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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.


08/27/2014 08:42 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Aug. 27
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Detroit by Lisa D'Amour
Hyde Park Theatre, Aug. 27 - Sept. 20

Austin One Minute Play Festival
Salvage Vanguard Theater, Aug. 28 - 30

Ken Hoge: Man on a Mission
South Austin Popular Culture Center, Aug. 27 - Sept. 30


08/27/2014 08:29 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Aug. 27
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Festival People en Espanol
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Aug. 30 - 31

San Antonio Horrific Film Fest
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Westlakes, Aug 28 - 31

Some Sort of History
Plaza Club, Sept. 1 - Oct. 1

Lila Downs Le Canta a San Antonio
Majestic Theatre, Aug. 31


08/20/2014 07:24 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Aug. 20
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Austin Bat Fest
Congress Avenue Bridge, Aug. 22

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Scottish Rite Theater, Aug. 20 - 23

Fiddler on the Roof
The First Baptist Church of Austin, Aug. 20 - 31


08/20/2014 07:16 AM Posted By: TWC News Staff
TWC News: Arts and Entertainment for Aug. 20
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Back-to-School Celebration
Mission Marquee Plaza, Aug. 23

Oscuridad
Jump-Start Performance Co., Aug. 22 - Sept. 6

Married Alive! From Niagara to Viagra
Cameo Theatre, Aug. 23 - Sept. 21


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