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Carla McDonald with NowPlayingAustin.com has the inside scoop on what's hot each week in the Visual and Performing Arts. Every Wednesday, she showcases several art, music and theatrical events going on throughout Central Texas in On the Town.

09/10/2014 12:00 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Sept. 10
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Tejano Ranching Family Day
Sept. 14 (free)
The Institute of Texan Culture

Inaugural River Arts Fest
Sept. 13 (free)
Confluence Park

Mural District Bike Tour
Sept. 13
San Anto Cultural Arts

For more arts listings and event details, go to GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.


09/10/2014 11:53 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Sept. 10
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MOD: A Modern Take on 60s Fashion
Sept. 12
LBJ Presidential Library

Too Many Stories!
Sept. 14
Scottish Rite Theater

Robert Faire’s ‘Henry V’
Sept. 10
The Long Center

For the latest art events, visit NowPlayingAustin.com.


09/07/2014 09:44 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Artist Creates Sculptural Dresses out of Recycled Metal
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Plenty of people make dresses for a living, but not many do it like John Petrey does.

Petrey, who was the focus of an exhibit at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery this weekend, is an artist who makes dresses out of recycled and repurposed metal materials.

He uses old wiring, hose faucets and anything else that's not traditionally used in art for his pieces. But why dresses?

"The feminine form is amazing to work with. As you know, at the wedding, it's all about the bride. I play a little bit with the aspect of the lure that women use with clothing to attract men. But I work with metal, so it's come close, stay away, come close, stay away," he said.

Another artist, who even did some painting on the spot, was also at the art gallery this weekend.

For more information about Petrey and his work, go to JohnPetrey.com.


09/03/2014 07:46 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Sept. 3
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Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
Classic Theatre of San Antonio, Now - Sept. 7

Havana Now
Galeria del Movimiento, Now - Oct. 4

Mission Marquee Movie Night
Mission Marquee Plaza, Sept. 6


08/31/2014 03:23 PM Posted By: Chris Cybulski
TWC News: Long Center Hosts Open House to Demystify the Arts
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The Long Center hosted its first-ever open house Sunday, putting on 33 performances to show people what the theater's all about.

"This is Austin's creative home, and it has just taken us a while to put all the pieces together logistically," the center's Heath Riddle said.

The Long Center has been open six years now, but it's still working on getting the word out.

"We are surprised a lot of times that people don't know that this is the Long Center and what goes on here," Riddle said.

Adrian Garcia and his family said they didn't know about the theater. While the Garcia family went out just to kill time on a Sunday afternoon, they left with much more.

"First of all having a great time, some learning and hopefully a small seed of growth in them to love this in the future," Garcia said.

More than anything, Sunday's performances were about demystifying the arts.

"And this is a huge step toward that," Riddle said. "We are opening the doors and letting people come in and breaking those barriers down and taking the mystery out of what goes on. This really is by the community, about the community and for the community."

From a sword fight on the grand staircase to a behind-the-scenes tour, the staff at the Long Center hopes people are inspired.

"We really want people to leave wanting more," Riddle said. "We want people to walk away from here planning on when the next time they are coming to the Long Center, and we have really designed today to be a taste of that."

Along with the tours and performances inside, the terrace was packed with food trailers and a workout boot camp Sunday.

More than 350,000 people visited the Long Center last year.


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