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January 22, 2021

Barbara Purcell

Barbara Purcell is an arts and culture writer based in Austin. She is the author of Black Ice: Poems (Fly by Night Press, 2006). In addition to Sightlines, her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Canadian Art, Glasstire, and Tribes Magazine. She is a graduate of Skidmore College.

Art in the Absence of Touch: ‘The Femme Abstract’

“The Femme Abstract” opened in East Austin just hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, taking over an empty office with such aplomb that cubicles suddenly seem more desirable....

In an Unpredictable World, Monks Jazz is Always Improvising

On the Tuesday before Christmas, the Mitch Watkins & Dianne Donovan Quintet live-streamed an intimate 90-minute set from East Austin Piano Shop. It looked cozy from where I was...

A Different Kind of Nutcracker for a Different Kind of Year

Tapestry Dance Company live-streamed a little holiday cheer recently from Parker Jazz Club in downtown Austin. Though the troupe’s annual “Of Mice and Music - A Jazz Tap Nutcracker”...

Blowin’ in the Wind: Ballroom Marfa’s “unFlagging”

“We stole countries with the cunning use of flags. Just sail around the world and stick a flag in,” the British comedian Eddie Izzard once remarked. “unFlagging,” Ballroom Marfa’s...

Feathers Made of Bronze: Sterling Allen’s ‘Photorealism’

"Art is so reliant on the image right now, with galleries and their virtual viewing rooms” says Sterling Allen. “But I’d rather be in a place and have an...

Naomi Shihab Nye on Poetry, Humanity, and WiFi

Back when I was in middle school, there was a group called JOY Poetry, which stood for Joining Old and Young. We used to visit nursing homes in Northern...

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