With “Monroe,” Austin Playhouse Explores Horrors of Racial Violence

by Nancy Miller Barton on September 14, 2018

Dateline: Monroe, Louisiana, 1946. Setting: The stage of the Austin Playhouse. Opening scene: Simple, quiet, yet beyond powerful. A handful of people stand solemnly. A young African-American man wearing denim overalls with large side pockets...

The Other Austin Film Festival: Building Community Through Film

by Nancy Miller Barton on May 3, 2018

A curious girl undone by a simple straw, a maid with chess chops, a 93-year-old sex columnist who’s direct, funny and uncannily insightful. Just a few of the characters moviegoers met at this year’s Indie...

And the Winner is … American Gateways! Nonprofit support group offers a night honoring the real stars.

by Nancy Miller Barton on October 18, 2017

It was the hug that came at the end of an award acceptance speech that may have said more about the event itself than any of the speeches combined. Juan Belman, a young man in...