Life in the Fast Lane @ Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Six must-see crime cars on display for public viewing

Every year people visit car shows, both near their home, and even states away. The country has a fascination with both old and new models, and car shows give auto enthusiasts a way to see a variety of vehicles all at one time. It also gives them the up-close “look under the hood” experience they can’t get from flipping through a magazine or watching a television show. Car fans can also get up close to significant crime car history at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, where it’s life in the fast lane that attracts visitors as they peruse the six must-see vehicles on public display.

“So many people love cars of all types, and when they are featured in an historical event it makes them even more interesting to our visitors,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “Guests immediately start sharing their own connections to the cars’ stories and it’s special to be able to make these artifacts available to the public.

There are six crime and law enforcement related vehicles on display at the museum, two of which are located outdoors so are free to view. The other four are inside the museum in the Getaway Cars Gallery, which is part of regular admission. The vehicles on display at the museum include:

  • 1933 Essex Terraplane – Actually owned and not stolen by notorious bank robber John Dillinger, he purchased the car new in 1934. Dillinger escaped FBI agents in the car along with his girlfriend Evelyn Frechette, and a bullet from the shootout can still be seen from inside of the car. He soon had to abandon the car after crashing in a field, and signed it over to his brother. 
  • 1934 Ford V8 – The hole-ridden vintage Ford was featured as the death car in classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway. The ambush scene set new standards for onscreen violence, and the bullet holes seen in the car were made by local police who shot up the car for filming.  

  • 1968 Volkswagen Beetle – The museum’s VW Beetle was owned by serial killer Ted Bundy. The vehicle was integral to both his murders and his ultimate conviction when it yielded important DNA evidence. The car is displayed without the front passenger seat in the same way Bundy use the car.  

  • 1993 Ford Bronco – Owned and driven by OJ Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings, the white Bronco is the very vehicle where Simpson sat in the back seat during the slow speed chase that so many tuned in to witness.
  • Sevier County Sheriff’s Car – Purchased new in 2007, the Dodge Charger in front of the museum was used by three members of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office during its 9-year career. It was retired in 2016, and found a new home on loan to the museum educating the public.
  • Government Surveillance Van – Located outside the museum, the van was used the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. A display inside the museum gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the cramped quarters law enforcement spends time in during a stakeout, with barely enough room to stand and little privacy to use the toilet. The van was in active criminal investigations, including drug crimes and burglary surveillance.

“Our Getaway Cars Gallery is a highly popular area of the museum, and for good reason, as most people own cars so they connect with their stories as objects,” added Penman. “Our crime cars each represent a cautionary tale, symbolizing a warning about the consequences of crime, while our law enforcement vehicles are positive reminders of all law enforcement does every day, both in public and behind-the-scenes, to keep us safe.” 

Alcatraz East Crime Museum offers a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits on all aspects of crime history, CSI, and law enforcement. Current temporary exhibits include “The Second Amendment” until September 2019, “It Happened Here: Tennessee Crimes & Justice,” until May 2019, and permanent displays featuring items such as “Old Smokey,” Tennessee’s electric chair. 

The museum is always adding to its collection, and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

Once at ZACH Theatre is a Must-See!

Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.

Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note.

Speaking to Austin’s live music roots, ZACH’s Topfer lobby transforms into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Once will play The Topfer at ZACH TheatreSeptember 19 – October 28, 2018, under the direction of ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Donald Eastman, and Choreography by Cassie Abate.

Once at ZACH Theatre

When: September 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 S. Lamar Boulevard | Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at the ZACH box office - (512) 476-0541, x1

zachtheatre.org

Age Recommendation: 10 and up for language

According to William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “Once is a perfect blend of theatre and music, warmly wrapped around a touching yet complicated love story.  The emotional intensity of the unfolding story, a story perhaps experienced by many, is portrayed beautifully by the actors/musicians and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and soul.  For anyone who has a heart, Once is a must-see!”

It’s Our 7th Anniversary!

William Jackson, Found & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

On the one hand, it feels like I’ve been doing this for a lifetime, while on the other, I find myself wondering “Where did the years go?” It’s been a year of excitement, highs and lows, long work days and restless nights, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

This past year has taught me so many useful lessons, and one that really stands out is just how important it is for individuals to be patient, long-suffering, and kind toward others; without judgement.  In a culture where freedom of speech is widely encouraged, many seem to have lost sight on the importance of having something of positive and encouraging to say, tempered with applying the “Golden Rule”.  As a reminder, the “Golden Rule” admonishes us to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Of course, the lack of applying the “Golden Rule” is almost always to our detriment.

In previous Publisher’s Notes, I shared my own struggle with trying to ensure I live a well-balanced life and making such a priority. Although, I still have room for improvement, I’ve been making slow but steady progress. I recently began adding the practice of yoga to my regular health & wellness routine, something I never would have imagined in a thousand years. But thankfully, it’s doing wonders for me. I feel calmer, am resting better, and my days are less hectic.

It’s with this newfound sense of balance and calm I wish to collaborate with you as we begin our seventh year. On that note, I’m thrilled to welcome you to our Seventh Anniversary Edition!  One of our Exclusive Interviews is with Hanna Jaffe Bosdet.  The well-known Philanthropist, human rights activist, speaker, and author opens up about her new acting role in NETFLIX’s first Mexican reality series Made in Mexico, and what’s she’s doing to raise awareness of important topics such as human rights, immigrants, refugees, peace, and the importance of education.  Being that this also our Style Edition, of course we had to bring you many topics related to style and its impact as we strive to live well.

I invite you to feast your eyes on this stunning Seventh Anniversary Edition and enjoy reading the rest of the amazing features we have for you in this Edition.  May this Edition inform and inspire you to continue living your best life.

From my very being, I thank you for being a dedicated reader. Seven thrilling years would not be possible without you.  I’m so grateful to and inspired by the entire InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, andTeen InFluential teams, who work tirelessly to bring you our award-winning publications. I’m truly excited about the future of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, and I believe the best is yet to come.

Fondly and with Great Enthusiasm,

William Jackson

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Crime Museum Offers Visitors Rare Look Inside Surveillance Van, Joins Other Overlooked Gems at Alcatraz East

Former undercover surveillance van joins museum displays

Alcatraz East Building

There’s a new artifact on display at Alcatraz East, but since its focus is on undercover work it might be hard to spot. The crime museum in Pigeon Forge is giving visitors a look inside the workings of law enforcement surveillance, with a van formerly used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Georgia police department. Visitors can see how agents on a stakeout spend time in the cramped quarters of a van which is not nearly as glamorous as made out to be on television.

“It’s not often that something like this comes along, that was actually used by federal and local law enforcement on criminal cases,” says Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits. “And it has not been stripped of its equipment, giving visitors a real insider look at how it all works.”

Surprising to most people is the close quarters for the agents to work. In fact, the van doesn’t even allow the undercover officers enough room to stand up straight. It also offers little privacy using the toilet inside. Officers could monitor suspects from four different camera angles and would often spend hours in the tight space during a stakeout.

According to Lilburn, Georgia Police Chief Bruce Hedley, the van was used for several years in active criminal investigations, including drug crimes and burglary stake outs, such as in a neighborhood where there was a rash of car break-ins. From the Getaway Cars Gallery in the museum, guests will be able to see the camera perspective of a detective on a stakeout inside the van, viewing in real time as visitors come and go from the museum.

“I am very proud that the public can look at a very important piece of law enforcement equipment that we used to keep our community safe,” says Chief Hedley.

The surveillance van is not the only artifact in the museum that hides interesting details unseen from the public. The car belonging to the bank robber John Dillinger was involved in a shootout, and although the car was restored by a later owner, they kept one of the bullets visible, but only from inside of the car.

In the over twenty galleries in Alcatraz East, it can be easy to miss some of the most fascinating details of the hundreds of artifacts on view. For instance, the initial “ZT” carved in the brass railgun in the Pirates Gallery or the handwritten notes on the side of the Unabomber’s scale about its calibration. In the Mob Gallery hidden behind Mickey Cohen’s custom suit is his shirt, embroidered with his name. On the end of the sniper rifle used by the University of Texas Sniper are small numbers on a piece of tape, settings for the scope. There are other examples of objects that were designed to be hidden, like the dye pack inside a stack of $20 bills to ward against bank robberies.

Also going on display this week are the winners of Alcatraz East’s Graffiti Art Contest on June 2nd. First, second, and third place winners can now be seen on display, that is, if you’re paying attention. “The exhibit is a bit off the normal museum tour,” says Penman, “a reflection of where you often are when you see graffiti in real life, in alleys, abandon lots, by train tracks and other neglected spaces. We thought it was fitting to maximize our limited space and beautify our own “alleys.”

The museum is always adding to their collection and has a star-studded panel of experts who make up the Advisory Board, including those in law enforcement, collectors, a medical examiner, crime scene investigators, and others. The board includes Jim Willett, a retired prison warden, Anthony Rivera, a combat veteran and Navy SEAL chief, and Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who is best known for the Casey Anthony trial. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests of all ages can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, crime solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and original artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience for all ages – so much fun it’s a crime! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children, $24.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last ticket sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.alcatrazeast.com.

The Extraterrestrial Couple Shaking Up the Art World

Radical POP Art that is Shifting Consciousness

House of Orion, LA’s newest art-house, announces the opening if its online gallery to showcase original works from Avant-garde and classically trained artists. Exhibits include paintings, drawings, photographs, films, digital art, and sculptures.

The gallery founders, Marie-Pier Tremblay and Julian Prolman launched the House of Orion with their own co-collaboration in a three-part series entitled; Ascension, Butterfly and Fall from Grace. To view the galleries debut collection visit: www.arthouseoforion.com.

“House of Orion is here to use the power of art to transcend earthly boundaries by promoting provocative, supernatural imagery and spiritually centered, mystical art by uncommon, other-world inspired art” said co-founder Julian Prolman.

ASCENSION is the premier photographic exhibition series Photographed by Julian featuring model Marie-Pier. The series depicts thought provoking imagery with a vibrant message, the need to heal the planet. A lone woman not of this earth manifests to connect with nature and feel her pain.

“Releasing creative energy is my gateway to source, a voyage to the heart of divinity. From this place I can express my thoughts and emotions in physical form. It’s a journey that brings me to a state elation. It is my hope to connect with art enthusiasts in this way” said co-founder Marie-Pier Tremblay.

Invitation-only, pop-up exhibitions will be held at out-of-the-ordinary venues. Interested invitees can sign up to be on the guest list at on the website.

For more information contact:

pr@ministryoftomorrow.com

Phone: 415 827 1051

About Marie-Pier

Marie-Pier Tremblay (Signature “Mara”) is from Montreal and of Moroccan heritage. Marie-Pier is a polymathic creative with a diverse artistic repertoire that includes; poetry, drawing, photography, modeling, art direction and visual storytelling.

Marie-Pier’s creations purposely express primal emotions through wondrous, nature-based imagery to activate humankind’s repressed common desire to escape the illusion of the physical world.

About Julian Prolman

Julian Prolman is a social-entrepreneur from San Francisco and of Moroccan heritage.

From an early age, Julian has been involved in various aspects of the music industry from creative to concert production. Julian studied fine art and fashion along with marketing and communications in London. In 2012 Julian established Eco Fashion House, Ministry of Tomorrow, with the company’s flagship, luxury, vegan bag and accessory factory located in Nairobi, Kenya. Julian co-founded House of Orion with his beloved and partner Marie-Pier Tremblay. He is a photographer, artist and art director who manages the production and promotion of the gallery events.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Will Touch Your Heart!

Written by James Nelson, Technology Editor for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.

“Tale as old as time”? If you’re the parent of a young child who has watched a certain Disney animated film on video over and over and over, it might seem that way. When you take that child – or if you just go on your own – to the ZACH Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, you may be surprised at how fresh and well-animated it all seems.  Despite all the familiarity of this tale of a cursed prince-turned-beast who manages to win over the smartest, prettiest, and most headstrong girl in a “poor provincial town,” there’s a lightness and sweetness to Artistic Director Dave Steakley’s production that will win you over.

Alexander Mendoza and Briana Brooks in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

Alexander Mendoza and Briana Brooks in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

The production is also distinguished by its cast. The main cast is solid. They are competent singers as well as actors, thus doing justice to the nature of a musical. The star of the show is clearly Briana Brooks who plays Belle, the Beauty, and Alexander Mendoza, who plays the Beast, is very good too. During the second act, when the plot centers almost exclusively on the romance between Belle and the Beast, Brooks and Mendoza deliver a depth of feeling that makes this play especially heartwarming. It’s no accident this tale that teaches children about the benefits of kindness, courtesy, and respect, has proven so durable with several generations.

Matthew Redden and Cast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

Matthew Redden and Cast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

The supporting performers bring lightheartedness and laughter to the show. The self-absorbed buffoon Gaston is played with gusto by Matthew Redden, who is amusing as he flexes and fumbles in “Me” and the eponymous tune “Gaston” with adorable sidekick LeFou played by Kevin Pellicone never too far away. The happy bunch of household objects that also happen to be the Beast’s servants are highly entertaining with their own individual sparkle and include the hilarious, tightly wound clock Cogsworth played by John Christopher, and his animated candelabra friend Lumiere played by Martin Burke. Sassy Babette played by Jennifer Blakeney Youngi and over-the-top Madame De La Grande Bouche played by June Julian also add fun and flair. Little Chip is played by Wilkes Goodner and Lucca Ostrovich.  Chip’s protective and doting teapot mother Mrs. Potts played by Meredith McCall charmed the crowd with “Beauty and the Beast.”

Alexander Mendoza in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

Alexander Mendoza in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at ZACH Theatre.

The Zach Theatre does a fantastic job with their latest family-friendly production. No matter how old you are, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will touch your heart and fill it with happiness and hope. Get tickets and be their guest.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Plays ZACH’s Topfer Stage from July 11 thru September 2, 2018.

My comments on the accommodations at ZACH Theatre:

  • Greeted immediately and provided a layout of the facility
  • Box office staff very pleasant and friendly. Had our tickets available immediately
  • Nice selection at the bar
  • Acoustics are great
  • All seats have a great view
  • Convenient parking
  • Nice local artwork on display

Austin Shakespeare: Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One performance only as finale of Austin Chamber Music Festival

WHO:             Austin Shakespeare 

WHAT:           Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

WHEN:           4:30 pm Sunday, July 22, 2018

WHERE:        Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin

TICKETS:      http://austinchambermusic.org/ 

Austin Shakespeare, in collaboration with Austin Chamber Music Center, presents scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin full period costume on Sunday, July 22 at The University of Texas Bates Recital Hall as the finale of The Austin Chamber Music Festival. Combining music, poetry and movement for the third consecutive year, they will stage highlights of the delightful story of lovers tricked by fairies, and a foolish Bottom transformed into a donkey. The show is punctuated by intervals of music from Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel, and Prokoviev. Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella promises “a surprise Mendelssohn twist!”

With professional Equity actors: Gwendolyn Kelso (Helena), Sharron Bower (Titania, Queen of the Fairies), André Martin (Lysander/Oberon), and Kate Glasheen (Hermia).  Scenes feature Toby Minor (Puck) who recently played the comic Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor in Zilker Park, and Joseph Garlock (Bottom/Demetrius), who played Tybalt in last year’s festival production of Scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Children playing the fairies include: Joseph Blackwood, Rose Marie Barnes, Sparky Anderson, Selah Bell, Aiden and Liam Minor. Chamber music will be played by ACMC’s gifted Artistic Director, Michelle Schumann (piano), along with Sonja Larson (violin) and Nora Karakousoglou (cello), who wowed audiences last summer.

Movement director: Jennifer Whitehurst

Costume designer: Jennifer Rose Davis

Lighting designer: Patrick Anthony

ANN CICCOLELLA, Artistic Director

Ann Ciccolella joined Austin Shakespeare as Artistic Director in August 2007, following an eight-year tenure at Austin’s ZACH Theatre as managing director, and executive director at Austin Circle of Theaters for nine years. Ciccolella led the Renaissance Theater Company for ten years, producing and directing Off-Off Broadway shows. Prior moving to Austin, Ciccolella served for three years as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2013, she directed Off-Broadway for Austin Shakespeare of a new adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem by Jeff Britting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE

Austin Shakespeare’s mission is to present professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Founded in 1984 Austin Shakespeare is the only professional classic theatre company in Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare also brings professional actors and directors directly into the classroom throughout Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare is a member of the Austin Creative Alliance and is funded in part by the City of Austin through The Cultural Arts Division.

It Was a Perfect Afternoon for Tea Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild!

Photography courtesy of Sarah Siller of Sarah Siller Photography.

The beautiful and historic Driskill Hotel hosted the lovely event.

A gorgeous, sunny day heralded the arrival of excited guests at Ballet Austin Guild’s second annual spring fundraiser tea, “An Afternoon in Neverland”, so named in a nod of support to Ballet Austin’s grand season finale, Peter Pan.  This year’s highly successful sold out event was held inside the gorgeous Driskill hotel, an Austin icon and key event sponsor.

Lovely guests who happen to be a wonderful family of aunts and cousins.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Guests of all ages arrived in their best tea finery, with beautiful hats and outfits taking center stage. They were ushered in by a cast of costumed characters portrayed by the Hill Country Players, drama students from Hill Country Middle School, much to the delight of the youngest attendees.  Tables beckoned partygoers with exquisite centerpieces provided by Mandarin Design Lab along with towers of luscious treats and an assortment of lovely teas. Adult guests enjoyed a bit of celebratory bubbly as they strolled among the many enticing raffle baskets.

Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin and Lorrie Garcia, VP of Communications of Ballet Austin Guild.

Once all were seated, Ballet Austin Sarah & Ernest Family Fund Artistic Director Stephen Mills introduced and spoke a bit about featured speaker, company dancer Chelsea Marie Renner, who danced the role of Wendy in two performances of Peter Pan.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Chelsea shared that her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer would not have been realized had there not been vital scholarship opportunities along the way.  She spoke of her family’s many struggles to keep her dancing. Her father owned a small print shop in Bozeman, Montana, and often traded printing jobs for the dance academy in exchange for her tuition.  As Chelsea’s talent and passion for ballet developed and greater but more distant opportunities came along, scholarships were her only hope to continue her training. Chelsea was the very first recipient of the Butler Fellowship Scholarship in 2006, allowing her to join Ballet Austin II prior to moving up to the company.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

William Jackson, long-time attendee, proud supporter of Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin and chief business officer for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential says, “I’m honored to support Ballet Austin Guild.  I’ve have the pleasure to see first hand how hard this amazing group of individuals works to ensure the longevity of the programs offered by Ballet Austin and the availability of the arts throughout the Austin community.   My heart is touched deeply to see beautiful families celebrate together with great laughter, excitement, and love.  It’s also an honor to help to increase awareness through partnerships with InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential.  I wish these wonderful organizations much continued success and will do my part to ensure their continued successes”.  

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Ballet Austin Guild President Suzanne Mackowiak thanked those in attendance and reminded the audience that all tea proceeds go to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund, making classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of his or her family’s economic situation.

Learn how you can support Ballet Austin Guild by visiting here.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Captivates at Bass Concert Hall

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin has truly brought the quintessential Broadway production to Austin with their presentation of the Tony Awards Best Musical of 2015 “An American in Paris”!

Set at the end or World War II, the war torn “City of Light” lay decimated at the advent of it’s newly found liberation. As American Forces are leaving Europe headed for home, a U.S. Army Lieutenant Jerry Mulligan, deliberately misses his train home after spying a stunningly beautiful young French lady in the streets of Paris who brings a surge of visions to his imagination that demand to be committed to his canvass’s as a newly inspiring artist.

Jerry soon finds lodging and a new start in Paris through his newly made friend Adam Hochberg, a fellow veteran, pianist and aspiring composer, who finds himself overwhelmed with inspiration to write a musical score worthy of a newly discovered young ballerina of the Paris Ballet.

Adam soon introduces Jerry to the aspiring nightclub star Henri Baurel who is the son of wealthy French industrialists who envision their son leading great industries, which makes Henri fearful of their reaction should they learn about his secret dreams to perform on stage. The only things Henri fears more than his parents is his fear of proposing to his lovely girlfriend, who’s name he refuses to share with Adam and Jerry.

Now with our hopeful band of brothers out to conquer the world of art, music and entertainment, where would we be without a common love interest? Perhaps a young lady seen for only a moment on the streets of Paris? Or, perhaps a talented up and coming starlet of the Paris Ballet? Or, perhaps the childhood friend, now girlfriend of a wealthy young man destine to carry on his family’s industrial heritage? Only the beautiful Lise Dassin could turn this glib trio in to a enamored triangle of confusion and despair, and ever so innocently she does!

“An American in Paris” brings the full regalia of dramatic emotions to stage through engaging dialogue and convincing acting, while all the more, passionately blending an incredibly sumptuous variety of dance that leaves the spectators palette exhaustively satisfied with astounding solo, duet and group performances that inspire a joyous awe.

The plot’s telling collision of lives, carried through resounding vocal performances wafts you in a whirl of energy reminding us all of our strengths and our weaknesses; our resiliencies and our frailties and our good fortune to feel it all. “An American in Paris” chronicles far more than one might ever hope to experience in a lifetime while lifting our aspirations to achieve far more!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

 An American in Paris

May 30 – June 3, 2018

                       Wednesday – 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 BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, 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.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

B*Tru Arts announces 6th Annual InspiroFest

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B*Tru Arts announces its 6th Annual InspiroFest, a communal artistic festival held at the beautiful and serene Casa De Luz on Saturday, May 12, 2018, starting at noon.

B*Tru Arts’ annual InspiroFest promotes local, multicultural artists in an exciting and enlightening collection of live music, dance, theatre and other artistic performances. B*Tru Arts is working in conjunction with several local businesses and artisans to showcase their unique products while providing great entertainment and a host of interactive activities in a spirited and electrifying atmosphere. The event will also feature healers and workshops in a family-friendly environment while supporting Austin performing arts and education.

Throughout the day, B*Tru Arts will be hosting a silent auction and raffle of unique local goods and services. Attendance is free to the general public, and all proceeds benefit Austin performing arts and education. Parking is available, but carpooling, biking and walking are encouraged.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and will be emceed by Travis Duncan, a candidate running for mayor this fall. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to support and be entertained by local artists and businesses. InspiroFest is an exceptionally unique and unprecedented experience fostering and celebrating the diversity, originality, and unity of local artists from all walks of life.

For more information about Inspiro Fest and B*Tru Arts, please visit www.BTruArts.org.