Author Julia Heaberlin’s journalism background helps provide a sense of realism in her third novel, Black-Eyed Susans.

Black-Eyed Susans: Murder by Flowers

Texas author Julia Heaberlin draws from real-life experiences in her third novel, this one set in Fort Worth.
Taylor Provost
You can’t write a suspense novel with a female protagonist these days without being compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train — or both. Set in Fort Worth, Black-Eyed Susans¸ the thi...

There are lots of groovy paintings for sale at Artful Village.

Keep Artful Village Weird

Inspired by Austin’s arts and crafts culture, local Darren Houk has been hosting monthly mini-festivals.
While walking through rows of paintings at an Austin art show with his wife three years ago, Darren Houk was struck with inspiration. Soaking in the color, vibrancy, and creative energy, he knew that he wanted to bring that exp...


Is Art Worth It?

Fort Worth is getting better at supporting middle-class artists but still has a long way to go.
corrected: Aug. 19. It’s the middle of summer, and most summertime exhibits at the museums and galleries are about to come down. Artists have retreated to their studios to create new works for the fall, so now is the perfect ...

A troupe of actors looks to protect their talent after the apocalypse in Stage West’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.

Bart to the Future

The apocalypse gets Simpsonized in Stage West’s Mr. Burns.
Kristian Lin
The Simpsons was hardly the first cartoon to make humorous references to both highbrow and lowbrow culture, but the breakneck pace of its in-jokes and its willingness to get esoteric helped make it into the postmodern comedy in...

This carved walrus-ivory harpoon counterweight from the Bering Sea is part of the Amon Carter’s Indigenous Beauty.

Going Native

Amon Carter Museum’s Indigenous Beauty leaves too much unexplained.
Kristian Lin
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is hard to get to right now because of the extensive remodeling that the venue is undergoing, which has shut down the parking lot. It makes sense that, for now, the museum isn’t taking i...

Jeremy Schwartz represents the hall-of-mirrors nature of Amphibian Stage Productions’ The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote

Well Don

This ain’t Man of La Mancha. Amphibian does up Don Quixote proud.
Kristian Lin
Reading Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a strangely unsettling experience. It was written when the novel form was just being invented, which is perhaps why you don’t get the sense of a beautifully polished, structurally...

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ ravishing “The Ladies Waldegrave” is part of  Botticelli to Braque at the Kimbell. Courtesy National Galleries of Scotland

Scots Wha Hae

Cultural treasures from the U.K. (for now) come to the Kimbell.
Kristian Lin
A show like Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces From the National Gallery of Scotland doesn’t have much of a theme to coalesce around other than, “Wow, they have some nice things in that museum in Scotland.” Fortunately, t...


A Tragedy of Errors

New book Dateline Purgatory argues for Darlie Routier’s innocence.
Margaret Allyson
Darlie Routier. If you remember her at all, you’re probably seeing the same mental image that most of us have: a young, attractive blonde woman chewing gum and spraying Silly String onto the new graves of her little boys. She...

Wendy Welch (dressed as the Wicked Queen) and Shannon J. McGrann (dressed as Snow White) bicker on their way to a costume party in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Snow White and the Half-Naked Man

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike gather for agreeable farce at Stage West.
Kristian Lin
Even during Anton Chekhov’s life, people were parodying his plays. They’re easily identifiable targets, with their Russian aristocrats sitting in drawing rooms with their ennui and commenting on the weather. Of course, the ...

Christopher Dontrell Piper and Whitney Coulter prepare for work in Sunset Baby.

To Love Somebody

Jubilee Theatre’s Sunset Baby gets a lot but misses the tragedy.
Kristian Lin
Dominique Morisseau is from Detroit, and she wants to be to her hometown what August Wilson was to Pittsburgh — the theater world’s teller of tales of the great city. However, her most recent play, Sunset Baby, is set in Ne...