LUNAFEST Austin 2022

Girls That Create and Brentwood Social House are hosting an in-person LUNAFEST® on Friday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. The fundraising shorts film festival will benefit the nonprofit Austin Bat Cave, which works with young authors ages six to 18 in Central Texas by providing programs in creative writing, journalism, college essay writing, resume writing, …

Yayoi Kusama

In 1965, Yayoi Kusama used mirrors as reflective devices in her work. They would become a dominant feature of her Infinity Mirror Rooms, bringing Kusama worldwide admiration. Visitors to the installations see their reflection extend into infinity while simultaneously having intimate and individualized experiences. Now in her ninth decade, Kusama’s imagination remains richly creative. Infinity …

young adult books

When Phil Stamper was growing up in the early 2000s, he couldn’t go into a Barnes & Noble and find an LGBTQ+ section for young adults. “There weren’t enough books to fill those shelves,” Stamper, a popular author of contemporary, queer young adult (YA) novels, told The 19th. His latest book, “Small Town Pride,” released …

rebel girls board book

Our friends at Rebel Girls have a new board book that will introduce your littlest reader to the lives of extraordinary women. Titled Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Baby’s First Book of Extraordinary Women, it features artists and inventors, athletes, and activists from around the world in colorful, inviting pages. This book will give …

Disney+ Introduces Ms. Marvel to the MCU

This summer, Disney+ is rolling out the new Marvel mini-series Ms. Marvel. The show centers around a young girl, Kamala Khan, in the MCU who is obsessed with the Avengers (particularly Captain Marvel). However, her interests make her feel like an outsider at home and school. Then one night, Kamala discovers superpowers of her own. …

Designer Ruth Carter

On June 18, 2022 The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) in Seattle, Washington, will open the Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design exhibit. More than 60 costumes from over a dozen films (including the Oscar-winning Black Panther) will be displayed. Carter’s original sketches and artwork will also be featured, illuminating her powerful process and …

Summer Reading: Five Books for Teens That Deal With Race

With a national debate raging about how – or even if – teachers should discuss race in their classrooms, many educators may find themselves uncertain about how to navigate the subject of race. Parents may also find it difficult to broach topics of race in conversations with their teens. As a former junior high teacher …

Assembly: New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists

A triumph of artistic variety, Assembly: New Acquisitions by Contemporary Black Artists will be at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art’s Huntington Gallery through September 4, 2022. The temporary exhibition spotlights paintings, photographs, textiles, and more from 12 different Black artists from 1980 to 2019. While diverse in style, much of the curation ties to Southern …

Dori Berinstein

Growing up in Los Angeles, Dori Berinstein made countless trips to see live theatre with her family. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was a frequent destination. On one excursion, young Berinstein saw a production of “Hello Dolly,” starring the legendary Carol Channing. Channing’s performance made a huge impact, and from that moment on, Berinstein was a …

Lin-Manuel Miranda Works With Sound It Out Campaign

A few months ago, we shared a story about Sound It Out, a campaign by the Ad Council that helps parents and caregivers have meaningful conversations about mental wellbeing with their middle schoolers. Recently Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Miranda family worked with Sound It Out to talk about the importance of having conversations with kids—and …

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