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  • August 20, 2013
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My Favorite Italian Restaurants in Austin (Localeur.com)

by Jodie Holland

August 19 2013




Hands down, the undisputed Italian champ in Austin is Patrizi’s. The space is hidden away off Manor Rd. behind the Vortex theatre and Butterfly Bar (inside the Vortex). Yes, this is a food trailer. Yes, you will eat homemade pasta off paper plates with plastic forks. And, yes, your mind will be blown. First, the service is so inviting. The evening I went, the manager on duty, Kace, came out and described the menu thoroughly, gave us his recommendations, and let us know there is a wine bottle special for $15 inside the Butterfly Bar that you can purchase with your meal. PRO TIP! The food is phenomenal and the space is relaxing. I can’t say enough good things. This place is perfect for a date, a birthday celebration, or just kicking it solo with a glass of wine and some bitchin’ food. GO THERE, you won’t be sorry. Favorites: pork & beef meatballs, celery soup, bone marrow, and house-made ricotta.

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  • August 13, 2013
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Review: UpRise Productions’ ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ (Austin 360)

By Cate Blouke




We’ve seen it time and again with Shakespeare films – the effort to reinvigorate a classic through some form of radical alteration (in time, place, or even language). Sometimes these adaptations succeed, sometimes they fail, and sometimes we aren’t quite sure what to make of them.

The latter category is where I would place UpRise Productions’ version of “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, playing now through Aug. 17 at the Vortex.

Directed by New York artist, Laurie Carlos, this production struck me as a postmodern dance piece that uses Hansberry’s script for dialogue – rather than, say, the classic piece of American realism that I was expecting to see.

Without a director’s note or even an inkling of forewarning in the promotional materials, it came as quite a surprise that the actors rarely look at each other, move rhythmically, methodically, and entirely unnaturally around the stage, and use fluid gestures to enact emotions rather than relying on more traditional mimetic representation.

When performances emphatically avoid realistic modes of representation, it’s difficult to make qualitative assertions about the acting.  Nevertheless, Jolia Jones stands out as the family matriarch (Lena), and Zell Miller III delivers a frenetic performance as Walter.

Eventually, the actors’ strange movements cease to feel alienating and simply became “normal,” which shifts the focus to Hansberry’s language. Not being spoken by "real" characters, Hansberry’s dialogue becomes unencumbered by emotional attachment, and we can hear the philosophy and rhetoric of her arguments about race and familial relationships in America.

We don’t achieve the same kind of emotional connections with the characters as we might in a realistic performance, but this allows for a more thoughtful reflection on the relevance of the play more than fifty years after its debut.

When “A Raisin in the Sun” premiered, it was the first play written by an African American woman to receive a Broadway production. Chronicling the struggles of a poor black family in Chicago, the play was nominated for numerous awards and was later turned into a film starring Sidney Poitier.

The resonance of this production is in how the play feels just as relevant with an African American president in office. Surfaces may have changed in the half a century since it was written, but the deep-rooted racial prejudice in America is still alive and insidiously well.

"A Raisin in the Sun" continues 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 17. www.vortexrep.org


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  • August 13, 2013
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Wallflowers (Tribeza)

Author: Adrienne Breaux
Images by: Molly Winters
August 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013


Photo by Molly Winters, courtesy of Tribeza. Butterfly Bar (2307 Manor Rd.) offers savory bites like popcorn with truffle oil and Parmesan as well as assorted cheese plates.


The Butterfly Bar
2307 Manor Road | Open every night 5 pm to midnight
You might spot a Monarch butterfly at the Butterfly Bar while enjoying a cocktail, wine or beer. This spot next to East Side’s VORTEX Theater has been cultivating a butterfly garden since opening in 2011. Filled with soothing, creative energy, this bar comes with an ample outdoor area, a softly lit wooden patio and a charming indoor bar, enjoy desserts or partake of Patrizi’s Italian food truck parked in the yard and featuring a light food menu. An events calendar during the week offers movies under the stars, trivia nights, and the occasional live jazz music, so Bonnie Cullum, VORTEX’s producing artistic director, says the crowd-shy should aim for Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday evenings when looking for a quieter night out.

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Name: Butterfly Bar Austin
Phone: 512-478-5282
Address: 2307 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78722