AUSTIN (KXAN) - Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle was in the KXAN studio on Sunday morning to discuss what he considers to be the five biggest art breakthroughs during 2012.
Here is a brief overview of the Top 5 list:
ZACH's new Topfer Theater opened. Why? It gave Austin its first state-of-the-art mid-size theater, allowing ZACH to stage Broadway-level shows
Austin ISD launched Any Given Child initiative. Why? It's the first firm commitment AISD to create "arts equity" across the district under a 10-year plan. It's a commitment by the school district, and backed by the Kennedy Center for the Arts, that every student will have an arts rich education.
The Paramount Theater hosted the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest and will again next April. Why? In a town known for its music and film festivals, a Big League comedy festival finally was launched. In a town jaded by so many star sightings, it's still cool to see Seth Meyers, Aziz Ansari, Steven Wright and Nick Offerman.
A winner was picked in the Waller Creek design competition . Why? Not only were the entries beautiful, but the plans incorporated cultural arts venues, a first for the city. Now the non-profit Waller Conservancy is going to have to find a way to fund it.
The Intergalactic Nemesis launched a successful national and international tour. They call it a live action graphic novel… like a cross between Prairie Home Companion and The Avengers. It's the most successful Austin act to go national since Greater Tuna.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.
University of Texas System regents say they're planning to discuss the employment of Austin campus President Bill Powers, who has sparred with lawmakers and critics over his job in recent years.
Two people were robbed at gunpoint at an East Austin apartment complex Monday evening.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
In a last-minute surprise late Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and powerful incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate next year.