Since attending the East Austin Studio Tour I’ve been getting all kinds of invitations to art stuff. And I like it. Austin is known as the live music capitol of the world, but it’s got some great art too, everywhere, all the time. Last night we took advantage of a couple of those invitations…We started at VUKA, an artists co-op and work space located on Monroe St. It’s got a great open feeling with smaller spaces within that all have a different feel. There’s also a lovely open area outdoors, beneath a huge tree with tables and hammocks. I’m going to start doing a better job of taking pictures for the blog, but this is what I got last night…
The Greatness is a live game show that has 3 rounds, started with Comedy, then the audience chose the favorite with an X or an O that was on the program. Pretty smart. Then it went to Poetry (that’s when we got there) then on to Improve. The winners of each phase ended up at the end with a member of the audience as well, playing for a $100 prize. At one point the show included all the finalists onstage lobbing toilet paper through a hoola hoop held up by a troll who was standing about 7 feet away from us. Yes, it was that kind of night. And it was a blast. The roughness of it made it real, the characters, the band, the creators and the Host – who at one point just gave up when audience members were yelling out answers to timed questions – just so you know in the future, you aren’t supposed to do that, all endeared me to this odd live show. So if you want to see the next installment – it’s March 1. Which it notes in the program is not the last thursday in February, but the last Friday in February! Which is March 1. Weird. I know.
Yes, it’s weird. and you should totally go.
February 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm
My favorite artsy thing to do in Austin is the “Living Room: storytime for grown-ups”. First Saturday of every month they have 4-5 locals come in and tell stories from their lives. Huge range of topics, wide variety of storytellers, and they are all incredible. As an added bonus, there’s usually at least one “spiritual” story. Last month there were a couple really good ones. One dealing with the deceased mother still taking a part in her child’s lives, and another where a man got a hug from an angel in a phone booth and was literally picked up off his feet.
Next one this tomorrow!
February 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Are you going? I love stories. I think they are the best human connectors there are. LMK if you are going…field trip? 🙂 Last night was so fun. And you know me, I’m soooo not into improv. But I gave it a shot, giving lots of stuff a shot lately…
February 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm
I’ll definitely be there. I’ve been to every one for the past 8-9 months.