater incivility.  These tensions come more acutely to light as we learn of the king’s personal struggles of being in absolute barbaric power before his subjects while privately and quite humbly, at times, questioning the very nature of the expansive world surrounding him.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Not surprisingly, the bullying egocentric attitude of the king and Anna’s proud obstinate disposition make the plot ripe for confrontation both petty and literally deadly.  Yet, sweet undertones of admiration and respect for one another develop amidst their strife, and devotion flourishes as these unlikely companions become the greatest of allies.  As the final curtain fell, it was hard not to feel a great sense hope of being able to come together as one people.  For surely, if the barbarian king and the proper English lady can do it, then so can we.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

December 12 – 17, 2017

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at,, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email

The Lincoln Center Theater Production Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations, LLC announce a national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin for a limited one-week engagement, December 12-17, 2017. Tickets on sale now.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  The production is currently playing an open-ended Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards®); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Ticketes start at $30.Tickets are available at,, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email

Briscoe Western Art Museum Names Debbie Montford Recipient of Inaugural Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award

Debbie Montford

Debbie Montford

The Briscoe Western Art Museum on November 8 announced Debbie Montford as the recipient of the newly established Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated the philanthropic spirit of the late Texas Governor and his wife through altruistic contributions and support of the Briscoe Museum and all of South Texas. Montford will be presented with the Briscoe Legacy Award during a luncheon in her honor on Wednesday, December 6 beginning at 11:30am at the Briscoe’s Jack Guenther Pavilion.

For more than 30 years, Debbie Montford has dedicated her philanthropic expertise and generous support to nonprofits across the state of Texas. Through her exceptional leadership and tenacious efforts as chairman of the board for the Briscoe Museum, Debbie was integral in the grand opening of the Museum in 2013. She is currently an advisory board member of the Briscoe, board secretary of Humanities Texas, and an advisory director of the Plum Foundation.

“The Briscoe Museum is deeply grateful for Debbie Montford’s unwavering dedication and advocacy,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Museum. “Her continuous philanthropic efforts and devotion to our Museum aptly embody the core values of this award.”

Debbie has served on numerous boards and has received many notable awards including the Champion of the Arts Award presented by Texas Monthly in association with Texas Women for the Arts. With a personal approach to fundraising and a deep passion for the arts, education, and the health of the San Antonio community, Debbie and her husband, John T. Montford, are often dubbed “the dynamic duo,” with a goal to raise $1 billion dollars for charity in their lifetimes.

“Debbie Montford has been a great champion of the arts. She has been a leader in creating The Tobin Center and The Briscoe Western Art Museum. San Antonio is fortunate to have Debbie Montford contributing to our community in such a dynamic and dedicated fashion,” said the Honorable Nelson W. Wolff.

Legacy Award Luncheon chairs include Jane Macon, Tracy Wolff, and Nancy Loeffler. The award itself will be presented to Debbie by her husband, John T. Montford, a former member of the Texas State Senate (District 28) and former chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. Please call 210.229.4499 or visit for sponsorship information and tickets.

Waller Creek Conservancy Announces Creek Show 2017 Programming and Artists

Six Austin-Based Design Teams Light Up the Night November 10-18

Waller Creek Conservancy announces the return of Creek Show taking place November 10-18, 2017 from 6pm-10pm. Free and open to the public, explore six luminescent, site-specific art installations along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets, all created by local talent.

Celebrate Austin Art Month Friday, November 10, with the public opening of the show including a live DJ on the creek. Participate in hands-on, family-friendly activities every night at the Sabine Tree Deck between 6pm and 8pm. The

Photography courtesy of © David Brendan Hall,

Photography courtesy of © David Brendan Hall,

Thinkery will be on-site Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the Creek Show Lounge (700 E. 6th St.) for an immersive Waller Creek experience including interactive entertainment, Creek Show photo booth, Waterloo Park model, and more. Don’t forget to pick up your Creek Show wristband for food and drink specials from participating businesses in the Red River Cultural District.

Tuesday, November 14, meet the design teams at the Creek Show Artist Talk from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Palm Door on Sabine, moderated by arts critic Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin.  The event is free but RSVP is required!

Thursday, November 16, 6pm-9pm, join Generation Waller for Monster Bash from 6pm-9pm at The Gatsby. There will be a silent auction to support WCC and a raffle with lots of great prizes!

Saturday, November 18, 3:30pm-5:30pm, bike around town with an art-centric tour that starts at Laguna Gloria, passes by the Waller Delta and wraps up at Creek Show.

Saturday, November 18, 6pm-9pm, don’t miss the 2017 Closing Party at Cheer Up Charlies featuring Rattletree!

For more details and links to all of these exciting programs, visit or the Creek Show 2017 Facebook event.

Gather friends and family to explore Waller Creek as it’s never been seen before.

CREEK SHOW 2017 INSTALLATIONS AND DESIGN TEAMS: “No Lifeguard on Duty” by Asakura Robinson, “Night Garden” by dwg., “Blind Spot” by Two+ Collaborative, “fotan FABLE” by HA Architecture, “Ephemeral Suspension” by PATHOS + TouchTo“Submerge” by Davey McEathron Architecture + Studio Lumina + Drophouse.

Follow Waller Creek Conservancy on Facebook or Instagram: @WallerCreekConservancy; Twitter @austinWCC #CreekShow


Waller Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. The Conservancy renews the natural environment, promotes play, health and wellness, economic vitality, and mobility, and engages the community through outreach, education, cultural events, and the arts. For more information, visit

RENT Leaves no Feeling Untouched!

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Bass Concert Hall played host venue to the opening night of the 20th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Broadway play RENT on October 13, 2017.  Being in attendance was to say the least, historic!

(L to R) Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2017.

(L to R) Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2017.

Set in the late 90′s in New York City, a young group of impoverished artists squatting in an old dilapidated warehouse, band together as they face seemingly insurmountable struggles in pursuit of their youthful hopes and aspirations.

The palette of characters paints an intensely colorful tapestry as their lives joyfully and sorrowfully weave together. The young musician vexed by the death of his lover struggles to discover “that perfect note”.  Yet, he finds himself falling hopelessly and fearfully in love with the vivacious striptease dancer who is ensnared in her own life threatening drug addiction.


Meanwhile, the aspiring film maker astutely records the nuances of their eclectic community as he longs to feel connected to the people before him in his camera lens.

Subsequently, a former squatter marries in to money and purchases the very warehouse he once lived in because of his dream of turning it into an institute for the arts, which ironically unveils the tyrannical landlord in him as he threatens to evict the very friends he once lived side by side with.


All the while, the community watches helplessly as the incredibly big hearted “friend to all” springs further alive by meeting the love of his life. Heartbreakingly so, his new hysterically flamboyant cross dressing boyfriend soon succumbs to the ravages of AIDS in his fledgling partners loving arms.

RENT leaves no feeling untouched.  The feverish pitch of youthful hope and aspiration, countered by the walloping blows of despair and anguish are ever so gently balanced by the weaving of the abiding thread of reassuring love that undoubtedly conquers all and that is the textile of life.


Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign restages this 20th anniversary tour.  Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) serves as choreographer.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

South Texas Ranching Families Give Generously to the Briscoe Western Art Museum

Gifts Help the Briscoe Highlight the Contributions of Texas Ranching Culture and the Legacy of the American West 

The Briscoe Western Art Museum announced on October 11 recent significant gifts it has received from several South Texas ranching families, including Wyatt Ranches, San Vicente Ranch LTD, the “Tex” Elliott family, and the Kate Marmion Charitable Foundation.

“The Briscoe Museum is deeply grateful for these generous gifts from some of South Texas’s most revered ranching families,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Museum.  “The legacy and impact of Texas ranching culture is indelibly tied to the mission of the Briscoe in preserving the history and heritage of the American West.”

Associates at Tasajillo Div. with Lynn Wyatt for Harpers Bazaar

Associates at Tasajillo Div. with Lynn Wyatt for Harpers Bazaar

The pergola/stage area in the Briscoe’s McNutt Sculpture Garden, a lush outdoor public space and courtyard featuring bronze sculptures by leading Western artists, will now be known as the “Wyatt Ranches Stage,” thanks to the benevolent contribution of Wyatt Ranches. This is the first gift to the Museum from Wyatt Ranches, whose administrator, Bradford Wyatt, has served on the Briscoe Museum’s board of directors since January 2017. Established in 1965 and headquartered in Texas, Wyatt Ranches operates an assimilation of cattle ranching divisions in Colorado, Tamaulipas (Mexico), South Texas, and West Texas.  Mr. Wyatt lives in Realitos, Texas. His mother, Lynn Wyatt, is a well-known philanthropist and matriarch of the Wyatt family.

Enrique Guerra Sr, Enrique Kiko Guerra, Rebecca Guerra and Jose Che Guerra

Enrique Guerra Sr, Enrique Kiko Guerra, Rebecca Guerra and Jose Che Guerra

Two of the most significant pieces on display in the Briscoe Museum galleries have been generously donated to the Museum by San Vicente Ranch, LTD (Linn, Texas) and the Guerra family.  The ornate gold and steel ceremonial sword and leather scabbard, dated 1852, that once belonged to Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna and a Silk-Embroidered Spanish Viceroy Saddle from the mid-1700s, are now a part of the Briscoe’s permanent collection. On the third floor of the Museum is a gallery named for the Guerra family that includes rare artifacts, saddles, and relics from their extensive private collection. Che Guerra is the incoming 2018 Briscoe Board Chair, and Kiko Guerra is a featured artist in Briscoe’s McNutt Sculpture Garden with his bronze masterpiece “El Caporal” that pays homage to the Mexican Vaqueros that once led cattle through this region.

Ben, Rebecca Ruthardt, Jannifer, and Stephen Elliott

Ben, Rebecca Ruthardt, Jannifer, and Stephen Elliott

Since December 2016, several members of the “Tex” Elliott family have committed three-year pledges to the Briscoe Western Art Museum. The family patriarch was lifelong rancher Albert Sager “Tex” Elliott, who passed away in 2013. The Elliott family has holdings in El Bigote Cattle Co. LLC, Gates Mineral Company, Gates Espejo Ranch and Alamo Ranch in New Mexico, after which the A Bar Gallery at the Briscoe is named. Elliott’s wife of 46 years, Jannifer Elliott, is a proud member of the museum’s first docent class, and his daughter, Jessica Erin Elliott, has served as Briscoe Board Chair for the past two years and David B. Elliott, “Tex’s” brother is also a major contributor to the Museum. Other members of the “Tex” Elliott family who have given to the Briscoe include Caleb Gates Elliott and late wife, Kelley, of Lubbock; Jason Sager Elliott and wife, Robin, of Oak Point; Benjamin Galbraith Elliott and wife, Stefani, of Uvalde; Stephen Elliott and wife, Weslie, of Georgetown; and Rebecca Elliott Ruthardt and husband, Tate, of Lubbock.

Janey Briscoe Marmion

Janey Briscoe Marmion

The Kate Marmion Charitable Foundation, based in Uvalde, gifted the Briscoe Museum with major operating grants in 2016 and 2017, and sponsored a gallery during the Museum’s capital campaign. The Foundation was named for the late Janey Katherine “Kate” Marmion, daughter of Janey Briscoe Marmion and James R. Marmion, and granddaughter of the late former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Additional support is received annually from Governor Briscoe’s children: Jill and Dolph “Chip” Briscoe, III, Janey Briscoe Marmion, and Cele and John Carpenter.

“Each member of these notable South Texas ranching families embodies the core values of the late Governor Briscoe and his wife, Janey,” said Duchemin. “Their continued philanthropy has been a cornerstone in establishing the Briscoe as one of the premier Western Art Museums in the region.”

J Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University Brings Critically Acclaimed “Women Painting Women: In Earnest” Exhibition to Texas

TAMU welcomes touring show of 30 contemporary female artists from around the world

Women Painting Women (WPW), an online resource and web-based community that has showcased more than 430 contemporary women painters from across the globe, has announced its first ever traveling museum exhibition of 53 paintings from 30 contemporary female artists titled “Women Painting Women: In Earnest”. The exhibition takes place at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University from October 18 through December 16, 2017. Curated by WPW co-founders Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel and co-sponsored by the Wright Gallery at the College of Architecture, the exhibition honors the human spirit and explores the complexity of being a woman today. Admission is free.

“Women Painting Women: In Earnest” is a collection of paintings that avoids voyeuristic depictions and delves into such concepts as identity, role association, fragility with dignity and emotional complexity. The women depicted in the paintings vary in age, race and their pose to reflect the modern woman. “To see this show is to live more than the female experience,” wrote Elizabeth Jackson of ArtSee Magazine. “The psychological complexity of the portraits, the emotional intensity, and the humor—all are fundamental aspects of what it is to be human. The view here is sensitive and compellingly complicated.”

“Each artist looks beyond the surface of her subject, beyond mere replication of the physical world before her, in search of deeper realities,” said co-founder Alia El-Bermani. “ These artists have found a freedom to avoid voyeuristic depictions of the female form to examine honest and sometimes personal narratives about the struggles and resilience of the indomitable contemporary woman.”

Texas artists featured include: Felice House (Austin), Jennifer Balkan (Austin), Candice Bohannon (Fort Worth) and Karen Offutt (Austin). International artists include: Carmen Mansilla (Madrid, Spain), Kamille Corry (Florence, Italy) and Anna Wypych (Gdynia, Poland).

For those unable to visit the exhibition, an 82-page color catalog is available for purchase here.

Founded by artists Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri as a blog in 2009, WPW has grown into a community of female artists whose work helps to expand and redefine how women are represented in fine art. The group shares inspiration and techniques while gaining exposure through events, exhibits and social media. Since the first exhibition in Charleston, South Carolina, the co-founders of Women Painting Women have helped organize numerous group exhibitions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

There will be an afternoon painting demonstration with a live model on October 18th from 12-3pm at the Wright Gallery in the College of Architecture followed by a panel discussion on October 19th from 10-11am.  The opening reception takes place at the Stark Gallery from 5:30-7:30pm on October 19th. All events are free and open to the public.  Exhibit hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9am-8pm and weekends from 12pm-6pm. Latest information available here.

Crave Artisan Chocolate Creates Signature Flavor for Zach Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Season

“Diamond Crunch” Available Now Exclusively at Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre and Crave Artisan Chocolate

Signature Flavor “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark available now to celebrate ZACH Theatre’s 85th Anniversary Season

NOW through the ZACH Theatre 2017-2018 Season

ZACH Theatre | 202 S. Lamar Blvd. | Austin, TX 78704

Crave Artisan Chocolate has created a signature chocolate flavor to honor ZACH Theatre’s 85th Anniversary.  “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark was inspired by the vibrant community of Austin along with involvement of ZACH Theatre’s spirit and ties to Austin. Krystal Craig, owner and founder of Crave Artisan Chocolate worked to create a taste that captures Austin’s on-the-go, vibrant and playful, but also casual, laid back and versatile attitude to express the similar feeling one experiences when attending a ZACH Theatre production.

The notes in this blend of vanilla, chai and espresso represent these shared characteristics with the stronger playful aspect coming from the sugary crunch as a nod to ZACH’s 85th Diamond Anniversary.  “Diamond Crunch” Vanilla and Espresso Chai Chocolate Bark is available now exclusively at ZACH Theatre through the 85th Season.

Craig explains why she crafted this exclusive flavor for ZACH Theatre, “As an Austin native, having the opportunity to commemorate ZACH’s special 85th anniversary means a lot. Working with other local businesses fuels inspiration in me to develop new flavors and chocolate products. Additionally, and more importantly to me, ZACH Theatre is a staple Austin landmark I know and appreciate after growing up and experiencing the way this city has grown and changed.”

Commercially producing chocolate since 2005, Krystal Craig was born and raised in Austin. Named as a “Rising Star of Chocolate” by the Austin Chronicle, “Top Pick” by Austin Monthly and highly regarded by ZAGAT’s landing her name on multiple lists, Krystal seemed like the perfect person to capture the essence of ZACH’s Anniversary Season. Working with chocolate encompasses the full scope of Krystal’s passions in art, business, people and health. Just like theatre, chocolate is a craft requiring a collaboration of patience, practice and developed technique. It supports creative drive while providing challenge, and comes with the best end result of making smiles.

ZACH’s 85th Anniversary Season opens with the musical gem Singin’ in the Rain, based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film in special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.  Singin’ in the Rain will play ZACH’s Topfer Theatre September 27 – October 29, 2017 under the direction of Abe Reybold, Associate Artistic Director of ZACH Theatre with musical direction by Allen Robertson and choreography by Dominique Kelly.

** ZACH’s full 17-18 Season schedule attached **